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Forum: Commuting
05-23-11, 04:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,614
Posted By jamesdenver

Same etiquette rules as airplane seatmates. If...

Same etiquette rules as airplane seatmates. If friendly conversation isn't reciprocated just take it as a polite hint it's the other person's "me" time.

I'm friendly and outgoing, but at times...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 740
Posted By jamesdenver

I pass an elementary school and see a few...

I pass an elementary school and see a few regulars during the nights parts of the year. I think the simplest would be the '"half rear bike" that attaches by bar to the main bike making it a...
05-20-11, 10:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,386
Posted By jamesdenver

If I have a choice I much prefer to find a dog...

If I have a choice I much prefer to find a dog loose or unleashed along side his owner than running all over a street or trail on a 20 foot extend-o-leash.

I love dogs and have only had one...
05-19-11, 11:26 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,382
Posted By jamesdenver

yet another case for helmet cams on a continuous...

yet another case for helmet cams on a continuous loop for every cyclist...
05-17-11, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By jamesdenver

Here is the Post article from yesterday, with the...

Here is the Post article from yesterday, with the ubiquitous comments trailing.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_18072675?source=bb

And an excellent and personal bio of the victim - on the front...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-11, 12:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,108
Posted By jamesdenver

Definetely agree. But it's funny - I rarely run...

Definetely agree. But it's funny - I rarely run into bad behavior on my commute. I do a lot of two lane (each way) bike routed streets, and the occasional driver that does the "zoom around and...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,108
Posted By jamesdenver

If someone harrasses me and I catch up to them at...

If someone harrasses me and I catch up to them at a light I have my phone out, circle them and take their photo/video ensuring I get their plates, faces and all car details. I do this and don't say a...
05-11-11, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By jamesdenver

I agree. Jerk is too much, and will have the...

I agree. Jerk is too much, and will have the affect of those wanting to ride and learn correct VC to forget it - lest they be labeled as so.

I was driving and a lady on a bike was hogging, (err...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-11, 01:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,167
Posted By jamesdenver

was about to write the same thing...

was about to write the same thing...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-11, 10:36 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,648
Posted By jamesdenver

eBay and deal hunting cuts down on a lot of that....

eBay and deal hunting cuts down on a lot of that.

I got an under the seat bag for $8 with shipping on eBay.

I bought a new rear rack to replace my metal one of five years that was chipped and...
05-07-11, 04:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 513
Posted By jamesdenver

Here's my general route,...

Here's my general route,...
05-07-11, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 513
Posted By jamesdenver

I've been playing with Google Maps Bike route in...

I've been playing with Google Maps Bike route in Denver - mapping my commute from downtown to Southeast Denver (and back)

My regular route of many years and most direct is all surface streets. I...
04-19-11, 12:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,795
Posted By jamesdenver

The problem with designated bike paths is that...

The problem with designated bike paths is that they're usually MUPs, which end up being populated by walkers, dogs, kids and rollerbladers. Again that's a problem for cyclists - When I walk I'm...
04-19-11, 11:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 762
Posted By jamesdenver

I live in this area as well. 13th/14th can get...

I live in this area as well. 13th/14th can get busy during rush hour - it's a city street but used heavily during commute times.

While it is three lanes I've found people get a little bit...
03-04-09, 11:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,745
Posted By jamesdenver

Money. I like saving it and spending it on...

Money. I like saving it and spending it on travel. Creates far more memories than an auto would.

The health benefits are a great side effect.
02-26-09, 02:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By jamesdenver

I've been to Amsterdam and I think the "shared...

I've been to Amsterdam and I think the "shared space" concept is touted a bit too much.

Smaller/quiter streets are of course easy to share with cars and scooters, but most busier streets have...
02-18-09, 01:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,496
Posted By jamesdenver

"Hogging the middle of the road?" Well that...

"Hogging the middle of the road?" Well that negates any credibility the author had right off the bat...
01-14-09, 04:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 802
Posted By jamesdenver

Taxing vehicles (including bikes) based on weight.

A common response to those to propose taxing cyclists for use of the roads is "Sure - go ahead and bill me for whatever use my 15 lb bike and 155 lb body incurs."

ok at least that's my...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-09, 12:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 868
Posted By jamesdenver

I have an iPhone, which I love, and would never...

I have an iPhone, which I love, and would never strap it to my bike.

Maybe in a clear pouch inside a backpack to face backward, - but I wouldn't subject it to the elements and abuse.

Yeah...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-09, 10:59 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,884
Posted By jamesdenver

I biked to the Obama acceptance event here in...

I biked to the Obama acceptance event here in Denver. All roads around the stadium were closed - so people ended up just walking IN the roads and spreading themselves out, making it difficult to...
01-05-09, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,212
Posted By jamesdenver

As long as local municipalities enforce the poop...

As long as local municipalities enforce the poop situation I'm fine with it.

I just don't want to step in it.
01-05-09, 12:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,564
Posted By jamesdenver

I bike in the winter at night all over. I don't...

I bike in the winter at night all over. I don't care for slush and snow (as I don't like cleaning my bike,) but the cold and dark doesn't bother me. Lots of layers.

Also I am very cautious on...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-09, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By jamesdenver

Not sure if your commute is 18 one way or RT -...

Not sure if your commute is 18 one way or RT - but I do 18 RT. That's a perfect and lucky distance to be able to do. Its long enough that you'll get a good ride and workout each day, (more so if...
01-04-09, 05:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,548
Posted By jamesdenver

Actually I just watched the entire season of Tru...

Actually I just watched the entire season of Tru Blood on a 15 inch Apple MacBook Pro. Excellent quality and audio - this isn't 1997.

Also there are devices such as Apple TV which can send the...
01-03-09, 01:39 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 13,008
Posted By jamesdenver

Ask people of Alaska what they thought of Chris...

Ask people of Alaska what they thought of Chris McCandless and Into the Wild. Completely different than the hero treatment he received by many young folks.

I own my home, but love traveling too....
Forum: Commuting
01-01-09, 05:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,830
Posted By jamesdenver

Hey why is the word "spa-zed" considered...

Hey why is the word "spa-zed" considered profane?
Forum: Commuting
01-01-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,830
Posted By jamesdenver

I've blown up at JAMs plenty of times. But also...

I've blown up at JAMs plenty of times. But also brushed off their idiocy many times too.

One thing that keeps me cool is thinking about if my co-workers or neighbors saw my actions. They...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-08, 11:39 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,127
Posted By jamesdenver

By the way I hope I never read another post...

By the way I hope I never read another post comparing bikes to wheelchairs - and intertwining the rights for one with the other...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-08, 03:39 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,127
Posted By jamesdenver

I work on the third floor of a building, and go...

I work on the third floor of a building, and go through three secure doors to get to my office. I wouldn't WANT to have my bike in my office - as its a lot of hassle.

I always keep it down in...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-08, 02:57 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,127
Posted By jamesdenver

Well, bikes are dirty after riding in rain and...

Well, bikes are dirty after riding in rain and slush. And along my route there's plenty of muddy areas by houses being built or patches of road construction. Wheels are bit harder to wipe down that...
12-30-08, 11:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,739
Posted By jamesdenver

I've written in response to other...

I've written in response to other comments/articles calling for fees: Go ahead and send me a bill. I'd like to see what my "road use" fee would proportionately be for my 15 pound bike compared to...
12-29-08, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By jamesdenver

plenty of layers and studded tires. other...

plenty of layers and studded tires.

other than that it comes down to local municipalities having their streets and sidewalks plowed during the winter.

I do alter my route to avoid some streets...
12-28-08, 12:57 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,387
Posted By jamesdenver

Not a problem for these folks... ...

Not a problem for these folks...

http://www.futuregringo.com/amsterdam/bikeswithstrollerattached1.JPG

http://www.futuregringo.com/amsterdam/kidatmarketedit.JPG
...
12-26-08, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By jamesdenver

The Ski Train has a great reputation - and unless...

The Ski Train has a great reputation - and unless there's severe weather we don't hear of delays. I only recall reading about a length hours long delay once in the past few years.

This article...
12-26-08, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By jamesdenver

Car Free Skiing

Today's Denver Post had a good article about using Amtrak's California Zephyr line to access ski resorts in Colorado and Truckee (from California.)

Its a good primer and destination list. I...
11-18-08, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 589
Posted By jamesdenver

I'm a big fan of him and his company. I posted a...

I'm a big fan of him and his company. I posted a couple notes on my blog about him here (http://www.futuregringo.com/index.php/2007/04/06/untours/)and here...
10-12-08, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,518
Posted By jamesdenver

I'll answer those - I agree it can help others. ...

I'll answer those - I agree it can help others. And it definitely could have been locked better. Unfortunately I wasn't the operator of the bike. If I was I definitely, hmm- no PROBABLY would...
10-09-08, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,518
Posted By jamesdenver

Duh - serial numbers. Don't know why I didn't...

Duh - serial numbers. Don't know why I didn't think of that. I'll check - I see a lot of bikes at our local shops, enough that it would make me check them out.

I agree it might be worth it just...
10-09-08, 09:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,518
Posted By jamesdenver

Stolen Bike - pawn shop question

Well its a sad day for me. Late last night my bike was stolen. The good news is that its not my nice road commuting bike. Its a hybrid that I let friends/family or housemates use - but still I've...
09-16-08, 09:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,371
Posted By jamesdenver

Just make sure my long sleeve liners aren't too...

Just make sure my long sleeve liners aren't too musty and the gloves are in their same place.

I actually almost always wear shorts even in really cold weather, but I wear warmer socks, so make...
09-14-08, 05:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,390
Posted By jamesdenver

Like skiing, most of my falls are at speeds of...

Like skiing, most of my falls are at speeds of 1-2 mph.
09-14-08, 03:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,727
Posted By jamesdenver

Cycling in the Netherlands is great - but you...

Cycling in the Netherlands is great - but you definitely have to adjust your mindset to "share the road" with lots, and I mean lots of other cyclists. After I watch my short videos biking there I...
09-13-08, 08:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 912
Posted By jamesdenver

Another thought: I have no idea if you're...

Another thought: I have no idea if you're considering a condo in a more urban area - but if you are don't forgo a garage just because you don't have a car. You can rent it out and make a little...
09-13-08, 08:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 912
Posted By jamesdenver

The most obvious: Bike storage. If you're...

The most obvious: Bike storage. If you're considering a condo in a building make sure you have a secure place to store it. And if you have an HOA make sure no one has any problems with you...
09-13-08, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By jamesdenver

Car Free Day in Denver

A local councilwoman in Denver has proposed occasional Car Free days in downtown Denver, modeled after similar launches in New York (one neighborhood) and Bogota.

Living a car-lite lifestyle, and...
09-13-08, 08:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,390
Posted By jamesdenver

Twice in seven years of commuting: 1. Dry...

Twice in seven years of commuting:

1. Dry but icy morning. Took a turn on a quiet residential street I've used hundreds of times and wheels slid right down to horizontal. Luckily sliding on...
09-13-08, 07:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,270
Posted By jamesdenver

Kind of like this corny idea......

Kind of like this corny idea... (http://www.futuregringo.com/index.php/2008/09/13/car-free-day-in-denver/) banning cars.

A solution in search of a problem...

p.s. I forgot to brag that last...
09-13-08, 05:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,270
Posted By jamesdenver

Yes. Actually many times through this past...

Yes. Actually many times through this past summer. However I'll add to ILTB's comment there is a big difference between being tipsy, (yes over the limit,) versus flat out sht faced COPS show...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-08, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 633
Posted By jamesdenver

I noticed this at a lot of smaller intersections...

I noticed this at a lot of smaller intersections in Amsterdam. No Stop signs, no lights. Everybody slows down and figures it out.

Hey, it works. Nobody hit me and I didn't hit them.
07-14-08, 10:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 328
Posted By jamesdenver

Gas prices crank up use of bikes

From LA times - utility cycling numbers up!

http://origin.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_9871144

LOS ANGELES High gasoline prices are fueling bicycle sales and on some days Michael Hall's...
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