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  • basmans_grob 6 Aug 2014 15:19:35 413 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Right, so I've finally got signed to cycle professionally.

    Part time cycle courier (fuck you, it counts). \o/

    What worries me is my lack of a sense of direction and mechanical skills. Anyone done it?
    http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/aug/06/-sp-cycle-courier-life-urban-cowboys-bike-messengers

    Article in the Guardian about bike couriers.

    @PES_Fanboy

    Edited by basmans_grob at 15:20:04 06-08-2014
  • DaM 6 Aug 2014 15:31:37 13,520 posts
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    a new crop of bright-eyed tight-thighed young men
    Perks of the job PES? :)

    I fancied doing this years ago, I would have died though.
  • Psychotext 6 Aug 2014 16:22:11 55,030 posts
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    Nephew just had his bike stolen. He loaned it to his housemate and the stupid bitch left it outside a shop.
  • Salaman 6 Aug 2014 16:51:42 19,592 posts
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    Pay up stupid bitch!
  • Vortex808 6 Aug 2014 17:02:22 7,575 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Pay up stupid bitch!
    Payment in FHUTA I assume!

    Psychotext, tell him he needs to invoke the ancient laws of EG.
  • elstoof 6 Aug 2014 17:24:27 8,301 posts
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    Same thing happened to a guy a lived with in uni, lent his bike to a neighbour he wanted to tap and she got it stolen.

    He didn't even get her into bed either. Double lose.
  • Psychotext 6 Aug 2014 17:26:35 55,030 posts
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    Stupid thing is, he's not even trying to get into her knickers, he was just being nice. What's worse is that she already has a bike, but she didn't want to ride it because it's heavy.

    Man, he loved that bike. And I'd literally just finished booking for a day away next week at Coed Y Brenin. I was only half an hour from buying him a new fork for it. :(

    Fucking gutted.
  • elstoof 6 Aug 2014 18:25:11 8,301 posts
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    No insurance I take it?
  • Psychotext 6 Aug 2014 18:46:05 55,030 posts
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    He'd just moved and hadn't sorted it out yet. One thing on top of another. Basically he's a grand or so out on the loss.

    ...and I'm about to be a grand and a half out covering his new one until he can repay me.
  • elstoof 6 Aug 2014 19:50:23 8,301 posts
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    Poor kid, I can imagine how gut wrenching it feels to have one nicked. Good on you for helping out.

    ...unless this is just so you can take "payment" from the housemate yourself?
  • Psychotext 6 Aug 2014 23:11:12 55,030 posts
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    Sadly she's not my type. ;)
  • PES_Fanboy 6 Aug 2014 23:17:32 18,866 posts
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    basmans_grob wrote:
    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Right, so I've finally got signed to cycle professionally.

    Part time cycle courier (fuck you, it counts). \o/

    What worries me is my lack of a sense of direction and mechanical skills. Anyone done it?
    http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/aug/06/-sp-cycle-courier-life-urban-cowboys-bike-messengers

    Article in the Guardian about bike couriers.

    @PES_Fanboy
    Cheers!

    Yay, I'm an anachronism!

    Next career move: piano player at the movies
  • andytheadequate 6 Aug 2014 23:21:44 8,348 posts
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    What kind of moron leaves a bike worth a grand outside a shop without securing it? I'd expect her to pay for it
  • Psychotext 7 Aug 2014 01:19:03 55,030 posts
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    The word now is that it was "secured". She put one of those accessory securing cables on it. They have the guy on CCTV (not his face sadly) and he cut through it in a single movement before riding off a second later.
  • Vortex808 7 Aug 2014 07:51:28 7,575 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Sadly she's not my type. ;)
    You mean not in a car park for your night-vision kicks?

    We've *all* seen that newspaper article you perv! ;-)
  • Psychotext 7 Aug 2014 12:39:44 55,030 posts
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    That's my credit card 1,800 more fucked up.
  • basmans_grob 7 Aug 2014 12:45:24 413 posts
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    Can you be my uncle as well?
  • Psychotext 7 Aug 2014 12:49:14 55,030 posts
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    I don't think I can afford any more.
  • Stan546 7 Aug 2014 21:07:18 259 posts
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    @andytheadequate it'd mainly be woods / fields and off road. It's this one scheme;

    http://www.bike2workscheme.co.uk/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=cycle%2Bto%2Bwork&utm_campaign=Bike%2B2%2BWork%2BScheme

    I think I might go for that one you linked though, maxes out my limit and should last! Got a fair few woods around me to get me started!

    Edit: just realised I'll own a push bike more expensive then my car!

    Edited by Stan546 at 21:08:08 07-08-2014

    Please help me mods? Stop ignoring me?

  • caligari 7 Aug 2014 21:15:07 17,193 posts
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    Stan546 wrote:

    Edit: just realised I'll own a push bike more expensive then my car!
    At least it'll hopefully be much cheaper than running a car...well, in the long-run - excluding needless(but fun) wheelset/groupset/seat/pedal/tyre upgrades!

    Oh, and accessories - never forget those shiny accessories.
  • andytheadequate 7 Aug 2014 21:56:23 8,348 posts
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    My bike costs me far more to maintain than my car does ...

    If you ride off road then you need a proper mountain bike. Hope you enjoy it, it's brilliant fun. Where are you based?
  • elstoof 9 Aug 2014 08:57:55 8,301 posts
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    RideLondon will be "interesting" tomorrow my the looks of things.
  • Psychotext 9 Aug 2014 11:35:30 55,030 posts
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    ?
  • elstoof 9 Aug 2014 11:44:05 8,301 posts
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    Hurricane predicted to hit, forecast looks dicey.
  • Psychotext 9 Aug 2014 12:01:58 55,030 posts
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    I see.
  • andytheadequate 9 Aug 2014 14:48:11 8,348 posts
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    I think the bad forecast is my fault, just had my bike fixed after a few weeks out of action
  • elstoof 10 Aug 2014 09:14:33 8,301 posts
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    My decision to sack RideLondon off today worker out nicely - they cut the only 2 interesting bits off, Leith and Box Hill, making for an 86 mile spin around some of the flattest roads in the country, through the pissing rain. No thanks.
  • PES_Fanboy 10 Aug 2014 09:32:47 18,866 posts
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    Poof.
  • Megapocalypse 10 Aug 2014 09:37:52 5,511 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    My decision to sack RideLondon off today worker out nicely - they cut the only 2 interesting bits off, Leith and Box Hill, making for an 86 mile spin around some of the flattest roads in the country, through the pissing rain. No thanks.
    Didn't know that. Why? What's the point?

    I agree though, sitting here looking out at the rain, I'm not to disappointed at not getting a place. Will probably still try and get one for next year though.
  • elstoof 10 Aug 2014 09:48:14 8,301 posts
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    Poof.
    I know, Rule #5, HTFU and all that, but a spin through Putney and Dorking then home doesn't really inspire this Londoner to leave the house at 5am to sit at Olympic Park for an hour in the rain before I'm allowed to start riding.

    They snipped the nose off the route due to the weather Mega, I guess they didn't want to risk any accidents on the descent with all the nervous charity riders etc.

    Edited by elstoof at 09:49:20 10-08-2014
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