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Forum: Northeast 10-31-14, 09:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 622
Posted By songfta
The two I can think of are Biker Barre (738 7th...

The two I can think of are Biker Barre (738 7th St SE) and Soul Cycle (2301 M Street NW).
Forum: Southeast 08-20-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By songfta
The traffic and tolls can be an issue, but that's...

The traffic and tolls can be an issue, but that's part of living near a major metro area with a high commuter rate.

As far as places to live, if you are open to living in a smaller town, look into...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-21-14, 02:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,771
Posted By songfta
The reason Wiggle can't sell some helmets to U.S....

The reason Wiggle can't sell some helmets to U.S. customers is most likely the certification issue.

Helmet manufacturers make different helmets for different markets, depending on safety...
Forum: Northeast 07-15-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,555
Posted By songfta
Just happened into this thread (I've been keeping...

Just happened into this thread (I've been keeping away from BF to try and not get the urge to ride outdoors while I'm still recovering from a serious skiing injury).

Last June, a friend of mine...
Forum: Road Cycling 05-12-14, 11:15 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,560
Posted By songfta
I have a 2006 Eclipse that I built up from a...

I have a 2006 Eclipse that I built up from a frameset. It's a lovely bike, been on many long-distance (100+ miles), hilly rides, and is always comfortable. While I have an all-carbon Pedal Force...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 09-18-13, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By songfta
I, too, have a racing bike - but there are...

I, too, have a racing bike - but there are clip-on fender solutions for our lot. Examples:

SKS RaceBlade:...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 09-17-13, 10:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By songfta
And FYI: if your bike lacks fenders, if you have...

And FYI: if your bike lacks fenders, if you have clip-ons, use 'em if it rains at the BRC. At a social ride, it's a nice gesture, and it'll keep your posterior more dry, and keep some of the road...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 09-17-13, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By songfta
It's a valid question, Chris, as Pedalers rides...

It's a valid question, Chris, as Pedalers rides tend to err on the side of "we will melt if it rains!" in terms of canceling normal, scheduled, free rides.

But for the BRC, it rolls regardless -...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 09-10-13, 08:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 923
Posted By songfta
As somebody who has been involved in running the...

As somebody who has been involved in running the Back Roads Century (BRC) in 2010 and 2011 (and will volunteer again this year), some random facts about the ride:

- The routes aren't changing from...
Forum: Northeast 06-24-13, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 976
Posted By songfta
It's been tried, but worth trying again. There is...

It's been tried, but worth trying again. There is definitely a hub of cycling activity in DC, MD, and VA, with parts of southeastern PA and eastern WV mixed in.
Forum: Road Cycling 05-11-13, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By songfta
Gravel roads in MoCo and other areas in the...

Gravel roads in MoCo and other areas in the greater DC/MD/NOVA area are mostly easy on 23mm road tires, better still on 25 or 28mm tires. I ride them frequently, JimF, and it's not impossible....
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-26-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By songfta
Old-school thumb shifters go over the bars, and...

Old-school thumb shifters go over the bars, and these are somewhat old-school in look-and-feel.

I'm not sure whether they can be rotated on their mount points to achieve the alignment that the OP...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-17-13, 06:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 479
Posted By songfta
+1

+1
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 01-15-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By songfta
I've had a frame repaired by Brady Kappius'...

I've had a frame repaired by Brady Kappius' Broken Carbon service. His work is great, his pricing is very reasonable, and turnaround time is very quick.
Forum: Road Cycling 01-05-13, 10:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,209
Posted By songfta
The Reynolds 853 Eclipse frames are simply...

The Reynolds 853 Eclipse frames are simply lovely, and when treated well, are very long lasting. I have a 2006 Eclipse that I bought as a used frameset and built up to a full bike (originally with a...
Forum: Northeast 09-17-12, 08:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,054
Posted By songfta
As a 10-year resident of The District (and not...

As a 10-year resident of The District (and not NoVA, MoCo or PG County), I heartily recommend it as a place to ride and to hang out at night! There is plenty to do here, both on the bike and off. The...
Forum: Southeast 09-14-12, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By songfta
The Potomac Pedalers' Back Roads Century is sold...

The Potomac Pedalers' Back Roads Century is sold out, and there will be no day-of-ride registration.

Other local events (not a complete list):
- 9/15 - St. Mary's Century (formerly the Amish...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-30-12, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 391
Posted By songfta
The RD is a much more recent vintage - 2010 or...

The RD is a much more recent vintage - 2010 or thereabouts.

The crankset is older, with the square-taper BB interface, but should work fie with 9 or 10 speed setups.

The brakes are lovely - I...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-28-12, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By songfta
FreshBikes in Arlington (Ballston), VA, sells...

FreshBikes in Arlington (Ballston), VA, sells them.
Forum: Road Cycling 07-24-12, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 560
Posted By songfta
Another one to look at is MotionX-GPS (for iOS)....

Another one to look at is MotionX-GPS (for iOS). Its entire focus is on GPS function, though it has a fairly comprehensive bike recording setup (it can be used as a bike computer if you have a...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-24-12, 07:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,322
Posted By songfta
I've had a Topeak Joe Blow Sport for 11 years...

I've had a Topeak Joe Blow Sport for 11 years now, and love it. The thing with the Topeaks is to get the TwinHead chuck, rather than the self-adapting head. The double-ended head is foolproof, seals...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-23-12, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By songfta
First question: how old is the BB and how many...

First question: how old is the BB and how many miles does it have in use? Any riding through wet/rain/mud/snow?

Your backing off the binding bolt on the LH crankarm is a good first step, as that...
Forum: Road Cycling 06-19-12, 06:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 454
Posted By songfta
Good luck! If your route takes you toward...

Good luck! If your route takes you toward Washington, DC, drop a line - would love to share a ride!
Forum: Road Cycling 06-19-12, 06:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,295
Posted By songfta
4-6.5 hours is in the 70-100 mile category for...

4-6.5 hours is in the 70-100 mile category for me. I also like rides that average 75-100 feet of climbing per mile, so.... yeah.

Also, distance and duration depends on where I'm at in terms of my...
Forum: Road Cycling 06-12-12, 12:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 645
Posted By songfta
It's not that, at all. Campy does stand behind...

It's not that, at all. Campy does stand behind their product, but they are very strict when it comes to who originally sold the parts.

All Campy parts since 2007 or so have a barcode on them....
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