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09-22-09, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,809
Posted By Jim in KC

I've bought two bikes from Todd at the Bike Stop...

I've bought two bikes from Todd at the Bike Stop on Sterling. I like going back to a shop and finding the same people there from the year before so you can build a history with them.
Forum: Commuting
10-13-07, 12:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,374
Posted By Jim in KC

Joe, I originally bought my 520 as my single...

Joe, I originally bought my 520 as my single all-around bike. It worked well for everything except riding in heavy traffic when I want to keep my hands always ready on the brake levers and the...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-07, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 952
Posted By Jim in KC

Yes, Urban Xpress. That's the one I'd pick (and...

Yes, Urban Xpress. That's the one I'd pick (and did a year ago).
Forum: Commuting
08-24-07, 01:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Jim in KC

Ordered a honey-colored one from Nashbar today...

Ordered a honey-colored one from Nashbar today with 20% off (plus a reduced Camelbak to get my total over $80).
Forum: Commuting
07-17-07, 07:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 940
Posted By Jim in KC

I'd wait a little, toughy, for the bike you...

I'd wait a little, toughy, for the bike you really want, thinking you might keep it longer and ride it more.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-07, 03:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 940
Posted By Jim in KC

toughy, I've ridden the 925 for about a year. I...

toughy, I've ridden the 925 for about a year. I live across the street from my job so don't have much of a commute, but I regularly ride it 20-30 miles for whatever errand I can invent and I rode it...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-07, 01:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 940
Posted By Jim in KC

My 925 was delivered with 28s. And I agree with...

My 925 was delivered with 28s. And I agree with the idea of choosing the bike based on the tires you want to mount because that would also depend on what kind of surfaces you'd ride it on. I think...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-07, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 573
Posted By Jim in KC

I've ridden one for two years. Everything still...

I've ridden one for two years. Everything still works. The frame is solid which will make it worthwhile to upgrade the original components when they wear out. It's my utility bike. I've fitted it...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-07, 02:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 940
Posted By Jim in KC

I think either bike will work for you. I ride a...

I think either bike will work for you. I ride a 925 and like the mustache bars, especially for climbing. Both bikes are geared the same and should require about the same effort. The 925 may have a...
07-10-07, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Jim in KC

It'll be fun to discover how you define "steep"...

It'll be fun to discover how you define "steep" and "huge" by riding these routes.
07-10-07, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Jim in KC

Thanks, Mike. I'm going in both directions and my...

Thanks, Mike. I'm going in both directions and my destination on Barry Rd is that I29 section you mentioned, so your directions will be useful.
07-05-07, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Jim in KC

Kansas City: River Market to Barry Rd?

Can someone help me with a practical route?
07-03-07, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By Jim in KC

Nick, I've ridden my 925 hard for a year with...

Nick, I've ridden my 925 hard for a year with everything stock except for the seat. It's held up well, and that's how I judge the components. I'd guess it's weight to be 22-25 lbs. It's steel so I'm...
07-03-07, 06:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By Jim in KC

Nick, you're shopping for a ready-made SS/fixie...

Nick, you're shopping for a ready-made SS/fixie at a fortunate time. You actually have a range to choose from. There's the dedicated track bikes like the Pista, the track-oriented street bikes like...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-07, 02:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 13,163
Posted By Jim in KC

I use toe straps in many applications where I...

I use toe straps in many applications where I used to use bungee cords. The toe straps cinch down tight and stay put.
03-31-07, 11:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 468
Posted By Jim in KC

KC rain ride

Last Monday, when weather.com predicted sunshine for Friday, I made an appointment with Bike Stop in Independence. By Thursday the forecast had changed to T-storms (which stain everything brown,...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-07, 07:45 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,083
Posted By Jim in KC

Not needing to take drugs to reduce my...

Not needing to take drugs to reduce my cholesterol and blood pressure.
03-12-07, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Posted By Jim in KC

Thanks, savage. I'll try out the H of A some...

Thanks, savage. I'll try out the H of A some Saturday or Sunday morning.
Forum: Commuting
03-10-07, 10:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,755
Posted By Jim in KC

I added a pair of these: ...

I added a pair of these:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_moreimages.cfm?category=92&subcategory=1180&sku=13626&brand=

to the mustache bars on my SS for a lower wind-slipping position when needed.
03-05-07, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Posted By Jim in KC

Thanks, Jman. I started with Brent's maps, and...

Thanks, Jman. I started with Brent's maps, and they are well-considered, but have discovered with time many routes I prefer to his. In his list of bridges, if someone else comes across your post, he...
03-01-07, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Posted By Jim in KC

Kansas City, MO:which bridge?

I would like to get from the River Market area to the old airport, north of the river (without swimming).
Forum: Commuting
01-22-07, 06:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By Jim in KC

I'll offer the flipside of Sukram's review, since...

I'll offer the flipside of Sukram's review, since I ride an UrbanXpress. I bought it for utility riding in the city, mainly for trips under 20 miles, and mounted front and rear racks and baskets. The...
01-10-07, 10:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Jim in KC

hill aware

I'm more aware of the landscape now that I ride SS. On a geared bike, I shift to keep my cadence, so my effort is fairly consistent, hilly or flat. But SS forces me to be strategic and think ahead....
01-06-07, 04:32 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 11,818
Posted By Jim in KC

I'd keep the 925 essentially as it is. There are...

I'd keep the 925 essentially as it is. There are other ss bikes available with cantis and drops, such as the One Way or San Jose. The 925 offers something different. The bars bugged me at first...
01-04-07, 12:25 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 40,945
Posted By Jim in KC

nashbar surprise

Once I placed an online order with Nashbar a few minutes before they announced a coupon. Part of my order was a couple of cassettes. When the order arrived I found included two free chains to fit...
12-20-06, 01:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,331
Posted By Jim in KC

deanp, I've been told it's illegal to ride a bike...

deanp, I've been told it's illegal to ride a bike through Desoto. I know, it sounds demented, but I think it's their local law. Is my information wrong?
12-20-06, 01:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,331
Posted By Jim in KC

f0s man, here's the roads I took from Lawrence to...

f0s man, here's the roads I took from Lawrence to KC, then to the race track:

EAST on 15th St., SOUTH on E 1750 Rd, EAST on N 1400 Rd (10th St. in Eudora), NORTH on N 222th Rd (Main in Eudora),...
12-19-06, 09:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,331
Posted By Jim in KC

Routes from Olathe to Lawrence?

jman, may I tag along on you joco route request? I'm looking for a route from 95th and Renner or Lamar to Olathe and from Olathe to south Lawrence (Broken Arrow Park). Last year my goal was to ride...
12-13-06, 04:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,787
Posted By Jim in KC

The Redline gave me my first experience with...

The Redline gave me my first experience with mustache bars, and I found them awkward, too, until I moved the brake levers back to where the tops of the hoods aligned with the bar's curve to form a...
12-13-06, 12:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,787
Posted By Jim in KC

I think that between the Redline 925 and the...

I think that between the Redline 925 and the Raleigh One Way you have two excellent choices. Both are geared the same. Both have fenders and some sort of chainguard. Both will mount a rack. Both are...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-06, 06:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 793
Posted By Jim in KC

If I wanted a steel frame, had 500-600 dollars to...

If I wanted a steel frame, had 500-600 dollars to spend and wasn't faced with several killer hills, I'd go for a new single-speed like a Redline 925 or a Raleigh One Way, rather than a used...
12-01-06, 02:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,331
Posted By Jim in KC

No, it wasn't me. I'm glad I had a chance to ride...

No, it wasn't me. I'm glad I had a chance to ride last week.
11-30-06, 04:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 949
Posted By Jim in KC

For those long stetches I added these aero bars...

For those long stetches I added these aero bars (Harris and Nashbar sell them) that give me a tucked riding position that I can't get with the Redline's moustache bars (which I like for everything...
11-29-06, 01:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 949
Posted By Jim in KC

My idea was to try the 15 tooth cog already on...

My idea was to try the 15 tooth cog already on your bike to determine if it will give you the speed you want. I'd find a straight, quiet, flat road, like the access road behind a big shopping center,...
11-29-06, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 949
Posted By Jim in KC

Your 925 has a 15 tooth cog on the fixed side of...

Your 925 has a 15 tooth cog on the fixed side of the flip-flop rear hub.
Forum: Commuting
11-29-06, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 577
Posted By Jim in KC

You might consider carrying or keeping at work an...

You might consider carrying or keeping at work an inexpensive steamer, like this one:
...
11-28-06, 02:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,331
Posted By Jim in KC

Last perfect day in KC? Redux

Before the thread swirled into a digital black hole, Journeyman asked me to detail my loop through the city last Wednesday when the weather was so mild. It was more of a square, beginning at KCK,...
11-28-06, 09:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 382
Posted By Jim in KC

thread disappeared

I started a thread on the Regional/Mountain-Plains section called "last perfect day in KC?". A few people replied to it. Yesterday, when I tried to reply to one of them, my response failed everytime...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-06, 02:57 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,328
Posted By Jim in KC

http://shop.greatdealsonbikes.com/merchant.mv?Scre...

http://shop.greatdealsonbikes.com/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=GDOB&Category_Code=RW
Forum: Commuting
10-31-06, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 252
Posted By Jim in KC

I like this set: ...

I like this set:

http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-Quadrant-Combo-Bicycle-Light/dp/B000BNZ0ME

if your goal is to be seen.
Forum: Commuting
10-12-06, 08:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 718
Posted By Jim in KC

I've considered it. Right now I live across the...

I've considered it. Right now I live across the street from my workplace. It's about three reolutions of the pedals away.
10-11-06, 03:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,068
Posted By Jim in KC

moxfyre, for opinions of this wheelbuilder...

moxfyre, for opinions of this wheelbuilder (CR18/Alivio), you might check the ss/fg section. Bicyclewheels.com's track wheelset is a popular budget choice there.
10-10-06, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,128
Posted By Jim in KC

I use Mapquest's feature that allows you to...

I use Mapquest's feature that allows you to specify intermediate destinations and enjoy forcing it off the highways to follow my route through industrial districts and over rural roads where the...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,156
Posted By Jim in KC

Cheshire:Umm...oops(insert small red face).

Cheshire:Umm...oops(insert small red face).
Replies: 22
Views: 1,156
Posted By Jim in KC

Those are them, bmike. Thanks. And I should...

Those are them, bmike. Thanks. And I should mention that one thing that made the speed bars work for me was the bar end shifters on the bike. Once I was accustomed to the balancing with one hand on...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,156
Posted By Jim in KC

No. I'm not actually close enough to bite the...

No. I'm not actually close enough to bite the handlebars. Remember, I moved my handlebars up to the level of the seat for a more upright position. On these lower bars I'm still able to comfortably...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,156
Posted By Jim in KC

I'm following up my question about speed bars...

I'm following up my question about speed bars with my new experience of them. These are add-on bars that attach to the handlebars on either side of the stem and angle down to provide a pair of...
09-28-06, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,747
Posted By Jim in KC

These are not tubular rims. They came mounted...

These are not tubular rims. They came mounted with clincher tires on them and also have "27x1 1/4" marked on them.
09-28-06, 07:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,747
Posted By Jim in KC

non-hooked rims

Along with a 1970s bike I got some 1970s U-shaped, non-hooked Weinnmann rims. I was about to mount some inexpensive Continental Sport 1000 tires on them when I read imprinted on the tire "Do not...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-06, 10:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,194
Posted By Jim in KC

I try to negotiate on the components: better...

I try to negotiate on the components: better seat, different pedals or tires, fenders, a kickstand, rack, and baskets on an errand bike, a squeezy horn, things like that.
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