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    Sticky: Poll: The war is most decidedly not won. I agree with...

    The war is most decidedly not won. I agree with you that the safety value of helmets is dubious at best, but you're going to have to do a lot better than the "foam hat" argument. I personally hate...
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    What safety equipment do you use?

    I always wear a helmet. All other things being equal, wearing a helmet is a lot safer than not wearing one. I will probably continue to wear a helmet, particularly here in the US. However, I hate...
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    Sticky: Poll: Helmets and car-free life

    I always wear a helmet. All other things being equal, wearing a helmet is a lot safer than not wearing one. I will probably continue to wear a helmet, particularly here in the US. However, I hate...
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    In Seattle, there's always a plan. And then they...

    In Seattle, there's always a plan. And then they revise the plan. And then they have meetings about the revisions to the plan. A lot meetings. Sometimes they even implement parts of the plan, but...
  5. Why, yes, I do run errands on my bike while I'm...

    Why, yes, I do run errands on my bike while I'm bone tired. It's not like there's much of a choice. OK, there is a choice. Like Machka says, you can take a bus. In my case, I can either take a bus,...
  6. If she likes you, she'll like you even if you...

    If she likes you, she'll like you even if you don't have a car. You do have to have something else going for you, though. Like maybe a job, a decent place to live, decent clothes, and the ability to...
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    Oh come on, Machka! We're talking the US/Canada...

    Oh come on, Machka! We're talking the US/Canada here; even here in bike-friendly Seattle, every time a new bike lane is installed (er, painted), neighbors and local businesses scream bloody murder...
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    As I said, the infrastructure there is haphazard....

    As I said, the infrastructure there is haphazard. Some of the bikeways there are awesome, but others are indeed just smooth brick paths hastily added to wide sidewalks. However pasted-together the...
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    About 50-100 miles/week. It used to be a lot...

    About 50-100 miles/week. It used to be a lot more, but I've cut back now that I'm running again.
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    Learning from car-free vacations abroad

    I've just returned from a three-week car-free vacation in Berlin. For almost all of my travel in that city, I used a bicycle or walked around. As expected, I didn't really see anything about...
  11. I very rarely use a car-sharing program called...

    I very rarely use a car-sharing program called "Car to Go". It's an actual car-sharing program in that you have to drive the car yourself. It's very expensive -about $0.45 per minute- but if you only...
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    Sorry Roody: I literally live a few blocks...

    Sorry Roody: I literally live a few blocks outside of the foreground of the photo, where actual houses are visible. And the photo was the best I could do, given the fact that I work 70+ hours a week....
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    Roody, sometimes you are an a$$hole. This is one...

    Roody, sometimes you are an a$$hole. This is one of those times.
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    I live in this part of Seattle: my house is just...

    I live in this part of Seattle: my house is just outside of the lower edge of the photo.

    http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/15/46/09/1546095a9d14f7bf5ba055ab4900f936.jpg
  15. I have a lot of stuff with my bike, too, but my...

    I have a lot of stuff with my bike, too, but my favorites are:

    1. Ortlieb waterproof panniers. Best purchase I have ever made. They are expensive, but worth it.

    2. Speedplay Drillium pedals....
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    Did you file a claim with your homeowner's...

    Did you file a claim with your homeowner's insurance?
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    A couple of years ago, I was riding uphill only...

    A couple of years ago, I was riding uphill only two blocks from my house when a Chihuahua charged out of nowhere and chomped on my shoe. Unfortunately for the dog, s/he failed to let go after the...
  18. When I first started commuting, I always took a...

    When I first started commuting, I always took a small pump and a repair kit with me. Now I'm much more cavalier. I don't take any "emergency" stuff at all. My commute is in a highly urban area, I...
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    I do most of my riding in or near the city...

    I do most of my riding in or near the city center, i.e., in a part of town that was designed in the first 60 years of the 20th century or before. The older parts of town are laid out in a grid...
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    I'm sincerely happy that you've had such great...

    I'm sincerely happy that you've had such great success; it seems you followed the Dutch model with good results. But, again, this won't work in 'Merica, particularly not right now. Remember, this is...
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    I agree with you completely: Dexter is the only...

    I agree with you completely: Dexter is the only really good bike lane in Seattle, and VC is totally necessary for most city riding in the US. North American bicyclists who aren't willing to share the...
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    You are a genius. Either that, or loosening and...

    You are a genius. Either that, or loosening and then tightening the tension on the saddle randomly fixed the problem. I'm going with genius. I did what you suggested (used WD 40, and included the...
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    I do love well-designed bike lanes, but they're...

    I do love well-designed bike lanes, but they're not a good starting point in North America. My city, Seattle, is gradually getting decent bike infrastructure, which I'm very happy about, and even...
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    I think you may have nailed it. :p I get really...

    I think you may have nailed it. :p I get really annoyed when my brakes make a lot of noise, too. (BTW, though I'm not terribly fond of them, I have ridden my share of horses, and the creak I'm...
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    It's definitely where the leather meets metal. It...

    It's definitely where the leather meets metal. It stopped creaking when I tightened the bolt under the nose of the saddle several months ago, and it back up when I tightened it up again. In addition,...
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