I'd like Santa to bring me a set of 10-sp Campy shifters, a pair of lobster gloves to replace the ones I can't find, a bottle of nice bourbon, and a couple pounds of good single-estate Assam tea. Will I get (or even ask for) any of this? Nope.
More realistically, I will be very happy if my family members bring better deserts to contribute to the annual Christmas dinner I host than they did to this past Thanksgiving.
>everyone else in the world is sitting by the fireplace looking out the window at snowflakes sipping hot cocoa
I already know that I'm getting a bike, I was taken to the store to pick it out. I also know that people will get me helmets and hi-vis jackets and other such things because everyone I know is convinced that I will die if I try biking the 2 miles from home to work.
I'm more worried about what to get others at this point, I have no good ideas in that regard.
When I don't know what to give someone, I go to a pawn shop and buy some useless yet somewhat interesting trinket
a car licenswe
FWIW, you can participate in the gift giving without betraying your frugality. The key is to get something that delivers good value for the receiver compared to what you paid for it:
>Stuff you can build/cook/grow/restore with your DIY skills that's relevant to the receiver's interests
>Consumable commodities that the receiver is going to use anyway (or would if he could afford it), bought at a good price
>Bullion coins, because they're a sneaky way to just give people money and also a way to give them something to think about
>A high quality durable replacement for an item that they keep replacing because they buy low grade or disposable shit
Put a weight set in the living room and start racking out sets during commercial breaks. She might be discussed with you doing it at first but will get turned on more and might join in if you're getting massive doms.
The trouble there is that my folks are wealthy and have expensive taste, and in particular challenge my mom hates used things. I'll work something out though. I appreciate your encouragement, it has filled me with determination.
My wife hinted that she was going to get me this Craigslist 10 speed for Christmas, but the other day she told me she didn't do it. I'm pretty fucking bummed. I wish she would have just told me so I could've bought it. It was a beautiful shogun frame and now it's gone.
just a CX bike, even a SS one
i don't like MTB and i want to go on gravel roads and using my old road bike on gravel road will destroy it
Honestly, unless you spend the big bucks and get one that connects to your TV and shows you routes and stuff, he is 100% correct. I bought one for the -15 degree winters here and I absolutely hate it. Since I actually enjoy cycling, the trainer almost ruins it. If you just bike to work out then you might not be bothered so much
e bike kit and a battery tab welder to make me a huge battery for it
Specialties TA is a French manufacturer of various cycling bits, including some rather nice but expensive cranks.
Well this weekend i'm gonna try ride with less pressure and buy some gravel tires
One of the mistakes I made the last ride was have too much pressure on the tires when I switched from asfalt to gravel
I might just ask for both, i do need some nice windbreaker/windproof gloves but these midwest winters can be fucking brutal so i'd like an option for riding at home when i want to get some cardio in without having to bundle up so much.
Plus with a trainer i dont have to worry about my mortal enemy, the wind...
>new tyres and tubes arrive
>install them and spend a whole day adjusting fenders with 2 mm clearance
>i didn't even know that i had OCD, but anyway
>take bike out for first ride on new tyres
>fuck me sideways these things feel fast!
1.7 km and got a nail in tread and out through the sidewall. fuck this cis earth.
I want this hot weather to stay forever.
>mfw 10 degrees in december
I want -10 °C and snow for christmas. Greetings from Finland.
looks like a brown christmas for canada this year,
The family offered to buy me a bike, so I picked out one with a price that wouldn't give them a heart attack and wouldn't leave me disappointed.
Gonna put drop bars on it for sure.
>Buying a flat-bar hybrid with the intention of converting it to drops
>Buying an entry-level bike with the intention of upgrading parts straight away
Just because you're poor, doesn't mean you have to be stupid.
>Overlay two semi-transparent images of bikes, apparently using the lower headset bearing, of all places, as a reference
>No important fit co-ordinates are co-incident
You're right: they are totally different
Semantics, the gift-givers are spending on his behalf. He could just as easily have asked for a contribution towards a bike that suits his needs more closely, or simply some other cycling gear.
I wish Santa would bring me one of these
I would think having different size wheels is bad. The front wheel can decelerate faster than the rear causing an imbalance. The front wheel will be spinning faster and take more power to reach speed. I suppose it could make tighter turns, but then you still have an imbalance. With the rake and body weight there is a lot of pressure on that front wheel. It seems dumb.
I got a pair of kinda rare Campy Record 9sp Ti levers that have the nice look of the 8sp levers, but with 9sp internals. With a shiftmate 4, I'll be able to free one of my favorite bikes from barcon hell.