Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-08-13, 02:41 PM   #226
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
TGIF, long week and busy weekend in UK.

stats:

310km/192mi
£395/$635 total
£1.27/km
€1.52/km
$3.30/mi

photo:

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Photo on 08-11-2013 at 20.37.jpg (61.2 KB, 16 views)
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-13, 03:55 PM   #227
bigbenaugust 
derailleurs are overrated
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I've been known to do stuff like that. People are embarrassed to be seen with me.
Three words: Kitty litter bucket.

Also, I have put 4300mi/6900km on my Fantom Cross Uno, and I only paid $329 for it ($428 with the second set of wheels). That should put it in the running for low cost per mile/kilometer.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-13, 04:01 PM   #228
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Three words: Kitty litter bucket.

Also, I have put 4300mi/6900km on my Fantom Cross Uno, and I only paid $329 for it ($428 with the second set of wheels). That should put it in the running for low cost per mile/kilometer.
i'm keeping the cost of the bike + lights + lock + cycloputer + all consumables (tires/tubes/etc...)

get back to me with a number for that info and i'll put you in the posts as a control

edit: don't forget to include all taxes
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-13, 04:17 PM   #229
bigbenaugust 
derailleurs are overrated
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
I've had the darned thing for a year and a half and most accessories I use with it predate it, some "creative accounting" may be required.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-13, 04:21 PM   #230
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
I've had the darned thing for a year and a half and most accessories I use with it predate it, some "creative accounting" may be required.
me too ... i use my XC ski clothes mostly

however i would like to compensate for extra calories eaten and bus fare saved (£4.70/day for bus - £2 for a healthy 400kcals).
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-13, 05:57 PM   #231
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Three words: Kitty litter bucket.

Also, I have put 4300mi/6900km on my Fantom Cross Uno, and I only paid $329 for it ($428 with the second set of wheels). That should put it in the running for low cost per mile/kilometer.
also, what happened to your first set of wheels? did they really fall apart/become unusable? i'm curious what kind of life I'll get out these wheels.
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-13, 09:01 PM   #232
bigbenaugust 
derailleurs are overrated
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
The original rims had some bad reviews, so I ordered some 29er MTB wheels (Alex SUBs on high-flange hubs) to go with the bike. I never used the originals (Jalcos) and just built the bike with the Alex wheels. But I recently switched back to the originals after knocking one of the Alexes out of true and appreciate the weight loss and lower profile in the wind. I just need to learn to keep them true and not treat them like MTB wheels and they should be OK.

Truing is kind of the last frontier of bike maintenance for me. I am getting there now.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-13, 06:39 PM   #233
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nice ride ... working at home on a Sunday so no riding ... brake pads have a little wear

stats:

332km/206mi
£395/$632 total
£1.18/km
€1.41/km
$3.06/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

6900km/4287mi
£267/$438
3.8p/km
5c/km
10.2¢/mi

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Photo on 10-11-2013 at 00.37.jpg (61.3 KB, 14 views)

Last edited by acidfast7; 11-10-13 at 07:36 AM.
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-13, 08:26 PM   #234
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi
Posts: 23,739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
me too ... i use my XC ski clothes mostly

however i would like to compensate for extra calories eaten and bus fare saved (£4.70/day for bus - £2 for a healthy 400kcals).
Don't know about you but I enjoy eating and if biking allows me to eat more food without gaining unwanted weight so much the better. I would consider the cost of the food as irrelevant to bike cost considerations.

Do really eat just for fueling purposes?
I-Like-To-Bike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-13, 04:51 AM   #235
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Don't know about you but I enjoy eating and if biking allows me to eat more food without gaining unwanted weight so much the better. I would consider the cost of the food as irrelevant to bike cost considerations.

Do really eat just for fueling purposes?
No, I usually eat/drink really well.

Going to make some Lecsó for tonight and this week at work:

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 13.39.39.jpg (86.2 KB, 34 views)

Last edited by acidfast7; 11-10-13 at 07:40 AM.
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-13, 02:19 PM   #236
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
really nice ride in the evening ... felt almost like summer but darker

stats:

350km/217mi
£395/$631 total
£1.12/km
€1.34/km
$2.90/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

6900km/4287mi
£267/$438
3.8p/km
5c/km
10.2¢/mi

photo:

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Photo on 11-11-2013 at 20.16.jpg (60.1 KB, 11 views)
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-13, 03:32 PM   #237
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i'm a little sluggish today

stats:

369km/230mi
£395/$628 total
£1.07/km
€1.26/km
$2.73/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

6900km/4287mi
£267/$438
3.8p/km
5c/km
10.2¢/mi

photo:

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Photo on 12-11-2013 at 21.29.jpg (61.4 KB, 9 views)
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 08:14 AM   #238
cobrabyte
one life on two wheels
 
cobrabyte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Bikes:
Posts: 2,556
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry, that's not a BSO...what you have there is the British version of a Mercier Kilo TT...an inexpensive steel single speed. I've been commuting on one for years & all I've had to change after 3500 miles is brake pads, tires & the chain after they wore out. Not much can go wrong with these bikes so I can't say yours is a fair test.

A BSO is a clunky heavy crap bike from a cheap department store built up by some stocker in the back room that probably knows nothing about bikes. Get yourself one of those and come back in a couple years with a report ;-) you're playing it safe, pal...I'm not impressed.


aucdoc by (cobrabyte), on Flickr
cobrabyte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 11:45 AM   #239
jeffpoulin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 2,178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
^^^ At least the forks are installed correctly. Half the BSOs I see around here have the forks installed backwards for some reason. I thought it was some kind of fad at first, but now I realize it was simply put together by someone who knows nothing about bicycles.
jeffpoulin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 12:09 PM   #240
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cobrabyte View Post
Sorry, that's not a BSO...what you have there is the British version of a Mercier Kilo TT...an inexpensive steel single speed. I've been commuting on one for years & all I've had to change after 3500 miles is brake pads, tires & the chain after they wore out. Not much can go wrong with these bikes so I can't say yours is a fair test.

A BSO is a clunky heavy crap bike from a cheap department store built up by some stocker in the back room that probably knows nothing about bikes. Get yourself one of those and come back in a couple years with a report ;-) you're playing it safe, pal...I'm not impressed.


aucdoc by (cobrabyte), on Flickr
That brings back a lot of memories from when I lived in the states.
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 02:08 PM   #241
Phil_gretz
Bike Commuter in training
 
Phil_gretz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: '88 Fuji Saratoga, '12 Jamis Sputnik, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite
Posts: 3,807
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
^^^ At least the forks are installed correctly. Half the BSOs I see around here have the forks installed backwards for some reason. I thought it was some kind of fad at first, but now I realize it was simply put together by someone who knows nothing about bicycles.
My wife and I were driving last weekend and waiting our turn at a stop sign. A girl rode across on what was obviously a department store cruiser bike. I said to my wife, "did you see that?" Sure enough, the fork had been installed backwards. I guess that it's a common problem?

As to whether the OP's bike is a BSO, I'd say that it's a matter of degrees. His original claim was that he was unable to find one much cheaper, so... his is close enough for the lighthearted purposes of discussion. Had he been able to find a Walmart Thruster equivalent in London, then everyone would be nodding in agreement on the BSO claim.
Phil_gretz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 02:48 PM   #242
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
good weather today

stats:

388km/241mi
£395/$633 total
£1.02/km
€1.22/km
$2.63/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

6900km/4287mi
£267/$438
3.8p/km
5c/km
10.2¢/mi

photo:



edit: sorry photo is backwards (forgot flip photo)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Photo on 13-11-2013 at 20.44.jpg (58.9 KB, 16 views)
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 02:50 PM   #243
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
and a video for you as I'm off to CPH for 6 days:


in this video, you can understand why I go so often
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 03:12 PM   #244
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Bikes: too many
Posts: 27,128
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 239 Post(s)
My God, that's heaven on earth. I want to move there where I grow up.
__________________
Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 03:41 PM   #245
bigbenaugust 
derailleurs are overrated
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
mmmm, scandinavia.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 03:50 PM   #246
PennyTheDog
Fork and spoon operator
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Hopkins, Minnesota
Bikes: 2013 Surly Crosscheck, 1990 Specialized Sirrus, 199x Schwinn police bike, 197x Schwinn Continental
Posts: 501
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd think it was perfect if they didn't say hugge so much.
PennyTheDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 04:16 PM   #247
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
My God, that's heaven on earth. I want to move there where I grow up.
super nice. even the swede is impressed

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
mmmm, scandinavia.
mmmmm.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PennyTheDog View Post
I'd think it was perfect if they didn't say hugge so much.
that's kinda the point ... no real word exists in English ... just a loan word from German that I've never heard anyone say ... Gemültlichkeit ... like "lagom" in swedish where no English exists

and it's hygge

acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 04:25 PM   #248
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Bikes: too many
Posts: 27,128
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 239 Post(s)
acidfast, where are you from, originally?
__________________
Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 04:26 PM   #249
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
Thread Starter
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
acidfast, where are you from, originally?
Wells, Maine, USA then
Orono, ME,
College Station, TX,
Stockholm, Sweden,
Frankfurt, Germany,
and now the UK (70%) / CPH (30%).

always looking through the new positions out ... seems to be a few good positions right now in Freiburg, Germany ... close to here:



and my gf's parents in Baden-Württemberg
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 22.32.06.jpg (100.0 KB, 38 views)

Last edited by acidfast7; 11-13-13 at 04:35 PM.
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-13, 04:48 PM   #250
spare_wheel
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NA
Bikes: NA
Posts: 4,281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
just a loan word from German that I've never heard anyone say ... Gemültlichkeit ... like "lagom" in swedish where no English exists
i think the usanian cognate is "hipster".
spare_wheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:03 AM.