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Bicycles, scooters and motorcycles
20 replies
665 days old
last post: Apr 15, 2014

Bicycles, scooters and motorcycles

1 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-09 22:56
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The most efficient way of travelling is also one of the most pleasurable ones.
Do you bike often? What kind of bike do you have and where do you take it?
2 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 01:10
I own an illegal scooter. A Tank Touring 250 Delux. Legally it counts as a motorcycle because it's overpowered.
There's no chasis, no licence, no inspection, no registration, no plates, no helmet, but there's no cops in my town. So, not problem. I named it Hermes Unit 02. I also have a 24 year old bike named Hermes Unit 01. It used to be my grandmas but she never used it so now I have it. It's pink, purple and grey, has lots of gears it really tough. Fixing it up was fun and felt really good. Now that I know a tiny bit about hardware hacking and electronics I'm going to do this: https://www.adafruit.com/products/933
3 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 01:45
heh, no way. there's just no way i could use a bicycle where i live

i travel daily 100 miles MINIMUM. to and from my job and that's not including if I have to go around the city to other work sites. even if i wanted to use a bike to go to town I have to drive 15-20 mins to get there and on a bike that could easily translate to 30-40 not including the inherent road rage i would receive.

nice idea though.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 02:29
I enjoy taking leisurely rides on designated bike trails with my bike (a Trek 7100 Multitrack, since you asked), but it's kind of stressful to commute via bicycle, because of all the motor vehicle traffic. I've considered walking, but it would take a fairly long time. So now I'm considering getting a unicycle, since it seems like the happy medium between using a bicycle and walking. Maybe I could even read a book while I commute.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 03:12
That's a pretty cool project! I wish I was decent at soldering and doing projects like that...

I had a bike when I was younger and we lived in a small town. I rode my bike everywhere, even in winter, even in the snow. I took that bike with me to college and rode one-handed carrying an umbrella one day when it rained and some people found me and asked me "are you that weirdo that rides your bike in the rain carrying an umbrella?" and I felt so embarrassed I wanted to die.
I can't ride bikes anymore because I am overcome with thoughts like this. I wish it weren't so.
6 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 03:56

I used to have an old sachs balboa moped, but never got around to fixing it up. Kinda regret it now...
7 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 04:50

Fuck those people. They are shit.
8 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 05:04
Don't let them fool you. You've developed a genetic trait that lets you ride a bike while holding an umbrella. It's important in life. Imagine the consequences for other people, they have to wait in traffic or get their documents all wet, and they end up being fired and lose control of their life. You, on the other hand, will be able to go to places with your bike and become very successful, passing on your successful genes.

I used to have a trusty bike I had as a child. I had to give it to the other part of the family because we had to move. Years later, I saw it, rusty and neglected. I felt sad, but had to move on. I still haven't had a bike since then. It's been a very long time since I rode one. I punctured the tire by going over a sharp rock, and later regretted it.

Don't feel bad, though. Imagine the pain of walking they have to endure in the soaking rain, while you whiz along with a bike. I miss my bike.
9 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 06:13
I have a Trek 2nd Distric I used to commute to work on until I moved quite a bit out of town. Nowadays I can be mostly seen on a BMW K1100LT, may she forever remain rust free, and for Easter I'm taking her up the coast to the highlands.
I'm bringing a tent, kindle dx loaded with YKK, some paperbacks, Wolf's Rain soundtracks and other Yoko Kanno related music.
10 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 16:09
interesting... if you zoom in on >>1, part of the post becomes obscured
11 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-10 16:57
Cute AA!

I used to ride my bicycle everywhere, but my university is too far away, so I don't ride as often anymore. As a result, I got chubby
In fact, just yesterday I took the bicycle and I arrived huffing and wheezing. I was so glad I didn't sweat like crazy.

I plan to ride it more often!

Get a cheap used bike! When I totalled my trekking bike by hitting a tree at full speed (it's a miracle I wasn't injured, the bike basically snapped in half) I got an ancient one for like 10€, fixed some bits and was satisfied with it for the next two years.
12 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-11 01:48
Thank you kind people! I want to ride a bike more around here but since we moved here, the only type of bike people are wealthy enthusiasts (doctors, lawyers, etc) who bike at 6am and scream "BIKE BIKE BIKE COMING THROUGH THERE'S A BIKE WATCH OUT WATCH OUT BIKE!" as they're passing by, so I get woken up early a lot.

I still want to bike (even if it's in the rain, carrying my umbrella in one hand), but I can't afford it anymore. Maybe soon I can save up and get one and be the nice quiet cyclist who doesn't scream at people early in the morning and lets the sleepy world stay sleepy. (Like a nice person!)
13 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-11 13:05
bike at 6am and scream "BIKE BIKE BIKE COMING THROUGH THERE'S A BIKE WATCH OUT WATCH OUT BIKE!" as they're passing by

There are people that do this?
14 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-13 11:19
I have a somewhat modified mountain bike that is about a decade old.

I rode 30 miles today so far, going out for another 30-45 after I eat. I do touring on a mountain bike, which some people might consider to be dumb or inefficient, but it's actually a lot more comfortable than a hardtail bike. You'll never really realize just how uncomfortable hardtail bikes are until you ride a bike with rear suspension.

To me, ride comfort is more important than bike weight or speed. Admittedly, having a heavy frame, full suspension, and big, low PSI off-road tires means it will take more effort to go the same distance as with a lighter, more rigid bike, but I never feel any pain or soreness on this bike, even when going over lots of bumps or potholes for prolonged distances.

I started at about 60-80 miles a week but now I am doing about 200-300 or so. I want to keep up this pace, or maybe increase it.

I've been using the internet less and less and spending more time biking and I really love it. I feel so much more fulfilled and I really enjoy my free time nowadays. There are a lot of serene forested paths around where I live and it gives me this profound sense of enjoyment and contentedness.

One of these days I want to do a cross-country bike ride. I'm talking thousands of miles, going from the east coast to the west coast (I live in the USA). I've talked to people online who have done these kinds of trips and they say that they're amazing and sometimes even life-changing experiences.

The trails I go on say that you need to announce when you are passing someone. It's for safety reasons. Most people shout, but I just use a bike bell instead. Announcing intent to pass is extremely important. People have made fun of my bell and say it's for kids, but safety is more important than people thinking I'm not stylish or whatever. When you're passing someone at like 10-20mph on a bike and they're walking freely, sometimes in the middle of the path, it is important to let them know they need to get the fuck out of the way, for both the safety of you and them. You never know when someone will dart out in front of you. If they don't know you're going to pass them, they won't make an effort to get out of the way.
15 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-14 12:30
A friend told me about a shortcut on a route I ride regularly and it's just so convenient!

People have made fun of my bell and say it's for kids
Is this an American thing or were they just being jerks? In Germany it's common practice to use the bell. Shouting would be super weird.
16 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-14 12:35
At least where I live, I don't know of any other adults who use bells. There are quite a few people who shout "ON YOUR [side]" instead. Like if they're passing you on the left side, they'll yell "ON YOUR LEFT."
17 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-14 20:57
There's a bike club in my city that holds workshops on DIY bike repair. I'm going to start going to it this summer. I want to learn how to fix up my old bike.
18 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-14 21:53
Wanna know what's a real rush? Riding a bike on a windy bridge above salt water.
19 Name: Anonymous : 2014-04-15 14:35
i like riding my bike
i ride 20-30 minutes a day, after running practice but i sometimes i ride 40-60 minutes (if i don't get a ride there, i ride my bike there too)
i just have a premade schwinn mountain bike, i don't know much how to repair it much besides the obvious, i guess i should learn
it can be a good alternative to driving, not always, but it feels nice to move fast and feel the wind
same here, everyone does that in cali
riding near salt water and wind make biking great
20 Name: Anonymous : 2016-02-04 19:32
Motorcycle's having an intermittent charging issue at the moment meaning voltage is too low in the morning to use the starter motor, so I've been having to push start it. Fun, but gets some odd looks from passers by!


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