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Woke up to about 4 inches this morning....probably at least 6 now. Wish I had one of those sleds...our dog (who looks exactly like the one in this pic) would love that. I used to roller blade with her when she was about 2 years old.....until the day she found a squirrel and I found a tree. lol. My wife, who was on a bike at the time, nearly laughed herself into a ditch.

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I was thinking that the waking up with four inches was TMI. At least it grew?!
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hey bike people I am currently in the market for something to cruise around in, no long rides or billion gears or anything, just to take short rides in town in, any suggestions or places to begin looking? brands ect would be helpful. I enjoy the clean lines of fixies but would not want one, I still need some gears


It really comes down to how much you are willing to spend.  I've gathered that your family has money and perhaps they will extend you a loan since you don't yet have credit.  Explain to them that you are trying to get around town and keep fit.  It will keep you out of trouble (yeah right) and will cost a fraction of a car.

That said, you should not buy a bike at a thrift store.  I know what I'm looking for and the only bike I've seen worth its salt ($350) was found at a pawn shop, not a thrift store.  eBay, local bike swaps, craigslist are a whole different story, but avoid looking at thrifts.

A new bike from a bike shop will afford you the attention of capable mechanics and some sort of warranty on frame, parts, and labor.  As a veteran bicycle mechanic, I will steer you this way. 

As a broke asshole, I often purchase my bikes and parts used.  Please go back and read that I know what I'm looking for.

 

Since you live in/near SF, I would encourage you to go to American Cyclery, Boxdog Bikes or, if you're willing to spend real coin, Rivendell Bicycle Works.

There are too many brands to mention...go with your gut.  Talk to professional people about your passions and let their knowledge guide you.

Whatever you do, please don't turn into a douce triathlete.

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That said, you should not buy a bike at a thrift store.  I know what I'm looking for and the only bike I've seen worth its salt ($350) was found at a pawn shop, not a thrift store.  eBay, local bike swaps, craigslist are a whole different story, but avoid looking at thrifts.


A new bike from a bike shop will afford you the attention of capable mechanics and some sort of warranty on frame, parts, and labor.  As a veteran bicycle mechanic, I will steer you this way. 



Since you live in/near SF, I would encourage you to go to American Cyclery, Boxdog Bikes or, if you're willing to spend real coin, Rivendell Bicycle Works.


True, it is really tough to find decent bikes in thrift stores. I've found exactly two in the past five years and I have made, conservatively, at least 1,500 visits to thrift stores during that time. It can be done, but you have to know what you're doing.

Acosby raises good points about the advantages of bicycle shops. I would add that it's like anything else--some shops are better than others, so it's a good idea to follow the recommendation of someone you trust. You might want to consider a used bike from a shop. That would get you the benefits of a shop that acosby describes plus value and the chance to shop around a bit more than you otherwise could. You'll pay a bit more than you would from a private party, but that peace of mind might be worth it in your case. Whichever route you go, you should still do a lot of research.
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Thrift fit.

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Zegna
Brooks merino (pretty sure)
Th Pink shirt
BBBF tie
Regency watch, Trafalgar belt
Nordstrom by Zegna
Vintage beater J&M jodhpurs, because the weather's supposed to take a turn.
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I'm not sure if anyone would go to that detail level to fake MMM. I know the hm collaboration (atleast certain pieces) were made in china. The label won't have pick stitching on the front but four stitches in the back of the label that end in four small knots on the back of the garment. My guess is its real. Amazing find

The tag is just sewn in to the sides, doesn't have the knots in the back. I've found other high end stuff like Raf, Lanvin, and Gucci at this store that were all real, but never nwt.
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

hey bike people I am currently in the market for something to cruise around in, no long rides or billion gears or anything, just to take short rides in town in, any suggestions or places to begin looking? brands ect would be helpful. I enjoy the clean lines of fixies but would not want one, I still need some gears


It really comes down to how much you are willing to spend.  I've gathered that your family has money and perhaps they will extend you a loan since you don't yet have credit.  Explain to them that you are trying to get around town and keep fit.  It will keep you out of trouble (yeah right) and will cost a fraction of a car.

That said, you should not buy a bike at a thrift store.  I know what I'm looking for and the only bike I've seen worth its salt ($350) was found at a pawn shop, not a thrift store.  eBay, local bike swaps, craigslist are a whole different story, but avoid looking at thrifts.

A new bike from a bike shop will afford you the attention of capable mechanics and some sort of warranty on frame, parts, and labor.  As a veteran bicycle mechanic, I will steer you this way. 

As a broke asshole, I often purchase my bikes and parts used.  Please go back and read that I know what I'm looking for.

 

Since you live in/near SF, I would encourage you to go to American Cyclery, Boxdog Bikes or, if you're willing to spend real coin, Rivendell Bicycle Works.

There are too many brands to mention...go with your gut.  Talk to professional people about your passions and let their knowledge guide you.

Whatever you do, please don't turn into a douce triathlete.

 

 

 If you could fit a 58cm cyclocross bike (ie, if you're > 6' tall), I can hook you up on the cheap... I'm selling a 2003 Bianchi Axis that needs a little work (cables replaced) but is in very good condition overall.

 

 Buying via Craigslist is fine if you know what you're looking at, but can be a minefield. If you're looking used, check out some of the local used bike shops (I can't speak for San Francisco, but there are a few good ones down in Palo Alto). Ride a bunch of bikes and see what feels right.

 

 +1 on the douche triathlete comment... I'd like to think that I'm not one of the douchey ones: I ride a road bike with aerobars ferchristssake!

 

I have a Bianchi San Jose converted to a fixie, a Look 595 road bike and a Rock Lobster cyclocross bike (currently being rebuilt, and I will continue once that Darth Vader head shows up in the mail) along with the Bianchi I'm selling.

 

 For cruising around, I greatly prefer the fixie. But since you're in SF, you'll likely want the gears.

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Thanks for all the responses on the bike! I don't want to quote you all but I will try to respond to the general points brought up.
I am more open to Fixies now after hearing everything you guys have said, I live in a suburb right now and will live in Berkeley next year so I don't really need gears I guess. I am looking to spend in the 200-400 range I have the money no problem but I don't want to spend more than that since I am also in the market for new golf clubs am a new laptop. I am not taking a loan from my parents I don't know why everyone thinks we are like loaded, my dad has been unemployed for like 2 years... Anyway thanks for the responses everyone!
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One thrift hit on the way home from work.

 

First Prada. Available.

 

 

 

 

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Two Charles Tyrwhitt. Near new or new, both had package creases still. Available.

 

 

 

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Zegna Tie. Available.

 

 

Banana Republic Suede Coat. Medium. Unavailable until my wife tries it on (it is a mens coat).

 

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The most wasted pages in GQ/Details are the interviews with movie stars: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise.... In the interviews, they give advice about life. Really?! These guys are barely literate and are expounding about how men should handle their work/home lives. Give me a break.

I'd listen to them giving me advice on how to nail an audition, but that's about it.

I'm always fascinated when they Teach Us About Love based on their current relationship, but after their 3rd divorce due to infidelity.
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

Thanks for all the responses on the bike! I don't want to quote you all but I will try to respond to the general points brought up.
I am more open to Fixies now after hearing everything you guys have said, I live in a suburb right now and will live in Berkeley next year so I don't really need gears I guess. I am looking to spend in the 200-400 range I have the money no problem but I don't want to spend more than that since I am also in the market for new golf clubs am a new laptop. I am not taking a loan from my parents I don't know why everyone thinks we are like loaded, my dad has been unemployed for like 2 years... Anyway thanks for the responses everyone!

Some are going to disagree, but I, personally, would not start out with a fixed gear. I say this as a former, and aging, track racer. My rationale is hills and beer. Yeah, you can put a brake on front, and maybe even in back, to help out with going down, but there isn't much you can do about the going up part, which might not be an issue unless you're an old fart like me. A bike with gears is going to be more versatile, I think. As a second bike, a fixed-gear makes sense but if you are only going to have one bike, then you should perhaps consider one that negotiate hills easily and can also carry a case of beer strapped to the rack and maybe a bag of peanuts or even a thrifted pair of Lobbs. If you could have only one car and live in the real world where it sometimes snows and you need to carry a thing or two, would you buy a Boxster or a Subaru?
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just get a huffy dude
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 Here's the full list of what we picked up yesterday at the REI sale. I'm only keeping a few things, so let me know if you're interested in anything.

 

 

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Scarpa Mont Blanc Mountaineering Boots-Orange -M12

Scarpa Mont Blanc Mountaineering Boots -Green -M7

Zamberlan Steep GT Boots -M9

Lowa Renegade GTX Boots -M10

Lowa Renegade GTX Boots -M11

Montrail Torre GTX Boots -M10

Lowa Renegade GTX Boots -M12

Vasque Wasatch GTX Boots -M10

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 -M10

Salomon Quest GTX 4D -W8

Saucony Ride 4 Running -M10

Mountain Hardwear Monkeyman -Mens Medium

Sierra Designs TOV Jacket -Womens Large

North Face Kira Triclimate Jacket -Womens XL

North Face Denali Jacket -Mens XXL

Cordillera Wonderland Down Jacket -Womens Small

North Face Denali Jacket -Womens Large

Patagonia Down Sweater -Mens XL

Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket -Mens Large

Sierra Designs Gnar Lite Down Jacket -Womens Large

North Face Metropolis Down Parka -Womens Small

Pearl Izumi Elite Bib Cycling Shorts -n/a

Mountain Hardwear Tshirt -n/a

 

 

MSR Tour Evo Snowshoes

-n/a

Atlas Electra 1123 Snowshoes -n/a

 

 

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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


Some are going to disagree, but I, personally, would not start out with a fixed gear. I say this as a former, and aging, track racer. My rationale is hills and beer. Yeah, you can put a brake on front, and maybe even in back, to help out with going down, but there isn't much you can do about the going up part, which might not be an issue unless you're an old fart like me. A bike with gears is going to be more versatile, I think. As a second bike, a fixed-gear makes sense but if you are only going to have one bike, then you should perhaps consider one that negotiate hills easily and can also carry a case of beer strapped to the rack and maybe a bag of peanuts or even a thrifted pair of Lobbs. If you could have only one car and live in the real world where it sometimes snows and you need to carry a thing or two, would you buy a Boxster or a Subaru?

good points all around but there are literally no hills by me or when I am going to live, also I am probably going to get a flip flop so it can be single speed as well

post #66914 of 114851
Awesome thirft fit pic, GMMcL! How many pocket squares do you have? I don't have near enough to go with my shirts and ties.

Here's mine thrift fit pic for today. There's still snow here so tweed is still in the wardrobe.
  • HT (a secret santa gift)
  • Zara shirt (thrifted)
  • Michelson's tie. Bought online on sale
  • Boss pants - bought at retail years ago uhoh.gif
  • AE McHale. I love oxblood! Bought at retail but going on 7 years so got more than my money's worth.



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Some goods from the past couple of trips...

 

 

3x Zanella. two 38 one 40

 

 

Picked these up cause I thought someone would appreciate them 

 

Barneys italy white shirt (keeping) and a pink T Pink french cuff 17 by 35

two (sideways) jackets. The blue is a quilted Ben Sherman M and green has the title Jacket, Flyers: lightweight Nomex L 

Two nwt vans authentics

 

And these, dont see to much of this brand here, Im a fan however, they made my wallet

 

 

What does this mean anyone?  

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