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Forum: Commuting
09-25-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,976
Posted By sdimattia

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I built a bike specifically to haul my blind, old 18lb dog around town in. Used...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By sdimattia

Putting any weight on the handlebars will always...

Putting any weight on the handlebars will always affect handling, usually not in a good way. If there's going to be substantial weight at the front of the bike, why would you put it on the handlebars...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By sdimattia

I use a food storage / bus bin. Fits the dog....

I use a food storage / bus bin. Fits the dog. Fits the groceries.
09-10-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,653
Posted By sdimattia

I ride a single speed . . . Does that count?

I ride a single speed . . . Does that count?
09-07-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 5,535
Posted By sdimattia

Regardless of signaling, who moves to the right...

Regardless of signaling, who moves to the right to turn left or do a u turn . . . ?
Forum: Commuting
09-05-21, 09:04 PM
Forum: Commuting
09-04-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By sdimattia

I generally dislike carrying weight on my bike...

I generally dislike carrying weight on my bike but if I have to, I definitely prefer it in the front. The 20in wheel with a lower basket also works better for me since I'm vertically challenged. On a...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By sdimattia

Nice Rat! It was certainly a niche bicycle but it...

Nice Rat! It was certainly a niche bicycle but it fulfills its purpose well.

I put a cycle truck fork and rack on my Rat and built it frame up. Like eggnoggbubble, I picked the Rat because it...
08-20-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By sdimattia

Direct Drive is a type of tubing . . . Pulled...

Direct Drive is a type of tubing . . . Pulled this off an old Bike Forums thread, post number...
08-14-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,003
Posted By sdimattia

Height is a good indicator but by no means a 100%...

Height is a good indicator but by no means a 100% guarantee the bike will fit you. One person's 5'8" could be drastically different from your 5'9". Are they long limbed? Short inseam? If you can size...
08-13-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By sdimattia

That makes sense. Well, thank you again for your...

That makes sense. Well, thank you again for your help!
08-13-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By sdimattia

Much appreciated for the detailed response. The...

Much appreciated for the detailed response. The old hose will definitely be long enough, might even be too long by a couple of inches.

This may be a stupid question but I am not familiar with disc...
08-12-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By sdimattia

The 725 chromoly that Wabi uses is very nice and...

The 725 chromoly that Wabi uses is very nice and lightweight. I have two Wabi Classics, one of which (my daily ride) I've crashed twice and gotten hit by a car once. So far, it's holding up great. I...
08-12-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By sdimattia

Dropbar to flatbar hydraulic brake levers

I'm currently running dropbars, 2x10 Tiagra (Shimano) with a hydraulic disc brake in the front and a v brake in the rear. I have the Tiagra ST-4720 Hydro brifter paired to a Deore BR-M6100 Hydro disc...
08-12-21, 05:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By sdimattia

Wabi used to sell rings individually on their...

Wabi used to sell rings individually on their website. Don't know if they still are with the inventory shortages. I have my perfect gear ratio with my current 46t setup so I won't be upgrading to the...
08-11-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 563
Posted By sdimattia

To add to what seems to be the general trajectory...

To add to what seems to be the general trajectory of this conversation, if you're at the upper limits of a 53cm, then a 52cm should fit you just fine. It's usually easier to make a frame that is too...
08-11-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By sdimattia

I swapped an Omnom ring with an Andel. I used the...

I swapped an Omnom ring with an Andel. I used the Omnom chainring bolts with no issue. Try using the Omnom bolts and throw in a spacer if need be.
08-11-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 563
Posted By sdimattia

For size chart comparisons, I find this site...

For size chart comparisons, I find this site particularly useful at times . . .

https://geometrygeeks.bike/
07-28-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,999
Posted By sdimattia

I have an appreciation for nice things . . ....

I have an appreciation for nice things . . . Nothing cult-like about it.
07-23-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 317
Posted By sdimattia

Actually, I found it . . . Orbis Straightwall...

Actually, I found it . . . Orbis Straightwall container.

Never mind then. Still trying to find something with the ideal dimensions but maybe i could resize a crate if need be.

Unless anybody...
07-23-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 317
Posted By sdimattia

Utility rack basket?

Turned my Surly Pack Rat into a cycle truck to tote the dog, bags of dirt, and other miscellaneous things around. The front rack is 16"/40.6cm x 20"/50.8cm (L x W). I'm looking for a plastic crate...
07-09-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

That is a gorgeous bike you got there! Love that...

That is a gorgeous bike you got there! Love that color.

Upgrades
Seatpost: Ritchey Comp
Brakes: Ultegra
Pedals: Shimano PD-EH500/ PD-M540
Wheelset: Velocity A23 32h
Crankset: Sram Omnoms (on...
07-09-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

We want pictures! :D Glad you're loving your Wabi.

We want pictures! :D Glad you're loving your Wabi.
07-09-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

I believe so. Not sure if they were Formula first...

I believe so. Not sure if they were Formula first and Origin8 second (or vice versa) but I can only find them under the Origin8 name these days.

You may not "need" another bike but n+1 is always...
07-09-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

Was looking through the pictures of everybody's...

Was looking through the pictures of everybody's pretty Wabi's. Those look exactly like the Origin8 hubs I used to build up my wheelset . . .
07-09-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

I suppose I should actually post pictures of my...

I suppose I should actually post pictures of my two Classics . . . I will soon, although there's a picture of the formerly white-now red bike floating around BF somewhere. Currently stashing my four...
07-08-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

For your height, according to Wabi's size chart,...

For your height, according to Wabi's size chart, a 58cm would be appropriate. That being said, I'm sure taller Wabi owners can offer their input on what size might fit you best (though bike fitting...
07-07-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,795
Posted By sdimattia

If you don't have any experience buying bikes (in...

If you don't have any experience buying bikes (in person or online) then yes, maybe buying a bike online for the first time will be overwhelming with regards to purchasing the correct frame size....
07-07-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,691
Posted By sdimattia

If they do sell them separately, I'll bite. My...

If they do sell them separately, I'll bite. My current Andel ring has a spot which has gotten noticeably tighter after 2k miles of riding . . . I know jay4usc had a thread about the ovalized...
07-06-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By sdimattia

I actually have an easier time riding no hands on...

I actually have an easier time riding no hands on my drop bar Wabi Classic as opposed to my old flat bar Cannondale Quick hybrid. The Wabi is supposed to be not quite full on road geo but I still...
07-04-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By sdimattia

I'm not questioning the effects of stem length,...

I'm not questioning the effects of stem length, I'm simply asking if some people find that drop bars give greater steering control over other types of bars. I did see this thread though when it first...
07-04-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By sdimattia

I've never thought about it this way but that is...

I've never thought about it this way but that is an excellent point.



Not having issues necessarily but I prefer the more control I have with drops. At least, personally I feel I have greater...
07-03-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By sdimattia

Twitchy riser/flat bars?

I know riser/flat bars are meant to be more stable than dropbars or bullhorns. However, i find I have greater control and more precise steering with dropbars. I have two bikes with 38cm and 40cm...
07-01-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By sdimattia

Thanks everybody for your input. Sounds like I'll...

Thanks everybody for your input. Sounds like I'll be ok then as far as gearing. I can always bring a second cog just in case. I'm now super curious to see these intersections . . .
07-01-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By sdimattia

Hills in Boston

For those of you familiar with cycling in Boston and NYC, how hilly is Boston, MA compared to NYC, NY? I'm only familiar with NYC since I live here but will be visiting Boston in a month. I'm riding...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,381
Posted By sdimattia

I run Hexlox on my front wheel and components....

I run Hexlox on my front wheel and components. That way I only have to carry one Abus Granite x-Plus 54 Mini to lock my rear wheel and seat tube to a post. Hexlox aren't cheap but they're worth it...
06-16-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,628
Posted By sdimattia

If I didn't get a high or sense of enjoyment most...

If I didn't get a high or sense of enjoyment most of the time I went riding, I probably wouldn't do it anymore . . . Yet here I am.

As others have stated, the shower if more for olfactory pleasure...
06-14-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,276
Posted By sdimattia

I know this thread was started a year ago but I...

I know this thread was started a year ago but I was wondering if you bought the Omnium (looks like you did from your profile). If you did, how are you liking it? I'm thinking about buying a Mini-Max...
06-14-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,759
Posted By sdimattia

I had some old RSX brifters on my '86 Trek road...

I had some old RSX brifters on my '86 Trek road frame. For a 20+ year old part, it did a fine job. For newer groupsets, I prefer Tiagra to build up commuter, everyday-type bikes. I find they are the...
06-06-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By sdimattia

You mean like this . . . ? ...

You mean like this . . . ?
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/960x351/bh_8_813adf3925a411f79591927aba5d3d466f8c965c.jpg

I replaced my front wheel bolts with Hexlox Hexbolts...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,025
Posted By sdimattia

MKS GR9 with half clips and Adidas Sambas.

MKS GR9 with half clips and Adidas Sambas.
05-29-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,090
Posted By sdimattia

I had a pair of 650b wheels built for my All City...

I had a pair of 650b wheels built for my All City Nature Boy. It's run as a SS with disc brakes front and rear but I'm sure you could easily build up a fixed rear wheel. I have a Shimano 105 CL hub...
05-26-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By sdimattia

I've run 25mm and 28mm Pasela Protites on my two...

I've run 25mm and 28mm Pasela Protites on my two Classics for a year with no issues. Only flat I got was because of a thumb sized piece of glass going through the tire. I don't think any tire...
05-26-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,090
Posted By sdimattia

I run Panaracer Paselas 650cx25 and 28 which...

I run Panaracer Paselas 650cx25 and 28 which measure accurately on the 650c Wabi wheelset. I've crashed too many times running 700x23 and 25mm gators, taking sharp turns at 20+ miles an hour (and...
05-25-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,090
Posted By sdimattia

definitely the tires like jay4usc said. The rims...

definitely the tires like jay4usc said. The rims are actually some of the nicest stock rims that come on a bike. I having the 650c 20/24h rims on one of my Classics and they've held up with no...
05-24-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,090
Posted By sdimattia

If they made the Thunder in my size (42cm), I'd...

If they made the Thunder in my size (42cm), I'd buy it in a heartbeat. As far as an all around bike, it's great. Check out some of the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimsTechBlog

You...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-18-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By sdimattia

Those look awesome, I actually lived outside...

Those look awesome, I actually lived outside Springfield for 2 years but moved back to NYC 3 years ago unfortunately. The only kids I'd stick in the back would probably be goats though . . .


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Forum: Framebuilders
05-18-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By sdimattia

Not too worried about him moving around, he's...

Not too worried about him moving around, he's quite happy being carted around and usually just sits and enjoys the breeze. The guy from the link you sent doesn't seem to have too much issue with...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-18-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By sdimattia

That actually might almost be perfect (and...

That actually might almost be perfect (and cheaper). Thanks! Is there any benefit to the wheel turning independently of the rack?

I would like a slightly larger platform as I plan to load my 18LB...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-18-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By sdimattia

Converting frame to cycle truck

I would love to have a cycle truck at some point. However, I am short (5'1" / 155cm) and most of the pre-existing cycle trucks (Soma, Bombtrack, Ahearne, etc) seem way to big for me, just looking...
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