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07-06-17, 01:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,625
Posted By hairlessbill

I like the Uniglo jogger pants for something that...

I like the Uniglo jogger pants for something that can be worn on and off the bike. When they're on sale you might be able to score them for $10.00-$30.00. I am trying out the ankle-length ones (got...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-11, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,707
Posted By hairlessbill

I have both the travel agents and the Tektro...

I have both the travel agents and the Tektro levers made for v-brakes. Both work well on my Cross-check. I like the Tektros because of the simplicity of installation.
Forum: Commuting
09-09-11, 02:36 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,774
Posted By hairlessbill

I leave my helmet on the bike as well as the...

I leave my helmet on the bike as well as the frame pump. Most everything else is in my backpack or messenger bag. The only thing worth taking off the bike would be the pump.
Forum: Commuting
06-01-11, 10:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,494
Posted By hairlessbill

I use my Crosscheck for commuting, long weekend...

I use my Crosscheck for commuting, long weekend rides, off-road riding, and I wouldn't hesitate to take it on a long tour. It's the most versatile bike in the garage. I've had it fully decked out...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,312
Posted By hairlessbill

These work for me: ...

These work for me:

http://www.aerostich.com/off-and-riding/gloves/rain-glove-covers/aerostich-triple-digit-rain-covers.html
Forum: Commuting
05-16-11, 03:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,298
Posted By hairlessbill

I sold a single-speed bike to a coworker a few...

I sold a single-speed bike to a coworker a few years ago and now it is the only bike he commutes on. He still raves about it. I ride a fixed-gear most of the year even on the windiest days (and we...
Forum: Commuting
05-16-11, 02:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 506
Posted By hairlessbill

SPD sandals (cheap Exustars) when it's warm. ...

SPD sandals (cheap Exustars) when it's warm. Lake MX 140 winter boot when it's cold. Neoprene booties in whatever shoes I am wearing all other times.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-11, 10:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,491
Posted By hairlessbill

I wear my Endura Humvee shorts year round. The...

I wear my Endura Humvee shorts year round. The pockets are just about perfect and so handy. I also skip snapping in the liner shorts that came with them. I wear cycling shorts underneath them if I...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-11, 02:55 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,711
Posted By hairlessbill

I have panniers and racks (which cost more than...

I have panniers and racks (which cost more than any of my backpacks) but I choose to use a backpack or messenger bag for everyday carrying: I have five bikes and a motorcycle (it doesn't have...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-11, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By hairlessbill

That is awesome but two serious locks? Is bike...

That is awesome but two serious locks? Is bike theft a big problem in China?
Forum: Commuting
05-05-11, 12:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,711
Posted By hairlessbill

Any backpack is going to make your back sweat...

Any backpack is going to make your back sweat more than no backpack. If you do not need to carry a laptop (a wise choice) then get a backpack with as narrow a 'backprint' as possible and keep the...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-11, 11:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,202
Posted By hairlessbill

You might want to look at this article ...

You might want to look at this article
http://www.minnehahabags.com/2009/02/water-repellency-and-conditioning-treatments-for-leather/
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 02:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 648
Posted By hairlessbill

Definitely use a moisturizer with some sun...

Definitely use a moisturizer with some sun protection - SPF 15 or higher - before you ride. The wind, cold and sun will destroy your skin pretty quickly, especially if you are fair complexioned. Here...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-11, 01:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,819
Posted By hairlessbill

For both on and off the bike, I would suggest...

For both on and off the bike, I would suggest trying out a Baileyworks Courier 253. Had a Timbuk2 but it did not work very well on the bike - it was always sliding off . Had a bunch of Chrome bags...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-11, 01:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,238
Posted By hairlessbill

Get a professional bike-fitting. Unless the shop...

Get a professional bike-fitting. Unless the shop you bought it from put you and your bike up on a trainer and spent about an hour or more on adjustments then you did not get a bike fitting. More like...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-10, 04:46 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,012
Posted By hairlessbill

Then you must have missed my post. I use a...

Then you must have missed my post. I use a Carradic Nelson Longflap. In the summer I combine it with an REI Flash 18 which will stuff into the saddlebag if it isn't too full. I also use a backpack...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-10, 11:16 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,012
Posted By hairlessbill

This has been my experience with the single...

This has been my experience with the single pannier experience too. I love panniers for touring but for rough riding or ice/snow conditions the single pannier (or any unbalanced load) on the rear...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-10, 10:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,190
Posted By hairlessbill

A third vote for the Mountainsmith Lumbar pack....

A third vote for the Mountainsmith Lumbar pack. Mine is over 20 years old and is still awesome. I used it for commuting on bike and rollerblades for years. Still use is for skating around town.
12-08-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 699
Views: 103,332
Posted By hairlessbill

For a 6 mile commute on a clear calm mid-30F...

For a 6 mile commute on a clear calm mid-30F morning. This is pretty much what I wear during fall, early winter and spring. I shower before riding into work so I prefer to be a little colder when I...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-10, 02:04 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,012
Posted By hairlessbill

I like a small well-fitted backpack for my daily...

I like a small well-fitted backpack for my daily commute needs. Something that is as narrow as practical so my back isn't completely covered. My current pack is a fairly narrow Maxpedition Pygmy...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-10, 01:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By hairlessbill

Happens to me when I wear my rain jacket...

Happens to me when I wear my rain jacket -waterproof both ways. Try a more breathable/permeable outer shell.
Forum: Commuting
12-06-10, 10:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 863
Posted By hairlessbill

Yep. My Lake winter shoes (the cheaper model ,...

Yep. My Lake winter shoes (the cheaper model , MX-140) started breaking about a week after I got them. One of the rear straps broke off and the BOA eyelets are starting to pull out. What a waste of...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,999
Posted By hairlessbill

Once the ice and snow hits, anything that affects...

Once the ice and snow hits, anything that affects handling is a bad thing as far as I am concerned. Plus the backpack will cushion your fall when you hit that black ice.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 01:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,241
Posted By hairlessbill

I have some waterproof Sombrio downhill mtb pants...

I have some waterproof Sombrio downhill mtb pants that look like 'normal' pants but they trap moisture (not breathable) and the waterproof lining makes the pants kind of noisy. Waterproof or...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 01:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,875
Posted By hairlessbill

I too, am about 180 lbs and I have both the B17...

I too, am about 180 lbs and I have both the B17 (on the majority of my bikes) and one Champion Flyer on my townie (a converted Panasonic DX4000). I prefer the unsprung B17 for most riding even short...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-10, 04:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,760
Posted By hairlessbill

I've been loving a Swrve mid-weight hoodie I got...

I've been loving a Swrve mid-weight hoodie I got on closeout a few months ago (the link is to the current updated new/improved model):

http://www.swrvestore.com/servlet/Detail?no=104

I have...
11-22-10, 05:43 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 12,393
Posted By hairlessbill

I have a Swrve mid-weight softshell hoodie that I...

I have a Swrve mid-weight softshell hoodie that I got on closeout for $50.00 and have worn it just about every day including a week long trip to Boston. Completely windproof and supposedly...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-10, 12:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By hairlessbill

Just got one of these for my new backpack: ...

Just got one of these for my new backpack:

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=NP06852

Can't say how well it works except that it attaches pretty securely - has two elastic straps that...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-10, 12:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,182
Posted By hairlessbill

I have the J&G waterproof jacket, the cheaper one...

I have the J&G waterproof jacket, the cheaper one and it does not breathe at all which makes it a great winter shell too. I would not use it for really active cycling though as any sweat you build up...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-10, 11:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,055
Posted By hairlessbill

I have a pretty flat commute - 6 miles each way...

I have a pretty flat commute - 6 miles each way and ride a fixed gear IRO most of the year. I think the gearing is 44x18 and it is good for everything around town except for the major climbs like...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-10, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By hairlessbill

If you are concerned with back sweat then you...

If you are concerned with back sweat then you need to skip the bag altogether. I used a Chrome Metropolis for years and currently use a Bailey Works Super Pro and every so often will use my RELoad...
10-22-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By hairlessbill

Ride it without clipping into your pedals - best...

Ride it without clipping into your pedals - best to use normal shoes for this - to isolate whether or not it is the pedals or the crank/bottom bracket. If it is still clicking, check tightness of...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-10, 02:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,167
Posted By hairlessbill

Yep, I'm about as metro as you can get. I ride...

Yep, I'm about as metro as you can get. I ride in a man tank (mank) all summer.
Forum: Commuting
10-18-10, 12:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,167
Posted By hairlessbill

Been riding Endura 3/4 Humvees almost year-round...

Been riding Endura 3/4 Humvees almost year-round for the last two years. Pockets are in the perfect location and the length is just right to keep my knees warm in the office. Add tights and you can...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-10, 02:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,239
Posted By hairlessbill

I am 5'8" and have ridden/owned road bikes from...

I am 5'8" and have ridden/owned road bikes from 50cm to 56cm. All depends on your very specific measurements like inseam, arm length, torso length, etc. and personal preference/riding style. ...
10-15-10, 01:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,674
Posted By hairlessbill

Stay away from the Lakes I got: the MX140. One...

Stay away from the Lakes I got: the MX140. One of the heel straps on the back broke off after a few weeks of use and the stitching around the two of the BOA laces has come undone after about three...
10-15-10, 01:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,954
Posted By hairlessbill

Haven't tried it yet but you could go with the...

Haven't tried it yet but you could go with the windproof base layer shirts from Castelli:

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=C2355
Forum: Commuting
10-15-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,183
Posted By hairlessbill

Never leave home without it (except in the...

Never leave home without it (except in the summer). REI has the reflective ones on sale for $7.00!
Forum: Commuting
10-15-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,215
Posted By hairlessbill

I've been looking for the same thing. I have a...

I've been looking for the same thing. I have a medium Banjo Brothers pack and it has been great except I got tired of the lack of organizing pockets so I am back on the lookout for the ideal pack. So...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-10, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,441
Posted By hairlessbill

Too bad all my hard core commuter bikes have drop...

Too bad all my hard core commuter bikes have drop bars.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-10, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By hairlessbill

I ordered my Lake winter shoes from them and they...

I ordered my Lake winter shoes from them and they shipped fairly promptly. This was back in January 2010.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-10, 10:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,802
Posted By hairlessbill

Yep, totally my fault. I admitted it to the cop,...

Yep, totally my fault. I admitted it to the cop, to the lady, to her friends, etc. I volunteered my information to anyone who would take it. Her friends took it down and I never heard from her. So,...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-10, 10:14 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,299
Posted By hairlessbill

My wife wouldn't know the difference between a...

My wife wouldn't know the difference between a $20.00 Murray and $2000 Madone so if I am sure she would assume someone was homeless if he was pushing his way up a hill with an armful of groceries (we...
10-13-10, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 732
Posted By hairlessbill

I have two Phil bb's and neither of them feel...

I have two Phil bb's and neither of them feel stiff to me. Same resistance as my cheaper Shimano's. Only the Phil bb's are over ten years old. As long as there is no binding they are probably okay. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-10, 02:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,611
Posted By hairlessbill

I layer my gloves too. I use some generic liner...

I layer my gloves too. I use some generic liner gloves (size medium) like these:

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=X0199

Then some CLC High-Viz mechanics gloves (size large):
...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-10, 02:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,141
Posted By hairlessbill

I commuted (like a few days a month for a year...

I commuted (like a few days a month for a year when I had to travel for business) briefly in north Austin and kept finding roads with bike lanes that ended randomly so you had to either merge with...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-10, 05:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,802
Posted By hairlessbill

I totally sympathize. I have done the same thing....

I totally sympathize. I have done the same thing. Hit a pedestrian so hard that her earrings popped off and she suffered a slight cut and possible concussion. She was in the crosswalk when she saw me...
Forum: For Sale
10-11-10, 03:25 PM
Replies: 403
Views: 117,582
Posted By hairlessbill

Have Nitto UI-5GX Gold 110mm stem Want: Same...

Have Nitto UI-5GX Gold 110mm stem

Want: Same in 90mm
10-08-10, 02:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,946
Posted By hairlessbill

I commute year-round (for the last 14 years) but...

I commute year-round (for the last 14 years) but my ride is all within town so it is mostly bike path. Keeping my feet warm was becoming a big pain so I finally bought some winter cycling shoes and...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,248
Posted By hairlessbill

One word: fenders.

One word: fenders.
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