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Forum: Commuting
09-23-08, 08:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,282
Posted By slowjoe66

This is my second year of commuting but the first...

This is my second year of commuting but the first year I've had a road bike for non commuting rides. At this time I think road riding is even or possibly more strenuous. But, by the same token...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 07:34 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 4,631
Posted By slowjoe66

42 year old married male. This is my second year...

42 year old married male. This is my second year commuting. Last year I hung the bike up in mid November and didn't commute again until April. I am hoping to ride longer and not just sort of quit for...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-08, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By slowjoe66

Easy to fab something. What comes to mind...

Easy to fab something. What comes to mind instantly would be to take some regular hardware store nuts that have a regular 5 or 6 flat sides on them and then get the old JB weld out. Mix up a bit and...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-08, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By slowjoe66

Interesting.

Interesting.
Forum: Commuting
09-14-08, 02:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,948
Posted By slowjoe66

I have no experience with clipless, only clipped...

I have no experience with clipless, only clipped and power grips. Power grips are an upgrade in my mind to clipped/caged or platform.
Forum: Commuting
09-14-08, 01:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By slowjoe66

Oregon and Eugene area riders

Had a great bike shop experience today and wanted to give props. I have 2 bikes for commuting on and do so regularly, but wanted to get a dedicated road bike for weekend spins and rides with my wife....
Forum: Commuting
09-13-08, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By slowjoe66

I have this quandary on ride mornings. My...

I have this quandary on ride mornings. My solution usually comes down to the fact that trying to go back to sleep for a measly half hour really means about 5 minutes of good sleep, only to have to go...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-08, 09:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,418
Posted By slowjoe66

Where's the "neither" option?

Where's the "neither" option?
Forum: Commuting
09-11-08, 11:54 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,700
Posted By slowjoe66

I probably save a tank of gas a month or so....

I probably save a tank of gas a month or so. Health wise not so sure. I am at a great weight after riding and other exercises and watching what I eat. Yesterday I had a checkup and I am in the...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-08, 09:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 708
Posted By slowjoe66

I was having the same problem on a bike I bought...

I was having the same problem on a bike I bought from a buddy that was probably a size too small for me (a mtb that I wanted to use as a winter commuter). I've commuted 1000's of miles on my other...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-08, 09:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,619
Posted By slowjoe66

I'm not a slime proponent myself. What I do is...

I'm not a slime proponent myself. What I do is exactly what you are contemplating: Kevlar type tires and Tuffy's.

On one bike I have Panaracer Pasela tourgard (kevlar) with Tuffy's. No flats...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-08, 06:34 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,268
Posted By slowjoe66

pushups, pullups situps, rubber band thingy's....

pushups, pullups situps, rubber band thingy's. They really work.
Forum: Commuting
09-01-08, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 557
Posted By slowjoe66

I just picked up a 90's Specialized Rockhopper...

I just picked up a 90's Specialized Rockhopper (Steel...nice, no suspension!!) for about 150 bones. I put new slicks from Performance bike on there ($6 bucks each), an adjustable stem and a mirror....
Forum: Commuting
09-01-08, 07:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,259
Posted By slowjoe66

I wear Pearl Izumi winter cycling tights. But...

I wear Pearl Izumi winter cycling tights. But they aren't spandex. They are a polyester of some sorts that is most similar to non fluffy fleece. They work really nicely. They fit snug and keep you...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-08, 01:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,774
Posted By slowjoe66

Hybrids are just fine. No worries. A bike...

Hybrids are just fine. No worries.

A bike is essentially a pile of assembled bike parts. So, if something doesn't suit your fancy, change it out. Have fun and ride with a smile. Keep the rubber...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-08, 01:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 741
Posted By slowjoe66

Just a little plug for Google here. What I do...

Just a little plug for Google here. What I do (because I can't stand bicycling magazine, which my wife got me) is go to Google news and create an alert. The alert is basically a google search of...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-08, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 853
Posted By slowjoe66

Wow, you dated her too???

Wow, you dated her too???
Forum: Commuting
08-24-08, 08:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 21,537
Posted By slowjoe66

I've been flat free and happy with Panaracer...

I've been flat free and happy with Panaracer Pasela TG's.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-08, 08:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,840
Posted By slowjoe66

I always wear either a headsweat (made of...

I always wear either a headsweat (made of coolmax)http://www.headsweats.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=54&idproduct=19
under my helmet, or a winter beanie that covers my ears. Depends on...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-08, 05:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,156
Posted By slowjoe66

$100 dollar bike from a co-worker who didn't ride...

$100 dollar bike from a co-worker who didn't ride it. Put about $200 bucks into it to personalize it with the Brooks, new stem, bags, rack, mirror etc.
Forum: Commuting
08-23-08, 05:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,855
Posted By slowjoe66

Mirrorcycle...handlebar mount on four bikes.

Mirrorcycle...handlebar mount on four bikes.
Forum: Commuting
08-23-08, 05:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 920
Posted By slowjoe66

Interesting story about "bikeable properties".

I thought this was interesting. Realtors are noticing a real shift in people's interest in properties that have access to biking infrastructure.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-08, 07:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,423
Posted By slowjoe66

I commute for 3 reasons: 1)I enjoy it...it's fun....

I commute for 3 reasons: 1)I enjoy it...it's fun. 2)It's great exercise, hence the elimination of other exercise. 3)I save money.

That being said, what I carry doesn't adversely effect any of the...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-08, 06:22 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,246
Posted By slowjoe66

Do those things mentioned above. Take it easy...

Do those things mentioned above. Take it easy over the winter. By next Spring you will be good as new.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-08, 06:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,993
Posted By slowjoe66

I love those bikes, and I dig the attraction, but...

I love those bikes, and I dig the attraction, but I am not spending that much jack. I may build up something very much like it some day, but I won't pay that kind of money for the finished product....
Forum: Commuting
08-19-08, 06:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,007
Posted By slowjoe66

I would have said " you show me your gun, and...

I would have said " you show me your gun, and I'll show you mine".
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 992
Posted By slowjoe66

By indexed, he means that each click of the...

By indexed, he means that each click of the shifters, shifts a gear. One click one gear. On old friction shifts (Pre 90''s) you would move the shifter lever until you found about the right spot, the...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 12:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 297
Posted By slowjoe66

It sucks when you have a great bike and you can't...

It sucks when you have a great bike and you can't (won't) ride it because it might get stolen.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 07:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By slowjoe66

Ice bike (somebody above put up a link) and some...

Ice bike (somebody above put up a link) and some other sites have directions for making your own studded tires out of old MTB tires. Apparently they work quite well and last quite a while. Google...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-08, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By slowjoe66

Interesting thread. I have been running a design...

Interesting thread. I have been running a design through my head for my rack and an optional addition. I use two panniers and commute well into winter. As the year gets colder, I need to bring more...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-08, 07:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,349
Posted By slowjoe66

I think you really have only two options: 1)find...

I think you really have only two options: 1)find a different route. 2) wait for a safe opening and take the whole lane-decisively. So that no one can come around you.

You will piss people off big...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-08, 10:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By slowjoe66

Congratulations. This is my second year commuting...

Congratulations. This is my second year commuting and I am at around 1250 so far. Last year I was very proud when I hit 1000. I wound up with 1900 or so. This year I want a bit more.

Keep on...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-08, 11:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 552
Posted By slowjoe66

I work 4/10's, but I seldom ride all 4 days...

I work 4/10's, but I seldom ride all 4 days anyway. I intend to at the start of each new week, but life gets in the way. I usually ride 2 or 3 days to work and back, and then one or two days...
Forum: Commuting
08-04-08, 06:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,339
Posted By slowjoe66

For me, the only time I bonk out is when I'm too...

For me, the only time I bonk out is when I'm too hungry or slightly dehydrated. It's 100 degrees here and that is not really a problem, just eat eat eat. Eat and drink a bunch of clear cold water...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By slowjoe66

There is a folding bike forum; they have plenty...

There is a folding bike forum; they have plenty of knowledgeable people.
Forum: Commuting
07-26-08, 10:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,425
Posted By slowjoe66

What is the most common cause of FLATS? ...

What is the most common cause of FLATS?


The short, simple answer: cheapo tires and no inserts.

Either use Tuffy tire liners, or buy Kevlar type tires-Schwalbe Marathons, Gatorskins,...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 02:53 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,055
Posted By slowjoe66

+1 for me as well; Sansa MP3 turned up not too...

+1 for me as well; Sansa MP3 turned up not too high. I still hear cars when they are back 50 yards or so. My commute is rural. I dont have the hazards that you city dwellers have.
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 06:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,879
Posted By slowjoe66

Armadillo's rock. Also Panaracer Pacela TG are...

Armadillo's rock. Also Panaracer Pacela TG are very nice.
Forum: Commuting
07-22-08, 06:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,812
Posted By slowjoe66

+1 on Mirrorcycle. Real glass, not plastic like...

+1 on Mirrorcycle. Real glass, not plastic like some cheapo versions. We have them on all flat bar bikes.
Forum: Commuting
07-22-08, 06:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,989
Posted By slowjoe66

Those pictured are Velo Orange Milan (I think),...

Those pictured are Velo Orange Milan (I think), the ones I have are generic, yet similar that the LBS had laying around for 13 bucks. I jumped on them to try something different than my flat mtb bars...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-08, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,989
Posted By slowjoe66

Poll-handlebar preferences

I was curious how many commuters use what type of handlebars. I'm having fun with my new bars that look a lot like this: http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-84224226242177_2007_13971372
07-20-08, 10:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By slowjoe66

My car insurance for full coverage for my car and...

My car insurance for full coverage for my car and my wifes is only $900/yr. Were you really paying $2400 annually? Wow.
Forum: Commuting
07-20-08, 08:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,113
Posted By slowjoe66

Put a little wrap of an old tube around your...

Put a little wrap of an old tube around your handlebars to make things fit better (those things that clamp on your bars), like computer, bells, aerobars etc.
07-17-08, 06:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,051
Posted By slowjoe66

Why would I want to be "free of oil"? I can...

Why would I want to be "free of oil"? I can understand conservation, but why would I want to do away with oil? When a better alternative to it exists, I'm all for it. But since one doesn't exist,...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-08, 06:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By slowjoe66

I'm guessing you are actually talking about...

I'm guessing you are actually talking about millimeters (28mmx700 or 32mmx700) not inches in your post above about tire size. Other than that, from what I gather, there are many people on this board...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 06:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 806
Posted By slowjoe66

+1 on all that. What I would look for first...

+1 on all that.

What I would look for first would be an old school MTB, like 90's with at least 7 gears in the back (count the little cogs). Preferrably without any suspension (just added weight...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 06:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,460
Posted By slowjoe66

Like above, I put the brooks on whatever I ride....

Like above, I put the brooks on whatever I ride. I always keep going back to it. Nothing compares.
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 06:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By slowjoe66

I like 32s, to me, that is somewhat fat. Anything...

I like 32s, to me, that is somewhat fat. Anything bigger is really fat.
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 06:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,728
Posted By slowjoe66

All good points above. I will throw my 2 cents in...

All good points above. I will throw my 2 cents in here because I just switched bike shops. Firstly, owner operated is best. The shop I just left had a stream of employees who seemed less than...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-08, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By slowjoe66

+1. To some, once you hit middle age you are...

+1. To some, once you hit middle age you are supposed to retire to a sedentary lifestyle I suppose. Crazy.
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