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Forum: Commuting
01-28-09, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,824
Posted By Eli_Damon

I apologize for bumping a year-old thread but I...

I apologize for bumping a year-old thread but I do think it is relevant. I have Arkel's new mounting hardware on some of my panniers and I got so sick of it that I wrote to Arkel about my...
10-02-08, 05:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,268
Posted By Eli_Damon

I agree with UnsafeAlpine. As Uncle Ben from...

I agree with UnsafeAlpine. As Uncle Ben from Spiderman says, "With great power comes great responsiblity." Irresponsible car driving is a greater threat than irresponsible bicycle riding and should...
09-17-08, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 682
Posted By Eli_Damon

gluing rubber

I have read several threads about patching tubes using rubber cement and bits of old tubes. I am not especially interested in this for its own sake since I don't get punctures very often. However, I...
07-01-08, 06:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,028
Posted By Eli_Damon

I would also appreciate if I bring a bicycle on...

I would also appreciate if I bring a bicycle on the Vermonter. I don't think that MassBike has an active campaign for this. I don't know about bike advocacy groups in VT, CT, and NY
06-27-08, 09:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,590
Posted By Eli_Damon

carrying an adult passenger on an xtracycle

I just my got xtracycle and it is super sweet. I thought I would test it by giving my girlfriend a ride up and down my street. I had a lot of trouble keeping my balance and travelling in a straight...
06-15-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 641
Posted By Eli_Damon

A clever trick I learned from bikeforums.net is...

A clever trick I learned from bikeforums.net is that the lock need not enclose both the frame and the rear wheel. It only needs to enclose the rear wheel. If you put the lock around the rear wheel...
06-05-08, 09:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,457
Posted By Eli_Damon

Several intersting options are discussed on the...

Several intersting options are discussed on the xtracycle forums (http://xtracycle.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=150). However, I don't know how to get them. Permaco, the Hebie distributor, says it's...
06-03-08, 03:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,599
Posted By Eli_Damon

Thanks. I also found a study from California...

Thanks. I also found a study from California (http://transweb.sjsu.edu/mtiportal/research/publications/documents/BikesAndPeds.htm#pgfId-1010338). Its conclusions are not so favorable. Also, its...
05-31-08, 05:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,599
Posted By Eli_Damon

Interesting. You don't happen to know where to...

Interesting. You don't happen to know where to find the report from this study?
05-29-08, 07:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,599
Posted By Eli_Damon

In Massachusetts and, I am fairly certain, all...

In Massachusetts and, I am fairly certain, all other states in the North East, it is explicity forbidden to ride a bicycle on the interstate.

I am very curious how the New Mexico rule works. Who...
05-29-08, 04:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,599
Posted By Eli_Damon

riding on the interstates

If any of you are knowledgible about vehicular cycling or the legal system, I would greatly appreciate your comments. Those of you who are tempted to point out how crazy or stupid you think I am, I...
05-25-08, 09:34 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,841
Posted By Eli_Damon

My experience with big trucks is that they often...

My experience with big trucks is that they often pass me too closely but rarely act hostilely (e.g. honking, yelling). Of course, there have been exception.
05-05-08, 01:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,489
Posted By Eli_Damon

I live in Massachusetts and have gotten similar...

I live in Massachusetts and have gotten similar treatment by police officers here (and also in New Hampshire when I was there). I don't know what to do about either. It makes me so angry that I can't...
04-19-08, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By Eli_Damon

Bob Mionske says you should ask to see the police...

Bob Mionske says you should ask to see the police report to make sure it is accurate. If not, there is some way to argue to have it amended. See "Bicycling and the Law".
04-05-08, 09:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,818
Posted By Eli_Damon

There are "bike lanes" in Amherst. I recommend...

There are "bike lanes" in Amherst. I recommend staying out of them. They are horribly flawed in many, many, many ways.
04-05-08, 09:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Posted By Eli_Damon

I agree with Helmet Head on how to traverse this...

I agree with Helmet Head on how to traverse this intersection. It is confusing though. In my experience, when a new lane opens up on the right, it is either turning lane or it eventually merges with...
03-26-08, 01:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,161
Posted By Eli_Damon

I had several crashes and a lot of close calls...

I had several crashes and a lot of close calls before I learned about vehicular cycling. Since then, I have had a few close and one crash, in which I slipped on a patch of ice and fell over.
03-25-08, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 775
Posted By Eli_Damon

As an American, I find three aspects of this...

As an American, I find three aspects of this story really amazing:
1. A powerful politician uses a bicycle for transportation.
2. He is not pegged as a wacko.
3. The author and editor of the story...
03-25-08, 10:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,818
Posted By Eli_Damon

I think it depends critically on the way the...

I think it depends critically on the way the person rides. In my area, people put too much faith in bike lanes in my opinion. I would guess that the most common types of car-bike collisions are right...
03-25-08, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 760
Posted By Eli_Damon

If the training is done well, then I think it is...

If the training is done well, then I think it is a good thing. However, I also think that a $200 fine for failing to stop a bicycle at a stop sign is super-excessive. Stop signs are there for a...
Forum: Touring
03-25-08, 09:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,358
Posted By Eli_Damon

I love the Park MT-1. It is so clever how they...

I love the Park MT-1. It is so clever how they fit 9 tools into something so compact and with no moving parts!
Forum: Northeast
03-07-08, 11:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Eli_Damon

I am a loyal customer of Laughing Dog and I have...

I am a loyal customer of Laughing Dog and I have had only good experiences with them. I have been to Northampton Bicycles a few and they were nice to me, although some women have told me that the...
02-27-08, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 886
Posted By Eli_Damon

I hadn't thought of that. It would good if Google...

I hadn't thought of that. It would good if Google recognized bike paths, hiking trails, etc.

Incidentally, I see a grey curve on some Google maps. I don't know what they represent but you can't...
02-27-08, 08:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By Eli_Damon

New York State cycling statues

I live in Massachusetts and I am considering a taking a trip through New York into Pennsylvania. I noticed that the statutes in New York seem to be a lot more "f**k you"-ish than in Massachusetts. I...
02-27-08, 08:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By Eli_Damon

My understanding is that aluminum frames don't...

My understanding is that aluminum frames don't have a problem triggering the detector but that carbon frames do. However, I don't know why anyone would be installing new loop detectors. I thought...
02-27-08, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 886
Posted By Eli_Damon

What is the difference between this proposed...

What is the difference between this proposed feature and the existing "avoid highways" feature, which I am very happy with? What standard would be used to decide whether a given road could be part of...
02-27-08, 08:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By Eli_Damon

I would much prefer that their licenses be...

I would much prefer that their licenses be revoked. I don't see the logic in seizing their vehicles. It's basically the same as a fine except that it is a lot more expensive for the province/state to...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-08, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 918
Posted By Eli_Damon

Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Commuting
02-19-08, 08:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 918
Posted By Eli_Damon

I usually take Route 9 but Rocky Hill is very...

I usually take Route 9 but Rocky Hill is very nice. Traffic is light and the road is in good condition. However, left turns onto Cross Path Road are not permitted. If you're going East, you must...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-08, 01:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,047
Posted By Eli_Damon

I use a Louis Garneau "western helment cover"....

I use a Louis Garneau "western helment cover". It's kind of ugly but works great for keeping water out of my eyes.
Forum: Touring
02-10-08, 01:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,503
Posted By Eli_Damon

What do you do on tour?

I am curious if any of you have gone on a long-distance bike trip or thought of going on one with some kind of goal in mind. I mean, something more than "go there, see that, take pictures." I would...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 09:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,824
Posted By Eli_Damon

I have a set of GT-54s with the old style...

I have a set of GT-54s with the old style hardware and like it a lot. I haven't seen the new style hardware but I don't like the sound of it.
02-04-08, 06:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,947
Posted By Eli_Damon

I admit that I made a bad judgement. However, (1)...

I admit that I made a bad judgement. However, (1) it was a public place so I had every right to be there, (2), my approaching him and arguing with him, which is not at all illegal, does not warrant...
02-04-08, 01:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,947
Posted By Eli_Damon

I did follow up with the bus company and the...

I did follow up with the bus company and the registry of motor vehicles about the schoolbus driver but the story isn't that interesting. I'm much more concerned about the officer's behavior.
...
02-03-08, 12:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,947
Posted By Eli_Damon

police officer's inappropriate behavior

I was wondering if any of you had any advice on how to deal with this guy. I have encountered him twice so far.

Yesterday, I went to the Hadley police station to report being harassed by a...
02-02-08, 08:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,319
Posted By Eli_Damon

I know of only one commercial solution, which I...

I know of only one commercial solution, which I came across last night. The Busch & Mueller "Ixon" or "Ixon IQ" headlight with the "Ride & Charge" accessory, along with a bicycle dynamo, can be used...
01-10-08, 09:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,300
Posted By Eli_Damon

Bob Mionske's book warns that your insurance...

Bob Mionske's book warns that your insurance policies might give the company subrogation rights, which means that your insurance company might be able to take your settlement money to make up for...
01-07-08, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 833
Posted By Eli_Damon

If you are trying to carry only a few clubs, you...

If you are trying to carry only a few clubs, you can strap them to the top tube with the heads lying on the rear rack (also strapped down of course). I have never done it with golf clubs but I have...
01-07-08, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 864
Posted By Eli_Damon

I am shaking with anticipation.

I am shaking with anticipation.
01-04-08, 02:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By Eli_Damon

"Bicycling and the Law" by Bob Mionske

I just finished reading this book and found it very interesting and
informative. It discusses a wide range of legal topics that relate to
cycling, with many specific references to recent and...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-07, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By Eli_Damon

It sounds like a lot more trouble than it's worth...

It sounds like a lot more trouble than it's worth to me.
11-07-07, 02:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 964
Posted By Eli_Damon

super-polite UPS driver encounter

I have encountered several very antagonistic UPS drivers in the past. However, I recently encountered a UPS driver who was very considerate and I wanted to tell about it. It was riding East on Rt. 9...
10-17-07, 08:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,093
Posted By Eli_Damon

Most head- and tail-lights have built-in...

Most head- and tail-lights have built-in reflectors to disperse their own light so there is very little to gain by using small front and rear reflectors in addition to lights. However, making large...
10-15-07, 01:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,638
Posted By Eli_Damon

Actually, I get very little harassment in...

Actually, I get very little harassment in Amherst. Most of the harassment I get is in Hadley and Chicopee. I get a good bit in Northampton too, rarely in the downtown area, mostly South and East of...
10-15-07, 08:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,638
Posted By Eli_Damon

Why are people so mean?

The honking, yelling, and close-passing has been especially relentless this past week and it really upsets me. How can people be so mean and hostile toward a total stranger? Is it really just about...
10-02-07, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 604
Posted By Eli_Damon

I agree with bmclaughlin807. It took some getting...

I agree with bmclaughlin807. It took some getting used to before I felt comfortable changing lanes to make a left turn but now it's no problem.

On the question of when to start changing lanes, do...
09-25-07, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 692
Posted By Eli_Damon

I must use this opportunity to talk about the bus...

I must use this opportunity to talk about the bus drivers in my area, Amherst, MA. They're excellent. I know one of the people in charge of the system and he says that how to interact with cyclists...
09-18-07, 10:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 693
Posted By Eli_Damon

In my experience, a 10lb. difference is big. A...

In my experience, a 10lb. difference is big. A trip with panniers takes me about 15% longer than a trip without panniers along the same route.
09-18-07, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 481
Posted By Eli_Damon

Machka's list looks pretty good to me. The...

Machka's list looks pretty good to me. The clothing items don't really seem necessary to me but they're pretty compact so it doesn't matter. I wouldn't bother with a chain tool or any other...
09-18-07, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,973
Posted By Eli_Damon

There is such an intersection on a bike path in...

There is such an intersection on a bike path in Easthampton Massachusetts where the road crosses the bike path and leads into a parking lot. I don't remember exactly where it is, but the road has...
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