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  1. I have a floor pump at home for regular...

    I have a floor pump at home for regular maintenance, plus a small hand pump that is part of the toolkit I carry when I ride. The portable pump is only for fixing a flat on the road; while it would...
  2. You may want to get a new set of tubes. The...

    You may want to get a new set of tubes. The rubber does degrade with age, and that could be why they don't hold air very well. They are very inexpensive. But, as has been noted above, even the best...
  3. Yes. However, they should eliminate the word...

    Yes. However, they should eliminate the word "may." The signs should just say Bikes Use Full Lane.
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    While per capita spending is an easy metric to...

    While per capita spending is an easy metric to use, I think it's basically irrelevant. It tells you nothing about how well transit in a given state or locality actually serves its purpose -- to get...
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    This depends greatly on where you live. In this...

    This depends greatly on where you live. In this area stop signs are not used that way so much. There are a lot of them, but they're actually there to control traffic at intersections. And the vast...
  6. Thread: Bike Museum

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    Bike Museum

    I happened to see this article about a new bike museum that's opening.
    Marin Museum of Bicycling set to open June 6

    Looks like fun! I'll be on a backpacking trip during the opening but I'm...
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    One thing that seems to have been overlooked in...

    One thing that seems to have been overlooked in this discussion is that taxis are very rarely used for trips of more than a few miles, because the cost per mile is simply prohibitive. While taxibots...
  8. You might consider the services of a bike coach...

    You might consider the services of a bike coach for private lessons in learning to ride. There may also be classes for adult beginners offered by outdoor stores or bike advocacy organizations in your...
  9. You could start off by biking to the nearest...

    You could start off by biking to the nearest train station, then, when that feels comfortable, bike to the next nearest one, and when that feels comfortable, go farther. Or you could ride the train...
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    SF's trolley buses have some problems that have...

    SF's trolley buses have some problems that have never been solved adequately. For one thing, the contacts have a habit of popping off the wires overhead, causing the bus to lose power. The driver has...
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    Well, since we are talking about California, the...

    Well, since we are talking about California, the drivers would essentially be right; this is a mandatory use state (if a bike lane exists on the street you're on, you are requred by law to ride in...
  12. This reminds me of the parking structure in my...

    This reminds me of the parking structure in my city's central park downtown. It isn't green on top, but instead has public tennis courts on the roof. The parking is just a single layer, partially...
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    Local law takes precedence over state law when it...

    Local law takes precedence over state law when it comes to riding on the sidewalk. Where I live, it is not only legal to ride the sidewalk, it is encouraged by the city. Quite a few of our sidewalks...
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    When you say cycling scene, what exactly are you...

    When you say cycling scene, what exactly are you talking about? If you mean transportation cycling, I can tell you about that. If you mean mountain biking, I know a little of that too. If you mean...
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    I chose not to own a car 14 years ago. I haven't...

    I chose not to own a car 14 years ago. I haven't driven one in 5 years. There was no "suggestion" from anyone, and I didn't give up anything. I just realized that I drove the car I had so rarely that...
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    Hrm, I didn't think of Berkeley, but you're...

    Hrm, I didn't think of Berkeley, but you're right. They've been trying to discourage driving for years. I always thought those huge planters in the centers of intersections were brilliant; a car...
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    Well, there are a lot of apartments there...

    Well, there are a lot of apartments there already, but more of them are smaller buildings with 3 or 4 units and a yard. Single family houses are not as prevalent as they are in most cities. Infill...
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    That might not be such a daydream. It has already...

    That might not be such a daydream. It has already happened to some locations in the Bay Area. Frankly the result is awful. It's now considered normal to change jobs every few months in the tech...
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    I live in the Bay Area. San Francisco is a decent...

    I live in the Bay Area. San Francisco is a decent candidate, but I don't think it's because of the tech companies. Most of the larger ones are located in the suburbs about 40 miles south of the...
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    I think a smallish town would be a much more...

    I think a smallish town would be a much more likely candidate for this than a city. There aren't as many layers of bureaucracy involved in making such a change and it's more likely the community will...
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    What Gerv says about altering your state of mind...

    What Gerv says about altering your state of mind is one of the reasons I have little interest in driving cars. (It's been over 5 years since the last time I drove, and it's pretty rare for me to even...
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    Well, yes, they are cute, but...the cable cars...

    Well, yes, they are cute, but...the cable cars are there for tourists. People who live in SF rarely use them to get around because they are impractical -- lines of tourists mean a long wait to board,...
  23. We have this mixed-use development under...

    We have this mixed-use development under construction here: Bay Meadows | San Mateo
    None of the business portion of the development exists yet; only residences, school, and parks have been built.
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    Where I live the distinction between sidewalk and...

    Where I live the distinction between sidewalk and multi-use path is murky. Not only is it legal to ride on sidewalks, but some of them are designated as multi-use paths and are shown as bike routes...
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    We still have those very cars here in San...

    We still have those very cars here in San Francisco on the F line. All the trolleys on that route are restored historic cars from various cities and each has a little plaque explaining its history....
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