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Forum: Commuting 01-09-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,110
Posted By vanttila
The glue will last ya much longer if you store it...

The glue will last ya much longer if you store it in the fridge.
Forum: Commuting 01-07-14, 09:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,110
Posted By vanttila
You can buy smaller patches. You can also cut the...

You can buy smaller patches. You can also cut the patches in half and use them that way. A large patch for a tiny hole on a big tube ensures that even a bad patcher can make it air tight. On a small...
Forum: Commuting 01-07-14, 09:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 722
Posted By vanttila
Can you just trim a bit of the rubber off the...

Can you just trim a bit of the rubber off the tires to make them fit? I imagine it's the knobs that are rubbing.
Forum: Commuting 01-07-14, 09:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,755
Posted By vanttila
I found myself biking home in the dark, with a...

I found myself biking home in the dark, with a -34F windchill last night. It wasn't so bad except on my thighs, plus the battery on my flashlight must not have liked the cold so much.
Forum: Commuting 12-27-13, 10:51 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,005
Posted By vanttila
If a Motobecane caught your interest (as you...

If a Motobecane caught your interest (as you said), I strongly recommend that you keep browsing Bikesdirect. They have some great cx/commuter/wide fork bikes that may well fit into your budget, with...
Forum: Commuting 12-27-13, 10:41 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,291
Posted By vanttila
My fair weather bike has 23's as well. I'd prefer...

My fair weather bike has 23's as well. I'd prefer 25's since the roads are what they are, but the bike (a moderately recent purchase) came with 23's, so I'll use them up first. Potholes haven't been...
Forum: Commuting 12-27-13, 11:28 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,005
Posted By vanttila
If that's not a beautiful thing, I don't know...

If that's not a beautiful thing, I don't know what is!
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-27-13, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,085
Posted By vanttila
I feel like leaving the bike outside for the...

I feel like leaving the bike outside for the nights is just overall a bad idea. It gets colder, the dew sets in (does that happen in Portland?), and the whole bike gets wet. It's not just bad for the...
Forum: Commuting 12-26-13, 11:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,580
Posted By vanttila
Drafting on roadbike on commute?

I've recently started drafting on buses and dump trucks whenever I get lucky enough to get behind one on my commute. Typically the speed limit is 35 mph on those roads.
Any thoughts, experiences,...
Forum: Commuting 12-26-13, 11:21 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,291
Posted By vanttila
The middle one makes sense, but care to explain...

The middle one makes sense, but care to explain the first and the last claim?
Forum: Commuting 12-25-13, 11:32 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,291
Posted By vanttila
I fully understand what you're saying and I...

I fully understand what you're saying and I certainly agree. Also, great analogy with the golf ball. You obviously put a great deal of thought into your posts.

Still, I think there're a couple...
Forum: Commuting 12-24-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,291
Posted By vanttila
The first part I agree with. If you ride with...

The first part I agree with. If you ride with 23's, it's important to have a reflex of bunny hopping, swinging, and/or shifting weight in cases of potholes or other obstacles. Having clipless...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-24-13, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,085
Posted By vanttila
Yeah, cuz the frame is cold. But there isn't a...

Yeah, cuz the frame is cold. But there isn't a lotta air on the inside of the frame with moisture to condense, and as soon as the frame warms up, the water evaporates in the low relative humidity.
Forum: Commuting 12-24-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,005
Posted By vanttila
Spend a couple hours browsing on Bikesdirect. I...

Spend a couple hours browsing on Bikesdirect. I think you'll find a better bike for a better price that'll suit your needs better.
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-23-13, 04:06 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 16,538
Posted By vanttila
I just use winter boots and wool socks. Wool's...

I just use winter boots and wool socks. Wool's great b/c it stays warm even when moist/wet as is often the case with shoes (either sweat, outside, or both). When you come across a scenario where you...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-23-13, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,128
Posted By vanttila
If your jacket has a hood, I'd think that should...

If your jacket has a hood, I'd think that should fit under your helmet. You really don't need anything thicker unless it goes <20F.
Also, if you wear a helmet the rest of the year, winter is the...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-23-13, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By vanttila
+1. In theory, the tire should not be damaged by...

+1. In theory, the tire should not be damaged by taking it off/putting it on repeatedly. In practice, it may or may not be, depending on you. Especially if one of the tires is a tight fit and you use...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-23-13, 03:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,085
Posted By vanttila
+1. Just do your best to keep the bike dry.

+1. Just do your best to keep the bike dry.
Forum: Commuting 12-23-13, 02:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,862
Posted By vanttila
A hood will block your peripheral vision IF you...

A hood will block your peripheral vision IF you place it over your helmet.
If you place it UNDER your helmet and properly fasten the little strings, it will turn with your head and allow you to see...
Forum: Commuting 12-22-13, 11:30 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,926
Posted By vanttila
Maybe, but I've got to imagine it has more to do...

Maybe, but I've got to imagine it has more to do with exercise keeping your immune system in good order and all that other medical stuff I know nothing about. Or perhaps the lifestyle that comes with...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-20-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,255
Posted By vanttila
Does your wife consider it "perfect" as well?...

Does your wife consider it "perfect" as well? :lol:
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-19-13, 10:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 918
Posted By vanttila
Dust caps? What? You really need to use the...

Dust caps? What? You really need to use the proper terminology for us (at least me) to understand the part you're talking about.
Maybe this image will help:...
Forum: Commuting 12-19-13, 09:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,459
Posted By vanttila
The difference is that Sixty Fiver uses screws...

The difference is that Sixty Fiver uses screws instead of studs which barely poke out past the tire's surface. I don't think having screws poke out through the middle of the tire tread would work...
Forum: Commuting 12-19-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,459
Posted By vanttila
I've got to imagine there's a nicer way of saying...

I've got to imagine there's a nicer way of saying that. I'm sure you've experimented with all kinds of "stupid ideas" before. Sure most of them don't work, but hey, every once in a while you might...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-18-13, 04:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,981
Posted By vanttila
The problem was that if you don't have it...

The problem was that if you don't have it trailing and it falls off/comes loose, you end up with a bottle in your spokes, right?
If that's the case, it doesn't really matter where you put it if you...
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