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11-01-14, 08:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,286
Posted By Jose Mandez

Truing a Wheel That Has Rounded Spoke Nipples

I have a 1988 Cannondale road bike. The wheels are pretty well out of true, but the problem is that a good 1/3 of the spoke nipples are rounded, making it difficult (if at all possible) to true the...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-11, 11:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By Jose Mandez

The first and last 1/3 mile of my commute is down...

The first and last 1/3 mile of my commute is down a cruddy old gravel country road. With this sort of road, going uber slow seems to only make the bumpiness feel even worse (also, going very slowly...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-11, 11:23 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,173
Posted By Jose Mandez

It depends on a great number of factors: ...

It depends on a great number of factors:

How long are the shifts that you work? If you work 12 hour shifts, a 6 hour daily commute time is only going to leave you with about 6 hours of sleep a...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-11, 10:55 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,346
Posted By Jose Mandez

I work 12 hour shifts so I work only 3-4 days a...

I work 12 hour shifts so I work only 3-4 days a week; except for one odd situation last week, I have not missed a day of commuting to work since January 9 (last week I worked a 56 hour week that...
03-26-11, 12:29 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,475
Posted By Jose Mandez

Interesting article, thanks for sharing. I know I...

Interesting article, thanks for sharing. I know I did my own share of stupid things on bicycles as a kid, like racing around the block against a friend who was usually faster than I was (which...
Replies: 21
Views: 3,006
Posted By Jose Mandez

I know that my aluminum Trek 1100 tends to be...

I know that my aluminum Trek 1100 tends to be very unforgiving on bumpy roads, but I'm not sure if this is due to the aluminum or to the "racing" type geometry of the bike. According to Sheldon Brown...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-11, 10:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,959
Posted By Jose Mandez

My friend, the dog ALWAYS wins.

My friend, the dog ALWAYS wins.
03-21-11, 08:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,296
Posted By Jose Mandez

Compression garments on the legs can help with...

Compression garments on the legs can help with venous return of blood to the heart, but they are more used for people confined to a hospital bed for most of the day. They would probably be...
03-21-11, 08:20 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 2,956
Posted By Jose Mandez

I would still say that it depends on where you...

I would still say that it depends on where you live. Here in South Texas, I live in the country, with a 38 mile round trip commute 3-4 days a week. About 75% of my commute is in the country, and 25%...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-11, 07:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,741
Posted By Jose Mandez

My commute=my workout. My ride to work is 38...

My commute=my workout. My ride to work is 38 miles round trip (strangely enough, the ride to visit my nearest friends is roughly the same distance), and most of the commute is on rural farm roads...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-11, 07:34 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,924
Posted By Jose Mandez

After. The commute itself usually makes me...

After. The commute itself usually makes me hungry, so I also usually eat dinner at night after I commute home. For breakfast I used to have three breakfast burritos, a few hash browns, and a cup of...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-11, 07:25 AM
Replies: 752
Views: 117,036
Posted By Jose Mandez

On commutes/tours over the years: Multiple...

On commutes/tours over the years:

Multiple license plates (two Texas, one Missouri), a non-disposable plastic drink bottle, CDs, bungee cords (used to find these on highways in Indiana all the...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-11, 07:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 13,502
Posted By Jose Mandez

Mini pump=communist plot. I recommend getting a...

Mini pump=communist plot. I recommend getting a good frame pump, it fits neatly right under the top tube of your bike and it is about 1000% easier to use than a mini pump to get your tires up to a...
03-18-11, 07:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,176
Posted By Jose Mandez

Here's to the smart animals...How many dead foxes...

Here's to the smart animals...How many dead foxes have you seen along the side of the road lately?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-11, 07:28 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 5,474
Posted By Jose Mandez

My commute departure time varies from 4:30-4:50...

My commute departure time varies from 4:30-4:50 a.m. each morning. I usually work the 7am-7pm shift, arrive to the hospital between 5:50-6:10, clean up and change, eat a quick breakfast in the...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-11, 05:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,715
Posted By Jose Mandez

I use a pair of Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus for...

I use a pair of Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus for daily needs, they're not huge but each one has the capacity to hold a few college sized textbooks. I don't really need two of them most days, but I can't...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-11, 11:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 918
Posted By Jose Mandez

Run for fun???? or...Is your commute your main source of exercise?

In the movie Back to the Future part III, Doc Brown is sitting in a saloon in the Old West divulging some details about the future to the saloon's patrons: "In the future, we don't need horses: We...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-11, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 517
Posted By Jose Mandez

Sometimes when it is cool in the morning, I will...

Sometimes when it is cool in the morning, I will start out with a hooded sweatshirt, and then either unzip it or take it off completely once I start to get warm. There's no reason to be uncomfortable...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-11, 10:25 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,554
Posted By Jose Mandez

I currently reside where the weather is almost...

I currently reside where the weather is almost always nice and there is no real "winter," so my answer might be a little different from the others.

With me, it would be a tie between two of my...
03-04-11, 10:13 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,668
Posted By Jose Mandez

Bontrager Select K tires. When the first one went...

Bontrager Select K tires. When the first one went out after about 800 miles, I chalked it up maybe to wear from a brake pad rubbing on the tire and wearing out the sidewall. When a hole wore through...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 7,338
Posted By Jose Mandez

Glad to hear you're okay. With all the give...

Glad to hear you're okay.

With all the give and take between the helmet crowd and no-helmet crowd, this is starting to look like the A&S forum!
Forum: Commuting
03-03-11, 05:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,399
Posted By Jose Mandez

"Do people not have any sense of spatial...

"Do people not have any sense of spatial awareness? Do they assume that a bicycle stops moving forward simply because they want/need to make a turn?"

I was wondering the same thing a few nights...
03-03-11, 05:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 985
Posted By Jose Mandez

I've been car-free for 51 days now (just as a...

I've been car-free for 51 days now (just as a short-term experiment), and I think that my garbage output is probably about the same as it has always been. I have a side-room that has 5-6 large...
03-03-11, 04:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 735
Posted By Jose Mandez

I have ridden my bike to the airport before,...

I have ridden my bike to the airport before, sometimes it can be a pain finding a place to lock it up, but you have to be inventive (in the Indianapolis Airport, for example, I ended up locking my...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-11, 04:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,727
Posted By Jose Mandez

You can snag a decent used touring bike for...

You can snag a decent used touring bike for $400-$500 online via ebay/craigslist if you are patient. That's how I got my 1988 Trek 520, and it has definitely not disappointed me as a commuter. The...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,335
Posted By Jose Mandez

Hey! That's "Frederick" to you! :P

Hey! That's "Frederick" to you! :P
02-26-11, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 546
Posted By Jose Mandez

I agree that the incidents in question are...

I agree that the incidents in question are horrible and that reckless drivers should be disciplined appropriately. I just find it interesting that the terms "big cars" and the adjective "American" to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-11, 10:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,374
Posted By Jose Mandez

I was awarded a Green to Gold Army ROTC 4 year...

I was awarded a Green to Gold Army ROTC 4 year Scholarship myself, so I am highly biased toward that option. I would highly recommend the Green to Gold program if you are already enlisted Active...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-11, 09:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,374
Posted By Jose Mandez

I'm an active duty Lieutenant and Registered...

I'm an active duty Lieutenant and Registered Nurse in the Army, I use my bicycle as my main commuting vehicle and I average about 600 miles a month right now. I only have to take a little birdbath in...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-11, 09:30 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 7,446
Posted By Jose Mandez

I'm an 8 (I would be a 10 if my Trek 520 had mud...

I'm an 8 (I would be a 10 if my Trek 520 had mud guards). I only pass another cyclist about once every week or two, and they're always going the opposite direction. Back in Indiana when I regularly...
02-23-11, 01:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,833
Posted By Jose Mandez

I think both the internet and LBSs have their...

I think both the internet and LBSs have their place. I try to support LBS when I can, at least the good ones. I don't buy everything from there, but reasonably priced stuff that I can't get for much...
02-23-11, 11:26 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,232
Posted By Jose Mandez

I wonder what percentage of those cyclists are...

I wonder what percentage of those cyclists are commuting by choice versus necessity...sometimes poverty dictates that a person commute by bicycle, walking, or affordable public transportation. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-11, 06:43 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,861
Posted By Jose Mandez

On a related note, the funniest thing I've had...

On a related note, the funniest thing I've had happen is, riding my bike on post and in uniform, and having young privates who are walking by salute me while I'm on my bike (I'm a Army lieutenant)....
Forum: Foo
02-22-11, 06:30 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,538
Posted By Jose Mandez

Depends. If it's a sporadic thing, I don't really...

Depends. If it's a sporadic thing, I don't really worry about it. But if it's a continuous thing, especially during engagements which are traditionally supposed to be a time of one-on-one socializing...
02-22-11, 06:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,269
Posted By Jose Mandez

My grocery solution so far has been to go light...

My grocery solution so far has been to go light on liquids (which take up an inordinate amount of space and are consumed quickly relative to the amount of space they occupy) and buy dry/powdered...
02-22-11, 03:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By Jose Mandez

Glad you asked that, I, too; traditionally I've...

Glad you asked that, I, too; traditionally I've always tried to get it off, but doing so runs the risk of pulling the newly placed patch off the tire. I'll probably switch over to leaving it on.
02-22-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,321
Posted By Jose Mandez

What do you mean by "regular manual pump?" Is it...

What do you mean by "regular manual pump?" Is it a floor pump, a frame pump, or a mini pump? I know I've become very very tired pumping up a tube with a mini pump, ergo, I don't use them any more....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-11, 08:53 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,247
Posted By Jose Mandez

"Zefal LED+ Light Set, 5620 Made the idiotic...

"Zefal LED+ Light Set, 5620

Made the idiotic mistake of buying this setup from walmart. the rear blinky worked perfectly, but the headlight stopped working almost immediately. absolute piece of...
Forum: Touring
02-22-11, 08:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,122
Posted By Jose Mandez

My favorite is from Ernest P. Worrell (RIP Jim...

My favorite is from Ernest P. Worrell (RIP Jim Varney): "You know, these lunch bottles must be the smartest objects on earth, because they keep hot things hot and cold things cold, but...how does it...
02-22-11, 07:13 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,195
Posted By Jose Mandez

People who don't understand basic hand and arm...

People who don't understand basic hand and arm traffic signals shouldn't be allowed to drive. I remember learning these hand and arm signals when I was 9 or 10 years old. For an adult (who has at...
02-22-11, 06:57 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,167
Posted By Jose Mandez

I think it

I think it
Forum: Commuting
02-22-11, 06:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,482
Posted By Jose Mandez

When I was in college and doing cycle commuting...

When I was in college and doing cycle commuting on the cheap, I bungee-corded a milk crate to my trusty rack and simply stuck my backpack in it. As long as the milk crate is in good shape and is tied...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-11, 06:38 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,861
Posted By Jose Mandez

Commuting in South Texas, mostly in rural...

Commuting in South Texas, mostly in rural environments and on the edge of the city, I pass another serious cyclist about once every week or two. I usually wave, and most of the time the other person...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-11, 02:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,005
Posted By Jose Mandez

Here is a good resource:...

Here is a good resource: www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-materials.html. It also covers titanium and carbon fiber as frame materials.

For some bicycle components, aluminum is universally considered to...
02-09-11, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7,696
Views: 3,941,841
Posted By Jose Mandez

Burlap to Cashmere, Jars of Clay, Rich Mullins,...

Burlap to Cashmere, Jars of Clay, Rich Mullins, Chris Rice & Mary Chapin Carpenter, just to name a few.
02-09-11, 11:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,719
Posted By Jose Mandez

Looks almost exactly like the 1987 400 Elance (of...

Looks almost exactly like the 1987 400 Elance (of which I own two), except the head tube is a different color and some of the components are different (Mistral Alloy Rims, etc.). I like the 400's...
Forum: Foo
02-09-11, 11:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 344
Posted By Jose Mandez

Ahh, I remember reading that one in College....

Ahh, I remember reading that one in College. Garfield Minus Garfield is both disturbing and funny, but The Yellow Wallpaper is Disturbing Minus Funny (at least in my opnion).
02-09-11, 11:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,175
Posted By Jose Mandez

I think that just about the optimal distance from...

I think that just about the optimal distance from the city (cycling-wise) was my last place in Indiana, where I lived 5 miles from the nearest restaurants/strip mall complexes (on the outskirts of...
02-08-11, 09:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,175
Posted By Jose Mandez

I think it's true that living in a rural area has...

I think it's true that living in a rural area has made me more reliant in some ways. It wasn't until I spent one summer a few years ago living in Jerkwater, Kansas, 25 miles from the nearest bike...
02-08-11, 08:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,175
Posted By Jose Mandez

Thought about it, but trailers tend to be...

Thought about it, but trailers tend to be expensive, and I was barely able to convince myself into spending $300 for the 4 nice panniers I just bought. :P. At this point, a trailer seems like it...
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