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Forum: Commuting
08-04-11, 01:09 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,627
Posted By pharasz

In the Old West, horse thieves were treated...

In the Old West, horse thieves were treated harshly, and it was considered the worst sort of thievery. In modern times, that sentiment has transferred somewhat to car thieves. But bicycle thieves are...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 657
Posted By pharasz

Yeah, one mile? walk. But to agree with the...

Yeah, one mile? walk.

But to agree with the other poster's - thieves are, by their very nature, not very smart. The wouldn't know the difference between a $1,000 Cannondale and $100 Huffy. My...
07-29-11, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By pharasz

I have a bad left hip I injured 25 years ago, and...

I have a bad left hip I injured 25 years ago, and it's been aching ever since. It gets a little worse every year, but so far I don't need meds for it. Three years ago I had it X-rayed and all the Dr...
Forum: Triathlon
07-29-11, 01:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By pharasz

It all comes down to how hard you ride. You can...

It all comes down to how hard you ride. You can pedal a bike very easily and do nothing more than burn calories. It's all in how hard you push the pedals. Ride easy and with little effort and it...
Forum: Triathlon
07-21-11, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,332
Posted By pharasz

ha ha ha! Wearing gloves in a race? Oh my, no no...

ha ha ha! Wearing gloves in a race? Oh my, no no no.
Forum: Triathlon
07-21-11, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By pharasz

what the advantage of a tt frame? You...

what the advantage of a tt frame?

You look cool riding it.
Forum: Triathlon
07-21-11, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,586
Posted By pharasz

I choose goggles using the "suck test". In the...

I choose goggles using the "suck test". In the store, take them out of the package, and stick them onto your face without the strap holding them on. If they stick to your face purely due to air...
Forum: Triathlon
07-21-11, 11:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,356
Posted By pharasz

Oh, and my first "tri-bike" was a five year old...

Oh, and my first "tri-bike" was a five year old carbon fiber road bike (Specialized) I found in the want ads for $500. I put clip-on aerobars on it and used it in races for six years. For your price...
Forum: Triathlon
07-21-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,356
Posted By pharasz

And I only run twice a week. Three miles on...

And I only run twice a week. Three miles on Wednesday, as fast and hard as possible, in pain the whole way. Six miles on Sunday, easy to moderate pace. This enables me to complete the 10K on an Oly...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,664
Posted By pharasz

I would say yes, but... shouldn't motorists stop...

I would say yes, but... shouldn't motorists stop at stop signs and red lights also? I'll stop at a stop sign the day I witness a motorist stopping at one. My evidence is purely anecdotal, but I...
Forum: Triathlon
07-19-11, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,043
Posted By pharasz

Just be glad you didn't get shoved into a barbed...

Just be glad you didn't get shoved into a barbed wire fence at 30 MPH.
Forum: Triathlon
07-19-11, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,735
Posted By pharasz

I've never raced longer than Olympic distance...

I've never raced longer than Olympic distance because I can't run - 10K is my limit. Then my buddy "Fish" (he's an incredible swimmer) told me he's done a couple of Iron distance races. He did so by...
06-06-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,817
Posted By pharasz

I was out riding with my wife just a month before...

I was out riding with my wife just a month before her 50th birthday when we bumped wheels and she face planted on the pavement at 19 MPH. She smashed several layers of bone around her right eye, and...
06-02-11, 03:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 896
Posted By pharasz

Living in hot and humid Florida, I've had my...

Living in hot and humid Florida, I've had my brushes with heat exhaustion. Hydration is the key. I read an article on a theory of sweating. The traditional theory is the evaporation of sweat on the...
06-02-11, 03:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 736
Posted By pharasz

Start with a good rack in the garage

Start with a good rack in the garage
06-02-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,008
Posted By pharasz

+1. One article I read said you can burn the...

+1. One article I read said you can burn the glycogen stored in your body tissue for anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. Each human body is unique and you have to get to know your own. For me, 30 miles is my...
06-02-11, 12:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 736
Posted By pharasz

Let's see: I have the fat-tire "beater" bike we...

Let's see: I have the fat-tire "beater" bike we rescued from the neighbor's trash pile. Then there is my touring bike, used for long distance commutes to work. Then my CF road bike. But you know...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-11, 03:43 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 16,906
Posted By pharasz

It is true that once you get that seat set...

It is true that once you get that seat set perfectly, you don't adjust it. But if for any reason it gets moved, it can take me 20 miles of riding, stopping and adjusting it every 5 to 7 miles or so,...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-11, 01:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,524
Posted By pharasz

On a more general note: I am always amazed at how...

On a more general note: I am always amazed at how criminals rarely perform their work outside their own neighborhoods. I've lived lot's of places where there was a five mile (or less) distance...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-11, 12:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,492
Posted By pharasz

I bought my Bianchi Volpe in June 2009. I had a...

I bought my Bianchi Volpe in June 2009. I had a problem with breaking spokes on the rear wheel. I rode it with panniers fully loaded, including a laptop, and I weigh 190, and I ride HARD.

My LBS...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-11, 03:54 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,588
Posted By pharasz

Well you gave all the right reasons for buying a...

Well you gave all the right reasons for buying a Wal-Mart bike. You said it is only a starter bike and you fully expect to upgrade later. There is no such thing as a wrong bike. There is only the...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-11, 03:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,926
Posted By pharasz

I usually get a reaction that I'm a nut. I'm...

I usually get a reaction that I'm a nut. I'm pretty sure I'm referred to as "that nut that rides a bike to work". But the reaction I hate most is when they start telling me about their "friend" who...
Forum: Commuting
01-21-11, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 488
Posted By pharasz

I also make sure I check the weather before I get...

I also make sure I check the weather before I get dressed. Half way into your commute, when you're good and warmed up, you decide if you over or under dressed for the given weather conditions. After...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 527
Views: 31,835
Posted By pharasz

They blocked the website from me at work - but...

They blocked the website from me at work - but left me BF on... Go figure! I haven't read it in a long time because I can only get to it from home, and I'm rarely on my computer at home because after...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-10, 03:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,964
Posted By pharasz

I've had similar experiences, but never as...

I've had similar experiences, but never as serious as yours. But I've changed my behavior, and not had a situation since. What do you do? Expect to be buzzed. People cut you off when you're driving...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-10, 02:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 721
Posted By pharasz

I think the internet encourages lunatic ranting...

I think the internet encourages lunatic ranting because the ranter is at arms length and anonymous. I've never encountered these kind of rants in a face-to-face conversation with someone....
Forum: Commuting
12-16-10, 01:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,861
Posted By pharasz

To me the intended message behind the horn is...

To me the intended message behind the horn is obvious. The equivalent of "on your left" is a very short tap of the horn - "bip bip", hey, I'm here. when it goes...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-10, 11:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,861
Posted By pharasz

A couple of weeks ago, on a two lane rural road,...

A couple of weeks ago, on a two lane rural road, with Share The Road signs every quarter mile, I was passed by a pickup truck blaring it's horn from the moment he began the pass until he...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-10, 03:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 916
Posted By pharasz

I only have two keys on the ring: car key and...

I only have two keys on the ring: car key and U-lock key, and they both have plastic heads so they don't jingle at all.
Forum: Commuting
12-06-10, 03:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 19,184
Posted By pharasz

I've tried learning to bunny hop. I did not find...

I've tried learning to bunny hop. I did not find it an easy skill to learn. I had this one six inch high curb I tried to bunny hop every morning on my way to work. I got the front wheel over it with...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 09:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,766
Posted By pharasz

It's the law of N + 1. You always need one more...

It's the law of N + 1. You always need one more bike. For example, I have three, and I ride all three regularly. And yet, I just need ONE MORE - A time trial bike. Don't have that yet.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 09:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,766
Posted By pharasz

IMO the single most important determinant of...

IMO the single most important determinant of riding efficiency is body position. Getting low and out of the wind will do more to make you go faster than any single hardware component, like...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-10, 12:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,766
Posted By pharasz

This was exactly my experience and progression. I...

This was exactly my experience and progression. I started off with a cheap mountain bike with flat bars, and a short commute (only 6 miles) wearing a backpack. Now I ride 14 miles on a touring bike...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-10, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 916
Posted By pharasz

I keep my keys on an I-hook with the thumb...

I keep my keys on an I-hook with the thumb retractable latch. I hook it to my brake cable in front of my handle bars. It's easily accessible when I park and easily latched when I depart. In 18 months...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,355
Posted By pharasz

Lois Ave in South Tampa. It's only 2.25 miles,...

Lois Ave in South Tampa. It's only 2.25 miles, and I call it "the gauntlet". The first mile is in the business district, four lanes, 35 MPH speed limit, but cars pulling out of office buildings and...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-10, 11:46 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,563
Posted By pharasz

I live 28 miles from work, and 24 miles of that...

I live 28 miles from work, and 24 miles of that is interstate, in the opposite direction of the rush hour traffic. So by car it only takes 35 minutes. By bike, it is 30 miles by surface street and...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-10, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By pharasz

There are hardcore committed commuters on here...

There are hardcore committed commuters on here that would tell you to claim the lane and ride through the construction zone. If it is congested to the point of the traffic moving under 25 MPH, that...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-10, 08:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,333
Posted By pharasz

I always have my cell phone. In the contact list...

I always have my cell phone. In the contact list are the numbers for police and sheriff Depts in all the jurisdictions in which I ride. That came in handy when I got hit by a car four months ago. I...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-10, 08:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,758
Posted By pharasz

I'm one of the "taking the lane" believers. In...

I'm one of the "taking the lane" believers. In this case it is a four lane road and the driver can easily take the left lane when it clears enough to do so. I think this case supports the "taking the...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-10, 06:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,758
Posted By pharasz

The camera is an ATC2K (latest model is a 3K)...

The camera is an ATC2K (latest model is a 3K) from Oregon Scientific. It is waterproof to 10 feet, and comes with a mounting kit which provides 3 or 4 different options for mounting it - one of which...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-10, 06:13 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,758
Posted By pharasz

You are correct - I was too close to the...

You are correct - I was too close to the shoulder. That section of road is wide enough that if I hug the white line, a regular sized car can give me three feet by just touching the center line. So...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-10, 03:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,772
Posted By pharasz

This is a great thread - I'm so tired of asking...

This is a great thread - I'm so tired of asking about "which bike" or "which pannier"! But I myself have learned wonderful things here. Like adding wet wipes to the tool bag to clean up after...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-10, 03:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,758
Posted By pharasz

And already got a great response from the...

And already got a great response from the business!

From: jaws tree [mailto:jawstree@verizon.net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:24 PM
Subject: RE: JA Weaver's Tree Service Truck Drivers...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,758
Posted By pharasz

Camcorder Pays off on Day one

I mounted an action cam on my handlebars yesterday and began recording my commutes. Day one I get buzzed by a commercial truck, a tree service. I was able to get enough of the phone number from the...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,576
Posted By pharasz

You are not their parent.

You are not their parent.
Forum: Commuting
10-25-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,782
Posted By pharasz

I am humbled by the fortitude you guys have. I...

I am humbled by the fortitude you guys have. I don't know that I could do it. For my first 7 or 8 years of cycling, I hung my bike up in November and didn't ride again until March. And this is in...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,214
Posted By pharasz

Bicyclist clings to SUV's Roof during hit-and-run

Wow. Think your commute is rough?

bicyclist-clings-to-suvs-roof-during-pinellas-park-hit-and-run...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-10, 10:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 783
Posted By pharasz

I had lasik done. no more glasses.

I had lasik done. no more glasses.
Forum: Commuting
10-12-10, 10:39 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,920
Posted By pharasz

I was buzzed by, get this, a PRIUS this morning....

I was buzzed by, get this, a PRIUS this morning. So for all you prejudicial posters assuming SUV drivers are the only inconsiderate oafs out there, think again. I mean, seriously - a PRIUS?
Forum: Commuting
10-11-10, 12:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,618
Posted By pharasz

You did the right thing. Karma got him. Don't do...

You did the right thing. Karma got him. Don't do anything to ruin your karma. Great story!
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