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Forum: Commuting
05-11-11, 07:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,403
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

There are a number of commuter-specific panniers...

There are a number of commuter-specific panniers out there - In general, the common feature is that the padded laptop sleeve is inboard, attached to the stiffener panel, so even if you fall over, the...
05-03-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I'm gonna call BS on those who imply that a bike...

I'm gonna call BS on those who imply that a bike trailer is any great shakes to DIY. I mean, =look= at some of the trailers recommended in this thread - $120 for cheap wheels, axle and brackets as a...
05-03-11, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Gonna let you in on a secret - Surf Cart...

Gonna let you in on a secret - Surf Cart (http://www.thesundeckonline.com/surfcarts.htm), with a bike hitch, is about as rugged and light a trailer as you're gonna get, and about the cheapest option...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,373
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Biology says you're wrong. Humans, like most...

Biology says you're wrong. Humans, like most dinural binocular mammals, are positive-phototaxis organisms. This means we instinctively seek light - it helps us see better. If an unusual light catches...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,628
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Quality tools are their own reward - tools that...

Quality tools are their own reward - tools that work as advertised, seldom if ever break, and fit the job like a hand to a glove.

That said - there are some fantastic tools in that kit, and some...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-11, 10:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,573
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I know a few people who were born deaf, and have...

I know a few people who were born deaf, and have been raised in "Deaf Culture" - They are intelligent and erudite, and in one case an immensely gifted artist, but their writing is poor and difficult...
04-30-11, 10:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,753
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I recently got a Cy-Fi bluetooth speaker, and boy...

I recently got a Cy-Fi bluetooth speaker, and boy does it suck for music. Much better for baseball or podcasts.

If I were to use quality supra-aural headphones like the Koss Porta-Pro or Grado...
04-30-11, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I was at 46" in college, 48" for most of my adult...

I was at 46" in college, 48" for most of my adult life, 44 after a serious diet, and then 52 after I fell off the wagon - less than a year later, and I was two sizes bigger than I had ever been.
...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-11, 10:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,373
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I don't like flashers. Blinky lights distract...

I don't like flashers. Blinky lights distract drivers, and a distracted driver is a deadly driver. I like steady lights, visible, but not blinding - but someone needs to come out with a steady + slow...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-11, 11:01 PM
Replies: 315
Views: 30,096
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

199981 Watching JoeyBike videos in the...

199981

Watching JoeyBike videos in the workshop again...
04-29-11, 10:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,038
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I'm closer to 350 than 300lbs, and I've never...

I'm closer to 350 than 300lbs, and I've never broken a spoke. I may need to eat you for calling yourself fat.

That said, you either are running rough roads with far too few spokes, or your wheel...
04-29-11, 10:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I only sweat when I'm thinking really, really...

I only sweat when I'm thinking really, really hard - seriously. I work up more perspiration working on my bike than riding it (usually trying to thread a teeny little bolt into a teeny little nut). ...
04-29-11, 10:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 875
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Yup. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts...

Yup. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts every time I tackle that hill. You're a fantastic father!
04-29-11, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I have size EEEEEE (6E) width feet, so I feel...

I have size EEEEEE (6E) width feet, so I feel ya...

But this is a solvable problem women commuters encounter all the time.

Solutions:

1) Forget clipless, go with an old-school toe clip. Add...
04-29-11, 10:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,753
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

That just means the ride was MOAR XTREME! Roadies...

That just means the ride was MOAR XTREME! Roadies who do this are working harder and accomplishing more with every ride. Respect!
04-29-11, 09:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,111
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I have CST on my Indestructabike, came stock from...

I have CST on my Indestructabike, came stock from Electra. Almost 2 years year-round commuting, and only one flat, due to underinflation. (When I was a child, I went by "feel", now that I am a man, I...
04-29-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,111
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

If you're having trouble sourcing the tires...

If you're having trouble sourcing the tires locally (I was able to get my Gatorskinz from the LBS, and for cheaper than online), check here (http://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/27in-road-tires).
04-29-11, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,741
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Take a closer look at that BB - every square...

Take a closer look at that BB - every square taper BB spindle I've ever seen had a threaded socket for a crank bolt, not a threaded end. It's either completely non-standard, which means a replacement...
04-29-11, 08:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,753
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I had a pair of roadies breeze past me as I was...

I had a pair of roadies breeze past me as I was struggling off the line up-hill at a stoplight. At the next red light, a mile or so up the road, they looked back, and they about fell over to see I...
04-29-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,304
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

You'll need a new disc-compatible fork, which are...

You'll need a new disc-compatible fork, which are around $50-70 new for a rigid model, and a rear disk brake adapter that attaches to the brake boss and the dropout via a special reinforced wheel...
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Thanks for the offer, but my folks actually live...

Thanks for the offer, but my folks actually live in Westport! :D

I'm probably going to drive into Shawme Crowell, and putter around the canal bike path.
04-28-11, 08:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,111
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I've had good luck with Conti Gatorskinz in that...

I've had good luck with Conti Gatorskinz in that size - only one pinch flat due to underinflation, and there is a ton of shattered glass along my commute (mostly safety glass pebbles, but a good...
04-28-11, 01:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,926
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I've never lost anything out the top of my cheap...

I've never lost anything out the top of my cheap folding grocery pannier, and have had much larger cargoes, and much smaller ones as well. Your basket is at the top of the "pendulum" where the bike...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 348
Views: 22,140
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I got a set of teeny 424 Channel Lock pliers and...

I got a set of teeny 424 Channel Lock pliers and a Lutz 2-in-1 screwdriver to replace the spoke wrench and a generic muli-tool in my toolkit. About a quarter of the weight of the multi-tool, and I...
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,897
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

The VO fenders are pre-drilled, and fairly...

The VO fenders are pre-drilled, and fairly straightforward to install. The only modification needed is if the struts are too long, and shortening them is more of an aesthetic thing. On the plastic...
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 09:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,897
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

The plastic fenders tend to crack, nick, scuff...

The plastic fenders tend to crack, nick, scuff and otherwise become dingy and gross over time, and aren't really lighter than alloy fenders. Metal fenders can be cleaned and polished, and look good...
04-28-11, 09:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,159
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Gonna call bullcrap on the "Move Out" thing. You...

Gonna call bullcrap on the "Move Out" thing. You guys don't know enough families with Mediterranean roots - here in RI, to those of Portuguese, Italian or Greek descent, you are a Bad Son if you move...
04-27-11, 09:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,318
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Slicks will roll smother, handle better, and be...

Slicks will roll smother, handle better, and be easier to pedal on pavement. Knobbies are meant to dig into uneven surfaces, but there are some serious trade-offs once you leave the trail.
04-27-11, 09:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 875
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I now OWN you, savage hill!

After two years of year-round commuting, I finally, finally made it up The Hill without needing to stop for a breather at the top!

The Hill comes after a series of long climbs that aren't too...
Forum: Touring
04-27-11, 08:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Surfcasting Tour!

I'd like to combine bike camping with a fishing expedition, preferably salt water surfacsting. Does anyone know of good bike paths/bike routes along the New England coast with access to the water...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-11, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 645
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Damn good idea - gonna head to the marina supply...

Damn good idea - gonna head to the marina supply and get one of my own (well, two, but you know what I mean.)
Forum: Commuting
04-27-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,478
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Anyone have the new Velo Orange dyno hub?

Anyone have the new Velo Orange dyno hub?
Forum: Commuting
04-27-11, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 619
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

The term you're looking for is "Artistic...

The term you're looking for is "Artistic Bicycling", or "Kunstradfahren" in German - it's a competitive sport in Germany.

Here's a flickr photostream of a vintage Walther ...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-11, 04:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,117
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I bought that same Schwinn pump. It died in...

I bought that same Schwinn pump. It died in fairly short order. I replaced it with a Joe Blow from Benny's dept. store, which sells crappy bikes but surprisingly nice accessories and parts.

All of...
04-22-11, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Some bottom-of-the-barrel forks only have a cheap...

Some bottom-of-the-barrel forks only have a cheap spring or elastomer - and even that only on one side! The piston look is for show. These wear out after a while, especially if it sees regular rough...
04-22-11, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,725
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

A well maintained bike will last you a good...

A well maintained bike will last you a good while, even a "Bicycle Shaped Object" aka the "BSO" - don't worry about replacing it if you enjoy riding it.

Bicycle maintenance isn't tricky once...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-11, 11:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,050
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

The local housewares chain, Benny's, had a...

The local housewares chain, Benny's, had a bicycle tool kit for $7. I've swapped out almost everything in it, except for the three allen keys, bike tire pressure gauge and the tool roll. It's made of...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,169
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Too long - the lock is unwieldy for anything that...

Too long - the lock is unwieldy for anything that doesn't have straight and long top-tubes.

This would make an ideal U-lock replacement, at a foot to a foot and a half - tamper-resistant wheel...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-11, 10:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,407
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I like my Log House rain-cape - I'm a big guy,...

I like my Log House rain-cape - I'm a big guy, and put out a lot of body heat under full steam. The cape keeps me cool, and helps control perspiration - I don't wind up sweat-soaked like I do with a...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-11, 08:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 661
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I use ski gloves, wool socks and a wool hat on...

I use ski gloves, wool socks and a wool hat on truly nippy mornings - on the ride in, which is mostly a steep downhill descent, a cheap windbreaker + lightweight polartec fleece does well down to...
04-20-11, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,395
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

They do make a specific Italian-threaded BB, too,...

They do make a specific Italian-threaded BB, too, yaknow. No need to go butchering the BB shell...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-11, 08:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 473
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

The fold-out panniers are a bit on the flimsy...

The fold-out panniers are a bit on the flimsy side, so you may want to invest in protective laptop sleeves... or even a pannier with laptop sleeves, as that will allow you to rest the pannier on the...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-11, 04:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,677
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Yes, and once the word goes out that your ride is...

Yes, and once the word goes out that your ride is missing, friends and acquaintances can keep an eye peeled on Craig's List and in the LBS and pawn shops... which means it's only really good for a...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-11, 09:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

You're in luck - the chainstays and dropouts on...

You're in luck - the chainstays and dropouts on that bike are made of aluminum... only the seat-stays and fork are carbon. So don't sweat it. Mount the top of the rack to a new seat post collar with...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-11, 06:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,438
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Go with leather straps instead of cages, and if...

Go with leather straps instead of cages, and if you use cages, Velo-Orange (http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/accessories/toe-clips-straps-shoes.html) has leather-covered full and half length...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-11, 09:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,677
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I have a three tiered approach. 1) U-lock...

I have a three tiered approach.

1) U-lock to something stationary. I use an On Guard Bulldog Mini long-shackle. If they're gonna break your U-lock, they're gonna break your U-Lock. Get a quality...
04-16-11, 09:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

So, swap the bar tape/grips, and follow these...

So, swap the bar tape/grips, and follow these tips (http://www.livestrong.com/article/23777-remove-smoke-odor-leather/) (from Livestrong, of all places.) For the saddle soap, car guys swear by...
04-15-11, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,658
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

Not just for tubulars anymore....

Not just for tubulars anymore. (http://stores.ebay.com/Wheel-Fanatyk)
04-15-11, 09:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,912
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

I have a set of old steel wheels, but in...

I have a set of old steel wheels, but in fantastic condition, off an '81 Fuji Monterey. I'm looking to trade! Let me know what derailleurs and crankset you have, and we can do business... I also have...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-11, 09:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,932
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee

A drunk cyclist, in my case, is 350lbs of man and...

A drunk cyclist, in my case, is 350lbs of man and machine hurtling through the darkness at 15-hiccup-10-urrrp-6 miles an hour. A drunk driver is 3500lbs of man and machine hurtling through the...
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