Just to introduce myself. I went car free as in, bicycle and public transport only, a little over 6 years ago. I do a nightly 11mile commute home from work. In addition to my commuter rigs, I also race in the ABA (bmx racing) and ride a bit of street, park, and the ocasional set of trails. I need to sell some bikes so I can have room for a dark room!
Hi mtnbkr, Monkey, DF and Polybun, welcome to the group!
Great to see a lot more photographs being added now too!
More photographs? You betcha. After all this is APUG, and not just any ol' bike forum. By the way my photos were courtesy of a recently acquired Canonet QL17, what a neat little camera. The film is Neopan 400.
Here's a site that might be useful, it's called "map my ride", http://www.mapmyride.com/
It let's you build maps and que sheets for cycling, and has provisions for sharing and searching for rides other users have posted.
It's U.S. centric, of course, but you can point it anywhere. In Ari's honor I tried out building a map in Crete, just to make sure.
It works better for this kind of stuff than things like mapquest or google maps, as it let's you define the route, though doing a long trip can get tedius.
In addition to the que sheets, it has some nice features like showing an elevation profile, and it can show the route on a topo map for off-road rides or hikes.
Here's a sample (not in Crete); http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/nh...n/769913750614
refreshing to find some analog cyclists here. Are there members riding fixed geared bikes?
Thank you BD, for the very useful site and the honor you gave me.
The elevation graph is very important as 20kms could a more or less flat ride or a mountain climb and it makes a whole lot of difference when planning a route, especially with others.
rhmimac, I think StephanJozef rides a fixed gear bike, and Schlapp and friends race fixed gear bikes.
BD, Another biker does the same thing (the map-thing) on his iPhone.
Anyway today was a good day to ride and a bad day to ride. It was foggy and cold in the hills which broke out into blazing sunshine and blue sky near the Bay. The bad part is that it is also a two flat day, and the day is only half over. Found out that the vaunted Liquid Latex will not seal a 2mm glass puncture in high pressure tubulars.
Just noticed this group. A brief intro:
I am 50, I commute to work/back on a bike (15 miles each way) - my commute bike is a Bianchi touring bike frame which has had most of the original components changed - it now has a bar end shifter for the Shimano Rder, and a downtube shifter for the original Campy Fder.
My fun bike is a custom steel frame made by peter mooney - if you are into lug porn, see http://www.peter-mooney.com/gall5.htm. I rode a little over 3800 miles in 2008.
From a photo perspective, I shoot mostly LF, 4x5 and starting to play with 8x10, and also have MF and 35mm cameras which get some use. I often slip a canon GIII rangefinder in my jersey pocket when out for a fun ride.
Mixing Shimano and Campy?! Blasphemy!
Other than that your bike-bio sounds very familiar. My commuter is a Bianchi Virata, the version made with Tange Prestige steel w/lugs, although not as pretty as your Mooney, fitted with Dura-Ace, old school, 7-sp on the downtube. My fun bike is a custom from Ben Serotta (another East Coast builder). My GIII goes in the Timbuk2 because it stretches out the pockets in my wool jerseys. Shots of my commute are post in this group.
Thought I would intrduce myself to the group. I live in western NJ and ride a Spectrum Custom Super Ti with Campy 9 speed Record gruppo. Have had the bike for about 9 years and put over 20,000 miles on it. I rode over 3,200 this past year. Originally the bike had tubulars which ride great and I used for several years. I changed over to clinchers after going through a couple of seasons of dealing with multiple flats per ride.
As for photography, I have a couple of F3's, a Rolleiflex and an RB67 which I bought not to long ago and am having fun with.
Welcome Steven and Mark.
My old Peugeot PX-10 was repaired by Peter Mooney, as one might expect he did a superb job. That bike is also blasphemous, the drivetrain is a mixture of Campy, Sun Tour and Mavic, but it works. My newer bike (a Klein) is Campy 10 spd, except for the seatpost, and the wheels if I ride the tubulars. Thank goodness for the improved exchange rate!
Greetings Fellow Cyclists - most of my riding is done on my mountain bike on trails - I can get pretty banged-up, as trees have a nasty habit of jumping out at me - ha ha! I think I spend more time on the ground than on my bike...... almost every weekend I pack my camera gear on my back and head out to swamps, or thick wooded areas.
I took a few b/w pictures of my bike on Sun. - tonight will develop the film and will post when printed...... I ride a Marin........ and love it...... the minute I hit the seat and my foot is on the peddle I am in heaven....... I don't know much about the technical side of the gear but I can always chat about the ride -
It's funny how that works, I could feel like death warmed over, but as soon as the wheels start turning, feeling the blood in the thighs, cool morning air in the lungs, all is right with world, life is grand.
A correction to an earlier post, it appears that the liquid latex indeed works. The once flat, punctured tubular is now holding air (120 psi). I guess it just takes a while for the stuff to set-up.
Today, it has been sunny, and temps in the 40s (about 6˚ C) Heaven; finally above freezing - and not raining !!!
I waited until the roads had finished thawing, and took the bike out for a slow and wonderful 20 miles.
I hope you all had at least half the fun I did !
Well, guys/gals, since my camera crapped out on me last weekend while I was taking pictures of my beloved mtn bike in the swamp, I have gone to the website and grabbed a pic, since I couldn't wait to share. It's not a high-end bike but it works great for me. Give me a camera pack on my back and a sandwich and I am in heaven. I do love my bike.....Cheers and happy trails!
Wonderful group and new excuse to waste time. Thanks for making it happen.
For this week and maybe the next two, I'm off the road until I heal from a senseless crash from trying to avoid a guy walking out of a pub rapidly and oblivious to the world around him. Even at 5-7km/h, turning on ice without studded tires is a recipe for disaster. My shoulder and opposing knee can tell you all about it.
So my riding is not as high-tech as most here, and I don't have the kind of money to throw at composite parts, high-tech wizardry, or whatnot. I'm a part-time bike courier whilst in university. I am a student of urban design and planning (and this means harping on many implementation of so-called municipal bike lanes which offer no concession to the urban form, as experienced by cyclists).
I ride what many call a piece of junk -- a mixte Peugeot with one gear, one brake, and bizarre drop bars — but it's simple, reliable, and no one in this city of high bike theft wants it (even when I free-lock it). It was built using all original parts from my old Sekine frame that died from stress fracturing around the lower bracket (repeated high torque from dead stops). So I ride what feels like my old Sekine on a different frame, but with a lower centre of gravity.
I'm obviously a city rider, starting when I was 4, stopped at 21 (when I remained without bike or, at some points, without home), and resumed at 33. I probably have little to contribute here, though I always wondered why there's such a strong community of skater-photographers (à la skateperception.com) but surprisingly few to support a biker-photographer community. Perhaps it's because rider styles so radically vary that there is little in common beyond wheels, crank, and handlebars. Thoughts?
Accozzaglia, in college I had a ride-able piece of junk, nobody paid much attention until one Summer I sanded off all the paint and finished it off with a clear coat. It was the same piece of junk but shiny, it was stolen within a month of the Fall semester.
Just shooting from the hip I would say that road and MTB are pretty boring to the outsider and the associated photography that becomes more place oriented ("this is where I've been") than bike-centric. Parts-wise it's even worse, I remember showing off a new high polished Campy C-Record crank to some non-bikers, their eyes rolled back and they gave me that "so what" shrug. Kind-a-like my expression when buddy shows me his Ti putter, I don't golf. But with skating and BMX there are tricks to be documented, what's the use of doing tricks if nobody sees them. All the young studs wants to be on the cover of Thrash magazine doing their triple fakee 780 or what-ever.
Varya, what happened, did you develop the film but nothing was on it? BTW your Marin looks nice.