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  • #34810
    LarryLarry
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    Friday Night Group Ride

    Join us for our weekly group ride setting out from Natooke成都 at 8pm. We are trying out our new Banana Boat for the musical accompaniment so it should be fun fun fun.

    Here is a short clip of a test ride with our new bamboo bakfiets, ie front load Dutch cargo bike.

    This week we are trying something different with the fast group setting out at 10pm. Anyone who wants to stretch your legs a bit can join us for the later ride, about 30-35km.

    #34828
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Wooosh!

    #34864
    RayRay
    Participant

    Not really sure which thread to put this, but its an excellent IAMA. Damn, we’re lucky to have the Natooke guys who can offer service like the guy who did this IAMA….

    IamA Bike Shop Mechanic/Salesman AMA! from IAmA

    #34865
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    Thanks for the positive review Ray.  We really do appreciate it.

    A huge difference is how we treat business.  For us, our business is growing the community and encouraging more people to explore the joys of cycling.

    We treat friends and new faces alike in we hope to treat people in regard to their relation with us, not just as a transaction.  And I’d like to think this shows.

    Unless I haven’t had lunch, in which case I tend to be cranky (true bikeshop fact: every bicycle mechanic is by law allotted a monthly quota for surliness.)

    By the way: Movie night tonight and Breaking Bad tomorrow.  Come kick it with us and either catch a killer flick or the next in the hottest ongoing TV series as it finishes its final season.

    And again, since this made my day, you rock Ray!

    #34896
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Many more of you on chengduliving should be showing these guys some love, in a short time they’ve managed to pull together an awesome budding community around Natooke. I’m personally super thankful, the bike I built with them is by far one of my best purchases in China (or anywhere!), as well as being the most fun I’ve had on a bike after many years riding. I’ll often glance at the bike in my apartment and instantly want to get out on it. 9 times out of 10 I do just that, sometimes even at 1am or so when I know I’ll have the streets to myself. If you’ve never experienced fixed gear, I can’t recommend it enough, and you won’t find anyone more willing to see you get it right than the guys at Natooke.

    I’m still holding out for Ray to throw down and see what all the fuss is about!

    #34917
    RayRay
    Participant

    My iron horse is due to get it’s annual stealing soon. Then i may go BAMBOO!

    #35413
    CallumCallum
    Participant

    I would like to make a request for the playlist for tomorrow night. Petula Clarke – Downtown

    #35419
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    Excellent recommendation.

    #35420
    Tommy
    Participant

    Aaaaaaaaah! I’ve just moved apartments and have spent a bit of coin on moving costs and I want to stop spending and save now but everytime I read these posts in the forum I really want to see what this is all about and am enticed to get in on some of this sweet fixed-gear action and just throw down just a few more of the red Mao’s and live happily ever after in sweet two-wheeled bliss.

    Oh dear, oh dear, crazy long-winded, rambling sentence…and I call myself a writing teacher.

    Maybe, just maybe. I’ll think about it this weekend. These group rides and what Natooke has created here in Chengdu really are sensational and admirable (responding to Brendan and showin’ some love now).

    Larry and Mr. Klink, many thanks!

    #35423
    CallumCallum
    Participant

    Tommy. My whip is far from one of these brightly coloured, beautiful, machines known as a fixed gear. It’s a collapsible piece of shit, with a slow leak and wheels smaller than my forearm. Yet I’m still welcomed, albeit with with stifled laughter, at the weekly bike ride.

    Fuck it, I want a fixie.

    #35425
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    Callum: We’re not laughing at the bike.  Just you.

    Tommy: You can ride any old thing you like.  We’re just trying to get more folks out cycling.  It’s a nice alternative to hitting up the ol’ haunt on a Friday night (not to say we discourage drinking beer).

    We lend our rental out bikes for events like this at no cost, just so long as they’re available and you’ve asked to use it in advance. (The rides have been popular lately and we end up lending out all the bikes we’ve got including our own personal ones.)

    #35432
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Maybe, just maybe. I’ll think about it this weekend.

    Well thinking ain’t doing is it matey!!

    😉

    #35442
    Tommy
    Participant

    Well thinking ain’t doing is it matey!!

    ;)

    Haha! Tis true, tis true.

    I’m away from the ‘du on a business trip to Guiyang this weekend, hence, some time and space to think about this.

    But the point is made, thinking is better when it leads to action.

    #35443
    Tommy
    Participant

    It’s a nice alternative to hitting up the ol’ haunt on a Friday night (not to say we discourage drinking beer).

    Hear, hear! I have to agree with that sentiment. Anything to keep one outta the Glamrock.

    This has been my exact idea for Friday nights: less boozin’, more two-wheel cruisin’. Definitely much more satisfying.

    #35583
    roberthenry888roberthenry888
    Participant

    I’ve heard you can just borrow a bike from Natooke and join in. Is this true? I want to come with some friends on Friday but I’m the only one without a bike.

    #35588
    LarryLarry
    Participant

    I’ve heard you can just borrow a bike from Natooke and join in. Is this true?

    Yes, this is true.  If any of our fleet of rental bikes are available come Friday they tend to get claimed quickly.  Alternatively, we are a bike shop that sells pimp-ass, custom city bicycles of nearly all types, materials, and sizes that are light, fast, and just ooze awesomeness.  Just say’n.

    For you, Sir Robert Henry, this week we got you covered.

    #35624
    roberthenry888roberthenry888
    Participant

    Sweet! I may come early and check out the bikes. I’m not an avid cyclist but you never know this may give me the bug. Thanks 😀

    #35652
    AlexanderAlexander
    Participant

    Hey, Larry, will there be an event tonight?

    #35657
    roberthenry888roberthenry888
    Participant

    I hope so. I’m all geared up to go. Every pun intended. Especially as I have none of the gear needed.

    #35660
    AlexanderAlexander
    Participant

    I’ve heard you can just borrow a bike from Natooke and join in. Is this true?

    Yes, this is true. If any of our fleet of rental bikes are available come Friday they tend to get claimed quickly. Alternatively, we are a bike shop that sells pimp-ass, custom city bicycles of nearly all types, materials, and sizes that are light, fast, and just ooze awesomeness. Just say’n. For you, Sir Robert Henry, this week we got you covered.

    woooooooo,  let me ride your bamboo bike!

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