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Forum: Touring
10-27-14, 05:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,860
Posted By findude

Recumbent trikes (tadpoles) always have these...

Recumbent trikes (tadpoles) always have these since there is never friction (from a kickstand or leaning against something) to hold them.
Forum: Foo
10-27-14, 05:44 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,124
Posted By findude

I'm 6'2" and I can stretch out on the diagonal in...

I'm 6'2" and I can stretch out on the diagonal in the Forester if I do the trick with removing the headrests and folding the front passenger seat all the way back before dropping the rear seat. I...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-14, 10:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 894
Posted By findude

This. It's the same reason cops patrol most...

This. It's the same reason cops patrol most effectively when parked at the side of the road--they see much more traffic than if they are driving in it.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-14, 07:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,050
Posted By findude

Odds are there is a cycling club on campus. Find...

Odds are there is a cycling club on campus. Find them and get advice from one of the students in the club. Unless security is really awesome on your campus, I'd suggest a used bike. Avoid the...
10-15-14, 07:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,815
Posted By findude

The other day while looking for something else I...

The other day while looking for something else I stumbled on this link: http://www.angletechcycles.com/notsausage/pedals_shoes.htm

Scroll down to the CRANK ARM SHORTENERS heading. It seems...
10-15-14, 07:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,128
Posted By findude

This. I found mine free next to a trash can. ...

This. I found mine free next to a trash can. They are all over craigslist, and this is a good time of year to pick one up cheap. Use it for a few months; if it doesn't meet your needs you can sell...
Forum: Touring
10-14-14, 08:00 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 9,073
Posted By findude

My first tour was about 1976, after discussing it...

My first tour was about 1976, after discussing it with two friends the three of us decided to give it a go. We obtained a triptik style map that, if memory serves, was available as part of the...
10-13-14, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,753
Posted By findude

If you're enjoying your 30-year-old bike enough...

If you're enjoying your 30-year-old bike enough to ride 250 miles a week, consider getting a new bike with the same geometry. It's obviously working for you.

Prosumer is a useful word, don't...
Forum: Foo
10-13-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,124
Posted By findude

The Forester does, not much, but it's there.

The Forester does, not much, but it's there.
Forum: Foo
10-13-14, 07:23 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,124
Posted By findude

I have a '14 Forester as well--though mine is low...

I have a '14 Forester as well--though mine is low spec and cost a little bit more than half the price of a loaded XT. Mine has a 6-speed manual transmission and it's really the only vehicle in the...
10-10-14, 06:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,638
Posted By findude

If vintage cars are any guide (and I'm not...

If vintage cars are any guide (and I'm not guaranteeing they are), the market is high and still climbing, but the long-term outlook is limited. I think three kinds of people get into vintage...
Forum: Recumbent
10-10-14, 02:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,513
Posted By findude

Do you fly the flag?

You know, the triangular flag on a pole attached to your recumbent?

The first thing people say after seeing me with my recumbent is how cool it is. The second is that, with it being so low and...
10-07-14, 08:39 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,202
Posted By findude

Stretch goal is 31 pounds which would gt me to...

Stretch goal is 31 pounds which would gt me to 179.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-14, 07:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,255
Posted By findude

Of course, if it were in the poll there would be...

Of course, if it were in the poll there would be no reason to bring it up!

FWIW, I did vote for the X3 in the poll--I think it's more refined than the Q5 and a better value. We like BMWs in...
Replies: 33
Views: 2,228
Posted By findude

Most craigslist buyers will come down 20-50% when...

Most craigslist buyers will come down 20-50% when you are face-to-face with money in your hand. Have your offer money in one pocket and take it out without showing that you have more money on you. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-14, 07:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,255
Posted By findude

This is hardly a binary decision between only two...

This is hardly a binary decision between only two options as there are probably a dozen reasonable alternatives in this configuration/size.

We went through this analysis and bought a Subaru...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-14, 07:24 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,917
Posted By findude

Here's a more detailed financial analysis that...

Here's a more detailed financial analysis that explores the economics of bike commuting: Get Rich With? Bikes (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/04/18/get-rich-with-bikes/)
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-14, 07:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By findude

Standing on your bike at a red light is one thing...

Standing on your bike at a red light is one thing that looks more elegant on a fixie than a multi-geared bike. I think it's cool the way they can idle back and forth as well as shifting weight.
10-06-14, 07:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,757
Posted By findude

Thanks for the encouragement. The bike is now...

Thanks for the encouragement. The bike is now completely disassembled and I've cleaned most of the parts. I had to wait on some replacement bearings but should get it reassembled within the next...
10-06-14, 07:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,280
Posted By findude

I recently picked up a Czech (USSR era) Favorit...

I recently picked up a Czech (USSR era) Favorit ten-speed. I'm still not sure if it is a Special or a Rapido. From the serial number on the bottom bracket, I judge it to be a 1971.

I am unable...
10-06-14, 02:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,202
Posted By findude

I was at 259 on 4/6/2014. Weighed in at 209...

I was at 259 on 4/6/2014.
Weighed in at 209 today.
Goal for 1/1/2015 is 185.
Forum: Recumbent
10-06-14, 08:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,083
Posted By findude

I appreciate all the input here as well as the...

I appreciate all the input here as well as the private messages. I apparently cannot reply to private messages yet as I lack sufficient posts, so I'll update generally here.

This weekend I...
Forum: Recumbent
10-02-14, 01:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,083
Posted By findude

Low budget starter

I cut back riding about 10 years ago when my DF just became too uncomfortable. Now I've lost a lot of weight and am back in the saddle, but I'm not finding the comfort I need to really get into a...
Forum: Recumbent
10-01-14, 10:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,813
Posted By findude

Bikes at Vienna is a fantastic store, but if...

Bikes at Vienna is a fantastic store, but if you're willing to drive up to College Park or Mt. Airy in MD you can see a much larger inventory to get a better idea of what you like. Check out...
09-28-14, 06:00 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,218
Posted By findude

I walk a lot, typically between 2-4 miles a day,...

I walk a lot, typically between 2-4 miles a day, and I have no problem maintaining a 4 mph average even with hills. Where the bike excels, for me, is when time matters more and I need to carry...
09-28-14, 05:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,961
Posted By findude

I picked up (literally) a Kidarooz bike trailer...

I picked up (literally) a Kidarooz bike trailer FREE that someone had put out by their trash can for pickup (I knocked on their door and asked first). It attaches easily to the chain stay, though I...
09-28-14, 05:40 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,691
Posted By findude

The ~2008 financial crisis really affected this...

The ~2008 financial crisis really affected this "trend" more than is immediately obvious. Millenials weren't buying cars for a lot of reasons, but a big one was that they had no money, little...
09-28-14, 03:21 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,751
Posted By findude

I got my first "ten speed" around 1972, and it...

I got my first "ten speed" around 1972, and it was a Raleigh Grand Prix. I, too, had nothing but disdain for the Schwinn Varsity. I liked the Grand Prix enough that I bought another when it got...
09-28-14, 06:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,751
Posted By findude

Plenty of people will, I am not among them. I...

Plenty of people will, I am not among them. I like my bikes used because I'm cheap and I enjoy the hunt. The only new bike I intend to buy at this point in my life (dark side of 50) will be a...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-14, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,160
Posted By findude

This. A sturdy milk crate is my choice. Always...

This. A sturdy milk crate is my choice. Always carry a garbage bag in the backpack in case it rains. Weighs effectively nothing and will save your backpack and it's contents for those California...
09-26-14, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,771
Posted By findude

No, keep the cable housings so you can measure...

No, keep the cable housings so you can measure the new ones. I don't throw anything away until I'm done with reassembly.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,454
Posted By findude

Please, let's bring back the seventies. I'm...

Please, let's bring back the seventies. I'm going to dig those striped high-school gym socks and Nike Cortez out of the closet and put them back into the rotation.
09-26-14, 03:00 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,134
Posted By findude

When you're in your forties, your arms get...

When you're in your forties, your arms get shorter and you need reading glasses. When you're in your fifties, hills get bigger and longer and you need a triple.

Actually, I have bikes with both...
09-26-14, 02:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,767
Posted By findude

I shelled out hard-earned money to buy a...

I shelled out hard-earned money to buy a speedometer for my Sting-Ray when I was 12. It was great fun until the cable attachment, which attached to the spokes, got caught in said spokes. Haven't...
09-26-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,591
Posted By findude

A sometimes cheaper alternative is to buy a...

A sometimes cheaper alternative is to buy a newish used bike that has components you want then transfer them over to your frame.
09-26-14, 11:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,592
Posted By findude

As far as lexicography goes, I fall into the...

As far as lexicography goes, I fall into the descriptive camp rather than the prescriptive--not really interested in preserving the language so much as observing as it evolves. "Retro" is definitely...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-14, 11:26 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 28,994
Posted By findude

To me it's not so much about the manufacturer as...

To me it's not so much about the manufacturer as the rider's circumstance/needs and the individual bike itself. If I need an errand runner that I don't worry about when locked outside the grocery...
09-26-14, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,592
Posted By findude

The term vintage comes from wine making and...

The term vintage comes from wine making and refers to the year the wine was made. As applied otherwise, the word vintage, to me, refers to something that actually has age; it is, by definition NOT...
09-25-14, 02:57 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 16,178
Posted By findude

What viscosity?

What viscosity?
Forum: Commuting
09-25-14, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By findude

Maybe we should be calling mudguards underguards.

Maybe we should be calling mudguards underguards.
09-22-14, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,024
Posted By findude

Agreed. Very happy with mine. I will say that...

Agreed. Very happy with mine. I will say that the tripod set up, with the center pole in the middle of the three feet, does have one disadvantage over some of the Park Tool stands in that the...
Replies: 42
Views: 3,827
Posted By findude

There's a story, possibly apocryphal, about Steve...

There's a story, possibly apocryphal, about Steve Jobs and the first Mac. The team presented him with two options, the cheaper 5 1/4" floppy disk drive, or the more expensive drive for the stiff 3"...
09-20-14, 04:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By findude

Get your measuring tape and document how many...

Get your measuring tape and document how many linear feet of clothes she has hanging in the closet(s). Then count the shoes. All of them. Share this information. Say nothing else. Nothing at all.
09-20-14, 04:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,002
Posted By findude

If it has gotten wet I clean it, otherwise I...

If it has gotten wet I clean it, otherwise I don't.
09-20-14, 04:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,687
Posted By findude

Me, I'm going with red tape simply because period...

Me, I'm going with red tape simply because period catalog photos of my 1971 Favorit show it with red tape. So there.
09-17-14, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By findude

So the pain is gone? Do you attribute that to...

So the pain is gone? Do you attribute that to the saddle, to the lost weight, or what?
09-17-14, 03:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,041
Posted By findude

Are you a body builder? 250 is about twice what...

Are you a body builder? 250 is about twice what you weighed before. Were you unhealthy at 129?
09-15-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,317
Posted By findude

I've had (automotive) powder coating done at...

I've had (automotive) powder coating done at American Stripping Company in Manassas: American Stripping Company | Powder Coating & Blast Cleaning (http://www.ascoweb.com)

They do excellent work...
09-05-14, 12:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,646
Posted By findude

Cinder blocks are heavy and abrasive. I'm with...

Cinder blocks are heavy and abrasive. I'm with Yan, use the pedal prop approach, but I'd pick up some 6x6 scrap lumber (look for a yard where they are building a deck) and cut it down to sections...
09-05-14, 12:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,114
Posted By findude

Data, data, data. I'm down nearly 50...

Data, data, data.

I'm down nearly 50 pounds from early May. Monitor your dietary intakes using one of the free apps (I use fatsecret--also available on the internet if you don't have a smart...
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