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12-19-04, 10:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,782
Posted By ajkloss42

Wow. It sounds like it was even less pleasant...

Wow. It sounds like it was even less pleasant than I had originally thought. How cold was it outside, what was the wind like, and when you changed your footgear were your socks wet from sweating?
12-19-04, 09:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,782
Posted By ajkloss42

I'm sorry to hear about your toes, but once...

I'm sorry to hear about your toes, but once riding isn't fun anymore it's gotta be best to stop. And frostbite is never, ever fun. For my education, what were the conditions like and what was on...
Forum: Great Lakes
12-18-04, 03:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

Yep

Yep
Forum: Great Lakes
12-18-04, 02:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

I'll be there. If anyone shows, we'll ride ...

I'll be there. If anyone shows, we'll ride Otherwise, I'm going home for a nap and then the usual 21:00 ride.
Forum: Great Lakes
12-17-04, 02:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

I'm a definite maybe. There are shennanigans...

I'm a definite maybe. There are shennanigans afoot that I may need to be involved in. I'll know more by noon tomorrow.
12-13-04, 09:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,836
Posted By ajkloss42

Do your glasses fog up while you're riding or...

Do your glasses fog up while you're riding or just when you stop? If it's just when you stop, I've had some success keeping my sunglasses fogless by just putting my hand over my nose/mouth to force...
12-10-04, 03:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

Yeah, last night I was riding and it rained, then...

Yeah, last night I was riding and it rained, then snowed, then sleeted on me---on the same bridge! We've got this thing they like to forecast as "wintry mix". I turned the bike (slicks even)...
12-10-04, 12:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

As a follow up, if you know it's going to be icy...

As a follow up, if you know it's going to be icy and not snowy, make it a 2.25" slick, because knobbies will probably have a reduced contact patch because the top of the knobs in mostly what's...
12-10-04, 07:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

Oh yeah, ice skaters are a lot more complicated...

Oh yeah, ice skaters are a lot more complicated than basic sliding friction implies too, because the blades of the skates apply enough pressure to the ice to liquify a bit of it, giving you smooth...
12-10-04, 07:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

The interactions between a rolling pneumatic tire...

The interactions between a rolling pneumatic tire and the road surface are much more complicated that basic static and sliding friction formulas describe. Your sandpaper analogy is about sliding...
12-09-04, 03:37 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

That is the assertion we've been discussing...

That is the assertion we've been discussing forever. I think I've made my thoughts about things that are typically attributed to fixed-gear that I don't think are accurate. If you'd like to go back...
12-09-04, 01:46 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

If you're accusing me of believing that choosing...

If you're accusing me of believing that choosing fixed or freewheel/multispeed is essentially a matter of taste I think I'm guilty. My gripe is when someone says "I like fixed over freewheel because...
12-08-04, 02:46 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

I'm talking about downhill.

I'm talking about downhill.
12-08-04, 09:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,782
Posted By ajkloss42

I doubt studded tires will help much with snow or...

I doubt studded tires will help much with snow or slush over decent knobbies. With glare ice, absolutely. I think your choice should be based on how much ice you think you'll see, the density of...
12-08-04, 07:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

That's why I mentioned it. Bridges with low...

That's why I mentioned it. Bridges with low railings are not to be trifled with. I believe that same bridge also took the only copy of my uncle's dissertation back in the 70s (under the railing,...
12-07-04, 09:51 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

Can we compromise on just stubborn? It's the...

Can we compromise on just stubborn? It's the implication that the Zen experience on fixed is better from the Zen experience on any other bike that bothers me. In a lot of ways, if you're riding it...
12-07-04, 06:52 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

Thanks. Did you read what I had to say from the...

Thanks. Did you read what I had to say from the beginning? I have no problem with fixed. I like fixed. Lately, I ride about 25% of my overall mileage fixed. My first century ever was on fixed. ...
12-07-04, 04:07 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

Okay, I have no idea if I can trackstand on a...

Okay, I have no idea if I can trackstand on a downhill slope (I'm not much of a trackstander anyway, and I'm probably better at it freewheel than not). I'm positive I can't trackstand no handed on a...
12-07-04, 03:29 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

I don't question that people enjoy it. I just...

I don't question that people enjoy it. I just question some of the reasons people like to cite. As an example, if someone said to me, "I like riding Trek bicycles because when I pedal they go...
12-07-04, 03:13 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

I maybe misunderstanding you, but statements like...

I maybe misunderstanding you, but statements like come across as if you believe there were two kinds of people in the world, those who need more than one speed, and those who don't, and that these...
12-07-04, 03:02 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

I wasn't really tring to compare pathological...

I wasn't really tring to compare pathological cases. Someone asked why you might want to use disc brakes on a bike otherwise built for simplicity. You said, "Discs are mechanically sound and more...
12-07-04, 02:54 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

So you already admit you can trackstand on a...

So you already admit you can trackstand on a freewheel bike, which is good. Wouldn't you be even cooler if you could trackstand for years facing downhill on a freewheel bike?

The "snearing at...
12-07-04, 02:07 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

By "this whole emotional attachment" I was tring...

By "this whole emotional attachment" I was tring to refer to some specific things in this, and other, threads on these forums and apparently in a community that I percieve of fixed-gear riders. ...
12-07-04, 01:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

I've heard there have been several people blown...

I've heard there have been several people blown off the 10th Ave. Bridge and killed in Minneapolis, including a woman on a tall bike. Be careful, and stay away from that railing.

On another note,...
12-07-04, 11:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By ajkloss42

There is a spot on the Greenway (a local commuter...

There is a spot on the Greenway (a local commuter path) where you do an S-turn to cross the railroad tracks that are parallel to the path. Heading East, the second half of the S (the part after...
12-07-04, 11:11 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

Woah. Do you have any evidence for this bold...

Woah. Do you have any evidence for this bold claim? I'm pretty sure a disc brake on a radially laced 16 spoke wheel isn't going to be very reliable.
12-07-04, 05:42 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

No, I'm new enough to cycling (two years) that a...

No, I'm new enough to cycling (two years) that a ride like PBP is still outside my experience, but you've mentioned to manufactures who may happen to have noisy freehubs. Since I'm not prone to...
12-06-04, 11:34 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,774
Posted By ajkloss42

Ack! The only thing more disgustingly...

Ack! The only thing more disgustingly self-congratulatory than a bunch of fixes talking about the "experience" of riding their bikes is the latest issue of "Bicycling" magazine. I'm going to cut my...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-04, 06:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 598
Posted By ajkloss42

I'd been riding 9-speed 12-27 Ultegra cassettes...

I'd been riding 9-speed 12-27 Ultegra cassettes for quite a while and switched to a dura-ace because the ultegra wasn't available at that size. It does feel like it shifts better than the ultegra...
12-06-04, 06:54 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 9,446
Posted By ajkloss42

After all, women don't need equal pay to their...

After all, women don't need equal pay to their male coworkers because men buy them free stuff in bars all the time, more than making up the difference. </sarcasm>

What are you talking about? I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-04, 02:09 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 15,426
Posted By ajkloss42

Love it love it love it.

Love it love it love it.
Forum: Commuting
12-05-04, 08:11 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 9,826
Posted By ajkloss42

Are you hiring?

Are you hiring?
Forum: Great Lakes
12-05-04, 08:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

Okay, that managed to work out and was a fun...

Okay, that managed to work out and was a fun ride. Anyone have any thoughts about next Saturday?
Forum: Great Lakes
12-04-04, 03:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

I wasn't planning on being there at all tonight...

I wasn't planning on being there at all tonight since there don't seem to be any takers. Are you going to try to meet us in St. Paul?
Forum: Great Lakes
12-04-04, 02:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

Right. I'll see you around that time.

Right. I'll see you around that time.
12-04-04, 06:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,788
Posted By ajkloss42

No, at least not for high quality parts. I've...

No, at least not for high quality parts. I've only had cold-related (and they were also stupidity-related) problems at -10F and below. Something is wrong with your headset, and something is wrong...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-04, 01:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,404
Posted By ajkloss42

Fear of car replacement was one of several...

Fear of car replacement was one of several factors that converted me into a full-time commuter. Congratulations, it's a good thing.
12-03-04, 01:30 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,900
Posted By ajkloss42

Awesome.

Awesome.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-04, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,143
Posted By ajkloss42

What if I sing in the rain even without full...

What if I sing in the rain even without full fenders? Do I still need them? </sarcasm>

Just to present my dissenting view, I don't much care for fenders on bikes, including commuters. I will...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-04, 01:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 15,275
Posted By ajkloss42

As for knobbies on pavement, I'm with you, and...

As for knobbies on pavement, I'm with you, and Sheldon Brown is too. I'm not going to repeat his analysis, which I agree with.

As for durability of drivetrains, unless you know how many miles and...
Forum: Great Lakes
12-03-04, 01:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

Any takers on a 19:30 ride tomorrow? If not,...

Any takers on a 19:30 ride tomorrow? If not, trystero, I can meet you somewhere in St. Paul to make the swap and we can head back to campus together. But there is a problem with the rum; I didn't...
12-03-04, 01:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,042
Posted By ajkloss42

Yes indeedy I suspect a DUI on a bicycle would be...

Yes indeedy I suspect a DUI on a bicycle would be no fun to deal with. Fortunately in Minneapolis the cops are just like the rest of the motorists: they don't even see you.
12-02-04, 12:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,042
Posted By ajkloss42

I find the carbonation in beer to be a bit...

I find the carbonation in beer to be a bit annoying while riding. In summer, if I'm in the mood to drink and ride, I prefer white russians or painkillers in a polar bottle. In the other 9 months of...
12-02-04, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By ajkloss42

1051 miles, or 1691 km. Some say I cheated since...

1051 miles, or 1691 km. Some say I cheated since I was on vacation (riding a rental) in the Caribbean for the last two weeks of November. We'll see if I can cram 1000 miles into December too; ...
Forum: Great Lakes
12-01-04, 06:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

Well, we can try to insist, but that doesn't...

Well, we can try to insist, but that doesn't necessarily mean it'll happen. If the group fragments do to pacing, someone needs to insure that both groups know how to get to a destination. I don't...
12-01-04, 06:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,452
Posted By ajkloss42

I think being called diabolical was more...

I think being called diabolical was more flattering, but methodical probably describes me more accurately. Oh well, I can dream of actually being diabolical.
12-01-04, 04:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 998
Posted By ajkloss42

Righto, I'm back, and I brought rum. If you...

Righto, I'm back, and I brought rum. If you want to stick to your selection, bring me $8, which is $3 less than the local liquor store would charge you.
Forum: Great Lakes
12-01-04, 04:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By ajkloss42

Is anyone up for some pre-Saturday night ride...

Is anyone up for some pre-Saturday night ride riding this week? 19:30 or so. I'm open for suggestions on a meeting place.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-04, 12:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,340
Posted By ajkloss42

Show me these statistics! Google and I can't...

Show me these statistics! Google and I can't find 'em.

Your hearing is a tool for helping you figure out what's around you, but it's not exactly a good one. Can you hear an electric car? A...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-04, 12:53 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,343
Posted By ajkloss42

Ack. It was warm enough this morning (25 F) but...

Ack. It was warm enough this morning (25 F) but I'm somewhat shell-shocked after two weeks of riding on a tropical isle. Between the cold, the ice, the riding on the right instead of left side of...
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