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10-07-14, 01:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,643
Posted By mstraus

I have a Light & Motion VIS 360+ too, and I LOVE...

I have a Light & Motion VIS 360+ too, and I LOVE this light. I usually use in on low mode at night, combined with a handlebar mounted light. It is almost as effective as my much brighter headlight....
Forum: Commuting
10-06-14, 03:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
Posted By mstraus

I see you are in the SF Bay Area, likely east...

I see you are in the SF Bay Area, likely east bay. Depending on where you could be subject to 20 degree temperature swings some days. So I know my preference has been to layer.

I prefer biking...
Forum: Touring
09-19-14, 12:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 14,233
Posted By mstraus

I have an AWOL comp and love it. It is one of the...

I have an AWOL comp and love it. It is one of the most comfortable bike to ride I have ever tried. I have been happy with the components to date. Only mods I made so far are stem, different tires,...
Forum: Touring
09-19-14, 12:29 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,289
Posted By mstraus

I have an AWOL comp, mostly stock - I swapped the...

I have an AWOL comp, mostly stock - I swapped the stem, tires, and added a rack. I think its is about 27#, give or take, can't remember and haven't re-weighed since I swapped tires.

The AWOL...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,881
Posted By mstraus

As usual I think PaulRivers gave a very well...

As usual I think PaulRivers gave a very well thought out answer.

What is best for you is really dependent on what you need and what you want to spend. DO you want a rack or will you carry a...
08-27-14, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,095
Posted By mstraus

I have the same NR Lumina 700 light and HAD a old...

I have the same NR Lumina 700 light and HAD a old Cateye Dual wireless computer on the same bike. Had he same interference issue on low and medium, and on flash it was inconsistent with occasional...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-14, 02:49 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 23,270
Posted By mstraus

Agree for commuter market. For Mountain biking I...

Agree for commuter market. For Mountain biking I still think they have advantages, largely ability to run much lower pressure safely (no pinch flats).
Forum: Commuting
08-27-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 23,270
Posted By mstraus

I have trouble seeing the advantage of 650B for...

I have trouble seeing the advantage of 650B for commuting unless you are very short or have some sort of fit issue you are trying to deal with for tire/fender clearance. I would just assume stick...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-14, 01:34 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 23,270
Posted By mstraus

If you get a flat with tubeless tires you can...

If you get a flat with tubeless tires you can just put a tube in. How is the risk or problem any greater than with a tube tire?

My friend claims you can sometimes save it by quickly unloading it...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 02:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,869
Posted By mstraus

Summer in San Francisco means I typically have a...

Summer in San Francisco means I typically have a 15-25 MPH headwind on part of my way home. On parts of the ride, like over the Golden Gate Bridge, this wind is often a sidewind, which I almost hate...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 01:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,706
Posted By mstraus

Bummer you can't bring your bike it, but nice...

Bummer you can't bring your bike it, but nice that they are offering lockers at least.

Could you use a second lock in addition to your own in the locker to make it a less attractive/easy theft...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 11:13 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,339
Posted By mstraus

Why can't my commute ride be just as fun as a...

Why can't my commute ride be just as fun as a weekend ride? Yea, maybe not every day is fun, but generally I ENJOY cycling and find it FUN, so no reason my commute can't be FUN too! It helps that I...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 11:03 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,673
Posted By mstraus

Oh, don't worry, I don't think I have ever paid...

Oh, don't worry, I don't think I have ever paid full price for any of the Gore gear I have gotten, and never brought direct from Gore. Most of my stuff I got on close out somewhere, including my...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 10:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,903
Posted By mstraus

Thanks wolfchild and tsl - I guess the only real...

Thanks wolfchild and tsl - I guess the only real thing to consider is aesthetics of a machined side wall for rim brakes or not as long as I have the right hub. I was aware of the 2 types of disk...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,903
Posted By mstraus

Thanks! You did a better job searching then I did...

Thanks! You did a better job searching then I did on this one. I was going to assume 19mm...glad I didn't assume!
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 10:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,903
Posted By mstraus

Yea, I remember this from their website when I...

Yea, I remember this from their website when I looked many months ago. So what I really want to know is what is the inside width, as this is what you are supposed to use to determine what size tires...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 06:00 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,339
Posted By mstraus

1) Commuting by bike helps improve my mental and...

1) Commuting by bike helps improve my mental and physical health. I feel better when I ride regularly and helps me lose/maintain weight, reduce stress, etc.

2) I enjoy it - gives me something to...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 05:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,895
Posted By mstraus

My commute ending event is usually arriving at...

My commute ending event is usually arriving at work or arriving home.

Typically if I commute to work I also commute home from work. The main exceptions to that have been a few times I meet my wife...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 05:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,673
Posted By mstraus

I often commute with a cycling-specific vest in...

I often commute with a cycling-specific vest in cool-ish or windy weather. These are not the hardware store/constructions style safety vest, the ones I have looked at don't fit well. THe cycling...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 11:51 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,357
Posted By mstraus

Fair enough, if you plan to be back in the day...

Fair enough, if you plan to be back in the day light then skip the lights. I sometimes take mine off if doing a weekend day ride. If you plan to ride in the dark though, invest a bit in a light that...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,357
Posted By mstraus

Your state law may vary, but CA law for bike...

Your state law may vary, but CA law for bike night riding requires a front white headlight visible from a certain distance, however in the rear only requires a red reflector. Go figure. Seems that it...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,010
Posted By mstraus

Another vote for the Light and Motion VIS 360+. I...

Another vote for the Light and Motion VIS 360+. I got this for last winter and it was great. Have had it off my helmet recently, but might put it back on for increasing visibility to cars.

I use...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,903
Posted By mstraus

Wow, thanks for the great post on this. I have...

Wow, thanks for the great post on this. I have had similar questions as eventually I want to get a new wheelset and go with a dynamo hub.

Some additional questions:

How wide is the inside of...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-14, 11:06 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,953
Posted By mstraus

I, for one, can't avoid the problem if I want to...

I, for one, can't avoid the problem if I want to commute by bike. I have part of my commute where the only way to go is freeway (no bikes allowed) or MUP. The area between is either water or...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,139
Posted By mstraus

Unless you really want a flat bar bike, I would...

Unless you really want a flat bar bike, I would consider a gravel grinder, adventure tourer, touring bike, or even a cyclocross bike. Some "endurance" or comfort road bikes as mentioned by PaulRivers...
08-04-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,082
Posted By mstraus

I have multiple computers that use magnets. They...

I have multiple computers that use magnets. They are a pain to set up, but if installed properly I have rarely had to adjust them once they are set. Even after I crashed hard two weeks ago, it was a...
08-01-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,082
Posted By mstraus

I have the Wahoo RFLKT+ and have had no issues...

I have the Wahoo RFLKT+ and have had no issues with it except some minor hiccups on initial setup. I have never had it loose connection with my phone. I keep my phone either in a pocket on the front...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-14, 10:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,647
Posted By mstraus

Oh, and gloves - same thing. Neoprene is not...

Oh, and gloves - same thing. Neoprene is not waterproof, but is designed to keep you warm when wet. I got a pair of Gore wind-stopper gloves, can't remember the model but the least insulated pair I...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-14, 10:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,647
Posted By mstraus

Re Shoes/Shoe Covers: I don't like the idea...

Re Shoes/Shoe Covers:

I don't like the idea of waterproof shoes in this case. Water will still run down your leg, soak your sock and get into your shoe that way. I also question breathability so I...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-14, 02:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 772
Posted By mstraus

I always have strange weather. 53 in San...

I always have strange weather. 53 in San Francisco in July isn't that strange, particularly if foggy and windy.
Forum: Commuting
07-30-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,196
Posted By mstraus

Similar idea, but not that nice looking. ...

Similar idea, but not that nice looking.

Caltrain trains have two bike cars each, and there is advocacy pushing for more as they popular times often fill up. I think regular trains hold 80 bikes...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-14, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,196
Posted By mstraus

Spend a few hours checking out some shops in SOMA...

Spend a few hours checking out some shops in SOMA and you will get to try a number of bikes in relatively close proximity. Many of them are larger than Citizen Chain will be.
07-30-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,082
Posted By mstraus

I will second the Wahoo RFLKT+ if you use...

I will second the Wahoo RFLKT+ if you use cyclometer or the Wahoo app as it lets you create a bunch of custom screens to your liking. The Wahoo sensors have been very reliable for me too.
Forum: Commuting
07-30-14, 11:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,196
Posted By mstraus

While generally a good plan, I don't know if all...

While generally a good plan, I don't know if all areas along Caltrain have a place you can leave a bike, particularly overnight.

Leaving a bike at caltrain in SF for the day is definitely...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 01:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,658
Posted By mstraus

Bummer. I would take it to REI. The new...

Bummer.

I would take it to REI. The new policy was to stop some habitual abusers. This is a REI branded product, if it failed on you like this there is a very good chance they will stand by it and...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 01:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,171
Posted By mstraus

I would recommend a gravel grinder, less race...

I would recommend a gravel grinder, less race oriented cross bike, or touring bike (particularly and adventure touring). Probably want something that can take somewhat wider tires, 28-35 maybe...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 01:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,196
Posted By mstraus

OP said biking to and from caltrain, so assuming...

OP said biking to and from caltrain, so assuming its kept securely indoors at night the bike will not be left alone in SF during the day. Not sure where OP is commuting to, but many offices along...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,196
Posted By mstraus

You will see all sorts of bikes commuting in SF,...

You will see all sorts of bikes commuting in SF, from hipster fixies to $10k carbon road bikes.

I would think about a few things

1. would you want a rack or would you use a backpack? If yes,...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

I was looking at a set of tires for this winter...

I was looking at a set of tires for this winter with a reflective strip on the sidewall. They seem to add a lot of visibility and they fulfill the CA legal requirements.

I have had a stranger...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

My wife often comments how visible I am when I am...

My wife often comments how visible I am when I am at the intersection across from the house almost home and she is sitting at the table by the window. One time she said my lights were blinding (she...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

Keep in mind that most shoes only have reflective...

Keep in mind that most shoes only have reflective material in the back, and the law states both sides. That said, that small reflective spot on most shoes is surprisingly more effective than most...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 05:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

Yup. When I started commuting at night and saw...

Yup. When I started commuting at night and saw this law I started a thread on this, as i ride clipless - there are some horrible reflectors you can add on to some clipless pedals and I was...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 05:20 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,637
Posted By mstraus

Good sustainable idea! I may start doing that...

Good sustainable idea! I may start doing that myself.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 02:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

I am not sure about where you live, but CA...

I am not sure about where you live, but CA vehicle code requires more than a white light and rear red reflector. Specifically:

Night Riding - Bicycle must be equipped with the following:

Light:...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

I have to say, the L&M Vis 180 rear light is very...

I have to say, the L&M Vis 180 rear light is very effective. I got myself one after seeing some on the road. Very bright, great side visibility.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 01:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,485
Posted By mstraus

I have two bikes I use for commuting now. One is...

I have two bikes I use for commuting now. One is my old road bike, a felt F30, that used to be my only commuter. The other is a Specialized AWOL comp, my "new" commuter. The bike I ride any given day...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 01:41 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,703
Posted By mstraus

Looking at the contest page the Blackline and Evo...

Looking at the contest page the Blackline and Evo both look very interesting as well.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,703
Posted By mstraus

Interesting bike. the "pull out" fenders and rack...

Interesting bike. the "pull out" fenders and rack are creative, but seem a bit gimmicky. Why not just mount regular ones? Personally I would pass on that feature and mount a real rack that could...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 11:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,349
Posted By mstraus

Sounds like the LBS is definitely a bit confused....

Sounds like the LBS is definitely a bit confused. 29er and 700c are the same diameter/circumference. The only difference that will impact what tires will fit what rim is the WIDTH of the tire and...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-14, 11:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,714
Posted By mstraus

I haven't gone in a car to see what I look like...

I haven't gone in a car to see what I look like on my bike, but since one of my lights is on my helmet and clothing makes a difference it would really have to be someone else following me getting the...
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