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06-15-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

She loves it. And we ended up buying from the...

She loves it. And we ended up buying from the same LBS I use most of the time, where I got my bike, so I know she'll be taken care of.
06-14-14, 07:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

Sorry, it is too late; we have a winner! ...

Sorry, it is too late; we have a winner!

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She decided on the Crossroads, which I think was a good choice. It still has the Revoshift grip shifters, but she does seem to have an easy time...
06-10-14, 08:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

That . . . probably points more to the Cypress,...

That . . . probably points more to the Cypress, then. She is very definite on the comfort geometry. The biggest distance she's shown any interest in has been the LATE Ride in Chicago, which I think...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-14, 04:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,648
Posted By Don Gwinn

Riding a bike that's harder to use is an...

Riding a bike that's harder to use is an excellent way of coming to understand why "better" bikes are worth the money. If you want people to buy the better bikes, and you can't bring the price down...
06-09-14, 03:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

OK, she's got it narrowed down to the Specialized...

OK, she's got it narrowed down to the Specialized Crossroads (yeah, with a swapped seat) or the Giant Cypress. Three different LBS, I like them all, but I think the owner's rapid-fire sales pitch...
06-07-14, 08:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

Obviously she's going to buy the bike she likes...

Obviously she's going to buy the bike she likes the best. . . . why would she not do that?
06-06-14, 08:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

Thanks! There are no Fuji dealers within a couple...

Thanks! There are no Fuji dealers within a couple of hours of here, but there are two more LBS's in town and one is a Giant dealer. We'll take a look there.
06-06-14, 03:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,769
Posted By Don Gwinn

Comfort Hybrids: Trek Verve 1 vs. Specialized Crossroads

My wife wants to get into cycling, but she definitely wants to be upright and comfortable. We're replacing a creaky, aged Schwinn that worked well enough until it broke, but I think she's really...
06-05-14, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By Don Gwinn

Sure. When I gave up sugar and starch, the...

Sure. When I gave up sugar and starch, the cravings were so strong that I really wasn't sure I could keep doing it forever. I was almost afraid to try it temporarily, because I was afraid to find out...
06-04-14, 02:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,396
Posted By Don Gwinn

I'm about to put in my two cents about why weight...

I'm about to put in my two cents about why weight often does really matter, but first: there ARE very important parts of life and fitness to which weight is irrelevant. You can't become a good person...
06-02-14, 01:51 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 208,879
Posted By Don Gwinn

I've lost a large amount of weight and built up...

I've lost a large amount of weight and built up much better fitness over the last two years, and in the process, I had to power through that awkwardness several times. Getting on a road bike when I...
11-08-11, 06:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 823
Posted By Don Gwinn

Hell, I'm proud of you, too.

Hell, I'm proud of you, too.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-11, 01:16 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,876
Posted By Don Gwinn

If you've got the money (you're debt-free, saving...

If you've got the money (you're debt-free, saving for retirement, bills paid, emergency fund set aside) then the only people I'd consider wasteful with this stuff are the poseurs going the same speed...
11-05-11, 02:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,601
Posted By Don Gwinn

If you've got a mechanic you trust, you could use...

If you've got a mechanic you trust, you could use some of that money on your old bike and put the rest in the fund for the upgrade you want.

BUT I'd tell everyone involved that you were amazed...
11-04-11, 09:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,128
Posted By Don Gwinn

That's big news! I like the irony of the guy...

That's big news!

I like the irony of the guy who commutes on his bike to drive a truck all day. :D But it makes sense . . . why do even another few minutes of your day job every morning and...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 153,401
Posted By Don Gwinn

Ordering rain gear today . . . cold rain this...

Ordering rain gear today . . . cold rain this morning.
But nothing lasts forever . . . even cold November rain . . . .
Forum: Commuting
11-02-11, 02:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 12,509
Posted By Don Gwinn

You might find that it only seems to be a bike...

You might find that it only seems to be a bike problem because bikes are your area of expertise. I know more about firearms and knives than I do about bikes, and the prices people ask on Craigslist...
10-30-11, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By Don Gwinn

In the 1990s, my dad lost his job when a factory...

In the 1990s, my dad lost his job when a factory left town and opened his own gun and tackle shop. It was his dream, so I'm glad he did it, but it only took a couple of years for him to realize that...
10-28-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 983
Posted By Don Gwinn

I never found a chiropractor who could produce...

I never found a chiropractor who could produce better results than a good massage the******. On the other hand, it's not like most GPs have a reason to be real experts on back pain, either.
10-28-11, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 606
Posted By Don Gwinn

I'm finding the clipless (SPD) easier to get out...

I'm finding the clipless (SPD) easier to get out of than my straps and toe clips. It took me longer to learn to clip in . . . but today I was hitting it with no problem by feel. It's actually...
10-28-11, 08:44 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,676
Posted By Don Gwinn

I was going to say falling over, too. Actually,...

I was going to say falling over, too. Actually, I did my first clipless ride the other day, and I went over, but I got my foot out and didn't actually go down--only the bike fell, and I just looked...
10-26-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 497
Posted By Don Gwinn

The longer you wait, the harder it's going to be...

The longer you wait, the harder it's going to be to get started again.
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 153,401
Posted By Don Gwinn

Well, a lot of the people I see (like the guy in...

Well, a lot of the people I see (like the guy in the balaclava yesterday morning) are barely pedaling, just sort of cruising along just slightly faster than walking speed. I can imagine that getting...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 153,401
Posted By Don Gwinn

I sweated it out in my makeshift clothes: Canari...

I sweated it out in my makeshift clothes: Canari shorts, an old pair of soft workout pants tucked into my new merino socks from Joneswares (I absolutely approve of these, will buy more--very...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 09:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,179
Posted By Don Gwinn

In case I was unclear, I'd do it. The roads will...

In case I was unclear, I'd do it. The roads will be wide, quiet and empty at 3 a.m., and you'll miss rush hour in the daytime, too. No reason not to do it if you want to.

If your friends are not...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 08:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,179
Posted By Don Gwinn

Huh. You think it might have been an accident? ...

Huh. You think it might have been an accident? :)

Just because other people are wrong to think you're crazy, doesn't mean you're not crazy. On the other hand, maybe you're just weird . . . and...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 153,401
Posted By Don Gwinn

First clipped-in commute today. In the spirit of...

First clipped-in commute today. In the spirit of Doing It All Wrong, I decided to wear my new MTB shoes and give it a shot even though I haven't gotten a chance to practice clipping in and out. I do...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-11, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By Don Gwinn

I'm guessing no one's tried it, then? So...

I'm guessing no one's tried it, then? So probably a big "no." Well, screw it, I'm going to measure and if it looks like I have room, I'm going to mount them and see. What's 2mm between friends,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,534
Posted By Don Gwinn

So . . . . you're saying I should move to South...

So . . . . you're saying I should move to South Florida?
As a weight-loss strategy?
I'm skeptical, but I'm not an argumentative sort. I believe I'll give it a try. Preferably before December.
:D
10-22-11, 08:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,792
Posted By Don Gwinn

I had a feeling you knew that when you posted the...

I had a feeling you knew that when you posted the first one.

In most places, in order to claim the defense of "self-defense" against charges that you used force or deadly force illegally, you've...
10-21-11, 10:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 572
Posted By Don Gwinn

The one in May wasn't his first bite at the...

The one in May wasn't his first bite at the apple, either.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-11, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By Don Gwinn

Have you used 700x30 on a Giant OCR?

I have 700x28 Armadillos on a Giant OCR2, and I want to ride through the winter (at least my commute.) I've been looking for studded tires, because we will have ice and snow and I'd like to at least...
10-20-11, 01:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,458
Posted By Don Gwinn

Going over to the dark side. I just ordered wool...

Going over to the dark side. I just ordered wool socks, a wool skull cap and a wool balaclava. I'm going to try this winter commuting thing and see what happens. If it kills me, I plan to stop. ...
10-20-11, 01:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,640
Posted By Don Gwinn

Like most things, it probably depends on your...

Like most things, it probably depends on your purpose. If you're only out to enjoy the ride, it's irrelevant. But if you're riding partly because you want to increase your cardio fitness,...
10-20-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 411
Posted By Don Gwinn

I haven't searched for this, but the posts about...

I haven't searched for this, but the posts about about the PT in Seattle made me wonder: has there ever been a personal trainer reference thread here? A thread where people could post name and...
10-19-11, 03:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,638
Posted By Don Gwinn

Good point. I have always gotten the dreaded,...

Good point. I have always gotten the dreaded, "Oh, but you carry it so well!" comments. People mean well, and I know what they mean--I have wide shoulders, so if you don't see me from the side,...
10-19-11, 10:01 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,638
Posted By Don Gwinn

Bringing this thread back to life, because I read...

Bringing this thread back to life, because I read through it the other day and I'm interested in what people have to say now . . . especially people who were struggling with this problem back in...
10-18-11, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1,391
Views: 671,499
Posted By Don Gwinn

You look great, but Eeyore could stand to lose a...

You look great, but Eeyore could stand to lose a few more.
10-18-11, 07:37 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,286
Posted By Don Gwinn

I don't have a complex, I just want to change it....

I don't have a complex, I just want to change it. I don't loathe myself for weighing what I weigh, I just want to be smaller, faster, more agile and easier on my joints. Also handsomer. Possibly...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-11, 09:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,357
Posted By Don Gwinn

Right now I use a Chrome messenger bag. It was...

Right now I use a Chrome messenger bag. It was the first thing I found at a local bike shop when I needed something better to carry a laptop and some papers. It's not a two-strap backpack, but it...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-11, 06:56 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,792
Posted By Don Gwinn

Haters gon' hate. . . ...

Haters gon' hate. . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePtoxDhJSw
10-16-11, 06:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,854
Posted By Don Gwinn

Personally, I don't think most people even over...

Personally, I don't think most people even over 300 (even way over) actually need something purposely overbuilt, except stout wheels with plenty of spokes. I see the niche the Worksman bikes fit...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-11, 09:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,539
Posted By Don Gwinn

I don't know. I have a new job in a different...

I don't know. I have a new job in a different city now, but it's still a school, and they'll let you store pretty much whatever you want in your classroom as long as it's not breaking any actual...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-11, 07:38 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,192
Posted By Don Gwinn

Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Commuting
10-15-11, 06:33 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,192
Posted By Don Gwinn

OK, I think you've all successfully talked me out...

OK, I think you've all successfully talked me out of 2-sided pedals . . . I see that I would like to be able to clip in on both sides. But I only have the one bike I really like to ride, and I'd...
10-15-11, 03:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,971
Posted By Don Gwinn

I'll be the contrarian: I think you'll see a...

I'll be the contrarian: I think you'll see a HUGE difference with a good hybrid or a road bike, and I think there's enough difference between hybrid and road that when I test-rode both, I knew...
10-15-11, 01:55 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 208,879
Posted By Don Gwinn

Yeah, no big deal. Besides, your actions often...

Yeah, no big deal. Besides, your actions often drive your attitudes, so that (odd as it seems) you can turn yourself into one of those confident people who don't care what anyone thinks by going out...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-11, 01:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,539
Posted By Don Gwinn

We'll see. Cold means sub-zero here, and the...

We'll see. Cold means sub-zero here, and the wind on that trail can be fierce. I haven't felt it in the winter yet, but there's a section where you're up above bare corn fields this time of year,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-11, 01:30 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,043
Posted By Don Gwinn

I'd have advised the OP to take a step back and a...

I'd have advised the OP to take a step back and a deep breath. He doesn't seem to like these people. If he somehow "wins their respect" and gets included in their group, how long can it last? It'd...
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