Commuter bikes!!!

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by mtnkid85, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. mtnkid85

    mtnkid85 New Member

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    Apr 5, 2011
    Hey guys,

    Pretty new here, so figured Id see if anyone else on the site is into biking... as in the bike you pedal, not just kick start :p

    I use to downhill bike alot, but after breaking a collar bone and being out of work for an extended amount of time I decided there are less easy ways to hurt myself.
    However; I still prefer to commute on my bikes and regularly choose to ride when ever Im not needing to take the truck for work.
    So I just went and put a down payment on my new ride, a Kona Jake the Snake!

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    Gotta say Im pretty excited to actually have a road worthy bike now. This is the first "roadish" bike Ive ever had and it sure a welcomed respite from the heavy mtn bikes Im use to.

    So who else here rides everyday? Just for fun?
     
  2. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    Ah, youth...
    When I was young I rode a lot. I know Georgia winters are not the stuff of legend, but I've commuted thru a couple of them. To get up and on your bike when it is a cold rainy day and start out up hill... It gives you a real understanding of weather and determination. I bought mountain bikes for the wife and I back in the early 90's, but they have not seen much service of late.
    My brother is still a rider. Races on and off road, plans vacations round rides. Picks up a little extra $$ working in a freinds bike shop. Skinny guy. ::)

    I hope you get some response from this post, biking is a good thing.
     

  3. historybuff

    historybuff Active Member

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    Mar 11, 2009
    I may have mentioned on this forum I rode a bicycle a lot when I lived in Japan. Japanese drivers are very bike conscious and courteous and a bicycle is often the most efficient form of transportation eg, I could ride over and pick up my mail quicker on my bike than in my car.

    Here in rural KY a bicycle on a lot of these roads would be downright suicidal.
     
  4. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    in 1980, my dad and I both commuted 10 miles from east cobb county ga, to just inside fulton county (Atlanta). We crossed crossed the river on different bridges, but otherwise, versy similar commute. We both made those 10 miles in a half hour. He in a car, me on my bike.
     
  5. mtnkid85

    mtnkid85 New Member

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    Apr 5, 2011
    Out here drivers are... less than bike friendly/aware.  You have to ride very defensively for that reason.  The city is starting to add bike lanes and paths which is nice though.

    Most of what I do is within 3-4mi from the house so it really just takes minutes for me to go most places.  Makes it real nice in the summer when gas jumps to 5 dollars a gal ::) >:(
     
  6. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    I really got into bikes sometime around 2004 when I bought a Giant Yukon (it's a mt. bike) and things progressed from there. I was in college at the time and saved about $20 a month buy commuting on my bike. That was some serious beer money so it was worth it. That is still the only bike I own and it's seen more use and abuse than a whore's mattress.

    Your bike should be great for commuting and probably geared more favorably than your mt. bikes are. Unless you were not already aware, clipping in can get you killed in traffic. Stick with platforms and you will live longer.

    BTW, that thing looks light as a feather. How much does it weigh?
     
  7. mtnkid85

    mtnkid85 New Member

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    Apr 5, 2011
    Weighs ~22-23lbs.  The Giant VT Ive been riding comes in around 35lbs... its a noticable differnce. Lol
    And yes Im going to run platforms on it around town. Ill eventually pick up a set of clipins but I dont even have shoes yet so that will come later.
     
  8. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    I know the age old argument about the effeciecy of clipins but they about killed me three or four times on trails. What's a VT? Is it a softtail?
     
  9. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

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    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
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    Pretty much every day road ride pictured above.

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    This gets me back and forth the the Pima Pistol Club range, which happens to be on a dirt road.  Imagine that.   ;D
     
  10. mtnkid85

    mtnkid85 New Member

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    Apr 5, 2011
    The VT was one of Giants bigger dual suspension XC bikes, I dont think its current production any more. Its far from a stock bike however- more of a quasi down hiller now.

    Tucson, I like the idea of riding to the range. I believe to get to my local range would be a... 22ish mile ride. So might be somthing nice to do on a day off, but not really an afterwork ride. I guess I need to figure out a scabbard for my new bike, eh? Lol
     
  11. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

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    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
    Yep! The carrying challenge definitely limits range time for my AR-10.  Good luck with the scabbard!  I'll want a copy of your design of course. The ArmaLite looks so lonely in the safe.   ;D

    Round trip for me is only about 19 miles.  It sure beats driving, big time!

    And, I need the workout to help fight the fat.   ::)

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  12. tomdickandharry

    tomdickandharry Member

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    Mar 7, 2011
    Orlando Fl
    I have what I like to call my brick cruiser. I take older rigid chromoly mtn bikes and convert them into relatively upright road worthy bikes that can handle the 100 year old brick streets of downtown orlando. I enjoy wrenching on bikes almost as much as riding :D

    Currently have a nice lightweight bike that is saddled with a heavy rack and baskets. Need to get working on my grocery hauler. I might play with the light one and see if I can get a more dropped road position. I could also use a tourer. Took that one on a 50 mile trip, but it didn't handle the weight as well as I would like.
     
  13. jwash3rd

    jwash3rd New Member

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    Oct 6, 2010
    Here's one of mine, an '85 Trek 500 that I rescued from a garage sale for $20. I swapped out the old wheels, put an 8 spd. cassette on it along with new bars and a seat I picked up at a LBS close out. I use this one mostly for rail trails and gravel roads.

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  14. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

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    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
    Well done!  Pound puppies usually have the best personalities and are the most most loyal.   ;D
     
  15. jwash3rd

    jwash3rd New Member

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    Oct 6, 2010
    Well done!  Pound puppies usually have the best personalities and are the most most loyal.   ;D[/quote]

    Yeah, the paint is beat up so it's not going to be a collector's item but surpisingly it's only a couple pounds heavier that my composite bike and a great rider. Too bad you can't find guns at garage sales. (Well, in my state anyway.)
     
  16. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Texas
    Recycled (pun intended) from a P3AT thread...

    I try to ride a few miles a couple times each week.  I'm not a hard core rider - purely a little exercise and stress relief.  I ride around my residential area or on a nearby asphalt bike trail that skirts along a creek for a few miles.  No lycra or spandex for me please - I wear cargo shorts and pocket carry.  Although it is well traveled and even partroled by city parks and recreastion LEOs, that bike path goes through some wooded areas and gets pretty secluded at times.  There I easily carry a P3AT.  On the streets around the house I often just take an NAA 22mag mini-revolver.

    My bike is a hybrid, something of a cross between a mountain bike and street bike.

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  17. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

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    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
    Here in the Tucson area, you can!  

    At the first neighborhood garage sale I cruised past on my bicycle soon after we moved here in 2002, the home owner looked a little out of place wearing a cowboy style holster filled with a big shiny cowboy revolver.  I didn't inquire, but in retrospect, it was probably for sale along with the couch, the lamps, and the other standard garage sale junk.   :cool:

    I love living in Arizona!  And, not just because of the great biking weather.  :D
     
  18. tomdickandharry

    tomdickandharry Member

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    Mar 7, 2011
    Orlando Fl
    One of my favorite things to do is bike around to garage sales. Haven't done it in a long while, nearly passed out from the heat once after starting late. I think i need to do a garage sale tour again. I'll ask if anyone has guns too, will be fun and definietly legal in florida.

    When I do garage sales, I always ask. I'm always on the hunt for vinyl, and have been in situations where asking got me a good deal on something they left in the house.
     
  19. Arkon

    Arkon New Member

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    May 6, 2011
    If clip ins are dangerous to you then you shouldn't use them. For those that are fluent with them, they are just as easy as platforms. And for the 6+ mph they will give you for extended distances they are absolutley the only way to go.
     
  20. Arkon

    Arkon New Member

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    May 6, 2011
    Great choice on the snake. That is an ideal commuter.