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Forum: Commuting
07-26-06, 02:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,687
Posted By Sloth

I commuted for a couple of years with my Dell...

I commuted for a couple of years with my Dell 8600, a very large notebook in panniers (Ortliebs - my favorite by far) with no problems whatsoever, and no great care taken packing the notebook,...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-05, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 962
Posted By Sloth

This is definitely the case. I mounted mine down...

This is definitely the case. I mounted mine down on the top of the fork. Even better.

Potholes can be a problem. What looks like a discoloration in the road can be a major hole.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-05, 07:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,349
Posted By Sloth

I do this every morning I can. I LOVE riding...

I do this every morning I can. I LOVE riding before dawn, and there is not much better than riding into a sunrise on a crisp, clear morning in fall (or spring, for that matter, or summer, or...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-05, 02:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,791
Posted By Sloth

Repairable steel is no myth, if you have a lugged...

Repairable steel is no myth, if you have a lugged frame. I know of several people who've had their lugged frames repaired. It's even fairly cost effective.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-05, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 636
Posted By Sloth

I can't speak to the T-servs, but I went through...

I can't speak to the T-servs, but I went through one set of sport contacts and I liked them a lot. Quite puncture resistant, comfortable, fast. Nice tires.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-05, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,525
Posted By Sloth

I have bikepacker pluses (I think). They are not...

I have bikepacker pluses (I think). They are not rigid or padded, and they also taper. I have no problems carrying a Dell Inspiron 8600 - a large laptop - and on't see the need for any protective...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-05, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,525
Posted By Sloth

I use them, and I carry a large laptop in them,...

I use them, and I carry a large laptop in them, everyday. Absolutely superb bags - tough, waterproof, very easy to remove and install. Two thumbs waaaaaay up.
Forum: Commuting
09-20-05, 06:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,814
Posted By Sloth

The Tubus Cargo is another very strong rack.

The Tubus Cargo is another very strong rack.
Forum: Commuting
09-18-05, 07:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By Sloth

No itching with Smartwool or Merino. Best...

No itching with Smartwool or Merino.

Best stuff ever for riding in lower temps, and in temps that are variable.
Forum: Commuting
09-17-05, 05:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,489
Posted By Sloth

Well, not quite. Tires with vastly different...

Well, not quite. Tires with vastly different tread patterns (say, spiked snow tires versus slicks) will make a very noticeable difference. Once you are already assuming slicks, however, that...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-05, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By Sloth

1. I filter, very slowly, to the front. This...

1. I filter, very slowly, to the front. This may or may not be legal where you are. For me, it's legal and I've never (knock wood) been hassled for it.

2. Not sure what you can do. Wrong way...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-05, 09:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By Sloth

IME, no, they are great. I've got about 7000...

IME, no, they are great. I've got about 7000 miles on my Candy's and other than needing a rebuild, no problems.

I'd give Crank Brothers a call and see what they do. I bet they replace them for...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-05, 09:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By Sloth

At those temps, I'm wearing wool and am neither...

At those temps, I'm wearing wool and am neither hot nor cold.
Forum: Commuting
09-15-05, 06:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,410
Posted By Sloth

Wool. Wool is comfortable in a wide range of...

Wool. Wool is comfortable in a wide range of temperatures, wicks like a champ, will keep you warm even when it is wet and doesn't smell.

When it's warm, I wear a light wool jersey. As it cools...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-05, 06:01 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,760
Posted By Sloth

http://nordicgroup.us/s78/wattslumens.html ...

http://nordicgroup.us/s78/wattslumens.html

An overvolted halogen is more efficient than either HID or LED lights, at the cost of reducing bulb life to "only" a couple of hundred hours. That's...
09-10-05, 08:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By Sloth

Bottom bracket flex was my first guess but you'd...

Bottom bracket flex was my first guess but you'd expect the chain to be shifting UP, since the flex should be applying more tension to the cable and that derailleur is not rapid rise.

The other...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-05, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By Sloth

Stoneham to where? I commute from Carlisle...

Stoneham to where?

I commute from Carlisle to Cambridge. It's easy and great fun. The roads can be a bit of a mess, especially early in the season but they are in pretty good shape now. I don't...
09-07-05, 05:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 853
Posted By Sloth

Nothing wrong with cantis at all, it's just...

Nothing wrong with cantis at all, it's just somewhat involved getting them setup just right.

I second the kool stop recommendation.

It sounds as if your brake levers are bottoming out, hence...
09-06-05, 07:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,544
Posted By Sloth

What I did was to zip tie the brake pads to the...

What I did was to zip tie the brake pads to the rim, with an appropriately sized shim between the pads and the rim. Then simply adjust the cable to whatever tension you like, maybe a little tighter...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-05, 08:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 481
Posted By Sloth

You also want to look for a triangulated rear...

You also want to look for a triangulated rear rack - much stiffer. IIRC, the blackburn expedition is triangulated. I have a Tubus cargo. Very heavy duty and very stiff. Love it.

As far as bags...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-05, 07:42 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,806
Posted By Sloth

I haven't checked in to one of these threads in a...

I haven't checked in to one of these threads in a while. I'm up to a little over 4200 miles commuting for the year, 40 miles a day almost every day. That's about my yearly total for last year, and...
09-06-05, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By Sloth

Why are your brake pads wearing that quickly? ...

Why are your brake pads wearing that quickly? How long do a set of pads last?
09-06-05, 04:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,544
Posted By Sloth

A third hand is nice, but a zip tie works just...

A third hand is nice, but a zip tie works just fine.
09-05-05, 07:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,544
Posted By Sloth

No problems here. Pretty easy, actually. ...

No problems here. Pretty easy, actually.

I've also got a set of the Tektro long reach sidepulls. Very nice brakes. The centerpulls stop maybe a bit better, but the sidepulls are a touch easier...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-05, 08:10 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,757
Posted By Sloth

Pannier: Notebook PC Clothes A couple of...

Pannier:

Notebook PC
Clothes
A couple of bananas or apples or whatever
Spare tube, tire liner, patch kit, tire irons, multi tool, baby wipes

Handlebar bag:

- Wallet, cellphone, chapstick,...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-05, 05:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,191
Posted By Sloth

I went from about 18,000 miles a year to about...

I went from about 18,000 miles a year to about 3000, bike commuting 8-9 months a year, the train the rest.

I have absolutely *no* problem making an economic case for bike commuting. If you want...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-05, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 779
Posted By Sloth

If you really have no ice and snow, just get...

If you really have no ice and snow, just get slicks. Your choice.

I like my studded tires, though.
Forum: Commuting
08-31-05, 12:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

I second that. Very nice, helpful folks. I...

I second that. Very nice, helpful folks. I called them looking for a second mounting bracket, for another bike. $3. I bought two.
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 11:39 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,760
Posted By Sloth

I agree 100%. People just don't realize how...

I agree 100%. People just don't realize how insanely dangerous it is to ride early in the morning, and I hope that they get the message and stay off the trails I ride. I love the solitude and...
08-30-05, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,302
Posted By Sloth

Yes, this works fine.

Yes, this works fine.
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 09:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,976
Posted By Sloth

My normal commute is ~20 miles at 17-19 miles an...

My normal commute is ~20 miles at 17-19 miles an hour (27-30 kph.)
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 09:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,452
Posted By Sloth

Trveor, it may be a Boston thing, or not. I get...

Trveor, it may be a Boston thing, or not. I get plenty of "roadie attitude" on my commute, so much so that the ones that will nod or smile or wave are the exceptions, not the rule. In amost 8000...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 03:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

BTW, I just checked. A Cygolite HID bulb...

BTW, I just checked. A Cygolite HID bulb assembly will start and run just fine using an off the shelf 12V NiMH battery pack. The startup behaviour is identical to that using the Cygolite battery...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 02:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

Yes, and HIDs usually need a ballast to supply...

Yes, and HIDs usually need a ballast to supply very high voltage to get things started, which I would have expected to see from the battery, if the regulator and ballast were in there. I suspect...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-05, 07:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

BTW, I was messing with my cygolite battery last...

BTW, I was messing with my cygolite battery last night. If the soft start thing is in the battery, I couldn't detect it. According to my multimeter, the battery puts out 0 or ~13 volts. No in...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-05, 06:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

Please do update - and let us know about the cost...

Please do update - and let us know about the cost of the soft start/regulated switch!
Forum: Commuting
08-29-05, 01:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

I'm VERY curious to know how this works with a...

I'm VERY curious to know how this works with a Cygolight HID.
Forum: Commuting
08-28-05, 06:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sloth

If anyone is planning on trying this in their...

If anyone is planning on trying this in their basement, note that you may toast your light - those suckers get HOT and cygolite, at least, warns against running them for long when your bike is not...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-05, 04:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 786
Posted By Sloth

They are great. I want to order another one.

They are great. I want to order another one.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-05, 02:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,173
Posted By Sloth

I ha d a squirrel almost land on me. It just...

I ha d a squirrel almost land on me. It just came flying out of the sky and landed right next to me. It looked as surprised as I was.

I've had bees in my jersey many times. That sucks.
Forum: Commuting
08-18-05, 06:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By Sloth

You have cantilevers? Look at Sheldon's page on...

You have cantilevers? Look at Sheldon's page on canti adjustment.
Forum: Commuting
08-18-05, 04:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,172
Posted By Sloth

This is a really funny quote, since Grant is now...

This is a really funny quote, since Grant is now pushing 650B wheels as some sort of nirvana and has proposed a 603mm wheel as a way to backfit today's racing bikes with cushy tires (which is nuts,...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-05, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By Sloth

I rode them until about 3000 miles or so, when...

I rode them until about 3000 miles or so, when the rear was pretty well gone. The front is still in good shape. I liked them a lot, in the end, and probably get them again next year. A nice...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-05, 07:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 943
Posted By Sloth

One when out of the saddle. I'm very rarely out...

One when out of the saddle. I'm very rarely out of the saddle.
Forum: Commuting
08-15-05, 03:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 808
Posted By Sloth

My commute is about 20 miles each way. Assuming...

My commute is about 20 miles each way. Assuming that the weather is dry, I do a quick clean every two weeks or so. Fenders, mudflaps and a waxed chain make all the difference. Without them, once a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-05, 07:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,264
Posted By Sloth

I use a Thomson setback post. Looks a tad odd,...

I use a Thomson setback post. Looks a tad odd, but works great.
Forum: Commuting
08-12-05, 06:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,172
Posted By Sloth

I am absolutely convinced of this. If the...

I am absolutely convinced of this. If the difference was even 1MPH, that would work out to about 4 minutes faster on my commute (which I do in the same time, pretty much down to the minute). There...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-05, 06:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,616
Posted By Sloth

I'm clear on that, and I don't think he was at...

I'm clear on that, and I don't think he was at fault, but that doesn't mean that passing cars on the right at high speed is safe or prudent - and I think that a lot of people are saying just that. I...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-05, 12:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,616
Posted By Sloth

Exactly. Sure you CAN cruise past stopped cars...

Exactly. Sure you CAN cruise past stopped cars at 20MPH, but it's rarely prudent to do so. I find that it is much, much more dangerous to be in a bike lane when the traffic is stopped. Cars will...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-05, 06:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,172
Posted By Sloth

Theoretically, yes. IMO, no. I ride both an...

Theoretically, yes. IMO, no. I ride both an Atlantis with 26" wheels and a Kogswell P56 with 700C wheels. You notice a difference, but it's not so much speed as it is a gyroscopic effect - almost...
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