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Forum: Commuting
02-21-18, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,577
Posted By Spld cyclist

I've bought both Bessey and HF F-style clamps in...

I've bought both Bessey and HF F-style clamps in the last year, and the Bessey clamps are far better. Particularly the threads and clamp head castings. I'm a woodworker and use my clamps a lot.
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02-06-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 838
Posted By Spld cyclist

Thanks. I think you're right that the controller...

Thanks. I think you're right that the controller circuit is in the light.

I agree that these lights are something of a PIA. I usually use a Serfas True 500+ on my handlebars (very easy on/off)...
02-06-18, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 838
Posted By Spld cyclist

Well, I'm sure the light does alert you via a red...

Well, I'm sure the light does alert you via a red LED, and cuts the output, when the battery pack is low. I guess it will shut the light off entirely at some point, although I haven't ever tested...
02-05-18, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 838
Posted By Spld cyclist

Magicshine clone light/battery pack question

I have a cheap Magicshine clone light. With these lights, is the circuitry that cuts off the light when the battery pack is nearly discharged built into the light itself, or the battery pack? Or...
08-28-16, 07:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 884
Posted By Spld cyclist

Could be that it isn't the original FD for that...

Could be that it isn't the original FD for that bike. Does it shift ok?
05-20-16, 08:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,435
Posted By Spld cyclist

Since no one else has mentioned it, if all else...

Since no one else has mentioned it, if all else fails, try completely eliminating dairy from your diet for a couple of weeks. Lactose intolerance can strike at any point past childhood.

That...
03-22-16, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,014
Posted By Spld cyclist

I haven't checked lately, but IIRC, the only...

I haven't checked lately, but IIRC, the only difference between free and paid versions of Osmand is that the paid version gives you unlimited map downloads. In the US, each state is one map, so if...
03-22-16, 09:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,014
Posted By Spld cyclist

+1. I've used Osmand for bike navigation. I...

+1. I've used Osmand for bike navigation. I generate a route in Mapmyride and download it to the phone. Since the base map is saved on your phone, there is no need to use cell data during the ride...
02-14-16, 09:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 69,352
Posted By Spld cyclist

I know that this is an old thread, but as a...

I know that this is an old thread, but as a testicular cancer survivor.... If you have pain in a testicle, definitely do a self-exam. If anything seems wrong at all, see a doctor. If nothing seems...
02-06-16, 11:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,238
Posted By Spld cyclist

I found these articles to be very interesting: ...

I found these articles to be very interesting:
Whole Health Source: Potatoes and Human Health, Part I (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/09/potatoes-and-human-health-part-i.html)
Whole...
02-06-16, 09:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,238
Posted By Spld cyclist

So what's better from a COST and nutrition...

So what's better from a COST and nutrition standpoint? Sweet potatoes often cost 3-4 times (on a weight basis) the cost of regular potatoes where I shop. Bananas 2-3x, apples 4x, summer and...
02-05-16, 07:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,238
Posted By Spld cyclist

One could argue that on a 3,000 calorie per day...

One could argue that on a 3,000 calorie per day diet, not all your food needs to be nutrient dense. Nevertheless, potatoes are one of the few foods that humans can subsist on exclusively, and stay...
02-04-16, 12:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,238
Posted By Spld cyclist

Focus on potatoes. Lots and lots of potatoes. ...

Focus on potatoes. Lots and lots of potatoes. Actually very healthy and very cheap (10 cents a pound is not unusual in larger bags, and they last for a while if stored properly). Also, look to see...
11-19-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,438
Posted By Spld cyclist

With my lithium ion lights, I've seen about a 15...

With my lithium ion lights, I've seen about a 15 - 20% reduction in runtime between summertime temperatures and below freezing temperatures. These are on-bike times. I haven't really tried running...
11-19-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,438
Posted By Spld cyclist

Will your lights run for 2 hours on the 356 lumen...

Will your lights run for 2 hours on the 356 lumen setting? One solution might be to mount one of the lights on your helmet. A somewhat less-powerful light can be effective if you can point it...
11-13-15, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,353
Posted By Spld cyclist

I think they were $2 or 3 more each a year or so...

I think they were $2 or 3 more each a year or so ago when I bought them. They also sell higher-capacity cells, but I own these so that's what I linked.
11-12-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,353
Posted By Spld cyclist

Protected cells are slightly longer than...

Protected cells are slightly longer than unprotected cells, and may not fit in every device.

In theory, you don't need protected cells if the devices and chargers you use them with have...
11-10-15, 06:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Posted By Spld cyclist

Interesting idea, but I'm thinking I would prefer...

Interesting idea, but I'm thinking I would prefer to buy another reflector in case I decide I don't like the orange peel effect on this light.
11-10-15, 06:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Posted By Spld cyclist

With my light, there is quite a bit of contrast...

With my light, there is quite a bit of contrast between the light and dark areas. But I don't find the hotspot hurts my eyes and I can see a decent amount of road detail in the dark areas. So it...
11-09-15, 08:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Posted By Spld cyclist

It's not awful. It's just that the beam quality...

It's not awful. It's just that the beam quality isn't as good as it could be.

In the super-budget headlight category (I'll arbitrarily set a limit of $20), it's essentially a choice between...
11-08-15, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Posted By Spld cyclist

Anyone tried orange peel reflector for Magicshine clone?

I have a Magicshine clone headlight with a Cree XML emitter: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KUXRAW/ref=rr_xsim_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447029335&sr=0

It's a pretty useful light, and a great value, but I'm...
11-08-15, 05:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 687
Posted By Spld cyclist

I'm not a real expert on these lights and...

I'm not a real expert on these lights and batteries, but I've picked up some knowledge. I've been testing voltages on a weak 4-cell 18650 pack lately, as I try to decide whether I need to replace...
11-08-15, 08:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,687
Posted By Spld cyclist

Are you kidding? It sounds like the driver made...

Are you kidding? It sounds like the driver made an illegal pass and slammed on her brakes. If you cut in front of somebody in that manner, the collision is your fault. No need for the OP to...
11-05-15, 09:02 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,428
Posted By Spld cyclist

+1. I also have 3 bikes with these fenders and...

+1. I also have 3 bikes with these fenders and had no trouble installing them. These are the P__ models. They have been very durable as well. Once I had a Planet Bike fender (Freddy Fenders) get...
11-03-15, 06:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,866
Posted By Spld cyclist

I agree. Despite the difference in pad...

I agree. Despite the difference in pad composition, I find that the pads last thousands of miles anyway - even on my commuter bike that gets ridden in the rain regularly. I rarely ride off-road, so...
11-02-15, 06:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,866
Posted By Spld cyclist

I've had this issue with Shimano pads on at least...

I've had this issue with Shimano pads on at least three bikes over the years. No issues after switching to Kool Stop Salmon pads.
10-27-15, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Spld cyclist

I'm not the OP, but I had a Tektro Oryx brake on...

I'm not the OP, but I had a Tektro Oryx brake on the front of a CX bike and never was able to prevent it from squealing for long. I replaced it with a CR720 and the problem was instantly solved. I...
10-24-15, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,039
Posted By Spld cyclist

That's an idea. It seems like it would be a...

That's an idea. It seems like it would be a little difficult to clamp securely (without popping off at the wrong time), but I can think about it. Maybe I'll make a wooden accessory so there will be...
10-24-15, 07:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,039
Posted By Spld cyclist

SRAM GXP BB tool?

I want to pick up a tool for installing GXP bottom brackets, which have external bearings and require a tool with 44 mm od and 16 splines. The same tools reportedly work for many Shimano external...
09-13-15, 05:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By Spld cyclist

I've never heard that. However, I don't believe...

I've never heard that. However, I don't believe 5 - 10 second stretches are effective for me at all.
09-11-15, 09:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,479
Posted By Spld cyclist

But it's not like you get good light out to 75...

But it's not like you get good light out to 75 feet and then nothing beyond that. My experience has been that when the road is lit up nice and uniformly in front of me, there is still enough light...
09-11-15, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By Spld cyclist

One thing I found is that doctors aren't...

One thing I found is that doctors aren't necessarily very helpful in recovering from these types of injuries, and may actually be almost useless beyond their ability to order x-rays and prescribe...
09-09-15, 06:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By Spld cyclist

Another thing you can do is stretch your quads...

Another thing you can do is stretch your quads and hamstrings and see if that helps. I find that can make that sense of tension, or even incipient pain, in my tendons go away. I hold each stretch...
09-05-15, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By Spld cyclist

I was just thinking that I have a 9-speed Tiagra...

I was just thinking that I have a 9-speed Tiagra triple FD in the parts box. I could throw it on there temporarily, and see if it works any better (perhaps revealing if the present FD is the...
09-04-15, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By Spld cyclist

I can check that. I'm thinking the bolt holes on...

I can check that. I'm thinking the bolt holes on chainring were countersunk so that I couldn't screw it up (I'm sure the large chainring does have them, can't quite remember if the small one does. ...
09-04-15, 04:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By Spld cyclist

Previously better than that other company, now...

Previously better than that other company, now worse. :(
09-03-15, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By Spld cyclist

SRAM Apex FD woes

I'm having a situation where I can't find a combination of FD position and cable adjustment that results in good shifting. In a nutshell, how well it shifts depends on the rear cog position. If the...
08-18-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,656
Posted By Spld cyclist

I don't disagree, but brake pads are definitely...

I don't disagree, but brake pads are definitely an exception to this rule. Spending say $20 - 25 for two sets of upgraded brake pads is easily worth it, in my opinion. If OP had spent an extra $25...
08-18-15, 07:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,270
Posted By Spld cyclist

It should work that way in theory, but it doesn't...

It should work that way in theory, but it doesn't always for me. I think the problem comes when the situation calls for quite a bit of toe-in. Of course you can use a spacer under the plow tip to...
08-15-15, 05:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,270
Posted By Spld cyclist

I haven't found that Kool Stop pads are worse for...

I haven't found that Kool Stop pads are worse for screeching than other pads, except I've had a little trouble with the Mountain Pads. I think maybe because they're so long and perhaps more apt to...
08-05-15, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,030
Posted By Spld cyclist

The most recent spoke broke off at the head, and...

The most recent spoke broke off at the head, and IIRC, the other two did as well.

Does Dan's Comp have 700C spoke sizes even though it's a BMX shop? $0.40 each seems like a really good price....
08-04-15, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,030
Posted By Spld cyclist

Replace 1 spoke or all of them?

I have a rear wheel with about 5,200 miles on it. Used for commuting and recreational riding. Me + bike + maximum commuting gear/crap probably never exceeded 225 lb or so.

It has 36 2.0 mm...
08-04-15, 05:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 708
Posted By Spld cyclist

Thanks for all the advice. I think I'm going to...

Thanks for all the advice. I think I'm going to go a bit above my price range and buy a Cane Creek 40 Series. Currently $43 on Amazon. It appears that the cartridge bearings are fairly...
08-04-15, 03:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 708
Posted By Spld cyclist

It's a mixed bag. I swore off the nearest LBS a...

It's a mixed bag. I swore off the nearest LBS a few years ago when I finally concluded that I was a better mechanic than theirs. And I'm not saying I'm good, just that he was very bad. Enough time...
08-04-15, 07:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,732
Posted By Spld cyclist

Can't tell from the pic. Is that a replaceable...

Can't tell from the pic. Is that a replaceable derailleur hanger or is it actually part of the frame? Is it a steel frame?

This incident could have been caused by a badly adjusted derailleur...
08-03-15, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 708
Posted By Spld cyclist

Recommend a basic headset and save me from analysis paralysis?

I'm building up a bike for the first time, although I've done a bunch of maintenance over the years. I need to choose a headset, but despite reading a bunch of user review I'm not sure of the...
08-01-15, 08:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,063
Posted By Spld cyclist

Potatoes. I can find them as cheap as $0.10 per...

Potatoes. I can find them as cheap as $0.10 per pound at the local produce store. Usually fairly affordable even at the regular store.
07-29-15, 11:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 726
Posted By Spld cyclist

It looks like a nice frame, and all of the parts...

It looks like a nice frame, and all of the parts you need are available at reasonable cost. So if you have enough of a sense that it's the right size, then go for it.
07-29-15, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 726
Posted By Spld cyclist

I would keep looking for other bikes with similar...

I would keep looking for other bikes with similar size/geometry that you can borrow or just try out. Although, that Marin does look like it has a much longer head tube than mountain bikes I have...
07-24-15, 01:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,570
Posted By Spld cyclist

Aside from rust and abuse, I think the main thing...

Aside from rust and abuse, I think the main thing affecting the longevity of a steel frame will be the quality of the welds. And that's a hit or miss thing, depending on the skill of the welder and...
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