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Forum: Commuting
11-24-13, 07:14 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,861
Posted By Rhodabike

I'm wrestling with mine now. It means taking off...

I'm wrestling with mine now. It means taking off the fenders and trying to get that *%@!?@@! Alfine non-turn washer into the dropouts. I don't remember it being this hard the last time. And does...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-13, 07:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,431
Posted By Rhodabike

I'm building up a new commuter for spring. So far...

I'm building up a new commuter for spring. So far I've bought the frame:
http://www.somafab.com/archives/product/buena-vista
A PV-8 front dynamo hub:...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-13, 06:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,217
Posted By Rhodabike

I've gotten my best last-years-model-on-sale...

I've gotten my best last-years-model-on-sale bargains in January. Christmas is over, so no-one is buying bikes as gifts, but spring is still a long way off. The shop employees practically fall over...
11-23-13, 06:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 672
Posted By Rhodabike

Was there anything you liked about this bike when...

Was there anything you liked about this bike when you bought it?
1. Pin platform pedals such as the Wellgo B065 will work with any soft soled shoe.
2. Thinner tires are somewhat livelier, but the...
11-23-13, 06:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,082
Posted By Rhodabike

Hee hee...I didn't learn to ride until I was 12...

Hee hee...I didn't learn to ride until I was 12 because I had to wait for my older brother to be done with the family bike - a man's delivery bike similar to the one in your picture. Boys on...
11-23-13, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By Rhodabike

Do cyclocross bikes fit under road bikes? And...

Do cyclocross bikes fit under road bikes? And where do hybrids fit in? They aren't the same as cruisers, but are probably the most common type of commuter bike.
Some kind of currency conversion...
11-23-13, 05:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 677
Posted By Rhodabike

I've got a few of the Real Rides...

I've got a few of the Real Rides (http://realrides.ca/) discs. They are filmed on various routes, such as the Penticton Ironman course, Grand Canyon, Coer d'Alene Ironman, etc.. There is a narrated...
11-21-13, 07:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,601
Posted By Rhodabike

I've lost about a centimeter of height since...

I've lost about a centimeter of height since buying my steel road bike more than 20 years ago. The spine shrinks, the flexibility starts to go (truth to tell, I've never been flexible in my life) and...
11-21-13, 07:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 554
Posted By Rhodabike

I don't know how noisy a loud graphics card fan...

I don't know how noisy a loud graphics card fan is, but I had one years ago and found it a bit louder than a mag trainer. Not to the point where I couldn't hear myself think, but enough that I...
11-21-13, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,375
Posted By Rhodabike

Shutter Precision hub feels a bit rough

Excuse me if this question has been posted before, I did a search and didn't come up with anything about this make of hub. Does anyone have one of these?
I'm building a new commuter up from scratch...
11-21-13, 06:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,102
Posted By Rhodabike

Anything without gel? I'm guessing it's possible...

Anything without gel? I'm guessing it's possible to get away with squishier padding just because the cold will make it firmer.
I'm wondering how my SMP will feel, as it's very ventilated.
11-21-13, 06:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,169
Posted By Rhodabike

Years ago, when I got laid off, going to job...

Years ago, when I got laid off, going to job search classes was a requirement for getting UIC, and they really pushed the "functional" resume. I got nowhere with it, and finally a recruiter at a...
11-21-13, 06:20 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 10,341
Posted By Rhodabike

Did the Varsity have a chro-mo frame, aluminum...

Did the Varsity have a chro-mo frame, aluminum wheels, half-decent components? I was referring to "entry level" as in racing or at least club ride bikes, not cheap 10-speeds. I did century rides,...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-13, 06:06 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,524
Posted By Rhodabike

Wow, these are far wilder than I was imagining...

Wow, these are far wilder than I was imagining they'd be. Where would you store the giraffe costume when you go to work? How would you deal with a severe crosswind?
I was thinking of the army...
11-20-13, 06:24 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,496
Posted By Rhodabike

The thing about carbon fiber is it's versatility....

The thing about carbon fiber is it's versatility. It isn't just for racers. They can make a frame very stiff (eg., Cervelo) or they can make it incredibly comfortable (Cannondale Synapse, Look 566)....
Forum: Commuting
11-20-13, 06:15 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,192
Posted By Rhodabike

How about the Cannondale CaadX (105 version)?...

How about the Cannondale CaadX (105 version)? It's a 'cross bike, but with road tires would easily be light enough for road use. And it has rack and fender eyelets.
Forum: Commuting
11-20-13, 06:11 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,669
Posted By Rhodabike

Good point. At one time lights were usually...

Good point. At one time lights were usually mounted on the fork crown or even further down the fork. Now most people have them up on the handlebars, which is higher than the position of all but the...
11-20-13, 06:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,479
Posted By Rhodabike

By the way, if you're female you're an Athena,...

By the way, if you're female you're an Athena, not a Clyde.
My husband has a Ridley Crossbow that he uses for most of his riding with 28c touring tires on it. He loves it. He also loves his road...
11-14-13, 12:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,756
Posted By Rhodabike

Interesting. I'd never heard of these. They might...

Interesting. I'd never heard of these. They might be a good tire for somewhere that gets Chinook winds in the winter.
11-14-13, 05:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,034
Posted By Rhodabike

At the '99 Pan Am games, the kilo on the track...

At the '99 Pan Am games, the kilo on the track was won by a Cuban riding an old Colnago track bike. He defeated an opponent who had the latest in carbon fiber wind-tunnel-tested technology. It...
11-14-13, 05:45 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 10,341
Posted By Rhodabike

In relative terms, bikes are probably less...

In relative terms, bikes are probably less expensive now than they were back in the 70s and 80s. You can buy a decent entry level bike for about $1200, which is equivalent to what was about $300 back...
11-14-13, 05:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,079
Posted By Rhodabike

I'll be riding as soon as I get rid of this @#%$...

I'll be riding as soon as I get rid of this @#%$ cold and stop coughing up a lung every night. :notamused:
Really though, it's hard to do a lot of riding in a Saskatchewan winter. I get more...
11-13-13, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By Rhodabike

What year is it? It's a nice bike, but if the...

What year is it? It's a nice bike, but if the OCR3 might be more suitable for commuting. If you aren't very heavy, you might be able to get away with so few spokes in the wheels. And it does seem to...
11-13-13, 06:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By Rhodabike

The video on this page shows the straddle start....

The video on this page shows the straddle start. This is the way I always start from an intersection.
http://sheldonbrown.com/starting.html
11-13-13, 06:38 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 10,341
Posted By Rhodabike

Interesting that people are equating the "steel...

Interesting that people are equating the "steel is real" crowd with old farts. My 70+ husband and his contemporaries (former clubmates that he used to race against/with) all have old steel lugged...
11-12-13, 07:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,473
Posted By Rhodabike

An excruciatingly painful saddle is nothing like...

An excruciatingly painful saddle is nothing like the boredom of a treadmill or an elliptical machine. I've been riding for decades, but earlier this year I seriously considered packing it in as I...
11-11-13, 05:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,907
Posted By Rhodabike

I suppose it depends on the rider and the bike...

I suppose it depends on the rider and the bike setup and fit. I see people grinding uphill in the smallest cog/small chainring combo because they're never learned to shift, and my knees hurt just...
11-10-13, 10:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,529
Posted By Rhodabike

That's assuming you're fast enough to catch up. I...

That's assuming you're fast enough to catch up. I got passed by someone with a very dim rear light and didn't have the chance to tell him he was barely visible from 50 feet away.
And then there's...
11-10-13, 10:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,473
Posted By Rhodabike

That's impressive, but for every person who's...

That's impressive, but for every person who's been able to ride with no problems for years, I'll bet there are at least 5 who've never gotten comfortable on any saddle and/or have given up spending...
11-10-13, 02:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,535
Posted By Rhodabike

I think the first thing is to ask what sort of...

I think the first thing is to ask what sort of ride she wants to do and make sure that's what you're doing.
My spouse and I are a pretty good match for speed, but it irks me sometimes that he only...
11-10-13, 02:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,473
Posted By Rhodabike

Apart from the fact that it restricts breathing,...

Apart from the fact that it restricts breathing, it's not a healthy position to put your spine in for long periods of time.
11-09-13, 03:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,473
Posted By Rhodabike

SMP http://www.sellesmp.com/smp4bike/

SMP
http://www.sellesmp.com/smp4bike/
11-09-13, 03:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,163
Posted By Rhodabike

If you look at geometry charts for road bikes and...

If you look at geometry charts for road bikes and hybrids, the road bikes almost always have much shorter top tubes, because the rider's hands are placed in front of the stem by about 3 or 4 inches....
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By Rhodabike

I'm well aware of what shifter bosses are...

I'm well aware of what shifter bosses are supposed to look like, and I know perfectly well what an adaptor for a cable stop looks like. I've put bikes together. I've had both downtube and bar-end...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 05:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By Rhodabike

No, I had down-tube shifters years ago and they...

No, I had down-tube shifters years ago and they just threaded straight into the frame bosses. I've never seen anything like these.
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 05:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By Rhodabike

Bought a frame!

I just got my new Soma Buena Vista mixte frame. Some things about it surprised me. The tubing sticker on the down tube states that it's Tange Prestige, which is a step up from the Infinity tubing...
11-07-13, 04:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By Rhodabike

For that kind of money, I'd expect a Rohloff hub...

For that kind of money, I'd expect a Rohloff hub at the least. For a money-is-no-object commuter, I think this is a better bet:
http://www.vannicholas.com/33/Amazon_Rohloff_Ladies/bike.aspx
A mere...
11-06-13, 02:06 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 19,916
Posted By Rhodabike

Keen hiking boots with platform pin pedals. Never...

Keen hiking boots with platform pin pedals. Never had a problem with cold feet, but mind you, I seem to be part polar bear.
11-06-13, 02:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,140
Posted By Rhodabike

I like pin platform pedals such as the Wellgo...

I like pin platform pedals such as the Wellgo B065 for general around-town riding. They have a bit of grip to them because the pins dig into the soles of soft shoes such as runners, hiking boots, or...
11-05-13, 01:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,917
Posted By Rhodabike

Has anyone turned a pure touring bike to gravel...

Has anyone turned a pure touring bike to gravel use? My Rocky Mountain Sherpa is a bit heavy, but it already has the cantilevers and room for wide tires. I'd prefer discs, but don't want to buy a new...
11-05-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,316
Posted By Rhodabike

How tall is she? A 56cm frame would fit someone...

How tall is she? A 56cm frame would fit someone about 5'-10" at a minimum.
11-05-13, 02:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By Rhodabike

You'd need to add brakes as well. On a fixed gear...

You'd need to add brakes as well. On a fixed gear bike, you slow the bike down by applying back pressure to the pedals. With a freewheel you don't get that option.
If you're already getting back...
11-04-13, 07:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By Rhodabike

It' possible that you got the back pain from...

It' possible that you got the back pain from being too stretched out. This bike would not just be taller than the correct size - 50cm or 52cm would be better for your height - it's also longer in the...
11-03-13, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rhodabike

A Serfas RX or an SMP saddle might help. The...

A Serfas RX or an SMP saddle might help. The Serfas is a bit less expensive, but if you have the chance to demo an SMP, take it. They are quite pricey, so you'd want to try before you buy. There are...
11-02-13, 02:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,962
Posted By Rhodabike

I'm following this thread with interest because...

I'm following this thread with interest because I'd like to explore some of the gravel roads near me on my touring bike. I think I can go up to about 45c width - maybe even a 29er tire with the...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-13, 08:14 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,937
Posted By Rhodabike

I don't know if you get Norco where you live, but...

I don't know if you get Norco where you live, but the CityGlide 8 might fit the bill:
http://www.norco.com/bikes/city/lifestyle/cityglide-womens/
e.t.a.: The Giant Via only has a three speed hub,...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-13, 04:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By Rhodabike

I just carry one u-lock and run it through the...

I just carry one u-lock and run it through the front wheel, downtube, and whatever stationary post/bike rack I'm locking to. Front wheels are easier to steal than rear ones. If your bike has a nutted...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-13, 04:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,937
Posted By Rhodabike

I don't think the Buena Vista is designed for...

I don't think the Buena Vista is designed for disc brakes. You'd have to have it modified by a frame building to have the disc tabs added.
The Kona Coco is a mixte that comes with disc brakes, a...
10-31-13, 06:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 948
Posted By Rhodabike

I suppose everybody is different, but I've never...

I suppose everybody is different, but I've never experienced the "ravenous after swimming" thing. Not even on Swimtrek tours, after swimming the 5.5 km from Gozo to Malta. Perhaps it happens to...
10-30-13, 06:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 948
Posted By Rhodabike

Swimming is great all year 'round! :) Breast...

Swimming is great all year 'round! :)
Breast stroke probably works the cycling leg muscles most closely, although the twisting motion of whip kick can aggravate existing knee problems.
Lower back...
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