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Aug. 12th, 2008

04:33 pm - Burning Man bike?

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So I’m going to Burning Man in two weeks. Anyone have a bike they’d be willing to sell for cheap?

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From:madbard
Date:August 12th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Can you bike around in the dessert? (Unless it's desert?)
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From:crasch
Date:August 12th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, apparently, bikes are highly recommended by the BM organizers. Although they do suggest bikes with fat tires.
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From:meredith
Date:August 13th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
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quite well! well, usually. the land that burning man is held is extremely flat and dry. it's a dry lake bed. during the winter it's a lake about an inch deep, and in the summer it all dries up crispy and lovely!
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From:meredith
Date:August 13th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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omg two weeks, dude. yeah, and good luck finding a shitty bike for sale in the bay area for a reasonable price during the month before burning man. ;) them things like hotcakes.
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From:crasch
Date:August 13th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
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I know! I may have to sell my body for a bike.
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From:herbaliser
Date:August 13th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
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just pick up a kid's bike from target
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From:denshi
Date:August 13th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Have you been before? Might want to skip the bike and enjoy walking and surfing art cars. Also there's a community bike program -- look for solid green cruisers.

I say drop $300-500 on a fairly good mountain bike and bring a lock and some lights. Lots of people bring shitty bikes, but it's so much nicer to ride a good bike out there, and by nicer I mean 'less exhausting'. Make sure to have wide, fairly knobby tires as the playa surface is fairly loose this year. And hey, then you have a good bike back at home. The dust doesn't fuck up your bike, but rinse and oil the chain & gears when you get home.
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From:neoteny
Date:August 13th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Eh, I say drop $60 on a bike at Walmart. That way you won't feel so bad if you lose it or it gets stolen. Any tires that aren't thin road tires should be fine.

Granted a cheap bike will be heavier and more work though.

I also recall seeing people selling cheap bikes on the roadside within ~80 mi of the event. No idea of price range or reliability, or if they will even be there this year. Would make things easier for me though.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
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I have a bike that's been to the playa before you are welcome to for free in Redwood City. It's a road bike, it needs new tires and tubes.
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From:crasch
Date:August 14th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
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Cool, thanks! How can I get into contact with you? If you'd like, feel free to email or call me at 650 773 6419.
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From:reichart
Date:August 14th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
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...and really, LOCK YOUR BIKE at BM.

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