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10-24-13, 09:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By DX-MAN

Sweet story, dude. My turn? Okay.... ...

Sweet story, dude.

My turn? Okay....

Pretty much always had a bike growing up, but they were all toys, nothing really utilitarian -- no-name 'baby cruiser', Schwinn Stingray, Huffy IGH...
10-24-13, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By DX-MAN

Once again, proof of what I read years ago: ...

Once again, proof of what I read years ago:

"The 3 greatest drives in the human animal are:
1. Survival;
2. Reproduction;
3. Telling the Next Guy his Business."
10-23-13, 08:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,963
Posted By DX-MAN

*I* met the one I saw on the MUP! It wasn't an...

*I* met the one I saw on the MUP! It wasn't an issue, because I was so dumbfounded, I STOPPED.
10-23-13, 08:47 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,199
Posted By DX-MAN

Yeah -- the only evidence of me being 'the bigger...

Yeah -- the only evidence of me being 'the bigger person' is my girth, in those cases. If it's a can of beer, hey -- get my attention first so I can catch it! If you're throwing it at me cuz you're...
10-23-13, 05:03 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,774
Posted By DX-MAN

Tell you what, you do the math, since you're so...

Tell you what, you do the math, since you're so concerned: I'm 6'1", I weigh 235, my bike weighs 37, I can top out at 32mph, and maintain my pace across town at about 15-16. I've spun out the 44/14...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-13, 04:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,875
Posted By DX-MAN

Yep, full-suss Kona. Old Man Mountain makes...

Yep, full-suss Kona. Old Man Mountain makes pannier racks, but they are PRICEY. I've been working up a little design change to a standard rack, but it hasn't come together yet.

UHH, just a note...
10-23-13, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 631
Posted By DX-MAN

Thanks, dude, I just scared the dog HOWLING WITH...

Thanks, dude, I just scared the dog HOWLING WITH LAUGHTER.

You don't know what pedal bob IS until you ride a Walmart Mongoose full-suss BSO.
10-23-13, 04:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,465
Posted By DX-MAN

My do-it-all bike, the awesome Kona Coiler, rings...

My do-it-all bike, the awesome Kona Coiler, rings in a 37#, off the digital hanging scale at work.
10-23-13, 03:41 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,199
Posted By DX-MAN

Maybe it's just ME, but I'd think that would be a...

Maybe it's just ME, but I'd think that would be a great big RED FLAG to drivers! "There's more of us than anyone else, and people are dying all over the place; CONNECTION...?"
10-23-13, 03:14 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,013
Posted By DX-MAN

Wow...there are no words.... High-horse...

Wow...there are no words.... High-horse judgmental is a start.... And HEY -- the driver wasn't "new to the city", either.

Your assumption that living for a certain time in NYC enables males to...
10-23-13, 02:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,930
Posted By DX-MAN

Looigi, that's a subject for a WHOLE OTHER PSA. ...

Looigi, that's a subject for a WHOLE OTHER PSA.

OP, there are good. It's sad that simplicity has to be reinforced -- "don't pass trucks on the right", or "don't pass on the right", PERIOD. "If...
10-23-13, 08:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,774
Posted By DX-MAN

10- & 11- speed cassettes are, IMO, overkill and...

10- & 11- speed cassettes are, IMO, overkill and mostly driven by the empty desire for 'shiny new tech'. I saw an advantage going from 8-speed to 9, in the better progression of gears for my...
10-23-13, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By DX-MAN

Good to hear, TiHab; I remember when I was...

Good to hear, TiHab; I remember when I was getting ready to turn 50 -- decided that, since I'd MADE it to that plateau, why be 'normal', 'politically correct', 'socially acceptable', any of that? Do...
10-23-13, 07:46 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,199
Posted By DX-MAN

Jimi, hyperbole won't win the day; your "buddy"...

Jimi, hyperbole won't win the day; your "buddy" is a person who'd do the same to YOU if he didn't recognize you on a bike. If you want to be a social 'snake handler', don't blame the rest of us when...
10-22-13, 09:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,464
Posted By DX-MAN

During the winter, fun rides stop; utility rides...

During the winter, fun rides stop; utility rides and commuting continue. Seeing a few days below zero F every winter is normal. I have winter-weight tights that fit under my work jeans, a winter...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,679
Posted By DX-MAN

Congratulations. Glad you found a light for your...

Congratulations. Glad you found a light for your bike, and still have $490 left. Send me $90, so I can take my kids to lunch.

I don't spend $$ on accessories easily, either; I have to make every...
10-22-13, 07:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,473
Posted By DX-MAN

Dude...you need a hobby. Trying riding a bike or...

Dude...you need a hobby. Trying riding a bike or something.
10-22-13, 07:52 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,199
Posted By DX-MAN

A couple others commented on this, Jimi, and I'm...

A couple others commented on this, Jimi, and I'm kinda with them; you need better friends. Or, at least ONE. If I had a BROTHER who was like that, I'd disown him.

Some folks are not fit to be...
10-21-13, 09:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By DX-MAN

Frame abuse should be obvious, so since you...

Frame abuse should be obvious, so since you reported none, I'll assume it's been treated fairly well.

Turners are the "Lexus" of the mountain bike world. I'd redo it in a SECOND.
10-21-13, 09:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,292
Posted By DX-MAN

Had to deal with 45mph winds, 60 gusts, a couple...

Had to deal with 45mph winds, 60 gusts, a couple years ago; not fun. Still commuted, though, and took a longer, scenic route home.

I get a little irascible when the gusts bring me nearly to a...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 08:51 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,922
Posted By DX-MAN

The Sunlite Lock & Rolls are sold under a variety...

The Sunlite Lock & Rolls are sold under a variety of brand names, from many sources -- even Walmart. I have a set on my bike, and my sister's bike (hers had the wheels stolen a couple years back,...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 08:37 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,556
Posted By DX-MAN

347154 37#, give or take a half-full water...

347154

37#, give or take a half-full water bottle; I usually ride with a cheap messenger bag, between 2-10#, depending on if I'm hauling 'extras'.

I won't be dropping any roadies on climbs with...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 08:31 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,875
Posted By DX-MAN

For me, no; pannier rack for MTB is $$$$! Until...

For me, no; pannier rack for MTB is $$$$! Until I can work out the details of my own design, I can't even try panniers. But my experience to date with carrying cargo on the bike instead of on ME...
10-21-13, 08:08 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,013
Posted By DX-MAN

The cyclist's past history is irrelevant; he...

The cyclist's past history is irrelevant; he could banged on 100 car hoods or doors before, and it doesn't mean a thing. Absent a deadly threat, such as brandishing a weapon capable of injuring or...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-13, 10:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,133
Posted By DX-MAN

Kona Coiler, 37#. 5+" of squish at each wheel,...

Kona Coiler, 37#. 5+" of squish at each wheel, feels and rides great, best bike ever for me. If I'd known how good it IS, I'd have bought 2 frames!

Yup, I do feel the weight going uphill; that's...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-13, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 848
Posted By DX-MAN

Work 5, commute 5; no extra shifts available, no...

Work 5, commute 5; no extra shifts available, no O/T, it's only less than 5 if I'm sick or on vacation.
10-20-13, 07:38 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,535
Posted By DX-MAN

Yeah, states differ on that; some have it right,...

Yeah, states differ on that; some have it right, others are ridiculous.

I remember while reading Walsh's last book on Armstrong, that Greg LeMond's input was questioned because some of it was...
10-20-13, 12:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By DX-MAN

Yup, I agree -- although I'm curious about the...

Yup, I agree -- although I'm curious about the spec on the chain -- 3/32 is 8-speed width, and you have a 9-speed drivetrain....

9-speed chains are thinner, by necessity, because the cogs (rear...
10-20-13, 12:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 629
Posted By DX-MAN

Enjoy it while you can; my lumbar spine has said...

Enjoy it while you can; my lumbar spine has said "HELL NO!" to hardtails & rigids. Not even a suss post can change that, I've TRIED.

A Komodo is a monster good bike anyway; too much to just say,...
10-19-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By DX-MAN

There are reflector brackets that come on Wally...

There are reflector brackets that come on Wally BSO's that can be adapted to carry a small flashlight, to use as a headlight when you don't want to spend $300 for one. (I have since found a good one...
10-19-13, 07:38 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,192
Posted By DX-MAN

I agree regarding the Boston Lager -- eecchhh! ...

I agree regarding the Boston Lager -- eecchhh! Dunkelweisen and Honey Wheat are pretty nice, though; and Boston ALE is a step up from the Lager.... During the last summer heatwave, I found out that...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-13, 07:23 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,198
Posted By DX-MAN

I'm into the time of year when there's not a lot...

I'm into the time of year when there's not a lot of motivation for alternate routes; doing 9-mile loops when 2-, 3-, and 4-milers are available isn't as fun when it's 35F out, with a 10-15mph wind. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-13, 07:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,422
Posted By DX-MAN

How else do you travel to work? Car, bus? ...

How else do you travel to work? Car, bus? EVERYTHING else has a daily cost -- that's money you could SAVE (if that's important to you) or use to get BETTER FOOD for lunch/dinner.

If you enjoy...
10-19-13, 07:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,625
Posted By DX-MAN

We need an emoticon for the classic...

We need an emoticon for the classic "raspberry".
10-19-13, 05:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,953
Posted By DX-MAN

My Kona needs next to no maintenance; seriously,...

My Kona needs next to no maintenance; seriously, the obvious chain lubing is about the only thing I have to do with the bike more than once every two months. Even keeping the tires inflated is a...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-13, 05:15 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 19,491
Posted By DX-MAN

OHH, I get it -- because other brakes are better,...

OHH, I get it -- because other brakes are better, BB7's are crap, and are resting on old laurels. Bullpucky.

Avid's Elixir line has shown some serious issues with reliability; some have been...
10-19-13, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 903
Posted By DX-MAN

I have yet to experience such a civil exchange...

I have yet to experience such a civil exchange regarding my cycling rights. But then, over the last 6 years, there have been precious few infringements, either!

Thinking back, it was with some...
10-19-13, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,625
Posted By DX-MAN

dyno, there's no way it COULD be the case, since...

dyno, there's no way it COULD be the case, since daihard said "SHOULD be held..." I tend to agree with him -- but that's based on what we were taught in the military: before you correct someone...
10-19-13, 04:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,625
Posted By DX-MAN

So, it was (for you) "don't sweat the small...

So, it was (for you) "don't sweat the small stuff"; how big will it need to get before you DO sweat it? I'd prefer you survive the answer to that question, irreverent wiseguy that you are...... You...
10-19-13, 04:33 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,199
Posted By DX-MAN

You would be correct about that -- and I find it...

You would be correct about that -- and I find it fascinating that motorists' rants seem to focus so much more on their own RIGHTS, and cyclists' RESPONSIBILITIES, exclusively. But then, there is,...
10-18-13, 08:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,778
Posted By DX-MAN

Yeah, a 26" bar for someone 6'3" tells me that...

Yeah, a 26" bar for someone 6'3" tells me that you're slightly narrow in the shoulders. I'm 6'1", admittedly a widebody, and 28" bars are sweet for me. I ran 26's for a few years, and was AMAZED at...
10-18-13, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By DX-MAN

What we need is something that can inductively...

What we need is something that can inductively measure the adrenaline and endorphins in our bloodstreams while we ride, THAT would be the fun-meter for REAL. Come ON, Dr. Bones McCoy, get after it!...
10-18-13, 08:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,183
Posted By DX-MAN

If it were me (and may soon may BE, only for a...

If it were me (and may soon may BE, only for a shoulder instead....), Dec. 16th is decent timing; when the time comes for my shoulder (barring catastrophic failure due to use), I'll be looking at...
10-17-13, 07:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,538
Posted By DX-MAN

I can't quote the exact phrase used in my family...

I can't quote the exact phrase used in my family about this subject, so I'll 'expand it:

If you are NOT:

1.)using your money to pay all of my bills;
2.)buying, preparing, cooking, and serving...
10-17-13, 07:36 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,013
Posted By DX-MAN

LOL. I wasn't TALKING about the cabbie's...

LOL. I wasn't TALKING about the cabbie's presumed guilt, I was talking about your reference to the cyclist's past as contributory guilt. Can you even keep your arguments straight?
10-16-13, 06:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,753
Posted By DX-MAN

I have 3. 1. A smaller pit bull, about 5-6...

I have 3.

1. A smaller pit bull, about 5-6 months old, came out of his yard, away from his owner, after me. He got alongside my rear wheel, and then I just fast-swerved and caught his feet. He...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-13, 06:22 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,804
Posted By DX-MAN

LOL, tsl -- I remember doing that, spring of '03...

LOL, tsl -- I remember doing that, spring of '03 -- a street on my route home at the time was flooded over a foot deep; since I knew there weren't big potholes along there, I just rolled through. ...
10-16-13, 07:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By DX-MAN

Too Many Bikes: (phrase) a term that refers to a...

Too Many Bikes: (phrase) a term that refers to a condition in which a person cannot effectively use all of the bicycles in his/her possession, best measured by standards such as:

"If you ride a...
10-16-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By DX-MAN

Yeah, the '12 model has significantly better...

Yeah, the '12 model has significantly better parts pick; the '13 is set up just a step higher then the $500 bike I gave my 15-y-o daughter.

I'd spend the extra.
10-16-13, 07:23 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,183
Posted By DX-MAN

Well...DUH. This is the "Living Car Free"...

Well...DUH. This is the "Living Car Free" subforum.

Next time, hold back. Some of us here are car-lite (meaning we still have them, just use them as little as we can get away with), while...
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