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2010-05-24 08:29:45 PM
Of course, there is the handy quarterly retainer option.
 
2010-05-24 08:35:10 PM
Just what we need. More bikes on the road.

Do these come with lessons on traffic laws?
 
2010-05-24 08:37:54 PM
...The firm purchased three bikes of varying sizes to launch the program...

wow
 
2010-05-24 08:38:14 PM

DC law firm starts bicyle rental program for employees. Rates start at $300/hour, and man, you should see the waiver


Ride the town bicycle for $300 per hour? Waiver? I don't even know her!
 
2010-05-24 08:42:01 PM
DC Law firm ?

how are they supposed to snort coke off a hooker while on a bike ?

It is also tricky to light a politician's cigar and fondle his junk when you are on a bike.
 
F42
2010-05-24 08:46:23 PM
montreal.bixi.com (new window)
 
2010-05-24 08:46:32 PM
bicyle, what is that?
 
F42
2010-05-24 08:47:01 PM
dbaggins: how are they supposed to snort coke off a hooker while on a bike ?

The bikes will have a front basket.
 
2010-05-24 08:47:22 PM
or you could, oh I don't know, buy your own bike.


TFA: For advice, Lesk turned to Revolution Cycles, which had helped him select a hybrid 21-gear Trek bike that was specifically designed for use on city streets for his wife recently. The thicker tires, fenders, racks and flashing lights made it ideal for schlepping materials to a meeting or running errands.

You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business
 
2010-05-24 08:48:08 PM
The waiver is 87 pages, and requires a thumbprint in blood.
 
2010-05-24 08:48:44 PM
ultraholland: or you could, oh I don't know, buy your own bike.


TFA: For advice, Lesk turned to Revolution Cycles, which had helped him select a hybrid 21-gear Trek bike that was specifically designed for use on city streets for his wife recently. The thicker tires, fenders, racks and flashing lights made it ideal for schlepping materials to a meeting or running errands.

You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business


I hope it comes with a bike lock so that the rider can smash the windshields of drivers that upset him.
 
2010-05-24 08:49:59 PM
I hope they have shower facilities at the office.
 
2010-05-24 08:52:34 PM
thatguy784: ...The firm purchased three bikes of varying sizes to launch the program...

wow


♪Hey, Big Spender♪
 
2010-05-24 08:55:40 PM
How the fark is this even news?
 
2010-05-24 08:56:35 PM
For $400 more you get the second wheel.
 
2010-05-24 08:59:21 PM
roadkillontheweb: bicyle, what is that?

Some guy they are renting to all comers, guys or gals.

I think it's through Craigs List
 
2010-05-24 09:00:44 PM
Nothing like sweating your ass off in a $1000 suit to start and/or finish your day.

/Who are we kidding, these guys work 18 hours a day, are shoved in a town car at 3am to shower, brush their teeth, change and be ready to start again at 8am.
 
2010-05-24 09:00:57 PM
Pathetic. I'm sure there's some tax dodge in there somewhere.
 
2010-05-24 09:01:29 PM
dj_bigbird: How the fark is this even news?

Did you forget where you are?
 
2010-05-24 09:05:51 PM
ultraholland: You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business

Thicker tires probably aren't needed, and the fender isn't super-important, but IMO a rack and saddle bag is almost necessary for a commuter bike. I'll probably get a bunch of people who disagree of course, but there's no way I'd get a bike without them.
 
2010-05-24 09:08:12 PM
BadAnalogyGuy: Just what we need. More bikes on the road.

Do these come with lessons on traffic laws?


COOL, the first IGNORE for this year, thanks.
 
2010-05-24 09:09:35 PM
thesubliminalman: BadAnalogyGuy: Just what we need. More bikes on the road.

Do these come with lessons on traffic laws?

COOL, the first IGNORE for this year, thanks.


Well. Bye.
 
2010-05-24 09:10:26 PM
evaned: but IMO a rack and saddle bag is almost necessary for a commuter bike.

I can agree there. Shiat, I even have a rack but I prefer a backpack over strapping things to my bike.
 
2010-05-24 09:11:07 PM
thesubliminalman: COOL, the first IGNORE for this year, thanks.

IGNORE is for pussies.
 
2010-05-24 09:12:29 PM
thesubliminalman: COOL, the first IGNORE for this year, thanks.

aw, give him time to develop into a REAL supreme jackass.


so far I've seen nothing but troll from BadAnalogyGuy.
 
2010-05-24 09:12:58 PM
who gives a f*ck
 
2010-05-24 09:18:46 PM
jpx72x: Nothing like sweating your ass off in a $1000 suit to start and/or finish your day.

yea I was going to say the same thing. I used to do a 6 mile commute by bike to and from work for awhile in the air force. I didn't like the feeling of being sweaty in my uniform to start off my day right after I took a shower, on the way home that's not a problem though.
 
2010-05-24 09:19:33 PM
evaned: ultraholland: You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business

Thicker tires probably aren't needed, and the fender isn't super-important, but IMO a rack and saddle bag is almost necessary for a commuter bike. I'll probably get a bunch of people who disagree of course, but there's no way I'd get a bike without them.


I usually commute by bike to work (well, bike/commuter train/bike), and I prefer the thinner tires if only for the lower rolling resistance. I have a back rack, but I hardly ever use it as I use a messenger bag for a briefcase. I'd like a set of fenders (it's quite rainy in the winters here), but it's not absolutely necessary if you're wearing a rainsuit.

But by far the one thing I can't live without is the 8-speed Shimano hub gear I put in last summer. Has enough speeds for city riding but not so many as to be superfluous, I took off the front dérailleur and put on a full chainguard (so I don't have to cuff my pants anymore), and, perhaps most importantly, I can shift the thing when stopped. Now I never have to worry about trying to start up again in top gear after having made a quick stop because, unlike a dérailleur, you don't have to be pedaling to change gears. A bit heavier than what it replaced, but a fair tradeoff, I think.

/thinking about getting myself a dynamo hub and some LED lights for my birthday this year
 
2010-05-24 09:34:26 PM
ultraholland: I prefer a backpack over strapping things to my bike.

I don't like sweating is part of my problem, unless I know that I can shower right when I'm done with whatever I'm doing. (Well, even then I usually don't like it, but it's at least bearable.) Wearing a backpack increases the sweating; hence, I don't like it.
 
2010-05-24 09:48:26 PM
Robo Beat: evaned: ultraholland: You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business

Thicker tires probably aren't needed, and the fender isn't super-important, but IMO a rack and saddle bag is almost necessary for a commuter bike. I'll probably get a bunch of people who disagree of course, but there's no way I'd get a bike without them.

I usually commute by bike to work (well, bike/commuter train/bike), and I prefer the thinner tires if only for the lower rolling resistance. I have a back rack, but I hardly ever use it as I use a messenger bag for a briefcase. I'd like a set of fenders (it's quite rainy in the winters here), but it's not absolutely necessary if you're wearing a rainsuit.

But by far the one thing I can't live without is the 8-speed Shimano hub gear I put in last summer. Has enough speeds for city riding but not so many as to be superfluous, I took off the front dérailleur and put on a full chainguard (so I don't have to cuff my pants anymore), and, perhaps most importantly, I can shift the thing when stopped. Now I never have to worry about trying to start up again in top gear after having made a quick stop because, unlike a dérailleur, you don't have to be pedaling to change gears. A bit heavier than what it replaced, but a fair tradeoff, I think.

/thinking about getting myself a dynamo hub and some LED lights for my birthday this year


I second the saddle bag. My "thicker" tires I think they mean the ones that are basically road tires with tread. Overall not a bad idea for a bike.

I actually got the deal of a century this weekend at a police auction, a trek oclv 5200 with a complete 2.4 wireless (working) saris powertap system (with matching front hub), titanium speedplay zero pedals, and carbon fiber cranks (completely superfluous) for 400 bucks (have to love drug lords). The only bad thing about it was that the previous owner turned it into a one speed (but not a fixie) bike so I do have to put in a rear deraulier and cassette (I picked out a 9-speed mid-range one). I likewise plan to keep the really nice full chainguard that was previously installed.
 
2010-05-24 09:49:26 PM
Awesome.

It's going to be a shooting range out there.

/butt flick
 
2010-05-24 09:58:09 PM
or you could rent bikes that are available pretty much like zip cars. There's a rack by Dupont circle, there's a rack by the 7-11 at 14th & Rhode Island, so I assume there's more. Or be a douche, whichever..
 
2010-05-24 10:01:15 PM
I'd rather ride a hooker for $300/hr.
 
2010-05-24 10:11:19 PM
At first I was like "$300 an hour??? R U SRS?"

Then I was like "Ohh. I see what you did there."
 
2010-05-24 10:13:35 PM
SharkInfested: or you could rent bikes that are available pretty much like zip cars. There's a rack by Dupont circle, there's a rack by the 7-11 at 14th & Rhode Island, so I assume there's more. Or be a douche, whichever..

These are the fancy bikes though, you know so the law firm can feel all fancy without having to touch the bikes the peon touch.

I used to have a pretty good system for riding to work. On Monday I'd drive to work, complete with a weeks supply of collar shirts, pants, shoes, ties, snack food, etc. Then Tues-Fri I'd bike it in to the office and back. We had showers on sight so it was good.
 
2010-05-24 10:22:00 PM
dbaggins: It is also tricky to light a politician's cigar and fondle his junk when you are on a bike.


Not on one of these!

www.instablogsimages.com
 
2010-05-24 10:22:44 PM
relcec: who gives a f*ck

People who actually pay some taxes. Are these being billed through the GAO?
 
2010-05-24 10:25:22 PM
thesubliminalman: BadAnalogyGuy: Just what we need. More bikes on the road.

Do these come with lessons on traffic laws?

COOL, the first IGNORE for this year, thanks.


Are you saying that cyclists obey traffic laws? At least cars slow down for stop signs. Bikes just blow on through without even looking.
 
2010-05-24 10:42:39 PM
The_Homeless_Guy: Robo Beat: evaned: ultraholland: You don't need all of those gears... Thicker tires probably aren't needed, and the fender isn't super-important, but IMO a rack and saddle bag is almost necessary for a commuter bike...

But by far the one thing I can't live without is the 8-speed Shimano hub gear I put in last summer...

...I second the saddle bag. My "thicker" tires I think they mean the ones that are basically road tires with tread. Overall not a bad idea for a bike...

I actually got the deal of a century this weekend at a police auction...


Continuing (and collapsing) this thread I got a somewhat similar Deal Of The Century when I picked up a practically mint condition Kuwahara Aries ~1987 MTB at a salvation army for only $30. It's got DeoreLX gears in a Shimano Total Integration system that didn't even need fresh grease when I got it. Replaced the seat with a cheap comfy pillowtop (no shocks), stuck a 50lb limit cargo rack and saddlebags on the back and I'm set for getting around campus. This thing's a goddamn tank, it eats curbs and florida mud without even needing to drop below the middle gears.

Only downside is for the urban/campus use I use it for a 3/7 derailer set is a bit much and a pain in the ass to keep shifting, I'm seriously considering switching to an internal of some kind since I'm already carrying somewhat near a metric bumfark of books on it's ass.
 
2010-05-24 10:47:22 PM
And now instead of chasing ambulances we will have lawyers chasing cyclists!
 
2010-05-24 10:57:37 PM
ultraholland: or you could, oh I don't know, buy your own bike.


TFA: For advice, Lesk turned to Revolution Cycles, which had helped him select a hybrid 21-gear Trek bike that was specifically designed for use on city streets for his wife recently. The thicker tires, fenders, racks and flashing lights made it ideal for schlepping materials to a meeting or running errands.

You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business


The gears might help, and honestly, that isn't many gears for a modern bike. The rack and fenders are hardly useless. The rack lets you carry stuff without it hanging on your back because that makes you sweat more. The fenders prevent you from becoming filthy if the roads are at all damp. If you don't believe me, ride a bike without fenders just after it has rained -- you will have a giant mud stripe up your back. Thicker tires are a user preference. They offer a smoother ride at the expense of speed, but they don't cost more.
 
2010-05-24 11:10:49 PM
BadAnalogyGuy: ultraholland: or you could, oh I don't know, buy your own bike.


TFA: For advice, Lesk turned to Revolution Cycles, which had helped him select a hybrid 21-gear Trek bike that was specifically designed for use on city streets for his wife recently. The thicker tires, fenders, racks and flashing lights made it ideal for schlepping materials to a meeting or running errands.

You don't need all of those gears to ride from Alexandria to DC, and lights aside, all that other shiat they sold him is superfluous. But I guess that's business

I hope it comes with a bike lock so that the rider can smash the windshields of drivers that upset him.


thesubliminalman: BadAnalogyGuy: Just what we need. More bikes on the road.

Do these come with lessons on traffic laws?

COOL, the first IGNORE for this year, thanks.


Make me second then cause he's right. Around here the bicyclists should be required to take a few lessons on traffic laws as they apparently aren't aware there are any. Nothing like having a green light on a regular city street with a 45 MPH speed limit when a bicyclists decides to play a real life game of Frogger. I could have killed him on accident yet I bet I'd still get a negligent homicide or whatever that charge is.

I've seen BAG spouting some weapons grade stupidity before, usually while trolling I suspect, but you just trumped him by taking offense to a completely relevant statement.

And if that doesn't get me an ignore you also sound fat.
 
2010-05-24 11:21:55 PM
draaga: Make me second then cause he's right. Around here the bicyclists should be required to take a few lessons on traffic laws as they apparently aren't aware there are any.

As both a cyclist and a motorist, this. I mean, I obey both sets of rules... I don't notice a lot of the dumb stuff but I wouldn't be surprised at it.
 
2010-05-25 12:00:49 AM
KajakPro: As both a cyclist and a motorist, this. I mean, I obey both sets of rules... I don't notice a lot of the dumb stuff but I wouldn't be surprised at it.

Agreed here. I mostly obey traffic rules when I'm on my bike. The biggest reason is that I expect cars to respect my right to use the road (well, as much a right as it is for the car), and I don't feel that I can expect that if I don't return the favor.

(I say mostly because I'll do things like not come to a full stop for stop signs, and sometimes I'll switch between sidewalk and road and that's often a weird transition. But I only do stuff like that if I've got a good clear view and know that I won't even be affecting any cars, let alone that it's safe to do. I rationalize that behavior to myself by comparing it to speeding.)
 
2010-05-25 12:58:41 AM
Helios1182:
The gears might help, and honestly, that isn't many gears for a modern bike. The rack and fenders are hardly useless. The rack lets you carry stuff without it hanging on your back because that makes you sweat more. The fenders prevent you from becoming filthy if the roads are at all damp. If you don't believe me, ride a bike without fenders just after it has rained -- you will have a giant mud stripe up your back. Thicker tires are a user preference. They offer a smoother ride at the expense of speed, but they don't cost more.


Thicker tires do not cost any speed on urban road surfaces. 38-42mm tires inflated to about 65 lbs. is optimal for city riding. Skinny high pressure racing tires can actually slow you down more by transferring vibrations through to your body.
Fenders and racks are necessary for any (road) bike outside of club or professional road racing.
The main problem with these bikes (for us snobs) is that Trek does not make any good bike.
Overall I like the program. Anything that puts more bikes (i.e. less cars) on the road is only good.

Crosshair:
Are you saying that cyclists obey traffic laws? At least cars slow down for stop signs. Bikes just blow on through without even looking.


I always look before I blow through stop signs and lights.

my bike.
farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2010-05-25 01:01:42 AM
Ablejack: Overall I like the program. Anything that puts more bikes (i.e. less cars) on the road is only good.

It takes these commuters off the trains and puts them onto the roads. That is not good.
 
2010-05-25 05:30:59 AM
BadAnalogyGuy: Just what we need. More bikes on the road.

Do these come with lessons on traffic laws?


I'm sorry, as a pedestrian who sees at least one TA a day, and can never get turning vehicles to yield to me in a crosswalk or obey basically any other traffic law... how about we focus on the morons with the two ton behemoths before we sweat too much about whether or not the same foon would be less of a threat to society were they on a twenty pound bike.
 
2010-05-25 08:39:59 AM
BadAnalogyGuy: Ablejack: Overall I like the program. Anything that puts more bikes (i.e. less cars) on the road is only good.

It takes these commuters off the trains and puts them onto the roads. That is not good.


Depends - if you take the train normally, chances are you're too far to bike to work. Maybe take some from Metro but that might be happening anyway with the price hikes on the Metro. It's often cheaper to drive now for some people (depends on where you're going).
 
2010-05-25 08:53:48 AM
firefly212:
I'm sorry, as a pedestrian who sees at least one TA a day, and can never get turning vehicles to yield to me in a crosswalk or obey basically any other traffic law... how about we focus on the morons with the two ton behemoths before we sweat too much about whether or not the same foon would be less of a threat to society were they on a twenty pound bike.

THIS.

I've been hit by a guy on a bike before. I had a bit of bruising and swore at him.

I've been hit by a car before. Paramedic in attendance, X-rays, and scar tissue still evident a couple of years later.

It's fun to rag on guys who wear superhero costumes lycra, but people really ought to get some perspective. Obviously we'd rather that people didn't ride bikes like idiots, but it's a case of treating plastic BB gun control the same as regular gun control.
 
2010-05-25 11:39:41 AM
great headline - best one i've seen in a while :-)
 
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