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Posted By Chesha Neko

I suspect Jan Heine has run out of superlatives...

I suspect Jan Heine has run out of superlatives to describe tires. First the Grand Bois Hetres were the best tires ever, then the Extra Legeres were, and now the Baby Shoe Pass Extralights are.
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Posted By Chesha Neko

I'm 200 pounds or so and run 32 spokes front and...

I'm 200 pounds or so and run 32 spokes front and rear on my 650B using the Pacenti PL23 rims. As others have said, stick with 32 spokes or higher and you should be fine. The Velocity A23 rim seems to...
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Posted By Chesha Neko

Compass Baby Shoe Pass 650B tires.

I know GB Hetres are popular, and used them myself up until recently when a crash damaged both of my Hetre XLs. When I went to order a new set and a spare I found that Compass has released some new...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-14, 05:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,889
Posted By Chesha Neko

That looks like a fun ride.

That looks like a fun ride.
Forum: Commuting
03-15-14, 09:05 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,889
Posted By Chesha Neko

It has been extremely durable.

It has been extremely durable.
Forum: Commuting
03-15-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,889
Posted By Chesha Neko

This is my Steamroller (fixed) which I have been...

This is my Steamroller (fixed) which I have been commuting on for about 2.5 years. I purchased it as a complete bicycle but have since replaced everything except the headset at least once.

The...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,743
Posted By Chesha Neko

The Soma B-Sides also look like a good option.

The Soma B-Sides also look like a good option.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,743
Posted By Chesha Neko

No, just speaking from my car-free perspective....

No, just speaking from my car-free perspective. Not spending anything on a car allows one to spend a bit more on the bicycle -- if one so chooses.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 06:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,743
Posted By Chesha Neko

Thoughts on 650B for commuting/utility.

Most perspectives on 650B are written by the Rando/BQ/Rivbike subcultures. I've had some time now to come to grips with the conversion to 650B for my everyday use, riding to work everyday and running...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 01:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,786
Posted By Chesha Neko

Commuting and running errands by bike is usually...

Commuting and running errands by bike is usually the best part of my day. IMO, you have to ride something you enjoy riding, or what's the point? I don't understand the obsession with so-called beater...
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Posted By Chesha Neko

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm?fuseacti...

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=store.catalog&CategoryID=1&ProductID=5

Revelate for frame bags and Carradice for saddlebags.



Switch to Thompson Elite for load carrying...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-13, 04:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,374
Posted By Chesha Neko

Lunch? Food is for the weak. ;)

Lunch?

Food is for the weak. ;)
Forum: Commuting
04-06-13, 01:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,786
Posted By Chesha Neko

Still looks great IMO. :D Now all you need...

Still looks great IMO. :D

Now all you need is an Air Attack from Giro to go with it. Have had mine for a few days:

http://imageshack.us/a/img607/344/giroaa2.jpg

In medium it weighs 77 grams...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-13, 01:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,844
Posted By Chesha Neko

I've heard good things about the Vittoria...

I've heard good things about the Vittoria Randonneur Hypers. No personal experience though.

http://www.vittoria.com/product/touring/

32mm, 37mm, and 40mm options
Forum: Commuting
04-04-13, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,786
Posted By Chesha Neko

Please post an updated pic with the new fenders....

Please post an updated pic with the new fenders. I'd like to do something like this with a Domane 2.
04-03-13, 02:20 AM
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Posted By Chesha Neko

Pig. :notamused:

Pig. :notamused:
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Posted By Chesha Neko

I agree. I have the last few issues of BQ. He...

I agree. I have the last few issues of BQ. He shares his data, but I don't always agree with his conclusions. The data remains useful for making one's own choices.
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Posted By Chesha Neko

Back on the subject of the Hetre Extra Leger...

Back on the subject of the Hetre Extra Leger tires, I've had to drop my pressures to 35 psi front and 50 rear to finally get the smooth ride I was expecting. Quite a bit below the sidewall rec of 55...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-13, 09:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By Chesha Neko

From the testing I've seen, 25mm 700C tires are...

From the testing I've seen, 25mm 700C tires are fastest (and we see a lot/most of the pro riders going to 25mm tubulars this year), and 32mm 650B are fastest for that wheel size. Going bigger means...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-13, 01:59 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,820
Posted By Chesha Neko

And we have a winner.

And we have a winner.
Forum: Commuting
03-29-13, 01:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,560
Posted By Chesha Neko

I've also used it as a hand cart to transport...

I've also used it as a hand cart to transport things around. The various bags and straps you can use with it make it useful for carrying anything not too bulky under 60 pounds. Also great for pulling...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,560
Posted By Chesha Neko

The Travoy is a bit pricey, but worth it. I've...

The Travoy is a bit pricey, but worth it. I've had one for a year or so.
Forum: Commuting
03-28-13, 07:04 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 11,837
Posted By Chesha Neko

Eyeglass mirror every time. Yes it is geeky and...

Eyeglass mirror every time. Yes it is geeky and uncool. Welcome to being a bike commuter.
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Views: 10,822
Posted By Chesha Neko

I was running those right before I switched to...

I was running those right before I switched to Hetres on 650B. I agree, the 25mm PRO4 SC is a great supple and light tire. Going to Hetres has been an incremental improvement overall, except...
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Views: 10,822
Posted By Chesha Neko

Riding fixed gear seems to have made me more...

Riding fixed gear seems to have made me more sensitive or picky about rolling weight. Originally I wanted the 650B wheels to weigh the same or less than my 700C wheels once mounted up with tubes and...
Replies: 103
Views: 10,822
Posted By Chesha Neko

I winced when I bought them, but given the full...

I winced when I bought them, but given the full cost of the conversion (Riv doesn't stock fixed 650B wheelsets, so I had to go custom), it seemed one might as well go all the way with it. I'm a bit...
Replies: 103
Views: 10,822
Posted By Chesha Neko

I am also running Hetre EL tires. I can give a...

I am also running Hetre EL tires. I can give a thumbs up to the Pacenti rims. A bit expensive yes, but beautifully made.

What kind of pressures are you running? I find I have had to largely ignore...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 10:15 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,820
Posted By Chesha Neko

You underestimate the quality of these pork...

You underestimate the quality of these pork chops. :D

In a world where people "train" for hours on rollers, or do centuries just for the heck of it, riding 20 miles with something to show for it...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 09:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,636
Posted By Chesha Neko

For a derailleur bike build I would be looking at...

For a derailleur bike build I would be looking at a Soma ES frame, but it's a bit above $400 for the frame and fork combo.
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,820
Posted By Chesha Neko

1. We like to ride fast, even when not racing. A...

1. We like to ride fast, even when not racing. A lot of the commuters here (myself included) ride like we are going for the hour record and not just like we are going to work.

2. Yes. I rode 20...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,077
Posted By Chesha Neko

+1. On my current bike I've changed everything...

+1. On my current bike I've changed everything except the headset. Retail component costs plus labor would still have me riding a flat bar with a screwed up chainline.
03-26-13, 04:10 PM
Replies: 927
Views: 448,294
Posted By Chesha Neko

The current state of the Surly, on today's...

The current state of the Surly, on today's grocery run:

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/8411/650boneweek.jpg
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 02:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,615
Posted By Chesha Neko

The beauty of merino is its all-temperature...

The beauty of merino is its all-temperature application. Here in the desert, my concern is more towards temperature regulation in the summer, when it is 100 to 120F, though great for temperature...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 01:31 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,394
Posted By Chesha Neko

I just converted from moustache to narrow drop...

I just converted from moustache to narrow drop bars. Huge improvement in stability and control, and an even bigger improvement when dealing with the ever-present winds. IMO, indepensible.
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 01:29 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,615
Posted By Chesha Neko

Spending a fortune on merino.

Spending a fortune on merino.
03-23-13, 04:05 PM
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Posted By Chesha Neko

Headset for the next build. ...

Headset for the next build.

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5913/dathreaded.jpg
Forum: Commuting
03-23-13, 03:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,680
Posted By Chesha Neko

Just discovered IRD makes a 76mm reach caliper...

Just discovered IRD makes a 76mm reach caliper that should be perfect. I suppose this is part of the fun of these kinds of builds, right? ;)
Forum: Commuting
03-23-13, 03:13 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,602
Posted By Chesha Neko

Car free and public transport here is pretty...

Car free and public transport here is pretty thin. It is either bike or walk, and while I occasionally like to walk for errands, biking is better.
Forum: Commuting
03-22-13, 11:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,680
Posted By Chesha Neko

I did, went from an unpadded to a paddded one....

I did, went from an unpadded to a paddded one. That was nice when I was bruised, but the padded one is now a bit too padded. Trying yet another one today.



Thank you. I'm going to try them for...
03-22-13, 11:38 AM
Replies: 746
Views: 407,673
Posted By Chesha Neko

http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/9687/wnewfizik....

http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/9687/wnewfizik.jpg

Recently converted to 650B, running 42mm tires with still enough clearance for fenders. Crappy phone pic.

Carradice saddle bag, Revelate...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-13, 11:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,276
Posted By Chesha Neko

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/3050/asbook3y.j...

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/3050/asbook3y.jpg

This Alex Singer Technical Trials bike is the inspiration for my next all-purpose commuter/utility build:

A reasonably rugged steel frame...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-13, 01:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,216
Posted By Chesha Neko

+1, except there is no clock or speedometer. I'm...

+1, except there is no clock or speedometer. I'm always trying to increase my cadence.

Up until now I have taken the shortest safe route. Looking to start taking a longer route as my weight loss...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-13, 01:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,680
Posted By Chesha Neko

Surly Steamroller. Originally purchased as a...

Surly Steamroller. Originally purchased as a complete bicycle, but I've changed everything but the frame, fork, and headset. The rims are Pacenti PL23, which appear the lightest rim-brake compatible...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-13, 01:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,208
Posted By Chesha Neko

Hmm...I do like the convenience of double-sided...

Hmm...I do like the convenience of double-sided pedals. I'm going to try a pair of carbon-soled MTB shoes first, and if they aren't up to snuff, then road shoes/pedals it is.
03-20-13, 11:48 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,199
Posted By Chesha Neko

Stock wheelsets are built to a pricepoint. Good...

Stock wheelsets are built to a pricepoint. Good wheels will be an aftermarket item for most bikes under $5k. My current wheelset costs as much as my frameset would have, not including tires. The...
03-20-13, 11:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,915
Posted By Chesha Neko

The Veloflex Master is a great tire if you are...

The Veloflex Master is a great tire if you are looking for a light supple tire with moderate puncture resistance.

Or you could convert to 650B like I just did and run Grand Bois Hetres.
03-20-13, 10:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,209
Posted By Chesha Neko

Simple. There should be tax credit for...

Simple. There should be tax credit for "car-free." It is ridiculous that people driving those toxic hybrids get a tax break and I don't.
Forum: Commuting
03-20-13, 10:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,680
Posted By Chesha Neko

So far, trying 55 front, 62 to 65 rear. Mind, I...

So far, trying 55 front, 62 to 65 rear. Mind, I weigh 190 pounds plus I often carry up to 20 pounds in my Carradice. Going to try lowering the rear to 60 next outing. I was expect to run the front...
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