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Forum: Living Car Free 05-27-15, 10:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,301
Posted By Coluber42
Also, what makes someone a "bicyclist"? Would one...

Also, what makes someone a "bicyclist"? Would one have to purchase insurance per trip? Per mile? Only if one rides more than a certain number of days in a given month? Lots of people go out and...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-27-15, 09:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By Coluber42
I've found that on a long ride, lots of things...

I've found that on a long ride, lots of things can manifest as sleepiness when they're really something else. Most notably, you probably need to keep munching while riding, even after a big meal at a...
Forum: Living Car Free 05-27-15, 08:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,663
Posted By Coluber42
I've never owned a car, so I've never had to sell...

I've never owned a car, so I've never had to sell one and can't help you there.

But it sounds like you actually have a number of good options for getting to work, and you'll probably end up using...
Forum: Living Car Free 05-27-15, 08:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 825
Posted By Coluber42
Around here we have a good number of shops that...

Around here we have a good number of shops that cater more to people who want to bike but aren't interested in the sporty mentality - upright city bikes, cargo bikes, etc.
But as far as a "slow...
Forum: Living Car Free 05-20-15, 11:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 825
Posted By Coluber42
A couple of weeks ago they had a "rush hour race"...

A couple of weeks ago they had a "rush hour race" event from somewhere or other in downtown Boston to Union Square in Somerville. It's only a one-time (well, I think maybe it's annual?) thing, so not...
Forum: Living Car Free 05-20-15, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,276
Posted By Coluber42
I've never had issues with a backpack; or for...

I've never had issues with a backpack; or for that matter, a shopping bag from another store. If I bought something bulky and I want to go into another store that's small and doesn't have a lot of...
Forum: Commuting 05-20-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,873
Posted By Coluber42
Rear racks are generally fairly standard, but I...

Rear racks are generally fairly standard, but I do have two more specific recommendations: First, get one of the ones that has stays that curve out to the back instead of just going straight down in...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-20-15, 10:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,129
Posted By Coluber42
If you want simple and high-calorie, you can try...

If you want simple and high-calorie, you can try chips and guacamole. It's a little harder to carry the chips (or crackers) without crushing them, but you can also find chips closer to your campsite...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-19-15, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,227
Posted By Coluber42
The rest of the story is that she was a classmate...

The rest of the story is that she was a classmate when I was in grad school in Karlsruhe, Germany. She was graduating and had always wanted to bike home to Bregenz, Austria but hadn't gotten around...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-19-15, 08:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,267
Posted By Coluber42
:lol: :lol: :lol: The Townies must've taken...

:lol: :lol: :lol:

The Townies must've taken the freewheels too...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-19-15, 06:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,227
Posted By Coluber42
For another perspective, one time I took a friend...

For another perspective, one time I took a friend who had never ridden more than 60km at once on an almost-300km ride. She was a regular around-town cyclist and generally in decent shape, but wasn't...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-19-15, 06:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,267
Posted By Coluber42
I'm mostly of the opinion that a small change in...

I'm mostly of the opinion that a small change in gearing makes fairly little difference in randonneuring. You have to get the same body to the top of the same hill either way and a difference of a...
Forum: Commuting 04-20-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By Coluber42
I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to...

I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to answer specific questions via PM or whatever.

For your left turn question, yes, you can make left turns from the left lane. It is done (I do it, so do...
Forum: Living Car Free 04-20-15, 11:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 799
Posted By Coluber42
How common are charging stations where you live?...

How common are charging stations where you live? Could you drive to a charging station somewhere a few miles away from work, then bike in the rest of the way? It can be simple enough to just keep the...
Forum: Living Car Free 04-16-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,558
Posted By Coluber42
I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes...

I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes (although on the geared ones I can't do it downhill much, obviously). I can trackstand no-hands on my fixies, as long as the ground isn't too far off...
Forum: Commuting 04-15-15, 10:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,787
Posted By Coluber42
I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have...

I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have been, have always had a hard time getting to bed on time and getting up on time. If left to my own devices (in other words, without specific things I...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 04-15-15, 10:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,092
Posted By Coluber42
One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind...

One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind tunnel test is that Jan Heine is a skinny guy, and IIRC the saddlebag he tested was the Carradice Nelson. The Nelson is quite wide and stuck out a good bit...
Forum: Living Car Free 04-05-15, 06:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,033
Posted By Coluber42
Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for...

Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for someone who likes riding and is motivated to do it. But to be clear about it, you're talking 2-3 hours each way (and for a new cyclist on whatever bike...
Forum: Commuting 04-04-15, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Posted By Coluber42
Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:

Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:
Forum: Commuting 03-31-15, 08:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 621
Posted By Coluber42
I've said this other places. But I'm a bit...

I've said this other places. But I'm a bit skeptical of the motivation here, seeing as it's coming from a car company. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool product with potentially some cool uses. And I'm...
Forum: Commuting 03-26-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,273
Posted By Coluber42
I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material...

I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material (in a few choices), and have a reinforced butt. They take a lot longer to wear holes in than other pants, and if the outer layer gets a hole, at least...
Forum: Commuting 03-25-15, 02:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,187
Posted By Coluber42
I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to...

I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to the left. But DO NOT move to the right. Not only do you want to make it clear you are not taking that righthand lane, you also want to discourage...
Forum: Commuting 03-25-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,353
Posted By Coluber42
No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on...

No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on a forum like this, and of course everyone comes up with all the ways it's complicated because that's what we do. ;)

But it's not complicated. Get...
Forum: Commuting 03-25-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,353
Posted By Coluber42
If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars,...

If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars, that's OK. You will be soon. :) But you should look up the traffic laws in your state and locality that pertain to bicycles, so that you know what...
Forum: Commuting 03-25-15, 10:14 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,302
Posted By Coluber42
Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines...

Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines for reflective gear on RUSA: Randonneurs USA (http://www.rusa.org). For those who don't know, RUSA sanctions long-distance, minimally-supported rides...
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