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07-30-17, 03:37 PM
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Posted By buzzman

Never got a response to my query but ended up...

Never got a response to my query but ended up having an amazing ride. Took the UK 1 Cycling Route.
07-05-17, 06:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 669
Posted By buzzman

Aberdeen to John O'Groats

If anyone has route info or suggestions for a ride from Aberdeen to John O'Groats it would be greatly appreciated. I'll be leaving Aberdeen on July 20th. Eventual destination is the Orkneys.
12-18-16, 12:01 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,843
Posted By buzzman

Another one ear, bluetooth- for phone. I don't...

Another one ear, bluetooth- for phone. I don't ride with music. Nothing against it, just don't.
Forum: Commuting
12-15-16, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,307
Posted By buzzman

Boston's getting Arctic like Temps and wind. ...

Boston's getting Arctic like Temps and wind.

But I was warm and happy on my 10 mile ride home into the teeth of a steady 20 mph wind with gusts to 35 mph.

1 positive thing about a brutally...
04-01-16, 11:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,667
Posted By buzzman

Where I was in 60's and 70's? Well, yeah, I came...

Where I was in 60's and 70's? Well, yeah, I came in on that tide of ridership you mention. I was in Rhode Island and the youngest member of a small cadre of cyclists that resurrected an old cycling...
04-01-16, 11:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,667
Posted By buzzman

Thanks for this thread. It was kind of fun...

Thanks for this thread.

It was kind of fun to do a thread search of "Citibike" back to when the program first started and re read the prognosticators of doom at all levels. How it won't work,...
03-30-16, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,239
Posted By buzzman

I agree. I tend to favor the West Side MUP...

I agree.

I tend to favor the West Side MUP and cut over to it even if it takes me slightly off course- I don't mind the extra distance. It's far more pleasant, more scenic, better air. I ride it...
Forum: Northeast
01-26-16, 09:54 PM
Replies: 8,205
Views: 892,896
Posted By buzzman

When I returned from Boston tonight the path was...

When I returned from Boston tonight the path was clear- it melted from the parking lot in Brighton, past the kiddie park, by the Boathouse. I expected the melt but I didn't expect the warm temps this...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-16, 09:44 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,307
Posted By buzzman

Boston dodged the big storm. After last winter we...

Boston dodged the big storm. After last winter we deserved a break. Got some snow but not much and today much of it melted away. Even the bike path was easily passable.A nice ride in and a nice ride...
01-22-16, 10:03 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 6,479
Posted By buzzman

Or behind the keyboard of a computer. :rolleyes:

Or behind the keyboard of a computer. :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
01-15-16, 11:19 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,339
Posted By buzzman

As of a week ago I am now back on the winter...

As of a week ago I am now back on the winter bike. Studs on an old Specialized Mountain bike. Taking the Charles River bike path for much of the way. One thing to remark on is that I have been using...
01-15-16, 11:03 AM
11-09-15, 12:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,548
Posted By buzzman

I am curious as to whether you currently ride in...

I am curious as to whether you currently ride in Boston or if you have ever ridden here.

And where in the US have you ridden or currently ride?. And where in Europe have you ridden to make such a...
11-08-15, 10:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,548
Posted By buzzman

B.Carfree's contrarian commentary aside it's nice...

B.Carfree's contrarian commentary aside it's nice to feel included in the Overview:

<<A 60-year-old, life-long, dailycommuting bicyclist. He prefers direct routes to his destinations to save...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-15, 11:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,267
Posted By buzzman

I won't count the years of riding before age 16...

I won't count the years of riding before age 16 and my first official job at the A&P because it wasn't really commuting.

But started cycling to work in 1970 and have ridden to virtually every...
Forum: Northeast
04-28-15, 09:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,235
Posted By buzzman

There are almost too many great climbs in MA and...

There are almost too many great climbs in MA and NH to list here. But certainly the loop around the Kancamangus Highway gives you some great climbs and vistas. In Massachusetts Mt. Greylock gives you...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-15, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3,375
Views: 153,826
Posted By buzzman

Just realized today that I have managed to get...

Just realized today that I have managed to get through what's turning into Boston's snowiest coldest winter ever and never had to take the bus. Mostly because the city was shut down when the storms...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-15, 11:13 PM
Replies: 3,375
Views: 153,826
Posted By buzzman

So, the other day I've got a minute to kill and I...

So, the other day I've got a minute to kill and I try to upload a picture of my bike parked in Boston and a little post about my studs handling the ice and a snarky comment about parking. It never...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-15, 11:03 PM
Replies: 3,375
Views: 153,826
Posted By buzzman

Plodding along in the Boston tundra. My usual...

Plodding along in the Boston tundra. My usual route on the bike path is under somewhere between 6-8' of snow and ice so I'm doing my streets route, which is lined by 12' piles of snow at some...
Forum: Northeast
02-19-15, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8,205
Views: 892,896
Posted By buzzman

I'm riding a Nokia Hakkepalitta front and...

I'm riding a Nokia Hakkepalitta front and Schwalbe rear.
Forum: Commuting
02-13-15, 03:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,594
Posted By buzzman

Still doing my daily commute from Newton into...

Still doing my daily commute from Newton into downtown Boston. No more bike path, too bad because I could avoid cars entirely if the path were plowed consistently. Instead it's a streets route as I...
Forum: Northeast
02-13-15, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8,205
Views: 892,896
Posted By buzzman

Just checking in with the Boston crowd. I'm still...

Just checking in with the Boston crowd. I'm still managing to get around by bike these days but its a challenge.

The grid lock downtown makes it really tough.

People who don't wipe off their...
Forum: Northeast
12-09-14, 09:59 PM
Replies: 8,205
Views: 892,896
Posted By buzzman

Whew, rainy commute today or what??

Whew, rainy commute today or what??
Forum: Commuting
10-16-14, 07:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,572
Posted By buzzman

I would like to re-emphasize the seemingly...

I would like to re-emphasize the seemingly innocuous "puddle". be it winter or midsummer puddles can conceal a myriad of dangers.

This past summer I had a rather serious crash at walking speed-...
08-13-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

Other than the fact that it was a statement...

Other than the fact that it was a statement included in the page linked in the OP...
08-13-14, 12:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,850
Posted By buzzman

** quote pulled from another thread.. Many...

** quote pulled from another thread..

Many times in these threads there is a great deal of advocacy for "cyclist education". Rather than simply dismissing these individuals as self destructive...
08-12-14, 11:38 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

I guess you've kind of answered what I just asked...

I guess you've kind of answered what I just asked in the other thread I created to address this issue, which, for me, is a separate issue than the "come from behind issue" of the OP. If you don't...
08-12-14, 11:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,850
Posted By buzzman

While I understand the desire to expand the...

While I understand the desire to expand the definition to include some of the devices you mention, especially with regards making our streets and cities more people friendly and less auto centric, I...
08-12-14, 08:55 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

Looks like ILTB beat me to it but I will add a...

Looks like ILTB beat me to it but I will add a voice to the chorus. Yes, you are right I do have issues. I have issues with those who claim the moniker (self identify) as "cyclists" and presume to...
08-12-14, 08:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,850
Posted By buzzman

Define: "BICYCLIST" or let's at least get clear on the concept!

BICYCLIST: ??

For me it's simple: A "bicyclist" is a person riding a bicycle.

When I advocate for cycling I advocate for "people who ride bicycles" NOT for any exclusive subset, who may deem...
08-12-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

Wow. In my previous post I reference an old...

Wow. In my previous post I reference an old elitism I found intolerable in the old League of American WheelMEN.

I guess it still exists when it comes to advocacy today. I prefer advocacy that...
08-12-14, 06:53 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

The quote below comes from the link in my...

The quote below comes from the link in my original post. In a "rural" setting almost 4 times as many accidents occur at non-intersections but that only makes sense doesn't it?- I mean, fewer...
08-11-14, 10:59 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

I'm sorry but I have to take issue with this...

I'm sorry but I have to take issue with this constant drumbeat of "maKing riding on the street seem more dangerous than it is."

They are simply taking the means by which most cyclist/auto...
08-11-14, 04:32 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

Your 3.8% figure is based on some pretty...

Your 3.8% figure is based on some pretty interesting statistical manipulations that significantly reduce the "odds" of a rear end collision. The overall figures include categories like the "weird",...
08-11-14, 04:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

Ah, I see. So only those of us actually concerned...

Ah, I see. So only those of us actually concerned about getting killed on our bikes should worry about a rear end collision. That's cool. :rolleyes:
08-11-14, 03:34 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,699
Posted By buzzman

Well, so much for that "irrational fear cyclists have of come from behind collisions"

Safer Streets? Yes, Please! | Bicycling Magazine (http://www.bicycling.com/news/advocacy/safer-streets-yes-please?cid=socNews_20140807_29328676)


40% REAR END COLLISIONS.
08-04-14, 06:30 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

Well, good luck with that! Genec rides in...

Well, good luck with that!

Genec rides in the San Diego area, where I am currently riding and I'll let him respond because he has more experience in this area. but actually it's surprising to me...
08-03-14, 12:57 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

(bold mine) I don't understand why you...

(bold mine)


I don't understand why you say you "could not disagree more" and then go on to say "cycling...should be much safer" and add the caveat of other nations with more strict lability and...
07-31-14, 04:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

I won't belabor my point any more than this but...

I won't belabor my point any more than this but look at your post. Who are you quoting? The Phantom Copenhaginista? All I ask is if you "reply with quote" respond to what I wrote and if you add a...
07-31-14, 02:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

Actually, you did quote me. When you hit "reply...

Actually, you did quote me. When you hit "reply with quote" what I have written appears as a "quote" in your post. I have no problem with that. My issue is that you then, in your response, put...
07-30-14, 06:18 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

#1...

#1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) ) Please tell me where I state that "taking the lane is risky most of the time(itals. mine)"?

#2...
07-30-14, 03:53 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

Huh? "Interstate with semi-trucks inches from...

Huh? "Interstate with semi-trucks inches from you"?? Are you supposedly quoting me there? Or are you extrapolating a meaning from what I wrote and applying it?

I don't know what you weigh but a...
07-16-14, 09:33 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,151
Posted By buzzman

Cool. You're back. Almost makes me want to come...

Cool. You're back. Almost makes me want to come out of hiding myself. Hasn't been the same without you.
Forum: Northeast
07-13-14, 01:24 AM
Replies: 8,205
Views: 892,896
Posted By buzzman

Haven't visited in here for a while but got...

Haven't visited in here for a while but got homesick for some New England bike ride stories- and you guys did not disappoint. Great pix!

I am so far out of Metro Boston these days but will post a...
06-21-14, 12:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,085
Posted By buzzman

The two cities I bike in the most are Boston and...

The two cities I bike in the most are Boston and NYC. Though they share some similarities they are quite different. I find getting around NYC and Brooklyn a bit more fun than Boston. The...
06-17-14, 08:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,610
Posted By buzzman

I couldn't agree with you more that this could...

I couldn't agree with you more that this could happen anywhere.

But Dot Pride aside, and I say this as someone who has ridden there a lot, worked there and knows plenty of people who live there...
06-16-14, 09:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,610
Posted By buzzman

I would say this is an example of what to watch...

I would say this is an example of what to watch for in densely packed urban areas with poor infrastructure for every day traffic- which is not entirely unique to Boston or parts thereof but certainly...
06-16-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,610
Posted By buzzman

Hopefully, my previous post did not in any way...

Hopefully, my previous post did not in any way add any fuel to the "blame the victim" fire.

As you so kindly bolded (thank you) this bike rider did nothing wrong.

The fact that they put it on...
06-15-14, 11:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,610
Posted By buzzman

And your point is....? Lost on me.

And your point is....?

Lost on me.
06-15-14, 10:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,610
Posted By buzzman

As a Boston rider/commuter this comes as...

As a Boston rider/commuter this comes as absolutely no surprise except that it made the news- which I count as a positive, BTW.

Right now, though, I am working (and riding/commuting) in San Diego....
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