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Forum: Commuting
08-30-13, 02:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,667
Posted By calyth

Also make sure you have light. Riding on the...

Also make sure you have light. Riding on the street mostly requires lights to be seen. However, there are places that you might lights to see. The Ottawa River Pathway here follows a road, but there...
08-29-13, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,955
Posted By calyth

Well I at least found a bike shop in Canada that...

Well I at least found a bike shop in Canada that would have dynamo hubs. Mighty Riders (http://www.mightyriders.ca) in Vancouver could order the Schmidt hubs. Not what I would call cheap per se, but...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-13, 12:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,426
Posted By calyth

I hear you.You could get a mirror to help monitor...

I hear you.You could get a mirror to help monitor the traffic when you have to make that lane change, and you might want to consider other routes that might be a little longer, but less busy.I lucked...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-13, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By calyth

Make sure you check your bike locker before putting your bike in it...

so I found out that maybe I shouldn't be using this bike locker I was using....

http://youtu.be/-YKuEsw7w-c
08-15-13, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 747
Posted By calyth

I don't know if they're gems per-se, but if you...

I don't know if they're gems per-se, but if you want some fairly short mileage, Fitzroy / Rideau River Provincial parks are around 45km - 55km from Ottawa.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-13, 10:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 985
Posted By calyth

If you're going to use it, use it to compete with...

If you're going to use it, use it to compete with yourself. Or at most a friend at the same ability as you are.

I use Endomondo on my BB10, and I get a bigger kick to see my own improvements. It...
08-12-13, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,955
Posted By calyth

I'm sure $50 is cheap (and I'm gonna check that...

I'm sure $50 is cheap (and I'm gonna check that out). I just need to make sure that they use USPS instead of UPS. Otherwise I get a high chance of them ripping me off with the custom clearance, and...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-13, 11:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,301
Posted By calyth

Agreed. Worse is if they have goslings, then they...

Agreed. Worse is if they have goslings, then they might actually get aggressive if you end up a little too close for them.

The deer that I've seen may be around the path, but never actually on the...
08-12-13, 11:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,955
Posted By calyth

Getting a dynamo hub on the cheap

Any suggestions for getting a dynamo hub without paying through the nose for it?

This isn't a typical roadie item, so places like PBK won't have it...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By calyth

I've seen deer a couple of times on my commuting...

I've seen deer a couple of times on my commuting path. They seem to know that we don't bother them (other than taking pictures), and they don't bother us.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,354
Posted By calyth

an iPod is unlikely to have access to aGPS, so I...

an iPod is unlikely to have access to aGPS, so I would take any results from those devices with a big grain of salt.
Phones generally use aGPS to speed up the GPS lock (911 requirement), and if they...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 09:17 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,482
Posted By calyth

I'd use SPD style pedals. I hate the single sided...

I'd use SPD style pedals. I hate the single sided pedals, and I don't mind wearing biking shoes and walking around in them.
Forum: Commuting
08-01-13, 10:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,041
Posted By calyth

Seems like the laws looks a little weird. If...

Seems like the laws looks a little weird. If you're in North America, typically, sidewalk riding is illegal, or at least very frowned upon.

You don't need suspension for the bumps on the road,...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-13, 08:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,652
Posted By calyth

Neat. Something for me to ponder when it gets...

Neat. Something for me to ponder when it gets darker. That would be soon enough.
Forum: Commuting
07-31-13, 12:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,652
Posted By calyth

Guess I should revisit my road bike maintenance...

Guess I should revisit my road bike maintenance book if I want to replace the front hub with a generator hub then. I would want something that's bright enough to see. Got enough blinkies to be seen....
Forum: Commuting
07-31-13, 11:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,652
Posted By calyth

I actually know how an alternator works. I just...

I actually know how an alternator works.
I just wonder whether I would need to route something to directly connect the hub to it, or if it's possible for this to be done without direct contact, e.g....
Forum: Commuting
07-31-13, 08:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,652
Posted By calyth

So how does these hub dyno work? replace the...

So how does these hub dyno work? replace the front wheel, and then how does the power get transferred from the moving hub to the wires leading to the light?

I'd like to figure out how much work...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-13, 10:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By calyth

No such thing as "real cycling". Cycling is...

No such thing as "real cycling". Cycling is cycling.

Might want to oil up that chain - the drive train might be something I'd worry about a bit.
Forum: Commuting
07-30-13, 10:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,652
Posted By calyth

Not too sure how much that 60 Lux compares to the...

Not too sure how much that 60 Lux compares to the max 400 lumens...

I guess it depends on the conditions - I tried biking in the dark recently on the Ottawa river parkway, and it was frigging dark...
Forum: Touring
07-29-13, 09:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By calyth

Would taking a supple tire and adding tire liner...

Would taking a supple tire and adding tire liner help with the puncture resistance without taking too much of the ride quality out?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-13, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 801
Posted By calyth

I'm mixing longer rides with the utility of the...

I'm mixing longer rides with the utility of the bike. Occasionally off work, I would go for a long ride, and feel great getting home.
I'm also starting to do some groceries with my bike.
Forum: Touring
07-26-13, 01:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 653
Posted By calyth

Depends on which part of Canada you're going...

Depends on which part of Canada you're going through. Vancouver doesn't get all that cold at all. Ottawa gets really cold in the dead of winter.

If you're in the fall, it shouldn't be too bad....
07-26-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,238
Posted By calyth

I turn on the flash when it's bad weather /...

I turn on the flash when it's bad weather / getting dark, try to make sure I'm not shining it to anyone's eyes directly.

Though after my first night ride, I have a feeling I'll need to put a nice...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-13, 01:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,414
Posted By calyth

I was referring to the one on the down tube....

I was referring to the one on the down tube. Great idea for keeping the tools there. I'm kinda considering that now and free up the saddle bag space, might give me a better lock mount option.
Forum: Commuting
07-25-13, 09:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 25,532
Posted By calyth

This is one of those DIY fixes that's great. You...

This is one of those DIY fixes that's great. You don't want to walk your bike for miles on end.

Saddle bag, spare tube, couple of levers, some kind of inflation (pump / co2, take your pick) and...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,414
Posted By calyth

My bike has mounts there too, but don't think I...

My bike has mounts there too, but don't think I would put a bottle there. Wouldn't the front wheel just kick up road grime right onto the bottle?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-13, 08:10 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,172
Posted By calyth

Not really, again, perhaps they're great for 23c...

Not really, again, perhaps they're great for 23c up to 100psi, but it was a major drag to try to get a 32c up to 80psi. There's just no leverage to really push air in when there's enough pressure in...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,984
Posted By calyth

While I agree that blocking traffic and...

While I agree that blocking traffic and aggravating them is generally counterproductive, the sharrows are there to allow cyclists to take the lane to stay safe. If cyclist yields to the motorists all...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-13, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,079
Posted By calyth

Cooler weather today. A bit of wind. Took it easy...

Cooler weather today. A bit of wind. Took it easy coming in. All in all a good day.
Forum: Touring
07-24-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,482
Posted By calyth

If you're looking at the MEC national, why not...

If you're looking at the MEC national, why not consider the MEC Cote? cable-actuated disc brakes, Tiagra group, same price point. Braze-ons front and back for racks. 2 bottle cages, plus the one on...
Forum: Touring
07-24-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,763
Posted By calyth

Whichever one that acts the closest to a mini...

Whichever one that acts the closest to a mini floor pump. The Road Morph G looks the part.

I got the Axiom Enforceair Pro (which probably is superceded by the HV and HP models now). I had no...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 12:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

Most of the GPS fixes on the phone are AGPS, and...

Most of the GPS fixes on the phone are AGPS, and relies on the AGPS server from your carrier to get that near-instant fix. Phones may also use wifi networks and/or tower locations to get a rough fix....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 11:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

Weird. Where do you place the phone? Are there...

Weird. Where do you place the phone? Are there any covered / lots of trees in your long ride? I've only notice some GPS problems when all the phones near my home tower were having a tough time...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,188
Posted By calyth

Axiom Enforceair. Skip the Lezyne Road...

Axiom Enforceair.

Skip the Lezyne Road Drive. It might work well on 23c, but didn't work well for my 32c going up to 80psi.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 10:32 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,172
Posted By calyth

Spare tube, levers, CO2. I probably should take...

Spare tube, levers, CO2. I probably should take off the Lezyne Road Drive because it just doesn't pump up 32c all that well. I'll carry a pump when I take it touring. I do have some glueless patches,...
Forum: Touring
07-24-13, 10:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,878
Posted By calyth

wow.....

wow.....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 10:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
Posted By calyth

I just make sure that I'm at a comfortable...

I just make sure that I'm at a comfortable heartrate. Sometimes it means I'm up at the 160s, on easier days, i'm at the 145s.

I'm more concerned with overexertion that might lead to trouble on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 09:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

No disputes there that there's no active...

No disputes there that there's no active development for cycling apps on BlackBerry 10 right now.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 09:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

Sure, and they said similar thing for Apple,...

Sure, and they said similar thing for Apple, before, and immediately after Jobs took over.

I'm not going to pollute this thread further with the tech talk, other than this - When I climb on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

Highest? That's not what the NIST...

Highest? That's not what the NIST (http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm) says. Level 1 is the basics, though granted, you don't see a lot of software getting past level...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

LOL. Nokia will die before BlackBerry. Most...

LOL. Nokia will die before BlackBerry.

Most consumers only see BlackBerry's rather lacklustre consumer offerings; they're rarely aware of the reasoning why they still manage to be around.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-13, 08:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,140
Posted By calyth

The only cycling app that I know of on the Z10 is...

The only cycling app that I know of on the Z10 is Endomondo. No Strava yet. Maybe when their next software update rolls out, then android apps spec'd to Android 4 would be fine.
It's also a little...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-13, 09:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,114
Posted By calyth

Swarms of tiny bugs when you don't have the...

Swarms of tiny bugs when you don't have the proper glasses (I got brown lense when it was getting too dark to use them). So rode through a couple. They hit me, and died, in my hair, eyes, chest.
Forum: Commuting
07-22-13, 04:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 702
Posted By calyth

After. Latest I read on stretches suggests...

After.
Latest I read on stretches suggests that stretching before weakens the muscle and leads to less power. I could be wrong though.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-13, 12:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,305
Posted By calyth

While this isn't the Topeak, but I tried the...

While this isn't the Topeak, but I tried the Lezyne Road Drive, and that doesn't work well on a 32c. Maybe it works well on a slick 23c road tire, with much less volume, but I got the Axiom...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-13, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By calyth

Gonna give that a try. The other thing that I...

Gonna give that a try.
The other thing that I don't like about Kryptonite mounts is that they are not universal. The mini-7 and their cable lock uses slightly different tabs. :S
At least they were...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,805
Posted By calyth

Highly unlikely unless your phone with battery...

Highly unlikely unless your phone with battery in, but turned off, last as long as phone turned on and on standby.
If the phone is off with battery in, and it lasts a couple of days, up to a week...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-13, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By calyth

Switching out the stem is a good way to make this...

Switching out the stem is a good way to make this more comfortable.
Fenders will make it easier in the rain.
Racks would be my prefer method of taking luggage, but Given it's a Cannondale R1000,...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-13, 08:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,323
Posted By calyth

That Bell u-lock is unlikely going to deter...

That Bell u-lock is unlikely going to deter anyone with the know-how.

In fact, there are enough videos on youtube on breaking various kinds of locks and chains. Watch some, and you'll realize that...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-13, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By calyth

It does have a bracket, and works well on larger...

It does have a bracket, and works well on larger tubes (like the downtube) than the seatstays.
Thing is my bike has the cable housing over the top of the top tube, and down the back of the seat...
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