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Forum: Commuting
03-10-18, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,317
Posted By Giant Doofus

I looked seriously at the Banjo Brothers too but...

I looked seriously at the Banjo Brothers too but opted for the Po Campo. Looks like that was a good choice. Itís not perfect, but for now it is the best Iíve found.

I had trouble getting pictures...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-18, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,317
Posted By Giant Doofus

Comparing Backpack Panniers - Po Campo and Two Wheel Gear

I have two backpacks that convert for use as panniers and thought it might be helpful for others to hear about how they compare.
The first is the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backback, which retails for...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-17, 12:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

I’m probably pumping the tires up twice a week....

I’m probably pumping the tires up twice a week. I’ve talked to several people at the co-op who seem to have similar issues with bent stems on prestas. These are also everyday transportation riders,...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-17, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

First, it sounds like you have trouble with...

First, it sounds like you have trouble with Schrader valves that I don’t have. If I were feeling snide, I might say that if you remove the pump head correctly, you shouldn’t get the problem you are...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-17, 10:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

Thatís a good thing to watch out for. They should...

Thatís a good thing to watch out for. They should arrive in the next few days, so Iíll run them as an experiment to see how it goes. Iíll report back here if I find anything worth reporting.
Forum: Commuting
11-13-17, 04:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

Ha! Buying more equipment is *always* the right...

Ha! Buying more equipment is *always* the right solution! By the way, the Topeak Road Morph-G is exactly the pump I use. I think Iíve had mine for 18 years now. It is one of those rare perfect things.
Forum: Commuting
11-13-17, 04:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

Iíve been using Schwalbe or Conti inner tubes,...

Iíve been using Schwalbe or Conti inner tubes, though Iíve also used Q tubes. My pumps are good too: Topeak Joe Blow and a Park Tool. This bike has 7800 miles on it after about 2.5 years. I love...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-17, 10:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

Good to know.

Good to know.
Forum: Commuting
11-13-17, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,068
Posted By Giant Doofus

I used to use the Vittoria Hypers but found that...

I used to use the Vittoria Hypers but found that they weren’t puncture resistant enough for the roads I ride. I replaced them with Vittoria Randonner Pros, 32mm, and have been very happy with them....
Forum: Commuting
11-13-17, 07:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

I use this kind of adapter now, but I do take it...

I use this kind of adapter now, but I do take it off to tighten the valve, which is cumbersome.



No, itís not the pump. I have two: a Joe Blow and a Park, both are very high quality.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-17, 07:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Giant Doofus

SKS longboard fenders

Iíve used SKS longboards with good luck.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

I might end up going this way. Iíve gotten weary...

I might end up going this way. Iíve gotten weary of how delicate and finicky presta valves can be. (In case anyone thinks Iím giving up too easily I should note that the relevant bike is two years...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-17, 07:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

Right. I think it means ďpermanentĒ in the sense...

Right. I think it means ďpermanentĒ in the sense that you donít take them off after each time you air up the tires.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-17, 11:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,341
Posted By Giant Doofus

Permanent Presta to Schrader adapter

I apologize if this has already been asked and answered. A search didnít turn up anything.

Does anyone use these permanent presta to schrader adapters?...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-28-17, 07:01 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

Yesterday I needed to haul it in and out of the...

Yesterday I needed to haul it in and out of the back of the car and up and down a flight of stairs. It was fine for both, but I wouldn't want to carry it for a much longer distance than that. I made...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-25-17, 06:37 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

It's fixed, though you could swap out the stem or...

It's fixed, though you could swap out the stem or handlebars to get some modest adjustment in height and reach. You tell them what height you want it to be when you order it. Is this case I chose an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-24-17, 06:58 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

No "noodliness" at all (at least not that is...

No "noodliness" at all (at least not that is detectable by me -- a not-very-sensitive rider). Maybe because there's no hinge in the main frame? The low trail geometry took a couple of miles to get...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-17, 06:01 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

It's here!

My bike arrived two days ago. I'm very impressed so far. It fits me beautifully, disappearing from my awareness as I ride, which for me is the test of a good fit. I'm not thinking about the bike or...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-17, 08:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,704
Posted By Giant Doofus

I did that once with a rubbing fender, but then...

I did that once with a rubbing fender, but then again, I am a Giant Doofus.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-08-17, 02:51 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

That looks like a good option too, but I don't...

That looks like a good option too, but I don't think I'd necessarily put more of a load on that rack than I would on the front carrier system I'll be using. I think the ****t should handle pretty...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-22-17, 02:31 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

Bingo! Yes, they can add the Brompton carrier...

Bingo! Yes, they can add the Brompton carrier block to the headtube of the PackIt. I just added that to my order. It was a $70 upgrade, but well worth it, I think. I'll put the most basic bag/basket...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-20-17, 06:40 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

Good idea. The attachment at the bottom of the...

Good idea. The attachment at the bottom of the pannier is the piece I'm having most trouble figuring out based on your photos. The pannier I'll use most often is a 2wheelgear backpack...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-16-17, 07:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

Cost of the panniers isn't an issue because I...

Cost of the panniers isn't an issue because I already own a variety of panniers that I use on my other bikes. It would be nice if I didn't have to buy new luggage for this one.

I thought about...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-16-17, 06:46 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

jur - That is brilliant! I'm going to head to a...

jur - That is brilliant! I'm going to head to a hardware store tomorrow to try this out. I have a Brooks saddle with hooks on it on another bike, so I should be able to get it ready to go before my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-16-17, 04:30 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

I'm intrigued. Look forward to hearing more and...

I'm intrigued. Look forward to hearing more and seeing pictures.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-16-17, 03:46 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

I placed the order today! My 8-speed derailleur...

I placed the order today! My 8-speed derailleur version of the ****t will ship on April 21 and should arrive by the 28th. That gives me a little over a week to test it out before I leave for a month...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-13-17, 10:19 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

It's great to hear from someone who has one. I...

It's great to hear from someone who has one. I like your bars and grips.



Yes, I'd love to hear more too.
tdonline - I'm planning to talk with Bike Friday by phone today or tomorrow, so I'll...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-12-17, 10:51 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

Good point. Yeah, I've seen that pic....

Good point.



Yeah, I've seen that pic. It looks pretty awful. I'm hoping they'll come up with a better solution. I do have a fendered bike that I can use on wet days in the meantime.


...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-11-17, 09:08 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

No worries. Threads get derailed all the time. I...

No worries. Threads get derailed all the time. I was just hoping to bring this one back on track. This is a great suggestion. I'll check in on FB to see what I can find out.

Abu Mahendra - Thanks...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-11-17, 06:04 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

OP here. Well, shoot, I was hoping to avoid a...

OP here. Well, shoot, I was hoping to avoid a debate about Bromptons. Should have known better.

Does anyone care to weigh in on the ****t itself? Specifically, I'm thinking about (1) ways to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

Very helpful info. Thanks. I think this bike will...

Very helpful info. Thanks. I think this bike will work perfectly for my needs if I can just sort out a good way to carry my stuff!
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

I'm not a kickstarter investor. The bike is now...

I'm not a kickstarter investor. The bike is now available for retail purchase. I have sent BF an inquiry about this as well. I was curious about the experience of Bike Forum members as well.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-09-17, 07:49 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,717
Posted By Giant Doofus

BF ****t - probably ordering next week

I've been thinking about a folder for a couple of years and think I'm finally ready to do it. I want a lightweight folder for multimodal commuting and air travel. I want it to fit easily in a...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-17, 06:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,861
Posted By Giant Doofus

Velo Orange posted on their blog a while back...

Velo Orange posted on their blog a while back that they are thinking about doing a mixte version of the Polyvalent with disc brakes. If they do, I'll be all over it.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-07-17, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,574
Posted By Giant Doofus

Good question. One of the things that has held me...

Good question. One of the things that has held me back from placing an order already is that I want to see what my options for carrying stuff will be. They announced some fenders on FB, but they...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-17, 07:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,574
Posted By Giant Doofus

I've been asking myself this same question. The...

I've been asking myself this same question. The BF ****t is appealing because I could get it in a derailleur version that uses standard, non-proprietary parts. Doesn't look like it would need much...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-17, 02:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,010
Posted By Giant Doofus

Love this stuff.

Love this stuff.
Forum: Commuting
01-28-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,927
Posted By Giant Doofus

1. I meant that his front wheel was overlapping...

1. I meant that his front wheel was overlapping my rear wheel. This post is a a bit pedantic though. I suspect that you knew what I meant, and in any case and the difference is not relevant to the...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-17, 06:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,927
Posted By Giant Doofus

This thread has become unexpectedly humorous and...

This thread has become unexpectedly humorous and uplifting. Thanks!
Forum: Commuting
01-25-17, 04:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,927
Posted By Giant Doofus

Yep, Giant Doofus is a woman. I took my username...

Yep, Giant Doofus is a woman. I took my username from the brand (Giant) and name (Doofus) of the bike I was riding when I joined this forum. It's funny that you think the name suggests a man. Huh.
...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,927
Posted By Giant Doofus

I normally do the same, but since this one got...

I normally do the same, but since this one got under my skin I decided to indulge in a rare internet forum rant.



Ha!
Forum: Commuting
01-25-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,927
Posted By Giant Doofus

While that would have been gratifying, I wasn't...

While that would have been gratifying, I wasn't out on a group ride. I was on the way to work and couldn't risk taking a tumble myself. Besides, it happened so fast that there was little time to...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-17, 02:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,927
Posted By Giant Doofus

Keep your hands and advice to yourself - a brief rant

I was riding along a short section of bike path today when I saw glass from a smashed beer bottle strewn across the trail. I slowed down to see if I could thread my way through a clear patch. There...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-17, 03:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,342
Posted By Giant Doofus

Good idea. I'll look into them. ...

Good idea. I'll look into them.



Really interesting! I've seen Bar Mitts mentioned before but never really followed up on them. I'm going to check around to see if I can find some that will...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-17, 03:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,342
Posted By Giant Doofus

I know what you mean! I used to live in Michigan,...

I know what you mean! I used to live in Michigan, and what I think of as "cold" in Memphis is what I thought of as "early spring" back then. I tolerated the cold in Michigan really well and enjoyed...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-17, 03:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,342
Posted By Giant Doofus

I apologize for the confusion. I hadn't realized...

I apologize for the confusion. I hadn't realized that the word "Raynaud's" was part of the product name in the link I posted. That is likely what caused the misunderstanding. I will say, though, that...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-17, 08:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,342
Posted By Giant Doofus

Thanks, everyone. This is very helpful. I'm...

Thanks, everyone. This is very helpful. I'm intrigued by the glove liners 2 Piece mentioned.

I should clarify: I've never been diagnosed with Raynaud's.
Forum: Commuting
01-09-17, 04:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,342
Posted By Giant Doofus

Volt Heated Gloves - $150! - opinions?

I've never worked out a good solution for really keeping my hands warm on the bike in winter. I just ran across these gloves and wondered if anyone has used them or something like them.

Volt...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-17, 03:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Giant Doofus

Well done! Best wishes for 2017.

Well done! Best wishes for 2017.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-17, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By Giant Doofus

Way to go!

Way to go!
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