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Forum: Great Lakes
08-05-11, 06:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,026
Posted By CastIron

Shoulder width is indeed hit & miss. Food? Try...

Shoulder width is indeed hit & miss. Food? Try Zupps for groceries. I haven't been up that way in about 2 years, so the memory is fuzzy on some particulars particularly since I was piloting (in my...
Forum: Great Lakes
08-04-11, 04:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,026
Posted By CastIron

I've seen ONE roadie up in Ely over the years. ...

I've seen ONE roadie up in Ely over the years.
Anywho, HWY 1 from ELY to US 61 is bloody magnificent and remarkably curvaceous.

At any rate, understand if it's during the week, you'll have...
Forum: Great Lakes
04-20-11, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By CastIron

Kickapoo Kicker Route?

Did I just stumble upon a top secret gem? :thumb:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/30597924
Forum: Great Lakes
02-15-11, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 770
Posted By CastIron

I'm very familiar with the MN stretch from...

I'm very familiar with the MN stretch from Ogilvie to Hinckley. You've chosen a good route, but there's not a whole lot out there. MN 47 is smooth and wide. Cty 3 and MN 65, you may wish to jog...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-15-11, 07:34 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,823
Posted By CastIron

^ A salient point. I know when you crack the...

^ A salient point. I know when you crack the $100 psychological barrier it gives me considerable pause. Surely I'm not alone, and it puts the organizer in the uncomfortable position of riders with...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-15-11, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By CastIron

It's a charity fundraiser, like the DD, HHH, et...

It's a charity fundraiser, like the DD, HHH, et al. The maps are publicly posted for those wishing a free use of public domain.
Forum: Great Lakes
02-10-11, 04:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 873
Posted By CastIron

I've done the Brute and the Dare. Both are...

I've done the Brute and the Dare. Both are indeed very different and remarkable events. I'm doing all three this year. If you don't want the event, then download the map and ride the route another...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-10-11, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By CastIron

I'll be there this Sunday.

I'll be there this Sunday.
Forum: Great Lakes
02-07-11, 07:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,445
Posted By CastIron

Outside of my zone as it were. In any case,...

Outside of my zone as it were. In any case, Angry Catfish is worth the trip.
Forum: Great Lakes
02-07-11, 07:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,823
Posted By CastIron

I think the HHH brand has simply grown beyond the...

I think the HHH brand has simply grown beyond the means to satisfy demand. It really just encourages me to find other venues. Personally, I'd bump up cost to $250/ea and have one heckuva an event...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-07-11, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By CastIron

Spree had their website royally f'd up by a...

Spree had their website royally f'd up by a hacker so I'll speculate the extra work has Don just a little behind. Great ride, small attendance.
01-20-11, 07:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,962
Posted By CastIron

It's an odd joy to have some guy looking at you...

It's an odd joy to have some guy looking at you while shivering in his car as you sit there steaming away waiting for the light to change.
Forum: Great Lakes
01-18-11, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,445
Posted By CastIron

^^ They are a great shop. But there are many...

^^ They are a great shop. But there are many [edit: great shops] in the area. Care to narrow it down to some part of town?
12-27-10, 07:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,584
Posted By CastIron

I've run through two sets of Extreme 294/296's...

I've run through two sets of Extreme 294/296's over the years and new this year am running w240s. I also have w106 35c Nokians on my touring bike.

I must say, my experience differs.

The W106's...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-10, 06:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 22,675
Posted By CastIron

Bingo. I think my last Team Pro broke in...

Bingo.

I think my last Team Pro broke in early at about 1,200 miles.
Forum: Commuting
11-19-10, 06:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,333
Posted By CastIron

The strobes cast a semi-sphere of pretty uniform...

The strobes cast a semi-sphere of pretty uniform light. The LED's cast a beam. Strobes also came about when LED's weren't a viable option.
11-18-10, 06:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By CastIron

^^ more of the same. I also have some disposable...

^^ more of the same. I also have some disposable warmers. Changing a tire in bitter cold is a truly horrific experience.
11-05-10, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 942
Posted By CastIron

They make both, but the Shimano version is...

They make both, but the Shimano version is seemingly far less common. If the splines on the hub body are more than a few MM tall then it's Campy.
Forum: Great Lakes
10-20-10, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By CastIron

I blame some nameless fool who hosts The Brute...

I blame some nameless fool who hosts The Brute for that. Almost as horrific as the horribly. If only it wasn't scheduled for the same day as the MN Fishing opener.
Forum: Great Lakes
08-09-10, 05:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,513
Posted By CastIron

My first year for The Dare, but I've done the ITC...

My first year for The Dare, but I've done the ITC and HHH and they are some remarkably well operated rides with extravagantly stocked rest stops. Oh, it hurts a lot.
Forum: Great Lakes
07-23-10, 06:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By CastIron

mmmmmmm.....Betty White in spandex. You'll need...

mmmmmmm.....Betty White in spandex. You'll need more beer. LOTS more beer.
Forum: Great Lakes
07-15-10, 06:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 495
Posted By CastIron

91% and beer has been announced. My ambitions...

91% and beer has been announced. My ambitions for the 300k are now quite dim after ITC last weekend.
Forum: Great Lakes
07-15-10, 06:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 677
Posted By CastIron

Try the HOOP ride out of Prescott with TCBC. The...

Try the HOOP ride out of Prescott with TCBC. The first 30 miles I logged over 3,ooo feet of ascent. They have a whole series in the area.
04-12-10, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,508
Posted By CastIron

Calfee repaired my carbon seat stay just fine. ...

Calfee repaired my carbon seat stay just fine. They are the standard for this.
03-25-10, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By CastIron

Sun cr-18. Cheap, well made, durable, and very...

Sun cr-18. Cheap, well made, durable, and very fitting to a classic build.
Forum: Commuting
03-23-10, 09:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,519
Posted By CastIron

I'll mostly agree with Clifton except they don't...

I'll mostly agree with Clifton except they don't feel slow to me.
I put these on two city bikes last spring and they show little wear and I don't want to jinx it about flats so...

Overall, a...
03-18-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,765
Posted By CastIron

Wiggle.UK has the D/A 7700 levers for ~$44. I...

Wiggle.UK has the D/A 7700 levers for ~$44. I have a set on the way for a similar build. With DT levers you can use friction as well, if not better, than indexing IME.
02-23-10, 03:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By CastIron

Disc brakes.

Disc brakes.
02-23-10, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 828
Posted By CastIron

If it's been exposed to the weather you should...

If it's been exposed to the weather you should disassemble it and lubricate the area behind the piston. Both my BB5 and BB7 brakes suffered from corrosion in winter because they leave the factory...
02-23-10, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By CastIron

Really, I'm trying to be lazy. The DT calculator...

Really, I'm trying to be lazy. The DT calculator WAS great when it had the database. Seems SpokeCalc and most others all use the same antiquated database of hubs.

As to rim width, none of the...
02-23-10, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By CastIron

Wheelbuilding assistance please

A few questions as I haven't built a set in a while...

Good online spoke calculator with a modern rim/hub database?
Seems the DT Swiss one now restricts you to DT brand hubs whereas they used to...
12-24-09, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 839
Posted By CastIron

I'm much happier running Centerloc with my BB7's....

I'm much happier running Centerloc with my BB7's. Just a thought. Otherwise, any disc hub will work.
Forum: Commuting
12-23-09, 02:27 PM
12-23-09, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 715
Posted By CastIron

WCCO is calling it "Snowmageddon". It's getting...

WCCO is calling it "Snowmageddon". It's getting bit thick.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-09, 11:33 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,825
Posted By CastIron

Worked for me.

Worked for me.
12-18-09, 11:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,294
Posted By CastIron

You could always switch to Mobil1 90w gear oil. ...

You could always switch to Mobil1 90w gear oil. Full synthetic and lighter than grease (but not much). A PITA, though. I've had good luck with a synthetic Finish Line grease.
12-17-09, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,129
Posted By CastIron

B.S. There's a wet weather kit for the nexus...

B.S.

There's a wet weather kit for the nexus 8 sp hub to prevent it. Contact Shimano.
12-17-09, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,609
Posted By CastIron

I vote 29'r. I think it a superior option. When...

I vote 29'r. I think it a superior option. When it's an option.
I'll be building my second 26" this weekend.

Compromises.
Forum: Commuting
12-14-09, 12:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 19,422
Posted By CastIron

Avoid the Pinhead/OnGuard model. I...

Avoid the Pinhead/OnGuard model. I tried to save a buck and bought these instead of the Pitlocks. Poor design, Stupendously expensive replacement 'key' (you only get one), and appalling...
Forum: Great Lakes
12-14-09, 12:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 862
Posted By CastIron

^^ YUP. Few of us in the winter forum here as...

^^ YUP. Few of us in the winter forum here as well. The biggest issue is the drastic cuts in snowplowing in the last three years. Seeing a city plow is now a novelty even on mainline through...
12-11-09, 03:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 828
Posted By CastIron

I've run the AA model for some time with no...

I've run the AA model for some time with no worries about battery life, even in winter. Were I to do it again ( I will soon), I'd up to a 400l mated to a front light since the 400 is (of course)...
12-11-09, 03:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 872
Posted By CastIron

Shimano M-424. Have it both ways on both sides. ...

Shimano M-424. Have it both ways on both sides. Been running 'em for years.
12-10-09, 03:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,138
Posted By CastIron

I'll trade a little rolling resistance for...

I'll trade a little rolling resistance for security when it gets rough. Consider your needs.
11-09-09, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By CastIron

They changed the last for the 302's. Buyer...

They changed the last for the 302's. Buyer beware with sizing.
11-06-09, 08:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By CastIron

It's time vs temp here, so do factor that in. ...

It's time vs temp here, so do factor that in.

My 302's are generally worn with a medium weight wool sock.

+40f* with rain is not too warm for an hour
+20*f is just right for however long I'm...
10-29-09, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,091
Posted By CastIron

For you, last night.

For you, last night.
10-29-09, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By CastIron

It's not the form, rather, function that's the...

It's not the form, rather, function that's the appeal. I have three. :thumb:
10-23-09, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By CastIron

Not my video...

Not my video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz2pA_zeHWs), but it covers the point well.

I put 'em on in late fall and take 'em off in spring. Get about 5k from a set (two winters for me).
10-23-09, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,580
Posted By CastIron

I did this conversion last spring. A suspension...

I did this conversion last spring. A suspension corrected Salsa fork has worked very well for <$100.

It's fairly straightforward operation.
10-21-09, 02:43 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,009
Posted By CastIron

If ever this is relevant, it's now: MORE COWBELL!

If ever this is relevant, it's now: MORE COWBELL!
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