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Forum: Commuting
03-24-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,673
Posted By andrelam

I had the same experience. Here in NY state when...

I had the same experience. Here in NY state when a car hits a pedestrian and cyclists there is a no-fault scenario where there driver's insurance has to pay. If you don't have any serious injuries...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-11, 03:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 881
Posted By andrelam

A new personal low... how low did you do today?

My previous lowest temp riding to work was 0F (without wind chill). Today is ws -8 this morning. I added my rain gear as an extra barrier and was comfortable for most of the ride. I did use my PSolar...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-10, 08:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,074
Posted By andrelam

When I was in my accident I was extremely luck...

When I was in my accident I was extremely luck that the insurance agent for the driver that hit me was enlightened and realized that nit was better to help me get through this quickly and fairly than...
12-16-10, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By andrelam

+1000 This is why I put on the Studded Nikia...

+1000 This is why I put on the Studded Nikia tires in the late Fall when it looks like we'll get our 1st frozen precipitation, and they don't come off this the frost is definitely gone... black ice...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-10, 02:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,074
Posted By andrelam

I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Its good...

I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Its good that you can still walk, but it definitely sounds like you got hurt pretty badly. If you'd just had a slight scape, and the bike was trashed, then you...
12-10-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,912
Posted By andrelam

In 3 whole winter of commuting, I've had the rear...

In 3 whole winter of commuting, I've had the rear derailler freeze up on me a few times before. Once it was after a cold weekend. It took me a few minutes to realize that on Friday it has been...
12-10-10, 02:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,403
Posted By andrelam

tsl is so right... Just keep it up. They will...

tsl is so right... Just keep it up. They will stop asking if it is too cold when you show up riding to work on a 0F day (without wind chill) day so when when you pull of your hat they will so that...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-10, 02:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 702
Posted By andrelam

I love my boot/glove dryer and I bough a few...

I love my boot/glove dryer and I bough a few years back. It has 4 posts, and can dry out 4 items at once. You can run it either with warm air or pain room temp air. It does a fantastic job on those...
12-08-10, 02:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,038
Posted By andrelam

Performance bike doesn't carry the Quick Stop...

Performance bike doesn't carry the Quick Stop Salmon pads, but they do have the Ritchey Red pads (same idea... wet weather pads). Those pads are awsome. I replaced my Shimano (without model name)...
12-08-10, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By andrelam

Go talk to Peter White...

Go talk to Peter White (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/index.html ) and get him to build you a set of rims, either the Velocity Dyads or Deep V as another poster suggested. I have some wheels he...
12-08-10, 12:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,876
Posted By andrelam

I am sorry you are getting push back from the...

I am sorry you are getting push back from the driver's insurance. What state are you in? What you are entited to depends on your state. Here in NY state an accident between a car and cyclist or...
12-06-10, 03:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,046
Posted By andrelam

I could not agree more. The other thing is that...

I could not agree more. The other thing is that the weather here can change so dramatically. I can leave in the morning with clear sunny weather and might have 6+ inches of snow on the way home, or...
12-06-10, 02:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,501
Posted By andrelam

To some degree you can't prevent this 100%. I...

To some degree you can't prevent this 100%. I only have this happen a few times per season. Definitely make sure the lines are lubricated liberally. If the unit gets wet enough and then re-freezes...
12-06-10, 02:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 983
Posted By andrelam

I commute daily in Buffalo and I can assure you...

I commute daily in Buffalo and I can assure you that every year there are a few days that I am VERY grateful for the studded tires. Most of the time I would be able to get away with just using some...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 01:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,203
Posted By andrelam

To answer the initial posting: Ride the...

To answer the initial posting:

Ride the differenct bikes and get what feels right to YOU. There are clearly difference between the various materials and there are some advantage and...
12-03-10, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,038
Posted By andrelam

This Fall has been fairly rainy. I've ridden in...

This Fall has been fairly rainy. I've ridden in lots of light and heavy rain and I can tell you that my Bontrager Hard Case (slicks) work great. If you go over a metal grade or manhole cover, be...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-10, 01:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,922
Posted By andrelam

The B&M Big Bang makes the IQ-Cyo's output look...

The B&M Big Bang makes the IQ-Cyo's output look puny and it comes either with an off-road or off-road lens. The on-road lens gives you an output comparable to 2 car headlights! Ofcourse it also comes...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-10, 11:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 769
Posted By andrelam

I don't think it is a Friday problem. Some...

I don't think it is a Friday problem. Some drivers are just clueless morons that don't have a clue how to interact with anything other than an other car/bus/truck on the road. Just the other day I...
10-21-10, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By andrelam

Talk to Lou at www.foxwear.net...

Talk to Lou at www.foxwear.net (http://www.foxwear.net) . Lou has made my winter coat and winter riding pants for me. What is great with Lou is that he custom makes everything. If you discuss you...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-10, 01:31 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,740
Posted By andrelam

As everyone else stated, you need a good balance...

As everyone else stated, you need a good balance of active (i.e. lights) and passive (reflective gear) to make yourself as visable as possible. After my wife rode behind me she mentioned that my head...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-10, 01:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,611
Posted By andrelam

+1000 Call them Pogies, Climmits, etc. Why got...

+1000 Call them Pogies, Climmits, etc. Why got through the trouble of wearing heavy gloves that are going to get sweaty. I used Gortex gloves my 1st year. They were OK, but the real problem is that...
10-11-10, 06:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,922
Posted By andrelam

Those bikes are pretty descent. I got one for my...

Those bikes are pretty descent. I got one for my Mom a few years ago. The biggest difference between those and the lowest end Trek or Schwinn at your LBS is that they come with marginal assembly and...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-10, 10:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,442
Posted By andrelam

The world if full of jerks. Just last week I was...

The world if full of jerks. Just last week I was riding home from work, when some jerk flew around me and did a right hook, I pay enough attention that is didn't suprise me. I saw that he had his...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-10, 10:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 913
Posted By andrelam

But here's what's up. As I approach this area I...

But here's what's up. As I approach this area I line up with the white line so that I am staying EXACTLY the same distance from the curb about 2 .5 feet). The white line slowly (over 20 to 30 yards)...
10-07-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,946
Posted By andrelam

I haven't biked in CO, but the Buffalo NY area...

I haven't biked in CO, but the Buffalo NY area gets about 120 to 150 inches of snow, so we DO get real winter cycling.

Most important are:
- Don't over dress, it is easy to overheat
- Rember...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 913
Posted By andrelam

Was I wrong?

This morning started out just loverly. Early on in the commute I get up to a T intersection where I have a stop sign. So I stick out my arm to the left and slowly start to move into the middle of the...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 02:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,573
Posted By andrelam

Personally I am OK with boring breakfast and...

Personally I am OK with boring breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast:
1 cup of real oatmeal (no instant) with a light sprinkle of brown suger for some flavor,
8 oz glas of OJ.
Lunch:
2 slices of...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 01:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,248
Posted By andrelam

The Michellin web site, clearly posts that...

The Michellin web site, clearly posts that Hydroplaning is not a problem with bike tires... but as you note, things can get slippery. The problem is that knobby tires are worse than slicks on normal...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-10, 01:18 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 5,877
Posted By andrelam

1. How old are you? 39 2. How far is your...

1. How old are you? 39


2. How far is your commute to work? 5 miles (each way)


3. How many days a week do you commute? Everyday (5 days a week) as long as the weather is not too sever (i.e....
Forum: Commuting
10-04-10, 10:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,365
Posted By andrelam

My 1st Winter I started off with a cheapy pair of...

My 1st Winter I started off with a cheapy pair of full fingered cycling gloves I bought at Target. I still have those and they work great down to the low 40's. Once it gets colder than that I need a...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-10, 11:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,781
Posted By andrelam

Your rights depend on what state you are in. I...

Your rights depend on what state you are in. I got hit by motorist a few years ago (she left the stop sign and proceeded to hit me when I clearly had the right of way. She did stop, but proceeded...
09-30-10, 02:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,922
Posted By andrelam

I could not agree more. Your mountain bike should...

I could not agree more. Your mountain bike should work fine. You can get studded winter tires for all those icy/slick inter days, and slicks for Spring through Fall use to make riding more enjoyable....
Forum: Commuting
09-27-10, 10:28 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,913
Posted By andrelam

There were some comments earlier about how...

There were some comments earlier about how Europeans don't worry about cycling gear. Here would be a few answers why:
1. Their bikes are setup for commuting. Granted a nice bike in Holland (when I...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-10, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 820
Posted By andrelam

If you live in an area where you get ice... do...

If you live in an area where you get ice... do your self a favor and get some good CARBITE studded tires. I went cheap the 1st year. After 1 month of use the rear steel studs were useless and nearly...
09-21-10, 02:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,354
Posted By andrelam

Andy Schleck lost the Tour De France due to a...

Andy Schleck lost the Tour De France due to a dropped chain... so don't feel bad. Everyone can make a mistake. Brifters are definitely nice, but it takes the body/brain a little practive before using...
09-21-10, 12:50 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,903
Posted By andrelam

As others have pointed out, there is a great deal...

As others have pointed out, there is a great deal of variance in what kind of weather we experience in our "Winter Riding."

Having grown up in the Netherlands, Winter riding meant cold wet...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-10, 02:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,365
Posted By andrelam

+1000 I am a VERY happy customer of Lou's...

+1000 I am a VERY happy customer of Lou's creations. They cost a lot less than what is in the local store, AND it is made to your exact requirments. Lou will take the time to find out how a normal...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-10, 02:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,566
Posted By andrelam

LA doesn't count. You guys have the same weather...

LA doesn't count. You guys have the same weather all the time Sunny and 80 year round right? Your weather men have the easiest job on earth. No hurricanes, little rain, no pesky lake effect snow...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-10, 01:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,566
Posted By andrelam

+1 where. In two weeks it went from 70F in the...

+1 where. In two weeks it went from 70F in the mornings to a consistant low in the mid to low 50F every day. Still wearing the shorts, but had to alternate between a vest or long sleeve thin fleece...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-10, 01:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,579
Posted By andrelam

I have a bell on both my hybrid commuter, and the...

I have a bell on both my hybrid commuter, and the road bike (a very small light weight unit). About the only time I've ever used my bell is on the bike paths to warn pedestrians to move aside (as...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,913
Posted By andrelam

I could not agree more. You certainly are...

I could not agree more. You certainly are starting with a failry long commute. Don't fixate on commuting 100% of time at the beginning. Certainly ahealthy person can ride 26 miles in a day, but the...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-10, 11:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,400
Posted By andrelam

My hybrid commuter is like my Volvo station...

My hybrid commuter is like my Volvo station wagon, very pratical for commuting, but not exactly what you'd take to the track to have a good time.
My road bike is like a sports car. Not very pratical...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-10, 09:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,266
Posted By andrelam

As everyone else pointed out, you need a good...

As everyone else pointed out, you need a good balance between active and passive visability gear.

For active Front:
1 - B&M Cyo R light up front for my main "seeing" the road
1 - Planet Bike...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-10, 08:58 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 10,323
Posted By andrelam

Rules of the road are pretty simple. A bike is a...

Rules of the road are pretty simple. A bike is a vehicle and as such you have the same rights and responsibilities. You ran a red light... car or bike makes no difference. Unless you can prove that...
07-19-10, 08:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,637
Posted By andrelam

Consumer Reports just tested a Huffy bike and...

Consumer Reports just tested a Huffy bike and rated it not acceptable. After TWO stops from a reasonable riding speed the brake pads were worn out beyond the wear markets. WOW stopping twice should...
07-06-10, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,111
Posted By andrelam

If you intend to ride with family and kids a road...

If you intend to ride with family and kids a road bike is generally useless and frustrating. I've ridden my road bike and had my co-worker on his hybrid. I was coasting most of the time. If you want...
07-06-10, 01:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,637
Posted By andrelam

+1 The majority of times I've looked at a...

+1 The majority of times I've looked at a department store bike there is something major not put together right. The bikes that are under $150 are generally total garbage with parts that rust well...
07-06-10, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By andrelam

I don't expect my wife to become a true fanatic,...

I don't expect my wife to become a true fanatic, but as long as she can understand that I enjoy my commute. It is saving me money on not needing a health club membership and I don't need to drive for...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-10, 12:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,306
Posted By andrelam

In the Buffalo area last month someone hit and...

In the Buffalo area last month someone hit and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk and he got ZERO jail time. Apparently the weather was considered contributory to the accident... I guess the...
07-06-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By andrelam

Amazing weekend...

This had to one of the most amazing weekends I've had in a long time.

First a little back ground. My wife has asthma, is significantly over weight and has a bad knee. Her knee doctor recommended...
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