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Forum: Commuting
03-24-14, 08:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,238
Posted By DJ Shaun

Another vote for never rotate. I replace tires as...

Another vote for never rotate. I replace tires as needed.
Forum: Commuting
12-30-13, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 61,082
Posted By DJ Shaun

Almost as much as last year's 5425.3km. If it...

Almost as much as last year's 5425.3km. If it wasn't for an ankle injury that kept me off the bike for a couple weeks back in October I would have gotten close to 6000km. Maybe next year.

buzzbee...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 01:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,379
Posted By DJ Shaun

Same here. The morning ride to work varies very...

Same here. The morning ride to work varies very little. But the afternoon ride home can vary quite a bit, especially when the weather is nice.
Forum: Commuting
09-13-13, 08:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,237
Posted By DJ Shaun

Fair weather commuter from my preteen years in...

Fair weather commuter from my preteen years in the early 90's to '05.
Spent a few years mostly walking to work year round.
Three season commuter since '09 (following a prolonged transit strike...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-13, 09:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,814
Posted By DJ Shaun

I always lock my bikes except at home where I...

I always lock my bikes except at home where I store them in the basement. When I used to work at a college I occasional kept my bike overnight in my office. I would lock it to the steel shelves I...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-13, 09:52 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 20,505
Posted By DJ Shaun

Mostly urban commute with many parts in traffic....

Mostly urban commute with many parts in traffic. No nice rural scenic views here.
Murray St.
337798
Rideau St.
337799
Ogilvie Rd.
337800
Unless I take a detour on the way home. Rockcliffe Pkwy...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-13, 09:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,468
Posted By DJ Shaun

I've been on vacation these past weeks... I'm...

I've been on vacation these past weeks... I'm done my break from commuting and I'll be riding in the insanity that is back to school week next Tuesday. But as others have mentioned the worst driving...
07-10-13, 08:23 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 8,470
Posted By DJ Shaun

This has also bugged me for years. Completely...

This has also bugged me for years. Completely agree.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By DJ Shaun

Just shift the chain onto the smallest rear cog...

Just shift the chain onto the smallest rear cog before removing the rear wheel.

Personally if I have two tires of different widths I but the wider one in front.
Forum: Commuting
06-29-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,039
Posted By DJ Shaun

Giant Escapes are nice hybrids. I ride a Giant...

Giant Escapes are nice hybrids. I ride a Giant Rapid which is a sportier (and slightly pricier) hybrid.

Nothing wrong with commuting on a hybrid.
06-29-13, 08:48 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 19,577
Posted By DJ Shaun

A little bit of comparing apples & oranges in...

A little bit of comparing apples & oranges in this video. Obviously the roadies in full kit out riding for fitness, race practice, or endurance stand out when compared to the others riders who were...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-13, 05:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,697
Posted By DJ Shaun

Mold? Never had that problem. With washing after...

Mold? Never had that problem. With washing after every use I've only had a couple bottles discolour on the inside over the years.
Forum: Commuting
06-11-13, 05:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,697
Posted By DJ Shaun

+1 Also the powder is cheaper than the bottled...

+1
Also the powder is cheaper than the bottled stuff. You can also control the ratio with the powder as I prefer my sport drink a bit more diluted than normal.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-13, 10:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,559
Posted By DJ Shaun

I'm on my 2nd Giro Indicator helmet. No...

I'm on my 2nd Giro Indicator helmet. No complaints. Good fit, good ventilation, good weight, good price, visor is a plus for me, and it looks good without looking too "racer". The adjustable fit...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-13, 09:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,563
Posted By DJ Shaun

Ditto. And I'll re-lube the chain after some...

Ditto.

And I'll re-lube the chain after some heavy rain.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-13, 08:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,901
Posted By DJ Shaun

I like it. If you don't mind me asking, how...

I like it.

If you don't mind me asking, how much did all the upgraded parts set you back?
05-27-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 880
Posted By DJ Shaun

I've worn both the Exustar & Northwave's in...

I've worn both the Exustar & Northwave's in tempatures from about -20C to 10C (-4F to 50F). At around 0C I'd have to switch to thick whool socks. The Exustar would start getting too warm over 5C...
05-24-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 880
Posted By DJ Shaun

I have a pair of Exustar SM450 which appear to be...

I have a pair of Exustar SM450 which appear to be the predecessor model. I only used them for one winter as I found the rubber used in the soles was too slippery. They were also akward to walk.

I...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-13, 01:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,070
Posted By DJ Shaun

I can see both sides of this. I've gotten special...

I can see both sides of this. I've gotten special deals from my usual LBS and I've also lost out to someone getting an item before me.

In your position, if I really wanted that make/model, I would...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-13, 09:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,881
Posted By DJ Shaun

I've noticed this when I ride my winter bike (ie....

I've noticed this when I ride my winter bike (ie. slower bike). I get passed much more and often unsafely. And that's on roads where snowbanks aren't an issue.
When I ride my roadie-hybrid I can go...
04-12-13, 07:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,685
Posted By DJ Shaun

My winter bike has seized rear breaks that need...

My winter bike has seized rear breaks that need replacing. I didn't bother trying to loosen them up enough to try and ride today. I took the bus. I would have had one heck of a tail wind into work...
04-11-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,685
Posted By DJ Shaun

Our forcast has 15 of snow plus ice pellets &...

Our forcast has 15 of snow plus ice pellets & freezing on top of that.

At least that stuff won't stick around long since it'll average +10C all of next week.
Forum: Commuting
04-10-13, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 830
Posted By DJ Shaun

Drop bar vs. flat bar is mostly a matter of...

Drop bar vs. flat bar is mostly a matter of personal preference. (Plenty of previous threads have covered the topic.)

Personally it depends on my commute. A couple years ago I moved and my commute...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-13, 01:17 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,511
Posted By DJ Shaun

I'm only known as "the crazy one" in the winter...

I'm only known as "the crazy one" in the winter since I'm the only one who commutes with any sort of regularity when it's bellow -5C.
Forum: Commuting
03-29-13, 01:25 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,854
Posted By DJ Shaun

I just tell them to f-off or give them the finger...

I just tell them to f-off or give them the finger and then keep moving on. I used to chase them down but I learned that was pretty pointless. Now, I report the worse offenders to the police with the...
03-18-13, 07:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,489
Posted By DJ Shaun

I was being hopefull that would be the last major...

I was being hopefull that would be the last major storm but apparently it isn't.

25cm of snopw by the end of Tuesday. Total of 40cm by the end of Thursday. :notamused:

We got spoiled in March...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 09:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,349
Posted By DJ Shaun

2 bikes. Ride year round. Not counting a couple...

2 bikes. Ride year round.
Not counting a couple significant upgrades, the following got replaced in 2012 due to wear or damage:
- seat
- 1 pair of SPD pedals
- couple sets of SPD cleats
- 1 road...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 08:24 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,566
Posted By DJ Shaun

I've never had a bike last me 10 years or more...

I've never had a bike last me 10 years or more yet.

My current bikes are in their 5th year (8700km+) and 2nd year (4700km+) of service. As parts wear out I replace (or upgrade) them.

My...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,566
Posted By DJ Shaun

I work with someone who has this philosophy with...

I work with someone who has this philosophy with their bike. They've had it for 20+ years which includes having the entire frame replaced.
03-12-13, 08:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,464
Posted By DJ Shaun

What really ticks me off is that Geico, in...

What really ticks me off is that Geico, in determining the 20% blame, accused the cyclist of speeding! In the video it sure doesn't look like the cyclist is barrelling down a hill.
03-12-13, 11:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,287
Posted By DJ Shaun

My last major crash was a couple years ago. I hit...

My last major crash was a couple years ago. I hit a pothole, lost control and went down hard. Some pedestrians that were nearby came to check on me and asked if I was ok. "I fine!" I said. My body...
03-12-13, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,036
Posted By DJ Shaun

Very true. In March the roads are often wet from...

Very true. In March the roads are often wet from melting ice & snow. I prefer riding in the fall when it could be -10C with the roads being bone dry.

This is why I like having a dedicated winter...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,209
Posted By DJ Shaun

Someone say beer? That could come in handy on the...

Someone say beer? That could come in handy on the trip home! :beer:
Forum: Commuting
03-03-13, 12:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,084
Posted By DJ Shaun

That's so true about Contis. Good thing I rarely...

That's so true about Contis. Good thing I rarely have to mount/unmount them from the rim.
Forum: Commuting
03-02-13, 01:11 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,309
Posted By DJ Shaun

^ That made my day!:roflmao2:

^ That made my day!:roflmao2:
Forum: Commuting
03-02-13, 12:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,019
Posted By DJ Shaun

1. How often do you pump up your tires? I check...

1. How often do you pump up your tires?
I check the tire pressure (and brakes) before every ride.
S/S/F: once or twice a week as needed
Winter: every couple weeks as needed
I find Presta valves...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-13, 12:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,084
Posted By DJ Shaun

Over the past 4 years: 13206km (8206 miles) 4...

Over the past 4 years:
13206km (8206 miles)
4 flat tires, always the rear one
1x Kenda generic 26" MTB tire (spoke wore through the rim tape)
2x Vittoria Randonneur 700x25 (sidewall puncture)
1x...
03-01-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,489
Posted By DJ Shaun

LOL. I also grow a beard in winter. I think my...

LOL. I also grow a beard in winter. I think my wife wants my baby face back.
03-01-13, 06:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,489
Posted By DJ Shaun

It was about -1C in Ottawa today. Just cold...

It was about -1C in Ottawa today. Just cold enough to keep the hard packed snow parts of my commute from turning slushy. Some roads were even dry-ish but the snow banks are HUGE in some places. Some...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-13, 06:44 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,309
Posted By DJ Shaun

For me in the summer after a ride it's a beer in...

For me in the summer after a ride it's a beer in my backyard eating barbecued meat. :beer:
Forum: Commuting
02-28-13, 03:29 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,309
Posted By DJ Shaun

That's a decent commute (and always a plus when...

That's a decent commute (and always a plus when it ends with a beer). Some parts are 'sidewalks' but they aren't full of obstructions.

In the first video it looks like the "bike lane" was added as...
02-28-13, 10:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,489
Posted By DJ Shaun

lol. You're welcome! :p Apparently we got...

lol. You're welcome! :p

Apparently we got 25cm of snow so far.

It's still snowing lightly and roads are still crappy this morning. No biking for me today either.

Hopefully that's the last...
02-27-13, 09:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,489
Posted By DJ Shaun

That was a disaster of a commute back home. Buses...

That was a disaster of a commute back home. Buses were stuck all over the place in Ottawa. 2.5 hours by bus to travel what takes me 35-40 minutes by bike on the best days.

Even though I ride about...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-13, 09:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,221
Posted By DJ Shaun

The last one who passed you on the right to turn...

The last one who passed you on the right to turn left is a real bonehead. He would've gone faster if not for the oncoming car that forced him to brake a bit.

I was talking to a coworker today...
02-26-13, 08:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,078
Posted By DJ Shaun

Assuming you need a new set for next year, the...

Assuming you need a new set for next year, the only reason to buy studded tires now is if the LBS/web-store is liquidating them to make room for the spring/summer gear.
02-26-13, 08:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,489
Posted By DJ Shaun

There's gonna be plenty of snow tomorrow! Up to...

There's gonna be plenty of snow tomorrow! Up to 20cm over 24 hours with the worst of it to hit Ottawa during the afternoon which will make rush hour a complete disaster. (On days like that I take the...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 04:45 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,479
Posted By DJ Shaun

Over here drivers just have to obey the painted...

Over here drivers just have to obey the painted line. Doted lines: merge into the bike lane allowed for turning. Solid line: no merging into the bike lane allowed.
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 08:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,741
Posted By DJ Shaun

What surprises me is that my worst accidents...

What surprises me is that my worst accidents didn't involve collisions with cars. Back in 1999 I was clipped in a right hook but I never went down but the bike frame was bent just enough to end its...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 07:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,741
Posted By DJ Shaun

Not cracked but pretty banged up. 1) 1995....

Not cracked but pretty banged up.

1) 1995. Got stuck between the curb and a bus going downhill with a manhole that was dug out around it. With nowhere to go I slammed the breaks at first but then...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 06:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,138
Posted By DJ Shaun

Mostly downhill on the most direct way to work...

Mostly downhill on the most direct way to work which means it's mostly uphill on the way home.

Distance 11.75 KM
Ascent 81 M
Descent 106 M
Low Ele 40 M
High Ele 106 M
300890
Gray is...
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