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Posted By MerckxMad

For some of us, that time is spent raising kids,...

For some of us, that time is spent raising kids, maintaining our homes, and socializing. Helping your kid with 6th grade arithmetic can eat up a good portion of those 50+ hours you've calculated as...
10-27-11, 10:20 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 32,307
Posted By MerckxMad

You, sir, have exquisite taste. I took delivery...

You, sir, have exquisite taste. I took delivery of my Country Clubman a couple of months ago. It took some time to sort out a dodgy rear wheel issue, but now everything is grand. I did upgrade the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-11, 05:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,220
Posted By MerckxMad

20 something bikes

1 less garage bay
1/2 less shed
1 very understanding wife
2 kids ready for trade school
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-11, 09:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,127
Posted By MerckxMad

Not a bad deal

The Alu Sprint does not have the retro goodness of EM's steel bikes, or the sublime feel of his scandium alloyed alu frames, but for $400-500, you can't go too wrong. The frameset is light and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-11, 07:19 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 4,268
Posted By MerckxMad

I just picked a name out of the phonebook and...

I just picked a name out of the phonebook and tacked on a "mad".
06-21-11, 02:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,231
Posted By MerckxMad

Sorted

Turn the LHT from a "loaded rando" into the true loaded tourer it was meant to be, sell your 620 to someone who knows what to do with it, and scratch your "sport tourer" itch with one of these...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By MerckxMad

Need more info

There's nothing tricky about the design of the Dew Drop or its wheelset, but without more info, it's hard to diagnose your problem.

It could be that you're not seating the tire's wire bead in...
06-19-11, 07:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 758
Posted By MerckxMad

Sounds right

I just bought a complete bike from a shop in the UK. Fedex charged nearly $200 for delivery and clearing customs. Very dear, if I do say so.
06-10-11, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By MerckxMad

Thanks folks

Didn't know how the C&V gang would receive a faux classic. In any event, it rides like a dream, and stands next to my '86 Bottecchia, '94 Merckx TSX, and '86 Paramount over in the C&V portion of the...
06-10-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By MerckxMad

A brand new good old fashioned country bike

I just got this in the mail.
Okay, not in the mail, but delivered from the UK. I've been turned off by the fit, feel, cost and marketing hype of the latest and greatest carbon fiber race machines...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-11, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By MerckxMad

Flahutes ride bikes with DT shifters.

Flahutes ride bikes with DT shifters.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-11, 01:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By MerckxMad

I just got this in the mail.

Okay, not in the mail, but delivered from the UK. I've been turned off by the fit, feel, cost and marketing hype of the latest and greatest carbon fiber race machines (being that I do not race...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-11, 11:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 23,957
Posted By MerckxMad

You realize that if you cut the steerer tube...

You realize that if you cut the steerer tube extension flush with the top of the stem you eliminate further adjustability and a segment of the buying market when you inevitably decide to sell the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,659
Posted By MerckxMad

Take up ping pong.

Take up ping pong.
Replies: 23
Views: 5,970
Posted By MerckxMad

So far, so good.

I swapped out my Nitto rack for the VO with integrated decaluer on my Kogswell P/R. At first, it looked a little goofy because the tangs stick up pretty far. Once I put my VO bag on, everything fit...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-10, 12:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 790
Posted By MerckxMad

Been there. Done that.

I took out the extracter when it was clear that it would not budge the fixing bolt. I then used a 8mm head attached to a 10" socket handle attached to a 3' cheater bar while my buddy steadied the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-10, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By MerckxMad

Ugh, and they come in threes

Same thing happened to me on my commute into work this morning. The second time in two weeks. This time it was 1" nail that went right through my Conti Gatorskins rear tire. Since I was only a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-10, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By MerckxMad

My experience

I used Riv's geo chart as a starting point. According to Riv's chart, I should be on 59 Bleriot. I went with a 57 to keep the TT on the shorter side, and it fits like a glove. Riv's ST...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-10, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By MerckxMad

That is awesome! You may have to replace your...

That is awesome! You may have to replace your fillings after riding it, but it's a blast of adrenaline.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-10, 11:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,305
Posted By MerckxMad

Everyone should own an orange bike at some point...

Everyone should own an orange bike at some point in their lives, especially so if it's lugged and the lugs are chromed. Except for the twonky 1" JIS headset, the Kapu is a sweet build. Room for...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-10, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,213
Posted By MerckxMad

The Team SC is a blast to ride. The tube walls...

The Team SC is a blast to ride. The tube walls are about as thick as a beer can and I'm certain it's out of warranty by now so be careful clamping it in a stand/rack. Otherwise, it's a real shot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-10, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 584
Posted By MerckxMad

Tour of the Hamptons

Today, my friends and I drove out to the east end of Long Island for the Tour of the Hamptons. 75 miles on the rando bike, 3 PBJ sandwiches, and no flats. Awesome ride past two of the best beaches...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-10, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 536
Posted By MerckxMad

Why not just buy the B17 Imperial? The're going...

Why not just buy the B17 Imperial? The're going for @$145, and sounds like you've already spent that much experimenting.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-10, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By MerckxMad

Get a real real rear blinkie like the PB Super...

Get a real real rear blinkie like the PB Super Flash. The bar end lights are a waste since the tiny LEDs are more often than not blocked by your body.
Forum: Commuting
08-10-10, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By MerckxMad

Oh, they broke my heart. I'm a big Kona fan...

Oh, they broke my heart. I'm a big Kona fan (Dew, Dew Drop, Kapu, Paddy Wagon, ***** Tonk, Jake and a King Zing...yeah, I know, it's a sickness) and was sad to see their road and asphalt line-ups...
Replies: 42
Views: 10,670
Posted By MerckxMad

I got tired of waiting for the VO version of the...

I got tired of waiting for the VO version of the compact double. I bought their polished Sugino Alpina, which is by far the nicest piece of bling to adorn my Kogswell P/R.
Replies: 3
Views: 420
Posted By MerckxMad

For-aft adjustment of the VO saddle is affected...

For-aft adjustment of the VO saddle is affected more by the setback of the seatpost than the length of the rails. The rails are a bit longer because they are more squared off at the rear and they...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-10, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 480
Posted By MerckxMad

You're running low spoke count wheels on an AL...

You're running low spoke count wheels on an AL frame. Not exactly a recipe for comfort. You might want to consider running 25mm tires pumped up to @100 psi. I'm the same build as you and the first...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-10, 06:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 808
Posted By MerckxMad

Tegaderm

I tried Tegaderm patches, but found them to be a real PITA. I was never sure about when to change them out and when I did, they stuck to the remaining skin making removal a new experience in pain. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-10, 10:04 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,947
Posted By MerckxMad

+1 for the 2009 Kona Dew Drop. There are still...

+1 for the 2009 Kona Dew Drop. There are still a few out there to be had. It is a real trooper of commuter or enduro bike. Throw on a pair of fenders and rack from Planet Bike, and you're all...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-10, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By MerckxMad

Check out Planetbike's VersaDisc rack. It's...

Check out Planetbike's VersaDisc rack. It's light, mounts easy and costs about $35.
Forum: Commuting
03-29-10, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,350
Posted By MerckxMad

Stop! Do yourself a favor and check out the Kona...

Stop! Do yourself a favor and check out the Kona Dew Drop. It's a real hidden gem of a commuter (especially if you can find a 2009), and it comes with multiple hand positions! Your wrists and back...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-10, 04:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By MerckxMad

A wider tire is not necessarily a slower tire. ...

A wider tire is not necessarily a slower tire. Increased tire drop means a larger contact patch, but not necessarily greater resistance. Generally, wider tires with greater drop and larger contact...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-10, 11:41 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,143
Posted By MerckxMad

If you want a Rivendell just because it says...

If you want a Rivendell just because it says Rivendell on the downtube and you buy into Peterson's hokey marketing, then save your pennies and get a Rivendell. If you want a lugged steel sport...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-10, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By MerckxMad

Mavic Open Pros 26 hole laced to DA, or even...

Mavic Open Pros 26 hole laced to DA, or even better, Record hubs. Use the savings to buy Belgian beer.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 565
Posted By MerckxMad

Building from scratch=tons more fun and...

Building from scratch=tons more fun and satisfying.
Buying complete=cheaper and more convenient.
Forum: Commuting
03-15-10, 02:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,646
Posted By MerckxMad

Your taliking about a 2-2.5 hr commute assuming...

Your taliking about a 2-2.5 hr commute assuming you ride at moderate pace over mostly flat or gently rolling terrain in good weather. Way too long for a regular round trip commute, IMHO. I would...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-10, 01:11 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,631
Posted By MerckxMad

In my little piece of surburbia, school buses...

In my little piece of surburbia, school buses tend to scare me the most. There are a lot of them out immediately prior to rush hour which just happens to be when I'm commuting by bike. I think that...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-10, 04:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,052
Posted By MerckxMad

Yeah, this one needs a little work. It appears...

Yeah, this one needs a little work. It appears to route you onto secondary roads, but that's about as complex as it gets. The roads it suggested to me are death traps. With a little bit of playing...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-10, 03:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,503
Posted By MerckxMad

The PB Cascadia is super wide in an almost...

The PB Cascadia is super wide in an almost Frankenbike sort of way. For the Cassaroll, I recommend either hammered Honjos or Velo Orange stainless steel.
Forum: Commuting
03-08-10, 12:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,255
Posted By MerckxMad

I'm not talking just about speed. I'm talking...

I'm not talking just about speed. I'm talking about comfort and fit. Rolling along on mile after mile of pavement in that sit up-and-beg position just stinks. When I switched from my Dew to the...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-10, 07:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,255
Posted By MerckxMad

I'm with the OP. Commuting on an MTB sucks eggs....

I'm with the OP. Commuting on an MTB sucks eggs. The weight, the knobbies, the upright position, the flat bars...feh. If that's all you got, then god bless. Me, I'd take a road bike with square...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-10, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 612
Posted By MerckxMad

I did the same today, but on Long Island. Same...

I did the same today, but on Long Island. Same ocean, different bike. Great ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-10, 03:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,819
Posted By MerckxMad

Look for the word "fitted" on the label.

Look for the word "fitted" on the label.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-10, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,686
Posted By MerckxMad

Take the bike. It's an awesome machine. If it...

Take the bike. It's an awesome machine. If it fits and you ride it, you will get value for your barter.
Forum: Commuting
02-27-10, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,067
Posted By MerckxMad

Try Pearl Izumi booties. They make a rubberized...

Try Pearl Izumi booties. They make a rubberized bootie that fits pretty tight at the ankle and waterproof.
Forum: Commuting
02-24-10, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 858
Posted By MerckxMad

Planet bike Freddy Fenders at 45mm fit just fine...

Planet bike Freddy Fenders at 45mm fit just fine and give good coverage. Easy to install and quiet.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-10, 07:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 488
Posted By MerckxMad

I picked up a '09 Dew Drop for cheap. Aluminum...

I picked up a '09 Dew Drop for cheap. Aluminum MTB frame, drop bars, 37 mm tires and disk brakes. The bikes begs to be ridden through all sorts of slop.
Forum: Commuting
02-21-10, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,086
Posted By MerckxMad

Nitto Randos are too narrow for me, especially...

Nitto Randos are too narrow for me, especially off the pavement. I've just bought Salsa Woodchippers for my allroad ride. Nice and wide on top and flared in the drops.
02-16-10, 04:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,662
Posted By MerckxMad

My problem with fenders was not changing flats,...

My problem with fenders was not changing flats, but flipping the wheel around for SS/FG depending on my route (I live in a generally flat area, but next to a hilly golf course). I broke down and...
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