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Forum: Electric Bikes 10-30-13, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By mattlavallee
Thanks for the info, and I have read quite a few...

Thanks for the info, and I have read quite a few of the posts on your earlier discussion. The info there is what's made me lean toward the Papamotor kit. I'll have a look at those links and see what...
Forum: Electric Bikes 10-29-13, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By mattlavallee
Hi-ten MTB a good candidate?

Hi,
I'm interested in converting an old hi-ten frame Diamondback Traverse (almost 20 yrs old) into an electric. I was thinking the rear wheel Papamotor kit because I don't want a proprietary...
Forum: Folding Bikes 10-25-12, 07:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,735
Posted By mattlavallee
I've done a couple of tours on mine with...

I've done a couple of tours on mine with racks/panniers. I had to get the BF front rack but to save a few $ was able to take the Tubus Cargo from my "real" touring bike (which has since been sold)...
Forum: Folding Bikes 08-03-12, 09:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,318
Posted By mattlavallee
Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, commute every day 10...

Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, commute every day 10 mi round trip with panniers.
Forum: Folding Bikes 08-03-12, 09:02 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 67,309
Posted By mattlavallee
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-27-12, 05:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,842
Posted By mattlavallee
I've used the Bike Friday bag for my Pocket...

I've used the Bike Friday bag for my Pocket Rocket on a couple of trips. It's flown in the bag, and got a slightly bent chainring in the process. My most recent trip involved a lot of bus and train...
Forum: Touring 11-06-11, 07:49 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 5,865
Posted By mattlavallee
You said it before I could. I like touring and...

You said it before I could. I like touring and folding bikes. Bike shops are mostly stocked to sell mountain and road bikes. I don't fault them for wanting to stock what most consumers are looking...
Forum: Touring 10-28-11, 05:52 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 5,865
Posted By mattlavallee
Which is great in theory until you live in an...

Which is great in theory until you live in an area or a country without a good bike shop. And by that logic, should we be fine with the idea that in the future, component manufacturers will refuse to...
Forum: Folding Bikes 09-27-11, 05:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 708
Posted By mattlavallee
Hmm, awfully judgmental in here.....:innocent:...

Hmm, awfully judgmental in here.....:innocent: Well the biggest reason she's driving is that driving made sense for the past 5 yrs from her old place several km away, and she's only moved here in the...
Forum: Folding Bikes 09-26-11, 04:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 708
Posted By mattlavallee
getting girlfriend into biking / picking a bike that I'll want to ride when she won't

My girlfriend is moving in with me. She works about 700m away from our apt, but still drives there. What would seem to me to be a no-brainer has evolved into a discussion about sweat, rain, and poor...
Forum: Touring 05-31-11, 02:30 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 26,075
Posted By mattlavallee
Dude, those posts are like 5 years old. But,...

Dude, those posts are like 5 years old. But, let's not let that get in the way of praising a good bike. Here's mine:

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d169/mattlavallee/2009-11-2712-39-12.jpg
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Forum: Touring 05-31-11, 02:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,386
Posted By mattlavallee
I bought an Anatomica when I was still getting...

I bought an Anatomica when I was still getting saddle sores on my B17 after over a thousand miles on it. The SA is better for me, I had it on tour last year and it took about 2 weeks and then I got a...
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-28-11, 08:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 724
Posted By mattlavallee
Hong Kong source for Flying Pigeon-style bikes

Hi, I'm heading to Hong Kong from Okinawa next weekend and would like to find a Flying Pigeon or similar Mao-era design working bike to bring back, for giggles. When I was there before I remember...
Forum: Folding Bikes 04-29-11, 03:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,698
Posted By mattlavallee
If you have Tubus racks for another bike, there...

If you have Tubus racks for another bike, there are extended bars available to adapt to smaller frames. I went this route because I already had a Tubus for another bike, and didn't feel like dropping...
Forum: Touring 03-24-11, 05:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,624
Posted By mattlavallee
How about an SKF BB? I haven't actually seen one,...

How about an SKF BB? I haven't actually seen one, but the description looks pretty hardcore.

http://www.compasscycle.com/SKFbb.html
Forum: Touring 02-02-11, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 724
Posted By mattlavallee
I bought mine for $900 shipped from Jenson USA in...

I bought mine for $900 shipped from Jenson USA in Jan '08. I've never seen a package deal on the LHT with all the accessories you'd want, but everyone has different desires. I got SKS fenders from...
Forum: Folding Bikes 07-09-10, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 928
Posted By mattlavallee
FYI the rear rack is a Tubus Cargo with optional...

FYI the rear rack is a Tubus Cargo with optional 350 mm stays. I already had the rack for my Surly and didn't feel like dropping another $120 for the BF one. The Tubus is probably stronger but...
Forum: Touring 06-19-10, 03:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By mattlavallee
I recently did a tour in Canada with mine. I...

I recently did a tour in Canada with mine. I changed my plan to include Canadian calls for that month, and bought 20 mb of data. I didn't use mine as much as you, it was usually either turned off or...
Forum: Folding Bikes 05-30-10, 11:47 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 67,309
Posted By mattlavallee
Have Bike Friday splittable drop bars from my...

Have Bike Friday splittable drop bars from my Pocket Rocket. Would like 46-50 cm splittable STI/touring bars.
Forum: Touring 05-25-10, 09:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,205
Posted By mattlavallee
I only use clipless when mtn biking or riding...

I only use clipless when mtn biking or riding hard on the road. For commuting and touring, it's platform all the way, usually in crocs. Although a little more flexible than optimal, my feet don't...
Forum: Touring 05-05-10, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 746
Posted By mattlavallee
Rough itinerary is this: Fly to Sydney, bike...

Rough itinerary is this: Fly to Sydney, bike Cape Breton for a week, ferry to Port aux Basques. From there, ride north to Gros Morne, hang out for awhile, and ride up to St. Anthony. Make my way...
Forum: Touring 04-27-10, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 746
Posted By mattlavallee
I've got 3 weeks and I'm more concerned with...

I've got 3 weeks and I'm more concerned with getting a good look at the place than covering any specific distance. In the past I've averaged 70-90 km/day fully loaded and thought that was a good...
Forum: Touring 04-26-10, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 746
Posted By mattlavallee
Cape Breton and Newfoundland tour tips

I'm looking at possibly doing a trip up to Cape Breton and Newfoundland late May through mid June. I understand weather will not be ideal, but that's the time I can get off from work. Does anyone...
Forum: Folding Bikes 03-03-10, 04:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,359
Posted By mattlavallee
Does anyone else have input on handling of a...

Does anyone else have input on handling of a loaded Pocket Llama as compared to an NWT? I'm debating between the two as a replacement for my Surly LHT while in Japan for 2 years. I already have (and...
Forum: Touring 10-20-09, 03:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,375
Posted By mattlavallee
My memory is a little cloudy, but the coastal...

My memory is a little cloudy, but the coastal road between Rarangi and Kaikawa, I think there was a pretty steep section between Picton and Nelson, on the west coast SW of the glaciers, and on Haast...
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