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Ikea’s making a bike. Belt driven, two speed automatic. I won’t get one, but it’s cool they’re making them.


#2

Your link about the IKEA bike is broken, but will they let you ride it around the store? If it had a basket on the front, it would make shopping there a lot more convenient.


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#4

Link works for me?

/praisegaben20chars


#5

Here is a working link.

I like it. The design is really my kind of deal. More wood on all the things!


#6

In all my years cycling, I’ve had several near accidents because: some pedestrian stepped out into the road without looking, people opening car doors in live traffic without checking mirrors or hesitation, aggressive and reckless drivers. etc etc.

Hazard perception being the only thing that has prevented me from any injuries. Yet, I still don’t feel safe. The problem is that other road users aren’t alert to hazards on the road for whatever dumb reasons. So solution: Alert them!

I was considering the http://loudbicycle.com/ as an upgrade to my bike. Considering that I lock my bike on the street, instead of bringing it indoors, I don’t want to worry about additional accessories.

So, the whistle is the next best thing. This seems to be the best option.


Thing of my day though, this channel.


#7

You could always do what I did and build a 300W speaker system onto your bike.

I’ll even give you the app I made that will let you honk like a Cadillac.


#8

That’s great, but again, much more than I’m willing to attach to my bike. XD

A truck horn would be better, or even a train horn. But then I’d need ear protection for myself.


#9

I recognize that brand - that’s a Ship’s horn.


#10

Facebook memories told me I bought my bike seven years ago:

And because I have it serviced (almost) every year at the shop where I bought it, store it mostly indoors and clean it now and then, it still looks and works as good as new.

So much so that just last autumn someone commented “new bike?”

Anyway, i love this bike and it’s one of my best purchases ever.


#11

Just had my bike serviced. It feels so good again! Perfect timing since the weather is looking pretty good right now.

Air quality still feels crap though. Pretty much need my Respro mask most of the time now.

The one thing I’m missing at the moment is a new cycle playlist.

Babymetal - Death is always a good energiser. I always visualise an AMV of Macross Plus listening to that on the bike.

Forumites, have any good track suggestions?


#12

I never listen to music while cycling! I want to be able to hear traffic and generally not be disconnected from the world around me. I have a few albums I listen to while running though, and when certain tracks begin I know I can kick it up a gear to push through the last kilometre and a half. My current picks are Absolution by Muse and A View From The End Of The World by Machinae Supremacy.


#13

Personally never had a problem with music and cycling, in fact it’s probably saved my ears from loud vehicles.

I’ve never had music too load, where I didn’t know what was happening around me at all times.

Also, looking around me.

Diggin’ the ‘A View From The End Of The World’ suggestion, thanks.


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#15

Excellent. I’ve always wanted to go on long biking trips and one of the biggest holdbacks was the possibility of my tire going flat halfway through.


#16

Why not carry an extra tube or two and a pocket pump/CO2 filler?


#17

Excatly. I don’t know if this particular kit is any good, but there are many many like it.

All you really need is a spare tube, a source of air, and a couple tire levers. You can also instead get a patch kit where you fix the tube you have and reinflate it. If you have a shrader valve instead of presta, you can pum pit at any gas station if you aren’t biking in the wilderness.

Flat tire is not a fear that should keep you from a long distance bike trip.


#18

I’ve never actually fixed a flat tire on the road on a street/hybrid bike. In NYC, I’ll just hobble to the nearest bike shop and get it done, so I rarely carry a spare tube.

Mountain biking, I’d carry a spare tube, spare patch, and tiny hand pump. You can pry the tires off just with your fingers: no levers needed, and they don’t have high PSI so pumping is easy. I’d puncture a tube or two easily once a week in the woods.


#19

I’ve never learned how to change a tube.


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