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Forum: Commuting 01-15-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,725
Posted By hubcap
I'd be out trying all kinds of tricks on that...

I'd be out trying all kinds of tricks on that thing. The bike I definitely "play" with most is my Mercier Nano.
Forum: Commuting 01-06-14, 02:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,755
Posted By hubcap
The pawls on your freewheel aren't engaging. ...

The pawls on your freewheel aren't engaging. It's happened to me too in extreme cold. That and other funny things can start happening when riding at those temperatures.

I don't have a fixed gear...
Forum: Commuting 12-18-13, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,485
Posted By hubcap
I wouldn't worry about using winter clipless...

I wouldn't worry about using winter clipless footwear for a 9 mile r/t commute. I would just go with insulated hikers and platforms. I have winter mtb boots and really like them, but my commute is...
Forum: Commuting 12-18-13, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 796
Posted By hubcap
I've had my bike locker handle freeze up many...

I've had my bike locker handle freeze up many times just like the OP. I always carry a small container of WD40 and a flat head screwdriver in the winter. I can work the screwdriver into the gap...
Forum: Commuting 11-14-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,612
Posted By hubcap
Various bars on various bikes. Most miles are on...

Various bars on various bikes. Most miles are on drop bars. Next most are on VO Postino bars (45deg sweep, zero rise). Next most are on brahma bars. Next are risers.
Forum: Commuting 10-30-13, 03:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,480
Posted By hubcap
Fingers are easier to keep warm than feet in the...

Fingers are easier to keep warm than feet in the dead of winter. My fingers warm up the longer/harder I ride - the feet, not so much.



The bold above isn't true for everyone. My bike commute...
Forum: Commuting 10-29-13, 11:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,480
Posted By hubcap
It's not like you are trying to take on a 35mi rt...

It's not like you are trying to take on a 35mi rt commute with no experience. It's just more riding than you do now. I'd bet you would get used to the physical effort part of it in a month or so.
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Forum: Commuting 10-16-13, 09:29 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,870
Posted By hubcap
I never choose not to ride because it is raining.

I never choose not to ride because it is raining.
Forum: Commuting 10-16-13, 09:24 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,347
Posted By hubcap
Are you referring to the Danger Zone here? I...

Are you referring to the Danger Zone here? I have several 1W Radbots and get at least a couple weeks use between replacing the batteries. The ones that get the most use during that time include...
Forum: Commuting 10-16-13, 09:14 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,347
Posted By hubcap
Lezyne's lights use 18650 cells that are easily...

Lezyne's lights use 18650 cells that are easily removed so they can be replaced with fresh ones if you won't be able to recharge them for a while or will be doing some endurance type ride. You can...
Forum: Commuting 10-10-13, 04:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,367
Posted By hubcap
Let's see...plenty of flats in all weather...

Let's see...plenty of flats in all weather conditions and caused by all kinds of different things, usual loose bolts, lights flying off, broken spokes, etc. Things that are par for the course and...
Forum: Commuting 09-19-13, 02:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 883
Posted By hubcap
This is the kind of tact I take for my hand...

This is the kind of tact I take for my hand protection. Maybe a little more technical (read: expensive) at some levels, but still the same principle. I have no less than 5 different levels of...
Forum: Commuting 09-11-13, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,175
Posted By hubcap
Weird coincidence. Because of a tire bulge on...

Weird coincidence. Because of a tire bulge on one of the stock Kendas, I recently switched to Schwalbe Kojaks on my 20"-wheeled Mercier Nano. I love the Kojaks. No wrist discomfort. They seem to...
Forum: Commuting 09-04-13, 11:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,500
Posted By hubcap
Satellite chainstay length = 415mm in all frame...

Satellite chainstay length = 415mm in all frame sizes
Space Horse chainstay length = 440mm in 55cm frame (longer in bigger frames)

I assume if you are doing some touring with this bike, you will...
Forum: Commuting 09-04-13, 04:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,716
Posted By hubcap
To me, fenders are optional (though I recommend...

To me, fenders are optional (though I recommend them). A rack is not. I carry too much stuff on my 30 mile r/t commute to suffer a backpack. I used to do it a long time ago, but have no desire to...
Forum: Commuting 09-04-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,716
Posted By hubcap
If you can make it work, I highly recommend a...

If you can make it work, I highly recommend a backup bike for someone who commutes everyday, particularly if you do not have an alternate mode of transportation readily available. Parts should be...
Forum: Commuting 09-04-13, 04:04 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,567
Posted By hubcap
I usually eat after I get to work, not before. I...

I usually eat after I get to work, not before. I frequently do the big batch of oatmeal, dried fruit, nuts thing in the crockpot over the weekend. I divide it up into several plastic food...
Forum: Commuting 09-04-13, 03:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Posted By hubcap
Not a folder, but most people confuse it with one...

Not a folder, but most people confuse it with one when they first see it. I picked up a mini velo (Mercier Nano) at the intro price when bikesdirect came out with them a couple years ago. I think...
Forum: Commuting 07-14-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By hubcap
I don't know if the ones I have are pre or post...

I don't know if the ones I have are pre or post 2009 models (probably pre 2009) but they have one outer pocket that has a simple but effective flap closure. They have a single divided interior...
Forum: Commuting 07-09-13, 12:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 946
Posted By hubcap
A couple years ago I had a bee get lodged under...

A couple years ago I had a bee get lodged under the front lip of my helmet. The bee didn't like it and chose to let me know about it *sting*.
Forum: Commuting 07-03-13, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By hubcap
Alan over at the Ecovelo blog did that conversion...

Alan over at the Ecovelo blog did that conversion to his Bryant a couple years ago. As I recall, he provided a pretty thorough summary of the steps he went through. Might be worth checking out for...
Forum: Commuting 07-02-13, 02:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 702
Posted By hubcap
In order of frequency of what I use: Prolink,...

In order of frequency of what I use:
Prolink, T-9, Triflow, the Dupont teflon/wax aerosol stuff, classic WD40 (when something needs lubed and nothing else is around).

I like Prolink because it...
Forum: Commuting 07-01-13, 12:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,423
Posted By hubcap
This is my third year with Nashbar sandals. I...

This is my third year with Nashbar sandals. I love them and for me they are three season footwear unless it is going to be raining and cold. I've thought several times about getting a pair of...
Forum: Commuting 06-25-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,422
Posted By hubcap
The Roll looks cool and is probably fun to ride,...

The Roll looks cool and is probably fun to ride, but the Linus is a more versatile commuter bike. The Roll has no eyelets for racks/fenders and no brazeons for water bottle cages or other...
Forum: Commuting 06-24-13, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,622
Posted By hubcap
Shims come with the pedals. I have eggbeaters on...

Shims come with the pedals. I have eggbeaters on a couple bikes. Super easy to get in and out. OP - do you have any problem clipping into the pedals? If you can get into them, I'm not sure why...
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