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Forum: Commuting 07-11-16, 04:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,985
Posted By Giant Doofus
Oh no! That means you'll have to spend another...

Oh no! That means you'll have to spend another day moving those fenders over. :)

I really enjoyed watching this build come together. Hope you enjoy the LHT.
Forum: Commuting 06-26-16, 02:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,608
Posted By Giant Doofus
Commuting on your bike is very doable, and you...

Commuting on your bike is very doable, and you don't need much to get started. For my first six months, I didn't really buy anything except a rack because I wanted time to assess what I really...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-25-16, 11:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By Giant Doofus
I got an answer from customer service at Chain...

I got an answer from customer service at Chain Reaction Cycles. Here's what they say:



I'm placing the order now.
Forum: Commuting 06-24-16, 09:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 757
Posted By Giant Doofus
I had 3100 miles on a set of Vittoria Randonneurs...

I had 3100 miles on a set of Vittoria Randonneurs with no flats. I just swapped them out because the tread on the rear tire had worn down. That was 3100 miles of mostly very rough city streets with...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-23-16, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By Giant Doofus
I'm glad to hear from someone else who...

I'm glad to hear from someone else who successfully made the switch. I had no idea that brake pads would be proprietary. That's just not something I thought of when I chose my bike, not that it would...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-23-16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By Giant Doofus
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-22-16, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By Giant Doofus
Shimano Canti CX 70 - spacer size?

This is a follow-up to my previous thread about replacing my CX 50 brake shoes and pads with CX 70s. I'm ready to do that now, but can't figure out which size spacer I need. They come in small,...
Forum: Commuting 06-15-16, 07:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,581
Posted By Giant Doofus
I've ridden both a Linus mixte and the dutchie....

I've ridden both a Linus mixte and the dutchie. Both are fine for commuting.
Forum: Manufacturer, Retailer, Survey and Consumer Feedback 06-13-16, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By Giant Doofus
I answered with the one-way distance.

I answered with the one-way distance.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-10-16, 02:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 246
Posted By Giant Doofus
Awesome! Thanks.

Awesome! Thanks.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-10-16, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 246
Posted By Giant Doofus
Yeah, I just realized this myself. According to...

Yeah, I just realized this myself. According to customer service at Kool Stop there were two versions of the CX-50, one that came with an aluminum holder so that you could use brake pad inserts and...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-10-16, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 246
Posted By Giant Doofus
Okay. So I can use these pads, but need to keep...

Okay. So I can use these pads, but need to keep my hardware. Thanks. I'm guessing they also make some that have the right bolt already attached. I've sent an e-mail to customer service to see about...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-09-16, 08:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 246
Posted By Giant Doofus
Thanks.

Thanks.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-09-16, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 246
Posted By Giant Doofus
Replacing BR-CX50 Cantis with Kool Stops - Are these right?

My Bianchi Volpe needs new brake pads. I've heard such good things about the Kool Stops with the salmon colored compound that I'd like to try them out. The current brakes are BR-CX50s. My problem is...
Forum: Commuting 06-09-16, 03:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,260
Posted By Giant Doofus
My spouse and I used to spend whole summers in...

My spouse and I used to spend whole summers in the high desert. My skin would be so dry that it hurt. Daily showering was out of the question. What I did then was to shower maybe two or three times...
Forum: Commuting 06-08-16, 03:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,894
Posted By Giant Doofus
I use a moisturizer with SPF 30 on my face and...

I use a moisturizer with SPF 30 on my face and neck every day (Eucerin). I don't worry too much about my arms and legs because my commute is only 12 miles r/t, and a decent percentage of my route is...
Forum: Commuting 05-30-16, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By Giant Doofus
Thanks.

Thanks.
Forum: Commuting 05-30-16, 03:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By Giant Doofus
Thanks, everyone. I've ordered a set of 32mm...

Thanks, everyone. I've ordered a set of 32mm Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires.

In future, I'll likely use the system recommended here of rotating the front tire to the rear. For now, though, I think...
Forum: Commuting 05-29-16, 04:21 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,813
Posted By Giant Doofus
This doesn't work everywhere. October through...

This doesn't work everywhere. October through April, I can get away with wearing work clothes for my 6 mile (12 r/t) commute. But I live in the south, so May through September there is no pace at...
Forum: Commuting 05-28-16, 03:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By Giant Doofus
Simple tire replacement question - with pics

Would you replace this tire? I was waiting to see a wear line, but it isn't showing yet, and this looks pretty worn to me.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7789/27313322335_fc29b92c50_b.jpg...
Forum: Commuting 04-30-16, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 957
Posted By Giant Doofus
Do you plan to hang it from your handlebars or...

Do you plan to hang it from your handlebars or mount it to a rack? Which you choose should depend on how much weight you plan to put in there. More weigh = put it on a rack or get a basket with...
Forum: Commuting 04-09-16, 02:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,052
Posted By Giant Doofus
I have seriously considered a folder for when I...

I have seriously considered a folder for when I travel too. I had the chance to borrow a Brompton for a couple of days once. On the one hand, I was surprised at how much it felt like a regular bike....
Forum: Commuting 03-19-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Posted By Giant Doofus
Exactly! I had to use a Kool Stop tire bead jack...

Exactly! I had to use a Kool Stop tire bead jack to get the tire on.
Forum: Commuting 03-19-16, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Posted By Giant Doofus
I have the Marathon Plus tires on my bike with an...

I have the Marathon Plus tires on my bike with an IGH. Pulling the rear wheel off is enough of a hassle that I want as close to zero chance of flat as I can get on that bike. They've been good tires....
Forum: Commuting 03-13-16, 05:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By Giant Doofus
I've been using Vittoria Randonneurs (700c x...

I've been using Vittoria Randonneurs (700c x 28mm) for the past 2300 miles. No flats, not a single one. I ride on pretty rough city roads. I pump them up to about 70 psi and re-inflate when the get...
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