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Forum: Commuting
03-29-10, 10:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,928
Posted By Ken Wind

The local dealer told me he will be getting a...

The local dealer told me he will be getting a Tiagra build of the Civia Bryant in soon, and the Alfine belt drive version will be out in May. He mentioned that the Rival build is a good price, but...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,928
Posted By Ken Wind

I'm excited about the Bryant. My local bike shop...

I'm excited about the Bryant. My local bike shop is getting the alfine belt drive version, and I'm looking forward to riding it.

After talking to the local bike shop owner, I couldn't resist, and...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 04:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,928
Posted By Ken Wind

The disc brake caliper gets in the way of the...

The disc brake caliper gets in the way of the fender struts on the fenders I use. There are ways around this, but it's not an issue if the disc brake is mounted on the chainstay. When they are...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 03:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,928
Posted By Ken Wind

This is somewhat off topic, but I just got my...

This is somewhat off topic, but I just got my bike back! I'm stoked! No new Vaya for me I guess. I could always buy the frameset and switch out the components, but it's a fine bike, and I'm glad to...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 10:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,928
Posted By Ken Wind

The Kona Sutra...

The Kona Sutra (http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=sutra) is very similar to these bikes as well. I had a 2008 Sutra that was recently stolen, and I'm considering the Salsa Vaya as a...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-09, 10:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,190
Posted By Ken Wind

I agree that a fixed gear bike probably isn't...

I agree that a fixed gear bike probably isn't ideal. Single speed could work, but, as somebody already suggested, a bike with an internally geared hub (IGH) may be the best. My girlfriend recently...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-09, 09:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,575
Posted By Ken Wind

I agree. My choices would be a lightweight...

I agree.

My choices would be a lightweight single speed/ fixed gear, utility or touring bike with disc brakes, and a cruiser for relaxed rides with friends and loved ones.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-09, 11:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,784
Posted By Ken Wind

Oh really!? Are they still making the frame out...

Oh really!? Are they still making the frame out of Reynolds 631 tubing? Do you know if the rear brake mount is on the chain stay?
Forum: Commuting
08-24-09, 10:51 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,187
Posted By Ken Wind

Up on the hill, down by the river By the ocean,...

Up on the hill, down by the river
By the ocean, across the field
By the word of the Boognish
I said, "lordy lordy lord, i'm comin' home"

When i was younger my momma told me
She said "gener, i...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-09, 05:04 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,450
Posted By Ken Wind

Old Man Mountain also makes disc brake compatible...

Old Man Mountain also makes disc brake compatible racks that mount on the axle.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-09, 07:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,450
Posted By Ken Wind

Silver fenders, bare aluminum racks, and...

Silver fenders, bare aluminum racks, and gum-colored hoods would have given the Sutra a sweet retro look. I like the styling as it is, but they could have done better.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-09, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By Ken Wind

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d47/Tassnor/comr...

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d47/Tassnor/comrad_nothing.jpg

THE Nothing works for everybody. Why bother indeed.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-09, 08:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By Ken Wind

I used panniers for all my stuff, but when I got...

I used panniers for all my stuff, but when I got somewhere I had these two awkward, difficult to carry, bags with all my stuff in them. I couldn't leave them on the bike because somebody might take...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-09, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By Ken Wind

A pannier wouldn't be as comfortable to carry,...

A pannier wouldn't be as comfortable to carry, and I doubt it would look as good.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-09, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By Ken Wind

I agree with the comments Andy K made. What kind...

I agree with the comments Andy K made. What kind of tires are you using on the Kona? If you are using cyclocross tires, putting thinner, smoother tires will make an enormous difference. Lighter...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-09, 06:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,733
Posted By Ken Wind

I used disc brakes last winter, and now I won't...

I used disc brakes last winter, and now I won't use anything else in the snow. If you have ice and snow in the winter, I recommend going with Alfine and disc brakes.

The Swobo Baxter looks like a...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-09, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By Ken Wind

There are coffee cup holders that mount on...

There are coffee cup holders that mount on handlebars, but I don't know I'd they would be large enough. I use Topeak Modula EX Bottle Cages, and they hold my Thermos Nissan Backpack Bottle just fine.
05-30-09, 09:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 22,579
Posted By Ken Wind

When I was trying to claim a prize from one of...

When I was trying to claim a prize from one of their contests, I had a very difficult time contacting Ortlieb Germany, but Ortlieb USA was easy to contact and amiable. Let us know what happens with...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-09, 04:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,552
Posted By Ken Wind

What about a backpack on a front rack like a...

What about a backpack on a front rack like a Cetma or Wald? You could also rock the Arkel Bug on a rear rack.
Forum: Commuting
05-27-09, 02:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,863
Posted By Ken Wind

A few people already mentioned accessories...

A few people already mentioned accessories (fenders, rack, bell, lights, etc.), but there are a number of bikes under $700 that come with many of these accessories already attached. Breezer and Jamis...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-09, 06:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,772
Posted By Ken Wind

That's awesome. I have a Jamis Sputnik, that I...

That's awesome. I have a Jamis Sputnik, that I love, and this story combined with my satisfaction for my bike makes me want another bike from them. Congratulations on the new ride!
Forum: Commuting
05-24-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 739
Posted By Ken Wind

I'm curious. What make and model is your race...

I'm curious. What make and model is your race bike?

I would probably keep the Dura-Ace because the parts will be much nicer and lighter than anything you would get on most mid-range bikes.
Forum: Commuting
05-19-09, 07:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,145
Posted By Ken Wind

I remember a serene night filled with stars, the...

I remember a serene night filled with stars, the quiet of a fixed drivetrain, and glistening snow gently falling all around me. Snowflakes sparkled like tiny diamonds, illuminated by the moon's...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-09, 05:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,007
Posted By Ken Wind

The classiest solution I've seen is the Ortlieb...

The classiest solution I've seen is the Ortlieb Office Bag 2 (http://www.ortliebusa.com/CartGenie/prod-140.htm), but they have a number of rack top carrying options...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-09, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,511
Posted By Ken Wind

Wool is the answer to your problem. It probably...

Wool is the answer to your problem. It probably won't stink like that for at least a week. Other natural fibers like silk would probably be much more smell-resistant too.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-09, 08:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,139
Posted By Ken Wind

There aren't any new bikes like that. You may be...

There aren't any new bikes like that. You may be able to find a used bike that satisfies your requirements, but I can't think of many that would come close. Your 700 x 40 tire clearance requirement...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-09, 03:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 28,898
Posted By Ken Wind

I have two different sets of the Planet Bike...

I have two different sets of the Planet Bike Cascadia Fenders. They are superb.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-09, 02:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,231
Posted By Ken Wind

It can make a difference, but the kind of tire...

It can make a difference, but the kind of tire that you use and how much (or how little) you inflate it will probably have a greater affect on your ride. Some people prefer 26" wheels because the...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-09, 12:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,231
Posted By Ken Wind

The Globe has a number of different models that...

The Globe has a number of different models that range in price from $390-$1100, but the Globe Vienna Deluxe 3 (http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=09ViennaDLX) has a MSRP of $1100....
Forum: Touring
05-11-09, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By Ken Wind

I have a 2008 Kona Sutra that I got super cheap...

I have a 2008 Kona Sutra that I got super cheap on Ebay. I rode it for about five months during the worst of the winter here in central Ohio, but it is currently broken. The derailleur snapped in...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-09, 06:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,772
Posted By Ken Wind

I concur, but if it is too sentimental, Jamis may...

I concur, but if it is too sentimental, Jamis may pay for a professional to fix it.
Forum: Commuting
05-09-09, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 510
Posted By Ken Wind

I prefer to do it the American way by taking out...

I prefer to do it the American way by taking out a second loan on my house to buy a bicycle that is way more expensive and way more elaborate than what I need. If I ever get in an accident, I'll sue...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-09, 05:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,842
Posted By Ken Wind

Yes. A chain can be separated, but a belt cannot....

Yes. A chain can be separated, but a belt cannot. There must be a way to get the belt inside the frame, which is why the dropout is designed that way.
Forum: Commuting
05-03-09, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,842
Posted By Ken Wind

I like the Specialized Globe San Francisco,...

I like the Specialized Globe San Francisco, formerly the Globe Centrum. It comes in at three different price points, and the cheapest one, a single speed, is priced at $500 USD. The only things that...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-09, 06:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,713
Posted By Ken Wind

Ortlieb and Deuter also have external frame...

Ortlieb and Deuter also have external frame cycling backpacks. I have the Ortlieb Flight 27, and it's a great backpack.

Saying that someone needs this or someone needs that is a little silly in my...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-09, 06:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,245
Posted By Ken Wind

I think that pad wear will depend on many...

I think that pad wear will depend on many variables that can't be easily quantified, such as braking habits and riding conditions. I agree that the brakes are relatively easy to adjust, once you...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-09, 09:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,768
Posted By Ken Wind

I wear a multi-sport rain jacket (from Rab) made...

I wear a multi-sport rain jacket (from Rab) made of eVent that doesn't have pit zips. It is very waterproof and relatively breathable. It will make me sweaty in temperatures above 60 F with medium to...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-09, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By Ken Wind

I don't like the Chrome bags. I've had a Chrome...

I don't like the Chrome bags. I've had a Chrome Metropolis for a number of years, and it was my daily bag for about two years. It slides around too much when it wasn't loaded with stuff, people like...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-09, 06:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,245
Posted By Ken Wind

I love disc brakes, and once you figure out how...

I love disc brakes, and once you figure out how to properly adjust the Avid mechanical disc brakes, you shouldn't have any problems. Disc brakes work better than rim brakes in wet, muddy, and snowy...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-09, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By Ken Wind

Keep in mind that those prices are in Canadian,...

Keep in mind that those prices are in Canadian, which used to be a good deal for us.
Forum: Commuting
04-18-09, 10:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By Ken Wind

I don't think those Tom Bihn bags are designed...

I don't think those Tom Bihn bags are designed with bicycle riding in mind. Check out Rickshaw Bagworks for functional, design-conscious bags. There are a billion other messenger bag companies...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-09, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Posted By Ken Wind

It appears to be a very nice waterproof backpack....

It appears to be a very nice waterproof backpack. The capacity is a good size, and it should be fully weatherproof. My only problem with it would be the plastic pieces that come out around the waist...
04-09-09, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By Ken Wind

The merino wool Swobo beanie is the most amazing...

The merino wool Swobo beanie is the most amazing cap that I have ever worn. I own two (same color) because it's so awesome. I don't know nothin' about their customer service though.
Forum: Commuting
04-08-09, 08:22 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 55,810
Posted By Ken Wind

I remember seeing a Rohloff equipped bike that...

I remember seeing a Rohloff equipped bike that was painted up to look like a beater in SF. They did a great job with the disguise, and if I hadn't walked right by it while staring at it, I never...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-09, 01:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By Ken Wind

Showers Pass gets almost entirely positive...

Showers Pass gets almost entirely positive reviews from people that have their stuff. At the high-end Gore-Tex fabrics and eVent will keep you dry while claiming to be breathable.

I have a jacket...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-09, 02:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 587
Posted By Ken Wind

Maybe this would work? It's $60 and made of waxed...

Maybe this would work? It's $60 and made of waxed cotton.

http://outlier.cc/Tan-Waxed-Cotton-Side.jpg (http://outlier.cc/2009/03/waxed_cotton_cap.php)

The brim isn't that large, but it should...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-09, 12:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,453
Posted By Ken Wind

700c, 28", and 29" are basically all the same....

700c, 28", and 29" are basically all the same. The 29" tires are usually wider though, so they may require wider rims and a frame with larger tire clearance.
Forum: Commuting
04-02-09, 08:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,009
Posted By Ken Wind

NYCBikes on Bike Forums...

NYCBikes on Bike Forums (http://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=5842567)
Forum: Commuting
04-02-09, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,009
Posted By Ken Wind

Ebay...

Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/New-700c-Three-Speed-Wheels-Red-DP18-30mm-Deep-V-Rims_W0QQitemZ350185271757QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090401?IMSfp=TL090401158003r25342)?

Caveat emptor! I've never heard of...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-09, 07:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,453
Posted By Ken Wind

What's bargain basement about the frames?...

What's bargain basement about the frames? Internal cable routing and a custom chainguard aren't features that evoke feelings of cheapness for me.
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