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Forum: Commuting
02-14-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,384
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

You're certainly free to do whatever you want and...

You're certainly free to do whatever you want and I won't complain. For me, it'd just be a waste of money to replace the front at the same time. Rather than keeping old tires kicking around looking...
02-14-18, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,491
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

For winter riding, I just go with a generic...

For winter riding, I just go with a generic hooded windbreaker and layer up as needed underneath. If I don't need the hood, I stuff it down the inside back. Otherwise, it fits under the helmet...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-18, 08:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,384
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I normally get three to four times the mileage...

I normally get three to four times the mileage out of the front tire. Given your rear wasn't worn to the point of replacement, I'd guess you have many thousands of miles left on the front. I'd just...
02-14-18, 08:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,554
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I'll second this opinion. I've had a couple of...

I'll second this opinion. I've had a couple of reed switch sensors die, requiring a new harness. I've also had a cracked sensor casing allowing water to get in and shorting it out until it dried...
01-24-18, 11:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,522
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Many, many years ago on a whim I picked up a...

Many, many years ago on a whim I picked up a rubber Grunge Guard for my RD. It's been a trooper in keeping the RD fairly clean with all the winter crap I've put the bike through over the years. ...
12-15-17, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Joe, I have a couple somewhere that I used for an...

Joe, I have a couple somewhere that I used for an 8-spd shifter to 7-spd cassette. It may or may not be the same part but if you want to give it a try, PM me your address and I'll drop one in the...
Forum: Touring
10-03-17, 08:47 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,786
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I have three Swifts and each one broke in at...

I have three Swifts and each one broke in at different rates. One was comfortable right out of the box and one took over a thousand miles before it wasn't too bad. I like to think it was made with...
Replies: 20
Views: 3,065
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've been running on 9 spd XTR hubs (Shimano...

I've been running on 9 spd XTR hubs (Shimano FH-M950 XTR rear hub) for 78,000 miles. They were on clearance when a newer 9/10 spd version came out. :-) The non-drive side cone on the rear is the...
10-03-17, 07:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,474
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I had the same problem and ended up with a...

I had the same problem and ended up with a minimalist Leatherman multi-tool, with the pliers being the main attraction. It has come in handy several times. I don't think I'd find tweezers that...
09-28-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 797
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

For me, changing clothes at work twice a day in...

For me, changing clothes at work twice a day in rest room stalls for the past 26 years seems to keep me flexible. I'm not sure what will replace that when I retire and give up the commuting.
09-27-17, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I ran into the same problem with my '92 T600. I...

I ran into the same problem with my '92 T600. I had a foot long copper pipe sitting on the bench and that caught the edge of the head set just fine. The pipe is now with my head set tools, "just in...
09-26-17, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,046
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I rode my old Cannondale T600 touring bike on the...

I rode my old Cannondale T600 touring bike on the Colorado Triple Bypass a few years ago. I got more than one "less than positive" comment from all the carbon riders about my choice. Yeah, it was...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-17, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

My primary bike the past 25 years is a '92 'dale...

My primary bike the past 25 years is a '92 'dale T600 with 131k miles on it. It handles the current half century commute just fine, and brings out both good and bad comments from others on organized...
09-15-17, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 899
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Of no help here, but I had a noise problem with...

Of no help here, but I had a noise problem with my '01 RT1000 shortly after I got it. It was quite intermittent, not related to pedaling or wheel revolutions. Finally, I just happened to glance in...
Forum: Touring
09-11-17, 12:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 37,954
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Ouch. An eight year old thread. Did we ever...

Ouch. An eight year old thread. Did we ever hear if the OP rode or not and how it went?
Forum: Commuting
08-30-17, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I found out why boxers have smashed-in faces a...

I found out why boxers have smashed-in faces a few weeks ago. One came tearing at me with a perfect intercept. With no time to react, I instinctively braced for the worst. Then it ran face first...
08-24-17, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,266
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

A little off topic, but what rims will you be...

A little off topic, but what rims will you be using? I had to replace a 40 hole Mavic last year and scrounged the world over (via internet) to come up with the same Mavic, located in a bike shop...
08-18-17, 08:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,449
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Wow. This thread lay dormant for a while. :-)

Wow. This thread lay dormant for a while. :-)
07-31-17, 09:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,045
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Speechless....

Speechless....
Forum: Touring
07-29-17, 07:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yeah, it was probably me. :-) I haven't heard...

Yeah, it was probably me. :-) I haven't heard any rider numbers but my daughter registered two weeks ago and was accepted. They were going to cap it at 300. I'd hoped they'd reach that but it...
Forum: Touring
07-28-17, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

In general in North (and South) Dakota, follow...

In general in North (and South) Dakota, follow 1804 and 1806 along the Missouri. If those numbers sound vaguely familiar, they're the years the Lewis and Clark expedition started and ended. Traffic...
07-19-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 673
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

My only similar experience was 12,000 miles of...

My only similar experience was 12,000 miles of Minnesota winter biking doing in the rear rim on my hybrid. There was no warning. Just BLAM!!!! click click click until I got stopped. A six inch...
07-11-17, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I used clips and straps with the kids too when...

I used clips and straps with the kids too when they were young. Given how quickly their feet grew, it was just easiest to let them bike in regular shoes and not have to continually get new biking...
07-05-17, 07:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,527
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

fwiw, I still ride my '92 Cannondale as my main...

fwiw, I still ride my '92 Cannondale as my main bike. When I got it, the Usenet wreck.bikes "conventional wisdom" was that an aluminum frame wouldn't last 10k miles. I took a chance. It has 129k...
06-27-17, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

When I took it for a test ride, I had the biggest...

When I took it for a test ride, I had the biggest smile on my face in years. What a difference! I wasn't quite sold on aluminum back then as the "conventional wisdom" from Usenet "wreck.bikes" was...
06-27-17, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I spent twenty bucks for that same blue Varsity...

I spent twenty bucks for that same blue Varsity in '92 to replace my old Sears bike whose frame had just broken for the third time. The Varsity was a tank, coming in at 38 lbs. Years later when I...
06-22-17, 06:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,314
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I started with pen and paper in '88 but in '98...

I started with pen and paper in '88 but in '98 switched to dumping a few stats into a csv file, with both maintenance and ride records:

date,bike,accumulated miles,odometer,maintenance...
06-19-17, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

My daughter came over and we put in 37 miles on...

My daughter came over and we put in 37 miles on the tandem. She also brought over a growler from a local brewery that we had to sample afterward. :-)
06-14-17, 06:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,635
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

An hour of getting caught in the rain the other...

An hour of getting caught in the rain the other day flushed out my helmet quite well. The first four miles were a killer as the salt washed out of the pads and into my eyes but after that....
06-05-17, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 773
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

That is pretty impressive. I keep hoping...

That is pretty impressive. I keep hoping technology advances like that before I need it. :-) I slid out on black ice on a corner in Feb and had to have my thumb screwed back together. That sounds...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-17, 09:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Just checking in to see how things are going with...

Just checking in to see how things are going with the new commute. :-)
05-26-17, 08:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,510
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It'll be interesting to hear their analysis. It...

It'll be interesting to hear their analysis. It seems like an unusual spot for a crack as that area shouldn't be stressed that much, and when it is, it'd be compression rather than tension.
05-26-17, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,448
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Kids' bodies are pretty resilient. Mine went...

Kids' bodies are pretty resilient. Mine went through a lot more stress on playgrounds, fighting each other, etc., than they ever did with our non-suspension Burley. I'd put the extra money into...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-17, 09:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It's certainly doable but you'll have to listen...

It's certainly doable but you'll have to listen to your body to figure out your strategy rather than strangers on the internet. :-) I started such a commute thirteen years ago and it took 2-3 years...
05-02-17, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yup, good advice. I seem to have inherited the...

Yup, good advice. I seem to have inherited the problem from my mother, but a little worse. She can give blood on most attempts but I've always been below the minimum. When I reached the equivalent...
05-01-17, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I got back on the bike April 1st after a forced...

I got back on the bike April 1st after a forced vacation by hitting some unexpected black ice on a corner in Feb. Sprained left shoulder, sprained left wrist, broken right thumb requiring a Ti screw...
03-24-17, 08:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,610
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

That's a name I haven't heard in years/decades! ...

That's a name I haven't heard in years/decades! That was back when you could order real replacement parts rather than "fashion." I think my father has all the catalogues he's ever received from BW...
03-17-17, 06:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,257
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've had good success with putting the chain on a...

I've had good success with putting the chain on a couple thicknesses of aluminum foil (reused many, many times, of course) on my stove's electric burner. 30 seconds on high and then let it cool down...
03-08-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,588
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

We were on that same stretch 2-3 years ago and it...

We were on that same stretch 2-3 years ago and it was the worst stretch of the week! :-) I don't think it was as severe as what you rode through, but the wind plus the rollers sure took a toll on...
03-08-17, 08:03 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,588
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Was that CANDISC by chance? There have been a...

Was that CANDISC by chance? There have been a few of those days over the years. The worst I rode in was in '95 when we had head winds six of seven days. It peaked on the Dickinson to Belfield...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-17, 08:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,875
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've been commuting with one pannier for 25...

I've been commuting with one pannier for 25 years, with varying weights and no issues. It's an easy experiment to try. Just load up your pannier and see how it feels. You'll get the answer for...
03-07-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,970
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've been using Rustoleum on my '95 Cannondale...

I've been using Rustoleum on my '95 Cannondale hybrid for years. It's my winter bike and hence sees a lot of salt in Minnesota. When the bubbles appear, I just scrape them off and paint over them...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-17, 06:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,497
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Anndddd the winner is.....you! :-) The closest...

Anndddd the winner is.....you! :-) The closest flakes to the Twin Cities seems to be 12 miles outside the SE 494/696 loop. We have green grass in the yard. I may go out this weekend and see if...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-17, 09:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,497
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

And now this morning it seems to be back in your...

And now this morning it seems to be back in your direction. What will the afternoon forecast be? :-) The last of our cul de sac snowpile in our yard disappeared yesterday, which is two months...
02-15-17, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,330
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Maybe because winter has been non-existent for...

Maybe because winter has been non-existent for several weeks across much of the country? Some U of MN women's team was out jogging the other day in shorts and skimpy sports tops and it was 45F. ...
02-15-17, 07:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,279
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I put a new studded tire on my winter bike the...

I put a new studded tire on my winter bike the third week of January here in MN and the bike hasn't been out of the garage yet for the initial 25 mile "set the studs" ride. The summer/road bike is...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-17, 07:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I tried but gave up. The assumption I live 5-10...

I tried but gave up. The assumption I live 5-10 miles from work could have been turned into a question asking the distance, or at least stated up front so I wouldn't have had to bother with the...
02-10-17, 09:07 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,560
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I think the lakes will be all right. They've got...

I think the lakes will be all right. They've got quite a bit of solid ice on them. Even though the highs aren't looking good for the top layer of ice, it looks like the nights mostly drop below...
02-09-17, 09:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,560
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I'm not minding the snowlessness. :-) Yesterday...

I'm not minding the snowlessness. :-) Yesterday I was on the summer/road bike and passed a couple of roller skiers. I feel for them...mostly....
02-07-17, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 620
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I had an old Exage 7 spd cassette with bolts...

I had an old Exage 7 spd cassette with bolts sitting on my desk at work for years. Several (non-cycling) co-workers were fascinated with it and I'd often come back to my desk to find a different cog...
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