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08-03-15, 04:11 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,990
Posted By CptjohnC

Fair point, and my apologies. Your answer with...

Fair point, and my apologies. Your answer with regard to Bethesda and the posted limit is spot on. I guess I'm more focused on the un-posted but apparently enforceable speed limit elsewhere on the...
08-03-15, 01:51 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,990
Posted By CptjohnC

So another reference to a speed limit (on NPS...

So another reference to a speed limit (on NPS trails) without a source. I visited the NPS website (http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/mtvernontrail.htm) dedicated to the Mount Vernon Trail and...
08-03-15, 01:15 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,990
Posted By CptjohnC

Not to be dumb, but where is the CCT speed limit...

Not to be dumb, but where is the CCT speed limit posted? Is this just a MoCo thing? I've never seen a posted limit on the CCT between Chain Bridge and Georgetown. But according to a 2008 WaPo...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-14, 09:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,025
Posted By CptjohnC

If you don't care what graphics they have, just...

If you don't care what graphics they have, just that they have graphics, you can try Cycling Apparel: Jerseys, Shorts, Bibs, & Accessories USA Made by Voler (http://voler.com/) and look at their...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-14, 10:38 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,661
Posted By CptjohnC

So many others have said it, but I will throw my...

So many others have said it, but I will throw my 2 cents in: I disagree with the premise.

I think there could be a way of going camping that would be 'playing poor' -- if I went and set up my Taj...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-14, 07:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,567
Posted By CptjohnC

By my most direct route, I am a hair under your...

By my most direct route, I am a hair under your 40 mile limit, RT, but my preferred route is a little over 40. It takes me a hair under 90 minutes to ride to work, and five or more extra minutes to...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-14, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,133
Posted By CptjohnC

technically, this was from a trip to the post...

technically, this was from a trip to the post office, not a commute, but I'd look about the same either way.

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Forum: Commuting
01-17-14, 10:43 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,080
Posted By CptjohnC

I'm the lowest of the low; I am a lawyer for a...

I'm the lowest of the low; I am a lawyer for a federal agency in Washington DC.
Forum: Commuting
11-13-13, 08:00 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,658
Posted By CptjohnC

Home to work is about 19 miles by my usual,...

Home to work is about 19 miles by my usual, relatively direct morning route. My most frequent alternative brings that up to 21 miles. The reverse trip is generally slightly (.5 miles?) longer, due to...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-13, 10:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,319
Posted By CptjohnC

FWIW I've used my Road Morph on MTB tires and it...

FWIW I've used my Road Morph on MTB tires and it works well enough. I'm sure the Mt. Morph is faster, but if I had multiple bikes, I'd err on the side of the Road version. It is good enough that I...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-13, 07:58 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,927
Posted By CptjohnC

I've been commuting regularly (but not every day)...

I've been commuting regularly (but not every day) since 2010, and I've made contact with vehicles on 3 occasions, all within the past year (yes, I changed routes - why do you ask?).

1 was...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-13, 12:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,997
Posted By CptjohnC

Caveat: I have NOT tried riding in these, but I...

Caveat: I have NOT tried riding in these, but I noticed some inexpensive golf pants at my local Costco for $20 which looked like 'business casual' khakis (in a variety of solid colors), but felt...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-13, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 817
Posted By CptjohnC

I don't know your neighborhood, but I've been...

I don't know your neighborhood, but I've been leaving a trunk rack on my car most of the time for years and it's never been stolen. I think about it sometimes, but so far, so good. This includes...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-13, 07:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,837
Posted By CptjohnC

Thanks. I presume it is only useful for flat bar...

Thanks. I presume it is only useful for flat bar bikes, as I can't quite envision mounting it on my drops. And I'll be honest: I'm not sure I've ever used twist grip shifters - I'd guess you're right...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 08:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,837
Posted By CptjohnC

I have multiple bikes, and I will spend hundreds...

I have multiple bikes, and I will spend hundreds of dollars on the right equipment, but that doesn't mean I'll throw away money on something that does not fulfill a basic need or solve a problem. My...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,511
Posted By CptjohnC

I use a super cheap "Action Shot" from Jakks...

I use a super cheap "Action Shot" from Jakks Pacific, mounted on the bars. If I had the cash, I'd probably go with a GoPro Hero; the image quality I've seen from Go Pro is worlds ahead of what I see...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-13, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 370
Posted By CptjohnC

I share your experience, somewhat, though I don't...

I share your experience, somewhat, though I don't think I totally match your sense. It is worth noting that the hill profile is such that I do a lot more climbing on the ride home. I too ride MWF...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-13, 10:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,205
Posted By CptjohnC

By the rules I use, no pass, so you couldn't...

By the rules I use, no pass, so you couldn't count him as 'slayed'. I don't count passes made at lights or other crossings, or passes that are inherently unsafe. I make an exception for...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 01:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,482
Posted By CptjohnC

Yeah - that's kind of a tough intersection. Not...

Yeah - that's kind of a tough intersection. Not a lot of space, and lots of folks. It took me a while to get the idea of hanging back a little to leave the crossing clear for folks coming out of...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 01:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,482
Posted By CptjohnC

You're just trying to get me to kill the rest of...

You're just trying to get me to kill the rest of the afternoon, aren't you? where on the MUP do you face your problem? I ride parts of the W&OD, the Custis and the Mt. Vernon, and I can't think of...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 11:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,482
Posted By CptjohnC

I am fully aware that trackstanding takes skill,...

I am fully aware that trackstanding takes skill, and it is a skill I possess in small amounts -- that is to say, I can hold a steady stand for a few seconds. If you're good at it, then more power to...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 10:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,482
Posted By CptjohnC

I see this as far more of an indictment of...

I see this as far more of an indictment of gratuitous trackstanding, than an commentary on the merits of clipless versus platforms. I've never understood why people won't just learn to put a foot...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 09:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,947
Posted By CptjohnC

During the summer months, on my primary commuter,...

During the summer months, on my primary commuter, I roll with one light, mounted on an accessory bar (which is, itself, connected to the handlebars).

During the winter months, when lights are for...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-13, 09:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,188
Posted By CptjohnC

I love Lezyne pumps from a design/aesthetic...

I love Lezyne pumps from a design/aesthetic standpoint, and they are certainly very well made. That said, I have never been let down by my Topeak Road Morph G.
Forum: Commuting
07-19-13, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 952
Posted By CptjohnC

there have been few actual studies of lane...

there have been few actual studies of lane splitting for motorcycles, but to my knowledge, those that exist support that, when done correctly, it is safer than sitting in the traffic (cars change...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-13, 08:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 952
Posted By CptjohnC

I loved this! I've got a similarly urban...

I loved this! I've got a similarly urban commute, and I love the fact that I can get from my office out of the city way faster than a car. I've never counted to see how many I pass, but I doubt I'd...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-13, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 962
Posted By CptjohnC

Although I will ride in rain, I prefer not to,...

Although I will ride in rain, I prefer not to, and I have plenty of alternatives available to me (employer subsidized public transit, telecommute option, or -Gasp- the car). Like someone above, I...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,633
Posted By CptjohnC

Because locks are heavy, and the place I park...

Because locks are heavy, and the place I park most often is the place I (usually) want my heaviest, most secure lock. I always carry a lesser (lighter) one for short/unplanned stops, but given that...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-13, 08:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,693
Posted By CptjohnC

The only times I ever had a car make a point of...

The only times I ever had a car make a point of yelling at me were women. Actually, the most memorable event was two women - driver and passenger (it was the passenger doing the yelling, and she had...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 08:21 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

Yep - that's the Metropolitan Branch Trail which...

Yep - that's the Metropolitan Branch Trail which I pick up close to Brookland, and ride to M St. NE near the NoMA/ New York Ave/Florida Ave metro stop.
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 01:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,249
Posted By CptjohnC

I am solidly in the 'I bike because I like it'...

I am solidly in the 'I bike because I like it' camp.

I own several cars, so that's not an issue. Parking at my office, however, to the tune of $13/ day or more would be a serious hit. I do not...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-13, 02:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,414
Posted By CptjohnC

age:47 style of handlebar on first adult bike...

age:47
style of handlebar on first adult bike owned: hard to say - I had a bike with swept bars (traditional European style bike) from the time I was 10, but got my first drop bar bike a couple of...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-13, 08:08 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37JmhvqL_0) ...

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37JmhvqL_0)

Love it! I visited Vancouver on business once, and pretty much fell in love. I will get back someday, and now I know I need to bring a bike!
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 10:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,750
Posted By CptjohnC

Nope. I ride between 4 and 20 miles one way...

Nope. I ride between 4 and 20 miles one way without food first, with no ill effects. I do eat very shortly after arriving, though.
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,651
Posted By CptjohnC

Not exactly related, but I had a moment a few...

Not exactly related, but I had a moment a few days ago. I was riding just after dark and I saw a red blinking light approaching at what seemed like a ludicrous intercept speed, given my own moderate...
03-13-13, 10:10 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,978
Posted By CptjohnC

If this were true, no car would ever hit another...

If this were true, no car would ever hit another car's door and tear it off. This is simply not true. Rare, sure, but it happens. Watch enough youtube 'fail' videos, and you'll see many.
03-13-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,978
Posted By CptjohnC

First: From the camera angle, it appears that...

First: From the camera angle, it appears that she moved as far to the left as she could without entering the oncoming lane, and out of what most would have anticipated as the primary 'door zone'.
...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

For you real-time lovers, this is a short,...

For you real-time lovers, this is a short, nighttime ride, so I didn't speed it up. It isn't technically a commute, as I was just running out for some grocery items, but I thought it remained 'in...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-13, 06:50 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

I'll take that as a binding contract. And like...

I'll take that as a binding contract. And like you - I'll watch any videos that are posted -though I'll FF/jump ahead through the full length, real-time ones ;-)



It really is a great ride. I...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,075
Posted By CptjohnC

Not very cold, but very windy! Crossing the...

Not very cold, but very windy! Crossing the Potomac on the 14th St. Bridge was quite the struggle to stay upright, pointed in the right direction, and moving forward.

Otherwise, though, it was...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 08:40 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

Okay, for anyone who's still enjoying this...

Okay, for anyone who's still enjoying this thread: This is one of my longer commuting routes. I was still multi-mode, as I dropped my son off at metro, then parked nearby and rode from there,...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-13, 12:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,052
Posted By CptjohnC

When I ride all the way from work to home it is...

When I ride all the way from work to home it is ~19-20 miles each way, depending on routing choices. During the non-school year months, I do it about 3x/wk. I have the option of using mass transit,...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-13, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,075
Posted By CptjohnC

My first 'long' ride in some time, and it was a...

My first 'long' ride in some time, and it was a beautiful day. A little chilly for starters, but overall an excellent commute (once my hands warmed up - about 4 miles into my 17). For some reason,...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

This ride is a too-short 4.5 miles each way. And...

This ride is a too-short 4.5 miles each way. And I agree that urban riding is great compared to suburban street riding. The bad part of my commute is the 22 miles I drive to start and finish the...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-13, 08:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,450
Posted By CptjohnC

Thanks for the pictures of Dayton. I've never...

Thanks for the pictures of Dayton. I've never been, but this made it quite inviting.
Forum: Commuting
02-11-13, 08:01 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

Stupid me; I knew I forgot something on this one....

Stupid me; I knew I forgot something on this one. Yes, it is, of course, KMFDM. I'll have to add the credit in the video description.





haha.. yeah, that wasn't one of my finer 'safety'...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-13, 08:05 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

Okay -- here's the first one I managed to get...

Okay -- here's the first one I managed to get edited. Unfortunately the angle of the camera was pretty 'off' giving a low angle for much of the ride. I tried to take out the worst of the jumpy,...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-13, 09:08 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,604
Posted By CptjohnC

Thanks for this; I have a few commutes saved up,...

Thanks for this; I have a few commutes saved up, but not edited. I'll share them soon. Prepare to be underwhelmed.
01-30-13, 07:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,566
Posted By CptjohnC

You can obtain your individual/actual max HR by...

You can obtain your individual/actual max HR by doing a 'fitness test' or similar program on many machines, if they offer HR monitoring or if you wear a monitor. The typical fit-test program will be...
01-29-13, 03:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,566
Posted By CptjohnC

If you've ever run on a treadmill, and then tried...

If you've ever run on a treadmill, and then tried to replicate your results in the real world, you probably have a sense of the 'unreality' of the mechanized numbers. I've had friends train for 10...
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