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05-18-15, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,481
Posted By TheHen

They were awesome when they did the final set-up...

They were awesome when they did the final set-up of my custom tandem two years ago. It was good that everything ended up just right, since we got on the next morning and rode 450 miles home on it.
05-18-15, 10:44 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,537
Posted By TheHen

It's tough to schedule stages in the Sierra for...

It's tough to schedule stages in the Sierra for May, as they found out a few years ago. Personlly, I'd like to see them do some of the climbs on the Lost Coast in Humboldt/Mendocino, perhaps even...
Forum: Touring
05-18-15, 10:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,079
Posted By TheHen

Rear panniers and a handlebar bag, while popular...

Rear panniers and a handlebar bag, while popular in the '70s, is the least stable way to carry a load on a bicycle. If you can fit everything into front panniers, that's the way to go.

I agree...
07-30-14, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,695
Posted By TheHen

This. The article could also be summarized as...

This. The article could also be summarized as hatred is a tribal thing. Cyclists are not in the same tribe as those who use our roads exclusively in cars, so they are hated.
Forum: Touring
03-25-13, 11:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,354
Posted By TheHen

There is also a bit less traffic after Labor Day...

There is also a bit less traffic after Labor Day than before. However, weekends can still be a bit crowded and I advise calling it a day early on Sunday.
03-25-13, 11:12 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 8,052
Posted By TheHen

It sounds like you have been reading some sixty...

It sounds like you have been reading some sixty year old Isaac Asimov books. Elijah Bailey was his main character on his vision of Earth that had those variable speed sidewalks.
03-25-13, 10:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,202
Posted By TheHen

Fit people, like facts, have a well-known left...

Fit people, like facts, have a well-known left wing bias.:lol: J/K.

I wish I had an answer. Every so often, we get a little rightward on our tandem and I have to listen to my stoker complain. I...
03-25-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By TheHen

Yes, I do check for overtaking cyclists and...

Yes, I do check for overtaking cyclists and runners when I am stopped (or slowed in traffic) and preparing to make a right turn. In fact, this is one of the points that is checked on a commercial...
03-25-13, 10:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By TheHen

First off, just because I think that people who...

First off, just because I think that people who are operating demonstrably deadly machines should be expected to suffer significant consequences when they violate the laws governing the operation of...
03-23-13, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By TheHen

Okay, it's a lousy road to ride on. Okay, she was...

Okay, it's a lousy road to ride on. Okay, she was a fourteen year old girl who likely lacked the knowledge and skill to properly take the lane. Okay, she likely was passing on the right. Does all of...
03-06-13, 02:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 634
Posted By TheHen

While cell phones existed twenty years ago, they...

While cell phones existed twenty years ago, they did not come into common use until this past decade and the motoring public was pretty good about not using them while driving until fairly recently....
01-28-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,050
Posted By TheHen

I agree that a jury is likely to acquit. However,...

I agree that a jury is likely to acquit. However, since the standard safe following distance is two to four seconds, and if he was driving safely he would have been four seconds behind the vehicle in...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-13, 03:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,320
Posted By TheHen

In the early '90s, my spouse took a position at...

In the early '90s, my spouse took a position at Texas Tech in Lubbock. My major professor allowed me to continue my graduate program from afar, so we moved from Davis, CA to Lubbock.

It was a...
01-28-13, 03:20 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,050
Posted By TheHen

I have a lot of sympathy for new cyclists. (I...

I have a lot of sympathy for new cyclists. (I should add that, according to the census numbers, most cyclists seem to be fairly new.) If they ride properly, they will be harassed and told to get off...
01-28-13, 03:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,988
Posted By TheHen

I strolled to a grocery store last night. I...

I strolled to a grocery store last night. I observed four motorists (out of less than one hundred) driving in the dark without lights. I did not see a single motorist make a legal stop at the red...
01-28-13, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 563
Posted By TheHen

Just add the blood stains and body parts and it's...

Just add the blood stains and body parts and it's done.
01-11-13, 09:29 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,141
Posted By TheHen

Sure, there are some folks who are working two or...

Sure, there are some folks who are working two or three jobs, but how many are there that are doing so just to survive? I suspect this is a vanishingly small part of the generational difference in...
01-11-13, 08:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,970
Posted By TheHen

Just a word of caution: If you are going to use a...

Just a word of caution: If you are going to use a neti pot, be sure to sterilize the equipment and anything that goes in, like the water....
12-18-12, 09:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,618
Posted By TheHen

It's funny how no one ever sees the ones who got...

It's funny how no one ever sees the ones who got creamed, isn't it? They probably would have seen the F-150 if some A&S Dudley hadn't distracted them by shouting out "Scofflaw!"
12-18-12, 09:42 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,163
Posted By TheHen

A not so hidden message in the normal clothes for...

A not so hidden message in the normal clothes for cycling group is that cycling should be restricted to short distances, like the ones I walk. If you're only going five miles, you don't need any...
12-18-12, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By TheHen

Not since the '70s, but I hear they are making a...

Not since the '70s, but I hear they are making a comeback. I just hope they don't bring disco and polyester pants back with them.
10-22-12, 10:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,422
Posted By TheHen

Okay, but we still get to move some, or in my...

Okay, but we still get to move some, or in my case most, of our cycling expenses to medical costs and the motorists may have to count many of their medical costs as part of their transportation.
10-22-12, 10:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,848
Posted By TheHen

Sure, only one color is being shown at a time,...

Sure, only one color is being shown at a time, but for something like 8% of males two of those colors are the same (red/green colorblindness). Obviously, they can determine what to do by the position...
10-22-12, 09:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,069
Posted By TheHen

The Rodriguez tandem we had built this summer has...

The Rodriguez tandem we had built this summer has a lateral tube and only one set of three S&S couplers. We hardly ever fly anywhere and rarely drive, but we do take the train a couple times per year...
10-22-12, 09:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,174
Posted By TheHen

Nice photos. It looks like a nice place to ride....

Nice photos. It looks like a nice place to ride. However, I do have one objection. Why would you say you were in dairyland when you were in Wisconsin? California produces 65% more milk than Wisconsin...
10-22-12, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,666
Posted By TheHen

"May the peace and mercy be upon you" ...

"May the peace and mercy be upon you"
Translation: Either "Bless your heart" or something that definitely won't get past the censors.:D
10-13-12, 08:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,821
Posted By TheHen

I know you're kidding, but it feels about that...

I know you're kidding, but it feels about that bad sometimes. I used to do research/teach at a major university and my assumptions about integrity were pretty well shattered by the time I retired...
10-04-12, 11:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 18,745
Posted By TheHen

Actually, a person in OR did try the ramming...

Actually, a person in OR did try the ramming approach when someone parked across his driveway. He is doing a bit of jail time now.
10-04-12, 11:06 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 6,524
Posted By TheHen

I think the issue here is that many people think...

I think the issue here is that many people think if we just copy the designs of the Dutch, then we will have safe roads to cycle on. That seems a bit far-fetched and the fact that they added social...
10-04-12, 11:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 18,183
Posted By TheHen

Last week in Eugene, OR, a gentleman was cycling...

Last week in Eugene, OR, a gentleman was cycling home from work. (That doesn't happen often around here.) As he crossed the railroad tracks, he failed to notice the Amtrak Coast Starlight train that...
09-26-12, 08:42 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 28,950
Posted By TheHen

What? Nothing from South America. Maybe you need...

What? Nothing from South America. Maybe you need a few pennies in your saddlebag; the copper likely came from Chile. Then you need a diamond from Africa (reflector?). I don't know what you can get...
09-14-12, 11:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 731
Posted By TheHen

What a timely question. Tomorrow we are putting...

What a timely question. Tomorrow we are putting on a free supported century ride in Eugene, OR (107 miles, 8700 feet climbing). We have two folks who will man food/water stops and one of them will...
09-14-12, 10:47 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 5,322
Posted By TheHen

First of all, let's make note of the fact that...

First of all, let's make note of the fact that motorists are currently breaking the law on a regular basis and are killing people by the tens of thousands each year and maiming people by the millions...
09-10-12, 11:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,852
Posted By TheHen

Our twenty-four year old tandem has a Phil Wood...

Our twenty-four year old tandem has a Phil Wood disk brake set up as a drag (third) brake on the rear. While it has given reasonable service, I would never use these brakes without another system....
09-10-12, 10:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,302
Posted By TheHen

My husband and I were having a terrible time with...

My husband and I were having a terrible time with the local log trucks. It seemed like they went out of their way to put us in danger. We faced two choices: arm ourselves and gun them down when they...
09-06-12, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 924
Posted By TheHen

While I obviously don't know what happened in the...

While I obviously don't know what happened in the first incident, I have had a large number of pedestrians walk out into the road into my path without ever looking. Since they didn't hear a car, they...
09-06-12, 10:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 867
Posted By TheHen

I can't find a thread I read yesterday and you've...

I can't find a thread I read yesterday and you've managed to resurrect the note on the refrigerator you put here two and a half years ago. I'm impressed. Also, congratulations achieving so many goals...
09-06-12, 10:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,155
Posted By TheHen

Nicely said. It seems many people are unaware...

Nicely said. It seems many people are unaware that many/most "heart attacks" are actually vascular events. When the plaque builds up to such a level that it interferes with blood flow to the heart,...
09-03-12, 03:16 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,540
Posted By TheHen

Are you trying to tell us that FL doesn't issue...

Are you trying to tell us that FL doesn't issue state ID cards or that these ID cards are somehow more difficult to obtain than a driver's license? If FL does indeed issue state ID cards, like every...
08-25-12, 06:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,472
Posted By TheHen

Says he who is not a virgin. I think the flat...

Says he who is not a virgin. I think the flat gods require the sacrifice of an old racer. I guess the USADA has got us all covered for this year.
08-25-12, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By TheHen

Maybe. A distracted driver is usually only...

Maybe. A distracted driver is usually only distracted for part of his/her drive. An intoxicated motorists is intoxicated for the whole thing, so we have to correct for the total time of distraction...
08-25-12, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By TheHen

As Chasm54 says, cycling is quite safe. In fact,...

As Chasm54 says, cycling is quite safe. In fact, if you remove the unlit night-riding salmon from the statistics there are very few deaths at all. I think the reason many of us focus on the senseless...
08-25-12, 06:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 881
Posted By TheHen

Like children on a bike path, skunks always have...

Like children on a bike path, skunks always have the right of way.
08-24-12, 07:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,148
Posted By TheHen

If the stoker is a good rider, then there isn't...

If the stoker is a good rider, then there isn't any real upper body burden on the captain. The stoker should be able to easily ride rollers and be willing to spend some time with his hands towards...
08-24-12, 07:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
Posted By TheHen

Not that is makes it any better, but where I live...

Not that is makes it any better, but where I live we have had a rash of road deaths caused by motorists doing exactly what the OP described. Since the oncoming vehicle was a motor vehicle, the...
08-24-12, 06:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,148
Posted By TheHen

I like this idea best, perhaps because that is...

I like this idea best, perhaps because that is exactly what I did. For those who haven't seen such a thing, tandems can indeed be built for a smaller captain/larger stoker. It's a great way to ride:...
08-24-12, 06:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By TheHen

I would be surprised if the percentage of homes...

I would be surprised if the percentage of homes that have a bike in them is any less. Unfortunately, most of those bikes are ridden about as often as handguns are used for defense against a threat....
07-28-12, 10:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,694
Posted By TheHen

So that's why the Egyptian team is so upset at...

So that's why the Egyptian team is so upset at being issued counterfeit Nike gear.
06-15-12, 10:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,048
Posted By TheHen

Let's see. Motorists kill 30,000-40,000 people...

Let's see. Motorists kill 30,000-40,000 people per year and maim over a million. Cyclists kill a handful (many years none) and injure an unknown, likely small, number. I think our efforts should be...
06-03-12, 09:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Posted By TheHen

I don't have any problem with redesigning...

I don't have any problem with redesigning residential neighborhood streets to be safer and more effective for cyclists and pedestrians, but the devil will be in the details, as usual. In the case of...
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