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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 16:51
by gogogadgetpop
squirrelboutique wrote:Look at all the spots for carrying things!I just managed to get the chain back on my tandem...


Tandems are super wonderful excellent. Have you gotten yours in good working order yet? I have an old red one with red and white vinyl seats that I picked up at a tag sale a few years ago. Best investment I've ever made. So much fun to ride around on. If you haven't heard it you should listen to the song "Tandem Bikes" by The Lovekevins. I had a discussion with them on the subject and they referred to tandem bikes as "an elevated form of being with another person". Or something to that effect.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 23:32
by Bernard
I only heard today about the Isle Of Wight Cycling Festival (http://www.sunseaandcycling.com/) and I'm experiencing more than a mote of excitement. It's the kind of thing that could be the last big weekend of the summer.

In addition, I bought a new bicycle today!
Riding it is like a cool breeze after the old one - clunky, heavy, bent, missing parts, unadjustable...
And I'm slightly stunned by how easy it was to walk into a shop and emerge with a new bicycle, end-of-story.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 22:11
by Concrete
My folding bike arrived in the post a few days ago. It's ready to ride now after some adjustments to the front brakes. Now if only the rain can fuck off back to 2007 and make way for the sun, I might get to ride it.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 15:45
by Sylvie
Here's me trying out Concrete's new bike. Isn't it pretty?

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:20
by nanski
I've started cycling to and from work this week. Each morning it's been gorgeous, but whenever I want to go home, it's raining. I nearly drowned last night; i hate to think what will happen to me tonight.

Anyway, here's an old pic of my bike laden with flowers back before I had Fujiko (my lovely lavender Micra) to haul my garden center purchases.

get on yer bike

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 01:33
by nanski
I rode my bike to haari (dragon boat races) the other day, because I knew parking would be difficult. it was about the same distance as my former commute, but hillier. It was really good (though my legs and seat are a bit sore), and made me realize i should get out more often. especially now my toenails are so messed up that running is impossible (well, shoes are impossible, other than flip flops)

anyway: cycling! yay!

Re: get on yer bike

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:16
by Final Loan
nanski wrote:especially now my toenails are so messed up that running is impossible
Eww?

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:59
by roundbitsofplastic
Aces! I haven't been out for a while cos I badly need new tyres, but I'm going to buy new ones either today or tomorrow.

Anyone fancy a ride along the canal? :-)

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 04:35
by nanski
roundbitsofplastic wrote:Anyone fancy a ride along the canal? :-)
oh, wish I could. This weekend I'm doing a repeat of the ride to Ikei island my postdoc and I did when he first arrived here 3 years ago. Only he's gone so I'm doing it with someone else. I hope I don't die. It's awefully hot these days.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 08:34
by roundbitsofplastic
nanski wrote:
roundbitsofplastic wrote:Anyone fancy a ride along the canal? :-)
oh, wish I could. This weekend I'm doing a repeat of the ride to Ikei island my postdoc and I did when he first arrived here 3 years ago. Only he's gone so I'm doing it with someone else. I hope I don't die. It's awefully hot these days.

Just as well really, I bought the wrong bloody tyres and now Ihave to wait til Thursday to get the right ones. If I actually believe that Iwill manage to get hole of the right yres (and inner tubes) and fit them correctly without the world ending, then it will never happen. So I don't believe it.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 02:00
by nanski
oh no. my cycling trip has been cancelled. I'm going to try to get out for awhile anyway today, though...

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 09:08
by roundbitsofplastic
nanski wrote:oh no. my cycling trip has been cancelled. I'm going to try to get out for awhile anyway today, though...
Oh, rubbish :-(

Well, only ONE of the tyres Iordered showed up, so I've still got no wheels at the moment. Not a good week for cycling.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 16:30
by carney
I've realised that carrying records in a courier bag while cycling is ruining my back, but my pannier bags don't quite fit a 12" in satisfactorily. Anyone know of good LP-friendly panniers?

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 07:25
by DefenderOfPants
i need an inexpensive second bike that isn't hideous. any suggestions?

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 15:46
by everard
carney wrote:I've realised that carrying records in a courier bag while cycling is ruining my back, but my pannier bags don't quite fit a 12" in satisfactorily. Anyone know of good LP-friendly panniers?
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something like this, maybe? dimensions are such that it ought to just about hold a courier bag with the lps in it, then you could use a bungee over the top. depth-wise it could handle about 50 records. wouldn't want to risk it with anywhere near that many, though.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 16:13
by carney
Yeah, maybe, though I was hoping there might be more of a bag-type thing available. It's hard to figure out how flimsy or not that setup is. I tend to hoon it along Cambridge's poorly maintained roads, so there's a lot of potential for baggage to bounce, which greatly shortens the life of anything not dead solid. Cheers, though!

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 16:21
by bocken
I've got a pair of old 'briefcase' type Altura panniers that 12" records fit in perfectly. They don't seem to make that type anymore, but it might be worth working out what sort of laptop sizes relate to records, and look for panniers designed to fit them.

I'm currently bicycleless, my trusty Ridgeback's frame deciding it'd had enough and developed a massive crack around the bottom bracket. Lifetime frame guarantee though so I should be sorted by the end of the week.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:48
by a layer of chips
I just bought mudguard for my bike, cos I'm tired of turning up to work looking like I've engaged in a dirty protest half way down London Road. How come they're so bloody expensive? They're really no more than a dried out banana skin when you think about it.

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 13:44
by Murray
How much was it, Sam? I too am fed-up of the damp, pebble-dashed arse effect. I need to get one and was looking / hoping to pay about a tenner.
Am I being woefully optimistic?

Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 13:47
by a layer of chips
Well, I paid just under a tenner, but I thought that was a bit harsh for what is just a bit of plastic on the wang.

And then - AND THEN - I was just about to fit it for when I go home later on, and I find out you need a fucking Allen key*!

*Allen key not included.