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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-03-24, 02:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By BobbyG

60 Tooth Grin!

I successfully added a 60-tooth chainring to my 1989 Dahon Getaway V. (Pics below) With the previous upgrades (https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1282749-project-s-end.html) to a 13-28 in the...
Forum: Commuting
02-29-24, 07:19 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,571
Posted By BobbyG

If you mostly ride pavement and don't need knobby...

If you mostly ride pavement and don't need knobby tires, try some smoothies...they will roll easier and speed you up.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-25-24, 08:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,451
Posted By BobbyG

While this particular folder may never be a long...

While this particular folder may never be a long distance champ, my 20" Dahon Boardwalk with upgraded, higher gears does 30 mile rides with ease and comfort.
02-23-24, 07:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By BobbyG

My folks sent me this a few years ago:...

My folks sent me this a few years ago:...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-24, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 347
Posted By BobbyG

I'm in my 32nd year of commuting. Nine miles...

I'm in my 32nd year of commuting. Nine miles each way for 28 years; now six miles each way. I bike in my bike clothes and carry my office clothes in a large back pack. I shave at home in the...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-24, 09:26 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,571
Posted By BobbyG

Five miles on a modest used road bike with smooth...

Five miles on a modest used road bike with smooth street tires at a moderate pace should take you about 25 minutes of riding each way, adding a few minutes for hills and traffic.

The same 5 miles...
02-04-24, 09:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,225
Posted By BobbyG

Tire liners! (with inner tubes) We have goat...

Tire liners! (with inner tubes)

We have goat heads here in Colorado Springs, where I commute. I used to get 2-3 flats a month. Fifteen or twenty years ago I started using tire liners and went to...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-24, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By BobbyG

My Wettest, Heaviest, Snow Commute so

After a 20 year break, I returned to commuting in the snow back in 2015 with the purchase of a pair of 26x1.65 studded Suomi Nokian W106 snow and ice tires. Since then, I've ridden in...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-24, 06:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By BobbyG

The next morning I took the MTB with the Suomi...

The next morning I took the MTB with the Suomi Nokian W106 26x1.65 studded snow and ice tires. The middle section of the commute in to work was frosted and iced.

It warmed again during the day...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-24, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By BobbyG

Unexpected Rain at 32

Here in Colorado Springs it has been dry lately with highs approaching 50F and overnight lows in the upper teens. My go to weather sources Weather Underground and Meteored had been starting the last...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-24, 10:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,371
Posted By BobbyG

Chain beaker. I put a 53-tooth chainring on my...

Chain beaker. I put a 53-tooth chainring on my 90's MTB to get the top speed up. The ring just clears the chain stay but doesn't leave room for the chain if it falls off, so the chain will get...
01-13-24, 06:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,692
Posted By BobbyG

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01-13-24, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By BobbyG

Wishing her a speedy recovery.

Wishing her a speedy recovery.
Forum: Commuting
01-09-24, 07:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,629
Posted By BobbyG

Yes, in my part of Colorado Springs. But not...

Yes, in my part of Colorado Springs. But not always in time for my morning commute. That's okay, I have studded snow tires, and ride mostly on streets without bike lanes. Ninety-nine percent of the...
01-02-24, 07:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,275
Posted By BobbyG

About 15 years ago, while getting back in shape...

About 15 years ago, while getting back in shape after a year off the bike post injury, I began listening to spoken-word podcasts, curbside ear only to help distract myself from the physical...
12-18-23, 03:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,887
Posted By BobbyG

Amazon...seach LED Shoes. About $35. They've...

Amazon...seach LED Shoes. About $35. They've lasted 3 or 4 years now.
12-18-23, 01:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,887
Posted By BobbyG

Non-bike specific wear for me. In the winter,...

Non-bike specific wear for me. In the winter, the layers are underneath the shell. Firm-sole shoes in the summer and light-up LED Shoes for night commutes in winter....
Forum: Commuting
12-17-23, 09:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By BobbyG

My old 9-mile commute to work in Colorado Springs...

My old 9-mile commute to work in Colorado Springs took 25 minutes by car and 35 by bike, 45 on the way home (uphill)...a total of 30 extra minutes commuting...but worth it. My current commute is 6...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-16-23, 06:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,451
Posted By BobbyG

Got the crank adapter $14. Went to the bike...

Got the crank adapter $14. Went to the bike co-op and picked up a 130 BCD square taper crank plus a square taper narrow-tube sealed cartridge bearing for $10 (!). The largest chainring they had was...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-23, 08:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By BobbyG

Sorry...I will try harder. ;) Then there was...

Sorry...I will try harder. ;)
Then there was this ride to work...
https://youtu.be/5Ph-QDcciq8?si=sR-0bnPmxomNcUNr
Forum: Commuting
11-29-23, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By BobbyG

MinnMan At the old job I parked in a part of the...

MinnMan At the old job I parked in a part of the warehouse where leaving a puddle was not an issue.

At the new job I put down a 6x2 foot synthetic rug...under $20 at Wal-Mart. No muss and no...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-23, 07:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 753
Posted By BobbyG

At my old job I had many empty rooms to choose...

At my old job I had many empty rooms to choose from. At the new job I put up an inexpensive portable wardrobe behind my desk and occasionally spray Febreeze air freshener into it. And wearing fresh...
11-24-23, 09:01 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,966
Posted By BobbyG

First full year of commuting at the new job. ...

First full year of commuting at the new job.

Did some more maintenance and wrenching myself...still don't enjoy it like I used to in my 20s and 30s.

Bought an old, beat-to-heck 1989 Dahon V 16"...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-12-23, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By BobbyG

Fun Fall Foldy Frolic...

Not as fast as I'd like, but after some modifications my $50 Dahon Getaway 5 runs and shifts smoothly, with safe, reliable braking and is relatively comfortable...and fun!...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-23, 09:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,451
Posted By BobbyG

I took the bike out yesterday. and it shifted...

I took the bike out yesterday. and it shifted flawlessly. The gearing is slightly better than adequate. The biggest hills were doable in 2nd, which is now the lowest gear, and top end with the 13...
10-31-23, 06:11 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,983
Posted By BobbyG

I've been using a glasses mounted Take-A-Look...

I've been using a glasses mounted Take-A-Look Mirror for over 25 years. It's metal and brass. If you don't wear glasses, you could start wearing safety glasses. Or I think some people mount them...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-23, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,057
Posted By BobbyG

My headlight is a fairly modest Niterider Lumina...

My headlight is a fairly modest Niterider Lumina Boost 900 (900 lumens)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-22-23, 09:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,451
Posted By BobbyG

Project's End?

My quest to rehab a $50 1989 Dahon Getaway V and upgrade it for higher speeds is probably at an end.

As others had mentioned, the severe chain angles caused by the short chain stay length limit...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-23, 08:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,057
Posted By BobbyG

I love chilly-dark-fall commutes! ...

I love chilly-dark-fall commutes!
https://youtu.be/MDWxaIQll1s?si=T4STQCK6F9b-M5gU
Forum: Commuting
10-13-23, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 757
Posted By BobbyG

Back to Bigger Bag...

Fall is here, with its days of wide ranging temperatures, followed by winter, and the need to layer. For 28 years I commuted with a string of ever-larger backpacks on my rear rack. They could carry...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-23, 05:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,583
Posted By BobbyG

I wear cheap high-viz work gloves under it over...

I wear cheap high-viz work gloves under it over my bike gloves depending on the fit.
Forum: Commuting
10-07-23, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By BobbyG

Caught in the Rain...(video)

When there's a possibility of moderate to heavy rain in the forecast I will cover my commute pack with a trash bag and keep my rain cape/poncho strapped under my seat for quick access. I did neither...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-01-23, 12:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 425
Posted By BobbyG

Dahon Getaway V(I)...Update Success...For Now..

I just added a 6-speed 13/38 Shimano free-wheel to my 16" 1989 Shimano Getaway V, so I guess it's now a Getaway VI.

I was (am am still) hoping to get down to an 11/38, but there are some issues...
10-01-23, 12:09 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,657
Posted By BobbyG

So by instigating a verbal interaction you...

So by instigating a verbal interaction you avoided a potential right hook!

I don't know what I would have done in your situation...engage, honk (all my bikes have air horns), gone through the red...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-23, 06:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 626
Posted By BobbyG

Grindin' Gravel to the Daily Grind...

All my bikes have road tires, except my snow bike in winter. I prefer pavement. But, a co-worker kept going on about me taking the Greenway Trail to my job in Colorado Springs.

This spring I...
09-24-23, 08:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,894
Posted By BobbyG

What about a recumbent? Not a trike, but two...

What about a recumbent? Not a trike, but two wheelers. There are some like the Barchetta CA3 that are 700c and keep you up where traffic can see you. With 700c wheels the drive line should feel...
09-23-23, 12:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,647
Posted By BobbyG

I commute year-round in Colorado Springs, where...

I commute year-round in Colorado Springs, where in the heart of winter mornings are usually 10-12F...some days warmer, some colder but rarely below 0F. My first balaclava was too heavy and made me...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-14-23, 06:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 987
Posted By BobbyG

No wrench needed. Just finger tight. So far, so...

No wrench needed. Just finger tight. So far, so good.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-13-23, 06:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 987
Posted By BobbyG

I didn't think to ask the sellers, and the bike...

I didn't think to ask the sellers, and the bike is not talking.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-11-23, 06:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 987
Posted By BobbyG

The 2nd thing I added was a front brake (see...

The 2nd thing I added was a front brake (see photo). The first was a kickstand. I also tried adding fenders and brought the bike to the co-op to help with making sure they would fit. I found a pair...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-23, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 987
Posted By BobbyG

Rode to work and back yesterday, total time 80...

Rode to work and back yesterday, total time 80 minutes...the latch stayed tight.
Forum: Commuting
09-05-23, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By BobbyG

You're right...16-inch. (ETRTO 305)

You're right...16-inch. (ETRTO 305)
Forum: Commuting
09-05-23, 01:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By BobbyG

Go Big or Go Home...

...So I'll be going home, after biking to work today on my newest bike, a 1989 Dahon Getaway V, 16-inch 5-speed folder.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-04-23, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 987
Posted By BobbyG

DIY Dahon Brace Latch...SUCCESS!

I bought a well-used 1989 Dahon Getaway V 16" folder for $50 that was missing the button/latch that connects the old style brace and steering mast together. Three plumbing parts totaling $20 and the...
09-01-23, 06:26 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,064
Posted By BobbyG

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"How's that Tadpole recumbent working out for you now, Ed?...Ed?"
08-21-23, 06:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,434
Posted By BobbyG

Coast...it's all downhill from here. (just...

Coast...it's all downhill from here.

(just kidding, although I did have to lower the gearing on my bikes to placate my knees)
08-21-23, 06:08 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,434
Posted By BobbyG

Great phrase!

Great phrase!
08-20-23, 07:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,434
Posted By BobbyG

I commute in traffic, and often will put my hands...

I commute in traffic, and often will put my hands on my hips with a foot down to let a driver with the right of way know that I am not about to start rolling. Sometimes I need to wave and gesture to...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-23, 06:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By BobbyG

I've got SKS longboards on my 700x35 Charge...

I've got SKS longboards on my 700x35 Charge Plug....
08-07-23, 06:29 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,335
Posted By BobbyG

Biking, driving or walking, I sometimes feel like...

Biking, driving or walking, I sometimes feel like I am part of some driver's Grand Theft Auto live action 'game'.
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