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post #1891 of 2048

Where can I find a proper article of information about the benefits of cycling? it´s not that easy

post #1892 of 2048

I recently bought a Felt F75, great bike for the money.

post #1893 of 2048
As an aside, does anyone need a CAAD9 fork for anything? I have my stock one side i upgraded to a full carbon setup ages ago. Anyone need one for a build?

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Where can I find a proper article of information about the benefits of cycling? it´s not that easy

Look for benefits of cardio. Same stuff applies...
post #1894 of 2048
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Thanks for the info and tips guys. I've been eyeing the Nashbar parabolic rollers because they fold and also have the built in protection, even more so than the TACX Conicals it seems.

Going to snap one up when they go on sale again.


Hope you don't mind my crashing in. Have been looking for a bike thread on SF.

 

I recently bought some Elite Arion Digital rollers for c £400. You can vary the resistance from a small wireless unit that clips to your bars. Set-up is easy. The unit also pairs with your heartrate chest strap.

 

I would describe myself as a decent, semi-regular cyclists. After I'd ordered the rollers I looked at some of the vids on YouTube and had some concerns, but seriously - the guys on those vids can't be even half-decent cyclists. Sure, it's a bit wobbly at first but I got straight into it. You just have to commit firmly from the first pedal stroke, hold on to the wall for a few seconds until you're up to speed, and then go for it. Don't try to ease into it as you need the wheels to spin at a fair speed to keep yourself upright. First couple of rides were 5 min trials. Third ride last weekend was a decent 20 minute session and got a very good sweat on. I'm lucky to have a gym in my house with mirrors, so I've set up the rollers so I can see my form head-on in the mirror, and can see where the front wheel is on the roller without looking down at the wheel - which can be a fatal mistake.

post #1895 of 2048
Garage was burglarized this morning and the dirtbags stole my Ibis Mojo along with our road bikes. The road bikes I am less broken up about but I had a lot of great times on that Mojo and it had a long life ahead of it. I hope they enjoy riding it in hell.
post #1896 of 2048
damn frown.gif
post #1897 of 2048
yeah dude, fuck those guys.



we had a bike nicked from the building storage area, and even though it wasn't particularly valuable and we had insurance and such, it's still like .... fuckers, that was MY bike.
post #1898 of 2048
It's extremely frustrating, thanks for the condolences. My friend recently had a car stolen and said he was glad it wasn't his bike and I totally get it. Stupid little things, but my foam grips had been falling apart for a while and I just finally found similar grips and replaced them. I have spare 26" parts (tires, tubes, etc.) but they no longer make a 26" mojo so now my inventory is obsolete. I hope whomever buys my bike for $100 from the chop shop that cuts it up enjoys the hell out of that bike, I sure did. The road bikes were mass market bikes, weren't heavily used and were stock except for the wheels (ksyrium) so to me they are eminently replaceable. The loss of the mojo will sting for a while. I'm still not sure if whining about it is cathartic or just gets me more wound up.
post #1899 of 2048
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yeah dude, fuck those guys.

we had a bike nicked from the building storage area, and even though it wasn't particularly valuable and we had insurance and such, it's still like .... fuckers, that was MY bike.

What was your insurance process like? Assuming it was renter's insurance and not a bike policy?

I've heard that renters insurance companies can be dicks about claims like that. Horror stories where somebody gets a $1,500 payout on a stolen bike and then next year find out that their policy won't be renewed and nobody else is willing to insure them.

Not sure how common that is...and maybe it is more likely when someone makes a claim on a bike or laptop stolen from outside the home rather than burgled from inside the building.
post #1900 of 2048
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It's extremely frustrating, thanks for the condolences. My friend recently had a car stolen and said he was glad it wasn't his bike and I totally get it. Stupid little things, but my foam grips had been falling apart for a while and I just finally found similar grips and replaced them. I have spare 26" parts (tires, tubes, etc.) but they no longer make a 26" mojo so now my inventory is obsolete. I hope whomever buys my bike for $100 from the chop shop that cuts it up enjoys the hell out of that bike, I sure did. The road bikes were mass market bikes, weren't heavily used and were stock except for the wheels (ksyrium) so to me they are eminently replaceable. The loss of the mojo will sting for a while. I'm still not sure if whining about it is cathartic or just gets me more wound up.

Honestly...not sure where you are located, but if you stay vigilant, you might be able to get it back.

Don't get your hopes up or anything, but I'm sitting here next to my stolen frame (still sitting in my office because I had already replaced it, and when I got it back, it was missing all of the parts). Talk to some bike shops in your area. Figure out where thieves flip bikes (is there a local cycling forum, or even a general subreddit for your area? post there, someone will know). Around here, there is a swap meet/flea market where a lot of bikes go...but not really a place you'd expect an exotic bike to show up...there are also some well known facebook buying/selling groups.

Sure enough, eventually my frame showed up on that facebook group and I got a message from a bike shop owner telling me he saw it--small independent local shop that mostly caters to messengers and fixie kids...so he keeps active on social media and knows when something doesn't look right (e.g. "why is this kid who works in a restaurant selling a frame made by a local framebuilder that sure looks like the stolen bike I talked about with someone a few months ago").

Again, not to get your hopes up...but in most areas, an Ibis Mojo is unique enough that someone might see it (or you might find it yourself).
post #1901 of 2048
Thanks OTC - yes, I've thought about digging around. I don't think it will show up on craigslist but I am checking. I see a decent number of mojos around town but they're definitely not the same type of generic stolen city beater that is bought and sold every day. I found this article from May where a local ABC affiliate tracked down stolen bikes to some chopshops under the freeway. I am tempted to dig around and see if I can buy my bikes back for a few hundred, but I think if I don't get killed in the process my wife would probably kill me for even thinking about it. I would happily trade my insurance claim to get my bikes back.

I've only made one home insurance claim before but it was relatively painless and I recovered in full. My insurance company has been getting good money for me for a long time now on multiple properties so I'm pretty confident it won't impact my premiums or make it difficult to obtain a renewal but I guess you never know.

Here's the article that talks about the bike chopshops in SF:
http://abc7news.com/news/i-team-uncovers-where-stolen-bikes-in-san-francisco-go/726503/
post #1902 of 2048
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yeah dude, fuck those guys.

we had a bike nicked from the building storage area, and even though it wasn't particularly valuable and we had insurance and such, it's still like .... fuckers, that was MY bike.

What was your insurance process like? Assuming it was renter's insurance and not a bike policy?

I've heard that renters insurance companies can be dicks about claims like that. Horror stories where somebody gets a $1,500 payout on a stolen bike and then next year find out that their policy won't be renewed and nobody else is willing to insure them.

Not sure how common that is...and maybe it is more likely when someone makes a claim on a bike or laptop stolen from outside the home rather than burgled from inside the building.

for us, it was easy. Renter's insurance from USAA. I mean it was a Marin commuter bike, worth maybe $400-500, and insurance agreed on the full $500 payout with a $200-or-so deductible. Had to present a police report, had grainy video evidence, and the landlord agreed to pay the deductible since it was the second time the jackasses hit within the week and yet they didn't notify residents about it. This was last year, no issues since. Landlord put in better fences.
post #1903 of 2048

Anyone got tips for mentally getting back into riding? I love it and miss it and need to start doing it to stay sane in school. Time is hard to come by but mostly I feel like shit when I ride.

I used to race in college, but that was 5+ years ago. I do have a trainer and the school gym has spin bikes. Might have to set things up to do some light steady state while studying. I need to figure out how to do that...

post #1904 of 2048

Mental tips? Maybe try a change of scenery and ride somewhere you haven't ridden before. This works for me if I get bored for lack of a better term with riding. Also try and find someone to ride with for motivation, that works for me as well.

post #1905 of 2048
Can you ride to work?
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