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Forum: Commuting
06-24-16, 07:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,802
Posted By spivonious

I've thought about it, but I need my car in the...

I've thought about it, but I need my car in the evenings most days (various band rehearsals/concerts, etc). My commute was the main time I ride my bike, and I really miss it.
Forum: Commuting
06-23-16, 02:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,802
Posted By spivonious

Good to hear that you're enjoying your job. It...

Good to hear that you're enjoying your job. It makes it much easier to get up each morning when you enjoy what you do. And those falls are very pretty!


I have the opposite problem. I went from a...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-16, 09:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,169
Posted By spivonious

I had my wife drive me in on Monday and Tuesday...

I had my wife drive me in on Monday and Tuesday since my car couldn't get out of the driveway.

We've had enough melting now that I was able to ride in this morning. Lanes are a bit narrower than...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-16, 12:55 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 126,165
Posted By spivonious

Well that was a lot more snow than we expected....

Well that was a lot more snow than we expected. They were calling for 12-18" and we got 33".

I have no snow gear for my bike, so I normally drive the day after a big storm to check out the road...
01-19-16, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,582
Posted By spivonious

There's really a store called "Kum and Go" ?...

There's really a store called "Kum and Go" ? *snicker*
Forum: Commuting
01-19-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,720
Posted By spivonious

I would occasionally get migraines after riding...

I would occasionally get migraines after riding and it turned out to be that I was keeping too much tension in my shoulders. Since figuring that one out, I've only gotten a migraine from riding once...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-16, 01:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,293
Posted By spivonious

Higher TPI should equate to lower weight, better...

Higher TPI should equate to lower weight, better handling, and lower rolling resistance.

Lower TPI should equate to longer life and better puncture resistance.

I don't think you'll notice the...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-16, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 126,165
Posted By spivonious

12F with wind chill of -10F or so with gusty...

12F with wind chill of -10F or so with gusty crosswind. Two layers on my legs and three layers up top did the trick. I actually arrived at work a bit sweaty.

Feet just had medium-weight SmartWool...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 126,165
Posted By spivonious

We got some snow last night, so the road was a...

We got some snow last night, so the road was a little icy in spots. I was able to avoid it by riding farther from the edge of the road. Of course, this resulted in some close passes by people who...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-16, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 126,165
Posted By spivonious

Excellent on-road technique, Patrick!

Excellent on-road technique, Patrick!
Forum: Commuting
01-05-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 923
Posted By spivonious

Just put some more rim tape over the hole and you...

Just put some more rim tape over the hole and you should be good.
Forum: Commuting
01-05-16, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 126,165
Posted By spivonious

Rear brakes froze right out of the garage this...

Rear brakes froze right out of the garage this morning. Must be some water in the cable housing.
Forum: Commuting
01-04-16, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 126,165
Posted By spivonious

It felt super windy this morning, but the weather...

It felt super windy this morning, but the weather report said it was only 10mph. I guess 10mph constant headwind after a holiday weekend is tougher than I thought.
Forum: Commuting
12-30-15, 12:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,134
Posted By spivonious

TransitBiker - I was in the same boat as you this...

TransitBiker - I was in the same boat as you this Summer. I ended up getting a Bianchi Volpe Disc. Increased my average speed from 12mph to 16mph and it's much more fun to ride than my Trek Allant....
Forum: Commuting
12-29-15, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Light rain while coming in this morning. My face...

Light rain while coming in this morning. My face was cold by the time I got to work...should have worn the face mask. Tailgated by an idiot coming down the hill out of my neighborhood. I forgot that...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-15, 10:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,855
Posted By spivonious

You can ride pretty much anything on a 2 mile...

You can ride pretty much anything on a 2 mile commute. With the hilliness, you'd definitely want something with multiple gears...probably a triple crankset up front, with an 11-32 set in the back.
...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-15, 10:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,045
Posted By spivonious

It's all about layers. My personal record is...

It's all about layers. My personal record is 9F...it typically doesn't get much colder here.

Get some good gloves and warm socks and don't be afraid to put on some ski goggles to protect your eyes.
Forum: Commuting
12-28-15, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Not looking forward to the cold, wet week, but at...

Not looking forward to the cold, wet week, but at least I got some nice presents for Christmas. :) Happy New Year everyone.
Forum: Commuting
12-28-15, 11:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By spivonious

Medium weight, and make sure your shoes aren't...

Medium weight, and make sure your shoes aren't too tight! I ride with medium weight and vented running sneakers down to about 15F and my toes are fine after 30 minutes. Loosening the laces was key....
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,299
Posted By spivonious

The only time I've seen that happen was when I...

The only time I've seen that happen was when I got a new chain installed on a worn out sprockets.
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 01:14 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,214
Posted By spivonious

You should sell your bike and go hide in your...

You should sell your bike and go hide in your car, cager! ;)
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Foggy this morning. I had a lady who insisted on...

Foggy this morning. I had a lady who insisted on trying to pass me going down a twisty hill. Since I hit 30-35mph on that downhill, she stayed next to me the whole time. MGIF!
Forum: Commuting
12-22-15, 08:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,262
Posted By spivonious

If I'm wearing regular pants, I tuck the right...

If I'm wearing regular pants, I tuck the right leg into my sock.
Forum: Commuting
12-18-15, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Rode my bike from work to meet my wife at the...

Rode my bike from work to meet my wife at the Star Wars premiere last night. Loaded it into her car and joined her in line. Highly recommended for any fans of the original three movies. Luckily the...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-15, 03:44 PM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Hopefully you get a good response.

Hopefully you get a good response.
Forum: Commuting
12-14-15, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

I didn't look at the thermometer before leaving...

I didn't look at the thermometer before leaving today, so I ended up at work soaked in sweat. Since when is it 57F at 7AM in mid-December?

Hopefully the forecast rain cools things down a bit.
Forum: Commuting
12-08-15, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Buffalo Buff - I don't see anything wrong with...

Buffalo Buff - I don't see anything wrong with your position, especially at the speeds you're going. I wouldn't have confronted the honker though; you never know who's behind the wheel or what...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-15, 01:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,410
Posted By spivonious

Wait, so you were in the same lane as the bus and...

Wait, so you were in the same lane as the bus and he hit you from behind? I hope you reported the incident to the bus company and the police. A driver who can't see things in front of him shouldn't...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-15, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Pretty thick fog an 28F, but luckily no icy roads.

Pretty thick fog an 28F, but luckily no icy roads.
Forum: Commuting
12-07-15, 08:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,126
Posted By spivonious

I got a Volpe Disc a few weeks ago. I love it! So...

I got a Volpe Disc a few weeks ago. I love it! So much faster than my upright aluminum hybrid, and much more comfortable. Average speeds went up 3mph and I no longer get rattled riding on chip seal...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-15, 09:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,677
Posted By spivonious

Make sure your front-back saddle position is...

Make sure your front-back saddle position is correct too.
Forum: Commuting
12-04-15, 08:19 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

I've fantasized about hopping into those cars and...

I've fantasized about hopping into those cars and moving them 50 feet.
Forum: Commuting
12-02-15, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Another rainy day here in PA. I really need to...

Another rainy day here in PA. I really need to figure out a way to keep my feet dry.
Forum: Commuting
12-02-15, 09:46 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,525
Posted By spivonious

$350 rain cape? No thanks, Bicycling.

$350 rain cape? No thanks, Bicycling.
Forum: Commuting
12-02-15, 09:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,281
Posted By spivonious

I think about it every year, but we just don't...

I think about it every year, but we just don't get enough snow to make it worth the investment. You looked very stable in the video.
Forum: Commuting
12-01-15, 10:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,933
Posted By spivonious

I wear some tapered leg running pants from...

I wear some tapered leg running pants from Target. They're decently thick, so they keep me warm down to about 25F. Below that I supplement with some tights underneath.

I change once at work. No...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-15, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

I'm very impressed with those who ride in the...

I'm very impressed with those who ride in the snow, especially in 8"+.

Rainy ride in this morning. I really need fenders for my new Bianchi.
Forum: Commuting
11-30-15, 01:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,208
Posted By spivonious

I'm really not sure why bikes need blind-spot...

I'm really not sure why bikes need blind-spot detection, but the turn-by-turn navigation is kind of cool. Actually, the bike price is reasonable when you consider that it has dynamo hubs and built-in...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-15, 10:12 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Very light traffic on the ride in this morning....

Very light traffic on the ride in this morning. Looking to be another beautiful day.
Forum: Commuting
11-25-15, 08:31 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Maybe the coldest morning yet this season at 28F....

Maybe the coldest morning yet this season at 28F. I got to wear my cold weather gear and not arrive at work all sweaty. :)
Forum: Commuting
11-20-15, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Yikes! Be safe out there @Tundra_Man...

Yikes! Be safe out there @Tundra_Man (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=175954) and jrickards.
Forum: Commuting
11-19-15, 02:35 PM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

Same here noglider. I sweated in my rain gear...

Same here noglider. I sweated in my rain gear this morning. It just started raining a few minutes ago, so it looks like I made the right decision.:)
Forum: Commuting
11-19-15, 01:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,564
Posted By spivonious

Ha, sounds like Portland problems. :) I'm lucky...

Ha, sounds like Portland problems. :) I'm lucky if someone even notices I rode instead of drove.
Forum: Commuting
11-19-15, 01:57 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,071
Posted By spivonious

I would consider setting some of them on solid....

I would consider setting some of them on solid. It's hard to judge distance with only blinking lights.
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 12:10 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,641
Posted By spivonious

You should contact the local animal shelter and...

You should contact the local animal shelter and have them take it.
Forum: Commuting
11-17-15, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,808
Posted By spivonious

Plastic newspaper bags. They look...

Plastic newspaper bags.

They look ridiculous, but they do the job.
Forum: Commuting
11-16-15, 10:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,023
Posted By spivonious

Sustained winds are always safe; just shift down...

Sustained winds are always safe; just shift down a few gears or lean into the wind. :)
Forum: Commuting
11-16-15, 10:17 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,105
Posted By spivonious

Funny, I went the other way (swept bars + indexed...

Funny, I went the other way (swept bars + indexed thumb shifters to drops with STIs).

Have you tried adjusting the position of the levers? It might help address your complaints.
Forum: Commuting
11-03-15, 07:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,053
Posted By spivonious

No incidents. I need to find a better place to...

No incidents. I need to find a better place to mount my headlight on my new bike though; it was partially blocked by the brake cables.

I have a potentially hairy left turn on my route, so I'm...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-15, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,892
Posted By spivonious

The front wheel came off?

The front wheel came off?
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