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CyrenYoung
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"OkayCyclist: Summer Madness..."
Fri Sep-18-15 10:56 AM by CyrenYoung

  

          

..made it through the wash of spring with a few tweaks & upgrades.

now that summer is officially in full swing, the ride is ready to roll. already taken a few group rides with the BBC, with another ride scheduled for this wkd.

threw on a pair of ultra gatorskins that have greatly improved my rides. much more durable and FAST. i can't say enough about the peace of mind, knowing that average road debris won't effect me.

replaced bookman usb rechargeable rear/tail-light with a CatEye rapid mini. more features (including pulse), better battery life on a single charge, and a *2 year warrantee against defect AND weather. *this was important for me, as the bookman tail-light was listed as weather resistant, but didn't make it more than a year.

next up on my list of upgrades:

muted bullhorns
new saddle
rear aerospoke fixed/free mag.

*WhatSayYou?


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


..and miles to go before i sleep...

  

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Subject Author Message Date ID
always carry an extra tube...
Jul 13th 2015
1
in my saddle bag, theres tire levers, a patch kit,
Jul 14th 2015
6
*foot fetish: clips vs clipless...
Jul 13th 2015
2
Blood on the streets: My Commute this morning
Jul 13th 2015
3
very unfortunate...
Jul 13th 2015
4
damn, WTF...
Jul 14th 2015
5
      responsible cyclists must always ride defensively...
Jul 14th 2015
7
Specialized Diverg or Roubaix?
Jul 20th 2015
8
there really aren't a ton of differences between the two...
Jul 21st 2015
9
      I'm on pavement mostly
Jul 21st 2015
10
           carbon fiber vs aluminum (LINK)...
Jul 22nd 2015
12
           perfect....the over 40 cyclist keeps some good stuff to read
Jul 22nd 2015
13
           Thanks
Jul 22nd 2015
16
           what's your price range, fam
Jul 22nd 2015
14
           1500
Jul 22nd 2015
15
                I'd get with something like this....
Jul 23rd 2015
17
                     Yep
Jul 23rd 2015
21
           Aluminum frame with carbon components....that's the route I went.
Jul 23rd 2015
18
                at some point, I'm going to have hydraulic disc brakes on a bike...
Jul 23rd 2015
19
                     Yeah, similar goal here for three genres
Jul 23rd 2015
20
how many bikes do you currently own?..
Jul 24th 2015
22
I only have one
Jul 26th 2015
23
1 active & 1 non active
Jul 27th 2015
24
4.
Jul 28th 2015
26
4???..
Jul 28th 2015
29
3 at the moment, but not the 3 that I will eventually end up with...
Jul 28th 2015
28
      i hear you on the lock-up policy...
Jul 28th 2015
30
           I know a dude personally who legit takes his bike inside a store with hi...
Jul 28th 2015
31
Need that Diverge
Jul 27th 2015
25
what they want for that jawn?
Jul 28th 2015
27
      http://kozy.com/product/specialized-diverge-a1-213498-1.htm
Jul 28th 2015
32
After the wedding I'm going to put back together the hybrid
Jul 30th 2015
33
lol....man, that shit is funny to me...
Jul 31st 2015
34
its hilarious when i pass people on my fixie...
Jul 31st 2015
35
lolwut!!! Who the hell challenges a total stranger to a
Jul 31st 2015
36
I have no interest in racing, I'm more of the vein of leave me alone
Aug 02nd 2015
39
I'm a Cat 6 CHAMPION!! lol...
Aug 04th 2015
40
Very sad shit....BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, YALL...
Aug 01st 2015
37
indeed...
Aug 01st 2015
38
      THE PHONE!!!?!?!?!?
Aug 05th 2015
41
           people are ridiculous...
Aug 05th 2015
42
*Summer Streets (NYC)*
Aug 08th 2015
43
*FYI: the queue for the waterslide is already in the thousands lol...
Aug 13th 2015
46
      *FINAL WKD FOR SUMMER STREETS!*
Aug 14th 2015
47
NYC - navigating the subway with a bike (any tips)
Aug 09th 2015
44
a short list...
Aug 09th 2015
45
      Yeah my tip is just don't take the train with a bike
Aug 18th 2015
48
           lol... pretty much...
Aug 18th 2015
49
                Yeah man
Sep 02nd 2015
51
                     i'm always down to ride out...
Sep 02nd 2015
52
Front Wheel Thumb Tack
Aug 31st 2015
50
Came up on a Bridgestone 300 Mixte just sittin on the curb for free.99
Sep 08th 2015
53
you're a better man, than me...
Sep 14th 2015
55
      it's the only way the wife will allow me to scratch the itch lol...
Sep 14th 2015
56
Folks...that fall weather is dropping down upon us...
Sep 14th 2015
54
i need to improve my rain gear. that's about it.
Sep 14th 2015
57
i was planning to make an autumn post (seasonal theme)...
Sep 14th 2015
58
i have a flat :o(
Sep 18th 2015
59
new tubes are $10 or less...
Sep 18th 2015
60
Did my first duathlon yesterday...
Sep 21st 2015
61
awesome! questions:
Sep 21st 2015
62
answers
Sep 21st 2015
65
congrats...
Sep 21st 2015
63
      thanks, man
Sep 21st 2015
64

CyrenYoung
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1. "always carry an extra tube..."
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..and tire levers.

went on a group ride to randall's island with BBC this past saturday.

perfect weather, great team effort, and plenty of good food & music. no issues to report for me, but there was a pothole incident later that evening (during the return route) that couldn't be avoided (manhattan). as a result, we ended up searching for the nearest LBS for quick repairs.

unfortunately, that shop was kinda on some bs about the repair (esp the amount of time), so we opted to simply buy the tube & make the repairs on our own.

*riding with a spare tube will save you time, money, and its a lot less stressful.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


..and miles to go before i sleep...

  

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6. "in my saddle bag, theres tire levers, a patch kit,"
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multi tool and C02 inflator with 2 cartridges. Then, I keep a tube in my jersey pocket. When I was doing my century last month, I came upon a guy with about 12 miles left. He had flatted, threw on his spare tube and as soon as he started filling it up, it popped. That's just shitty luck. I gave him mine, since I was on the home stretch. Just trying to take care of a fellow rider. I always keep 3 or 4 at home on standby. I buy them off Ebay in semi-bulk...same with c02 cartridges.

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2. "*foot fetish: clips vs clipless..."
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..everyone has their own preferences, i'm just curious to know your thoughts on the pedal game for cyclists.

i spoke extensively with my crew about riding preferences (with an emphasis on pedal power, efficiency, safety) and found some interesting perspectives on the subject. while most agree that optimal efficiency can only be achieved with secure pedal positioning, there are a few cons that might sway the average cyclist.

pros: power efficiency, secure footing.

cons: slight difficulty clipping-in on an incline, release liability.

for now, i've decided to stick to basic pedals (rubber) because the concrete jungle that is nyc is a constant challenge of various terrain that often requires adjustments on even the simplest rides.

*whatSAYyou?..


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


..and miles to go before i sleep...

  

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3. "Blood on the streets: My Commute this morning"
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http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150713/fort-greene/barclays-center-crash-leaves-1-dead-3-hurt-officials-say

BROOKLYN — A cyclist died and three other people were hurt in a multi-car crash near the Barclays Center Monday morning, officials said.

The cyclist was heading south on Flatbush Avenue about 7:15 a.m. when a northbound Honda Pilot SUV crossed into his lane and hit him near Atlantic Avenue, an NYPD spokeswoman said, citing preliminary information.

The Honda dragged the cyclist before hitting a black Mitsubishi car near Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Avenue, said Issam Abdelkader, 52, who works at a nearby breakfast cart.

The mangled Mitsubishi hopped the curb and came to a rest outside a Vitamin Shoppe while the SUV kept going until it came to a rest on the north side of the intersection of Flatbush and Fourth avenues, witnesses said.

A piece of the bicycle's frame was seen sticking out of its tire.

The cyclist was lying in the middle of the intesection of Flatbush and Fourth avenues when EMS arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene, officials said.

Two people were taken to Methodist Hospital where they were listed in serious condition, an FDNY spokesman said.

A fourth person was also taken to Methodist with minor injuries, the FDNY spokesman said.

There were no immediate arrests, police said.

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4. "very unfortunate..."
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..read about that incident this am.

hopefully the city can step things up regarding motorist/cyclist/pedestrian safety & awareness.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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5. "damn, WTF..."
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as my riding experience increases, I have learned to ride more defensively. I say that not to say that this cyclist made some kind of mistake, but I feel like we have to ride with the assumption that automobiles do not see us/are not looking out for our best interest. So sad. I was in Kansas City this weekend, went to meet some friends at a restaurant in Overland Park, KS...about 20 minutes away. A dude was on his road bike...in the left turn lane. The light was red, he was first in the lane to turn left. A car pulls up behind him and damn near tapped his rear wheel, she got so close. Another car pulls up behind that one. Light turns green and the cyclist takes off to turn into the plaza, lady in the car behind him undercuts him as she starts turning, pushing him out of the turning lane to the point he had to unclip and put his foot down cuz he wasn't moving fast enough. He took the lane like he was supposed to, but she either didn't understand that he was a vehicle and she was behind him, or didn't care.

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7. "responsible cyclists must always ride defensively..."
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..assumptions/hesitation will get you killed.

there are very few people in this world that truly know how to drive, and even fewer that actually observe the rules of the road.

i've held many random conversations about laws governing shared road-ways, and more often than not i hear, "..i never knew that..."




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8. "Specialized Diverg or Roubaix?"
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need more endurance based bike for my commute

love my Allez but its built for performance racing rather then long ride

any thoughts?

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9. "there really aren't a ton of differences between the two..."
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depends on what surface you think you'll be on most. If I'm remembering correctly, you're a city commuter. The Diverge can take wider tires and has mounts for fenders built in. Personally, if more than 50% of your riding is on pavement, I say go with the Roubaix. I'd only go Diverge if I was looking for a dedicated gravel bike. Additionally, I'm not sure if you're wanting to go carbon fiber or not, but $2000 gets you into a carbon Roubaix...while the first carbon Diverge will run you $3500.

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10. "I'm on pavement mostly"
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which can get treacherous.

Please shed light on carbon. Is it a world of difference between aluminum.


Gonna have to test drive these bikes. Can't wait.

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12. "carbon fiber vs aluminum (LINK)..."
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..while there are many opinions on the matter, this is the best break down i've found:

http://www.over40cyclist.com/carbon-fiber-bikes-vs-aluminum-bikes/



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13. "perfect....the over 40 cyclist keeps some good stuff to read"
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16. "Thanks"
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14. "what's your price range, fam"
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15. "1500"
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17. "I'd get with something like this...."
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http://www.bikeparts.com/search_results.asp?id=BPCK100651&gclid=CLSlwsa48cYCFYsWHwodwNANjQ

That was just a cursory search. I'm sure you can find some great deals if you search harder. If you'd prefer not to buy online...bike shops around your way will have some great specials on 2015 models and they're probably damn near giving away any 2014 models they have left.

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21. "Yep"
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been seeing the same online. I'm going to test drive both models this weekend.

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18. "Aluminum frame with carbon components....that's the route I went."
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of course....I completely negated all weight savings when I added disc brakes to my setup....

  

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19. "at some point, I'm going to have hydraulic disc brakes on a bike..."
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that will be my gravel/off road joint...prolly a Specialized Crux or something in that arena. But first, before that will be my aero frame bike...coming Spring 16. My goal is to have a race, aero and gravel bike...then I'll be done for MANY, MANY years.

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20. "Yeah, similar goal here for three genres"
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Except I'm after:
Touring bike
Cargo bike (before my daughter is of formal riding age)
A "Go Fast" bike

And getting my current daily bike to its full commuter potential...

  

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22. "how many bikes do you currently own?.."
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..we all know the world of cycling is varied.

specific frame sets, components, size, etc.

as an enthusiast, its almost impossible to get everything you want out of one model. i only have one bike, but i'm already plotting my next build, while constantly tweaking my current ride for optimal performance & efficiency.

i'm curious to know how many people actually have several options to choose from on a daily basis and how they went about selecting each model.


whatSAYyou?..



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23. "I only have one"
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My old reliable that I've had for about 8 years now. I don't have space for more than one and my baby has held me down for a long time. When I take leave out of the country I'll cop a new joint there.

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24. "1 active & 1 non active"
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active is specialized Allez sport compact. Entry level road bike. Super fast. Built for speed - Features a low profile posture race performance. Gets uncomfortable on longer rides especially wearing a back pack.

non active: Cannondale mtn bike. Serious refurbish needed.

Serious thinking about a 3rd more advanced road bike - built for endurance rides.

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26. "4."
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1 is the ever evolving bike that was my first custom build up. It's my daily ride.

2 is the heavily customized Giant Via that started out as a single speed town bike for my wife but I co-opted and modified into a beast of a baby-hauler/commuter/grocery getter/tank of a bike with an 8speed IG nexus hub, disc fork & generator front hub and racks on rack on racks (just one rack..but it just felt natural to type that)

3 is my single speed Schwinn that is mostly for fun, but I commute on it sometimes when i'm feeling froggy.

4 is my GT Mountain bike from the mid 90's. Back when GT was still a private american bike company. It's currently sitting in the corner neglected and unridden, missing a seat....gotta get it back on the road. Would like to turn it into a single speed mountain bike.


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29. "4???.."
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..lol

kudos for the adjustment made on the hauler.

any pics of the schwinn single speed?


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28. "3 at the moment, but not the 3 that I will eventually end up with..."
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I have the Fuji, which is the main whip...pure race bike
the old school 82 Peugeot, which is the bike that got me into road biking. Sees very little action. Every now and then I'll ride it to the store and chain it up while I'm inside. I aint puttin a chain on my Fuji
Then I have the Giant mtb...hasn't been ridden in two years at least, since I became hypnotized by road biking. I only still have it because of nostalgia. Otherwise, I'd have thrown it on Craigslist and got a couple of bucks off it.

My ultimate plan is: The Fuji, an aero frame bike with deep section wheels for when I get into triathalons (Spring 16) and a dedicated gravel bike for when I want to ride trails...28c tires and disc brakes...in carbon (later next year)

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30. "i hear you on the lock-up policy..."
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>I have the Fuji, which is the main whip...pure race bike
>the old school 82 Peugeot, which is the bike that got me into
>road biking. Sees very little action. Every now and then
>I'll ride it to the store and chain it up while I'm inside. I
>aint puttin a chain on my Fuji

my policy is simple: i rarely lock my bike outdoors and when i do, its within sight. my bike goes where i go (indoors), or it stays at home.


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31. "I know a dude personally who legit takes his bike inside a store with hi..."
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like a nice little 50 mile Sunday ride, stop at the gas station to grab a powerade or something...takes the bike IN and pushes it through the store and back out. He said not one clerk or customer has ever said anything to him.

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25. "Need that Diverge"
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test rode both the Roubaix and diverge
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Roubaix was not my size but an advanced model all carbon. Super fast loved the components. Felt very much my allez with its speed response. Was not too impressed.

Diverge was the entry level model 61. More upright posture, no shoulder strain extremely comfortable. Heavier with its break system and larger tires. Very smooth ride. Can go off road with no problem,meaning cruddy south side Chicago streets will not be an issue at all. Damn near pulled out my wallets on the spot after the test drive.

Bike store staff said they'd take a look at my allez to raise the handle bars. Also said they put 500 of the diverge on a trade in......

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27. "what they want for that jawn?"
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32. "http://kozy.com/product/specialized-diverge-a1-213498-1.htm"
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http://kozy.com/product/specialized-diverge-a1-213498-1.htm

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33. "After the wedding I'm going to put back together the hybrid"
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I've been getting by on my first "road" bike, but it's cheap and the components are cheap and I don't have the time to put into it.

These past few weeks I've been doubling (sometimes tripling) my commute. I've needed to get rid of a few lbs.

So instead of the straight shot, taking a round about way on the trails.

Today I learned about CAT 6, and it's like what the hell older white people, but it's a thing. It'll be exciting to get out there and hurt some feelings.

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34. "lol....man, that shit is funny to me..."
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I've seen it happen. I don't commute anymore, since I changed jobs. I only live 15 minutes from work, but it's a major expressway, at the minimum. I could do it, just haven't messed with it yet. So, when I ride...it's with a purpose. I pick my speed and if I pass someone, they can feel how they like...if someone passes me, I don't give a fuck. That CAT 6 thing makes me laugh, though, cuz I know it happens.

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35. "its hilarious when i pass people on my fixie..."
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..racing against people you know is one thing, but an all out hipster challenge on the street?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

i've had a few people get upset once they realize that i just blew by them on a single speed road bike. this one guy finally caught up to me after i stopped at the next major intersection and tried to challenge me to a sprint:

him: hey, i see you're on one of those fixies.
me: *silent head nod*
him: how light is your bike
me: less than 20lbs
him: cool. wanna race to the next major intersection?
me: i'm not racing anyone out here. i'm just flyin' to my next destination

i think he was disappointed.


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36. "lolwut!!! Who the hell challenges a total stranger to a"
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light to light bike race on a crowded street? I don't even talk to people when I'm out riding. At the most, I'll exchange a head nod with an oncoming rider. If I see someone pulled over, I'll stop and ask them if they have what they need. Straight up random, 2 Fast 2 Furious-like street racing is hilarious.

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39. "I have no interest in racing, I'm more of the vein of leave me alone"
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But these fools out here like they're team racing, catching up to some stranger and then pack riding and drafting.

I get it in the afternoon, but at 7 in the morning, I'm just trying to go to a job that I don't want to go to.

So my biggest gripe at the moment is passing people because they're going slow and then having them tail me for a mile because suddenly I've initiated a race. Like man I came up from at least a quarter mile behind you and passed, why are you suddenly going my speed and trying to get in front of me.

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40. "I'm a Cat 6 CHAMPION!! lol..."
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My morning commute stays littered with slow moving people. It trips me out because #1:I'm on the road before 6am, & I shouldn't encounter as many random bikers as I do... #2 Quite frequently it's some clown wearing full logo'd kit and riding some multi thousand $$$ bike...
#3, I don't really be riding that fast...my avg speed is like 12mph lol...so what gives??

I won't pass you if you're going a decent steady pace....but if you're doing that slow/fast/slow crap....i'm going on ahead around you...

What kills me the most is these clowns on the CapBikeShare bikes that like to filter up to the front of the pack at stop lights....

  

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37. "Very sad shit....BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, YALL..."
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Motorists are NOT looking out for our safety...WE have to.

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38. "indeed..."
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..very unfortunate situation.

while I believe there's a compromise to be made about awareness and sharing the road, I truly believe the consequences for causing an accident due to being distracted by a phone should warrant an arrest (possibly a manslaughter charge?).

the fact that someone lost their life because this driver couldn't wait (or pull over) to make a call/text is beyond ridiculous.


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41. "THE PHONE!!!?!?!?!?"
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People have to lose their life because you can't chill from looking at the phone for an hour? or less? SMH

We gotta be careful out here people.

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42. "people are ridiculous..."
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..this goes for motorist, cyclist, joggers, and pedestrians.

being distracted while you're in traffic can/will be the difference between life & death.


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43. "*Summer Streets (NYC)*"
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..the annual event held on 3 consecutive wkds in august (8/1, 8/8, 8/15), that shuts down park ave from central park all the way to the brooklyn bridge from 7am-1pm, allowing cyclist, runners, & pedestrians free reign on one of busiest streets of manhattan.

along with open passage, summer streets offers a host of free events/games/performances along the designated route (including free bike tune-ups at participating shops).

key additions to this year's events:

zip-lining and a HUGE slip & slide/waterslide at the end of the route (foley square). *please note: you must register for the waterslide in advance (online) to participate.

i cruised the route last week, but i'll be out in force with BBC for the final run on 8/15.


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46. "*FYI: the queue for the waterslide is already in the thousands lol..."
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..and you need to register online (arrive with your printed eticket).

the zip line registration is on sight (1st come, 1st serve). participants are encouraged to arrive as early as 8am.

here's a link for more detailed info/rules regarding all activities along the route:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/route/activities.shtml

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47. "*FINAL WKD FOR SUMMER STREETS!*"
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..get it in, people!

ride swift & safe.


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44. "NYC - navigating the subway with a bike (any tips)"
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i'm a newbie just getting started biking here

was wondering if you guys have any tips for when i decide to venture and take my bike on the train

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45. "a short list..."
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..while i'm not sure what size/style of bike you have, it's important to recognize that you're gonna encounter everything from admiration to angst from other passengers.

• learn your routes/trains:
while congestion is always an issue, you can minimize inconvenience (for you & everyone else) by mastering the schedules. knowing which train car is the least crowded/best suited to accommodate you & your bike. each line uses different cars (design/layout), so it's important to consider what area on each train will cause the least inconvenience. *please note: rush hour congestion can often be so ridiculous that you end up waiting for the next train(s).

• get small:
travel light to help minimize the amount of space you compromise.

• be flexible:
while the door area provides the most real estate available to accommodate you & your bike, it's also a busy intersection during each stop. if you're in this area, be prepared to shift to allow for fluid pedestrian traffic. *politely inform nearby passengers of your intent to shift during each stop.

• be vocal:
while it should be fairly obvious to anyone around you that you'll need a bit more space to maneuver, there will undoubtedly be people that ignore this. politely let people know that you'll be lifting your bike when approaching stairwells (especially rounding each flight), as you'll be more likely to smack someone in the face with a tire lol.

to be honest, I try to avoid taking my bike on the train, but there are times when that's unavoidable. *if you're taking the PATH train (nj), remember that bikes aren't allowed on the 1st train car.

also: ferries are your friend. a lot of people forget that ferries are a viable option for transportation with more room to accommodate cyclist.


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48. "Yeah my tip is just don't take the train with a bike"
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If you're on your bike you should just ride out. However, I know sometimes that's not possible (rain, flat, etc). Getting the car with the least amount of people is key. Also for rush hour just don't take the train. Wait it out or ride it out.

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49. "lol... pretty much..."
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..good seein' you and your wife out & about on the bikes, man.


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51. "Yeah man"
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One of these days we gotta get a ride in.

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52. "i'm always down to ride out..."
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..just let me know.


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50. "Front Wheel Thumb Tack"
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Rolled home with it still in place, had no idea it was there.
Later that night i started fingering the damage, and next thing you know...pppsssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh.

Damn it.

And i have dunlop valves...oops. forgot about that.
Flying Pigeon to the rescue!

Anyway.

Took the patch kit out the closet from under all the clothes
(shows you how much i was prepared for this)
grabbed the levers, pried the tire loose, slid just enough of the tube out...scuff scuff, cement, patch...waited 10 minutes...inflated...flew off into the night.

Then, i heard a scraping sound from the rear tire.

"Oh damn...this sht's about to fall apart...g-d damn it."

Hella apprehensive...stopped...pulled a soda wrapper off the fender...sound gone...all is good.

This was my first time doing this, so a big thank you to bicycling.com & random youtubers.

  

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53. "Came up on a Bridgestone 300 Mixte just sittin on the curb for free.99"
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There were actually THREE bikes...but when I came up on them there were two dudes trying to figure out how to transport all three bikes home via a scooter...oh and one of the two dudes has no arms....

Ultimately they were able to get two out of the three (one was a Raleigh mixte, that's the one I wanted)..and I doubled back an hour later to discover they'd left the Bridgestone. I started to just pass it over...but I was like fck it...for free...why not?

It actually cleaned up pretty well. I didn't take a before photo showing how crusty it was...but i'll take an after photo before I start in on refurbishing it. The paint job is in decent shape with only a few scuffs and rust spots. Some touchup paint will make those go away. The components appear to be in fine shape with only surface crud. It has 27" wheels...so I'll see about switching in a set of 700c's that I have laying around just to save me the effort & expense of truing the ones that are on there. I think it'll turn into a great knock around/commuting bike for my wife and I'll probably ride it some too.

  

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55. "you're a better man, than me..."
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I don't have the patience to take in strays anymore...lol. If I'm dealing with a bike, it's gonna be riding. No more used bikes for me...I'm spoiled. I cop of the showroom floor, lol.

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56. "it's the only way the wife will allow me to scratch the itch lol..."
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so I gotta kinda just work with whatever falls in my lap.

  

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54. "Folks...that fall weather is dropping down upon us..."
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it was a brisk 54 when I rolled out for my Saturday AM ride. What are you doing to prepare? Any gear in mind? I think I'm gonna approach fall/winter riding a little more seriously...at least gear-wise. I'm still sticking to my mantra of no riding in ANY precipitation...snow and ice is not for me, but I am gonna get out there more often than I did last cold weather season. Got my eye on some new tops and bottoms and some shoe covers. I'm hearing from a lot of my online cycling fams that merino wool gear is THE MOVE. My glove game was tight last year, so no changes there...under-helmet liner game was good, too.

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57. "i need to improve my rain gear. that's about it."
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i'm really all about proper layering based on what I learned throughout last winter. I can bear cold temps down to about 19-degrees. I tap out after that.
I'm going to look into having some old merino wool sweaters tailored into more form fit for riding in. Wool is the bees knees.... I wore wool sweaters throughout the winter last year and didn't miss a beat.


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58. "i was planning to make an autumn post (seasonal theme)..."
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..but i was waiting for the official start of autumn lol.

all good, though. i'll still make that post next week.

in the meantime, this wkd's rain finally countered the immense amount of humidity felt along the northeast for the past month. as such, milder temps have everyone out & about, enjoying the last few days of summer and the onset of fall.

as far as the expected forecast, i don't anticipate much of a difference between spring and autumn. we deal with less precipitation in autumn, so maintenance is minimal.

i'm swapping out the riser bars for muted bullhorns soon (initially planned for summer, but life happens). a new saddle is further down the line, but still on deck. oddly enough, i've spent more time completing quick repairs & tune-ups for friends than any focus i might've spent on my own ride.


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59. "i have a flat :o("
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which i have conveniently used as an excuse to not get my very lazy self up and about biking

*hangs head*

but i shall take vengeance against sloth and do better in the near future.

this post is inspiring.

.
http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/
i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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60. "new tubes are $10 or less..."
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..if you can't find a good deal @ your local bike shop, there are plenty of deals online.

http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=tubes&catalogId=10052&cn1=&langId=-1&gast=tubes&storeId=10053&URL=CatalogSearchResultView&ddkey=http:mRetailStoreLocatorInventoryView

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61. "Did my first duathlon yesterday..."
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a lot of fun. Weather was gorgeous, if not a tiny bit nippy when the race started at 8. 5 mile run, followed by 22 miles on the bike. It was cool, because I got to see what a transition area was like...which will help when I finally do a triathlon. Saw some things I could do better. Some of those folks are really good at this. I finished respectably. Didn't place in my age group, though. Talked to some cool people who told me I did well for my first one. Running is not my forte. Course was nothing but rolling hills. Up........down......up......down, lol. Everytime I picked up speed on the bike in the flats, it was time to climb again. Overall, I had a blast. Cool way to end out the race season.

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62. "awesome! questions:"
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>a lot of fun. Weather was gorgeous, if not a tiny bit nippy
>when the race started at 8.

How nippy?


5 mile run, followed by 22 miles
>on the bike.

Which was more of a challenge for you, the run or the bike ride? I'd be done after a 5-mile run alone...at my current state of fitness...or lack of fitness lol...

It was cool, because I got to see what a
>transition area was like...which will help when I finally do a
>triathlon.

Transition area?

Saw some things I could do better. Some of those
>folks are really good at this. I finished respectably.
>Didn't place in my age group, though.

What age group are you in?

Talked to some cool
>people who told me I did well for my first one. Running is
>not my forte.
Course was nothing but rolling hills.
>Up........down......up......down, lol.

Was the run part flat at least?

Everytime I picked up
>speed on the bike in the flats, it was time to climb again.
>Overall, I had a blast. Cool way to end out the race season.
>

Good stuff....what's the entry fee for something like this?

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>
>How nippy?
49 at race start...I heated up quickly, though.
>

>Which was more of a challenge for you, the run or the bike
>ride? I'd be done after a 5-mile run alone...at my current
>state of fitness...or lack of fitness lol...
absolutely, it was the run. Running...and keeping a good pace, not just shuffling after a while, was difficult for me.

>
>Transition area?
In a triathlon...or duathlon...the place where you go from one event to the other. We had our bikes staged. I ran in my bike kit. So you get done with the run, throw off your running shoes, get into your cycling shoes, grab your bike, clip in a go.


>
>What age group are you in?
40-44

>
>Was the run part flat at least?
nope....whole damn town is nothing but hills. The hills were alive, lol.

>Good stuff....what's the entry fee for something like this?
only $35
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..and yes, the transition area is no joke.


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