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Old 09-26-06, 07:07 PM   #1
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New Tampa/Da'Burg Thread

Looks like the old one was buried and getting cluttered. Hope it's cool that I started a new one.

Any plans this weekend for a ride? It's tough for me to get out to St. Pete during the week...maybe this Friday after work if I throw the bike in the back of the truck and launch it once I get down to Central.

Since I'm still trying to get the "feel" for my fixed I was thinking of a late morning early afternoon cruise on the Friendship Bridge. Maybe do some timed runs or something. I don't know. Has anyone considered a fixed only organized race on this bridge? Get some spokecards together and make it a fun meeting of fixed riders. I know a straight bridge isn't much of a fixed gear race, but it's a starting place.
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If you want, every Thursday at 7 pm Chaiwheel Drive in Palm Harbor has some guys cruise around on fixed gear bikes. PM for the organiser's number if you need it.

I won't be out there this Thursday as I am heading up to Tally tomorrow, but i'm there most all the time. Also, if anyone wants to make a 4 hour trip, Critical Mass on Friday in Tallahassee and Track racing on Saturday. PM for details.

When I get back I really want to ride with someone. Lets get something going!

Edit: Also I don't know if we really need another thread. It is really easy to search for and bump. The clutter issue shouldn't matter as new posts aren't hard to find. Want me to bump it and 165 can close this one or something? Not saying that making a new one is a stupid idea, just maybe uneccesary?
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Old 09-26-06, 07:24 PM   #3
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I'm done driving for a while...East coast trip this past Sunday to surf and that much time in a car sucks. This weekend I want to be on my bike.

Hit me up when you get back and we'll set something up for next week. I'd love to get a weekly thing going. I know Chainwheel does their thing and I know Neptune has a weekly ride up in Tarpon. I want to get something going down this way...Clearwater South you know.
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Alright. I'll give a shout when I get back.
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Talk about cluttered, check the Gaineville thread.

Hey, do any of you guys know if the University of Florida will drop my late fees if I thought my tuition was covered by my scholarship? I"m done being a jackass now.
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Old 09-27-06, 08:13 AM   #6
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I've got my own regular ride from Kenwood to the downtown Publix every night. So far, it's just me and my lady. We're willing to extend the route.

Scotty, I'd be willing to meet you halfway on the bridge. I need to try and get out of bed before 11 every day anyway.

I'm usually home from work in time for Jeopardy, so anytime after that I'm basically free to ride...ride or die. SATAN'S SPOKES!
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Old 10-02-06, 03:32 PM   #7
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Doug Stanhope is at the Emerald tonight. $5. Anyone else going?
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Old 10-02-06, 03:38 PM   #8
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Can't make it, but are we all going to try and meet up for a ride on Wednesday? Time? Place?
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I'm down for Wed.

7 -8 pm?

Where at? Somewhere in St. Pete?
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Wed 7-8pm works for me...earlier is fine too. Depends on how much riding we plan on doing. Lights pretty much gone by 730 or so.

I'll need to truck the bike down to St. Pete if that's where we decide to ride.
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Okay, St. Pete ride, Wednesday night. 8pm, Cafe Alma for drinks followed by a yet-to-be-determined route:

Driving (pfft, weak) Directions: From 275 North
Travel south on 275 to 375 (Pier Exit)
Go to 4th St. N. and Turn Right
Go to 1st St. Ave. S and Turn Left
Café Alma is between 3rd St. and 2nd St. South

Bring your bike, bad attitude, flask, and/or girlfriend's little sister.
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I'll be there with my girlfriend's 6 other little sisters.
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Get Off The Internets, Man.
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Dude I invented it.

You would have to destroy my super massive database thing called Al Gore. It is seriously crazy.
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Man-bear pig?
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Screw it...when I get down there I'm leaving my bike in the truck. I'll just drive behind you guys shouting obscenities. It would take me too long to ride from my house to downtown. I'll see you guys down there though...I'll launch the bike around the corner annd come riding up like I pedaled the whole way.

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I'd rather eat the ass out of a walrus than ride with you *****es.

Either that or I have mid-terms and will have my nose (and possibly other body parts) stuck in a damn book.

Allow me to preemptively add: Shut up Robb.
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I was in Tampa this past weekend, maybe 30 minutes North of the airport. Did not have a bike, but did not have time to ride anyway.

I am actually trying to convince my wife to try to get a job at USF as this Florida boy is starting to get a little tired of the Northeast. One question, are the love bugs that bad all year round and/or all over the Tampa area? Where I was staying it was ridiculous!
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I just noticed the love bugs today for the first time this year. They're only bad for about a month. Anyone know that story about how love bugs are some cracked experiment gone wrong out of UF?

What does your wife do? I work at USF for the Florida Center of Instructional Technology http://fcit.usf.edu. USF is a cool place to work, as long as you can find parking. And hey, the chicks are great.
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Either that or I have mid-terms and will have my nose (and possibly other body parts) stuck in a damn book.

Allow me to preemptively add: Shut up Robb.
Damnit... ****ing college. You need to not have something to do .

I'm gonna try and bring Morgan and Bruce maybe. They will probably be working though.
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I just noticed the love bugs today for the first time this year. They're only bad for about a month. Anyone know that story about how love bugs are some cracked experiment gone wrong out of UF?

What does your wife do? I work at USF for the Florida Center of Instructional Technology http://fcit.usf.edu. USF is a cool place to work, as long as you can find parking. And hey, the chicks are great.
I have heard that story about UF before. The way I heard it was that someone in a lab let out the love bugs by mistake and the rest is history.

My wife is an emergency medicine doctor. She wants to continue working at a teaching hospital which limits us b/c there really are not that many programs around the country that have emergency medicine residency programs. In Florida you have USF, UF (in Jacksonville; though they are starting one in Gainesville) and Orlando Regional.
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Damnit... ****ing college. You need to not have something to do .

I'm gonna try and bring Morgan and Bruce maybe. They will probably be working though.
I go to an accelerated college where a semester is crammed into 4-5 weeks, so after this week I'll only have two weeks left and then I'm free. It's gonna be a long two weeks but, oh well ..

Love bugs are the devil. I just noticed them about two days ago. Last year I caught one up the nose while riding and it came out my mouth without even so much as a, "Thank you". Little insect *****.
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From what I use to hear, the Love Bugs were a creation back in the day by UF scientist to try and control the mosquito problem...didn't really work as planned an they sort of "got away" from the lab... Here is what they really are according to Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_bug Check out the TRIVA section for the UF buster.

This ride tomorrow is mandatory no helmet! I only say that because I don't have one right now and the odds of an accident should be equally spread out among us.
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Sites been down for a while... Just checking in to make sure we're all still on. I should be down there no later then 830. Don't start without me.

Any idea if I'll be able to park right there?
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I'm heading down there now. Black truck, chrome Pista...
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