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baz

Silver Member
Hola dot comrades

Now and again when l am surfing kijiji, which is Canadian for craigslist, l will check out other adds from people selling drum gear. I have noticed that there seem to be a lot of drummers selling hockey goalie gear, and bicycles. Bikers, drummers, and goalies (oh my). l can see the goalie drummer connection as l have pointed out before. Bikes are a whole other matter.

Even though the climate in my little corner of the mostly frozen north is not as bike friendly as it is in other parts, l make it a point of pride to ride as much as l safely can, regardless of temperature. Conditions are another matter altogether. At my age, gravity is not my friend.

For most of my absence from this board, my life has gone through many changes. I retired early to help look after my Father, who has since passed away. I have had some medical issues that led to a toe amputation, a pacemaker/defibrillator installation, and a battery change. Typical you know you are getting older stuff. life and mirrors are all l need to remind me that l have crested that hill and am now cruising that shake my fist and “get off my landlords“ lawn lane. That being said, there is some saving grace in being so immature for my advancing age. l have things that keep body, mind and spirit a little less ancient. First is my two and a half year old Grand Daughter, who is the number one greatest joy in my life. More on this in another thread.

Next is my bicycle(s). In a nut shell, cycling has given new life to my old frame. First off, l do not claim to be a two testicled Lance Armstrong. I am more like a Russian circus bear on a gravel grinder. This two wheeled double pedal pushing has improved my body mind and spirit in ways that l never could have imagined. Soooooo.....

Now that l have gone through this typically bazzian preamble, my question to you all is how many of you incorporate cycling, hobbies and or exercise in your lives and how does it affect your enjoyment of drumming, and or life in general ?

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Show me your bikes please

and thank you for allowing me this self indulgence
Barry
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
oh man....cycling is my second hobby!!! I grew up identifying as a metalhead/punk/drummer/BMX bike rider in the 70's...my friend group rode BMX's everywhere!!

My prize possessions as a kid - things that I bought with my own money - were my 1979 Zildjian A Rock ride (my first non-trash can lid cymbal) and my 1981 Mongoose Supergoose. I still use the cymbal to this day. The bike got stolen 8 months after I bought it. THAT tore me apart!!!

I replaced that with a Mongoose Motomag, snd rode the crap out of that. In my hey day, I could jump the nose of a parked VW bug, ride a wheelie for miles, and bunny hop onto a picnic table.

Then I got my car, and the BMX sadly got stored away.

Got into mountain biking in my mid 20's, snd have been into that ever since. I LOVE riding in the woods ,and ESPECIALLY in the winter. I ride MTB at least 3 times a week now, and more when I have the free time.

About 7 years ago - I was 44 -, my step son wanted to get into BMX, and I HAPPILY dug mine out of storage, and started hitting the skateparks with him. What. A. Freaking. RUSH!!!! The best midlife crisis I could have ever had!!!

Now, 4 years post heart attack, I am currently riding at the skatepark, doing gravel grinds, riding singletrack MTB, and preparing to start doing bikepacking trips, combining my love of camping and riding!!

first pic is my Surly Krampus 29+ rigid steel beast after a half mile climb on one of the harder trails here at home 8 miles total...I was hating life on that day

second pic is actually a few years old - my beard is much more like yours now - on one of the "easier" trails near here
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keep it up!!! My biking was the single thing that got me through my heart attack and rehab...the need to get back out in the woods pulled me through. The cardio has definitely helped me on the drums by giving me better cardio, especially for my double bass/speed playing

keep the pics coming!! I am jealous of where you live as well!!! Prime winter riding, I am sure
 

baz

Silver Member
oh man....cycling is my second hobby!!! I grew up identifying as a metalhead/punk/drummer/BMX bike rider in the 70's...my friend group rode BMX's everywhere!!

My prize possessions as a kid - things that I bought with my own money - were my 1979 Zildjian A Rock ride (my first non-trash can lid cymbal) and my 1981 Mongoose Supergoose. I still use the cymbal to this day. The bike got stolen 8 months after I bought it. THAT tore me apart!!!

I replaced that with a Mongoose Motomag, snd rode the crap out of that. In my hey day, I could jump the nose of a parked VW bug, ride a wheelie for miles, and bunny hop onto a picnic table.

Then I got my car, and the BMX sadly got stored away.

Got into mountain biking in my mid 20's, snd have been into that ever since. I LOVE riding in the woods ,and ESPECIALLY in the winter. I ride MTB at least 3 times a week now, and more when I have the free time.

About 7 years ago - I was 44 -, my step son wanted to get into BMX, and I HAPPILY dug mine out of storage, and started hitting the skateparks with him. What. A. Freaking. RUSH!!!! The best midlife crisis I could have ever had!!!

Now, 4 years post heart attack, I am currently riding at the skatepark, doing gravel grinds, riding singletrack MTB, and preparing to start doing bikepacking trips, combining my love of camping and riding!!

first pic is my Surly Krampus 29+ rigid steel beast after a half mile climb on one of the harder trails here at home 8 miles total...I was hating life on that day

second pic is actually a few years old - my beard is much more like yours now - on one of the "easier" trails near here
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keep it up!!! My biking was the single thing that got me through my heart attack and rehab...the need to get back out in the woods pulled me through. The cardio has definitely helped me on the drums by giving me better cardio, especially for my double bass/speed playing

keep the pics coming!! I am jealous of where you live as well!!! Prime winter riding, I am sure

Nice to meet you my two wheeled brother.

l never really got into biking untill after my heart attacks. I did not know thatl had problems with the old pump Untill l went in for a pre surgery EKG prior to having a toe amputated.( Left foot little piggy that had none). At first l thought that l was doomed to a life on a scooter cart with one of those grabber arms to reach the low salt soup tins on the upper shelves, and l was afraid to do anything. Dying did not seem as scary as living so l thought l would try suicide by exercise. The problem with that plan was that exercise brought this old Lzarus out of the tomb and eventually into a bike shop. Fast forward to now, and l see, feel and live the positive benefits of something as simple as a zen ride.

For bikes, l am a kona guy. I have a hybrid, which is my G Pa bike. I have a jake the snake cyclocross, and a Rove NRB, which is what l call my fat tired road bike. I do not spend a lot of time going uphill through mud, preferring the trails and multi use paths within my community. My world is small enough that l can cover most of it without the use of internal combustion.
Covid kind of kicked the poop out of my cycle camping plans for this year, but l do plan on doing a couple of bucket list trips before l have to trade my two wheels for the afore mentioned scooter cart.
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Also, love your beard.
Bike on brother!!!
 

wraub

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Another long time cyclist here, mtb and occasional commuter.
 
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ineedaclutch

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Big part of my life. Here are my most used bikes. They are ridden daily. A 72-4 Schwinn Le Tour and a Specialized Sirrus. These shots were taken when I
got them. They now wear Continental Gator Hardshells and thousands of miles. I have others, but these are my faves. An 80s Bridgestone RB-2 almost made this list.
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rhumbagirl

Senior Member
I just completed my hub overhaul on my Diamondback 26" MTB. After riding the 29" Fuji hybrid for a year, I'd forgotten how comfortable the MTB is. It was my first hub job and it came out a success.

EDIT: I ride about 50-100 miles a week for the past 4 yrs. I've permanently parked my automobile in the process. I tell people, had the bicycle come after the car, people would be running around excited about this new invention that doesn't pollute the air, and you get exercise getting from point A to B without joining a gym.
 

wraub

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Nice. :)

I'm a Bridgestone fan too, there are currently 2 in the house. Really good, classic bikes, imo.


Big part of my life. Here are my most used bikes. They are ridden daily. A 72-4 Schwinn Le Tour and a Specialized Sirrus. These shots were taken when I
got them. They now wear Continental Gator Hardshells and thousands of miles. I have others, but these are my faves. An 80s Bridgestone RB-2 almost made this list.
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MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I bought a bike to ride to college. I put about 2000 miles on it, actually had to change the tires because they were bald. I like riding a bike, but not like y'all die hards. I wont even mention what it is because it isnt some Trek, Specialized, etc.

Bikes are huge here. If you ride something that isnt bought at a bike shop ridicule ensues.
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Big part of my life. Here are my most used bikes. They are ridden daily. A 72-4 Schwinn Le Tour and a Specialized Sirrus. These shots were taken when I
got them. They now wear Continental Gator Hardshells and thousands of miles. I have others, but these are my faves. An 80s Bridgestone RB-2 almost made this list.
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My Fuji Absolute 2.0 looks identical in frame shape and dimensions to your Specialized. I have the Continental Gators on my Fuji, and they are not rain friendly at all. Maybe why I have a MTB.
 

C.M. Jones

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I don't cycle, but I'm a fitness disciple. I lift weights several times a week and get ample cardio exercise on other days -- hiking, treadmill running, and so on. I can't fathom leading a stationary lifestyle. Lounging makes me sluggish. Rigorous activity stirs both the blood and the mind. We're designed to be up and about, not sprawled in languid destitution. Movement is the cure for countless ills.
 

ineedaclutch

Platinum Member
My Fuji Absolute 2.0 looks identical in frame shape and dimensions to your Specialized. I have the Continental Gators on my Fuji, and they are not rain friendly at all. Maybe why I have a MTB.
The Absolute is a great commuter. The Hardshells do not jive with rain at all, but the sliding can be fun! We do not get much rain here, so I run them year round. They are great at keeping thorns, glass shards, an errant earring, nails, and caliche from ending my ride earlier than anticipated.
 
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Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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sweet to see all fo the bikers!!!

I also have an old Trek that is my commuter bike! I wish I could ride everywhere I went, but my job has me at 3 different schools per day, and they are pretty far apart form each other...I do ride to the high school in the summer time when I don't have to wear "teacher clothes".

and as baz mentioned, to me all riding is Zen...it is the only place that I find that kind of feeling other than drumming. The physical exercise I get is secondary to the mental health side of it...which sometimes gets me through the rough climbs while mountain biking! But now that I can't play hockey as much, riding is definitely my go to form of exercise.
 

baz

Silver Member
Wow.

leave a thread for a couple of days and it starts to blow up. I knew there would be bikers on this site. My bike season will be slowing down as winter approaches. Up here it gets cold and we lose daylight, thankfully it’s nice and bright once the snow falls. B1D825EF-698F-40A9-960F-A49AD74EE10B.jpeg9774BC37-CC6D-4188-808F-9415324AC44B.jpeg
happy days biking in Banff.

Starting tomorrow, my main exercise will consist of trying to keep up with my two and a half year old G Dot. G Pa daycare kicks in again.

Barry
 

baz

Silver Member
I don't cycle, but I'm a fitness disciple. I lift weights several times a week and get ample cardio exercise on other days -- hiking, treadmill running, and so on. I can't fathom leading a stationary lifestyle. Lounging makes me sluggish. Rigorous activity stirs both the blood and the mind. We're designed to be up and about, not sprawled in languid destitution. Movement is the cure for countless ills.

I will take road rash over bed sores any day.

Barry
 

baz

Silver Member
I just completed my hub overhaul on my Diamondback 26" MTB. After riding the 29" Fuji hybrid for a year, I'd forgotten how comfortable the MTB is. It was my first hub job and it came out a success.

EDIT: I ride about 50-100 miles a week for the past 4 yrs. I've permanently parked my automobile in the process. I tell people, had the bicycle come after the car, people would be running around excited about this new invention that doesn't pollute the air, and you get exercise getting from point A to B without joining a gym.

lt was the gym that got me started on the bike.

l used to drive to the gym to ride a stationary bike. Something about that seemed a little silly. When l started to think about buying a bike, l beefed up my work out on the stationary bike as a way to prepare myself. Never thought about things like hills, wind, cars honking and profanity. If we had a longer season l would ride more. Temperature l can dress for, gravity....ouch.

Congrats on the rebuild????

Barry
 

wraub

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...I found a pic of one, in commuter regalia- It's an MB-6 frame, all Tange steel, but pretty much everything has been upgraded. Mavic rims with LX hubs, XT bottom bracket, Ritchey fork, XT derailleur, SoftRide stem. That saddle is gone, too, it has a Bontrager ti rail seat now.
This bike bas been in Sedona canyons and Brooklyn streets. It steers like a fish. :)
...and, yes, I am a little old-skool at times, thanks for asking. ;)




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Nice. :)

I'm a Bridgestone fan too, there are currently 2 in the house. Really good, classic bikes, imo.
 

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rhumbagirl

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Wow.

leave a thread for a couple of days and it starts to blow up. I knew there would be bikers on this site. My bike season will be slowing down as winter approaches. Up here it gets cold and we lose daylight, thankfully it’s nice and bright once the snow falls. View attachment 96773View attachment 96774
happy days biking in Banff.

Starting tomorrow, my main exercise will consist of trying to keep up with my two and a half year old G Dot. G Pa daycare kicks in again.

Barry
That's a beautiful ride! I did 28 miles today. I made a pact that if I did 28 miles a day up until the Loma-Lopez fight, Loma would win. Here's the Diamondback 26in MTB:

 
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