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Forum: Commuting
10-15-13, 05:08 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,179
Posted By Schwinnrider

I commute at night a lot, and I've always made...

I commute at night a lot, and I've always made sure to have a bright light. My current bikes sport a DiNotte 600 and a DiNotte 200L, respectively. Good lights, but dealing with battery charging and...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-13, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,895
Posted By Schwinnrider

I think the fork mounted lights work much better...

I think the fork mounted lights work much better if they have shaped beams. My lights are both high output LEDs, and they cast a round beam, much like a flashlight. The German lights throw a square...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-13, 05:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,567
Posted By Schwinnrider

I can't help but think the Portland was a case of...

I can't help but think the Portland was a case of a near miss by Trek. Discs on a commuter are an excellent idea---but commuters tend to favor steel framed bikes. The Portland is aluminum(not a bad...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-13, 04:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By Schwinnrider

I have problems if too much weight is on my...

I have problems if too much weight is on my hands. I solved it by raising my handlebars to seat height. That way I can still use the drops. Have you tried that?
Forum: Commuting
03-10-13, 01:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 764
Posted By Schwinnrider

I don't think the backpack "keeps your back in...

I don't think the backpack "keeps your back in shape". If anything, it's delivering lots of compressive force to your spine. When you walk with a backpack, you have built in shock absorbers---your...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-13, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,204
Posted By Schwinnrider

I considered the Brooks panniers, but they don't...

I considered the Brooks panniers, but they don't seem functional enough. I look at Brooks' bags and clothes as fashion items for the wealthy cyclist. If you want to buy traditionally styled panniers...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-13, 05:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,524
Posted By Schwinnrider

I was unemployed for a year. That took away my...

I was unemployed for a year. That took away my commute but gave me time to do more S240s and weekend tours. The only good thing about unemployment is the freedom to spend more time on your hobbies. I...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-13, 05:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,905
Posted By Schwinnrider

I have Brooks B17s on all of my bikes, and I have...

I have Brooks B17s on all of my bikes, and I have no issue when in the drops. Then again, I run a high bar, with the bar at seat height. I've heard the Brooks Professional is better suited to a more...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-13, 05:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,918
Posted By Schwinnrider

The Surly Cross-Check is an excellent suggestion....

The Surly Cross-Check is an excellent suggestion. Surly also sells the Pacer, which is a steel framed road bike with fender eyelets. The Pacer's only shortcoming is the lack of rack mounts, but one...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-13, 03:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,057
Posted By Schwinnrider

When I started bike commuting, my ride was 18-22...

When I started bike commuting, my ride was 18-22 miles each way, depending on which route I chose. That definitely got me into shape, but it really was a bit too much to do every day, and it led to...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-12, 07:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,431
Posted By Schwinnrider

Why can't you mount them both to the same eyelet?...

Why can't you mount them both to the same eyelet? You can just use a longer bolt, right?
Forum: Commuting
12-09-12, 07:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,431
Posted By Schwinnrider

I was lucky enough to find a 1993 XO-2 in my...

I was lucky enough to find a 1993 XO-2 in my size, and it's my favorite bike. I have maybe 800 bucks into it, and I ride it more than my custom Gunnar. The 26 inch wheels and drop bar combination are...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-12, 06:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,532
Posted By Schwinnrider

A friend of mine had the VO saddle and was unable...

A friend of mine had the VO saddle and was unable to get comfortable on it. He's a lightweight and the saddle was too hard for him. I believe VO's choice to bond the leather to a fiber material...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-12, 11:04 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,506
Posted By Schwinnrider

No, move away from Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is a...

No, move away from Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is a dangerous hellhole of a city. If he lived in a smaller town in Louisiana, he wouldn't have such problems. BR is just kind of trashy. Every city,...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,168
Posted By Schwinnrider

Long distance electric bike?

I've seen plenty of electric bikes, but they're usually cruiser bikes, designed for short distance riding. I wonder if there's a market for a road bike with an electric motor? I would think that...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-12, 04:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,502
Posted By Schwinnrider

I rode in ridiculous heat and humidity last...

I rode in ridiculous heat and humidity last year(heat index was something like 110 degrees), and ended up being absolutely miserable the next day. I had nausea and cluster headaches.

Now I ride...
Forum: Commuting
05-16-12, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,128
Posted By Schwinnrider

I had a rack like the Nashbar front rack, and...

I had a rack like the Nashbar front rack, and mounted a Wald basket to it. I carried a gallon of water in the basket, and the fork crown brace BROKE. I mean the metal separated.

I now use a Soma...
Forum: Commuting
05-16-12, 02:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By Schwinnrider

Yes, I use them on the bike. Since they are...

Yes, I use them on the bike. Since they are basically speakers which sit on the tragus, they allow external sounds to enter the ear canal. That's a GOOD thing when riding on the road, but not a good...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-12, 10:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,078
Posted By Schwinnrider

There's a reason that touring bikes usually come...

There's a reason that touring bikes usually come specced with drop bars. When you ride a flat bar, even if you have bar ends, you really only have two hand positions. With a drop bar you have at...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-12, 11:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,870
Posted By Schwinnrider

Velo Orange makes their saddles differently than...

Velo Orange makes their saddles differently than Brooks. Where Brooks is just a piece of tensioned leather stretched over a frame, the VO saddles have a layer of laminate underneath. A friend of mine...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-12, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By Schwinnrider

I use a Dinotte 200L. 200 lumens, 4 AA batteries,...

I use a Dinotte 200L. 200 lumens, 4 AA batteries, tiny footprint(the light head is the size of a C cell battery). Burn time is not great. On high the burn time is 3 hrs. There are three settings, and...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-12, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 470
Posted By Schwinnrider

Well, that's a crit bike. Short chainstays,...

Well, that's a crit bike. Short chainstays, racing position. It's going to be a pain in the butt to mount fenders to that---and if you're gong to commute in Ft. Myers you will have afternoon showers...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-12, 07:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,890
Posted By Schwinnrider

Don't think rain pants. Think rain chaps. They're...

Don't think rain pants. Think rain chaps. They're called Rainlegs.

http://www.amazon.com/RAINLEGS-CL130-Rainlegs-Leg-Protector/dp/B001SN8IV6

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They are much cooler than rain pants,...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-12, 09:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,364
Posted By Schwinnrider

The drop bar 26inch wheeled bike is a brilliant...

The drop bar 26inch wheeled bike is a brilliant idea.
This is my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2. Not a Frankenbike, although I've changed it a bit from stock. I swapped the Nitto Dirt Drops and stem for a...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-12, 09:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,558
Posted By Schwinnrider

I'm going to be "THAT GUY", but you have to ride...

I'm going to be "THAT GUY", but you have to ride to work or school to be a "bike commuter". Otherwise it's just riding. Nothing wrong with that, but you're not a bike commuter unless you regularly...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-12, 08:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,558
Posted By Schwinnrider

You're a "bike commuter" if you ride your bike to...

You're a "bike commuter" if you ride your bike to work. But only riding to work or school is "commuting", if you're looking for rules. LOL
Forum: Commuting
04-24-12, 05:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,569
Posted By Schwinnrider

That, in a nutshell, describes a LOT of what's...

That, in a nutshell, describes a LOT of what's wrong with society. The OP asked a question about which headphones are best. The only people who SHOULD respond are those with information which answers...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-12, 05:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,569
Posted By Schwinnrider

Yep, AirDrives. I tried earbuds, but I don't like...

Yep, AirDrives. I tried earbuds, but I don't like being that disengaged from my surroundings. I had Koss Sportapros, but they still isolate me too much. AirDrives are different, because they're an...
Forum: Touring
04-22-12, 01:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,069
Posted By Schwinnrider

+1 on the Nitto Noodle. I have a history of hand...

+1 on the Nitto Noodle. I have a history of hand numbness and the Noodle saved me. I like it so much I have three of them, and I think I'll have a Noodle on every road bike I ever own.
Forum: Commuting
04-22-12, 10:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By Schwinnrider

http://www.seemewear.com/

http://www.seemewear.com/
Forum: Commuting
04-20-12, 01:21 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,211
Posted By Schwinnrider

Gloves are not for warmth. They're safety gear....

Gloves are not for warmth. They're safety gear. I'd rather not scrape my palms up in case of a crash.
Forum: Commuting
04-19-12, 08:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,211
Posted By Schwinnrider

I have a shaved head, so I end up with Darth Maul...

I have a shaved head, so I end up with Darth Maul tan lines if I don't wear my do rag under my helmet. And I also try to get some shirtless and hatless sun to even it out.
Forum: Commuting
04-19-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,460
Posted By Schwinnrider

You know, they DO have a toll-free number. Every...

You know, they DO have a toll-free number. Every call costs them money. I think everyone should call CDG and let them know exactly how inappropriate their driver's behavior was. 1-888-445-2810
Forum: Commuting
04-17-12, 09:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,586
Posted By Schwinnrider

Is that a Raleigh Wyoming?

Is that a Raleigh Wyoming?
Forum: Commuting
04-16-12, 04:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,639
Posted By Schwinnrider

Any helmet sold in the US for bike use will have...

Any helmet sold in the US for bike use will have the CPSC certification. Even Wal Mart and Target.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-12, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 905
Posted By Schwinnrider

My commuter/errand bike is irreplaceable. It's a...

My commuter/errand bike is irreplaceable. It's a Bridgestone XO-2, 1993 model. Only 1500 were made, and I ride a 52cm, so they're rarer than Sasquatch riding a unicorn. I lock it up with a u-lock and...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-12, 05:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,642
Posted By Schwinnrider

This guy needs to be booted from the forum. This...

This guy needs to be booted from the forum. This posting is just an excuse for him to post his Amazon ad for the "leg shield".
Forum: Commuting
04-12-12, 07:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,939
Posted By Schwinnrider

I have the Vega, which is pretty close to the...

I have the Vega, which is pretty close to the Fly, except it mounts to rack bosses. Racks have been attaching to brake bridges for a long time. I just sold a vintage Blackburn from the 80s that...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-12, 01:37 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 7,442
Posted By Schwinnrider

I've caught roadies on my commute bike. I think...

I've caught roadies on my commute bike. I think we all have. The difference is, I usually pull along side them and chat, if they want to . If I'm on my Gunnar, which has no logo stickers and is...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-12, 01:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,011
Posted By Schwinnrider

That's not an exclusive club. Come back when...

That's not an exclusive club. Come back when you've been hit by a motorist. That's when you know you're a serious commuter.
Forum: Touring
04-10-12, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By Schwinnrider

Need new 26" touring tires

The tires on my Bridgestone are getting kind of old, and the sidewalls have some dry rot cracks showing. The tread is good, but I think I want to replace these in the near future.

I'm currently...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-12, 06:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,293
Posted By Schwinnrider

But there ARE saddlebags for bikes. So you're not...

But there ARE saddlebags for bikes. So you're not actually correct.
Forum: Commuting
04-09-12, 09:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,110
Posted By Schwinnrider

On my Bridgestone XO-2, which has 26x1.5 tires, I...

On my Bridgestone XO-2, which has 26x1.5 tires, I run at 85 psi. It's a fairly heavy bike, I'm not a feather weight, and I'm usually carrying some cargo. My other bikes have 700x28 Panaracer Ruffy...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-12, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 787
Posted By Schwinnrider

I'd eBay them and buy a touring or spinning shoe....

I'd eBay them and buy a touring or spinning shoe. But that's just me.
Forum: Commuting
04-05-12, 06:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,523
Posted By Schwinnrider

You would be surprised how quickly you get used...

You would be surprised how quickly you get used to bar end shifters. Plus, I find the aero brake levers more comfortable, because they're slightly thinner.
Forum: Commuting
04-04-12, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,523
Posted By Schwinnrider

I would choose the tried and true Cross-Check....

I would choose the tried and true Cross-Check. It's not a perennial favorite for nothing, you know. It wins on versatility. But if you want discs, I guess you have to go with the Marin. Unless you...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-12, 12:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,327
Posted By Schwinnrider

EIGHT GRAND? Are they high? It's cool that they...

EIGHT GRAND? Are they high? It's cool that they made it go faster, but that's way too expensive. I tend to think e-bikes appeal to transportational and functional type cyclists, not the go fast...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-12, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,942
Posted By Schwinnrider

Wow. Way to drop the ball, Raleigh. I have no...

Wow. Way to drop the ball, Raleigh. I have no problem with the electronic shifting. I mean, I don't see the need for it, but it's kind of interesting. It might even make sense on a commuter bike,...
Forum: Touring
03-29-12, 12:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,653
Posted By Schwinnrider

I have the VO wheel stabilizer. If you don't use...

I have the VO wheel stabilizer. If you don't use the spacer included with the downtube clamp, it will fit to 31.8 downtubes.
Forum: Commuting
03-28-12, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,006
Posted By Schwinnrider

You cannot get a poor quality bike at a bike...

You cannot get a poor quality bike at a bike shop. They are mostly all made in Taiwan or China, and the componentry only comes from a few manufacturers, really.

It depends on what you want to do...
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