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Me, me, me! (pictures from today's bike ride)(16 posts)

Me, me, me! (pictures from today's bike ride)MaRider
Aug 21, 2003 2:00 PM
beautiful weather and a nice 25 mile ride today.
My brother, who usually rides with me, but not today, took a few pictures of me as I was riding into the driveway.
re: Me, me, me! (pictures from today's bike ride)MaRider
Aug 21, 2003 2:02 PM
and one more, without the helmet
re: Me, me, me! (pictures from today's bike ride)MaRider
Aug 21, 2003 2:07 PM
one more thing,
yeah, I am riding a postal-colored TREK, bite me!

It's a 1999 TREK 2500, I bought it before Lance won his first Tour, but if I still can be considered a Lance-wannabe, I would consider it an honor :)
Nice, what town are you in?.........nmrwbadley
Aug 21, 2003 3:12 PM
re: Me, me, me! (pictures from today's bike ride)pedalruns
Aug 21, 2003 3:33 PM
Maybe you should put a quick bio about yourself... Maybe you could get a few dates! ;) But I don't know if you could get any dates riding that OCLV...


Looks like a great area you are in, East Coast???
Not OCLVjtolleson
Aug 21, 2003 5:27 PM
that's an aluminum Trek. Pretty stiff but quick steering and responsive... my twin sister (yes, I have a twin... scary but true) has one and I borrowed it the last time I was in Hot-lanta. Same year and color scheme.
Not OCLV, that's correct!MaRider
Aug 21, 2003 7:52 PM
Yep, it's an aluminum frame, Ultegra equipped. They stopped making it in 2000 I think, which is too bad. It's a sweet ride and after 4+ years and many thousands miles it is still holding up very well. I am not much of a clean freak, unlike, uhmmm, people in the thread below, and I rode it in the rain a few times, but I have been lucky in never crashing it - not once, knock on wood.

My other road bike is a steel beater frame (probably 15 years old) that I occasionally use for commuting, boy it's soo heavy compared to this one.

Oh yeah, and I live in Billerica, it's a suburban neighbourhood Northwest of Boston.
Not OCLV, that's correct!Rubberbandman
Aug 22, 2003 8:05 AM
Dude,
I grew up in Billerica! I lived behind the Marshall Middle School. I was in the Boston area last week on business and couldn't help but remininsce about my days in the saddle. There are some wonderful areas to ride outside of Boston.

I've lived in San Diego for the last 11 yrs but miss Boston.
dd
Billerica, my hometownRubberbandman
Aug 22, 2003 9:44 AM
What are some of your bike routes out of Billerica? Is Concord center still an active place for cyclers?

dd
RoutesMaRider
Aug 22, 2003 1:51 PM
Most of my routes go west - in general direction of Concord, Lincoln, Carlisle, Sudbury, Maynard. Some of typical routes include going Rt. 62 to Concord Center (yes, it's still a very active cycling place, in fact drivers know to watch out for cyclists in that area), then to Walden Pond, then keep going west doing some sort of loop through Lincoln, Wayland, Sudbury, Maynard, Acton and back to West Concord. From there I could go straight back or keep looping around, going to Westford, Carlisle, and returning though Chelmsford. I have a feeling there's a lot more cycling going on on those roads, as opposed to, say, North Billerica, Tewksbury, Lowell, Andover, etc.

Billerica is a really nice place for biking though. Where I live we have plenty of hills, and plenty of suburban winding roads with almost no cars, and even if there are cars, they don't go too fast.

I commute to Cambridge a few times a week and it's a nice ride - after you get to Lincoln Lab/Hanscom area, you can either keep going on Mass Ave or on bike route.
<sigh> What's with the American flag that nearly dwarfs the ute?Synchronicity
Aug 21, 2003 10:54 PM
I mean could it be any bigger? Hanging right over the front door. Indeed.

See, here in Australia, you just don't see that. Not that we're not proud or anything. But you sure can be a patriotic lot can't you?
Looked more like a pickup to me.lemmy999
Aug 22, 2003 4:52 AM
anyway, I say live and let live. I don't have a flag and the guy next to me has a state flag out, the guy next to him has a college football team flag and the guy next to him has some sort of a generic flag. doesn't bother me at all. do all australians think anyone that is different from them is odd or unusual? sure can be an intollerant lot can't you?
yeahMaRider
Aug 22, 2003 6:38 AM
well, it doesn't bother me much, even though I would consider all the flag-waving a little over the top in the US. Just like "we support troops" signs, it's sort of an empty gesture (to quote Bill Maher - "it's the least you can do, literally") - if you really want to be patriotic, then ride your bike to work and fight traffic congestion, environmental pollution and foreign oil dependency, or at least switch from that pickup truck to a smaller compact-size car.

But enough of that politics talk, this is a cycling forum.

Besides, those flag-toting neighbours of mine are nice enough people, the wife has run Mt. Washington uphill race, like 6 or 7 years in a row, that's pretty hardcore in my book, so there's some hope. :)
Looked more like a pickup to me.russw19
Aug 22, 2003 8:47 AM
Lemmy, I think the guy was asking a serious question here.. I don't think he was being intolerant.. and with as much respect as I can possibly say this.. I think your reply to him was very ethnocentric. Don't assume that Australians know about the patriotic solidarity backlash from 9/11. Ever since that day, we have been waving our flags in a grandiose fashion to show the world that we are still here, living our lives up to our American ideals. The country was dealt a huge blow on 9/11 and we refused to bend. In fact it made us stronger... Australians didn't have that happen to them, so they don't share the same bonds to the flag that we do right now. And how strong were *most* Americans bonds to their flag pre-9/11? Most feel much more strongly about it now than before... and some were downright apathetic to it. I wouldn't assume that someone from a country like Australia would understand how we feel about the flag right now unless someone blew up the Opera House in Sydney, or something of the like. They haven't been attacked, so they don't know the solidarity that came out of being attacked.

The best thing to compare this to is the chanting of "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" in the 2000 Olympics. It is simply a rallying cry for your patriotism that I am sure every country has a form of. Ours right now is hanging flags out every window, and wearing flag t-shirts (which by the way is dishonoring to the US Flag Code.)But to assume that Synchronicity was trying to insult Americans is the actual intolerance in this thread.

Again, I am not trying to be disrespectful to you or your feelings, just trying to make a point...

Russ
I don't think 9/11 has anything to do with itlemmy999
Aug 22, 2003 9:01 AM
Regardless if 9/11 happened or not, I didn't have a problem with someone flying a USA flag any more than I have a problem of the Turks pulling for their soccer team and flying Turkish flags during the World Cup. The intolerant part was just a joke. But I just don't have a problem with someone having a flag up even if their country has not been attacked. I don't think he was trying to insult Americans, I just think he was trying to say it was odd to display a flag. I don't think it is odd pre or post 9/11 or in any other country to fly a flag. I saw a guy on a motorcycle just last night with a jacket that had a Swiss flag on the back. I had never seen that before, but I didn't think it was odd or unusual.
I don't think 9/11 has anything to do with itrussw19
Aug 22, 2003 3:49 PM
Gotcha... sorry, I was trying to make a point in my post that I wasn't trying to jump down your throat... I guess I took the intolerant part as literal and was just looking out for the other guy. Wasn't trying to step on toes, so I am glad you didn't take it that way.

Russ