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05-22-13, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 510
Posted By ryanwood

You are correct, the CWP-7 comes with reversible...

You are correct, the CWP-7 comes with reversible pads, so it will remove both square taper and octalink or isis style cranks. The CCP-22 comes only with the push pad for square taper cranks. They...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-12, 09:54 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,602
Posted By ryanwood

I can't help but think that most of these...

I can't help but think that most of these accidents between cyclists, automobiles, and pedestrians are caused by stupid self-centered morons who don't have any extra capacity in their brains to think...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,019
Posted By ryanwood

There are quite a few inflammatory posts on this...

There are quite a few inflammatory posts on this thread that I cannot help comparing to the constant back and forth between cars and bike on the road, there seems to be a few hypocrites on this...
06-07-12, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,016
Posted By ryanwood

Keep in mind that the housings used for your...

Keep in mind that the housings used for your shifters may be compressible. Brake cable housings are intended to incompressible for obvious reasons, but shifter cable housings can stretch when moved...
06-01-12, 05:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,619
Posted By ryanwood

I think that someone missed their physics and...

I think that someone missed their physics and thermodynamics lessons. The valve is on the inside of the rim, so as the wheel spins at very high RPM the centrifugal force overcomes the force...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-12, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,930,829
Posted By ryanwood

This rig is awesome, I bet it is fun to rip...

This rig is awesome, I bet it is fun to rip around town on this thing
Forum: Commuting
05-31-12, 05:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,806
Posted By ryanwood

The Cross Check is a long and low bike, I am 6'3"...

The Cross Check is a long and low bike, I am 6'3" and I ride a 58. It really depends on what kind of riding you're going to be doing, for commuting I love the low bars and stretched out torso, but...
05-29-12, 04:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 517
Posted By ryanwood

how old is the bike? My first suggestion...

how old is the bike?

My first suggestion would be clean and lube chain and cassette. If that doesn't help, or you take the cassette off to clean it, then you will want to play with the cable...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-12, 05:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,165
Posted By ryanwood

it could be worse, precipitation here is frozen...

it could be worse, precipitation here is frozen as it falls for half the year. I enjoy riding in either way, rain or snow, it just makes me feel more alive.
Forum: Commuting
05-22-12, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,282
Posted By ryanwood

I have a tall upright road bike that I use if I...

I have a tall upright road bike that I use if I am going to go on a short weekend tour or a long group ride, but when it comes to commuting, I love the aggressive aero posture of the cross check. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-12, 02:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 902
Posted By ryanwood

you could always buy one of these:...

you could always buy one of these: http://www.kryptonitelock.com/Pages/ProductInformation.aspx?PNumber=999492 and leave it attached to the rack when you head home
Forum: Commuting
05-10-12, 05:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,513
Posted By ryanwood

I run M324's on my Surly and have been happy with...

I run M324's on my Surly and have been happy with them. The platform side is much more like a traditional platform with plenty of grip.

They don't look very aggressive, so if you are looking for...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-12, 05:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 808
Posted By ryanwood

I have 2 pretty long descents on my route, and I...

I have 2 pretty long descents on my route, and I usually stand for both of them. This is a habit from long touring trips where I take advantage of a few seconds of coasting to take the weight of my...
04-30-12, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By ryanwood

cracked driveside crank

The picture pretty much speaks for itself, I need to know whether or not it is okay to keep riding on or if it is toast.

Thanks in advance for the help

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Forum: Commuting
04-25-12, 06:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,673
Posted By ryanwood

that's awesome, my wife usually can't tell the...

that's awesome, my wife usually can't tell the difference between my $1000 Surly and my $60 craigslist Schwinn Le Tour.

For a while it made me think that there was no need for such an expensive...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-12, 07:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,253
Posted By ryanwood

The very first pedestrian I encountered walking...

The very first pedestrian I encountered walking in the new bike lanes, I stopped and politely informed him that this was a special area for cyclists so we could find some refuge from the heavy...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-12, 06:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,424
Posted By ryanwood

I was in your shoes for a while, but I would just...

I was in your shoes for a while, but I would just cobble the bike back together and continue riding it until it was toast. Then I would either walk a mile to the nearest bus stop, or get my wife to...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-12, 09:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,191
Posted By ryanwood

The stock UN53 bb is not wide enough to run a...

The stock UN53 bb is not wide enough to run a third chain ring. If you want to convert the stock double to a triple, it will mean replacing the bottom bracket.
04-03-12, 06:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 636
Posted By ryanwood

sounds to me like you just need to adjust your...

sounds to me like you just need to adjust your rear derailleur cable tension. Fine tuning a rear derailleur takes some practice to get it just right, it's quite possible that all you need to do is...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-12, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,930,829
Posted By ryanwood

I found I got used to the bar end shifters on my...

I found I got used to the bar end shifters on my cross check in about the first 3 weeks. I have actually found them to be quite nice and versatile.

In the winter, I have found it necessary to...
03-30-12, 09:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,228
Posted By ryanwood

Who told you to do that? They were very very...

Who told you to do that? They were very very very wrong.
03-28-12, 07:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,672
Posted By ryanwood

Thanks for the info everyone I was mostly...

Thanks for the info everyone

I was mostly concerned about the indexed shifting getting sloppy with additional friction, but it sounds like I shouldn't have a problem
03-27-12, 09:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,672
Posted By ryanwood

bar end shifter cable routing

I am giving my Cross-Check an overhaul, and replacing brake levers, housings, and cables as well as shifter cables and housings.

My question is about routing the shifter cables under the bar...
03-18-12, 08:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,204
Posted By ryanwood

first off, you can adjust the upper limit screw...

first off, you can adjust the upper limit screw with no tension in the cable at all, just as it sits right now.

Then you need to reattach the barrel adjuster to the derailleur, I'm not exactly...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-12, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,213
Posted By ryanwood

The fenders are the easy part, they can be easily...

The fenders are the easy part, they can be easily secured to seat stays and fork using p-clips. P-clips are readily available at most hardware stores, it's the kind of thing you would use to secure...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-12, 05:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,332
Posted By ryanwood

I have several 4-way stop sign intersection on my...

I have several 4-way stop sign intersection on my route, and I used to do exactly what I knew was safe and yielded the right of way, but over the years I have let that habit slip and sometimes I just...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-12, 07:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,427
Posted By ryanwood

Human eyes adjust very rapidly to low light...

Human eyes adjust very rapidly to low light conditions, I ride after dark at least 1 day a week and I have never had too much trouble. I have 2 headlights, 1 set to blinking mode so I can be sure...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-12, 07:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By ryanwood

I generate way too much heat to wear a snow...

I generate way too much heat to wear a snow sports helmet. I don't mind my head being super sweaty when I am hitting the slopes and shredding some moguls, but I really don't need another source of...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-12, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By ryanwood

for my money, I would go with the bad boy, but as...

for my money, I would go with the bad boy, but as one of the previous posters mentioned fit is going to play a huge role in which bike is best.

I would suggest going out and test riding these...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-12, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By ryanwood

I have a bad habit of riding my chains into...

I have a bad habit of riding my chains into oblivion and not noticing until the shifting starts to get sloppy. It's hard to tell the extent of the rust without pictures, but I can't imagine that 1...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-12, 10:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,648
Posted By ryanwood

it sounds like you might be interested in a...

it sounds like you might be interested in a touring frame, basically a road bike with a slightly relaxed geometry. Check out the difference between a long haul trucker and a cross check for a good...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-12, 09:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,300
Posted By ryanwood

I started commuting on my mountain bike, I didn't...

I started commuting on my mountain bike, I didn't want to invest in a new bike until I knew I was going to stick with it. It wasn't good, the bike was heavy, the gearing was wonky, and the geometry...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-12, 07:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 658
Posted By ryanwood

I've been running Specialized Armadillo tires for...

I've been running Specialized Armadillo tires for a couple of years now, and I am pretty happy and only had 1 flat in 10,000 miles. They are heavy and super stiff, this translates into high rolling...
01-23-12, 08:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,994
Posted By ryanwood

Fellow Iowan here, you've got two great...

Fellow Iowan here,

you've got two great cruisers in your hands. I would suggest option 1 and 2, you should be able to rebuild both frames to ride-able condition for less than the price of a...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-11, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By ryanwood

no substantial snow yet, which is out of the...

no substantial snow yet, which is out of the ordinary for us here in the midwest. I run two different wheel sets in the winter, one with big wide off road tires for hard packed snow, the other is...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-11, 06:30 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 14,150
Posted By ryanwood

I fold a bandana in half and tie it around my...

I fold a bandana in half and tie it around my head so that the knot sits lower than the back of my helmet and the front is even with my helmet. I find that this deflects the wind from my ears quite...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-11, 06:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By ryanwood

Well done on your first commute! I have a...

Well done on your first commute! I have a feeling that you will only need directions for another few days, I have always found that I develop a more meaningful memory of my paths when I am biking...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-11, 04:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By ryanwood

it should be an easy swap, the compact double...

it should be an easy swap, the compact double crank should fit just fine. The Cross-Check is an awfully heavy rig compared to a 7.5, especially if you are going to outfit it with all of the typical...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-11, 06:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By ryanwood

In my experience, cramping is usually due to...

In my experience, cramping is usually due to dehydration. Winter time is a particularly difficult time to stay hydrated because we drink more hot beverages like coffee, and drink far less water. ...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-11, 06:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,910
Posted By ryanwood

My winter bike is a single speed with a...

My winter bike is a single speed with a minimalist setup, plus I spent $60 on it so I don't really worry too much about lifespan on it. That being said, I have a bucket of soapy water that lives in...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-11, 06:14 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,012
Posted By ryanwood

I have spotted my bike's doppleganger several...

I have spotted my bike's doppleganger several times around town. In fact the last time I spotted it, there was a gentleman riding it and we had very nice conversation about commuting. As it turns...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-11, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 654
Posted By ryanwood

Congrats, good on your for setting the example. ...

Congrats, good on your for setting the example.

I can tell you from experience that you are going to want some better shoes for winter commuting. I am assuming you will get more snow than me here...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-11, 06:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,098
Posted By ryanwood

after you get some practice and really get...

after you get some practice and really get familiar with your bike, you will be able to feel the difference between a relatively straight chain and a crossed chain.

When the chain is being pushed...
11-20-11, 09:47 PM
Replies: 36
Why
Views: 1,427
Posted By ryanwood

I am a commuter, and while I do carry tools, I...

I am a commuter, and while I do carry tools, I have no interest in repairing my bike on the side of the road. I leave myself only enough time to get to work, so I wear my office attire on my bike,...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-11, 02:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,484
Posted By ryanwood

that sounds awesome, it sounds like you are...

that sounds awesome, it sounds like you are looking for a hybrid. A hybrid is a bike that takes a mountain bike type geometry, and roadifies it. Roadification involves things like narrower road...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-11, 07:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 763
Posted By ryanwood

soon it will be cold enough to wear this:...

soon it will be cold enough to wear this: http://www.tingleyrubber.com/product/22/15/icon.html

It will soon be dark in the mornings on the way to work, and even darker in the afternoon on the way...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-11, 06:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,537
Posted By ryanwood

For me it is the convenience factor of not having...

For me it is the convenience factor of not having to change shoes once I arrive at work that makes the difference, I just can't justify carrying an extra pair of shoes for a 25 minute ride.

I...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-11, 06:14 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,275
Posted By ryanwood

The reason the OP is making a big deal is because...

The reason the OP is making a big deal is because people are stupid and they make ridiculous prejudices based on things like running red lights and passing cars who are waiting their turn.

the...
10-10-11, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By ryanwood

automotive brake dust cleaner, depending on the...

automotive brake dust cleaner, depending on the brand, can be some of the most caustic cleaners out there. I have seen flexible rubber brake lines fail after being sprayed with that stuff. Unless...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-11, 05:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 795
Posted By ryanwood

I commute to a college campus, so when people...

I commute to a college campus, so when people steal things like tail lights it's not your typical thief, it's some stupid punk kid who thinks it's funny to smash your tail light on the ground next to...
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