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Bicycles and other non-motorized wheels

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{Wheels.11.1}: 99 Saturn SW {kitty} Sun, 07 Mar 2004 17:27:35 EST (HTML)

To continue the conversation in {Wheels.Old_Wheels.21.-10-}

I'm planning a move to a very bike-friendly town and I'll be shopping for new wheels.

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{Wheels.11.2}: '85 VW Vanagon; '89 Mazda 323 {patrice} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 00:27:15 EST (1 line)

paved roads or gravel?

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{Wheels.11.3}: {michael33} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 04:17:53 EST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:03:29 EDT}

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{Wheels.11.4}: 99 Saturn SW {kitty} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 06:41:54 EST (HTML)

Paved roads. A bike lane on the sides of the roads. Some hilliness, not horribly steep, though.

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{Wheels.11.5}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 09:11:13 EST (1 line)

Yeah, I'd recommend a "hybrid" with slicks (versus knobby tires).

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{Wheels.11.6}: {michael33} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 18:06:51 EST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:03:31 EDT}

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{Wheels.11.7}: 99 Saturn SW {kitty} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 19:22:22 EST (6 lines)

I love this place.  I can always find a useful answer to any
question.  :-)

I'm thinking 3 gears will be plenty for me.  I expect to be a casual
rider, not going for speed, and mostly wandering up to a coffee shop
or grocery store.

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{Wheels.11.8}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 21:07:50 EST (6 lines)

I have a six-speed bicycle, the first one I've had that wasn't a
coaster bike. I'm glad I got the six speeds, especially since we
have a few hilly roads around here. I don't ride fast, but there are
times when I even wish I had more.

(Come to think of it, it may be a 5-speed -- I forget!)

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{Wheels.11.9}: 99 Saturn SW {kitty} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 21:17:24 EST (2 lines)

Here, they are 1, 3, 5 or 10.  Unless something has changed since I
bought one 20 years go.

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{Wheels.11.10}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 21:20:11 EST (2 lines)

Then I guess it's a 5-speed. I haven't ridden it since last summer
and it's in the back shed ... my memory's faulty on it.

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{Wheels.11.11}: William Maloney {qajaq} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 22:16:16 EST (HTML)

Hah! Kitty, things have changed, believe me, in 20 years!

I have a (nominally) 24-speed bicycle, but that number comes from multiplying the 3 gears on the chainring (at the pedals) times the 8 gears on the cassette (at the back wheel). In reality, there's a tremendous amount of overlap in those combinations; and in practical terms, I have a 10-speed . . . all eight rear gears connected to the middle of the front gears (which is where I nearly always ride), then from the lowest of those combinations, I can drop down one more step on the chainring or, from the highest combination I can go up one step on the chainring.

When I bought the bicycle (it's a road bike), I had them swap out the standard chainring for a mountain-bike chainring for the lower gears. The kind of riding I do, I don't need those high-end speeds, but I do need all the help I can get on the steep hills.

On my previous bicycle, I used tires that were slick on the center and knobby on the sides. In straight-ahead riding, I'd have the low-resistance slick surface under me, and on corners I'd get some of the knobby into play. Sounds great in theory, but the only time I ever had the bike slide out from under me was on knobby tires--taking a corner too fast. Equipment cannot replace common sense.

I do recommend Kevlar-lined tires. When I was commuting to work on the bicycle, I got several flats from things as small as staples--just the little, skinny things you use in offices. But after I put on the Kevlar tires, I never had to change a tube again.

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{Wheels.11.12}: {michael33} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 23:54:11 EST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:03:34 EDT}

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{Wheels.11.13}: Michael Cerkowski {michael33} Mon, 08 Mar 2004 23:55:52 EST (4 lines)

   Oh, and my E-bike has just the sort of center slick, edge knobbed
tire described above. It weighs 80lbs, so I won't be leaning it much
anyway, but thanks for the warning. Next tires it gets will be
Bontrager Kevlars.

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{Wheels.11.14}: William Maloney {qajaq} Tue, 09 Mar 2004 06:44:14 EST (HTML)

Bontragers--that's the brand I had . . . been trying to remember, so I can look for some to fit my new bike. Thanks, Michael.

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{Wheels.11.15}: {michael33} Tue, 09 Mar 2004 14:57:07 EST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:03:36 EDT}

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{Wheels.11.16}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 13:34:00 EDT (4 lines)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-07-26-bush-biking_x.htm

Call him the Endo President.  The risk of significant injury in the
future is satisfyingly high!

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{Wheels.11.17}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:24:59 EDT (1 line)

yeah, I heard about that this morning.  jebus!

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{Wheels.11.18}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:26:53 EDT (1 line)

Pssst, George, helmets are so FRENCH!  ha ha.

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{Wheels.11.19}: Mike McCarty {beagle} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:29:23 EDT (1 line)

Any chance we could give him a bag of pretzels to enjoy on his ride?

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{Wheels.11.20}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:33:05 EDT (1 line)

I don't think he could do two things at once...

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{Wheels.11.21}: Mike McCarty {beagle} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:34:16 EDT (1 line)

(Ssshhh! That's the plan!!!!)

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{Wheels.11.22}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:38:23 EDT (HTML)

For the record, Kerry has done his own crash test dummy work recently, too. Maybe it's part of a concerted 'trying to appear Presidential' effort?

link

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{Wheels.11.23}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 27 Jul 2004 15:27:36 EDT (3 lines)

ha!

They're all walking in Gerald Ford's path!

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{Wheels.11.24}: Doug White {dwhite} Thu, 21 Oct 2004 17:41:44 EDT (HTML)

AP photo of trendy new style of piercing among Thai cyclists.

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{Wheels.11.25}: OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! {jsk} Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:05:42 EDT (0 lines)


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