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11-15-13, 02:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,803
Posted By GeraldF

I use the Kryptonite Evo Mini lock to lock my...

I use the Kryptonite Evo Mini lock to lock my frame. I have locking skewers for the wheels and seat post. The Evo Mini is a sturdy lightweight U-lock. However, I would only recommend it if you live...
11-15-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,784
Posted By GeraldF

Another thing to consider is locking up the bike....

Another thing to consider is locking up the bike. If you often lock to a U-Rack or "Staple rack" and have to share the rack with another bicycle, having a front basket can make the bicycle a hassle...
11-08-13, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By GeraldF

Scale for weighing bikes and bike accessories

So I'm on a mission to purchase and modify a utility bike fully equipped with chain guard, fenders, rear rack and perhaps a front basket. However, I live on the third floor of an apartment and I want...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 02:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

My goal is to find a way for people to walk into...

My goal is to find a way for people to walk into any bike shop, here in the US, and walk out with a bike that is designed to withstand theft, including theft of components. Currently one must...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 10:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

I'm going to break down the differences between...

I'm going to break down the differences between bikes in Denmark and bikes in the USA to explain why so many wheels get stolen in USA cities.

1. A new wheel, including a tire a tube, can easily...
11-07-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,768
Posted By GeraldF

Another thing to consider is fenders. 700c tires...

Another thing to consider is fenders. 700c tires are 700mm in diameter, which is 27.5". You may have difficulty finding fenders that fit wide 700c tires. Fenders should generally be compatible with a...
11-07-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks for the Soma suggestion. In another thread...

Thanks for the Soma suggestion. In another thread someone informed me of a new bike coming out, the 2014 Novara Barrow. The "Seat Tube Center-Top" is listed as 20.5". REI claims that this has a...
11-06-13, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,128
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks for these suggestions. The Novara Barrow...

Thanks for these suggestions. The Novara Barrow looks great. Whatever I end up going with I'm determined to add a chain guard. I currently own a 21 speed hybrid that has an aftermarket SKS Chainboard...
11-06-13, 07:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,291
Posted By GeraldF

Minimizing scuff marks on walls

The walls in my staircase as well as the walls in my living room are gradually accumulated black scuff marks from handlebars and tires. Any advice on how to:

1. Clean the scuff marks without...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-13, 10:54 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

Can the "bolted on" wheels of Dutch bikes be...

Can the "bolted on" wheels of Dutch bikes be removed in 10-20 seconds the way they can in the US? If not, what's the difference? Different type of bolt? Is it time consuming to remove the chain case?...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

It all depends on where you live. In NYC bikes...

It all depends on where you live. In NYC bikes get stripped down for parts in the blink an eye, quick release or no quick release.

The bolts that most bikes have can be removed in about ten...
11-05-13, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,128
Posted By GeraldF

Customizing a lightweight utility bike for stairs

Requirements:

1. Chainguard
2. Full fenders
3. Eyelets for front basket and rear rack
4. Vertical dropouts (will be adding Pitlocks to lock the wheels and seat; it's my understanding that...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-13, 09:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

I once asked someone from Holland how common...

I once asked someone from Holland how common theft of wheels was. He said it was very rare as the wheels are very, very difficult to remove from Dutch bikes. Can anyone explain this? Is it because...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-13, 01:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

Are these compatible with horizontal dropouts?...

Are these compatible with horizontal dropouts? Thanks.
Forum: Commuting
11-04-13, 11:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

The whole point of using locking skewers or...

The whole point of using locking skewers or Pitlocks is to make locking a bike as convenient as possible while making it highly unlikely that a wheel will get stolen. I find locking up the rear wheel...
11-04-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

What size is this frame?

What size is this frame?
11-03-13, 04:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

This is just the type of setup I'm looking for...

This is just the type of setup I'm looking for (minus the lack of a step-thru frame, of course). If I really had to I suppose I could become more flexible and get used to swinging my leg over the...
11-01-13, 10:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

I give up. I'm going to take up tae-bo.

I give up. I'm going to take up tae-bo.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-01-13, 11:48 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 26,612
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks fietsbob. The greasy exposed drivetrain is...

Thanks fietsbob. The greasy exposed drivetrain is a bit of an issue with Dahon. My hands do get dirty sometimes. Also when loading into my car trunk I have to be wary of not damaging the derailleur,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-01-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 26,612
Posted By GeraldF

Pros of the Dahon Speed 7: 1. Costs half as...

Pros of the Dahon Speed 7:

1. Costs half as much as a Brompton
2. Adequately reliable

Cons of the Dahon Speed 7:

1. Fairly wobbly ride. I've gotten used to it, but I've come close to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-01-13, 10:15 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 26,612
Posted By GeraldF

Convince me to buy a Brompton instead of a Dahon

For the last seven years I've owned a Dahon Speed 7. This is the only folding bike I've ever owned and it has treated me well. I've used it as a backup bike and for traveling by car and by bus. I've...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

I need to be schooled on horizontal dropouts. ...

I need to be schooled on horizontal dropouts.

1. How hard would it be for a thief to steal a wheel having standard horizontal dropouts?
2. Is there a locking system similar to Pitlock that works...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-13, 09:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

Great tips guys. I currently have bikes with...

Great tips guys.

I currently have bikes with vertical dropouts. Locking skewers are compatible with vertical dropouts. What about bikes with horizontal dropouts? Do Pitlocks work with them?
10-29-13, 10:05 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 6,679
Posted By GeraldF

Yes, you are on the money. I am the OP and this...

Yes, you are on the money. I am the OP and this is the car-free forum. As such I am interested in the costs of using a bicycle as a transportation tool in place of a car. Also, when I talk to people...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-13, 09:49 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

Pardon my ignorance, but how does the Pitlock...

Pardon my ignorance, but how does the Pitlock system work? I see the "key" is about the size of a penny and maybe a quarter inch thick. Does some sort of wrench fit into this when it's time to take...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-13, 12:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks!

Thanks!
10-28-13, 09:59 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 6,679
Posted By GeraldF

I think you need to redo your math. At...

I think you need to redo your math. At $3.75/gallon, and assuming your averaged 28 mpg, gas ALONE costs over $0.13/mile. Also, in suburban or rural areas where transporting long distances is...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-13, 09:47 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

Where did you purchase your Pitlocks? I only see...

Where did you purchase your Pitlocks? I only see Onguard and Pinhead locking skewers on Amazon. Thanks.
10-28-13, 08:17 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 6,679
Posted By GeraldF

Another major thing to consider is the...

Another major thing to consider is the unpredictability of bike theft. In urban environments I know numerous people who have had more than one or two bikes stolen over the course of several years....
10-27-13, 09:56 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 6,679
Posted By GeraldF

Cost per mile ridden

Ever calculate how much money you spend over time on bicycle purchases and maintenance?

Over the past year I've kept a detailed log of all my bicycle related purchases. Everything from new tires...
10-27-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,102
Posted By GeraldF

Some may consider me anal, but I'm not a fan of...

Some may consider me anal, but I'm not a fan of ankle straps or sticking pants inside of socks. Luckily I have a family member who works with steel. He was generous enough to custom make a chain...
10-27-13, 07:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks for the tip on googling "mixte bike...

Thanks for the tip on googling "mixte bike frame."
10-26-13, 05:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

I'm no expert on bike fit, so I could be wrong,...

I'm no expert on bike fit, so I could be wrong, but I've been assuming that even with a long seat-post it would be quite difficult to make a small frame "fit" me. Yes, I could get the leg extension I...
10-25-13, 06:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

The Workcycles Kruisframe 61 cm looks awesome....

The Workcycles Kruisframe 61 cm looks awesome. Not sure I can pull the trigger due to the price … close to $2,000.
Forum: Commuting
10-23-13, 09:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,471
Posted By GeraldF

Great tip. Here's a great video by Dottie of...

Great tip. Here's a great video by Dottie of Let's Go Ride a Bike. She gives a thorough overview of How to Dress for Winter Bike Commuting in windy, sub-freezing Chicago....
10-23-13, 09:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,393
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks. I'm thinking of getting a waterproof book...

Thanks. I'm thinking of getting a waterproof book bag or messenger bag to put wet rain pants in upon arriving at the destination. Maybe I could carry a large plastic bag to stuff the pants in, then...
10-23-13, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,393
Posted By GeraldF

Taking off wet layers after biking in the rain

Scenario: It's raining steadily and I want to bike to a meeting, restaurant or event. What would you recommend in terms of types of outerwear as well as where to put the sopping wet outerwear once...
10-21-13, 10:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,976
Posted By GeraldF

Saddles: Cheap yet comfortable

I'd love to get a Brooks saddle, but there are two things holding me back. 1) Cost. 2) They're not rain friendly.

Yeah, yeah, I know it's not that big a deal to cover the saddle on days that it...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,441
Posted By GeraldF

Whatever you do, make sure you get a good U-Lock....

Whatever you do, make sure you get a good U-Lock. 90%+ stolen bikes are locked with cables or cheap chains. Thieves cut right through them in a matter of seconds. It doesn't matter how crappy the...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-13, 11:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,771
Posted By GeraldF

I recommend getting the Onguard Three-piece...

I recommend getting the Onguard Three-piece Locking Skewers. Similar to Pinhead. This will lock your wheels as well as the seat post. The tool to remove the skewers is smaller than my thumb, fits on...
10-20-13, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,587
Posted By GeraldF

Front basket that won't block headlight

I have a headlight mounted to the handlebars of my mountain bike (has front shocks). I'd like to add a front basket, but I have two concerns:

1) Will the headlight get in the way when I attempt to...
10-16-13, 10:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,407
Posted By GeraldF

I just stumbled upon this fascinating article on...

I just stumbled upon this fascinating article on Dutch building regulations regarding bike storage: http://bit.ly/1arcdpa

From the article: "Homes, including apartments, built after circa 1950 in...
10-13-13, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,421
Posted By GeraldF

Panniers: Where can I get these?

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These red panniers look practical. Anyone know where I could find a similar pair? Thanks.
10-10-13, 09:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks for the detailed advice mel2012. The 15-20...

Thanks for the detailed advice mel2012. The 15-20 mph would only be while going downhill. I know I've gotten above 20 mph on the 50 pound Capital Bikeshare bikes when the hill is steep enough. I...
10-10-13, 02:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks guys. In case anyone's wondering, one of...

Thanks guys. In case anyone's wondering, one of the reasons I'd prefer a step-thru frame is so I can put a milk crate on the rear rack and not have to take up tae-bo as a prerequisite for swinging my...
10-08-13, 05:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,956
Posted By GeraldF

A friend of mine recently recommended a book from...

A friend of mine recently recommended a book from the 1930s entitled "How to Win Friends and Influence People." It's written by Dale Carnegie and has sold over 15 million copies. It has nothing to do...
10-08-13, 04:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,309
Posted By GeraldF

Thanks for the input MEversbergII and no1mad. I...

Thanks for the input MEversbergII and no1mad. I like the trunk bag with diary lock idea. The Ortlieb anti theft accessory also looks cool. Much appreciated!
10-08-13, 07:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,309
Posted By GeraldF

The pannier theft dilemma

For strictly grocery shopping, traveling to work, or going from point A to point B, panniers are great. They're waterproof, easily removable so you can put them in a shopping cart, etc. The benefits...
10-07-13, 10:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,928
Posted By GeraldF

Step-thru frame for someone 6'-3"

I'm looking to acquire a utility bicycle - something like a Breezer or Public Bike - that has a step-thru frame for someone 6'-3". Any recommendations? Thanks.
05-19-13, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,751
Posted By GeraldF

What do you say to someone who's had his/her bike stolen?

The other day I met someone who recently had her bike stolen. Not long into the conversation she said, "and of course it's MY fault." Evidently she had been given advice on what she could have done...
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