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07-28-18, 04:02 PM
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Posted By john4789

Tandem X Selfie Stick = DNTTAH ...

Tandem X Selfie Stick = DNTTAH

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Forum: Commuting
10-14-16, 06:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,633
Posted By john4789

Current main commuter - 1yr Last main commuter...

Current main commuter - 1yr
Last main commuter - 4yrs. I cracked the frame at the BB/downtube weld
The one before that - 2yrs. Had some annoying mechanicals and was tired dealing with it.

The...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-16, 09:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,955
Posted By john4789

Zombie, but oh well. I've broken two cranks...

Zombie, but oh well.

I've broken two cranks and one BB spindle. I think the spindle was more impressive.
09-28-16, 09:44 PM
Replies: 1,406
Views: 459,458
Posted By john4789

2016 Lake Michigan Tour: AKA Resting in a Ditch...

2016 Lake Michigan Tour: AKA Resting in a Ditch Tour

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09-28-16, 08:57 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 70,814
Posted By john4789

The only geared bike I own. Pick is from a...

The only geared bike I own.

Pick is from a 500 mile tour around the North half of Lake Michigan in August. Search it in the touring forum if interested.

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Forum: Touring
09-11-16, 04:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By john4789

The Route - We just let Google tell us what to do...

The Route - We just let Google tell us what to do on bike route mode. It worked basically 95% of the miles and the other 5% we used a guide book and/or scouted the Google suggested route the morning...
Forum: Touring
09-11-16, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By john4789

Lake Michigan 1/2 Circle Tour on a Tandem

We just completed our very first tour!

We chose to do 1/2 of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour. We started in Manitowoc, WI, and toured clock-wise through the U.P. to Ludington, MI. We then took the...
08-01-16, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,392
Posted By john4789

Our equivalent call out is BEAN JUICE.

Our equivalent call out is BEAN JUICE.
06-27-16, 08:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,127
Posted By john4789

I had some debris get caught in one bike and...

I had some debris get caught in one bike and destroyed the derailuer, then another that had the cable corrode and break when needed. Commuting? I always recommend, FG, SS, or IGH.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-16, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By john4789

Thank you for finding and posting this. We need...

Thank you for finding and posting this. We need more of this. Thanks again.
06-10-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 12,393
Posted By john4789

Newsflash: Roadies can be A-holes.

Newsflash: Roadies can be A-holes.
06-07-16, 06:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,165
Posted By john4789

100 miles per week most months. All commuting....

100 miles per week most months. All commuting. 70% fixed and 30% single speed (winter mountain bike). I'm at 2,000 for the year, on pace for 4,500.
05-28-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,102
Posted By john4789

Loaned a bike of mine to a friend after his...

Loaned a bike of mine to a friend after his commuter was stolen. He used it until he could replace his. Not the scenario you described but still.
05-01-16, 04:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,157
Posted By john4789

My neighbors just steal my bikes, so.....

My neighbors just steal my bikes, so.....
04-30-16, 12:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,805
Posted By john4789

I used this ratio on my MTB for this winter's...

I used this ratio on my MTB for this winter's commute. Perfect for hardpack snow and snow ridges that form from plowing/shovelling. Top speed about 15mph though. Doesn't have as much of an effect on...
04-28-16, 07:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 952
Posted By john4789

Exactly. My beater SS MTB for this winter's...

Exactly. My beater SS MTB for this winter's commute had vertical drop outs (CL trade, not great). Chain tension was perfect w/ regular chain at the start of winter. I was taking links out and...
04-02-16, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4,571
Views: 601,999
Posted By john4789

Fuji Track Pro Track/Fixie bike $900 obo...

Fuji Track Pro Track/Fixie bike $900 obo (http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/5519973806.html)

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Forum: Commuting
04-01-16, 06:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,549
Posted By john4789

My 0.02: Fair weather ride: fixed gear road...

My 0.02:

Fair weather ride: fixed gear road bike with drop bars, bars slightly narrower than shoulders. Great for fitting through downtown (loop) traffic. I would convert to similar width...
02-04-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4,571
Views: 601,999
Posted By john4789

Fixie Road Bike Coyote Spot...

Fixie Road Bike Coyote Spot (http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/5430227485.html)

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Forum: Commuting
02-01-16, 10:53 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 10,021
Posted By john4789

9-60-080 Walking along roadways. (a) ...

9-60-080 Walking along roadways.

(a) Where sidewalks are provided it shall be unlawful for a pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

(b) Where sidewalks are not...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-16, 09:08 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 10,021
Posted By john4789

Me too, but we are not talking about pedestrians...

Me too, but we are not talking about pedestrians or service providers using the bike lane for a short period of time out of necessity. We are talking about joggers using traffic lanes for...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-16, 08:06 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 10,021
Posted By john4789

-1 The difference is that joggers are not...

-1

The difference is that joggers are not traffic and are not legally allowed to use the traffic lanes (bike or car). Cyclists are legally allowed to use the traffic lanes. Joggers are not. There...
01-22-16, 08:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,784
Posted By john4789

Update: The swapped wheel was not my preference,...

Update: The swapped wheel was not my preference, so I took the wheel with the freeze-prone hub and flushed it. First with degreaser and got a good bit of brown liquid that came out at the other side....
01-19-16, 07:06 PM
Replies: 1,508
Views: 109,531
Posted By john4789

thanks, I broke my 32nd chain this AM commute and...

thanks, I broke my 32nd chain this AM commute and want to replace with stuff I've got laying around since no time to get to LBS today. hopefully it works out....
01-19-16, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1,508
Views: 109,531
Posted By john4789

Any problem using an 8th in chain on 3/32...

Any problem using an 8th in chain on 3/32 chainring and cog? I fear it will be "looser" and at risk of dropping the chain if tension isn't great. Application is for my winter beater which is a half...
01-17-16, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 972
Posted By john4789

Make sure you inflate a punctured tube and put it...

Make sure you inflate a punctured tube and put it underwater before anything else. It could be the rim strips, it could be the tire, find the source. Also, I once had a tire with a piece of glass...
01-14-16, 07:34 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,784
Posted By john4789

So a couple days after posting this it got cold...

So a couple days after posting this it got cold in Chicago. It was around 0 to single digits M, Tu, and W. What happened? My hub pawls froze half way through my 9 mile commute. Had to lock it up and...
01-10-16, 01:18 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,784
Posted By john4789

Agreed x2. Last January I had a flat when it was...

Agreed x2. Last January I had a flat when it was around 0 deg out. I tried to fix for a minute but the tire was hard to remove when that cold. Locked it up, walked to the L, grabbed it on the way...
01-09-16, 05:39 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,784
Posted By john4789

Same on all three issues, although there have...

Same on all three issues, although there have been few opportunities to try deeper snow and colder temps. Not much of a "limit" if your limit is exceeded a couple times a year.
Forum: Commuting
12-06-15, 07:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,104
Posted By john4789

Look, I know wearing a Canadian Swimsuit sucks,...

Look, I know wearing a Canadian Swimsuit sucks, but sometimes it is the only way.
12-06-15, 07:31 PM
Replies: 1,464
Views: 136,387
Posted By john4789

Native Minnesotan myself..... I find joy in...

Native Minnesotan myself..... I find joy in ruffling feathers on the internet :)
12-06-15, 06:09 PM
Replies: 1,464
Views: 136,387
Posted By john4789

Minnesota Wild jersey in Chicago. Given the Hawks...

Minnesota Wild jersey in Chicago. Given the Hawks success of late, edgy indeed.
12-06-15, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 836
Posted By john4789

My family back in MN is in winter mode, while I'm...

My family back in MN is in winter mode, while I'm still in shorts down in Chicago!

My winter bike with studs is ready to go in a moment's notice but my fixed gear road bike with slicks is what...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-15, 04:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,104
Posted By john4789

Jorts.

I've been commuting in rip-stop or cotton shorts for some time and got tired of wearing them out. Not the end of the world, but pretty annoying to replace shorts a few times per year. Just bought a...
11-15-15, 09:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 50,578
Posted By john4789

Fair enough. But that perspective is coming from...

Fair enough. But that perspective is coming from a guy who owns a bike shop with all the tools and know-how. That position only holds true if you get a reasonable chain ring to start with. Get a...
11-14-15, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,335
Posted By john4789

Wow, nice "beater"! I just traded an old fixed...

Wow, nice "beater"!
I just traded an old fixed gear wheel set for my new beater, a Trek 830 MTB. Need to build it up this weekend for the winter - but it ain't gonna look like yours!
11-14-15, 09:05 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 50,578
Posted By john4789

That makes sense. It is very cheap to ask a dumb...

That makes sense. It is very cheap to ask a dumb question on the internet. Also cheap in terms of your time if you are hoping to just get it right the first time.

48/17 w/ 700x32 tires for me on...
11-14-15, 08:07 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,408
Posted By john4789

WTF are you talking about? The bike lanes along...

WTF are you talking about? The bike lanes along MKE and Desplaines, the route in question, are clearly marked and even protected for portions. The intersection he was arrested at shows a protected...
11-13-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,408
Posted By john4789

The outcome everyone expected: Judge Makes...

The outcome everyone expected:
Judge Makes Cyclist Pay For Banging Officer's SUV in Lane Dispute - West Loop - DNAinfo.com Chicago...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-15, 08:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,392
Posted By john4789

How's that for instant gratification?

How's that for instant gratification?
10-30-15, 08:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,154
Posted By john4789

latex gloves under mechanics gloves. works till 0...

latex gloves under mechanics gloves. works till 0 for me. costs about $10.
Forum: Commuting
10-27-15, 09:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,598
Posted By john4789

To the OP: I wasn't an serious rec rider before...

To the OP: I wasn't an serious rec rider before commuting, but did do a ride per weekend or so. That being said my rec riding did drop off after commuting. Between commuting, commuting the "long" way...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-15, 09:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,598
Posted By john4789

Elaborate, please.

Elaborate, please.
10-27-15, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,561
Posted By john4789

Lolz.

Lolz.
Forum: Commuting
10-26-15, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,016
Posted By john4789

My wife does a 35 miles one-way commute twice per...

My wife does a 35 miles one-way commute twice per week (takes the train home). I rode up with her this AM part way for fun. We got passed on the street by an E-commuter doing about 25mph. He was gone...
10-24-15, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4,571
Views: 601,999
Posted By john4789

http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/5245315876.html...

http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/5245315876.html

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10-16-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,408
Posted By john4789

Cyclist Bangs on Off-Duty Cop's SUV....

Then this happened:

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151016/west-loop/cyclist-bangs-on-police-officers-suv-bike-lane-dispute-gets-handcuffed
10-11-15, 11:35 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 8,111
Posted By john4789

This thread reminds me of this story: I...

This thread reminds me of this story:

I brought our tandem bike in once to get a headset replaced. Normally I do all my own maintenance but this one seemed to tricky. Turning my own wrench I know...
10-07-15, 07:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,413
Posted By john4789

I'd disagree with this actually. The incremental...

I'd disagree with this actually. The incremental muscle mass helps on all levels.

As an example, a lighter commuter with a bit of a beer gut will lose out to a heavier, stronger, commuter with an...
10-07-15, 06:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,619
Posted By john4789

Yes and no, I've pulled a wheel on a SS bike with...

Yes and no, I've pulled a wheel on a SS bike with front and rear brakes. The wheel coming in contact with the frame after pulling it made it hard to maneuver and I was tight in between cars. I can...
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