Search: Posts Made By: vaticdart
Showing results 1 to 50 of 437
Search took 0.20 seconds.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-11, 10:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,750
Posted By vaticdart

I used a Dinotte 200L with the 2-cell, and later...

I used a Dinotte 200L with the 2-cell, and later the 4-cell, battery for two years or so. Yes, it is an amazing light, and well constructed, but that said, after a year or so the wire started pulling...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-10, 09:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,760
Posted By vaticdart

I've used a few different types of caliper,...

I've used a few different types of caliper, linear and cantilever brakes for commuting and riding around Seattle, and just recently got my first disc brake bicycle, a 2010 Jamis Aurora Elite.

My...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-10, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,900
Posted By vaticdart

1. Yes, but what lights, set up how? The options...

1. Yes, but what lights, set up how? The options are endless. I go with three Superflashes on the back, one on the bicycle, two on my bag, with one of the on my bag set to solid and the other two on...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-10, 11:03 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,716
Posted By vaticdart

In the summer when my fitness level is at its...

In the summer when my fitness level is at its highest, I can sustain 20+ mph on my road bike on the flat. I've been passed by or had trouble keeping up with people on flat bar road bikes, mountain...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-10, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,256
Posted By vaticdart

Probably not. I like recreational rides, but what...

Probably not. I like recreational rides, but what really allowed me to fall in love with cycling was the pragmatism of it. I doubt I would have spent as much as I have on bags and lights if all I did...
05-20-10, 01:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 995
Posted By vaticdart

Yep, I think I would have stayed drier, or drier...

Yep, I think I would have stayed drier, or drier for longer, if I had mounted my fenders to my helmet.

I made it within about two miles of home before I got hit by a cloudburst. A little bit of...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-10, 01:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,256
Posted By vaticdart

I don't own a car and I'm sure I've still spent...

I don't own a car and I'm sure I've still spent more money on cycling gear and food in the last three years than I would have spent on insurance, gas and car maintenance combined.

Unlike owning a...
05-17-10, 02:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 995
Posted By vaticdart

Actually not so much. I've seen people too drunk...

Actually not so much. I've seen people too drunk to walk but they still managed to ride fine. Not recommended, of course, but you can be surprisingly inebriated on stay up; you do have two huge...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-10, 12:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,082
Posted By vaticdart

If all you do is ride to work everyday, then ride...

If all you do is ride to work everyday, then ride home, then I can see how panniers would be better. I definitely prefer them for longer rides and rides outside of the city.

However, for riding in...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-10, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,215
Posted By vaticdart

+1 Even in the pouring rain, and cold, and...

+1

Even in the pouring rain, and cold, and dark, it takes 10 - 15 minutes, tops, to change a tube.

Tubes don't weigh very much, especially if you're a commuter. Neither do tire levers or a...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-10, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,447
Posted By vaticdart

I have a Pac Designs Ultimate which has the great...

I have a Pac Designs Ultimate which has the great feature of compression straps, so the bag gets bigger or smaller depending on your space needs. It does, however, stay absurdly wide, as I am...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-10, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 650
Posted By vaticdart

I've noticed this happens consistently to some...

I've noticed this happens consistently to some people. My ex lost about five lights in six months just riding around Seattle. I've never had a light come off in three years of riding Seattle's...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-10, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 887
Posted By vaticdart

I killed a set of Xero XSR-3s in less than a year...

I killed a set of Xero XSR-3s in less than a year of commuting, and probably around 3k miles.

I have Keep it Rolling Protection Plan on that bike, so the shop had to replace the wheelset with the...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-10, 10:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,357
Posted By vaticdart

Another vote for Ortlieb. I'm a pretty...

Another vote for Ortlieb.

I'm a pretty aggressive rider as well, lots of sprinting and holding or pushing my way into lanes when I need to, and the set of Ortlieb Front Roller Pluses I...
04-16-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 746
Posted By vaticdart

I ride through there all the time (usually the...

I ride through there all the time (usually the coming off 75th going east, then onto Winona, then onto East Greenlake Dr N) and find it to be fine, even on a warm weekend afternoon. Yes, it's...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-10, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,519
Posted By vaticdart

I rode mine for a year and around 3500 miles with...

I rode mine for a year and around 3500 miles with no puncture flats. Gravel, broken glass, random bits of metal, camping with 40 lbs of gear loaded onto the rear rack of a racer-ish road bicycle,...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-10, 12:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,382
Posted By vaticdart

I don't think they offer the EE width...

I don't think they offer the EE width specifically, but Keens are known for being wide and they have a pretty nice looking casual SPD shoe:
...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-10, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 830
Posted By vaticdart

I'm going to respectfully disagree with the fuss...

I'm going to respectfully disagree with the fuss part. When one starts riding again, or start riding with a new bicycle, I think you should be fussing with saddle positioning every few days.
...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-10, 10:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 830
Posted By vaticdart

The most important question is: how long have you...

The most important question is: how long have you been riding for?

Starting to ride again after a few months, let alone several years, will always result in some butt pain while your muscles...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-10, 09:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By vaticdart

This is endlessly debatable, but here's what I do...

This is endlessly debatable, but here's what I do riding in all weather on Seattle's grimy streets.

When my chain and drivetrain start looking gunky, I pop the chain off, scrub down the chainrings...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 674
Posted By vaticdart

How far is your commute? Unless you're going to...

How far is your commute? Unless you're going to be riding dozens of miles a day, it's probably not something you need to worry about. I rode my road bike with my saddle way too low (4 or 5 inches...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-10, 10:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 674
Posted By vaticdart

Saddle pain is normal when you haven't been on a...

Saddle pain is normal when you haven't been on a bicycle in a while, and can be normal if you're suddenly on a different saddle than you're used to.

You very well may need to adjust the fit of...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-10, 05:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,208
Posted By vaticdart

Evening, definitely evening. I've only had...

Evening, definitely evening.

I've only had a two or three nasty verbal confrontations with irrate motorists in the two and a half years I've been commuting year-round, but they've ALL been in...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-10, 01:37 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,606
Posted By vaticdart

Pac Designs Ultimate: ...

Pac Designs Ultimate:

http://www.pacdesigns.com/images/ultimate2.jpg

The rest of it doesn't matter much. Give me a road bike with fenders, good lights, decent technical clothing, and all the...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-10, 10:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 957
Posted By vaticdart

My Under Armour Ts I just wash cold and tumble...

My Under Armour Ts I just wash cold and tumble dry along with the rest of my laundry.

Same goes for my many various knickers (Chrome, Swobo, Swrve, etc) and all my cycling socks, wool or...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-10, 05:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,495
Posted By vaticdart

For a Casseroll? Pretty fenders; that's a pretty...

For a Casseroll? Pretty fenders; that's a pretty bike.

I don't know how you have it built up, but if it's similar to the Casserolls I've seen, it would be a shame to put black fenders on it. Go...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-10, 05:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,396
Posted By vaticdart

Yes. I tend to ride at around 15 - 20 mph...

Yes.

I tend to ride at around 15 - 20 mph in the flats, and I'd either have to spin absurdly fast or mash absurdly hard to stay in one gear for that (of course I've done it, unintentionally)....
Forum: Commuting
03-03-10, 05:11 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,193
Posted By vaticdart

It can often be exactly the two-fold reason she...

It can often be exactly the two-fold reason she gave you. Even if they do see you, motorists often underestimate the speed of cyclists, so regardless of how many lights and reflective items you have,...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-10, 03:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,229
Posted By vaticdart

Yes, this. I use wool knickers and wool knee high...

Yes, this. I use wool knickers and wool knee high socks, but the effect is largely the same.
Forum: Commuting
02-24-10, 04:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,154
Posted By vaticdart

My only current bicycle is a Giant OCR1, which is...

My only current bicycle is a Giant OCR1, which is pretty race-ish. Currently I use 25mm racing tires, and I commute every day and use it as my primary form of transportation. I love how fast and...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-10, 03:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,907
Posted By vaticdart

Most of the good messenger bag companies (Bailey...

Most of the good messenger bag companies (Bailey Works, Chicago Wig, Pac Designs, Zugster, etc.) offer 2nd shoulder, or x-strap, options. This massively increases the amount of weight you can carry...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-10, 01:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,907
Posted By vaticdart

This point has been made countless times, but why...

This point has been made countless times, but why would you assume that what works for you works for other people?

Some of us want to be able to stop for groceries on the way home from work....
02-21-10, 12:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,705
Posted By vaticdart

Cascade keeps a list of attorneys that specialize...

Cascade keeps a list of attorneys that specialize in bicycle law: http://www.cascade.org/Community/legal.cfm

Contact one of them, immediately.

Ideally someone should have called the police at...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-10, 02:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,907
Posted By vaticdart

I imagine they're more expensive, but I've heard...

I imagine they're more expensive, but I've heard awesome stuff about Chicago Wig's backpacks: http://web.mac.com/chicagowig/www.chicagowig.com/backpacks.html

Their large also has the distinction...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-10, 03:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,616
Posted By vaticdart

Zero. My flat kit lives on my bicycle,...

Zero.

My flat kit lives on my bicycle, except for my pump which lives in my mess bag, and my mess bag is always on my back as it has my wallet and cellphone in it.

I don't want to have to...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-10, 01:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,426
Posted By vaticdart

+1 Full fenders, big mudflaps. They...

+1

Full fenders, big mudflaps.

They won't keep all the grime off you and your bicycle, but they help a great deal.
Forum: Commuting
02-03-10, 12:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,548
Posted By vaticdart

The world already has too many designer and...

The world already has too many designer and engineering students who take it upon themselves to design a bicycle because it's green, cool and trendy. Good design almost never comes from committee, so...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-10, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,937
Posted By vaticdart

Muy bueno! Mucho gracias! And that about...

Muy bueno! Mucho gracias!

And that about exhausts my Spanish, which is sad considering I grew up in California.
Forum: Commuting
02-03-10, 11:36 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,675
Posted By vaticdart

For something small and not too expensive, I'd go...

For something small and not too expensive, I'd go with a Chrome. It's the best bag for your money, between the quality of construction and ergonomic strap system. I'm too lazy to check their website...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-10, 12:22 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,974
Posted By vaticdart

This.

This.
Forum: Commuting
02-01-10, 10:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,659
Posted By vaticdart

My Pac Designs Ultimate messenger bag. Huge,...

My Pac Designs Ultimate messenger bag. Huge, solid, comfortable.

Mini-Evo U-lock. Mine gets thrown around, dropped, used as a hammering tool, not to mention rained on. Other than giving it a...
01-26-10, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Posted By vaticdart

I've not ridden it, but the Chief Sealth Trail is...

I've not ridden it, but the Chief Sealth Trail is supposed to be fun, have great views, and be relatively quiet.

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/chiefsealthtrail.htm
Forum: Commuting
01-21-10, 12:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,118
Posted By vaticdart

I think everyone here is kind of missing the...

I think everyone here is kind of missing the point.

Southern California's streets aren't set up for that kind of rain. It's not just a question of the usual issues that one encounters riding in...
Forum: Commuting
01-21-10, 12:28 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,349
Posted By vaticdart

4:30 am wakeup to start at work at 7:30. I...

4:30 am wakeup to start at work at 7:30.

I shower, make breakfast (I eat a real breakfast, eggs and whatnot, oatmeal leaves me gnawing on my desk in the middle of the morning), make lunch and...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-10, 05:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,743
Posted By vaticdart

When my Mini Evo starts feeling sticky I put a...

When my Mini Evo starts feeling sticky I put a squirt of Pro Link in there and it helps. While the particulars of this formulation versus that formulation make a difference in uses as high stress as...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,743
Posted By vaticdart

There was a pretty big thread a while back on...

There was a pretty big thread a while back on this: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?520597-Some-lock-advice-from-a-locksmith

Basically, OnGuard uses a lower quality steel. Thus the cost...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-10, 11:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,473
Posted By vaticdart

I tried a helmet mirror and discovered a problem...

I tried a helmet mirror and discovered a problem with them that no company mentions: they don't work if you ride in an aggressive position with a big right-swing messenger (strap over the left...
01-19-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 712
Posted By vaticdart

Riding in this morning from around 6:15 - 6:45 am...

Riding in this morning from around 6:15 - 6:45 am it was too warm to wear anything other than a T shirt (although I was wearing winter weight gloves, a hat, and legwear). 55 F, according to Weather...
01-15-10, 11:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,903
Posted By vaticdart

Cliff Mass, a UW meteorologist who's a bit of a...

Cliff Mass, a UW meteorologist who's a bit of a celebrity in Seattle, says we're f'ed next week. The weather will be even wetter and wilder.
...
01-15-10, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,903
Posted By vaticdart

You got a rare and treasured hole in the rain. It...

You got a rare and treasured hole in the rain. It was pouring by around 4:15 pm yesterday when I rode home, and doing the same this morning.

Last week, Thursday I think, it was dry and relatively...
Showing results 1 to 50 of 437
 


 
Forum Jump

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.