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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015
     
    Again, the sickest shit would be properly sized wheels, like if I could get a variety of quality tires for my 24" stumpjumper or a ss frame, but instead I'm getting discouraged from even getting 26" because so many places aren't making them anymore because EVERYONE WHO'S TALL AND MATTERS WANTS 650B AND 29ERS! What's next, 32s? When is this trend going to swing back?
    Look how proportional this shit is! It fits great. More, plz.
    "life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015 edited
     
    I'd jump all over a 26" steamroller or straggler or horizontal dropout LHT, but these things don't exist yet :c

    "650b wheels strike a nice balance between the benefits of both 26” and 700c sizes. The smaller wheel allows smaller riders to fit well on smaller frames, produces a stronger wheel, makes fitting big ass tires easier and are more agile than their larger counterparts."

    I don't need a "balance", I just need regular 26" wheels! FFS, bike industry!

    The Soma looks a little too narrow for what I'm looking for, but it is classy."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015
     
    Though it looks like some people have put 26" on the disc 650b straggler? I might try that, but I'd still need horizontal dropouts."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorvox_pop
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015
     
    Nandy:Though it looks like some people have put 26" on the disc 650b straggler? I might try that, but I'd still need horizontal dropouts.


    It's got em! They're just forward facing.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015
     
    But for fixed :c It'd probably work okay anyway and looks like the best option so far, even if it's not designed for the wheels I'd use. That or custom :c

    The bike industry makes me really sad."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Nandy:

    bewwwwnerrrrri mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015 edited
     
    awwwwyeeeah, $100, all original. I'd rather not destroy it all winter.

    (that's not mine, but every detail is the same)"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2015 edited
     
    There is a sick minty-mint condition Terry trail bike at RCB with something like a $160 price tag on it. It looks like it's never been ridden.

    24" front, horizontal dropouts (yes, forward-facing -- why are you concerned about that for running SS?). I seem to recall that the rear is 700c, but this thing is so tiny it could be a 26" and just playing tricks with my eyes. The thinness of that knobby makes me think it's 700c. But the stays have enough clearance to run a pretty fat 29er tire on the back. Probably too pretty for you to really want to make it your winter beater, but I figured I ought to show it to you, because, well, Terry.
     photo p_00106_zpszwqdo5ri.jpg::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015
     
    UNHH that's really hot. I have one about that small I'm saving for a tiny friend because it's too small for me and they come with such short seat posts. I like fixed in bad weather so I'd prefer rear-facing dropouts for minimal wheel-losing risk (but since that rarely happens, mostly aesthetics)(and I couldn't destroy that thing all winter)(so pretty)(such history)(wow)."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorsmoothness
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015 edited
     
    have you thought of getting an eccentric bb and just finding whatever rando 14" mtb frame you can fit with good tires? That's gotta be cheaper than building a random new bike, and a fancy bb should have enough seals on it to keep out stuff. so the only really "new" part you'd get would be an eccentric bottom bracket, maybe some spacers for a cassette, and if you're really unlucky, a half-link chain. also, marine grease. lots of it.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015
     
    I'm looking at some used complete bikes now that are less than a new frame. Pretty much all I have to start is a 135 spaced fixed wheel. I'm looking at this one but I don't think it'll fit well:
    "life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorrmull
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015 edited
     
    Can anyone recommend a bike trailer? Currently looking at the BOB Yak Plus... is it worth the dough?

    EDIT: Alternatively, the Burley Flatbed looks cheaper, more versatile, and more stable.
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      CommentAuthorMorgie
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015
     
    on that note I have an old burly trailer (seats 2 kids, or a bunch or junk), i bought it hoping i could teach me dog to be chill in the trailer but that never happened. I'd be will to sell it very cheap.
    • CommentAuthorvox_pop
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015
     
    That Burley looks pretty good for the price! I was researching over the summer for a while, and got pretty stoked on the idea of following these directions to DIY a Bikes at Work clone. Then September 1st past and I got a lot less anxious about the idea of hauling lots of shit by bike.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2015
     
    ^^How much? My dog could use a better trailer than our janky thing.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    1) Does Rapha ever have those 50% off sales anymore? 2) If not, does anyone know where to get a women's fitted hi-vis vest (like this one http://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/women%27s-hi-vis-brevet-gilet/product/WHG02)? As in, day-glo AND reflecty stripes?

    I know you can get weird boxy crossing guard ones everywhere, but I don't want those. I am throwing a lot of money at my bike wardrobe now that I've sworn off bike commuting.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2015
     
    ...sworn off bike commuting?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorThreePete
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    tinyhonkshus:1) Does Rapha ever have those 50% off sales anymore? 2) If not, does anyone know where to get a women's fitted hi-vis vest (like this one http://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/women%27s-hi-vis-brevet-gilet/product/WHG02)? As in, day-glo AND reflecty stripes?

    I know you can get weird boxy crossing guard ones everywhere, but I don't want those. I am throwing a lot of money at my bike wardrobe now that I've sworn off bike commuting.


    I'm sure they'll do a survey coupon code thing, or smack in the middle of winter they did a huge sale last year...alternatively, what about pearl izumi? they have some pretty awesome hi-viz gear (source: saw a rider yesterday (~6:00 PM) who had on the pink gilet)
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    Nandy:...sworn off bike commuting?


    My 11-mile round trip is really hard on my chronic back pain. But the bus is so bad I've biked twice since I swore off it last week. But I end up in like, sleep-losing pain for several days unless I take painkillers. The worst part is that what I hate most about the bus is just watching people who have plenty of room not move into the bus so other people can get on. I get on at the third stop, so I always get a seat, but THOSE PEOPLE MAKE ME SO MAD.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    Back pain is no joke. Have you tried a bike with a more upright position? That's how my gf (who has complex back issues) transitioned from a non-biker to an enthusiastic casual cyclist.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    check running gear, too. I have an old yellow reflective light jacket from Adidas or something."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthortinyhonkshus
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015 edited
     
    All my bikes are already pretty upright, I already had Hub retrofit the one that wasn't, but a lot of my pain is in/from my leg/hip so I don't know how useful it is.

    thanks for all vest suggestions, I was hoping someone had a fave, but it sounds like one of those "keep your eyes open" thingsi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015 edited
     
    Dutch bike? Recumbent? Muscle specialist person to find exercises that help? Buses suck, sorry you have to put up with that."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Marianna, I have a ton of Gazelles which are ultra-upright if you'd like to try one out.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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      CommentAuthortinyhonkshus
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015 edited
     
    Oh, I've seen a bunch of specialists, the problem is that if doctors can't cure you with items 1 and 2 on their "works for everyone" list, they just pack up and go home. And 1 is don't be old, and 2 is don't be fat. I had like 6 months of PT and a cortisone injection into my spine, neither did any good, I mention the horrible pain at every appointment and nobody even so much as says "We should look into that at your next appointment". I am, of course, about 20 pounds heavier now than I was when they told me "hmmm if you were overweight I'd tell you to lose weight". I have an appointment on Friday to follow up on my general malaise complaint, maybe I'll yell at them then.

    I guess I might check out the Gazelles, although ultimately I'd probably be putting old man stems on my existing bikes. Since I'm so short my Brompton is pretty upright.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorJimmyJ
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    ^i hate doctors like that

    i went to one for my knee pain and he said rest....so i went back after rest and he said pt..and after that (which is $$$) i went back and he finally said "let's get a scan".
    oh...a 5 year old tear in your meniscus....wish we saw that when i first came in 18 months ago....

    and almost 18 months after surgery i still have chronic swelling and pains.

    sucks you can't find a fix for your back. that's scary while you're still young. but the body is weird and does stuff to fix itself.
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    my brother's in med school now and the #1 takeaway I'm getting from his stories is that all medical protocols are based on the least common denominator - they train you to assume people are hypochondriacs and/or drug seeking, so they tell everyone to "rest it" and the crazies go away, and the rational people like you and I go "the medical professional said it was nothing, time to move on, I'm not a crazy"i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    Especially those ladies, always so dramatic they must just be making it up or something."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    Back when I was having stomach problems I ended up at a gastroenterologist, who asked me a bunch of basic questions like, "do you take any supplements?" I said that I sometimes take fish oil, which sparked his curiosity about why I was taking it. It was like he was trying to get to the bottom of something. This led to me saying that at some point I had seen a naturopathic doctor, which then sparked other questions about my mental state, and if I have ever been on psych meds. It was weird! Luckily I he came to the conclusion that my problem was not psychosomatic, but I just thought it was funny that the fish oil opened the door to all that.
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    you've reminded me of another thing I'm mad about! Whenever I tell doctor's about my pain, they ask me to bend over as far as possible, and when I can put my palms flat on the floor, I can like HEAR their little doctor brains going "oh, there's clearly no quality of life problem here!"i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2015
     
    One word: recumbent.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    ^You're probably joking but I actually considered whether a recumbent might be the right solution for my girlfriend.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    I'm afraid to ride a recumbent because of the low visibility - like those flags do anything. But also part of my back problem is sort of like, weakness/atrophy that would make it hard to sit up/stand up/maneuver in the case of an emergency.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    When I had a bad back, core strengthening exercises really worked wonders.

    Don't you like how everybody's trying to solve the problem you didn't ask to get help with? We just want you to keep riiiiiiiding.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthor6kidz
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    Have you tried squatting? A lot of people find relief from back pain from building lower back strength."Dude's just smashing fructosenormativity, lay off."
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      CommentAuthor6kidz
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    Also, is there such a thing as a lift kit for a recumbent??"Dude's just smashing fructosenormativity, lay off."
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      CommentAuthorkossmonaut
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    ah yes, the 29er recumbant

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    the PT had me doing core stuff, which didn't help, and then he was like "step up your time/resistance/whatever as you go, but not if it hurts" but it hurts, so I don't know where to start on that one. He kicked me out after I didn't get better, but I can't afford PT anymore anyway.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    tinyhonkshus: He kicked me out after I didn't get better, but I can't afford PT anymore anyway.


    well that's not helpful!

    I hurt my back and sorted it doing hamstring stretches, because a friend recommended it, but i have literally no idea why that worked. i think if you just combine everyone's advice and spend 15 hours a day in the gym, surely you'll get better! =P
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    Weirdly, hamstring stretches fixed my knee problems (mainly by relieving enough pressure that I could finally stretch my quads without killing myself).Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015 edited
     
    a_lion:i think if you just combine everyone's advice and buy another bicycle, surely you'll get better! =P
    FTFY.

    Not all recumbents are all that low-slung:

    Or even better:
    ::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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    I just put two bikes in storage!

    also that just looks like a really uncomfortable regular bikei mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorginny
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2015
     
    PT hurt in general or when you tried to up the resistance/weight/etc? Cause if it hurt when you upped it then you should just start at the most basic level you can do that for a really long time. If they tried to up your resistance and weight too quickly that'd be dumb of them.

    My friend has a Saucony (I think) vest that is day-glo and has lights incorporated in the back that works well for her. Don't remember if it has reflective stripes though.

    Anyways taking the bus is really unfortunate and I'm sorry you have to do that now. : (
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    Kroger Corn Puff Poppers (Extreme Butter flavor) will give you weird poo for days if you eat a whole bag. Stick with pirates booty.You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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    who wants a free motherfucking recumbent to try? specifically that e bike. b/c i scored one out of a carriage house from a mansion that was being renovated. tiny, get at me if you wanna try it.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2015
     
    Duh, I want it. If Tiny doesn't want it first.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    do not want plz

    private medical information update: I went in today and I was like "You know, I'd really like to try and do something about my back" and she was all "Well do you want to have surgery?" and I was all "fuck no lady" and then she was like "well, there's really only PT before that" and I was all "I don't want to do that either, it costs too much" and she was like "spine center?" and I was like "I got a shot once and it didn't work, but then my brother said his first one didn't work but his second one did" and then she was like "it didn't help me until my third one! SPINE CENTER IT IS!" and then we high fived.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2015
     
    good luck!
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    maybe i too should try the spine shot thing. i mean, what can go wrong with shooting cortisone in your spine or whatevs? i think of it like...botox for your spine. for life.
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    Well, a major part of the appeal is that for a lot of people it ends a cycle of inflammation and things heal and it's not actually a long term treatment. At least the cortisone didn't give me hallucinations like oral prednisone did.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy