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Forum: Commuting
09-01-15, 06:02 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 11,133
Posted By jralbert

I've got a fairly hilly commute - no monsters...

I've got a fairly hilly commute - no monsters like yours, but pretty much continuous short-'n-punchy climbs and descents through the whole 20km. This year I swallowed my pride, took an honest look at...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-15, 12:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,769
Posted By jralbert

I've owned a carbon race bike for three years,...

I've owned a carbon race bike for three years, and I've had one fall each year, either a clipless moment or the inevitable forgot-this-frame-has-toe-overlap low-speed crash. The pedals and shifters...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-15, 12:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,427
Posted By jralbert

Yeah, you gotta stop that. I did exactly what you...

Yeah, you gotta stop that. I did exactly what you describe last year: got sick, kept riding, much muttering about weakness of character, the hills aren't that tall, just spin it out in the low gears,...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-15, 04:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,143
Posted By jralbert

I've been using a Specialized Tricross Elite Disc...

I've been using a Specialized Tricross Elite Disc to cover almost exactly the use case you describe, and it's performing admirably.
Forum: Commuting
02-11-15, 12:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,820
Posted By jralbert

As in every conversation about cyclists on...

As in every conversation about cyclists on roadways, there are two standards to consider: the legal, and the practical. The legal standard is not open to debate, except in the process of being tried...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-15, 03:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,464
Posted By jralbert

Just chiming in to add my standard "I think the...

Just chiming in to add my standard "I think the Specialized Tricross Elite Disc is the perfect commuter/light-tourer/cross-if-you-push-it all purpose bike" plug that these threads usually inspire.
Forum: Commuting
01-14-15, 03:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,623
Posted By jralbert

I ride 13mi (21km) each way. It's less than an...

I ride 13mi (21km) each way. It's less than an hour of ride time - which in my city is competitive with driving times during rush hour - plus a bit of overhead at each end of the ride for securing...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-15, 07:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,415
Posted By jralbert

Even for non-racers, there's a practical reason:...

Even for non-racers, there's a practical reason: pre-ride inspection. A quick glance over the bike should be sufficient to determine that the major components are correctly attached and aligned; this...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-14, 02:23 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,054
Posted By jralbert

2013 was my trial run at full-time cycle...

2013 was my trial run at full-time cycle commuting, and I gave myself a lot of latitude about driving when it was miserable, or accepting rides, generally trying to keep it fun. In 2014, cycle...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-14, 01:23 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 80,130
Posted By jralbert

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Forum: Commuting
12-22-14, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,003
Posted By jralbert

My used TriCross came with an...interesting...

My used TriCross came with an...interesting mishmash of upgraded parts that suggested to me it had been owned by somebody who got a good discount on take-offs. Among these is the still-mounted...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-14, 07:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,694
Posted By jralbert

I'm riding a 2011 TriCross Elite Disc as my...

I'm riding a 2011 TriCross Elite Disc as my everyday commuter, and as far as I'm concerned it's maybe the perfect bike for the task. Mechanical disc brakes for guaranteed stopping power and minimal...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-14, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,577
Posted By jralbert

The massive disparity between North American...

The massive disparity between North American shops and UK wholesalers has always thoroughly confused me. I'm up in Canada, the true north strong and shockingly expensive; even online retailers here...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By jralbert

It looks from your profile that you're not in...

It looks from your profile that you're not in Canada, but as reference for those who are: MEC's Zinger light (http://www.mec.ca/product/5032-171/mec-zinger-480-usb-led-headlight/?f=10+50002+50037)...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,986
Posted By jralbert

My father-in-law has always done this with his...

My father-in-law has always done this with his mountain bike, and I thought it was just ridiculously annoying (jinglejinglejinglejingle!) until I started riding MTB myself and discovered the joy of...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-14, 04:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,986
Posted By jralbert

Taupe's always nice.

Taupe's always nice.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,986
Posted By jralbert

Scary Random Pedestrian Encounter

I realize there's an ongoing thread about almost hitting pedestrians, but that one's turned into a debate on the merits of various lighting and home decor options, and I feel like I have to share the...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-14, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,446
Posted By jralbert

Just chiming in: we've finally gotten the serious...

Just chiming in: we've finally gotten the serious heavy-duty rain the PNW is notable for, and I must unfortunately report that the Gore PATH rain pants I bought for this season are completely...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-14, 07:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,155
Posted By jralbert

I unscrewed the plastic bar clamp from the bottom...

I unscrewed the plastic bar clamp from the bottom of my magicshine-alike, and in its place bolted on a roughly 2"Wx0.25"L piece of aluminum which is itself attached by a pair of bolts with plastic...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-14, 07:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,321
Posted By jralbert

I know people don't like the super-bright lights,...

I know people don't like the super-bright lights, but I gotta say they've been a revelation for me. The number of people wandering around the MUP in full darkness with nary a reflector or blinky to...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,881
Posted By jralbert

Got the Elite 2.0 for $78 on Amazon in September,...

Got the Elite 2.0 for $78 on Amazon in September, and have been riding with it through a moderately woolly PNW autumn, including a couple of truly awe-inspiring you-can't-even-wear-glasses-in-this...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,930
Posted By jralbert

I'm using the Showers Pass Crosspoint Soft Shell...

I'm using the Showers Pass Crosspoint Soft Shell gloves; they're completely waterproof, and warmer than I really need for most weather above about 7C. No complaints.
Forum: Commuting
11-19-14, 04:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,175
Posted By jralbert

I've been cycle commuting for two years; this is...

I've been cycle commuting for two years; this is the first year I've ridden every-day in all seasons, so the costs are easier to calculate this year. In order to drive to work, I had to spend $400 on...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-14, 04:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,607
Posted By jralbert

A lot of people are focused on the 'hardship'...

A lot of people are focused on the 'hardship' aspect of this, but I think the toughness that comes from daily cycling is a bit more nuanced than that. I ride every day in part because it makes me a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-14, 06:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,325
Posted By jralbert

You have my sympathies; I've recently had a...

You have my sympathies; I've recently had a plastic-bodied Campagnolo Xenon rear mech blow out exactly the same way, with the formed plastic around the hanger bolt just splintering - and nothing even...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-14, 04:10 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,432
Posted By jralbert

No hard feelings, and I appreciate the sentiment....

No hard feelings, and I appreciate the sentiment. We've spoken in the past on this forum and you've always been very cordial. What's interesting to me is how stirred up even calm people seem to get...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-14, 03:13 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,432
Posted By jralbert

Well, I'm not an American, so let's start with...

Well, I'm not an American, so let's start with that. I didn't buy this thing because I wanted the most powerful light money could buy; I bought it because I had been riding with a 500-lumen light and...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-14, 06:09 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,432
Posted By jralbert

Bright Lights: How to make them useful but not obnoxious?

This is my second year of every-day cycle commuting, and this year I decided to address some of the deficiencies from last year: proper rain gear, a bike appropriately outfitted for all-weather...
11-01-14, 10:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 26,499
Posted By jralbert

Okay, I have a kinda related question - forgive...

Okay, I have a kinda related question - forgive me if I've missed it having been answered already in this thread, there's a lot of details flying back and forth! I've got a Specialized TriCross,...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-14, 03:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,278
Posted By jralbert

I've got the welder, but no mill, so I'm a bit...

I've got the welder, but no mill, so I'm a bit envious. I did build myself quite a nice headlight mount that attaches at the fork brake bolt hole by just sculpting and bending a chunk of 3/8"...
09-22-14, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By jralbert

For the record, the Hubbub modification worked...

For the record, the Hubbub modification worked brilliantly; the indexing is now, while not absolutely perfect, completely acceptable as an interim solution. Thanks very much to everyone who helped!
09-18-14, 05:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By jralbert

Does that take into account the idea of the...

Does that take into account the idea of the "hubbub modification" that RollCNY suggests, which reduces the cable actuation ratio of Shimano derailleurs by ~0.1? Given that it works 'reasonably' well...
09-18-14, 02:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By jralbert

This guy! This guy had the answer I was hoping...

This guy! This guy had the answer I was hoping for! Ego has nothing to do with it - that would imply there was some skill involved here. I just plugged two pieces of equipment together in an...
09-18-14, 12:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By jralbert

I was just happy that I tried something and it...

I was just happy that I tried something and it worked. I apologize that my being happy about that has left you disgruntled.



It was the very last sentence, all alone in its own paragraph,...
09-18-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By jralbert

Did I Just Do The Impossible?

So yesterday I'm riding the rain bike home from work, and as I'm crossing a bumpy trestle bridge the ride suddenly gets very rough and very loud. Pull over and discover that the derailleur body...
09-10-14, 12:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,891
Posted By jralbert

Oh no - I didn't overthink it enough! ;)

Oh no - I didn't overthink it enough! ;)
09-09-14, 05:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,891
Posted By jralbert

I agonized over this (as I agonize over every...

I agonized over this (as I agonize over every bike maintenance procedure I'm not already versed in) when re-packing hubs for the first time. My father in law, mechanic of thirty years, teased me...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-14, 05:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,350
Posted By jralbert

Okay, I have to admit that as the new wave of...

Okay, I have to admit that as the new wave of e-bikes have started getting press, I've been wondering when the pros and/or folks in serious training would start using 'em. Think about it: you want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,241
Posted By jralbert

I obsessed about this kind of thing for quite a...

I obsessed about this kind of thing for quite a while when I started tracking my rides; ultimately I came to the conclusion that ride data of this type is only useful in large aggregate, compared...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-14, 04:24 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 10,803
Posted By jralbert

Can't speak to the weight of vintage bikes, but I...

Can't speak to the weight of vintage bikes, but I rode in a sportive recently with a guy riding an '80s-looking Marinoni steel frame and a brand new Super Record drivetrain; the bike looked amazing,...
09-03-14, 06:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,088
Posted By jralbert

Gah! You're right, of course. Thankfully, my...

Gah! You're right, of course. Thankfully, my bottom bracket (and most external bearing ones, I imagine) has a big ol' "TIGHTEN --->" label on each cup.
09-03-14, 05:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,088
Posted By jralbert

People say all the time "remember the left pedal...

People say all the time "remember the left pedal is reverse threaded" - and that's true, but for the longest time I found that didn't help me remember which direction to turn when loosening either...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-14, 05:19 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 8,237
Posted By jralbert

Well, I just finished buying a fully-waterproof...

Well, I just finished buying a fully-waterproof coat (Showers Pass Elite 1.0), pants (Gore-Tex Path), gloves (Showers Pass hard-shell), and SPD boots (Northwave Celsius Gore-Tex). Winter is coming;...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-14, 10:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,145
Posted By jralbert

Honest to god, I cannot let this go. If there is...

Honest to god, I cannot let this go. If there is another cyclist or cyclist-shaped object anywhere within my forward field of view, I will pursue it against all reason and nothing can prevent it. Not...
09-01-14, 09:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,205
Posted By jralbert

Varsol works better for cleaning caked crud than...

Varsol works better for cleaning caked crud than anything else I've ever tried, but I've never been brave enough to get it anywhere near the frame and/or rubber; I do water-based washes during the...
08-28-14, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 454
Posted By jralbert

Crankset Upgrade

So I've got an early '00s steel race bike that's been pressed into service as a commuter (I know, I know, but it gets the job done); I rode through the last winter on it, and as the wet season...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-14, 03:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,236
Posted By jralbert

Well, I just rode a somewhat comparable sportive...

Well, I just rode a somewhat comparable sportive this weekend (145km, 1600m climbing) at an average 29km/h, which I'm delighted with. I trained fairly significant mileage and climbing in the last...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-14, 06:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By jralbert

I just rode 145km with 1600m of climbing on a...

I just rode 145km with 1600m of climbing on a standard double crank and 12-25 cassette. Did I wish for a compact (and/or the sweet release of death)? Of course. But I didn't strictly need it, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-14, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By jralbert

Accidental first century

Went out to ride a dress rehearsal for an upcoming 140km gran fondo that's coming up; I'd ridden it last year as well, but the course has been changed substantially, so I was following a cue sheet in...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-14, 11:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,804
Posted By jralbert

Wow, that's a tonne of useful advice, thanks...

Wow, that's a tonne of useful advice, thanks everybody! I think jyl and joeyduck got closest to the stuff I had in mind - a lot of people seem to be comfortable riding with minimal rain protection,...
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