Cyclists Anonymous

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Desdichado

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A thread for all hobbyists who love two wheels and a chain.

Some starting questions!

Which type of cycling do you prefer?

What bike or bikes do you own? What's your favorite?

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?
 

Desdichado

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I'll start us off.

Which type of cycling do you prefer?
I've been fond of road biking for a long time, but I'm getting into MTB and I love it.

Love it.

What bike or bikes do you own? What's your favorite?
I ride a Trek Marlin 7. A beginner-intermediate MTB. It's all I could afford when I bought it. The nice part is that the aluminum frame has a lifetime warranty. So, I can ride until parts break and switch them out piecemeal.

No need so far. I'm not doing anything truly death-defying at the moment.

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?
It's an affordable lifelong hobby that matures with you. I stopped biking when I was 15 and picked it up again not too long ago because running for cardio got old.

After navigating a tight squeeze and short jump I realized "man this thing can take me where cars can't!" Been in love ever since.
 

Lynx

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Are electric bicycles allowed in this thread? I live in Tennessee and when that song about being proud to be an American talks about the hills of Tennessee it ain't kidding! A little electric assistance going up a hill is a wonderful thing.
 

Desdichado

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You must be an East TN man!

Sure, electric bikes work. Close enough. You'll find them in bike shops.

Are electric bicycles allowed in this thread? I live in Tennessee and when that song about being proud to be an American talks about the hills of Tennessee it ain't kidding! A little electric assistance going up a hill is a wonderful thing.
 
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Tinuviel

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I very much enjoy cycling! Just me, nature, and my dogs...Yeah; good times. I also find I think of a lot of subjects to pray about when I'm on a bike.

Mostly, I am interested in getting from here to there on anything that will get me there; but biking is definitely a favourite mode of transportation for short distances. In the summer I often traverse the 2 1/2 miles to the mailbox and back. It is brisk, quick, and exhilarating.
 

zeroturbulence

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I very much enjoy cycling! Just me, nature, and my dogs...Yeah; good times. I also find I think of a lot of subjects to pray about when I'm on a bike.

Mostly, I am interested in getting from here to there on anything that will get me there; but biking is definitely a favourite mode of transportation for short distances. In the summer I often traverse the 2 1/2 miles to the mailbox and back. It is brisk, quick, and exhilarating.
Have you ever thought about moving your mailbox a little closer? :rolleyes:
 

zeroturbulence

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I used to mountain bike in the canyons here back in the 90s. It was a lot of fun. Kind of dangerous too. I stopped after a couple of mt bikers were killed by mountain lions in the same areas I biked at. Now I'm so out of shape I probably couldn't even bike to the local grocery store. I do have a decent mountain bike though that sits in my garage under a cover. It's a Diamondback with triple-butted aluminum frame, shimano gears and shifter, front suspension and its nice and light. I bought it new in 2010 and I think I rode it twice.. :/
 
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mailmandan

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I have a Giant Cypress and my wife has a Giant LIV. We enjoy riding on bike trails near our home and we also like riding on the Katy Trail. :cool:

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Tinuviel

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Have you ever thought about moving your mailbox a little closer? :rolleyes:
If I did, where would I bike to? ;) (Not allowed. The mail carriers are picky about coming down the dirt road).
 

Desdichado

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I think we have the same helmet! Hahaha.

I'm looking to switch it out with a red trail helmet at some point soon. Save the other as a back-up. Maybe for a ride companion. It's lightly used.

Yyyyes. I used to road bike without a helmet. Yes, I'm an idiot.

I have a Giant Cypress and my wife has a Giant LIV. We enjoy riding on bike trails near our home and we also like riding on the Katy Trail. :cool:

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Desdichado

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Diamondbacks are solid, solid rides. My favorite next to Trek. Sounds like the kind of bike that will be ready when you are.

And ttttttthhhhats why I have my Walther tucked in my hydration pack.

I used to mountain bike in the canyons here back in the 90s. It was a lot of fun. Kind of dangerous too. I stopped after a couple of mt bikers were killed by mountain lions in the same areas I biked at. Now I'm so out of shape I probably couldn't even bike to the local grocery store. I do have a decent mountain bike though that sits in my garage under a cover. It's a Diamondback with triple-butted aluminum frame, shimano gears and shifter, front suspension and its nice and light. I bought it new in 2010 and I think I rode it twice.. :/
 

Desdichado

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Good point. The bike is a great place for solitude. But it's also fun having somebody ride with you. Especially if you want to build a skill.

I very much enjoy cycling! Just me, nature, and my dogs...Yeah; good times. I also find I think of a lot of subjects to pray about when I'm on a bike.

Mostly, I am interested in getting from here to there on anything that will get me there; but biking is definitely a favourite mode of transportation for short distances. In the summer I often traverse the 2 1/2 miles to the mailbox and back. It is brisk, quick, and exhilarating.
 

Desdichado

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This is so Dakota. I'm falling out of my seat laughing.

If I did, where would I bike to? ;) (Not allowed. The mail carriers are picky about coming down the dirt road).
 
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Tinuviel

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This is so Dakota. I'm falling out of my seat laughing.

I was absolutely serious. But, I'm always happy to make others laugh, however unexpectedly.
 

Lynx

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Yes but is it so Dakota or is it soda Coda? When you say it fast... or even if you say it at a regular conversational speed, it's hard to tell which it is.

At any rate, can anybody tell me where I can chat with somebody who knows about making bicycle battery packs? I'm planning to get some LiFePo4 cells and make my own - shouldn't even need a BMS, lipo batteries are very stable - but I'm wondering what I overlooked. If I didn't overlook anything, why do so many people buy battery packs already assembled instead of making their own?
 

Desdichado

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Don't know a thing about that. I'm still a peddler.

Yes but is it so Dakota or is it soda Coda? When you say it fast... or even if you say it at a regular conversational speed, it's hard to tell which it is.

At any rate, can anybody tell me where I can chat with somebody who knows about making bicycle battery packs? I'm planning to get some LiFePo4 cells and make my own - shouldn't even need a BMS, lipo batteries are very stable - but I'm wondering what I overlooked. If I didn't overlook anything, why do so many people buy battery packs already assembled instead of making their own?
 

Desdichado

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Smashed my cheap plastic pedals on the trail and got some nice pinned flats.

Combine them with my Freeriders and I feel like I scored a pair of Icuras' shoes.
 

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Desdichado

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Just measured myself for Fox Enduro Elbow Pads and knee pads cuz I wanna up my game.

Turns out I have small elbows and large knees. THIS is why I'm strength training me arms.