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08-03-08, 03:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,210
Posted By Jesse Smith

quote from ad

"These bikes are the trendiest and latest craze since sliced bread!!!!"
Oof. Sliced bread is the measuring stick for "the best thing since..."
The latest craze since sliced bread? So there hasn't...
08-03-08, 03:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,666
Posted By Jesse Smith

Nice job on finding a way to make it different,...

Nice job on finding a way to make it different, and doing it yourself. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Now that's a custom bike!
08-02-08, 05:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 970
Posted By Jesse Smith

shoe recommendation

I can highly recommend Northwave winter shoes. I used them two seasons, six months at a time, through freezing Maine winters and soaking springs. I never once had wet feet. They were plenty wide for...
07-11-08, 07:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By Jesse Smith

I'll let you know

I just purchased this same setup, only Harris was out of the silver version, so I got black.
06-24-08, 04:33 PM
Replies: 770
Views: 227,955
Posted By Jesse Smith

good thread

I've been car-free for 14 years now. I've managed to do this in five different states from California to Maine.
I've consistently commuted in 113 degree Tucson, Arizona to -13 degrees in Sanford,...
06-20-08, 09:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,172
Posted By Jesse Smith

If you go chick watching at my Walmart, you'll...

If you go chick watching at my Walmart, you'll find women shaped like the Mayor of Halloween town, dressed in faded peach sweatpants, with sh!tty jailhouse-quality tattoos squeezed between pink,...
04-23-08, 07:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 866
Posted By Jesse Smith

http://stores.ebay.com/The-New-Old-Stock-NOS-Bicyc...

http://stores.ebay.com/The-New-Old-Stock-NOS-Bicycle-Shop_Stems_3TTT-Quill-Racing_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ5505101QQftidZ2QQtZkm
I'd recommend the TTT Motus, even though it's kinda pricey.
04-07-08, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 475
Posted By Jesse Smith

I use this crankset with a 9-speed SRAM cassette...

I use this crankset with a 9-speed SRAM cassette and 9-speed chain with no problems.
04-04-08, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 427
Posted By Jesse Smith

Stronglight O'LIGHT headset

According to the description, a compression bolt and double star nut is used to tighten the headset. I'm not sure why or how they work together. I'm planning on installing the headset to hold a...
04-03-08, 08:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,543
Posted By Jesse Smith

Even though the point may be mute, you had the...

Even though the point may be mute, you had the right answer. That's the Sheldon Brown spirit; make your own tools.
03-20-08, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,535
Posted By Jesse Smith

Can you post a pic of the stand with the bike...

Can you post a pic of the stand with the bike attached?
03-15-08, 06:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 940
Posted By Jesse Smith

Other options

Stronglight has this unit
http://216.65.116.14/o-light-1,,en.php

This one is a bit more expensive, but not quite as expensive as a King
http://www.glorycycles.com/irthreadhead.html

I just...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-08, 05:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,074
Posted By Jesse Smith

Good post. I carry a couple cartridges and a...

Good post. I carry a couple cartridges and a frame pump. CO2 is the first option, if something goes wrong, I do it the old fashioned way.
For anyone considering using either, I'd suggest...
02-06-08, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 841
Posted By Jesse Smith

I thought you were supposed to be able to tell by...

I thought you were supposed to be able to tell by riding. Does the bike ride faster and feel lighter and smoother?
;)
02-06-08, 06:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,543
Posted By Jesse Smith

Bingo

Quite a few of the folks who choose to live in such a community do so because they want their own little private gated world. Not realizing cyclists can have money too, they don't want riffraff...
01-29-08, 05:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By Jesse Smith

I always thought they were brazed on, not bolted...

I always thought they were brazed on, not bolted on. That's why they're called "braze-ons". Too bad you didn't keep the ones you took off.
01-29-08, 04:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 721
Posted By Jesse Smith

This is where the benefits of adjustable...

This is where the benefits of adjustable chainline bottom brackets become apparent. Your whole setup is based on a good, flexible, friction system. So use the same philosophy with your bottom...
01-27-08, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,868
Posted By Jesse Smith

They're pretty useful for assembling Walmart...

They're pretty useful for assembling Walmart bikes with crappy sidepulls.
01-23-08, 09:12 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 32,542
Posted By Jesse Smith

I'm always amazed at how people are willing to...

I'm always amazed at how people are willing to jump through hoops to avoid using proper bicycle chain lube. They could have a 50-gallon drum of Finish Line, Dumonde Tech, Pedros, or White Lightning...
01-22-08, 08:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 575
Posted By Jesse Smith

Mittens and twist shifters rule!

Specifically, SRAM XO twist shifters. I've had twist shifters in the past, in non-winter riding conditions. The lower end ones kinda sucked. But the higher end units shift as good or better than any...
01-21-08, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 710
Posted By Jesse Smith

I remember having to break out the studs in early...

I remember having to break out the studs in early November and thinking, "Only a month left before the first day of winter."
I also remember finally taking the studs off in late April '07 and...
01-05-08, 01:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Posted By Jesse Smith

Windproofing fabrics are definitely the key. You...

Windproofing fabrics are definitely the key. You don't need to suit-up like the Michelin Man, and when you get a bit warm, you don't break out into a clammy sweat like you do with waterproof rain...
12-31-07, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 905
Posted By Jesse Smith

Your estimates are right on with what I get. They...

Your estimates are right on with what I get. They may be slow, but at 21 mph, they sound like they're going 70.
12-31-07, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
Posted By Jesse Smith

If the bike already has disc brakes and wheels,...

If the bike already has disc brakes and wheels, that's great. They aren't as important as fenders or studded tires, though.
Full plastic fenders will keep you driest. If your bike has fender mounts...
12-31-07, 12:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
Posted By Jesse Smith

more info needed

It would help if we knew what bike you'll be riding.
12-13-07, 07:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,551
Posted By Jesse Smith

I used a M&G on the front and a W106 on the rear...

I used a M&G on the front and a W106 on the rear for my first winter commuting season in Maine. I've since switched to a pair of Extreme 294's.

The studs on the M&G and W106 are larger in diameter...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-07, 08:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,566
Posted By Jesse Smith

If the liners plus the gloves make for a tight...

If the liners plus the gloves make for a tight fit, your fingers will get cold even if you're hanging out indoors. This is another reason why mittens tend to be warmer than gloves. The individual...
11-26-07, 04:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,125
Posted By Jesse Smith

Smartwool alternatives

I've been buying and wearing Head brand merino wool socks for a couple years. I get them off of various sellers on Ebay. I commute five days a week, all season round, in Maine. I wear them on the...
11-20-07, 08:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,791
Posted By Jesse Smith

Lowest prices I've found

Try shopping this page
http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=40000000226&storeId=226&categoryId=33332078&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=61294
They consistently...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-07, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 679
Posted By Jesse Smith

Here's a review of the Gore Bike Wear arm warmers...

Here's a review of the Gore Bike Wear arm warmers from cyclingnews.com

"The warmers, in particular, are quite impressive pieces, consisting of a three-layer fleece laminate and windproof front...
11-04-07, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By Jesse Smith

Northwave makes a thermal road shoe that will...

Northwave makes a thermal road shoe that will accept Look cleats. I use their winter mtb shoes, they're the same as the road model except for the sole....
08-09-07, 01:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,085
Posted By Jesse Smith

I have the same crankset with 9-speed in the rear...

I have the same crankset with 9-speed in the rear on an Ibex mountainbike frame. It takes a 113 mm spindle for a 135mm spaced frame.
07-30-07, 05:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,027
Posted By Jesse Smith

I'd prefer Phil and Bob together. It seems we've...

I'd prefer Phil and Bob together. It seems we've heard all Paul has to say years ago. He's now just plugging in standard phrases and stringing them into sentences. Sure he gets along with Phil, but...
07-25-07, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,133
Posted By Jesse Smith

betrayal?

That word's too strong. But the way he took the time bonus, by leaving Contador behind with only a few meters left was at best questionable.
I believe the time bonus difference between 2nd and 3rd...
07-25-07, 04:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,401
Posted By Jesse Smith

Cadel may know when NOT to pull, but he has a...

Cadel may know when NOT to pull, but he has a hard time understanding when he SHOULD pull. When you're the highest on GC, and those higher than you are up the road, it's up to YOU to chase. He threw...
07-25-07, 12:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,292
Posted By Jesse Smith

We know it all

Those riders didn't have the technical inside information, medical expertise, and international connections so many posters in the forum enjoy.
Doping news addicts have the amazing ability to have...
07-24-07, 09:11 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 20,904
Posted By Jesse Smith

++1

I like the baseball reference. Is the mere possibility of hitting a home run brought into question because home run hitters have been accused of doping? Do we watch ARod hit a homer and then...
07-24-07, 08:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,654
Posted By Jesse Smith

Yeah, giving a rider the benefit of the doubt is...

Yeah, giving a rider the benefit of the doubt is indisputable evidence that Bobke is the doping ringleader. WADA should sign you up, you'll get to the bottom of this!!
07-24-07, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 951
Posted By Jesse Smith

The high post numbers for Vino and doping threads...

The high post numbers for Vino and doping threads indicates to me that many in here know little about tactics and the riders. But when it comes to pointing fingers, wagging tongues, witch trials, and...
07-23-07, 09:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,179
Posted By Jesse Smith

Velonews

Who cares what David Millar says. He's as big of a whiner as Cadel. He's the one who climbed off his bike and refused to finish a stage meters from the finish of the Vuelta. He thought the rain and...
07-21-07, 10:10 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,671
Posted By Jesse Smith

By the numbers, they would protect Alberto. But...

By the numbers, they would protect Alberto. But overall, it wouldn't be a good idea as a game plan. Johan has said Alberto is young, still learning, and needs time to fully develop. He doesn't want...
07-05-07, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By Jesse Smith

Check this page...

Check this page http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=127
All your questions have answers here. What's normal, what should move with what, and how to fix the problem.
07-02-07, 10:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 312
Posted By Jesse Smith

bearings for Time ATAC pedals

I'm trying to find replacement bearings for my two sets of pedals.
The first is an older 2000? pair of Time ATAC pedals. They have a plastic body, yellow plate, and an aluminum collar that screws...
06-20-07, 10:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,563
Posted By Jesse Smith

Grinder and vise

Those are the two things that I lack most. A Dremel tool can replace the grinder for most bike work, but clamps and locking pliers SUCK for vise work.
06-20-07, 10:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,769
Posted By Jesse Smith

Key to lube preference

You hit on the universal rule of chain lube preference. Every cyclists with an opinion to share will swear that the lube they're using is superior to others. Most often, chain mileage is used as...
06-16-07, 01:14 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,538
Posted By Jesse Smith

Bingo

Bet you I can take a solid US-made bike with top of the line components, and assemble it in such a way that it's rattling and coming lose within 10 miles.
I work at Walmart and occasionally...
06-16-07, 01:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By Jesse Smith

it fits on mine

I've been running a Shimano 600 hub (don't know the year) with SRAM cassettes for a couple years. I actually had to spread the frame from the original 126mm spacing to get it to fit.
06-13-07, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By Jesse Smith

I have a theory for the stand vs. road shifting...

I have a theory for the stand vs. road shifting performance.
A bicycle's tubes and triangles will bend/stretch/change with the weight of a rider on it. This changes the distances between cable...
12-08-06, 12:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By Jesse Smith

You didn't mention exactly what brand and model...

You didn't mention exactly what brand and model of light and batteries you're using. That might clear some things up. Some lights just eat up batteries, some never get bright enough in any...
12-08-06, 12:30 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,566
Posted By Jesse Smith

Gore Century XCR experience

I scored a $200 Gore Bikewear XCR jacket off of Ebay for about $70. It's 100% waterproof, no doubt, but I've used it for the past few months commuting over an hour, five days/week in Southern Maine....
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