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10-27-11, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 499
Posted By Ngchen

I rode the dragon last year, and it's actually an...

I rode the dragon last year, and it's actually an excellent ride. Nowhere as scary as what people might make one think. Do not hug the edge of the road though - hugging the edge makes one invisible...
10-10-11, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By Ngchen

Patching self-sealing tube

How does one fine the hole for a self-sealing tube that seals at low-pressure (say <=20 psi) but gives whenever one attempts to pump it up with a tire and wheel? The hole is presumably small, but one...
05-14-11, 09:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 720
Posted By Ngchen

Superflash and Superflash Turbo side visibility vs Blinky 7

After looking at the side visibility of the Blinky 7 and comparing it with that from the Superflash and its newer cousin's side visibility of its main LED, I am thinking that as long as there isn't...
04-18-11, 03:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 386
Posted By Ngchen

Currently, we're limited to just signage....

Currently, we're limited to just signage. Sharrows are not supposed to go on roads with speed limits greater than 35 mph.
04-11-11, 10:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,895
Posted By Ngchen

Also for an inexpensive solution, consider the...

Also for an inexpensive solution, consider the Planet Bike Blinky 7. It has like 220 degrees of visibility, although it's weaker backwards than the Superflashes. If a superflash can be paired with a...
09-01-10, 08:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By Ngchen

Well, in all likelihood it is ignorance. While...

Well, in all likelihood it is ignorance. While ignorance is no excuse, I would recommend a friendly letter to his department seeking to "clarify" what happened. After all, such can't hurt.
08-22-10, 09:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 591
Posted By Ngchen

CHEAP road diet idea

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(will also post to Bike/Walk Tennessee blog)
Wanted to get a feel for this road diet idea. Basically, there are quite a few 3/5 lane roads that have an excessive amount of two-way center...
08-22-10, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 707
Posted By Ngchen

I mentioned a safety feature of wheel reflectors...

I mentioned a safety feature of wheel reflectors a few years back. If for some reason they actually get hammed into the spokes and rest of the bike, they are designed I believe to snap cleanly in...
04-28-10, 07:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,195
Posted By Ngchen

I think it's a very good idea to require at least...

I think it's a very good idea to require at least one rear light at night. Whether the light ought to be steady or flashing is highly debatable; why not give the rider the choice?

As for the...
04-25-10, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By Ngchen

Well, FWIW it's well-known that WOLs shouldn't be...

Well, FWIW it's well-known that WOLs shouldn't be more than 16 ft in width, or even say exceed 15 ft for long distances since cars would tend to operate side-by-side that way. If there is that much...
04-24-10, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By Ngchen

Reviving this thread from almost a year ago, I...

Reviving this thread from almost a year ago, I just saw this picture
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from the Chattanooga TPO on an option to mark wide outside lanes (WOLs). Akin to sharrows, but adapted to WOLs, I think...
04-22-10, 08:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 306
Posted By Ngchen

Memphis Commercial Appeal: Make Memphis a city for walking, biking

The way our communities and neighborhoods are designed, we have eliminated incidental walking from the everyday lives of most Americans.

Currently, less than half of American children and...
04-04-10, 08:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,047
Posted By Ngchen

Gas Taxes in the US - something for advocates to consider

I just looked at the Wikipedia entry on fuel taxes, and saw the following (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_taxes_in_the_United_States).

US Average $0.47/gal (includes federal and state taxes) as...
04-01-10, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 946
Posted By Ngchen

CNN: Americans rebuild for the 'new urban century'

Full article located at (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/01/infrastructure.rebuild/index.html?hpt=C1).

Quote: "There's a new urbanism that's not about cul-de-sacs or expressways. It's sidewalks,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-10, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By Ngchen

Transitioning from MTB/hybrid to road bike

Having test rode a Trek 1.1 this weekend, I was unpleasantly surprised at how harsh the ride was, not to mention the difficulty in working the brakes of the bike. Having been a long term (6000+ mi)...
03-23-10, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By Ngchen

Reuters: For women, battle of bulge just got tougher

(Full article at http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62M4YP20100323 - gist of the article is that women need around 7 hours a week in moderate exercise to keep off the pounds.)

""I think the...
03-23-10, 02:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,866
Posted By Ngchen

Here's where I think we'll end up agreeing to...

Here's where I think we'll end up agreeing to disagree. No problem with riding in the lane, or on this road. But faster doesn't automatically mean safer, even if the speed limit is 40 mph. The main...
03-22-10, 11:38 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,866
Posted By Ngchen

I was riding about 24 mph in the lane on a long...

I was riding about 24 mph in the lane on a long straight stretch of road.

It's quite possible that going 24 mph is too fast to do safely on a bike on this road. Excessive speed kills, both in a...
03-20-10, 01:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 844
Posted By Ngchen

This thread is headed into P&R land. With that...

This thread is headed into P&R land. With that fact being noted, I will note that one of the things I find most repugnant about the "typical" Republican these days is that they've become the party of...
03-19-10, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By Ngchen

Excellent! Now what we'll have to do A&S-wise is...

Excellent! Now what we'll have to do A&S-wise is to try to replicate the situation in Seattle, (and other places like Portland) elsewhere. Anybody have the history behind what Seattle did to get to...
03-17-10, 12:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ngchen

In terms of low speed limits around schools, I...

In terms of low speed limits around schools, I wonder if it's possible to build speed humps that can be set on a timer. School-zone speed time, everything slows to 15-25 mph, normal speed otherwise.
03-15-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ngchen

EPA: 20% of US weekday morning traffic is kids being driven to school

According to (http://www.epa.gov/epahome/enviroq/index.htm), 20% of US weekday morning traffic is kids being driven to school. And the irony is that the resulting congestion causes even more people...
03-15-10, 08:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,602
Posted By Ngchen

+1 Rage and anger are like drinking rat poison...

+1 Rage and anger are like drinking rat poison yourself and hoping the rat dies. (I don't remember who first said this.) :thumb:
03-15-10, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By Ngchen

Actually, if I remember correctly Americans are...

Actually, if I remember correctly Americans are becoming more and more urbanized. I believe that as least in my state (TN), more than 1/2 of the people live in cities.

As for rural areas, the...
03-11-10, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 567
Posted By Ngchen

Congratulations on getting published. One...

Congratulations on getting published. One interesting thing I picked up was the note about amber reflectors to the sides. It sounds unusual; most bikes I see these days have white spoke reflectors,...
03-11-10, 12:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,313
Posted By Ngchen

Something else about sharrows I think is that...

Something else about sharrows I think is that they ought to designated recommended roads to cycle on that are not no-brainers (like a road with low speeds and little traffic). The MUTCD 35 mph max...
03-11-10, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,080
Posted By Ngchen

Average Daily Traffic (ADT) and peak/non-peak distributions

Does anyone know what the typical distribution of traffic through a street is through a day? (Of course such might depend on the type of street too.) For instance, we can expect there to be...
03-10-10, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,313
Posted By Ngchen

When it comes to sharrows, IMHO probably the best...

When it comes to sharrows, IMHO probably the best way to educate drivers would be for the local paper to run an article on the latest improvements. A quick refresher on the rights and...
03-09-10, 09:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Ngchen

You have an excellent point with regard to the...

You have an excellent point with regard to the fact that oil and its distillates are fungible. Therefore, other than protection from pirate attacks, there is not a need for a big and mighty military...
03-09-10, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Ngchen

And what would be the easier and precise ways to...

And what would be the easier and precise ways to achieve the higher density?
IMHO, the fairest way to tax gas would be to simply tax it at a level where it pays for 100% of the roads, minus any...
03-06-10, 08:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Ngchen

I'm not so sure. It's funny how the price has...

I'm not so sure. It's funny how the price has been dressed up in such a way that it seems almost invisible. After all, once someone gets a car and is making payments on it, the payments need to be...
03-05-10, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Ngchen

I believe the article in question is located here...

I believe the article in question is located here (http://www.nrdc.org/energy/files/LocationEfficiency4pgr.pdf). Granted, the source is biased toward being pro-pedestrian, pro-cyclist, and pro-city,...
03-05-10, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Ngchen

Natural Resource Defense Council - costs of car ownership

Just read this quote from Metro Pulse (http://olive.metropulse.com/Olive/ODE/metro/), our local alternative weekly on p. 59.
"...sprawling communities where the only transportation option is the...
03-03-10, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By Ngchen

Active Community Transportation act of 2010

Just saw this report from Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR 3) where he's proposing a series of competitive grants for $2 billion over 5 years for biking/walking infrastructure. A PDF summarizing his proposal is...
02-19-10, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By Ngchen

The effects from a reduction in obesity should...

The effects from a reduction in obesity should ultimately lead to a reduction in costs, in spite of people living longer for two reasons. (1) Healthier, longer lived people tend to have lower total...
02-13-10, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By Ngchen

FWIW, the plan passed 5-0, and received a $20...

FWIW, the plan passed 5-0, and received a $20 million down payment. But on a per-mile basis, yes the cost does seem to be high (around $1 million/mi), at least when compared to cycling infrastructure...
02-13-10, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By Ngchen

Cost/benefit analysis of cycling infrastructure followup

Based on feedback from the old thread more than a year ago and some new information, I crunched the numbers again for the cost/benefit analysis of improved cycling infrastructure. The numbers are...
02-13-10, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By Ngchen

Well, cars do have their place; even in the...

Well, cars do have their place; even in the Netherlands many people have cars. It's just that they're not driven that often, and when they are driven, it's usually to destinations far away and/or are...
02-09-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 827
Posted By Ngchen

To clarify, I'm talking about the peak...

To clarify, I'm talking about the peak acceleration. 1g = regular force of gravity. Current standards specify that the head shaped mold cannot receive a peak acceleration > 300g, because even a...
02-08-10, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 827
Posted By Ngchen

Existence and availability of 200g helmets?

Anybody know whether there are still helmets that passed the helmet tests with a peak acceleration of less than 200g, rather than the standard 300g? I have memories about reading about them, but...
02-07-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By Ngchen

IIRC one of the key arguments in favor of 4-3...

IIRC one of the key arguments in favor of 4-3 road diets is that road capacity is typically not affected substantially, since the turning vehicles are moved "out of the way," allowing through traffic...
02-06-10, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By Ngchen

Road diets - possibility of saving $$$?

I heard somewhere that currently in many places before a road diet is implemented there is the requirement for a traffic study to take place, and the studies cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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02-06-10, 06:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By Ngchen

You might want to let ALL your LBS's know about...

You might want to let ALL your LBS's know about it. Then, let the local papers, including alternative papers and weeklys know. If there are existing bike clubs in the area, drop them a note too....
02-04-10, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By Ngchen

I read how the first 300 mi of facilities were...

I read how the first 300 mi of facilities were constructed for 60 million, which was WAY below initial estimates. I am wondering then why the next 300 or 600 mi of facilities would cost much, much...
01-30-10, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 862
Posted By Ngchen

Having watched part of the video, I think we can...

Having watched part of the video, I think we can draw the following lessons.
1. Snow/ice covered roads are slick, and crashes are more likely at turns and by extension intersections.
2. When...
01-27-10, 09:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By Ngchen

Devil's advocate: as much as I like it when...

Devil's advocate: as much as I like it when people pass me with a wide berth, why 5' as opposed to the standard 3'? After all, uniformity in traffic law is usually a good thing, right?
01-24-10, 04:37 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,021
Posted By Ngchen

FWIW the Cateye TL-LD500 also is a combined...

FWIW the Cateye TL-LD500 also is a combined taillight/reflector. I am of the opinion that it's far more important that one has a taillight that works, than to worry about which light to get although...
01-24-10, 03:18 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,021
Posted By Ngchen

Reason is that a reasonable level of safety...

Reason is that a reasonable level of safety benefits everyone. No one wants to wreck with anyone else, even if the other person were a ninja. Ninjas getting killed skew the statistics on cycling...
01-22-10, 04:34 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,021
Posted By Ngchen

Excellent question. The fact that said cyclist...

Excellent question. The fact that said cyclist did not appear visible until the last second was probably due to the following. First, the fact that there were many cars on the road, and the car tail...
01-22-10, 09:12 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,021
Posted By Ngchen

Should taillights be mandatory?

Yesterday night I didn't see a ninja cyclist who was riding at the extreme right edge of the road until the last second. I believe said cyclist had the standard reflectors, and nothing else on a very...
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