Bicycles, Jim!

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:54 am

Naw I'm actually quite fit n stuff especially in the old pins and use exercise bikes. It wasn't even difficult terrain just my not having been in the saddle in a while.
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Post by gumdrops+lollipops » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:33 am

Do any of you have fixed-gear fetishes? The bike punks I know are all about them.

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:08 pm

would everyone like to see my new bike? you would, wouldn't you?

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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:13 pm

Look at all the spots for carrying things!

That's fantastic.

I just managed to get the chain back on my tandem, so now I just need to replace the tires and it's ready for summer fun.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:15 pm

a tandem! that is pretty fucking exciting!

my bike has a basket on the front and ALSO on the back bit. and it has a bell. and they're fitting lights and everything, so i can cycle to the pub. i am so fucking excited. i don't like it being silver, though, so i may have to get a shiny red paint job.

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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:18 pm

I like the silver! It's very superhero.

Having lights is the best. Bike riding around my neighborhood at night is lots of fun.

I got the tandem at a thrift store for $40 a few years back, but I only get around to working on it like once a year. It's an old green one, green like this.

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Post by tonieee » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:17 pm

I really like the idea of having a bike. I used to have one when I lived in Scunthorpe but when I moved back to Sheffield and tried to ride it from the station to my house it nearly killed me so I never rode it again and eventually gave it away. How come everywhere in Sheffield is uphill? Even if it's uphill on the way there it's uphill on the way back, like a real-life Escher drawing.

Maybe I should just stop being a wus and get big strong legs for going up steep hills...

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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:23 pm

ooh, i picked my bike up this morning and it is a BEAUTY. the bike shop fitted some lights i bought, so i've got proper multi-speed lights on the back (on all the time/fast flashing/slow flashing/off) and a lovely bright one on the front. i had a go on it round the streets here, and then along the cycle path for a few miles until i got scared because i was almost in clydebank and then i came home. i might brave the proper roads in a bit.

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Post by RITH » Sat May 03, 2008 8:47 pm

Living in Amsterdam means you need to have an ugly bike. The uglier, the better. But it still needs to work fine, of course. It's a thin line. Another difficult question: expensive lock or not? Usually it gets stolen anyway, and then you lose a lock that was more expensive than the bike on top.

This is where I park it every day (at Centraal Station). It's always exciting to find out if it's still there when I come back from work. I'm on an average of 3 stolen bikes a year, I think.
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Post by Concrete » Sun May 11, 2008 9:14 pm

I love my new bike; I've got one of these frames plus various bits that I've bought over the years - I've never bought a whole bike in my life, you see, I just keep changing the parts on the one my parents got me when I was 14 so it's now a totally different bike. Anyway, did a 24-hour challenge thingy on it this weekend, which is the fourth year I've done the event, and it just seems to ride beautifully uphill, downhill and over bumps. The most fun I've ever had on a bike possibly, and I've had a lot of fun on bikes in my life.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Sun May 11, 2008 10:24 pm

Concrete wrote:I've had a lot of fun on bikes in my life.
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Post by miss deepfreeze » Wed May 14, 2008 4:36 pm

i still haven't taken a picture of my bike! someone borrowed my camera for a few weeks, but now i have it back so there are NO EXCUSES. it looks especially nice in the sunshine!
i wish i'd ridden into work, but my legs felt like they needed a rest after yesterday. i'll definitely go out after i get home, though.
anyone want me to visit them?

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Post by squirrelboutique » Thu May 15, 2008 9:57 pm

I am going to justify my purchase of a second bicycle* by saying that with two bicycles there will be one here for David when he's here.

I found the bicycle of my dreams today, a vintage Raleigh Sprite, for $20 today at a thrift store. It looks like this one, but it has all the original parts, even the rack. Yip!

*it's the third really, counting a tandem
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Post by miss deepfreeze » Fri May 16, 2008 11:23 am

squibby, that looks a lot like mine! mine is also a vintage raleigh,a wayfarer, and it's kinda similar but navy blue.
how exciting!

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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri May 16, 2008 2:59 pm

miss deepfreeze wrote:squibby, that looks a lot like mine! mine is also a vintage raleigh,a wayfarer, and it's kinda similar but navy blue.
how exciting!

Awww, I love it so very much. I took it out last night for a spin. I put air in the tires (the original tires!) thinking there was no way they'd fill, but they did!

It needs a little work, but it's perfect.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Sat May 17, 2008 5:39 pm

It looks a lot like mine too. Mine is a gents' and has hub gears, but it's exactly the same shade of brown.

I saw the cutest bike today on my way into town, an old baby blue Raleigh ladies' shopper. It belongs to one of the women who work in the charity shop at the end of my street, apparently, so there's a good chance I might get to ogle it more often.
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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon May 19, 2008 11:03 pm

isn't it horrible when you're cycling along quite the thing, and then a fly crashes on your forehead? i hate that. i was cycling into the wind today and there were loads of fluffy things (like off dandelions or something) floating about and they kept going up my nose. distracting!

cycling on the road is quite exhilarating, isn't it? i'm still a bit scared of roundabouts or really busy junctions, but other than that it's quite fun.

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Post by RITH » Wed May 21, 2008 7:09 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:isn't it horrible when you're cycling along quite the thing, and then a fly crashes on your forehead? i hate that. i was cycling into the wind today and there were loads of fluffy things (like off dandelions or something) floating about and they kept going up my nose. distracting!
You know those clouds of really small flies? I biked through one of those yesterday morning with my mouth open. And I already had breakfast.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Thu May 22, 2008 10:07 pm

oh wow:

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somehow, there would be something incredibly cool about riding a 58 year old bike to work.
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Post by bluespring » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:18 am

squirrelboutique wrote:I am going to justify my purchase of a second bicycle* by saying that with two bicycles there will be one here for David when he's here.

I found the bicycle of my dreams today, a vintage Raleigh Sprite, for $20 today at a thrift store. It looks like this one, but it has all the original parts, even the rack. Yip!

*it's the third really, counting a tandem
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