Bike blog thread

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Send me $1,000 in unmarked bills or it gets a quill stem

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Finally. I’ve been meaning to start this thread for a few days. If lovelybike is really on here (i.e. not just Amy), I’m Kyle. Come at me bro.

So leaving Lovely Bicycle aside and just speaking in generalities, one thing that actively irritates me about these twine-and-shellac blogs is that they discredit Grant Peterson’s good work with all their more Catholic than the pope bullshit. Obviously the man believes in his product and thinks that people should ride Rivendells and lugged scooters, but he is not really all that dogmatic a fellow and if you actually read the Reader he is constantly pimping solid cheap bikes like the LHT, Bianchi San Jose and such. It is really kind of a shame that people read his website and the takeaway is twine plus lugs make the bike ride better. I do like Lazy Randonneur for a guy with a similarish aesthetic who worries too much about gear.

slam that stem


big ring riding

that is all

What fucking piece of shit mechanic/fit specialist let her walk out of the shout with a bike like that? That is a shop never to be trusted. No wonder she and all her friends hate their LBS. If that was the kind of advice they were giving me, I wuolndt do back either.

I was only mildly annoyed by that blog, until she posted her preposterous rebuttal about our criticism of her bullshit consumerism being a product of our forum being “male-dominated.” Seriously?

PROTIP: We’d think you were just as much of an obnoxious idiot if you were a male who insisted on dropping every name brand of everything you own in unnecessary italics.

Also, there’s a few girls on this forum, and they also think you’re a dipshit.

Wait, what happened?

Would love to read this rebuttal for lulz.

[quote=bexley]Wait, what happened?

Would love to read this rebuttal for lulz.[/quote]

These are the two posts that seem to have gotten the most attention. Long comments are long.

shit like this is lulz

Velouria said…

GR Jim - My Bianchi is faster, but worse suited because the DT shifters are very hard to use. It would take me even longer to switch gears on it and I would totally lose speed. The spacing in the back is not wide enough for a cassette compatible with "brifters," so installing them on it is not an option either.

Yes, I actually *enjoyed* cycling in close proximity like that. Not just "didn't hate it" or "wasn't as scared as I thought," but enjoyed it. I also liked the no-nonsense /coaching style approach to the ride. The only things I didn't like were my suckiness at cycling uphill and my not having "brifters."

seriously just misinformation up in there.


Velouria said…

Steve - I had a saddlebag on the bike with a sweater in it, an apple and some other stuff. Counting everything on the bike including water, it was probably right around 30lb. Their bikes were extremely light, under 20lb for sure.

I agree that it is not the right bike. I don't have a modern racing bike with combination levers (or whatever the non-offensive and brand-neutral word for brifters is). And I cannot afford yet another bike right now.

Here is why I am reluctant to convert my Bianchi:

1. It is kind of heavy itself. This is a 1983 bike a size too big for me. It is only a bit lighter than my Riv.

2. It's going to be fricking expensive. I will need to buy: brifters, a new cassette, a new rear derailleur, possibly whole new drivetrain? It could be like $800 when you honestly count it all. Do I want to do that to a 1983 bike that's seen better years and is not quite the right size for me anyhow? Not to mention that it would destroy its collector cache to get rid of the original Campy parts. All things considered, I don't think it's a good idea.

As I see it, I have several options:

1. Have a fire sale of everything I can think of and with the proceeds buy a sub-$1K decent modern bike. I don't like this option, because I don't think I will be comfortable on such a bike (most likely aluminum with carbon fork?), but it's an option none the less.

2. Go on my Rivendell minus saddlebag, and make it a point to practice hills 2-3 time a week before the ride. See if that helps. Warn everyone in the group about my shifters at the start of every ride and clarify distinction between changing gears and elbow-wiggling. This could be doable, but I will be miserable and working harder than anyone else. Is it worth it?

3. Find a way to borrow or rent an appropriate road bike locally, for the summer or even for a month - long enough to know whether I am willing to commit to this type of cycling. If I knew how to do that, this would be my preferred option.

4. Stop going. I am not prepared, I do not have the right equipment, it's a bad idea. A valid option as well.

get rid of bike that doesn’t fit you?

You do realise that she hasn’t “bought” the Seven, don’t you? A local shop has “lent” it to her.

Yeah, I know she didn’t buy it. The point is that they set up a bike for her and sent her out the door on it. If that bike is representative of what that shop feels is a proper fit, then it’s a pretty poor shop.

Also, I was apparently very drunk when I wrote that.

I think I dislike the commenter, “Ground Round Jim” much more than any fit issues or misinformation presented on the blog.

[quote=TimLOKOed]These are the two posts that seem to have gotten the most attention. Long comments are long.[/quote]

"My day job is building pipe organs, and until I encountered the online culture of cyclists I used to think pipe organ geeks were the people who had the biggest most caustic arguments over the smallest matters, but our squabbles pale next to cycling forums, truly… "

Oh fuck, lollin at the non sequitur.

Figure a pipe organ builder to write some overblown bullshit, truly

On the other side of the “new rider with too much money” equation, check out this blog.

Somehow I just feel like she gets it.

Just read pedal strike’s latest post about a group ride from The same place that loaned velouria that awful seven. There is a good chance that these two people have met. weird.