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Forum: Commuting
10-28-11, 01:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,919
Posted By Abneycat

This particular fork is a version of the lefty...

This particular fork is a version of the lefty called the solo. There's a version with suspension and one that's purely rigid - the solo is a bit interesting, I think it's the first iteration of the...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-11, 11:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,153
Posted By Abneycat

As an owner of a Tubus Cosmo, I think it's an...

As an owner of a Tubus Cosmo, I think it's an awesomely strong and well designed rack. It's hard to tell from some photos online, but it isn't actually chrome / polished. It's just a nice bright...
05-28-11, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,997
Posted By Abneycat

That isn't exactly how it works. You need the...

That isn't exactly how it works. You need the correct bottom bracket type to fit your shell threading and width (which is 68mm english on the Big Dummy),

But then the spindle length is dependent...
05-23-11, 06:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,393
Posted By Abneycat

There's a normal kickstand plate on the Halsted,...

There's a normal kickstand plate on the Halsted, and on all of Civia's bikes save for the Hyland. As for why the Hyland was designed with the kickstand as such, I don't know.

The HPM Express is a...
05-23-11, 03:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,393
Posted By Abneycat

Psst. It had to happen eventually. It just did :)...

Psst. It had to happen eventually. It just did :)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Civia-Cycles/76537914685#!/media/set/?set=a.10150203296979686.328751.76537914685...
05-19-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,393
Posted By Abneycat

Hey, a quick update on this! I went to the shop...

Hey, a quick update on this! I went to the shop today and tried the bike out - long story short, I liked it enough to buy one. So, expect a short term review soon!
05-14-11, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,159
Posted By Abneycat

Hub brakes such as disc, drum and roller brakes...

Hub brakes such as disc, drum and roller brakes all offer improved all-weather use and have lower maintenance.

Disc brakes are preferable for use in extremely hilly (mountainous) areas over other...
05-10-11, 07:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,273
Posted By Abneycat

Well, I personally have a medium sized PAC...

Well, I personally have a medium sized PAC messenger bag that I just throw in the front of the bike, if I want to throw something really big in there, the PAC can then be worn. That's just what I...
05-06-11, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,406
Posted By Abneycat

I have used all 4. Personally, I find the...

I have used all 4.

Personally, I find the Ute okay, but not something I'd personally consider. Yes, it comes in nicely equipped at a decent price tag and it looks pretty attractive, but it isn't...
05-05-11, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,273
Posted By Abneycat

Hello, sorry for the slow reply! I have not been...

Hello, sorry for the slow reply! I have not been on Bikeforums a lot lately.

In a similar category, I looked at the Civia Loring and the Trek Belleville. In the end, I am happy with the choice of...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-11, 09:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,856
Posted By Abneycat

I was really stoked to get this bike for quite a...

I was really stoked to get this bike for quite a while, ended up going for a Globe Live instead. But the other month, one of them finally came in stock here in Calgary, so I went to go look anyways....
03-29-11, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Abneycat

We have a shop like this in Calgary, AB, Canada...

We have a shop like this in Calgary, AB, Canada too :)

http://bikebike.ca/

These kinds of shops are totally sweet. I hope to see more and more!
Forum: Commuting
03-23-11, 09:08 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 20,632
Posted By Abneycat

You are entirely correct about the Globe Live....

You are entirely correct about the Globe Live. The fork is a high offset fork, and the head angle is steep. The idea is to give the bike a low trail which is intentionally done in order to provide...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-11, 10:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,883
Posted By Abneycat

I have a set of the Mary bars, and they're pretty...

I have a set of the Mary bars, and they're pretty close to what you are describing. Hands come in, but not parallel - the design puts your hands in the same spot as if you were using a flat or riser...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 20,632
Posted By Abneycat

I've seen the Brodie Pax in person and take a...

I've seen the Brodie Pax in person and take a look at it (seemed okay!), although I unfortunately never rode it. I did ride the Section 7 and Section 8, which are very similar bikes save for having...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-11, 01:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 28,921
Posted By Abneycat

My personal experience with the SMP has been...

My personal experience with the SMP has been extremely good. I've found them a bit harsher to ride on than the average touring tire, but they're not unbearable and they are extremely robust.
02-20-11, 08:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,269
Posted By Abneycat

My personal experience with volume was solved...

My personal experience with volume was solved initially with an Xtracycle, but is now just handled by a front carrier. I've got a Globe Live 2, which is a bike with an integrated heavier duty front...
02-20-11, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,330
Posted By Abneycat

I'm going to just presume this is the bike, since...

I'm going to just presume this is the bike, since it wasn't mentioned?

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/basecamp_1.htm

Suspension Fork SunTour long travel, preload adjustable
...
02-17-11, 05:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,775
Posted By Abneycat

I convinced my mom to buy me a mountain bike when...

I convinced my mom to buy me a mountain bike when I was about 13. It was a "Dunlop Spyder" from a Sport Chek. Terrible bike with too high a price tag and too little a manufacturing standard. In...
02-14-11, 01:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 949
Posted By Abneycat

Voodoo Nakisi is pretty close to what you...

Voodoo Nakisi is pretty close to what you describe. It is set up with a very interesting drop bar oriented geometry (wacky looking), but it has the rest of what you mentioned. I'd consider it if the...
02-09-11, 08:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,127
Posted By Abneycat

I have a 2010 Live 2 (non-mixte model), and love...

I have a 2010 Live 2 (non-mixte model), and love it. The stock saddle isn't too great, but that's typical of a lot of bikes. With a somewhat fatter saddle more appropriate for upright riding, this...
02-08-11, 06:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,783
Posted By Abneycat

I use pedals just like the MKS touring on my city...

I use pedals just like the MKS touring on my city bike (they might *be* MKS touring, have never bothered to look),

And I have used BMX pedals with pins on other bicycles that I have owned in the...
02-08-11, 04:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,175
Posted By Abneycat

Personally, very urban: living on the south side...

Personally, very urban: living on the south side of downtown, and working on the northern side. Work is about 12 blocks away, riding is just done to get a little morning exercise and save a few...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-11, 11:47 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,891
Posted By Abneycat

I know what you're thinking. Did he pack six...

I know what you're thinking. Did he pack six cases of PBR into his messenger bag, or only five?
Forum: Commuting
02-02-11, 07:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,139
Posted By Abneycat

If Topeak does not pull through for you on the...

If Topeak does not pull through for you on the replacement, i've been very happy personally with the Lezyne micro floor drive HPG. The only downside to the micro floor drive that i've experienced so...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,327
Posted By Abneycat

A disc caliper (with lever / as kit, if doing...

A disc caliper (with lever / as kit, if doing hydraulic), rotor, replacement wheel, replacement fork, and if you're not doing the installations yourself then a fairly decent labour charge to go with...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-11, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,287
Posted By Abneycat

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23841842@N07/53939461...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23841842@N07/5393946186/

The supernova e3 tail light has room for itself and a party of five in there.

It's extremely bright, too. I believe the downside is that it...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-11, 02:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,024
Posted By Abneycat

Tried one of them on in a local shop, and they...

Tried one of them on in a local shop, and they have a really poor fit to the head. I find that they're shaped a bit irregularly, and are pretty shallow inside.
Forum: Commuting
01-27-11, 05:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,257
Posted By Abneycat

187617 Somewhere around this wide :) I...

187617

Somewhere around this wide :)

I personally use about a 600 mm bar. It works quite well for my personal needs, but it depends on how narrow a spot you're willing to squeeze into in order...
Forum: Commuting
01-21-11, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By Abneycat

My only comment is that the Bad Boy is the odd...

My only comment is that the Bad Boy is the odd one out in that group you mentioned. It has a heavier duty frame + disc brakes and is more of a mountain bike meets commuter hybrid, whereas the other 3...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-11, 01:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,593
Posted By Abneycat

I too am a fan of the inverted U rack. They hold...

I too am a fan of the inverted U rack. They hold everything from folders, bents, cargo bikes, pick anything it seems - 2 per.

Any of the wheelbender ones with the thin slots in them are absolutely...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-11, 03:42 AM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,930,713
Posted By Abneycat

Its one of the stock photos from Revopower. Yep,...

Its one of the stock photos from Revopower. Yep, it's a Cannondale.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RevoPower

Total vapourware. This product never made it to the market, was delayed over and over,...
01-16-11, 03:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,127
Posted By Abneycat

Try looking at the bikes from Public, Linus, or...

Try looking at the bikes from Public, Linus, or the Trek Belleville.

The Linus dutchi sounds close to what you want.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 12:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 867
Posted By Abneycat

There's no maximum sprocket ratio on a gear hub....

There's no maximum sprocket ratio on a gear hub. If you wanted for some bizarre reason, you could definitely have insanely high gear inches.

I don't personally know the exact minimum sprocket...
01-12-11, 02:49 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 7,754
Posted By Abneycat

Wippermann Connex TR chains. They're discontinued...

Wippermann Connex TR chains. They're discontinued but if you can still find one, you can buy a decent bike for the price.

Now that's putting your roadie money where your mouth is. Or, putting your...
Forum: Commuting
01-09-11, 11:32 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,851
Posted By Abneycat

I have personally used a lot of different...

I have personally used a lot of different commuting / city / touring tires over the last few years. Kenda Kwest, Continental Contact, Specialized Infinity, Bontrager Sattelite Plus, and a bootload of...
01-08-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By Abneycat

Uh.. Well, i'm happy you routinely shop and...

Uh.. Well, i'm happy you routinely shop and vacation there, I haven't done so yet which I think was made pretty obvious, so you don't need to bother making snide comments as such. Secondly, i'm not...
01-08-11, 12:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By Abneycat

Thanks for all the replies! Firstly,...

Thanks for all the replies! Firstly, unfortunately, I can't attend the Portland campus as it isn't set up to accept international students yet. Otherwise, I would love to, because according to many...
01-07-11, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By Abneycat

Never been to the U.S. before, going to Ashland, Oregon. Help! Travel advice?

Hello! I am going to be heading to Ashland, Oregon for some courses in frame building and professional repair at UBI, starting February the 28th. The plan is to perhaps leave a few days in advance...
01-05-11, 03:31 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 7,754
Posted By Abneycat

I will answer the question phrased as "how many...

I will answer the question phrased as "how many do you *optimally* need if you're not car-centric?"

The answer then in my opinion is 2 primary / secondary bikes. Two bikes can cover a wide range...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-04-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By Abneycat

Well, i'm really appreciating all of the...

Well, i'm really appreciating all of the information!

Peterpan1, thank you for your input on all of this, that plumb bob idea is something to do for sure. I'm not asking for fit advice, no, but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-03-11, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,399
Posted By Abneycat

Oops! I missed the folding part, sorry about...

Oops! I missed the folding part, sorry about that!

Marathon Racers have nylon reinforcement instead of kevlar.

The Supreme is a really nice tire. HD guard supposedly is a step up from a regular...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-03-11, 08:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,399
Posted By Abneycat

(Sorry, missed kevlar *and* folding. Marathon...

(Sorry, missed kevlar *and* folding. Marathon Supreme is close to what you may want)

Schwalbe makes a huge swath of 406mm tires. Their terms are as follows:

"Raceguard" is basically nylon...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-03-11, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,482
Posted By Abneycat

You can play around with it in the Sheldon Brown...

You can play around with it in the Sheldon Brown gear calculator if you figure out your chainring size, increase / reduce it by the ratio of the Schlumpf you want, and then input that number as the...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-11, 07:48 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,285
Posted By Abneycat

I have severe asthma which has a brutally...

I have severe asthma which has a brutally reliable cold trigger. My asthma is also exercise induced, taking the preventive medication means that i'm able to do heavy exercise without worry, but the...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-02-11, 02:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By Abneycat

I based the 73 degrees on experiences with my...

I based the 73 degrees on experiences with my current bicycle with an EBB. I found that the bicycle wasn't quite right for me until a very high (30mm setback) seatpost was added, the current bicycle...
Forum: Commuting
01-01-11, 04:26 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 16,744
Posted By Abneycat

I don't personally feel that the weight is bad...

I don't personally feel that the weight is bad for the price on the BD mini velos. They're not really anywhere near high end, so you get what you pay for.

The Hooligan is a modded mountain bike...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 16,744
Posted By Abneycat

Most of these multi speed mini velos seem to come...

Most of these multi speed mini velos seem to come in around 25 lbs. I recall someone saying that was the weight of their BD mini velo, and that's about what my Cannondale Hooligan 3 weighed in at....
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-30-10, 06:48 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 27,553
Posted By Abneycat

I have used 3 types of MKS EZY pedals: 1....

I have used 3 types of MKS EZY pedals:

1. MKS Ezy AR2. Not too happy with them, they didn't have great grip and i'm not a fan of asymmetrical pedals. These pedals would really only be any good...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-30-10, 01:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By Abneycat

Designing adventure touring frame, feedback appreciated!

Hey there! I'm currently working on a project for an adventure touring bike, one that i'd like to use for long off-road rides like sections of the great divide, trans Canada trail, and visiting...
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