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09-01-15, 07:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,958
Posted By bluegoatwoods

It might be interesting. But don't forget that...

It might be interesting. But don't forget that you'll be listening to propaganda being spewed by the lackeys of the bloated Prius-mongers!




(Just kidding :) I actually have a fairly high...
09-01-15, 08:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,700
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I've always been sympathetic to critical mass....

I've always been sympathetic to critical mass. It's too bad violent idiots like this insist on undermining their own support.

Maybe a lesson can be gleaned from it. Being too self-righteous is...
09-01-15, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 932
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'm with you, man! Do you really think it...

I'm with you, man!

Do you really think it can be done?
Forum: Introductions
08-31-15, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 452
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Welcome aboard. I suppose we could translate...

Welcome aboard.

I suppose we could translate your screen name, roughly, as 'traveler01'?
Forum: Introductions
08-31-15, 11:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By bluegoatwoods

We're glad you joined up. And we're glad you...

We're glad you joined up.

And we're glad you discovered, or re-discovered, the joy of bicycling.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-15, 11:05 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,909
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Well...it would seem to me that the math wouldn't...

Well...it would seem to me that the math wouldn't be hard at all. But getting numbers to do the math with would be a pain. You'd need to know things like how much force you applied to your pedal for...
08-31-15, 10:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,108
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'm not the one to recommend a bicycle or other...

I'm not the one to recommend a bicycle or other equipment.

But as for riding your 35lb child, the answer is a definite "Yes". Of course you'll want to be more 'deliberate' in your movements and...
08-31-15, 10:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 932
Posted By bluegoatwoods

It Can Wait!

This post is not really meant as a rant. It does have an entirely different purpose. But I'll start with a mild rant simply for the fun of it.

I'm an AT&T DSL subscriber. I have been for about...
Forum: Introductions
08-28-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By bluegoatwoods

We're glad you joined up. And we'll...

We're glad you joined up.

And we'll certainly be interested in hearing about your tour.
Forum: Commuting
08-28-15, 07:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,437
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Here's one that bothers me. A line of cars...

Here's one that bothers me.

A line of cars is coming up behind you. The first guy in line passes you properly. Fine.

But all of the rest of the cars are following each other too closely and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-15, 07:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,998
Posted By bluegoatwoods

As a matter of fact I have a brother-in-law who's...

As a matter of fact I have a brother-in-law who's a very definite roadie. We're on good terms. But I can only remember one time that we tried to ride together. That was 25 years or so ago.

We've...
08-28-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,992
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Oh!......well....you see, being something of a...

Oh!......well....you see, being something of a klutz, I'm constantly losing keys, contact lenses, kryptonite lock, stuff like that. I spend some time looking for them.

I suppose that enters into...
08-25-15, 09:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 692
Posted By bluegoatwoods

That's a pretty substantial bear, ain't it?

That's a pretty substantial bear, ain't it?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-15, 09:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,998
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Soo....in that respect.......yeah, I'm a bit of a...

Soo....in that respect.......yeah, I'm a bit of a snob.

I'm also a Fred. I honestly don't think that I look down on other styles of cycling. But I don't understand them and I think Fred is what...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-15, 09:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,998
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I didn't even bother with the questionnaire...

I didn't even bother with the questionnaire because I knew that my answers would be completely off of their charts.

But I am something of a bicycle snob. I've been known to say that I hate the...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 08:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,539
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Yes...... It just had to be that way, didn't...

Yes......

It just had to be that way, didn't it?

You can 'gauge' just where the water is falling and where it's not. But more often than not, it seems, it'll throw you a curve ball.
08-25-15, 08:50 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,267
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I don't even remember when I joined. (Though I...

I don't even remember when I joined. (Though I guess that'll show up on my avatar when I post this.) I suppose it was five or six years ago.

And I don't think that the 'tone' has changed in that...
08-25-15, 08:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,992
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I also don't wear much bike specific clothes. I...

I also don't wear much bike specific clothes. I always carry a pair of padded leather finger-less gloves because I'd really like to wear them. It makes riding more comfortable and there's also the...
08-24-15, 10:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,215
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'm thinking that your clothing is not...

I'm thinking that your clothing is not waterproof. And I just know that I wouldn't be comfortable in a November rain without something sorta like flexible armor.
Forum: Foo
08-24-15, 10:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Don't forget, also, that this is a pretty large...

Don't forget, also, that this is a pretty large forum. And with a large pool of people to draw from, you're bound to find a fairly large number of cranky people.

It is annoying, though, to see...
08-24-15, 10:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,215
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I like both the 'amphibian' and 'embryo'...

I like both the 'amphibian' and 'embryo' analogies. But I've been an embryo only to a minor degree. Until I was about 45 years old or so, I'd often try to make just as much speed as the pavement...
08-20-15, 08:36 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,965
Posted By bluegoatwoods

We figured out from your first couple of posts in...

We figured out from your first couple of posts in this thread that you deny the very legitimacy of talking about poverty or affluence in terms of happiness. We've been ignoring you because we see...
08-20-15, 08:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Yup! You want fenders. Next thing that comes...

Yup! You want fenders.

Next thing that comes to mind is Bar-Mitts. Having warm and dry hands, as opposed to cold and wet hands, makes a whole world of difference. I make my own. Mostly because I'm...
Replies: 1
Views: 654
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'm afraid I can't tell you a thing about that...

I'm afraid I can't tell you a thing about that bike. I've never heard of it. But it's sweet looking.

If you live in flat country, then don't sell it. Ride it.

If it were mine, I'd consider...
08-19-15, 09:40 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 6,787
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'd guess that whoever made the decision to open...

I'd guess that whoever made the decision to open up that question for their customers --members?-- is someone who really doesn't know a thing about it.

He/she might have even thought that the...
Forum: Introductions
08-19-15, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By bluegoatwoods

We're glad you joined up. This is a big...

We're glad you joined up.

This is a big forum and you'll find that there are riders here of various 'styles'. I'm a work commuter/utility cyclist. I also think of myself as a "Fred".

It...
08-19-15, 09:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I don't have anything to offer at the moment. But...

I don't have anything to offer at the moment. But just like a poster above said, we'll be glad to hear how things are going as time progresses.

Do you live in a winter climate? And do you plan to...
08-19-15, 09:13 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,965
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Naaah........That really would be living an...

Naaah........That really would be living an impoverished lifestyle.

But people actually can be happy with less than modern society seems to regard as necessary. And the youngsters, perhaps, are...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-15, 08:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,536
Posted By bluegoatwoods

That's quite good, really. I wonder, though,...

That's quite good, really.

I wonder, though, if most of the shouters/yellers are a bit too dense to get what you actually mean. They might think you're just rubbing something out of your eye.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-15, 08:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,483
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Fair enough... One thing comes to mind. I...

Fair enough...

One thing comes to mind. I don't run into what seems like danger very much. Attempted mugging on my bicycle? Never.

Now maybe such stuff is more common in, say, urban California...
08-17-15, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,218
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Welcome aboard! I suppose a geared hub is...

Welcome aboard!

I suppose a geared hub is your most practical way of doing it. But maybe not, when cost is taken into account. You could consider putting your tires, seat, handlebars, fenders,...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-15, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,483
Posted By bluegoatwoods

The thing that bothers me about stories like this...

The thing that bothers me about stories like this is the sheer passivity of the civilized people who are not causing trouble in the face of trouble-makers.

I give you my word, I'm not a macho man....
08-17-15, 01:21 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,195
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Why.......I think you might have met Ginger Baker...

Why.......I think you might have met Ginger Baker there. It sure sounds like him.
08-16-15, 09:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,269
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Sorry to be a wet...

Sorry to be a wet blanket.......but........no...........they'll never, never be convinced. There are all sorts of people in my neighborhood and at work who've watched me bicycle all around for close...
08-16-15, 09:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,476
Posted By bluegoatwoods

For what it's worth, my understanding of the...

For what it's worth, my understanding of the whole school issue went something like this. (My southern Michigan days were 30 to 45 years ago. And there might well have been some changes since.) In...
Forum: Touring
08-16-15, 08:22 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,518
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I crossed the USA on a Yamaha XS850 with...

I crossed the USA on a Yamaha XS850 with Windjammer faring once. We're talking about a bike that's at the low end of the 'touring' spectrum. But it was hardly a wimp and it was comfortable.

Yes,...
08-16-15, 08:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,979
Posted By bluegoatwoods

A bit harsh. Don't forget that people need to...

A bit harsh. Don't forget that people need to blow off a bit of steam from time to time. And here, among kindred spirits, is certainly a good place to do it.

When I've been annoyed by the driving...
08-16-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,476
Posted By bluegoatwoods

By the way, I used some misguided slang...

By the way, I used some misguided slang terminology in my last post without realizing it until too late.

When I referred to some 'Clyde in his Camaro', I was thinking of someone who doesn't see...
08-16-15, 05:44 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,818
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Oh, Curtis.........I wish I could say something...

Oh, Curtis.........I wish I could say something new and something really useful. Our outrage, our sympathy and our best wishes are things that might have gone without saying.

But I'm outraged,...
08-16-15, 04:53 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,685
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Yes. This sounds pretty believable.

Yes. This sounds pretty believable.
08-16-15, 04:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,476
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I spent some years about an hour, by car, South...

I spent some years about an hour, by car, South of the OP. There were Amish there. I don't recall them riding bikes. But, no matter. They did ride around on farm wagons. And every now and then some...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-15, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,099
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Yes. Chip-sealed roads are a bear for a time....

Yes. Chip-sealed roads are a bear for a time. Being a 'fred' who rides a mountain bike, I'm less affected than a road bike would be. But it still requires careful riding for too long.

And I'll...
08-15-15, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,487
Posted By bluegoatwoods

These modern Huffys deserve a bit more respect...

These modern Huffys deserve a bit more respect than they usually get. They're tough.

But they have weaknesses, too. The weaknesses that I know of have been listed already in this thread.

But...
08-15-15, 07:09 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,685
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'm no expert on technology or the law. But I'll...

I'm no expert on technology or the law. But I'll make this prediction: if they can be made practical, then the law, and the civil courts, will find a way to allow them.

No doubt the transition...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-15, 08:07 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,662
Posted By bluegoatwoods

That's it! Exactly. And I have friends and...

That's it! Exactly. And I have friends and relatives who've made it clear that they know just what I mean.

In my case (my wife's sister), she's really a dear girl underneath it all. But there've...
08-14-15, 08:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,303
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I 'read' the OP a bit differently. It seemed to...

I 'read' the OP a bit differently. It seemed to me that he witnessed some bad bicycle behavior and described it in order to see what comments would come up.

Sometimes it simply feels good to say,...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,536
Posted By bluegoatwoods

You know......these are pretty good ideas. ...

You know......these are pretty good ideas.

In a situation with actual witnesses who can hear what we're saying, it would tend to make them realize the silly, nit-wittish garbage that is hurled at...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-15, 07:46 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,662
Posted By bluegoatwoods

Nothing more than a silly joke. But I'll betcha...

Nothing more than a silly joke. But I'll betcha there're plenty of folks who 'get it'.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-15, 10:19 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,662
Posted By bluegoatwoods

One thing that I'll mention is the fact that we...

One thing that I'll mention is the fact that we really ought to be used to the idea that we're going to lose our momentum many times on every commute. It's just the way of traffic. We will lose our...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-15, 09:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,697
Posted By bluegoatwoods

I'm about halfway between Chicago and St. Louis....

I'm about halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. Our summer here has been a bit on the mild side. But lately we've been getting plenty of upper 80s. Mostly the humidity has been lower than normal....
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