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A new thread about cycling
« on: 30 May 2008, 18:23 »

So, it seems like there hasn't been a thread about cycling around here for a while, and with the weather getting nicer I thought it was time for one. 

I personally am just really getting into road cycling as a sport.  I started last summer in France, riding some of my friend's bikes, then bought my own shitty 20-year old steel road bike when I got back to the States.  I rode that for the remainder of the summer and all of the fall, then stopped because of bad weather and time constraints.  This spring I got back on my bike, and as of last week have finally purchased a better bike.  It will be nice not lugging so much weight up hills or having my chain fall off and jam randomly.  I got an amazing deal on a last year's ('07) LeMond Tourmalet, and I'm waiting for my local bike shop to get some Sidi Genius 5 shoes in my size, which will then be equipped with Speedplay Zero clipless pedals.  My goal for this summer is to do at the very least 100 miles a weak, but I think I should very easily be able to surpass that.  I live in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, and this coming fall I really want to participate in both the St. Paul Classic bike tour and the Tour de Minneapolis.  I really enjoy cycling, because it's very fun, and it's a great way to see the outdoors and hopefully get me in shape.

I'd be curious to see how many people here use a bike on a frequent basis, either for commuting, getting around town, or as a sport, etc.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #1 on: 30 May 2008, 19:02 »

I am planning on buying a bike when I get back from Canada! It is a five-minute drive and a tiring forty-minute walk to work, and riding will be a nice compromise between the two. I was going to see if I could find an older style retro bike at a garage sale, but perhaps I might be better off getting something more modern now that I think about it.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #2 on: 30 May 2008, 19:30 »

I bike whenever I get the chance; I find it's a great stress reliever. Living in London there is a substantial area of flood plain surrounding the river, as such the city turned it all into public parks and wired bike paths through the parks across the entire city. It's one of the things I really love about this city.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #3 on: 30 May 2008, 19:32 »

Biking is the best thing for for a finely sculpted ass.

...Or so I'm told.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #4 on: 30 May 2008, 19:34 »

I live in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, and this coming fall I really want to participate in both the St. Paul Classic bike tour and the Tour de Minneapolis. 

Shit dude, I'm in St. Paul and I've done the Classic for the last two years. We should hang!
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #5 on: 30 May 2008, 19:47 »

I cycle all the time. My aim is to cycle the 10 miles into work and back every day of the week (works out at your 100 miles a week). This will last a month and hopefully by then I will have achieved some level of fitness. My bike Is alright, the crank is really shit an prone to bending, and the bike as a whole isn't designed for road use, its more designed for semi off road. As a summary to this post, I like cycling and some evenings when i am bored i will go out and explore my village on my bike.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #6 on: 30 May 2008, 20:37 »

Kat and I plan to buy bikes in the next couple of months! I haven't biked at all since I was about 14 though.

I expect a lot of aching leg muscles.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #7 on: 30 May 2008, 21:22 »

Minnesota people. Dude. Where were you two when I was trying to find someone to carpool with to Tronno?
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #8 on: 30 May 2008, 22:10 »

I never learnt how to ride a bike.

Although I can ride the fuck out of a exercise bike and do it on a daily basis.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #9 on: 31 May 2008, 00:59 »

I cycle to work, and to the local shops, and have done for much of my life. Last summer, when my job was in central Oxford, this involved cycling through over two feet of flood water for a couple of hundred yards, or taking a two mile diversion.

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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #10 on: 31 May 2008, 02:36 »

I have cycled loads basically since i was 3ish? Then again, i do live in dutchlandia, where cycling is like, the norm, so eh
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #11 on: 31 May 2008, 04:27 »

I ride everywhere. Melbourne is a great city for cycling because it's incredibly flat, and where I live in the inner north there are masses of quiet side-streets and dedicated bike lanes. For those of you who care, this is my bike:



The black thing strapped to the underside of the cross-bar is the battery for the main light. This is what the front of the bike looks like when the main light is off:



This is what it looks like when the main light is fully charged and on:



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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #12 on: 31 May 2008, 04:36 »

Oh yay, bikes! I just got this refurbished 70's/80's road bike for my birthday- it still needs some work on the back brake, and I'm having trouble getting used to the central shift instead of a strightforward click thing with numbers like on mountain bikes. I really love it though!
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #13 on: 31 May 2008, 10:51 »

It's weird that this thread popped up, because I was just about to open one when I saw it.


Just recently, I got to ride an old Schwinn that was super lightweight and had thin wheels. It was really fast, and seemed like better transportation than my skateboard, so I'm really liking the idea of owning one. I think I'm gonna try to find one used, but not so much so that the brakes might fail, or the chain falls off on a regular basis. How much would something like that cost?
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #14 on: 31 May 2008, 10:59 »

i never had a bike when i was a kid either. i really wish i had had an opportunity to learn, though, because even though i don't mind walking, guelph is wonderful to bike in during the summer. i guess most places where the majority of the population are students and can't afford cars are.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #15 on: 31 May 2008, 12:27 »

Jposh, look at craigslist ads for your area and you can probably get a pretty nice one in the 100-175 range:)
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #16 on: 31 May 2008, 12:33 »

I have a bike, it is a nice one, some sort of Raleigh bike that isn't a street bike, but doesn't have quite as knobbly tires as a mountain bike. I used to ride it a lot more than I do now, I usually walk most places I go now, unless it is a few miles away. In the winter, though, it gets to be too cold and icy to bike anywhere.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #17 on: 31 May 2008, 12:39 »



I am 3rd from the left.  This was after a 20-mile ride at the beginning of last summer, I'm going to do the same thing next weekend at Long Beach Island in NJ.

I use this unicycle almost every day during the school year and it will be my traveling companion this coming fall.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #18 on: 31 May 2008, 14:21 »

This was after a 20-mile ride at the beginning of next summer,

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« Reply #19 on: 31 May 2008, 15:04 »

i never had a bike when i was a kid either. i really wish i had had an opportunity to learn, though, because even though i don't mind walking, guelph is wonderful to bike in during the summer. i guess most places where the majority of the population are students and can't afford cars are.

Ditto. I learned to ride about two years ago because my town is so small you can literally bike anywhere easily, but even after learning, I'm just too uncomfortable with it to actually use it, so I walk.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #20 on: 31 May 2008, 22:22 »

So, I mentioned Road Bikes to my dad, and it turns out he has a really nice one in his garage.


It weighs about 15-20 lbs, it's tires are the thickness of my middle finger, and it's handlebars are wrapped in some colored rubbery stuff, that I really like the combination of.


He's giving it to me!

(if I promise to start wearing a helmet...)
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #21 on: 01 Jun 2008, 05:47 »

I've always worn a helmet since I got hit by a bus. Helmets are good, wear them.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #22 on: 01 Jun 2008, 05:52 »

Yeah, seriously. Looking cool vs. not getting killed - really, that shouldn't even require any consideration.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #23 on: 01 Jun 2008, 06:13 »

What?

Helmets? In my humble, and rather dutch opinion, the kinds of accidents that youd like to have a helmet for, are also the kind of accidents where that helmet makes you presentable in the coffin...

Also, bicycle safety lies much more in (car) driver concience. (and teaching little kids that truckers can see fuckall, so stay away from those)
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #24 on: 01 Jun 2008, 07:53 »

Helmets? In my humble, and rather dutch opinion, the kinds of accidents that youd like to have a helmet for, are also the kind of accidents where that helmet makes you presentable in the coffin...

When I got hit by a bus the helmet likely saved me. The bus rear ended me so my bike slid out under me and I went flying/rolling through an intersection smashing my head several times along the way. If it wasn't for the helmet my brains would have been paint on the road.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #25 on: 01 Jun 2008, 08:12 »

Yeah, I have fallen off bikes a couple of times and the helmet cops a lot of the brunt. I am glad for helmets even though they make you look silly!
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #26 on: 01 Jun 2008, 08:47 »

Minnesota people. Dude. Where were you two when I was trying to find someone to carpool with to Tronno?

Well, I don't actually have a car, so...
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #27 on: 01 Jun 2008, 08:52 »

I really love to cycle, however my town has far too many hills to make it enjoyable. And the city I'm moving to is essentially built on a big hill and the drivers there are fucking insane and hate cyclists(Halifax)
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #28 on: 01 Jun 2008, 08:57 »

When I got hit by a bus the helmet likely saved me. The bus rear ended me so my bike slid out under me and I went flying/rolling through an intersection smashing my head several times along the way. If it wasn't for the helmet my brains would have been paint on the road.

You know, I keep hearing and reading stories about helmets saving people's lives, but I still refuse to wear one. I don't know why, probably just stupidity.

I do however plan on retiring my shoe and getting real brakes. Rather, I'm still going to wear the shoe, but I'll have real brakes too, you know, to have the option.

If I find a camera before this thread dies, I'll post a picture.

Or necropost. People like that around here.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #29 on: 01 Jun 2008, 08:59 »

Paul, what the hell are you?  Some kind of bicycle-riding amphibi-man?

My boyfriend rides a lot of downhill bikes, and he built his own carbon-fiber frame recently.  He also designed a continuously variable transmission to go with it.  Basically I am second banana to all bikes, therefore I am jealous of them and refuse to ride them.

Here he is on his Bike of Adventure.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #30 on: 01 Jun 2008, 09:47 »

I ride  my bike everywhere, basically.

I don't have a driver's licence, and I'm growing doubtful about whether I'll ever get one. Danish car taxes are absolutely unreal, plus the fact that I'm moving to a big city in a little while speaks loudly against owning a car.

Plus, the part about cycling giving a finely sculpted ass is true.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #31 on: 01 Jun 2008, 09:52 »

I'm jealous of you guys, I live in an extremely rural hilly place and not only are the hills too steep to cycle up, the roads are also always covered in bits of spiky bramble and pebbles and stuff that the tractors knock off. Also I don't fancy coming round a corner downhill and having my brakes fail just as I meet a car/tractor/milk tanker.

I cycle a lot in the summer though. One year we went to France and we cycled 50 miles in two days. I went back to school and told my teacher (I think I was about seven at the time) and they didn't believe me, but it was true. I've never been so tired, or so tanned.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #32 on: 01 Jun 2008, 10:32 »

There's an amazing bike shop in Boulder that I went to last month. It's University Bicycles, so if anyone's living around Boulder, CO and looking for a nice bike, I definitely recommend going there. We brought my boyfriend's sister's bike there and there was talk of getting everyone a bike of their own.
I don't know where we'd ride them, as we live in a rural place and mountain biking seems a bit extreme. The sister mentioned above goes to her friend's house to ride because they have a track near their house.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #33 on: 01 Jun 2008, 10:57 »

I just fell on my bike for the first time in years. It was great. I guess the road's shoulder was smaller than i thought! I am trying to get in enough shape to cycle to my internship which is a town and a bunch of hills away. But it's getting much better.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #34 on: 01 Jun 2008, 14:19 »

Yeah, I went on a 12.5 ride yesterday (short for me, I didn't have the time or energy to do a longer one) on my old bike (I'm waiting until I get my shoes to do any serious riding on my new bike).  The roads near my house are really crazy hilly.  In 12.5 miles I had at least 120 ft of elevation change.  I looked it up online at mapmyride.com, which is useful for figuring out distances, routes, and elevations.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #35 on: 01 Jun 2008, 14:36 »

I got bored yesterday and went on an adventure with my bike and my camera, I'm in the process of editing the images now. I'll post them in a bit.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #36 on: 01 Jun 2008, 14:45 »

Paul, what the hell are you?

Mad, that's what.  I once drove my car through a flood, with my wife and three children in it, after dark (there was no other way home; the radio was saying not to travel).  The water swamped the engine, so I used the starter motor to wind the car out to the other end (about 50 yards), by which point the water was a couple of inches deep in the inside of the car.  It then took 20 minutes (in the dark) to get the electronics dry enough for the car to be able to run again.  I wasn't entirely popular until we got home...

As for cycling though those floods - I just wore beach sandals and rolled my jeans up to the knee.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #37 on: 01 Jun 2008, 15:02 »

Yeah, I went on a 12.5 ride yesterday (short for me, I didn't have the time or energy to do a longer one) on my old bike (I'm waiting until I get my shoes to do any serious riding on my new bike).  The roads near my house are really crazy hilly.  In 12.5 miles I had at least 120 ft of elevation change.  I looked it up online at mapmyride.com, which is useful for figuring out distances, routes, and elevations.

Man, I biked this road in the middle of my 22.5 yesterday called 7 hills road.  It didn't lie.  Seven. Massive. Hills.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #38 on: 01 Jun 2008, 20:36 »

I did another short one today, 10.75 miles, with my dad.  It's great having someone to ride behind in the wind.  It's amazing how much a difference riding in someone's slipstream is.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #39 on: 02 Jun 2008, 09:29 »

I guess I'm going to build my next bike. I really like the look of the Diamondback mountain hardtail overdrive pro '08 and I love my current diamondback, it's really tough, but I don't need a lot of the stuff on there like disc brakes.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #40 on: 02 Jun 2008, 10:22 »

I like to bike, Try to whenever I can.  I use a cheap Mountain bike I got from a retail store.

I've replaced everything on my bike except for the frame. 

I've been hit twice by cars.  The first time, a van broadsided me, the helmet helped.  The second time, a car clipped my front wheel, and I landed on my elbow, the helmet was useless, cause my head didn't hit anything.


Building a good bike is expensive, mostly cause the bike frames are so much.  Get one second hand, sand it down, and paint it the way you want, then go from there
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #41 on: 02 Jun 2008, 20:34 »

Paul, what the hell are you?  Some kind of bicycle-riding amphibi-man?

My boyfriend rides a lot of downhill bikes, and he built his own carbon-fiber frame recently.  He also designed a continuously variable transmission to go with it.  Basically I am second banana to all bikes, therefore I am jealous of them and refuse to ride them.

Here he is on his Bike of Adventure.

ok I'm alittle jealous of you right now.  I'm only able to see that frame online.  Did he have that at Interbike?  I'm having a hard time remebering what magazines or where online I read about that frame.


and oh yeah I ride bikes.  I have 4 atm commuter, road bike, dh bike and trail bike.
A customer of the bike shop I work at just gave me his bike + gas motor kit that he paid for us to install a couple months ago.  I know it defeats the whole cycling purpose but its pretty cool.


Drill king  hills are fun  ^^



greenMonkey  speedplay pedals are cool and ride nice but just a word of warning the cleats are sort of expensive to replace if you walk around alot in your cycling shoes.  Nice choice on the Sidi's btw,  i wear Zetas for my road riding and Eagle 6 for Mtbing.

edit: oh yeah  I'm just alittle bit north of you guys just on the other side of the border in Thunder Bay, Canada.

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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #42 on: 02 Jun 2008, 21:52 »

How's the cycling in Thunder Bay? I'd bet the place is riddled with all kinds of trails through the bush.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #43 on: 03 Jun 2008, 01:41 »

I never learned to ride a bike as a kid. The last time I tried (early this year) was about 1am and I hit a lot of trees. The final straw was when I rode into the corner of a step of a WWI memorial, puncturing the tire and flying over the handlebars. Did I hit the statue? I don't recall. I just remember being on the floor.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #44 on: 03 Jun 2008, 05:20 »

I prefer cycling over hilly roads, because whilst the hills may be crap on the way up, they are shit loads of fun on the way back down. Cycling on the flat is just monotonous and boring.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #45 on: 03 Jun 2008, 05:37 »

How's the cycling in Thunder Bay? I'd bet the place is riddled with all kinds of trails through the bush.

yeah we have lots of really fun mtb trails and even the road rides are pretty fun with a nice mix of climbing and flat road.
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« Reply #46 on: 03 Jun 2008, 05:37 »

Hi all, I'm very into cycling and have been for about two years now but I'm talking about mountain biking! Not for me, the garishly coloured lycra nor the death of otherwise finely honed fashion sense, no no. I'm much happier racing on a downhill run in full protective armour or for that matter doing a 30km cross country route and sweating my fat ass off  :-) Any other frothing mountain bike nuts out there?

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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #47 on: 03 Jun 2008, 07:35 »

I prefer cycling over hilly roads, because whilst the hills may be crap on the way up, they are shit loads of fun on the way back down.

Yeah but taken to an extreme that logic is kind of crazy. When I was in northern california two weekends ago, we drove on Las Lomas road to get from Napa to the coast, and we passed many bikers. That's a tiny road that winds a dozen miles up a mountain, and then winds a dozen miles back down on the other side, with maybe two places to pull off and take a break along the entire length of it. Not only would it be insanely hard to bike up in the first place, but losing control on the way down would result in you plummeting to your death.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #48 on: 03 Jun 2008, 07:41 »

Probably not practical in that situation. It's alright over here in Scotland though, theres always loads of passing places and even if there aren't any if your on a bike it's easy enough just to pull over to the side and let stuff past. I doubt there are any inclines/declines as long as the ones you are talking about over here as well.
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Re: A new thread about cycling
« Reply #49 on: 03 Jun 2008, 07:50 »

Yeah but taken to an extreme that logic is kind of crazy. When I was in northern california two weekends ago, we drove on Las Lomas road to get from Napa to the coast, and we passed many bikers. That's a tiny road that winds a dozen miles up a mountain, and then winds a dozen miles back down on the other side, with maybe two places to pull off and take a break along the entire length of it. Not only would it be insanely hard to bike up in the first place, but losing control on the way down would result in you plummeting to your death.

Actually, I saw the same thing in the Reno area when I was there two years ago.  When I told my uncle about it, he said that they actually have a sort of "Death Tour"  where they bike up and down five different mountain passes.  Eesh.
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