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General Discussion / Re: Living on my bike
« on: March 06, 2009, 09:34:39 pm »
I guess a lot of us have thought about this.  Just going off-grid and living to ride and explore.  I certainly have been entertaining the thought a lot lately.  I have sufficient assets after 35 years of nonstop work to survive without working if I sell everything.  My issue is that I cannot bring myself to give up my main activity which is helping various causes and contributing to efforts that help, like dog rescue, which I do a lot of and spend substantial money on.  I would have to give this up since it requires a house, a job for funding and a lot of time.  It seems very selfish, but I want to live that truly free simple life.  So, I'm torn between being useful and living my bliss.  I get great satisfaction from my charity work, but I would absolutely love to wake every morning and just ride and explore.  I think I'm screwed.  I need to figure out some kind of 3rd way.

Urban Cycling / Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: October 12, 2008, 04:22:40 am »
Got my LA tour in today.  LAX to Beverly Hills to Mulholland Drive (top of the mountain ridge) through UCLA then Santa Monica through Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey and back home.  40 miles, under 4 hours.  Not hard, but my longest ride so far.  It's a start.

Urban Cycling / Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: October 09, 2008, 02:58:09 pm »
Couldn't even attempt my trip today, life got in the way.  Maybe next week.  Only 32 miles but the mountains make it a challenge for me.  I'm recovering from about 5 years of a battle with cancer.  Chemo and eventually a liver transplant 2 years ago.  I'm cured now, but still out of shape.  Lost a lot of muscle, but it's coming back, and I'm really enjoying the biking.  It's the only exercise that doesn't bore me to death.

Thanks for the link Sean , I didn't have that.

Anybody know how often wheel and crank bearings need repacked?

This message was edited by bagoh20 on 10-9-08 @ 12:12 PM

Urban Cycling / Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: October 08, 2008, 05:42:38 pm »
Agreed.  One good thing is the weather is always good.

Tomorrow I'm planning on biking from LAX (My home) to Sylmar (32 miles), go hang gliding, camp out and return the next day.  I will travel some bike path, a lot of residential streets and some canyon roads.  Basically through Culver City, Beverly Hills, over the mountains and across the San Fernando Valley.

Right now bike paths are very limited in the city of LA.  There are plans for improvements in the near future.  That's kinda the reason I started this thread hoping others would inform about good routes since if we had more infrastructure it would be just a question of when not how to get around.  

If I accomplish my task this week I'll report.  This is much more ambitious than I'm used too, so we'll see if I make it.

Urban Cycling / Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: October 04, 2008, 09:48:43 pm »
I commute to work and back from Westchester around LAX through Hawthorne to Gardena.  14 miles one way - about 1 hour.  Nice ride if you go the right way.  Some bike path but mostly regular streets.

Urban Cycling / Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: October 04, 2008, 09:42:49 pm »
I want to start a topic on Cycling In the L.A. area.

1st:  It's tough to beat the beach path from Malibu through Venice Beach, past LAX, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach ending just past Redondo Beach.  Great scenery, lots of people watching and many are worth watching. Lots to stop and look at or explore.  Crowded so not a good workout at least not on weekends, but a one of a kind route for what it has to see as urban routes go.  This is a good bar hopping route if you're into that.  I quit drinking but we used to do that in groups on weekends and it was a blast and no hangover....usually.  Lots of hot bodies to check out all over.  I haven't quit that yet.

Urban Cycling / why bike?
« on: October 19, 2008, 12:41:06 pm »
I bike because I love the intimacy of it.  You experience the world with all your senses while riding, and at a pace that allows you to take it in.  I have never finished a ride and felt I wish I hadn't done that.  It's always rewarding.  How many things are like that?  

I commute to work everyday via bike (28 miles RT).  I started it just to see if I could and to save money.  Now I look forward to it, and really miss it if i have to drive.  I also love my big gas hogging pickup truck.  Much of my life and the good I do with it would be imposable without it.  You don't have to hate one thing in order to love another.  Remember that girls.

As a conservative, I love the earth because it's an amazing wonder and I don't care if it makes me hip or not.  Do what you can to help keep it sweet, but remember that anger is a pollutant and it smells bad.  

Remember, when you drive you probably do some stupid things too, don't let anger ruin your short time here.  It's all good, and when it ain't, it still is, you just aren't paying attention.  If you allow drivers to piss you off, you are only killing your own buzz.  Why do that?  I ride through LA everyday and it seems they are all trying to kill me.  I just laugh it off.  I will not let my time be wasted with anger.  

I'm not saying all this in response to anyone here, but just to remind myself and anyone reading that perspective will set you free.

I wanna see smiles on those faces.  Now get out there and pump.  Are you still sittin' there?

This message was edited by bagoh20 on 10-20-08 @ 3:41 PM

Gear Talk / Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:38:52 pm »
My LHT size is a 56 with 700c rims I think.  It comes ready to tour.  You need all the normal accessories, but nothing really needs changed out.  I opted for a Brooks B17 saddle, which I love.  Incidentally, I had a nice foamy saddle with another foam slip over on top of it because my crotch was always sore.  I'm talking 3" of foam.  That all did nothing to help.  The Brooks saddle with no cushioning material at all is much more comfortable and I have no more pain.  One of those great designs like the paper clip that just can't be improved.

Gear Talk / Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:09:25 am »
I have just over 300 miles on my new LHT.  I really like it.  It is comfortable and seems really smooth to me.  It is very often recommended in touring circles.  That influenced me.  I have no experience with other touring bikes though.  I like the Surly company too.

Gear Talk / Surly LHT or Trek520
« on: October 20, 2008, 06:39:50 pm »
After about 60 miles on my new LHT, I have to say I do love it.  It does ride a lot tighter than my old bike (Specialized Rockhopper)  It does everything better except absorb bumps (the Specialized has shocks).  It seems very well engineered and made.  One disappointment is that I now realize that the bike is a lot less important than the rider.  The clearly superior bike did only a little to improve my times, or make climbs easier.  Regardless, I still enjoy the difference in feel and ride of the LHT, and I feel completely different mentally knowing that the bike is not holding me back.  I truly love it, even if it does not make me Lance Armstrong as I expected.  Never had the Trek 520, but I doubt it would make me Lance like either.  I bet I could beat his grandma though.

Gear Talk / Surly LHT or Trek520
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:27:56 am »
Just bought and picked up my new LHT last night in Hollywood.  I'll report back after I get some miles on it.  The Surly is very hard to find right now.  They have no more 08s at the factory and the 09s will  not be out until mid Dec.  I looked for 3 days including mail order online to find one and the very small shop where I found mine sold 3 yesterday.  There are usually a couple on eBay.  I picked the LHT because it is the most recommended everywhere I looked.  I got the 56cm with 700 wheels.  A great little shop called: Hollywood Pro Cycles, Hollywood, CA  323-466-5890.  Great guys.

Gear Talk / touring seat
« on: October 07, 2008, 05:29:40 pm »
I have tried a few seats, but I can't seem to eliminate the pain just forward of the anus.  That area seems to take the most pressure.  Has anyone tried those hornless seats that look like they move the pressure to the glutes.

For example:

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 04, 2008, 04:34:33 pm »
I don't have a lot of touring experience, but the Surly Long Haul Trucker, which I just bought recently seems to come equipted for touring with the correct gearing and
ability to carry panniers and loads.  They are a little hard to find now until December'08 when the new production year comes out.  I love mine so far. around $1000 - $1200 US

General Discussion / Cycling Goggles
« on: October 20, 2008, 06:22:11 pm »
Hard contacts are considered torture under the geneva convention.  I've done, hard, soft and glasses.  Your life will change overnight for the better if you partake of the miracle of laser eye surgery.  I did 15 years ago and still have perfect vision.  It is a miracle.  Best money I ever spent on anything.  If you can, do it.

General Discussion / Transcontinental touring.
« on: October 19, 2008, 05:06:24 pm »
Mr. Bent, Everything you said I completely agree with.  I'm looking for the basic requirements for success (reach goal alive).  I agree, I also would "require" more than that for my own personal success.  Making coffee at campsite does make the world all right.

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