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03-05-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,010
Posted By surlyprof

My Rivendell. I wasted years and $1000ís trying...

My Rivendell. I wasted years and $1000ís trying to build a ďdiscountĒ Riv. Should have just paid a bit more for the bike I wanted.

john
03-05-19, 05:29 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,529
Posted By surlyprof

This thread reminded me of this NYT article: ...

This thread reminded me of this NYT article:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2015/12/22/your-money/the-financial-benefits-of-buying-what-you-love.amp.html



john
03-05-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,529
Posted By surlyprof

I probably have about $9000-10000 tied up in...

I probably have about $9000-10000 tied up in cycling in the past 10 years ($1000/year). With that investment I have 3 of my favorite bikes Iíve owned upgraded and dialed in to my liking. I canít...
01-29-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,131
Posted By surlyprof

Agreed! Although my wife doesnít fully get the...

Agreed! Although my wife doesnít fully get the logic, she gets it enough to support it. She bought me the Brompton for Christmas when my commute required bus transport and she told me to buy the...
01-27-19, 02:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,684
Posted By surlyprof

Iíve always liked my VP Thin Gripsters (vp-001). ...

Iíve always liked my VP Thin Gripsters (vp-001). They are solid platforms with nice pins that hold well but not too aggressively. Recently, I needed pedals for an mtb but didnít want to break the...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,092
Posted By surlyprof

If you are carrying weight in panniers, that...

If you are carrying weight in panniers, that would increase lateral and twisting torque on the frame. I ride steel for commuting. The Brompton carries the load on the front, centered. I carry the...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,623
Posted By surlyprof

I have a Brompton and love it... for what it is...

I have a Brompton and love it... for what it is good at. It does take some getting used to and I donít expect the same ride feel I get on my Rivendell. I also canít imagine taking it on a long...
01-22-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,829
Posted By surlyprof

I agree with your statement regarding getting a...

I agree with your statement regarding getting a geometry that suits you. All the bikes I've bought have fit me well although geometries have been intended for different purposes (road, trail,...
01-21-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,255
Posted By surlyprof

+1 on Compass tires. I use their Barlow Pass...

+1 on Compass tires. I use their Barlow Pass Extralights about 85% on road and 15% on gravel. If you wanted more tread, their Steilacooms are supposed to be smooth riding (although Iíve heard they...
01-21-19, 01:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,380
Posted By surlyprof

Iíve been using only platform pedals for about 8...

Iíve been using only platform pedals for about 8 or 9 years now and the Shimano GR7 is the best shoe Iíve found so far. I like the grippy sole, ease of walking, pretty normal looks and, best of all,...
01-20-19, 01:32 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,829
Posted By surlyprof

From someone who bought and sold both a Surly and...

From someone who bought and sold both a Surly and a Soma in order to create a ď discount RivĒ, I suggest buying the Riv or finding a used one (They donít wear out!). I wasted 7 years and about $2000...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 5,923
Posted By surlyprof

I donít drive much but we still keep two cars. My...

I donít drive much but we still keep two cars. My wife has a long commute so we bought her a Chevy Bolt that charges from our solar array which covers her round trip. I got rid of my truck and added...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,669
Posted By surlyprof

The industry is in the midst of a cataclysmic...

The industry is in the midst of a cataclysmic change. It's amazing to me that 90% of this forum seems oblivious or in denial of this.[/QUOTE]

I do not ride an e-bike but Iím also not in any sort...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,345
Posted By surlyprof

If you are riding flat bars, you may want to...

If you are riding flat bars, you may want to consider Ergon grips such as the Ergon gp3 or 4 that provide multiple hand positions. I ride the gp3s on my Brompton and love them. Be sure to set them...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,422
Posted By surlyprof

... Also, my commute is 19-20 miles one way which...

... Also, my commute is 19-20 miles one way which is a decent ride. Iíve taken to bringing riding clothes and riding all the way home at least once a week. Nice way to get some extra exercise. ...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,422
Posted By surlyprof

Congrats on the PhD. Thatís a pretty major life...

Congrats on the PhD. Thatís a pretty major life accomplishment.
You have described my commute. I ride about 4.5-5 miles on a Brompton and the rest by train. Initially, I was also hesitant to do this...
01-02-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,673
Posted By surlyprof

I hope to put more miles on the bike than the...

I hope to put more miles on the bike than the car. If I can keep bike above 4000 and the car below, Iíll consider that a successful year.

Happy New Year everyone.

john
12-30-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,076
Posted By surlyprof

Howís the ride? I have wondered how plywood...

Howís the ride? I have wondered how plywood feels as a bike material since seeing a Sandwich bike a few years ago (Sandwichbikes (http://sandwichbikes.com/)).

John
12-28-18, 12:14 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,037
Posted By surlyprof

A good part of my daily Brompton commute is on...

A good part of my daily Brompton commute is on gravel and part is on pretty rotten city streets. I havenít run into a problem yet. Overall, I find the Brompton (m6r) to be excellent for what it is....
12-17-18, 05:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,183
Posted By surlyprof

Were you looking at the Niner steel or carbon? ...

Were you looking at the Niner steel or carbon? If you were considering Niner for steel, you may want to look at Ritchey. Their gravel bikes were getting pretty good reviews. Iíve had very good...
11-27-18, 12:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 926
Posted By surlyprof

I also bought my first mtb in the Ď80ís. A 1989...

I also bought my first mtb in the Ď80ís. A 1989 red white and blue Ritchey Ultra Comp. Since then Iíve been on and off mtbís depending on where I lived (Ohio wasnít the booming trail utopia of...
11-14-18, 10:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,521
Posted By surlyprof

I love the pair of Shimano GR7ís I bought...

I love the pair of Shimano GR7ís I bought recently. Fairly normal looking with no crazy logos. They also fit relatively wide feet. The collar keeps dirt out and they have an elastic band on the...
11-13-18, 08:54 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,404
Posted By surlyprof

Agreed. Earlier this summer I purchased an mtb...

Agreed. Earlier this summer I purchased an mtb with all flat black components (orange bike) and it shows dirt worse than any other bike Iíve owned. To make it worse, the matte finish holds onto the...
11-02-18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,404
Posted By surlyprof

I took a picture during my commute one day. It...

I took a picture during my commute one day. It struck me how much my orange, lugged steel bike stood out in the sea of black carbon and aluminum....
11-02-18, 07:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
Posted By surlyprof

Flared bars, like dirt drops, rotate the arm so...

Flared bars, like dirt drops, rotate the arm so that the elbow points outward more. This improves control on trails and, as mentioned, opens the chest more for better breathing. Consider the arm...
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