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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-17-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By ro-monster

The Reach isn't a proper folder. It's a travel...

The Reach isn't a proper folder. It's a travel bike that can be packed in a suitcase. I mean, it does fold, but you have to remove the front wheel, so it's not all that practical to fold it on a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-17-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By ro-monster

I can get some pictures this weekend. My bike is...

I can get some pictures this weekend. My bike is definitely older than yours, judging by the frame style; I bought it used so my age estimate might be off. When I got it, it had riser bars but I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-15-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By ro-monster

Wow, you were really lucky to find that! I...

Wow, you were really lucky to find that!

I have a Pacific Reach City, about 10 or 11 years old, that I still ride and love. I wish it was possible to obtain the new frames with the disc brakes,...
07-20-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,259
Posted By ro-monster

I ride on sidewalks in certain places where the...

I ride on sidewalks in certain places where the street is simply too hazardous. You do need to be mindful that you're in the pedestrians' space, and they always have right of way; and of course slow...
07-14-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,663
Posted By ro-monster

The only thing I can suggest is to insist on...

The only thing I can suggest is to insist on meeting them somewhere that is so close to home they can walk instead of driving. Or to go somewhere that you can't bring alcohol.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-19, 11:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,626
Posted By ro-monster

I've been riding a single-speed Strida for about...

I've been riding a single-speed Strida for about a year. It took me a while to get used to the handling. When I bought it, I had to walk over to a park and practice starting and stopping for an hour...
01-02-17, 12:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,021
Posted By ro-monster

Yeah. :(

Yeah. :(
01-01-17, 04:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,021
Posted By ro-monster

I ride my bike or walk to work. (It's 2 or 3...

I ride my bike or walk to work. (It's 2 or 3 miles, depending on which route I take.) My commute is one of the nicest parts of my day; I can use a path through wetlands and see egrets, herons, and...
02-24-16, 12:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,587
Posted By ro-monster

I think what you observed is a result of target...

I think what you observed is a result of target fixation (http://pitstop.oncourse4wd.com/2007/driving/understanding-target-fixation-something-worth-looking/).
12-23-15, 10:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,448
Posted By ro-monster

I like to visit this local street and check out...

I like to visit this local street and check out the lavish displays of lights they put up every year. This year I rode the bus as near as it goes and then walked the last mile or so. But our local...
12-19-15, 12:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,439
Posted By ro-monster

Where I live they are gradually eliminating all...

Where I live they are gradually eliminating all of the grade crossings. They're being replaced by elevated tracks with the roads running across through underpasses, so it will be nearly impossible to...
11-08-15, 11:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,064
Posted By ro-monster

That's true, most of the carts I've seen were...

That's true, most of the carts I've seen were flimsy. It's almost as if they don't expect anyone to actually use these things. I have seen a few that are designed more like rolling luggage; these...
11-06-15, 04:31 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,445
Posted By ro-monster

I felt kind of decadent using the services, but...

I felt kind of decadent using the services, but food deliveries turned out to be a lifesaver this summer. First my boyfriend was hit by a car and injured his knees, so he couldn't walk. Later that...
11-06-15, 12:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,064
Posted By ro-monster

If you want to use a scooter for transportation...

If you want to use a scooter for transportation long-term (and I see a lot of people doing just that around here), you'd probably be better off with a Xootr...
09-12-15, 03:16 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,439
Posted By ro-monster

And this would be just fine...if only people were...

And this would be just fine...if only people were capable of accurately judging how fast is safe.
09-12-15, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 969
Posted By ro-monster

You already have one bike, so keep that and use...

You already have one bike, so keep that and use it as your backup bike. Take your time looking around, researching, and test riding whatever you can. One day you'll find a bike that captures your...
09-02-15, 08:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,192
Posted By ro-monster

It is great to see cities changing policy to...

It is great to see cities changing policy to favor non-motorized transporation and public transit. Definitely a step in the right direction.
09-01-15, 11:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By ro-monster

I realize this is completely tangential, but...

I realize this is completely tangential, but that's technically untrue. Slavery existed in the new world long before European contact. The example I'm familiar with is the Aztecs, who had a very...
09-01-15, 11:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,192
Posted By ro-monster

Car-Free Day in Paris

Interesting news article:
Paris Will Go Car-Free for One Day (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/paris-will-go-car-free-for-one-day/ar-AAdRCfz?ocid=spartandhp).
07-20-15, 03:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,400
Posted By ro-monster

I am not proud of choosing to be car-free, but I...

I am not proud of choosing to be car-free, but I am often filled with gratitude that I made that choice. Every time I ride in someone's car and we enter a parking lot crowded with people trying to...
07-12-15, 10:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,279
Posted By ro-monster

Maybe you could try a rain cape...

Maybe you could try a rain cape (http://www.cleverhood.com/). I have no experience with this particular one, I just found it with a web search, but it's a good example. There are other brands...
07-12-15, 10:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,045
Posted By ro-monster

Motorcyclists often wear earplugs, the kind that...

Motorcyclists often wear earplugs, the kind that are sold for a couple of dollars in any drugstore, while riding. Even inside a full-face helmet, wind noise can be deafening on a motorcycle. The...
07-12-15, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 920
Posted By ro-monster

I would not reply to the e-mail or call the...

I would not reply to the e-mail or call the number listed in it. It could be a fake, even though on the surface it doesn't appear to be one. Since the police department has a contact page, I'd use...
07-05-15, 07:04 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,981
Posted By ro-monster

It's not just one city, I discovered. There's a...

It's not just one city, I discovered. There's a link on the site that takes you to similar programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and a few other California cities.
07-05-15, 02:42 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,981
Posted By ro-monster

Since this thread is about carfree vacations,...

Since this thread is about carfree vacations, that would be irrelevant. But I'm sure you could look it up if you wanted to know.
07-04-15, 12:04 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,981
Posted By ro-monster

This is interesting. I was looking up some...

This is interesting. I was looking up some information about Amtrak and saw this link on their site. It seems at least one city is now promoting car-free travel.
Santa Barbara Car Free...
06-25-15, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By ro-monster

Actually, there is a best helmet...it's the one...

Actually, there is a best helmet...it's the one that fits your head best. Helmets are generally made to fit specific head shapes, and you have to find out which ones fit yours by trying them on. Even...
06-24-15, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By ro-monster

squitrdad, I'm curious to see what facilities you...

squitrdad, I'm curious to see what facilities you finally end up with. Please let us know what the final result is!
06-20-15, 12:12 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,776
Posted By ro-monster

You could just punch a hole in the flyer and use...

You could just punch a hole in the flyer and use a small rubberband to secure it on the end of a handlebar. No risk of damaging anything that way. That said, if I found a flyer on my bike it would...
06-16-15, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By ro-monster

You might look at the bike parking at Palo Alto...

You might look at the bike parking at Palo Alto Caltrain Station (Bikestation Palo Alto - Bikestation | bikestation.com (http://home.bikestation.com/bikestation-palo-alto)). I personally haven't used...
06-16-15, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 686
Posted By ro-monster

I'm dubious about that claim that they will have...

I'm dubious about that claim that they will have to learn to drive sooner or later. I have known many adults who never had a driver's license, even though they could have. All of them got along just...
06-16-15, 01:08 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,963
Posted By ro-monster

I also have no idea why that thread was closed; I...

I also have no idea why that thread was closed; I saw nothing out of line in it, and whatever disagreement it contained was mild compared to what I see in other subforums which don't get "moderated"...
06-16-15, 12:59 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,963
Posted By ro-monster

I believe that is as it should be. LCF exists...

I believe that is as it should be. LCF exists because we needed a place to talk about these social, environmental, and cultural issues that are indirectly related to bikes. If that were not the case,...
06-16-15, 12:54 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,963
Posted By ro-monster

I'm accustomed to forums where you are not...

I'm accustomed to forums where you are not allowed to bump old threads; in one forum, even a thread that's just a month old is off-limits for new posts. The topic there is one where information is...
06-16-15, 12:43 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,963
Posted By ro-monster

I'd like to see more threads about urban/suburban...

I'd like to see more threads about urban/suburban planning that incorporates and encourages human-powered transportation.

And I like discussions about the less tangible benefits of riding bikes...
06-15-15, 08:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 891
Posted By ro-monster

After not having driven for nearly 6 years, I had...

After not having driven for nearly 6 years, I had to drive 3 times last month (rented cars, I haven't owned one in many years). I discovered that I really hate it now! I would much rather use my bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-15, 04:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,819
Posted By ro-monster

Oh, I understood what you meant. I was just...

Oh, I understood what you meant. I was just pointing out that it's still extended enough to create a forward-leaning riding posture with the S bar.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-15, 04:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,819
Posted By ro-monster

I don't think a 5'2" rider would need to bring...

I don't think a 5'2" rider would need to bring the seatpost down unless they had a short inseam for their height. The Brompton I rode had the saddle roughly level with the bars and it fit me well...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-15, 03:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,819
Posted By ro-monster

I'm also 5'2" and I have ridden a Brompton which...

I'm also 5'2" and I have ridden a Brompton which had the S bar. It fit me and my riding style very well. But I'd say you need to also consider your personal preference in riding position. I like to...
06-15-15, 03:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By ro-monster

Dedicated bike lanes alone are not enough; they...

Dedicated bike lanes alone are not enough; they need to be well-designed ones. Where I live we have a lot of dedicated lanes, but many are narrow enough that they actually result in more close passes...
06-15-15, 03:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,825
Posted By ro-monster

I don't ride while intoxicated, but I'm not...

I don't ride while intoxicated, but I'm not really a valid sample because I don't get intoxicated. My father was a severe alcoholic, and what I witnessed growing up caused me to decide I'd never...
06-15-15, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By ro-monster

You're never going to change people's behavior by...

You're never going to change people's behavior by complaining about it, as I'm sure you already know. People who ride on the sidewalk even in the presence of an on-street bike lane are probably doing...
06-13-15, 07:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,090
Posted By ro-monster

If it's a right-turn only lane and you will be...

If it's a right-turn only lane and you will be going straight through, you don't belong there. Get into the through lane and take your place in the middle of the lane with the cars. (I do make an...
06-03-15, 02:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,204
Posted By ro-monster

It's pretty rare for the rider to not separate...

It's pretty rare for the rider to not separate from the motorcycle in a spill unless it's at very low speed. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone sliding with the motorcycle still between their...
05-30-15, 11:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,008
Posted By ro-monster

I have a floor pump at home for regular...

I have a floor pump at home for regular maintenance, plus a small hand pump that is part of the toolkit I carry when I ride. The portable pump is only for fixing a flat on the road; while it would...
05-30-15, 12:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,008
Posted By ro-monster

You may want to get a new set of tubes. The...

You may want to get a new set of tubes. The rubber does degrade with age, and that could be why they don't hold air very well. They are very inexpensive. But, as has been noted above, even the best...
05-30-15, 12:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,794
Posted By ro-monster

Yes. However, they should eliminate the word...

Yes. However, they should eliminate the word "may." The signs should just say Bikes Use Full Lane.
05-28-15, 10:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,491
Posted By ro-monster

While per capita spending is an easy metric to...

While per capita spending is an easy metric to use, I think it's basically irrelevant. It tells you nothing about how well transit in a given state or locality actually serves its purpose -- to get...
05-28-15, 03:09 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,254
Posted By ro-monster

This depends greatly on where you live. In this...

This depends greatly on where you live. In this area stop signs are not used that way so much. There are a lot of them, but they're actually there to control traffic at intersections. And the vast...
05-27-15, 11:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 829
Posted By ro-monster

Bike Museum

I happened to see this article about a new bike museum that's opening.
Marin Museum of Bicycling set to open June 6 (http://dirtragmag.com/marin-museum-of-bicycling-set-to-open-june-6/)

Looks...
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