Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    No Sidewalks. capolover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Chicago Ill
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Capo.
    Posts
    571
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    "Neophyte fixed gear riders shouldn't venture into city traffic!"

    Rofl.

    I was reading through this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Maga.../dp/1579541682

    and came upon this great bit:

    "Mastering a fixed gear bike is particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or caranage will almost certainly ensue."



  2. #2
    Senior Member patrickgh's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Towson, MD
    My Bikes
    Windsor "The Hour"
    Posts
    361
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I find it easier to ride in downtown traffic than most places
    Quote Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
    my opinion is more correct than your opinion

  3. #3
    moving target c0urt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    birmingham, al
    My Bikes
    a masi speciale, and a kuota k-factor.
    Posts
    2,831
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by patrickgh View Post
    I find it easier to ride in downtown traffic than most places
    yup it is. but some people find cars daunting at first.
    how to tape your bars http://www.flickr.com/photos/89572419@N00/sets/72157629279270681/

  4. #4
    Senior Member maddyfish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Ky. and FL.
    My Bikes
    KHS steel SS
    Posts
    3,945
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How new are we talking here? Barely able to stay upright, or new to city riding?
    Not too much to say here

  5. #5
    oldsprinter oldsprinter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Tokyo
    Posts
    935
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "Mastering a fixed gear bike is particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or caranage will almost certainly ensue."

    I hope the errors are yours and not from the book. Persumably it actually read:

    "Mastering a fixed gear bike isn't particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or carnage will almost certainly ensue." Did he say "is" or "isn't"? Without "isn't" the "but" is redundant.

    Anyway, wise words I'd have thought. In Tokyo there have been quite a few crashes caused by people getting on fgs and thinking they can ride around Shibuya without practising first.

  6. #6
    ak1
    ak1 is offline
    ... ak1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Actually "but" is merely a conjunction so whether it is "is" or "isn't" it is not redundant. It might have a false implication but that is a different story.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Van BC
    Posts
    3,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Grice In The Houuuuuuuuse

  8. #8
    Low car diet JiveTurkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Corvallis, OR, USA
    My Bikes
    2006 Windsor Dover w/105, 2007 GT Avalanche w/XT, 1995 Trek 820 setup for touring, 201? Yeah single-speed folder, 199? Huffy tandem.
    Posts
    2,393
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by oldsprinter View Post
    "Mastering a fixed gear bike is particularly difficult, but neophyte fixed gear riders should not venture into city traffic, or caranage will almost certainly ensue."

    I hope the errors are yours and not from the book.
    I have a newer version of that book. I actually just read that statement last night and it says "is" and "but;" it does sound off. I remember reading a lot of typos though.
    Last edited by JiveTurkey; 07-28-08 at 11:49 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by slopvehicle View Post
    Not wearing a helmet makes me more aware of my surroundings. I find myself anticipating the hardness of concrete 50 or 100 feet in front of me, it's almost a zen-like connection between my face and the pavement.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Van BC
    Posts
    3,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In this kind of use, "but" introduces something that is true even though it seems unlikely given what has already been asserted. That's why it sounds odd; if we hear that mastering a fg is particularly difficult then it would seem likely to us that neophytes should beware of city traffic.
    Last edited by mander; 07-28-08 at 11:59 PM.

Posting Permissions

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