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Forum: Commuting
06-17-12, 07:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,397
Posted By ZCow

I went with a Seagull Seasonal Bag and used it...

I went with a Seagull Seasonal Bag and used it quite extensively. I think for short trips to the market, it's a great thing to have and is less of a hassle than panniers. I wouldn't use it for long...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-12, 01:47 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,066
Posted By ZCow

It's possible I had crappy pedals. I would...

It's possible I had crappy pedals. I would constantly slip when coming out of a stop and winded up battering my shins/heel pretty bad. I've yet to have a problem unclipping in traffic. I fell once...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-12, 05:55 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,066
Posted By ZCow

To me, I commuted one week (30 miles rt) with...

To me, I commuted one week (30 miles rt) with platforms and it was horrible. I upgraded to toeclips and liked it a lot more, but they constantly broke and they never really did what I wanted them to...
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 08:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By ZCow

I was wondering about the Windsor Tourist. It's...

I was wondering about the Windsor Tourist. It's the cheapest of the lot and I can spend more money on quality panniers and equipment. The only problem I had was that I'd like the idea of backing a...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-12, 11:28 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,970
Posted By ZCow

The treading on the tire is worn down to an...

The treading on the tire is worn down to an extent, but the tread markers still show really well. The sidewalls themselves (which have a rigid, orange mesh tracking) have shown no signs of...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-12, 07:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,970
Posted By ZCow

I've had 700x23 Gatorskins on my ride for the...

I've had 700x23 Gatorskins on my ride for the past 2800+ road miles and haven't flattened once. I pump my tires up before every ride to about 115-120 psi and I'm good to go. The tread marks are still...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By ZCow

My first pair of clipless pedals were M520s. I...

My first pair of clipless pedals were M520s. I loosened the tightness bolt all the way to get used to them and just went up and down my block a few times to clip in and out. The pedal is fantastic...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 11:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By ZCow

There are many shops around my area. The main...

There are many shops around my area. The main ones are Trek, Specialized, Surly, and Kona. No Soma/Salsa. There is a place that carry BD bikes, so I COULD test the Tourist if I wanted to.

To the...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By ZCow

The Vaya options only show disc brakes. I have...

The Vaya options only show disc brakes. I have worked on disc brakes and don't have a problem, but I would prefer the rim pads myself. I love the geometry and looks of the Vaya. I don't see an option...
Forum: Touring
05-26-12, 07:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By ZCow

I have looked at the Cross-Check as well. I...

I have looked at the Cross-Check as well. I wasn't able to ride one, but I did see a lot of concerns as far as clearance and chainstay length. Unfortunately, the dealership nearby that sells Surly...
Forum: Touring
05-26-12, 06:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By ZCow

Carless - Looking for a bike for all my commuting/light touring needs!

Hello all,

Here's the deal. A few months back I got a job much closer to home (about 6.5 miles away). I am no newbie to commuting, as I commuted to my other job and school 3-4 days a week (40...
05-11-11, 06:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,901
Posted By ZCow

The way people tend to shy from VC on these...

The way people tend to shy from VC on these forums and on the roads. Using Bikeforums as an example, it seems that people hear the words vehicular cycling and immediately hone on the "anti-ness" of...
05-11-11, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By ZCow

Don't be jerk huh? Tell that to the people who...

Don't be jerk huh? Tell that to the people who laid those bike lanes in the third video.
05-11-11, 08:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,901
Posted By ZCow

I agree with this. This extreme way of thinking...

I agree with this. This extreme way of thinking seems to overshadow what VC tries to do, which, in my opinion and what I have been exposed to, is a way of looking at roads as a viable means to get...
05-10-11, 05:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,901
Posted By ZCow

I will edit, John. I understand the definition,...

I will edit, John. I understand the definition, my issue was more with how people (especially in these forums) tend to understand said definition. There also seems to be MANY different ideas of what...
05-10-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,901
Posted By ZCow

I am sure you do promote safe roadway cycling. We...

I am sure you do promote safe roadway cycling. We all love cycling and we all want to be safe. VC, to me, is a viable option for riding and does provide adequate skill sets for understanding the...
05-10-11, 11:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,901
Posted By ZCow

Again, we see things differently. I never...

Again, we see things differently. I never mentioned once about manning up and being an alpha dog and am not necessarily speaking for every VC out there. What vehicular cycling has taught me is to...
05-10-11, 09:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,901
Posted By ZCow

You have a horribly obscured vision of what...

You have a horribly obscured vision of what vehicular cycling promotes. Where I live, vehicular cycling isn't about getting rid of bike specific facilities, but promoting their usage in areas that...
05-09-11, 04:47 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,341
Posted By ZCow

I didn't say anything about the changing of a...

I didn't say anything about the changing of a light cycle. I stated that the speed of a bicycle would hit green lights at the "off" times of the cycle. Meaning, as a light turns green and you are...
05-09-11, 08:44 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,341
Posted By ZCow

I would queue up with traffic and position myself...

I would queue up with traffic and position myself along the left tire markings. The reason for this is visibility and the sight lines of other vehicles. Think about it. If you get a green light and...
05-09-11, 08:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By ZCow

I ride down 45+ roads to school and even 50+...

I ride down 45+ roads to school and even 50+ roads. Take the lane. By doing this, you are asserting lane position and forcing a full pass into the other lane as well as upping your visibility. Do you...
05-09-11, 07:07 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,028
Posted By ZCow

I agree with some of the posters and particularly...

I agree with some of the posters and particularly the second comment in the actual article. The cultures are really too different to make a statement that cycle tracks would "fit" well here in the...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-11, 09:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 722
Posted By ZCow

Really love my Strada Wireless.

Really love my Strada Wireless.
Forum: Commuting
04-27-11, 12:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,743
Posted By ZCow

I think it depends on the size of the laptop. It...

I think it depends on the size of the laptop. It won't fit anything more than a 15". I feel the bag itself is pretty spacious. I can usually fit everything I need (2 tubes, multi-tool, sunscreen,...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-11, 11:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,743
Posted By ZCow

I also use the Topeak rack/pannier combo. I...

I also use the Topeak rack/pannier combo. I believe mine is the EXP model. It's a REALLY great system. The downside is it's not that waterproof, so you would need to buy the optional rain cover they...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-11, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,101
Posted By ZCow

Buy yourself an SPD pedal and a shoe and never...

Buy yourself an SPD pedal and a shoe and never look back. I did toe clips for a year or so and it was fine, but it started wearing at shoes, needed tightening, etc. I decided to try clipless and...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-11, 07:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,248
Posted By ZCow

I commute in Florida (32 roundtrip) where it is...

I commute in Florida (32 roundtrip) where it is always hot and humid.

What I do is this:

Take a shower BEFORE the commute. Wait to apply deodorant.
A no-sleeve UnderArmour(or any wick...
Forum: Touring
04-12-11, 07:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,827
Posted By ZCow

I would go Gatorskins or Marathon Plus/Supremes....

I would go Gatorskins or Marathon Plus/Supremes. I've always felt that it's not so much about the tire but how often you keep up with inflating it and watching for road hazards. I've put 1500 miles...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-11, 07:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 709
Posted By ZCow

I will oftentimes stick a hand out palms back. It...

I will oftentimes stick a hand out palms back. It has worked for me numerous times, specifically, on motorists that want to quickly pass on a two lane to beat me to the stop sign and, due to my...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-11, 08:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 899
Posted By ZCow

Best thing for you to do is not worry about the...

Best thing for you to do is not worry about the cars behind you. I also don't agree with riding the lines as some have recommended. Doing so, I feel, would put you in the position of trying to merge...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-11, 07:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,359
Posted By ZCow

I like bringing various homemade wraps that...

I like bringing various homemade wraps that alternate weekly.

Wrap Idea #1:
Whole wheat wrap
Black Beans
Spinach
Guacamole
Cheese
Chipotle Ranch sauce
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-11, 12:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,151
Posted By ZCow

I've had great results from the above mentioned...

I've had great results from the above mentioned site and the one at: http://davesbikeblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/saddle-height.html

You must consider that all of this is here to help you get in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-11, 07:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By ZCow

Okay, good. I wasn't sure if I was getting the...

Okay, good. I wasn't sure if I was getting the knee/fore aft measurement correctly.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By ZCow

Alright everyone, sorry to revive thread but I...

Alright everyone, sorry to revive thread but I got clipless a little after this post and figured I'd post my fitting here for critiquing. Hopefully, it looks similar to 10 wheels:

Riding position:...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 234
Posted By ZCow

Bike fit question

Two questions:

When setting saddle height using the fully extended heel technique, should I have a pretty locked knee with no leaning to that side?

I just got clipless pedals/shoes. Is there a...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 08:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,175
Posted By ZCow

I just recently started clipless myself (about...

I just recently started clipless myself (about three days ago). I got M520 and a Specialized MTB shoe. I was told to lower the tension all the way and put the cleat in the most middle position from a...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-11, 08:09 AM
Forum: Commuting
03-20-11, 11:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 13,490
Posted By ZCow

I love my Topeak Road Morph Turbo and always have...

I love my Topeak Road Morph Turbo and always have it on me. I can pump a tire in about a minute and a half (120PSI) which is fine for me. I've used CO2 in the past but buying replacement cartridges...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-11, 02:15 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,263
Posted By ZCow

I am a recent convert to panniers and will not go...

I am a recent convert to panniers and will not go back.

Couple reasons I made the switch:
- More room
- More visibility (doesn't obscure bright shirt, wider from behind, etc.)
- Extra areas for...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-11, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By ZCow

Great reference point! Thanks! I lowered it about...

Great reference point! Thanks! I lowered it about 2cms, feels perfect once again! Thanks everyone. I did a comparison of yours and it is pretty much exact. Thanks again!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-11, 07:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By ZCow

The reason this all came about is my seat...

The reason this all came about is my seat randomly started wiggling and I didn't quite mark the correct location on the seat post. I did a commute the other day and nothing hurt legwise, but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-11, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By ZCow

Thanks everyone! How is it now? ...

Thanks everyone! How is it now?

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Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-11, 06:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By ZCow

Bike Fit Help

Hey everyone,

I wasn't sure where to put this topic, but I figured I'd get the best responses here. I took a picture of myself on my bike and was wondering if the fit seems fine. My bike is...
02-26-11, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,400
Posted By ZCow

The first video was great. I am unsure about the...

The first video was great. I am unsure about the spread on the light, which doesn't seem like much of an improvement.

The second video is horrible. I am not sure why videos like these are made. A...
02-25-11, 10:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,825
Posted By ZCow

I am really impressed with my Superflashes and...

I am really impressed with my Superflashes and RADBOTs. I currently use two of each (1 on rack, 1 on rack bag, 1 on seat post, 1 on helmet). I have had numerous comments on brightness and visibility...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-11, 06:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,548
Posted By ZCow

I cannot really comment on the Marathon Plus or...

I cannot really comment on the Marathon Plus or Hardshells. The Marathon Plus tires seem to have a very good reputation around here.

I currently run Continental Gatorskins and have been loving my...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-11, 12:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,071
Posted By ZCow

Agreed! For some reason when I ride faster I feel...

Agreed! For some reason when I ride faster I feel that I pay far less attention to my surroundings and more about the destination, which makes the whole trip a complete blur.
Forum: Commuting
02-16-11, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 757
Posted By ZCow

Again, this comes down to location. For myself,...

Again, this comes down to location. For myself, taking the quickest route, in my case, a main arterial, pulling over to let a backup of traffic is a very minimal wait time, and I never feel...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-11, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,071
Posted By ZCow

When I realized that reducing my speed results in...

When I realized that reducing my speed results in a tardiness of only a few minutes, leaving earlier became somewhat of an epiphany. I save my fast riding for the weekends or at night.
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