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Forum: Commuting
01-15-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,041
Posted By hubcap

I'd be out trying all kinds of tricks on that...

I'd be out trying all kinds of tricks on that thing. The bike I definitely "play" with most is my Mercier Nano.
Forum: Commuting
01-06-14, 02:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,217
Posted By hubcap

The pawls on your freewheel aren't engaging. ...

The pawls on your freewheel aren't engaging. It's happened to me too in extreme cold. That and other funny things can start happening when riding at those temperatures.

I don't have a fixed gear...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-13, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,822
Posted By hubcap

I wouldn't worry about using winter clipless...

I wouldn't worry about using winter clipless footwear for a 9 mile r/t commute. I would just go with insulated hikers and platforms. I have winter mtb boots and really like them, but my commute is...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-13, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,017
Posted By hubcap

I've had my bike locker handle freeze up many...

I've had my bike locker handle freeze up many times just like the OP. I always carry a small container of WD40 and a flat head screwdriver in the winter. I can work the screwdriver into the gap...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,646
Posted By hubcap

Various bars on various bikes. Most miles are on...

Various bars on various bikes. Most miles are on drop bars. Next most are on VO Postino bars (45deg sweep, zero rise). Next most are on brahma bars. Next are risers.
Forum: Commuting
10-30-13, 03:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,640
Posted By hubcap

Fingers are easier to keep warm than feet in the...

Fingers are easier to keep warm than feet in the dead of winter. My fingers warm up the longer/harder I ride - the feet, not so much.



The bold above isn't true for everyone. My bike commute...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-13, 11:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,640
Posted By hubcap

It's not like you are trying to take on a 35mi rt...

It's not like you are trying to take on a 35mi rt commute with no experience. It's just more riding than you do now. I'd bet you would get used to the physical effort part of it in a month or so.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-13, 09:29 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,702
Posted By hubcap

I never choose not to ride because it is raining.

I never choose not to ride because it is raining.
Forum: Commuting
10-16-13, 09:24 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,055
Posted By hubcap

Are you referring to the Danger Zone here? I...

Are you referring to the Danger Zone here? I have several 1W Radbots and get at least a couple weeks use between replacing the batteries. The ones that get the most use during that time include...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-13, 09:14 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,055
Posted By hubcap

Lezyne's lights use 18650 cells that are easily...

Lezyne's lights use 18650 cells that are easily removed so they can be replaced with fresh ones if you won't be able to recharge them for a while or will be doing some endurance type ride. You can...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-13, 04:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,729
Posted By hubcap

Let's see...plenty of flats in all weather...

Let's see...plenty of flats in all weather conditions and caused by all kinds of different things, usual loose bolts, lights flying off, broken spokes, etc. Things that are par for the course and...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-13, 02:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,038
Posted By hubcap

This is the kind of tact I take for my hand...

This is the kind of tact I take for my hand protection. Maybe a little more technical (read: expensive) at some levels, but still the same principle. I have no less than 5 different levels of...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-13, 02:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,805
Posted By hubcap

Weird coincidence. Because of a tire bulge on...

Weird coincidence. Because of a tire bulge on one of the stock Kendas, I recently switched to Schwalbe Kojaks on my 20"-wheeled Mercier Nano. I love the Kojaks. No wrist discomfort. They seem to...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-13, 11:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,801
Posted By hubcap

Satellite chainstay length = 415mm in all frame...

Satellite chainstay length = 415mm in all frame sizes
Space Horse chainstay length = 440mm in 55cm frame (longer in bigger frames)

I assume if you are doing some touring with this bike, you will...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-13, 04:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,462
Posted By hubcap

To me, fenders are optional (though I recommend...

To me, fenders are optional (though I recommend them). A rack is not. I carry too much stuff on my 30 mile r/t commute to suffer a backpack. I used to do it a long time ago, but have no desire to...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,462
Posted By hubcap

If you can make it work, I highly recommend a...

If you can make it work, I highly recommend a backup bike for someone who commutes everyday, particularly if you do not have an alternate mode of transportation readily available. Parts should be...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-13, 04:04 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,003
Posted By hubcap

I usually eat after I get to work, not before. I...

I usually eat after I get to work, not before. I frequently do the big batch of oatmeal, dried fruit, nuts thing in the crockpot over the weekend. I divide it up into several plastic food...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-13, 03:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,185
Posted By hubcap

Not a folder, but most people confuse it with one...

Not a folder, but most people confuse it with one when they first see it. I picked up a mini velo (Mercier Nano) at the intro price when bikesdirect came out with them a couple years ago. I think...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By hubcap

I don't know if the ones I have are pre or post...

I don't know if the ones I have are pre or post 2009 models (probably pre 2009) but they have one outer pocket that has a simple but effective flap closure. They have a single divided interior...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-13, 12:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,175
Posted By hubcap

A couple years ago I had a bee get lodged under...

A couple years ago I had a bee get lodged under the front lip of my helmet. The bee didn't like it and chose to let me know about it *sting*.
Forum: Commuting
07-03-13, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,369
Posted By hubcap

Alan over at the Ecovelo blog did that conversion...

Alan over at the Ecovelo blog did that conversion to his Bryant a couple years ago. As I recall, he provided a pretty thorough summary of the steps he went through. Might be worth checking out for...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-13, 02:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 898
Posted By hubcap

In order of frequency of what I use: Prolink,...

In order of frequency of what I use:
Prolink, T-9, Triflow, the Dupont teflon/wax aerosol stuff, classic WD40 (when something needs lubed and nothing else is around).

I like Prolink because it...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-13, 12:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,705
Posted By hubcap

This is my third year with Nashbar sandals. I...

This is my third year with Nashbar sandals. I love them and for me they are three season footwear unless it is going to be raining and cold. I've thought several times about getting a pair of...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,052
Posted By hubcap

The Roll looks cool and is probably fun to ride,...

The Roll looks cool and is probably fun to ride, but the Linus is a more versatile commuter bike. The Roll has no eyelets for racks/fenders and no brazeons for water bottle cages or other...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-13, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,176
Posted By hubcap

Shims come with the pedals. I have eggbeaters on...

Shims come with the pedals. I have eggbeaters on a couple bikes. Super easy to get in and out. OP - do you have any problem clipping into the pedals? If you can get into them, I'm not sure why...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-13, 01:07 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,065
Posted By hubcap

I have a feeling you misunderstood him. He was...

I have a feeling you misunderstood him. He was talking about his road bike vs his hybrid.
Forum: Commuting
06-24-13, 10:45 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,720
Posted By hubcap

I'm not sure I agree with your conclusions. ...

I'm not sure I agree with your conclusions. Well, other that Prius drivers being the same as any other driver on the road. My experience is the same. If anything, Prius drivers seem a little more...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-13, 03:12 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,372
Posted By hubcap

This is one reason I keep coming back to...

This is one reason I keep coming back to bikeforums. Not the "which backpack is best" or "is a 60-mile commute feasible every day" questions. These kind of crazy questions are what perk my...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-13, 11:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,720
Posted By hubcap

I'm not sure what criterion you consider, but I'm...

I'm not sure what criterion you consider, but I'm pretty sure a Prius is the logical solution for some people's objectives.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,947
Posted By hubcap

No eating before heading out for me. I too eat...

No eating before heading out for me. I too eat once I get to work.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-13, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By hubcap

For me the temptation is when it is 8:55pm, cold...

For me the temptation is when it is 8:55pm, cold and raining, and the redbox dvd is due back by 9pm. I'm about 1/2 mile from the grocery store (redbox). I tell myself I'm building character. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-13, 07:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By hubcap

You are a better man than most.

You are a better man than most.
Forum: Commuting
06-18-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 534
Posted By hubcap

That has happened to me a couple of times. Once...

That has happened to me a couple of times. Once it flatted quickly, the other time I wasn't far from home and turned around and rode back to fix it in the comfort of my garage. I'm going to guess...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-13, 09:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,111
Posted By hubcap

The snow that is wet, can be compacted easily,...

The snow that is wet, can be compacted easily, and is already slightly rutted up is the worst. As you say, the bike doesn't want to keep going in a straight line. I ride in it, but it is mentally...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-13, 10:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,566
Posted By hubcap

If I could choose, I would pick dry weather over...

If I could choose, I would pick dry weather over rain. But precipitation certainly doesn't keep me from riding. The fact is, I enjoy doing something the majority of other people have difficultly...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,566
Posted By hubcap

I have never been out riding when the rain made...

I have never been out riding when the rain made visibility zero. I have always been able to see where I was going and my lights make me quite conspicuous. I suppose if I couldn't see where I was...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-13, 09:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,566
Posted By hubcap

I've ridden through all levels of t-storm...

I've ridden through all levels of t-storm severity and never thought to myself that I was in an unacceptably risky situation. I admit, intensely loud thunder when you're not warned by seeing the...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-13, 08:49 PM
Forum: Commuting
06-07-13, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Posted By hubcap

Think about it...There is no need to loop it...

Think about it...There is no need to loop it around the seat tube as well, because the wheel cannot be pulled through the rear triangle.

The would-be thief needs to cut through the wheel and tire...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-13, 04:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,674
Posted By hubcap

If I feel well enough to be in the office, I ride...

If I feel well enough to be in the office, I ride regardless of how I'm feeling. I'm just never that sick. Once I started feeling pretty nauseous after I got to work (stomach bug was rolling...
06-05-13, 08:56 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,397
Posted By hubcap

Cop or no cop present, I almost never come to a...

Cop or no cop present, I almost never come to a "complete" stop at stop signs where I usually ride unless I am yielding the right of way.
Forum: Commuting
06-05-13, 08:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,050
Posted By hubcap

That would make a very nice commuter. Too nice...

That would make a very nice commuter. Too nice for the way I use my commuter bikes, but very nice if you don't have to leave it unattended for a long time somewhere that isn't access restricted.
Forum: Commuting
06-05-13, 08:43 AM
Replies: 752
Views: 116,695
Posted By hubcap

The reason you found the superflash is because it...

The reason you found the superflash is because it has a habit of bouncing out of its quick release mount. It's a known issue that you have to live with or find a way to secure the light better to...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-13, 08:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,543
Posted By hubcap

I have the large Banjo Brothers commuter...

I have the large Banjo Brothers commuter backpack. 2000 ci, waterproof, comfortable. I don't use it for commuting much though since I almost always use panniers. The interior waterproof liner does...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-13, 02:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,715
Posted By hubcap

Whether I stop or jump onto the sidewalk depends...

Whether I stop or jump onto the sidewalk depends on the road/sidewalk configuration, the timing of when the bus stopped when I encounter it, how many kids are queued up to get on, and a host of other...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-13, 08:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,569
Posted By hubcap

Salsa Casseroll (if you can find one) Bianchi...

Salsa Casseroll (if you can find one)
Bianchi Volpe
Gunnar Crosshairs
Raleigh Port Townsend
Forum: Commuting
05-22-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,174
Posted By hubcap

I think the RX is focused a little more towards...

I think the RX is focused a little more towards those that will actually race CX with it, while the Roper probably appeals more to the commuter crowd. If the extra cost isn't a problem, I would pick...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,376
Posted By hubcap

Watch the wheels of the cars as they are making...

Watch the wheels of the cars as they are making their "stop". They never stop rotating unless they are yielding the right of way or are perhaps lost.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-13, 08:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,068
Posted By hubcap

It just happened a few weeks ago in Chicago. I...

It just happened a few weeks ago in Chicago. I rode through it morning and night. Water was up to my wheel hubs in some places.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-13, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By hubcap

I'd say you have learned a lot faster than the...

I'd say you have learned a lot faster than the majority of bike commuters.
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