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  • Lithium
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    Originally posted by Lordosis View Post

    I have heard of this. I think I would just do it on my own rather then pay 1200 bucks for the privilege of doing it with a large group. But the Erie canal is a great place to ride because it is well maintained and mostly flat and there are towns every few miles. I have not done it since pre kids and I remember it always being busy in the parts I had done. One time my wife (girlfriend then) and I were riding a tandem bike along the canal. I could not believe how hard it was to pedal and blamed it on the path going from paved to gravel until a boat passed and some guy yelled "She is not peddling!" I still married her and I make sure to bring the story up as much as possible.
    I didn’t realize it cost that much. I don’t think I would pay $1200 either.

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  • burritos
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    Originally posted by Lordosis View Post
    UPDATE

    Now that I am using old rusty it is falling apart faster then I can keep it together. I bought another cheap mongoose mountain bike for $150. Tremendous improvement! Again I could care less about performance and even comfort is not that much of an issue since it is a short ride.

    It is amazing at how quickly I am noticing improvement in my stamina. Obviously these early gains are improving efficiency and muscle memory but it is still nice. I really enjoy the days I can ride and I am disappointed if I cannot for some reason or another. I wish I have done this years ago...

    First off thank you burritos for starting this thread which I am sure helped motivate me to actually start this and everyone else for their support!

    Second, If there is anyone who could make this work in their life; It is awesome! Try it out!
    No. Thank you for listening to my insanity. Enjoy.

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  • Lordosis
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    Originally posted by Lithium View Post

    I know it's late in the game for 2021, but you could think about doing something like this next year: https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-...nual-bike-tour
    I have heard of this. I think I would just do it on my own rather then pay 1200 bucks for the privilege of doing it with a large group. But the Erie canal is a great place to ride because it is well maintained and mostly flat and there are towns every few miles. I have not done it since pre kids and I remember it always being busy in the parts I had done. One time my wife (girlfriend then) and I were riding a tandem bike along the canal. I could not believe how hard it was to pedal and blamed it on the path going from paved to gravel until a boat passed and some guy yelled "She is not peddling!" I still married her and I make sure to bring the story up as much as possible.

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  • Lithium
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    Originally posted by Lordosis View Post
    UPDATE

    Now that I am using old rusty it is falling apart faster then I can keep it together. I bought another cheap mongoose mountain bike for $150. Tremendous improvement! Again I could care less about performance and even comfort is not that much of an issue since it is a short ride.

    It is amazing at how quickly I am noticing improvement in my stamina. Obviously these early gains are improving efficiency and muscle memory but it is still nice. I really enjoy the days I can ride and I am disappointed if I cannot for some reason or another. I wish I have done this years ago...

    First off thank you burritos for starting this thread which I am sure helped motivate me to actually start this and everyone else for their support!

    Second, If there is anyone who could make this work in their life; It is awesome! Try it out!
    I know it's late in the game for 2021, but you could think about doing something like this next year: https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-...nual-bike-tour

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  • Lordosis
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    UPDATE

    Now that I am using old rusty it is falling apart faster then I can keep it together. I bought another cheap mongoose mountain bike for $150. Tremendous improvement! Again I could care less about performance and even comfort is not that much of an issue since it is a short ride.

    It is amazing at how quickly I am noticing improvement in my stamina. Obviously these early gains are improving efficiency and muscle memory but it is still nice. I really enjoy the days I can ride and I am disappointed if I cannot for some reason or another. I wish I have done this years ago...

    First off thank you burritos for starting this thread which I am sure helped motivate me to actually start this and everyone else for their support!

    Second, If there is anyone who could make this work in their life; It is awesome! Try it out!

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  • SunShineBottom
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    Juiced Bikes--Cross-Current. This was one of the earlier e-Bike companies and they have great bikes at modest prices.

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  • ChicSkiier
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    SunShineBottom Wow! Kudos for getting back on the bike after your past accident. I feel trepidation when I think of my hubby biking to work in South LA side street/"highway." (although he hasn't ridden in a while). I ride with two kids on the back of my ebike and I try to stick out for cars (orange bike; yellow vest and helmet) but you never know. I also think my odds of being rear ended on the highway are good since I have been rear-ended at least twice in past 10 yrs from distracted drivers. What bike do you ride now? how do you like it? Any special "souped" up gear you recommend for the ride?

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  • SunShineBottom
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    Lesson learned--Several years ago I decided to bike to work. I had a new clinic, nice bike path 10 miles to and from work and bought a souped up electric bike from China. Enjoyed the ride to and from work immensely. I looked forward to the bike commute as the highlight of my day. Unfortunately--my mind could wander. I thought I was being overly cautious with bike safety but one day was not focusing on the ride as much as I should. I was at an intersection of a street with a stop light that intersected with the bike trail. I had the green light, and even stopped to make sure the driver turning right into me was stopped at the light and not turn into me--but didn't make eye contact with him to verify this. Going into the intersection he suddenly accelerated into a right turn and I experienced the undercarriage of a pickup truck. Busted bike, busted shoulder, busted schedule that day.

    Stopped commuting by bike for sure, but now a few years later I'm back to commuting in a new city, new position. Good bike trail to work again but I wait at any intersection and make sure I make eye contact with a turning driver. Everyday there's 1-2 episodes of a driver not honoring the walk signal and turning into my right of way, and I just stop and wait until I'm sure the coast is clear. I stay on the bike path and avoid riding in traffic. Commuting is enjoyable again.

    I've personally known 1 doctor who died biking and 3 others that had bad bike/vehicle accidents--one a surgeon that took 1 year to recover.

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  • burritos
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    https://bikeleague.org/bikemonth#:~:...%2C%20May%2021!

    National bike to work week is next week for those who care.

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  • ChicSkiier
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    Originally posted by Lordosis View Post
    Share the road!


    Seriously we need better infrastructure for biking.

    I remember seeing all the maniacs biking in Amsterdam. I do not know how they did not crash. There were way more bikes than cars but there were still a lot of cars.
    Talk to your City Planners at Town Hall Meetings about bike lanes, etc

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  • burritos
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    Originally posted by Tim View Post

    Commuting and recreation by bike are two completely different activities.

    https://m.facebook.com/auroraborealisobservatory/videos/714994472771645/?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F1681925192133903%2Fposts%2F2921511301508613%2F&_rdr YOLO, seems like a nice relaxing vacation! WCI has shared some climbing pics. Any other extreme fans?


    Masses of dumped bikes are clogging up cities - making pavements impassable as well as blocking roads and cycle lanes.


    I had the opportunity to WALK in an ocean of bike traffic in Beijing. At large intersections, it is scary. Bike riders out of necessity are aggressive. You literally feel like you are crossing the street at the start of the Boston Marathon and a flood of bikes is coming straight at you. A tidal wave of humanity on wheels crashing towards you. We were told keep your pace, they will miss you (maybe). Of course we use an old lady crossing the street as a shield.

    Driving in Boston was tough. Commuter bikes don’t tolerate traffic jams. No rules. Path of least resistance. Same experience when walking.

    The point is cars, bikes and pedestrians all seem to think they have the right of way or at a minimum think a rolling stop or their progress should have priority. Mixed use is a problem.
    Congestion is always a problem.
    Wow, that China scene sounds awesome. Guess shoaling is not rudeness, but a necessary trait.

    When I drove in in NYC 20 years ago, I learned that to maneuver in between the avenues, yes, look right or left, but checking the blindspot was an unnecessary step. If you're in someone's blind spot, just assume someone is moving into it cause no one gives a craap. And if you're trying to obey all rules and be courteous, you're just being a nicehole.

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  • Zaphod
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    Yep, there is no way around the fact you are just increasing the N of opportunity when you're out there with vehicles, at night is just a recipe for disaster. I love bike only paths, not here, so I run, its not worth it and I have at least 30k lifetime bike miles I love it.

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  • Tim
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    Originally posted by HikingDO View Post

    I love mountain biking, and will bike on some really steep and rocky terrain before I’d even consider riding on a road with cars.
    Commuting and recreation by bike are two completely different activities.

    https://m.facebook.com/auroraborealisobservatory/videos/714994472771645/?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F1681925192133903%2Fposts%2F2921511301508613%2F&_rdr YOLO, seems like a nice relaxing vacation! WCI has shared some climbing pics. Any other extreme fans?


    Masses of dumped bikes are clogging up cities - making pavements impassable as well as blocking roads and cycle lanes.


    I had the opportunity to WALK in an ocean of bike traffic in Beijing. At large intersections, it is scary. Bike riders out of necessity are aggressive. You literally feel like you are crossing the street at the start of the Boston Marathon and a flood of bikes is coming straight at you. A tidal wave of humanity on wheels crashing towards you. We were told keep your pace, they will miss you (maybe). Of course we use an old lady crossing the street as a shield.

    Driving in Boston was tough. Commuter bikes don’t tolerate traffic jams. No rules. Path of least resistance. Same experience when walking.

    The point is cars, bikes and pedestrians all seem to think they have the right of way or at a minimum think a rolling stop or their progress should have priority. Mixed use is a problem.
    Congestion is always a problem.

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  • HikingDO
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    Originally posted by burritos View Post

    When I talk with mountain bikers many have(as I have had) an anxiety with cars. This danger is real and proximate but can be mitigated with good street awareness. On the flip side, many pure cyclists have a nervousness of MTBing. They worry about riding over irregular terrain with obstacles and crashing on mountain trails. Also legitimate concerns, as all my wipeouts have been on trails.
    I love mountain biking, and will bike on some really steep and rocky terrain before I’d even consider riding on a road with cars.

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  • Lordosis
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    Share the road!


    Seriously we need better infrastructure for biking.

    I remember seeing all the maniacs biking in Amsterdam. I do not know how they did not crash. There were way more bikes than cars but there were still a lot of cars.

    Leave a comment:

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