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06-27-14, 06:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By trafficdancer

Thanks! This is a cautionary tale about...

Thanks! This is a cautionary tale about inspecting the bike when it doesn't feel right...before it broke it sort of felt like the core of that pedal was bent and I made a note to swap out the pedals...
06-26-14, 04:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By trafficdancer

Don't you hate it when this happens?

I was riding home yesterday on my cruiser and I broke a crank. It's a GT Kustom Kruiser from 2000 so I suppose it could have been metal fatigue. Anyway, I feel like the luckiest guy in Grand Rapids...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-14, 05:42 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,817
Posted By trafficdancer

I'm throwing in the towel today.....it's not the...

I'm throwing in the towel today.....it's not the -20 windchill that bugs me so much as the 45 mph wind. Fat bikes don't like wind.
01-10-14, 01:59 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,382
Posted By trafficdancer

Oooooh, say this part again. This is music to my...

Oooooh, say this part again. This is music to my ears. I'm gonna go get a drink and toast you, sir.

Nothing gets my blood up like bike theft.
Forum: Commuting
01-10-14, 01:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,658
Posted By trafficdancer

I got sideswiped by a school bus when I lived in...

I got sideswiped by a school bus when I lived in Cincinnati. I was riding by the rules of the road on my 29er and a school bus barreled up behind me. My left grip skidded down the side of the bus...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-14, 08:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 836
Posted By trafficdancer

Damn drivers....I'm with locolobo. Is there an...

Damn drivers....I'm with locolobo. Is there an alternate route? There's a few intersections here in Grand Rapids that I avoid like the plague because it just ain't worth it, even if it adds to my...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By trafficdancer

.....and my car was stuck in my own driveway. ...

.....and my car was stuck in my own driveway. The bicycle gods are angry and demand sacrifice.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 05:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By trafficdancer

Windchills approacing -20 today. Guess who isn't...

Windchills approacing -20 today. Guess who isn't riding? Can I at least wear my bike stuff in the car?
01-06-14, 10:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,664
Posted By trafficdancer

Heh! Would she bat an eye if you read them...

Heh! Would she bat an eye if you read them bedtime stories? That said, I like the Phantom name!
Forum: Commuting
01-06-14, 08:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By trafficdancer

Joke's on me. I'm at work and the temps outside...

Joke's on me. I'm at work and the temps outside are dropping. I'm done so I'm gonna get the hell out of here.
Forum: Commuting
01-06-14, 05:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By trafficdancer

Whooo! Work called it a snowday but I'm riding in!

My employer called it this morning but there's still some critical stuff to be done....and the temps are not as nasty as they predicted so I'm hopping on the Pugsley shortly. I'm actually excited...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-14, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 150,448
Posted By trafficdancer

So when you wake up tonight and there's a guy in...

So when you wake up tonight and there's a guy in your house dressed as a devil whispering "Buy a Pugsley", Don't shoot. It's just me trying to encourage you to do it.
Forum: Commuting
01-03-14, 06:43 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 150,448
Posted By trafficdancer

Brrrrr! I'm late to this party....I rode...

Brrrrr! I'm late to this party....I rode yesterday when it was around 4 or 5 degrees. Rode today in -7. I need a better face mask!

That said, the Pugsley is paying for itself on frozen slush...
12-29-13, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 735
Posted By trafficdancer

I've never gone out in anything below 0. Good...

I've never gone out in anything below 0. Good luck, soldier!

In other news, I was thinking of going for a ride yesterday but it was around 42 degrees. It felt too warm to ride!
12-27-13, 11:25 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,664
Posted By trafficdancer

Whoa, what kind of frame is that? I really like...

Whoa, what kind of frame is that? I really like the looks of your setup!
12-27-13, 05:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,664
Posted By trafficdancer

I can't be the only sicko who names his bikes

Well? I'll start. Among my bikes I have a Surly Crosscheck ('the Toledo Swamp Monster'), a Pugsley ('Freakshow'), a beach cruiser ('Dybbuk' Hebrew for a malevolent spirit), and my very-weathered...
12-25-13, 04:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By trafficdancer

Oh, I'm envious! I'm getting over a nasty...

Oh, I'm envious! I'm getting over a nasty respiratory flu and could only gaze at the snow as I had to DRIVE TO WORK today.
12-24-13, 09:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,217
Posted By trafficdancer

my Pugsley got bar-end flashing lights. Super...

my Pugsley got bar-end flashing lights. Super obnoxious!
Forum: Commuting
12-21-13, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By trafficdancer

Just took the Pugsley out on a few errands...it...

Just took the Pugsley out on a few errands...it behaves a lot like any other bike w/o studs when on ice. The roads are mostly clear now but there's still some real slippery stuff here and there. I...
12-21-13, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By trafficdancer

Oh, thanks, Cyclist2000. Mods, can you move this...

Oh, thanks, Cyclist2000. Mods, can you move this thread?
12-21-13, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By trafficdancer

Helmet cameras?

For a variety of reasons I think it's time that I get a helmet camera. Mostly I want to be able to capture images of my rides but I think short clips could be fun. Any helmet cam owners here? I...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-13, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 914
Posted By trafficdancer

I used to commute westbound on Roosevelt road in...

I used to commute westbound on Roosevelt road in Chicago, which was lots and lots of trucks. I had one driver actually stop at a red light to talk to me about blind spots. He taught me a lot in...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-13, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By trafficdancer

There you go with that common sense again! ...

There you go with that common sense again! Hadn't considered this!
Forum: Commuting
12-20-13, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By trafficdancer

You guys were right. I overcame my new bike...

You guys were right. I overcame my new bike thrills and took the studs. Glad I did. It was pretty nasty out. For the cars, anyway. I'm the only one at work now.
Forum: Commuting
12-20-13, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By trafficdancer

Dilemma

Alright.....my 29er has spiked tires and my Pugsley has, well, fat tires. I just got the Pugsley and I'm really digging it. Grand Rapids is completely iced over this morning (I just watched my dog...
12-16-13, 04:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,398
Posted By trafficdancer

Just got my very first fat bike this weekend and...

Just got my very first fat bike this weekend and ran into this exact scenario (I live in Michigan so there's plenty of snow). This is timely!
Forum: Commuting
12-15-13, 07:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 923
Posted By trafficdancer

I just picked up my Surly Pugsley on Friday and...

I just picked up my Surly Pugsley on Friday and test rode it today (we have a metric c--pton of snow in Grand Rapids). I declare it fit for commuting duty tomorrow morning!
Forum: Commuting
12-15-13, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By trafficdancer

So.....where does a diver keep a potato? One of...

So.....where does a diver keep a potato? One of my favorite jokes has a punchline about potatoes in the back of a swimsuit.
Forum: Commuting
12-15-13, 08:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,746
Posted By trafficdancer

I agree with aggegrads....this bike could be the...

I agree with aggegrads....this bike could be the gAteway drug.
12-14-13, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1,025
Views: 281,102
Posted By trafficdancer

355105 Here's a detail of the head badge.

355105
Here's a detail of the head badge.
12-14-13, 05:33 PM
Replies: 1,025
Views: 281,102
Posted By trafficdancer

355104 Here's my GT Glide Deluxe....it's a 2000...

355104
Here's my GT Glide Deluxe....it's a 2000 model (it was candy purple when new). Pee Wee Herman, eat your heart out!
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 04:48 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,606
Posted By trafficdancer

Thank you, MrCjolson!

Thank you, MrCjolson!
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 03:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By trafficdancer

Just ebayed a pair of Smith Optics Monashee...

Just ebayed a pair of Smith Optics Monashee goggles. Tried finding goggles locally but they all have tinted/mirrored lenses. Does me no good because I leave the house before sunup.
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By trafficdancer

Thanks, Jim!

Thanks, Jim!
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By trafficdancer

Hey, I stumbled across double-lens ski goggles. ...

Hey, I stumbled across double-lens ski goggles. I may give those a try.
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 09:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By trafficdancer

antifog for goggles.

I wear a single-lens set of goggles (I got them at a surplus store. Some kind of cheap ski-type goggles) and use a rub-on antifog agent that doesn't seem to work real well once I start perspiring. ...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 12:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,733
Posted By trafficdancer

I was sideswiped by a school bus....I was riding...

I was sideswiped by a school bus....I was riding down a gentle slope and the bus barreled down the hill behind me. My left grip skidded and thudded down the side of the bus and the lugs of the rear...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 10:21 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,606
Posted By trafficdancer

Yeah, I sometimes find myself taking side streets...

Yeah, I sometimes find myself taking side streets for the cheap thrills on the way to and from work. I learned the hard way the other day that not all dead ends are marked clearly. In 4 inches of...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 09:32 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,606
Posted By trafficdancer

Hell, I'm Jewish but I gotta try this! I...

Hell, I'm Jewish but I gotta try this!

I like the excersise but I'm also doing it for my mental health. Been warding off depression with a combination of cycling and running.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,003
Posted By trafficdancer

Strong winds plus ice scare the bejeezus out of...

Strong winds plus ice scare the bejeezus out of me. Either on their own is doable.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By trafficdancer

Aha! I've never gone further than, say, 10 miles...

Aha! I've never gone further than, say, 10 miles in a stretch on my 29er.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By trafficdancer

Debit, while we're on the subject...what are the...

Debit, while we're on the subject...what are the pros of using drop bars on a commuter bike? Is it personal preference? My Crosscheck obviously has them but I can't imagine them on my 29er.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By trafficdancer

No. He's waved to me before, though. ...

No. He's waved to me before, though.



Heh heh! I just said something like this the other day!
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By trafficdancer

road bike in December

Hi all, I haven't been here in a while.....to briefly recap, I'm a lifelong cyclist who is going on his fourth winter as an ice biker. I feel seasoned at this point.

So you can imagine my...
Forum: Introductions
02-06-12, 05:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By trafficdancer

Welcome, JD! That's quite a shopping list you...

Welcome, JD! That's quite a shopping list you presented at the ER.....glad you're on your feet and pedals now. Don't let the inclines scare you!
01-30-12, 06:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,524
Posted By trafficdancer

I assume you guys are talking about road tandems?...

I assume you guys are talking about road tandems? I have a Phat Cycles cruiser tandem and speaking over the noise generated at slow leisurely speeds doesn't seem too difficult. Or maybe my stoker...
Forum: Introductions
01-30-12, 05:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By trafficdancer

Wow, what kind of bikes do your poodles...

Wow, what kind of bikes do your poodles ride?:lol: Welcome! I'm new here myself.
Forum: Introductions
01-29-12, 10:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 127
Posted By trafficdancer

When I was a kid I wanted to be a hood ornament when I grew up

Hello all, I'm more or less a lifelong cyclist. I've done it all from BMX to road to mountain bike and now pretty much commute to work (on a 29er) and tool around town on my Kustom Kruiser. Hell...
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