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Old 12-21-2013, 07:45 PM   #32011
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Hey Gummee!

As a PBS employee/wrench, what do you think of the Breezer Downtown 8? I'm looking for an upright, around-town bike to carry YakSprout in his Yepp seat and this bike seems decent. Any other suggestions in that category/price range?

Thanks!
Tell you the truth, I know nothing about em other than what I can read on the innerwebs. We don't get em in the stores. (least mine don't)

Breezer seems to be owned by Fuji so they can't be bad bikes.

Buy the one that makes yer heart go pitter patter. Could be an Elektra, could be this Breezer, could be something else. As long as you're getting something from a 'bike shop' (and I'm including us in that) you're getting a decent bike.

I've sold Elektras before. They're good bikes too.

I've sold Specialized Globes before. They're good too. Pierce has one of those and he's not what you'd call svelte.

@Ridge: Showoff! I got myself a pair of rollers for Crimmus. Well... it was a gift from Mom, so I can't ride em yet. Gotta unwrap em on Tues despite em sitting 6' from me next to the desk.

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Old 12-22-2013, 01:12 PM   #32012
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Well... THAT was a ride!

Haymarket Winter Bike League #1 in the books today.

Rain and hail, dropped like a rock on the first hill, shortcutted w/ a buddy who'd flatted, shortcutted again, and my legs essploded on Antioch.

...all in ~70deg temps! In DEC no less!

Buddy and I hit more gravel than the official route, so I'm not upset. I was cooked going up the last hill and the higher speed on the run-in to the finish did me in. You should've seen the crater my legs left when they essploded! Aah well. CX season's 9mos away. PLEN-tee of time to get fast again.

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Old 12-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #32013
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Good on ya Gummee ,it didn't really start raining here until after two. No riding for my today or tomorrow. Maybe Tues if I rid myself of this crudd I've picked up. I'm supposed to start my base build up this week.,not if I'm sick
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:01 AM   #32014
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Good on ya Gummee ,it didn't really start raining here until after two. No riding for my today or tomorrow. Maybe Tues if I rid myself of this crudd I've picked up. I'm supposed to start my base build up this week.,not if I'm sick
I started my base buildup Sunday.

First major target of the year: Hilly Billy Roubaix at the end of June. Then get fast for CX again in the fall.

I hear rumors that this year's Hilly Billy is gonna be longer than last year's. :eek Last one was 74mi with 7400' of climbing. Kicked my ass. Hard.

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Old 12-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #32015
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No riding for my today or tomorrow. Maybe Tues if I rid myself of this crudd I've picked up. I'm supposed to start my base build up this week.,not if I'm sick
I feel your pain man. I've had the crudd since last Monday and it has kicked my ass. Double sucks because it happened during the nicest December ever. Managed to sneak out last Tuesday for a road spin on the Roubaix for 36mi at a slow 18 avg. That may have exacerbated the crude situation, but it was too nice not to enjoy the 61F sunny weather. Get well soon.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:29 PM   #32016
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Tell you the truth, I know nothing about em other than what I can read on the innerwebs. We don't get em in the stores. (least mine don't)

Breezer seems to be owned by Fuji so they can't be bad bikes.

Buy the one that makes yer heart go pitter patter. Could be an Elektra, could be this Breezer, could be something else. As long as you're getting something from a 'bike shop' (and I'm including us in that) you're getting a decent bike.

I've sold Elektras before. They're good bikes too.

I've sold Specialized Globes before. They're good too. Pierce has one of those and he's not what you'd call svelte.

@Ridge: Showoff! I got myself a pair of rollers for Crimmus. Well... it was a gift from Mom, so I can't ride em yet. Gotta unwrap em on Tues despite em sitting 6' from me next to the desk.

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Thanks for the input. I've got to clear some space in the house (anyone want my extra stove?) before I pick up another bike, so I've got time to research and test different bikes out.
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #32017
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Went for a *gasp* run just now.

My legs already hate me.

You can now. I can take it.

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Old 12-24-2013, 09:56 PM   #32018
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Well, Another month is almost gone and no riding from my side of the fence. Once I get back to my neck of the woods/palms I'll wrestle the bike off the hooks and see if the tubes hold air and if I can swing my belly far enough out of the way to sit on the seat, and ride without tipping over.

And I plan on doing a little more riding of this motorcycle I am forced to pound the pavement on.

Merry Christmas all. Thanks for the continuing inspiration. It does have an affect if only to make me feel guilty. That works too.

I am both easily distracted and motivated. Right now my plan for 2014 is either to ride thee KTM on one hell of a lot of dirt or not, and maybe sneak off to Iowa for a week or so. My baby brother turns 60 this year and wants me to celebrate with him on bicycles.

At any rate, happy holidays all. You guys rock. This stuff is fun. and so far good for us.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:20 AM   #32019
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Well, Another month is almost gone and no riding from my side of the fence. Once I get back to my neck of the woods/palms I'll wrestle the bike off the hooks and see if the tubes hold air and if I can swing my belly far enough out of the way to sit on the seat, and ride without tipping over.

And I plan on doing a little more riding of this motorcycle I am forced to pound the pavement on.

Merry Christmas all. Thanks for the continuing inspiration. It does have an affect if only to make me feel guilty. That works too.

I am both easily distracted and motivated. Right now my plan for 2014 is either to ride thee KTM on one hell of a lot of dirt or not, and maybe sneak off to Iowa for a week or so. My baby brother turns 60 this year and wants me to celebrate with him on bicycles.

At any rate, happy holidays all. You guys rock. This stuff is fun. and so far good for us.
The good news is you CAN get fit and fast pretty quickly on minimal riding the bad news is it means lots of intervals.

Hang tough there Mr Head 'cause this too shall pass.

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Old 12-26-2013, 05:12 AM   #32020
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What does the collective think of this?



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Old 12-26-2013, 10:45 AM   #32021
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I'm busy moving to San Diego.

......I'm going to need better tires for my Trek, I have big apples on it at the moment. Pretty sure there are like a million miles of trails in San Diego county, so I'm going to be getting a LOT of riding in.

With no winter Well, nothing I would call winter anyway, I'm sure the locals call it a season.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:45 PM   #32022
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If I want a powered two wheeler I've got motorcycles. Otherwise, its my two legs providing power. And I like riding up hills. So its not for me.

But other people might find it appealing, and anything that gets more people on two wheels is good.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:33 PM   #32023
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I feel your pain man. I've had the crudd since last Monday and it has kicked my ass. Double sucks because it happened during the nicest December ever. Managed to sneak out last Tuesday for a road spin on the Roubaix for 36mi at a slow 18 avg. That may have exacerbated the crude situation, but it was too nice not to enjoy the 61F sunny weather. Get well soon.

Well no riding at the very least this week, Probably most of next week.I'm really hoping this Crudd doesn't turn in to Pneumonia " sic" .If i could cough up a lung I know I'd feel better They wouldn't hurt any more.

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Old 12-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #32024
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It seems interesting, especially if you're commuting to work. Then again, I'd rather not have the back wheel decide to lock itself up.
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:11 AM   #32025
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I'm busy moving to San Diego.

......I'm going to need better tires for my Trek, I have big apples on it at the moment. Pretty sure there are like a million miles of trails in San Diego county, so I'm going to be getting a LOT of riding in.

With no winter Well, nothing I would call winter anyway, I'm sure the locals call it a season.
There really isn't all that much mtn biking in the area that's 'close.' PQ Canyon, some down by the border, some up north of Escondido, and Mission Valley Park (I forget the real name). If you've got military connections, there's great trails on Miramar.

...but otherwise, you're headed to Idylwild, Big Bear, Borrego Springs, or Mammoth for 'big rides.'

LOTS of roads and gravel roads in the East Co. tho. Great place to have a big-tanked DS bike.

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