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Forum: Route Info 04-26-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,553
Posted By ong
Just a note to say I tried the little dirt...

Just a note to say I tried the little dirt shortcut at the end of the park the other day, and it works like a champ! I was worried the new construction might have blocked it, but it's a very pleasant...
Forum: Route Info 04-15-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,553
Posted By ong
Huh, cool! I'll try that out. Thanks!

Huh, cool! I'll try that out. Thanks!
Forum: Route Info 04-03-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,553
Posted By ong
Columbia Way/Wintler Park in Vancouver

I have always enjoyed riding into Vancouver on the I-5 bridge, and then taking Columbia Way to Riverside to Evergreen. Lately, though, they've put in this horrible massive housing development and cut...
Forum: Route Info 04-03-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,978
Posted By ong
Getting to Banks-Vernonia

Has anyone figured out a decent way to get to the trail from Portland? I'd love to take mass transit to within a few miles of the trailhead, and ride up to Stub, but Tri-Met just doesn't get me close...
Forum: Notices & Feedback 07-06-2008, 08:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,133
Posted By ong
Yup, same here

Weird... what's to be gained from stealing a Bike Portland acct.?
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2007, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,424
Posted By ong
Pinhead locking skewers

I use them on my commuter. I had a similar incident where I needed to remove the seat bolt, and I had installed it incorrectly, so I couldn't use the key -- I just cut a groove into the bolt with a...
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2007, 10:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,079
Posted By ong
Locking wheel skewers

Maybe I'm just a sucker, but I use these guys (http://pinheadcomponents.com/) on my commuter bike, so I don't worry too much about losing a wheel... that way I can just lock the frame to a rack. They...
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2007, 04:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,927
Posted By ong
I think you're going to get a pretty skewed set...

I think you're going to get a pretty skewed set of answers here (or perhaps anywhere) -- I'd suspect that many of the readers of these forums are regular bike commuters already. So we've already...
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2007, 04:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,780
Posted By ong
It's pretty easy to find a bike that isn't made...

It's pretty easy to find a bike that isn't made in China; it's more challenging (i.e., expensive!) to find one that's made in the US. Many bike frames ranging from low- to high-end are made in...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2007, 03:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,539
Posted By ong
Coventry

Yes, they're a good shop, with nice people. They are mainly recumbents, but they do sell some uprights and they have something of a touring focus.
Forum: Tips & Advice 05-27-2007, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,136
Posted By ong
I've had that problem when my bars were too low,...

I've had that problem when my bars were too low, and I was doubled over too much, especially while climbing. Had to go with risers on the MTB, and riser stems on the road bike. The bars on all my...
Forum: Tips & Advice 05-27-2007, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,967
Posted By ong
Don't Dig the Armadillos

I put 700x25c Armadillos on my around-town road bike, and it RADICALLY changed the feel of the bike... Yes, they really are extremely puncture-proof, but as someone else said, there must be a happy...
Forum: Tips & Advice 05-27-2007, 09:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,477
Posted By ong
Go used!

I'd agree that it's difficult to find a new bike in that price range that's actually meant to be ridden regularly... which is a real shame, of course. You can, however, find some really excellent...
Forum: General Discussion 05-04-2007, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,496
Posted By ong
Irritable peds

I passed some peds on one of the uphill dirt paths the other day... a couple of guys with unleashed dogs. I said "on your left," waited for them to get over, and passed slowly, with plenty of room....
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2006, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,210
Posted By ong
You should probably replace the tire, if it's got...

You should probably replace the tire, if it's got noticable cracking. It's not so much a safety issue as a pain-in-the-ass issue where you'll end up flatting a lot. I hate to recommend Performance...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2006, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,700
Posted By ong
The "Hour" record for the longest distance cycled...

The "Hour" record for the longest distance cycled in an hour is still set on fixed gear bicycles. IF the conditions are perfectly controlled: no elevation gain, no variation across the course, the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2006, 10:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,966
Posted By ong
I don't think it's that 3-speeds are...

I don't think it's that 3-speeds are "inadequate." It's more a question of "Why bother?", especially if you're talking about making new ones. It's not like they're cheaper (than, say, a low-end 3x8...
Forum: Tips & Advice 10-31-2006, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,020
Posted By ong
My two cents

I often use messenger bags to carry way too many groceries... 50-60 lbs. at a time. Even though my Timbuk2 is significantly smaller and holds less than my Chrome, it is much less comfortable with...
Forum: Tips & Advice 10-22-2006, 05:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,037
Posted By ong
Hard to say, exactly -- the confrontation was...

Hard to say, exactly -- the confrontation was pretty intense, and I wasn't exactly thinking clearly. Both men were late thirties to early forties, pretty scroungy-looking. Both would probably be...
Forum: Tips & Advice 10-20-2006, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,037
Posted By ong
Bike nearly stolen!

A friend and I were sitting outside at Vincente's at 20th and Hawthorne about an hour ago -- it was still light out. We had our two bikes locked to a standard blue bike rack about twenty feet away. I...
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