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    "Light is right" Plosive's Avatar
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    Taking a "duece" during your commute

    Have you ever taken a "duece" (see link) or similar during your commute?
    Do you have problems damaging your equipment while taking a duece?
    http://www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/deuce/
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    Man, there had to be some better way to phrase this question..



    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Deuce

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    Man, I think you win for thread title of the week. Anyway, living in the San Francisco Bay Area there are several places which are either hard or impossible to cross the bay by bike. Two areas this creates major problems are with taking Ferries and taking BART (or other trains like CalTrain) - there's also obvious problems with bus bike racks (including theft right off the rack).

    With Ferries, salt water spray damages steel components and frames. I've known people who have ruined equipment because they are regular ferry commuters. Some ferries let bike commuters stick their bikes inside - the newer ones have hanging racks outside right in the path of salt water spray. It's not that hard to wipe your bike down, but inevitably there's buildup you'll miss.

    With BART there's a few dangers. Most of them have to do with the stations rather than the trains. People have been shoved down the stairs in stations by massive rushes of other commuters. I talked with a guy who fell down an entire flight of stairs, cracked his helmet, and had his 30 pounds of bike and gear land on him all because some suit thought he might miss his train. The solution is to take the elevator, but sometimes they are out of service, they are slow (and they always smell like piss). It's against the law for cyclists to use the escalators.

    I have to take BART nearly everyday to get to school across the bay, which is a pain in the ass, but I'm lucky enough to not have to take it during rush hour so much. When I do I usually opt for a low traffic stairwell or wait for a wave of commuters to pass by.

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    Thankfully never had a deuce problem. Numero uno a lot, but not the deuce.
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    Jeffremer,
    No salt water to worry about here in the desert
    What about paint and/or shifting component damage from the racks and movement during transportation?
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    Well, I DID have a small folding garden shovel in my panniers when going thru Customs @ the Dublin Airport. The agent confiscated my Leatherman as it had a knife blade, but he let me take my shovel in. Also, they missed a telescopic billy-club and small buck knife that were zip tied right to the frame of my bike. I'd forgotten to remove them! Does taking a duece on tour qualify in the same way as a commute? Are we talking rural or urban? Day or night? Inquiring minds want to know these things.

    BTW, the Vegas Duece looks like a fun ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plosive View Post
    Jeffremer,
    No salt water to worry about here in the desert
    What about paint and/or shifting component damage from the racks and movement during transportation?
    On BART you just hold your bike or lean it against a seat or wall, so nothing rack related.

    I've seen bikes fall of bus racks when a bus came to a short stop; this is obviously operator error though because if done right the racks are very secure and don't mar the bike at all. My biggest (unfounded) worry is of theft right off the rack. Only heard of it once, but it would be extremely easy to pluck a bike right off the outside mounted racks anytime the bus stops.

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    No Deuce here. But I do put my bike on a rack on the front of the bus every day when the weather's cold like this. No problems.
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    I had a real upset stomach one day on the way to work. I could not hold it. So I ducked into some bushes and took a deuce. All was fine for about three hours. Then I was wondering how I could get a mosquito bite on my ass through my jeans and a leather wallet? When I got home that day I looked at my ass in the mirror and it was covered in the familiar poison ivy rash. Damn, I was going on a weekend bike tour and now I have poison ivy on my ass.

    The best part was at the pharmacy. I asked the pharmacist what is a good way to help relieve some of the discomfort of poison ivy? He replied "where is it?" I told him "on my ass." The pharmacist laughed and he says "poontanging in the bush eh." Well I left it at that and bought the calamine lotion.

    I learned not to drink coffee until after I start work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Someday_RN View Post
    The best part was at the pharmacy. I asked the pharmacist what is a good way to help relieve some of the discomfort of poison ivy? He replied "where is it?" I told him "on my ass." The pharmacist laughed and he says "poontanging in the bush eh." Well I left it at that and bought the calamine lotion.
    Hydrocortisone cream. It is the second most effective treatment. A steroid therapy works better, but it has unwanted side effects. Calamine lotion is as effective as a placebo. Maybe.
    Vehicular cycling techniques have not been tried and found difficult. They have been presumed difficult and not tried.

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    No deuce here either. But I've parked my bike in a big trunk a couple of times before.
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    I drop a Doogan during my commute at least once a month.
    (Of course, I don't do it while pedaling.)
    Having an ileostomy, Doogans are pretty easy and quick.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Nice to see that that double-decker bus has a bike rack.
    This space open

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    Oh, man....I'd like to nominate this thread for the official All-Time, All-Message Board Hall of Fame!!!!!!!

    And the reply with "poontangin' in the bush"....

    I am lawling so hard I am crying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    I drop a Doogan during my commute at least once a month.
    (Of course, I don't do it while pedaling.)
    Having an ileostomy, Doogans are pretty easy and quick.
    I laughed so hard at your post that I almost accidentally dropped a Doogan... and I don't even have an ileostomy!

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    See, now here is why you need to read the thread before replying. I was CERTAIN that a "duece" was a code word for "number 2" until I clicked the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dog View Post
    See, now here is why you need to read the thread before replying. I was CERTAIN that a "duece" was a code word for "number 2" until I clicked the link.
    Yea, I guess I owe the OP an apology...








    Right after I drop another Doogan.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    I drop a Doogan during my commute at least once a month.
    (Of course, I don't do it while pedaling.)
    Having an ileostomy, Doogans are pretty easy and quick.

    Should have hopped on this auction. You wouldn't need to get off the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowjeep View Post
    Should have hopped on this auction. You wouldn't need to get off the bike.


    I've been thinking about getting a Brooks and I saw those on ebay. Why would anyone ruin two perfectly good saddles like that?
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    i just go in the bushes and wipe with leaves. i actually prefer leaves to real toilet paper. less dingleberries.
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    I had the misfortune of having to pinch a loaf one evening during the ride home. Fortunately the majority of my commute was a singular rural road, bordered on one side by farms and the other by state forestland.

    Unfortunately it was the middle of hunting season.

    So there I am, crouched down in the undergrowth debating whether I should or shouldn't have my lights on and wonder just how the news article would read.
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    I've been thinking about getting a Brooks and I saw those on ebay. Why would anyone ruin two perfectly good saddles like that?
    The other part of that auction was for saddlebags with matching holes cut out on top.

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    dobber, I thought for a second that your sig was out of Snowcrash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChipSeal View Post
    Hydrocortisone cream. It is the second most effective treatment. A steroid therapy works better, but it has unwanted side effects. Calamine lotion is as effective as a placebo. Maybe.
    Zanfel works wonders. I've used it a bunch and it gets rid of poison ivy in a couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brunop View Post
    i just go in the bushes and wipe with leaves. i actually prefer leaves to real toilet paper. less dingleberries.

    Just don't use the leaves in the bush you see me comin' out from.

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