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05-05-14, 07:37 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,729
Posted By dcrowell

That would probably work, but I quit tracking my...

That would probably work, but I quit tracking my eating and calories a couple of years ago. I haven't weight myself in a couple of months.

I really need to get back on the wagon (meaning paying...
05-03-14, 01:22 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,729
Posted By dcrowell

I lost 100lbs with a lifestyle change. Then...

I lost 100lbs with a lifestyle change. Then after a divorce, depression, and a new-found micro-brew habit I gained back 60lbs - even though I went car-free and ride everywhere.

I'm still...
05-03-14, 01:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,656
Posted By dcrowell

On my normal day-to-day stuff, I seldom exceed a...

On my normal day-to-day stuff, I seldom exceed a 2% grade.

I have been on a ride with a 22% grade. It was short, yet I still hopped off and walked.

A 4% grade for miles just sucks (Blueridge...
11-22-13, 11:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By dcrowell

I have no idea. This is secondhand information. ...

I have no idea. This is secondhand information. The woman isn't car-free, but rides a recumbent bike quite a bit for errands. She wanted to ride to work, but the distance would require...
11-21-13, 08:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By dcrowell

I don't think the entire company is like that. ...

I don't think the entire company is like that. Haven't UPS used bicycle delivery in a few cities?

It's just the one campus on the east end of town where the IT people work.
Forum: Recumbent
11-21-13, 12:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,731
Posted By dcrowell

I can't even grow a beard. :( I have the...

I can't even grow a beard. :(
I have the aero-belly though. :)
11-21-13, 12:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By dcrowell

I've applied at two large medical centers. We'll...

I've applied at two large medical centers. We'll see how that goes.

I honestly don't want to work at UPS. The offices they work out of are not in bike-friendly areas, and a friend of mine...
Forum: Touring
11-14-13, 11:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,231
Posted By dcrowell

When I still had my LHT, I ran 700x42 Schwalbe...

When I still had my LHT, I ran 700x42 Schwalbe Marathon tires with Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fenders. Everything fit fine. I did a gravel race without the fenders, with some borrowed 700x47...
11-08-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,053
Posted By dcrowell

This also doesn't take into account the energy...

This also doesn't take into account the energy (and pollution) from building and repairing roads and parking areas.

Walking doesn't even require roads. It's better than bicycling... just slower.
11-08-13, 10:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,534
Posted By dcrowell

You can have one of those stickers and a car. ...

You can have one of those stickers and a car. It's stating that there's one less car on the road right now, because I'm riding a bike - therefore easing traffic congestion.

Note: I don't actually...
11-08-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,211
Posted By dcrowell

On another note, I like how LCF posts usually go...

On another note, I like how LCF posts usually go very off-topic. It keeps things interesting. :)
11-08-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,211
Posted By dcrowell

She was going to replace the car. She doesn't...

She was going to replace the car. She doesn't view car-free as a viable option.

Last night we were riding home from a night out, and she was swearing about the cold and that she wanted her car. ...
11-07-13, 12:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,252
Posted By dcrowell

I do occasionally get a free beer. I'm not sure...

I do occasionally get a free beer. I'm not sure why. The bartenders there ride bikes... maybe it's related.
11-07-13, 11:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,252
Posted By dcrowell

When I ride to a bar in the dark, in the rain, in...

When I ride to a bar in the dark, in the rain, in November, I wear my helmet in.... because I want everyone to know that I rode a bike in that crap. :)
11-07-13, 11:19 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,211
Posted By dcrowell

Meh. Whatever. I live near an interstate, a...

Meh. Whatever. I live near an interstate, a rail line (freight), and in the flight path of the incoming UPS planes around midnight. It's annoying at first, but you don't even notice it after a...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-13, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,184
Posted By dcrowell

I recently put some Pasela 26x1.75 on a tandem. ...

I recently put some Pasela 26x1.75 on a tandem. I really like them. I've also been a fan of the Schwalbe Marathon for quite a while.

There are a ton of good options for 26" tires.
11-06-13, 03:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,099
Posted By dcrowell

The MagicEraser does work. I've just learned to...

The MagicEraser does work. I've just learned to use it regularly and try not to bang the wall with the bike.
11-06-13, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,183
Posted By dcrowell

I'm more worried about falling in the tub or on...

I'm more worried about falling in the tub or on stairs than on the bike. Granted, I'm more of a utility cyclist rather than racer or mountain biker.

I usually wear a helmet, but that's just...
11-06-13, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,053
Posted By dcrowell

Not with my metabolism. :( I gained 50 lbs...

Not with my metabolism. :(
I gained 50 lbs since going car-free. Living in an urban area means my trips are short, and the wonderful bars and restaurants are nearby.
11-05-13, 03:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,296
Posted By dcrowell

I bought an older Trek T900 used for $300. The...

I bought an older Trek T900 used for $300. The stoker position works well for a large range of heights.
11-05-13, 03:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By dcrowell

When I started riding to work (and still had a...

When I started riding to work (and still had a car), my commute was 16 miles each way. I did that three days a week.

Most places here in Louisville are not friendly about bikes if you ask. I'll...
11-05-13, 08:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By dcrowell

I work in IT. Yes, professional jobs usually are...

I work in IT. Yes, professional jobs usually are better about bike commuting. Sometimes we even get to park in our offices. :)

I don't generally share that I don't own a car during an...
11-04-13, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By dcrowell

Going to have to find a new job - my first while car-free

I've been car-free for two years (exactly two years today). I've been at my job for five years. Things are going downhill, and I'll be out of a job before the end of the month.

My current...
11-03-13, 04:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,211
Posted By dcrowell

Yeah. I've done fine without a car for two...

Yeah. I've done fine without a car for two years. You don't need to own one. In the two years I've been car-free, I've actually needed a car once. So I rented one. Most of the time when you...
11-03-13, 04:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,211
Posted By dcrowell

The trip was wonderful. We did get a brief rain...

The trip was wonderful. We did get a brief rain (and hail!) storm in the first few miles yesterday, but she handled it well. It was smooth sailing after that.

Today, the hills were hurting her....
Forum: Commuting
11-01-13, 12:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,140
Posted By dcrowell

My narrowest tires are 32mm. My all-rounder bike...

My narrowest tires are 32mm. My all-rounder bike has 38mm tires. They're still fairly light and supple - giving a nice ride, but not slowing me down.

I like fat tires and I cannot lie....
Forum: Commuting
11-01-13, 12:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,870
Posted By dcrowell

Oh, look! A useful city bike! $11,000?!?! ...

Oh, look! A useful city bike!
$11,000?!?! There's nothing in that parts list to make it worth that.

The more reasonable useful city bikes are expensive enough to make non-cyclists say "That's...
11-01-13, 11:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,211
Posted By dcrowell

One Less Car?

Almost exactly two years ago, I sold my truck and have lived car-free. Earlier this year, Diane, now my fiance, moved in with me. She brought her car along with - package deal, you know.

This...
11-01-13, 10:57 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,590
Posted By dcrowell

If you really want a bright, unfocused,...

If you really want a bright, unfocused, dyno-powered light - look at the E3 triple. I'll stick with my IQ Cyo - until I upgrade to a Luxos.
Forum: Commuting
11-01-13, 10:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,863
Posted By dcrowell

Ortlieb or Arkel are a bit on the pricey side,...

Ortlieb or Arkel are a bit on the pricey side, but both are well-made. The Ortliebs are waterproof. Arkels can be covered with a rain cover.

My day-to-day commuting panniers are cheap Axioms. ...
10-29-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,776
Posted By dcrowell

The ziplock is the easiest, cheapest, and simple...

The ziplock is the easiest, cheapest, and simple to always have with you. Pack one in your bag, even when it's not raining.

I also bought a small waterproof plastic box during a canoe trip. My...
10-25-13, 09:04 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,623
Posted By dcrowell

1. Rack & panniers - no problem 2. In a pannier...

1. Rack & panniers - no problem
2. In a pannier - gently! I've done this *
3. Pull up the radar, and decide to wait it out, or if it's safe to continue (I usually wait - I hate storm winds)
4....
Forum: Commuting
10-25-13, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 116,993
Posted By dcrowell

Today was my first commute below freezing for the...

Today was my first commute below freezing for the season. I had a colder morning on Sunday while coming home from an S24O, but it wasn't a commute. :)

I hope this early cold snap doesn't mean an...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-13, 08:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,102
Posted By dcrowell

I also wear glasses, and I just deal with the...

I also wear glasses, and I just deal with the cold air in my eyes. If you lived in Minnesota, I'd put more thought into, but DC should have similar weather to here.

I do own contacts and...
10-24-13, 11:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,752
Posted By dcrowell

I used to use a tiny bungee cord, but it was...

I used to use a tiny bungee cord, but it was uncomfortable. It also didn't work for the recumbent (which I admittedly don't ride much these days). I then switched to sticking my pants in my sock. ...
10-24-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 33,119
Posted By dcrowell

I did it for several reason, many of you posted...

I did it for several reason, many of you posted the same reasons.

Freedom: I never feel stuck when in traffic on my bike. In a worst-case scenario, I can get off and walk on the sidewalk
...
10-22-13, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,301
Posted By dcrowell

I've never used drugs for weight loss, but the...

I've never used drugs for weight loss, but the same yo-yo affect can happen with other efforts. I lost 100 lbs over less than two years. Now, a few years later, I've gained back half of it. :cry:
10-14-13, 11:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,712
Posted By dcrowell

We had our first two-tandem ride on Saturday. ...

We had our first two-tandem ride on Saturday. Some friends who recently got a tandem joined us for a 15-mile ride around town.

Sunday we did a 33-mile ride. That's my stoker's longest ever ride....
10-04-13, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,712
Posted By dcrowell

I was off the bike for a week due to illness. I...

I was off the bike for a week due to illness. I was finally feeling well enough for a short spin yesterday evening. So, yes, we grabbed the tandem for a neighborhood stroll.
09-26-13, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,712
Posted By dcrowell

It is. She's only 5'1", so this was a nice...

It is. She's only 5'1", so this was a nice find.
09-23-13, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,712
Posted By dcrowell

New Tandem

I used to hang around the Clydesdale/Athena forum. I'm still riding, but haven't been around BF recently.

Yesterday I bought a used Trek T900 tandem. It's probably a 2002 model year....
Forum: Foo
06-28-12, 10:27 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,381
Posted By dcrowell

I have an iPhone. I've been wanting an iPad. I...

I have an iPhone. I've been wanting an iPad. I do think a 7" iPad would sell well, even at $299. The $199 Nexus 7 is cheap enough to be an impulse buy. I may get one next month, then spring for...
Forum: Foo
06-22-12, 12:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 652
Posted By dcrowell

You were promiscuous and didn't even notice? You...

You were promiscuous and didn't even notice? You should at least notice these things. It makes life more enjoyable.
Forum: Recumbent
06-22-12, 12:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 16,596
Posted By dcrowell

That's what I'm going to have to do. I...

That's what I'm going to have to do. I don't/won't go into debt again. I just need to actually start saving the money instead of p*ssing it away on eating out and beer.
06-22-12, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,479
Posted By dcrowell

I see what you did there.

I see what you did there.
06-22-12, 09:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,648
Posted By dcrowell

I've ordered from VO a few times. The only time...

I've ordered from VO a few times. The only time I wasn't happy was with items that weren't right for me. The quality of items was fine. The service and shipping was fine. The prices seemed...
06-22-12, 09:45 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,319
Posted By dcrowell

I live in the city for the easily bike-accessible...

I live in the city for the easily bike-accessible amenities. I haven't had a bike stolen since I was a child, but I lock up and park indoors when I can.

I stopped for pizza and beer last night. ...
Forum: Recumbent
06-22-12, 09:42 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 16,596
Posted By dcrowell

A trike is on my wishlist now. The ones I want...

A trike is on my wishlist now. The ones I want are pricey, so it may be quite a while.
06-21-12, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,059
Posted By dcrowell

My 100lb oaf will not be going for a bike ride...

My 100lb oaf will not be going for a bike ride with me. :)

I'm in the process of attaching a small front rack and wicker basket to my girlfriend's bike for her 9lb min-pin. We'll use a harness...
06-21-12, 10:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,319
Posted By dcrowell

Weird. I don't bring a lock on tour, but pretty...

Weird. I don't bring a lock on tour, but pretty much always lock up otherwise.
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