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Forum: Commuting
10-08-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,047
Posted By Alligator

I changed jobs this summer and started commuting...

I changed jobs this summer and started commuting to work (10 miles each way). It’s been a lot of fun. Had my first heavy, cold rain the other day, and since I was riding home from work, I didn’t...
09-19-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,498
Posted By Alligator

For now, I’m car-lite, but not car-free yet. I...

For now, I’m car-lite, but not car-free yet. I will have completed four rides into work this week after tomorrow, but I drove on Wednesday because of two reasons: (1) I was physically exhausted...
Forum: Great Lakes
08-18-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,019
Posted By Alligator

Anyone in the Twin Cities have a Catrike I can try?

Iíve never had a chance to ride a trike, and Iím considering adding one to my bike list. Iím looking at a Catrike Expedition, but would also be interested in riding a 700. The trouble is, I canít...
Forum: Recumbent
08-14-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,364
Posted By Alligator

Anyone commute on a trike?

Iím considering a trike, but would like to use it for commuting. My concern is whether Iíd take it inside or lock it up when I arrive, and if I lock it up, will it attract people? Does anyone use a...
06-13-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,498
Posted By Alligator

Iíve done that before, and riding to work was...

Iíve done that before, and riding to work was very enjoyable. Iíd like to kick it up a notch, and ride everyday, regardless of weather. This means riding through snow, cold weather, and rain. ...
06-13-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,498
Posted By Alligator

Anyone made a commitment to live car free?

Iím changing jobs again soon, and Iíll be working 10 miles from home. Iíve biked the distance many times in the past, and can commute to work in 40-45 minutes. However, Iíve never biked to work...
01-29-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,891
Posted By Alligator

For the Bodyfloat, I use them on a hybrid and on...

For the Bodyfloat, I use them on a hybrid and on an ebike. I don't feel they reduce efficiency at all, or even if they do, I can't tell. You can get them to move if you bounce on them, but mainly...
01-28-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,891
Posted By Alligator

I use Bodyfloat on all my bikes. Works very well...

I use Bodyfloat on all my bikes. Works very well and I wouldn’t ride without one except on my road bike. Definitely takes all the bumps out and makes for a much better ride. A lot less jarring.
03-31-18, 07:06 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,638
Posted By Alligator

Why does everyone feel like they need to rain on my car-lite parade?

Iíve been trying to be car-lite for a few months now, with the ultimate goal of moving someplace where I can be car-free. Iím slowly getting used to it, but the one thing that is driving me crazy...
03-26-18, 06:48 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,354
Posted By Alligator

After reading some of these posts, I feel much...

After reading some of these posts, I feel much better about it. I have been commuting on it on some 30-degree (F) days this month, so it has already gotten me out of having to drive. Iím working on...
03-24-18, 08:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,354
Posted By Alligator

Well, my intent was to replace my car with this...

Well, my intent was to replace my car with this ebike, which I have been doing. Because it takes another car off the road, then I'm happy with my choice.
03-22-18, 05:14 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,354
Posted By Alligator

How do I get over the feeling that Iím cheating with an ebike?

I built my current ebike to ride to and from work. I plan to use it part of the time, and Iíll use my road bike other times. I have to admit, my ebike is much, much faster and easier. But every...
02-20-18, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,680
Posted By Alligator

I have them on my Brompton. Although they work,...

I have them on my Brompton. Although they work, they get gummed up and are difficult to put in and remove.
02-20-18, 07:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By Alligator

I have a 25, and I got about 5 hours during the...

I have a 25, and I got about 5 hours during the summer. I took it on a winter ride the other day, about 10 degrees F outside, and I got 15 minutes - even after coming from a warm house. That made...
02-18-18, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,076
Posted By Alligator

I have a belt drive on one of my bikes (not an...

I have a belt drive on one of my bikes (not an e-bike). The belt slips once in a while under heavy acceleration, so I don't think that would solve your problem.
02-18-18, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By Alligator

Check with ATV dealers. I've seen a thumb...

Check with ATV dealers. I've seen a thumb throttle extension for a 4-wheeler before. It was a piece of plastic that was longer and easier to press that clamped onto the original thumb throttle.
02-18-18, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By Alligator

Excellent information, thanks!

Excellent information, thanks!
02-18-18, 10:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By Alligator

What does the bike speed have to do with the type...

What does the bike speed have to do with the type of chain? If it helps, I'm using this on a Cannondale Trail 7.
02-17-18, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By Alligator

Planning if my chain breaks

I just installed a BBSHD motor on my bike, and it is a lot more powerful than I expected. I really like this increased power, but I'm worried about breaking my chain. If I break it during a...
02-13-18, 04:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,086
Posted By Alligator

I double checked the brakes on my bike, and they...

I double checked the brakes on my bike, and they are Shimano M315 hydro disc. I guess I'm not sure what a "hydro disc" brake is. In any event, I want to try to swap them for the brake levers that...
02-13-18, 04:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By Alligator

Does anyone know the amount of current a standard...

Does anyone know the amount of current a standard charger draws? I'll have to read up on this before I plug it into an inverter and fry the inverter. However, the good news is that I'm not really...
02-12-18, 08:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By Alligator

Anyone know how I can charge my battery from another larger battery?

Iíve had a computer running 24/7 for a number of years off of a large lithium battery and a solar panel. Itís worked well, but I no longer need the computer and now Iíd like to repurpose the battery...
02-09-18, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,086
Posted By Alligator

Can I change out my hydraulic brakes?

My hydraulic brakes are integrated with my shift levers (Shimano ST-EF65). I put on a BBSHD motor, and would like to use their brake levers since I'm not a fan of glueing on magnets to make a motor...
01-12-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By Alligator

Yeah, I had considered that. But I'm actually...

Yeah, I had considered that. But I'm actually trying to have bikes I use on a regular basis in my garage, and only those that I use. I've sold some in the past few years just to cut down on storage!
01-11-18, 03:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By Alligator

Selecting a bike from Craigslist to begin...

Iíve had an electric bike in the past, and Iíd like to build a new one. Hereís my concern, my previous bike was built from the ground up to be electric, by the manufacturer (Stromer). This time...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-18, 08:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,398
Posted By Alligator

These are some seriously good jerseys! Actually,...

These are some seriously good jerseys! Actually, everyoneís recommendations have been excellent. Much appreciated.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,398
Posted By Alligator

Okay, by fun I was thinking some interesting...

Okay, by fun I was thinking some interesting color combinations. But Cheez-Its? Now there's some serious fun. Bring it on.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-18, 05:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,349
Posted By Alligator

I just finished a short ride the other day in -5...

I just finished a short ride the other day in -5 degree (F) weather. I was the slowest I've ever been, partly because I was riding on snow with studded tires. Man was it hard. I couldn't breathe,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-18, 05:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,398
Posted By Alligator

Can someone recommend their favorite jersey?

I have only one jersey, and need to expand my options. I'm looking for something with a fun design and from a brand that is highly recommended. Anyone have any suggestions?
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-31-17, 05:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,453
Posted By Alligator

Brompton just came out with their electric...

Brompton just came out with their electric folding bike. But sadly, it is only available in the UK right now. Not sure where you are located, but that is my dream e-folding bike.
Forum: Commuting
09-13-17, 04:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Alligator

Like any new adventure, I'm finding myself quite...

Like any new adventure, I'm finding myself quite tired after cycling the 10 miles over and over again. I need to ease into it. I'm also regretting my choice of a hybrid for this commute. My road...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-17, 06:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Alligator

Schwalbe Marathons with studs. I dislike the...

Schwalbe Marathons with studs. I dislike the increased noise, but after a week or so, I get used to them. I have a bike with a belt drive, so this will be the first year I put them on and have to...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-17, 11:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,179
Posted By Alligator

How are you handling the rain?

I have a rain jacket and pants, but fully expect to get wet during my 45 minute commute. I'll keep a change of clothes at work.

However, I haven't figured out what to do about my shoes. Wear a...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-17, 07:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,858
Posted By Alligator

I found that cutting it yourself with an electric...

I found that cutting it yourself with an electric razor gets easier over time. At first, you feel uncomfortable and wonder how it looks. Eventually, you can do it almost without looking. I can...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-17, 07:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,858
Posted By Alligator

I found a #1.5 in the UK, and had it shipped...

I found a #1.5 in the UK, and had it shipped here. I use that all over. No helmet hair ever. No combing, quick drying, and I save about $20 every month by not having to get a haircut (sorry...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-17, 02:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Alligator

No, but I wish I was, that's a nice path. I'm...

No, but I wish I was, that's a nice path. I'm north of Minneapolis, and have some bike lakes most of the way to work now.

I start just after Labor Day, and I can't wait. I also can't wait...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,967
Posted By Alligator

Yes. I know someone who restored a bike and...

Yes. I know someone who restored a bike and powder coated the frame. It is a very, very tough paint job and looks incredible. Just make sure you cover openings where other parts need to fit as the...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-17, 07:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Alligator

Just test rode the route today, but on my road...

Just test rode the route today, but on my road bike. 39 minutes, 10.0 miles (one-way). I figure I'll be slower on my hybrid, but I need it for the fenders and rack. The good news is that the ride...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-17, 08:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,474
Posted By Alligator

Just changed jobs, new commute is only 10 miles!

At my previous employer, I had a 22 mile (one-way) commute. Needless to say, I didn't do that very much, if at all. I recently changed jobs, and my new place of employment is only 10 miles away. I...
Forum: Great Lakes
08-08-17, 07:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,046
Posted By Alligator

Minnesota State Fair

How many of you plan to ride to the Minnesota State Fair this year? Our family has been doing it for the past 10 years or so, and we really enjoy it. They have excellent secure bike fenced in areas...
05-21-17, 06:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,341
Posted By Alligator

What do you mean by "felt off"? Mine doesn't...

What do you mean by "felt off"? Mine doesn't have enough gearing when I'm going downhill at ~20 mph. Otherwise, it works great.
Forum: Great Lakes
03-19-17, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 932
Posted By Alligator

So who here is doing 30 days of biking?

This will be our second year doing 30 days of biking, starting April 1. Just curious if anyone else is planning to do it?

Home | 30 Days of Biking (http://30daysofbiking.com)
03-19-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Posted By Alligator

My rides are usually an hour or less, so...

My rides are usually an hour or less, so basically any light would work. But the lights I've had usually have some type of rubber cover over the USB connection, which is a pain to remove. Plus, we...
03-14-17, 08:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,710
Posted By Alligator

I have a trailer I bought that has enough room...

I have a trailer I bought that has enough room for 5 bikes. I alternated them front to back like your image. It works well, but the bikes in the middle are a little bit of a pain to get on and off....
03-11-17, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Posted By Alligator

Anyone offer a light that has inductive recharging?

I have an electric razor that I just drop into a holder and it recharges. I'd like a light for my bike that does that as well. I don't want to fiddle with USB plugs every day when I commute. ...
02-25-17, 08:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,341
Posted By Alligator

Just received my Priority Continuum. It's a...

Just received my Priority Continuum. It's a great bike for the price. The ride is unbelievably smooth with the belt, and the hub works well, although I won't be able to pedal at 30 mph down a steep...
02-05-17, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By Alligator

Has anyone ridden in Puerto Rico?

I'm considering taking our folding bikes to Puerto Rico this year. Has anyone ridden there? Is it worth it? Any recommendations where to go?
Forum: Recumbent
01-01-17, 09:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,079
Posted By Alligator

So what difference in speed and effort am I...

So what difference in speed and effort am I looking at for two wheels vs. three? Is there even a noticeable difference?
12-18-16, 07:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,848
Posted By Alligator

Yeah, mine arrived as well. I installed it on my...

Yeah, mine arrived as well. I installed it on my road bike the other day, but one of the cables interferes with it. I had to tilt it to a funny angle to get it to work. Overall, I'm not impressed....
Forum: Recumbent
11-23-16, 09:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,079
Posted By Alligator

Well, I do put on studded tires and ride year...

Well, I do put on studded tires and ride year round in Minnesota. I'd certainly feel a lot safer with a trike than on two weeks in any form.
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