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    The Anything thread

    Hello there my fellow commuters

    I sit at a desk all day with no real work until 12 am and my only entertainment is the web and my favorite thing to do is read BF especially the bike pics thread. In an attempt to generate more fun for myself and others who enjoy checking the forum daily I would like to attempt to start a thread with no real subject just anything interesting be it a story you would like to share . Tricks of the trade, product review, whatever floats your bike. Honestly I just want to read more about bikes and this is my favorite place to do so.


    And begin....... I hope

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    I wonder how many of us are in the same boat? I too share much free time at work and spend it on BF.

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    well so far there are two of us lets hope others have pitty on us and gives us something to look forward to reading

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    Ok, I'll bite...

    Had a nice run in with a couple of motorists today. Due to a recent change in some of the hardware in my bike, I had to move my bike pump's mount. Problem is, didn't have the pump strapped in, and due to the loose shorts I was wearing, combined with the new position of the pump, it hooked on the shorts, and fell off, right in front of the car behind me in the left hand turn lane.

    The motorist behind me saw this, and had to steer around it to avoid running it over. The motorist behind her also saw what was going on, and also avoided running it over. Because of that, they both missed going through the turn signal, and were forced to wait for the next one.

    I recovered the pump, and was able to thank them for not destroying it. Neither seemed bent out of shape because of missing the light.

    Pump now has a strap keeping it in place, and I have a pleasant memory of how some people can actually be decent behind the wheel of a car.

    Rubberside Down!
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    I'm in the same boat. I work night shift in an ER, so it's either totally crazy, or really dead. I bring knitting and stuff to make the time go by, but I def spend more time screwing around on BF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Ok, I'll bite...

    Had a nice run in with a couple of motorists today. Due to a recent change in some of the hardware in my bike, I had to move my bike pump's mount. Problem is, didn't have the pump strapped in, and due to the loose shorts I was wearing, combined with the new position of the pump, it hooked on the shorts, and fell off, right in front of the car behind me in the left hand turn lane.

    The motorist behind me saw this, and had to steer around it to avoid running it over. The motorist behind her also saw what was going on, and also avoided running it over. Because of that, they both missed going through the turn signal, and were forced to wait for the next one.

    I recovered the pump, and was able to thank them for not destroying it. Neither seemed bent out of shape because of missing the light.

    Pump now has a strap keeping it in place, and I have a pleasant memory of how some people can actually be decent behind the wheel of a car.

    Rubberside Down!
    K'Tesh
    Nice! Glad to hear a good story. When I heard run in with motorist, I automatically assumed a negative story. Thanks for that pleasant surprise.

    Anyway, I'm living in Korea, teaching English. Drivers here are pretty much rude, lawless asshats. Luckily, I don't actually commute to my school cos it's 2 blocks away and I can just walk. In fact, I can see it from my balcony. Anyway, I've been trying to do more training rides and even started running, so I don't lose my cardio strength. What do you think is the minimal daily distance acceptable to maintain good handling skills and healthy cardio?

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    random topics eh?

    OK
    I scored some awesome tektro cr710 (not confused with cr 720) cyclocross brakes off ebay for only 25 for the pair.
    prev owner took them off a new bike with minimal use
    funny thing is, I can tell from the crimping on the straddle wire that the previous adjustment was set really weak, and is likely why he got rid of them; but they are actually pretty awesome brakes.
    Knowing how to setup cantilevers properly for the win.

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    thank you K'tesh.I have only been commuting for about 3 heading on 4 months now and i have yet to encounter any drivers who mind sharing the road and its nice to know that some drivers would care enough not to run down some equipment just to make a light because lets face it atleast i belive most people who are not into bikes have only encountered cheap products at let say walmart and might have the impression that the things hanging off our bikes are despesible, however walk into a bike shop or do some shoping online and the reality is most of our equipment can easily amount to half or greater than the price of our bikes and for some things its not so easy to replace. Glad you saved the pump. By the way your glow bikes are amazing if you have more than one you should start your own glow thread. An individual who has the patiance to cover a bike in full detail with glow film deserves much respect.

    If i may ask Kooka what do you do in the ER i myself am getting educated in bio and med. so just interested.

    AdamDZ and SlimRider hope to get some anythingness from you guys you guys are my choice BF posters !!

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    Project88, where are you from that drivers are so nice?

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    for SURLY LaIKA

    Distance i am not sure however i have always felt if cardio and conditioning are a goal than intensity should be your aim . for healthy cardio you must maintain a specific heart beat rate for atleast if i remember correctly 25min you cannot drop below that rate for the full 25min and for healthy not athletic type cardio it only needs to be done once a day. i did a quick search for you and found this it shows you how to calculate you target heart rate and explains a little http://www.health24.com/fitness/Card...2173,19285.asp
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    Congrats on the score !!

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    Actually from Los Angeles (not the greater LA area but the actual idk what to call it the city ??) I live 30 min bike ride from Downtown LA. When i began i prepared myself for instant rejection from the road but surprisingly i do the full nine yards of taking the lane , using the left turn lains and all that and no yelling or honking even when i am at a slow start and cars actually had to wait people even pass me at a nice distance its been enjoyable i still stay on my toes however you never know

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    cool. I'm originally from L.A. I lived in El Monte, in the San Gabriel Valley, east side. It was an hour ride to down town for me. You should check out the Bicycle Kitchen there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Project88 View Post
    If i may ask Kooka what do you do in the ER i myself am getting educated in bio and med. so just interested.
    I'm a Paramedic, I work as a Tech II in a small rural critical access ER. (6 beds in the ER, 20 on the floor, if it gets really crazy we steal gurneys from surgery and put patients in the hall.) On the night shift I also do all of the ward clerk/unit coordinator stuff. (order entry, paperwork, calling other docs for consults) I start IVs, hang fluids, do splinting, help the RN and MD (there's only one of each on nights) with whatever they need.
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    FYI - I made a photo-story thread for those interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Project88 View Post
    Hello there my fellow commuters

    I sit at a desk all day with no real work until 12 am and my only entertainment is the web and my favorite thing to do is read BF especially the bike pics thread. In an attempt to generate more fun for myself and others who enjoy checking the forum daily I would like to attempt to start a thread with no real subject just anything interesting be it a story you would like to share . Tricks of the trade, product review, whatever floats your bike. Honestly I just want to read more about bikes and this is my favorite place to do so.


    And begin....... I hope
    So you work the late shift and nothing starts until midnight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurlyLaika View Post
    Nice! Glad to hear a good story. When I heard run in with motorist, I automatically assumed a negative story. Thanks for that pleasant surprise.

    Anyway, I'm living in Korea, teaching English. Drivers here are pretty much rude, lawless asshats. Luckily, I don't actually commute to my school cos it's 2 blocks away and I can just walk. In fact, I can see it from my balcony. Anyway, I've been trying to do more training rides and even started running, so I don't lose my cardio strength. What do you think is the minimal daily distance acceptable to maintain good handling skills and healthy cardio?
    Glad you liked the story.

    I'm trying to get my TESOL certification and BA in Applied Linguistics. Upon completion, I'm trying to get to Taiwan or China to teach English. I understand that traffic laws in Asia are considered more of suggestions than hard and fast laws.

    Quote Originally Posted by Project88 View Post
    thank you K'tesh.I have only been commuting for about 3 heading on 4 months now and i have yet to encounter any drivers who mind sharing the road and its nice to know that some drivers would care enough not to run down some equipment just to make a light because lets face it atleast i belive most people who are not into bikes have only encountered cheap products at let say walmart and might have the impression that the things hanging off our bikes are despesible, however walk into a bike shop or do some shoping online and the reality is most of our equipment can easily amount to half or greater than the price of our bikes and for some things its not so easy to replace. Glad you saved the pump. By the way your glow bikes are amazing if you have more than one you should start your own glow thread. An individual who has the patiance to cover a bike in full detail with glow film deserves much respect.
    Again, glad you liked the story.

    Glow thread? You mean like this one? Making your bike glow down the road...

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    You do realize that there is a whole forum dedicated to what you intend this lone thread to accomplish? It's called 'Foo'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Project88 View Post
    thank you K'tesh.I have only been commuting for about 3 heading on 4 months now and i have yet to encounter any drivers who mind sharing the road and its nice to know that some drivers would care enough not to run down some equipment just to make a light because lets face it atleast i belive most people who are not into bikes have only encountered cheap products at let say walmart and might have the impression that the things hanging off our bikes are despesible, however walk into a bike shop or do some shoping online and the reality is most of our equipment can easily amount to half or greater than the price of our bikes and for some things its not so easy to replace. Glad you saved the pump. By the way your glow bikes are amazing if you have more than one you should start your own glow thread. An individual who has the patiance to cover a bike in full detail with glow film deserves much respect.

    If i may ask Kooka what do you do in the ER i myself am getting educated in bio and med. so just interested.

    AdamDZ and SlimRider hope to get some anythingness from you guys you guys are my choice BF posters !!
    LOL, thanks. I'm flattered. Although it's hard to top K'Tesh story. My commute was rather uneventful for a while and I hardly ever encounter really nice people. But nothing falls off of my bike either In the city it's basically "free for all", everybody is the center of the universe and the believes they are entitled to do whatever is necessary to assure that they get to their destination quick, and screw the laws and everybody else.

    So I try to ride away from the city on weekends, I usually drive up north for couple of hours, it's nice and very rural and pretty up there, hilly but the roads are great and I always have great time riding. Once out of the city, people are really nice, relaxed and even cheerful. The area is relatively popular for riding, not as much though as certain areas closer to the city, but nobody give cyclists hard time, drivers pass with lots of care, wave to you, etc. But there are plenty of awesome back roads to pick over the major roads too where you may encounter like one car per few minutes. I envy some of you who live in places like that.

    Speaking of ER...

    I do IT support for a research facility that is a part of a University Medical School and meet and get to know lots of students, postdocs and researchers. Some students worked in ER for a while as part of their studies or residency. Many of these people ride bikes too so they have a unique perspective on bike safety. Inevitably, sooner or later the subject of helmets comes up. They didn't see too many cyclist brought to ER but one of them saw a few and when the subject of helmets came up he said: "the ones I've seen were in such a bad shape that helmet wouldn't make much difference". He didn't want to discuss the details but he said all the cyclists he saw lived but were going to spend some significant time in the hospital obviously. He's a doctor and researcher now and, despite the carnage he saw at the ER, he still rides his bike to the hospital and always wears a helmet.

    More random stuff?

    I've become recently aware that between Planet Bike, Cateye and Topeak you can get pretty much anything for your bike. Topeak, in particular has been cranking out some neat products recently. Their products are so well though out and genuinely useful, while offering high quality at affordable prices. Their Morph series of pumps is pretty much famous now.

    Check out their Mini 9 tool! It's freaking awesome! Let me quote my own Amazon review:

    "This thing is so cute Seriously, it's tiny. Shorter than a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum. Yet, it feels solid, has certain heft to it that gives it a quality feel. Despite the size it has enough leverage to undo or tighten any bolts on my bikes. But don't expect it to be a shop tool. This is for well working bikes with properly lubed bolts. Don't expect it to undo a rusty 10 years old bolt with this. Also, due to the size it may not reach bolts that are located deep, out of reach. For my needs it's perfect though."

    Then their bags. Their Tour Guide handlebar bag is the best bag I owned, including the Ortllieb bag, period. It has lots of pockets and compartments that lest you sort your stuff nicely and the mount is solid, if a bit tricky to install for the first time. And recently I came across their Mondo Packs (large seat bags) and I love those things! They come in few models. Most have their Fixer mount, but one comes with straps that allows it to mounted on Brooks saddles (rails are too wide apart for a Fixer). I also have one that has a bottler holder. So between the MondoPack with a bottle holder and the Tour Guide bag I can carry everything I need for a day ride on my roadie and no need for a backpack.

    More stuff...

    I know this is a commuting forum but many of you already are into touring, but for those who are not, let me get you interested in it. It's summer and chances are that your commuter bike is already equipped to handle short tours. I'm not a terribly experienced tourer, but that's kind of why I'm saying this: it doesn't take lots of experience, fancy gear and lots of time-off to have a bike adventure. Start with overnighters at a local State Park. Chances are your local state campground has warm showers, hiking trails, boat rentals, etc. and other stuff that will make it fun. It's a perfect way to spend a weekend. Like fishing? Bring your gear with you. Like hiking? Bring your gear with you And don't forget a camera! If you like cycling and outdoors there is hardly better way to mix them and a great way to release the stress after a week of pedaling to work.

    My advice is to stick to State Parks, they're cheaper and generally quieter than private campgrounds, although the amenities are more basic. If you live in NYC email me and I'll give you some advice where to go.

    If you need more inspiration then check out Crazy Guy on a Bike and Bike Overnights (run by Adventure Cycling Association).

    Oh, I can probably come up with more blah, blah, blah but this is it for now though

    Check out my NYC Bicycle Commuter blog for more bike babbling and my DIY Bicycle Projects Forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurlyLaika View Post
    cool. I'm originally from L.A. I lived in El Monte, in the San Gabriel Valley, east side. It was an hour ride to down town for me. You should check out the Bicycle Kitchen there!
    Im from east LA newly relocated to Montebello. I have wanted to visit the kitchen for sooooo dm long i might this summer i have a month off from school. wounder if i can find some goodies for my french bike like a longer seat post !!!!!! Me and my gf plan to go to peru next year to teach english for about 5 months (all the time we can afford to tke off at the moment) as aids for the standing teachers

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    yes like that already went through it today thanks for the glowy goodness

    and no 1mad i was not aware of that i will chek it out but i will still stand by my mission

    and thatz why adamDZ you are my fav. allways share the good stuff and i will def. check out that blog, might be the same one i found while doing some research on bikingas a form of transport for school by the way you were quoted in my paper


    Adam i have been looking for a trunk bag to better translort my work clothes thanusing my grocery pannief i like the trunkbag dxp strap mount (i ike tbe strap version because i feel the rails on the quick trax racks might interfere with othe cargo i might want to strap onto the rack when not using the dxp. however i had a trunk bag before and the ccarry traps were much like the on on the dxp ontop of the bag which means that when laded and expanded the thin material and zippers carry the weight and if it is like my last bag stress will begin to show and cause small tears in the expanding fabric. with that said i amleaning to the LAYZEN trunk caddz ex which have the handles attatcheced to the body ofthe bag and the handles hide away into what i assume are pockets which can be used for storageof items tat you would want quick access to. whts your opinion?
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    noi work the swing shift however the building i work at is only open for about another hour from when i begin my shift andi am here untill 12am within reality not enough to fill 3 hours i have an 8 hour shift

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    Ok so here is some anything stuff. Has anyone here heard of the Cooper fitness test? I am scheduled to take it Tuesday morning. For those who haven't the test is comprised of a few exercises. 300 meter sprint, 1.5 mile run, max bench press, push-ups, and sit-ups. Both runs are timed and so are the push-ups and sit-ups. To pass the test you must pass each of the exercises in the top 80% based on a chart that accounts for sex and age.
    So the reason that I bring this up is that it seems to me these exercises are somewhat dated. For example sit-ups are no longer a recommended abdominal exercise because of the strain it puts on your back; crunches should be used instead. And max bench press is not really important either, to show actual strength they should do something like a set weight and see how many times you can push it.

    Do you all think?

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    anyone ever wonder what some of us look like? and can i post a crud load of bike photos i like?
    "newbie at heart"

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    FYI - I made a photo-story thread for those interested.
    Link?

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