Any Bike Riders on This Board?
Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:51 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:25 PM
i'm about the same too, i'd say i use a bike for roughly 90% of my trips within the city i live. to work, to get groceries, to see people, etc. my bike is essentially a cyclocross ride somewhat modified for touring/commuting. sporty enough to be able to ride relatively fast + hard around town if i want to, but substantial/comfortable enough to handle the traumas of commuting + touring.
i also have a hardtail MTB set up for XC riding thats in relative shambles at the moment, but i hope to spruce it up this summer and get out of the trails a few times in 09. i rarely use it but i refuse to give it up b/c, despite only using them the way they're supposed to be used a few times a year at best, MTBs are just too much fun:).
went to a "bike swap" this morning in fact to try to get a new home repair stand, but came back empty handed.
i'd love to get into real cross riding+racing one of these days. i'm just too busy (and out of shape) at the moment, not to mention that race culture always weirds me out. that said, true cross riding looks like a lot of fun.
i'm in the process of planning my first tour in ~5 years: riding around the olympic peninsula w/ some friends this summer. i will update this thread accordingly w/ my plans + stories if anyone's interested.
i've yet to jump on the fixed gear bandwagon, but i try to support their popularity instead of talk shit about their being a fad as so many people seem to do. anything that gets people on bikes is a good thing in my eyes. however, with seattle's hills and wet pavement, they make little sense in my eyes. there have actually been a few fatal fixie accidents in this city in the last 2-3 years. seattle's yet to adpot a law requiring a handbrake to my knowledge (portland, or has), but its not like it's really going to be enforced anyway. go figure. a friend of mine does have a gorgeous old steel track frame that fit me well and that he's willing to give me for free. another tentative summer project is building that up w/ dirt cheap/shit parts as a beater/cruiser of sorts, and would likely go the fixed or single speed route w/ that.
actually, what i'm most in the market for bike wise at the moment is a tandem. in high school my friends and i gradually built up a fleet of old schwinn tandems that we'd outfitted w/ everything from a soundsystem (to bump r. kelly and other assorted R+, bmx pegs on the front and back so we could roll w/ 4 people, to a full touring set up to aluminum foil around the spokes to make it look like escalade wheels. it was kinda performance arty, acutally. we even recorded a rap song about tandems, check it out here: http://www.myspace.c...ahamandrobjeezy. anyhow, my housemates and i need one. it's a great catalyst to spontaneous and/or drunken adventure, and a decent romantic/pickup tool taboot.
anyhow, rant over. i love bikes!
Posted 21 February 2009 - 07:52 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 07:58 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:20 PM
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:10 AM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:05 AM
I'm in the processs of having my old Schwinn Premis repainted and coverted to a fixie. Here what it used to look like:
The thing is about 21 years old and my son had it for a year down at school -- locked up outside the dorm -- so it was in pretty bad shape. I figured it'll be fun to have a fixie (actually, it'll be a flippie) to tool around town. We'll see how much I used it, but I'm sure it'll be more than I was riding the Schwinn. I'll post a picture of it when I'm done.
Speaking of which, post photos of your rides!
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:10 PM
steel frame, lugged fork. like this bike, i've outfitted mine w/ aluminum toe cages, leather straps and old MKS rat trap style pedals, canti breaks and full coverage fenders. the bike looks like it has a nicer crankset than mine does, and maybe nicer wheels too. i also use bar end shift levers, not the STI style seen in this picture. his drivetrain is a bit different too, i''m full tiagra w/ hubs to match too. i've also got a nice burly rack on mine. i ride knobbier 32mm tires in the winter and switch to slicker 28s in the summer.
nole, i've got a great route to SF from medford that i can pass to you if you're interested. never done it myself but i've had many friends that have. my understanding is that it's hilly and gorgeous.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:31 PM
Here are my bikes:
1.) My fixed. Its a vintage Takara I found in the snow. All original parts excpet for pedals, crankset, and the rear hub.
2.) My commuter that I've ridden for 2 years now.
3.) Single speed mountain bike I picked up off Craigslist for $80.
My wife got me this for X-mas and I love it.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:04 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:39 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 06:23 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:35 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:33 AM
Thanks. I really like the fixed too. My goal was to try and keep it as original as possible, so that's why the fenders and chain gaurd are still on. Plus I think it looks so cool to have them with the matching paint and everything. I left he front brake on because of safety. I don't want to get hurt or killed just so that I can look cool or have cred. Another thing about fixed culture that I've noticed is that no one ever wears helmets. Its all about looking cool, and I just can't get behind that. I'll sacrifice some cool points to be sure that I don't die. My son needs a father.
cool rides nole, that fixie especially. it definitely forsakes a lot of the code of the fixie or track culture, so to speak, with it's seemingly heavy or extraneous fenders, chainguard, + front brake. way to go be outside the box! that single speed MTB looks fun too.
it will take me a bit to track down that cali route. as i said, it's friends of mine that have done it, not me, and a lot of the info i'll pass will include their notes + insight, so take it w/ a grain of salt. but i'll get it to you soon enough.
No worries on taking time to find that route. I wont be making that ride any time in the near future. But I would love to see it and read through it as I don't really know what to expect on a ride like that. So thanks in advance!
Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:05 AM
My buddy has a collapsible Surly with an internal hub and mustache handlebars. Really cool bike. Not cheap, but really cool. He does some part time work at a great bike shop in Crystal Lake (Wheel Werks), so he got the hub for a great price (well, at least when compared to its list price), but the whole thing still ended up being pretty pricey. I guess that's all relative though. His wife is an Ironman triathlete, so she rides a $10K+ Kestral - makes his Surly and his Issac road bike seem cheap by comparison.
what do you guys know about these in-axle 3 speeds? i had my bike stolen this past fall and i'm in the market for a new ride. I don't want a fixed/single gear, but the idea of having 3 speeds and no derailler is a pretty cool idea to me... anybody know anything about them?
Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:46 PM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:33 PM
"what kind of moe cop doesn't give her the old suck on my balls warning?
Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:14 PM
how about actually getting hit by or hitting a car? my "almost hit by a car" stories are too numerous. only a few were totally my fault, though.
Anyone got any good "almost hit by a car" stories?
Posted 24 February 2009 - 04:59 PM
Yeah, I want to hear "actually getting hit the car" stories too. Honestly, I've almost been hit about 100 times and its been my fault maybe twice.how about actually getting hit by or hitting a car? my "almost hit by a car" stories are too numerous. only a few were totally my fault, though.
Anyone got any good "almost hit by a car" stories?