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Forum: Commuting
07-06-05, 01:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 259
Posted By westman2003

5 min faster!!!

I found a new shortcut on my daily commute. It is a combiantion of a short bike path (500m) and a back alley. Result? One less set of lights, one less busy stretch of road and 5 minutes faster. ...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-05, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By westman2003

Awesome!!! Well done. I find since I started...

Awesome!!! Well done. I find since I started commuting over a year ago the health benefits are amazing. Not just physical but mental too. I am more relaxed and have more energy.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-05, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 570
Posted By westman2003

Excellent job! I talk about the benefits of...

Excellent job! I talk about the benefits of commuting to all I meet (health, environment, enjoying your comute not hating it, save tons of $$$). There is a woman at work who has asked me some...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-05, 08:12 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,545
Posted By westman2003

I had an experience like that driving my old 85...

I had an experience like that driving my old 85 chev truck about 2 years ago. A honda civic with two mid 20 guys with the big loud stereo ran a red. I T-boned their car. Their car was wrecked and...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-05, 10:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,143
Posted By westman2003

That's a great idea. I'm doing the same thing.

That's a great idea. I'm doing the same thing.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-05, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By westman2003

We have had a record of amount of rain here in...

We have had a record of amount of rain here in Calgary this spring. Thus the bugs are beginning to hatch. I was riding home last night along a path and if I would have kept my mouth open I would...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-05, 08:39 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,153
Posted By westman2003

Oil at $60 a barrel

I'm gonna keep on riding.
Forum: Commuting
06-24-05, 08:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,268
Posted By westman2003

Dude the car has 180000k on it. So it will last...

Dude the car has 180000k on it. So it will last another 3-4 years before it needs to be replaced. Don't be so hasty to advise before you have all the facts
Forum: Commuting
06-24-05, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,268
Posted By westman2003

As I considered buying a new bike trinket I felt...

As I considered buying a new bike trinket I felt a twing of regreat. Maybe I shouldn't spend the $$$$.

But then I realized I save $20-$25 a day not owning a second vehicle and driving it to work...
06-22-05, 04:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,643
Posted By westman2003

For me it was mainly economic. If we were to buy...

For me it was mainly economic. If we were to buy a 2nd car between payments, insurance, gas, repairs and parking this car was going to cost 8-10k a year. So I would have to earn 12-16k before tax to...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-05, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 508
Posted By westman2003

Redcliff Alberta Canada!!! Go to the...

Redcliff Alberta Canada!!!

Go to the hardware store and say hello to your friends. Worst crime is when the local kids stole my garbage cans but their parents made them bring them back and...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-05, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,498
Posted By westman2003

Congrates on riding again. Since often employers...

Congrates on riding again. Since often employers get bashed I'm going to give mine a big salute. They allow me to park my bike in my cubicle, no fuss at all. After I had a bike stolen out front of...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-05, 03:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,451
Posted By westman2003

I skip breakfast until I get to the office. My...

I skip breakfast until I get to the office. My ride is about 35 min. By not eating before you ride your body must burn fat for energy as there is no food it is digesting to access. However the max...
Forum: Commuting
05-04-05, 09:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,450
Posted By westman2003

That is a brilliant response but in the effort to...

That is a brilliant response but in the effort to maintain good office relations I think I'll decline. What you say is true, but the truth hurts and I have to work with this person.

Still funny...
Forum: Commuting
05-04-05, 09:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,450
Posted By westman2003

My Flat Tire & People's Responses

I got a flat on the way to work today. Not a big deal for two reasons.

1. I carry spare tubes,tools and a pump so changing it was no big deal.

2. Where I work we can start any time between...
Forum: Commuting
05-04-05, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By westman2003

Go over to your wife's purse, take your balls...

Go over to your wife's purse, take your balls out, put them back on and start commuting when you want.

(I hope my wife didn't see me type that or I am in big trouble)

Actually what the above...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-05, 12:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 849
Posted By westman2003

Rastanate Welcome to the group and the...

Rastanate

Welcome to the group and the wonderful world of commuting by bike.

Benefits you'll receive are:

Save money
Healthier
Enjoy your commute to work rather than dread it
Forum: Commuting
05-03-05, 08:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 263
Posted By westman2003

So Many Commuters

Today I had to drive to work. When I ride I only see a max of 1-3 bike commuters as we are all far apart and don't catch up to each other in large numbers. But in the van I saw dozens of riders on...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-05, 04:22 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,113
Posted By westman2003

When I worked at McDonald's in high school these...

When I worked at McDonald's in high school these fat things would waddle in, order 3 burgers, a 9 pack of nuggets, a super size fry, a deep fried apple pie, and a super size diet coke.

Yeah, like...
04-27-05, 04:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,385
Posted By westman2003

Well this isn't a T.V. incident but the most...

Well this isn't a T.V. incident but the most distracting thing I ever saw a driver do was drive while eating corn on the cob. She was stearing with her elbows.
Forum: Commuting
04-12-05, 11:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,872
Posted By westman2003

When I started biking we had a new van and an old...

When I started biking we had a new van and an old car. The old car was dieing and needed to be replaced. By biking I have avoided that.

I estimate my monthly savings as follows:

car payment ...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-05, 07:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,257
Posted By westman2003

My commute is 13km one way. 4 to 5 times a week...

My commute is 13km one way. 4 to 5 times a week depending on schedules.
Forum: Commuting
04-05-05, 11:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,214
Posted By westman2003

Sounds like a good plan. Here in Calgary they...

Sounds like a good plan. Here in Calgary they have "park and bike" lots to try to reduce cars going downtown. Basically you drive to the lot, park for free, and ride the rest of the way to work. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-05, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By westman2003

I keep mine in my cube which is nice. I bought a...

I keep mine in my cube which is nice. I bought a mat to set it on so it doesn't wreck the carpet.

I work in a bike suportive workplace. Our controller used to commute by bike (her work schedule...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-05, 04:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,362
Posted By westman2003

I just have a big glass of water before I leave...

I just have a big glass of water before I leave for work. My ride is about 40 min. Once at work breakfast is a Whey Protein Shake, 4 egg whites (hard boiled the night before) a whole wheat bagel...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-05, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 646
Posted By westman2003

My father owned his own electrical contracting...

My father owned his own electrical contracting business. He commuted most days (not in the winter) to work which was about 15km each way. He also took me on bike trips as a young boy until I was...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-05, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,069
Posted By westman2003

Helmets Work!!!!

Riding to work today when I hit some gravel, a curb and to make a long story short, crashed. Only damage to me is my pride and a some road rash on my knee. I remember skidding along on the ground...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-05, 09:02 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,212
Posted By westman2003

I'm all over the map. It depends on the issue. ...

I'm all over the map. It depends on the issue. Sometimes I take a conservative stance sometimes liberal. I'd say fiscally I am conservative but in terms of social issues liberal.
Forum: Commuting
03-16-05, 05:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,862
Posted By westman2003

What I like about the bar mounted mirror is I...

What I like about the bar mounted mirror is I have attached a blinky light past the end of the mrror. I noticed cars move over even further now.
Forum: Commuting
12-15-04, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 649
Posted By westman2003

That is awesome, you are a lucky guy. My...

That is awesome, you are a lucky guy.

My wife has been fantastic about my commuting. She worries when she reads a story of someone being hurt but she is very supportive. I'm also in the Army...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-04, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By westman2003

I was looking at a Schwinn bike their website. ...

I was looking at a Schwinn bike their website. the reason I ask is I see them at Wal Mart yet people here ride them. Thus I was curious. I assume they are two different bikes with a low end models...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-04, 09:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By westman2003

11-22-04, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By westman2003

I'm from Canada and winter bike. I eat snow and...

I'm from Canada and winter bike. I eat snow and **** icicles. Anyone who can't handle the cold is weak.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-04, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,057
Posted By westman2003

I've heard of booby traps but what is a "bobby...

I've heard of booby traps but what is a "bobby trap"?
11-05-04, 12:31 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 6,641
Posted By westman2003

I'm sorry you feel that way. I have lived and...

I'm sorry you feel that way. I have lived and worked in the USA and prefer Canada. To each his own. I certainly disagree with your comment the "People's Republic of Canada".
11-05-04, 11:23 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 6,641
Posted By westman2003

I have no problem with the law. Like it was said...

I have no problem with the law. Like it was said in this thread when that person takes a choice to endanger themselves they burden the healthcare system if their actions lead to brain injury. Stats...
Forum: Introductions
11-04-04, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By westman2003

Welcome Bikeguy. I like to ride year round...

Welcome Bikeguy.

I like to ride year round too but its a bit more of a challange in Canada!
Forum: Introductions
11-04-04, 03:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By westman2003

tha nic Welcome. I'm from Calgary AB. Glad...

tha nic

Welcome. I'm from Calgary AB. Glad to have you here.
Forum: Commuting
11-03-04, 04:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,225
Posted By westman2003

I figured riding my bike to work was like a...

I figured riding my bike to work was like a $13,000 raise. My savings come from not using or owning a 2nd vehicle.

Vehicle Payments per year $3600
Insurance ...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-04, 03:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 658
Posted By westman2003

Good job on starting to commute by bike. That's...

Good job on starting to commute by bike. That's an impressive distance. You'll be fit doing that!
Forum: Commuting
11-01-04, 10:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,221
Posted By westman2003

I have a GPS I bought for military training. I...

I have a GPS I bought for military training. I used it a couple of times just to confirm distance. I don't use it on a regular basis.
10-29-04, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,362
Posted By westman2003

My helmet can be expanded by adjusting the inside...

My helmet can be expanded by adjusting the inside band (much like a hard hat or welders helmet) so I can fit warm gear on my head.

Currently I wear a "tight" balacave and head band. I find I need...
10-28-04, 10:41 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,457
Posted By westman2003

Well, I like the feel of the cotton sock as...

Well, I like the feel of the cotton sock as opposed to the feel of wool next to my skin. As for "coldness" I've had no problems. I'll do what works for me you do what works for you, kay?
Forum: Commuting
10-28-04, 10:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,181
Posted By westman2003

I have no idea if the empty stomach theory is...

I have no idea if the empty stomach theory is true. I read it once but there are all kinds of zany theories out there so who knows.
10-28-04, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By westman2003

Winter Wipe Outs

Anyone had any spectacular ones?
If so what were the conditions when it happened (e.g. riding on ice)?
Anyone notice a reduction in wipeouts or improved handling with studded vs non studded tires?
10-28-04, 09:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By westman2003

I think their winning had to do with the lunar...

I think their winning had to do with the lunar eclipse last night.
Forum: Commuting
10-28-04, 09:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,181
Posted By westman2003

Up at 6:00 Glass of water before I leave to...

Up at 6:00

Glass of water before I leave to hydrate

Gone by 6:25

At work by 7:10

Cleaned up at desk by 7:30
10-27-04, 03:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,457
Posted By westman2003

For my feet I wear (inside to outside) 1....

For my feet I wear (inside to outside)

1. White cotton socks
2. Wool Socks
3. Gortex Socks
4. Runners

I plan to buy some winter boots (light weight lace up kind with a thinsulite lining) for...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-04, 02:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,742
Posted By westman2003

Jessica That's quite a ride, I'm impressed!

Jessica

That's quite a ride, I'm impressed!
Forum: Commuting
10-22-04, 08:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,742
Posted By westman2003

How much longer to bike?

How much longer (or how much time do you save) when you bike compared to other forms of transportation?

If I drive to work - 35 min door to door.
Bike - 38min
Bus - 65 min

Thus it takes me a...
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