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Forum: Commuting
07-23-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,227
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I drive 30+ miles, bike 7 - 8 (depending on...

I drive 30+ miles, bike 7 - 8 (depending on route).

It takes about 15 minutes more to bike the last few miles than drive, including the time to swap. My total commute and my schedule gets me...
06-22-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 671
Posted By NewATBikeComute

They asked $360; I paid $300. Also has a bent...

They asked $360; I paid $300. Also has a bent spoke that I didn't notice initially that definitely needs replacing. I bought two basic KMC chains, and a cassette, and replaced that. It's hydraulic...
06-22-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 671
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I appreciate all input, thank you all. Just...

I appreciate all input, thank you all.

Just came back from an 8 mile shakedown cruise, and overall it's not bad. Had to adjust the front L limit screw a bit, as it had trouble getting down to...
06-22-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 671
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Does this crankset need to be replaced

I bought a Specialized Sirrus off of someone who was moving; knocked $60 off asking price because chain was stretched, and I have already replaced both the chain and cassette (8 speed altus, same as...
Forum: Northeast
06-21-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,098
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Unfortunately, due to family issues, I won't be...

Unfortunately, due to family issues, I won't be going on the trip.

Bear mountain looks really interesting, and I really appreciate the warning, and the offer. I am not in good enough shape to...
Forum: Northeast
06-16-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,098
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Hey thanks for the suggestions. I like the sound...

Hey thanks for the suggestions. I like the sound of Bear Mountain, looks like some good hills and scenery as well. I'm going to check this out some more.

I just bought a specialized sirrus,...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,399
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Women's vs. men's geometry; how different

This is not just a theoretical suggestion; I found a listing for a bike that seems really nice, but it's a women's geometry.

I am looking for a bike for commuting 7 - 10 miles each way, to save...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-19, 05:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,004
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Multi-modal; currently 7-8 miles, which is...

Multi-modal; currently 7-8 miles, which is enjoyable, gets me focused for work, but not needing a shower when I get there. Fortunate, because we don't have showers.

My ideal job would be 10-12...
Forum: Northeast
06-15-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,098
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Rutherford/East Rutherford June 29 - 30

I will be in either Rutherford or East Rutherford for work for the weekend of June 29 - 30. I expect to be wanting (needing) to take a ride after work (after 5 on Saturday, probably anytime after...
Forum: Northeast
11-11-18, 07:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I have ridden the Charles River path between...

I have ridden the Charles River path between Cambridge and Waltham, and it is a pretty ride, and a good way to get started. I end up going slower along the trail than when I take the streets, but...
Forum: Northeast
10-04-18, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Really sweet find.

Really sweet find.
Forum: Northeast
09-29-18, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I was all set to join the fun along the MM today,...

I was all set to join the fun along the MM today, then had a work emergency and ended up in the office most of the day. No ride

But at least the computers are happy.
Forum: Northeast
09-25-18, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By NewATBikeComute

If looking at Newton/Waltham, some options might...

If looking at Newton/Waltham, some options might be:
1. Norumbega Park (good size lot, parking for boating rental place that is pretty much closed this time of year). Google Norumbega Road (parking...
Forum: Northeast
09-16-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

UH OH! The same thing was happening in Newton...

UH OH! The same thing was happening in Newton earlier this year, around Winchester Street. In fact I picked up one myself. Unfortunately, I used my front tire to pick it up.

Could be unrelated,...
Forum: Northeast
09-09-18, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I like this idea as well; have already invited my...

I like this idea as well; have already invited my semi-regular bike riding partner to ride that day; whether he comes or not, I intend to be around. Count me in!
09-05-18, 11:41 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 7,544
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Interesting place to wear a helmut, but glad it...

Interesting place to wear a helmut, but glad it saved your butt! :lol:
09-04-18, 03:00 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,090
Posted By NewATBikeComute

This thread got me to thinking, which lead to...

This thread got me to thinking, which lead to checking out my totals for the past 26 months. Why 26 months? Well...


2016
July 1st. Did my first bike commute in 20 years; only rode to work a...
09-04-18, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I am too new to offer any specific bike advice,...

I am too new to offer any specific bike advice, but will pass along my experience of the past couple of years.


Tires can make a bad bike better, and a good bike great. In general, a fatter...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 679
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I have behind the ear aids myself, sweat a lot,...

I have behind the ear aids myself, sweat a lot, and have trouble keeping them clean and dry.

Ironically, was in Costco (where I purchased my aids), and ended up buying a 'drying box'. It's a...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 33,502
Posted By NewATBikeComute

augustgarage (CA) _________________ 5332.4 (6134...

augustgarage (CA) _________________ 5332.4 (6134 total) [123/125]Bizman (PA) _______________________ 4571 (5033 total miles YTD)
CliffordK (OR) ____________________ 4114 mi (+179 other)
dschue5...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Just a thought, but can you drive partway, park,...

Just a thought, but can you drive partway, park, and then ride the bike the rest of the way? Build up to the full distance while you build your confidence? All the planning and thinking in the...
08-10-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,575
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Not only did the Subaru come from behind the...

Not only did the Subaru come from behind the cyclist, and essentially right-hook her, while the cyclist stayed in her lane, then the driver had to swing rapidly to the right to avoid the stopped...
Forum: Northeast
08-05-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

A friend and I, looking for new adventures,...

A friend and I, looking for new adventures, decided to ride the MM, since he had never ridden it, and I had done only part of it.

Started in Watertown on Saturday, around 8:30, road to Alewife and...
08-03-18, 07:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Posted By NewATBikeComute

You thought you were kidding... ...

You thought you were kidding...


https://hovding.com/how-hovding-works/
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-02-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I haven't been there for decades, but I do recall...

I haven't been there for decades, but I do recall that the highest point of land is a pile of trash! Mt. Trashmore, used to be a nice park, probably still is, but weren't any bike paths on it, back...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-18, 07:19 AM
Replies: 1,122
Views: 112,182
Posted By NewATBikeComute

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Bit of a hairy situation, but it was ironed out, finally.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-18, 09:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,365
Posted By NewATBikeComute

If it helps, I remember reading your first posts...

If it helps, I remember reading your first posts and being inspired by your willingness to get out there and just do it, despite the challenges you've faced. It helped me to know that not everyone...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,613
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Two cool ideas in one reply. Thanks!

Two cool ideas in one reply. Thanks!
07-11-18, 11:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,575
Posted By NewATBikeComute

When I read explanations like this, I can follow...

When I read explanations like this, I can follow along, but ask me tomorrow to explain it, and it would be tough.

Still I appreciate that you took the time to post precise, well-sourced...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-18, 10:37 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,613
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Question for those who wax: How often do you...

Question for those who wax: How often do you replace the wax in the crockpot? I find the grit build up after a number of cycles, and it settles to the bottom, but can't figure out a good way to...
07-11-18, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By NewATBikeComute

My stubborn streak is not rational, but something...

My stubborn streak is not rational, but something I have to overcome sometimes.

Yes, replaced the rear gears, found few options, nearest fit was a bit more compact, starting higher where I have...
07-09-18, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By NewATBikeComute

this is a practical learning tool in that I am...

this is a practical learning tool in that I am trying to commute , trying to learn both what works for commuting and to learn about maintaining my own bike, and learn what works for me for fitness at...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 794
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Lots of good ideas, so I'm not going to...

Lots of good ideas, so I'm not going to duplicate, or add to the confusion.


My first suggestion is: enjoy. Get started, modify as needed.


Beyond that, at some point add some lights, even...
07-08-18, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Thanks. Looks like I will have to stick to the...

Thanks. Looks like I will have to stick to the existing size crankset gears. Lesson learned.
07-08-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Help identifying front derailleur-80's Trek

Bought a Trek 800 Mountain track last fall, now upgrading components (for commute bike).

I wanted to install a larger front gear set, but can't figure out what to do with the front derailleur;...
07-03-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,750
Posted By NewATBikeComute

In MA, S2570, OmniBike Bill An Act to Reduce...

In MA, S2570, OmniBike Bill An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S2570/), just passed the Senate, now must pass the House.


Unfortunately, does not include...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,613
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Yes, quick links are much easier. I don't (yet)...

Yes, quick links are much easier. I don't (yet) have a QL tool, just using needle nose pliers, but that's on my Wish List.
Forum: Commuting
07-01-18, 06:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,613
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Here's the link to a serious lab test of various...

Here's the link to a serious lab test of various oil and wax formulas:

https://www.scribd.com/document/262044061/Velo-Friction-Facts-Chain-Lube-Efficiency-Tests

I acknowledge that some have...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-18, 10:25 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,613
Posted By NewATBikeComute

When I started commuting, I didn't want to have...

When I started commuting, I didn't want to have to relube after every ride, so I chose a heavier chain lube.

Unfortunately, that resulted in grease on work pants, so while the chain stayed lubed,...
06-29-18, 09:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,846
Posted By NewATBikeComute

What's worked for me, is to focus on keeping it...

What's worked for me, is to focus on keeping it fun. Not as easy for me to do as it sounds, as most of my life I have tended to be critical of myself, and thus tried to push too far, too fast.
...
06-28-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,541
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Based on the number of times I saw the take a...

Based on the number of times I saw the take a look referenced here in the forums, decided to try it out last year. Lost the first one, bought it again but moved it to the helmet with the adapter...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-18, 08:26 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 59,977
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Due to circumstances within my control, I had a 5...

Due to circumstances within my control, I had a 5 mile, bike-only commute Monday and Tuesday, instead of driving for an hour+, and then hopping on the bike.

I have bemoaned the pain of my commute...
06-22-18, 01:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Check out the East Bay Bike Path. The biggest...

Check out the East Bay Bike Path. The biggest hill is the bridge, but a nice view nonetheless.
Forum: Northeast
06-22-18, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 788
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Nice ride; wish I was up to doing trips like...

Nice ride; wish I was up to doing trips like that. Maybe in a couple years...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-18, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1,122
Views: 112,182
Posted By NewATBikeComute

A free...

A free spirit...https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/76x101/80-dancer_small_0f28d9108981ec21118e3831a3132b5b8745a528.jpg
Forum: Northeast
06-22-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

New art installation in Newton. Related to an...

New art installation in Newton. Related to an art show on Monday, 6/25, I think, so may be temporary....
06-15-18, 12:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,869
Posted By NewATBikeComute

+1. Keep it fun. Beyond that, given that...

+1. Keep it fun.


Beyond that, given that it sounds like you might not have a lot of time to ride, you might check out HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, which many find to be not as...
06-14-18, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 980
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Did you possibly mean Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?...

Did you possibly mean Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
06-01-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 33,502
Posted By NewATBikeComute

augustgarage (CA) __________________ 3831.91...

augustgarage (CA) __________________ 3831.91 (3969.6 total) [90/92]
CliffordK (OR) _____________________ 3139 mi (+176 other)
Bizman (PA) ________________________ 3097 (3305 total miles YTD)...
Forum: Northeast
05-29-18, 02:01 PM
Replies: 8,323
Views: 915,034
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Might have passed you (or more likely, been...

Might have passed you (or more likely, been passed by you!).


Was out with a friend who is just starting back into cycling. Left India Point just after 10, didn't make it all the way to Bristol...
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