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Old 03-24-09, 08:26 AM   #1
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philly: oil slick on 6th street south of berks

don't ride on it. i ate it going pretty fast. i'm sad now.
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ahh, filth-a-delphia.

sorry to hear...
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Bummer... Not something you can really predict, either - I hit some nasty oil patches leftover from a city bus last summer and it was as slick as ice - I came to a trackstand at a light and just started slipping about something crazy on the back wheel, scared me enough to just foot-down and physically move my bike off it. It went on for several bus stops, too.

Hope you're OK.
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Old 03-24-09, 09:22 AM   #4
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kinda. shoulder came out, but i rolled before getting up to put it back in. wrist is banged up, knee is scraped, but all is OK. sorta glad i have a steel steerer on my carbon fork...
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ahh, filth-a-delphia.
don't say **** unless you live here. it's our filth.

that sucks spooki. i'll take 4th to work instead today.
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appreciate the heads up!
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that sucks spooki. i'll take 4th to work instead today.
i go into philly all the time, it was a joke, so unless you were also joking...chill the **** out.
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ouch that's a bummer...were you turning or what?



i got onto a street that was completely frozen a few weeks ago and that was frightening...nearly went down pretty hard but i was able to stay on top
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ouch that's a bummer...were you turning or what?
sorta... i hit it, rode on it for a bit, thought it was water, decided i didn't want to ride on wet road, made a quick turn to the left, everything went upside down.
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sorta... i hit it, rode on it for a bit, thought it was water, decided i didn't want to ride on wet road, made a quick turn to the left, everything went upside down.
Dude that sucks, I hope you didnt mess anything up too badly.
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Much respect to you Philly riders, dealing with pretty much the ****tiest streets anywhere
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Really? ****. Moving there this summer.
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yep. get beast tires. avoid trolley tracks. glass everywhere. oil slicks. street construction lasting for weeks. it's effing cyclocross getting crosstown...

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i go into philly all the time, it was a joke, so unless you were also joking...chill the **** out.
You're a hundred miles from here. Why don't you just stay in Jerksey.
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Really? ****. Moving there this summer.
Yeah me too. I dont mind dirty streets. Makes a city have...character...and stuff.
My friend from Fishtown doesnt like it when I litter.
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Why would she? littering is lame as ****.
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Yeah me too.

Why for? School? Or just cause Philly's ill...
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sorry to hear...
Yeah but you have to deal with the worse drivers in the history of driving!
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kinda. shoulder came out, but i rolled before getting up to put it back in. wrist is banged up, knee is scraped, but all is OK. sorta glad i have a steel steerer on my carbon fork...
Dude, you get on my nerves sometimes but I truly hope your OK I have the same problem with my shoulder, everytime I have a bad fall it pops out and I have to get it back in place hope your bikes not banged up to bad either. by the way, did you think Mel Gibsons character (Sergeant Martin Riggs) in "Lethal Weapon" was the ****? I did, till I had my shoulder injury and had to pop it back in the first time, now I say Riggs can kiss my ass! That **** hurts!
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Why for? School? Or just cause Philly's ill...
It's the mutual place that me and my boy want to move to, plus we both know some people there. Im not really familiar with it (my other thread I posted) but Ive been twice and liked it enough. Plus all those schools there, seems pretty legit!
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Im not really familiar with it (my other thread I posted) but Ive been twice and liked it enough. Plus all those schools there, seems pretty legit!
Yeah most of my fams from there. It's a great city. Going for graduate school, so it'll be at least three years. Fuhking siked.
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sorta... i hit it, rode on it for a bit, thought it was water, decided i didn't want to ride on wet road, made a quick turn to the left, everything went upside down.
I'm not really sure what you mean. I'm going to need a picture to help me. If only there were some sort of computer program you could use to Paint a picture of your mishap.
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It's the mutual place that me and my boy want to move to, plus we both know some people there. Im not really familiar with it (my other thread I posted) but Ive been twice and liked it enough. Plus all those schools there, seems pretty legit!
it is, kinda. it's an east coast city but insanely affordable (though nutter is pushing a 25% property tax increase which may affect rental costs).
there are lots of things to like about this city, but it often tests your patience, trust.
the fact that you're into riding is a huge plus, as our mas trans blows, and driving in a city is sorta like using one of those electric scooters in a supermarket (slow, less convenient than moving around yourself and a nuisance for those around you).
philly also has this odd corny air about it, sorta like a rent-a-cop who takes himself too seriously.
buy a copy of philadelphia magazine or twoonefive mag or visit first friday once you get here to see what i mean. it's like a big silly joke that is unaware of its absurdity...
that said, there are lots of fun ways to invest your time here, and you will eventually find a crew(s) you love, but you'll always kinda be reminded that you live here.

i really love this city..

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Dude, you get on my nerves sometimes but I truly hope your OK I have the same problem with my shoulder, everytime I have a bad fall it pops out and I have to get it back in place hope your bikes not banged up to bad either. by the way, did you think Mel Gibsons character (Sergeant Martin Riggs) in "Lethal Weapon" was the ****? I did, till I had my shoulder injury and had to pop it back in the first time, now I say Riggs can kiss my ass! That **** hurts!
8) yeah, i'm ok relatively speaking. it hurts to type key combos with my left hand (ctrl+whatever) and my shoulder is uncomfortable from time to time, but i'll live. the bars and the side of my pedals are scraped but appear to be ok otherwise. riding tomorrow, hope it's all better by then.
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I'm not really sure what you mean. I'm going to need a picture to help me. If only there were some sort of computer program you could use to Paint a picture of your mishap.
i'm on linux!!
but yeah, going to make one now. good call..
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...i really love this city..
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While we're on the subject, have any recommendations in terms of neighborhood? Needs to be in or near west philly...
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