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Forum: Touring
08-25-09, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,181
Posted By Scout!

That is exactly what I did about a week ago. ...

That is exactly what I did about a week ago. Right now I'm in Harpers Ferry at the hostel.

I got to the end of the trail (Three Rivers?) and hiked about fifty yards along the rail road gravel to...
07-19-09, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,247
Posted By Scout!

Yes, it is worth it--to me, at least. No,...

Yes, it is worth it--to me, at least.

No, there are no cheaper alternatives. There is a more expensive one, though.

Yes, the standard kickstand is enough.

Yes, they are wideloader...
06-24-09, 03:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,410
Posted By Scout!

Clearly you lack the courage of your convictions....

Clearly you lack the courage of your convictions. If those wrong-way riders deserve abuse, then abuse them. Anything less is cowardice.
06-21-09, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,068
Posted By Scout!

You have strange thoughts.

You have strange thoughts.
Forum: Touring
06-16-09, 04:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 990
Posted By Scout!

Nonsense. I don't have a Brooks saddle and I am...

Nonsense. I don't have a Brooks saddle and I am comfortable without special shorts.
Forum: Touring
05-16-09, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 623
Posted By Scout!

Aerostitch has a 48" x 36" wall poster that...

Aerostitch has a 48" x 36" wall poster that showing "every single road in the United States".

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/USA-Road-Map-Poster-p-16753.html
...
Forum: Touring
04-29-09, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,095
Posted By Scout!

I've used the jungle hammock from...

I've used the jungle hammock from http://www.mosquitohammock.com/. It's nice for sleeping on your back, and possible to sleep on your side. Sleeping on your stomach doesn't happen.
Forum: Touring
04-29-09, 07:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,887
Posted By Scout!

Heh. The funny thing is, I read the SRAM...

Heh. The funny thing is, I read the SRAM documentation saying "not suitable for tandems or transport bicycles", and I don't really believe them because that's not precise. If they said "don't use...
Forum: Touring
04-29-09, 03:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,887
Posted By Scout!

I'm gonna try to make a quantitative answer to my...

I'm gonna try to make a quantitative answer to my own question. In fact, I'm gonna make the question more quantitative, and then try to answer it.

It has been a long time since I took physics...
Forum: Touring
04-27-09, 02:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,887
Posted By Scout!

Thanks, Allen. It is an Xtracycle that I'm...

Thanks, Allen. It is an Xtracycle that I'm using, and my philosophy about cargo is, "If I can lift it, I can strap it onto my bicycle and carry it down the road." So it could be that even within...
Forum: Touring
04-27-09, 05:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,887
Posted By Scout!

I did see that thread about the nexus hub. It...

I did see that thread about the nexus hub. It was encouraging, but it sounded like he wasn't going as low on the gearing as I'd like to.

It's also encouraging that Bike Friday uses dualdrives,...
Forum: Touring
04-26-09, 07:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,887
Posted By Scout!

Thank's for the info. I was hoping that the...

Thank's for the info. I was hoping that the manufacturers' specifications would be conservative, allowing some safe leeway.

Also, just to clarify, my plan would be to use a double front chain...
Forum: Touring
04-26-09, 04:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,887
Posted By Scout!

over-torquing internally geared hubs

Are internally geared hubs strong enough for pulling heavy loads up steep hills?

I'm considering a sram i-motion 9 hub for a touring rig. The documentation for the hub says things like "not...
02-05-09, 11:17 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,962
Posted By Scout!

No no no no! It's "when you're a stranger." ...

No no no no!

It's "when you're a stranger."

I recommend you visit an apostrophe reeducation facility...
01-28-09, 08:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,288
Posted By Scout!

It's from the Winter 2008 edition of Bicycle...

It's from the Winter 2008 edition of Bicycle Quarterly.

http://www.vintagebicyclepress.com/currentissue.html
01-23-09, 07:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,753
Posted By Scout!

I've never been ideological about shunning the...

I've never been ideological about shunning the automobile, so I court no danger of hypocrisy.

For me, a $20,000 per year difference in pay could persuade me to take up the car.
01-21-09, 01:56 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,976
Posted By Scout!

Thanks. I don't normally ride off the stand, but...

Thanks. I don't normally ride off the stand, but I do when the load is unwieldy. See below for an example.



My guess is that the bungee cord will need to be replace periodically, as it loses...
01-21-09, 09:22 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,976
Posted By Scout!

I've had the xtracycle kickback stand for a few...

I've had the xtracycle kickback stand for a few months, so I'll offer my impressions.

I have an xtracycled marin hardtail with 26" wheels. I use the shortest setting of the kickstand legs, and...
11-13-08, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 869
Posted By Scout!

I was car free living in the Heights until moving...

I was car free living in the Heights until moving to Athens, GA, about a year ago. Here are some good things about Houston:

The street are (mostly) a grid, so you have route options in getting...
09-18-08, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 345
Posted By Scout!

in person advocacy in nyc

The September 18 entry of the noimpactman.com blog describes a typical urban cyclist-driver interaction: driver nearly squashes cyclist, cyclist makes his presence known by knocking on a window,...
09-02-08, 01:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,038
Posted By Scout!

1. Yes. 2. 120 miles. 3. 100 miles. 4. ...

1. Yes.
2. 120 miles.
3. 100 miles.
4. More than 200 miles.

I'm not sure what you mean by question 3. "Reasonable" might mean "easy for me", or "easy for most people", or "possible for...
08-29-08, 08:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,379
Posted By Scout!

That would be my guess, too. I see lots of...

That would be my guess, too.

I see lots of cyclists drift to the right as they cross wide intersections, as if to remove themselves from the flow of traffic. What you're describing sounds more...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 09:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,884
Posted By Scout!

Risk management is about balance, not...

Risk management is about balance, not minimization. Balance the risks associated with bicycling against the enjoyments. I don't see why we should expect everyone to arrive at the same solution.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,884
Posted By Scout!

I sometimes succumb to peer pressure, too, but in...

I sometimes succumb to peer pressure, too, but in a roundabout way.

Comments like the above make me want to leave my helmet at home, lest I be taken for sanctimonious.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-08, 07:35 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,884
Posted By Scout!

Yeah, me too, but I like to feel naked. ;) I...

Yeah, me too, but I like to feel naked. ;)

I wear one sometimes. Like when it's raining, or when the ride itself is a major purpose of the trip.
Forum: Commuting
08-09-08, 05:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,787
Posted By Scout!

Walking my bicycle on a crowded street, there was...

Walking my bicycle on a crowded street, there was a white-bearded homeless man ranting about thieves and Jesus. When I passed him he got quiet and stared at my bicycle. Then he said, in a voice...
07-20-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By Scout!

Will do. He seemed quite sincere in his offer to...

Will do. He seemed quite sincere in his offer to be in touch. Being from the big city, I'm not used to that sort of thing. :o

I also wouldn't mind the chance to see a Nu Vinci hub in person. :)
07-20-08, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,144
Posted By Scout!

Xtracycle makes Georgia a small world.

Each weekend I like to explore some new road in my bicycle. Today I aimed for Sandy Creek park, a few miles north of Athens, GA, where I now live. It wasn't far to go, but I was unsure of the...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-08, 10:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,197
Posted By Scout!

That section of road is definitely too narrow to...

That section of road is definitely too narrow to share. I live about a mile from there, and I ride it occasionally.

That part of Chase is uphill, narrow, has pedestrians moving from the office...
06-05-08, 07:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,634
Posted By Scout!

Photo number 55 is telling me that I should move...

Photo number 55 is telling me that I should move to California.
05-24-08, 11:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,108
Posted By Scout!

+1 I wash my bicycle as often as I wash my...

+1

I wash my bicycle as often as I wash my hammer, and for the same reasons.

I take pride in riding a bicycle that looks wells used.
Forum: Touring
04-28-08, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,696
Posted By Scout!

I've toured lots with a suspension fork, and it...

I've toured lots with a suspension fork, and it has not caused me to crash.

If I were buying a bike specifically for touring, I wouldn't bother with suspension. But the bike I have is a...
04-23-08, 03:05 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,955
Posted By Scout!

I have used a kickstand on a heavily loaded bike...

I have used a kickstand on a heavily loaded bike for several thousand miles, and I have no idea what you're talking about. I like my kickstand.
Forum: Touring
04-20-08, 05:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,776
Posted By Scout!

I vote for niknak's picture. Here's one of a...

I vote for niknak's picture.

Here's one of a butterfly licking my saddle. I was camping near Tupelo, Mississippi. My saddle had absorbed a lot of sweat by then.
...
04-11-08, 08:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,470
Posted By Scout!

The instructions were probably written back...

The instructions were probably written back before those knobs were born. That's why they're not mentioned.

I don't have the 700c version, but my impression is that they sit underneath the vracks...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-08, 09:03 AM
Replies: 357
Views: 26,206
Posted By Scout!

Southern Louisiana at dusk. A porch full of beer...

Southern Louisiana at dusk. A porch full of beer drinkers recovering from a hard day fishing on the bayou. A hush falls over the conversation as I pedal up the grade in front of the house. Just as...
04-04-08, 06:01 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,502
Posted By Scout!

A PacSafe StuffSafe is a possible alternative to...

A PacSafe StuffSafe is a possible alternative to a hard case. I got one a couple weeks ago, and I've used it a few times with my xtracycle. It's just the right size to fit comfortably in a...
Forum: Touring
03-28-08, 07:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 834
Posted By Scout!

Some places from a Texas to Georgia trip taken...

Some places from a Texas to Georgia trip taken last summer.

East Texas.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1299/765367091_5eaba738b6_b.jpg

Coastal Lousiana....
03-24-08, 05:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,098
Posted By Scout!

The funniest part is the name of the town. ...

The funniest part is the name of the town. "Vaca" is Spanish for "cow". "Ville" is from French for "village". California puts them together to make "Vacaville", which sounds a bit more posh than...
02-11-08, 08:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By Scout!

Yes, I am privileged to live in two Xtracycle...

Yes, I am privileged to live in two Xtracycle household. :)



I think its a Topeak Road Morph pump[/QUOTE]
That's correct -- a Topeak Road Morph.


The frame was old -- from back when they...
02-08-08, 03:54 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 9,978
Posted By Scout!

I was trying to bring up the question of whether...

I was trying to bring up the question of whether cyclists should act like vehicles even when they are not treated as such. As far as I can tell, the past eleven pages have been arguments for and...
02-07-08, 12:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By Scout!

There's not much of a story. I've had the...

There's not much of a story. I've had the xtracycle for a few years, and it has been well used--commuting, grocery shopping, touring...
02-07-08, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By Scout!

Xtracyle breaks.

Yes, I mean breaks -- not brakes.

:( :( :(

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2181/2248915258_7aa62fa4ff.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2151/2248924260_76cb2ecd6f.jpg
02-02-08, 10:32 AM
Replies: 534
Views: 9,978
Posted By Scout!

Cyclists fare best?

The central theme of the Vehicular Cycling ideology seems to be J. Forester's pithy formulation: "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles". We have a traffic system,...
01-24-08, 08:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,793
Posted By Scout!

I happened to be browsing the xtracycle site and...

I happened to be browsing the xtracycle site and found that they carry their own version of big, black, swept back bars: http://www.xtracycle.com/c-bars-p-120.html.
Forum: Touring
01-01-08, 09:05 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 6,114
Posted By Scout!

Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods" came to...

Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods" came to mind on my last trip. It captured the tension between the desire to linger in pleasant spots and the need to get down the road.

It's the last line...
12-16-07, 01:18 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 6,538
Posted By Scout!

In the Queen's English, one uses a possessive...

In the Queen's English, one uses a possessive apostrophe. In Queens, NY, English, one doesn't give a damn about spelling.
12-12-07, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,096
Posted By Scout!

The question would be more interesting if the...

The question would be more interesting if the phrases in bold were swapped.
12-12-07, 09:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,234
Posted By Scout!

Many people stay off bicycles because of the...

Many people stay off bicycles because of the danger injury. How many avoid driving automobiles because they're afraid of injuring someone else?

Anyone who regularly drives a car and also claims...
11-28-07, 10:42 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 13,830
Posted By Scout!

This is like a comparison of eating at McDonalds...

This is like a comparison of eating at McDonalds versus going to a downtown bistro serving their own recipes of locally grown food. Measured in terms of calories per dollar, the local bistro is...
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