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07-10-12, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By BIG-E

Slime Tube Quality

I want to put some Slime or similar tubes in our Big Dummy.

I saw some recent reviews complaining about the quality of the tubes being low and splitting open along the seam, or valves ripping off....
06-01-12, 10:08 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 21,210
Posted By BIG-E

I just ignore the signs and keep my pack on both...

I just ignore the signs and keep my pack on both shoulders the whole time. Never been stopped.
05-11-12, 01:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,291
Posted By BIG-E

I'm finding that Deore rear derailleurs wear out...

I'm finding that Deore rear derailleurs wear out their bushings and get sloppy a lot faster than they used to.
05-09-12, 03:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,088
Posted By BIG-E

Our local bikes shops have gone steadily down. I...

Our local bikes shops have gone steadily down. I worked at one for a few summers when I was younger. Even then it was pretty bad, I once ordered stuff from Price Point for myself and had it shipped...
05-09-12, 01:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,609
Posted By BIG-E

You could do something like the hub above, but...

You could do something like the hub above, but use U-bolts to solidly attach the hub to the xtracycle. A friend of mine used that method for making a bike rack for his truck. He used quick-releases...
05-01-12, 04:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,612
Posted By BIG-E

I bungee them to the top of the plastic tote that...

I bungee them to the top of the plastic tote that usually rides in my BOB. It's the perfect width. I'll have to figure out another method when we get our Big Dummy soon.
04-27-12, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,255
Posted By BIG-E

I went ahead and ordered two pairs. I'm putting a...

I went ahead and ordered two pairs. I'm putting a child seat on it and I want it solid. Too busy with business and family to screw around trying to rig something.
04-27-12, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,255
Posted By BIG-E

Whatchamacollars

I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to need any Whatchamacollars for
my Big Dummy. Are the racks normally just slipped inside the frame's
tubing, and the Watchamacollar clamps that junction? Does...
04-24-12, 07:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 569
Posted By BIG-E

Seats for Big Dummy other than PeaPod - any issues?

We're getting a Big Dummy for transporting our almost-year-old daughter. We're interested in using a seat other than the PeaPod III because it doesn't seem to have as much protection for the child as...
04-24-12, 07:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 690
Posted By BIG-E

Seats for Big Dummy other than PeaPod - any issues?

We're getting a Big Dummy for transporting our almost-year-old daughter. We're interested in using a seat other than the PeaPod III because it doesn't seem to have as much protection for the child as...
04-23-12, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,232
Posted By BIG-E

Looking for kickstand for Big Dummy w/ child seat

I'm going to be hauling our almost-year-old daughter with the Big Dummy that we are about to purchase.

I've been reading up on kickstands and I've heard some complaints about the Kickback....
04-16-12, 02:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,257
Posted By BIG-E

Single trailers are much more maneuverable than...

Single trailers are much more maneuverable than double-wheel trailers. However once you load it past about half of the rider's weight it can start getting hard to control. Don't let that make you...
04-16-12, 08:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,712
Posted By BIG-E

Looking for Big Dummy tires 2.3 - 2.5

We're getting a Big Dummy in a few weeks for hauling our daughter. We live on a gravel road and ride a lot of gravel to stay away from traffic. I'm a big fan of wide tires. I'm looking for...
06-25-11, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By BIG-E

I imagine downhill braking could be a little...

I imagine downhill braking could be a little tricky.
06-24-11, 09:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,749
Posted By BIG-E

Diet can play a big role in odor. Avoiding...

Diet can play a big role in odor. Avoiding processed food really helps.
06-24-11, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 151,117
Posted By BIG-E

Picked up 50lbs of chicken feed and 33lbs of dog...

Picked up 50lbs of chicken feed and 33lbs of dog food, picked up a few things around town, then grabbed a few groceries, then rode 3 hilly miles home. Using a Bob Ibex trailer.
06-24-11, 09:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,212
Posted By BIG-E

Bump. Our baby girl arrived two weeks ago and...

Bump. Our baby girl arrived two weeks ago and it's time to get serious about planning for bike transport once she's big enough. The top candidate is a CETMA Largo. Any new info from folks? Thanks
03-18-11, 10:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,212
Posted By BIG-E

Winter Stability: Longtail vs Bakfiet

My wife and I are car-free and live in Vermont. With a baby on the way we've been looking into cargo bikes. Bakfiets seem very cool for hauling kids.

Recently I was riding my 29er on some back...
01-13-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By BIG-E

We've given it a lot of thought and prefer the...

We've given it a lot of thought and prefer the Long John style so we can see the kid, and also for a smoother ride. We'll have it setup so a safety seat can be properly mounted.
01-12-11, 01:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,036
Posted By BIG-E

I love my Bob Ibex ...

I love my Bob Ibex
http://i51.tinypic.com/10ykvt4.jpg
01-12-11, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By BIG-E

Organic Engines Long Juan?

My wife and I are expecting our first child this summer :) We're car-free so it's time to find a bike for hauling kids. Seems like a bakfiet aka "long john" is going to be the best bet.

Most are...
06-26-10, 02:16 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,056
Posted By BIG-E

I've found that living with my fiancee has taught...

I've found that living with my fiancee has taught me a lot about myself. We're getting married in less than a month and I'm looking forward to many years of growth with her.

We don't own a TV or a...
06-26-10, 02:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 851
Posted By BIG-E

My fiancee and I are lucky to live in a nice...

My fiancee and I are lucky to live in a nice Vermont town with full services. We're completely car free, often going over a month without riding in a car. We don't see too many changes when we have...
06-26-10, 01:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,059
Posted By BIG-E

Huh? The videos on youtube looked like people...

Huh? The videos on youtube looked like people just making bags out of bags. Why not just use the originals? Or even better, don't get them in the first place?

Wool doesn't stink like synthetics...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-10, 12:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,806
Posted By BIG-E

I recently had a custom red LED p60 module made...

I recently had a custom red LED p60 module made up. It's too bright in blinkie mode unless it's pointed at the ground. I think I'll check out the Radbot 500 for use as my main blinkie.
Forum: Commuting
04-26-10, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,806
Posted By BIG-E

Looking for rear blinky - anything close to as bright as Planet Bike Superflash?

I lost my Planet Bike Superflash yesterday on some rugged Vermont singletrack.

I'm looking for a replacement. Is there anything out there that's as bright? I loved the Superflash except for it's...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-10, 01:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,771
Posted By BIG-E

The Vaya has forward-facing dropouts on the fork...

The Vaya has forward-facing dropouts on the fork which help keep the disc brake from pulling the wheel out of the dropouts.
02-19-10, 01:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,628
Posted By BIG-E

My fiancee and I are proud of the fact that we...

My fiancee and I are proud of the fact that we don't own a car and tell people all the time.
02-10-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,780
Posted By BIG-E

Are there certain types of motors that are...

Are there certain types of motors that are quieter than others?
02-09-10, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,780
Posted By BIG-E

Silent and waterproof?

Are any of the hub motors silent and waterproof? Can they do regenerative braking?
02-04-10, 06:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By BIG-E

I'm 215-225 and I haven't ridden square taper...

I'm 215-225 and I haven't ridden square taper cranks in a long time. They just didn't last for me. Over-tightening is a definite possibility for your situation.
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By BIG-E

Here's my candidate list so far - Surly...

Here's my candidate list so far -

Surly Cross Check
Surly LHT
Surly Pacer
Salsa Vaya (at $1500msrp it's pushing the budget)
Giant TCX 2
Kona Sutra
Kona Dew Drop
Specialized Tricross Triple
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By BIG-E

Bike recommendations please

Hi Folks

I'm interested in getting a road bike. I've only had one before, it was an old 10-speed Bianchi with Campy friction shift that I saved from the dumpster of the shop I was working at. It...
02-02-10, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By BIG-E

It likely has 130mm spacing for the rear hub, so...

It likely has 130mm spacing for the rear hub, so you won't be able to use the modern standard 135mm hubs without some extra stress on the frame.
01-31-10, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 689
Posted By BIG-E

I love my Nokians! I'm running some 700x42s on my...

I love my Nokians! I'm running some 700x42s on my 29er. I gave my fiancee my old 26x2.1 Nokians. They're at least 10 years old but still in great shape with only about 3 years of full-time commuting...
01-15-10, 11:47 PM
01-07-10, 07:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 803
Posted By BIG-E

A Huffy might scare someone away from biking. ...

A Huffy might scare someone away from biking.

Here's three that are much better bikes
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/1539905735.html
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/1537575058.html...
01-07-10, 04:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,314
Posted By BIG-E

We did have inflation in 2008, especially on food.

We did have inflation in 2008, especially on food.
01-07-10, 02:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 803
Posted By BIG-E

They're heavy and will make the bike harder to...

They're heavy and will make the bike harder to ride and more difficult to lift it and move around in general.
01-07-10, 09:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By BIG-E

Car Free Blogs

I'd like to find some good Car Free blogs to read. Any suggestions?
01-07-10, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 803
Posted By BIG-E

It probably has really low-end heavy parts. It...

It probably has really low-end heavy parts. It might even have steel rims. It's going to be really sluggish and much harder to ride. You should be able to find a good used bike for $100 that will be...
12-31-09, 12:40 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,670
Posted By BIG-E

Vermont has a decent health care system. A lot of...

Vermont has a decent health care system. A lot of paperwork but it's somewhat affordable, especially if you don't make too much money officially.

Where I live we rent a 1200sf apartment for...
12-31-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,951
Posted By BIG-E

I live in town, close to all the stores. I often...

I live in town, close to all the stores. I often just walk. For instance today it's really nasty on the roads with fresh snow, so I'll walk everywhere, even out to the shopping center that's 2 miles...
12-30-09, 04:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By BIG-E

Avoid cotton at all costs. It traps sweat and...

Avoid cotton at all costs. It traps sweat and will make you cold and wet.

Modern wool can be made amazingly thin and smooth. I love my Ibex shirts. They look like 'normal' shirts, very stylish. I...
09-03-08, 03:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By BIG-E

A guy from one of the local LBSes said he can get...

A guy from one of the local LBSes said he can get them last night at the bike club meeting. I still want to explore options, especially considering he insists on huge markups and treats his employees...
09-02-08, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By BIG-E

Source for Bike Racks

Can folks give me some advice of good places to get bike racks? Not the kind mounted on cars, the kind where you park bikes. Our local club might be donating a few, and I also want to be able to...
07-03-08, 11:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,756
Posted By BIG-E

I've had one for over 6 months now. I...

I've had one for over 6 months now.

I regularly haul 65 pounds of tools to work, 3 miles each way. 'Town' is 6 miles. I ride singlespeed so I have to stand sometimes. I've learned that the...
07-03-08, 10:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,717
Posted By BIG-E

Rhino Lite is a great combo of durability and...

Rhino Lite is a great combo of durability and value. Available in 40 spoke if you need it. Alex rims may look the same on paper, but the manufacturing quality isn't the same.

Tightwad, do you have...
07-03-08, 10:13 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,710
Posted By BIG-E

Picked up some future "groceries" at the farmer's...

Picked up some future "groceries" at the farmer's market back in May.....
http://i29.tinypic.com/2epn38w.jpg

Got it home, along with some local MooDoo (http://www.moodoo.com/)........
06-14-08, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By BIG-E

Can Crystalite hubs handle bad weather?

I'm considering setting up a commuter bike with a Crystalite hub on the front. I will be using it year-round in Vermont. It will get exposed to a lot of wet, grit, road salt, etc. I work as a...
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