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12-08-17, 04:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,667
Posted By El Cid

No argument there. I'm sure we have the same...

No argument there. I'm sure we have the same number of ******** per capita as motorists.

But I can see why they would think otherwise. From inside a car, the rude cyclists are the only ones you...
12-08-17, 03:36 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,667
Posted By El Cid

I actually think the article is right on several...

I actually think the article is right on several points. Unessecary and un-used bike lanes cause more traffic congestion and hurt small downtown businesses where parking space is at a premium.
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12-08-17, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,458
Posted By El Cid

I agree that my SP failure is probably an...

I agree that my SP failure is probably an outlier, and part of that would be the fact that I store my bike outside 24/7 (no option to bring it in anywhere). That's why I'm shopping around for...
12-08-17, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,458
Posted By El Cid

Maybe Shutter Precision isn't so great after all

I've had a Shutter Precision dynamo hub for almost three years now; I'm on my second one actually.

The first one lasted about two years. On the second winter, I noticed the hub would freeze in...
07-16-17, 07:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,675
Posted By El Cid

I can shake a pedal and the whole crank assembly,...

I can shake a pedal and the whole crank assembly, chainring and all, will move back and forth a little as one piece. It was a bike mechanic who looked at that and said the bottom bracket was going. ...
07-11-17, 04:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,675
Posted By El Cid

As soon as I read your post I looked up bottom...

As soon as I read your post I looked up bottom brackets, and found them to be $15 at the low end, just like you said. I've been paying over $60 at the bike shop, so maybe I'll just buy my own from...
07-10-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,675
Posted By El Cid

How many miles on a bottom bracket?

I had a new bottom bracket installed last November, along with all my other work. I would normally expect about two years out of one BB (roughly 10000km per year in my case, mostly from commuting to...
04-04-16, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,757
Posted By El Cid

My Nicotene tires are two years old, and they've...

My Nicotene tires are two years old, and they've done pretty well for me with the old style of studs. Would these work even better? Maybe. Sooner or later I'll have to re-stud my tires, but I'm in...
Forum: Touring
03-22-16, 07:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,916
Posted By El Cid

I have to admit, I never bothered to check for a...

I have to admit, I never bothered to check for a hammock-specific forum. But thanks for the answers. I think I'll go cheap and try camping out in the backyard for a few nights. And if it works out...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 07:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,916
Posted By El Cid

Is the Hennessy Hammock worth it?

I was shopping online for a hammock, and found them ranging in price from $36 to $350. Hennessy hammocks were at the top end, and I can't see any substantial difference between them and the cheaper...
02-23-16, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,343
Posted By El Cid

Can an ovalized head tube be saved?

For a long, long time -- at least a year -- my bike has had a habit of rocking forward and backward as I come to a stop. It never occurred to me to address the problem, or even wonder what was...
12-17-15, 01:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,731
Posted By El Cid

I did a google search that lead me to Forbes.com,...

I did a google search that lead me to Forbes.com, where they said tht the average settlement for a dog bite was ~$26 000 last year.

Deliver this guy a legal notice telling him you'll sue if his...
11-28-15, 12:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,895
Posted By El Cid

I don't know if that is a perfect comparison. ...

I don't know if that is a perfect comparison. Variety is a good thing with bicycles themselves, but traffic laws are probably better when standardized across a wide area.
11-23-15, 08:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Posted By El Cid

I actually take the exact opposite philosophy,...

I actually take the exact opposite philosophy, bringing my bike inside to protect it. Southern Ontario usually has mild winters, just cold enough to melt, freeze, thaw, and so on every day. Taking...
11-09-15, 11:44 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 9,239
Posted By El Cid

I live in a small backwater town in Ontario, not...

I live in a small backwater town in Ontario, not far from Buffalo, NY. Last Christmas was warm enough to mow my lawn in a t-shirt, and there weren't even six weeks of actual cold and snow.

A year...
11-09-15, 08:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,536
Posted By El Cid

It wa about ten years ago that I gave up my car...

It wa about ten years ago that I gave up my car for good and started relying mainly on a bike to get around town. In that time, I've encountered one motorist with this type of road rage. One. In...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,870
Posted By El Cid

You say that your gore-tex overshoes lost their...

You say that your gore-tex overshoes lost their water resistance after a year, but that is easy to fix. All gore-tex fabric has a chemical treatment that eventually wears out and needs to be...
10-24-15, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,121
Posted By El Cid

I have almost never had any of those problems;...

I have almost never had any of those problems; just the occasional late bus. And that will often get exaggerated into "every bus" being late "all the time".

And most people without a car still...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-15, 07:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By El Cid

If you're not concerned about rain, maybe some...

If you're not concerned about rain, maybe some kind of reflective strip would be better? Something you could tie or stick on to the bag. But if you found a $10 cover with some reflective material...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-15, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By El Cid

That thing looks like way more than you need. My...

That thing looks like way more than you need. My backpack was $40 and came with its own rain cover. But you probably like the bag you have and don't want to replace the whole thing. I say you...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-15, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By El Cid

That's an interesting idea, not just for those on...

That's an interesting idea, not just for those on bikes but for everyone. If enough people used a mobile app this way, the city could compule statistics and direct repair crews accordingly. A...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-15, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Posted By El Cid

I wore sandals all summer, and as the weather...

I wore sandals all summer, and as the weather gets cooler I stretch a pair of neoprene overshoes on top. That'll be good until the weather is consistently below freezing, and then I'll go right to...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-15, 11:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By El Cid

In the OP, you don't specify the temperature, so...

In the OP, you don't specify the temperature, so I'll cover all my bases.

In summer, I wear sandals and don't care too much if I get soaked (I don't even need a change of clothes, since I don't do...
08-15-15, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By El Cid

Well it took a couple weeks but I solved the...

Well it took a couple weeks but I solved the mystery. I'm sharing it here just in case someone else runs into this problem.

I put one of my patched tubes into the wheel and tried again. Up to...
08-10-15, 07:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By El Cid

It occurred to me that the rim strip might be the...

It occurred to me that the rim strip might be the problem. It isn't adhesive, and doesn't even feel like rubber; more of a nylon compound. The one area of one strip looks heavily depressed, and...
08-09-15, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Posted By El Cid

This really blows

In the last two weeks, I've blows exactly four tubes -- three in the rear wheel and one in the front. Each time, the tube looked like it was ripped open, not like a clean cut or puncture. All four...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-15, 04:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,545
Posted By El Cid

When I first got my Edelux II, I regretted not...

When I first got my Edelux II, I regretted not getting a Luxos U for the usb port. But now that I've switched to a Galaxy S6, my original choice is just as well.

While most phones take a 5V...
08-04-15, 03:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,984
Posted By El Cid

My dad used to be a driving instructor -- did it...

My dad used to be a driving instructor -- did it for thirty years. He called this the 'hurry up and wait' mentality. It happens in town and on the freeway; people rush as fast as they can, only to...
07-28-15, 05:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 751
Posted By El Cid

Hot Deals

This is my favourite time to shop for next year's winter outerwear. I know three local stores that sell off old winter stock for half price during the warmer months. Anybody have a favourite...
07-28-15, 05:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,260
Posted By El Cid

This is a common complaint --that the road is a...

This is a common complaint --that the road is a shared resource that should not be given over to cars. But giving most of the road to cars is commensurate with the way most people get around. It is...
07-13-15, 03:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By El Cid

Ha, I bet most people can't afford professional...

Ha, I bet most people can't afford professional help. :P

And sometimes it can be fun to share these stories of great disasters that never were.
07-10-15, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By El Cid

Oh, all the dumb things I've done...

They say confession is good for the soul. And lets's face it, some of those bad drivers out there aren't the only dunderheads on the road. So in the spirit of being honest and fair, I've decided to...
Forum: Foo
07-02-15, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By El Cid

The cord came straight from an apple store. And...

The cord came straight from an apple store. And I went through all the obvious stuff long before I made a post. In fact, I've been through numerous technical forums and tried exacly five different...
Forum: Foo
06-29-15, 10:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By El Cid

I'm not sure we can blame Apple for this problem....

I'm not sure we can blame Apple for this problem. I'm sure iTunes would work, if I could just get the device recognized. But the driver is unsigned and Windows 7 is specifically prohibiting me from...
Forum: Foo
06-29-15, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By El Cid

The computer makes the one-two beeping noise when...

The computer makes the one-two beeping noise when I plug the cable in. In fact, the phone will recieve a charge from the usb port while the laptop is booting up, and then go back to not charging...
Forum: Foo
06-27-15, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By El Cid

I need technical help

So I installed iTunes on my laptop, and thought I would plug in my iphone 5 and, you know, do stuff with it. Problem is, the computer doesn't react to the phone. It doesn't exist as far as my...
06-27-15, 04:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,909
Posted By El Cid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc2iCjnTnN4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc2iCjnTnN4
05-31-15, 02:29 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,304
Posted By El Cid

People who don't know much know it the loudest.

People who don't know much know it the loudest.
05-12-15, 07:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,290
Posted By El Cid

Watch where you lock up

Anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

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05-11-15, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 627
Posted By El Cid

I'm actually in the habit of holding the pedals...

I'm actually in the habit of holding the pedals level all the time, and keeping my eyes open for obstacles on the ground. Weaving through cones actually sounds like a good exercise, and there are...
05-11-15, 03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,082
Posted By El Cid

Sorry for the misunderstanding. You didn't say...

Sorry for the misunderstanding. You didn't say you were on a divided highway, but the words "high speed" threw me off. So what you meant was a main arterial road through the city.

If you're...
05-10-15, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 627
Posted By El Cid

Welll, I'm moving along

This is starting out as my third summer hitting the local trails regularly (I also did it a few times back in February, but not often and I ended up doing a lot of walking). My skills are getting...
05-10-15, 05:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 921
Posted By El Cid

I ride about the same distance as you -- 10km...

I ride about the same distance as you -- 10km through town to get to my local trail system. Sorry to hear about the loss of your car; I lost my job years ago and went through hard times as well. If...
05-10-15, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By El Cid

In Alaska...

In Alaska (http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/flamingchickens/pointlesslaws.html), they needed a law to prohibit people from pushing a moose out of an airplane in flight. And at one of my older...
05-10-15, 04:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,082
Posted By El Cid

How often do you see municipal buses on a...

How often do you see municipal buses on a multi-lane highway? Are you riding down the expressway through town? Something about this doesn't add up.
05-03-15, 10:30 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,435
Posted By El Cid

I was once attacked by a rottweiler, badly enough...

I was once attacked by a rottweiler, badly enough to have to go to the hospital and get stitches in my arm. Would it be disgusting if I managed to kill it in self-defence?

The fact is, you don't...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-15, 10:17 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,579
Posted By El Cid

For most people, money is always a factor.

For most people, money is always a factor.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-15, 05:32 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,579
Posted By El Cid

If you ride in winter, you'll appreciate a dynamo...

If you ride in winter, you'll appreciate a dynamo hub. From my experience, batteries have a pathetically short life below -10C (14F), and don't work at all after -25C (-13F). Since you live in NYC,...
05-02-15, 04:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,923
Posted By El Cid

You should totally make it the forehead or the...

You should totally make it the forehead or the back of the right hand.
05-01-15, 03:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 855
Posted By El Cid

Actually, I just read up on the E-WERK from the...

Actually, I just read up on the E-WERK from the Busch & Mueller catalogue. From their catalogue: "At a speed of only 15 km/h, it charges as quickly as standard mains connected chargers." Since I'm...
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