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Forum: Triathlon
09-02-08, 06:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By sparky221

If you improve on the times you got in your first...

If you improve on the times you got in your first tri, you will probably medal! I didn't say it earlier, but what a great time! Your transitions must have been well rehearsed because you flew! ...
Forum: Triathlon
09-02-08, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By sparky221

Yep, I'm thinking some time with Masters swim...

Yep, I'm thinking some time with Masters swim classes will help. I got Total Immersion about 2 months before my tri when it became apparent that, even though I know how to swim, I don't know how to...
09-02-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 431
Posted By sparky221

Thanks for the advice. I just overhauled my...

Thanks for the advice. I just overhauled my first hub and found it easier to do than I had imagined. I suspect I will do the hubs more regularly since they'll be the most affected. I haven't...
Forum: Triathlon
09-01-08, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By sparky221

This is a very timely topic. I did my first tri...

This is a very timely topic. I did my first tri this summer and loved it. I'm planning on doing more next year and try an Olympic tri next fall. My plan is to join the masters swim team and...
09-01-08, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 431
Posted By sparky221

Best time of year to service bearings?

Maybe a silly question to all of you, but in searching on repacking bearings I see the recommendation is for once a year but I'm wondering if it's better to do this in the spring or fall. I live in...
09-01-08, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By sparky221

I've heard of people using a bit of saran wrap...

I've heard of people using a bit of saran wrap (plastic cling film). I tried it once and it was warm but it felt sweaty after a while and I was glad to take it off. I prefer the neoprene.
08-18-08, 10:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,152
Posted By sparky221

I just saw one in the LBS today. The chainrings...

I just saw one in the LBS today. The chainrings look really small and appeared to be made of plastic, or at least the bash guard was. The deck was plastic and notched to allow mounting of panniers....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-08, 06:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,406
Posted By sparky221

I'm glad most of you enjoyed the story. I didn't...

I'm glad most of you enjoyed the story. I didn't know about Botto. I know Pcad and actually think he's pretty funny, but didn't know that Botto's response was to be expected. I'll take that into...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,406
Posted By sparky221

Didn't mean to offend anyone. No, I wasn't...

Didn't mean to offend anyone. No, I wasn't racing the little girl. I just thought it was cute how she stuck her chin in front of the handlebars and just went for it. I was also very impressed by...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-08, 09:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,406
Posted By sparky221

Of course! By the time I came to, those 3 were...

Of course! By the time I came to, those 3 were almost out of sight but I could still hear the evil laughter :roflmao2:
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-08, 09:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,406
Posted By sparky221

Smoked a chick on the MUP

Went out for a short ride on the MUP yesterday. Apparently, the local Y had rounded up every kid below the age of 12 who had a bike and was taking them in groups on the trail. Fortunately, they had...
Forum: Triathlon
08-11-08, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By sparky221

I bought a ProMotion suit from www.wetsuit.com. ...

I bought a ProMotion suit from www.wetsuit.com. It's a lot cheaper than the really nice ones listed above, but it is Tri specific and seems to work pretty well. Like you, I wanted to practice in...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 06:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,263
Posted By sparky221

Just to give an idea of what you have done for...

Just to give an idea of what you have done for the planet:

Assuming you would have driven a car getting 22 mpg and paying an average of $3.00/gal over the last 3 years, you saved:

454 gallons...
07-19-08, 08:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By sparky221

^^+1 on Penny's work at Specialty Outdoors. ...

^^+1 on Penny's work at Specialty Outdoors. She's been really helpful on the backpacking forums for those of us that make custom gear. And, I'd forgotten about Rose City textiles. Never ordered...
07-19-08, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,171
Posted By sparky221

Cramp. Try to get more Potassium as others have...

Cramp. Try to get more Potassium as others have noted.

Now, to help with the cramp while you're in bed: Let's say that the inner left leg is cramping. Lay on your left side and try to press...
07-17-08, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By sparky221

Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics is similar to Seattle...

Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics is similar to Seattle Fabrics, but they tend to be a bit cheaper. And they are really helpful. http://www.owfinc.com/
Forum: Triathlon
07-17-08, 12:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 510
Posted By sparky221

First OWS in a wetsuit

Did my first open water swim in the new wetsuit. Holy cow, they weren't kidding when they said it adds bouyancy. Seriously, I can just float in the water without kicking or anything. For those of...
07-11-08, 06:52 PM
Replies: 37
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Views: 1,968
Posted By sparky221

Good luck all! I'll probably be at the Western...

Good luck all! I'll probably be at the Western Chehalis/Yelm Trail junction cheering you on after I get back south from dropping off a rider!

Rubber side down :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
07-10-08, 09:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,992
Posted By sparky221

My bucket panniers are removable. I made my own,...

My bucket panniers are removable. I made my own, but you could buy the same thing from Cobbworks. I haul my bike up a flight of stairs and remove the buckets first. They have handles and carrying...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-08, 10:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By sparky221

How about driving to work one day a week and...

How about driving to work one day a week and dropping off a week's worth of clothing instead of doing it on the weekend? I have a couple of friends who've done this and it worked well. You still...
07-01-08, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,123
Posted By sparky221

Finding an older bike for a 5' tall woman is...

Finding an older bike for a 5' tall woman is going to take a lot of patience. I know, because I am a 5' tall woman. I do have a 1986 Raleigh Record that I'm overhauling that was made with a 27"...
Forum: Commuting
06-23-08, 07:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,433
Posted By sparky221

I've been using a set of kitty litter bucket...

I've been using a set of kitty litter bucket panniers. Light rain was no problem and the dirt wipes right off of them. I haven't had the opportunity to use them in hard rain yet. I used rope...
06-21-08, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By sparky221

I have the same problem on my Surly LHT and a...

I have the same problem on my Surly LHT and a friend has it on a Giant Cypress, so it's not just the Surly's. I haven't kludged a good fix for it yet, but I haven't made it a priority right now. My...
06-11-08, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,538
Posted By sparky221

Miyata Mixte

Hey, all you Miyata experts, this Mixte came up on the local CL. http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/bik/716689125.html Chap claims it's a 45cm frame, 1982. He's asking $180 for it.

Question: ...
06-07-08, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8,244
Views: 338,409
Posted By sparky221

Nice vintage Peugeot 12 speed road bicycle. ...

Nice vintage Peugeot 12 speed road bicycle.

"Just like a 10 speed but it has 2 extra gears."

Good to see he can add.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/710366952.html
Forum: Commuting
06-05-08, 11:57 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 8,633
Posted By sparky221

Massage therapist. Definitely not a desk job. ...

Massage therapist. Definitely not a desk job.

Lots of interesting folks here. Very diverse.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-08, 01:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,776
Posted By sparky221

I post on occasion, but I'll come out of the...

I post on occasion, but I'll come out of the shadows here. I started bike commuting in May. My commute is pretty short, 3 miles each way and is all MUP except about 5 blocks. Only 3 street...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-08, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,344
Posted By sparky221

Regular or Menthol? Gotta watch out for the...

Regular or Menthol? Gotta watch out for the menthol ones 'cause they roll them in moth balls, you know. :D
Forum: Touring
06-02-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By sparky221

The 42 CM LHT has a standover height of about...

The 42 CM LHT has a standover height of about 28". I'm 5'0" tall with a 28.5" inseam and I can clear the TT of the LHT, but there's not much margin in there. If you truly have a 25" inseam, the 42...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-08, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
Posted By sparky221

I've used this for snowboarding goggles to...

I've used this for snowboarding goggles to prevent fogging. Does it work for rain on the outside as well? I'll have to try it today and see.
05-17-08, 01:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By sparky221

I have the exact same problem. I, too, unstick...

I have the exact same problem. I, too, unstick the valve by pressing on the valve stem and let a little air out of the tire. Still, my pump doesn't seem to want to top off the tires. I'll try...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-08, 09:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 537
Posted By sparky221

As someone who is just starting bike commuting,...

As someone who is just starting bike commuting, some of the questions I, and friends who I told about my plans, had were:

How fit do you have to be to bike commute?
What clothes do you wear on...
Forum: Touring
05-13-08, 05:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,278
Posted By sparky221

I've heard that a lot of women have issues with...

I've heard that a lot of women have issues with index shifting brifters because they require a lot of lever travel and some require holding the lever until the chain actually completes the shift. ...
Forum: Touring
05-05-08, 07:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,252
Posted By sparky221

Mild weather or not, you need to determine if you...

Mild weather or not, you need to determine if you "sleep cold". A lot of women (myself included) do and I have very warm sleeping bags that won't keep ME warm down to their rating. Determine if...
Forum: Commuting
05-04-08, 10:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,200
Posted By sparky221

Can the Arkel Utility Basket be used on both...

Can the Arkel Utility Basket be used on both sides of the bike? I am looking to get 2 of these and I need to verify whether or not I will have to special order or find another solution. I am...
Forum: Touring
04-29-08, 05:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,852
Posted By sparky221

Skylar is correct, the Halfdome in going on sale...

Skylar is correct, the Halfdome in going on sale for $109.

For those of you interested in looking at camping gear, I HIGHLY recommend going to http://www.backpackgeartest.org/ are reading their...
Forum: Touring
04-26-08, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,292
Posted By sparky221

Most tents come with pretty much everything you...

Most tents come with pretty much everything you need. Most people will add a ground cloth, to protect the tent bottom, and will go with lighter or stronger tent pegs than what come with the tent. ...
04-25-08, 03:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,265
Posted By sparky221

Dirt doesn't stick. Oil and tar don't stick. ...

Dirt doesn't stick. Oil and tar don't stick. Bugs don't stick. Water beads up and rolls off (great if you ride a steel frame). Protects the paint from UV, road salt, gatorade, and GU.

Cleaning...
04-23-08, 09:56 PM
Replies: 1,156
Views: 117,066
Posted By sparky221

Checking in! I'm down in Oly/Lacey area. I've...

Checking in! I'm down in Oly/Lacey area. I've biked on and off for years, but haven't done much the last 4 or 5 years. I've been sticking to hiking and backpacking the last few years. Just got a...
04-22-08, 03:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,265
Posted By sparky221

I finally talked my friends into washing, lubing,...

I finally talked my friends into washing, lubing, and waxing their 1 year old bikes. He (husband) was under the impression that a dirty bike is cool - it looks like it's been ridden. When I...
Forum: Touring
04-21-08, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,418
Posted By sparky221

I'm 5'0" tall. I have the 42CM LHT. The Surly's...

I'm 5'0" tall. I have the 42CM LHT. The Surly's seem to run large, so keep that in mind. The TT is pretty short, which I love because I can actually reach the handlebars without neck pain (I'm...
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