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03-05-14, 05:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,856
Posted By Baytree

Try posting over in the classic & vintage forum. ...

Try posting over in the classic & vintage forum. They'll know everything there is to know about your bike and then some.
02-27-14, 01:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,373
Posted By Baytree

Go you! Keep at it and you'll be doing all your...

Go you! Keep at it and you'll be doing all your own maintinence in no time.

My problem with flat tires has always been finding the hole. The only way I can do it is to stick the whole tube...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-14, 05:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,280
Posted By Baytree

Don't forget to roll your pants up so they don't...

Don't forget to roll your pants up so they don't get caught in the chain! It won't happen every time but it'll happen eventually... I've ruined more than one pair of jeans that way. You can also...
Replies: 11
Views: 1,308
Posted By Baytree

Still waiting to hear back. Jyl, those pics...

Still waiting to hear back.

Jyl, those pics you linked look pretty snazzy! If it's even a 10th as good as that it'll still be nicer than the beater I'm riding now. Thanks for the tip about the...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-14, 01:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,173
Posted By Baytree

I've also had someone take my bike off a bus...

I've also had someone take my bike off a bus rack, and it wasn't nearly as expensive as that carbon fiber one. Stick with the mountain bike for this type of thing.
Replies: 11
Views: 1,308
Posted By Baytree

One step ahead... I emailed the guy as soon as I...

One step ahead... I emailed the guy as soon as I saw the add ;)

Thanks for all the good advice. It looks like I'm 2nd in line, so here's hoping the first person passes on it!
Replies: 11
Views: 1,308
Posted By Baytree

You're probably right. I might go for it anyways...

You're probably right. I might go for it anyways if the frame is sound and the components are all there.
Replies: 11
Views: 1,308
Posted By Baytree

Bianchi competizione - assembly required

Found this add on CL, they're asking $85:



Assuming all the parts are in working condition and it's my size, would it be worth the price? I have enough mechanical experience to be comfortable...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-14, 01:43 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 16,287
Posted By Baytree

365923365922 This is my rock-solid commuter...

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This is my rock-solid commuter saved from the dumpster. Heavy as a tank, and about as durable as one too! I've put on fenders and a rear rack since the picture.
Forum: Commuting
02-22-14, 04:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,474
Posted By Baytree

Yes, let her choose! She'll ride it more if it's...

Yes, let her choose! She'll ride it more if it's one she likes.

As for lights, stay away from a hub generator. Or fancy wheels of any kind... the only things I've EVER had stolen on my commuter...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-14, 02:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 995
Posted By Baytree

The best bike for you will depend a lot on...

The best bike for you will depend a lot on personal preference. For what it's worth, my favorite commuter bike ever is a 70's girls Schwinn varsity converted to single speed. Old schwinns are very...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-14, 01:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By Baytree

I give myself enough time to ride slow... then...

I give myself enough time to ride slow... then push the pace anyways. I like going fast, and I can take the extra time to cool down before starting work.
Forum: Commuting
11-08-13, 09:07 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,060
Posted By Baytree

I agree. With STEEL wheels they're quite...

I agree. With STEEL wheels they're quite dangerous. I just don't use steel wheels, so they work fine.
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 01:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,341
Posted By Baytree

If you're a little craftsy and have a sewing...

If you're a little craftsy and have a sewing machine, you can sew your own bags pretty easy. A nice coat of paste wax makes them reasonably waterproof.
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 01:37 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,060
Posted By Baytree

I don't live in an area where snow/slush is an...

I don't live in an area where snow/slush is an issue much, but it does rain frequently and I ride on hills in very wet weather. I find that my rim brakes don't work as well when wet, but still work...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-13, 11:46 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,111
Posted By Baytree

That's what comes of paying people on commission....

That's what comes of paying people on commission. They have to make sales NOW, because that's how they pay the rent. I find that customer service is usually much better when salespeople are paid...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-13, 11:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,776
Posted By Baytree

I go with a flashlight bungee strapped to the...

I go with a flashlight bungee strapped to the front, and a pair of 2-buck LED flashers in the back. Run one steady and one blinky for extra visibility. But then, the roads I ride on are pretty...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-13, 11:19 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,111
Posted By Baytree

I really don't like people trying to sell me...

I really don't like people trying to sell me something I haven't shown an interest in. The best long-term business strategy is to cultivate a good relationship with customers by only selling them...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-13, 08:30 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,557
Posted By Baytree

Glad you've got something you enjoy... that bike...

Glad you've got something you enjoy... that bike looks snazzy to me.

I've gotten great use out of my free 40-year-old clunker bike. It's ugly as sin, but does the job and has yet to break down :)
Forum: Commuting
10-08-13, 11:09 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,866
Posted By Baytree

The only serious mechanical problem I've had (in...

The only serious mechanical problem I've had (in 15+ years of bike commuting) was a broken rear wheel skewer. About 5 miles from home on the highway... noticed the bike wobbling funny and when I...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-13, 11:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,488
Posted By Baytree

I'd rather ride on a highway with a good shoulder...

I'd rather ride on a highway with a good shoulder than on regular streets with 40 mph traffic. On the highway you don't have people making turns or opening doors into you. Fast traffic doesn't...
06-27-13, 05:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,344
Posted By Baytree

Yes indeed. I find that not having a car limits...

Yes indeed. I find that not having a car limits my job options significantly, as I'm not realistically able to do a 20 mile ride to work each morning. Fortunately the town I live in is well...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-13, 04:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By Baytree

I'm surprised he got to college without having...

I'm surprised he got to college without having had a crash yet... good job for him!
Forum: Commuting
06-23-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 838
Posted By Baytree

This is just me, but I'd buy a used mountain bike...

This is just me, but I'd buy a used mountain bike off of craigslist. Older ones with no suspension are usually cheap, sturdy, ride well on hilly roads and are easy to find. I see several up on the...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-13, 03:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,279
Posted By Baytree

15 miles there, 2 miles back (I take the bus most...

15 miles there, 2 miles back (I take the bus most of the way)
06-20-13, 05:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,682
Posted By Baytree

Not people names, but I do make up names for my...

Not people names, but I do make up names for my bikes. My heavy old girl's schwinn is Tankcycle, my striped fuji I call Swirley.
Forum: Commuting
06-20-13, 12:42 AM
Replies: 15,453
Views: 11,521,027
Posted By Baytree

My "new" commuter, got it from a coworker when...

My "new" commuter, got it from a coworker when she moved out of town. Still needs a rack and some fenders but it's a nice little bike.324476
Forum: Commuting
06-12-13, 12:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,744
Posted By Baytree

My bike has friction shifters. A while back I...

My bike has friction shifters. A while back I needed to swap out the old 6-speed freewheel for a new one, and the only one I had was a 7-speed. Put it on and rode away without even adjusting...
05-25-13, 05:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,439
Posted By Baytree

I am not a careless cyclist. But when living in...

I am not a careless cyclist. But when living in the city I was hit by cars four times in four years. Nothing serious - two times I got doored, once was a right hook I mostly avoided and the last...
05-25-13, 04:51 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,658
Posted By Baytree

An awful lot of people are encouraged to choose...

An awful lot of people are encouraged to choose their degree in a really stupid way. Pick what you like studying and worry about jobs later. Except, well... the job part is kinda important! That's...
05-25-13, 04:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,843
Posted By Baytree

I feel like such an old lady saying this... but I...

I feel like such an old lady saying this... but I biked 9 miles uphill every morning to get to school. And I'm only 21 - take that, statistics!

Really though, the area I grew up in was pretty...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-13, 04:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,478
Posted By Baytree

I like commuting on a bike with gears because...

I like commuting on a bike with gears because it's more adaptable to how I'm feeling that day. Got a cold? Lower gear. Nice tailwind? Take it up a notch. You get the picture. Same for if I've got...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-13, 03:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,829
Posted By Baytree

Lights are a necessity for dusk/dark riding, but...

Lights are a necessity for dusk/dark riding, but I have to disagree with the super-bright flashing recommendations. Blinding other people is not your goal, and I personally find bright flashing...
05-17-13, 12:40 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,094
Posted By Baytree

Of course, our sample is probably biased. ...

Of course, our sample is probably biased. Lower-income people are less likely to have regular, reliable internet connections and thus would be less likely to respond to the poll.
05-16-13, 05:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,153
Posted By Baytree

However hot it gets. Usually at least a few days...

However hot it gets. Usually at least a few days per summer at 110+ I'd rather bike in hot weather than walk... the wind is refreshing and you get there much faster.
05-16-13, 03:35 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,658
Posted By Baytree

You guys who went to college without any debt.......

You guys who went to college without any debt.... good for you! I am happy for your achievement, and I realize it took a lot of hard work and creativity. But I also get the sense that some of you...
03-16-13, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,378
Posted By Baytree

Put the u-lock in it's frame holder, coil the...

Put the u-lock in it's frame holder, coil the cable in a circle and loop it over the handlebars.
03-16-13, 04:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By Baytree

Hmm, 25 is more than I was hoping. Still not a...

Hmm, 25 is more than I was hoping. Still not a bad deal if they hold up well. Thanks for the pointer!
03-15-13, 10:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,277
Posted By Baytree

Well what'dya expect with a downtube like that? ...

Well what'dya expect with a downtube like that? No wonder it handles badly.
03-15-13, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By Baytree

Reccommend some cheap durable pedals?

I need a set of basic pedals for a dumpster-salvaged bike - just plain non-slip platform pedals for commuting. I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible, but don't want to end up with something...
03-15-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,309
Posted By Baytree

I use binder clips too. I find them quicker to...

I use binder clips too. I find them quicker to put on than a leg band, and they don't crease slacks. Not to mention you can grab a spare from the office when you lose one!

The only jeans that...
03-14-13, 04:55 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 6,512
Posted By Baytree

It sounds like he didn't ever actually like...

It sounds like he didn't ever actually like biking. If your commute leaves you feeling harassed, stressed, angry or frightened.... then the sensible thing is to not commute that way if you have a...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Baytree

If there's a stop light you can also ride across...

If there's a stop light you can also ride across the intersection, stop at the corner to rotate, then ride across the other direction.
Forum: Commuting
03-09-13, 11:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Baytree

If there's no way to leave it at school, then I'd...

If there's no way to leave it at school, then I'd suggest rolling up drawings. Don't do it too tightly, for a 18x24 sheet you shouldn't roll tighter than about a 4" tube. You can put several sheets...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-13, 10:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,090
Posted By Baytree

For me it's a matter of location. In San Jose, I...

For me it's a matter of location. In San Jose, I got hit once per year on the dot. Never had any serious injuries, but still. There were a lot of drivers who didn't pay attention, and the streets...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-13, 09:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,225
Posted By Baytree

The really weird part is that in CA they'll...

The really weird part is that in CA they'll ticket you for public transit violations (riding the train without a ticket and such) as if it were a parking ticket. One time I got ticketed for not...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 03:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,835
Posted By Baytree

That's not how the tip system works. With tips,...

That's not how the tip system works. With tips, the customer is able to pay however much or little they think your service is worth. So they have an incentive to do their best, because it is...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 02:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Baytree

What kind of bag are we talking about here? Is...

What kind of bag are we talking about here? Is it cloth with a shoulder strap?

I just put something like stiff cardboard in so the drawings won't get bent and sling it over the shoulders like a...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 05:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,776
Posted By Baytree

I'd like to chime in because I disagree on saddle...

I'd like to chime in because I disagree on saddle height. If you're uncomfortable with it that high, make it lower at least to start. I think it's very sensible for a beginner to put the seat low...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 05:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,890
Posted By Baytree

I'm a grouch if I don't get breakfast. Usually I...

I'm a grouch if I don't get breakfast. Usually I just have some toast and juice... fast and easy.
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