Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    New from Cleveland, OH

    Hello everyone,

    I actually haven't ridden much in the past ten years, but am slowly getting back into it. i recently purchased an '08 Diamondback Sorrento. Still getting used to it, I haven't really done much off of the pavement, as I am still trying to get a feel for the bike. I have ridden about 70 miles in the past 2 weeks though, and feel really good. I think that the shifter cables have stretched and need adjustment, but shouldn't be a real problem. I actually just withdrew from my old hobby, and thought this would be a much better investment. I spent a lot of time and money into a car for drag racing. Don't get me wrong, but the thrill of being behind the wheel is exhillerating, but It is pretty expensive, and was just not finacially feesible at the time. Thankfully, I have started a new hobby, unfortunately, I live in Cleveland so there isn't much riding in the winter. Anyways, I just thought that I'd say hello!

  2. #2
    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
    Posts
    21,575
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi 4whlpl, I think drag racing would definitely eat into my household budget a lot more than riding a bike does! Still, you can get a lot of enjoyment out of two wheels, with your own engine providing the exhilaration .

    There's a Winter Cycling forum just for people who live in places where the tough get going when the going gets tough! Seriously, it's possible to get out and ride in the winter, and it can be fun.


    Welcome to BF!

    East Hill

    ___________________________________________________
    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

  3. #3
    your nightmare gal chipcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Cracker Factory
    Posts
    24,354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 4whlpl View Post
    unfortunately, I live in Cleveland so there isn't much riding in the winter.
    There's not? Holy crap, have I been breaking the law or something?
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

  4. #4
    More like eventualfred eventualdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Geneva, OH
    My Bikes
    2008 Raleigh Detour 4.0
    Posts
    15
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Welcome, 4whlpl! Don't know whereabouts in Cleveland you are, but if you see a dork on a big blue Raleigh be sure to wave.
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." --H.G. Wells

    My cycling log.

  5. #5
    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
    Posts
    21,575
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    There's not? Holy crap, have I been breaking the law or something?

    There are some people who would agree with that based on your avatar photo, but that has nothing to do with bicycle riding .

    East Hill
    ___________________________________________________
    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hello 4whlpl! Welcome. I live in Mentor, just a few miles ease of you and I know what you mean about not being able to ride all year. When I lived in SoCal i could go out any time but being here I guess I need to get a stationary bike for use during the winter. I am back riding everyday to work and home and was out this year as soon as the ice was off of the streets. It feels so good! Don.

  7. #7
    your nightmare gal chipcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Cracker Factory
    Posts
    24,354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    There are some people who would agree with that based on your avatar photo, but that has nothing to do with bicycle riding .

    East Hill
    True dat.

    Now I know why nobody in NE Ohio can drive worth a darn in the snow, let alone ride a bike in the winter...nobody is from here anymore! Anyone who grew up here was smart enough to leave...and only a few of us went brain damaged and came back!
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Chipcom, I know what you mean. This past winter was just too much for my wife and I. We plan to move to Tennessee where my daughter lives. I hope that down there my riding months will be more than here.I know that in general it is a lot warmer. Don.

  9. #9
    your nightmare gal chipcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Cracker Factory
    Posts
    24,354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by pedlpusher View Post
    Chipcom, I know what you mean. This past winter was just too much for my wife and I. We plan to move to Tennessee where my daughter lives. I hope that down there my riding months will be more than here.I know that in general it is a lot warmer. Don.
    Riding here in the winter really isn't that bad...heck even winters are not that bad. The roads are clear for 80% of the winter and the temps rarely go below zero. Dress decently and you CAN ride all year, like I do. If you wanna get crazy (like me) you can even build you up a snow beater!
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Chipcom, How do you deal with the ice and bad snow piled at the sides of the roads?Do you slip around? The snow beater sounds good as I would not want salt on my good commuter. Sitting it out last winter almost killed me as I went from riding every day to nothing over night.

  11. #11
    your nightmare gal chipcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Cracker Factory
    Posts
    24,354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For ice and snowy roads, studded tires are great. As far as what is piled on the sides of the roads, I follow the law and ride as far to the right as practicable...if there is a snow pile, obviously it's not practicable to ride there - I usually keep to the right tire track anyway unless there is a nice wide, crap-free shoulder. As long as you are visible (good lights, bright clothing, lots of reflective bits) and ride predictably and courteously, the cars give you plenty of space. Being all bundled up and riding in the winter, they probably figure you got enough problems and feel sorry for you!

    Here's the snow bike:



    The new Big Dummy will probably see a lot of winter duty too.
    Check out the Commuting and Winter Cycling forums...you'll find lots of good info from others who ride year round.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •