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Dstl1
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"Talkin Cycling on a Wednesday"


          

Yeah, I know...that's not a thing. Welp, it is today. We haven't had a cycling post in here in a good minute and in honor of one of my FAVORITE times of the year, The Tour de France, I thought I'd make one. One month, 21 stages, crashes, mechanical failures, sprint finishes, riders dropping out, teams imploding...just great drama. I love it. Shoutout to this man: https://twitter.com/lawsoncraddock?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Bruh crashed on Saturday...the first fucking day of the Tour. The result was a busted eye and a fractured clavicle. He got back on the bike and finished the stage: https://www.chron.com/sports/article/Houston-s-Lawson-Craddock-crashes-at-Tour-de-13056936.php

Being a Houston dude, he has pledged to donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief for every stage he can complete...and challenged others to do the same. He prolly finished Stage 1 on pure adrenaline, but after he woke up on that next morning, dude had to be in agony. He's currently riding in Stage 5 as I type this. I don't see it being humanly possible for him to finish the Tour. Certainly would be amazing, if he did. I can't even imagine how uncomfortable it is to support himself on the bars with that fracture. It's virtually impossible for him to get up and pedal, which means he has to stay in the saddle the entire time. Imagine riding 120 miles in the saddle the whole time, LOL...that's mind-boggling.

So...what's good? Y'all riding? New bikes? Repairs on old joints? Stories? Querstions? (c)my mother

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Subject Author Message Date ID
this fall
Jul 11th 2018
1
family, what's the science on losing parking?
Jul 11th 2018
2
major renovations in the building require the underground garage
Jul 11th 2018
5
Where are you riding from?
Jul 11th 2018
3
Arlington over near Ft.Myer...so only 5miles ...
Jul 11th 2018
6
Luckily the only deckless left now are Jump
Sep 13th 2018
82
      It's between a Big Dummy or a Benno Boost right now....
Sep 25th 2018
90
Really wanna start riding my bike to the train
Jul 11th 2018
4
fold-up bike?
Jul 11th 2018
7
Nah...I wish
Jul 11th 2018
11
      dont wish - fold ups are awful
Oct 22nd 2019
118
Locking skewers, a good U-Lock, and lock the back wheel and the frame
Sep 13th 2018
83
I copped a hybrid as a starter
Jul 11th 2018
8
What's REI's policy
Jul 11th 2018
21
      free tuneup in 1st 3 months after purchase
Jul 11th 2018
24
I just hope you guys don't wear those Tour De France outfits lol
Jul 11th 2018
9
what exactly are those? there's no tour specific "outfit"....
Jul 11th 2018
10
Lol you and I not know what I was making fun of
Jul 11th 2018
14
      exactly my point, but at least get it right if you trying to clown
Jul 11th 2018
17
a "kit"? hell yes if the ride is anything over 5 miles.
Jul 11th 2018
13
Lol what's wrong with 9 inch Nike compression shorts
Jul 11th 2018
15
because it's not about the outfit being tight.
Jul 11th 2018
19
      I get the whole padding thing
Jul 14th 2018
34
           I'm comfortable with my body.
Jul 16th 2018
45
basically
Jul 11th 2018
20
Tights? You realy don't want shit flapping around when you ride
Jul 11th 2018
23
wide variety of cycling gear...
Jul 11th 2018
25
I'm doing a two day 100 miles bike ride for charity MS
Jul 11th 2018
12
you can definitely get it done on a hybrid...
Jul 11th 2018
18
check the route/terrain...
Jul 11th 2018
26
      Yeah there are inclines, riding from Irvine to San Diego
Jul 11th 2018
27
i'm a novice
Jul 11th 2018
16
28 miles ain't no punk, though...that's good work for your first...
Jul 11th 2018
22
Those gnarly crashes...
Jul 11th 2018
28
It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been on my baby
Jul 11th 2018
29
haven't taken my first ride yet this summer.
Jul 12th 2018
30
On a Schimano that I got for $800 off.
Jul 13th 2018
31
accessory talk?
Jul 14th 2018
32
I like those lights, simple, very bright and rechargeable...
Jul 14th 2018
37
not bad
Jul 15th 2018
39
Is Velosurance a scam?
Jul 14th 2018
33
sounds like you have a bike that's not the right size for your body fam
Jul 14th 2018
35
you either got the wrong size for your body, or you need a fit...
Jul 14th 2018
36
I have Velosurance...its backed by Markel Specialty Insurance...
Jul 14th 2018
38
Has anyone riden or tried REI's co-op bikes?
Jul 15th 2018
40
Or a Masi bike?
Jul 15th 2018
41
welp, first day didn't go like I'd hoped.
Jul 15th 2018
42
https://www.bikenashbar.com/SearchDisplay?advancedSearch=&pageView=g...
Jul 15th 2018
43
      thanks.
Jul 16th 2018
44
           options...
Jul 16th 2018
46
                got it.
Jul 16th 2018
50
I want an old Cannondale or Klein frame aluminum frame.
Jul 16th 2018
47
god bless you, you magnificent beast.
Jul 16th 2018
48
My DREAM dream is to find a 2010 Gary Fisher Cronus
Jul 16th 2018
51
I have a green trek frame in the basement RIGHT NOW
Jul 16th 2018
53
I've got an old GT frame...actually entire mtn bike..from mid 90's.
Jul 16th 2018
49
      I had a GT in the late 90's and it got stolen in Oakland.
Jul 16th 2018
52
Cracked my frame on my 2016 bike last weekend
Aug 03rd 2018
54
so the seat tube cracked where the front derailleur mounts to it?
Aug 03rd 2018
55
      The frame is alluminum
Aug 03rd 2018
57
           ah, ok...right where the seat tube welds to the bottom bracket...
Aug 03rd 2018
58
best pedals/shoes for a hybrid road/mountain bike?
Aug 03rd 2018
56
this is always difficult...
Sep 11th 2018
63
i use platforms and 510s
Sep 11th 2018
67
got a 40mile road ride in last weekend
Aug 03rd 2018
59
Did a NYC Century Ride yesterday.
Sep 10th 2018
60
congrats...
Sep 11th 2018
62
My current bike is about three weeks old
Sep 11th 2018
65
can you post the route?
Sep 11th 2018
68
      RE: can you post the route?
Sep 11th 2018
72
           HUH! Thats an interesting take on riding in NYC.
Sep 12th 2018
79
                You are welcome.
Sep 12th 2018
80
finally copped a new ride.
Sep 10th 2018
61
curious to know what the annual maintenance will cost for this...
Sep 11th 2018
64
guess I'll find out.
Sep 11th 2018
71
      i ride a mountain bike and the maintenence is easy
Sep 11th 2018
75
           I need to get a stand.
Sep 11th 2018
76
                they are AMAZING but can be a hassle
Sep 11th 2018
77
                     I'll have to remember this
Sep 12th 2018
78
                          before i got an air compressor/tank
Sep 12th 2018
81
get the fuck out. all that for under 2000?!
Sep 11th 2018
69
yeah, the price got me too.
Sep 11th 2018
73
damn, that's a helluva bike...
Sep 11th 2018
70
      thx.
Sep 11th 2018
74
This Giant E bike is really tickling my fancy
Sep 11th 2018
66
Studded Winter tires: Yay or Nay?
Sep 24th 2018
84
I ride year-round on continental/gatorskins...
Sep 24th 2018
85
      Gatorskins pretty much have no treading
Sep 25th 2018
87
           that's the best thing about Continental...
Sep 25th 2018
88
                I copped these
Dec 19th 2019
126
                     keep me posted...
Dec 19th 2019
135
So why you ain't show up your babes?
Sep 24th 2018
86
Mines:
Sep 25th 2018
91
[url=https://imgur.com/kuid428][img]http://i.imgur.com/kuid428.jpg[/img]...
Sep 25th 2018
93
Here's mine
Oct 22nd 2019
117
Benno
Sep 25th 2018
89
heavy.
Sep 25th 2018
92
      Purpose built.
Sep 25th 2018
94
      775 miles logged so far. Going back to non-electric is gonna be tough...
May 08th 2019
96
           care to expound on this review?..
May 22nd 2019
98
                My commute is only 12 miles round trip...but I have my daughter daily
May 22nd 2019
99
                     thanks for this info...
May 23rd 2019
100
Despite the negative experiences
May 08th 2019
95
just finished some maintenance on my bike
May 08th 2019
97
Did the NYC Century Ride yesterday.
Sep 09th 2019
101
The Tour De Bronx is coming up 10/27...
Sep 09th 2019
102
      I'm going to have to mull that over.
Sep 09th 2019
104
           you can take the train to the start of the Tour De Bronx...
Sep 09th 2019
105
                Normally, where are the pre-event
Sep 20th 2019
109
                     there's no pre-event...
Oct 09th 2019
114
                          What's your take
Oct 25th 2019
119
                               Rain + wind + hills = hazardous conditions...
Oct 25th 2019
120
dumped my bike Friday, back on it Monday
Sep 09th 2019
103
somehow it makes it worse when folks don't
Sep 09th 2019
106
      A couple people on the trail stopped while I was walking the bike
Sep 09th 2019
107
           similar.
Sep 09th 2019
108
Did my first century on Saturday, 5:56, 17.3 mph
Oct 06th 2019
110
congrats!..
Oct 09th 2019
113
      I’ve dedicated my rides to beating my dads PRs on Strava
Oct 12th 2019
116
Long Live CicLAvia
Oct 07th 2019
111
yeah man, my favorite route all through downtown!
Oct 12th 2019
115
Changed my tires from touring to CX
Oct 09th 2019
112
Doing my first duathlon on the 17th
Oct 28th 2019
121
Fck hills yo. Good luck though!
Oct 28th 2019
122
this sounds like fun.
Oct 29th 2019
123
Got my oldest (5) his first pedal bike
Dec 19th 2019
124
Always fun introducing children to cycling...
Dec 19th 2019
128
Also, working on a stupid fun gravel bike project.
Dec 19th 2019
125
Gates Carbon Belt drives anyone?
Dec 19th 2019
127
Get one. Can never have too many bikes:) I have 4 lol....
Dec 19th 2019
129
Pros vs Cons...
Dec 19th 2019
130
      I would list internal Hub as a plus. My IGH bike has been bombproof.
Dec 19th 2019
131
           All depends on the customer...
Dec 19th 2019
132
                RE: All depends on the customer...
Dec 19th 2019
133
                     Sounds like a perfect match for you...
Dec 19th 2019
134
                          To be clear
Dec 19th 2019
136
                               Given the amount that you bike...i'd advise looking into disc brakes
Dec 19th 2019
137
                               RE: Given the amount that you bike...i'd advise looking into disc brakes
Dec 19th 2019
139
                               Also...just because they don't actively stock, they could still likely o...
Dec 19th 2019
138
                               Not bad...
Dec 19th 2019
140
Signed up for my first race.
Jan 31st 2020
141
A new NYC based Century Ride
Mar 05th 2020
142
Up for the empty streets lockdown crew
Jun 24th 2020
143
Streets are packed here (DC & Arlington, VA)...Pandemic turned
Jun 24th 2020
144
Yeah, streets are packed here in LA too... just not with cars
Jun 24th 2020
145
More so than normal spring in DC?
Jun 25th 2020
150
      just seeing this reply lol...yeah it was BAD bad... getting back to norm...
Jan 22nd 2021
163
I am legend...
Jun 24th 2020
146
      I've been proud of the bicycling community
Jun 24th 2020
147
      Started in on restoration of a Bridgestone Mixte for my wife....
Jun 25th 2020
148
           Sounds like you have some painting to do, fam...
Jun 25th 2020
149
                I don’t think I have the skill/facilities to do it properly...
Jun 25th 2020
151
                     I was referring to hiring a professional lol...
Jun 26th 2020
152
                          COST?
Jun 26th 2020
153
                               Average is about $200...
Jun 27th 2020
154
                                    hmmm....I already got like $150 in parts on this joint...
Jun 27th 2020
155
                                         word...
Jun 27th 2020
156
Dixon's Bike Shop in Park Slope?
Jan 22nd 2021
157
IF you're looking for a black-owned shop in BK...
Jan 22nd 2021
158
      Thanks for the added shop.
Jan 22nd 2021
160
           would you consider building from scratch?
Jan 22nd 2021
161
           why you out here trying to murder this mans pockets??? lol....
Jan 22nd 2021
162
           lol...the thing about building is it can be as expensive as you want it ...
Jan 22nd 2021
164
                Exactly...
Jan 23rd 2021
165
           I don't have the skills, patience, or the tools to do this.
Jan 25th 2021
170
           I spoke with L yesterday (the shop is on hiatus)...
Jan 23rd 2021
166
                I figured something was wrong on Friday
Jan 25th 2021
167
                     damn...what kind is it??
Jan 25th 2021
168
                          RE: damn...what kind is it??
Jan 25th 2021
169
                               Damn, the ergonomics look...weird. What’s wrong
Jan 25th 2021
171
                                    The frame on my normal commuter bike is cracked.
Jan 27th 2021
172
                                         Oooooooooo.... yeah, we can't fix that lol..damn.
Jan 27th 2021
173
Moved to the semi sticks. Wanting a mountain bike for trails.
Jan 22nd 2021
159

FLUIDJ
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1. "this fall"
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i will likely be forced to commute by bike again...
losing parking at the job for the next 7 years!

Will be looking into finally building up a Big Dummy with an e-assist motor OR going to Bike_Friday for a custom build to haul baby#2 home with me on the afternoon commutes.

Going to be tricky now that the DMV is littered with dockless bikes & scooters and knuckleheads that don't know how to ride them safely.

"Get ready....for your blessing....."

  

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Dstl1
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2. "family, what's the science on losing parking?"
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Okay player...so you can type whatever you wanna type, but I still write better than anybody you like - Torae

  

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FLUIDJ
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5. "major renovations in the building require the underground garage"
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to close...so they taking ERRRRYBODY'S parking so there are no hurt feelings ....

The parking I got was immensely discounted to the tune of $86/month....
NOWHERE in DC is that even close to being available....
and so...I shall ride again.

  

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3. "Where are you riding from?"
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6. "Arlington over near Ft.Myer...so only 5miles ... "
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coming in is easy breezy downhill....
going home is the complete opposite though

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82. "Luckily the only deckless left now are Jump"
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which are the motherfuckin' truth.

I'm going to need to either get an Xtracycle kit for my hybrid bike, get a Burley trailer, or go to the full long tail (thinking Radwagon) by this time next year -- kid 2 is going to be joining his brother at the same school next year, so getting them there in the same bike would be super advantageous.

Basically took the summer off bike commuting due to having to shift the oldest to different camps around the district, but have gotten back into it now that he's back at school. Oddly where I've run into scooters the most are on the MBT; they haven't been too big of a deal around Farragut Square or elsewhere downtown.

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90. "It's between a Big Dummy or a Benno Boost right now...."
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>which are the motherfuckin' truth.

I never tried the Jump bikes. They at least LOOK sturdy. I fear that scooters are pushing them out too ultimately. Now i'd rather have the bikes than the scooters!

>I'm going to need to either get an Xtracycle kit for my hybrid
>bike, get a Burley trailer, or go to the full long tail
>(thinking Radwagon) by this time next year -- kid 2 is going
>to be joining his brother at the same school next year, so
>getting them there in the same bike would be super
>advantageous.

I looked into the Xtracycle Leap too...but I couldn't shake the feeling of it being rigid (pause) enough. By the time I added up the accessories it was pushing near $1K too. I do have a Chariot Chanook 1 (prior to them being bought out by Thule). And it's great...but heavy. REAL heavy when hitched to the bike I used for hauling the kid. I'm only going to be hauling 1 now that the oldest is in kindergarten, so i'm not sure if investing in the long tail is the optimal move.

ALSO...check out Yuba Mundo Lux. They're a contender...but I just like the look of the Surly Big Dummy better. The Benno Boost is calling me though. It's the size of a regular bike, wheel size of a fat BMX, cargo capacity of a cargo bike...plus it's different than anything on the road i've seen...which has its own appeal to me.

"Get ready....for your blessing....."

  

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4. "Really wanna start riding my bike to the train"
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But we don't have a rack outside the work building, and I'm not feeling leaving it (even locked up) at the train station all day. Gonna see if I can put it in one of the storage closets or something.

Fell kinda dumb asking my wife to get me from the train station when I dont feel like walking the mile home from the train after work.




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7. "fold-up bike?"
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"Get ready....for your blessing....."

  

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11. "Nah...I wish"
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Just a regular mountain bike from Dicks, lol



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118. "dont wish - fold ups are awful"
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those little wheels are so lame lol

  

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83. "Locking skewers, a good U-Lock, and lock the back wheel and the frame"
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I had Pinheads installed when I got my bike (https://www.amazon.com/Pinhead-Bicycle-Locking-Skewer-Piece/dp/B001Y9X328) and a Kryptonite New York lock. If I don't feel like the whole commute, I run the U lock around the bike rack pole and through both the back wheel and the downtube just above the pedals. You don't have to lock it tighter than Fort Knox -- just tighter than the other bikes there.

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8. "I copped a hybrid as a starter "
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https://www.rei.com/product/121596/co-op-cycles-cty-11-bike

Just walking in there was overwhelming
I was like "I just want a bike, not trying to be Lance Armstrong"
It rides smooth, very light
Been going back and forth on the metro branch trail, the national mall (playing frogger with the tourists), and the Mt. Vernon trail

  

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21. "What's REI's policy"
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on making repairs/adjustments to your bike?

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

  

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24. "free tuneup in 1st 3 months after purchase"
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fee after that, forgot how much

  

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9. "I just hope you guys don't wear those Tour De France outfits lol "
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Dstl1
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10. "what exactly are those? there's no tour specific "outfit"...."
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pretty sure you know that, though.

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Heinz
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14. "Lol you and I not know what I was making fun of "
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Dstl1
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17. "exactly my point, but at least get it right if you trying to clown"
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13. "a "kit"? hell yes if the ride is anything over 5 miles. "
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and i'm on the road bike.

its the only way - err, kinda I mean, you could wear full on padded mountain style shorts but for long rides you dont want anything in the way

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Heinz
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15. "Lol what's wrong with 9 inch Nike compression shorts"
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Under running shorts?

If your outfit looks like you are only missing a number pinned to your back I'm def laughing at you lol


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19. "because it's not about the outfit being tight. "
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check it out

this is a saddle, also known as a "bike seat": https://cdnmos-bikeradar.global.ssl.fastly.net/images/bikes-and-gear/components/saddles/specialized_oura_pro_womens_saddle-1472636567215-1g7vvu7c013d3-630-354.jpg

this is the chamois the part in cycling shorts that is under your ass:
http://cdn.road.cc/sites/default/files/cropped/preview_500/images/X-BIONIC%20The%20Trick%20Biking%20Pants/X-BIONIC%20The%20Trick%20Biking%20Pants%20-%20pad.jpg

see how they mirror each other? the chamois or padding is there to keep you riding for miles and miles.

an actual cycling saddle is not really a seat as much as a perch for your seat bones. check it: http://cdn.road.cc/sites/default/files/bontrager-biodynamic-saddle-posture-comparisons.jpg


So, there is such a thing as baggy cycling shorts where the outer layer is baggy and the inner layer is a skin tight lyrca style short.
see: https://mk0theadventuregfnyq.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/41rUMUCRszL.jpg

which I do wear when I go mountain biking
but for pure road riding I would not prefer to have a ton of fabric flapping about.

There is a bit of a happy medium however where companies are making commuter geared stuff where its a combination of padding and shorts without all the fabric like: https://bikerumor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Pearl-Izumi-Rev-short-riding-1.jpg


by the way, there is a lot of road style stuff out there and a lot of it is not just Tour looking. Rapha makes fantastic shit.

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34. "I get the whole padding thing "
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But the shpants you posted nobody should ever wear

Why cant you wear nike training or running shorts that arent baggy over the saddle?

Yeah i get the whole slowing down thing but theres shorts that dont let too mich air get in where you are parachuting up like you are in water.

Lol ionno do what you wanna do if it helps with your times or goals i just think it looks funny? Lol cant we say yea its a neccessity for you guys but looks ridiculous? Haha



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45. "I'm comfortable with my body. "
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And when you're riding a bike, you're riding a bike, not walking around mid town going to museums.

why wear shorts when you ball?
why wear a suit to work?
why wear pajamas when you sleep?

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20. "basically"
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23. "Tights? You realy don't want shit flapping around when you ride"
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Baggy shorts/pants/shirts catch the wind and slow you down. It's why track runners wear skin-tight, barely-there gear too. The bike gear also wicks moisture while keeping the sun off your back.

  

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25. "wide variety of cycling gear..."
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..some of which looks like regular clothing.

kits are for specific events/tours.


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12. "I'm doing a two day 100 miles bike ride for charity MS"
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In October. I've done it in the past on a KHS road bike not an expensive bike, but I prefer flat bar instead of curved handle bars. But for the distance I'm wondering if I should just stick to a road bike or get a hybrid, what do you guys think?

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18. "you can definitely get it done on a hybrid..."
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50 miles a day, that is. I personally prefer road bars because I have three different positions I can get into as the miles add up.

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26. "check the route/terrain..."
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..before making your final decision.

a proper fit (riding position) makes all the difference on long distance routes (esp routes with significant inclines/declines).


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27. "Yeah there are inclines, riding from Irvine to San Diego"
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And ride up Torrey Pines, may have to stick to a road

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16. "i'm a novice"
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last summer my homeboy, who had just purchased a road bike, invited me out to the trail with him and his neighbor.
I broke out my 10 year old mountain. Shit needed air in the tire, it was heavy as fuck, hadn't been tuned up ever. We rode 12 miles and that shit seemed like FOREVER.

the next week, I purchased a road bike. A Schwinn. It was 70 percent off at JCPenney. Road it a few times last summer.

Me and my boy rode 28 miles on memorial day weekend. I had plans of a 50 miler this summer but I haven't ridden since mem day weekend, and that ride was difficult as is.

  

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22. "28 miles ain't no punk, though...that's good work for your first..."
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few rides. You could definitely hit that 50 with some work-up time.

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28. "Those gnarly crashes..."
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..This time of year is extremely busy for me, but I try my best to keep up with the stages.

Trying to keep up with live sports and remain active during the summer is a serious challenge.

  

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29. "It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been on my baby"
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It’s been in a portable storage pod for almost 2 weeks. The new neighborhood is full of trails that I used to go out of the way on my commute to ride, so I’m excited to introduce them to my kids who are stronger than ever on two wheels.

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30. "haven't taken my first ride yet this summer."
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now that that 10k run is behind me, I hope to ride this weekend.

I normally do like 25 or so miles from Decatur to piedmont park and back. its a fun ride there, but no matter what route I take home, its pretty much inclines all the way.

got a good bike speaker on my mountain bike. need to double check a few things in lieu of a tune up. I should be good to this weekend.

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31. "On a Schimano that I got for $800 off."
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I bike north of 20 miles a week and it's lovely. Getting used to climbing and going about my business. Main thing I love about this bike is the weight. It's really light and unassuming.

I wearing tights, shorts, and a black shirt.

Cycling is low-key peaceful and is fundamentally different than what I thought it'd be. It's easy to do it and unwind from a long day. Main focus on doing this is endurance and keeping myself in shape. It would be nice to do an endurance run so I'm working my way there.

  

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32. "accessory talk?"
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what is the opinion on these lights?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2HZV9U/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

best water bottle? best bottle cage?
are there fixie heads in here?

don't be fkn evil.

  

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37. "I like those lights, simple, very bright and rechargeable..."
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I don't do a lot of night riding. Sometimes I leave the house and when I come back it's just past dark. The park I ride in in the mornings is about a 4 mile trail around the lake. There's some sections that are heavily covered by trees and even with the sun out, it's fairly dark through there. I keep my lights on...flashing...the entire time, front and rear. I use some pretty basic, carbon fiber bottle cages and 2 Camelbak bottles.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Origin8-Speed-Wing-II-3K-carbon-fiber-Bottle-Cage-Clear-coated-carbon-20g/202348522592?epid=1700056649&hash=item2f1ce96c60%3Ag%3AMyYAAOSwESZbLYg2&_sacat=0&_nkw=origin+8+bottle+cage&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=m570.l1313

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39. "not bad"
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i recently bought this as a backlight but i yet have to install it. like to keep it as simple as possible


https://supernova-lights.com/produkte/ruecklichter/airstream-tail-light-2/

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33. "Is Velosurance a scam?"
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http://velosurance.com

I misspoke earlier my bike is a Cannondale 600 is pristine condition that I haggled down to $225. Naturally I need insurance on it and need more info on a reputable company.

I ran into a few issues cycling that I need help with:

I slow down because my shoes cannot keep up with my pedaling speed.

Going Aero is the shit but my needs touch elbows. Is this normal? My seat is as high as it can be.

Ran into an issue of my nuts hurting during rides. Is there an easy way to fix this? Feels like I'm getting kicked in the nuts constantly and it hurts.

What are yall doing for security?

  

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35. "sounds like you have a bike that's not the right size for your body fam"
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Seat all the way up & knees hitting your elbows is not a good thing.

If the seats hitting your nuts then it's either tilted up in the front too high, not narrow enough or too large...or all three possibly.

I'm not following you regarding shoes not keeping up with your peddling speed.

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36. "you either got the wrong size for your body, or you need a fit..."
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if it's the former, you can go have a fit done to get the best you can out of the bike you have. If you're all the way down in an aero position, your knees shouldn't be coming that close to your elbows. As far as the nut pain...sounds like your saddle may be nosed up or you're too far forward on the saddle. Your perenium is taking a beating...that can be a function of anything from a bad bike fit, to a saddle that's not for you. Man, I would STRONGLY recommend having a fit done. There are different levels of fits. The best ones have you bring in your shoes. You clip in and they take video of your pedal stroke from all angles. They do a ton of measurements and try to get you in the best position within the bike's limitations. Most even adjust your cleats properly.

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38. "I have Velosurance...its backed by Markel Specialty Insurance..."
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I can't say if it's a scam, because I haven't had to file a claim. I have a pretty expensive bike, that I built, so I wanted to get it insured beyond how my homeowner's insurance would. It's pretty comprehensive...covering the bike, components, race fees if you have a loss and can't show, breakdowns...etc. I even have a little roadside assistance card I keep in my saddle bag in case I have a mechanical.

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40. "Has anyone riden or tried REI's co-op bikes?"
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If you have how are they?

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41. "Or a Masi bike?"
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42. "welp, first day didn't go like I'd hoped."
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went through 3 tubes for the rear tire.

after the 3 one, I found a tiny piece of metal in the tire. it was only inside the tire. wasn't visible on the outside. not sure how this even happened.

anyway, guess I'll be buying tires soon. and tubes.

any suggestions on mountain bike tires?

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43. "https://www.bikenashbar.com/SearchDisplay?advancedSearch=&pageView=g..."
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https://www.bikenashbar.com/SearchDisplay?advancedSearch=&pageView=grid&searchTermScope=&categoryId=205034&beginIndex=0&pageSize=24&categoryFacetHierarchyPath=205034&searchType=&maxPrice=&resultCatEntryType=2&searchTerm=tires&sType=SimpleSearch&filterTerm=&manufacturer=&top_category=&catalogId=10052&langId=-1&showResultsPage=true&storeId=10053&urlLangId=-1&metaData=&minPrice=#facet:&productBeginIndex:0&facetLimit:&orderBy:&pageView:grid&minPrice:&maxPrice:&pageSize:&

Continental & Vittoria tires are prime.

*take time to sweep the inside of a tire during a tube replacement.

as always, ride safe & swift.



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44. "thanks."
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seems like the options are limited for 2.1 width.

is there much issue with getting wider or slimmer tires than the orginals? or is it all just preference?

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46. "options..."
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>seems like the options are limited for 2.1 width.
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>is there much issue with getting wider or slimmer tires than
>the orginals? or is it all just preference?

there are options available to the left boarder of the page. the type of rims you have determine the tire specs.


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50. "got it."
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thank you sir.

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47. "I want an old Cannondale or Klein frame aluminum frame."
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I have a chromoly specialized frame now that I use on a city bike.

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48. "god bless you, you magnificent beast. "
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if you get a klien make sure it's pearlescent purple

if you get an old c'dale make sure it's green.

personally I'm a fan of old treks

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51. "My DREAM dream is to find a 2010 Gary Fisher Cronus"
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BRUH.

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53. "I have a green trek frame in the basement RIGHT NOW"
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49. "I've got an old GT frame...actually entire mtn bike..from mid 90's."
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back when GT was still an independent private owned bike company
it's the loudest red/orange/pink you've ever seen

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52. "I had a GT in the late 90's and it got stolen in Oakland."
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My landlord was an old hippie and he watched dude walk from the side alley with my bike, but he was so high on hash and weed that it took him 5 minutes to walk to my room (on the first floor of the house) and another 5 to tell me it was stolen.

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54. "Cracked my frame on my 2016 bike last weekend"
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I more than likely cracked it last Saturday and my local bike shop discovered it Sunday. I initially went into the shop that same Saturday I more than likely cracked it because I had problems shifting my front gears. One of the mechanics tightened the wires and sent me out on the road. I still had the same issues shifting the front gears and returned the following Sunday to get new gears as I thought that was the issue. In cleaning the bike down one of the mechanics discovered by frame right by where the front gear is located completely cracked. Fortunately I'm getting somewhat of a deal in terms of getting a whole new bike from the same shop, so I'm not sweating the dollars involved. I'm mainly hurting from not being able to ride for almost a week now since I'm so accustomed to riding.

Anyone else here suffered from cracking their bicycle frames? And I'm not counting anything that happened as result of crashes and such.

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

  

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55. "so the seat tube cracked where the front derailleur mounts to it?"
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Wow. Don't think I've ever seen that. What material is your frame. I wonder if you shifted just as you were applying torque and the frame was already weakened, somehow. I have seen the derailleur mount rip clean off the bike under a hard shift. Never seen a direct mount pull out of the frame, though.

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57. "The frame is alluminum"
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and the crack is where the bottom of the seat tube meets the bottom on the frame of the bike, if that makes sense. The front derailleur wasn't separated from the bike at all. I'm guessing the snap could have happened when I shifted to late as I was going uphill somewhere since that would apply a ton of force on the bike.

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

  

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58. "ah, ok...right where the seat tube welds to the bottom bracket..."
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I've known a couple of people who had carbon fiber frames repaired. I would have guessed the shop would have told you if repairing that was an option.

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56. "best pedals/shoes for a hybrid road/mountain bike?"
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don't be fkn evil.

  

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63. "this is always difficult..."
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..mostly because of the variance found in stance/comfort/tech for cleat/pedal specifications.



*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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67. "i use platforms and 510s"
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https://www.adidasoutdoor.com/FT07.html

510s are the most amazing shoes if you arent trying to do clipless

  

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59. "got a 40mile road ride in last weekend"
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Was my first longer ride since riding 50 in March and then a short 16 before a brick run in June, I've been slacking this year.

  

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60. "Did a NYC Century Ride yesterday."
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It'll be my first and last time doing that event. So unorganized given the scale of the course and folks that even were equipped with GPS computing trackers got lost multiple times on the course. I had one section of the course where I got lost near Van Courtland Park that kind of had me on edge given that I'm not familiar with the Bronx at all and it was in a section of the park that was very very secluded. One positive aspect to the event was exploring the disastrous pock-marked streets of the Bronx. I feel sorry for the cyclists in that boro that have to suffer with what appear to be deplorable cycling environments.

I have to admit that if the weather were a bit better (it was drizzling off and on all day yesterday and the wind was a bit strong at times as well), my outlook on the event might have been better. I can't honestly say I look forward to signing up for next year's run though. Props to the folks to do that event on a re-occuring basis with the knowledge the planning for the routes isn't the sharpest.

I am fortunate I didn't get a flat through the event as I saw cyclists with much more experience under their belts get flat tires.

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

  

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62. "congrats..."
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>I have to admit that if the weather were a bit better (it was
>drizzling off and on all day yesterday and the wind was a bit
>strong at times as well), my outlook on the event might have
>been better. I can't honestly say I look forward to signing up
>for next year's run though. Props to the folks to do that
>event on a re-occuring basis with the knowledge the planning
>for the routes isn't the sharpest.

weather is always a factor for cycling events (esp nyc). as such, knowing your route and what to expect makes a huge difference.

that said, how did your bike/gear fare under those conditions?


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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65. "My current bike is about three weeks old"
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so it held up pretty well. I have a 2019 Giant Escape City Disc bicycle (https://tinyurl.com/y726lt73). The disc brakes and preinstalled fenders were lifesavers in the terrible constant downpour on Sunday. The tires I used were pretty much brand new Gatorskin tires that I had to install the day before because the Marathon tires I bought previously had a defect in them according to an inspection I had the fine folks at my local bike shop do the day before the event. I was disappointed because I prefer the treading in the Marathon tires compared to how slick the Gatorskin tires are, but I can't be too mad at the Gatorskins since they help up so well for me on Sunday. It was complete luck that I happened to have the Gatorskins as I intended to use them on the old bicycle I had and they were pretty much laying around.

The main thing is that I have to clean the chains since I notice a little bit of rust building up. I'll take care of that this weekend since it appears the rain will finally stop then.

If you're curious why I have such a new bike, I mentioned in a prior thread that the frame in my prior bike cracked on me about a month or so ago.

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

  

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68. "can you post the route?"
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every long ride I have ever done in NYC involved going across the GW bridge and up to NYAC if i wanted to do a centry

longest I have ever done by myself in the city is 60 miles

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72. "RE: can you post the route?"
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>every long ride I have ever done in NYC involved going across
>the GW bridge and up to NYAC if i wanted to do a centry
>
>longest I have ever done by myself in the city is 60 miles

https://tinyurl.com/ycq3evd8

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79. "HUH! Thats an interesting take on riding in NYC."
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thanks for sharing this.

#fall2018goals

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80. "You are welcome."
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According to folks I talked to during the event, the course changes a little bit every year.

Also, one frustrating aspect to the event is that course I showed you wasn't available until about 3-4 days before the event, which doesn't leave you with the most amount of time to preview what you have ahead of you, at least that's the case for me since I have a 9-5 to deal with.

If you happen to do the event in 2019, major props to you. Hopefully you have a GPS biking device handy as you'll need all the help you can get to avoid getting lost.

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

  

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61. "finally copped a new ride."
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after a ton of research and learning some good info, I got a Giant Fathom 1. bikes are way diff than when I bought a few year ago, lol.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fathom-1

came with air shocks, tubeless tires, and a dropper post. I also like the internal wiring.

Since it was a 2018, it was 150 off the regular price.

was considering this Kona,

http://www.konaworld.com/mahuna.cfm, but it didn't have all the things that Giant had.



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64. "curious to know what the annual maintenance will cost for this..."
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..sounds like a solid set up.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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71. "guess I'll find out. "
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in talking with the shop guy, it didn't seem like it would break the bank on maintenance.

the shocks would likely need the most attention. matter of fact, I need to buy a pump for it.

Y'all buy those labels, I was born supreme

  

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75. "i ride a mountain bike and the maintenence is easy"
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maybe every few years get the forks redone at the shop

otherwise all the maintenance you can do yourself and of course if you have a bike stand its even easier

if you are not prepared to deal with a tubeless set up this will be your biggest headache

i highly recommend you come up with a compressed air solution so you dont have take it anywhere to set the bead

  

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76. "I need to get a stand."
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also need to research this tubeless deal. never had this before.

thanks.

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77. "they are AMAZING but can be a hassle"
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if you are riding regularly its no big deal just remember they do/can slowly leak so youll want to keep an eye on your tire pressure


pros


run at much lower pressure, feels like your holding onto the ground

youll probably never get a flat tire again, ive smashed my wheels on all kinds of roots rocks and other gnarly things and never had a flat


cons

they work like car tires, so you need to set the "bead" when inflating them/putting them on the rim

they use "goo" or sealent which can get very messy and can build up in the tire over time which isnt necessarily a bad thing until you try to add more sealent


since you are running at a lower pressure it takes more effort to go faster so youll notice that right away typically

  

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78. "I'll have to remember this"
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>if you are riding regularly its no big deal just remember
>they do/can slowly leak so youll want to keep an eye on your
>tire pressure

since I don't really ride in winter.
>
>
>pros
>
>
>run at much lower pressure, feels like your holding onto the
>ground

I've noticed its much easier riding that my previous bike. even with just going through grass or areas with no sidewalk.
>
>youll probably never get a flat tire again, ive smashed my
>wheels on all kinds of roots rocks and other gnarly things and
>never had a flat

that was the reason I wanted it. I ran into a rash of flats on my old bike. besides age, it was partly the reason to get a new bike.
>
>
>cons
>
>they work like car tires, so you need to set the "bead" when
>inflating them/putting them on the rim
>
>they use "goo" or sealent which can get very messy and can
>build up in the tire over time which isnt necessarily a bad
>thing until you try to add more sealent

I need to buy sealant just in case. if I get lazy, I might see how much it cost for the shop to do it.
>
>
>since you are running at a lower pressure it takes more effort
>to go faster so youll notice that right away typically

good stuff. thanks mayne.
>

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81. "before i got an air compressor/tank"
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i would take my bike to the bike shop to have the bead set/sealent put in

sometimes they would just charge me the supplies (the sealent) sometimes they would charge me like 5 bucks for the work + sealent

*edit


and your welcome! tubeless tires are probably one of the coolest "new" tech for me

  

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69. "get the fuck out. all that for under 2000?!"
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1x setups used to be really spendy, I like that its something you can cop for no cash these days

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73. "yeah, the price got me too."
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it helped that the new models were out so they needed to get rid of the 2018s. I actually tested the 2019 too. the shop guy said the 2018 had better components.

I was also looking at a trek rosco 8, but they were all gone.
https://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/hardtail/trek-roscoe. really wanted it because that orange is so dope.

even with the good price, it was more than what I intended to spend. so I got a new credit card with 200 cash back after 3 months. I feel like I won something, lol.

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70. "damn, that's a helluva bike..."
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I just don't ride my mountain joint, enough. I dropped a stack on my Fuji Nevada 29er a year or so ago...it barely gets action.

Okay player...so you can type whatever you wanna type, but I still write better than anybody you like - Torae

  

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74. "thx."
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I'm hoping to hit some trails, which I've never really done. my last bike was also a 'mountain' bike. I didn't really do off-road with it.

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66. "This Giant E bike is really tickling my fancy"
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https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes-toughroad-eplus-gx-2019

  

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84. "Studded Winter tires: Yay or Nay?"
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Is this a worth while purchase folks? I reside in NYC, which means I'll probably use these for three to four months. Are these worth the investment? I'm thinking about getting Marathon Studded tires; are these good? If not, what are better studded tires?

These will be for my normal hybrid getting from point A to point B bike just so folks know; not a rugged mountain bicycle at all.

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

  

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85. "I ride year-round on continental/gatorskins..."
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..it gets cold in nyc, but fortunately we don't see much snow.

those knobby tires certainly won't hurt.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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87. "Gatorskins pretty much have no treading"
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I'm assuming you lessen the psi in the tires when the roads get slick, right? I'm mainly concerned with the streets are filled with slush and more importantly ice.

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

  

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88. "that's the best thing about Continental..."
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..they have so many options available.

I ride Gatorskins, but swap for more durable/traction options of Grand Prix
4-Seasons & Continental Ultras whenever we have an accumulation of 2 inches or more. *I have a secondary wheel set for each bike, so swapping out for weather can be done in a matter of minutes.




*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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126. "I copped these"
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about three or so weeks ago and I've been riding on them since ( https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/schwalbe-marathon-winter-plus-700c-tire-hs-396?sg=500 ). I plan to ride them snow or no snow for the duration of the winter since I don't want to go through the whole trouble of taking them off and putting them on only when there's snow on the ground. The studs are audibly present whenever I ride and it took a while to get used to the added resistance, but it's all good now. The studs give me some added confidence for any riding that involves snow/ice on the pavement.

I just hope I don't wear the studs down too much during my non-snow riding days this summer. I suppose time will tell in that regard.

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

  

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135. "keep me posted..."
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>about three or so weeks ago and I've been riding on them
>since (
>https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/schwalbe-marathon-winter-plus-700c-tire-hs-396?sg=500
>). I plan to ride them snow or no snow for the duration of the
>winter since I don't want to go through the whole trouble of
>taking them off and putting them on only when there's snow on
>the ground. The studs are audibly present whenever I ride and
>it took a while to get used to the added resistance, but it's
>all good now. The studs give me some added confidence for any
>riding that involves snow/ice on the pavement.

You copped the gold standard.

*Inclement weather is why I keep a separate wheel set for each bike I own (not just tires) to be swapped out altogether, depending on the forecast.

>I just hope I don't wear the studs down too much during my
>non-snow riding days this summer. I suppose time will tell in
>that regard.

That would be first in my list of questions about reliable usage daily during winter.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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86. "So why you ain't show up your babes?"
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I'll start:
https://www.pic-upload.de/view-36007310/Bildschirmfoto2018-09-24um18.26.12.png.html

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look @ my work ?

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91. "Mines:"
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https://www.instagram.com/p/qQLQzEoonF/?taken-by=hoodlogic
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGQWcYwIomH/?taken-by=hoodlogic
https://www.instagram.com/p/3KHrKQoovK/?taken-by=hoodlogic

Two don't have pedals. IDC. I gotta pull the bicycles out for a group pic before it gets cold.

  

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93. "[url=https://imgur.com/kuid428][img]http://i.imgur.com/kuid428.jpg[/img]..."
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http://i.imgur.com/kuid428.jpg


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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117. "Here's mine"
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https://www.instagram.com/p/B368kWqhBGy/

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Photo zine(some images NSFW): http://bit.ly/USaSPhoto

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89. "Benno"
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"Get ready....for your blessing....."

  

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92. "heavy."
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*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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94. "Purpose built."
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Stay tuned.

  

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96. "775 miles logged so far. Going back to non-electric is gonna be tough..."
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This IS the future of biking & sustainable transportation IMO. Hopefully local jurisdictions get on board and stop stifling the evolution. I'm not a fan of throttled e-bikes at all...but i'm 110% behind the pedal assist e-bike movement.
I transitioned from riding for sport/recreation/exercise years ago...

  

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98. "care to expound on this review?.."
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..The only people I see using eBikes in NYC are delivery couriers (makes perfect sense).

I get the convenience, assistance, and efficiency, but I still can't reconcile the maintenance and weight.

What's daily life like for an eBike owner?


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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99. "My commute is only 12 miles round trip...but I have my daughter daily"
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because her daycare is at my job...I commute by bike year round because it's the most efficient/convenient/cost effective way. Even before the ebike...

>..The only people I see using eBikes in NYC are delivery
>couriers (makes perfect sense).

It's important to differentiate between the types. There are pedal assist and full electric with a throttle and everything. I'm on the pedal assist bendwagon....because I view it as simply a more efficient gearing mechanism and natural evolution of the bicycle. You still gotta pedal...you'll still work up a sweat (if you want to) and it's still bicycling..as opposed to motoring.

>I get the convenience, assistance, and efficiency, but I still
>can't reconcile the maintenance and weight.

My bike is around 60lbs unloaded....add in the child seat (Yepp) and my ortleib bags and my daughter and i'm pushing a full load of around 100lbs. The efficiency is primarily in the commute time coming home for me...which is all uphill. The e-bike cut my commute home in half allowing the whole process to align better with my older daughters school let out time and my wife's work schedule...basically I can get home in time to NOT have to pay for after-care for the older kid and my wife doesn't have to adjust her work schedule to part time hours.

>What's daily life like for an eBike owner?

A lot more efficient and enjoyable for the most part. Maintenance is no more or less than my not e-assist bikes. I've got hydraulic disc brakes which is actually really really nice. Biggest annoyance is actually from other bikers....a lot of them look at biking as a competition or a race... i'm just trying to get from point A to point B as efficient and pleasant as possible....but they always want to test me...

Pedal assistance on my bike tops out at 20mph btw....

here's a link https://www.bennobikes.com/e-bikes/boost/


>*skatin' the rings of saturn*
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>..and miles to go before i sleep...

  

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100. "thanks for this info..."
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..It sounds like you've found the balance.



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95. "Despite the negative experiences"
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I had the last time I did it, I just signed up for another century ride here in NYC. I was suckered into it because it appears to be the last one done by TransAlt, which is a fairly big cycling advocacy group. It would be cool if the organization gave out medals or something special for the century ride finishers, but I don't think I can count on that occurring. I at least hope the shirts for this time around are fairly special.

I'm at least hoping the weather will be much better than it was when I did it last year.

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

  

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97. "just finished some maintenance on my bike"
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i have a rei carema pro:
https://images.app.goo.gl/u6E8Yu8acYbF1Ehu7

- thorough washing and degreasing/greasing
- replaced brake pads, handlebar tape
- bought some gator skins...too tough to get on, so I had to take them
to rei

need to get a new lock and seat

  

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101. "Did the NYC Century Ride yesterday."
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The improved weather really made this a much more enjoyable trip. The Bronx run for this was much improved compared to last year's route and I got to see some gorgeous areas of the Bronx. I had no clue the Bronx had golf courses. And it appears I have to eat my words in regards to not getting a medal as TransAlt gave medals out to folks that complete the tour, regardless of the distance traveled. I wonder why this is the last Century Ride. I need to find more suitable ride events other than the 40 mile Five Boro ride to fill that void.

Have to get my bike checked out as it did act up on me a bit, but nothing too major. Anyone else her take that plunge yesterday?

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

  

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102. "The Tour De Bronx is coming up 10/27..."
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..registration opens this month.

Its the best way to see the Bronx.


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104. "I'm going to have to mull that over."
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I've read about that in the past; pretty certain I'm going to have to ride with my bike on the Subway to and from that event as biking to the Bronx straight from Brooklyn isn't the easiest task, at least for me.

I think TransAlt does a Tour De Staten Island as well, but I dunno if I want to dedicate a whole Sunday for that event. Are the sights in Staten Island worthy of the time?

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

  

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105. "you can take the train to the start of the Tour De Bronx..."
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..no shame in that (plenty of people do it).

The ride to/from the tour is part of the journey for me, so I include it in my calculated mileage for the day (about 75 miles round trip).

*I don't think the route for the Tour De Staten Island is safe. They don't have enough route support and I've seen too many accidents.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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109. "Normally, where are the pre-event"
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bib pickup locations? I'm hoping the spots aren't only reserved for the Bronx, but I suppose it makes sense for it to be Bronx only location since the event is organized by a local Bronx organization if I'm not mistaken.

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

  

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114. "there's no pre-event..."
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..bib pick-up/info is in Bx the morning of.


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119. "What's your take"
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on the fact it was cancelled? Curious to see if the weather will be as bad as the cancellation email intimated.

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

  

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120. "Rain + wind + hills = hazardous conditions..."
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..like I said before, the Tour de Bronx has the steepest inclines/declines of all NYC cycling tours.

I like testing the limits of my gear, but they made the right call.


*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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magilla vanilla
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103. "dumped my bike Friday, back on it Monday"
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I was on my way home, had just gotten back onto the protected trail and my pannier bag (timbuk2 lightweight pannier - with the velcro fasteners, not clips) shifted and caught in my rear wheel. I had managed to brake a little bit before bailing, and my right hand and left knee got the worst of it. Like a silver dollar-sized abrasion through a layer of skin just below the kneecap. Nobody said a word when I walked in the CVS to get some supplies and clean up though. Which is . . . off-putting.

Had to reset my headset over the weekend as the fall pushed the handlebars all the way around and then some. And damn if I wasn't bombing around today heading to the dentist's office.

Also, now that we have both kids at the same school, it's quite freeing to not have the child seat on the back (using a burley-style Xterra trailer that mounts to a hitch on the axle) for the post-dropoff commute.

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106. "somehow it makes it worse when folks don't"
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notice or say anything about your pain.

I got hurt on my bike a couple years ago. pedal went into my ankle as I was making my way home. big ass gash, bleeding like crazy.

had to make my way to the QuikTrip for napkins so my shoe wouldn't get soaked. limping around, visibly bleeding. nobody said a word. shit was weird.

went to urgent care the next day. they put stables in my ankle. worst pain ever. I nearly passed out.

hopefully, you'll be good soon.

Y'all buy those labels, I was born supreme

  

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107. "A couple people on the trail stopped while I was walking the bike"
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It was in the store that it was weird.

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108. "similar."
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I dumped my bike, but I actually didn't fall because I was doing all I could to stay up right. that's how my ankle and pedal had an abusive relationship lol.

but there were 2 dudes in front of me who asked if I was ok. I was standing/walking, eyeballing the stupid bike. I thought I was better than I was. then the pain hit.

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110. "Did my first century on Saturday, 5:56, 17.3 mph"
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Did 61 today, 16.6 mph
MS 150

First weekend of August, I hadn't ridden more than 15 miles

I'm not sure I'll do one again with those kind of hills, it was brutal

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113. "congrats!.."
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..finding new challenges is one of the keys to being actively involved in cycling.



*skatin' the rings of saturn*


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

  

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116. "I’ve dedicated my rides to beating my dads PRs on Strava"
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He’s not happy about that. He offered to team up yesterday. But when I wasn’t close to getting those times he was all about talking that shit.

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111. "Long Live CicLAvia"
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Yesterday I did the Ciclavia heart of LA route. 6 miles of open streets thru Macarthur Park, Downtown, Chinatown, and Boyle Heights. Seeing all these people on bikes, scooters, skateboards, and even just walking or running without a car in sight is a beautiful thing. I went riding with my gf, who is a newbie and is rightfully terrified of riding in LA traffic. It was nice for her to get some miles and hill practice without worrying about cars.

The next one is in the valley and tbh, the route looks boring af. Ah well, they can't all be winners and I'm still gonna do my best to make it.

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115. "yeah man, my favorite route all through downtown!"
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i rode with some friends for the first time in a long time and had a blast. one of us had a serious sound system in a carriage being towed and we had the thump going for miles through LA and peeps were dancing, head-nodding, smiling and loving it!
i loved the downtown to venice beach route hella years back.

  

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112. "Changed my tires from touring to CX"
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There's a section of steep trail at the start of my commute to bring the little guys to school that I kept skidding out on and having to walk the bike and trailer 20 feet on; I used that as justification to change to a more aggressive set of tires. I had a Duro touring front, Schwalbe Marathon rear tire that both worked fine, but the ride felt a little sluggish on top of my traction issues (was lugging an Xterra convertible trailer with two 35 pound little humans besides myself, leaving the trailer locked at school and continuing on to work from there). I got a pair of Schwalbe CX Pros (https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/schwalbe-cx-pro-700c-tire-hs-269?fltr=3755). MAN. So the tire's only 2mm narrower than the width of the tourers, but with aggressive tread pattern, and so with the reduced rolling resistance I've been about 10 minutes quicker on my commute, and able to stay in the larger chainrings longer. It's amazing what such a small change can do for your ride.

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121. "Doing my first duathlon on the 17th"
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Going to my ass kicked by a bunch of college kids but it should be fun
5k run
16 mile ride
1.5 mile run

All hills

Did the course Sunday. It’ll hurt. So much energy expended.

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122. "Fck hills yo. Good luck though!"
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"Get ready....for your blessing....."
"Bury me by my Grand-Grand and when you can come follow me"

  

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123. "this sounds like fun."
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I'm not in good enough shape tho lol

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124. "Got my oldest (5) his first pedal bike "
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Went with the Schwinn Piston from Target; I wanted to make sure he had a bike with a handbrake, to get used to using those, and every review I saw had the geometry being second only to the woom for riding comfort. He hasn't seen it yet, but he's been angling for that over his balance bike.

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128. "Always fun introducing children to cycling..."
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..One of my nephews loved his 1st bike until he realized he was the only one rocking training wheels.

He promptly refused to ride anymore unless the training wheels were removed (he was only 2 yrs old LOL). We thought he was being a bit extra, but he learned to ride without them within an hour (stopping took a little longer to master lol).

He's now 4 yrs old, already mastered electric and gas powered dirt bikes (with gears), and is currently looking forward to motocross training next summer.

These children are going places.


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

  

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125. "Also, working on a stupid fun gravel bike project. "
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Bought a beater Schwinn cruiser with sketchy tires and worse coaster braking for a six pack of local kolsch. (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4YfSXFBSyR/)

I've hit it a repaint, changed to drop bars, switched in a lightweight 1x crankset, spread the rear frame to accommodate a 7 speed cassette, and found long enough brakes to work with the frame (here it is before I fixed the shifter https://www.instagram.com/p/B5MbYnthln9/). Still working to dial in the ride but I'm excited to ride this.

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127. "Gates Carbon Belt drives anyone?"
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Any riders here have any experience with Gates Carbon Belt driven bikes? I don't think I'm the type to get a second bike, but I am very curious how well these type of bikes operate. It would be cool to ride a bicycle without having to worry about drivechain maintenance when the weather gets too wet.

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

  

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129. "Get one. Can never have too many bikes:) I have 4 lol...."
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130. "Pros vs Cons..."
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Carbon Belt Drive

Pros:

• No Rust (no lubrication needed)
• Less slippage, fine-tuning throughout the season

Cons:

• More Expensive (Frame fitting, parts, labor, etc.)
• Internal Hub (requires Mechanic/Tools or replacement)

*The claim for less maintenance is only because you'll likely replace the hub (instead of performing repairs). Considering that, you're looking @ a a couple hundred in parts & labor each time.

This is also why I prefer single speed/fixed gear cycling. I was born with all the gears I need for cycling without an additional motor (lol).



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131. "I would list internal Hub as a plus. My IGH bike has been bombproof."
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>Carbon Belt Drive
>
>Pros:
>
>• No Rust (no lubrication needed)
>• Less slippage, fine-tuning throughout the season
>
>Cons:
>
>• More Expensive (Frame fitting, parts, labor, etc.)
>• Internal Hub (requires Mechanic/Tools or replacement)
>
>*The claim for less maintenance is only because you'll likely
>replace the hub (instead of performing repairs). Considering
>that, you're looking @ a a couple hundred in parts & labor
>each time.
I haven't experienced any issues in over 5 years of ownership and use. The high cost of entry for IGH is more of a Con than the actual performance and maintenance IMO.

>This is also why I prefer single speed/fixed gear cycling. I
>was born with all the gears I need for cycling without an
>additional motor (lol).

I wouldn't wish fixed gear on my worst enemy LOL.... My single speed bike is probably the least useful bike in my collection. The only time I use it is for ridding around with my oldest daughter while she rides her bike. AKA...when I know I won't be tackling any hills....up OR down..



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132. "All depends on the customer..."
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..I can't imagine someone investing in IGH unless they're an active cyclist each season (ie: high mileage).



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133. "RE: All depends on the customer..."
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>..I can't imagine someone investing in IGH unless they're an
>active cyclist each season (ie: high mileage).

Now I am intrigued since I ride six out of the seven days of the week during all four seasons. On an annual basis I have to get my cassettes and drivechains replaced due to heavy usage.

Back to what you typed in the response above; were you saying the Internal Gear Hub will need to get repaired eventually and thus where the high costs will be a factor? Or where you saying the Internal Gear Hub initially costs a ton just to purchase first hand and repairs down the road aren't necessary?

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134. "Sounds like a perfect match for you..."
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..as you appear to fit the profile for their targeted consumer.

The hub will be a bit more expensive (parts & labor on replacement), but that's about it.


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136. "To be clear"
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I'm not looking to build the bike from the ground up myself. I have my eyes on the Brilliant Bike Co. L Train ( https://www.brilliant.co/collections/bicycles/products/l-train?variant=35671021906 ), but I'm going to talk to someone from my local bike shop to see what he says about Carbon Gear bikes in general. The store in question doesn't sell any, so I'm hoping I'll get objectively good advice despite won't see a red cent from me coping that bike in question.

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137. "Given the amount that you bike...i'd advise looking into disc brakes"
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as well...
Especially to take full advantage of the all season enhancements/capabilities you're gaining from the belt drive and IGH.

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139. "RE: Given the amount that you bike...i'd advise looking into disc brakes"
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>as well...
>Especially to take full advantage of the all season
>enhancements/capabilities you're gaining from the belt drive
>and IGH.


I hear you about disc brakes as this is the bike I currently have ( https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/escape-2-disc-city ). I love how responsive the breaks are and I don't have to worry about the intermittent squeaking noises that crops up whenever there's moisture around with rim brakes.

The only commuter carbon gear bike with disc brakes I know about is this ( https://www.prioritybicycles.com/products/continuumonyx ). I don't know if I'm ready to spend over a thousand dollars for a commuter bike, as stellar as that bike looks.

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138. "Also...just because they don't actively stock, they could still likely o..."
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and assemble for you. LBS all have access to the same vendors unless they're a branded bike shop. At least it used to be that way......

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140. "Not bad..."
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..similar to one of my rides - Raleigh Rush Hour (Ghost): https://www.gracebicycles.com/product/raleigh-rush-hour-flatbar-75091-1.htm

The L Train being more cruiser than road bike, but you get the point.

I often wonder what it would be like to add a flip flop internal hub, similar to this (Fixie Inc Peacemaker): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OVInDmbQg4

One of these days, I'm gonna pull the trigger.




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141. "Signed up for my first race."
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142. "A new NYC based Century Ride"
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To replace the one normally organized by Transportation Alternatives.

For more information, the URL is www.ipedalnyc.com. One nice difference that I see ready is that the road markings will differ compared to ones used in the past, which will be a huge help.

I'm also curious if the organizer will be able to start the Manhattan leg from somewhere other than Central Park. I wonder where that'll be; the only other spot I can think of is Union Square, but I'm sure there are other spots that can be used.

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143. "Up for the empty streets lockdown crew"
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Riding in LA has been a dream these last few months. Clean air and no traffic 😌. And lots of people have been getting back into bicycling, as the empty stock and long service wait times at bike shops will show. I hope traffic never comes back.

How have the OKCyclists been coping? Any new routes, gear, and/or accomplishments?

Stay safe and ride good 🤘

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144. "Streets are packed here (DC & Arlington, VA)...Pandemic turned"
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everyone into bikers it seems....
For the most part...I guess that's good...but I'm really missing my space and open roads & paths that I used to enjoy commuting back and forth.
My commute in is fairly empty...but coming home it's like riding through a 6 mile long playground.

  

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145. "Yeah, streets are packed here in LA too... just not with cars"
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Although cars are gradually coming back. For now, car traffic is still relatively light. I do the vast majority of my riding in the morning. Since lockdown, I ride about 15-30 miles in the morning then WFH the rest of the day. I rode yesterday evening and saw a ton of bicyclists on Sunset Blvd, so I guess they all come out then, lol. I don't mind, the more the merrier.

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150. "More so than normal spring in DC?"
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DC made me hate seasonality. Nobody wanted to do shit when it was cold. EVERYONE wanted to do the same shit when it was better weather.

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163. "just seeing this reply lol...yeah it was BAD bad... getting back to norm..."
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winter traffic now...so that's been a welcome relief.



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146. "I am legend..."
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Riding the mean streets of NYC during this pandemic can be awe-inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. Clearly enjoying fewer motorist on the road. Also encouraging to see so many people investing in cycling as an alternative. I wish NYC would use this opportunity to re-educate people on cycling awareness/etiquette, but I'm not complaining.

I'm in the middle of my next custom build (based on Aventon Ultro custom frame set), but the drought regarding certain parts is frustrating (I've restarted this new build twice already). Hopefully I can get this bike on the road before the end of summer.

Last friday we lead the charge for the Knight Ryders (Brooklyn) Juneteenth ride to represent BLM protest. What started out as a call for a few hundred cyclist to bomb the streets of NYC in protest, quickly grew into a few thousand riders steady mobbin'! © Cube

As always, ride safe & swift.




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147. "I've been proud of the bicycling community "
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We also had BLM rides and continue to have them. And a lot of the bicycle IG accounts that I follow have been linking to good causes and organizing rides and fund raisers. It's pretty inspiring stuff. I hope it sticks! It would be a silver lining to all this grim shit that we've been witnessing.

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148. "Started in on restoration of a Bridgestone Mixte for my wife...."
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I picked it up from a giveaway pile 3 or 4 years ago and tossed it in the shed. Damn near forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago when I had to get some gardening equipment out and saw a mouse scurry under the front wheel.

Got it striped down to just the frame and handlebars on Father's Day. Sourcing parts hasn't been too difficult, but I don't need too much. Once I got it stripped down and cleaned, my wife was like "Are you gonna paint it?".... smh... I sure wasn't INTENDING to lol.....

  

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149. "Sounds like you have some painting to do, fam..."
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..lol.

Those are beautiful frames, though. If you can restore it, its worth it.


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151. "I don’t think I have the skill/facilities to do it properly..."
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Almost would rather embrace the patina....
You ever painted a frame yourself??
Advice?



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152. "I was referring to hiring a professional lol..."
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..mostly because they don't make frames like that anymore.

I haven't painted one DIY, but I have had one restored by a professional.





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153. "COST?"
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154. "Average is about $200..."
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..but I got a great deal at the time and the frame was worth it.

Unfortunately that bike was stolen 2 years later.




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155. "hmmm....I already got like $150 in parts on this joint..."
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Another $200 would put it beyond what it sold for brand new in the 80's (even factoring in inflation).....

tough call...

Thanks for the insight though!


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156. "word..."
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..I would only do that as a passion project to restore.


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157. "Dixon's Bike Shop in Park Slope?"
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Anyone have any experience with this shop? I'm in the market for a simple single speed bike due to my current bicycle being out of commission. Did some brief web searching and I didn't know this store was black-owned, which is cool. Just curious if anyone here has first hand experience with them.

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158. "IF you're looking for a black-owned shop in BK..."
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..L&L Cycles is your answer. 58 New York Ave (the corner of Atlantic & New York ave).

Luke (the owner) is the best bike mechanic in the tri-state area. I've built 5 different beast for the road and I can't imagine doing so without him. The shop is small, isn't fancy at all, but his knowledge & experience with bikes is unparalleled.

I've heard good things about Dixon's (been around for over 50 yrs, family owned, etc), but I haven't used their shop. Be sure to review your experience, should you decide to roll with them.




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160. "Thanks for the added shop."
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I'll check them out tomorrow.

I called Dixon's after I made that post and they said new they are have no bikes in stock and won't get anymore until early February. I can't fault them on this since COVID has made it hard for bike shops in general to keep bikes and bike parts in decent stock. Hopefully I'll be able to find a bike before then, but if I don't I'll go back.

I'll be pleasantly surprised if L&L Cycles will have a bike for me with the COVID depleated stock in mind, but I'll go there tomorrow regardless.

It's a shame neither Dixon's nor L & L have much of an imprint online so that it's easier to get information about them.

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161. "would you consider building from scratch?"
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162. "why you out here trying to murder this mans pockets??? lol...."
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164. "lol...the thing about building is it can be as expensive as you want it ..."
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plus, you get to pick your own components.

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165. "Exactly..."
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..I don't care what bike/brand you rock with, if you buy off the rack you're almost guaranteed to make upgrades somewhere in the next 6 months/1st year.

If you already know what you want in a bike, why wasted time searching for a bike that comes close when you can have exactly what you want for less?


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170. "I don't have the skills, patience, or the tools to do this."
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In addition, I've read that with international shipping restrictions due to COVID, it's not that easy for shop to keep items in stock. I would imagine I would have the same problem trying to purchase items needed to build a bike from scratch.

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166. "I spoke with L yesterday (the shop is on hiatus)..."
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..Winter is brutal enough on most LBS for the northeast, but the slow crawl for bikes/parts during these Covid times led to a lot of shops taking a break this winter (understandable).

Rest assured, he'll be up and running in a month.



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167. "I figured something was wrong on Friday"
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when I tried to call the number I saw on Yelp and I got no answer and the Google Maps listing for the address for the store showed that the location was temporarily closed, so I didn't bother going on Saturday.

I ended up buying a cheap one speed from Ride Brooklyn. It gets the job done, but I don't truly like the bike. I almost don't want to put on better tires and feel like riding the stock tires I'm so disgusted with the bike. I should have a small amount of gratitude since finding bikes isn't exactly the easiest in NYC because of all the problems COVID introduced.

I might buy another one speed from Dixon's Bike Shop next month.

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168. "damn...what kind is it??"
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169. "RE: damn...what kind is it??"
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>
https://www.fyxation.com/collections/pixel/products/matte-black-pixel

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171. "Damn, the ergonomics look...weird. What’s wrong"
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With your primary bike though???
We should work on getting that fixed for you... can’t be THAT difficult can it?

  

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172. "The frame on my normal commuter bike is cracked."
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My other local bike shop is getting another frame shipped to them. Once they get the replacement frame, they will strip the components from the cracked bike frame to the replacement frame.

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173. "Oooooooooo.... yeah, we can't fix that lol..damn. "
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159. "Moved to the semi sticks. Wanting a mountain bike for trails. "
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I'm not all mountain, enduro or downhill. At an extreme I would be trail but I am really into the idea of a full suspension XC bike. Hardtail is...I'm a bit shook with the idea of it, but veterans do say the only way to become a trail master is to learn how to handle a hardtail in rocky terrain.

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