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04-25-08, 07:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,510
Posted By BenyBen

-not retired -I got a 2 yr old -from 5km, to...

-not retired
-I got a 2 yr old
-from 5km, to 40km
-29yr (soon to be 30)
-Urban

Never had a car.
04-25-08, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By BenyBen

Confessions of an ex-winter cyclist

So, the "fair weather" cycling season started again for me about a month ago. But I used to be a winter cyclist bad*ss like all of you...

When winter came last year I wussed out... I think it's a...
04-21-08, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,208
Posted By BenyBen

Campagnolo 10 speed assembly

Haven't posted here in a long time, but since I've searched for this for a while, I thought I'd share this for others in my situation.

If you're a noob like me, and you disassembled your...
07-22-07, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By BenyBen

The model is the same, just different color. I...

The model is the same, just different color. I got properly fitted to the bike, and the more I've been riding the bike, the more comfortable it is.

It's a great ride.
07-20-07, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By BenyBen

So, I finally got the bike! It was actually on...

So, I finally got the bike! It was actually on sale for 1200$ CAD.

So Far I really enjoy the bike. The gentlemen fitted the bike to me. I'm a bit stiff since I'm not used to the position that...
06-25-07, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By BenyBen

Steelwool north star - Sizing questions

So I went to test ride a steelwool northstar (http://steelwoolbicycles.ca/bikes/northstar.php) this weekend and I LOVED the ride. The only problem I found with it was that when I had my hands on the...
06-22-07, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,141
Posted By BenyBen

Surly cross check '07

Thinking of buying this bike...

I've been trying to find some hi-res pics of it, but had no luck. No doubt someone in here will be more than happy to show off their bike? :)
05-26-07, 09:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 731
Posted By BenyBen

They are, and they fold so small that they're...

They are, and they fold so small that they're easy to bring out whenever you leave, even if you don't think you'll need em. We've abused those so much, yet they still don't show any wear.

They are...
05-26-07, 01:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 731
Posted By BenyBen

Car free with a 14 month old here. I did get a...

Car free with a 14 month old here. I did get a fair share of reactions from ppl. :)

Emergencies: Cabs!
Groceries: a Backpack, Solid Shopping bags...
04-30-07, 05:45 AM
04-04-07, 04:46 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,456
Posted By BenyBen

I'm pretty much middle class. We budget well, and...

I'm pretty much middle class. We budget well, and I could easily own a car if I wanted to. But I chose to put that money on retirement and my son's future education. Not to mention a rainy day fund.
03-28-07, 07:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,154
Posted By BenyBen

I remember reading a post a while ago about...

I remember reading a post a while ago about rolling the clothes you want to keep wrinkle-free into a towel. Makes sense to me.
03-28-07, 05:06 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,092
Posted By BenyBen

Not sure what you mean by black wall/skin wall....

Not sure what you mean by black wall/skin wall. The tires themselves are black.
03-26-07, 12:12 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,092
Posted By BenyBen

Just put on my Tioga city slickers yesterday, so...

Just put on my Tioga city slickers yesterday, so I'm part of the "club" now.

Normally I'd wait for the gravel (mixed with sharp objects) to be cleaned off, but this year I just put in a tire...
03-26-07, 07:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By BenyBen

I'm car free with a 1yr old at this moment. We...

I'm car free with a 1yr old at this moment. We don't use the bike just quite yet to transport him. But we've been using a front side baby carrier coupled with public transit to move around.

Like...
03-23-07, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By BenyBen

Yup. After 2 days of riding on the tires, they're...

Yup. After 2 days of riding on the tires, they're almost completely straight now.
03-19-07, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,471
Posted By BenyBen

Rajman: I'll let you know next winter! :) I...

Rajman: I'll let you know next winter! :) I bought those tires because my innovas failed me on pretty much the last ice day of the winter, and I got a nasty cut on the chin thanks to them (as well as...
03-19-07, 07:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By BenyBen

Thanks! I'll see if riding on them for a little...

Thanks! I'll see if riding on them for a little while helps.
03-18-07, 04:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By BenyBen

Wobbly tires, true wheels

So I just installed new tires on both wheel on my winter bike. Prior to this, I went through an overhaul of the bike, and trued both wheels somewhat close to perfection.

When I put the wheels on,...
03-18-07, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,471
Posted By BenyBen

schwalbe ice spiker 304 question

This is for those who own these tires. I just got 2 of them, and I could not find an arrow on the tires for tire direction.

Is there a "side" this tire goes on?
03-13-07, 06:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By BenyBen

Rim/tire size questions

So I'm using 26*2.1 studded tires at the moment, and the smallest tires I've had were 26*1.75.

I'd like to buy the following tires, but they are 26*1.5
http://tinyurl.com/39877m

1- How does...
02-27-07, 07:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,601
Posted By BenyBen

We weren't prepared like this at first, so it...

We weren't prepared like this at first, so it took some trial and errors. About physical layout, we chose to live where we are because it is serviced by public transit well enough. For daycare, we...
02-26-07, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,601
Posted By BenyBen

I have relatives that sometimes pick us up, but...

I have relatives that sometimes pick us up, but it's mostly when we visit relatives that live outside town. Our day to day life is handled without a car. We keep in good relation with the neighbors,...
02-26-07, 01:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,601
Posted By BenyBen

I don't know if you're going to tell me I don't...

I don't know if you're going to tell me I don't count, because I am a working father, but you let me know you still want to hear about our experience.

Both me and my lady are car free, and we have...
02-20-07, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,418
Posted By BenyBen

Cosmo: where did you get your chain guards? I've...

Cosmo: where did you get your chain guards? I've been looking for them.
02-20-07, 12:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,418
Posted By BenyBen

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Winter...

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Winter season temperature range estimate for 06/07: -10C to -25C (14 to -13F)
Snow estimate: We've had a 30CM drop so far, but mostly snow falls from 3 to 6CM...
02-02-07, 08:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,521
Posted By BenyBen

To the op: Try pogies, so far this year they...

To the op:
Try pogies, so far this year they allowed me to ride all the way down to -10F without needing to use hand warmers.

I've been using Moose Mitts...
02-01-07, 03:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,455
Posted By BenyBen

It's been an awesome winter so far. It was a late...

It's been an awesome winter so far. It was a late winter here in Montreal so the first 2 months were really easy.

Now we're actually getting a bit of snow and some cold temperatures, and I've been...
01-30-07, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,428
Posted By BenyBen

http://www.globalbikesonline.com/catalog/images/7%...

http://www.globalbikesonline.com/catalog/images/7%20speed%20freewheel.jpeg
01-30-07, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,428
Posted By BenyBen

About once a month I take my freewheel off and...

About once a month I take my freewheel off and soak it into degreaser for an hour or 2, then I put it back on the wheel and use a folded cloth in a back and forth motion to take all the dirt off (it...
01-15-07, 11:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,700
Posted By BenyBen

Cyclaholic: Do you take this thing into the...

Cyclaholic:
Do you take this thing into the stores? I'm thinking that with minimal modifications (perhaps adding just one center wheel in front that could be removed easily), you could make this...
12-28-06, 07:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,277
Posted By BenyBen

never owned a car. 28 with a 9 month old baby now...

never owned a car. 28 with a 9 month old baby now :)

I'm thinking I may get my license at some point, just to be able to rent for certain vacations.
12-16-06, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,895
Posted By BenyBen

Hey Jaysea, It's funny cuz this is exactly what...

Hey Jaysea, It's funny cuz this is exactly what I've been doing, about 12km round trip for more or less 6-8k per year. Only been 4 years though..


Like you, I was freaked out by that thunderstorm...
12-12-06, 04:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,895
Posted By BenyBen

Well, I'm fairly new at winter commuting, and...

Well, I'm fairly new at winter commuting, and last year was my first "serious" winter commuting year. I can say that cold HAS been challenging just in terms of finding the right combination of gear...
12-12-06, 09:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,364
Posted By BenyBen

1- I do 1 week's worth of groceries for 2 1/2 (my...

1- I do 1 week's worth of groceries for 2 1/2 (my little one is 9 months) in one trip with my burley nomad, but I usually end up going another time during the week for the extras we forgot. If I know...
12-06-06, 10:26 AM
Replies: 699
Views: 104,067
Posted By BenyBen

Head: Pearl izumi Ear band under Beanie cap...

Head:
Pearl izumi Ear band under Beanie cap under helmet

Torso:
MEC Quick-dry long-sleeved t-shirt, Nike meshed polyester t-shirt, MEC Windstopper jacket

Legs:
Pearl Izumi padded bike...
12-05-06, 12:05 PM
Replies: 699
Views: 104,067
Posted By BenyBen

Head: Psolar Helmet Balaclava under helmet ...

Head:
Psolar Helmet Balaclava under helmet

Torso:
MEC Quick-dry t-shirt, MEC Thick hooded sweater, MEC Windstopper jacket

Legs:
Pearl Izumi padded bike shorts, MEC Cylcone tights, with an...
12-02-06, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By BenyBen

Thank you Hezz! Goldfish: I was looking for...

Thank you Hezz!

Goldfish: I was looking for a picture of his (Curiak) bike specifically, that I wanted to show someone. Do you still have those closeups of his wheels you posted (if that was you)...
11-30-06, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By BenyBen

Looking for a thread..

Maybe it's lost since the problems Bike forums had recently.

It had photos or winter bikes, and the first one was a bike with really wide tires (something like 4 inches) that was the bike of an...
11-09-06, 06:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,271
Posted By BenyBen

That is exactly what I've been using last winter,...

That is exactly what I've been using last winter, at first mostly to keep the grime off my lake boots.

But then I noticed how much warmer things were when this thing is on. I think it's mostly...
10-31-06, 03:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,401
Posted By BenyBen

yup! Still fat, but I've been slowly but surely...

yup! Still fat, but I've been slowly but surely losing weight over the last 3 years since I started riding due to health problems. I was alway carfree, but was considering getting a car at one...
10-26-06, 11:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,374
Posted By BenyBen

Oh also, next time you're cold during a ride,...

Oh also, next time you're cold during a ride, stop on the side, and spin your arms for a while. This can help send warm blood to your hands, and make them warm again.

If that helps, it may mean...
10-26-06, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,374
Posted By BenyBen

keeping the hands warm isn't just about the...

keeping the hands warm isn't just about the gloves IMO.
As cycommute mentions, everyone's different. But there are some guidelines that may help you out a bit.

-If I may suggest, you could start...
10-25-06, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Posted By BenyBen

Fat cyclist here! :) I must say I don't quite...

Fat cyclist here! :) I must say I don't quite like the heat. One thing I hate about winter is that everyone tends to overheat, so everywhere I go is uncomfortable.

It's become more so in the...
10-19-06, 03:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,598
Posted By BenyBen

In the winter, I'm that guy you see waiting at...

In the winter, I'm that guy you see waiting at lights literally smoking (and not just a bit) from the moist/heat that I generate. I get strange looks sometimes...

I think parts of it is based on...
10-13-06, 01:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,942
Posted By BenyBen

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Iri...

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Irish+Shower
10-11-06, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,942
Posted By BenyBen

If you take a shower right before your ride,...

If you take a shower right before your ride, sweat won't really make you smell dirty. If you don't have a shower available, tips to freshen up can include bringing antiperspirant, and wet ones or...
10-09-06, 07:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,140
Posted By BenyBen

Tom, that is trully inspiring!

Tom, that is trully inspiring!
10-03-06, 07:32 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,618
Posted By BenyBen

For some reasons I never really got onto this...

For some reasons I never really got onto this board even though I've been a posting member for some time... Denial, maybe?

Seriously, I'm 230lbs here, and I've been slowly losing weight, I'm...
09-28-06, 01:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,807
Posted By BenyBen

Thanks peterpan1!

Thanks peterpan1!
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