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Forum: Commuting
04-30-15, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By elbows

I don't think the current Langster has any...

I don't think the current Langster has any rack/fender attachments. I'm just looking at the picture here (http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/road/langster/langster-street). Nothing on the text of...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By elbows

Recommendations for a SS/fixed commuter

For a while now I've been using fixed-gear conversions of old (70's/80's) road bikes as my winter commuter. I've been pretty happy with this setup but my current frame is approaching failure and I'm...
08-09-13, 07:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,342
Posted By elbows

Grocery Bag Panniers

For the last 10 years or so, I've done all my grocery shopping with a pair of Trek grocery bag panniers (http://thebikeline.com/product/trek-grocery-bag-2162.htm?gclid=COWG4PmCjbgCFU2k4AodDB8Aow)....
Forum: Commuting
03-01-12, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,208
Posted By elbows

I've broken both plastic (SKS) and aluminum...

I've broken both plastic (SKS) and aluminum fenders, but both through sort of unusual circumstances. They're plenty durable for ordinary use.

I now have a set of stainless steel fenders on my...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-11, 09:19 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,056
Posted By elbows

Basically, you stand up and pedal harder. :) It...

Basically, you stand up and pedal harder. :)
It takes a bit of adjustment but it's not as bad as it sounds. Somehow this kind of riding feels easier on an SS drive train, though I can't put my...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-11, 03:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,051
Posted By elbows

Only you can really judge the situation. I...

Only you can really judge the situation. I personally don't see a problem with going through a crosswalk when there's a pedestrian crossing at one side of the road or the other and plenty of room to...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-11, 01:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,532
Posted By elbows

I've also had the frame break on a VO saddle....

I've also had the frame break on a VO saddle. They sent me a free replacement, which also broke, and then refunded my money. A few months later I noticed that they'd reinforced that joint. I've since...
Forum: Touring
09-04-11, 10:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,366
Posted By elbows

Tent Stakes

My wife and I just finished our first short camping tour with a homemade tarp-tent. The camping all went fine... we were using some cheap aluminum stakes from our old dome tent, but the tarp requires...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-11, 02:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 955
Posted By elbows

I've used Andiamos and one or two other brands...

I've used Andiamos and one or two other brands over the years. Because of the thinner pad, they're not as comfortable on the bike, but they're more comfortable off the bike. I would wear them when I...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 09:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,941
Posted By elbows

If you're happy with the bars and just want more...

If you're happy with the bars and just want more reach, wouldn't it be easier to swap the stem?
Forum: Commuting
01-18-11, 01:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By elbows

I rode in this morning. It was a little slippery...

I rode in this morning. It was a little slippery in places but not too bad. My commute is just Watertown to Cambridge though -- the direct route is only about 3 miles, and probably a bit warmer/less...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-10, 10:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,146
Posted By elbows

I've had really good luck with Axiom Streamliner...

I've had really good luck with Axiom Streamliner racks. They're pretty cheap, but much stiffer than your typical Blackburn/Nashbar cheap rack. I haven't had felt any sway, even with a load of...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-10, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,895
Posted By elbows

Wow, I guess I bought just in time. The 2011 is a...

Wow, I guess I bought just in time. The 2011 is a very different bike. They went from calipers to cantis, bar-end shifters to downtube, and compact double to triple -- all changes for the worse as...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-10, 12:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,895
Posted By elbows

Nope, the Randonneur also has caliper brakes. I...

Nope, the Randonneur also has caliper brakes. I think that have a cyclocross model with cantis.
Forum: Commuting
11-29-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,895
Posted By elbows

I recently bought a Masi Special Randonneur,...

I recently bought a Masi Special Randonneur, which I believe is the same frame built up as a multi-speed bike. I'm really happy with it so far. The handling is just right -- very smooth, but not...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-10, 07:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,559
Posted By elbows

I've installed several sets of VO fenders...

I've installed several sets of VO fenders (aluminum and steel) and never had that problem. Is it possible they shipped you the wrong size? If I were you I'd give them a call. Their customer service...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-10, 10:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,441
Posted By elbows

I have a J&G rain cape. It's a little on the...

I have a J&G rain cape. It's a little on the short side for me (6' tall), but plenty big for my wife (5' 4"). I'm also on a road bike -- if I was sitting more upright, the cape would probably be long...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-10, 01:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,405
Posted By elbows

I seem to be in the minority, but I don't use a...

I seem to be in the minority, but I don't use a windbreaker unless it's really cold. If I don't have some airflow, I get sweaty -- a breathable jacket can let the sweat out, but it doesn't stop me...
09-09-10, 05:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,423
Posted By elbows

It sounds like V brakes are the way to go. Will I...

It sounds like V brakes are the way to go. Will I be better off using Travel Agents with my current levers, or switching to v brake-compatible levers? I seem to recall the both solutions have...
09-08-10, 01:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,423
Posted By elbows

Braking problems with canti brakes

My wife and I have an older (maybe '98) Burley Samba, which was converted to drop bars by the previous owner. We've had it for a few years, and the braking has always been problematic. With new pads,...
09-04-10, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By elbows

I'd got the impression that 10-speed stuff wears...

I'd got the impression that 10-speed stuff wears out faster (which is plausible since the cogs/chains are thinner). Have other people found that they hold up as well as 9-speed?
09-04-10, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By elbows

9-speed vs 10-speed STI

I'm in the market for a new road/light touring bike (undecided yet as to whether to build up myself or buy complete). Since I've last bought a new bike, it seems everything has switched to 10-speed....
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 709
Posted By elbows

I have used a Nelson (not the longflap) for years...

I have used a Nelson (not the longflap) for years without any kind of rack. It does sway a bit, and can sag down onto the fender, but it doesn't bother me.

If you don't have fenders, definitely...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By elbows

The Fuji Royale looks like a pretty decent bike,...

The Fuji Royale looks like a pretty decent bike, and older road bikes often make good commuters. However, downtube shifters can take a little getting used to.

The Breezer Citizen is well-equipped...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-10, 02:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 21,487
Posted By elbows

I used gatorskins for a long time, but lately I'm...

I used gatorskins for a long time, but lately I'm replacing them with other tires as they wear out. I found them to have pretty good flat protection and a decent ride, but I had a lot of problems...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,636
Posted By elbows

My fixed commuter met its death this winter at...

My fixed commuter met its death this winter at the hands of an unusually large pothole (the frame was bent beyond repair), and I've really been missing it lately.

Fortunately, I recently found a...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-10, 02:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,559
Posted By elbows

I've used aluminum, stainless, and plastic...

I've used aluminum, stainless, and plastic fenders. Of the three, I found the aluminum to be the least durable. They look pretty, but scratch easily and can corrode/tarnish if you ride in nasty...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-10, 04:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

Yeah, that looks like my hub. Fortunately for me,...

Yeah, that looks like my hub. Fortunately for me, Harris is just a couple miles from my house. Though I seem to remember the LBS respacing the hub to 126mm when I bought it, so I may already have the...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-10, 01:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,036
Posted By elbows

I had one of these for a while (from my local...

I had one of these for a while (from my local hardware store, not Rivendell), and eventually the 15mm end of it snapped off. Perhaps there are better-made versions out there, though.
Forum: Commuting
02-26-10, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

Thanks for the details. The chainring clearance...

Thanks for the details. The chainring clearance might be an issue. How did you go about dimpling the chain stay? And what size ring is that -- a 42 or so? It looks like a pretty tight fit even with...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-10, 01:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

Hmm, I hadn't even thought about rear dropout...

Hmm, I hadn't even thought about rear dropout spacing. My current frame is 126mm, but I have the IRO flip-flop hub which I think can be respaced easily.

I'm not necessarily looking for something...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 03:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

You can have my caliper brakes when you pry them...

You can have my caliper brakes when you pry them from my cold, dead hands! :)

But seriously, like I said before, caliper brakes aren't a must have. But I'm used to them, and find them easier to...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 01:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

Well, I already spent $300 on quality parts when...

Well, I already spent $300 on quality parts when I built up the last bike. :) Probably more actually, since I have a generator light setup. It's all in good shape except the frame and the headset,...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 01:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

I probably need a 57cm or so. And I'm actually...

I probably need a 57cm or so. And I'm actually looking for a frame rather than a complete bike -- I should be able to transfer almost all my current parents to a new frame.
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 12:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,063
Posted By elbows

Looking for a SS/FG commuter frame

So I hit a huge pothole coming in to work yesterday and bent the frame of my all-weather commuter. It's a cheap frame, and any possible repair would cost more than it's worth, so I'm in the market...
Forum: Touring
02-23-10, 01:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,083
Posted By elbows

My wife and I use a Ray-Way two person quilt. It...

My wife and I use a Ray-Way two person quilt. It works very well for us. If it gets too warm for me, I can stick my feet out to cool down. The biggest drawback to this setup is if you have a partner...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-10, 01:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,036
Posted By elbows

There's also this one:...

There's also this one: http://www.ridepdw.com/goods/tools/3wrenchoraw
A 15mm wrench and steel tire lever in one. I haven't used one but they look pretty small and light.
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 10:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,322
Posted By elbows

The two things that make the biggest difference...

The two things that make the biggest difference for me are starting with warm feet, and starting with a warm bike (either storing it inside or bringing it in for 20 minutes or so before I head out)....
Forum: Commuting
10-23-09, 10:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,061
Posted By elbows

The outer shell of the Sub Zero gloves is quite...

The outer shell of the Sub Zero gloves is quite nice, but it's more than a little bit insulated -- I can't even wear mine until it's below freezing, at which point waterproofing ceases to be an...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,714
Posted By elbows

I switched to a generator hub a few years ago,...

I switched to a generator hub a few years ago, and for me there's no going back. Having a light that's always there and requires no upkeep makes a bike feel so much more practical to me. Life is...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-09, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By elbows

That's right. If you look at Shimano's diagram of...

That's right. If you look at Shimano's diagram of the hub, the whole left side, including all the electrical bits, is considered a single part, and the loose bearings aren't even shown -- I always...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-09, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By elbows

Nexus generator hub longevity

Recently a wire broke inside my Nexus generator hub (long story, and probably my fault...), which gave me occasion to disassemble it to a much greater degree than Shimano recommends. I was surprised...
Forum: Touring
09-03-09, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By elbows

The Rivendell MUSA shorts are another option for...

The Rivendell MUSA shorts are another option for about the same price. http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/clothing#product=22-078

I have a pair of each and like the Rivendell shorts better.
...
09-02-09, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By elbows

Well, I didn't have high hopes, but I called the...

Well, I didn't have high hopes, but I called the shop today to check on it and they said it was "all set". When I pick it up I'll have to see if I can find out how they removed it.
08-30-09, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By elbows

Instead of inserting washers, I ended up just...

Instead of inserting washers, I ended up just loosening the left side cone and locknut to get a tighter fit on the dropout -- same idea, but I didn't have to cut up any washers.

Unfortunately, it...
08-29-09, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By elbows

I like the washer idea, will try that in the...

I like the washer idea, will try that in the morning.

I didn't have much trouble getting the wheel off, not sure why. It was on a older frame which lacks the "lawyer lips" on the dropout, which I...
08-29-09, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By elbows

Stuck QR Skewer

I'm trying to overhaul my Shimano generator hub today, and it turns out that the QR skewer has gotten quite rusty, and apparently fused itself to the axle. I can open the lever and get the wheel off,...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-09, 08:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,496
Posted By elbows

I second the bike path for getting to North...

I second the bike path for getting to North Station. Unless it's really clogged with joggers, it will be faster and less stressful than the streets (though cycling in Boston isn't as bad as one might...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-09, 01:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,277
Posted By elbows

I agree with bhop -- removing the saddlebag is...

I agree with bhop -- removing the saddlebag is not so bad once you get used to it. Also, over time the leather straps will break in and it will get easier. My saddle has annoying, small bag loops...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-09, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By elbows

I built up a bike for my wife with the SA 5-speed...

I built up a bike for my wife with the SA 5-speed (the version without a drum brake). It works pretty well and setup wasn't really a problem. The shift cable seems to need adjustment every now and...
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