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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2009 edited
     
    Please use this thread to introduce yourself and please show a photo of yourself and your bike. Mention how the kind of bike you prefer for commuting, it is a road bike, touring bike, recumbent, fixed gear, mountain bike, townie, Rivendell style, ETC.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2009
     
    Hey everyone, Im Dan, I ride a fixed gear conversion. Its the only bike I own. My daily route is South Park to Kearny Mesa and Back, my work route. Here is a bad pic of me and my bike.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2009
     
    Thanks for joining Dan. you're the first poster on this forum!

    thats a burly commute for a fixed gear. kudos.
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009 edited
     
    Hi everyone. I just moved to the area from east county, I have a broken down wal-mart mountain bike and my car is needing repair, I was thinking of going to use what ever funds I could scrap up and upgrade to a better commuter bike. Any opinions on the style or manufacture. The only requirement is that I need a luggage rack. Any help is appreciated Thanks. March 11 update I ride a Univega landrover 12 speed, in process of upgrading it to an expedition bike, and no longer have a commute to ride to. I do ride for errands and exploring.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    oh man, you have the worst of the worse. Wal-Mart mountain bike needs to go away. something like that won't make commuting easy or fun and make you hate doing it. mountain bikes in my opinion are cumbersome and just not meant for street riding. ANYTHING bike that comes from a department store has a quality thats far below par. here's what Sheldon Brown has to say about them: "There are two entirely separate bicycle industries; bicycles intended for real use are sold primarily in bicycle shops, and also, to some extent, in sporting goods stores. Bicycles sold through this side of the industry are well made and sturdy, and are sold fully assembled, tested and guaranteed.

    A parallel business uses department stores and discount stores for distribution. They concentrate on a much lower price segment, and sell a drastically inferior product. The bicycles sold in department stores are made as cheaply as possible, from the poorest materials avaialable. The average department store bicycle is ridden about 75 miles in its lifespan from showroom floor to landfill. The manufacturers know this, and build them accordingly. Department store bicycles are most commonly sold in a partially disassembled and un-adjusted condition. "

    im a big (huge) fan of using classic or new steel road bikes and touring bikes as commuters. if you don't know anything about bikes it can be difficult to know what to look for though. you need a bike with at least medium grade components and the bike needs to have rack mounts at a minimum.
    • CommentAuthoruno-speedo
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    Hey my name is Nik and here's my commuter bike. Its a cyclocross bike with slicks. Great for taking diversions onto the trail.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    thanks for joining Uno-Speedo. now, you know you're supposed to put up a photo of yourself. luckily i have one of you.

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      CommentAuthorMhotai
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009 edited
     
    Hello, my name is Melodee and just started bike commuting on a regular basis about 3 years ago. My commute is from Clairmont Mesa to Kearney Mesa. Not very far but a great commute none the less. I've found that no matter where you go it's always arrive happier on a bike. Nothing beats going out for food on a bike!

    Here's my bike. It is a road bike without rack mounts so i use a large Bailey Works messenger bag. The lug work is just so beautiful i can't get myself to replace it. Maybe one day i will add rack mounts to this and have the ultimate ride!





    Me at Burning Man (City of Bikes)
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    Thanks for the info, I plan to get rid of the wal-mart crapcycle I was looking at a peugeot moountin bike, I would like a dual purpose bike , one for the road and for the trails, I am very tough on equipment so the bike needs to be as durable as my military stuff.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    welcome everyone!
    • CommentAuthorH_MED
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    Hello my name is Hamed. I live in North county SD but will be moving to downtown area by the end of next month. Riding bikes has changed my life, I have meet some amazing people along the way that I can call my friends. Ok, I'll stop being a mosh ball and post some pic of me and my bike

    Me
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    and the bike
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    hey hamed, good to see more sdfixed folks on here.
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    I'm Angie. I moved here recently from the bay area. I miss the flat land and co-ops and accessibility but I'm ready to see what San Diego has to offer. (Are there any co-ops or tool lending library's?) Anyway. I came down here with no bike, and spent a little bit of cash on temporary fixie that is okay for now...the conversion is a little weak and two brakes? I'm working on a couple other frames- another fixed and rad, basket bike with a old schwinn frame. Anyway, my current commute is laughable but I'm still not used to San Diego and bike friendly routes to mira mesa where I work. I ride a measly 3.5 miles to a bus stop. This computer is old school and the links aren't working to link any photos....so....if you care enough or have free time like me.

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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    welcome!
    • CommentAuthoruno-speedo
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009 edited
     
    [quote][cite] Velo Cult:[/cite]thanks for joining Uno-Speedo. now, you know you're supposed to put up a photo of yourself. luckily i have one of you. [/quote]

    Pot calling the kettle black?

    This is Sky/Velo Cult on a seriously technical downhill section ;-)

    • CommentAuthorNjpike
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    Hey I'm Nathan this is me and my bike.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    thanks for joining. so far a lot of track bikes are being used as commuter. lets see some of the geared bikes too!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    wow, 51 members in 2 days! i think we may actually have a pretty big commuter movement in these parts! we can only hope right? :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009 edited
     
    I'm Tom. Lately I've been commuting on a 29er but this is my favorite bike that I own.

    me
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009 edited
     
    Will, I am. A big, clumsy guy who looks very unfriendly, shy in an off kilter way. But, love to ride. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6Ddwb-h59VJiSW_-9RuYNw?authkey=yJ1FcAgDtio&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_q18A8KPvNBE/SXUIOc_FxsI/AAAAAAAAB8E/Eqs7_5CjxjQ/s288/racing%20the%20dog.JPG" /></a> Me, a few years back, in Khaula Lumpur. Best City EVER. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6612F7h4NvQUfv6tj_jKAw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrsjsCArtHOyAE&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_q18A8KPvNBE/SY8wHnwBMOI/AAAAAAAACBs/C-dRAFIQdt8/s400/kl.JPG" /></a> One thing about SD, locally owned bike shops and builders. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/39ttJZpNKP0VHXiLioA8IQ?authkey=yJ1FcAgDtio&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_q18A8KPvNBE/SXTClRNr7LI/AAAAAAAAB6s/Nt6KLSjeCQA/s288/da%20fraser.JPG" /></a>
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum.

    I bike commute 10 miles each way, every Monday-Friday. I ride an old used Performance Parabola touring bike for commuting. I like the fenders when it rains and I like having a bike rack since I hate riding with anything on my back. I use LED tail lights and two head lights (LED on the bars, HID on the helmet) and some reflective tape as well. I always have them on from dusk on as well as in rain or fog during the day.

    Sorry, I don't have a picture.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    welcome everyone. some of you i even know.
    • CommentAuthorjimbaross
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Velo Cult:[/cite]Please use this thread to introduce yourself.

    Hi. Sky invited me so here I am. I'm not new to commuting, been at this for many years - I'm old.
    I've twice biked/commuted? self-contained across the US, once in 1976 and again the summer of 2007 with my two sons.
    I'm a long time volunteer with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and an instructor for the League of American Bicyclists... I'll put a little list below of the bicycling stuff I'm involved with. I'm retired from regular work (or unemployed, you choose) so I've time to devote to promoting/improving bicycling... "to save the world by and for bicycling".
    The photo (hmmm, not photos until I figure out how to reduce the size to include them) is of me on a sort of modernized replica High-wheeler/Penny Farthing; no not fixed but only one gear and pneumatic tires and caliper brakes. I have a Gitane track/fixie from the 70s modified with a front brake, and a pretty wide variety of other bikes from full touring road to gentlemanly commuting to pedicab to 'bents and three-wheeled haulers... a bike to every purpose, right? Hardly any were new when I got em; garage sales or craigs-list purchases... none too pretty, but all work. And have any of you heard about the SD Bike Kitchen?
    My two sons and my wife bike too and contribute to the number and variety of bikes we have. I'll add a photo of us all.
    'See you on the road. And, I'm happy to can help just about anyone improve/expand their bicycling.
    .
    Chair, SANDAG Bicycle Pedestrian Working Group
    Vice Chair, Calif. Bicycle Advisory Committee
    President, Calif. Association of Bicycle Organizations
    Board Member, Calif. Bicycle Coalition
    Spokesperson, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
    League of American Bicyclists, 2009 State Ambassador for California
    League LCI Trainer & Effective Cycling Instructor #185 K-C
    Chair, Strategic Highway Safety Plan, #13 - Improve Bicycling Safety

    "Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on our public road(way)s, just as does every other user.
    Nothing more is expected. Nothing less is acceptable."
    Jack R. Taylor

    "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles."
    John Forester

    "Same Roads Same Rules Same Rights"
    SDCBC

    "Roads are for people, not just for people in cars."
    Jim Baross

    "Bicycling is Personal Rapid Transit"
    (Who wrote that?)
    • CommentAuthorH_MED
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009 edited
     
    Welcome everyone!

    WOW, Sky did you say 51 new members? "COME ON PEOPLE INTRODUCE YOUR SELF'S"!!!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    Thanks for joining Jim. you're going to be a great voice here. any photos?
    • CommentAuthorxmedic
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009 edited
     
    Howdy,
    I'm Jefe' and I'm 42 and car free !!!
    I learned how to ride a bike in NYC as a kid and have been riding, racing and commuting ever since.
    I moved back to S.D. last year and have been riding about 100 miles a week, I do miss riding my SS 29er everyday on Oregon trails as I did every day the previous 5 yrs. but riding here ain't that bad...
    I have three built bikes these days, Bridgestone Quad butted 700 SS/Fixed with mustache bars, a 26" SS Surly 1x1 for around OB, a a new Raliegh touring 700c tank with disk brakes, WTB drop bars, Brooks wrap and saddle, Tubus cargo rack and 27 gears. I never thought I would love this thing so much, I've put a couple thousand miles on it the past few months...
    I use a Jandd messenger bag, Chrome backpack or Ortlieb panniers depending on my day...
    Anyway I'm tired, just wanted to say hey and I will see some of you perhaps tomorrow morning on the road.
    Happy Trails



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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    welcome Jefe, i fixed your photos. like on any forum loading your photos to www.photobucket.com is the best way to do it. there's instructions in the rules and technical data thread.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009 edited
     
    Hello. I'm Andrew. This is my commuter/around-town bike; a new, heavily modified 2009 Bianchi Volpe:


    I have a fairly short commute from University Heights to the Coronado ferry. I usually cut through Balboa park.
    Here is me:

    (I'm the dude)
    I'm on SDBC, but I don't know for how much longer. I love track racing and race pretty much every Tuesday during the Summer, if I haven't hurt myself, which happens frequently. See you around!
    P.S. I love ringing my bell, so don't be offended if I use it to say "hi."
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    very nice. Paul thumbie on a 1x9 setup. very versatile machine ya got there.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    I like it. It has taken several months to get it all together. I used to ride a Surly Steamroller fixed, but it got stolen. I have to say, I dig the freewheel and gears.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    [quote][cite] il Pirati:[/cite]
    I have a fairly short commute from University Heights to the Coronado ferry. I usually cut through Balboa park.
    Here is me:


    I'm on SDBC, but I don't know for how much longer. I love track racing and race pretty much every Tuesday during the Summer, if I haven't hurt myself, which happens frequently. See you around!
    P.S. I love ringing my bell, so don't be offended if I use it to say "hi."[/quote]

    Which ferry do you take? 5 6 or 7 am? I probably have seen you.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    Usually 7:30, but once a week I get the 6:40.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    I'll keep an eye out for you next week.
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Hi, I'm Adam. Here is my mugshot (I have lost my mustache since this picture was taken):

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    And here is a picture of my bike:

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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Welcome Adam.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    hey adam!
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Hi Dan!
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      CommentAuthorMhotai
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Jim Baross, i was at that class you did at Velo Cult. Are you going to do any classes on commuting? I know i sure could use some pointers
    • CommentAuthoreric.h
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    hi, i am eric. i have a fixie conversion that i am upgrading as it breaks(craigslist). i only commute a few blocks in point loma, but want to do more riding too. i am new to SD, and fixie riding.

    a&amp;e

    bike

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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    welcome eric.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    [quote][cite] Mhotai:[/cite]Jim Baross, i was at that class you did at Velo Cult. Are you going to do any classes on commuting? I know i sure could use some pointers[/quote]

    I'll email him to see if he's doing his Road 101 course. After 6 years on the streets, it seemed like there was nothing to learn: but really, there was a ton.

    Break:

    Welcome Eric!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    Hi, Folks.
    Thanks for getting this together, Sky. My name's Esteban and I grew up in Linda Vista. I had a yellow Huffy that I rode from Kindergarten through high school, then off to mountain bikes in college - some kind of GT. I wen to grad school in New England and and rode English 3 speeds everywhere. I was lucky enough to get an academic position back here in my home town, and ride for transportation (my old Volvo gets about 4K miles a year - mostly road trips) and long distance fun. I've acquired a quirky bobish/retrogrouch taste in bicycle mechanics and aesthetics - probably a holdover from my 3-speed-exclusive days. Since I've been back in SD since 2001, I've built up a Nobilette frame into a city/touring bike, picked up a couple of used Rivendells (a Quickbeam and Romulus) at good prices, just kind of got interested in folders as a major game-changer for urban design and multi-modal commuting, and am cobbling together used parts for a 650B mountain bike. Back to where I began as a young college kid when Nirvana was new. Not the Hindu Nirvana - the band.

    My 1973 Raleigh Sports
    1973 Raleigh Sports
    My 2003 Rivendell Romulus in Old Town
    2003 Rivendell Romulus
    me and my kid.
    Me and my kid
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    new england huh? what school? i grew up in New Hampshire.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    UMass Amherst. I loved it. Lived in Northampton, near Smith. I heard they have a big time bike culture back there now.
    • CommentAuthorevster
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Hey guys. This looks like it has potential to turn into an awesome community.

    I was born, raised and still live in SD. I've owned bikes at every stage of my life, but became serious about it around 1.5 years ago when I decided I wanted to start riding to work and on the weekends for exercise.

    Here is my primary commuter, which I bought at Velo Culture to get me started. It's a Redline 925 that I run as a singlespeed and it's awesome.



    and a post-ride pic with some stylish helmet-hair:



    My commute is from PB to Little Italy. It clocks in at about 7.8 miles. I ride at least once a week, but shoot for twice a week when my schedule permits.

    I recently bought a surly cross-check which I commute on occasionally but use mostly for longer weekend rides and hopefully some touring in the near future. Sorry no pics yet.

    I also own a vintage Raleigh touring bike when I'm in the process of fixing up. Pics to come when it's complete.

    -Evan
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Welcome Evan!
    • CommentAuthorjimbaross
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Mhotai:[/cite]Jim Baross, i was at that class you did at Velo Cult. Are you going to do any classes on commuting? I know i sure could use some pointers[/quote]

    Mhotal:
    Thanks for asking!

    That gig at VeloCult was fun. So, Sky, let's do it again some time?

    I and other local instructors - certified instructors by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) no less - can teach independently or most of us work through the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition; see www.SDCBC.org. Kathy, the director of that non-profit, publishes information about upcoming classes and other happenings on the web site. And I am sometimes available for small groups or even individual help for a price ($) or not depending on how much my time will "save the earth by and for bicycling".

    The LAB courses combine and benefit from over 100 years and thousands of bicyclists experiences.

    The usual course progression is first Road 1 or now called Traffic Skills 101, then either Road 2/TS 201 or Bicycle Commuting.

    The other instructors and I are usually willing, even eager to help small groups improve their safety and efficiency... and we all have our own "normal" lives that take up our time too.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    right on Jim. lets give this forum a little bit of time to grow and we'll setup something here for SDBIKECOMMUTER.com members. is that cool? maybe a month or two?
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    Hi, My name is Carl. My family and I try and integrate bikes into our lives wherever possible. It seems easier to not plan a ride but to just ride to where ever it is we are going. For instance we have many bikes in the garage, but no bike racks for either of our (nasty word) cars.
    Thanks to Sky for putting up this forum. I think this is a very important step for San Diego bike culture.
    Lets Ride!
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    Welcome, Carl & Family, It looks as though we live in the same area if that zip code is acurate