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09-22-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 251
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Based on their guide, my 9" hand puts me at the...

Based on their guide, my 9" hand puts me at the upper end of Large (9). I went with X Large (10) and they fit well. I'd like to try a Large just to see what it feels like. I'm guessing it would...
09-21-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 251
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I use the Sturmfist 4 and yes, they look bulky...

I use the Sturmfist 4 and yes, they look bulky but work the levers just fine. They get too warm for me above 25F. I can go out an hour at 0F and it's my feet I have problems with rather than my...
09-21-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 385
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've been stung several times on the bike and it...

I've been stung several times on the bike and it has become a joke with my family. I can have a strong local reaction so carry a tube of Benadryl to get on the sting right way, along with a credit...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 331
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I run studded tires all the time in the winter,...

I run studded tires all the time in the winter, and most of the miles they aren't needed. Pumping them up to max pressure (85 psi?) reduces the stud contacts if I'm not concerned about ice.

I...
09-14-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 262
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I just ride a Cannondale tandem too, so am of no...

I just ride a Cannondale tandem too, so am of no help regarding quads. Mark, of Precision Tandems mentioned above, is also a good resource for your unanswered questions. I watched his girls grow up...
09-12-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 768
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Welcome back! I took a several year sabbatical...

Welcome back! I took a several year sabbatical too and noticed the same thing. And the number of familiar names (like yours) had diminished...
09-12-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,140
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've found in MN that the tendency goes down in...

I've found in MN that the tendency goes down in winter. Crap gets covered up with some snow/ice, snow plows clear off the road, idiots aren't rolling down their windows and chucking beer bottles...
08-04-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,140
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Much depends on your location and the winter...

Much depends on your location and the winter conditions. It's hard to answer without that info.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

23 to work and 29-32 home, from 2004 to 2020 when...

23 to work and 29-32 home, from 2004 to 2020 when covid ended it. (My group decided it will be permanently working from home from now on.)
07-21-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 978
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I had a half century round trip commute at the...

I had a half century round trip commute at the time of my colonoscopy. I loaded the pannier with Gatorade and Mountain Dew for the day--enough sugar calories to power the biking plus no chance of...
07-20-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I think it's time for stronger reading glasses. ...

I think it's time for stronger reading glasses. I read the subject as "Alfine square wheelset" and immediately wondered if it was about a Sheldon Brown oddity I'd missed seeing in the past...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-22, 05:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 760
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Fifty years ago, we used Mobil 10W-40, as that's...

Fifty years ago, we used Mobil 10W-40, as that's what the '69 Chevelle wagon and '78 Dodge Aspen wagon used. Dad changed his own oil and drained the remaining drops of the cans (not plastic bottles)...
07-06-22, 05:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 446
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Same here. The finishing tape has held up well...

Same here. The finishing tape has held up well over the electrical tape.
06-28-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 316
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Good topic. I've been wondering the same over...

Good topic. I've been wondering the same over the years. My winter bike has cantis and they've been serving me well, except for blowing out a rear sidewall after 12k hard winter miles. I'm...
06-22-22, 07:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,406
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

If I can't ride in the winter, it's because I'm...

If I can't ride in the winter, it's because I'm shoveling snow. The rest of the year--yard work.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 383
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

My dr said that it's okay to exercise if the...

My dr said that it's okay to exercise if the symptoms are above the neck, within reason of course. If down in the chest--forget it. I'm fighting the same thing right now. I got in good rides...
06-21-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,081
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Heh. I just ordered a pair yesterday from amazon...

Heh. I just ordered a pair yesterday from amazon too after another thread (50+ forum?) recommending them. I don't know if this spring and early summer has been windier than normal, or I've just...
06-01-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,965
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I got a mouthful of flies the other day and my...

I got a mouthful of flies the other day and my first thought was, "I can't wait for a killing frost." I quickly regrouped. It's been a cool spring, and at the beginning of June, what little tan I...
06-01-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 983
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I'm not quite sure what your concern is...

I'm not quite sure what your concern is specifically relating to a winter bike. I've got 29k miles on my winter bike and it's had three different racks the entire time. There's plenty of clearance...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yes, I recognize your name. :) It's been almost...

Yes, I recognize your name. :) It's been almost two years ago since covid forced me out of commuting after 29 years. My group has since almost unanimously voted to continue working from home...
05-31-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 917
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I'm also thinking it's a niche bike. It fits just...

I'm also thinking it's a niche bike. It fits just a small window of time for a growing family, and most are more interested in a trip or two to Dairy Queen during the summer rather than regular...
05-20-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,551
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It wasn't an old Burley tandem, was it? My folks...

It wasn't an old Burley tandem, was it? My folks bought one off ebay many years ago and the transaction went just fine. :)
05-20-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I came upon this realization several years after...

I came upon this realization several years after beginning riding with my main two stokers: my kids. We got going when they were 9 and 11 so they adopted my style right from the start. I hadn't...
05-06-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,512
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I did put away my 0-25F boots but the 25-40F...

I did put away my 0-25F boots but the 25-40F shoes are still "ready to go." I last needed them on 4/26.
Forum: Commuting
05-06-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,197
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

"Exactly" to all of the above. :) Fortunately my...

"Exactly" to all of the above. :) Fortunately my company and co-workers haven't had an issue with this strategy. (They did kick my bike out ("It's a fire hazard!" Right....) but I lobbied and got...
04-20-22, 09:06 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,743
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I had one break out of the blue (hadn't touched...

I had one break out of the blue (hadn't touched it in years/decades) a mile and a half from home. That was a tough ride home for just that distance! I later stopped in at the LBS to pick up a bolt....
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Another strong vote for "go for it!" assuming...

Another strong vote for "go for it!" assuming the frame, etc., is in good shape as others have mentioned. Wheels are replaceable but I assume the rims are just fine. Mavic has been a reputable...
04-14-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,736
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

That will get you fewer and fewer bragging rights...

That will get you fewer and fewer bragging rights each year as the younger generation has no idea who he was. I wonder what will happen to the homestead in time. One has to make a point of getting...
04-13-22, 05:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,736
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I flew out to Seattle with my bike in '97 (geeze,...

I flew out to Seattle with my bike in '97 (geeze, that's 25 years ago!) to do the double century STP (Seattle to Portland) ride with my brother. Next on our list was RAMROD but he moved and we never...
04-12-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,512
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

We were originally on the warm side of that track...

We were originally on the warm side of that track with three days of rain and some snow on the tail end in the forecast for the Twin Cities. With that track changing, my folks and sister in Minot,...
04-12-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,736
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

If it works out, I'll be riding CaNDak...

If it works out, I'll be riding CaNDak (https://candak.net/) again. It's the follow-on to the North Dakota CANDISC ride that ended in 2017 after 25 years. Numbers are low for the seven day...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,085
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I do well with the Swift. All three bikes have...

I do well with the Swift. All three bikes have it--touring, road tandem, and hybrid.
03-30-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,179
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I will get yelled at for telling you this, but...

I will get yelled at for telling you this, but here's how I handled the wedge: I backed out the bolt very little at first, put a centering tool in the bolt head to minimize any head damage, and...
03-25-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 393
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

In this case, any damaged strands are "benign" as...

In this case, any damaged strands are "benign" as the cable past the bolt isn't doing anything. Bending it keeps it from sticking straight out and catching you in the leg. He could have clipped it...
03-23-22, 07:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 939
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I've been doing this all winter with no problems....

I've been doing this all winter with no problems. It reminds me of a story someone posted back in the days of Usenet glory, about a friend of his. The friend saw no need for a front derailleur. ...
03-23-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,095
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I washed my heavy winter gear yesterday with the...

I washed my heavy winter gear yesterday with the hopes that most of it can be put away for several months. I also did something unusual and put slick tires on the winter bike for the first time in...
03-10-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,982
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I got to take the road bike out yesterday for its...

I got to take the road bike out yesterday for its third ride of 2022. It was 19F and a west wind at 15-30mph, but roads were dry as there was no melting going on. :)
03-04-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,419
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It is still winter. I met a jogger yesterday and...

It is still winter. I met a jogger yesterday and she smiled and waved at me. That only happens in winter around here.
03-02-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 578
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

The rear is most likely 135 mm as the touring...

The rear is most likely 135 mm as the touring bikes were spec'd for mountain bike components in the rear. My '92 T600 is 135. The touring bikes were/are? a mix of "road components up front, rear in...
02-23-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,273
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It feels like we'll be lucky if it's only 4...

It feels like we'll be lucky if it's only 4 months this winter...
02-21-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,894
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It was five years ago today that I biked to work...

It was five years ago today that I biked to work in some record February heat. It hadn't dropped below freezing overnight in several days and I took the road bike. A half block from work, I made a...
02-21-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,893
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

It could be both, especially if college kids and...

It could be both, especially if college kids and alcohol are involved.
02-18-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,273
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I'm not sure what the problem is as it seems like...

I'm not sure what the problem is as it seems like a no-brainer to go ahead with it since you have the parts. :) Winters and summers in MN are definitely two different seasons requiring different...
02-18-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,894
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Oh, blow off the Sat low. The daytime high looks...

Oh, blow off the Sat low. The daytime high looks pretty good from my perspective. :) I used to really be up on morning lows with my commuting pre-covid, but now with this work from home stuff, I...
02-18-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,894
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yeah, I was going to do some aggressive trimming...

Yeah, I was going to do some aggressive trimming on my beard a couple of weeks ago and then saw the forecast. Same last weekend. Same this weekend. And same with washing and putting away the heavy...
02-15-22, 09:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,404
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

That sucks! It sounds like maybe an...

That sucks! It sounds like maybe an under-the-seat-steering 'bent is needed in the meantime? Do people actually ride those with studded tires? :lol:
02-14-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,404
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Thursday I managed to get out before most of the...

Thursday I managed to get out before most of the snow hit, which happened four miles from home. The first mile was biking in a snow globe, and then the wind and sleet kicked in for the final push...
02-11-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 999
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yup, butyl.

Yup, butyl.
02-11-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,404
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Uh, not really: Hourly Forecast for...

Uh, not really:

Hourly Forecast for Tomorrow, Saturday 02/12Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 6F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
02-11-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 999
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yes, the 32mm seem to be a dying breed. I just...

Yes, the 32mm seem to be a dying breed. I just found some larger tubes on Amazon for my winter bike. They're Sunlite and I haven't needed them yet so can't give a review, but I see they have 28-35...
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