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Zodiac 09-01-2007 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blacksan
Perry, :wave

Are the messengers up there building there own, or buying them new from shops?

:waveAde,

The messengers are usually on their own spare parts fixies or road bikes with chopped bars (ultra narrow for splitting traffic). In my work area (midtown) they're usually on fixies or SS bikes, all beat up and shitty looking, but mechanically perfect. Every so often I'll see one on a geared roadie but still, stripped of anything eye catching.

The delivery guys (food delivery) ALL, ride beat up mtn/atb bikes, usually good riders too, they do track stands on them with white plastic bags filled with food hangin from each side of the handlbar...:huh

The hipster kids ride fixies or SS bikes, usual uniform of rolled up 501's, cool messenger bag, a bicycle (race)hat or sakteboard specific army green helmet.

Stagehand 09-01-2007 07:50 AM

every day a little bit farther.
Tell me how this works:

50 minutes up hill, 5 minutes down.

finding over 2000' vertical in 5-7 miles.


How is it that this trip is UP HILL BOTH WAYS :huh :huh


:D

Zodiac 09-01-2007 08:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stagehand
every day a little bit farther.
Tell me how this works:

50 minutes up hill, 5 minutes down.

finding over 2000' vertical in 5-7 miles.


How is it that this trip is UP HILL BOTH WAYS :huh :huh


:D

:wave Hey J,

It always feels that way don't it...

What's yer top speed downhill?

gambrinus 09-01-2007 08:22 AM

Perry, What is that bike in the top pic?? I'm not a huge fan of the color but everything else pushes all my buttons... lugs, fat tires, fenders.. Looks like a rig built for an all day ride.


RW

Zodiac 09-01-2007 08:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gambrinus
Perry, What is that bike in the top pic?? I'm not a huge fan of the color but everything else pushes all my buttons... lugs, fat tires, fenders.. Looks like a rig built for an all day ride.


RW


EBISU

http://www.jitensha.com/eng/aboutframes_e.html

I thought they were made in the PNW, but it looks like they're Japanese.

Stagehand 09-01-2007 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Perry
:wave Hey J,

It always feels that way don't it...

What's yer top speed downhill?


Hey Perry!


I think I saw 36. Was pedalling in top gear, and felt very little resistance.


Little bit better everyday.

Toots and the Maytals on the iPood make it go ireemahn. :thumb

that island beat helps to match cadence.

yogist 09-01-2007 12:26 PM

Bicycle light...
 
I like to leave the house at 4:30 a.m and get a 90minute ride in before work...With the sun moving to the south, its getting too dark...Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced light that works well.....I do this ride about 3 times a week..It just would be nice to see the ground before the sun starts to lighten things up.Thanx in advance for any replies.

knary 09-01-2007 07:17 PM

85 mile ride today. Something like 4,000 feet of climbing, most in a few short sprints. I never got into the groove and was just pissed off and grumpy the entire way. Ugh.

Stagehand 09-01-2007 07:44 PM

ok, maybe im exaggerating. It might be more than 1000 feet of climbing, and it might be 2.. but 85 miles is humbling.
I need to do more long flat work. Right now I'm just about keeping the heart rate at target for more than 30 minutes at a clip. Soon I'll need to work the slow twitch muscles and do long rides that arent so acute.

Sorry: I've havent figured out what to do about my motorcycle's lighting yet, never mind my bicycle's. :lol3

dirtypumpkin 09-03-2007 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by knary
85 mile ride today. Something like 4,000 feet of climbing, most in a few short sprints. I never got into the groove and was just pissed off and grumpy the entire way. Ugh.

Nice.:freaky

If you want to avoid pissed off & grumpy might I suggest my ride therapy:

Im up to about 80 per week, 4 twenties:lol3.
10 out, 3-4 beers, 10 back.:freaky

Sometimes I might get in a 100 per week if we do 15-20 out.
All dirt single & double along the river, no cars to worry about.

Short pic ride report:


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http://i11.tinypic.com/4pup579.jpg

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Poor little wounded goose (one bad foot), his family was a little down river.

He swam over to us, maybe he liked the music?

We shared some carrot cake cliffbar with him, best bar they make BTW.:deal

He didnt care too much for the Anchor Steam though.:freaky



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My trusty DiamondBack along the trail.



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Zodiac 09-04-2007 03:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stagehand
Hey Perry!


I think I saw 36. Was pedalling in top gear, and felt very little resistance.


Little bit better everyday.

Toots and the Maytals on the iPood make it go ireemahn. :thumb

that island beat helps to match cadence.


Feels quick don't it. I hit 41 the other day, not my fastest, but on a curvy downhill on Route 9 north (near Piermont NY) it get's spooky when you don't know what's behind a blind curve.

I can't get used to the ipod in my roadie, just on the fixed.

Oznerol 09-04-2007 04:46 AM

We spent the long weekend camping at Acadia National Park with some friends of ours.

The park is laced with 40-something miles of dirt carriage roads open to cyclists, hikers, and equestrians. There's also a paved loop road that's something like 15-20 miles, which is one-way through a long scenic coastal area, so that the right lane becomes a defacto super-wide bike lane. We took bikes, and I did a lot of riding.

The scenery was fantastic. Compared to my usual routes, the climbs (and descents) were less steep but a lot longer. It was really satisfying to spend 30-45 minutes spinning steadily up a hill, and then be rewarded with a great view of the sea or a lake, and 10-15 minutes of railing down switchbacks. There were lots of other folks on bikes, and also the occasional horse or horse-drawn carriage. But not enough that it ever felt crowded, especially on the longer loops.

Mercury264 09-04-2007 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Somebody
We spent the long weekend camping at Acadia National Park with some friends of ours.

The park is laced with 40-something miles of dirt carriage roads open to cyclists, hikers, and equestrians. There's also a paved loop road that's something like 15-20 miles, which is one-way through a long scenic coastal area, so that the right lane becomes a defacto super-wide bike lane. We took bikes, and I did a lot of riding.

The scenery was fantastic. Compared to my usual routes, the climbs (and descents) were less steep but a lot longer. It was really satisfying to spend 30-45 minutes spinning steadily up a hill, and then be rewarded with a great view of the sea or a lake, and 10-15 minutes of railing down switchbacks. There were lots of other folks on bikes, and also the occasional horse or horse-drawn carriage. But not enough that it ever felt crowded, especially on the longer loops.

Nice :thumb

Got a link Somebody ? I am hankering to get at least one more camping trip in this year...

Mercury264 09-04-2007 06:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Perry
Feels quick don't it. I hit 41 the other day, not my fastest, but on a curvy downhill on Route 9 north (near Piermont NY) it get's spooky when you don't know what's behind a blind curve.

I can't get used to the ipod in my roadie, just on the fixed.

So there I am riding on Sunday when I come across some cool dudes also on street bikes. I didn't mean to overtake them but dammit they were just going so slow....I think I really surprised the guy who was peddling like mad downhill as I free-wheeled by him :lol3 Sometimes an athletic build sure does has it advantages :wink:

Top speed so far on the bike - 38 and that is fooking fast on a bicycle - well ilt is to ME.

Oznerol 09-04-2007 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264
Nice :thumb

Got a link Somebody ? I am hankering to get at least one more camping trip in this year...

I've only done a few camping trips in New England, but this was the most enjoyable, by far. There's lots of info on the park's website: http://www.nps.gov/acad/

They have some pretty good maps there. I wish I'd had a printout of the carriage road map on the site, since it has intersection numbers, unlike the map they give out at the park.

It's about a 5 hour drive from the Boston area. We took off on friday evening after work, and stayed in a cheap motel in Bangor, to avoid having to spend all of saturday morning in the car.

The one lousy part was the drive back. Between the park and the MA state line, there are 4 tolls (3 in Maine, 1 in NH). With thousands of other Massholes returning home after the long weekend, they got backed up, and cost us an extra hour, when we were exhausted and dying to get home. When we go again, we'll seriously consider going on a non-holiday weekend and just taking a vacation day for monday.

If you can fit 30mm or larger 'cross or hybrid tires on your road bike, that'd probably be your best bet for cycling in the park. I used my mountain bike some, but it was overkill; The 'cross bike wearing 40mm knobbies was perfect. I saw a fair number of roadies, but they stuck to the paved park loop road -- the carriage roads are mostly smooth and well packed, but there were enough rough or loose spots that skinny road tires would be at a definite disadvantage.


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