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11-20-06, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7,742
Views: 377,178
Posted By Oxymoron

Hey all - What is this bike? ...

Hey all - What is this bike?
http://desmoines.craigslist.org/bik/230647884.html
It says it's a "Classic roadster like Raleigh DL1", made by Avon in India. Is it really vintage or a remake? And...
Forum: Recumbent
09-29-06, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,789
Posted By Oxymoron

I will try the washers and see if that fixes the...

I will try the washers and see if that fixes the wiggle. I looked at the Rans site owner's manual and that helped me understand what the bars are supposed to do, but not exactly what's wrong. I...
Forum: Recumbent
09-29-06, 08:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,322
Posted By Oxymoron

With all due respect Koffee this sounds rather...

With all due respect Koffee this sounds rather condescending. I am not on this forum to be treated like a child - I get that all day at work, ha ha!. Couldn't you say something like: "Any further...
Forum: Recumbent
09-29-06, 07:59 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,166
Posted By Oxymoron

The first time I rode my Rans Rocket I probably...

The first time I rode my Rans Rocket I probably hit 25 miles per hour down a long hill, brakes on all the way - it feels fast when you're closer to the ground and on a style of bike you've never...
Forum: Recumbent
09-29-06, 07:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,789
Posted By Oxymoron

Should my Rans handlebar be so wiggly?

I know the Rans Rocket has handlebars that pivot up and down so it is easy to get on and off the bike, but mine jiggle from side to side I think too much - a few inches at the top. The bar is secure...
08-08-06, 08:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 478
Posted By Oxymoron

What a great trip. It is sort of flat in north...

What a great trip. It is sort of flat in north central Iowa where the glaciers hit, but it rolls everywhere else. Don't believe everything you hear on TV! They say Ragbrai is Iowa's practical joke...
07-21-06, 09:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 885
Posted By Oxymoron

In some states and cities bikes don't have to...

In some states and cities bikes don't have to completely stop for stop signs, they just have to slow down - check your local laws, cops don't always know them. It is understood that putting your...
07-21-06, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 447
Posted By Oxymoron

Links to relief maps for RAGBRAI & good support info

I got this press-release today from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It has links to shaded relief maps and a list of restaurant and bike shops along the route. The IDNR will also be...
07-21-06, 08:25 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,455
Posted By Oxymoron

People still routinely bike on I-84 in Oregon. ...

People still routinely bike on I-84 in Oregon. This is through the Columbia River Gorge - it is by far the flattest way past Mt. Hood. The alternative would be to bike the highway over the mountain...
03-14-06, 03:23 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,763
Posted By Oxymoron

Really all I want to know is where is this "Ball...

Really all I want to know is where is this "Ball Kicking Stand"? I'm all about supporting the local small independent business owner.
03-14-06, 02:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,329
Posted By Oxymoron

The Amish rejected cars b/c in part they said...

The Amish rejected cars b/c in part they said cars would cause impatience, anger and create a sense of self-importance. Gee, I've never seen that happen. I wonder what bikes cause...

I have seen...
03-14-06, 01:43 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,453
Posted By Oxymoron

I still find it funny. Or rather, after I...

I still find it funny. Or rather, after I cringed, I laughed.

However,

Cyclaholic, you're sick! The imagery...
03-14-06, 01:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,667
Posted By Oxymoron

mpop- Good points. His article shows the...

mpop-
Good points. His article shows the problems with lumping all together in one group, often with the most extreme components of a group - a frequent tactic with idiological opponents. But...
03-14-06, 10:32 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,667
Posted By Oxymoron

Sorry to bring this to the top again, but I...

Sorry to bring this to the top again, but I missed it the first time around.
Some things that came to mind:

Maybe the car could've saved a few thousand lives in evacuating N.O., but 45,000 people...
03-03-06, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By Oxymoron

The whole "fire in a theater" cliche is over-used...

The whole "fire in a theater" cliche is over-used and rarely accurate. This situation is more akin to yelling "fire" and having everyone look around and notice they are in an outdoor swimming pool. ...
03-03-06, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 407
Posted By Oxymoron

No, no, no! What you need is nothing less than...

No, no, no! What you need is nothing less than the Jandd Expedition rack:
http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FREXP
I bought one for my mountain bike and love it. On standard racks your...
03-03-06, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By Oxymoron

Here's another good link: ...

Here's another good link:
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/news-story.php?story=170049

So how many terrorists print up stickers to label their bombs anyway? Maybe the "public servant" who...
02-20-06, 03:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,743
Posted By Oxymoron

Those Surlys also look sweet, and I can order...

Those Surlys also look sweet, and I can order them in Iowa too! Thanks for all the ideas. I think I will go with cyclocross tourer of some sort and not get two bikes.
02-17-06, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,743
Posted By Oxymoron

I was looking at the site about the Bianchi San...

I was looking at the site about the Bianchi San Jos8, and it said that it is the same frame as the Volpe except for the "substitution of track style fork ends in place of the Volpe's vertical...
02-17-06, 09:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,743
Posted By Oxymoron

Thanks for the feedback. The bike I get has to...

Thanks for the feedback. The bike I get has to be comfortable for long periods. I have found that straight bars make my wrists hurt. I like being able to change hand positions, so I'm leaning...
02-16-06, 03:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,743
Posted By Oxymoron

Beautiful bike that Rivendell Rambouillet. Of...

Beautiful bike that Rivendell Rambouillet. Of course with buying the house and all I won't be getting a $1400+ bike. But considering the money I'm saving living in small town Iowa ($25,000 median...
02-16-06, 10:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,743
Posted By Oxymoron

A several layered question: I need a new...

A several layered question:

I need a new bike - my old cheapo school commuter is ill-fitting and makes my hands go numb after ten minutes. I live in flat NW Iowa and want to go riding after work...
11-12-04, 08:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,457
Posted By Oxymoron

Check out these combo pedals - platform on one...

Check out these combo pedals - platform on one side, clipless on the other:
Shimano M324 SPD Pedals
http://www.rei.com/product/8057554.htm?

When I was a student I usually wore street shoes to...
07-30-04, 05:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,389
Posted By Oxymoron

Hmm, I probably shouldn't do what we did when I...

Hmm,
I probably shouldn't do what we did when I was a kid and tie a Little Red Wagon to the back of my banana seat and pull people around. So safe... and before helmets were common too.

I once...
07-30-04, 04:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,026
Posted By Oxymoron

If it is so dangerous for us to be in a...

If it is so dangerous for us to be in a drive-thru then how can we possibley be safe on the road? The point is we are given the right to be on the road and make that decision ourselves. But on...
07-30-04, 02:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 993
Posted By Oxymoron

Perhaps Hawthorne is a bike route, but I can...

Perhaps Hawthorne is a bike route, but I can barely stand to walk across the street or attempt to parallel park there and open my door, let alone bike on it. People drive like animals - fast and...
07-30-04, 02:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,346
Posted By Oxymoron

I always figured when someone "could care less"...

I always figured when someone "could care less" it was because they were so disdainful of the subject that it was worth the effort to care even less than they did previously, even if they thought...
07-29-04, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 993
Posted By Oxymoron

Good idea putting the law as stated in there. ...

Good idea putting the law as stated in there. When I am in Portland I am happily amazed at the sheer number of cycists on the road. I can barely drive a block without having to wipe one off my...
07-29-04, 11:01 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,962
Posted By Oxymoron

I know whenever I'm riding in the park and a...

I know whenever I'm riding in the park and a small child runs out in front of me I nail them with my mace - they never do that again! Go run home to mommy you baby. "My eyes burn!" Oh, wah wah!
07-29-04, 10:51 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,142
Posted By Oxymoron

Even though I now have "fredded" my bike to the...

Even though I now have "fredded" my bike to the max with multiple lights, large reflectors, etc., there was a time when I didn't. When I was in high school in the 80's, racing bikes were the rage. ...
07-27-04, 05:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,902
Posted By Oxymoron

Actually now that I think about it I would do it...

Actually now that I think about it I would do it "Mentos" style: Bunny hop over the back of the car and ride up over the top, down the windshield, hop off the hood and blow the light while looking...
07-27-04, 05:13 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,142
Posted By Oxymoron

And apparently some who don't... So what exactly...

And apparently some who don't... So what exactly is your point? Yark! Yark!
07-27-04, 02:21 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,142
Posted By Oxymoron

OK, to start at the beginning. When I was young...

OK, to start at the beginning. When I was young and lights were not common, I wore white to be seen. Then later I was too poor for lights, but I did have reflectors. Good reflectors are seen very...
07-27-04, 01:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,902
Posted By Oxymoron

Because it's always best to build cars so the...

Because it's always best to build cars so the exhaust pipe is nearest all cyclists, pedestrians, sidewalk cafes and front porches! Would hate to place it near the center of the road where the...
07-27-04, 10:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,902
Posted By Oxymoron

If the car behind might go straight I would tend...

If the car behind might go straight I would tend to stay in the lane to block them. But, in general I would stay to the right of the lane slightly behind the car - position 6. Ever since I was in...
07-26-04, 06:11 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,962
Posted By Oxymoron

Pack dogs are the most dangerous by far. When I...

Pack dogs are the most dangerous by far. When I lived in Iowa there was a case of some sort of horrible creature tearing assunder local sheep and other farm animals. It turned out it was a pack of...
07-26-04, 11:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,309
Posted By Oxymoron

Even if the car coming from the right had the...

Even if the car coming from the right had the green, why didn't they see the ped? It looks as though the person crossing would have been hit anyway, or at least came very close. The driver that...
07-24-04, 02:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,346
Posted By Oxymoron

If you ever want to skip a red light when no one...

If you ever want to skip a red light when no one is around you can cut left to the sidewalk (if you're allowed on the sidewalk) or corner parking lot and once you are parallel to the cross street...
07-24-04, 12:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,852
Posted By Oxymoron

Oh yeah - "unruly people with open beers riding...

Oh yeah - "unruly people with open beers riding more than two abreast and running stops signs." Sounds like RAGBRAI. Good thing Boulder isn't in Iowa.

Boulder is a college town, right? I know...
07-24-04, 12:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,852
Posted By Oxymoron

To bring this back to the law about having to...

To bring this back to the law about having to ride "astride" a seat: If riding astride means to ride a bike "with a leg on each side" of the seat then wouldn't many if not all all bikers have to be...
07-22-04, 07:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,686
Posted By Oxymoron

It's really an issue of too many people (and...

It's really an issue of too many people (and their cars, bikes, donkey carts and elephants) We're seeing the bike path version of a crowded street in rush hour. Ever see a pic of someone riding a...
05-14-04, 06:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 129,047
Posted By Oxymoron

Of course if you were me... You'd be running...

Of course if you were me...
You'd be running late, no time to stop for coffee or people watch, and by the time you biked to your destination you would be drenched in sweat, and fuming with...
05-14-04, 05:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 975
Posted By Oxymoron

Would Kerry have to stop riding if elected?

If John Kerry really is a serious cyclist, becoming president would probably put a quick stop to that. I'm sure it's not as fun to ride in circles on the White House driveway surrounded by men in...
01-31-04, 04:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,747
Posted By Oxymoron

I like having the option of paths b/c if I want...

I like having the option of paths b/c if I want to toodle along at 5 mph the highway is not where I want to be. But on the other hand if I'm out for a 25 mph ride I do not want to be on a path that...
01-28-04, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Oxymoron

Need used vs. new bike advice

I have been looking to buy bike recently. I'm looking for a lightweight tourer, but not necessarily for long-distance touring - just for riding around the area, but maybe do a few all day rides.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-03, 09:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,123
Posted By Oxymoron

My advice is a cheap bike with fat tires. On...

My advice is a cheap bike with fat tires. On mine I put a Jaand Mountaineering back rack which is longer, wider and stronger than most, and I use Jaand fabric grocery baskets - very large and...
08-14-03, 04:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,499
Posted By Oxymoron

Alternative fuels will be the end of us

Walking around an alternative energy convention I saw a display on electric cars, biofuels, fuel cells, etc. These people are great environmentalists who support alternative transportation and...
08-14-03, 04:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,890
Posted By Oxymoron

I once noticed that the amount of people killed...

I once noticed that the amount of people killed per year by the auto is similar to the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam war. Now didn't people protest in droves about the needless deaths of...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-03, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,463
Posted By Oxymoron

When I was able to still commute I bought a...

When I was able to still commute I bought a thermos for just this purpose. I drank a cup before I left, then another cup later. I would cool the coffee with cold milk or ice so that it was just the...
08-05-03, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,479
Posted By Oxymoron

Oops - I changed it. I thought it was "Kit", but...

Oops - I changed it. I thought it was "Kit", but the original article said "Kip" so that's how I copied it. With all the damage he's doing to AmeriCorps members like me you'd think it would be...
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