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Old 04-03-05, 06:31 PM   #26
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all you guys live pretty central to downtown I take it? Or at least work downtown?

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I commute from here to St George/bloor.
If there's a strike Wed, no problem i'll just bike down. Muhahahha

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I commute from here to St George/bloor.
If there's a strike Wed, no problem i'll just bike down. Muhahahha

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man how long does that take? do you ride it every day?

(i commute from woodbine/o'connor to Queen/John)
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I commute from here to St George/bloor.
If there's a strike Wed, no problem i'll just bike down. Muhahahha

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isn't that stretch between sheppard/lawrence a b!tch???
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I almost wish my commute was longer, but being able to wake up 2 minutes before a class is nice too.
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when the weather gets nice we should all go out for ice cream.
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Now's the time to go for ice cream, you don't lose any.

operator: Careful on the commute if the strike is on. I lost counts of times I just about got smoked during the last strike. Case in point, I was following a van off Lawrence onto Bayview (at the bridge where Glendon College is). They were sort of pooching along and I was thinking 'pass or not', decided not. The van slammed into the curb about two seconds later. Take the worst Toronto driver, make 'em drink a 26 of Canada club, spray paint their windows black except for a credit card sized spot in their windshield... apply this model to at least 50% of the drivers after doubling the number of cars on the road and you will sort of get the 'moving target' ambience of riding during a TTC strike...
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man how long does that take? do you ride it every day?

(i commute from woodbine/o'connor to Queen/John)
I commuted up until I started getting some snow on the ground and it got too cold. Just wasn't worth it. I was going to start again last week since it got warmer, too bad next week is the last week of school.

Was doing close to 300k a week on commute for about 10 weeks solid. On average it took me about 1:15 to get downtown, 29.2k'ish and about 1:25 to get back. Downhill/Uphill.

Going northbound on Yonge st. down Hoggs Hollow (bigass hill right before York Mills?) gives a really nice long fly downhill. Touched 65kph on my ultra beater bike last year.

Dying to see (not literally) how fast I can get down it on my Bianchi. What's your commute like time/distance wise?

Tried to get some accurate elevation data (DEM) from the free GIS stuff from gov't Canada, no good. I think they were offering only close to 10m resolution? Well that and I could never pin down the coordinates. I calculated it was about 0.5% average gradient downhill to downtown. This is masked by a whackload of hills. Notably the 401/yorkmills on yonge st. Further down the summerhill dip, and the st clair (chum 1050) hill.

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Was doing close to 300k a week on commute for about 10 weeks solid. On average it took me about 1:15 to get downtown, 29.2k'ish and about 1:25 to get back. Downhill/Uphill.
damn, that's awsome. Good for you to maintain that, I admire long distant commuting.
I've never hooked up a computer to my bike so I don't know exactly what the distance is I travel... but it's probably between 12 or 15km for me to get downtown under 20 minutes traveling east to west, though I'm trying to force myself to take longer routes.
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We should do some kind of beer ride when it gets nicer out, where we quench our thirst with righteous beer at regular intervals. Also we could have a pie break.
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hey don't forget the ice cream.
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When I was In T.O. I was riding an old Gary Fisher beater that was fixed, commuted to work on it. It was stolen 2 days before I moved to India. When I return for good I am going to get a new one. If there are going to be some summer rides going, okay if I ride my c-dale? I promise not to change gears. Be nice to meet some of the T.O. fixed scene.
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When I was In T.O. I was riding an old Gary Fisher beater that was fixed, commuted to work on it. It was stolen 2 days before I moved to India. When I return for good I am going to get a new one. If there are going to be some summer rides going, okay if I ride my c-dale? I promise not to change gears. Be nice to meet some of the T.O. fixed scene.
promise not to coast as well? just kidding.
we could plan a ride to little india in case ya get homesick. curry and mango lassi anyone... nice...
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We should do some kind of beer ride when it gets nicer out, where we quench our thirst with righteous beer at regular intervals. Also we could have a pie break.
Replace pie with hot chicks and we got a winnar.
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So i hardly ever hear from anyone in T.O. that rides fixed on this forum (other than the odd one). How many of you people are there out there? Any favorite spots to ride?

Just set my bike up fixed a few weeks ago and I'm loving it. I don't think I can go back, for sure not around the city.
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Here here. Pyze guy and operator are the only outsiders now! Why don't you guys just follow by example and conform?
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Anyone ever have the balls to ride down mount pleasant?

I sometimes do. I live at bayview and eglinton and that is the quickest way downtown for me. Never tried it during rush hour or anything-I work north of the city. The cars do around 80km/hr, and it is a little nuts, especially on a fixie. I just take the whole lane and let the cars go around.
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I'm into that. Just grabs some cans and park it.
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Here here. Pyze guy and operator are the only outsiders now! Why don't you guys just follow by example and conform?
You'll never get the rebels!!

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In all seriousness I was looking around for some track frames (locally). Nobody really had anything on the cheap. Got a messenger job lined up so I might need a fixed/SS.

And, where exactly is this ginormous mount pleasant road/hill you all speak of? We should ride this weekend if the weather cooperates...!

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I think we established a while back that yoda rides fixed gear. Just find an old fixed wheel and throw it on your granny bike

Heres a track frame on ebay thats pretty local:
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If we were going to bomb mt. pleasant we would have to time it for a low traffic period. I still have the heebie jeebies from being buzzed so many times when I was riding down it at night.
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And, where exactly is this ginormous mount pleasant road/hill you all speak of? We should ride this weekend if the weather cooperates...!
do you know where jarvis street is? it kinda merges into mount pleasant north of bloor. it's a fairly large street sandwiched between yonge and sherbourne (running parallel). hope that helps...
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here's a link from mapquest. mount pleasant road is right in the middle.

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp...0v8pao1fIsY%3d
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Well my POS bike here is a s/s so I'm not too much of a non-conformist.
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I sometimes do. I live at bayview and eglinton and that is the quickest way downtown for me. Never tried it during rush hour or anything-I work north of the city. The cars do around 80km/hr, and it is a little nuts, especially on a fixie. I just take the whole lane and let the cars go around.
I try to stay away from that area, the only problem is that all the roads south of St. Clair all have long hills, they are all scary and there is no way around them. My commute used to be on Bayview north of Sunnybrooke, that was a terrifing ride. The cars regularly hit 80km and the bike lane is horrible. Cutting across 3 lanes to turn into the Granite Club was a little hairy. My commute now involves dodging cows, ox drawn, hundreds of dogs, roads with no apparent rules other than might is right, no street lights and the majority of vehicles don't use their lights. Never thought I would miss T.O. drivers.

Anyone know of a place to buy cheap fixed hubs? I am going to fix my Atlas Nucleus and don't want to spend alot on a year of riding a crap bike. And I won't coast either.
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