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Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-16, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 992
Posted By uoficowboy

Strategies for choosing new saddle?

Hi - my trusty saddle (Selle San Marco Island) has pretty much bitten the dust after 9 years of use. I am debating how to choose a new one. My old one was not perfect - it just came with my bike and...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-15, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,332
Posted By uoficowboy

Is the B17 not good for getting rained on? I...

Is the B17 not good for getting rained on? I don't leave my bike out where it will get rained on (It lives on my covered porch or inside, never, ever locked up outdoors) - but I do bike in the rain a...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-15, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,332
Posted By uoficowboy

Where would I find an ass-o-meter to sit on? I...

Where would I find an ass-o-meter to sit on? I just checked my toolbox and I don't seem to have one.
Forum: Commuting
12-17-15, 10:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,332
Posted By uoficowboy

Need new saddle for touring/commuting bicycle. Currently have Selle San Marco

Hi - my saddle is starting to look a little rough. It's a Selle San marco from ~2007. The cover on it is starting to rip off and I think it is not long for this world.

I use this bicycle mostly...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-15, 08:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Posted By uoficowboy

I don't see there being too much of a difference...

I don't see there being too much of a difference in the strap comfort between walking and cycling... I guess when you're biking they'd be a bit looser maybe, but not that much? What are you getting...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-15, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Posted By uoficowboy

All of my bib shorts are size medium. My...

All of my bib shorts are size medium. My castellis are so tight on the legs that the elastic has started to fray (and before that it was borderline painful due to being so tight), because my legs are...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-15, 10:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Posted By uoficowboy

Suggestions for bib shorts (and how to choose them)?

Hi - I am in the market to get some new bib shorts. I currently have three - some Pearl Izumis that are pretty good, some Descentes that are probably my favorite, and some Castellis that are clearly...
10-22-14, 12:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,996
Posted By uoficowboy

I just ran across this device today. I actually...

I just ran across this device today. I actually live in the same city as the inventor. I've found that on my daily commute the sensors pick me up at almost all intersections. But there are a couple...
10-20-14, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,455
Posted By uoficowboy

Need suggestion for tail + front lights

Hi - my trusty Cateye bike light's bracket broke today, so I figure it's probably a good excuse to get a fancy new light. I don't really have a front light right now.

I would like rechargeable...
08-19-14, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By uoficowboy

Hit pothole, now front wheel has more friction, makes sound

I managed to hit a pothole that was underwater (so invisible to me) on my last ride. I finished the ride but the entire time my bike just felt... slow. I assumed the front wheel was out of true and...
08-12-14, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By uoficowboy

Help me choose new tires + tubes

Hi - on my bike (2007 Jamis Aurora) I am still riding on the original tires. They're definitely showing their age. They have many holes. The most recent (and scariest) hole I found a week ago when I...
08-12-14, 09:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,878
Posted By uoficowboy

These tubes have never been pumped up with...

These tubes have never been pumped up with anything but a floor pump. They were installed by a LBS.

I just noticed that they're 700x23/25C, whereas I think all my other tubes are 700x28/32C. My...
08-12-14, 08:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,878
Posted By uoficowboy

Was about to start a thread - but I'm hijacking...

Was about to start a thread - but I'm hijacking this one instead! Can you patch a tube where the valve seems to have broken away from the tube a bit? My valve (a presta) looks like it had about a...
08-01-14, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By uoficowboy

I completely understand your point - but my...

I completely understand your point - but my understanding is that a stretched chain will wear out your crankset and cassette - so once one is stretched it should be replaced quickly so that you don't...
07-31-14, 10:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By uoficowboy

OK so I've attached photos of my crankset and...

OK so I've attached photos of my crankset and cassette. What do you all think? The largest chainring is newer than the smaller two since I tend to spend about 80% of my time on the large one.
...
07-31-14, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By uoficowboy

So the cogs look OK to me - but my eyes may not...

So the cogs look OK to me - but my eyes may not be well adjusted for looking. I'll post photos later tonight. I measured 16 links of chain and it was somewhere around 8.1-8.15" long. Looking at...
07-31-14, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By uoficowboy

Chain occasionally jumps to different cog, especially when torqued

Hi - over the past week I've noticed my bike doing something funny... every once in a while, especially when I fairly suddenly increase the amount of torque I'm applying to my pedal, my chain jumps...
07-24-14, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,373
Posted By uoficowboy

Cold is definitely not an issue :) NiMH...

Cold is definitely not an issue :)

NiMH cells could also work - I'm just used to using li-ion for everything. I wonder if most batteries designed for alkaline AAs would be happy with AA NiMH...
07-24-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,373
Posted By uoficowboy

Thanks - I have the same concern about the spread...

Thanks - I have the same concern about the spread being too narrow with a normal flashlight! I want people to see me - not be blinded by me!

The pulse 60 looks reasonable - but I am hoping to find...
07-24-14, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,827
Posted By uoficowboy

I use a Cateye Strada Cadence...

I use a Cateye Strada Cadence (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000R6QR2C/). I got my first one about 7 years ago. I would sometimes loosen it from its holder while wheeling my bike around (so as not to...
07-24-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,373
Posted By uoficowboy

tail lights that use 18650 li-ion or similar?

Hi - I'd love to find a rechargeable taillight that uses a standardized size of li-ion cells. 18650 would be nice - but there are other standards out there that are less common but still available......
07-24-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,701
Posted By uoficowboy

How to fix squealing cantilever brakes with Koolstop pads

Hi - I recently switched over to Koolstop salmon pads for my cantilever brakes. This is on a touring style bicycle that I use for my daily commute. They squeal horrendously. And the front has a...
05-18-14, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By uoficowboy

Hmm I think my last pads were Kool Stop pads. I...

Hmm I think my last pads were Kool Stop pads. I think they were red - does the color mean anything? I can't remember how I chose these Shimano ones - I think they may have been the ones that fit at...
05-18-14, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By uoficowboy

About getting stuff lodged in the pads - I pulled...

About getting stuff lodged in the pads - I pulled out a lot of chunks of metal from my pads with a knife. Nothing huge though - most were a mm or two long at most. That absolutely has cut down on the...
05-18-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,504
Posted By uoficowboy

I hate fixing flats... But it's been probably 1K...

I hate fixing flats... But it's been probably 1K miles since my last one. So it's definitely not a problem yet. Not sure if I qualify as a tinkerer or rider - I try to do all my own maintenance on my...
05-18-14, 01:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,468
Posted By uoficowboy

Where to move to? Commuting to Mountain View

Hi - I just moved to San Jose from the Pacific North West. I'm working in Mountain View, and would like to bike to work every day.

My employer has put me in temporary housing in North Park in San...
05-18-14, 01:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By uoficowboy

Cantilever brakes are loud...

I have an '07 Jamis Aurora that has served me really well. The only problem I've had with it is the brakes - they've just been troublesome since I got the bike. Right now the front brakes are...
05-18-14, 01:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,504
Posted By uoficowboy

I'm not sure if cracks is the right word - see...

I'm not sure if cracks is the right word - see the photos I posted. That shows the cracks I'm referring to.

On a side note - I'd love some suggestions for some similar all around tires. These have...
05-18-14, 12:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,504
Posted By uoficowboy

Time for new tires? How to tell?

Hi - I have a Jamis Aurora that I purchased in the summer of 2007. The tires are the original tires. I've put easily 5K miles on them, but probably significantly more. Hard to keep track!

I've...
05-22-09, 09:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 548
Posted By uoficowboy

It's a lot better to find a constant current...

It's a lot better to find a constant current driver for your LEDs instead of wiring them straight to your batteries. It will save you a lot of headaches. The good ones also do nice things like...
05-22-09, 08:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,987
Posted By uoficowboy

drive by butt slapping?

So I recently ran across this post: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2007/04/the_bike_blog_says_dont_take_n.php

It talks about a problem that I hadn't been aware of - drive by ass slapping....
Forum: Commuting
05-21-09, 03:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,602
Posted By uoficowboy

The 70A used to buzz me just about every day on...

The 70A used to buzz me just about every day on my ride in to work. I think it was the same driver - but it doesn't seem to happen so much anymore. Either way - god I hate the MBTA.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-09, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 692
Posted By uoficowboy

Any rear panniers you can recommend?

Hi - I have been using my Timbuk2 bag to carry my lunch and books and whatnot to and from work for the past couple years. My back hates this - not only due to the weight, but the heat as well.

I...
05-19-09, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By uoficowboy

Hi - I checked today and it measures at 25.95. I...

Hi - I checked today and it measures at 25.95. I then called up Hope (and man was their website hard to find... www.hopetech.com for anybody looking) and they confirmed that they don't make a 26mm...
05-17-09, 05:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By uoficowboy

Wow - I had assumed the 25.4 vs 26 thing was some...

Wow - I had assumed the 25.4 vs 26 thing was some rounding thing or something. It's insane that they'd make two sizes so close to each other. Is there a good way to confirm which I have? Do I just...
05-17-09, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By uoficowboy

But which would I buy? They have plates for three...

But which would I buy? They have plates for three different manufacturers...

I'm thinking I might stop buy a local shop and see if I can do a comparison there. Not sure how happy they'll be to...
05-17-09, 01:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By uoficowboy

Hi - on that page they list both 31.8 and 25.4mm...

Hi - on that page they list both 31.8 and 25.4mm bars - so I'm assuming I want the 25.4mm ones...

I'm assuming the differences between the manufacturers is hole placement? I have no idea though...
05-16-09, 08:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By uoficowboy

is a Ritchey stem plate compatible with anything else?

Hi there - I have a Ritchey stem. Looks a lot like this one: http://www.ritcheylogic.com/dyn_prodfamily.php?k=98293

It's a stock part on my 2007 Jamis Aurora. I believe it's a 1 inch part.

I...
04-10-09, 10:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By uoficowboy

wobbling front hub

Hi there - my roommate complained to me about her bike making squealing noises. Took me a little while to find it, but eventually I found that the front axle could rock back and forth inside the...
01-17-09, 08:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,792
Posted By uoficowboy

My commute is between Allston and Waltham....

My commute is between Allston and Waltham. Allston is very well lit, but Waltham is not.

I tried your safety glasses technique on my last ride. They worked pretty well - not quite as protective as...
01-17-09, 08:35 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,022
Posted By uoficowboy

salt + potholes

salt + potholes
01-14-09, 04:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,792
Posted By uoficowboy

So I've tried using my ski goggles a couple times...

So I've tried using my ski goggles a couple times this season. They are tinted, and probably polarized. During the day they work wonderfully - pure bliss. At night - it's a different story. I find...
01-09-09, 02:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,810
Posted By uoficowboy

Keep your core hot - that'll help a lot. I use an...

Keep your core hot - that'll help a lot. I use an old pair of Reusch ski racing gloves that are something like 8 or so years old - and my hands pretty much ever, ever get cold.
01-07-09, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By uoficowboy

I had my first spill of the year on Monday. City...

I had my first spill of the year on Monday. City had been covered in a sheet of ice overnight, but by the time I was riding to work most was gone. I was going down a hill not paying enough attention...
01-02-09, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By uoficowboy

Rear safety light blew open!

Hi there - I had something strange happen last night... My bike was sitting in my room where it had sat since I rode home the night before (which had been a very cold night). I had used my rear...
01-02-09, 04:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 765
Posted By uoficowboy

The difference appears to be 3mm. I currently...

The difference appears to be 3mm. I currently have ACE19s (http://www.alexrims.com/product_detail.asp?btn=3&cat=4&id=97) and those use R390s....
01-02-09, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 765
Posted By uoficowboy

Those Alfred E Bike wheels look pretty nice - I...

Those Alfred E Bike wheels look pretty nice - I really like that they actually tell you what the hubs are. Are those the same size as my current wheels?

The person at Harris pointed out something...
01-02-09, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 765
Posted By uoficowboy

So those are certainly attractively priced. I...

So those are certainly attractively priced. I just talked with Harris Cyclery and they were talking about about $250-300 for a wheelset... I mean honestly - can there be that big of a difference...
01-01-09, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 765
Posted By uoficowboy

The idea behind having a second set of rims is so...

The idea behind having a second set of rims is so that it is easy to swap tires. Weather is strange enough here that I can't just swap tires for the season - hence wanting a second set of wheels so I...
01-01-09, 09:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,899
Posted By uoficowboy

So I don't have a Wal-Mart anywhere close to...

So I don't have a Wal-Mart anywhere close to me... thank god. So I'm going to order up a pair online - should I just be getting the regular toasty feet?
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