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Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,769
Posted By Hub Spanner

Bluffworks

I love my Bluffworks pants. Their Gramercy model is their dressiest.

I have a three mile commute each way.
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,705
Posted By Hub Spanner

Congrats on being a hard-core all-weather...

Congrats on being a hard-core all-weather commuter! You have me beat...

I only have a partial answer for you...

If you have the storage space at home, I really recommend a second bike.
...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,339
Posted By Hub Spanner

A “Plan B” for getting to work

This Plan B will be different for almost everyone, but you WILL find your bike unridable some morning...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 9,361
Posted By Hub Spanner

I have a 3-mile one-way commute in coastal...

I have a 3-mile one-way commute in coastal California AND I work in the software industry which has a super casual dress code. (Shorts and t-shirts are perfectly fine). We very rarely host customers...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-18, 09:35 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,272
Posted By Hub Spanner

https://www.rivbike.com/pages/the-shoes-ruse

https://www.rivbike.com/pages/the-shoes-ruse
10-01-18, 11:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,761
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 for the MKS sneaker pedal! I ride MKS flats on...

+1 for the MKS sneaker pedal! I ride MKS flats on all my bikes, including my roadie.

AKA the "MKS RMX Platform Pedal", they are a great price, too, WITH built-in reflectors!

They don't chew up...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-18, 09:54 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 11,094
Posted By Hub Spanner

I have had great luck with Cygolite lights. ...

I have had great luck with Cygolite lights.

Tough, bright, USB rechargable, nice mounting system and reasonably-priced spare parts.

I have a couple from their “Metro” series. You can get two...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-18, 08:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,781
Posted By Hub Spanner

I strongly recommend something with drop bars....

I strongly recommend something with drop bars. For a commute that long, you really need the option to streamline and get your body out of the wind.

You don’ t need to be in the drops all the time,...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-18, 10:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,948
Posted By Hub Spanner

Quick question. Were the bars on the LHT high...

Quick question. Were the bars on the LHT high enough? Was the steerer tube already cut or can the bars be moved higher?

You mentioned being “old” ... I’m kinda old, too. There is no need to suffer...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-18, 09:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By Hub Spanner

Unless you are super fit and super lean you...

Unless you are super fit and super lean you probably won’t notice a speed difference. Most of us have ~6 pounds of body weight we need to shed first.
Forum: Commuting
07-06-18, 10:05 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,585
Posted By Hub Spanner

I leave it at home. I like to be in the moment. I...

I leave it at home. I like to be in the moment. I don’t listen to music while running or riding either. YMMV.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-18, 09:58 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,816
Posted By Hub Spanner

I have used a backpack exclusively for commutes...

I have used a backpack exclusively for commutes up to 6 miles one-way in low-humidity California for the last 40 years.

The convenience and flexibility is great, but I will guess that Houston...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-17, 08:16 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 10,102
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 Exactly my reaction.

+1

Exactly my reaction.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-17, 02:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,923
Posted By Hub Spanner

I have commuted exclusively in regular work...

I have commuted exclusively in regular work clothes for over thirty years. (3-5 miles one way, in a forgiving climate)

We should really check with our European friends on this list; I will *guess*...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-17, 01:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,796
Posted By Hub Spanner

I have the Large Banjo Bros backpack and it is a...

I have the Large Banjo Bros backpack and it is a top-notch product. Great reflective strips.

I have seen the Osprey Radial in the store and I was impressed but I didn't need another backpack at...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-17, 07:19 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 9,908
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 Top tube clearance is over rated. I tilt...

+1

Top tube clearance is over rated. I tilt my bike slightly at stoplights and have been doing so for years. No biggie.

The mixte suggestion is also a very good one. You may want an LBS...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-16, 07:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,710
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 RubeRad! Here are the FirmGrips I prefer:...

+1 RubeRad!

Here are the FirmGrips I prefer:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Firm-Grip-Large-Safety-Pro-Glove-2005L/100246691
Forum: Commuting
11-10-16, 09:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,263
Posted By Hub Spanner

You might try Rivendell. I think the San Marcos...

You might try Rivendell. I think the San Marcos was a cooperative project.
Forum: Commuting
11-08-16, 08:13 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,942
Posted By Hub Spanner

OP: Do you really mean a single-lane road? Or is...

OP: Do you really mean a single-lane road? Or is it a two-lane road, one lane in each direction? The answers you get might be different, depending.

Also...what is the speed limit? And is it twisty...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-16, 06:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,734
Posted By Hub Spanner

If you can afford it, wool is the best fabric for...

If you can afford it, wool is the best fabric for commuting, year round. Keeps you dry and odor free. The new stuff is generally really soft, too.
Forum: Commuting
08-12-16, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 for The Touring Store. However...you may...

+1 for The Touring Store.

However...you may have a tough time finding a rack for an older bike...the rear spacing on modern frames (and hence the spacing for modern, in-production racks) is a lot...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-16, 08:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,964
Posted By Hub Spanner

Do you presently use a bike locker? - no If...

Do you presently use a bike locker? - no
If not, would you use a bike locker if it was inside a parking garage and within reasonable walking distance to work? - Yes, if it were 100% secure....
Forum: Commuting
08-01-16, 06:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,191
Posted By Hub Spanner

Consider some regular shoes that feel comfortable...

Consider some regular shoes that feel comfortable to you, with platform pedals, with or without toe clips.

Experiment a bit.

There is no real need for actual cycling shoes.
Forum: Commuting
06-26-16, 05:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,681
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1

+1
Forum: Commuting
06-09-16, 06:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,022
Posted By Hub Spanner

I don't mean to undermine the OP, but the thread...

I don't mean to undermine the OP, but the thread *is* titled "Need to Vent" after all....

Let's ALL vent about how broadcasters are calling the Kalamazoo tragedy an "accident".

It was no...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-16, 12:40 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,706
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 It's Bike Month, after all...just get out...

+1

It's Bike Month, after all...just get out there and ride!
Forum: Commuting
05-10-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,062
Posted By Hub Spanner

I really like Nutcase helmets. They seem as good...

I really like Nutcase helmets. They seem as good or better than most helmets, and their fun designs make drivers smile.

Anecdotally, making drivers smile enhances safety for all cyclists.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-16, 07:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,540
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 I added a Wellgo reflector kit since I...

+1

I added a Wellgo reflector kit since I ride home in the dark in the winter. Got the kit on Amazon.
Forum: Commuting
04-28-16, 05:35 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 15,018
Posted By Hub Spanner

I think such an absolute statement (as in this...

I think such an absolute statement (as in this posting title) is not very helpful.

Not all commutes are created equal. Distance, weather and terrain are important characteristics of any commute,...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-16, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By Hub Spanner

Sorry, there is no "right answer" to this. I...

Sorry, there is no "right answer" to this. I commute on 23s. Others commute on 50s. To each his own.

If Gatorskin 32s fit on your bike, they are a fine option. I rode them for years prior to...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-16, 10:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,760
Posted By Hub Spanner

+1 I been doing this for a three-mile...

+1

I been doing this for a three-mile commute in coastal California for over 10 years. I don't need the light rain pants as often as you will, though.
Forum: Commuting
03-16-16, 04:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By Hub Spanner

I got them stock on my Raleigh Sojourn. 700x35 ...

I got them stock on my Raleigh Sojourn. 700x35

I am quite happy with them. No flats (knock wood) in ~1000 miles on broken-glass-covered city streets. The Sojourn and the LHT have some...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-16, 03:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,441
Posted By Hub Spanner

illusiumd Where are you...

illusiumd


Where are you located? How long is your commute?
Forum: Commuting
02-25-16, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 976
Posted By Hub Spanner

I think you need to try several. I have found...

I think you need to try several. I have found that you can get nice new (or nearly-new) saddles at bike swaps.

Buy a few different shapes and sizes and experiment. Sadly, I don't think that you...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-16, 07:36 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,148
Posted By Hub Spanner

Nutcase

Nutcase
Forum: Commuting
01-21-16, 08:48 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 7,608
Posted By Hub Spanner

You can save a lot of money if you can avoid...

You can save a lot of money if you can avoid buying a second car.

You can save a TON of money if you can avoid buying a first car.
Forum: Commuting
12-29-15, 01:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,000
Posted By Hub Spanner

bikemig has great advice, the kind of advice I...

bikemig has great advice, the kind of advice I usually give. However, this can really be tough for a self-described "total newb". If you have a cycling friend who can help you navigate Craigslist,...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-15, 01:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,000
Posted By Hub Spanner

To each his own, I guess. I have an almost...

To each his own, I guess.

I have an almost identical commute as the OP (3 miles one-way, with a 100-ft drop in elevation towards work in the morning) also in Southern California and I have been...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-15, 09:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,000
Posted By Hub Spanner

I agree...too early to worry about accessories,...

I agree...too early to worry about accessories, especially racks. Your downhill commute to work means a backpack will be fine for now.

Do consider a bike that CAN take a rack (and even fenders) in...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By Hub Spanner

I have some Smartwool medium weight socks, but I...

I have some Smartwool medium weight socks, but I think that the Woolpower socks that Rviendell carries are much better.
Forum: Commuting
11-30-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 862
Posted By Hub Spanner

Icebreaker has great stuff, and Rivendell has...

Icebreaker has great stuff, and Rivendell has great stuff. Very hard to get tops or bottoms for $50 unless you paitiently wait for sales. 100% wool is worth it, though.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-15, 05:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,611
Posted By Hub Spanner

I love my Timbuk2 Swig. I got a customized...

I love my Timbuk2 Swig. I got a customized version with a giant patch of reflectorized material as part of the main "flap" -- that is a major help to being seen at night. But even without that, it is...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-15, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 734
Posted By Hub Spanner

I haven't found any true-white merino t-shirts,...

I haven't found any true-white merino t-shirts, so that might be an issue. A medium grey is the lightest color I have found. I *think* there are some ivory-ish merino shirts out there somewhere.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-15, 01:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,933
Posted By Hub Spanner

Not sure these are a perfect match for what you...

Not sure these are a perfect match for what you need but they are commuting pants that every urban commuter should at least know about! :-)

https://www.betabrand.com/black-bike-to-work-pants.html...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-15, 03:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 21,064
Posted By Hub Spanner

I don't know if it is truly the lightest on the...

I don't know if it is truly the lightest on the market, but Tubus makes a minimalist rear rack...I think it is called the Fly.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-15, 12:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,597
Posted By Hub Spanner

Great news, keep it up! Though I have never...

Great news, keep it up!

Though I have never visited, I am told that Boulder is a bike Mecca. I would hope that you could find a great local bike shop with trustworthy staff and just go with their...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,719
Posted By Hub Spanner

I don't think colors matter...I've got boring...

I don't think colors matter...I've got boring pale yellow on my bikes. I'd recommend you buy some tape, get creative and have some fun!

It is a pain to take off, so you may want rein in your inner...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-15, 06:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,834
Posted By Hub Spanner

There is a very active cycling and commuting...

There is a very active cycling and commuting culture in Palo Alto - Sunnyvale; if area residents on this list can suggest a few good commuter-oriented bike shops, then you should be able to work with...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-15, 08:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,773
Posted By Hub Spanner

I really like the advice of moving closer to your...

I really like the advice of moving closer to your current work site. Provided you like your current job, there are lots of lifestyle and financial benefits of living close to work.

Since you are...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-15, 07:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,773
Posted By Hub Spanner

While crunching the numbers on gas and insurance...

While crunching the numbers on gas and insurance savings, etc, is "easy" ... how does one put a value on their free time?

Does anyone have a link to some "authoritative" way to do this?

Getting...
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