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spooky ride edition
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>>1723245
I can walk a route in the dark and be totally comfy, but everything behind the light cutoff on my bike is demons chasing after me who want to rip me off my bike and make me drive a leased white Camry to Chili's for happy hour drinks with my cubicle farm coworkers.
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>>1723245
Stayed on the trail a bit late because I was enjoying the clear view of the moon a couple of days ago. Didn't have a front light on me so I mounted my tail light to the handlebars and used it to get back onto lit paths and roads. Luckily it has a slightly brighter blue light mode. Likely could have done it without a light, but would have gone significantly slower and might have hit someone walking their dog. Overall felt pretty nice to use as little light as possible. Felt more "natural" than the standard bright white front lights. Would recommend for a different feel while night riding on the trails.
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>60 degrees
>time for the yearly "I don't have to put the bike up yet, winter isn't really THAT bad" cope ride
>forget gloves
>come home after a few miles because hands are freezing
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Night time supply run to the grocery store and then Walgreen's, about 20 miles round trip.
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>>1723340
I know that feeling except for me it's crackheads with knives drawn, ready to tackle me off the bike and drag me off into the bushes to their crackhead caves.
>>1723347
You know what I really want? Bright yellow front headlights. I have them on my cage and they are 100x better than the typical disgusting pure white LED light.
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Took the fat bike over to some grassy easements today. Avoided pavement since I only have studded tires for that bike. Rode a noise berm on the way over, and followed a storm channel on the way back.

My baselayer was soaked when I got back. Hard to dress this time of year, it was 8C with a 50 kph wind so not wearing a jacket wouldn't have worked. Going with a long sleeve jersey as a second layer might not have been warm enough.

Shorten my cable housing since the last ride and the bike is upshifting better, though still slower than I'd like. Cable-housing friction is the most likely culprit, but I used new housing when I installed the new drivetrain.
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they've been letting the graffiti go unchecked for longer than usual.

>>1723359
why is the helmet in the basket?

>>1723367
>yellow headlights
this sounds cool. makes me think of rally for some reason? i'm going to get some lighting gels and experiment.
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>>1723504
>why is the helmet in the basket?
That was on the trail, carry it with me for when I have to hit the streets, plus it was before I was loaded down with goodies. Temps have cooled off a bit, but still in the 80's after sundown.
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>>1723504
>makes me think of rally for some reason
Yes, that's where I got the idea from. Apparently yellow lights help cut through rain and fog and improve depth perception to a small degree. I don't know if that's true but since I started using them I can safely say it's much more pleasant to drive at night. I like to think other drivers appreciate the color as well. In endurance motorsports they are used to distinguish between different classes of vehicles racing at the same time.

However, no matter how hard I look I can't seem to find any yellow tinted bicycle lights. Or flashlights for that matter. So it might come down to wiring something custom like those motorcycle lights I posted.
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>>1723614
why not just put a yellow cellophane layer on top of a regular white light
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>>1723616
Yeah I guess that's sensible. You can also buy yellow window tint for cars. That's what they use to wrap most headlights anyway.
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>>1723616
>>1723618
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Went on a ride after a few stormy days, was foolish not to expect paths to be blocked. Lots and lots of branches, this particularly big entire tree that I managed to hulk my bike over, and later on I also encountered a small tree crown blocking a track and forcing me through some undergrowth and along a field to get around it.
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>>1723965
Just bunnyhop it, ez
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Finally finished building up shiny girl after i didn't get a chance all summer. A couple short rides during the week getting everything dialed in, then took her for her first 100k ride today. Saw some trains
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>>1723367
may want to check the legality of this for your area
>>1723616
Cellophane Gels are not particularly heat resistant
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Heading to the store, anybody need anything?
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>>1724089
Fancy!

Are those polar bottles any good? Been thinking of getting some myself.
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>>1724114
:) Thanks, it rides amazingly well, super super smooth even on 25c. The bottles are pretty good, i fill them with ice to the top then pour in water when it's hot, and it takes about 45 minutes for ice to melt, but the water is cold for like an hour after that. They still squeeze well like the single wall sports bottles even though they're multi layer. Biggest problem is they scratch real easy and they start looking pretty beat up after taking them in and out of cages for a while
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>>1724089
very good job
If it suits you for riding i'd be looking out for a wheelset with polished hubs because that transition from shiny chrome frame to black hubs hurts and a triple, a nice old road one, or a shiny classic XT one or something like that to go comfymode with the gearing.

also, what barend shifters are those? Not microshfit right? and i'm curious how well that microshift derailer holds up over time.
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Took a really relaxing ride in the rain today. Cruising while nobody else is around is super nice and quiet. Please ignore the disgusting stack of spacers, I'm getting my fork cut in a few days.
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>>1724176
I don't know why that image rotated, sorry lol
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>>1724176
You should remove the freewheel off the non drive side too, it's dead weight and it'll give you a cleaner look.
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>>1724178
rotation is exif data and 4chan strips exif data
you need to open it rotated in paint or something and save it again

That VO stem and the bars taped all the way up in black looks fucking excellent. Infact the whole bike looks damn good.

I wouldn't be slamming the stem. I'd put it at the top of the stack. Especially as in the drops are your main position. Maybe you're flexy as fuck but could you really do an hour down there? Really???
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>>1724179
I'd definitely like to, just don't have the proper tool for it.
>>1724181
Thanks for the tip and compliment! Maybe I have orangutan arms, but I've been messing with the stem height for quite a while now and have been enjoying it slammed. Been doing rides for longer than an hour pretty comfortably! My friends have been making fun of how goofy it looks slammed though, haha.
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>>1724182
that's fine then. As long as you're not slamming it for fashion points.
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>>1724186
How else would I get my updoots on r/FixedGearBicycle???
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>>1723367
>>1723504
>>1723614
>>1723616
>>1723619
here's my first try at yellow lights. i cut a little circle of lighting gel and managed to get it to stay put under the bevel of the light. it's a little greener than i would like, but it's very comfy on the eyes.
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>>1724534
Anon delivers, and in such a timely manner! That's fucking cool man.
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>>1724534
In a pinch some Kapton tape might also make a good yellow filter.
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>>1724173
>very good job
thanks
>If it suits you for riding i'd be looking out for a wheelset with polished hubs
Yeah these wheels i got for cheap-ish on craigslist just to have a set for now, I'm on the lookout for a really nice set for it
>triple
lol no, why? current low is 42x32 which is plenty low enough for climbing 10% grades. I have a few hills steeper than that near me but past that I stand up anyways. the 32t cassette is why i have a ridiculous microshift mtb derailer on it. The derailer feels pretty solid, its seems pretty good so far. The shifters are microshift too but they're older, was using them as dt shifters on another bike a while ago
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>>1724540
>>1724570
ty. for any who's curious - neewer brand 12x12" gel sheets, $15 at b&h.
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>>1723353
>15 celcius
what fucking type of poof are you if you think thats cold
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I got a new personal best on my commute lads. 44.1kmh top speed and 22.9 km average over 8.1km when I started cycling to work I was sub 18. feels good.
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>>1725042
Good. Now do that over 30km distances and report back.
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>>1725042
haha look, it's that one commuter guy who thinks he's in a race
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>>1723353
lycrafags lmao. maybe if you wore something other than an autist's gimp suit, you would enjoy riding a bit more
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>>1725092
why do you have imaginary lycrafags living in your head anon
did you get dropped that hard?
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>>1725095
stay on topic. we're talking about (your) faggotry and inability to handle a beautiful day's weather.
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>>1725097
you're the one that veered offtopic with your fantasy lycra character
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>>1725099
ah, except (you) wouldn't be cold at 60f if you weren't a skelotwink in a stretch suit. keep trying to cope your way out of this.
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>>1725101
>she doesn't know there's bike-specific clothing for all sorts of weather
you're just embarrassing yourself further
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>>1725102
more cope, right where i thought it would be.
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Speaking of clothing, why is it still shorts weather? I got a cute new soft shell jacket and I want to wear it with bib tights but it's not cold enough yet
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I saw a cloud of birds over by the sewage plant lagoons this morning so I rode over in afternoon to take a look. Periodically huge groups of snow geese will take off do a loop and land again. I waited about 15 minutes and nothing. Then about 5 minutes after left they were at it again.
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>>1725387
Look at alllll those chickens
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>>1725523
i snorted. thanks for that.
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>>1725073
>>1725090
I literally ride a bike every day and look out for cyclists in my massive truck but no more after this. what the fuck. I'm losing weight and being happy. kys. can't wait to run u over and the anti bike laws to protect me from any consequences
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>>1725606
yeah you sound very happy
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>>1725090
There's nothing with taking pride in improving your physical fitness, anon.
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Freezing my hands going for a walk tonight reminded me I should get around to finishing the heated gloves I was working on last year. I made one glove last year but forgot how I laid out the heating loops. Fortunately I took lot of pictures.

The one glove gets really warm even on low, I doubt I could run them on high. The heating loops are tricky to tune. The shorter they are the hotter they get, too short and it will glow red hot.
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>>1725621
after a post like that u can't expect any mercy
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>ride on the path past the uni as usual
>don't realize it's sportsball day and thousands of people are swarming out of the stadium
>try to swim upstream for a bit but give up and go on the bike paths through downtown instead
>after 2 miles of red lights every hundred yards get pissed and go back home
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>>1726552
>red lights are an obstacle
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spotted this little webster in the trestles under the train bridge
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spooky halloween night rides
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I bought a pair of cycling shoes about 9 years ago but didn't like how much the sole flexed so I threw them in a closet.

With my current shoes worn out I gave the other ones a try. Turns out they are fairly stiff on the bike and most of the flex is forward of the cleat plate. Since those ones have BOA laces I could have saved myself a lot of lace tying the past decade.

A new "MUP" is almost finished. They didn't bother raising it to sidewalk height, and just made it flush with the road. At least they added a barrier otherwise it would become part of the driving lane after the first snow.
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>>1726923
is that emo horse?
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First try for Alpe du Zwift / Road to Sky.
Wasn't trying for the achievement, but when the ETA showed up first it said 60:05 and i thought it would be stupid to miss it by just a few seconds.
This was much more enjoyable than keeping up with the 3.3w/kg pace partner because i didn't have to focus on the screen so much to make sure the stupid motherfucker didn't randomly zip by me downhill or get dropped uphill.
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CHOOSE YOUR PATH ANONS
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>>1727391
UP THE BACKSIDE
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>>1727431
I actually took easy street
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honestly love cycling, this is the most exercise I've done in nearly 20 years. I'm gonna be overweight (as opposed to obese) by fucking Christmas if I can stay off the sauce
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>>1727482
awesome, just in time for the Rapha 500
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>>1727482
nice job anon, stay hydrated
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>>1727501
cold as fuck today but I did thank you
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>>1727505
where the hell do you live that 26°C is considered "cold as fuck"? australia?
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>>1727528
That's only like 75° so it can feel a bit chilly when there's wind. Not really cold until it's like 65 out though IMO, that's when I start needing gloves
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>>1727528
half joking but yeah for the time of year it's very cool and was overcast which is rare
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>>1724176
I ended up cutting my fork, I'm really liking the results. It's starting to get pretty cold here, dipping to about 30-40°F already. I should probably get some gloves or something.

>>1727482
Phenomenal job, anon. You're doing great.
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>>1726532
I got my other heated glove finished so now I have a pair. I just need to remember the thumb on the right one gets hotter than the left.

These 3rd revision gloves were a lot easier to make than the first 2 sets I made which had some issues, like the wires coming loose. I used a heavier pair of gloves instead of just liners so I don't need to wear them inside another glove.

The biggest issue is battery pack placement. I have a pair of heated glove liners with batteries on the cuff but they don't fit inside other gloves. Maybe I'll just attach the packs to the handlebars. Or make extension cables and run down sleeves of jacket. I made extension cables but the wires are a stiff and bulky, need to find some flexible silicone jacketed 2 conductor wire.

Starting to use bar mitts last winter, my hands were warmer so getting the heaters working was a lower priority.
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>>1727721
that is a real nice looking bike, good work
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>>1727777
Cool! How did you make them?
>>1727482
Based fatfuckanon. I wish I had a cycling buddy like you IRL, you'll be a lean machine in no time.
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>>1727840
I'm slow as fuck you'd get bored of dropping me irl
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>>1727721
thanks bud maybe I get a cool looking bike like yours one day but until then just gotta keep plugging
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>>1727840
I made instructions for the previous version, when I update them for this version I'll post a link.
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I'm riding my bike to work again after the months of rainy weather we've had. I wear basketball shorts over long johns because I am too poor for proper cold weather cycling gear.
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>>1728091
Nothing wrong with doing that if it works for you. Cycling specific gear is nice but not really necessary.
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>>1727777
>>1727840
Finished with the tutorial for heated gloves.
https://www.instructables.com/Heated-Gloves-Version-3/

Would have been much longer if I put all the steps for working with / testing the carbon fiber heating material, so I just linked to a separate set of instructions I had made for doing that.
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>>1728178
Very cool, thanks bro
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>>1728187
Hmm, its live for me but not when I switch browsers. It probably needs to be reviewed by an admin first. Should be active later.
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>>1723367
>>1724534

>Bright yellow front headlights
oh ffs i've been wanting this since forever (3 weeks~)
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I rode out to the lagoon where snow geese are landing. Massive flock again. Drove out with someone a few hours later to show them, all gone.
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>>1728490
There were huge trails of birds in the sky as we were driving out. They must all take off right around sunset, so I'll have to get out there a little earlier tomorrow to watch them go.
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>>1724176
working on a build and considering not cutting the steerer using spacers between the stem and headset
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>>1727431
anal guy i see
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>>1728490
>>1728492
Impressive flock! I saw this family yesterday, the grey ones are more common than the white ones here
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I ran into a bunch of chunky baby geese before too
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Cloudy and windy for the 2 hours I was out. Shortly after I got back the sun came out and wind died down. Saw some geese circling.

This time of year I find lots of McDonalds monopoly pieces. Found 4 instant win prizes today, fries, burger, donuts and some online course thing.
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>>1724100
pears please
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>>1729097
Birbs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWaAIVi2-e8
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>>1729106
that was awesome! truly impressive, I also watched the departure video
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>>1729106
TIL I have undiagnosed ornithophobia
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up to the beach again lads. sweaty today
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>>1729146
that saddle angle lmao
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>>1729262
wow rude
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>>1729146
r u a grill
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>>1729364
yea, it's rude that you ride it that way. fix your shit up.
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First day biking since I was a kid. just got the verve+ 3 (because I'm mainly riding for photography + I have arthritis, pls dont h8 for ebike) Didn't take any photos, was just doing a test run. but did 8 miles to a local part there and back from home. was pretty nice. made me hungry. can't wait to get my distance up.
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>>1729371
>>1729374
totally rude responses
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>>1729381
post feet, tits, or gtfo.
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>>1729457
why don't you go and be a child on another board so we can discuss bikes here
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>>1729146
that's a cute bike and i bet you're a cute girl UwU
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Chilly but fun ride tonight. For some reason the air smells really good this time of year
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>>1729538
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>>1729538
>the air smells
Must be nice.
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>>1729459
okay femoid/tranny
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Fun ride.
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>>1727777
I want to test running my gloves off a 5V USB battery since those would be easier / cheaper for people to find. I've seen USB to male DC plugs. So I do a search for DC gender changer and just get pictures of female versions of batman / superman.
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>>1729765
That looks fun as fuck
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>>1729146
>>1729364
>>1729381
>>1729459
you fix your shit yet or nah?
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>>1729770
Way bigger hit on heat output at 5V vs 7.4V than I was expecting, half the watts. Just the nature of electrical circuits. The heat can be increased but the circuit would need to be modified to reduce the resistance. I'll tinker with it some more.

With my 7.4V batteries the gloves get up to 160F on high, so I'll stick to med or low setting.
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>>1730054
that is a complex and long tale involving another bike that needed a donor but that bike is no longer as you see it
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>>1730328
idk if I'm just really high and drunk but I understood none of what you just said, I'm neither of any anons involved in the thread btw
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>>1726552
>get to red light
>get off bike and walk past red light on pavement
>get back on bike when the road is safe
perfectly legal way to pass red lights
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>>1730328
But does the other bike also have a retarded saddle angle? And is it also a tiny girl frame? Anons have a right to know
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Some snow today and -12C tonight. Today was wet, slushy and windy, but tomorrow should be nice riding with everything crusted over.
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>>1730496
I don't understand the upset in this post. is it a board meme to be upset all the time
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>>1731124
slackslower,,pullabit.
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>>1731389
dontbe,,snaper,,,,,ask abouther bike,,,"Nice Gearatio!
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>>1731391
>>1731389
>>1731124
carefull,,Lassi,easeupon themilkyways,,,wereon thinice.
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>>1731394
banhammer
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broke the bracket for my lock :(
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>>1731438
Those cheap pieces of shit are always the first to go.
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Last night I cleaned up the track bike and oiled the chain. Today I got so excited at how good a fresh chain felt so I started doing a slalom as autistically fast as I could because track bike but I did one a little bit too fast and high sided hard as fuck and landed on my side where my pelvic bone ate most of the fall. It hurt like shit and still does but I love how track bikes are so fucking agile
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>>1731729
>I have massive purple bruises on my hip that will ooze puss in a few days
That's not a negative; that's a positive! Because now every time you look in the mirror before a shower you will remember that you are HARDCORE and part of cycling's 1% badasses.
The pavement should fear you, not the other way around.
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Sleepearly.
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>>1731802
It only makes me STRONGER!@ AAAAAA
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wonder how many miles baconrider does a day
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Jack rabbits are changing to winter color. Its funny when we don't get snow until December. All these white hares will be standing still on green grass thinking it makes them invisible.

Started around -5C on my ride and warmed up to 0 on the way back. Fingers were still intermittently cold which is not a good sign for what's to come. Will likely have to use my heated gloves more.
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>>1731984
bacon rides literally all day every day. he exists to ride
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>>1731993
Also a known motor doper.
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>>1732015
He gets a pass
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>>1732016
Who made you hall monitor?
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>>1732103
I am grant peterson and i say e bike is ok if its bacon
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>>1732117
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UYNEu6v6AE
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>>1732103
thealthy,,,choice.
>>1732118
thanks Grant,,oooyour tirestiff!
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>attempt to go for my daily 30km
>10km in
>starts pissing down with rain
>been like this the past week
Nuke Australia's weather this is fucking horseshit.
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>>1732171
>cityfaggot
hasn't rained in bourke for ages
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>>1732172
I'm convinced Canberra is actually Britain because its never sunny here
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>>1732173
30 degrees in Townsville mate
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>>1732174
Jealous. It started raining again
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>>1732175
move up here and ride bikes with me
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>>1732177
Can't get in yet
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fuck sake
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>>1732171
>>1732172
>>1732173
>>1732174
>>1732175
>>1732177
>>1732184
nuke ausfags
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>>1732198
haha nice reflectors and safety stickers faggot
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The weather would be nice today if it wasn't for the melting snow. Going for a ride would require far too much cleaning when I got back. I think I'll go for a walk instead.

Next few days are a mess weatherwise. Snow / rain today. Snow and 90 km/h wind tomorrow. More snow and wind Wednesday. Starting warm then getting colder resulting in ice everywhere.
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>>1732198
Why did you switch to a rigid fork on your bike (besides /n/ memes)? You mostly ride trails don't you? How do you feel about it?
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>>1732350
My suspension fork had play between the stanchions and the lowers within 4 months and I'd used the suspension feature (as in, not locked out) 3 times. The rigid fork is far better for everything except the downhill parts of trails. It's lighter, it has more spring than a locked out suspension fork, it has bosses for additional water storage (just gotta buy the cages now). I really like it. It has to be said though that downhill it does suffer greatly compared to an unlocked suspension fork. I ride green trails but rock gardens fuckin suck
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>>1732394
That's cool. What kinda fork did you get anyway?
Also, at least remove the safety stickers if not the reflectors, as per this post >>1732231 Shit is LAME!
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>>1732420
I got a Salsa Firestarter. It's intended for 29 inch wheels (mine are 27.5) but the A-C length was correct and they fit great. It's lifted the front end up a little and the steering is noticeably slightly different but it's all within what I would consider to be spec. I kinda like how lame it is. But I'll consider taking the stickers off
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Rode downtown to drop off recycling and buy groceries.
First proper winter ride of the year at ~-15°C.
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>>1732425
I told you to fucking desticker.
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>>1732198
Redpill me on toptube-mounted seatstays.
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>>1732485
its called a triple triangle design. people much smarter than me have expounded on the pros and cons. looks cool though.
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>>1732484
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>>1732425
That's not lame, that's based.
>>1732439
Shit bro is that Alaska or something?
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>>1732491
fucking kek
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>>1732792
>a little bit of snow
>>shit dude, it must be alaska!
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>>1732808
Well I live in Southern Alberta and we still haven't got snow or -15 yet sooooOooOo...
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>>1732792
I think the polite way to refer to that sticker is "of its time"
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>>1732439
damm that's fun
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>>1732808
He's only off by 180 km
It's the Yukon
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>>1726851
I heard a city bus messed up a section of this new path yesterday during the first snow. Took out a bunch of signs and knocked curbs into the path. I thought for sure it would be the snow plows that would get it.

I'm pretty sure they'll remove all the curbs now for the safety of motorists.
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Out stomping fat bike trails with some people using snowshoes tonight. I heard there was going to be an eclipse but I didn't see anything. Turns out it doesn't start until midnight.
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>>1733556
The idea that you need to stomp a fatbike trail is ridiculous to my mind. It goes against the raison d'etre for fatbikes and only serves demonstrate how stupid fatbikes really are.
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>>1733589
was about to post this
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>>1733589
Fat bikes have relied on pre-compacted snow from their very inception at the Iditabike race following the paths laid down during a sled dog race.
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Tried out my heated gloves today. Worked well, but left them off most of the time since it wasn't very cold. With my raynauds circulation can get cut off at any time when its cold so its nice to be able to kick start it again faster. I was also reminded that high exertion can be a trigger for it, particularly when I'm riding loose snow for extended periods.

Still working on battery placement. Battery / controller won't fit on glove without making it impossible to layer. Attaching it to my jacket sleeves with velcro for now. Might put the controller on the jacket sleeves and run an extension cable through the arms and keep the batteries in the jacket, adding a few small interior pockets.
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My main bike has been out of commission for the past 6 months and I have been fixed gear only. This weekend i should have gears again, just need to run new cables/housing, wrap the bars and repack the pedal bearings. Really looking forward to being able to shift again. It has been fun but errands on a fixed gear gets old, full panniers and a steep 600 foot hill climb at least once a week. I am going to love the hell out of that granny gear for that first climb.
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My arm is in a cast, I haven't ridden for close to 2 weeks now and I want to die. fml
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Early season fat biking is so hard on the legs. Under 13 km/h avg speed and most of it was on firm ground. 2h 40 mins to go 34 km.

Energy faded on the way home that last 2 rides. Managed to not drink anything either ride.
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>>1733920
Just ride one handed man, it'll be fine
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One of my heated gloves drained its battery faster than the other one. I did a current test and one draws 25% more amperage than the other, oops. I made each one about a year and a half apart and dialed back the heat for the thumb in the second one. I may have to turn the first one inside out and modify it to be like the other one. Or bring extra batteries.
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>>1733663
Which, I repeat, just goes to show how stupid fatbikes are.
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>>1734213
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I saw them setting up a Christmas tree stand already this year and i got kinda pissed off that they didn't wait until December but then i remembered that it's a pretty nice day so everything was fine. Climbed like 350ft at a mostly constant 10% grade and i managed to keep my cadence good which was cool, usually when I do that hill i end up sprinting and sitting and then sprinting again and i have a terrible time, this was much faster overall. Was a nice day
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>>1732198
>>1732231
>>1732420

Get thereflectors outof your spokes. They end up warping the rim out of true, because centrifugal force pushes them outwards putting undue tension on the spokes. I swear spoke reflectors are a scam initiated by bike companies to purposefully build in a limited life lifespan to sell new bikes every few years.

If you are safety inclined, buy reflective rim decals off eBay/amaz for a few buckerinos
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>>1734608
Also when i was climbing the big hill i passed two guys on electric mtbs and i had to go around them to pass and they said 'haha it's a traffic jam on far west' and nobody has spoken to me in a couple days so i was surprised and didn't know how to respond so i laughed really loud like a schizo then i realized that's almost autism tier so i sped up a bit and the embarrassment of another human seeing me made me faster
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>>1734625
>centrifugal force of a couple of grams at mtb speeds bending a spoke
wow anon I've never seen such a stupid post
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>>1734628
true /n/ spirit
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>used to love cycling
>going out to random parts of town on me ol bike
>get a job
>have to start cycling to work
>now starting to despise it
bros what do
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>>1734671
Working is shit, just shoplift and live in a van
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>>1734671
wtf I love cycling to work maybe u gotta mix ur route up. I travel along a footpath along a river for 15 minutes then gotta do 10 on the road.
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>>1734715
this, also add another bike or two for variety
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>>1734718
definitely this. if you have lockers at work for your work clothes you can do one day a week on a bike with a rack to take old clothes home and bring new ones in and the other 4 days on something fun like a TT bike
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>>1734722
Im not >>1734671
But I definitively would love to try going to work with bike but:
> 17 km commute, most of it on straight flat boring road, last 5 km on shitty ass town with narrow road and crazy drivers (south europe).
>no shower or locker at work, I can only use below my desk as a storage for clothes and shoes.
>A bit scared of coming back during night since have to ride in pitch black country road with cars zooming at 100 km by me (the straight part I mentioned earlier).

The fact that I also have a car and motorbike makes extremely easy for me to not
give a fuck and travel comfy.

Should I force myself to try? Also Im fit enough since I ride plenty in weekends and during week if occasion arise.
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>>1734737
17km of straight line, ehhhhh, you need a way to make it fun or you just won't do it. my commute is 8k and about 5k of it is the river path with heaps of sudden steep ascents and descents and sharp turns
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>>1734737
sounds sketchy as fuck anon, I wouldn't do it. just drive your bike to nicer places and enjoy the ride
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>>1734739
If my commute would have been less than 10 km I would be already a full bike commuting fag, flashing lights up in the butt and everything.
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>>1734741
I do literally live where I live for the proximity to work desu. I was driving 40 minutes each way at my last job, then moved in with gf and driving an hour each way, just no. the fuel bills alone cause my car has a huge engine. I am glad to be cycling it gets me going in the morning. but I don't think I'd be doing 17km without a shower at work.
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>>1734743
You still live with yout gf?
MA and wife have chosen to live that far because its equally distant from our workplaces (we work in two separate cities) also we both enjoy the countriside, having a network of offroad path right out of your door is cool. Downside as mentioned earlier is that you are stuck to motorized vehicle for a practical commute.
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>>1734746
not right now. I moved here for complex legal reasons. she has moved in with her parents and is moving here in the new year with a view to flitting between the two so she can handle family stuff when it occurs and still be with me most of the time. I am very Iucky and grateful.
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>>1734671
shit man, what sort of exciting job do you have where cycling to it and home is not the highlight of your day?
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>>1734864
[spoiler]cleaner[/spoiler]
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>>1734912
custodial work can actually be pretty fun. I used to clean the floors and empty the trash cans at an office building at night when I was in college, and it was a great job since it was super chill, no time crunch, could listen to music, and being in an empty building at night is pretty cool. Only think that really sucked is you make no money at all
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>>1734912
I guess it's just because your route is boring. when I worked at restaurants my commutes were my favorite part of the day
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>>1734936
mate 17km without showering at the other end? and then do a full day's work? by judging this anon you have cast judgement on yourself and your filthy habits
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>>1734955
oh, how will I ever live down the scorn of a random anon on a tahitian underwater basket weaving forum?
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>>1734969
so why be mean in the first place if you acknowledge the consequences mean nothing. go take a shower too
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>>1734976
how was I being mean to him? I told him I commuted to a shitty job, too. he earlier said his route was a flat straight line so i guessed that was boring to him instead of a fun ride? why are you taking up for someone else who wasn't even insulted in the first place?
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>>1734990
>n-no stop I should be able to bully at will
the new jannie is going to get rid of all bullies and shitposters so change your ways now anon!
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>>1735004
you're insane
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I just did a 12 mile ride today (ima only my 3rd ride so far)
was 36F so not too bad. hopefully when it really gets into winter I still be able to push it and stay warm.
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>>1735319
Youll get hands and feet cold. Equip yourself properly.
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>>1735328
i got gloves, but other than shoes and thick socks, is there anything else I can do for my feet?
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>>1735345
Galoshes on the outside of your shoes.
If its really bad warming cream and thermal patches on your foot (this for very long rides).
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Lots of geese and a few ducks still hanging around. Some of them will stick around all winter. There are aerators in the lake that keep an open spot in the ice for quite a while. A culvert in another area that keeps an open patch of water the entire winter.
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>>1735345
The granny gear is the best thing for staying warm when it gets really cold, a few minutes of high rpm pedaling to get the blood flowing good does wonders. Keep your torso warm and keep the heart rate up.
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>>1735345
When its not cold enough for boots I'll pull a huge pair of insulated socks over my shoes and wear rain covers on top of that.
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>>1735349
I love the winter ducks, we have a massive flock of mallards collect most winters. Geese tend to not like it this far north and the ones that do stay tend to call it quits and head south once it starts getting well below 0F.
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I didn't ride today and i don't even know why I was going to i was ready the weather was ok and i just didn't go. I didn't get up or leave the house today and i barely ate. I just can't do anything anymore and i am so tired. I really need to just start taking amphetamines or something
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>>1735417
as someone who's been exactly where you are now and worse, amphetamines are not the solution. you need to see a psychiatrist. not a psychologist. psychiatrist who can prescribe. I was tired, wouldn't leave the house, lost my job, lost 40 pounds when I was underweight to begin with. barely ate. these are textbook chronic depression. my friend took me to the last resort public psych hospital. got on Lexapro and later Seroquel. I finally feel "with it" for the first time in my life.

I can't diagnose you, but you sound as desperate as I once was.

there is help, there is a way out. don't give up on yourself like I did. the help is real.

meanwhile keep riding. vigorous exercise can help even you out. face the sun for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. powerful (or really close-up) lights work on cloudy days. but these are not enough, they're just helpful things you can do now.

you can be happy. but it takes courage and work to navigate to it. but you can do it.
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>>1735417
you need to begin shagging on an industrial scale. only shagging will cure you
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>>1735387
b-batman?
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>>1735417
when I feel like this I think of shia labeouf
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First proper snow day today. Commuting on a fatbike is fun in weather like this.
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first below 0C ride today.
I don't know how that happened but my winter jacket is a bit too tight.
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>>1736073
you got fat.
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Did a loop of the fat bike trails today. Tomorrow it will be above freezing by 8 am, so it will be a mountain bike day.

A few days well above freezing coming up which will create more and more ice on the roads. But not enough to melt down to bare pavement in most spots.
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rode through a full blown monsoon today after rain stopped play at work (I live in the tropics) and while pedalling down a highway with water sheeting off the road dodging retarded cars my left crank fell off
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>>1735004
The new janny gave me a 3 day global ban for making a thread about ICE bicycle conversion kits so you might be on to something.
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I wanted to eat at chicken king since I hadn't eaten before my ride but then realized it was thanksgiving and felt moderately disappointed. 30 miles fasted was a terrible idea.
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Cloudy today which limited the melting somewhat. Roads were fairly decent for the mtb, lots of bare pavement in tire ruts. The shoulder is full of snow so I need to ride in the driving lane. That alone has me picking different routes for winter riding as low traffic volume becomes more important. Since I'm already going a lot slower sticking to side streets doesn't slow me down much.
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Just chilling.
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I've become one of those weirdos who use their bike as general transportation and I hate it
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>>1736552
I'm poor. I use my bike for everything
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>>1736561
that's some kinky anal fisting you're doing.
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>>1736552
If you hate it and keep doing it, it's your fault
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>>1736564
I love doing it but I hate being that person. people look at me and assume I attend climate change protests and smoke weed
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>>1736552
fuck off then.
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>>1723965
Really like the spokes, might do something similar on my bike. Don't you get twigs/branches/leaves stuck under the fenders when riding trails?
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>>1736582
>your post has made my life worse!
I don't know what you think you're doing but it's not trolling
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Pretty nice out today 1C and sunny. Roads were mostly dry, still have the kind of ice that studs bite into well. If it keeps melting and refreezing it can become smooth and hard that the studs can't grab.

Several warm days coming up. Main streets might actually become completely free of snow and ice. Side streets have enough shade they are unlikely to completely melt down.

If it wasn't supposed to be windy gravel would be a good option for the next week.
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>>1736759
>1C and sunny.
This is the worst riding weather. I like it better when it's a few degrees below 0.
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>>1736766
it's because at 1C and above, there's still a significant amount of humidity in the air increasing its thermal conductivity. Accompanied by wind chill and 1C some reason feels sharper. When temperatures drop below freezing, the drier air slows down heat transfer. I think
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>>1736780
Nah, it's because 1°C and sunny is when the ice is melty and most slippery.
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>>1736783
Yeah, I would take -20°C over slush any day
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>>1736783
ah you're right, slush does suck, freezing rain sucks just as much too
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>>1736759
Came across this while I was out. Posted online to see if anyone was missing it.

Looking closer it appears someone tried riding it with 2 flat tires. Front valve is at an angled from tire slipping on rim, and rear tire came off the rim. At that point saddle angle was likely adjusted in anger.
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Now in the winter it's mostly dark when I ride to work and back
>>1732439 Here in Switzerland it's yet not so cold like in Alaska hehe
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Fantastic riding weather today. -7°C and beautiful snow. Went for a only a short ride just before sunset. Enjoyed it a lot.
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Got chased by a dog because someone left their gate open. Dropped the dog no problem but in my panic I forgot that I was on the little ring and ended up totally cross chained. Realized I was retarded as soon as I was away from the dog and went to shift up in front then totally dropped the chain and had to get off the bike to get it back on. Was a great ride other than that though lol
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>>1723245
I ran over and killed a squirrel today :( I was going like 80% of my power and one squirrel chasing another across the street. I hit the first one cleanly, 28mm tires at 25mph cut that thing like butter. The gore and seeing it flail around dying and coughing blood didn't really gross me out but the feeling of crushing it and how squishy it felt is something I won't forget some reason.
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>>1737156
grow up tranny
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>>1737156
I've done it. a cross between "that stupid bastard damn near wrecked me" and feeling bad seeing it jerk involuntarily, in half
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>>1737001
nice
Did you enjoy some snowy lanes or clean roads?
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>>1737477
Mostly snowy bike paths.
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3-4C today, warm on the way out today. Cooler coming back against the wind. Temperature dropped a few degrees when it started raining the last 10 minutes. Forecasting +10C for Wednesday.

Wish it would cool down to get rid of the road spray.
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>>1737535
>Finally get some fenders
>Ride in rain once, to great satisfaction
>Hasn't rained when I can ride since
I crave sloppy wet streets like that
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Which one do I follow?
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a tree branch fell off a tree and broke on my head this morning
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Starting out. Trying to get from South Canberra to North Canberra in a single ride. I got to the fringes of North Canberra before deciding to turn around, which was a mistake considering I had the biggest hill climb in my life. Also the amount of bugs that went in my mouth was disgusting.

Gonna try and attempt it on Saturday since that coincides with a cheat day anyway.
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>>1737584
Are you ok bro?
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>>1737649
That's a decent route. My top climb was around 350 meters so far. For insects try to breath through your nose as much as you can. Or just learn to enjoy their taste.
One think I dread in summer time around here are the the horsefly.
The fuckers are relentless. they chase you, they bite you and make you bleed badly.
Fucking things are like made to make you enjoy cycling in winter
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Moscow is all wet and salty, because we got like 3 days of snow and the road services went ape shit and decided that unless they salt everything we would die or whatever.
Rode during snowfall, might be the last ride in over a month
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>>1737667
Is it as bad as the dashcams video make it look to urban ride in Moscow?
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>>1737672
Bikes aren't really meant to be on most big public roads, but if you stay on smaller roads or on sidewalks everything is totally fine.
At least that's how most people ride.
I've seen roadies on busy highways, I wouldn't ride there because cages stink out the air, there's dust and dirt and the asphalt is rough at times.
We have an open air track in Krylatskoe, that was built for the Olympics, I've been there several times this summer on my road bike and it might be the most fun I've ever had on a bike. Also, you can bring your bike on the S-Bahn, so you can ride anywhere in the city
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>>1737584
unironically get checked for concussion
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>>1737687
you're too late anon I'm already sleeping. besides I was wearing my helmet
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>>1737717
>effective treatment for some psychological disorders like depression
So is a bullet to the brain.
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Got groceries for the first time on my bike, I really should have bought racks for my touring bike instead of this, 25s were pretty uncomfy with all this weight. I had to wear my bag which really made my ass hurt as well.
Might just put these wheels on my other bike and order some 32c or larger tires instead of the 27" ones that are on there. Just wish I could find a chrome front/rear rack combo for a decent price.
The panniers I ordered are coming soon at least.
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I just installed these cheap aerobars on my hybrid.
Not having the brakes at hand, maybe ringing the bells can help what do you guys think?
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>>1737779
how fucking long are those aero bars lmao
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>>1737780
The stem of the handlebar is quite short, and it`s on a hybrid bike with a small frame (Thats what I found last year, thanks to Rona fucking up the market)

So basically to have the elbow/shoulder line align with the fork and having my hands grabbing something I had to push the bars all the way out.

Also tonight I moved the cheap computer in the middle, in the pic is still in that awkward placement.

Also dont take this too seriously, I'm just havin fun with 15$ accessory in the hope to bamboozle some sunday fat road cyclist.
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>>1737782
you just blow in from r*ddit?
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>>1737782
Forgot to add a picture of the whole contraption.
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>>1737783
Naww I just hate sometime how 4chan compress you in these small reply boxes so I type a lot of "return" in hope to read my text better. Sometime I remember that this is bad, sometimes I forget.
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>>1737784
Holy fuck
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Another 30km ride today. This time it was with an injury because a group of teenage boys on those dumbass e-scooters were deliberately crashing into cyclists and mocking any bystanders who said something.

Hate teenagers so fucking much, hate those e-scooters too.
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>>1737784
ahahahaha
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my non drive crank arm fell off again :( gotta carry an Allen key now until I can get it sorted on the weekend
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>>1737926
How many they were? Those little piece of shit are always hang out together, best to avoid facing them and consider reporting them to the police.
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>>1738015
>>1737926
Imagine letting yourself get bullied by literal children. Better get a draconian new law passed! Make it illegal for minors to be in possession of a scooter without an CHRISTIAN chaperone? Pee testing for groups of 2 or more? State penis inspections mandatory to make sure they aren't cross dressing under the eyes of GOD? That will teach them!
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>>1738019
Despite sounding ridiculous (lmao you got bullied by babies) youth gang can be dangerous and are actively pursued in my country when this shit happens.

Most of the time they punish their parents badly and the kids can go into custody of foster families (aka no more PS4 John).

Besides even if you go full retard and hurt/ shoot them you will be immediately labeld as the monster who hurt a poor angelic baby (picture of innocent baby taken 5 years ago passing on the tv).
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>>1738023
>in my country
just say it cunt
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>>1738025
>trying to mock the country because he run out of arguments
Go back to >>>/int/
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>>1738029
that was my first post and i don't give a fuck where you live but if YOU bring it up don't be obtuse like some faggot just say it
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>>1729105
Hope you like Bosc, Anon, the Bartletts were kinda squishy and the D'Anjou were a few days from being ripe.
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>>1738019
>State penis inspections mandatory to make sure they aren't cross dressing
how does penis inspection tell you of that
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Another melty day. The remaining ice on side streets is gradually turning into the smooth stuff that studs are less effective on. Also some ruts forming which can pose and invisible hazard the next time it snows.

I rode through a construction area which had a mud soup all over the road which made a huge mess. I really should know better.

A lot more rabbits around today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3eLSfhkBKQ
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>>1738100
girldick has a different mouthfeel
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>>1738015
Had no choice since it was the only path. They wouldn't be as bad if they didn't have those fucking e-scooters.

We need to be like Singapore and ban them.
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>>1738099
Reflectors ftw
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No ride today. I was gonna go out for a recovery ride but then the first summer storm appeared and now it's absolutely shitting rain rn.

I understand God, I'll get up early tomorrow and crush 40km tomorrow (since its supposed to storm AGAIN in the arvo), then 50-60km on Saturday, then another 40km on Sunday.

Least I have leg day tonight to look forward to.
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>>1737785
you can resize it dumbass
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something great happened today

>casually but swiftly riding home
>very wide lanes, plenty of room for me and for the (light) traffic to pass me safely
>spinning along, beautiful day
>suddenly:
>YAAAA!!!
>some idiot in the passenger seat of a passing car thought he could scare me into a wreck
>I'm a seasoned rider, I don't rattle for anything
>naturally, about 30 seconds later, they're stopped at a red light.
>filter between the curb and cars behind them
>as I pass the guy, I yell "YOU'RE RETARDED!" into his window
>run the red light
>get pretty far before they overtake me again, but I'm in the right lane with parked cars behind and ahead, the guy can't get at me as they pass
>wave happily at them
> next red light
>see the guy has the door cracked, trying to start some shit
>hop over the curb
>pass them on the sidewalk
> can finally lock eyes with the guy
>smile broadly
>wave cheerily
>"Hi, retard!"
>hear tremendous, cackling laughter
>the lady driving is laughing her ass off at her friend
>pull off into the next alley, ditch them permanently

made muh day
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>>1738835
based af
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>>1738835
Based. Fuck those guys who try to make us crash.
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post some nice christmas decorations you pass
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I took a wrong turn so didn't get to hit 60km but on the bright side I did increase my distance.
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The tourists are returning.
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just got back from the beach
legs hurt
back hurts
feels good man
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>>1738986
>tfw out is heavy raining and I know I can last more or less 1 hour before giving up to cold.

Shit sucks here, nice ride mate.
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>>1738986
>9h40 moving time
god damn. post average speed
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>>1738992
jeez just do the math
172.2/9.7 = 17.8 km/h.
Considering he did 2000 meter of elevation I think its quite good.
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>>1738994
yeah that's impressive. great job fella!
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Moving time is a pretty shit metric. I can also do a 9 hour ride moving time if you give me a week.
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>>1738992
>>1738994
>>1738995
lol yes it was a slow ride indeed
>group of three
>one of us a girl
>all loaded with clothes, sleeping bags, etc (no tents or cooking gear thankfully)
>ride to the beach is pic related
>then 5 days of mixed resting and riding, ~140km ~2900mt total
>then ride back home
n-not that I'm making excuses or anything, I don't consider myself fast
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anyway, here's the only pic I took
long palm is long
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>>1739020
and of course I forgot the ride pic
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>>1739021
That palm looks like its tired of ground bullshit.
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More snow tomorrow, then a taste of -25C cold. The last week and a half of warm weather has made a lot of slick ice on the alleys and side streets.

I used my heated gloves for the past 2 rides. Putting the batteries in my jacket and running extension cables down the sleeves works much better than having the batteries near the gloves. I ordered some USB-C PD doohickeys from Banggood that will let me get 9V instead of the default 5V so I should be able to get decent heat out of a power bank (resistance of gloves is fixed so you can only increase wattage by increasing voltage). I wired up PWM motor controller into a project box which will allow more heat control than the 3 setting controller I'm using now which probably won't be adequate for the higher voltage.
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Beautiful sky tonight and great weather. I dropped my chain again tho lol, i need to see if I can fix that, or possibly just switch to a modern crankset and front derailer
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>>1739021
This is actually a really good photo, you should post it on /p/ it's better than most of the shit there
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>>1739336
>dude I dropped my chain I should just CONSOOOOOOOOOM
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>>1739395
>dude i will make any excuse to accuse eberyone of CONSOOOOOOOOOOOOMing
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NEW THREAD:

>>1739625
>>1739625
>>1739625
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thecarbon,,,Must flow.





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