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    deprotinator:
    MuhatmaGoogus:...have been looking into getting a new bike, maybe a road bike or something. Any suggestions on a good bike that needs the ability to ride up texas st everyday.

    Welcome! What is your price range for a new bike? And do you plan to carry panniers, baskets, etc?


    My price range is maximum $1,000, I do plan on still using a basket to carry all of my adventure necessities.
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    I was wondering about velo cult. I was told they closed down.

    I am looking for some vintage style bike cloths. I would love some old peddle pushers
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
     
    Cyclocross James:I was wondering about velo cult. I was told they closed down.
    Velo Cult moved to Portland Oregon.

    http://velocult.com/

    :face-crying:
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    MuhatmaGoogus:My price range is maximum $1,000, I do plan on still using a basket to carry all of my adventure necessities.
    Sorry for the slow response, but at that price range, you can find tons of options in many of the bike shops around town. I like Hi-Tech in Kearny Mesa, Adams Ave Bike Shop in North Park, and REI in Kearny Mesa. That's not to say I don't like the other shops. I just had good experiences with these three. Again, go in there, ask for something under $1000, you'll have a lot of options.

    I recommend a cyclocross style bike because of the gearing ratios, more aggressive seating position, and fat tires. A road bike with a triple crank would work too. Throw on some fat city-street-friendly tires and you should be good. A compact crank (big ring + small ring) will work too depending on your leg power. I don't recommend the standard 2-ring crank (big ring + medium ring) for daily climbing. Too much work. :) A mountain bike has the best gearing ratios for climbing up Texas St, but the tires are too fat. The top speed is also too low. Not an efficient daily commuting option unless you need the off-roading capability and want the daily exercise. Just my 2 cents. Good luck!
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
     
    Instead of Texas St. with its 14% grade, try riding east to Fairmount Ave. south and take the Aldine Drive exit. I rode up Texas from June to January while Aldine was closed for road work. I am relieved that Aldine is open again.
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    Following the example of Hans, Mark, Sigurd, etc., I'm changing my user name from "mileco" to my actual first name. I've been on enough social rides with the folks from this forum that most know me by Geoff.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012 edited
     
    I like the Middle English spelling, as in Geoffrey Chaucer!

    "Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
    The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
    And bathed every veyne in swich licóur
    Of which vertú engendred is the flour;
    Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
    The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
    Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
    And smale foweles maken melodye,
    That slepen al the nyght with open eye,
    So priketh hem Natúre in hir corages,
    Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
    And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
    To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
    And specially, from every shires ende
    Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
    The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
    That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke."

    Welcome Spring!
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
     
    Hi I'm James. I commute from Kensington to Sorrento Valley about 3 times per week, in addition to running errands around town. I've been a cyclist for life, and still do all sorts of riding from towing around the kids to mountain bike trips and long road rides. I find the commutes to be awesome at providing time away from the madness of the household and office when I can think and reflect, or just zone out. Mostly I commute on a red Steelman that I've had for about 14 years. Since my commute is about 20 miles each way I carry only a backpack.

    It's great to see more cyclists on the road although I saw far more bicycle commuters in the winters in Switzerland when I lived there than I do here in the summer. Still, it's a good start and I feel like our numbers are slowly growing! Cheers.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
     
    Welcome, James! I'd love to see a photo of your Steelman.

    Switzerland is my favorite country in Europe. Where did you live?
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    Welcome James! What route do you take from Kensington to Sorrento Valley? I'm curious because I live in Sorrento Valley, and even though I would like to ride more, I hate negotiating with the Genessee exit traffic.
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
     
    welcome JSnook! nice to see another long hauler here... northpark to mira mar for me. interested to see your rout too, always looking for alternates to keep it from getting boring...
    :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
     
    When I was in Switzerland I was mostly in Zurich but for a little while in a town called Rapperswil which is down the shore from Zurich. I definitely enjoyed it and would have stayed longer if the firm I was with could have worked out a better ex-pat situation for us.

    My route from Kensington to Sorrento Valley varies slightly based on my mood, how much of a rush I'm in, etc. It typically is Adams Ave, down Texas and then thru Mission Valley/Fashion Valley to Friars, cut over at Napa to Morena/W.Morena, take Balboa and quick right on Santa Fe, up to bike path and then up Gilman, I cut through UCSD and then through Scripps Memorial, turn left on Genessee and down to I-5 for the quick ride on the shoulder to Sorrento Valley. Office is on Roselle. On the way home I come off Santa Fe and take Mission Bay by the car dealers and then along the bay to Sea World, and usually up Friars. Sometimes I take Pacific Hwy up to Old Town and ride up by the Presidio or Juan and then through Mission Hills, Hillcrest, etc. Once in a while I'll ride up Bachman Place or Texas if I feel like it. Sometimes I'll change the morning ride and go through MIssion Hills too. Lots of ways to make small changes to the route without impacting the total time too much.

    The worst part of my commute I think is riding up 5 in the evening and exiting Genessee. I try to spin an easy gear up the ramp and then once on the freeway shoulder it flattens out slightly and I shift up a few gears and try and get it over with as fast as possible. On the exit ramp I don't have too much trouble getting across the right exit lane and once across that I usually occupy the right lane for the most part until I get across the bridge as there's not a lot of room. W. Morena Blvd on the way in the morning kinda stinks too - lots of cars parked on the right, no bike lane, not a lot of room, cars/trucks going 60 mph. Riding along the bay on the other side of 5 would be safter perhaps but also adds time to the commute so I just put up with Morena for now.

    Hopefully I can keep up with the commuting. I used to commute years ago from Solana Beach to General Atomics up on Torrey Mesa, and before that from University City to Scripps Inst on Torrey Mesa. The past 15 or so years I"ve worked from home and didn't have an office to commute to. So far it's been a great experience but having just done recreational riding and errands I'd forgotten how easy it is to space out when commuting. It's totally different than just going out for a ride, and add to that the fact that it's during the rush hour when lots of motorists are having their anxiety attack behind the wheel. Anyways, enough rambling! I'll try and post a pic of the Steelman for you sometime but pics don't do it justice.
    • CommentAuthorssnow84
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
     
    Howdy. My name is Scott. I've been commuting from Oceanside to Carlsbad since January. I hop on the San Luis Ray river trail and head to the coast, then town coast highway to Cannon Road. Its the perfect commute. Just over thirteen miles and takes me under an hour. I picked up a Cannondale M300 hybrid bike and put a rear bag with fold out pannniers. Its been good to me so far. I've been using Cyclometer on my iphone and I've logged 550 miles so far this year. I've never felt better.

    My commuter


    I love this bag. Just enough room for lunch and an extra layer.


    My better half and I at the Wrigley Monument on Catalina Island.
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    Welcome to all new forum members!
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
     
    Nice setup there Scott. Sounds like you have an ideal commute - glad to hear it's working out for you.
    • CommentAuthorwcvarones
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2012
     
    Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of poverty and distaste

    I'm an Encinitas bike commuter
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012
     
    wcvarones:Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of poverty and distaste

    I'm an Encinitas bike commuter


    I commute to Encinitas. The red recumbent with the red box.
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    Welcome from the Mesa! (And I love the reference.)
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      CommentAuthorjacobk
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2012
     
    Hello everyone! My girlfriend and I lived here before for a year or two, then moved back to the east coast, then decided we missed san diego and just relocated here again :)

    We live in hillcrest and hang out mainly around the uptown neighborhoods (normal and university heights / north and south park). My main ride is a Miyata 210 and my girlfriend rides a Panasonic DX-2000, feel free to say hello if you see us out and about!

    I was bummed to hear that Velo Cult was moving, but it looks like there have been some nice infrastructure improvements (hooray for sharrows and BMUFL signs!). We used to go on the down townies rides occasionally and really enjoyed them, are they still rolling?
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    Welcome jacobk, (and to your girlfriend as well),

    I'm glad you see improvements to the bicycling infrastructure. Sometimes us long timers don't recognize that change has occurred; it happens so incrementally and not at a pace we would like to think it should. San Diego is moving in the right direction thanks to the strong voices and efforts of the local advocates. They are a determined group and fun too!

    The Down Townies still ride occasionally, watch for announcements in that thread on these forums. There are other groups you might enjoy as well. Check out the TNR - Tuesday Night Racing at the Velodrome thread, The Taco Tuesday Rides with the SD Urban Bike and Social Club, and other rides that get announced on the forum. There seems to be a lot of group rides and gatherings in the uptown neighborhoods so you're in a good spot.

    Check out the SDBikeCommuter Discount Program as well. If you ride your bikes to a participating business, you'll get a discount on products or services from 5% - 15%. Coffee shops, Pubs, restaurants, clothing stores, bike shops and even health services. There are many participating businesses in your area.

    Ride well and be safe out there.

    OKB
    • CommentAuthorslomaro3.4
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2012
     
    So photobucket is being very uncooperative I'll try to get a picture up at some point today. I'm only in SD for the summer, but I bike a few miles to work everyday, and whatever I can make time for on the weekends. I ride with my schools cycling team down in Florida I'm not incredibly fast or anything, but always working on it. I ride a 2010 Felt z35 with a mix of dura ace/105 components and some Bontrager wheels.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2012
     
    slomaro3.4:I'm only in SD for the summer, but I bike a few miles to work everyday, and whatever I can make time for on the weekends.
    Welcome to the forum and to the Strava club, slomaro3.4!
    • CommentAuthorjamesj
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2012
     
    Hello all, Im not from San Diego but I love that place it is my families escape spot during the hot summers here in AZ.
    I first learned about this site some time ago and I totally fell in love with it!

    Hopefully you are all cool with me signing up.

    here I am stopping for water on one of our 113 degree days.


    my 1988 3 speed, I named kel'i that means old man in Pima my native language.


    Rocinante my horse. 1980 Trek 412 made a month after I was born.



    - james
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    Welcome james!

    Those are a couple of nice steel ponies you got there. The TREK looks good. That's how I roll as well, a touring rig with panniers. If I rode a bike as old as me, I'd be on something made out of gas pipe. Ha! Is that a three speed Raleigh? I see you like the Brooks saddles; a good way to go.

    If you're in San Diego, join a group for a ride here in town. Stay cool and stay hydrated.

    Ride well and be safe out there.

    OKB

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2012 edited
     
    Welcome to the forum, Jamesj. Nice bikes you have there. Definitely many of the tourists who visit San Diego in the summer get relief from the Arizona heat.

    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2012
     
    Sweet bikes James - very classy!
    • CommentAuthorjamesj
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2012
     
    Thanx everyone!

    Yeah it's been super hot here. Last week we had a 116 day. It was insane I envy you all and your nice weather!

    @Old Knotty Buoy yes is is a Raleigh 3 speed. It's actually a 1988, so not really one made in England. It was when Raleigh sold the company to Huffy. Some people have told me it was probably made by Merida?. I was actually hit on my way to work while riding the 3 speed, the wheels were bent and the fenders a little beat up. I was able to reshape the fenders and get new wheels built up for it. So it is back in service now.

    And thanx for the comments on my bikes!!

    Hopefully I can make it out to SD for a group ride. I totally love that you guys do a "Down Townies ride".

    -james
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    Without resorting to a search engine, how many of us know the source of the literary allusion of the name of James's Trek "Rocinante?" Just wondering.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    HMeins:Without resorting to a search engine, how many of us know the source of the literary allusion of the name of James's Trek "Rocinante?" Just wondering.


    I named my LHT the same thing when I took her touring.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    Cecil:
    HMeins:Without resorting to a search engine, how many of us know the source of the literary allusion of the name of James's Trek "Rocinante?" Just wondering.


    I named my LHT the same thing when I took her touring.


    Tilting at windbags!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    Oops! Pardon my rudeness.

    Welcome James and welcome to all your trusty steeds. Maybe you can share some of your Arizona wisdom on how to keep cool in this boiling heat? Especially after a midday ride?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    1) Don't go too slow,
    2) don't go too fast, and above all
    3) don't stop!

    ;)
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    Cecil and Sam! Not afraid to stretch a metaphor!
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2012
     
    HMeins:Without resorting to a search engine, how many of us know the source of the literary allusion of the name of James's Trek "Rocinante?" Just wondering.
    I had to look it up. I'm kind of bummed because I DID read that book but it was roughly 35-40 years ago.
    • CommentAuthordarcon
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    I was told that I oughta introduce myself 'round these parts, so here goes!
    Hi. I'm Darlene. I'm a San Diego native; I grew up in North County but now reside in La Jolla. I am drawn to vintage frames (the two pictured are the only ones I still own after cutting down on my collection last year). I enjoy surfing and spending time with my pet rats, Albert Camus and Friedrich Nietzsche (the latter of whom sadly passed away earlier this week...r.i.p. Freddy). It's a pleasure to "meet" you all. So far, I've encountered nothing up encouraging, kind people, which makes this seem like a good place to be.
    43F3C92B-3F16-4ABD-AEF1-E344074827C2-891-000000A61EE59721
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    YAY PINK BIKE! (i think that makes it 6 or 7 now) welcome :D
    • CommentAuthorlisi
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    Love your bikes! Welcome to the forum and hope to meet you in person!
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    Welcome, Darcon, I also look forward to meeting you in person! Those bikes look awfully familiar, but perhaps it is just the brilliant blue on pink interaction tweaking my thought strain.
    • CommentAuthordarcon
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    Well, dstone, you might also take note of the fact that the stucco enclosure I took this photograph in is also entirely PINK, thus accentuating the pinkness of everything within. Let's ride soon. Perhaps to Tour de Fat tomorrow?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    Hey - you showed us all a new path to the beach - welcome to SDBikeCommuter!
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    darcon:Well, dstone, you might also take note of the fact that the stucco enclosure I took this photograph in is also entirely PINK, thus accentuating the pinkness of everything within. Let's ride soon. Perhaps to Tour de Fat tomorrow?

    Sounds delightful!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012
     
    Hi darcon! Welcome! Hope you had a chance to meet with lotso friendly forum people today. I'm sure I'll see you one of these days...maybe on the road.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2012
     
    Welcome to all the new people on the board!

    Sigurd:Hey - you showed us all a new path to the beach - welcome to SDBikeCommuter!


    Do tell! :)

    Oh, and for the record, count me in as knowing where the Rocinante allusion came from. While my steed is not named like so, I am always out there finding my own windmills-turned-to-giants.

    Awesome bikes, everyone! Keep the pics coming!
    • CommentAuthormdamazo
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2012
     
    Good evening all. I recently passed down an old trek that was given to me. Now im in search for a new bike. Does anyone have any reviews with The Bike Revolution, I am interested in purchasing a '12 Jamis Hudson Sport or '12 Jamis Citizen 2 sometime at the end of this month. Haven't really had time to actually go to different shops, Trek is the only other spot I've been too. My commute would consist from Little Italy to the Ferry, to Coronado. Any suggestions on type/model bicycle and location are greatly appreciated. I look forward to ride with you and post a picture soon.
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2012 edited
     
    mdamazo:Good evening all. I recently passed down an old trek that was given to me. Now im in search for a new bike. Does anyone have any reviews with The Bike Revolution, I am interested in purchasing a '12 Jamis Hudson Sport or '12 Jamis Citizen 2 sometime at the end of this month. Haven't really had time to actually go to different shops, Trek is the only other spot I've been too. My commute would consist from Little Italy to the Ferry, to Coronado. Any suggestions on type/model bicycle and location are greatly appreciated. I look forward to ride with you and post a picture soon.


    Welcome to the forum! You might want to ask questions about the bike in the "To the First Time Buyer" thread (even if this isn't your first time, exactly).
    • CommentAuthorPetteri
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2012
     
    Hi all,

    I've been lurking for a while, and figured I'd use a couple of minutes to create an account and post scary pictures. I'm Petteri as you can guess, originally from Finland and now living in San Diego. I live in Hillcrest/Mission Hills and work in Sorrento Mesa, commuting by bike a couple of times a week with occasional help from the Coaster if I'm going to a social ride afterwards. You may have seen me eating tacos or drinking beer before.

    Here's me, first heading to Tour de Fat and in a more typical setting:

    TdFwear Bike the Boulevard

    Here are two out of my three bikes, the new Surly Cross-Check commuter and Ridgeback ex-commuter relegated to urban assault bicycle status:

    Cross-Check Ridgeback hybrid

    Hope to see you folks around!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012
     
    Welcome, Petteri - you'll fit right in!
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    Welcome Petteri. Glad you joined the forum. I am the fella who rides the arctic blue Brompton folder. We've ridden together a few times on UB&S
    • CommentAuthorSmorg
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012
     
    Hi all,
    Guess I should have introduced myself before first posting to the board, but hopefully better late than never. I'm Smorg, transplanted here in University Heights from St Louis, MO in 2003. Ditched the car in 2007 but didn't take up cycling until February this year (on an old steel mtb). Switched to road bike (black Giant Defy 5 aluminum thingy) in June and been having fun exploring San Diego with it.
    2012.10.28 Cabrillo tidepool repeat
    Am a bit of a slowpoke on the flat, though tend to go uphill at faster pace (mostly because I want the suffering to be over with asap). :o)
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012 edited
     
    Welcome Petteri and Smorg! I still am not 100% sure how to pronounce Petteri...but I shall learn.

    And all slowpokes - I got you beat! No one is slower than me. I am certain of it. I exist to boost your egos and your time on any road, hill or even downhill (I ride my brakes down all hills).