Do you bicycle? A cycling thread I guess


#221

I guess so? I won’t be able to pick it up until Saturday, so I don’t know what condition it’s in. It’s possible the frame was cracked (which could explain the ditching…) and as a carbon fiber bike, that would pretty much ruin it.

If it is okay, I’ll probably end up selling it, though I feel a bit weird turning a profit on a theft.


#222

Eh, might be able to salvage some parts from it at least, if nothing else.


#223

Cycling 2016 bump - finally got out on a real ride on Sunday, just 50k / 30 miles or so but enough feel tired, hungry, and sore. While I did use the spin bike over the winter, clearly not enough, and as I get older it’s slowly getting to the point that I can’t just hop on in the spring and be at 90%.

My 2 year old wants a bike. We bought her a tricycle last year which was a waste of money; poorly designed, not adjustable, and her feet don’t reach the pedals despite her being fairly tall for her age. At the bike shop she fits a proper bike with rubber tires and training wheels; a 12-inch frame fits great, even a 16-inch is just a bit big on her.

However… they also have those push bikes which are new to me. Anyone have any experience with them? Some cursory research is that training wheels (in use since forever) have always been a terrible way to learn to ride a bike; they teach pedaling when it shouldn’t be the focus, but actively teach the wrong approach in terms of balance, steering, and momentum. That makes sense to me. Thoughts before I spend $100 on one?


#224

Push bikes (I’ve always heard them referred to as balance bikes, since there really isn’t anyone pushing the kids) are great. The kids end up going super, super fast on them. They also get the hang of balance really quickly. On switching over to real biking, pedaling is also a necessary skill, too. For both of my boys, they also spent a bit of time on training wheels to get the hang of pedaling. I do think the balance bike time helped them transition faster.


#225

Ok thanks, I think I’ll get one.


#226

My eldest didn’t want a balance bike and took a while to get used to a normal bike without stabilizers.

My youngest had a balance bike and used to go like a rocket. He picked up riding without stabilizers very quickly.

Today we were in a bike shop and my youngest said I love that green bike dad, shame it’s got pedals , he’s 5 now and too big for balance bikes.

Got him a scooter for his 6th in 2 weeks that revs and emits smoke from a small exhaust, sounds like a motorbike, he will love it.


#227

They’re vey good to learn but it’s a short time requirement. My daughter used one for a couple of weeks and then leapt a normal bike and didn’t look back.

Our local bike shop charged rent for the balance bike most of which they discounted when we bought her first bike from them.


#228

I think it depends on the age. We had our oldest on a balance bike just before his 3rd birthday. We didn’t feel comfortably with him being on a full bike until he was 4-ish, so he was on the balance bike for over a year. Interestingly, he still liked to get on the balance bike even after he learned the pedal bike because it is a different experience—much faster starts and stops on the balance bike. Sharper turns as well.


#229

Anonymgeist, just realized your bike has disc brakes, and for that matter it’s not strictly a road bike. What size tires are you running and do you like the discs?


#230

It was billed as an adventure bike, but I don’t know if that’s just a marketing thing. Either way, I love the setup. I’ve got 700x28 Continental Gatorskin tires on there, and while I haven’t noticed a huge difference in stopping power with the brakes in dry conditions, they seem markedly better when it’s wet out–and when commuting in and around Seattle, that’s pretty often.


#231

Huh, wouldn’t mind trying a 28mm tire. With younger kids I want to and will need to do more trail riding in the coming years; north of Toronto there are ‘rail trails’ that tend to have a fine limestone gravel which is quite hard but not ideal for a road bike, but not great for my mountain bike either. This gives me an excuse to research my next bike… thanks!


#232

We have a lot of similar gravel trails in the area and this bike handles them wonderfully. I always felt nervous when having to ride over surfaces like that on my old bike.


#233

Huh, we have a bunch of those in my area too, and I’ve ridden them a lot. I’ve never had any issue doing 60 miles on them with my 23mm tires. It can get mushy in spots, or have areas where the gravel isn’t packed down, but that’s rare. Ours is a really fine crushed limestone gravel, pieces probably average 3/8" long by 1/4" wide. I wonder if they use the same stuff in Toronto.


#234

Yeah I’m actually about to put 700 x 25mm tires on my other road bike (my older entry-level bike) to make it a bit more comfortable as a commuter bike, so that should help. It’s also personal tolerance with those soft spots and 23mm tires.


#235

My new (to me) toy:


#236

Dang, nice bike. A friend rides his time trial bike once in awhile and it’s a pain to keep up with him.

That your TL in the background too? That was my favorite generation of the car too, convinced my dad to buy it.


#237

Good eye. Yes, that’s my TL Type-s 2007. Still runs pretty great with > 140K miles on it. Though it did just get dinged up a bit in a hail storm :-( I just got the insurance check and can’t decide do I want to fix the car or basically got my bike for free.


#238

Oh hey, this thread got bumped! Last month, I started biking in to work again, having taken a couple of months off after moving in November. My new commute is just a hair over 20.5 miles each way, and ends in a mile climb at 11% grade with no shoulder. 904 miles so far and my legs hate me.


#239

Wow, that’s quite a ride!

I’m struggling to get enthusiastic about commuting right now – DC area in Spring is pretty damned wet. The last three days I’ve gone to bed convinced that I’ll bike in to work the following morning, only to hear rain on the windows the next day and wimp out. This morning I was strong enough to grit my teeth and bike in through the drizzle, but I was pretty much soaked through by the time my 10 miles were over and I’m not looking forward to putting on all that wet gear this afternoon for the trip back.

Also, I was sitting at a crosswalk this morning and a car kindly stopped to let me cross. Not wanting to delay the guy I tried to jump back on the right pedal (my left foot was already clipped in), missed, and perforated my shin in two place against the bike. However, I didn’t notice at the time because my crotch came down HARD on the horn of the seat and that pain pretty much drowned out all the others.

So I arrived at work with a trickle of blood turning my wet sock pink and an awkward walk. More awkward than normal.


#240

Ouch! Just reading about that made me wince. I still haven’t come up with a good solution for drying my gear during the work day, but thankfully the weather in Seattle has been nice enough that it hasn’t been too much of an issue. Not that I can count on that to last, though…