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

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

Post by aqua_tek » Thu May 27, 2010 8:23 pm

8O wrote:Heh - I think the tags are more aimed at the whole cards in spokes, attire, pretending to be messengers on a super urgent delivery so I'll weave stupidly close to pedestrians - thing... it's not really about the bike so much... zero offence intended :-)
My comment was more directed at the Urban Dictionary definitions. They're so vague, that they could apply to virtually anyone who rides a FG.

But, absolutely, I know the type of person you're referring to, so I took no personal offense. 8)

I see them all the time here, riding recklessly, running red lights, against traffic, almost running people over, endangering themselves and others, just cause they're trying to show how "hard" they ride. Jackasses.

I've yelled a thing or two at a few of them once or twice lately. Can't stand it.

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Post by bosonHavoc » Fri May 28, 2010 11:57 pm

finally after 2 long months
i got me a bike again.. ya no more needless car driving

i'm pretty poor right now so this will have to do
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at least until i have enough cash for a surly Long Haul Trucker
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... na actually i think i'd rather have a surly Cross Check

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Post by aqua_tek » Sat May 29, 2010 6:54 pm

That motobecane looks pretty sweet... AND functional.

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Post by madlab » Sun May 30, 2010 9:39 am

Motobecane : a typical solid french product... That brings me back in the 80s, when I rode a Mobylette.
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Post by bosonHavoc » Mon May 31, 2010 9:39 am

ya i totally dig this bike
it has shimano 600 components on it
but i want to replace the bars with drops
and i need to get a descent wheel set
i forgot what its like to ride with crap wheels
i broke an inside rear spoke on the way to work
but i managed to compensate it enough so the tires didn't rub.
i ended up getting a ride home at the end of the night because i didn't
trust the wheel to get me home without breaking more spoke.
plus it was nice to get a ride up the hill after three days
of slightly hard core pedicabing.
hopefully i can trade around for a descent wheel set this week.

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Post by simonlb » Mon May 31, 2010 11:53 am

madlab wrote:Motobecane : a typical solid french product... That brings me back in the 80s, when I rode a Mobylette.
I got a hold of an old Peugoet road bike from the 80s recently... nice ride straight away, I reckon once I get some new wheels and tyres and a couple of other bits it'll be even nicer :)

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Post by 8O » Mon May 31, 2010 12:13 pm

Just did the Berlin Velothon yesterday!

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120km in 3h24m - 20 minutes better than last year, despite the torrential rain. 10000+ riders, beautiful route including a new section along the old Tempelhof airport runway, highly recommended if you get the chance...
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Post by aqua_tek » Mon May 31, 2010 3:57 pm

Wow. That's a lot of people. Are there a lot of crashes in this event, or does it usually stay safe?

Looks fun anyways.

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Post by 8O » Mon May 31, 2010 4:05 pm

There are quite a few crashes unfortunately. Last year, there were something like 17 hospital cases (out of 13000 riders); this year, due to the weather, I expect it would be more - there was a report of someone in hospital in critical condition after crashing yesterday. Had a few close calls, a few body checks in the pack, but nothing serious... all good fun. Certainly improves your reactions, cycling in the middle of a big pack, only inches behind the guy in front and knowing that there's someone inches behind you so you can't touch the brakes... :)
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Post by smartass303 » Mon May 31, 2010 4:43 pm

w00t for doing the velothon, in hamburg we have this:http://www.vattenfall-cyclassics.de/index.71.html
the long race is indeed very nice because it covers a whole lot of the city. wanna do it next year. thank god for the flip-flop option.

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Post by 8O » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:59 am

Check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nd13ARuvVE - cheating pro cyclists with motors in their bikes? :?

(could've done with this in my bike on Sunday :) )
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Post by 8O » Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:30 pm

Just came across this - http://citybeast.com/cyclingsafetypage.html
We have now prepared a series of maps showing cyclist casualties for the whole of Great Britain. ... These maps are not designed to put people off Cycling. It's still safer to cycle to work or to the station than to walk. These maps show where accidents occur, and some of the characteristics of the accidents.
The maps can be used to help campaigners; the London Cycling Campaign are using the London mapping to help in negotiations with the Mayor of London.
Use the maps to analyse your journey to work or favourite ride.
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Post by muthafunka » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:11 pm

Not strictly mine but I took the shots the other day, came out nice as bike pics go

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

Post by aqua_tek » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:42 pm

8O wrote:Check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nd13ARuvVE - cheating pro cyclists with motors in their bikes? :?

(could've done with this in my bike on Sunday :) )
HAH! Holy shit. That Cancellara guy screwed himself by getting carried away with the motor. Bursting into such huge leads all of a sudden while looking like he's barely putting in any effort made it too obvious. Cheating fail. :lol:

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

Post by 8O » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:12 am

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/wo ... et.cam.cbc <- CNN clip of a guy who now always rides with a video camera on his helmet to document the idiotic car drivers... I was going to say it looks pretty bad there in the US, but come to think of it, I've seen plenty of idiotic behaviour from drivers here too... just haven't had a camera to record it, plus I always assume that the drivers are going to do something stupid, so am way more cautious... like the way home the other day, a taxi makes a big effort to overtake me just so that he can cut me off, turning off (without indicating) to a side-road a few metres later...
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