You might wanna buy a truing stand, too.
Actually they're quite strong wheels considering the lack of spokes in campy's offerings but 12 is pushing it. If I remember correctly the HPW 12's were most commonly/ logically used by people as race day wheels in their prime before the carbon age.
so, i'm very seriously considering riding my bike to work, about ten miles away, with some average hills. gonna be using a 19lb fixed gear bike with 73.9 gear inches. plus a bag on the handlebars containing a folding foot pump, tubes, tire levers, axle nut wrench, water bottles. thinking about wearing a wool jersey and wool shorts with a leather chamois, gloves, cap, sunglasses, and cycling shoes with the stiff soles and perforated leather. trying to figure out where im going to put my work boots/socks/shirt/shorts/hat/safety glasses/gloves/water/lunch, thinking just a backpack but i feel like that would be ****ty. going to be using a fake san marco concor saddle. gonna clip a mirror to my sunglasses and use a front and rear light.
wondering if i should just skip the wool/chamois shorts and go for some lycra ones with a padded crotch? or could i wear the lycra padded guys under the wool ones and not be too hot in the summer? i dont want my junk to be super accentuated anyway.
thinking i want a rear bag, but i dont have room for fenders or rack mounting holes, are there any ways to mount a bag on the seatpost somehow? maybe using something coming out of the rear brake mount for some kind of support instead of a fender? any quick-releasing/velcro/anything other than something that requires tools? and then where do i put my taillight? i really dont want to wear a backpack... and theres a bike i keep at work too just for riding from greenhouse to greenhouse and i want to be able to take the bag of my road bike and pop it on the coaster brake one for work. actually if i can find some quick release fenders it could make my bag choices easier. has to be big enough to fit size 8-9 work boots, shorts, t-shirt, socks, underwear, safety glasses, ball cap, gardening gloves, and a couple sandwiches.
whats ten miles like on a fixed gear in 85 degree weather? any suggestions? anything else i should have in case something happens? anything about the rear bag or how to stay comfortable? thankssssssssssssssss
*also posted in the commuter forum
Last edited by bro; 02-23-13 at 04:54 PM.
hmmm yeah. would the first saddle be more comfortable than the second saddle?
i rode around for hours the other day in slacks and boxers on the second saddle and my ass kind of hurt, couldve started to get real chafey too. it was probably like 20 miles total with stops in between for beer and food and stuff. i can only imagine in the heat this could get bad. gonna use goldbond powder and stuff. main concern is forgetting some vital tool or something, or my ass getting sore and chafed.
It's awesome to do and I miss having the opportunity but don't go selling your car until you've done it for a year+
I hate bikes
10 miles aint **** man. I choose to do 12 miles instead of 5 because i want to ride more.
Im also riding in 25 degree weather with 30 mph winds and carrying 40 pounds of crap in my bag
Id kill for 85 degrees and no wind right now
do not use powder. If your taint really bothers you get some chamois and some bag balm
Ride everything. Shave nothing.
so if i get the non-padded real goatskin leather chamois/merino wool shorts + some bag balm or whatever else is recommended then the padded/non-padded factor doesnt really matter? is it more about the friction or what? i still feel like i'd need some padding, but i want a cheap black classic saddle
Last edited by bro; 02-23-13 at 05:28 PM.
I have the MTX v-type and ride 5 days a week, 6 miles round trip. I didn't get their specific bag, just got some bungee cords and strap my backpack to it (I leave my uniform and boots at work usually but I haul it occasionally). I have it on during the week, for when I go on post office runs, and then just pop it off for weekend rides. Pics in my pedalroom
The only thing I've noticed is my inner thighs rub the clamping mechanism. It doesn't rub bad or chafe, it's just something I noticed, and eventually I forget about it.
10 miles shouldnt be a problem in street clothes, i did 70 miles last year in street clothes
Ride everything. Shave nothing.
so i guess all my questions are answered sort of! thanks guys! unless someone has some advice, i'm ready to take it!
Last edited by bro; 02-23-13 at 08:51 PM.
Both the Pika and Visacha bags seem awesome. I have never used one but I have only heard good things about them and they feel very sturdy and amazing.
But 10 miles in 85 degree weather? That is not bad at all. Not even very far. I used to deliver Chinese food in Rio by bicycle in 40C weather. Dont think too much about it and you will be fine. You are making it too complicated.
Looking for a multi-tool, my LBS has; Park IB-3, Lezyne CRV20, Lezyne Rap13, Topeak Hexus II
Should I get one of those, if so which one? Or should I get a different one online?
Last edited by jared1988; 02-25-13 at 10:05 PM.
Have you used the chain tool yet? I don't have a chain tool yet and I wanted to make sure I didn't get a crappy one
Is it better to have a large front gear with a bigger rear than to have the same ratio but with smaller gears? E.g. 53/13 = 4.08/1 or 44/11 = 4/1
Should I.... buy this and change the funky handlebars to some mtb flat bars and swap the seat for something useful and maybe get a smaller rear gear. It is an old Schwinn frame that has been powdercoated.
listed @ $100
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