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Forum: Commuting
06-12-11, 05:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,161
Posted By Val

I can remember several occasions when I have been...

I can remember several occasions when I have been drunk enough that walking home would have been impossible. Good thing I had my bike. YMMV depending on how you ride and how you react to alcohol. ...
05-14-11, 06:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,159
Posted By Val

With disc brakes, use sintered (metallic) pads. ...

With disc brakes, use sintered (metallic) pads. They modulate better than the organic pads and last almost twice as long.
03-31-11, 10:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,683
Posted By Val

No offense taken, for sure. Colin has been doing...

No offense taken, for sure. Colin has been doing this long enough that production is no problem for him; some of the parts are laser cut in large batches, and he has a series of jigs that keep...
03-30-11, 10:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,683
Posted By Val

This has all certainly been interesting and...

This has all certainly been interesting and amusing, and I probably don't even need to say anything, but what the heck. I did make sure to point this thread out to my good freind Colin (...
03-21-11, 12:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,683
Posted By Val

For more impartial feedback on the Rolling...

For more impartial feedback on the Rolling Jackass, take a look at these folks: http://civilizedconveyance.blogspot.com/search?q=centerstand and their Flickr set:...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-11, 12:59 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 9,221
Posted By Val

I was riding in the right hand through lane of...

I was riding in the right hand through lane of three lanes of traffic when a car pulled up to my right, in the Right Turn Only lane. As he matched my pace, the driver looked at me through his open...
01-06-11, 12:11 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 31,410
Posted By Val

What I hear from Sun (J & B) is that they don't...

What I hear from Sun (J & B) is that they don't actually have any of the production bikes here yet, but that XtraCycle compatibility was one of the original design parameters. Making a definite...
12-29-10, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 679
Posted By Val

No worries - there's still time to come out for...

No worries - there's still time to come out for Opening Day (1-1-11, that is). See you there!
12-27-10, 11:58 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 31,410
Posted By Val

There are a couple of differences between the Sun...

There are a couple of differences between the Sun and the Surly that may be worth noting. The Sun has QR binders built into the frame sockets that hold the rear racks. This eliminates the need for...
12-27-10, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 679
Posted By Val

For an easy ride on New Year's, how about:...

For an easy ride on New Year's, how about: http://rideyourbike.com/nyd2011.shtml We promise fun, food, and very slow riding!
12-15-10, 02:06 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 31,410
Posted By Val

Heck, at that price, that's basically what you're...

Heck, at that price, that's basically what you're doing - except that you can ride this frameset while you decide what upgrades to make.
12-15-10, 01:20 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 31,410
Posted By Val

I have actually test ridden one of these (just...

I have actually test ridden one of these (just around a parking lot, with no load), and it looks well designed and built. As expected, the components are the most basic level available, but the...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-10, 01:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,752
Posted By Val

You know what they say - once you've had fat,...

You know what they say - once you've had fat, you'll never go back. I am very happy that my road bike can take 700 X 38c tires with fenders. Potholes and railroad tracks are standard road features...
12-10-10, 01:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,606
Posted By Val

I think my heaviest loads have been around 250...

I think my heaviest loads have been around 250 lbs on an Xtracycle, though that has never been a common occurrence. My biggest loads have been multiple bikes:...
12-09-10, 12:02 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,674
Posted By Val

Wow...plenty of people here who "always wear a...

Wow...plenty of people here who "always wear a helmet." Whenever I hear this I can't help being reminded of the old joke about why a cowboy's girlfreind is bowlegged (answer: because a cowboy always...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 07:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,806
Posted By Val

All my bikes have Brooks. I find that they tend...

All my bikes have Brooks. I find that they tend to be much less attractive when covered with a grocery bag in order to repel rain. Leave it on whenever parked, don't use QRs; good to go (or stay,...
12-02-10, 04:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,005
Posted By Val

I can't say that anything here has changed any...

I can't say that anything here has changed any basic attitudes I may have had, but I have learned a lot. My attitudes are more nuanced now, and I have much more to think about.
11-30-10, 06:45 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,674
Posted By Val

For what it's worth, I used to crash quite a lot....

For what it's worth, I used to crash quite a lot. I started out trying to keep track of how many "serious" crashes I had had - "serious" being defined as something that actually impaired my function...
11-30-10, 03:00 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,674
Posted By Val

I was trying to remember the last time I had worn...

I was trying to remember the last time I had worn a helmet, and I'm really not sure. I know it must have been at least ten years ago, but the specific instance escapes me. At the time I would wear...
11-23-10, 05:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By Val

Yah, sure, snow's no problem, outside of the four...

Yah, sure, snow's no problem, outside of the four wheeled hockey pucks all over the place. Of course, having studs does help, especially when you have large hills and serious grades to contend with,...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-10, 02:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,393
Posted By Val

Years ago I was working at a bike shop on Capitol...

Years ago I was working at a bike shop on Capitol Hill, and had to ride home to the U District in a blizzard. I then proceeded to sit up most of the night, studding one tire (only had a few sheet...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-10, 10:44 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 15,878
Posted By Val

Yep: ...

Yep: http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/29100280@N05/3334844176/
Forum: Commuting
11-18-10, 07:26 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 15,878
Posted By Val

I'm with Xtrajack; my Dreadnought is the weapon...

I'm with Xtrajack; my Dreadnought is the weapon of choice for commuting, and it tends to run just over 100 lbs., with the usual gear. I do carry more stuff than I need, but you never know when...
11-12-10, 05:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,727
Posted By Val

These: http://gloglov.com/ Tried 'em. They...

These: http://gloglov.com/ Tried 'em. They work.
Forum: Commuting
11-11-10, 01:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,481
Posted By Val

My first crash happened several minutes after we...

My first crash happened several minutes after we got home with my first bike. My father put me on the (much too large, but really cool looking) bike, and gave me a big shove across the front yard. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-10, 12:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,959
Posted By Val

I do look at T shirts as a way of representing...

I do look at T shirts as a way of representing myself and my attitude, and I tend to choose them based on my mood that morning. Most of them have bicycles on them, or are in some way bicycle...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-10, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,980
Posted By Val

I have worked on these, and they are, at best, a...

I have worked on these, and they are, at best, a mechanic's minor nightmare. The shifting of the variable diameter "chaniring" is problematic, somewhat imprecise, and tends to wear easily, as it...
10-15-10, 03:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,986
Posted By Val

Cobbworks used to have stickers that said "Bikes...

Cobbworks used to have stickers that said "Bikes Just Smell Better". I hope they still do. My other favorite was one I used to sell that said "This Bike Protected By Anti Theft Sticker"
Forum: Commuting
10-14-10, 03:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,555
Posted By Val

I don't usually drink coffee while riding, but...

I don't usually drink coffee while riding, but for those who want to, here is the definitive clearinghouse of methods and equipment: http://bicyclecoffeesystems.com/ Reading through it actually...
10-11-10, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3,243
Views: 135,539
Posted By Val

Actually, I have been using the fact that I have...

Actually, I have been using the fact that I have survived many falls from bicycles while wearing fedoras, berets, and cowboy hats as anectotal evidence that hats like these saved my life. I'm living...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-10, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By Val

Yep, that's the hub I'm running on my cargo bike,...

Yep, that's the hub I'm running on my cargo bike, and I love it. I am able to run two LED headlights and two LED taillights (though standlight charging is a bit problematic) and I have always liked...
09-10-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 3,243
Views: 135,539
Posted By Val

Research and science are great, but anecdotes are...

Research and science are great, but anecdotes are fun, too, so I thought I should contribute a couple.

On one of the routes that I used to ride regularly, there was a lamppost with a traffic light...
08-31-10, 01:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,803
Posted By Val

From one perspective, it makes up for all the...

From one perspective, it makes up for all the times the Renton Police have pulled me over and told me that I would be cited for Impeding Traffic if I continued to ride in the road. I will be very...
08-30-10, 05:31 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,803
Posted By Val

Well, it happened this weekend - I was pulled...

Well, it happened this weekend - I was pulled over by a motorcycle cop sitting next to the trail with a radar gun so that we could "have a conversation" about the speed limit. He was quite...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 12:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,348
Posted By Val

That link again:...

That link again: http://prymegear.com/gloves/goodday.php
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,348
Posted By Val

Glogloves are very effective, though I would...

Glogloves are very effective, though I would recommend removing the "stop sign" on the palm. As most of us are not actually authorized to command traffic to stop, it could be dangerous to rely on...
08-11-10, 10:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 728
Posted By Val

And then there's...

And then there's http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?644306-Seattle-Helmet-Law-Crackdown YMMV, as they say.
08-04-10, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Val

I have found that most rear racks are fully...

I have found that most rear racks are fully capable of carrying a full grown person (sidesaddle is definitely best; most comfortable, easiest to get on/off, easiest to balance). The european ones...
08-03-10, 05:18 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,098
Posted By Val

Logic? When did I mention that? All I said is...

Logic? When did I mention that? All I said is that this mode and method of enforcement discriminates against cyclists. Until I see uniformed police officers patrolling with meat thermometers, I...
08-03-10, 02:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,803
Posted By Val

Discouraging cyclists on this stretch of the...

Discouraging cyclists on this stretch of the trail will certainly make things interesting, as it is the only alternative to a section of the Maple Valley Highway that has no shoulder. The only way...
07-30-10, 10:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,257
Posted By Val

How about: everyone, especially legislators,...

How about: everyone, especially legislators, needs to shut the hell up about helmets and go ride.
07-30-10, 10:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,098
Posted By Val

That post shamelessly encourages helmetless...

That post shamelessly encourages helmetless shena****ns. Deplorable. On the other hand, it raises the question: can mall cops enforce the Health Code?
07-30-10, 12:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,098
Posted By Val

My assertion is that the selective and and...

My assertion is that the selective and and aggressive enforcement of this one statute of the Health Code discriminates against cyclists. I aloso assert that it is amusing to imagine uniformed cops...
07-30-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,098
Posted By Val

mattm: Gosh, I didn't realize that there was a...

mattm: Gosh, I didn't realize that there was a minimum speed requirement. You're right, I'm not going that fast, ever - I guess I should just quit, along with everyone else who can't keep up with...
07-29-10, 05:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,098
Posted By Val

Just put things in perspective, it is worth...

Just put things in perspective, it is worth remembering that the helmet law is not part of the Traffic Code - it is part of the Health Code. This puts it on the same level as such things as...
07-27-10, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 429
Posted By Val

Wow...if this trend continues, I may have to stop...

Wow...if this trend continues, I may have to stop using my standard line about Seattle's "bicycle freindliness" being mostly lip service. Road diets are a wonderful thing. I noticed the improvement...
07-22-10, 02:21 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,924
Posted By Val

razrskutr: Mexico City just did:...

razrskutr: Mexico City just did: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/04/mexico-city-repeals-bike-helmet-law.html As far as I know, they are the only example so far, but we can hope that a trend has...
07-22-10, 01:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,339
Posted By Val

My favorites are the sharrows on roads that...

My favorites are the sharrows on roads that feature a variety of textures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29100280@N05/4778895858/ Nothing like a sharrow on top of a pothole to let you know the DOT...
07-14-10, 02:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,614
Posted By Val

Danthesoundman: I do use disc brakes on my...

Danthesoundman: I do use disc brakes on my NuVinci, but I assembled all that myself, and made sure that there was no untoward contact. The dust cover should not rub if properly installed. I did...
07-12-10, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,035
Posted By Val

Voila:...

Voila: http://bikehugger.com/2010/06/bicycle-powered-parade-float.html
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