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Forum: Commuting
06-21-13, 12:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,983
Posted By dbascent1986

I have a 40 miles total commute, but am a fair...

I have a 40 miles total commute, but am a fair weather commuter when on a bike. Depending on traffic, a 14~15 mph average speed is correct (the car averages 16~17 mph). Outside winter I will average...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-13, 12:03 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,561
Posted By dbascent1986

+1 on ensuring you have a good fitting bike, good...

+1 on ensuring you have a good fitting bike, good saddle, good grips, good tyres - I would also add getting good brakes. I upgraded, after 27 years, to a less than $2k commuter hybrid. It looks...
06-15-13, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By dbascent1986

Not car free but a London UK fair weather bike...

Not car free but a London UK fair weather bike (or push bike as they are known here to distinguish them from a motor bike) commuter - averaging around 500 miles a month outside winter months....
05-09-13, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,067
Posted By dbascent1986

Rode a Diamond Back for many years and did some...

Rode a Diamond Back for many years and did some 300~400 mile trips - had fitted mudguards, better saddle and better tyres. 100 mile days were OK, 80~90 miles more comfortable on a daily basis! Now...
04-27-13, 04:54 AM
Replies: 2,345
Views: 442,354
Posted By dbascent1986

313326313327313328The DB replaced by a Thorn this...

313326313327313328The DB replaced by a Thorn this year after 27 years service. Fair weather commuting duty (20 miles each way), with the occasional two - three day credit card touring.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-13, 10:45 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,914
Posted By dbascent1986

...impressive emotional detachment to obsessive...

...impressive emotional detachment to obsessive chain cleaning/lubrication...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 03:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,599
Posted By dbascent1986

mmm...voted 16-20 but round trip is actually 40 -...

mmm...voted 16-20 but round trip is actually 40 - fair weather commuter though...
04-04-13, 04:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,732
Posted By dbascent1986

My spec sheet would include fenders, IGH, V...

My spec sheet would include fenders, IGH, V brakes - possibly chain case. Agnostic on steel/alu, although my frame is Reynolds Steel and bike weighs in at 12 kg
03-31-13, 10:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,137
Posted By dbascent1986

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19769040

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19769040
03-29-13, 02:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,206
Posted By dbascent1986

I use rechargeable batteries for my lights (opti...

I use rechargeable batteries for my lights (opti cube) so no help on dyno hubs. The Shimano Alfine 8 has been excellent on my commuter - very smooth, totally silent - appears to have shaved about...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 01:19 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,289
Posted By dbascent1986

My 'commuter' is a relatively fast steel hybrid...

My 'commuter' is a relatively fast steel hybrid (Raven Sport Tour) with Shimano Alfine 8, mudguards and I am hoping that a Hesling Excelle chain case will fit OK. While I have a 20 mile journey each...
03-26-13, 04:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,249
Posted By dbascent1986

Will ride in winter sunshine but no longer in...

Will ride in winter sunshine but no longer in sleet/freezing rain/snow! You can feel the body shutting down and that is not a good place to be, I guess could add layers but then you are adding...
03-26-13, 04:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,263
Posted By dbascent1986

FWIW my bike manufacturer recommends Finishline...

FWIW my bike manufacturer recommends Finishline Teflon Dry, but Finishline cross country wet lube in winter
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 02:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,198
Posted By dbascent1986

+1 on merino - have done my 20 mile journey with...

+1 on merino - have done my 20 mile journey with M&S wool trousers, merino base, work shirt, gore wind stopper and merino gloves with no problems (temp range needs to be around 4 oC~12 oC) - also...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-13, 01:44 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,837
Posted By dbascent1986

While I am the first to putting this down to low...

While I am the first to putting this down to low watts by the rider (ie myself), my 27 year old DB Ascent is still, I think, on its original shimano chain - I say I think because a LBS may have...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-13, 04:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,247
Posted By dbascent1986

I guess this is an advantage of the UK where...

I guess this is an advantage of the UK where temperature in the early morning is unlikely to go north of 15~20 oC and must average around 8~10 oC. A merino base seems to work on controlling...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-13, 07:16 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,247
Posted By dbascent1986

Why change clothes? Pedal a bit more slowly (I...

Why change clothes? Pedal a bit more slowly (I average 14mph), wear normal work shoes, wear work trousers (wool slacks), only concession is a wind stopper/rain jacket - admittedly I don't cycle in...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-13, 03:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,631
Posted By dbascent1986

defeet merino good down to a couple of degrees...

defeet merino good down to a couple of degrees below freezing - do not cycle when colder than this
Replies: 24
Views: 2,274
Posted By dbascent1986

Carradice zip roll bag is my choice.

Carradice zip roll bag is my choice.
Forum: Commuting
03-23-13, 06:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,247
Posted By dbascent1986

My alternative is a car which I do use if the...

My alternative is a car which I do use if the weather is hostile (heavy rain, snow/sleet), although time wise, despite 20 mile EW journey, the car is only about 15 minutes faster. Given the pollution...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-13, 06:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,024
Posted By dbascent1986

Early days but am pleased with my Thorn Raven...

Early days but am pleased with my Thorn Raven Sport with Alfine 8 - it has a 20 mile each way ride mainly in traffic. Shimano Deore V brakes which are excellent - quality of brakes in traffic is an...
03-23-13, 05:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,158
Posted By dbascent1986

306269Owned since new when bought from Bikeology...

306269Owned since new when bought from Bikeology in Santa Monica in early 1986, last year did around 5000 miles, original mechs, only changes have been saddle (S Marco Rolls), mudguard (SKS), tyres...
10-19-12, 06:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,902
Posted By dbascent1986

My 26 year old Arayas have never thrown a spoke...

My 26 year old Arayas have never thrown a spoke (36 spokes, 26in can take up to 2.0in tyres) and I understand the spokes may be thicker than those produced today - the rims do not seem to show wear...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-12, 08:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,294
Posted By dbascent1986

Started riding earlier this year at 54 and have...

Started riding earlier this year at 54 and have been averaging 125 mi per week - hoping this will allow a 20 mi each way commute 4~5 days a week in due course - based on current trend I am assuming...
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