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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2020
     
    Shorts and tights was how I biked for most of the winters, though I can't remember what I did when I was messengering in the winter. Probably the same. I always wanted something that could dry in a reasonable amount of time so I didn't say forever wet.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    word, i like having all the pockets and stuff of shorts but not having to worry about pants legs

    btw so far clipless fixed is going great, no repeats of that random clip-out. i think i just wasn't fully clipped in or something. getting more comfortable with skips 'n' skids (i do have a brake). gonna order more atac pedals for another bike now, thanks again for the rec!DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2020
     
    ^Awesome! I'm glad there's another convert!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    yah. I'm gonna keep bmx and straps for my big-basket cruiser fixed but convert one or two others from platforms or spd to ATAC. will probably keep my looks on my roadie that I never have time to ride anyway.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorseanile
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2020 edited
     
    this is my first full winter doing clipless and fixed too. id previously do the holdfast straps over shoes so i could flip out of the straps when going thru sketchy spots. i now have better clipless shoes/booties and don't have any good sneakers this winter to do straps, and my unclipping action is pretty quick..so far so good but it's been a weak winter..somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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    true that, it has been.


    So now I am almost brakeless clipless fixed because the fucking bike trailer we have is tricky to attach/detach when your bike is leaned on a wall, and yesterday my bike fell over and the left hood broke. So the brake lever is sticking out at a weird angle and it does more or less work, but I have to futz with it after every time I use it.

    I may just take this opportunity to swap the whole thing out for risers this weekend.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2020
     
    cruiser bar fixed is where it's at"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    yeah, my other daily/around-town/whatever is cruiser bar fixed with a huge basket, i love it. but it's hard to cut through traffic on that one and i'm frequently almost late for school pickup.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2020
     
    generator hub fixed is also where it's at"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2020
     
    Had a nice ride out to Burlington and back today, and saw some other roadies taking advantage of the end of times warm weather. Yesterday I definitely witnessed something unfortunate when it was so windy: A bike locked up by the top tube on Dunster St in Harvard Sq blew over, and the rear wheel landed slightly off the side of the curb just as a car was backing up to parallel park. It literally happened in a split second, and the rim got crushed between car tire and the curb. Luckily the driver was sympathetic and left a number. Also another good reason to secure the front wheel in the lock, because it prevents rotation and keeps the bike upright.
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2020
     
    dang, what're the chances?!That may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2020
     
    Yeah definitely pretty cinematic.
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    Friggin' good for them leaving a number, a lotta people wouldn't.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Nearly got hit this morning while pulling my kids in the trailer because some old asshole guy in a pickup was upset that he had to wait a little longer to turn left onto McGrath from Pearl (there were 3 cars ahead of him and I was going straight on Pearl in the opposite direction). He started to pull out of the line and fortunately hit the brakes right as I was coming by him.

    I just screamed HEY FUCK OFF without even thinking, then immediately was like shit, kids. We got to school and I said "Hey I'm sorry for my language back there, etc." and MiniFries goes, "Wait, what did you say?"

    uhhh nothing nevermind. hah.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2020
     
    if you've gotta swear around kids, while concerned about their safety seems legitThat may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2020
     
    "and remember kids, check your mirrors and don't drive like a douche"

    Saw a maseratti blasting club music downtown during the day. That was kind of weird"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2020
     
    Sorry I’ll try to remember to keep it down.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2020
     
    ^LololololWorstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    ^^hi5

    fuckin' wind today, daaang. Pulling 80ish pounds of kids into the wind at 48x17 killed my legs, which were already tired from riding into the headwind from work to school.

    I locked this up snugly parallel to the rack this morning:
    DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2020
     
    I admire your fixed-life dedication, but a back up derailleur bike can be nice."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    haha

    I have a geared Dad Bike but I need to swap the pedals out for ATACs yet, and I try to keep to one bike when it's salty and/or shitty out- I can barely keep one bike from rusting through over the winter let alone two! so lazy.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Sometimes I pull just SmallerFries up this hill, it's the shortest way to get to MiniFries's school from SmallerFries's.

    DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2020
     
    Haha, that’s my street. It’s steeper than it looks on street view, and if I haven’t gone that way in a while, I usually start up in a huge gear, and then have to awkwardly shift up under load.
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    It's a nice street! That hill is a bit of a bear under load though.

    Turns out you can also skid-stop with a trailer on, if you have to.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    Saw another guy with bare legs and running shorts when it was like 18 degrees today."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    they must hate their kneesDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D