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Old 07-09-11, 06:36 AM
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Why I dislike BF so much.

The annual process goes something like this:

Bike comes out of storage and I need to tweak or change something.
Go on BF to find answers to questions that bother me so.
Start reading about all the Long Rides and Cool Bikes
Inevitably fall into the C/V Forum and develop a rabid case of Lug Lust
Buy a bunch of crap that sits in storage because I don't have enough time as it is.
Experience frustration and disappointment that I can not, really, participate in "bike culture" because I
have kids
live in the boondocks
(the hilly boondocks)
have no time
am a sucky cyclist
Ride less and type more.
Winter

repeat.

I have FIVE bikes right now because of this ****e! And I don't have what I "need" still!
I have spent hundreds of dollars and countless hours fixing up
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Old 07-09-11, 06:53 AM
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Ditto . . . except no kids. I'm thinking now I should have had some kids back in the day, they'd make good slaves now . . .
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Old 07-09-11, 06:54 AM
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BF is just information. What you make of it is up to you. Problem #2, living in the hilly boondocks, sounds like part of the solution to problem #4, being a sucky cyclist. Worry less about the hardware and ride more.
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Old 07-09-11, 07:00 AM
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Ditto . . . except no kids. I'm thinking now I should have had some kids back in the day, they'd make good slaves now . . .
Dude! You have no idea. They are like Dogs who speak English!
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Old 07-09-11, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
The annual process goes something like this:

Bike comes out of storage
There's your problem!

What's this coming out of storage business? That would imply that you put the bicycle into storage. Why would you want to do that. Ride year round!!

Oh, and take your kids out riding with you.
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Old 07-09-11, 07:25 AM
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The time for things we want to do are taken up by the things we settle for.
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Bummer, or something like that.
 
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Once you retire you can join the 50+ forum, the kids will be grown and long gone, no work to take up your time - then you can open up that shed with all the accessories you've bought and use them and your bikes!!!! Or you can just do it now.
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Old 07-09-11, 08:22 AM
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The time for things we want to do are taken up by the things we settle for.
Thanks Yoda. How do you love your LeMond? I almost bought one last year.
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Old 07-09-11, 08:24 AM
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There's your problem!

What's this coming out of storage business? That would imply that you put the bicycle into storage. Why would you want to do that. Ride year round!!

Oh, and take your kids out riding with you.
We have that whole winter thing going on in these parts, eh. I was going to stud-up the MTB last winter but I never rode it.
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
We have that whole winter thing going on in these parts, eh. I was going to stud-up the MTB last winter but I never rode it.
Yeah ... I had the whole winter thing going on in Manitoba and Alberta too. I commuted year round in Manitoba, and then rode outside on weekends as much as possible. In Alberta I just got out on weekends.

I both places, I put one of my bicycles up on the trainer and rode the trainers most evenings all winter long.
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
Thanks Yoda. How do you love your LeMond? I almost bought one last year.
Love it and hate it. It's almost perfect but it's a tad small; also managed to get the seatpost stuck so I can't adjust it anymore ( probably from riding in the wet, salty, and cold winter ). Would be more upset, but I got it pretty inexpensive used. Maybe next year I'll find something new, but it works well enough for me to train and ride cross state for now. Once I have something else I may take another stab at boring out the seatpost and rebuilding it.
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At least you're not into old cars. Or old refrigerators.
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This rant would have been waaaay better if you attacked members of BF. Kind of disapointed.
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Originally Posted by mcgreivey View Post
Or old refrigerators.
Please tell me you're making this up.

It wouldn't surprise me though. The local fishwrap had an insert yesterday, a weekly magazine, and there was an article of a couple of pages about a woman who collected and displayed kitchen aprons. A. Couple. Of. Pages. About. Collecting. Aprons.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Yeah ... I had the whole winter thing going on in Manitoba and Alberta too. I commuted year round in Manitoba, and then rode outside on weekends as much as possible. In Alberta I just got out on weekends.

I both places, I put one of my bicycles up on the trainer and rode the trainers most evenings all winter long.

"But it's a dry cold"...
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As someone already said, why not ride in the winter. And riding with your children is a good idea.
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[QUOTE=ahsposo;12902746]Please tell me you're making this up.
.../QUOTE]

Joking, but not kidding. I bet if I felt like trying, I could turn up a photo online of a house with a backyard full of old refrigerators, too (the guy calls them "projects not completed yet", undoubtedly)....

www.antiqueappliances.com/questions.htm


www.flickr.com/groups/monitortops/pool/
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As someone already said, why not ride in the winter. And riding with your children is a good idea.
Every time I take a bike out in Wintery Mix, it explodes. 2/2. 100% I have taken to riding with the BB lately. He's heavy.
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This place has influenced me to add a couple new bikes to the two I already had. SS/FG & a 20" bmx. Neither addition broke the bank, but the 4 bikes I have are definitely different styles of bikes and riding. I think the 5th bike is going to be a 29er Cruiser. Wal-Mart has one for $ 150 or so, perfectly priced.
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
...answers to questions that bother me so...
Buffett Reference?

Originally Posted by Waxbytes View Post
"But it's a dry cold"...
So you turn in to dry ice?
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Just ride, tinker as time permits, involve your family. Best of all worlds. Ride year round, wear a jacket.
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Buffett Reference?


True story.
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Maybe you shouldn't go on BF anymore then?
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Lesssee...

I ride year-round - I own a set of studded tires.
I'm slow as hell, but I don't care.
I have four bikes, I really only need one.
My kids are grown, but I've still convinced the youngest one to live car-free and ride a bike.
I moved from the 'burbs to the central city to be close enough to bike anywhere.
I stay away from the C&V forum. (live and let live)
I own only one lugged-steel bike.
I'm not car-free, but I rarely drive, and will soon be car-free.

I live the bicycle lifestyle. I ride to work everyday. It's become a huge part of who I am. On the other hand, it's not magic. I have my personal issues, my failures, and my insecurities.

... but I love BikeForums.
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