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Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 02:33 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,186
Posted By realityinabox

I'll tolerate rain if it is over 45 degrees out. ...

I'll tolerate rain if it is over 45 degrees out. Otherwise, it is just cold, miserable and not worth the effort. It's going to be a soggy ride home, but it's also 59 degrees out right now.

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Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,296
Posted By realityinabox

Check, check, and check... I have a chain...

Check, check, and check... I have a chain checker tool, but if I follow that stupid thing, I'd be changing the chain every 200 miles.
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 09:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,296
Posted By realityinabox

I wasn't shifting, but I had shifted up 2-3...

I wasn't shifting, but I had shifted up 2-3 seconds prior. The area that I fell has about 50 yards of decline, followed by 50-100 yard of incline. I was feeling feisty this morning, so I shifted...
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 08:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,296
Posted By realityinabox

I replaced both the cassette and chain in late...

I replaced both the cassette and chain in late May. According to Endomondo, I've only put on about 1500 miles since then. Seems way too soon to have worn them out.
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 07:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,296
Posted By realityinabox

Wiped out this morning after a chain slip... What causes this?

There is a portion of my ride that has a moderately steep incline over maybe 100 yards. I was powering up it this morning and my chain slipped. It must have been mid stroke, because both my foot...
Forum: Commuting
12-22-15, 11:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,188
Posted By realityinabox

After a month of 45 degree weather while riding around on studded tires...

...I'm ready for a second set of wheels. I only have one bike, and it seems a lot easier to swap out a wheel set than to change the tires. I can probably get a used set of wheels from my local bike...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 09:25 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,433
Posted By realityinabox

Woah, that tail light looks awesome! Thanks for...

Woah, that tail light looks awesome! Thanks for the link.
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 09:06 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,433
Posted By realityinabox

It's about a half hour each way. The lights I...

It's about a half hour each way. The lights I have now would be fine if I charged them every day or two, but in general it is better to do a full discharge/charge cycle on li-ion batteries. So, I'm...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 07:45 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,433
Posted By realityinabox

SO sick my lights dying mid-ride. Can I get some advice/recommendations on dynohubs?

I have some of those super bright LEDs with li-ion batteries that you can get off Amazon for quite cheap...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-15, 06:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By realityinabox

I came across those, but their website won't load...

I came across those, but their website won't load for me :(
Forum: Commuting
10-20-15, 01:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By realityinabox

Did you even read the original post?

Did you even read the original post?
Forum: Commuting
10-20-15, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By realityinabox

Bar mitts that work in the drops?

I have heard people talk about how awesome bar mitts are during winter commutes. I primarily ride in the drops, and this becomes doubly important to me during the winter, as I feel much more stable...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-15, 11:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,981
Posted By realityinabox

Does anyone weight train and commute?

I'm planning to start doing Stronglifts 5x5 in the next few days. It recommends little to no cardio so you can focus on lifting. I don't really want to give up commuting for all the obvious reasons...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-15, 09:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,601
Posted By realityinabox

Tell that to the ice last November when I wiped...

Tell that to the ice last November when I wiped out due to not having studs. I promptly got some 45NRTH Gravdals and had an awesome winter of commuting.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,061
Posted By realityinabox

I had a pretty good streak going this summer of...

I had a pretty good streak going this summer of cleaning my chain then having it rain the next day. I thought about offering my services to CA. They pay me to ride around and I'll provide rain by...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-15, 12:55 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 24,861
Posted By realityinabox

You have safety in numbers. Most mornings I'm...

You have safety in numbers. Most mornings I'm lucky to see a single other cyclist out. I'll stick with the flashies and yellow hi-vis.
Forum: Commuting
09-14-15, 08:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 859
Posted By realityinabox

I don't know about more or less, but I do know...

I don't know about more or less, but I do know that when I walk long distances I constantly wish I were coasting instead.
Forum: Commuting
09-14-15, 08:03 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,531
Posted By realityinabox

I have bar-end mirrors on my drops. They aren't...

I have bar-end mirrors on my drops. They aren't very useful, since I have to drop my head to see them, and they don't provide a very wide field of view. They are a pain to get set in the right...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-15, 07:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,624
Posted By realityinabox

You might find this interesting. He has a number...

You might find this interesting. He has a number of bike related articles.

The True Cost of Commuting (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/06/the-true-cost-of-commuting/)
Forum: Commuting
07-28-15, 01:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,029
Posted By realityinabox

What model light are you using? I agree that...

What model light are you using? I agree that strobes are annoying. I used to see a guy on my commute whose front light would give a quick burst every 1 second or so. That seemed to be much...
07-24-15, 09:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By realityinabox

Riding with a dog along side?

My wife and I are adopting an 8 month old lab with lots of energy. I'd much rather bike than run (or walk), so I was thinking about biking with the ole pup in tow. Does anyone have an experience...
07-09-15, 08:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By realityinabox

Did I do something to offend you? I clearly...

Did I do something to offend you? I clearly asked if I didn't maintain them correctly. If the answer is yes, then say so. Is this not a mechanical advice forum? If I misread the forum description...
07-09-15, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By realityinabox

I disassembled cleaned the caliper and disc about...

I disassembled cleaned the caliper and disc about 6 months after I got the bike (used). I believe that the first one was already stuck at that point, but can't remember for sure. The second one was...
07-09-15, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By realityinabox

BB5 stuck adjuster leads to striped screw/bolt

My bike came with BB5s stock. I rode with them for about a year with just the typical BB5 headaches. Recently I started having issues with the adjustable side. They started to get hard to turn,...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 10:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,799
Posted By realityinabox

I would like to report that I remembered my pants...

I would like to report that I remembered my pants this morning!
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,799
Posted By realityinabox

Especially in the Mid-West humidity. That's not...

Especially in the Mid-West humidity. That's not even to mention if it is raining, like it was this morning for me, in which case I'd have to change anyway (or be drench for half the day).
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 10:25 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,799
Posted By realityinabox

I usually keep a spare set of under garments, as...

I usually keep a spare set of under garments, as well as shoes, at work. I never would have thought that I'd forget pants or a dress shirt, and I typically do a mental double check before rolling...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 08:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,375
Posted By realityinabox

You really use motor oil?

You really use motor oil?
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 08:12 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,799
Posted By realityinabox

Ha, didn't even think of that. Perhaps I should...

Ha, didn't even think of that. Perhaps I should edit the title to say trousers...

In other news, I now have a nice new pair of slightly ill fighting Old Navy trousers because the management...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Posted By realityinabox

The days that I do end up driving, I feel like a...

The days that I do end up driving, I feel like a zombie. This comic is great!
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 06:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,799
Posted By realityinabox

I forgot to pack pants....

Had kind of a weird morning. The wife had to leave early, so the routine got mixed up. Standing at my desk in my dress shirt and wet athletic shorts (rainy morning).

Could be worse... I don't...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-15, 12:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,375
Posted By realityinabox

How long should a chain last?

I put ~1500 miles on my first chain before learning about chain "stretch"/wear. I ordered a Parktool chain checker and the chain was very worn. I replaced the chain one evening and threw out the...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-15, 09:00 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,285
Posted By realityinabox

First off, the original premise of the thread is...

First off, the original premise of the thread is about whether I personally feel fortunate to have the privilege of commuting. I do, in so far as I am thankful for the fact that bikes exist, I have...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-15, 06:51 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,285
Posted By realityinabox

That's the thing I don't get about kickstart 's...

That's the thing I don't get about kickstart 's argument. Biking is nothing if not democratic. Sure, you can spend $2-5k on some souped up road bike, or you can also spend $200 (or less) on some...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,285
Posted By realityinabox

I honestly don't understand the point you are...

I honestly don't understand the point you are trying to make, or what we're even arguing about.
Forum: Commuting
06-17-15, 12:56 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,285
Posted By realityinabox

You realize that a large portion of low-income...

You realize that a large portion of low-income earners ride their bikes to work due to lack of other transportation options, right? Perhaps you should be phrasing your accusations of smugness as "do...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-15, 12:49 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,285
Posted By realityinabox

As always, tsl says it best. I'm glad to have my...

As always, tsl says it best. I'm glad to have my health enough to pedal a bike, but living in a city that is conducive to biking and picking a profession that would give me job options were both...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-15, 07:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,192
Posted By realityinabox

Heh, I was going to point this out as well. I...

Heh, I was going to point this out as well. I was confused, until I noticed he is from MI.


I'll usually say something friendly if we're stopped at a light or stop sign together. I ran into the...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-15, 02:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,878
Posted By realityinabox

What's the speed limit on these roads you're...

What's the speed limit on these roads you're riding, and how fast are you going?
Forum: Commuting
06-10-15, 10:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,714
Posted By realityinabox

I bought my bike off craigslist and I've been...

I bought my bike off craigslist and I've been doing all my repairs myself. There is a bike co-op in my town that has all the specialty tools and knowledge base to help me with any repair I need to...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 02:07 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,457
Posted By realityinabox

110 in MI, hell no. 110 in the SW, possibly. As...

110 in MI, hell no. 110 in the SW, possibly. As others have said, it's all about the humidity.
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 11:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,811
Posted By realityinabox

Those fenders are actually pretty awesome...

Those fenders are actually pretty awesome looking. The front one could be bent a bit more , but other than that, pretty slick. How sturdy are they?
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 11:21 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,878
Posted By realityinabox

Taking the lane or not almost always depends on...

Taking the lane or not almost always depends on the size of the lane and general road condition. If it is a narrow lane in a 25mph zone, take it. If it is a wider lane where it is safe to slide to...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 08:13 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 13,608
Posted By realityinabox

Yesterday morning a dog yelled "woof woof!" in my...

Yesterday morning a dog yelled "woof woof!" in my ear. Scariest thing anything has ever yelled at me; not because I'm afraid of dogs, or because he was being viciously, mostly just because a dog...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 07:52 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 18,469
Posted By realityinabox

My commuter came with these in-line brakes...

My commuter came with these in-line brakes standard. I used them a lot when I was getting used to the drops, but I find it to be much more stable to ride with my hands on the drops and to use the...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-15, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 155,361
Posted By realityinabox

Had a first this morning. A car slide up on my...

Had a first this morning. A car slide up on my side and a friendly German Shepard greeted me with two loud barks about 3 feet from my left ear. Scared the crap out of me, especially since I didn't...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-15, 02:59 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,477
Posted By realityinabox

I shower in the morning, ride in non-work clothes...

I shower in the morning, ride in non-work clothes (shorts, Chacos, quick dry shirt), keep a stash of baby wipes and deodorant in a cabinet in the bathroom that has other cleaning supplies/TP. I...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-15, 07:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,513
Posted By realityinabox

I recently upgraded to a set of large platform...

I recently upgraded to a set of large platform studded pedals from Nashbar and I love them. I was super annoyed with my stock pedals; they were asymmetrical (front was more narrow than the back), so...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-14, 11:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,892
Posted By realityinabox

I found a pair of military surplus trigger...

I found a pair of military surplus trigger mittens on Amazon for $15. Figured I'd give them a try, but I'll definitely be using my current mittens in the interim. I'll be sure to report back on my...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,892
Posted By realityinabox

Looking at either trigger mittens or lobster...

Looking at either trigger mittens or lobster mittens right now online. Seems like the best of both worlds between gloves and mittens. You get some freedom of movement like gloves with the shared...
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