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Urban Cycling / commuting by bike
« on: February 14, 2007, 02:55:15 pm »
I work from a home office so technically I commute in my underwear. However I voted "daily - all year" because I run errands on the bike (including frequent work-related runs to the fedex drop box) pretty much daily all year. I live in Albany, Oregon so our weather is pretty mild year-round (we get snow maybe once every 2-3 years).

Urban Cycling / what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:11:55 pm »
I only have one road bike right now and that's what I use for most urban riding. It's a Nashbar touring frame built up with drop bars, fenders, 105/LX 9-spd. drive train, 36-spoke wheels with Salsa Delgado rims, and 700x32 Pasela Tourguard tires.

My town is flat so I could easily get away with a fixie, and I may try one sometime if I stumble upon a good deal on a frame. I did ride a single-speed (freewheel) Univega around for a while, but didn't totally get the SS appeal. I don't mind a little extra drivetrain maintenance in the interest of mechanical advantage.

Urban Cycling / top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:03:15 pm »
For a smaller town I have to give a shoutout to Corvallis, Oregon. It's another flat college town with lots of bike paths/lanes, lots of bike shops, mild weather, etc.

I live near Corvallis in Albany, OR and it's also pretty good, all things considered. The only real complaint I have is that some businesses still don't have good bike racks.

I've had good luck with striped bike lanes on roads. Honestly, one of the biggest problems I have is cars that are *too* courteous; a car may have plenty of time to turn before I reach the intersection, but they remember passing me in the bike lane so they stop and wait... and now I have to figure out what they are going to do.  :quest:  In this case I generally just jump out into the regular traffic lane and pass the turning car on the left.

This message was edited by undies on 2-14-07 @ 11:04 AM

Gear Talk / Replacement wheels for my bike: which do I choose?
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:17:46 pm »
You may want to inquire around and find out of any LBS has a good reputation for wheelbuilding. I had a local shop with a good rep. build me a pair of 36-spoke wheels using Deore hubs and Salsa Delgado rims for only $220. I weigh ~240lbs and ride over all kinds of terrain on these things, including rough mountain logging roads, and they have been rock solid through 1000 miles so far. IMO skilled building makes all the difference.

Gear Talk / which racks?
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:25:09 pm »
FWIW I've been very happy with my Axiom Journey rear rack. I routinely haul two full bags of groceries on it (in grocery panniers) and it handles the weight no prob.

General Discussion / Starting over.
« on: February 14, 2007, 02:48:53 pm »
I also quit riding bicycles in the early 1990s, sticking to cars and motorcycles instead. About 1.5 years ago I picked up bicycling again and it has been one of the most positive things I have ever done for myself.

If your locale is accommodating, I would recommend trying to use the bicycle for errands if possible. This will be good for your fitness and waist line, it will save you gas money, and it will train you to carry stuff on the bike which will be important for longer rides. I have a pair of grocery panniers and they are so easy to use that I am encouraged to use the bike instead of the car for many errands.

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