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Forum: Commuting
02-21-11, 09:14 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 23,714
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

And the mailman? ;)

And the mailman? ;)
Forum: Commuting
11-01-10, 01:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,922
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

And if you stop the rim directly, the inertia of...

And if you stop the rim directly, the inertia of the bike will still apply stress against the spokes. One way you stop the hub and not the wheel, the other way you stop the wheel and not the hub. ...
07-09-10, 09:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 723
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Right brifter releasing two positions from 1st to 3rd

Right brifter (2003 tiagra) is releasing two positions from lowest gear (largest cog) two positions down to 3rd gear. The RD is otherwise well-tuned - note that when it goes down two spots, it is in...
06-04-10, 01:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,351
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Assuming the derailer hasn't taken a hit as you...

Assuming the derailer hasn't taken a hit as you claim, it just needs a tune up. Read up on the park tool site for how to do it, but in a nutshell (and somebody correct me if I botch this off the top...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-10, 08:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,173
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

That's a good point. The commuting forum ends up...

That's a good point. The commuting forum ends up being therapy for many people just because for most of us, this is the only place where we can find fellow bike commuters. So it does tend to...
05-26-10, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,799
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

If you kept the old XT rear der you can always...

If you kept the old XT rear der you can always try to replace the spring later. If it were me I'd try to keep the stock parts for that bike, I'm not sure about that particular model but there are...
05-05-10, 11:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,239
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

What about that picture of the freehub body he...

What about that picture of the freehub body he posted - thing looks fried, doesn't it?
Forum: Commuting
04-27-10, 10:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,878
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Go drive it for a week and you'll be hating the...

Go drive it for a week and you'll be hating the car so much you won't complain about the bike again.
04-21-10, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,430
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

That could work. However, if the bike has enough...

That could work. However, if the bike has enough fork clearance, one might go with Sheldon's recommendation - Kool-Stop mountain pads on a road bike. I tried it and it worked fantastic. Great...
04-07-10, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 897
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I was thinking the same. Also check that the...

I was thinking the same. Also check that the wheels aren't switched. I've done that.
Forum: Commuting
04-06-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,202
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Are you totally sure the guy's a jerk? My office...

Are you totally sure the guy's a jerk? My office mates send me crap like that all the time. It's mildly amusing. I call these people my "friends".

It could easily be that the guy likes to joke...
04-03-10, 09:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

It's only about $10 more. And I know I'm always...

It's only about $10 more. And I know I'm always hitting my (non-Shadow) derailers on stuff, knocking them out of alignment. I bought a DAG-2 to straighten hangers, but if one pays a shop for that...
04-03-10, 09:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I didn't catch it just off the name, but anybody...

I didn't catch it just off the name, but anybody with a pulse should get it after seeing the bottle.
04-02-10, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Regarding the rusting issue: pay attention to the...

Regarding the rusting issue: pay attention to the ferrules too. One time I needed a cable fast and didn't have any handy, so I went to Performance and asked for stainless cables and ferrules. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-10, 10:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,276
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

One more vote for Magicshine. That thing is...

One more vote for Magicshine. That thing is absolutely fierce. Less than $100 for more light than you get from most lights 3x as expensive.
Forum: Commuting
03-24-10, 11:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,023
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Well, you're on a recumbent, so if things get...

Well, you're on a recumbent, so if things get sideways you're not falling as far as they are.

If they get too aggressive, pump + spokes = win.
Forum: Commuting
03-15-10, 10:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,763
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

On the other hand, he knew dang well he was...

On the other hand, he knew dang well he was dealing in stolen property when he bought it. Still props to the guy for doing the right thing.
Forum: Commuting
03-06-10, 05:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,436
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I'd go with something like "it possesses adequate...

I'd go with something like "it possesses adequate vibration damping characteristics, but the lateral resonance isn't properly tuned for feedback amplification. Not for a 150lb rider at a 1.8 Hz...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-10, 10:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 686
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

You're so vain, you probably think this post is...

You're so vain, you probably think this post is about you...don't you, don't you?
Forum: Commuting
03-04-10, 09:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,116
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

If I couldn't cross at a 90 degree angle, I'd...

If I couldn't cross at a 90 degree angle, I'd walk it. As mentioned, you can break your hip like that - in fact, I know there's a member on BF who did break his hip like that (don't think I saw him...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-10, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I saw that. I want to ask the guy if he'll take...

I saw that. I want to ask the guy if he'll take $10 for a one day rental. That bike almost has to be experienced.
02-28-10, 11:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,160
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Hard to say without knowing more about the bike,...

Hard to say without knowing more about the bike, but let's start with what we do know:

1) It only happens when you mash hard.
2) You're a reasonably big guy by cycling standards.
3) Drivetrain...
02-27-10, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 638
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

You can search completed auctions, so that should...

You can search completed auctions, so that should help.

Other than that, from what I've seen lately (I'm looking to upgrade as well), I've seen used Ultegra 6600 groupsets going for a bit over...
02-17-10, 08:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,605
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Yeah, those guys with vintage bikes are idiots. ...

Yeah, those guys with vintage bikes are idiots. One can find deals on bikes with fantastic frames at prices that are untouchable with that "21st century" kit you mention. I saw a deal on a Colnago...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-10, 11:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,899
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Thanks for the great post. That's some serious...

Thanks for the great post. That's some serious wisdom, that could easily be turned into a commuter FAQ. Lots of stuff I've learned the hard way. ;)

I have to say, you've posted some of the more...
01-22-10, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 594
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

That's a very good deal. I'd definitely return...

That's a very good deal. I'd definitely return to that shop.
01-22-10, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,032
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Panthers, The BR-550s take threaded hardware, so...

Panthers, The BR-550s take threaded hardware, so the smooth studs you posted won't work. The threaded version of the eagle is the old-school type that has the really wide threads, and I could see...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,449
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Yes, but it's because my 'beater' is a good...

Yes, but it's because my 'beater' is a good general purpose bike - an early 90s hybrid with a frame geometry remarkably like the cross check. It's fast (enough) in summer, can handle some...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-10, 08:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,443
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I'm well past the "attracting laughs" threshold. ...

I'm well past the "attracting laughs" threshold. I'm just trying to stay ahead of the "calling the cops on the lunatic" threshold. ;)

My thinking on pavement riding is that I get going pretty...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-10, 08:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,440
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Actually, as president of the International...

Actually, as president of the International Society of Rednecks, we do have a protocol for that situation. What happens is I send out Bubba and Tater, and they confiscate your truck since you're not...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-10, 03:44 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,598
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

This episode of Bikeforums has been brought to...

This episode of Bikeforums has been brought to you by the letters "F" and "U".

;)
Forum: Commuting
01-08-10, 03:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,382
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Now I know this is a contentious subject, but do...

Now I know this is a contentious subject, but do you think it's possible that the pain could be caused by the fact that you're riding a fixie? Especially when you mention knee pain. The back pain...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-10, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I think that's good care and maintenance that...

I think that's good care and maintenance that extends beyond just spokes. ;)
Forum: Commuting
01-08-10, 09:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,443
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

C'mon, if you're going for the Star Wars gag, I'm...

C'mon, if you're going for the Star Wars gag, I'm at least getting Vader.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-10, 11:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,443
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Interesting. I certainly like cheaper, I'll...

Interesting. I certainly like cheaper, I'll check it out. I think the Bellistic has a little less protection than the other two from what I've read so far, which is how it comes in lighter.
...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-10, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,387
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Agree, but it does say "La Cruz" on the top tube....

Agree, but it does say "La Cruz" on the top tube. Faint, but you can read it.

Could be that the disc-cross thing wasn't working for them. Too bad - the old La Cruz is just about the ideal bike...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-10, 03:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,443
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Commuting with a full-face helmet?

I'm in the market for a new helmet because my old one is grungy and doesn't fit my head well. I've never owned a full-face before, but I'm considering it for a variety of reasons, some personal, some...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-10, 03:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,123
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Really, the winds lately are the only problem. ...

Really, the winds lately are the only problem. The people who complain about temps in the teens have never tried it with appropriate clothing. I did it with a short-sleeved jersey for a base, thin...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,762
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Or they switched to their MTBs with the studs and...

Or they switched to their MTBs with the studs and threw on enough layers to look like Randy from "A Christmas Story". That's me, at least. My commute now is taking at least 50% longer than summer....
Forum: Commuting
12-15-09, 10:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,441
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Throw on the studs and you'd find that it's quite...

Throw on the studs and you'd find that it's quite safe. I ride my bike to work every day, all year. I use studs when there's a realistic chance of frozen stuff. And believe it or not, freezing...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-09, 12:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,988
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

There are two considerations: 1) what is legal,...

There are two considerations: 1) what is legal, and 2) what is safe.

In many cases, it is legal to ride in the lane on such roads, but if they're high-traffic and high-speed, it might be fairly...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-09, 12:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,169
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I will say, that response was in fact much less...

I will say, that response was in fact much less charming than Stalin. I have to give him that.
Forum: Commuting
12-07-09, 09:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 797
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I would suggest that if ice is in play, you've...

I would suggest that if ice is in play, you've got bigger problems than your fenders. You need studded tires.

The other issue is whether to go clipless in icy conditions. I think they help in...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-09, 01:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,333
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Totally agree. I almost broadsided a car one...

Totally agree. I almost broadsided a car one time - low sun angle, and a dark beige car just completely disappeared into some deep shadows. I completely didn't see it, pulled out and barely stopped...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-09, 10:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 708
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I have fairly light exercise-induced asthma. ...

I have fairly light exercise-induced asthma. Generally kicks in if I do something dumb like sprints before warming up. Generally worse in cold weather.

If yours is also worse in the cold - like...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-09, 09:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 856
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

First, if you really don't want to arrive sweaty,...

First, if you really don't want to arrive sweaty, you'll probably have to ditch the backpack. They make your back sweat something fierce. A rack is a good option, so consider that when picking a...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-09, 07:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,563
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I dunno, given the age, make, and model it looks...

I dunno, given the age, make, and model it looks like it should be driven by an octogenarian with blue-tinged hair. Which is to say, I'd expect that car to be going exactly that slow. ;)
Forum: Commuting
11-27-09, 07:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Ride that damn bike. What's the worst case...

Ride that damn bike. What's the worst case scenario, you have to replace a cartridge bearing or two?

Of course, I say this as someone whose winter bike's headset just rusted and cracked apart. ...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-09, 03:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,239
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

Does the Jake have Tektro pads? If so, swapping...

Does the Jake have Tektro pads? If so, swapping them out to - well, anything - will immediately and dramatically increase the braking power. I'll second the recommendation for Kool-stops

Decent...
11-18-09, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,074
Posted By Mr. Underbridge

I've wondered as well. I think the light...

I've wondered as well. I think the light manufacturers aren't used to the current rapid rate of improvement in emitters, and their R&D isn't set up to take advantage of it.

They better figure...
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