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Forum: Recumbent
10-12-16, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,850
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Flood and mud

A year or so ago I was riding on my Rans Stratus home from church, and had gotten the tires a bit dirty. Upon seeing a nice puddle, I decided to run through it, as it was on a park on a trail. ...
Forum: Recumbent
10-11-16, 11:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,128
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Rans Stratus Recombant

I have been using my Rans Stratus for 15 years, and have about 15,000 miles on it. With my gearing, I can climb pretty steep hills, but it gets a bit unstable at under 5 mph. The Stratus is very...
02-08-16, 11:19 PM
Replies: 2,934
Views: 255,892
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I told you a while back that I would check in...

I told you a while back that I would check in from time to time. Here's a helmet study you should actually read, front to back.
...
12-02-15, 01:30 AM
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Views: 255,892
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Once. John

Once.

John
11-29-14, 04:15 PM
Replies: 2,934
Views: 255,892
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I-Like-To-Bike, It appears that you are...

I-Like-To-Bike,

It appears that you are correct. Here's an interesting quote from Oregon Attorney Bob Mionske:

However, there is a comment in Federal Court which is causing ripples in the...
11-27-14, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2,934
Views: 255,892
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I kinda hate to get back into the helmet...

I kinda hate to get back into the helmet thread--it's been a while and I've participated in so many of these, but I need to call your attention to this website, because rydabent has a point:

I...
08-29-14, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I have my wife's Bell V1Pro helmet, similar...

I have my wife's Bell V1Pro helmet, similar design and same era (1980s), and it has a Snell sticker on the inside. It has been "retired," but I still have it around as an example of a hard shell...
08-28-14, 10:37 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Actually, your intuition is correct even if your...

Actually, your intuition is correct even if your study is not. Take a look at a few newer studies:

This paper shows that children in Sweden had fewer injuries because of higher rates of wearing...
08-28-14, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

It's funny that you quote this study, as it...

It's funny that you quote this study, as it states:


John
05-07-14, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Here's an idea that may address the complaints...

Here's an idea that may address the complaints about bicycle helmets--the invisible bicycle helmet:

GE FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas...
05-04-14, 11:31 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Thanks for the quote. You need to be aware,...

Thanks for the quote. You need to be aware, however, that I am not aiming to change people who are arguing against helmets. Their minds are made up. But if by providing information to counter...
05-04-14, 01:23 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Ah, but some falls will result in head contact,...

Ah, but some falls will result in head contact, and if it ever happens, those g-forces can happen without a helmet...I know that as a fact. My head was in this helmet when it contacted the pavement....
05-03-14, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

You need to re-read the citation: Note that...

You need to re-read the citation:

Note that these were actual measured values, not some hypothetical. Yes, these values happen from a height of 1.5-2 meters, dropped onto pavement or cement. ...
05-03-14, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

How about this study, from a more reliable,...

How about this study, from a more reliable, peer-reviewed source:



John
04-30-14, 09:37 PM
Replies: 2,364
Views: 446,944
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I have two that I ride a lot. Here is my...

I have two that I ride a lot. Here is my Rivendhell Rambouellet:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y76/yaquinaguy/IMG_1351.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/yaquinaguy/media/IMG_1351.jpg.html)
...
04-30-14, 08:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,488
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I think we, as a society, are habituated to...

I think we, as a society, are habituated to driving, not addicted. There is a difference. We do not go through withdrawal when we sleep in on Saturday, for instance. But saying that, it takes a...
04-03-14, 03:00 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

rekmeyata, I ride on three bicycles, my...

rekmeyata,

I ride on three bicycles, my Rivendell Rambouillet, a Trek 1420 and my Rans Stratus recumbent. It is the Rambouillet which has the Brooks saddle on it, and because I share my ride time...
04-02-14, 10:24 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I second what Six jours states above. Saddles...

I second what Six jours states above. Saddles for upright bicycles is a very personal thing. I have used a split saddle, and liked it too. Mine has a thick foam base too, and is being used by my...
03-30-14, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Actually, the MHL "debate" is occurring mainly in...

Actually, the MHL "debate" is occurring mainly in Bike Forums, and not at the legislature, at least in Oregon and a number of other states. That debate for MHLs for kids is completed. Any debate on...
03-30-14, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Six jours, You above put into a quote of...

Six jours,

You above put into a quote of mine something I never wrote. Could you remove it from the "quote" and put it into your text (that last sentence, which was written by you)?

The...
03-30-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Response to Hitler analogy

To find something repugnant and insulting does not mean outraged. The three are slightly different. It is a copout to bring up Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when someone calls you on a post which...
03-29-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

You know, Six jours, I have a test for...

You know, Six jours, I have a test for appropriateness. My Mom used to say, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." (I know, it's an old saying, but being a history major I thought...
03-28-14, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

howsteepisit, I keep harping on...

howsteepisit,

I keep harping on infrastructure because it is the best control for bicycling injuries, as evidenced in the graph I presented from the Bicycling and Walking Benchmark 2012 Report. ...
03-28-14, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

If you'll look at the lower photograph, I doubt...

If you'll look at the lower photograph, I doubt that any of the avid cyclists who feel that there's too much emphasis no helmets rides a bicycle like these. These are upright bicycles, with high...
03-28-14, 09:49 AM
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Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Obviously, you have not held pieces of people...

Obviously, you have not held pieces of people during war if you think this is funny. It may drive home a point, but this kind of "driving home..." caused several of these threads to be stopped. I...
03-28-14, 01:34 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I-Like-To-Bike, I'd trade the bicycling...

I-Like-To-Bike,

I'd trade the bicycling infrastructure that is present in Gouda, The Netherlands for a helmet if I could. Instead, I must cope with a culture in the USA which promotes...
03-28-14, 01:21 AM
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Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I thought I'd capture this one before you change...

I thought I'd capture this one before you change it...there is nothing respectful about this at all. It appears from the way you express yourself that you have never served in the military of the...
03-27-14, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Howsteepisit, I was referring to the time...

Howsteepisit,

I was referring to the time period, not the place. Being from Eugene, I think there are only a few times you would go to Corvallis, and that is when the Ducks are there! ;)

This...
03-27-14, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Here is a photo of the cover of the City of...

Here is a photo of the cover of the City of Corvallis' Bicycle Ordinance & Handbook from about 1971. I think this is where a lot of people who post against helmets want us to go. There is only one...
03-27-14, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Thank you for this post. It does provide some...

Thank you for this post. It does provide some perspective.

John
03-23-14, 12:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,847
Posted By John C. Ratliff

The Alliance for Biking and Walking...

The Alliance for Biking and Walking (http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/) has a Bicycling and Walking in the United States Benchmarking Report--2012...
03-22-14, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

You brought up cowboys, not me. John

You brought up cowboys, not me.

John
03-22-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

There is no compliance, and no command; simply...

There is no compliance, and no command; simply logic. Some cowboys are now using helmets too.

By the way, the OSHA Cowboy ...
03-22-14, 12:18 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Again, you (plural) need to read what I have...

Again, you (plural) need to read what I have written. Let me re-quote it:

We both have something in common; we have both taught EMT classes. I was a USAF Pararescueman for almost ten years too. ...
03-21-14, 02:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,665
Posted By John C. Ratliff

They'll laugh until they hit a pothole or...

They'll laugh until they hit a pothole or stretch of gravel and take a spill.

John
03-21-14, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

That is not how Oregon OSHA and Federal OSHA look...

That is not how Oregon OSHA and Federal OSHA look at things:


Concerning these ways of thinking, you can state that they don't apply to bicycling, but there are many of us who feel otherwise. ...
03-21-14, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I was responding to this quote: It is not...

I was responding to this quote:

It is not just PSM which uses worst-case planning in safety, but if you think it is a reach to plan for the worst case, I cannot dissuade you. However, experience...
03-21-14, 01:20 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I-Like-To-Bike, I used to think the same...

I-Like-To-Bike,

I used to think the same way, that doing a good judo roll could get me out of most situations. But that was a few decades ago, and a couple of trips to the hospital as the result...
03-21-14, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

That term is so offensive that someone using it...

That term is so offensive that someone using it and also claiming others are name-calling is almost too funny to believe. Here's a nice version of a typical response to that sort of verbage: Who are...
03-20-14, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Six jours, that was meant to be somewhat cynical...

Six jours, that was meant to be somewhat cynical but humorous pun of the comments you (plural use) have been using against those that feel bicycle helmets have value.

I-Like-To-Bike, you state,...
03-20-14, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

It is interesting to me that all you nay-sayers...

It is interesting to me that all you nay-sayers on helmets can offer is a personal attack. No, I won't re-analyze the risk assessment, as that is how a risk for a situation is done by safety...
03-20-14, 11:25 AM
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Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Thank you, that helped. John

Thank you, that helped.

John
03-19-14, 11:02 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Something like this: ...

Something like this:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y76/yaquinaguy/RiskAssessmentMatrix.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/yaquinaguy/media/RiskAssessmentMatrix.jpg.html)
From ANSI Z10-2005,...
03-19-14, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

In the safety profession, we use what is called...

In the safety profession, we use what is called the Hierarchy of Controls (http://www.qualitysystems.com/support/pages/hierarchy-of-controls). You will note that PPE (personal protective equipment,...
03-19-14, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

mconlonx, I'll address more comprehensively...

mconlonx,

I'll address more comprehensively your thoughts on risk compensation a bit later, as that will take more composition, and I don't want to do it on the fly (waiting for an appointment...
03-19-14, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

If you throw in a few things, such as better...

If you throw in a few things, such as better visibility (lights on helmets), better protection (even for road rash--but actually for brain injury), it's like throwing in some greens, some carrots, a...
03-19-14, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

On a Tadpole recumbant trike the pedals would be...

On a Tadpole recumbant trike the pedals would be pointed straight down--reflectors would not do much. :)

John
03-19-14, 12:50 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

Okay, here's your quote in its entirety: ...

Okay, here's your quote in its entirety:

That first part of the qualifications pertains to a 2007 study by I. Walker (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17064655). This study has now been...
03-18-14, 01:03 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

You might try this: Howsteepisit, you posed...

You might try this:

Howsteepisit, you posed a question, so will I; how much is a child's life worth? 'Seems to be a weird question. Today there were kids (two boys) on my street playing with...
03-18-14, 12:53 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 460,092
Posted By John C. Ratliff

I wore a helmet today on a ride to the Post...

I wore a helmet today on a ride to the Post Office. I also wore cycling shoes, gloves, leg coverings (it was a bit cold in my shorts) and a rain cape (spitting rain at times). The helmet is the...
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