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Forum: Commuting
04-23-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 756
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: 756
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: 3,058
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: 1,367
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: 373
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: 373
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: 373
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: 688
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: 1,193
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: 1,193
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: 1,590
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: 221
Views: 10,278
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: 2,008
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: 91
Views: 6,771
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: 2,767
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: 19
Views: 1,802
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: 2,434
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: 19
Views: 1,802
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: 1,055
Views: 103,250
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: 5,668
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: 3,734
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: 3,058
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: 1,422
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: 1,538
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: 7,372
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: 848
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: 3,742
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: 2,183
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: 1,717
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: 423
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: 423
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: 1,839
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: 1,080
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: 7,783
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: 14,967
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: 14,530
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: 804
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: 804
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: 1,764
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: 4,954
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: 1,042
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: 1,327
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: 707
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: 2,594
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: 2,395
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.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-14, 09:22 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,605
Posted By CharlieFree

This list is too one-sided (I do understand it's...

This list is too one-sided (I do understand it's the thread subject but anyway...). how about all the reasons why winter commuting is awesome? To start, way more fun than any other kind of commute....
09-16-14, 11:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,453
Posted By CharlieFree

I have a relatively short commute and I wear...

I have a relatively short commute and I wear these under a shell glove. I have forgotten to charge them at times and managed to get where I'm going. in that case it's just like a regular glove.
Forum: Commuting
09-10-14, 03:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By CharlieFree

I've had the Gore Alp X for about five years. I...

I've had the Gore Alp X for about five years. I use it as my rain jacket spring thru fall, and my winter shell over various layers (I sized up). I love the thing - for me the fit is great as I am...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-14, 03:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,784
Posted By CharlieFree

There is lots of good winter info on the Winter...

There is lots of good winter info on the Winter Cycling subforum too.
08-26-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,453
Posted By CharlieFree

My hands have always been my weak point. Tried...

My hands have always been my weak point. Tried dozens of different things. I finally broke down and bought these and used them all last winter. Very happy and good customer service. I use them in...
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