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03-12-11, 03:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 265
Posted By J B Bell

Dimension Cross with big rubber?

Hi folks,

I'm thinking of upgrading my Cross Check's front end to take a disc brake. Others have done it and say that the geometry is pretty well identical to the CC fork, but on JensonUSA's site...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-10, 05:54 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,391
Posted By J B Bell

I have been through a few mess bags, panniers,...

I have been through a few mess bags, panniers, and backpacks. The Ortliebs won as panniers, and as I usually have just one on the back, it's even becoming my backpack of first resort most times. They...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-10, 05:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,651
Posted By J B Bell

Staples rule, but a possibly-cheaper alternative...

Staples rule, but a possibly-cheaper alternative is the coil-type rack, which I haven't seen mentioned so far. We have these at my work and they're serviceable. The main problem with the racks with a...
08-10-10, 05:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,037
Posted By J B Bell

What I've read (I think in the excellent Traffic)...

What I've read (I think in the excellent Traffic) is that a passenger can understand easily when you need to pause to pay more attention to the road, and also functions as another set of eyes to...
08-06-10, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By J B Bell

Thanks for the tips! The equipment was all new or...

Thanks for the tips! The equipment was all new or at least NOS--not second-hand, as far as I know, and it certainly also looked new when I saw it roll out of the shop.

The "clock position" seems...
08-04-10, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By J B Bell

Campy shifters/Shimano der woes

Hi folks,

Some time ago my girlfriend got a bike at the LBS, a Brodie Ronin, one of the steel models with disk brakes. She has small hands and doesn't care for brifters, so they set her up with...
07-29-10, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 922
Posted By J B Bell

Just to clarify, picture OF THE SADDLE. THE...

Just to clarify, picture OF THE SADDLE. THE SADDLE. Thank you.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-10, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By J B Bell

Coyotes' "safety record" is far better than that...

Coyotes' "safety record" is far better than that of domesticated dogs; they're pretty shy with people, with the usual wild-animal exceptions (defending young, rabies, stuff like that).

Anyway,...
07-29-10, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 820
Posted By J B Bell

I studied to become an EMT a long time ago. The...

I studied to become an EMT a long time ago. The incredibly gruesome colour photos in the manual helped me decide it was not a career for me. Anyway, one thing you learn is that there is only one time...
07-23-10, 04:13 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,419
Posted By J B Bell

I don't know. The originating post was atrocious...

I don't know. The originating post was atrocious for sure, but his followup "mea culpa (http://sonnetoptics.net/bus-driver-blog/2010/7/22/mea-culpa.html)" goes much further than most hat-in-hand...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-10, 06:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,076
Posted By J B Bell

REI has a bunch of insulated containers; or if...

REI has a bunch of insulated containers; or if you're sticking with cold drinks, you could use a klean kanteen--I like these, but it is annoying that they require a special bottle cage. (You could...
07-15-10, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,447
Posted By J B Bell

Kool Stop's Tire Bead Jack is awesome for dealing...

Kool Stop's Tire Bead Jack is awesome for dealing with the super-tough bead on Marathons.
Forum: Foo
06-25-10, 04:55 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,265
Posted By J B Bell

Another retro-grouch here. I started with one of...

Another retro-grouch here. I started with one of the last Gillette DE models, followed the craze up to the Mach 3, just got super-annoyed with the absurd four bucks a blade cost, and tried a DE. That...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,079
Posted By J B Bell

I like my "messenger backpack", a Crumpler Famous...

I like my "messenger backpack", a Crumpler Famous Wine Bar, for when I don't want to mess with panniers. Distributes the load well for when you're on a bike, big capacity, and has an optional waist...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-10, 12:18 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,897
Posted By J B Bell

+1 on shipping. Also +1 on costs. I'm a dual...

+1 on shipping. Also +1 on costs. I'm a dual citizen, been here (Vancouver) about 10 years. I am rarely tempted to move back. There are other compensations for the reduced buying power.
Forum: Foo
06-16-10, 05:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 858
Posted By J B Bell

Had it done last year, PRK, not LASIK. Very happy...

Had it done last year, PRK, not LASIK. Very happy with it, not having -8 glasses on is hugely freeing.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-10, 04:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,221
Posted By J B Bell

Magnets: the Dahon system is good, but not...

Magnets: the Dahon system is good, but not foolproof. The Brompton fold locks up super-solid when completed. I had a Dahon Speed P8 in bus luggage in its soft bag once--the driver, handling it, ended...
06-16-10, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By J B Bell

A problem that fixes itself soon enough with an...

A problem that fixes itself soon enough with an angry grizzly!

Though I guess that's not "playing" at that point . . .
Forum: Commuting
06-14-10, 03:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 861
Posted By J B Bell

My Aussie buddy assures me this is a serious...

My Aussie buddy assures me this is a serious problem for some variety of bird there (is there anything in Australia that isn't venomous?), and indeed people put eye-markings on their helmets to...
06-07-10, 04:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,413
Posted By J B Bell

Happens every year in Vancouver, BC; sometimes...

Happens every year in Vancouver, BC; sometimes more than once/year as naked protest is a bit of a tradition. No arrests as far as I know. There is no law here that equates nudity with indecency, so,...
06-03-10, 02:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By J B Bell

Yep, what everyone else said. Most panniers will...

Yep, what everyone else said. Most panniers will fit most racks, and most racks will fit most bikes. But for a particular combo, you want to have your bike with you in the store if you can, to make...
06-02-10, 05:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,719
Posted By J B Bell

I had pinhead skewers for a while and liked them....

I had pinhead skewers for a while and liked them. Pitlocks are, however a lot nicer.

Pinhead pros: cheap, fairly easy to understand, reasonably secure (certainly way more than a quick-release!)...
05-25-10, 03:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,242
Posted By J B Bell

I have a recumbent trike, outfitted with 2...

I have a recumbent trike, outfitted with 2 high-powered LED lights. After whooshing past a couple pedestrians who were chatting as they ambled slowly across the street, I could hear behind me, "whoa!...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-10, 05:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By J B Bell

Just so you know, Planet Bike is serious about...

Just so you know, Planet Bike is serious about not asking you to buy a whole new light, rack, fender, or whatever main thing so that you can repair or adapt it. They have free shipping on any "bits,"...
05-17-10, 04:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,768
Posted By J B Bell

That's usually called the brake cable hanger. I'm...

That's usually called the brake cable hanger. I'm impressed you got the noodle (the bent bit of plastic) in there, with its plastic sleeve. I found it impossible to work with when I put together a BD...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-10, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By J B Bell

Interesting. It'd focus a lot of force on the...

Interesting. It'd focus a lot of force on the fork or seatstays; the nice thing with a regular rack is that it puts support down on the dropouts, right next to the axles. Still, it's an innovative...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-10, 01:05 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,642
Posted By J B Bell

Yet another Cross Check rider. I have redonkulous...

Yet another Cross Check rider. I have redonkulous 40 mm tires on it, Marathon Supremes. Yes, it's the poo-brown colour they brought out last year. Not as cargo-worthy as my LHT, but I've got a rack...
05-06-10, 02:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 611
Posted By J B Bell

Big win for Vancouver, BC cyclists

Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to spend $25 million over the next two years on cycling infrastructure, including separated lanes. The budget represents 30% of the spending for all road...
05-04-10, 04:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 926
Posted By J B Bell

3 bikes I ride often: a Cross Check for just...

3 bikes I ride often: a Cross Check for just about everything; a Long Haul Trucker for touring and hauling lots of stuff when otherwise needed; and a Brompton M6L for multi-modal or when I just wanna...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-10, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,439
Posted By J B Bell

B-67 should be just fine. Because the seat is not...

B-67 should be just fine. Because the seat is not a sofa, your bits will not be squashed against its surface. The springs make a difference for sure! Also they are amazingly heavy. Which is why I...
Forum: Foo
04-28-10, 04:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By J B Bell

Sadly , having a wife and kids does not mean not...

Sadly , having a wife and kids does not mean not gay; just check the embarrassing roster of "upstanding" church leaders who are found paying for "special company."

Sexuality aside, unhealthy...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-10, 03:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,004
Posted By J B Bell

I like the simple setup & charging of the...

I like the simple setup & charging of the Blackburn Flea. I can easily attach it to my Brompton's extra-huge seatpost, and on the loop on my rack back or seat bag. And it charges with USB. Very...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-10, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By J B Bell

The arsenal of bananas, turtles, and...

The arsenal of bananas, turtles, and rocket-bullets would be pretty nice too.
04-13-10, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By J B Bell

Front der. low limit backed all the way out, chain still rubbing

Hi folks,

I have a Surly Cross Check that is in most ways a complete delight. It's stock, except the brake levers were replaced with Shimanos.

I had a relatively minor (for the bike,...
Forum: Touring
04-08-10, 11:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,266
Posted By J B Bell

I have Back Roller Plus bags for my commute, but...

I have Back Roller Plus bags for my commute, but have been thinking of getting a smaller pair. If I did, these would be what I'd get--the access is more convenient. If you're doing a lot of stops,...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-10, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By J B Bell

Wow, sweet ride! I notice you have the PB...

Wow, sweet ride! I notice you have the PB superflash or something like it on that Topeak bag. I found that setup rattled constantly enough to drive me nuts. I wish Topeak would move the loop up a...
03-31-10, 01:11 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,447
Posted By J B Bell

Although there's plenty of funny in this thread,...

Although there's plenty of funny in this thread, the only practical advice I've seen is in #29. You're asking about your relationship with your girlfriend and that's the issue closest to you.

It's...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-10, 03:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 993
Posted By J B Bell

Yep, Road Morph. I have a pricey Lezyne, and it's...

Yep, Road Morph. I have a pricey Lezyne, and it's nice, but not as nice to pump with!
Forum: Commuting
03-05-10, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,314
Posted By J B Bell

Just going to echo the people saying you're...

Just going to echo the people saying you're pretty well set once you put some fenders on there. As you already have a rack, it seems likely you also already have panniers. The Arkel Bug is a great...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-10, 04:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,034
Posted By J B Bell

Five Ten Impact 2's (http://tinyurl.com/yafs6nb)....

Five Ten Impact 2's (http://tinyurl.com/yafs6nb). Very comfortable, and in combination with the wonderful Grip King pedals, really secure too, without any foot bondage. I wear them all the time now,...
01-22-10, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,323
Posted By J B Bell

The MTB pads are indeed great, but it's hard to...

The MTB pads are indeed great, but it's hard to beat the convenience of the cartridge refills. I've used both in those exact calipers, so either should work for you.
Forum: Touring
12-31-09, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By J B Bell

Er, they only sell the frame, so the complete...

Er, they only sell the frame, so the complete bike is to advertise that--why would you care about the parts spec if you're not going to be getting any parts from them?
12-30-09, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,005
Posted By J B Bell

I vote for the idea of putting our collective...

I vote for the idea of putting our collective effort into the Wikibooks wiki. It already has the infrastructure needed to address folks' worries about edit-wars and the like; it's a well-known place...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-09, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 585
Posted By J B Bell

I don't own a car, so all my travel is by bike,...

I don't own a car, so all my travel is by bike, if it's not an easy walk. (And I'm as bad about walking as some drivers--sure, I could walk two blocks, or ride my bike!)

Typical weekends include...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-09, 02:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 21,232
Posted By J B Bell

I like the pitlocks myself. Points on resourceful...

I like the pitlocks myself. Points on resourceful thieves are well-taken but given the class of thief we have in my area, the pitlocks work well.

Another thing to remember is that if you are using...
12-07-09, 05:33 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,384
Posted By J B Bell

I study at a fencing school; most folk seem to...

I study at a fencing school; most folk seem to favour using some kind of musical instrument bag that slings over the back. There are also specific bags meant to hold a mask and sword.
12-07-09, 04:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 878
Posted By J B Bell

I tend to do this with anything requiring me to...

I tend to do this with anything requiring me to re-wrap my handlebars.

Man, I hate wrapping handlebars.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-09, 05:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,282
Posted By J B Bell

Like the silver detailing you did there, is that...

Like the silver detailing you did there, is that paint or some kind of reflex tape?

Looks like you covered up the S&S joins with inner tube or something?
10-27-09, 02:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By J B Bell

I'm doing well so far with my Krypto Evo Mini +...

I'm doing well so far with my Krypto Evo Mini + pitlocks. Tried the Pinhead locking skewers, and they have the security but are a pain to work with. Pitlocks is a much more secure fit between the...
Forum: Touring
10-13-09, 04:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,419
Posted By J B Bell

Big fan of the Third Eye Pro here. I glued it to...

Big fan of the Third Eye Pro here. I glued it to the foam inside the helmet. Had to dig a little channel in part of the foam for a nice, flush fit. First time I did it I was impatient and it tended...
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