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Forum: Commuting
02-21-06, 03:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 781
Posted By 57commuter

Have had the same thing happen here in Canberra,...

Have had the same thing happen here in Canberra, but only on my touring bike that has the mudguard attachments that come out from near the hub, almost straight back to where it attaches to the lowest...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-06, 05:43 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,149
Posted By 57commuter

Nearly hit a Kangaroo this morning. Canberra (Oz)...

Nearly hit a Kangaroo this morning. Canberra (Oz) people will know the glenloch interchange. Just got through the really fast/busy part where you have to concentrate and hang on. Had my head up in...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-06, 03:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 816
Posted By 57commuter

Agree. Someone else on this thread mentioned...

Agree. Someone else on this thread mentioned extreme cold is a problem for the resin. It is also suspect after long periods in sunlight - UV is bad for it. Carbon bikes look nice though.
Forum: Commuting
02-07-06, 10:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,066
Posted By 57commuter

Much better (more comfortable) ride on steel....

Much better (more comfortable) ride on steel. Also find the bottom bracket lasts a lot longer on my steel bike than it did on my Al bike. I know there are lot of factors but IMHO because I'm heavy,...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-06, 01:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 660
Posted By 57commuter

Agree. 18 miles is a long way on a mountainbike....

Agree. 18 miles is a long way on a mountainbike. I commuted for 5000k on mine before I test rode a touring bike. Although I had armadillo road tyres on, they're heavy and I hadn't realised what a...
02-02-06, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 934
Posted By 57commuter

If I hadn't slept through 2 years of economics...

If I hadn't slept through 2 years of economics lectures i might have been able to work it out! I think the short answer is that the exchange rates are set by some arbritrage seeking merchant...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-06, 09:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,734
Posted By 57commuter

Extra years tacked on to the end of your life -...

Extra years tacked on to the end of your life - and not spend them hooked up to a machine - priceless...

I'm with you - I don't think I save any money - I buy too many gadgets for my bike for one...
02-01-06, 08:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 934
Posted By 57commuter

Thanks for all that. Very informative. Like all...

Thanks for all that. Very informative. Like all of us I guess, I've popped a few spokes over the years on ordinary bikes doing not very extraordinary things. I remember reading once, and I can't...
01-31-06, 11:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 934
Posted By 57commuter

Beautiful machine. Are there enough spokes in...

Beautiful machine. Are there enough spokes in the wheels? It seems to have less than my trek touring bike - I thought tandems needed more?
01-14-06, 01:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 673
Posted By 57commuter

Thanks for all that. We are in Australia where...

Thanks for all that. We are in Australia where having ridden 5000k over the last couple of years I've seen 3 or 4 tandems. There just doesn't seem to be that many around. I know putting it...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-12-06, 08:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,118
Posted By 57commuter

Don't know. I ride a trek 520 and it has sticker...

Don't know. I ride a trek 520 and it has sticker on it - Made in Taiwan. Can't fault it though - It's a great bike.
01-12-06, 08:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 673
Posted By 57commuter

What do you think of my Tandem acquisition plan?

I’ve been reading through the comments and the links on these threads – lots of useful advice here – many thanks to the posters.

Our situation is that I ride a lot – wife not so much but loves it....
Forum: Commuting
01-10-06, 08:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,583
Posted By 57commuter

This really good advice. Get a touring bike -...

This really good advice. Get a touring bike - you can go almost anywhere, everyone knows how to work on them, you can upgrade the components as you get richer and you'll still be riding it in 10...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-05, 08:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,049
Posted By 57commuter

Agree with just about everything here. Not sure...

Agree with just about everything here. Not sure it saves me much money - I probably spend a lot more on bikes and gadgets for bikes than the bus would cost me and I run a second car anyway for...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-05, 08:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,223
Posted By 57commuter

This is an interesting thread. I suspect as the...

This is an interesting thread. I suspect as the price of fuel continues to increase - as it surely will - it is something we all might need to consider. I'm lucky enough to be in a reasonably bike...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-05, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 982
Posted By 57commuter

Seems like an excellent system...love the idea of...

Seems like an excellent system...love the idea of worldwide voltage support which they repeat on their website and then ask for no international orders please...!!!!!!
Forum: Commuting
12-19-05, 08:25 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,195
Posted By 57commuter

I go 22 Km each way. Have to start work early and...

I go 22 Km each way. Have to start work early and so I'm pedalling by 6am. In the morning with not much traffic, average about 23 km/h on a standard Trek touring bike. Slower if I use my mountain...
11-08-05, 08:11 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,424
Posted By 57commuter

There are bike shops and there are shops that...

There are bike shops and there are shops that sell bikes. The best bike shop is Bike Culture at the O'Connor shops in the Australian Capital Territory.
Forum: Commuting
11-07-05, 09:44 PM
Replies: 765
Views: 249,262
Posted By 57commuter

This is a great thread. For my 2c worth, always...

This is a great thread. For my 2c worth, always wear some form of eye protection. Some years ago, when young and brave and in twighlight conditions, rode in to some (slow) insects, one of which...
Forum: Commuting
10-30-05, 12:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,460
Posted By 57commuter

I'm with prickly commute. I rode a sort of entry...

I'm with prickly commute. I rode a sort of entry level mtb for about 5000 clicks and it was (and still is) a great bike. But because I'm a fat bastard (95kgs) and carry a bit of gear, I kept blowing...
Forum: Touring
10-19-05, 06:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,009
Posted By 57commuter

Not before time. My LBS owner has been trying to...

Not before time. My LBS owner has been trying to talk me into a LHT for ages, but I could not live with the colour - sage green = yuk!
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