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07-11-13, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,966
Posted By formicaman

I seem to recall Sheldon Brown setting up an...

I seem to recall Sheldon Brown setting up an internal hub with a cassette and rear derailleur many many years ago. That would actually be kinda cool if you could pull it off, right?
Forum: Commuting
07-11-13, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,227
Posted By formicaman

I have a cheap Chinese rain cape from eBay. I...

I have a cheap Chinese rain cape from eBay. I tried so-called breathable rain jackets, but I sweat so much in them in any weather that I end up wetter than I would have been just getting rained on. ...
07-03-13, 09:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,612
Posted By formicaman

I could stand to lose at least 15 pounds, so I'm...

I could stand to lose at least 15 pounds, so I'm not gonna worry that my bike is 29.
07-02-13, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By formicaman

Good thoughts. I probably should have just bought...

Good thoughts. I probably should have just bought a Jamis Dakar and upgraded that, but I think I want a fatbike at some point, so I'll save up for that.
07-02-13, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By formicaman

What should I do with this bike?

I just bought a 1997 Cannondale V700 to replace my '99 Jamis Dakar that was stolen last week. I was considering a new bike, but I only had about $500 to spend and anything under $1,000 in FS seems to...
07-02-13, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,758
Posted By formicaman

I would think you could fine tune riding position...

I would think you could fine tune riding position with bars, ends, stems and save the $1,000.
07-02-13, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 647
Posted By formicaman

Yup - if a mechanic can make a crud bike shift...

Yup - if a mechanic can make a crud bike shift and brake well, he can do anything! Now, the POC won't STAY tuned, but still...
07-02-13, 07:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,886
Posted By formicaman

Tfrue, but...

Yes, but a pair of those pre-built CR18 rims with a cheap fixie hub won't be much more than used junker that will need tires and a decent saddle anyway. I dunno, I know my Dunelt 650A fixie...
07-02-13, 07:22 AM
Replies: 23,062
Views: 2,616,697
Posted By formicaman

Oh how I missed thee

I've been commuting on a road bike for a while, but I brought out my Raleigh Sport this morning. That bike makes me feel like a steel giant.
07-01-13, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 647
Posted By formicaman

Bike shop owner told me one time he makes his...

Bike shop owner told me one time he makes his guys tune up the Wal Mart bikes because "anybody can tune up a good bike"
07-01-13, 10:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By formicaman

I really want to try one of these out on some...

I really want to try one of these out on some rocky, difficult trails. Why cut a line when you can rollover anything? I've tried these out in the city just around the block and it is pretty darned...
07-01-13, 09:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,612
Posted By formicaman

Correct me if I'm wrong(and I usually am), but as...

Correct me if I'm wrong(and I usually am), but as far as I know weight really only matters when it's rolling weight, aka wheels. Beyond that, extra pounds don't make any more difference on the bike...
07-01-13, 09:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 799
Posted By formicaman

Honestly, apart from being afraid of clipless in...

Honestly, apart from being afraid of clipless in a trail setting, I just don't want to have to wear the special shoes. A BMX platform pedal with the really good pins or cleats or whatever they call...
07-01-13, 09:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,647
Posted By formicaman

Slick tires and bar ends for extra hand positions...

Slick tires and bar ends for extra hand positions and a rigid mountain bike will be excellent.
07-01-13, 09:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 21,486
Posted By formicaman

I checked out some Diamondbacks the other day and...

I checked out some Diamondbacks the other day and they were just beasts- just massive and heavy. The frames felt bigger than they were. Now, I actually like that in a city bike, but I prefer a...
07-01-13, 09:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By formicaman

It's like in a car. You start out in a low/easy...

It's like in a car. You start out in a low/easy gear to get going or make it up a hill, but your engine/you is revving like crazy, moving very fast. Shift to the next gear and you can maintain your...
07-01-13, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By formicaman

Good call on the Diamondback - it's at least...

Good call on the Diamondback - it's at least something you can upgrade later. If you end up getting into mountain biking, you will probably want a better suspension fork at some point.
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By formicaman

Thanks all. I'm pretty sure I'll end up cutting...

Thanks all. I'm pretty sure I'll end up cutting the price and sharpening up the ad some. The guy who sold the mountain bike I just bought started at $900 and ended up at $425. Of course, I could put...
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By formicaman

Is this bike overpriced?

Ok, first of all I worry about posting this because it's about a bike I'm selling which means it's technically commercial, BUT, all you guys and gals HAVE too many bikes already. So anyway - I have a...
06-26-13, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By formicaman

Nobody?

Nobody?
06-26-13, 03:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By formicaman

My normal point of view would be that an old bike...

My normal point of view would be that an old bike that was built to be quality beats a new bike that wasn't, but given the evolution of full suspension in the last 10-15 years, maybe Bikes Direct is...
06-26-13, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By formicaman

Used older full suspension or cheap new one?

I had a 1999 Jamis full suspension that I really loved. Now that it has been stolen, I'm looking for something else. I can only afford about $500, so my options are another '90s FS bike on...
05-18-12, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,317
Posted By formicaman

I have always been happiest with Panaracer...

I have always been happiest with Panaracer Pasella TourGuard gumwalls. Smooth ride, great speed, long life. Rode a set for 5 years on bad bad city streets with no flats.
05-18-12, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,818
Posted By formicaman

I don't see why not. I'm actually running 650A...

I don't see why not. I'm actually running 650A wheels from an old 3-speed on one of thse. Looks funny, rides fine.
02-23-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By formicaman

Thanks for your input, all. I am having the LBS...

Thanks for your input, all. I am having the LBS do a tuneup, new cables, etc so I'll have them tune up the wheels too. The bike won't get a lot of use - I mainly bought it for long recreational rides...
02-23-12, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By formicaman

Well, at the very least, I can experiment and...

Well, at the very least, I can experiment and swap out the nice rims on a bike I'm selling and get a comparison - thse ones are actually really light.
02-22-12, 01:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By formicaman

Wheelbuilding is not a skill I expect to learn...

Wheelbuilding is not a skill I expect to learn anytime soon - I'm afraid it would push out something else in my brain I need more.
02-22-12, 12:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By formicaman

Not worried about fit, just about breaking spokes...

Not worried about fit, just about breaking spokes every ride.
02-22-12, 12:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By formicaman

How worthless are these wheels?

Insomnia and the Internet can be a bad combination. I just took delivery on this impossibly cheap wheelset:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003RLDTPC/ref=oh_o03_s00_i00_details...
12-05-11, 11:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,661
Posted By formicaman

And no slowing town for beautiful mountaintop...

And no slowing town for beautiful mountaintop vistas. Just because you have to be out in nature to find dangerous rocks and trees in your way does not mean you have to appreciate it. Keep up your...
12-05-11, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By formicaman

I keep telling my road racing buddy I want to see...

I keep telling my road racing buddy I want to see his crew do a race on 1970s Schwinn Varsities and calling the Tour de'Rust. Kinda like the Le Mons car race.
12-05-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By formicaman

I would think grip shifters, being simpler, would...

I would think grip shifters, being simpler, would be more reliable.
12-02-11, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By formicaman

I ride a 1995 Gray Fisher Wahoo steel...

I ride a 1995 Gray Fisher Wahoo steel hardtail/rigid fork now. That's stone age in comparison, although I like it just fine for climbing the rock gardens and blasting through overgrown singletrack....
12-02-11, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By formicaman

Honestly, I do fine on my rigid, but it would be...

Honestly, I do fine on my rigid, but it would be fun to put on some miles with suspension, especially because descents are my weakness.
12-02-11, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 454
Posted By formicaman

Most forks tend to top out at 2.3. My bike would...

Most forks tend to top out at 2.3. My bike would actually accept 2.5 on both front and rear if the front derailleur wasn't in the way.
12-02-11, 01:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,309
Posted By formicaman

Looks mid-90s to me. By then, Raleigh was just a...

Looks mid-90s to me. By then, Raleigh was just a Huffy brand in the US, but maybe Raleigh of England was importing some slightly higher quality pieces at the time this was sold. I would judge it more...
12-01-11, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By formicaman

Hydration pack is a must for me. Bern...

Hydration pack is a must for me. Bern multiple-impact skater helmet. That's it. I wear hiking shorts or pants and regular cotton underwear. Not ideal, but most of my rides are just a couple of hours....
12-01-11, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By formicaman

I've had alvio stuff of that vintage before. It...

I've had alvio stuff of that vintage before. It was acceptable, not great.
12-01-11, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 959
Posted By formicaman

Not a fantastic deal, but a good bike at a fair...

Not a fantastic deal, but a good bike at a fair price. Enjoy it.
12-01-11, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,504
Posted By formicaman

As important as height is reach and angle. I...

As important as height is reach and angle. I suggest a basic northroads setup - closer, more comfortable hand odition than flat bars or straight riser.
12-01-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By formicaman

Is this bike worth having?

I've been wating to try out full-suspension riding since I just have a hardtail rigid fork bike mountain bike right now (along with five vintage road/street bikes). This one is available on...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-11, 03:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,072
Posted By formicaman

Good thing my bikes range in age from 18 to 44....

Good thing my bikes range in age from 18 to 44. If I get this job my commute will be long enough that I'll wear my grungy sport clothes rather than my shirt and slacks.
11-22-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,828
Posted By formicaman

If you plan on sometimes just hopping on the bike...

If you plan on sometimes just hopping on the bike to go somewhere sometimes, the dual pedals make sense.
11-22-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By formicaman

Thanks to you both! I will check out the Zinn...

Thanks to you both! I will check out the Zinn book for sure.
11-22-11, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By formicaman

Primer on Repair

I am looking for an illustrated book describing bicycle repair and the required tools. Right now, I can change a tire, tighten my brakes, adjust my threaded headsets and swap seats and pedals, but I...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-11, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,072
Posted By formicaman

Pretty sure there are 10,000 times more people...

Pretty sure there are 10,000 times more people driving in cars every day vs. biking on streets!
Forum: Commuting
11-21-11, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 815
Posted By formicaman

Jeez, dude. We have the occaisional jogger who is...

Jeez, dude. We have the occaisional jogger who is assaulted, sexually or otherwise, on our trails, but nothing like that in Philly. I think the best you can do is take your chances and ride really...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-11, 01:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,631
Posted By formicaman

You are overthinking. And overspending. As a...

You are overthinking. And overspending. As a beginner, I suggest getting a nice used road bike with ample room and mounting eyelets for a rack and fenders. Think late 80s and newer so you have alloy...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,072
Posted By formicaman

Fear of death/Planning my route

So I've been commuting for 10 years and never had so much as a close call, but last Friday some drunk driver with a previous DUI from the PREVIOUS EVENING killed a father of 11 cycling on the same...
11-21-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,211
Posted By formicaman

$200 is not *that* bad for a frame in that...

$200 is not *that* bad for a frame in that condition, given the crazy demand for even totally shyte mixte frames lately. I was following a yellow Peugeot mixte for my girl on ebay and the damn thing...
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