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Forum: Commuting
12-28-10, 09:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,070
Posted By sswartzl

Found one

Interestingly, though, I was still subscribed to the thread from way way back :)

I ended up using the accessory case available from Timbuk2. It's not really sealed or anything, but I've gone...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-08, 09:27 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 11,158
Posted By sswartzl

Move to PA. :) PA vehicle code, section...

Move to PA. :)

PA vehicle code, section 3505 (http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/vehicle_code/chapter35.pdf), paragraph e:
(e) Limitation on riding abreast.--Persons riding pedalcycles upon a...
05-30-08, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By sswartzl

I've been looking at that light, but have seen...

I've been looking at that light, but have seen reports/reviews that take issue with the mount. They report that it tends to not hold the light in place very well when you hit bumps, sometimes making...
05-30-08, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,206
Posted By sswartzl

Is the issue with Google maps or with the script...

Is the issue with Google maps or with the script injected into the page when you use GM2GPX? I'm thinking if you put some Javascript together that implements the same transform as the sed script,...
05-30-08, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By sswartzl

Garmin has beta versions of its mapping software...

Garmin has beta versions of its mapping software for the Mac. It's freely downloadable from their site. My experience has been uneven, but it is beta software, so that's to be expected. They do...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-08, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 659
Posted By sswartzl

I live in Pittsburgh, bike commute 12 miles each...

I live in Pittsburgh, bike commute 12 miles each way every day, and have had quite a different experience from many of the comments here. The hostility level is pretty low for me, the ride is...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-08, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By sswartzl

A guy at the LBS told me the 540s can be rebuilt....

A guy at the LBS told me the 540s can be rebuilt. Not really sure if it's true, as I've never tried it. I got them at that time mainly because I was getting a new bike, one of my others has 540s,...
11-30-07, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 772
Posted By sswartzl

I'm starting my third winter with the...

I'm starting my third winter with the Hakkawhatever 106's, no complaints so far and no trouble with wear. They work great for dealing with black ice, which was the reason I purchased them, since...
11-08-07, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 722
Posted By sswartzl

I "fixed" my rack with that new bumper recently,...

I "fixed" my rack with that new bumper recently, and now the thing is very difficult to fold all the way down. The bumper takes up too much of the space.

I may just pull it off and only put it...
08-08-07, 07:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,212
Posted By sswartzl

On the steepest hill I've ever climbed, I was in...

On the steepest hill I've ever climbed, I was in 30x25, standing, pulling on the handlebars for all I was worth, thanking God I had a triple crankset for those Pittsburgh hills, and made it to the...
07-05-07, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 970
Posted By sswartzl

Bamboo bike

Looks like an interesting project (http://duck-rabbit.ldeo.columbia.edu/bamboo/Home.html).
07-05-07, 12:59 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 13,317
Posted By sswartzl

...you periodically glance left when you're...

...you periodically glance left when you're walking and wonder why you can't see behind you.

I do this all the time.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-07, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By sswartzl

Since you're looking for something more for...

Since you're looking for something more for fitness than speed, you might want to consider Lemond as well.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-07, 04:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 960
Posted By sswartzl

Commuting so far for this year: Jan - 442 Feb...

Commuting so far for this year:
Jan - 442
Feb - 257
Mar - 445
Apr - 187 (very few days in the office that month)
May - 444

I set no goals for commuting. Mileage is simply 23.35 * <# of days...
05-29-07, 04:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 468
Posted By sswartzl

Laws to make things "safer for drivers"

It's cars vs. trucks on the PA turnpike, but it's an interesting new take on "sharing" the road:

Pa. Senator Wants Separate Laws For Truck Drivers On Turnpike...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-07, 02:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,485
Posted By sswartzl

One thing to consider is whether you'll need to...

One thing to consider is whether you'll need to deal with ice and snow. If you live in an area that gets icy and you'll want a bike that also works in the winter, you'll want to consider studded...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-07, 01:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 848
Posted By sswartzl

Also, unless you have a real secure parking...

Also, unless you have a real secure parking facility, don't ride the carbon dura-ace bike. Get something cheaper that would hurt less if lost to some lowlife thief.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-07, 01:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 848
Posted By sswartzl

I keep my dress shoes at work - too cumbersome to...

I keep my dress shoes at work - too cumbersome to carry all the time. I've had good luck with just rolling up the clothes and putting them in a messenger bag. Fold the shirt and roll it, then fold...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-07, 01:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,851
Posted By sswartzl

Anything self-cleaning would be good. Also,...

Anything self-cleaning would be good.

Also, a space-time distortion field generator to create unlimited storage space. You could have every possible tool, item of clothing, food, etc. immediately...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-07, 01:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,516
Posted By sswartzl

I had hamstring tendonitis a couple years ago...

I had hamstring tendonitis a couple years ago after an unfortunate flirtation with running. It kept me off my bike for a month. It probably would have been less serious, had I not insisted on...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-07, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By sswartzl

I had that diagnosis last year. And yes, I was...

I had that diagnosis last year. And yes, I was rather happy to get it, given that the other option was a torn meniscus. 6-8 sessions of PT to strengthen the inner quad, plus a few days of walking...
05-13-07, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By sswartzl

I have a Polar F6. I got it in late 2005, so...

I have a Polar F6. I got it in late 2005, so yours might be a bit different, but I don't see a way to track time in multiple manually-defined zones during a single session. It lets you set a target...
05-12-07, 08:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 922
Posted By sswartzl

This...

This (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Long-Distance-Cycling-Confidence/dp/1579541992/ref=sr_1_1/002-1681299-1866415?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179022615&sr=8-1) has lots of good tips for training for a...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-07, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By sswartzl

Interesting label on a car

On the way home from work today, I turned onto a residential street, and had to slow down to avoid a car that was trying to turn around. As it turned and headed off, I noticed a large decal on the...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-07, 04:57 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,400
Posted By sswartzl

42 mph on a nice downhill stretch of new asphalt.

42 mph on a nice downhill stretch of new asphalt.
05-08-07, 04:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,175
Posted By sswartzl

I also use the Garmin eTrex Legend Cx. Garmin...

I also use the Garmin eTrex Legend Cx. Garmin makes handlebar brackets in two sizes. My hybrid uses the smaller one, the road bike needs the larger one. I sometimes map out routes on the computer...
05-04-07, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 667
Posted By sswartzl

This looks like it might fit the bill: ...

This looks like it might fit the bill:
http://www.schwalbe.com/gbl/en/bicycle/on_tour/produktgruppe/produkt/?ID_Einsatzbereich=2&ID_Produktgruppe=24&ID_Produkt=66&ID_Artikel=297&info=1
05-04-07, 08:08 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,335
Posted By sswartzl

Commute speed (comfort or hybrid bike) averages...

Commute speed (comfort or hybrid bike) averages around 13-14 mph
Fun rides on the road bike average 15-16 mph

Terrain in both cases includes a collection of those fine Pittsburgh hills.
04-25-07, 05:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 568
Posted By sswartzl

Have you considered a hitch rack? I recently had...

Have you considered a hitch rack? I recently had my car (Chevy Malibu) outfitted with a class 2 hitch just so I could transport three bikes from Pittsburgh to Hilton Head for a vacation. UHaul put...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-07, 08:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,025
Posted By sswartzl

Getting doored by a moving car

This occurred a few weeks ago: I'm on the commute home, and glancing in my mirror while approaching a intersection I see a car coming up behind me, positioned to pass by me on the left. Nothing...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-07, 07:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 787
Posted By sswartzl

For my commute I have yet to meet a temperature...

For my commute I have yet to meet a temperature that is too cold. So far the lowest was 0F, with -16F wind chill.

For recreational riding, my cutoff is right about what's described in the OP. As...
03-30-07, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 531
Posted By sswartzl

I had IT band syndrome last year. It started...

I had IT band syndrome last year. It started with minor pain on the outside of my left knee. As I continued to ride it felt like someone was stabbing my knee with a screwdriver. Ice and NSAIDs...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-07, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,707
Posted By sswartzl

In PA it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk in a...

In PA it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk in a "business district." I have yet to see the legal definition of "business district," though, and there's certainly no signage delineating such places.
Forum: Commuting
03-15-07, 04:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 675
Posted By sswartzl

+1. Those are excellent commuting pedals. I...

+1.

Those are excellent commuting pedals. I only go with the platforms when it's too cold for clipless, which for me is somewhere around 24F.
Forum: Commuting
03-15-07, 04:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,797
Posted By sswartzl

My employer installed a bike rack in the...

My employer installed a bike rack in the company's loading dock. It's not really installed in exactly the right place (can't line up the rear wheel with the rack), but since it's about 20 feet in...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-07, 04:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By sswartzl

The studs never come off my commuter until at...

The studs never come off my commuter until at least April. Of course, now that I've set up my hybrid as a commuter as well, I can pick and choose a bike for the day. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-07, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By sswartzl

I'd pay attention to the amount of float they...

I'd pay attention to the amount of float they have in comparison to your current pedals. If you've got some float now and you "upgrade" to something without, the fit may be wrong and you could end...
03-11-07, 06:56 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,699
Posted By sswartzl

Ya gotta have a kickstand

It's true. The stock Navigator lacks a kickstand. It was the first thing I added when I bought it to be my primary commuter.

Then recently, when showing off my first road bike (2007 Lemond...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-07, 09:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,517
Posted By sswartzl

I was a little leery of road saddles in general,...

I was a little leery of road saddles in general, but the one on the Lemond was more comfortable than I expected. We'll see how it goes.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-07, 07:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,517
Posted By sswartzl

My first road bike (pics)

I just picked up a 2007 Lemond Buenos Aires, my first road bike. I got to test ride it in the rather chilly temps on Saturday (around 34F). I was surprised at how smooth the ride was, even when I...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-07, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,310
Posted By sswartzl

Oh, and note that if you're planning on using the...

Oh, and note that if you're planning on using the REI "20% off item item" member discount, it only applies to Novara and K2 bikes. Others are excluded.
Forum: Commuting
03-01-07, 05:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,310
Posted By sswartzl

I'm currently looking for a new commuter, and...

I'm currently looking for a new commuter, and that Marin looks like a good candidate. Have you considered the Novara Buzz Bike? I saw it at the REI site as well.
02-26-07, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 860
Posted By sswartzl

Thanks for the ideas. I tried xlrogue's idea,...

Thanks for the ideas. I tried xlrogue's idea, and the spring seems OK. There was a good amount of resistance to move to the big ring, but it just won't spring back without help. I never considered...
02-25-07, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 860
Posted By sswartzl

Clean front derailleur?

I've been having trouble recently with a FD that will not shift to smaller chainrings. Shifting up is OK, with the cable pulling on it, but the spring is not pulling the cage back for a downshift.
...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-07, 11:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,117
Posted By sswartzl

Something I've not seen mentioned yet is the...

Something I've not seen mentioned yet is the importance of getting your cleats positioned correctly. Without clipless, your feet will maintain a natural position. When you're clipped in, if your...
02-17-07, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By sswartzl

Check your cleat adjustment, especially the...

Check your cleat adjustment, especially the rotation.
02-17-07, 09:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,129
Posted By sswartzl

I was surprised that in PA you can ride two...

I was surprised that in PA you can ride two abreast. Also, sidewalk riding is legal except in a business district, though pedestrians have right of way.
02-17-07, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 653
Posted By sswartzl

A "Comfort" bike is basically a mountain-style...

A "Comfort" bike is basically a mountain-style bike (heavy frame, wide tires, flat handlebars, etc.) designed for a very upright riding position, usually with a well-padded saddle and often a...
02-17-07, 08:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,709
Posted By sswartzl

Someone attempted to steal my seat once. They...

Someone attempted to steal my seat once. They tried to just pull out the whole seatpost and were foiled by the cable lock threaded through the saddle, around the bike, front wheel, and bike rack,...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-07, 08:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,173
Posted By sswartzl

Timbuk2 laptop messenger bag (basically their...

Timbuk2 laptop messenger bag (basically their medium-side messenger bag with an integrated padded compartment). Works great for my 12-mile (one way) commute. I've even had a couple falls recently...
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