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Forum: Commuting
09-03-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,390
Posted By matthew_deaner

I love my T-servs. I'm on my third set. They...

I love my T-servs. I'm on my third set. They roll nice, ride great, and have good grip on wet roads.

Gatorskins are good too, but I found the ride to be harsh and wet weather traction wasn't...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-08, 11:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 728
Posted By matthew_deaner

Considering the distances involved, your commute...

Considering the distances involved, your commute sounds do-able.

I am a grad student and live 17.5 miles from class. I also have two jobs, and am a single parent. I typically commute round-trip...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 09:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,529
Posted By matthew_deaner

The Fenix L2D is designed to run off of...

The Fenix L2D is designed to run off of rechargeable NIMH cells. It will not cut out at 1.2 volts like some older lights.
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 08:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,536
Posted By matthew_deaner

I use bar-ends on three of my bikes and my racing...

I use bar-ends on three of my bikes and my racing bike has STI. I think that I shift all bikes the same number of shifts regardless of the shifter type.

Bar-ends are more convenient for me in...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-08, 08:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,529
Posted By matthew_deaner

The L2D should last almost twice as long using...

The L2D should last almost twice as long using rechargeable NIMH batteries. See:
http://www.cpfreviews.com/Fenix-L2DCE-Premium-Q5.php

However, the L2D switches to its lowest mode of operation...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-08, 07:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,631
Posted By matthew_deaner

I was once attacked by a dog while riding and...

I was once attacked by a dog while riding and shot it with a .38 in self-defense.
07-06-08, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,146
Posted By matthew_deaner

If you aren't successful in adjusting your...

If you aren't successful in adjusting your pedals, maybe you should consider getting some of the cartridge-type spd pedals like Shimano model M520. The special tool to dissassemble them is about $2...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-08, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 788
Posted By matthew_deaner

It does make a difference whether weight is...

It does make a difference whether weight is distributed towards rider vs. bike.
Overweight rider = more tissue for the cardiovascular system to support = reduced performance. It's all about the...
05-17-08, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1,316
Views: 176,098
Posted By matthew_deaner

This is my first review of the Brooks imperial...

This is my first review of the Brooks imperial saddle. I've held off with a review up to this point because I wanted to make sure the saddle was broken in first.

Miles 70
Total Miles 325...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-08, 11:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,497
Posted By matthew_deaner

+1 to all of the above... and I'm glad I chose...

+1 to all of the above... and I'm glad I chose the Casseroll. I'd still like a Smoothie at some point though...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-08, 05:03 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 17,261
Posted By matthew_deaner

Me: 2006 Surly LHT 2007 Salsa Casseroll ...

Me:
2006 Surly LHT
2007 Salsa Casseroll
2006 Trek 5200
1984 Nishiki Sport (fixed gear)
1988 Centurion LeMans (fixed gear)
1986 Nishiki Prestige
1988 Santana Sovereign (tandem)
2008 IRO Rob...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-08, 06:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,161
Posted By matthew_deaner

I clean mine like a car. Rinse with water hose...

I clean mine like a car. Rinse with water hose on low pressure (and without nozzle), sponge and soap, then rinse again. Baby wipes can scratch your finish.
Forum: Commuting
05-05-08, 07:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,640
Posted By matthew_deaner

FYI - The weight difference is mainly due to the...

FYI - The weight difference is mainly due to the heavy duty parts used on the LHT. There is little difference between the weight of the frames... the Surly LHT (56cm) frame + fork weighs 7.4lbs. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-08, 07:19 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,799
Posted By matthew_deaner

2887 miles since the beginning of the year.

2887 miles since the beginning of the year.
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 08:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,469
Posted By matthew_deaner

Regarding the rebuild kit for the Shimano M-520 -...

Regarding the rebuild kit for the Shimano M-520 - I don't think Shimano makes one. But that pedal uses loose 3/32 ball bearings and you can replace all of them for about $2. You do need to invest...
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By matthew_deaner

I'll be there. My girlfriend and son are going...

I'll be there. My girlfriend and son are going too - they'll be doing the 6-hour version of the race.
Forum: Touring
04-22-08, 04:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,004
Posted By matthew_deaner

Sorry, but every time I look at those bikes I...

Sorry, but every time I look at those bikes I throw up a little bit in my mouth.
Forum: Touring
04-22-08, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,602
Posted By matthew_deaner

I have these on my Salsa Casseroll. They're...

I have these on my Salsa Casseroll. They're pretty good.
Fit and finish are excellent, just below Shimano. I found some machining marks on one of the calipers and the polish isn't quite on par...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-08, 11:16 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 56,718
Posted By matthew_deaner

Umm.... Panaracer tourguards are kevlar belted...

Umm.... Panaracer tourguards are kevlar belted tires. They use Arimid, the generic version of kevlar.
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 09:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,215
Posted By matthew_deaner

Much of my daily commute is along a state...

Much of my daily commute is along a state highway. It's only 2-lane, but it has a lot of traffic and folks usually drive around 60-65 mph. The shoulder is a couple of feet wide and I'm always on...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-08, 07:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,127
Posted By matthew_deaner

On the contrary, environmentalists are some of...

On the contrary, environmentalists are some of the most vehement opponents of biofuels. If you're going to start in on a pointless rant like this at least get your facts straight.
Forum: Commuting
04-15-08, 06:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
Posted By matthew_deaner

I don't usually listen to "happy" music when I'm...

I don't usually listen to "happy" music when I'm riding.... here's the usual list:

Dragonforce; Lamb of God; Anthrax; Bullet For My Valentine; Korn; Children Of Bodom; Disturbed; Flogging Molly;...
Forum: Touring
04-13-08, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,750
Posted By matthew_deaner

If you want to stick with MTB-compatible pedals...

If you want to stick with MTB-compatible pedals that have some means of load distribution, you might want to have a look at Shimano A-520 "touring" pedals. I have these on two of my bikes and really...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-08, 07:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,501
Posted By matthew_deaner

Last year I had 10,120 miles. This year, my goal...

Last year I had 10,120 miles. This year, my goal is to again break 10,000.
I do lots of sport riding in addition to commuting though.
04-11-08, 03:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 754
Posted By matthew_deaner

I reuse mine all the time. I disassemble it with...

I reuse mine all the time. I disassemble it with needle nose pliers.

From what I read elsewhere on BF, for 10s chains, SRAM decided not to continue licensing the "Powerlink" design from Craig...
04-10-08, 07:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,182
Posted By matthew_deaner

I disagree with this. I have maintained chains...

I disagree with this. I have maintained chains using both methods (the "wipe, lube, and forget about it"
method and the solvent immersion method) and my chains last 30-50% longer using solvent...
04-10-08, 07:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,168
Posted By matthew_deaner

Periodically scrape grit off of surface of brake...

Periodically scrape grit off of surface of brake pads with a file or sandpaper. That's what causes the noise and the premature rim wear.
Forum: Commuting
04-08-08, 12:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By matthew_deaner

Cinelli cork tape and Fizik Microtex are both...

Cinelli cork tape and Fizik Microtex are both nice.
I couldn't stand the Forte tape... too squishy and didn't stay in place.
Forum: Commuting
04-03-08, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Posted By matthew_deaner

Of the bunch, your Pasela TGs are going to ride...

Of the bunch, your Pasela TGs are going to ride and roll the best, but are the least flat resistant. Gaterskins offer a decent compromise between speed and flat protection, and they ride OK. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-08, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By matthew_deaner

I had a UFO and didn't like it. The light output...

I had a UFO and didn't like it. The light output was weak, and it took expensive button batteries. It broke off my rack about 4-weeks after I bought it.
Forum: Touring
04-02-08, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,922
Posted By matthew_deaner

Raleigh is so close to getting this bike right......

Raleigh is so close to getting this bike right...
Why did they spec it with Joytech hubs (which are awful, in my experience)? Why didn't they include mid-level eyelets on the front fork? Why is it...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-08, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,129
Posted By matthew_deaner

Maybe you're a more perceptive rider than me... I...

Maybe you're a more perceptive rider than me... I have two frames with Tange 2 steel, one with Columbus SLX, and three with double butted 4130. All of these bikes ride differently, of course, but...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,129
Posted By matthew_deaner

Gunnar Sport is another you might want to add to...

Gunnar Sport is another you might want to add to your list.
Forum: Commuting
04-01-08, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,129
Posted By matthew_deaner

I couldn't disagree more. DB 4130 is high...

I couldn't disagree more. DB 4130 is high quality steel, usually the equivalent of Reynolds 520.

To the OP - I'm partial to my Casseroll. It's made out of that wrought iron 4130 steel...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-08, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 966
Posted By matthew_deaner

Honestly, if you don't have a lot of stuff to...

Honestly, if you don't have a lot of stuff to carry with you on your commute, I'd go for a Crosscheck or Salsa Casseroll. I'm biased towards the Casseroll because I have one :o, but seriously, it is...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-08, 02:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 966
Posted By matthew_deaner

For a "road bike that will transmit my...

For a "road bike that will transmit my (sprinting) pedaling power pretty well" you might try to find an older Cannondale CAAD frame. The older models (pre 3.0) have a super stiff rear triangle (and...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-08, 06:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 966
Posted By matthew_deaner

OP: I'm not really understanding your post. A...

OP: I'm not really understanding your post. A sprinting bike is a track bike, which is about the worst choice for a commuter unless you're into the whole hipster shtick. By "sprinting" do you mean...
03-28-08, 07:35 AM
Replies: 592
Views: 40,376
Posted By matthew_deaner

I dunno... even if Tony doesn't replace my frame,...

I dunno... even if Tony doesn't replace my frame, I think I'll still have gotten my money's worth. As long as the frame doesn't buckle when I hit a large bump.:eek:
03-28-08, 07:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 59,052
Posted By matthew_deaner

CDR's post is excellent. The only thing I would...

CDR's post is excellent. The only thing I would add is that if you have problems with the allen wrench bending (like me) get an allen socket head for a standard rachet and have a go at it with that.
03-28-08, 07:27 AM
Replies: 592
Views: 40,376
Posted By matthew_deaner

Maybe I should look at it that way... I don't...

Maybe I should look at it that way... I don't think the dents are too bad, but I'm a little concerned about one on the front side of the downtube. That's probably the worst place to have a dent,...
03-28-08, 06:58 AM
Replies: 592
Views: 40,376
Posted By matthew_deaner

My frame arrived a few days ago and it has three...

My frame arrived a few days ago and it has three small dents and some scratches. I'm going to try to exchange it. A couple of the welds look really bad too.
Does anyone else think we got factory...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-08, 06:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,482
Posted By matthew_deaner

I think this is mostly true... but the longer...

I think this is mostly true... but the longer chainstays on the LHT make for a comfier ride, and the lower bottom bracket relaxes the fit some. Both bikes are pretty similar, but I strongly believe...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-08, 06:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,482
Posted By matthew_deaner

+1 Pauls are awesome. I have them as a front...

+1
Pauls are awesome. I have them as a front brake on my LHT and the stopping power compared to the Tektro Oryx is just amazing. Shimano BR-R550 cantis are pretty good too, and can be had at a...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,486
Posted By matthew_deaner

Earlier I posted that it was impossible to clean...

Earlier I posted that it was impossible to clean the pivot mechanism of the ESGE stand...

Well, today I tried to drill out the rivet to disassemble and clean it - and there is no way that's...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-08, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By matthew_deaner

My guess is that your edge is hosed. Sounds...

My guess is that your edge is hosed.
Sounds like a problem with the battery wiring harness. Garmin had some problems with this on some of the earlier edge units. I had to send one back due to this...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-08, 08:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,482
Posted By matthew_deaner

Agreed... the crosscheck is more versatile, hands...

Agreed... the crosscheck is more versatile, hands down.
And yes, the Casseroll is quite stiff for a relaxed geometry bike (which can be good or bad, depending on your point of view). I have...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-08, 05:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,482
Posted By matthew_deaner

The Casseroll is lighter, faster, has gorgeous...

The Casseroll is lighter, faster, has gorgeous paint, and has a smoother ride than the crosscheck.

My long distance bike is a Casseroll, my main commuter is an LHT. I need to haul lots of stuff...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-08, 10:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,486
Posted By matthew_deaner

I have a Pletscher on my LHT. I've been really...

I have a Pletscher on my LHT. I've been really happy with it - but be forewarned that you'll put some scratches in the paint on your chainstays when you install it. And rubber won't work to protect...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-08, 08:38 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,426
Posted By matthew_deaner

+1 - at least, the dept store MTBs. These bikes...

+1 - at least, the dept store MTBs. These bikes were never actually designed to be used off-road, and wouldn't survive long if they were.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-08, 04:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,825
Posted By matthew_deaner

Yes, it's flat and fast. If you hang with the...

Yes, it's flat and fast. If you hang with the lead group, you'll probably get the first 100-miles taken care of in about 4:15-4:30 and will finish under 7-hours. But the scenery of central Indiana...
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