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owen006 12-19-12 03:14 PM

LeBron James: Bike commuter
 
Possible the tallest bike commuter?

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba...stay-in-shape/

maidenfan 12-19-12 04:14 PM

Bill Walton's bikes are probably a tad bigger (he is 6'11"). Here's a photo on a track bike:

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s...ps165c88eb.jpg

GP 12-19-12 04:36 PM


Originally Posted by maidenfan (Post 15068538)
Bill Walton's bikes are probably a tad bigger (he is 6'11").

He still rides.

I-Like-To-Bike 12-19-12 06:00 PM

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531phile 12-20-12 12:44 AM

Do a search for Yao Ming and bike. I think his is the tallest. Custom made by Gunnar.

Angio Graham 12-20-12 01:03 AM

NBA players put an enormous amount of strain on their body over the course of a year. I heard a source on the Heat team saying that Labron is using the 40 minute bike ride as a way to warm up without having to do the traditional running and jumping and running lines. They believe its very benificial and will significantly reduce wear and tear on his body over the season.

owen006 12-20-12 07:13 AM


Originally Posted by 531phile (Post 15069904)
Do a search for Yao Ming and bike. I think his is the tallest. Custom made by Gunnar.

http://www.unlikelywords.com/wp-cont...-Ming-Bike.jpg

Wow! Yao Ming would have a long way to fall from that bike.

hartsu 12-20-12 02:04 PM

Finnish Väinö Myllyrinne (8'3") was an avid bike commuter with his custom made Crescent.
His giant bike is displayed Vapriikki museum.

http://www.tampere.fi/material/image...01_298_100.png


http://www2.hs.fi/extrat/kulttuuri/j...t/kuva24_i.jpg

Väinö and normal size 28" bike
http://www2.hs.fi/extrat/kulttuuri/j...t/kuva32_i.jpg

Ray R 12-20-12 02:31 PM

Bill lives in San Diego where I ride. I see him all over town. He's instantly recognizable from quite a distance. Sometimes he comes into my LBS. He's a great advocate for cycling and a super nice guy.

Dilberto 12-21-12 11:05 PM

LeBron actually owns a stake in the Cannondale bike company. As gratitude, Cannondale built him a highly-modified and reinforced Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra dubbed, "King James." Now, only if I can find the pic of it...

zacster 12-22-12 07:26 AM

These guys would be great for drafting behind... With the Nets in Brooklyn now I wonder if any of those guys bike. My main commuting route takes me past Barclays Center. If they would only finally finish paving the streets around it that are still rough from all the construction...

aggiegrads 12-22-12 09:36 AM


Originally Posted by zacster (Post 15077370)
These guys would be great for drafting behind... With the Nets in Brooklyn now I wonder if any of those guys bike. My main commuting route takes me past Barclays Center. If they would only finally finish paving the streets around it that are still rough from all the construction...

I totally agree. There was a guy riding about my speed on a recent double century that was about 6'10" on a ~66cm frame. I could stay a foot off of his wheel and still be in the suck zone. The down side was that he couldn't draft anybody.

wirespot 12-22-12 12:04 PM

Great article. Simple, to the point. I've seen the topic of LeBron cycling brought up on other sites as well, but some of them were being silly. Such as "wow, you'll never believe it, he's riding a bicycle". The guy being a professional athlete and all.

Also, kudos to the writer for not mentioning helmets even once. :)

lonelybikeboy 12-22-12 12:34 PM

I think it's great "visibility" for cycling and commuting that someone like Lebron is doing it. Where I'm from, commuting by bike to work is seen as "low status" and only done by people who can't afford cars. Now if they see a billionaire like Lebron doing it instead of riding his hummers, that will go a long way towards changing perceptions.

wirespot 12-24-12 06:20 PM

Now imagine seeing the mayor commute by bicycle...

Yeah I know, I'm more likely to see real live hobbits. :)

jetta_mike 12-25-12 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by wirespot (Post 15084741)
Now imagine seeing the mayor commute by bicycle...

Yeah I know, I'm more likely to see real live hobbits. :)


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Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson, is an avid cyclist.

WorldPax 12-25-12 02:01 PM

My respect for LeBron has gone up after seeing this. I'm just wondering if when a car gets anywhere close to him on his ride, he immediately falls over on his side and starts acting like he got fouled.

wirespot 12-26-12 02:57 PM


Originally Posted by jetta_mike (Post 15086530)
Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson, is an avid cyclist.

Nice. And I expect your hobbits are plump and lively too. :)

Jokes aside, I think this is a clue to how City Hall in any city looks at commuting by bike. If they're eating their own dog food or not, so to speak.

NMBuff 12-27-12 02:30 AM

They were talking about James on SportsNation and 88% of people thought him commuting to the game was awesome. Some people were worried him getting hurt. I wonder how great of a city Miami is to commute by bicycle in.

IMO, I think that James commuting to work is a great thing. Ray Lewis is known for his cycling and said his riding 40 miles a day or so helped him train for this year. Having pro athletes be advocates for cycling shows that it's a viable option and isn't only for the fringe of society, myself included :thumb:

sonatageek 12-27-12 05:48 AM

Well had he started to commute while still playing for the Cavs, pushing through the snow, he would have REALLY been in shape. ;)

He has done a kids bicycle giveaway in Akron for a long time, so he is no stranger to a bicycle.


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