Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I'm gonna cordially disagree with you. Driving a car is WAY easier than riding a bike. I ride a bike because I like having my face in the wind, I like a little workout with my transport, all that stuff.
  2. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Lots of good bikes for this, they usually get sold under the name of "commuters".

    Civia makes some cool ones: http://civiacycles.com/bikes/

    Jamis also does: http://jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/street/commuter/12_commuter4.html

    I kind of like the Scotts: http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/product/10060/55874/218048

    If you don't have to deal with whole hills thing much, single speeds get even simpler for bombing around.
  3. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I live in a world of metered parking and traffic clusterfucks, about as close to downtown as you can be without being in it. I'm single and can carry a week's groceries in a big messenger bag. I travel distances that could realistically be walked.

    It is either a bicycle or a scooter. I figure my lazy ass could use some exercise. :dunno
  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I had a hybridish commutery thing and hated it. The seat tube angle and low bars mean you lean forward but your feet are forward, so your knees bang you in the chest with every stroke. Well, not really, but it sucks.

    I just want a goddamned road bike with fenders and racks and a chain guard to go a couple miles to my brother's place or run to the store. Why is this so hard? :cry

    Maybe an old steel road frame with a single speed and a freewheel hub and a chain guard is the way to go. I'll just build one. Yeah. I can do that. I have all winter. What could go wrong?
  5. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Velo Orange make this chain guard. You just can't use it with a front derailer. Could work very nice for what you want to do though.
  6. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Cool. Thx.
  7. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Yeah? And I live <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2600+block+of+calvert&hl=en&ll=39.319575,-76.614661&spn=0.00659,0.013797&sll=39.320071,-76.61416&sspn=0.00659,0.013797&vpsrc=0&hnear=2600+N+Calvert+St,+Baltimore,+Maryland+21218&t=m&z=16">here.</a> Trust me, I know from metered parking & traffic. :lol3 See my last post about jousting with Baltimore transit buses on a dark & rainy night. :eek1 So you & I both know that thrashing around a city is going to be a giant PITA. It just is. You're gonna have to buck up & get used to it. Either you climb into your cage and deal with meter maids, or you climb into the saddle and tuck your pants in.

    Enough lambasting. I ain't here to lecture you (even though I think I just did. Sorry 'bout that). Let me try to help.

    I own a <a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=52889&eid=6066&menuItemId=14883">2011 Specialized Sirrus Elite</a>, and honestly, it is one of the best city bikes you could ask for. Road bike? It's Roubaix geometry, just with flat bars (I like the uprights on the end). It's got rack mounts both front & rear, so you could go all sporty high-speed bakfiet if you wanted. :lol3 Fender mounts too.

    The chain ring has a guard around the outside edge, so it's less prone to eat your pants leg. I roll mine up anyway, but that's cause I'm a dork. Aftermarkets are available too for complete pants protection. And it's winter, cycling season is petering out. I bet if you walk into a bike shop about a month from now they will practically beg you to take it.

    Honestly, the only thing I would change up about the one I've got would be a switch to disc brakes. Otherwise, I have hopped curbs, bombed sidewalks (legal in Bawlmer as long as you give right of way to pedestrians), salmoned the wrong way up in a bike lane, kicked buses & taxis, and in all other ways acted like a complete cycling douchebag (Because otherwise I'll get killed. :eek1)

    The Sirrus has help up beautifully.
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I :dunno either but sure 'nuff! they are.

    I've taken to using a piece of something (folded over lid of a box of Conti glue lately) to space out the back of the pad as I'm tightening.

    Seems to do OK

    Oh, and I'll second the motion for disc brakes for Grainbelt. All-weather stopping = good. :nod

    M
  9. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Nice afternoon ride today. 46-miles at exactly 20.0 mph. Yes, it was fairly flat but a tad windy. Good ride though - nice sunny day.
  10. ducnut

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    I just got this one for my GF's '63 Phillips. It looks suspiciously like VO, with a little different design.

    For some reason, I thought you lived in Kansas City.

    Zip-tie, for me.
  11. Chisenhallw

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    Used to (well, 2 hours east of KC, anyway, in Columbia). Moved to Bawlmer in July. Girl got into Hopkins.
  12. ducnut

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    That's right, Columbia. Guess, I haven't totally lost my memory. :lol3
  13. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    I got 2 rides in today and was still home before 11am

    First on the MTB

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    And then on the road on the CX bike

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/runs/2852708/embed/ae2f5ab35cfe4509ab5d4a242b189cb70cbddd67'></iframe>

    Was planning on a night ride tonight too but my wife just told me it wont be happening:cry
  14. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    if you're going to SS a old steel roadie, make sure its got horizontal dropouts . and isn't some nice english/french/italian double butted 531 or columbus frame.
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    That's all the rage, I guess. I saw a Indy CL add where the guy put something like "Please don't turn this into a fixie". I don't remember what the bike was, now.
  16. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    You know what's nuts? The transit bus drivers in Columbia were a cycling menace, too.
  17. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I'm leaning toward a single speed, but it will have to have a freewheel hub, I'm not coordinated enough for a fixie. and the frame will likely be whatever I find laying around a friends basement or something. I think this will end up being a fun winter project!
  18. pierce

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    The horizontal dropouts are a near must as vertical ones mean you need an external method of adjusting chain tension, such as an eccentric bottom bracket, or an external chain tensioner.

    and grinding the derailleur boss off a campi dropout should be a felony! :D
  19. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    :lol3
  20. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I got in 67 miles today. Left the house on Savannah's southside and rode to the historic district and Chippewa Square (the one folks associate with Forrest Gump). Every Saturday, the ride leaves from the Perry Rubber bike shop at 0800, the owner supplies bagels and coffee to all who show up..during the summer, I've seen over 120 cyclists.

    Today was about half that.

    The Six Pence Pub usually stays busy, a bit early for a Guinness though...

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    After a quick safety briefing and info for the noobs (we'll break into groups by speed at the only stop six miles into the ride).

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    Some of the roads on the route are very lightly traveled and we have it to ourselves until the "Car Back!" call...

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    We travel on main roads (US 17) a few miles...the "bike lane" is usually unusable but we stay "as far to the right as practicable" per GA law.

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    I've ridden over 200 miles this week by the start of the ride, my legs were toast before we even started! I tried to bring a dropped rider back, but I waited too long....and then, had the ride to myself! (That's the peloton disappearing in the distance at 22-24mph...I'll never catch them)

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    Mitsubishi is building a HUGE plant to repair turbines, the 5 mile road going by the work site is deserted on weekends.

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    I met up with another dropped rider towards the end and we had a nice easy spin back to the historic district. I found out that he took up cycling in his 60's...and I thought I was late to the game by picking it up at 39!

    It was a great day to ride, temps around 52 to start and 65 to finish.

    Todays ride brings this weeks mileage to 271...tomorrow, I think I may squeeze a 29 mile ride in before strapping on the feedbag.

    I hope your ride went as well as ours!