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10-04-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 446
Posted By Buglady

It snowed a foot in Calgary a week ago. Am not...

It snowed a foot in Calgary a week ago. Am not happy
10-04-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By Buglady

Calgary winter commuter (10 years), e-bike owner...

Calgary winter commuter (10 years), e-bike owner (1 year) and Bosch e-bike certified tech here! Yes, you can use your e-bike in winter, but you will need to take a little extra care with the battery....
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,991
Posted By Buglady

He's working on sewing machines these days more...

He's working on sewing machines these days more than bikes, but he's quite well! The DIY winter tires kind of went by the wayside once enough purpose-made winter tires, like the Schwalbe Marathon...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,991
Posted By Buglady

E-BIKE!! Do it, you will not regret it :)

I vote get a purpose-built pedal-assist e-bike, something with a Bosch or Shimano STEPS mid- drive motor. I bought one by Ghost (sold at MEC in Canada, where I work, and at REI in the US), with a...
05-31-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,977
Posted By Buglady

I reinforce jeans with a layer of fabric on the...

I reinforce jeans with a layer of fabric on the inside, and zigzag stitch around the edges. Machine darning, basically just sewing lines across the worn areas and into less worn fabric nearby, can...
02-16-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Buglady

Mechanic here, have worked on Alfine 11s (as well...

Mechanic here, have worked on Alfine 11s (as well as Alfine 8, and Nexus 3/5/7/8) for the last 6 years. Setup and maintenance are important, and can be fiddly, but whether the hubs are "good/bad"...
02-14-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 608
Posted By Buglady

The cassette joint is what determines the cable...

The cassette joint is what determines the cable length, not the hub itself, though certain cassette joints are used most often with specific hubs. Here is a chart I made for my shop last year, so we...
02-14-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 7,277
Posted By Buglady

I bought a Ghost Trekking e-bike this past...

I bought a Ghost Trekking e-bike this past August. It has a pedal assist, mid-mount motor by Bosch, and a traditional 9 speed rear derailleur and cassette.

Classic/Vintage? No. Dory's design is...
02-09-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,672
Posted By Buglady

Bosch mid drive motors have versions that are...

Bosch mid drive motors have versions that are optimised for IGH use (the maximum torque is different), for Shimano Nexus/Alfine, Rohloff, and NuVinci hubs. You can even go full automatic shifting if...
02-01-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,638
Posted By Buglady

Laws of physics are fun, aren't they? Yeah,...

Laws of physics are fun, aren't they? Yeah, batteries in general do not like the cold.

I have a Bosch e-bike; Bosch batteries have an onboard sensor and protective mechanism that stops the battery...
01-19-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,179
Posted By Buglady

And now it is +3C, the barometric pressure took a...

And now it is +3C, the barometric pressure took a dive, and I have a 50kph head wind to contend with on the way home WOOOOOOO CHINOOK!!!!!! (Ow. About half the city now has a headache, including me)...
01-19-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,179
Posted By Buglady

I've ridden down to -35C once, by accident, and I...

I've ridden down to -35C once, by accident, and I can't advise that (I was coughing for a week, my poor lungs did NOT appreciate it), but short rides down to -20C are quite manageable with the right...
01-19-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,179
Posted By Buglady

I'd been a year round bike commuter and distance...

I'd been a year round bike commuter and distance cyclist for ten years when various internal organs decided to try and kill me in 2015-16... I had a couple of surgeries and was back on the bike...
01-04-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

I'll just point out that the aircraft maintenance...

I'll just point out that the aircraft maintenance industry has extremely strict guidelines on component lifespan, with testing and replacement intervals specified, because aluminum DOES have a...
01-02-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

I actually do agree with you that good steel...

I actually do agree with you that good steel frames are lovely and they are very long lasting, but they are not the main kind of bicycle frame on the market these days, and they have not been for a...
01-02-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

I can answer both of your questions. Re:...

I can answer both of your questions.


Re: training of technicians for e-bike repair:



Most of the bikes that my store sells are equipped with Bosch motors (most of the Trek, Specialized,...
12-28-18, 08:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,465
Posted By Buglady

Exactly this. Most disc brake pads start off with...

Exactly this. Most disc brake pads start off with pad material about the thickness of a US or Canadian nickel when they are new. Once the pad is as thin as a dime, you should replace it.

(This is...
12-28-18, 06:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

I have this one in a step-through frame:...

I have this one in a step-through frame: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5060-915/Square-Trekking-B2-8-28-E-bike

Disclaimer: I actually work at MEC and the staff discount and employee bike purchase...
12-26-18, 09:58 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

You haven't looked at many of my posts, have you?...

You haven't looked at many of my posts, have you? I have been a year round cycle commuter in CALGARY - which is considerably farther north than your examples - for over a decade. And I wasn't in good...
12-26-18, 09:56 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

Double post and typos, deleted, see post 20!

Double post and typos, deleted, see post 20!
12-26-18, 09:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,993
Posted By Buglady

I'm really glad you enjoy shopping! I used to...

I'm really glad you enjoy shopping! I used to enjoy making my lists and finding everything, with the odd interesting new thing. I felt a bit proud when I came home with everything, especially by...
12-26-18, 08:19 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,079
Posted By Buglady

Purchase price, maybe, but within a week the...

Purchase price, maybe, but within a week the e-bike would show itself to be the cheaper option. Running costs, gas, and insurance, even on a cheap beater car, are somewhere north of $200 a month in...
12-21-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,993
Posted By Buglady

Has everyone forgotten that milk delivery used to...

Has everyone forgotten that milk delivery used to be a normal thing? We still had it in Victoria, BC, when I was in university.

I've been using Small Potatoes Urban Delivery (SPUD.ca) for about a...
12-14-18, 09:53 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 8,706
Posted By Buglady

I beg to ****ing differ. (Excuse the profanity,...

I beg to ****ing differ. (Excuse the profanity, but I feel strongly about this).


You never, ever know when your health may change. I've been an avid cyclist (some would say obsessed) for over a...
12-14-18, 07:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,708
Posted By Buglady

Penalty for doing this in my shop is you have to...

Penalty for doing this in my shop is you have to buy donuts for everyone...

This has *sort of* worked to make the junior mechanics more careful, but on the other hand all the senior mechanics are...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-18, 03:22 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 17,228
Posted By Buglady

That can change quickly, I found out :/

That can change quickly, I found out :/
12-14-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 805
Posted By Buglady

As others have said - not COMPLETELY slip proof,...

As others have said - not COMPLETELY slip proof, but about a million times better than using summer tires! I've used Schwalbe Winter (used to be called Snow Stud, with 2 rows of studs) for ten years,...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-18, 09:27 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 17,228
Posted By Buglady

Can't answer for Norway, but Calgary has been...

Can't answer for Norway, but Calgary has been pretty wintry since the first week of October, and I've been trucking along just fine! My e-bike has a mid-mount Bosch motor, so the weight is quite low...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-18, 09:11 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 17,228
Posted By Buglady

I bought an e-bike in August and I have ridden it...

I bought an e-bike in August and I have ridden it to work almost every single day since - the exceptions being three snowy days that happened before I could get my winter tires, in October (because...
12-07-18, 08:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,256
Posted By Buglady

It's pretty common for machine built wheels to...

It's pretty common for machine built wheels to "settle in" over the first 100km or so and go out of true - even to the point of loosening spokes badly. You should have the wheel trued as soon as...
12-05-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,347
Posted By Buglady

Agree on both points! I have Reynauds and the...

Agree on both points! I have Reynauds and the beginnings of arthritis in my hands (which is concerning since I'm a mechanic and a knitter and I NEED my hands). Active warming for me is usually best...
10-03-18, 08:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,248
Posted By Buglady

Exactly this. I haven't done a long ride like...

Exactly this. I haven't done a long ride like yours on the e-bike (sounds wonderful!), but the steep hills on my homeward commute are so much more manageable. I'm still putting in effort, similar to...
10-03-18, 06:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,998
Posted By Buglady

Haven't switched - added to the fleet! But I...

Haven't switched - added to the fleet! But I confess I haven't ridden any other bike in a while, because it is such a nice change to be able to go placed without becoming so exhausted I can't enjoy...
10-03-18, 05:10 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,142
Posted By Buglady

Last person who said "but isn't that cheating"...

Last person who said "but isn't that cheating" got ALL the gory details of the reason I now have an e-bike... I have photos from the surgery where various internal organs were rearranged and unstuck...
10-03-18, 01:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,248
Posted By Buglady

I've been a commuter cyclist and car free since...

I've been a commuter cyclist and car free since 2005. Three years ago some serious health issues took me off the bike. (Some of my internal organs decided they wanted to kill me. It was unpleasant)....
10-03-18, 12:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,714
Posted By Buglady

I have Reynaud's (poor circulation in hands) and...

I have Reynaud's (poor circulation in hands) and I live in Calgary, so... I wear gloves for thermal reasons more often than not, year round!

I use layers on my hands the same way I do on my body:...
01-12-18, 08:24 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,153
Posted By Buglady

Same here - one rigid 26" bike with Schwalbe...

Same here - one rigid 26" bike with Schwalbe Winters (soon to be upgraded to Marathon Winter) for snowy/icy/ugly days, and Continental Top Contact Winter non-studded but "sticky" tires on my hybrid...
11-03-16, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,539
Posted By Buglady

I've owned a Travoy for four years. It works very...

I've owned a Travoy for four years. It works very well in any conditions where my bike's winter tires are effective - in other words, in fresh deep snow, no, but on hardpack snow or a mostly cleared...
01-08-15, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,164
Posted By Buglady

That's pretty well all I've ever done - maybe...

That's pretty well all I've ever done - maybe bounce the bike a couple of times to knock off the worst of the snow/slush/crud outside, then bring it into the apartment (tiled entryway, so a tarp...
01-03-15, 06:50 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 32,459
Posted By Buglady

I did NOT know this! I'm going to see if my Dad...

I did NOT know this! I'm going to see if my Dad knows it... he collects guns, mostly much older, though (black powder era). (I come from an interesting family. And I clearly come by my collecting...
01-03-15, 06:41 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 32,459
Posted By Buglady

Oh, you have GOT to meet my mother. She lives in...

Oh, you have GOT to meet my mother. She lives in Lacombe and has more sewing machines than I do bicycles! Two of them are the twins of the ones in your first post - the Bernina is one I actually...
12-29-14, 07:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 932
Posted By Buglady

If I may - the Maxxis Holy Rollers are not a...

If I may - the Maxxis Holy Rollers are not a winter specific tire. They're meant for a range of surfaces, but in cold weather the rubber compound is going to harden up and affect your traction, and...
12-19-14, 08:00 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,729
Posted By Buglady

I'm not sure what you were looking at but there...

I'm not sure what you were looking at but there is a link that says "Schedules" right on the front page of the the Transit website. They changed it fairly recently, though; perhaps you were looking...
12-18-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,729
Posted By Buglady

Carless in Calgary for ten years in April, can...

Carless in Calgary for ten years in April, can confirm they are Doin It Wrong. I have used bus, train, bike, walking, and sometimes cheated by borrowing friend's cars, but I always come back to bike...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-14, 12:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,231
Posted By Buglady

I'm pretty sure this forum is full of horrible...

I'm pretty sure this forum is full of horrible enablers :lol:
12-15-14, 11:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,855
Posted By Buglady

I had to laugh when I saw a Castelli jersey at...

I had to laugh when I saw a Castelli jersey at work (MEC) and in the description it said it was for "cool weather cycling." So far so good - it was a wool blend, long sleeve thing - but the product...
12-01-14, 03:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,458
Posted By Buglady

Answered above. 1 set 700X37 Top Contact Winter...

Answered above. 1 set 700X37 Top Contact Winter (non studded) at 35 psi, on flat bar road bike. No falls, but I don't ride this bike unless the weather and the pavement are pretty clear. Foul weather...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-14, 02:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,416
Posted By Buglady

I tend to agree with Cycle_maven that soemthing...

I tend to agree with Cycle_maven that soemthing else may be at play here. I'd check with a doctor if I were you... but what you're describing sounds a lot like my sister's neurovascular headaches,...
11-30-14, 11:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,458
Posted By Buglady

I run my tires at pretty low pressure (35 psi for...

I run my tires at pretty low pressure (35 psi for the Top Contact Winter, 30 for the 26" studded tires; both are per manufacturer's recommendations). I'm not a big person though and that probably...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,703
Posted By Buglady

I tuck the battery pack into the top of my...

I tuck the battery pack into the top of my saddlebag :)
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