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The cycling thread - Rushchick - 05-20-2010 03:14 AM

Good day! Are there any other bicycle riders here? I've seen motorcycle threads but no cycling threads! I am a big fan of cycling. I got into cycling after reading The Masked Rider back in 1997 or 1998. I am a roadie, but am kicking around the idea of maybe buying a mountain bike and hitting the trails occasionally. I have a '09 Trek Madone that I absolutely love! I've already got a century under my belt for the season, and have at least 2 or 3 more planned before September. I don't commute by bike (I should...I live less than a mile from work) but in the full swing of biking season I am riding 120 to 150 miles a week.

Any other "bikers" lurking on this board?

RE: The cycling thread - ForceTen - 05-20-2010 04:26 AM

Yep! There's been a few people who mentioned being bicyclists in the "Anyone else ride?" thread. I'm a bicyclist as well. Enjoy pretty much anything with two wheels. Smile

I have two bikes: 2008 Redline R70 that is my primary training and competition bike for triathlons. I'm hoping to upgrade to a more specific Tri bike next season. My other bike is one I've had since new: 1991 Schwinn LeTour. It's a great touring bike. But, now it's strictly used for commuting and trips up town for the store or other close trips.

Currently, my Redline is in the shop, and I'm on the mend, due to a crash I had a couple of weeks ago. I'm hoping to be back on the bike by Friday.

RE: The cycling thread - NWoBHM - 05-20-2010 07:54 AM

Yep....Specialised Hard Rock mountain bike. Nice bike for the price, Marzocchi front forks, disc brakes etc. Nice to ride to the pub on and not risk a driving license for a few beers!!

RE: The cycling thread - ForceTen - 05-20-2010 09:15 AM

Word of caution about the pub riding: You can still get a DUI/DWI on a bicycle. Same rules apply to bicycles as they do to automobiles/trucks but I'm not sure if that goes against your driving record as you don't need a license to operate a bicycle.

RE: The cycling thread - NWoBHM - 05-20-2010 12:42 PM

Quote:Word of caution about the pub riding: You can still get a DUI/DWI on a bicycle. Same rules apply to bicycles as they do to automobiles/trucks but I'm not sure if that goes against your driving record as you don't need a license to operate a bicycle.

I think you are right you can get into trouble.....but as you dont need a license to ride a bike, they cannot endorse it.......(I hope??). Somebody (a solicitor) mentioned to my brother that you can be charged as "drunk in charge of a carriage" - he responded, "I am neither drunk, nor is this a carriage".

I did read of someone being charged, (here in the UK) but I think it was a drunk and disorderly charge they applied.........and I never drink to the extent that I would be considered disorderly while on the bike, but probably a bit more than would be legal if I was driving.

Any Lawyers, (who care to admit to it) care to advise us?

RE: The cycling thread - BMWR1200GSAdv - 05-20-2010 04:59 PM

I own a Cannondale T2000 that I have done some touring on but mostly for commuting, would like to cycle tour some more...

RE: The cycling thread - ForceTen - 05-26-2010 07:27 AM

Picked up my bike on Friday and wasn't able to ride until last night. Overall, did pretty well. Good pace for me, high cadence and a bit winded as it'd been 2.5 weeks since I last rode due to my crash.

1 hour = 24 miles Big Grin

RE: The cycling thread - JrGtr42 - 05-29-2010 09:24 AM

Cyclist here... mostly road (Lemond Tourmalet and mid 90s Cannondale sport/touring, plus a late 70's- early 80's Fuji) with some mountain (Specialized Hardrock)
I've done some touring, though not in a few years, and a bunch of centuries. PLanning on a couple shorter rides, plus either a century or a triathlon this fall.
If I get off my duff, was thinking about heading out for a quick 25 miles or so today... I do have bunch of stuff to do this afternoon.

RE: The cycling thread - NWoBHM - 05-29-2010 01:05 PM

Quote:(Specialized Hardrock)

Great bike........many miles travelled on mine, on and off road...........wont shift onto front small gear at the mo though. Still 4 years old and no service......I can forgive it that!

RE: The cycling thread - Nung - 06-09-2010 11:32 AM

Of course! The brightest people ride bicycles! But, that doesn't stop me from riding too (lol)!
I have an 16 year old Cannondale full-suspension and a 15-year old Cannondale road bike. The Mtn bike feels dated but the road bike still feels so fine! There is nothing like the feeling of those thin tires humming along while being immersed in the environment. Or, there is nothing like a Mtn bike boucing along a singletrack as one's attention is focused intently on the next 15 feet ahead.
I feel that riding a bicycle is perhaps the most wonderful activity one can ever do. And what an environmentally kind thing to do!

I have a friend who has designed a two-person, human powered vehicle called the Animas Quadracycle. It is fully suspended, has INDEPENDENT GEARING, excellent brakes, and can conquer almost any terrain. It is a HOOT! Just do a quick search and you'll find the site. We need more vehicles like that and less internal combustion, fossil fuel vehicles.

Enjoy the ride!