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?
21 Dec 2007 12:55
pm dan rides bikes, he knows untold about cycling.
21 Dec 2007 12:58
How long have you had that one waiting?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!