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Forum: Framebuilders
07-27-14, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,447
Posted By Steele-Bike

The loss of Tom Teesdale will be felt for a long...

The loss of Tom Teesdale will be felt for a long time. There is no doubt his frames and his skills will be cherished for years to come.

Tom lived only three blocks from me in West Branch, IA. I...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-14, 01:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,375
Posted By Steele-Bike

I bought the Viscacha last summer and find it...

I bought the Viscacha last summer and find it quite useful. Since I do not tour, I removed my beefy touring rack and have saved a bit of weight. Another Revelate product that I could not live...
08-13-12, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By Steele-Bike

I ride with... Planet Bike Superflash ...

I ride with...
Planet Bike Superflash
http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3034.html
and
Reelight SL500
http://shop.reelight.com/bicycle-lights/15-sl500---for-seat-stay/
and
Reflective triangle...
08-13-12, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By Steele-Bike

One of the County Supervisors I talked to said...

One of the County Supervisors I talked to said the Sheriff told them he didn't have the manpower to patrol our part of the county very often. So, speed control is out of the question as far as I can...
08-13-12, 03:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By Steele-Bike

Flashing Sign to Alert Motorists of Bicyclists on Roadway

The 8 mile-long county road that leads from my small town over to the "big city" was slated for reconstruction starting next year, but funding for the project has been eliminated. I have discussed...
Forum: Introductions
08-13-12, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By Steele-Bike

Steele-Bike Revisiting

I was active on this site until about 7 years ago - but, then got married, had kids, moved to a cycle-unfriendly small, rural town. Nonetheless, I've continued to cycle the nearby hilly,...
08-04-09, 12:09 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,631
Posted By Steele-Bike

I just signed the anti-car petition....

I just signed the anti-car petition. (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-sharing-iowa-fm-roads)
Wait a minute! I need to drive on these roads to get to work. Maybe we could just share the road....
09-25-08, 09:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By Steele-Bike

I suppose I should have posted this in the...

I suppose I should have posted this in the Mechanics Forum. Please someone post to tell me I am an ignorant newbie and that I should have been born with such knowledge (no, please don't - I have...
09-24-08, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By Steele-Bike

Singlespeed Build Issue

I recently acquired a singlespeed built from a hybrid. It uses the Performance Bike singlespeed conversion kit and is running on the stock triple chainring. My question...I believe this bike is a...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-08, 07:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 660
Posted By Steele-Bike

Commuter hits bear

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/odd_bicyclist_vs_bear;_ylt=An2D6Px2eamBVIHBRxo2AY8DW7oF
Commuter hits bear story. Several years ago I had a deer run along side me, but that's about as close I have come...
09-09-08, 08:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 870
Posted By Steele-Bike

Why are all those hippies sitting around watching...

Why are all those hippies sitting around watching the Darth Vader Convention?
09-03-08, 09:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,446
Posted By Steele-Bike

The daily RAGBRAI count is usually between...

The daily RAGBRAI count is usually between 15-20,000 riders. Only 10,000 of those riders are registered (signed waiver), so signing a waiver shouldn't put the counties entirely at ease.

I like...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-08, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By Steele-Bike

I can't believe I just spent 8 minutes and 2...

I can't believe I just spent 8 minutes and 2 seconds of my life watching that, but it sure was, um...interesting. One thing I have to say - at least that guy is not a weight weenie.
08-30-08, 12:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 992
Posted By Steele-Bike

Update: I have noticed my neighbor hasn't been...

Update:
I have noticed my neighbor hasn't been home in a few weeks, so I checked the online court records. It turns out he was charged in two different counties as the wreck was in one county and...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-08, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 282
Posted By Steele-Bike

Buy new bike for parts?

I recently acquired a 2000 Specialized rigid 21 speed MTB (missing many parts) and want to build it up into a commuter/light touring bike. I have been looking for a used bike to strip, but no luck,...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 09:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,290
Posted By Steele-Bike

That's been the problem with road rage - being in...

That's been the problem with road rage - being in a steel cage gives the driver a sense of being anonymous. It would be much like if everyone at the grocery store walked around with paper sacks on...
08-14-08, 08:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,679
Posted By Steele-Bike

I recall my parents making my brother and I use...

I recall my parents making my brother and I use flags when we would ride our bikes outside of town. I also recall taking said flags off and ditching them in the bushes until we came back into town....
08-14-08, 07:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 992
Posted By Steele-Bike

Where's the justice?

A little over a year ago my 40 year old neighbor was arrested for 3rd offense drunk driving, hit and run, open container and assault on a police officer. The disappointing thing is that this guy is...
02-04-08, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 554
Posted By Steele-Bike

His last post was just last night. What a guy. ...

His last post was just last night. What a guy.

Ride on, Sheldon, ride on.
02-04-08, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
Posted By Steele-Bike

Thanks Retro, I'll start watching for some deals.

Thanks Retro, I'll start watching for some deals.
02-03-08, 10:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
Posted By Steele-Bike

OK, I finally made it out to the frozen waste...

OK, I finally made it out to the frozen waste land that I call my garage.

The bike has a Shimano C101 shifter/brake lever combo unit and the derailleur says Shimano C101. I am not familiar with...
01-30-08, 11:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
Posted By Steele-Bike

I'll have a look when I get home. I am replacing...

I'll have a look when I get home. I am replacing the handlebar to a trekking bar, so everythings coming off anyways. I only rode the bike around the block this Fall before hanging it in the garage,...
01-30-08, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
Posted By Steele-Bike

The bike is a late 90's Specialized Expedition. ...

The bike is a late 90's Specialized Expedition. The shifting is the reversed spring type (you twist the opposite way). I have heard it is easier for beginners to shift this way. I am not sure on...
01-30-08, 09:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
Posted By Steele-Bike

Upgrading derailleur

I recently acquired an older Specialized MTB that has the reverse shifting (gripshift) that is often found on entry level bikes. I'm switching the derailleurs, but I assume I will also need to...
09-07-07, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By Steele-Bike

Recently, a local motorcyclist (helmet-less) was...

Recently, a local motorcyclist (helmet-less) was killed when a semi pulled out in fron to of him. This prompted the newspaper to write an editorial supporting mandatory helmet laws. Evidently, the...
09-06-07, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 915
Posted By Steele-Bike

I am thinking this wasn't the first time this guy...

I am thinking this wasn't the first time this guy had drove drunk since is last arrest. Obviously, his friends and family would have been aware that he had an alcohol problem.

The other day I was...
09-03-07, 05:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,200
Posted By Steele-Bike

Let me sum up this Netherlands disagreement. ...

Let me sum up this Netherlands disagreement.

Cycling is like beer. There are good beers and there are crappy beers. But, any beer is better than a glass of milk.

If I had any choice in...
09-02-07, 07:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,200
Posted By Steele-Bike

Where are all the obese people? Does...

Where are all the obese people?

Does activity = health?

Hmmm, I might be on to something here...
08-25-07, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By Steele-Bike

What's the ETA on the 2008 models? I have had my...

What's the ETA on the 2008 models? I have had my eye on a Jake for a while now. The Tiagra upgrade may be just enough to get me to buy one.
Forum: Touring
03-15-07, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,309
Posted By Steele-Bike

I have bar ends, and they do help a lot with hand...

I have bar ends, and they do help a lot with hand numbness. I just thought maybe an additional bar would help relieve tired hands.

Good point on the control issue. I have never tried aerobars,...
Forum: Touring
03-15-07, 06:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,309
Posted By Steele-Bike

Aerobars for Touring

This summer I plan on doing a little state-wide tour called Ragbrai. With my only bike being a hardtail mountain bike, I will likely pull a BOB and add some aerobars for hand positions. My...
10-28-06, 08:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By Steele-Bike

Now that I have moved to a small town (pop....

Now that I have moved to a small town (pop. 2000), the majority of the cyclists I see are the few kids that bike to school. I would be the town's eldest cyclist if it weren't for the aging gentleman...
07-30-06, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By Steele-Bike

My Day with RAGBRAI

After months of planning on riding the last day of RAGBRAI, my plans were squashed by an illness. But, I was not too bummed, because the ride was going right in front of my house. How many times do...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-06, 01:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 813
Posted By Steele-Bike

Back Road Commutes

Now that I live out of town and am going to try out the gravel roads into work, I was wondering who else has a back/off road commute.

I look forward to the loose gravel, mean farm dogs and mud...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-06, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Steele-Bike

I haven't given them a try, yet. The road in...

I haven't given them a try, yet. The road in question just got a fresh layer of gravel, so it looks pretty loose right now. I suppose I will just keep the 26x1.5" Armadillos on there and see how...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-06, 07:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By Steele-Bike

And now...Tire Selection

With my new graveled bike commute, I am in the market for some new tires. I currently use 1.5" Specialized Armidillos, but I am thinking maybe they won't handle well on the 8 miles of gravel. So,...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-06, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Steele-Bike

The hills of the Midwest are more annoying than...

The hills of the Midwest are more annoying than anything. Up for a 1/8 mile and back down (repeat 100 times and I'm at work). Not much of a workout, just dizzying.

I think I am going to try out...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-06, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Steele-Bike

I go from West Branch to N. Dodge St in Iowa...

I go from West Branch to N. Dodge St in Iowa City. Nothing but gravel, farmers and hogs out this way.
Forum: Commuting
05-05-06, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Steele-Bike

Oddly enough, the interstate would be the safest...

Oddly enough, the interstate would be the safest most direct route, although illegal. What's the difference getting hit by a car going 70 compared to 55...not much.

And yes, Iowa is hilly. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-06, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Steele-Bike

Which Route...?

The major road construction that I have endured for the past two years is coming to an end. But now that I have bought a house in a nearby town I have to leave the nice, new wide road behind. This...
01-27-06, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By Steele-Bike

No, it was so... 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977,...

No, it was so...
1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,...
01-05-06, 01:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,161
Posted By Steele-Bike

There have actually been bear sightings in Iowa...

There have actually been bear sightings in Iowa in recent years...mountain lions, too. I reckon the hogs outta watch out.

How about hugging a bear in traffic?
01-05-06, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 841
Posted By Steele-Bike

Off topic...I want to know how you took the two...

Off topic...I want to know how you took the two photos of the bus. I have this image of you standing on the bridge...click, spin, click. :)
Forum: Commuting
01-05-06, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By Steele-Bike

Sorry to hear you are off-duty, too. Keep up...

Sorry to hear you are off-duty, too. Keep up with the rehab and you will be back in no time.

The nearest other road is about 5 miles out of the way and this is the road that intersects the...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-06, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By Steele-Bike

This sidewalk will be 8 feet wide and will go for...

This sidewalk will be 8 feet wide and will go for two miles with only one intersection. There is nothing residential or commercial within a mile of said sidewalk. I would never cycle on an urban...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-06, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By Steele-Bike

No Commuting Makes Steele-Bike...Something, Something

The two miles of highway between home and work have been torn up for construction since last winter. This means, that due to a pre-dawn commute with no shoulder and a 45 mile speed limit, I have not...
01-04-06, 09:49 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,058
Posted By Steele-Bike

When I was growing up in Ohio Amish country, my...

When I was growing up in Ohio Amish country, my parents would tell me that Amish people did not believe in cars. I took this to mean they could not see cars. I was a confused child.

Now, I live...
Forum: Recumbent
12-30-05, 01:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,720
Posted By Steele-Bike

Accessories... http://hostelshoppe.com/

Accessories...

http://hostelshoppe.com/
Forum: Foo
12-30-05, 01:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,086
Posted By Steele-Bike

Trumpet Piano (not play exacatly, just know...

Trumpet
Piano (not play exacatly, just know the keys)
Guitar
and most recently, the Nose Flute (http://www.sillyasstoys.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=82)
12-30-05, 09:27 AM
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