it's doubly frustrating because i always have a reason for why i like/dislike something, but not for ST, which may be why i dislike it so much.
I had assumed that a fixed gear bike would be a lot more work than a single speed since you have to pedal all the time but that has really turned out not to be the case. There's not much effort involved in pedaling when the pedals are moving your legs rather than the other way around. I do have hand brakes and that makes a big difference.
Riding fixed may well turn out to be a fad. That's OK. I'm enjoying it for now and may continue to indefinitely or might decide tomorrow that I want something different.
one of the worst things that's happened to kids is antibacterial wipes/surfaces/etc...
a little waste off the ground is actually good for your immune system and to make sure you're covered inside and outside with the correct "bugs"
I tend to agree. When my son was born we got this huge bottle of antibacterial hand cleaner stuff. Ended up hardly ever using it.
I usually just wash up well after using the restroom, before eating, after getting obviously dirty or greasy, or after doing something like sneezing into my hand etc.
I think fenders are not a big deal ... it's an inconvenience to not have them ... but getting the stuff from the street on to your skin/in your mouth is much less serious than handwashing after dropping a bomb.
well yeah, I enjoy going on a muddy barefoot hike through the woods, just rinse off with water afterwards. :D
I don't care if it is a fad, it's a fad that is getting people outdoors and on two wheels.
I think crossfit is a stupid fad, but at the same time, it's gotten people off the couch and into a gym. So you have to appreciate things that you don't necessarily want to do yourself.
Well I could be wrong.. Its my choice however...I dont like the weight of my already heavy bike. And to clear up, I do not carry a whole chain in my backpack. The lotion is for the skin drying out at the end of the ride.
---Deodorant, soap, toothbrush, perfume, and lotion are my hygiene products.
---Tools, levers, tube, pump, lights, maybe a mirror are my bike products..However ill probably be buying a quick link soon
---a change of clothes, waterproof clothing is my clothing items. The dirty water can cover the clothing because there is a fresh change of clothes that the crud wont get on underneath. The crud easily washes off of waterproof clothing
--a bottle of water, food, fruit etc are my food products
thats about it..with this setup i see no need for any other additions. Also all of these additions can be omitted or added at the drop of a hat unlike fenders and other stuff which will take much longer to remove.
But if the added weight keeps the bike cleaner, cant really argue that. Unless you just make sure to clean your bike more often..Then theres really no need for that at all.
cyclists have different self images the- lycra racer VS the JRA ride for Utility transport.
The OP Seems swayed by the former, as they age the shift may occur ..
Or at least the N+1 process offers a choice..
Well, tariqa, I disagree with everything in your original post.
But for what it's worth, it doesn't anger me.
If that's the way you want to ride, then God bless you.
I'm a 'fred', by the way. It would seem that you're not.
I'll agree with you up to a point: the extras are not necessary. Desirable, advisable perhaps but not totally necessary. I roll that way myself, but I've also commuted with probably more equipment and weight than most anyone posting here. That works pretty well too. It's all a matter of style and preference.
Also if you set up a pack as a frame bag (suspended in the front triangle) the bag can be lighter than most backpacks and not as annoying. There's plenty of room if you're not carrying extras like food, toiletries etc.
What accessories you put on your bike is purely personal. Over time you will find what works best for you. I vary what I bring with me based on the duration and remoteness of the ride. Sometimes I ride with very little, sometimes everything but the kitchen sink. YMMV.
lol YES! I can't wait to see what happens in the world next year on Oct. 21 2015. Either from Universal Studios or anyone else.