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Forum: Southwest
05-05-15, 11:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 900
Posted By Llamero

STOLEN: Red Trek 6000 with Xtracycle extension

My wife's red Trek 6000 (SN: WTU318C2354D) with an Xtracycle extension was stolen from the University of Oklahoma campus yesterday (See attached photo, bike on the left). The bike had been...
04-30-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,979
Posted By Llamero

I have gotten up to 99 miles on my BionX equppied...

I have gotten up to 99 miles on my BionX equppied Xtracycle by pedalling down hill with the regen on (this was during a century ride to see how far the battery could go). In real-life it depends on...
04-26-12, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 704
Posted By Llamero

One thing to remember though, is a balance. For...

One thing to remember though, is a balance. For example, in Washington, people are taking nature preservation to the extreme and are lobbying for the removal of fire-lookouts and hiking trails. The...
04-25-12, 11:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 704
Posted By Llamero

That's sort of what Acadia National Park does...

That's sort of what Acadia National Park does here, and the locals love it. From December 1st through to April 8th or so, all the gates are closed so that only foot and bicycle traffic is allowed...
04-24-12, 02:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,979
Posted By Llamero

I've actually turned off the governor and found...

I've actually turned off the governor and found the motor still tops out at around 20 MPH, simply due to the counter EMF. This is actually good engineering on BionX's part, as motors tend to run at...
04-24-12, 01:23 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,189
Posted By Llamero

I would say around 2-3 miles. We live 1.5 miles...

I would say around 2-3 miles. We live 1.5 miles from work and prefer to walk rather than ride. That way, we can talk, enjoy the day, and finish waking up before arriving. Any more than that, and...
04-24-12, 12:39 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,551
Posted By Llamero

I live car free because I hate the stress, hassle...

I live car free because I hate the stress, hassle and expense of car ownership/dependence (I have better things to spend my money on).

I live in a small apartment because I hate cleaning, and the...
04-24-12, 12:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,191
Posted By Llamero

Meat is notorious for it's high carbon...

Meat is notorious for it's high carbon foot-print, but that's also because Americans eat far more meat than is nutritionally essential.

In regards to biking on a cheeseburger, you could make the...
04-24-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,974
Posted By Llamero

My first car was a Lincoln Continental. Between...

My first car was a Lincoln Continental. Between insurance, gas, a new strut, a failed $2000 transmission repair, new tires, and insurance in just two years I dumped $5,000 into that car and drove it...
04-16-12, 03:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 627
Posted By Llamero

A while back I did a lot of research into...

A while back I did a lot of research into electric vehicles and battery technology to decide whether to go electric or not. What I came to learn is that if you live in a very flat area with little...
04-03-12, 10:32 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,987
Posted By Llamero

Here in rural Maine, young adults are also...

Here in rural Maine, young adults are also forgoing car ownership as well, but there is no mass transit to fill in the gap. Instead, they're car pooling in with those who do own cars, or having to...
04-02-12, 10:11 AM
Replies: 771
Views: 229,543
Posted By Llamero

Be careful with the motorcycle idea, especially...

Be careful with the motorcycle idea, especially on the east coast. We're in Maine, without a car, but do have a motorcycle to supplement our transportation, and it is completely unusable from...
03-29-12, 09:41 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,987
Posted By Llamero

Sadly, I can't help but wonder if you factor in...

Sadly, I can't help but wonder if you factor in decreased buying power of this age group due to rapidly rising education costs, as well as a miserable job market, sums up to a lot of young adults...
03-29-12, 09:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 730
Posted By Llamero

Moving car free

Here's a neat article about a guy who moved across town car-free. You gotta love the hateful comments at the bottom :rolleyes:
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11-21-11, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By Llamero

The problem with this is the same problem with...

The problem with this is the same problem with any data mining study. There's no one out there determining how many cars are still drivable, let alone being driven. I would love to know people's...
11-19-11, 10:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,943
Posted By Llamero

Bipolar is actually very manageable without meds...

Bipolar is actually very manageable without meds if you're vigilant. The meds make the brain feel foggy, and slows it way down so that hypomania doesn't take-off, but the consequence is you can't...
11-19-11, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,400
Posted By Llamero

^That^ I start with the middle on my face, wrap,...

^That^ I start with the middle on my face, wrap, the ends behind my nexk, and then let them drape over my chest. I then zip up the jacket, and the scarf stays put.
11-18-11, 02:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,943
Posted By Llamero

The problem with depressive disorders is that...

The problem with depressive disorders is that they have a strong positive feedback loop (hence why they area disorder in the first place). When depressed, you no longer want to go out and do stuff...
11-17-11, 10:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,117
Posted By Llamero

I do pretty much the same thing. I use my...

I do pretty much the same thing. I use my derailleur as much as I can in winter, but always park it at the perfect FG combo, so that when nature decides my bike needs to be a single speed, I'm ready...
11-17-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,226
Posted By Llamero

Another idea for the knees would be to take your...

Another idea for the knees would be to take your bike to a local bike shop and get the bike properly fit. Also, if you pedal at a slow cadence, this can also hurt your knees pretty fast, so a lower...
11-17-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,226
Posted By Llamero

Keep in mind that the windings on a motor are...

Keep in mind that the windings on a motor are setup for a specific range of RPM. Most electric bike motor manufacturers don't just limit the motor to 15-20MPH, they build the motor to travel at this...
11-17-11, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,540
Posted By Llamero

This is a useful link for figuring out haw many...

This is a useful link for figuring out haw many watts you will need to climb the hillls around you. Knowing how far you want travel, the speed at which you want to travel, and how many watts of...
11-10-11, 03:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,791
Posted By Llamero

Am I the only one who has never fallen on snow or...

Am I the only one who has never fallen on snow or ice? I have strapped pedals, but have never even come close to falling. On ice the bike is rock solid (although this is probably because of my...
11-09-11, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 897
Posted By Llamero

Torque sensor on the rear wheel. The harder you...

Torque sensor on the rear wheel. The harder you pedal, the more throttle you give to the motor. Completely hands free riding :D
11-08-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,138
Posted By Llamero

I use Nokian Mount & Grounds. They have low...

I use Nokian Mount & Grounds. They have low rolling resistance on pavement, and enough tread to get through snow up to a few inches deep (the key is to keep your speed up, and an electric motor...
11-07-11, 07:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,138
Posted By Llamero

The other nice thing about an electric system...

The other nice thing about an electric system with regenerative braking is that you basically have antilock brakes on the bike. It is very nice on the steep downhills to just crank up the regen, and...
11-07-11, 07:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By Llamero

LL Bean - If you buy a returned item (especially...

LL Bean - If you buy a returned item (especially if it's pre-embroidered) they run really cheap. There's also a balance between quality and cheap. If you buy too cheap, you'll just wind up having...
11-05-11, 08:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,138
Posted By Llamero

Dear lord, at those prices you might as well go...

Dear lord, at those prices you might as well go electric. I used to have gas motors on my bicycles, but the noise and vibration got old. They also take a bit of maintenance. In my latest upgrade I...
11-05-11, 07:55 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,791
Posted By Llamero

Just make sure you buy studded tires with carbide...

Just make sure you buy studded tires with carbide studs. I've been riding on Nokian Mount & Grounds for several years now, and I've never lost a stud, nor have they been worn down. I'm now riding...
11-04-11, 07:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,791
Posted By Llamero

I'm sure others will point this out, but get some...

I'm sure others will point this out, but get some studded tires. Those things grip to ice better than rubber grips to pavement. If you're at all like me, you'll wind up seeking out the ice, as it...
11-04-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,795
Posted By Llamero

Meh, it's comfortable and it works. If I wanted...

Meh, it's comfortable and it works. If I wanted to look cool, I could just buy an Audi and drive that in the winter, but what's the fun in that? :)
11-04-11, 09:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,059
Posted By Llamero

I bought two new BionX PL-350 systems at a 50%...

I bought two new BionX PL-350 systems at a 50% discount on Craigslist (keep your eyes open, it happens). They have been performing great for me. I live in a somewhat hilly area, and have tested the...
11-04-11, 07:02 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,795
Posted By Llamero

I'm wearing plastic shopping bags over my...

I'm wearing plastic shopping bags over my sneakers; that way my feet stay warm and dry while still fitting on the pedals, and they're free! :D
11-03-11, 12:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,795
Posted By Llamero

Bring it on! :thumb: ...

Bring it on! :thumb:
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10-31-11, 08:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,892
Posted By Llamero

Really? I have been riding an aluminum frame in...

Really? I have been riding an aluminum frame in a maritime environment, and through very hard winters for 10 years now, and have never seen any corrosion at all on the frame, even on the three key...
10-28-11, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 646
Posted By Llamero

Now :D

Now :D
10-28-11, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,149
Posted By Llamero

Higher quality parts will fare better in...

Higher quality parts will fare better in inclement weather, but will also cost more to replace when they finally succumb to the elements. Out where I live they salt the roads till they're white so I...
10-28-11, 04:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,663
Posted By Llamero

I wear plastic shopping bags over sneakers, wind...

I wear plastic shopping bags over sneakers, wind pants, a good outer shell jacket with a sweater and a fleece layer underneath, and some mitt gloves. If snowing, ski goggles are invaluable as snow...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-11, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,432
Posted By Llamero

I've found that whether it's gel, foam, or what...

I've found that whether it's gel, foam, or what have you, all saddles have a break-in period before they become perfect. When I went to buy my first replacement saddle, after I'd completely worn out...
10-28-11, 11:48 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,081
Posted By Llamero

I have ridden in hurricanes and thunderstorms...

I have ridden in hurricanes and thunderstorms (although no tornadoes), and I would have to rank full blown nor'easters (blizzards) as by far the most unpleasant. Steady high winds with "knock you...
10-28-11, 11:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 950
Posted By Llamero

The article is a really interesting compliment to...

The article is a really interesting compliment to the research already demonstrating that intense exercise is also effective in combating depression (in fact it has a higher success rate than any...
10-28-11, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Llamero

Unfortunately we live in a second floor 500 sq....

Unfortunately we live in a second floor 500 sq. ft. apartment, with no garage or inside storage. Bikes tend to get a little iffy in a lot of rain, but religious lubing can solve that pretty easily. ...
10-27-11, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Llamero

The only problem with rinsing is that it stays...

The only problem with rinsing is that it stays consistently below freezing from December to March around here. In fact, when I have to rinse off the derailleur in winter, the only way to do it is to...
10-27-11, 02:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Llamero

Awesome, that's exactly what I'm looking for. ...

Awesome, that's exactly what I'm looking for. I've found the Shimano drive train to be especially resilient against inclement weather, and aluminum frames are really bomb proof. On top of snow and...
10-27-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 970
Posted By Llamero

I've never used the big dummy, but I do use an...

I've never used the big dummy, but I do use an Xtracycle both as a commuter vehicle (with the wife on the back) and as a cargo bike (hauling groceries, etc.). I've hauled everything from people, to...
10-27-11, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Llamero

I was expecting the second broken spoke to either...

I was expecting the second broken spoke to either be next to or opposite the first one, but instead it was about 90 degrees. The wheel was machine built, but then retensioned by the LBS, at least so...
10-26-11, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Llamero

Or move to AZ :P Thanks for the info, I'll...

Or move to AZ :P

Thanks for the info, I'll look into it.
10-26-11, 05:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Llamero

Price is not a limiting factor, but I have...

Price is not a limiting factor, but I have learned that sometimes a more expensive bike does not equate to better all weather performance (the $850 Trek 7500 my wife bought has been a total lemon -...
10-26-11, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Llamero

All weather commuter tandem

My wife and I have been living car free in a small town for several years, and have tried a variety of commuting options involving bicycling and walking.

The latest iteration has been me hauling...
10-26-11, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Llamero

Exploding spokes

I have an Xtracycle that I originally bought to haul groceries (we live sans car in a small rural town), but this summer I realized it would make for a decent two-person commuter vehicle. The route...
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