Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Is Your Bike Fit for a College Campus?

Use this special K-To-The-J Bicycle Rating Chart to find out!!!

This Bicycle Rating Chart uses a points system to calculate how fit your bike is for a college campus, add your pints from each section, and be sure to record your total points so you can make sure you have the right bike!

Bike Frame:
Add 3 points if you ride a Mounatin Bike with dual suspension or Road Bike made before 2000
Add 2 points if you ride a Mountain Bike with no suspension, BMX Bike, or fixed gear Road Bike
Add 1 point if you ride a Mountain Bike with front shock only or Road Bike made after 2000

Add 2 points if the frame is covered in a material other than paint (ie. duct tape)
Add 1 point if some paint is missing

Subtract 2 points if your bike was not made in a Asian country
Add 1 point if you do not know what country your bike was made in

Bike Components:

-Seat
Add 2 points if your seat is at the lowest possible height
Add 1 point if the nose of your seat is tilted up at more than 15 degrees

Subtract 1 point if your seat is within 5 degrees of being level with the ground Subtract 1 point if your seat is at a height which allows your legs to fully extend while seated

-Handlebars
(Mountain Bikes and BMX Bikes)
Add 3 points if your handlebars do not have any type of grips.
Add 2 points if your handlebars have grips made of ductape, or a similar material

Subtract 1 point if your handlebars have standard grips

(Road Bikes)
Add 3 points if your handlebars have Mountain Bike style grips
Add 2 points if your handlebars do not have any type of grips or tape
Add 1 point if your handlebars have ductape or a similar material

Subtract 1 point if your handlebars have standard bar tape

-Wheels
Add 2 points if your tires have 15psi or less air in them
Add 1 additional point if you do not know how to check the air in you tires

Subtract 2 points if you know the differance between "wheel" and "tire"
Subtract 1 point if you can correctly identify either your "hub" or "skewer"

Add 1 point if you read the above and thought "skewer? Isn't that what you use for shishkabobs?"

-Chain
Add 2 points if your chain has large amounts of rust
Add 1 point if your chain has small amounts of rust

Riding Your Bike:
Add 3 points if you drag your feet on the ground instead of using the bikes brakes
Add 3 points if you keep your bike in the easiest gear in the front and hardest in the back at all times
Add 2 points if, for road bikes, you always ride with your hands in the drops, or, for mountain bikes with bar ends, you always ride with your hands on them
Add 2 points if you can ride down curbs, assuming you remain seated while doing so
Add 1 point if you can ride with no hands, assuming you do so at all times when the ground is flat or slightly downhill

Subtract 2 points if you use any gearing other than the one described above
Subtract 2 points if you use any hand position aother than the ones described above
Subract 1 point if you have ever riden up a curb or down multiple stairs or steps


Score:

If your score was 15 points or higher, you are in great shape to ride your bike on a college campus! Get Riding! Or whatever you do with that... bike...

If your score was between 9 and 15 points, you could probably ride on a college campus, but some slight adjustments may be needed. Don't worry though, you don't need to make a trip to the bike shop, most things should work themselves out in time.

If your score was between 0 and 9, you have a long way to go before you are ready to ride on a college campus, but if you try a little more (or maybe less?), you may be able to reach that level in the near future.

If your score was less than 0, well,I'm sorry, but you may never be able to ride a bike on a college campus.

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