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Forum: Commuting
09-26-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By PaulH

Parking downtown at my office is over $3,000 per...

Parking downtown at my office is over $3,000 per year, so a $4,500 bike is chump change. Good that it has fenders, but for that much cash I want an enclosed chain, lights, and and higher handlebars.
Forum: Commuting
09-25-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 666
Posted By PaulH

Don't like the idea of having different...

Don't like the idea of having different procedures for bikes and cars. Too much hassle -- better when my car habits carry over into cycling. I've never gotten comfortable with right on red. Also, I...
09-20-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,753
Posted By PaulH

I'd add to that the hypothesis that riding facing...

I'd add to that the hypothesis that riding facing traffic is self-reinforcing. People who do it experience more car/bike conflicts that they would if riding with traffic. Of course, they mostly avoid...
09-16-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 25,522
Views: 2,524,712
Posted By PaulH

Yes -- maybe a mile or two for lunch. Now that I...

Yes -- maybe a mile or two for lunch. Now that I work from home, it's good to get out and peanut butter and jelly gets old after six months or so.
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,278
Posted By PaulH

Being able to always find a parking spot and...

Being able to always find a parking spot and getting to work faster and with less hassle were the main drivers. I've always ridden for convenience. But yes, good to know that it helps the...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 680
Posted By PaulH

Never have this problem. However, there have been...

Never have this problem. However, there have been cold winter days when everyone in my office decides to go out for lunch and the light overcoat I rode to work in was insufficiently warm for a short...
09-11-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 869
Posted By PaulH

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Clothing for the non -sporty people who ride for transportation
Forum: Commuting
09-06-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,484
Posted By PaulH

My goal is to get to work without getting sweaty....

My goal is to get to work without getting sweaty. I normally go about 10 mph or so. I've never thought of cycling as either sport or exercise, so this feels natural..
08-29-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 31,399
Posted By PaulH

I ride for transportation and parking at my...

I ride for transportation and parking at my office is about $3,000 per year. In that context, there is no such thing as an expensive bike. Some of the thing that make a non-sporting bike costly have...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,060
Posted By PaulH

Round trip 10 miles, 73 years old. Currently...

Round trip 10 miles, 73 years old. Currently working from home, so only ride a mile or so per day.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,742
Posted By PaulH

There are some big savings from not driving to...

There are some big savings from not driving to work and back, especially in the winter. Bike commuting allowed me to keep the same car for 33 years. There are also direct savings. Reserved parking in...
08-01-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,080
Posted By PaulH

I like drum brakes because they work well in rain...

I like drum brakes because they work well in rain and snow and have minimal maintenance. Also, around here, the sand and salt on the road are sufficient to reduce the lifetime of rims used in daily...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,817
Posted By PaulH

What are the characteristics/ qualities of the...

What are the characteristics/ qualities of the bike that you use for transportation?
Chain guard, fenders, rack, panniers, upright handlebars, dynamo lights, bell, u-lock, 7 speed gear hub, drum...
07-09-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,303
Posted By PaulH

Yes. Always. Because I'm too damn lazy to learn...

Yes. Always. Because I'm too damn lazy to learn one set of procedures for driving and one for cycling. I stop at the intersection, scan for bandits, tell myself "route = valid" and go.
07-03-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,627
Posted By PaulH

Agreed. The German government bans flashing bike...

Agreed. The German government bans flashing bike headlights. I use daytime running lights on my bike because it has a hub dyno, so why not. My car came with daytime running lights and I see no reason...
06-19-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,578
Posted By PaulH

That's one of the great things about commuting....

That's one of the great things about commuting. When it's time for work or home, you just go. For the past 22 years I've ridden every non-vacation /holiday weekday. Since mid-March, though, I've only...
06-14-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,011
Posted By PaulH

Ray-Ban Aviator. Unfortunately, they are the...

Ray-Ban Aviator. Unfortunately, they are the opposite of your wish list.
06-01-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,716
Posted By PaulH

LOL Because riding is essential to me. It's the...

LOL Because riding is essential to me. It's the easiest and most practical way for me to get to work. Just because I find it hard to ride for any reason other than utility, it doesn't mean I don't...
05-30-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 653
Posted By PaulH

The Pashley is clearly more practical for daily...

The Pashley is clearly more practical for daily transportation and likely far more reliable and with less maintenance, but the Trek would be more fun. The Trek has an exposed chain that can foul or...
05-29-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,716
Posted By PaulH

I took a 20 year hiatus After finishing graduate...

I took a 20 year hiatus After finishing graduate school, it was more convenient to drive than ride. After I started working in downtown DC, the reverse was true, so back on the bike. People do what...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 602
Posted By PaulH

Neos Villager. Warm, dry, and only seconds to put...

Neos Villager. Warm, dry, and only seconds to put on and take off.
05-12-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,932
Posted By PaulH

I think riding on the left leads to a lot of...

I think riding on the left leads to a lot of close calls, which reinforces the feeling that one should ride on the left to spot trouble.
04-27-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,182
Posted By PaulH

I'm one of those people. I ride to work every...

I'm one of those people. I ride to work every weekday,year-round, same route. But, you know -- there is infinite variation. Clear, rain, snow, wind, and calm. Hot and cold. Heraclitus of Ephesus...
Forum: Touring
04-25-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,876
Posted By PaulH

For me it's a necessity. Having to either plug...

For me it's a necessity. Having to either plug the bike in or mess with batteries is more hassle than I want.
04-18-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By PaulH

-- what are the 2 best online shops for bike...

-- what are the 2 best online shops for bike equipment?
St John Street Cycles, https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/
Peter White Cycles https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/
-- what are the 3 best headlights...
04-12-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 787
Posted By PaulH

For years, I've ridden to work and back every day...

For years, I've ridden to work and back every day that is not a weekend or holiday. In terms of continuous riding, it would be thirteen days when I spend a weekend on Ocracoke Island, which has no...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,635
Posted By PaulH

In Germany, bikes are required to have a...

In Germany, bikes are required to have a taillight. In general, I think the Germans are better at surface transportation than we are.
03-24-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,499
Posted By PaulH

Hub dynamo. Hop on the bike and go -- anything...

Hub dynamo. Hop on the bike and go -- anything less is unacceptable.
03-23-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,743
Posted By PaulH

I run a few errands, Basically, my mileage is...

I run a few errands, Basically, my mileage is down from 50 miles per week to maybe 5. I miss my commute.
03-22-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,886
Posted By PaulH

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus with Mr. Tuffy. I...

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus with Mr. Tuffy. I get a flat every 20,000 miles or so. Exactly what benefit would I get from airless tires? When pneumatic tires were introduced in the early 20th...
03-12-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 471
Views: 31,541
Posted By PaulH

If my office goes to 100% telecommuting it will...

If my office goes to 100% telecommuting it will mean no more bike rides for me.
Forum: Commuting
03-09-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By PaulH

It's only a problem when empty. Even then, it...

It's only a problem when empty. Even then, it takes a 30-40 mph gust to flip it upside down.
02-29-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 8,913
Posted By PaulH

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus along with Mr....

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus along with Mr. Tuffy. This combination gives me a flat every 10,000 - 20,000 miles. I drive and cycle about equal distances each year, and my flat rates on both vehicles...
02-24-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,068
Posted By PaulH

Many years of experience here hauling my daughter...

Many years of experience here hauling my daughter around. Young children always travel with a lot of stuff, AKA "diaper bag.". Based on that alone, you need a trailer. I've never ridden with a front...
02-07-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,291
Posted By PaulH

The studs themselves do not help unless there is...

The studs themselves do not help unless there is an ice layer beneath the brown sugar. However, studded tires have aggressive tread, unlike summer slicks. That's why they are good in winter.
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 16,911
Posted By PaulH

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Kettler Silverstar. Approaching 20 years of riding every workday.
01-31-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,948
Posted By PaulH

Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Urbanism by Design:...

Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Urbanism by Design: Overcomplicating Winter Cycling - Why It's Bad (http://www.copenhagenize.com/2012/01/overcomplicating-winter-cycling-why-its.html)
Forum: Commuting
01-24-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,752
Posted By PaulH

I'm basically bike dependant. Every other way to...

I'm basically bike dependant. Every other way to get to work is slower and less convenient. My bike is a practical tool for slogging to work under all conditions, but my car is for fun and...
01-12-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,792
Posted By PaulH

I don't think I have ever cleaned my bike in 20...

I don't think I have ever cleaned my bike in 20 years of riding every workday. Hub gears, chainguard, fenders, drum brakes basically solve everything. I did go through one season with a derailleur...
01-06-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,154
Posted By PaulH

52 weeks in a year. Two weeks vacation. That's...

52 weeks in a year. Two weeks vacation. That's 250 days. Subtract 10 days for holidays. That's 240 days. Commute a daily 25 miles to work and back. That's 6,000 miles. I did that for several years...
12-23-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 25,522
Views: 2,524,712
Posted By PaulH

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Beneath the Case Bridge overpass, on my way home.

Today's...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,358
Posted By PaulH

No face covering. I find Turtle Fur and goggles...

No face covering. I find Turtle Fur and goggles are essential for skiing at -30 F, but for typical Washington, DC, temperatures, they are not needed. It's kind of a new thing -- kids walking to...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,358
Posted By PaulH

I've been riding in snow for nearly 60 years....

I've been riding in snow for nearly 60 years. This link on winter cycling matches my experiences:

Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Urbanism by Design: Overcomplicating Winter Cycling - Why It's Bad...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By PaulH

As others have pointed out, there is uncertainty...

As others have pointed out, there is uncertainty in the US as to what is a "commuter bike." Most bicycles sold in this country are road bikes, mountain bikes, or hybrid bikes, all of which...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,490
Posted By PaulH

No. I was taught to follow traffic laws and to...

No. I was taught to follow traffic laws and to not do so makes me uncomfortable. Even turning right on red causes some discomfort.
Forum: Commuting
11-23-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,706
Posted By PaulH

I have LL Bean rain pants that I wear over my...

I have LL Bean rain pants that I wear over my pants. The work great -- the only ones that have kept me completely dry. They are good for sub freezing weather, too. Importantly, they are quick to put...
11-17-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,935
Posted By PaulH

I don't buy into the "cheap bike for winter...

I don't buy into the "cheap bike for winter argument." I find an IGH, full or partial chain enclosure, dynamo, fenders, drum brakes, and storage for winter clothing are all essential and add up to an...
11-02-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,738
Posted By PaulH

I second this idea. Also, I learned a new word.

I second this idea. Also, I learned a new word.
Forum: Commuting
10-25-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,657
Posted By PaulH

Cycling takes less energy than walking and the...

Cycling takes less energy than walking and the breeze from the higher speed cools you. Upright bikes help a lot -- so do short sleeve dress shirts and loosening one's tie.
Forum: Commuting
10-24-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,733
Posted By PaulH

The Planet Bike fenders on my daughter's bike are...

The Planet Bike fenders on my daughter's bike are plastic. The problem is not so much the flimsiness of the plastic, but that of the stays,
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