Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-22-10, 04:27 PM   #1
avner
Fueled by Tigers Blood
Thread Starter
 
avner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Echo Park, California
Bikes:
Posts: 1,496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love cycling/another beautiful sunday afternoon(Semi image heavy)

At a friends birthday party, months ago I met a girl who said she was looking to buy a bicycle to get around campus. I said "cool, if you need help let me know"

Semester begins, she gives me a call and says "are you ready to go check out some bikes?"
A week later we find an old, heavy but perdy Sturde women's road bike, it was the best bang for the buck we could find in her size, so she picked it and then treated me to lunch for driving all around L.A looking at bikes with her.

Jump ahead half a semester, she texts me a few weeks ago and asks me if I want to go grab some Dim Sum, hell yes. So we invite our mutual friend. Or I do. He meets up with me around 11 Sunday morning. He uses my road bike since the SoB hasn't found a suitable bike yet and we head off to USC to meet up with her. She says she wants to drive to China town...We have other plans.

We get there and it takes little convincing before she hops on her bike and we take off towards China town to gorge ourselves on delicious dumplings. An hour and a half after we sat down, with difficulty we head out of the restaurant with no intent of riding back to USC that full of food.

I suggest heading to L.A historic Park which I've never been to and my friend suggests we head to Elysian Park which over looks Downtown LA. As we head towards Elysian park he points on the bare, dumpy looking L.A Historic Park next to some warehouses, his is the better choice. After riding up a small climb there is a little turn of that leads into a pedestrian walk next to the 110 which mi amigo insists will lead us into the park. A questionable area to be walk, so I ride it. On a tiny path next to the 110 heading into China Town we find a gate that leads straight into the park, the only caveat, it's locked, and about 8 feet high. I jump the gate and we take the bikes over one by one as a couple of more vanilla cyclists give us strange looks. I feel I should also note that this was literally next to the 110 so I'm sure a lot of motorists were left asking questions too.

After a mix of riding dirt trails on my 23's and hiking up the side of a mountain (Mountain shoes made me feel like a king as I climbed) this is what we come to.

This is the spot where we all fall over and end up napping for an hour or so (at least I did. Messenger bags = pillows in disguise)

And the Dowtown Los Angeles Skyline on a November afternoon. This next picture looks out at a more Eastern side. It was taken as the sun started to go down, thats not all smog

From Elysian park we headed towards USC through Downtown, stopping at the Grand Market in Downtown Los Angeles

Where a rent-a-cop was somewhat surprised to see us casually stroll through with our bikes. Ended up having to lock them up while we sat outside, drank some juice and enjoyed the beautiful evening.



And the beautiful bikes that facilitated one of the best afternoon's i've had all semester

(My Jamis and Univega Road, and the Sturdee 10 speed I helped locate)

Last edited by avner; 11-22-10 at 10:01 PM. Reason: can I haz story telling classes?
avner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 04:34 PM   #2
yummygooey
i smell bacon
 
yummygooey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Bikes: Geekhouse Deerfield, GT Edge Ti, Spooky Skeletor, TET Track, Ritchey P-650b, Bridgestone MB-3
Posts: 5,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)




But really... sounds like a blast. This makes me wish I had spent a little less time studying and a little more time exploring. Sigh...
yummygooey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 05:38 PM   #3
Scrodzilla
There goes Tokyo
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: EAI Bare Knuckle, 1975 Raleigh Pro Track
Posts: 26,475
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
__________________
__________________________________
Scrodzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 05:50 PM   #4
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Riveting tale chap. avner, you are definitely one of the few people on my shortlist that I would like to ride and hang out with.

Sunday afternoons are perfect to live our lives so pleasantly.
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 08:15 PM   #5
dsh
Oh, you know...
 
dsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: DC
Bikes: '74 Schwinn Sports Tourer (Polo), S-Works E5 Team Festina (Chorus 11), Trek 2200 Bonded Carbon (Fixed), Trek 920 (7 speed IGH), Chesini Olimpiade SL (1x7)
Posts: 2,835
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wait so you talked to a girl??
dsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 08:20 PM   #6
yummygooey
i smell bacon
 
yummygooey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Bikes: Geekhouse Deerfield, GT Edge Ti, Spooky Skeletor, TET Track, Ritchey P-650b, Bridgestone MB-3
Posts: 5,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Zing!
yummygooey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 08:22 PM   #7
ImChris
Senior Member
 
ImChris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes: Trek Madone, Araya commute
Posts: 418
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds awesome! Man how you people going to universities in cool areas make me jealous! Im stuck here at Central Michigan University, in well, central Michigan where our forcast for tomorrow is a high of 34, snow, and winds at 25mph.

So enjoy your nice November ride and post more photos to make us jealous..haha

For real though, thats pretty cool! I enjoyed the photos along with the story.


.Chris
ImChris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 08:28 PM   #8
yummygooey
i smell bacon
 
yummygooey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Bikes: Geekhouse Deerfield, GT Edge Ti, Spooky Skeletor, TET Track, Ritchey P-650b, Bridgestone MB-3
Posts: 5,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImChris View Post
... is a high of 34, snow, and winds at 25mph...
Sounds like University of Illinois, minus the snow (so far). Just gotta HTFU and get out there!
yummygooey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 08:56 PM   #9
jdgesus 
sɹɐʇsɟoןןnɟsʇıbɟɯo
 
jdgesus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: seattle, too many links
Bikes: fixed gear recumbent trike
Posts: 3,990
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dsh View Post
Wait so you talked to a girl??
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
crabon/campy/rapha/roadie-bro.

next step is recumbent.




my bikes | bike blog | beer blog | work 1 | work 2
jdgesus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 08:56 PM   #10
nuhtowel
Senior Member
 
nuhtowel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: State College, PA
Bikes: Caad9, Fixed gear, Hardrock beater, 3 speed cruiser
Posts: 815
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This kind of sounded like it was going to be a bicycle date, but you invited a third wheel! haha puns
nuhtowel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 09:08 PM   #11
CallMeIshamael
My name is indeed a typo.
 
CallMeIshamael's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: SCV
Bikes: '10 Kilo TT Stripper
Posts: 79
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nuhtowel View Post
This kind of sounded like it was going to be a bicycle date, but you invited a third wheel! haha puns
CallMeIshamael is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 09:19 PM   #12
kyselad
extra bitter
 
kyselad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes: Miyata 210, Fuji Royale II, Bridgestone Kabuki, Miyata Ninety
Posts: 1,560
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by avner View Post
At a friends birthday party, months ago I met a girl who said she was looking to buy a bicycle to get around campus.
...
Semester begins, she gives me a call and says "are you ready to go check out some bikes?"
...
Jump a head half a semester, she texts me a few weeks ago and asks me if I want to go grab some Dim Sum, hell yes. So we invite our mutual friend. Or I do.
kyselad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 09:48 PM   #13
avner
Fueled by Tigers Blood
Thread Starter
 
avner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Echo Park, California
Bikes:
Posts: 1,496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
Riveting tale chap. avner, you are definitely one of the few people on my shortlist that I would like to ride and hang out with.

Sunday afternoons are perfect to live our lives so pleasantly.
Hardly riveting, rereading it hardly well written. going to edit it right quick. Definitely need to ride together sometime! If you ever hit cali, North, South, or Super South let me know, I got friends and fam everywhere

Quote:
Originally Posted by dsh View Post
Wait so you talked to a girl??
no way dude, I just silently gazed at her as she rode a bike. GIRLS ON BIKS?! WHATS HOTTER I COULDN'T EVEN THINK OF TALKING TO A GODDESS ON TWO WHEELS


Quote:
Originally Posted by ImChris View Post
Sounds awesome! Man how you people going to universities in cool areas make me jealous! Im stuck here at Central Michigan University, in well, central Michigan where our forcast for tomorrow is a high of 34, snow, and winds at 25mph.

So enjoy your nice November ride and post more photos to make us jealous..haha

For real though, thats pretty cool! I enjoyed the photos along with the story.


.Chris
I wish I went to USC, nope not quite that lucky. I'm finishing up community college, and then trying to move to china for a minute. After that, I want to move to Chicago for school.
avner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 09:50 PM   #14
cc700
Ths Hipstr Kills Masheenz
 
cc700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: seattle
Bikes: tirove
Posts: 8,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

next time, don't bring your friend. she obviously is hoping to rest on something other than the messenger bag, if you catch my sexual overtones.

Last edited by cc700; 11-22-10 at 09:54 PM.
cc700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 10:13 PM   #15
avner
Fueled by Tigers Blood
Thread Starter
 
avner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Echo Park, California
Bikes:
Posts: 1,496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cc700 View Post

next time, don't bring your friend. she obviously is hoping to rest on something other than the messenger bag, if you catch my sexual overtones.


She's Koo, but not my steez.
avner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-10, 11:56 PM   #16
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Take some chances, man!

I would definitely hit you and other members up when I do come down here. I have been making plans with bunch of buddies of a road trip from Vancouver all the way down to somewhere in California and may extend east from there...but that'll be a long way down the road.
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 01:38 AM   #17
JesusBananas
Banana-tastic!
 
JesusBananas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 1,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdgesus View Post
I can't look away! So . . . compelling . . .

And yes, the way the story was written, I thought it was going to be about a bike date with the girl. And then you invited a third wheel.
JesusBananas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 01:42 AM   #18
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You know...I wonder what would have happened if avner didn't invite the third wheel.

I mean sure, she might not be your cup of tea but still, I think something amazing would have happened... :|
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 02:29 AM   #19
avner
Fueled by Tigers Blood
Thread Starter
 
avner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Echo Park, California
Bikes:
Posts: 1,496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
You know...I wonder what would have happened if avner didn't invite the third wheel.

I mean sure, she might not be your cup of tea but still, I think something amazing would have happened... :|
it comes off that way, huh....Now I feel like I ripped you all off.
avner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 02:43 AM   #20
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry...maybe I'm just looking at things through the rose coloured glasses...as I often do.
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 08:29 AM   #21
dsh
Oh, you know...
 
dsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: DC
Bikes: '74 Schwinn Sports Tourer (Polo), S-Works E5 Team Festina (Chorus 11), Trek 2200 Bonded Carbon (Fixed), Trek 920 (7 speed IGH), Chesini Olimpiade SL (1x7)
Posts: 2,835
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Avner you should go back and edit the original post into some kind of erotic novella, because it's clear that Vixtor isn't gonna let this go.
dsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 10:41 AM   #22
ichitz
Nü-Fred
 
ichitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Bikes: Torelli Tipo Uno (stolen), Peugeot Nice, Mercier Kilo TT
Posts: 1,517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^^^
it's coz the intro of the story, starting with talking with a girl back a forth, lead to such an anti-climatic ending. The scenary is beautiful, dont' get me wrong and i'm sure u had a wonderful time and riding ur bike rocks. Juz sayin' with the intro it was looking like it was leading somewhere more.. iono
ichitz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 10:48 AM   #23
Scrodzilla
There goes Tokyo
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: EAI Bare Knuckle, 1975 Raleigh Pro Track
Posts: 26,475
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by avner View Post
it comes off that way, huh....Now I feel like I have no man parts.
fixed.
__________________
__________________________________
Scrodzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 11:00 AM   #24
avner
Fueled by Tigers Blood
Thread Starter
 
avner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Echo Park, California
Bikes:
Posts: 1,496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
fixed.
avner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-10, 01:23 PM   #25
JesusBananas
Banana-tastic!
 
JesusBananas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 1,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by avner View Post
it comes off that way, huh....Now I feel like I have no man parts.
fixed.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
You know...I wonder what would have happened if avner didn't invite the third wheel.

I mean sure, she might not be your cup of tea but still, I think something amazing would have happened... :|
Well, I'm not sure anything would have happened if avner wasn't into it. This isn't a romantic comedy, you know.
JesusBananas is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:46 AM.