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Forum: Commuting
09-24-14, 01:47 PM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,629,626
Posted By dwilbur3

Thanks! I got my inspiration from the...

Thanks!

I got my inspiration from the handlebar bag (which is actually a purse I found at REI). I liked the red stripe on it so when I came to add reflective tape, a seat bag, etc. I got them in...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-14, 11:51 AM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,629,626
Posted By dwilbur3

Here's my new bike. 408148 It took me a...

Here's my new bike.

408148

It took me a while to get it set up, but I'm very happy with it now.
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 11:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,127
Posted By dwilbur3

I often move to the sidewalk when we get...

I often move to the sidewalk when we get crosswinds like that. (Yielding RoW to pedestians of course). It's not worth dying for.
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By dwilbur3

Very inspiring!

Very inspiring!
Forum: Commuting
08-18-14, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,977
Posted By dwilbur3

Found some good buys

An update: I found a good deal on a Cross Check on Ebay. It met all my criteria but 5). I'll get used to the shifters pretty quick and disc brakes were more of a "like to have it" thing than a...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-14, 02:49 AM
Replies: 15,496
Views: 11,629,626
Posted By dwilbur3

That is a work of art.

That is a work of art.
Forum: Commuting
08-15-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,977
Posted By dwilbur3

We decided not to file for insurance. We have a...

We decided not to file for insurance. We have a pretty high deductible so we decided we didn't want to risk our premiums going up just for a few hundred dollars. And since it was our fault, they...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,967
Posted By dwilbur3

Specialized Tricross discontinued?

In the last day or two, the Tricross has disappeared from the Specialized website. I can find it in the 2014 Archive, but there apparently is no 2015 version. I guess the AWOL and Diverge are...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-14, 05:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,127
Posted By dwilbur3

What's really "fun" is to ride on the Ueda bike...

What's really "fun" is to ride on the Ueda bike tail on those days. You're the highest thing around so there's nothing to stop the wind. The headwinds are bad enough, but when the crosswinds come...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-14, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,977
Posted By dwilbur3

We got our stuff stolen. We still need new bikes.

Thanks for all your replies.

I almost wrote that we had been "burgled" but I figured that wouldn't make the language police any happier so I didn't. :)

My friendly neighborhood bike shop...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 09:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,509
Posted By dwilbur3

For your first commuter, you mostly want to make...

For your first commuter, you mostly want to make sure it's safe and reliable. After commuting for a year, you'll have a lot better idea what you really want/need.

My first commuter was a...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 08:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,977
Posted By dwilbur3

To Achoo: I might consider it, but I can buy a...

To Achoo: I might consider it, but I can buy a pretty decent bike at a shop and be confident it was adjusted correctly (I'm not much of a mechanic).

To TransitBiker: I like the price range! Do...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 07:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,977
Posted By dwilbur3

We got robbed, so we need new bikes.

We forgot to close the garage door last week so somebody helped themselves to all our bikes.

While this really sucks, it does make n+1 an easier sell :). (Even n+2!)

My previous commuter was a...
04-15-12, 01:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,416
Posted By dwilbur3

At Costco today, I saw a 3-pack of CREE LED...

At Costco today, I saw a 3-pack of CREE LED flashlights (nominally 200 lumin each). I thought about buying them but they ran on AAAs. Still, very impressive at the price point. Throw in some Two...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-11, 10:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,726
Posted By dwilbur3

I bought my last three bikes on eBay and I think...

I bought my last three bikes on eBay and I think I got a good deal each time. It requires some time and effort.

But I watch a number of popular electronic items on eBay and I'm amazed at the...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-11, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1,825
Views: 64,882
Posted By dwilbur3

silk (BC,CAN)________________8120 buzzbee...

silk (BC,CAN)________________8120
buzzbee (CA)________________7184
dschue5 (MN)________________6680 (11,253 total)
consularrider (VA)____________6527 (12,074 total)
MNBikeCommuter...
Forum: Commuting
12-23-11, 09:38 AM
Replies: 5,293
Views: 170,120
Posted By dwilbur3

It was COLD (26 F). I know that's warm for some...

It was COLD (26 F). I know that's warm for some of y'all, but for Sac that's as cold as it gets. I ride thru a small park every morning on my way to work and they were watering so the path was...
Forum: Commuting
12-23-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 1,825
Views: 64,882
Posted By dwilbur3

silk (BC,CAN)________________8120 buzzbee...

silk (BC,CAN)________________8120
buzzbee (CA)________________7033
dschue5 (MN)________________6680 (11,253 total)
consularrider (VA)____________6527 (12,074 total)
MNBikeCommuter...
10-10-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,790
Posted By dwilbur3

Interesting this should come up. My Aurora...

Interesting this should come up. My Aurora 2-mode P7 finally died after 2.5 years.

("I'm not dead yet" ... yeah but you drop to low brightness after 10 minutes, which I admit is still brighter...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-11, 10:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,787
Posted By dwilbur3

Supreme Supremes

I've been riding Supremes for about 2 years and I love them. Under my cycling conditions I get a flat about every 6 months or 1500-2000 miles. The cause of the flat is almost always a tiny piece of...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-11, 01:36 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 21,687
Posted By dwilbur3

My wife gets nervous when I'm riding over 95 F,...

My wife gets nervous when I'm riding over 95 F, but so far I haven't found any temperature too uncomfortable for my 9.5 mile (each way) commute. It helps that Sacramento has the dry heat. I'm not...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-11, 04:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,959
Posted By dwilbur3

I can carry two or three flutes and all my...

I can carry two or three flutes and all my whistles in my panniers :)
Forum: Commuting
03-25-11, 09:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 854
Posted By dwilbur3

They're planning an all-weather bike/pedestrian...

They're planning an all-weather bike/pedestrian river crossing when they build the bridge for the new light rail to the airport. If this happens before 2020 I'll be amazed.
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 09:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,048
Posted By dwilbur3

Ziplocks, trash bags, grocery store plastic bags,...

Ziplocks, trash bags, grocery store plastic bags, they all come in very handy.
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 07:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 854
Posted By dwilbur3

The route requires riding on the shoulder of I-5...

The route requires riding on the shoulder of I-5 during the early part of rush hour. I can kind of see her point. It's only about a half a mile but the traffic is going 70 and not paying much mind...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 07:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 854
Posted By dwilbur3

That's where they closed the floodgate. I can't...

That's where they closed the floodgate. I can't get there anymore.
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 854
Posted By dwilbur3

Rant: They closed the floodgates.

It's bad enough that it rains 9 out of every 10 days around here (Sacramento). But last week they flooded Discovery Park (my main route to work). This forced me to use a 3 mile detour to Northgate....
Forum: Commuting
03-21-11, 09:08 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,525
Posted By dwilbur3

+1 It's the suburbanites in the huge pickup...

+1 It's the suburbanites in the huge pickup trucks I worry about.
Forum: Commuting
03-01-11, 11:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,679
Posted By dwilbur3

I'm another California fair weather rider. I...

I'm another California fair weather rider. I don't like to ride in the rain. I've got the rain gear, but after riding 9 miles I'm wet whether I wear it or not. So I take the bus. Fortunately it...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-11, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 646
Posted By dwilbur3

On my wife's bike we've got Schwalbe Kojaks (26 x...

On my wife's bike we've got Schwalbe Kojaks (26 x 1.35). I love them/she loves them. I just wish they had reflective sidewalls.

Oops I just realized you need 590s (I can't tell from your post)...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-11, 04:56 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,621
Posted By dwilbur3

I've never been called "Fred", as someone above...

I've never been called "Fred", as someone above noted, the locals have never heard of the term. I was called "Lance" once or twice which is pretty funny if you've ever seen me on a bike. (That's...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-11, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By dwilbur3

I actually count the cyclists every day each way...

I actually count the cyclists every day each way on my commutes and, by my very unscientific method, it sure appears that ridership is up in the last couple of years.
Forum: Commuting
02-17-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,783
Posted By dwilbur3

They make them. I have a set of 35mm (closer to...

They make them. I have a set of 35mm (closer to 37mm in reality) Supremes on my bike. I LOVE the ride I get with them, they're very grippy. I've had 3 flats in about 6000 miles, so if you need 0...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-11, 01:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,273
Posted By dwilbur3

+1

+1
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 08:49 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,340
Posted By dwilbur3

A loaded question! These questions will help: ...

A loaded question! These questions will help:
1) How long is the commute?
2) How much day/How much light?
3) Are you a gambler?
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By dwilbur3

I'm glad my commute's only 45 minutes. My 2 year...

I'm glad my commute's only 45 minutes. My 2 year old Aurora P7 works great. But if I needed more time, I'd probably take my chances on the Gemini over the MagicShine at this point.
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 08:12 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,340
Posted By dwilbur3

I have 5 extra batteries (RECHARGEABLE). ...

I have 5 extra batteries (RECHARGEABLE). Assuming my cell phone died in the same calamity (and I didn't) that destroyed my bike, I can walk home in 3 hours. I have battery power on medium for...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 05:23 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,340
Posted By dwilbur3

I consider my chance of survival much greater now...

I consider my chance of survival much greater now that cars can see me coming. When I was using the MiNewt I figured I could see just fine. But as soon as I got the P7, I noticed that cars actually...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 05:04 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,340
Posted By dwilbur3

I found this review of the Ion 6 at...

I found this review of the Ion 6 at http://www.mtbr.com/cat/accessories/lights/trek/ion-6-led/PRD_418893_130crx.aspx



I also found this review of the Ion 6 at...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 04:37 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,340
Posted By dwilbur3

The average commute is 2 hours? I've never had a...

The average commute is 2 hours? I've never had a two hour commute in my entire life. And I lived in KC for 30 years.
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 02:30 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,340
Posted By dwilbur3

I've been using a P7 flashlight for 2 years. ...

I've been using a P7 flashlight for 2 years. Before I bought that I was using a MiNewt USB which had an output of about 120 lumens. I thought that was pretty bright until I got the P7 flashlight...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-11, 04:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,828
Posted By dwilbur3

That sends chills up and down my spine! Surely...

That sends chills up and down my spine! Surely that's just a joke?
02-07-11, 04:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,087
Posted By dwilbur3

They can be fragile, but I have a pair that's a...

They can be fragile, but I have a pair that's a year old and a couple pair of the blue ones that are 2 years old. If you drop them, they're toast. But if you take reasonable care of them they can...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-11, 03:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 764
Posted By dwilbur3

6 miles mostly on a trail? Once you get started,...

6 miles mostly on a trail? Once you get started, you'll never go back. That's a nearly perfect commute.
Forum: Commuting
01-31-11, 04:22 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,105
Posted By dwilbur3

I had never crashed until about 6 months ago. I...

I had never crashed until about 6 months ago. I had a head-on with another cyclist. Both of us took the shortest route around a blind corner (technically I was in the right, but I take that corner...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-11, 01:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 891
Posted By dwilbur3

The fog has been around so long this year that...

The fog has been around so long this year that the cars aren't slowing down any more. I can see how those 100 car pile-ups happen.
01-14-11, 05:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,391
Posted By dwilbur3

I know it's not the same item, but my Garmin 305...

I know it's not the same item, but my Garmin 305 does terrible in trees or around tall buildings.
01-14-11, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By dwilbur3

For a similar length commute, I've been using an...

For a similar length commute, I've been using an Aurora P7 flashlight (2 modes - I always leave it on high) for 2 years now. The whole set up including 8 batteries and 2 chargers cost me less than...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-11, 05:03 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 93,270
Posted By dwilbur3

Good to hear it's still working for you. There...

Good to hear it's still working for you. There are a few people here with religious zealotry on a few issues (sidewalks, helmets, bike lanes, etc). I mostly ignore them.
Forum: Commuting
12-29-10, 01:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,862
Posted By dwilbur3

Sacramento is pretty good. It has some awesome...

Sacramento is pretty good. It has some awesome bike trails and drivers are fairly used to cyclists. There are some problems: north-south travel is difficult (not surprising since north-south travel...
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