Bicycles seem to be great conversation starters between strangers. Last saturday night was one such occasion. I was catching the train into the city with my fuji touring bike and there was another guy on the train who also had his bike. He then said to me "Thats's a great touring bike you've got there... [thanks]... but its no good for riding in the city". Oh??? "Why is it no good for riding in the city?" I asked. "Well, the wheels aren't strong enough"... Huh?... I didn't digress in to the details of what made 36 hold laced dual wall alloy rims good for city riding but said: "The wheels are very strong, there designed for carrying extra weight". He then said to me "well, how do you stop punctures?". Punctures!!! Our conversation was just getting interesting but it was cut short. The man clutched his dual suspension Huffy and got off the train.

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Comment by Peter H on May 11, 2009 at 11:18am
Didn't you know that the suspension + knobbly tires = no punctures.

Reminds me of what happened to me the other evening: On Thursday night I was too tired to ride home so I caught the train and someone started asking me where would be a good place to purchase a bike. I answered his questions. We both got off at the same station and he then asked me if he could have a test ride of my bike. WTF!!!! I said no and he got upset, as if I was attacking him personally because I did not trust him. I simply said that I have to go. Again WTF!!!
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on May 11, 2009 at 12:06pm
Peter, there is no way that guy just wanted to take your bike for a test-ride. He only got upset because he got off at the wrong station in order to steal your bike from you and then you stuffed up his dastardly plan.
Comment by Adrian on May 11, 2009 at 12:33pm
Btw: Here is my poorly designed touring bike with those terribly weak 36 hole 3 laced wheels that are useless for city riding.

Comment by Terry on May 11, 2009 at 12:38pm
I think he must have been jelous of you bike Adrian 'cause everyone knows dual suspension huffy's aren't good for any thing mutch (except maybe as a boat anchor.)
Comment by naomi on May 11, 2009 at 12:40pm
Not the weirdest thing I have seen being carried by a bike Adrian! Saw a small foosball table on a bike the other day:)
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on May 11, 2009 at 1:01pm
Hi must have meant "tyres" too weak, not "wheels" too weak (I find quite a few people talk about puncturing their wheels) and because your tyres aren't thick and knobbly he probably thought they were "weak". Anyway, it can't be much of a bike Adrian - there's no kick-stand!

Oh, and by the way - is that one of those Topeak Mighty Morph pumps? With a pump like that, it doesn't matter how many punctures you get in your wheels! :-)
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on May 11, 2009 at 1:04pm
Oh yes, and btw Adrian, you know when I saw you and Paul on Friday afternoon and I was rushing to get to the Banff Film Festival, well guess what? I won the Lucky Door prize - a Paddy Pallin goretex jacket, rrp $340! Worth all that rushing, I reckon. Monsieur Bike is very happy as I donated the jacket to him cos I already have one - plus I made him run down to the stage to collect it (helps to have a unisex first name sometimes). (sorry for going off-thread).
Comment by Duncan on May 11, 2009 at 3:11pm
Peter, I concur with Mdm Bike.. the guy was out to nick your ride, I'm afraid.

Had a similar conversation with someone a while back, where they asked me if I found my road tyres extra slippery. Because they were skinny.
Comment by Neil Alexander on May 11, 2009 at 4:56pm
another pet hate is when someone is scoping my bike and they say "How much is that worth?" instead of " nice bike"

There's a good line in the movie Terminator 2 where the bad Terminator says, with threatening-sounding background music, to a policeman on a Harley: "That's a nice bike..." Everyone knows what happens to that policeman! (If you don't, take a guess!!)


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