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Forum: Commuting
10-03-10, 08:56 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 5,868
Posted By centexwoody

1. How old are you? 57 2. How far is...

1. How old are you? 57


2. How far is your commute to work? just over 4 miles each way


3. How many days a week do you commute? 4-5


4. Do you commute year around? Not in...
Forum: Southwest
09-02-10, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By centexwoody

I'm MOVING to NorMAN in January and will be...

I'm MOVING to NorMAN in January and will be looking up the Bike League of Norman and others. Hope to have time to ride and hope to find good routes to ride with new friends. Am also a dedicated bike...
09-02-10, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By centexwoody

Good pie is harder to find every year. You could...

Good pie is harder to find every year. You could ask someone to bake you a pie and meet you at the appointed place and hour....?
09-02-10, 07:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,124
Posted By centexwoody

I just put down a deposit for a Hans Schneider...

I just put down a deposit for a Hans Schneider custom steel frame - Hans lives 50 miles away in Huntsville, TX. Have been upsizing 64 cm bikes to the proper 66.5 cm for 5 years and averaging around...
09-02-10, 07:38 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,701
Posted By centexwoody

+ 100 Now have 2 bikes with moustache bars: an...

+ 100 Now have 2 bikes with moustache bars: an Extracycle on a Surly Crosscheck frame and a new 5-spd internal gear runaround bike.
08-24-10, 07:55 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 5,719
Posted By centexwoody

1594 by July 31st. Considering my workload and...

1594 by July 31st. Considering my workload and travel, it's not bad for me. Hope to hit between 2500 and 3000 for the year. Two years ago got to 2650. Last year didn't count but haven't smoked a...
12-17-09, 10:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 581
Posted By centexwoody

Have ridden with them on road bike before I went...

Have ridden with them on road bike before I went clipless and now use them on commuter bike. Very comfortable and pretty efficient as well. You can still fall over if you roll up to a stop and...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-09, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 543
Posted By centexwoody

at least you're back on the road I'm 6'5"...

at least you're back on the road

I'm 6'5" and 235 lbs - kept breaking spokes and finally got a tandem rim put on my back wheel. Haven't had a broken spoke since. We've got terrible potholes and...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-09, 08:12 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,246
Posted By centexwoody

Probably 75% this year. Last year was less...

Probably 75% this year. Last year was less dedicated to commuting so recreational riding proportion was higher. Prefer the trend toward higher percentage of commuting...
Forum: Touring
12-13-09, 05:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,332
Posted By centexwoody

I have 3 bikes with Brooks: an LHT with B...

I have 3 bikes with Brooks:

an LHT with B 17,

a Cross-Check Xtracycle with B 66

a Frankenbike late 60's Raleigh frame with various components with B 17 Narrow.

Think the B 17...
Forum: Touring
12-13-09, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,574
Posted By centexwoody

I own both an LHT and a Cross-Check, both with...

I own both an LHT and a Cross-Check, both with compact double gearing and bar end shifters. My LHT, with drop bars, is definitely more of a road bike that handles even better when loaded for touring...
12-12-09, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By centexwoody

I'm sure she'll enjoy it. An LHT has been my...

I'm sure she'll enjoy it. An LHT has been my primary road bike for 3 years and it has been a wonderful performer for comfort, speed and durability. Not lightweight but strong enough to absorb much...
12-11-09, 07:32 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,542
Posted By centexwoody

Quit smoking, gained 20 pounds and missed my goal...

Quit smoking, gained 20 pounds and missed my goal of 2500 miles for the year.

BUT haven't had a cigarette since July 19th.

Built up a 65 cm Raleigh steel frame as a 3-spd internal hub...
06-21-09, 04:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,367
Posted By centexwoody

I ride with PowerGrips on my commuter bike - have...

I ride with PowerGrips on my commuter bike - have for past 3 years. Love them because I can wear regular work shoes and still have some pull/push while pedaling. Even take a set with me traveling...
Forum: Touring
06-16-09, 03:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By centexwoody

The Brooks is the ONLY saddle I have that is...

The Brooks is the ONLY saddle I have that is comfortable without special shorts or pads, etc. I have it on my commuter and I wear office clothes to ride to work and the Brooks works just fine...
Forum: Touring
06-16-09, 03:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By centexwoody

Yes, I ordered the Proofhide with the saddle. ...

Yes, I ordered the Proofhide with the saddle. Don't know if that's any kind of special mojo stuff but I figured the cost of the saddle was high enough that getting the 'approved' waterproofing was...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-09, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,508
Posted By centexwoody

I seem to remember someone on the forum...

I seem to remember someone on the forum mentioning that the Nashbar moustache bars are a different material than the Nitto and Soma...but maybe that's my faulty memory. I got the Nittos on my...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-09, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 851
Posted By centexwoody

I kept searching the web until I found a Surly...

I kept searching the web until I found a Surly CrossCheck 60 cm used frame from a bike shop owner in the Southeast. Searched for 3 or 4 months until it popped up on a CraigsList advert. Paid $300...
Forum: Touring
06-15-09, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By centexwoody

I didn't think the break-in period was that long...

I didn't think the break-in period was that long or difficult. My commuter bike has a B-17 and it's the best seat I've ever used. My road bike has a Sella Anatomica and it's not comfortable without...
06-15-09, 11:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 688
Posted By centexwoody

I admire your grit to keep riding on home. ...

I admire your grit to keep riding on home.

Here in Bonn, Germany the street car trains (Strassenbahnen) have deep rails cut into the street. Making the turn onto the street where our classes are...
06-15-09, 11:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 530
Posted By centexwoody

Oh, yea, da' harpmon plays it for evening's...

Oh, yea, da' harpmon plays it for evening's soul...

very nice

CW
Forum: Commuting
06-14-09, 09:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,920
Posted By centexwoody

You've got me coming & going. Mine is 4 miles...

You've got me coming & going. Mine is 4 miles each way in flat central Texas with maybe 100 feet of difference up & down. But I commute 9 months of year in office clothes so don't care to sweat them...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-09, 01:55 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,128
Posted By centexwoody

I'm working in Germany this month and there are...

I'm working in Germany this month and there are thousands of commuter cyclists riding around. Every form of commuter bag that can be imagined. What I figured out with my own commute is that I...
06-13-09, 01:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,442
Posted By centexwoody

My wife rides a Specialized Sequoia and loves it....

My wife rides a Specialized Sequoia and loves it. I ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker and at 6'5", I can ride comfortably for 65 or 70 miles and my back doesn't hurt.

One of the suggestions posted...
06-13-09, 01:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,379
Posted By centexwoody

No bike tours yet

I've been a backpacker for years and will do the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in August for the 4th time. But no bike tours yet...my wife is NOT an enthusiastic camper so we've been...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-09, 10:53 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 10,128
Posted By centexwoody

commuter bag

I've used the Arkel commuter bag with its laptop padded pocket. Arkel makes excellent bags and this one works great by just popping it off the rear rack. Not a cheappie, though. Doesn't wobble,...
06-10-09, 12:54 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,176
Posted By centexwoody

car culture is fading to many drivers' chagrin

I'll suggest the book Pedal Power by J. Harry Wray as an interesting perspective on American vehicular driving and the political situation that promotes poor attitudes. Living this month in Germany...
06-10-09, 12:43 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,390
Posted By centexwoody

great fixie

the fixie crowd in Denver / Ft. Collins / Boulder would buy it for the horizontal rear dropouts alone...
Forum: Touring
03-30-09, 04:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By centexwoody

I have size 16 and worried about heel strike on...

I have size 16 and worried about heel strike on my 62 cm Surly LHT. The Old Man Mountain Rack was advertised as the one that held bags farthest back. Not sure if that's actually comparatively true...
Forum: Touring
03-30-09, 04:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,178
Posted By centexwoody

My commuter bike is a Surly Crosscheck with...

My commuter bike is a Surly Crosscheck with Xtracycle attachment and a Brooks B17. My long distance bike is a Surly LHT with a Selle Anatomica. Switched the B17 off the LHT onto the commuter and...
12-17-08, 03:41 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,197
Posted By centexwoody

Surly N

At present, 3:

2003 Giant steel MTB converted to street cruiser
2006 Surly Long Haul Trucker as road bike (rides longer than 15 miles)
2008 Surly CrossCheck with Xtracycle as daily commuter bike...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By centexwoody

think locally, act locally

We are promoting $ 4 million in hike & bike trail monies in our November 4th bond election. $ 3.5 mil in the Transportation category and $ .5 mil under Parks & Rec. Transportation is almost sure to...
08-05-08, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 374
Posted By centexwoody

Shouldn't this be posted to the Commuting Forum? ...

Shouldn't this be posted to the Commuting Forum?

altho the question raised about beginning and ending at the same place is a good one but EVERY commute starts and stops at the same place: ...
08-05-08, 06:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 621
Posted By centexwoody

Contribute $ 25 to get a RED STAR and you'll feel...

Contribute $ 25 to get a RED STAR and you'll feel better about a lot of things and time won't seem to drag as slowly...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-08, 06:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,425
Posted By centexwoody

I just like to ride my bicycle(s). Have been...

I just like to ride my bicycle(s). Have been commuting to work for just over a year. Sometimes it is too hot to commute by bike so I ride in the mornings then drive to work. Just like to ride my...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-08, 06:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,415
Posted By centexwoody

Once it hits 95 during the day here in central...

Once it hits 95 during the day here in central Texas, I limit my riding to BEFORE 9 a.m. So I can take off at 6:30, get 25 miles in, home by 8:15-8:30, shower then drive my car to work. The...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-08, 07:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,389
Posted By centexwoody

You are talking yourself intelligently through...

You are talking yourself intelligently through your present riding paranoia and you CAN do this.

Last summer I was leading a group of American college students on a field trip in Arnheim, NL. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-08, 07:08 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,336
Posted By centexwoody

+ 1 - my flat bars even with bar ends & double...

+ 1 - my flat bars even with bar ends & double wrapping didn't have enough hand positions...

My next commuter I'm going to try moustache bars but if they don't work, I'll go back to the drops.
Forum: Commuting
08-03-08, 07:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,778
Posted By centexwoody

+ 1 that seat rack won't hold much weight & will...

+ 1 that seat rack won't hold much weight & will wiggle/wobble disconcertingly...

but it does look cool - nice bike and great that you've invested in a bike that will make your commuting a...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-08, 04:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,740
Posted By centexwoody

No, all of us who ride through the world on a...

No, all of us who ride through the world on a bike have heightened perceptions, a stronger sense of purpose, greater energy and opinions validated by our experience.

Last week at a going-away...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 12:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,208
Posted By centexwoody

at 45 or 50 you get the body you have - a few...

at 45 or 50 you get the body you have - a few pounds here and there, a few inches around the middle changing maybe, but mostly you are who you are...

I admire their willingness to a) get on their...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By centexwoody

+1 but cyclists can learn to avoid them...

+1 but cyclists can learn to avoid them...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 12:47 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,501
Posted By centexwoody

Aw, get a life, Denver! :D ...I thought being...

Aw, get a life, Denver! :D ...I thought being 65+ meant that you still hardly had (ENOUGH) time (LEFT) to harbor any resentments...maybe you should start your own 65+ thread...;)

cw
07-28-08, 07:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By centexwoody

oh, lawdy, now this is just the kind of info...

oh, lawdy, now this is just the kind of info (especially about the moustache bar) that I needed to know...I can get the bars even with the saddle height (probably) but not having the ends of the bar...
07-28-08, 10:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 18,677
Posted By centexwoody

On these kinds of rides, my experience is that...

On these kinds of rides, my experience is that there is no "keeping up"...everyone rides at their own pace. What DOES happen is that groups of riders tend to ride together, usually because they are...
07-28-08, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By centexwoody

The tech at SpeedGoat said that they would only...

The tech at SpeedGoat said that they would only guarantee that a 700x25 would fit the brake adapter. Good to know that you're using a larger tire. Yes, I think 25's are a bit too narrow for my...
07-28-08, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 18,677
Posted By centexwoody

Sounds pretty good to me. I just rode the Katy...

Sounds pretty good to me. I just rode the Katy Flatland Century on a 56+-mile loop (advertised as 60 miles but it wasn't). Took off at 7:15 am and, with three rest stops for fluid intake and outflow,...
07-28-08, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By centexwoody

I will take the 50+ views with no comments as...

I will take the 50+ views with no comments as silent acquiesence that this rig is gonna work. Your tacit agreement is appreciated.

cw
Forum: Commuting
07-28-08, 09:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,303
Posted By centexwoody

I've used them on my MTB Xtracycle commuter bike...

I've used them on my MTB Xtracycle commuter bike for the past year. Never skinned my shins or stuck myself with them. Mine are relatively generic (SKS or MKS?) big fat black plastic things with short...
07-27-08, 04:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By centexwoody

Shifting the Xtracycle to a larger frame

Perhaps I should post this to the Commuting thread since I never carry more than 30 pounds...but this forum seems to have more 'savvy' on the Xtracycle...


So my 03 Giant 21" MTB steel frame was...
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