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Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-11, 05:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 524
Posted By Kuma

If you're looking for great riding on the east...

If you're looking for great riding on the east coast, Asheville, NC is a great choice, particularly if you like to climb.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-11, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By Kuma

DeSalvo has a really great reputation. ...

DeSalvo has a really great reputation.

http://www.desalvocycles.com/steel_road.php
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-11, 08:21 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By Kuma

OP, by getting the soreness out of the way now,...

OP, by getting the soreness out of the way now, you'll be fine for the actual event. As long as you're not worried about your knee, it sounds like fundamental fitness (as opposed to bike fitness) is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-10, 06:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,887
Posted By Kuma

That's definitely on my bucket list. Congrats! ...

That's definitely on my bucket list. Congrats! I'm really jealous!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-25-10, 08:32 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,381
Posted By Kuma

Here, maybe you'll enjoy this lump of coal more...

Here, maybe you'll enjoy this lump of coal more...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-10, 07:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,160
Posted By Kuma

What's black and white and red all over?

What's black and white and red all over?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-10, 08:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 514
Posted By Kuma

Congrats, man. That's impressive. Keep at it,...

Congrats, man. That's impressive. Keep at it, and you'll be back up to speed in no time!
Forum: Commuting
12-17-10, 07:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,256
Posted By Kuma

That's a long commute! Do you work at the U.S....

That's a long commute! Do you work at the U.S. Embassy?

I used to go to a great bike shop in Kamiyacho - Y's Bike Academy. http://www.ysroad.net/ The guy I knew there left to found his own...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-10, 08:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,256
Posted By Kuma

OP, you should try riding a mama-chari -- you get...

OP, you should try riding a mama-chari -- you get the handy basket on the front to carry your gear and maybe they'd cut you some slack at all the red lights! :-)

Where in Tokyo do you commute...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-10, 08:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,820
Posted By Kuma

Speak to Lou at Foxwear and have him make you one...

Speak to Lou at Foxwear and have him make you one out of Polartec fleece of any thickness material you'd like. I've worn mine at 8 degrees (F) and been perfectly toasty. I think he charges $11 for...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-10, 10:27 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,392
Posted By Kuma

The worst I've seen is being called a Bikes...

The worst I've seen is being called a Bikes Direct shill.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-10, 06:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,128
Posted By Kuma

Good for you, OP. In case you're looking for...

Good for you, OP. In case you're looking for templates to use for the bike parking rules, here are Washington DC's rules.

http://www.downtowndc.org/_files/docs/tr_bicycle_parking.pdf
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-10, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By Kuma

1. Cinghiale is Andy Hampsten's company. ...

1. Cinghiale is Andy Hampsten's company. (www.cinghiale.com) No experience riding with them yet, but I'm signed up to try one of these next summer, and they've been great to deal with so far. Andy...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-10, 10:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,611
Posted By Kuma

Also, I've heard tires that are tough to mount on...

Also, I've heard tires that are tough to mount on the rim can be made a little easier if you put them in the clothes dryer for a short time to warm them up. Never tried it, but it seems logical to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-10, 11:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,360
Posted By Kuma

OP - if you do end up shopping for a new ride,...

OP - if you do end up shopping for a new ride, you'd be getting a fine one if you shopped from Dave Kirk, who commented above. He's the real deal.

http://www.kirkframeworks.com/
Forum: Commuting
11-21-10, 09:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,984
Posted By Kuma

On the Maryland side, Bethesda is a very good...

On the Maryland side, Bethesda is a very good option for commuting to downtown DC, since you've got the Capital Crescent Trail almost the entire way. As another poster pointed out, they don't plow...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-10, 05:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,093
Posted By Kuma

That's how I read it, too. That's one of...

That's how I read it, too.

That's one of the dangers of the interwebs - without the benefit of hearing the tone of someone's voice, innocuous comments are easily misinterpreted...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-10, 07:55 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,767
Posted By Kuma

OP, if you're still on the fence, you should go...

OP, if you're still on the fence, you should go visit them the next time you're home. I understand they're really nice people and happy to show you around the factory where the magic happens.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-10, 06:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Kuma

Six Gap Rookie Here. Suggestions for Local Accommodations/Activities

I'm riding the Six Gap for the first time this year, and am planning the trip (down from the DC area). Do people have recommendations where to stay, where to carbo-load, what to do in Dahlonega and...
06-20-10, 05:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Kuma

Polar is a good brand. I've never tried any of...

Polar is a good brand. I've never tried any of their watch-based products, but have had good luck with the ones that are made for biking only (i.e., don't come as a watch, but mount more or less...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-10, 05:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,297
Posted By Kuma

:) This is what I thought you meant: Main...

:) This is what I thought you meant:

Main Entry: gall·ing
Pronunciation: \ˈgȯ-liŋ\
Function: adjective
Etymology: 3gall
Date: 1583
: markedly irritating : vexing <a most galling defeat>
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,681
Posted By Kuma

Never used them myself, but Andy Hampsten...

Never used them myself, but Andy Hampsten recommends these folks and uses them to provide bike rentals to his Tuscan tour groups: http://www.reta.net/ciclosport/gb/6.htm#top

Here's his link...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-10, 12:09 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,493
Posted By Kuma

Pls ignore...

Pls ignore...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-10, 12:08 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,493
Posted By Kuma

I think I'd switch it out for something else. ...

I think I'd switch it out for something else. Those Pinarellos look pretty sweet, but I've never ridden one myself...

I'll second the props to CC for another good job of customer service. As a...
04-15-10, 05:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,464
Posted By Kuma

Hope your recovery continues to go well. I...

Hope your recovery continues to go well. I actually found out yesterday that I'm about to have the same experience, and I'm quite nervous about it. I know it's a very simple outpatient procedure...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-10, 05:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,222
Posted By Kuma

Couple things: First, as others have...

Couple things:

First, as others have mentioned, buying in Japan is probably more expensive, but depending on your timing, you may very well have the ability to adjust your purchase better there...
Forum: Southeast
04-03-10, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Kuma

You're a good man, Barracks. I'll keep my eyes...

You're a good man, Barracks. I'll keep my eyes open.
Forum: Commuting
04-03-10, 10:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,794
Posted By Kuma

Thanks to those with constructive replies. ...

Thanks to those with constructive replies. There's no aversion to the W&OD. In fact, I'd rather ride there if I could for safety reasons instead of fighting the rush hour traffic on the surface...
Forum: Southeast
04-01-10, 06:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 593
Posted By Kuma

Wanted: Commuting Route from Reston into DC that Doesn't use the W&OD

I'm likely moving to Fairfax County, VA soon, and will be bike commuting into DC for work. I want my commute to remain less than ~15 miles each way. Can anyone suggest a good commuting route from...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-10, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,794
Posted By Kuma

Wanted: Good Route from Reston VA into DC that doesn't use the W&OD

I'm likely moving to Fairfax County, VA soon, and will be bike commuting into DC for work. I want my commute to remain less than ~15 miles each way. Can anyone suggest a good commuting route from...
01-01-10, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 383
Posted By Kuma

Information Resources for Creating a Training Plan?

I'm going to (hopefully, finances permitting) participate in an 8-day cycling trip in the Dolomites in northern Italy beginning in late August, 2010 (this one:...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By Kuma

I think I'd trade you if I could, freaksix. My...

I think I'd trade you if I could, freaksix. My blood is too thin for the kind of cold we have here, and this is nothing compared to what irclean and the other good folks from Canada here have to...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-09, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 906
Posted By Kuma

Just posted about these on another thread, but...

Just posted about these on another thread, but I'd recommend checking out Foxwear (http://foxwear.net/). Lou Binik buys raw Polartec fabric -- the same stuff used to make lots of name-brand clothes...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-09, 10:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,998
Posted By Kuma

Not going to tell you your business, but that's...

Not going to tell you your business, but that's not for me. I'd rather save the weight and go faster!
Forum: Commuting
12-26-09, 10:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,304
Posted By Kuma

I have good experience with Lou's stuff, too. ...

I have good experience with Lou's stuff, too. He made me some extra heavyweight cycling tights (200 thickness Polartec fabric) that I have worn over regular cycling shorts and been toasty at 10...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-09, 11:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,173
Posted By Kuma

I like that!

I like that!
Forum: Commuting
12-24-09, 10:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 679
Posted By Kuma

I had these problems also, and never really did...

I had these problems also, and never really did find a good short-term solution. I ended up getting Lasik (for lots of reasons, not just this). That has turned out to be a wonderful decision for...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-09, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,064
Posted By Kuma

Regardless, the OP is correct in referring to...

Regardless, the OP is correct in referring to them in English as "Chinese characters." They are somewhat different from ones used in Chinese, but they are derived from those. Further, "Chinese...
Forum: Northeast
12-20-09, 09:05 PM
Replies: 0
Ca
Views: 445
Posted By Kuma

Ca

Capital Crescent Trail

Cross-posted from the commuter forum, but has anyone seen the condition of the Capital Crescent Trail in DC/Bethesda since the blizzard? I'm wondering how long it is going...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-09, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 507
Posted By Kuma

Capital Crescent Trail

Has anyone (folks who also Nordic ski?) seen what the Capital Crescent Trail outside DC looks like since yesterday's blizzard? I'm wondering how long it'll be before it's passable on a bike again...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-09, 08:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,193
Posted By Kuma

I resemble that remark!

I resemble that remark!
Forum: Northeast
12-06-09, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By Kuma

Capital Crescent Trail Conditions

Did anyone ride the Capital Crescent Trail today (December 6)? I'm riding it tomorrow and want to know if the snow and ice is gone.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-09, 05:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 225
Posted By Kuma

Condition of Capital Crescent Trail

Did anyone ride the Capital Crescent Trail today (December 6)? I'm planning on riding it tomorrow and am wondering whether the snow and ice from Saturday is gone.
12-05-09, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,491
Posted By Kuma

+1. Sort of a fashion crime, but I was SO tired...

+1. Sort of a fashion crime, but I was SO tired of my fingers being cold. I'm a happy convert!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-09, 09:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,495
Posted By Kuma

That's right. And if you sell the other kidney,...

That's right. And if you sell the other kidney, you can get some nice scratch to buy more bikes with.

Of course, you can also live with just one, or even no, testicles, but I'm not going to go...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-09, 02:13 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 30,788
Posted By Kuma

Thanks! Sorry for the late reply -- the real...

Thanks! Sorry for the late reply -- the real world intruded for a couple days. The wheels are a custom build by Joe Young. DT Swiss rims and White Industries hubs.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-09, 06:25 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 30,788
Posted By Kuma

Here's my entry: ...

Here's my entry:

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u72/kumaneko2/DSC_0021.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-09, 07:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,151
Posted By Kuma

It's karmic retribution for the Korean you ate. ...

It's karmic retribution for the Korean you ate. Poor guy...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-09, 07:33 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 14,576
Posted By Kuma

Great thread. Keep the episodes coming. ...

Great thread. Keep the episodes coming.

Also, I hope you're saving these descriptions somewhere else so you can keep them and read them again in ten years. BF may be forever, but it may not,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-09, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Kuma

That'll teach you to go techno dancing! :D

That'll teach you to go techno dancing! :D
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