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03-22-18, 11:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 564
Posted By mark03

This was reposted in the Touring subforum, with a...

This was reposted in the Touring subforum, with a bunch of replies:

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1138282-where-find-bike-box-seatac-airport.html#post20234632

I decided to use an Amtrak...
Forum: Touring
03-20-18, 10:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By mark03

That huge size (roughly 69" x 40" x 8.5") is...

That huge size (roughly 69" x 40" x 8.5") is called an airline-sized box, because the airlines invented it. Anyway, my airline's guidance (Norwegian) is the standard boilerplate, "handlebars turned,...
Forum: Touring
03-20-18, 09:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By mark03

I'm planning to wait until I arrive at the...

I'm planning to wait until I arrive at the airport to do the boxing. I believe I can manage to walk my bike with the box in my other hand, the short distance to the light rail station. I wouldn't...
Forum: Touring
03-20-18, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By mark03

Thanks to everyone who responded with advice (and...

Thanks to everyone who responded with advice (and comedy). skimaxpower had the winning suggestion. I stopped by King St. Station today and had a chat with the Amtrak people, and looked at a box. ...
Forum: Touring
03-14-18, 06:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By mark03

Sorry, "ethic" was the wrong term. For me it is...

Sorry, "ethic" was the wrong term. For me it is about frugality, elegance, even convenience; morals not so much. No judgment intended.

I have the good fortune to be departing in the afternoon,...
Forum: Touring
03-14-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By mark03

Where to find a bike box at SeaTac airport?

(Cross-posted this in the PNW regional forum; hope that's ok.)

SeaTac's web site proudly states that boxes are available for purchase from the Smarte Carte office on the baggage-claim level. ...
03-14-18, 10:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 564
Posted By mark03

Where to find a bike box at SeaTac airport?

Their web site proudly states that boxes are available for purchase from the Smarte Carte office on the baggage-claim level. Called just to make sure. And of course, no, sorry sir, we don't sell...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-17, 05:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,576
Posted By mark03

Arghh...! Well, some of the widths are cheaper...

Arghh...! Well, some of the widths are cheaper than others. 700x35mm is cheap at the moment. Also, the GBP has risen against the dollar somewhat since then, although it is still cheap compared to...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,576
Posted By mark03

I don't hesitate to ride mine on packed gravel or...

I don't hesitate to ride mine on packed gravel or dry dirt. Loose gravel, not so much, although the wider sizes might do better there. I've taken my bike on the Iron Horse trail, from east of...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-17, 12:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,576
Posted By mark03

Same here. Also, I haven't surveyed the market...

Same here. Also, I haven't surveyed the market lately, but slicks > 30mm used to be quite difficult to find. The Hypers were one of the few good options (not entirely treadless, but almost). My...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-17, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,576
Posted By mark03

Source for Vittoria Voyager Hyper (formerly Randonneur Hyper) in 700x32?

My Randonneur Hypers are the best tires I've ever owned, but they are starting to get a bit worn. I figured I should buy some spares, and discovered that they have been renamed "Voyager Hyper". Ok,...
02-27-17, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,672
Posted By mark03

Just received the following: :cry: If...

Just received the following:

:cry:

If you have any cleats gathering dust, now would be a good time to ebay them. Probably double in value overnight.

PS anyone need a couple extra pedal...
10-03-16, 03:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,672
Posted By mark03

Unfortunately I live in the US and Amazon Canada...

Unfortunately I live in the US and Amazon Canada refuses to ship me that item.

I did make an inquiry to VP Components, and today they sent a reply:

"This year we had to change suppliers for the...
10-02-16, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,672
Posted By mark03

Source for replacement Bebop / VP cleats? Or am I too late?

I'm one of those weirdos still using Bebop pedals, and today when I looked for replacement cleats I discovered they seem to have disappeared from the usual sources. VP Components still lists part #...
05-16-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,792
Posted By mark03

So last week I rode to UW, took Link to the...

So last week I rode to UW, took Link to the airport, and left my bike in long-term parking between baggage carousels 12 and 13 during a week-long trip. The good news is that the parking area is...
05-06-16, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,792
Posted By mark03

Just talked to someone at the Port of Seattle who...

Just talked to someone at the Port of Seattle who claims the indoor (baggage claim area) area is indeed available for long-term parking. I'm going to try this for a long trip where I'm only taking a...
05-05-16, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,792
Posted By mark03

Same question. The port web page...

Same question. The port web page (https://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Parking-and-Transportation/Ground-Transportation/Pages/Bicycle-Resources.aspx) says "long term storage: baggage-claim level,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-21-14, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 646,263
Posted By mark03

I've been riding with an Alfine 11 on my Swift...

I've been riding with an Alfine 11 on my Swift for a few months now. It is very quiet; all I hear when pedaling is an annoying squeak from ??? (still to be fixed). The 400% gear range is plenty for...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-14, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By mark03

I've loaded the bike "backwards" twice now. ...

I've loaded the bike "backwards" twice now. Seems secure, and the bus driver didn't comment, although the first time he did look at it a little funny ;) We have at least four distinct...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By mark03

The rack is too wide (side to side) for the arm...

The rack is too wide (side to side) for the arm to reach the head tube. This is a consequence of the fork being quite fat where it narrows to the front dropouts (and the dropouts being at the "back"...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By mark03

Thanks for the feedback. You've inspired me to...

Thanks for the feedback. You've inspired me to try it backwards and report back. Part of the problem here is not wanting to delay the bus by fiddling around for > 30 seconds, otherwise I might...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-14, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By mark03

Folding bicycle with front rack on a bus carrier?

So I have a 20" folding bicycle to which I have attached panniers on the front. I wanted them up there to improve the weight distribution. But now I have a problem: My commute distance is pretty...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-24-14, 12:03 PM
Replies: 453
Views: 91,698
Posted By mark03

Ooooh, aaaahh... What's the weight? Like...

Ooooh, aaaahh...

What's the weight? Like the second set of cable guides toward the rear of the top tube. Wish my frame had those. And those dropouts... do they taper to points as sharp as they...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-14, 09:06 AM
Replies: 453
Views: 91,698
Posted By mark03

It's also it's not its, in this case ;)

It's also it's not its, in this case ;)
Forum: Touring
04-10-14, 08:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By mark03

Be careful. I thought the same thing, then...

Be careful. I thought the same thing, then noticed that the offline maps had magically disappeared, just when I needed them!
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By mark03

You can still cache maps, sort of, but it's like...

You can still cache maps, sort of, but it's like carrying a mapbook which may, or may not, spontaneously disappear at any time. Not much use in a pinch, is it?

OSMAnd has been mentioned. I am a...
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,699
Posted By mark03

AFAIK there's nothing about the external...

AFAIK there's nothing about the external bluetooth GPS that makes it compatible, or not compatible, with a smartphone/tablet, at least not in the Android world. (I don't know much about the...
Forum: Touring
04-01-14, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,343
Posted By mark03

I'm a big fan of my Tubus Fly, which looks a lot...

I'm a big fan of my Tubus Fly, which looks a lot like the Streamliner but without that ugly extra brace, so lighter. It's rated to 40 lbs, which is more than I can envision carrying. Also, once you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-31-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,061
Posted By mark03

I'm currently building up a Swift folder with an...

I'm currently building up a Swift folder with an Alfine 11 hub. Main reasons were 1) reduced maintenance for commuting, and 2) I just wanted to try it.

A couple of things that have not been...
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,431
Posted By mark03

I'm fairly certain there is nothing in the...

I'm fairly certain there is nothing in the battery itself that's bothered by fluctuating charge currents during a charge cycle. And I'm a EE (though not an expert on Li-ion chemistry and...
03-21-14, 06:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,926
Posted By mark03

Thanks. I know some of the Shimano threaded were...

Thanks. I know some of the Shimano threaded were cartridge bearings but not sure about the STX. It appears, based on those other models, that the cartridges had a chamfer on the side, which...
03-21-14, 01:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,926
Posted By mark03

Replacement bearings for a Shimano STX 1 1/8" threaded headset

I'm building up a Swift folding bicycle, the fork for which requires a threaded 1 1/8" headset. (Replacement forks with appropriate crown-to-axle distance are virtually nonexistent, or I might...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-27-14, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 646,263
Posted By mark03

I actually asked Peter about that (belt drive),...

I actually asked Peter about that (belt drive), and he was really down on the idea. A shame since I'm building mine with Alfine 11 hub gears and belt drive would've been perfect. If you do try...
Forum: Touring
02-19-14, 09:37 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,319
Posted By mark03

I bought a Nexus 10 (7's big brother) for my...

I bought a Nexus 10 (7's big brother) for my Netherlands tour last year. Best pre-trip investment I made. It's quite a bit heavier than the 7, but it was the only computing device I brought with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,782
Posted By mark03

Thor, I'm planning to use some Velocity deep rims...

Thor, I'm planning to use some Velocity deep rims (Aeroheat) which don't come with eyelets. Would you recommend adding some washer thingies? The Polyax looks good, but I wonder if they need a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,782
Posted By mark03

Yes, this is the tagline to my favorite FB group,...

Yes, this is the tagline to my favorite FB group, "Punctuation saves lives" :lol:

And apologies to the OP, I don't even know if you can change the subject; I was just making fun at your expense...!
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-14, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,782
Posted By mark03

I will soon be building a 406 wheel with Alfine...

I will soon be building a 406 wheel with Alfine 11 hub, and had the same question. I think all you can do is try lacing it up at the higher # of crosses and check the angle the spokes make w.r.t....
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-02-14, 01:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,790
Posted By mark03

Hey, sorry to hijack this thread, but I tried...

Hey, sorry to hijack this thread, but I tried sending smallwheeler a PM and found I don't have enough posts yet. Of course, the interface didn't tell me that straightaway---no, first it let me waste...
01-31-14, 04:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,673
Posted By mark03

Ok, thanks again. I think I'll ping my friend...

Ok, thanks again. I think I'll ping my friend who used the #5 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=5) on the same bike to get a picture of the cable routing and see if I...
01-31-14, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,673
Posted By mark03

Thanks everyone, this really helps. I suppose...

Thanks everyone, this really helps. I suppose Shimano were trying to be helpful by keeping their diagram simple, but to an engineer they just made it more complicated because of the apparent...
01-31-14, 02:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,673
Posted By mark03

Yes, well, as expected the advice boils down to...

Yes, well, as expected the advice boils down to looking at the washers and using the ones which make sense. Unfortunately I can't get these in my hands without ordering all of them separately. The...
01-31-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,673
Posted By mark03

Which anti-rotation washers for Alfine in track dropouts?

Subject says it all. I planning a folding bike build using the Swift frame with track dropouts (opening toward the rear), and want to put an Alfine 11 on it. The Shimano picture on anti-rotation...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-29-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 453
Views: 91,698
Posted By mark03

Thanks jur, that's great news indeed, because I...

Thanks jur, that's great news indeed, because I am just about ready to start building my own aluminum-framed Swift. Wouldn't want to think the frame had "issues"... although I suppose this means I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-27-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 453
Views: 91,698
Posted By mark03

This should be a moot point, as Xootr provides a...

This should be a moot point, as Xootr provides a lifetime warranty for the frame: http://www.xootr.com/swift-folding-bike-warranty.html

I hope jur comes back with the rest of the story. I'd like...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-22-14, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,476
Posted By mark03

I'm going to show my ignorance here and ask: Are...

I'm going to show my ignorance here and ask: Are small-wheel builders stuck with non-butted spokes? Or are DT Alpine or similar available in short lengths? I imagine the weight savings is minimal,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-07-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 524
Posted By mark03

Seattle Swift test ride?

Folder folks,

I'm almost set on buying a Xootr Swift, but before I do, I need to ride one! Closest dealer is in Spokane. If there's a Swift owner reading this in the Seattle-Everett area, any...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-03-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 646,263
Posted By mark03

Yes, I looked at the Silk, but was a bit put off...

Yes, I looked at the Silk, but was a bit put off by the price premium (compared to BF's already robust---and fair---price for custom fit made-in-the-USA). I also suspect that there is a weight...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-13, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 813
Posted By mark03

Touring on a Swift?

Hey, the Xootr web site has a great picture of a Swift fully loaded front and back, for touring:

http://www.xootr.com/gallery_swift-folding-bike.html?pictureId=201

From the caption: "Ron does...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-29-13, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By mark03

As someone contemplating the purchase of a...

As someone contemplating the purchase of a folding bike, I've been wondering about this. Why is it that virtually all the 20" wheels I see on folders have 30+ spokes? There are rims drilled for 24...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-29-13, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 646,263
Posted By mark03

Wow. So I just spent several hours over the past...

Wow. So I just spent several hours over the past week skimming all 134 pages of this thread. And since I have a sort of grab-bag of questions, I figured I would post here rather than start a new...
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