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12-07-14, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,079
Posted By umazuki

I'd say it's likely they'd fit. Mountain bikes...

I'd say it's likely they'd fit. Mountain bikes tend to have generous tire clearance, but the only way you'd know for sure is to put them on. A ruler won't even help - companies sell tires as 2.4"...
12-07-14, 09:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By umazuki

I've had good luck with the Fyxation Session 700....

I've had good luck with the Fyxation Session 700. One flat in two and a half years of Chicago commuting (knock on wood). I have the 35mm, but they make them in 23mm if you want. They have an urban...
Forum: Commuting
10-03-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,381
Posted By umazuki

Re: the "boys" and chamois - I've found it...

Re: the "boys" and chamois -

I've found it does keep everything nice and in place. When you got a nice spin going and one of the berries gets pinched between your leg and the saddle... oof.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By umazuki

In my experience Performance is great. While...

In my experience Performance is great. While they do have a big, faceless, corporate mothership behind them, the people working there are honest and love bikes as much as you do.

Edit: this would...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-14, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,862
Posted By umazuki

I got a Crossrip Elite earlier this year. It's...

I got a Crossrip Elite earlier this year. It's my super commuter. Mornings I take the train in, afternoon I ride home (17 miles, starting to become a decent ride). Once in a while I do both ways. ...
09-05-14, 09:18 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,158
Posted By umazuki

Let me just say that I too had an accident with...

Let me just say that I too had an accident with clipless - my tire got stuck in a storm drain as I was taking off. I was fine and the bike was fine, just a little banged up. I would have been more...
09-04-14, 11:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 879
Posted By umazuki

From what I've heard (OK, just Bike Snob, and...

From what I've heard (OK, just Bike Snob, and that one funny YouTube video of the guy crashing into stuff in the bike lane), the cops can be real jerks to cyclists in NYC. Whereas, in Chicago, the...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-14, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,281
Posted By umazuki

I'm going to go against the...

I'm going to go against the Marathon/Armadillo/Pasela chorus and suggest something else: Fyxation Session 700. Bead-to-bead tread, kevlar belted, decent weight, inexpensive, and the tread pattern is...
09-02-14, 12:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,204
Posted By umazuki

The only thing I can add - Bike Island IS...

The only thing I can add - Bike Island IS Bikesdirect - they just sell the leftovers, loose parts, blemishes, etc. The other thing is that Gravity is a Bikesdirect/Bike Island house brand. Gravity,...
07-25-14, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 525
Posted By umazuki

Handlebar clamp on STI levers

How can I tighten the bolt for the handlebar clamp on these levers? I managed to rotate them about the bar, and I need to tighten it so it doesn't move around when I'm riding. Do I need to undo the...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By umazuki

On a serious note, Enve makes a backpack that can...

On a serious note, Enve makes a backpack that can carry a spare wheel, and Chrome has the Sherman, which is discontinued it seems.
07-18-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,917
Posted By umazuki

So BikeForums, I was thinking about bicycles and...

So BikeForums, I was thinking about bicycles and the riding of them. Other people ride bikes differently than I do. If there weren't so many options, maybe this wouldn't happen. There's no...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,516
Posted By umazuki

Much like a bus or car, if someone's drafting me,...

Much like a bus or car, if someone's drafting me, they're going to get a face full of exhaust fumes.

And 20mph, wow. My average speed according to the GPS is about 14.5 (due to lots of stopping...
06-30-14, 11:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,605
Posted By umazuki

While not as tall as you, I am on the tall side...

While not as tall as you, I am on the tall side (6'2") and even I have a hard time finding bikes. It depends on your body proportions and the bike, but you would almost certainly be on a 61cm frame...
06-29-14, 02:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 36,872
Posted By umazuki

Most of the time U-locks come with clamp-on...

Most of the time U-locks come with clamp-on holders? I couldn't figure out Kryptonite's though. The OnGuard clamp is pretty simple to set up.

I go for the hipster-back pocket route on my bike...
06-20-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 5,986
Posted By umazuki

Building European-style bike facilities doesn't...

Building European-style bike facilities doesn't turn a place into Europe, though. In an ideal world, yes, they would be fantastic. But this isn't an ideal world. This is America. (insert picture...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-14, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By umazuki

One thing to remember about track ends and...

One thing to remember about track ends and fenders - if the fender is worth a damn, you'll have to take it off in order to replace the tube or tire.
06-12-14, 11:21 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,978
Posted By umazuki

I think he's describing his posting style using...

I think he's describing his posting style using pictures.
06-11-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,373
Posted By umazuki

I wouldn't be concerned. While the stated...

I wouldn't be concerned.

While the stated limit is 300lb, that's for lawyers. You might have some difficulty if you got into an accident and tried to sue Trek, but it's not like the bike will...
06-06-14, 10:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,978
Posted By umazuki

Note that all cleats are not created equal. You...

Note that all cleats are not created equal. You must use SPD cleats with SPD pedals, Crank Brothers cleats with Crank Brothers pedals, Speedplay cleats with Speedplay pedals, etc.

Usually a pair...
05-30-14, 02:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,042
Posted By umazuki

Kilo OS. OK, I actually bought the frame from...

Kilo OS. OK, I actually bought the frame from Bikeisland and built it up, does it still count?
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05-29-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 613
Posted By umazuki

Will you be spending a significant amount of time...

Will you be spending a significant amount of time offroad? If the answer is no, I would recommend against anything with a suspension. Seems like your instinct was correct. Suspensions do more harm...
05-29-14, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 744
Posted By umazuki

Maybe I wasn't clear - I have these (and drops)...

Maybe I wasn't clear - I have these (and drops) on my SS road/track bike - T (http://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL340-Brake-Levers-Black/dp/B003U9ROKC)ektro RL340 levers...
05-29-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 744
Posted By umazuki

Do they make something like this?

I just got myself a brand new Trek Crossrip Elite, and I like it so far, with one exception: I don't get enough leverage on the brake levers to brake like I can on my SS (it uses Tektro levers). I'm...
05-28-14, 08:44 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,694
Posted By umazuki

If you can afford a $7500 bike, you can afford a...

If you can afford a $7500 bike, you can afford a $500 beater for running errands.

Or, just ask them. How are we supposed to know if your local coffee shop cares if you bring your bike inside?
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 09:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 959
Posted By umazuki

Living in Chicago, I've found that anything and...

Living in Chicago, I've found that anything and everything not nailed down can and will be stolen. It doesn't matter if it has any value.
Forum: Commuting
05-09-14, 10:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,474
Posted By umazuki

Even on the best of days, that's a goofy angle. ...

Even on the best of days, that's a goofy angle. I'd dismount and portage.
05-02-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,924
Posted By umazuki

I'm not so concerned about carbon fiber being...

I'm not so concerned about carbon fiber being fragile, I'm concerned about its unpredictable failure modes. If I drop it, chances are it's ok. With a metal bike, if you drop it and there are no...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-14, 06:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 746
Posted By umazuki

I had a similar problem - excruciating arch pain...

I had a similar problem - excruciating arch pain after a few miles in my (left) foot. Never happened in the right. What fixed it for me was adjusting the cleats - ideally, they should be under the...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-14, 11:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,394
Posted By umazuki

2014 Charge Plug series

Charge is a little manufacturer from the UK that primarily makes mountain bikes. They have a number of road/cyclocross bikes, which they rekajiggered into the "Plug" brand for 2014.

Charge Bikes...
05-01-14, 11:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 872
Posted By umazuki

I like the Buff. It's more or less a cloth tube...

I like the Buff. It's more or less a cloth tube that you pull over your head. You can wear it any way you want - as a simple neck gaiter, covering the mouth and lower part of the head, as a full...
04-26-14, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,237
Posted By umazuki

The frame material makes a difference too. Steel...

The frame material makes a difference too. Steel can be cold set (using a 2x4 to spread the frame), but I wouldn't do it with aluminum. Not sure about titanium.
04-26-14, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,012
Posted By umazuki

I've heard a couple of plans floated (including...

I've heard a couple of plans floated (including one by an alderman who later admitted she hadn't really thought it through), but nothing firm. My guess is it would cost more than it would bring in,...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,588
Posted By umazuki

The backpack I just got (Chrome Bravo) has an EVA...

The backpack I just got (Chrome Bravo) has an EVA cooling panel on the back, so it's (in theory) not in complete contact with your back. I haven't had any problems, but then I'm only going four...
04-24-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,219
Posted By umazuki

Add another vote for the bottom bracket. ...

Add another vote for the bottom bracket. Probably needs to be tightened. I suppose it wouldn't be unheard of for it to be defective - check the bike shop you bought it from. They may just replace...
04-24-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,813
Posted By umazuki

Hybrid is one of those marketing buzzwords, much...

Hybrid is one of those marketing buzzwords, much like Cyclocross* bike, Gravel bike, and fixie, among others, that was invented to sell more bikes. Call it whatever you want to.

Note: I say...
11-21-13, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 745
Posted By umazuki

They make tension rod bike racks that press into...

They make tension rod bike racks that press into the ceiling & floor. I believe this is what rydeabent is describing - I'd imagine if it was just leaning against the wall, it wouldn't be very secure.
Forum: Commuting
11-15-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,217
Posted By umazuki

I don't think having a bike that weighs 2lb less...

I don't think having a bike that weighs 2lb less is going to make it much faster. Easier to control, yes. Easier to shoulder and portage, yes. Go faster? I think you need to upgrade the engine :)
09-30-13, 11:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,081
Posted By umazuki

We're talking about tires, right? Not dating.

We're talking about tires, right? Not dating.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,561
Posted By umazuki

So... did you have clothes on or not?

So... did you have clothes on or not?
Forum: Commuting
08-07-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,889
Posted By umazuki

The thing I've always heard is that while wider...

The thing I've always heard is that while wider tires are definitely heavier than narrower tires (no way around that), the decreased rolling resistance and increased traction of the larger tires more...
07-29-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,349
Posted By umazuki

Be warned, if you do this and Shimano or SRAM...

Be warned, if you do this and Shimano or SRAM find out, their secret police will come and throw you in Bike Prison. They take mountain and road groupsets seriously. People think, I can put Deore on...
07-08-13, 12:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,486
Posted By umazuki

I like the Salt Creek Trail. It runs from Busse...

I like the Salt Creek Trail. It runs from Busse Woods (mentioned before above) and goes all the way through the western suburbs to Brookfield Zoo. It also intersects with the Prairie Path and the...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-13, 12:10 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 11,570
Posted By umazuki

Maybe the pepper spray will deal with it - maybe...

Maybe the pepper spray will deal with it - maybe not. The pack instinct/adrenaline high these dogs are getting may override any discomfort from the pepper spray. If you need to escalate, maybe rat...
06-10-13, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 719
Posted By umazuki

In general, yeah, this is one of those things...

In general, yeah, this is one of those things that could be expensive. For the shifters, you might be able to mount that little doohickey on the top of the drop bar, or switch to bar-end shifters. ...
06-06-13, 11:58 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,414
Posted By umazuki

You think she drives herself around?

You think she drives herself around?
06-05-13, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By umazuki

Generally, it's more economical to buy a nice...

Generally, it's more economical to buy a nice bike, than do any significant upgrades to an existing bike. Bicycle manufacturers get volume discounts the likes of which would make us blush (that 105...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-13, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 822
Posted By umazuki

$1500 would probably get you one of the fancier...

$1500 would probably get you one of the fancier bikes they have marketed as commuters - like the Novara Gotham (http://www.rei.com/product/825377/novara-gotham-bike-2013), which has a belt drive,...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-25-13, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 794
Posted By umazuki

I'd recommend a mountain bike if you want to do...

I'd recommend a mountain bike if you want to do this - this trail has portions that are just hardpack (or crushed limestone that easily gets washed away). Skinny 23mm road tires will not cut it. ...
05-09-13, 11:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,760
Posted By umazuki

You got one of the New Belgium bikes? Awesome! ...

You got one of the New Belgium bikes? Awesome! The one at the Urban Assault Ride last year went for something like $2k.
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