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02-26-13, 03:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,006
Posted By Duellist

Hey, this is Isis.... Thanks SO much,...

Hey, this is Isis....

Thanks SO much, everyone. You are so nice I'm speechless. NAHBS was super inspiring and I'm mulling over a lot of ideas for future bike designs.

For the record, credit...
03-11-09, 09:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,435
Posted By Duellist

Haw, I asked them to look at a hop in my front...

Haw, I asked them to look at a hop in my front rim and they said the problem was my brake pads.

Cute guys, though :rolleyes:
Forum: Introductions
03-11-09, 09:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Duellist

Welcome, welcome. The best thing about this phair...

Welcome, welcome. The best thing about this phair city of brotherly philth is the biking scene, says me. Just watch out for the potholes, which have been known to swallow young garbage trucks.
03-07-09, 08:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,309
Posted By Duellist

Exactly. I probably break a dozen traffic laws a...

Exactly. I probably break a dozen traffic laws a day, and the cops just wave and smile.
03-05-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,380
Posted By Duellist

As long as I can go faster than cars, I'm happy. ...

As long as I can go faster than cars, I'm happy.

I do a ten mile loop nearly every day, and pass a lot of road bikes-- but that's probably because I'm really pounding along and they're not. The...
03-01-09, 05:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,795
Posted By Duellist

You just get used to overlap. I have a tiny...

You just get used to overlap. I have a tiny little track frame and 700cs and just learned to lean more when doing tight turns at low speeds. I can't imagine a small frame with standard wheels and no...
02-25-09, 11:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 745
Posted By Duellist

Damn, that's what I thought. I'll get there this...

Damn, that's what I thought. I'll get there this summer, though.
02-25-09, 11:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,061
Posted By Duellist

*Sigh* I hate that a band, a comic, a bike part,...

*Sigh* I hate that a band, a comic, a bike part, a river, etc. stole my name. Every time someone mentions an ISIS bb I think they're referring to me. Oh, well.

So far as I know it's a fine...
02-25-09, 10:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 745
Posted By Duellist

Wait, there's a track in Philadelphia? Where?...

Wait, there's a track in Philadelphia? Where? I've been wanting to try riding one for AGES.
02-22-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,372
Posted By Duellist

Brake. I value my pretty face. I'm also paranoid...

Brake. I value my pretty face. I'm also paranoid about my chain exploding, after watching someone else's do just that.
Forum: Commuting
02-18-09, 09:08 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,889
Posted By Duellist

I don't generally lose it, but then people are...

I don't generally lose it, but then people are pretty good about bikes in Phila. If someone does cut too close/talk trash at me I generally fold their side mirror back and ride like hell. It doesn't...
02-18-09, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 30,843
Posted By Duellist

I used to ride my father's old track bike when I...

I used to ride my father's old track bike when I was just getting into fixed-- he's 6'0 and I'm 5'6". It never really bothered me. Sometimes getting on was a bit awkward, but I got used to it. When I...
02-18-09, 03:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 719
Posted By Duellist

Oh honestly, it's not that hard. If you like...

Oh honestly, it's not that hard. If you like fixed, learn on fixed. And it doesn't really translate anyway. Worst that happens is you go over at low speed a few times and look silly.
02-18-09, 08:03 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,444
Posted By Duellist

That is the most freakin' sexist bike video I've...

That is the most freakin' sexist bike video I've seen in ages. So the guy gets to run lights and look cool and the woman can barely drag the cranks round in those stupid heels? Please.

As to the...
02-17-09, 10:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 944
Posted By Duellist

Mine does! We bike round the halls all the time....

Mine does! We bike round the halls all the time. Two points for taking down a freshman, three for a sop****re. Profs don't count.
02-17-09, 10:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,244
Posted By Duellist

A bit more dignity just drained from the world.

A bit more dignity just drained from the world.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-09, 09:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,104
Posted By Duellist

If I'm going to be drinking, I take my tipsy...

If I'm going to be drinking, I take my tipsy bike-- ten speed with cruiser bars. It's a lot harder to crash than my fixie. Last time I rode THAT one drunk, I found myself racing some friends (who...
02-11-09, 10:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 798
Posted By Duellist

Could be your seat is tilted too far and you're...

Could be your seat is tilted too far and you're sliding forward with your weight on your arms? That happened to me, and I straightened it out-- no more pain.
02-11-09, 10:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,287
Posted By Duellist

Cool! Welcome. Glad you didn't do a faceplant...

Cool! Welcome. Glad you didn't do a faceplant first time out, like some people ahem-me-ahem who launched themselves off while trying to coast.
02-09-09, 10:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,545
Posted By Duellist

Damn, someone *noticed*? I'd be flattered....

Damn, someone *noticed*? I'd be flattered. Usually people are too busy being affronted that something other than a car is in the road to notice what it *is*, beside a non-car.

Though in all...
02-09-09, 09:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,085
Posted By Duellist

Why not? Be warned.... fixed is addictive.

Why not? Be warned.... fixed is addictive.
02-07-09, 08:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,453
Posted By Duellist

Hello, fellow lady cyclist! Yeh, I'd say you...

Hello, fellow lady cyclist!
Yeh, I'd say you might want to bring down the gear ratio. I have 14/49 and skidding is damned hard (but I can go damned fast!)
Practice is good, I think mushing against...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-09, 10:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,320
Posted By Duellist

No, Philadelphia. 16th and Market. Thanks,...

No, Philadelphia. 16th and Market.

Thanks, guys, its nice to hear I'm not alone in finding people heartless while not *being* heartless (i'd like to think).

And to those who referred to me as...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-09, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 957
Posted By Duellist

Oh man, love that picture. Totally cracked me up....

Oh man, love that picture. Totally cracked me up.

I get the occasional nice comment at red lights, usually just 'Nice bike'. The other day a lady said she was glad to see a young woman riding fast...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-09, 09:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,320
Posted By Duellist

People are bleeding COLD

Warning-- rant.

So I'm commuting to school on my fixed in truly awful weather (freezing rain, slush everywhere) and my cuff catches the chain and down I go, face first in a puddle (with a grimly...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-09, 08:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,835
Posted By Duellist

No no no no no. I hope the above is a joke. If...

No no no no no. I hope the above is a joke. If not, man, unless you've got two brakes and a deathwish, stay clipped in!

To the original poster, good for you. Fixed is addictive and fantastic. And...
01-24-09, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 651
Posted By Duellist

You can. They get cranky about it, but if you go...

You can. They get cranky about it, but if you go in the handicapped space and take your front wheel off and look inoffensive it's fine. Incidentally, the new NJ transit trains have special areas for...
01-24-09, 05:36 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 16,374
Posted By Duellist

I see a lot of seats with old chains locking them...

I see a lot of seats with old chains locking them to the frames. It's about as likely a thief would have a chainbreak on him as acetone, though.
01-19-09, 05:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,539
Posted By Duellist

All of the above, plus flexible shoes. If your...

All of the above, plus flexible shoes. If your soles are too thick/stiff, it's harder to feel which part of the pedal you're on.
I usually hook one toe in, get going, and clip in the other on the...
01-18-09, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Duellist

Rim glue removal

The problem: I changed a (tubular) tire this afternoon, using (German) Continental rim cement. It was a new one, and wrestling it onto the rim I got the glue all over my hands. Scrub as I might, my...
01-10-09, 08:51 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,955
Posted By Duellist

20... when I moved into a walk-up and couldn't...

20... when I moved into a walk-up and couldn't face hauling my cruiser up the narrow stairs everyday. I'm 21 now, and anything that coasts just feels wrong.
01-07-09, 07:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,094
Posted By Duellist

Haw! That made me laugh. I discovered his blog...

Haw! That made me laugh. I discovered his blog shortly after buying two hipster cysts. Oh well, oh well...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-09, 07:17 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,518
Posted By Duellist

Heh... last winter I was desperate to get out for...

Heh... last winter I was desperate to get out for some exercise so off I went on a beat-up mountain bike, even though there was six inches of new, wet snow and the ploughs hadn't been out yet (and...
01-05-09, 10:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,088
Posted By Duellist

If I were you I'd get a cheap frame and build up...

If I were you I'd get a cheap frame and build up a fixed/singlespeed. Cruisers are damn heavy and folders are fussy and inconvenient (and a bit dorky, I don't know if that bothers you). The less...
01-04-09, 11:00 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 122,873
Posted By Duellist

Where: Philadelphia. It's fairly bike friendly....

Where:
Philadelphia. It's fairly bike friendly. The roads suck outside of center city, but they're usually empty enough to get around the bad parts without being nailed. Drivers are nice, or at...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-09, 11:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,147
Posted By Duellist

Damn... I thought I was a commuter, riding two...

Damn... I thought I was a commuter, riding two miles to school each day... but you guys are hardcore.
In all fairness, I do it in 5-7 minutes, but still.
Damn.
Forum: Commuting
01-03-09, 10:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,303
Posted By Duellist

^Ha, yes, just grow your hair out. Erm... I...

^Ha, yes, just grow your hair out.
Erm... I wouldn't be caught dead in one of those plastic cover thingies, so I usually cram my helmet over my beret which is thick and fluffy unlike close fitting...
01-03-09, 10:25 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,607
Posted By Duellist

I'm at PAFA. For all I know I know you :twitchy:

I'm at PAFA. For all I know I know you :twitchy:
01-02-09, 11:38 PM
Replies: 14,057
Views: 1,489,474
Posted By Duellist

That fluorescent paint.... Aaaaagh, my poor eyes.

That fluorescent paint.... Aaaaagh, my poor eyes.
01-02-09, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Duellist

Ohhhhh man. Do a search. Look on Sheldon Brown....

Ohhhhh man.
Do a search. Look on Sheldon Brown. And yes, you can convert a single speed freewheel thing into a fixed gear.

And expect flames.
01-02-09, 11:32 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,607
Posted By Duellist

What's with the suburban hatred....?

So I'm home for the holidays (NY suburb) and went for an exercise/get the hell out of the house before I go nuts ride, and it seemed like every other person I met had something nasty to say about my...
01-02-09, 11:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,146
Posted By Duellist

Before you drill or bolt anything ugly on, ride...

Before you drill or bolt anything ugly on, ride it on the fixed side of the hub for a while (with front brake, if you like). It's addictive. I've never known anyone with a flip-flop use the freewheel...
01-02-09, 11:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,959
Posted By Duellist

Got trolley track'd on Baltimore Ave, fell, and...

Got trolley track'd on Baltimore Ave, fell, and ripped the lower part of my (in all fairness old, but much beloved) trench coat off.

What's with Baltimore Ave trying to undress cyclists?

Let's...
Forum: BMX
01-02-09, 10:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By Duellist

From a female (can't quite bring myself to use...

From a female (can't quite bring myself to use 'chick') perspective, nice track bikes are totally eye-catching. BMXs, unless being ridden very well/elaborately, look silly. (Mind, when I ride a BMX I...
12-27-08, 08:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,273
Posted By Duellist

Man, if you feel *anything* slipping on your bike...

Man, if you feel *anything* slipping on your bike you ride it home and *fix* it. You don't ride off again in the hopes it has healed itself. A loose cog can a) strip and b) prevent you from stopping,...
12-27-08, 07:57 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,149
Posted By Duellist

I thought you're supposed to grab the front wheel...

I thought you're supposed to grab the front wheel in front of the fork-- especially macho if you aren't wearing gloves.
Forum: Northeast
12-27-08, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 719
Posted By Duellist

^^ But not West Philly. Except for small...

^^ But not West Philly. Except for small gentrified pockets around Penn, it is frightful.
12-22-08, 12:38 AM
Replies: 2,115
Views: 38,380
Posted By Duellist

You might try the bike church?

You might try the bike church?
Forum: Northeast
12-22-08, 12:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 736
Posted By Duellist

I ride my track bike year round, very little snow...

I ride my track bike year round, very little snow and passable plow activity.
Forum: Northeast
12-22-08, 12:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 719
Posted By Duellist

It's a good starter city-- I'm here for school,...

It's a good starter city-- I'm here for school, and coming from NY find it a little boring. I live right near your ristorante, in a cheap little studio. Housing is all across the board, depending on...
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