Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Going Carless
- No disc brakes. Down the road if I upgrade the bike I'll definitely add the disc but for right now this will have to do. These brakes he put on feel good - they were actually used ones off another bike that was converting to disc and they are expensive ones. Braking is so much better than what was on there.Perhaps I should have used the term squishy since they did not repsond well when I did my usual run over smaller holes and did leave the pavement slightly when I up and over an area of pavement that has pushed WAY up for some reason. That never happened before.
vid Chase <dr2chase@...>
Sent: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 9:43 am
Subject: Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Going Carless
On 2007-09-07, at 9:17 AM, issumatuq@aol. com wrote:
> most of the bike use will now be on pavement since it will be my
> primary mode of transportation from here on out. I know I don't
> need anything too heavy but what they put on are definitely wuss
> tires - way too big and springy for me. And I don't think they will
> take the weighted X on a grocery trip very well.
I am not sure that big and springy is wrong for the X, but your
earlier mail made it sound like your new tires were big and squishy
instead. The tires I run have thin casings, but they are large,
bouncy tires. I have a pair on the back of a "MTB tandem" that I
bought cheap used, and when I ride it with no passenger up a bouncy
hill (some of the "paved surfaces" in this town approach off-road
quality) it bounces high enough that I feel the loss of traction in
the pedalling -- not wheel slip, but wheel air. BUT, for an X, these
tires are fabulous; bumps are damped, rolling resistance is low (I
measured it, by rolling down a gentle hill, and comparing with some
120psi 700x28c tires, the fat low pressure tires are actually
better), and their rated load (150kg == 330lbs, per tire) is enough
for me + me on the back.
I am a little reluctant to just say "go buy some Schwalbe's" because
they are not cheap; the tire I like, is list price $37.85, per tire,
but they are excellent tires, difficult to puncture (I rode through
glass night before last, and know that I hit some because I heard it
snap in two under my weight, and the tires still had all their air
today). Their site is plenty interesting because they give lots of
information; size expressed two ways, what sort of puncture
protection, what sort of rubber, inflation pressure, weight, rated
load, etc. There's way too many tires out there to choose from, that
is for sure.
By-the-way, do you have disk brakes? That makes a difference, the
fat tires are so fat, they actually bind a little on the (unused) V
brake mounts on my bike. That would be annoying if I actually was
using the V brakes.
- I couldn't really since I was trying to negotiate rush hour traffic on a
VERY busy narrow road with a lot of angry people. The fact that she
yelled at someone in that situation is inexcusable - it could easily
cause that person to become distracted which is not good in heavy traffic.
And I wear fur too - I tell people it's just a cultural thing but in
reality it's just smart. Both of my coats are old - both were gotten
extremely cheap but they are warm! A short parka made by the Inuit and a
full length raccoon coat. Both were in perfect shape when I found them
at a thrift store for less than $100 for both. Taken care of they will
out live me unless Peta finds me first. And if anyone damages the hat I
was given by a group of Mongolian musicians I played with one night in
Beijing I will be beyond upset. Should not have even gotten it back in
the country since at the last minute I realized that the crown of it was
leopard although all you see is the black fox and the tail that runs
down my back. :)
Mark Garvey wrote:
> I would probably have gotten grumpy at her anyway. No "indian/Native
> American" here, mostly Scots Irish and grumpy. Tell her to go...Ah
> hell, never mind, I get in more trouble that way!
> Why does PITA throw red paint on people wearing fur and NOT on people
> wearing leather? Because little old ladies are easier to pick on than
> Be a crab! Go for it kid!
> mark (grumpy)