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07-23-16, 04:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 956
Posted By MrCjolsen

I liked that shop. Just a bit too much hipster...

I liked that shop. Just a bit too much hipster overload.
03-07-15, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,104
Posted By MrCjolsen

Martinez CA - Any thoughts?

My wife wants to look for a job in the Bay Area and be closer to her family. I'm a teacher with 21 years in West Sacramento. If I take a job in most Bay Area districts, I'd take a huge pay cut and a...
03-07-15, 01:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,055
Posted By MrCjolsen

I'm planning to do some bike repair for charity.

Has anyone ever done anything like this?

A nearby bike-themed brewpub has agreed to let me set up a little table and work stand where I can do bike repairs and tune-ups in exchange for donations...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-14, 11:03 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,642
Posted By MrCjolsen

Around 26 lbs naked. Surly Crosscheck with zero...

Around 26 lbs naked. Surly Crosscheck with zero consideration given to the weight of installed components. "Strong, Cheap, or Light" I always pick the first two.

When I add the rack, fenders,...
02-02-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,612
Posted By MrCjolsen

Here is the tool you need...

Here is the tool you need (http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Puller-Square-Cranks/dp/B001VS1M20/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1391357784&sr=1-1&keywords=crank+puller) if you want to pull the...
02-02-14, 10:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,612
Posted By MrCjolsen

I've found that pedals do not need to be super...

I've found that pedals do not need to be super tight in terms of torque when you install them. I get mine just a little more than hand-tight and I've never had one back out. So if you tap new...
01-30-14, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,658
Posted By MrCjolsen

Well, I tried MMR, Strava, and Cyclemeter. My...

Well, I tried MMR, Strava, and Cyclemeter. My favorite has been Cyclemeter. It's about 99% compared to my wired computer. And it might be a tad closer as I switched tire brands (same size) and...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-14, 06:56 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,236
Posted By MrCjolsen

I teach first grade. I park my bike in the...

I teach first grade. I park my bike in the classroom. The kids seldom mess with it, but ask many questions about it:

Why are your tires so skinny? (I run 32mm's)

Why do you have two water...
01-05-14, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,658
Posted By MrCjolsen

Questions about Ride with GPS/Map My Ride/Strava

I tried a few a while back, and my cheap smartphone bombed out with them. The phone was too slow for Strava and I forget why I didn't use Map My Ride.

Anyway, I got an Iphone 4S for Christmas and...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-13, 09:43 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 14,629
Posted By MrCjolsen

I bought a barely-rideable used one in 2006 and...

I bought a barely-rideable used one in 2006 and replaced every part on it over the next three years. Then I crashed it and replaced the frame. Though I built it myself, the specs are actually quite...
12-20-13, 11:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,735
Posted By MrCjolsen

Parking: The key to motorist acceptance

We've all been in the conversations, both face to face with friends, family and co-workers and online with complete strangers, where people blame cyclists for a huge swath of inconvenience and...
12-20-13, 11:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 832
Posted By MrCjolsen

One very important part of the conversation needs...

One very important part of the conversation needs to be the percentage of road spending that goes to the construction and maintenance of freeways and to the maintenance and repair of all roads and...
12-16-13, 05:31 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

So I've been using the onboard charger, and I've...

So I've been using the onboard charger, and I've been getting around 28 minutes before the first little blue light goes out, and about 55 minutes for the second. I've been using year-old Duracell...
12-15-13, 12:07 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

I wish they made a light like the Philips but...

I wish they made a light like the Philips but that came with an external AA pack and an option to use C or D packs. With four rechargeable D batteries strapped to the frame, you could run it on high...
12-15-13, 12:01 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

I'll admit the cold would be an issue. Where I...

I'll admit the cold would be an issue. Where I live, the coldest it gets is the mid-20's and that's only a few times a year and always in the morning when light is only an issue the first 20 or 30...
12-15-13, 10:23 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

I think the whole AA vs proprietary Lithium issue...

I think the whole AA vs proprietary Lithium issue is clearly a matter of personal preference. With AA batteries, the run times are shorter. But you are only limited by how many spare batteries you...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 02:11 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,639
Posted By MrCjolsen

If I accidentally ride my bike into the...

If I accidentally ride my bike into the Sacramento river, I will probably not be trapped inside it.

After a long day, it's very unlikely I'll fall asleep while riding. If I do, by the time I...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 01:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,740
Posted By MrCjolsen

Four years ago, I rear ended a parked car at...

Four years ago, I rear ended a parked car at speed.

I learned:

1) It's entirely possible for a bicycle to total a 10 year old car.
2) Homeowners insurance will cover property damage you do on...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 06:55 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,905
Posted By MrCjolsen

I'd like to add to the dictionary what I call the...

I'd like to add to the dictionary what I call the "Mr. Magoo." That is the iPod wearing, usually younger, adult pedestrian who considers the bike path and/or the street an extension of their...
12-08-13, 12:25 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,663
Posted By MrCjolsen

Of the four or five taillights I use each night,...

Of the four or five taillights I use each night, only one is flashing, and one is always strapped to my left ankle.
Forum: Commuting
12-08-13, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By MrCjolsen

I refuse to ride on any lane or path that forces...

I refuse to ride on any lane or path that forces me to ride opposite traffic.
12-08-13, 08:50 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,663
Posted By MrCjolsen

The problem with flashing lights in front is that...

The problem with flashing lights in front is that they make really hard to judge speed and distance. When I see a cyclist coming at me with just flasher's on, I can't tell if they are moving or...
12-07-13, 03:26 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

My came with 2450 mAh AA batteries. They...

My came with 2450 mAh AA batteries.

They make rechargeable lithium AA batteries? The only one's I've seen are 3.7 volts.

Will regular lithium's work in the light? How long would it run?
12-07-13, 03:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,112
Posted By MrCjolsen

I wish more cyclists understood the utility of...

I wish more cyclists understood the utility of having dual front lights. I was running a similar setup until recently. I would have one light on low, aimed somewhat at the ground, and another on...
12-04-13, 09:59 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

Why would they send me a new light when I just...

Why would they send me a new light when I just need some good batteries?
12-04-13, 06:47 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

So I did a couple test runs with good batteries...

So I did a couple test runs with good batteries after using the onboard charger. Last night I rode home and it took 29 minutes for the first little blue indicator light to go out. When I shut the...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-13, 06:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,733
Posted By MrCjolsen

********** In general, the way I motivate...

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In general, the way I motivate myself to ride home is the simple fact that the only other option is to stay at work. Since elementary teachers who sleep in their classrooms are looked upon...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-13, 06:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,718
Posted By MrCjolsen

The only time I ever run flashing lights in front...

The only time I ever run flashing lights in front is if it's broad daylight and I decide to use them as daytime runners.

With two lights, I point one downward, and set it on low. The other I...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-13, 08:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 600
Posted By MrCjolsen

I love speed bumps. Cars have to slow down to 15...

I love speed bumps. Cars have to slow down to 15 but I can easily go over them at 20.
11-28-13, 08:16 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,946
Posted By MrCjolsen

What about 3 front and 5 rear? Besides,...

What about 3 front and 5 rear?

Besides, collecting all the gadgets and lights and figuring out how to attach them to your bike is part of the fun! It's what gives ME joy in riding anyway.
11-28-13, 08:10 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,946
Posted By MrCjolsen

A lot of mirror-haters will tell you that a...

A lot of mirror-haters will tell you that a mirror is no substitute for looking back, and that you don't need mirrors because the purpose they serve in cars does not apply to bicycles.

It's true...
11-27-13, 03:03 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

I'm far less concerned about the weight of the...

I'm far less concerned about the weight of the battery if I don't have to attach it to my handlebars.
11-27-13, 10:55 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

I found a workaround for that problem. I just...

I found a workaround for that problem. I just put a thick piece of mtb sized inner tube around the front of the light and ditched the screw. Holds it firmly in place, and I can change the batteries...
11-26-13, 08:47 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

Perhaps. I need to do some more testing with...

Perhaps. I need to do some more testing with batteries that I know are good. The thing is that if the onboard charger gets them to 95% of what my smart charger does, then I'm using the smart...
11-26-13, 01:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,581
Posted By MrCjolsen

I just got the Saferide 80. Lights up the...

I just got the Saferide 80.

Lights up the road very nice. My commute is on very dark roads and I like to go fast. For once, I feel confident that I won't outrun my light. Also performs well in...
11-26-13, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By MrCjolsen

There was a bit of buyer's remorse with my first...

There was a bit of buyer's remorse with my first ride home with the Saferide. I used the batteries that they supplied and it switched to low when I was just 2/3 of the way home. Turns out that two...
11-26-13, 12:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By MrCjolsen

Tonight I went for a ride and used 4 Energizer's...

Tonight I went for a ride and used 4 Energizer's I took out of my camera that were rated at 2300. I charged them in my smart charger, and put them right into the light. It was on high for almost an...
11-25-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By MrCjolsen

Which kind of AA battery would you use in this light?

Philips Saferide 80.

It has a published run time of 1:30 on high. 8 hours on low.

My commute can be as much as an hour. I need the light on high the whole way. So I'll probably recharge the...
11-25-13, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Posted By MrCjolsen

Here's what I tell people who complain about...

Here's what I tell people who complain about cyclists impeding traffic:

How often do you go someplace - the doctors office, a restaurant, or the mall, and get that ONE LAST PARKING SPACE? You...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-13, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,165
Posted By MrCjolsen

I just got my Philips Saferide. Tried it out,...

I just got my Philips Saferide. Tried it out, and it does the trick. $86 with tax. Just in time too. I have a late meeting tomorrow night. 10 miles in complete dark. All my other two lights...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-13, 01:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,991
Posted By MrCjolsen

spd SANDALS Thick socks NEOPRENE DIVING...

spd SANDALS
Thick socks
NEOPRENE DIVING BOOTIES

Keeps my feet toasty warm down to the high 20's, and very effective in the rain as well.
Forum: Commuting
11-10-13, 08:31 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,111
Posted By MrCjolsen

Part of my 5 light christmas tree setup is a red...

Part of my 5 light christmas tree setup is a red tail light strapped to my left ankle.
Forum: Commuting
11-02-13, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By MrCjolsen

My bike is arms reach from my desk in my...

My bike is arms reach from my desk in my classroom.
11-02-13, 10:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,595
Posted By MrCjolsen

I notice that if I strap a small non-blinking...

I notice that if I strap a small non-blinking light to my ankle, cars actually give me a wider clearance.

I like to have a light on my helmet, one somewhere in the middle, one on my rack, and one...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,838
Posted By MrCjolsen

That looks good. One improvement would be to get...

That looks good. One improvement would be to get a padlock and run the cable through the seat, around the frame, and around a stationary object. Also, make sure that both front and rear locks go to...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-13, 08:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,165
Posted By MrCjolsen

What's a good USB light with a narrow beam/long throw?

I currently have a Light and Motion Urban 300 and Nightrider MiNewt 350 that light up the road real nice for about 40 feet or so.

But my commute is mostly down dark roads and paths that are...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,539
Posted By MrCjolsen

A lot of mirror-haters will tell you that a...

A lot of mirror-haters will tell you that a mirror is no substitute for looking back, and that you don't need mirrors because the purpose they serve in cars does not apply to bicycles.

It's true...
09-09-13, 04:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 601
Posted By MrCjolsen

One more reason I like the new school I teach at

A copy of this painting hangs in the front office.

http://www.bobkestrut.com/images/hopper_french.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-13, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,556
Posted By MrCjolsen

I did that once with my first road bike. After...

I did that once with my first road bike. After considerable adjustment, it sort of worked. However, the drops on my handlebars were useless if I had the bike set up so I the aerobars were...
07-08-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,867
Posted By MrCjolsen

Spoke tension for Alex Adventurer rims?

New rims. Alex Adventurers. 700c to go on my Surly Crosscheck.

I have the hubs - Shimano Mtb. Just need to find the spokes.

$55 for the pair with shipping.

Any idea what spoke tension I...
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