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Forum: Commuting
04-20-11, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 672
Posted By skylla

My visor clicks in with four little plastic pegs....

My visor clicks in with four little plastic pegs. I leave the two on the side attached but pop out the ones in the middle, so the visor pivots up and down. It mostly sits partway up the front of...
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By skylla

It's a great event. I've done it 3 times and...

It's a great event. I've done it 3 times and been to a couple more because my dad and cousin have been been doing it longer. You can do as much or as little as you want (though you have to ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-09, 10:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,471
Posted By skylla

LBS vs cheaper options from Performance can be a...

LBS vs cheaper options from Performance can be a dilemma, but what you describe doesn't sound like one to me. Shifters have a much bigger effect on performance than the derailer does (and also are...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-09, 10:30 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,370
Posted By skylla

2 degrees is about right, actually. Here's how I...

2 degrees is about right, actually. Here's how I figure:
You're always riding into the wind, so regular wind chill figures are meaningless. But last winter on a windy day when my nose was...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-09, 10:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Posted By skylla

OP didn't say he 'has' a 32" inseam, he said 'I...

OP didn't say he 'has' a 32" inseam, he said 'I wear a 32" inseam'. So he's almost certainly talking about pants inseam. True inseam will be at least a couple inches longer, depending on how he...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-09, 08:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,100
Posted By skylla

The 25s with reflective sidewalls just came back...

The 25s with reflective sidewalls just came back in today (I got the notification email and ordered a pair). Same tire, unless the fred factor of a reflective sidewall is a problem. I wouldn't...
08-24-09, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By skylla

I seem to get plenty of results for "truvativ gxp...

I seem to get plenty of results for "truvativ gxp italian" from google. Or am I misunderstanding what you're looking for?
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By skylla

Most everyone at the Michigan 24 rides a road...

Most everyone at the Michigan 24 rides a road bike. Lots have clip-on aero bars (I'm shopping for aero bars now, after losing feeling in my left pinky for a while despite having what I thought was a...
Replies: 12
Views: 970
Posted By skylla

I'll be there. Rider #48, on a blue Cannondale,...

I'll be there. Rider #48, on a blue Cannondale, dining on Accel Gels and crossing my fingers for no repeat of last year's festival of nausea.
05-20-09, 09:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,381
Posted By skylla

I converted my Sirrus, which I think is a '91...

I converted my Sirrus, which I think is a '91 (Suntour Blaze components), to a triple by buying an old partly-broken mountain bike and harvesting the crankset and front derailer. I also had to get a...
04-19-09, 11:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Posted By skylla

Yeah, I like the theory about something nasty...

Yeah, I like the theory about something nasty having found its way from the road onto your brakes. Specifically, if the smell has stuck around for so long, into the grooves in the pads.

Reminds...
04-07-09, 11:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,761
Posted By skylla

I have a similar situation on my rain commuter (a...

I have a similar situation on my rain commuter (a circa 1990 Hard Rock). Because of how the chainstays are shaped, even at the nearest there's a wide gap between the stays and the spokes. My...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,132
Posted By skylla

I won't disagree with the Brooks Horde, since I...

I won't disagree with the Brooks Horde, since I love my B-17. But when I've had sit bone pain in the past, I've taken it as a good sign. Because yeah, when I've been away from biking for a long...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-09, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By skylla

In Philly, the more heavily trafficked roads were...

In Philly, the more heavily trafficked roads were nasty brown slush this afternoon, which I would hate to face without fenders but wouldn't be concerned about riding without studs. But on several of...
02-18-09, 11:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By skylla

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_info.php?produ...

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_info.php?products_id=402753
Replies: 243
Views: 27,872
Posted By skylla

Hey, I'm one of those people who did their first...

Hey, I'm one of those people who did their first century in the past year. For some reason it seems like a long time ago, but my first metric was at the end of last March (Icicle Metric in...
01-31-09, 10:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,748
Posted By skylla

I have a Mini Morph and discovered one day that...

I have a Mini Morph and discovered one day that there was tons of grit in it. I unscrewed the top as bicycleflyer describes and cleaned the junk out of the barrel and off of the plunger. Then I...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-09, 10:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By skylla

I usually use a headband, which means the top of...

I usually use a headband, which means the top of my head gets painfully cold once it's below 25F. So this week I, too, Sheldoned my helmet.
Forum: Commuting
01-16-09, 06:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,721
Posted By skylla

For almost everything else, I prefer cold weather...

For almost everything else, I prefer cold weather to hot, but there's always a breeze on the bike, so I can handle hot weather better on the bike than in most other contexts.

But the main thing is...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-09, 11:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,238
Posted By skylla

My employer was planning to offer vouchers that...

My employer was planning to offer vouchers that we could sign up to get in lieu of the same amount of regular pay, like they do for the transit benefit. But then it turned out that the vouchers...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-09, 10:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,079
Posted By skylla

I never feel oppressed by my computer. I decide...

I never feel oppressed by my computer. I decide how fast to go based on how tired or not I am and whether I'm in the mood to cruise or push. On 'push' days I might look at my speed to motivate me...
01-10-09, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,970
Posted By skylla

Weird. I tried searching about this exact...

Weird. I tried searching about this exact problem last week and didn't find anything, and now here it is.

Mine started doing acting up a couple weeks ago--the chain bouncing off the lower pulley...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-09, 04:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,022
Posted By skylla

That's funny, my road bike is named Princess...

That's funny, my road bike is named Princess Cindy. It's a Cannondale Synapse, so yeah, considerably thinner.
Forum: Commuting
12-19-08, 11:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,189
Posted By skylla

My coworker just got a pair of Marathon Winters...

My coworker just got a pair of Marathon Winters from Niagara Cycle Works for about $120 shipped. Not cheap by any means, but not $170.
...
Replies: 15
Views: 913
Posted By skylla

Congratulations! And yeah, impressive to just go...

Congratulations! And yeah, impressive to just go out and do it like that. I would guess that most first centuries are on organized rides.

When I'm feeling sluggish like that and going slower...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-08, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,839
Posted By skylla

I've got a Planet Bike ulock which came with a...

I've got a Planet Bike ulock which came with a mounting bracket that points the shackle perpendicular to mount. Clearly that's a crappy description, so here's a picture:...
Replies: 36
Views: 1,906
Posted By skylla

A combination of things, for me. The biggest is...

A combination of things, for me. The biggest is probably the National 24-Hour Challenge (in Michigan) that my dad and cousins have been doing for years. I always wanted to try it, and once I...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-08, 06:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,599
Posted By skylla

I used silicone spray on mine. It worked great. ...

I used silicone spray on mine. It worked great. Didn't think about clogging, so hopefully that doesn't become an issue. I don't think it builds up much.
Forum: Commuting
10-13-08, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,625
Posted By skylla

I commute on a Hard Rock and a Sirrus, both from...

I commute on a Hard Rock and a Sirrus, both from the early 90s (when the HR had a rigid fork and the Sirrus was a regular road bike). Unladen, the Hard Rock weighs about 35 pounds and the Sirrus...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-08, 09:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 542
Posted By skylla

Yeah, different people are bothered by cold...

Yeah, different people are bothered by cold differently, but for me my arms always get hot early. And once I discovered that I didn't mind too much if they were cold when I started out, I gave up on...
10-04-08, 01:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 814
Posted By skylla

That's what came on my bike. By 1500 miles, it...

That's what came on my bike. By 1500 miles, it had worked its way off center over some holes and I started getting flats. And when it gets off center then the pressure pushes it into the hole and...
Replies: 23
Views: 2,410
Posted By skylla

My cousin, a committed ultracyclist (5-figure...

My cousin, a committed ultracyclist (5-figure annual mileages, PBP, the whole bit) rode a century in exactly 5 hours this summer. Clock time and rolling time, since he didn't get off the bike. So...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-08, 09:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,020
Posted By skylla

Mine is mounted on the curve like jwgd's, except...

Mine is mounted on the curve like jwgd's, except I put mine on the right bar and pointed the ringer toward the back, so I ring it with my thumb. It's super convenient from the hoods. Less so from...
Replies: 9
Views: 672
Posted By skylla

Yeah, you need to get your weight off your hands....

Yeah, you need to get your weight off your hands. I had a long ride in June that left me with a tingly left hand and trouble gripping things with my fingers on the right for a few days. It kind of...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 10:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 817
Posted By skylla

No data, eh? Being an insane hoarder of data who...

No data, eh? Being an insane hoarder of data who records the time, speed, wind speed and air temperature of every commute, I could clearly quantify that moving from the 700x23 Michelin Lithion that...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-08, 09:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,782
Posted By skylla

Consumer Reports tested helmets in 2007 and found...

Consumer Reports tested helmets in 2007 and found some differences in impact absorption (Bell Citi, Bell Slant, and Specialized Aurora rated "very good" vs all the others which rated "good"). Of...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,127
Posted By skylla

Michelin prints a little chart on their packaging...

Michelin prints a little chart on their packaging about tire pressure: http://www.michelinbicycletire.com/michelinbicycle/index.cfm?event=airpressure.view

Since I weight about 200lbs, I fall into...
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By skylla

This doesn't make sense to me. Is the problem...

This doesn't make sense to me. Is the problem that bike shops aren't allowed to order from other retailers? Like Shimano will sue them if they buy shifters from Cambria or something? Who wins when...
Replies: 1,027
Views: 556,383
Posted By skylla

2007 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 2 This was...

2007 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 2

This was taken right after my second >100 mile ride (and my reason/justification for buying the bike in the first place), the National 24-Hour Challenge. (The...
Replies: 25
Views: 1,340
Posted By skylla

Just came across this thread again and thought...

Just came across this thread again and thought I'd post an update in case anyone ever finds it while searching: I went to the doctor and he prescribed an albuterol inhaler. The diagnostic process...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-08, 10:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,926
Posted By skylla

Sounds like you don't like your saddle much. Do...

Sounds like you don't like your saddle much. Do you harbor similar resentment toward your seat post?
Replies: 12
Views: 650
Posted By skylla

Calvin's Challenge, in Ohio, is a 12-hour road...

Calvin's Challenge, in Ohio, is a 12-hour road race, but this year they had a 100-mile time trial option (though only 8 people took that option this year).
http://www.calvinschallenge.com/
Replies: 25
Views: 1,909
Posted By skylla

Same reason purely recreation cyclists like to...

Same reason purely recreation cyclists like to have light bikes, in my opinion. You're out there for the fun and and the exercise, but big mileage numbers are more fun than smaller ones, so the...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-08, 07:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 744
Posted By skylla

Most of what I have to say about Philly bike...

Most of what I have to say about Philly bike shops is negative.

I bought a bike from Frankenstein, and so did a friend. Great prices, but I won't be going there again. I could get over the guy...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-08, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,279
Posted By skylla

Topeak Mini Morph is an excellent pump. I used...

Topeak Mini Morph is an excellent pump. I used mine this evening, actually (a blowout, for which I finally got to use the dollar bill tire boot trick. exciting!). I haven't checked the pressure,...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By skylla

I feel fairly secure locking my bike outside...

I feel fairly secure locking my bike outside during work, despite living in the newly crowned US theft capital, and despite there having been two bikes stolen from there (one had only a cable, the...
Replies: 23
Views: 1,662
Posted By skylla

My knees are really sensitive to the angle of my...

My knees are really sensitive to the angle of my feet. I don't need a lot of float, but I need the range of angles from straight on to heel a bit in to be available, or else my knees start to hurt...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-08, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 610
Posted By skylla

Everybody seems to go with the big one, but I...

Everybody seems to go with the big one, but I love my Mini Morph. It fits easily into my bag o' gear (tube, tools, blinkies, etc) that goes into my pannier for the commute, and it also mounts nicely...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-08, 09:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,429
Posted By skylla

D'oh! Had to answer "less than one year," but...

D'oh! Had to answer "less than one year," but the first anniversary of my first commute is next week.

I'm not saving any gas, but I'm saving transit fares. Not to mention eating all the...
08-03-08, 10:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,475
Posted By skylla

I haven't tried a compact double, but I'm pretty...

I haven't tried a compact double, but I'm pretty happy with my triple. I like to spin around 100rpm basically all the time. Maybe -5/+10, but not much outside that range. Looking at the gear...
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