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01-29-23, 07:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 614
Posted By PaulH

I'm a transportation biker and don't use bikes...

I'm a transportation biker and don't use bikes for anything else. I ride because car parking is scarce and inconvenient here in the DC area. Back in grad school, I decided that bikes were practical...
01-27-23, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 306
Posted By PaulH

Just got it done. Last operation was this...

Just got it done. Last operation was this week.There is so much more to vision than just acuity. I continue to be delighted and amazed by the result. Contrast is much better and the colors are really...
01-17-23, 07:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,933
Posted By PaulH

I started cycling only because of the shortage of...

I started cycling only because of the shortage of places to park my car. I can hop on the bike ride to the destination, and find some place to lock it, often not a bike rack, right near the door....
01-17-23, 04:00 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,206
Posted By PaulH

When I'm riding on ice or snow, I never touch my...

When I'm riding on ice or snow, I never touch my front brake. This has worked well for me in 60 years of winter cycling. In contrast, weight transfer allows the front brake to do almost all of the...
01-15-23, 08:51 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,777
Posted By PaulH

I gave up on derailleurs over twenty years ago....

I gave up on derailleurs over twenty years ago. Bad idea. One of the worst things that happened to cycling, along with rim brakes.
01-15-23, 08:26 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,933
Posted By PaulH

If there is no bike rack, drive. If there are no...

If there is no bike rack, drive. If there are no parking spaces for cars, use the Internet. If enough people will do this the offending businesses will disappear.
01-15-23, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26,495
Views: 2,879,333
Posted By PaulH

Studded tires are awesome! One of the reasons why...

Studded tires are awesome! One of the reasons why bikes are better than cars in the winter.
01-15-23, 07:56 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,777
Posted By PaulH

Chainguard. Don't buy a bike that lacks one.

Chainguard. Don't buy a bike that lacks one.
01-14-23, 02:08 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,526
Posted By PaulH

These reports of ebikes are interesting, because...

These reports of ebikes are interesting, because in the Washington DC area, the only ones I see are the rental ones from Capital Bikeshare. The few ebikers I see behave well. They go about as fast...
01-08-23, 02:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,047
Posted By PaulH

In my experience, the harm wrought by road salt...

In my experience, the harm wrought by road salt on bikes is nothing compared to what it does to cars. However, the combination of salt and sand will wear out wheel rims in one season. The solution is...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,215
Posted By PaulH

I'll start with my basic office clothing -- suit...

I'll start with my basic office clothing -- suit and tie. In the summer, it's a short sleeve dress shirt and I roll the coat and put it in a pannier. In much of fall and spring, the standard office...
12-11-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 24,451
Posted By PaulH

Always, in a a car or on a bike. Still...

Always, in a a car or on a bike. Still uncomfortable with right on red.
Forum: Commuting
11-14-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 20,900
Posted By PaulH

Making first tracks in the morning, especially...

Making first tracks in the morning, especially the first snowfall of the winter.
11-02-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,412
Posted By PaulH

Just ride normally. I'm amazed at people who...

Just ride normally. I'm amazed at people who drive their cars over wet, salted roads. Do they love corrosion?
Gym class is for school kids.
Cycling is not a sport; it is transportation.
One of the...
10-25-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,711
Posted By PaulH

I average about 10 mph.

I average about 10 mph.
10-25-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,106
Posted By PaulH

Used to commute every day, regardless of weather....

Used to commute every day, regardless of weather. My office switched to remote work during COVID. Now, I have much less need to ride. A few lunch or shopping trips a week is all I do,
10-10-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,163
Posted By PaulH

The reason that I bike is that I am too lazy to...

The reason that I bike is that I am too lazy to walk or drive.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,420
Posted By PaulH

To return to the original poster's question, I...

To return to the original poster's question, I agree that it is astounding that people will walk 30 minutes to work, when using a bike would be faster. less tiring, and less sweaty. I think one...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 965
Posted By PaulH

Twenty years of experience commuting in normal...

Twenty years of experience commuting in normal office clothing here, brought to a possible end by forced telework. My commute was 25 miles round trip for part of that time. I think that the "semi...
09-04-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4,719
Views: 371,667
Posted By PaulH

Three mile round trip top the beach and back.

Three mile round trip top the beach and back.
05-22-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,409
Posted By PaulH

Years ago, I visited a friend in Kansas and she...

Years ago, I visited a friend in Kansas and she took me to a Walmart because it was an example of local culture. I told her it was fascinating, but it would never catch on back East because people...
05-20-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,502
Posted By PaulH

Dynamo. Batteries are so 1800.

Dynamo. Batteries are so 1800.
Forum: Commuting
12-19-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,699
Posted By PaulH

My immediate reaction was that a 50 mile round...

My immediate reaction was that a 50 mile round trip commute is too far to drive. I went for years riding a 25 mile roundtrip every day,. I loved it, but it was two hours plus out of my life every day.
Forum: Commuting
12-05-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,626
Posted By PaulH

I use Mr. Tuffy liners with my Marathon Plus....

I use Mr. Tuffy liners with my Marathon Plus. This essentially eliminates flats.
11-18-21, 08:14 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,691
Posted By PaulH

Lack of parking spaces.

Lack of parking spaces.
Forum: Commuting
10-19-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 8,874
Posted By PaulH

Absolutely! Furthermore, shoot down 4 more and...

Absolutely! Furthermore, shoot down 4 more and you are an ace.
09-04-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,998
Posted By PaulH

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SLK 55 AMG here. The basic principle here is that bicycles are...
07-12-21, 05:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,071
Posted By PaulH

Slam on the brakes, get on their tail, roar at...

Slam on the brakes, get on their tail, roar at them, and chase them off the road. On the next encounter, they will recognize your dominance and treat you with respect.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,736
Posted By PaulH

I started riding because of the scarcity of car...

I started riding because of the scarcity of car parking spaces, so it is hard for me to imagine it f=hard to find bike parking. Light pole, bench, fence, whatever -- just lock it and be satisfied....
Forum: Commuting
06-26-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,368
Posted By PaulH

I wear normal office clothing with a light...

I wear normal office clothing with a light Gor-tex hooded raincoat and rain pants. Everything is loose. Why is a tight fit important? Loose fit keeps the moist clothing away from you. I have nylon,...
06-12-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 26,495
Views: 2,879,333
Posted By PaulH

I mile or two round trip for pancakes at the...

I mile or two round trip for pancakes at the local diner. Much of the convenience of living in Arlington is the result of having a bike, In any case, temperatures were in the 60s and I vividly...
05-15-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,000
Posted By PaulH

When you fill up once every month or two, you...

When you fill up once every month or two, you totally lose track of gas prices. The challenge is when someone says something like "I spent $3.56 per gallon last weekend," and you have to fake...
05-11-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,858
Posted By PaulH

Really? I started riding a bike because cars are...

Really? I started riding a bike because cars are impractical for getting to work around here.
05-06-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,515
Posted By PaulH

I've got an internally geared hub, so ratios are...

I've got an internally geared hub, so ratios are fixed. I've often thought of getting a Rohloff so the climb would be easier.
05-05-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,515
Posted By PaulH

Not my choice. I ride a seven speed bike, so...

Not my choice. I ride a seven speed bike, so steep hills are a mash.
05-02-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,972
Posted By PaulH

I switched to Brooks back when I was commuting 15...

I switched to Brooks back when I was commuting 15 hours a week in all weather conditions. Saddles wore out fast. I bought my Brooks for durability, rather than comfort but was pleasantly surprised...
04-25-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,808
Posted By PaulH

Here in the Washington, DC area, the docked bikes...

Here in the Washington, DC area, the docked bikes (Capital Bikeshare, or CABI) has been a resounding success ands is now an integral part of the r=transportation system, but the dockless ones, like...
04-24-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,972
Posted By PaulH

No experience with the pre=softened B17. I do...

No experience with the pre=softened B17. I do have a B67. It worked out fine. I wasn't aware of any break in. Install saddle on Saturday, ride to work on Monday. I know I wouldn't buy a car that...
04-19-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,292
Posted By PaulH

1. How old are you? 74 2. Fitness level on...

1. How old are you?
74

2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
5

3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 8.5

4. Typical riding conditions?
04-14-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,343
Posted By PaulH

Cars owned = 7, Bikes 3, Airplane 1 Mercedes...

Cars owned = 7, Bikes 3, Airplane 1
Mercedes 500 SE, 1980, 33 years
Cessna Cutlass RG, 1980 33 years
Specialized Crossroads, 1994, 27 years
Kettler Silverstar, 2001 20 years
Columbia Torpedo,...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,954
Posted By PaulH

Velo Orange stainless steel. No rattles, no rust,...

Velo Orange stainless steel. No rattles, no rust, and you can bolt your tail light on.
04-09-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,435
Posted By PaulH

Mobile bike repair. You call up the service and...

Mobile bike repair. You call up the service and they fix your bike while it is parked at your office or wherever.
04-04-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 14,903
Posted By PaulH

Cycling is transportation. It's like driving,...

Cycling is transportation. It's like driving, only more convenient if the distance is fairly short. Running a sport where you win by being more resistant to pain than your competitors. Which is...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,626
Posted By PaulH

Pre-Covid, I was driving and biking about the...

Pre-Covid, I was driving and biking about the same distance per year and getting about the same result between flats on both -- around 15,000-20,000 miles. I think you will be raising a glass.
Forum: Commuting
03-27-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,835
Posted By PaulH

Just do it. Then, figure out what you need to do...

Just do it. Then, figure out what you need to do to make it better.
Forum: Commuting
03-06-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,051
Posted By PaulH

When my office moved, my round-trip commute grew...

When my office moved, my round-trip commute grew from 20 to 25 miles. At my normal level of effort, this meant about 3 hours a day on the road. When I moved to my current job, the commute dropped to...
02-28-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 14,530
Posted By PaulH

All my rides are utility or commuting, so the...

All my rides are utility or commuting, so the question never occurred to me. I've ridden with others a few times, but cycling has always seemed a solo activity.
02-28-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,475
Posted By PaulH

In my experience, the ebikes go about as fast as...

In my experience, the ebikes go about as fast as the sporty people on road bikes. I don't see a problem.
02-11-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,984
Posted By PaulH

I ride a bike with an internal geared hub, No...

I ride a bike with an internal geared hub, No front ring - nothing to confess,
02-06-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,631
Posted By PaulH

William Neal wrote a wonderful whitewater humor...

William Neal wrote a wonderful whitewater humor book, Kayaks to Hell . There was one story about a marvelous device -- the Reality Dimmer Switch. It installed onto your head and was a big button....
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