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Somebody in my family is against me buying a bicycle

Gerontius

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The right front-fork geometry makes suspension unnecessary on rough roads. I had good results with the suspension on mine (literally nothing) but North Road handlebars do better for the wrists and upper body. However, it's a more upright, relaxed posture so that's not good for a racing bicycle. The frame is rigid but the body stays relaxed.

I don't own cycling gloves, a lock, or a helmet.

Never bought gel saddles either. The old leather kind with a spring in it is fine; I've only had problems with the one that I had dry-rot. It was about 60 years old & split itself in half. Oh well. Replaced it with something that was OK but not great; I'm going to eventually put a Brooks on there and hope I can make it last for about 40 years or so.

For grips I just used heavyweight rubber grips bought from Rideable Bicycle Replicas. RBR is out of California & they have a bunch of old bike parts (as in early stuff, highwheelers & other things I wouldn't be caught dead on.) The heavy English grips are copies of the old Britannia handgrip and those are an adequate shock absorber on North Road bars.
 

Owliet

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That somebody is (not surprisingly) my mother, and her reason for not wanting me to have a bicycle was because she almost saw me get hit by a car when I was riding my bike when I was eight and she never really forgave me over it. She is convinced that if I buy a bike, I will die on that bike.

I want some of the drugs she is taking.
Get a bike. If you want one, have the money for one. Get it. My sibling was extremely difficult with me wanting to get a bike. I’m not sure entirely why it was such a big deal , but the argument that was used against it was that “I cant remember you ever going out on your old one” which was a complete lie as I used mine as a main transport. The argument almost persuaded me to not get one, but I did. Get your bike. Forget your mom.
 

maycontainthunder

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I had a Raleigh Chico that was full rigid. The brakes were awful and you could forget stopping if it was wet. That thing was truly terrible on rough roads. I got my first full suspension bike in 1999 and replaced with something disk braked in 2006 while I was ill. It was like riding a sofa it was that comfortable!
 

Metalhead

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If I really want to piss my mother off, I would learn how to ride a motorcycle and go around Pierce and King County that way. Yeah, that would freak her out even more.
 

maycontainthunder

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If I really want to piss my mother off, I would learn how to ride a motorcycle and go around Pierce and King County that way. Yeah, that would freak her out even more.
Words of wisdom; do all your braking before you enter a corner especially if it's wet. Also don't try accelerating hard out a corner. The back end may lose traction and you'll be on the ground in a heartbeat.
 

Yeshuasdaughter

You know, that one lady we met that one time.
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I thought it sounded weird, until I saw the word "mother". I think we have to face it, in our mothers eyes we will never be older than 10. :) Never.

My daughter is an adult. She is very capable. But every morning, when my daughter goes to work, as she walks out the door, one of the things that I call out to her is: "Don't forget to look both ways when crossing the street!"

You can imagine the eye rolls I am met with.

I also call out "God bless you! Be careful! Have a wonderful day!"

Maybe your mom just loves you a lot and even though you are an adult, she is a worry wort, and just wants her little man to come home safe to her.
 

Judge

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I'd probably have told my mother I got a motorcycle only after calling from a hospital. :oops:
 

Forest Cat

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If you feel brave, you could get one of these; 1660514919872.png
 

Thinx

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You seem in 2 minds yourself about this, you've not taken action on it over a long time now. Your mum can't get you committed for riding a bike. Maybe stop telling your sister stuff, if she tells it to your mum.

I'm a bit dyspraxic and I can do it. Used to love cycling, and maybe I'll start now we are in a quieter place. Traffic wise.
 

Metalhead

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You seem in 2 minds yourself about this, you've not taken action on it over a long time now. Your mum can't get you committed for riding a bike. Maybe stop telling your sister stuff, if she tells it to your mum.

I'm a bit dyspraxic and I can do it. Used to love cycling, and maybe I'll start now we are in a quieter place. Traffic wise.
I visited a bike shop yesterday and saw a couple of decent options. Now I have to save my cash for a month or two, and a bike will be mine.
 

Thinx

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That's great. I bet you will love it. That's all that matters, plus it is good exercise. Good advice there from others too about various possible pitfalls. I'd add, I tried cycling over part of a fallen branch once. It jumped up and stopped my wheel and I fell off. Don't try that...
 

Crossbreed

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But every morning, when my daughter goes to work, as she walks out the door, one of the things that I call out to her is: "Don't forget to look both ways when crossing the street!"

You can imagine the eye rolls I am met with.
We mix up our safety advice, just to keep it interesting.
"If you see a car approaching, STOP, DROP & ROLL...!" ;)
 

Owliet

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My daughter is an adult. She is very capable. But every morning, when my daughter goes to work, as she walks out the door, one of the things that I call out to her is: "Don't forget to look both ways when crossing the street!"
My dad says similar things to remind me of things. I get it that he cares.
If you feel brave, you could get one of these;View attachment 83766
I’ve seen someone who lives around here on one of these Before, but then again my village has a cat as a mayor so it’s pretty much a given that it’s a crazy place to live.
Used to love cycling, and maybe I'll start now we are in a quieter place. Traffic wise.
I ride on the country roads rather that a main road with traffic. I will often get off And push it a long the road to my destination but maybe I’ll get confident enough to ride it on the road. You have to build confidence.
I visited a bike shop yesterday and saw a couple of decent options. Now I have to save my cash for a month or two, and a bike will be mine.
That’s good. I hope that you find a bike that you like. When I got my bike, I had two options, and was fortunate enough to save 400 chf on an electric bike, so I was pretty happy with that.:)
 

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