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Forum: Commuting
07-15-13, 09:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 877
Posted By JPMacG

I get about 2000 miles from a chain. I have...

I get about 2000 miles from a chain. I have tried all sorts of things to extend their life. Different lubricants, different cleaning techniques, rotating through several chains, etc. It doesn't...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,092
Posted By JPMacG

Water bottle (with coffee on the way in, water on...

Water bottle (with coffee on the way in, water on the way home)
Rear rack bag with:
cell phone
wallet
keys
employer badge
multi-tool with tire levers and chain tool
inner tube
several quick...
06-07-13, 12:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,471
Posted By JPMacG

I like my B17. Here are a few observations...

I like my B17. Here are a few observations regarding mine...

- Getting the right saddle tilt and saddle height are critical for a Brooks - I think more so than for other saddles. My saddle...
06-06-13, 10:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 51,199
Posted By JPMacG

Very interesting that the chain manufacturers...

Very interesting that the chain manufacturers advise against cleaning with a solvent. I have always cleaned with paint thinner or kerosene and my chains always wear quickly. Think I will try the...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-13, 10:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,388
Posted By JPMacG

I have a Brooks B17 with about 8,000 miles and I...

I have a Brooks B17 with about 8,000 miles and I like it. Having said that, I know of several people who tried a B17 and didn't find theirs comfortable. Brooks saddles are very popular on...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-13, 06:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,604
Posted By JPMacG

Pump, although there have been times when I...

Pump, although there have been times when I wished that I had CO2 because I could not get the pump to properly engage my schrader valve.
05-29-13, 10:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,384
Posted By JPMacG

A pair of good bikr shorts sometimes help a lot. ...

A pair of good bikr shorts sometimes help a lot. Personally, I am not a big fan of Brooks. I have a B17. It is OK, but not the butt nirvanna that some make it out to be. There are many other...
05-27-13, 07:56 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 31,932
Posted By JPMacG

Here is mine. This is a Giant FCR3, which is...

Here is mine. This is a Giant FCR3, which is similar to your bike. The only difficult part was finding a mirror that would work with the trekking bars.

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05-26-13, 12:41 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 31,932
Posted By JPMacG

I tried bar ends first on my Giant FCR3 then went...

I tried bar ends first on my Giant FCR3 then went to a trekking bar, which I feel is definitely better, although it looks a bit 'unusual'. It is a plug-and-play swap. It takes about 20 minutes.
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05-25-13, 03:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By JPMacG

I'd say it depends greatly on how you store your...

I'd say it depends greatly on how you store your bike. If you store it outside in the weather 24x7, like on a college campus, then your bike will need periodic maintenance. If you store it inside...
05-23-13, 06:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,879
Posted By JPMacG

I actually keep a log. I have commuted to work...

I actually keep a log. I have commuted to work about 450 times (19 mile round trip) over a period of 5 years. In those 450 commutes I have had 11 flat tires, three broken spokes, one broken chain,...
03-14-13, 08:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,242
Posted By JPMacG

I used pure neatsfoot oil when my saddle was new....

I used pure neatsfoot oil when my saddle was new. I thoroughly drenched it with oil per Sheldon Brown's recommendation. I don't think that my saddle ever softened much. After 5000 miles it's only...
10-25-12, 04:57 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 12,074
Posted By JPMacG

As much as I try, I cannot learn to like opera. ...

As much as I try, I cannot learn to like opera. I wish I could. I find recitative unpleasant.

For me, RC and full scale flying, ham radio, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Forum: Commuting
10-16-12, 07:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,135
Posted By JPMacG

Well, I love commuting. I do an 18 mile round...

Well, I love commuting. I do an 18 mile round trip with a lot of hills, usually 3 times a week. But I sure haven't seen the health benefits. I do feel better and certainly have developed strength....
Forum: Commuting
10-10-12, 05:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,127
Posted By JPMacG

Yes, that is what I do. I may need to repeat...

Yes, that is what I do. I may need to repeat "coming through" several times as I approach before the person notices. If I am going to be close I slow down. If they are far to the right or left I will...
10-10-12, 03:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,728
Posted By JPMacG

My B17 is tilted up even more. Finding the...

My B17 is tilted up even more. Finding the correct tilt seems to be critical for comfort with a B17.
10-06-12, 08:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,224
Posted By JPMacG

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be treated with...

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be treated with medication and therapy.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-12, 09:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,767
Posted By JPMacG

I just tried the dishwasher method and it really...

I just tried the dishwasher method and it really worked nicely. The straps and pads are the cleanest they've been since the helmet was new. Some of the real thin stick-on foam pads came off, but...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-12, 07:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,767
Posted By JPMacG

I used to take my helmet inside and keep it at my...

I used to take my helmet inside and keep it at my desk, and yes, it started to stink. Then I got lazy and left the helmet strapped to the bike while I was at work. No more stink. Apparently...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,142
Posted By JPMacG

I have Michelin Citi 32s on my commuter. They...

I have Michelin Citi 32s on my commuter. They have reflective sidewalls, which I like. The wear well - I'll probably get over 5000 miles out of the rear. They are not flat proof by any means. I...
09-21-12, 05:08 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,861
Posted By JPMacG

I would consider buying a used bike but I don't...

I would consider buying a used bike but I don't know where to find used bikes. I look on craig's list, but never see much of interest. Finding the type of bike I want in the size and condition I...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-12, 05:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By JPMacG

Thanks everyone. That is all helpful. And...

Thanks everyone. That is all helpful. And thanks for the advice regarding the rear blinker. I do use one, but I should find something brighter.
Forum: Commuting
09-17-12, 05:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By JPMacG

Sure do, but my schedule on weekends is pretty...

Sure do, but my schedule on weekends is pretty bad. PM me if you see an opportunity coming up.

This Central Bucks Bike Club has a good selection of organized rides in Bucks. Their biggest and...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-12, 08:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By JPMacG

Sun in my eyes

I commute east going to work in the morning and west coming home after work. This time of year the sun is in my eyes both ways. Depending on the day, it can make visibility ahead difficult.

Does...
09-16-12, 08:00 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,295
Posted By JPMacG

I think they say somewhere in their advertising...

I think they say somewhere in their advertising that the battery inside the holder is a Li Ion 18650. I don't think they say if it is the 'protected' type or the 'unprotected' type.

I can...
09-15-12, 05:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,976
Posted By JPMacG

Yes, lube makes a huge difference. I use rubbing...

Yes, lube makes a huge difference. I use rubbing alcohol. Once when I had a flat I happened to have a bottle of rubbing alcohol with me. Out of frustration I poured some on the rim to try to make...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,409
Posted By JPMacG

I second the need for redundancy for both front...

I second the need for redundancy for both front and rear lights. I had a front light go off while I was riding at night on a MUP with trees on the right and a brook on the left. There are lots of...
09-15-12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,295
Posted By JPMacG

The 600 is my first light that is designed for...

The 600 is my first light that is designed for biking. Previously I was using two Ultrafire 200-lumen flashlights from DX. Compared to the flashlights, the beam of the 600 is very broad. I had...
09-13-12, 10:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By JPMacG

One thing about clipless is that you are likely...

One thing about clipless is that you are likely to forget to unclip and fall at least once. Someone younger and in better shape would just get up, hope no one saw it happen, and ride on without...
09-11-12, 07:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,295
Posted By JPMacG

No helmet mount on the 600. I think the 700...

No helmet mount on the 600. I think the 700 comes with a helmet mount.
Forum: Commuting
09-07-12, 11:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,328
Posted By JPMacG

Maybe commute just 2 or 3 times a week. That is...

Maybe commute just 2 or 3 times a week. That is a long commute to do every day in my opinion. I think you would become frustrated with the time it takes out of your free time.

I did just an 18...
09-03-12, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,399
Posted By JPMacG

I think the response in the link glossed over the...

I think the response in the link glossed over the answer. I think the problem is that bike inner tubes are made from a material that is gas permeable while car tires are made from a material that is...
09-03-12, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By JPMacG

I just purchased a light. I considered a light...

I just purchased a light. I considered a light with a removable battery and external charger but decided upon a dedicated bike light with built in charging circuit. I didn't want to bother with...
09-03-12, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By JPMacG

Lumens is what you want. ...

Lumens is what you want.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumen_%28unit%29
09-01-12, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,914
Posted By JPMacG

I do like my reflective sidewalls. They work...

I do like my reflective sidewalls. They work well even when dirty, although I guess it depends on how dirty. I took the clamp-on spoke reflectors off because I thought they were less effective...
09-01-12, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 801
Posted By JPMacG

Mine (the OP) has 32 spokes. I expect it is a ...

Mine (the OP) has 32 spokes. I expect it is a relatively low quality wheel - it is the original on a Giant FCR3. It has about 7000 miles with a total of 4 broken spokes over its lifetime.

I'm...
08-31-12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,295
Posted By JPMacG

If my understanding is correct (and it might not...

If my understanding is correct (and it might not be), lumens is the preferred measure for expressing light performance. Lumens is a measure of the light output in the visible spectrum. Watts is...
08-31-12, 07:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 801
Posted By JPMacG

Thanks for the comments. I weigh 180 lbs and...

Thanks for the comments. I weigh 180 lbs and carry about 5 lbs of stuff on the rear rack. I use this bike as a commuter - about 90% road and 10% over grassy fields. I was going onto a road from a...
08-30-12, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 801
Posted By JPMacG

Thanks. Yes, I have the tool and the chain whip...

Thanks. Yes, I have the tool and the chain whip to remove the cassette. I'll stop at the LBS and see if he has time tomorrow. If not I may buy the spoke and try myself.
08-30-12, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 801
Posted By JPMacG

How difficult is it to replace a spoke?

I break a spoke about every 2000 miles. It is always on the rear drive side. In the past I've taken the wheel to the LBS and paid $20 for the new spoke and labor.

How hard is it to do this...
08-30-12, 10:40 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,759
Posted By JPMacG

Ah yes... nitrogen flled cable dielectrics. For...

Ah yes... nitrogen flled cable dielectrics. For those who just hate having money in their wallet.
08-30-12, 10:14 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,295
Posted By JPMacG

I just got the Expilion 600 yesterday. First...

I just got the Expilion 600 yesterday. First impression is very positive. Nice, rugged package, incredibly bright, lots of modes to choose from, bike mount works great. I paid $120 at my LBS but I...
08-26-12, 11:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,664
Posted By JPMacG

Wired cycle computers are inexpensive, accurate,...

Wired cycle computers are inexpensive, accurate, very reliable and easy to install. Wireless cycle computers are more expensive, just as accurate, less reliable and only slightly easier to install....
08-24-12, 06:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,759
Posted By JPMacG

I think the OP is trying to ask the relative...

I think the OP is trying to ask the relative weight of gaseous N2 versus gaseous O2. Wouldn't this just be the ratio of their molecular masses?
Forum: Commuting
08-23-12, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,107
Posted By JPMacG

You might keep a few spare tubes, tire irons and...

You might keep a few spare tubes, tire irons and a floor pump at both work and home. That way the worst case will be a 1.5 mile walk.

Changing a tube on the road, perhaps in bad light or rain...
08-17-12, 11:38 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,114
Posted By JPMacG

OK Thanks. I get it. By pulsing the brakes you...

OK Thanks. I get it. By pulsing the brakes you create a higher temperature at the surface of the rims, which allows higher heat transfer by convection. You're trying to maximize convection in...
08-17-12, 10:29 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,341
Posted By JPMacG

I'm 56. LBS owner (also 56) is encouraging me to...

I'm 56. LBS owner (also 56) is encouraging me to go to a bike with drops for my commuter. I actually like the trekking bar better but he still tries.
08-16-12, 10:41 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,114
Posted By JPMacG

I don't understand why braking technique should...

I don't understand why braking technique should matter to the rims and tires. The energy dissipated is the same regardless of technique, and the tire/rim is a large thermal mass that will transfer...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,015
Posted By JPMacG

I've used water from my water bottle to lubricate...

I've used water from my water bottle to lubricate the bead. Even water is better than a dry bead against a dry rim.
08-15-12, 06:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,226
Posted By JPMacG

The best cure for germophobia or mysophobia is to...

The best cure for germophobia or mysophobia is to get on a subway car in New York City at 5 p.m. on a week day and lick the pole that everyone holds on to.
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