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09-07-11, 09:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,454
Posted By Elkhound

Also, X-mart doesn't provide service. Also,...

Also, X-mart doesn't provide service. Also, their bikes are often of inferior quality and will soon get to a point where they can't be fixed. A good bike, with decent care, will last forever. I...
09-06-11, 08:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,796
Posted By Elkhound

Engineers have to be licensed by the State. The...

Engineers have to be licensed by the State. The question is, "Is what is being done above 'practicing engineering', or not?" I would say not, but I'm neither a lawyer nor an engineer.
09-05-11, 10:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,679
Posted By Elkhound

Some college dorms have bike storage space in the...

Some college dorms have bike storage space in the basement or some other space, so in the room/outside are not the only options. Check it out.

I do like the idea of a folder--especially if you...
08-23-11, 09:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,791
Posted By Elkhound

$1500 is a bit steep, but running a red light is...

$1500 is a bit steep, but running a red light is a serious matter; it can cause accidents which can kill or cripple people and cause the destruction of valuable property.
08-04-11, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 886
Posted By Elkhound

Did you get his license number and report him?

Did you get his license number and report him?
08-02-11, 08:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,079
Posted By Elkhound

I have a scooter. I like the low center of...

I have a scooter. I like the low center of gravity, the step-through frame, and the automatic transmission. I use it when I am going farther than I'm comfortable with on a bicycle or if I don't...
07-27-11, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By Elkhound

Here bicycle ninjas are the problem. I'm...

Here bicycle ninjas are the problem. I'm surprised more people aren't killed.
07-21-11, 12:23 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,318
Posted By Elkhound

That's why I don't see the attraction of...

That's why I don't see the attraction of singlespeed or fixed gear unless you live in a comparatively flat area. If you live somewhere with significant hills, then gears are a must. If I wanted to...
Forum: Recumbent
07-20-11, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,622
Posted By Elkhound

I'd suggest going to http://lightfootcycles.com...

I'd suggest going to http://lightfootcycles.com or to http://hpm.catoregon.org/; Lightfoot makes a point of being able to customize its machines for the differently abled, and so (to a lesser...
07-19-11, 03:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,777
Posted By Elkhound

Basically it is a bike that doesn't quite fit...

Basically it is a bike that doesn't quite fit into any category, but has features and design elements from two or more categories. Usually it is something in between a road and a mountain bike---it...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-11, 08:53 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 12,717
Posted By Elkhound

I don't know if riding on the sidewalk is or is...

I don't know if riding on the sidewalk is or is not illegal where you are; if you don't know, then perhaps a trip to the public library on your day off might be in order.

If you are nervous about...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-11, 12:25 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 7,767
Posted By Elkhound

You could start dating cyclists.

You could start dating cyclists.
07-07-11, 12:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,872
Posted By Elkhound

I see a lot of wrong-way riders around here. ...

I see a lot of wrong-way riders around here. They are mostly of a certain ethnic extraction.
07-01-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,536
Posted By Elkhound

That is why some clever person invented (a)...

That is why some clever person invented (a) trailers (b) longtails (e.g. Xtracycle) or (c) cargo cycles (bakfiesten, cargo trikes).
06-26-11, 05:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Posted By Elkhound

If I were to get a rowcycle, it would be either a...

If I were to get a rowcycle, it would be either a trike or a quad.
06-24-11, 10:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,244
Posted By Elkhound

SS is fine if you live somewhere flat as a...

SS is fine if you live somewhere flat as a pancake. WV is called 'the Mountain State' for good reason.
Forum: Commuting
06-23-11, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 786
Posted By Elkhound

My bikes are covered under my homeowner's policy.

My bikes are covered under my homeowner's policy.
06-03-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,043
Posted By Elkhound

The best way to deal with an ignoramus is to...

The best way to deal with an ignoramus is to ignore him.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-11, 11:40 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,744
Posted By Elkhound

I agree; report all the information you have to...

I agree; report all the information you have to the local police/sherriff. Keep copies of your letter, and if they don't follow up send them to the local media.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,280
Posted By Elkhound

I'd suggest selling it, particularly as your wife...

I'd suggest selling it, particularly as your wife still has a car that you can use if necessary. As others have said, using it so seldom you would be better off renting when you need one...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-11, 10:47 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 14,356
Posted By Elkhound

People have been killing one another since long...

People have been killing one another since long before guns were invented, and if every gun in the world were to disappear, people would still find ways to kill one another. I read on the BBC that...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,688
Posted By Elkhound

Get your bicycle fitted properly, and consider...

Get your bicycle fitted properly, and consider getting a male-specific seat.

Or you could switch to a recumbent.
05-17-11, 12:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,405
Posted By Elkhound

Ever seen pictures of Oxford and Cambridge,...

Ever seen pictures of Oxford and Cambridge, England? People bike all over those towns in academic gowns and caps. Are you saying that a bunch of Limeys can do something you can't? Invoke the...
05-17-11, 12:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,405
Posted By Elkhound

Unless you make the bike ride part of the date. ...

Unless you make the bike ride part of the date. (E.g. "Let's ride out to the park for a picknick on Saturday afternoon.")
05-13-11, 08:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,101
Posted By Elkhound

The "good book" is the codes of city and state...

The "good book" is the codes of city and state laws that say that bicycles are vehicles and are bound by the same rules of the road as other vehicles--that is, on the right side of two-way roads and...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-11, 10:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,167
Posted By Elkhound

I would also point out that the last cyclist to...

I would also point out that the last cyclist to be killed here in Charleston was riding on the sidewalk the wrong way on a one-way street when a car pulled out of a parking garage and creamed him. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-11, 10:12 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,167
Posted By Elkhound

The late, great Ken Kifer discusses the dangers...

The late, great Ken Kifer discusses the dangers of sidewalk cycling and other matters of bicycle safety here: http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/health/risks.htm.

Here's another good site:...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-11, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 817
Posted By Elkhound

For such a commute, an old fashioned "English...

For such a commute, an old fashioned "English three speed" might be OK, too. Take a look over at http://www.worksmancycle.com/ at their cruiser & comfort bikes; upgrading from a three-speed to an...
05-04-11, 09:26 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 5,348
Posted By Elkhound

When the law is broken, it is every citizen's...

When the law is broken, it is every citizen's business.
05-02-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,987
Posted By Elkhound

Have you tried the Hobbiton & Bywater Cyclery,...

Have you tried the Hobbiton & Bywater Cyclery, across from the Green Dragon?
Forum: Commuting
04-22-11, 09:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,679
Posted By Elkhound

You come out to start your ride and find that...

You come out to start your ride and find that your normal commuter has a flat. If you have only one bike, you call your boss and tell her you'll be late; if you have a second, you commute on that...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,679
Posted By Elkhound

I take it then that your commute is flat as a...

I take it then that your commute is flat as a pancake?
Forum: Commuting
04-15-11, 08:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,825
Posted By Elkhound

Did you actually see the clip of the incident? ...

Did you actually see the clip of the incident? The young man was riding along, minding his own business, and the officer attacked him without warning or provocation. "Asault under Cover of...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-11, 08:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,825
Posted By Elkhound

That helmet won't do her much good in a fall...

That helmet won't do her much good in a fall pushed back like that, and those shoes unless she gets some toe-clips are going to be slipping around on the pedals. And why is she riding on the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-12-11, 12:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,043
Posted By Elkhound

Forget O'Hare---Chicago is a major hub for...

Forget O'Hare---Chicago is a major hub for AmTrack.
04-12-11, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 445
Posted By Elkhound

http://www.pashley.co.uk/lists/contemporary-bicycl...

http://www.pashley.co.uk/lists/contemporary-bicycles.html
04-05-11, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 814
Posted By Elkhound

Article from Chicago Tribune on Dooring.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-bikes-20110401,0,7794271.story
04-02-11, 12:39 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 12,026
Posted By Elkhound

A trailer, or a cargo cycle such as an Xtracycle,...

A trailer, or a cargo cycle such as an Xtracycle, Kona Ute, Yuba Mundo, Madsen, or Dutch-style 'bakfiest.'
04-02-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 12,026
Posted By Elkhound

Or get a trailer. Or an Xtracycle.

Or get a trailer. Or an Xtracycle.
Forum: Commuting
04-02-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 886
Posted By Elkhound

Fenders. Or do you like getting mud and gunk in...

Fenders. Or do you like getting mud and gunk in your face?

I'd replace the derailleur with an internal hub gear and install a chainguard, so you can ride in regular trousers.

And racks and...
03-31-11, 02:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,330
Posted By Elkhound

Three words: Internal Hub Gears.

Three words: Internal Hub Gears.
Forum: Commuting
03-30-11, 01:47 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 9,407
Posted By Elkhound

For all the reasons above, I prefer IHG. Right...

For all the reasons above, I prefer IHG. Right now my commuter is an old Trek I modified by adding fenders, racks, a chainguard, swept-back handlebars, and a NuVinci CVT. When I need to replace it...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-11, 01:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,382
Posted By Elkhound

As long as the frame is sound, everything else...

As long as the frame is sound, everything else can be fixed.

Get the strongest wheels you can afford and the widest that the frame will accept. Get semi-slick tires. If the handlebars are the...
03-02-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,175
Posted By Elkhound

Think of it as an investment. If you slime the...

Think of it as an investment. If you slime the tires, you wouldn't have to carry spare tubes/fix flats (I've had my trailer for years and have only had to fix two flats.) As for a separate lock, I...
01-24-11, 01:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,093
Posted By Elkhound

Well, actually, they can. Students in dorm rooms...

Well, actually, they can. Students in dorm rooms don't have the same expectation of privacy that ordinary tennants have.
01-11-11, 12:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,658
Posted By Elkhound

This law could be challenged on constitutional...

This law could be challenged on constitutional grounds. The right to travel is fundimental, both in common law, constitutional law, and international human rights law. Public safety justifys...
01-07-11, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 362
Posted By Elkhound

No, it is not too early. I've already started...

No, it is not too early. I've already started asking people for help with the "Almost Heaven" tour in WV.
01-06-11, 03:01 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 10,864
Posted By Elkhound

Didn't they make bike trailers then?

Didn't they make bike trailers then?
01-06-11, 02:57 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 10,864
Posted By Elkhound

Walking v. Riding---I have a form of arthritis in...

Walking v. Riding---I have a form of arthritis in my feet that makes it hurt when I have to walk more than a few hundred yards; however, I can pretty much ride forever with little or no pain.
Forum: Commuting
01-05-11, 10:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,897
Posted By Elkhound

It depends. Some inferior ones do, but the...

It depends. Some inferior ones do, but the better ones do not.
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