I'm assuming it's the full alloy version at that price. The one with the carbon fork would be pricier.
Keep in mind that coming from steel rig to a full aluminum, you'll notice how much more rigid it'll be.
Time to stop giving bicyclists a free ride
National Post Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Toronto Councillor Michael Walker is taking some flack for his suggestion that bicyclists be licensed. Too costly! Too much bureaucracy! How do you decide who needs a licence? What about municipal boundaries? No other cities do it! Wildly impractical!
Yeah, well, so what? When have any of these arguments stood in the way of City Hall? The food cart licensing and control fiasco stands as a monument to the ability of politicians and bureaucrats to turn the simple business of vending snacks into a regulatory nightmare.
But that's not the point, really. Even though dumb government is to be deplored and resisted, Mr. Walker is on to something, although he's only halfway there. If local governments are going to be consistent in their application of environmental principles, green regulation and pay-as-you-go footprintism, we need more than bicycle licences. We need a bike tax.
Everybody knows that drivers of automobiles must pay their way. To drive on city roads, they pay heavy gasoline taxes to offset the cost. Drivers pay to park. They pay for car licences and driver's licences, which are all taxes. They pay heavy third-party liability insurance fees in case they run somebody over or ram into another car. All this is fair and just, right?
But bike riders pay nothing, even though the cost of urban bicycle infrastructure, operating risks and potential liabilities are mounting. Bikers are getting a free ride that all non-bikers are paying for.
Tens of millions of dollars have been spent bulldozing, levelling and paving hundreds of kilometres of bike trails across the GTA. Trail maintenance costs are also borne by taxpayers. Even more costly are special bike lanes on city roads. Setting aside a four-foot-wide lane looks like a free lunch, but often these lanes displace automobile parking spaces or force the shutdown of an automobile corridor. There's a cost to all of this, in addition to maintenance, and bikers should pay for it.
Bicyclists cause accidents. So do automobile drivers, but they pay for their own accident risk insurance. Car drivers pay fines when they break traffic laws, but bike riders seem to be exempt from the laws. When's the last time a bike rider was ticketed for running a red light, riding up on the sidewalk, or putting pedestrians at risk by recklessly swerving through crowds?
And then there's the carbon footprint. When car drivers cruise Yonge Street on Saturday night, their metabolisms are more or less flat-lined. They just sit there, burning up little energy personally but paying for the cost of their automobile's carbon footprint via taxes and fees. Bike riders grinding up the same route burn up a lot more carbohydrates, which their bodies convert into carbon dioxide and exhale, adding to their carbon footprint. The volumes are small, but it all adds up, and bicyclists don't pay.
Bicycling has gained much of its popularity in recent years because bike riders are free-riding on services and infrastructure that they don't have to pay for. Maybe a licence and tax system would be too costly to administer, but in principle it's the right thing to do.
Paying the full cost of biking is more important than a rules test to get a licence to ride. Many bike rules are dangerous. There's nothing scarier than an amateur bicyclist making a left turn at an intersection across multiple traffic lanes diligently following the rule with one hand steering the handlebar and the other stuck in the air signalling a turn. Councillor Walker has half an idea. Licensing is a waste without a tax to the social and environmental costs of biking. Would $100 a year do it?
Also, I've got a set of egg beaters that came with my bike. How do they compare to spd? Are they worth keeping?
Anyone know where I can score some decent mtb shoes and baggy shorts in this city on the cheap? Also, I've got a set of egg beaters that came with my bike. How do they compare to spd? Are they worth keeping?
Here's a start:
Full fenders and mudflaps FTW.
You're right about the sweat- you gotta find the balance of what feels comfortable once you're warmed up and moving You'll have to stick it out for the first few minutes until your body comes up to temperature, but that's really no big deal.
A windproof/waterproof jacket, pants and even booties (for rainy days or without mudflaps) really helps.
Use lots of lights- most commutes at this time of year are in the dark for at least one way! Visibility is key.
If the bike lane is full of ice, snow and random debris (which it usually is at this time of year), then take the lane instead. If there's no room for cars to pass, you can pull over now and then to let them- but legally you don't have to, it's just a considerate thing to do (and some people don't really seem to appreciate the potential consequences of running into a cyclist with a car) If you're just gonna pass them again the next time traffic stops, or if you're approaching a red light anyhow- then they can wait.
Watch out for ice hidden under fresh snow! Also, streetcar tracks are particularly slippery at this time of year so keep that in mind too!
For maintenance: Keep your tires inflated, but the lower end of the range on sloppy days will give you a bigger contact patch and more traction. Especially on the front tire.
Wipe down your chain and lube it fairly regularly. Especially if you've been riding in slop.
Lube the pivot points on your derailleurs to keep them moving. (use light chain lube for this)
Last- have fun and be sure to laugh at the huddled masses shivering at the streetcar stops.
Going today to check this out:
-Soma Groove frame
-XO rear derailer
-Sram X Gen front derailers
-Sram X 9 Rapid Fire
-Sram PG 990 9 speed cassette
-RaceFace Deus XC crank
-RaceFace Deus XC handlebar
-RaceFace locking grips
-RaceFace Atlas seat post
-RaceFace bottom bracket X Type
-Chris King head set
-Avid V-brakes with Avid levers
-DT Swiss hubs and rims
-Crank Brothers pedals
-Marazocchi Bomber MX Comp forks
Now. She asks $1400 in the message but $1200 in the subject, we're going to offer a g-note and that's that. Anyone care to comment on this bike? Looks like it's pretty loaded and ready to roll..