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Forum: Commuting
01-31-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,467
Posted By ratell

The jagwire are good, but swisstop metallic are...

The jagwire are good, but swisstop metallic are even better. They are also twice as much, but if I can find them they feel worth it.

Rob
Forum: Commuting
09-25-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 811
Posted By ratell

Just give showers pass all your money.:) I love...

Just give showers pass all your money.:) I love my showers pass jacket and rain pants. I wear them basically all winter in Portland. Underneath I wear various layers of wool shirts. A wool beanie...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-18, 02:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,391
Posted By ratell

I used booties for years. They're kind of...

I used booties for years. They're kind of annoying and would basically last a year or maybe two. Shelling out $40-$60 a year was getting old and given that my Sidi shoes are on year 9 I bought a...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-16, 01:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,268
Posted By ratell

Contact Sugar Wheel Works....

Contact Sugar Wheel Works. https://sugarwheelworks.com/
They are the ultimate wheel geeks and will help you figure out exactly what you want...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-16, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By ratell

I would post your question on the...

I would post your question on the BikePortland.org Forums. There's probably volunteers there...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-16, 09:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,681
Posted By ratell

I agree with waiting to see. There's some Sheldon...

I agree with waiting to see. There's some Sheldon brown quote saying something about the only ruined brooks he has seen were from over tightening.
02-15-16, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By ratell

I have been very happy with the hy rd's. I can't...

I have been very happy with the hy rd's. I can't imagine needing more brake, so not sure how full hydraulic would be worth it. Of course I've never used full hydraulic...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-15, 11:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,031
Posted By ratell

I've been commuting around 60 miles a week for 8...

I've been commuting around 60 miles a week for 8 years now and my experience is soreness comes and goes though there's really two issues: pain and soreness.

Pain or muscle stiffness: is directly...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-15, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,002
Posted By ratell

Anyone have experience with probikekit? They have...

Anyone have experience with probikekit? They have a 105 groupset for less than $400 which could make building viable. The also have a set with wheels for around $800.
Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-15, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 766
Posted By ratell

If you want an easy second opinion you could use...

If you want an easy second opinion you could use Universal Cycles wheel builder app to get a quote. Universal Cycles -- Custom Wheelset Builder (http://www.universalcycles.com/wheelkit.php)
Forum: Commuting
05-08-15, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,270
Posted By ratell

I've used the plastic half clips Amazon.com :...

I've used the plastic half clips
Amazon.com : Zefal "Cristophe" Mountain Bicycle Half Toe Clip : Mini Toe Clips : Sports & Outdoors...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-15, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,426
Posted By ratell

I've been happy with pitlocks. It's nice that you...

I've been happy with pitlocks. It's nice that you can order additional ones with your keycode and have them all be the same key.
Forum: Commuting
04-17-15, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 855
Posted By ratell

The problem is you never know... I end up using...

The problem is you never know...
I end up using schwalbe marathons because with everything else whenever I get a flat I keep thinking, "Darn it if I'd had Marathons I wouldn't have to do this". Now,...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-15, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By ratell

I like the Pearl Izumi WXB Barrier shoe covers. I...

I like the Pearl Izumi WXB Barrier shoe covers. I currently have a pair of Endura's which are also good though they don't fit my shoes as well as the Pearl Izumi's did.
Forum: Commuting
03-19-15, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,831
Posted By ratell

The PDW basket claims it fits between drop...

The PDW basket claims it fits between drop bars...
https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/cargo/takeout-basket
Forum: Commuting
03-12-15, 04:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,826
Posted By ratell

Take her to clever cycles on Hawthorne Clever...

Take her to clever cycles on Hawthorne Clever Cycles | Brompton folding bicycles, cargo bikes, family transport (http://clevercycles.com/). They carry the Breezer uptown and some similar bikes. If...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-15, 05:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,489
Posted By ratell

If you have the option of a local builder. Go...

If you have the option of a local builder. Go with that! It's just cool to sit down with someone and talk about what you want and have them build you a bike versus getting something that rolls off a...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-15, 10:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,840
Posted By ratell

You are, however, probably spraying anybody who...

You are, however, probably spraying anybody who has the misfortune to ride behind you. You should get fenders...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-15, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,190
Posted By ratell

If you really like the Marin talk to the store...

If you really like the Marin talk to the store and see if they'll tune it up better and have you do another test ride. My guess is it's an adjustment issue (SRAM Apex tends to get good reviews). If...
Forum: Commuting
01-21-15, 01:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,590
Posted By ratell

I've used powergrips and they are pretty good....

I've used powergrips and they are pretty good. The only downside I had was if your foot doesn't go in right it's very hard to correct by feel, so you have to look down and figure out what the problem...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-15, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By ratell

I tried commuting that day and ended up Hopping...

I tried commuting that day and ended up Hopping on the Bus Gus... It was too much fun for me.
Forum: Commuting
11-13-14, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By ratell

Solar Freaking Roadways Solar Roadways -...

Solar Freaking Roadways
Solar Roadways - Introduction (http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml)
They drive forklifts on them!:)
Forum: Commuting
11-12-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,355
Posted By ratell

Knickers are awesome for cycling. I tell people...

Knickers are awesome for cycling. I tell people that I moved to Portland and now I wear capri pants and carry a purse (because my briefcase is small enough to fit in my pannier). You'll get used to...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-14, 12:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,455
Posted By ratell

Changing a tire in the dark cold rain on the side...

Changing a tire in the dark cold rain on the side of the road is the most miserable I've been commuting to work. I carry all I need to either patch or replace both tubes, but my first thought is any...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 857
Posted By ratell

The being stiff I wouldn't worry about. My...

The being stiff I wouldn't worry about. My experience is that waterproof zippers are always stiff. Getting stuck or zipper failure is a problem to worry about. Why not just buy it from somewhere that...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-14, 08:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,236
Posted By ratell

I'm a fan of the Novara Headwind pants. The block...

I'm a fan of the Novara Headwind pants. The block the wind on the front but are breathable on the back. That with some kind of a coat with a wool baselayer should be fine for DC. A wool beanie under...
Forum: Commuting
10-30-14, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,630
Posted By ratell

I am also a big fan of the Marathon supremes or...

I am also a big fan of the Marathon supremes or pluses. If you want a cheaper option the panaracer pasela with tourguard is a great tire. It's faster feeling than the marathons, but not as good flat...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-14, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,885
Posted By ratell

Look at the math: Therapy components...

Look at the math:

Therapy components conversion package with the converter, two wheels fork and two brakes cost $809.00
Therapy Components (http://shop.therapycomponents.com/main.sc)

Now on...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-14, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,885
Posted By ratell

My bike needed new wheels, so I took the...

My bike needed new wheels, so I took the opportunity to get a new fork and put a disc brake on the front. Even doing that was more because I'm attached to my bike. From a purely rational viewpoint I...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-14, 01:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,043
Posted By ratell

This is from the FAQ on Helmets.org. Seems...

This is from the FAQ on Helmets.org. Seems reasonable:

An honest manufacturer: METThe Italian company MET says in their 2010 catalog (http://www.met-helmets.com/home.jsp?idrub=2192):

"We are...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-14, 03:56 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 6,519
Posted By ratell

I don't think clipless is silly for four miles. I...

I don't think clipless is silly for four miles. I actually think if the reason you are clipless is performance it is silly to use them for commuting at all. That said I use spd pedals commuting...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,834
Posted By ratell

This is my approach. If I get a second flat in a...

This is my approach. If I get a second flat in a 2-3 week period I replace the tire.
Usually works out to about once a year, but a lot of it's dumb luck.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,965
Posted By ratell

In Portland we don't usually have rain when it's...

In Portland we don't usually have rain when it's over 60. It's definitely the case that in temps that warm the rain coat is going to be too warm. I find the showers pass coat works great with temps...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-14, 02:23 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,965
Posted By ratell

I agree with Matimeo. Here in the northwest you...

I agree with Matimeo. Here in the northwest you are going to have months of cold rain (the coldest I've been was 45 degrees and raining). It's worth investing in rain gear if you plan to commute year...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-14, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,154
Posted By ratell

Sugar Wheel Works | Handbuilt Bicycle Wheels...

Sugar Wheel Works | Handbuilt Bicycle Wheels (http://www.sugarwheelworks.com/)

Give em a call. They'll give advice and build whatever you want...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-14, 09:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,646
Posted By ratell

Rain Jacket- I love my showers pass. Everyone in...

Rain Jacket- I love my showers pass. Everyone in Portland is wearing one. Mine is 5 years old and still going strong.
Rain pants. I have showers pass pants and Novara rain paints. The showers pass...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-14, 04:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,049
Posted By ratell

I had a two year run where I was replacing a...

I had a two year run where I was replacing a bottom bracket a year (around 2500 miles and a shimano UN type). The current one is going on two years and still fine. It's not clear to me what was...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-14, 06:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,055
Posted By ratell

The tricross is a great bike, but if you are...

The tricross is a great bike, but if you are going to spend $999 on something that could last your lifetime you should get something you think is freaking beautiful.
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,899
Posted By ratell

I've used them both back to back on my bike and...

I've used them both back to back on my bike and noticed no difference.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By ratell

381877The manual shows you how: TEKTRO BRAKE...

381877The manual shows you how:
TEKTRO BRAKE SYSTEMS (http://www.tektro.com/_english/01_products/01_prodetail.php?pid=67&sortname=Lever&sort=1&fid=3)
Forum: Commuting
05-15-14, 09:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,465
Posted By ratell

Good Luck! I have one suggestion. Don't be...

Good Luck!
I have one suggestion. Don't be afraid to get off the bike and rest in the beginning. Within two weeks you won't have to stop anymore. I have what's really a pretty small hill on my way...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,209
Posted By ratell

Actual data on helmets is crazy. There's actually...

Actual data on helmets is crazy. There's actually several studies that essentially argue that bike helmets are a waste of time (the number of wrecks where the helmet makes a difference is really...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-14, 09:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,754
Posted By ratell

I'll echo what tsl said. Rim brakes are great...

I'll echo what tsl said. Rim brakes are great most of the time and if you don't ride in bad weather probably all you need. For me it only took one time in the pouring rain when no one can really see...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,287
Posted By ratell

I think the Verita is an awesome bike and woud go...

I think the Verita is an awesome bike and woud go with that if it were me. For you, I would recommend ride them both and by the one that feels better.
Forum: Commuting
03-14-14, 02:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,492
Posted By ratell

It's a great light! When it's darker I like the...

It's a great light! When it's darker I like the steadypulse mode. Gives you the advantages of a solid light and flashing in one.
Forum: Commuting
03-11-14, 04:38 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,818
Posted By ratell

I do run fenders...

I do run fenders...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-14, 02:37 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,818
Posted By ratell

This is what the mechanics always say. I...

This is what the mechanics always say. I actually clean my rims weekly and still had them wear down in a year. If it really takes daily cleaning I'd rather run disc brakes and not need to clean...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-14, 02:35 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,818
Posted By ratell

Actually the VA, but same area...

Actually the VA, but same area...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-14, 12:46 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,818
Posted By ratell

I work on top of a hill and ride in the portland...

I work on top of a hill and ride in the portland rain which is probably why I burn through rims. I was having to replace rims annually which is what prompted me to get a disc brake (I do the disc in...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-14, 04:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,298
Posted By ratell

I've been really happy with the cygolite Metro...

I've been really happy with the cygolite Metro and hotshot. The metro is very bright (I have the 420 that's now 500 lumens) and the hotshot is crazy bright. I've had people in cars compliment me on...
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