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05-18-13, 12:40 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,400
Posted By ianbrettcooper

LOL. Sounds like someone has missed a dose of his...

LOL. Sounds like someone has missed a dose of his medication.
12-03-12, 06:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,272
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Rubbish. Yes, people make mistakes. But they...

Rubbish. Yes, people make mistakes. But they don't make deadly mistakes very often, and they're more likely to make a mistake if they don't see us, and when we're out of the lane, we're less visible....
12-03-12, 03:34 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 15,728
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Rubbish. Firstly, it's not failing to operate...

Rubbish. Firstly, it's not failing to operate under the rules of the road, and secondly, taking the lane keeps everyone safer.
12-03-12, 03:15 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 15,728
Posted By ianbrettcooper

The vast majority of travel lane rear end crashes...

The vast majority of travel lane rear end crashes happen to those who are riding in the gutter. That's because gutter-cyclists are far less visible than those who are taking the lane.

And rear-end...
12-03-12, 03:09 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 15,728
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Maryland law allows you to use the full lane in...

Maryland law allows you to use the full lane in almost any circumstance, since the only time you must ride in a bike lane is if it's safe to do so, and since bike lanes are not as safe as the road,...
11-19-12, 04:15 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 15,728
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I always take the lane. Here in Maryland, it's...

I always take the lane. Here in Maryland, it's always legal to take the lane in the absence of other traffic, if you're going as fast as other traffic, or if you're going at the speed limit. Also,...
11-18-12, 11:27 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,400
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Motorcycles and bicycles ARE vehicles.

Motorcycles and bicycles ARE vehicles.
11-18-12, 11:18 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,400
Posted By ianbrettcooper

As a resident of Montgomery County, MD, each of...

As a resident of Montgomery County, MD, each of my bikes is required to be registered with the county, and each of them receives a license and a number plate which must be attached to the bike frame....
08-15-12, 12:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,652
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Top-down is the old school way and the way I...

Top-down is the old school way and the way I prefer. If you wrap it properly (i.e. tightly) it's not going to shift. And if you wrap top-down and do a figure-8 around the brakes, you don't need any...
05-23-12, 07:25 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

And that's a perfectly valid and respectable...

And that's a perfectly valid and respectable opinion. It allows that some of us might value color choices over other attributes even though it makes clear that you wouldn't make such a choice for...
05-23-12, 05:29 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

So you don't like the free market? If you don't...

So you don't like the free market? If you don't like the company, don't buy their products.

And anyway, I don't buy the premise. Big Shot Bikes offers a unique service - a cosmetic color...
05-23-12, 05:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

It doesn't have to. People are more complex than...

It doesn't have to. People are more complex than can be encompassed by a single argument on an internet thread.



Both. The Raleigh Grand Prix was the lowest-end Raleigh made at the time.


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05-22-12, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 899
Posted By ianbrettcooper

The problem may not be so much that motorists...

The problem may not be so much that motorists overestimate the dangers involved in cycling (though I'm sure they do). The real problem is that they massively underestimate the dangers of driving -...
05-22-12, 08:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I like low end bikes. They have no pretensions to...

I like low end bikes. They have no pretensions to be more than what they are - a mode of transport. The idea that they are not 'decent' is a good example of the problem with some people when it comes...
05-22-12, 07:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

So people get taken in by marketing. That's...

So people get taken in by marketing. That's hardly a revelation. And what's wrong with buying a bike that looks cool. As for a Thruster, Thrusters don't look cool. They look like a $100 piece of...
05-22-12, 05:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

The thing is, some folks just want to ride a...

The thing is, some folks just want to ride a bike. They don't care about the best parts, the lightest frames or any of that stuff that others go crazy over. They just want the bike to go. If it goes,...
05-21-12, 03:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,714
Posted By ianbrettcooper

So what happened with this thread? I've always...

So what happened with this thread? I've always believed that bikes are so over-engineered that a reasonable person can make any bike work for him. Is the OP around to say whether or not he was happy...
04-23-12, 09:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,577
Posted By ianbrettcooper

You're assuming that sidewalk riders only collide...

You're assuming that sidewalk riders only collide with pedestrians, signposts or garbage bins. But most accidents happening to sidewalk riders occur on the road at an intersection - and they are just...
04-23-12, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,360
Posted By ianbrettcooper

When did I ever say that cyclists are required to...

When did I ever say that cyclists are required to ride "as far right as possible". I said that they were required to ride as far right as practicable, but that in a courtroom it would be interpreted...
04-22-12, 05:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,577
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I agree that perception is a serious problem. But...

I agree that perception is a serious problem. But the perception has to be changed in order for things to get better. I think it's a mistake to cater to a dangerous perception.
04-22-12, 11:45 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,577
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I'm with the cops in terms of them being...

I'm with the cops in terms of them being justified in handing the cyclist a ticket. Sophie Hoad, the cyclist in this case said: "For me, I feel it's safer to ride my bike on the sidewalk instead of...
04-22-12, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,193
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I think these kinds of accidents happen at a rate...

I think these kinds of accidents happen at a rate of about one a year in the US. Being killed by a cyclist is probably about as likely as being struck by lightning. I think it's interesting that the...
04-22-12, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 899
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I don't think it's a case of 'man bites dog' so...

I don't think it's a case of 'man bites dog' so much as it's evidence of a 'moral panic' about cyclists. I've attempted (probably poorly) to explain a little of my thinking on this in my blog at The...
03-04-12, 08:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,710
Posted By ianbrettcooper

There are plenty of nice red Grands Prix like...

There are plenty of nice red Grands Prix like that about. I bought one in excellent condition last year that had barely been ridden and that had sat in a garage for nearly 40 years - cost me $50....
03-04-12, 07:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,710
Posted By ianbrettcooper

You can put 700c wheels on it, but you may need...

You can put 700c wheels on it, but you may need to change out the Weinmann 610 front brakes for the longer reach 750s that the Grand Prix uses on the rear wheel. The 610s may (just) reach, but the...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 21,915
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Hey, that's me you're talking about. I match the...

Hey, that's me you're talking about. I match the description exactly, except my lights are not DIY and I don't usually wear knee-high socks (but I do own a couple of pairs). Fenders, rack, bags,...
08-15-11, 06:11 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 15,728
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Firstly, I try never to use the shoulder. The...

Firstly, I try never to use the shoulder. The shoulder is about as safe as cycling on the sidewalk - in other words, very unsafe.

About the only times I don't take the lane are when I want to...
Forum: Northeast
08-01-11, 09:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,571
Posted By ianbrettcooper

A big problem that many people have with us...

A big problem that many people have with us cyclists is that too many cyclists share your "the rules of the road don't apply to me" attitude. The rules exist for a reason and if you break them, you...
Forum: Northeast
07-31-11, 08:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,571
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Have to agree with this. In this case it took two...

Have to agree with this. In this case it took two to tango. Still, it doesn't excuse the cop, and it certainly doesn't make what the police did afterwards right in any way.
Forum: Northeast
07-29-11, 10:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,571
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Riding in the door zone may be stupid, but it's...

Riding in the door zone may be stupid, but it's legal. Opening a door without checking to make sure it's safe is both potentially deadly and illegal.
07-19-11, 02:08 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,308
Posted By ianbrettcooper

In my opinion, brifters. I have a few old...

In my opinion, brifters.

I have a few old 1970s bikes. If I could only add one thing, I would add brifters.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,188
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I think there are a few interesting things about...

I think there are a few interesting things about this race:

Firstly, it wouldn't have taken an elite group of cyclists to beat the plane travelers. The average speed of the folks who traveled by...
06-15-11, 05:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,892
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I think you're missing the point. It's not...

I think you're missing the point. It's not pedestrians and driveways that pose the danger - it's cars at intersections. Sidewalks are dangerous to sidewalk-riding cyclists for the same reason that...
05-26-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,933
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I agree. I am a staunch defender of this mode of...

I agree. I am a staunch defender of this mode of cycling, yet I very rarely call it 'vehicular cycling'. The phrase is just too awkward. I call it 'road cycling', 'commuting', 'avoiding badly...
05-25-11, 04:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,455
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Ken Kifer was git by a drunk driver who crossed...

Ken Kifer was git by a drunk driver who crossed into the oncoming lane. He could just as easily have died while walking or driving down that road. Cyclists die every day while on their bikes. That...
05-25-11, 12:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,455
Posted By ianbrettcooper

The website at...

The website at http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/health/risks.htm puts it all into context based on hours driven/ridden, mileage, age, etc.

The basic conclusion, as I see it, is that cycling is...
05-11-11, 04:25 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I like bikes. That means I DON'T see them merely...

I like bikes. That means I DON'T see them merely as tools to get in shape. Then again, I've never had problems with my weight or fitness, nor do I suffer from the self-esteem issues that might lead...
05-11-11, 04:07 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Is anything worth getting excited enough about to...

Is anything worth getting excited enough about to discuss? We're not solving world peace here. Those who don't find it interesting aren't required to chip in. I find it very interesting - I am...
05-11-11, 04:01 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Go-fast culture is only a very small subset of...

Go-fast culture is only a very small subset of cyclists. This is, I think, the problem here - the go-fast crowd is assuming that all cyclists want to go fast. Not everyone has a lightweight road...
05-11-11, 03:54 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

But you can only brake from one hand position...

But you can only brake from one hand position with those brakes. So they're not 'better'. Anyway, they don't attempt to do the same job, so it's comparing apples to oranges.
05-11-11, 09:47 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Why is it that people feel the need to call into...

Why is it that people feel the need to call into question my ability to ride simply because I give reasons for preferring extension levers. Heck, I could say the same thing about those who don't like...
05-11-11, 09:43 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Yeah, like being in top physical condition is the...

Yeah, like being in top physical condition is the be-all and end-all of cycling. :rolleyes:
05-11-11, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 272
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Derailler claw bent and stuck

Hi folks,

I'm having a problem with an old SunTour V-GT Luxe derailleur I just got for one of my vintage bikes. I noticed the claw was bent so instead of trying to mess with it, I ordered a new...
05-10-11, 10:51 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

What are you, a professional scatologist? Is that...

What are you, a professional scatologist? Is that what you worked your way through college to become?

Look, you may have bought a Team Fuji for $100 and you may have worked your way through...
05-10-11, 10:29 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Sounds like you've never been fresh out of high...

Sounds like you've never been fresh out of high school and working a minimum wage job for a few months without transportation. If you had, and if you had compared a second-hand bike boom Raleigh that...
05-10-11, 09:53 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

Yes, that's true - IF YOU WANT TO BRAKE. Why is...

Yes, that's true - IF YOU WANT TO BRAKE. Why is it only a few people have understood my point?

What if you don't need to brake? What if you're going 30mph, you've changed from the drops because...
05-10-11, 09:41 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

There are no POS bikes - there are only cyclists...

There are no POS bikes - there are only cyclists who don't appreciate them. There's a reason low-end steel Schwinns and Raleighs are still around today, and it's not because they are POS: it's...
05-10-11, 09:25 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I keep hearing that it makes it super hard to use...

I keep hearing that it makes it super hard to use the hoods. I never found it hard - the crook of the thumb rests right over (or in front of) the button on the extension lever - there's no...
05-10-11, 09:15 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

The OP never claimed that extension levers were...

The OP never claimed that extension levers were better for braking. You're making the same flawed assumption that drives Sheldon Brown's article - that extension levers should be used for primary...
05-10-11, 11:53 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 26,275
Posted By ianbrettcooper

I did cover that: I find...

I did cover that:





I find derailleurs inefficient, bulky and unsightly, but like extension levers, nothing that does the job better has ever become available at anything like the same...
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