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Forum: Commuting
10-21-14, 11:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,644
Posted By GriddleCakes

Also, street Zambonis: ...

Also, street Zambonis:


http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/icedanch.jpg


http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/slick2.jpg

...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-14, 11:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,644
Posted By GriddleCakes

As an Alaskan, I respect neither your numbers nor...

As an Alaskan, I respect neither your numbers nor your "winter". Real winter hazards:

Frozen footprints and ruts:

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/frozenmup.jpg

Roadside...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,975
Posted By GriddleCakes

49, not including tootling about town on...

49, not including tootling about town on errands/leisure.

Gee, thanks Todzilla, I thought that I had over a decade to go before I hit 50; now you've got me thinking that I've less than a year.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-14, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By GriddleCakes

Are you sure they're plastic? I'd be surprised if...

Are you sure they're plastic? I'd be surprised if they aren't powder coated aluminum, considering that they offer them with either machined or non-machined sidewalls. As to their attraction, I don't...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-14, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

PennyTheDog I was wicked lucky. Dude was driving...

PennyTheDog I was wicked lucky. Dude was driving a car, not a truck, and he slammed on his brakes right before he t-boned me, so his bumper hit the bike below the frame and fork. Wheels were toast,...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-14, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

My Surly Straggler, a bike barely alive: ...

My Surly Straggler, a bike barely alive:


http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/IMG_1159.jpg


I rebuilt it. I have the technology. I made it better than it was.


Better:
10-03-14, 06:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,688
Posted By GriddleCakes

Nailed it. The cassette came zip tied together...

Nailed it. The cassette came zip tied together with the spacer between the 11t and the lockring, so I assumed that was the order that it needed to be installed in. Now that I've gone back and looked...
10-02-14, 10:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,688
Posted By GriddleCakes

Chain slipping in smallest cog, new chain and cassette

I just changed my cassette (Shimano 105 5700, 10 speed 11-28) and chain (Wipperman Connex 10sb), and the chain slips terribly in the 11t cog. I've tried adjusting the b-limit on the derailleur, to no...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-14, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 860
Posted By GriddleCakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISLHeSy3lKk ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISLHeSy3lKk

Unless you have serious skills:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19glLmTz5FE
Forum: Commuting
09-02-14, 03:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,347
Posted By GriddleCakes

I've been on the other side of this, and I'd like...

I've been on the other side of this, and I'd like to thank the OP for his course of action. As a dog owner, I'd much rather recover my dogs from the pound than have them running loose in the city. I...
08-18-14, 02:05 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 400,788
Posted By GriddleCakes

Kuwahara Xtracycle. ...

Kuwahara Xtracycle.

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/IMG_1226.jpg

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/IMG_1319.jpg
...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 01:03 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,276
Posted By GriddleCakes

Lady GriddleCakes here: Saving money is sure...

Lady GriddleCakes here:

Saving money is sure not an excuse in our household given how much GriddleCakes spends on bicycle parts, but bike wrenching is his hobby, and it seems like a thoroughly...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 12:17 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,276
Posted By GriddleCakes

Cycling the funnest way that I know to navigate...

Cycling the funnest way that I know to navigate around my city. Traffic isn't much of an issue here (although locals who've never driven in larger cities will disagree), but driving in the city is...
08-17-14, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,214
Posted By GriddleCakes

I guess something similar came up a couple of...

I guess something similar came up a couple of days ago (http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/966044-what-tab-peugeot-uo-8-seat-stay.html). And yeah, it does look a lot like the bottle generator...
08-17-14, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By GriddleCakes

@FBinNY...

@FBinNY (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=158672) The image in my head of endo-ing a seven foot long bicycle is both hilarious and terrifying. I played around with the cable angles and length,...
08-17-14, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By GriddleCakes

For some reason I thought that V-brakes wouldn't...

For some reason I thought that V-brakes wouldn't fit on canti posts, like the distance to the rim was markedly different. I've got an extra V-brake and lever floating around, so I'll try that.
08-17-14, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By GriddleCakes

AnkleWork I've tried messing with the cantilever,...

AnkleWork I've tried messing with the cantilever, changing the straddle cable length, to see if I could increase its stopping power, but it didn't do much. It works well enough when the bike's...
08-17-14, 02:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By GriddleCakes

Drum brake questions

I've got an old MTB Xtracycle cargo bike conversion with cantis in the front and a disc brake on the Xtracycle extension. The disc works great and is sufficient to stop the bike when loaded, which is...
08-17-14, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,214
Posted By GriddleCakes

Kuwahara weirdness

What the heck is this thing for? I figure if anyone would know, it'd be the vintage crowd.

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/IMG_1283.jpg

It's only on the drive side seatstay,...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-14, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

@downwinded...

@downwinded (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=328212) There must be a joke here that I'm not getting, but ok. Rear wheel came stock on my old Kona Fire Mt, which I stripped down to build up my...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-14, 04:21 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

Lug Before I moved into a house with a garage,...

Lug Before I moved into a house with a garage, the only bikes that I considered owning were bikes that I could fit in my apartment, and could be carried up a flight of stairs; I've never considered...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-14, 12:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,289
Posted By GriddleCakes

^^^ I don't know about "most hideous", but it...

^^^
I don't know about "most hideous", but it is pretty ugly. Here's a less hideous version of the same concept, albeit more expensive...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-14, 12:26 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

I bought another bike! I think that I might have...

I bought another bike! I think that I might have a bicycle addiction. My lady definitely thinks that I have an addiction. Behold the QE2:
...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-14, 06:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,213
Posted By GriddleCakes

I should also point out that all of the lights I...

I should also point out that all of the lights I mentioned (Knog Blinder Road, Cygolight Hotshot, PDW Aether Demon) are bright enough that I only use the flash or pulse modes during the day, and run...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-14, 06:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,213
Posted By GriddleCakes

I've a Hotshot that has held up through two full...

I've a Hotshot that has held up through two full years of all weather commuting, rain and snow, parked outside during the workday. It does sit right under the seat, so it gets some cover, but then...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-14, 12:51 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

Thanks for the condolences, y'all. Got the wrist...

Thanks for the condolences, y'all. Got the wrist x-rayed this afternoon, and there's no break. Bike shop is pretty backed up, couldn't inspect the frame today, but at a glance the shop tech was...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-14, 12:49 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

Thanks for the condolences, y'all. Got the wrist...

Thanks for the condolences, y'all. Got the wrist x-rayed this afternoon, and there's no break. Bike shop is pretty backed up, couldn't inspect the frame today, but at a glance the shop tech was...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

Recently changed up a few things on the...

Recently changed up a few things on the Straggler...

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy157/dgridley/IMG_1159.jpg

The traction pins on my old pedals were wearing down, so I picked up a new...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-14, 12:35 AM
Replies: 752
Views: 118,429
Posted By GriddleCakes

"several times"? Here in Anchorage, beer bottles...

"several times"? Here in Anchorage, beer bottles and one-fingered gestures get thrown at cyclists, not literature...
Mrs. Griddlecakes
Forum: Commuting
05-24-14, 10:25 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,966
Posted By GriddleCakes

You mean contiguous U.S. The farthest you could...

You mean contiguous U.S. The farthest you could move from Florida within the continental U.S. is probably Barrow, Alaska, as Alaska is quite definitely part of the North American continent. Heck, we...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-14, 04:08 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,966
Posted By GriddleCakes

Number 3, numer 3, and number 3. Riding a bike is...

Number 3, numer 3, and number 3. Riding a bike is just so much more fun than driving.

I started commuting by bike for reason number 1, in a youthful act of environmentalist penance for having...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 04:48 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,391
Posted By GriddleCakes

That, good sir, is (ahem) a low blow. I'll...

That, good sir, is (ahem) a low blow.

I'll be here all week, folks! Tip the veal, and be sure to try your waitress!
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 04:33 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

I think it's great, but I lack a frame of...

I think it's great, but I lack a frame of reference; I've only ever bike commuted here, South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Bend, OR (which is the gold standard of the three). I've been commuting here on and...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 03:47 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,391
Posted By GriddleCakes

True enough, sir; that is a very pretty, utterly...

True enough, sir; that is a very pretty, utterly ridiculous bicycle. That chain guard and rear fender are crazy sexy! I used to work with a guy who commuted (two miles, summer only) on a stretched...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 03:14 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,391
Posted By GriddleCakes

What can I say, I rode my bikes for years,...

What can I say, I rode my bikes for years, unmodified and stock outside of the addition of a saddle bag or a brake pad upgrade, but then I started reading bike blogs and bike forums. Next thing you...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-14, 02:39 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 151,271
Posted By GriddleCakes

Nice weather all week, heading into a three day...

Nice weather all week, heading into a three day weekend for me. Exception was this morning; an overnight temperature inversion had trapped smoke in the Anchorage bowl from a couple of wildfires...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 02:41 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 151,271
Posted By GriddleCakes

Low 40s this morning, so for the first time this...

Low 40s this morning, so for the first time this year I wore shorts to work. A little nippy, but adversity is good for the soul. Serious headwinds downtown, 35 mph gusts all day.

Had a unique...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 01:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,850
Posted By GriddleCakes

Old tag: bike and critter warning sign ...

Old tag: bike and critter warning sign

381571
(that's a "warning, aggressive beavers" sign, if you can't make it out; yes, for real)

New tag: One bike, two quadrupeds.
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 01:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,764
Posted By GriddleCakes

As a frequent pedestrian, this is super annoying....

As a frequent pedestrian, this is super annoying. Do you know that you're supposed to stop before your car crosses a sidewalk or crosswalk, then look both ways to make sure that this is no pedestrian...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 01:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,391
Posted By GriddleCakes

Makes me want a fruit-avocado smoothie, for some...

Makes me want a fruit-avocado smoothie, for some reason. That green tire on the orange rim looks nauseating.



LOL!



I don't see what's weep worthy about these bikes. The rack on the dutch...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-14, 01:12 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,391
Posted By GriddleCakes

You guys are too nice. Seriously. The point of...

You guys are too nice. Seriously. The point of this thread is to be a little mean! And how can you not mock the differing wheel sizes (29" up front, 26" in the back), or the...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-14, 01:42 AM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,986,969
Posted By GriddleCakes

Thanks! Like I said, those handlebars are super...

Thanks! Like I said, those handlebars are super comfortable. If you haven't recently ridden an upright bike with a leather saddle, you might be missing out; it's like an armchair with pedals.



...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-14, 01:17 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,391
Posted By GriddleCakes

Post your ugliest/most ridiculous bike! (Thick skinned posters only, please)

Inspired by this thread (http://www.bikeforums.net/singlespeed-fixed-gear/710305-official-all-new-jackass-thread-keep-fun.html), this thread...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-14, 12:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,850
Posted By GriddleCakes

381332 Old tag: bike under a tree. New...

381332

Old tag: bike under a tree.
New tag: bike on a rock.
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 11:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 787
Posted By GriddleCakes

I had the same experience with milk crates: too...

I had the same experience with milk crates: too tall to swing a leg over. Good score on the soda crate, the red really pops in contrast to that pretty blue frame. 14+ miles is a respectable commuting...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 10:49 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,645
Posted By GriddleCakes

What gets me is the designer's assumption that no...

What gets me is the designer's assumption that no one wants or needs mirrors or lights, or rear brakes for that matter. The bike is so minimalist that it minimizes what you can do with it. Bikes are...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 07:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,764
Posted By GriddleCakes

Seriously? You ride with traffic, unless you're...

Seriously? You ride with traffic, unless you're like 5 years old. Check out your local traffic laws.
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 07:06 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,645
Posted By GriddleCakes

:shrug: No worries, dude. It's just...

:shrug:



No worries, dude. It's just the internet.



Actually, if you had a custom frame bag made to fill the frame, this thing could haul a reasonable load, provided said load could be...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 03:56 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,645
Posted By GriddleCakes

Said I was sorry, and meant it. Meant...

Said I was sorry, and meant it.



Meant that, too, and am not sorry about it. In this thread that thing has been called nice, unique, interesting, attractive, impractical, hazardous, stupid, a...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 03:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,645
Posted By GriddleCakes

No, the apology is sincere. I shouldn't have...

No, the apology is sincere. I shouldn't have accused the OP of posting a hoax thread.

Where did I insult the OP? I insulted his bike, if you want to phrase it that way; I consider it giving my...
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