Do any of you bike to & from the courts? What do you ride?

chrischris

Hall of Fame
I do it for it warms meup nicely and after works out stiffness and gets the legs to recover. Use either my 7 gear Kildemoes or the Brompton foldable bike
have to plug Brompton a bit. Can be brought on trips easily and on the subway/metro/ commuter train.
http://brompton.com/
 

Tmano

Professional
Most of the time I actually bike to the courts...if further than 6 miles i drive there unless there is a nice bike path...I have a mountain bike GT
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Used to be a riser handlebar 3 speed Swinn.
Now either a FisherHooko or a Cannondale Caad8-6.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
OP's Big Wheel reminds me of the bratty little kid who wakes me up way too early EVERY Sunday morning. Then I hop on my Trek 7.2FX for work or play, leaving a blue trail of curses behind me!:evil:
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Used to Ride my Klein Mountain Bike pretty much everytime I played close to home.

Now I dont play at all and dont really ride the bike either.
 

acura9927

Semi-Pro
I got a couple of newer model bikes. Nothing too $$$

2013 CAAD 8 105
2014 Trek 7.5 FX

I don't get into all that carbon bike stuff as I can barely notice the difference.
 

PhrygianDominant

Hall of Fame
I ride my 5€ bike. I bought it at the city auction last year and it's been fixed up twice, so far it has served me well. It's such a POS that I get a much better workout than any real bike would give me over the distance.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Seth I have a fuji I converted to fixed. Its an older frame, and I can't think of the model off the top of my head.

I really love fixed gear for fitness and as long as my knees don't complain, will continue to ride fixed only.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Tough to ride fixed in the Berkeley hills area, where I have to climb over and then decend fast down.
I actually have a triple chainring on my Cannondale road bike, and it's a blessing when the legs are gone, or pushing over the hills.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I can't ride such a small frame, mainly because I"m old and surfed for 25 years, the back of the neck doesn't like being arched upwards anymore.
I'm 5'10", ride a Caad-8-6, cheapo Tiagra components in 56 sizing, so my seat is only 1.5" higher than my handlebar flats, for a very upright position
 

acura9927

Semi-Pro
I have a 80mm stem and a 10 degree rise on my CAAD 8. I too dislike being hunched over with my neck sticking out like a turtle on those race bikes. Not too many racers use a 80mm stem.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
What size frame?
I almost bought the 54, as the newer style frames are much bigger than the older CannondaleR-500 series frames. Only problem with the 54 is being scrunched up a little too much, like my old R-500 in 56 sizing.
This current 56 is a touch too big for my 5'10" frame, but the 54 is a touch too small.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Tough to ride fixed in the Berkeley hills area, where I have to climb over and then decend fast down.
I actually have a triple chainring on my Cannondale road bike, and it's a blessing when the legs are gone, or pushing over the hills.
Yeah I couldn't do it in San Fran. Would be too crazy. There are the hardcore who ride San Fran fixed, but it's not a good idea.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I know a handful who ride both SF and Berkeley hills on single fixed. They are core riders, avoid the steeps, up or down, and go around the long way.
If you're willing to ride an extra 2 miles, you can avoid hills from anywhere to anywhere in both cities. Well, maybe 2-6 miles, in reality.
Me, after 2 hours of tennis, I cherish the granny gear for the hills, where otherwise I'd have to stand up and grind, to the detriment of my knees.
 

Seth

Hall of Fame
Seth I have a fuji I converted to fixed. Its an older frame, and I can't think of the model off the top of my head.

I really love fixed gear for fitness and as long as my knees don't complain, will continue to ride fixed only.
I ask because I'm most likely changing jobs later this year, which would put in more in downtown environment. My brother-in-law rides a fixed-gear to work and I'm looking at moving to a bike over a car as long as I'm close enough so that I won't sweat through my shirt before I get to the office.

I used to have a 2007 Giant OCR-1 but sold it. Shoulda kept that for commuting.
 

chatt_town

Hall of Fame
My daughter just brought hers home from college and I was thinking of riding over to the courts. May do it next pickup match. I think it would help me to ride a bike back. Seems like it would help with the stiffness I get after playing. I still don't stretch like I should after a match.


 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
G/f has a fixie. Somewhat dangerous to ride in traffic, especially coming to a stop. Freewheelers are much safer, you can use the brakes to slow/stop, and you can put your feet out safely.
Fixies are good for trackstands, looking cool, pedaling a short distance backwards, are scary down steep hills.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
For those riding fixed I offer up the old Irish toast...may the road rise up to meet you and may the wind always be at your back! Otherwise, ugh!
 

Seth

Hall of Fame
G/f has a fixie. Somewhat dangerous to ride in traffic, especially coming to a stop. Freewheelers are much safer, you can use the brakes to slow/stop, and you can put your feet out safely.
Fixies are good for trackstands, looking cool, pedaling a short distance backwards, are scary down steep hills.
"Looking cool"
 

diggler

Professional
I ride a Giant Cross City 2 2011. It is a flat bar road bike. Aluminium frame, carbon forks. 6 miles each way.

It has paid for itself many times over not counting the health benefits and joy of cycling.

I ride mostly bike paths.

Australia has a car culture like America, but it is changing, slowly.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I ride a Giant Cross City 2 2011. It is a flat bar road bike. Aluminium frame, carbon forks. 6 miles each way.

It has paid for itself many times over not counting the health benefits and joy of cycling.

I ride mostly bike paths.

Australia has a car culture like America, but it is changing, slowly.
Did Evans' TdF win in '11 help speed things up?
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I ask because I'm most likely changing jobs later this year, which would put in more in downtown environment. My brother-in-law rides a fixed-gear to work and I'm looking at moving to a bike over a car as long as I'm close enough so that I won't sweat through my shirt before I get to the office.

I used to have a 2007 Giant OCR-1 but sold it. Shoulda kept that for commuting.
Yeah the fixie for me is not about looking cool, but it is a hipster bike of choice as well it seems.

It is my choice for a few reasons - simplicity being the main one. I really have no maintenance besides oiling the bike chain and pumping tires. Invest in really good tires and wheels to prevent flats and you are all set.

I also use a front handbrake in case I need it. This helps me not have to skid stop, which preserves the tires.

Another reason I prefer fixed is it is a better workout. I really love the fact that my legs are always moving and I can burn tons of calories if I so choose on a scenic ride.

If riding to tennis courts it is a perfect warm up - much better than coasting most of the time.

Also the feel - I just feel more connected to the road because my cadence is dictated by the back tire's speed. I love being able to slow down gradually by resisting the pedals.

It's just a different feel. It freaks people out and some are not fond of the feel because it feels more dangerous. But once you get used to it, you may not want to go back. I can say for me, I have been riding fixed for over 2 years and I love it.
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
I just bought a used bike bike on fee bay. I'll have to do some upgrades but it's a Montague
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
I often hire delightfully plump young ladies to sit on my bicycle before heading to work on it. a good snort and some Queen on the iPod and away we roll!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Nicely done.

"I was just a skinny lad..." '
"Sit on my face and tell me that you love me
I'll sit on your face and tell you I love you too
I love to hear you moralize
When I'm between your thighs
You blow me away!"

Monty Python rules!
 
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