esc_in_ks wrote:I'll provide a counterpoint on riding shorts.
I used to use riding shorts, but the good ones I liked were really, really expensive (around $70-$90 per pair) and I was wearing them out like crazy. About two years ago, I mostly stopped using them and use normal gym shorts on rides less than 30 miles. That works just fine if you're willing to put up with some pain. I do have a good seat that's mostly gets rid of the "male numbness" problem, but without padded shorts, I sometimes get that after a while.
tanker27 wrote:You are quite right, I have gone through a few pairs of Shorts already at 80 bucks a pop. I.m interested in your saddle, what are you using? FWIW, I have a big ass
PenGun wrote: Good luck. Oh and if you don't fall down once in a while in the bush you are not being crazy enough.
auxy wrote:I'd sort of like to get into cycling, but I don't have a lot of free time as it is, and most of my active time every week goes into working out and my parkour practice. (⊙﹏⊙✿) Such that it is in this rural area. My plyometrics are coming along though!
I'd really like to be able to get around my area without using fuel, but it seems the only bicycles made for people my size (~143cm, very narrow frame and long limbs) are made for children. (╥﹏╥) I mean, I don't care if it's a My Little Pony bicycle, but one or three gears is not really going to cut it.
Admittedly, I haven't looked around that much, but I'd like something a little more ... serious. Something more intended for getting around, rather than off-road or trick use. You know? ┐(‘～`；)┌
Hehe. (*´艸`*)Chrispy_ wrote:Well Auxy, I'm assuming your long limbs and emphatic use of ascii faces means you should be looking for a women-specific frame.
Ohhh~! Most of the women's bikes seem to be too large for me, though. Maybe I just need to learn how to adjust them? (*・艸・)Chrispy_ wrote:Many of the big brands (Trek, Specialized, Marin, GT) offer women's bikes which basically shortens the distance between the seat and the bars, tilts the seatpost back to maintain centre of gravity between the wheels and generally changes the geometry ratios of body/legs away from gorilla-torso and more towards peabody-longlegs. Whilst they don't have as large a range as the "unisex" (blokes bikes) you can normally find everything from cheap city runabouts all the way up to top-end downhill bikes or full-carbon road-racers.
Dat's me! （＾ｖ＾）I want a bike I can ride around instead of hauling around an extra three seats and wasting gasoline everywhere.Chrispy_ wrote:getting from A to B on reasonably smooth track with the minimum of effort
I called one local bike shop but they said they don't stock anything in my size; they only sell adult bikes. ＿|￣|○bhtooefr wrote:Find a local bike shop, and then work from there, is what I'd say.
Hmm! (･ω･`*)bhtooefr wrote:Also, it may work out that your best bet is to modify a good quality kid's bike (hint: nothing sold at Wal-Mart or any other big box store). Most single-speeds can be converted to something like an 8-speed internal gear hub (which is sealed from the elements, and uses a heavier chain that lasts much longer and requires less maintenance - although for most internal gear hubs, changing flats is a little harder) without too much trouble (although a rear brake may be difficult to get without spreading the frame).
My area is really flat, and I'd be riding on roads, so I guess that answers that question. I live in Southeast Texas; it's mostly below-sea-level floodplains; all of the elevation changes are man-made.bhtooefr wrote:A couple other things about your riding conditions...
Well... （ﾟ､ ｡｀ﾌbhtooefr wrote:And, how much of your car use are you planning on offsetting? What kind of distances are you planning on riding?
Huh. My fitness isn't a problem; I'm the fittest person I've ever met. I work in an office, though...bhtooefr wrote:20 mph... depends on your fitness, really, and how far you're willing to push yourself (read: how sweaty you're willing to be at the end of the ride)
I don't ... why ... why would you recommend something costing thousands of dollars to me? щ(ºДºщ) I'm shopping for Intel HD and you just recommended a Titan!bhtooefr wrote:Honestly, if I were in your situation, I'd be considering a velomobile [...] (the cheapest ones are several thousand dollars)
Seems intensely silly. There's nowhere to park my car along the backwoods state highway and then I'd have to get my bike out of the trunk -- no easy feat for me; I'm not even 100lbs soaking wet -- and ... yah, no. :lol: ( ´◔‿ゝ◔`)bhtooefr wrote:The other thing you may consider is a multi-modal commute. Drive part way, ride the rest of the way.
I see that! Any links to good shops? Is there a "Newegg for cycles?" Hehee...bhtooefr wrote:As far as types of cycles, though, there's a ton to choose from.
auxy wrote:I'm not a cyclist -- yet -- and I don't know ANYTHING about them. The overwhelming majority of what you just said flew straight over my head despite googling a few key terms. I don't have any idea how bicycle shifters or brakes work, how bicycles are constructed, the benefits of various types of equipment or what the various types of bikes are or anything like that; until a few minutes ago, I definitely had no idea what "derailleur" meant (and I'm still pretty foggy on how it's supposed to operate)! (;ﾞ°´ω°´)
Well, I know that much. o(╥﹏╥)o Trust me, I know; I'm well-acquainted with being outside the curve of 'normal' in terms of size: I had to put a custom seat in my car, I special-ordered a custom-made computer chair, I have to special-order my clothes if I want anything approaching a decent fit with adult styling, etc ad nauseam.Captain Ned wrote:B: Given what you've said about yourself size-wise, finding an mass-market "adult" bike (i.e. 24" or larger wheel diameter) is going to be a real challenge and one that is likely only solvable through large applications of the cash you don't have. Nothing against you in any way, but mass-market designers work between the 10th and 90th percentiles and leave the outliers to the custom shops.
:lol: :lol: :lol:Captain Ned wrote:C: Derailleurs are magic, except when they don't work and you have to dig the chain out of them.
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