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Old 08-09-06, 11:51 PM   #11076
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So a funny story on my ride tonight. Stopped in Tim Hortons at St. George around 11:00 for coffee, locked up my bike and enjoyed a nice coffee and a smoke. Went to unlock and realized I lost the key for the crappy cable lock I use. Phoned the wife, no key there. No spare either. Went home and grabbed a hammer, screw driver and a hack saw. Waited until one of Torontos finest drove by (figured it wouldn't take long, being a donut shop and all....) and told them I had an unusual request. Watch as I broke the lock, so that no one would call the police on me. After convincing them it was my bike, giving them my name and address in case someone reported the bike stolen, as if anyone would want a bike that ugly, and by describing the bike in detail. So I then peoceeded to bash the crap out of the lock. Took a few good whacks. Faces from inside were curious to say the least. Thanked the officers and decided not to offer some donuts, but coffees instead. They declined and off I went. Nice night for a ride.
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Old 08-10-06, 02:39 AM   #11077
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Ah yes, spare keys. Like a 1-up.
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Old 08-10-06, 06:43 AM   #11078
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the William Gibson-esque thumb print proximity bike alarms that deliver a stunning ZAP!!! through the frame is what I'd love. It even tells people to back off. Powered by the micro-electrical generators in the hubs. mmmm one day. Funny story smackin a lock to death with the police watching, good plan getting them on board first.
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Old 08-10-06, 06:53 AM   #11079
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Yeah if we had the gibson bike lock we'd all be riding paper core bikes made by the japanese. Though he definately got one thing right in the bridge cycle by basing all of that in a future frisco
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Old 08-10-06, 07:09 AM   #11080
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*wes gives big nerdy hugs all around*
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Old 08-10-06, 07:24 AM   #11081
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I want the radio bike before the alarm though. OH and the light up rims.
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Old 08-10-06, 07:29 AM   #11082
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*sobs*

... as I sit here watching my documentary on the Altair 8800 ...

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Old 08-10-06, 07:41 AM   #11083
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hi everyone. newbie from the east end here. been riding my first fixie ever for less than a month now. she's a lemond filmore. really happy about the bike. new to a lot of this fixed gear/road bike thing. had a flat the second day of riding. am a bit clumsy on the road. used to ride my ss unibomber on the road.
am really really freaked out about downhills. started riding clipped in for a week now. started learning how to skid but not really that great yet. would love to learn from pros on this forum. i'd like to move my rear wheel all the way to the inside of the dropouts. because i hate to always have to make sure that i have proper tension whenever i put the rear wheels back on for what ever reason (flats would most likely be the most common reason). is there any disadvantage to doing this? i also like the fact that fixies look way cooler that way.
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Old 08-10-06, 07:44 AM   #11084
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East end, eh? Stop by Cycle Therapy - 1114 Queen East. I'll take a look at that tire for you (maybe you've got something embedded in it that's causing repeated flats) and give you some tips on skipping/skidding.

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The key to skidding is practise, you have to find the perfect body position on your bike to get it too work. Took me awhile but now I can hold it for pretty much as long as I have speed and a safe place to do it. The same thing with going downhill you have to figure out just how fast you can spin for how long. Just work up hills in progressions, I find Russel Hill Road works well because it provides curves, a one way street, quiet area and a good run off so you can go as fast or as slow as you want.

Anyone riding today??

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Old 08-10-06, 07:49 AM   #11086
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PS. I'm in every day except Monday/Tuesday.
Back to your old schedule now, post-rally?

Also: I vote for a crit.vac. ride next week.
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Old 08-10-06, 07:55 AM   #11087
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Back to your old schedule now, post-rally?

Also: I vote for a crit.vac. ride next week.
... for the rest of the month (Tomas is selling his house, so he's at home most days getting it fixed up).
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Old 08-10-06, 08:04 AM   #11088
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thanks mike. will do so. have some errands to do today and will try and stop by. that's close to carlaw isn't it?
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Old 08-10-06, 08:06 AM   #11089
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Just east of Queen and Pape.
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Old 08-10-06, 08:12 AM   #11090
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oops..sorry, i just realized you already gave me the address on your post.
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Old 08-10-06, 09:46 AM   #11091
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Would this be Dino?
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Old 08-10-06, 11:42 AM   #11092
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Anyone know a messenger who rides a sky blue brakeless cyclops track bike? Just saw the dude go across traffic at front and bay, looked like he had a "the messengers" jersey on or something.

Also, I have been noticing that when I ride with no hands occasionally the front end of the bike will start shaking and flexing back and forth and the handlebars will start twitching. It gets worse the faster I go and I have to grab the handlebars when they start to really flail around. Is this a problem with the bike or a fact of life? i don't seem to remember this happening before, its more of a new occurence. When I lean forward with no hands it seems to help the problem somewhat. Front end seems nice and solid and I did a full maintenence of it a week or two ago.
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Old 08-10-06, 12:58 PM   #11093
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High speed shimmys are fun.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/shimmy.html

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the William Gibson-esque thumb print proximity bike alarms that deliver a stunning ZAP!!! through the frame is what I'd love. It even tells people to back off. Powered by the micro-electrical generators in the hubs. mmmm one day. Funny story smackin a lock to death with the police watching, good plan getting them on board first.

Virtual Light?
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Old 08-10-06, 01:23 PM   #11095
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yup.... that's where we first meet Chevette and her messer friends
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Anyone know a messenger who rides a sky blue brakeless cyclops track bike? Just saw the dude go across traffic at front and bay, looked like he had a "the messengers" jersey on or something.

Also, I have been noticing that when I ride with no hands occasionally the front end of the bike will start shaking and flexing back and forth and the handlebars will start twitching. It gets worse the faster I go and I have to grab the handlebars when they start to really flail around. Is this a problem with the bike or a fact of life? i don't seem to remember this happening before, its more of a new occurence. When I lean forward with no hands it seems to help the problem somewhat. Front end seems nice and solid and I did a full maintenence of it a week or two ago.

I think i saw this messenger guy yesterday up by Davisville and Mt Pleasant. Is the Cyclops one of those super agressive forward sloping toptube track bikes? He looked really tired when he got up to the top of mt pleasant.

Nice bike though.
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yup.... that's where we first meet Chevette and her messer friends
And I thought I was the only cyberpunk freak here.
You mean there is more of Chevette in other books?
Neuromancer is still my favorite of the two I've read.
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Old 08-10-06, 01:31 PM   #11098
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Virtual Light is part of the bridge cycle which is 3 related books, Virtual Light, Idoru and All Tommorow's Parties. All are worth reading.

That is all.
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Old 08-10-06, 01:35 PM   #11099
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whew.. finally past the page of death (444).
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Interesting! I guess being tall makes you more prone to speed wobbles, because you need a bigger bike with longer tubes and you're sitting up higher. Maybe my long heavy stem and bullhorns mounted with a big light and a mini soccer ball, a bell, 2 oury grips and cork tape are also adding to the problem. It is cool to watch the front of my bike virbate like a guitar string though. Maybe its time for some handlebar mounted bottle holders. Kick it old school while getting the most out of my speed wobbles.
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