Does anybody here play train games? They can be either tabletop (e.g. 18XX, Age of Steam, etc. BUT not Ticket to Ride, which is just rummy with a fucking board) or electronic (although - have there been any good one recently? There's Railroad Tycoon, but I've heard the latest iteration sucked. I know of some cheap mass transit sims on GOG, however).
I still fire up OpenTTD on occasion. The modding capabilities in terms of rolling stock are incredible. One of my fav things to do is to start in the 19th century with omnibuses and then progress through the centuries culminating with extensive tube train networks transporting people at 4000km/hr.
I've posted the bike here before a while back but recently have found all of the pictures I shot of it when I went through the process of restoration and somewhere in between all that shit, racing alley cats in South Florida and drinking like a sailor at pub crawls where I was stupid enough to bring it.
This is the earliest picture of this frame that I have. It was a total mess. At the time I thought it was a 1984 Designer but some careful research later on led me to believe it wasn't.
At the time it would have had a mix-match of the original Shimano... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
At the time I was also big into classic Schwinns, neither of those in the background are classic but I was in the middle of making an adult-size Stingray third from the front.
The story goes, 10 years ago I was contacted by a member of the Freakbike Militia whom I am still part of, about a road bike he found in the trash on the side of the road, thinking nothing of it I headed south and grabbed it at our December ride. Hey, free bicycle, right?
After some research on the frame I realized what I had and began working on it. It went from a pile of parts to a working... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Who else is gearing up for an iron distance tri next year? First one? Am currently going for my 3rd full distance and trying to break 9:30. Swimming and running is going okay but will need a lot of work on my bike during the off season.
>>1024533 >change your handle bars from flat bars to drop bars Sure -- if you've got a road bike, and aren't just a commuter. And have an extra $500 lying around to invest in a whole new cockpit, even if that doubles the total cost of the bike. >raise your seat, slam your stem In other words, throw away the money you spent getting your bike properly fitted to you, or if you didn't do that, set yourself up for a repetitive motion injury? Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
What frustrates /n/ most about bikes, bike parts, bike accessories, or anything mechanical that could be fixed or needs a solution?
I'll start: the state of tubes is unacceptable. It's unreasonable that we can't make a tube that doesn't pop over the smallest things, leak too much you can't ride on it in a day, and cost less than $10.
Note: this is not a thread about types of cyclists or bikes you hate, or about hating bikes in general.
>>1024297 >It's unreasonable that we can't make a tube that doesn't pop over the smallest things Try pushing a 2x4 into your skin, doesn't work. Now try a hypodermic needle. Tubes pop over he smallest things because physics.
>>1024298 Sure, smaller things will always have higher chances of popping tubes, but it just seems like with modern rubber it shouldn't be too hard to stop them popping all the time. Not a chemical engineer though.
Getting goddamn mudguards on a road bike with no mounts, or a pannier rack... Fuuuuu! why can't we just plug and play everything? And all the fucking rusting of chains at the slightest adverse weather!
>electrify all their rail. >use engines that are diesel and overhead catenary powered. so they can keep going in a black out. >for amtrak footing the bill for electrification. their trains get priority on the lines owned by cargo rail. which means faster and more reliable travel. >every amtrak train that isn't always full of passengers. has one car replaced with a car that carry passenger cars. fuck I would go by train more if I could bring my car... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Cut money losing long-distance routes >Promise butthurt senators from states losing train routes something in return >Use funds to electrify some lines >Make deals with freight companies for more frequent passenger service >Buy new trains >Lower workers' salaries (U.S. railroad workers make triple what their European counterparts do) >Where possible buy... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1024166 Forgot to mention >Replace wooden ties with concrete ones >Coordinate schedules so Amtrak trains never run into freight trains >When there's enough money build passenger-only track alongside regular track so Amtrak can stop mooching off freight railroads >Freight trains and Acela trains get dedicated tracks so Acela can reach higher speeds >Now Acela trains... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1023909 I don't own one, but I'd advise against it. Most of the horror stories you hear about carbon fiber frames shattering catastrophically are either off-brand Chinese-made, or counterfeits of well-known name-brand frames.
>>1015600 Probably not, I tend to hate cycling animes as the main protagonist generally became strong as fuck in, what, 4-5 months, which is totally unrealistic. I also hate when they talk in a climb while giving their «most». Who the fuck have enough air to talk at a time like that ?
>>1015257 Buy something that's Ant+ compatible and will support a power meter, so you won't have to worry about proprietary sensors and pickups that you can't get, and in case you get a power meter of some sort later.
>>1015213 >How fares your training, /brt/? Haven't officially started Fall training yet, even if I'm still riding and going to the gym, but I'm sick at the moment so I'm not doing anything.
>>1007466 That's what i would have thought but for them being really far apart, on the outside, extending quite far back along the approach roads and only on some of the roads and with no whatever the feeder kinks are called- plus I've just noticed a set of genuine check rails at the edge of the turntable. I reckon it might be dual gauge shenanigans.
>>969516 Why are the new Skodas going to be bidirectional? All lines including the new line 3 have loops. And for temporary construction works some of the Varios are bidirectional, as are all the CBC tram-trains.
>>1024423 >any tips? Sleep in a hammock. A LOT lighter (and smaller) than tent/sleeping pad. As long as you can find two trees 9-15 feet apart it sets up much faster than a tent. You don't have to clear the ground of rocks and twigs. The ground doesn't have to be level, or dry.
>>1024433 >You don't have to clear the ground of rocks and twigs. >The ground doesn't have to be level, or dry. Yea so if u fall out in ur sleep you land on rocks nd break ur head, land on sticks nd stab urself, land on a wet hill and roll down into the ocean and drown SMART THINKING u fuckin tardo
Edinburgh has fairly decent bike infrastructure in parts, lots of commuters and hardcore roadies, and a decebt spread of LBS and cycle cafes. Lots of good road and MTB places outside the city too...and so far nobody has gotten on my ass for cycling around town.
The Scottish local governments seem to be turning their back on cycling targets recently though. Several paths and trails have been ripped up due to local opposition.
>Gawd iz this shit expensive >I've rode w/out a front derailleur b4, kinda nice >Gawd iz this shit expensive >The true gear range we've all waited for [altho, @ 58y.o., I'd prefer a 24t or 28t , 30t should be awesome. Let's just say u granny it more when ur ancient like me] >Gawd iz this shit expensive >How hard iz it to disintegrate a 12-speed chain? >Gawd... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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