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08-09-08, 01:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,636
Posted By Black Bud

The human body adjusts to input and outgo over...

The human body adjusts to input and outgo over time unless the same change. So although there might be a weight change in the short run, all that happens is that--unless one starves more and/or...
Forum: Foo
08-09-08, 01:28 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,402
Posted By Black Bud

My avatar symbolizes my screen name, and is my...

My avatar symbolizes my screen name, and is my own creation. (The quality is not the best: I had to scan a printout of the original graphic to convert the file type; the original is a MS Paint...
08-09-08, 12:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,152
Posted By Black Bud

You are so optimistic...and way too trusting: ...

You are so optimistic...and way too trusting:

Actually, the studies will probably NOT be well designed but the drug will get FDA approval anyway because those major drug companies will "spin" the...
08-08-08, 11:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By Black Bud

Add long ("ski-style" they are sometimes called)...

Add long ("ski-style" they are sometimes called) bar ends to the handlebars to get the hand positions; not as expensive as a new handlebar. (They can be bar-taped for comfort if you desire.)

They...
08-08-08, 10:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,079
Posted By Black Bud

Big problem: 1.) Peds and cyclists don't...

Big problem:

1.) Peds and cyclists don't mix too well. It seems as if the cyclists are given little choice at times but to use the crosswalks as a "bike lane". Of course, he/she should have...
08-08-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,636
Posted By Black Bud

Probably true. Any deviation from this is the...

Probably true. Any deviation from this is the result of: a.) Deliberate permanent starvation (not recommended); b.) A temporary weight gain by a person whose natural body type is NOT "clyde"; ...
06-21-08, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,899
Posted By Black Bud

Both neat ideas which I could use on occasion. ...

Both neat ideas which I could use on occasion. The second one (attach front of bike to rack on one side) would likely work better for everyday use.
06-21-08, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 557
Posted By Black Bud

I have used angle brackets for the purpose,...

I have used angle brackets for the purpose, mounting the brackets into rack holes and attaching the main part of the mount (the part that actually holds the light) to the bracket. I have never tried...
06-21-08, 10:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,955
Posted By Black Bud

You need not set the pads in very close, and it...

You need not set the pads in very close, and it may not even be advisable for you to do that while you get used to discs. However, you don't want to set them so wide as to almost run out of cable...
06-21-08, 10:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,948
Posted By Black Bud

Are you sure it has anything, really, to do with...

Are you sure it has anything, really, to do with the bike set up or even the bike shorts? Sounds to me as if your main problem is lack of current saddle time. In other words, your butt is out of...
06-21-08, 09:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 740
Posted By Black Bud

For those of you in California, such an "I am...

For those of you in California, such an "I am here" signal should, IMHO, count as a legal "warning" when it involves a motor vehicle approaching the vicinity of a cyclist...or anyone else who is not...
06-21-08, 09:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,388
Posted By Black Bud

You did the right thing. She was rude. And...

You did the right thing.

She was rude. And clueless: Nobody with any experience riding at all leaves home without a repair kit! Even if they have to carry it in their jersey pockets. I suppose...
06-10-08, 08:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By Black Bud

I am sure the vB software could be configured so...

I am sure the vB software could be configured so as to automatically generate such an "old thread" notice, either as a feature that simply needs to be enabled and/or added by our Tech Geniuses. ;)
...
06-09-08, 02:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,114
Posted By Black Bud

Point 3 still would not hold since the "work"'s...

Point 3 still would not hold since the "work"'s purpose could easily be accomplished without resorting to such "grandstanding" as riding in the nude; a mere group ride to make the point would have...
06-09-08, 01:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,114
Posted By Black Bud

Social protest requires that the riders play...

Social protest requires that the riders play "Lady Godiva on two wheels"? Nice try, but (using sources available to everyone and a bit of logic [I am not an attorney] ), the answer is likely not...
06-07-08, 01:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 14,593
Posted By Black Bud

A valve stem tear cannot be repaired.

A valve stem tear cannot be repaired.
06-07-08, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1,089
Views: 1,641,669
Posted By Black Bud

Good questions. 1.) Judging by the...

Good questions.

1.) Judging by the condition of a lot of sidewalks, they are not really all that safe for pedestrians either, but seem to be stuck where ever the 'powers that be' decide to...
06-07-08, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By Black Bud

A rotor can go out of true for a lot of reasons,...

A rotor can go out of true for a lot of reasons, not just a bad bump, and you may not have been aware of what you did to make it go out of true if this turns out to be the cause of your headaches. ...
06-07-08, 12:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 881
Posted By Black Bud

A lot of places of business are not that...

A lot of places of business are not that accommodating. I am one of the lucky ones that can bring my bike in (and have a reasonably secure place to lock it up); most peoples' workplaces frown on...
06-07-08, 12:24 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,389
Posted By Black Bud

Indeed. I do bike commute but I can see her...

Indeed. I do bike commute but I can see her point: It's not always "doable", especially if one lives more than a few miles from work and in an urban area. As for those who say "just sponge-off and...
06-07-08, 12:15 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,389
Posted By Black Bud

Oh, dear. More "enviro" claptrap reporting: ...

Oh, dear. More "enviro" claptrap reporting: "Gas prices are going through the roof! The sky is falling and we all have to live like some poor African farmer in his mudhole farm or the Earth will...
06-06-08, 11:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 992
Posted By Black Bud

The detailed "space-launch" type of riding is...

The detailed "space-launch" type of riding is really the expansion of race training methods designed for competitive riders who do that for a living (or are a really devoted amateur race/competition...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-08, 11:43 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,680
Posted By Black Bud

Uh, no. Just because someone who is experienced...

Uh, no. Just because someone who is experienced in race-riding techniques goes ahead and breaks the law (and should know better) does NOT make them any better a rider for most purposes than the...
06-06-08, 11:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By Black Bud

Are you sure the rotor is still "true"? Rotors...

Are you sure the rotor is still "true"? Rotors do get bent and need to be "trued". There may also be a problem with the trueness of the wheel if the lack of a "gap" between pad and rotor is...
06-06-08, 11:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,114
Posted By Black Bud

This is NOT a case of the repression of "freedom...

This is NOT a case of the repression of "freedom of expression"; telling people that "bikes are vehicles" need not be accompanied by bare skin displayed to one and all. All "naked bike rides" are is...
06-06-08, 11:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 22,156
Posted By Black Bud

Why can't you get HER a bike and have her ride it...

Why can't you get HER a bike and have her ride it to school? If she is old enough to weigh 60 pounds, she is likely old enough to ride her own bike. If you are concerned about her safety, ride with...
06-06-08, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,714
Posted By Black Bud

The concern with tire size v. rim width is based...

The concern with tire size v. rim width is based on the fact that a too-small rim and too wide a tire=stress on the side walls of the tire (because they splay out when inflated more than the...
06-02-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 8,051
Posted By Black Bud

I can just see it now: Mr Vintage Lightweight...

I can just see it now: Mr Vintage Lightweight gets stopped by a traffic cop for carrying an unsafe load and creating a traffic hazard.

He then decides to "explain" why he should not get a ticket....
06-02-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,117
Posted By Black Bud

Those "tracks, trails and paths" can be a lot...

Those "tracks, trails and paths" can be a lot rougher than some people believe! So can the average stretch of so-called "paved" street. A suspension fork can be a godsend--and, yes, a 40-year-old...
06-02-08, 10:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,679
Posted By Black Bud

The trailer is the way to go. The bike...

The trailer is the way to go.

The bike mounted seats are really a poor idea since you have two problems:

1.) High center of gravity of the "load". Anyone who carries anything on a bicycle...
06-02-08, 10:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,688
Posted By Black Bud

You still want to know where the traffic is...

You still want to know where the traffic is that's coming up behind you! Your ears won't tell you just how close that car really is (not enough distance between you and them in practice) and one...
06-01-08, 08:31 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 8,051
Posted By Black Bud

I see. You are trying to sidestep the issue by...

I see. You are trying to sidestep the issue by ignoring context:

"Utilitarian", as we are using it here on BF (and since this IS a general cycling site, such an assumption is not out of line),...
Forum: Foo
05-30-08, 04:33 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 5,546
Posted By Black Bud

"Black Bud"--my user name here and on my own...

"Black Bud"--my user name here and on my own cycling site--is the "nick" I use for a flat-black 2001 Trek "Clyde" cruiser/internal-gear hub city bike. "Clyde" derives from "Clydesdale", the breed of...
05-30-08, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By Black Bud

You are not ignorant. A lot of more experienced...

You are not ignorant. A lot of more experienced riders really have not considered this question, either.

Several reasons people choose the wheelsets they do:

1.) Performance. What...
05-30-08, 03:59 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 8,051
Posted By Black Bud

Very true, ANY bike can be utilitarian. However,...

Very true, ANY bike can be utilitarian. However, a purpose-built bike can do the job better with less hassle. And why worry? Unless one is living in one's bathroom and is stuck with just a...
05-30-08, 03:46 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 8,051
Posted By Black Bud

To answer the first question: The sloping...

To answer the first question:

The sloping top tubes for "universal"/"men's" frames originated--in modern bikes--with mountain bikes and is intended to provide extra clearance between the top...
05-28-08, 06:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,308
Posted By Black Bud

Uh, no... Using the "default" values which...

Uh, no...

Using the "default" values which would work in a linear system in a system that is not linear (and which is far from fully understood)--such as human energy usage--is making an...
05-28-08, 06:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,308
Posted By Black Bud

To those who question my last post? Go ahead and...

To those who question my last post? Go ahead and read the study extracts put up by Tom Stormcrowe again. Both rat studies.

As for the human studies? Are any of you sure they are not all--if...
05-28-08, 05:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,308
Posted By Black Bud

The studies cited were all conducted in rats or...

The studies cited were all conducted in rats or using rat tissues. Rats are cute (at least to some people)...but they are NOT humans. Therefore, all that can be taken from any of the cited studies...
05-28-08, 05:07 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 8,051
Posted By Black Bud

Ok...we now know where you are coming from re....

Ok...we now know where you are coming from re. suitable bicycle for utility use:

You are a cheapskate who is way too concerned with what a bike looks like and less with how suitable it is for...
05-26-08, 10:24 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 8,051
Posted By Black Bud

You have got it! As for all of you who are...

You have got it!

As for all of you who are complaining that "hybrids" are "ugly"? Who in the heck cares what the bike looks like, as long as it does the job one wants it to when one wants to do...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-08, 07:46 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,179
Posted By Black Bud

Not so. The bus fares are ongoing. Once you buy...

Not so. The bus fares are ongoing. Once you buy those bikes and accessories, they will be around for a long time.

In other words, the cost over time will be a lot lower than stupid bus fare.
Forum: Introductions
05-24-08, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By Black Bud

Welcome, digby, to BikeForums. Tell your...

Welcome, digby, to BikeForums.

Tell your wife not to worry...or to make you buy more life insurance than you really need. Cycling is NOT that dangerous. In fact, why not encourage her to join...
05-24-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 425
Posted By Black Bud

This kid, apparently, is just learning to ride,...

This kid, apparently, is just learning to ride, so a bike that can "take it" and is fairly stable and easy to handle would be a good idea. The higher performance machine can come later once he has...
05-24-08, 09:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By Black Bud

I agree. What a waste...and they appear to be...

I agree. What a waste...and they appear to be far from pure junk (although if they don't find homes out of the weather soon, they may end up that way).

Someone would appreciate them...and with...
05-24-08, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 425
Posted By Black Bud

At his age--even though he's learning to...

At his age--even though he's learning to ride--it's not necessary to stay away from gears unless that's what he wants to do! The advice to stay away from multi-gear drivetrain bikes is really a...
05-24-08, 09:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 700
Posted By Black Bud

Heavy precipitation, wind-driven into my face! ...

Heavy precipitation, wind-driven into my face! If I can't SEE, I hate it...protective eye wear or not.

Second is wet glare ice. Not that a properly-equipped bike can't handle it just fine...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-08, 08:06 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,179
Posted By Black Bud

I have exactly the same motivation behind bike...

I have exactly the same motivation behind bike commuting, the "no excuses exercise program".

When I DON'T ride, I miss it. Why do you think my sig. line says "A bad day on the bike is better than...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-08, 07:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,609
Posted By Black Bud

Another thing to keep in mind is that, in a lot...

Another thing to keep in mind is that, in a lot of cases, the available riding position (and 'efficiency' of the rider) has a LOT more to do with the ultimate set up of the bike than the frame...
05-09-08, 03:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,985
Posted By Black Bud

Helmets that come with face shields? That's...

Helmets that come with face shields? That's something I would be interested in: Protection from flying objects and the ability to keep the weather off (and may well be far less prone to fogging up...
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