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Forum: Advocacy & Safety 11-26-11, 01:26 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,022
Posted By Pscyclepath
Just because there's a bike lane doesn't mean...

Just because there's a bike lane doesn't mean that you always have to stay in it. Treat the truck just like any other obstacle; scan and merge left into the traffic lane, and go around them.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 10-23-11, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 496
Posted By Pscyclepath
D00d: This not that kind of bikes... ...

D00d:

This not that kind of bikes...

Real bikers pedal.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 09-12-11, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By Pscyclepath
Smooth, fewer vent holes are less likely to snag...

Smooth, fewer vent holes are less likely to snag on the pavement or other impacted surfaces, lessening the likelihood of torsional injuries. Check out the recommendations at bike helmet safety...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-30-11, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 826
Posted By Pscyclepath
I was privileged to know Sam, at least distantly,...

I was privileged to know Sam, at least distantly, to to have ridden with him several times. He was riding only a couple of miles away from his home when he was struck and killed. Oddly, the woman...
Forum: Commuting 08-20-11, 04:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,443
Posted By Pscyclepath
Heavy-duty zip ties... If you're going to be...

Heavy-duty zip ties... If you're going to be taking the crate on and off the bike several times a day, then bungey cords may be a better solution, but they're not as secure as the zip ties.

One...
Forum: Commuting 08-20-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,895
Posted By Pscyclepath
Cyclecomputers typically only track the time that...

Cyclecomputers typically only track the time that wheels are spinning... Not while you're stopped.

Riding in traffic, it's hard to keep a high speed average, what with stop signs, red lights,...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-17-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By Pscyclepath
A bike lane would not have helped in this case. ...

A bike lane would not have helped in this case.

A 7-year-old child, even if he is big for his age, doesn't have the physical or mental skills yet to ride alone in the streets. They don't have...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-17-11, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 592
Posted By Pscyclepath
The Association of American State Highway &...

The Association of American State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) publishes their "Green Book" of best practices for bicycle facilities on a regular basis, and there is also the Manual...
Forum: Vehicular Cycling (VC) 08-15-11, 03:10 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 10,322
Posted By Pscyclepath
The major impetus for building the interstate...

The major impetus for building the interstate highway system was Dwight Eisenhower's cross-country road trip with an Army convoy in the early 1920s, testing the movement of military material by road...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-05-11, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
Posted By Pscyclepath
Outside of K-Mart and their "blue light...

Outside of K-Mart and their "blue light specials," blue lights often have restricted use in most state vehicle codes, being restricted to specific law enforcement purposes.

Although, a goodly...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-05-11, 07:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 864
Posted By Pscyclepath
There's a phenomenon commonly called "truck suck"...

There's a phenomenon commonly called "truck suck" that occurs after a semi-truck or other large vehicle passes you at speed... They're pushing a lot of air out of their way, and the initial wind...
Forum: Commuting 07-30-11, 01:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,453
Posted By Pscyclepath
Right-of-way in most of North America is based on...

Right-of-way in most of North America is based on "first come, first served." If a vehicle is in a traffic lane ahead of you, then they get to go first and you have to wait your turn. Likewise, if...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-27-11, 07:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,039
Posted By Pscyclepath
A good point... In the LAB traffic skills...

A good point... In the LAB traffic skills classes we emphasize making eye contact with other drivers in order to establish that human connection.

One problem is that at speeds above 20 mph, we...
Forum: Triathlon 07-26-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 495
Posted By Pscyclepath
Tri/time-trial bikes are made to go very fast in...

Tri/time-trial bikes are made to go very fast in a mostly straight line. If the road is all that twisty, hilly, and curvy, you'll be better off with the regular road bike.
Forum: Professional Cycling For the Fans 07-22-11, 07:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,101
Posted By Pscyclepath
Me, I'd rather see Tom Voeckler find another...

Me, I'd rather see Tom Voeckler find another layer in his suitcase of courage, and ride into Paris in yellow this weekend. That would really make this Tour special...
Forum: Professional Cycling For the Fans 07-19-11, 08:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,500
Posted By Pscyclepath
He's The World Champion for the UCI this year,...

He's The World Champion for the UCI this year, and is showing why he wears that jersey.

It's been a pretty blase' Tour so far this year. THe guys who have really made it come to life have been...
Forum: Commuting 07-19-11, 07:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,656
Posted By Pscyclepath
Surly Cross-Check is a good all-arounder... If...

Surly Cross-Check is a good all-arounder... If you have a lot of hills in the area, you'll likely be happier with the Long Haul Trucker. Both will range around $1100 for the complete bike, not...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-11, 08:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 842
Posted By Pscyclepath
What you carry is going to depend on what kind of...

What you carry is going to depend on what kind of bike, and how you ride.

The essentials:

1. New spare tube. Keep it in an old sock or a zip-lock bag to keep your other stuff from wearing a...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-11, 07:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,524
Posted By Pscyclepath
Among other things, John Forester covers this...

Among other things, John Forester covers this issue in Effective Cycling. It's a good, if somewhat thick read.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-12-11, 07:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,211
Posted By Pscyclepath
Bells be good... I even have one tucked down in...

Bells be good... I even have one tucked down in the drops on my road/race bike, and of course, on my commuters. And an AirZounds stashed away for when the bell doesn't work ;-)
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-09-11, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Pscyclepath
When talking to our congressional delegation at...

When talking to our congressional delegation at the National Bike Summit last winter, I ran into this exact same issue. Just the word "recreational" inflames all the republicans and tea-partiers. ...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-07-11, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Pscyclepath
What can YOU do for Bike Advocacy TODAY?

So what can you do for bike advocacy today? Read on...

This has been brewing over the past week, but came to a head today when Rep. John Mica revealed the general plan for his version of the...
Forum: Commuting 07-07-11, 07:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 811
Posted By Pscyclepath
Here's a demo video of pretty much the same sort...

Here's a demo video of pretty much the same sort of interchange.

http://youtu.be/XIr3mI96FZk
Forum: Professional Cycling For the Fans 07-04-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,690
Posted By Pscyclepath
The European pros are inhumanly talented. They...

The European pros are inhumanly talented. They quite often go 30 mph when they're just "pootling along" as we would say. On the flats, in the final sprints it's not uncommon to get into the mid- to...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 06-28-11, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By Pscyclepath
I've ridden it five times so far... The HH100 is...

I've ridden it five times so far... The HH100 is both. There's a pro/semi-pro road race on the same route that departs 30 minutes prior to the mass ride start. Usually somewhere around 200 racers...
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