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06-19-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,239
Posted By PaulH

One more reason to never mention how I get to...

One more reason to never mention how I get to work every day. There is a shutdown of part of the Metro (subway) and everyone is complaining about the extra hour it takes to commute each way.
06-16-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,418
Posted By PaulH

Currently, about 2,500, all commuting. My old...

Currently, about 2,500, all commuting. My old office was 12 miles away, so I was doing 6,000, also all commuting, for quite a few years.
06-13-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,239
Posted By PaulH

Not really. It's just how I get to work. It would...

Not really. It's just how I get to work. It would be like sharing about the subway.
06-12-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By PaulH

If I don't get the shifter cable changed every...

If I don't get the shifter cable changed every year or two, I get problems with moisture getting inside and freezing in the winter.
05-27-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 24,326
Views: 2,263,344
Posted By PaulH

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Went down to Ocracoke Island, NC for the long weekend and rented...
05-25-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,998
Posted By PaulH

Years ago, on an island with no rental cars, I...

Years ago, on an island with no rental cars, I rode one of those because it was the only transportation device available. I found it nearly unrideable. I think the problem is that, on a normal...
05-13-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,608
Posted By PaulH

This is how the world should look. Changuards,...

This is how the world should look. Changuards, fenders, decent geometry. The absolute worst thing that befell cycling was becoming a sport.
05-06-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,154
Posted By PaulH

I really like this. The people in funny clothing...

I really like this. The people in funny clothing and the e-bikers are doing the same thing -- making choices that make them go faster. It's all about what cycling means to an individual. My...
05-05-19, 03:39 PM
Replies: 1,232
Views: 69,800
Posted By PaulH

One mile for a haircut.

One mile for a haircut.
04-08-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,883
Posted By PaulH

Hooded rain jacket Rain pants Neos overshoes.

Hooded rain jacket
Rain pants
Neos overshoes.
Forum: Commuting
04-05-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,330
Posted By PaulH

Nothing to track:. 52 weeks in a year x 5 days...

Nothing to track:.
52 weeks in a year x 5 days per week = 260 days
152 hours vacation / 8 hours = 19 days
12 days of holidays
10 mile round trip
(260-19-12) * 10 = 2290
Always the same every...
03-29-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,523
Posted By PaulH

No rental cars on Ocracoke Island, NC, so bikes...

No rental cars on Ocracoke Island, NC, so bikes and a trailer serve for our surface transportation needs....
03-23-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 387
Posted By PaulH

I took the studs off several weeks ago and winter...

I took the studs off several weeks ago and winter is officially over as of a few days ago. It did come back for a last hurrah last evening on my way home from work. There was a brief period of sleet...
03-18-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,043
Posted By PaulH

I wait for a time when no ice or snow are...

I wait for a time when no ice or snow are forecast for 10 days and the average lows beyond the forecast period are well above freezing. This method has one drawback -- I always leave them on too long...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,155
Posted By PaulH

Normal office clothing. Throw on my hooded...

Normal office clothing. Throw on my hooded Gor-tex coat and ski gloves. Hop on bike and go. Takes maybe 30 seconds. Below 20 or in snow, I'll put on my overpants and Neos overshoes. You guys make...
03-14-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,512
Posted By PaulH

Are all those drivers who spend 10 or more hours...

Are all those drivers who spend 10 or more hours a week stuck in traffic "hardcore motorists?"
02-23-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,595
Posted By PaulH

Being able to always find a parking space at my...

Being able to always find a parking space at my destination. Allowing me to not drive my car on salted roads.
Forum: Commuting
02-09-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,342
Posted By PaulH

How old are you? 72 How much would you...

How old are you?
72

How much would you spend on a bike bag (of reasonable quality)?
$500 for good, durable, easy to open/close panniers with room for a laptop and groceries in addition to...
02-05-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,765
Posted By PaulH

Only one snowstorm, Then, the government was shut...

Only one snowstorm, Then, the government was shut down for a month. No job meant almost no riding. Suddenly, I was back at work, a cold snap put us into the single digits (8 F /-12 C), and the snow...
01-29-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 686
Posted By PaulH

Classic case of a non-exclusive choice. Ride up...

Classic case of a non-exclusive choice. Ride up the hill, return, and have the ice cream.
Forum: Commuting
01-25-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,893
Posted By PaulH

My Brooks B67 is the most durable saddle I have...

My Brooks B67 is the most durable saddle I have owned, The other ones were typically broken after a few years. I don't do any funny stuff with Proofhide or covers -- just ride it every workday .
01-21-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 24,326
Views: 2,263,344
Posted By PaulH

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The government is shut down and so is my job. However, half price...
01-21-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 51,123
Posted By PaulH

Way to go!

Way to go!
Forum: Commuting
01-11-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,875
Posted By PaulH

I ride a German upright commuter bike with a...

I ride a German upright commuter bike with a partially-enclosed chain. It is designed to be ridden in normal clothing, just as a road bike, hybrid, or mountain bike is designed for sports clothing. I...
01-07-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 24,326
Views: 2,263,344
Posted By PaulH

Thanks to the government shutdown, there is no...

Thanks to the government shutdown, there is no more need for me to ride. I did, however, ride to a diner a few miles away tor a great breakfast. It flet good to ne up on two wheels again.
01-07-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,443
Posted By PaulH

I am. The bike is a tool. Given heavy traffic and...

I am. The bike is a tool. Given heavy traffic and a lack of parking, the bike is the most practical and convenient way to get to work.
12-28-18, 06:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 965
Posted By PaulH

Mr. Tuffy inside of Marathon Plus is my minimum...

Mr. Tuffy inside of Marathon Plus is my minimum spec for bike tires. My bike and car get about the same annual mileage, and the bike does better on flat frequency..
12-21-18, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 749
Posted By PaulH

Bikes fare much better in salt than cars do. Salt...

Bikes fare much better in salt than cars do. Salt is one of the best reasons to ride instead of drive in the winter.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,080
Posted By PaulH

I take the bike to the shop and put on the studs...

I take the bike to the shop and put on the studs in mid-December. In March, I take it in to put the summer tires back on. The studs and the rubber wear at the same rate, and that rate is about the...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-18, 05:57 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,080
Posted By PaulH

With studded tires, I'd ride in. I would not...

With studded tires, I'd ride in. I would not drive. Is coming in late or telecommuting an option?
Forum: Commuting
12-11-18, 07:26 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,469
Posted By PaulH

I've been using Marathon Plus since they came...

I've been using Marathon Plus since they came out. I put equal mileage on my car and bike, and the car gets flats more often. I find the Marathon Plus good for around 10,000 miles. Incidentally, the...
12-10-18, 08:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,601
Posted By PaulH

When is this "off season?" Summer...

When is this "off season?" Summer vacation?
12-09-18, 08:30 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,008
Posted By PaulH

10 mph is close to my normal speed. It's faster...

10 mph is close to my normal speed. It's faster than driving and gets me to work on time.
Forum: Commuting
12-08-18, 07:29 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 18,171
Posted By PaulH

Normal office clothing -- slacks, shirt, tie, and...

Normal office clothing -- slacks, shirt, tie, and jacket. These conditions are ideal because they require no overcoat, gloves, or other preparation -- out the door, jump on the bike, and go.
Forum: Commuting
12-07-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,007
Posted By PaulH

In the four years I was in graduate school in...

In the four years I was in graduate school in Seattle, abd cycling to school every day. I can remember only one significant snowstorm and no ice storms. Neither posed any traction problems. for...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,437
Posted By PaulH

What's the difference between riding an e-bike...

What's the difference between riding an e-bike and riding a road bike? Both alternatives allow one to ride faster with the same effort as on an upright bike but the ebike would seem more convenient.
11-28-18, 07:03 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 9,159
Posted By PaulH

No way I'm going to spend a half hour standing up...

No way I'm going to spend a half hour standing up on my way to work. I don't mind pedaling as long as I get to sit down.
Forum: Commuting
11-28-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 6,717
Posted By PaulH

No. The vehicles serve different purposes. The...

No. The vehicles serve different purposes. The bike is my primary all-weather surface transportation and the car is for fun and sport.
Forum: Commuting
10-24-18, 04:58 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,229
Posted By PaulH

That's my experience. Walking into a US bike shop...

That's my experience. Walking into a US bike shop these days is like going to a car dealership, finding nothing but Formula 1 and ATVs, and thinking, "where the hell are the real cars?"
10-07-18, 07:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,674
Posted By PaulH

I think one of the best things about cycling is...

I think one of the best things about cycling is that allows one to deeply experience the seasons. After three months of hot rides to work and back, I'm now experiencing more comfortable weather. In a...
10-04-18, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 960
Posted By PaulH

On a close pass, hit the brakes to get on his...

On a close pass, hit the brakes to get on his tail, roar at the dog, and give chase. This establishes that you are dominant.
Forum: Commuting
10-01-18, 05:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,893
Posted By PaulH

It would last several times longer than the...

It would last several times longer than the normal saddle. I've been riding every day with my Brooks B67. O You still see 1960 English 3 speeds with intact Brooks. They were developed as utility...
09-29-18, 03:05 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 12,411
Posted By PaulH

I'm with the majority. All my riding is...

I'm with the majority. All my riding is transportation. I ride at the effort level of a fast walk, except when have to muscle up a steep hill. Fast, slow, doesn't matter -- it's all about getting to...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-18, 06:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,804
Posted By PaulH

Because they think of themselves as toymakers. .

Because they think of themselves as toymakers. .
09-03-18, 07:40 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 16,291
Posted By PaulH

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, has no rental...

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, has no rental cars, so all transportation beyond the airport has to be by bike and trailer We go there several weekends each summer....
Forum: Commuting
08-30-18, 07:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 934
Posted By PaulH

Not me. I vastly prefer cold weather. However,...

Not me. I vastly prefer cold weather. However, after a ride in hot weather, I can head for the beach, which is a very important consideration.
08-26-18, 07:18 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 51,123
Posted By PaulH

Great news, Rowan! You have no idea how you are...

Great news, Rowan! You have no idea how you are inspiring people all over the world.
08-25-18, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By PaulH

Trail-a-Bike. My daughter loved it.

Trail-a-Bike. My daughter loved it.
08-25-18, 11:58 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,388
Posted By PaulH

I've never thought of cycling as a sport. It's...

I've never thought of cycling as a sport. It's always been transportation. Compared with horses, cars, airplanes, trains, and things, it is the fastest, least expensive and most convenient way to get...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-18, 01:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 744
Posted By PaulH

Slippery saddles are what you need. My Brooks B67...

Slippery saddles are what you need. My Brooks B67 is perfect for riding in a suit. I expect it would do well with jeans.
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