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09-20-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,087
Posted By Gresp15C

Ride with other people who are at or slightly...

Ride with other people who are at or slightly above your level of ability. I'm nowhere close to being competitive on any bike, but I know that I make a better effort when I'm riding with others.
09-20-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,014
Posted By Gresp15C

I usually bring the punctured tube home. The only...

I usually bring the punctured tube home. The only exception is if I get a second flat. That's happened once in my life. If I get a flat on the way to work, I patch it at work. The patched tube goes...
09-20-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,937
Posted By Gresp15C

It doesn't strike me as rising very high on the...

It doesn't strike me as rising very high on the scale of hazards. With that said, when I'm riding no-hands, I will usually put my hands back on the bar if there's any kind of traffic -- bikes, peds,...
09-19-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 698
Posted By Gresp15C

Leave it out in the rain. ;)

Leave it out in the rain. ;)
09-18-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 698
Posted By Gresp15C

Is the saddle too slippery?

Is the saddle too slippery?
Forum: Commuting
09-17-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By Gresp15C

I could find no pics of the Giant, but the Pure...

I could find no pics of the Giant, but the Pure Cycles looks like a basic hybrid, which would be fine for an all-round bike. I do everything but designated mountain bike trails with a similar bike....
Forum: Commuting
09-17-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,198
Posted By Gresp15C

Aha. I was kinda wondering about that. I do...

Aha. I was kinda wondering about that. I do remember the old signs.
09-16-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 835
Posted By Gresp15C

How about a small fillet from a welder, then file...

How about a small fillet from a welder, then file it smooth?
Forum: Commuting
09-16-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,198
Posted By Gresp15C

My mistake. ;) ...

My mistake. ;)

https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/update-closure-southwest-commuter-path
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09-14-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 929
Posted By Gresp15C

Searching "vinyl coated clamps" in Amazon will...

Searching "vinyl coated clamps" in Amazon will bring up the clamps that I use in lieu of eyelets.
09-13-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 795
Posted By Gresp15C

We're extremely lucky to live in a walkable...

We're extremely lucky to live in a walkable subdivision, built in the late 50s and early 60s. It has an interesting feature: While it has the curvy streets and cul-de-sacs that were becoming popular,...
09-13-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 932
Posted By Gresp15C

'How I learned to comment on Cycling as an...

'How I learned to comment on Cycling as an American:"

Focus on helmets. I think the important difference is not helmets, but the bigger picture of overall safety. Here's what caught my eye:


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09-13-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 621
Posted By Gresp15C

One idea is to visit a used bike shop or co-op...

One idea is to visit a used bike shop or co-op and just take note of the fasteners on different bikes. You'll quickly identify which tools are ubiquitous, and which ones are more specialized. For...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,198
Posted By Gresp15C

As a side note about safety, I've noticed a few...

As a side note about safety, I've noticed a few things when the time changes in the fall. This is when the folks who started commuting during the summer suddenly discover that their lights are either...
09-12-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 489
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been to Eugene, and simply saw a lot of...

I've been to Eugene, and simply saw a lot of people on bikes. In my view, what makes a good bike town is just the popularity of cycling, which is something that takes years to evolve through social...
09-12-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,198
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd turn it around and say that a beginning...

I'd turn it around and say that a beginning cyclist can find group rides that are deliberately organized to accommodate their skill level. I've participated in those rides, typically charity events....
09-11-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 906
Posted By Gresp15C

I've measured a few frames for seatposts....

I've measured a few frames for seatposts. Calipers have worked -- either poorly or not at all. The reason is that, if I'm resorting to measuring the frame, it's often because I also have a reason not...
09-11-19, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 662
Posted By Gresp15C

I like the Eklind folding hex key set, which is...

I like the Eklind folding hex key set, which is not sold as a bike tool, but is rugged, foolproof, and cheap. Something like that, with the sizes of tools (torx, etc) to fit parts on modern bikes. In...
09-09-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By Gresp15C

Agreed, and just for the sake of reference, the...

Agreed, and just for the sake of reference, the manufacturer recommends "thin good quality oil."

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer/use-maintenance.html
09-09-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By Gresp15C

Whatever you put in the hub will end up on your...

Whatever you put in the hub will end up on your chain, if that helps.
09-07-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,153
Posted By Gresp15C

Her explanation: [/COLOR] I had to look up...

Her explanation: [/COLOR]

I had to look up what GCSE is. Also, these kinds of requests appear from time to time on the forums, so it's kind of old hat.
09-05-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,153
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd go easy on the OP. It seems like a fairly...

I'd go easy on the OP. It seems like a fairly common school project, to come up with a product idea based on a market survey. Students don't have the resources to pay for heavy duty market research,...
09-04-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 503
Views: 25,174
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars. You can move...

All of my bikes have swept bars. You can move your hand position aft by several inches compared to a mainstream road bike if you want, and further dial it in with frame and stem dimensions as well.
...
09-03-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 503
Views: 25,174
Posted By Gresp15C

I think the pictures make a good point that's...

I think the pictures make a good point that's been brought up in multiple BF threads: A bike that's set up to fit the rider, might not look like the bike as it was set up for the promotional...
09-02-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 503
Views: 25,174
Posted By Gresp15C

For some reason, I keep thinking about the...

For some reason, I keep thinking about the ancient Greek myth of Procrustes. ;)
08-31-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,068
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars now, for this...

All of my bikes have swept bars now, for this precise reason.
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,185
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, studded tires would be more important...

In my view, studded tires would be more important than fat tires, if I was forced to choose between one or the other.

As for batteries, the main difference would not be performance, but range....
08-29-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By Gresp15C

Inevitably, despite my best efforts, I screw up...

Inevitably, despite my best efforts, I screw up the tube, most often stem failures on Presta tubes. Those can't be repaired.
08-29-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,153
Posted By Gresp15C

Apparently college is back in session. My...

Apparently college is back in session.

My biggest cause of delay is flat tires. Next is misplacing things. Everything else is decimal dust.
Forum: Commuting
08-28-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,912
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to keep the thing from sliding along the...

Just to keep the thing from sliding along the chainstay.
08-27-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,333
Posted By Gresp15C

I would say that utterly equal spacing is...

I would say that utterly equal spacing is unnecessary, but a big jump in the the middle of the most often used "cruising" gears can be annoying.
08-27-19, 06:02 PM
08-26-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,273
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done the zip tie method. The major benefit...

I've done the zip tie method. The major benefit of the stand is just a more comfortable workspace, and maybe quicker work if you're a pro. For me, the pace of work is limited by deliberately slowing...
08-26-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,606
Posted By Gresp15C

I use worn-out socks. They're pretty small, and I...

I use worn-out socks. They're pretty small, and I don't miss them when I've saturated one with grease and throw it in the trash.
08-26-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,747
Posted By Gresp15C

That changes everything. Get a cheap cruiser at...

That changes everything. Get a cheap cruiser at wally world or tar-jay. 100 bucks and you're in business. Learn from the homeless and low wage workers in your locale. A friend of mine who was...
08-26-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,747
Posted By Gresp15C

I've resurrected a number of old bikes, though...

I've resurrected a number of old bikes, though they were usually in worse shape than your Trek. I also maintain and repair a lot of old things, rather than replacing them. In my view the...
08-25-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,306
Posted By Gresp15C

Of course it depends on the age and independence...

Of course it depends on the age and independence of the kids. My bias is towards minimizing the amount of crap on the kids bikes. Every attachment is a distraction. And the kids don't really need...
08-25-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 647
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed. Checking out my son's bike under similar...

Indeed. Checking out my son's bike under similar circumstances revealed a bent rear axle.
08-18-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 647
Posted By Gresp15C

If it was me, I'd try to adjust the play out of...

If it was me, I'd try to adjust the play out of the bearings. It's a tiny bit tricky if you don't have a tool to remove the freewheel, but not insurmountable. It's important to get the parts on the...
08-17-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,873
Posted By Gresp15C

I looked at a MIPS helmet at Target today. There...

I looked at a MIPS helmet at Target today. There was a piece of thin clear plastic, with some kind of elastomer between the plastic and the rest of the helmet.

My impressions were: Will this...
08-16-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,380
Posted By Gresp15C

They weren't planning on stopping. ;) But your...

They weren't planning on stopping. ;) But your point is well taken. One of the bikes in our family fleet has center-pulls, and they don't work noticeably worse than comparably priced side pulls of...
08-16-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,905
Posted By Gresp15C

Vote with your wallet and your health.

Vote with your wallet and your health.
08-16-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,380
Posted By Gresp15C

On two bikes, I used dual pivot Tektro's,...

On two bikes, I used dual pivot Tektro's, whatever reach was appropriate. Those are super nice brakes, and not exorbitant. On one other bike (single speed coaster brake hub plus front brake), I kept...
08-16-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,380
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done this with 80's lugged steel Schwinn...

I've done this with 80's lugged steel Schwinn frames, which seem to be plentiful and similar to the other Japanese / Taiwanese frames of the day. My 1982 "Traveler" easily accommodates 700c x 35 mm...
08-14-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 878
Posted By Gresp15C

Bar and chain lube is chainsaw oil. I've used it...

Bar and chain lube is chainsaw oil. I've used it myself in the past for winter riding, because I had it for my chainsaw and decided to try it on the bike. I doubt that it comes in a bottle with a...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 10:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,848
Posted By Gresp15C

It's hard for me to talk about specific...

It's hard for me to talk about specific temperatures, because I get more acclimatized as the winter progresses. 20 degrees in November feels much colder than 20 degrees in January. ;) In my locale, a...
08-13-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,898
Posted By Gresp15C

In the same way, road bikes with disc brakes are...

In the same way, road bikes with disc brakes are losing the argument to hybrids, cruisers, and WalMart BSO's, which dominate the market, all of which are going to be surpassed by e-bikes.

A market...
08-13-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,898
Posted By Gresp15C

My family fleet includes bikes that are used...

My family fleet includes bikes that are used during the winter on salted / sanded roads. Over the space of a decade, we've worn out exactly one rim, on a bike whose brakes were neglected and loaded...
08-12-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,175
Posted By Gresp15C

Here's what I figure about removing a patch. The...

Here's what I figure about removing a patch. The circumference of a 27 inch tire is about 85 inches, and let's say a patch is an inch across. So a patched tube has a 1-in-85 chance of getting...
08-08-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,164
Posted By Gresp15C

I use a padlock and cable threaded through the...

I use a padlock and cable threaded through the bikes, a lug on the rack, and the hitch receiver. It's as secure as a cable lock, i.e., a determined thief could have our bikes. We take our bikes on...
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