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Forum: Commuting
12-13-08, 04:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,682
Posted By pluc

I've been commuting during the winter (in...

I've been commuting during the winter (in Montréal and Québec), and I haven't had any of the problems you mention.

You need to get parts that suck less. :)

Some tips :
- Don't over-inflate...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-08, 09:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,852
Posted By pluc

Have you seen the Gary Fisher Simple City 8 ? ...

Have you seen the Gary Fisher Simple City 8 ?
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/simple-city-8M
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/simple-city-8W
11-15-08, 03:18 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 26,582
Posted By pluc

How do you bend these tubes by the way ? I have a...

How do you bend these tubes by the way ? I have a friend who does custom bikes but he says he'd need some machinery to do it, correct ?
11-15-08, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 905
Posted By pluc

Only time will tell. But it's a possibility.

Only time will tell. But it's a possibility.
11-14-08, 03:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By pluc

That was years ago. I don't know why he still...

That was years ago. I don't know why he still keeps that piece of text on his website.

The Marathon Winter wasn't even made at that time IIRC.
Forum: Commuting
10-30-08, 02:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,924
Posted By pluc

Indeed, mistype.

Indeed, mistype.
Forum: Commuting
10-30-08, 11:20 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,087
Posted By pluc

Been doing that for a few years now. It's fun,...

Been doing that for a few years now. It's fun, and friends think it's cool!
Forum: Commuting
10-30-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,864
Posted By pluc

This is exactly that. It's a bit heavier than a...

This is exactly that. It's a bit heavier than a disc brake, but not much. The photo doesn't really give the scale of it, it's not very big.

But I forgot to say it doesn't work on usual external...
Forum: Commuting
10-30-08, 09:48 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,864
Posted By pluc

Main problems with disc brakes on a commuter : ...

Main problems with disc brakes on a commuter :
- They make noise
- The discs are easily bent (although it's relatively easy to correct)
- They're not that easy to work with

That's what I...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 11:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,924
Posted By pluc

Hi André, Agree with all you say. Regarding...

Hi André,

Agree with all you say. Regarding your last comment, I know it's not going to be a real scientific setting, but I will tend towards it with what I have.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,924
Posted By pluc

IMO a winter tire is one that will protect you on...

IMO a winter tire is one that will protect you on ice too, thus a spiked tire is what I consider as a winter tire.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 09:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,924
Posted By pluc

Yes, I know if I start to include non-studded...

Yes, I know if I start to include non-studded tires, I'm gonna end up with lots to test. I am not going to test too many of them because it's just for comparison with studded tires but I'd like to...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 12:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,924
Posted By pluc

Trying to list all winter/studded tires

I'm preparing a review and testing of winter tires. I know a good deal about them but I'd like to know if any of you knew of other true winter tires or other interesting tires. Here's my list so far...
10-15-08, 06:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,035
Posted By pluc

It sure can work, but I'd rather use a base layer...

It sure can work, but I'd rather use a base layer (aka long underwear). They come in various thicknesses and would probably last much longer than pantyhose. I wear that under my jeans in the winter...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-08, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By pluc

Guys at work have been recommending the Schwalbe...

Guys at work have been recommending the Schwalbe CX Pro. It's a "fast" cross tire.

Now, I'm one of those who think spikes are essential against ice which is the problem during winter IMO. But it...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-08, 03:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,359
Posted By pluc

LHT's only downside is that it has vertical...

LHT's only downside is that it has vertical drop-outs. But at least chain-tensioners are like 20$, but it's really ugly.
Forum: Commuting
09-01-08, 10:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,446
Posted By pluc

I personally like single, but I find it somewhat...

I personally like single, but I find it somewhat limited when it comes to doing something when the bike is loaded and there are hills. I don't really like riding fixed in the city, I always get stuck...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-08, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,096
Posted By pluc

First of all you should get a real rack. Seatpost...

First of all you should get a real rack. Seatpost ones really are crap and will not hold panniers on the side, but only above (unless you are ok with bags getting stuck in the wheel or worse).
09-01-08, 10:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,116
Posted By pluc

Compressor hose with pressure guage?

Does any of you know of a compressor hose with a pressure guage ?
Forum: Touring
08-25-08, 06:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,604
Posted By pluc

The problem with aluminum is not that it can't be...

The problem with aluminum is not that it can't be welded, it's that the weld needs to heat treated to work back again. To me the argument in favor of steel is that it's comfy.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-08, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By pluc

Yeah, the D3 is small enough to bring along.

Yeah, the D3 is small enough to bring along.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-08, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 883
Posted By pluc

If convenience is what you want then look for a...

If convenience is what you want then look for a ring lock with a plugin system and a chain that goes with it.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-08, 03:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,192
Posted By pluc

If you want a bike that needs almost no tweaking,...

If you want a bike that needs almost no tweaking, first, get at least a internally geared hub. I personally recommend SRAM as my top choice. I have (or had) many of them, and to me they are my...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-08, 09:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,087
Posted By pluc

That 90$ box is f-in overpriced. No wonders. But...

That 90$ box is f-in overpriced. No wonders. But a LOT of things in the bicycle industry are f-in overpriced. When you know the real cost at manufacturers, all you can do is wonder: Who the hell...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-08, 09:15 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,045
Posted By pluc

I have tried this one: ...

I have tried this one:
http://www.retailbizz.com/shop/images/AGU_NL%5Cshop%5C410025.JPG

It's 65L and it costs 60$. "Waterproof" (haven't tested into heavy rain yet).
Forum: Commuting
08-11-08, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By pluc

I would have it regreased every year or two...

I would have it regreased every year or two though and have the bearings changed at the same time.

They don't require much maintenance but they do require at least some.
Forum: Commuting
08-10-08, 11:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,203
Posted By pluc

I haven't found these in north-america yet, but I...

I haven't found these in north-america yet, but I really like their stuff :
http://www.bobike.nl/

They have really nice designs.
Forum: Commuting
08-06-08, 10:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 12,827
Posted By pluc

From what I gather so far from the work I've done...

From what I gather so far from the work I've done at the bike shop and personal use :
I have used the Shimano 3 speed, the 7 speed, the Nexus premium and the Alfine. I have also used the SRAM...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-08, 05:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 421
Posted By pluc

Any of you using Basta dynamo lighting?

So, any of you using Basta dynamo lighting?

If so, what is/are your setup(s)? Any problems?

Thanks for your help.
Forum: Commuting
07-29-08, 10:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 358
Posted By pluc

I cannot speak of the reliability of the RF3 but...

I cannot speak of the reliability of the RF3 but if it's as good as the old AW it must be good. BUT, Sturmey-Archer parts can be difficult to have whereas pretty much everyone can have SRAM parts.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 05:21 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 9,199
Posted By pluc

I have to say, being so deep in the bike business...

I have to say, being so deep in the bike business and advocacy, that what you say doesn't work here. You guys have a totally different market than us (right now).

You cannot grab a 10 year old...
07-17-08, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By pluc

Oh wait no, I just got it richt. R=Canada...

Oh wait no, I just got it richt. R=Canada N=November, first digit=7 so 1977. I was kinda off the track. :P
07-17-08, 03:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By pluc

Raleigh Sports 1921 ?

Hi,

I found today a Raleigh Sports. I looked on Sheldon's serial numbers page and tried to date it. My serial is RN726715. Am I correct in estimating the bike age? It still has part of the...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 05:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 732
Posted By pluc

DO NOT get the Sturmey 8. We have had many...

DO NOT get the Sturmey 8. We have had many unhappy clients at our shop. It appears to be too fragile and it's not sealed correctly.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-08, 08:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,430
Posted By pluc

Hi everyone, I got the pricelist recently....

Hi everyone,

I got the pricelist recently. We will make a decision soon about the import. Agu really has some really cool stuff, and so do their other company, Cordo. You should see their bags...
06-30-08, 02:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By pluc

Love mine. Just wish I had the new model that has...

Love mine. Just wish I had the new model that has a flexible length.
Forum: Commuting
06-29-08, 07:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,171
Posted By pluc

I bring the poncho along. But it matters me less...

I bring the poncho along. But it matters me less to get soaked when I come back from work than when I get to it.
Forum: Commuting
06-25-08, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,497
Posted By pluc

1. Remove the broken spoke from the hub. 2....

1. Remove the broken spoke from the hub.
2. Remove the broken spoke from the nipple (the screw on the rim).
3. Put a new spoke in (must be correct size)
4. Tighten the nipple
5. Tadaaaaa!
06-24-08, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 421
Posted By pluc

Am I using less calories over time?

Hi,

I'm wondering. Am I using the same number of calories to do, say, 25 kph, when really in shape that not? After a while, do you use less calories to maintain the same speed?
Forum: Commuting
06-20-08, 10:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,045
Posted By pluc

My and my flatmate have four. His bike, my bike,...

My and my flatmate have four. His bike, my bike, and our "shared use" bikes. We got two really old single speeds from the 50's that we got for 30$ total.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-08, 06:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,529
Posted By pluc

Only the crappy ones fall off. In years of...

Only the crappy ones fall off. In years of cycling, it has never happened to me once, and I've ridden almost each day in the last three years. I do much more with my bike than going to work. I do...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-08, 11:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,529
Posted By pluc

It's not, backpacks and messenger bags are the...

It's not, backpacks and messenger bags are the ones which are the most dangerous in most cases. They move around (most don't strap them) and make you top heavy, which ain't good if you need to make...
06-16-08, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By pluc

It's a really bad idea, I admit it. But...

It's a really bad idea, I admit it.

But when providing facilities to cyclists you have to take into account their perception of the risk. Even though it's not dangerous to perform such moves in...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-08, 11:50 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,700
Posted By pluc

aley, yes... unless these same stats are backed...

aley, yes... unless these same stats are backed up by research and studies and they quote sources. :P
Forum: Commuting
06-16-08, 11:42 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,700
Posted By pluc

You can't do much about it, you are bound to...

You can't do much about it, you are bound to received mixed feelings:
http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=74030&d=1213637924
Source: study from Danemark. Sample is = 1000....
06-15-08, 06:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By pluc

Thanks guys but I know perfectly well how to...

Thanks guys but I know perfectly well how to drive a bike in traffic. I have even been teaching it... The thing is, most people don't feel safe doing left turns when there is more than one lane each...
06-15-08, 03:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By pluc

I knew this would not be popular. I gotta agree...

I knew this would not be popular. I gotta agree it's not enforceable not wishable. But I wish it were possible.

I am trying to find a way to allow left-turns on busy streets in a safe manner....
06-15-08, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By pluc

New laws for bikes turning left?

I am thinking more and more we should have laws that force motorists to slow down to let bicycle drivers turning left. I know this goes against the usual right of way, but I believe bicycles don't...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-08, 12:51 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,529
Posted By pluc

You might also be interested in the ones that...

You might also be interested in the ones that double as backpacks and shoulder bags.
Forum: Commuting
06-15-08, 12:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,430
Posted By pluc

Thanks! Will be interesting in the future I'm...

Thanks! Will be interesting in the future I'm sure. So far I will stay with the one that has the best price/quality ratio to me. :)
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