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02-12-09, 05:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,149
Posted By jcm

I never said any given state, or all states,...

I never said any given state, or all states, required anything. I simply said that I would prefer a law that required cyclists to wear Hi-Viz clothing/vests. I don't care if it's a yellow or lime...
02-12-09, 12:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,149
Posted By jcm

30 second commercial spots - every one hour -...

30 second commercial spots - every one hour - 24/7 would go a long way. I also agree that re-qualifying drivers is a good idea.
02-12-09, 12:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,149
Posted By jcm

I do mandate for myself, there, Blondie. The...

I do mandate for myself, there, Blondie.

The question is: "What new laws would improve the cycling experience?". There is ample anecdotal testimony, plus alot more impirical evidence, that...
Replies: 40
Views: 2,035
Posted By jcm

Just curious: Does anyone know exactly what...

Just curious: Does anyone know exactly what those riding shorts were made or back in the 50's or 60's? Was it wool, cotton - maybe with a silk lining? Like equestrian Jhodpurs (sp) ? Seems to be...
02-12-09, 09:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,149
Posted By jcm

Mandate public commercial anouncements on local...

Mandate public commercial anouncements on local TV and radio, educating people on the responsibilities of drivers and cyclists. Do it often.

Better signage on streets and roadways, leaving no...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-09, 09:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,317
Posted By jcm

This'll gross you out: The bacteria that...

This'll gross you out:

The bacteria that lives in your skin in colonies feeds on your sweat. What goes in, must come out. Ergo, it's the poop from the bacteria that does most of the offending. ...
Replies: 40
Views: 2,035
Posted By jcm

Anatomica makes a very good saddle. If you are a...

Anatomica makes a very good saddle. If you are a light rider, they can be perfect. If you are a heavy rider, they can be a bit of a challenge to adjust once they begin to stretch and form. ...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-09, 05:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,735
Posted By jcm

+1 on eye protection. When it's gray and...

+1 on eye protection. When it's gray and raining, the yellow or salmon/pink really lights it up. Don't spend alot on this. Cheapo Home Depot or other type of safety glasses will work as well as a...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-09, 09:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,317
Posted By jcm

It's not driving the truck that gets you going,...

It's not driving the truck that gets you going, it's what you do with the stuff in the trailer... not for girly-men. I shower at night for my hot wife... :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
02-11-09, 09:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,317
Posted By jcm

You are female. You have to be. With a strange...

You are female. You have to be. With a strange proclivity towards the use of male branded hygiene products. :D

Seriously now, you must be blessed with a metabolism that is on the very far edge...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-09, 09:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,366
Posted By jcm

Check out Wald. Designed from the ground up for...

Check out Wald. Designed from the ground up for just your purpose. Made in the USA, and relatively inexpensive. They have the whole range, from rigid to collapsible types.

I have the Ortliebs. ...
Replies: 40
Views: 2,035
Posted By jcm

+1 on the chamois edge. I stopped using my Pearl...

+1 on the chamois edge. I stopped using my Pearl Izumi tights for that reason.
Replies: 40
Views: 2,035
Posted By jcm

Sores are a result of friction. Friction is...

Sores are a result of friction. Friction is caused by heat and moisture. Reduce the friction and the sores will cease. I use Brooks saddles because they are slicker than any other saddle and thus...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-09, 08:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,317
Posted By jcm

Andre: That's exactly the way I saw it when I...

Andre:
That's exactly the way I saw it when I was there. You bring up the weather, too. Holland and western Germany are in the North Atlantic Temperate Zone. It is quite moderate, but can be very...
02-10-09, 08:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,021
Posted By jcm

They also make some of the finest machine tools,...

They also make some of the finest machine tools, firearms, and cars in the world. Not to mention the best handmade shoes and boots outside Milan, Italy. The list of historic cultural heights are...
02-10-09, 08:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,385
Posted By jcm

'kay, 'kay... okay, I can top that: shaved legs...

'kay, 'kay... okay, I can top that: shaved legs and I'm taking the camper. :D
02-10-09, 02:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,021
Posted By jcm

Not all Americans are cultural neanderthals who...

Not all Americans are cultural neanderthals who go loudly stomping through Europe with straight white teeth.
:D

I find it ammusing that the New Europeans immigrating to the US seem to be in...
02-10-09, 10:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,021
Posted By jcm

My late Viennese mother used to say, "Forget...

My late Viennese mother used to say, "Forget Paris, see Prague. The music!" This, from a woman who spent 20 years living in Salzburg.

Now, me - I hack out a pretty good rendition of Dicky...
02-10-09, 10:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,385
Posted By jcm

The club has a ride scheduled for this week-end...

The club has a ride scheduled for this week-end some miles north of here. Easy ride. Lunch run. I'm meeting the group with my camper...:o
02-10-09, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By jcm

On my 26 X 1.5" I run 90lbs in the back and top...

On my 26 X 1.5" I run 90lbs in the back and top limit (80) or less in the front. Less in front for riding rougher roads and longer distances.

On my 700 X 23mm, I go the limit (120) in back and...
02-09-09, 04:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By jcm

I'm leaving. I'm leaving before this goes much...

I'm leaving. I'm leaving before this goes much further... creams and unguents, jock straps...wigs....
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 03:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,726
Posted By jcm

So true. I was a volunteer firefighter for...

So true.
I was a volunteer firefighter for several years around here, and we were constantly attending classes in order to retain state certification. Much of the safety training involved knowing...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 03:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,735
Posted By jcm

1) Full fenders with a very long and wide flap in...

1) Full fenders with a very long and wide flap in front. It should come to within 2-3 inches from the ground. The little toy flappie thingies that usually come with fenders are a joke. make your...
Replies: 13
Views: 528
Posted By jcm

Tried the shower cap thing. Looked in the mirror...

Tried the shower cap thing. Looked in the mirror and I saw a big, mis-shapen mushroom. The cap goes under the Brooks for when I'm parked. I'd rather go out in the rain with that yellow ladybug on...
02-09-09, 01:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By jcm

:roflmao2::roflmao2::roflmao2: Sorry, but I...

:roflmao2::roflmao2::roflmao2:

Sorry, but I just CAN'T take you seriously with that avatar staring out at me!

BTW, not harsh. Funny!
Replies: 13
Views: 528
Posted By jcm

Betcha don't have one o' these, now do ya? ...

Betcha don't have one o' these, now do ya?

Some packing tape over the holes an' yer good to go.
Replies: 20
Views: 1,175
Posted By jcm

I'm moving towards wool, too. I remember when I...

I'm moving towards wool, too. I remember when I was a much younger man, when fleece was just becoming common, we used wool almost completely when snow-shoeing in the Cascades. I was always...
02-09-09, 09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By jcm

OP: Chafing is caused by one thing:...

OP:

Chafing is caused by one thing: Friction.

The proven best defense against chafing is a saddle that is smooth and slick, along with lycra riding shorts. Sweat causes friction to build up. ...
02-09-09, 09:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By jcm

"...if Brooks saddles conform, then why do they...

"...if Brooks saddles conform, then why do they offer a dozen models. God forbid that you spend years breaking in the wrong one.

The same goes for baseball gloves. You can take a raw one and spend...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,765
Posted By jcm

Won't a slightly smaller cassette make it faster?...

Won't a slightly smaller cassette make it faster? Should be less money than newer higher performance tires, right? Skinnier slicks will make it handle more spritely, and roll a bit easier, but it...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 08:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,317
Posted By jcm

Of course they sweat. They just don't sweat as...

Of course they sweat. They just don't sweat as much - generally. That's because they ride much slower and for far less distance than AmeriCanadians. As stated before, it's both a cultural thing...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 08:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,726
Posted By jcm

Yeah, all open in back 'an stuff... :roflmao2: ...

Yeah, all open in back 'an stuff... :roflmao2:

Seriously, I can't understand the mentality behind not wearing as much practical visibilty as you can. Vanity is fleeting...
02-08-09, 08:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,826
Posted By jcm

Dchiefransom: Kinda like this? :D BTW, I...

Dchiefransom:

Kinda like this? :D BTW, I rode my bud's 'bent the other day. Very nice.
Forum: Commuting
02-08-09, 08:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By jcm

Ya got me on that. I don't have any...

Ya got me on that.
I don't have any experience with grip shifters. The old school thumb shifters (Deore SIS) have been my main types. These can be set to both friction and index modes in about a...
02-08-09, 09:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,826
Posted By jcm

Here's a pic of the ol' blister. You can see...

Here's a pic of the ol' blister. You can see that the stem is only about 50mm - if that. Most of them were that short. Add to that the short top tube, and you're on a very close coupled...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-09, 09:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By jcm

Buyer's remorse can be a by-product of C-List,...

Buyer's remorse can be a by-product of C-List, it's true. I've simply given up on second guessing myself, since I've bought and sold so many bikes there. Here's a couple of bikes from C-Cist that ...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-09, 10:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By jcm

That bike has seen alot of upgrades - hence the...

That bike has seen alot of upgrades - hence the asking price. Bone stock, it would be worth about $125 to $150 in this market, assuming good steel. STX rapid fire mtb shifters are decent. The new...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-09, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By jcm

Here's another one in the area that is about the...

Here's another one in the area that is about the size of the bike in question, but with a horizontal top tube. This is approximately your size. Remember that sizing a production, off the shelf bike...
02-07-09, 11:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,826
Posted By jcm

I apologize to all others for these pics - you've...

I apologize to all others for these pics - you've probably seen them a thousand times, but for the benefit of the OP, here are some shots of NR's on converted MTB's. There's even a shot of my Trek...
02-07-09, 11:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,826
Posted By jcm

DG123: My 23" English 3-speed has a top tube...

DG123:

My 23" English 3-speed has a top tube of slightly over 20". Most of them had the same top tube back then, no matter the height. Those bikes were very upright. The North Road bars were...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-09, 11:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By jcm

The market here is high. $175 isn't a terrible...

The market here is high. $175 isn't a terrible asking price. This bike has been on C-List on and off for weeks. I'd go and have a look and a ride.

Bring a tape measure. Looking at the big...
02-06-09, 11:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,826
Posted By jcm

I love North Road bars, don't get me wrong. But,...

I love North Road bars, don't get me wrong. But, with a 20" top tube, you'll be as upright AND possibly as crowded as a classic 3-speed. The up side is that for $16.95, you can't get hurt unless...
02-06-09, 11:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,021
Posted By jcm

"As you may be able to tell, I have great...

"As you may be able to tell, I have great fondness for this little landlocked European country that I've never visited and have no blood ties to."

Me, too.

As the son of an Austrian, I have a...
02-06-09, 11:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,650
Posted By jcm

He had a good write-up on BioPace/Ovaltech. I'm...

He had a good write-up on BioPace/Ovaltech. I'm just hunching here. Some people find the slight out of round sensation to be bothersome. Not me, though - but it might be somewhat more noticeable...
Forum: Touring
02-06-09, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,381
Posted By jcm

The adjustment shoe is usually the culprit. ...

The adjustment shoe is usually the culprit. However, there is another place(s) where a sqeak can occur that can be hard to find: The two spots where the ends of the rear frame touch the leather. ...
Forum: Touring
02-06-09, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By jcm

+2 for Valygirl. My shop allowed me to try four...

+2 for Valygirl. My shop allowed me to try four different lengths.
Replies: 43
Views: 2,727
Posted By jcm

The Imperial is a modified B-17 Standard. It has...

The Imperial is a modified B-17 Standard. It has a thinner blank and a flatter cross-sectional arch than a Team Pro. 17's are wider and longer than Pro's. Time will tell, but I believe that the...
02-06-09, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 755
Posted By jcm

wrk101: Spot On! Anyone can get a...

wrk101:

Spot On!

Anyone can get a terrific bike on C-List for scratch. No need to buy a Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart bike. Bikes are like most recreational vehicles - they get little use. ...
02-06-09, 09:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,826
Posted By jcm

Wald #8095 might have too much sweep for that...

Wald #8095 might have too much sweep for that bike. They work very well on old MTB's with very long top tubes (22"), but I don't know what they're like with modern, compact frames. On-One mary bars...
02-06-09, 09:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,360
Posted By jcm

wrk101 and Sailorman13 are both correct, IMO. ...

wrk101 and Sailorman13 are both correct, IMO.

Few Europeans had cars until the early 1960's. Even by the early 1970's there were comparatively few privately operated cars there. Motorscooters...
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