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    I've been using them every weekday for the past...

    I've been using them every weekday for the past thirteen years, in all weather, for something like 40,000 miles. During this time, maintenance has consisted of a yearly top-off of grease. We seldom...
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    Not a problem, because I only ride during rush...

    Not a problem, because I only ride during rush hour when there are plenty of cars to trip the lights. When it's not rush hour, it's perfectly practical and convenient to drive.
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    Miles per week -- 100 Morning HR -- 46

    Miles per week -- 100
    Morning HR -- 46
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    I lived in Seattle for four years while going to...

    I lived in Seattle for four years while going to school. I can't recall there being enough sand on the road to cause significant rim wear. However, that was the era of steel rims, and I recall always...
  5. The way I look at it, the true measure is the...

    The way I look at it, the true measure is the ease of cycling compared to that of driving. On that scale, NYC and Washington both win as bike cities, because they are the worst imaginable places to...
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    One reason bicycles exist is to make surface...

    One reason bicycles exist is to make surface travel easier than walking. Try to ride at the same level of effort that you would use while walking, and you will travel quite fast -- maybe 16 km/hr....
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    Put on helmet, get on bike, go. If it's cold...

    Put on helmet, get on bike, go. If it's cold rainy, or snowing, add a few minutes to put on my overcoat, overpants, and Totes.
    The bike has automatic dynamo lighting that turns on when its dark. I...
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    Because of congestion, driving my car in rush...

    Because of congestion, driving my car in rush hour traffic is always frustrating and often difficult. Sheer laziness was what got me cycling.
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    I am delighted by the Orwellian use of the word...

    I am delighted by the Orwellian use of the word "utility." That makes the whole exercise worthwhile to me.
  10. Thread: My Morning Rant

    by PaulH
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    Looking back over the years, it seems that all...

    Looking back over the years, it seems that all road users have become much more careless and disorderly. I've no idea why this is, but suspect that permissive laws allowing right turn on red have...
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    When I bought my Brooks B67, I got it for...

    When I bought my Brooks B67, I got it for durability. I was sick of replacing the saddle every few years. Surprisingly, it turned out to be very comfortable. You can get them already broken in and...
  12. Thread: Step-Through?

    by PaulH
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    I've been riding a drop frame Kettler Silverstar...

    I've been riding a drop frame Kettler Silverstar for 13 years and 50,000 miles. It makes the same sort of sense as driving a car with doors that open.
  13. See, I have this image of Great Britain where...

    See, I have this image of Great Britain where everyone rides their rod-braked roadster to work all week and, on the weekend, drives the Super 7 or Morgan to the airport to fly the Gypsy Moth. I...
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    That's a whole new kind of 50 plus!...

    That's a whole new kind of 50 plus!
    Congratulations!
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    I can think of several possible factors. One is...

    I can think of several possible factors. One is that, in the 1950s and 1960s, bikes were seen primarily as practical transportation, not as exercise or sport. Many of us started as paper boys riding...
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    Less hassle than driving. The peace of mind of...

    Less hassle than driving. The peace of mind of knowing that the weather or an overturned tractor trailer won't leave me stuck in a traffic jam for hours. Never having to circle the block for a half...
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    Florsheim.

    Florsheim.
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    I agree. Riding on a hot day is a lot less heat...

    I agree. Riding on a hot day is a lot less heat stress than walking, because your higher speed promotes evaporation. My biggest heat stress comes from mowing the lawn -- really wipes me out. Riding...
  19. Thread: I ride near home

    by PaulH
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    All my trips are for transportation, and I...

    All my trips are for transportation, and I started riding because of scarce parking and high congestion. Therefore, almost all my rides start or end at home. The exception is when I use my bike rack...
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    I used to run to work. Back then, there was no...

    I used to run to work. Back then, there was no bikeshare to take care of the miles between my house and the train station and the other train station and my office. Parking was about $12 per day,...
  21. You can pull just as many Gs in a car-car...

    You can pull just as many Gs in a car-car collision as in a car-bike collision. If you want to be safe, stay home. If you want a life, go outside, either by bike or car. I think the risk is about...
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    With a hub dynamo and LED lights fore and aft,...

    With a hub dynamo and LED lights fore and aft, there is no downside to using them in broad daylight. My lights have a daytime running setting and I use that.

    Paul
  23. It can work the other way. I never had any...

    It can work the other way. I never had any interest in cycling until I decided that scarce parking and endemic gridlock made it easier and more practical than driving. Since then, I've started...
  24. [QUOTE=davidad;16770048] This is absolutely...

    This is absolutely true. After 20,000 flat-free miles on Marathon Plus, I wound up with two flats on my car. There is a Law of Conservation of Flats that states that the total number of flats in...
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    This is absolutely true. After 20,000 flat-free miles on Marathon Plus, I wound up with two flats on my car. There is a Law of Conservation of Flats that states that the total number of flats in...
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