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Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-11, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 501
Posted By jefferee

I have yet to see any MEC bike that doesn't...

I have yet to see any MEC bike that doesn't underwhelm me. Equivalent or better deals are pretty readily available at just about any LBS around here, anyway.

The IGH commuter would interest me a...
03-03-11, 10:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,510
Posted By jefferee

So what's the risk for angrily riding through...

So what's the risk for angrily riding through dense, smoggy traffic while drunk and buzzed on Red Bull?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-11, 10:04 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 5,036
Posted By jefferee

5'8", 170 pounds, BMI 25.8, age 33. But I...

5'8", 170 pounds, BMI 25.8, age 33.

But I already knew I'm too fat for this sport.
01-31-11, 03:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Posted By jefferee

The OP's bike *has* gears--7 speed IGH. And...

The OP's bike *has* gears--7 speed IGH.

And now, responding to the OP:

I don't think the bike is the primary problem here, assuming you are comfortable with the gearing. You're not going to...
01-27-11, 08:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,162
Posted By jefferee

Lots of places used to have mandatory bike...

Lots of places used to have mandatory bike registration programs. Most of them have disappeared as people came to the realization that they're more cost and hassle than they're worth.

As an...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-11, 02:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,623
Posted By jefferee

The most successful Generation 2 design looks...

The most successful Generation 2 design looks disturbingly like a recumbent.
01-26-11, 01:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 741
Posted By jefferee

If it's a steep enough downhill to hit 45 MPH,...

If it's a steep enough downhill to hit 45 MPH, it's probably faster to just stop pedaling and get into as much of an aero tuck as possible.
01-26-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,620
Posted By jefferee

That would be surprising to me as well--I wear...

That would be surprising to me as well--I wear about the same gear for both (generally don't bother with the bib shorts or helmet for skiing, of course).

I wonder how many winter riders there have...
01-25-11, 10:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,212
Posted By jefferee

Major overhauls every five years??? Around...

Major overhauls every five years???

Around here, the busiest freeways might be resurfaced somewhere close to that often, but fifteen years (or even longer) between major overhauls is pretty...
01-24-11, 02:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,212
Posted By jefferee

You say that as though you believe that some A&S...

You say that as though you believe that some A&S threads aren't frivolous.
01-24-11, 02:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 640
Posted By jefferee

Frame size is clearly listed, so you've already...

Frame size is clearly listed, so you've already taken care of my #1 eBay/Clist gripe.
The mobile version lumps information into long paragraphs that are a bit hard to read. The regular version of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-11, 05:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,611
Posted By jefferee

Here I am, caught from a bit of a distance. I...

Here I am, caught from a bit of a distance. I actually went right by the streetview car but on a section of street that was photographed at a slightly different time, so this was about as close as I...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-11, 11:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,439
Posted By jefferee

Then there's the Formula One driver (Mark Webber)...

Then there's the Formula One driver (Mark Webber) who has broken bones twice in the last two years... both times crashing his MTB.

Nick Heidfeld missed a few F1 races a while back because of a...
01-17-11, 01:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,333
Posted By jefferee

That seems like pretty good value for a long...

That seems like pretty good value for a long bike, actually.

If I needed that kind of cargo capacity, though, I'd probably either buy or rig up a cargo trailer. Makes it a little easier to just...
01-17-11, 01:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,212
Posted By jefferee

Yup. Even the paved MUP that's a good bit of my...

Yup. Even the paved MUP that's a good bit of my commute route is starting to show a fair amount of frost heaving and cracking, less than fifteen years after it was built.
01-17-11, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By jefferee

The fact that BOTH the overtaking...

The fact that BOTH the overtaking vehicle/equestrian and overtaken cyclist have to "turn out" (to the left, and right, respectively) puts a pretty solid constraint on what the term can mean--under...
01-13-11, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,177
Posted By jefferee

Go play in the road (forum).

Go play in the road (forum).
01-13-11, 10:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By jefferee

I'm a regular reader of http://fatcyclist.com...

I'm a regular reader of http://fatcyclist.com (http://fatcyclist.com/). Not everything is strictly cycling-related (the author is also very, very active in fundraising to support cancer treatment and...
01-07-11, 02:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,454
Posted By jefferee

Too fat for this sport.

Too fat for this sport.
01-07-11, 12:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 15,157
Posted By jefferee

Looks like I just barely dodged a bullet there......

Looks like I just barely dodged a bullet there... I've got the beard and aerobelly, but fortunately my degrees are all in physics, not engineering.

As already noted, overdoing the padding (on...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-11, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,196
Posted By jefferee

Never heard of them, but your description made me...

Never heard of them, but your description made me curious enough to check out the website. The website allows you to search for "partners" (i.e., bike retailers who will accept the Commuter Check...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-11, 10:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,895
Posted By jefferee

As near as I can tell, the OP's budget ($600 CAD,...

As near as I can tell, the OP's budget ($600 CAD, including 13% sales tax) is going to pretty much rule out ANY new bike with IGH and/or dynamo hubs. Even disk brakes on bikes at that price point are...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-11, 09:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By jefferee

All of my ice wipeouts have happened so quickly,...

All of my ice wipeouts have happened so quickly, in fact, that I didn't even have time to put an arm out reflexively.

Interestingly enough, I don't believe I've ever hit my helmet on the ground,...
01-06-11, 02:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 840
Posted By jefferee

While I commute by bike year round, I stop...

While I commute by bike year round, I stop riding for fun in mid-October and don't start again until early April or so.

If we ever get enough snow here, I'll do some cross-country skiing along...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-11, 09:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,790
Posted By jefferee

There's actually a guy on BF (goes by the handle...

There's actually a guy on BF (goes by the handle Vireo, I believe) who did that once and swore never to do it again.
Forum: Commuting
01-04-11, 05:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,305
Posted By jefferee

Beautiful. *begins to rationalize adding a...

Beautiful.

*begins to rationalize adding a Brooks and leather bar tape to the current 3-season commuter*

How do you like the BB7s?
01-04-11, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 766
Posted By jefferee

My family gets together for campfire-cooked...

My family gets together for campfire-cooked greasy breakfasts a few times each summer.

I turn it into a duathlon (ride-eat-ride), and the most direct way there is about 100 km (60 miles?) round...
12-20-10, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 670
Posted By jefferee

Average snowfall around here is 80-ish inches or...

Average snowfall around here is 80-ish inches or somewhere thereabouts.

City staff plow the MUPs (and salt them, where they're paved) quite regularly. During a major snowstorm they'll let the snow...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-10, 10:18 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,209
Posted By jefferee

Trying to win an argument with a guy like that is...

Trying to win an argument with a guy like that is a bit like wrestling with a pig in the mud.

After struggling for a while, feeling tired and rather dirty, you realize that the pig is enjoying it.
Forum: Commuting
12-10-10, 08:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,420
Posted By jefferee

Liked: -2006 Allez Expert (bought used this...

Liked:

-2006 Allez Expert (bought used this year), aka "The Mistress". My commutified CX bike looks, feels, and weighs like a tank in comparison (but still gets the bulk of commuting duties, as i...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-10, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 424
Posted By jefferee

If you're serious about the 32s, that pretty much...

If you're serious about the 32s, that pretty much eliminates the Allez from consideration, doesn't it?
12-06-10, 10:19 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,000
Posted By jefferee

Takes most of us a lot longer to figure that one...

Takes most of us a lot longer to figure that one out.
12-06-10, 10:17 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,283
Posted By jefferee

I'm still waiting for the "save money" part to...

I'm still waiting for the "save money" part to start (compared to transit passes, as I'm pretty sure that my bike habit is less costly than a second car would be).
12-03-10, 01:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,914
Posted By jefferee

Whenever I finally get everything greased, moving...

Whenever I finally get everything greased, moving and de-rusted on the winter bike--which I generally procrastinate until the snow starts to fly.
12-03-10, 12:53 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,005
Posted By jefferee

You're missing the fact that having to loosen and...

You're missing the fact that having to loosen and tighten the QR nut every time the wheel goes on and off makes QR mis-adjustment and loose wheels far more likely to happen with lawyer lips than...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-10, 04:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,966
Posted By jefferee

C'mon, now, it's a proper OCA* sanctioned...

C'mon, now, it's a proper OCA* sanctioned event**, after all. Quit your hating.

*Ontario Cycling Association, for non-locals
** Listed in the OCA calendar as "MTB-mass participation", whatever...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-10, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 719
Posted By jefferee

Some spammer who had some sort of revolutionary...

Some spammer who had some sort of revolutionary cure for pants hitting oily chains bumped a few of them. The spammer's posts appear to have been subsequently deleted.
Forum: Commuting
11-10-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 949
Posted By jefferee

Right now is about the darkest time of year for...

Right now is about the darkest time of year for riding home for me.

Once there's actually snow on the ground, the city lights reflect from it and that tends to brighten things up a fair bit.
11-10-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,787
Posted By jefferee

If Dinotte's output claims are accurate, a 400L...

If Dinotte's output claims are accurate, a 400L will be just about as bright as the basic Magicshine headlight, which by my estimate from the various datasheets probably outputs about 500 lumens on...
11-05-10, 03:04 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 8,143
Posted By jefferee

That's still a pretty healthy percentage of the...

That's still a pretty healthy percentage of the cost to manufacture a typical bike-shaped object.
11-05-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 691
Posted By jefferee

Ordering from Geoman worked fine for me when I...

Ordering from Geoman worked fine for me when I bought my light a year ago.

My light was shipped via US Postal Service, so when I picked up the package from the post office I just needed to pay a...
10-29-10, 04:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,290
Posted By jefferee

I'd say #1 is fine since you were keeping up to...

I'd say #1 is fine since you were keeping up to the speed of traffic.

#2--you say the light turned green just as you arrived, so was it red as you approached?

If so, I generally tuck in behind...
10-29-10, 02:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By jefferee

Yes, I'll agree that the driver should have...

Yes, I'll agree that the driver should have stopped.

But given that they occasionally don't, bombing off the sidewalk into a crosswalk at 20 MPH is stupid.
Forum: Commuting
10-27-10, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,941
Posted By jefferee

Cascadia Hybrids are nice. 45 mm width, and claim...

Cascadia Hybrids are nice. 45 mm width, and claim to fit up to 35 mm. I've run 35 mm tires under mine and it did take a bit of tweaking the fender alignment to eliminate tire rubbing on the rear.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-10, 12:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,481
Posted By jefferee

Generally, when I'm close enough to a car to take...

Generally, when I'm close enough to a car to take a swipe at it, the last thing I want to do at that point is take one hand off the bars. Pretty tough to do an emergency stop or swerve one-handed.
...
10-26-10, 09:36 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,210
Posted By jefferee

Eleven inches. Oh, wait, this isn't the...

Eleven inches.

Oh, wait, this isn't the Roadie forum... so I'll give a serious answer.

Riding to get somewhere, and not wanting to be completely sweaty and/or winded when I arrive, I typically...
10-26-10, 08:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,199
Posted By jefferee

I've had no problems with my light whatsoever in...

I've had no problems with my light whatsoever in the year I've had it. Charger, light head, battery, even that notorious electrical connector have all been fine. I even managed to slightly dent one...
10-25-10, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,773
Posted By jefferee

Sounds to me like both shift cables need to be...

Sounds to me like both shift cables need to be tweaked a bit--probably trimmable with the barrel adjusters.

There's an off chance that the barrel adjuster won't give enough adjustment--in that...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-10, 06:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,403
Posted By jefferee

The definitive encyclopedia of studded tires can...

The definitive encyclopedia of studded tires can be found here: http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp

The W106 and Marathon Winter seem to be the usual recommendations on this board....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-10, 06:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By jefferee

Still far, FAR better than what the manure...

Still far, FAR better than what the manure spreaders leave behind in the spring.
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