June 17, 2004

Woo - "New" Bike

POST #    1110

After much talk about getting a bike, I finally bought one last night - the Trek Bruiser One. I looked at a few models online a while ago and then looked at some used bikes. Mike was saying how you get better value with used bikes, so used it was (really, I know very little about bikes). The bike turned out to be a little out of my price range, but not enough to deter me from buying it. It also has some components (see, catching on) that were replaced. Those components are better than the ones I would get on any stock bike in my price range.

Halo was nice enough to come with me to check it out and make sure everything was sound and in good condition. He talked shop with the previous owner, took it for a little spin and later declared that I got a good deal. Well, at least on the frame.

After he left, I took the bike for a short ride and riding a bike is like...riding a bike. You really never forget. That doesn't mean that I was ever good at riding a bike, just that I didn't forget. All I need now is a lock and a helmet and maybe a new seat too because my ass was hurting after five minutes.

- Reviews of the Bruiser One at MTBReview.com

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 9:01 AM



Yay! Fun! I love riding my bike. I need to buy a bike lock, though...because when I go out it has to be a committment to continuous riding with no pit stops...

Posted by: corie at June 17, 2004 9:04 AM

that seat man...definitely has to go.

Posted by: halo | veritech pilot at June 17, 2004 9:40 AM

i love how on the webpage it says: "the fully armored assault bike."

i want a bike. but a girly one with a big basket to put lucy in.

Posted by: el at June 17, 2004 10:02 AM

Dude, when you replace the seat, definitely go with one w/a center cut channel in it. Your boys will thank you.

Posted by: FlatGreg at June 17, 2004 10:07 AM

Woo woo! Just replace those quick releases with locking skewers and you'll be ready for the world. And get a good lock.

Posted by: Mike at June 17, 2004 10:29 AM

el if you get a basket, does that mean you're going to have streamers too?

greg, my boys already had that thought in mind.

Posted by: tien at June 17, 2004 10:29 AM

mike, i'll pretend to know what that means for a little bit...

researching now.

Posted by: tien at June 17, 2004 10:33 AM

Woo bikes! Here's some more info about biking in NYC:


And about the quick release -- if you're going to lock your bike up outside for any period of time (don't, if you can help it), you might want to replace your quick release wheels with something that takes a key.

Personally, I lock the front wheel to the frame with a U-Lock, and I use a chain-lock (big, heavy Kryptonite New York lock) the back wheel to the frame and whatever I'm locking the bike to.

But anyway, read the stuff on the Transportation Alternatives website -- there's good stuff about biking on City streets, locking your bike, and everything else you want to know.

Posted by: mike i at June 17, 2004 11:12 AM

locking the bike: what mike said. Definitely don't lock the front quick release wheel to a pole without also locking the frame. Otherwise I'll be around to take a photo of the front wheel...

Posted by: joe s at June 17, 2004 1:19 PM

In addition to a helmet, I would suggest biking gloves. It has saved my palms when a car ran me over once. If you're interested in local bike rides, check out Time's Up.

Posted by: jason at June 17, 2004 1:59 PM

hey mike i, i looked at that site before buying the bike too.

jason, i'm not sure that i would trust myself riding with that many other people. running into them and such. but that glove thing is a good idea.

and do people really go around stealing front wheels of bikes? i knew that locking the frame and the rear wheel was the way to go though.

Posted by: tien at June 17, 2004 5:13 PM

If it ain't locked it'll be stolen. The unlocked front wheel sometimes matches the occasional unlocked frame.

Posted by: joe s at June 17, 2004 6:16 PM

And if you have a quick-release seat, you'll want to take your seat with you when you lock the bike, or lock it to the frame.

Posted by: saltydog at June 18, 2004 4:31 PM

see, this is why i dont bike in nyc. id rather take my chances with the sharp pointy rocks, steep drop-offs, and vicious deer, bears, and rabid chipmunks of the mountain trails. those damn rabid chipmunks...

Posted by: halo | veritech pilot at June 18, 2004 5:30 PM

Nothing is safe. Once someone stole my handlebars.

Posted by: Mike at June 21, 2004 12:33 AM

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