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06-11-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 797
Posted By autonomy

I just recently saw a kid on a Woom bike with...

I just recently saw a kid on a Woom bike with pedals removed, he was moving really well. For our daughter we skipped the balance bike for the same reasons as you plus we knew she wouldn't like it....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 27,385
Posted By autonomy

So Treks are trying to (and apparently...

So Treks are trying to (and apparently succeeding) in killing people. Got it.
06-10-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By autonomy

No, you don't need a brake unless you want to use...

No, you don't need a brake unless you want to use it. Now, as far as wearing a helmet to Zwift... that's a conversation for another thread.
06-10-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,904
Posted By autonomy

No, I picked one up a year or two ago. Don't use...

No, I picked one up a year or two ago. Don't use it very often, but when I do, it comes in handy (mostly for rare maintenance items like replacing cables, rear cassette, brake pads, etc.). You're...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 27,385
Posted By autonomy

Would a squirrel really cause that much damage? I...

Would a squirrel really cause that much damage? I know the reflector thing is a joke (did anyone mention the valve cap yet?) but wouldn't a squishy squirrel just get folded in half by the spokes and...
06-07-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,152
Posted By autonomy

Oh, I didn't care about electrolytes or anything...

Oh, I didn't care about electrolytes or anything like that. I ate. I was just going for flavor and hydration.
06-07-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,941
Posted By autonomy

I bet troll threads are good for ad views. Just...

I bet troll threads are good for ad views. Just can't cross the line.
06-07-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,263
Posted By autonomy

Yeah, that's like 1 arm X-ray worth of radiation...

Yeah, that's like 1 arm X-ray worth of radiation (https://xkcd.com/radiation/)!
06-07-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,152
Posted By autonomy

Bingo. I was sick of drinking plain water and ran...

Bingo. I was sick of drinking plain water and ran out of Nuun tablets, and then wife invited me for an unexpected ride together (the bike kind, people!). Looked up a recipe online quickly, just that...
06-05-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,720
Posted By autonomy

I don't think this has anything to do with bike...

I don't think this has anything to do with bike weight. From the looks of it, that's a full-carbon bike that's probably <15lbs, and only over half of that (due to the sloping angle) is supported by...
06-05-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,386
Posted By autonomy

LPL should rebrand to LockBustingLawyer. But...

LPL should rebrand to LockBustingLawyer.

But the title of the thread should really be "this is why you should make busting your lock as difficult, long, and loud as possible for the thief"

In a...
Forum: Northeast
06-05-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8,212
Views: 895,041
Posted By autonomy

Ha! Good places to ride, aren't they? I took...

Ha! Good places to ride, aren't they? I took pictures of the same spots on this past foggy Sunday morning
...
Forum: Northeast
06-05-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By autonomy

There are also several unpaved rail trails which...

There are also several unpaved rail trails which have been on my radar for a few years, but I just don't have time yet to check them out. Surfaces look highly variable from the pictures and scenery...
06-04-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,321
Posted By autonomy

I try to squeeze in riding whenever possible but...

I try to squeeze in riding whenever possible but never at the expense of family time. That means bike-commuting on my only day of the week when I'm not on daycare duty, taking my kid to daycare by...
Forum: Northeast
06-04-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8,212
Views: 895,041
Posted By autonomy

I've ridden more miles this weekend than I have...

I've ridden more miles this weekend than I have in the past month. It's been great. Sooooo many cyclists out there of all kinds!

The discussion about the Mass Central trail is timely. I've been...
Forum: Northeast
06-04-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8,212
Views: 895,041
Posted By autonomy

That looks cool, where's that? I only know of the...

That looks cool, where's that? I only know of the DeCordova museum, not the sculpture park...
05-31-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,261
Posted By autonomy

Damn, almost 4 kilos for the lightest version and...

Damn, almost 4 kilos for the lightest version and ~180ish USD. I should've said "lighter than a U-lock/motorcycle chain"
05-31-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,261
Posted By autonomy

Does anyone know, what is the most difficult lock...

Does anyone know, what is the most difficult lock that's not a ULock to pick/split/cut according to LockPickingLawyer?
05-31-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,261
Posted By autonomy

Ha, he did take 3 minutes to cut it. But you...

Ha, he did take 3 minutes to cut it. But you could probably do that with scissors to a cable lock as well, cutting strand-by-strand.

Here's a guy who does it painstakingly with a pocket knife:...
05-30-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,938
Posted By autonomy

Seriously! I would expect to have no issues...

Seriously! I would expect to have no issues riding that on 40mm x'plor MSO or USH. Not going wicked fast and may not be as comfortable as 2+ inch tires, but would totally be OK.
05-30-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,261
Posted By autonomy

And I suppose that is the problem with this lock,...

And I suppose that is the problem with this lock, that it provides no extra security or portability over a simple cable lock, yet through marketing it misrepresents itself as being more secure while...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By autonomy

This is going to get offtopic, but what you're...

This is going to get offtopic, but what you're talking about really is a thing. I've seen angry threads on Instagram with people berating the author for not sharing the exact location of the photo....
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By autonomy

By the way, REI did a really great job swapping...

By the way, REI did a really great job swapping out the tape. I haven't been able to find it though but then I didn't look all that hard enough.

"​The bar tape used on this bike was made by Velo....
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By autonomy

"an unusual avalanche blocked them from returning...

"an unusual avalanche blocked them from returning down."

Not what I was expecting from the headline. The way back was cut off for 8 hours. Kind of sucks, but when you are there and see crews...
05-29-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 844
Posted By autonomy

You can, but it all depends. As mentioned...

You can, but it all depends. As mentioned already, if you have rim brakes, forget about it.
I've experimented with 26" MTB wheels on my 700x40mm stock bike. It made the bike more nimble but also...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By autonomy

Oh yeah, missed this one. I, too, am not too...

Oh yeah, missed this one. I, too, am not too certain the longer cranks are the right choice. I also swapped out the 0-offset seat post for a 25mm-offset post.





I was concerned about bar...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,290
Posted By autonomy

A surprisingly challenging concept for a lot of...

A surprisingly challenging concept for a lot of people to grasp.
05-28-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,668
Posted By autonomy

In general, solder joints aren't fans of...

In general, solder joints aren't fans of vibration. You can open it up to see if there's any visible breakage on the circuit board. Mine has lasted for over 10 years, despite me dropping it and...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By autonomy

I have the first-and-last generation 3.1, right...

I have the first-and-last generation 3.1, right as REI switched out from the Mazama. The 3.2 is a bit more backpacking-oriented with better components like thru-axle, XT derailleur, and subjective...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,290
Posted By autonomy

Fair enough, but I have an even less extreme...

Fair enough, but I have an even less extreme example - weather in Boston vs. the White Mountains, only about 2 hrs driving north. "Oh, it's a pleasant day in Boston, let's go hiking in the Whites......
Forum: Northeast
05-28-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,548
Posted By autonomy

That's a good point, Concord and Carlisle are a...

That's a good point, Concord and Carlisle are a web of red on Strava, but then so are pretty much all of the W-towns.
Which MTB spot, Billerica State Forest (just barely inside the rectangle,...
05-24-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,042
Posted By autonomy

For commuting, prolonged parking, parking in the...

For commuting, prolonged parking, parking in the city, or more expensive bikes I always use a U-lock. I hate carrying it though, so for recreational rides with the family or road training rides I...
05-24-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,904
Posted By autonomy

It's a pretty good stand, very sturdy. I feel...

It's a pretty good stand, very sturdy. I feel like it could do with only 3 feet as 5 can be a pain to position/move in tighter spaces. Definitely a steal for the price!
Forum: Northeast
05-24-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,548
Posted By autonomy

Northern outer suburbs of Boston - the Bermuda rectangle of cycling

I was browsing the Strava heat map and this black hole caught my attention:...
Forum: Northeast
05-21-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By autonomy

Saved this to my own routes on RWGPS but never...

Saved this to my own routes on RWGPS but never rode it:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9124969

A couple more 'access' roads
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17883970...
Forum: Northeast
05-21-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8,212
Views: 895,041
Posted By autonomy

Congratulations, Boston. #1...

Congratulations, Boston. #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) for most accidents per 100,000 cyclists - IN THE WORLD (click on Full Results). Though San Francisco...
05-20-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By autonomy

Dunno, could be some sort of clever new-age...

Dunno, could be some sort of clever new-age reverse marketing. "Look at this product, it sucks" = flamewar ensues between people defending it and people bashing it = views and publicity.
05-17-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,126
Posted By autonomy

[x] thread about cheap helmets [x] poor...

[x] thread about cheap helmets
[x] poor spelling and poor grammar
[x] unsubstantiated statements
[x] personal attacks
[x] inflammatory demeanor
[x] poster 100% convinced they're superior and in...
Forum: Commuting
05-16-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,644
Posted By autonomy

Oh boy. 91% isopropyl alcohol on 'down there'...

Oh boy. 91% isopropyl alcohol on 'down there' parts? Whooooo! Not sure the screaming will be so refreshing to others :speedy:

Lots of good advice (mostly) already in this thread. The gist is -...
Forum: Commuting
05-16-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,657
Posted By autonomy

Oh, man. We had a hand-me-down Chameleon and...

Oh, man. We had a hand-me-down Chameleon and managed to wear out the front wheels and bearings. I had to replace them with skateboard bearings. You'll be putting up a kid seat on your bike in no time...
05-16-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,277
Posted By autonomy

Probably a native mobile-phone-English speaker. ...

Probably a native mobile-phone-English speaker.

Threads like this are why I keep coming back to the General Cycling forum time after time after time... endless amusement!
05-16-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,503
Posted By autonomy

Wow, you guys pump yourselves full of...

Wow, you guys pump yourselves full of supplements... I just try to sleep so that I don't oversleep. But then again, my biggest ride has been ~55 miles and usually more around 30ish.
05-16-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,369
Posted By autonomy

3. Call the police and report every single...

3. Call the police and report every single encounter
4. Always try to avoid or de-escalate. You never know if these guys are serious and have knives/guns
5. Worst comes to worst, have a...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,299
Posted By autonomy

Looky, free seat, seat bag, and pedals! :lol: ...

Looky, free seat, seat bag, and pedals! :lol:

Honestly though, I don't understand why people steal cheap, ****ty seats like the one that would be on this bike:
Forum: Northeast
05-14-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8,212
Views: 895,041
Posted By autonomy

Thanks. She was super excited to see it and...

Thanks. She was super excited to see it and happily rode on it, but with all the cleaning and adjustments that I did I failed to check whether she fits on it until the last moment before the ride....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,413
Posted By autonomy

This thread & OP: ...

This thread & OP:
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/250x250/giphy_downsized_5623b3d35492c97f90ee4ae401c62d2b14100bdb.gif
05-09-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 707
Posted By autonomy

I am 5'11, 32" inseam and ride a 54cm Cannondale....

I am 5'11, 32" inseam and ride a 54cm Cannondale. It's OK fit for me, I've no problems doing 40-50mi rides on it, but I did put a bit longer stem on it (+10mm over stock)
Forum: Northeast
05-09-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8,212
Views: 895,041
Posted By autonomy

Warm weather is bringing out all sorts of poor...

Warm weather is bringing out all sorts of poor decision making on the trail. Yesterday's return commute on the Minuteman was a nervous affair
1. Very crowded with seemingly unpredictable...
05-08-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,256
Posted By autonomy

From a quick googlin' ...

From a quick googlin'
https://youtu.be/w5eMMf11uhM?t=47

If CF was as brittle as you make it out to be, they wouldn't be making MTBs and rims out of it.
04-26-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 10,734
Posted By autonomy

This thread in General Cycling = amusement. I'd...

This thread in General Cycling = amusement. I'd be impressed if I saw the same thread in the Road Cycling subforum. Appearances are deceiving, aren't they (which can be applied to the roadies in full...
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