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Forum: Commuting
06-05-16, 09:52 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

I didn't want a fight. Who picked a fight with...

I didn't want a fight. Who picked a fight with whom is self-evident in this thread. Where did I ever say don't ride in the rain because of oil spots? You made that up.
Forum: Commuting
06-05-16, 09:42 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

There's no sarcasm intended by me. All I...

There's no sarcasm intended by me.

All I meant was that riding on an oil spot on a wet road is like riding on ice. You somehow blew that out of proportion. Everybody knows what I really said -...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-16, 09:30 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

No, you're being melodramatic, by putting the...

No, you're being melodramatic, by putting the "extremely" in there.

I have a deep cut over my eye and various other bruises after falling due to some kind of slippery spot on a wet road this...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-16, 07:39 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

I was talking about oil spots and other stuff on...

I was talking about oil spots and other stuff on wet roads, not every single millimeter of all wet roads. Perhaps you missed this part of my post:

You never know when some random oil spot on the...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-16, 02:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By GovernorSilver

Right, but I'm just saying they didn't stand the...

Right, but I'm just saying they didn't stand the whole time.

If you hate sitting on a bike that much, just get this bike and ditch all your other bikes:

https://lopifit.com/
Forum: Commuting
06-04-16, 08:35 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

Agree with all of these, though I haven't ridden...

Agree with all of these, though I haven't ridden in below-40 rain yet.

I carry my work clothes in a waterproof pannier or waterproof backpack depending on the bike. Both bikes have fenders.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-16, 06:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By GovernorSilver

Ok, let's say you really can stand for a 12-mile...

Ok, let's say you really can stand for a 12-mile climb on a 9-10% grade - no breaks allowed. Those were two of the greatest climbers in racing history so can you really blame me for assuming they...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-16, 04:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By GovernorSilver

Yeah, that's the famous race. You can see them...

Yeah, that's the famous race. You can see them sitting every now and then. For example, around the 6 min. mark Pantani is sitting. Armtrong takes a seat around 8:50 even while he's chasing...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-16, 02:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By GovernorSilver

I did find that spending more time out of the...

I did find that spending more time out of the saddle (eg. standing up a bit while coasting over bumps, standing while climbing, etc) did reduce time under pressure on my sit bones. But I eventually...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-16, 12:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,971
Posted By GovernorSilver

I'm wondering what he means by "saddle sore" as...

I'm wondering what he means by "saddle sore" as well.

I was maybe about 3-4 months into bike commuting when I no longer felt sore in the vicinity of my sit bones. Those are the bones supposed to...
06-03-16, 05:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,077
Posted By GovernorSilver

I also started doing this pre-ride, to mobilize...

I also started doing this pre-ride, to mobilize the hips, improve hamstring flexibility, etc. I'll see if this improves my hip issues over time.

Best Hip Flexibility Exercise of 2016? [VIDEO] ?...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

Cool, man! I have to credit my coworker. ...

Cool, man!

I have to credit my coworker. One rainy evening we were walking to a bar for happy hour. He was wearing a baseball cap and saying how surprised he was at the difference the cap...
06-02-16, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,077
Posted By GovernorSilver

I'm just a commuter (25 miles round trip) but I...

I'm just a commuter (25 miles round trip) but I do the following when I get home:

Lunge stretch (hip flexors), sometimes with the rear foot held to deepen the stretch
Frogger stretch - hip...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-16, 01:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,028
Posted By GovernorSilver

Tailfin was fully funded on May 31, as well as...

Tailfin was fully funded on May 31, as well as two stretch goals (rack adapter thingy and clip-on fender)

Hopefully this will lead to a more affordable iteration of this concept down the line. I...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-16, 01:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,028
Posted By GovernorSilver

:thumb:

:thumb:
Forum: Commuting
06-02-16, 12:36 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

Just to be sure, you do love riding in the rain,...

Just to be sure, you do love riding in the rain, right? ;)
Forum: Commuting
06-02-16, 12:08 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

I commute with cycling glasses because my regular...

I commute with cycling glasses because my regular ones slip off when I sweat. Water getting on them does kind of suck, but the visor on my cycling cap helps reduce the water accumulation on them...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 06:22 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,265
Posted By GovernorSilver

One of my bosses has a collection of fine racing...

One of my bosses has a collection of fine racing road bikes (Colnago, De Rosa, etc.) as well as hybrids and such - he too chooses his ride for the day depending on mood. He parks the ride right by...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 124,370
Posted By GovernorSilver

First full day of commuting on the new saddle -...

First full day of commuting on the new saddle - Specialized Phenom Expert - complete. Feeling sore down there but at least the sit bones have proper support now, unlike the stock saddle.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 05:57 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

I really like riding in the rain when it's 90F...

I really like riding in the rain when it's 90F and humid.

Not surprised the OP likes it, given his location.

I'd be surprised in someone in the far North said he/she loved riding in the rain...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 02:45 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,302
Posted By GovernorSilver

Sometimes rain can provide much needed relief...

Sometimes rain can provide much needed relief when it gets hot outside.

I've heard a variety of opinions about whether or not cleaning the bike is necessary after exposure to rain.
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 02:39 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,265
Posted By GovernorSilver

http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/1061700-tailfi...

http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/1061700-tailfin-kickstarter.html
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 02:24 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,265
Posted By GovernorSilver

I dunno why I was thinking one year warranty for...

I dunno why I was thinking one year warranty for everything. I do keep the receipt, owners manual (comes w/ warranty), etc. around, though I'm confident this LBS will take care of me if needed.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 01:44 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,265
Posted By GovernorSilver

I'm 5' 8", 145 lbs. The LBS matched me up with a...

I'm 5' 8", 145 lbs. The LBS matched me up with a size 54, which feels right. They also gave me a fitting so I could ride it comfortably in my preferred position, with the adjustments to the brifter...
06-01-16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,410
Posted By GovernorSilver

Just watched the movie, which is set in the fall...

Just watched the movie, which is set in the fall following the events of season 2 (the Inter-High summer race and its conclusion) and involves a rematch between two certain schools.. The story moves...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 12:55 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,265
Posted By GovernorSilver

I love commuting on my carbon Renegade. ...

I love commuting on my carbon Renegade.

After testing it and about 10-15 other road bikes, the three best rides (IMO of course) were the 2015 and 2016 carbon Renegades and the steel Volagi...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 124,370
Posted By GovernorSilver

First hot-weather commute of the year. My back...

First hot-weather commute of the year. My back got sweaty from the backpack, but I can live with it - a moisture wicking shirt like the cheap REI Coop t-shirt I bought for $6 helps a lot. Maybe...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-16, 11:51 AM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Twas in jest. Though never hearing anyone...

Twas in jest.

Though never hearing anyone say that - that part is true.
Forum: Commuting
05-28-16, 11:30 AM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Lots of riders in my area, but when someone finds...

Lots of riders in my area, but when someone finds out that I bike commute, the first question is always "How far do you ride?" too.

I've never had anybody ask me if a particular type of bike is...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-16, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,984,219
Posted By GovernorSilver

Uptown 8 - the grocery fetcher - with Fizik bar...

Uptown 8 - the grocery fetcher - with Fizik bar gel installed, and new Fizik bar tape on top. Much more comfortable grip now, especially near the brake levers.

523863
Forum: Commuting
05-26-16, 01:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,901
Posted By GovernorSilver

I only have 2 bikes but I'm enjoying having more...

I only have 2 bikes but I'm enjoying having more than one. One is sportier-feeling, smooth ride and the other is my grocery fetcher/night on the town ride.
Forum: Commuting
05-26-16, 08:36 AM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Oh, I thought you were talking about something...

Oh, I thought you were talking about something similar to my experience with the Shimano Nexus 8 IGH that came with my first bike.

Shimano Nexus and Alfine Eight Speed Internal-Gear Hubs...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-16, 08:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,241
Posted By GovernorSilver

Congrats on getting a bike! Happy riding to you...

Congrats on getting a bike! Happy riding to you as well, and be safe.
Forum: Commuting
05-25-16, 08:06 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWdLt3Afjrg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWdLt3Afjrg
05-25-16, 03:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,042
Posted By GovernorSilver

I'm supposed to take my Renegade back to the LBS...

I'm supposed to take my Renegade back to the LBS where I bought it for its free tuneup next month, so I'll probably ask for recommendations on suitable replacement tubes at that time. It's one of...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-16, 09:35 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

I've noticed GPS tracking can get a bit loony,...

I've noticed GPS tracking can get a bit loony, especially when I make certain turns. One time I was logged with a peak speed of over 40mph, which is hilarious because if I really did that turn at 40...
05-24-16, 09:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,041
Posted By GovernorSilver

Sure, too wide is also not good, just like too...

Sure, too wide is also not good, just like too narrow is not good.

I hope nobody thought I meant that wide is always better.

That is why people tend to reject the stock saddle and try one or...
05-24-16, 08:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,041
Posted By GovernorSilver

Funny thing is, one of the guys at my nearest LBS...

Funny thing is, one of the guys at my nearest LBS commented that road bike manufacturers tend to assume all customers have narrow hips, and so the stock saddles are sized accordingly.

Seems...
05-24-16, 03:03 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,131
Posted By GovernorSilver

Awesome! Was that an aluminum bike? Glad...

Awesome!

Was that an aluminum bike? Glad you're not too badly hurt.
Forum: Commuting
05-24-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Hmm I never thought before of how much more...

Hmm I never thought before of how much more effort I expend commuting on my Uptown 8 (Shimano Nexus 8 IGH, weighs 35 lbs) vs my Renegade (derailleurs w/ 50-34 crankset, 21 lbs). Then again, I don't...
05-23-16, 05:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,066
Posted By GovernorSilver

I think when people say "hips forward" they mean...

I think when people say "hips forward" they mean the picture on the left:

http://www.mbmyoskeletal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Hip-posture.jpg

Source: Pelvic Tilt - Manchester-Bedford...
05-23-16, 11:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By GovernorSilver

That's because you never report your progress or...

That's because you never report your progress or otherwise indicate that you have seen and read the advice posted on all the other threads that you started.

You make it impossible for anyone to...
05-23-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,041
Posted By GovernorSilver

I had mine done for free at my nearest LBS (Local...

I had mine done for free at my nearest LBS (Local Bike Shop). They have a device that you sit on.

Your preferred riding posture also comes into play - some saddles are designed for more...
05-23-16, 10:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,041
Posted By GovernorSilver

If the saddle does not match your sit bones, you...

If the saddle does not match your sit bones, you will never get comfortable.

Go have your sit bones measured. Then check if the saddle matches. If not, get replacement saddle.
Forum: Commuting
05-22-16, 07:38 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Nice bikes, Aaron and gomango! I don't have a...

Nice bikes, Aaron and gomango! I don't have a rack on my Renegade - just fenders. When I commute on it, I just wear a backpack.

I've taken a wheel off my Uptown 8 (the IGH bike) a couple of...
05-22-16, 08:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,041
Posted By GovernorSilver

When I started bike commuting 2 days a week, 25...

When I started bike commuting 2 days a week, 25 miles round trip per day, I was sore for maybe the first month or two.

By the 4th month, I don't remember feeling sore at all. My commute shorts...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-16, 07:59 AM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Nice-looking city. My drop bar bike...

Nice-looking city.

My drop bar bike (Renegade) is an adventure road bike. The saddle is set to about the same height as the handlebar. Because of the length of my arms, it was determined during...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-16, 09:02 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

Quick stopping is not a problem for me. When I...

Quick stopping is not a problem for me. When I bought the Renegade, the shop owner gave me a fitting, so that I could easily reach the hoods and the brake levers from my preferred riding position,...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 14,603
Posted By GovernorSilver

I've been commuting for three weeks now on drop...

I've been commuting for three weeks now on drop bar bike. Commute includes downtown DC and its rush hour traffic.

I'm still a noob to commuting with only 1 year experience, willing to learn. ...
05-21-16, 11:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,042
Posted By GovernorSilver

Congrats on your new ride. The Elite is the...

Congrats on your new ride. The Elite is the $4000 version of the Renegade, btw - but the photo shows you got the right bike ;) - looks like mine except I put Planet Bike Cascadia fenders and lots of...
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