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Regarding floor pumps, I'd recommend the Topeak Joe Blow.

I personally use one myself.

Excellent pump!

post #2252 of 3448
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Originally Posted by KimLaroux View Post

Best Anti-theft is to never leave your bike locked anywhere. Any lock will be broken by a motivated thief. And cables are useless. You can cut even half inch cables using a handheld wire cutter. It looks like you're just unlocking the bike. A thermally-treated chain of the same size will need a 4 feet long bolt cutter, with one handle on the ground and all your weight on the other. It's a bit more obvious to a passer-by what's going on.

 

A good advice is to use two good locks of different technologies. Most thieves carry tools to break a single type of lock. Thieves are lazy too, so they'll take the bike easier to steal. And for those who think that using a cable locked trough a U-lock is using 2 locks, it's not. It's no safer than using only the u-lock - once the thief breaks the u-lock, the cable is gone. If you're gonna carry a cable and a U-lock, use a cable with it's own lock. This will give you two independent locking systems of different types, which will need two different tools to break. A LOT safer.

The cable is secured trough the same U-lock that locks the frame. A thief only has to break the u-lock, and the bike is free. If you carry a cable with it's own lock, then you can secure the front wheel and the frame to the other pole of the stand. This way a thief has to break the u-lock using one type of tool, and the cable using another. Unless of course he's carrying a disc grinder, at which point no lock in the world will stop him.

 

Personally, I use a chain. I used a cable but my bike was stolen within the month I bought it. With luck, the police found it the next day. The thief was nice enough to leave me my cable.

 

The chain is just long enough to wrap both wheels and the frame. It's the strongest chain my local hardware store stocks, but it's small compared to other bike chains. I don't think I'd want to carry a larger one for commuting. It gets way too heavy and cumbersome. When I move to a larger city for University, I'll simply stop using my bike to commute. It's just not worth it.

Thanks.

 

I'm going to buy both a chain and a D-lock. I'm going to get the frame engraved and I'll put some pitlocks everywhere (front and back wheels, fork, seatpost etc...)

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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

I have had the best luck with floor pumps. In fact it is really hard to get Hi PSI tires full if your not using a floor pump. A hand held pump is going to get you home but may not get you to your regular pressure. My buddy uses cartridges to get his tires full if he gets a flat.

 

I know nothing of locks. Maybe some one has some great pumps they love to use.

 

Cartridges? That's interesting, and probably very handy on the go...

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Originally Posted by bravo4588 View Post

Regarding floor pumps, I'd recommend the Topeak Joe Blow.

I personally use one myself.

Excellent pump!

Thanks, I'll try to find one.

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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post

Thanks.

 

I'm going to buy both a chain and a D-lock. I'm going to get the frame engraved and I'll put some pitlocks everywhere (front and back wheels, fork, seatpost etc...)

 

Cartridges? That's interesting, and probably very handy on the go...

Thanks, I'll try to find one.

 

They look like what you put in pellet guns. You put a nozzel and two cartridges in a small pack under your seat. They are single use and super high pressure. As I remember right 110-112 psi, maybe more?

http://bicycling.about.com/od/bikemaintenance/bb/co2_cartridge.htm


Edited by Redcarmoose - 1/26/13 at 4:09am
post #2254 of 3448

Had to use the "dollar bill" trick earlier this week. I was able to finish the last 14mi of the ride, including a 1400' climb. Of course the tire was toast.

 

7 mi from home

 

 
 
 
...and beyond

 

post #2255 of 3448

I'm on tubeless tires now so I would have been done!

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I'm on tubeless tires now so I would have been done!

 

Now that you've racked up some mileage, how have the tubeless worked out for you?

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Now that you've racked up some mileage, how have the tubeless worked out for you?

They are excellent.  I am never going back to tubed tires again.  The ride is exceptional.

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Now that you've racked up some mileage, how have the tubeless worked out for you?

They are excellent.  I am never going back to tubed tires again.  The ride is exceptional.

 

Would you basically just patch a bad cut or something in the actual tire and fill it up with air again? Or replace the tire with hazard like incidents? And do you carry spare tires with you?

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I've already patched a cut and it holds perfectly. A really bad one and you would replace it. I just carry a patch kit and CO2.
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I've already patched a cut and it holds perfectly. A really bad one and you would replace it. I just carry a patch kit and CO2.

 

Lastly, considering your rides, do you find yourself flatting less often or is it about the same? Are you rolling Hutchinson or who you rollin' with? Thanks, Icenine2.

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Much less.  I am rolling Hutchinson.  You can inflate them initially with a sealant which helps out as well.  If you get a small puncture it seals itself.  When I first got them I just couldn't believe how much better the ride was.  I use Campagnolo rims which are really great too.

post #2262 of 3448
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Originally Posted by Icenine2 View Post

Much less.  I am rolling Hutchinson.  You can inflate them initially with a sealant which helps out as well.  If you get a small puncture it seals itself.  When I first got them I just couldn't believe how much better the ride was.  I use Campagnolo rims which are really great too.

 

It seems then, they (Hutchinson) should work with my aero matrix iso-c rims. I like adventure, so may give 'em a try this spring.

post #2263 of 3448

When I put new tires on in Spring I'm going to use these valves.  Makes a lot of sense with the rubber gaskets.

post #2264 of 3448

Looks solid. Can't wait to see 'em on your ride!

post #2265 of 3448

Ha, bike-fi.  Just realized this forum was here.  Cycling is my #1 passion in life, so subscribed!

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