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So, what's on your wish list?(50 posts)

So, what's on your wish list?ImAFred
Nov 20, 2001 1:51 PM
What are you telling Santa you want for Christmas? I need some ideas, too.
I told Santa (mom) i want...JuniorRacerFL
Nov 20, 2001 1:55 PM
Selle Italia SLR Saddle, Easton Carbon Seatpost, Minoura Ergo Trainer, and lots of Lycra and bike related clothing.

A bike that fits...Kristin
Nov 20, 2001 1:59 PM
My Trek 720 Hybrid back (need an around town bike)
A New Knee
Heart Rate Monitor
Look pedals
Sidi shoes
Warm Tights
Neoprin Booties
Warm Gloves
Another pair of Amber tint glasses
Mechanical inclination and some tools

oh yeah... and some celophane for my helmet!

Not asking too much is it? I'll probably only get the last thing on my list! Merry Christmas!!! :-)
What size in SIDIs?tarwheel
Nov 20, 2001 8:05 PM
The REI store in Raleigh, NC, has several pairs of womens SIDI cycling shoes marked down from $150 to $15, size 35 and 36 European. They've been sitting in the store for months and nobody will buy them.
Wow - that's too good to be trueKristin
Nov 21, 2001 6:42 AM
Those are for some small feet! Unfortunately, I wear size 41. My recommendation: You should buy those and sell them on Ebay. Increase Santa's income a little! :-)
i did this with some...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 21, 2001 7:21 AM
specialized shoes i found collecting dust in the local cycling-type outlet store. the shoes were pretty small--there's a reason they're still on the rack. sold 'em all after awhile, but it did take a couple months, and i barely broke even. then, there's the hassle of getting payment, taking check to bank, packing and shipping shoes, watching and updating ebay auction, answering questions, paying ebay fees, can tell i'm a little e-bayed-out.

now, if it was a bike, otoh...ebay is the ONLY way to go.
you know what they say about small feet....Jack S
Nov 21, 2001 8:35 AM
small shoes.
progression: 98, 99, 2000, 2001...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 20, 2001 2:00 PM
98: mostly CDs and books, a few cycling toys. thought cyclometer was 'exotic'. got one from santa.

99: 50/50 CDs, books, bike crap

2000: 75/25 CDs, books, bike crap

2001: 100% bike crap
Were you the Haiku heading to Utah in a week or two?Leisure
Nov 20, 2001 11:34 PM
I sent my e-mail to one of you about rides to go on, but I think I forgot to say that it was me (Leisure as opposed to Ken). If that was you, or *you* are reading this, go ahead and e-mail me at Schedule and weather permitting I might even be able to join you for a couple rides.
yep, t'was me. will do...nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 21, 2001 6:04 AM
Colorado Cyclist or Excel Sports gift certificate nmgtx
Nov 20, 2001 2:45 PM
Nov 20, 2001 2:53 PM
wool jerseys
wool socks
another pair or Rudy Project Kerosene's
digital camera (ruined mine)
TdF videos
Polar S710 with power sensor
HED Alps wheels (fat chance)
Computrainer (even fatter chance)

Oh, and I forgotDog
Nov 20, 2001 2:53 PM
World Peace
How about a wife that likes cycling? (nm)Another Courier
Nov 20, 2001 3:20 PM
[visualize grilled cheese] nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 21, 2001 6:21 AM
...or whirrled peas! -NMTig
Nov 21, 2001 7:53 AM
To meet more of the posters here. nmMB1
Nov 20, 2001 2:58 PM
now you go and make us look badDog
Nov 20, 2001 3:02 PM
Yes, that would be fun. Too bad this is such a huge country.

Where is your materialistic spirit, though?

You two are pathetic! (nm)Godd
Nov 20, 2001 3:21 PM
RBR ridePaulCL
Nov 20, 2001 5:50 PM
Hey, we could all meet in the middle of the country, say, in June for a weekend or...
....have an "eastern" and "western" RBR weekend ride?

That sounds greatErik W
Nov 20, 2001 6:27 PM
A good place in the center of the country is Colorado. A good place in the center of Colorado is Boulder. A good place in Boulder is north Boulder near my apartment. I realize some of you would have to travel quite far but I sympathise with you. I'd probobly have to travel a mile or two myself;)
Nov 20, 2001 11:26 PM
central location in the US: The midwest
central location in the midwest: Illinois
central location in Illinois: McLean County
central location in McLean County: Normal

Any and all are welcome, name a date. June/July is the best riding weather.
That was pretty cool.Leisure
Nov 20, 2001 11:36 PM
re: materialistic spirit-already got enough stuff.MB1
Nov 21, 2001 7:22 AM
Gotta house, wife, plenty-o-bikes, a new car, good health and time to enjoy it all. Don't need any more stuff. Face it most people our age already have all the material posessions required to last out our lives in style. Now we just have to work on the style part.
it's a big country, but...lonefrontranger
Nov 21, 2001 8:17 AM
I'm pretty close to the middle!

Boulder is gorgeous in wintertime. Bright sunny days, dry, not much wind, 50+ high temps. Once a week it snows, then you stick any one of a variety of boards on your feet and play in the powder.
That's totally a lie...TJeanloz
Nov 21, 2001 12:33 PM
Boulder is gorgeous in wintertime. It is sunny, it is dry, it does reach the 50's (and even into the 70's on occasion). But it is windy. If I had a nickel for every time I've been blown from one gutter of Highway 52 to the other, I'd be a rich man. The beauty of the weather though, is that the warmest days also tend to be the windiest.
Nov 21, 2001 1:39 PM
My experience and the locals say it's actually windiest here in spring and summer. When it's dry and clear in winter, it's also calm to 10mph winds max - unless you're up in the canyons, which is just plain silly between 1 October and 1 May. The exception is that one ultra-warm day when the front comes through right before it snows - indeed those are the 50-60mph wind days (with the accompanying pungent stockyard odor from Greeley) when I commute by bus. Fortunately these days are in the vast minority. I don't own a car, live 11 miles from work, and can safely say we haven't had a truly windy day for over a month now.

You want the worst winter bike commute weather ever, move to Ohio. 4-5 days a week it's 35 degrees, pouring rain and 20mph wind. 2-3 days a week, it's clear and sunny, 20 degrees and 30+ mph winds, and the frostbite factor is unbelievable. Seattle runs a close second for horrible bike commute weather. I'm talking lower 48; the Canadians / Alaskans can definitely top the freeze factor. But there's something uniquely horrible about riding a bicyle in 35 degree pouring rain that 10 below doesn't hold a candle to. You can always layer on more clothes, but wet is forever.

Boulder is the only place I've lived besides maybe San Diego where you can ride in reasonable comfort in winter. I'll pass on the California thing though - too many c*rs, not enough bike-friendly infrastructure.
weird weatherDog
Nov 21, 2001 2:18 PM
The other day that the temp range was low of 19 and high of 55 in Boulder. Wow. I guess everyone rides in the afternoon, huh? My coach lives there, and he was noting the 19 degree morning the other day.

In parts of California the bike infrastructure is quite good. Some places, even outside southern Cal., the winters are 40-60 degrees at worst. We can easily ride year round here.

Boulder is right at the foot of the mountains, isn't it? I just checked it out on my 3d map. Here's a 3d:
sort oflonefrontranger
Nov 21, 2001 3:32 PM
The 19 degrees really doesn't feel all that cold. I was out running at 5 AM on that morning I believe, in a windshell vest, lightweight tights and a polypro. It's dead still and incredibly dry, so you don't have that damp penetrating chill. The 55 feels much, much warmer because the sun is so warm. I felt a little overheated at my lunch ride in knee and armwarmers, wind vest and short sleeve jersey.

Nice map! Yes, Boulder is right at the base of the Flatirons, which are the 2 big peaks in the map pic, slightly south of center. It gets dark at about 3.30 in mid-winter downtown - and in Lafayette where I live (on top of Davidson Mesa) it's still bright sunshine until an hour or so later!

Lafayette is just east of Baseline Reservoir, which is the big blue blob in the foreground. The canyon climbs, which you can kinda see on your map, are great in summertime, with the exception of 119 (Canyon Rd.), the big gray road in the middle - we avoid that due to heavy traffic. The climb from St Vrain up to Ward, riding southwest out of Lyons (next town to the north on U.S. 36) has nearly killed me several times this year.

Join us sometime! Boulder is about the most bike-friendly place I've ever ridden outside the Netherlands, and with better terrain. Yes, we have the occasional irresponsible drivers. I firmly belive this is directly related to the several large, unruly weekly club rides that give all cyclists a bad name (per your Monday rant). However there's great infrastructure, and the bulk of the traffic is both accustomed to and patient with cyclists.
That is true...TJeanloz
Nov 22, 2001 7:19 AM
Because of the dryness, the temperature extremes don't feel nearly as bad as they are. When I first moved to Boulder, I had to be careful not to ride in shorts when it was below 30 degrees- because it just didn't feel that cold, but of course it was, and would really mess up your knees. I never believed people who said it wasn't the heat but the humidity, until I moved to Boulder, which proved that temperature has almost nothing to do with how warm it 'feels'. If it's sunny and 20 degrees with no wind, it's short sleeve jersey weather...
Nov 21, 2001 2:47 PM
the real peopleDog
Nov 21, 2001 3:05 PM
The real people who we get to know by using real names or consistent handles.

There are so many people popping in and out under temporary "names" it's darn near impossible to know them.

Number one for me would be DINO (he and I have been here since day 1), plus all the regulars, MB1, (met Humma Hah and grzy), TJeanloz, Js Haiku Shop, Ixiz, Kristin, lonefrontranger, Akirasho, Me Dot Org, nova, Elefantino, morey, Spinchick, nigel, scottfree, Starliner, 4bykn, tarwheel, Woof the dog, bill, peloton, Harlett, Delia, PsyDoc, and probably lots more I haven't thought of right now.

Did you notice that what's-his-name disappeared after stirring things up for a few months?

I'm honored....4bykn
Nov 23, 2001 9:44 AM
My list would be nearly identical to yours, Dog, with the addition of you, of course. I have actually met two members here, one is now a good friend. I've swapped emails with several. We have quite a nice little community here.
the real peopleLen J
Dec 6, 2001 7:36 AM
Nearly identical list except I'd add:

Mr Cello Boy

Start with the crazed adventureous ones.MB1
Nov 21, 2001 4:20 PM
The nutcases that will do the 508.
Those that take their road bikes into the dirt.
Fixed and SSers.
Poets good and bad.
Anyone that rides in bad weather.
Anyone that rides year round.
Newbies trying to figure it out.
I want to go on their first ride back with our injured friends.
The Brits.
Wanna do a hurricane with the guys from Florida.
Wanna do the C&O with Humma.
Wanna ride in the high desert on a full moon night.
For starters.
BON, McNasty, trollman/thioderek, grzycool
Nov 21, 2001 6:33 PM
and all the other bastads
Well. . .Erik W
Nov 20, 2001 3:05 PM
my wife and I just found out we are both loosing our jobs by the end of the year. So I'd say this Christmas I'd be happy with keeping food on the table and a roof over our heads.
no fun... been thereTig
Nov 20, 2001 3:41 PM
As a temp in Penzoil several years ago, I had a wonderful early Christmas present one Sunday night. The agency called and said not to show up to work the next day since the client layed off a few hundred employees and temp's. With a baby due in January, it made the worry factor multiply like bored rabbits. As you can guess, December is a tough month to get a job, but we managed to survive on savings. I wouldn't let it ruin my favorite time of the year though. I started the job search and sent out plenty of resumes to arrive early the first week of January. It worked.

Hang in there and you two will survive as well. Try to not let it destroy you. Sharpen up the resumes and cover letters. Line up prospective employers and bombard them. Good luck!
Good greif...Ahimsa
Nov 20, 2001 4:48 PM
I'm sorry to hear this. I'm sure you'll be fine, but it still sucks. Perhaps this is a sign that a better jobs is on the horizon, eh?

Where are you located? What type of jobs? Maybe someone here is in your vicinity and may have a contact for you.


Good greif...Erik W
Nov 20, 2001 5:15 PM
We're both losing our jobs at the same time because we work at the same place. We met here at work so it wasn't all bad. We are both Test Technicians for a major printer manufacturer here in the Boulder CO area. The company announced 1600 layoffs (world wide) a few weeks ago and we were told that included us. We're trying to look at this as a positive thing. Something better should be coming our way. Getting laid off wouldn't be so bad if you knew how and when your unemployment would end. Of course... we both got new road bikes this year so we'll just have to ride more while looking for work. Erik
That's tough. Sorry. But I've yet to hear of a story like thisbill
Nov 22, 2001 8:52 PM
where, a few months or a year or two down the line, the guy wasn't standing there with a little grin saying, "best thing that ever happened to me."
Good luck, you two.
re: So, what's on your wish list?Tig
Nov 20, 2001 3:49 PM
I managed to hint enough for "A Sunday in Hell" video, so that looks like a sure thing. What I'd love to have is a new frame and fork. I'll have to wait until we buy a few more furniture things for the new house before chunking down a few grand on a frame. Been drooling over a Calfee Design Tetra. Right now you can get a Land Shark through with full Ultegra and completely built up for only $1900. My common sense tells me a nice steel framed bike like that would sure ride nice.

My less selfish side wishes for an end of the war and peace for our soldiers. Continued health and happiness for my family. And yes, I still want a new bike! ;o)
Already here:YoungRcR
Nov 20, 2001 4:55 PM
i actually have already received it:
Use Alien Carbon Seatpost
Selle Italia SLR saddle
Chris Kind silver headset
Reynolds Ouzo Pro all carbon fork

Gotta love christmas!
Im takin 1-1.5 lbs off bike!
Santa, babymickey-mac
Nov 20, 2001 10:01 PM
Speedplay pedals (the Look squeak is finally driving me over the edge);
Wool jersey (probably Kucharek);
Socks (every pair I own has holes in the toes);
Another pair of Castelli Progetto bib shorts;
Cables, housing, tires, and stem for the rain bike;
Cyclocross bike (ain't happening this year).
Way too much.Leisure
Nov 21, 2001 12:37 AM
It's a terminal condition.

I want a Rocky Mountain RM7. Those Kranked videos and my recent trip to Moab have just got me pumping.

Another set of Speedplays so I don't have to keep switching the ones I have from road- to mountainbike and vice-versa.

FSA is coming out with a megalight Ti ISIS BB which I can use on either mtb or roadbike; of course, I would then be *forced* to buy myself the upcoming ISIS FSA carbon cranks for my roadbike. Oh, poo.

A DVD player to watch TDF and Kranked videos on.

TDF and Kranked videos.

I really like the idea of a wife that loves to ride. Uh, girlfriend.

Carbon handlebars.

New kevlar tires all over the place.

A Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame for my campus-cruiser.

The girlfriend could be named Christy Turlington.

World Peace.

re: So, what's on your wish list?raboboy
Nov 21, 2001 6:49 AM
hmmm, a new Selle Italia Trans Am saddle, lycra, and more time to ride. :)
Short Listzelig
Nov 21, 2001 2:33 PM
Assos Gillet- could happen
Assos Isotex gloves- a lock
Phil track hubs, flip-flop rear, for my single speed- a big time reach, especially from the UK
SKS mudguards for the single speed- easy no brainer
Columbus Muscle fork with carbon steerer- possible reality
ITM Pro 260 bars, strada bend- okay, okay, I'll buy them myself.
Masi custom by Alberto Masi- only if I pay for the trip, we stay at the Spadari al Duomo, eat two meals at Peck and I pay for her shoe purchases. Thank you but it's cheaper to stay at home but on second thought, maybe.

Last year, in addition to other stuff, I scored a set of DA 9spd STI levers, 9spd cassette and chain, two pairs of bib shorts and a ls jersey. Got a wireless Flightdeck setup for the anniversary so she knows what I want.
Corrective Laser eye surgery..Dutchy
Nov 21, 2001 7:01 PM
I think this would be great but it is expensive. I do worry about it going wrong.
Then instead of seeing things blurry I wouldn't see anything at all. I am sick of
wearing optical glasses while riding. I have tried contacts but in the summer heat
they start to dry out after about 2 hrs.

Oh and a new bike wouldn't go a stray either.

Well first there's and then there's .....McAndrus
Dec 6, 2001 7:04 AM
Selle Italia Flite saddle - got it under the tree
Colnago C40 - will never get it

Mostly I want a way to get my wife to get me what I want. Twice this year I've bought mail order items (like the saddle) and said, "Wrap it up, honey." That just makes her mad because she didn't buy it.

But how do I tell her I want bibs from and pedals from Excel and tires from Performance, etc., etc. She doesn't know how to buy this stuff over the internet and it just seems to confuse her. So I just pull out a Performance catalog and circle a couple of $20 items. I can use them but I don't really want them ......

Oh, what to do.

Honey, if you reading this just remember I LOVE YOU!
Hey McAndynigel
Dec 6, 2001 7:26 AM
Sounds like your wife's a dear, but may be technologically challenged. Would she like to learn how to order things online? Take a bit of time and try to teach her (though you've likely already done this); you know how easy it is. It'll open up a whole new world for her, and she'll feel much better about being able to make you happy with gifts SHE'S actually bought you.

Make her a "My Favorite Bike Stuff" group of favorites from your Web browser, so she knows where to go, and show her what you'd like (or suggest things). Can't hurt, mate.

I hope shopping for HER isn't so complicated!

Best, and happy holidays,