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06-17-08, 01:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,691
Posted By chocula

So I've got my hands on a Hercullips! :) ...

So I've got my hands on a Hercullips! :)

Seriously, thanks for the guidance. This is my first entree into the murky world of re-branded bikes. Or maybe it's not, since my 199? Schwinn Mesa Runner...
06-15-08, 06:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,691
Posted By chocula

Help me understand my British Ranger from Chicago

Hello everyone:

I'm trying to get a handle on my latest flea market find. It's a Ranger three-speed with plenty of mentions of both Chicago and England. The date code on the S-A hub is 61. Some of...
Forum: Southeast
04-15-08, 07:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By chocula

Thanks for the lead, RonH. We'll follow up on...

Thanks for the lead, RonH. We'll follow up on that. Wanted to share a little more coverage:

Connect Savannah: "Cycling into the Future"...
Forum: Southeast
04-15-08, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By chocula

Thanks for the words of support, Michael and...

Thanks for the words of support, Michael and RonH. We made the front page of the morning paper:

http://savannahnow.com/node/480538
...
04-12-08, 02:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 357
Posted By chocula

New advocacy group in Savannah, GA

On Monday, April 14 at 11 a.m., a press conference will be held in Downtown Savannah's Johnson Square to announce the launch of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. The group was organized to work through...
Forum: Southeast
04-12-08, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By chocula

New advocacy group and ride in Savannah, GA

On Monday, April 14 at 11 a.m., a press conference will be held in Downtown Savannah's Johnson Square to announce the launch of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. The group was organized to work through...
03-31-08, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,343
Posted By chocula

I had seen the Schwinn you linked to above, but...

I had seen the Schwinn you linked to above, but in my mind it was a Paramount, so my searches for it had been fruitless. Thanks for sharing your Trek as well. Here's a before photo of my project...
03-31-08, 01:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,343
Posted By chocula

Thanks for the replies, everyone. And for not...

Thanks for the replies, everyone. And for not saying, "just measure the spacing, you big dummy," which is what I did after my post. Sorry I didn't do that beforehand. Turns out the spacing on the...
03-29-08, 01:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,343
Posted By chocula

Nexus hub on Schwinn Traveler frame?

Hello everyone:

I regularly lurk here, but rarely post. But today I have a question. I'm working on a project based on a 1979 (I think) Schwinn Traveler frame. My goal is a low budget...
09-03-07, 05:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,811
Posted By chocula

Roger that. I had to read that manual many, many...

Roger that. I had to read that manual many, many times before I picked up the lingo.



That sounds like a pretty good idea. Offers another layer of defense against any perp who's determined to...
09-03-07, 05:20 AM
Replies: 933
Views: 484,967
Posted By chocula

Thanks, Patrick. By the way, I really enjoy your...

Thanks, Patrick. By the way, I really enjoy your blog.
09-03-07, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,201
Posted By chocula

Yep. 27 inch wheels were the standard for older...

Yep. 27 inch wheels were the standard for older road bikes. Tires for them are still readily available. My local K-Mart stocks 27 inch tires, but none in the more modern 700C size.



There are...
09-02-07, 08:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,197
Posted By chocula

That was my solution to heel strike on my Nashbar...

That was my solution to heel strike on my Nashbar Townie grocery bag panniers. Also, I fastened the panniers to the rack with zip ties to keep them from migrating back forward. This had the added...
09-02-07, 08:03 AM
Replies: 933
Views: 484,967
Posted By chocula

Here's my 1989 Schwinn Mesa Runner (before...

Here's my 1989 Schwinn Mesa Runner (before Xtracycle conversion):

http://home.comcast.net/~bennett12/red_schwinn.jpg

Modifications:

Suntour Blaze crankset from a Specialized road bike
Nitto...
09-02-07, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,201
Posted By chocula

I understand that you are wary of plastic...

I understand that you are wary of plastic fenders, put how about plastic and metal laminate? I've been very happy with SKS fenders (http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?catalogId=39&id=1079):
...
09-01-07, 01:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,559
Posted By chocula

I started messing around with bikes using general...

I started messing around with bikes using general purpose tools. I think if I drew a chart of my slowly increasing competence, it would correspond with the purchase of bike-specific tools. First tire...
09-01-07, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,811
Posted By chocula

Thanks, Donna. I figured a U-Lock was in my...

Thanks, Donna. I figured a U-Lock was in my future. I'll try to make sure it's the near future. Any suggestions on where to apply it? For example, how would Sheldon's method...
09-01-07, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,811
Posted By chocula

Xtracycle locking strategy?

With the addition of a Free Radical, the value of my battered 1989 Schwinn Mesa Runner has increased 500 percent (maybe more) overnight and I'm thinking I better employ extra security measures. I'm...
08-20-07, 05:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,437
Posted By chocula

Like this? ...

Like this?

http://www.atlantabike.org/images/Bulb-out_w_bike_pass-thru.jpg
08-07-07, 11:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,127
Posted By chocula

Where did you get the thumbshifters? (I'm in the...

Where did you get the thumbshifters? (I'm in the market for some now).
07-16-07, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7,836
Views: 2,201,071
Posted By chocula

Thanks for the info, Bob. My father bought the...

Thanks for the info, Bob. My father bought the bike (and a matching women's model) new. He took them to a local LBS for a tune up last year and they told him they weren't worth putting money into....
07-16-07, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7,836
Views: 2,201,071
Posted By chocula

Four digit stamp = 3218.

Four digit stamp = 3218.
07-16-07, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7,836
Views: 2,201,071
Posted By chocula

Bob: Do you have scans of other 1980s...

Bob:

Do you have scans of other 1980s Schwinn MTB catalogs? I'm trying to find a catalog photo of my Mesa Runner. Photo here...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-07, 12:09 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,159
Posted By chocula

I use a cheap Lands' End rain jacket during light...

I use a cheap Lands' End rain jacket during light sprinkles and a J&G Cyclewear rain cape for real downpours. Both live in my messenger bag so I'm always ready for the rain.
Forum: Commuting
06-29-07, 07:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,208
Posted By chocula

Off topic, but has any one tried to order a 26"...

Off topic, but has any one tried to order a 26" Free Radical kit lately? When I ordered mine earlier this month, Xtracycle said they were out of stock until July 1. I've since received an e-mail...
06-17-07, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4,669
Views: 411,138
Posted By chocula

From a sale at the local pedicab garage a couple...

From a sale at the local pedicab garage a couple weeks back:

http://home.comcast.net/~bennett12/lucky13.jpg

* Two sets of handlebars
* One Sugino XD 175mm crankset (with chain ring...
06-07-07, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By chocula

I can't tell you much about the bike (I'm sure...

I can't tell you much about the bike (I'm sure others here can), but I am pretty sure that's an aftermarket chainguard.
Forum: Commuting
05-06-07, 01:27 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,252
Posted By chocula

For me, commuting grew out of utility cycling. I...

For me, commuting grew out of utility cycling. I started using a bicycle to run errands (grocery store, library, etc.) after work and on weekends, but was still driving to the office. I decided to...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-07, 10:32 AM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,591,964
Posted By chocula

Here's my main commuter: ...

Here's my main commuter:

http://home.comcast.net/~bennett12/red_schwinn.jpg
Mid 1980s Schwinn Mesa Runner MTB. Crankset is Suntour Blaze from a yard sale Specialized road bike. Nitto Northroad...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-07, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,849
Posted By chocula

I just noticed a combo deal that offers the rack...

I just noticed a combo deal that offers the rack and a cargo net for $14.95:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_combo.cfm?combo=24255

The rack alone lists for $19.95:
...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-07, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,558
Posted By chocula

The front derailer is going to make fitting a...

The front derailer is going to make fitting a chain guard very difficult. I've tried this using several different chain guards and have never been completely successful. My solution was to lose the...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-07, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,849
Posted By chocula

These are important questions. Eyelets/braze-ons...

These are important questions. Eyelets/braze-ons do make the job easier, but if your bike does not have them, you can use p-clamps. I liked Nashbar's LDT rack...
03-23-07, 06:27 AM
Replies: 38,868
Views: 4,404,557
Posted By chocula

The "100-year-old Photoblog" says Birmingham: ...

The "100-year-old Photoblog" says Birmingham:

http://www.shorpy.com/node/14
Forum: Commuting
03-20-07, 10:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,316
Posted By chocula

My experience is similar to Prime Directive's. I...

My experience is similar to Prime Directive's. I see a lot of people folks riding bikes to their jobs, but I rarely have a chance to strike up conversations because they are usually riding on the...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-07, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,337
Posted By chocula

Wald makes them in a couple different lengths. I...

Wald makes them in a couple different lengths. I ordered one through my LBS. Looked like this:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000AO5FRY.01-A2TE9IQP68MWQU._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
12-21-06, 12:17 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,380
Posted By chocula

Stopping by the station may be your best option. ...

Stopping by the station may be your best option.

Since WLTT is a talk station, I'd bet they have audio logging equipment running any time a mic is open. Perhaps the delay in response from the...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-06, 02:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,504
Posted By chocula

I keep my place in line, too. But I usually stop...

I keep my place in line, too. But I usually stop in the center of the lane. After the light changes, I keep the lane as long as I travel at the same speed as traffic. When I can no longer keep pace...
12-20-06, 09:53 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,380
Posted By chocula

I wish that were true. Unfortunately, there's not...

I wish that were true. Unfortunately, there's not much in FCC regulations that speaks specifically to this, outside of those dealing with EAS operation, etc. If commercial stations were actually...
12-19-06, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8,244
Views: 391,823
Posted By chocula

For only $20 less you could climb Mt. Fury: ...

For only $20 less you could climb Mt. Fury:

http://savannah.craigslist.org/bik/251012996.html
12-19-06, 08:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,778
Posted By chocula

That seems to be the standard uniform for...

That seems to be the standard uniform for wrong-way cyclists.

I almost collided with one last night. I didn't see him until he was right in front of me. As if riding against traffic with no...
12-19-06, 08:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,395
Posted By chocula

Me, too. I'm afraid this is what riding bikes...

Me, too. I'm afraid this is what riding bikes looks like these days:

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0007CZ5AQ.01-A12J7Z25BKBAUQ._AA250_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
12-18-06, 04:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,395
Posted By chocula

Then there's no way they'd sit through this...

Then there's no way they'd sit through this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qli_U6yyZs0) 1989 bike safety film. I actually have a copy of it on VHS. I figured it would wind up on Youtube. It's...
12-18-06, 08:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,395
Posted By chocula

It's real. The narrator is Edward Everett Horton...

It's real. The narrator is Edward Everett Horton (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002143/).
12-14-06, 08:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,526
Posted By chocula

But even this is not as reliable as it might...

But even this is not as reliable as it might seem. When I was hit, the motorist was looking me right in the eyes (at least I thought she was). I learned never to assume someone sees me, even if they...
12-12-06, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By chocula

That's correct. The cyclist mentioned in the NYT...

That's correct. The cyclist mentioned in the NYT story is a professor at the University of Bath and his study was conducted in Salisbury and Bristol. Here's a press release...
12-12-06, 06:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,526
Posted By chocula

I agree with the council of elders. This bike...

I agree with the council of elders. This bike lane is poorly designed and if you travel in it against traffic, you'll continue to be vulnerable. My city has a similar bike lane and these signs were...
12-12-06, 05:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,526
Posted By chocula

I'm not sure I follow, but just to be sure,...

I'm not sure I follow, but just to be sure, you're not riding against traffic are you? If you are, that's a big part of your problem.



Yes! I used mine twice last night on unattentive motorists.
12-12-06, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By chocula

I'd like the idea of an outdoor bike film fest....

I'd like the idea of an outdoor bike film fest. Like a drive-in for bicycles. First heard of such a thing here (http://oat5tout.blogspot.com/2005/07/bike-in-at-bell-august-20.html).
Forum: Commuting
12-12-06, 04:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,167
Posted By chocula

I went the ultra cheap route and bought the...

I went the ultra cheap route and bought the Nashbar Townie Panniers (http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=&subcategory=&brand=&sku=8641&storetype=&estoreid=&pagename=Show%20All%20Products)....
12-11-06, 01:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,355
Posted By chocula

I didn't mean to imply that you were. As...

I didn't mean to imply that you were.

As you suggest, what's safe and what's legal are not always the same thing.

However, I figure if I'm going to tell people to respect the law, I'll have...
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