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HTFU - A photo essay

Old 01-29-09, 01:22 PM
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HTFU - A photo essay

All right, Northern Weenies - I rode outside today. Did you? Time for the Hard Men and Women of the North to prove it - post up your photographic evidence of serious HTFU! No excuses. Except for Pcad; we've seen way too many pictures of his stupid bike in the snow. The rest of you, prove your HTFU.











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How do we know you didn't just throw some mud all over your bike while it sat there motionless on the porch?
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Old 01-29-09, 01:24 PM
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No ride ... but I walked 2 of my usual 4 km a day today, and will walk the other 2 later. I even walked 4 km in -18C weather the day I passed the kidney stone (Monday) ... it was the only way I could get to the hospital!
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Kinda painful looking at those pics. HTFU indeed, but why not get a Denali for your winter rides?
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I think I'll pass on the corrosive salt, but you keep on keepin' on.
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Is there a point to riding in that slop?
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I just went out in the garage and threw hand tools at my bike instead. The chain whip did some good damage, but nothing photo worthy.
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From 10 days ago. One ride. Normally I just subject my commuter to this abuse; it was a "special" day and the roads were "clean."

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Originally Posted by grahny View Post
How do we know you didn't just throw some mud all over your bike while it sat there motionless on the porch?
That kind of grime doesn't come from just anywhere - it's earned through miles on the road. Did your bike even make it to the porch?

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Kinda painful looking at those pics. HTFU indeed, but why not get a Denali for your winter rides?
How much HTFU would there be in riding a Denali through this crap? If I can take it, my bike can take it.

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No ride ... but I walked 2 of my usual 4 km a day today, and will walk the other 2 later. I even walked 4 km in -18C weather the day I passed the kidney stone (Monday) ... it was the only way I could get to the hospital!
Okay, you're in.
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Old 01-29-09, 01:32 PM
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I think I'll pass on the corrosive salt, but you keep on keepin' on.
Corrosive salt? You're in what, Maryland? Do they even have "weather" that close to the equator?
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Plenty of snow in Maryland.
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Originally Posted by grolby View Post
That kind of grime doesn't come from just anywhere - it's earned through miles on the road. Did your bike even make it to the porch?
Now I'm thinking you just photoshopped it in
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Is there a point to riding in that slop?
Way too nice a day to spend on the rollers. A lot of the roads were still messy after yesterdays storm, but totally rideable, and it was mild (right around freezing), sunny and beautiful in that "day after a snow and sleet storm" kinda way. Some of the trees had a very light coating of ice - they actually sparkled in the sun. Gorgeous.
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Originally Posted by grahny View Post
Now I'm thinking you just photoshopped it in
I only wish that I had that kind of Photoshop skill. Or, come to think of it, that I even had Photoshop.
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I want to see some bikes in warm environments with grime on them. Nothing like a bike that gets ridden so much the owner doesn't have time to clean anything, but the drivetrain.

mmmmmmmm... smells like training.
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Originally Posted by sfcrossrider View Post
I want to see some bikes in warm environments with grime on them. Nothing like a bike that gets ridden so much the owner doesn't have time to clean anything, but the drivetrain.

mmmmmmmm... smells like training.
Before the local hammerfest, when I was new, my buddy told me to watch the guys with the filthy bikes and clean drivetrains.

He was right.
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Sorry...not worth the effort....thats what trainers are for.
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No ride yesterday for me, 15cm's of snow kept me off the bike. Not to mention I have limited motion of me neck since I landed on my head the day before after doing an outdoor ride. I ended up doing 5 rides in January, which is pretty good for me considering I've never ridden in January before.

Next week is looking promising with the extended forecast showing no snow and warmer temps...

Until then I shall get close and personal with my trainer...
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Originally Posted by sfcrossrider View Post
I want to see some bikes in warm environments with grime on them. Nothing like a bike that gets ridden so much the owner doesn't have time to clean anything, but the drivetrain.

mmmmmmmm... smells like training.
Yep - ride, rinse with warm water, lube chain, ride. Rinsing the bike doesn't get it clean, but it gets rid of most of the grit, which is the big problem (though I can hear some rasping when I turn my handlebars ). And it doesn't take valuable time that could be spent doing other things.

I'll be honest, I would move to NorCal in a heartbeat, and if I get into a certain grad program in Davis, I just might.

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Sorry...not worth the effort....thats what trainers are for.
Well, if you don't get it, you don't get it, I guess.
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This is not a photo essay fyi.

Calling this a photo essay is like calling a century around your county a tour of your state.
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You people are too tough for me. WTFU.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
This is not a photo essay fyi.

Calling this a photo essay is like calling a century around your county a tour of your state.
Easy to say for a pampered baby SoCal rider. I'm too busy H'ingTFU for namby-pamby "real photo essays."
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Originally Posted by grolby View Post
Yep - ride, rinse with warm water, lube chain, ride. Rinsing the bike doesn't get it clean, but it gets rid of most of the grit, which is the big problem (though I can hear some rasping when I turn my handlebars ). And it doesn't take valuable time that could be spent doing other things.

I'll be honest, I would move to NorCal in a heartbeat, and if I get into a certain grad program in Davis, I just might.



Well, if you don't get it, you don't get it, I guess.

haha..ok if you say so.....
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My bike looks crappier than that every day.

I wash it often.
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Originally Posted by grolby View Post
Corrosive salt? You're in what, Maryland? Do they even have "weather" that close to the equator?
I'm in DC metro area like bdc, and believe me, what they lack in weather they make up for in excessive salting.
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