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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post

Am I the only one that doesn't like stickers and brands on their bikes?  It's a bit of work to take them off, but I think they look better without them.

I agree. The perfect looking bike for me would be raw carbon fiber and titanium. Same for the wheels and groupset. No one needs to know what you've bought.

 

As much as I love my bike (and believe me I love it), the brands logo's written so many times over it I should get paid just to ride around town.

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This week, a bike challenge was posted at work and at least five people came up to me to tell me about it.  I said "Do you really want to lose that badly?"

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I recently put some 26x1.50 slicks on my mountain bike because i'm too cheap to buy a real road bike (i gotta save up for my audio equipment! audio always comes first! don't judge me!)... anyways, i usually ride a 10 km route (5km to, 5km back).. which use to take me about 20 minutes on my knobby mtn bike tires 26x2.00. Now with the slicks, i get a little under 18 minutes.

 

The road tires also gave me more control over the bike and the ride is a lot more smoother. Only thing now i have to look into is to lock out my front suspension, i can tighten it up, but not sure if i can lock it out completely.

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What A Sunday!

 

Earlier today, I decided to pay a visit to the VELO Sports Center @ the StubHub Center. I wasn't aware Time-Trials took place today. I arrived an hour later expecting the center to be closed, really. I just wanted to peek through the windows, as I had planned to visit later in the week and ask questions. 

 

Well, Staff let me in and we walked and talked for the next 90 minutes! I walked onto the track and took a few iPhone pix. Also, I never bothered over the years looking at the indoor track's specs. But photos always made the banks appear to be in their lower 30s for degrees. 

 

Today, I learned the indoor track is shorter but steeper - a wooden 250 meters @ 45* versus a concrete 333.3 @ 33*. Speed kills very_evil_smiley.gif I'm gonna love riding this new track! Schedule dependent, I'm making an appointment to get re-certified this coming Saturday or the next. We have Felt Track bikes on hand... okay rolleyes.gif they have Felt Track bikes on hand and my 12 month fee will be $346. I think that's an attractive price.

 

There's Friday night racing. And the LAVRA Time Trial Cup is 17 November, gonna be a wild shootout! biggrin.gif

 

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post #2645 of 3525
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

What A Sunday!

 

Earlier today, I decided to pay a visit to the VELO Sports Center @ the StubHub Center. I wasn't aware Time-Trials took place today. I arrived an hour later expecting the center to be closed, really. I just wanted to peek through the windows, as I had planned to visit later in the week and ask questions. 

 

Well, Staff let me in and we walked and talked for the next 90 minutes! I walked onto the track and took a few iPhone pix. Also, I never bothered over the years looking at the indoor track's specs. But photos always made the banks appear to be in their lower 30s for degrees. 

 

Today, I learned the indoor track is shorter but steeper - a wooden 250 meters @ 45* versus a concrete 333.3 @ 33*. Speed kills very_evil_smiley.gif I'm gonna love riding this new track! Schedule dependent, I'm making an appointment to get re-certified this coming Saturday or the next. We have Felt Track bikes on hand... okay rolleyes.gif they have Felt Track bikes on hand and my 12 month fee will be $346. I think that's an attractive price.

 

There's Friday night racing. And the LAVRA Time Trial Cup is 17 November, gonna be a wild shootout! biggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Go Go Go!

 

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I'm suppose to winding down for bed. And you just set my heart racing tongue_smile.gif with that pix of corruption! 

 

 

ADD: A link for those cafe side...

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cycling_tracks_and_velodromes


Edited by Silent One - 8/25/13 at 9:21pm
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New (used) bike is now stickerless.  Clean.

 

Today I also picked up a cheap rear light for it  (Not pictured)  Will have to pick up another good flashlight for a headlight later.

 

 

After doing some research, I found out the bike I bought (Fuji 4130 Marlboro Edition) is a rare folding mountain bike from 1996-1999. You could only aquire it from sending in proof of purchases from cigarette packs.

You can obtain an item that increases your health by buying a product that destroys it. O__O;


Edited by PFULMTL - 8/26/13 at 2:34am
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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post

You can obtain an item that increases your health by buying a product that destroys it. O__O;

It looks great !

 

Back in the day malboro was basically everywhere indeed. F1, bikes, clothing and so on.

 

It's a shame that Rue sports went out of business. They used to make incredible bikes.

 

 

Don't know how I've come to think of this...


Edited by customcoco - 8/26/13 at 10:42am
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Silent One back to his roots. beerchug.gif

 

 

I took the orientation classes at Hellyer quite a long time ago, and if I'd lived in the bay area, I'd probably would have been a track rider-racer.

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Silent One back to his roots. beerchug.gif

 

 

I took the orientation classes at Hellyer quite a long time ago, and if I'd lived in the bay area, I'd probably would have been a track rider-racer.

 

Thanks... it feels good to be back! It'd be nice if the next job I get isn't well away from the area. Then I'd be challenged to get weekday evenings in a time or two a week. Traffic continues to be a killer out here!

 

I'm greatly inspired by your island treks. I was caregiving for a few years and could only ride seemingly a couple of times a season. I'm also looking forward to my first trip to HI ever. It would help if I planned it, though...rolleyes.gif

post #2651 of 3525

Budget bike question:

I like the chromoly frame on the current bike I have, but it really needs a new rear wheel because it's slightly bent.  I've actually straightened it, but it looks like the bearing in the hub is still bent.  The crank looks like it should also be replaced because I can't get it into 1st gear.  Should I just buy a cheap used bike and use it for parts or buy a whole new wheel and crank?  I'm seeing bikes for under $50 on Craigslist...A new rear wheel and crank is more than that.


Edited by PFULMTL - 8/29/13 at 3:04am
post #2652 of 3525
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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post

Budget bike question:

I like the chromoly frame on the current bike I have, but it really needs a new rear wheel because it's slightly bent.  I've actually straightened it, but it looks like the bearing in the hub is still bent.  The crank looks like it should also be replaced because I can't get it into 1st gear.  Should I just buy a cheap used bike and use it for parts or buy a whole new wheel and crank?  I'm seeing bikes for under $50 on Craigslist...A new rear wheel and crank is more than that.

I'll try to answer some questions here.

I'm no bike mechanic but have had bikes a long time.

 

There are bikes used out there for sale that are really really good. Checking garage sales can be amazing. At times people just don't know what they have. If they don't know what they have then also the bike may need maintenance. Craigs list is going to be a super place to find bargains. You should really read a book on simple bike maintenance. They are free at the library. Knowing how to tell if the crank is just loose or needs to be rebuilt, knowing if your hub is the issue with shifting and not the derailleur? Find some friend who can help you. Once your bike is set up, normal maintenance should allow you to use the bike a long time.

 

All of us have had this learning curve. I always had friends who were good with tools and would overhaul my cheap finds, when I was young with little money. You can learn to do everything yourself but the tools are not always that common for some stuff. Most bikes need a special tool for the crank. Little stuff like a loose head tube can end up being bigger issues later. Someone in the know can also help you with your seat height so your spin is correct.

 

Your bike actually looks pretty good in the picture. The only question I would have is when you ride is there any flex at the joints where the bike folds. That and if the frame is really straight could be a factor in shifting. Your better finding someone who knows bikes who will look the thing over and give you an honest opinion of what you have. You really need a front brake. At times it is important to stop using both tires. Your rims look alloy and you have great looking tires.

 

Remember even if you find another bike, the parts may not be as interchangeable as you think. If you buy another used bike it could have it's own new set of issues to contend with. I suggest finding a super cheap bike mechanic who will give you a full rundown on your current bike. They at times have used parts laying around which could bring your bike up to spec. Most of these guys are used to folks not wanting to put a ton of money into a bike but are interested in spending the least to make a bike safe and enjoyable.


Edited by Redcarmoose - 8/29/13 at 9:51am
post #2653 of 3525

In other news :

 

I was looking for a bike for my mother. I've started to browse the same classified website that I bought my own bike from and found a rather nice candidate.

 

I drop a line to a guy, whose username basically translates into "check book", asking for infos about the size and how the bike's been used and maintained.

 

The price on the ad was 400 bucks firm, but based on my experience firm means nothing so I also asked by how much the price could be reduced.

 

The guy got back saying that the bike could be had for 500 bucks and that he wasn't willing to reduce it any further. I replied asking for the "right" price since there was obviously a typo somewhere.

 

The guy replied saying that there was no typo, the price on the classified is only there for "suggesting" purposes. I told him that was kind of weird to "suggest" a price lower than the one you're looking to sell your item for !

 

You know what? He replied telling me that I'd better mind my own business and that I shouldn't try to contact him again.

 

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post #2654 of 3525
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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post

In other news :

 

I was looking for a bike for my mother. I've started to browse the same classified website that I bought my own bike from and found a rather nice candidate.

 

I drop a line to a guy, whose username basically translates into "check book", asking for infos about the size and how the bike's been used and maintained.

 

The price on the ad was 400 bucks firm, but based on my experience firm means nothing so I also asked by how much the price could be reduced.

 

The guy got back saying that the bike could be had for 500 bucks and that he wasn't willing to reduce it any further. I replied asking for the "right" price since there was obviously a typo somewhere.

 

The guy replied saying that there was no typo, the price on the classified is only there for "suggesting" purposes. I told him that was kind of weird to "suggest" a price lower than the one you're looking to sell your item for !

 

You know what? He replied telling me that I'd better mind my own business and that I shouldn't try to contact him again.

 

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Wow! His sales skills are exceptional!!! lmao, who does that? What a clown!

 

Could anybody here suggest a good bicycle speedometer? I don't want to spend any more then $30-$40... 


Edited by joshwalnut - 8/29/13 at 3:58pm
post #2655 of 3525
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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post

In other news :

 

I was looking for a bike for my mother. I've started to browse the same classified website that I bought my own bike from and found a rather nice candidate.

 

I drop a line to a guy, whose username basically translates into "check book", asking for infos about the size and how the bike's been used and maintained.

 

The price on the ad was 400 bucks firm, but based on my experience firm means nothing so I also asked by how much the price could be reduced.

 

The guy got back saying that the bike could be had for 500 bucks and that he wasn't willing to reduce it any further. I replied asking for the "right" price since there was obviously a typo somewhere.

 

The guy replied saying that there was no typo, the price on the classified is only there for "suggesting" purposes. I told him that was kind of weird to "suggest" a price lower than the one you're looking to sell your item for !

 

You know what? He replied telling me that I'd better mind my own business and that I shouldn't try to contact him again.

 

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The purest definition of a jack-off I've read about in a while.

 

Somebody should just meet up with him informing him $500 is cool. Upon seeing the bike show em $350. Give em some BS back!


Edited by Redcarmoose - 8/29/13 at 6:44pm
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