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cornercarver 08-29-2008 04:20 PM

Any of the cyclists on this thread want to tell me about the riding life in Seattle? I'm looking at a job offer there, and while I'm thinking about taking it, I'm afraid of all that rain and the effect it will have on the size of my gut. I've been mostly road riding lately, as it can be difficult to get to trails from Hollywood, but I'd love to get back into MTB. I really prefer to commute by bicycle. How may days per year am I likely to be prevented from that by the weather? I don't mind a bit of rain, but may find a lot of it oppressive when it comes to commuting. I have no interest (yet) in riding in snow, though letting my Huskies pull a sled to work may be fun. I don't imagine it snows there all that much, though.

If anyone has direct experience of both Seattle and London weather, I'd love a comparison from a cyclist and motorcyclist's perspective. I grew up in London and never minded the weather much, though that was before I lived in SoCal for 17 years.

I assume my dogs (Sib. Huskies) will love it up there, and I love playing with my dogs, so that's at least part of my motivation. Right now, they basically hibernate between 9am and 5pm when it is hottest.

skibum69 08-29-2008 04:23 PM

buy fenders:D

Gummee! 08-29-2008 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by skibum69
buy fenders:D

Check over on roadbikereview.com too. I hear the city's got a FANTASTIC riding scene. Knary lives up thataway, try PM-ing him for specific info.

Cross season is upon us! Seattle's got one of the two best cross scenes in the country. :nod :ricky If you wanna see the wacky side of life, a cross race is indeed it. :choppa

Now, if I only had some form. :cry

Oh well. Lemme see what I can do about racing into shape!

M

Gummee! 08-29-2008 08:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cornercarver
I've got an old school ti rail flite saddle (circa 1997 or so, but barely used). I'm about to do some seat shopping, as the WTB saddles I've been using are making my taint hurt these days (the padding surrounding the split is pinching my skin, I think). If you want to swap the Airione for my flite, I'd be up for that. I have no idea of relative prices. A saddle is a saddle to me, but you sound like you are a fan of flite saddles, and I really don't find them comfortable any more (I weigh 15-20 pounds more than I did in the 90s), so if you want to swap, I'm up for it. If the airione doesn't work for me, I'll just ditch it on CL and try something else.

Check yer PMs

:deal

M

Askel 09-01-2008 12:38 AM

Aw man, Gummee. I wish I still had those saddles you sent me.

They were great and got me rolling despite my saddle woes last year. Still managed to kill one in a newbie crash. Fixable though, we just can't figure out how to get it back together.

Once I figured out that titanium rails are a necessity for me off road, I switch to something more suited to my style and passed the other one along.

A big thanks though, although they weren't the answer, they deffinitely helped me solved my saddle woes. :thumb

This weekends race report:

This last race was.... entertaining. And it had a *huge* spectator turn out for a really technical descent. I hope somebody got video of me up on my front wheel while the crowd collectively cringed. Managed to haul it back down for a rather ungraceful scuttle across the slickrock on foot. (I forget, plastic cleats don't work so well there. :lol3 )

Javarilla 09-01-2008 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cornercarver
Any of the cyclists on this thread want to tell me about the riding life in Seattle? I'm looking at a job offer there, and while I'm thinking about taking it, I'm afraid of all that rain and the effect it will have on the size of my gut. I've been mostly road riding lately, as it can be difficult to get to trails from Hollywood, but I'd love to get back into MTB. I really prefer to commute by bicycle. How may days per year am I likely to be prevented from that by the weather? I don't mind a bit of rain, but may find a lot of it oppressive when it comes to commuting. I have no interest (yet) in riding in snow, though letting my Huskies pull a sled to work may be fun. I don't imagine it snows there all that much, though.

If anyone has direct experience of both Seattle and London weather, I'd love a comparison from a cyclist and motorcyclist's perspective. I grew up in London and never minded the weather much, though that was before I lived in SoCal for 17 years.

I assume my dogs (Sib. Huskies) will love it up there, and I love playing with my dogs, so that's at least part of my motivation. Right now, they basically hibernate between 9am and 5pm when it is hottest.

I rode everyday for about 4 years. I currently ride a motorcycle virtually everyday. City's full of cycle paths. Main drags wide enough have marked bike lanes. Drizzles a lot. Overcast a lot. But we get less rain than lots of cities.

Only a couple days of ice kept me off the roads. Only gets slick 2 or 3 days a year. Snow is rare near the city.

Gummee! 09-02-2008 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Javarilla
I rode everyday for about 4 years. I currently ride a motorcycle virtually everyday. City's full of cycle paths. Main drags wide enough have marked bike lanes. Drizzles a lot. Overcast a lot. But we get less rain than lots of cities.

Only a couple days of ice kept me off the roads. Only gets slick 2 or 3 days a year. Snow is rare near the city.

I just noticed that you were post 8888 in this thread.

Congrats!

I may hafta let the lawn go till I get back from Dogfish Head (brewery google it) on Thurs and sneak out for a ride. :nod Got other things that *need* doing, but...

M

DirtMerchant 09-03-2008 08:38 PM

My baby needs a new pair of shoes.
 
I need to replace the 26" tires and tubes on my Trek 7000; Effn dry rot. :cry

I ride mostly on road/sidewalks with the occasional off-road romp. I'd like to buy 'em cheap and online; free shipping a plus. :deal

What tires do you recommend and who do you buy from? :ear

Thanks,

Rodney

Askel 09-04-2008 06:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Askel
This last race was.... entertaining. And it had a *huge* spectator turn out for a really technical descent. I hope somebody got video of me up on my front wheel while the crowd collectively cringed. Managed to haul it back down for a rather ungraceful scuttle across the slickrock on foot. (I forget, plastic cleats don't work so well there. :lol3 )

Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/SarDuche

None of me yet, thank god. :lol3

One of my teammates takes a pretty good digger in the last video though.

309 09-05-2008 11:03 AM

I think tomorrow is gonna be New Bike Day! :clap

About a year ago I bought a Raleigh One Way for commuting:

http://velospace.org/files/R07-OneWay_Black-f.jpg

Neat bike. I enjoyed riding it and had fun with the novelty of riding a fixed gear. Then things changed and I wasn't commuting anymore. I felt less enthusiastic about using the bike for getting around town. I've had an itch for more of a play-bike, something to ride wheelies on.

I didn't want to go through the hassle of selling the Raleigh and finding something else. I'm close to broke, so just buying something outright wasn't an option. So I put an ad on CL looking for an interesting swap. I didn't expect much to come out of it, then I get this:

Quote:

Hello-

I don't know much about the One Way but I've been looking into SS bikes for commuting that will be a little more effiecient then my Bianchi MUSS. I'd have to do a few google searches first, but are you interested at all in this bike, size 19.5" - http://www.bianchiusa.com/06_muss.html

Let me know so I can start looking into the Raleigh.
Hell yeah! This is exactly what I had in mind! I'd just been drooling on one of these the day before the guy wrote. I've talked to him a bit and it sounds like we're going to do it. Meeting tomorrow to compare, test, and maybe swap. The bikes were new at the same time, and his retailed for a good bit more so I'm cool with the deal....

Man I hope this works out. I really dig these bikes.

http://www.bianchiusa.com/typo3temp/cc2bf07071.jpg

kv 09-05-2008 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by 309

Hope it works out for you. I looked at a G.U.S.S. a few years back; neat bikes.

Gummee! 09-05-2008 07:22 PM

Snuck in a ride today after the belt on the mower deck bit it. I left a bit o the front yard undone 'cause, well, the damn thing broke. I figgered I had a bit o time in hand afore the storm moves in, so...

Rode about an hour. First thing, jumped on the Crosshairs with the Regal to compare saddle positions with the Fetish. Immediate thought: DAMN this saddle's WAY comfy. Right after that, too low, too far back. So I fixed that as I went. :thumb

Passed the mgr dood of the bike shop I work in PT. I was riding, he was riding a MC on his way to the shop. Waved at all 3 of the MCs coming at me. All 3 waved back. Kinda nice. Got there and he asked me if that was me he'd passed. He thought the only bicyclists that'd wave rode MCs too, so... Said I didn't look fat on a bike. No, not like :ymca ya FFs! Too bad I've seen pics and know better! :cry

Oh well. Supposeta rain tomorrow and clear up Sunday.

M

Askel 09-06-2008 03:16 AM

My yard is so bad, I probably should have called the hay crews over that were working across the street. Might have been able to get a few bales out of my yard. :lol3


So this month, it seems I'm into killing headsets. On two of my bikes, it seems like there's an ever decreasing margin between it being too tight and feeling notchy and too loose and clunking. The MTB finally passed this point and will always be either notchy, clunking, or both no matter how I adjust it.

I've taken them both apart and repacked them with grease several times, but I'm guessing it's time for new a headset. Any thoughts on good values in headsets?

Zodiac 09-06-2008 06:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Askel
My yard is so bad, I probably should have called the hay crews over that were working across the street. Might have been able to get a few bales out of my yard. :lol3


So this month, it seems I'm into killing headsets. On two of my bikes, it seems like there's an ever decreasing margin between it being too tight and feeling notchy and too loose and clunking. The MTB finally passed this point and will always be either notchy, clunking, or both no matter how I adjust it.

I've taken them both apart and repacked them with grease several times, but I'm guessing it's time for new a headset. Any thoughts on good values in headsets?


Cane Creek C1 or S21 will last awhile.

Or splurge for a Chris King.

Gummee! 09-06-2008 02:24 PM

King.

Definitely.

:nod

CC does OK stuff, but isn't a match for King HS designs. Yeah, they're spendy, but WELL worth the $$. (so sez the dood that's had several and is about to buy at least 2 more!)

M


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