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12-10-13, 11:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,499
Posted By charbucks

I've been taking transit for the past week. We've...

I've been taking transit for the past week. We've been hovering between -25 and -30 C (-13 to -22 F) for the past week, accompanied by some pretty ferocious winds. I'm not a big fan of "feels like"...
10-03-13, 11:46 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 37,183
Posted By charbucks

I'm not fat, but I'm not in great shape. I can...

I'm not fat, but I'm not in great shape. I can either go for a long time, or go fast, but not both. I'm pretty small all around (5'3", 110 lbs ish) and I find I often struggle to keep up with other...
09-27-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,910
Posted By charbucks

Honestly, my cold-weather cutoff for anything...

Honestly, my cold-weather cutoff for anything more than half an hour is about -20 C (-4 F). I once biked to an xc ski lesson in that temperature, did hill repeats and various other exercises for 2.5...
09-25-13, 01:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,173
Posted By charbucks

I'm 5'3", and I used to ride a 70's kids 5-speed...

I'm 5'3", and I used to ride a 70's kids 5-speed that I converted to an "upright" bike by swapping out the handlebars. It was $10 on kijiji.

It had super polished 24" steel wheels though, and the...
09-25-13, 01:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,230
Posted By charbucks

My clothing choices depend on where I'm going and...

My clothing choices depend on where I'm going and why.

If I'm riding short distances or to a social event, I wear whatever. I've recently learned that cycling in pantyhose is not a good idea...
09-06-13, 01:07 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,439
Posted By charbucks

Yup, this happens. My grocery store is 850 m...

Yup, this happens.

My grocery store is 850 m (I just looked it up), but it's located on a one-way road such that to drive there it's 1.2 km. Add in traffic and a congested parking lot and I'm...
09-05-13, 12:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By charbucks

That bike train is a great idea! There was a...

That bike train is a great idea!

There was a feature in our local newspaper about a group of kids doing something similar in Calgary:...
09-05-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By charbucks

No problem, I hope something comes of it for you!...

No problem, I hope something comes of it for you!

I actually don't have kids (yet!)... I've just heard about it from the news and from teacher friends.
09-05-13, 09:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By charbucks

I've been hearing a lot about Safe Routes to...

I've been hearing a lot about Safe Routes to School programs, an organization that funds and helps communities to develop various initiatives to encourage walking and biking to school. It looks like...
09-05-13, 09:06 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,439
Posted By charbucks

I think one of the major ones is sidewalks, in...

I think one of the major ones is sidewalks, in addition to neighbourhood stores.

There are suburbs that don't have sidewalks - they assume that everyone drives a car in and out of the community....
09-04-13, 09:42 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,439
Posted By charbucks

Also, I think a distance to work is more...

Also, I think a distance to work is more tolerable because of two reasons:
1) You spend a lot more time at work, so the commute is a lower percentage of the total trip
2) You *have* to go to work
...
09-02-13, 12:09 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,439
Posted By charbucks

I fully agree with the "prioritize the grocery...

I fully agree with the "prioritize the grocery store" thing.

My last house was short biking distance, but impractical walking distance (around 3 km) from a grocery store. My new place is less than...
08-13-13, 12:26 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,740
Posted By charbucks

I think the main part of the poverty problem is...

I think the main part of the poverty problem is in the image that people feel they're required to uphold. This has come up a bunch in relation to car ownership, but it applies to other areas of life...
08-13-13, 09:29 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,740
Posted By charbucks

I wonder how much this will change in the future,...

I wonder how much this will change in the future, as it seems that people of my generation aren't driving as much...
Forum: Triathlon
08-08-13, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 673
Posted By charbucks

Have you tried the 172.5s? I'd be surprised if...

Have you tried the 172.5s? I'd be surprised if you really noticed a difference.

I say this because I'm riding on 170s on my road bike and 165s on my touring bike, and my "optimum" is probably even...
08-07-13, 03:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,896
Posted By charbucks

On the other hand, I don't mind when people tail...

On the other hand, I don't mind when people tail me for a while, as long as they aren't honking or driving too close. Who am I to tell them they're safe to pass when they don't feel comfortable doing...
Forum: Triathlon
07-29-13, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,816
Posted By charbucks

I survived! And just like OldTryGuy, I also took...

I survived! And just like OldTryGuy, I also took it slow and had an awesome time (though I didn't get a "good time" ;))!

The worst part of the day was forgetting my Garmin in the car, so I had no...
07-25-13, 04:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,485
Posted By charbucks

I used to have those things, and I sometimes I...

I used to have those things, and I sometimes I wish I still did.

Garage: all the dirty sloppy stuff like beer making, bike maintenance, ski waxing, etc. My poor skis went unwaxed many times last...
07-25-13, 03:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,896
Posted By charbucks

That reminds me of a certain someone who packed...

That reminds me of a certain someone who packed his family into his SUV so as to run the air conditioning, as his power had gone out in his house (and imagine the horror of being without A/C for a...
Forum: Triathlon
07-25-13, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 987
Posted By charbucks

What kind of road bike do you have? If it's...

What kind of road bike do you have? If it's halfway decent, I'd just stick with that. Add some clip-on aerobars and you're good to go.
Forum: Triathlon
07-25-13, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,816
Posted By charbucks

Feeling underprepared for my first 70.3...

... in 3 days!

I'm doing the Calgary half Ironman on Sunday and I'm feeling undertrained and unprepared. I haven't done much in the way of practising nutrition, I haven't done any bike rides over...
06-17-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By charbucks

Averaging 180 doesn't seem out of line for a...

Averaging 180 doesn't seem out of line for a teenager. I'm 28, and I average around 175 during a 2 hour half marathon. Some of us just have higher heart rates than others.

I find the important...
05-21-13, 08:00 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,602
Posted By charbucks

You know... you don't have to go to college in...

You know... you don't have to go to college in the US. Come north - even at international rates, my alma mater is currently around $10k a year. We also pay our grad students living wages. Jus'...
05-14-13, 11:05 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,602
Posted By charbucks

I'm glad to hear that you support increased...

I'm glad to hear that you support increased taxation for the benefit of the greater good. Also, if university education were free, we could adopt more stringent entrance requirements and get rid of...
05-13-13, 03:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,350
Posted By charbucks

1. Surly LHT weighs about 35 lbs with racks and...

1. Surly LHT weighs about 35 lbs with racks and fenders, and I've taken up to 40 lbs of groceries. Me + bike + groceries = about 185 lbs. 40 lbs is an atypical load though, so a more reasonable...
05-10-13, 10:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,582
Posted By charbucks

As others have said, it sounds like your bike is...

As others have said, it sounds like your bike is reasonably well set up for grocery stops, but the fear of theft is stopping you. Get a good lock (not a cable lock), and chances are your bike will be...
05-09-13, 03:50 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,982
Posted By charbucks

I think what ILTB was saying is that it would be...

I think what ILTB was saying is that it would be harder to find places to park the van in cities, and easier in rural areas. And that secluded rural areas (particularly the desert) seem to appeal to...
05-09-13, 03:29 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,175
Posted By charbucks

To continue the massive thread derailment... ...

To continue the massive thread derailment...

I think this is a key factor. I suspect the majority of people who feel "duped" by higher education are the ones who were unmotivated or felt entitled...
04-05-13, 12:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 970
Posted By charbucks

The opposite of this has been shown to be true as...

The opposite of this has been shown to be true as well. I think the most famous example is probably the removal of the Cheongyye freeway in Seoul, but there have been other cases where removing...
04-05-13, 12:07 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,478
Posted By charbucks

That is a good point... nostalgic, any comments? ...

That is a good point... nostalgic, any comments?

I have to admit, I've never heard of this being asked in an interview. I wonder if it's a more common question in certain types of jobs than in...
04-05-13, 08:37 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,478
Posted By charbucks

Wow, now I understand this "drive to the hospital...

Wow, now I understand this "drive to the hospital bit" a bit more.

I was with kmv2: why would I ever drive to someone to the hospital in a true emergency? In Canada, I have seen ambulances called...
03-22-13, 02:21 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,081
Posted By charbucks

That does seem a little weird. I've never heard...

That does seem a little weird. I've never heard of a public transit system where you can only transfer at specific transfer points.

Then again, I've never heard of public transit that only costs a...
03-21-13, 07:48 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 10,402
Posted By charbucks

While I should learn by now that Calgary's...

While I should learn by now that Calgary's weather is defined by temperature swings, this week was a bit crazy... Sunday morning I ran a 10k race in blowing snow and -14 C. It stayed fairly cold...
03-13-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,967
Posted By charbucks

From the sounds of it, walking in most of Canada...

From the sounds of it, walking in most of Canada is much better than it is in most of the US. I find walking to be considerably less stressful than biking, particularly if there's a greasy layer of...
03-11-13, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,365
Posted By charbucks

That sounds like a combination of exercise...

That sounds like a combination of exercise causing reduced blood flow and perhaps a bit of frost nip from the cold.

Have you never had fingers or toes turn white before? Perhaps it's just the...
03-05-13, 05:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,592
Posted By charbucks

I have a small U-lock and a heavy chain. I tend...

I have a small U-lock and a heavy chain. I tend to prefer the chain, as it allows for more flexible locking and is probably more secure, but it is bulkier and heavier. For short trips, I'll carry it...
03-04-13, 03:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,434
Posted By charbucks

Interesting, I've done the same thing without...

Interesting, I've done the same thing without much problem - perhaps there's a bike factor? I've put up to about 40 lbs of stuff split between two rear panniers on a Surly LHT (with 26" wheels). That...
03-01-13, 02:10 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 4,512
Posted By charbucks

What about the survey that I posted, which was...

What about the survey that I posted, which was the result of standing on a busy cycling corridor downtown and flagging down cyclists? The results are essentially identical, with the exception of even...
03-01-13, 12:14 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 4,512
Posted By charbucks

A similar result was found for Calgary (source...

A similar result was found for Calgary (source (http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Cycling/Cycling-Route-Improvements/Downtown-Commuter-cyclist-survey.aspx)):

Typical cyclists commuting...
02-28-13, 06:24 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 4,512
Posted By charbucks

I think the thing that keeps coming up over and...

I think the thing that keeps coming up over and over on this topic is a misunderstanding of where transportation funding usually comes from. It is not typically from gas taxes, licence registration...
02-27-13, 10:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,344
Posted By charbucks

Weight makes a big difference - both yours and...

Weight makes a big difference - both yours and your bike's. Relative to the rest of my riding I'm pretty good at hills, and I think it's mostly because I'm little (me + bike = sub 130). Uphills are...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-13, 09:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,198
Posted By charbucks

That's what I was worried about, incompatible...

That's what I was worried about, incompatible components. I think it might be best if I take it in to the LBS and see if they have any ideas.

I will try flipping the stem and see how that feels....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-13, 02:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,198
Posted By charbucks

My thoughts exactly. Jay, thanks for the feedback...

My thoughts exactly. Jay, thanks for the feedback on the Stronglight Impact cranks! At $60 ish there's not much harm in just trying it out. I might drop down a chain size too, since I rarely even use...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-13, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By charbucks

As long as your road shoes aren't too ventilated,...

As long as your road shoes aren't too ventilated, booties should be fine. I've worn full leather shoes with wool socks and cheapo waterproof (not insulated) booties down to the low teens and been...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-13, 09:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,198
Posted By charbucks

165 mm Campy crankset alternatives

I've just discovered that campy makes a 165 mm crankset, and now I'm trying to decide if it's worth it or if there are any other options.

My bike (a "should I buy this bike" being one of my first...
02-25-13, 03:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,703
Posted By charbucks

I admit, I'm kind of a beer snob, and I don't...

I admit, I'm kind of a beer snob, and I don't like either light beer or non-alcoholic beer. So, I agree, they probably taste the same ;)

I like nothing more than a few beers after a race or hard...
02-22-13, 03:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,208
Posted By charbucks

Awesome pictures! Looks like a great trip, and a...

Awesome pictures! Looks like a great trip, and a good test of the cold weather.

I just have one recommendation for gear... hut booties!...
02-22-13, 12:15 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,845
Posted By charbucks

I think this might be why the advent of...

I think this might be why the advent of carsharing (car2go, in my case) was the final impetus I needed to ditch the car. I rarely use the service, but at least it's there if I ever do need a car in a...
02-19-13, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 816
Posted By charbucks

I would wait until you're pain free. Knees aren't...

I would wait until you're pain free. Knees aren't something to mess with.

I would also say that it doesn't quite sound like IT band. That usually presents with pain on the outside of the knee, not...
02-13-13, 05:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By charbucks

Neat! I'm in the same situation as you, and...

Neat!

I'm in the same situation as you, and when I saw this post I thought "no way" - I've been training all winter for a ski race that will require a car trip to get to, and I'm not giving that...
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