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05-27-15, 10:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,699
Posted By Coluber42

Also, what makes someone a "bicyclist"? Would one...

Also, what makes someone a "bicyclist"? Would one have to purchase insurance per trip? Per mile? Only if one rides more than a certain number of days in a given month? Lots of people go out and...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,907
Posted By Coluber42

I've found that on a long ride, lots of things...

I've found that on a long ride, lots of things can manifest as sleepiness when they're really something else. Most notably, you probably need to keep munching while riding, even after a big meal at a...
05-27-15, 08:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,016
Posted By Coluber42

I've never owned a car, so I've never had to sell...

I've never owned a car, so I've never had to sell one and can't help you there.

But it sounds like you actually have a number of good options for getting to work, and you'll probably end up using...
05-27-15, 08:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,014
Posted By Coluber42

Around here we have a good number of shops that...

Around here we have a good number of shops that cater more to people who want to bike but aren't interested in the sporty mentality - upright city bikes, cargo bikes, etc.
But as far as a "slow...
05-20-15, 11:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,014
Posted By Coluber42

A couple of weeks ago they had a "rush hour race"...

A couple of weeks ago they had a "rush hour race" event from somewhere or other in downtown Boston to Union Square in Somerville. It's only a one-time (well, I think maybe it's annual?) thing, so not...
05-20-15, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,575
Posted By Coluber42

I've never had issues with a backpack; or for...

I've never had issues with a backpack; or for that matter, a shopping bag from another store. If I bought something bulky and I want to go into another store that's small and doesn't have a lot of...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,017
Posted By Coluber42

Rear racks are generally fairly standard, but I...

Rear racks are generally fairly standard, but I do have two more specific recommendations: First, get one of the ones that has stays that curve out to the back instead of just going straight down in...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,417
Posted By Coluber42

If you want simple and high-calorie, you can try...

If you want simple and high-calorie, you can try chips and guacamole. It's a little harder to carry the chips (or crackers) without crushing them, but you can also find chips closer to your campsite...
Replies: 16
Views: 7,028
Posted By Coluber42

The rest of the story is that she was a classmate...

The rest of the story is that she was a classmate when I was in grad school in Karlsruhe, Germany. She was graduating and had always wanted to bike home to Bregenz, Austria but hadn't gotten around...
Replies: 25
Views: 20,049
Posted By Coluber42

:lol: :lol: :lol: The Townies must've taken...

:lol: :lol: :lol:

The Townies must've taken the freewheels too...
Replies: 16
Views: 7,028
Posted By Coluber42

For another perspective, one time I took a friend...

For another perspective, one time I took a friend who had never ridden more than 60km at once on an almost-300km ride. She was a regular around-town cyclist and generally in decent shape, but wasn't...
Replies: 25
Views: 20,049
Posted By Coluber42

I'm mostly of the opinion that a small change in...

I'm mostly of the opinion that a small change in gearing makes fairly little difference in randonneuring. You have to get the same body to the top of the same hill either way and a difference of a...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 866
Posted By Coluber42

I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to...

I'm also in the Boston area, and am happy to answer specific questions via PM or whatever.

For your left turn question, yes, you can make left turns from the left lane. It is done (I do it, so do...
04-20-15, 11:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,025
Posted By Coluber42

How common are charging stations where you live?...

How common are charging stations where you live? Could you drive to a charging station somewhere a few miles away from work, then bike in the rest of the way? It can be simple enough to just keep the...
04-16-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Posted By Coluber42

I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes...

I can trackstand pretty well on any of my bikes (although on the geared ones I can't do it downhill much, obviously). I can trackstand no-hands on my fixies, as long as the ground isn't too far off...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-15, 10:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,187
Posted By Coluber42

I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have...

I'm with you! NOT a morning person, never have been, have always had a hard time getting to bed on time and getting up on time. If left to my own devices (in other words, without specific things I...
Replies: 33
Views: 2,896
Posted By Coluber42

One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind...

One thing to keep in mind about the BQ wind tunnel test is that Jan Heine is a skinny guy, and IIRC the saddlebag he tested was the Carradice Nelson. The Nelson is quite wide and stuck out a good bit...
04-05-15, 06:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,739
Posted By Coluber42

Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for...

Biking 30 mi each way is certainly possible for someone who likes riding and is motivated to do it. But to be clear about it, you're talking 2-3 hours each way (and for a new cyclist on whatever bike...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-15, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By Coluber42

Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:

Hey, I was gonna post that! :lol:
Forum: Commuting
03-31-15, 08:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 848
Posted By Coluber42

I've said this other places. But I'm a bit...

I've said this other places. But I'm a bit skeptical of the motivation here, seeing as it's coming from a car company. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool product with potentially some cool uses. And I'm...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,395
Posted By Coluber42

I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material...

I like BDU's, which are made of sturdy material (in a few choices), and have a reinforced butt. They take a lot longer to wear holes in than other pants, and if the outer layer gets a hole, at least...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-15, 02:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,508
Posted By Coluber42

I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to...

I'd either stay where you are or move somewhat to the left. But DO NOT move to the right. Not only do you want to make it clear you are not taking that righthand lane, you also want to discourage...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,715
Posted By Coluber42

No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on...

No, it's really not that complicated. You ask on a forum like this, and of course everyone comes up with all the ways it's complicated because that's what we do. ;)

But it's not complicated. Get...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,715
Posted By Coluber42

If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars,...

If you aren't used to riding on roads with cars, that's OK. You will be soon. :) But you should look up the traffic laws in your state and locality that pertain to bicycles, so that you know what...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-15, 10:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,518
Posted By Coluber42

Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines...

Like ThermionicScott said, look up the guidelines for reflective gear on RUSA: Randonneurs USA (http://www.rusa.org). For those who don't know, RUSA sanctions long-distance, minimally-supported rides...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-15, 09:38 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,193
Posted By Coluber42

Rising to the bait won't "teach that person a...

Rising to the bait won't "teach that person a lesson", it will give them exactly what they were looking for. If you challenge them and they win, they'll just want to challenge the next guy because...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-15, 10:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,157
Posted By Coluber42

I usually take a "minimalist" approach ;) to...

I usually take a "minimalist" approach ;) to cleaning my bikes, especially the daily commuter. But it does track in quite a bit of crud in the winter because of caked-on snow, salt, sand, etc that...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-15, 10:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 16,804
Posted By Coluber42

I'll bring up the Surly CrossCheck again. I...

I'll bring up the Surly CrossCheck again. I commute year round in the Boston area, and I'd be very surprised if your potholes are like ours right now! FWIW, CrossChecks are extremely common around...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-15, 10:46 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,597
Posted By Coluber42

Another thing I think is useful, whether you use...

Another thing I think is useful, whether you use a mirror or not, is looking over your shoulder. Aside from seeing who's behind you, humans respond subconsciously to other humans turning to look at...
02-24-15, 01:54 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,485
Posted By Coluber42

I'm in the Boston area, and my impression is that...

I'm in the Boston area, and my impression is that cycling has still been on a steady increase over the last few years. And actually even during this fairly ridiculous winter, I've seen other cyclists...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-15, 04:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,597
Posted By Coluber42

Congratulations on your resolution! I suspect...

Congratulations on your resolution! I suspect that once you get going and get your system figured out, you may well find that it makes lots of things about city living much more convenient.

The...
02-22-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,626
Posted By Coluber42

Yeah, the sprayer is awesome. Our hose is buried...

Yeah, the sprayer is awesome. Our hose is buried under waist-deep snow in the back yard, and danged if I'm going to go dig it out. But the quantity of crap that has melted all over the bike room is...
02-21-15, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,026
Posted By Coluber42

Also, liquid wrench is not chain lube. It's...

Also, liquid wrench is not chain lube. It's extremely thin (that's why it can penetrate) which means it won't stay on your chain long. Bicycle chain lube or 3-in-1 oil comes in drip bottles, not...
02-20-15, 08:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,626
Posted By Coluber42

I bought a pesticide sprayer for hosing down the...

I bought a pesticide sprayer for hosing down the bike somewhat if it's covered in caked-on stuff that will just melt all over the bike room. Don't know why I never thought of it before!
Dahon.Steve...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,813
Posted By Coluber42

Start at your LBS. Especially if it's your first...

Start at your LBS. Especially if it's your first bike since childhood, it's really important to test ride and buy a bike that fits and feels good. The only way to do that is to test ride. At a given...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,704
Posted By Coluber42

I have the Longboards on my touring bike... it's...

I have the Longboards on my touring bike... it's a bit odd to me that the front is so long and the back isn't.

I actually shortened the front a little and put a different mudflap on it, because I...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-15, 10:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,635
Posted By Coluber42

The problem with reflective materials is that...

The problem with reflective materials is that they all function, one way or another, by having some sort of lens or bead that reflects light. The thick, stiff vinyl stuff has it molded into the back...
02-15-15, 07:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,626
Posted By Coluber42

Actually, I have to say that since the snow...

Actually, I have to say that since the snow started I've had way fewer negative experiences with traffic than I have normally, and I've been riding everywhere just like usual. A big part of that is...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-15, 06:41 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,208
Posted By Coluber42

I agree that bicycle commuting isn't realistic...

I agree that bicycle commuting isn't realistic for a lot of people (although it is realistic for plenty of people who don't do it currently) because they live so far from where they work; and in lots...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-15, 05:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,639
Posted By Coluber42

As much as the snow is a drag sometimes and is...

As much as the snow is a drag sometimes and is messy, nothing makes me count my lucky stars that I can get around by bike and don't own a car like snow does.
Things like watching the neighbor...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,988
Posted By Coluber42

There are a number of brands smaller than Trek...

There are a number of brands smaller than Trek that offer bikes in the USA that come with racks and fenders, IGH, and in some cases dyno hubs and lighting. Breezer comes to mind, as well as some...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,639
Posted By Coluber42

I've been out riding to my studio (Boston area -...

I've been out riding to my studio (Boston area - live in Medford, work in Somerville) every day, snow and all, even during the travel ban (which applied only to motorized vehicles). It's been sloppy,...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-15, 11:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,347
Posted By Coluber42

It seems like debating between a road bike and a...

It seems like debating between a road bike and a cargo bike is like deciding between a sedan and a tractor. There are some things that could technically be accomplished using either one, but they're...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-15, 11:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 776
Posted By Coluber42

I work for myself, and it used to be out of the...

I work for myself, and it used to be out of the house. The transition to doing that was difficult for me after having had a bike commute my whole life, not to mention being by myself in the house all...
02-04-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,677
Posted By Coluber42

It's nice that people are so generous giving...

It's nice that people are so generous giving money to the one guy whose story went viral. But it's really too bad that all that effort and money isn't going to help any of the millions of other...
02-02-15, 01:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,469
Posted By Coluber42

As a woman in my 30's, I find that implication...

As a woman in my 30's, I find that implication offensive.

Back to the original question though, if you're happily able to be self-sufficient without a car, do you really want to waste your time...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-15, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 612
Posted By Coluber42

Sigh. I work for myself, and I can still ride to...

Sigh. I work for myself, and I can still ride to my studio even if it's slow going through the snow. So no snow day here. Took half an hour to dig a path to get my bike out to the street.... so glad...
02-01-15, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,628
Posted By Coluber42

Oh yeah, and then there was that time some years...

Oh yeah, and then there was that time some years ago when all of a sudden the whole internet realized you could open a whole lot of expensive Kryptonite locks with a Bic pen. The day I saw that, I...
02-01-15, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,628
Posted By Coluber42

A friend of mine recently discovered that his...

A friend of mine recently discovered that his house key opens the main door to another friend's apartment building....

With bike locks as with many things, you get what you pay for. And in this...
02-01-15, 08:28 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,860
Posted By Coluber42

I make bike bags, and I'm also a musician.

I make bike bags, and I'm also a musician.
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