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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1300 on: January 09, 2020, 08:49:50 AM »
The way the cable sits on my front derailleur, when I am in one gear (I can't ever remember if it's high or low, but the "easier" one), the cable sticks out & brushes against my leg. This means the cap eventually comes off the end and then I just have pokey wires unraveling. Besides not using that gear, any suggestions on how to fix that? Also, should I be worried if the cable isn't bound together?

Bend the cable with some pliers to an angle so it doesn't brush your leg.  Try switching to different gear combinations to make sure that it's not brushing your leg in all settings.

As far as the cap coming off, yeah that happens.  I have a small bottle of black nail polish that I paint the end inch or so of my cables with (and also do touch up when I scrape the black paint on my bike).  This keeps the threads from coming apart better than those little press on caps.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1301 on: January 09, 2020, 01:32:45 PM »
The way the cable sits on my front derailleur, when I am in one gear (I can't ever remember if it's high or low, but the "easier" one), the cable sticks out & brushes against my leg. This means the cap eventually comes off the end and then I just have pokey wires unraveling. Besides not using that gear, any suggestions on how to fix that? Also, should I be worried if the cable isn't bound together?

Bend the cable with some pliers to an angle so it doesn't brush your leg.  Try switching to different gear combinations to make sure that it's not brushing your leg in all settings.

As far as the cap coming off, yeah that happens.  I have a small bottle of black nail polish that I paint the end inch or so of my cables with (and also do touch up when I scrape the black paint on my bike).  This keeps the threads from coming apart better than those little press on caps.

This. I usually use a bit of electrical tape wrapped around the end of the cable. The only real risk here is poking yourself in the leg with the sharp cable ends. Try not to do that.

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« Reply #1302 on: January 09, 2020, 01:56:09 PM »
My gears are struggling also to switch smoothly all the time and sometimes will fail to shift and then shift suddenly two gears at a time with a CLUNK. I figure I need to take it in for maintenance but I am curious what others think.

You're having the same problem as Yasha, so fiddling with the barrel adjuster on your rear derailleur may help. Just be careful to only make small adjustments (quarter of a turn at a time) since it's also possible to make the shifting worse this way. I like the GCN repair videos on YouTube for doing this. You want the one on "indexing" your rear derailleur done by the skinny British guy.

If you haven't changed your gear cables in a the last year, doing that may also help. Over time the cables get dirty and this makes shifting sluggish. You can DIY this job, but you'll need cables, cable housing and cable cutters.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1303 on: January 09, 2020, 02:37:16 PM »
As far as the cap coming off, yeah that happens.  I have a small bottle of black nail polish that I paint the end inch or so of my cables with (and also do touch up when I scrape the black paint on my bike).  This keeps the threads from coming apart better than those little press on caps.
Nail polish sounds like a good idea.

Last time I replaced my derailleur cables, I just found ways to route the excess out of the way without impeding shifting so that I could avoid cutting the factory ends.The front continues downward (top pull) to a small confined space in the frame behind the bottom bracket where it is folded into a few loops that holds itself there rather well. The rear is looped up into the bottom of my rack. Hadn't figured out a similar option for brake cables (but I have better luck keeping those together with the caps).

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1304 on: January 09, 2020, 04:47:29 PM »
Cut the damned cables you anarchist!  :P  That's wasted weight you're carrying around every time you cycle!

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« Reply #1305 on: January 10, 2020, 12:18:30 PM »
Cut the damned cables you anarchist!  :P  That's wasted weight you're carrying around every time you cycle!
It certainly isn't the greatest source of extra weight.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1306 on: January 14, 2020, 10:42:31 AM »
A new personal low temp commute today -31C (windchill -39C)... tomorrow might break it again with a forecast of -32C.

My mitts are a bit tight around the thumbs and they got cold, but fingers stayed warm. I do need to solve this fogging glasses problem and pick up some goggles or a ski helmet with built in visor/goggles. Right now my cheeks and eyes get pretty frosty, because I can't pull a face warmer up over my nose because my glasses immediately fog and then frost up. Otherwise I was probably overdressed, but that was by intention. I wanted to be able to walk if my bike gearing failed me. The IGH was sluggish (it took time with no pedaling the shift), but otherwise the bike worked great! Dynamo lighting, braking (rim brakes) were all good.

The coldest time is really the time required without mitts to lock and unlock: doors, bike cage, bike lock etc.

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« Reply #1307 on: January 14, 2020, 11:35:13 AM »
The coldest time is really the time required without mitts to lock and unlock: doors, bike cage, bike lock etc.

Use thin gloves beneath your mitts.  Then you can leave the thin gloves on when you're locking up and putting things on/stripping them off of the bike, and slip your mitts back on immediately afterwards.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1308 on: January 14, 2020, 12:22:27 PM »
The coldest time is really the time required without mitts to lock and unlock: doors, bike cage, bike lock etc.

Use thin gloves beneath your mitts.  Then you can leave the thin gloves on when you're locking up and putting things on/stripping them off of the bike, and slip your mitts back on immediately afterwards.

I do... but -31C is below the limit for thin gloves and the time I lock/unlock everything.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1309 on: January 15, 2020, 12:32:06 PM »
Hello. I was wondering if anyone commuted on a single speed bike (with a freehub, not a fixie)? I have a main bike that I use for longer rides but itís too good to leave anywhere. I could do with a bike to purely act as a mode of transport e.g cycle to friends, post office, and other errands etc. I would expect to only use it within a 5 mile radius of where I live and thatís fairly flat so hills arenít a concern.

I was looking for the cheapest bike with the lowest maintenance and a SS seemed like the best bet, but I donít know much about them. Anyone use one or know of what to look out for maintenance wise?

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1310 on: January 15, 2020, 01:32:39 PM »
Hello. I was wondering if anyone commuted on a single speed bike (with a freehub, not a fixie)? I have a main bike that I use for longer rides but itís too good to leave anywhere. I could do with a bike to purely act as a mode of transport e.g cycle to friends, post office, and other errands etc. I would expect to only use it within a 5 mile radius of where I live and thatís fairly flat so hills arenít a concern.

I was looking for the cheapest bike with the lowest maintenance and a SS seemed like the best bet, but I donít know much about them. Anyone use one or know of what to look out for maintenance wise?

I do, and I love it! It's got a combo hub but I've only used the freewheel.  I'll repost what I wrote in another thread:

https://www.straycatbicycles.com/Bicycles.html

Single speed commuter built by a local guy- nothing fancy, but it does what I need it to. My city's pretty flat so single speed works just fine, and there's no extra maintenance/weight from components I don't really need. Bought it just over a year ago, and I haven't made any major modifications to it yet. I just bought a set of Ergo grips to give me some added hand positions but haven't installed them yet. Will probably add a rack/panniers on the back at some point.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1311 on: January 15, 2020, 01:52:44 PM »
Thanks for the reply turketron. That bike looks so simple and elegant! Howís changing tyres with the wheels not being QR. Is it simple to tension the chain properly or have you not had to do this yet?

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1312 on: January 16, 2020, 10:50:34 AM »
Thanks for the reply turketron. That bike looks so simple and elegant! Howís changing tyres with the wheels not being QR. Is it simple to tension the chain properly or have you not had to do this yet?

I haven't had to change either tire yet, knock on wood! My city has pretty well-maintained bike paths which I use for most of my commute so I don't ride on the street much, and so far I haven't had any flats to deal with.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1313 on: January 16, 2020, 10:53:49 AM »
Ah well thatís good. Thanks again for the reply and congrats on having such a great single speed. Enjoy.

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« Reply #1314 on: January 20, 2020, 09:41:01 AM »
I rode in the snow for the first time ever on Friday. I normally have a 25 minute commute over about 4 miles but I had an errand to run in an inconvenient part of town. The first leg of my trip went totally fine, but by the time I finished my errand & got back on the bike, the snow had really picked up & the ride home was pretty treacherous. I walked as much as I biked and made a really bad judgement call in riding across a metal bridge which was SUPER slippery. Probably not something I'll make a habit out of, but I was back on my bike this morning and the roads are clear here in Chicago!

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« Reply #1315 on: January 23, 2020, 10:24:13 AM »
I rode in the snow for the first time ever on Friday. I normally have a 25 minute commute over about 4 miles but I had an errand to run in an inconvenient part of town. The first leg of my trip went totally fine, but by the time I finished my errand & got back on the bike, the snow had really picked up & the ride home was pretty treacherous. I walked as much as I biked and made a really bad judgement call in riding across a metal bridge which was SUPER slippery. Probably not something I'll make a habit out of, but I was back on my bike this morning and the roads are clear here in Chicago!

Congrats! Riding in the snow does take some practice, and you're really only suggesting a direction for your bike and not a strict line of travel. It helps to keep a loose grip, white knuckled tight grips while trying to maintain your normal tight line can make for some stressful snow bikes.

I assume your snow was wet and heavy - not dry, light and fluffy. The dry stuff is amazing to cut through and make some fresh tracks even when quite deep (although it can hide some deadly stuff - like hard packed ice car tire tracks that have deep vertical walls). The wet and heavy stuff... you may as well be walking because it's easier than pushing your bike through it.  Eek metal sounds awful!

My snow biking has definitely improved with practice - that and my city doesn't plow the sidestreets, which are my main bike routes... sigh.

You really gain an appreciation for why the Inuit have so many different words for snow.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1316 on: February 08, 2020, 10:22:58 AM »
This week I finally bought a cable lock to secure my front wheel to my u-lock, which I now lock through the rear triangle as @GuitarStv instructed several pages back. Part of me feels this is frivolous, since my wheel has never been stolen BEFORE, but there's a first time for everything.

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« Reply #1317 on: February 08, 2020, 03:06:51 PM »
I finally pulled the trigger and got rid of my vehicle!

I moved to an urban area about 5 months ago and have been riding my bike to work (~5 miles one way) maybe once every 2-3 weeks. Since the new year I upped it to riding to work once a week. At the beginning of February I sold my vehicle and am forcing myself to ride more often.

I plan to be posting here more often.

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« Reply #1318 on: February 09, 2020, 04:04:35 PM »
I finally pulled the trigger and got rid of my vehicle!

I moved to an urban area about 5 months ago and have been riding my bike to work (~5 miles one way) maybe once every 2-3 weeks. Since the new year I upped it to riding to work once a week. At the beginning of February I sold my vehicle and am forcing myself to ride more often.

I plan to be posting here more often.

Way to commit!

Yesterday biking to the gym paid off even more than normal. I found a really nice blanket scarf abandoned on the sidewalk. Took it home, washed it and Spawn2 (my younger daughter) has been wearing it ever since. It goes especially nicely with her unicorn PJs. Only the best for my girl!

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1319 on: February 11, 2020, 01:44:41 PM »
I got a Monkey Wheel for my birthday! I am so excited to try it out, but alas, there has been too much snow and I haven't been on my bike this week at all.