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Old 07-13-2008, 07:39 PM   #111 (permalink)
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Yeah, that stinks. Is that Candian $ ? My last change was $36 US, I believe.

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Old 07-13-2008, 07:47 PM   #112 (permalink)
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Yeah that's in Canadian currency. I guess I could've gone to Wal-Mart like I always did with my cars, but these days a person needs to book an 'appointment' days in advance & then wait 3 hours for it to be completed .

Not having to spend that money on a regular basis completely makes up for those times being caught in a downpour while riding a bike to work.
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Not to get on your case, but why don't you change it on your own?
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:49 AM   #114 (permalink)
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why don't you change it on your own?
I don't trust myself to work on a car, especially one that's not mine.

The guy also tried to up-sell a new air filter. After I declined, he offered to change the power-steering fluid... for only $79.99! Outragous.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:29 AM   #115 (permalink)
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:25 AM   #116 (permalink)
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Congrats dude, it's great what you've done!

If you ever start feeling the need for more speed, consider any kind of clip/strap-in pedals, higher pressure tyres and a thinner seat as GenKreton said.

You'll see a huge improvement in FE (Food Efficiency) riding clipped-in. Using muscles in the back of your legs on the up-stroke is when you'll really notice the benefit of a narrow seat.

I don't agree with having 50% of your weight on your arms, even on a dropbar roadie.
Elite cyclists might look like they have weight on their arms, but they definitely don't. You might have force through the bars pushing & pulling as part of your stroke (especially without clips), but never supporting your body weight. Plenty of info on the interwebs under "cycling posture" and such.
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Oh wow, I've always wondered why I saw 'foot straps' on some road bicycles. I've never thought of the up-stroke being actually useful. Thanks for the input James!

By the way... I used my old green bike a few days ago after a rain (since it has the fenders for such a condition) and seriously, the mountain bike is *crap* compared to the $5 road bike! I've never realized how shaky, loose, and hard to pedal it is until now that I got used to riding the other .
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:03 PM   #118 (permalink)
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For anyone who rides a bicycle in the winter, is it honestly practical? Do you switch tires and other gear to deal with ice?
When I lived in NYC I rode my bike everywhere, all year. Warm coat, overpants, mittens and scarf for the face are required. Also a tobaggan hat under the helmet. The only time I did not ride was once when it was 8F. I tried but it was too cold. Did not ride when there was snow on the streets. Snow riding is possible, but in NYC with the salt it turns into a giant slushy at every intersection 8 to 10 inches deep - too hard on the bike and too hard on me. Knobby mountain bike tires work fine on snow, but not ice. You can also buy or make studded tires.

I now live down south and the only time I don't ride is whan it is +100F. too much risk of heat stroke. It's really fine while you are moving, but when you stop it kills you.

I did not own a car for 9 months and used my bike for everything until recently. Groceries are not that hard. Most stores were within 7 miles of me so there was no big problem. Buy a bike messenger bag to sling over your shoulder for small stuff, and put a basket on the back for bigger stuff - it's like having a station wagon. You learn to buy small things and pack them well. Volume is the issue, not weight. For example, I could not buy toilet paper and cat litter on the same trip. Buy a canvas boat-bag and just drop that into the basket. Put a basket on the front too, because if there is a full one on the back your bike tends to raise up like a wild horse when you get off - Whoa, Nelly!
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The only time I did not ride was once when it was 8F. I tried but it was too cold.
My record is -8F . It's really not that bad when it's not windy out. Otherwise I just take the extra time to walk.

A refresher of what you need to survive a Canadian winter without a car:



- snowmobile helmet (instead of a toque. That way your entire face is shielded from wind) used a helmet several times 2 years ago when it was -40F out and I had to walk from my parked car to my university classes.

- a winter coat with a fleece liner
- thin 'kids' gloves with winter mittens over top (so your hands don't freeze right away when you fumble for keys, etc.)
- insulated ski-pants
- winter boots
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Cher boo!
This from a guy who posts this;

http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ever-3241.html


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