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11-23-05, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 544,544
Posted By RainmanP

I originally thought tight beams were the way to...

I originally thought tight beams were the way to go, 8-12 degree. They do throw a lot of light out front. I found, though, that the edge of the road was completely dark. I always like to be able...
11-16-05, 09:02 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 544,544
Posted By RainmanP

Sigh... OPTRONICS! ...

Sigh...

OPTRONICS!

http://www.optronicsinc.com/competition.htm

Why reinvent the wheel when these are so cheap? Look at the QH-8CC. They are small, look right at home on bike, handle a 50...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-05, 09:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,873
Posted By RainmanP

Those concerned about the horn being too loud...

Those concerned about the horn being too loud should consider that there is a huge difference in volume from you holding the horn at arms length and what a driver might hear in his sealed cage with...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-05, 09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 873
Posted By RainmanP

Unless you are a weight weenie concerned about...

Unless you are a weight weenie concerned about every gram you will probably not notice the extra weight of a larger battery. I am a big guy at 210-215, and my primary commuter is based on an early...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-05, 07:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,891
Posted By RainmanP

I have to tell you, I am not impressed with most...

I have to tell you, I am not impressed with most blinkies. I used them for a few years but after noticing that I can hardly see the blinkies on other cyclists until I am quite close, I decided to...
11-12-05, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 544,544
Posted By RainmanP

20W MR-16 Bulbs. Those trying to squeeze more...

20W MR-16 Bulbs. Those trying to squeeze more light should look at the Phillips energy saver lamps that produce 35W equivalent light for a power draw of only 20W. I have on in an Optronics driving...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-05, 08:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 867
Posted By RainmanP

Thanks for the warm welcome back, gang. Ron,...

Thanks for the warm welcome back, gang. Ron, several of my co-workers live(d) in Chalmette. The adjacent parish to which I referred is St. Bernard, where Chalmette is located. Unlike most of the...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-05, 08:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 867
Posted By RainmanP

Sorry I haven't posted since the storm, but I...

Sorry I haven't posted since the storm, but I just haven't had much opportunity to get online.

My wife and I decided to get out of Dodge the Saturday before the storm. We couldn't see any reason...
06-01-05, 12:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 833
Posted By RainmanP

The TDF finishes with several laps of the Champs...

The TDF finishes with several laps of the Champs Elysees. It is always exciting as the attacks go out and are chased down. The green jersey usually comes down to that last sprint. It's not as if...
05-18-05, 07:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,149
Posted By RainmanP

Hmm. It hadn't occurred to me that Danielson's...

Hmm. It hadn't occurred to me that Danielson's withdrawal might be intentional. On form he could certainly help Lance in the mountains.

Speaking of Lance in the mountains you often see people...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-05, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,946
Posted By RainmanP

I don't have but about 3" of seatpost exposed and...

I don't have but about 3" of seatpost exposed and the SQR Slim works fine. I can't imagine what the sprung saddle has to do with it (BTW, I live in NO and know Bill personally so I am not sniping at...
05-17-05, 10:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,078
Posted By RainmanP

Is anyone viewing the OLN files? Is it possible...

Is anyone viewing the OLN files? Is it possible to make the viewing window larger? As far as I'm concerned, the $5.95 is dirt cheap, but I'm not interested in watching that tiny window!
Thanks,...
Forum: Touring
03-25-05, 07:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,676
Posted By RainmanP

I don't know if they have improved them or not,...

I don't know if they have improved them or not, but I would not buy another pair, especially not for real touring. Here's why:
1. The corrugated plastic stiffener board failed after about 6...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-05, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,648
Posted By RainmanP

I have an Eagle Creek Pack-It, the mid-size one,...

I have an Eagle Creek Pack-It, the mid-size one, that I have used extensively for business travel and commuting. It does a fantastic job keeping starched shirts wrinkle free. The size I have will...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-05, 11:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,670
Posted By RainmanP

I am running 32 front 35 rear. My commute...

I am running 32 front 35 rear. My commute includes a couple or short stretches on gravel and grass. I figured that with the extra weight the rear supports the 35 would be a little better on the...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-05, 07:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,365
Posted By RainmanP

Actually most drivers seem pretty conscious of...

Actually most drivers seem pretty conscious of one thought:

ME FIRST! ME FIRST! ME FIRST!

:D
02-22-05, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 611
Posted By RainmanP

I don't think it is possible to over-Proofide. I...

I don't think it is possible to over-Proofide. I have 4 Brooks saddles - 1 B-17 and 3 Team Pros. When new I apply Proofide every couple of days letting the saddle sit in a warm area to soften the...
02-22-05, 01:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 611
Posted By RainmanP

I don't think it is possible to over-Proofide. I...

I don't think it is possible to over-Proofide. I have 4 Brooks saddles - 1 B-17 and 3 Team Pros. When new I apply Proofide every couple of days letting the saddle sit in a warm area to soften the...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-05, 11:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 665
Posted By RainmanP

To me that's actually a little warm for leg...

To me that's actually a little warm for leg warmers at all. In fact, I wear Voler bib knicks or knee warmers even below 30. My main concern is my knees. When it gets below 40 I put little...
02-14-05, 07:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By RainmanP

I think I have purchased appropriate screws from...

I think I have purchased appropriate screws from either a good hardware store or Home Depot/Lowes. Just take the shoe and old screw with you. You might even be able to get stainless. You will have...
02-14-05, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 598
Posted By RainmanP

I had a similar problem with my rear DA shifter. ...

I had a similar problem with my rear DA shifter. LBS had to return it to Shimano for warranty replacement.

Unlike Campy Ergo, Shimano STI are NOT designed for repair.
02-04-05, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By RainmanP

I'm not familiar enough with either of those to...

I'm not familiar enough with either of those to comment, but TruVativ makes an adapter that bolts into the bb shell and has standard English bb threads. HarrisCyclery.com sells them for $19.95. ...
02-04-05, 01:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By RainmanP

If you have one, either Nashbar or Performance...

If you have one, either Nashbar or Performance usually has a template on the page with chainrings that makes it easy to check bcd simply based on the distance between two bolt holes. But if it...
02-04-05, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By RainmanP

Well, what type bike do you prefer? Road type...

Well, what type bike do you prefer? Road type (road, cyclocross, touring) with drop bars or mtb type? If road type you will find everything you could want in 700c as someone mentioned above. If...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-05, 07:44 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,340
Posted By RainmanP

I see a number of cyclists each day on my...

I see a number of cyclists each day on my commute. I have yet to see one stop for a stop sign or red light. I routinely see them pull right in front of cars, in effect daring the car to hit them. ...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-05, 02:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,920
Posted By RainmanP

Let's all just do whatever we want regardless of...

Let's all just do whatever we want regardless of everyone else. Puts us in "good" company with the rest of the American public. I'll be the one slowing down to allow you do do whatever you want...
02-03-05, 01:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,123
Posted By RainmanP

Gee, looks just like a Brooks Swallow. Why not...

Gee, looks just like a Brooks Swallow. Why not just buy that one instead?
Forum: Touring
02-03-05, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By RainmanP

Yikes, that IS a bit spendy!

Yikes, that IS a bit spendy!
Forum: Commuting
02-03-05, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 697
Posted By RainmanP

Have you checked to see if the bulb simply burned...

Have you checked to see if the bulb simply burned out?
Forum: Commuting
02-03-05, 07:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,920
Posted By RainmanP

That court case sounds like EVERYONE was being...

That court case sounds like EVERYONE was being stupid. Yes, the peds have the right of way, but if someone on a bicycle is bearing down on you at the alleged 15-20 mph it seems kind of stupid not to...
02-02-05, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By RainmanP

What's your smallest cog in back? Are you...

What's your smallest cog in back? Are you spinning out in the 48/small? What I am asking is do you actually have use for a 52? 48/13 is 100 gear inches and 48 12 is 108 inches. These are some...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-05, 01:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,920
Posted By RainmanP

I always slow way down when approaching peds from...

I always slow way down when approaching peds from behind. When I am close enough I yell as clearly as I can "I'm going to pass on your left." As stated above, "On your left." is apparently unclear...
Forum: Touring
02-02-05, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By RainmanP

Weber trailer

You may have seen my posts about Gordon, the British cyclist who is on a round the world tour. I was impressed by his trailer and thought I would mention it. It looks similar to a BOB, ie one rear...
02-02-05, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 544,544
Posted By RainmanP

I'm pretty sure I have read in more than one...

I'm pretty sure I have read in more than one source that it is NOT a good idea to mix battery types like that because of different discharge characteristics. I am no expert, but I would not do it....
02-01-05, 02:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,136
Posted By RainmanP

I'm a little unclear as to AuricGoose's meaning,...

I'm a little unclear as to AuricGoose's meaning, also. I have cable and pay extra for the package that includes OLN. If they would just have decent coverage I would be thrilled. If Eurosport was...
02-01-05, 02:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,749
Posted By RainmanP

Which is exactly why I asked the question in the...

Which is exactly why I asked the question in the first place. I have had no luck putting together a group to share a membership locally. We still have some time to finalize a long distance group. ...
02-01-05, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,033
Posted By RainmanP

Huh? When I first set up my fixed gear the LBS...

Huh? When I first set up my fixed gear the LBS put on a 1/8" cog and chain (had done other stuff myself, but when I buy things from them they put them on at no charge so what the heck?). Not...
Forum: Touring
02-01-05, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By RainmanP

Are you ready for this? Gordon is SNOWED in in...

Are you ready for this? Gordon is SNOWED in in Marfa, Texas, about 180 miles southeast of El Paso. EL PASO, better known for 110 degree summer temps!
Forum: Commuting
02-01-05, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By RainmanP

I am using some Specialized Sport mtb shoes that...

I am using some Specialized Sport mtb shoes that I got on clearance for $10 on the Specialized website about 3 years ago. I picked up a couple of pair at the time. You don't need anything fancy for...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-05, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 579
Posted By RainmanP

Hmm. Well, I have original Egg Beaters and have...

Hmm. Well, I have original Egg Beaters and have both mtb and road cleats. The only difference is that the road cleats have slight extensions to the sides which have rubber "pontoons" so that you...
Forum: Touring
01-31-05, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By RainmanP

Thanks for the Gordy update! Hope ya'll had a...

Thanks for the Gordy update! Hope ya'll had a good time. Gordon is quite an interesting character.
01-29-05, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By RainmanP

I guess it depends on whether you are more...

I guess it depends on whether you are more concerned about style or function. Road ders are nicer looking, but I use what I need to accomplish an objective. Each to his own, but on a bike like a...
01-28-05, 10:10 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,865
Posted By RainmanP

I'm so out of it geeks make fun of me. sigh. ...

I'm so out of it geeks make fun of me. sigh.

But I do ride a fixed gear so can I still hang out here?
01-28-05, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 743
Posted By RainmanP

Check with better bike shops in your area. They...

Check with better bike shops in your area. They usually have contacts with local racers and teams. You are at a good age for starting to look into this, but be careful to pace yourself. Sometimes...
01-28-05, 03:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,136
Posted By RainmanP

Greg, You have the correct email address: ...

Greg,
You have the correct email address: bicivideo@yahoo.com

He has gotten back to me right away on the two occasions I have emailed him. Just yesterday I wrote to ask about the Verona 2004...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-05, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,492
Posted By RainmanP

No, but I'm not a big fan of yellow lenses except...

No, but I'm not a big fan of yellow lenses except in shooting glasses when the increased contrast can help see the target just a bit better. If it's sunny or light overcast polarized sunglasses,...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-05, 10:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 967
Posted By RainmanP

Here's what I do as the weather gets cooler. I...

Here's what I do as the weather gets cooler. I got the idea from seeing the pros stick newspapers under their jerseys to prepare for cold descents. I purchased a couple of yards of very inexpensive...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-05, 09:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,492
Posted By RainmanP

I always wear eye protection - polarized...

I always wear eye protection - polarized sunglasses in the sun, clear safety glasses in the dark or rain. I have had too many little rocks, bugs, etc., hit my face while riding not to protect my...
01-27-05, 09:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,154
Posted By RainmanP

I agree that Phil and Paul are the best. I was...

I agree that Phil and Paul are the best. I was an enthusiastic but ignorant fan of racing when I started watching coverage on OLN a few years ago. After watching just a few races I felt like I had...
Forum: Touring
01-27-05, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By RainmanP

I suppose a ride organizer can take some poetic...

I suppose a ride organizer can take some poetic license, but technically speaking, it's "bon temps rouler" or to be more complete, as we say down here:

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good...
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