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Forum: Commuting
08-24-15, 05:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,335
Posted By newkie

You might want to simply order 4 or 5 bars to...

You might want to simply order 4 or 5 bars to physically hold them and decide and then return the rest. I did this, people at work thought I was nuts, but it was really hard to figure out something...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-14, 09:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Posted By newkie

Depends how they're sewn together. Sometimes...

Depends how they're sewn together. Sometimes there can be extra material in the crotch area you don't want to be riding on for an hour as it gets sore.

I did get some cheap nylon track bottoms...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-14, 02:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Posted By newkie

Newbie at longer rides: a couple questions

I just started working from home so instead of a 30 minute commute each way I'm doing an hour spin before work. So there's a few differences doing a longer ride I've started noticing.

Jeans. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 05:33 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,784
Posted By newkie

The west of Ireland gets plenty of wind. We're...

The west of Ireland gets plenty of wind. We're pretty much the first stop on the Atlantic and we get crazy gusty conditions every few weeks. And no, it's not just in my head, it really does change...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 05:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,598
Posted By newkie

True, you need to be able to tension the chain...

True, you need to be able to tension the chain somehow and you shouldn't need a chain tensioner to do it. However, he's wrong about other options. My Cube Hyde has regular vertical dropouts but an...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-13, 11:01 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,321
Posted By newkie

I know you're making a point about your job or...

I know you're making a point about your job or work in general but I'd have to say I'm the opposite. I enjoy the ride in the morning much more than the ride home. At the end of a long day when I'm...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-13, 06:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,625
Posted By newkie

There are lots of decent options for spoke lights...

There are lots of decent options for spoke lights that are a bit less distracting than this. But in general, I think lateral lighting is great. I use something called Fireflys off ebay:...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-13, 05:28 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,857
Posted By newkie

I leave mine on most of the time. I have cheap...

I leave mine on most of the time. I have cheap but very effective Night Rider lights. The one on the carrier can't be readily removed but a sharp twist would break the plastic clip and can be...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 525
Posted By newkie

I think there's also a mindset that you can buy...

I think there's also a mindset that you can buy your way to your goals. People want to get fit so they buy membership to a gym or a lot of expensive exercise equipment.
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 09:33 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,032
Posted By newkie

I think a better question is what amount of time...

I think a better question is what amount of time does everyone prefer?

That way, regardless of your fitness or prevelence of hills and wind you can transend these factors and just talk about time....
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 05:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,529
Posted By newkie

The last bit, hearing and vision is a good point....

The last bit, hearing and vision is a good point. As long as it isn't too restrictive or affects being able to look over your shoulder you should be fine.
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 05:42 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,313
Posted By newkie

(See location) If you have the gear, riding...

(See location)

If you have the gear, riding in the rain is no problem. I have an Endura jacket and Altura Night Vision everything else (over-trousers, over-shoes, gloves). I wear a skull cap...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 05:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By newkie

Mind the gap! Hydraulic brake piston closed

Was on my way home Friday when I began losing control and realized my front tyre had gone flat. I was less than a mile way so I decided to endure the "walk of shame" home. The next day was dry so I...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-13, 05:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,178
Posted By newkie

Just looked at the kickstarter page and video. ...

Just looked at the kickstarter page and video. Tempting if I lived in a big city and had daily (or even weekly) cause to sound my horn. My town is just too small to justify over $100. Would be...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-13, 05:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,178
Posted By newkie

Yeah, they aren't that durable. I'm on my second...

Yeah, they aren't that durable. I'm on my second one. The hose on my first one became brittle and broke right at where it attached to the bottle cap. Was pretty disappointed as I only got a year...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By newkie

Thanks for the replies. You're probably right,...

Thanks for the replies. You're probably right, I'm due a service anyway and the front pads came from the mfg contaminated so they're noisey.

But interestingly, after standing upright all day at...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-12, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By newkie

Hydraulic brakes going soft

After a getting a flat on Tues I finally retired my old tires and threw on a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. Had my bike upside down for the process. When I finished, I noticed the rear wheel...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-12, 04:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 802
Posted By newkie

Interesting reading. I only started using...

Interesting reading. I only started using moisturizers a couple years ago, which mysteriously coincides with me commuting by bike. I'm not normally a spotty person, but I find a lot of products...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-12, 04:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By newkie

Recommend a rear carrier light

Hey guys, I just ordered the Mako / CherryBomb 1 watt combo from Wiggle. I had looked at this product with interest last year and understood them to be fairly well reviewed. I can tell you I'm...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-12, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 613
Posted By newkie

Yabba Dabba Doo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiiI-q-bbE0

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/pedal-free-bicycle-relies-running-momentum-174927166.html?_esi=1
Forum: Commuting
09-07-12, 05:25 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,865
Posted By newkie

He could have defended himself just fine by...

He could have defended himself just fine by rolling up the window and driving away.
Forum: Commuting
08-26-12, 05:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,289
Posted By newkie

That intimidation is just fear of the unknown. ...

That intimidation is just fear of the unknown. People don't want to accidentially damange an expensive part. Once shown that intimidation disappears. For those of us too lazy to go to a shop or...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-12, 03:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,161
Posted By newkie

I've been thinking about this recently as well. ...

I've been thinking about this recently as well. They were laying a pipe right along the start of my route for months and now they are done there is still loads of construction rubble. In addition...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-12, 03:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 699
Posted By newkie

Huh, I needed a segway to tell a little story. ...

Huh, I needed a segway to tell a little story. Last weekend I was camping and as this is Ireland and as it was sunny we found a beer garden to cool off and let the kids play. We had all finished...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-12, 04:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,289
Posted By newkie

My Cube Hyde...

My Cube Hyde (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/715394-New-Bike-Ebony-Fantasy) has vertical dropouts along with an eccentric bottom bracket for chain tension. Great bike.
Forum: Commuting
08-16-12, 05:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,090
Posted By newkie

Just to play devil's advocate on your budget. ...

Just to play devil's advocate on your budget. Try to equate your saddle to a new pair of shoes. You'd spend a reasonable amount for good shoes, right? Well why not your saddle? Especially when...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-12, 03:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,322
Posted By newkie

LOL! Honestly. out loud. Yeah, it is...

LOL! Honestly. out loud.

Yeah, it is pretty stupid. I only do it when there's no traffic but I still feel stupid doing it. You got me!

Well at least I don't feel like such a nancy as most...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-12, 06:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,322
Posted By newkie

That's stereotypically precise! :D

That's stereotypically precise! :D
Forum: Commuting
08-14-12, 06:23 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,733
Posted By newkie

I've had good luck with Klipsh Image S4s...

I've had good luck with Klipsh Image S4s (http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-IMAGE-S4-Noise-Isolating-Headphones/dp/B001V9LPT4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344946614&sr=8-1&keywords=klipsch+earbuds). Great...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-12, 06:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,322
Posted By newkie

How fast can you safely take a corner

I go out of my way to climb a hill on the way to work. It's great fun on the way down, approaching 30mph. At that speed I often take a lane as I take a corner mid-way down (it's a left for me in...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-12, 04:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,203
Posted By newkie

I've owned this bag as well. It is 25% smaller...

I've owned this bag as well. It is 25% smaller than the ortleib downtown and sometimes I was struggling to space. It's a great looking bag, possibly too trendy for some. For me and my rack, I...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-12, 08:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,203
Posted By newkie

http://www.ecovelo.info/images/downtown-10-485.jpg...

http://www.ecovelo.info/images/downtown-10-485.jpg

Having a pannier that I can sling on my back when I go shopping is a serious requirement for me. I got the Ortleib Downtown...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-12, 03:50 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,762
Posted By newkie

266634 Ring locks are your friend!

266634
Ring locks are your friend!
Forum: Commuting
07-19-12, 09:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,183
Posted By newkie

Well you have a different bag then. And now...

Well you have a different bag then. And now you're the one being rude. This guy made a big investment for his kid and you keep crapping all over it. You've had your say, now feck off.
Forum: Commuting
07-19-12, 09:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,183
Posted By newkie

You must have gotten a defective part. I'd also...

You must have gotten a defective part. I'd also suggest writing Ortlieb and see about getting a replacement. It's been a while since I attached mine but I would have used a fair amount of tension...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,183
Posted By newkie

Again, WTF? Can you expand on your personal...

Again, WTF? Can you expand on your personal experience with the QL3?

OP, ignore these guys. I spent nearly a year obsessing on this bag until I finally got it last year. I've been using mine...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-12, 09:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,183
Posted By newkie

WTF? The QL-3 system rocks! What rack do you...

WTF? The QL-3 system rocks! What rack do you have? I have a Topeak rack and have had the bag for a year. I haven't had to make any adjustments at all. When the bag clicks on it is absolutely...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-12, 03:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,055
Posted By newkie

Yes, I have not worn a helmet like that and will...

Yes, I have not worn a helmet like that and will continue to not do so in the future.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-12, 03:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By newkie

Thanks for the replies. I had a rare opportunity...

Thanks for the replies. I had a rare opportunity at the weekend to escape for a ride along the coast. Normally I don't do more than 6 miles in one go. Took a relaxed pace along the coast and did...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-12, 04:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By newkie

Relax and Cycle On

This morning for the first time in weeks we had blue skies and sunshine (2 hours later skies are gray and rain is on the way. See location.). So I was feeling pretty mellow and decided to just...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-12, 04:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,106
Posted By newkie

I think he just means some locks come with...

I think he just means some locks come with insurance. This varies country to country so check out the mfg website and email them. I've been using Krypto NY Std which is a Sold Secure Gold rated.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 05:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,106
Posted By newkie

I've never had a OnGuard or Kypto jam on me. As...

I've never had a OnGuard or Kypto jam on me. As someone else mentioned, you should oil them if they start getting sticky.
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 04:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,219
Posted By newkie

Your title is misleading... Disappointed.

Your title is misleading...

Disappointed.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-12, 08:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 11,634
Posted By newkie

I always find these threads funny and same goes...

I always find these threads funny and same goes when I start shopping for components which tempt you to spend more to get a lighter part. Maybe you guys don't have beer guts but it always seems to...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 05:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,845
Posted By newkie

I've been commuting nearly 2 years and I still...

I've been commuting nearly 2 years and I still have plenty of days when my 7 miles kills me. And there's plenty of days (windy wet ones in particular) it's anything but fun. Also I haven't lost any...
06-25-12, 04:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 361
Posted By newkie

Shimano Alfine 8: Broken Axel?

I was doing some work on the bike yesterday and noticed something strange. Although the hub was tight there was lateral movement in the wheel. While eyeing the disc rotor between the pads I could...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-12, 05:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By newkie

Uh oh, Alfine 8 question

Was doing some work on the bike today and noticed something strange. Although the hub was tight there was lateral movement in the wheel. While eyeing the disc rotor between the pads I could wiggle...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-12, 10:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,855
Posted By newkie

I have a fully built up commuter with IGH,...

I have a fully built up commuter with IGH, fenders, 2 stands, ring lock, u-lock. Depending on my route, I have to lift the bike over a chest-high wall. I always notice how heavy the rear is on this...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-12, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,353
Posted By newkie

Another vote for the Ortleib Downtown or similar...

Another vote for the Ortleib Downtown or similar as long as it has the newer QL3 fixings. When you easily lift off your bag everyday you will thank yourself.
...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-12, 03:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,248
Posted By newkie

Not alcoholic? Hmm. Just finished up holidays...

Not alcoholic? Hmm. Just finished up holidays in Spain and one thing you notice is there are lots and lots of good quality and tasty non-alcoholic beers deliciously called Sin Beer.

Actually...
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