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07-23-18, 06:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,294
Posted By dcr

The Dolce bikes look great! The problem is that...

The Dolce bikes look great! The problem is that the shops that sell them appear to be exclusively on the West Coast. Still, we'll look into it, being the test ride is important. The Fuji also looks...
07-22-18, 09:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,294
Posted By dcr

Good entry-level road bike?

My wife has a clunky but functional commuter bike, but would like a road bike so we can do some country biking ranging from 10-40 miles. It does not have to be new. Our budget is around $1000. The...
12-17-17, 07:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,600
Posted By dcr

Studded tire recommendations?

I own a 2017 Trek Crossrip 2 bike and will be biking to work (5.7 miles) on concrete bike trails that are plowed well when it snows. They will have to fit with fenders.

It hasn't snowed much in...
03-12-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,016
Posted By dcr

Darth, Hmmm. The sale ended today and I...

Darth,

Hmmm. The sale ended today and I bought the 2. Now, I can exchange it for store credit and get the 1 plus accessories. The 3 is beyond my budget. Would it be worth switching out the brakes...
03-12-17, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,016
Posted By dcr

Wizard, bike commuting in Madison is quite...

Wizard, bike commuting in Madison is quite good--90% of my commute on bike trails. And they are cleared before the streets after a snow! Around Madison, still lots of good biking, but of course...
03-12-17, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,016
Posted By dcr

Commuting-road bike combo?

I'm thinking of the Trek Crossrip 2 for my commuter bike (5.8 miles one way) and winter bike replacement. I occasionally go out for a longer rides on Wisconsin county roads, but my focus is really...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-12, 06:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,677
Posted By dcr

$650 for bike Raleigh Detour Deluxe--included...

$650 for bike Raleigh Detour Deluxe--included fenders, rack, lights
$160 tires-studs
$150 panniers
$15 lock
$18 wool socks

Already had helmet. I will be buying some rain pants and other...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-12, 05:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,001
Posted By dcr

My commute today involved ice, 2-3 inches slush,...

My commute today involved ice, 2-3 inches slush, fresh snow, hard pack, and clear road. My Nokian Hakkapeliitta w240 tires did an admirable job in all conditions, the slush w/ some ruts offering the...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-12, 07:29 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,505
Posted By dcr

I buy books at small independent bookstores...

I buy books at small independent bookstores because I want to browse and support neighborhood businesses. The added cost for buying online is losing our businesses. I pay higher prices because I want...
Forum: Commuting
12-25-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,474
Posted By dcr

I'm look seriously at the Ortlieb waterproof...

I'm look seriously at the Ortlieb waterproof panniers. Put a laptop in a good case and place it those panniers---I'd bet the probability of serious damage to your computer would be very very low. And...
Forum: Commuting
12-25-12, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 319
Posted By dcr

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays! Thanks...

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays! Thanks everyone for helping me get my commuting start with advice and support.
Forum: Commuting
12-24-12, 03:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,045
Posted By dcr

My recent purchase will satisfy for years. Right...

My recent purchase will satisfy for years. Right now it's about that next hot ride---ride on my bike!
Forum: Commuting
12-22-12, 07:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,154
Posted By dcr

Winter Biking is a skill.

I've tested my new commuter bike (with its new studs) in a variety of conditions--blizzard helped--and I now know winter biking is tricky! There are numerous variables at play--slush, snow, and ice--...
Forum: Commuting
12-22-12, 11:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,033
Posted By dcr

I'm now thinking of the Sport Packer...

I'm now thinking of the Sport Packer Plus--something a bit smaller. Anyone own those---did size become a factor? Anything to recommend or dissuade about buying them?
Forum: Commuting
12-21-12, 07:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,033
Posted By dcr

Thinking of these panniers for my commute--anyone have Ortlieb? Suggestions?

My commute is about 12 miles round trip. I'm a teacher who brings papers and books to and from work. I will commute in rain and snow. Does this look like a reasonable choice? Any suggestions--perhaps...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-12, 12:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By dcr

My bike: ...

My bike:

http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=2010&Brand=Raleigh&Model=Detour+Deluxe&Type=bike#.UNNaj45wbna

It's a wet, somewhat heavy snow but it didn't build up under the...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-12, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By dcr

Schools closed due to blizzard. Took my new...

Schools closed due to blizzard. Took my new bike/tires out for a spin just to test conditions--great experiment! Plowed roads fine for biking, but too dangerous with cars. Bike path plowed, but ruts...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-12, 09:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By dcr

Got it. Biking to work yesterday and got quite...

Got it. Biking to work yesterday and got quite the work out. The snow had melted and it was a cement ride. But today school's closed due to the storm--tomorrow I'll have some real snow! I brought my...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-12, 08:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By dcr

Wow! Just rode on studded tires for the first time!

Snowstorm coming tomorrow, so I headed out tonight to the bike shop in the dark--with ice forming--to get my studded. Felt very precarious. Bought two Nokian Hakkapeliitta W240 Studded Tires and rode...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-12, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By dcr

New bike much slower than my road bike, but felt...

New bike much slower than my road bike, but felt better about biking on the wet sandy roads and paths. Gorgeous sunrise on lake bike path, crisp cool air, new purchase 'high,' vigorous exercise, few...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-12, 03:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 735
Posted By dcr

At dusk at large buck leapt from the woods and...

At dusk at large buck leapt from the woods and across the county road only several feet from us. We stopped and looked at each speechless. Scary. It was big.

Glad you avoided the deer collision.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-12, 02:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By dcr

Decided against it--would have to fiddle with...

Decided against it--would have to fiddle with rack mounts. And I like the cable around the front wheel. At work the bikes are very visible, all I need is something to deter a quick ride away.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-12, 02:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By dcr

I'm elated--my first commuter bike commute!

Took a bus to the bike shop and rode home on my new Raleigh Detour Deluxe-2010. (Got it for $600 less than the 2013--a different bike for sure, but also a different budget this month.) My road bike...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-12, 12:39 PM
Forum: Commuting
12-10-12, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,870
Posted By dcr

Thanks--I like the disc brakes and ring lock....

Thanks--I like the disc brakes and ring lock. But, I'm having difficulty finding a 2012, may go with the 2010. If I can't find a 2012, the 2013 is $1199 and the 2010 is $675---another household...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-12, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,870
Posted By dcr

I'm stuck--2010 or 2011/12 Raleigh Detour Deluxe? Any advice on the specs?

Ok--I'm a bit stuck. Should I try and find a 2011 or 2012 Raleigh Detour Deluxe---they changed so many components from the 2010, I may be missing out on important features/riding benefits. Is there...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-12, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By dcr

Admirable. I think your question should be a...

Admirable. I think your question should be a separate post given your situation. My ten mile round trip is a cake-walk compared to your---which may help explain why I'm a not so fit and trim 50 yr....
Forum: Commuting
12-08-12, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By dcr

They want to sweeten the deal--let me pick...

They want to sweeten the deal--let me pick another set of tires. They've been sitting on this bike for three years and its not a large store.
Forum: Commuting
12-07-12, 11:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By dcr

2010 Raleigh Detour Deluxe--best all season tires? Shop will switch them up

Shop offered to switch up tires and seat if I end up purchasing it---any recommendations? I'd like a tire that will handle a plowed bike trail and will be fine in rain and shine.

Thanks!
Forum: Commuting
12-07-12, 05:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By dcr

I will see how he cold affects my biking...

I will see how he cold affects my biking patterns---but I'm gearing up for the cold.

Ok, I get it. Thought my replies would respond to the poster's comment.

Thanks for the feedback!
Forum: Commuting
12-07-12, 05:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By dcr

Yes, I'm finding it hard to beat that price. (Is...

Yes, I'm finding it hard to beat that price. (Is price haggling the norm in bike shops?)
Forum: Introductions
12-07-12, 05:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By dcr

Thanks! I'm looking forward to having a community...

Thanks! I'm looking forward to having a community of bikers for reference and encouragement---especially since there seems to be a lot of gear choices. I'm not much of poster on forums, this should...
Forum: Introductions
12-06-12, 08:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By dcr

New Commuter

Hello everyone! This forum looks very helpful, civil, and welcoming.

I live in Madison, WI and we have great bike trails. I'm excited about biking to work year round for health and environmental...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-12, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By dcr

New Commuter buying first commuter bike--a few questions

My commute is 10 miles roundtrip, with a bit of a slow climb as I arrive to work. About 90% of the ride is on bike trails which are plowed in winter (I'm told.) I live in southern Wisconsin,...
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