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07-14-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By matimeo

This is what I would probably buy with your price...

This is what I would probably buy with your price range and spec requirements. I don't know you could get anything else for that price, not new at least.

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06-22-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,959
Posted By matimeo

I stay about 15 pounds overweight and find that...

I stay about 15 pounds overweight and find that it keeps me from bonking on longer rides. A little bit of built in storage gives me energy for days.
And yeah, supplements are all gimmicks and...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,805
Posted By matimeo

I know this isn't what you're looking for, but...

I know this isn't what you're looking for, but Surly bikes are heavy, over-hyped and over-priced, in my opionion.
But to each his own.
You can get more bike for the same price if you look...
06-17-19, 11:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,631
Posted By matimeo

Before you buy them new bikes, take the pedals...

Before you buy them new bikes, take the pedals off their current bikes and let them learn to balance on the bike by scooting around with their feet (like those tiny little bikes with no pedals for...
06-17-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

44/18 This is Portland, so there isn't...

44/18

This is Portland, so there isn't anywhere too flat, but no huge (read long) climbs.
It's a little underpowered for flats but just right for the hills I will tackle. For my ride to work in...
06-15-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,945
Posted By matimeo

I'm not car free nor really that close to it, but...

I'm not car free nor really that close to it, but I do commute to work every day of the year by bike, so in that sense I am car free.
I don't think of it so much as a commitment, but a lifestyle...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,810
Posted By matimeo

I'll have to look at these. I'll need to check...

I'll have to look at these. I'll need to check them out somewhere local to make sure they look dressy enough.




Those look great, but wow, what a price tag! $140.
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,810
Posted By matimeo

Dress pants for commuting

I recently posted about my new commuter I built to facilitate a shorter commute. The idea is to be able to wear my work clothes and not have to change, saving the time and hassle.

I'm looking...
06-13-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

Thanks for the feedback. I've gone back and...

Thanks for the feedback. I've gone back and forth about a front brake. I did a test ride to my new office (haven't moved yet) and I only had to take my feet off the pedals once. It really is on...
06-09-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

It's the same brand, looks similar, but don't...

It's the same brand, looks similar, but don't know if it's exactly the same.
06-09-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

Clearance on fork and rear is 5cm across for a...

Clearance on fork and rear is 5cm across for a tire- plenty for about as big as I can imagine wanting to go. Clearance from the outer edge of the rim to the underside of the fork/rear fender mount is...
06-09-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

Thank you for again (incorrectly) pointing it to...

Thank you for again (incorrectly) pointing it to me that my bike won't accommodate fenders and for clarifying my riding style for me. Amazingly, there are ways to mount fenders without eyelets on the...
06-08-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

I'm not sure why you think there's no room for...

I'm not sure why you think there's no room for fenders- there is plenty. I just haven't mounted them yet because we're in the dry season in the Pacific Northwest. They will certainly be on there...
06-08-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

The frame is a motobecane fixie record from bike...

The frame is a motobecane fixie record from bike island. I'm quite happy with the aluminum frame, although the chromo fork is quite heavy. The chainguard is a velo orange aluminum, with some of the...
06-07-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,262
Posted By matimeo

+2 I thought the same thing when I read your...

+2

I thought the same thing when I read your post. You could buy something new from bikesdirect.com and strip it down, build it back up. This would be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than buying all the...
06-07-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

The commute is about two miles, so not worth...

The commute is about two miles, so not worth changing clothes like with my old commute.

The terrain is flat in spots with a couple of small hills, but manageable on a single speed.
06-07-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,203
Posted By matimeo

New Coaster Brake Commuter

I had a post in commuting about this bike as I talked through the build, but now that's it's finished I thought I should post some pics on this forum. The concept was to create a commuting bicycle...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough, but when I was...

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough, but when I was looking for a chainguard, I didn't see any retailers in the US that sold those.
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

Here are some pictures of the finished product. ...

Here are some pictures of the finished product.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190605_180801_f810ceb48d180eb1e49346a74197b2524cbfc0d9.jpg...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190604_171527_96079f074a050fd4b19b23366415a96f3b21e589.jpg

It worked great- just sawed off a little of the end, filed the edge...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

Great point. I think I can manage wielding a...

Great point. I think I can manage wielding a hacksaw without mangling it too bad.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190604_090402_1f6f623555d938825fde8547c277a7e71e932db1.jpg

Single speed coaster brake commuter.

Well, here it is, just in need...
05-25-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,378
Posted By matimeo

Hi fietsbob, You're about 13 years too late on...

Hi fietsbob,
You're about 13 years too late on this one. I had searched the forums, but that was back in 2006 when I posed this question.

I tried and tried with the ammonia and never could get it...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

Thanks to everyone for their contributions to...

Thanks to everyone for their contributions to this thread. I've been obsessing about this build and finally bought some of the parts for it that I needed. I picked up a nice aluminum single speed...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

Except it won't double as a boat anchor. :thumb:

Except it won't double as a boat anchor. :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,278
Posted By matimeo

I know this isn't what you asked in your original...

I know this isn't what you asked in your original post, but I think that part of becoming a bike commuter is learning to wrench on your own bikes. This could be a great learning opportunity, and...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

That is an intriguing option I hadn't seen...

That is an intriguing option I hadn't seen before, worth considering. Still not sure I want this bike to have to deal with gears or rim brakes (they don't work well here in the rain). I do like the...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

I would think of it more like I'm trying to build...

I would think of it more like I'm trying to build a much improved version of the beach cruiser. What I have in mind certainly wouldn't be equivalent, or I would have just bought a beach cruiser...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,154
Posted By matimeo

Talking through a new commuter build

In a few months my daily commute will be shortening down to two miles. Since I have to wear dress clothes (ties, slacks, etc.), I've always worn bike gear and changed at work. But with this short...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-17, 06:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,759
Posted By matimeo

I've tried lot xs of different bikes for...

I've tried lot xs of different bikes for commuting, and I've ended up and stick with a cross bike. Find one that will accept a rear rack (and fenders in a wet climate) and you're good to go. Disc...
11-29-17, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,645
Posted By matimeo

I have been in the same boat looking for a winter...

I have been in the same boat looking for a winter mountain bike- mostly because I came across a nearly free set of studded mountain bike tires and thought would be cool to be able to handle the snow...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-17, 09:46 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,740
Posted By matimeo

I love riding in the rain. Then again, I live in...

I love riding in the rain. Then again, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I wouldn't do much commuting if I didn't. Still, I wouldn't really call myself a "commuter " if I only did it when the...
11-25-16, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

So I've ruled out any problems other than the...

So I've ruled out any problems other than the freehub, and it runs smooth now when the bike is in the stand. But while I'm on the bike, the chain gets slack it it when I let the freehub/cassette...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-16, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,795
Posted By matimeo

Get a titanium cross bike from bikes direct with...

Get a titanium cross bike from bikes direct with disc brakes. They have some sweet options for under 2K. Can't beat that as a bullet-proof commuter.
10-25-16, 08:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

I pulled the freehub off again today- it's pretty...

I pulled the freehub off again today- it's pretty basic. There is a spacer in there and the freehub just pushes against the cartridge bearing in the back for the axle. I'm used to threaded on...
10-25-16, 05:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

So I think the hub is breaking in because it is...

So I think the hub is breaking in because it is spinning a lot more freely than it did originally. I just went out after doing nothing with it for a few weeks (bad sprained ankle) and it spun a lot...
10-25-16, 04:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

That looks very similar, but mine is an 11 speed....

That looks very similar, but mine is an 11 speed. The end isn't exactly the same.
10-03-16, 10:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

I refreshed the links. I always have a problem...

I refreshed the links. I always have a problem with google photos url's- they don't seem to stay static. I moved the pictures to an album, hopefully that helps.
10-03-16, 09:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

I pull it apart again and see if I can make sense...

I pull it apart again and see if I can make sense of it. FBinNY, I think I still owe you some pizza or something from some great advice you gave me a while back on a front derailleur. Thanks for...
10-03-16, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

But do you think that could cause that much drag?...

But do you think that could cause that much drag? I just tried to take it out for a spin; any time I wasn't pedaling and putting some pressure on the freehub, the chain was going completely slack...
10-03-16, 09:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

Yep, that's what it looked like when I pulled it...

Yep, that's what it looked like when I pulled it off, right out of the box.
10-03-16, 09:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,706
Posted By matimeo

New wheelset, wondering if freehub behavior is normal

So I've been having drama with the wheelset that came with my cross bike that I use to commute through the winter- I'll leave the details for another post. To get me up and running while I deal with...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-16, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,047
Posted By matimeo

Thanks for the update!

Thanks for the update!
Forum: Commuting
09-26-16, 05:18 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,602
Posted By matimeo

x3 on this advice. Everybody started out not...

x3 on this advice. Everybody started out not knowing what they were doing and their choices along the way informed their future choices. Learn everything you can from that bike, including how to do...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-16, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,047
Posted By matimeo

How have those aeromax wheels held up for you in...

How have those aeromax wheels held up for you in the last year? I just got a set of them from randombikeparts.com (I think I picked up the last one they had). They were just about the only wheelset...
02-17-16, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,455
Posted By matimeo

I went into Bike Gallery and they actually had...

I went into Bike Gallery and they actually had that wheel on sale. They told me it was 11 speed compatible and they sent it to the store. I double checked when it came in and it was only 10 speed-...
02-11-16, 04:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,455
Posted By matimeo

130mm disc wheelset?

I've got a BikesDirect titanium cross bike with disc brakes that for some stupid reason came with 130mm rear spacing. I've trashed my rear wheel and want to get a backup wheelset for commuting...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-15, 04:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,803
Posted By matimeo

If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to go to...

If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to go to work- at least that has been my policy and it seems to work well. 9.2 miles is a doable distance, but you'll definitely need to work up to it. That...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-15, 07:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,803
Posted By matimeo

How long is your commute if you go the entire...

How long is your commute if you go the entire distance by bicycle?
Forum: Commuting
06-01-15, 04:14 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 11,028
Posted By matimeo

I've found on bikeforums it's almost futile to...

I've found on bikeforums it's almost futile to attempt to educate the uninitiated on rim wear (especially in everyday, in-traffic commuting) in the PNW climate. Nobody can fathom the idea that I can...
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