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The well dressed budget winter cyclist (long) & the score!(40 posts)

The well dressed budget winter cyclist (long) & the score!MB1
Oct 15, 2001 10:47 AM
The premise: Our dear friend has a need to ride but a small budget and winter is coming. Let's help our friend out at the same time amusing ourselves and testing our friends self esteem.

The Approved Outfit:
Gloves-First Choice Ski Liners under standard cycling gloves, in colder weather ski gloves. An acceptable alternate-gardening gloves.

Head Warmer-First Choice bandanna or silk scarf. Acceptable alternates-Large wool cap over helmet or micro fleece headband. Rejected-cellophane over helmet & ear muffs (too much hearing loss).

Rain Gear-First Choice Scotch Guard a Windbreaker and other clothing (I like this idea a lot-I'm gonna give it a try). Second choice & major style points-decorated and carved up garbage bag reinforced with duct tape. Third choice-plain ol' garbage bag. (Bonus points for bright orange trash bag).

Fenders (gotta have 'em!)-Cut up plastic milk cartons (allowing user to be creative, cheap and express his/her artistic abilities.) Bonus style and recycling points here.

Booties-Only acceptable choice-old socks cut up and pulled over summer shoes (duct tape over the toes and heel area). Desperation time-any sort of plastic bag over the feet (aka foot sauna) (don't want wet feet in the winter!).

Arm/leg warmers-no good ideas found on this one. Best suggestions-wear long sleeves or cut up hubbies' golf club covers (bonus points for the revenge factor lost for martial discord plus messing with someone's sport equipment).

Vest-Best Choice bright orange hunters vest. Alternates-newspaper under outer layer (works great thanks for reminding me), cut up windbreaker.

Eyewear-You probably already have sunglasses otherwise safety glasses.

Lighting-Duct tape (love the stuff!!) flashlight to h-bars.

Others accepted-Wool anything, Nylon warm-up pants, Vaseline-face only, Vapor-Rub-legs or knees, Army Surplus (so PC now), Silk and used clothing. Best idea-shop off-season and get real stuff (not as much fun-true-but bonus points anyway).

Rejected out of hand but found amusing-Cellophane over helmet, full body Vaseline (ishmael you naughty, naughty boy!?!), newspaper under nylons (only a brit!), raiding the lost and found.

Rejected-Cotton (don't even think about cotton in the winter) and off topic flames.

Js Haiku Shop- 61pts bonuses for duct tape & scotch guard. Spent $8 out of $20 budget.
Len J-60pts bonuses for bright orange, deductions for concern about self-esteem.
DINOSAUR-55pts bonuses for sock overshoes, wool & timely purchasing.
mr tornado head- 48pts bonuses for micro fleece & vapor rub.
Lazy-33pts bonuses for nerve to raid the lost & found, deduction for same!
bikedodger-15pts special mention for that "Popeye" look.
Badabill-11pts for being first and recycling.
Rusty McNasty-10pts for being PC and that urban gorilla look.
Mike C &Birddog-5pts.
ishmael&ET-Special Mention/Hall of Shame for nerve and daring.
I want a recount! (Points off for self-esteem indeed!) (nm)Len J
Oct 15, 2001 11:08 AM
Yeah what gives Embeewun? I think concern forSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 11:12 AM
self esteem is a good thing. He should get EXTRA points.
This isn't about what you think! (I think?). nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:14 AM
Yea, what she said! nmLen J
Oct 15, 2001 11:16 AM
I bet if you sent $800 to Memphis Js Haiku would concede. nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:31 AM
Depends on the prize. nmLen J
Oct 15, 2001 11:32 AM
A guided bike tour of DC.MB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:38 AM
In rush hour. Led by a bike messenger. SE DC that is. On a fixte. After consuming a few brews. During an ice storm.
correction: $834. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 11:56 AM
So? You willing to sell the election? How much do I get? nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:58 AM
Take it to the Supreme Court. I think it was a hanging chad. nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:13 AM
So, that's what we should call you now? Hanging Chad? nmSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 11:16 AM
O.K. have a runoff, you run it. BTW some call me Magnificent! nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:25 AM
re: The well dressed budget winter cyclist (long) & the score!morey
Oct 15, 2001 11:42 AM
Actually, I have used garbage bags and newspaper quite frequently. Of course, I am in Florida and that can be an excuse. They are definitely cheap, and work quite well.
OT Question, have you ever ridden in snow in Florida?MB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:48 AM
I lived in Hawaii for 28 years and rode in snow once (at about 6,000 feet on the Big Island-went to the beach in the afternoon). We owned all sorts of winter cycling clothing, as I recall we put it on whenever it got into the low 60's.
Oct 15, 2001 11:52 AM
I'm going to be offended here for a minute. ;-) I'm not sure what kind of helmet you use, but mine doesn't cover my ears. Wrapping the helmet in cellophane is a good way to close up the vents thereby keeping your noggin toasty. I've heard it recommended for time trials too as a way to increase aerodynamics!

I suppose I can't argue with you about the moral issues of raiding the lost and found. However, if you go to the L&F at the local links, you're sure to find a plethora of old head covers.

Very timely post BTW. It snowed here in Denver last night.
Actually I'm tempted to give it a try. But I am trying to findMB1
Oct 15, 2001 11:58 AM
some shrink wrap instead. Then I will use a hair dryer to shrink it to fit, we'll see how it works.

I liked the lost & found, my understanding is that the stuff usually ends up at Goodwill or the salvation Army where you can buy it cheap without the guilt.
maw-muh all waze said i've a-mount two sumpin!Js Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 12:02 PM
you know, it takes a truly cheap b@stard to win the "well dressed budget winter cyclist poll" with a score of 61.

hey! LenJ...[tongue out blowing raspberry]
Ya Memphis redneck, ya problie dribbled on yar shirt. nmLen J
Oct 15, 2001 12:05 PM
you're just jealous, la-hooser!!! nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 12:40 PM
ps: i'd like to share this lofty honor with ishy, on accounta...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 12:06 PM
posting his whole-body vaseline gem, all the while ignoring the great adversity he faces with a red, sore and itchy frank.
Maybe that is why it is R,S & I. nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 12:08 PM
LOL Guess U R gonna have 2 find another source for that 834 nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 12:07 PM
I have a whole drawer full of panyhose I'll send youSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 12:11 PM
for your arctic trek through SE D.C. Lovely area that.
last time i got pantyhose over the internet...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 12:37 PM
[blush] nope, i decided not to follow-through with the above subject line. saying your offer was well-meant but looked otherwise will suffice. how many times do athletic women offer by internet to send you their pantyhose? ;-)
You thought I didn't mean well? ;-) nmSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 12:43 PM
Hold on a daggone minute! Don't I get any points forSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 12:20 PM
putting my self esteem on the line long enough for you people to pick out "clothes" for me to wear?
O.K. now will you wear any of it? ishmael will be right over! nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 12:23 PM
Hanging Chad the Magnificent, King of Gutter. nmSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 12:37 PM
wearing insufficient. must have pictures, esp garbage bag. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 12:38 PM
Probly sel the vasoline pix for 834. Ya red kneck yo! nmMB1
Oct 15, 2001 12:42 PM
That's it. Airlift me outta here. S-chick has left the gutter.Spinchick
Oct 15, 2001 12:45 PM
Worst case, you got a.......Len J
Oct 15, 2001 12:53 PM
pretty good Haloween costume out of this. Better Case, you can shame your husband into letting you spend some money (If you start wearing this stuff). Best case, when you show up one night dressed in vasaline, he'll have no choice but to "repay" you.

whatever it takes.Js Haiku Shop
Oct 15, 2001 12:46 PM
there was an ad in the classified section of our paper this weekend: "40 bikes, $7 each, need work"

think i could prolly scrape together a decent SS from three or four of these...
Getta chat room already will ya! :-)Kristin
Oct 15, 2001 1:03 PM
Actually, I have one. Gregg is gonna kill me. (Sorry Gregg), but I might as well post the site since only a handful of people are interested anyway. If you want to pop into a chat room, head over here:

You'll need to register first. There is a chat room inside the club. If I see anyone abusing this or neglecting their previous allegence to the RBR boards, I will be forced to punish you. Penalties are severe!

Hall of Shame? very lame. try againET
Oct 15, 2001 1:21 PM
Hall of Sh for an obviously tongue-in-cheek post? Perhaps the usually witty and humorous Spinchick didn't take it that way, only after which you didn't take it that way. I just can't live with my self in the Hall of Sh. Anything but that. Please! Please! :-)

BTW, these items threads are becoming a bit tedious; that's no joke.
As my father once said to my highschool principalSpinchick
Oct 15, 2001 1:36 PM
at a mandatory parent conference, "You can take the girl out of the class, but you can't take the clown out of the girl. Believe me, we've tried."

Seriously, my reply to you a coupla threads ago was meant in a joking manner. I really didn't mean to offend. Please leave the Hall of Sh. at once! I will go in your stead. It is where I belong...(sniff, sniff)
Funny stuff...DINOSAUR
Oct 15, 2001 4:41 PM
I have another one: Watch the road when you ride, you never know what you will find laying out there. I was on a ride last August, just starting to descend. I viewed a full fingered mb glove laying in the middle of the road. I thought hmmmmm, maybe if I flip a u-turn and retrieve it I might find it's mate up the road. I did, and I found it's mate. Now I have gloves that will serve me well in the winter, sort of on the small side, but they were free. Now if I could just find a disgarded 59cm Colnago Master X-Light in primo condition, I wouldn't be picky on the color...
DINO gets 7 Bonus points for making nice unlike others ;-)nmMB1
Oct 16, 2001 6:52 AM
yeah, well he's using reverse physiology or something. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 16, 2001 7:15 AM