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  1. montreal5

    Trek 7.6 v Specialized Sirrus Comp

    I have a sirrus sport, and it is great, but you might be in trouble. They just rolled out the new line of bikes, and specialized revamped the sirrus. It's now more of a hybrid and less of a flat-bar road bike. On the other hand, you might be able to pick up a 2006 for a deal. It's a great bike.
  2. montreal5

    Hot female cyclist!

    i'd have to agree cycling is a sausage fest. i went on an organized ride, and there was like a gang of gay guys (not that there was anything wrong with that), a couple of them had handlebars moustaches. It was pretty un-chick friendly. the only women i see on bikes are ususally with their bf or...
  3. montreal5

    From NYC?

    http://www.roberts-1.com/bikehudson/r/a/index.htm this is a good site for different rides, it has cue sheets and rough maps
  4. montreal5

    From NYC?

    i dont really train, i just ride. central park is ok after work. They shut out traffic after 7, but there are a lot of runners and rollerbalders. you can go to the park before 8 and it is generally less crowded and biker friendly other than the park, there really isnt anything "trainable"...
  5. montreal5

    Cleats and commuting

    so friday, i took off my toe clips and screwed on the cleats. i rode with them after work and did 45 miles yesterday. I gotta say i love the clipless. They werent hard to get out of, but sometime hard to get into. But once clipped in, i felt at one with the bike. it was very zen
  6. montreal5

    From NYC?

    i am. Wanna make sumptin' a it?
  7. montreal5

    Cleats and commuting

    I live in NYC, and I commute 10 mi a day and do another 10-20 miles after work. I currently use toe clips, but I bought a pair of SPD cleats. Is it safe and/or practical to use clipless pedals when commuting? Should I stick with toe clips?
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    Are all cyclists wankers?

    this has been a great thread. I'm glad I've found some people agree that some cycling fanatics are out of thier minds. I ride to improve my fitness, and I also enjoy the process. I respect people who are great athletes, but not when it comes at the expense of common decency or respect for...
  9. montreal5

    Are all cyclists wankers?

    Yes, we NYers are wankers, but cycling really brings out the aggressive, egoists.
  10. montreal5

    Are all cyclists wankers?

    My observation that "cycling" culture fixates on a small portion of the bike-riding community (ie Landis et al) to the exclusion of the vast majority of people who rides bikes. I think its a case of the tailo wagging the dog.
  11. montreal5

    Are all cyclists wankers?

    I live in NY, so my perception may be skewed, but are most "cyclists" wankers? I ride my bike becuase it affords me personal freedom, and an outlet for whatever stresss I may accumulate. I have no need to be the fastest man in the park, have the most expensive bike, or the perfectly coordinated...
  12. montreal5

    Budget Bike $800

    For $800 you can get a sirrus sport, which has a road bike's crankset. It is a great bike. My wife has the Giant FCR2 which is also quite good. Whichever bike you get, spend as much as you can. You really do get what you pay for. I originally had a $300 diamondback hybrid, and when I upgraded, I...
  13. montreal5

    "Street" tires vs. All terrain...

    Another thing to consider is PSI (or bars). A lot of times I see guys on mountain bikes with their tires smooshed out on the street. If youre gonna be riding on the street, you wanna fill them up to the max pressure. I have a sirrus sport and I can feel the difference between 80psi and 120 psi...
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    pimp your schwinn

    I just like the idea of cyclists thumbing their noses at the self-important sport of cycling. The vast majority of bikes sold will never see a time trial and the vast majority of riders will never ride a century. Yet there's an undercurrent in cycling culture that all those people on all those...
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    pimp your schwinn

    it's not a compelling argument for a $53 bike, but it did beat 9 people.
  16. montreal5

    pimp your schwinn

    I saw this article: http://www.teamroadmeister.com/ about two guys who tried to race a schwinn. the website kind of dies out and doesnt mention anything about how they fared, which makes me think it didnt work out. Anyone have any more info about this? I loved their in your face attitude.
  17. montreal5

    Mountain Shoes

    I am looking into getting a pair of mountain shoes. They range in price from $40 to $240. What does the extra cost buy you. What should I be looking for?
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    what type of bike was it?

    Is there any realistic advantage to having this frame? Not that I'm gonna get one, I just marvel how people go to extremes in biking.
  19. montreal5

    what type of bike was it?

    i'm pretty sure it was a softride, but i remember it not have a down tube.
  20. montreal5

    what type of bike was it?

    the other day i was in the park and i was passed by a guy on an odd looking bike. The frame was basically shaped like this: __\ It had no seat stays, the seat was basically a little arm that came out just below the headset. It had normal sized road tires and looked to be carbon fibre.