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Old 05-12-06, 09:41 PM   #1
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Spoke cards. What are they for?

Seen 'em. Don't get it.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:44 PM   #2
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I raced in _____ alleycat.

That's pretty much it.

Some people use them to show that they're part of a crew, much like roadies having team kits...
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Old 05-12-06, 09:47 PM   #3
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its bling *****es!
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sentimental reasons
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I raced in _____ alleycat.

That's pretty much it.

Some people use them to show that they're part of a crew, much like roadies having team kits...
a little more than the fact that you raced, they often have your number as well
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Old 05-12-06, 10:05 PM   #7
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sentimental reasons

nat king cole. **** yeah. **** that christmas album. ignore that and you have a damn fine catalog of music. "when i fall in love" is amazing.
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They are for losing in a few weeks.

I've never been able to keep a card in my spokes for more than a month. I see dudes with three and four, and I don't know how they keep them so long. Maybe they just keep better care of their cards.

I've had five, but they are all gone now. All except for the one I thought was nice enough not to leave in my spokes. Now that I think about it, I realize that I haven't raced in an alleycat in a couple of months, and that makes me... sentimental.
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they're used to add wind resistance on training rides, holmes.
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Old 05-12-06, 11:42 PM   #10
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Helmet thread.
Now this.
Troll.
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they're used to add wind resistance on training rides, holmes.
holmes? sherlock? dude...

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pardon my having a life.
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They are for when you take pictures of your bike for fgg
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holmes? dude...
Dude, brah? 'Sup.
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Helmet thread.
Now this.
Troll.
Not a troll, just someone who has recently taken an interest in Fixed gear(after being on BF in the Roadie forum for awhile)

Silly him, he actually asked a question about part of fixed gear style/culture...
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Old 05-13-06, 12:07 AM   #16
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to OP: race an alleycat sometime. they're tons of fun, and quite dangerous.
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Old 05-13-06, 12:31 AM   #17
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^ Are there any that don't cross traffic? I think I could handle it if cars aren't in the mix.
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Not a troll, just someone who has recently taken an interest in Fixed gear(after being on BF in the Roadie forum for awhile)

Silly him, he actually asked a question about part of fixed gear style/culture...
I didn't ask a question, I was trying to help answer it, but some people are just jerks.

Not that I have to vindicate myself, but to vindicate myself, I've been riding fixed for over a year. I have an early seventies Cinelli Pista, so I'm actually more of a vintage bike freak than a roadie. I do own a road bike though, a 1983 Bianchi Super Legerra Specialissima; but it's got all of those gears and brakes and a freewheel, so it's nowhere near as fun to ride. But hey, if I want to ride up the coast for sixty or seventy miles, I'm sure as hell not going to do it on my Cinelli. No brakes and Mt. Soledad do not mix.

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Old 05-13-06, 01:20 AM   #19
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^ Are there any that don't cross traffic? I think I could handle it if cars aren't in the mix.

just keep your eyes and ears open. i'm sure something will happen.
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a little more than the fact that you raced, they often have your number as well
Wouldn't it be better to have your race number on some part of the bike that's not spinning? Easier to see?
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They are all gang symbols. If you ride with one into the wrong part of town, you'll probably get shot.
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bfssfg has really gone down hill...
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Brakeless too... we're in bad shape.
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Wouldn't it be better to have your race number on some part of the bike that's not spinning? Easier to see?

No-one actually cares what your "race number" is, with the possible exception of you when you need to remember it at the finish line.



And they look really cool, all spinning in the spokes and stuff.
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I didn't ask a question, I was trying to help answer it, but some people are just jerks.

Not that I have to vindicate myself, but to vindicate myself, I've been riding fixed for over a year. I have an early seventies Cinelli Pista, so I'm actually more of a vintage bike freak than a roadie. I do own a road bike though, a 1983 Bianchi Super Legerra Specialissima; but it's got all of those gears and brakes and a freewheel, so it's nowhere near as fun to ride. But hey, if I want to ride up the coast for sixty or seventy miles, I'm sure as hell not going to do it on my Cinelli. No brakes and Mt. Soledad do not mix.

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The "troll" comment was actually referring to the OP, not you.

And, to Zappcatt, the reasoning behind my comment was that someone starting two threads within two minutes of each other, one about helmets that derides "little beanie hats" and then one about spoke cards, is just a little bit suspicious.
If I'm wrong, then I apologize.
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