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When should you stop putting money into a beater bike.

> Bought 50 dollar trek MTB like a 99 early 2000 model.
> Needed Rear cassette, chain, and shift cable, with rear derailleur.
>got everything for 50 bucks.
>total 100 not bad for a trek mtb.
>rides nice, but noticed brakes suck, front is worse than rear.
> Just wanted a bike to ride around.
>rim in rear is bent and gouged from brakes, also they rub a bit.

So my questions is should I leave it as is and ride the shit out of it? Or should I replace the rims and such?

I am new to riding, never owned a real bike besides walmart shit, wife is getting me into riding, she rides all the time, wants me to ride with her. Says we will get a new bike for me in a few months if I like it.

So I came to see what the cool people on transport say since I know many of you own beaters.

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Is it just the rear brake that's rubbing? You can replace the front brakes and just rip the rear brakes off.
Try truing the wheel to get rid of the slight bend. I've had wheels that will be almost a full inch out of true that bent back into shape with patience.

I say get it as good as you can without spending too much more money. If you're not satisfied then sell and buy a better bike with the knowledge you gained from your shit bike. You'll know what to look for now and stretching your budget wouldn't be as daunting
is there a bike co-op in your city? if so, take it there and you'll get all the bits you need for next to nothing.
If you are planning on investing in a new bike in a few months, I would ride the bike as-is. If a small niggle like that its you off then you are less likely to stick to cycling when you have a good bike.
It's a smart move to stop maintaining it when you stop loving it.

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Are they (or can be) a viable form of transportation, missing link between full- sized cars and public transport?
Let's discuss. Discuss about 1- or 2-people capable vehicles with roofs and engines.
Both modern and historic.
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What a pathetic anti-intellectual screed.
>How do you WEIGH a teaspoon of basil?!?
Seriously, bitch?
Never seen one of those things around here.
>Hehehe I'm the little leprechaun

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Good fucking Lord I was planning to start really soon too (just got my original) and was planning on asking for 130
I feel you man, I just spent two years making about 150/day as an OS in Georgia.
People are hungry for jobs right now, shouldn't have much problem replacing the workforce.
i'd have to live in washington. which i'm not doing until setac/king county is destroyed by volcano, earthquake, tsunami.
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As it turns out, I was wrong. They CAN strike, they're just limited by their bylaws until near the end of a contract.

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ITT: Best Locomotive/Rolling Stock paint schemes
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I think he meant into single companies for each region, covering passenger service and infrastructure, while maintaining a high degree of integration between companies, government, and network as a whole
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Yarra Trams Livery on a Z3 tram

Nice digits, even then the difference in financial stability between various agencies could become too great when companies that have lots of cash cow routes / serving major centers becoming highly profitable while rural operators could be cash-strapped. Let's look at Japan for example:

Mainland JR companies that are now fully privatized

JR East: Hilariously profitable due to Tokyo region being its major cashcow
JR Central: Also extremely profitable since it operates Tokaido Shinkansen (one of the busiest HSR corridor in the world) and it has the least amount of track (in terms of absolute distance and rural tracks) to maintain for the mainland companies
West JR: Profitable enough, but much less so than its other mainland cousins due to lower economic parity in the west and it has many rural routes to serve

And then we have the "other companies" that are still technically owned by the Japanese government through third party agencies

JR Kyushu: Teeter between being profitable and losing money, recently beginning its step towards actual privatization with IPO
JR Shikoku: Loses money due to many rural lines, but its losses isn't too terrible due to small size of the island
JR Hokkaido: Loses a lot of money due to many rural lines with extremely low ridership, even urban center being unprofitable, and suffers from crumbling infrastructure and rolling stock due to age.

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this is one ugly sonofabitch

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I just bought this bike to ride from the county trail that goes into the city, about 20 miles per day rt. Terrain includes paved streets, dirt, gravel and so on. But mostly level. Nothing serious. Mostly suburban.

I have decided to bike because I have repetitive injury osteo-arthritis (facet arthropathy) and biking is low impact and is fantastic.

Got tired of renting the Elktra Townies from my apartment complex. Plus, cruisers are miserable after a few mile or so.

Did I just buy a meme ?
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2000miles. Not 2000k lol
glad to hear it man-- post your haul!

>Did I just buy a meme?

No, you just bought a cheap bike. Don't compliment yourself.
nice doggo
actual pic related

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how does this make you feel /n/?
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we have had a massive investment in cycle lanes here linking two cities to each other
been there two years, much publicised and I've never seen more than 3-4 bikes at any time between 7am-6pm
spent millions on the bloody thing for nothing
it encroaches both on the footpath and the already-problematic road
couldve just widened the sodding road and made it safer for all

who gives a shit man they got no water and half the state is on fire year-round.

fuck 'em.
I believe they want to make roads less convenient in order to drive people to bicycle, which is a change from maximising efficiency for whoever's already on the road.
eventually cars will become unaffordable.
I have feelings and you guys are hurting them.

Could be bus with literature legality, busy
Hall you cinate, perhaps a bigger bus or Elon Musks tunnels or space transport!
If anyone knows any information...or finds a way to legally
Holy shit man I'm so fucked up I thought that thumbnail was the rustle gorilla

Any rotary pilots on here?
If I drive an rx7, does that make me a rotary pilot?
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No, just rotarded.

t. fellow rotard
No, but seeing my friends in HEMS's facebook posts and watching the local school's Cabri G2's buzzing around the place where I'm learning fixed wing has certainly given me the bug.

How do you like it? Part of me thinks I might add basic helicopter training to my time building regimen once I have my fixed wing certs all squared away and need to burn hours in an exciting new way.
It’s good fun, try and get some time in one if you can.

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In your judgement, which is the most autistic mode of transportation? I vote for the gyrocopter.
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What is this
an autugiro for ANTS
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Fuck off. Trains are sick.
Recumbents aren't autistic, but all the bentposting on this board is.

That being said however, if you are a bicycle enthusiast, no reason to ignore them. They are incredibly fun bikes to race with.

Just because I said trains are the most likely vehicle of interest for autistic people, doesn't mean I think all train fans are autistic. Although if you're having trouble understanding thew difference maybe you really are autistic.
Road bikes

Fuck you skinny tire trash trolls.

I hope your spokes turn into mom's spaghetti.

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Hey /n/,
I normally ride a single speed road bike but I've been wanting to get into bmx

This guys asking 75 for this Haro

Do you think this is a good starter or will it break on the first jump I try?

I'll be checking for cracks in the welds and any bending in the chain stay

What do you all think?
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Its a good bmx if you have never really ridden much, haros have a pretty good rep you would probably have to jump off a roof to break it so dont be scared to bat it, you will break before it does 3piece crank is good to one piece bend/snap like a twat sometimes

Welcome to the world of rd rash and bleeding knees my 20" bro
Slam the seat. You'll look like an asshole pedaling a BMX sitting down. Too many brakes, too. I don't know if you need a front brake so you can ditch that, don't mess with the gyro just pull off the lever and the cables and the front brake mount. Also consider just ditching brakes entirely later on. I just started bmxing not too long ago and I'm strongly considering ditching the fucking thing already.

Those pedals look pretty wore out. Get some plastic ones. They're light and fairly cheap.

Take it into a shop to look at the tires, specifically the spokes. Also check if the chain tension is on the up and up and the chain itself. Take a look at the bottom bracket and stuff.

Overall it's a tough bike (and probably heavy as shit) and will last you for a good while if there aren't any serious cracks or rust. Good buy for $60. You can't even get a shitty walmart BMX for that price, let alone a Haro.
Hurr Durr Im a commie faggot.

Your mom is BLACKED. Am I doing this right
>I don't know if you need a front brake so you can ditch that
Nice logic m8

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Bought first bike. Rode 5 miles last night. Going to go do 20 today on an actual bike path.
Do 10.

Your ass will thank me.
Windy as fuck most of the past week. 2 days with wind gusting to 70 km/h with a peak gust of 120 km/h on one day. 30+ winds for the next 5 days. Then the wind is supposed to drop just as the daytime highs fall to just above freezing.
Went out for a ride hoping to get up wind a decent amount before the wind was forecast to pickup. But about 20 minutes out before I even started heading up wind, someone flipped the switch on the wind tunnel and a sudden solid 50 km/h side wind. Decided to head back into the city and got tossed around by every passing semi.
Went for a 2 hour ride around the local hills. Came back, cleaned my bike and drivetrain, then checked my tires for embedded stones. For some reason, there's only one shape of stone that actually gets stuck in my tires, and that's 'dagger shaped and directly pointed at my inner tube'.

It's also interesting seeing all the scratches and cuts and holes in my tires- all the 'near miss' notpunctures.

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What are you guys using for transportation on this nice Sunday afternoon?
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I drove to get my haircut, but rode to the gym and to the store
i stayed inside and got high and wanted to die
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I transported with the bicycle pictured here. I rode to work, spent about 20 minutes there doing payroll stuff so my team gets paid on time next Friday, then rode it to the grocery store and liquor store, and then I rode home with panniers heavy with food and wine for the dinner I put on this evening.
sounds like a nice day
I drove to the gym to spend an hour on the cycling machine.

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ITT: Post funny Amtrak stories

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Another funny story

>be me
>be smoking a cigar at Coast Starlight smoke stop
>get offered weed by another passenger I had chatted with earlier
>refuse because I have to take regular drug tests for work
>guy lights up a bong
>gets caught by conductor
>thrown off at the next stop

Dodged a bullet there.

Can we make this guy the mascot of /n/?

My mother and father once jumped on an Amtrak train to kiss me goodbye and wound up being stuck on board. The had to ride with me for an hour and a half before getting off at the next station and buying tickets for a train going back.
>I heard those crazy people got rich, too.
the weirdest part is how one of those stoned baggage handlers became a US senator

Same thing happened with my mother and stepfather when I was 11, except it was a 10 minute trip for them (they jumped on the train at Emeryville to kiss me goodbye and wound up riding it to Jack London Square).

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How the fuck do you fix something like this, in a transportation sense, without razing the whole thing and starting over?
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But one of the guiding principle in rebuilding is not to let people concentrate in city center
A plague. Americans don't want to fix anything because their huge ego is dependent on cars.
>picture of East Asia
What did he mean by this?
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How do you fix that which is not broken, anon? Can't you spot perfection when you see it?

This is why you leave everything on the market and not government.

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Do you ever worry when doing a hand signal that people might think you're a neo-nazi doing the hitler salute?
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lol eat shit you fuckin' pinko commie antifa terrorist
I just read about it and it's astonishing!
>Do you ever worry
What, me worry?
Fascism is the people following the country/state/constitution, not the other way around. Individuals matter more than their creations. We’re not just another brick in the wall. We’re not just another meaningless dead objects being used to build bigger castle for those who are obsessed with it.
Good guys don’t murder people unreasonably. Even death penalty is not good morale.

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