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I'm a cyclist rather than a motorbiker: and ride a semicustomised Fort frame, road bike. But I don't do serious miles on it, just a fast commute into work, and the odd trip when the weather's good :-)
I do a lot, but not all, of my own maintanance and hence Richard Ballantine is my most used book. I've only just entered it though so its not yet rated and reviewed.
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My most used cycling book is Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, by far. If you haven't got a copy, go find one ASAP! It's fantastic!
Ullrich has quit professional cycling after refuting claims of cheating: details on the BBC HERE
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If he was clean it was an absolutely stunning ride after his collapse the day before, but it does look a bit suspicious.....
It's a great shame that the state of professional cycling is such that doubt is first in mind over assumption of innocence. Rough Ride: a insight didn't help.
I do most of my own maintenance, although often with the help of my father and brother. I don't use books for this kind of thing since what my brother and father don't know about bikes isn't something I could do anyway.
I just don't find the time to ride for recreation as often as I'd like to, and haven't got into the multi-bike owning stage .... yet.
Racks are commonplace. I have one on my road bike, along with mudguards, because convenience is more important than the last gram of weight. I do get odd looks from 'proper' cyclists sometimes, who eshew such fripperies.
Back-pedal brakes have never been popular in the UK. Nor do many of our bikes have an integrated lock.
My hybrid came with a rack and mudgards although the rack is probably not bomb-proof enough to have someone sit on it. It has derailleurs rather than a hub-gear.
I have an old Villiger San Bernardino city bike (17 years old but still going strong, except that I will have to exchange most of the plastic accessories like chain cover and mudguards this year).
I am thinking of getting something more in the way of a mountain bike, since my house is practically on the highest spot in the whole town, which means a climb of about 50-70 metres from town centre to my place... *wheeeze* and because we don't get younger, suspension would be nice :-).
Bikes that are to be used on streets have to have mudguards, chain cover, light set. I am not sure about the rack. If it is a racing bike (less than 11kg) it is exempt from these rules, but most mountain bikes are now sold without this "security package", too. Resulting in a high number of bikes racing about without lights at night. Well, the police could make quite a buck by doing controls on the bikers!
I also carry a big basket on my rack, big enough to hold my laptop bag and briefcase or two shopping bags.
Of course a modern mountain bike is almost definitely going to be lighter than your city bike which is a point in its favour.
Also I have found that suspension does not always bring the benefits one would guess. Front suspension can be OK, but avoid rear suspension unless you are paying serious money for a bike.
Bikes that are to be used on streets have to have mudguards, chain cover, light set.
Wow - in the UK you need none of that. Well you need lights (and reflectors on the pedals) after dark but not during the day.
My riding style is quite agressive, and this spring/soon I have to replace the gears. At least that's what I'm thinking right now as I like the bike and a new set of gears is a lot cheaper than buying a new bike.
In Sweden most ride MTBs, which are dirt cheap (if you don't want it for competing, then they are EXPENSIVE) or what you could call a town bike.
Townbikes could be anyting from 60 yrs old to new, 0 to 7 gears, handlebar break or pedal break (old ones mostly but they're still made - I'm the owner of one!).
I can make som impressing skidmarks with my pedalbrake bike, hehe, and actually pedalbrakes are excellent for measuring speed at thight curves as you can use the balance of the frame/yourself/the force in the bend to gain speed going out of the curve, feeling the balance in your body ;-)
I had to pay dearly for getting a 7-gear bike with pedal brakes.
Re: the mudguards: I am not entirely sure if they are part of the pack, but I am pretty sure about the chain cover (makes sense actually, I fell once, having had my trouser leg caught in the chain...). The light set can be clip-on on racing bikes but must be installed properly on other bikes. Lighting is currently being discussed, because the voltage is too weak and the technology is there to create some really useful bike lights. But current law doesn't allow strong lights on bikes...
Well, it also doesn't allow "running bells" (the type that works like a dynamo), but those are the only ones a car driver would hear behind closed windows.
It seems that the frames have changed a lot. I cannot find anything like my bike in shops now (my frame has a height of 59 or 60cm, compared to your 45cm or so). The whole geometry has changed. But I like it :-).
My bike is white and cyclamen, btw. (girly ;-) ) Quite unusal, so unusal in fact, that I had a lady approaching me once, with big eyes, and then saying "Oh I thought you were heading off with my bike! I have never seen the design with another bike." Ooops!
The Raleigh Tundra ain't exactly top of the range, but given that I'm not a top of the range cyclist, I find it just fine for leisure use.
Cyclamen? Is that one of those colours only women can see? I would probably call it a pinky red or a reddish pink.
A friend of mine painted his bike in something you could call diluted apricot, with white dots, only to make the bike too visible for thieves to be interested. He lived a bit outside of town and parked the bike in various places downtown, so to be able to get around fast.
Because it's been a cold winter, I only have about a hundred miles on it, but next week, when it warms up, I plan to pedal my butt off.
Long range goal: a ride across the United States or else a long, easy meadering around Sweden.
I turn 64 years old this July and, well, you have to start sometime, right?
"In the end, only kindness matters."
(my other bike (30 years old) is a racing bike with glue-on tires at a pressure 135 psig. When I got my last flat, I decided that it was time to get a new bike)
Oh, touring is great. Better check with Busifer re the possibility of "long easy meandeing" in Sweden. I get the impression it is very hilly. (I will get to find out for myself one day, after I manage to do enough genealogy work to know where I want to go.)
I've found that if you can make to time to ride regularly - just a short hop every day - then one's fitness to cope with the occasional long ride is much much improved.
If you are looking for a long meandering easy biketrip, I think a trip along the lines of Netherlands, Austria, Germany, ending in Denmark would be more like it. Sweden is very hilly, and where I've been, not that well equipped with bikepaths.
Amber, I think Doogie is thinking about this as part of his exploration of his swedish heritage, and then Denmark isn't quite the place, even if it's a better place for a bike!
I once made it all the way to from Malmø to Lund - the idea was to take the ferry from Copenhagen to Malmø, bike up to Helsingborg and take the ferry back to Helsingør, and then ride down the coast. Unfortunately the road was being rebuild, so we couldn't find our way further north than Lund. But the part we managed was very nice. And there were biketracks most of the way. So I just proved myself wrong..
In the Netherlands there are more bikes then people. Children learn to ride a bike at age 4 and ride to school on a bike. In cities, most people use a bike to commute. Even our mayors and government use bikes to go to work. 2 reasons: it is fast and it is cheap.
To protect these bikers, the law is simple: the car driver is guilty until proven innocent.
(Typing this while watching Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, a bike race)
I'm the newest LibraryThing employee, and an avid biker. I don't own a ton of biking books, but I have a couple of biking zines I need to catalog.
I've been riding a Lotus Challenger mixtie for the past year, and had a very nice crash:
Since moving to Boston, I bought a Dahon folding bike to take with me across the harbor, although I haven't actually done any biking yet. I need to stop moving places during the winter, where I take extra long to get back on my bike because I don't know the area.
cyclecraft has been often recommended to me - how to position oneself in traffic, and deal badly designed roads. I've yet to actually read a copy and see for myslef.
How's the Dahon ride? I tried a Birdy once, and it felt very very odd. perched up on a wobbly saddle. I'm think I'd have got used to it over time...
The Dahon seems sturdy enough, although it feels more like riding a cruiser, and that's something I have to get used to. I haven't maneuvered in traffic with it, so it'll be interesting to see how it handles with its wee wheels.
I'm quite interested in reading a biking-technique book, especially for commuting. I'll probably start with Effective Cycling.
I am fascinated by folding bikes, although I have absolutely no use for them (no commuting, walking distance from work, and public transport into town). My sister (in London) got herself a Brompton, though, for part of her commute to the city. Once you get used to not lift the bike off the street (it immediately starts folding :-) ), a nice ride.
I have a motorbike licence, so much of the "how-to" on the streets was covered by that (changing lanes, braking technique, etc.). Still the only accident I ever had was a misinterpretation of lane rules in a roundabout, and I got knocked off the bike by a lorry (OK, it was a London roundabout, so I've got the excuse of being a confused Continental ;-) ).
As someone who has been cycling from the age of 4 or 5, I have practically learned efficient cycling by doing (when to shift, etc.).
For my money, a real trike has to be ICE or Greenspeed, although I might be prepared to stretch a point if someone offered me a Quest or a Mango...
A velo would be nice here during the rainy season, but I would hate to try pushing one. We have some roads steep enough to defeat almost any granny gear, including 1/2 mile of the dead end approach to my home.
Then the issue of how to transport the thing in a Honda Civic...
In practice, being an unusual shape seems to make you more visible. Certainly, cars generally leave a lot more space when passing a trike than when passing a bike. But I don't take my Trice Mini into city traffic if I can avoid it - having a bus breathing down your neck when your head's at hubcap level isn't very pleasant...
There's essentially no lower limit for granny gears on trikes. The Chameleon would presumably have the same problem as the Flevotrike, that the front wheel loses grip on steep slopes, but on a conventional rear-wheel-drive trike you can get up much steeper hills than a two-wheeler. One thing that's sometimes a problem in the country is that you need enough good surface for all three wheels. Cart tracks or dirt roads where you can ride reasonably comfortably on a bike or in a car might leave you with one wheel in the grass on a trike.
As a student, I had an old dutch cargobike, used to transport milk tanks (the big 50 liter ones). You could crash into a car, wreck the car and not even see a dent on the bike. Unfortunately it was stolen.
In fact, they annoy me almost as much as the rick shaws that has appeared as a tourist novelty in Copenhagen the last 5 years. They appear as a danger to themselves and the surrounding bicyclists due to their slow reaction time, and the amount of space they take up.