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08-26-13, 01:21 PM
Replies: 685
Views: 277,483
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

My friend who is a radio producer puts on a...

My friend who is a radio producer puts on a radio-themed, live variety show every few months, with readings, musical performances, and the like. Most recently, she did a show around the concept...
05-06-11, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,406
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I have a standard configuration Yuba, and I love...

I have a standard configuration Yuba, and I love it. I want to address some things raised by other folks:

1. It is one-size-fits-all, but I'm 6'5" and it's totally fine with the 500mm seat post...
04-06-11, 07:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 886
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

It's not a guilt trip she lays on me, it's a...

It's not a guilt trip she lays on me, it's a common sense trip. I'd be ruined without her, and the fact that she approves of this workshop-for-Yuba trade tells me that it really was a good idea!
04-06-11, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 886
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Yeah. We have two cars, but the second one is a...

Yeah. We have two cars, but the second one is a beater truck that cost $1200 and gets about 20 miles a month, so it's pretty much a wash. Plus, as I remind my wife, I don't have time in my life to go...
04-06-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 886
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

How to get your spouse not to object to your spending more $$$ on bikes

My wife, bless her heart, has had to put up with my bike-obsession for many many years, and I expect she is keeping a running tally of all the money I've spent on various projects, which she'll bring...
04-04-11, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,201
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I have a Worksman SUD front-loader trike,...

I have a Worksman SUD front-loader trike, upgraded with a 3-speed coaster brake rear wheel, and I rode it all through Hartford, Conn.'s rather snowy winter this year. You can't get more stability...
02-08-11, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,355
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I can vouch for the Worksman front loaders - I...

I can vouch for the Worksman front loaders - I have an S.U.D., and I swapped out the metal box for a grocery cart (without the bottom part and the wheels). It is not winning any races, but with a...
12-12-10, 08:08 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 70,784
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Grocery run yesterday with my two boys. I never...

Grocery run yesterday with my two boys. I never thought I'd need panniers on a frontloader cargo trike, but when you add a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old, it gets...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-10, 08:57 PM
Replies: 15,229
Views: 10,921,630
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

No offense taken! Take note: shopping carts in...

No offense taken! Take note: shopping carts in their natural form have small, hard rubber, swiveling wheels. This is the boxy part of a shopping cart mounted on leaf springs and twenty-inch bicycle...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-10, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15,229
Views: 10,921,630
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Here's my beast, a Worksman Cycles Super Utility...

Here's my beast, a Worksman Cycles Super Utility Delivery trike, with the customary heavy metal box replaced by a shopping cart. I've been commuting four miles each way on this for about a month,...
11-29-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 947
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Honing my maneuvering skills on a Worksman frontloader trike

I have a somewhat modified Worksman front-loader trike, which I love, but which is, obviously, not great for maneuverability: It tends to tip on sharp turns. Given that I can rarely get it moving...
11-17-10, 09:02 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 395,007
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I had long coveted a Worksman Cycles front loader...

I had long coveted a Worksman Cycles front loader or some other bakfiets-type mobile for carting my two boys (3 and 6) around the neighborhood and doing grocery runs, but the cost was prohibitive....
Forum: Northeast
11-23-09, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

The ride was great! The weather couldn't have...

The ride was great! The weather couldn't have been better, I had two friends with me, and we lazed our way across the state. Here's my bloggy postmortem...
Forum: Northeast
11-17-09, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Hartford, CT - Dudley, MA: Route Recommendations?

My buddy and I are going to ride from Hartford to Dudley, Mass., on Saturday for the bike swap meet there (http://www.oldroads.com/dudley/). Right now our plan is to follow the Google Maps walking...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-15-09, 11:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,555
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

It would be cool if you left the frame then bent...

It would be cool if you left the frame then bent a seatpost in such a way as to accommodate for the bent seat tube. I mean, if we're talking about quixotic bike-fixing missions and all . . .
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-15-09, 11:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,667
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I am 6'5", 200 lbs, and have a Xootr Swift and it...

I am 6'5", 200 lbs, and have a Xootr Swift and it is no problem - I can get full leg extension, and after some playing around with different stems and bars, I found a comfortable way to put my arms....
Forum: Northeast
11-15-09, 05:29 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 18,387
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Live in W. Hartford, work three or four days a...

Live in W. Hartford, work three or four days a week in Bridgeport, the rest in Hartford. For a while I had no car, so I would ride my folder (either my Xootr swift or my Raleigh Twenty) to Union...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-09, 07:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,508
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

See how you feel. I had a wisdom tooth that was...

See how you feel. I had a wisdom tooth that was impacted and infected, and it was a pretty hellatious bit of cutting and yanking to get it out, but they only gave me local anesthesia, so I came out...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-08, 08:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,231
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I think I save money, but it's a tricky equation:...

I think I save money, but it's a tricky equation: My work reimburses me for mileage whether I drive, bike, or take the train. So my 40-mile roundtrip always gets me $23.40. If I drive, it costs me...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-08, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 843
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

What do you mean, you don't know what it is? It...

What do you mean, you don't know what it is? It says it's a Humber. If memory serves, a humber is what got Bill Clinton in so much trouble.
Forum: Commuting
11-07-08, 12:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,418
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Like many here, commuting is my cycling, along...

Like many here, commuting is my cycling, along with grocery-getting, errand-running, and going out for drinks. That said, I like to integrate extra riding into my commute, which I guess you would...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-08, 10:57 AM
Replies: 15,229
Views: 10,921,630
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Here is my new (to me) Mercier "Special Tour de...

Here is my new (to me) Mercier "Special Tour de France," the frame of which I inherited from a friend who was moving:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/2963694523_ba08fe4e82_b.jpg

Getting the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-21-08, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,055
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Yeah, I'm 6'5" and I get as much stretch as I...

Yeah, I'm 6'5" and I get as much stretch as I need. Admittedly, I tend to favor slightly too-small frames and I like having my hands low but close to me, but still - 6'5".

To the OP I say, if...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-08, 09:22 AM
Replies: 15,229
Views: 10,921,630
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Here's my Xootr Swift Folder, which goes on my...

Here's my Xootr Swift Folder, which goes on my 60-mile, car-bike-train-bike commute, my three-mile, all-bike commute (I work in different places on different days), my on frequent 20-30-mile rides...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-23-08, 01:06 PM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 646,263
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Here's some pictures of my Swift, which I've...

Here's some pictures of my Swift, which I've actually had for a few months now. I used to have a Dahon Jack, but that got jacked (ha ha) from the trunk of my car, and, lacking money for a new folder,...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-08, 11:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,576
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I'm with caloso - I ride whenever, with a...

I'm with caloso - I ride whenever, with a two-blinky set-up (white in front, red in back). In fact, when I first read the topic of this thread, I didn't think about darkness, I thought: it's safe to...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-08, 08:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I've pretty much ditched my full-size bike for my...

I've pretty much ditched my full-size bike for my Xootr Swift folder. I have a 60-mile commute some days and a three-mile commute other days. On the long days, I can drive 30 miles, bike three miles,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-18-08, 09:47 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 11,250
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Soma Arc (or similarly shaped bar) + bar ends...

Soma Arc (or similarly shaped bar) + bar ends placed in toward the clamp and pointing forward = homebrew H-bar for a fraction of the cost.

Added benefit: More ghetto-fabulous.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-02-08, 08:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,494
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I've done 25 miles at a stretch, 50 miles in a...

I've done 25 miles at a stretch, 50 miles in a day, a number of times on my Xootr Swift, which is unmodified but for the touring handlebar. I would like to put a firmer, less spongy saddle on, but...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-08, 08:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 730
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Happens to me all the time. The worst is that...

Happens to me all the time. The worst is that sometimes, I ride to the wrong place. I'll have a day where I have to go somewhere other than the office, I'll hop on my bike, end up at the office, and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-26-08, 07:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

You're gonna love it. I have a Xootr Swift and it...

You're gonna love it. I have a Xootr Swift and it really rides like a dream. I was just off the bike for a week and a half (wife went out of town, leaving me with the two youngsters, and their school...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-08, 12:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,626
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I'm a lawyer, so I mostly have slacks and a dress...

I'm a lawyer, so I mostly have slacks and a dress shirt, and occasionally have a suit. Mostly my commute is between 3 and 6 miles, so I can wear work clothes (and really, I have to, because I spend a...
Forum: Northeast
06-26-08, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 617
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Chris's Spoke and Wheel at 2335 East Main Street...

Chris's Spoke and Wheel at 2335 East Main Street in Bridgeport is cheap and reliable and good for old parts, and Chris is a good guy who does work well at a reasonable price.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-08, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 963
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I have a Swift from Xootr, and it works great for...

I have a Swift from Xootr, and it works great for my 6'5", 36"-inseam self. In fact, there's enough seatpost for someone with a few more inches of inseam.
Forum: Northeast
06-19-08, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 498
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I'm a huge fan of Chris's Spoke and Wheel on East...

I'm a huge fan of Chris's Spoke and Wheel on East Main Street in Bridgeport. Chris has new bikes, good used bikes, and tons of parts, and I've always found him very knowledgable and honest. I can't...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-08, 12:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,031
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Last week I rode a fifty-mile round trip...

Last week I rode a fifty-mile round trip (Middletown to New Haven and back) in 96F, humid conditions. That was dumb. While riding I saw a frog that was dead and dried up on the pavement and thought,...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-08, 11:53 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,391
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I am an idiot: I just got a new bike and I was...

I am an idiot: I just got a new bike and I was excited to try it out over some distance, so today I did 50 miles of my 120-mile round trip commute by bike (the rest divided between car and train),...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-08, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 608
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Mad Love for Xootr, Maker of the Swift Folder

I know this is sort of related to folding bikes, but I'm posting here because I think it's more pertinent to commuting:

For a while, I had a Dahon Jack, which was essential to my car-train-bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-05-08, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 605
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I'm 6'5" and I actually found the reach alright...

I'm 6'5" and I actually found the reach alright when I test rode one, but I can't understand why they would make the handlebar setup that way. It just galls me.
Forum: Commuting
06-05-08, 08:07 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 8,627
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I'm a lawyer, which actually isn't a desk job. I...

I'm a lawyer, which actually isn't a desk job. I run a walk-in legal clinic at a high school, but also travel around to group homes, juvenile detention centers, and people's homes to work with...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 06:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,674
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I too hate front derailleurs. I commuted...

I too hate front derailleurs. I commuted everywhere on a fixed gear for so long that the 1x6 I run now feels luxurious.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 06:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,614
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

You clearly need to get a folder to carry with...

You clearly need to get a folder to carry with you on your car trips, so you can park ten miles from your destination and ride the rest of the way. Seriously. That would be neat.
Forum: Northeast
06-02-08, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,214
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I used to commute regularly by Amtrak between...

I used to commute regularly by Amtrak between Hartford and New Haven, which sometimes had me on the Vermonter. What NtS says is spot-on - they really don't make it easy. I used a Dahon full-sized...
Forum: Northeast
05-30-08, 08:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I take my bike on Metro-North all the time, and...

I take my bike on Metro-North all the time, and they do ask for the bike permit pretty regularly. If you're just going one time, you could probably plead ignorance and get by without the permit. If...
Forum: Northeast
05-30-08, 08:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 702
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

FWIW, my friend and blog-mate is a huge proponent...

FWIW, my friend and blog-mate is a huge proponent of CM in the Beat, and he has a big write-up (http://beatbikeblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/crit.html) of the one today at our blog (the Beat Bike Blog...
Forum: Northeast
05-19-08, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Central Connecticut: Look out for my stolen bike

Some rotten person in Waterbury stole my Dahon Jack from the trunk of my car. If you see it, PM me. Here's my blog post with pictures and details about the bike...
Forum: Northeast
05-16-08, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 586
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I ride in New Haven all the time and Dixwell Ave....

I ride in New Haven all the time and Dixwell Ave. is really not that sketchy, especially in the daytime. You could also cut over to Whitney Ave. and ride into downtown that way. It's a little less...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-08, 02:15 PM
Replies: 15,229
Views: 10,921,630
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

Here's my Dahon Jack. It's not actually commuting...

Here's my Dahon Jack. It's not actually commuting here, but on a 24-mile ride from Hartford to Waterbury, where I caught the train to New York for the Five-Borough Bike Tour the next day. You can see...
Forum: Northeast
05-07-08, 08:30 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 6,411
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

My friend Will and I came down from Hartford,...

My friend Will and I came down from Hartford, Conn., the previous day by riding our bikes 24 miles to Waterbury, Conn., and taking Metro-North from there. (We stayed with friends in Brooklyn.) We met...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-08, 08:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,708
Posted By Ya Tu Sabes

I just want to add my voice to the defenders of...

I just want to add my voice to the defenders of Dahon. I have an '07 Dahon Jack, which is my everyday bike. My work takes me all around my region, so sometimes I can just ride three miles, but other...
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