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Forum: Commuting
06-22-08, 09:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,415
Posted By discosaurus

Why not just ride a while and decide what you...

Why not just ride a while and decide what you actually need? Don't buy a bunch of gear that may go virtually unused. Unless your commute is super long or in remote areas, all that stuff is kind of...
06-10-08, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By discosaurus

Will you ride the bike a lot if you rebuild it? ...

Will you ride the bike a lot if you rebuild it?

Answer that, and there's the answer to your question.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-08, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 659
Posted By discosaurus

When my commute was 8 miles, I used an Arkel Bug...

When my commute was 8 miles, I used an Arkel Bug to carry my stuff on the bike, and I didn't ride fast enough to get super sweaty. I rode a hybridized mountain bike, then an upright hybrid when the...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-08, 02:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 19,613
Posted By discosaurus

AHHH!!! <3 <3 <3

AHHH!!! <3 <3 <3
Forum: Commuting
05-08-08, 09:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 727
Posted By discosaurus

Ya, a few years ago my winter bike suffered a lot...

Ya, a few years ago my winter bike suffered a lot of the same problems. But it was not only rain, but a combination of dirty roads, ice, salt, and my negligence. For me it's a fair trade off to take...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-08, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 727
Posted By discosaurus

Not rust exactly, but aluminum corrodes as easily...

Not rust exactly, but aluminum corrodes as easily as steel. I wrecked a frame riding it in the winter and not taking care to rinse off road salt. Big hole in the chainstay.

With a little care...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-08, 08:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 727
Posted By discosaurus

Riding in the rain occasionally will not hurt a...

Riding in the rain occasionally will not hurt a bike.

That said, having a rain bike is a good excuse to have a backup! My "rain bike" is a great beater with fenders, a chainring guard, and a...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 08:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,840
Posted By discosaurus

haha word.

haha word.
Forum: Commuting
04-28-08, 05:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 629
Posted By discosaurus

Mine came with 700x38. There is room for much,...

Mine came with 700x38. There is room for much, much bigger. Probably up to 700x45, or something like 29x1.75 mountain bike tires. Maybe even up to 29x2.0, but don't take my word for it.
Forum: Commuting
04-21-08, 10:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,236
Posted By discosaurus

+1!!! Arkel bags are so, so good. If you're...

+1!!!

Arkel bags are so, so good. If you're willing to throw down some cash, it is well worth it.
Forum: Commuting
04-21-08, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 593
Posted By discosaurus

700x23 were too narrow for my hybrid, but I found...

700x23 were too narrow for my hybrid, but I found the Soma everwear 700x26 to be perfect. They can take pretty high pressure too, up to 120-ish psi. I never flatted once in a thousand miles on those,...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-08, 10:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,717
Posted By discosaurus

I had a Cypress with only about 2,000 miles on...

I had a Cypress with only about 2,000 miles on it. The wheels are not great, they needed truing every couple weeks. I'm pretty small (113 lbs.) , so if I'm banging wheels up that badly I can't...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 03:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,236
Posted By discosaurus

Two cables side by side. One end hooked at the...

Two cables side by side. One end hooked at the bottom of the rack (like where the pannier cable hooks), wrapped around the pannier and over top of the load, then hooked on the top of the rack. It's...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,236
Posted By discosaurus

Yea, they can be kind of floppy, but when I'm...

Yea, they can be kind of floppy, but when I'm carrying huge things like watermelons or cases of beer I use a couple elastic cables to tie it down. It works well enough for the way I ride.

I only...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 11:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,407
Posted By discosaurus

I guess I'll be the only vote for a hybrid....

I guess I'll be the only vote for a hybrid. Unless you want to do lots of off road riding, a mountain bike is way too much bike for exclusively urban riding. Also, a hybrid won't give you any...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By discosaurus

ow. Tendinitis sucks. I've had it in my hands,...

ow. Tendinitis sucks. I've had it in my hands, ankles, legs, elbows... If you rest and take care of it, it could go away in less than a week. If not, it could take months. Wait until it stops...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-08, 04:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,236
Posted By discosaurus

The Nashbar townie basket is back!!! (maybe) I...

The Nashbar townie basket is back!!! (maybe) I saw it in the last paper catalog, but it's not on the website. Hmmm...
04-15-08, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,056
Posted By discosaurus

They sweep back. You can flip them either way...

They sweep back. You can flip them either way though, so they drop or rise, depending on your preference.

You could do them either taped or with grips. The tape is nice because you can move your...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-08, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,007
Posted By discosaurus

Me too. And I like your attitude. I think...

Me too. And I like your attitude.

I think the letter was respectful, and that is good business practice. Not only because it makes money, but because it makes customers (current and potential)...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-08, 02:34 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,841
Posted By discosaurus

4000 miles (6437 km) is my general goal. I...

4000 miles (6437 km) is my general goal. I promised myself a new bike if I ride 5000 miles, but it's not looking good.

I only have around 500 miles so far. I really need to pick it up as soon as...
04-02-08, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,056
Posted By discosaurus

Do it! I had the Sparrow bars on my 7.2FX, and...

Do it! I had the Sparrow bars on my 7.2FX, and loved loved loved it. It's important to note that the black only comes in the 520mm width, which I think is perfect for that bike, both the size and...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-08, 09:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By discosaurus

My beater's bar tape is way too fancy for the...

My beater's bar tape is way too fancy for the bike (Specialized Roubaix (http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/productDetails.asp?productID=14469&catID=135)). It's kind of springy and rubbery, and the texture...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-08, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 738
Posted By discosaurus

WD-40 and a scrub brush or scotch brite pad...

WD-40 and a scrub brush or scotch brite pad should do it for minor surface rust. You can grease everything, but ultimately the bike also needs a good rinse or wipe down after every salty winter ride....
01-26-08, 12:59 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,750
Posted By discosaurus

+1 China and India are following the example...

+1

China and India are following the example we set. And now we are blaming them for supposedly starting the problem(s).
01-25-08, 02:36 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,750
Posted By discosaurus

With a little creativity and persistence--and I...

With a little creativity and persistence--and I do mean a little, it truly doesn't take much--parts can be found for anything. Updating my early 70's Raleigh with a new wheelset and drivetrain only...
01-24-08, 07:16 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,750
Posted By discosaurus

Word. I think that video, and this...

Word.

I think that video, and this discussion, is more encouraging and inspiring than depressing.
01-24-08, 07:16 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,750
Posted By discosaurus

How we spend our money is how we vote on what...

How we spend our money is how we vote on what exists in the world. I try to make decisions based on whether or not I want to contribute to a certain product, policy, or company's business practices. ...
01-21-08, 08:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 854
Posted By discosaurus

I only have 2 bikes right now, but I have room...

I only have 2 bikes right now, but I have room for 3. I hang them by the front wheel from coated hooks in a 2x4 screwed through the drywall into studs. I'm also a college student, so I can get away...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-08, 04:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,935
Posted By discosaurus

Do you have a mountain bike? If not, the FX is...

Do you have a mountain bike? If not, the FX is definitely capable of all but the craziest singletrack, but you'd probably want to invest in a second, sturdier wheelset with cross or mtb tires. I ...
01-19-08, 07:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,915
Posted By discosaurus

Yes, this bike will suit most of your purposes,...

Yes, this bike will suit most of your purposes, if you're willing to make a few small compromises. It's a great commuter and a lot of bike for the price, especially if it's reduced to $380! I've...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,237
Posted By discosaurus

I'm guessing they know nothing about women...

I'm guessing they know nothing about women either.

I would offer something to this thread, but the idea that 32 miles is too much for a woman, but not a man, is the most ridiculous thing I've ever...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-08, 08:31 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,138
Posted By discosaurus

I'm in. In my 3 years of commuting I've never had...

I'm in. In my 3 years of commuting I've never had a flat. Never had one on any other ride.
Forum: Commuting
01-13-08, 08:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,569
Posted By discosaurus

I wear one like this from REI: ...

I wear one like this from REI:
http://www.rei.com/product/757202?vcat=REI_SSHP_WOMENS_CLOTHING_TOC

It's just a fleece band, not too thick, and it keeps out the wind and cold until a bit below...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-08, 06:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,657
Posted By discosaurus

You forgot "and fun!"

You forgot "and fun!"
01-11-08, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 688
Posted By discosaurus

For kids, it makes sense, as does riding on the...

For kids, it makes sense, as does riding on the sidewalk. That is how I learned to ride in the late 80s.

When I started riding a full sized bike on the road I was taught to ride as traffic. That...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-08, 01:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,000
Posted By discosaurus

I suck up my pride and walk. Or use the small...

I suck up my pride and walk. Or use the small chainring. But walking is probably faster than pushing 28/18.
Forum: Commuting
01-11-08, 01:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,346
Posted By discosaurus

I shoot for a 500+ calorie breakfast, which is...

I shoot for a 500+ calorie breakfast, which is about 1/4 of my daily calories in the winter, and only about 20% in the summer.

I think the idea is that breakfast should be just enough to wake up...
01-10-08, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 816
Posted By discosaurus

That bar is awesome. I ride it on my main bike,...

That bar is awesome. I ride it on my main bike, sometimes wrapped, sometimes with grips. The shifters won't fit past the curve, but it's a pretty tight bend compared to moustache bars. It's nice and...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 555
Views: 28,372
Posted By discosaurus

Old thread. New stuff: A) Occupation -...

Old thread. New stuff:

A) Occupation - Student

B) Commuting Distance - about 2.6 miles RT

C) When at work I - don't have to change, but I wipe off my face in the summer

D) Where bike is...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-08, 12:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,346
Posted By discosaurus

I break weekday breakfast into 3 parts. I can't...

I break weekday breakfast into 3 parts. I can't fit enough calories in my belly at once, so I eat all the time. 1. At home I eat about 300 calories, which is usually a cup of yogurt and granola, hot...
Forum: Commuting
01-09-08, 06:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,178
Posted By discosaurus

Yes. Yes.

Yes. Yes.
Forum: Commuting
01-09-08, 09:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,762
Posted By discosaurus

The Arkel Bug is a great bag, and you can pack a...

The Arkel Bug is a great bag, and you can pack a lot of stuff into it. But for a daypack, I like to have some room to dig around in my bag, not stuffed to the gills. It's hard to take out a notebook...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-08, 09:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 827
Posted By discosaurus

There was some heavy rain (i got soaked) and...

There was some heavy rain (i got soaked) and thunder rumbles. It was crazy windy, and I had two frozen pizzas and 3-32 oz. beers in my mess bag, which is a bulky, floppy, unwieldy load for a small...
01-07-08, 06:20 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,699
Posted By discosaurus

+1 St. Louis is in the same position with...

+1

St. Louis is in the same position with light rail and bus service. Unfortunately, the city doesn't have the density and money to push for more light rail, so out to the 'burbs it goes.

I...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-08, 06:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,795
Posted By discosaurus

+1 I've seen this a lot in my hometown. On...

+1

I've seen this a lot in my hometown. On top of whiny homeowners that fear change, the aldermanic system in StL is ridiculous. None of the aldermen are concerned with anything outside their own...
01-07-08, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 919
Posted By discosaurus

I don't see a problem with a partial ban. It's...

I don't see a problem with a partial ban. It's not a bad idea to keep bikes off crowded walking paths. Maybe it would be better to allow bikes on some paths, but not all, since the campus is so huge....
Forum: Commuting
01-07-08, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By discosaurus

The Velocouture flickr group has changed my life....

The Velocouture flickr group has changed my life. I've posted a handful of pictures there, too. I'm the cute one! :p
http://www.flickr.com/groups/velocouture/
01-06-08, 05:55 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 84,533
Posted By discosaurus

^^ the white crosscheck looks nice! I...

^^ the white crosscheck looks nice!

I almost always see them in black, but the white ones are so pretty!
01-05-08, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By discosaurus

I think they have a detergent that dissolves...

I think they have a detergent that dissolves proteins, like the goo that's in sweat. Regular laundry detergents do not have this, but some of the pre-wash stain busters do.
01-05-08, 04:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,382
Posted By discosaurus

Southside St. Louis: Hartford coffee Rolla,...

Southside St. Louis: Hartford coffee

Rolla, MO: Giddy Goat (it's the only coffee shop in town, but it's good stuff.)
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