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Forum: Commuting
01-12-12, 01:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By Ratchet

yeah, you'd better have your melon checked...

yeah, you'd better have your melon checked...
Forum: Commuting
01-12-12, 12:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 767
Posted By Ratchet

no commutes for me

Last spring I started commuting again, almost without fail for 9+months. I was all geared up, and even built a winter commuter myself from a 1989 Trek 800 with awesome components (for a winter bike,...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-12, 12:03 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,788
Posted By Ratchet

what on EARTH are you doing that you get dirt...

what on EARTH are you doing that you get dirt behind your ears? Seriously... A six-year-old boy, I can see, but unless you work in a dirty environment (like dirt, for instance), I cannot imagine how...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-11, 04:25 AM
Replies: 1,825
Views: 62,276
Posted By Ratchet

silk (BC,CAN)________________7376 buzzbee...

silk (BC,CAN)________________7376
buzzbee (CA)________________6277
dschue5 (MN)________________6018 (10,282 total)
JeffPoulin (FR/CH)____________ 5706 (8643 total)
bored117...
11-26-11, 05:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,019
Posted By Ratchet

HOW do you pedal in the snow with such low...

HOW do you pedal in the snow with such low pressures? I am already using 2nd and 1st gear to get up my last hill on the way home, and I fear that if I run my pressures any lower, the increased work...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-11, 05:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Posted By Ratchet

At least they weren't ninja salmon. :D

At least they weren't ninja salmon. :D
Forum: Commuting
11-24-11, 05:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,611
Posted By Ratchet

Yeah, I thought I had stepped over to the 41 for...

Yeah, I thought I had stepped over to the 41 for a moment...



I'm confused... my road bike has aero bars (from the previous owner). I like 'em, they're comfortable. A real Fred (or Wilma, as...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-11, 05:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 714
Posted By Ratchet

While I applaud the efforts, and the sentiments...

While I applaud the efforts, and the sentiments here, I couldn't help but notice your inclusion of these articles and this statement. Because this topic has been vehemently dicussed here on BF (and...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-11, 01:19 AM
Replies: 1,825
Views: 62,276
Posted By Ratchet

silk (BC,CAN)________________7190 dschue5...

silk (BC,CAN)________________7190
dschue5 (MN)________________6018 (10,282 total)
buzzbee (CA)________________5966
JeffPoulin (FR/CH)____________ 5330 (8074 total)
bored117...
11-08-11, 10:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 953
Posted By Ratchet

I couldn't even finish watching it... And believe...

I couldn't even finish watching it... And believe me, I see some pretty gross things every day at work! Eeeewwwwwww.
11-07-11, 11:25 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,147
Posted By Ratchet

Those are the tires I bought, is it too soon to...

Those are the tires I bought, is it too soon to ride them?
ETA: I put about 40 miles per week on in the winter (no extra long commutes in the cold), but don't care if I burn through a set a year, it...
11-06-11, 09:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,637
Posted By Ratchet

Everything but the saddle...

...which is on order at the shop. Tried to snag one of my other favs from the stable, but none fit (old seatpost diameter?), and wasn't willing to wrench any off. I figured I might as well pick the...
11-04-11, 09:35 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,147
Posted By Ratchet

I can't decide when to put the studs on... I ride...

I can't decide when to put the studs on... I ride to work in the afternoon, at 40-50 degrees (no chance of ice there), but home in the morning at 20 degrees. I worry that there is a chance of...
11-04-11, 09:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,637
Posted By Ratchet

Almost there!

So today I picked up the finished wheel (props to Anybody's Bikeshop in Eau Claire, WI!!!!), and tried out the new winter ride. The owner had installed the entire drivetrain, essentially, so when I...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-11, 02:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By Ratchet

What about Minneapolis winters? Help!

What about Minneapolis winters? Help!
Forum: Commuting
11-03-11, 02:08 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,492
Posted By Ratchet

First of all, seriously? Who reads this stuff for...

First of all, seriously? Who reads this stuff for fun? My eyes are glazing over now. Did I stumble into A&S????

Second, while the roundabout IS more efficient, it is hell for the blind to...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-11, 01:38 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,866
Posted By Ratchet

Treebound, I SO want your pink girls' bike (in...

Treebound,
I SO want your pink girls' bike (in my adult size, of course), it was my first bike! I would love to build a single-speed that looks just like it now, but am having a hard time finding...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-11, 08:11 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 22,605
Posted By Ratchet

I'm sorry, I've never lived in any of those...

I'm sorry, I've never lived in any of those states, but I cannot possibly believe your numbers could be true (unless it's rated upside-down). There are only 50 states! No way is CA the 2nd cheapest....
10-29-11, 01:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 889
Posted By Ratchet

IF caffeine helps, it could be asthma... not...

IF caffeine helps, it could be asthma... not diagnosing here, but it is a bronchodilator, so you'll know pretty quickly (like within minutes).
10-29-11, 01:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,637
Posted By Ratchet

The hub is finally in, as is the rim, now all we...

The hub is finally in, as is the rim, now all we are waiting on are the spokes. He said that I would be close to the top of the list when it's all in.
Good grief, it's hard to be patient!
I'll...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-11, 01:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,449
Posted By Ratchet

this really bugs you, doesn't it?

this really bugs you, doesn't it?
Forum: Commuting
10-29-11, 12:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,378
Posted By Ratchet

... the above Trek? Bought to avoid putting down...

... the above Trek? Bought to avoid putting down $1600 on a Pugsley. Man, those look awesome!
Forum: Commuting
10-29-11, 12:43 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,378
Posted By Ratchet

I recently got ahold of a mid 80's schwinn...

I recently got ahold of a mid 80's schwinn sprint. I plan on stripping it down to bare metal and running the bike through a full nitride process. This is the ultimate in corrosion resistance and...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-11, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1,825
Views: 62,276
Posted By Ratchet

silk (BC,CAN)_______________7004 buzzbee...

silk (BC,CAN)_______________7004
buzzbee (CA)________________5966
dschue5 (MN)________________5383 (9357 total)
JeffPoulin (FR/CH)____________ 5330 (8074 total)
bored117 (CA)_______________5230.2...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-11, 10:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,206
Posted By Ratchet

AWESOME!!!! An excuse to eat more pie :D

AWESOME!!!! An excuse to eat more pie :D
Forum: Commuting
10-20-11, 10:11 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 16,089
Posted By Ratchet

Road bike: Lucy Tandem: Betty 29er: Armando...

Road bike: Lucy
Tandem: Betty
29er: Armando Rex
26 inch winter commuter, old steel Trek rebuild: Kermit
10-19-11, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 770
Posted By Ratchet

I ride a 29er everyday, but I am building a 26...

I ride a 29er everyday, but I am building a 26 inch for winter this year... I figure it'll be less distance to fall on the ice/snow :lol:
Forum: Commuting
10-14-11, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By Ratchet

Wow, we are an awesome club! +1 on your...

Wow, we are an awesome club!
+1 on your observations, here's to a great first winter commuting as well!
10-13-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 682
Posted By Ratchet

ooof! 30 degrees in October! Wow, I feel a bit...

ooof! 30 degrees in October! Wow, I feel a bit better about our 40's here. Not a lot, mind you, but a bit! :D
10-13-11, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 758
Posted By Ratchet

OP, how cold does it get in winter in AZ? No...

OP, how cold does it get in winter in AZ? No judgements here, I promise. I know it's all relative, I'm just a bit jealous as I know it will be bitter cold, and I'm not sure I can make it in sub-zero...
10-13-11, 09:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 758
Posted By Ratchet

I thought of this went I went out this evening to...

I thought of this went I went out this evening to work. 52 degrees, was comfortable in capris, merino base and hi-vis yellow jersey. Went back in, ditched the base layer. Rode in short-sleeves and...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-11, 05:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ratchet

OP, I just put fenders on my 29er (not full,...

OP, I just put fenders on my 29er (not full, unfortunately, but my first pair, nevertheless), and it was AWESOME!!!! I rode in just about every puddle I could find, and so enjoyed not having to spit...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-11, 05:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,430
Posted By Ratchet

:thumb: Of course, not that al isn't; my al...

:thumb:

Of course, not that al isn't; my al 29er serves me well every day... but there's something so...well, real, about my rigid steel steed.
Forum: Commuting
10-13-11, 05:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,537
Posted By Ratchet

T is for Tyres, all kinds of which I am very...

T is for Tyres, all kinds of which I am very fond...
10-13-11, 02:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 758
Posted By Ratchet

...living here in between MI (-200 degrees) and...

...living here in between MI (-200 degrees) and MN (-2000, I think)... wondering how cold it'll get this year, and wondering how nuts I am for thinking I can do this.
10-13-11, 02:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,106
Posted By Ratchet

I am building up an old steel rigid frame for...

I am building up an old steel rigid frame for this winter, and I'll be the first to say, it's not for the feint of heart (nor checkbook)...
I am going with an internally geared hub, but getting a...
10-13-11, 01:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,637
Posted By Ratchet

Aaarrrggghhhhhh!

Sooooooo frustrated. Snow could fly next month, and there's still plenty to do...
On another down note, I added up all of the parts left (at least those I know about), and there's still another...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-11, 07:46 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,790
Posted By Ratchet

My 5th bicycle is a car

My 5th bicycle is a car
Forum: Commuting
10-10-11, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Ratchet

I tried one out at the LBS, just for fun... I...

I tried one out at the LBS, just for fun... I loved it, too! Something about it just made me smile. After my winter build, and some slicks to put on my 29er for commuting, I think I'll make this my...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-11, 08:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,422
Posted By Ratchet

Newsflash: non-cyclists think ALL cyclists are...

Newsflash: non-cyclists think ALL cyclists are dorks, Freds or not.... We're only cool here in the BFs.
You knew that, right?

:D
Forum: Commuting
10-10-11, 02:17 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,422
Posted By Ratchet

Oh, crap! I just found this, in an old (2009)...

Oh, crap!
I just found this, in an old (2009) thread on Fred:

"Do you by any chance listen to your ipod when riding? Do you wear a giro helmet by chance? Do you enjoy wearing lycra? Do you see...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-11, 11:59 PM
Replies: 1,825
Views: 62,276
Posted By Ratchet

silk (BC,CAN)_______________6446 dschue5...

silk (BC,CAN)_______________6446
dschue5 (MN)________________5383 (9357 total)
bored117 (CA)_______________5230.2
buzzbee (CA)________________5206
JeffPoulin (FR/CH)____________ 5173 (7879 total)...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-11, 11:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By Ratchet

Sweet! This is probably the best I've seen so...

Sweet! This is probably the best I've seen so far! Now, do I want to give up a bottle, or look for P-clamps? Hmmmm....
Forum: Commuting
10-09-11, 11:54 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,422
Posted By Ratchet

... I have recently stopped wearing my cool...

... I have recently stopped wearing my cool Primal, iZumi, etc... $75 cycling jerseys and now rotate among 8 identical hi-vis yellow C9 shirts...

I think I'm a Wilma :D
Forum: Commuting
10-09-11, 11:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,861
Posted By Ratchet

Perhaps he just wanted to be hardcore...

Perhaps he just wanted to be hardcore...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-11, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Ratchet

When you hear a thud...

You probably shouldn't ignore it (note to self)...
The other day, when I got my 29er out of the back of my van to ride it outside the hotel we were vacationing at, I heard a sickening thud when I...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-11, 04:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,805
Posted By Ratchet

Dude, whatcha been smokin' in Amsterdam? You...

Dude, whatcha been smokin' in Amsterdam? You speak of this
Euphoria a lot... I might like biking a whole lot, but I'd seldom call it euphoric... Utopia, perhaps... :D
Forum: Commuting
10-02-11, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By Ratchet

Pinks, CRAZY seatpost!!! Forgive my noobness,...

Pinks,
CRAZY seatpost!!! Forgive my noobness, but what is it? Looks cool... And the bars? Do tell us all about it. Did you build it?
Forum: Commuting
10-02-11, 06:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By Ratchet

Awesome, looks fun! I am building a winter...

Awesome, looks fun!
I am building a winter commuter, too, but my focus is probably a whole lot different... started with a steel '80s Trek 800, stripped it down, painted it with tri-color iridescent...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-11, 08:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Ratchet

The two of you, and several other...

The two of you, and several other year-round-commuters in the south and southwest are convincing me more and more that this state sucks as far as weather goes. It has been a cold, rainy september;...
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