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07-20-15, 05:44 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By sauerwald

Anybody familiar with commuting routes around Tacoma?

I've been bicycle commuting for the past 12 years, and recently moved to Tacoma, WA. I am living at the top of 30th St and I work in Federal Way, near the intersection between I-5 and highway 18. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-15, 06:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,978
Posted By sauerwald

I have been commuting on a bike for ~12 years...

I have been commuting on a bike for ~12 years now. Without the expense of a car, I don't scrimp on the bike, and what I have has worked well for me and held up.

For a rack, I have a tubus logo. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-15, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,183
Posted By sauerwald

I often ride to the cleaners to pick up my shirts...

I often ride to the cleaners to pick up my shirts (which I believe is what the OP was doing), I ride home holding the hangers over my shoulder, with the shirts on my back.

If I don't ride, I...
05-20-15, 10:25 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,137
Posted By sauerwald

Lynnlee I use a bicycle as my primary mode...

Lynnlee

I use a bicycle as my primary mode of transportation. I ride to work very early in the morning because at least where I live, later in the day there are large groups of motorists, who...
03-20-15, 03:12 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,464
Posted By sauerwald

I am 58 - not sure if that counts as 'older' in...

I am 58 - not sure if that counts as 'older' in your book.
My income is in the top 1% of US residents, so if I wanted (or needed) a car, I could afford one.

The reasons that I don't have a car:...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-15, 07:01 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,543
Posted By sauerwald

Yes, my primary commuter has a Schmidt dynohub. ...

Yes, my primary commuter has a Schmidt dynohub.



I bought mine, never tried stealing one. I do not use quick releases on my wheels - I use tires that rarely get flats, so not an issue. When...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-15, 06:52 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,838
Posted By sauerwald

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus's. I replaced both...

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus's. I replaced both tires 4 years ago, and the rear tire wore out after 11,000 miles. I moved the front tire to the rear, and put a new tire on the front - that rear...
12-18-14, 03:53 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 7,914
Posted By sauerwald

I've got four, but plan on selling one of them (a...

I've got four, but plan on selling one of them (a tandem) once I get around to it.
Two of the bikes are nearly identical. I have my normal commute bike, and then a second (semi-retired commute...
12-18-14, 03:40 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,624
Posted By sauerwald

Your first priority should be your safety,...

Your first priority should be your safety, increasing the speed and convenience of motorists should be a distant second. If you can move to allow the motorist to pass without compromising your...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-14, 01:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,603
Posted By sauerwald

I did it about 5 years ago when I moved to CA...

I did it about 5 years ago when I moved to CA from ME. We now live with my adult daughter, with the three of us sharing one car. My wife is the primary car driver, with my daughter and I both bike...
11-18-14, 10:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,226
Posted By sauerwald

I have joined Zipcar and I would use them a lot...

I have joined Zipcar and I would use them a lot more if there was a location closer to work or home. Currently the closest location is about 4 miles from work - I can take a train from work to the...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-14, 12:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,015
Posted By sauerwald

My commute bike has a 1x8 drive train, with a 42T...

My commute bike has a 1x8 drive train, with a 42T chainring and Thorne 'Wetzikon' chainring guards on both sides - this has worked like a champ for 14,000 miles now. Why not just go to a 42T ring?
Forum: Commuting
10-30-14, 04:23 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,568
Posted By sauerwald

I commute on Schwalbe Marathon Plus's 700C25s -...

I commute on Schwalbe Marathon Plus's 700C25s - they don't meet all of your points, but a fair #
They wear like iron - I tend to get over 15000 miles on a set of tires, and rarely have a flat during...
10-28-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,597
Posted By sauerwald

On my commute to work, there is a 4-6 lane wide...

On my commute to work, there is a 4-6 lane wide expressway, with 50mph speed limits, and parallel to it a 2 lane road, with bike paths, and a 25mph speed limit. The two lane rd is a total of 48 ft...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-14, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,024
Posted By sauerwald

I would recommend finding your closest Terry...

I would recommend finding your closest Terry dealer and buying one from a real person rather than an internet store. At a real LBS you will be able to test ride, and someone who knows what they are...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-14, 03:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,976
Posted By sauerwald

You can just put a new tire on the rear, but the...

You can just put a new tire on the rear, but the front tire is more critical for safety. If you have a blow-out in the rear, it is much easier to control the bike than if your front tire blows. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-14, 02:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,231
Posted By sauerwald

My commute bike has a dyno-hub and there is a...

My commute bike has a dyno-hub and there is a Supernova E-3 headlight and 3 LED tail light which is always on. In the winter time (when the commute is in the dark), I add a Dinotte tail light which...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-14, 02:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,976
Posted By sauerwald

I commute on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires - I...

I commute on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires - I don't wear them out fast enough to be able to really comment on other tires. On my 'new' bike I started out with SMP tires (700C25) which have the...
08-18-14, 05:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,418
Posted By sauerwald

Depends on how you ride... I commute on my...

Depends on how you ride...

I commute on my bike every day, so for me, the priorities are reliability and comfort - speed is not near the top of the list. I ride mostly on paved roads, with a...
07-25-14, 05:10 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 7,768
Posted By sauerwald

With automobiles being the leading cause of death...

With automobiles being the leading cause of death for children in this country it could be argued that taking a child anywhere in an automobile could be considered reckless endangerment.

One...
07-15-14, 01:07 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,931
Posted By sauerwald

Correct Zipcar charges a fairly high price on a...

Correct
Zipcar charges a fairly high price on a per hour basis, with everything included (fuel, insurance etc), so it is best when you use the car to run one specific errand which is local -most of...
07-11-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Posted By sauerwald

California Vehicle Code, section 670, definition...

California Vehicle Code, section 670, definition of a vehicle:

670. A "vehicle" is a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device...
07-11-14, 10:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,785
Posted By sauerwald

My heart attack came 12 years ago, and led me to...

My heart attack came 12 years ago, and led me to take up cycling again. I have never had a diet which had much processed food in it, I like to cook, and have generally prepared most of my meals. ...
07-09-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,174
Posted By sauerwald

1) I have Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on both my...

1) I have Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on both my commute bike and my utility bike - between the two bikes I have 25,000 miles and 2 flats.
2) Teach the toddler to change tubes :). If you have...
07-09-14, 05:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,674
Posted By sauerwald

When I am running errands in the summer I wear...

When I am running errands in the summer I wear J&G tour shorts392274 with nothing under them.
07-09-14, 05:12 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,931
Posted By sauerwald

I envy you - when I lived in Maine, my bicycle...

I envy you - when I lived in Maine, my bicycle commute took me past a butcher, a baker, a fishmonger and a greengrocer. I could do all my shopping on my way home! Now, living in San Jose, there is...
07-09-14, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,158
Posted By sauerwald

I too had a heart attack - mine was quite a while...

I too had a heart attack - mine was quite a while ago, and I think that my cycling has kept my heart healthy for the past 15 years.

I have a similar story from about a year or two ago. I was...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-14, 04:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,348
Posted By sauerwald

If you are serious about commuting, you should...

If you are serious about commuting, you should get a better bike for commuting on. The Trek Domaine is a fine bike for racing, but for commuting you want something that you can easily hang stuff on...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-14, 04:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 697
Posted By sauerwald

I would call the Caltrain Bike Station and see if...

I would call the Caltrain Bike Station and see if they can accommodate you. One big advantage that they have is that they are close to public transit so it is easy to get there.
07-09-14, 09:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Posted By sauerwald

I believe that a bicycle is a vehicle in MN, but...

I believe that a bicycle is a vehicle in MN, but if you ride it into CA, it is no longer a vehicle. - but point taken.
07-09-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,931
Posted By sauerwald

About 5 years ago, my employer relocated me from...

About 5 years ago, my employer relocated me from Maine to San Jose, California. In Maine I was already commuting on my bike most of the time, so with the move I decided to go car light - and sold my...
07-09-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Posted By sauerwald

The fundamental problem is that the vast majority...

The fundamental problem is that the vast majority of drivers know that their driving skill is well above average, and that driving does not require 100% of their attention. I still believe that the...
07-08-14, 05:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,825
Posted By sauerwald

From the tone of your post you seem to indicate...

From the tone of your post you seem to indicate that California law and law enforcement do not value cyclists enough. Only recently in California we passed a safe passing distance law in which a...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,877
Posted By sauerwald

This is amazing. Also, just a note for those...

This is amazing.

Also, just a note for those of us who are not racing - tires which are designed for touring and commuting don't get flats nearly as often as fancy lightweight tires. My commute...
07-02-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,688
Posted By sauerwald

I see this sort of driving almost daily here in...

I see this sort of driving almost daily here in the south bay area, and it doesn't bother me. I agree that the truck did not hit me, and although it passed with perhaps 18" of clearance, it was not...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-14, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By sauerwald

I consider the best time of year to commute to be...

I consider the best time of year to commute to be that portion of the year that I am employed.
06-27-14, 10:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,318
Posted By sauerwald

I know a guy who had his apartment complex...

I know a guy who had his apartment complex complain about his keeping bikes in the parking garage. He spent $300 on a barely running van, parked it in the garage and uses it as a bike locker. It...
06-27-14, 10:01 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,203
Posted By sauerwald

With acknowledgement to Roody about staying on...

With acknowledgement to Roody about staying on topic, I think that at least for me, going car free involved more of a lifestyle change than just changing my mode of transportation. When I decided...
06-26-14, 10:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,203
Posted By sauerwald

I put about 4000 miles on my bike per year,...

I put about 4000 miles on my bike per year, mostly commuting and short errands, not a huge number of miles on public transit, but when I had a car, I put 10,000 to 12,000 miles a year on it. I think...
06-26-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,203
Posted By sauerwald

If I had a car rather than a bike, then the...

If I had a car rather than a bike, then the expenses that I now have that I would not have otherwise are:

Bicycle maintenance costs: Estimate $200/yr
Local car rental (Avis and Zipcar): ...
06-25-14, 02:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,688
Posted By sauerwald

A few months ago, I was on a 4 lane road (2 lanes...

A few months ago, I was on a 4 lane road (2 lanes in each direction), and had moved into the left lane to make a left turn, had my left arm out indicating my intention to turn and a lady in a minivan...
06-25-14, 11:40 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,674
Posted By sauerwald

My Daughter and I both went to the same...

My Daughter and I both went to the same University (University of California) - although I got in-state rates, and for half of her time she was out-of-state. After a bachelors, I ended up with...
06-25-14, 11:34 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,674
Posted By sauerwald

Last of the kids moved out about 6 years ago, but...

Last of the kids moved out about 6 years ago, but this summer, we have one moving back. My youngest daughter is just finishing her masters degree overseas, and plans to move in with mom and dad...
06-24-14, 03:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,688
Posted By sauerwald

Column from last thursday Roadshow: Do you have...

Column from last thursday
Roadshow: Do you have to signal when exiting a freeway? - San Jose Mercury News...
06-24-14, 12:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,040
Posted By sauerwald

One issue that I have is that in many states,...

One issue that I have is that in many states, penalties for DUI, especially repeat DUI are much more stringent than they are for hit and run. As a result, if you have a DUI on your record and you...
06-24-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,688
Posted By sauerwald

Turn Signals

Our local newspaper has a column that talks about driving issues and a couple of days ago, the topic was on when and if you use a turn indicator. That same morning, on my commute into work, I was...
06-19-14, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 933
Posted By sauerwald

You got that wrong. The easiest way to get away...

You got that wrong. The easiest way to get away with killing someone in the U.S. is to run over them with your car (for detailed discussion check out this podcast: "Murder by Car"). On the other...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-14, 11:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,797
Posted By sauerwald

I like these, but find that they are longer than...

I like these, but find that they are longer than I would like.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,797
Posted By sauerwald

+1 When I was a kid, we used car...

+1

When I was a kid, we used car innertubes cut into rings. One innertube made lots of straps, but alas, cars don't use innertubes any more.
Forum: Commuting
06-11-14, 03:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,905
Posted By sauerwald

I have a shower at work which I use every day...

I have a shower at work which I use every day when I come in. On hot days in the summer I will sometimes shower when I get home as well, but if I do that regularly, my skin gets all dried out, so I...
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