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Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,179
Posted By cplager

You're now confounding effects. Weight...

You're now confounding effects.

Weight almost doesn't matter at all.

Supple/stiff matters a lot (that's what causes rolling resistance).

It's often true that heavy tires are stiff and there...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-24-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,179
Posted By cplager

Tire weight has almost no effect on speed .

Tire weight has almost no effect on speed .
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-18, 07:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,079
Posted By cplager

Then it isn't like a concern for you. Of...

Then it isn't like a concern for you.

Of course, over here, 15 (F) is quite cold...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-18, 05:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,079
Posted By cplager

You can get Winter studded 349 tires but not 305...

You can get Winter studded 349 tires but not 305 tires.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-18, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 559
Posted By cplager

As far as I know, only children's bikes use 1/2"....

As far as I know, only children's bikes use 1/2". Every adult crankset I've ever seen is 9/16".
Forum: Commuting
04-15-18, 07:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,781
Posted By cplager

I use a triple, ususally geared like a double...

I use a triple, ususally geared like a double with a bail-out: 50/39/24 and 48/38/22.

I don't always use the bail-out gear, but when I do I'm very glad I've got it.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-31-18, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1,629
Views: 301,775
Posted By cplager

Bike Friday is one of the very few folding...

Bike Friday is one of the very few folding bicycles that does come with a size. Most do not.
Forum: Commuting
03-17-18, 08:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,295
Posted By cplager

I ride starting at 5:40am and I too really like...

I ride starting at 5:40am and I too really like riding then. Get good lights (including backups) and it's a very peaceful way to ride. Low traffic, much quieter.

The only issue I've ever had was...
03-10-18, 11:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,467
Posted By cplager

I've got two sets of wheels for my 20" folder. I...

I've got two sets of wheels for my 20" folder. I really like having studded tires when I need them and I like being able to just swap wheels.
Forum: Commuting
03-10-18, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,980
Posted By cplager

Thanks for your review. As a bike/train...

Thanks for your review.

As a bike/train commuter, I find looking for good backpack pannier to be something like searching for the Holy Grail. :)

I've now had several and haven't been happy yet:...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-18, 11:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,424
Posted By cplager

I've ridden in as code as 7F and I was fine. I...

I've ridden in as code as 7F and I was fine. I don't know that my current setup would 20 degrees colder.
03-04-18, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,560
Posted By cplager

It doesn't look like they sell anymore. I am...

It doesn't look like they sell anymore.

I am going to try your suggestion of using silicone.




Mine are, too. And I'm trying not to walk in puddles. But yet the bottoms of my socks are...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-18, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,160
Posted By cplager

Since I'm having issues when walking, it seems...

Since I'm having issues when walking, it seems like something that commuters might be more likely to encounter.

(I do wish you could make a single post, but link it in multiple forums...)
03-03-18, 01:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,560
Posted By cplager

It's when I'm walking in my shoes that they get...

It's when I'm walking in my shoes that they get wet (I ride to the train station and walk at the other end).

I was trying to avoid puddles, but my feet were completely soaked.
03-03-18, 10:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,560
Posted By cplager

2 bold SPD (edited original to add). My...

2 bold SPD (edited original to add).

My current shoes are water-resistant enough on the top, but the bottoms just leak horribly.
Forum: Commuting
03-03-18, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,160
Posted By cplager

Waterproof clipless shoes/boots

Hi,

I'm looking for waterproof spd shoes/boots. I've got Giro Alpineduro and they leak horribly where the cleats attach when I walk in the rain.

Any recommendations?

Thanks, Charles
03-03-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,560
Posted By cplager

Waterproof winter clipless shoes/boots.

Hi,

I'm looking for waterproof winter clipless shoes (2 bolt SPD). I have Giro’s Alpineduro and they leak horribly where the cleats attach when I walk in the rain.

Any recommendations?
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-21-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,143
Posted By cplager

I really liked mine until the chain fell off...

I really liked mine until the chain fell off while I was riding and I almost broke a rib.

After that, I just don't trust it anymore. It's a cute idea, but not quite there yet.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-15-18, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,853
Posted By cplager

Yan is (of course) absolutely correct (as he...

Yan is (of course) absolutely correct (as he should be).

Just make sure you attach the frame to the BOTTOM of the shock bolt (as he said) and not the TOP, otherwise your rack will become part of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-17, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,620
Posted By cplager

My 10 year old daughter can easily ride 7 miles...

My 10 year old daughter can easily ride 7 miles on her 16" Citizen folder.

I don't see why anybody older should have any problems after building up to it (assuming not ridiculous hills :) )
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-01-17, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,341
Posted By cplager

You can get studded 349 tires (that Brompton...

You can get studded 349 tires (that Brompton uses).

(But not 305 tires)
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-03-17, 07:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,694
Posted By cplager

The Pocket Rocket has a lot of owners who are...

The Pocket Rocket has a lot of owners who are very happy with the bike riding exactly what you are trying to do. Of your choices, I think you're right that it's best suited for your use case.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-10-17, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1,180
Views: 704,237
Posted By cplager

Interesting! Can you wheel it while folded?

Interesting!

Can you wheel it while folded?
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1,113
Views: 307,938
Posted By cplager

Not exactly in the wild, but: ...

Not exactly in the wild, but:
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-11-17, 06:03 PM
Replies: 1,180
Views: 704,237
Posted By cplager

If it weren't for the close-ups, I'd have no idea...

If it weren't for the close-ups, I'd have no idea it was a coupled bike.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-08-17, 03:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,475
Posted By cplager

I use Citizen Tokeos...

I use Citizen Tokeos (http://www.bikeforums.net/recreational-family/1058748-folding-bike-small-9-year-old.html) for my two kids.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-08-17, 03:46 PM
Replies: 2,353
Views: 402,781
Posted By cplager

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4262/34915544043_59...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4262/34915544043_59d81c735f_o.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-17, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1,113
Views: 307,938
Posted By cplager

Actually yes. On mine, the chainring bent...

Actually yes.

On mine, the chainring bent just enough that the chain jumped off. And then there was no tension on the pedal. And I flew over the handlebars.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-20-17, 01:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,046
Posted By cplager

No, no it doesn't. The change in weight is...

No, no it doesn't. The change in weight is negligible (and only matters for carrying the bike, not riding it). Frame is what costs the money, not the gears. And the selection of folding bikes that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-12-17, 05:31 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 10,513
Posted By cplager

Yeah, dude. That's kind of the point. Neither...

Yeah, dude. That's kind of the point. Neither computer screens nor TVs turn very easily. If your audience is teenagers, then by all means keep filming like that.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-12-17, 05:18 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 10,513
Posted By cplager

Nice video. Next time turn the phone 90...

Nice video.

Next time turn the phone 90 degrees. :)
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-17, 04:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,100
Posted By cplager

I use these (http://amzn.to/2qeHTfw) on my 20"...

I use these (http://amzn.to/2qeHTfw) on my 20" folders and they work well. I think you should have no problems.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61qzS5o46IL._SL1500_.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-05-17, 05:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,653
Posted By cplager

This is true for bikes in general. The one place...

This is true for bikes in general. The one place this isn't true is for when you have to carry them. For some people, a very light bike can make a big difference (e.g., carrying it upstairs, etc)....
Forum: Commuting
04-14-17, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,512
Posted By cplager

For me personally, I very much riding clipped in....

For me personally, I very much riding clipped in.

That being said, there are many good (and some not so good) reasons to not use clipless pedals. Ride what you want to ride, how you want to ride...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-17, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,512
Posted By cplager

I've got dual sided platform/SPD pedals. It...

I've got dual sided platform/SPD pedals. It turns out I almost never ride them not clipped in, but they are there just in case.

Once you get used to clipping in, it is hard to ride without doing...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-18-17, 09:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,054
Posted By cplager

My recumbent bikes go down to 16". I'd have them...

My recumbent bikes go down to 16". I'd have them go lower if they could easily do so. And while dual drive is heavier, it ain't heavy. :)
03-12-17, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,497
Posted By cplager

Nice. :)

Nice. :)
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-12-17, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,054
Posted By cplager

That's true, but if you're going for high end, 10...

That's true, but if you're going for high end, 10 is 10% higher than 11. (Well, 9%). And for small wheels, this is often what people are after (I run a Capreo hub and have a 9-26T cassette).
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-12-17, 07:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 20,690
Posted By cplager

A few of points: 1) While I'm glad you like...

A few of points:

1) While I'm glad you like your seat, it is ridiculous to assume that the one seat you've tried will work for everybody with the same bike.

2) The bike is still a hardtail,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-05-17, 07:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,927
Posted By cplager

Invalid Thread specified. If you followed a valid...

Invalid Thread specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator,
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-05-17, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,010
Posted By cplager

Two piece steerer means more fitting options (but...

Two piece steerer means more fitting options (but does also have negatives).

I was disappointed to see no rear suspension.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-19-17, 09:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,260
Posted By cplager

This, of course, has nothing to do with 20"...

This, of course, has nothing to do with 20" wheels.
Forum: Recumbent
02-11-17, 03:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,387
Posted By cplager

Miles (or km for non-Americans) is clearly the...

Miles (or km for non-Americans) is clearly the right answer as far as how to learn to ride a "funny" bike (I ride Cruzbikes, so I know funny bikes). It was very brave of you to take off on the tour...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-11-17, 03:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,128
Posted By cplager

That's an interesting looking bike. I look...

That's an interesting looking bike. I look forward to seeing it in production.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-17, 05:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,369
Posted By cplager

You should also be able to put a 9 or 10 speed...

You should also be able to put a 9 or 10 speed cassette (with upgraded shifter and likely derailleur) on an 8 speed. You're stuck with 7 speeds on a 7 speed.
02-09-17, 05:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,238
Posted By cplager

250g is going to likely be a smaller effect than...

250g is going to likely be a smaller effect than efficiency differences of the drive train (I'm not sure which one is more efficient).

250gm is 1/2 lb so that's 1/400 or 0.25%. Professional...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-05-17, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Posted By cplager

Bad choice of phrase on my part. You can...

Bad choice of phrase on my part.

You can very much use your arms with MBB (moving bottom bracket) bikes (like you can on DF bikes). But, yes, "regular" recumbent bikes let you brace your back...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-05-17, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Posted By cplager

It turns out that what starts out as a weakness...

It turns out that what starts out as a weakness becomes a strength. Because of this linkage, they are a bit weird to learn how to ride. But once used to them, these bikes are the easiest to ride...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-05-17, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Posted By cplager

The stoker has a twist shifter (that I'll...

The stoker has a twist shifter (that I'll probably replace with a lever). Both of my kids have folding 16" bikes with gears, so they're (kind of) used to them now.

So I choose my gear and they...
02-04-17, 03:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,238
Posted By cplager

Of course, remember the weight savings matters...

Of course, remember the weight savings matters for the whole system. So you're saving (almost) a pound, compared to easily 200 lbs for everything (two riders + bike).
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