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post #53596 of 57440
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Yes sir. I rode a bike yesterday around the capital. "It's like riding a bike" in reference to how you never forget how to ride a bike is flawed. I had to, like, relearn. Almost got creamed several times. Today my butt bone is killing me and muscles I didn't know I had in my thighs are killing me.

You may have lost some brain cells in the interim as well pB … you're fucking crazy to be riding anything in the streets of PP! happy.gif


Actually it's not that bad, but of all the crazy/bad shit that just might happen while one is abroad, the more likely thing is something simple involving pedestrians and/or traffic. Sure I watch out for scams, getting robbed, etc. but I'm most careful of anything involving vehicles and crossing the street. Have fun, be safe!
post #53597 of 57440
Yeah, I feel like biking in Manhattan will be nothing after this. It is the first time I have been on a bike in probably 5 years or so and that was in easy-peasy Paris. As I am riding I am thinking to myself, this is so nice, why the fuck don't I do this back home? Gome almost had be sold on getting a bike after hearing him talk about the joys of it. But he also had me overthinking it. Naturally, I am like, well clearly I need a carbon custom frame, blah, blah, blah because I am a psycho like that.

Last year I was doing some research about deaths in cities over here and such. I figured everybody would have lung cancer because everybody smokes and the amount of particulate matter in the air. Nope it turns out that Cambodians are likely to die in motor vehicle accidents decades before cancer develops.
post #53598 of 57440

Dat comp time after working 53 hours of overtime last week. Comped at time and a half.

post #53599 of 57440
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Naturally, I am like, well clearly I need a carbon custom frame, blah, blah, blah because I am a psycho like that.

No. You need a carefully handcrafted steel frame, which involves multiple measurement and fit sessions as well as extensive discussions with the builder about your riding philosophy.

A carbon frame is like glued sole shoes and lenscrafters eyeglasses.
post #53600 of 57440
Yummy gummy bears in mah tummy.
post #53601 of 57440
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Gome almost had be sold on getting a bike after hearing him talk about the joys of it. But he also had me overthinking it. Naturally, I am like, well clearly I need a carbon custom frame, blah, blah, blah because I am a psycho like that.

that bike is also used for racing, which I did with my college team (when i was in college). The crankset would ruin your pents in no time flat.

A bike is a really fast way to travel locally. Your place down to my place would probably take 2 minutes. I walked it into a bike store on the water to get something fixed, and then rode it back ... the whole way back was just me yelling at myself for walking it there.

I'm too chickenshit to ride on Manhattan roads, but Brooklyn isn't bad. I was terrified of my first ride, but then I was like ... this is fine.
post #53602 of 57440
I've ridden citi-bikes all around lower manhattan a few times. I wouldn't want to do it at 5:30...but most of the time I was actually surprised how OK it was.
post #53603 of 57440
Pre-9/11 (by just a month or so actually) we rented bikes from a place on E-street in DC and road all over hell's half acre. All the monuments, along a canal to Georgetown, out to the National Zoo, along the Potomac...was pretty cool, and as we were still in fair cycling shape, a nice day.
post #53604 of 57440
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I don't think I've ever seen a billboard advertising a movie around here (the Sacramento area). Is this an LA thing, or is it done in other major places?

We have it all over LA, strange you guys dont

post #53605 of 57440
riding a bike in Manhattan is just as easy as Brooklyn. There's parts of queens that's sketchy as hell (queens Blvd is basically a highway).

Couple reference points:

Williamsburg to UWS is an hour an can be 95% bike lane. Williamsburg to SoHo is 30min all bike lane. Williamsburg to downtown Brooklyn 35min all bike lanes.

You can get there even faster if you don't take bike lanes but it's stressful. Taking bike lanes you can just do it leisurely and even in a suit. There can actually be "bike traffic" in the morning where Manhattan and williamsburg bridges have hundreds of bikes in the lanes after 8am.

My wife and I would do the Williamsburg to Brooklyn bridge park ride (to catch the ferry to governors island) about 3x a month during late spring summer months. I'd take my commuter bike to the UWS and MidTown for work about 3x a week during summer for exercise.

My advice is just to get the most comfortable commuter bike possible that you can put a rack on. That means upright position and slow riding. The times I almost got into accidents was riding/commuting with my road/racing bike because you end up going fast and going slow in a road bike is when you're most un balanced.
post #53606 of 57440
Here in Nashville there seems to be a ton of "bike lanes" but no one on them. I asked around and supposedly you get a lot of federal money if you make major roads "bike friendly" so they arbitrarily put bike lanes into the streets to collect sweet federal money. I guess it's a win win but you can just see how they'll put random bike lanes in knowing no ones using them.

I noticed them start to do this in CT too. Random bike lanes everywhere... Federal money yo!
post #53607 of 57440
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

Here in Nashville there seems to be a ton of "bike lanes" but no one on them. I asked around and supposedly you get a lot of federal money if you make major roads "bike friendly" so they arbitrarily put bike lanes into the streets to collect sweet federal money. I guess it's a win win but you can just see how they'll put random bike lanes in knowing no ones using them.

I noticed them start to do this in CT too. Random bike lanes everywhere... Federal money yo!

 

Not surprising.  Here they're taking every main road, which is typically two lanes each way, and they're removing a lane to add a bike lane whenever they do maintenance, so it becomes 1 lane each way, 1 bike lane each way, and a dedicated left turn lane.

post #53608 of 57440
We are getting an excessive amount of "protected" bike lanes (where they run them in between street parking and the sidewalk, instead of between traffic and the parking.

While I think the safety of these lanes is dubious at best ( safer when protected, but far more dangerous at every intersection than a normal street)...what really strikes me is the logic of putting them in somewhere with snow that sticks around for a good part of the year.

They are clear now (because Chicago is snow-less and warm), but for a long time, they were icy messes. Even if the lane itself had melted clear, the entrance/exit was blocked by unmelted snow plowed there when the intersection was cleared.

We don't have even/odd-side snow parking restrictions like Minneapolis, so when we get snowfall, they just plow the snow right on to the parked cars...and never even have an opportunity to get within 5 feet of the protected bike lanes.
post #53609 of 57440
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

Williamsburg to SoHo is 30min

i can't even walk on SoHo's crappy streets, let alone road bike it.
post #53610 of 57440
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