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Old 09-05-2014, 08:59 AM   #61
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I sold all my bikes and now have a folding bike and a carrying soft case. It is great. I can fold it up and go anywhere with it. It has 20" wheels and 6 speeds so it is pretty functional. Their are several companies out their but you can buy them used for less. I purchased mine used from FBike in Waltham MA for $200 + free shipping. You get better components and that, in the long run, increases the enjoyment for me.

In New England their is a current expansion of bike ways and rail trails. They have become a real community. This is great because the roads are becoming pretty unsafe with all the distracted drivers.
I recently got a flat on with my folding bike (Dahon, 16 inch wheels). It as nice to just fold the bike up and put in my car to take to the bike shop. Ended up getting a new inner tube and tire.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:05 AM   #62
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Just an FYI if you have AAA they fix flats as part of the road service. At least in the southern New England district.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:10 AM   #63
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Just an FYI if you have AAA they fix flats as part of the road service. At least in the southern New England district.
Must be by district like you said. I haven't read anywhere in my membership about AAA and fixing bicycle flats. Comes in handy I bet if you're gone farther than walking distance back home.
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An extra tube, set of tire levers, and a pump saves the day.
Much of my ride is out of cell phone range and 15+ miles from home. I like walking, but prefer to choose the time and place.
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An extra tube, set of tire levers, and a pump saves the day.
Every time I go on a bike ride I always have with me the above items along with a tube repair kit, a bike multi-tool, and a small cutup piece of an old tire. The cutup section of an old tire is needed if your tire gets a sizable cut or hole in it and the tube starts coming through. Need to place something inside the tire to cover the hole so the tube doesn't come through, it's just a temporary fix to get you home. I learned that one the hard way after having to walk home the last 4 miles of a bike ride. I was told a dollar bill would also work in an emergency.
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Ditto. Living in goathead country means flat tires eventually. Haven't gone tubeless yet. I guess that and Stan's is another way to go. Lot's of folks do around here.
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Nasty things those Goat Head thorns...

particularly for dogs
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The 3-ft rule is unenforceable, IMO. It'll be enforced when there's an accident involving a bike and someone's probably dead or seriously injured. They're not going to pull anyone over for it...

My adage: "Please let me know how much fun it is being self-righteous while laying in your hospital bed; the driver will be buffing the scratch off his bumper."

Ride like everyone on the road is out to kill you.
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"I was told a dollar bill would also work in an emergency."
I can attest that this does work as I have used this trick a few times in my many years of cycling.



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"I was told a dollar bill would also work in an emergency."
I can attest that this does work as I have used this trick a few times in my many years of cycling.
I had a nasty blowout in FL a few years back and a dollar bill got me to a bike shop where I bought a new tire. I have never had a repeat of that big a hole in a tire.
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That's keeping inflation in check. Who says a dollar does'nt go as far as it used to.
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That's keeping inflation in check. Who says a dollar does'nt go as far as it used to.
That's circular logic.
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