Search: Posts Made By: Marylandnewbie
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1000
Search took 0.97 seconds.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-10, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,412
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I'm in the club. I'm usually riding without...

I'm in the club. I'm usually riding without regard to weather. If I can't alter my route to something relatively ice free I skip out on the extremely icy days, but around D.C. area those are...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-09, 01:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,889
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I've run into a couple of ninja bikers on the MUP...

I've run into a couple of ninja bikers on the MUP this fall. Some of my bike stuff is black or dark blue, but I always make sure I have plenty of lights and reflectors so my presence is not a...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-09, 12:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,196
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I'm in the clydesdale category and often carry a...

I'm in the clydesdale category and often carry a decent amount of stuff to add to it. I have a Salsa Delgado Cross 700c 36h on the rear which I find holds up very well. Heavy gauge spokes and a...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-09, 09:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,010
Posted By Marylandnewbie

My first year on the bike I spent about $1200...

My first year on the bike I spent about $1200 which was sort of my breakeven point with my normal costs of riding the Metro. Since then it is probably more like $200/year mostly in replacements for...
10-29-09, 09:07 AM
Replies: 906
Views: 59,662
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Its hard to say enough nice things about this...

Its hard to say enough nice things about this light. I've used it for a week now riding in light and heavy rain, under normal street lights as well as an unlit MUP and the light seems to stay dry...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-09, 09:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Herding deer

I had a wonderful and weird experience this morning. I turned on to the MUP that I usually ride and about 30 yards up the trail was a buck with a small 6 point rack standing in the trail. I slowed...
10-26-09, 09:27 AM
Replies: 906
Views: 59,662
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Finally used my MS last Friday. I used the low...

Finally used my MS last Friday. I used the low setting on average lit roadways and then on a largely unlit parkway and it was wonderful. Plenty of light to see and surprisingly even on low there...
10-20-09, 06:56 AM
Replies: 906
Views: 59,662
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I received mine last week on the same day that I...

I received mine last week on the same day that I broke two spokes and found a crack in my rim, so I haven't been able to use it on a ride yet. Even in the house with the lights on the thing is...
10-12-09, 07:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,199
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I also welcome some real numbers in the debate...

I also welcome some real numbers in the debate and discussion of lights. Many things might effect which light we like best for our own riding (beam shape, color, spill, etc) but some really...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-09, 10:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,719
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Having ridden a Brooks for the past couple of...

Having ridden a Brooks for the past couple of years and a few thousand miles I second the notion that you are too far back. Diagnosis is the easy part. It took me a couple of weeks of fiddling with...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-09, 07:59 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,363
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I rode 3,827 commuting miles in 2008 plus about...

I rode 3,827 commuting miles in 2008 plus about another 250 recreational miles. Not a great year for me -- the victim of a really crappy work schedule. By the time my four year bike commuting...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-08, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By Marylandnewbie

We have one that we use for touring and...

We have one that we use for touring and occasional errands and we really like it. The trailer seems very sturdy and folds pretty easily. The folding certainly makes storage a little simpler. You...
Forum: Touring
09-25-08, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 997
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I ride a 25 year old ancestor of the new Fuji...

I ride a 25 year old ancestor of the new Fuji Touring (1983-84 Series IV) and really like it. If I had not come across vintage Fuji for $100 on Craigslist I was saving my pennies for a new Fuji...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-08, 11:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,410
Posted By Marylandnewbie

It does seem like a solution in search of a...

It does seem like a solution in search of a problem, since gear shifting is neither that complex nor precision critical. I would like to see one in person sometime, but I've never come across one. ...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-08, 08:16 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,123
Posted By Marylandnewbie

About 2 weeks ago I was riding in on the MUP and...

About 2 weeks ago I was riding in on the MUP and coming towards me was a guy probably about 6'2" wearing a worn green basball cap, a red gingham dress and carrying a blond baby doll. If you can't...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-08, 07:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,035
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I guess he adds emphasis to the MULTI part of MUP!

I guess he adds emphasis to the MULTI part of MUP!
Forum: Commuting
08-27-08, 01:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,035
Posted By Marylandnewbie

OK, I finally have an entry for the "Weirdest...

OK, I finally have an entry for the "Weirdest Thing Seen on Your Commute". This morning I spottede a man probably 6'2" or better walking along the MUP wearing a gingham dress a faded baseball cap...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-08, 03:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,035
Posted By Marylandnewbie

It's taken a few years, but I am now pretty rain...

It's taken a few years, but I am now pretty rain ready.

Fenders are a critical first step. Raincovers over bags are also essential. I find a visor on my helmet is somewhat useful to keep some of...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-08, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I had my first actual brush with a car yesterday,...

I had my first actual brush with a car yesterday, after 3-1/2 years of commuting. I was pulling away from the light when the car next to me brushed the left end of my bars. It caused his mirror to...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-08, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Losing weight and getting in shape were my major...

Losing weight and getting in shape were my major goals and they have worked out to one degree or another.

I don't save money or fuel since my wife (who drives) and I only work about 5 blocks...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-08, 10:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,447
Posted By Marylandnewbie

If you're riding in cotton switch to wicking poly...

If you're riding in cotton switch to wicking poly or wool (if you have the budget). Either of those options will naturally dry faster. Then look for broom or utility closet that you could use to...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 06:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 626
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I'll have to check magnet alignment, although I...

I'll have to check magnet alignment, although I thought it was fine. I just started using this computer at the beginning of the summer so I doubt its a battery issue could be a wiring harness...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-08, 03:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 626
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Not so much a new toy comment, but does anyone...

Not so much a new toy comment, but does anyone have problems with the Cateye Velo 8 bike computer incorrectly registering distance? I ride the same route every day, but depending upon the speed of...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 10:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By Marylandnewbie

When I get to work I put my bike in a trainer and...

When I get to work I put my bike in a trainer and spin pointlessly for 15 minutes. I find this helps me transition from a purposeful, goal oriented behavior to a pointless, repetitve one more easily...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 10:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,113
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Congrats SD, you are indeed unique among women.

Congrats SD, you are indeed unique among women.
Forum: Commuting
08-05-08, 11:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,103
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Nice to see the retaurn of this thread. My...

Nice to see the retaurn of this thread.

My 12 mi trip takes me 50 min. in the morning and about 65 min. in the evening (its more uphill in the evening and heavier traffic).

I had to call the...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-08, 07:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I sought the aid of a chain link fence when I...

I sought the aid of a chain link fence when I stopped myself with my face after a crash on ice. Glad to hear your injuries are fairly minor. I agree with you on the value of a helmet -- its not...
Forum: Touring
07-31-08, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,340
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I've done the ride from Cumberland to DC 3 times....

I've done the ride from Cumberland to DC 3 times. I carried two pairs of padded shorts and alternated between them. I didn't find a need to wash them, just let them air out and dry. If I needed to...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-08, 07:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,215
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I encourage anyone who wants to relaunch the VLC...

I encourage anyone who wants to relaunch the VLC or XCC threads to do so. When Mars launched it, the idea was to create an online support group for people with significant commutes. He and many...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 07:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,215
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Yep as barerider pointed out Mars sort of burned...

Yep as barerider pointed out Mars sort of burned out on the threads and I think he had a few run-ins that turned him off. I know I saw him post on some other thread a few months ago, but I haven't...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,439
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Registration for us is free. I have not seen...

Registration for us is free. I have not seen anything to indicate if it helps in bike recovery. I figure it can't hurt and it is one good piece of evidence the bike existed if you need to make an...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-08, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I've ridden 3 or 4 Nashbar cassettes without...

I've ridden 3 or 4 Nashbar cassettes without incident. They may wear faster than higher end cassettes but I get about 4 - 5K miles of every type of riding with minimal maintenance. Mine have all...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-08, 10:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Maybe the guy was watching a little too much Tour...

Maybe the guy was watching a little too much Tour de France!!! Its such a pain when people like that give all cyclists a bad name.
Replies: 6
Views: 3,534
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Excellent story and very inspirational for those...

Excellent story and very inspirational for those of us wannabes.
Forum: Touring
07-23-08, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Here is the site for Freezer Bag cooking and...

Here is the site for Freezer Bag cooking and there are many recipes posted there for every meal of the day.

http://www.freezerbagcooking.com/usingthesite.htm

Freezer bag cooking is great,...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 08:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,474
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I agree with novacommuter, with one addition. If...

I agree with novacommuter, with one addition. If your seatpost has a quick release either get used to carrying seat and seatpost around with you or replace it with a allen bolt so that your seatpost...
07-21-08, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,020
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Thanks for the catalogue scans, they are very...

Thanks for the catalogue scans, they are very nice. It's interesting that my TS IV does not quite match the catalogue. I wonder if the slight changes mean mine is actually an '84. Given the...
07-21-08, 08:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,773
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I can't say enough good things about my TS IV. I...

I can't say enough good things about my TS IV. I just put 200 miles on it riding the C & O Towpath and it was wonderful -- even in the mud. I've modified mine from the original, but it is such a...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-08, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I would suggest that you get a bike from the get...

I would suggest that you get a bike from the get go that is close to what you want amd if the Haro is really it then by all means adjust it. If the bike is the right size, chances are that it will...
07-08-08, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,207
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I love the harlequin tape. It really did turn...

I love the harlequin tape. It really did turn out great. When I did mine I used 3 coats of shellac, so it is not as glassy but I'm not sure it is as durable.

My only suggestion (and this is...
07-06-08, 06:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,979
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Wow, your first effort at the harlequin wrap...

Wow, your first effort at the harlequin wrap turned out better than mine. I did dark grey to match the bike and gold to match the highlights on the bike. Unfortunately, mine is not quite as...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-08, 07:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,866
Posted By Marylandnewbie

+1 above find another shop. Even if the owner...

+1 above find another shop. Even if the owner were to chastise his workers this time, you will probably never get really good advice and service since their attitude is all wrong. Once you find a...
Forum: Touring
07-01-08, 09:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By Marylandnewbie

We rode the York Heritage/NCRT a couple of years...

We rode the York Heritage/NCRT a couple of years ago. It is a beautifully maintained trail with a smooth gravel surface. At that time it was the cleanest trail I have ever seen. We rode from...
Forum: Touring
06-26-08, 10:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 949
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Neil, Sorry to hear the band broke up -- but I...

Neil,
Sorry to hear the band broke up -- but I can certainly understand the problems of finding a riding partner whose skills, strength and experience match your own. Since I'm at work I can't read...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-08, 07:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,032
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Both my records were set last year. The...

Both my records were set last year.

The coldest: 7 F
The hottest: 98.6 F with humidity to match
Forum: Commuting
06-04-08, 12:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,274
Posted By Marylandnewbie

I've kept track of my mileage for the past 3...

I've kept track of my mileage for the past 3 years and it is sort of interesting. For the first year every week I would plot out how far the weekly mileage moved me on a virtual cross country ride. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-08, 11:05 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,515
Posted By Marylandnewbie

The CCT is getting bright new yellow painted...

The CCT is getting bright new yellow painted lines and "rumble" type striping at two major road crossings.

Having ridden the CCT almost every day for the last 3+ years I can say that these...
Forum: Touring
05-29-08, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 840
Posted By Marylandnewbie

EveeSTi -- that is a great deal. I ride a 20...

EveeSTi -- that is a great deal. I ride a 20 year-old predecessor of your bike and I love it. Good luck on the trip and let us know how the bike holds up and performs.
Forum: Touring
05-28-08, 11:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By Marylandnewbie

+1 on going into Harper's Ferry. There is some...

+1 on going into Harper's Ferry. There is some nice historical sites surrounding John Brown's Raid as well as an interesting African American Museum from the same era. Several places have really...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-08, 10:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,668
Posted By Marylandnewbie

Cooker -- good points. I've almost been hit on...

Cooker -- good points. I've almost been hit on the "wave through" when I foolishly took advantage of it on a drak and rainy night. A mistake I'll not make again!

On your second point -- so...
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1000
 


 
Forum Jump

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.