bicycle blog tag

Some cycling blogs are playing this tag game with a series of questions about bikes. I was just tagged by John. I’ve also read the same set of questions on Tarik and Kent’s blogs.

I think this tag thing is kind of stupid, but I’ll play along (mostly because John was so polite about it). I also think there is a more interesting subject to talk about which I’ll post later.

Here goes.

If you could have any one — and only one — bike in the world, what would it be?

My IvyCycles. Basically a low trail bike, moderate sized porteur rack, Rohloff hub, clearance for fat tires that work on-road and off. A frame that is lively and fun to ride. Not too heavy. One bike that can do everything I enjoy doing on a bike.

Do you already have that coveted dream bike? If so, is it everything you hoped it would be? If not, are you working toward getting it? If you’re not working toward getting it, why not? Do you already have that coveted dream bike? If so, is it everything you hoped it would be? If not, are you working toward getting it? If you’re not working toward getting it, why not?

I’m thinking about building a second version of this over the winter. It’ll be the same concept,but 650B or 26″ wheels instead of 700C,eccentric bottom bracket instead of sliding dropouts, and probably fillet brazed. The workmanship won’t be as nice as Brandon’s, but it’ll be a frame that I built. Overall the changes are very minor, so I think I already have that dream bike.

If you had to choose one — and only one — bike route to do every day for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?

This is ahard one. It needs to be rural riding in abandoned forests but start and end up in an urban center with good food and good people. Ihaven’t found it yet. If I had to guess on where I’d find it I would say Wellington, NZ.

My dream route would start at a nice breakfast placewith good home made granolaand yogurt. The ride would be around 30 miles/50 km with challenging climbing and descents on a mix of logging and paved roads. It would end with ice cream.

What kind of sick person would force another person to ride one and only one bike ride to to do for the rest of her / his life?

hm. meme tax question.

Do you ride both road and mountain bikes? If both, which do you prefer and why? If only one or the other, why are you so narrow minded?

John said “fat tire road bike” and I agree. On the other hand I’m trying a mountain bike again this summer, so I guess I ride both. My cycle truck is sort of a mountain bike too.

Have you ever ridden a recumbent? If so, why? If not, describe the circumstances under which you would ride a recumbent.

I’ve owned three. Great for loaded touring, not so great for urban riding. I like the urban riding. The tandem was the most fun of the three.

Have you ever raced a triathlon? If so, have you also ever tried strangling yourself with dental floss?

No. The only competitive cycling that I’ve done are a few cyclocross races. They are a lot of fun, but I am missing those competitive genes and don’t really care about winning. I think that just makes me filler on the course. I also am not a big fan of paying $30 for 30 minutes of riding.

Suppose you were forced to either give up ice cream or bicycles for the rest of your life. Which would you give up, and why?

Wait, I just had to pick a favorite bike ride and it finished with ice cream!

I’d give up the ice cream. I don’t eat it very often anyway.

What is a question you think this questionnaire should have asked, but has not? Also, answer it.

What does your dream neighborhood look like with respect to cycling?

My dream is a dense enough neighborhood that I can walk to all of my regular shopping needs. There are dozens of good resturants within a 2 mile biking distance. Within 5 miles I can get away from the city and suburbs and into the mountains for good riding. My block might have a community workshop where everyone chips in tools and knowledge and works on projects together.

You’re riding your bike in the wilderness (if you’re a roadie, you’re on a road, but otherwise the surroundings are quite wilderness-like) and you see a bear. The bear sees you. What do you do?

Make lots of noise.

Now, tag three biking bloggers. List them below.

I’m ending this game by tagging the three people who I’ve know have played along. John, Kent, and Tarik.

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