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Forum: Commuting
10-25-12, 12:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,451
Posted By Leiniesred

waxed canvas durability = 5+ year bags?

I have a set of Frost River panniers that have held up well and are still waterproof (or at least mostly waterproof) after about 5 years. One side is starting to get holes in the bottom at this...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-12, 12:13 PM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,838
Posted By Leiniesred

Windy yesterday

It would have sucked with the serious wind yesterday, so I stopped and took a nice picture to add a little more "positive" to the commute. Thought it worth sharing.
Forum: Commuting
10-16-12, 12:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,249
Posted By Leiniesred

Headwinds build character. Ever roll backwards UP...

Headwinds build character. Ever roll backwards UP a hill when you stop pedaling? yeah. I hate it when that happens. I measure wind speed in how many gears I have to gear down. "I had a 3 gear...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 10:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,055
Posted By Leiniesred

I'd go for some PF Flyer retreads at the flyin' J...

I'd go for some PF Flyer retreads at the flyin' J off 1-70. Wait a minute..for the BIKE...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 10:16 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,383
Posted By Leiniesred

I've been riding a used, $250, commuter bike for...

I've been riding a used, $250, commuter bike for what? 5 years? tires and tubes by necessity, seat, grips, and mudflaps by choice. It is an internal gear hub bike so I've never even replaced the...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 09:46 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,439
Posted By Leiniesred

Bell. People know what a bike bell sound is. They...

Bell. People know what a bike bell sound is. They hear the bell, their brain says "Bike. Move over." They know you are about to pass 'em. Ding it a few times and they can sometimes tell how close you...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-12, 09:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,841
Posted By Leiniesred

The style of bike can impact your comfort too. I...

The style of bike can impact your comfort too. I can't stand road bikes for example. They hurt my shoulders, neck and elbows very quickly. Give me a mt. bike or my glorified cruiser bike commuter...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-11, 10:22 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 27,116
Posted By Leiniesred

You wonder how many more miles you can squeeze...

You wonder how many more miles you can squeeze out of a tire worn down to the point the cords are showing.
Forum: Commuting
08-01-11, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By Leiniesred

trugoo = about 2 years

about the same as slime in my experience. 2 years.

TruGoo is a Colorado product which makes it my first choice.
Forum: Commuting
07-20-11, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By Leiniesred

Hypalon

My older made in USA Chrome bag looks like it is made of DuPont Hypalon.

It is often the stuff used to make rubber inflatable boats (RIBs) Maybe you can get a dead dinghy and scavenge some...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-11, 08:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,933
Posted By Leiniesred

How to stay cool and motivated

Stay cool:

Take off your black shirt. Feels pretty good.

Alter your route to stop by a beach, pool, creek, pond, public water park, or The ol' swimmin' hole on the way home. I love stopping for...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 05:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,080
Posted By Leiniesred

Ouch! glad you are still alive. Check out the...

Ouch! glad you are still alive. Check out the RIDER DOWN forum on mt bike review web site. Lots of encouragement and previous experiences with recovery shared there. You'll be back online before you...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,749
Posted By Leiniesred

Tar was fun as a kid.

Sorry you crashed. Glad you will be able to ride again. Thanks for bringing up the hazard of tar snakes. We have lots of them here too.

And the story:

When I was a kid, some backstreets in the...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-11, 02:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,009
Posted By Leiniesred

thanks for info on the lightning cone of protection. tdreyer1

tdreyer1: Thank you for the info on the "cone of protection" numbers for metal poles.

Interesting, because when there is lightning around, I don't lean on the poles where the MUP crosses busy...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-11, 09:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,429
Posted By Leiniesred

Passed on a 1966 Raleigh Superbe for $160. It...

Passed on a 1966 Raleigh Superbe for $160.
It would be a more "authentic" commuter for me, but frankly less efficient than my modern bike. Both have IGH, but 3 vs 8 speeds. Both have dynamo hubs and...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-11, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 618
Posted By Leiniesred

Good job! Finding alternate routes with less...

Good job!

Finding alternate routes with less risk usually requires a little more distance to travel, but you often see cooler stuff and have more fun on the alternate routes too.

Stay vigilant...
06-10-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,178
Posted By Leiniesred

Gotta older ipod layin' around? I've been using...

Gotta older ipod layin' around? I've been using this for years now. rain. snow. Doesn't seem to matter.
SDI iHome2go IH85B. Still available on Amazon.

Using rechargeable AA batteries, the ipod...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-11, 10:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,937
Posted By Leiniesred

Bianchi Milano. Internal gears, fenders,...

Bianchi Milano.

Internal gears, fenders, chain guard....celeste...
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Forum: Commuting
09-13-10, 03:26 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,358
Posted By Leiniesred

Unexpected slick mud = crash = unexpected broken...

Unexpected slick mud = crash = unexpected broken elbow. couple other low speed ice/snow falls that I was kind of expecting. No damage from those.
Forum: Commuting
09-10-10, 05:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,033
Posted By Leiniesred

I don't, but I would be more than happy to ride...

I don't, but I would be more than happy to ride though one on my commute. As far as land should be for the living. It still is. It is a place for the living to remember their history and heritage....
Forum: Commuting
09-10-10, 04:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,694
Posted By Leiniesred

I listen to music almost all the time on the...

I listen to music almost all the time on the commuter bike. I found that after about the 500th trip to work, I needed something to break up the monotony. I use an iHome2GO. No headphones. It is loud...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-10, 04:21 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,187
Posted By Leiniesred

The eagle scout prankster sports a front basket.

The eagle scout prankster sports a front basket.
Forum: Commuting
07-29-10, 03:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,187
Posted By Leiniesred

162211Hmm, My commuter is probably the aging but...

162211Hmm, My commuter is probably the aging but alas still dashing, English teacher at the high school.
Has a thing for certain lines in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and also sponsors the chess team...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-10, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Posted By Leiniesred

We have an office bicycle. It was a stray...

We have an office bicycle.

It was a stray 1980's GT mt. bike that spent at least 1 year in the woods before I towed it 4 miles into the office on flat tires.

One night, during a software...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-10, 09:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,941
Posted By Leiniesred

I'd say one flat per 2,000 miles. TrueGoo in...

I'd say one flat per 2,000 miles.

TrueGoo in the tubes means I probably have lots of punctures, but they usually self-seal. I kick out a goathead/day from the front tire in the season (which, as...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-10, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Leiniesred

I think the only bike that wouldn't work well as...

I think the only bike that wouldn't work well as a commuter is a bike that just doesn't fit you.

Like those mini-clown bikes with 3 inch wheels. Those are probably not good for 13 mile trips.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-10, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By Leiniesred

26 miles is a lot to jump right into. Great job! ...

26 miles is a lot to jump right into. Great job!
Fun huh?
Forum: Commuting
07-21-10, 01:03 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,311
Posted By Leiniesred

Motorist behind me at the drive up ATM on a...

Motorist behind me at the drive up ATM on a Sunday when the inside of the bank was closed: "Hey! you can't take a bike through the drive through."
My response: "In that case, may I borrow your...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-10, 09:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By Leiniesred

The only trick to slime filled tubes is that the...

The only trick to slime filled tubes is that the goo eventually dries out. Maybe 2 years or so of effective sealing.
I LOVE 'em! I see/hear goatheads stick in my Kenda Qwests, I put my shoe against...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-10, 09:32 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 27,470
Posted By Leiniesred

Nope. Frontal area of the Mt. Bike with rider is...

Nope. Frontal area of the Mt. Bike with rider is simply higher than the roadie and rider.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-10, 09:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 769
Posted By Leiniesred

panniers. Food/tools/lock goes in the "dirty"...

panniers. Food/tools/lock goes in the "dirty" left side, papers/computer/work clothes go in the "clean" right side. Done-ski. I use Frost River panniers. Cotton duck instead of nylon. Wooden sticks...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-10, 11:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 941
Posted By Leiniesred

Congratulations on making the choice to commute...

Congratulations on making the choice to commute by bike!

As far as the automobile fumes go, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Sure you are breathing harder than in the car, but in the car you...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-10, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,147
Posted By Leiniesred

B&M IQ Cyo R N

B&M IQ Cyo R N
Forum: Commuting
07-01-10, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Leiniesred

pesky kids. I bet you would have gotten...

pesky kids.

I bet you would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling kids and their dog!
Forum: Commuting
06-25-10, 04:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,447
Posted By Leiniesred

Always in the port pannier: tube, cable lock,...

Always in the port pannier: tube, cable lock, rain jacket, full finger gloves, a few feet of leather thong, deoderant, saddle bag for organizing repair stuff: minipump, patch kit, multitool, spare...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By Leiniesred

Not to worry. I fill my tires every 2 weeks...

Not to worry.

I fill my tires every 2 weeks to 65 PSI also. I'll find the front at 50 and the rear at 45 PSI after 2 weeks and about 300 miles. I think the rear loses air a little faster because...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-10, 12:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,703
Posted By Leiniesred

Reflective vest and stickers work really well and...

Reflective vest and stickers work really well and are not vey expensive. I mean the car behind you has 100watts of headlight aimed your direction and the vest is up high in driver's line of sight...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-10, 02:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,273
Posted By Leiniesred

Glad you are back on the bike! Good work! I...

Glad you are back on the bike! Good work!

I got WAY sideways in some mud, stayed up until I hit dry pavement again, then got high-sided over and onto my elbow. Broke it. It sucked. That was a few...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-10, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By Leiniesred

I say take pops to a big bike shop so he can...

I say take pops to a big bike shop so he can actually touch the bikes and sit on 'em and stuff. See what he likes the look/feel of. 4 miles one way means he can ride just about anything he wants and...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-10, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 757
Posted By Leiniesred

That's a beaut, Mike. I was just thinking about...

That's a beaut, Mike. I was just thinking about Joe Breeze on the trip in this morning. Congratulations.
I'll second the motion for a ride report.
Forum: Commuting
06-11-10, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,403
Posted By Leiniesred

At first, I really like the handlebar bag idea...

At first, I really like the handlebar bag idea becuase you can quickly get your camera out for a shot.

However, I think the best idea is a clamp on seatpost rear rack with a trunk bag on it. That...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-10, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,819
Posted By Leiniesred

I don't have any bungee cords on my panniers, so...

I don't have any bungee cords on my panniers, so this may not be applicable. My Frost river canvas panniers use leather straps and buckles.

To give the panniers some shape and support to help...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-10, 09:41 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 27,470
Posted By Leiniesred

mtb on slicks = not as fast as road bike

Nope. Not as fast given the same level of effort. Simple matter of frontal area.
Mtb (especially with rider) has more frontal area than a road bike = more wind resistance = slower speed.
Forum: Commuting
05-28-10, 10:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,346
Posted By Leiniesred

Gears = efficiency

First of all, it is supposed to be FUN, so if your ride isn't workin' out for you, change it out or change it up.

Single speed is the slowest, with the most effort, but lowest maintenance.

I...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-10, 09:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 23,612
Posted By Leiniesred

Great post. Thank you. I really like hearing from...

Great post. Thank you. I really like hearing from a rider who has miles on several different setups. I must have >20,000 miles on my Nexus 8 now. It is loud and getting louder. I can feel disparaging...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 6,155
Posted By Leiniesred

When the snow is too deep for the bicycle, it...

When the snow is too deep for the bicycle, it usually isn't too deep for my 1989 4runner. Solid axle swap, dual T-cases. ARB air lockers front/rear 37x12.5" IROK tires. crawl ratio = 244:1


...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-10, 03:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,566
Posted By Leiniesred

36 Front and rear. 3 cross. 145# rider 40# bike....

36 Front and rear. 3 cross. 145# rider 40# bike. Wheels have never been trued in >30,000 miles. *shrugs*

Are the wheels straight? No, probably not. With a roller drum rear brake and a nearly...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-10, 02:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,458
Posted By Leiniesred

Wanderer: I went to Waubonsie Valley High School...

Wanderer: I went to Waubonsie Valley High School and I saw Wayne's World IN Aurora!

I have Kenda Kwests on my Bianchi Milano. 26x1.5" 65 PSI. This is my second set of these tires.
The original...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-09, 09:18 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,207
Posted By Leiniesred

I think we're required to put a foot down in...

I think we're required to put a foot down in Colorado.

I don't. I'll start putting my foot down when people in cars start putting their foot down at stop signs/lights.
Forum: Commuting
10-13-09, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By Leiniesred

Is my Bianchi Milano a glorified cruiser? 1:...

Is my Bianchi Milano a glorified cruiser?

1: 23 round trip
2: < 1 hour
3: Bianchi/milano/cafe racer
4: Fenders and chain guards mean you HAVE TO ride through the puddles. Feet on the handlebars...
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