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05-27-11, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
Posted By 1ply

Thanks for all the input - I'll start with the...

Thanks for all the input - I'll start with the easy ones - toe in, fork mounted hanger.
05-20-11, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 967
Posted By 1ply

We do ride together weekly - she complained about...

We do ride together weekly - she complained about the brakes that's how I know they're too weak. When we're heading downhill towards a stop sign, I'm the one that's worried :( There is no fear of...
05-20-11, 05:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
Posted By 1ply

weak front brake

The front brake on my new cross bike is much weaker than the mountain style brake that came on my old norco - how do I make the brake stronger? New bike has 105 components all around if that helps.
05-20-11, 05:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 967
Posted By 1ply

Making front brake stronger

We purchased a bmx style bike for our little one - she's nine. This is her last bike before the purchase of geared bikes and she liked the colour :) anyway - the rear brake works just fine, I can...
05-12-11, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 553
Posted By 1ply

If you plan on doing more commuting, I'd get the...

If you plan on doing more commuting, I'd get the bike that will take a rack on the back. Add some panniers and you'll never look back.

I like the look of the first raleigh, but then I read which...
05-10-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By 1ply

I'm surprised that some bike shops can't be like...

I'm surprised that some bike shops can't be like car dealers - give you a loaner while yours in in their shop :D
04-25-11, 02:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,218
Posted By 1ply

In some places, I hear that people carry guns -...

In some places, I hear that people carry guns - just be careful who you mess with. I've been cut off before (bmw sat behind me then accelerated just to hook a right immediately in front of me then...
04-20-11, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By 1ply

^^ all this is making me more determined to do it...

^^ all this is making me more determined to do it again next year and beat my time by 1 hour! This should not be hard to do if I get in 10% better shape than I am and my legs don't seize up - at...
04-20-11, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By 1ply

I don't have much experience either - but I...

I don't have much experience either - but I figure that if I can do 60k in freezing muddy sloppy weather, I can do 100k on roads with rest stops and on pavement.
04-20-11, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By 1ply

1072 almost an hour after you - I realized after...

1072 almost an hour after you - I realized after the first 2 hours that I may not look it but I'm in really poor shape - but I'm already signed up for the Tour de Grand in Cambridge (not a race, more...
04-20-11, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By 1ply

I didn't crash either, saw plenty of others hit...

I didn't crash either, saw plenty of others hit the mud though - usually when they couldn't unclip in time. Looks like there were at least two or three more serious crashes - one requiring an...
04-20-11, 08:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By 1ply

And being a newbie I either tried to pedal when I...

And being a newbie I either tried to pedal when I could pedal no more it was too late to shoulder as the bike was almost too heavy to pick up :( - there was a good downhill with a torrent of mud down...
04-20-11, 06:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By 1ply

^^ how did you keep your bike so clean? The...

^^ how did you keep your bike so clean? The after photo is pristine compared to my beat up, filled with weeds and mud bike...

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r19/1ply/IMG_0044.jpg

This...
04-06-11, 06:12 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,399
Posted By 1ply

Don't ride in rush hour traffic while clipped in...

Don't ride in rush hour traffic while clipped in if you've never ridden clipped in before.

Look around and enjoy the scenery - you don't get to do that while driving a car. Smell the air (the...
04-05-11, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,127
Posted By 1ply

I would think that eggbeaters would be THE pedal...

I would think that eggbeaters would be THE pedal for racing. After all, what other pedal lets you clip in 4 ways?

I now ride flats (although flats that one would hate to get hit with on the shin)...
03-30-11, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 356
Posted By 1ply

You have a contradiction in terms here - you're...

You have a contradiction in terms here - you're asking for a reliable bike for up to $300.

In my experience, if you're planning to use this bike daily for 16 miles a day you should probably...
03-23-11, 07:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,310
Posted By 1ply

I'm actually picking up a Fantom Cross (the $800...

I'm actually picking up a Fantom Cross (the $800 one) this weekend.

Looking at the local LBS, I'd have to spend well over double that to get anywhere near the level of components.

I looked at a...
03-03-11, 10:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,702
Posted By 1ply

That would be King Street Cycles in Waterloo :) ...

That would be King Street Cycles in Waterloo :) Great staff, fixing stuff/adjusting while you wait, lifetime tuneups. Highly recommended by me too :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
09-24-08, 02:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,466
Posted By 1ply

^^ btw it's 4:30 and I'll be here at least until...

^^ btw it's 4:30 and I'll be here at least until 5 today - oh and did I mention that I was here shortly after 6 today? Yep, nuts.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-08, 02:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,466
Posted By 1ply

Some of us early birds also go home at 4 (er well...

Some of us early birds also go home at 4 (er well I can technically) and at noon on Fridays :D
Forum: Commuting
09-24-08, 01:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,466
Posted By 1ply

I'm in the same boat. I have 41k round trip...

I'm in the same boat. I have 41k round trip (that's Kilometres) About 1 hour each way, of course the way TO work is mostly uphill. Don't worry, on the way home the wind changes direction and blows...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-08, 01:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,148
Posted By 1ply

I'll second the superflash (up here it's a $15...

I'll second the superflash (up here it's a $15 part :D)

I've used it maybe 200 hours on flash so far and the original battery is still working away.
Forum: Commuting
09-05-08, 07:10 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 14,320
Posted By 1ply

you actually wish for a good traffic jam! ...

you actually wish for a good traffic jam!

Every time I ride my bike in I'm always hoping for something to happen on the way home. Once I had a construction truck stop all the cars heading in one...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,537
Posted By 1ply

Brrrrr. Freezing this morning. Apparently on...

Brrrrr. Freezing this morning. Apparently on the ride in at 6:30 today it was 0. Face was a little cold but the paws and the ears were fine :D Preparation is key - but I don't have a facemask.
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 05:40 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,493
Posted By 1ply

I only save maybe $1.80/day. Last year I rode...

I only save maybe $1.80/day. Last year I rode probably close to 200 days... so it adds up over time.
($300/year)

It's not so much a money saving as a "lose the gut and feel better about...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-08, 05:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,823
Posted By 1ply

Phew. If my ride was any longer according to...

Phew. If my ride was any longer according to those rules I'd have to drive part way.

My ride is about 9.8km one way. If I decided to take a different route I'd have to drive the hummer :) ...
04-28-08, 11:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By 1ply

You're right. This will be a commuter - 700cc or...

You're right. This will be a commuter - 700cc or 26" no preference. Otherwise I'm pretty open to frame makers - as long as they have the ability to add a rack for panniers and fenders all makers...
04-28-08, 08:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By 1ply

Internal Hub Gears

I'm wondering if anyone here has a list of manufacturers who produce a bike with an internal gear hub. I'm thinking of possibly getting something in the future (a whole new bike) and having a list...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-08, 06:55 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,259
Posted By 1ply

(Agreed. But there are others who don't care as...

(Agreed. But there are others who don't care as long as this happens in a place that they have never been to. Here's my response to that:)



Yeah, but who cares about the dead land, as long as...
04-25-08, 10:31 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,329
Posted By 1ply

We have the same rule. Of course they don't let...

We have the same rule. Of course they don't let me out much :(
Forum: Commuting
04-25-08, 06:23 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,259
Posted By 1ply

But you could count the number of 5.7L suburbans...

But you could count the number of 5.7L suburbans driving with just the driver in them 60 miles to work each way daily on one hand.

They may be as car centric, but their cars are smaller and more...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-08, 05:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By 1ply

Well this is year three of my bike and last night...

Well this is year three of my bike and last night I sat down to true the wheel because it had a little wobble and lo and behold, number three spoke has broken.

In my case I attribute the breakage...
04-23-08, 12:46 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 13,060
Posted By 1ply

A few pages ago someone mentioned that cycling is...

A few pages ago someone mentioned that cycling is not really seen as "cool" or the thing to do. Perhaps one way to get more people on bikes is to advertise it as the "rebel" thing to do. Another...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 08:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,116
Posted By 1ply

UM cars break down more often than bikes. It...

UM cars break down more often than bikes. It would be smart to carry your bike in the car in case of breakdown, not the other way around ( :) ) and I do know your comment was sarcastic. :)
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 08:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,093
Posted By 1ply

My ride to work is a little faster than transit. ...

My ride to work is a little faster than transit. Maybe a 3-4 minute difference all things considered. My ride AFTER work is where the difference is. The way they have the busses scheduled here is...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 07:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,052
Posted By 1ply

Not around here you can't. After the winter the...

Not around here you can't. After the winter the bike lane is still full of rocks, glass, metal bits that cars randomly drop, other parts of cars from pieces of bumper to plastic trim.

I ride in...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-08, 05:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 914
Posted By 1ply

You could of course change bars to these: ...

You could of course change bars to these:

http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/productDetails.asp?productID=9331

http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/images/products/large/9331.jpg

I have and am satisfied...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-08, 01:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,969
Posted By 1ply

Since we're sharing humiliating stories, here's...

Since we're sharing humiliating stories, here's one of my three reasons why I have big spiky platforms on my bike.

A while back, when I first got my bike I put on some nice eggbeaters to make me...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-08, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 659
Posted By 1ply

I have a small fan on my desk which I use to cool...

I have a small fan on my desk which I use to cool down. I do change all my clothes as well as splash some cold water on my face but the fan helps greatly.

I don't shower as we don't have one...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-08, 03:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,469
Posted By 1ply

This bike probably comes with 28mm tires (my 2006...

This bike probably comes with 28mm tires (my 2006 vrf5 did) so I would not recommend jumping any curbs with it. Possibly going up or down one slowly but this bike was not made for jumping. It makes...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-08, 03:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 707
Posted By 1ply

I've only encountered a wrong way cyclist once. ...

I've only encountered a wrong way cyclist once. I just kept going straight, near the curb and he had a choice - go out into traffic the wrong way :eek: or hop on the sidewalk. He chose to stop and...
Forum: Foo
01-17-08, 06:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 521
Posted By 1ply

Of course it's the parents that have to worry...

Of course it's the parents that have to worry about what to do with the kids.... stay home from work? Find babysitting?

If all businesses had to run on the same schedule as the schools, ie...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-07, 07:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 655
Posted By 1ply

You make it sound like you're on the 40mph road...

You make it sound like you're on the 40mph road for quite a bit of time. After all, a plow does not go down the street every 15 minutes. Chances are slim that you and they will be on that stretch...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-07, 09:28 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,537
Posted By 1ply

-6 (20F). Getting cold out there :( Not...

-6 (20F). Getting cold out there :(

Not much wind, but going down a hill I tested my brakes and the right lever was frozen. Loosened it up in time to stop safely but for the rest of the ride I...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-07, 07:06 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,537
Posted By 1ply

Cold out there today. Some icy spots are...

Cold out there today. Some icy spots are starting to appear. I think I will finally go get that bike I've been talking about and be ready to put the studded tires on.

As someone mentioned pogies...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-07, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,537
Posted By 1ply

On the way home yesterday I had to stop by the...

On the way home yesterday I had to stop by the side of the road to put on different (warmer) gloves and a headband for my ears. Gets cold when the sun drops now :(

I had some jack***** in a truck...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-07, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By 1ply

I could put a camera there, since I actually just...

I could put a camera there, since I actually just bought one that can be set to take a picture every couple of seconds or so, at the lowest resolution my 1gb card would hold almost 4000 pictures but...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-07, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By 1ply

It was a commute shirt, and no no stench was...

It was a commute shirt, and no no stench was present. I wore it overtop another shirt that morning so no sweat was actually on the shirt. But comon, it's a freaking rag to anyone else.... maybe...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-07, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By 1ply

Don't leave things behind

The company I work for used to pride itself on the honesty of its employees. When I started here almost seven years ago, I probably could have left a ten dollar bill on my desk at night and it would...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-07, 04:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,129
Posted By 1ply

How far is your commute? For my 10k (6miles) to...

How far is your commute? For my 10k (6miles) to save 5 minutes would be huge accompanied by a huge increase in effort.


Sure looks like a lot of us commuters aren't after getting there faster,...
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