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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
You mean Fat Lazy Fucks
Doing my part NOT to be part of main stream America. Recently signed my 13 year old son up for the new local juniors road racing team. On the hunt for a used 53-54 bike. From what I've been told they're supposed to use a 14-28 cassette in order to pass a roll out test.
I'd have to agree with Chipper; the term SUB is dumb, and not in a quirky, kitschy kind of way. It's just a broad generalization term that comforts the uninformed about buying and riding a bike.
His points about disc brakes are on-point though, and it has transformed much of the market to a more accessible mode of transportation, recreation, fitness, et al... Though my old Moots isn't disc, it is my go-to bike for everything that's not pure sport, pure road, etc. It is unconventionally applicable to all surfaces, single track, gravel, jeep trails, and everything in-between. Were it disc-equipped, its range wouldn't be that much more, but I'd be more confident taking it into more places where the increased stopping ability would be a huge benefit.
Adding more multi-surface type bikes to the market is a good thing; for the increased visual presence of more bikes on roads, advocacy efforts of cycling safety and awareness, and for the LBS's that will inevitably service those bikes. The pace of "life" isn't going to slow down any time soon, and novice riders are intimidated by wrenching on their bikes. That's good for shops, as the bikes become more complex; but the wrenching industry needs to move toward a more standardized model of certified mechanics to instill confidence into the public-at-large that buy the bikes.
We're in a weird period of transition where the old, cable-driven mechs and chain drivetrains are still king... for now, but electronic shifting, suspension, braking, and even [ick]e-bikes[/ick] are becoming more prevalent, and the wrenches needed for those are going to have to adapt and become more technically proficient. I've been lightly following the PBMA since its inception and see them making good ripples in the service side of the industry. I just hope they can stay ahead of the wave of technological progress happening to the bike.
Quick hour on the Langster going very easy this AM.
Rode that cause it's the bike with fenders and the roads were wet.
SIXTY-EFFING-FIVE degress out!
I like a little bigger tires, for comfort on our slowly crumbling pavement. I have almost no gravel or unpaved trail anywhere around here that is passable by an old mortal on even a triple road gears. The steepness of a good many hills around here, even the paved ones can be sketchy coming down with rim brakes.
Yes, I checked the temperature carefully touching the rim mid-descent. Blood hot!
I do dislike the look, but I hate the plastic bike look too and the threadless stems.
But, I like how they work. No flex.
Or really all the flex is pushed out to the bars now.
And that stiff plastic frame means I need big puffy tires to keep from pounding that weightweenie seat up my internals.
So the SUB.
I can wait for a while more before making any jumps. As an old fart I have an obligation to my curmudgeon credentials to remain a late bloomer over the early adopter.
100% of my preferred riding is on paved roads, packed firm gravel is second, but there is none of that anywhere near where I ride outside the few hundred feet of side of the bike trail or parking lot here and there.
Learn to do the roll out yourself and check. Better to be a couple inches short than too long. Too long = DQ.
Or it did back in the day.
Pretty much, amongst other things.
I won't be buying into electric shifting anytime soon. Do you know how many times my cable shifting stopped working in the last fifty years?
Once. That was on my old entry level French total crap shifters back in the early 80's when that rear derailleur broke in half.
The cable was fine.
I see zero advantage to electric shifting.
E-bikes? They may bring more people into the the two wheeled world, but they are not bicycles. I don't see anybody cycling on an e-bike.
100% or so close I could not calculate are sitting there static with the throttle pinned, feet and three and nine. And in general they are rolling above 20 mph with little knowledge or skill available when things go pear-shaped at those speeds.
And that is the elephant in the room when it comes to e-bikes.
Right now they share the roads and MUT's with the rest of us.
On the street an e-bike is just a touch slow to fight with cars, and too damned fast for MUT's and in particular narrower and/or high traffic MUT's.
I've had to get out of the way of wavering e-bikes while walking and cycling.
And therein lies the danger with them. Mixed mode traffic. The first time an e-bike is involved in an accident where somebody gets hurt seriously and the suits come out to sort who gets to pay for and shoulder the blame.
The deal is that when somebody gets hurt bad, somebody else is to blame.
Without going CSM this is what happens and ignoring it won't change that.
Cities by ignoring electric-motored bikes mixed with everybody else without regulation is just setting themselves up for something bad.
Same for any shop renting or selling these bikes. And of course the manufacturers.
That is the list of who gets hauled into court.
I for one don't see how you integrate a small motored e-bike into moped-type space or the pushbike space without something happening.
Heck there are close calls between pushbikes and walkers/runners/hikers. That is what kicks mtb's off trails. I've been that hiker jumping to safety to avoid being bashed by some hero on a bike.
We see bikes on the local beach trail that has markings in spots prohibiting bicycles that are ignored. Most cyclists slow or even dismount. The usual self-important few do not and dip and dive between the elderly tourists, honeymooners, runners and baby carriages. They ignore the yells and barking dogs.
Those are for the most part NOT kids on bmx bikes but full grown adult males on high end, full squish mtb's in full kit.
There is zero reason for them to be there. The designated bike route is up on lighter traveled but hilly streets. One would think the mtb would have the gears to handle that.
Maybe the hero's don't have the motor? That would be my bet.
I've also seen the fat tired e-bikes whirring along the beach on the firm, low-tide sand. Forbidden, but ignored.
Well, the marine layer that blew in late this morning is beginning to burn off. Guess I'll spin out to Ortega and back.
All my bosses are away this weekend so I can play a bit more.
Time to get a pb&j to fuel an afternoon spin.
Bummed no crap to ride on,err snow !
Bummed slashed a tire and had to cut the ride short
Tyler was not bummed.
Don't hold back, now...
Looks like a fun time except for the tire problem
Have I ever mentioned how much I want one of these?
I did something stupid a bit ago. What you may ask did that dipstick Gummee! do this time?!
Well lemme tell ya
I agreed to go on an 0800 ride. I am NOT a morning person. This is going to suck
Always love to see some Tyler pics!
Freezing rain or sleet falling outside. Snow on the ground. Early this week, it was supposed to be sunny tomorrow, and I thought the lower mtb trails would be clear by Sunday. Oh well, I'll drive an hour to the ocean and it's supposed to be warm and sunny there on Sunday. I'll get my fix then.
I wussed out today.
Way too cold for me. I managed to sweep the crap off both the driveways, then the marine layer slash fog rolled in, at sidewalk level.
This was crazy. First visibility was reduced to about the next block.
Then it reduced to barely across the street.
And got cold, drippy and like some old black and white swamp thing movie.
So, I made a pasta sauce from scratch and sort of well, vegged on the couch.
55deg today, 20 tomorrow. Wheeee.
The temps dropped from the mid- to upper-60s to the mid-30s overnight with the winds to accompany that.
I was listening to the wind rattling the siding and dreamt I was texting my buddy that 'it's too windy for me. Out' when the alarm went off. Checked my messages real quick 'just in case' and found a 'ride is cancelled' text. Whew! It isn't nearly as windy now so I'll probably head out for a bit in a bit.
Same here... I'm going running in the woods. Then beer at a friend's houseWARMING.
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Chipping in. Shopping for a new bike; my Ridley X-Fire was destroyed at the end of November when a left turning car hit it (and me) pretty hard. Luckily I don’t remember the hit, but the 3 weeks in hospital was a drag :)
At least the PT has just got me back on a recumbent; broken pelvis and dislocated hip mean I have a LOT of time to find a nice, big frame for a 6’7 Clyde.
Oh, and the next helmet will be hi-viz. white didn’t cut it, though it (and the 20+ facial fractures as my face did it’s crumple zone impression) saved my brain
And yet — can’t wait to get back on a bicycle!!!
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