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Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,838
Posted By volvostephen

Awesome response... I get hobo a lot - that or a...

Awesome response... I get hobo a lot - that or a guy with a revoked drivers license. I mean why else would you be on a bike....
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,838
Posted By volvostephen

Misquoted I know but I did it for the irony. You...

Misquoted I know but I did it for the irony. You have certainly reigned a whole lot of judgement on me. I don't own a car. My wife and I have a family car (certainly not a Volvo) that she drives...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,838
Posted By volvostephen

It has been my experience that this is a very...

It has been my experience that this is a very common observation. That the courteousness of drivers tends to be inversely proportional to the cost of the vehicle. Call me terrible - it still made...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,838
Posted By volvostephen

Praise to the seagulls

There might just be a few makes of vehicles where I find the drivers are maybe a little more inconsiderate than others. I guess the seagulls took note as well. When I saw this at the train station on...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 12,029
Posted By volvostephen

Just have an age where you cut over to kph.... ...

Just have an age where you cut over to kph.... Being Canadian (and almost 50), I should be able to get another 15 years or so until I max out. 65 kph is pretty easy to hit fully loaded and weighing...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 12,029
Posted By volvostephen

I used to track with a GPS - was really hooked on...

I used to track with a GPS - was really hooked on the big numbers and got upset when I missed tracking a ride. Then I missed a whole summer due to work travel and my GPS buttons all wore off so I...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,031
Posted By volvostephen

Could you invest in a better lock? If not, then...

Could you invest in a better lock? If not, then cheaper is likely better. If you did go cheaper, then you could also buy a dedicated touring / weekend bike that is more fun to ride. I think...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,769
Posted By volvostephen

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Yesterday wasn't too bad. My bike was flinging snowy slush everywhere but...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-18, 09:53 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 7,343
Posted By volvostephen

Ditto (2 kids) - I have been car free for 10...

Ditto (2 kids) - I have been car free for 10 years but I still share a car with my wife. She is the primary driver and I cycle to work everyday.
Forum: Commuting
10-10-18, 06:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,503
Posted By volvostephen

I have a lot of knee pain if I am not consistent...

I have a lot of knee pain if I am not consistent with my cycling. For example if I ride really hard for a few days and then not at all for a few more, I will end up with pain. For me, riding more...
Forum: Touring
10-02-18, 10:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,256
Posted By volvostephen

Voted for a Four Corners because I have an older...

Voted for a Four Corners because I have an older one (2016) that I picked up cheap at a thrift store. Once fixed up - seemed pretty good to me. Promax brakes on mine are annoying though.
Forum: Commuting
10-02-18, 07:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,673
Posted By volvostephen

Another vote for track standing. You anticipate...

Another vote for track standing. You anticipate the stopping and slowly get into a position where you can balance without moving. There is nothing hurried so if you want to unclip - you do so. It...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-18, 10:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,737
Posted By volvostephen

I ride a 2017 Breezer Radar Expert. It is classed...

I ride a 2017 Breezer Radar Expert. It is classed as a Gravel bike but I ride it for touring and commuting. I only got it in May and it is pretty much the only bike I ride now - I love it. 2700 Km...
Forum: Touring
09-11-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,178
Posted By volvostephen

I had a 48x32 front chainring that I used for...

I had a 48x32 front chainring that I used for touring with a 11-34 rear but there were many hills and I walked a lot of them. I switched that to 48-28 and found it much better (didn't walk any...
Forum: Touring
07-06-18, 08:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By volvostephen

I am from Burlington and just did a trip in the...

I am from Burlington and just did a trip in the Finger Lakes area. I know you said Toronto area - but I find NY State roads have far better shoulders than in Ontario. The state parks are great too...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 08:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,281
Posted By volvostephen

I like mine a lot so far (Breezer RADAR Expert). ...

I like mine a lot so far (Breezer RADAR Expert). Logged about 300 miles. 1 loaded overnight tour. Leaving tomorrow for 7 to 9 days or so through upstate New York.
05-28-18, 04:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,778
Posted By volvostephen

34.5" 625 doesn't seem out of line either as I...

34.5" 625 doesn't seem out of line either as I just measured. The Performance site for the Expert (which I have) says 600 TTH.
05-28-18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,778
Posted By volvostephen

Not sure the charts are correct. There are diff...

Not sure the charts are correct. There are diff charts on the Breezer site VS the Performance Bike site for the same bike. Breezer says 625, Performance says 600. I was unsure and thought I might...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-18, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,192
Posted By volvostephen

I keep collecting..... this is just what I have...

I keep collecting..... this is just what I have at work right now. The rest of my collection is already in my toolbox at home. Not sure why I have all this stuff - but I think it is fun. Most of...
Forum: Touring
05-24-18, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By volvostephen

Just wanted to mention that there are a lot of...

Just wanted to mention that there are a lot of closures on the C&O. I hope you are aware of them and have planned accordingly. There is more info here:...
05-22-18, 07:52 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,778
Posted By volvostephen

Not too sloping. I think it looks fine. ...

Not too sloping. I think it looks fine.

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XXL Breezer - not so...
Forum: Touring
05-20-18, 05:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,778
Posted By volvostephen

I am using the exact one in the link which ever...

I am using the exact one in the link which ever that is. It is nice being on helmet too as I don't have to buy multiples for each bike.
Forum: Touring
05-20-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,778
Posted By volvostephen

I use a take a look mirror on my helmet...

I use a take a look mirror on my helmet (https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5013-612/Take-A-Look-Cyclist%27s-Mirror). I know you said you didn't want a helmet mirror but maybe you need to give it more...
Forum: Touring
05-20-18, 07:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

So instead of a 10 day trip from Washington DC to...

So instead of a 10 day trip from Washington DC to Canada, I did an overnight camping trip of 50 miles each way (over 100 miles in under 24 hr). At least it rained while taking down camp and all the...
Forum: Introductions
05-17-18, 05:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 598
Posted By volvostephen

Welcome. I just bought a Breezer Radar Expert...

Welcome. I just bought a Breezer Radar Expert myself. Couldn't be happier so far.
Forum: Touring
05-17-18, 02:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

Thanks to everyone for the assistance / tips /...

Thanks to everyone for the assistance / tips / alternatives. I think at this point I will be postponing my trip.... I got so close. I am not sure how quickly things can be patched up on the C&O. ...
Forum: Touring
05-16-18, 08:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

I really don't like the idea of postponing. This...

I really don't like the idea of postponing. This trip has been something I have been trying (loosely) to do for 3 years now. I will likely start at Harper's Ferry instead of DC. I was planning 3...
Forum: Touring
05-16-18, 04:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

Based on the C&O alerts page on the NPS site, I...

Based on the C&O alerts page on the NPS site, I might just skip DC and get of at Harper's Ferry. Would that cause any issues if my ticket was for DC do you think? Also, when getting off, I can walk...
Forum: Touring
05-16-18, 09:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

Thanks. That is far more helpful than their FAQ.

Thanks. That is far more helpful than their FAQ.
Forum: Touring
05-16-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

Yes, it is the Capitol Limited. Thanks for the...

Yes, it is the Capitol Limited. Thanks for the flashlight tip. It all sounds reasonably simple. When you say 'go find your car', how do I know what car? My ticket doesn't say anything about a...
Forum: Touring
05-16-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By volvostephen

Amtrak Roll on Service at station without baggage service questions..

I am planning on taking a train from Sandusky OH (no baggage service) to Washington DC this weekend. The train offers roll on service and I have my reservation. The train boards at 12:40 AM. What...
04-16-18, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 777
Posted By volvostephen

Push Scooter is ok - but a longboard has more...

Push Scooter is ok - but a longboard has more street cred (not too serious here - but longboard is my preferred). Or - a nice Schwinn as is already mentioned. My outdoor overnight lock up train...
04-14-18, 05:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,072
Posted By volvostephen

I would bet that it is 90% psychological and a...

I would bet that it is 90% psychological and a bit of physics. When I ride a bike that is really stiff - I feel fast. There is no way I can truly be so much faster that I can feel it. If you...
04-06-18, 07:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,565
Posted By volvostephen

They really said that in a touring forum? The...

They really said that in a touring forum? The typical response says to stick with the easiest to fix so cable brakes if you have to have disc and then just use standard quick release. Also there is...
04-06-18, 07:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,785
Posted By volvostephen

Bicycling Magazine is trying to sell more bikes. ...

Bicycling Magazine is trying to sell more bikes. Appeal to the N+1. Gravel is likely the slot that most people have open so sell those. Easy fix is to stop reading Bicycling - I did.
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 10:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,450
Posted By volvostephen

Can anyone else comment on these options - and...

Can anyone else comment on these options - and also let me know where the road option starts and ends? Just want to be prepared.

Thanks
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,450
Posted By volvostephen

Try to take a few longer routes to work here and...

Try to take a few longer routes to work here and there if you can. I plan on doing similar mileage and have barely put in any miles this year. Hoping to go in May. I have wanted to do this trip...
03-05-18, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 650
Posted By volvostephen

Why not try a wider flared drop bar with a...

Why not try a wider flared drop bar with a shallow drop? This is likely a lot cheaper option and will keep the geometry of the bike more inline with what was intended.
03-04-18, 07:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 729
Posted By volvostephen

I went today - didn't buy anything. There are...

I went today - didn't buy anything. There are new take-off / demo items that are there at times that can be a great deal. Last year I got a great set of Arkel panniers super cheap. This year Trek...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-18, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 64,850
Posted By volvostephen

Picked up a new (used) bike over the weekend and...

Picked up a new (used) bike over the weekend and was so excited to ride it to work today. Put in a few extra KMs through a provincial park so I could say hi to the deer. Great ride. Temp was just...
Forum: Touring
02-08-18, 08:00 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,311
Posted By volvostephen

I fix my own car and I fix my own bike. In fact,...

I fix my own car and I fix my own bike. In fact, I fix my own water heater, furnace, vacuum - I fix everything around me that breaks if I can. I love it. I spend my whole life pondering mechanics...
Forum: Touring
11-13-17, 09:24 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,396
Posted By volvostephen

This is my approach. You can leave a powerbank...

This is my approach. You can leave a powerbank plugged in a lot of places without anyone noticing or taking interest in it. I had a solar panel too - but didn't use it as the powerbank approach did...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-17, 09:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,658
Posted By volvostephen

Switch to hydraulic :)... I just googled sealed...

Switch to hydraulic :)... I just googled sealed end caps and there is a lot there - I am sure you could find something to fix that pretty easily.
Forum: Commuting
11-03-17, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By volvostephen

I will say that the driver likely saw a bike and...

I will say that the driver likely saw a bike and the only thought was - bike - have to pass bike. That's it. Have to pass. Doesn't matter what is happening or what is safe or legal. I had what...
Forum: Touring
10-04-17, 07:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,627
Posted By volvostephen

I don't get the disc comments. I have never had...

I don't get the disc comments. I have never had issues. I switched all my bikes for disc bikes and am very satisfied. I also want to mention that with rim brakes using rubber pads - any drag will...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-17, 12:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,596
Posted By volvostephen

Same here. Been using the same Contigo for at...

Same here. Been using the same Contigo for at least 5 years. Dropped it lots. It is all dented and scratched and the plastic is chipped - but it still works great. Love it.
Forum: Commuting
07-17-17, 10:51 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,518
Posted By volvostephen

As a taller dude - I don't go faster than others....

As a taller dude - I don't go faster than others. I do have a bike with 200mm cranks though (KHS Flite 747) and when I am on that - I sure can generate a lot of torque. I go faster on that bike...
Forum: Touring
06-29-17, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,245
Posted By volvostephen

When using Google Maps does anyone use the...

When using Google Maps does anyone use the bicycle directions? My rides have bee in upstate NY and Google had horrible directions. There are a lot of State Bike Routes that google doesn't know...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-17, 08:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,177
Posted By volvostephen

I would say that you have all the bases covered -...

I would say that you have all the bases covered - that is a very decent gear range. I like to be in the ring up front that puts me in the middle of the cluster in the rear. That makes it easier to...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,946
Posted By volvostephen

Maybe they are mini linear pull? Would be...

Maybe they are mini linear pull? Would be interested in the response too.....
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