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01-22-13, 10:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,233
Posted By MK313

You may also want to swing by a bike or sports...

You may also want to swing by a bike or sports shop and pick up a gel pack or shot blocks or something to keep in a pocket of your jacket. (I'm not sure which ones are vegan, but I'm sure you have...
01-21-13, 03:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,265
Posted By MK313

This might have already been covered, but I...

This might have already been covered, but I didn't see it, so I'll add my $0.02. I don't know what kind of jacket you wear specifically, but when I'm cold while wearing a proper jacket, either I...
10-15-12, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,142
Posted By MK313

Just wanted to say congrats on finishing the...

Just wanted to say congrats on finishing the trip. You took some beautiful pictures along the way. Hope you guys have a nice relaxing vacation for the next several days.
09-19-12, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,142
Posted By MK313

Sorry to hear about your misfortunes. Hope Don is...

Sorry to hear about your misfortunes. Hope Don is alright
09-14-12, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,142
Posted By MK313

Thanks for posting the update on the second half....

Thanks for posting the update on the second half. I ride an FX+, and followed the first half of your tour. I'm looking forward to living vicariously through your blog while I dream about my own...
09-14-12, 10:35 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,828
Posted By MK313

Congrats on getting them down to a more...

Congrats on getting them down to a more reasonable number. Still high, but at this point, it's probably not enogh to quibble about. Please keep us posted, it will be interesting to see what the...
09-03-12, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,027
Posted By MK313

Ouch, that hurts, but thanks for the heads up on...

Ouch, that hurts, but thanks for the heads up on how they compare. I'm also glad that I bought a Trek.
Forum: Touring
08-28-12, 10:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,172
Posted By MK313

Staehpj1, How small does the MH phantom...

Staehpj1,

How small does the MH phantom compress down to? I'm in the market for a new bag & that one looks like it could be the perfect bag.
08-28-12, 10:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,828
Posted By MK313

Overcharging by $0.64/day, it seems like the $200...

Overcharging by $0.64/day, it seems like the $200 outlay for the electrciciy meter might be the better way to go over the long haul. You'd be ahead after 313 rides by my rough math.

Overall, i...
08-24-12, 08:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,116
Posted By MK313

Jerry (or anyone else), what kind of connector...

Jerry (or anyone else), what kind of connector are you using to attach the onlybatterypacks battery to the inverter? Is that something you bought from onlybatterypacks?

Thanks,

(PS-I sent you a...
08-17-12, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,501
Posted By MK313

If your experience is anything like mine, you...

If your experience is anything like mine, you will notice the dropoff as it's fairly steep. I have the same number of years/miles on my FX+ (probably a little less miles, as my commute is a bit...
08-16-12, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 856
Posted By MK313

New Trek Electric Lineup

I just looked at the Trek Electric Bike lineup & it looks like they've drastically reduced the number of electric bikes they offer & it seems like they've removed the more sporty models. There are...
08-16-12, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,501
Posted By MK313

Thanks for the reply. It's actually a Trek Fx+...

Thanks for the reply. It's actually a Trek Fx+ with the Bion-x system, so i am planning to take it back to the local Trek dealer for repair/replacement, but I like to get an idea of what I'm talking...
08-16-12, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,501
Posted By MK313

I guess that should have read 'its' age, sorry.

I guess that should have read 'its' age, sorry.
08-16-12, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,501
Posted By MK313

Exchanging Trek Bion-X batteries

Has anyone here sent their Bion'x battery packs in to Trek to be exchanged/refurbed? After three years, mine is finally starting to show it's age & I need to send it in. I'm curious as to what the...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-12, 10:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,597
Posted By MK313

Osprey packs get great reviews for riding. I...

Osprey packs get great reviews for riding. I second the suggstion to get a rack & strap the backpack onto that. I do it for my commute every day & it works great. You can get a rear rack pretty cheap...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-12, 07:57 AM
Forum: Commuting
08-03-12, 10:39 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,691
Posted By MK313

I just googled it & it looks like your mountain...

I just googled it & it looks like your mountain bike has front & rear shocks. If you can lock them out, that should help you a lot. If not, that will make the ride a bit more challenging.
Forum: Commuting
08-03-12, 10:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,691
Posted By MK313

Lots of this will probably have been mentioned,...

Lots of this will probably have been mentioned, but I can't remember everything I read over the last two pages, so here goes:

If you have the $, get some slick tires. Over 180 miles, that will...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-12, 10:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,697
Posted By MK313

I read an article on a new shirt (part merino...

I read an article on a new shirt (part merino wool, part synthetic fabric) that a guy wore for something like 6 months without washing & it still didn't smell. Here's the link if you're interested:
...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,698
Posted By MK313

This may have been covered, as I didn't read the...

This may have been covered, as I didn't read the entire thread (I didn't understand most of the thread:) ) but if you have any decent sized hills, a heavier bike will be less enjoyable. If your ride...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-12, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,891
Posted By MK313

I'm not Ricky (obviously) but I have the same...

I'm not Ricky (obviously) but I have the same Fenders. They are the Bontrager Nebula Interchange fenders. They are removable, so you can take them off when you aren't using them. In practice (at...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-12, 10:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 612
Posted By MK313

Wait, so you're waiting until after the Indiana...

Wait, so you're waiting until after the Indiana winter to move to Key West:)

just kidding, agree with all of the above, Key West is hot, muggy, crowded & beautiful. Certainly navigable by bike,...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-12, 07:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,045
Posted By MK313

Bragi, How has this light worked for you?...

Bragi,

How has this light worked for you? The 500 was on my short list of lights this past spring, but they had some significant quality control issues & in the end, I decided to wait. with the...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-12, 12:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,896
Posted By MK313

I have Specialzied fatboy slicks on my Mountain...

I have Specialzied fatboy slicks on my Mountain bike & i love them. they're pretty cheap too (I think I paid around $20 each). A new fork would be great, but if you are only riding 2 miles each way,...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-12, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 698
Posted By MK313

I have a cole haan slimline leather wallet. after...

I have a cole haan slimline leather wallet. after seeing some of the other comments on this thread, i wont post how much it cost, but i really like it. It's very thin, which I like quite a bit. It...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-12, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By MK313

Nice bike!

Nice bike!
07-20-12, 07:13 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 356
Posted By MK313

Strava question

I am evaluating several iphone apps to track my bike rides & my running. I am currently using Strava (I have also tried bike brain, endomondo, mapmyride & a couple of others). i like strava but i...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-12, 01:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 978
Posted By MK313

I ride a 7.6. No opinion on the pedals/saddle,...

I ride a 7.6. No opinion on the pedals/saddle, but I have used a couple of different speed boxes. I bought a fuel belt one that attaches to the top tube. I don't particularly care for it. It seems...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-12, 08:05 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By MK313

One more thing I have found super-helpful is to...

One more thing I have found super-helpful is to keep trac of what you wear on certain days, the temp & how you felt. It makes it easir to figure out how to dress in the future for similar conditions....
Forum: Commuting
07-18-12, 06:38 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By MK313

Congrats on doing it. I think you are right about...

Congrats on doing it. I think you are right about the temps being the reason for it being easier (or else your ride has more downhills on the way in). My morning rides are always more pleasant due to...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 10:19 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By MK313

PJCB, also Good luck. If all is still on track,...

PJCB, also Good luck. If all is still on track, tonight's the night. Definiitely let us know how it goes.
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 10:14 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By MK313

I'm a fan of Co2 cartridges, but I get why some...

I'm a fan of Co2 cartridges, but I get why some others aren't. They are faster & if you mess up with one, you have a backup. Pumps take longer, and if you break yours you have no backup at all. I'm...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-12, 10:00 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By MK313

Riding home the first day is a good move on your...

Riding home the first day is a good move on your part. If anything happens/ takes longer than you think, etc, it won't make you late for work.

Tips:
1.I'd not make any plans for the first night...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-12, 07:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,404
Posted By MK313

Strava iphone app losing GPS signal

Has anyone else had problems with Strava losing GPS signal on their iphone (or other phone)? I used Strava along with Endomondo a while back. I ended up going with endomondo & then more recently bike...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-12, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,139
Posted By MK313

In my experience, I take the Googl Maps Bike...

In my experience, I take the Googl Maps Bike times & figure my time will be around 2/3 of whatever they post. It has always been pretty accurate.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-12, 12:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,384
Posted By MK313

Here's a pitch for my favorite commuter, a late...

Here's a pitch for my favorite commuter, a late 80's/ early 90's mountian bike with no suspension. They are pretty comfortable with commute-freidnly gearing. Throw a pair of slicks on them & you're...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By MK313

I would have liked to see a link to the actual...

I would have liked to see a link to the actual study that was done. The conclusions in the blog post don't seem to be fully supported by the information posted. Interesting read though.
Forum: Commuting
07-10-12, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,575
Posted By MK313

No specific bike recommendations, but I ride on a...

No specific bike recommendations, but I ride on a limestone path occasionally & the 32mm tires are way better than the 28's. (I happen to have two bikes that I ride on that trail, one with 28's & one...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 02:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,805
Posted By MK313

Some of the Osprey ones get really good reviews...

Some of the Osprey ones get really good reviews for biking. Not sure if they have a specific U Lock holder, but they shoudl work. Also, Camelback's new mountain biking packs are supposed to be very...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By MK313

I use a blackburn one for my flat bar mountain...

I use a blackburn one for my flat bar mountain bike. It sticks out the end of the bar. If you adjust it correctly, it works great. The main downside (which may or may not be greater than other bar...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,348
Posted By MK313

I keep a complete change of clothes at work for...

I keep a complete change of clothes at work for just this issue. I just added in a pair of pants, shrt, etc that I was about to retire due to age/wear. I figure that they aren't good to use regularly...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-12, 09:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,042
Posted By MK313

Congrats man, it's nice to get the first oe under...

Congrats man, it's nice to get the first oe under the belt.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-12, 05:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,042
Posted By MK313

I rode in Specialized Fatboys (slicks) for a long...

I rode in Specialized Fatboys (slicks) for a long time when I rode my Mountain bike in to work. They were pretty cheap (around $25-$25 each) and really helped with the commute time. Good luck. It's a...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-12, 03:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,104
Posted By MK313

Hard to say exactly what happened, lots of...

Hard to say exactly what happened, lots of factors in play, but it sounds like you may be just close enough to the edge nutrition-wise that a small variance (or a confluence of other factors...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-12, 03:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,071
Posted By MK313

I have a pair of Nike Sunglasses that have...

I have a pair of Nike Sunglasses that have interchangeable lenses. I have regular lessees for during the day & a pair of orange lenses for at night. The orange tint really helps with seeing at dusk/...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-12, 03:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,554
Posted By MK313

I have a Blackburn rear rack on my bike & Strap a...

I have a Blackburn rear rack on my bike & Strap a backpack to it. Lots of people here do similar. Many others use Panniers off the rear rack. Panniers are designed for the rack, so the fit is...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 08:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,876
Posted By MK313

Nice ride! I have a Rockhopper that was my first...

Nice ride! I have a Rockhopper that was my first commuter. I gave it to my sister-in-law a few years ago, and then took it back last summer (she hand't used it in years) and have it rideable again. I...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 06:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,841
Posted By MK313

How do you like the nuvinci hub? It seems like an...

How do you like the nuvinci hub? It seems like an interesting concept, but I've never ridden one.
Forum: Commuting
07-01-12, 06:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By MK313

I really think that time, not intensity or...

I really think that time, not intensity or energy, will be your determining factor. If you have a family, riding 22 miles a day, plus spending a good amount of time working out (not sure exactly what...
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