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Sun, 05/22/2011 - 20:48
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Welcome to our latest member, lovelybicycle

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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
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Sun, 05/22/2011 - 22:39
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Finally. I've been meaning to start this thread for a few days. If lovelybike is really on here (i.e. not just Amy), I'm Kyle. Come at me bro.

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Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 23:38
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So leaving Lovely Bicycle aside and just speaking in generalities, one thing that actively irritates me about these twine-and-shellac blogs is that they discredit Grant Peterson's good work with all their more Catholic than the pope bullshit. Obviously the man believes in his product and thinks that people should ride Rivendells and lugged scooters, but he is not really all that dogmatic a fellow and if you actually read the Reader he is constantly pimping solid cheap bikes like the LHT, Bianchi San Jose and such. It is really kind of a shame that people read his website and the takeaway is twine plus lugs make the bike ride better. I do like Lazy Randonneur for a guy with a similarish aesthetic who worries too much about gear.

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 23:51
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slam that stem

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big ring riding

that is all

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 00:04
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What fucking piece of shit mechanic/fit specialist let her walk out of the shout with a bike like that? That is a shop never to be trusted. No wonder she and all her friends hate their LBS. If that was the kind of advice they were giving me, I wuolndt do back either.

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Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 00:28
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I was only mildly annoyed by that blog, until she posted her preposterous rebuttal about our criticism of her bullshit consumerism being a product of our forum being "male-dominated." Seriously?

PROTIP: We'd think you were just as much of an obnoxious idiot if you were a male who insisted on dropping every name brand of everything you own in unnecessary italics.

Also, there's a few girls on this forum, and they also think you're a dipshit.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 04:21
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Wait, what happened?

Would love to read this rebuttal for lulz.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 06:46
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Wait, what happened?

Would love to read this rebuttal for lulz.

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Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 08:04
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shit like this is lulz

Velouria said...

GR Jim - My Bianchi is faster, but worse suited because the DT shifters are very hard to use. It would take me even longer to switch gears on it and I would totally lose speed. The spacing in the back is not wide enough for a cassette compatible with "brifters," so installing them on it is not an option either.

Yes, I actually *enjoyed* cycling in close proximity like that. Not just "didn't hate it" or "wasn't as scared as I thought," but enjoyed it. I also liked the no-nonsense /coaching style approach to the ride. The only things I didn't like were my suckiness at cycling uphill and my not having "brifters."

seriously just misinformation up in there.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 08:17
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LULZ

Velouria said...

Steve - I had a saddlebag on the bike with a sweater in it, an apple and some other stuff. Counting everything on the bike including water, it was probably right around 30lb. Their bikes were extremely light, under 20lb for sure.

I agree that it is not the right bike. I don't have a modern racing bike with combination levers (or whatever the non-offensive and brand-neutral word for brifters is). And I cannot afford yet another bike right now.

Here is why I am reluctant to convert my Bianchi:

1. It is kind of heavy itself. This is a 1983 bike a size too big for me. It is only a bit lighter than my Riv.

2. It's going to be fricking expensive. I will need to buy: brifters, a new cassette, a new rear derailleur, possibly whole new drivetrain? It could be like $800 when you honestly count it all. Do I want to do that to a 1983 bike that's seen better years and is not quite the right size for me anyhow? Not to mention that it would destroy its collector cache to get rid of the original Campy parts. All things considered, I don't think it's a good idea.

As I see it, I have several options:

1. Have a fire sale of everything I can think of and with the proceeds buy a sub-$1K decent modern bike. I don't like this option, because I don't think I will be comfortable on such a bike (most likely aluminum with carbon fork?), but it's an option none the less.

2. Go on my Rivendell minus saddlebag, and make it a point to practice hills 2-3 time a week before the ride. See if that helps. Warn everyone in the group about my shifters at the start of every ride and clarify distinction between changing gears and elbow-wiggling. This could be doable, but I will be miserable and working harder than anyone else. Is it worth it?

3. Find a way to borrow or rent an appropriate road bike locally, for the summer or even for a month - long enough to know whether I am willing to commit to this type of cycling. If I knew how to do that, this would be my preferred option.

4. Stop going. I am not prepared, I do not have the right equipment, it's a bad idea. A valid option as well.

5. GET A SEVEN THAT DOESN'T FIT RIGHT EITHER
6. BANNER ADS
7. PROFIT

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 08:21
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get rid of bike that doesn't fit you?

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 08:41
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TimLOKOed wrote:
What fucking piece of shit mechanic/fit specialist let her walk out of the shout with a bike like that? That is a shop never to be trusted. No wonder she and all her friends hate their LBS. If that was the kind of advice they were giving me, I wuolndt do back either.

You do realise that she hasn't "bought" the Seven, don't you? A local shop has "lent" it to her.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 08:57
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Yeah, I know she didn't buy it. The point is that they set up a bike for her and sent her out the door on it. If that bike is representative of what that shop feels is a proper fit, then it's a pretty poor shop.

Also, I was apparently very drunk when I wrote that.

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 09:38
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I think I dislike the commenter, "Ground Round Jim" much more than any fit issues or misinformation presented on the blog.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 10:21
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These are the two posts that seem to have gotten the most attention. Long comments are long.

http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/05/on-beginners-helping-beginners-and.html#comments
http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/05/womens-paceline-ride.html

"My day job is building pipe organs, and until I encountered the online culture of cyclists I used to think pipe organ geeks were the people who had the biggest most caustic arguments over the smallest matters, but our squabbles pale next to cycling forums, truly... "

Oh fuck, lollin at the non sequitur.

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 10:14
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Figure a pipe organ builder to write some overblown bullshit, truly

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is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 10:20
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On the other side of the "new rider with too much money" equation, check out this blog.

Somehow I just feel like she gets it.

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Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 10:25
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Just read pedal strike's latest post about a group ride from ride.studio.cafe. The same place that loaned velouria that awful seven. There is a good chance that these two people have met. weird.

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 10:32
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"new rider with too much money".

This was me a little over a year ago. Being out of work for so long changed that.

LOL. Stay right there. Imma go put some cones out. - Heath
edit2: dont GIS, i did, dont. NSFW - Miguel

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 10:57
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^fixed both problems, I imagine.

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That it did. Although, I still consider myself a newer rider. I mean, I've only been cycling for a few years.

LOL. Stay right there. Imma go put some cones out. - Heath
edit2: dont GIS, i did, dont. NSFW - Miguel

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:11
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Altoid wrote:
So leaving Lovely Bicycle aside and just speaking in generalities, one thing that actively irritates me about these twine-and-shellac blogs is that they discredit Grant Peterson's good work with all their more Catholic than the pope bullshit. Obviously the man believes in his product and thinks that people should ride Rivendells and lugged scooters, but he is not really all that dogmatic a fellow and if you actually read the Reader he is constantly pimping solid cheap bikes like the LHT, Bianchi San Jose and such. It is really kind of a shame that people read his website and the takeaway is twine plus lugs make the bike ride better.

Truth. He usually expresses his approval for such bikes in the form of a backhanded compliment, but yeah.

I think the internet is largely to blame for this phenomenon. There are plenty of people who just ride their bikes without taking pictures when there is a light mist rising from the canal, or when buying an artisinal baguette at the farmers' market, but the bikes belonging to those people are not the ones you see.

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:30
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That it did. Although, I still consider myself a newer rider. I mean, I've only been cycling for a few years.

And you don't have a blog yet? How do you get people to send you free stuff to review?

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:32
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T/C I kinda want to start a blog, but don't have the patience or time to deal with the bullshit aspects like posing for photos and rambling on for 5 pages giving excruciating and unnecessary details about everything I do.

Fact of the matter is, I like the idea of sharing experiences and imparting knowledge - but most people who do this do it in such a bullshit way that I can't get past the bullshit enough to join their ranks.

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:35
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TC if amy had a blog i would read it and i am positive it would be better than lovelybike
TC also i might make fun of you too if you posted some bullshit...but i know you can take it

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:37
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Maintaining a blog requires a deep, inalienable sense somewhere within you that everyone in the world needs to know what you think. Not everyone is cut out for it Amy. Some of us, however unfortunately, possess the qualities of shame and humility.

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True confession: I had a blog in 2005. It was during a pretty low time in my life and writing helped me sort out some shit. I killed it when it ceased to be theraputic and I started to be overwhelmingly concerned about what the readers were thinking about me. I still have a copy of it on my hard drive.

I did meet some really great people through it. People I still keep in contact with.

LOL. Stay right there. Imma go put some cones out. - Heath
edit2: dont GIS, i did, dont. NSFW - Miguel

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:52
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Days that end word press is a great bike blog

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 12:18
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TimLOKOed wrote:
On the other side of the "new rider with too much money" equation, check out this blog.

Somehow I just feel like she gets it.

she mad: http://www.pedal-strike.com/?p=1310

http://torm.cc/ actually looks pretty sweet and reasonably priced

"After a period of not selling any jerseys we are now back in the jersey business. We have been in dispute with another manufacturer and we made a pragmatic decision to alter our current stock of jerseys." — assume it was Rapha being the bully?

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
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tarckeemoon wrote:
There are plenty of people who just ride their bikes without taking pictures when there is a light mist rising from the canal, or when buying an artisinal baguette at the farmers' market, but the bikes belonging to those people are not the ones you see.

I know this guy who rides rando-distances all the time, camps out, explores gravel forest service roads, etc. He'll take his tele skis on his bike up into the mountains and ski for a day, camp, ride home the next morning.

You've never heard of him. You've probably never seen pictures of him.

It's crazy how I can think of all these bad-ass adventurers and these rando hard-men. And then, like something out of a movie this guy could show up at a ride or event or story-telling hour and one-up them all. The internet almost gives this false sense of information overload, where if I haven't heard about it here it doesn't exist, but there are all these people and things that exist outside the web and who couldn't care less about posting about what they do or if anyone else ever knows about them.

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But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 13:14
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new rider with too much money = NRWTMM

i feel like im not that guy, but i also think i am.

also, i got a pretty great domain name and i'll have a blog soon. idgaf what you guys think about nothing im an artist and successful artists have to document everything or they are just weird people.

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As a guy who works alone and has to actively take part in his own "social media campaign" I'm always a little humbled that folks out in the world take the time to stop by and read what I'm on about. So- big thanks for that, and in a shameless moment of self promotion I'll say I have added another post this morning.

I'm just excited people are happy enough about bikes to take the time to write about it. I have enough stuff to be angry about- enthusiastic enthusiasts isn't one of them.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 14:25
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sheeeeeeeeeit that heart rack is dope

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http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/05/on-sentimentality-and-retiring-old.html

Lol, she thinks this frame doesn't fit her because the top tube is too short:

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
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Ha, I liked this:

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The Co-Habitant is a wee bit disillusioned in vintage bikes at the moment. All the lugs and "patina" in the world are not worth it to him, if a reasonably priced, good quality new TIG-welded frame fitted with decent components offers a better ride.

It is almost as if there have been significant advances in cycling technology in the last 40 years. Also:

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I am interested in the history, geometry and aesthetics of various vintage bikes and not just in finding the ultimate bike. For him... he just wants to ride

Forget her, this guy should sign up here. smiley

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Sometimes I have this urge to start up a cycling blog about the trials and tribulations of being as a lazy, high category hobby bicycle racer that has a sense of humor about it but then I just go on the internet and look at hot chick tumblers and fall asleep.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 15:43
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if she would get some clipless pedals no more pedal strike
also pedal strike i've gotten it on my track bike
it happens

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kaiko is p much good in my book.

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COME ON!

Also, how has no one mentioned that every one of her stupid bicycles has a stupid name like Rodney or Suzanne or Francisco?

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FIXIE STAR wrote:
Sometimes I have this urge to start up a cycling blog about the trials and tribulations of being as a lazy, high category hobby bicycle racer that has a sense of humor about it

so much this

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but then I just go on the internet and look at hot chick tumblers and fall asleep.

even more this tho

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Altoid wrote:
Ha, I liked this:

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The Co-Habitant is a wee bit disillusioned in vintage bikes at the moment. All the lugs and "patina" in the world are not worth it to him, if a reasonably priced, good quality new TIG-welded frame fitted with decent components offers a better ride.... But sometimes experimenting with vintage until you find a good frame can be more expensive than buying new.

there's actually good advice being dispensed here, even if it is framed as the disillusioned opinions of the co-habitant.

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i'd ask if she could just use a less cumbersome term like 'partner' but it really kind of fits in perfectly with everything else she's got going with that blog.

really though when she writes co-habitant i can't shake the feeling that she also gives it a french pronunciation and it is really terrible.

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it makes me think she treats sex like elaine from the contraceptive sponge episode
schedules and forms and shit

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hate chix like that
spontaneous or gtfo

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This approach tends to evoke polarised reactions. On the one hand, I've noticed that beginners - and particularly female readers who are just getting into cycling - respond to blogs written by other beginners more than they do to blogs written by experts. On the other hand, there is a great deal of scorn aimed at such blogs in some internet circles - mainly on male-dominated cycling forums. The other day I received a link to a venomous thread where the forum members basically take turns quoting snippets from my posts and mocking my writing. It might have upset me, if I hadn't witnessed a near-identical thread attacking another woman's blog on a different cycling forum several months earlier. The bashing we get from these guys is predictable: We are silly, we are consumerist, we know nothing about cycling yet presume to advise others, and our writing is annoying. Whether they have a point is not for me to judge, and it's useless to defend myself against grown men who get off on mocking other human beings. But I'd like to explore the question of why a beginner's writing about cycling can be more compelling to some audiences than that of an expert.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 21:07
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Of course beginners writing about their experiences is good for other beginners to read. A lot of the stuff she goes on to say is valid. But the key here is writing about experiences. Not making baseless claims about aluminum being painful to ride or that modern fat tired cross bikes would be less agile than a 30 year old bike boom 10spd. A lot of the beginners blogs are little more than accumulations of bikeforums-style"knowledge". Then, as the years pass, the writer dispels myth after myth (rarely taking the time to revisit previous posts and point out their own incorrect assumptions) as they ride more and learn.

I think she is on the verge of learning a very important lesson. And it is this:
There is a reason that they don't make bikes like they used to. There's a reason that most beginning riders are better off on something more modern. It's because most old bikes just suck compared to their modern counterparts. Old bikes are still good. They get you from place to place just as well as they did in the 60's. But modern bikes are just better at it.

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can we talk about stevil kinevil or something? you guys have an unhealthy obsesson with lovely bicycle.

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I haven't read Stevil's blog since it was whatever name is was two years ago. I got tired of reading about beer and burritos and people doing stupid shit.

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