some basic truths' about riding to keep the peace

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  1. charles.paskell

    charles.paskell New Member

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    If you think your bike looks good, it does.

    If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike.

    You don’t need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want you’ll probably also have a great bike.

    Yes, you can tour on your bike – whatever it is.

    Yes, you can race on your bike – whatever it is.

    Yes, you can commute on your bike – whatever it is.

    26” wheels or 29” or 650b or 700c or 24” or 20” or whatever – yes, that wheel size is rad and you’ll probably get where you’re going.

    Disc brakes, cantis, v-brakes, and road calipers all do a great job of stopping a bike when they’re working and adjusted.

    No paint job makes everyone happy.

    Yes, you can put a rack on that. Get some p-clamps if there are no mounts.

    Steel is a great material for making bike frames - so is aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium.

    You can have your saddle at whatever angle makes you happy.

    Your handlebars can be lower than your saddle, even with your saddle, or higher than your saddle. Whichever way you like it is right.

    Being shuttled up a downhill run does not make you a weak person, nor does choosing not to fly off of a 10 foot drop.

    Bike frames made overseas can be super cool. Bike frames made in the USA can be super cool.

    Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike – nice work out there.

    Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist – good job.

    Hey, shaved leg skinny as **** super duper tan line hear rate monitor checking power tap train in the basement all winter super loud lycra kit million dollar wheels racer – keep it up.

    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

    The following short answers are good answers, but not the only ones for the question asked – 29”, Brooks, lugged, disc brake, steel, Campagnolo, helmet, custom, Rohloff, NJS, carbon, 31.8, clipless, porteur.

    No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride.

    Sometimes, recumbent bikes are ok.

    Your bikeshop is not trying to screw you. They’re trying to stay open.

    Buying things off of the internet is great, except when it sucks.

    Some people know more about bikes than you do. Other people know less.

    Maybe the person you waved at while you were out riding didn’t see you wave at them.

    It sucks to be harassed by *******s in cars while you’re on a bike. It also sucks to drive behind *******s on bikes.

    Did you build that yourself? Awesome. Did you buy that? Cool.

    Wheelies are the best trick ever invented. That’s just a fact.

    Which is better, riding long miles, or hanging out under a bridge doing tricks? Yes.

    Yes, you can break your collar bone riding a bike like that.

    Stopping at stop signs is probably a good idea.

    Driving with your bikes on top of your car to get to a dirt trail isn’t ideal, but for most people it’s necessary.

    If your bike has couplers, or if you have a spendy bike case, or if you pay a shop to pack your bike, or if you have a folding bike, shipping a bike is still a pain in the ass for everyone involved.

    That dent in your frame is probably ok, but maybe it’s not. You should get it looked at.

    Touch up paint always looks like ****. Often it looks worse than the scratch.

    A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad.

    A bike that’s been chained to the same tree for three years caked with rust and missing parts makes me sad too.

    Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.

    Toe overlap is not the end of the world, unless you crash and die – then it is.

    Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault.

    Yes, you can buy a bike without riding it first. It would be nice to ride it first, but it’s not a deal breaker not to.

    Ownership of a truing stand does not a wheel builder make.

    32 spokes, 48 spokes, 24 spokes, three spokes? Sure.

    Single speed bikes are rad. Bikes with derailleurs and cassettes are sexy. Belt drive internal gear bikes work great too.

    Columbus, TruTemper, Reynolds, Ishiwata, or no brand? I’d ride it.

    Tubeless tires are pretty cool. So are tubes.

    The moral of RAGBRAI is that families and drunken boobs can have fun on the same route, just maybe at different times of day.

    Riding by yourself kicks ass. You might also try riding with a group.

    Really fast people are frustrating, but they make you faster. When you get faster, you might frustrate someone else.

    Stopping can be as much fun as riding.
     
  2. brother john

    brother john New Member

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    I hope I'm not supposed to remember all that!...There wont be a quiz will there?..
     
  3. charles.paskell

    charles.paskell New Member

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    no quiz lol just something i thought id share :)
     
  4. brother john

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    Whewwww! thank goodness! There are some very good points you have there. A few I can relate to... others I cant....
     
  5. "the prussian" Shop Dogs

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    Once you remember all that ,don't foget to bring a towel! Loved it .
     
  6. James912

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    Love it!!!!!!!!
     
  7. Wm Holden

    Wm Holden New Member

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    very nice work!
     
  8. ferball

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    That should be a sticky and required reading, good stuff.
     
  9. GearNut

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    I like it, it speaks the truth!
     
  10. charles.paskell

    charles.paskell New Member

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    Thank you, everyone who read it. I live/love motorbicycling and motorbicycling.com
    No you are a towel! lol
     
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    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    I like small firm tata's and long lean leg's on 2 wheelers we know as bikes.....

    dnut
     
  12. Dan

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    Love it Charles!

    Great to see ya around.
    (Crazy towel, snork)
     
  13. flatblack

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    Being hip to all bike hippness makes you hipper than the hipster.
     
  14. motorbiker

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    Except the WalMart bike part.

    The best price on a bullet proof motorized bicycle was the Trailz. Sold at WalMart.

    The best price on a bulletproof cool Schwinn trike is the Schwinn Meridian at WalMart.

    Even better deal is a WalMart bicycle or trike on Craigslist that is cheap because the owner bent the rim in a pothole, took it to the LBS who told them it would cost $209 to fix and the bike is junk because they did not buy it from a LBS ! :)

    That's where I get my deals ! ! !

    True that :)
     
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  15. rustycase

    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    'basic truths about riding to keep the peace' ???

    No way, No how!
    Can't be done.

    There's always gonna be a fly turn up in the ointment.
    Ca NOT keep em all happy all the time.

    :)
    rc
     
  16. motorbiker

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    Another truth !

    People on the fancy bikes with the fancy outfits would almost never wave back when I would ride the Trailz.

    They always wave at me on the trike ! :)
     
  18. Dan

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    I'm hip to dat
     
  19. motorbiker

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    It's just a plain fun lifestyle. :)

    What do I ride right now ?

    The Schwinn trike, the Lee Iacocca Ebike, the Gary Fisher, The Raleigh GG ?

    All ready to go ! Who needs a car ? :)
     
  20. motorbiker

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    Going with the trike ! I'll be back ! :)
     

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