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10-27-08, 02:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,459
Posted By gmacdermid

@ Mr Phil - While homeowners may directly pay...

@ Mr Phil - While homeowners may directly pay property taxes, everyone pays these taxes indirectly so everyone who lives and works in the jurisdiction is a taxpayer. (For example, if someone rents...
10-26-08, 05:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By gmacdermid

Urbane Cycle on John St, north of Queen W.

Urbane Cycle on John St, north of Queen W.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 05:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,455
Posted By gmacdermid

I leave the pump strapped onto the rear rack. ...

I leave the pump strapped onto the rear rack. It's not obvious. Through half a year it's still there. It would cost about 8$ to replace. I can deal.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 05:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,594
Posted By gmacdermid

Bungie corded to the rear rack. I have compact...

Bungie corded to the rear rack. I have compact frames and water bottle mounts so the included lock mounts never fit.
Forum: Commuting
10-20-08, 03:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 739
Posted By gmacdermid

I use a New York lock around the front wheel and...

I use a New York lock around the front wheel and frame or an Evolution Mini around the rear wheel through the frame. Either way one wheel is at some risk, but given that I lock and unlock many times...
10-19-08, 12:31 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 12,877
Posted By gmacdermid

I agree with macteacher. Urbane Cycle:...

I agree with macteacher.

Urbane Cycle: interesting bikes, no pressure staff, good variety of accessories, and especially a very accessible parts department. I like that they have components...
10-16-08, 11:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,993
Posted By gmacdermid

Kudos to genec and the Human Car for their...

Kudos to genec and the Human Car for their helpful posts.
10-16-08, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,993
Posted By gmacdermid

What a depressing thread!

What a depressing thread!
Forum: Commuting
10-09-08, 09:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 943
Posted By gmacdermid

Since you are riding 13.6 miles in an hour...

Since you are riding 13.6 miles in an hour consistently in one hour, 13.6 mph would be your average speed including stops.

That seems reasonable to me. When I go on a recreational ride on park...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-08, 07:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,684
Posted By gmacdermid

On my commuter bike, I just use the seat bag to...

On my commuter bike, I just use the seat bag to store the lights and safety vest. I don't carry a repair kit, like I would on my road / touring bike.
10-06-08, 02:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By gmacdermid

That just seems wrong ... taking advantage of the...

That just seems wrong ... taking advantage of the LBS to check out the product hands on and then purchasing on line for the better price.
10-06-08, 02:17 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,486
Posted By gmacdermid

I find blinking lights annoying.

I find blinking lights annoying.
Replies: 66
Views: 6,545
Posted By gmacdermid

It sounds like you like the taste of Rivendell...

It sounds like you like the taste of Rivendell kool-aid better.
10-04-08, 05:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By gmacdermid

I'm curious how they hurt the industry (and which...

I'm curious how they hurt the industry (and which industry).
10-03-08, 03:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By gmacdermid

I generally buy at the LBS or MEC. I like to...

I generally buy at the LBS or MEC. I like to touch the item.
Forum: Touring
10-02-08, 01:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,300
Posted By gmacdermid

I'm with Raybo (#8): I add lube when I can start...

I'm with Raybo (#8): I add lube when I can start to hear the chain, maybe every 100 km or after being out in the rain. I use Pedro's Ice Wax, which seems to be a very light, nonsticky lube.
Forum: Touring
10-01-08, 05:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By gmacdermid

I used the Michelin (1:400,000) maps and found...

I used the Michelin (1:400,000) maps and found them detailed enough for cycling, including elevations of towns and passes, and steep grades.
09-30-08, 03:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,410
Posted By gmacdermid

If the culture is that the pedestrians own the...

If the culture is that the pedestrians own the streets, then I'd be more careful riding in that area. Ride as if you're on a sidewalk.
09-30-08, 03:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,770
Posted By gmacdermid

Some of my friends regularly do the Donut Ride...

Some of my friends regularly do the Donut Ride (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Donut_Ride) ... an unofficial group ride on weekends. It might be a good place to meet other riders.
09-27-08, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,626
Posted By gmacdermid

Urbane Cycle has a good selection of Park Tools.

Urbane Cycle has a good selection of Park Tools.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-08, 12:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By gmacdermid

I went to look for my bike among the 3000...

I went to look for my bike among the 3000 recovered stolen bikes in Toronto this summer. Almost all the bikes were pretty ordinary looking. (I found mine, missing for four years.)

A friend of...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-08, 11:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,001
Posted By gmacdermid

$450 - Main Commuter Bike: 2003 Norco Monterey...

$450 - Main Commuter Bike:
2003 Norco Monterey (discounted old stock)

$220 - Commuter Components:
Rack (MEC), fenders, lock (Kryptonite New York), straps, pannier.

$160 - Repairs and...
09-25-08, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 989
Posted By gmacdermid

The law says you need reflective tape on the...

The law says you need reflective tape on the forks and seat stays. One bike in a hundred (maybe) complies. The chances of being ticketed are quite small.

I would say it's smart to have lights...
09-25-08, 06:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,078
Posted By gmacdermid

Leslie Street Spit during the week

Has anybody ridden on the Leslie Spit (Tommy Thompson Park) in the evening during the week? Officially it's only open weekends, but just wondering if it's accessible or if many people are out there...
Forum: Touring
09-20-08, 04:49 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,673
Posted By gmacdermid

I haven't toured since 1995. This year I bought...

I haven't toured since 1995. This year I bought a touring bike and planned to take some trips but some other stuff came up. I did my first 200km brevet though. Still I enjoy keeping up with the...
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By gmacdermid

I've ridden one brevet and saw quite a variety of...

I've ridden one brevet and saw quite a variety of bikes: racing road bikes, touring road bikes, a hybrid, and a recumbent, so based on that experience I'd say if you have a bike available that can...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 02:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,064
Posted By gmacdermid

A friend of mine had a cat run through and jammed...

A friend of mine had a cat run through and jammed in the spokes (a road bike with wide spoke spacing). It broke the fork (carbon); the cat ran off.
Forum: Commuting
09-18-08, 06:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,596
Posted By gmacdermid

In Toronto, the City now marks the sweet spot for...

In Toronto, the City now marks the sweet spot for bikes to be detected with three painted dots. They seem to work.
09-18-08, 06:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 988
Posted By gmacdermid

I selectively used sidewalks when I was living in...

I selectively used sidewalks when I was living in Downsview attending York. The sidewalks on the main roads (Keele, Finch, Steeles) tend to be empty of pedestrians. I second gcottay in being...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-08, 10:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,517
Posted By gmacdermid

There are a lot of decent LED lights available...

There are a lot of decent LED lights available for much less than 100$ if your aim is to be seen. The more expensive lights will do a better job of lighting up the road in front of you, but for most...
09-16-08, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,973
Posted By gmacdermid

I was just looking at Urbane Cycle's site. They...

I was just looking at Urbane Cycle's site. They seem to have a good selection of fixed / single speed bikes in your price range.
http://www.ucycle.com/products/bikes/single-fixed
Forum: Commuting
09-16-08, 04:25 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,226
Posted By gmacdermid

I've had the lights stolen. Another time the...

I've had the lights stolen. Another time the seat and post stolen (botled, not quick release).

Once, someone stole just the batteries from the light, leaving the light, and stole the seat post...
Forum: Touring
09-15-08, 06:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By gmacdermid

About minimizing climbing, when I toured France...

About minimizing climbing, when I toured France (other parts of western Europe) I had a similar plan, following the Loire Valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon canal, but when I cycled over the...
Replies: 15
Views: 864
Posted By gmacdermid

I did a 200 km ride a few weeks ago with little...

I did a 200 km ride a few weeks ago with little training, just a few longish rides (30 / 70 / 90 km) in the week and a half before. Mainly I wanted to see if any of those rides were too much. I...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-08, 01:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,873
Posted By gmacdermid

I tried them for a couple of days. I had trouble...

I tried them for a couple of days. I had trouble getting into them and didn't feel as comfortable as with the old stand by clips with straps.
Forum: Touring
09-11-08, 06:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,135
Posted By gmacdermid

Mileage: I've aimed for 100 km a day, but found...

Mileage: I've aimed for 100 km a day, but found that 80 km a day (average over all days, riding and resting) has been a good rate for me.
Forum: Touring
09-07-08, 05:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,197
Posted By gmacdermid

Mainly clothes (as the weather got warmer) and...

Mainly clothes (as the weather got warmer) and maps and books (as I moved from one country to another). My friend sent home his aero bars after a month on the road, figuring they weren't really...
Forum: Touring
09-01-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,375
Posted By gmacdermid

The safety hook makes sense to me. Even if the...

The safety hook makes sense to me. Even if the accident is rare, it seems negligent to not address it with a simple device. On most bikes you can remove it if you find it 'inelegant'. On some...
Forum: Touring
08-27-08, 01:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,173
Posted By gmacdermid

Tunnels, and to a lesser degree, major bridges. ...

Tunnels, and to a lesser degree, major bridges. Both mean narrow, probably shoulderless roadway. The tunnel compounds the problem by being dark. Sometimes there's an easy way around, sometimes...
Forum: Touring
08-19-08, 03:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,732
Posted By gmacdermid

Devinci Caribou ...

Devinci Caribou
http://www.devinci.com/11066_an.html
Forum: Touring
07-28-08, 07:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,082
Posted By gmacdermid

I was near the end, maybe another week before...

I was near the end, maybe another week before having to return to school, and my rear rack broke so I decided to call it a tour.
Forum: Touring
05-08-08, 02:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 919
Posted By gmacdermid

In a late August ride from New York to North...

In a late August ride from New York to North Carolina, I went without a sleeping bag without problem.
Forum: Touring
04-20-08, 06:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,249
Posted By gmacdermid

I had snails climbing up the tent walls on a damp...

I had snails climbing up the tent walls on a damp night in southern France.
Forum: Touring
04-17-08, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 905
Posted By gmacdermid

Rack that expands: the one I saw at my LBS had...

Rack that expands: the one I saw at my LBS had racks with hinged 'wings' that extend the top platform or lie flat against the (vertical) supports.
Forum: Touring
03-17-08, 11:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 928
Posted By gmacdermid

Without experience, I did trips of 1000 km and...

Without experience, I did trips of 1000 km and 2000 km one summer and then an 8000 km trip the following summer.

The main thing I learned from the first two trips was not to ride on narrow tires...
Forum: Touring
03-16-08, 02:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,893
Posted By gmacdermid

I began a three-month tour without any heavy...

I began a three-month tour without any heavy training beyond the daily riding around town and managed just fine. We averaged about 100-120 km a day at the start, being in a hurry to get going, but...
Forum: Touring
03-09-08, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,250
Posted By gmacdermid

I had an early flight out of Munich fifteen years...

I had an early flight out of Munich fifteen years ago and slept on a park bench on the grounds (in late June).
Forum: Touring
03-06-08, 06:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 554
Posted By gmacdermid

I took the not-so-easyish route over the...

I took the not-so-easyish route over the Timmelsjoch / Paso del Rambo to the west of the easier Brennerpass when cycling from Italy to Austria many years ago. At that point in the trip, near the end...
Forum: Touring
01-31-08, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By gmacdermid

Devinci makes a touring frame (Caribou) with a...

Devinci makes a touring frame (Caribou) with a disc brake mount that doesn't interfere with the rear rack, although it's behind the seat stay, an extension of the dropout.
...
Forum: Touring
01-31-08, 12:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
Posted By gmacdermid

I found the 1:400000 maps useful as well (e.g....

I found the 1:400000 maps useful as well (e.g. Michelin European country maps). I'll take the ability to have an overview, seeing a few days or weeks cycling on one map, over the detail that comes...
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