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10-10-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,693
Posted By Eric S.

A local radio host once mentioned that just the...

A local radio host once mentioned that just the sound of stun gun (Taser is a brand name and very expensive) has often deterred aggressive dogs when she's out walking.
10-02-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,565
Posted By Eric S.

My disdain comes from the fact that I have to...

My disdain comes from the fact that I have to ride heavy, clumsy front suspension "police" bikes at work. I admit I've never ridden a quality front or dual suspension mountain bike, but for...
09-17-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,215
Posted By Eric S.

I haven't had any bad dog encounters in a long...

I haven't had any bad dog encounters in a long time, but in my time working on cruise ships and venturing far off the tourist path in Mexico I'd come across dogs that "took an interest" in me while...
08-26-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By Eric S.

I've had a few sets of Vuelta wheels with...

I've had a few sets of Vuelta wheels with cartridge hubs for about 10 years. The 26" pair have been in rainstorms quite a bit and the hubs are doing fine. Nashbar used to carry them, but Amazon has...
08-22-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By Eric S.

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I've had some VO wheels for 6 years. Found...
08-22-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By Eric S.

I used to have a Sugino-made Ritchey MTB triple...

I used to have a Sugino-made Ritchey MTB triple on a Bridgestone MB-1, which has a 68mm BB shell. I think it used a 122mm spindle BB.
Forum: Commuting
08-21-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,590
Posted By Eric S.

I shouldn't turn this into a Grip Shift...

I shouldn't turn this into a Grip Shift discussion but I love 'em. Inexpensive and they just plain work, in my experience on two of my MTB commuters.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,590
Posted By Eric S.

I bought a Trek 950 for $35 on Craigslist about 3...

I bought a Trek 950 for $35 on Craigslist about 3 years ago; lugged True Temper frame. Most of the parts were of no use to me but I built it into a 1x8 drop bar commuter. The frame had some rust...
07-31-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,829
Posted By Eric S.

~25 years ago riders in the Flathead Valley would...

~25 years ago riders in the Flathead Valley would do a ride dubbed The Highline Hammer, about 145 miles. A beautiful extension of riding the Sun road is to continue South on Hwy 89 from St. Mary,...
07-31-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 577
Posted By Eric S.

I'd guess you might be able to detect a...

I'd guess you might be able to detect a difference in bearing smoothness. If I were in this buying situation I'd probably go with Tiagra; heck, if I were in the market for a new bike I'd likely look...
07-30-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Eric S.

It is possible to delete comments here.

It is possible to delete comments here.
07-30-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By Eric S.

The rims may be toast, but I have an old set of...

The rims may be toast, but I have an old set of Mavic Classics SSC wheels and one rear eyelet has cracks. I noticed it 5 or 6 years ago and it hasn't gotten any worse.
07-22-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,690
Posted By Eric S.

I've been using Niterider for a few years, first...

I've been using Niterider for a few years, first a rather big 250 lumen light, then smaller Luminas (220 and now 650. Battery life on the 220s is starting to slip). They're a good company, too - I...
07-19-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By Eric S.

I like V-brakes but they can change their mind...

I like V-brakes but they can change their mind quickly. It seems that whenever I undo them to remove a wheel, they never center the same and I have to mess with the springs.
07-16-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By Eric S.

On Sheldon's site, he talks about the (odd) size...

On Sheldon's site, he talks about the (odd) size of 25.8mm, saying that it was intended to be used with 25.8mm, 26.0mm and 25.4mm stems. That tells me that .4mm is not really worth worrying about.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,767
Posted By Eric S.

Nashbar used to offer house-brand Kevlar-belted...

Nashbar used to offer house-brand Kevlar-belted 26x1.25 tires that I used for a long time. I forget their pressure rating; maybe 90psi.

I now ride Continental Tour Ride/Ride Tour 26x1.75 at...
07-05-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,714
Posted By Eric S.

I have no proof but aside from going uphill I...

I have no proof but aside from going uphill I think there is a rider/bicycle weight relationship that makes a difference. I kind of don't like my lightest bike sometimes. I'm 6' 2" and ~200lbs; I...
07-02-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 751
Posted By Eric S.

Nice to know...I'll be in the market for some...

Nice to know...I'll be in the market for some road wheels in the near future (I think I've finally worn out a couple rear hubs). I've had 3 sets of Vuelta wheels from Nashbar for nearly 10 years...
06-26-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,817
Posted By Eric S.

Your provided info is more tech than I can...

Your provided info is more tech than I can handle, but before a century ride a few years ago I realized my friends would leave me riding with strangers if I didn't buck up. I spent a week getting...
06-26-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,269
Posted By Eric S.

I used to be a pedal snob - rode MTB shoes with...

I used to be a pedal snob - rode MTB shoes with SPD pedals for commuting and changed shoes if going to work. Eventually I found the magic medium with Zefal mini-clips. If you have street shoes that...
06-20-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By Eric S.

Use some old chain in a tube through the seat...

Use some old chain in a tube through the seat rail and frame! I learned that from Hal Ruzal videos on YouTube a few years ago.
06-20-19, 02:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,038
Posted By Eric S.

Way back in 1991 I had a bike with Shimano 105...

Way back in 1991 I had a bike with Shimano 105 6sp and in cold weather the freehub started "freewheeling" in both directions. Some WD-40 freed up the gummed up lube.

I have 3 sets of Vuelta...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,185
Posted By Eric S.

In my time in the US southwest I've found 105 a...

In my time in the US southwest I've found 105 a breaking point as well, though I'll still commute. Every degree past 105 is exponentially worse.
06-19-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By Eric S.

When I started using it in 2012 I think I gave my...

When I started using it in 2012 I think I gave my chains a thorough cleaning. For new chains, I ride the factory lube and then clean & apply.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,185
Posted By Eric S.

I was at a Walmart the other day and they had a...

I was at a Walmart the other day and they had a huge selection of orange/yellow wicking T-shirts for under $10. I paid ~$30 for a lot of that type of clothing 15 years ago (still wear 90% of it).
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,185
Posted By Eric S.

I've lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and commute...

I've lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and commute during the Summer, and have even gone for recreational rides at 1:00pm. The heat takes some acclimatization each year but doesn't bother me too much....
06-19-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By Eric S.

I've been using DuPont Teflon Chain Saver for...

I've been using DuPont Teflon Chain Saver for quite a few years, about $7 at Walmart in the aisle with motorcycle stuff. I've been caught in the rain many times in the desert and it's not a "darn,...
06-19-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 14,415
Posted By Eric S.

I've been working security for about 1 month now...

I've been working security for about 1 month now and prefer bike patrol over "standing guard" but don't like the bikes. They're heavy, clumsy at slow speeds and don't need front suspension. I...
06-17-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 14,415
Posted By Eric S.

I recently started a job working security on...

I recently started a job working security on bicycle. As an avid cyclist it is kind of hurting my body to ride something that is not my own bike for hours. We have both 26" and 29ers; I hate the...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,006
Posted By Eric S.

I've had some Nike Dri-Fit golf pants for nearly...

I've had some Nike Dri-Fit golf pants for nearly 10 years. They don't really maintain a crease but I never need to iron them.
06-15-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By Eric S.

I've had a couple pairs of Continental Ride Tour...

I've had a couple pairs of Continental Ride Tour (used to be called Tour Ride) in 700x28 for over 3 years and never had a flat. I also have them on two MTB commuters - still never a flat. They run...
06-12-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 907
Posted By Eric S.

I sort of accidentally bought 13mm once...kept...

I sort of accidentally bought 13mm once...kept getting flats. 16mm all the way for me with road rims.
Forum: Commuting
06-07-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,497
Posted By Eric S.

The only downside to commuting is the planning. ...

The only downside to commuting is the planning. Charging batteries, preparing meals, checking the bike long before leaving home in case a tire went flat overnight.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,337
Posted By Eric S.

There's really not much you can do to protect...

There's really not much you can do to protect yourself if someone wants to harass your from the driver's seat. Awhile back a guy in a truck took the time to change course and come back to yell at...
06-04-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,617
Posted By Eric S.

A passenger in a car threw about 1/2 of a Big...

A passenger in a car threw about 1/2 of a Big Gulp on me a few years ago. Luckily it was diet soda so things weren't sticky.
05-28-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 561
Posted By Eric S.

This is indeed an odd mix of eras - modern frame...

This is indeed an odd mix of eras - modern frame design, non-aero brakes, bulky saddle...
05-28-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By Eric S.

1) Chainring bolts - I'd suggest purchasing some...

1) Chainring bolts - I'd suggest purchasing some steel TruVativ bolts. They are 5mm on one side and 6mm on the other so no messing with a spanner like Shimano requires. They also come with spacers...
05-28-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By Eric S.

I realize my response isn't exactly helpful, but...

I realize my response isn't exactly helpful, but back when I had an Ultegra 8sp bike with DT shifters, I got some used Dura-Ace 8sp STI levers as a Christmas gift from a Campy rider (didn't know...
05-27-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 934
Posted By Eric S.

I call that "the dreaded S-bulge". I got one at...

I call that "the dreaded S-bulge". I got one at mile 80 of a century ride; luckily it lasted to the finish.
05-27-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By Eric S.

Nice to know there are some options out there. I...

Nice to know there are some options out there. I don't like that many shorts almost go down to the kneecap.
Forum: Commuting
05-17-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,294
Posted By Eric S.

I live where it's plenty hot but dry - I often...

I live where it's plenty hot but dry - I often don't start sweating a lot until I STOP riding and the air stops flowing. I'm not a stinky sweater, but have sometimes kept some Gold Bond on hand that...
05-17-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,731
Posted By Eric S.

On one hand, if the shop cracked one race I'd...

On one hand, if the shop cracked one race I'd think the mechanic might be prepared for some alteration of a replacement that was also not going on properly. I don't do a whole lot of headset...
05-17-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,053
Posted By Eric S.

OP didn't specify which Tektro levers are the...

OP didn't specify which Tektro levers are the subject of this thread, and I don't know what used Travel Agents may cost on eBay but RL520 levers are readily available for ~$25. I would skip the...
05-17-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,217
Posted By Eric S.

I don't ride for recreation nearly as much as I...

I don't ride for recreation nearly as much as I used to (I should probably sell a couple road bikes). Cycling has become increasingly utilitarian for me as a commuter, and next week I'm starting a...
05-17-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 769
Posted By Eric S.

I made my first beer run in 1988 when I put a...

I made my first beer run in 1988 when I put a rear rack on my Stumpjumper.
05-16-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Eric S.

I have some wheels with Shimano Ultegra 6500 hubs...

I have some wheels with Shimano Ultegra 6500 hubs and am ready to give up on the rear. I bought the set in 2006 and in 2009 the rear started making sounds related to speed while coasting. I cleaned...
05-16-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By Eric S.

I like long cranks and have 180mm on all my...

I like long cranks and have 180mm on all my bikes; one has SRAM Apex. They're readily available in 180mm and run a little over $100 new on eBay. Of course, buying a chainring in the preferred size...
05-16-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 592
Posted By Eric S.

A Shimano Sora derailleur would work fine and...

A Shimano Sora derailleur would work fine and looks as good as many others higher up Shimano's line. I just checked eBay and you can get a new one for about $25.
05-16-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Posted By Eric S.

I'm a big fan of Grip Shift when it comes to...

I'm a big fan of Grip Shift when it comes to replacing shifters on a flat bar bike. Inexpensive and they just work.
05-15-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,860
Posted By Eric S.

My riding habits have changed in the last ~5...

My riding habits have changed in the last ~5 years so I'm not sure some things are due to age. I used to ride with a group that did challenging rides but was not race-oriented so I put in a lot of...
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