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11-01-09, 11:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 27,843
Posted By big scholar

Hey guys-- Thanks for the great thread. I'm...

Hey guys--

Thanks for the great thread. I'm currently in the middle of flare up, I guess. I was diagnosed by a doctor with prostratitis last month. I'd been having trouble urinating for a week,...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-09, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
Posted By big scholar

Thanks for the input, everyone. Come to think of...

Thanks for the input, everyone. Come to think of it, whenever I remove my wheels, I notice a layer of gunk under my fenders, so they're definitely fending off something.

I'm interested to see what...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-09, 12:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
Posted By big scholar

SoCal commuters -- use fenders?

Hey guys. So I moved to SoCal from San Francisco in May, and I've experienced about one hour of rain so far. I'm yet to remove my fenders, but I can count on one hand the number of people I've seen...
08-28-09, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By big scholar

I rode them on an old 10-speed. After about 500...

I rode them on an old 10-speed. After about 500 miles, the rear developed a pinhead-sized hole. I was commuting 10 miles on real ****ty streets, though.
08-14-09, 10:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,997
Posted By big scholar

Bianchi Nyala -- Vintage Unknown

Hey everyone. So I got back from a trip this evening to discover a nice surprise--a friend has bequeathed us an old Bianchi Nyala. It's lugged Tange cromo, and judging by the dim light, it's got...
08-09-09, 04:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,683
Posted By big scholar

i accidentally my lbs and they wont let me in...

i accidentally my lbs and they wont let me in anymore
07-23-09, 10:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 616
Posted By big scholar

Here are some (admittedly poor) cell phone photos...

Here are some (admittedly poor) cell phone photos of the wrecked hub. If you guys want to see better ones, I can take some when I dig up my camera.

djeucalyptus, thanks for the reassurance. I'm...
07-23-09, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By big scholar

If you're going a Sunday Streets day (the next...

If you're going a Sunday Streets day (the next one is early August), definitely check it out: http://sundaystreetssf.com/

Maybe the place you guys are talking about is Beach Chalet:...
07-23-09, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 616
Posted By big scholar

Had a chance to go home this afternoon, and I...

Had a chance to go home this afternoon, and I took a better look at the wheel (didn't have my camera on me, though--I'll post the pic tonight). Whatever happened caused the bearing cap to detach from...
07-23-09, 11:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 616
Posted By big scholar

Got home a little late last night, so I wasn't...

Got home a little late last night, so I wasn't able to snap a pic of the busted hub. Will do tonight!

So I've been talking to the the shop who's gonna build the wheels, and I'm thinking of getting...
07-22-09, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 616
Posted By big scholar

Cool, I'll definitely snap a pic, if not tonight...

Cool, I'll definitely snap a pic, if not tonight then tomorrow--it'll be a late one at work.

djeucalyptus, apart from commuting and errands five days per week (6-7 miles per day), I just go on...
07-22-09, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 616
Posted By big scholar

Right on, thanks for the input, guys. I'll...

Right on, thanks for the input, guys. I'll definitely get the wheels built with some Alpine IIIs. I'd love to get some Phil Woods, but I'll have to make sure I can afford it. The shop that's going to...
07-22-09, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 616
Posted By big scholar

Looking for a 36h SS/FG hug

I've always told myself that I'd ride the wheels that came on my '06 San Jose into the ground before I get a new set. About six months of daily commuting later, this day has come.

I'm a big guy...
04-19-09, 08:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,187
Posted By big scholar

I ride a singlespeed in San Fran, and I'm a...

I ride a singlespeed in San Fran, and I'm a certified fat-ass. Seriously, you are most likely in better shape than me. You just learn to avoid the hills you can, and eat the ones you can't!
03-28-09, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By big scholar

Thanks for the replies everyone, and sorry for...

Thanks for the replies everyone, and sorry for not posting sooner. We've decided on making the move. After doing research and talking to people like you guys, we're convinced it's possible to live in...
03-23-09, 09:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By big scholar

Car Free Santa Monica?

Anyone here live car free in Santa Monica? I'm real close to taking a job there, and I wanted to see what other folks' experiences are like.

I currently live in SF, and it's effortless; my wife...
08-03-08, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,901
Posted By big scholar

Thanks for the input, guys. Tried pushing the...

Thanks for the input, guys. Tried pushing the wheel further back in the dropout, but the chain derailed again while we were out riding. Finally just a mechanic friend check it out. Even with the...
08-02-08, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,901
Posted By big scholar

Thanks for the reply, DannoXYZ. There is a...

Thanks for the reply, DannoXYZ. There is a chainguard, and the coaster brake seems to be firmly bolted. There is about a 1/4 inch of between the hub and the dropout, and I have noticed that the chain...
08-02-08, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,901
Posted By big scholar

Chains keeps getting derailed -- Nexus 3 speed

Hi guys. Wondering if anyone here could help me out: the chain on my wife's bike got derailed twice in the span of a six mile roundtrip to the market this afternoon. Her bike has a Nexus 3 speed...
07-16-08, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 677
Posted By big scholar

A car-loving man

seriously:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-'having-sex'-with-1,000-cars.html
Forum: Commuting
07-08-08, 09:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,449
Posted By big scholar

went riding in the park with my wife this...

went riding in the park with my wife this weekend, and she got a flat. problem is she has a nexus three speed internal-gear hub, and i've never messed with one of those. long story short, turns out i...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-08, 03:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,997
Posted By big scholar

thanks for the clarification, tjspiel. I've...

thanks for the clarification, tjspiel. I've actually identified where these studs are in our living room, so I'll check if they're in a workable spot in the bedroom around where we want to store our...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-08, 02:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,997
Posted By big scholar

very curious about this as well. our apartment...

very curious about this as well. our apartment has really thin walls, so I wonder if something like the Leonardo would be viable--I'm afraid that the weight of the bikes would totally wreck them.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-08, 01:57 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 8,635
Posted By big scholar

Journalist covering the video game industry. Most...

Journalist covering the video game industry. Most definitely a desk job, but they do let us out sometimes for junkets and such.
Forum: Touring
05-25-08, 01:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,842
Posted By big scholar

Ricardo-- I'm currently riding a Brooks B 17...

Ricardo--

I'm currently riding a Brooks B 17 that's over 30 years old, and it's working great. I was a little unsure at first about how it had held up over years, since it was an original...
05-16-08, 06:02 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,761
Posted By big scholar

Tentacle porn is played out already. It's all...

Tentacle porn is played out already. It's all about the Grant Petersen/Joel Salatin slash fiction TYVM :love:

Reading is better than watching cartoons, right?
05-16-08, 03:41 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,761
Posted By big scholar

Not sure how common that is. Sounds like you have...

Not sure how common that is. Sounds like you have an idea, though. And I sure as hell hope I'm not "adopting the mannerisms" of the characters in that show. Not to spoil anything for you, but let's...
05-16-08, 01:52 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,761
Posted By big scholar

I would never recommend that someone purchase a...

I would never recommend that someone purchase a TV simply to watch The Wire. That would be just as silly as encouraging people to write off the medium for fear that they might fall prey to Chevy...
05-16-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,761
Posted By big scholar

kill your message board? i can understand...

kill your message board? i can understand harboring resentment for faux news, most reality TV, and right wing talking heads, but it's pretty ridiculous to write off the medium wholesale. if it...
05-14-08, 11:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By big scholar

+1 on box dog bikes. everyone i've met there is...

+1 on box dog bikes. everyone i've met there is super nice, helpful, generous with time, etc. all my loot is split between them and freewheel in the mission (on valencia street). i really dig...
05-13-08, 05:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By big scholar

the two i see around most often are: blazing...

the two i see around most often are: blazing saddles: http://www.blazingsaddles.com/bicycle_rental_rates.html and bay city bike:...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-08, 01:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,711
Posted By big scholar

I live in San Francisco, where there's a decent...

I live in San Francisco, where there's a decent infrastructure already in place plus a very able body working toward advocacy (much love for the SFBC). But I'm originally from Miami, which has a long...
05-08-08, 12:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 871
Posted By big scholar

I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Miami...

I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Miami in 2000. Having grown up steeped in car culture, I was very happy to be moving to a place with adequate public transit. I bought a bike when I first...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,205
Posted By big scholar

Rode into work mildly hungover today, though I...

Rode into work mildly hungover today, though I cheated by taking the train to cut the 10 miles down to about six. Felt OK for the most part, but was got a little conked out toward the end, probably I...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By big scholar

Good to hear, micksweet! She took it on a grocery...

Good to hear, micksweet! She took it on a grocery run tonight, and it looks like she's getting motivated--she came home talking about how much fun she had. Since we live near the city center, it's...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-08, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By big scholar

Manhattan Green -- anyone ride?

Went bike shopping with my wife today, and ended up getting a Manhattan Green. She test rode a few bikes, including a Marin Muir Woods, an Electra Townie, and one of those low-end Treks with the...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-08, 10:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By big scholar

Here are some pics. I-Like-To-Bike, after looking...

Here are some pics. I-Like-To-Bike, after looking at your pics, I don't feel as hopeless about this saddle. Let me know what you think after checking mine out nonetheless, though.
Forum: Commuting
04-11-08, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By big scholar

Thanks for the input, guys, and sorry for not...

Thanks for the input, guys, and sorry for not having checked in sooner. Yeah, it's definitely my sit bones that were a little sore, but they're better now. I'll try to snap some shots when I get home...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-08, 11:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By big scholar

30+ year old leather saddle -- a lost cause?

Hi guys. So I recently picked up a 1974 Raleigh Super Course off Craigslist, and it came with its original Brooks B-17. This is my first experience with a leather saddle, so I'm not sure how they're...
Forum: Commuting
02-29-08, 01:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,871
Posted By big scholar

The hills are no joke for real. The trick is...

The hills are no joke for real. The trick is finding ways around the ones you can avoid!

That sounds like a pretty solid route man, big props for doing it. Having lived in that city for most of my...
Forum: Commuting
02-29-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,871
Posted By big scholar

Hey DC, just wanna show support as a Miami native...

Hey DC, just wanna show support as a Miami native (Hialeah). It can't be easy to commute out there. Every time I'm down visiting, I try to imagine how I would make it work if I lived there again....
Forum: Commuting
02-07-08, 12:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,112
Posted By big scholar

I'm mostly concerned because I'm doing a lot of...

I'm mostly concerned because I'm doing a lot of wet weather riding. The rainy season in SF seems to be over at this point, but one of the roads I'm on for a good stretch of my commute is pretty...
02-07-08, 12:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By big scholar

He's basically some dude who tried (and failed)...

He's basically some dude who tried (and failed) to run as a district supervisor in SF, and has since made it his cause to tangle up any bike-related improvements to the city's infrastructure....
02-06-08, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By big scholar

Thanks much for the link. Guess it's a no-go....

Thanks much for the link. Guess it's a no-go. Incidentally, that article reminded me of how much of a cancer Rob Anderson is...
02-06-08, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By big scholar

SF: Bikes allowed on the T (Third street)line?

Hey all--

I currently commute from the Mission in SF to Brisbane, and I was wondering what the policy was for bikes on the new Third street light rail line. Are they allowed? I usually take...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-08, 11:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,112
Posted By big scholar

Yeah, I don't think a folding bike is what I'm...

Yeah, I don't think a folding bike is what I'm looking for. I've been looking at the Surly Cross-Check. It's a little higher than what I've budgeted for, but it looks like it would be perfect. Anyone...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-08, 05:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,112
Posted By big scholar

Advice on a new commuter

Hey guys--

Figured I'd start a new thread for this. I've just begun a daily commute that's anywhere between 12 to 20 miles RT, depending on whether I take trains, or bike it all the way. Some of...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-08, 04:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,429
Posted By big scholar

Hey guys, just wanted to give a quick update. Did...

Hey guys, just wanted to give a quick update. Did two test runs last week in order to get a feel for the route, and it was pretty rough going. I was able to make it in decent shape, though of course,...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-08, 04:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,429
Posted By big scholar

Thanks for the further encouragement, guys. I'm...

Thanks for the further encouragement, guys. I'm pretty dead set on doing this, and I've been getting on the bike every day, regardless of weather. It's definitely going to happen--public transit from...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-08, 12:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,788
Posted By big scholar

Please enlighten us, mrbubbles. I'm about to...

Please enlighten us, mrbubbles. I'm about to start a 20 mile round trip commute, and it's smack in the middle of the rainy season in San Francisco. What should commuters dealing with these conditions...
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