Just how much has it seen?Shipping price depends on the weight and size of the package so let me know how much I would need to wire to your paypal.
jyl @TransitBiker @RaleighSport
For those of you who don't appreciate cliff hangers: I purchased the GT GRX 44CM bike for 380 and the gentleman was nice enough to include a a helmet, bike rack, bike pouch, and extra tube. To make the seat more comfortable I took an inch of the bike post to have more space.
I guess this is a matter of personal preference, but I wouldn't want to skimp on rain gear. I put about $500 into a gorerex windbreaker jacket/pants, plus shoe covers and gloves. Everytime I have to ride through a cold rain, I'm glad I spent the money.
I want to carry a little as possible, but my aluminium macbook is so heavy by itself -_-
On top of clothes and shoes + textbooks on occasion. I may be carrying 20 pounds on certain days (that will be my strict max). So I am very attracted to panniers for the moment. Especially since my back is so SORE from the backpack.
I don't really get what utility fenders provide, they look decorative to me. Could you/anyone explain?
Miami is very sunny, all year round. Winter means we get a "chill" of 57 degrees that turns to the 70s by late afternoon. We have blue sky rain showers, and on occasion when it really pours it's cats and dogs. Are fenders necessary?
If you're riding in the rain, there is nothing preventing the rain from coming down on you and the bike; the fenders reduce the dirty road water from getting on you and the bike.
Yeah, I've been thinking about it and I've come to the conclusion that being an adult isn't going to work for me.
Fenders decorative?? That's like calling the seat or frame decorative, it's a 100% functional part of a proper transportation bicycle, keeping whats on the tires from being on you. Mud, sand, road gunk, even nails and stuff can get tossed at you with no fenders. Other day i was feeling adventurous & took that jaguar down to see the flooded creek. I stayed in the 2-5 mph range so i didnt get muck & water from the flooded trail all over me from the rear wheel.
I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.
Thanks for the update. As for fenders, think of it this way.. what all goes on the ground? GROSS STUFF! Now say it's been dry a good long while... all that crap on the ground is in the dust your wheels are throwing up, wet spot? Imagine what's in the wet spot.. and when it does rain unless you like skunk streaks made of mud and lord only knows what else.. and possibly getting that in your mouth.. now I bet you can see practical use for all year round fenders?
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The campus security Auction sale would get a bike abandoned by some one else . for cheap.. then It will need a new lock ..
Uni in Miami Fla, Says Beach cruiser to my Mind ,, and like I said the Bus for that 30 mile, 60 RT.
so you have time and energy to do the school work and maybe even, in the end, Graduate.
abandoning that bike again in the racks when You're done.
30 miles is a significant distance, especially being new to a road bike. Your back is probably just getting used to the new activity. Don't overdo it at first, give yourself a couple days off here and there.
On fenders - they are a must if your climate is consistently rainy, like it is where I live. They don't stop the (relatively) clean rain falling from the sky and getting you wet, but they reduce the (dirty) water (mixed with dirt, oil, dog poo, what have you) on the road from spraying all over you and the bike. If it rains only occasionally, then of course fenders become optional.
Fendered or not, eventually you'll be on your way to school when the heavens open up. If you carry a cap and a cheap, light rain shell *** in your pack, you can put the cap under the helmet and the shell over your top, get to school not totally soaked, and maybe change into the dry spare top, tights, and socks that hopefully also live in a ziplock bag at the bottom of the pack. *** something like Universal Cycles -- O2 Cycling Rain Jacket Is there a place that sells second-hand outdoor gear in Miami? There are places like that where I live, and you can pick up light rain shells for very little $.
Backpack or panniers - the advantage of the pack is that you can easily carry it around school and you don't weigh down the bike with a rack, the advantage of the panniers is that it doesn't sit on your back for 30 miles. I personally use a backpack, but I'm not riding 30 miles . . . .
If you decide to put a rack on the bike, you may need "P clamps" *** on the seat stays, since your bike doesn't have eyelets. *** is like Amazon.com: Delta Cycle Stay Mount Clamps: Sports & Outdoors But a bike shop should be able to sort it out.
Whether pack or pannier, if you might get caught in a storm, the luggage should be waterproof since you are carrying an expensive laptop and books. Wrapping your MacBook in a plastic bag wouldn't hurt either.
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