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The Cycling Thread
« on: October 04, 2010, 10:17:58 AM »
A thread for cyclists to share, brag, boast, and taunt.

Post pics of your bikes, the bikes you dream of owning, and maps of the routes you've taken.

Two weekends ago I did the Rodman Ride for Kids on a rented Specialized Roubaix Expert, which was the greatest bike I've ever ridden.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 10:51:56 AM »
Pedestrians 5 points
Cyclists 10 points
Wheelchair bound seniors 20 points
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 11:24:46 AM »
nothing like a beautiful day on the potomac to go for a ride





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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010, 12:13:42 PM »
Nice, are those MTB pedals?
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 02:11:05 PM »
Unlike all you sporty types, I go for comfort when I'm riding, hence my practical town bike. Here's a pic with my son having a snooze in his chariot.


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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2010, 12:45:10 AM »
Keep meaning to get back on the bike. Had a string of injuries and illness which has kept me out of the saddle for over a year. I ride an Apollo Ascent MTB

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I removed the deathtrap cages on the pedals shortly after this photo was taken.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2010, 12:53:12 AM »
Nice, are those MTB pedals?

They look like road bike clipless pedals...single sided.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2010, 03:21:00 AM »
One of the best and most elegant bikes ever built IMHO. I had a black one that ended up stolen.  :'(
Mine (as well as the one in the photo) was from the seventies, but I still think it was more comfortable and reliable than many state-of-the-art bicycles I've tried since. In Brazil it's known as "Peugeot Turismo", don't know its name in other countries.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2010, 03:30:47 AM »
In Brazil it's known as "Peugeot Turismo", don't know its name in other countries.

We have those here in the States, too.

I have a Specialized Epic. <3


The handlebars aren't as tweaked up as they are in this photo. I still need to get new pedals for it. I absolutely love this bike.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2010, 04:09:10 AM »
I also had one similar to this Swedish Monark from the 1940's (yes, I love antiques).



Mine was Brazilian made and had a different braking system. It was in very bad shape when I bought it, and eventually it started falling apart. But the 28 inch wheels made a hell of a difference, I loved it. Now, at least in Brazil (and for a few decades already), the wheels in the new bikes are at most 26 inches wide. Is that also true elsewhere?


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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2010, 05:46:36 AM »
My MTB built mainly from old parts. Cheapish heavy aluminum frame with an old Marzocchi MX Comp ETA fork and heavy hand built Mavic wheels. Sram X7 shifters and rear derailleur, Shimano XT cranks and cassette, LX front derailleur, Avid Juicy Five disc brakes, Thomson seatpost.




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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2010, 06:14:51 AM »
Fun story; Cycling was a key element in me finding out about the Skeptics Guide to the Universe. I decided to take up cycling last summer again and looked for podcasts to listen to. And sure enough, someone recommended the SGU.

I did about 30 - 40 km, basically every day. Mostly on gravel forest roads with no civilization around. It was awesome.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2010, 09:22:34 AM »
That sounds like fun. There are a few wooded trails in and around Boston, but unfortunately you wind up having to cross a lot of busy roads to get from one part of the trail to another.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2010, 10:52:51 AM »
I also re-started biking last spring and ended up getting one of these:

It's a folding hybrid with full-size road bike tires and brakes, designed by an MIT student here in Boston.

It's great for the recreational-riding city dweller because you can just throw it in a car's trunk or take it on a train, and it also adjusts to different riding geometries (even different handlebar heights) with no tools.

It's also quintessentially geeky  ;D
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2010, 10:58:43 AM »
Woah.

That is really cool looking.. How much did it set you back, if you don't mind me asking?

I've always been interested in folding bikes, it's highly unlikely I'd ever buy one because I put a higher priority on speed than compactness, and the entry cost for folding bikes has always been too prohibitive for me to even consider the investment, but that looks cool.
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