Hi I'm an electrician and I was wondering if there are any other trades associated people who prefer taking the bus as well. For me I grew up in Los Angeles and always took the bus. I was a math major for a little while in University till I changed over to electrical.
I'm planning on riding this bike to destinations within my town. We do have some shitty ass roads and some you can't even ride on, due to the probability of getting hit by a car and have to sometimes stick to the sidewalks.
I've rode shitty hand me down MTB's all my life and I'm looking to get a brand new nice bike around $250. I heard road bikes are fast but the way the handle bars go down under and make you lean far forward seems uncomfortable
pic related is the bike I was planning on getting.
tldr; road, MTB, or hybrid for riding around town?
I would suggest getting a much nicer used bike off craigslist but it sounds like you're dead set on getting a new bike. Which is fine I guess.
For exceptionally shitty roads, the factor that will make or break your choice of bike is tire clearance on the frame and brakes. Bigger tires will really take the sting out of the roads. Think 32-35c. No road caliper brake will accomodate tires of that size. You're... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
So I want to become a bicycle mechanic as a full time job. I live in Canberra AU and already have some basic skills from the home maintinence I do.
Should I do a course first, or find an employer who will train me on the job? Despite Canberra being a very cycle friendly city, I can't find any courses held here. Is it worth uprooting to Melbourne to do one?
A neighbor and friend from my stint as a Brooklyn hipster scumbag set up a bike shop in a burned out storefront, no joke. He was a goddamn squatter ahahaha. Bought his tools, spare parts, and a folding workstand with him to work every morning, took it all home with him when he left at night.
Now his shop is actually booming and he pays rent like a normal business owner. Last I spoke to him he had just hired a second mechanic and someone to handle the front end.
E233. Mirrored hardware and spare pantographs so the train can continue after major hardware failure, very powerful air conditioning, 16 LCDs per car, configurable for subway, suburban and interurban and contains less soul than a Singaporean.
So after taking an entry level CAD class and subsequently getting hooked on SolidWorks, I started modelling this narrow-gauge steam engine just for fun. It started out nicely but now I have modeler's block for several reasons. One being that I have no idea how to model Walschaerts valve gear. The others being the "finishing touches" (ie instruments in the cab, numbering/lettering, etc).
This would normally belong in >>>/3/ (a board even more desolate than /n/) but I figured I could turn this into an /n/ community... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
/n/, is it weird to never stand up when pedaling, especially up a hill?
I have a decent road bike and I never, ever stand up when pedaling, not even for a few revolutions, but I always see the guys who are more into riding doing it, even the ghetto kids on shitty bikes.
I don't think I have the balance to do it, but I also don't see the point, I go pretty smoothly sitting down (I'm a novice so it isn't going really fast and smooth, but standing up seems to jerk around a lot)
I hardly ever stand, mostly just to stretch when my butt gets sore. I usually shift up 2 - 4 gears before standing depending on the cassette setup. Its annoying if you spin out a gear while standing, since you can't shift with that much load on the drivetrain.
If I encounter a short hill I'll stand instead of downshifting. But with bigger hills its not worth the effort as you'll just spike your HR and buildup lactic acid.
I wanna do a bike tour through CO starting in a week or two, I've done almost no planning so I'm probably just gonna wing it. I would like to do a ride that minimizes hill climbing and maximizes scenery. I plan to bike for about a week up to a month, with 20-30 mile days. Can anyone share some potential routes? I'll post more thoughts later after I do some more planning. Theeeeenks.
>pic related is my old touring rig, yeah you can tell Im uber prepared for this (i have a better rig now but it's still ghetto)
>>991081 If your goal is minimal hill climbing, that pretty much limits you to the eastern half of the state, and if you want scenery too (not just endless miles of plains) than you'll need to want to stick close to the Front Range.
How about a trip between Canon City and Ft. Collins? That'd be about 200 miles each way
Canon City to Colorado Springs US 115 -use local roads and city trail network to get from south C. Springs to Palmer Lake Palmer Lake to Sedalia on CO 105 -use local roads and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Going to College next month in Ann Arbor MI. What is a bike I can use for the next few years every day for basic transportation and not worry about any major issues ever. what should I look for? What are quality brands? How many speeds? I've never had a very nice bike because the area I live in is so rural you need to bike 20 miles to get anywhere and I pretty much know nothing.
Has anyone shipped a bike internationally? I'm trying to get a bike from Sicily to California. The bike is under 12kg and I can get a bike box no problem. The real problem is that I'm going to Munich after Sicily and I'm trying to decide if I should just travel with it in the box (leave it with my friend in Munich) and fly it back with me from Munich to California (layovers in London and Canada). What are the duty fees I'll need to pay if there are any? It's a used road bike from the 60s if it matters. I figured maybe it's a different set of rules... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>990548 My only experience is buying shit from chinese exporters, but generally in the US you won't get hit with any import tax so long as the item is under $5k or so, and isn't something that will piss off the FDA like dairy products.
Although this was stuff like flashlights/batteries and a tablet- not something as large as a bike. I heard DHL can be a pain in the ass though.
any reliable, or bad experiences with using clipless for riding fixed? I recently put together a nice NJS build after 10 years of not riding fixed, and prior to that I've always just used clips/straps. I've raced road and mtb for about 6 years now so i'm completely familiar with clipless. I did once have my foot pop out in a sprint on my road bike, although i had crappy old Look pedals at that time. so, are they pretty safe for skidding? thanks.
>>990263 clipless is fine if you have awareness of the physics of riding a fixed gear. i assume you can trackstand indefinitely at this point as well, so you're not just going to stop and plop everywhere. give it a shot, just take it slow while your muscle memory works out how to fixed gear bicycle.
I am 175cm (5'7) and an inseam of 81cm. I got told by a few bike shops that a 52cm bike would be best for me. I really dig the Caad 12 and found a used one 400$ cheaper than a brand new one but it's 54cm. Should I still go for it even if it's a little too bug for me or should I save for a new one?
Also, suggestions for a beater road bike at around 100-500$ CAD? Something that doesn't attract thieves.
So a friend of mine is selling his 1983 Honda PA50 II moped. It has pretty much all original parts with an upgraded exhaust installed. It also comes with the original exhaust. The only things it needs are a charge on the battery or new battery(the battery is only used for the lights so that's not even a must for daytime riding), possibly some bulbs for the lights, and he recommends I get new tubes, however the ones on the bike do hold air. His price for me is $400. Should I pull the trigger on this? For reference the main use case would be having something to ride within... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Reposting this verbatim in new thread because it seems once bqg locks up nobody reads it anymore.
"Ok, so I've started learning how to bike because without one I won't ever get any exercise and will never be able to make my hellish schedule. All I have is my father's old Huffy Overlander, which has... problems. Its brakes SUCK and grab at different times, the gear shifter sounds like its mincing a whale every time it changes and often sends a shock through the entire bike, the bike itself just feels heavy and flimsy, and the saddle can't be adjusted... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Your seat issue is probably just a carriage bolt. Take off the seat, the without taking the bolt all the way out, smack that shit with a hammer and it should be able to come up and down now. Your stem might also be this way if it's a shitty dept bike.
Check out your derailleurs and make sure the teeth aren't all worn down, too.
What do you mean your brakes 'grab at different times', like while you're riding and not touching them? Then they're cockeyed or your wheels aren't true.
>>989295 The brakes will grab at different points of pressure when I grab. Instead of a steady increase of pressure it'll randomly grab harder even though I'm holding the brake at the same pressure.
I also checked the action of the brake itself and the rim of both tires. Both don't have any visual blemishes and the same surface, and from what little I can tell the wheels and brake assembly seem to be on aligned and straight. When I spin the wheels I don't see any wobble. When I use either brake though,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>989304 You don't need a new stem or a seat post, like I said, take your time and smack the shit out of it. I trash picked an 80s dept bike, made in mind with the buyer never actually going to ride or adjust it, a fashion item, and it took me a good half hour of smacking and wiggling before anything started to move.
As for the brakes, I dunno. Wouldn't be too hard to get new ones. So long as they stop you, I wouldn't worry about replacing them until you just straight get a new bike.
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Believe it or not boys, a nigger stole my bike. I chained it up outside the train station, and when I got back from school, it was gone. The Chicago Transit Authority played me a video of a nigger using what appears to be a small crowbar to break my lock.
>>989227 >Believe it or not, a nigger stole my bike >chicago >locking up your bike in a public area and leaving it unattended for hours
I hate thieves as much as the next guy, but you deserved it, holy shit you must be naive to think nothing would have happened. as a community, we can prevent a lot of these thefts if we just stopped giving them opportunities
I have them. Only got them mounted last week and did 50 miles on them. They seem very nice but my only standard of comparison is gatorskins. They are certainly much more comfortable and grippy than the gators.
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