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09-08-16, 11:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,628
Posted By The Chemist

Yeah, some components on Giant bikes aren't the...

Yeah, some components on Giant bikes aren't the best. I was not a fan of the original tires or wheels on my bike, and the saddle wasn't great either.
09-08-16, 10:58 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,790
Posted By The Chemist

I don't mind riding in rain occasionally as long...

I don't mind riding in rain occasionally as long as it's not too heavy, not accompanied by heavy winds, and isn't super cold. I get wet from sweat anyway, so a bit of rain isn't going to do me any...
09-08-16, 10:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,903
Posted By The Chemist

I don't care about weight or performance much, so...

I don't care about weight or performance much, so for me the main reason I had for replacing my wheels was to replace the crappy stock Giant wheels that kept breaking spokes. I bought a pair of...
09-07-16, 10:08 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,144
Posted By The Chemist

Recently I've been doing about 25.5km/h average...

Recently I've been doing about 25.5km/h average (moving), which is about 16mph. Total average, including stops (which are unavoidable due to all the traffic lights) is usually about 24km/h (15mph).
09-07-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,363
Posted By The Chemist

I recently replaced my old Vittoria Randonneurs...

I recently replaced my old Vittoria Randonneurs with a set of Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elites, and the Specialized tires are noticeably faster. Not 10~15%, but I have gained about 1.5km/h...
09-06-16, 06:38 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 9,408
Posted By The Chemist

Standard cycling shorts and jerseys. It may look...

Standard cycling shorts and jerseys. It may look silly to others, but it's by far the most comfortable thing I've found for any kind of riding other than going slow (especially in Shanghai's summer...
09-06-16, 06:29 AM
Replies: 1,297
Views: 221,364
Posted By The Chemist

Not today, but over the weekend I redid the...

Not today, but over the weekend I redid the brakes on my bike. My front brake cable snapped (fortunately, not while I was on the road) right at the lever and so it needed replacement. I took the...
07-30-16, 03:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 744
Posted By The Chemist

Just switched to foldable Specialized All...

Just switched to foldable Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elites (700x28C). Much easier to mount than my old Vittoria Randonneurs (same size), and considerably faster on the road as well. I'm not...
07-28-16, 01:17 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,250
Posted By The Chemist

I have a mirror mounted into the end of the...

I have a mirror mounted into the end of the bullhorn bar I have on my bike. I find it's very useful to keep track of what's coming up behind me, be it a car that might want to blindly turn right...
07-28-16, 01:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,131
Posted By The Chemist

Why can't a cyclist do both?

Why can't a cyclist do both?
07-25-16, 11:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,325
Posted By The Chemist

I know this is very late, but I have to say that...

I know this is very late, but I have to say that Vittoria Randonneurs, while being good tires overall (very durable and almost never puncture) they are slow - like really slow. After I replaced mine...
07-25-16, 10:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,472
Posted By The Chemist

I used to run wire bead Vittoria Randonneurs...

I used to run wire bead Vittoria Randonneurs (700x28) but my rear tire sidewall was starting to bulge so I decided to change both the front and rear tire. I replaced them with kevlar bead (i.e....
07-25-16, 10:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,131
Posted By The Chemist

I have to say I feel the opposite. I just got...

I have to say I feel the opposite. I just got back into riding last weekend and my first ride was without my GPS because I hadn't had time to charge the batteries for it, and it didn't quite feel...
07-25-16, 10:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,596
Posted By The Chemist

Pump Spare tube Tire levers Hex keys ...

Pump
Spare tube
Tire levers
Hex keys
Patch kit
07-25-16, 08:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,469
Posted By The Chemist

My phone is usually in my jersey pocket, but if...

My phone is usually in my jersey pocket, but if it started to rain I'd stick it down in the bottom of my trunk bag.

My Garmin eTrex 30 GPS is IPX7 water resistant, which means that rain won't...
07-24-16, 06:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,045
Posted By The Chemist

It's been above 35C (95F) here in Shanghai every...

It's been above 35C (95F) here in Shanghai every day this week, and while I've been drinking lots on my rides (35km, about 1.5 hours) this week I haven't had to stop for a bathroom break once. All...
07-24-16, 06:25 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 19,439
Posted By The Chemist

I use Presta on my bike by necessity (my rims...

I use Presta on my bike by necessity (my rims can't fit Schrader valves) but honestly I prefer Schrader, mainly because they're not so easy to inadvertently damage/destroy the valve on. I'm...
07-24-16, 05:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 903
Posted By The Chemist

I just bought and installed my first ever set of...

I just bought and installed my first ever set of foldable tires today (Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite) and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to install. They...
07-24-16, 02:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,394
Posted By The Chemist

Deliberately? My Air Zound. Otherwise, it's...

Deliberately? My Air Zound.

Otherwise, it's my freewheel, which is pretty noisy when coasting (though quiet when actually pedalling).
07-20-16, 05:10 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,896
Posted By The Chemist

My Garmin ETrex 30 GPS and my Air Zound air horn.

My Garmin ETrex 30 GPS and my Air Zound air horn.
07-19-16, 10:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,157
Posted By The Chemist

Check that your handlebars aren't too low. I had...

Check that your handlebars aren't too low. I had some issues with hand numbness and then I raised the handlebars a few centimetres and I found that the numbness went away. Too much weight on your...
07-19-16, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,717
Posted By The Chemist

I personally use a Garmin E-Trex 30. I like it...

I personally use a Garmin E-Trex 30. I like it because it has all the data I need for riding, plus it uses AA batteries (and it has a very nice long battery life too). If you don't need the maps you...
07-19-16, 07:10 AM
Replies: 1,297
Views: 221,364
Posted By The Chemist

It's been nearly a year since I've ridden, but...

It's been nearly a year since I've ridden, but I've been back on the bike three times this week - nearly 100km so far - because I'm getting fat from being so sedentary (I work from home now). I found...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-15, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1,579
Views: 93,224
Posted By The Chemist

You know, I wish I could still be on this list,...

You know, I wish I could still be on this list, as I was a couple of years ago. But now I work from home so I don't have a commute anymore. :(

In fact, I was off the bike entirely for nearly a...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-15, 07:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,387
Posted By The Chemist

I'll put in another vote for the durability of...

I'll put in another vote for the durability of Vittoria Randonneurs (haven't had a single flat since I switched over to them), though living in Shanghai I've never had to try them in snow as snow is...
10-15-15, 07:33 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,821
Posted By The Chemist

Yep, the roadies love the roads on both sides of...

Yep, the roadies love the roads on both sides of the river, probably because they're low traffic with few traffic lights, unlike most roads in Shanghai.

My common night ride is just across the...
10-12-15, 03:22 AM
Replies: 7,455
Views: 2,215,670
Posted By The Chemist

On an evening ride earlier this week: ...

On an evening ride earlier this week:

http://i.imgur.com/nNiKPVlh.jpg (http://imgur.com/nNiKPVl)
10-12-15, 03:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By The Chemist

To be honest, I never noticed a huge increase in...

To be honest, I never noticed a huge increase in speed either by reducing tire size or by using clipless pedals. The big advantage to clipless, as others have mentioned, is foot retention - your foot...
10-12-15, 03:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507
Posted By The Chemist

Yep, there's a good reason why the double...

Yep, there's a good reason why the double triangle frame has been around for as long as it has. Bike design should definitely be form follows function, but this...thing is function follows form.
10-12-15, 03:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 984
Posted By The Chemist

I used them once on a 700x28 tube at 90psi and...

I used them once on a 700x28 tube at 90psi and they sucked. Didn't hold pressure for more than a day. Given that regular patches really aren't that difficult to apply, I don't see the point of the...
10-09-15, 06:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
Posted By The Chemist

I like my Garmin eTrex 30. It doesn't have a very...

I like my Garmin eTrex 30. It doesn't have a very high resolution display, but it is in colour and you can add additional maps (OpenStreetMaps has them for free!), plus the batteries last for a long,...
10-08-15, 03:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,372
Posted By The Chemist

I've been using Vittoria Randonneurs for a few...

I've been using Vittoria Randonneurs for a few years (700x28) and I've never had a puncture flat with them. They roll well and they're incredibly durable, which is exactly what I want in a tire.
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10-06-15, 01:29 AM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,385
Posted By The Chemist

75km to the southern reaches of the Huangpu River...

75km to the southern reaches of the Huangpu River in Shanghai.

http://i.imgur.com/dqWCYiO.jpg
10-04-15, 03:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,280
Posted By The Chemist

Nice looking bike! Many years ago I had an...

Nice looking bike! Many years ago I had an Ironhorse mountain bike that I bought at Sport Chek, so the brand has been around for quite a long time. It was a good bike and I'd probably still have it...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-13, 07:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,539
Posted By The Chemist

Unlike a lot of people here, I prefer the...

Unlike a lot of people here, I prefer the handlebar mirror to the helmet mirror. I used to use a Third Eye helmet mirror, and it was good but I hated the fact that it'd go out of adjustment every...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-13, 11:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By The Chemist

Personally, I really like my set up with brifters...

Personally, I really like my set up with brifters on a bullhorn bar. I've got an additional set of brake levers on the flat part of the bar, but I very rarely use them as I'm almost always on the...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-13, 09:33 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,646
Posted By The Chemist

39 pounds fully dressed - that's including my ...

39 pounds fully dressed - that's including my lock, tools, spare tube, pump, and rain coat which are all carried in a lockable plastic trunk box on my rack. I'd say it's probably a good 10 pounds...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-13, 04:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,448
Posted By The Chemist

Before I was doing a 30 mile round trip commute...

Before I was doing a 30 mile round trip commute (about 1h 10min each way) and I did that for a couple of years. It was fine, but the biggest problem for me was the fact that I'd have to budget at...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-13, 04:17 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 30,951
Posted By The Chemist

I used to not have one, then I realized how...

I used to not have one, then I realized how annoying it was to always have to find something to lean the bike on when parking it (not always the easiest thing to do). So I got one and it has made...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 07:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 11,898
Posted By The Chemist

I'd recommend Vitorria Randonneurs. I've been...

I'd recommend Vitorria Randonneurs. I've been running a set for several months, and I haven't had a single puncture since I bought them. I don't find them to be any slower than other tires I've used...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 07:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,351
Posted By The Chemist

I have a small Chinese pump that I've cut the...

I have a small Chinese pump that I've cut the pump head off and replaced it with a double-sided pump head (presta for my tires, Shraeder for my Air Zound) that I bought at Decathlon. The pump was...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 07:04 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,945
Posted By The Chemist

Depends where you're living. In a city that's...

Depends where you're living. In a city that's flat as a pancake like Shanghai is, a Pigeon would be a fine runabout, since you wouldn't have to worry about hills. But if it's a hilly place like...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 06:59 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,682
Posted By The Chemist

My bike is red, and people sometimes comment that...

My bike is red, and people sometimes comment that it's pretty big (given that I'm taller than the average Chinese guy), hence I call it 'Big Red'. :)
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 06:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,622
Posted By The Chemist

I've got the PB Cascadias on my bike, and I love...

I've got the PB Cascadias on my bike, and I love them. They look good and they work well, which is all you can ask for from a fender :)
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 06:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 12,441
Posted By The Chemist

I've got 28C Vittoria Randonneurs on my bike -...

I've got 28C Vittoria Randonneurs on my bike - but they're super narrow as 28s go. I can't even use a 28C tube in them - I use a 23/25 tube and it fits perfectly. They're much narrower than the Kenda...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-13, 06:30 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,295
Posted By The Chemist

buzzbee (CA)_______________________5638 ...

buzzbee (CA)_______________________5638
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Dwayne (GA)_______________________...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-13, 07:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,662
Posted By The Chemist

I've got mine aligned so I can see the edge of my...

I've got mine aligned so I can see the edge of my rear rack, which basically eliminates blind spots. However, when I'm planning to move left to make a turn, I still shoulder check to make sure I...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-13, 07:29 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,295
Posted By The Chemist

consularrider (VA)_________________2125 (4293...

consularrider (VA)_________________2125 (4293 total through 4/29 [76/78])
buzzbee (CA )______________________2097
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Tarwheel...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-13, 04:52 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,295
Posted By The Chemist

Wyrmblight (Singapore)_____________1847.4 (2973.1...

Wyrmblight (Singapore)_____________1847.4 (2973.1 KM)
Dwayne (GA)________________________1651 [49/49]
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buzzbee (CA )______________________1641...
04-20-13, 07:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,476
Posted By The Chemist

Since this thread is somewhat about replacing...

Since this thread is somewhat about replacing chainrings, I guess it's a good place for me to ask a question - my chain is jumping from a higher chainring to a lower chainring (from 3 to 2, or from 2...
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