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07-22-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

It's interesting to me how I post a thread line...

It's interesting to me how I post a thread line this, and inevitably people sweep in and say how it would be a waste to upgrade anything on this bike because it's not top of the line. I think I said...
07-22-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

Well, it sounds like we've had complete opposite...

Well, it sounds like we've had complete opposite experiences. We'll just have to agree to disagree and move our attention back to the discussion on hand.
07-21-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

Have you ever purchased a bike from Bikesdirect?...

Have you ever purchased a bike from Bikesdirect? If you've been on bike forums long enough, you should know that term is reserved for a different class of bikes than this one.
07-20-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

Glad to hear your good experience with the Advent...

Glad to hear your good experience with the Advent X stuff.

I would have bought bike you linked there if they had my size in stock. I'm hoping I'll come in around that same price when I sell off...
07-20-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

Good point on the crank size. I have been going...

Good point on the crank size. I have been going over this and trying to decide the right one. Here is my analysis:

1x10 w/36t chainring on 29er with Advent X cassette (11-48)
easiest gear inches...
07-20-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

Perhaps you can elaborate on this. Bikesdirect...

Perhaps you can elaborate on this. Bikesdirect sells the same exact frame with a 1x12 (which I would have bought if they weren't out of stock).
07-18-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By matimeo

Worth upgrading to 1x10?

So I've had a heck of a time finding a mountain bike these days. My oldest son got tall, so I gave him my old bike and I wanted to foray into the full-suspension realm. I could have picked something...
03-24-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,970
Posted By matimeo

Word.

Word.
03-24-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,970
Posted By matimeo

There have been no reports of the details, but if...

There have been no reports of the details, but if you'll take the time to read the article I think you'll be able to put the pieces together.
03-20-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,970
Posted By matimeo

Media bias against cyclist in reporting (Shawn Bradley)

I was sad to see in the news recently that Shawn Bradley, a wonderful human being, was paralyzed when hit from behind by a motorist just one block from his home.
This article points out studies that...
11-12-20, 12:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,214
Posted By matimeo

At your age, I experienced the exact same thing...

At your age, I experienced the exact same thing you're describing. As in, I could have written your post. My issue turned out to be tight hamstrings and glutes, resolved by stretching. For some...
11-02-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,002
Posted By matimeo

I would think that learning a new skill like this...

I would think that learning a new skill like this would build confidence and be very therapeutic. Like anything that causes anxiety, you probably want to identify achievable things and work your way...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By matimeo

I ruptured it playing basketball- biking hadn't...

I ruptured it playing basketball- biking hadn't caused any issues before. But that's a good thing to consider about seat height.
Forum: Commuting
01-30-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By matimeo

You can go operative or non-operative with...

You can go operative or non-operative with achilles injuries, but in my case he recommended surgery because there is usually a better outcome in terms of regaining function in the leg and less change...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By matimeo

It's an awful injury. Largest tendon in the body...

It's an awful injury. Largest tendon in the body and it heals extremely slowly. I'm 4.5 months out since surgery and still have serious tightness and soreness every day. A five mile bike ride on...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By matimeo

When my commute dropped from 5.0 miles to 2.5...

When my commute dropped from 5.0 miles to 2.5 miles, I just stopped changing clothes. It's too close to bother and sweat isn't an issue. Even at 5.0 miles I never bothered showering. Have you...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By matimeo

Coming back from Achilles injury

I haven't commuted to work on my bike in over four months because I ruptured my achilles tendon and had to have surgery. Prior to that I commuted by bike every day of the year. It has been a long...
07-14-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,978
Posted By matimeo

This is what I would probably buy with your price...

This is what I would probably buy with your price range and spec requirements. I don't know you could get anything else for that price, not new at least.

Save Up to 60% Off Disc Brake Road Bikes...
06-22-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,893
Posted By matimeo

I stay about 15 pounds overweight and find that...

I stay about 15 pounds overweight and find that it keeps me from bonking on longer rides. A little bit of built in storage gives me energy for days.
And yeah, supplements are all gimmicks and...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,960
Posted By matimeo

I know this isn't what you're looking for, but...

I know this isn't what you're looking for, but Surly bikes are heavy, over-hyped and over-priced, in my opionion.
But to each his own.
You can get more bike for the same price if you look...
06-17-19, 11:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,430
Posted By matimeo

Before you buy them new bikes, take the pedals...

Before you buy them new bikes, take the pedals off their current bikes and let them learn to balance on the bike by scooting around with their feet (like those tiny little bikes with no pedals for...
06-17-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

44/18 This is Portland, so there isn't...

44/18

This is Portland, so there isn't anywhere too flat, but no huge (read long) climbs.
It's a little underpowered for flats but just right for the hills I will tackle. For my ride to work in...
06-15-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 26,708
Posted By matimeo

I'm not car free nor really that close to it, but...

I'm not car free nor really that close to it, but I do commute to work every day of the year by bike, so in that sense I am car free.
I don't think of it so much as a commitment, but a lifestyle...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,244
Posted By matimeo

I'll have to look at these. I'll need to check...

I'll have to look at these. I'll need to check them out somewhere local to make sure they look dressy enough.




Those look great, but wow, what a price tag! $140.
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,244
Posted By matimeo

Dress pants for commuting

I recently posted about my new commuter I built to facilitate a shorter commute. The idea is to be able to wear my work clothes and not have to change, saving the time and hassle.

I'm looking...
06-13-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

Thanks for the feedback. I've gone back and...

Thanks for the feedback. I've gone back and forth about a front brake. I did a test ride to my new office (haven't moved yet) and I only had to take my feet off the pedals once. It really is on...
06-09-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

It's the same brand, looks similar, but don't...

It's the same brand, looks similar, but don't know if it's exactly the same.
06-09-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

Clearance on fork and rear is 5cm across for a...

Clearance on fork and rear is 5cm across for a tire- plenty for about as big as I can imagine wanting to go. Clearance from the outer edge of the rim to the underside of the fork/rear fender mount is...
06-09-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

Thank you for again (incorrectly) pointing it to...

Thank you for again (incorrectly) pointing it to me that my bike won't accommodate fenders and for clarifying my riding style for me. Amazingly, there are ways to mount fenders without eyelets on the...
06-08-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

I'm not sure why you think there's no room for...

I'm not sure why you think there's no room for fenders- there is plenty. I just haven't mounted them yet because we're in the dry season in the Pacific Northwest. They will certainly be on there...
06-08-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

The frame is a motobecane fixie record from bike...

The frame is a motobecane fixie record from bike island. I'm quite happy with the aluminum frame, although the chromo fork is quite heavy. The chainguard is a velo orange aluminum, with some of the...
06-07-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,407
Posted By matimeo

+2 I thought the same thing when I read your...

+2

I thought the same thing when I read your post. You could buy something new from bikesdirect.com and strip it down, build it back up. This would be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than buying all the...
06-07-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

The commute is about two miles, so not worth...

The commute is about two miles, so not worth changing clothes like with my old commute.

The terrain is flat in spots with a couple of small hills, but manageable on a single speed.
06-07-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,267
Posted By matimeo

New Coaster Brake Commuter

I had a post in commuting about this bike as I talked through the build, but now that's it's finished I thought I should post some pics on this forum. The concept was to create a commuting bicycle...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough, but when I was...

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough, but when I was looking for a chainguard, I didn't see any retailers in the US that sold those.
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

Here are some pictures of the finished product. ...

Here are some pictures of the finished product.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190605_180801_f810ceb48d180eb1e49346a74197b2524cbfc0d9.jpg...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190604_171527_96079f074a050fd4b19b23366415a96f3b21e589.jpg

It worked great- just sawed off a little of the end, filed the edge...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

Great point. I think I can manage wielding a...

Great point. I think I can manage wielding a hacksaw without mangling it too bad.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190604_090402_1f6f623555d938825fde8547c277a7e71e932db1.jpg

Single speed coaster brake commuter.

Well, here it is, just in need...
05-25-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,254
Posted By matimeo

Hi fietsbob, You're about 13 years too late on...

Hi fietsbob,
You're about 13 years too late on this one. I had searched the forums, but that was back in 2006 when I posed this question.

I tried and tried with the ammonia and never could get it...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

Thanks to everyone for their contributions to...

Thanks to everyone for their contributions to this thread. I've been obsessing about this build and finally bought some of the parts for it that I needed. I picked up a nice aluminum single speed...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

Except it won't double as a boat anchor. :thumb:

Except it won't double as a boat anchor. :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,446
Posted By matimeo

I know this isn't what you asked in your original...

I know this isn't what you asked in your original post, but I think that part of becoming a bike commuter is learning to wrench on your own bikes. This could be a great learning opportunity, and...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

That is an intriguing option I hadn't seen...

That is an intriguing option I hadn't seen before, worth considering. Still not sure I want this bike to have to deal with gears or rim brakes (they don't work well here in the rain). I do like the...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

I would think of it more like I'm trying to build...

I would think of it more like I'm trying to build a much improved version of the beach cruiser. What I have in mind certainly wouldn't be equivalent, or I would have just bought a beach cruiser...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,883
Posted By matimeo

Talking through a new commuter build

In a few months my daily commute will be shortening down to two miles. Since I have to wear dress clothes (ties, slacks, etc.), I've always worn bike gear and changed at work. But with this short...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-17, 06:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,616
Posted By matimeo

I've tried lot xs of different bikes for...

I've tried lot xs of different bikes for commuting, and I've ended up and stick with a cross bike. Find one that will accept a rear rack (and fenders in a wet climate) and you're good to go. Disc...
11-29-17, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,014
Posted By matimeo

I have been in the same boat looking for a winter...

I have been in the same boat looking for a winter mountain bike- mostly because I came across a nearly free set of studded mountain bike tires and thought would be cool to be able to handle the snow...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-17, 09:46 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 9,167
Posted By matimeo

I love riding in the rain. Then again, I live in...

I love riding in the rain. Then again, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I wouldn't do much commuting if I didn't. Still, I wouldn't really call myself a "commuter " if I only did it when the...
11-25-16, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,246
Posted By matimeo

So I've ruled out any problems other than the...

So I've ruled out any problems other than the freehub, and it runs smooth now when the bike is in the stand. But while I'm on the bike, the chain gets slack it it when I let the freehub/cassette...
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