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05-07-09, 02:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,566
Posted By EnigManiac

Recently, I conducted 14 informal interviews with...

Recently, I conducted 14 informal interviews with police officers I work with and was disappointed, disheartened and disbelieving by their reactions to certain questions. Virtually every one of them...
04-07-09, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By EnigManiac

Accident and fatality rates have been dropping...

Accident and fatality rates have been dropping steadily in Canada for more than 20 years. I think we can discount lower fuel prices or more ecological awareness, for the most part, as those concerns...
04-06-09, 06:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By EnigManiac

I can't read the story because a stupid ad for a...

I can't read the story because a stupid ad for a car is over top of it.
03-22-09, 02:35 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 7,619
Posted By EnigManiac

You've got it all backward, my friend. We are...

You've got it all backward, my friend. We are not guests upon public roadways, motorists are: they must earn a license to operate on public roadways, it isn't a natural right as it is with...
03-02-09, 10:04 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,034
Posted By EnigManiac

The flag pole already exists, but not with a...

The flag pole already exists, but not with a mounted camera. Perhaps it could be modified.

http://www.bikecommuters.com/2007/10/05/alternatives-to-the-safety-flag/
02-25-09, 05:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,126
Posted By EnigManiac

We ride in very different environs, it seems, as...

We ride in very different environs, it seems, as my riding is performed strictly in dense, urban centres and you are out in suburban/urban areas. I have an AirZounds on all three of my bicycles and...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-09, 09:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Posted By EnigManiac

I really thought you rode a tuna casseroll or...

I really thought you rode a tuna casseroll or something.

:D
02-11-09, 09:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,533
Posted By EnigManiac

The statute clearly states as close to the right...

The statute clearly states as close to the right as practicable. It should be easy to show that 'practicable' is about 3 feet.
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 10:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,301
Posted By EnigManiac

Read up on the Slow Movement: it doesn't mean...

Read up on the Slow Movement: it doesn't mean always going slow, just when it's appropriate. Try Carl Honore's 'In Praise of Slow'
02-07-09, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 983
Posted By EnigManiac

Trailer-trike attachment problem

This past week, I purchased a never-used kid trailer to use as a cargo hauler. I have stripped the inside and will be adding either a diamond-sheet floor or a plywood floor (light-weight wood). At...
02-04-09, 11:55 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 7,532
Posted By EnigManiac

You do suppot mandatory blabbering, I presume. :D

You do suppot mandatory blabbering, I presume. :D
02-04-09, 12:17 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 7,532
Posted By EnigManiac

With all that weight on your head, I'm surprised...

With all that weight on your head, I'm surprised you don't need a neck-brace. Oh geez, now I've done it: someone's gonna propose mandatory neck-braces now.

Of course, what I meant was that,...
02-04-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By EnigManiac

Is this now the 'Living Tv-free' Forum? Why...

Is this now the 'Living Tv-free' Forum?

Why is this story even mentioned in bikeforums?
02-04-09, 01:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,753
Posted By EnigManiac

In a heartbeat: B Why? I believe car...

In a heartbeat: B

Why? I believe car commuting detracts from quality of life: mine and others. Aside from the inevitable time it will take to inch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I would be...
Forum: Recumbent
02-03-09, 10:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,913
Posted By EnigManiac

Yeah, but it does look cool. ;)

Yeah, but it does look cool. ;)
Forum: Commuting
02-03-09, 02:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By EnigManiac

Be careful, chipcom, your prejudice is starting...

Be careful, chipcom, your prejudice is starting to show. :D
02-03-09, 02:33 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 7,532
Posted By EnigManiac

In my experience, those who wear helmets often...

In my experience, those who wear helmets often seem to need them.
02-03-09, 11:11 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,053
Posted By EnigManiac

I honestly can't see folks in rural...

I honestly can't see folks in rural communities---at least in areas that get snow---being entirely car-free. I live in a big city (4.5m) with four grocery stores anywhere from 1-5 miles away. Every...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-09, 10:15 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,199
Posted By EnigManiac

I, personally, use a modified trike (was an old...

I, personally, use a modified trike (was an old lady grocery getter) that I converted into a cruiser-trike/cargo bike with cruiser bars, springer fork and standard cruiser saddle. I also upgraded it...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-09, 08:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By EnigManiac

Very low fully recumbents can have you in that...

Very low fully recumbents can have you in that position, but most semi-bents put your head at the same level as most car drivers (but below van, SUV and pickup truck drivers). That's why a orange...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-09, 08:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By EnigManiac

I've been commuting on a BikeE AT semi-recumbent...

I've been commuting on a BikeE AT semi-recumbent for 3 years now and thoroughly love it. I only commute about 10km each way, so it is not a tremendous distance, but I always arrive energized (if...
Forum: Recumbent
02-02-09, 08:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,603
Posted By EnigManiac

Man, I would have responded with "Handlebars! I...

Man, I would have responded with "Handlebars! I knew they forgot to install something!"

:lol:
Forum: Recumbent
02-02-09, 08:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,603
Posted By EnigManiac

Most often, I hear folks refer to mine as a...

Most often, I hear folks refer to mine as a 'reclining' bike.
Forum: Recumbent
02-02-09, 08:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 910
Posted By EnigManiac

Thanks for all the tips, folks. Much appreciated.

Thanks for all the tips, folks. Much appreciated.
02-02-09, 08:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,421
Posted By EnigManiac

Easy solution: get rid of the wife, become...

Easy solution: get rid of the wife, become wife-free and you have more room for more bikes!

Just kiddin' :) :D

I sold the car years ago and now have 6 bikes in the garage with plenty of room...
02-02-09, 03:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,788
Posted By EnigManiac

The Croozer cargo trailer should work for you. I...

The Croozer cargo trailer should work for you. I was going to buy one (they're around $200), but decided to modify a child trailer (I am picking it up in an hour, in fact) because the one I was...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-09, 02:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,928
Posted By EnigManiac

Most folks think it's the most absurd thing in...

Most folks think it's the most absurd thing in the world to ride during the winter. I had a cop in the local station actually say to me last Thursday during a heavy snowfall that he saw some crazy...
Forum: Recumbent
01-31-09, 03:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,913
Posted By EnigManiac

How would seating be adjusted? The concept model...

How would seating be adjusted? The concept model doesn't look like it's adjustable
01-31-09, 09:47 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,407
Posted By EnigManiac

The point is, I expect cops to respond according...

The point is, I expect cops to respond according to the situation appropriately: if someone is attempting to break down my door, as you illustrate, I want cops responding with guns drawn. If armed...
01-30-09, 09:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,407
Posted By EnigManiac

You're going to equate an organized and extremel...

You're going to equate an organized and extremel heavily-armed group of bank robbers with a crack-head riding a bicycle on a sidewalk? The one municipal offense that is probably the most ignored by...
Forum: Recumbent
01-30-09, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 910
Posted By EnigManiac

Full-sized wheels

I currently ride a BikeE semi-recumbent with a 16" front and 20" rear. Naturally, while the bike is comfortable, exceptionally reliable and very well made, it is slower than I'd like, particularly...
01-30-09, 04:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,952
Posted By EnigManiac

There is already an active thread on this story:...

There is already an active thread on this story: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=506556
01-30-09, 10:02 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,407
Posted By EnigManiac

I suspected there was more to the story. That's...

I suspected there was more to the story. That's why I included the caveat 'Unless there was more to the victim than has been reported.' I must have skipped over the part where it cited she had...
01-30-09, 09:26 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,407
Posted By EnigManiac

I can't believe how many here are defending the...

I can't believe how many here are defending the behaviour and conduct of the police. Police are supposed to be trained and skilled in dealing with situations appropriately. A cyclist (though I...
01-27-09, 05:06 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 7,532
Posted By EnigManiac

To answer the thread question: NO. Feel free...

To answer the thread question: NO.

Feel free to wear a helmet if you prefer. You won't get any argument or criticism from me. But for average, every day commuters, they are unnecessary. For...
01-27-09, 11:40 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,198
Posted By EnigManiac

I can appreciate that you want music on your...

I can appreciate that you want music on your long run, but---as you point out---YOU are also on a multi-purpose pathway and need to conduct yourself accordingly and that means sharing, being aware...
01-20-09, 08:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,690
Posted By EnigManiac

As I said in a related thread: banning the victim...

As I said in a related thread: banning the victim is like suspending all the kids at school and keeping the bully.
01-19-09, 05:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,004
Posted By EnigManiac

Ban private cars. No more speeding deaths. No...

Ban private cars. No more speeding deaths. No more illegal racing. No more distracted drivers talking on cell phones and crashing into people and things. No more pollution. No more car-related...
01-19-09, 10:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,082
Posted By EnigManiac

It was submitted as an op-ed piece. I ahve been...

It was submitted as an op-ed piece. I ahve been published once before in the same paper.
01-17-09, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 802
Posted By EnigManiac

One of the good things here in Ontario is that...

One of the good things here in Ontario is that bicycles under $1,000 and accessories are sales-tax exempt. Seems our provicial government not only doesn't think they should have a tax applied to...
01-16-09, 09:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,082
Posted By EnigManiac

There were a few columns I read---one was a...

There were a few columns I read---one was a thread in these forums a month or so ago (from Kitchener On., I believe, as noted above)---over the past year. My editorial was simply a general reply to...
01-15-09, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,082
Posted By EnigManiac

I'm not sure how my credibility is compromised by...

I'm not sure how my credibility is compromised by suggesting the same thing these alleged journalists suggest. It certainly makes more sense to ban cars---for they are the problem---and recommend...
01-15-09, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,082
Posted By EnigManiac

A response to Ban Winter Cycling advocates

Submitted to my local paper in the editorial and opinion section, 'Ideas.'

A Vicious Cycle

It's winter time and as sure as there is snow and cold there are various columnists and editorialists...
01-15-09, 02:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,564
Posted By EnigManiac

It doesn't matter how many winter cyclists there...

It doesn't matter how many winter cyclists there are: if it's too miserable to ride, it's too miserable to drive. Since motorists are calling for bicycles to be banned during the winter and, in...
01-14-09, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 802
Posted By EnigManiac

I don't see any tax, regardless of how it's...

I don't see any tax, regardless of how it's measured and assessed, happening to bicycles or cyclists, so the point is moot. Most adult cyclists are already licensed drivers and most would balk at...
01-11-09, 04:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,739
Posted By EnigManiac

To reemphasize those points and others made...

To reemphasize those points and others made since, cyclists are hardly all take and no give: cyclists give space back to the public by taking up a mere fraction of what a motor vehicle takes up. The...
01-10-09, 12:00 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,426
Posted By EnigManiac

I really don't need to touch this one, do I?

I really don't need to touch this one, do I?
01-10-09, 11:01 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,639
Posted By EnigManiac

ac⋅tiv⋅ist: [ak-tuh-vist] Show IPA Pronunciation...

ac⋅tiv⋅ist: [ak-tuh-vist] Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, esp. a political cause.
–adjective
2. of or pertaining to activism or activists:...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-09, 04:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 982
Posted By EnigManiac

Personally, I'd have taken down his license...

Personally, I'd have taken down his license number instead of punching his trunk and then called police. He caused an accideent whether there was a collision or not. I'd also have taken down the...
01-08-09, 04:27 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,426
Posted By EnigManiac

If you have such a strong reliance on luck while...

If you have such a strong reliance on luck while riding, you, my friend, need to wear a helmet. The rest of us will rely on skill, common sense, intelligence, experience and alertness.
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