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08-05-15, 06:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,914
Posted By vatdim

I refer to my bikes either in terms of their...

I refer to my bikes either in terms of their brand (the Drag, the Raleigh), or in terms of their function (the commuter, the tourer). Never really got to giving them a specific name.
08-05-15, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 875
Posted By vatdim

I seriously hope you are kidding. This guy was...

I seriously hope you are kidding. This guy was suicidal. It takes 1 person not to see him and he's out, for good. Next time he won't be so lucky.
08-04-15, 03:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,495
Posted By vatdim

As has been pointed out already, an older road...

As has been pointed out already, an older road bike will probably suffice for carrying loads and touring, since it has a lot more in common with the modern touring bike than it has with the modern...
08-03-15, 01:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,394
Posted By vatdim

To reinforce what fietsbob said: my country's...

To reinforce what fietsbob said: my country's highway code states explicitly that a pedestrian must walk on the left side of the road, provided that there are no available sidewalks, etc. Maybe the...
08-02-15, 05:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,532
Posted By vatdim

Glad you were not badly hurt, OP. These things...

Glad you were not badly hurt, OP. These things happen, unfortunately. Part of the problem is that traffic authorities like to go out of their way to design bike lanes/paths that create special rules,...
08-02-15, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 880
Posted By vatdim

It's your property that was stolen from you. If...

It's your property that was stolen from you. If the guy has any claims, let him sue you for real and then get a lawyer to deal with that. I wouldn't return the components without the court ordering...
08-01-15, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 821
Posted By vatdim

Gears are there for a reason - to make our lives...

Gears are there for a reason - to make our lives easier. A triple can definitely be of help on hills, as long as the gearing range is wide enough. I'm not sure if this...
08-01-15, 02:13 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 17,076
Posted By vatdim

You made the right choice. :thumb:

You made the right choice. :thumb:
Forum: Foo
08-01-15, 01:55 PM
Replies: 356
Views: 31,994
Posted By vatdim

Old-school house! ...

Old-school house!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW4YfSxBeAw
08-01-15, 12:28 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 17,076
Posted By vatdim

I find riding without my full attention on the...

I find riding without my full attention on the road can be very dangerous. Subtracting from my ability to hear incoming cars has a detrimental effect on my situation awareness. Plus, if I want to...
08-01-15, 05:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By vatdim

As already stated, there is a big difference...

As already stated, there is a big difference between the two types of cable. I can almost always see the width difference with my unaided eye. It's understandable that the shifter cable will fit the...
07-31-15, 06:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By vatdim

I am willing to agree with that, but from what...

I am willing to agree with that, but from what I've read, in the UK the police won't prosecute unless you can identify both the vehicle and its driver at the time of the traffic violation. For that...
07-31-15, 05:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By vatdim

A close pass is a case of dangerous driving, or...

A close pass is a case of dangerous driving, or at best, careless driving. If you believe that the cyclist was responsible for dangerous cycling, I won't argue with that. But the penalties...
Forum: Foo
07-31-15, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2,291
Views: 122,570
Posted By vatdim

Old-school house! ...

Old-school house!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWv3z0NNsNY
07-31-15, 02:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By vatdim

The cyclist did not escalate. The driver did by...

The cyclist did not escalate. The driver did by lashing out violently. The cyclist never used a swear word. He remained perhaps unnaturally calm throughout this whole encounter. The cyclist was in no...
07-31-15, 05:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By vatdim

The cyclist did the right thing. What Shimagnolo...

The cyclist did the right thing. What Shimagnolo mentioned is true. If you just hand the police a recording showing a license plate, the police may not follow. To guarantee repercussions, you need to...
07-31-15, 04:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,435
Posted By vatdim

Out of these two bikes, the Raleigh is the much...

Out of these two bikes, the Raleigh is the much better choice. It has a solid Reynolds 631 steel frame that will last you a very long time. Steel does indeed make the ride smoother. The bike also...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-15, 03:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,927
Posted By vatdim

On my MTB-turned-to-commuter I'm using 26 x 1.5...

On my MTB-turned-to-commuter I'm using 26 x 1.5 road tires. It used to have 26 x 1.95 knobby tires, but I just couldn't ride the roads efficiently with them, so they have been replaced. On my tourer...
07-30-15, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 869
Posted By vatdim

You reckon you could find one of these...

You reckon you could find one of these (http://www.konaworld.com/rove_al.cfm) somewhere close to you? The 2015 version...
07-29-15, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,447
Posted By vatdim

You're right, I guess NYC should indeed have...

You're right, I guess NYC should indeed have plenty of canti-equipped bicycles, so it makes sense to have more apt mechanics in that field.



Isn't this the OP's bike...
Forum: Foo
07-29-15, 03:43 PM
Replies: 1,396
Views: 80,507
Posted By vatdim

60's it is! ...

60's it is!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OohySgTM_c8
Forum: Commuting
07-29-15, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 870
Posted By vatdim

Love this guy. But I like the mayor's style even...

Love this guy. But I like the mayor's style even better. :D
07-29-15, 02:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,447
Posted By vatdim

In the past, I've brought my canti-equipped bike...

In the past, I've brought my canti-equipped bike to real full-time bike mechanics asking for some assistance with the adjustment. One asked me what's wrong with the V-brake and why it looks so weird....
07-29-15, 02:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,447
Posted By vatdim

I have both cantis and v-brakes on my bikes....

I have both cantis and v-brakes on my bikes. V-brakes have so far offered better stopping power, but I'm in the process of upgrading the old and tired Oryx cantis on my tourer to Tektro CR720 with...
07-29-15, 01:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By vatdim

People should always be taught a lesson. The...

People should always be taught a lesson. The question is who will be the teacher. In most developed western countries (such as the one you live in), the police would have been there first, so they...
07-29-15, 01:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,668
Posted By vatdim

For Europe and the UK specifically, check out the...

For Europe and the UK specifically, check out the following UK sites:

Wiggle | Cycle | Run | Swim | Tri-Sports & Bike Shop (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/)
Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op | Road & Mountain...
07-27-15, 02:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By vatdim

The U-lock is not invincible. There are plenty of...

The U-lock is not invincible. There are plenty of videos in the Internet where people cut through good quality U-locks with $15-20 tools. This happens in real life, too. But the odds of it happening...
07-27-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By vatdim

I also think a cyclocross bike would be perfect...

I also think a cyclocross bike would be perfect for you. Won't be so easy finding one at your price point though.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-15, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,066
Posted By vatdim

Yeah? In my mind the thread serves to warn...

Yeah? In my mind the thread serves to warn cyclists of idiot drivers who don't pay proper attention to other road users. While most of us are aware of them, it's good to bring up that topic every...
07-27-15, 01:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,633
Posted By vatdim

This. There's no 100% secure lock. There are just...

This. There's no 100% secure lock. There are just options that lower the risk of having your bike nicked by opportunist thieves. If you leave your bike in the open for a long enough time, thieves...
07-27-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,850
Posted By vatdim

It's actually a very interesting topic. :) I...

It's actually a very interesting topic. :) I decided to look at how this is handled in other places in Europe, notably the UK where I have cycled before, and here is what I found: you won't receive...
07-27-15, 08:26 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,850
Posted By vatdim

Thanks for clarifying. This is quite different...

Thanks for clarifying. This is quite different from what I'm used to seeing. In Bulgaria, cyclists can be fined for traffic violations (although it's rare), but the violation has no bearing on the...
07-27-15, 05:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,850
Posted By vatdim

Forgive me, but why would a bike ticket go on...

Forgive me, but why would a bike ticket go on your motor vehicle record? The bike is not a motor vehicle. There is no license required to use it. And what happens if you don't actually have a...
Forum: Touring
07-26-15, 06:26 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,946
Posted By vatdim

I doubt rim brakes are going away any time soon....

I doubt rim brakes are going away any time soon. While mechanical discs are quite simple, rim brakes are simpler and lighter. They also offer a much larger "disc" which makes overheating much less of...
07-26-15, 05:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 661
Posted By vatdim

+1 I wouldn't buy an MTB, unless you plan to...

+1

I wouldn't buy an MTB, unless you plan to ride some actual trails, try out some downhill, etc. You'll be more efficient on a road bike or a cyclocross bike with beefier tires, if road surface...
07-26-15, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,437
Posted By vatdim

No kidding, roads here are actually quite good....

No kidding, roads here are actually quite good. There was a time when the surface was very rough, potholes dominated the landscape, etc. Now you can still experience this on some quiet rural roads....
07-26-15, 02:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,437
Posted By vatdim

Yeah, but if I were to use some bike paths, I'd...

Yeah, but if I were to use some bike paths, I'd surely lose them. :D
07-26-15, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,437
Posted By vatdim

You're right, I don't have scientific reasons to...

You're right, I don't have scientific reasons to believe that higher pressure actually makes me have less flats. It's just anecdotal evidence. I suppose it could be due to the smaller contact patch?...
07-26-15, 08:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,850
Posted By vatdim

I almost never perform a complete stop when there...

I almost never perform a complete stop when there is no traffic, regardless of the vehicle I'm using. However, I only do that because I know it's very unlikely that a cop would actually pull me over...
07-26-15, 08:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,437
Posted By vatdim

For paved roads, I try to use the maximum...

For paved roads, I try to use the maximum recommended air pressure. There is less rolling resistance and I also feel safer about punctures.
07-26-15, 08:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,633
Posted By vatdim

Assuming the OP is not trolling, this is just...

Assuming the OP is not trolling, this is just madness. People often recommend a locking system worth 10-20% of your bike's value. You may decide not to go that far, but at the very least, you need...
07-26-15, 07:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,362
Posted By vatdim

Thanks for the info, good to know.

Thanks for the info, good to know.
07-25-15, 05:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,362
Posted By vatdim

Interesting. I've seen stickers that say the...

Interesting. I've seen stickers that say the helmet conforms to some safety standard from year 199x, but never an actual production date. Probably the foam or the plastic could go bad, but I've no...
Forum: Foo
07-25-15, 10:00 AM
Replies: 356
Views: 31,994
Posted By vatdim

Some 90's epicness. :D ...

Some 90's epicness. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juENBj2ZDvE
07-25-15, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By vatdim

I visited England in late December/ early...

I visited England in late December/ early January. The weather was remarkably mild in the southeast. I did cycle a little in London, though mostly on trails along the Thames. What I could tell you:
...
07-25-15, 09:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,116
Posted By vatdim

I'd probably go with a road bike, or maybe a...

I'd probably go with a road bike, or maybe a cyclocross bike, so that you have the option to use wider tires and fenders (maybe even a rack), if necessary. In my mind, the advantage of the SS is that...
Forum: Touring
07-25-15, 04:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,234
Posted By vatdim

It's just personal preference, I guess. I like...

It's just personal preference, I guess. I like brifters, they make me feel safer and more comfortable.
Forum: Touring
07-25-15, 04:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,234
Posted By vatdim

Isn't 40-622 the same as 700x40, just a different...

Isn't 40-622 the same as 700x40, just a different designation? I agree it's hard to find a good welder for steel frames, but it's much harder finding one for aluminum or another material. As for the...
Forum: Touring
07-24-15, 07:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,234
Posted By vatdim

700x40 tires with fenders sounds good. Brooks B17...

700x40 tires with fenders sounds good. Brooks B17 saddle included in the $1600 asking price. I'm a little disappointed they're using bar end shifters on the drop bar version, but other than that it...
07-24-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,781
Posted By vatdim

This is a very fair point. Riding a lower quality...

This is a very fair point. Riding a lower quality bike can indeed discourage further cycling. It's happened to me in the past, as well as to many people I know nowadays. Another poster also pointed...
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