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03-04-10, 01:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I believe the 110mm is the diameter of the circle...

I believe the 110mm is the diameter of the circle formed by the bolt holes (unless one of the more informed can tell me otherwise). Since there's 5 holes, you can't measure, hole to hole. Instead,...
03-04-10, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Do you have a 48-Teeth, 110 mm?

Do you have a 48-Teeth, 110 mm?
03-04-10, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Well, if you're ever looking for a job in the...

Well, if you're ever looking for a job in the future, I think the Taliban would view this as valuable OJT experience.
03-03-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Fort Collins was probably just a little cowtown...

Fort Collins was probably just a little cowtown back then. Hope all ended up OK, and it didn't go on your record.
03-03-10, 10:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I've always loved the way my bike (Shasta...

I've always loved the way my bike (Shasta Kiliminjaro) road, and the way it took hills. I would ride other bikes, and they just didn't have the same feel. My daughter, son and wife would borrow the...
03-03-10, 10:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I put in a bid for a matching Biopace on EBAY...

I put in a bid for a matching Biopace on EBAY yesterday. It's an auction item, and it was the only 48 teeth, 110 mm.
03-02-10, 10:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

This is from the Sheldon Brown catalog. It says...

This is from the Sheldon Brown catalog. It says it works with wide or narrow chain.

These U.S. made 6061 T6 chainrings (formerly Rocket Rings) are a great value, and ideal for use for fixed-gear...
03-02-10, 10:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Thanks for that. It looks like these are fairly...

Thanks for that. It looks like these are fairly easy to install. Remove 5 Allen-Head screws, and install new ring. Am I oversimplifying?
03-02-10, 10:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,747
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Shimano Biopace 48 Tooth, 110 mm Chain Ring

Does anybody know where I can find one of these Chainrings? I have an old beater mountain bike, and the large ring is worn out.

I found the following ring in a 48 teeth, 110 mm:
Origin8 BMX...
11-27-07, 02:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,024
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I don't think she claims to be car-free, but I...

I don't think she claims to be car-free, but I recently viewed this video featuring super-model, Genevieve Lake. She gives a nice plug for cycling in one of the videos on this website....
Forum: Commuting
11-27-07, 01:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,125
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

A good headlight is a must if travelling through...

A good headlight is a must if travelling through the winter. You want to see that ice or snow before you bite the dust. I have a 5-Watt headlight, and I'd say that should be the minimum. I'll...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-07, 01:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,135
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

In the winter, a commute can seem a lot longer. ...

In the winter, a commute can seem a lot longer. Heavy winds, colder conditions with stiffer components, more clothing, etc. More traction usually equates to less speed, whether it be studs or...
11-25-07, 09:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 402
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Cycle Hero

I happened upon this video the other day. Supermodel, Genevieve Lake, gives a nice plug for cycling in one of the videos:
http://www.cyclehero.com/
...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-07, 09:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I was so proud when I first started doing my...

I was so proud when I first started doing my grocery shopping by bicycle, that I took a picture. I have grocery stores within a mile or two though - Whole Foods, King Soopers, Sunflower Market.
...
11-03-07, 01:37 AM
Replies: 1,692
Views: 51,462
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

As mentioned by others, I like bike lanes in high...

As mentioned by others, I like bike lanes in high speed, high traffic areas. My commute has what was once rural roads. The area has been developed, and now these rural roads are fairly high traffic...
11-02-07, 09:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 982
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I'd be willing to bet that this is what was going...

I'd be willing to bet that this is what was going on in this cyclists head. I try not to brake if I don't have to, but I always stop pedalling when coming up on a potential dangerous situation.
Forum: Recumbent
10-23-07, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,050
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

What's the Bodylink seat? Is it more comfortable...

What's the Bodylink seat? Is it more comfortable than the carbon fiber shell?
Forum: Recumbent
10-22-07, 10:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,050
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Carbon Fibre Seats

I was talking to the owner of our recumbent shop, and he told me that HP, Optima, and other European manufacturers are not using the carbon seats any more. He said it was just too cost prohibitive. ...
Forum: Recumbent
10-22-07, 10:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,921
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I agree with most of what everyone else said...

I agree with most of what everyone else said about getting used to it. Once that happens, you'll always want to ride the bent. The other day, it was raining, and not wanting to get my expensive...
10-22-07, 10:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,643
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I'll often wear the tight bicycle shorts (and...

I'll often wear the tight bicycle shorts (and long tights) just for this reason. Most cyclists that I meet don't think it makes sense, since I often ride a recumbent. But I find that I'm less sore,...
10-19-07, 01:40 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 16,497
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

My dog cozy in our bike trailer. We were part...

My dog cozy in our bike trailer. We were part of a cycling parade. I'm dressed as a gas tank.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1132/1435796859_664873e3ec_o.jpg...
Forum: Touring
10-01-07, 11:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

My wife did fine, except she got a little...

My wife did fine, except she got a little frustrated on the return trip, when the wind kept howling right at us. As I mentioned the wind was against on both legs of the trip. The dog did fine. ...
Forum: Touring
09-28-07, 10:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,623
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Ouch! These are stories I'd rather not tell....

Ouch! These are stories I'd rather not tell....
Forum: Commuting
09-28-07, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 550
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Good point about the blinking in the eyes of the...

Good point about the blinking in the eyes of the children. I haven't actually pulled anything except groceries in my trailer at night. But it would be very easy to clip a blinkie onto the canvass...
Forum: Recumbent
09-28-07, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,269
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I picked up this kids trailer, and we use it to...

I picked up this kids trailer, and we use it to haul around our short-legged dog, who gets tired after 2 blocks of walking. On this particular occassion, my wife (pictured) and I were riding in a...
Forum: Touring
09-28-07, 12:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,623
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

That's cool that he left $1 and a note though. I...

That's cool that he left $1 and a note though. I wouldn't be offended at all.

I don't think too many people look at bicyclists as a source for a "grand heist".
Forum: Touring
09-28-07, 12:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Did my First Tour with my Wife

I finally got my wife out to do her first Bike Tour. We went easy for this first one. The ride was only about 35 miles each way, and we spent the night in the neighboring town. I pulled the...
Forum: Recumbent
09-28-07, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Good luck in your decision. I just got a...

Good luck in your decision. I just got a hard-shelled seat model this year - a used Optima Dragon. I've ridden it all summer, and everyday I'm getting more confident in my ability to maneuver. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-07, 12:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 819
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Nice riding! Keep it up. Those high speeds are...

Nice riding! Keep it up. Those high speeds are unsettling. You don't want any negative thoughts going through your head at those speeds (ie "one slip", "one jerk of the handlebar", etc.)
Forum: Commuting
09-28-07, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

What a great idea! As far as the video - quite...

What a great idea! As far as the video - quite an impressive bicycle promotion video. It must be tough to ride year round in Minnesota.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-07, 11:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 550
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I have this nice, jumbo reflective advocacy patch...

I have this nice, jumbo reflective advocacy patch on my trailer. With some metallic thread, it definitely makes the trailer more visible. My trailer is also low enough that my blinkie reflects...
09-27-07, 11:53 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,560
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

A good blinkie is my formula. Also, I don't...

A good blinkie is my formula. Also, I don't think you have to change the batteries as much in the blink mode. Reflective clothing, and other bright clothing and reflectors.
09-27-07, 11:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,137
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Very sobering. But as a bicycle rider, I must...

Very sobering. But as a bicycle rider, I must say, that I just expect it nowadays. Just yesterday, a woman was coming straight at me in a parking lot, needing to make a left turn in front of me. I...
09-27-07, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Welcome from the far North!

Welcome from the far North!
09-25-07, 09:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I'm not quite so shallow...

I'm not quite so shallow...
09-25-07, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

There were a lot of spectators, many of them...

There were a lot of spectators, many of them cheering. We didn't get any pictures of them though. And it was a closed road, with planned route, and policemen directing traffic. On most roads, the...
09-25-07, 04:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I guess I wasn't explicit enough on my statement....

I guess I wasn't explicit enough on my statement. Here's the official word from the President of the Friends of the Fort Collins Bicycle Program, Inc.

By the way, don't know if you were aware...
09-24-07, 11:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

A few more: ...

A few more:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1165/1436661690_58f3eb1828.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1171/1436666600_bf9a6be445.jpg...
09-24-07, 11:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Largest Bike Ride Ever!

The Tour de Fat in Fort Collins, CO, on 9-22-07, attracted 4800 cyclists, mostly costumed. What a blast it was! Nobody could tell me if it was a coincidence that it was on the same day as World...
09-21-07, 10:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,293
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I'll be riding in the Tour de Fat tomorrow (the...

I'll be riding in the Tour de Fat tomorrow (the 22nd). Although I don't think it was planned, what a great event for World Car-Free Day. I've added a few pics from last year's ride, which attracted...
09-16-07, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 717
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Windsor - Greeley Trail in Colorado

I had the pleasure of riding the Windsor / Greeley trail last weekend. It's quite scenic, and very nice. Anybody else ridden this? Currently, it ends at 56th St in Greeley. Eventually, it's...
09-16-07, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I agree that Fort Collins is great for riding. I...

I agree that Fort Collins is great for riding. I moved here from the St Louis area 17 years ago. I've never looked back, and cycling is one of the big reasons. I've commuted year-round to work all...
Forum: Southwest
09-07-07, 09:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Shuttoj, Thanks for all this informative info. ...

Shuttoj,
Thanks for all this informative info. I forwarded your note and recommendations to my son. I hope he can use it to get around more safely. Thanks again!
Jim
09-05-07, 01:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,293
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

My question, here in the US, isn't who is...

My question, here in the US, isn't who is participating. It's "Is anybody, anywhere participating?".
09-05-07, 01:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,293
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Arghh! If I had a gold dubloon, I'd participate!

Arghh! If I had a gold dubloon, I'd participate!
Forum: Commuting
09-05-07, 12:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,186
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

It's one of those things - after you get them -...

It's one of those things - after you get them - you think, "How did I ever live without them?"
Forum: Southwest
09-05-07, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I spoke to my son this week, after his first full...

I spoke to my son this week, after his first full week at College of Santa Fe, and he said he hasn't even been on his bike yet. Since it's parked on a rack with no roof, I told him that he should...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-07, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 690
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Great idea!:D

Great idea!:D
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-07, 12:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,793
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

I recommend Specialized. We own a Trek, albeit a...

I recommend Specialized. We own a Trek, albeit a comfort bike, and all the parts and accessories tend to be proprietary and expensive. Maybe their road bikes are different.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-07, 11:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By oilfreeandhappy

Well you certainly did better than I did. I...

Well you certainly did better than I did. I guess being the creature of habit that I am, I kept stopping, forgetting to unclip. I looked kind of like Henry Gibson on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. ...
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