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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by trag-o-caster, May 2, 2007.
have got a kona cindercone mountain bike.
really nice to go off road.
I got mine a few months ago after we scored on my youngest son, Cameron's bike.
My bike is an 18 speed Mt. bike by Jeep, with front and rear shocks. I put a big Bell seat on it. It's really fun to ride. I like to go out at least every other day.
Ok.. Here is the story on Cameron's bike...
I took Cameron out and bought this for my son Brandon.
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I felt so guilty that I took Cameron with me to buy this thing and did not buy anything for him.
Well to make a long story short, we finally ended up at Toys-R-Us, and only had about $30.00 left to buy him anything. I saw this bike on display without a price on it.
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The girl looks it up in the computer and says it is on close out, there is only one more in back new in the box and it was priced at $17.50. Yes, you read that right... Seventeen Dollars and Fifty Cents..
We of course snagged it!
No Car no o trouble ! =D
I just started my first commutes to work back and from everyday on a 2006 Gary Fisher Mako =) I got my convenient recycled bike stolen that I used to lock on my building's fence so I decided to get a nicer urban bike, but I keep inside my appartment, so it's a good exercise to travel with it everyday from the third floor to the street
During winter I travel by métro : so I almost do no harm to mother earth
And for my week-end ride I have my lovely Kona Caldera. There might be no single-track available 30km from Montreal but the front Manitou Black fork makes it so smoooooth on the bad bad bad pavement of the city ! ( I used to live in the suburbs where you could find a variety of mountain bike path, deer and porcupine within 10 minutes : I miss that
I haven't been biking as much since I moved to Atlanta from Ohio, but...
Pre-Lance Trek 5500 (road), Trek 520 (touring), and Trek 970 (mountain). I used to manage a bike shop and of the three brands we carried, Trek was making the best bikes at the time.
None of 'em are or were the sexiest bikes, but as one of my 18 year old mechanics said when he saw one 'em, "you can just tell that's a bike shop guy's bike--nothing fancy, but really nice stuff." Function and reliability first, because after spending 50+ hours a week working on other people's bikes, the last thing you want to do is work on your bike.
Bianchi San Remo is the Italian take on a 520. I picked it over the Trek 'cause I was tired of looking at Shimano parts.
I started out when you had Campy, Shimano, Huret, Simplex, Stronglight, Suntour etc. Now Shimano rules the roost. Kinda boring.
i am a bicycle-freak somehow. i own an old fat chance, a santa cruz freerider and a specialized all set up for commuting. guess what: the specialized gets the most riding time. i ride everywhere. i have even 2 guitars in the rehearsal-place, so i can go there via bike as well. and one of my main jobs, is to take pictures at bike-races. so lotsa bikes in wagnerland. the gasprices in germany are really high, so its easy to decide to take the bike....
I wouldn't have thought that there would be so many cycling enthusiasts here. Sweet!
My good bikes are shown below, but I have a few others too. I think my wife and I have a total of about 15 bikes around the house. That's what happens when you work for a bike shop for 10 years!
Yeah, I think that's partly why I have Grip Shift or SRAM or whatever they're calling themselves these days on my mountain bike. That and I still remember the day the rep from Grip Shift came in and gave me a free set of shifters. My mountain bike was in the repair stand, its top mount shifters proudly on display (those old Shimano RapidFire shifters were anything but), and he said if I'd give the Grip Shifts a try he'd give them to me. Since I got the 970 as a frame, I had a blank canvas.
My 520 has the bar end shifters so it doesn't scream Shimano.
I've had a lot of great bikes over the years: Bianchi, Centurion Ironman, Specialized Epic, etc. I don't ride nearly as much as I used to (knee trouble), but I've currently got a Soma Smoothie road bike (Reynolds steel), and a steel-framed hardtail mountain bike that I converted to a single-speed cruiser.
Here is my Trek 6500. Even though a mountain bike, I have put street tires on it and use it for the road, just don't like skinny tires and I can still hit trails if I want to.
My secret online persona "biker joe" does not stem from a facination of Haybussas or Harleys but from my love of non-motorized two wheelers. At one point, I took my riding very seriously, but now school-work-wife-dog all take too much time. I used to love getting on my bike and going for all day rides, both exploring dirt trails on mountains, and seeing how much pavement I could cover on a roadbike. I still have boxes full of bike parts although, I ONLY have three ridable bikes now (they all probably need a going through). Every now and then, I will commute on one of my bikes, but I have been too lazy this winter. Isn't bike to work day comming up? Maybe that can be a motivator. Now, not only do I need to join the "get rid of your spare tire thread" but I should start and join a "how far have you ridden this week thread"... but that is probably best done in another forum. Still, love them teles...
as well as a guitar geek. I have an Eddie Mercx titanium. I got it two years ago after my Serotta was destroyed(along with most everything we owned exept the Tele and amp in the avatar--and a couple of other amps). Here's how big a geek I am--I ride tubulars! Great thread!!
I have a Schwinn High Sierra mtn. bike I bought in 1984. It's pretty gnarly. I used to always get a backache from riding with the regular handlebars, so I put some high rise handlebars on it. Now I can ride sitting straight up and don' get the backache any more.
Now I get the weirdest looks when I go for a ride, and all these people telling me: 'Nice bike'. They never told me that before I put those bars on.
Couldn`t live without my Cannondale M500, use it every day in all kinds of weather. Get it tuned up every year and upgrade parts when they need changing. I wouldn`t drive a car in this city if somebody gave one to me...there are some nice folks here but man I don`t know where they learned how to drive but it`s bad. Police don`t patrol over here they just sit in their tiny police boxes and wait for calls and drivers know they won`t see any cops on the road and take advantage of it. A red light doesn`t always mean drivers are gonna stop.
i love to ride. i do a frantic traffic dodging 6 miles though the very centre of rush hour london every day. i often wish it was longer actually. i am currently training for the london to brighton in six weeks.
i currently ride a ridgeback storm (as seen in the "what do you drive?" thread)with some nice light rims and pure slicks front and back (specialised and michelin). they're a bit sketchy in the wet and you need to stay away from drain covers or you're toast. other than that they're great. really quick and they've actually held up against puncture much better than i was expecting.
before the ridgeback i had a beloved carlton 10 speed that i inherited from my granddad and before that a succession of road bikes and BMXs.
i've been riding in london for years now. I used to be a pedicab (rickshaw) ride and in fact i was one of the original 6 who started back in the mid 90s. i was arrested on my first day of work for illegally plying for hire and had to endure a year long stipendiary magistrates trial, the outcome of which was the dropping of all illegal taxi related charges against me and pedicabs and rickshaws being made officially legal!
my next bike will be a single (maybe even fixed) gear road bike i think.
my band has a song "ten speed racer" based on my bicycle history, raleigh grifters, skinned knees and all.
You are one brave man, you are. When I studied in Lapland (in Finland), I used to bike through the winter on my WWII-era Monarc, for one winter. But I had a rule that when it dropped below -25 C (that's -13F), I wouldn't. And nor did I, too cold for my thin bones! Plus the snow made the going too slow for my style.
Tubulars! You are a geek! Every racer I knew had an ever growing pile of
ones that needed repair they were always going to get around to fixing.
The joys of Clement cement.
Well, I don't think that is so geeky anymore. With all the carbon wheels on the market now tubulars have made a come back. A few years ago they were almost dead, but not anymore.
When I was a Lad...
Well actually when I was a bit younger than now (read that to mean - before kids), I was a pretty serious rider in the DC metro area. DC has a fantastic system of trails BTW. My bikes are a 1989 Trek 1500 road bike, a great, fast bike, and a 1992 Trek 8000 mountain bike. I found that as the years went by, the mtn. bike became my main bike, mainly cause it is indestructible, but still fast enough. And now, I'm biking w/ my kids.