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Old 09-18-2009, 07:33 AM   #12151
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I used to use a B.O.B. for minor commuting and a little touring, it worked great, it has since changed hands and just did a trip around Europe.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:40 AM   #12152
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With all the shit I carry, a backpack would be just as annoying, I'm looking into a proper bikepacking setup right now- most likely some custom stuff done by Epic Designs or me (see my sewing machine thread. )

But hey, whatever works...


I'm currently using axiom stuff. Maybe not the best, but certainly cheap enough, and it gets the job done.
Epic built a custom frame bag for me. They do very good work!
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:55 AM   #12153
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Why is it funny?

I just don't want to ride singletrack on my MTB with a rack on so I choose to use a backpack.

Good on the Danes for actually using their bikes, should be more of it.
Once you take the bags off, the rack really don't interfere.

Try it! You may like (0r at least tolerate) it!

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Old 09-18-2009, 02:04 PM   #12154
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Thanks for all the ideas. The backpack is a non-starter for me. Just too fiddly and they make me sweat. OK when I'm wearing a Hydrapak on the trail, no bueno sporting the work polo and khakis on the way to the salt mines. The commuter ride is just that, with some paved bike trail meandering on the weekends. A rack should work just dandy. Plus, it should allow me to ride for quick trips to the store and other errands that require some cargo carrying ability. An easy way to pile up the miles!
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:30 PM   #12155
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Pearl Izumi Lobster Gloves...

Anyone got 'em?

Waterproof? Warm? Reasonably durable?
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:17 PM   #12156
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HnnnnnBluuuhwoooh!

Sorry mate, that's all I could hear as you yelled out the car window at me.

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Old 09-19-2009, 04:41 PM   #12157
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Sorry mate, that's all I could hear as you yelled out the car window at me.


I've begun to rate the relative creativity of things people yell out car windows at me.

"Faggot!" doesn't even register anymore- it's background noise.

So far, the best has been "Get a fuckin' job, asshole!" You can't beat that kind of irony. You think these spandex trousers, fancy bicycle, and overpriced snacks are free, pal?
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:25 PM   #12158
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I've begun to rate the relative creativity of things people yell out car windows at me.

"Faggot!" doesn't even register anymore- it's background noise.

So far, the best has been "Get a fuckin' job, asshole!" You can't beat that kind of irony. You think these spandex trousers, fancy bicycle, and overpriced snacks are free, pal?
The people without licenses or jobs are the ones on the bicycles that don't fit them. We have a lot of those. You see a 6' tall guy on a bike that a 5' tall person would probably be able to ride comfortably. They are also the one's smoking while riding and they have a brown paper bag with them. Sometimes holding a case of really cheap ass beer.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:36 PM   #12159
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.... and they have a brown paper bag with them. Sometimes holding a case of really cheap ass beer.

Oooohhhhh. OK, that explains it.

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:31 AM   #12160
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Pearl Izumi Lobster Gloves...

Anyone got 'em?

Waterproof? Warm? Reasonably durable?
I have the Performance Bike version of Lobster Gloves (several years old at this point). Now, I ride in California, so the coldest temps I ride in are mid-30's, and they are warm enough for me (but--I'm female and I get cold hands easily). I have not worn them in pouring rain so I don't know about water-proofness. They do fine in heavy fog and light rain.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:22 PM   #12161
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Pearl Izumi Lobster Gloves...

Anyone got 'em?

Waterproof? Warm? Reasonably durable?
I've got a pair. They work, but honestly it's kind of a wash whether they're actually any better than mittens. They're less warm than decent mittens, but only slightly improve your dexterity; I can shift road STI levers without much trouble with mittens. Maybe the lobsters would help if you found yourself doing a roadside repair, but only a little.

But I guess lobsters look cooler than mittens.

Can't really comment on durability or waterproofness, as I've only had them a couple of seasons and usually avoid riding in the rain. I have taken them out during the first heavy snowfall of the year, and had snow melt on them; My hands stayed dry, but we're not talking tons of snow, here.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:43 PM   #12162
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I've begun to rate the relative creativity of things people yell out car windows at me.


So far, the best has been "Get a fuckin' job, asshole!" You can't beat that kind of irony. You think these spandex trousers, fancy bicycle, and overpriced snacks are free, pal?

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Old 09-20-2009, 04:06 PM   #12163
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Took the newish road bike out for a 45 mile spin in perfect weather this afternoon.

I briefly thought about going mountain biking instead. Then I remembered that my knee is still sore from banging it good on the fork last time I went mountain biking, and I didn't want it to have to soak up any impacts.

But really, that was an excuse. Truth is, I'm loving the road bike. It tasks me, this new machine, and it takes a lot of willpower to keep myself at a placid spin for the entirety of a ride on it. I finish most with my legs pinging like the cooling engine of a car that's just been run hard and long.



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Old 09-20-2009, 04:27 PM   #12164
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Here's my commuter setup. I use a Tubus Cargo Rear Rack with one of my Arkels. These bags are big enough to carry a change of clothes and a small container for lunch. I also carry a tool kit, rain cover, tubes and a light jacket. Plus chargers, U-lock, cables, etc. It can really carry alot.

Backpacks just make me sweat and weight can get annoying really fast. The LHT is built like a tank and I'm always riding off curbs and jumping it. I've never had the rack/pannier limit what/where I ride.

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Old 09-20-2009, 05:04 PM   #12165
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So I haven't exercised in well over 2 yrs, seriously.

And I eat like a 16 yr old suburban kid, sleep like an air traffic controller, and drink like a sailor.

When I was a kid I was somewhat serious about bicycling, at least from around 13 to 18 yrs. I did club rides for my age group, did a few centuries, and long freestyle tours solo, and with groups. I even rode a Mtn bike when no one knew what they were. Then (as I got more into motorcycling) I went to running for a good 5 yrs. but that faded out as my lower back became worse (from two accidents, one car, one motorcycle),

So I'm thinking of getting back into cycling. I have a very good Klein mountain bike but I find it's not geared for city use (geared too low), and even with the thinnest hybrid tires, it still whirs as I'm moving along.

I'm thinking of getting a decent road bike, but not sure what "type".

I seem to be drawn to the time trial style bike, because of the handlebars/shifter/elbow pads. They seem great for cranking hard, cardio, etc, but they also seem too "trick" with the small wheelbase.

I'd like all you cycle nerds to help me out with advice on bike style, and brand. I hear they're all made in China now anyway, even Cannondale....

Thanks.
There are a lot of bikes not made in China. Depends on what ya wanna pay.
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