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    I have become such a dork

    So yesterday I got a set of grocery bag panniers from REI. I've been wanting them for some time to add to my town/commuter bike project. They seem really practical.

    Anyway, I put 'em on and set out to run some errands, and at some point it dawned on me that, riding around with my little bell, my lights, rack, and now my grocery panniers, I have become such a dork! I might as well just don the reflective safety vest, get some white tube socks and yank them all the way up to my knees, and be done with it.
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    (Although having said that, I should add that I just love my new town/commuter bike!)
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    Isn't it funny how well "uncool" works? It is a wonder the species has survived this long. We might just "be cool" ourselves into extinction. The thing that really scares me, is I recall that mixte frames worked real well for general riding about........I think that would make a great city bike, but hey, it ain't cool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeatonR
    So yesterday I got a set of grocery bag panniers from REI. I've been wanting them for some time to add to my town/commuter bike project. They seem really practical.

    Anyway, I put 'em on and set out to run some errands, and at some point it dawned on me that, riding around with my little bell, my lights, rack, and now my grocery panniers, I have become such a dork! I might as well just don the reflective safety vest, get some white tube socks and yank them all the way up to my knees, and be done with it.

    Who cares what any one else thinks? Just smile and wave at all the people filling up their behemoths at the corner gas station. Last fall, I rigged up a grocery cart behind my Mongoose and it looked completely ridiculous. I didn't much care as it got the job done and since I did not have a car, I did not have to rely on the bus or a cab to go do my shopping.

    I have long since stopped caring what other people think about my gear. Their opinions of are no account in the equation. I do what works.
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    Own it, baby. Own it. Oh yeah.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KeatonR
    So yesterday I got a set of grocery bag panniers from REI. I've been wanting them for some time to add to my town/commuter bike project. They seem really practical.

    Anyway, I put 'em on and set out to run some errands, and at some point it dawned on me that, riding around with my little bell, my lights, rack, and now my grocery panniers, I have become such a dork! I might as well just don the reflective safety vest, get some white tube socks and yank them all the way up to my knees, and be done with it.
    Don't forget to wrap the bridge of your glasses with tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeatonR
    Anyway, I put 'em on and set out to run some errands, and at some point it dawned on me that, riding around with my little bell, my lights, rack, and now my grocery panniers, I have become such a dork! I might as well just don the reflective safety vest, get some white tube socks and yank them all the way up to my knees, and be done with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbonnn
    Own it, baby. Own it. Oh yeah.

    I have that one but it doesn't glow near as well as the self-illuminating belt does. Gonna get me a non-illuminated ANSI Class III vest in neon-Lime instead.

    Speaking of dorky behavior, last night I shut down the computer and I was all man, I'm worn out. I almost went to bed... but instead I found myself roaming my apartment at 1AM in nothing but my underpants, uninstalling my old cranks, BB and pedals and installing my newly-arrived ones. OCTALINK, BABY!!! FEEL THE STIFFNESS!!!

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    I am guilty of the insomnia bicycle mechanic syndrome. Saturday night found me up close to 4 am shellacking my handlebar tape and swapping and re-wrapping handlebars on a different bike. I've also found myself restlessly awake at 3 am wondering what Times Sq. looks like at that time and whether I should go for a "quick ride" to tire myself out.
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    I try to avoid wrench work when tired. I tend to make too many mistakes that way. I once put a panel into an Ikea cabinet backwards and had to drill my own holes later to finish the job with out ripping the thing apart. That one's funny, but I shudder to think of riding on a bike I worked on while half-asleep!

    As for the dorkiness, search for my "I am Locutus of bike" thread from a while back (a year maybe?). No pics, but the topic was threshed out a bit, IIRC.
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    Does anyone have a link for tube socks? I got everything else but the dam tube socks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk
    Does anyone have a link for tube socks? I got everything else but the dam tube socks.
    Thats me also.
    I've got the ANSI yellow saftey vest for winter riding, the rack, lights, grocery bag panniers, mirror on the helmet, fenders, bike covered in reflective tape, old road bike with fixed gear and moustache bars and still I get a cool bike on a regular basis from the kids in the hood.

    Ofcourse they may be being sarcastic.

    Doesn't matter to me, it works.

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    Here's a good pic from last fall.

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    If I cared about 'cool' then I probably wouldn't have the pencil-topper rainbow haired troll figurine duct-taped to my handlebar.
    He's my good luck mojo, and I refuse to ride without him. When I get a new bike, I'm gonna tape him to the handlebar of that one.
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    Welcome to the club, Keaton.
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    But you don't have all that on all your bikes, right? Just the commuter. And you're not actually wearing the tube socks yet. Theres still hope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeatonR
    So yesterday I got a set of grocery bag panniers from REI. I've been wanting them for some time to add to my town/commuter bike project. They seem really practical.

    Anyway, I put 'em on and set out to run some errands, and at some point it dawned on me that, riding around with my little bell, my lights, rack, and now my grocery panniers, I have become such a dork! I might as well just don the reflective safety vest, get some white tube socks and yank them all the way up to my knees, and be done with it.
    Nope. You are getting your act together to bicycle with the appropriate equipment to meet your needs. IMO cycling dorks think/act as if every commute(r) is a dang race(r) requiring maximum speed/cardio workout and that anything not associated with that goal isn't serious enuff.

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    What a bunch of dorks.........really since I've given up my psuedo racer ways I ride an early 90's fully rigid Specialized mtb that was given to me. I installed a rear rack, and will be getting fenders shortly. In the past I commuted/trained with nothing more than a small backpack and maybe a small bag tucked under my saddle. Boy have times changed

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Nope. You are getting your act together to bicycle with the appropriate equipment to meet your needs. IMO cycling dorks think/act as if every commute(r) is a dang race(r) requiring maximum speed/cardio workout and that anything not associated with that goal isn't serious enuff.
    I'm a dork! But at least I'm in good company.

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    Seems like you're ok with judging or labeling folks when it fits your agenda ILTB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
    If I cared about 'cool' then I probably wouldn't have the pencil-topper rainbow haired troll figurine duct-taped to my handlebar.
    He's my good luck mojo, and I refuse to ride without him. When I get a new bike, I'm gonna tape him to the handlebar of that one.
    There's a guy I've passed a few times coming into Boston who has a squeeky pig stuck on his handlebars. I comment, he squeeks. Very cool. Also, a bike without a rack looks just wrong to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick burns
    I'm a dork!
    Say It Loud; You're a Dork and You're Proud! No argument from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
    If I cared about 'cool' then I probably wouldn't have the pencil-topper rainbow haired troll figurine duct-taped to my handlebar.
    He's my good luck mojo, and I refuse to ride without him. When I get a new bike, I'm gonna tape him to the handlebar of that one.
    Oh, I don't care if it rains or freezes
    long as I got my plastic Jesus
    bungied firmly to my handlebar!
    Wow, second time this week I've had the opportunity to write that!

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    Guess I should start shopping for some handlebar ornamentation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian
    I am guilty of the insomnia bicycle mechanic syndrome. Saturday night found me up close to 4 am shellacking my handlebar tape and swapping and re-wrapping handlebars on a different bike. I've also found myself restlessly awake at 3 am wondering what Times Sq. looks like at that time and whether I should go for a "quick ride" to tire myself out.
    I'm not as extreme as some of you, but my LBS didn't have 700X28 Presta tubes yesterday, and I suddenly remembered after midnight that I had a discarded tube in the garage so I went out and patched it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeatonR
    So yesterday I got a set of grocery bag panniers from REI. I've been wanting them for some time to add to my town/commuter bike project. They seem really practical.

    Anyway, I put 'em on and set out to run some errands, and at some point it dawned on me that, riding around with my little bell, my lights, rack, and now my grocery panniers, I have become such a dork! I might as well just don the reflective safety vest, get some white tube socks and yank them all the way up to my knees, and be done with it.
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