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02-26-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By joelpalmer

Bonnelli scares me after the Turkey Ti from '09 -...

Bonnelli scares me after the Turkey Ti from '09 - 58F in the water and I didn't have a wetsuit. Looks a little nicer in these pics.
02-26-10, 03:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By joelpalmer

What do you rec in a 29" rigid? I've been...

What do you rec in a 29" rigid? I've been half-heartedly looking at 29ers for a while with an intent to get one "someday". If I do, I would go with at least a hardtail if not full rigid, so thoughts...
02-26-10, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 387
Posted By joelpalmer

Short (2-3 day) touring rides in Red Bluff area?

I'll be in Red Bluff at the end of March for training (work) and figure I'll bring my touring bike to get a weekend trip in. Any ideas for good loops in that area?
Forum: Touring
01-05-10, 02:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,445
Posted By joelpalmer

That's actually a reason I went with couplers -...

That's actually a reason I went with couplers - it lets me (theoretically) pack my bike into a suitcase looking container which should hopefully dodge any question about "what's in that box". On the...
01-05-10, 02:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,551
Posted By joelpalmer

The only time I've really noticed was shifting...

The only time I've really noticed was shifting from a MTB with commuting tires (stolen) to a 10 speed road bike (the Raleigh in my sig). The difference was massive, but also involved a completely...
01-05-10, 02:09 PM
Replies: 813
Views: 98,274
Posted By joelpalmer

Howdy all - I'm trying to get back into the habit...

Howdy all - I'm trying to get back into the habit of checking in here. Name is Joel and I'm back in CA after a three-year stint in Baltimore for grad school and work (I don't recommend it). Live in...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-09, 01:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,658
Posted By joelpalmer

I currently have a hub generator/drum brake on my...

I currently have a hub generator/drum brake on my short distance upright (the Speedster in my sig) and want to get one built for my LHT. I use the LHT for commuting and had it built for touring. The...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-09, 01:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,053
Posted By joelpalmer

These days I take the light rail (BART) far more...

These days I take the light rail (BART) far more often than I bike. The stop is about 5 min (walking) from my house at one end and at my office door at the other. It's a 12 mi one-way ride and I've...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-08, 12:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,205
Posted By joelpalmer

Once most days (before leaving home, no...

Once most days (before leaving home, no facilities at work). Some days I'll take one when I get home if it's hot and I'm funky.
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 983
Posted By joelpalmer

(trying not to sound TOO pissy) Nothing. Great...

(trying not to sound TOO pissy) Nothing. Great behavior from a health department :notamused:
06-27-08, 10:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,321
Posted By joelpalmer

+1 - that's the same set up I have for my truck....

+1 - that's the same set up I have for my truck. The other thing I have going for leaving it on the truck is that the rack itself is fire-engine red, was made in a high school metal-working class,...
06-09-08, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By joelpalmer

It showed up on a lot of blogs last week. It was...

It showed up on a lot of blogs last week. It was in Mexico, the drivers (as I understood it) was intoxicated and fell asleep.
Forum: Commuting
05-08-08, 01:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 817
Posted By joelpalmer

The net you mention (at least the ones I'm...

The net you mention (at least the ones I'm familiar with) are made from bungies, so if you've got an issue with those the net might not be a good call. Depending on what I'm hauling I use different...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-08, 01:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,332
Posted By joelpalmer

+1 I don't preach, I ride. If people...

+1

I don't preach, I ride. If people (friends/family) are interested they'll ask, if they're not all my yammering will do is turn them off to the idea completely.
Forum: Commuting
05-08-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,240
Posted By joelpalmer

I had to deal the with DMV in CA over...

I had to deal the with DMV in CA over transferring title for a vehicle and it was similar. As others have mentioned, either the company or state needs some sort of proof. It sounds from one of the...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-08, 12:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,315
Posted By joelpalmer

My commuter (the Schwinn) is an upright with a...

My commuter (the Schwinn) is an upright with a full chain cover. In the winter I wear work clothes (slacks) in the summer I wear shorts (for the heat). If I'm riding something else (my other bikes do...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-08, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 632
Posted By joelpalmer

And here I've been debating getting some of the...

And here I've been debating getting some of the stitch-up stuff for my tourer (LHT) when the Brooks is a little more broken in and weathered. Now I'm back on the fence.
Forum: Commuting
05-06-08, 12:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,499
Posted By joelpalmer

+1

+1
Forum: Commuting
05-06-08, 12:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,328
Posted By joelpalmer

+1 (see sig)

+1

(see sig)
05-06-08, 12:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,193
Posted By joelpalmer

Since this is coinciding with a weather shift...

Since this is coinciding with a weather shift it's hard to say that the slight increase in cyclists is due to gas. I'm voting no, given that the few I've seen are pretty clearly (based on visible...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-08, 11:33 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,165
Posted By joelpalmer

I have 1.5 cars - a pickup that I use somewhat...

I have 1.5 cars - a pickup that I use somewhat regularly and an old (1960) Landcruiser (the 1/2 because it's current being repaired) that I don't drive. I anticipate having the two of them for years...
05-01-08, 01:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,630
Posted By joelpalmer

Dunno if it would work in this instance, but...

Dunno if it would work in this instance, but years ago when I worked for a swim club that had a team we repainted the starting blocks and sprinkled some sand into the paint before it dried. Gave...
Forum: Commuting
02-29-08, 03:04 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,418
Posted By joelpalmer

1) What motivates you to commute by bike? I...

1) What motivates you to commute by bike?
I enjoy cycling
2) How often do you commute by bike?
2-4 days per week
3) Do you commute no matter what the weather?
No - drivers get very sketchy in...
02-13-08, 01:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,755
Posted By joelpalmer

First round - Weight 265, bike '96 Trek 930 MTB -...

First round - Weight 265, bike '96 Trek 930 MTB - only mod was swapping knobbies for smooth tires for commuting

Second round - Weight 270 (down to 225, then back up), bike(s) - '74 Schwinn...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-08, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By joelpalmer

I wish I could get a snow day. Since I'm...

I wish I could get a snow day. Since I'm considered an "essential" employee (ie involved in emergency response) no matter how nasty it gets I'm expected to be at my desk. - sigh - :rolleyes:
Forum: Touring
02-05-08, 01:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 257
Posted By joelpalmer

Finally

After many years and much wishing I'm finally in the process of building my touring bike. I've even had the frame (56cm LHT in the CLASSIC and BEAUTIFUL Gang-green) for two years, but no money to do...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-08, 01:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 806
Posted By joelpalmer

I've got the SA dynohub/brake on my commuter and...

I've got the SA dynohub/brake on my commuter and love it. Using it saved me having to buy new rims (stainless = very bad braking when wet, not an issue with the drum brake). I've been using it for...
02-04-08, 03:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,951
Posted By joelpalmer

One of the greatest true advocates, who did it...

One of the greatest true advocates, who did it just by loving being in the saddle. He will be missed.
Forum: Commuting
01-25-08, 02:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,411
Posted By joelpalmer

not to put words in his mouth, but i know the OP...

not to put words in his mouth, but i know the OP is putting together a pretty serious tour soon and would be willing to bet that the increased desire to be self-sufficient is related to that as well...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-08, 02:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,879
Posted By joelpalmer

Nice, same theory I use with my truck -...

Nice, same theory I use with my truck - especially in Baltimore...
01-24-08, 10:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,812
Posted By joelpalmer

I ride a '76 (give or take) Raleigh, peaked out...

I ride a '76 (give or take) Raleigh, peaked out at 277 lbs (down to 263 since Jan 1) and have never noticed a problem. Other bikes are a mid 90s Trek 930 and a '74 Schwinn (yeah, I like steel),...
01-23-08, 03:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,798
Posted By joelpalmer

I didn't see one with dimensions and all that,...

I didn't see one with dimensions and all that, but if you go to the bottom of the Surly Spew (http://www.surlybikes.com/spew19.html) posting about the Dummy it has another graphic that you can open...
01-23-08, 01:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,798
Posted By joelpalmer

I haven't tried an Xtracycle, but my...

I haven't tried an Xtracycle, but my understanding is that the wide/swept bars are better for control of the longer rig. Kinda like the giant, almost horizontal steering wheels in big trucks I guess.
01-23-08, 01:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,798
Posted By joelpalmer

I'm in the process of getting a LHT built up for...

I'm in the process of getting a LHT built up for touring and am thinking seriously about getting the S and S couplings put on. If I do I want it cut and fit before the rest of the build though, so...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-08, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 892
Posted By joelpalmer

I did recently break down and start one...

I did recently break down and start one (http://liberationcycling.blogspot.com/). Basically, my friends got tired of me emailing them random rants about cycling so this way I can do all the ranting...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-08, 02:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 946
Posted By joelpalmer

On my normal commute I leave work while it's...

On my normal commute I leave work while it's still light and I just use the steady (dynohub powered) light on my fender. If I'm riding later or in bad weather I have a TLD-1000 on my helmet and I set...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-08, 01:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,838
Posted By joelpalmer

I used to use BART (SF Bay Area) with my bike and...

I used to use BART (SF Bay Area) with my bike and I have no problem with the "no bikes in peak hours" rule. As others have mentioned - the trains are so packed during those hours that it's tough to...
01-22-08, 01:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,408
Posted By joelpalmer

Nice. For anyone here who didn't see it Fatty...

Nice. For anyone here who didn't see it Fatty from FatCyclist.com (http://www.fatcyclist.com/) recently bet the blog readers he could do a full century on his rollers. It was being done (as a lot of...
01-22-08, 01:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,162
Posted By joelpalmer

I had a pair on my commuter for a few months, so...

I had a pair on my commuter for a few months, so I'll give some comments based on that. Just to put things in perspective - I ride an older, steel 3-speed and weight/drag issues being brought up in...
01-18-08, 02:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 561
Posted By joelpalmer

I record it (time and miles) and log it, but I...

I record it (time and miles) and log it, but I don't have a miles/year goal that I'm trying to get. I have a pounds on the booty goal and some triathlons that I'm training for. I do note in my log...
01-18-08, 12:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,627
Posted By joelpalmer

I'm trying to figure out what any of your reasons...

I'm trying to figure out what any of your reasons have to do with licensing.

1 - Doesn't work because of the ### of non-commuters who would have to get the license (weekend warriors, etc)
2 -...
Forum: Northeast
01-16-08, 02:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Posted By joelpalmer

I just turned up this list...

I just turned up this list (http://www.ohbike.org/events/) when I was looking for details on a ride.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 02:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 788
Posted By joelpalmer

That's the one I remember. I don't wear...

That's the one I remember.

I don't wear cycling specific clothing for cold (Baltimore, around freezing, into high 20s so far). I commute in my work clothes (slacks, shirt, tie) and a pea coat. For...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 854
Posted By joelpalmer

I tried with CO2, and maybe I'm just slow, but...

I tried with CO2, and maybe I'm just slow, but all I ever got was CO2 spraying all over and no inflation of the tire. First time I know I screwed up the threading 'cause it sprayed from around the...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,421
Posted By joelpalmer

That's about the same for me. No suit, but shirt...

That's about the same for me. No suit, but shirt and tie, and I don't have the power grips. I have an older upright three speed, with nice old hard rubber pedals, no teeth or anything like that....
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,298
Posted By joelpalmer

A buddy of mine got a single bike for touring and...

A buddy of mine got a single bike for touring and commuting not too far back. He went with one I haven't seen on this list yet, the Bianchi Volpe. He loves it, his wife loves hers, he talked another...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,293
Posted By joelpalmer

Not really. Sunglasses when needed and goggles if...

Not really. Sunglasses when needed and goggles if it's misty or raining. Other than that I just hang 'em out. Not a lot of bugs here (except in the summer, when it's light and I'm wearing the shades)...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,635
Posted By joelpalmer

I'm going to have to track one of those E3s down....

I'm going to have to track one of those E3s down.

As for hubs and brakes, I love my SA dyno with built-in drum brake (http://www.sturmey-archer.com/hubs_fh_XFDD.php). Mainly because I'm on an old...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-08, 01:17 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,767
Posted By joelpalmer

My old job (lab work) I parked it in my office....

My old job (lab work) I parked it in my office. New job (health department) it's downstairs in the garage. There isn't really a bike area, but one corner of the garage has a couple of A/C units on a...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-08, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 864
Posted By joelpalmer

I don't know what mine is, something low cost. It...

I don't know what mine is, something low cost. It has a large (1.5") strip of reflective tape on the back that doubles as a blinkie loop, holds a lot more than it looks like it will. I've stuffed in:...
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