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Forum: Commuting
02-14-17, 03:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,343
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Fresh air, being outside, feeling the seasons...

Fresh air, being outside, feeling the seasons change, watching the night fall, exercise, pollution-free commute. Biggest problem drivers who hassle me. Still a few folks behind the wheel who think...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-17, 03:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,176
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

USB confusion

I like the look of that light, but ... all my lights charge with a micro-USB (at least, I think that's what they are ... no labels or such). I'm trying to keep all my lights using one cable on my...
01-27-17, 03:20 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 8,764
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

When you say On your left, I find that many...

When you say On your left, I find that many pedestrians will obligingly move to THEIR left, which defeats the purpose of the warning. I agree ... It just doesn't work with pedestrians. I call...
01-24-17, 02:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,466
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I ride a LeMond Zurich, circa 2001. 853 Reynolds...

I ride a LeMond Zurich, circa 2001. 853 Reynolds steel with a carbon fork. This bike rides like a dream. Things got dreamier when I sold off the low-spoke Rolf wheels to me, they rolled like...
04-12-16, 02:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,823
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

There are good bike shops in Tallahassee (which...

There are good bike shops in Tallahassee (which is hilly she'll need gears).

University Cycles is close by, with good prices.

There is also a bike co-op that can help her put together a...
11-19-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

What does "protection" mean with 18650 cells? ...

What does "protection" mean with 18650 cells?

And is that accomplished with the extra bulge at the top? Some of my batteries have that, others have just a button on the plus end, like you see on...
11-18-15, 02:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Ha! That one's sold out. Go figure. You...

Ha! That one's sold out. Go figure.

You know, I looked at one of the flashlight forums, and ... too deep for me. I just need a short course.

I looked for a C-8, per recommendation, but lots of...
11-17-15, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I got that ... my other bike has a generator hub...

I got that ... my other bike has a generator hub and a high-quality (Edelux) light. On this bike, I've been happy with the flashlight, plus I can use it for ... a flashlight. So while I may go with a...
11-17-15, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

This flashlight uses a 18650 lithium battery, and...

This flashlight uses a 18650 lithium battery, and I'm looking for a light that uses those same cells.
11-17-15, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

LED flashlights ... school me

I use an LED flashlight for my bike light. The one I have I got cheap from Amazon or maybe that slow-boat import business in Taiwan (I have two of these, similar but not exactly the same).
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Forum: Commuting
08-10-15, 02:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,116
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I ride a LeMond Zurich ... made with 853...

I ride a LeMond Zurich ... made with 853 Reynolds. Came with bone-hard Rolf wheels. When I sold those and got some standard wheels, the ride suddenly turned ... dreamy.

I commute on this bike most...
08-10-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,379
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Halo is the best, in my experience. That...

Halo is the best, in my experience.

That said, when I lost my Halo, I went to the bike shop to get another and ... none in stock. I got a Headsweats, and it has worked fine.

I live in Humidity,...
08-10-15, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,124
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I use the same mount that aipenquin and sknhgy...

I use the same mount that aipenquin and sknhgy use. I've found it easy to mount, and I've had no trouble removing the flashlight for charging batteries.

I've used it for years, and I've never had...
07-17-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Thanks, hartsu. That's what I was looking for.

Thanks, hartsu. That's what I was looking for.
Forum: Commuting
07-15-15, 12:43 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,524
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

You may want to check around to be sure the...

You may want to check around to be sure the building doesn't have a shower hidden somewhere. I've found them, with some help from office old-timers, in unexpected places. It seems most modern...
07-15-15, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Alfine 11 little cable bolt

Need some help with the cable on my Alfine 11 speed hub ...

Cable bolt slipped, so I need to attach it ... but in the right place.

Can't find the Shimano document used to set it up, and for...
06-04-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,447
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

To paraphrase George Carlin ... Dogs are decent...

To paraphrase George Carlin ... Dogs are decent people.

I've never felt the need to go at one with a knife Who rides with a knife? You could put your eye out! or anything else, other than some...
06-04-15, 02:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,067
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I'm waiting for the belt that has a quick-connect...

I'm waiting for the belt that has a quick-connect link of some kind.

Would it take a giant trick of engineering to design one?

I don't think so.

This would remove the need for a tricky frame...
01-15-15, 02:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,164
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I felt a big difference going to 25s. Most people...

I felt a big difference going to 25s. Most people do.

Smoother ride, more comfortable ride. You'll enjoy it.

After riding 25s for a few years, I upgraded — I now ride 28s.
Forum: Commuting
12-29-14, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,853
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Shimano made a number of changes when it...

Shimano made a number of changes when it redesigned the Alfine 8-speed into an 11-speed hub.

Oil lubrication, instead of grease, is the big one, but the one that mattered most to me (other than...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-14, 07:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,853
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Changing the cog was easy, but the first time I...

Changing the cog was easy, but the first time I struggled with the lock ring.

To remove it, I used a special tool. I dug into my toolbox, way down deep, to get a lock-ring tool I needed to repair...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-14, 07:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,853
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Alfine internal gear hub change the cog to move the gears lower

I ride a bike with an internal-gear hub, as some of you might do, on my commutes. The hub a Shimano Alfine works well. The gearing, however, is too high.

I spend little time in the top gears...
05-15-14, 02:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,074
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

OK, I have to brag. I had a local builder make my...

OK, I have to brag. I had a local builder make my commuter bike, and he hid the wires in the tubes for the front rack and rear rack and the tubes of the frame itself.

He also built in mounts for...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-14, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,081
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I have a double with a hard-to-pronounce name...

I have a double with a hard-to-pronounce name (sorry, don't have the bike with me and can't remember).

It works well. Can't be beat when loading the bike with groceries.
05-15-14, 01:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,571
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

What would be the appropriate flux? I've...

What would be the appropriate flux?

I've soldered wires for electrical connections, but flux has always been a mystery to me.
05-05-14, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,571
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Glad I asked! Yes, I only use stainless...

Glad I asked!

Yes, I only use stainless steel cables, unless I forget or unless the shop is out.

I thought it was tricky, but didn't know it was this tricky.

Think I'll take a pass on the...
05-05-14, 11:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,571
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Soldering ends of shift & brake cables

I've got a soldering tool, and I've soldered a few things over the years. No expert, but can do.

So, what do I need to get a good job soldering the ends of my shift and brake cables?
Forum: Commuting
04-04-14, 11:13 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,121
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I've flipped off drivers in the past, but I...

I've flipped off drivers in the past, but I refrain from doing so now.

What Mr. IGH said: "Flipping the bird doesn't make me more relaxed or happier, it just escalates the situation."

Plus, my...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-14, 11:00 AM
Forum: Commuting
04-03-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,010
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Good for your city. You might want to...

Good for your city.

You might want to reconsider, though, the "separate" part.

I'm a fan of bike lanes, and I work with my local governments to have bike lanes included on new roads and...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

The HubBub and the Monkey Mirror (the MM seems to...

The HubBub and the Monkey Mirror (the MM seems to be the same concept) look interesting, as does the Safe Zone.

I see that the Safe Zone is big — does that bother anyone?

Third Eye — this may...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,751
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

There are a lot of good panniers out there, so...

There are a lot of good panniers out there, so you are likely to be happy with whatever you choose.

I use the Ortlieb panniers, the Backroller Classic...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-14, 09:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Lost my mirror recommend a replacement

Lost my mirror (a Take-A-Look) on the ride to work this morning (heavy fog, so I took off my glasses, with mirror attached, and put them in a jersey pocket; when I got to the office pocket produced...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 01:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,428
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I tried some 25s on a whim one year, and I never...

I tried some 25s on a whim one year, and I never went back to 23s.

I like the feel on the road, the added durability, the option of dialing down the pressure.

Let's just call them "God's gift...
03-17-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,809
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

That photo suggests that the beam has been...

That photo suggests that the beam has been rendered much wider.

I wonder if Schmidty amped-up the light itself — is it brighter and wider, or just wider?

I don't need a beam that wide — at...
03-14-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,809
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Edelux, 2nd generation

I have a Schmidt Edelux light on my bike (this is a dynamo-powered light made in Germany).

Oh, man, what a great light it is.

I read recently that Schmidt was coming out with a new version,...
03-14-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,896
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Not $20, but close, at $24 ... CatEye Reflex...

Not $20, but close, at $24 ... CatEye Reflex AutoAmazon.com: CatEye Reflex Auto Bicycle Rear Safety Light TL-LD570-R: Sports & Outdoors (http://amzn.com/B003WCFJZE) ... and free prime shipping, if...
02-24-14, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,367
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Hey, dabac, what is "die-drawn" cable?

Hey, dabac, what is "die-drawn" cable?
Forum: Commuting
12-23-13, 09:23 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,131
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

The first time I put 25mm tires on my road bike I...

The first time I put 25mm tires on my road bike I was surprised. It made a big difference, especially on the commute (compared to weekend rides on country roads).

City streets have a lot of edges....
12-22-13, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,460
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

UPDATE — I tried the zap, using a razor blade I...

UPDATE — I tried the zap, using a razor blade I had in the shop to connect the positive ends of two batteries in the charger (charger is a LaCross BC-700, and it was plugged in).

One battery was...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-13, 01:47 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,634
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Parking is, of course, is a real advantage over...

Parking is, of course, is a real advantage over those not blessed by the bicycle habit.

In my case, I "park" my bike at the back door of our offices, in a covered porch. Out of sight, out of the...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-13, 01:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,739
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I once entered a small roundabout and got behind...

I once entered a small roundabout and got behind a slow-moving car leaving the roundabout.

We both took the same exit.

The driver, apparently confused and looking for a way to move into a gas...
12-17-13, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,460
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I'll try the overnight trick and see if that...

I'll try the overnight trick and see if that takes.

I'll by a dumb charger, if they still make those, if I have to, but would prefer to avoid yet another battery investment.

The paper-clip zap...
12-12-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,460
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

...placing the battery in a dumb charger for a...

...placing the battery in a dumb charger for a couple of hours will bring the battery up to the proper threshold.

Bummer, since I bought the smart charger because my dumb charger died!
Forum: Commuting
12-09-13, 02:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,875
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

I just got a taillight from CatEye that is a good...

I just got a taillight from CatEye that is a good size, about 2 inches by 4 inches.

CatEye calls it a Reflex Auto. Reflex, in that the light is also a reflector (a rear reflector is required in my...
12-09-13, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,460
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Charger reads "Null" what can do?

I have a small number of batteries that when I put them in my charger (forget the name, but a smart one) it reads "Null," and it won't charge the cells.

Once, I got the charger to wake up and...
11-25-13, 09:15 AM
Replies: 0
Fox
Views: 348
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Fox

When I was a kid, my mother gave a Sears knockoff of the Schwinn Stingray. This was around 1966-69, I can't recall exactly.

That bike I think Sears called it the Spyder was a beast. Yes, it...
11-13-13, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,129
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Well, looks like I came to the right place — who...

Well, looks like I came to the right place — who knew Bikeforums would be the font of all knowledge on ferrules.

The cable housing, when I pulled it out, was showing the wire wrap — it definitely...
11-11-13, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,129
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

Alfine hub - Versa 8 shifter a most curious problem

I run a Shimano Alfine internal gear hub on my commuter bike, and I use Versa 8 shifters (road-bike style shifters for drop bars).

The shifters have worked fine for about two years. Recently,...
10-25-13, 02:09 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,606
Posted By SlimAgainSoon

On the "shaped light" question, my headlamp is...

On the "shaped light" question, my headlamp is such. There is very little light that spills outside the square shape.

It makes for an effective light.

I remember that when I was shopping for...
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