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CyrenYoung
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"OkayCyclist: spring '17..."


  

          

..plenty of grit & grime to clear after winter sludge.

wet roads ahead for the next few weeks, but the temps are rising.

whatSAYyou?!..


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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I'm looking forward to it
Mar 29th 2017
1
This winter wasn't that cold.
Mar 29th 2017
2
typical nyc winter...
Mar 29th 2017
3
the awakening is always fun...
Mar 29th 2017
4
      HAHA
Apr 03rd 2017
5
           unintentional!..
Apr 03rd 2017
6
be safe out there...
Apr 17th 2017
7
Finally made the jump to clipless pedals...
Apr 23rd 2017
8
congrats...
Apr 24th 2017
9
Who's doing the 5 boro?
Apr 26th 2017
10
i'm on the fence...
Apr 26th 2017
11
recap coming soon...
May 10th 2017
14
2017 Red Hook Crit: Brooklyn 10...
Apr 26th 2017
12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epGoWRHMR30&feature=em-upload_owner
May 10th 2017
13
Damn Joe
May 18th 2017
15
      incredible night of cycling...
May 23rd 2017
16
           Wasn't there a crash there?
May 25th 2017
18
                there's a crash every year...
May 30th 2017
21
man, folks...I'm starting to lose some of the fire for road riding...
May 25th 2017
17
I feel you, man
May 26th 2017
19
      goodness @ that clueless tweet from the police....
May 26th 2017
20
           leading by example...
May 30th 2017
22
                Salute n/m
Jun 01st 2017
23
one crazy summer © cusack...
Jun 14th 2017
24
Two cyclists killed by charter buses in Manhattan
Jun 19th 2017
25
does anyone use bar ends?
Jul 05th 2017
26

13Rose
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1. "I'm looking forward to it"
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Saw a cat prepping to head out on his bike this morning as I walked to the train. Salute to him.

I'll need to do some short rides in the neighborhood to get used to my saddle again. I actually might finally use this saddle I received as a gift about 3 years ago. Time to switch up.

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2. "This winter wasn't that cold."
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Some good thermals and gloves made the rides this winter bearable when there wasn't too much snow/slush on the pavement. And I'm not a long time cyclist myself.

"Sean sparks like John Starks, nah, Sean ball like John Wall" - Rest In Power Forever Sean Price.

  

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CyrenYoung
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3. "typical nyc winter..."
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..sure, temps drop, but nyc doesn't see much snow on average.





*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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CyrenYoung
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4. "the awakening is always fun..."
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Mon Apr-03-17 11:55 AM by CyrenYoung

  

          

..watching people get that itch.

another cyclist pulled up next to me @ a light and hit me with the head-nod and small talk:

him: this weather is awesome. great to be back on road, right?
me: i never left.



*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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5. "HAHA"
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Stuntin ass Cyrese.

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CyrenYoung
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6. "unintentional!.."
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..LOL.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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CyrenYoung
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7. "be safe out there..."
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..sure, the weather's nice and the sun is high, but that also means a lot more people will be out & about.

more congestion.

as such, its important to remind everyone to keep their head on a swivel. awareness saves lives and avoids issues on the road.

one of those issues: mixing zones

*mixing zones are intersections with specific lanes that lead motorists to left-turns on one-way streets that are also shared by bike lanes. there is an on-going debate about how to possibly re-design such intersections. in the meantime, cyclists continue to be put in harms way, with very little recourse or response in the wake of tragedy.

https://patch.com/new-york/east-village/nyc-cyclists-condemn-intersection-design-after-kelly-hurleys-death


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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8. "Finally made the jump to clipless pedals..."
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... and promptly fell on my ass later that night.

Luckily, besides a small scrape on my knee, the only other thing I hurt was my ego. I got too confident at a light and toppled over. Besides that tho? Clipless is the truth! I'm loving the increased efficiency and how easy it is to engage the pedal from a stop, compared to straps. I also like the shoes I bought, shimano SPD mountain joints. It's not too awkward walking in them and I'm able to keep a pair of regular shoes at the office. If anyone is on the fence about making the jump, I'd say it's worth it if you regularly put long miles on your bike.

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CyrenYoung
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9. "congrats..."
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..one of the great things about cycling is the variety of options each individual has.

its all about comfort, efficiency, & safety.





*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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13Rose
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10. "Who's doing the 5 boro?"
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Not the kid. Not this year.

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CyrenYoung
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11. "i'm on the fence..."
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Wed Apr-26-17 05:30 PM by CyrenYoung

  

          

..my current schedule's putting a cramp on things.

it will likely be a game-day decision.

*are you checking out the red hook crit sat?


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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CyrenYoung
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14. "recap coming soon..."
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*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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12. "2017 Red Hook Crit: Brooklyn 10..."
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..https://redhookcrit.com/brooklyn-no-10/

anyone planning to attend/participate?..


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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13. "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epGoWRHMR30&feature=em-upload_owner"
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Sat May-13-17 06:14 PM by CyrenYoung

  

          

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epGoWRHMR30&feature=em-upload_owner


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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15. "Damn Joe"
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I straight up missed this.

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CyrenYoung
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16. "incredible night of cycling..."
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..its always fun, but the energy @ this year's crit was intense.

quite a few things coming down the pipeline this summer, fam. stay tuned.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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18. "Wasn't there a crash there?"
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Or did I misread the blurb I saw about that?

"Sean sparks like John Starks, nah, Sean ball like John Wall" - Rest In Power Forever Sean Price.

  

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21. "there's a crash every year..."
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..more than one, actually.

worst crash this year involved a broken collarbone & forearm. these races are intense.


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17. "man, folks...I'm starting to lose some of the fire for road riding..."
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don't get me wrong...I love being on the bike. There's no better feeling than putting some miles on my legs with some music in my ear. Just starting to get to the point where it's like we (cyclists) are playing Frogger out there. Nicky Hayden passing away the other day is just another example. He rode Moto all those years, but was killed on a bicycle. Cyren's incident last year...that really bothered me, man. I said it in a post in OKS...there is not one time I'm out that I don't see someone in a car doing something ridiculous. Maybe I should start only doing events...at least there's SOME protection. Police block of certain streets, there's cones/signs, etc. I dunno, man. I love it too much to stop, but it's becoming more and more of a risky proposition. You can wear all the hi-vis shit you want, but it doesn't matter when the person in the 2-ton weapon is NOT fucking paying attention. I'm rambling, now. I'll shut up.

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19. "I feel you, man"
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Here in LA (SFV), we just had a fatal hit-and-run: http://ktla.com/2017/05/24/bicyclist-killed-injured-in-winnetka-hit-and-run-crash-lapd/

Shit happened at 1am. I've ridden around the SFV that late and there is nobody out. There is no reason to road rage, all the streets are empty. I take full lanes on major streets if I'm riding that late. So for something like this to happen, it's shocking. Of course, this is the LAPD's bullshit response: https://twitter.com/LAPDHQ/status/867446009520979969

Like you, I see some stupid shit practically daily on my long commute to work by our genius drivers. Most of it is of the "neglectful" variety, like people not signaling and then abruptly getting in my way. I also see jerk moves like using the bike lane or right turn lane to cut in front of traffic going straight.

Since most of my rides are commutes during rush hour, I ride as defensive as possible. To paraphrase Samuel L Jackson in Jackie Brown, "I can't trust LA drivers, but I can trust LA drivers to be LA drivers." That means I never trust them to do the right thing. When I roll up on intersections, I look at the way cars are lined up and try to see if any wheels are pointing towards a lane change. I try to make eye contact with drivers turning right at intersections or turning left into an intersection I'm crossing and start tapping my brakes if I can't make that contact. I don't ride with music so I can hear cars rolling up behind me. I try to use smart lane positioning so that I'm visible, meaning that if I'm crossing a crowded section, I'm in the middle of the lane. I signal my turns and wave thank you if I need to exit the bike lane cuz a car is trying to park. My lights are on at all times even on clear days at high noon, solid in the front, blinking in the back. You get the idea.

It also helps to remember that the benefits of bicycling outweigh the risks by like 20-1. There was also a study that showed bicycle commuting cuts the risk of cancer by 45%. Now the obvious smartass comment is "Great until you get flattened by a car!" but bicycle commuting cut the risk of all cause mortality by 41%. That's pretty remarkable, no? You can read the article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39641122

All this to say that we remember the bad moments more than the good moments. I get to wave to "regulars" i see on my route, enjoy the outdoors, talk to other people, and I even have a few pleasant interactions with drivers every now and then. That keeps me going when I start to get anxious at the pile of stories on the news and on the internet about shitty drivers.

Keep on riding, man. Ride good, OKP!

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20. "goodness @ that clueless tweet from the police...."
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use helmets and lights and you'll be ok when a truck runs into the back of you!!! Yay!!

I didn't want to be a downer, it's just been bugging me. A friend of mine had a car shoot past him, then make a right turn right in front of him to pull into a driveway. He went over the back of the trunk, but "only" came away with a broken clavicle.

Thanks, though for the words. It really is a wonderful feeling to be out there, fresh air, challenging yourself, seeing the sights. Like...I'd literally ride my bike everywhere I went, if it was feasible. I try to drive as little as possible. Appreciate you droppin in with some gems. Be safe.

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22. "leading by example..."
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Tue May-30-17 04:55 PM by CyrenYoung

  

          

..although my accident last summer was dangerous, i was fortunate to be able to walk away with minor scrapes & soreness. we all know that's not always the outcome of an accident involving a cyclist/motorist/pedestrian/runner.

i decided that i would use that incident to help fuel my desire & drive to bring more awareness to everyone about sharing the road.

cycling has revitalized and revamped my entire lifestyle. i experience the city in a manner most aren't aware of, i'm spending less time (and $) on sweltering platforms & crowded trains, and and more time outdoors. bonus: i'm in the best shape of my entire life, and the mean streets of new york city are my daily workout.

i'm out here, we're out here. i'm determined to make sure they know it.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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23. "Salute n/m"
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24. "one crazy summer © cusack..."
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Thu Jun-15-17 11:46 AM by CyrenYoung

  

          

..heatwaves and road rage, and its not even summer yet (7 days & counting).

i was unfortunately involved in 2 road incidents (1 intentional), which completely threw my entire wkd into disarray. fortunately i wasn't injured (mild soreness), but my bike took a pretty good bruising.

damages:

• origin 8 crank/arm (46t)
• rear cog (freewheel, the fixed cog was clear)
• chain

once again, i was fortunate that the frame was unscathed.

repairs/upgrades:

• fsa gimondi crank (49t)
• origin 8 rear cog & hub cassette (flipflop)
• heavy duty chain
• vertu saddle

after consulting with my mechanic, i decided to roll with a larger crank (more power/speed) and a heavy duty chain. i'm brutal when it comes to torque, so i wanted something that could keep up and provide a bit more of a challenge to my lower body. after switching out to bullhorns last fall, the forward stance provides much better core strengthening and overall full body workout. the saddle upgrade was long overdue. i like the design and function of the vertu saddle, but i'll give it a month before reviewing it.

results: a tight, yet smooth & consist ride.

still can't believe i've put this much work into this particular build over the past year, when i'm currently trying to finish the next build.

http://i.imgur.com/kuid428.jpg



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25. "Two cyclists killed by charter buses in Manhattan"
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within the span of five days last week. The most recent one on this past Saturday could have occurred when it was raining pretty heavily, so I wonder if it's possible visibility was an issue for the charter bus or not. Regardless, NYC has to do a better job in terms of policing cyclist related deaths on the road; more than just issuing mass tickets at the respective scenes of the deaths after the incidents occur. Getting hit, much less crushed under the wheels of a charter bus is a pretty horrible way to go out.

Since I imagine the summer weather will bring more cyclists on the streets, I unfortunately think more accidents will occur. Hopefully they aren't fatal ones.

"Sean sparks like John Starks, nah, Sean ball like John Wall" - Rest In Power Forever Sean Price.

  

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26. "does anyone use bar ends?"
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I've been thinking of installing some to help with comfort during longer rides. I was reading that a lot of people don't recommend them because they can be unsafe and get caught on other handlebars. Just wondering what your opinions are on them?

  

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