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06-20-10, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,602
Posted By hosehead

I think Peloton (off of Harmony) carries...

I think Peloton (off of Harmony) carries Specialized; I've heard good things about them. Lee's carries Trek but I would stay away. I've had pretty lousy experiences there. Their sales staff isn't...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-10, 09:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,879
Posted By hosehead

My wife has had a Transfer for a few years. She...

My wife has had a Transfer for a few years. She likes it but I think you could do a lot better. It is comfy, the internal shifter is nice, and it has a lot of cool features standard like fenders,...
06-28-09, 08:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,130
Posted By hosehead

That's great info - thank you all. My wife and I...

That's great info - thank you all. My wife and I went down there to poke around and really like that neighborhood. It's expensive, so we'll see.
06-03-09, 04:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,130
Posted By hosehead

That's actually a really good suggestion. I like...

That's actually a really good suggestion. I like that neighborhood, I like the school, and certain members of my family would love that it's right by the zoo. It looks very young and vibrant. My...
05-22-09, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,130
Posted By hosehead

Thanks for the good info - I will stop in at a...

Thanks for the good info - I will stop in at a bike shop next time I'm down there and pick up one of those maps. I don't think that a ride that's 20 miles in to work is too bad, especially along an...
05-21-09, 08:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,130
Posted By hosehead

Denver Metro Question

Hello all -
I'll be moving to the Denver metro area soon (working downtown) and was wondering if any of you have any recommendations of bike/transit friendly areas that also have good public...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-08, 12:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,517
Posted By hosehead

I have a cheap Giant Rincon that I bought in 1999...

I have a cheap Giant Rincon that I bought in 1999 for about $300. I didn't know anything about bikes then. That thing has been a tank. I got rid of my car in '02 and have put many thousands of miles...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-08, 02:32 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,949
Posted By hosehead

Both are appropriate. I'm sorry, but if you wear...

Both are appropriate. I'm sorry, but if you wear headphones while you ride you make yourself a hazard. You can't hear people approaching, it's harder to hear other vehicles, and it's technically...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 08:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,359
Posted By hosehead

I'm in a similar situation. Rather than buying...

I'm in a similar situation. Rather than buying new gear I bought a $6 can of Outdoor Scotchgard. Hopefully that saves me the $100 I'd be spending on a new jacket. If it doesn't work, oh well - I'm...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 08:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 939
Posted By hosehead

Ha ha ha...That happens all of the time. The...

Ha ha ha...That happens all of the time. The slowest people always seem to be at the front. I rarely have people pass me in a queue but when they do it really irritates me.

Why not just politely...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 08:37 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,949
Posted By hosehead

Don't use an iPod while you're riding!!!! ...

Don't use an iPod while you're riding!!!!

It's dangerous, not only to yourself but to other riders around you. I live by a large university and every year when classes start reams of idiot bikers...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-08, 09:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,427
Posted By hosehead

I've used backpacks and panniers, both with...

I've used backpacks and panniers, both with pannier bags and a trunk bag. I bought a used Burley d'Lite to carry around big loads.

Panniers are nice if you're going some place and not really...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-08, 09:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By hosehead

Go test ride them both and I think your choice...

Go test ride them both and I think your choice will be pretty clear. The Crosscheck is a lot sportier and more fun, in my opinion.

The LHT's little spoke holder might interfere with some trailers....
Forum: Commuting
08-10-08, 03:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,538
Posted By hosehead

I've been shot with paintballs too. One...

I've been shot with paintballs too.

One thing I've found out recently is that if you get the plate # of cars that screw with you, you can call the police, fill out a report, and the cops will...
08-10-08, 03:05 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,136
Posted By hosehead

That's quite true. I'm risk averse so I almost...

That's quite true. I'm risk averse so I almost always wear one. At this point it feels weird not to wear one.

Still, there's an old biker adage that's apropos to cycling as well: There are two...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-08, 11:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 14,663
Posted By hosehead

I've had a couple of motorcycles, but I got rid...

I've had a couple of motorcycles, but I got rid of my last one at the beginning of the summer because they're not nearly as practical as a bike and because they pollute more than an SUV.
(Source:...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-08, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By hosehead

Wow. Somebody needs to go to time-out.

Wow. Somebody needs to go to time-out.
08-06-08, 11:00 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,136
Posted By hosehead

Hey, I'm just giving you an anecdote of something...

Hey, I'm just giving you an anecdote of something admittedly dumb that I did a long time ago. My point was that anyone can do something stupid and it's best to be prepared. That could be you, that...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-08, 10:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,838
Posted By hosehead

I personally don't think studded tires are worth...

I personally don't think studded tires are worth it. I use ordinary ol' inverts in the snow and haven't ever had a problem that wouldn't have occurred with studs. You might be able to go a little bit...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-08, 01:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,838
Posted By hosehead

One thing you really need to think about is...

One thing you really need to think about is visibility. Drivers are not used to seeing bikes around in the winter, especially at 3am. I know you say that you have lights, but I'd really make sure...
08-05-08, 01:03 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,136
Posted By hosehead

Everyone makes mistakes, everyone makes...

Everyone makes mistakes, everyone makes miscalculations. Smart people learn from them.
08-04-08, 09:59 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,136
Posted By hosehead

Many years ago I was out on a seemingly innocuous...

Many years ago I was out on a seemingly innocuous errand in the city sans lid. I got a crazy hair to jump a ditch and did as much, yet in the landing I erred. I was used to biking up or down hills...
08-04-08, 09:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,648
Posted By hosehead

Clipless is great. I've only used SPDs though. If...

Clipless is great. I've only used SPDs though. If you're having a hard time just loosen them up and remember that many of us have fallen over at that stop light when we first got started.

Still, I...
08-04-08, 09:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,400
Posted By hosehead

Where I work they'd tell me I'm crazy to ride the...

Where I work they'd tell me I'm crazy to ride the bus (instead of biking).
Forum: Commuting
08-04-08, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 860
Posted By hosehead

Use fenders.

Use fenders.
Forum: Commuting
08-04-08, 09:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,068
Posted By hosehead

If they want it, they'll get it. "Specialized"...

If they want it, they'll get it. "Specialized" screams "steal me."

I was deciding between this and a Surly Crosscheck and that's pretty much what sealed the deal for me. The Crosscheck also seems...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 10:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 842
Posted By hosehead

You can do it! Just get used to how your...

You can do it!

Just get used to how your equipment works and it won't be a problem. Just stick with it. It's part equipment, part upkeep, and a huge part of determination on your part. It will...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By hosehead

You don't need expensive neoprene - a cheap hand...

You don't need expensive neoprene - a cheap hand towel wrapped around your laptop does the same thing.
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 04:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,472
Posted By hosehead

Ever see that International Harvester country...

Ever see that International Harvester country music video?

That about says it all.
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 09:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,198
Posted By hosehead

Any shop can be a bad shop, whether it's a chain...

Any shop can be a bad shop, whether it's a chain or local. You folks are right though - there are a lot of bike shops where I live so I can be picky. Chains are inherently going to be hit or miss...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 09:03 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,815
Posted By hosehead

I have Deuter Rack Packs, or I did until my wife...

I have Deuter Rack Packs, or I did until my wife took them. I think they use the same quick release mechanism as the Ortleibs, which is really nice. They just pop right off and you can carry them...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-08, 08:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,472
Posted By hosehead

I'll trade you tuner kids for Shriners.

I'll trade you tuner kids for Shriners.
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 10:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,029
Posted By hosehead

Back when I started college I bought my first...

Back when I started college I bought my first commuter too. I didn't know what I wanted or needed. I lucked out with a Giant that is now my snow bike after thousands upon thousands of miles and a lot...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,423
Posted By hosehead

I'll chime in and say that a friend's bike was...

I'll chime in and say that a friend's bike was locked a la Sheldon. The thieves cut the rim and took the bike. Sheldon didn't think this would happen; I know otherwise. I have a lot of respect for...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 10:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,198
Posted By hosehead

I buy a lot of accessories from Performance, but...

I buy a lot of accessories from Performance, but I'd never buy a bike there.

Internet forums are great for getting preliminary information, but there's no substitute to good, solid know how at...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-08, 09:52 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,371
Posted By hosehead

State Farm thinks you look like an idiot

Has anyone seen that State Farm commercial making fun of bicycle commuters?

For those who haven't, they make fun of a guy riding around in lycra shorts because he can't afford gas. The gist is...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-08, 01:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,352
Posted By hosehead

I was actually comparing these two bikes as well....

I was actually comparing these two bikes as well. The components on the Randonee look slightly inferior to the LHT and Surly's 4130 is supposed to be more comparable to Reynolds 631...
03-13-08, 08:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 926
Posted By hosehead

I use MUPs in the winter or when I feel so moved...

I use MUPs in the winter or when I feel so moved and bike lanes when it's nice out.

They plow the MUPs here, which isn't always true of bike lanes. In the summer the MUPs are clogged, which isn't...
03-13-08, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By hosehead

In Colorado you can call the state patrol (*CSP...

In Colorado you can call the state patrol (*CSP on your cell) and report incidents if you got their plate #, even if it did not involve injury. My understanding is that these reports go on the...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-08, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,102
Posted By hosehead

I think it's easier to find better commuting...

I think it's easier to find better commuting tires in the 700c size. A lot of this depends on the width of the rims (Sheldon puts min. tire width at 1.45x internal rim width or thereabouts), but it...
03-12-08, 12:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By hosehead

craigslist is usually a gold mine for this kind...

craigslist is usually a gold mine for this kind of stuff (or at least it is out here in CO)
03-12-08, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By hosehead

I've walked down a chunk of the Appian way in...

I've walked down a chunk of the Appian way in Rome. It's so uneven that even walking on it is a pain, and there are lots of pedestrians in Europe in general so you riding on the sidewalk (which was...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-08, 09:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,774
Posted By hosehead

addition to last post

Edit: The REI lock has a warranty of $1000k, so if your bike is worth this or less I wouldn't be too concerned about this vs. Kryptonite.

The only exception, I suppose, would be if you have fancy...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-08, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,774
Posted By hosehead

If they want your bike they'll get it. It...

If they want your bike they'll get it.

It seems worthwhile to me to get a Kryptonite because they will reimburse you for your bike if you send them the broken lock.
02-25-08, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Posted By hosehead

I've had problems with Lee's North, but...

I've had problems with Lee's North, but apparently the guy who screwed up my bike was fired shortly thereafter. I've had good experiences with mechanics there too. Like someone else here said,...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-08, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,922
Posted By hosehead

For commuting I wouldn't worry too much. The more...

For commuting I wouldn't worry too much. The more expensive racks are beefier and often chromoly for touring. I've been commuting year round in Colorado for 6 years with the same cheapo aluminum rack...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-07, 09:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 759
Posted By hosehead

Don't go cheap on fenders for your commuter. I...

Don't go cheap on fenders for your commuter. I live in the desert so it doesn't rain much, but when it does your fenders are worth their weight in gold. They're even more useful for keeping snow and...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-07, 09:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,551
Posted By hosehead

I think the motorcycle saying applies to cycling...

I think the motorcycle saying applies to cycling as well - there are two types of bikers: Those who have gone down and those who will.

I crashed a while ago and broke my shoulder blade, a rib, and...
Forum: Touring
04-30-03, 12:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 966
Posted By hosehead

yup, thanks

yup, thanks
Forum: Touring
04-29-03, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 966
Posted By hosehead

touring + divorce

So this summer I'm thinking about doing a tour across Colorado, my home state. I'm looking around on the internet for various resources on touring. You know those little ads that pop up based on...
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