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Forum: Commuting
01-04-12, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,996
Posted By KrisPistofferson

That SA seems pretty cool, do us a favor and post...

That SA seems pretty cool, do us a favor and post a review if you end up going with that.
01-01-12, 04:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,307
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I waited for a couple years before I found a B17...

I waited for a couple years before I found a B17 at what I considered the "right price," (opinions vary,) and it was more comfortable than anything I'd owned straight out of the box. Still haven't...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-11, 04:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,612
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I do the u-lock/cable combo, although if it's a...

I do the u-lock/cable combo, although if it's a bike that needs to be locked up for a longer period, (example; I had a "college only" bike, for the summer I'd lock this way) I take the wheels off and...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-11, 04:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,865
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I'm one of those guys who liked having braking...

I'm one of those guys who liked having braking and shifting like STI, but I really prefer friction shifting, (yes, I'm one of those guys.) The price is definitely nice.
Forum: Commuting
12-30-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,865
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I think they're cool because they look a little...

I think they're cool because they look a little corny, besides, after fenders, racks and lights, commuters are pretty okay with corny. Thanks for bringing these to my attention. :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
12-30-11, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I dunno about getting a beater, but I wouldn't...

I dunno about getting a beater, but I wouldn't lock a new Serotta up at a bike rack for 8 hours, ya dig? If it's a busy rack, it might work out in your favor, better that than a rack no one can see...
12-28-11, 01:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,717
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I guess I used to be a bikesnob, meaning I would...

I guess I used to be a bikesnob, meaning I would actively try to pontificate on why Walmart bikes were trash and why the LBS is better, but in hindsight I probably turned more potential cyclists off...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-11, 01:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,680
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I was always very pleased with a Surly LHT for a...

I was always very pleased with a Surly LHT for a do-all bike, but that may be a bit heavier than you want. Of course if you're any more than 15 pounds overweight, coveting a light bike is a little...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-11, 10:20 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,723
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Opinions vary greatly of course but my own...

Opinions vary greatly of course but my own opinion is that the best two setups for commuting bikes are the IGH or the 8-speed mountain derailleur with a single cog up front and a friction shifter....
Forum: Touring
07-03-10, 06:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,101
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I've always loved riding in the rain, it's...

I've always loved riding in the rain, it's exhilarating, and plus in summer in Tennessee, you're soaking wet from sweat even when it's not raining, so it's kind of nice, in my opinion.
07-01-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,031
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Ha! I was worried I was the only cyclist cheap...

Ha! I was worried I was the only cyclist cheap enough to do this. Presta kind of sucks and the tubes are too dang expensive and hard to find.
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 10:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,060
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I go to Barnes and Noble, buy a coffee, and then...

I go to Barnes and Noble, buy a coffee, and then sit and skim through Bicycling, because it has some good stuff in there, but it surely isn't worth the price to actually buy it.
06-30-10, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,004
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Good prices for the tune-up and truing, but...

Good prices for the tune-up and truing, but personally, if I'm going to lay down the dough for a bike, I expest the fit to be free.
06-30-10, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I have a 54cm Surly Long Haul Trucker I need to...

I have a 54cm Surly Long Haul Trucker I need to get rid of, with Chris King headset and some other nice goodies (like racks, fenders, a Sugino mountain triple etc), I built it up myself and it is...
06-30-10, 01:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I cycle all year round, but I don't enjoy it as...

I cycle all year round, but I don't enjoy it as much in the summer here in Tennessee.
Forum: Commuting
06-30-10, 01:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,889
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I always considered myself a strong rider, but I...

I always considered myself a strong rider, but I pulled up to this stoplight a while back, then this other dude pulls up on the nastiest looking fixed gear gaspipe conversion I've ever seen, and just...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-10, 11:15 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,273
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I guess theoretically it would increase your...

I guess theoretically it would increase your speed a little bit since you are pulling up as well as pushing down, but you still have to wear shoes that are pretty much good for nothing else but...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-10, 11:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By KrisPistofferson

If you want gears and are worried about your...

If you want gears and are worried about your wheel strength on a commuter, forget about derailleurs and get a rear wheel with a Shimano Alfine 8 internal gear hub. This eliminates wheel dish from the...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-10, 10:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,797
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I'm with this dude, ride the bike you love and...

I'm with this dude, ride the bike you love and use the MTB for when it snows and the roads are filled with slush and bike-eating rock salt in the winter.
06-29-10, 05:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,537
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I would get a Rivendell Atlantis with custom...

I would get a Rivendell Atlantis with custom paint.


Yeah, I'm one of those guys...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 05:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,981
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I never had to break in my Brooks, it was really...

I never had to break in my Brooks, it was really comfy from the get go. If it's not causing any discomfort on long rides, I'd say it's already broken in.
06-29-10, 12:37 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,042
Posted By KrisPistofferson

He shares space with Eminem.

He shares space with Eminem.
06-28-10, 09:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,547
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Gas stations that don't serve motorists, only...

Gas stations that don't serve motorists, only cyclists. They wouldn't sell gasoline, but inside you would find smoothies, beer, 20-packs of doobies and cocaine that costs as much as powdered sugar.
...
06-28-10, 09:28 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,042
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Last time I washed my car was during the Clinton...

Last time I washed my car was during the Clinton administration, (seriously,) the bike and the motorcycle get wiped down once a month, at least.
Forum: Touring
06-28-10, 08:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,377
Posted By KrisPistofferson

To me it isn't worth the trouble and compromise...

To me it isn't worth the trouble and compromise to try to attach panniers, fenders etc to a road bike to tour, but I could see the aforementioned Burly Nomad and some SKS raceblades working out...
06-28-10, 08:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,042
Posted By KrisPistofferson

My bicycle and motorcycle both live in my garage....

My bicycle and motorcycle both live in my garage. My car has to sit in the driveway.
Forum: Touring
06-27-10, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,655
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Well, it just so happens that a 54 frame fit me...

Well, it just so happens that a 54 frame fit me perfectly, but even if I had longer legs I would have gotten one of the 26" tire frames because I just like being able to use MTB stuff. I mean, not if...
06-26-10, 09:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,410
Posted By KrisPistofferson

For the most part I find Trek-hate to be...

For the most part I find Trek-hate to be completely subjective, just someone automatically hating the big guy. I've liked all the Treks I've owned and I think they do a pretty good job of following...
06-26-10, 08:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I'm one of those Church of Brooks Saddles people...

I'm one of those Church of Brooks Saddles people that tend to annoy many cyclists, but my B-17 really is the most comfy saddle I've owned and the "break-in period" was nonexistent for me. Yes,...
Forum: Touring
06-26-10, 08:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,961
Posted By KrisPistofferson

The title track on Houses of the Holy is good...

The title track on Houses of the Holy is good riding music. Actually any Led Zeppelin is good riding music.
Forum: Touring
06-26-10, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,226
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I don't know of any reviews that say the LHT is...

I don't know of any reviews that say the LHT is unstable if you load the front down, unless they were referring to a bike basket or something where the center of gravity was a lot higher than normal...
Forum: Touring
06-26-10, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,588
Posted By KrisPistofferson

If it has a high enough BB, I would just get disc...

If it has a high enough BB, I would just get disc break mounts on the frame and fork and use those. Seems like it'd be easier to switch between the two and make a cleaner-looking frame.
Forum: Touring
06-25-10, 07:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,866
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Color matters. I was in love with the LHT, but...

Color matters. I was in love with the LHT, but couldn't handle the green paint for the first few years. I ordered a red one as soon as they announced it. Best bike ever.
06-25-10, 03:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,035
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Part of the reason I have fenders is because my...

Part of the reason I have fenders is because my derailleurs are freakin' expensive and I really don't like the idea of all the sand and other road grime ending up in them. In Tennessee if it looks...
06-25-10, 02:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,249
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Cyclists are cunning and resourceful, though. I...

Cyclists are cunning and resourceful, though. I can only think of one bike rack in my entire city, and it's in front of a place I never go, which is probably why I don't expect them.
06-25-10, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,743
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I have some Michelin Transworld City tires on my...

I have some Michelin Transworld City tires on my LHT I found on sale at Nashbar that I really like for road riding.
Forum: Commuting
06-25-10, 02:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 672
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Fall and Winter. I'm from Ohio but now live in...

Fall and Winter. I'm from Ohio but now live in Tennessee, and I've never been a big fan of excessive heat.
06-25-10, 01:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,249
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I've never seen the big deal with expecting a...

I've never seen the big deal with expecting a bike rack to be at every destination a cyclist goes to, just find something longer than it is wide, lock up to it, problem solved.
06-25-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,808
Posted By KrisPistofferson

For most of my life, it's meant not having a car,...

For most of my life, it's meant not having a car, but I realize that that is a luxury I have because I live in a relatively urban area. People in the middle of small-town Kansas are most likely going...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-10, 02:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,478
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I've toppled over more times from trying to...

I've toppled over more times from trying to switch chainrings while going up a steep hill and throwing my chain, but I've certainly fallen from clipless, too. One time I was riding to the grocery...
06-25-10, 01:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,441
Posted By KrisPistofferson

If you don't want to have to buy special shoes...

If you don't want to have to buy special shoes (the biggest con game ever perpetrated on anyone but professional racing cyclists, IMHO) then BMX pedals are your best bet. They are all metal, have...
Forum: Touring
06-25-10, 01:22 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 25,449
Posted By KrisPistofferson

The main criticism I always see listed is that...

The main criticism I always see listed is that it's "heavy," and it is, but that's like criticizing a Ferrari sportscar because it can't go 4-wheeling through the mud. It's an entry-level touring...
Forum: Introductions
04-21-10, 09:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 282
Posted By KrisPistofferson

Trek, Giant and just about every other...

Trek, Giant and just about every other manufacturer have great entry-level mountain bikes. Post some of your potential ideas and I'm sure you'll get plenty of opinions and advice. Welcome to the...
04-16-10, 01:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 859
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I think where Americans really get lost to the...

I think where Americans really get lost to the idea of cycling for transportation isn't grade school, it's high school where our closest thing to a "Rite of Passage" is the first car when we're...
01-11-10, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 869
Posted By KrisPistofferson

This is one of those things that is very true in...

This is one of those things that is very true in the proper context, but worthless outside of it. I used to spend an inordinate amount of time and money layering synthetic and soft wool base layers...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-10, 02:11 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 9,990
Posted By KrisPistofferson

The couple times I've had my bike get stolen, and...

The couple times I've had my bike get stolen, and the time I had a driver try to pick a fistfight with me.
Forum: Commuting
01-11-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 884
Posted By KrisPistofferson

I warm up and stretch a little before I start,...

I warm up and stretch a little before I start, but don't do a full-on yoga routine or anything. I find that the stretching is a lot better and more effective after the ride.
11-17-09, 01:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,867
Posted By KrisPistofferson

It's funny, because I've got an Electra sitting...

It's funny, because I've got an Electra sitting on campus that I literally never ride, it's probably been sitting there since last fall. No one has touched it except to rip off my Obama spoke card. I...
11-14-09, 02:33 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 28,321
Posted By KrisPistofferson

People like me are resentful of rich people,...

People like me are resentful of rich people, that's why. Litespeed used to have a touring model I would've killed for, I still might get a custom Ti frame one of these days that can accept 26" tires...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-09, 07:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,725
Posted By KrisPistofferson

This...

This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe5rg05ZQNs&feature=related) reminds me of you. :love:
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