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Posted By ronocnikral

Not sure exactly what you mean, but if you're...

Not sure exactly what you mean, but if you're asking about durability, very little is sacrificed using modern tube sets. Steel is steel - some properties aren't changed. Namely density & modulus of...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I haven't done extensive research on the matter,...

I haven't done extensive research on the matter, but many folks seem to be happy with Rene Herse's frames (Boulder Bicycle, made at waterford). $1435 for an off the shelf frame. Tough to piece it...
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Posted By ronocnikral

As someone already pointed out, steel frames can...

As someone already pointed out, steel frames can be lighter than many aluminum, carbon and other frames. If it's made from high quality, modern tubes, you'd be surprised at the weight.

Are you...
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Posted By ronocnikral

Thanks a whizzed right by the title and was...

Thanks a whizzed right by the title and was looking for a sanctioning heading.
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Posted By ronocnikral

I looked (and didn't see it), but you may want to...

I looked (and didn't see it), but you may want to mention the sanctioning. I assume this is RUSA....
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Posted By ronocnikral

I just got a Berthoud Aspin and have put it...

I just got a Berthoud Aspin and have put it through 2x200k events, plus a couple hundred more miles. FOR ME, the 200k events were fine for the first 80-90 miles, but were quite uncomfortable for the...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-14, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,421
Posted By ronocnikral

If you're sliding forward on the saddle, you may...

If you're sliding forward on the saddle, you may need to point the nose up a bit. small changes go a long way. Don't be afraid to tinker....

As for as muscle soreness....Keep riding, and keep...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-14, 11:18 AM
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Posted By ronocnikral

Agreed. I converted my handlebars on my...

Agreed. I converted my handlebars on my commuter. Of course, I went with bars that are a bit of splurge. The $100 or so for new campy veloce shifters worked out well. It's a clunky downshifting...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-14, 11:34 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

View the OFFICE BAG at http://www.ortliebusa.com...

View the OFFICE BAG at http://www.ortliebusa.com (http://www.ortliebusa.com/prodInfo.asp?pid=215&cid=2)

Ortlieb Office Bag
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Posted By ronocnikral

I gave up on CO2. The cartridges take up a lot...

I gave up on CO2. The cartridges take up a lot of space. And when I was changing a flat in the dark, after a long day of riding, I screwed it all up and ended up with another flat. And then I was...
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Posted By ronocnikral

Just curious on your thoughts of Charging and...

Just curious on your thoughts of Charging and using lights with a sondelux on a 700c wheel? I did some research and landed on the new Son28. I badly wanted a Sondelux, but everything I pointed to...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 06:42 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By ronocnikral

I know no one probably cares, but outside of...

I know no one probably cares, but outside of blingy bicycles and bicycle parts, chrome can be added as apart of the steel concoction. While the chrome itself doesn't change the physical properties of...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I run a compact double, 34/48, and 11-32 8 spd...

I run a compact double, 34/48, and 11-32 8 spd cassette. To sum it up in a single portmanteau - shimergo. Lots more options.
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Posted By ronocnikral

I've got a commute similar in distance, and have...

I've got a commute similar in distance, and have been putting in similar miles. I haven't busted out a 100k, but I'm doing a 200k this weekend. I'm hoping experience trumps my lack preparedness. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-14, 07:25 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

STP usually carries nice rack every once in a...

STP usually carries nice rack every once in a while. I got a racktime rack there for like $25.

Right now, they have this blackburn rack which looks nice for around $20 shipped if you have the...
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Posted By ronocnikral

one thing I'm incorporating from ski touring is...

one thing I'm incorporating from ski touring is packing around some vacuum insulated thermoses. One gets my home brewed ginger tea (ginger, lime and honey) and the other gets a soup of some form. ...
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Posted By ronocnikral

or....as Jan says, learn to ride and work with a...

or....as Jan says, learn to ride and work with a group. Charly Miller - here I come!

or....my father said, if we can ride 400k in 18 hours, we can get more sleep. c'est vrai mon pere!
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Posted By ronocnikral

WHOA! Sorry to here about Charlie. He helped...

WHOA! Sorry to here about Charlie. He helped get me through my first brevet ever. Glad he is OK.
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Posted By ronocnikral

I too would like to hear/read some rider reports....

I too would like to hear/read some rider reports. I know those that rode are probably still sleeping. It looks like they are more or less moved on as a big group the entire time, with everyone...
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Posted By ronocnikral

Hope the winds are a bit more fair to you guys...

Hope the winds are a bit more fair to you guys this time opposed to last. There is always what I refer to as the Dan Driscoll "Love Train," if they can only keep their pace more reasonable at the...
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Posted By ronocnikral

is the rubbing always on one side? and in the...

is the rubbing always on one side? and in the same spot? you may have some asymmetry and/or pedal stroke issues that can be addressed with cleat shims.
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Posted By ronocnikral

This is why I like a front bag, I can continually...

This is why I like a front bag, I can continually feed myself. I've done bread, chocolate milk, hamburgers, french fries etc. I don't do gels very well.

Another thing I am adding to my kit...
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Posted By ronocnikral

Of course, you don't know my experience. The...

Of course, you don't know my experience. The RUSA perm coordinator and any RBA who has jurisdiction over an area where your route passes through need to "approve" your perm route. And helping...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I'll be sure to run all my future posts by you in...

I'll be sure to run all my future posts by you in the future via pm to ensure they meet your standards.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 08:52 AM
Replies: 34
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Posted By ronocnikral

It's an iterative process for me. I fiddle with...

It's an iterative process for me. I fiddle with it until I find the correct pressure which optimizes my speed with comfort.
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 01:14 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

how do you suppose if you get hit from the side...

how do you suppose if you get hit from the side you would be partially at fault? I've only been hit by a vehicle once, and it was from the side. And I've got "30,000 reasons" that say you are...
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Posted By ronocnikral

The best permanent routes start 0.3 miles from my...

The best permanent routes start 0.3 miles from my house. I use them mainly for logging "kms" while training. And while most my training is between 100k and 150k, guess how long my routes are?
...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 08:44 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By ronocnikral

I would have called the cops. And made the owner...

I would have called the cops. And made the owner buy me some new clothes. Especially since my winter gear consists of showers pass and merino wool.
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Posted By ronocnikral

Thanks for the response. I'm thinking about just...

Thanks for the response. I'm thinking about just trying out the 11 spd ergos with 9 spd cassette. I have a DaVinci tandem on order w/ record ergos and the same sram derailleur. Excited to see how...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I recently just put campy 10 spd powershifts on...

I recently just put campy 10 spd powershifts on my commuter with 8 spd shimano. works perfectly with no mods, and gearing is fine with a triple on the front. I want to do it to my rando bike, but...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-13, 03:48 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

I had a couple of bikes at a former place of...

I had a couple of bikes at a former place of employment that were clearly abandoned (flat tires, dust etc). One was a pretty decent novara bike that I contemplated taking over the course of 2.5 yrs....
Forum: Commuting
04-11-13, 10:30 AM
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Posted By ronocnikral

+1. I started patching on the side of the road. ...

+1. I started patching on the side of the road. Mainly because I have a huge pile of tubes that need to be patched sitting in my garage. IF I don't take the time then, I never seem to find it...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 05:27 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

Let the motorists honk. If stopped, I try to get...

Let the motorists honk. If stopped, I try to get a jump on the light changing and position myself to get back into the right side/shoulder going forward. If green, I hang out on the left side of...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 01:40 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

buy what is most comfortable. fenders do...

buy what is most comfortable.

fenders do more than just keep the spray off your back. and rack's usually do a poor job of preventing the stripe.

another consideration, where are you...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-13, 09:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,848
Posted By ronocnikral

14 or 15 years ago, my mother ran into a parked...

14 or 15 years ago, my mother ran into a parked car in a bike lane in the "middle of nowhere." The insurance of the vehicle paid for everything and she wasn't found at fault (Arizona). My mother...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-13, 03:41 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

I ride a motobecane 400HT. I just changed the...

I ride a motobecane 400HT. I just changed the bars to Ragley's Luxy, put on some "brifters" and roll with Pasela TG tires. I've been out riding my 100k routes with this and I pass many of the...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-13, 01:08 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

don't give dogs a treat for chasing you. I...

don't give dogs a treat for chasing you.

I carry a whistle, preferably I would ride through at 5 am and wake up the owners.

My dog hierarchy is as follows: 1) yell, 2) whistle (if I have...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I also review the route the day before in some...

I also review the route the day before in some type of mapping program. I prefer to use a GPS unit with turn-by-turn directions. Riding with someone who has done the route before is also very nice...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,035
Posted By ronocnikral

Having commuted by bicycle in New Orleans for a...

Having commuted by bicycle in New Orleans for a couple of years, I can tell you no. I never rode that way and never saw anyone else ride that way. There is no reason to ride like the OP. There are...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-13, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,035
Posted By ronocnikral

Personally, I don't know why you chose the route...

Personally, I don't know why you chose the route you did. Well, I do know why you did, but it is hardly the safest. This is coming from someone who lived in the Marigny/Bywater and commuted daily...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-13, 05:15 PM
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Posted By ronocnikral

Just to throw a wrench in your preset notions,...

Just to throw a wrench in your preset notions, narrower tires are highly unlikely to make you go faster. Certainly, a rougher ride. I wouldn't do bladed spokes either.

Personally, for...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-13, 04:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 838
Posted By ronocnikral

http://www.tmart.com/Spy-Pen-Cameras/ I...

http://www.tmart.com/Spy-Pen-Cameras/

I don't think the exact model of what I got was is still offered, but this is where I bought mine.

here is the thread in case you are...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I used to have an Ortlieb handlebar bag (i...

I used to have an Ortlieb handlebar bag (i believe Wayne at the touring store has them on sale right now). I was one of the few randos in Houston with one. It seemed to fit everything I needed...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-13, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 680
Posted By ronocnikral

if it is the cars that are spooking you, and...

if it is the cars that are spooking you, and depending on the speed limit and your speed going down the hill, you may want to just take the lane. On my way home I have a short down hill where I can...
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Posted By ronocnikral

I'd like to have the confidence that I would...

I'd like to have the confidence that I would always finish a 300k in the daylight. But, I have finished before the sun set, and I have finished after.
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Posted By ronocnikral

To answer the OP's question, 1.5-2 months is...

To answer the OP's question, 1.5-2 months is plenty of time. My suggestion would be to "ride your ride" and not worry about hammering it down. And remember to eat! 300k is starting to get into the...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-13, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 838
Posted By ronocnikral

I bought a camera pen in the hopes of catching...

I bought a camera pen in the hopes of catching some punk teenage kids who were throwing eggs and various other objects at me. There is a thread here on it. Nonetheless, the very day I put the...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-13, 08:27 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,772
Posted By ronocnikral

I have a Motobecane 400HT as my commuter. It ran...

I have a Motobecane 400HT as my commuter. It ran me $300. Before that I was rolling on my $5000 handbuilt rando bike. At the end of the day, the motobecane is great. I added about $200 or so in...
03-19-13, 10:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,808
Posted By ronocnikral

please forgive the grammatical heirs. I was just...

please forgive the grammatical heirs. I was just trying to help. We're all not perfect, and I especially am not two particular about my righting when posting to online forums. The point was clear...
03-19-13, 08:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,808
Posted By ronocnikral

There are 2 physical principals at play here. 1)...

There are 2 physical principals at play here. 1) the friction force. someone made the following comment above



Well, with regards to friction force, surface area has absolutely nothing to...
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