Show us your bicycle.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Tandems are a different critter...

    They can be the best thing or the worst thing for your relationship. ...sometimes in the same ride! AMHIK

    One bit of advice: BEFORE you do anything else, put a suspension seapost on the back. :nod

    While you can see the bumps, your stoker can't. They frequently get 'surprised.' 'Surprised' doesn't make for a happy stoker. :nono You're in the middle of a loooonnnnngggg set of tubes and they're right over the back wheel. The bumps you don't notice are 'THUD!'s to them.

    I won't mention the adventures in working on a tandem. :nah I'll let you find out about that.

    M
  2. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Tandem = relationship accelerator... good or bad, it will accelerate. :lol3
  3. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Tandem: back rubs:wink:... or sharp whacks to the back for the captain. :eek1
  4. aposaric

    aposaric Garden mechanic ;-)

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    Sorry, didn't catch this earlier. Yes, ofcourse the Rohloff or NuVinci which is even more versatile, but you make your bike heavier, and more expensive, and even then it is very hard to find spare parts around. Single Speed is a state of mind and simplicity, decluttering your mind if you will :-) WHen you do the kind of mileage as I do on a bike, you tend to wear through a lot of hubs and bearings and suddenly, cycling isn't so cheap as it should be, and I do all of my building and servicing alone, on the road or whereever needed.

    And I think the most important part is that you get strong, I mean really strong, cardio, core, and stamina combined, you can eat any road for breakfast, you start to think differently. That is also why I ride fully rigid, no suspension, no bobing on climbs, you choose your course very carefully, and you become one with the bike and with the road. I know this my sound like a bunch of bullshit to someone who hasn't experienced it this way, but this is what I gain from SS and fully rigid :-) Some people only gain sore butt and broken ankles, so it is not for everybody :-)

    Cheers :freaky
  5. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    pic of CX bike, just because this thread always needs more pics:lol3

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    Picture 004 by Rider_wv, on Flickr
  6. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    More pics..

    Wifey's MTB: Bontrager Privateer w/24' wheels, 165mm crankarms

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    Wifey's road bike: 43cm frame, 650c wheels, 32cm handlebar, 154mm crankarms (she's 5''0".):lol3

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    Wifey's recumbent:

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    Previously my MTB (circa mid/late-90's): 2 rear shocks for total of over 9" of rear wheel travel.. like riding wet noodle. :lol3

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    Broken equipment after T-boning an SUV that's making a left turn:

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  7. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    This is why I like it. it is a really good training tool.
  8. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    What brand of brake adapter did you use, any more pictures of the other side..!?
    I have not seeing one of does in many years.. :ricky

    How do you ride it with no pedals...?
  9. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Pretty sure the unit was from Brake Therapy... long defunked..

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    Almost forgot, our tandem:

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  10. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    Your wife has nice setups for her size. That's a hell of a jump to the 34t(?). :eek1
  11. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    One of the perks married to a bike nerd.

    That's a standard cassette for the Shimano Exage line.. the 34T bail-out gear... hence the long cage XT rear der. :lol3
  12. aposaric

    aposaric Garden mechanic ;-)

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    It also looks very clean :-)
  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    That thing is awesome! Does it hookup on the downhill or does it feel unpredictable?

    It would have been fun to try it at Trestle a couple of weeks ago when we were there :ricky
  14. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I've sold that Kestrel years ago, probably a decade ago.

    I'm not much of a DH'ler, but I think the suspension is nice, but frame is not stiff enough handle ski-lift type drops.

    Even with my 150 lb. not stomping on it, I could feel the rear wheel flex side to side on a moderate DH run. I wouldn't push it much further beyond.. and sold it. I think it was under 28 lb. bike, too.

    Stuck with steel (Balfa) and aluminum (Specialized) for DH or All MT.
  15. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    A man with great taste..

    I have own five Balfa's, two BB7 that I end up selling when I got my Nicolai M-pire and three Two Steps, one I sold because it was a "short" even if it handle like a dream..

    Now only two left.
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    I also love the color on the Psylo and also how the work, but mine are the 20mm version.
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    More pictures at Balfa's at Ricky's
  16. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Some night time commuting pictures.

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    Reflective rim strips from www.ridewithfiks.com plus schawlbe reflective tyres are great for night riding.
  17. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I get it!

    I absolutely love my SS town bike. It's like my days of youth, but, better. I appreciate the simplicity of being on a bicycle, now.
  18. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I just got a pair of rear lights from this guys at Xeccon the model is Geinea-I

    Oh man times have change this thing is so stupid bright (1100lumens) you kind of want to aim it down so car drivers don't go KuKuu..
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    I mount it to our baby bike seat for added protection, super easy to install.
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  19. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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    A little talk of singlespeeds a bit ago, here's mine:

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    I like it and rode it exclusively for 4-5 years, now I've got it and my FS 29er. The scalpel is absolutely faster, but the SS is still really fun. Too bad the scalpel is lighter though, this would be really fun if the monocog was lighter.
  20. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    how do you like that back pack?
    have thought about them myself but wasn't sure enough to pull the trigger and there are no stockists in my area

    thanks
    Hay Ewe