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06-29-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 26,722
Posted By mconlonx

Hey! Crust did 1" forks, too! Yay.

Hey! Crust did 1" forks, too! Yay.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,911
Posted By mconlonx

Burned through plenty of aluminum learning how to...

Burned through plenty of aluminum learning how to TIG weld it. By the end of a class I took, I very inexpertly welded a cast piece of someone's ATV, a fender brace or something. Definitely no an...
05-16-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,752
Posted By mconlonx

rideshare -- ebike v. regular?

Whenever I hit a major metro area, I am always interested in and heartened when I see rideshare bikes. Boston is the nearest city to which I travel on any kind of regular basis, and they have their...
05-16-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 34,644
Posted By mconlonx

1. USA should definitely develop HSR. Long past...

1. USA should definitely develop HSR. Long past due. Time was (a long time ago), rail opened up The West. It's still a key shipping modality.

2. However, there are forces working against....
04-11-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 39,121
Posted By mconlonx

I just spent some weekends working at a shop. I...

I just spent some weekends working at a shop. I was a full time mechanic from 2009-2013, then part time for a couple years, and now only on occasion to fill in. In this case, owner was having health...
03-12-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,220
Posted By mconlonx

Off-bike, I don't engage in heated us v. them...

Off-bike, I don't engage in heated us v. them discussions, and try instead to figure out ways to instill empathy in motorists who complain about cyclists.
03-12-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,595
Posted By mconlonx

How am I supposed to "acknowledge" a motorist...

How am I supposed to "acknowledge" a motorist coming up behind me? Start a blog to thank each and every motorist who didn't kill me? Wave? Head-nod? What?

Times when I acknowledge motorists:
* a...
03-11-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3,508
Views: 400,312
Posted By mconlonx

It's been ages, maybe years, since I've delved...

It's been ages, maybe years, since I've delved into Helmet Thread. And no, I'm not reading every post to catch myself up. But I just got an email from Trek saying that they will be introducing a New...
08-15-18, 10:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,525
Posted By mconlonx

This is the biggest fault of the motorist in all...

This is the biggest fault of the motorist in all of this... whinging about getting whinged at. It's like meta-whinging



I dunno... in my experience, city drivers used to cyclists in their midst...
08-15-18, 07:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,525
Posted By mconlonx

Yes, roads are a courtesy, too, in this sense. I...

Yes, roads are a courtesy, too, in this sense. I see bikes and scooters parked on sidewalks all the time, partially obstructing pedestrian traffic... But more to the point, where there is no bike...
08-14-18, 01:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,525
Posted By mconlonx

If other cyclists managed to get around the car,...

If other cyclists managed to get around the car, why not this one? Bike lanes are a courtesy, but they are not the only way through any given area -- any reason the cyclist didn't think she could...
08-14-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,571
Posted By mconlonx

It looks like the subaru was breaking any number...

It looks like the subaru was breaking any number of laws. Speeding, unsafe pass... and that was before they even cut off the cyclist. Car with the camera was being passed and may have screened the...
08-09-18, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,126
Posted By mconlonx

Bike with bad brakes should not have been listed...

Bike with bad brakes should not have been listed as rideable in the first place. If you made it clear in the ad that it was parts-only because it needed repair to the brakes, go for it.

If it...
08-09-18, 08:24 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,598
Posted By mconlonx

There's more bike choice now in various niches...

There's more bike choice now in various niches than there ever was. An average person walking into a bikeshop can get exactly what they want, or pretty close to it.

And at least in the shop where...
08-08-18, 11:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,001
Posted By mconlonx

Panaracer RiBMo. I currently run 26 x 1.5 size on...

Panaracer RiBMo. I currently run 26 x 1.5 size on my commuter and they have been great. A bit heavier but with more puncture resistance than Panaracer T-Serv Messenger; lighter than Schwalbe Marathon.
08-07-18, 02:54 PM
08-07-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,160
Posted By mconlonx

As a mechanic, was never a fan of the Trek BionX...

As a mechanic, was never a fan of the Trek BionX bikes. Too many failures, not reliable enough for dedicated commuters, unhappy customers...
08-07-18, 02:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,069
Posted By mconlonx

Buy a bike shop brand bike; stay away from...

Buy a bike shop brand bike; stay away from department store bikes. Better yet, buy used at a bike shop.

Make sure it fits. If you don't know what will fit you, find out.

Take a test ride and...
08-07-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3,508
Views: 400,312
Posted By mconlonx

Tangent: There are different testing...

Tangent:

There are different testing standards between the EU and USA for motorcycle helmets, too. In the USA, they have to be DOT certified for street use, and manufacturers also usually get...
07-23-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 24,178
Posted By mconlonx

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36...

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36499720_10156891757489063_2342882317548126208_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=c42ebd62bf16fb8116345ba6cfe2f531&oe=5BCC0151

Jamis Sputnik with S/A 5sp IGH.
07-20-18, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,807
Posted By mconlonx

Swapping tires is a much easier job than swapping...

Swapping tires is a much easier job than swapping IGH internals. But if I really, really wanted to have a spare wheel handy, it would be a whole other wheel with a full hub.
07-20-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 785
Posted By mconlonx

Good idea...

Good idea...
07-20-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 12,275
Posted By mconlonx

Pix of those bike share graveyards makes me want...

Pix of those bike share graveyards makes me want to look into scrap value and container shipping quotes...
07-20-18, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 785
Posted By mconlonx

Tire width fitment

Guy asked me for advice, but it is beyond my knowledge base.

He's got a Kona gravel bike. Fork is advertised as taking tires up to 700x50. A friend of his says that it is equivalent of a 29 x 2.0...
07-20-18, 10:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,629
Posted By mconlonx

This would explain things -- there's no way you...

This would explain things -- there's no way you can get the clamping force of an internal-cam QR skewer with a bolt-on setup. So for your application, you are correct. Use the same adjustment, but...
07-19-18, 02:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 604
Posted By mconlonx

Buddy of mine posted a selfie to FB of him and a...

Buddy of mine posted a selfie to FB of him and a friend riding in Boston on the share bikes they have there, thrilled that they could take advantage of the service.

First comment posted by a...
07-19-18, 12:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,464
Posted By mconlonx

A friend of mine developed this card game based...

A friend of mine developed this card game based on sustainability and living small. Goal is to focus on one area and collect cards in that topic so that when the game ends, you have most cards of the...
07-19-18, 11:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,452
Posted By mconlonx

Mainly, it was just a comment regarding...

Mainly, it was just a comment regarding Greyhound, that it's not just about the big miles done by bus, but also getting to and from the bus terminal on either end of the trip to account for as well....
07-19-18, 11:15 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,452
Posted By mconlonx

Greyhound and other inter-city buses have very...

Greyhound and other inter-city buses have very limited stops, usually a terminal... to which one has to travel before even climbing on board a bus. In my neck of the woods, there is no convenient...
07-06-18, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,427
Posted By mconlonx

SUVs are more dangerous because they are...

SUVs are more dangerous because they are classified as trucks, not cars, and as such, do not have to meet the same kind of safety requirements that cars do. And then people do silly things to them,...
06-29-18, 10:50 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 14,053
Posted By mconlonx

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36...

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36352022_10155675187246569_5645129336815091712_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&_nc_eui2=AeF7sdQJ6B6lDQgv6pxCCmFPFRKKWPaMmUc57nmpD8uELFUEwAa3mdbRool-DcOoWdKJ6Qnhb9GBrRnh...
06-27-18, 01:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,315
Posted By mconlonx

Seems to happen with a lot of Shimano stuff,...

Seems to happen with a lot of Shimano stuff, independent of series, mtn/road, etc. Mostly, it's an age and disuse thing.
06-27-18, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,315
Posted By mconlonx

WD-40. Squirt into the interior of the shifter...

WD-40. Squirt into the interior of the shifter where the shifter levers enter the body of the shifter unit. This may take longer than other, more aggressive solvents. Squirt, work the shifter up and...
06-27-18, 11:25 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 14,053
Posted By mconlonx

Thank you for illustrating my point.

Thank you for illustrating my point.
06-27-18, 11:24 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 14,053
Posted By mconlonx

One of my favorite tunes of all time... :thumb:

One of my favorite tunes of all time... :thumb:
06-27-18, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Posted By mconlonx

No, really, the concept has been around for years...

No, really, the concept has been around for years and is widely used to justify addition of cycling infrastructure. Everything from infrastructure efforts at the national, state, and municipal level,...
06-27-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,315
Posted By mconlonx

Try blasting it out with something like...

Try blasting it out with something like speed-degreaser or other not-so-toxic aerosolized solvent. If you don't care about your health or the environment, try automotive brake cleaner. Work the...
06-22-18, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Posted By mconlonx

Again, this is an already known quantity. Where...

Again, this is an already known quantity. Where it is important is its ability to influence decision making where traffic planning is concerned, as a data point when arguing for more dedicated...
06-22-18, 07:54 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 18,657
Posted By mconlonx

Once driverless cars are legit, there will indeed...

Once driverless cars are legit, there will indeed be less call for regular cars... but I fail to see how demand for cars in general -- driverless or otherwise -- will diminish. Instead, you'll have...
06-22-18, 07:40 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 14,053
Posted By mconlonx

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thu...

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a3/Graham%27s_Hierarchy_of_Disagreement-en.svg/1067px-Graham%27s_Hierarchy_of_Disagreement-en.svg.png

When people offer up a refutation or...
06-21-18, 11:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,986
Posted By mconlonx

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit...

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/climate/koch-brothers-public-transit.html)"In another line of attack, he also argues...
05-15-18, 07:59 AM
Replies: 295
Views: 47,971
Posted By mconlonx

Or, you could, y'know, stay on top of the story...

Or, you could, y'know, stay on top of the story yourself...Jury 'very confident' in conviction of driver who killed 5 bicyclists...
05-15-18, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By mconlonx

Unless there's some issue where you think a FedEx...

Unless there's some issue where you think a FedEx package will be stolen, or they will leave a pick-up notice, no real reason to not have it delivered to your home. If you need someone to assemble...
04-03-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,980
Posted By mconlonx

In SF, I never visited the Rapha store, but there...

In SF, I never visited the Rapha store, but there were plenty other cool bike shops and destinations: Mash SF, Chrome, Mission Bicycles, Mission Workshop, Box Dog Bikes... and probably a whole lot of...
11-10-17, 09:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,628
Posted By mconlonx

I'd be tempted to tap the threads on the stripped...

I'd be tempted to tap the threads on the stripped bosses out to m6 threading, next bolt size up from original, but they you might run into issues with accessories needed to have eyelets embiggened to...
09-12-17, 01:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,246
Posted By mconlonx

The pedant in me sees the point of the OP; the...

The pedant in me sees the point of the OP; the realist in me recognizes poor grammar when he sees it and acknowledges the point of the sign is to note that bicycle use is prohibited on that...
09-12-17, 09:23 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 32,310
Posted By mconlonx

We live in a semi-rural area in southern Maine....

We live in a semi-rural area in southern Maine. When I was bike-commuting, it was a 38mi r/t commute, but I have since changed jobs and no longer do that. For a while, we got by just fine living...
09-12-17, 08:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,546
Posted By mconlonx

I carry a basic Bontrager tool with me most of...

I carry a basic Bontrager tool with me most of the time:

https://trek.scene7.com/is/image/TrekBicycleProducts/08928_A_1_Multi_Tool?wid=1360&hei=1020&fmt=jpg,rgb&qlt=40,1&iccEmbed=0&cache=on,on
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Forum: Folding Bikes
08-11-17, 08:26 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,147
Posted By mconlonx

I don't know if Dahon even makes them worldwide...

I don't know if Dahon even makes them worldwide anymore, but their mini-velo models with either lockjaw folding or no folding... I liked them.
08-11-17, 08:19 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,541
Posted By mconlonx

Bike shorts are worth their weight in gold on a...

Bike shorts are worth their weight in gold on a long ride. I use them on endurance motorcycle rides, too, so they kind of see double duty.

I was a bibs hater for a long time. Then I tried a pair...
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