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Forum: Commuting
01-30-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,508
Posted By tjspiel

It's the sunniest days that are the coldest, -...

It's the sunniest days that are the coldest, - and the hottest
Forum: Commuting
01-30-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 1,611
Views: 49,274
Posted By tjspiel

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Short commute to a Caribou Coffee today since the office was closed. Worked...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,508
Posted By tjspiel

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Haven't posted in a long time. -27 °F is a new low for me. I'll put an...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-17, 04:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

When I described the shop as high-end maybe a...

When I described the shop as high-end maybe a better word would have been "upscale". They don't sell top of the line road racing bikes. They sell expensive niche bikes, some of which are road bikes,...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-17, 04:36 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 13,603
Posted By tjspiel

I have 3 bikes. Technically one of them is my...

I have 3 bikes. Technically one of them is my wife's but she's only ridden it a handful of times and probably not once in the last 8 years. So I think by common law it is now mine. :)

The most...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-17, 01:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

Agreed. If I worked in a shop and spent half my...

Agreed. If I worked in a shop and spent half my day on bearing maintenance then I'm sure I'd much prefer cartridges. But as it is, for the couple of times a year I do it, repacking bearings is...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-17, 08:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

I've thought about replacing the current bottom...

I've thought about replacing the current bottom bracket with a cartridge but I haven't because ball bearings are dirt cheap and I always feel bad about throwing away an old cartridge as opposed to a...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 07:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

Based on the perplexed reaction I got when I...

Based on the perplexed reaction I got when I asked, I doubt that they turn away many people looking for loose bearings. That's not the kind of customer that shops there. I'm an outlier apparently.
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Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 05:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

I get the impression with this store that DYIers...

I get the impression with this store that DYIers aren't a group they're much interested in catering to. Not much profit in selling 50 BB's.
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 04:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

I honestly don't remember if the BB on this bike...

I honestly don't remember if the BB on this bike ever had cages. It's possible it did and I got rid of them. I've had it for awhile and I got it during a period when I was purchasing and selling used...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 01:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

My bike doesn't have a one piece crank, maybe...

My bike doesn't have a one piece crank, maybe that's what they thought. Anyway, I know that for most (any?) BB that uses bearings in cages you can use loose BB's but you'll need more since they are...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 11:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

It turned out that I didn't need them, I had...

It turned out that I didn't need them, I had enough left. That morning I was a block away from the shop and remembered that I needed a tube for my son's bike so I stopped by. It's a fun place to look...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 10:15 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 47,262
Posted By tjspiel

I stand by the original response I made 9 years...

I stand by the original response I made 9 years ago... Whatever that was.
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 09:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

I wonder if they have them but won't sell them, -...

I wonder if they have them but won't sell them, - not big enough for bar codes. :)
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 08:55 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

Every now and I then I consider replacing the old...

Every now and I then I consider replacing the old cup and cone BB on my fixed gear bike with a cartridge but bearings are so cheap and I've got 3 tubes of Phil Wood's grease that came with some...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 08:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

Might be the same place. Usually the employees...

Might be the same place. Usually the employees are friendly enough, but if it weren't so close I'd probably never go there because the prices seem so high. I give them credit for morphing the...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-17, 07:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,859
Posted By tjspiel

Does your LBS carry loose ball bearings?

I was shocked to find that the one a few blocks from my house does not. It's a high end place and I'm sure none of the bikes they sell uses loose bearings but you'd think they'd do the occasional...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-17, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 127,354
Posted By tjspiel

Instant Coffee is under appreciated. It can be...

Instant Coffee is under appreciated. It can be used to develop film for example:

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Not bike related but one of my favorites:
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Forum: Commuting
06-27-17, 01:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,665
Posted By tjspiel

It's not uncommon for the the "cups" to be an...

It's not uncommon for the the "cups" to be an integral part of a hub. If a hub is well maintained, they should last a long long time. In any case, virtually any part of a Shimano hub (8 speed at...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-17, 09:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,665
Posted By tjspiel

I was curious and did a little more checking....

I was curious and did a little more checking. There's quite a bit of information on the Sheldon Brown Site. Here's an exploded view of the Nexus 8 Hub....
Forum: Commuting
06-26-17, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,665
Posted By tjspiel

I have a Shimano Alfine 8 and the bearings are...

I have a Shimano Alfine 8 and the bearings are replaceable although you need a special tool to remove the drive side cone to get at the bearings on that side. People will remove the cone without the...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,210
Posted By tjspiel

After looking at your original post again, I...

After looking at your original post again, I thought I'd mention that I don't consider this an OK bike for winter unless you're pretty selective about what conditions you'll ride under.

During...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-17, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,210
Posted By tjspiel

Over the last decade, I've put many, many...

Over the last decade, I've put many, many commuting miles on an '05 Allez that I got in '07. A rack is no problem as you've discovered but be careful if you want to use panniers because heel-strike...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-17, 11:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,128
Posted By tjspiel

I use a thin "incase" bag rather than just a...

I use a thin "incase" bag rather than just a sleeve. It has a removable shoulder strap and a few pockets. I carry it in a waterproof backpack now but I've used the same kind of set up in pannier.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-17, 08:43 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,513
Posted By tjspiel

Is it my imagination or did about 2 pages worth...

Is it my imagination or did about 2 pages worth of posts disappear from this thread?
Forum: Commuting
06-09-17, 04:32 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,513
Posted By tjspiel

I think there have some studies done for driving...

I think there have some studies done for driving that suggest that people consider 30 minutes or under a reasonably short commute and anything much over that is considered "long".

For me at least...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,513
Posted By tjspiel

The reality is that the people that smoke past...

The reality is that the people that smoke past you might only get to their destination a few minutes sooner than you if they were going to the same place.

If you have a lot of stop lights, it's...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-17, 12:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,334
Posted By tjspiel

Forgot how much I liked being clipped in...

I usually put my "campus" pedals on whatever bike I happen to be using the most for commuting at the time. For those of you who may not use the term, "campus" pedal is sometimes used to refer to...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-17, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,229
Posted By tjspiel

What I'm currently riding to work is 30 years old...

What I'm currently riding to work is 30 years old and not exactly a beauty. The fork is from a different bike that kinda-sorta matches. The front wheel has a black rim and the rear rim is green. The...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-17, 02:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,719
Posted By tjspiel

I've observed myself wearing regular clothes...

I've observed myself wearing regular clothes while biking on many occasions and sometimes without a helmet, - though I usually feel something is missing when I do that. I also observe myself...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-17, 12:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 945
Posted By tjspiel

I work within three blocks of One-on-One, live...

I work within three blocks of One-on-One, live within 3 blocks of the Angry Catfish, and the Freewheel in Cedar/Riverside is two blocks off the bike path on my commute.

All three have received...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-17, 04:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,434
Posted By tjspiel

It's probably splitting hairs, especially outside...

It's probably splitting hairs, especially outside the tech field but "Linux" refers primarily to a particular type of kernel. A ton of open source software gets packaged with that kernel, - a lot of...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-17, 03:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,434
Posted By tjspiel

If you're going to put a derailleur on there...

If you're going to put a derailleur on there anyway, you might as well dispense with the IGH.

And I don't think iPhones run linux. ;)
Forum: Commuting
02-23-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,193
Posted By tjspiel

The $10,000 figure has been bandied about but the...

The $10,000 figure has been bandied about but the actual amount financed was never specified by the OP. It could have been $500 or $1000.

The old fashioned way to do it would be to set some money...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-17, 10:23 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,193
Posted By tjspiel

We use debit cards mostly, but did do the...

We use debit cards mostly, but did do the "envelope" thing for awhile for frequent expenses. After each pay period, you put whatever you've budgeted in the "grocery" envelope for example. The idea is...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-17, 09:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,193
Posted By tjspiel

I am financially stable and it's a combination of...

I am financially stable and it's a combination of work, choices that we've made, and... luck. I consider myself quite lucky in a lot of ways.

But it's not because I'm financially stable that I...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-17, 08:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,193
Posted By tjspiel

It's a great idea for bike shops. It allows the...

It's a great idea for bike shops. It allows the bike shop to make a sale that that they otherwise would not. If a buyer has to go some place else to come up with the money they're less likely to come...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-17, 08:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,000
Posted By tjspiel

Congratulations tarwheel. I do hope you stick...

Congratulations tarwheel. I do hope you stick around. Just because you no longer ride to work doesn't mean your knowledge and experience won't be valuable to others.

And just because you no...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-17, 02:57 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 9,061
Posted By tjspiel

Wow, - flashback. I've been posting here too...

Wow, - flashback. I've been posting here too long, - that was like 8 years ago. ;)

But I stand by what I said. I've also had my bike on those very trains many times. In fact I probably had my...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-17, 06:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,760
Posted By tjspiel

Fitness and concern for the environment are the...

Fitness and concern for the environment are the top two reasons I do it.

I also enjoy it a lot of the time but some days are more challenging than fun.

Saving money is a side benefit and the...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-17, 12:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,134
Posted By tjspiel

Funny, for us January is easily the most brutal...

Funny, for us January is easily the most brutal winter month on average, though things can vary quite a bit from one year to the next.

Wintery weather can show up well into April, but there's...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By tjspiel

I didn't see a price so I'm not sure what they...

I didn't see a price so I'm not sure what they cost relative to other studded tires. The ones I have had a list price of $99 a piece. Though you can certainly find them for much less than that,...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-17, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By tjspiel

They're made by Innova, which isn't great news....

They're made by Innova, which isn't great news. They use mild steel studs rather than carbide tipped. They'll last less than a season if you ride them on the roads.
Forum: Commuting
01-04-17, 08:48 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

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Next question?
Forum: Commuting
01-04-17, 03:58 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

Yeah, I'm not suggesting that one or any...

Yeah, I'm not suggesting that one or any particular number of bikes is the right number. I just know that when I see a bike or anything else that I've "been meaning to _____ " (fill in the blank) and...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

So are you putting fenders, lights, racks, pumps,...

So are you putting fenders, lights, racks, pumps, tools, patch kits, bags, computers on all of your bikes, some of them, or do you move them as needed? Batteries will eventually lose their charge...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-17, 11:47 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

If I lived in a warmer climate, I'm pretty sure I...

If I lived in a warmer climate, I'm pretty sure I could get a good gravel bike and that would suffice. If it would take 40mm tires + fenders than it could work as a winter bike too except that I want...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-17, 12:06 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

Wondering how many of you don't have another way...

Wondering how many of you don't have another way to get to work aside from your bike(s)?

It's pretty easy for me to catch a train after a mile walk to the station. I'm sure there's a bus that...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-17, 11:29 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

Hey, however you folks want to justify your bike...

Hey, however you folks want to justify your bike addictions is up to you. ;)

Seriously, I think it's very common for enthusiasts of any stripe to have more than one of something where the rest of...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-17, 09:34 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,243
Posted By tjspiel

mlau, I'm assuming you've heard of the book...

mlau, I'm assuming you've heard of the book "Spark Joy". I have not read it myself and I'm sure I'm over-simplifying, but the basic premise is that you de-clutter your home and life by getting rid of...
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