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Posted By reidconti

Just to close the loop, last followup. They...

Just to close the loop, last followup.

They never replied to my request to cancel my order.

Finally, 13 days after I placed the order, they informed me one of my "in stock, ships in 2-3 days...
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Views: 21,525
Posted By reidconti

Yeah, it's obviously a legitimate business but...

Yeah, it's obviously a legitimate business but they're either simultaneously running a scam (skimming off the orders people don't bother to cancel), or just utterly incompetent. Again, caveat emptor,...
Replies: 72
Views: 21,525
Posted By reidconti

Pretty cool, seems like if you post a critical...

Pretty cool, seems like if you post a critical review of their store, you get dumped on here. Nice.

I'll await mine. Ordered 2 parts with huge amounts in stock (chainring and crank tool), paid...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-18, 02:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,528
Posted By reidconti

Here in the SF Bay area, pretty much all of the...

Here in the SF Bay area, pretty much all of the rain for the year has fallen between mid-march and.. today. Coincidentally, all days where my fender-equipped commuter has been out with a broken drive...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,799
Posted By reidconti

Ditto. The first week with my Shutter Precision...

Ditto. The first week with my Shutter Precision hub and lights, I was actually surprised that I could notice the difference between on and off-- sometimes felt like a 1 gear difference. I would only...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-18, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By reidconti

I was worried about using too much belt tension...

I was worried about using too much belt tension as it makes the whole thing feel like it's "binding" and that seems bad. Also, it was grooving the crap out of my chainring.

However, I got great...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-18, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By reidconti

Thanks for the tip!! I'm finding it hard to find...

Thanks for the tip!! I'm finding it hard to find resources on belt drive bikes, but, as usual, it's just a matter of finding the right 'scene' and then the information is easy to find. If the tooth...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-18, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,135
Posted By reidconti

I live in the bay area, it's always excellent...

I live in the bay area, it's always excellent weather for commuting :) I'm just not sure I want to invest the time involved in 44mi/day for 4 months. Particularly as the route is not quite as good; I...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-18, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By reidconti

Got ahold of REI today; the 'master tech' working...

Got ahold of REI today; the 'master tech' working on the bike is not in, but they're still waiting on parts -- the person I spoke with said they had to order the part *through Ghost* in Germany....
Forum: Commuting
03-17-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,135
Posted By reidconti

Plans to bike commute for 1 year: likely foiled!

I've been a (very) occasional bike commuter over the past decade or so. Maybe 5-10x/year back when I had a 56mi r/t commute (only on days long enough to give me adequate daylight in both...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-18, 12:14 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,528
Posted By reidconti

Going the wrong way! I used to commute from Santa...

Going the wrong way! I used to commute from Santa Clara up to Redwood Shores and it was great; calm winds in the AM, nice consistent 8-10mph tailwind almost every day home riding down the bay!
...
03-16-18, 05:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,809
Posted By reidconti

^^^ I got a tip (I thought it was in this thread,...

^^^ I got a tip (I thought it was in this thread, but now I'm not finding it) that it is actually 8th gear on my hub. Basically, whichever one takes off the most cable tension. I can easily remove...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-18, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By reidconti

Thanks, that helps. I already filled out one web...

Thanks, that helps. I already filled out one web form but their captcha image was broken so it was a waste of time. Hopefully this one works better. Support via twitter is hit or miss, usually takes...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-18, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By reidconti

^ thanks for the H2 tip. Not sure if my LBS uses...

^ thanks for the H2 tip. Not sure if my LBS uses them, I'll check it out. Then they could tell me based on the catalog what the size options are and what i have to consider/worry about in terms of...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By reidconti

Where to source Continental belts in the US?

Hello,

I've got a commuter bike with belt drive that is proving to be a massive pain in the ass.

Once again, it's down with drive issues, this time a snapped belt, after 1500 miles. I simply...
03-16-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,809
Posted By reidconti

Well, to followup, I've got Marathon Plus on my...

Well, to followup, I've got Marathon Plus on my bike now; got a flat the first month or so, but it was a MASSIVE nail (taller than the height of the tire, so it was stabbing all the way into the...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-17, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 105,433
Posted By reidconti

I use 35s (going down to 32s) on my 6mi each way...

I use 35s (going down to 32s) on my 6mi each way commute. I'm also rocking Schwalbe Marathon Plus which apparently are virtually impervious to flats. I couldn't find them in 35, hence the downsizing....
11-30-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 9,094
Posted By reidconti

Funny thing is, my motorcycle helmet has "helmet...

Funny thing is, my motorcycle helmet has "helmet speakers" that fit right againt my ears (what are the odds? :) )

Blurring the line between headphones and speakers :)
11-29-17, 07:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,809
Posted By reidconti

You're my hero :thumb: It's 100x easier in 8th....

You're my hero :thumb: It's 100x easier in 8th. The tension can easily be removed by hand, AND as a bonus, the cable stop (or whatever it's called) is in a position where it can be easily manipulated...
11-29-17, 04:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,809
Posted By reidconti

Thanks for the helpful comments, folks. Internet...

Thanks for the helpful comments, folks. Internet was down at work so I came home early, gonna do the swap again and see what went wrong with my last tube. I've got tube protectors between the tire...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-17, 12:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,447
Posted By reidconti

Okay, early days for me. 12 miles daily,...

Okay, early days for me.

12 miles daily, 220# rider, 10+lbs in the panniers, no adjustments yet. But I've only done about 2 months so far. I've followed a few of these threads and never heard...
11-29-17, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,809
Posted By reidconti

My rear wheel removes by sliding forward and down...

My rear wheel removes by sliding forward and down in a track parallel with the mounting bracket for my brake caliper.
However, the caliper itself is mounted slightly rotated so it impedes forward...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-17, 12:37 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,447
Posted By reidconti

I pretty much like the way my Alfine 8 works and...

I pretty much like the way my Alfine 8 works and shifts.

As I'm sitting at work with a flat rear tire, I'm bloody hating the thing.

FORGET about roadside repairs, IMO. I just posted this...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-17, 12:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,111
Posted By reidconti

Flats. When I started bike commuting full-time a...

Flats. When I started bike commuting full-time a few months ago, I went from a single speed with eggbeaters to a proper commuter with panniers and flat pedals and stuff. I love it. No more swapping...
11-29-17, 12:20 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 9,094
Posted By reidconti

I haven't yet, but I'm getting a hankering to...

I haven't yet, but I'm getting a hankering to listen to podcasts on my commute to work like I was when I was driving.

I've got some Jaybird X3s but they isolate too much and I don't want the...
11-29-17, 12:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,809
Posted By reidconti

Does it have to be a colossal pain to change a rear tire on a geared hub bike?

... or is it just my bike?

My commuter is a Ghost Square Urban 6 (REI is the exclusive distributor of Ghost (a German brand) in the US so I'm sure plenty of folks have never heard of them).
...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-17, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 105,433
Posted By reidconti

Getting a bit cold in the SF Bay Area. Mid-40s...

Getting a bit cold in the SF Bay Area. Mid-40s overnight which means when I start out with shorts+tights and a sweatshirt and long finger gloves, it can be a bit too chilly in the shade.

Got a...
10-20-17, 04:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,571
Posted By reidconti

Love my Suunto Ambit. Never used it to follow...

Love my Suunto Ambit. Never used it to follow routes and such though.
10-20-17, 04:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,772
Posted By reidconti

I highly recommend getting something with a good...

I highly recommend getting something with a good cutoff. Running an IQ-X off my hub generator now, the light output is simply astounding. If I put my Planet Bike "2 watt" LED headlight on high, and...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-17, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 105,433
Posted By reidconti

My commute is short compared to yours (12mi r/t)...

My commute is short compared to yours (12mi r/t) but I'm new to bike commuting and have done every day of the week for 9 weeks straight now. Most mornings I get up early and do 45mins on the Peloton...
Forum: Touring
10-20-17, 04:09 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 14,061
Posted By reidconti

Got everything setup and I'm really happy with...

Got everything setup and I'm really happy with it. Shutter Precision hub, Busch and Mueller IQ-X headlamp, Busch and Mueller brake-tec taillight. The headlight lights almost immediately, with some...
Forum: Touring
08-29-17, 05:22 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 14,061
Posted By reidconti

Thanks folks. Makes sense as the brightness of an...

Thanks folks. Makes sense as the brightness of an LED is just a modulated pulse anyway. Talking to my shop soon about the build, hopefully the wheel I have can be built with the SP and if not,...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-17, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 105,433
Posted By reidconti

Amazing! Just started a new job. 6mi each way on...

Amazing! Just started a new job. 6mi each way on Palo Alto surface streets with a bike bridge over the freeway straight into the office. Bought a commuter bike with flat pedals and a rack, working on...
Forum: Touring
08-29-17, 11:29 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 14,061
Posted By reidconti

Sorry to hijack this slightly-outdated thread,...

Sorry to hijack this slightly-outdated thread, but it was the closest to what I'm looking for.

I've got a commuter bike that I just bought, and I want to have the front wheel rebuilt with a...
04-26-11, 01:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,989
Posted By reidconti

I used to ride Santa Clara to Redwood Shores. ...

I used to ride Santa Clara to Redwood Shores. Your stretch, I'd do middlefield to Rengstorff, over to the east side by Google, ride up along east bayshore all the way thru EPA, then out to 84 (on...
01-27-11, 05:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 940
Posted By reidconti

Went to college to find a service job? Must be...

Went to college to find a service job? Must be an English major! :)

Basically, yeah, you won't know where you want to live until you have a job. South Bay/Peninsula is nice for cycling (more...
Forum: Foo
12-31-10, 08:29 PM
Replies: 800
Views: 49,854
Posted By reidconti

Dig the Kona Blue 'Stang. Coyote motor must be a...

Dig the Kona Blue 'Stang. Coyote motor must be a hoot. Hell, I drove a 2011 V6 Mustang 'vert in Hawaii, and it was actually a decent car -- try saying that about the pre-2010 V6! I can only...
Forum: Foo
12-30-10, 10:00 PM
Replies: 800
Views: 49,854
Posted By reidconti

When I saw the email update for this thread, I...

When I saw the email update for this thread, I thought this comment was on a motorcycle forum I'm a member of.

Take that as you wish
09-20-10, 10:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,008
Posted By reidconti

That's not necessary; it's implied. :p

That's not necessary; it's implied. :p
09-20-10, 03:49 PM
Replies: 920
Views: 186,448
Posted By reidconti

Nice pic at Crater Lake! The girlfriend and I...

Nice pic at Crater Lake! The girlfriend and I tried to bike around it at the end of June, but only 1/3rd of the road was open.. so we did a 22mi out-and-back ride.. most of the distance, but didn't...
09-09-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 21,714
Posted By reidconti

Did a 26:18 on OLH a couple of weeks ago, bested...

Did a 26:18 on OLH a couple of weeks ago, bested my previous by over 3 minutes!
05-06-10, 09:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By reidconti

Thank you so much Henry! I will definitely stop...

Thank you so much Henry! I will definitely stop by there! Of course, if I can buy all the parts in one place, who knows, I may end up just buying a complete bike.. slippery slope. Then again, if I...
05-05-10, 10:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By reidconti

I'm a short-inseam 5'10".. IIRC my road bike is a...

I'm a short-inseam 5'10".. IIRC my road bike is a 54cm. Pretty sure my legs are too short, I'm about a 31" inseam.
05-05-10, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By reidconti

That's about the ballpark I'm thinking. 500ish....

That's about the ballpark I'm thinking. 500ish. I'm sure I'll end up spending more once I start looking at trick individual components though. I saw a cromoly frame, lost the name, 4 letters,...
05-05-10, 08:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,584
Posted By reidconti

I love California. Despite the nanny state laws...

I love California. Despite the nanny state laws people complain about all the time, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

The weather is incredible, all the time. It makes such a huge...
05-05-10, 08:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By reidconti

Building a fixie for my new commute!

Hey y'all, long time no see! Haven't been going on any group rides or long rides lately, mostly just 20-25 mile loops from the girlfriend's place. Actually I've been leaving my road bike there...
03-31-10, 10:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,617
Posted By reidconti

The crazy descents are the best part! I hit...

The crazy descents are the best part! I hit 53mph coming down Monitor into Topaz.
03-16-10, 05:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
Posted By reidconti

damn, that looks awesome! The hills are soooo...

damn, that looks awesome! The hills are soooo green. I wish I could have made it out, but was up in the mountains celebrating my birthday.
03-15-10, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By reidconti

Google confirms it: my bike commute sucks. It's...

Google confirms it: my bike commute sucks. It's sure a good starting point though. It took me a lot of time to develop my crappy route from scratch, wish I had this option back then.
03-03-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By reidconti

I really enjoy the OLH descent. Pavement is...

I really enjoy the OLH descent. Pavement is actually really good; some tar snakes in one area but it's a straightaway. Yeah, lotsa uphill traffic so you gotta take it really slow and tight on the...
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