Bike shopping

Discussion in 'General' started by TheStepChild, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    The floating Buddha says: "You asking wrong question."
  2. sno779

    sno779 Well-Known Member

    When I ride my arm and leg powered recumbent on my regular 37 mile loop it will take me between 1:50 to 2:10 to complete depending on wind and traffic. That works out to a 17 to 20 MPH rolling average while producing between 180 and 210 watts average. That is on mostly flatish ground in the Phoenix area with only about 300 ft. of climbing. Even with the consumption of 2 to 3 liters I will loss between 3 to 6 pounds of sweat depending on time of year. I'm 61 years old and always drink back what I lost.

    Louis Hudgin
    Gilbert, AZ
  3. I'll just toss this post in here since there are some bikers checking in, and some people in Southern CA

    One of the guys on the DMax forum posted this and I wanted to spead the word.

    His nephew was hit while riding his bike by a guy in a minivan. Got drug down the on ramp onto I-5!

    couple links:

    last link is news vid
  4. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Since this was L.A. it probably was an illegal immigrant, unlicensed and without insurance*.. then he panicked when he saw a cyclist across his hood and windshield. Lots of those in Miami also.

    *Probably not a lot of experience driving in crowded traffic.

    Sure makes you think about bicycling.
  5. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Allah Ackbar
  6. Picking up the bike tomorrow. Going to car pool in to town with The Agent. Drop her off at work, work a couple hours myself. Then do a couple errands including the bike store.

    Any suggestions on a helmet?

    Stopped into city hall today and yup, they still do bike registraion/license here.

    hopefully it wont come to something like this:
  7. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    My recommendation would be for a more round-shaped helmet like the Bell Citi. The more aero-shaped helmets may have slightly -- but only slightly -- better ventilation, but cost a lot more and aren't really any lighter.

    More importantly, there's a lot of evidence that although they reduce blunt force impacts to the head, helmets do tend to cause more "rotational" injuries. Round helmets appear quite a bit less likely than pointy aero helmets to catch on something (even just dragging on the surface of the pavement) and twist your head sideways, injuring your neck.
  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Hope you enjoy your new bike, James. I'm seriously looking at a new one myself.
  9. Thanks. Got my work and errands done early. Bike is in the truck and I've got to kill 2 hours. Going to find a spot to ride a little.

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  10. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Humane riding position
    suspension seat post?
    and nice cushy seat(which riding nerds call a saddle-they should be slapped when they do that )
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I call it a saddle.
  12. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Just kidding Edwin!
  13. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Yes, conventional cycling lingo says it's properly called a "saddle," but the thing it's mounted on is a "seatpost."

    Equally confusing, people who ride bikes are "cyclists," while those who ride motorcycles are "bikers."
  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Hey ! I rode motorcycles for many years , and I'd HATE to be called a "biker". It's not a one-size-fits-all term.
  15. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Cyclists don't usually call themselves "bikers" because your average Joe thinks that means motorcyclists. I would just as soon the motorcyclists stopped appropriating the term myself, but until that day comes we're stuck with "cyclist".
  16. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm good with being called a "cyclist".

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