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Old 09-03-13, 02:58 PM   #51
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
That does it. You're going into my sig line.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
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Old 09-03-13, 03:31 PM   #52
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............... We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it...........

That's why I'm here.
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Old 09-03-13, 06:49 PM   #53
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Old 09-03-13, 08:52 PM   #55
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But I have a bike that I'm happy with. That was the point of this thread. If you don't wanna ride a department store bike, your business.

I wear $20 shoes, thrift store clothes, don't own a tv, shoot (freaking awesome!) photos with a kodak, and drive a 12 year old Kia Rio. And I'm not poor. And I'm happy. I think my priorities are just fine.

Have a nice day!
Are you cryptically saying people with nice things and watch TV aren't happy and don't have the right priorities?
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Old 09-03-13, 09:04 PM   #56
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No, this was a response to that other guy who made a jab at my own priorities. Wasn't talking about anyone else.
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I like your bike and like even more that you are getting great function out of something many wouldn't have looked at. Like the baskets too!
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Old 09-05-13, 02:29 PM   #58
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Are you cryptically saying people with nice things and watch TV aren't happy and don't have the right priorities?
That's not what I got from her statement at all. It was more like "I'm happy--I don't have to live by the same happiness guidelines that you (thrasy....) do..."

Sheesh, folks--it's a bike and she commutes on it. Let's get over it and enjoy the fact that another former-soon-to-be-landfill-mass-lump is now bringing joy to someone else, with very low carbon emissions...

I like it--especially after I read what your intentions for it are.

Oh, and for the record, joeyBike's videos most often feature a Cinelli SuperCorse (a superb, if "sleeper," thoroughbred)--he'd have a harder time hunting geeks on that Surly he occasionally drags out...
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Old 09-05-13, 06:21 PM   #59
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He's still fun to watch
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looks like it will do the job well....
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Old 09-06-13, 05:34 PM   #61
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Mathematical Proof Cheap Bikes are Better

Yip, your bike has a very utilitarian elegance about it. Don't get butt-hurt by the Bourgeoisie bike snobs. They sometimes have a difficult time comparing the math of inexpensive bikes. Specifically, they get a little edgy when comparing the satisfaction equation of expensive bikes vs. inexpensive or in your case, free bikes.

Satisfaction/t(time) = ((Amount of Use + desirability factor)/expectations)/price paid

Removing expectations, the simplified equation is Satisfaction over time is a function of the amount of use + desirability factor divided by the price paid. This equation can be used to compare ANY material purchase with another similar material purchase.

Comparing satisfaction over time between two identical bikes, used identically, the less expensive of the two will mathematically have a higher satisfaction factor.

Where the Bourgeoisie lose their minds is when a free bike is entered into the equation and compared to a mithral racer with an ethereal price. You can see from this equation that with respect to ANY free bike, Satisfaction over time for a bike with a price of zero, is so great that it cannot be defined.

Summation: All other things being equal, cheap bikes are funner, free bikes are funner still.
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Old 09-06-13, 08:33 PM   #62
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I agree about the lights and fenders (though the fenders can wait, I live in a desert), but not the tires. 1/2 my commute (it's only 3 miles each way), is an old abandoned highway. I ride through some crazy stuff. Rocks, gravel, sagebrush, broken glass, rattlesnakes . Goat heads are the killer though. I've got thorn resistant tubes in this thing and on the first ride with it I pulled out 3 goat heads. I wouldn't trade the ride for anything though, it's a gradual downhill much of the way to work, always puts me in a good mood.
Great job on the paint.Get some tire liners and slime tubes.
[h=1]RhinoDillos Tire Linerswork great for me.I get goatheads .[/h]
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Old 10-09-13, 10:30 AM   #63
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I wish I had a before picture, but the bike was just so ugly (and I wasn't actually planning on doing anything to it besides wiping the dirt and spiderwebs off). So you'll have to settle for a picture from after I replaced the handlebars and seat. I have no idea how old this is, but it is a Murray "Sky Canyon", I'm going to guess early 90's because it looks like the bikes I had as a kid.



I sanded off most of the rust, and painted it with glossy black rustoleum. Then I found these old baskets from a previous bike, and painted them too.

If you don't look too close at the paint job (I brush painted it, too lazy to take it apart and spray paint), it looks pretty decent. Rides well too. And thanks to the baskets, I can ditch the backpack if I need to stop on the way home for groceries.

I'm curious, Yip...how's the steed holding up? Also, more power to you for riding what you like, how you like.
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I'm curious, Yip...how's the steed holding up? Also, more power to you for riding what you like, how you like.
Thanks .

It hasn't fallen apart yet, but there is the issue of the idiot who paints a bike glossy black in a dirt-happy desert.

Nah, it's going strong and is still a fun ride.
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Old 10-10-13, 09:46 AM   #65
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Cool beans, keep up the good work.
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how many miles! can you beat my BSO?
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how many miles! can you beat my BSO?
As my people say in the Southeastern US, "Sounds lahk he wanna RACE, BO!"
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Glad you've got something you enjoy... that bike looks snazzy to me.

I've gotten great use out of my free 40-year-old clunker bike. It's ugly as sin, but does the job and has yet to break down
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Free is free is free! You are already ahead of the game. You can ride that bike into the ground and when it dies, you aren't out anything.
There is nothing wrong with friction shifting - yes, it may be less precise, but it works. If it didn't work well, there wouldn't have been such a bike boom in the 70s. They don't take any real particular skill or luck - and riding with friction becomes simple enough.

When it comes to BSO (Bike shaped objects), see AcidFasts' thread about his Mango, still going strong.
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This thread is quite old. I wonder if the bike on the original post its till rolling. And if it is I would like to know about any upgrades done to it.
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This thread is quite old. I wonder if the bike on the original post its till rolling. And if it is I would like to know about any upgrades done to it.
I agree! I want a longevity competition!
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As my people say in the Southeastern US, "Sounds lahk he wanna RACE, BO!"
Hey! we live in the same town
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A free bike that does the job (safely) is awesome!
Who cares what brand it is. Keep riding.
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Joeybikes is funny. I like him. He does what he does. I don't think I've read anywhere were insults peoples choices of bike. He pokes fun at the guys who take things too seriously. He is showing everyone it's not the bike but the rider that makes a difference. But whatever, you think we need some great expensive bike to get us from point a to point b. Transportation is whatever gets you around. Some people can't or won't spend 300 or 400 dollars on a bike to be left out in the weather and rust or be stolen. Now be down with your bad self and enjoy the ride.
I disagree! Past a minimum standard, the bike doesn't matter-for the purposes of comfortable and happy commuting.

Simply aiming to get by allows you to lower that standard, of course.
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