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Forum: Commuting
10-10-06, 04:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,041
Posted By chuckfox

I commute on a fixie (slightly modified Raleigh...

I commute on a fixie (slightly modified Raleigh Rush Hour) and a Cross Check with gears. I like both but use them slightly differently. When I have a lot to carry (books, notebook computer and the...
06-23-06, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By chuckfox

Here is a link to a Mavic brake adapter designed...

Here is a link to a Mavic brake adapter designed to allow you to reposition your cantilever brakes for a 700c wheel on a 26" bike. I have no experience with doing so...but if you are interested and...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-06, 08:09 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,715
Posted By chuckfox

I don't have studded tires for the sunny days :)...

I don't have studded tires for the sunny days :) Some of my favorite commutes have been on days when it snows like crazy...it's amazingly quiet, especially if I leave work after dark when everyone...
02-07-06, 07:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,094
Posted By chuckfox

I have a Bob Yak that I have pulled for several...

I have a Bob Yak that I have pulled for several years now. I like it a lot, but I also use a trunk bag on my rear rack on many days and leave the trailer at home. The trailer really helped me with...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-06, 05:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,109
Posted By chuckfox

If you want to significantly increase the speed...

If you want to significantly increase the speed of your commute, and your hauling capacity maybe you want to consider a hybrid human/electric drive. I don't have any experience with these, but have...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-06, 05:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 702
Posted By chuckfox

They work very nicely and give us the versatility...

They work very nicely and give us the versatility we need for the stoker position on our tandem. I installed Power Grips on the stoker pedals, because I have 3 different stokers--8yr old daughter,...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-06, 01:27 PM
Replies: 15,250
Views: 11,037,769
Posted By chuckfox

There are a lot of Surly Cross-Checks in...

There are a lot of Surly Cross-Checks in here...so why not another. This is my Cross-Check on the day of it's completion about 2 weeks ago. The most unusual thing about it is the Nitto North Road...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-06, 01:03 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 21,251
Posted By chuckfox

In terms of versatility and toughness it's hard...

In terms of versatility and toughness it's hard to beat the Surly Cross-Check. It certainly works well for me as a commuter and I plan to use it as a touring bike as well, although I haven't done...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-06, 09:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 21,251
Posted By chuckfox

Emerson, I admire you for perservering with your...

Emerson, I admire you for perservering with your injuries and pray that you recover fully with time and hopefully not too much surgery...and I thank you for this post. I hope the information has...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-06, 07:19 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 21,251
Posted By chuckfox

I had seen a number of Cross-Checks that were...

I had seen a number of Cross-Checks that were built up, not the standard Surly set up, and each was different. I really liked the versatility of the frame. For example, I am currently running...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-06, 06:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 21,251
Posted By chuckfox

Hi Emerson, I have not weighed this machine, but...

Hi Emerson, I have not weighed this machine, but this is a Cross-Check that I built up in January. I also wanted an upright position and used the Nitto North Road bar. Thought you might be...
02-03-06, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By chuckfox

Looks like you are well on your way to a...

Looks like you are well on your way to a solution. I have cut a Freddy Fender to fit the front of a touring bike, so the front fender would stop right at the bracket and thus not interfere with the...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-06, 04:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,583
Posted By chuckfox

I think you'll find that cycling combined with...

I think you'll find that cycling combined with some quite reasonable dietary changes will peel the weight off. My wake up call was a body weight of 210lbs. I'm just 5'10". That was 4 years and 40...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-06, 04:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,406
Posted By chuckfox

Full fenders prevent unsightly butt stripes and...

Full fenders prevent unsightly butt stripes and back spackle...two things unappreciated by coworkers and our laundry equipment. Full fenders also show that you are a serious commuter.
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 09:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,545
Posted By chuckfox

When you come up on someone in the hallway at...

When you come up on someone in the hallway at work and say "On your left".
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By chuckfox

Looks like you are building a seriously unique...

Looks like you are building a seriously unique stable of bikes. As you saw from my Cross-Check post, I'm definitely into the more unique and comfortable commuter. However, I also have a great...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 09:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By chuckfox

Hi Dobber...yes it is a huge stack of spacers. I...

Hi Dobber...yes it is a huge stack of spacers. I was generous when cutting the steerer because I don't have experience with this type of bar so I wanted to err on the long side...it's hard to add...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By chuckfox

I like them (the Nitto bars Georga Boy refered...

I like them (the Nitto bars Georga Boy refered to) for the relaxed upright position that I was going for on this bike. They also have a nice second hand position in the front of the bend in the bars...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By chuckfox

Newly Built Cross-Check Commuter-Photo

Here is a picture of my newly built Surly Cross-Check Commuter. It's a bit unusual, sporting Nitto North Road handlebars, but I've been commuting on it for the past two weeks and it's proving to be...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 08:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,655
Posted By chuckfox

A few weeks ago I completed my new commuter. I...

A few weeks ago I completed my new commuter. I built it from a Surly Cross-Check frame. When I began contemplating the project, I thought I would use a lot of parts from my old commuter, but with...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-06, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,332
Posted By chuckfox

I really enjoy the change of pace of commuting on...

I really enjoy the change of pace of commuting on my fixie. My main commuter is a geared bike and I have a fairly level 6mi commute. The gear on my fixie is a 44/15. It's quite comfortable for...
01-23-06, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 910
Posted By chuckfox

You can handle it. Have a bike shop install the...

You can handle it. Have a bike shop install the headset and bottom bracket and do the rest yourself. You will really enjoy it and the pride in building it yourself is worth it!
Forum: Commuting
01-16-06, 07:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,069
Posted By chuckfox

The full set is not only superior from a...

The full set is not only superior from a functional perpective, but far more stylish. I have used Freddy Fenders on several bikes, but have heard very good things about the SKS as well.
Forum: Commuting
01-16-06, 07:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,843
Posted By chuckfox

Mine is brand-spankin'-new. I just built it up...

Mine is brand-spankin'-new. I just built it up this weekend to replace my early '90s Giant Excursion. It's a Surly Cross-Check set up much like the old English 3 speeds (except it's got 27) with a...
12-08-05, 12:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By chuckfox

I've never been able to keep my fingers warm in...

I've never been able to keep my fingers warm in gloves if its below about 20F. I use the lobster style mittens below 20. They have pretty good dexterity. I think I paid between $20 and $30 for...
12-07-05, 08:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,734
Posted By chuckfox

I have not found my lower limit. So far -5F...

I have not found my lower limit. So far -5F actual is no problem, still able to shift, brake etc. The shifting is slower, but still ok. I've not noticed any material failure problems and my winter...
12-07-05, 02:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,270
Posted By chuckfox

I run Nokian Extreme 296's and took a spill last...

I run Nokian Extreme 296's and took a spill last night. Sounds like a similar situation, I was in rutted snow pack and the front wheel got away from me. I was going slow and fell in to snow so...
12-07-05, 12:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,403
Posted By chuckfox

I wonder how many joint injuries from cycling...

I wonder how many joint injuries from cycling result from not warming up? For many sporting activites we would spend time stretching and warming up, but when I go for a ride or commute into work I...
12-07-05, 12:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,403
Posted By chuckfox

I prefer my regular front brake...don't trust...

I prefer my regular front brake...don't trust stuff that's been damned, especially by God.
12-07-05, 12:39 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,041
Posted By chuckfox

This morning it was -5.3F at 7am. According to...

This morning it was -5.3F at 7am. According to the news site we hit a low of -15 here in Ames so my thermometer may be erring on the high side. Anyway it was -3F when I rode off for work at 9am. ...
12-07-05, 12:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By chuckfox

It was -3F this morning when I left for work. I...

It was -3F this morning when I left for work. I ride about 6 mi and don't use goggles. I don't wear contacts either. The only problem I have is my eyelashes build up a lot of frost and now and...
11-30-05, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By chuckfox

I'm no mechanic, so I don't have adjusting...

I'm no mechanic, so I don't have adjusting expertise to offer, just an experience. I have a moutain bike that came with Shimano XT linear pull brakes. Not long into owning my new sweet steed the...
11-18-05, 05:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,238
Posted By chuckfox

Good luck sorting it out jedi_steve. Even the...

Good luck sorting it out jedi_steve. Even the simplest of setups can have their quirks, but it sounds like you are on the right track...bike.
11-16-05, 01:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 948
Posted By chuckfox

You also might want to check www.bikesatwork.com.

You also might want to check www.bikesatwork.com.
11-16-05, 12:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,108
Posted By chuckfox

If you wanna go all out you can put car stereo...

If you wanna go all out you can put car stereo components in a box that fits on a Burley or Bob trailer. You see many of these on RAGBRAI...nice and loud for group rides! Some can even be solar...
11-15-05, 08:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 627
Posted By chuckfox

I run right-hand front on my fixie. Left-hand...

I run right-hand front on my fixie. Left-hand front on geared bikes. I haven't had a bit of problems adapting. Forgetting I can't coast on the fixie...that's almost thrown me a few times.
11-15-05, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 768
Posted By chuckfox

It's nice to know you are loved!!! Go for the...

It's nice to know you are loved!!! Go for the wheels.
11-15-05, 08:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,170
Posted By chuckfox

Sadly it's more fun to mock than to help...It...

Sadly it's more fun to mock than to help...It looks very nice. I would drop $300 on it if I didn't already have a fixie. Will it fit you properly?
11-15-05, 07:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,170
Posted By chuckfox

Yes

Yes
11-14-05, 11:21 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,296
Posted By chuckfox

absolutely beautiful...a work of functional art.

absolutely beautiful...a work of functional art.
11-14-05, 06:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,739
Posted By chuckfox

Oh polish...bad luck. Talk about being at the...

Oh polish...bad luck. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope you recover quickly.
11-14-05, 06:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,739
Posted By chuckfox

There ya go, run from the cop. Then he can beat...

There ya go, run from the cop. Then he can beat on you for a while and maybe you'll end up on TV!
11-14-05, 03:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 36,774
Posted By chuckfox

I'm one of those guys with an extra TT lever. I...

I'm one of those guys with an extra TT lever. I believe it's a Profile Design lever--black. I just needed the one. BTW, I prefer bull over the drop, helped me skid and a little more comfortable in...
11-14-05, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By chuckfox

The "Profile Stoker 26" bar that I use has two...

The "Profile Stoker 26" bar that I use has two holes, one closer to the end of the bull bar on the lateral side, and one closer to the bend on the medial side. My aero lever starts the cable on the...
11-12-05, 10:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,283
Posted By chuckfox

only two of us in iowa...and pretty far apart!

only two of us in iowa...and pretty far apart!
11-12-05, 09:46 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 5,186
Posted By chuckfox

I'm a part owner of a company that creates 3D...

I'm a part owner of a company that creates 3D animations in support of high-stakes litigation. We animate patent claims and all things technical. We also animate accident reconstructions of all...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-05, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 901
Posted By chuckfox

I used to commute in Ann Arbor on a Giant...

I used to commute in Ann Arbor on a Giant Innova...it's a great bike for communting. My commute to the University was 9 miles each way. Hey one of the bikes I use currently is the frame that the...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-05, 10:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,548
Posted By chuckfox

Since my commute home often is after dark though...

Since my commute home often is after dark though wildernessy areas, I've had the opportunity to run over a number of critters. In fact a couple of weeks ago I ran over an opossum on my fixie...that...
11-09-05, 10:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 984
Posted By chuckfox

I have a pretty flat 6mi each way commute. 75%...

I have a pretty flat 6mi each way commute. 75% mulituse trails and 25% streets. I'm a little faster on the fixie because I tend to keep the pace up to keep my spin comfortable. I'm at 77 gear...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-05, 09:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,057
Posted By chuckfox

Brake pads? What are those...oh yeah, those...

Brake pads? What are those...oh yeah, those extra things you don't need when you ride a fixie!
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