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General Discussion / Re: Riding spots
« Last post by PKaye on August 08, 2014, 07:14:39 PM »
The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« Last post by the_merkin8r on August 08, 2014, 02:32:48 PM »
One of my blog fans wrote a post trying to work out some things that came up for hem when reading my blog.  I thought that he asked good questions so I decided to answer it here.
Hes blog said:
  "Now, hereís my beef, if you even want to call it that.  I still canít decide if I think old school is encouraging people to stay overweight.  Okay, not encouraging but maybe giving old school'rs a reason to say, ďhey, itís okay that I am fatĒ (mostly, because I catch myself doing that).  Iím not even saying itís not okay to be fat (Iím fat!).  I just know that there are so many health problems related to old school."
  First of all, I want to be very clear in this blog that it is my goal to give old school'rs information and options, and that Iím not interested in telling other people how to live. Iíve already covered the myth of promoting white number pl8's.
 Today I want to talk about the idea that itís not ok to be fat, whether itís because of ďold school reasonsĒ, or aesthetic reasons, or the costs of being fat or whatever other reasons people come up with.  :o
General Discussion / Re: Riding spots
« Last post by Shane on August 07, 2014, 12:55:29 PM »
We are still looking for riding spots.

On Saturday we are planning on hitting up Altona and some spots around Geelong. Let us know if you have any suggestions for ride spots in those areas.
The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« Last post by the_merkin8r on July 23, 2014, 02:15:07 PM »
Many people feel that all bikeless old school'rs are entirely to blame for their own miserable situation. Those same people tend to believe that under no circumstance could they find themselves without a bike because they feel they are better than "those people" who have lost their 1979 supergoose . In reality, old school'rs from all walks of life can wind up on the street with no bike and almost no one is immune from the possibility.
I want to present a few reasons actual old school'rs become bikeless, reasons often beyond their control or ability to deal with. By doing so, I hope to increase empathy towards those less fortunate. This is by no means an exhaustive list; please do not be offended if you know of something not mentioned on this post .
Most old school'rs become bikeless due to circumstances that have overwhelmed them combined with the lack of a club support structure. Others, particularly the over 40's, often lose their supergoose due to an actively hostile, perhaps even hazardous, abusive, or non-supportive ebay environment.
Average old school'rs without a good friend and family support structure can be overwhelmed by events such as bike abuse, snap, ambidextrous hub's, or yellow number pl8's and find themselves without a bike as well. There are many causes of bikelessness and while this post covers a few there are almost as many causes as there are old school'rs with nowhere to ride. If you've ever wondered, "Why do old school'rs become bikeless?" you've found the right place to learn some of the possible answers.
The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« Last post by the_merkin8r on July 11, 2014, 02:28:10 PM »
If you've ever spoken with an old school'er, likely one of the first questions they asked you is "what bike do you have ?"
In TAS, there obsessed with people's bikes. They want to know all about it. They insist that you tell them what "bikes" you have Ė old school, med school or new high-techy school. What's your exact title? How do you spend your day? Are you someone that speaks the language of old school, mongoose, powder puff, Phil Liggett, snap, the blue oyster bar, BMXA, proactive, vet pro, etc? Basically, They would like everyone to walk around with their old school bike attached to their forehead, but since that's a bit over-the-top, old school'rs try to glean the same information by asking questions Ė often lots of them Ė about your bike's.
Most of them mean well when they ask these questions. They are trying to get to know you, and in old school, your bike is a major part of who you are. Until it isn't. How do you define yourself when you don't have a bike Ė or, at least, you don't have the 1979 mongoose you want ?
The world according to the Merk / Re: Just Because - V-2
« Last post by the_merkin8r on June 30, 2014, 03:58:38 PM »

People ask The Merkin8r all the time how he can be so honest about  merkin8ing in hes blog's. They want to know how he can write about The Merkin8r, 120 point of engagement hub's, balaclava's,old school'rs, snap,or running out of white number pl8's over and over again. It's an endless list really, of the stuff he write about that people canít believe hes writing about.

But each of you has a list of things in your life similar to that, itís just a list you don't want to talk about. The Merkin8r is not specialó "I don't have more stuff that is difficult to talk about. I just have more difficulty not talking about difficult stuff."  :o
General Discussion / Re: Pedals
« Last post by bert_halts on June 30, 2014, 03:54:34 PM »
Thanks mate.
General Discussion / Re: Pedals
« Last post by GT Interceptor on June 28, 2014, 07:54:38 PM »
I've had the same Shimano pedals for 4 years. Every 6 months (before Nats & before my States) I put new cleats on. Very rarely unclip.

I did find that once 2 screws on the pedal itself had unscrewed a bit a were binding on the pedal cage stopping the cleat mechanism from rocking freely & allowing me to clip in properly. That caused heaps of unclips until I found the cause.
General Discussion / Re: Pedals
« Last post by bert_halts on June 26, 2014, 08:38:41 AM »
Awesome, thanks.  Will get some new ones and go from there.
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