(when spds first came out around 1990 I threw em on my mtn bike and went riding. I'd ridden clipless road for a couple years, figured it'd be no problem. First ride on them, I broke my femur, augered in on a highspeed downhill crash. Rescue crew had to hike in, board me, haul me out, the whole nine yards. So take time to get comfy with spds).
xxpost--broken ribs hurt more than (at least my) broken femur, go figure.
Yeah the platform inserts work. I did that for a while, but now just ride with whatever I'm wearing on the clipless pedals for distances 30 minutes or less. But, this is sorta pedal brand dependent in my experience. Bigger pedals like old Time ATACS, old "big" spds, Look style road, Speedplays--all are bearable with sneakers or shoes. BUT, Crank bros, little Wellgos, little Ritcheys, newer Shimano's--not so much. I rode out on an errand yesterday that ended up taking an hour of riding with flipflops on spds, at the 45 minute mark my feet started hurting pretty bad. People, don't ride in flip flops.
― Hunter (Hunter), Thursday, 26 May 2005 14:35 (eighteen years ago) link
I also have (thanks to Colette) a pair of non-spd pedals, so I have the luxury of trying both.
― Markelby (Mark C), Thursday, 26 May 2005 15:01 (eighteen years ago) link
broken ribs hurt more than (at least my) broken femur, go figure
Have broken a rib -running!- and it hurts like buggery. Still not sure I want to know what a broken leg feels like all the same.
― NickB (NickB), Thursday, 26 May 2005 15:21 (eighteen years ago) link
Amen to that. I did break a finger and take a chunk out of whatever bone forms the elbow when my cassette broke and flung me off my bike a decade or so ago. Otherwise, just grazes and bruises.
― Markelby (Mark C), Thursday, 26 May 2005 15:24 (eighteen years ago) link
Pain from broken bones, in descending order of pain:
Ribs (mtn bike crash)fingers (hand into front wheel road race crash)femur (mtn bike crash)upper arm (fell down stairs as a kid)toes (drunk)wrist and ankle stuff (assorted)collarbone (flag football collision)
I sound really fragile, the good thing is 1) none of these had much displacement except collarbone 2) I heal really fast. So far.
― Hunter (Hunter), Thursday, 26 May 2005 16:30 (eighteen years ago) link
Anyway, not a good subject to dwell on! I had to help some guy pick up the pieces of his bike out of the road last night on my way home. Didn't actually see it happen but I know he was only a couple of hundred yards down the road from me. He was going down a cycle lane and someone pulled a left right across him. His front wheel was a taco and he was rips, cuts and bruises all down one side, looked like he'd been through a chipper. In total shock too, poor bloke.
― NickB (NickB), Friday, 27 May 2005 07:15 (eighteen years ago) link
All my bike accidents have been like this, all of the offending vehicles have been taxis.
― Ed (dali), Friday, 27 May 2005 07:18 (eighteen years ago) link
― NickB (NickB), Friday, 27 May 2005 07:23 (eighteen years ago) link
― suzy (suzy), Friday, 27 May 2005 07:28 (eighteen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Friday, 27 May 2005 07:36 (eighteen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 15:22 (seventeen years ago) link
― suzy (suzy), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 15:24 (seventeen years ago) link
― Markelby (Mark C), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 15:39 (seventeen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 16:36 (seventeen years ago) link
Doesnt it *always* start raining when you get a new bike?
― NickB (NickB), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 16:59 (seventeen years ago) link
the barrel adjuster is already at it's slackest. I could reset the cable tension from scratch I suppose.
― Ed (dali), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 17:13 (seventeen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Thursday, 2 June 2005 07:54 (seventeen years ago) link
My experience with alignment probs agrees with this, it's almost always the hanger rather than the mech that's the problem.
OK, so when you're out practicing your victory antics, don't do this:
― Hunter (Hunter), Thursday, 2 June 2005 14:55 (seventeen years ago) link
Me and Emma want to get some hybrid bikes; no off-road stuff, but mainly used for jaunts in countryside and occasional zipping about town.
We're looking at (in no order of preference):
- Kona (Smoke or Dew)- Saracen- Marin (Kentfield)
Notice that Raleighs and Giant seem to be much cheaper - are they any good? Is the low price because they're not seen as cool and groovy, or because they're not as good?
Main criteria - price (obv - given cost of all the other stuff needed like locks and helmet etc, no more than 300 quid for the bike, and obv, lower the better)
Lightness - we'll have to carry them up two flights of stairs with every use, so this is a factor.
We've been told that we should be aware of the quality of components; I'm all in favour of getting good stuff, but given the anticipated use (once/twice a week to be realistic), is there any need to spend more on super-duper compnents when pretty standard components will last a fair few years and be 50 quid cheaper?
We think we don't want suspension on forks or seats or anything like that. It seems to be a view supported by this thread in the main.
― Dave B (daveb), Thursday, 14 July 2005 22:40 (seventeen years ago) link
― Markelby (Mark C), Thursday, 14 July 2005 22:49 (seventeen years ago) link
For a Hybrid I would go with one that has 700c (road style) wheels rather than 26" (mountain style), either will work on both surfaces of course depending on tyre, but it sounds like your going to be on road more so you do better with 700c, less effort required for a given speed.
By countryside, Dave, do you mean country lanes or off-road?
― Ed (dali), Friday, 15 July 2005 04:45 (seventeen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Friday, 15 July 2005 08:34 (seventeen years ago) link
I know pretty much nothing about bikes except that I would again like to own one after a few years without. Also, I hate to shop, so narrowed options will be very useful.
Here's the kind of riding I would be doing:
― quincie, Friday, 12 August 2005 15:44 (seventeen years ago) link
So, my riding:
*mostly pavement, maybe smooth trails once in a while. Mostly urban riding in downtown Washington, D.C.*primarily errands and leisurely recreational rides--certainly not more that ten miles or so at a time.
What is most important to me:
*COMFORT! I don't want to go particularly fast or careen down rocky mountain paths, I just want to be comfy for my fairly short, start-and-stop rides. Good agility would seem to be important for urban riding, no?*Something not too heavy would be nice, as I'll have to lug the thing up stairs and onto bus racks and down to the metro on occasion.*Price. I'm pretty clueless about what it would cost to get something I'd love, but I'm not willing to go to four figures, that's for sure!
So, do I just walk into a bike shop and say "I want a comfort bike"? Or, "I want a hybrid" (do I?)? I'm pretty sure that I don't need either a mountain or a road bike. Now that I think about it, what is the difference between a comfort and a hybrid?
Thanks for any guidance you can offer. From the discussion above, it is clear that many ILXors can give good advice.
― quincie, Friday, 12 August 2005 15:59 (seventeen years ago) link
i had one of these in high school back when i used to live within riding distance of trails:http://www.bayviewcycle.com/Bikes_Images/Trek2004/4900_Blk.jpg
i was thinking about bringing it back to nyc when i go home in a week, but this cost $500+ when i first got it and I put in another $100.. would it be crazy to leave this thing on the street? even if i put electrical tape or something around the body? it's a heavy-duty motherfucker, too. maybe a road bike would be better here.
2) i had a U-lock on the bike that got stolen. it's probably that my dumb-ass friend got drunk and left it unlocked, but would you have a bike in the city with just a u-lock? if not...
3) investing in a kryptonite bike chain? i guess you can get a used one for $50, but how much does it cost for a THICK chain and a BIG lock? is that feasible? i feel like i never see people with those.
4) i found a road bike in queens for $30. all it's missing are the brakes. can i just convert that into a fixed gear and skip the brakes if i get proper cogs for the pedals etc? (my bike dork friend let me ride his-- nice). even if it's not my main bike, it would be cool to have one around.
one word responses are acceptable.
― poortheatre (poortheatre), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 04:26 (sixteen years ago) link
Don't ride a suspension mountain bike in town, the fixie idea is sound but put a front brake on, they don't cost much and it at least gives you the option not to fixed gear skid into the side of a truck.
― Ed (dali), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 05:13 (sixteen years ago) link
― poortheatre (poortheatre), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 05:27 (sixteen years ago) link
that way you can fly head over heels into the truck instead
― a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 05:29 (sixteen years ago) link
Then you can do it.
― Ed (dali), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 05:30 (sixteen years ago) link
― Ed (dali), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 05:32 (sixteen years ago) link