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06-22-22, 07:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 768
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: 301
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: 14
Views: 426
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: 5,383
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: 596
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: 333
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: 533
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: 1,158
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: 750
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: 1,150
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: 38
Views: 1,351
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: 2,498
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: 292
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: 32
Views: 1,667
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: 32
Views: 1,667
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: 1,150
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: 32
Views: 1,667
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: 1,891
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: 836
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: 385
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: 883
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: 797
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: 49
Views: 2,457
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: 1,073
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: 552
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: 1,801
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: 57
Views: 4,153
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: 1,550
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: 1,801
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: 57
Views: 4,153
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: 57
Views: 4,153
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: 3,053
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: 3,053
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: 957
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yup, butyl.

Yup, butyl.
02-11-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,053
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: 957
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...
02-09-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 920
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Currently: Captain: 145 Stoker: 0 Total: 145

Currently:
Captain: 145 Stoker: 0 Total: 145
02-09-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,016
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

...a thread bubbles back to the top of the list...

...a thread bubbles back to the top of the list and when going to click "Like" on a post, you see you've already Liked it.
02-07-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,237
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I was really planning on staying out of this...

I was really planning on staying out of this but... <heavy sigh>

What would be helpful is to identify the source of water if it isn't from car exhaust. What are we (drivers, weatherfolk,...
02-07-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Yup, that was my experience a couple of years ago...

Yup, that was my experience a couple of years ago in trying to replace the middle ring. I settled for an FC-6600 (rather than 6603) for a double rather than triple. It doesn't have the ramps the...
02-03-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,053
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I'm ready to move on just from the bike...

I'm ready to move on just from the bike maintenance and clothing logistics aspects. We have a high of 2F for today but the wind is fortunately pretty light. A couple of days ago with a balmy 15F,...
01-24-22, 06:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,544
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

10F and sunny, speaking from personal experience....

10F and sunny, speaking from personal experience. My biking is on roads, and the 29F and snowing features clueless drivers, narrow roads, snow plows, briny spray,...
01-21-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,984
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

The wind does make a difference even if you're...

The wind does make a difference even if you're dressed appropriately, but not as much of an impact as if on bare skin. If you light up a thermal camera while fully dressed, the wind will suck heat...
01-17-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 854
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

My first tandem ride was with my wife on my...

My first tandem ride was with my wife on my folks' $250 five speed special they picked up at Walmart. It wasn't a great introduction of course, but I don't remember the details other than cruising...
01-17-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,261
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Editted comment: Good grief. Just realized the...

Editted comment: Good grief. Just realized the age of this post. Some bot got unleashed? Sheeshh....

Aside from the mechanics of linking the two bikes, I'm concerned about the actual control....
01-11-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,400
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

Nope, never have on my touring bike, winter...

Nope, never have on my touring bike, winter hybrid, tandem, old Schwinn "The Tank" Varsity,...
01-11-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 10,544
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I had been wondering the difference between...

I had been wondering the difference between gravel and CX too, as around here, I haven't really had a need for either. Gravel routes aren't exciting and there are enough cars that there is no safety...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,961
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

From my experience, in a word: No. It's not...

From my experience, in a word: No. It's not realistic.

I had a 50 mile commute from '04-'20 (until covid and work from home blahblahblah). I managed on average half the work days over that time,...
12-19-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,599
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

I hope you found clear roads this weekend. I...

I hope you found clear roads this weekend. I sure didn't. Three days with a 1" give or take snow sure messed up Wed's extraordinary thaw for the north metro. The ol' hybrid with studs has been in...
12-16-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,195
Posted By MNBikeCommuter

That's my experience too. A frozen beard is my...

That's my experience too. A frozen beard is my best wind block. Since 1988. (And yes, my wife would prefer I shave it off. I majorly screwed up once by saying I'd shave it off if she shaved her...
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