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Forum: Commuting
05-15-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,077
Posted By PDXCarless

I would say this bike is all about reliability...

I would say this bike is all about reliability and low-maintenance, not speed or performance. A dyanmo hub in front and a heavy internal gear hub in the rear pretty much tells you what this bike is...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,077
Posted By PDXCarless

Please update this thread when you get your new...

Please update this thread when you get your new tires. I started another thread about upgrading the Onyx to Marathons and how I was worried about the clearance under the rear fender that has a...
05-05-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,271
Posted By PDXCarless

1) We get the bulk of our groceries through a...

1) We get the bulk of our groceries through a delivery service (Imperfect Foods) but we lived for years without a car just getting what we needed a bit at a time on our bikes or walking. My wife and...
03-10-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 945
Posted By PDXCarless

I think you missed a post above.

I think you missed a post above.
03-09-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 945
Posted By PDXCarless

I was looking for a good front rack and none of...

I was looking for a good front rack and none of them fit my needs and had everything I wanted so I started thinking of making my own. The main thing is that most of them sit low on the front wheel...
03-09-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 945
Posted By PDXCarless

I've decided to just run some perpendicular lines...

I've decided to just run some perpendicular lines of bailing wire to create a basket.
Forum: Commuting
03-09-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,053
Posted By PDXCarless

I finished it up, this weekend. See pics here: ...

I finished it up, this weekend. See pics here:
https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1195443-weekend-functional-art-project-copper-basket-rack.html
03-09-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 945
Posted By PDXCarless

Weekend functional art project, copper basket/rack

I couldn't find a good front rack that didn't get in the way of my dynamo-powered headlight (connecting to the upper fork and handlebars instead of to the fender bracket), so I made one from leftover...
02-27-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,065
Posted By PDXCarless

The only thing that keeps me from carrying a...

The only thing that keeps me from carrying a multi-tool is I can't leave it on my bike as it will get stolen. I carry multiple bags depending on the weather, whether I'm commuting or running errands...
02-24-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,164
Posted By PDXCarless

Yeah, this is a good tip. I would also add...

Yeah, this is a good tip. I would also add mounting a good strong headlight on your helmet so you can direct it at a driver that doesn't seem to want to look in your direction.
02-24-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,164
Posted By PDXCarless

- If they do live in an area where buses have...

- If they do live in an area where buses have bike racks, planning their bike routes near those bus routes means they have a backup plan when they get a flat.
- weather is overrated. Having messy...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

OMG, thank you. I didn't know that existed.

OMG, thank you. I didn't know that existed.
Forum: Commuting
02-24-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

I just fixed a flat on my wife's bike, yesterday....

I just fixed a flat on my wife's bike, yesterday. OEM tires on her Jamis Aurora. It was a shard of glass and she was biking solely in NE (Portland) for the last week. I ride 4-6k miles a year and, on...
02-24-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 921
Posted By PDXCarless

I flew Virgin Atlantic from London to Portland,...

I flew Virgin Atlantic from London to Portland, OR and my Brompton flew for free. It didn't take up a slot in my baggage allowance either. As well, I was able to ship more stuff as I padded out the...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,053
Posted By PDXCarless

The Blackburn front basket is almost 5lbs. I...

The Blackburn front basket is almost 5lbs. I looked at individual copper fitting weights and estimated my version will probably be about the same, maybe a little less.
Forum: Commuting
02-19-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,053
Posted By PDXCarless

I'm going to build something similar to this. ...

I'm going to build something similar to this.
https://www.amazon.com/Pure-Urban-Front-Cargo-Black/dp/B06VXYQNDD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=bicycle+front+rack+urban&qid=1582128584&sr=8-1

So,...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,053
Posted By PDXCarless

I considered this rack but have decided there's...

I considered this rack but have decided there's not enough info on it. I'm building my own out of leftover copper pipe and fittings. It won't be quite as big but will include the u-lock holder and...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 642
Posted By PDXCarless

Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Commuting
02-18-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

How difficult are the Bontrager Hardcases to...

How difficult are the Bontrager Hardcases to mount when compared to the Marathon+? It would be nice bonus if I was actually able to mount the tire myself. I have jacked up thumbs from years of...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

The worst streak of flats I've ever had was...

The worst streak of flats I've ever had was during my experiments with Tuffy's. I tried everything for almost a year. Duct tape, electrical tape, baby powder. All of the flats were internal and...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

Ok, I don't know how I didn't realize this, but...

Ok, I don't know how I didn't realize this, but when I looked closer, it looks like the fender bracket has about another 1/8" of room and the frame will accommodate it. I feel pretty stupid for not...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

I'm looking into those, thanks. Is there some...

I'm looking into those, thanks. Is there some type of stat that shows me they don't have the tall/thick layer similar to Marathons?
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

Noted. Thanks. Any others? I'm open to...

Noted. Thanks.

Any others? I'm open to other brands.
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

700x32c So moving to something like 700x30c...

700x32c

So moving to something like 700x30c would fit my wheel and allow for more clearance? I don't have a clear idea of what will fit in the place of 700x32 and what won't.
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,929
Posted By PDXCarless

It's pretty great here in Portland. My commute is...

It's pretty great here in Portland. My commute is 6.5 miles, one way.

- 60% of it is through neighborhood greenways with little or no traffic.
- 20% is a long stretch of bike path adjacent to the...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,910
Posted By PDXCarless

Recommendation needed: Puncture resistance and clearance under fenders

I want to be proactive and get some bombproof tires for my new bike. I haven't had a flat with the tires that came on it, WTB Slicks, but I when I do and have the wheel off, I know I'll want to...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,511
Posted By PDXCarless

I have an update. I installed the NutFix on my...

I have an update. I installed the NutFix on my front wheel yesterday and I'm impressed. In order to unlock it, you can't half-ass on the horizontal plane. I was actually a little worried it was...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,511
Posted By PDXCarless

I only just have enough space usually to get the...

I only just have enough space usually to get the frame and wheel in the u-lock. Any shorter than the standard size and I have to leave the wheel out of the equation. I'd be fine with that if I...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,511
Posted By PDXCarless

I also checked out the Kryptonite Wheelnutz...

I also checked out the Kryptonite Wheelnutz gravity locks. They don't fit every type of fork which is not an issue with the Abus.
Forum: Commuting
02-10-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,511
Posted By PDXCarless

I'm going through the same thing at the moment....

I'm going through the same thing at the moment. My rear wheel has a valuable internal hub and my front wheel has a dynamo. I asked my bike mechanic and he said he can get the Pinheads and Pitlocks...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 796
Posted By PDXCarless

DIY, budget-friendly panniers

I thought I'd share a budget DIY project. Over the weekend, I put together some permanent bucket panniers. I don't want removable panniers because I would never take them with me unless I knew I...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 530
Views: 22,012
Posted By PDXCarless

At 7 am, it was 50 degrees and misty in Portland....

At 7 am, it was 50 degrees and misty in Portland. Had to stop halfway and remove a layer.
Forum: Commuting
02-06-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,077
Posted By PDXCarless

Priority Continuum Onyx - Review

There don't seem to be a lot of these around so I thought I would contribute a review and add to it over time as the "new" wears off. I've had this bike for less than a week and have put about 50...
02-06-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,645
Posted By PDXCarless

My wife and I moved to London (from Portland, OR)...

My wife and I moved to London (from Portland, OR) twice in the last 7 years. That meant selling and buying a car on each return to the US. I can think of few things I like less than buying a car,...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Posted By PDXCarless

Thanks for the input, everyone. I think I'm...

Thanks for the input, everyone. I think I'm going to hold off on this for a while in hopes I can try one out somewhere.
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Posted By PDXCarless

I look at a good u-lock as absolutely necessary...

I look at a good u-lock as absolutely necessary and anything else as supplementary. That being said, I run my u-lock through the back wheel and the frame, secured to a rack. My back wheel has a...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 16,888
Posted By PDXCarless

I have three bikes and all have been used for...

I have three bikes and all have been used for commuting for various reasons.

1) Brompton. Until my company added a secured bike room, I would leave it under my desk. Folded, of course. I still use...
02-03-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,770
Posted By PDXCarless

Two things: 1) Getaround and Turo show up in...

Two things:

1) Getaround and Turo show up in plenty of small towns, include their own auto-insurance in their prices and don't require you to have your own personal insurance, outside of their...
02-03-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,271
Posted By PDXCarless

My wife and I are carless. We moved back and...

My wife and I are carless. We moved back and forth between Portland and London multiple times and just got tired of buying/selling cars. We were already biking just about everywhere but had one car...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,012
Posted By PDXCarless

I've now spent 5 years, altogether, as a carless...

I've now spent 5 years, altogether, as a carless all-weather bike commuter. Some of that was in London but most of it has been in Portland, OR. However, I take public transit when it's icy, but in...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Posted By PDXCarless

Why is Seatylock integrated seat/lock not more popular?

I'm looking at it as a second lock to supplement my U-lock and like that it means I don't have to find a way to also secure my seat. There are plenty of reviews about various folding locks, but...
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