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Forum: Commuting
04-14-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,736
Posted By JPprivate

Uhh, no thanks :-) But you know the...

Uhh, no thanks :-)

But you know the combination of darkness and slush/ice on the streets just was frustrating. You don't see as well, and in the dark you are even more afraid of falling into...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,736
Posted By JPprivate

I learned that even in a city like Chicago where...

I learned that even in a city like Chicago where the major streets are kept pretty much clear during winter, the weather can be bad enough to make it impossible and dangerous to ride. Shocking that I...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-14, 10:22 PM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 127,353
Posted By JPprivate

Dein Deutsch ist nicht schlecht. Woher kannst Du...

Dein Deutsch ist nicht schlecht. Woher kannst Du so gut Deutsch?
Forum: Commuting
02-25-14, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 79,073
Posted By JPprivate

gregf83 (BC)_________________________ 979 (1301...

gregf83 (BC)_________________________ 979 (1301 total)
buzzbee _____________________________ 892
borosen______________________________ 718 (776) [18/19]
augustgarage (CA)____________________ 649.8...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-14, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 127,353
Posted By JPprivate

when I was for 6 months in England last year, I...

when I was for 6 months in England last year, I found the same thing. A lot of things where more expensive than US (Chicago) or Germany (well, maybe except Munich).
The high price for BSOs in...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-14, 11:08 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 69,352
Posted By JPprivate

Hey!!! That's my bike! ;) Actually, I did...

Hey!!! That's my bike! ;)

Actually, I did steal your idea about the bar extenders. They are great.
Forum: Commuting
01-30-14, 08:44 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,716
Posted By JPprivate

Just to second this. I've been living in Chicago...

Just to second this. I've been living in Chicago since the mid 90s and this winter is definitely different. Not just how cold it is, but also for how many days it has been cold. If you think that the...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-14, 08:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,720
Posted By JPprivate

You wouldn't remember what Nokian tires those...

You wouldn't remember what Nokian tires those were, because I understand there are big differences between A10 and the WXC300.
Forum: Commuting
01-27-14, 04:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,881
Posted By JPprivate

Thank you Alan, and all others for the kind...

Thank you Alan, and all others for the kind responses. I checked the 4-seasons but unfortunately they only seem to be available for 700, not 26. Marathon Supreme's sounds very nice. How about...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-14, 03:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By JPprivate

You want a 21 inch bike at least. That rules out...

You want a 21 inch bike at least. That rules out the Trek 820 (17.5), Northstar (18), Schwinn Frontier (19). I would ask about the frame size for the listings that don't mention frame size. Good luck.
Forum: Commuting
01-26-14, 10:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,881
Posted By JPprivate

Thanks for the recommendation and yes, you're...

Thanks for the recommendation and yes, you're right about pilot error. :-) I guess my old bike's rim brakes were in poor condition or poorly adjusted so I never was able to lock them up. Also the...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-14, 07:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,720
Posted By JPprivate

Interesting, how are the W240s working out for...

Interesting, how are the W240s working out for you? How are they on snow/ice-free roads? I have the W106 and they have been great. Just this year with a lot of ice on the road, I sometimes wish I had...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-14, 07:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,881
Posted By JPprivate

tire for wet surface

So recently I took a spill. A car door was opened in my path and in a moment of panic I made the error of engaging the front brake way too hard. (I recently got a new bike with disc brakes, and I am...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-14, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 79,073
Posted By JPprivate

gregf83 (BC)______________________ 202 (327...

gregf83 (BC)______________________ 202 (327 total)
tdsherman325 (TX)_________________ 151 (157) [11/11]
wphamilton(GA)____________________ 138 (9/9)
Tarwheel__________________________ 125 (223...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-13, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

buzzbee (CA)_______________________7723 ...

buzzbee (CA)_______________________7723
augustgarage (CA)__________________6746.4 (8438.8 total) [180/202]
Dwayne (GA)________________________6438 (7051 total through 11/12 [187/190])...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,429
Posted By JPprivate

not to needlessly complicate this any more. But...

not to needlessly complicate this any more. But does age factor into all of this?
Forum: Commuting
12-02-13, 09:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,429
Posted By JPprivate

Thanks for the replies. This is interesting, it...

Thanks for the replies. This is interesting, it seems I am not alone with this question.

Megalowmatt: How did you arrive at 35 cal/mile? It appears to be much more realistic estimate. Did you use...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-13, 04:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,429
Posted By JPprivate

commuting and calories

Have any of you used the many calorie counter websites that let you choose an activity and have you input weight and duration to finally spit out how many calories you burn.

I have been baffled...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-13, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

buzzbee (CA)_______________________5638 ...

buzzbee (CA)_______________________5638
augustgarage (CA)__________________5375.6 (6798.3 total) [143/165]
consularrider (VA)_________________4545 (9813 total through 9/30 [159/172])
dschue5 (MN)...
09-25-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 440
Posted By JPprivate

Curious City

http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/biking-chicago-risky-proposition-108762
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 02:41 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

buzzbee (CA)_______________________4275 ...

buzzbee (CA)_______________________4275
augustgarage (CA)__________________4102 (5066.9 total) [107/127]
dschue5 (MN) ______________________3940 (6746 total)
1lonerider...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By JPprivate

Yes, I read about this, it appears that the...

Yes, I read about this, it appears that the philosophy was to keep pedestrians and motorists very much separated. Well it seemed to have worked in regards to keeping fatalities down.

And sorry if...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-13, 03:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By JPprivate

Yes, that's quite correct. I have only had very...

Yes, that's quite correct. I have only had very limited experience (geographically speaking) to the southern tip of metro London. Germany is very different, quite correct; that has been my experience...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-13, 03:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By JPprivate

bike commuting in England

I am wrapping up a 6 months stay in England, outside of London, where I was sent by my company. I was able to bring my bike along and commuted everyday some 18 miles (RT). I was lucky because a good...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-13, 02:25 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

buzzbee (CA)_______________________3664 ...

buzzbee (CA)_______________________3664
augustgarage (CA)__________________3305.4 (4076.8 total) [86/106]
Dwayne (GA)________________________3261.9 (3795 total through 6/27 [97/97])
consularrider...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 06:47 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,389
Posted By JPprivate

I wouldn't have chose the word ' dictate' but yes...

I wouldn't have chose the word ' dictate' but yes you are correct. And I am glad they do. Dramatically lower number of accidents and higher cycling rates are the results of these sensible...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,690
Posted By JPprivate

Maybe http://www.zipcar.com/nyc/find-cars

Maybe http://www.zipcar.com/nyc/find-cars
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,607
Posted By JPprivate

Sorry, didn't mean to sound rude.

Sorry, didn't mean to sound rude.
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,607
Posted By JPprivate

Front tire. Absolutely, no doubt. I am surprised...

Front tire. Absolutely, no doubt. I am surprised by the question, to be honest n. Slipping on the rear tire is recoverable, front tire slipping is usually not and injuries are worse.
Forum: Commuting
03-05-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

buzzbee (CA )______________________1152 ...

buzzbee (CA )______________________1152
consularrider (VA)_________________1081 (2162 total through 2/28)
Dwayne (GA)________________________1005 [30/30]
Tarwheel (NC)_______________________840...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-13, 09:47 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 14,209
Posted By JPprivate

So you can get hit on LFP by a bus. That just...

So you can get hit on LFP by a bus. That just sucks. When I first read your story two years ago, I automatically assumed you took the street, Clark or something.
Congratulations on your settlement....
Forum: Commuting
03-04-13, 12:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,524
Posted By JPprivate

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It's...

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It's interesting to read how people cope with unemployment (and the lack of bicycle commuting, to keep it on subject). My company has been going through a lot of...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,090
Posted By JPprivate

I am about to complete my fourth year of...

I am about to complete my fourth year of commuting; I have never had a flat riding into work. I did have once broken spokes, which delayed me by a few minutes. I usually leave so I get to work 15...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-13, 08:45 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,081
Posted By JPprivate

Yes, for now. But they are talking about changing...

Yes, for now. But they are talking about changing that.
Forum: Commuting
02-28-13, 02:38 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,081
Posted By JPprivate

I love these integrated sidewalk/bike paths. I...

I love these integrated sidewalk/bike paths. I have seen them in Munich, and they are literally everywhere. Beats most of the stripes on the streets here that are supposedly protecting you from...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-13, 02:22 PM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

Dwayne (GA)_________________________1005 [30/30] ...

Dwayne (GA)_________________________1005 [30/30]
Tarwheel (NC)_______________________716 (1061 total)
PennyTheDog (MN)____________________708 [38/39]
wphamilton(GA)______________________671...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-13, 10:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,175
Posted By JPprivate

Business casual is a broad term that means...

Business casual is a broad term that means different things to different companies. Here (at my company) it just means no jeans and a shirt with a collar. That translates into dark khakis and a polo...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 11:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,606
Posted By JPprivate

I noted those two references. Wouldn't work in...

I noted those two references. Wouldn't work in the US? Why??
**** training. The fact is that segregated cycling facilities produce better results, as in more people riding and less people dying....
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 08:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,606
Posted By JPprivate

Thanks for posting. I have to say this was the...

Thanks for posting. I have to say this was the first time I saw a pro-bicycle speaker dissing Copenhagen/Netherlands. The VC stuff is fine, but something is missing if you can't explain the success...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-13, 09:35 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 5,423
Posted By JPprivate

I remember the commercials they had for them:...

I remember the commercials they had for them: "thousands of cornflakes get drowned in milk every day and made soggy until they are unrecognizable. We did something about it"....
Forum: Commuting
02-20-13, 09:21 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,938
Posted By JPprivate

Yes, this can be challenging, but you might be...

Yes, this can be challenging, but you might be able to find ways around the driving & dropping kids off part. I was able to drop off my child at school/day care and take the bike along. I parked the...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-13, 12:57 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 5,423
Posted By JPprivate

I have read before that while many people...

I have read before that while many people complain about high fuel prices it doesn't affect consumption all that much.

A fine example is car crazy Germany where gas prices are twice as high as...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-13, 06:57 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,950
Posted By JPprivate

Regular street clothes, slacks and shirt. In...

Regular street clothes, slacks and shirt. In winter I add a merino base and something wind proof. If it gets really hot in the summer I wear shorts/t-shirt and switch to pants in the office. If I get...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-13, 03:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,399
Posted By JPprivate

I had the Pletscher double-kickstand installed on...

I had the Pletscher double-kickstand installed on my Surly Troll when I bought it late last year. I like it, though it does seem like a little overkill. It's not as easily extendable as the single...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-13, 11:00 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 56,104
Posted By JPprivate

Dwayne (GA)_________________________528 [16/16] ...

Dwayne (GA)_________________________528 [16/16]
augustgarage (CA)___________________477.8 (643.9 total) [12/19]
The Chemist (China) ________________447 (717 km)...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-13, 03:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,463
Posted By JPprivate

I make the decision 90% of the time in the...

I make the decision 90% of the time in the morning. I consult a popular local forecaster.

1) Thunderstorms, large enough so I can't wait them out.
2) Severe Icing
3) Sub zero (F) temps
4) Snow...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,444
Posted By JPprivate

Cold!!! However, I broke a personal record for...

Cold!!! However, I broke a personal record for riding in 2 F. Ended up overdressing and sweating a bit... not good.
Forum: Commuting
01-31-13, 12:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 491
Posted By JPprivate

Yeah, that's kinda what it looked like. We need...

Yeah, that's kinda what it looked like. We need to get something like that in Chicago.
Forum: Commuting
01-31-13, 10:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 491
Posted By JPprivate

I have seen a place little similar to that in...

I have seen a place little similar to that in London, not quite as "highfalutin'". They had a cafe, more the American self-serve style and in a corner a couple of bike stands, a counter were you...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-13, 10:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 579
Posted By JPprivate

I have mine in (non-waterproof) panniers. If it...

I have mine in (non-waterproof) panniers. If it rains, I put it in two or three plastic bags (just make sure you have the opening of the first bag in the bottom of the second bag), this has worked...
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