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Cycling in Waterloo Region
(02-12-2018, 10:46 AM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: Indeed; one of the reasons studies are now showing it is *cheaper* to do roadways with car and segregated lanes compared to car and painted bike lanes is because any lane a car might go on needs to be able to withstand the cars. It would be a *very* problematic issue if these cycle tracks were to be seriously damaged because the wishes of those with non-technical backgrounds.

To be honest, these bike lanes, and even every sidewalk in downtown and uptown needs to withstand cars, given that delivery vehicles, work trucks, and misc. illegal parkers ROUTINELY drive on them.

Of course, whether they do or not, I have no idea, there are multiple shattered sidewalks in my neighbourhood from overweight vehicles parking on them.
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I was thinking today that it is actually pretty impressive how many more cyclists I feel like I see, especially through the winter, compared to even 5 years ago despite the fact that the infrastructure is so spotty. It tells me there is much pent of demand and growth will be even for infrastructure gets installed/upgraded/finished.

But, I really we wish we had more of a complete grid of separated cycle-ways to allow for more options though.

Consider that, excluding the permanent closure between Park and Caroline, this will be the 4th or 5th year in a row, with more to come, that the main spine in our disjointed network, the IHT/Laurel trail, will be severed in at least one section.

2019 = IHT next phase upgrades to north and south sections + John St/Strange St water main project (IHT John to Glasgow)
2018 = IHT closed Queen to Gage (IHT central section upgrades)
2017 = IHT closed Gage to Glasgow (Catalyst 137) + Laurel trail closed through Waterloo Park (central promenade)
2016 = IHT closed Gage to Cherry (Trio on Belmont) + MUT along Caroline (Ion) + Laurel trail through Seagram to Bearinger (Ion)
2015 = IHT closed Union to John (IHT upgrade) + MUT along Caroline (Ion) + Laurel trail through Seagram to Bearinger (Ion)
2014 = ?

If we had a grid with more than one N-S route and more than one E-W route you would at least have a choice of detours instead of being dumped out on major roads, but we don't. The spurline has been a nice addition and isn't too much of a detour if you are going from DTK to uptown or vice versa.

I am hopeful that one day there will be a viable network, but it is hard to stay positive when the timelines are so long and drawn out. Part of wishes that they would have done the whole IHT in one year and get it over with.
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(02-15-2018, 11:14 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: I was thinking today that it is actually pretty impressive how many more cyclists I feel like I see, especially through the winter, compared to even 5 years ago despite the fact that the infrastructure is so spotty. It tells me there is much pent of demand and growth will be even for infrastructure gets installed/upgraded/finished.

But, I really we wish we had more of a complete grid of separated cycle-ways to allow for more options though.

Consider that, excluding the permanent closure between Park and Caroline, this will be the 4th or 5th year in a row, with more to come, that the main spine in our disjointed network, the IHT/Laurel trail, will be severed in at least one section.

2019 = IHT next phase upgrades to north and south sections + John St/Strange St water main project (IHT John to Glasgow)
2018 = IHT closed Queen to Gage (IHT central section upgrades)
2017 = IHT closed Gage to Glasgow (Catalyst 137) + Laurel trail closed through Waterloo Park (central promenade)
2016 = IHT closed Gage to Cherry (Trio on Belmont) + MUT along Caroline (Ion) + Laurel trail through Seagram to Bearinger (Ion)
2015 = IHT closed Union to John (IHT upgrade) + MUT along Caroline (Ion) + Laurel trail through Seagram to Bearinger (Ion)
2014 = ?

If we had a grid with more than one N-S route and more than one E-W route you would at least have a choice of detours instead of being dumped out on major roads, but we don't. The spurline has been a nice addition and isn't too much of a detour if you are going from DTK to uptown or vice versa.

I am hopeful that one day there will be a viable network, but it is hard to stay positive when the timelines are so long and drawn out. Part of wishes that they would have done the whole IHT in one year and get it over with.

I don't recall exactly when it was - I want to say 2013 or 2014, but at least a year before the ION construction began - Queen, Courtland and Mill were all under construction and the IHT between Queen and Ottawa was affected on occasion. All to very good end, the resurfacing of the roads and the trail makes riding through that section much better, but I guess one of the side effects of an increasing trail network is that construction season affects it as well
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My main bike (2016 Trek Verve 3) has a 3x8 gear setup - 3 sprockets on the front (28t, 38t, 48t) and an 8-speed cassette on the back (11t-32t). I never, ever change the front one; it’s always on the 38t (middle) sprocket. I am not looking for an explanation on why I am a terrible person for riding like this. Smile It is my personal preference - I ride very casually and have more than enough range with the cassette in the back with that single centre chainring up front.

I’ve been reading about this recent obsession with “1x” (One By) setups and I like the idea of just removing the larger and smaller sprockets, front derailleur, and front shifter from the handlebars. Just looks so nice and clean.

Has anyone done this to a "regular" bike, or can see any downsides? The one I’m thinking of is: do I need to switch the chainring I’ll be leaving on to a “narrow-wide” one, to grip the chain a little better now that the front derailleur will be gone and won’t provide any guidance? The chainrings that are on my bike right now likely have a tooth profile designed to make it easy for the chain to slip off and move from one ring to another, which is something I would not want happening if I removed the larger and smaller ones and the derailleur.

I might also drop down to 36t from 38t. When I am riding and always have it in that middle chain ring up front I sometimes wish I had an ever-so-slightly larger ratio staring out (i.e., fewer teeth up front), but I’m never maxed out at top speed wishing I wasn’t spinning so fast (meaning I have no desire to go any larger up front).

The bike show is coming up and I’m just making a shopping list of all the bits I want to get. Already settled on Shimano SL-M310 shifters to replace the crappy all-in-one EZ Fire my bike came with (my other bike has true Shimano RapidFire shifters and the difference is remarkable).

Thanks!
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I'm going to the bike show on sunday! I'll be at the randonneurs ontario booth trying to promote our kind of long distance cycling.

A lot of bikes at the 8 speed level have riveted rings that aren't replaceable so I'd check on that before looking into buying a chainring as you might need a whole new crank. 1x started off big with MTBs which bounce around a lot more and hence the chain is more prone to slide off the sides. Clutch derailleurs also help with that problem, but if the bike isn't bouncing off logs and potholes all the time I think one can get away using a normal ring. It's also possible to buy regular rings that don't have ramps and pins (the shifting aids) but they aren't 1x specific. I think Black Arrow Cycles sells the surly brand stainless steel rings but they might be only for fixed gears that run 1/8" (wide) chain. Most derailleur chain is 3/32" or narrower with 10 speeds and above.
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Which bike show is it that you are going too?
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So the Suntour NEX inner chainrings are not replaceable - the inside two are a single unit as clasher suggested might be the case. Suntour seems to use a 24mm spindle, which is the standard size for Shimano cranks. Something like the M640 crankset may work and you could probably find it for less than $150. The SRAM NX X1 crankset is probably a cheaper option yet, but you'd have to replace your bottom bracket with a BB30 or GXP bottom bracket. Replacing your OEM bottom bracket isn't necessarily a terrible idea, but it'd probably bump the cost up another $50-$100.

If you guys are interested in the bike show, you might also be interested in WCC's bike swap at the Waterloo Rec Centre from 2-5pm on Sunday.
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(5 hours ago)danbrotherston Wrote: Which bike show is it that you are going too?

I think they're talking about the Toronto Bike Show on the first weekend of March.
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@jaminican Ahh, thanks. So it isn't *this* Sunday--the source of my confusion. I was disappointed because I am in Toronto this Sunday, but not the following.

I would think if one wanted a 1x setup without the cost of actually buying the 1x equipment, you could probably just remove the from derailleur and keep the triple chainring. I don't think having the other chain rings would harm anything other than weight. Of course, it's moot if you wish to change the rings anyway.

I've been tempted to do this on the only bike I have that has 3x gears currently, but I do occasionally use the little ring for climbing the particularly big hill up to work...perhaps I'm just weak.
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Thanks for the feedback guys!

Dan - Yeah, it's the Toronto show, March 2-4.

Jamincan - The rings on my front are actually bolted, not riveted, thankfully. The way it is set up is the smallest ring is bolted to the middle ring, and then the middle and largest ring are bolted together with the "+" of the crank in between. So, I could easily remove the smallest ring, but to remove the largest ring, I would need shorter bolts.

The guys at work (other cycle guys) were telling me that I should be fine to use a 9/10 front sprocket if I wanted to go to the narrow-wide profile on an 8, because the chains get narrower as you go from 8, to 9/10, to 11 (11 being the thinnest - makes sense). There don't seem to be any narrow-wide sprockets ~36t for an 8-gear rear cassette chain (probably because everyone doing 1x up front wants at a minimum 10 gears at the back).

I've actually been playing around on my last several rides just trying to settle on "one ratio" and see what I would want as a setup if I were to ever buy a fixie...
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