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    What did you learn about bikes today?

    I'll start...."Q-factor" is the width distance between crank ends, a.k.a. "tread"
    I learned it from digitalbicyle. Thanks.

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    I learned that I want, no, I need a Jamis Satellite real bad.

    ...if anyone needs a Kidney I have one for sale.

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    Today I learned I can draw a bicycle! I've been struggling with that for a while. Today I was sitting in a very boring University class, drawing my usual scenery sketches (and wishing I was in the place I was drawing), while the girl next to me drew a horse with a skill and accuracy I'll never achieve, so I thought I'd try to draw a bicycle. After all, I've been riding them for 35 years so I should know what they look like!

    My first attempt was like so many others - wonky ... but my second attempt was pretty good, so was my third. Soon my page was covered in little bicycles.

    However, I'm still struggling with drawing a person on the bicycle.

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    I learned what a little clown bike is like- just bought this one:
    http://dallas.craigslist.org/bik/626533599.html

    One cool thing is it has all the CPSC reflectors just like a regular bike.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I learned what a little clown bike is like- just bought this one:
    http://dallas.craigslist.org/bik/626533599.html

    One cool thing is it has all the CPSC reflectors just like a regular bike.
    I wonder why it has a brake... it would seem the R & L Flintstones would work just fine.

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    I learned that my bike would be a sucky utility bike. Or at least someone with the same bike had a hard time.
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    I learned how to use a prestor valve. And also how to adjust my Topeak Peakini bike pump to fit on one.

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    I learned that my craving for a recumbent is still present.

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    "I wonder why it has a brake... it would seem the R & L Flintstones would work just fine."

    I think it was made to comply with Consumer Product Safety Commission rules that apply to all bikes and probably one of those rules is working brake.

    "Which bike is best for fast, bumpy city roads?" I can tell you, it sure isn't this one! Kids have had a blast with it, though.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    I learned what happens when you don't tighten the axle nut of a fixed gear bike.

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    ...or check your chainring bolts...
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
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    I learned that when you are pulling the pump off the valve and it comes off suddenly and your hand jerks back and hits bladed spokes, it really, really hurts. Oh, and there's blood, too.

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    I learned that if you already have a sore back, don't take the road bike you're not used to yet.

    Ow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cone Wrench View Post
    I learned that when you are pulling the pump off the valve and it comes off suddenly and your hand jerks back and hits bladed spokes, it really, really hurts. Oh, and there's blood, too.
    I learned the same thing with the rear cassette. There were words involved. Bad words.

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

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    I learned what swamp ass is! I need fenders.

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    I learn that one flat tyre is not enough on the commute to work, 3 is much more challenging

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    I learned that riding my bike in a purple dress is great fun.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    I've learned that putting on a baby seat rack is ****ing time consuming as hell. And that we should charge about $9993 for installing lock mounts. For ****s sake.
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Today I learned I can draw a bicycle! I've been struggling with that for a while. Today I was sitting in a very boring University class, drawing my usual scenery sketches (and wishing I was in the place I was drawing), while the girl next to me drew a horse with a skill and accuracy I'll never achieve, so I thought I'd try to draw a bicycle. After all, I've been riding them for 35 years so I should know what they look like!

    My first attempt was like so many others - wonky ... but my second attempt was pretty good, so was my third. Soon my page was covered in little bicycles.

    However, I'm still struggling with drawing a person on the bicycle.
    Try drawing the near side leg first and see if that helps.

    David

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    I learned exactly how much impact it takes to flat-spot one of those spiffy low-count, paired-spoke Bontrager wheels.

    The long story begins, "I was drafting this chick in a Jetta..."

    The short story is, "moon crater sized pothole, dead-center, in excess of 30 MPH".
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    I've learned that putting on a baby seat rack is ****ing time consuming as hell. And that we should charge about $9993 for installing lock mounts. For ****s sake.
    Haha. Poor operator. How long did it take?
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    riding a fixed gear with a heavy steel unicycle
    attached to your back is a challenge. but totally worth it.

    tomorrow I am hopefully going to post up with
    I learned how to ride a unicycle
    how to tape your bars http://www.flickr.com/photos/89572419@N00/sets/72157629279270681/

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    I learned that if you're putting in two new bathrooms, you can actually hear your bikes cry for lack of attention!!!

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    I learned exactly how hard (1054W for 5 sec.) I have to go on an evening group ride to taste my lunch for a second time.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    I learned that despite seeing me arrive by bike just about every day, a lot of the people I work with at the volunteer centre think that cycling is "very dangerous." I have not asked them if they think *I* am very brave, very stupid, or just crazy. I suspect I won't like the answers...

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