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Post by aqua_tek » Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:22 pm

Just got back from my first post-snowstorm ride, since it was relatively warm today.

Shoes and jeans slightly grimy due to front wheel splash, but the back was the real deal. Ended up with a streak of grime and water all the way from just above my back pockets all the way up to the back of my head (i was wearing a hooded jacket luckily).

dear sweet baby jebus I need fenders.

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Post by Tarekith » Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:52 pm

You're crazy riding that bike in salt-melted snow water without fenders.
8O

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Post by aqua_tek » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:06 pm

Tarekith wrote:You're crazy riding that bike in salt-melted snow water without fenders.
8O
Indeed.

I gave the bike a good sponge wash once I got back. Any recommendations for cleaning and extending frame life? Maybe there's some stuff I can spray on it.

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Post by Tarekith » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:29 pm

Take the seat post off and tip it upside down once in awhile.

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Post by simonlb » Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:37 am

As of next month I'm going to be eligible for the Cyclescheme, whereby my employer gets me a pretty good discount on a bike on the premise that I use it for getting to work. Thinking I might get a nice road bike, only had MTBs in the past so I fancy a change plus I'd mostly be using it around the city anyway, and I live in a fairly hilly city so getting a heavy MTB up the roads is a pain.

However I've been hearing there's plenty good trails outside the city so I'll no doubt buy a decent MTB at some point :D

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Post by Magik » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:32 am

simonlb wrote:As of next month I'm going to be eligible for the Cyclescheme, whereby my employer gets me a pretty good discount on a bike on the premise that I use it for getting to work. Thinking I might get a nice road bike, only had MTBs in the past so I fancy a change plus I'd mostly be using it around the city anyway, and I live in a fairly hilly city so getting a heavy MTB up the roads is a pain.

However I've been hearing there's plenty good trails outside the city so I'll no doubt buy a decent MTB at some point :D
GET A CYCLOCROSS BIKE!!!!

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Post by simonlb » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:41 am

Magik wrote: GET A CYCLOCROSS BIKE!!!!
Care to elaborate? They're not something I know a lot about...

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Post by aqua_tek » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:33 pm

HOORAY FOR DECENT WEATHER!!!

Boo for hangover.

Felt like throwing up throughout most of today's ride

Kept it relatively short... and pretty random. I didn't really have a set path. Just rode around, and tried to find my way back home when I already felt last night's vodka coming back up.

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Seriously loved today's weather. Spring can't come soon enough.

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Post by Tarekith » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:48 pm

Wow, wish I could go for a flat ride like thart here sometimes. Seattle's freaking hilly. :(

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Post by aqua_tek » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:04 pm

Yeah NYC in general is pretty flat. Makes it perfect for FG's imo.

There's a few hills here and there but nothing challenging. I think the hardest "hills" you can hit here are the bridges. :lol:

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Post by contakt321 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:21 pm

aqua_tek wrote:Yeah NYC in general is pretty flat. Makes it perfect for FG's imo.

There's a few hills here and there but nothing challenging. I think the hardest "hills" you can hit here are the bridges. :lol:
Oof, yeah, the bridges are a workout.

How are you liking the new drop handle bars?

Those rims look sharp!

Were you more hungover today or Friday morning :) ?

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Post by aqua_tek » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:30 pm

contakt321 wrote:
aqua_tek wrote:Yeah NYC in general is pretty flat. Makes it perfect for FG's imo.

There's a few hills here and there but nothing challenging. I think the hardest "hills" you can hit here are the bridges. :lol:
Oof, yeah, the bridges are a workout.

How are you liking the new drop handle bars?

Those rims look sharp!

Were you more hungover today or Friday morning :) ?
I enjoy riding the track drops a lot more than the risers or the bullhorns. I constantly switch between the drops, the tops, and the hoods. I like how the drops feel when sprinting or climbing.

And thanks! I'm quite happy with them rims.

Actually, even though i was SMASHED thursday night (good times at the party btw), I managed to wake up friday with a very light hangover. Barely there, really. I was definitely WAY more hungover today. Did a fair bit of mixing last night. :x

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Re: OT: Cycling ... as in... riding bikes... as in... bicycles

Post by aqua_tek » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:53 pm

Google maps does bikes now. YAY!

http://www.maps.google.com/biking

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Post by zalo » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:01 am

aqua_tek wrote:Google maps does bikes now. YAY!

http://www.maps.google.com/biking
i tested it out, and it took me over a completely non bike friendly overpass!!! 55mph speed limit 3 foot shoulders banking turn!!

i have seen people drive over that and hug the inside wall (where i would be riding)

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