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    Follow up:
    the Type ten works fine with the new hard panniers. All I had to do was top off the air in the tires.
    I started a test ride with only 20 pounds of air! I went back and topped them off to 100. (I use Maxxis hook-worms).
    Three speed hub is a charm.
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    Blast from the Past:



    Before the internet, computers only had 80 dpi resolution, and the only way to send the document was to print it and send it with a 29 cent stamp affixed. Now stamps are 44 cents.
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    My advice, as an experienced cyclist: Don't "Race" and get a rear-view mirror.
    When I say don't race, I mean forget about doing the speed limit, even if you are physically fit enough to do it. When you go 30MPH ( in a 30MPH zone), you think you are doing the motorists a favor, by not holding up traffic. The motorist doesn't care what the speed limit is ( certain motorists, that is). If you get their plate number, make sure you share it online with the local motorcycle club's message board, and not just the bicycle clubs message board. These drivers are a menace to motorcyclists as well as bicyclists.
    I quit racing my bicycle, and started a bicycle club. I named myself the "Safety Marshall". The riding style would be called a "Patrol". I write down plate numbers when drivers drift off the roadway and onto the shoulder. I got a 10 megapixel camera last week, so I will be photographing the offending motorists cars.
    I wear a reflective vest, and I stay on local and county roads. If I happen to venture onto a state route, I make sure the bike has a reflective farm triangle sign on the back ( required for slow moving vehicles).

    Remember, if you get hit from behind by a car, even if you are doing the speed limit, you'll be dead, and the Jury probably will believe the motorists story, that you were going less than 5MPH or weren't moving at all.

    (Todays letter to the Chicago Tribune)
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    Don't make jokes about the fauna- there have been numerous underpasses built for everything from deer to turtles, costing millions of dollars.

    Anyway, bicycle lanes are built because someone got run over by a car. The other cyclists said it was a vehicular homicide, but the Judge couldn't hear both sides of the story, on account that one of the parties was dead.
    Just remember, the average bike lane, costing 3 or 4 million dollars, wouldn't have to be built if no one got run over. So if you don't want your taxes to go up- THEN DON'T Run anyone over!
    We're still screaming it was a vehicular homicide- Bloody Murder!

    (todays letter to the Rutland Herald, which looks like it won't load.)
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    Get a rear view mirror for your bicycle! I can't believe there's no law mandating rear view mirrors for bicycles, but it's a darn good suggestion, that you should install one. Get a convex mirror, which gives a wide-angle field of view. With a mirror, you can actually see that the driver behind you is talking on a cell phone, and swerve the bike out of the way, into a ditch if necessary, and thus avert an accident.
    Second, try riding slower, so you won't kill yourself if you have to swerve off-road into a ditch. Bicycle speedometers give you a false sense of security- you know you are doing the speed limit, but a car can come up from behind doing 20 over the limit. Then you're dead, and the driver tells the Police he wasn't speeding. It's your word against his, but your dead.

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    Fitzgerald is doing something positive, don't get me wrong, but this perpetuates the myth that bicycles are "free", or "cheap". Bicycling is, and will remain, a very expensive sport. A bicycle made of Carbon Fiber will typically cost over $6,000.
    I don't think you are going to find any Recumbent Bicycles at this bicycle cooperative, either. One nice thing about Recumbents is, I've never heard of a Recumbent Bike getting stolen. The thieves can't figure out how to ride the thing! If the seat is too low on a recumbent, just put a phone book on it! Ha ha!

    It's a nice thing to do, making bicycle available to the poor. But the donated bikes will be 20 or 30 years old, and will not have the technical merits of the latest bicycle technology.

    Also, by the time one invests in all the safety accessories; lights front and rear, a horn, a rear view mirror, turn signals, battery charger, reflective vest, safety flag, and a helmet, the accessories will add up to maybe $400.
    So how are these bikes going to be outfitted with the safety equipment?
    I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but riding without lights can get you run over by a truck.

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    Fitzgerald is doing something positive, don't get me wrong, but this perpetuates the myth that bicycles are "free", or "cheap". Bicycling is, and will remain, a very expensive sport. A bicycle made of Carbon Fiber will typically cost over $6,000.
    I don't think you are going to find any Recumbent Bicycles at this bicycle cooperative, either. One nice thing about Recumbents is, I've never heard of a Recumbent Bike getting stolen. The thieves can't figure out how to ride the thing! If the seat is too low on a recumbent, just put a phone book on it! Ha ha!

    It's a nice thing to do, making bicycle available to the poor. But the donated bikes will be 20 or 30 years old, and will not have the technical merits of the latest bicycle technology.

    Also, by the time one invests in all the safety accessories; lights front and rear, a horn, a rear view mirror, turn signals, battery charger, reflective vest, safety flag, and a helmet, the accessories will add up to maybe $400.
    So how are these bikes going to be outfitted with the safety equipment?
    I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but riding without lights can get you run over by a truck.

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    There's a good reason for bike lanes; sometimes, you are riding a bicycle, as far to the right as possible , and a car comes by too close and "buzzes" you. (Really, only one car in a thousand does this.) So the cyclists have taken a new position, further to the left, on the theory that the motorist couldn't see the cyclist, and the bike needs to be further from the roadside to stand out, visually.
    a.)Enforce speed limits
    b.)Lower the speed limits
    c.)Make a rear view mirror mandatory on all bicycles
    d.)Encourage everyone to carry a video recorder at all times, so that there's some evidence, and not just your word against his when it goes to court.
    e.) Teach cycling like any other sport, in schools phys.ed. program.
    f.)Cut back on roadside vegetation, to insure a clear Line-of-Sight, especially on curves.
    g.)Fill the potholes, or repave the road, and sweep the road twice a week.
    h.)Clarify the distinction between Bicycles driven for Sport, and those driven for Transportation.

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    capo689,
    You should be crying about the lack of Light Rail, and the demolition of the Trolleys. Why not take a Pacific Electric train? That would solve your commuting headache.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Electric_Railway

    In the meantime, get a bicycle. (If you can't beat them, join them).
    http://www.smartcycles.com/stage_bikes.htm

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    I have ridden a bicycle over 140,000 miles since 1972, and I drive a car too. When I drive my car, I don't have any problems with other people bicycling; maybe on account of the fact that I know how to anticipate the cyclists next move?
    Bicycle lanes are nice, if there is enough room to actually widen the road. But I think the bike lanes are being built because of the bad habits of a small percentage of motorists. Some motorists are inattentive, and some are downright aggressive.
    More and more cyclists are wearing small video cameras on their helmets, recording the actions of the drivers along their route. I think the video camera is a better solution to the problem, since it's only one driver in a thousand who creates a problem.
    The cyclist can also wear a reflective vest, and install a rear-view mirror and a blinking light on his or her bike.
    A couple of times a year, I ride my route with a pair of lopping shears in my basket, and I cut back any vegetation that blocks my view from my mirror looking back. I suppose this also gives the approaching motorists a better view too. But the Highway Department should do this job.

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    I ride a bicycle and drive a car too. I really have no problem getting past bicycles when I drive. And when I ride my bike, it's very rare to encounter a motorist having trouble getting past me. I would venture to say that the small number of motorists who create trouble (maybe one in a thousand, or one in ten thousand), are homicidally insane, and are trying to run the cyclist over on purpose.
    Bike lanes don't make sense unless the road is physically widened. Painted lines don't make more room, lines actually force the motorist to squeeze closer to the centerline, even when no bicycles are present.
    A bicycle lane is like a slow lane. You can't have a fast lane without a slow lane, right? But when downtown traffic jams occur, it's the cars that slow down, and the bikes whiz past the obstruction.
    No, I can see by the photos that both these roads are wide enough to ride a bicycle on without getting hit by a car. The bicyclists should wear reflective vests, of course, they come in orange and lime green. Highway workers are required to wear reflective vests; if a DPW worker shows up for work without a reflective vest, the foreman can not allow him to work.
    Bicyclers should also have rear-view mirrors, and have a blinking tail light, I have all the safety gear on my bike, so should you.
    Some cyclists are attaching digital cameras to their helmets, which take 2 to 4 pictures every second. It would cost less to equip 20 or 30 volunteer cyclists ( maybe college students) with digital helmet cameras, than to paint stripes on the road. That way, we catch the offending motorist, instead of restricting everybody.

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    Helmets are good to wear during a Bicycle Race, but a lot of people ride bikes just to get around, and aren’t really going that fast. A marathon runner can go 17MPH, but he or she is not required to wear a helmet. Some bicyclists ride because a bicycle is faster than running. But some people ride because it is easier than walking, and they don’t go over 15MPH.
    Another thing my Daughter pointed out to me-Women’s Hairstyles- What does a woman do with hair curlers? Is she expected to flatten her hair, which she spent hours curling? Can you imagine what would happen if a woman with a bouffant hairdo tries to put a bicycle helmet on? Her hair would be ruined!

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    Mr. Kuffner:

    You have not made one suggestion, but four suggestions. Only one is needed.
    Licensing and Registration both require more Government Bureaucracy, which will cost the taxpayers money. Forget License and Registration.

    Insurance! Insurance is the answer! All the necessary information is held by the Insurance company- It would be redundant to have the bicycles registered. And the Insurance companies have personnel on staff to handle the paperwork. No need to add to Government Bureaucracy !

    I have my bicycles insured with Allstate. We need to get the word out that insurance companies will add your bicycles to an existing policy.

    Let's just get the bicyclists to insure their bikes. It won't cost the taxpayer any money, and all the information is on file. No need for redundancy.

    ( As for inspection and Safety Regulations, it is the bicyclists duty to inspect the bicycle- lift the bike and shake it to see if the wheels fall off, the nuts that hold the wheels on might need tightening. And there are laws requiring lights at night, if only the Police would enforce those laws.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Mr. Kuffner:

    You have not made one suggestion, but four suggestions. Only one is needed.
    Licensing and Registration both require more Government Bureaucracy, which will cost the taxpayers money. Forget License and Registration.

    Insurance! Insurance is the answer! All the necessary information is held by the Insurance company- It would be redundant to have the bicycles registered. And the Insurance companies have personnel on staff to handle the paperwork. No need to add to Government Bureaucracy !

    I have my bicycles insured with Allstate. We need to get the word out that insurance companies will add your bicycles to an existing policy.

    Let's just get the bicyclists to insure their bikes. It won't cost the taxpayer any money, and all the information is on file. No need for redundancy.

    ( As for inspection and Safety Regulations, it is the bicyclists duty to inspect the bicycle- lift the bike and shake it to see if the wheels fall off, the nuts that hold the wheels on might need tightening. And there are laws requiring lights at night, if only the Police would enforce those laws.)

    http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/in..._plan_its.html

    I've bicycled 140,000 miles since 1972. I've never been hit by a car. I haven't had any near collisions with cars in a long, long time. If I think back, it's almost like they were trying to run me over on purpose, but I always look over my shoulder, so I made an evasive maneuver... Two or three times, the evasive maneuver forced me to hit a pothole, which in turn destroyed a $70 seventy dollar wheel, and the Police wouldn't listen to my complaint.

    What about the money cyclists pay to repair or replace expensive wheels, destroyed by potholes, which maniac drivers forced us into?

    I paid lots of money to replace wheels, including sales tax. And the more expensive the wheel costs, the lighter and more fragile it is.

    Nowadays , I ride a beefy mountain bike, because I can't keep up with the cost of expensive lightweight racing wheels. So when I'm going 16MPH, and you're stuck behind me, just think, I'd be going 32MPH if it weren't for the potholes, and the homicidal maniacs who drive cars.

    I want someone to pay for the wheels that were ruined- I owe you money? NO, you owe ME money. Simple as that.

    When the Police take seriously the complaints of cyclists being run off the road, and the potholes are filled, then, and only then, will I be willing to pay government fees.
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    http://neighbors.denverpost.com/view...17628#p1317628

    We plugged this in the Denver Post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    http://neighbors.denverpost.com/view...17628#p1317628

    We plugged this in the Denver Post.
    In 1975, when Bicycle Helmets were a new thing, they cost around $500.00. Good thing the price has come down! There was one guy who wore a football helmet, who deserves credit for planting the idea in peoples heads that a helmet would be a good idea when biking.
    The Bicycle Helmet was very slow to catch on at first. I was a kid, I had to get a job raking leaves to get the money to buy one. My parents wouldn't lay out the money, and the school wouldn't let me have a football helmet. By 1977, I bought my first Bicycle Helmet, with money I earned myself.

    Anyway, the next big piece of safety equipment is going to be a protective shield, known as a fairing (a.k.a.-motorcycle windshield). I think it's going to be slow to catch on, much as the bicycle helmet was, and the price is always going to be higher. If a Fairing becomes mandatory, bicycle companies will go out of business... But the Fairing has the potential to prevent injuries, it's like a car's bumper on the front side, and the cyclist is protected by styrofoam on the inside. And the Fairing is what the Motorcycle's lights and turn signals are wired to.
    I have some pictures of prototypes:


    The Fairing on the top bike is from a 1982 Suzuki. The Fairing in the lower picture was designed by my Daughter, and is based on the spoiler of a Kenworth diesel truck.
    The point I'm trying to make is that safety equipment is expensive, whether it's a Helmet or a protective shield (Fairing) for a bicycle. It's also a matter of style (beauty is in the eye of the beholder). And as my Daughter says, a helmet limits the ways a woman can wear her hairstyle. And maybe we need to teach youngsters not to laugh at kids who wear bicycle helmets.
    So one can extrapolate there are many factors involved when it comes to bicycle safety. The Fairings I showed you may look silly, but so do helmets. Someone wants to know if it comes with an airbag, etc.
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    The Type 10 has gotten more stuff added to it's frame. Just to give a brief overview, it started as a 2000 model year Diamondback 6061 alloy BMX frame. A front platform was added in 2002, followed by a fiberglass seat post and banana seat. Then a Fairing was placed on the front of the front platform (recycled; from a 1982 Suzuki). The bike was converted to three speeds with a Sturmey Archer Hub.
    Lights were installed, but had to be disconnected for the latest modifications. A set of rear panniers were made of Coroplast.
    Now, a set of roll bars have been installed. There is a reflective triangle on the back, and another small plastic crate below the triangle.
    Here we go with the pictures, which were taken with a mirrored wall back drop:







    If I missed any camera angle, look at the mirror in the background.
    This bike is really a heavy hauler. The front platform is mounted to the head tube and can hold 100+ pounds, and now the bike has rear panniers. There is also a small set of Coroplast boxes in the front, which are new, so the lead/acid batteries don't need to be strapped down with "bungee cords" anymore.
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    http://www.easy-share.com/1909572856/IMG.pdf

    This is a link to a map of an abandoned trolley route. It will expire in 90 days if no one views it.
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    As this was a new bike, I would look at the brakes. Sometimes a bike leaves a bicycle shop without the brake cables being fully tensioned. Or more commonly, if the bike is bought at a mass-merchandise store (Target, Walmart, Kmart) the store doesn't have a qualified bike mechanic to assemble the bikes, aqnd it is very common for a new bike to lack working brakes.
    But it's also possible that the boy had not learnt to use hand-brakes yet, and was used to the kind of bike that has coaster brakes.
    I hope the Police examine the bike carefully. I doubt the brakes were removed for the purpose of performing stunts (such as spinning the handlebars 360 degrees), as the boy only had the bike for a hour or so.
    I am in sympathy with all those involved, this was an awful tragedy.

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    Just took the studded tires off the bike. For the summer season, I have reinstalled a Tioga CitySlicker on the rear. The other City Slicker was chewed up, would have had at least five flats if I hadn't been using thorn resistant tubes. The LBS was out of Tioga City Slickers ( a 26x2,125 slick), so I bought a Schwinn AutoPilot, which has a rain tread, and is actually made by Cheng Shin. The LBS also had tires made by Kenda, but I'd choose a Cheng Shin over a Kenda any day of the week.
    It's been cold this weekend, brrrr...
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    Here's how the mirror is positioned on my handlebars, Note that it attaches to the END of the handlebar, so I can see around myself. The mirror is on the LEFT end of the handlebar, and in this view, you can see the corner of a ceiling light fixture in the mirror:

    ( I have a white plastic box for a handlebar basket).

    Here is the mirror off the bike, you can see the Velcro strap. In this photo, the mirror is dark, on account I didn't catch the light in it (it was a flash photograph, and made everything else look darker):


    As for lane position, you could ride in the middle of the road, but pull over -and STOP- if a bus is behind you. After the bus goes by, check the mirror again, and if there are no cars coming, pull out and start riding in the middle of the road again. That's how I would handle it. I wouldn't trust the soft gravel at the side of the road- there might be a big rock buried in the loose gravel, which could pitch you in a different direction.

    I will look at the Google Maps view of Wewoka, OK, and if I see anything, I'll post an additional reply.

    As I said, I use a Blackburn mirror, which is wide angle. I would not trust a flat mirror.
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    "They're still useful to remind drivers that bicycles... have a right to be on the roads,"
    I quoted the last line of the article, and I'd like to reply to the comment posted by LongTimeResident;
    Bicycles do indeed have the right to be on the road. How can anyone forget? Most drivers can remember, but there are a few drivers (a small percentage), who can't remember. We call them "bad drivers". A motorist may hold an opinion that bicycles should be disallowed on certain roads, and the driver can write a letter to his Congressman , urging him to pass a law which would ban bicycles, but no such law has ever been passed. Such a law would have a heck of a debate in Washington DC. I doubt it would ever get passed, after all, cars started to out-number bicycles in the 1930's. Bicycles have been around for 125 years , they are not going away. The League of American Bicyclists has been petitioning for bike lanes on ALL roads since 1934. (The Interstate highways didn't come along until the 1950's, and the motorists got their way. But other than the Inter-states, the bicycles are allowed on all roads.)
    Myself, I have a car and five bikes. When I drive my car, I yield to bicycles, and when I ride a bike, I yield to cars. I don't have any confrontations, altercations, escalations, or revocations. Thank You. I always yield to the other guy whether I drive or ride a bike. Courtesy is contagious. I don't believe in demanding the right-of-way. Here's a conundrum: "If I yield the Right-of-Way, I must have had had the Right-of-Way, Or Else I couldn't have yielded it?" True or False?

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    WHAT HAPPENED to Youtube? The Descriptions are GONE! The Comments look different, and I don't know about the annotations, I don't use them.

    But the Description sidebar is gone. I am very disapointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    WHAT HAPPENED to Youtube? The Descriptions are GONE! The Comments look different, and I don't know about the annotations, I don't use them.

    But the Description sidebar is gone. I am very disapointed.
    I was somewhat taken aback by the new YouTube page look. What I miss is the "Description", in the top right corner of the screen. Could YouTube at least put a clickable button on the screen; "Description"? Some videos need a little description, such as the Date the video was shot, and the Location, or a clue as to what we are looking at-maybe a time in minutes and seconds that something comes into view.
    The old screen had a short description, with a clickable "More Info". I would ask YouTube to please put in a clickable icon or button, so that we might be able to access the Description.
    Actually, it might be an improvement. The "more info, less info" wasted screen space , because sometimes you don't need the description, or the poster didn't supply one.
    Please, YouTube, could you give me a clickable icon so that I can read the description of the videos that have descriptions?

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    Yes, I believe the rising sun was a contributing factor in this accident. I've bicycled 140,000 miles since 1972, and I have never been hit by a car. But I do drive a car too, and I know that when the rising or setting sun is directly in a driver's eyes, it is almost impossible to see where you are going. One thing a cyclist doesn't have to deal with is the glare from the windshield. Most bicycles don't have windshields. ( For a possible exception, do a web search for "Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle".) Myself, I would refrain from riding until the sun is a little higher from the horizon. (like 9:20 AM).

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...#ixzz0kSLGzUiC
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