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Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 11:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 714
Posted By sam21fire

My wife and I did Hokkaido, loved it! Bikes on...

My wife and I did Hokkaido, loved it! Bikes on trains are a massive hassle IF they train allows them at all. There are some awesome cargo shipping services available between airports and major...
Forum: Commuting
01-01-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 587
Posted By sam21fire

Don't bother clicking the link, it's an...

Don't bother clicking the link, it's an advertisement...
11-23-17, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 884
Posted By sam21fire

That's interesting... I was recently in C-Springs...

That's interesting... I was recently in C-Springs and while walking around I noticed how many people make their stop, or more often, pause, well into the crosswalk. One of them almost got me once,...
10-03-17, 09:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,692
Posted By sam21fire

My only addition to the San Tim route is to avoid...

My only addition to the San Tim route is to avoid Redlands Blvd after about 3pm on weekdays. Lots of commuter traffic (avoiding the freeways). I've seen 2 bad collisions and waaayyy too many close...
Forum: Touring
09-17-17, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By sam21fire

Do a search for Japan on crazyguyonabike.com:...

Do a search for Japan on crazyguyonabike.com: Bicycle Touring: A place for bicycle tourists and their journals (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com). There are quite a few journals from folks who've...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-17, 11:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,600
Posted By sam21fire

Yep, here is SoCal it was 102, supposed to be 107...

Yep, here is SoCal it was 102, supposed to be 107 tomorrow. Slow pace, LOTS of water, take a break in the shade if I feel the need. Rinse, repeat.
Forum: Commuting
10-27-16, 10:14 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,259
Posted By sam21fire

Sounds like middle or high schoolers? Here's an...

Sounds like middle or high schoolers? Here's an idea... keep greeting them every day that you see them. Then one day DON'T greet them, just ignore them or stare at them and see what happens. Maybe...
06-17-16, 09:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By sam21fire

I've ridden the section from Victorville almost...

I've ridden the section from Victorville almost to Needles (I turned north and went to Boulder City). If you like the desert there's a lot of interesting stuff to see. I'm planning a ride from...
Forum: Southwest
06-11-16, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,668
Posted By sam21fire

The general rule for riding on the interstates...

The general rule for riding on the interstates out here is that you can only ride on the shoulder if there are no viable alternatives. Obviously these stretches will be in the rural areas; in...
05-16-16, 09:35 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,350
Posted By sam21fire

I remember hearing something about a study the...

I remember hearing something about a study the CHP (Calif. Highway Patrol) did back in the 60's or 70's about the slow flashing yellow (amber) lights in the back of CHP units somehow causing drunk...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-16, 07:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,552
Posted By sam21fire

My only suggestion (other than the shade idea)...

My only suggestion (other than the shade idea) would be to make sure the cables securing the tools are long enough to EASILY reach wherever needed.
Forum: Touring
03-28-16, 09:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,845
Posted By sam21fire

Restroom of a freeway rest area when I didn't...

Restroom of a freeway rest area when I didn't have a tent, and there was nowhere else to get out of the cold wind. That was a seriously hard floor....
Forum: Touring
03-01-16, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Posted By sam21fire

My wife and I did a mostly self-contained tour...

My wife and I did a mostly self-contained tour there a few years ago. Great experience and we can't wait to go back. My blog is at crazyguyonabike.com/densamoz

Sam
Forum: Touring
01-19-16, 10:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,060
Posted By sam21fire

Yeah, it's gonna be hot... I've seen it regularly...

Yeah, it's gonna be hot... I've seen it regularly cool DOWN to 105 at night in the Indio area, humidity under 10%, wind 10-20 steady. All combined it's very difficult to drink enough liquid. I've...
Forum: Touring
01-17-16, 10:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,611
Posted By sam21fire

Yeah, there just doesn't seem to be an "ideal"...

Yeah, there just doesn't seem to be an "ideal" handlebar bag...if anyone could even agree to the definition of "ideal". I agree with bikemig... I choose bags for desired features (size, pockets,...
12-18-15, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By sam21fire

If you read through the CVC I think the answer...

If you read through the CVC I think the answer gets simple...the striping is irrelevant; the traffic control device (signal light, stop sign) is what indicates if you must stop, go, yield etc.
Forum: Commuting
12-09-15, 10:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 669
Posted By sam21fire

It's a harsh thought on a subject that I can't...

It's a harsh thought on a subject that I can't change: Organ donors have to come from somewhere.
Forum: Touring
12-03-15, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By sam21fire

Now.

Now.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-15, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By sam21fire

And to you, Brethren. USAF ComCam, 1982-2014

And to you, Brethren.
USAF ComCam, 1982-2014
Forum: Touring
10-19-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,158
Posted By sam21fire

+1...cheap cyclocomputer with the basics (speed,...

+1...cheap cyclocomputer with the basics (speed, odometer, trip)....and a map.
Forum: Touring
10-19-15, 11:56 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 9,880
Posted By sam21fire

My 4 panniers are packed more for function than...

My 4 panniers are packed more for function than front/rear weight (except for a seemingly insane amount of water during a late summer Mojave crossing..I stashed water containers wherever I could fit...
Forum: Touring
09-25-15, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By sam21fire

Don't forget the most important chore...beginning...

Don't forget the most important chore...beginning plans for the next tour!
Forum: Touring
09-25-15, 11:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,510
Posted By sam21fire

My condolences to the family, but I've seen...

My condolences to the family, but I've seen people die (with families present) in MUCH worse situations, full of regret and pain. As stated above, I'll take a tent in the wood during a tour over...
Forum: Touring
09-25-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,601
Posted By sam21fire

I've got a 24 on my Trek 520 and 95% of the time...

I've got a 24 on my Trek 520 and 95% of the time that's enough...but as posted above, when the grade gets into the 8% range 24 may not be quite low enough. On the flip side, when I'm grinding along...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-15, 09:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Posted By sam21fire

Yes I was injured, nothing major but a separated...

Yes I was injured, nothing major but a separated A/C joint that won't ever heal properly. Bike was fine.
I'm working on the claim...it's a little complicated because the PD made several mistakes on...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Posted By sam21fire

Actually, after my crash I chose to not talk to...

Actually, after my crash I chose to not talk to the driver's insurance company at all despite numerous phone calls and letters; same for the driver's attempt to contact me. The driver's insurance...
Forum: Asia
07-26-15, 12:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,225
Posted By sam21fire

My wife and I did this ride a few years ago for...

My wife and I did this ride a few years ago for our honeymoon. It's really great to see this route again. Thanks for posting.
Sam
Forum: Commuting
07-24-15, 10:56 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,000
Posted By sam21fire

Recently while driving home from work (rare day)...

Recently while driving home from work (rare day) I noticed a bike rider with a white blinky and was impressed by how visible he was more than a block away. The next day (and every day since) I...
07-20-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,779
Posted By sam21fire

You've been peaking on my life, haven't you? (no,...

You've been peaking on my life, haven't you? (no, not paranoid too LOL). I agree all the way; my coworkers can tell if I haven't ridden, and will start bugging me about it after a couple of days.
07-12-15, 07:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,170
Posted By sam21fire

FRED's like me don't have paceline speeds...

FRED's like me don't have paceline speeds...
06-27-15, 11:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 677
Posted By sam21fire

<following> I want to start carrying my...

<following> I want to start carrying my granddaughter along on rides...
06-27-15, 11:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 721
Posted By sam21fire

Yeah, I wanted to sign up for a Cycle Cop...

Yeah, I wanted to sign up for a Cycle Cop training class just for the bike handling skills but it was only open to LEO's
06-27-15, 11:09 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,793
Posted By sam21fire

Hey "Its.." I think this is the best written,...

Hey "Its.." I think this is the best written, most eloquent and well reasoned response I've ever seen. Congratulations, and thank you.
Sam
06-23-15, 09:22 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,704
Posted By sam21fire

I use a metal whistle; it's very loud and...

I use a metal whistle; it's very loud and remarkably effective at getting the attention of drivers. Not sure if it's legal in California but I haven't found anything so far that says either way.
06-21-15, 10:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,429
Posted By sam21fire

Sorry but I will (and have) go hungry rather than...

Sorry but I will (and have) go hungry rather than eat MuckDonalds "food"
Forum: Commuting
06-15-15, 04:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,167
Posted By sam21fire

I would at least say Hi, but they're as rare as...

I would at least say Hi, but they're as rare as unicorns at 0500 in semi-rural Riverside County CA
05-17-15, 06:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,431
Posted By sam21fire

I work excessively at avoiding excess.

I work excessively at avoiding excess.
Forum: Commuting
05-17-15, 06:20 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 13,525
Posted By sam21fire

A few years ago while touring down the California...

A few years ago while touring down the California coast with one of my daughters (young, smart, hottie) she was about 200 feet ahead of me when a pickup truck full of high school boys passed us...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-15, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 662
Posted By sam21fire

I've got the opposite situation...I actually...

I've got the opposite situation...I actually finally get to ride to work tomorrow (happy!). Last week I was fighting off a cold/cough from the cute little petri dish we call our granddaughter.
05-08-15, 09:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,075
Posted By sam21fire

Don't worry about it..they did the same thing in...

Don't worry about it..they did the same thing in California and within 6 months it was forgotten and largely unenforced. About the only thing it accomplished was to waste taxpayer money.
Forum: Touring
05-01-15, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 541
Posted By sam21fire

I don't know which specific site you're talking...

I don't know which specific site you're talking about, but crazyguyonabike.com has a bunch. I picked apart several lists to develop my own that is expandable/contractable depending on the needs for...
04-19-15, 11:53 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,131
Posted By sam21fire

Although I've never had to use the technique,...

Although I've never had to use the technique, I've heard that firmly yelling "Get off the couch!" works. Sounds funny but when you think about it there's a certain logic to it.
04-12-15, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,311
Posted By sam21fire

The Aquarius sound great..I'll have to ask the VA...

The Aquarius sound great..I'll have to ask the VA about them when I come due for replacements.

I usually just take mine out; the 'static' noise from the digital pickups isn't too bad but I sweat a...
04-12-15, 10:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 842
Posted By sam21fire

I crashed and jacked up my shoulder, been off the...

I crashed and jacked up my shoulder, been off the bike for 8 weeks and counting....wish it was only a week...
03-22-15, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,487
Posted By sam21fire

San Timoteo Canyon Road in San Bernardino county...

San Timoteo Canyon Road in San Bernardino county south of Redlands. Narrow, winding, heavy traffic, narrow/no shoulder, limited sight line, brain-dead drivers, lots of garbage trucks. I'm not...
02-04-15, 04:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 728
Posted By sam21fire

Out here the Orange Tree saw it's shadow so that...

Out here the Orange Tree saw it's shadow so that means 6 more weeks of "winter"...then the temps will shoot up to 95.
Forum: Touring
01-24-15, 12:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,056
Posted By sam21fire

My wife and I did a 10-day ride in Hokkaido in...

My wife and I did a 10-day ride in Hokkaido in Jul 2013. Great place to ride and we want to go back.
Here's the Crazy Guy link for the blog from that trip.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/12432...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-15, 10:26 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,442
Posted By sam21fire

On a similar (but a bit off topic) note, the...

On a similar (but a bit off topic) note, the military has been pushing hard to reduce/eliminate tobacco use among the troops but when the SecDef proposed banning tobacco sales on base the TB lobby...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-15, 12:10 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,442
Posted By sam21fire

I work at a Dept of Defense facility so anything...

I work at a Dept of Defense facility so anything that improves fitness is supported and even encouraged; we've got a locker room with two showers, decent bike rack (although I've been told it's ok to...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-15, 12:01 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 13,443
Posted By sam21fire

Retired USAF combat photographer; former...

Retired USAF combat photographer; former firefighter. Currently assistant Emergency Manager at a Dept of Defense facility.
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