Howdy y'all. If you're wondering who I am you can check out my info thread.
What was it the Tin Man said? "I won't try to run things 'cause I haven't got a brain." That's me!! Don't know a thing about bicycles except how to pedal one.
In the meantime, somebody over in Clydes invited me over here because I have an interest in reducing my use of my pick-up even further. I already use my motorcycles to commute 7 months out of the year. The plan is to work toward having my bicycle as my primary means of transport, up to about 18 miles one way. That's how far it is from my house to the mall, which would be a very rare trip indeed. I don't much like malls, but Tractor Supply Company is located there, soooo...... Fortunately for me the necessities of life are a lot closer than that. Hardware is 5 miles, groceries 6 miles, bookstore/library 7 miles, and Wal-Mart 10 miles.
I will probably NEVER wear a singlet or jersey. My idea of cycling clothes are t-shirt, blue jeans and Wellington boots, no toe clips or Looks for me. I can't stand riding folded flat like a lasagna. I prefer upright. In fact, someone else here showed me beautiful set of Nitto handlebars that I'm thinking of for my bike. And I have to go to a local shop to buy a decent helmet and a gel pad for my seat. Problem is the size of my gourd. I wear a size 7 3/4 hat, and a XXL or even XXXL motorcycle helmet depending on the make.
So, is it as dangerous out there as I've heard? I would wear a helmet anyway, because I've always worn one on my motorcycles. I'm thinking something with nice hi-vis colors and adding some reflective pin stripes. And I own this killer hi-vis vest with retro-reflective patches all over it. Think that'll be enough?
My Fuji Palisade didn't come with any lights. Aside from a headlight I was thinking about one of those tail lights that blinks rapidly on and off to get the attention of the cagers. Do they make brake lights for bicycles? Turn signals? How can I fit a headlight on my bike that doesn't require batteries. Somehow, riding a bicycle to help the environment and then landfilling a bunch of batteries seems hypocritical to me.
Not too worried about speed really. I'll be retiring in 292 days so my time won't mean much other than exercise to me. So what kind of pace is the average 50 year old, focused-on-transport-not-speed kind of rider going maintain? I'm using a rough guess of 10 mph, so I'm guessing an hour to get to Wal-Mart/Lowe's. That's based on those crazy UCI racers I referee who average 28 mph, with 55-65 possible on the downslopes.
Do I need special fenders? My Palisade has what look like shocks in the fork legs. Rear suspension is handled by the seat post, I think.
Stay tuned, I'm sure there will be LOTS more questions. (As soon as I think of them or make a mistake I don't want to repeat.)