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08-14-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By brianinc-ville

There have been a lot of threads on this topic:...

There have been a lot of threads on this topic:...
08-13-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By brianinc-ville

Might want to move this to the MTB forum.

Might want to move this to the MTB forum.
08-13-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 336
Posted By brianinc-ville

Have you talked to the Electric City Bike Rescue...

Have you talked to the Electric City Bike Rescue in Schenectady ( https://www.electriccitybikerescue.org/
) or Bikeatoga in Saratoga Springs? (https://www.bikeatoga.org/ ) ? Some bike rescues...
08-10-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 773
Posted By brianinc-ville

Well, taste is kind of subjective here -- but...

Well, taste is kind of subjective here -- but between the two, I'd prefer a steel touring or sport-touring bike (with upright bars, not drop bars) to a steel MTB. Mountain bikes really aren't...
08-04-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 773
Posted By brianinc-ville

Obviously, it all depends on you and the place...

Obviously, it all depends on you and the place you live.

That said: Wald folding baskets (https://www.amazon.com/Wald-Folding-Rear-Bicycle-Basket/dp/B0012DZEBY?th=1)are pretty indispensable....
08-03-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By brianinc-ville

Hey @Chr0m0ly...

Hey @Chr0m0ly (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/chr0m0ly-370888.html) -- I was in your position before my kid was born in 2019. I got a Douze F100 (which they're now calling the Douze V2...
05-22-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By brianinc-ville

No, it's a standard brake (Tektro Gemini). When...

No, it's a standard brake (Tektro Gemini). When you're doing a front-brake bleed on a cargo bike, do you usually have to take the hose entirely off the bike, in order to get the air out of it? Or...
05-22-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By brianinc-ville

Thanks, but that's not the point. All the...

Thanks, but that's not the point. All the directions you link there are for normal bikes. As I mentioned, I'm talking about a Douze cargo bike here -- which is a bakfiets-style frame, more than 8...
05-22-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By brianinc-ville

Bleeding hydraulic disc brakes on a front-loading cargo bike?

Hi, all. Advise me on bleeding hydraulic brakes, particularly the front brake, on a front-loading cargo bike? I'm about to try it for the first time with my Douze, and I'm concerned that because the...
05-13-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By brianinc-ville

Cool. So, if basically any pad in this shape...

Cool. So, if basically any pad in this shape will work, does anybody have a favorite they'd like to recommend?

For context: this is going on a Douze V2 cargo bike that takes my toddler to and...
05-13-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By brianinc-ville

Which Tektro disc brake pads?

Hi. I've been working on old bikes for a long time, but I'm new to disc brakes. I've got a bike with Tektro Gemini hydraulic brakes, and I'll need new pads soon. I'm wondering which ones to get.
...
05-10-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 42,471
Posted By brianinc-ville

Ah...for a family of 3, we have 13 bikes. Is...

Ah...for a family of 3, we have 13 bikes. Is that excessive?

The Douze cargo bike is the daily driver for the parent who's taking the kid to/from daycare; the other parent rides a Priority...
05-06-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 771
Posted By brianinc-ville

Spreading a fork is a somewhat dicey operation --...

Spreading a fork is a somewhat dicey operation -- you really, really don't want that thing to fail while your kid is riding it. If the bike is aluminum, don't try it. If it's steel, you can do it...
04-24-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 967
Posted By brianinc-ville

IMHO, one of the really under-appreciated...

IMHO, one of the really under-appreciated problems with off-road trails is their intersections with roads. Frequently, it's really hard to make a left turn onto a MUP from the road, with no signal...
04-24-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,275
Posted By brianinc-ville

I used a Burley Nomad cargo trailer for many...

I used a Burley Nomad cargo trailer for many years. It was just fine for groceries/shopping/taking random stuff around town and for camping/touring. When my daughter came along, we bought a Douze...
04-08-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,055
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'll second the recommendation for Woom bikes. ...

I'll second the recommendation for Woom bikes. They're really well made.
04-06-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,016
Posted By brianinc-ville

I guess the question is whether there's anything...

I guess the question is whether there's anything you'd like to change from your Shift 2.

If not -- if you've tried all the options and decided that the Shift 2 was perfect for your needs -- the...
03-28-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,515
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'm pretty skeptical that you'd be able to make a...

I'm pretty skeptical that you'd be able to make a Bullitt pay for itself. They ain't cheap. Finding enough customers would be tough, and the only people who would actively want services delivered by...
03-28-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,234
Posted By brianinc-ville

That Giant looks nice! Now, make sure he rides...

That Giant looks nice! Now, make sure he rides the thing. When I was done with my training wheels as a kid, my dad used them to build a little trailer that I used to collect bottles and trash and...
03-22-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,234
Posted By brianinc-ville

I agree that if $150 is the absolute ceiling, you...

I agree that if $150 is the absolute ceiling, you might have to go with a Walmart BSO BMX. However, this seems like a good moment to negotiate with your wife. Your kid will like biking much more if...
12-10-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 328
Views: 25,683
Posted By brianinc-ville

My grandfather gave this Zodiac to my father for...

My grandfather gave this Zodiac to my father for his college graduation in 1970, and he gave it to me for mine in 1996. I'm looking forward to passing it on to my daughter for hers (somewhere around...
11-24-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,176
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'm losing my edge

Confession: I hardly ever ride my C&V bikes anymore.

For years, I rode a mixture of '60s-'80s bikes for transportation and occasional fun. This forum helped me fix and upgrade many of them.
...
11-19-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,061
Posted By brianinc-ville

We've been perfectly happy with a cheap Retrospec...

We've been perfectly happy with a cheap Retrospec trailer, starting at 18 months. It's definitely heavier than a Burley, and it doesn't turn into a stroller. But for daylong tours and daily...
11-07-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,792
Posted By brianinc-ville

Here you go. Slides 11, 12, and 18 will be of...

Here you go. Slides 11, 12, and 18 will be of particular interest:
https://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/cycling-in-the-city.pdf
11-06-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,792
Posted By brianinc-ville

[QUOTE=BicycleSafari;22296476]Your review is...

[QUOTE=BicycleSafari;22296476]Your review is really perplexing to me because I got almost the opposite out of it.
I found he went into great detail about two main types of urban riding, the...
10-18-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,926
Posted By brianinc-ville

Limited US release on Oct. 22, nationwide on Oct....

Limited US release on Oct. 22, nationwide on Oct. 29. Get ready!

Wonka , did you ever get your dream bike?
10-01-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 861
Posted By brianinc-ville

Nice! I had one in the same color. Broke a rear...

Nice! I had one in the same color. Broke a rear dropout and broke my heart.
09-26-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By brianinc-ville

I might have a spindle to suit your needs. Give...

I might have a spindle to suit your needs. Give me a couple of days to find it and measure it.

EDIT: it's 5 3/4" (146mm). Probably wouldn't help you, but if you'd like it, PM me.
09-12-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,904
Posted By brianinc-ville

I work in Chicago sometimes, and when I'm there,...

I work in Chicago sometimes, and when I'm there, I always use Divvy to get around (though I've only ridden a cargo bike there once, when I test-rode a Bullitt at 4-Star). Coming from North Carolina,...
09-09-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,904
Posted By brianinc-ville

The Larry vs. Harry Bullitt is 46cm wide and...

The Larry vs. Harry Bullitt is 46cm wide and 243cm long (https://www.larryvsharry.com/en/bullitt) (18" x 96"), and the electric version weighs 61.7 lbs. I don't know of too many front-loaders that...
08-29-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By brianinc-ville

chain keeper for 29.8mm seat tube

I'd like to use a chain keeper with a vintage bike running a newer triple crankset. Everybody seems to recommend the Deda Dog Fang, but it only comes in 28.6mm, 31.7mm, and 35.0mm. My seat tube,...
08-15-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 922
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'm somewhat old and very crotchety. I don't...

I'm somewhat old and very crotchety. I don't believe in index shifters or cassette hubs and currently I don't even have a smartphone. I use a wind-up watch and a fountain pen. I wouldn't use the...
08-09-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,194
Posted By brianinc-ville

The Woom 1 is really well made and worth the...

The Woom 1 is really well made and worth the price. They also let you trade it in for credit on the next size up. https://us.woombikes.com/pages/bikes
08-09-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,244
Posted By brianinc-ville

I use Planet Bike cork grips on all my bikes with...

I use Planet Bike cork grips on all my bikes with North Road bars. They're by far the best option for a hot, humid, sweaty climate -- but they do start to look grungy really fast. I don't mind...
08-05-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,865
Posted By brianinc-ville

Not an affectation -- these are bikes that I and...

Not an affectation -- these are bikes that I and my family already had around (in the case of the Atala, actually since 1962) and it was way cheaper to change the crankset than to buy a new bike. At...
08-01-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,865
Posted By brianinc-ville

Chainring shift technique when pulling a child in a trailer

Hi. Right now, my family is enjoying a summer vacation in a very hilly area. We've been very happy with the Retrospec two-wheeled trailer we've been using to take our two-year-old with us to the...
08-01-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 736
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'm just surprised that subject line made it past...

I'm just surprised that subject line made it past the mods.
07-22-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 862
Posted By brianinc-ville

Hmm. It's quite possible that I'm simply not...

Hmm. It's quite possible that I'm simply not remembering the last chain change correctly. It's an '84 Peugeot P-series sport tourer with relatively, but not extremely, relaxed geometry.
07-21-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 862
Posted By brianinc-ville

Are chains getting shorter?

I just replaced the chain on a 3x6 drivetrain bike with largest chainring 52 and largest cog 30. It seems to me that the last time I did that for this bike (about 10 years ago...but I don't use this...
07-13-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,476
Posted By brianinc-ville

You should probably just get the existing wheel...

You should probably just get the existing wheel re-tensioned by a mechanic who knows something about wheelbuilding (which, by the sound of it, is not a description of your mechanic). They're...
07-06-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,323
Posted By brianinc-ville

My thoughts are with the family of the deceased. ...

My thoughts are with the family of the deceased. And what happened to him was not his fault. That said, this was a right hook, and right hooks are 100% preventable. I hope a few people will see...
06-24-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,606
Posted By brianinc-ville

How long is your board? When I was growing up in...

How long is your board? When I was growing up in a beach town in the '80s, heyday of the shortboard, a lot of people used rear-mounting racks like this:...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,444
Posted By brianinc-ville

I've only ridden in Copenhagen and Aarhus, but it...

I've only ridden in Copenhagen and Aarhus, but it really was a great time. Aarhus has more hills than you'd expect in Denmark. Even if you're set on touring the whole country, you should set aside...
06-15-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,480
Posted By brianinc-ville

Oh man, do I miss Charlottesville now -- I moved...

Oh man, do I miss Charlottesville now -- I moved away in 2007, but it lives on in my heart and username. Glad you had a good time!
06-12-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,701
Posted By brianinc-ville

Disagree. Threads don't die; they just get more...

Disagree. Threads don't die; they just get more historically interesting. This one, for instance, is interesting in light both of the continuities to 2009 (Soma is still making the Buena Vista) and...
06-11-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,701
Posted By brianinc-ville

Cool I've often heard this advice, but I must say I...

I've often heard this advice, but I must say I don't get it. As long as we recognize that the OP has probably long since chosen a frame for his/her girlfriend, I don't see any reason not to keep...
06-04-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,141
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'd definitely go with Schwalbe. I've got a...

I'd definitely go with Schwalbe. I've got a Burley Nomad too, but it's way down in the crawlspace under my house and I don't feel like checking the tire size -- but you mean ISO 305, right? You...
06-04-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,912
Posted By brianinc-ville

I'm a cargo bike owner, but mine's a Douze. For...

I'm a cargo bike owner, but mine's a Douze. For me, the Douze has been worth every penny -- I just keep telling myself it's way cheaper than a car, and I use it every single day. Your situation may...
05-29-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,037
Posted By brianinc-ville

Where in MD are you located? I'm in NC, but my...

Where in MD are you located? I'm in NC, but my wife's family is in the DC suburbs and I often end up getting bikes there. You're totally right that the 3-speed supply is low on Craigslist right now...
05-27-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,037
Posted By brianinc-ville

What Kurt said. At the beach, an English 3-speed...

What Kurt said. At the beach, an English 3-speed would be ideal. Modern versions of same, like Linus, Public, or Retrospec, have been around for more than 10 years now and are starting to turn up...
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