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10-14-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By CharlieFree

Thanks. I was also thinking I could make a spacer...

Thanks. I was also thinking I could make a spacer with the Nittos to effectively move the rubber expander farther into the tube. maybe some washers and something else like cork.
10-11-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By CharlieFree

Narrow inner diameter bar end plugs?

I replaced my handlebars this year and then realized, when I tried on my pogies, that the bar end plug won't extend deep enough to hold them on (they are the 45nrth cobrafists). I have the Nitto...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,423
Posted By CharlieFree

I second the thought! I use dynamos which I just...

I second the thought! I use dynamos which I just leave on most of the time. I can put them in a sensor mode, which brightens them at night and leaves them slighly less bright for the day. Awesome.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,676
Posted By CharlieFree

Though I don't own an e-bike, from what others...

Though I don't own an e-bike, from what others tell me pedal assist is nothing like a motorcycle. you still get your blood moving; you just go a little faster and farther. My bike mechanic happily...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,298
Posted By CharlieFree

sort of, there are now two different versions of...

sort of, there are now two different versions of the new 4.0 (A-type and B-type). one has the seat stay split and one does not. There are other differences as well. For me, the ability to run a belt...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 804
Posted By CharlieFree

thanks for all the advice everyone

thanks for all the advice everyone
Forum: Commuting
04-18-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 804
Posted By CharlieFree

Winter/Fall commuting pants/tights for tall person

Hi, I've spent way too much time researching this to little avail. I know it's not exactly the right season but I'm looking for winter pants that are slim-fitting, waterproof or at least water and...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,328
Posted By CharlieFree

I think the Post/ring and Inverted U are most...

I think the Post/ring and Inverted U are most useful. Not a fan of vertical racks as not everyone has the strength to lift ebikes or city-style bikes; they don't accommodate fat bikes well, and it's...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,442
Posted By CharlieFree

i have the Wolverine 2.0 (in orange!) never had...

i have the Wolverine 2.0 (in orange!) never had problems with the dropouts and the frame. I am using the alfine 8 with a belt but I might switch to a 3 speed to keep it simpler and lighter.
02-19-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By CharlieFree

not yet, but I will. thanks for the info.

not yet, but I will. thanks for the info.
02-19-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By CharlieFree

I mean that there is normally spring tension to...

I mean that there is normally spring tension to keep the pads in the normal open position. when you release the brake it does not return to the normal position as it should. This is not a cable issue...
02-19-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By CharlieFree

TRP Spyre Spring too weak

One of my TRP Spyre mechanical brakes doesn't have the same spring back it once had (the other one is fine). I have cleaned and lubed it with marginal difference. any advice on what else I can do to...
01-03-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 763
Posted By CharlieFree

does this mean Sturmey Archers are better in cold...

does this mean Sturmey Archers are better in cold temps? I have the Alfine 8 and find it seems a little draggy in cold temperatures. also thinking of going to 3 speed to bring hub weight down.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,337
Posted By CharlieFree

Correct, for the clipless pedals. Before that I...

Correct, for the clipless pedals. Before that I used platform pedals and wore a gore-tex trail running shoe. It worked pretty well as well. In each case I size up to accommodate thicker socks.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-18, 09:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,337
Posted By CharlieFree

I use these ones all winter...

I use these ones all winter https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/product/apparel-accessories/shimano/SH-XM900.html
07-23-18, 12:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,685
Posted By CharlieFree

I sell or donate anything that's not being used....

I sell or donate anything that's not being used. Bikes are meant to be used by someone, even if it's not me. If you have one in your town, the local bike co-op is a good place to give things to as...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-18, 12:31 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 11,388
Posted By CharlieFree

Ha! so I'm not the only one that's done this! :)

Ha! so I'm not the only one that's done this! :)
Forum: Commuting
07-10-18, 12:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,261
Posted By CharlieFree

Yes there are lots of disc options. A few...

Yes there are lots of disc options.

A few good good quality hubs are
SON https://nabendynamo.de/en/products/hub-dynamos/
Shimano DH-S501...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-18, 11:46 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,737
Posted By CharlieFree

When commuting I toss it in my waterproof...

When commuting I toss it in my waterproof panniers. When riding around on errands it's in a pocket or in my small frame bag hanging from the top tube.
07-05-18, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,042
Posted By CharlieFree

I have a belt drive with Alfine Hub for my winter...

I have a belt drive with Alfine Hub for my winter bike. I love the belt and unreservedly recommend it for winter. Zero problems over two harsh winters. I'm not thrilled with the fussiness of the 8...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,128
Posted By CharlieFree

I see that the new Priority 600 is using a Pinion...

I see that the new Priority 600 is using a Pinion hub (along with belt drive and a bunch more stuff including dynamo lights). Pretty intriguing package they've put together. It's not cheap but looks...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-18, 03:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,635
Posted By CharlieFree

For the most in reliability a dynamo hub and...

For the most in reliability a dynamo hub and light are the best, in my opinion. but they are a pretty good sized investment. I'd look at the Light & Motion Commuter combos. Before I went dynamo, I...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,128
Posted By CharlieFree

I have a belt drive bike with the Alfine 8. I...

I have a belt drive bike with the Alfine 8. I love it.. Flat repairs and changing tires are no more difficult than any other bike so don't let that stop you. Done it dozens of times. flip bike,...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-18, 04:14 PM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,374
Posted By CharlieFree

This morning on the road I found some cheap...

This morning on the road I found some cheap sunglasses in a pretty nice case. Surprisingly not yet crushed by vehicles. I put them on the sidewalk in case someone comes back looking.
04-15-18, 04:58 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,385
Posted By CharlieFree

you've lost that battle. Names are just semantics...

you've lost that battle. Names are just semantics here (you could technically argue that electric shifting isn't "cycling" since it's assisting). Every year more and more floor space is devoted to...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-18, 04:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,250
Posted By CharlieFree

i have the Soma Wolverine. part of the reason is...

i have the Soma Wolverine. part of the reason is I wanted belt-drive capable. it can be built up a lot of different ways.
Forum: Commuting
04-08-18, 07:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,328
Posted By CharlieFree

if you are fortunate enough to live in a city...

if you are fortunate enough to live in a city with cycling as part of its transportation strategy, see if you can talk to those folks at city hall. They will have likely done research into best...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-18, 01:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,528
Posted By CharlieFree

The folks in the Touring forum might be helpful...

The folks in the Touring forum might be helpful https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/
Forum: Commuting
03-22-18, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,789
Posted By CharlieFree

I can only speak for the Shimanos - I have the...

I can only speak for the Shimanos - I have the ones you mention and use them for commuting. I hardly ever use regular shoes for commuting so I always use the SPD side. Once you get used to them you...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-18, 04:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,211
Posted By CharlieFree

In my city there are speed limits on MUPs,...

In my city there are speed limits on MUPs, regardless of what you are riding. That seems fair to me. I've never seen problems with pedal-assist bikes - the guys to watch out for are the roadies going...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-18, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 923
Posted By CharlieFree

I have the Shimano SH-XM9 and they are quite...

I have the Shimano SH-XM9 and they are quite waterproof. I use them for winter commuting. They also come in a low-cut version, they SH-XM7.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-17, 03:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,081
Posted By CharlieFree

Soma Wolverine

The Soma Wolverine is super versatile, and has a split chainstay so you can run a belt drive if you want (which I did). basically you can make anything out of it.

Wolverine | SOMA Fabrications...
08-17-17, 02:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,488
Posted By CharlieFree

My experience is similar. I don't notice any...

My experience is similar. I don't notice any efficiency loss compared to a chain. But I did have the belt pop off twice last winter, both times in slush under uphill load. I just rotated it back on,...
09-07-16, 04:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,769
Posted By CharlieFree

A Handy Guide for Avoiding Uninformed Anti-Bike rants

A Handy Guide for Avoiding Uninformed Anti-Bike rants (http://shifter.info/a-handy-guide-for-avoiding-uninformed-anti-bike-rants/). This was posted by bike blogger Tom Babin. It concisely refutes the...
08-29-16, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By CharlieFree

Thanks for the tips everyone. Correct, it is...

Thanks for the tips everyone.

Correct, it is a 7000 series hub. I have checked the cassette joint dust seal and it seems oriented correctly, but will also replace the shifter cable and housing to...
08-28-16, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By CharlieFree

Alfine 8 sticking

I have an Alfine 8 that's giving me problems. It's as if the internal spring doesn't pull with enough force to upshift and there is too much friction. The mechanism seems fine until I put on the...
08-18-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,870
Posted By CharlieFree

If you can find what you want, used you get...

If you can find what you want, used you get better quality for the same money. sometimes you can find something that already has accessories like rack/fenders.
Forum: Commuting
08-08-16, 04:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,142
Posted By CharlieFree

Lots of good answers here. I prefer two Schwalbe...

Lots of good answers here. I prefer two Schwalbe Marathon Winters. also check out the Winter Cycling forum for lots of good winter info. Winter Cycling - Bike Forums...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-15, 04:28 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 7,988
Posted By CharlieFree

To answer the original question, not for me as a...

To answer the original question, not for me as a daily commuter. However, I would still like to have one in the stable. I'd like a dutch-style bike with good cargo capacity that I'd use for trips...
10-06-15, 04:35 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,250
Posted By CharlieFree

I like the Gore Bike Wear stuff because it fits...

I like the Gore Bike Wear stuff because it fits me well (long arms, slim) and is well- made. I have the Phantom for Fall/Spring in Medium so it fits a little closer, and an older version of the...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-15, 04:42 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 15,335
Posted By CharlieFree

Thanks for posting - this is very helpful guide!

Thanks for posting - this is very helpful guide!
Forum: Commuting
09-23-15, 01:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 810
Posted By CharlieFree

I would say generally yes they are though I...

I would say generally yes they are though I haven't actually measured it - I have the most experience on the low setting as the use of the pogies helps immensely to keep in warmth and so I don't need...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-15, 08:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 810
Posted By CharlieFree

I have these and really like them - I use them...

I have these and really like them - I use them under a ski glove shell that's wide enough at the cuff to accomodate the batteries. I use pogies too so I usually only run them on low - that way they...
06-17-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,765
Posted By CharlieFree

I like the Marathon Winters as well. What width...

I like the Marathon Winters as well. What width do you use on the cyclocross?
Forum: Commuting
05-21-15, 11:53 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,037
Posted By CharlieFree

Always full-finger for my regular commute. A nice...

Always full-finger for my regular commute. A nice buffer from friction, extra grip, protection from scrapes, and one the biggest benefits is not showing up at work with greasy hands if I have to...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-15, 02:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,062
Posted By CharlieFree

I like front frame bags. Quick and easy access. I...

I like front frame bags. Quick and easy access. I prefer it to the ones that sit on top of the top tube, as I find those get in my way.


I have the the Deuter one. Front Triangle Bag - Bike...
05-07-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,330
Posted By CharlieFree

I have used the shells from a waterproof/goretex...

I have used the shells from a waterproof/goretex pair of ski mitts with removable liners that work well. They are a nice lightweight thing to have in case the weather turns.
Forum: Commuting
05-07-15, 12:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 728
Posted By CharlieFree

Might help to understand exactly what problem you...

Might help to understand exactly what problem you are trying to solve that existing products don't. New for the sake of new is the wellspring of an avalanche of stupid Kickstarter campaigns.
Forum: Commuting
04-24-15, 02:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,635
Posted By CharlieFree

Me too for both of these. Also, my Deuter...

Me too for both of these.

Also, my Deuter front triangle frame bag. I put my access card to access the bike room and keys for my lock in there. Quick, easy access. I have one on both summer and...
02-27-15, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,463
Posted By CharlieFree

I have the Pearl Izumi Select WxB pants. The are...

I have the Pearl Izumi Select WxB pants. The are light and work quite well. I do wish they were longer in the inseam. Retail price is over $100 but seems easy to find them under that mark.
...
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