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04-29-12, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By mawtangent

I have one of the entry-level Dawes road bikes...

I have one of the entry-level Dawes road bikes that I got for under $200 a few years ago (now you can get them new for around $300 shipped from bikesdirect.com or from some ebay sellers. Mine has a...
04-22-12, 06:00 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,922
Posted By mawtangent

Sure, if it is a case of remembering to do...

Sure, if it is a case of remembering to do something I see your point, I assumed it had something to do with mastering a technique to disengage the shoe in a timely manner that was a problem.
04-22-12, 05:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,922
Posted By mawtangent

Just having fun at 7 AM on a Sunday...

Just having fun at 7 AM on a Sunday morning...People don't need electronic shifting either (and someone is going to disagree of course)...I totally agree that the simplicity would not be in the...
04-22-12, 05:08 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,922
Posted By mawtangent

I don't know if I'm following your reasoning, but...

I don't know if I'm following your reasoning, but I'm thinking about the peddles spinning on the end of the (also spinning) crank-arms (and crank itself) and it seems that cables (having to somehow...
04-22-12, 04:11 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,922
Posted By mawtangent

I think everybody has made up their minds here -...

I think everybody has made up their minds here - "Clipless is super simple already" verses "Why not make it even simpler"...I've used the straps for a while (so I probably don't qualify as an...
04-20-12, 04:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By mawtangent

Yeah, at least half the time I can't find what...

Yeah, at least half the time I can't find what caused the flat (I figure there are times when something pierces the tire and then, for a number of reasons, doesn't attach or continue with the tire to...
04-19-12, 04:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,345
Posted By mawtangent

Related to this (I watched it again recently) is...

Related to this (I watched it again recently) is the first time Susan Boyle appears before the Judges of "Britain's Got Talent" (check it on youtube)...of course (I'm grown to be a bit cynical) some...
04-18-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,345
Posted By mawtangent

If it were a TV show you would have challenged...

If it were a TV show you would have challenged him to a race and left him in the dust...which you could have done in real life (that is challenged him to race or at least a less dramatic...
04-18-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 580
Posted By mawtangent

I've always had a bike around since I was 8 years...

I've always had a bike around since I was 8 years old...I started taking some longish rides in my mid to late teens before the car and job life came along, I didn't start riding any long distances...
04-18-12, 08:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,455
Posted By mawtangent

I've been dealing with the skinny tires and the...

I've been dealing with the skinny tires and the presta valves for around 5 years and have never broken the valve stem (I don't think I've even bent one) and that was while using several "cheapish"...
04-15-12, 06:55 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,527
Posted By mawtangent

Didn't read all the comments closely but after...

Didn't read all the comments closely but after buying a bike with 105 brifters and riding it about about a dozen times I decided it wasn't making my riding anymore enjoyable. Sure I can see why...
04-15-12, 06:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,463
Posted By mawtangent

I don't like getting a lot of flats, I'm not...

I don't like getting a lot of flats, I'm not really a sophisticated rider when it comes to "feel," "grip," etc. I ride a road bike on pavement (most flats threats here for me are from wire from...
04-15-12, 12:53 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 11,239
Posted By mawtangent

I don't care that much one way or the other...I...

I don't care that much one way or the other...I did once (during a ride) find that my front wheel was very loose in the fork (why? I don't know, maybe I got distracted while attaching the wheel,...
04-11-12, 05:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,560
Posted By mawtangent

When new road bikes in the sub-$300 come up, I...

When new road bikes in the sub-$300 come up, I want to throw in the Dawes Lighting Sport. I got one from one of the established ebay sellers a few years ago (The frames back then were supposed to be...
04-06-12, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By mawtangent

Why do I bike? Well I figure I should be getting...

Why do I bike? Well I figure I should be getting some kind of exercise, and living in a rural area and being somewhat socially awkward makes biking a good fit for me (not a lot of organized sports...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-12, 11:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,828
Posted By mawtangent

I've used the Marathon Plus 700 x 25 as a back...

I've used the Marathon Plus 700 x 25 as a back tire (had good success using cheaper "training" type tires on the front wheel). I don't consider myself a weight-weenie but I felt like I was a little...
02-22-12, 08:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,022
Posted By mawtangent

I've had knee pain in the past, actually more...

I've had knee pain in the past, actually more like a feeling of "pressure" in the area of the knee, but it usually would happen hours after I did something strenuous. I came across some info here on...
01-16-12, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 857
Posted By mawtangent

Well I don't think I've ever posted in the...

Well I don't think I've ever posted in the Clydesdale/Athenas section, but I check out the postings here often and I am a 217 pound Clydesdale which is just about 6 pounds down from my all-time...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-11, 11:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,474
Posted By mawtangent

Well, I got one of the blue ones a few years ago...

Well, I got one of the blue ones a few years ago for like $70 marked down. It didn't fit me well (I needed the handle bars higher) and I liked the friction stem-shifting on my 1986 Scwhinn Traveler...
11-10-11, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 548
Posted By mawtangent

I do some mild stretching (like lying on my back...

I do some mild stretching (like lying on my back and bringing my knees to my chest), but I end with standing, legs strait and touching my toes, I hold this position for about a minute, I take a break...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-11, 05:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,010
Posted By mawtangent

Yeah, I've seen heated arguments on BF over which...

Yeah, I've seen heated arguments on BF over which is the best valve: Schrader vs. Presta. I've mostly dealt with Presta lately though my 4-5 usable bikes are about half and half schrader/presta (The...
10-19-11, 08:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,046
Posted By mawtangent

To the OP...I think it is cool to learn how to...

To the OP...I think it is cool to learn how to work on bikes and get the tools for that. I would like to have more fix-it skills (I can fix flats and adjust derailers but I don't know how, or have...
10-18-11, 10:04 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,549
Posted By mawtangent

Just an observation: I've noticed the bikes in...

Just an observation: I've noticed the bikes in Walmart with the Schwinn name on them are usually twice the price of the cheapest bikes they sell like Roadmaster (that was name they were using at...
10-17-11, 07:34 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,549
Posted By mawtangent

Well as a kid (in the 70's) I remember hearing...

Well as a kid (in the 70's) I remember hearing the name "Schwinn" on "The Price is Right" TV game show. I didn't know Schwinns were "the" bike to own (I guess I didn't even contemplate the concept of...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-11, 10:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,010
Posted By mawtangent

Well I've torn a presta valve (or two) out using...

Well I've torn a presta valve (or two) out using a basic mini-pump. My technique now is to attach the pump to the valve and hold it in front of me with the bike wheel in the air only being held up by...
10-11-11, 06:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,578
Posted By mawtangent

Always like the flat-repair threads, lot of...

Always like the flat-repair threads, lot of different viewpoints.

Tried some cheap (like a dozen for $2) glueless patches from a department store when I got back into biking a few years ago, they...
09-27-11, 10:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,338
Posted By mawtangent

Its funny how diverse the views are surrounding...

Its funny how diverse the views are surrounding flat repair and how one person's "must-do" is not that important to the next person. I've never heard that repairing a tube on the inner "rim side" was...
Forum: Southeast
09-25-11, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,609
Posted By mawtangent

Thanks everyone for this information, I live...

Thanks everyone for this information, I live within 100 miles of this trail (Lee County, extreme Southwest Virginia) and have heard about it for years. The comments/pictures make me want to ride it....
09-19-11, 08:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 831
Posted By mawtangent

I had an experience yesterday to add to this...

I had an experience yesterday to add to this "huh, that actually worked to fix a flat" thread. To preface I've been lax on keeping my supplies and equipment up to par (for example, my floor pump...
08-28-11, 08:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By mawtangent

I've seen these in Walmart for around $5.

I've seen these in Walmart for around $5.
04-12-11, 04:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 831
Posted By mawtangent

Hey, I assume you didn't completely cover the...

Hey, I assume you didn't completely cover the first patch with the second patch, but just patched over the edge of the first patch (with the second patch). I've never tried that before (I've never...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-11, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By mawtangent

I didn't see it mentioned, and I'm not sure it...

I didn't see it mentioned, and I'm not sure it applies to the OP's situation, but using a foam roller can really help with IT Band syndrome issues (it got rid of nagging knee pain for me). There's a...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-11, 10:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,616
Posted By mawtangent

Yeah, I was riding once in cold (for me anyway)...

Yeah, I was riding once in cold (for me anyway) weather, probably in the 20's with a 15+ mph headwind. I was doing okay, I was staying pretty warm from the body heat buildup (from riding). I had a...
11-21-10, 08:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,176
Posted By mawtangent

A controversy-inspiring source, but there are...

A controversy-inspiring source, but there are some pink road bikes here:

http://bikesdirect.com/primalstuff.htm
11-14-10, 08:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,176
Posted By mawtangent

Yeah, I figure if a bike is comfortable enough...

Yeah, I figure if a bike is comfortable enough while I'm riding it and I don't feel like I've been "beat up" after I've ridden it then its okay "comfortwise" (and I've never felt "beaten up" after a...
11-14-10, 08:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,176
Posted By mawtangent

To some degree "road bike" and "mountain bike"...

To some degree "road bike" and "mountain bike" are just labels. You can make some alterations to fit your needs. Does your wife like her current bike in general. Does it fit her well, does she like...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By mawtangent

Any bike that is used often will eventually need...

Any bike that is used often will eventually need maintenance and repairs. Is your bike "bike-shop quality" or a "department store" bike? The answer to that question might determine how much you want...
10-31-10, 08:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,492
Posted By mawtangent

Schwalbe Marathon Plus, if you can accept the...

Schwalbe Marathon Plus, if you can accept the weight (and some would say) the ride. I ride one on my back wheel (where I was getting most of my flats), I noticed the weight at first but I got used...
10-28-10, 02:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,968
Posted By mawtangent

I run a 700 front wheel on my '86 Schwinn...

I run a 700 front wheel on my '86 Schwinn Traveler (the original 27 wheel that came on the bike is slighter greater in diameter than a 700), the design of the brakes allowed for the movement of the...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-10, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By mawtangent

Can't really comment about ride quality (I don't...

Can't really comment about ride quality (I don't have much experience with a variety of expensive tires) but I bought a bike with Michelin Dynamic tires (what I now consider a "training tire") and...
10-25-10, 04:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 687
Posted By mawtangent

OP...yeah I used to get that "real positive...

OP...yeah I used to get that "real positive feeling" for a few hours after I'd ride and it's not as strong now...I do feel better when I'm on the bike and am grateful for being healthy enough to be...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-10, 05:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,367
Posted By mawtangent

I just put $1450 in my '95 Ford Escort a few...

I just put $1450 in my '95 Ford Escort a few months ago. Basically I knew of a reputable auto-repair shop that had a wrecked car with the same engine as my ruined one. After some discussion with the...
10-17-10, 11:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,170
Posted By mawtangent

I wanted to try out a chromoly-framed bike a few...

I wanted to try out a chromoly-framed bike a few years ago (I'd mostly ridden aluminum and cheap department-store steel). I found an old (later found out it was from '86) Schwinn Traveler on ebay....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-10, 09:56 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,964
Posted By mawtangent

OP you live in a very different world than I. I...

OP you live in a very different world than I. I know personally very few 20+ year-old people that do any exercise (besides necessary walking). I've barely been doing a ride a week lately myself...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-10, 08:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,445
Posted By mawtangent

I have both valves on my bike. I have a cheap...

I have both valves on my bike. I have a cheap wheel on the rear (it actually came off the imfamous Denali), it is drilled for, and has, a schrader-valve tube, it isn't even quick release, so I carry...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-10, 04:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,415
Posted By mawtangent

Don't know if this really helps but I've been...

Don't know if this really helps but I've been researching cars tires lately and found some information (it was probably on wikipedia under "tires", I don't remember for sure) that suggested that a...
09-18-10, 07:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,166
Posted By mawtangent

I use both valves (not only have I used both...

I use both valves (not only have I used both valves about equally on several different bikes, over the last several years, the bike I currently ride has schrader on the back wheel and presta on the...
09-14-10, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Posted By mawtangent

Probably not the most efficient method to post...

Probably not the most efficient method to post this information but if you go to post #7 you will find a formula that takes into account the riders weight and the width of the tires. It seems to work...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,606
Posted By mawtangent

I keep a spare tube, a patch kit, a few small...

I keep a spare tube, a patch kit, a few small tools, spare house key, an old cloth/paper towels, wallet, earplugs (for the rare super-windy ride) in a fanny/hip pack. I actually wear it on my hip. I...
09-12-10, 05:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By mawtangent

It would be funny if the kid on the pink bike...

It would be funny if the kid on the pink bike dropped the hi-tech kid.
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