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Forum: Touring
08-04-14, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By jmilleronaire

Oh, and I finally discovered in a better way why...

Oh, and I finally discovered in a better way why purpose-built touring bikes are such a good idea. My bike is actually a pretty darn good bike, but for the first time I felt what 'frame flex' means....
Forum: Touring
08-04-14, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By jmilleronaire

Yeah, maybe I should classify this as "adjusted...

Yeah, maybe I should classify this as "adjusted success" rather than "failure".

We'll know better what we're in for next time! Also, my wife mentioned a few days later that maybe next year she'll...
Forum: Touring
08-04-14, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By jmilleronaire

Yea, we planned on this day to end at a hotel...

Yea, we planned on this day to end at a hotel with a pool, and he wasn't really that tired (because he wasn't actually contributing much pedaling, mostly in back telling me all kinds of stories...
Forum: Touring
08-04-14, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By jmilleronaire

First tour ever! Failure report, but definitely a great experience!

So, after many months of planning, my 7-year-old and I set off on a week-long trip.

Unfortunately, near the end of the first day, my son suffered some homesickness and the decision was made to...
Forum: Touring
08-04-14, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4,491
Views: 2,198,615
Posted By jmilleronaire

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hfDPbvdXzTg/U9a...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hfDPbvdXzTg/U9aaX_A3ELI/AAAAAAAAGV0/bj30vMvRwxQ/w953-h536-no/DSC_0467.JPG

Well, I started a tour on this last Monday, but a 7-year-old's homesickness got the...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-14, 10:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,293
Posted By jmilleronaire

A slightly different take on it, as I've also...

A slightly different take on it, as I've also added "touring" to the list, but here's my mountain bike turned road/commuter:
...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-14, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By jmilleronaire

Yeah, it was shifting just fine on the ride in,...

Yeah, it was shifting just fine on the ride in, even with the broken tooth. on the ride home, it wouldn't go into the largest cog at all, and would go off the smallest cog and jam if i wasn't...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-14, 05:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By jmilleronaire

Well, I didn't make 2 days in a row. :( ...

Well, I didn't make 2 days in a row. :(

First, the ride home was 11 miles into a 30+mph headwind and I am sore.

To make it more fun, I suspect someone messed with my bike at work, because the...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-14, 01:28 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 158,115
Posted By jmilleronaire

First commute in 2 years today! I got in before...

First commute in 2 years today! I got in before the rain started, it has cleared up this afternoon as weather people predicted. The 11 miles right away in the morning is FAR harder than the 11...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-14, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By jmilleronaire

Well, since I will have to change out the chain...

Well, since I will have to change out the chain in a thousand miles or so, I was wondering if I could just wait for a while. Sounds like the worst thing will be possible occasional skipping?

I...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-14, 06:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By jmilleronaire

I'm back!

Biked to work today after taking 2 years off. Wife's been pregnant the last 2 summers, and wasn't pleased with the idea of me being an hour bike ride away in case of emergency.

The bike worked...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-14, 01:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,103
Posted By jmilleronaire

a sure sign of spring in MN is apparently more...

a sure sign of spring in MN is apparently more snow... 2 more inches here tonight, maybe a foot not far north of us.
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 08:29 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,146
Posted By jmilleronaire

Perhaps first explain what you feel are an issue...

Perhaps first explain what you feel are an issue with the current folding bikes available, as many people already use folding bikes and praise them.
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 07:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,146
Posted By jmilleronaire

It looks like the pedals are behind the saddle,...

It looks like the pedals are behind the saddle, that would be uncomfortable for even the most fit athlete.
Forum: Commuting
04-10-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,115
Posted By jmilleronaire

The lugs look a lot like a Schwinn, possibly a...

The lugs look a lot like a Schwinn, possibly a Schwinn World of the mid-late '80s?
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 08:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By jmilleronaire

Limited riding time tonight, but did 6.5 miles in...

Limited riding time tonight, but did 6.5 miles in 35 minutes. Still hard to keep my breath, maybe my heart valves did clog. Only training I've managed lately is intervals between couch and fridge.
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By jmilleronaire

Probably a good point, I'm riding my mountain...

Probably a good point, I'm riding my mountain bike turned commuter hybrid right now, the roads are still quite sloppy from snow melt, and that one has fenders... I might do better on my road bike. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 08:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By jmilleronaire

Ride slower? That's silly! :rolleyes: I...

Ride slower? That's silly! :rolleyes:

I think I'll be better off spending the next few evenings building up my endurance again.

Funny enough, I feel *great* today. I guess my muscles and...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By jmilleronaire

Spring wake-up call

Well, I went for a bike ride last night to make sure that my bike was all ready to go for my 11 mile each way commute to work.

Turns out, the bike is fine, but I am *not*. After a winter of...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-14, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,082
Posted By jmilleronaire

If "above 0F" makes someone a fair-weather...

If "above 0F" makes someone a fair-weather commuter, what am I? I've been waiting for 50F!

Do I need to go shopping for skirts?
04-07-14, 01:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,112
Posted By jmilleronaire

Been there. I saw two options here, and I've...

Been there. I saw two options here, and I've used both. Choose at your discretion.

1: Get a trail-a-bike to connect to your bike. This helps teach balance on a bike, they get to pedal and...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 158,115
Posted By jmilleronaire

You're doing better than me, I hope to get my...

You're doing better than me, I hope to get my first commute of the year in later this week. My list of excuses is long and basically is an attempt to justify my laziness.

I haven't commuted for 2...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-14, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,912
Posted By jmilleronaire

Maybe pick up some metal hooks, and attach them...

Maybe pick up some metal hooks, and attach them to the sides of the crates so they hang from the rack like a pannier, specifically like the pet litter bucket panniers?

a couple of these on each...
04-01-14, 11:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By jmilleronaire

I once watched a documentary about the Seoul...

I once watched a documentary about the Seoul freeway removal, and it actually was built on top of a stream. The removal allowed restoration of the stream that had previously existed, not creating a...
Forum: Touring
04-01-14, 09:32 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 313,428
Posted By jmilleronaire

Finally got a bit better picture of mine. ...

Finally got a bit better picture of mine.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-N9nvNWHA7iQ/UzbrcyUMFiI/AAAAAAAAFfk/hk2hdfFLnRY/w915-h686-no/FB_IMG_13961081257765367.jpg
Forum: Touring
03-31-14, 10:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,992
Posted By jmilleronaire

the title of the thread pretty much indicates...

the title of the thread pretty much indicates your intention to many. "how to ride the DALMAC *for free*". Basically saying "I want to ride this ride, but and take advantage of a lot of the work put...
Forum: Touring
03-31-14, 08:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,992
Posted By jmilleronaire

So you come here to ask a question about riding...

So you come here to ask a question about riding with a group ride without paying, and then argue with us that we're all wrong when we express an opinion contrary to yours, that many view as selfish? ...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-14, 10:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,387
Posted By jmilleronaire

-clothing Highly recommended!

-clothing
Highly recommended!
Forum: Touring
03-27-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,441
Posted By jmilleronaire

Maybe help us help you by telling us what you...

Maybe help us help you by telling us what you didn't like about your fenders? There's pros and cons to everything.

I just put SKS fenders on my 26" mountain bike and I like them, but you may not.
03-26-14, 07:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,458
Posted By jmilleronaire

28x1.95. If your computer doesn't have that size...

28x1.95. If your computer doesn't have that size in the menu, you'll have to look at the book for manually entering, and (for the computers I've owned) measure the circumference and manually enter...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-14, 06:58 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,423
Posted By jmilleronaire

My commuting bike tires both are purchased...

My commuting bike tires both are purchased primarily for flat protection. I already mentioned my MTB with armadillos, my road-type bicycle with curly down handlebars like they use in the tour de...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,423
Posted By jmilleronaire

But in the original question: "My only issue is...

But in the original question: "My only issue is I ride on a dirt and gravel road for some of my ride to work." So this is a daily thing for the OP, not a rarity.
Forum: Commuting
03-20-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,423
Posted By jmilleronaire

Yes, there is only one answer to any question,...

Yes, there is only one answer to any question, and that is your answer. :rolleyes:

I do see the cause of your frustration, there seems to be a pretty narrow rotation of questions, one of the...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-14, 11:19 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,423
Posted By jmilleronaire

I use Crossroads Armadillo on my mountain bike...

I use Crossroads Armadillo on my mountain bike converted to commuting/touring. They're the only ones I've used, so I'm a very minimalist data point, but they do roll pretty well on roads, and worked...
Forum: Touring
03-20-14, 09:49 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 313,428
Posted By jmilleronaire

I had my LBS order them for me. I'll try to get...

I had my LBS order them for me. I'll try to get more details on them for you when I get home tonight. They were about 30 bucks.

Well, the receipt says "trekking bar", and doesn't provide detail....
Forum: Touring
03-20-14, 09:13 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 313,428
Posted By jmilleronaire

Actually, I have a question from many years ago...

Actually, I have a question from many years ago for you guys, hoping maybe you'd know...

When I got this bike, the neighbor kid got some kind of Specialized mountain bike, hardrock, rockhopper,...
Forum: Touring
03-20-14, 06:48 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 313,428
Posted By jmilleronaire

The sticker says "Tracer MT-6i", they are not...

The sticker says "Tracer MT-6i", they are not biopace. Nothing that fancy came stock on this somewhat low-end mountain bike. :rolleyes:

I love this conversion so far. I've ridden it all of .05...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 08:25 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 313,428
Posted By jmilleronaire

369923 Here she is!

369923

Here she is!
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By jmilleronaire

Also: City of Rochester, Minnesota :...

Also:

City of Rochester, Minnesota : Rochester Trail System (http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/trails/)

However, if you wanted to bike greater MN, please don't rely on the 2013 MN...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 02:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By jmilleronaire

http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/maps/P...

http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/maps/Park-Trail-print_front.pdf
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,525
Posted By jmilleronaire

Yeah, around here there are campgrounds, but I'll...

Yeah, around here there are campgrounds, but I'll be riding to Duluth, and with a 7 year old, not covering as many miles a day as I would do alone.

I think the $40/day will have to go out the...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,525
Posted By jmilleronaire

Unfortunately, my son has a skin condition that...

Unfortunately, my son has a skin condition that makes sweaty skin break out pretty quickly, so showers are much preferable to baby wipes. I understand that this isn't ideal for keeping costs down.
...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 11:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,525
Posted By jmilleronaire

Well, my plans of winning the big lottery were...

Well, my plans of winning the big lottery were shot down because someone else won my jackpot again. (some people insist I should have actually bought a ticket to make that statement, but I don't see...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 544
Views: 313,428
Posted By jmilleronaire

Prodding the recently re-awoken thread... I...

Prodding the recently re-awoken thread...

I have a '95 Mongoose Switchback (At the time, a very fine example of a mountain bike, now the bike shop calls it a 'hybrid'). I just had fenders, front...
03-18-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,199
Posted By jmilleronaire

It's the time of year that a lot of people are...

It's the time of year that a lot of people are starting to think about biking again, so the shop might just be overrun with builds of new display bikes, along with a lot of people bringing in bikes...
Forum: Touring
03-18-14, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,931
Posted By jmilleronaire

I can't say for sure, because I pick up my bike...

I can't say for sure, because I pick up my bike from my LBS from having a trekking bar installed after work today, but I don't think having only one brake position is going to be a major issue......
Forum: Touring
03-18-14, 01:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,420
Posted By jmilleronaire

It only happened to 2 legs of the trip, just...

It only happened to 2 legs of the trip, just changing the destination to within a city that the big route skimmed by, put me on to a different set of streets, and for one of the days looked far more...
Forum: Touring
03-18-14, 09:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,420
Posted By jmilleronaire

I used google maps, and this weekend checked out...

I used google maps, and this weekend checked out a few specific areas as I was driving by them (on vacation with the family).

One thing that I noticed though, using google maps from start to...
Forum: Foo
03-18-14, 08:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 842
Posted By jmilleronaire

Put your bike on a rack on your car and drive...

Put your bike on a rack on your car and drive where you're going.

They say taking your bike to work is a great way to stay in shape, so I keep my bike on my car at all times. :trainwreck:
Forum: Commuting
03-17-14, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 593
Posted By jmilleronaire

That'd work fine for me, I have 2 cars. One odd...

That'd work fine for me, I have 2 cars. One odd plate, one even.
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