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Forum: Commuting
12-24-09, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,582,727
Posted By stomppow

here's mine, definitely an urban bike, for...

here's mine, definitely an urban bike, for Montreal all weather duty.
The frame was a good find - 20$ for a 1982 Velo Sport mountain bike, back when mountain bikes were basically 26" touring bikes....
12-21-09, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 951
Posted By stomppow

Discs installed like that will actually fold...

Discs installed like that will actually fold under hard braking, and your front wheel will suddenly be jammed.
12-11-09, 06:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,282
Posted By stomppow

What I'm wondering is whether width can be a...

What I'm wondering is whether width can be a disadvantage. Right now I'm running 26x2.1 ice spiker in the front, 26x1.9 in the back, so maybe it's more of a smaller wheel problem, but I find in...
12-07-09, 08:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,392
Posted By stomppow

I use a Pedro's biodegradable lube, best not to...

I use a Pedro's biodegradable lube, best not to add to the toxic sludge already on the road... it doesn't say what the ingredients are, but it smells like linseed oil
Forum: Commuting
11-01-09, 05:10 PM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,582,727
Posted By stomppow

newbeat, that's a nice bike. But you should level...

newbeat, that's a nice bike. But you should level your hoods, and put your light on your seatpost :)

You could either keep your bars in the same position and unwrap your bars, move the hoods up...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-09, 02:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,477
Posted By stomppow

My 9-speed dura ace bar ends broke! The rear...

My 9-speed dura ace bar ends broke! The rear derailleur one, that black circular piece cracked and now the shifting is inperfect.

I'm considering going to fixed gear full time for a city bike.
Forum: Commuting
10-24-09, 10:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,806
Posted By stomppow

I don't like cantis very much, v-brakes are...

I don't like cantis very much, v-brakes are generally more powerful. Good modern cantis on a 700c wheel are pretty good, but cantis on a 26" wheel are weaker.
V-brakes on a 700c wheel are often more...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-09, 01:39 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 35,698
Posted By stomppow

nice bike

nice bike
Forum: Commuting
10-16-09, 01:35 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 35,698
Posted By stomppow

The way I see it, 29er should refer to two...

The way I see it, 29er should refer to two things:

1- the rim width. Yes it is a 622mm rim, but at an 18mm width like a regular 700, you would go with 700x30 or something for 28 inch total, but...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-09, 08:18 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,048
Posted By stomppow

I use both at the same time. Pannier with all the...

I use both at the same time. Pannier with all the weight in it for the commute, then transfer it to a locker, and use the messenger bag around school all day, then books go back in the pannier. A...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-09, 04:34 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,048
Posted By stomppow

As a student the waterproof messenger bag is...

As a student the waterproof messenger bag is great around campus, with pockets in it for pens, ruler, calculator etc. Plus you can walk while sorting things, or get something out of the bag without...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-09, 11:37 AM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,582,727
Posted By stomppow

That Hunter 29'er is a beast... here's mine...

That Hunter 29'er is a beast...

here's mine :)

http://i26.tinypic.com/8wcb5f.jpg
09-16-09, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14,092
Views: 4,632,321
Posted By stomppow

so we're on a karate monkey streak? ...

so we're on a karate monkey streak?

http://i26.tinypic.com/8wcb5f.jpg
09-14-09, 06:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,132
Posted By stomppow

Axioms: 1. Static coefficient of friction...

Axioms:

1. Static coefficient of friction > kinetic coefficient of friction.
1.5, Slowing down 100% with your legs while not skidding in an emergency situation is not very efficient no matter...
09-12-09, 09:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,036
Posted By stomppow

Doesn't the chain bend if you use a 1/8" breaker...

Doesn't the chain bend if you use a 1/8" breaker on a 3/32? Hmm I'll try my multitool out and see maybe it does have a 1/8" side!
Always a good idea to keep one or two extra links with you :)
09-12-09, 05:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,036
Posted By stomppow

reason to use 9/8spd chain instead of 1/8

If you use your fixed gear bike for commuting or long rides and you have 1/8" chain, are there even any multitools which have a 1/8" chainbreaker?
Or is the only solution short of switching to 9spd...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-09, 05:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,440
Posted By stomppow

Just a thought: I see you have used the logic...

Just a thought: I see you have used the logic that since on a bike, most of your weight is on the rear wheel (which is usually weaker) then you should get a less heavy duty front wheel.

But,...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-09, 05:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,204
Posted By stomppow

go with thin layers. upper body: thin...

go with thin layers.

upper body: thin merino wool base layer, softshell for exterior. add thin fleece if it's really cold. no gore-tex unless it's just above freezing and raining a lot.
lower...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-09, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,582,727
Posted By stomppow

here's mine, got to adjust that rack and get...

here's mine, got to adjust that rack and get proper brake levers which run the housing normally

http://i25.tinypic.com/2vaxjsx.jpg
http://i27.tinypic.com/21jc77a.jpg
Forum: Commuting
09-07-09, 01:58 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,055
Posted By stomppow

Go buy some gas!

Go buy some gas!
Forum: Commuting
09-05-09, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 729
Posted By stomppow

or yeah, build it yourself following Sheldon...

or yeah, build it yourself following Sheldon Brown's instructions (with 1 minor mistake in there that is confusing, plus he makes his outer spokes lead instead of trail for some reason)

Build them...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-09, 06:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 729
Posted By stomppow

Why do people love deep-v's? They're not even...

Why do people love deep-v's? They're not even eyeletted. I would either pick up a pair of 36 hole Mavic A319's laced to Deore hubs (pre-built, you can buy these for about 70$ front, 100$ rear.)

Or...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-09, 09:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 21,798
Posted By stomppow

http://i31.tinypic.com/23ut1kz.jpg

http://i31.tinypic.com/23ut1kz.jpg
Forum: Commuting
08-19-09, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By stomppow

I would say, forget thinking about having...

I would say, forget thinking about having multiple wheels/bikes for different conditions. Don't worry about the studs on dry asphalt, they take a LONG time to wear out.

The only thing I change is,...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-09, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By stomppow

The most versatile for both snow and ice are the...

The most versatile for both snow and ice are the Schwalbe Snow Stud, although they don't fit all bikes... they come in 700x38 and you still need fender clearance in winter.

Marathon Winters will...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-09, 03:34 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,190
Posted By stomppow

I saw a guy downtown fiddling with his...

I saw a guy downtown fiddling with his drivetrain, somehow the chain was jammed in between front smallest chainring and chainstay, no way it was coming out with just our hands force.

Got out the...
08-17-09, 01:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,236
Posted By stomppow

or disc brakes A good option is the Surly...

or disc brakes

A good option is the Surly Karate Monkey. You can get one complete (although geared for mountain use, easy to change) for around 900$
Forum: Touring
08-07-09, 01:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By stomppow

1 more thing, if you're thinking of trying fixed...

1 more thing, if you're thinking of trying fixed gear, try it out in the summer first and also, you'll need one of those old school mtb's with slanted drop-outs, and to get the right chainline, you...
Forum: Touring
08-07-09, 01:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By stomppow

My real advice: If you haven't rode through...

My real advice:

If you haven't rode through Montreal winters yet, try it out with a cheap mtb, clear all the useless parts off of it, and turn it into a singlespeed or (even better) a fixed gear....
Forum: Touring
08-07-09, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By stomppow

Just whip out your gravity gun and levitate...

Just whip out your gravity gun and levitate around! And don't forget to crowbar any honking cars on the hood.
07-29-09, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 767
Posted By stomppow

The first thing you want to do is make sure...

The first thing you want to do is make sure you're getting the right type of BB. Now I'm assuming it's square taper, well there are 2 types of square taper. There's ISO (Campagnolo, Miche, Sugino NJS...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-09, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By stomppow

I guess the actual type of bike is more personal...

I guess the actual type of bike is more personal preference, but longer commutes (10km+), I would rather ride a bike with drop bars or bullhorn bars.

If you get a hybrid, I would say try to find a...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-09, 08:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By stomppow

oh yeah and this city is F#%*(%#(in awesome! :)

oh yeah and this city is F#%*(%#(in awesome! :)
Forum: Commuting
07-14-09, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By stomppow

Right to Move at Concordia (downtown campus) is...

Right to Move at Concordia (downtown campus) is the biggest and most well equipped co-op
The Flat (McGill's co-op) is smaller and sometimes less crowded, but it's nice.

Both are very cheap (or...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-09, 09:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 244
Posted By stomppow

shirt/patch for riding in cities

big writing on the back: "Honk for clean air"

pwn.
Forum: Commuting
05-05-09, 03:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By stomppow

Yeah you're breathing hard and pumping lots of...

Yeah you're breathing hard and pumping lots of blood while biking, but the worst stuff, the PM2.5-10 builds up inside cars, especially in traffic, and you can't smell it. In traffic, you're probably...
Forum: Commuting
05-04-09, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,710
Posted By stomppow

Good gore-tex works fantastic if the temp is...

Good gore-tex works fantastic if the temp is cooler than 10 celsius, but in summer, I just wear gore-tex socks if it's pouring hard, quick dry/merino wool regular clothes, and, most importantly: a...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-09, 07:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 940
Posted By stomppow

If you use clipless: regular very breathable...

If you use clipless: regular very breathable summer clipless shoes with gore tex socks over thin wool socks

If you use platforms (?) gore-tex hiking boots.

The gore-tex hiking boots only work...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-09, 11:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,916
Posted By stomppow

Okay sounds good, looks like bb7's front and rear...

Okay sounds good, looks like bb7's front and rear for me!
Maybe I'll end up with one single commuter bike, alfine, all the time. Just swap tires in winter...

Now, what color should I spray paint...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-09, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,045
Posted By stomppow

Dude, ditch the neoprene mask and balaclava, what...

Dude, ditch the neoprene mask and balaclava, what you could get is one of those pilot cap thing with the ear flaps, except there are some made out of fleece and windstopper. You put that under your...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-09, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,916
Posted By stomppow

Hmm now I'm just wondering if rear discs will be...

Hmm now I'm just wondering if rear discs will be troublesome with horizontal drop outs, but I guess it can't be too bad at all.
Forum: Commuting
02-06-09, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,916
Posted By stomppow

Thanks for the replies! Interesting, I already...

Thanks for the replies! Interesting, I already have a set of front bb7's on my karate monkey (not yet complete), which will eventually serve as both winter and summer bike.
In summer it's a fixed...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-09, 12:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,045
Posted By stomppow

oil vs. grease lubricated IGH for winter

I currently have a grease lubricated internally geared hub for winter riding. I love it, but I do acknowledge that it gets a little less efficient when temperatures get below -15 celsius.

I'm...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-09, 12:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,916
Posted By stomppow

Disc brakes in winter?

I want to hear from people who have both good and bad experiences with higher end disc brakes like Avid BB7, mostly I'm interested in mechanical cable disc brakes.
Do they get too caked with salt?...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-09, 02:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 695
Posted By stomppow

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PROD...

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442622330&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302885379&bmUID=1233605171912

for shoes I either use waterproof hiking boots (with no...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-09, 01:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 695
Posted By stomppow

Everyone keeps saying that waterproof clothes...

Everyone keeps saying that waterproof clothes automatically make it a sauna... this is not my experience in the mountains, with good mountaineering gear, and this is not my experience while biking.
...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-09, 01:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,468
Posted By stomppow

How old are your rims and were they ever used...

How old are your rims and were they ever used with rim brakes? Check the braking surface to see if it is concave.
Really old rims (or rims used with brakes in the winter) can get concave on the...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-09, 06:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,330
Posted By stomppow

This is my second season of full out winter...

This is my second season of full out winter commuting. 1st season I tried it out with a mega-junker with fenders and studded tires (1 tire cost more than the bike...), 2nd season I custom built a...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-09, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 419
Posted By stomppow

Awesome, that bike is actually beautiful, and...

Awesome, that bike is actually beautiful, and functional, I usually don't like "hybrids" but that thing makes a lot of sense. Looks fast.
Forum: Commuting
02-01-09, 06:29 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,284
Posted By stomppow

I have 2 different commutes in 2 very different...

I have 2 different commutes in 2 very different seasons... 3 bikes: a beater singlespeed with fenders and rack, a customized mountain frame set up with fenders, IGH, chain case and drum brake, and a...
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