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Forum: Folding Bikes
02-14-12, 09:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

Bicycles are just tools to me. If I get another...

Bicycles are just tools to me. If I get another job where I need another folder, I'll buy one then (but I will wait a while next time to make sure the job is solid!).
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-14-12, 09:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

The boss of the shop contacted me this morning...

The boss of the shop contacted me this morning and said "Sure, we'll take it back". So I took it in there this morning and they cheerfully refunded every penny. Way to go Warm Planet Bikes!
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-13-12, 06:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

I already bought the bike and paid cash for it,...

I already bought the bike and paid cash for it, so I don't understand what you are proposing, vik.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-13-12, 08:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

BTW, no response from Warm Planet Bicycles yet. ...

BTW, no response from Warm Planet Bicycles yet. I will give them a few more days and then put it on Craigslist.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-13-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

I was not employed by my current employer (Taos...

I was not employed by my current employer (Taos Mountain http://www.taos.com) until last week.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-12, 06:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

Thanks guys, it is not as bad as I first thought....

Thanks guys, it is not as bad as I first thought. I am actually employed by a company that keeps a stable of guys like me (UNIX/Linux System Administrators... server geeks), and then contracts with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-09-12, 10:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

Crap. After 2 days at the new job the client...

Crap. After 2 days at the new job the client decided they want somebody more senior, so the consulting company I was working for pulled me off the job. I am back to being unemployed. Now I will...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-08-12, 05:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

It's a 2012 Tikit Model T. Neat as the Hyperfold...

It's a 2012 Tikit Model T. Neat as the Hyperfold is, it's not worth $200 bucks to me. I'm fine with the twiddly knob. It's blue.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-07-12, 09:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,001
Posted By michaelnel

Got a JOB and a new Bike Friday

Until this morning, I had been jobless for close to 2 years. I got almost to the 99 week limit on unemployment, but a job came through today. It's work I'll enjoy (UNIX system administration) and...
12-26-11, 01:08 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,621
Posted By michaelnel

I saw a couple yesterday, and it looked like the...

I saw a couple yesterday, and it looked like the woman had just received a brand new "Public" brand bike in bright orange. She was slow (I'm slow, and they were riding alot slower than me), and when...
12-26-11, 01:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 985
Posted By michaelnel

I have joint issues that get BETTER when I ride...

I have joint issues that get BETTER when I ride my bike. I have a knee that gets sore and stiff when I sit around. If I go for a 20 mile bike ride, it feels fine when I get back.
12-26-11, 07:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,621
Posted By michaelnel

I rode my usual loop from my place in SF out to...

I rode my usual loop from my place in SF out to Fort Point (Civil War fort at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge) and back, it's about a 20 mile loop for me, mostly flat with a light NW breeze. It...
Forum: Commuting
12-25-11, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,135
Posted By michaelnel

I had that positional vertigo. It was really...

I had that positional vertigo. It was really irritating. My doctor did the Epley Maneuver and it went away, hasn't returned in five years.
12-24-11, 05:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 955
Posted By michaelnel

I think you can get much of what you need off the...

I think you can get much of what you need off the net at Sheldon Brown's pages (http://www.sheldonbrown.com) and the Park Tools site (http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help).

That said, you...
12-23-11, 07:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,020
Posted By michaelnel

I built my Soma Doublecross (very similar to the...

I built my Soma Doublecross (very similar to the Surly Crosscheck) up from a bare frame and selected BR-R550s. They squealed with the stock pads, but I get ZERO squeal with KoolStop salmon pads. ...
12-20-11, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,236
Posted By michaelnel

Given the bike's origin, it may be as simple as...

Given the bike's origin, it may be as simple as grossly underlubed steering head bearings. In any case, it needs to come apart for inspection and lubrication.
12-20-11, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 756
Posted By michaelnel

I lube with Boeshield and let it sit and drip...

I lube with Boeshield and let it sit and drip overnight. The next morning I give it a good wipedown with a rag and it's ready to ride. No fling.
12-20-11, 06:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,001
Posted By michaelnel

My experience exactly!

My experience exactly!
Forum: Commuting
12-20-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,462
Posted By michaelnel

I use one of these, from Nathan: ...

I use one of these, from Nathan:

http://ems.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pEMS1-6251052venh.jpg
12-20-11, 10:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,001
Posted By michaelnel

If I am using die-drawn inner cables and teflon...

If I am using die-drawn inner cables and teflon lined outers, I don't lube them at all. I think lubes just tend to trap grit inside, hastening the wear. Mind you, I am a fair-weather rider...
12-20-11, 09:24 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,324
Posted By michaelnel

Haha! 4 minutes saved over a distance I never...

Haha! 4 minutes saved over a distance I never ride as a trade off for the harsh ride of skinny tires? No thanks.
12-20-11, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 699
Posted By michaelnel

Keep in mind that REI's primary motive is to sell...

Keep in mind that REI's primary motive is to sell you their overpriced bicycle stuff.
12-20-11, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 699
Posted By michaelnel

Have you looked around in your area for bicycle...

Have you looked around in your area for bicycle advocacy organizations or bicycle maintenance co-ops? I have not been impressed at all with the people I have talked with in the bicycle department at...
12-20-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,324
Posted By michaelnel

I ride for fitness and to enjoy the scenery. ...

I ride for fitness and to enjoy the scenery. Getting through it faster seems somewhat counterproductive to me. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't purposely choose a tire with the aim of slowing me...
12-20-11, 07:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,001
Posted By michaelnel

Actually, I think its main purpose is to displace...

Actually, I think its main purpose is to displace water, that's what the "WD" (Water Displacement) in the name stands for. I used to spray it on my motorcycle chains after riding in the rain or...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-11, 06:46 PM
Replies: 670
Views: 306,305
Posted By michaelnel

Well, your wallet will become magically light...

Well, your wallet will become magically light after you buy a Rivendell.
Forum: Commuting
12-18-11, 06:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Posted By michaelnel

Actually, larger diameter spokes are usually not...

Actually, larger diameter spokes are usually not as durable as double or triple butted spokes that are small diameter in the center section and larger on the ends. Those spokes will build into the...
12-18-11, 04:30 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 29,244
Posted By michaelnel

I think that the thing that slows you down the...

I think that the thing that slows you down the most is wind resistance, by a LONG shot. Therefore, look for ways to reduce it. Getting your bike adjusted (and your body adapted) so that you can get...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-11, 10:00 AM
Replies: 670
Views: 306,305
Posted By michaelnel

I guess my current ride could be considered...

I guess my current ride could be considered somewhat of a poor man's retrogrouch bike. The geometry is likely wrong for it to be a Fauxindell.
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12-17-11, 08:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,414
Posted By michaelnel

My regular recreational ride route takes me right...

My regular recreational ride route takes me right past a gym. There are always a bunch of SUVs and Hummers stopped, idling, with one person in them, obviously waiting for a parking space close to...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-11, 05:18 PM
Replies: 670
Views: 306,305
Posted By michaelnel

When I built my Atlantis up from a bare frame...

When I built my Atlantis up from a bare frame back in (I think) 1998, the Atlantis *was* the poor man's Rivendell. Mine was one of the first of the Atlantis frames built in Japan.
...
12-16-11, 07:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,775
Posted By michaelnel

So am I. Laid off and been looking for work for...

So am I. Laid off and been looking for work for almost 2 years. Not much about this situation to like, IMO.
Forum: Commuting
12-15-11, 02:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,387
Posted By michaelnel

Dunno. Peter has been building superb wheels...

Dunno. Peter has been building superb wheels with huge attention to details for decades. That's what you're paying for, not the parts.

However, if cheap is real important to you, then you will...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-11, 01:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,387
Posted By michaelnel

You won't find any better built wheels than the...

You won't find any better built wheels than the ones Peter White builds. Others can do as well, but nobody better.
12-15-11, 07:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,181
Posted By michaelnel

Personally I find it awkward to ride in overalls.

Personally I find it awkward to ride in overalls.
Forum: Commuting
12-14-11, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By michaelnel

I was tempted by them, but like most things...

I was tempted by them, but like most things German they seem overpriced to me (especially given my unemployed status).

I ordered a pair of the MKS Lambda (AKA Rivendell Grip King) pedals for...
12-14-11, 05:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,341
Posted By michaelnel

I'm in that 5-6 hour range too, but have been for...

I'm in that 5-6 hour range too, but have been for decades. I'm 61. The difference now is that I use a CPAP machine and fall asleep fast and STAY asleep continuously for the whole time instead of...
12-13-11, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By michaelnel

I have decided after many years of SPDs, BeeBops,...

I have decided after many years of SPDs, BeeBops, Frogs, PowerGrips and clips and straps that I don't need or want to be attached to my pedals. I'm not a racer, and I don't want to have to wear...
12-13-11, 10:05 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 5,805
Posted By michaelnel

Great, we needed a new helmet thread.

Great, we needed a new helmet thread.
12-13-11, 09:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,733
Posted By michaelnel

No. Bib Thong might work though.

No. Bib Thong might work though.
12-13-11, 08:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,733
Posted By michaelnel

My bibs are TIGHTS, not shorts. I run a little...

My bibs are TIGHTS, not shorts. I run a little short of being able to get my dingus down to my ankle.
12-13-11, 05:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,733
Posted By michaelnel

I have a pair of Castelli bibs, and I hate them. ...

I have a pair of Castelli bibs, and I hate them. It turns taking a leak into a major production. I have to take off my jacket, take off my jersey, take down the straps, finally extract the dangly...
12-13-11, 05:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,649
Posted By michaelnel

I like these from Rivendell: ...

I like these from Rivendell:

http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/ctxtv.wmppt/v/vspfiles/photos/m11-2.jpg

http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/m11.htm
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 11:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,528
Posted By michaelnel

You might add Grant Peterson's "Safety Swerve and...

You might add Grant Peterson's "Safety Swerve and Saliva" technique to your bag of tricks: http://www.rivbike.com/kb_results.asp?ID=79
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 10:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,535
Posted By michaelnel

Yep, I have a 4800mAh USB external battery pack...

Yep, I have a 4800mAh USB external battery pack for my phone too, forgot to mention that. For short rides I don't need it, but if I wanted to track my ride all day I would hook it up.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,535
Posted By michaelnel

I keep my Android phone in my pocket. The screen...

I keep my Android phone in my pocket. The screen is incredibly hard to read in direct sunlight anyway, so having it on the bars wouldn't gain me much. I have a RAM GPS mount on my bars for a...
Forum: Touring
12-12-11, 08:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,547
Posted By michaelnel

My first overnight camping tour ride was from my...

My first overnight camping tour ride was from my place in San Francisco to China Camp State Park back in 1998. It's 35-40 miles one way, IIRC. Was riding the Rivendell Atlantis I built up from a...
12-11-11, 01:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,781
Posted By michaelnel

I use a Shimano triple 105 FD with my Sugino...

I use a Shimano triple 105 FD with my Sugino SD600 crank that has 46/36/26 rings on it, and I use barcons with friction shifting for the front and indexed for the 9 speed XT 11/34 rear. Works great...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-10-11, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By michaelnel

Yes, I sold the bike.

Yes, I sold the bike.
12-10-11, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 805
Posted By michaelnel

My old Park CN-4 cutters have seen regular use...

My old Park CN-4 cutters have seen regular use over the years, and I have never regretted buying them. Cutting cable and housing with other tools just doesn't measure up.
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