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Forum: Commuting
06-08-11, 07:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By BikEthan

Excellent. Your edits did stick so I'll pour over...

Excellent. Your edits did stick so I'll pour over that and hopefully come up with something doable and relatively safe. Thanks for the advice!

I believe you did. I rode the D2R2 in 08 but haven't...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-11, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By BikEthan

Thanks for the tips! I got a little caught up on...

Thanks for the tips! I got a little caught up on other stuff. Mainly work, commuting (not via bike sadly) and building some living space in my sister's walk-out basement for my mom. Anyway. Most of...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-11, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By BikEthan

Eastern Mass commute route advise/feedback?

So I'm going to do this crazy commute at least a couple times this season maybe a couple times a week if I'm not going to die. Involves back roads and Rt. 117 from Berlin, MA to the Longwood Medical...
06-06-11, 06:12 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 22,653
Posted By BikEthan

I live in Worcester county (Berlin) and would...

I live in Worcester county (Berlin) and would definitely be up for going on some rides, usually Sundays.

Drop me PM if you'd like.

Ethan
05-13-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,705
Posted By BikEthan

Ooh! I did that once... but it was old POS...

Ooh! I did that once... but it was old POS Univega frame I had built up SS.

To answer the OP's question...
Consider how long you want the bike to last. Aluminum and Carbon generally won't last as...
05-13-10, 12:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 612
Posted By BikEthan

Also... check on the spoke hole diameter on your...

Also... check on the spoke hole diameter on your hubs. Alpine III's have a thicker and stronger elbow and I've had issues getting them into some hubs. Although the real issue happens when you've got...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-12-10, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 967
Posted By BikEthan

The MKS EZY come in a variety of models. I've...

The MKS EZY come in a variety of models. I've done a bit more research and it looks like the "supreme" is the way to go. The older versions of the QR require plastic safety clips to prevent...
05-12-10, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,400
Posted By BikEthan

Been a while since I've been on BF... anyway....

Been a while since I've been on BF... anyway. Breakfast depends on the day. My more bike friendly commute is mixed mode 8ish miles to the commuter rail and another 2 miles in the city. I usually eat...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-10-10, 10:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 967
Posted By BikEthan

I had a pair of MKS FD-6 pedals on my Bike Friday...

I had a pair of MKS FD-6 pedals on my Bike Friday Season Tikit. They are slick in general and very slick when it's raining and the bearings on the left pedal died quite quick (about a year and a half...
03-04-09, 07:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,775
Posted By BikEthan

6' 2" 210lbs My commute is SUPER short (for...

6' 2" 210lbs

My commute is SUPER short (for now) @2 miles. But I'm moving outside the city for a few reasons and my commute will balloon to 32 miles with about 1500' of climbing. I likely won't be...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-09, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By BikEthan

That's pretty standard routing for a barcon. I...

That's pretty standard routing for a barcon. I think you'll likely find that your shifting will get sticky if you route the cable housing to the stem and then back down to the frame stops. Also where...
Forum: Touring
03-03-09, 07:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,503
Posted By BikEthan

+1 I haven't actually toured on this tire yet but...

+1 I haven't actually toured on this tire yet but I rode the D2R2 on 700x35s and they worked just fine. I rode the "long course" which worked out to about 112 miles, 70% on dirt roads (some of which...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-09, 04:05 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,885
Posted By BikEthan

Uh yeah... sometimes I go a little nutty. Nothing...

Uh yeah... sometimes I go a little nutty. Nothing too extreme mainly just yelling. This has only happened when I have been A) Passed WAY too close (1' or less), or all to closely and basically...
02-09-09, 07:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,055
Posted By BikEthan

Which model(s) have you tried, and what kind of...

Which model(s) have you tried, and what kind of riding are you doing on it? I've heard that the Pro takes an eon and a half to break in. You've also got to match the riding to the saddle. I wouldn't...
02-05-09, 09:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,055
Posted By BikEthan

I hate to say it but chances are the only way...

I hate to say it but chances are the only way you're going to get a lighter saddle that will give you the comfort of a Brooks would be to drop the seriously heavy chunk of change on a Ti Swallow or...
02-04-09, 08:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,694
Posted By BikEthan

Worst was about a year and a half ago. 28 years...

Worst was about a year and a half ago. 28 years old, 6' 2", 245 lbs. I'd gotten doored a couple of years before and was kind of afraid of riding much more than my usual 4 mile round-trip commute. But...
02-04-09, 08:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,365
Posted By BikEthan

I use a pair of Matterhorn model 1949 winter...

I use a pair of Matterhorn model 1949 winter combat boots with big grippy pedals like hernick does. The boots are Gore-tex lined, made high quality leather, safety toe, thinsulate (not sure of the...
02-04-09, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By BikEthan

My goal is to ride my bike to work every work day...

My goal is to ride my bike to work every work day in February. But that's about it since I don't have a trainer yet and don't have a strong desire to do much recreational biking this time of year in...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-09, 11:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,246
Posted By BikEthan

I have mixed feelings about Boston. On one hand...

I have mixed feelings about Boston. On one hand there are actually a decent number of MUPs and the like that make it a little easier to get around. The Mayor has made making Boston a cycling friendly...
02-02-09, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,490
Posted By BikEthan

Ibex also makes some windfront underwear. I...

Ibex also makes some windfront underwear. I bought a pair on sale but haven't had reason to use them yet. Basically... windfront only goes so far most of the time I wear a pair of breathable rain...
02-02-09, 10:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,399
Posted By BikEthan

I generally ride solo. Don't really do a lot of...

I generally ride solo. Don't really do a lot of club rides up here. I should start... it would likely make me a faster rider. Those times when I am riding with friends I like to keep up with them,...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-09, 06:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,436
Posted By BikEthan

You might also want to look into the Ortlieb...

You might also want to look into the Ortlieb Flight back pack.

http://www.ortlieb.com/_prod.php?lang=en&produkt=flight

It comes in 22 and 27 liter sizes, is waterproof, and has a mesh...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-09, 02:57 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 21,521
Posted By BikEthan

... If you want a do EVERYthing on a bike I'd...

... If you want a do EVERYthing on a bike I'd recommend a touring bike or a cyclocross bike.

Depends. Are you putting fenders on it? The carbon fork on the dispatch might not have clearance for...
Forum: Touring
01-30-09, 12:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,940
Posted By BikEthan

I'm thinking of ordering the extender bracket...

I'm thinking of ordering the extender bracket along with the bag just in case. I haven't decided in favor of cross levers yet, but I'm leaning that way too. Do you use yours often?

re: #2, I had...
Forum: Touring
01-30-09, 08:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,940
Posted By BikEthan

1: I have the medium but wish I had the large....

1: I have the medium but wish I had the large. Although this is mainly because I use my HB bag as a camera bag and once I have the camera in there (Nikon D70 sometimes with an SB-800 flash) in the...
01-29-09, 08:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 633
Posted By BikEthan

No, no, "dedicated". Actually to be completely...

No, no, "dedicated". Actually to be completely honest my other two realistic options are the bus or the train. The bus they seem to like heating to about 85 degrees this time of year which would be...
01-29-09, 03:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 633
Posted By BikEthan

Amusingly enough this was the year I decided to...

Amusingly enough this was the year I decided to get my studded tires. I've biked into work every day so far this season with one exception and that was because of an off site job that required a...
01-29-09, 02:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 963
Posted By BikEthan

I would like to do a Century a Month at some...

I would like to do a Century a Month at some point but good lord this January has been unconducive to riding outside, at all. I mean I'm riding the 2 miles to and from work but that's about it....
01-27-09, 09:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,290
Posted By BikEthan

6' 2" 205lbs. People usually think I'm taller and...

6' 2" 205lbs. People usually think I'm taller and lighter. Especially when I weighed 245, I'd tell people my weight and they generally reacted with shock and disbelief.
01-27-09, 08:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,538
Posted By BikEthan

I'm having good luck with wool bavaclavas. In...

I'm having good luck with wool bavaclavas. In colder temps (10F down to about 0F) one with a double layer of fabric is good. The wool doesn't stink up the way synthetics do. If you keep it over your...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-09, 06:05 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,914
Posted By BikEthan

Yeah... you need an "other" with a write in...

Yeah... you need an "other" with a write in option for the number of bikes you own. I think three would be good for me (although I have more.) I have a winter commuter set up with studded tires and...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-09, 05:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,386
Posted By BikEthan

I've found tire liners to be way more of a pain...

I've found tire liners to be way more of a pain than they're worth. Granted I'm sure they've changed/improved the design since but I even saw a tire liner wear through a tube once causing a flat...
...
01-18-09, 10:42 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,782
Posted By BikEthan

Haven't found one in New England. It really is...

Haven't found one in New England. It really is all about the right clothing and equipment.
Forum: Touring
12-12-08, 02:53 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,993
Posted By BikEthan

One big plus for Rivendells is that they make...

One big plus for Rivendells is that they make larger stock bikes. I'm not freaky tall at 6'2" but I have 37" stand over. I was having trouble finding a touring bike that would allow me to get my...
12-12-08, 01:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 919
Posted By BikEthan

Yeah... that's how I ended up with a large chunk...

Yeah... that's how I ended up with a large chunk of credit card debt and an Atlantis... honestly I don't have any regrets though. :D
12-12-08, 01:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,305
Posted By BikEthan

For bike fit it should be crotch (pubic bone) to...

For bike fit it should be crotch (pubic bone) to floor.
Take your shoes off and stand with your back to a wall and jam a thin hardcover book up betwixt your legs (ok not so much with the jamming but...
Forum: Northeast
09-12-08, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By BikEthan

I lived on the hill for a year and now live in JP...

I lived on the hill for a year and now live in JP but work in the Longwood medical area. I bike though that area quite a lot. Basically... it's not a terrible neighborhood but it's not a great one...
09-11-08, 06:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,313
Posted By BikEthan

Something that big and long just seems as though...

Something that big and long just seems as though it should be carried on either an Xtracycle or a trailer.

A single wheel like the BOB Ibex, or Extrawheel seems like it would be well suited to...
09-09-08, 01:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 847
Posted By BikEthan

Yes. You can use them to build a fire when you're...

Yes. You can use them to build a fire when you're in the wilderness.
09-08-08, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By BikEthan

Custom build? Parts on back order? Ordered the...

Custom build? Parts on back order? Ordered the frame but forgot the wheels? These things happen. I had to wait quite a while before getting my Atlantis too. It's one thing to get a stock bike put...
09-08-08, 07:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,251
Posted By BikEthan

Nice "whip" Tom! Have fun! :thumb:

Nice "whip" Tom! Have fun! :thumb:
09-08-08, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By BikEthan

98! Damn dude you got quads of doom!

98! Damn dude you got quads of doom!
09-08-08, 07:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,127
Posted By BikEthan

I had exactly the same thing happen with a much...

I had exactly the same thing happen with a much lower quality frame. Some old univega I had set up as a single speed commuter. I was cranking up a short climb and heard a metallic *snap* A lot of...
09-05-08, 01:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,939
Posted By BikEthan

Ahh ok. My girlfriend goes to Simmons and has...

Ahh ok. My girlfriend goes to Simmons and has some friends who bike. I try to recommend shops but I often have a better experience than they do in a lot of the shops around here for some odd reason...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-08, 01:35 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,341
Posted By BikEthan

I haven't been through there since they put in...

I haven't been through there since they put in the bike lane but that whole area is a complete mess. The only way they're going to make it not a complete mess would be by completely restructuring the...
09-05-08, 09:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 881
Posted By BikEthan

Weight training? I was riding quite a bit but my...

Weight training? I was riding quite a bit but my weight kept on going up for a while I hit 245 and decided that I wanted to make some changes before I hit 250. I started doing Crossfit...
09-05-08, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,028
Posted By BikEthan

Tom, are you thinking fixie or SS? I've got a...

Tom, are you thinking fixie or SS? I've got a flip-flop hub on my Mark V but I've only tried fixed a few times and wasn't really sold on the idea. I'm running 48x19, (checks the Sheldon Brown gear...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-08, 08:08 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,182
Posted By BikEthan

Heh, sounds like Crossfit workouts. edit:...

Heh, sounds like Crossfit workouts.

edit: D'oh! Just saw your entry at the top of this page. It is Crossfit!
09-04-08, 08:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,028
Posted By BikEthan

Oh oh what is it!? What is it! Like brand, and...

Oh oh what is it!? What is it! Like brand, and frame, and parts and... bike tech geeky... stuff.
09-04-08, 07:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,028
Posted By BikEthan

Maybe it's a fixie recumbent! Some guy I met the...

Maybe it's a fixie recumbent! Some guy I met the other day was talking about building one up to impress the hipster kids.
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