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Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 06:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,700
Posted By FenderTL5

Don't throw your bike at passing SUVs

Don't throw your bike at passing SUVs
Forum: Commuting
11-07-17, 07:41 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,403
Posted By FenderTL5

similar. I voted "other" and would call my...

similar.

I voted "other" and would call my reason logistics. There are five people, three drivers in our household, often going in 3-4 directions every day. We have two cars. I began riding the...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-17, 07:59 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,062
Posted By FenderTL5

I bought the brand that was in my local bike...

I bought the brand that was in my local bike shop. They're a Trek dealer so it's Bontrager. I do not have any particular brand loyalty. I treat the bag with waterproofing spray a couple times a year....
Forum: Commuting
11-02-17, 06:11 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,062
Posted By FenderTL5

Ditto. I have a small fanny pack that I...

Ditto.

I have a small fanny pack that I keep work essentials (flash-drives, keys, ID, etc) in. I toss it in the trunk-bag.
My trunk-bag expands, so lunch and an extra shirt (or this time of year...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-17, 01:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,901
Posted By FenderTL5

Wrangler Outdoor Series "hiking pants" Link...

Wrangler Outdoor Series "hiking pants"
Link here: https://www.wrangler.com/shop/men-outdoor-clothing/performance-lightweight-outdoor-pant-nw740?variationId=NW740SB

I get them at Target for $24 ...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-17, 12:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,137
Posted By FenderTL5

I would much rather my morning commute be before...

I would much rather my morning commute be before sunrise.
Not only can I be seen (lit up and reflective) but I can see motorists who have their headlights on.
Couple that with fewer encounters and...
Forum: Commuting
10-03-17, 06:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,191
Posted By FenderTL5

I found some Wrangler Outdoor Series cargo/Hiking...

I found some Wrangler Outdoor Series cargo/Hiking pants at Target. 24.99...
09-26-17, 05:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,199
Posted By FenderTL5

I cue up in the lane, usually in the left tire...

I cue up in the lane, usually in the left tire track - right in front of the driver position. Typically I don't filter forward unless there's a bike box and I know there's time to get positioned in...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-17, 08:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,697
Posted By FenderTL5

I would presume they are supposed to work by...

I would presume they are supposed to work by using brand specific accessories. That is just a guess. :)

Maintenance concerns are another reason I won't drop 3K on one of these bikes yet. There's...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-17, 06:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,697
Posted By FenderTL5

I test Rode the Giant Quick-E+ (linked)...

I test Rode the Giant Quick-E+ (linked) (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes-quick-eplus) earlier this year. It lists at 3k. I was impressed and if I had 3k I would've brought it home.

I've...
07-12-17, 07:12 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 27,618
Posted By FenderTL5

I live less than two miles from where the...

I live less than two miles from where the incident took place.
My guess is: it'll be 'viral' for a few more days then disappear and we'll never know what happens.
Forum: Commuting
05-11-17, 05:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,739
Posted By FenderTL5

Dealer plates you say? Don't you realize that's...

Dealer plates you say?
Don't you realize that's their un-subtle way if yelling, "Buy a car!"

I commute every day and I decide that I need or don't want a camera on a regular basis.
Godspeed!
Forum: Commuting
04-19-17, 01:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,578
Posted By FenderTL5

I participated in 2014 and 2015. I didn't...

I participated in 2014 and 2015.
I didn't participate last year and it's not likely that I will this year.

I don't need to sign up for a bike challenge to keep track of mileage.
04-18-17, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By FenderTL5

How do they know he didn't break any traffic...

How do they know he didn't break any traffic laws?
Not hitting anything or being in a crash does not necessarily mean he obeyed all of the rules.
03-02-17, 11:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,391
Posted By FenderTL5

Tactical Urbanism is also commonly referred to as...

Tactical Urbanism is also commonly referred to as guerilla urbanism, pop-up urbanism, city repair, or D.I.Y. urbanism.
...
03-02-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,391
Posted By FenderTL5

just for fun on-topic discussion look up...

just for fun on-topic discussion look up "Tactical urbanism"
Some (certainly not all) cities/mayors/officials actually encourage the concept.
03-01-17, 12:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,830
Posted By FenderTL5

You are not alone.

You are not alone.
03-01-17, 09:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,830
Posted By FenderTL5

In many, if not most cases, it actually does. ...

In many, if not most cases, it actually does.
Unless impairment is proven or there's hit-&-run, there are no charges for killing a bicyclist or pedestrian with a car.


Ahh, yes - but they...
02-22-17, 02:54 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,655
Posted By FenderTL5

Two thoughts: I too ride on my work commute and...

Two thoughts: I too ride on my work commute and the questions seemed targeted to recreational riding. I put that in the comments section, a couple times.
Secondly, around here I'd rather be downtown...
02-22-17, 10:44 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,655
Posted By FenderTL5

thanks for the link.

thanks for the link.
Forum: Commuting
01-27-17, 07:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,541
Posted By FenderTL5

another thumbs up to the trunk bag ...

another thumbs up to the trunk bag
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15027702_10211152306830421_1583314467866507629_n.jpg?oh=f413a8c4fc47aab1699ac29631321ed0&oe=58FEDA07
Forum: Commuting
11-08-16, 11:24 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,635
Posted By FenderTL5

It depends. Day or night? Busy traffic or...

It depends.

Day or night? Busy traffic or light? By yourself or with others?
How wide is the single lane?
Is the lane wide enough for you, a motorist, with a safe clearance between? (in the...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 12:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,399
Posted By FenderTL5

Sure thing. The rack had a mounting plate...

Sure thing.

The rack had a mounting plate for the lights with a couple of holes already drilled.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80187930/trunk_bracket.jpg



I drilled holes in the...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 07:09 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,399
Posted By FenderTL5

I bought a short section of aluminum tubing that...

I bought a short section of aluminum tubing that was the same diameter as my seat-post. I bolted the aluminum to my rack and then used the mounting hardware that came with the light/reflectors.
...
Replies: 18
Views: 2,157
Posted By FenderTL5

Count me in. In 2011-12 I had begun eating...

Count me in.
In 2011-12 I had begun eating arthritis pills every evening because of the constant pain in my knees.

I started bicycle commuting, slowly at first only to a transit Park-n-Ride,...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-16, 07:49 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 124,296
Posted By FenderTL5

that skunk I've been keeping an eye on every...

that skunk I've been keeping an eye on every morning, milling about just off the side of the road, was lying squished on the pavement this morning.

Deer.. lots of them and the new "bikes May Use...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-16, 07:45 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 8,807
Posted By FenderTL5

Interesting, I have had way more negative...

Interesting, I have had way more negative encounters from suburbanites in their pickups/SUVs than I've ever had from homeless/inner city people. In fact, most of the homeless that I encounter are...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-16, 06:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,788
Posted By FenderTL5

Do you presently use a bike locker? If so, tell...

Do you presently use a bike locker? If so, tell me about it and how much you pay.
No

If not, would you use a bike locker if it was inside a parking garage and within reasonable walking distance...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-16, 12:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,358
Posted By FenderTL5

I suppose. I literally pick the bike up a couple...

I suppose. I literally pick the bike up a couple inches and drop it. I listen for any unusual rattles. If anything is loose, it'll sound differently.
Forum: Commuting
08-04-16, 08:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,358
Posted By FenderTL5

3:15 AM Get up, wash my face and get dressed, I...

3:15 AM Get up, wash my face and get dressed, I wear liner shorts, with regular cargo shorts or pants over them and a pullover of some sort. Put clean underwear and shirt in a drawstring...
07-26-16, 08:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
Posted By FenderTL5

Unless you are riding really slow (such as going...

Unless you are riding really slow (such as going up a steep hill), there is absolutely no reason why anyone should pass you in a 15 mph zone.
06-24-16, 08:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,003
Posted By FenderTL5

Yes. In 2006 the Doc said sciatica was the cause...

Yes. In 2006 the Doc said sciatica was the cause of my hip/leg pain.

He gave me a prescription for some pain pills, advised which over the counter product to use when the prescription ran out, and...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-16, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 124,296
Posted By FenderTL5

Weird commute, it felt like that auto insurance...

Weird commute, it felt like that auto insurance commercial where it's obstacle after obstacle.

We had heavy thunderstorms early this morning. There was still lightening in the distance a few...
06-20-16, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By FenderTL5

Not trying to persuade you in any direction.. but...

Not trying to persuade you in any direction.. but what I do is throw my everyday/carry stuff into one of those cheap drawstring backpacks.
I just drop it into the trunk and leave the trunk fixed....
06-20-16, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By FenderTL5

I've been using a Bontrager trunk...

I've been using a Bontrager trunk (http://tracebikes.com/product/bontrager-rear-trunk-deluxe-bag-179322-1.htm), it's bigger than you describe, expandable and has side pockets. However, smaller models...
06-20-16, 06:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,258
Posted By FenderTL5

OP reminds me of a quote from the movie Oh...

OP reminds me of a quote from the movie Oh Brother Where Art thou;

"Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere! "
Forum: Commuting
06-06-16, 10:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,961
Posted By FenderTL5

I like it, a lot in fact. I use one of those...

I like it, a lot in fact.

I use one of those 'give-away' draw-string backpacks and simply drop it in a trunk-bag.
The same concept, just clunkier with a seat-post rack and trunk bag.
05-31-16, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 933
Posted By FenderTL5

Just as an alternative to what has been suggested...

Just as an alternative to what has been suggested thus far; You could get the liner-shorts and wear whatever pant/shorts you're comfortable with.
05-31-16, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 886
Posted By FenderTL5

Our local law indicates it has to be visible from...

Our local law indicates it has to be visible from a specified distance.
Check your local law for specifics.
05-26-16, 07:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,445
Posted By FenderTL5

I've been using a Bontrager GoTime ( Bontrager...

I've been using a Bontrager GoTime
( Bontrager GOtime | Trek Bikes (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-accessories/bike-computers-gps/bontrager-gotime/p/11077) )

For the most...
05-25-16, 10:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,440
Posted By FenderTL5

I have no disagreement with your...

I have no disagreement with your observation/opinions. You certainly have a much closer insight than I. I was just making an anecdotal based comment from how it is here.

We have several bike share...
05-25-16, 09:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,440
Posted By FenderTL5

You (and I) ride a bike for transportation....

You (and I) ride a bike for transportation. Unfortunately, in many - if not most -cases those in decision making roles do not ride bikes much, if at all. They only view the bike as a recreational...
05-23-16, 01:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,067
Posted By FenderTL5

If by 'part' you mean 'most' then I agree. It's...

If by 'part' you mean 'most' then I agree. It's priorities pure and simple. If/when infrastructure becomes important, it'll be addressed.
Unfortunately, a few more bridges may have to collapse.
Forum: Commuting
05-23-16, 12:21 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,103
Posted By FenderTL5

Do I talk to myself on my commute? I'm not...

Do I talk to myself on my commute?
I'm not sure, do I?
Why yes, I think you do. Sometimes anyway.
Really!!? I wasn't aware of that.
That's what I'm here for.
05-23-16, 08:35 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,420
Posted By FenderTL5

Tail Light Use Flash ̶o̶r̶ and Steady? Yes.

Tail Light Use Flash ̶o̶r̶ and Steady?

Yes.
05-23-16, 08:29 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,978
Posted By FenderTL5

I use platform pedals and unless I'm wearing my...

I use platform pedals and unless I'm wearing my Converse Chuck's.. I'm wearing these:
523038

I like these because I don't have to change in a 'business casual' work environment.
05-23-16, 08:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,789
Posted By FenderTL5

What Wileyrat said ^^^^

What Wileyrat said ^^^^
05-23-16, 07:15 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,598
Posted By FenderTL5

I logged my miles in Map my Ride religiously from...

I logged my miles in Map my Ride religiously from mid 2012 through the end of September (the bike challenge) 2015.
Since then I've stopped. I find that I really don't care any more. I ride when I...
05-20-16, 10:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,688
Posted By FenderTL5

I've had the wind from passing vehicles move my...

I've had the wind from passing vehicles move my mirrors around.


Windy spring days in 'Skyscraper Canyon' (between the tall buildings) downtown can be an adventure.
05-19-16, 08:27 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 8,333
Posted By FenderTL5

rated capacity is a factor in commercial...

rated capacity is a factor in commercial registration (as I understand it but I could be wrong). I was only considering private vehicles. However, as I qualified in my post, if the model is...
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