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10-14-21, 03:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,688
Posted By randomgear

I converted my '89 Hardrock, all red, to fixed...

I converted my '89 Hardrock, all red, to fixed gear with upright bars over 10 years ago. I run 1 1/2" - 1 3/4" wide tires with full black plastic fenders. I find skinnier tires, 1 1/4" or less to...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,314
Posted By randomgear

When I started riding again after maybe 15 years...

When I started riding again after maybe 15 years of not riding, my hands and bum got mighty bruised on a 3 mile round trip commute. After maybe 2 months, my hands and bum were conditioned enough,...
10-04-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,725
Posted By randomgear

If you have a front rack with dynamo lighting,...

If you have a front rack with dynamo lighting, especially one with lights mounted between the rack and the tire/fender, you might want to find a place where your buses lay-over and try it out to make...
10-01-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By randomgear

Sweet and almost perfect! Only I don't see how...

Sweet and almost perfect! Only I don't see how it can be attached to a bike. I wonder if it could be adapted like the Surley handcart trailer that appears to be discontinued.
Forum: Commuting
10-01-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By randomgear

Depends on where he is. Places with high rates...

Depends on where he is. Places with high rates of bike theft will likely require far heavier locks than places with lower rates of bike theft.
What type of lock did he use that proved ineffective...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By randomgear

I'm a big fan of the Arkel Shopper panniers. ...

I'm a big fan of the Arkel Shopper panniers. I've had a pair for 11 years, each is big enough to hold about one full supermarket hand basket and have a expandable draw-string top that allows it to...
08-29-21, 01:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,934
Posted By randomgear

On the pair of Velocity A23's I bought in Fall...

On the pair of Velocity A23's I bought in Fall '20 I had good luck with using 2 layers of 21mm Stan's No Tubes rim tape. The Velocity recommended tape wasn't in stock.
06-23-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,508
Posted By randomgear

Otherwise known as "The Double-Threat".

Otherwise known as "The Double-Threat".
06-05-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,227
Posted By randomgear

In years past Pitlock had two keys per set, a few...

In years past Pitlock had two keys per set, a few years ago to lower costs, they started doing only one key per set. Pony up for the 2nd set, keep one on your keyring with your bike lock key, the...
03-07-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By randomgear

Next time, make sure the bike comes with brake...

Next time, make sure the bike comes with brake levers not "break levers", they will do it to you every time.
01-24-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 814
Posted By randomgear

Just listen to Hal as he grades bike locking in...

Just listen to Hal as he grades bike locking in NYC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKtr-lWxzZg
A few years old but more than relevant.
Forum: Northeast
01-24-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 624
Posted By randomgear

Oops, I overlooked that you had prebought parts. ...

Oops, I overlooked that you had prebought parts. Not sure any store would build from them due to potential liability issues.
With your own parts I would recommend going to Bikes-not-Bombs in...
12-21-19, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 961
Posted By randomgear

Yes, in fact I did my '84 Dawes to eight speed...

Yes, in fact I did my '84 Dawes to eight speed after the rear hub broke.
Easiest and cheapest is to convert to non-indexed eight speed (indexed eight speed will require new shifters, but those are...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,924
Posted By randomgear

In the US, the American's with Disabilities Act...

In the US, the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifies a maximum slope of 1:12, complete with handrails (any slope over 1:20 to 1:12 requires the full ADA treatment unless the ramp is 6: in...
Forum: Northeast
05-06-18, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By randomgear

Be very careful around the trolley tracks on...

Be very careful around the trolley tracks on Huntington and South Huntington, especially where they intersect - there have been grisly crashes due to the tracks. Cross the tracks at as close to a...
02-05-18, 08:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,519
Posted By randomgear

Actually, I would like to hear what other...

Actually, I would like to hear what other possibilities you've thought of.

Don't worry about offending me; I doubt it would lower my opinion of you. But, I will keep that opinion to myself.
02-05-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,519
Posted By randomgear

No, just sleepy and it was past my bedtime. ...

No, just sleepy and it was past my bedtime.

The people in the video are just that: people. Not thugs. They may not be behaving in a socially responsible manner, but that does not make them thugs.
02-04-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,519
Posted By randomgear

Yeah, but you are the jerk who just them thugs!

Yeah, but you are the jerk who just them thugs!
09-15-17, 06:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,797
Posted By randomgear

Well, like many things in a government, it...

Well, like many things in a government, it depends on the department and their typical public engagement process.

In Boston, if the project is by MassDOT, or funded by them and run by the City,...
06-18-17, 08:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,704
Posted By randomgear

a far bigger question is whether the brake pads...

a far bigger question is whether the brake pads will reach the smaller rim, unless you are running disc brakes.
No reason to reduce crank arm length, that said, there will be an increased chance...
06-18-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 967
Posted By randomgear

The City of Boston started doing visual analysis...

The City of Boston started doing visual analysis counts last summer and fall. There were some manual counts that coincided with the automated ones to determine accuracy; but I don't know what they...
05-29-17, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,434
Posted By randomgear

Looks like it came out well; just wish that the...

Looks like it came out well; just wish that the picture was much bigger.
05-25-17, 10:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,185
Posted By randomgear

Unterhausen is exactly right, a median refuge...

Unterhausen is exactly right, a median refuge island would really help here - a minimum of 6' wide to accommodate bikes and strollers. You can see examples of it in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design...
05-20-17, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,034
Posted By randomgear

MassDOT had a few boards up for people to mark up...

MassDOT had a few boards up for people to mark up and comment at the Bike to work Fest at Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday morning. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack was there along with...
05-19-17, 08:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,185
Posted By randomgear

Viewing Google Maps satellite view and street...

Viewing Google Maps satellite view and street view I find it odd that the Rte 27 crosswalk doesn't have striping to make it high-viz. Somewhat disturbing on street view is the van school bus turning...
04-29-17, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,691
Posted By randomgear

Did you manage to reverse the polarity somewhere...

Did you manage to reverse the polarity somewhere by attaching the wrong wire to the wrong terminal?
04-28-17, 10:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,656
Posted By randomgear

Honestly a few of the above opinions are why you...

Honestly a few of the above opinions are why you should have started a new thread; it's not that difficult. (says the guy who has only started a single thread...) Given the break location between...
04-28-17, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,927
Posted By randomgear

1990's is now vintage? If it's true all I can...

1990's is now vintage?
If it's true all I can say is dear God, I am old!
04-21-17, 02:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,035
Posted By randomgear

well, the air will run to the bottom of the...

well, the air will run to the bottom of the tire...

But seriously, hooks tend to be coated so there shouldn't be any potential for hook to rim corrosion.
04-17-17, 09:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,273
Posted By randomgear

Mine is a DH 3N72, it's about 8 years old and...

Mine is a DH 3N72, it's about 8 years old and works just fine.

If your winter commuter has the same wheel size as your normal commuter, then just switch out the wheels seasonally. If they are...
04-17-17, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,273
Posted By randomgear

I don't recommend sidewall dynamos, I used a B&M...

I don't recommend sidewall dynamos, I used a B&M one for about a year and it would always slip in the rain and snow and if knocked out of adjustment would wear out it's rubber roller in about a...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-11-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,959
Posted By randomgear

Quite the amazing rebuild! But, I have to say, I...

Quite the amazing rebuild! But, I have to say, I was hoping for amazing lime green forks. Oh, I very jealous of your gearing.
Forum: Framebuilders
04-10-17, 12:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,266
Posted By randomgear

Don't spend money on something that will get...

Don't spend money on something that will get eventually break when you take multiple jumps on it. Consider the frame, and many of it's components, to be disposable if you use it for jumping. After...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-17, 12:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,809
Posted By randomgear

Are you kidding? It's mine and another guy from...

Are you kidding? It's mine and another guy from around Boston's fault we had snow March - both of us had studded tires that died.
It wasn't so much the snow that kept me off the road for a while,...
04-04-17, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 979
Posted By randomgear

craigslist link here:...

craigslist link here: https://longisland.craigslist.org/bid/6001782043.html

Looks like a Japan or Taiwan clone of an English three-speed, most likely "Plymouth" was a house brand for a department...
04-01-17, 10:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,278
Posted By randomgear

Take offense? Car drivers in Boston take pride...

Take offense? Car drivers in Boston take pride in being known as M*******s! Thankfully our streets can be crowded so speeds are generally slower and we have some of the best hospitals in the world....
04-01-17, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,482
Posted By randomgear

You don't need a professional stamp to propose...

You don't need a professional stamp to propose things to a government agency, city, town, county... They won't build directly from your designs even if they think its a good idea. They will either...
03-27-17, 11:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,950
Posted By randomgear

Personally, I freeze my spokes during the winter...

Personally, I freeze my spokes during the winter months and heat them up in summer. It works well for me.
Forum: Commuting
03-14-17, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,070
Posted By randomgear

The Marathon's are quite heavy but extremely...

The Marathon's are quite heavy but extremely puncture resistant, they do, however, roll well for their weight. Screws and big staples can still penetrate the tread, but they are great for commuting...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-17, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By randomgear

Sorry, I don't; but any standard quill stem...

Sorry, I don't; but any standard quill stem should work. Once again, you have to match the stem to the handlebars and the brakes/shifters.
Forum: Commuting
02-19-17, 06:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By randomgear

Try flipping the bars for that classic scorcher...

Try flipping the bars for that classic scorcher look. You will need to pay strict attention to handlebar diameter if hanging to road drop bars. I wouldn't worry much about different handlebars...
02-05-17, 12:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,003
Posted By randomgear

Coincidence, both of ours are Winter Marathons. ...

Coincidence, both of ours are Winter Marathons.

My bead stuck out only about 1/16". Before it disapeared it managed to puncture the tube again; but hey, I made it to my meeting in time, so it...
02-04-17, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,003
Posted By randomgear

Not at all too long; it's a studded tire and...

Not at all too long; it's a studded tire and barely shows any wear.

That said, it seems we all agree that it's a broken bead and must be replaced. I just wish it wasn't an $85 studded tire. Ouch....
02-04-17, 02:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,003
Posted By randomgear

Broken tire bead: tire no longer fits on rim

I found my rear studded tire flat the other day, when I went to repair it I found an exposed end of the wire bead sticking slightly out of the tire, I ignored it, repaired the tire and rode off. I...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-17, 10:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,223
Posted By randomgear

It won't damage the paint. Hopefully your saddle...

It won't damage the paint. Hopefully your saddle either wasn't leather or somehow made it safely through the ordeal.

There are likely better ways -google skunk deoderizer..
Forum: Framebuilders
12-30-16, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,793
Posted By randomgear

Exactly, it's amazing to see it being done by...

Exactly, it's amazing to see it being done by someone with knowledge and a proper shop. I tend to use a vise, clamps, and bricks to hold things in place when I build/repair my homebuilt racks. ...
12-21-16, 01:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 855
Posted By randomgear

When you get your new seat post and saddle, make...

When you get your new seat post and saddle, make sure that you replace the quick release seatpost skewer with a bolt. While certainly not even theft resistant, it will prevent theft from people who...
12-19-16, 05:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,001
Posted By randomgear

Is that a rider's name on the top tube? Edit,...

Is that a rider's name on the top tube?
Edit, seems to just say its Campy equiped...
12-19-16, 04:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,790
Posted By randomgear

Also try wrapping your aluminum brake levers with...

Also try wrapping your aluminum brake levers with twine or a couple layers of heat shrink tubing to help reduce the amount of heat they draw from your fingers.

I also found it helped to wear one...
12-16-16, 11:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,973
Posted By randomgear

I've added wading boot studs to my winter boots...

I've added wading boot studs to my winter boots before. They work pretty well (I mount mine between the lugs so they don't stick out so much) but I have to remember to be careful where I walk - no...
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