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07-03-17, 10:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By CompleteStreets

This is why I just want a static bike map, the...

This is why I just want a static bike map, the equivalent of a printed quality bike map. Maplets was great for this. No navigation, just a map like people had been using for centuries.
07-03-17, 02:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By CompleteStreets

Imo Google maps is not great at providing...

Imo Google maps is not great at providing low-stress routes in urban areas. I've tried using Google maps in cities such as Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, etc. In almost all...
07-03-17, 01:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By CompleteStreets

The problem I run into with Google is that it...

The problem I run into with Google is that it does not include Neighborhood Greenways (aka Bike Blvds) on its maps. Certain cities, such as Portland and Vancouver, have great N'hood Greenway systems...
07-03-17, 01:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By CompleteStreets

maps.me does look pretty useful. However, I'd...

maps.me does look pretty useful. However, I'd also like to be able to download city bike maps which show bike lanes, Neighborhood Greenways (aka Bike Blvds), trails, etc. Most cities have printed...
06-30-17, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By CompleteStreets

Apps for offline bike maps

For the past few years I've relied on the app Maplets for downloading offline bike maps. Basically digital versions of cities' printed bike maps. This has worked great for figuring out the safest and...
10-20-16, 06:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,735
Posted By CompleteStreets

Whether you get a single speed or a multi-gear...

Whether you get a single speed or a multi-gear bike, I highly recommend you get a full chain case. This will prevent the rain from hitting your chain and gear sprockets, thus almost completely...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-16, 03:02 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,842
Posted By CompleteStreets

Here's another angle, showing my bulky waterproof...

Here's another angle, showing my bulky waterproof Chrome backpack. It just barely fits in the Donkey Boxx when loaded with textbooks, food, rain gear and everything else I need to carry. And having a...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-16, 02:48 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,842
Posted By CompleteStreets

The pros of backpacks are many, but as you've...

The pros of backpacks are many, but as you've pointed out, the downside is bearing weight on your back and getting a sweaty back. My solution has been to attach a box to my bike that is large enough...
10-18-16, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By CompleteStreets

By any chance, do you know what make and model...

By any chance, do you know what make and model your helmet is? I'm planning to purchase a new helmet soon, and I'd like it to be compatible with the Illuminati light. Will I need to purchase an...
10-18-16, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,180
Posted By CompleteStreets

Motorapido, Thanks for your detailed...

Motorapido,

Thanks for your detailed response. That gives me an idea that most of the dynamo lights out there are pretty darn bright.



That does sound like a great deal. How would I go about...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 01:34 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,484
Posted By CompleteStreets

Something I've considered yelling at aggressive...

Something I've considered yelling at aggressive motorists while riding my bike: "Get off the road you damn cyclist!"

Maybe reverse psychology can create a moment of confusion in which the...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 01:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,378
Posted By CompleteStreets

I recommend wearing a baseball cap. I managed to...

I recommend wearing a baseball cap. I managed to find one that is made of a super thin material (I think it's a mix of cotton and polyester; it says "Nike golf" on the tag). The thin material is key...
10-18-16, 12:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,180
Posted By CompleteStreets

Field comparisons of USB lights vs dynamo lights?

I've seen some nice reviews of USB bike lights in the 300-1,200 lumens range. Many of the reviews include field photos or videos of how bright the light is.

I understand that some of the new...
10-16-16, 07:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,678
Posted By CompleteStreets

I would love to hear more details on this. What...

I would love to hear more details on this. What kind of lock were you using? And how expensive were the bicycles? Did you lock up to a bike rack or other object that was securely bolted to the...
10-15-16, 02:40 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,678
Posted By CompleteStreets

Reading through all of these posts has reaffirmed...

Reading through all of these posts has reaffirmed my belief that the majority of bikeforums posters actually represent a tiny minority of people who ride bikes for transportation in the US.

I've...
10-14-16, 03:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

Wow, I'm really impressed with the Fortified...

Wow, I'm really impressed with the Fortified Bicycle lights. The Aviator headlight and the Afterburner taillight (300 lumens and 60 lumens, respectively) can now be purchased as a combo for only $79...
10-14-16, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By CompleteStreets

Canklecat, thank you very much for your detailed...

Canklecat, thank you very much for your detailed response. The Vivo Bike Illuminati looks like a great option. I like how the integrated strap is well-suited for strapping onto a helmet. By any...
10-13-16, 04:39 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 183,141
Posted By CompleteStreets

How exactly do you mount it to your helmet? Did...

How exactly do you mount it to your helmet? Did you have to come up with your own design?
10-13-16, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By CompleteStreets

Seeking compact helmet mounted headlight with 2+ hr battery life

Can anyone recommend a compact helmet mounted headlight that is bright enough for seeing the road at speeds up to 15mph? I'm thinking 200 lumens or greater should do the trick.

Other features I'm...
10-06-16, 05:04 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,253
Posted By CompleteStreets

OP here, finally back to support my original...

OP here, finally back to support my original post.

Despite appearances, I'm not out to eliminate choice and turn the world into a Soviet nation. I'm all for having a variety of bikes: road bikes,...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-16, 02:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,244
Posted By CompleteStreets

I tried a bike poncho. They're practical in a lot...

I tried a bike poncho. They're practical in a lot of ways, but the two things I don't like about them are that they make it difficult to stick my arm out to signal my turns, and they catch the wind....
Forum: Commuting
10-06-16, 02:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,244
Posted By CompleteStreets

Thanks, this is just what I'm looking for.

Thanks, this is just what I'm looking for.
10-05-16, 03:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 628
Posted By CompleteStreets

Why don't utility bikes come with seat stoppers to deter seat theft?

Quick-release seats are very practical in that they allow users to adjust seat height without any tools. The downside is that thieves love QR seats. Bikeshare bikes come with stoppers that prevent...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-16, 03:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,244
Posted By CompleteStreets

Thanks guys. I've got commuting down. My bigger...

Thanks guys. I've got commuting down. My bigger issue is for non-commute trips (attending meetings away from work, visiting friends, going to the movies, going to bars, dates, visiting doctors...
10-04-16, 12:08 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,120
Posted By CompleteStreets

Thanks, but that looks pretty small. I doubt I'd...

Thanks, but that looks pretty small. I doubt I'd be able to fit a loaded backpack in there, especially my bulky waterproof one. Also, I like that the donkey boxx is permanently affixed to my rack. I...
10-04-16, 12:04 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,120
Posted By CompleteStreets

I wanted to go that route, but a kitty litter box...

I wanted to go that route, but a kitty litter box is notably smaller. It's not big enough to hold my backpack.
10-02-16, 11:53 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,120
Posted By CompleteStreets

What is the most underrated bicycle accessory?

I have two.

1. Baskets, or in my case a waterproof box called the Donkey Boxx. Having the Donkey Boxx has completely changed bicycling for me. It's large enough for me to hold my bulky waterproof...
10-01-16, 01:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,547
Posted By CompleteStreets

Counting maintenance, replacement parts, and all...

Counting maintenance, replacement parts, and all accessories like lights, racks, and even clothing such as wool socks and rain pants, I've been spending about $0.10/mile or about $400 to ride 4,000...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-16, 08:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,244
Posted By CompleteStreets

Pants that dry quickly

For heavy and/or cold rain I wear rain pants over my jeans. However, when the rain is not super heavy or the temps are above 50 F, I always have a dilemma of whether to wear rain pants and get...
09-30-16, 05:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,585
Posted By CompleteStreets

Trench coat for biking in the rain?

Has anyone ever tried biking in a trench coat? I'm thinking this might be a reasonable option for biking in light to moderate rain to keep my thighs dry. I'd certainly want to get a "skirt guard" to...
09-06-16, 09:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,678
Posted By CompleteStreets

I can count on one hand the number of times I've...

I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen someone walk a bicycle through a grocery store. I use my bike to do 80% of my shopping, often in high-theft areas. I always lock my bike up...
08-16-16, 03:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

Yeah, there is a bit of an annoying glare from...

Yeah, there is a bit of an annoying glare from the fender. Thanks for the suggestion to paint the fender black. I may do that at some point. The ugly setup is now hidden as I've added a ziplock bag...
08-16-16, 03:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

I'd avoid Google Drive. One weird thing that's...

I'd avoid Google Drive. One weird thing that's happened when I've tried Google Drive for uploading to bikeforums is that the photos will upload properly, allowing myself and others to see the photos...
08-11-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,124
Posted By CompleteStreets

I've read through everyone's comments. Thanks for...

I've read through everyone's comments. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Very informative.
08-11-16, 05:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By CompleteStreets

Unfortunately, nearly all USB lights are...

Unfortunately, nearly all USB lights are extremely easy to remove quickly. They will get stolen with regularity if you don't remove them.

Generator lights are one great option, but the upfront...
08-11-16, 05:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By CompleteStreets

I really don't find the bicycle chain method to...

I really don't find the bicycle chain method to be that big of a deal. It lasts for years without having to give any thought to it. For those unfamiliar with this method, I'm talking about using the...
08-11-16, 02:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

Thanks for the info. I just uploaded to...

Thanks for the info. I just uploaded to imgur.com. I'm pasting the "BBCodes" under the "Huge Thumbnail" size, for anyone interested. As I mentioned, I plan to modify the design of my mount by adding...
08-11-16, 02:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

I've been having issues with uploading photos on...

I've been having issues with uploading photos on bikeforums. Let me know if you can see these. I think I'm going to add a "bar end" to the end of the handlebar, near wear the light is mounted so that...
08-11-16, 01:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,129
Posted By CompleteStreets

Nicely done!

Nicely done!
Forum: Commuting
08-11-16, 01:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,251
Posted By CompleteStreets

Sounds like you know what you're doing. Cities...

Sounds like you know what you're doing. Cities like Chicago and NYC really do require going the extra mile when it comes to preventing theft of bikes, as well as components.

I do recommend...
08-11-16, 01:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,124
Posted By CompleteStreets

Considering getting a bike with disc brakes

My current bike has V-brakes. I'm content with their stopping power, and I like that the pads are relatively inexpensive to replace. However, I wore through the rim of the rear wheel requiring me to...
08-10-16, 10:59 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 24,348
Posted By CompleteStreets

3 miles out to a dry cleaners and grocery store....

3 miles out to a dry cleaners and grocery store. 3 miles back home. This was at about 6pm today.
08-10-16, 10:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,204
Posted By CompleteStreets

I highly recommend wearing a baseball cap. I wear...

I highly recommend wearing a baseball cap. I wear mine under my helmet whenever I bike in the rain. This is crucial for me because I wear glasses. However, in thunderstorm conditions I highly...
08-10-16, 09:15 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,253
Posted By CompleteStreets

Research, Research, Research required to pick bike & accessories. Turns people off.

There are a ton of people out there that consider getting into biking, whether for transportation or recreation or both. Very quickly, they learn that having a positive experience with bikes requires...
08-10-16, 08:49 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,459
Posted By CompleteStreets

I've been going with the Kryptonite Evo Mini...

I've been going with the Kryptonite Evo Mini u-lock for the past four years in high-theft urban areas, and none of my bikes have been stolen. It weighs 2.3 pounds. Highly recommend. If you want piece...
08-10-16, 06:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

Side note: I have since placed a ziplock bag on...

Side note: I have since placed a ziplock bag on top of the light, securing the bag with rubber bands. I did this because I'm not too confident that the light is waterproof. The light seems to shine...
08-10-16, 05:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,802
Posted By CompleteStreets

OP here. I did it. I MacGyvered a mount for a...

OP here. I did it. I MacGyvered a mount for a headlight so that I don't have to remove it when shopping, etc. Hopefully no one steals the light for at least one year. Fingers crossed.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-16, 02:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,856
Posted By CompleteStreets

Wear a wool undershirt, or bring a fresh...

Wear a wool undershirt, or bring a fresh undershirt to change into, and put the sweaty undershirt in a pannier or backpack. Even if your clothes don't have a strong odor, others in the office might...
08-09-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,678
Posted By CompleteStreets

Well, we're going to have to agree to disagree on...

Well, we're going to have to agree to disagree on that one. With the sharpness of metal pedals, handlebars stick out, etc, pushing a bike through shopping aisles where there could easily be small...
08-09-16, 03:23 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,678
Posted By CompleteStreets

I am dumbfounded that there are so many of you...

I am dumbfounded that there are so many of you out there that bring your bikes in stores.

First off, I feel MUCH more comfortable that my bike is safe against theft if it is locked up with a...
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