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Forum: Commuting
01-15-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,842
Posted By DIY masochist

It's changed over the years depending on what I...

It's changed over the years depending on what I needed to wear and what my commute was like.

6 block commute, dress pants, dress shoes, button down shirt & tie

Kept my dress shoes at work. ...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,109
Posted By DIY masochist

Do your friends who aren't from Pittsburgh...

Do your friends who aren't from Pittsburgh constantly complain about how cloudy it is too? I think it's hilarious. I actually realized a couple months ago that I think the sun is actually kind of...
01-07-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,535
Posted By DIY masochist

I don't ride for time or distance. I'm probably...

I don't ride for time or distance. I'm probably the least competitive person ever, so Strava has never really held any appeal for me. I used to have a speedometer on my bike, and it was fun to see...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-18, 10:15 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 8,086
Posted By DIY masochist

I agree with this, and I will even say I almost...

I agree with this, and I will even say I almost never like the looks of newly constructed buildings either. They just lack the small flourishes and attention to detail of architecture built 100+...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-18, 09:05 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 8,086
Posted By DIY masochist

Lawrenceville is one of a few neighborhoods full...

Lawrenceville is one of a few neighborhoods full of late 1800s row houses, and Pittsburgh had a lot of Polish and German immigrants during the turn of the century, so that makes sense. I guess it's...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-18, 08:28 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,164
Posted By DIY masochist

We just got a decent amount of snow and now...

We just got a decent amount of snow and now there's salt out, so I think it's time to put the bike away for the winter. I've been fantasizing recently about doing a winter / crappy weather build out...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-18, 08:02 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 8,086
Posted By DIY masochist

Respect to those who have been able to give up a...

Respect to those who have been able to give up a car completely, but I'm never going to be able to. Considering where I live (Pittsburgh), the weather, terrain, infrastructure, and abysmal public...
11-15-18, 02:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,115
Posted By DIY masochist

This is basically me. Most of the time it sucks...

This is basically me. Most of the time it sucks forcing myself to ride to work in the morning, especially if it's cold out. I'm not a morning person. Once I have been riding for 5 minutes it's all...
11-11-18, 01:02 PM
Replies: 510
Views: 23,221
Posted By DIY masochist

Why? If I ever get a Centurion with suicide...

Why? If I ever get a Centurion with suicide shifters the first thing I'm doing is converting it to stem mount. Only drawback is that my thighs tend to bump them when I'm standing up climbing, but...
11-08-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,816
Posted By DIY masochist

Seriously. I carry a tube and pump, but I...

Seriously. I carry a tube and pump, but I basically don't want to have to fix a flat ever. Ever since I put Schwalbe Marathons on my bike 2 years ago, I haven't had to. Before that, I had a...
Forum: Touring
11-08-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,850
Posted By DIY masochist

I've never been buzzed on purpose as far as I...

I've never been buzzed on purpose as far as I know. It could just be because I don't use mirrors and I can't see whether the car moved closer to me before passing, though. I have been passed...
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,431
Posted By DIY masochist

I was at a friend's house the other day, and his...

I was at a friend's house the other day, and his roommate had a Salsa Marrakesh. I was checking it out, and I noticed it had removable plates bolted onto the frame for the dropouts and derailleur...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-18, 08:41 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,296
Posted By DIY masochist

I'm really surprised Pittsburgh ranks higher than...

I'm really surprised Pittsburgh ranks higher than Philly for bike commuters considering how much easier it is to ride a bike in Philly.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By DIY masochist

I doubt it will be thick enough to block out all...

I doubt it will be thick enough to block out all the sound, but we shall see.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-18, 06:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By DIY masochist

I was looking at the plastic bonnet and the...

I was looking at the plastic bonnet and the shower cap comments, thinking "if only there was something like this but tight and stretchy so it could go underneath my helmet without a hassle." Then I...
Forum: Touring
08-21-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,411
Posted By DIY masochist

I've carried my sleeping bag, tent, and camping...

I've carried my sleeping bag, tent, and camping pad strapped perpendicularly across the back rack, and I found it to be extremely annoying to undo everything if I needed to access something in one of...
Forum: Touring
08-20-18, 06:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,458
Posted By DIY masochist

Totally agree. Disc brakes do have to be dialed...

Totally agree. Disc brakes do have to be dialed in a lot more accurately than rim brakes, but once you understand how to properly center them and move the pads in, it's way less work. I have...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-18, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By DIY masochist

They're behind the ear hearing aids. The part...

They're behind the ear hearing aids. The part that goes into my actual ear canal is just molded plastic, but the electronics are all up behind my ear.

I like the plastic bonnet idea. Maybe I could...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-18, 09:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By DIY masochist

What kind of jacket? And how severe is your...

What kind of jacket? And how severe is your hearing loss if you don't mind me asking? Mine is moderate to severe, so I wear the aids all the time and heavily rely on them. I feel like not wearing...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-18, 08:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By DIY masochist

Ideas for riding in the rain with hearing aids?

I am a hearing aid user, and I get very worried when I get caught out in the rain on my bike. I have a Patagonia stretch rainshadow jacket that works to a point, but it wets through very fast. I...
Forum: Touring
08-11-18, 11:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,563
Posted By DIY masochist

You're probably right. I had no idea how...

You're probably right. I had no idea how expensive it was to build bridges / ramps until I started seeing construction costs for various bike infrastructure projects. We probably could have put in...
Forum: Touring
08-09-18, 06:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,563
Posted By DIY masochist

It looks like all they have to do is put on those...

It looks like all they have to do is put on those two panels of fence on the left and open up the gates at the start and end. I assume they'll probably want to pave the bottom or something before it...
Forum: Touring
08-09-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By DIY masochist

One of my coworkers who was into touring...

One of my coworkers who was into touring recommended it to me, and I am enjoying it so far. I like the idea of a Brooks on paper, but I know myself, and I don't want to deal with having an expensive...
Forum: Touring
08-09-18, 01:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,563
Posted By DIY masochist

It's getting close, they have started putting the...

It's getting close, they have started putting the fence up. BikePGH thread here. (https://www.bikepgh.org/message-board/topic/mon-wharf-switchback-update-from-riverlife/page/6/)

I'm not sure if...
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 09:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,170
Posted By DIY masochist

I put BMX pedals with velcro straps on my touring...

I put BMX pedals with velcro straps on my touring bike and I'm a total convert. They're wide enough for size 13 street shoes, way easier to adjust than clip/straps, and you can still pull up on them...
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By DIY masochist

I have a Terry Y gel saddle and have never used...

I have a Terry Y gel saddle and have never used padded shorts, even for a 2500 mile tour. I got some Adidas athletic boxer briefs (polyester / spandex) and just wore basketball shorts over them, no...
Forum: Touring
08-02-18, 01:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,593
Posted By DIY masochist

From that NPR article, an excerpt from their...

From that NPR article, an excerpt from their journal:



Very wise, and totally true. Nothing in my life has showed me the goodness in people more than bike touring. It's not always easy or...
Forum: Touring
07-31-18, 11:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,593
Posted By DIY masochist

What a shame. I was surprised when I heard that...

What a shame. I was surprised when I heard that people were touring Central Asia now for this reason, but everything I read made it seem like a pretty peaceful place.

I assume it's hard to hide...
Forum: Touring
07-10-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 856
Posted By DIY masochist

I did this in the opposite direction as part of a...

I did this in the opposite direction as part of a larger tour. I did kind of what you described in your first post.

DC to Baltimore
Baltimore to Susquehanna State Park via route 40
...
Forum: Touring
07-10-18, 08:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,107
Posted By DIY masochist

I second this. If you're stealth camping,...

I second this. If you're stealth camping, especially in a semi urban environment, it's best to hang around your campsite for a bit and see how much traffic there is, and only pitch your tent when it...
Forum: Touring
07-10-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,017
Posted By DIY masochist

I toured all summer with a Samsung N210 netbook...

I toured all summer with a Samsung N210 netbook running Lubuntu. It's almost 10 years old and really slow, but it was small and cheap, so I didn't really have to worry about it getting ruined. For...
Forum: Touring
06-20-18, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By DIY masochist

It's a Shimano HG50 10 speed cassette in the...

It's a Shimano HG50 10 speed cassette in the back, 11-36T, and the chainrings are 48/36/26. It doesn't look like there's much slack in the housing. Maybe it's the combination of the fact that I have...
Forum: Touring
06-20-18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By DIY masochist

60cm touring bike - tandem bike brake cable and 118L chain length?

I have a 60cm Surly Disc Trucker, and I've been confused about the number of links that should be in the chain. I also just went to replace the rear brake cable and found that the one I bought was...
Forum: Touring
06-20-18, 06:24 AM
Replies: 4,439
Views: 2,131,492
Posted By DIY masochist

antmaster5000, I love that Centurion! It reminds...

antmaster5000, I love that Centurion! It reminds me of this old Miyata I saw someone touring on in Nova Scotia. He said he wasn't able to put very big tires on it, but I guess yours was originally...
Forum: Touring
06-19-18, 06:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,985
Posted By DIY masochist

I ride with drop bars, but I never actually ride...

I ride with drop bars, but I never actually ride in the drops. The most I ever do is lean my palm on the bottom to use the bar end shifters. I have cross levers on the top, so I either ride with my...
Forum: Touring
06-19-18, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4,439
Views: 2,131,492
Posted By DIY masochist

I have a 2014 Surly Disc Trucker. Here's what it...

I have a 2014 Surly Disc Trucker. Here's what it looked like during my 4-5 month (first ever) tour in 2016. The big stuff in trash bags on the back is my tent and sleeping bag. Given what I know now,...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-18, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1,297
Views: 148,345
Posted By DIY masochist

Usually don't find much in the city because we...

Usually don't find much in the city because we have street cleaning. Sometimes I find micro USB cables that are always run over (shame because I could use more of those!) I also find working Bic...
06-05-18, 09:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,719
Posted By DIY masochist

& a dynamo hub is an interesting idea, although I...

& a dynamo hub is an interesting idea, although I guess I'd have to have a wheel built for that. Considering the Surly is my pampered baby and my main ride, it's not out of the question for me to...
06-05-18, 09:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,719
Posted By DIY masochist

I have a NiteRider Mako 200 lumen light right now...

I have a NiteRider Mako 200 lumen light right now that is mostly enough, although sometimes not quite strong enough for riding on really dark unlit trails / streets. Those Cygolites look...
06-05-18, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,719
Posted By DIY masochist

Can you run a USB rechargeable headlight off a backup battery?

I'm in the market for a new light, and it seems like most of the nice ones these days are USB rechargeable. My current light takes AAs. I like the fact that I can keep some spare batteries in the...
Forum: Touring
06-04-18, 09:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,635
Posted By DIY masochist

It's only when I take on bike mechanic work more...

It's only when I take on bike mechanic work more complicated than I can handle. I'm not trying to do the Dirty Dozen or anything! :lol:
06-04-18, 09:13 PM
Replies: 3,187
Views: 677,626
Posted By DIY masochist

I have a late 70s (I think) Motobecane Super...

I have a late 70s (I think) Motobecane Super Mirage, serial no 3777398. Currently working on it, but I'll post pics at some point when it's finished (and I'm allowed to post pictures.) Question...
Forum: Touring
06-01-18, 10:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,646
Posted By DIY masochist

Default gearing on the Disc Trucker has been...

Default gearing on the Disc Trucker has been working well for me so far... 26/36/48 on the front and 11-32 on the back, and I use every gear within city limits here.
Forum: Touring
06-01-18, 10:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,635
Posted By DIY masochist

Being from PGH, I just have to say I ride the...

Being from PGH, I just have to say I ride the trails at night all the time and have never had any issues. Yes there are sometimes homeless people sleeping, but they don't bother anyone. Drunk...
Forum: Touring
06-01-18, 10:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,318
Posted By DIY masochist

I met so many great people through this site it's...

I met so many great people through this site it's ridiculous. Way better response rate than Couchsurfing ever was, too. I was a guest a lot, but haven't been able to host yet because my roommates...
Forum: Touring
06-01-18, 10:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 10,386
Posted By DIY masochist

Planning to do a ~120 miler on the Greenbrier...

Planning to do a ~120 miler on the Greenbrier river trail in West Virginia some weekend soon... Hopefully I don't wait too long and the summer disappears.
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