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post #256 of 1781
Thought I'd post a pic of my bike, since I finally found it in the Trek archive.

A kinda fuzzy pic, sorry. I'll try to take an actual pic tomorrow.

post #257 of 1781
Don't think I ever posted my Lemond Tourmalet. My cousin (black Cannondale R700) and I were somewhere between NJ and PA. Very nice roads, but people fly through that single-lane road like it was a big highway. We planned on going a little further, but we found a little tavern on the side of the road and, after a couple of pints, it became our ultimate destination.

My bike is still basically the same, except for a new Selle Italia saddle.





post #258 of 1781
Picked up my first 'real' bike: a 1990 steel frame Schwinn Prelude. Could stand some polishing, but it's miles above my last bike, an old (60's/70's?) Columbia Seville.
post #259 of 1781
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Originally Posted by Biscotti View Post
I've pretty much been too fearful to ride lately; just afraid of getting hit. I just know too many who have been hit, and one seriously injured. How do I get over the fears?
Cars hit bicycles in stereotypical fashion. The 'right cross' is most common. The car pulls out from a right side street into/in front of you. The 'right hook' also common. The car going in the same direction makes a right turn into/in front of you. There's only a few other common scenarios including doors opening, 'left cross', etc. and the likelihood can be minimized by your riding. Ironically, I think new cyclists try to ride in what they think is a safe way but in fact put themselves at greater danger. Riding on the sidewalk away from the cars for instance. This is asking for a right cross/hook. You have to assert yourself on the road and make the cars notice you. This often involves taking an entire lane which as a vehicle you are entitled to take. Read more on riding and don't be timid, you'll be alright.
post #260 of 1781
DarkNWorn's post reminded of a guy I talked to yesterday when buying my bike. He described my old bike as alright for riding to school or for bar hoppin. Do people actually use bikes to ride to bars? I've plenty about bikes being built for bar hoppin, but never a bicycle...
post #261 of 1781
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Originally Posted by Ludeykrus View Post
DarkNWorn's post reminded of a guy I talked to yesterday when buying my bike.

He described my old bike as alright for riding to school or for bar hoppin. Do people actually use bikes to ride to bars? I've plenty about bikes being built for bar hoppin, but never a bicycle...

Hmm...I probably wouldn't go bar hopping on a bike. A couple of beers, then go home, yes. But once you're shit face, you'll be wobbly. I wouldn't want to be wobbly on a bike riding on a busy street with cars going by at 30-50mph. All it takes is one hit.
post #262 of 1781
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Originally Posted by HomerJ View Post
Cars hit bicycles in stereotypical fashion. The 'right cross' is most common. The car pulls out from a right side street into/in front of you. The 'right hook' also common. The car going in the same direction makes a right turn into/in front of you. There's only a few other common scenarios including doors opening, 'left cross', etc. and the likelihood can be minimized by your riding. Ironically, I think new cyclists try to ride in what they think is a safe way but in fact put themselves at greater danger. Riding on the sidewalk away from the cars for instance. This is asking for a right cross/hook. You have to assert yourself on the road and make the cars notice you. This often involves taking an entire lane which as a vehicle you are entitled to take. Read more on riding and don't be timid, you'll be alright.
Good tips. Almost got nailed the other night while in the shoulder of a 1-lane yet high-traffic road the other day by an Escalade w/ a few D-bags in it, passenger had the nerve to yell 'get the fuck out of the road' after nearly side-swiping me. I have flashing lights front and back on my road bike so visibility wasnt an issue. They took off, adrenaline started flowing after that, cranked the pedals like a madman trying to catch up at red lights, every time I got to them they'd just blow the light. Finally caught them at a red w/ cars in front of their vehicle, they had nowhere to go. Flew up on the passenger side, grabbed the door handle and opened it, told the a-hole exactly what was on my mind
post #263 of 1781
I think some of you guys might enjoy this.
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post #264 of 1781
I biked to work today for the first time. Easy as pie and I did it in a really haphazzard way that made it longer than it needed to be. So figuring out the route better will make it even easier.


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post #265 of 1781
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Originally Posted by VMan View Post
Finally caught them at a red w/ cars in front of their vehicle, they had nowhere to go. Flew up on the passenger side, grabbed the door handle and opened it, told the a-hole exactly what was on my mind

If this is a true story you're a hero.
post #266 of 1781
Got side-swiped a few weeks ago by an SUV who pulled in to parallel park without signaling. Turned out to be the most congenial accident ever. The driver was really nice -- gave me first aid, insurance info was solid, even drove me home afterward. My knee and wrist were pretty banged up, but no structural damage. All was pretty well healed within a month, though it was a real pain in the meantime. The driver's insurance company paid for everything -- medical bills, bike replacement, bus transport in the meantime, etc. My attitude is that shit happens when cars and bikes share the road -- if you ride defensively, you'll minimize the chance of getting hit, but if you're not prepared for the possibility that something might happen, then maybe urban riding is not for you.
post #267 of 1781
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Originally Posted by Ludeykrus View Post
Do people actually use bikes to ride to bars? I've plenty about bikes being built for bar hoppin, but never a bicycle...

My cousin's husband rode is bike out to bars because he had lost his driver's license. Got himself hit riding home one night too. The settlement was much smaller because he was drunk..

I was talking to some guys last night that were telling me that in Indiana that bicycles have a right to use roadways, but that cars have the privilege. But, the local prosecutor interprets the law saying you have to try to avoid an accident to mean that you could have avoided an accident by not riding your bike on the street. I guess they've heard of car drivers not being prosecuted for hitting bicycle riders.

I'm still too new to cycling - I try not to venture too far off the multi-use trails
post #268 of 1781
I figured this might be a good place to put this question:

Has anyone had any luck finding some cool cycling related T-shirts? I've been looking at bike shops around here and haven't had much luck. All they sell is jerseys and other riding gear.
post #269 of 1781
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I think some of you guys might enjoy this.

Thanks, I needed that!
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post #270 of 1781
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Originally Posted by mcs5280 View Post
I figured this might be a good place to put this question:

Has anyone had any luck finding some cool cycling related T-shirts? I've been looking at bike shops around here and haven't had much luck. All they sell is jerseys and other riding gear.

It depends upon your definition of cool, but try http://www.twinsix.com.
I've seen them at REI.
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