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Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-06, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 741
Posted By pricklycommute

Carrying a Laptop?

Hello All.

I just bought a Dahon folder on Saturday and have used it for two days commuting so far. I take a shuttle 30 miles into town and then ride about 3 miles to work. It works great, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-06, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By pricklycommute

23c tires on touring wheels?

Hey guys.

I am going to have a longer commute soon, and am thinking about puting on 23c tires on my Trek 520 touring bike. I have run 25c tires with no problem (armadillos), but wonder if I can...
05-23-06, 02:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 292
Posted By pricklycommute

Regular skewer for Yakima Rack?

Hey guys.

Does anyone know I you can use a regular skewer to lock a bike foork to a Yakima rack? I know that diameter is bigger on the skewers than come with it, bit I have several skewers laying...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-06, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By pricklycommute

Good reflective tire?

Hey guys.

So who has good experience with a tire with a reflective sidewall. I need to replace one of my tires soon, and think I will go this route. I am looking for 700c x 25mm. By the way,...
05-23-06, 02:21 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 24,305
Posted By pricklycommute

Hey ebiker! It's good to hear that you like...

Hey ebiker!

It's good to hear that you like your bike. I am thinking about getting my wife one. How long have you had yours? How many times have you charged it? What's your top speed?
...
05-23-06, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 639
Posted By pricklycommute

Well, I don't think I could ride 80 miles a day,...

Well, I don't think I could ride 80 miles a day, especially commuting. I don't know, but that would probably be 5.5 hrs of riding a day - not a whole a lot of time for anything else. ;)

If the...
05-23-06, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 639
Posted By pricklycommute

Gas and Electric Bicycle

I have been contemplating my new commute, and am really getting stuck on the distance - about 80 miles roundtrip. At this point I am have been planning on driving part way, and then riding the rest...
05-22-06, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 284
Posted By pricklycommute

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it...

Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately it appears the the foot of each mount is still secured well, but there is play in between the foot and the mount that causes the movement. I think I will call...
05-22-06, 08:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,763
Posted By pricklycommute

I have had a 48cc 2-stroke on a cruiser bike for...

I have had a 48cc 2-stroke on a cruiser bike for over a year now. Over 1,000 miles and no breakdowns yet, but I still get nervous if I go more than a few miles from home. These things are very hard...
05-22-06, 08:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 284
Posted By pricklycommute

Yakima Rack - Getting too Old?

Hey guys.

I have had a yakima rack on the top of my camper shell on my truck for about five years now. The only thing is, there seems to be some play in the mounts that I've either never noticed...
Forum: Touring
05-19-06, 10:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,824
Posted By pricklycommute

Although some people might call be a left-wing...

Although some people might call be a left-wing wack job just for riding my bike to work, I generally do it for health and monetary reasons, not environmental ones. Being a professional geologist,...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-06, 09:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,648
Posted By pricklycommute

Well after the third ride in, I am happy to say...

Well after the third ride in, I am happy to say that the perceived speed increase has been seen again. It's probably only 30 seconds or so, but considering that my total ride time is about 31...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-06, 05:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,553
Posted By pricklycommute

I have an experience with this. About a...

I have an experience with this.

About a month ago I was on a real long ride, riding up Mt. Lemmon near Tucson, AZ. My rear wheel had just been rebuilt by an LBS earlier that week. On the way up...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-06, 05:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,553
Posted By pricklycommute

I have had a bike replaced once using renters...

I have had a bike replaced once using renters insurance when I left it on top of the car and hit the carport. :eek: The fork bent, and the frame cracked (carbon fiber). Allstate had me take it to a...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-06, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,648
Posted By pricklycommute

Arkel Tailrider - First Impressions.

Well, after the rave reviews here and after realizing that a longer commute is in my future (16 miles one way), I decided to buy an Arkel Tailrider for commuting. I have used it two days now (I used...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-06, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 788
Posted By pricklycommute

Best way to fold a shirt?

Ok, guys, what is the best way to fold a long-sleeve button down shirt into a trunk bag? Pants have always been self-explanantory, and I have never had trouble with wrinkles on my shirts, but I am...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-06, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By pricklycommute

Hey kballs, I will be moving to Bastrop,...

Hey kballs,

I will be moving to Bastrop, Texas next month and will probably be doing an opposite route as you. We'll probably even see each other often, since that is a very rural area where you...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-06, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,850
Posted By pricklycommute

Yep, those look good too. I have found that tape...

Yep, those look good too. I have found that tape that actually has visible prisms on it seems to work the best (like those in you links, and the DOT stuff). I have pastered the rear fender mostly,...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-06, 10:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,850
Posted By pricklycommute

Bought some good reflective tape

Sorry no pics yet, but after being unimpressed by the reflective tape I have been using, I bought some of the DOT red/white tape from Wally World. This is the same stuff you see on tractor trailers,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-06, 09:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 21,328
Posted By pricklycommute

"I was in the pool! I was in the pool!"

"I was in the pool! I was in the pool!"
05-09-06, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 937
Posted By pricklycommute

I am not being as ass, but out of curiosity - Why...

I am not being as ass, but out of curiosity - Why did those of you that have a Xtracycle buy it instead of a trailer of some kind? The ability to hold another person?

A bike maker should make a...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-06, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,160
Posted By pricklycommute

For those of you with the AlertShirts, how long...

For those of you with the AlertShirts, how long does the searing effect last? Most high-viz materials seem to lose their luster over time from being exposed to UV light. They always stay a bright...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-06, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 303
Posted By pricklycommute

Reflective Fabric?

Anyone know where clothing and pannier manufacturers get the reflective striping? The white stuff seems to work a lot better than reflective tape, and lasts forever. I have little bitty reflective...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-06, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By pricklycommute

If you are looking for something you know will be...

If you are looking for something you know will be reliable (and quiet) check out electric bikes.
Forum: Commuting
05-09-06, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By pricklycommute

I bought a 48cc 2-stroke from...

I bought a 48cc 2-stroke from birddogdistributing.com a little over a year ago and put it on a beach cruiser. It works great, and goes up to about 27 mph or so. I don't use it much, but it probably...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-06, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 769
Posted By pricklycommute

I usually draft on the right hand side. This...

I usually draft on the right hand side. This still blocks the wind, but allows a quick swerve to the right around the vehicle if you need it.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-06, 11:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,511
Posted By pricklycommute

You can get coolmax synthetic T-shirts that work...

You can get coolmax synthetic T-shirts that work great for about $7 every so often from campmor. I am thinking about wearing these exclusively for the summer commute, since I don't need the pockets...
05-08-06, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,333
Posted By pricklycommute

If you cut a spoke to about 5 inches long and...

If you cut a spoke to about 5 inches long and bend in the ends a bit, it works great to hold some slack in the chain when removing a power link.
05-08-06, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 660
Posted By pricklycommute

MarkS, I read the summary in your link but...

MarkS,

I read the summary in your link but don't have a subscription. Of the 20 tested, are there any brands that were better than average?

Thanks.
Forum: Commuting
05-08-06, 09:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 687
Posted By pricklycommute

Chimp- Thanks. I have seen those drawings, but...

Chimp- Thanks. I have seen those drawings, but it looks like the base of the tail rider is shorter than 16 inches. That's why I asked.

To the OP - I just ordered the Tail rider yesterday, so I...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-06, 08:45 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,693
Posted By pricklycommute

Part of my commute is on a gravel path. I have...

Part of my commute is on a gravel path. I have 28s on my touring bike. It is sketchy but the vast majority of my commuting miles are on pavement so it is worth it. Also, I have two places where I...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-06, 02:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 561
Posted By pricklycommute

Thanks for thos tips. I especially like the...

Thanks for thos tips. I especially like the lighted belt. It seems that you could rig something off the end of a rear rack that that would attached to, and get quite a bit of perceived width.
Forum: Commuting
05-07-06, 02:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 561
Posted By pricklycommute

Thanks for that review. Right now all I am using...

Thanks for that review. Right now all I am using is a TL-1000 at the end of the rear rack. I plan on adding another taillight on the seatpost, and then possibly this vest for the more rural parts...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-06, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 687
Posted By pricklycommute

Knox, Not to hijack or anything, but how...

Knox,

Not to hijack or anything, but how long is the base of the Tail Rider? It looks like it hangs off the end of some racks.

Thanks
Forum: Commuting
05-07-06, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By pricklycommute

First of all, congrats! 13 miles one way is an...

First of all, congrats! 13 miles one way is an above average commute distance though, so don't be too hard on yourself right off the bat. You aren't trying to break land-speed records either - just...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-06, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By pricklycommute

Being from Arizona, everytime I see the word...

Being from Arizona, everytime I see the word "coyote" I think of a Mexican immigrant smuggler before I think of the animal. :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
05-04-06, 04:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,544
Posted By pricklycommute

New wallpaper. :)

New wallpaper. :)
Forum: Commuting
05-04-06, 04:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 561
Posted By pricklycommute

I am equipping for a longer commute with several...

I am equipping for a longer commute with several miles of two lane road with no shoulder. Anything will help. Traffic is minimal, but that means that when it comes it is faster.:o
Forum: Commuting
05-04-06, 03:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 561
Posted By pricklycommute

Flashing Safety Vest

Anyone ever tried these?

http://www.ledtronics.com/ds/VST-1006/default.asp
Forum: Commuting
05-02-06, 10:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,321
Posted By pricklycommute

I commute on a Trek 520 touring bike. 8,000...

I commute on a Trek 520 touring bike. 8,000 miles on it, and hardly any maintenance other than a couple chains and a couple tires. It works perfect for what I need it to do. I am going to be...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-06, 10:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 734
Posted By pricklycommute

Has the material that the velcro attaches too get...

Has the material that the velcro attaches too get dirty from dry road grime at all yet? It seems like it may not hold as well as it get dustier with dirt, rubber, etc. I am planning on making a...
05-01-06, 05:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,038
Posted By pricklycommute

A 60 mile range is actually really good. The...

A 60 mile range is actually really good. The last time I looked at the Giant electric bikes I think they advertised a 30 mile range. I know about the battery specifics (maybe it's just marketing...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-06, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By pricklycommute

Nobody huh? I may have to make something like...

Nobody huh? I may have to make something like that. It sure would be nice to hang up my clothes at work under my desk instead of having to fold them and get wrinkles if they sit too long.
Forum: Commuting
04-28-06, 09:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By pricklycommute

That is great advice. I have been eyeing getting...

That is great advice. I have been eyeing getting another bike myself (that I don't need). It would be a great way for us to explore our new digs together too. :)
Forum: Commuting
04-27-06, 04:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By pricklycommute

http://store.uhaul.com/product_detail.aspx?id=3267...

http://store.uhaul.com/product_detail.aspx?id=3267

Anything like that out there, but actually plastic or something durable? It would be perfect to slide under my desk at work...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-06, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By pricklycommute

Armoir for the Office?

Hey guys.

Has anyone ever found a short armoir type thing to store clothes in at the office? Preferably something that you can hang clothes on? I got a plastic thing that works well, but it has...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-06, 04:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By pricklycommute

TxBiker- Congrats on the longer commute! ...

TxBiker-

Congrats on the longer commute! Unfortunately I will be working in Austin and doing a park and ride commute. I am trying to make it as long as possible, with the current route being...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-06, 03:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By pricklycommute

Yep, she would be taking the road from Bastrop...

Yep, she would be taking the road from Bastrop State Park to another state park southeast of there. The road actually shows up lit up real well on Google Earth, as I have looked more than once ...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-06, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By pricklycommute

My Wife Will Have the Best Commute Ever.

Hey guys.

So I am real jealous of my wife. We will be moving to Bastrop, Texas in June, and my wife "would" have the best bike commute I have ever seen if she were to ride. It is essentially 20...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-06, 08:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 724
Posted By pricklycommute

I think I ended up getting about 2,500 - 3,000...

I think I ended up getting about 2,500 - 3,000 miles out of those same tires (can't remember exactly when I put them on). Well atleast the rear one, that is. The front one has been moved to the...
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