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10-10-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,610
Posted By bakerjw

I've only been taken down by a dog one time. The...

I've only been taken down by a dog one time. The owner rushed out and her first words were "Are you okay?" Rare owner IMHO.
If your loose dog bites me, I know know one of the worlds my shyster...
10-09-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,373
Posted By bakerjw

Sometimes they are tight for the first time. I...

Sometimes they are tight for the first time. I use these kinds of links all the time and haven't had too many problems with them.
10-08-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 902
Posted By bakerjw

As I tell people with bikepacking, there is no...

As I tell people with bikepacking, there is no right answer but there are a lot of wrong ones. Bikepackers love to talk about gear and strategies.

From my experience, riding with others tends to...
10-08-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 444
Posted By bakerjw

Sounds like a tough one there. Hang in there.

Sounds like a tough one there. Hang in there.
10-06-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,065
Posted By bakerjw

I ran a no name chicom carbon fork on a...

I ran a no name chicom carbon fork on a bikepacking rig. It took all kinds of abuse without any issues at all. If the bike is a name brand bike, you should be ok.

But... Hitting pothole will...
10-03-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,906
Posted By bakerjw

In Germany, you would not be allowed to ride your...

In Germany, you would not be allowed to ride your bike. A German colleague told me a story about friends who were caught by the police without working taillights. They were not ticketed, but the...
10-02-19, 04:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 583
Posted By bakerjw

I buy mine at Academy Sports. I usually pay...

I buy mine at Academy Sports. I usually pay $15.00 for their store brand in base layers. Fleece is a tad more but still much better than UA or Nike.
I also always go through the clearance rack where...
09-30-19, 05:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By bakerjw

As mentioned, take pictures of the location and...

As mentioned, take pictures of the location and the animal if possible.

You said that you called an ambulance. Did the police get notified as well. In most jurisdictions, if a dog bite is...
09-28-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,906
Posted By bakerjw

There was a feminine cleaning product on one of...

There was a feminine cleaning product on one of the firearm forums that I moderate who would go out in public and do things within the the content of laws just trying to get pulled over by cops. He...
09-27-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 639
Posted By bakerjw

I would manually check the spoke tension to make...

I would manually check the spoke tension to make sure that one hasn't loosened too much. Plucking them like a guitar string is sufficient for a quick field test. On a truing stand though, I use a...
09-27-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,028
Posted By bakerjw

Also, don't ride sidewalks. Many years ago, my...

Also, don't ride sidewalks. Many years ago, my 18+ year old son was riding on a sidewalk on a one way street. He was going opposite of traffic. A lady was making a left turn onto the one way street...
09-27-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 464
Posted By bakerjw

I have heart rhythm issues that are closely tied...

I have heart rhythm issues that are closely tied to the electrolyte levels in my body. If I get really dehydrated, I'll get PVCs. which are a form of spasm.
I do occasionally get muscle twitches as...
09-26-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,015
Posted By bakerjw

Looks like it got burnt at some point.

Looks like it got burnt at some point.
09-25-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,282
Posted By bakerjw

Running the math. With a 20" tire and 46/16...

Running the math.
With a 20" tire and 46/16 gearing, a BMX at 130 cadence would give about 22.25 mph.
With a 29" tire and 34/17 gearing, a road bike at 130 cadence would give about 22.4 mph. (the...
09-24-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,084
Posted By bakerjw

I would expect them to use really heavy walled...

I would expect them to use really heavy walled steel rather than something lighter.
09-24-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,380
Posted By bakerjw

Last year on the Dorian Smith trail south of...

Last year on the Dorian Smith trail south of Banff. I helped my son make an adjustment and also adjusted my seat tension with my Fix-It Stix. I put them back in my baggie shorts and we went on our...
09-20-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,957
Posted By bakerjw

I kind of have to agree with this one.

I kind of have to agree with this one.
09-19-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By bakerjw

Great looking ride. My wife and I have a...

Great looking ride.

My wife and I have a road and mountain tandem, the 2 wheel kind.

But, there was a local couple who picked up a TerraTrike tandem. She was heavy when they first started...
09-19-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By bakerjw

Not to derail the thread, but like you, I hate...

Not to derail the thread, but like you, I hate getting caught between gears as well which is one reason why I will likely never go to a 1x drivetrain.
I've ridden South out of Banff 4 consecutive...
09-19-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By bakerjw

Even though they are owned by the same company,...

Even though they are owned by the same company, I'd go with the Surly. I've never liked Salsa for some reason.
09-18-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,494
Posted By bakerjw

If you've not limped home, you've not been riding...

If you've not limped home, you've not been riding long or hard enough.
- Road tandem - Double pinch flats on pothole at speed.
- Road tandem - Quick link broke. I now carry replacements.
- Road...
09-17-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By bakerjw

Lots of potential there. That is for sure. ...

Lots of potential there. That is for sure.

Myself, I love the ride of a well designed steel frame.
09-17-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,576
Posted By bakerjw

Actually, the PA systems that are used double as...

Actually, the PA systems that are used double as the sirens. Acoustical clarity is not the prime factor in their designs.
09-16-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,591
Posted By bakerjw

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I rode out...

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I rode out mountain tandem in some remote areas with modest trails. i.e. no single track but lots of bumps and washboards.
On the first day, my right knee started...
09-14-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By bakerjw

We've got Brooks and Rivet leather saddles on all...

We've got Brooks and Rivet leather saddles on all of our bikes. No complaints.
09-13-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 20,470
Posted By bakerjw

From what I've seen, some of those assemblies...

From what I've seen, some of those assemblies cannot even be called bearings. Cups and cones are crap and usually not a lot or grease in them. The last bike of that caliber that I rode, I yanked out...
09-13-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By bakerjw

We have a Suntour NCX on our mountain tandem. It...

We have a Suntour NCX on our mountain tandem. It is pretty solid and my wife likes it when we get on rough terrain.
09-13-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,670
Posted By bakerjw

+1 on Alex at MTB tandems. They have some...

+1 on Alex at MTB tandems.
They have some tandems listed on their classified section now, I believe.

We had Doug Curtiss of Curtlo Cycles custom make us one. Alex supplied some of the tandem...
09-13-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,648
Posted By bakerjw

My 2 cents based on our 2 tandems. One is a...

My 2 cents based on our 2 tandems.
One is a ChiCom road tandem with standard caliper rim brakes that are marginal. It will stop but not as well as I would like.
The other though, is a mountain...
09-13-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 890
Posted By bakerjw

Yes. I hate when my commute involves interaction...

Yes. I hate when my commute involves interaction with kids or the buses.

One day I was standing on the pedals up a climb and a school bus passed me. The kids were chantingout the windows "Pe-Dal...
09-13-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,472
Posted By bakerjw

N+1

N+1
09-12-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,510
Posted By bakerjw

I would kind of split this post into road and MTB...

I would kind of split this post into road and MTB standards.

Axles - QR, 12x135 and 10x100 are standards that are not going anywhere for a long time. For my road bike I would prefer QR but my...
09-12-19, 05:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,413
Posted By bakerjw

Our favorite LBS closed doors a couple of years...

Our favorite LBS closed doors a couple of years back. We would stop in during or after rides and hang out with them quite often. I bought more than a few bikes from them over the years and really...
09-11-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By bakerjw

I don't think that the OP is too off base with...

I don't think that the OP is too off base with their question. Myself, I've always had trouble following the SRam hierarchy and thus keep with Shimano.

With Shimano though, 1### (low end) to 9###...
09-11-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,678
Posted By bakerjw

A couple of years back, I got buzzed by a truck...

A couple of years back, I got buzzed by a truck and trailer delivering equipment for a local well known rental company. It is a place where I've rented a lot of things over the years. I didn't get a...
09-11-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,135
Posted By bakerjw

I have a few dogs on my regular routes that are...

I have a few dogs on my regular routes that are well known. There is one little mutt who is never chained up who loves to run alongside side of us and bark. It is harmless and just a dog having fun....
09-09-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,553
Posted By bakerjw

Around here FedEx ground is all contract drivers....

Around here FedEx ground is all contract drivers. They buy the vans and get paid by delivery. For FedEx and other companies it is a great way to shave expenses. Driver do get screwed in the process...
08-25-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 870
Posted By bakerjw

I live in NE Tennessee and our weather is a bit...

I live in NE Tennessee and our weather is a bit cooler than you down in S.C.
I live by base layers and windbreakers.
We have Academy sports here and I buy their BCG brand base and fleece layers....
08-25-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,344
Posted By bakerjw

Rolling coal - The legal perspective.

Cycling advocacy involves getting involved by making your thoughts concerns on cycling infrastructure known with officials that make decisions as well as being informed on laws regarding cyclists...
08-23-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 12,845
Posted By bakerjw

Welcome to the Appalachians. Here in N.E....

Welcome to the Appalachians. Here in N.E. Tennessee, we refer to roadside memorials as redneck speed limit signs. Every time you see one you should slow down by another 5 miles an hour. Virtually all...
08-23-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,434
Posted By bakerjw

If I get water from a place of business, I...

If I get water from a place of business, I usually buy a few things from them. But that's usually a few hours into a long ride so I can use something.

Out in the wilderness though, I often use a...
08-20-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,678
Posted By bakerjw

I left work today down a 1/2 mile descent to a...

I left work today down a 1/2 mile descent to a top light. Luckily there were 4 cars ahead of me, but I could hear a dump truck idling behind me. When the light turned green, I was able to stick to...
08-20-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,147
Posted By bakerjw

Yep. And equally so when out on gravel mountain...

Yep. And equally so when out on gravel mountain roads as you never know who you might run across out there past the locked gates.
A couple of years ago on my birthday ride (I ride my age in miles) I...
08-20-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,003
Posted By bakerjw

In a few days, we're packing our mountain tandem...

In a few days, we're packing our mountain tandem for a 1 way trip to Calgary.
One box for the wheels, seats, handlebars, and a few other items.
One box for the frame (S&S couplers) and whatever...
08-20-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,168
Posted By bakerjw

To be helpful. Side load cages would work well. ...

To be helpful. Side load cages would work well.

On other side topics. On hot days, I drink a lot of water prior to riding.
There are the 2 extremes with heat. High humidity and low humidity. When...
08-20-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,669
Posted By bakerjw

What if you only have an eyebrow?

What if you only have an eyebrow?
08-20-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,996
Posted By bakerjw

I don't ride my road bike or our road tandem...

I don't ride my road bike or our road tandem through more than an inch of water. But I've been caught in the rain several times with no ill effect.

Now, my mountain bike, my bikepacking bike and...
08-20-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,808
Posted By bakerjw

I love Endura products. But, I have some LG...

I love Endura products.

But, I have some LG gear that has held up well.

As for padding in bibs, I ditched the padding years ago.
Forum: Northeast
08-20-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,910
Posted By bakerjw

As mentioned. This will come back to haunt you....

As mentioned. This will come back to haunt you. Not paying it will just get a charge of failure to appear added and a possible warrant.
08-18-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,480
Posted By bakerjw

Although not quite my style, I could see that...

Although not quite my style, I could see that being turned into a very fun bike. It does have a certain appeal to it.
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