Babby It's Cold Outside 15'-16'

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eric_ssucks
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(Reply to #51)

gunther wrote:
eric_ssucks wrote:
Dynamo all the things!

Pshaw. You're into bikes. The only reason you don't have a dynamo on that spencer is because it's not a spending priority.

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 00:27
Goddamnit Gunther
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If I could, I would. Hopefully someday.

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 06:53
Blakey
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(Reply to #53)

joy of tarcking wrote:
that's a lever with an integrated bell?

I've only seen these on ebikes. I want one.

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 07:40
eric_ssucks
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(Reply to #54)

gunther wrote:
If I could, I would. Hopefully someday.

Let's be honest here your spending priority is something that your wife actually likes to ride.

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 11:39
Goddamnit Gunther
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Indeed. I need to do a few things to the gazelle before I sell it. Then ill get on that asap

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:36
jawn doe
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yeah, lever with integrated bell. we have a fuckton of cast levers that get bent if you look at em wrong that are being replaced with forged levers. the bells mechanism fails a lot but the bell itself seems to have some rad uses

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 06:52
BabbyMatt
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So my fork has eyelets on the inside like so:

One of these is stripped and will not hold a fender bolt anymore :( Anyone know if there's some way to replace/repair? Was thinking of asking my local carbon repair guy. Or should I just get some p-clamps? Time for a new fork?

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:20
crowding
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Looks like a regular rivnut, so it should be possible to drill it out and place a new one. Carbon guy could definitely do it.

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:53
Andrew_Squirrel
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why not just use a longer bolt a nyloc nut on the inside?

edit: oh, nevermind, I thought the hole extended through the entire blade

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 15:07
Andrew_Squirrel
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Can you attach a little L-bracket under the disc brake bolt visible?
Did this extra hardware (furthest left) come with your fenders?
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Wed, 10/21/2015 - 15:14
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Yeah kludging it's gonna be more work than actually fixing it, rivnuts are easy

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 15:17
BabbyMatt
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Cool, I reached out to local carbon dude to see if he can help with this. I'd never heard of a rivet nut, but looking it up it seems pretty standard, so I'll see if I can figure out how to replace it myself otherwise. If all else fails, then yea I could just use an l-bracket like Andrew suggested.

thanks guys!

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 16:57
cookietruck
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hey shart, winter in austin is starting to get pretty brutal huh?!?!???

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 22:32
ShartAttack
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(Reply to #64)

cookietruck wrote:
hey shart, winter in austin is starting to get pretty brutal huh?!?!???

Lol. Got hit by a drop or 2 of water this morning. Felt like an Iowa summer.

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Thu, 10/22/2015 - 23:18
emor
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Personal life goal is to wear shorts until 11/1

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 00:03
johnasavoia
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Personal goal wear shorts until the next wedding I'm invited to. Throw some tights under there in a snowstorm and I'm good. Being fat has its perks.

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 07:52
Goddamnit Gunther
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(Reply to #67)

johnasavoia wrote:
Being fat has its perks.

I agree then I find myself pouring sweat on my spencer when it's 30 degrees out which is total bullshit

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 14:16
johnasavoia
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wear less clothing gunth

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 16:04
Andrew_Squirrel
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"If you're not a little chilly during the first mile of your ride then you are going to be a puddle of sweat by the end"
- Some Person

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 19:02
Goddamnit Gunther
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I get all this. I think that I have a pretty good concept of layering I'm just especially sweaty no matter what. I should probably try and experiment with different types of base layers though. I'm definitely going to try out shorts with tights. Sounds too sexy

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 20:41
ShartAttack
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I liked vests. Kept the core warm but allowed more ventilation

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Fri, 10/23/2015 - 22:05
Goddamnit Gunther
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That makes sense. Thought about using the goose down I'm going to start harvesting for a vest. I've never really worn them though

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 23:18
emor
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Vests are very good. Definitely perfect for sweaty fat guys like me for most of Seattle winter.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 01:40
ShartAttack
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Other nice thing about a vest is that if you are burning up you can unzip it all the way and then you pretty much aren't wearing it. As a fat dude, I think a wool blend baselayer, surly wool jersey and down vest got me down to the high 20s. I think it had to get down to the teens before a full sleeve down jacket made sense.

And just go ahead and order grip mitts right now shartmo. If you run flat bars you can get the $15 atv mitts off eBay or amazon

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Sat, 10/24/2015 - 08:29
jeffro
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I'm not even a fat guy, and vest lyfe is best lyfe. Fleece back, Windstopper front. Only piece of clithing I own that isn't subject to the Ten Year Rule.

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 11:59
BabbyMatt
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So turns out that on closer inspection the rivnut on that side just seemed to be seated a bit deeper, so I was able to make do with a longer bolt. The other one just wasn't catching the threads enough to hold the fender stay on.

First rainy ride of the season today and it was coming down fairly hard. Got to test out my new showers pass stuff. I picked up one of these: https://www.showerspass.com/products/mens-spring-classic-jacket and some of their waterproof socks. The socks were great until about 10 minutes in when water started running down my leg and pooling at the bottom, then they were awful. Felt like I had my feet in two fishbowls the whole rest of the ride. Luckily that was only another 15 minutes. I would have been quite annoyed if it was a longer ride.

The jacket worked pretty well, and was super comfy. Way better than my old one (some cheap sugoi or something?). The sleeves would get cold in places where they weren't making contact with my arms, and I thought maybe it was soaking through, but when I got back my jersey was pretty dry.

Just need to find some better gloves and some solution to the socks thing and cali-rain riding will be nbd.

Those of you that rain-commute, how do you get your stuff dry before it's time to go home?

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:15
joy of vaping
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I'm someone who's always commuted in regular clothes, so I just wear my rain boots (rubbery ll bean jawns), a pair of somewhat breathable rain pants that can cinch over my boots (with regular pants underneath), and a rain jacket. Always long sleeves under the rain jacket so it doesn't feel cold and clammy. Shaking out the rain jacket and pants gets enough water off to be dry by commute home. If any of my regular clothes underneath were damp, i just deal with it -- they'll dry off in 15-20 min, and at my old job I was honestly usually drier than my cow-orkers who were taking the subway.

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 16:06
ShartAttack
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I normally commute in regular clothes but when it's raining I'll put on spencer gear, then change at work.Usually just cross my fingers that it's not raining by the time I want to go home. If it's still raining, I guess you could just put the wet clothes on because you're going to get wet anyway lol

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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 16:16
wickedwagon
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First snow. Pretty excited.

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BRING ME THE BINDERS OF WOMEN!

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:00
eric_ssucks
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First day of the Campy dayglow tights. AWW YEAH.

TBH I think my gore windstopper bib knickers are warmer.

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:54
joy of vaping
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re: dayglo tights

what do you guys like for tights I can wear over bibs? i currently only have some thermal base layer tights, and the elastic is clapped out so they are awkwardly baggy, and have a awkward fly in the front, which makes me a little smiley about wearing them as an outerlayer. obv dayglo/taf is a plus.

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 13:26
ShartAttack
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Tue, 11/03/2015 - 14:48
buffoon
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Today is the first day that daytime temperature has fallen below 70F here in LA. It's gonna be chilly.

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 14:54
johnasavoia
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Still upper 60s here in Boston which is not that strange for this time of year but when it gets cold it will happen fast and furious.
Personally I'm excited for another year 9+ ft of snowfall. If its going to be miserably cold anyways, might as well have the city be practically shut down for a month while I ride into huge snow drifts.

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 19:22
b-roll
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Going into the next winter with a drop bar salt grinding spencer (my beloved Cross Check, now on snow duty). I've always had trouble keeping my hands warm, but after some surgery on one wrist the circulation is especially bad for my right hand. Looking for recs for drop bar Pogies--Bar Mitts are awfully thin, but haven't seen any serious alternatives out there. Also considering a battery powered handwarming option, if anyone has experience with that stuff. The internet findings are varied and nebulous.

???

"You know it's dumb. I know it's dumb. But fuck it, I still love it."

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 23:13
ShartAttack
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Ski gloves and those chemical heaters? You can buy a winter's worth of them at Costco for like $30. If bar mitts plus thick gloves plus chemical heaters don't do it you are probably SOL

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 23:17
liquify
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(Reply to #87)

b-roll wrote:
Bar Mitts are awfully thin

Have you used them, though? I was and still am quite surprised by how warm they can be. And I am one whose hands and feet freeze no matter what gloves or winter shoes+covers I throw on them. It was odd to wear defeet wool gloves and bar mitts at freezing and be fine. I snagged a larger set so I can probably wear thicker gloves if I need to.

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 09:02
joy of vaping
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i wore these OR mitts when it was in the single digits and snowing last year:

stayed warm but i wasn't be able to operate shifters with them.

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:46
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #89)

lwkwafi wrote:
b-roll wrote:
Bar Mitts are awfully thin

Have you used them, though? I was and still am quite surprised by how warm they can be. And I am one whose hands and feet freeze no matter what gloves or winter shoes+covers I throw on them. It was odd to wear defeet wool gloves and bar mitts at freezing and be fine. I snagged a larger set so I can probably wear thicker gloves if I need to.

As an unapologetic Bar Mitts enthusiast, I completely agree. I used them both for commuting and for all-day long rides in frigid 10° weather, wearing nothing but some thin wool gloves underneath. They don't need to be thick to accomplish their goal.

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Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:27
ShartAttack
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You probably need to think of bar mitts as being more like hand fairings than glove replacements. They are mostly keeping cold air off your hands as you keep moving as opposed to insulating your hands.

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Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:42
Andrew_Squirrel
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I'm also wondering if having thicker cushion drop bar tape (vs thin porous tape) would keep your hands warmer in the barmitts.
I also recently picked up some carbon drop bar levers in the hopes that they are a little warmer and don't pull the heat from my fingertips like alloy lever blades

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:20
that guy
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I have the regular Bar Mitts and can't imagine needing more. They are fucking awesome.

Bikes suck. Don't ride one.

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:44
ShartAttack
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(Reply to #93)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
I also recently picked up some carbon drop bar levers in the hopes that they are a little warmer and don't pull the heat from my fingertips like alloy lever blades

What I did for a while was roll a cut-up 23c tube over the end of my levers. I think it helped out a little but with gloves I'm not sure it's a huge difference.

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Wed, 11/04/2015 - 14:32
johnasavoia
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For y'all flat bar commuting dudes I use these in flouro green and they make a big difference on not quite glove weather but chilly days.

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 17:58
b-roll
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(Reply to #95)

lwkwafi wrote:
b-roll wrote:
Bar Mitts are awfully thin

Have you used them, though? I was and still am quite surprised by how warm they can be. And I am one whose hands and feet freeze no matter what gloves or winter shoes+covers I throw on them. It was odd to wear defeet wool gloves and bar mitts at freezing and be fine. I snagged a larger set so I can probably wear thicker gloves if I need to.

I put in a winter and a half with them (flat bar version), with varying weights of gloves in combination. Switched to Moose Mitts last year and would never go back. Unfortunately MM and everyone else that I've looked into making high-fluff pogies does not have a drop-bar design. Guess I'll be stocking up on the chemical warmer thingies, though I hate the disposable aspect.

I just got me some cold hands!

"You know it's dumb. I know it's dumb. But fuck it, I still love it."

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 21:41
VT regularbike
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(Reply to #96)

joy of tarcking wrote:
re: dayglo tights

what do you guys like for tights I can wear over bibs? i currently only have some thermal base layer tights, and the elastic is clapped out so they are awkwardly baggy, and have a awkward fly in the front, which makes me a little smiley about wearing them as an outerlayer. obv dayglo/taf is a plus.

I like jl / jl velo for tights in super long x skinny sizeways

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i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 22:28
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #97)

b-roll wrote:
though I hate the disposable aspect.

Just searched on amazon and looks like they have reusable microwave versions. Not sure how well they would work. Do you have a microwave on both ends of your typical ride? You could have a set of chemical warmers in the spencer bag and use the reusable hand warmers most of the time.

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 13:55
The RTS
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I use the elastic tops from a pair of wool socks as extended wrist warmers - really cold days I put a chem heat pack under them right on the wrist veins.

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 16:43
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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 16:52
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Colorado peeps:

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 20:06

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