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Forum: Commuting
12-03-03, 06:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,045
Posted By Rich Clark

I spend about 8 hours of my commuting week in my...

I spend about 8 hours of my commuting week in my HR "training zone" -- 70-80%. If that's not exercise, I don't know what the word means.

RichC
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-03, 05:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 957
Posted By Rich Clark

As I've noted before, IMO the Roubaix/Roubaix Pro...

As I've noted before, IMO the Roubaix/Roubaix Pro offers an unusual opportunity to compare aluminum with steel in two bikes with the same geometry and overall design.

Personally I found the steel...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-03, 05:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 991
Posted By Rich Clark

Even 6 miles is barely enough to be worth...

Even 6 miles is barely enough to be worth changing into bike clothes.

The less-stressful route is the one to take. Bike commuting is all about arriving at your destination in better shape...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-03, 09:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,483
Posted By Rich Clark

Coffee is my one remaining vice, and I take it...

Coffee is my one remaining vice, and I take it very seriously. My ritual is well established based on a lot of experimentation.

Each morning I grind my beans and brew my coffee into a JSB-500, as...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-30-03, 05:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,849
Posted By Rich Clark

Warranty support can be an issue if you have to...

Warranty support can be an issue if you have to ship an entire bike to some out of state dealer to get it. And it can be a big issue if you bought a frame from an unauthorized dealer and you want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-30-03, 01:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,849
Posted By Rich Clark

My advice, in a nutshell: Fit is the...

My advice, in a nutshell:

Fit is the critical thing. More important than anything else, to the extent that nothing else matters if the bike doesn't fit.

If you know that a bike will fit --...
11-29-03, 06:22 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,159
Posted By Rich Clark

Listen to the man. He has a college degree. ...

Listen to the man. He has a college degree.

RichC
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-03, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 957
Posted By Rich Clark

Equally good bikes, equally good companies. Not...

Equally good bikes, equally good companies. Not identical geometries, and the companies size their bikes differently, so it's quite possible one will fit you better than the other. Your task is to...
11-28-03, 06:36 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,159
Posted By Rich Clark

I was poking it with a stick, for the...

I was poking it with a stick, for the entrtainment value.

RichC
11-28-03, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 941
Posted By Rich Clark

Well, nobody makes one, or a derailler that would...

Well, nobody makes one, or a derailler that would shift it, so you'd heve to hie yourself to the metal shop.

And since currently available combinations span pretty much the entire range of ratios...
11-28-03, 03:47 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,159
Posted By Rich Clark

Your position that police officers must be obeyed...

Your position that police officers must be obeyed without question is anti-American. You should move to Cuba or China or somewhere.

RichC
11-28-03, 03:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,615
Posted By Rich Clark

Not in Philadelphia, based on how they themselves...

Not in Philadelphia, based on how they themselves ride (on sidewalks, against traffic, running red lights, etc.), and on how they do zero enforcement of cycling laws, utterly ignoring the flagrant...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-03, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Posted By Rich Clark

Dan, I'm glad you're OK. It's another...

Dan, I'm glad you're OK.

It's another example of why bike lanes are hazardous, and why you never ride in a "door zone," no matter where it is.

The taxi driver was responsible, as the vehicle...
11-15-03, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,748
Posted By Rich Clark

Backwards? Pointing at the rider? That would...

Backwards? Pointing at the rider? That would create the world's twitchiest-handling bike, not to mention problems with the bars hitting the TT or your knees in tight turns.

Yes, try a short stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-03, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By Rich Clark

I'm not familiar with Castelli, but with some...

I'm not familiar with Castelli, but with some other brands there can be sizing variations between models. Seems odd, but there it is. That's why you just won't know until you try something on, and...
Forum: Touring
11-14-03, 04:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rich Clark

Sakarias, do you get the feeling that some of...

Sakarias, do you get the feeling that some of these youngsters don't understand that you're talking about actual *analog* (gasp!) film slides? ;)

Were you as discomfitted as I at Kodak's...
11-14-03, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By Rich Clark

You seem to be intentionally not understanding...

You seem to be intentionally not understanding what I am saying.

I did not say you should still be in complete control of your bike if your hands are off the bars.

I said that you are not in...
11-14-03, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
Posted By Rich Clark

I've never known this to be an issue except on an...

I've never known this to be an issue except on an improperly-assembled or somehow bent bike.

Maybe you can say more about what problem your having?

RichC
11-14-03, 10:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By Rich Clark

There are situations where it's useful and...

There are situations where it's useful and sometimes even necessary to ride no-handed. But that's not my point.

My point is that if you take your hands off the bars and your bike starts going in...
11-14-03, 08:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,167
Posted By Rich Clark

If you'd been in front of Chi yesterday, you'd be...

If you'd been in front of Chi yesterday, you'd be worrying about buying a new bike.

RichC
11-13-03, 10:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,167
Posted By Rich Clark

If you ask me, I'll say no. If you don't ask me,...

If you ask me, I'll say no. If you don't ask me, I'll slow down until you pass me.

Drafting puts both riders in danger, as illustrated by this thread. It's not something you can do without...
11-13-03, 08:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By Rich Clark

Bikes are controlled by balance, not steering. ...

Bikes are controlled by balance, not steering.

RichC
Forum: Commuting
11-13-03, 02:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,224
Posted By Rich Clark

Interesting decision. I while ago I...

Interesting decision.

I while ago I replaced my TT2K's (the rear was worn out) with Pasela TG's. The TG is a much lighter, thin-sidewall, kevlar-belted and -beaded foldable tire.

I immediately...
11-12-03, 05:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By Rich Clark

My point was that a rider should be able to take...

My point was that a rider should be able to take his or her hands off the bars without crashing. If you can't, you're not in complete control of your bike (or there's something wrong with it).
...
11-12-03, 01:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By Rich Clark

Putting your feet on the ground is not how you...

Putting your feet on the ground is not how you avoid a crash. Indeed, if you put your foot on the ground at cruising speed, you'll probably induce a crash, or break your ankle, or something worse.
...
11-12-03, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,178
Posted By Rich Clark

Yes, I do. That kind of money would buy you a...

Yes, I do. That kind of money would buy you a Trek Navigator 400, for example. 7-speed internal hub shifting, comes in several frame sizes (including a 21" which might be closer to what you need),...
11-11-03, 06:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,680
Posted By Rich Clark

You're taking your life in your hands every time...

You're taking your life in your hands every time you go out with those steel wheels. In the wet, you might as well have no brakes at all.

But since new wheels will cost more than the bike is...
11-11-03, 04:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,178
Posted By Rich Clark

It's an amazing looking bike, I'll give you that....

It's an amazing looking bike, I'll give you that. It also undoubtedly weighs a ton, has a Chinese-made frame, and will fit you only by a stroke of luck, since it comes in only one size. If you want...
Forum: Touring
11-11-03, 01:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,102
Posted By Rich Clark

I'm getting ready to buy a Minolta DiImage Z1,...

I'm getting ready to buy a Minolta DiImage Z1, which sells for $300-350US. It's a 3 megapixel camera with high-quality optics and a 10x optical zoom.

What I cared about most when selecting a...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-03, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By Rich Clark

Are you sure the bike was being ridden? Maybe it...

Are you sure the bike was being ridden? Maybe it fell off somebody's rack and got run over, or was a stolen bike that was then abandoned in the street.

RichC
Forum: Commuting
11-11-03, 01:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,335
Posted By Rich Clark

That happened to me once; I tied an audio patch...

That happened to me once; I tied an audio patch cable through my belt loops.

Nowadays I keep a belt, shoes, street outerware, and a complete extra change of clothes in my office. So all I have to...
Forum: Touring
11-10-03, 12:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,106
Posted By Rich Clark

Inertia. And the intertia is the same no matter...

Inertia. And the intertia is the same no matter where the weight is. It's a function of mass and velocity.



It may seem that way to you, but it turns out not to be the case.

RichC
Forum: Touring
11-10-03, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,106
Posted By Rich Clark

I don't really understand what you're trying to...

I don't really understand what you're trying to say, but it takes a calculatable amount of energy to move a given mass a given distance. Beyond that, it's the variables that add or absorb energy...
11-10-03, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 672
Posted By Rich Clark

Let's keep in mind that traffic codes generally...

Let's keep in mind that traffic codes generally provide that a pedestrian can use the roadway in the absence of a sidewalk, and that if he does so is required to face traffic. While there may have...
11-10-03, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By Rich Clark

Disagree. Bike lanes placed between full-width...

Disagree. Bike lanes placed between full-width thru lanes and parking lanes are the most dangerous kind. A woman was killed in Boston not long ago when she was doored while riding in such a lane, and...
Forum: Touring
11-10-03, 09:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,106
Posted By Rich Clark

Weight is weight. If there's a difference, it's...

Weight is weight. If there's a difference, it's from adding rolling resistance (the trailer tires) and friction (the trailer's wheel bearings). Plus any difference between the weight of the trailer...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-03, 08:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,224
Posted By Rich Clark

Just keep in mind that the change to a smaller...

Just keep in mind that the change to a smaller tire may have more to do with the flat than anything else. Armadillos are very puncture resistant, but not really any more pinch-flat resistant than any...
11-09-03, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By Rich Clark

Same way. Also a good idea to note the license...

Same way. Also a good idea to note the license numbers of particularly aggressive drivers for reporting to the local authorities.

RichC
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-03, 02:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 989
Posted By Rich Clark

The quality of the ride derives from the design...

The quality of the ride derives from the design of the frame, more than its material. And it's further influenced, quite heavily, by the choice of wheels. And finally, the rider's size, build, and...
11-09-03, 02:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 954
Posted By Rich Clark

"She was studying to be an EMT at Massasoit...

"She was studying to be an EMT at Massasoit Community College. "

And a fine one she no doubt would have been.

RichC (sarcasm, not irony)
Forum: Commuting
11-09-03, 02:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,224
Posted By Rich Clark

The Conti is, I believe. And yes, any rim that...

The Conti is, I believe. And yes, any rim that can take a 35 will take a 32 or a 37. 35 is a sort of unusual size.

RichC
Forum: Commuting
11-09-03, 02:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,224
Posted By Rich Clark

I would look at Specialized's Armadillo line as...

I would look at Specialized's Armadillo line as well. Their new "All-Condition Armadillo" looks like it's as close to a commuter tire as you're likely to get onto a racing frame. Available at...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-03, 02:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,224
Posted By Rich Clark

There are lots. The aforementioned Specialized...

There are lots. The aforementioned Specialized Armadillo tires are all Kevlar belted. The Panaracer Pasela TG. The Continental Top Touring 2000 (which is my personal favorite). Note that Aramid and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-03, 10:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,238
Posted By Rich Clark

Congratulations! Now *that's* what I call a...

Congratulations!

Now *that's* what I call a bike!

Did you work through a local dealer to order it?

RichC
11-08-03, 09:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,432
Posted By Rich Clark

Tarnation, Richard, that blows. You have my...

Tarnation, Richard, that blows. You have my sympathy; my only serious cycling injury -- also a broken elbow, but not nearly as complicated as yours -- also came from a collision with a ped in a bike...
11-08-03, 05:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 939
Posted By Rich Clark

Almost all of my miles are commuting miles. It...

Almost all of my miles are commuting miles. It costs about $9 a day to do the same commute by train or car. If (conservatively) I average 3 days a week on my bike for 48 weeks, that's about $1300 a...
11-08-03, 02:03 PM
Replies: 384
Views: 105,217
Posted By Rich Clark

So next time you post about it maybe you should...

So next time you post about it maybe you should add a disclaimer, eh? Stealth posting in online forums is fraudulent, and does not dispose the reader to look kindly on the company that does it.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-03, 10:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 810
Posted By Rich Clark

If only they were taller. RichC

If only they were taller.

RichC
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-03, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 810
Posted By Rich Clark

Since I ride touring-style bikes mostly, I prefer...

Since I ride touring-style bikes mostly, I prefer the easy height-adjustability of a quill stem. The weight difference is trivial on a bike like this.

But while the weight/strength advantages of...
11-05-03, 03:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,816
Posted By Rich Clark

While I have very little faith in a helmet's...

While I have very little faith in a helmet's ability to do me any good in a crash, I see no harm in wearing one. It's a nice elevated place to attach more reflective tape, anyway. I do think kids...
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