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Forum: Touring
07-26-08, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By Merriwether

DF: The Army of Northern Virginia's last...

DF:

The Army of Northern Virginia's last major battle before Gettysburg was the Battle of Chancellorsville.

I can't say I know the route the General himself took north. However, it's safe to...
Forum: Touring
07-16-08, 01:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Posted By Merriwether

I have the Nomad, too. I think it's an excellent...

I have the Nomad, too. I think it's an excellent trailer. Someone I know has a BOB. Like you, Thulsadoom, I've found the two-wheel Nomad to be much, much easier to ride with, especially with heavy...
Forum: Touring
06-19-08, 11:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,601
Posted By Merriwether

I agree with the first sentence. At least, if...

I agree with the first sentence. At least, if the bike does not wobble at all when you turn, or when you're coasting otherwise, it's likely not the frame that's the problem. The rear rack is the...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-08, 02:21 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,798
Posted By Merriwether

For the large majority of people, a touring bike...

For the large majority of people, a touring bike is the best choice for commuting. It has efficient road geometry, drop bars, frame clearance for wider tires and fenders, appropriate gearing for...
Forum: Touring
04-24-08, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,561
Posted By Merriwether

I've got the Jandd Expedition front rack. ...

I've got the Jandd Expedition front rack. There's no sway in mine at all.

Perhaps mounting directly to mid-fork eyelets helps. The stays are up against the forks in couple of places that way. ...
Forum: Touring
04-24-08, 03:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,986
Posted By Merriwether

I had a 520, but switched to a LHT. The...

I had a 520, but switched to a LHT.

The 520 came with the wrong gearing for touring. This fact has been much discussed on these forums. The LBS swapped out the front of the drivetrain for an...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-08, 10:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,320
Posted By Merriwether

I'd agree with 2manybikes. Get a touring bike. ...

I'd agree with 2manybikes. Get a touring bike. It's better suited to a long ride on pavement than is a hybrid. Since you said you do a lot of road riding, you are aware of the advantages of the...
Forum: Commuting
04-23-08, 10:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,158
Posted By Merriwether

I'm just curious: what problems have some of you...

I'm just curious: what problems have some of you had with ordinary, left-side kickstands?

I've got one of the standard, $10, aluminum stands on my LHT. It works beautifully. I load the bike...
04-13-08, 09:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By Merriwether

You have a point that a system of licensing might...

You have a point that a system of licensing might enhance respect from car drivers, the common run of humanity.

Nevertheless, I absolutely oppose any system of cycling licenses. A large part of...
04-09-08, 03:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,620
Posted By Merriwether

Good suggestions above. Another: buy ice...

Good suggestions above.

Another: buy ice at the supermarket. Crushed ice is no more than $1 for seven pounds around here.

Seven pounds of ice is not trivial to add to your load. But if you...
Forum: Touring
04-08-08, 08:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,098
Posted By Merriwether

I'll second the above sentiments. I've been...

I'll second the above sentiments. I've been using Jandd Extreme front rack and the Expedition rear for years. I've actually been looking for an excuse to upgrade the racks for a few years-- I...
Forum: Touring
04-06-08, 04:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,978
Posted By Merriwether

OP: Something locked up your front wheel. More...

OP: Something locked up your front wheel. More specifically, something probably wedged in between your wheel and your fork and brought your front wheel to a halt immediately.

Since you didn't...
04-01-08, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,076
Posted By Merriwether

Oh, good thread. I just ran across it. I...

Oh, good thread. I just ran across it.

I have a parrot. I haul her around sometimes in my trailer. She's got a small travel cage (small enough to fit under an airline seat). She goes in the...
01-02-08, 01:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,758
Posted By Merriwether

To add to Rick's post, I've found another...

To add to Rick's post, I've found another significant source of GPS inaccuracy: the slight side-to-side motion of a bicycle during normal riding.

Look at the track of bike tires through light...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-08, 01:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,113
Posted By Merriwether

Anytime I run across an uncritical reporting of...

Anytime I run across an uncritical reporting of big-government, nanny-state micromanagement-- tax-code fussing about parking subsidies, park-and-ride subsidies, minivan windshield wiper subsidies,...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-08, 01:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,611
Posted By Merriwether

I'd be glad if full-face helmets caught on. ...

I'd be glad if full-face helmets caught on. Those of you who use them could then join the ordinary helmet threads on Bikeforums. When the usual suspects start fantasizing about those of us who ride...
12-27-07, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By Merriwether

Your battery might not be shot. It's possible to...

Your battery might not be shot. It's possible to rehabilitate the NiMH batteries, at least sometimes. Run the battery through at least six full charge/full depletion cycles. Just leave the light...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-07, 10:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,873
Posted By Merriwether

Actually, the dynohubs affect performance more...

Actually, the dynohubs affect performance more than their enthusiasts appreciate. The peformance drain is not a great amount, true, but it is significant. It's enough to make me prefer battery...
04-26-07, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,386
Posted By Merriwether

DC, I wondered too about a possibility along...

DC, I wondered too about a possibility along those lines, too... It would be too bad if there were misunderstanding about this question among officials, because given the severe OVI penalties someone...
04-26-07, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,386
Posted By Merriwether

Thanks again, DC, for passing on the judge's...

Thanks again, DC, for passing on the judge's comments and for some quotations of the Code.

I did see these changes when I posted earlier, but I understood them differently. I am more curious now...
04-15-07, 02:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,386
Posted By Merriwether

What you pass on is very interesting, DC. It...

What you pass on is very interesting, DC. It would be good to have any further links or information, if there is any such.

A DUI lawyer ought to know, but checking online it seems to me that...
Forum: Touring
03-25-07, 08:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,581
Posted By Merriwether

I have owned a 520, and an LHT. So, I can offer...

I have owned a 520, and an LHT. So, I can offer some first-hand, comparative remarks.

I like the LHT better than the 520. It's not that the LHT is head and shoulders above the 520. It's just...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-06, 06:48 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,889
Posted By Merriwether

There are good suggestions on this thread. ...

There are good suggestions on this thread.

There's one thing I thought I'd add. It's possible to ride home even without a good tube. You can fill up your tire with leaves and/or grass.

It...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-06, 12:49 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,718
Posted By Merriwether

A good collection of links. Many of those...

A good collection of links.

Many of those bikes would serve ordinary commuters well. It's refreshing to see so many bikes thoughtfully designed with practical purposes in mind, rather than...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-06, 02:09 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 39,262
Posted By Merriwether

In my view, utility riding and commuting goes...

In my view, utility riding and commuting goes best when you get the most speed you can out of your effort. If you're going to be riding on paved roads, then, a road bike built for speed is the...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-06, 01:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,851
Posted By Merriwether

I have a better opinion of the EL500. With fresh...

I have a better opinion of the EL500. With fresh batteries, it's a serviceable illumination light. There is a "U" light pattern, but that doesn't interfere with its illumination. It's not a light...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-06, 12:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,164
Posted By Merriwether

Burlington, a pretty town, and a nice area. I...

Burlington, a pretty town, and a nice area. I lived there several years ago. I thought it was a great place to ride.

I used to ride out of town to Williston every day. I would usually just...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-06, 11:50 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,743
Posted By Merriwether

It's not illegal(!) in the U.S. for manufacturers...

It's not illegal(!) in the U.S. for manufacturers to include lights with their bikes, as stock equipment. There are no federal recommendations against it, either. The Consumer Product Safety...
08-04-06, 09:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,264
Posted By Merriwether

On any non-racing bike, a kickstand is a great...

On any non-racing bike, a kickstand is a great convenience. Even a lot of club riders could benefit from one; it's not as the weight of that stand would make the difference between their acheiving...
08-03-06, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 839
Posted By Merriwether

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=69273

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=69273
08-01-06, 02:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,955
Posted By Merriwether

A six-minute patch job that will never fail? ...

A six-minute patch job that will never fail? That certainly wasn't my experience, back when I would patch a tube.

Nowadays, at $5 a tube I don't bother. Life is too short.
08-01-06, 01:48 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,638
Posted By Merriwether

Like a lot of you on these forums, I admire a...

Like a lot of you on these forums, I admire a good utility bike. That said, there just isn't much demand for them in the U.S. Most of the country is pretty spread out, and everyone owns a car. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-06, 01:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,071
Posted By Merriwether

It's been some years since I've actually *hit* an...

It's been some years since I've actually *hit* an animal with my bike. I've hit a squirrel, and, on another occasion, a bird. (The bird made a mad dash to escape from me, and dove to the only...
08-01-06, 01:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
Posted By Merriwether

When I was a kid we rode away from cops on our...

When I was a kid we rode away from cops on our bicycles often. We had offroad areas into which we could flee, pedestrian bridges, etc.

On the motorcycle boards running from the cops is a real...
07-25-06, 09:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 708
Posted By Merriwether

My first reaction was to wonder how the police...

My first reaction was to wonder how the police get to make such rules as this. The "statement" does seem, after all, a lot like the sort of thing the City Council should decide. The linked article...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-06, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 349
Posted By Merriwether

Li-ion would be good if you find you regularly...

Li-ion would be good if you find you regularly need more than three hours of light in a night. Otherwise, you won't need Li-ion. The nickel metal hydride battery will do fine.

I wouldn't...
07-23-06, 06:09 PM
Replies: 730
Views: 30,407
Posted By Merriwether

Landis' ride was one of the most astonishing,...

Landis' ride was one of the most astonishing, inspired feats in modern cycling. He showed strength and courage of a kind rarely seen. The resulting upending of the general classification in a...
07-19-06, 03:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 491
Posted By Merriwether

Helmets?

Am I right in thinking that the riders are now required to wear their helmets all the time, even to the end of an uphill finish?
07-19-06, 03:22 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,296
Posted By Merriwether

This should be an exciting stage. The GC...

This should be an exciting stage. The GC contenders-- Kloden, Menchov, Sastre, and Evans-- are all within three minutes of Landis, and even closer to one another.

I expect Kloden, in...
07-17-06, 06:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,320
Posted By Merriwether

It wasn't just Phonak that let Periero into the...

It wasn't just Phonak that let Periero into the G.C. lead. The teams of Mechov, Evans, Sastre, and Kloden did it, too. If Periero really was *that* big of a deal, one of those other teams would...
07-16-06, 11:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 959
Posted By Merriwether

There are two natural candidates for...

There are two natural candidates for understanding what "metabolic rate" means in that NYTimes article, which itself is referring to some unspecified Dutch study. The first is calories per day,...
07-15-06, 09:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,029
Posted By Merriwether

I agree. The broadcasts have been good, and...

I agree. The broadcasts have been good, and better this year than in years past. The Hincapie point is well taken. I was wondering whether we'd all be wincing for another week to, "...preparing...
07-14-06, 09:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,320
Posted By Merriwether

Let's put it another way. You could just as...

Let's put it another way. You could just as convincingly say that the close, 2nd-place team is the one with the pressure, because to get the MJ they must attack, whereas the team with the MJ needs...
07-13-06, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,320
Posted By Merriwether

That it's a disadvantage to lead because then you...

That it's a disadvantage to lead because then you "have to defend" is one of these sports things that is much repeated, but doesn't make any sense if you think about for more than three seconds. ...
07-13-06, 06:42 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 6,387
Posted By Merriwether

Good points. He might have been the...

Good points.

He might have been the beneficiary of generous transcription, but Menchov seems to have good English in his comments on cyclingnews. Perhaps OLN will put a microphone in front of...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-06, 11:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,939
Posted By Merriwether

Good comments. Panniers are much better than a...

Good comments. Panniers are much better than a backpack. The MEC would probably be fine, and as Joe Dog mentioned Lone Peak are a good, cheap option. I have to say, though, that panniers aren't...
12-26-05, 01:34 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 9,370
Posted By Merriwether

Here's a very good survey from _The Economist_,...

Here's a very good survey from _The Economist_, run on April 28, 2005. There is a large amount of information about the prospects for the oil business, including an extended and detailed discussion...
12-08-05, 04:41 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,991
Posted By Merriwether

0F last night. I had a longer ride, d>10 mi,...

0F last night. I had a longer ride, d>10 mi, when it was about 10F. So, a new low this fall season. Still, I'm only in the high minors in comparison to the cold warriors in more northerly...
12-06-05, 12:40 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 9,370
Posted By Merriwether

More information and commentary: ...

More information and commentary:

http://www.radford.edu/~wkovarik/oil/index.html
12-06-05, 06:20 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 9,370
Posted By Merriwether

Another timely article: ...

Another timely article:

http://www.techcentralstation.com/120205A.html
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