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Forum: Commuting
09-14-12, 01:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,808
Posted By ortcutt

My wife and I are running them on our commuters. ...

My wife and I are running them on our commuters. They're great, but because the mudflaps are so long and flexible, be warned: if the toe of your shoe comes close enough (e.g., while you're turning),...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-12, 06:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,763
Posted By ortcutt

Good! I mainly wanted to suggest, to anyone...

Good! I mainly wanted to suggest, to anyone reading this thread, that nutsack discomfort isn't merely an occasion for frat-boy humor. It can literally save your life to take it seriously.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-12, 05:46 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,763
Posted By ortcutt

All the sophomoric comedy on this thread...

All the sophomoric comedy on this thread notwithstanding, scrotum discomfort can indicate a serious problem. When my balls all of a sudden felt odd on the saddle, I complained about it to my PCP,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-12, 06:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,495
Posted By ortcutt

I have a B17 on my commuter/tourer, and it felt...

I have a B17 on my commuter/tourer, and it felt wonderful from the start. I have a Swift on my road bike, and my first impression was quite different: I felt as though I was perched on the tip of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-12, 11:01 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,381
Posted By ortcutt

I envy anyone who is dedicated enough to maintain...

I envy anyone who is dedicated enough to maintain this kind of schedule. I do pre-dawn, pre-breakfast rides three weekdays a week (and on the occasional weekend morning too). It's helped to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-12, 02:50 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,381
Posted By ortcutt

Don't hesitate. My daughter absolutely loved it....

Don't hesitate. My daughter absolutely loved it. She was so engaged and I could talk to her the entire ride. I wouldn't attach to a road bike though. Hybrid or mountain only.[/QUOTE]
I've used...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-12, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By ortcutt

Last month, my wife was hit by a motorist running...

Last month, my wife was hit by a motorist running a red light. She sustained minor injuries and visited the emergency room. The bike required significant repairs. Even though no one contested the...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-12, 06:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,751
Posted By ortcutt

My wife's bike is configured just as you...

My wife's bike is configured just as you describe: her drop handlebars are slightly lower than her B67 saddle. She is exactly your height, and like you, is not interested in aggressive riding. To...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-12, 01:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,991
Posted By ortcutt

Three lessons learned from experience: 1....

Three lessons learned from experience:

1. Maybe biology is destiny, but its ways are devious. I've met very strong, skillful riders of all sizes and body types.

2. Gracelessness abounds on the...
08-17-12, 07:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,767
Posted By ortcutt

They're brewing some good stuff. I'm partial to...

They're brewing some good stuff. I'm partial to the porter, and the Spring seasonal ("Spring Hop").

I homebrew, and my last batch of hefeweizen turned out pretty tasty. Recently I've been going...
Forum: Touring
08-17-12, 11:18 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,741
Posted By ortcutt

I've bike camped only once, and I had originally...

I've bike camped only once, and I had originally intended to make it an S24O. I prefer a quiet camping spot that gives at least an illusion of solitude, but since I live in metro Boston, I concluded...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-12, 01:42 PM
Replies: 678
Views: 115,613
Posted By ortcutt

Pearly white 267672

Pearly white
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Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,007
Posted By ortcutt

I wear wool year-round: socks, baselayers, and...

I wear wool year-round: socks, baselayers, and jerseys. One caveat: I've found that my pocketed jerseys tend to sag irritatingly when I cram their pockets full of junk (e.g. cell phone, cleat...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-11, 02:49 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,908
Posted By ortcutt

My "real road bike" runs a 23 in front and a 25...

My "real road bike" runs a 23 in front and a 25 in back (both Conti Gatorskins). My commuter bike (a Cross-Check) runs Schwalbe Marathon 28s (HS 420); permanent attachments include SKS fenders, a...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-11, 07:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,805
Posted By ortcutt

This. The "ultimate commuter" would be a bike...

This. The "ultimate commuter" would be a bike that I loved and that thieves did not. So far, my current ride meets the criterion.
Forum: Commuting
09-06-11, 02:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,541
Posted By ortcutt

Hey there Oboeguy! You remember that...

Hey there Oboeguy!
You remember that Cross-Check I built up before I moved out of NYC? I run Schwalbe Marathon (HS 420) 28s on it. They've stood up to everything, including rear panniers...
09-06-11, 02:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By ortcutt

Name: Tony Age: 37 Height: 6'3" Weight: Not...

Name: Tony
Age: 37
Height: 6'3"
Weight: Not much for my height. I've always been skinny (except when I was on the college meal plan as a freshman). But cycling's made me almost gaunt.
Years...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-11, 02:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 725
Posted By ortcutt

I agree that you need very little space to do...

I agree that you need very little space to do lots of maintenance; in fact, I've never had a dedicated workspace anywhere I've lived. Without one, you might work less efficiently, of course -- more...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-11, 02:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 26,232
Posted By ortcutt

Bingo. That is why I bought the Soma...

Bingo.
That is why I bought the Soma DoubleCross with modern vertical dropouts, instead of those antiquated semi horizontal dropouts.[/QUOTE]
I've never had trouble with axle slippage on my CC. ...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-11, 01:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,933
Posted By ortcutt

I do my fitness rides before dawn on suburban...

I do my fitness rides before dawn on suburban streets that are lit fairly, poorly, and not at all, and I use a Princeton Tec EOS. It includes mounts for handlebar, helmet, and forehead. It uses...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-11, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By ortcutt

I guess I hope the OP gets the input he's asked...

I guess I hope the OP gets the input he's asked for, and I'm not happy coming across like a troll, but I have to say that I doubt I've seen a more tasteless choice for a username. Anyone who doesn't...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-11, 06:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,350
Posted By ortcutt

The Luggernaut looks pretty appealing -- but I'm...

The Luggernaut looks pretty appealing -- but I'm a sucker for lugs. I think it's unfortunate that Felt decided to spec the Brougham with the S3X hub; for an uptick in the cost, you lose the ability...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-11, 01:10 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,452
Posted By ortcutt

Good luck to you! I know what it's like to be in...

Good luck to you! I know what it's like to be in your situation. Beware advice based on anecdotal evidence, since every case is unique. :) Nonetheless, I can't resist recommending this book...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-11, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,787
Posted By ortcutt

I have a Blackburn EX-1, and my wife's bike has a...

I have a Blackburn EX-1, and my wife's bike has a Sunlite Woody. The Ortliebs work perfectly with each.
Forum: Commuting
08-11-11, 06:09 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,938
Posted By ortcutt

:lol: Well put! I knew long ago that I'd never...

:lol: Well put! I knew long ago that I'd never look like anything but a dweeb as a cyclist. All I strive for now is to be a highly visible dweeb.


Explain this.[/QUOTE]

I presume the point...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-11, 07:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,787
Posted By ortcutt

I'll admit up front that I've only used one brand...

I'll admit up front that I've only used one brand and model (Ortlieb Backrollers), but I can say that there are two attributes I'll henceforth require in any panniers: 1) waterproof fabric, and 2) no...
08-10-11, 06:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,752
Posted By ortcutt

Two Superflashes, one on each seatstay (at...

Two Superflashes, one on each seatstay (at roughly the midpoint).
Forum: Commuting
08-09-11, 01:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,120
Posted By ortcutt

Sturmey-Archer SRF3: all in gear inches. Low...

Sturmey-Archer SRF3: all in gear inches.
Low (75%): 54
Unity (100%): 72
High (133%): 96

99% of my riding is in the middle gear. (Old SS/FG habits die hard.) That will change once I start...
07-27-11, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By ortcutt

Much, though not all, of what he writes is...

Much, though not all, of what he writes is rubbish. It's a shame, because he's a talented writer. He's inspired by the urge to mock, and sometimes he selects worthy targets (e.g., the idiocy that's...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-11, 01:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 38,041
Posted By ortcutt

I'd always run my commuter bike as a SS/FG...

I'd always run my commuter bike as a SS/FG (flip-flop hub), because a derailleurless drivetrain is easier to keep clean and properly adjusted.

However, when child #2 was born in January, I knew...
07-18-11, 07:58 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,602
Posted By ortcutt

They probably do. A person doesn't wave back? ...

They probably do. A person doesn't wave back? There are all kinds of reasons why he doesn't. Maybe he's working really hard. Maybe he's focused on sustaining his cadence. Maybe he's thinking...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-11, 07:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,164
Posted By ortcutt

I have a Noodle on my commuter, and their "Dream...

I have a Noodle on my commuter, and their "Dream Bar" (Nitto 176) on my wannabe racer. (The Dream is similar to the Noodle, but more conventional in shape: it lacks the Noodle's sweep and flare.) ...
07-18-11, 01:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 765
Posted By ortcutt

This says it all, I think. Particularly the...

This says it all, I think. Particularly the "repeat" part. I "tame" a ferocious hill by doing repeats. I let it know that I'm the boss here. :p Really, there's no royal road to getting better on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-11, 01:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,164
Posted By ortcutt

Just to make sure I understand: By "shorter...

Just to make sure I understand: By "shorter stem" you're referring primarily to the length of the stem and not the length of the quill, right? That is, your first concern is to shorten your reach...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-11, 07:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,075
Posted By ortcutt

Lord have mercy! I grew up in the FL panhandle,...

Lord have mercy! I grew up in the FL panhandle, and I had *no idea* it was a black bear habitat. I thought armadillos ruled the wilds.
Of greater interest to me, actually, is the news that someone...
07-12-11, 02:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,654
Posted By ortcutt

My first impulse was to suggest that two arms and...

My first impulse was to suggest that two arms and two legs are desirable. But of course, one can do perfectly well with fewer. :)
http://www.showhistory.com/KilpatrickOneLeggedCyclist.jpg...
07-11-11, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,166
Posted By ortcutt

I also felt dubious about spending the bucks for...

I also felt dubious about spending the bucks for a tin of Proofide. But after being caught in an unexpected rainstorm on my fenderless road bike, I was glad I'd broken down and bought some. I think...
07-11-11, 01:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,457
Posted By ortcutt

If you ride in the wet and do not undertake...

If you ride in the wet and do not undertake heroic measures (e.g., extremely meticulous post-ride wipe-downs), you will see rust on certain exposed parts, such as the inside surfaces of bolt heads. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-11, 01:22 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 17,892
Posted By ortcutt

Lycra shorts and jersey for that "anemic,...

Lycra shorts and jersey for that "anemic, capeless, wannabe superhero" look? Check.
Helmet that seems purposefully designed to make my head resemble a mushroom? Natch!
Hybridized bowling/tap...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-11, 01:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 829
Posted By ortcutt

You've gotten some thoughtful suggestions, and...

You've gotten some thoughtful suggestions, and I'd love to chime in with one of my own, but -- don't you think the best way to answer your questions is to go look around? To know how comfortable a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-11, 11:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,559
Posted By ortcutt

This is an important issue. The times on my...

This is an important issue. The times on my climbs have been terrible recently. I'm gonna stop filling my bottles with D2O. (I knew it was a bad idea to run my kitchen sink and my reactor on the...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-11, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,207
Posted By ortcutt

I get around just fine on errands, commutes, etc....

I get around just fine on errands, commutes, etc. with MTB shoes and Eggbeater cleats. Typically, the only thing I notice is the stiffness of the soles.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-11, 07:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,379
Posted By ortcutt

Love hills. LOVE 'em. Flats get tedious. ...

Love hills. LOVE 'em. Flats get tedious. Paceline riding -- meh. Sprints? Forget it. Climbing is, for me, the beating heart of road cycling. (Beating heart, indeed.)

@SBRDude: You ride in...
06-30-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,007
Posted By ortcutt

I mean, yeah, you know? What's up with these...

I mean, yeah, you know? What's up with these people who've got something to prove and all?
Forum: Commuting
06-30-11, 12:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,224
Posted By ortcutt

Before leaving NYC two years ago, I lived in West...

Before leaving NYC two years ago, I lived in West Harlem. 1nterceptor's advice to go with route 1 sounds spot-on. Plus, 1nterceptor gets my nomination for the title of "friendliest NYC cyclist...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-11, 12:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,554
Posted By ortcutt

New computer, after the death of the old one. ...

New computer, after the death of the old one. I'm really digging the minimalist look. Plus, I'm no longer worried about keeping track of my stats, for I have finally become the fastest rider in my...
06-30-11, 11:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,532
Posted By ortcutt

Some of my non-racing, semi-serious friends...

Some of my non-racing, semi-serious friends shave, and others do not. I guess I take an anthropological view of leg shaving: it's primarily a convention, signifying a tribal membership. (None of...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-11, 07:31 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 10,127
Posted By ortcutt

:lol: I don't even bother with standing.

:lol: I don't even bother with standing.
06-28-11, 06:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,396
Posted By ortcutt

Some people recommend them for controlling...

Some people recommend them for controlling engorgement during breastfeeding! I remember peeling and freezing leaves when my wife was nursing our first child ...
06-24-11, 06:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By ortcutt

So I looked again at AlmostGreenGuy's photo, and...

So I looked again at AlmostGreenGuy's photo, and I'm suddenly struck by the signage: "Share the road"--"Next 4 miles". What's the implication here? At mile 5, will we see "Vehicles may resume...
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