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New video...I left the complex!!! Plus goal reached!!

Old 06-09-05, 09:22 PM
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Today was a good day.

I hit my dieting goal much faster than I thought possible, finally dropping below my one month plateau to 559.

I took my first ride out of the apartment complex and around the area. It was really fun.

I took a video of the ride. I promise this video is nothing like the last one. That was just a test. This is the real deal, edited with care, color calibrated, and cut to be interesting.

It was a 10 minute ride so I made use of time shifting to both make it shorter and more interesting.

Please tell me what you think.

I've put myself through hell this week but it's paid off.

I'm so happy!!!!

Thanks to Cryogenic for the webspace.



https://www.whatthe****.info/mikabike/longride.wmv
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Old 06-09-05, 09:36 PM
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Beautiful.

Mikabike, you never cease to inspire. Congrats on everything you've accomplished so far. And congrats on breaking that plateau!

Cheers!
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Congrats on the weight! Nice video, I like the editing, but (before anyone else jumps on you for it): GET OFF THE SIDEWALK! Just kidding, man; great job!

EDIT: Wow, you're really bookin'! What was your top speed?
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Originally Posted by el twe
Congrats on the weight! Nice video, I like the editing, but (before anyone else jumps on you for it): GET OFF THE SIDEWALK! Just kidding, man; great job!

EDIT: Wow, you're really bookin'! What was your top speed?
The video is time shifted. Rather than force people to watch 10 minutes at fat man speed I increased the video speed to reduce the time, and because it made it more interesting to watch.

Thanks for the support guys!
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Originally Posted by Mikabike
10 minutes at fat man speed
Heh, I like that...Fat man time...TeeHee!
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Good job on the weight loss! Keep it up.
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That domain is funny. WTF.info
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Nice work! And kudos on the loss

Keep that sh*t up
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Congrats on reaching your goal. The video looked even better this time, you'll have to show us more of your neighbourhood as you go for longer rides. All the same inspiring stuff, keep it up.

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Old 06-10-05, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Doggus
That domain is funny. WTF.info
Thanks, I got bored one night and it sorta came to me. I decided to transpose the u and the c to make it less vulgar.
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Thanks, I got bored one night and it sorta came to me. I decided to transpose the u and the c to make it less vulgar.
would it have worked the correct way?
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Great sound editing!
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just watched the vid... very cool.. Judging by your blog post, you may need either a higher-rise stem or a higher rise bar... perhaps both? Congrats on the ride, though... Hope to see more improvement in the near future. At the rate you're going, you may even get BELOW 550 by your birthday. Keep it up.
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Nice riding video, my step brother and his friends are working on one for skate boarding glad to see someone in cycling taking an interest in video recording too. By the way the sound was sweet keep up the hard work.

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Nice Job. Keep that everyday and you'll be set.

I wonder if he ever had to get his cranks shortened? He has to run a low seat.
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Old 06-10-05, 06:32 AM
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Actually I run my seat high now. If you notice, whenever I stop I am doing it next to a curb. It's harder getting on and off the bike but it's worth it in riding comfort.

I've already got a stem riser installed on my bike. I posted some recent pics of the bike on my blog and on the nutrition forum post here. I don't think that's going to get me much further. One of the things that makes my hands cramp is that there is relatively little area to grab the handle bars. The shifters are kind of towards the outsides and the 'jack****' grips become a little slick with sweat and the rubber bends a little towards the outside edge. This leaves me about 3" of solid handlebar to grip between the shifter and the flexy ends of the grips so most of the weight is going to my index finger and thumb instead of spread out over my palm.

I might take a moment to mention that my butt is used to the seat now and my legs are strong enough now for some real riding. I am being limited by hand cramping more than anything. If it were not for the cramps, sweaty palms, and the difficulty holding on to the handlebars with cramped, sweaty palms, I think I could ride several miles.

So every lb I loose helps me ride farther. That's another reason for the lean times I put myself through lately.


BTW, the music on the video is M83's "Teen Angst". Both their albums are 'that good'.
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Great job. I'm enjoying your videos.

Keep having fun.
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Nice video. Keep off those dreaded sidewalks!
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Amazing. Keep up the good work!
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Originally Posted by Ranger
Nice video. Keep off those dreaded sidewalks!

Your the 2nd person to mention sidewalks. I don't get it.
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you will know what their talking about when you hit a uneven sidewalk and hit your rim against it and then go down and get some serious road rash...trust me I have been there and done that....There is a reason my cycling team calls me Mr. Road Rash. Watch out for those side walks to avoid the same fate.

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Also, cyclists are technically supposed to ride on the roads. The problem is that many people (drivers in particular) feel that cyclists belong on the sidewalk. Every cyclist they see on the sidewalk further confirms said belief. Cyclists who ride on the sidewalks make it somewhat tougher on the rest of us who ride on the roads. Basically cagers take the attitude of "get off the road and onto the sidewalk... I see other people on bicycles on the sidewalk and that's where you should be too"... even though it's safer on the road (as counter-intuitive as that may sound).
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Sidewalks can be more dangerous to cyclist then the roads because of slower, unpredictable pedestrians. It is safer to ravel on the road and in the same directions as traffic.

A bicycle is considered a vehicle, so the same rules that govern cars apply to bicycles, in most cases.
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Beautiful job! You've really captured the freeing and flying spirit that we all feel on a bike. Keep up the GREAT work, and keep posting - we all enjoy watching your progress!
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Congratulations Mikabike on the wt. loss and keep it going...you will reach your goals in no time if you keep this up...

Also, great video... I really liked the music and will now be looking into M83. Is the res of their stuff like the song in the video?

Thanks and keep it up...
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