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Hey Filtersweep(12 posts)

Hey Filtersweepgs6769
Aug 9, 2002 2:59 AM
Glad to finally meet you. Thanks for the pulls! Made Hopkins seem a lot closer. Good luck on the Look and I'll see you out there.
re: Hey Filtersweepfiltersweep
Aug 9, 2002 4:35 AM
Nice meeting you as well. I hope the "traffic" wasn't too bad through SLP. Living downtown it looks like we both take the same easy, safe route during rush hour.

I don't know exactly what I am going to do about a new bike yet. They are almost giving away Trek 5200s this time of year, but if I swap out a bunch of parts I don't know if I'll have saved any money (the LBS will take off parts and reduce the cost by 50% of retail for the parts) vs. building up a bare Look frameset. This cooler weather is giving me the that ominous feeling that summer's days are numbered... maybe I need a winter project? A coworker is interested in buying my current bike, but I think he is still trying to convince his wife. On the flip side, I received my 401K statement last night... and in just three months have lost more than the cost of a very nice bike... makes me think my priorities are a bit mixed up!

See you out there.
re: Hey Filtersweepgs6769
Aug 9, 2002 6:15 AM
Yeah, it's not a bad way to go when you don't feel like dealing with traffic and you can stomach a few headphone wearin' r*ll*rbl*d*rs.

Tough call on the new wheels. Winter project might be the way to go. Scoring a frame on closeout and the other bits as finances allow.

What shops have you checked out so far?
re: Hey Filtersweepfiltersweep
Aug 9, 2002 7:11 AM
World Cycling Productions in St. Paul- if you ever want to see maybe 100 Colnago C40 frames hanging from the ceiling, it is the place to go. They are located on University a bit East of 280. I think they do mostly mail order/internet orders- it doesn't look like they build bikes. I didn't see any Looks in their shop, but they are listed in their catalog.

Do you know of any other local place that sells Looks? I might just end up ordering one elsewhere, or do the unthinkable and go with ebay... or exploit the "superstore pricing" of some OCLV at Penn.
World Cycling Productions & other options.gs6769
Aug 9, 2002 8:03 AM
I'm pretty sure they build. They've got a shop and offer bikes to order. They are way expensive though, even for the high endy stuff they carry. Some pretty good deals on their clothing racks once in a while though.

You might want to have a look at Freewheel Bike on the West Bank/Cedar/Riverside. They had some Looks the last time I was there. They're a great shop IMHO. They're a co-op with a public shop where you can do your own wrenching for a modest fee. They also do top notch repairs, at least they always have on my stuff. They deal all of the Trek 'family' (Trek, Lemond, Klein) but this year they've even added some Pinarellos and the Looks I mentioned.
I will have to check them outfiltersweep
Aug 9, 2002 11:26 AM
... Freewheel Bike, that is.

World Cycling had a very weird vibe, the one time I was in there. I stopped on a "lunch break" and I was the only person in the store NOT wearing bike clothing... I really felt out of place. The cash register on the card table also adds an odd ambience to the place. It should be called "Fellini's Little Bike Shop of Horrors."

Have you seen "Jose" out by St. Louis Park? The Mexican guy who doesn't speak a word of English and rides for Flanders? He rides some team Specialized bike. I've had a few interesting rides with him, but he just goes back and forth in a five mile "loop"- over and over again. Actually, I don't think it is possible to have missed him.
I will have to check them outgs6769
Aug 9, 2002 11:49 AM
I really like Freewheel. No weird vibes like the ones I too have felt in WCP. I've always thought there was a lot more going on with that place than is apparent to the shop visitor. Could be because almost everything they sell is out of my price league. Still, I do like to stop there once in a while.

I have indeed seen the Specialized guy. Ponytail, weighs maybe 110. He's seems to have an oddly jittery pedaling style. There's also the guy who always wears a full Banesto kit, no cap or helmet. It's rare that I don't see him when I ride there. Funny thing is I always see both of them when we're going in opposite directions. I never come up behind them, or they behind me. Odd.
I will have to check them outfiltersweep
Aug 9, 2002 12:29 PM
That's the guy- Jose will ride slowly, without saying a word he'll let you pass and immediately grab your wheel, if you accelerate, he'll keep on it (like inches away, which is a bit close for a stranger), take turns pulling, and generally ride very fast. The unfortunate thing is he is about 100lbs WET, so he doesn't break much wind (no pun) and going downhill behind him is tricky. There isn't much talking, since he doesn't speak English. I rode thirty miles with him one eve and came back with an insanely high (for me) average speed.

I've seen the Banesto guy on the majority of rides as well- I worry that people like that never wash their clothes. Also, I would always see you riding in the opposite direction as well and would never have caught up with you if you weren't so patient at that intersection. It looks like they might be putting in a light at that spot. I noticed a few "push button to cross" poles sunk in concrete, but still no light.

I'm almost too tired to ride tonight, but the weather might not be that great this weekend.
re: Hey Filtersweepaliensporebomb
Aug 9, 2002 12:54 PM
You guys riding on the Cedar Lake/Kenilworth trail?

Anyone see the weird guy with the homebrew recumbent riding
prone flat on his stomach, using his feet to steer and his
hands to "pedal". Looked like he was wearing a wetsuit. I
tried to turn around and catch up with him but he was really
moving. Totally weird. I've never seen him again either.

I see all kinds of "regulars" on that trail. Cool.
re: Hey Filtersweepfiltersweep
Aug 9, 2002 1:20 PM
Yes- you ride Cedar Lake? If so, I probably have seen you if you are out after work.

Haven't seen the wetsuit guy, but have you seen the guy with the homemade recumbent with the plywood/plexiglass fairing? Of course he wasn't "really moving" as that thing probably weighs 80 lbs.

Or that "woman" (I'm still convinced she is in drag) with braided extensions that rides a huge bike and she sits extremely upright and rides very slooooowly?
Cedar Lake/Kenilworth regularsgs6769
Aug 9, 2002 2:14 PM
Man, there are some 'originals' out there aren't there. I've seen both of those recumbant cats. The plywood guy rides out towards Dinkytown on University/4th st. once in a while. gets REALLY strange looks from motorists. There's another recumbant guy who rides out in SLP/Hopkins. He's 65 easy and can MOTOR. I've seen him going 20-22 for long stretches.

Maybe the Banesto guy has like four sets of kit......naaah.

The tall woman (or maybe not) is another fixture. (s)he must be 6'4" or 5". Maybe (s)he posts here just to get the guys all riled up. lots of talk about that sort of thing here today.
re: Hey Filtersweepaliensporebomb
Aug 10, 2002 7:13 AM
Yeah, I've just started on there since my workplace wisely built a locker-room
and shower for commuters. Also, it's a fun ride sometimes on the weekend.

I have seen the guy that has the homebrew recumbent - it looked like it was
made out of plumbing parts.

I've ridden my yellow Giant TCR2 on it a few times but am looking for more of a
commute ride that I can lock up without worrying about my components walking

Hopefully soon.