Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

My eyes- have been opened.

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

My eyes- have been opened.

Old 03-14-07, 09:58 PM
  #1  
bluepython723
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: helLA
Posts: 33

Bikes: EDDIE F'N BAUER

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My eyes- have been opened.

My uncle recently started using a Bridgestone bike which his gf had sitting for years. he just decided to use it and I decided to use his old open road. He hasn't ridden it in a year or so we decided to see if we can restore it. The rear tire had a whole in it and the brakes were screwed; Same pads since the 80's. We went to the bike shop- got some tubes, and the guy there only suggested that I adjust the brakes. long story short, I guess I needed pads. I went on a 20 mile ride with ease. I have never ridden his bike for more than a block and I finally got to see the ease and comfort of a road bike. None of these Bloated tire pieces of crap. I started out in Encino/ Sherman Oaks area of LA and rode down to barham like nothing. I doubt that any non locals know that area but nevertheless it was a little ways. This bike has rejuvinated my 'riding career'. I'm already looking foward to next years marathon.
bluepython723 is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 03:19 AM
  #2  
Nicodemus
Feral Member
 
Nicodemus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Roma, Italia
Posts: 2,667

Bikes: yes, I have one.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You want to feel a real difference in a striking way? Go for a 10 minute ride on your fat-tire bike, ride as fast as possible. Then get off and switch to a thin-tire bike and ride. It'll be amazing.

Glad you discovered the joy of real speed with less resistance. Enjoy!
__________________
Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
Did you just say "minarchist?" I'm going to start a 10-page vaginathon because only Libertarians can define Libertarianism. Also, you're mean.
Nicodemus is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 04:49 AM
  #3  
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Posts: 21,434

Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Hehehe, there's a whole forum for those who love those old vintage bikes...you might want to wander over to the Classic & Vintage forum.

Bring pictures!

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 08:43 AM
  #4  
bigpedaler
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: clipped in & pedaling
Posts: 283

Bikes: jamis dakar xlt 1.9, weyless sp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bluepython723
I have never ridden his bike for more than a block and I finally got to see the ease and comfort of a road bike. None of these Bloated tire pieces of crap.
i'm glad you found a bike you like, but quit hating on people who ride something else -- i ride 'fat tires', and i have little interest in skinny tires, simply because the purpose/application is so narrow. You enjoy your ride, and let me enjoy mine without the hate, OK?
bigpedaler is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 09:00 AM
  #5  
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Posts: 2,578

Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i can relate to you. i had always ridden mountain or mountain-type bikes and although i like them for off road they are somewhat tedious on road for any distance. i just picked up a 70's model fuji road bike and i am really digging it. it took a bit to get used to the downturned bars that are only 12" wide but i'm working on fixing it up and i think it will be quite streetable. (i havent given up mountain biking though)

i think both bikes are awesome but both only do one job well.
HandsomeRyan is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 09:02 AM
  #6  
monogodo
NFL Owner
 
monogodo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Irving Heritage District
Posts: 1,488

Bikes: 7-Eleven Eddy Merckx, Vitus Futural, Catamount FRS, Colnago SL, SS MTB

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
I switched my 26x2.125" tires on my MTB to Specialized Fatboy 26x1.25" tires. It makes a huge difference.
I also recently switched from 700x23c to 700x25c tires on my single speed, and again, it made a huge difference.
monogodo is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 11:38 AM
  #7  
slowandsteady
Faster but still slow
 
slowandsteady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Jersey
Posts: 5,978

Bikes: Trek 830 circa 1993 and a Fuji WSD Finest 1.0 2006

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by bigpedaler
i'm glad you found a bike you like, but quit hating on people who ride something else -- i ride 'fat tires', and i have little interest in skinny tires, simply because the purpose/application is so narrow. You enjoy your ride, and let me enjoy mine without the hate, OK?

Do you ever get neck cramps from that massive chip on your shoulder? There is nothing wrong with fat tires. But a road bike IS more efficient than a bike with big bloated tires. It is fact. Quit hating on people who ride skinny tires and find the experience enjoyable.

I have both a MTB with massive tires and a road bike with 23c tires. The MTB IS lousy on the road but a blast on trails. The reverse is true of the road bike. It isn't us versus them. The bikes are just made for different purposes. And to ride a fat tired bike on the road is less than ideal.

If you truly want something that is good on the road and good on trails, get a cyclocross bike.
slowandsteady is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 12:21 PM
  #8  
bluepython723
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: helLA
Posts: 33

Bikes: EDDIE F'N BAUER

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bigpedaler
i'm glad you found a bike you like, but quit hating on people who ride something else -- i ride 'fat tires', and i have little interest in skinny tires, simply because the purpose/application is so narrow. You enjoy your ride, and let me enjoy mine without the hate, OK?
I am not hating on the people that ride them. I am just saying that there's a time and place for everything. I would never take this bike on a dirt course.
bluepython723 is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 01:25 PM
  #9  
hairlessbill
Daily Rider
 
hairlessbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Boulder, CO
Posts: 639

Bikes: 89 Bridgestone MB-3, 93 Bridgestone RB-1,93 Bridgestone MB-1, 95 Klein Fervor, 02 BikeE AT, 06 Surly Cross-check, 8? Schwinn Frontier

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's a Bridgestone thing of course. I used to ride an MB-2 on the road with Avocet 26x1.5 slicks and loved it. Now that it is deceased, I ride an RB-1 and still get comments from other folks about how comfortable it is to ride when I let them try it out.
__________________
[FONT="Verdana"][SIZE="1"]
2006SurlyCrosscheck]
1995KleinFervor
1993BstoneRB1
2007IROSSBFGS
1986PanasonicDX4000
2014E-JOE
hairlessbill is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 02:41 PM
  #10  
bluepython723
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: helLA
Posts: 33

Bikes: EDDIE F'N BAUER

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by hairlessbill
It's a Bridgestone thing of course. I used to ride an MB-2 on the road with Avocet 26x1.5 slicks and loved it. Now that it is deceased, I ride an RB-1 and still get comments from other folks about how comfortable it is to ride when I let them try it out.
"hey man can I try out that bike... A co worker offered one to me. Yeah? Cool, oh this is comfy let me take it down the road a little (test the gears)"



Then you're think- "hmmm, he sure is taking a while....looks at watch." Ends up walking home
bluepython723 is offline  
Old 03-15-07, 03:44 PM
  #11  
Niles H.
eternalvoyage
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,256
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You can get slow tires in 700c, too, and fast tires in 26", 650B, and other sizes.
Niles H. is offline  
Old 03-17-07, 09:44 PM
  #12  
bluepython723
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: helLA
Posts: 33

Bikes: EDDIE F'N BAUER

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
update
-------------------------
I just got a new seat post and brakes fixed up. The brake wire is pretty much strained but a 4 second stop is better than nothing. East Hill said to post pics in the Vintage forums. i don't know if that was a joke or what- lol- but either way I was wondering if anybody had any links to PDF Huffy Catalogs from the 80's?
bluepython723 is offline  
Old 03-18-07, 04:09 AM
  #13  
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Posts: 21,434

Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Is this really a Bridgestone, and not a Huffy? How about if you post pics here first and let us suss it out. A Bridgestone is not a bad bike! I'll have to see if there are any Huffy catalogues out there...

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline  
Old 03-18-07, 09:59 AM
  #14  
dynodonn 
Banned.
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: U.S. of A.
Posts: 7,464
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1253 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 26 Posts
I favor riding my fairweather Trek with 700x25 tires on it as compared to my winter Trek with it's 700x35's due to it's faster speed with less physical effort. The only dislike that I have found with the narrower tires on my fairweather Trek is that our roads during the winter have small rocks from potholes, and I am constantly pinching rocks sideways with considerable force. I'm always worried that I'm going to seriously hurt some ped or get into a confrontation with an owner of a shiny new vehicle whom I have just peppered with my stoneage ammo. I cannot wait for the dry season with its fixed and cleaned pavement.
dynodonn is offline  
Old 03-18-07, 06:26 PM
  #15  
bluepython723
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: helLA
Posts: 33

Bikes: EDDIE F'N BAUER

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by East Hill
Is this really a Bridgestone, and not a Huffy? How about if you post pics here first and let us suss it out. A Bridgestone is not a bad bike! I'll have to see if there are any Huffy catalogues out there...

East Hill
The one my uncle has a bridgestone.. So therefore I am using his old bike- the Huffy, I'll take some pics. BTW, Is it possible to re-upholster a bike seat. This serfas seat is the most comfortable I have ever been on but the fabric is all gone so it's a bunch of blue/ and dirty yellow foam.
bluepython723 is offline  
Old 03-19-07, 07:10 AM
  #16  
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Posts: 21,434

Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
All I can tell you about recovering a saddle is that I've never been successful at it. It doesn't mean that you can't do it, but it would probably been easier to figure out the model and see if you can find one on eBay...or ask around in here.

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline  

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.