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10-27-08, 09:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By notfred

I know it's been a while since this thread was...

I know it's been a while since this thread was last posted to, but I hadn't seen this last post. I came back to it today since we're finally in the new office and I wanted to review people's...
09-14-08, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By notfred

Thanks everyone, lots of good ideas. :) And I can...

Thanks everyone, lots of good ideas. :) And I can do longer routes sometimes, or if I want to go after work instead of at lunch. I want shorter options for days when I'm pressed for time but still...
09-14-08, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By notfred

New office should be just west of 92 at W....

New office should be just west of 92 at W. Hillsdale Blvd.
09-14-08, 03:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By notfred

Help me find some good places to ride in San Mateo.

So, I've been lazy lately. I've hardly been riding at all. My schedule's changed so I don't have Tuesdays and Thursdays to ride anymore (I used to), and my weekends tend to be busy. So here I sit,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By notfred

SF bay riders - good riding roads near the College of San Mateo?

So, I've been lazy lately. I've hardly been riding at all. My schedule's changed so I don't have Tuesdays and Thursdays to ride anymore (I used to), and my weekends tend to be busy. So here I sit,...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-08, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Posted By notfred

Munich.

I happen to be here right now. This is what it looks like:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2738905627_8b8b15606a.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/tylerkaraszewski/2738905627/sizes/l/)
Forum: Commuting
07-10-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By notfred

I saw his bike on the ferry on the way home last...

I saw his bike on the ferry on the way home last night, so he must still be commuting. It's actually a Giant, not a Trek. One of these:...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-08, 10:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,195
Posted By notfred

This is like asking: "Main Battle Tank vs Armored...

This is like asking: "Main Battle Tank vs Armored Personnel Carrier durability?" And saying that you really need to make sure you get the stronger one, because once in a while it snows where you...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-08, 12:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,449
Posted By notfred

I was probably about 8 or 9 years old the first...

I was probably about 8 or 9 years old the first time I changed a flat tire on a bicycle, I don't remember what it was like. I guess I've never really spent an hour trying to fix anything and really...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-08, 11:29 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 6,154
Posted By notfred

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/480397352_f3e17...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/480397352_f3e17b8a6c.jpg

It has roof racks on it now, though.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-08, 11:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By notfred

I got to be a good samaritan this morning.

Nothing real major, but I was getting off the ferry in the city this morning, so I was at the back of the boat where all the bicycles are parked, and one of the other passengers asked me and the guy...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-08, 03:51 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,583
Posted By notfred

These bikes are all effectively the same.

These bikes are all effectively the same.
Forum: Commuting
07-07-08, 03:31 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,583
Posted By notfred

Its association with Walmart alone is enough...

Its association with Walmart alone is enough reason for *me* not to buy it.

If you want to ride a bike from Walmart, go ahead, I really don't care. I can tell you that a bike that costs 5 times as...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-08, 09:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,978
Posted By notfred

My office is moving 500 feet vertically up a...

My office is moving 500 feet vertically up a mountain.
Forum: Commuting
06-23-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,192
Posted By notfred

Yes. For not making a left turn from a bike lane....

Yes. For not making a left turn from a bike lane.
On a road with no bike lane.
To a road with no bike lane.

Then the cop got annoyed that I wasn't carrying any ID and told me I was supposed to....
Forum: Commuting
06-23-08, 11:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

Went to ride it to work today, but the front tire...

Went to ride it to work today, but the front tire was flat. I'm sure this is my fault for reusing the tube that was on the bike when I wrecked the front wheel, and not patching it well enough.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-08, 06:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 969
Posted By notfred

I don't think flashiness/value of a bike affects...

I don't think flashiness/value of a bike affects it's likelihood of being stolen *nearly* as much as the ease with which it can be taken.

Department store bikes get stolen *all the time* when...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-08, 09:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3014/2594738192_67f...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3014/2594738192_67fe450fbf_b.jpg

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!
Forum: Commuting
06-16-08, 06:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,244
Posted By notfred

This forum's about riding a bike to work. I don't...

This forum's about riding a bike to work. I don't know how varied you can really expect the topics to be.
Forum: Commuting
06-13-08, 11:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,179
Posted By notfred

Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys. Lots...

Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys. Lots of different bags for me to check out.
Forum: Commuting
06-13-08, 02:00 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,962
Posted By notfred

Now what happens if you ever get in a car...

Now what happens if you ever get in a car accident?
Forum: Commuting
06-12-08, 10:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

It's broken again. I rode over some metal grating...

It's broken again. I rode over some metal grating on market street. I thought it was actually supported by something, but it wasn't, so when I hit it, it tipped into the hole underneath and put my...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-08, 11:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,494
Posted By notfred

In a few years maybe we'll all be yelling at each...

In a few years maybe we'll all be yelling at each other, honking at each other, and flipping each other the bird, just like we do today in cars.

It does bring up an interesting question though,...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-08, 04:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,179
Posted By notfred

Who makes thin, streamlined panniers?

My pannier choices seem to be "none" or "pannier big enough to fit a cow inside".

I can currently carry everything I need in a messenger bag, but I'm going to be doing a 23-mile-each-way commute,...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-08, 11:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,932
Posted By notfred

Can anyone show any evidence at all that this...

Can anyone show any evidence at all that this works? I doubt it really does. You really think that thieves haven't realized why people put stickers and electrical tape over decals on their bikes?...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-08, 05:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,230
Posted By notfred

This might be true if "way" is defined as "a...

This might be true if "way" is defined as "a little bit, if you need to carry a lot of stuff and ride really far".
Forum: Commuting
06-10-08, 04:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,230
Posted By notfred

They're basically just heavy-duty road bikes with...

They're basically just heavy-duty road bikes with room for fat tires and fenders.

Road bike = fast.
Heavy-duty = reliable.
Fat tires and fenders = I don't know, some people like these and live...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-08, 08:45 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 5,108
Posted By notfred

They provide me with a desk at which I can sit...

They provide me with a desk at which I can sit and relax after a ride. Also they give me, um, coffee, and bananas.

They pay's fairly decent though, so that's nice.
Forum: Commuting
06-09-08, 11:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,006
Posted By notfred

I like them. They're pretty birds, and it's fun...

I like them. They're pretty birds, and it's fun to watch them taking care of their chicks. They seem like very watchful parents.

They do poop on everything, though. They don't seem particularly...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-08, 03:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

I hope so. I realize I don't always have the most...

I hope so. I realize I don't always have the most upbeat personality. I just usually don't notice when I'm being negative until after the fact. It's a personality flaw, I guess. My family and friends...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-08, 01:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

I understand this point, and in a way it makes...

I understand this point, and in a way it makes sense, but I refuse to lower the quality of my life as a preventative measure against the possibility of other people doing the same thing.

I want to...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 11:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

The rack itself is really pretty bad as far as...

The rack itself is really pretty bad as far as security goes. Its saving grace is that there's a security guard in the building and it's right next to a car detailing place (close enough that you...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 08:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

It was there all day, from about 9:30 AM till...

It was there all day, from about 9:30 AM till 7:00 or so at night, while I was at work. I wanted to be able to leave it outside the train station since that's easier than bringing it on the train,...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 06:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

I had it locked with a U-lock through the frame,...

I had it locked with a U-lock through the frame, and a cable around the U-lock and through both wheels. The cut the cable so they could take the wheels, and they unbolted the saddle while they were...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 04:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By notfred

The Axis rides again!

No, not an axis of evil, or one with Nazis... my Bianchi Axis!

A couple of months ago, someone stole the wheels and seat off my bike while it was parked outside a train station in Oakland.

They...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 04:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,792
Posted By notfred

That's actually for two people, so only about...

That's actually for two people, so only about $1500 each. It's for US Sailing's Basic Keelboat and Basic Cruising certifications, which are each 32 hours of instruction, so 64 hours of instruction...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 10:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,792
Posted By notfred

The second half of my post, starting with "is...

The second half of my post, starting with "is just utterly false" was actually about domestic robots, not cycling, you may have missed that.

I'd argue that Americans are far from lazy -- just not...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-08, 12:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,792
Posted By notfred

So gas is expensive. big deal. You (and all of...

So gas is expensive. big deal. You (and all of us) have chosen to use less of it, whether because of expense or some other reason.

But you have no right to criticize people for "what they give up"...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-08, 11:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 989
Posted By notfred

I'd ride the Pinarello. There's no point having a...

I'd ride the Pinarello. There's no point having a nice bike if it's going to sit in your garage while you do the bulk of your miles on some cheap bike that you don't like as much.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-08, 02:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,219
Posted By notfred

It's effectively a bumper sticker on your back. ...

It's effectively a bumper sticker on your back.

Have you ever looked a bumper sticker and thought, "Man, that's such a revelation -- I never thought of it that way before. I'm going to go out and...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-08, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By notfred

Any San Francisco/Peninsula commuters here?

I was wondering if anyone knew a good route for riding down the peninsula from the ferry building to San Mateo?

I currently work in the city and live in Alameda. I ride to the ferry, take the...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-08, 11:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,074
Posted By notfred

Unlikely. Windows 3.1 and Mac System 7...

Unlikely.
Windows 3.1 and Mac System 7 computers can still connect to the internet. TCP was defined in 1981 and hasn't really changed since then.
Forum: Commuting
06-01-08, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 876
Posted By notfred

San Francisco does in some places.

San Francisco does in some places.
Forum: Commuting
06-01-08, 12:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,074
Posted By notfred

I would bring my MacBook Air.

I would bring my MacBook Air.
Forum: Commuting
05-28-08, 08:39 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,116
Posted By notfred

How? You said they didn't acknowledge you at a...

How? You said they didn't acknowledge you at a light. I assume that means they didn't smile, wave, or talk to you. I see hundreds of people every day on the street, I don't smile/wave/talk to very...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-08, 08:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,652
Posted By notfred

Putting labels (words) to ideas is called...

Putting labels (words) to ideas is called "language". In the English language, there's a "label" of "commute" that corresponds (according to the dictionary) to the following idea:
"to travel...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-08, 08:30 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,116
Posted By notfred

Man, I always feel totally insulted when I'm...

Man, I always feel totally insulted when I'm walking down the sidewalk and the other people don't even acknowledge me. When a group of friends are out walking, and they happen to be walking near me,...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-08, 04:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,582
Posted By notfred

Keep doing it five days a week and after a few...

Keep doing it five days a week and after a few weeks, it will be easier. That will make a lot more of a difference than the type of pedals you use.

I use clipless pedals too, though. I like them...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-08, 09:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,156
Posted By notfred

Man you must be *really* mad when a pigeon poops...

Man you must be *really* mad when a pigeon poops on a park bench.
Forum: Commuting
05-09-08, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,533
Posted By notfred

I found some Giant branded tubes with threadless...

I found some Giant branded tubes with threadless stems at an LBS near my work, but the nut on the inside of the rim is a pretty clever idea, too.
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