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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:51 am    Post subject: The Current Stable  Reply with quote





















And here's my 5-year old's racing bike.  I decided you could appreciate its magnitude better with some perspective:









Of course I had to take it for a ride:




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I want to see you go uphill on that badboy Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

u drive a gashog.. i hate ford.. ciao
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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u drive a gashog.. i hate ford.. ciao


Me, too, but the bikes and the kids and the gear all fit in nicely.  We use it only for certain excursions, and try to cut down on gas expenses by biking more.  Plus I got it for about $6500 under book value two years ago.

I'll post a pic of my 9-year old's new junior Bianchi as soon as I put it together.  Got a great deal on it in San Francisco at American Cyclery, where Robin Williams (the Academy Award-winning actor) buys and services his bikes.

Now, TT, aside from the Ford...what do you think of the bikes?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bikes all lovely, spoilt by big red heap in background. As I tell my good friend who has a  similar vehicle, people who drive 4x4s ought to be summarily shot in the face as they give the bird to the rest of society! (grain prices rising dramatically as biofuels try and plug the peak oil gap). Smile

Please keep us updated on the Bianchi, I've spent a lot of time this week running around holding the seat of my 4yo nephew's bike, and all his cousins have been so disappointing in the bicycling front that he's my last chance - I will make a cyclist out of one of these monkeys!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cardinal guzman wrote:
Bikes all lovely, spoilt by big red heap in background. As I tell my good friend who has a  similar vehicle, people who drive 4x4s ought to be summarily shot in the face as they give the bird to the rest of society! (grain prices rising dramatically as biofuels try and plug the peak oil gap). Smile

Please keep us updated on the Bianchi, I've spent a lot of time this week running around holding the seat of my 4yo nephew's bike, and all his cousins have been so disappointing in the bicycling front that he's my last chance - I will make a cyclist out of one of these monkeys!


Here's the thing about the SUV.  I love it.  I'm not the only truck driver who lives on a farm, either.  We live on a dirt road that is about a mile long.  If it snows, we usually don't get plowed in a timely fashion.  Since I have to be at work and care for patients, I can get out.  And here's the other thing.  I have had many, many neck injuries and concussions (including one where I ended up in a coma for a few days and almost didn't make it)  over the years.  One more concussion could be my last.  Since size matters on the roads, and since I'm a defensive driver, especially now, if you hit me I still might have a chance.

I also haul boats for family members and haul brush and leaves and all sorts of shite.  It's a truck.  I'd put a plow on it if I thought that wouldn't destroy it fast.

So I get around the gas issue by simply using only when I need to.  I ride my bike to work and back in the spring, summer and fall.  We are a very green family in many other ways-- solar power rechargers, paperless medical office (EMR), recycle and compost everything, huge herb and vegetable garden, fruit trees and a variety of berries growing on our property.  We farm vegetables.  We also fish, and we used to raise chickens and other animals (not anymore).  We use well water and we filter it for consumption.  I'm looking into solar heating for the house at this very minute.

How many of you all are doing that?

The Bianchi.  Just arrived two days ago.  Still sitting in a box, hiding.  I'll likely give it to her before her birthday, which is in late May.  She's apprehensive about clipless pedals, though.  ANy sugestions so I don't accidentally ruin her experience?  I would love to see her race, but that's another story altogether.  I hope that desire comes from simply watching me race, maybe through osmosis or something...

All ideas welcome...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



That's the pic I've wanted to see, because I wanted to get a sense of scale. I saw the one  with your daughter by it, but that didn't really give a sense of scale. Is the rear deraileur standard size?

As far as an SUV goes, it is nonsense to demonize them. Somebody could drive a more efficient vehicle and yet consume more gallons in a year if they drove it far enough.  For those that are still really outraged about a guzzler, don't you know that the taxes on fuel are plenty punishment enough?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, I was looking at those pics too and thought you still don't really see how small it is.  Yes, it is a standard size Sun Tour derailleur that Gitane used on these bikes c. mid-70's.  Originally it had a downtube shifter, also full-sized, but we found a bar-end shifter, also Sun Tour, lying around the shop where I do business.  It means my little one doesn't have to take her hands off the bars to shift.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the Gitane!!!  Look forward to seeing the Bianchi - the most 'romantic' of all bikes.  Hope it is celeste blue!?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the bikes are ok.. i like Gitane too.. that truck was a steal... bianchi never road latest type...but my freind who rode worlds junoir in 87.. rode his...its a monster..

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smugly smiling in the corner here as the former owner of a sad, neglected Gitane that once again can hold it's head up in the world.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CapeRoadie wrote:
cardinal guzman wrote:
Bikes all lovely, spoilt by big red heap in background. As I tell my good friend who has a  similar vehicle, people who drive 4x4s ought to be summarily shot in the face as they give the bird to the rest of society! (grain prices rising dramatically as biofuels try and plug the peak oil gap). Smile

Please keep us updated on the Bianchi, I've spent a lot of time this week running around holding the seat of my 4yo nephew's bike, and all his cousins have been so disappointing in the bicycling front that he's my last chance - I will make a cyclist out of one of these monkeys!


Here's the thing about the SUV.  I love it.  I'm not the only truck driver who lives on a farm, either.  We live on a dirt road that is about a mile long.  If it snows, we usually don't get plowed in a timely fashion.  Since I have to be at work and care for patients, I can get out.  And here's the other thing.  I have had many, many neck injuries and concussions (including one where I ended up in a coma for a few days and almost didn't make it)  over the years.  One more concussion could be my last.  Since size matters on the roads, and since I'm a defensive driver, especially now, if you hit me I still might have a chance.

I also haul boats for family members and haul brush and leaves and all sorts of shite.  It's a truck.  I'd put a plow on it if I thought that wouldn't destroy it fast.

So I get around the gas issue by simply using only when I need to.  I ride my bike to work and back in the spring, summer and fall.  We are a very green family in many other ways-- solar power rechargers, paperless medical office (EMR), recycle and compost everything, huge herb and vegetable garden, fruit trees and a variety of berries growing on our property.  We farm vegetables.  We also fish, and we used to raise chickens and other animals (not anymore).  We use well water and we filter it for consumption.  I'm looking into solar heating for the house at this very minute.

How many of you all are doing that?

The Bianchi.  Just arrived two days ago.  Still sitting in a box, hiding.  I'll likely give it to her before her birthday, which is in late May.  She's apprehensive about clipless pedals, though.  ANy sugestions so I don't accidentally ruin her experience?  I would love to see her race, but that's another story altogether.  I hope that desire comes from simply watching me race, maybe through osmosis or something...

All ideas welcome...


Hi Cape,

I suspected as much on the SUV front - you're more polite than my mate who's standard response is; "fuck off you hippy shitbag" Wink

A more nervous cyclist than mrs Guz has yet to be born - when she goes downhill it's so slow you need timelapse to see any movement at all, but she did manage to trust me that clipless is easier to release and clip into, and she hasn't looked back since! (she can't actually look back without falling off Rolling Eyes )
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My suggestion to people who are using clipless pedals for the first time is this...

Pretend they are ski bindings. You pop out of the side of ski binds like you have to with pedals to get out in a hurry.

I also suggest riding up to curbs and pop out to rest the nearest foot on the curb.

FYI: Cape's Madone looks even better in real life. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say I think the fixed is the 'best looking' bike of the bunch ... but its certainly a nice stable.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Love the Gitane!!!  Look forward to seeing the Bianchi - the most 'romantic' of all bikes.  Hope it is celeste blue!?


It is Celeste blue, with some sporty navy blue mixed in.  It has full Campy Chorus, in mini!  I'll post when it's built up.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend Mark M. is standing here and just came up with an idea!  He said that my 9-year old should ride with one clipless pedal and one not.  Brilliant!  Feedback?  He may join this site soon.  He's a great rider and an expert mechanic.  He should join right?
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C'mon Mark! What have you got to lose but time? Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hi Cape,

I suspected as much on the SUV front - you're more polite than my mate who's standard response is; "fuck off you hippy shitbag" Wink

A more nervous cyclist than mrs Guz has yet to be born - when she goes downhill it's so slow you need timelapse to see any movement at all, but she did manage to trust me that clipless is easier to release and clip into, and she hasn't looked back since! (she can't actually look back without falling off Rolling Eyes )


Hi Mr. Guz,

Laughing  I'm trying to be nicer here at justcycling  Wink

Clipless is the only way to go if you're going to be a little racer... good story!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

berck wrote:
My suggestion to people who are using clipless pedals for the first time is this...

Pretend they are ski bindings. You pop out of the side of ski binds like you have to with pedals to get out in a hurry.

I also suggest riding up to curbs and pop out to rest the nearest foot on the curb.

FYI: Cape's Madone looks even better in real life. Smile


ski bindings..well, she does ski... I'll definitely mention it...


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