General Discussion: Cycling


docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

21 Dec 2007 12:00
Who's feeling it?

I started commuting by bike about 3 months ago and I'm loving it - free, green, wicked exercise, quicker than a bus and good fun too. Totally converted.

I want to get a new bike at some point, anyone get any tips? Any fans of single-speeds?
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

21 Dec 2007 12:55
pm dan rides bikes, he knows untold about cycling.
andymakesglasses
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20230 posts since 26/1/06

21 Dec 2007 12:57
yeah, he knows his shit


MrPlatinum
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8939 posts since 24/2/04

21 Dec 2007 12:58
How long have you had that one waiting?
FrIEND
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13438 posts since 27/11/03

21 Dec 2007 12:58
does anyone else get slightly put off of things when they hear they are "green".

it could be the best thing in the world but as soon as someone says "and its green" I always sort of think "oh" in a negative way.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

21 Dec 2007 13:07
Laughing out loud
pand
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1006 posts since 22/3/06

21 Dec 2007 13:15
Ever since I worked with someone who got knocked off her bike by a lorry and spent weeks in hospital with a broken pelvis in 4 places, I've never felt like taking it up as a way of transport. Plus nowhere to store it.

Brakeless racing bikes suck big balls.
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

21 Dec 2007 13:18
pand wrote: Brakeless racing bikes suck big balls.

Braceless as it the fixed ones that you can't freewheel on? I love how angry people on both side of this debate get about the topic!
pand
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1006 posts since 22/3/06

21 Dec 2007 13:26
Just the fact that brakes don't really weigh that much, and how your bike suddenly becomes cool for not having one/a pair.*


AND ANOTHER THING THAT GRINDS MY GEARS (no pun): Cyclists without helmets. Don't feel any sympathy for cyclists who end up brain dead for not wearing one.

When I used to cycle to and from work back home, my shift started at 7am, so I had empty streets and even back lanes, so I didn't care too much for a helmet. When I went home, I stayed on the pavement as often as possible…

I remember going past a blind man once with a big cane (teh extra long ones with teh golf ball at teh end) thinking "what a knob, you're holding me up/ you're not fat, do you have to hog the whole pavement?"


*a car without brakes is not cool, its just stupid.
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

21 Dec 2007 13:31
pand wrote: Just the fact that brakes don't really weigh that much, and how your bike suddenly becomes cool for not having one/a pair.*


AND ANOTHER THING THAT GRINDS MY GEARS (no pun): Cyclists without helmets. Don't feel any sympathy for cyclists who end up brain dead for not wearing one.

When I used to cycle to and from work back home, my shift started at 7am, so I had empty streets and even back lanes, so I didn't care too much for a helmet. When I went home, I stayed on the pavement as often as possible…

I remember going past a blind man once with a big cane (teh extra long ones with teh golf ball at teh end) thinking "what a knob, you're holding me up/ you're not fat, do you have to hog the whole pavement?"


*a car without brakes is not cool, its just stupid.

Oh ok…yeah it seems pretty pointless not having brakes. Although you can break by pedalling backwards if you know what you are doing apparntly. But you can get those bikes with brakes also (although they only ever have a front one).

Don't really understand yr point about cycling on the pavement and cussing the blind man?
pand
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1006 posts since 22/3/06

21 Dec 2007 13:35
It was just a meaningless anecdote. Something that you can't really do in Central London. I didn't cuss him verbally anyway; I do have a conscience.
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

21 Dec 2007 13:37
pand wrote: It was just a meaningless anecdote. Something that you can't really do in Central London. I didn't cuss him verbally anyway; I do have a conscience.
Fair enough…but cycling on the pavement is pretty bad form really I reckon.
pand
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1006 posts since 22/3/06

21 Dec 2007 13:56
I know, I never said I was Lance Armstrong. Still would love to be able to do the whole nonchalant arms folded whilst cycling.
wrong
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245 posts since 2/3/03

21 Dec 2007 14:16
used to do loads of mountain biking when i was younger but got sick of it..think i might try and get back into it when the weather fairs up
AAA
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10012 posts since 15/12/02

21 Dec 2007 14:32
docdoom wrote: Who's feeling it?

I started commuting by bike about 3 months ago and I'm loving it - free, green, wicked exercise, quicker than a bus and good fun too. Totally converted.

I want to get a new bike at some point, anyone get any tips? Any fans of single-speeds?


I hope you have showers at work
Protege Moi
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5460 posts since 15/11/02

21 Dec 2007 14:42
I used to do competetive Downhill mountain bike racing in my teens, early twenties but gave it up after an accident put me outa action for a while and i couldn't get my fitness back to the level needed. Would love to get back into it but don't think i'd have the nerve anymore.
Would never commute on a bike in the city tho, have heard way way to many horror storys of road accidents and it would be impractical in bad weather. Plus a helmet would mess up my hair.
moog
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577 posts since 18/3/07

21 Dec 2007 14:53
I ride to college and about town, got a old shitty mountain bike (no sus) for the sit weather and a road bike for the nice weather/sunday rides. You just neeed to ride aggressively around town and not be pushed in to the gutter by cars.

Been hit once, almost hit several times but it keeps you feeling alive.
bathingchimp
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987 posts since 15/6/04

21 Dec 2007 15:15
used to ride bmx and trials.

now really want to get a fixie to commute on but aint got the cash!
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

21 Dec 2007 15:22
bathingchimp wrote: used to ride bmx and trials.

now really want to get a fixie to commute on but aint got the cash!
I was looking at review of the cheaper single-speeds, you have any tips on them?
andymakesglasses
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20230 posts since 26/1/06

21 Dec 2007 16:10