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12-05-21, 10:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,387
Posted By Manster

Layers, layers layers. There is a big difference...

Layers, layers layers. There is a big difference riding between 10 degrees and 30 degrees. For every five degrees colder I would adjust layers in some way (hands, feet, legs, torso, arms) with the...
10-03-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,974
Posted By Manster

According to my research

...it is total time with the battery at 100% SOC that hurts longevity. I charge to 85% after every ride and only top off right before a longer than usual ride.
06-30-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By Manster

Schwalbe Big Apple 26 x 2.35 Supple ride, decent...

Schwalbe Big Apple 26 x 2.35 Supple ride, decent flat protection, nice reflective band.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,145
Posted By Manster

When it gets really hot I like to roll up ice in...

When it gets really hot I like to roll up ice in a bandana and tie it around my neck.
05-13-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,695
Posted By Manster

A rear reflector is nice to have in case of rear...

A rear reflector is nice to have in case of rear light failure.
02-08-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,968
Posted By Manster

If two locks is your approach make them two...

If two locks is your approach make them two different kinds of locks. An armored cable lock is light, looks serious, and may require a different tool to defeat.
12-10-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Manster

That looks like a nice tandem. How does it ride?...

That looks like a nice tandem. How does it ride? The Bosch on that is spec'd at 65Nm/600W. A single TSDZ2 is 80Nm/750W, weighing in at 8lb. Think two would require a beefier drive train?
12-09-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Manster

As usual for me, I'm starting with the question...

As usual for me, I'm starting with the question of what would be ideal and then working towards putting it into practice. A torque sensor behind the stoker (in the stoker's BB as the TSDZ, or the...
12-07-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Manster

Tell me more about how the Captain input would be...

Tell me more about how the Captain input would be thrown off? I would think a Captain's torque sensor would multiply their torque input regardless of the Stoker's input.


Well, this is one...
12-04-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Manster

Torque sensor for the stoker?

Should an electric tandem with a crankshaft torque sensor for motor control have a sensor for the stoker? I guess there would have to be one for the captain anyway to permit solo rides, in which...
08-11-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 9,738
Posted By Manster

It will be well worth it if is the bike that...

It will be well worth it if is the bike that inspires you to ride.
05-31-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By Manster

Hi, I ride a Rans Dynamik crank forward...

Hi,

I ride a Rans Dynamik crank forward "comfort bike" and love it. I used it for my 17mi/day round trip commute for 10 years. Hill climbing is easy on this bike. When set up properly by...
Forum: Northeast
05-20-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 453
Posted By Manster

The Mass 2009 bicycle safety law says bikes have...

The Mass 2009 bicycle safety law says bikes have all the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle. This includes taking the lane. Since then there has been only one case ...
11-23-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,537
Posted By Manster

The billibandana.com UHW (under helmet wear)...

The billibandana.com UHW (under helmet wear) works well.
Replies: 16
Views: 4,434
Posted By Manster

Check out the Rans crank forward line. Some of...

Check out the Rans crank forward line. Some of the best upright bikes, and fairly light with Al frames. The Zenetic model is the lightest one.
08-29-18, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,487
Posted By Manster

Your riding issues sound similar to what I was...

Your riding issues sound similar to what I was experiencing before I found and purchased my Rans Dynamik crank forward. The saddle soreness and wrist pain / numbness were gone overnight. That was...
07-31-18, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By Manster

A quick look at all-battery.com shows they have...

A quick look at all-battery.com shows they have 14.8V (4 in series Li-ion) 18650 packs weighing (a hefty?) 7 oz. with 2600mAh capacity. They also have a smaller 14.8v LiPo pack at 2.7oz with 800mAh...
11-20-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,820
Posted By Manster

Climbs on my route range from 2% for a mile to 6%...

Climbs on my route range from 2% for a mile to 6% for a quarter mile to 12% for 100'. I never stand for any of them. I either gear down or pull back on the handlebars which allows a lot of power to...
11-19-17, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,820
Posted By Manster

I ride a Rans Dynamik on my 17mi round trip...

I ride a Rans Dynamik on my 17mi round trip commute, with 700' of climbing. The upright position is, well, more comfortable for this 50+ clydesdale. Wouldn't have done it for 7 years and counting...
08-28-15, 11:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,639
Posted By Manster

In my experience studded tires are no worse than...

In my experience studded tires are no worse than non-studded tires on dry pavement, other than adding a frying egg sound. The studs are immeasurably better on ice. I would not commute without studs...
08-11-14, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,992
Posted By Manster

I used to use a home-built roof rack method to...

I used to use a home-built roof rack method to transport my mountain bike. It consisted of two 2x2s each about 3' long, hinged together at one end. An eye bolt at the other end tie-wrapped to...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-14, 10:52 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,184
Posted By Manster

A wet bandana around the neck. If it's really...

A wet bandana around the neck. If it's really hot ice rolled in the bandana.
Forum: Commuting
06-13-14, 12:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,082
Posted By Manster

I use and like the large Vedante super reflective...

I use and like the large Vedante super reflective pop bands. Easy on and off, hold up well.
06-08-14, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,103
Posted By Manster

Paddle wheel pedal boats can be fun for the right...

Paddle wheel pedal boats can be fun for the right user, i.e. someone who is happy to poke around flat water. There are other boats that are pedal driven that offer much more. A Hobie kayak with the...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 01:46 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,826
Posted By Manster

Maybe once a year in 4 years of commuting. ...

Maybe once a year in 4 years of commuting.

Once I was approaching a red light, preparing for a left turn with a line of 3 cars approaching on the left. As the first car passed me then slowed to...
02-07-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,253
Posted By Manster

Sure, When I started bike commuting 4 years ago I...

Sure, When I started bike commuting 4 years ago I didn't want to stop for winter, so I bought a set of Marathon Winters and just kept going. With those tires moderate snow or ice is no problem for...
10-30-13, 12:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,400
Posted By Manster

Ankle straps (and pedal reflectors) are also low...

Ankle straps (and pedal reflectors) are also low to the ground so they pick up reflections from low beams earlier. I put a reflector on my rear mud flap for that reason.



I use Vedante super...
Forum: Recumbent
10-16-12, 01:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,368
Posted By Manster

Hi, I've commuted 17 miles round trip...

Hi,

I've commuted 17 miles round trip daily on my Rans Dynamik for the past 2.5 years, year round. The Dynamik is a great bike - I wouldn't trade it for any other bike.

-Manster
Replies: 4
Views: 1,307
Posted By Manster

Although I don't have back problems, I really...

Although I don't have back problems, I really enjoy the upright riding position for my 17mi/day commute on a Rans Dynamik.
Forum: Commuting
07-22-11, 06:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 884
Posted By Manster

The Banjo Brothers market panniers work well for...

The Banjo Brothers market panniers work well for my commute. My small messenger bag and/or computer backpack fit nicely inside, and stay clean. Heel strike isn't a problem on my bike.
03-30-11, 12:18 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 28,117
Posted By Manster

Rans Bikes has a model for taller riders, the...

Rans Bikes has a model for taller riders, the Rans Sequoia. It could be an option if you're open to the upright riding style of a crank forward bike. I'm very happy with my Rans Dynamik which I use...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Posted By Manster

I use Banjo Brothers market panniers. They fit...

I use Banjo Brothers market panniers. They fit my well padded laptop backpack nicely. If it's very wet I put the backpack in a garbage bag first. The panniers stay on the bike when parked, and my...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-10, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 863
Posted By Manster

Yep, I'll be riding in the rain too, but this is...

Yep, I'll be riding in the rain too, but this is New England, so I always carry rain gear for the commute. That reminds me — I need to buy some rain shoes to leave at work.
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