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Help me choose a bike, please.

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by SAKplumber, May 2, 2012.

  1. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    Blackheart, sometimes you just have to cowboy up and put on the "not so masculine" pants. After all, it's not how the world sees you that should matter, but, rather, how you see yourself. The foolhardy feel the helmet isn't "cool" and don't wear them either; natural selection at work. In the end, no one forces anybody else to be comfortable and safe.

    And FYI, bicycle saddles only hurt if you don't use them regularly.

    The cartoon was funny, nonetheless.
     
  2. Blackheart

    Blackheart Loaded Pockets

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    One of the bosses (now gone) used to wear his spandex bike shorts around work all day, even to meetings. So many times I wanted to tell him just how stupid he looked, but figured it was better to let him keep doing it. Thought it would be nice for the people that didn't know him if they could have some indication of who they were dealing with (kinda' like face tats in that regard).
    :)
     
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  3. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    Have to agree with you there, Bkackheart. Bike shorts for bike riding ONLY!:eek: Even I have limits.
     
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    @ Blackheart - Cannot. Stop. Laughing!!!!

    This is so true, yet cycling shorts are sooo necessary. Chafing in that area of your anatomy is unpleasent in the extreme.
     
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    ^^^ + 1. My team has a rule. If you've been done racing for 10 minutes and are not out of your shorts yet, you are fair game to be publicly ridiculed. Bike shorts are very necessary, but should only be worn ON the bike.
     
  6. SAKplumber
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I think I'll pass on the shorts, but thanks anyway:)
     
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    SAK, have you considered a 29'er if your looking for the nastalgia of be a littke kid ring a full size mountain bike, this is the way to go, I think. Since then you have grown but bikes have not. I dont know about you but to me the 26'ers feel soooo much smaller than they used to. Its just not the same. :(
     
  8. SAKplumber
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I'm gonna guess your talking about tire/rim size. I've never heard of either. But I'll take your word for it. Bigger is better:)
     
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    yeah that's rim size. 26 inch has been the standard adult full size mtb for eons. 29'ers are becoming more and more prevalent for good reason. Ultimately its just another (really good) option, but you should get what you like best. I do encourage you to try one at a bike shop though.
     
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    I went through the same "want a bike" decision for simar reasons as the OP and I ended up with an Elacta Bike. Townie to be exact.

    http://www.electrabike.com/

    They have some really fun bikes online, but I bought mine from REI.

    These bikes aren't performance, but the fun more than makes up for it! Worth a look for anyone wanting to get out and ride more.
     
  11. xtrajack

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    I have a total of 8 years daily riding experience. I have never owned a pair of bicycle shorts. YMMV.
     
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  12. SAKplumber
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I would thik they don't have enough pockets for a true EDCr.
     
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    There is that issue with them, I do,however, wear Carhartt shorts on thebike during the week that we actually get hot weather around here.
     
  14. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    You might be the toughest guy I know! As always, you're allowed to go your own way, but I have to ask, "Have you ever tried riding in proper bike shorts?"

    As for the "lack of pockets" issue, you can wear standard bike shorts under Carhartt shorts or anything else for that matter. Plus the make bike shorts with "street" style outer shorts already attached in a cohesive system. So. You can have all the comfort of true bicycle shorts with plentiful pockets without the stigma of looking like a dork.
     
  15. JonSidneyB
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    I have never tried biking shorts either. I did 250 miles in blue jeans in 117 degree weather. I am sure I would have been more comfortable in riding clothes, the only bad thing about the trip was all the tube failures.
     
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    About 18 years for me & no bike shorts.
     
  17. SAKplumber
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    You might be the toughest guy I know!!

    I dont think I could carry enough water to go very far like that!
     
  18. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    I yield to superior manliness. :)
     
  19. xtrajack

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    Actually, I have never tried bike shorts.
    I've got 99 problems, being worried about looking like a dork isn't one of them:). Most folks probably think that I look like a dork anyway with the bat belt and all.
     
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    LOL, I didn't take water. I got water about every 30 miles.

    It doesn't take being tough to do this. If you do endurance things most of your life it is easy but anyone can build up to it. Just go slow and easy and keep increading the distance and the cadence. If you build up slowly you will never notice you are building endurance and speed. The bike I am using is all steel from 1986 so it is heavy but does not stop you from going distance.

    I was doing 5 day 150mile trips with a backpack as early as grade school.

    Honestly the hardest thing I have ever done in my life is having this forum. 1000 miles on foot is less tiring.
     
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