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07-21-15, 10:09 PM
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Posted By spare_wheel

especially if you do not bother to read the link:...

especially if you do not bother to read the link:



so once again its the word of an anonymous internet poster versus the word of a research-focused nonprofit who first reported the negative...
07-21-15, 04:36 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 10,804
Posted By spare_wheel

So true. I'm far more range bound than someone...

So true. I'm far more range bound than someone who uses a car often.
07-21-15, 04:30 PM
Replies: 327
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Posted By spare_wheel

not according to people who have run the numbers:...

not according to people who have run the numbers:

Shades of Green: Electric Cars? Carbon Emissions Around the Globe | shrinkthatfootprint.com...
07-21-15, 02:58 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 10,804
Posted By spare_wheel

I think most people agree that in areas where the...

I think most people agree that in areas where the bulk of electricity being generated comes from coal e-vehicles can be worse then efficient ICE vehicles. I'm charging via renewable offsets so that's...
07-21-15, 02:50 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 10,804
Posted By spare_wheel

Your completely unsupported claim that scientists...

Your completely unsupported claim that scientists studying this issue are stupid enough to confound net respiration with CO2e is nonsense.

Some resources:

FAO -*News Article:*Agriculture's...
07-21-15, 02:24 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 10,804
Posted By spare_wheel

I did not disregard this and cited LCAs that...

I did not disregard this and cited LCAs that estimated the CO2e cost of generation and transmission. Obviously none of these measures are "perfect" but we need to start somewhere.
07-21-15, 02:18 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 10,804
Posted By spare_wheel

The LCA i cited above did take into account the...

The LCA i cited above did take into account the costs of building cars but your point about infrastructure is valid. (Nevertheless, I think much of this infrastructure is a sunk cost.)
Forum: Commuting
07-19-15, 05:29 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 11,799
Posted By spare_wheel

http://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/speedy.gi...

http://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/speedy.gif (just trying to get someone to complain that matching clothing light does not get you to work faster)

all black for me all the time...i was a...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-15, 05:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,221
Posted By spare_wheel

light and aggressive steel bikes are very...

light and aggressive steel bikes are very expensive. if you can keep the masi you may want to consider a fair weather bike like a caad 10, domane, or roubaix.
Forum: Commuting
07-17-15, 09:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,710
Posted By spare_wheel

Adherence to lane discipline by vulnerable...

Adherence to lane discipline by vulnerable transport should always be a choice. We only have lanes, signs, and signals because we as a society allow people to drive truly dangerous machinery on our...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-15, 09:25 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,710
Posted By spare_wheel

this is pure nonsense.

this is pure nonsense.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-15, 01:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,533
Posted By spare_wheel

very easy if you use a backpack or messenger bag...

very easy if you use a backpack or messenger bag -- just zip tie to the loop(s) at the top of the bag.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-15, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,151
Posted By spare_wheel

a very different tire from the one the op is...

a very different tire from the one the op is using.
07-16-15, 11:06 AM
Replies: 30
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Posted By spare_wheel

Bell is part of the BRG conglomerate that also...

Bell is part of the BRG conglomerate that also owns Giro...so yes.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-15, 11:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,151
Posted By spare_wheel

I've had some quality issues with the rubber on...

I've had some quality issues with the rubber on these tires (there was cracking and perforation of the surface after a few months use on some tires). And while they had good flat resistance I found...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,533
Posted By spare_wheel

The one load that really gives me problems are...

The one load that really gives me problems are the massive but flimsy boxes that my favorite vegan-friendly pizza place uses. I typically balance them precariously on my handlebars (which is not...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-15, 08:56 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

the 7.7 fx can and the low end madones could...

the 7.7 fx can and the low end madones could (sadly no longer available). the hidden fender mounts on new treks are no longer rack compatible which is a mistake, imo.
07-16-15, 07:30 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,609
Posted By spare_wheel

i'm an enthusiastic supporter of taking space...

i'm an enthusiastic supporter of taking space away from motorvehicles (and VCers) to build bike facilities. sadly my city (portland) is falling behind on this in the usa as we squabble over money and...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-15, 10:31 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

my bad. i should have said similarly. it's...

my bad. i should have said similarly. it's virtually impossible to configure a bike identically to a cc because the build depends on qpb oem parts from asia.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-15, 04:00 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

Can you explain why a low-end carbon frame that...

Can you explain why a low-end carbon frame that can take fenders and a rack is not functionally identical to the crosscheck?
Forum: Commuting
07-14-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

This is exactly the "feeling" I get when I am on...

This is exactly the "feeling" I get when I am on a lighter bike. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-15, 01:53 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

there is a relationship between weight and ride...

there is a relationship between weight and ride feel on the same tires but i mostly agree.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-15, 01:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

about 2.5 lbs comes from the frame and fork --...

about 2.5 lbs comes from the frame and fork -- the default surly build is very heavy.

my A commuter:

carbon frame: ~3.4 lbs,
carbon fork: ~1.4 lbs,
carbon wheels: ~4.3 lbs including tubes,...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-15, 11:47 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,420
Posted By spare_wheel

I hate fenders but they are a necessity here. I...

I hate fenders but they are a necessity here. I always have one bike without fenders (for the very rare sunny winter day) and the fenders come off all my commuters seasonally.
Forum: Commuting
07-13-15, 11:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,570
Posted By spare_wheel

Since I just bought another hand-built HED...

Since I just bought another hand-built HED belgium plus wheel and just don't "get" chris king components I cede the point to Minneapolis
Forum: Commuting
07-13-15, 11:39 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,654
Posted By spare_wheel

turn around, go the other direction, and then...

turn around, go the other direction, and then loop back.
Forum: Commuting
07-13-15, 11:37 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

A surly crosscheck configured identically to my A...

A surly crosscheck configured identically to my A commuter would weigh ~7 lbs more. I definitely notice 7 lbs of additional weight when I climb. (It's not just about speed.)
Forum: Commuting
07-13-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,931
Posted By spare_wheel

Well I'm a veteran rider who has over the years...

Well I'm a veteran rider who has over the years gravitated towards lighter bikes. For example, both my commuters weigh less than 20lbs and they are wonderfully utilitarian bikes. They do anything the...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-15, 11:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,570
Posted By spare_wheel

which shows stagnation in minneapolis and...

which shows stagnation in minneapolis and portland but not so much in new orleans and dc.
07-11-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,635
Posted By spare_wheel

yes...it...is. stoplights are designed to prevent...

yes...it...is. stoplights are designed to prevent motorists from smashing into people driving, cycling, or walking. people walking or biking have absolutely no need for stoplights.
07-11-15, 01:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,635
Posted By spare_wheel

since the law varies enormously in the usa with...

since the law varies enormously in the usa with no measurable effect on road safety i have to wonder why you believe these laws were implemented in the first case...

for example, in CA pedestrians...
07-11-15, 10:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,635
Posted By spare_wheel

incredible. do you really believe that i, as a...

incredible.
do you really believe that i, as a pedestrian or cyclist, need a signal to cross a road safely? do you really believe jaywalking and AFRAP laws are for all road users? is...
07-10-15, 07:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,276
Posted By spare_wheel

are you seriously arguing that hazard...

are you seriously arguing that hazard recognition/reaction time is an inate [sic] skill? have you ever played a video game?
07-10-15, 07:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,635
Posted By spare_wheel

it's silly to ride to a stop for any...

it's silly to ride to a stop for any motorist-specific traffic signal if there is an unimpeded view and no cross traffic.
Forum: Commuting
07-10-15, 06:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,570
Posted By spare_wheel

bike counts in a few discrete locations say...

bike counts in a few discrete locations say virtually nothing about mode share.

ACS census mode share:
Forum: Commuting
07-10-15, 02:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,764
Posted By spare_wheel

Is the real reason to walk for the pleasure of...

Is the real reason to walk for the pleasure of it? First and foremost.... walking is fun?

Some day bike enthusiasts will be a tiny, tiny minority of people who bike for transportation...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-15, 11:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,570
Posted By spare_wheel

bicycle mode share in minneapolis has stagnated...

bicycle mode share in minneapolis has stagnated for years. i think a better topic would be to question what is wrong with cycling in minneapolis and what can be done to fix it. these are the...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-15, 11:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,446
Posted By spare_wheel

I did a little dance when I retired my bb7s many...

I did a little dance when I retired my bb7s many years ago.
Forum: Commuting
07-09-15, 11:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,446
Posted By spare_wheel

Another reason to switch to discs is that they...

Another reason to switch to discs is that they eliminate rim wear. For me, rim brakes were an incredibly expensive proposition...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-15, 10:07 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,891
Posted By spare_wheel

Cat 6 commuting is commuting.

Cat 6 commuting is commuting.
Forum: Commuting
07-09-15, 09:07 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,891
Posted By spare_wheel

that's a personal postural preference, kickstart.

that's a personal postural preference, kickstart.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 08:56 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,891
Posted By spare_wheel

OH FFS! cancellera's domane is not an endurance...

OH FFS! cancellera's domane is not an endurance bike in the least.
it was a highly customized bike with a saddle to drop distance that would cripple just about every rider on this forum. including...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 08:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,891
Posted By spare_wheel

pfffft. let me guess...you live somewhere...

pfffft.
let me guess...you live somewhere fairly flat.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 08:50 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,860
Posted By spare_wheel

so sorry those annoying newbie cyclists are...

so sorry those annoying newbie cyclists are getting in your way, alan s. mebbe you should go back to the cage.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 07:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,891
Posted By spare_wheel

for the moment i'm sticking to 10 on all the...

for the moment i'm sticking to 10 on all the bikes i commute on (3). and not only can i carry a sack of potatoes but also 12 bottles of heavy glass wine.

i agree that kickstart's stable is quite...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 03:48 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,860
Posted By spare_wheel

Actual bike counts conducted in Portland suggest...

Actual bike counts conducted in Portland suggest that ACS numbers are quite conservative.
07-08-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,014
Posted By spare_wheel

I'm still trying to understand why invisible...

I'm still trying to understand why invisible cyclists are a problem (if you can't see them how do you know they are there) and how a motor vehicle could possibly be sentient.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-15, 09:20 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,860
Posted By spare_wheel

the numbers come from the census ACS so none of...

the numbers come from the census ACS so none of those riders outside of the DC city area are counted. and, in fact, no one is counted unless they use their bike for over 50% of all commutes....
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 10:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,597
Posted By spare_wheel

If I did what you suggest my chains would start...

If I did what you suggest my chains would start skipping badly enough that they would pose a safety risk when trying to cross a busy arterial. The commuting forum desperately needs a sticky post...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-15, 02:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,963
Posted By spare_wheel

well since most of my ~150K or so do not fit...

well since most of my ~150K or so do not fit those criteria i must be very, very lucky. from middle school to my 3rd year of post doc i commuted on busy urban arterials with virtually no bike...
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