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01-31-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 11,010
Posted By vanttila

c4p, if you're still looking for a set of these...

c4p, if you're still looking for a set of these tires, just let me know. I have a pair I'm selling. I'm about to post them on eBay, but always prefer helping a fellow enthusiast. :)
Forum: Commuting
01-09-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,954
Posted By vanttila

The glue will last ya much longer if you store it...

The glue will last ya much longer if you store it in the fridge.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 09:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,954
Posted By vanttila

You can buy smaller patches. You can also cut the...

You can buy smaller patches. You can also cut the patches in half and use them that way. A large patch for a tiny hole on a big tube ensures that even a bad patcher can make it air tight. On a small...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 09:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,140
Posted By vanttila

Can you just trim a bit of the rubber off the...

Can you just trim a bit of the rubber off the tires to make them fit? I imagine it's the knobs that are rubbing.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 09:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,676
Posted By vanttila

I found myself biking home in the dark, with a...

I found myself biking home in the dark, with a -34F windchill last night. It wasn't so bad except on my thighs, plus the battery on my flashlight must not have liked the cold so much.
Forum: Commuting
12-27-13, 10:51 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 15,293
Posted By vanttila

If a Motobecane caught your interest (as you...

If a Motobecane caught your interest (as you said), I strongly recommend that you keep browsing Bikesdirect. They have some great cx/commuter/wide fork bikes that may well fit into your budget, with...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-13, 10:41 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,016
Posted By vanttila

My fair weather bike has 23's as well. I'd prefer...

My fair weather bike has 23's as well. I'd prefer 25's since the roads are what they are, but the bike (a moderately recent purchase) came with 23's, so I'll use them up first. Potholes haven't been...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-13, 11:28 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 15,293
Posted By vanttila

If that's not a beautiful thing, I don't know...

If that's not a beautiful thing, I don't know what is!
12-27-13, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,075
Posted By vanttila

I feel like leaving the bike outside for the...

I feel like leaving the bike outside for the nights is just overall a bad idea. It gets colder, the dew sets in (does that happen in Portland?), and the whole bike gets wet. It's not just bad for the...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-13, 11:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,197
Posted By vanttila

Drafting on roadbike on commute?

I've recently started drafting on buses and dump trucks whenever I get lucky enough to get behind one on my commute. Typically the speed limit is 35 mph on those roads.
Any thoughts, experiences,...
Forum: Commuting
12-26-13, 11:21 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,016
Posted By vanttila

The middle one makes sense, but care to explain...

The middle one makes sense, but care to explain the first and the last claim?
Forum: Commuting
12-25-13, 11:32 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,016
Posted By vanttila

I fully understand what you're saying and I...

I fully understand what you're saying and I certainly agree. Also, great analogy with the golf ball. You obviously put a great deal of thought into your posts.

Still, I think there're a couple...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,016
Posted By vanttila

The first part I agree with. If you ride with...

The first part I agree with. If you ride with 23's, it's important to have a reflex of bunny hopping, swinging, and/or shifting weight in cases of potholes or other obstacles. Having clipless...
12-24-13, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,075
Posted By vanttila

Yeah, cuz the frame is cold. But there isn't a...

Yeah, cuz the frame is cold. But there isn't a lotta air on the inside of the frame with moisture to condense, and as soon as the frame warms up, the water evaporates in the low relative humidity.
Forum: Commuting
12-24-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 15,293
Posted By vanttila

Spend a couple hours browsing on Bikesdirect. I...

Spend a couple hours browsing on Bikesdirect. I think you'll find a better bike for a better price that'll suit your needs better.
12-23-13, 04:06 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 21,515
Posted By vanttila

I just use winter boots and wool socks. Wool's...

I just use winter boots and wool socks. Wool's great b/c it stays warm even when moist/wet as is often the case with shoes (either sweat, outside, or both). When you come across a scenario where you...
12-23-13, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,360
Posted By vanttila

If your jacket has a hood, I'd think that should...

If your jacket has a hood, I'd think that should fit under your helmet. You really don't need anything thicker unless it goes <20F.
Also, if you wear a helmet the rest of the year, winter is the...
12-23-13, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 747
Posted By vanttila

+1. In theory, the tire should not be damaged by...

+1. In theory, the tire should not be damaged by taking it off/putting it on repeatedly. In practice, it may or may not be, depending on you. Especially if one of the tires is a tight fit and you use...
12-23-13, 03:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,075
Posted By vanttila

+1. Just do your best to keep the bike dry.

+1. Just do your best to keep the bike dry.
Forum: Commuting
12-23-13, 02:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,063
Posted By vanttila

A hood will block your peripheral vision IF you...

A hood will block your peripheral vision IF you place it over your helmet.
If you place it UNDER your helmet and properly fasten the little strings, it will turn with your head and allow you to see...
Forum: Commuting
12-22-13, 11:30 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,929
Posted By vanttila

Maybe, but I've got to imagine it has more to do...

Maybe, but I've got to imagine it has more to do with exercise keeping your immune system in good order and all that other medical stuff I know nothing about. Or perhaps the lifestyle that comes with...
12-20-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,889
Posted By vanttila

Does your wife consider it "perfect" as well?...

Does your wife consider it "perfect" as well? :lol:
12-19-13, 10:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,962
Posted By vanttila

Dust caps? What? You really need to use the...

Dust caps? What? You really need to use the proper terminology for us (at least me) to understand the part you're talking about.
Maybe this image will help:...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-13, 09:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,688
Posted By vanttila

The difference is that Sixty Fiver uses screws...

The difference is that Sixty Fiver uses screws instead of studs which barely poke out past the tire's surface. I don't think having screws poke out through the middle of the tire tread would work...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,688
Posted By vanttila

I've got to imagine there's a nicer way of saying...

I've got to imagine there's a nicer way of saying that. I'm sure you've experimented with all kinds of "stupid ideas" before. Sure most of them don't work, but hey, every once in a while you might...
12-18-13, 04:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,504
Posted By vanttila

The problem was that if you don't have it...

The problem was that if you don't have it trailing and it falls off/comes loose, you end up with a bottle in your spokes, right?
If that's the case, it doesn't really matter where you put it if you...
12-17-13, 03:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,585
Posted By vanttila

Might, but I bet it's not. Seeing as the whole...

Might, but I bet it's not. Seeing as the whole rim flexes, any hit that would send an ordinary wheel in for truing will do the same, or worse (crack it?) to this. Not sure whether the rim is also...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-13, 03:39 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

That was kinda what I was thinking. Glad you were...

That was kinda what I was thinking. Glad you were able to verbalize it better than me :)
Forum: Commuting
12-16-13, 09:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,883
Posted By vanttila

Hahahah, an aquarium below freezing? What about...

Hahahah, an aquarium below freezing? What about that whole water thing? Nice outside-the-box thinking @Pauschi, though
Forum: Commuting
12-16-13, 07:43 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,070
Posted By vanttila

Mouse condom! I ran outta those and had to use...

Mouse condom! I ran outta those and had to use shrink wrap. They don't work well as condoms, but at least they're colorful.
12-16-13, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,612
Posted By vanttila

If you decide to follow through with this...

If you decide to follow through with this project, and end up with an extra set of dropbars for which you have no use, I'd be happy to take them from you. :)
12-16-13, 07:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,585
Posted By vanttila

I wrote it off before I finished the video,...

I wrote it off before I finished the video, sorry.
Even if they could make it work at a larger size, under more conditions, and could make it so you could control the stiffness, and even if it did...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-13, 06:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,883
Posted By vanttila

Not intending to be "that guy" who gets caught up...

Not intending to be "that guy" who gets caught up on every inaccurate thing anyone might ever say, but I do think it's worth acknowledging that there are a number of uses and benefits to having a...
12-16-13, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,858
Posted By vanttila

What's with the labels? What's the "modern" way...

What's with the labels? What's the "modern" way of storing master links, then?
Forum: Commuting
12-16-13, 06:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,100
Posted By vanttila

Typically, the problems arise after your bike...

Typically, the problems arise after your bike gets snowed/iced on, or you ride it, things get wet, and then freeze, or a combination of both. Of course just cold weather is unlikely to create issues...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-13, 06:30 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

Not sure such a tone was necessary, but I think...

Not sure such a tone was necessary, but I think it was clear in my post that I was talking about when the light is turned on, in which case dynohubs output 3W, drawing closer to 6-7 (suppose I didn't...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-13, 11:25 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

I hadn't even thought of that. Definite advantage...

I hadn't even thought of that. Definite advantage there. Just outta curiosity, how long do dynohubs typically last?
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 09:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

I suppose the OP now knows just about everything...

I suppose the OP now knows just about everything he needs to know about dynohubs. Mission accomplished, eh?
12-13-13, 09:45 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,035
Posted By vanttila

3000 lumens? In strobe mode? While you're at it,...

3000 lumens? In strobe mode? While you're at it, why not also get the police sirens? Or perhaps a totally illegally powerful laser from China? >.>
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By vanttila

It's currently undergoing official government...

It's currently undergoing official government safety tests. The author says that “It certainly will be as safe as an ordinary helmet, but it may even have an advantage.” Guess we'll find out whether...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 09:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

The article certainly shows that the weight and...

The article certainly shows that the weight and friction costs are minimal. Suppose it comes down to are you willing to pay (in dollars) for the convenience of not having to change your...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 09:16 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,070
Posted By vanttila

If I'd had a drink, it would've been all over my...

If I'd had a drink, it would've been all over my keyboard after I read that.
On another note, I didn't know they made whoopee cushions that fancy.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:54 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

I was a bit hasty with the first comment, my...

I was a bit hasty with the first comment, my apologies. To answer your question, see the comment 2 up from this.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:51 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,070
Posted By vanttila

Stainless Steel Single Speed Cyclo Cross... Water...

Stainless Steel Single Speed Cyclo Cross... Water closet (toilet)? ... World cup? ... Workers Comp? What's the WC stand for?
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

Directed at the OP, who said he knows "nothing"...

Directed at the OP, who said he knows "nothing" on the topic: From a quick googling I found that most dynohubs today draw 3 watts. If the OP pedals at 80 watts avg. during his summer trip, that's a...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:24 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,929
Posted By vanttila

Reasons not yet mentioned: As a college...

Reasons not yet mentioned:
As a college student,
1. Biking to class keeps me awake for the 8 am's.
2. I can get anywhere on campus for any reason in less than 2 mins.
3. I can get lunch...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,883
Posted By vanttila

EDIT: Ignore this. Didn't see the OP answered on...

EDIT: Ignore this. Didn't see the OP answered on the 2nd page...

Any particular reason you need a thermometer for your bike? just out of curiosity? By the time you look at the temp. on there, it's...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 08:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By vanttila

He's got +150% of the the support at Indiegogo,...

He's got +150% of the the support at Indiegogo, so clearly someone​ likes it.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 07:50 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

Oops, I may have skimmed over the OP's question a...

Oops, I may have skimmed over the OP's question a bit. It's dynohubs he's talking about. Still, if he doesn't have one now, it may not make sense to buy one.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,452
Posted By vanttila

The problem with most dyno's is that they take...

The problem with most dyno's is that they take away from your pedaling to light the thing up, and often aren't very efficient in doing this. In other words, you can feel the difference, at which...
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