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Old 05-04-14, 01:28 PM   #576
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You know, until I moved to Sweden, I had only ever read about Dunlop valves. Then I had to read about them again when I put new tires on my old Finnish city bike, because I had no idea how to use them! I actually like them, though.
They are just as easy to use and pump up as a Schrader (automotive) valves and less fuss than Presta valves. I believe all German and Dutch commuter and city bikes come with them. Any bicycle pump equipped for Presta valves can pump them up, and with a 1 screw-on adapter any automotive/bicycle pump or air compressor with an automotive chuck can pump them up.

I always carried an adapter in my bike travel tool kit (next to the adjustable wrench in the picture) as well as have one screwed on to one of the valves on the bike.
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You know, until I moved to Sweden, I had only ever read about Dunlop valves. Then I had to read about them again when I put new tires on my old Finnish city bike, because I had no idea how to use them! I actually like them, though.
What brand of Finnish bike do you have?

Currently, I'm in CPH for 6 days and the weather is great!
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It's a Helkama from roughly 1990 or so.



I got it cheap at a used bike shop, put new Schwalbe tires on it, and then had to buy a cheap front wheel when the threads on the axle stripped off when removing the wheel to install the tires! Still a good, low key way to get around.
Now that all of my tools have gotten here, she's going to get all of her bearings repacked, but I'm not going to make her look pretty!

It has a 7-speed Shimano IGH that was simple to adjust. I'm not a big fan of the coaster brake integrated into it (and the fact that it now requires high-temperature grease instead of oil) or the cheap Italian plastic cantilever brake and lever on the front, or the galvanized steel seatpost... but I'm sure enjoying it!

Now I'm thinking about turning my 1967 Carlton into a similar upright, IGH city bike. I'm not so sure, though. I've seen tangles of bikes that have fallen over here when placed in the racks, and I don't want that to happen to my baby!
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It's a Helkama from roughly 1990 or so.



I got it cheap at a used bike shop, put new Schwalbe tires on it, and then had to buy a cheap front wheel when the threads on the axle stripped off when removing the wheel to install the tires! Still a good, low key way to get around.
Now that all of my tools have gotten here, she's going to get all of her bearings repacked, but I'm not going to make her look pretty!

It has a 7-speed Shimano IGH that was simple to adjust. I'm not a big fan of the coaster brake integrated into it (and the fact that it now requires high-temperature grease instead of oil) or the cheap Italian plastic cantilever brake and lever on the front, or the galvanized steel seatpost... but I'm sure enjoying it!

Now I'm thinking about turning my 1967 Carlton into a similar upright, IGH city bike. I'm not so sure, though. I've seen tangles of bikes that have fallen over here when placed in the racks, and I don't want that to happen to my baby!
Mycket bra! (Very nice!)

I do miss Sweden this time of year.
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Thanks everyone for updating!

My update:

I put a dent in my rear break track and needed to have it bent out and needed another tube.

The rim repair and tube change was 13 ($22), so I'll update the costs!

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1559km/968mi
481/$759 total
0.31/km
€0.38/km
$0.78/mi

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first wipe down in a long-time



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beginning to get a tiny click when the drivetrain is under stress ... curious if it's the pedals, chainring bolts, BB, chain, freewheel or axle.

will see how it develops and keep you posted

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So you memorized where that pothole is on your commute route , so you wont hit it again?

notified public works to get it filled?
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So you memorized where that pothole is on your commute route , so you wont hit it again?

notified public works to get it filled?
they mowed the grass that was covering the exposed curb.

it was after a traversing a bridge and at a end of the bridge/road transition. because you get dumped out into a roundabout, so i was turning and didn't see the curb under the long grass.

here's a photo ... essentially from my office window

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they mowed the grass that was covering the exposed curb.

it was after a traversing a bridge and at a end of the bridge/road transition. because you get dumped out into a roundabout, so i was turning and didn't see the curb under the long grass.

here's a photo ... essentially from my office window

You didn't take a big spill did you? Nothing worse than road rash I hope.
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You didn't take a big spill did you? Nothing worse than road rash I hope.
nope. just put a dent in the rear brake track, which was subsequently bent out with a adjustable spanner.

good as new ... maybe even better than new
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well.

crap roads in England.

i broke through the new Schwalbe Lugano and had a flat.

the store refunded the cost of the Schwalbe Lugano (only had roughly 300km on it) toward a new Gatorskin.

i also purchased two extra tubes (+1 for the new tire) and a set of bar end caps.

will update costs tonight

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full update tonight!

The English roads are quite tough and made out of different materials than I have seen in Sweden, Germany and the US. It seems that often transitions in the road surface are quite tough on bikes/cars.

Today I hit one of these surfaces quite hard (30kph) with a Schwalbe Lugano 23-622 at 110psi.

I heard the hiss and knew it was over.

I walked back to the store.

New tire was put on at 1406km and had a slice all the way through about 1 cm long at 1597km. They were surprised that I was able to slash the tire at 191km and gave me the money back for the tube and tire.

I used that toward 3 new tubes, so I can change my own next time, and a Conti Ultra Gatorskin (23-622) and some cheap handlebar plugs as one was lost due to a crash during the winter and a drop this morning. I'm usually somewhat careful with my stuff, but when I'm commuting and is in a rush in the morning, I seem to abuse those items more that usual, probably due to sleepiness as well.

In all, it was 28 GBP for the new goodies (47 USD).

So let's update the costs to 509/$807 total.

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1597km/992mi
509/$807 total
0.31/km
€0.38/km
$0.81/mi

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breaking even update:

507 / 4.50 bus fare round trip = 112 trips or roughly 2240km ... so I still have a ways to go. Will be roughly 1 year of commuting to recoup the cost of the bike/maintenance/lock/lights/speedo (I already had a helmet and clothing for my other bike ... but realistically ... it should be roughly another 150 or an additional 30 RT bus fares if I was starting from absolute scratch ... or about 150 days of cycle commuting!)

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got invited to do a 5k run on THR evening. ran 5k tonight in prep for the first time since 2006. leg are sore but this doesn't affect cycling at all. kinda interesting.

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still sore, run/race tomorrow

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1635km/1016mi
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$0.79/mi

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Mango?

Hmm....





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Hmm....





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I have no idea what this means ... but I like it!
Google SNL Mango. Mango is a character played by Chris Katan (sp?) and is quite hilarious.. everyone is obsessed with Mango.
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5k run was not so bad. still a little sore but tomorrow will do a little running and try to get those muscles working again

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anyone hear from Slaninar? He's in Novi Sad (on the Danube)

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running is OK.

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maybe it's time for another music pause.

picked this one up from Davidecks on FM4 out of Vienna

always a good listen:

FM4 DaviDecks - fm4.ORF.at (with a musical interest/history piece at the start of the second hour)

here is easier for those that know Sound Cloud:

https://soundcloud.com/davidecks

any Blue Monday fans will like the first track

good vintage track from this week is:

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and while i'm at it ... one of the best care commercial I have seen in a very long time:

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also, to make this thrad/ stranger ... i'm flying to stockholm to do some shopping ... as UK fashion is quite ****

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now accepting bicycle comments!

and worries for Slaninar

looks quite bleak along the Danube/Donau
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1712km/1063mi
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