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12-15-17, 09:40 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 12,404
Posted By Brennan

Some can only lift themselves up by putting...

Some can only lift themselves up by putting others down.
10-12-17, 05:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,445
Posted By Brennan

Pretty sure that if other-worldly beings were to...

Pretty sure that if other-worldly beings were to evaluate us, they'd see much more madness in a culture that makes deadly motor vehicles its primary form of transport.
09-27-17, 01:48 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,561
Posted By Brennan

Sure. I used to have a motorcycle with a small...

Sure. I used to have a motorcycle with a small disc brake in back and dual disc brakes up front with two huge rotors. They were fantastic brakes for that vehicle. But for everyday bicycle riding, I...
09-27-17, 01:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,003
Posted By Brennan

Be careful. If you ever make it out there, you...

Be careful. If you ever make it out there, you may wind up going more than just once.
09-27-17, 01:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,003
Posted By Brennan

Check out the shower I built for our camp. Even...

Check out the shower I built for our camp. Even if you go showerless, body odor isn't much of a problem there because the conditions are so dry, the sweat instantly evaporates off your skin, and the...
09-26-17, 06:31 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,561
Posted By Brennan

I have two bikes and both use rim brakes. It...

I have two bikes and both use rim brakes. It doesn't diminish my riding experience in the least. Owned a bike with disc brakes once. Didn't see what all the hoopla was about. I surely don't miss...
09-26-17, 06:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,003
Posted By Brennan

Most likely scenarios: Bike gets lost. The...

Most likely scenarios:

Bike gets lost. The event is huge and there are tens of thousands of bikes. People park their bikes and do some dancing or sightseeing, then they aren't able to find them...
07-20-17, 12:46 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,588
Posted By Brennan

Yes. What we call a "road bike" in the US is more...

Yes. What we call a "road bike" in the US is more accurately called a racing bike. I think there would be a lot fewer disappointed customers if they were called racing bikes. They hear "road bike"...
Forum: Touring
07-14-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By Brennan

Be aware that a huge landslide has buried the...

Be aware that a huge landslide has buried the coastal highway south of Big Sur, CA, and there is no easy detour.

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/photo-week-highway-1s-epic-landslide/
07-14-17, 05:25 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,898
Posted By Brennan

Do you shop for bikes in the SF Bay Area? If not,...

Do you shop for bikes in the SF Bay Area? If not, take a gander at the bike section on craigslist SF...
07-14-17, 04:55 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,898
Posted By Brennan

Thanks. I don't know if the tubing changed, but I...

Thanks. I don't know if the tubing changed, but I have one of the earliest models. I believe it's a 2011. Bought it used on craigs for $300. I will concede that many of the stock components were...
07-14-17, 12:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,898
Posted By Brennan

Yes, and it's a freakin' great bike. I love it!

Yes, and it's a freakin' great bike. I love it!
Forum: Commuting
06-28-17, 06:35 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,803
Posted By Brennan

My secret is living in the SF Bay Area. Traffic...

My secret is living in the SF Bay Area. Traffic has gotten so bad here, going anywhere in a car is a miserable experience. i do everything I can to avoid it.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-17, 12:35 PM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,930,880
Posted By Brennan

Chillin out back. ...

Chillin out back.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/earlback_zps391ftxm1.jpg
02-14-17, 02:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,179
Posted By Brennan

I think a wood frame just doesn't make sense for...

I think a wood frame just doesn't make sense for a racing bike, but it would make for a pretty cool cruiser.
Forum: Commuting
02-11-17, 02:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,943
Posted By Brennan

I like smartwool. I got my first smartwool...

I like smartwool. I got my first smartwool sweater in 2003 and I still use it. The key to longevity is hand washing. Front loading washers are usually ok. Top loaders tend to destroy.

If I go...
02-11-17, 10:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,610
Posted By Brennan

I think what it boils down to these days is there...

I think what it boils down to these days is there are several avenues for finding low cost bikes: X-Mart, online retailers, and used. But in order to take full advantage of those savings, you need...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-17, 10:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,583
Posted By Brennan

+1 I think it's worth the $70 jump from the...

+1

I think it's worth the $70 jump from the Roadster 3-speed, and comes out $160 cheaper than the Roadster 8-speed. Even if they were priced the same, I'd still choose the Sturmey 3-sp with shift...
02-07-17, 06:37 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,744
Posted By Brennan

This waving issue, I didn't know it was a thing...

This waving issue, I didn't know it was a thing until now. It occurs to me that people wave like this in solidarity when they find themselves in a minority group, like cyclists in a sea of motor...
02-07-17, 01:31 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,744
Posted By Brennan

Much easier said than done, in my experience, in...

Much easier said than done, in my experience, in my area. You should see the outrageous prices people ask for used bikes around here. Also a lot of those old frames don't have the sort of tire...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-17, 12:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,867
Posted By Brennan

Since most of your braking comes from the front...

Since most of your braking comes from the front brake, you could opt for a disc brake up front and a rim brake in back, or get an IGH with a drum brake. That way, you don't have to modify a frame,...
02-04-17, 08:20 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 46,923
Posted By Brennan

That's basically what I ended up doing with both...

That's basically what I ended up doing with both of my bikes. I built my Cross Check from the frame up, and my Trek has been so extensively modified, the only original parts left besides the frame...
02-03-17, 06:30 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 46,923
Posted By Brennan

Branding is very low on the priority scale for...

Branding is very low on the priority scale for me. What I look for in a bike mostly comes down to the frame. I look for affordable chromoly steel with a long, horizontal top tube and tire clearance,...
01-30-17, 06:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,647
Posted By Brennan

I am 6'2" and had this problem with a new bike...

I am 6'2" and had this problem with a new bike once. I too thought the frame was too big, but the problem was solved by changing stems. You might want to try one of those adjustable stems to...
Forum: Touring
01-23-17, 06:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,624
Posted By Brennan

Bike shorts are not a necessity. The important...

Bike shorts are not a necessity. The important thing is that your saddle fits your butt. As for clothing, as long as there are no bulky seams that will cause friction, you should be ok. Using...
01-07-17, 10:56 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,403
Posted By Brennan

You and I have very different ideas of what...

You and I have very different ideas of what constitutes "basic items." That item is something I would not expect to just pick up at the nearest bike shop, but I bet they could have sold you a...
01-03-17, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3,498
Views: 311,873
Posted By Brennan

Damn. Gonna check that right now... Yep....

Damn. Gonna check that right now...


Yep. Rear brake was definitely wonky. Now fixed (?), but will keep an eye on it. Thanks for the heads-up.

RE: Rear fender alignment. I've intentionally...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-17, 02:35 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 12,980
Posted By Brennan

I'm a pretty minimalist person. Even so, I've...

I'm a pretty minimalist person. Even so, I've found that two bikes works much better for me than one, reasons being:

*Theft deterrence. This was my original reason for getting a second bike. My...
01-03-17, 01:47 PM
Replies: 3,498
Views: 311,873
Posted By Brennan

Here to get my fair share of abuse. ...

Here to get my fair share of abuse.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/earlfinal03sm_zpslwvznrov.jpg
12-27-16, 01:07 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,464
Posted By Brennan

This cool ornament. ...

This cool ornament.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/ornament_zps5he8hnmf.jpg
Forum: Commuting
09-14-16, 09:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Posted By Brennan

Wife and I visited Eugene and Portland last...

Wife and I visited Eugene and Portland last summer with our bikes. In each town, we just found a local bike shop and inquired about bike maps of the area. Not only did both shops have maps, but the...
Forum: Touring
06-05-16, 03:22 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 17,142
Posted By Brennan

GoLite Shangri-La 3 ...

GoLite Shangri-La 3
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/sl1_zpszgnhctpz.jpg

Nice View...
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/sl2_zpsdr7ofyuq.jpg
04-03-16, 08:59 AM
Replies: 2,934
Views: 255,673
Posted By Brennan

Classic media bias here...

Classic media bias here (http://www.vox.com/2016/4/3/11349856/bike-share-safety), clinging to their helmet evangelism despite contrary evidence:
11-15-15, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,334
Posted By Brennan

Here's a great example of that: A very skilled...

Here's a great example of that: A very skilled pro drummer named Benny Greb playing a Sponge Bob drum kit and sounding great. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SziF4mesPA)

I think there are some...
11-04-15, 01:41 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,170
Posted By Brennan

Only things that bother me with other people's...

Only things that bother me with other people's bikes are fit/adjustment issues and mechanical/maintenance issues. It bothers me to see a person riding a bike with the seat way too low, or struggling...
Forum: Touring
09-24-15, 09:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By Brennan

Cool. It's great to hear that they are lasting a...

Cool. It's great to hear that they are lasting a long time. I suspected as much. The construction is top notch. I didn't realize this design of theirs has been around that long, but I can certainly...
Forum: Touring
09-24-15, 06:40 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,942
Posted By Brennan

I have not. Cool!

I have not.


Cool!
Forum: Touring
09-24-15, 02:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,942
Posted By Brennan

Personally, I don't think they are ideal for dry...

Personally, I don't think they are ideal for dry climates. I live in California, so not much need for waterproofing. Also, I use my panniers on an almost daily basis for basic transportation, so I...
Forum: Touring
09-24-15, 02:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By Brennan

Check out my sweet new Arkel bag

Yes, it's just a seat bag, but it's my first Arkel bag and I think it's pretty great. I wrote a review on my blog (http://roamblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/review-arkel-seat-bag.html) for anyone is...
Forum: Touring
09-15-15, 05:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,521
Posted By Brennan

Crazy Creek Hex chair. I use it for touring,...

Crazy Creek Hex chair. I use it for touring, backpacking, and random day trips.
Forum: Touring
07-17-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 871
Posted By Brennan

Two week tour ~550 miles. ...

Two week tour ~550 miles.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/example1_zpsjejyg7f7.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w92/brenhouli/Bikes/example2_zps2qee5xpc.jpg
Forum: Touring
07-17-15, 02:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 621
Posted By Brennan

Thanks for the helpful info everybody. Hopefully...

Thanks for the helpful info everybody. Hopefully I can formulate a plan before August is upon us.
Forum: Touring
07-16-15, 12:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 621
Posted By Brennan

Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like the coast...

Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like the coast is the general consensus. Is one half considered better/more scenic than the other in terms of north/south, or is it pretty much the same all the way...
Forum: Touring
07-16-15, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 621
Posted By Brennan

Oregon Tour Suggestions

Hoping to get some suggestions for a tour in Oregon next month. Originally, the idea was to take the train from Oakland, CA to Eugene, OR, then ride out to the coast and follow it south back to...
07-09-15, 06:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,595
Posted By Brennan

Paris Cyclists Can Ignore Some Traffic Lights

Apparently, Paris is making a real push to increase cycling, and this new law is a result. The city says a years-long study "demonstrated that the passage of cyclists through red lights isn't...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-15, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 991
Posted By Brennan

I think it reflects a different mindset with...

I think it reflects a different mindset with regard to bicycles: One of transportation rather than recreation.

Here in the USA, the majority of people who own bicycles use them exclusively for...
Forum: Touring
06-19-15, 08:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,924
Posted By Brennan

I have VO fenders and I like them a lot. Mounting...

I have VO fenders and I like them a lot. Mounting them was a bit of a challenge, but I maxed out on tire size (actually exceeded the recommended size by 2mm), so I didn't have much room for error.
Forum: Touring
06-16-15, 06:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,084
Posted By Brennan

I did this with my panniers. I've been using a...

I did this with my panniers. I've been using a combination of Jandd Mini Mountain panniers and Jandd Economy panniers, and I liked them except for the mounting systems. I will say that the mounting...
Forum: Touring
06-16-15, 04:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 719
Posted By Brennan

Just ordered one of these for myself. Thanks for...

Just ordered one of these for myself. Thanks for the tip!
Forum: Touring
06-10-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,655
Posted By Brennan

That's an unfair criticism of the post you...

That's an unfair criticism of the post you quoted. Saddlesores did write a factual post. It is a fact that he does not like those features and would change them if he had that bike, and what's wrong...
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