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07-04-14, 03:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,494
Posted By HopliteGrad

Thank you, dazevedo, I really appreciate you...

Thank you, dazevedo, I really appreciate you taking a minute of your day to do that!
07-04-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,494
Posted By HopliteGrad

Schwinn Crisscross seatpost diameter?

Hello,

I'm seeking to upgrade my wife's Crisscross with a shock-absorbing seatpost (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_175494_-1) for our commute. The only specifications chart...
Forum: Touring
02-26-12, 02:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,021
Posted By HopliteGrad

Hi, TransAm2012, thank you for the work that you...

Hi, TransAm2012, thank you for the work that you do. A few of my students have participated in Bike the US for MS, and have come back much more interesting and developed as people. :)
...
Forum: Touring
11-15-11, 09:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,711
Posted By HopliteGrad

Excellent. So many good vibes! Machka's point...

Excellent. So many good vibes! Machka's point about meeting up along the trail works well. We actually live about 1 mile from the TA in one of the towns. This is why we see TA riders all the time...
Forum: Touring
11-14-11, 06:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,711
Posted By HopliteGrad

Ha! I'm *sure* we could find other ways to spend...

Ha! I'm *sure* we could find other ways to spend it if it came right down to it!


I guess I'm modeling a TA trip on my hiking experience. I prepped and trained about a year, and had a very...
Forum: Touring
11-14-11, 04:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,711
Posted By HopliteGrad

The Intangible Values of Touring

So, my wife just handed me a check for several thousand and said, "happy birthday, I want you to go cycle the Transamerica [in a year or two, once preps are complete]."

Amazing! (!!!) But, as a...
08-28-11, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 14,653
Posted By HopliteGrad

It is an On Guard lock, and the key style is...

It is an On Guard lock, and the key style is indeed basically a flat bar with mirrored notches cut from each side. The key still turns smoothly in the keyway, and I can pull it out about 3mm, then it...
08-28-11, 12:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 14,653
Posted By HopliteGrad

Key Stuck in U-Lock

So, we have a u-lock, lightly used about 10 times, with the key stuck in it. Lubricating the lock hasn't seemed to help. Ideas?
Forum: Commuting
07-07-11, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By HopliteGrad

Yup, you'll see lots of recommendation for...

Yup, you'll see lots of recommendation for studded nokian hakkapellitta (sp?) and Schwalbe Marathon Winter...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-11, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,225
Posted By HopliteGrad

Welcome to the commuting club, jmilleronaire. It...

Welcome to the commuting club, jmilleronaire. It is nice here. :) Pretty soon you'll be trying to figure out the best way to get groceries via bike.
Forum: Commuting
07-02-11, 07:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,261
Posted By HopliteGrad

To farmer's market Cute wife pedals up ahead ...

To farmer's market
Cute wife pedals up ahead
I enjoy the view

;)
04-23-11, 10:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 589
Posted By HopliteGrad

Ha! At the 5-8 mph we managed, it may not make a...

Ha! At the 5-8 mph we managed, it may not make a difference. :) On our grocery getting etc. trips, I generally lead.
04-17-11, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 589
Posted By HopliteGrad

Yeeeeeeeeees!

I just took my gal for her first road ride. 10 miles over gentle rollers, in the finest weather we've had all spring; 70 and partly cloudy. Picnic lunch at the halfway.

And I got to watch her...
04-16-11, 02:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,142
Posted By HopliteGrad

Yar, it took about 8 cinderblocks, 2 per ped of...

Yar, it took about 8 cinderblocks, 2 per ped of the desk. Looks goofy as heck, but since we have perhaps 30 drafting tables in the room across from my office, most folks understand the intent.
...
04-16-11, 08:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,142
Posted By HopliteGrad

I converted my office desk to a standing desk...

I converted my office desk to a standing desk with some cinderblocks. My energy level at work is noticeably higher now.
04-15-11, 08:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,019
Posted By HopliteGrad

First off, glad you're okay. Any encounter with...

First off, glad you're okay. Any encounter with the pavement that's enough to chew up your steed's metal is generally enough to chew you up too. So primum prima, it is good that a fellow BF rider...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-11, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 529
Posted By HopliteGrad

If this is a design class project--these tend to...

If this is a design class project--these tend to show up fairly regularly on the forums-- I suggest the following lines of inquiry.

--a cover or cowling designed to keep sand out of hubs or...
11-05-09, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
Posted By HopliteGrad

Come on, Chris_F, I'm a newb trying to learn this...

Come on, Chris_F, I'm a newb trying to learn this stuff. :)

Any word on how much the D660 will retail for? Google (well, Froogle anyway) doesn't seem to know. I'm trying to keep it well under...
11-04-09, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
Posted By HopliteGrad

Mountain Bike Configurator?

Hi! Is there some website where you can check boxes for any given mtb loadout, and it spits out a list of complete bikes that match the specs?

That would be awesome and relieve the burden on...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-09, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By HopliteGrad

Are those bites/stings or the aphids themselves...

Are those bites/stings or the aphids themselves plastered to your skin?
09-25-09, 07:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,227
Posted By HopliteGrad

Perhaps the selection is different in various...

Perhaps the selection is different in various regions; the local Dick's around me carries the Mongoose/huffy grade bikes and Avenir/el cheapo/Bell accessories. The staff are friendly enough, but I...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-09, 09:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,154
Posted By HopliteGrad

Yeah, but imagine a Beowulf cluster of Surly Big...

Yeah, but imagine a Beowulf cluster of Surly Big Dummies rolling through there...

1. Locate death zone along route
2. Roll along on BD cluster
3. ???
4. Profit!
Forum: Texas
03-20-09, 08:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,475
Posted By HopliteGrad

Ha! Nice. I found the DORBA site through Google...

Ha! Nice. I found the DORBA site through Google about an hour ago. Excellent. I'm sending you a pm in just a moment.

Also, for the record my cycling background has developed primarily in a...
Forum: Texas
03-20-09, 07:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,475
Posted By HopliteGrad

Sounds like any big city, so far. :) Are we...

Sounds like any big city, so far. :) Are we talking tumbleweeds here? Ha! Also, are there any mountains nearby? I may go half crazy without accessible backpacking.

lotek, I'll be moving to...
Forum: Texas
03-20-09, 03:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,475
Posted By HopliteGrad

Moving to Dallas--What's it like?

... for cycling and cyclocommuting? I will be following my girlfriend across country to her internship in the Carrollton area. Are drivers hostile to cyclists there? Are there any bike lanes? How...
02-21-09, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,257
Posted By HopliteGrad

How do I size BB ball bearings and do Home Depot/Loews carry them?

The gist is in the title. Picked up a Craigslist Schwinn Crisscross for my girlfriend today and just finished pulling the bottom bracket. The bearings in there are pretty hurt; the grease had long...
02-20-09, 06:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,920
Posted By HopliteGrad

Cyclist + runner + romance + still at it at your...

Cyclist + runner + romance + still at it at your age??

You have an excellent family man. Strong work.
Forum: Commuting
02-11-09, 11:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,338
Posted By HopliteGrad

My thoughts, mostly highlighted from previous...

My thoughts, mostly highlighted from previous posts.

Lower profile is good if you can pull it off and still pass safety vetting.
Integrated quickrelease flashlight mounts that don't make you...
02-11-09, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By HopliteGrad

Hey guys, thanks for the speedy advice and...

Hey guys, thanks for the speedy advice and encouragement. It has been a medium bad day, and it's nice to know that there are helpful folks out there.



So the cups are the parts that the...
02-11-09, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By HopliteGrad

I can overhaul my hub! \o/ ...but...

So a friend helped me a lot today by teaching me how to remove my cranks and bottom bracket. It was cool. :thumb:

The problem is, we found pitting on the ball bearings and on my spindle. So, we...
11-05-08, 05:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,952
Posted By HopliteGrad

Ken Leeeeeeeeee Ken Leeeeeeee...!...

Ken Leeeeeeeeee Ken Leeeeeeee...! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RgL2MKfWTo)
10-20-08, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By HopliteGrad

Properly locking with a two factor approach takes...

Properly locking with a two factor approach takes too long. U lock through the back rim, frame, and rack plus a cable through the front wheel takes time. Ugh. I'd pay well for a brainlessly simple...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-08, 11:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,337
Posted By HopliteGrad

Yup. Harden the f--- up and get there a few...

Yup. Harden the f--- up and get there a few minutes early.

Now, to actually answer your question, :) if I woke up late for work, I'd get there as fast as I could, let the boss see I tried to...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-08, 10:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 844
Posted By HopliteGrad

Quoted for truth. What part, exactly, of fixing...

Quoted for truth. What part, exactly, of fixing a drivetrain is noisy...?
10-17-08, 09:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,989
Posted By HopliteGrad

Haha! Can you imagine the meetings of the...

Haha! Can you imagine the meetings of the European Tire and Rim Technical Organization?

"My God, man, you can't include RFC 83329c in the latest spec! It's madness! Madness I tell you!"

"Get...
10-15-08, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,970
Posted By HopliteGrad

Yup! Unless you go airless, your best bet is to...

Yup! Unless you go airless, your best bet is to use nitrile gloves when necessary on flat resistant tires and tubes. Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires plus Forté Road Thorn Resistant tubes is what I run...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-08, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By HopliteGrad

I am 150 on a light hybrid + pannier for my...

I am 150 on a light hybrid + pannier for my commute. It's not a particularly rough ride at all.
10-15-08, 04:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,989
Posted By HopliteGrad

I think I don't fully understand the...

I think I don't fully understand the specification. If 700x38 wheels are not 38 mm wide, what does the 38 represent?
10-15-08, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,989
Posted By HopliteGrad

Sweet, I won't have to get additional wheels to...

Sweet, I won't have to get additional wheels to pull this off. That's excellent news! Thanks guys!
10-14-08, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,989
Posted By HopliteGrad

Will 700x35 and 700x40 tires fit on my 700x38 rims?

I'm trying to figure out how to mount schwalbe marathon winters on 38 rims.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-08, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By HopliteGrad

OK, I will try to find a nicer wheelset on ebay...

OK, I will try to find a nicer wheelset on ebay and post it here for comparison. Thanks for all the help so far!
Forum: Commuting
10-14-08, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By HopliteGrad

I was mostly thinking that they might be X-Mart...

I was mostly thinking that they might be X-Mart quality, and have catastrophic failures like you read about- people getting hurt when their crappy components disintegrate under them.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-08, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By HopliteGrad

Will $27 wheels kill me?

Hi,
I'm pondering getting a set of wheels for winter use, loading them up with studded tires and so forth. Cost is an issue. I found some $27 Weinmann 700x35, Front, Q/R, Silver Alloy Wheels from...
10-13-08, 11:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,655
Posted By HopliteGrad

Oh no! If you thrower awayers want to help other...

Oh no! If you thrower awayers want to help other bicyclists, maybe post the stuff you're throwing away? Newbies like me are still trying to establish a baseline of spare parts. =/
10-10-08, 08:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,472
Posted By HopliteGrad

An alternate set of analyses on repair vs. buy...

An alternate set of analyses on repair vs. buy new transpired in this thread (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=470526) and has been useful to me in evaluating the question.
10-08-08, 10:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By HopliteGrad

Is this a hand-bend on the chain or a...

Is this a hand-bend on the chain or a grab-the-pliers-betty-we're-getting-kinky-tonight kind of deal? Analogous to hand-tight or screwdriver-tight
10-08-08, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By HopliteGrad

Sweet. I tried to avoid having to use it on my...

Sweet. I tried to avoid having to use it on my new chain, but for some reason when I'd break links to join the chain up, the link would always freeze up and not bend right. I finally got frustrated...
10-08-08, 08:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By HopliteGrad

SRAM Powerlink Durability

Hello,
I just used a powerlink to finish off my new chain. It's nice. Easy. Fast. But is it as durable as all the other links? Has anyone had trouble with these?
10-08-08, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,620
Posted By HopliteGrad

Can I fit (studded) 35 or 40c tires onto a 38c rim safely?

So my rims are 38c on both my bikes. I see that schwalbe offers Marathon Winters (http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1788) only in 35 or 40 sizes. Which should I go for? Or another brand? I use...
10-08-08, 08:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
Posted By HopliteGrad

But think how in shape you will be when spring...

But think how in shape you will be when spring rolls around again. :)
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