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Forum: Commuting 05-19-16, 09:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By ratell
I agree with waiting to see. There's some Sheldon...

I agree with waiting to see. There's some Sheldon brown quote saying something about the only ruined brooks he has seen were from over tightening.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 02-15-16, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 514
Posted By ratell
I have been very happy with the hy rd's. I can't...

I have been very happy with the hy rd's. I can't imagine needing more brake, so not sure how full hydraulic would be worth it. Of course I've never used full hydraulic...
Forum: Commuting 08-31-15, 11:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,085
Posted By ratell
I've been commuting around 60 miles a week for 8...

I've been commuting around 60 miles a week for 8 years now and my experience is soreness comes and goes though there's really two issues: pain and soreness.

Pain or muscle stiffness: is directly...
Forum: Commuting 05-22-15, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,144
Posted By ratell
Anyone have experience with probikekit? They have...

Anyone have experience with probikekit? They have a 105 groupset for less than $400 which could make building viable. The also have a set with wheels for around $800.
Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed...
Forum: Commuting 05-12-15, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 530
Posted By ratell
If you want an easy second opinion you could use...

If you want an easy second opinion you could use Universal Cycles wheel builder app to get a quote. Universal Cycles -- Custom Wheelset Builder (http://www.universalcycles.com/wheelkit.php)
Forum: Commuting 05-08-15, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,154
Posted By ratell
I've used the plastic half clips Amazon.com :...

I've used the plastic half clips
Amazon.com : Zefal "Cristophe" Mountain Bicycle Half Toe Clip : Mini Toe Clips : Sports & Outdoors...
Forum: Commuting 04-30-15, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By ratell
I've been happy with pitlocks. It's nice that you...

I've been happy with pitlocks. It's nice that you can order additional ones with your keycode and have them all be the same key.
Forum: Commuting 04-17-15, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 660
Posted By ratell
The problem is you never know... I end up using...

The problem is you never know...
I end up using schwalbe marathons because with everything else whenever I get a flat I keep thinking, "Darn it if I'd had Marathons I wouldn't have to do this". Now,...
Forum: Commuting 03-29-15, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 571
Posted By ratell
I like the Pearl Izumi WXB Barrier shoe covers. I...

I like the Pearl Izumi WXB Barrier shoe covers. I currently have a pair of Endura's which are also good though they don't fit my shoes as well as the Pearl Izumi's did.
Forum: Commuting 03-19-15, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 983
Posted By ratell
The PDW basket claims it fits between drop...

The PDW basket claims it fits between drop bars...
https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/cargo/takeout-basket
Forum: Commuting 03-12-15, 04:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,203
Posted By ratell
Take her to clever cycles on Hawthorne Clever...

Take her to clever cycles on Hawthorne Clever Cycles | Brompton folding bicycles, cargo bikes, family transport (http://clevercycles.com/). They carry the Breezer uptown and some similar bikes. If...
Forum: Commuting 03-09-15, 05:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,514
Posted By ratell
If you have the option of a local builder. Go...

If you have the option of a local builder. Go with that! It's just cool to sit down with someone and talk about what you want and have them build you a bike versus getting something that rolls off a...
Forum: Commuting 03-04-15, 10:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,357
Posted By ratell
You are, however, probably spraying anybody who...

You are, however, probably spraying anybody who has the misfortune to ride behind you. You should get fenders...
Forum: Commuting 02-09-15, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,154
Posted By ratell
If you really like the Marin talk to the store...

If you really like the Marin talk to the store and see if they'll tune it up better and have you do another test ride. My guess is it's an adjustment issue (SRAM Apex tends to get good reviews). If...
Forum: Commuting 01-21-15, 01:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,171
Posted By ratell
I've used powergrips and they are pretty good....

I've used powergrips and they are pretty good. The only downside I had was if your foot doesn't go in right it's very hard to correct by feel, so you have to look down and figure out what the problem...
Forum: Commuting 01-15-15, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By ratell
I tried commuting that day and ended up Hopping...

I tried commuting that day and ended up Hopping on the Bus Gus... It was too much fun for me.
Forum: Commuting 11-13-14, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By ratell
Solar Freaking Roadways Solar Roadways -...

Solar Freaking Roadways
Solar Roadways - Introduction (http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml)
They drive forklifts on them!:)
Forum: Commuting 11-12-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By ratell
Knickers are awesome for cycling. I tell people...

Knickers are awesome for cycling. I tell people that I moved to Portland and now I wear capri pants and carry a purse (because my briefcase is small enough to fit in my pannier). You'll get used to...
Forum: Commuting 11-10-14, 12:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,433
Posted By ratell
Changing a tire in the dark cold rain on the side...

Changing a tire in the dark cold rain on the side of the road is the most miserable I've been commuting to work. I carry all I need to either patch or replace both tubes, but my first thought is any...
Forum: Commuting 11-10-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By ratell
The being stiff I wouldn't worry about. My...

The being stiff I wouldn't worry about. My experience is that waterproof zippers are always stiff. Getting stuck or zipper failure is a problem to worry about. Why not just buy it from somewhere that...
Forum: Commuting 10-31-14, 08:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,915
Posted By ratell
I'm a fan of the Novara Headwind pants. The block...

I'm a fan of the Novara Headwind pants. The block the wind on the front but are breathable on the back. That with some kind of a coat with a wool baselayer should be fine for DC. A wool beanie under...
Forum: Commuting 10-30-14, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,039
Posted By ratell
I am also a big fan of the Marathon supremes or...

I am also a big fan of the Marathon supremes or pluses. If you want a cheaper option the panaracer pasela with tourguard is a great tire. It's faster feeling than the marathons, but not as good flat...
Forum: Commuting 10-29-14, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,142
Posted By ratell
Look at the math: Therapy components...

Look at the math:

Therapy components conversion package with the converter, two wheels fork and two brakes cost $809.00
Therapy Components (http://shop.therapycomponents.com/main.sc)

Now on...
Forum: Commuting 10-29-14, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,142
Posted By ratell
My bike needed new wheels, so I took the...

My bike needed new wheels, so I took the opportunity to get a new fork and put a disc brake on the front. Even doing that was more because I'm attached to my bike. From a purely rational viewpoint I...
Forum: Commuting 10-10-14, 01:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 840
Posted By ratell
This is from the FAQ on Helmets.org. Seems...

This is from the FAQ on Helmets.org. Seems reasonable:

An honest manufacturer: METThe Italian company MET says in their 2010 catalog (http://www.met-helmets.com/home.jsp?idrub=2192):

"We are...
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