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Forum: Commuting
03-06-08, 12:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,732
Posted By greenstork

If that's the case and you want to tour, then a...

If that's the case and you want to tour, then a traditional road bike is ill-suited for the task. Commuting is one thing, traveling under a heavy load is entirely another. The tubing of a road...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-08, 12:00 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,552
Posted By greenstork

You guys with all of the smart ass comments do...

You guys with all of the smart ass comments do know that there is a vocal minority of people who believe that cyclists shouldn't wear helmets, right? Personally, I think it's stupid not to, but that...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-08, 11:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,732
Posted By greenstork

If you're worried about these issues, why not get...

If you're worried about these issues, why not get a cyclocross bike? It's not like you're racing and worried about every last ounce of weight. In fact, many CX bikes are fairly light and the...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-08, 03:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,182
Posted By greenstork

Here's some ammo for your argument. The cost of...

Here's some ammo for your argument. The cost of owning a car is astronomical, much more than people think. Some factors that people don't consider in when evaluating the cost of car ownership is...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-08, 02:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,732
Posted By greenstork

I wouldn't want to commute every day on an...

I wouldn't want to commute every day on an aluminum frame road bike, but that just me. I caution all people picking up cycling again after many years not to jump in and buy a traditional "road...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-08, 03:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,328
Posted By greenstork

I actually have a saved eBay search for Schwinn...

I actually have a saved eBay search for Schwinn Paramount and I've been looking for myself but I thought this might work for you too, being a taller guy.
Forum: Commuting
03-03-08, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,328
Posted By greenstork

There is a stunning (green) Schwinn Paramount P13...

There is a stunning (green) Schwinn Paramount P13 on sale on eBay right now and it's probably in your size. I think it will stay below $1000 but who knows.
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03-02-08, 07:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,082
Posted By greenstork

fork rake, head tube angle, and trail.

fork rake, head tube angle, and trail.
Forum: Commuting
03-02-08, 07:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,328
Posted By greenstork

What is your budget for a fully equipped bike,...

What is your budget for a fully equipped bike, including shoes, pedals, bags/panniers, racks, etc.?
Forum: Commuting
03-02-08, 07:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,328
Posted By greenstork

Strange, I've always thought Cross-Checks have a...

Strange, I've always thought Cross-Checks have a relatively long top tube. To each their own...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-08, 06:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,616
Posted By greenstork

As long as you can accept that your one bike is...

As long as you can accept that your one bike is going to be a compromise. It will never be a great commuter nor a great racer. If you can live with that, then you're all set.
Forum: Commuting
02-29-08, 09:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,164
Posted By greenstork

I'm with matt on this one, the correct fit is the...

I'm with matt on this one, the correct fit is the correct fit. A road bike will have the handlebars a little lower in a more aggressive posture but your reach should be close to the same and your...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 02:43 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,006
Posted By greenstork

+1 The PB Superflash fits perfectly on the back...

+1 The PB Superflash fits perfectly on the back of my helmet
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By greenstork

My local bike club -- Cascade Bicycle Club --puts...

My local bike club -- Cascade Bicycle Club --puts out an outstanding white paper on The Benefits of Bicycling (http://www.cascade.org/Advocacy/pdf/benefits.pdf) (PDF). In addition, a local...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 12:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,138
Posted By greenstork

+1 I second the recommendation for the...

+1

I second the recommendation for the Volpe. It is an excellent cyclocross, commuter, light touring road bike -- really a perfect all-arounder. I have disc brakes on my bike and love them,...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By greenstork

Aside from some of the Lupine lights and a couple...

Aside from some of the Lupine lights and a couple of others, the 600L standard is about as powerful and long-throw as they come. That said, I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable over 24-28mph without...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 11:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,455
Posted By greenstork

Definitely more expensive than your budget but I...

Definitely more expensive than your budget but I thought I'd throw it out there nonetheless:

Gunnar Sport (http://www.gunnarbikes.com/sport.php)

EDIT: I have the same issue as you. I'm 6'4"...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By greenstork

+1 ... the 600L standard is plenty wide. The...

+1 ... the 600L standard is plenty wide. The only thing you'll serve to do with the wide beam is piss off oncoming cyclists and motorists.
02-21-08, 12:36 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 5,043
Posted By greenstork

I'm not sure any of the red light runners on this...

I'm not sure any of the red light runners on this thread are suggesting that they shouldn't be held accountable. I think everyone assumes that if they get caught, they get ticketed. Let's face it,...
02-19-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 5,043
Posted By greenstork

Perfectly safe = I can see whether or not a car...

Perfectly safe = I can see whether or not a car is coming or whether the intersection is completely clear of cars and/or pedestrians.

And I couldn't agree more with Jammer. I don't trust that I'm...
02-18-08, 11:04 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 5,043
Posted By greenstork

The rub here is that there are some red lights...

The rub here is that there are some red lights and stop signs that are perfectly safe to blow through:

I go through a number of "neighborhood" stop signs along my commute, in which I can see in...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-08, 10:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,333
Posted By greenstork

Shimano BR-R505...

Shimano BR-R505 (http://elitecycling.biz/page.cfm?PageID=55&action=details&sku=BR8554)
Forum: Commuting
02-18-08, 10:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,333
Posted By greenstork

Some folks ride in the rain and snow quite...

Some folks ride in the rain and snow quite frequently. These aren't "small situations" where I live but everyday phenomenon during the winter months. For these folks, the case for disc brakes is a...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-08, 08:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,333
Posted By greenstork

I've heard that the AVid BB7's and other Avids...

I've heard that the AVid BB7's and other Avids make noise when wet -- nasty squealing from what I understand. However, my Shimano road discs are pretty quiet. They certainly make a pad on disc...
02-08-08, 09:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,072
Posted By greenstork

+1 All of the fervent opposition to bike...

+1

All of the fervent opposition to bike lanes seems ignorant to me. Some of the safest cycling communities in the world are laced with dedicated bike lanes. There are bike lanes throughout...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,946
Posted By greenstork

I stand corrected, but the Summit, Legend, and...

I stand corrected, but the Summit, Legend, and Vista all have mapping capabilities. I think a comparably priced eTrex is far more full featured than the 305. Routing, maps, and an expandable memory...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-08, 12:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,946
Posted By greenstork

All eTrex models allow you to load maps.

All eTrex models allow you to load maps.
Forum: Commuting
02-06-08, 12:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,946
Posted By greenstork

To clarify, the computer lights up anytime that...

To clarify, the computer lights up anytime that it's dark out or do you have to press a button to light it up and it cycles off after a few seconds? I'd love to be able to actually see my computer...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-08, 02:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,493
Posted By greenstork

I think what type of brakes you use significantly...

I think what type of brakes you use significantly affects the amount of "crud" on your drivetrain, and also if you have mudflaps on your bike. I run disc brakes and the crud level on the chainrings...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-08, 02:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,493
Posted By greenstork

I would have 100% agreed with this statement...

I would have 100% agreed with this statement before switching over to Campagnolo shifters last year. Indexed front derailleurs (on triples) are problematic IMO, but the infinite trim of a Campy...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 05:52 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,431
Posted By greenstork

So sad to hear. Sheldon taught me all about gear...

So sad to hear. Sheldon taught me all about gear ratios, and with such passion and enthusiasm that only he could muster on such a subject. He will be greatly missed...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 05:50 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,493
Posted By greenstork

And that's the case for me. In Seattle they...

And that's the case for me. In Seattle they don't salt the roads so I don't have to really go wild cleaning my drivetrain. Aside from regular lubing, my drivetrain is essentially maintenance free.
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 04:36 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,493
Posted By greenstork

Having read the entire thread now, I think you've...

Having read the entire thread now, I think you've left out some information that helps inform your decision.

If you're going to go with an internally geared hub, you have to factor in the costs...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 04:23 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,493
Posted By greenstork

I've never used an internally geared hub so I...

I've never used an internally geared hub so I can't comment on that but as far as derailleur setups are concerned, I think mine is the best :D

First of all, it's essential to go with a splined...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 04:08 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,250
Posted By greenstork

I run disc brakes on my year-round commuter and...

I run disc brakes on my year-round commuter and love them. Having read maybe 1/2 dozen of these threads on disc brakes, I think this one has digressed the most and been the least informative. I'd...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-08, 05:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,559
Posted By greenstork

+1 I ride a bike with mechanical discs and...

+1

I ride a bike with mechanical discs and they stop the same as a good set of v-brakes will in dry weather. The difference comes in the rain and snow. If you do not ride in either rain or snow...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-07, 10:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 661
Posted By greenstork

I was about to say much the same thing. Width...

I was about to say much the same thing. Width has no bearing here, other than that width is usually inversely correlated with max tire pressure. Any two tires at the same pressure will basically...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-07, 02:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 661
Posted By greenstork

I run 28mm Conti Grand Prix 4-seasons on my bike,...

I run 28mm Conti Grand Prix 4-seasons on my bike, always at or over 100 psi. I agree that 85 psi seems to be on the low end of what a 28mm tire is capable of, pressure wise. Before abandoning the...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-07, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
Posted By greenstork

Crazy new bike concept: Switchbike

Leave it to the Dutch... Check this thing out, pretty wild:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H39NiWbeOw

Note to mods and admins: It would be really nice to have a way to easily embed YouTube...
12-13-07, 12:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,457
Posted By greenstork

I'm not a doctor so I certainly can't asses your...

I'm not a doctor so I certainly can't asses your problem but I also had lower back problems when I started biking again after a long time off. It was, as you said, just soreness from not having used...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-07, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 878
Posted By greenstork

According to the 2000 census, it was about 0.4%...

According to the 2000 census, it was about 0.4% of all commute trips. Here's an interesting database that breaks it down by city:

http://www.bikesatwork.com/carfree/carfree-census-database.html
Forum: Commuting
12-12-07, 06:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,343
Posted By greenstork

Bicycle chains and toothed gears have been around...

Bicycle chains and toothed gears have been around for a long time, for a reason.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-07, 06:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,582
Posted By greenstork

More information needed... for a drop bar bike...

More information needed... for a drop bar bike with integrated shifters or a flat bar bike?
Forum: Commuting
12-12-07, 06:03 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,324
Posted By greenstork

I'm all for bright lights, I run a Dinotte 600L...

I'm all for bright lights, I run a Dinotte 600L on blink while navigating through the city. If it's a question of a dimmer "all-in-one" front blinky vs. a steady HID, the HID wins for being...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-07, 03:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,324
Posted By greenstork

I don't think it matters as much if you like...

I don't think it matters as much if you like flashing lights, it's more important to me that you actually notice them. The cyclist is always better off if the driver notices, and solid lights can...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-07, 03:23 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,324
Posted By greenstork

Forward and rear flashing on city streets,...

Forward and rear flashing on city streets, forward light steady/solid on MUPs.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-07, 03:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,582
Posted By greenstork

I run Shimano BR-R505 road discs on my drop-bar...

I run Shimano BR-R505 road discs on my drop-bar road bike and love 'em. I bought and designed a whole bike around a disc brake setup. To me at least, disc brakes are essential if you commute...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-07, 11:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 550
Posted By greenstork

I spent a lot of time on a beater mountain bike...

I spent a lot of time on a beater mountain bike after I took up cycling again as an adult. That time in the saddle really helped me to understand exactly what kind of biking I liked and what I...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-07, 11:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,102
Posted By greenstork

The telltale signs of cassette wear are 1) your...

The telltale signs of cassette wear are 1) your chain slipping and skipping while solidly in gear 2) when you put a new chain on and your chain starts creaking and grinding because it can't quite fit...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-07, 11:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,568
Posted By greenstork

I feel like I'm belaboring the point, but I...

I feel like I'm belaboring the point, but I understand that all tires, tubes, whatever -- gradually lose pressure over time and the Supremes became too soft for my liking. If they had started at a...
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