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Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,438
Posted By jrickards

"They're the worst of everything..." LOL I'm...

"They're the worst of everything..." LOL

I'm learning that these straps aren't as good as I had thought. I just thought that they'd be a way of wearing flat shoes but having some means of...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,438
Posted By jrickards

My Eggbeaters are on their last year, I should...

My Eggbeaters are on their last year, I should consider Frogs as replacements.
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,438
Posted By jrickards

I do use and have (name of brand escapes me at...

I do use and have (name of brand escapes me at this time) MTB shoes with Crank Bros cleats to go with my Eggbeaters (been clipless for several years) but I got to thinking that I might be more...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,438
Posted By jrickards

If you use flat pedals and shoes, does anyone use...

If you use flat pedals and shoes, does anyone use a strap across the top of the foot like the bike messengers use?
04-01-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
Posted By jrickards

Good point about the lumpy-ness but I'd only...

Good point about the lumpy-ness but I'd only consider it on my touring/commuting bike with 35/37C tires that are fairly bulky already. I'm not sure what you mean by more time to prep, I'm thinking...
04-01-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
Posted By jrickards

Old tubes for patches?

Is there a problem with using old tubes for patches?
03-20-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,429
Posted By jrickards

Thanks everyone, I'm going to look into Rema. ...

Thanks everyone, I'm going to look into Rema.

And, like one other has said here, the patch kit came with 2 tubes of glue, one had not been opened and it was empty.
03-20-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,429
Posted By jrickards

Tube patch glue

Last fall (I haven't ridden my bikes since), I had a tube slowly go soft on my commute into work so when I realized it, I stopped (fortunately, in the park where I could set up at a picnic table). I...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By jrickards

I generally agree but for this bike, it would...

I generally agree but for this bike, it would require new rims for confidence in a tubeless setup.
Forum: Commuting
10-31-18, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By jrickards

Opinion: Vittoria Journalier Tech tires

Not specifically a commuting question but since the bike I need new tires for is my commuter, here goes.

I'm exploring different options for replacement tires that are in the 700cx35-38 range I'm...
08-20-18, 05:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 226
Posted By jrickards

iGPSport 20e, Linux & Trash/Recycle Bin

So, I received an iGPSport 20e for Christmas and have been enjoying it ever since, that is, until about a week ago. I've been uploading my rides via my Linux laptop to Strava and about a week ago, I...
Forum: Touring
07-27-18, 11:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,401
Posted By jrickards

First aid kit

If you carry a first aid kit with you on a tour, what do you put in it? I'm considering something for a 1-2 week tour, neither of us have significant medication needs but Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-18, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

I haven't posted much this year but, to date, I...

I haven't posted much this year but, to date, I have commuted to work 23 days for about 240km.

Most of the commuting so far has been on either my KHS Tempe 29er with studded tires or my Moose...
02-22-18, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,955
Posted By jrickards

Nice bike. How do you feel about the front...

Nice bike. How do you feel about the front fenders, do they work? When it is wet, I find that I get spray up into my face but most of the spray goes back towards the bottom bracket (and chain) so I...
02-20-18, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,955
Posted By jrickards

Here's my recent purchase, taken on the loading...

Here's my recent purchase, taken on the loading dock at work where, behind the door, is the bike cage.
02-20-18, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,955
Posted By jrickards

I can't open the photo, it might not be properly...

I can't open the photo, it might not be properly shared.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,993
Posted By jrickards

3 layers at -16C/3F this morning: (1) thin,...

3 layers at -16C/3F this morning: (1) thin, long-sleeved merino base layer, (2) medium weight polyester with long collar and (3) wind/waterproof jacket. I'll tuck my balaclava into my mid layer and...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-18, 07:45 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

A bit milder this morning compared with last...

A bit milder this morning compared with last week's morning temps, -16C/3F with little to no windchill (other than that produced by cycling speed). I learned a limit to fat bikes, deep heavy snow...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-18, 07:26 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Another cold day, it's been pretty consistent...

Another cold day, it's been pretty consistent this week with morning temps in the -16 to -20C/3 to -4F and today was smack dab in the middle at -18C/0F. I got some speed up coasting down a hill and I...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-18, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Similar to yesterday, rode my new fat bike in,...

Similar to yesterday, rode my new fat bike in, took the shorter 4km route (late again to get going), -20C/-4F with a windchill of -25C/-13F.

Got new mitts last night, very puffy, fingers still...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-18, 07:59 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Finally rode my new Moose Bicycle Fat Bike 2...

Finally rode my new Moose Bicycle Fat Bike 2 (https://moosebicycle.com/products/fat-bike-2-2018) in to work and it was fun. The tires, Vee Snow Avalanche 4.8", are available with studs, mine are not,...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-18, 08:12 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

In the evening, I went out to the garage to...

In the evening, I went out to the garage to re-attach the pedal. I tried to thread it with my fingers and realized, because of the trouble I was having, that the reason the pedal fell off in the...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-18, 11:03 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

So did I. I've run into a situation before when I...

So did I. I've run into a situation before when I had a bike store install new pedals (before I had a pedal wrench, I bought the pedals there, they offered to install for free so why not?) and then,...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-18, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Tried to bike commute today on my new fat bike...

Tried to bike commute today on my new fat bike but due to the rushed assembly on Wednesday night, I had only hand tightened the pedals and 1/3 into this morning's commute, the left pedal fell off....
02-01-18, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,449
Posted By jrickards

My Opinions: Snow is slippery and although...

My Opinions:

Snow is slippery and although studs and knobbies have their benefits, even they too have their limits (a layer of soft snow on top of hard packed snow, even if your studs or knobbies...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-18, 01:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By jrickards

:lol:

:lol:
Forum: Commuting
01-25-18, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By jrickards

Oooh, they sell handcuffs!! :thumb:

Oooh, they sell handcuffs!! :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
01-25-18, 09:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,129
Posted By jrickards

OK, I can understand people not noticing that...

OK, I can understand people not noticing that they've left their turn signal on in their car—their music was too loud, they were distracted or talking, didn't hear the clicking of the signal—but on a...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-18, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

A little less cold this morning, -15C/5F with a...

A little less cold this morning, -15C/5F with a -18C/0F windchill but it felt colder than yesterday morning (and my co-worker made the same comment). Forecast to be milder this afternoon (of course,...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-18, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Does your region not have "snow days" for...

Does your region not have "snow days" for situations like this? Ours does, the school bus consortium (locally, we have 4 school boards from the combinations of French and English and Catholic and...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-18, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Next time, bring doggie bags so if you have a...

Next time, bring doggie bags so if you have a different toilet need, you can join the dogs. :lol:
Forum: Commuting
01-24-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

So glad to hear your daughter is ok, I hope this...

So glad to hear your daughter is ok, I hope this doesn't deter her from continuing to cycle.
Forum: Commuting
01-24-18, 08:18 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

Somewhat cold, -18C/0F with a windchill of...

Somewhat cold, -18C/0F with a windchill of -28C/-18F but I was comfortable (except for my toes, these are awful boots). I wore a balaclava under a ski helmet which is more comfortable than trying to...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-18, 01:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,725
Posted By jrickards

Ah, opposite corner. Markham

Ah, opposite corner. Markham
Forum: Commuting
01-23-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,725
Posted By jrickards

I blogged about my most harrowing ride:...

I blogged about my most harrowing ride: https://biketipsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/wild-bike-commute-home/
Forum: Commuting
01-23-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,725
Posted By jrickards

I used to live in Mississauga, virtually on the...

I used to live in Mississauga, virtually on the border with Etobicoke. Where is this taken?
Forum: Fatbikes
01-23-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,151
Posted By jrickards

Those are really nice and much cheaper than my...

Those are really nice and much cheaper than my DoubleShot 2 which I paid about $160CDN (CRC is listing these Funn Mambas at $100). For me though, the only downside to the Funn Mambas is that my Crank...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-22-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,151
Posted By jrickards

If you like the Crank Brothers type pedals, you...

If you like the Crank Brothers type pedals, you might want to consider one their double shot pedals (https://www.crankbrothers.com/collections/double-shot). I have the Double Shot 2 and love them:...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-18, 02:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

Yup, those were the type of thing I was referring...

Yup, those were the type of thing I was referring to but at 100 and 190Euro, they are pretty expensive.
Forum: Commuting
01-19-18, 08:22 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

52telecaster, did you see any dynamo tail lights...

52telecaster, did you see any dynamo tail lights in the listings? I looked but didn't find any (not entirely true, there is a ~$10 package containing a bottle dynamo, headlight and tail light that I...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

Some headlights (unless I've misinterpreted the...

Some headlights (unless I've misinterpreted the specs and description) have a USB port that you can use to charge things like a phone. This, I think, is a really nice feature if you're on a tour....
Forum: Fatbikes
01-18-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,665
Posted By jrickards

:lol: ... and always carry camera to shoot...

:lol:

... and always carry camera to shoot them too!
Forum: Commuting
01-18-18, 09:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,727
Posted By jrickards

:lol: It's amazing that, even after so many...

:lol:

It's amazing that, even after so many years and having such a esoteric following even in the 70s, that Monty Python continues to thrive. A couple of years ago, my then 22yo son asked for the...
Forum: Commuting
01-18-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

I meant to stop at one point and take a photo...

I meant to stop at one point and take a photo from the lake but I was concerned about putting my boots down on the ice as I didn't have studs on them. I also spotted the photo opportunity late and,...
Forum: Commuting
01-18-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 54,869
Posted By jrickards

No pics, no Strava upload (yet) but today, I...

No pics, no Strava upload (yet) but today, I decided to cycle on the skating track that runs for about 1.1km/0.7mi along Ramsey Lake in town. I was on and off in about 10 minutes and only saw one dog...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-18, 10:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

That's what others have said which is why I'd...

That's what others have said which is why I'd like to convert my Sutra to it. Given that it is nearly 50lbs with the panniers and what I carry in it, a few (or more) extra grams in the weight of the...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-18, 09:51 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

My former winter mountain bike had rim brakes and...

My former winter mountain bike had rim brakes and it was problematic at times so I'm happier with the disc brakes on my current winter bike.

It is for my 3-season Kona Sutra touring bike (and...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-18, 01:21 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

Oh my 52telecaster, that is reasonable!!! ...

Oh my 52telecaster, that is reasonable!!!

I'll have to check spoke count also but it would appear that this one is not for disc brakes. I saw other dynamo hubs in the "people also viewed..."...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-18, 02:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

For a total of $190 or $100?

For a total of $190 or $100?
Forum: Commuting
01-16-18, 11:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,914
Posted By jrickards

Wow! Nice. I'd buy that if I could find a...

Wow! Nice.

I'd buy that if I could find a comparably discounted dynamo hub although it would require rebuilding a wheel to install it so that might offset the savings.
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