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06-13-10, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By abrinton

I lived in north San Rafael and commuted to the...

I lived in north San Rafael and commuted to the south side of San Francisco, further than Mission (district or downtown). It was 25 miles each way. I would usually take the ferry one way, then ride...
03-24-10, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 947
Posted By abrinton

Sausalito "Single File" signs illegal?

There was an interesting blog post today about the legality of the signs in Sausalito that require bikes to ride single file, and in the bike lane.
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10-01-09, 05:43 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,861
Posted By abrinton

I'm in the same boat, but I had a week of...

I'm in the same boat, but I had a week of vacation before I got sick. I'm going to do the 103 anyway. My longest training rides were a few at 80 or so miles, almost 3 weeks ago now.

go for it!!
08-10-09, 01:22 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,861
Posted By abrinton

Question for everyone- Do you think the 105...

Question for everyone-
Do you think the 105 mile course harder or easier than the Marin Century?
04-07-09, 07:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By abrinton

It's a Scott CR-1 Pro. I don't think the braze on...

It's a Scott CR-1 Pro. I don't think the braze on is removable; it's attached with rivets. I'll check with Scott though.
04-06-09, 08:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By abrinton

FD and compact crankset - can't go low enough

I recently switched out my crank set for an Ultegra SL compact. The gearing is great but I'm having trouble with the front derailleur. It's a braze on, and won't go low enough. It's at least 4-5mm...
03-30-09, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By abrinton

Wine Country Century - looking for entry

Hello everyone-

I totally missed the boat on registration this year. If anyone happens to have an entry they won't be able to use, I'd sure appreciate the opportunity to buy it from you!

...
03-05-09, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By abrinton

I've ridden Lucas Valley a number of times and...

I've ridden Lucas Valley a number of times and think it's a really nice ride. No less safe than any west Marin road. And that Freitas Parkway to Butterfield Road bit is totally do-able. I've mountain...
03-01-09, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By abrinton

This can be caused by frame alignment as well. If...

This can be caused by frame alignment as well. If your cassette and chain are not worn and the hanger is straight, I'd check this next.
06-11-08, 10:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 699
Posted By abrinton

Don't get the kit lens. Go with a good lens. It...

Don't get the kit lens. Go with a good lens. It makes a huge difference. If it were me, I'd buy a used XT (I used to have one). It's a great camera and great for learning. Take the rest of the money...
04-20-08, 10:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 653
Posted By abrinton

Mine had a problem where the reset got very...

Mine had a problem where the reset got very difficult to press. This seemed to happen after a bunch of winter rain/mud riding this year. I was putting off sending it back, but then it also had the...
04-01-08, 11:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,008
Posted By abrinton

This ride looks like just what I'm looking for....

This ride looks like just what I'm looking for. Thanks a lot!! I'll let you know how it works out. Tuna Canyon looks like fun!
04-01-08, 07:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,008
Posted By abrinton

That sounds like a good one. So would you come...

That sounds like a good one. So would you come straight back down on Kanan-Dume Road? How is the road going down Mulholland Hwy to Las Virgenas Road to Pluma Road? Looks like a 40 mi or so loop. Or...
04-01-08, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,008
Posted By abrinton

Climbing is fine, and steep is ok. I'm not...

Climbing is fine, and steep is ok. I'm not looking for a death ride type of outing :) I did a little research and it looks like they're changeling hills but within my capabilities. I live in the Bay...
04-01-08, 07:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,008
Posted By abrinton

Ride in the Santa Monica Mountains

Hi Everyone-

I'm going to be spending a few days in Santa Monica in April and was wondering if anyone can recommend a good route around the Santa Monica Mountains. I'm hoping to get in a couple of...
01-04-08, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 913
Posted By abrinton

As far as buying tools, I've been buying tools as...

As far as buying tools, I've been buying tools as I have a need for them. It slows down repair jobs, but I can say that I've used every tool I have, I know what they all do, and I don't have any...
12-31-07, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,017
Posted By abrinton

Great, thanks for the concise explanation, it's...

Great, thanks for the concise explanation, it's very helpful to understand what actually happens. I'm going to give the rubber band trick a shot. It's good to know it won't cause any permanent issues...
12-30-07, 12:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,017
Posted By abrinton

Mountain bike storage - disc brakes - hanging bike up

Hi all-

Apologies if this has been asked before, I've been trying to search but I'm getting the blank search result page :(

My question is, what is the effect of storing a mountain bike with...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-07, 02:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,246
Posted By abrinton

How do you end your ride at 40mph? I guess it...

How do you end your ride at 40mph? I guess it works in theory... but in practice you'd have to end your ride by stopping. Then you'd have to hit 20mph again.
Forum: Commuting
12-04-07, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 857
Posted By abrinton

This morning was pretty wet. It was raining...

This morning was pretty wet. It was raining steadily when I left, and I got *soaked*! Getting out the booties next time, my feet were making squish squash sounds walking through the office to the...
12-04-07, 09:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 855
Posted By abrinton

Left the house at 7, should have thrown on the...

Left the house at 7, should have thrown on the booties and rear fender. Instead was wringing water out of my socks an hour later! But you're right, it was just water. :)
12-04-07, 09:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By abrinton

I think barred is a little misleading, getting...

I think barred is a little misleading, getting bumped because the train is full is very different from being barred.
11-28-07, 08:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,619
Posted By abrinton

My personal opinion is that the police should...

My personal opinion is that the police should ticket bikes who don't follow the rules of the road. When some idiot on a bike runs a light and almost hits *me* on my bike, sometimes I feel like giving...
11-10-07, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By abrinton

Or, how about on their MySpace page? ...

Or, how about on their MySpace page?

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=73415227
Forum: Commuting
11-09-07, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 500
Posted By abrinton

I have an office job, and would want to consider ...

I have an office job, and would want to consider

Is there a shower?
Is there somewhere safe to keep my bike?

So asking ahead of time is preferable... Maybe around the time you think you're...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-07, 09:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,136
Posted By abrinton

Yup.. I asked the same question a month or two...

Yup.. I asked the same question a month or two back and ended up switching to Conti Ultra Gatorskins. They ride a bit faster than the Armadillo's, and (knock on wood) no flat yet. Of course, I've...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-07, 09:03 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,977
Posted By abrinton

That's a good idea... I just got my first...

That's a good idea...

I just got my first pair of full length tights, and while I hate walking across the office in them they are very comfortable to bike in. So for me, I'd rather look silly for...
11-01-07, 07:43 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,258
Posted By abrinton

When I was living in London, they were putting in...

When I was living in London, they were putting in a lot of bike boxes. They work very well. The fact is, bikes don't sit in traffic. Many (myself included) will ride up the right hand side next to...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-07, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By abrinton

How's the flat resistance of the super sports?...

How's the flat resistance of the super sports? Reflective tires would be a great feature, would really make it worth switching.
Forum: Commuting
09-30-07, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By abrinton

Tires - recommendations?

Now that winter is on the way, I'd like to put some new tires on the commuter bike. I've been riding Armadillos for maybe 5 years and have been very happy with the flat resistance. I've never got one...
09-26-07, 08:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 733
Posted By abrinton

http://www.btcmarin.org has some good maps and...

http://www.btcmarin.org has some good maps and route descriptions.

Tennessee Valley loop in the Headlands is a nice ride. If you've ridden some and you're in ok shape, it's not too hard.

China...
09-13-07, 06:40 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,676
Posted By abrinton

haha no worries at all. This is looking like it...

haha no worries at all. This is looking like it must be almost a full time job for you! Hopefully jockeying all these jersey orders isn't cutting into riding time :)
09-06-07, 10:41 PM
Replies: 1,969
Views: 84,015
Posted By abrinton

That's a beautiful paint job. I picked up an old...

That's a beautiful paint job. I picked up an old Peugeot frame and am thinking about covering the nice purple and white paint job :)

Where's the shop that painted it, and do you mind if I ask how...
08-21-07, 07:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 712
Posted By abrinton

Looks better than the 4 1/2" scar down the left...

Looks better than the 4 1/2" scar down the left side of my face!
08-12-07, 09:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 767
Posted By abrinton

I always keep my bikes locked in the garage. And...

I always keep my bikes locked in the garage. And am still paranoid about it. I would keep them in the house, but can't get my wife to sign off on having them in the guest room :)
07-30-07, 07:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By abrinton

Yup, I measured it at 130, the spacing of the...

Yup, I measured it at 130, the spacing of the hub. I read another post where someone said that the same cranks, bb, cassette and wheel should give you the same chainline on every frame. Is the 5mm...
07-29-07, 10:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By abrinton

Chainline question

Hi everyone-

I've recently built up an old Peugeot frame with parts from my old commute bike. It's got a 105 double drive train with an 8 speed cassette.

It rides great, but shifting...
07-02-07, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By abrinton

How about the ToC route stage 2 route from Davis?...

How about the ToC route stage 2 route from Davis?
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/map/stage2map.html

You could cut down to Petaluma on 116...
06-02-07, 08:05 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 8,659
Posted By abrinton

hahah so looks like it paid to be quick paying!...

hahah so looks like it paid to be quick paying! :)

I'll make sure to give you the extra $4 when I pick it up. Thanks again for doing all the work!
05-31-07, 10:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 274
Posted By abrinton

New frame & old parts

Or maybe it's old frame with new parts :)

I have a road bike that's maybe 5 or 6 years old. I've been slowly upgrading it and have swapped out most everything for new 105 components. Now I want to...
04-30-07, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By abrinton

I'm not affected, but due to the collapse my work...

I'm not affected, but due to the collapse my work offered $25 gift cards to people who bike to work a few days a week. Works for me, I bike to work anyway!

I'm not sure how much this offer will...
04-26-07, 07:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,039
Posted By abrinton

Now there's a hill! This is on the ride home for...

Now there's a hill! This is on the ride home for me, every 6 weeks or so I give it a shot (no granny available)...

Jello at the top, for sure. I think one block gets up to 20%, and the steeper...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-07, 09:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 806
Posted By abrinton

Ahhhh, your pics make me miss commuting in...

Ahhhh, your pics make me miss commuting in London. I rode from Islington to West Kensington for a while, not quite as far, but I had a few routes that took me past some of the big landmarks. London...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-07, 07:44 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 6,881
Posted By abrinton

I never used to wear a helmet. Then I crashed on...

I never used to wear a helmet. Then I crashed on my 10 minute ride to work, took the full impact on my head and needed around 30-40 stitches in my forehead. Nearly split my head open and almost lost...
04-03-07, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 666
Posted By abrinton

What about using the Park Tool repair site? It...

What about using the Park Tool repair site? It might be at least as good as watching the LBS guys and asking questions. I've done a few tuneups/repairs/upgrades using their instructions, they are...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-07, 09:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,776
Posted By abrinton

Thanks for all the good replies, everyone. Lots...

Thanks for all the good replies, everyone. Lots of good ideas. Bike lockers are a great way to go. I'm going to try to convince my employer to install them. Wish me luck!!
Forum: Commuting
03-19-07, 09:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 860
Posted By abrinton

I've been riding on Armadillos for nearly 5 years...

I've been riding on Armadillos for nearly 5 years now. 2.5 years commuting 3-4 days a week across central London, and the rest in San Francisco. All urban, lots of starting and stopping. I haven't...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-07, 10:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,776
Posted By abrinton

Where do you keep your bike?

My work provides some space for bike parking. There's a few of us who ride, on a good day maybe 5 or 6 bikes out of a 300 person office. The bike parking is a parking space in the garage which is...
01-29-07, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By abrinton

Here's another site with a lot of listings... ...

Here's another site with a lot of listings...
http://www.bbcnet.com/RideCalendar/RideListDate.asp
09-01-06, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By abrinton

Right on, the ride north sounds like a good...

Right on, the ride north sounds like a good option. Is there a good alternitive to the bike path?
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