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11-25-15, 07:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 806
Posted By zephyr

I have not lived in Hoboken, but lived in nearby...

I have not lived in Hoboken, but lived in nearby Montclair and in Union City for 3 years in the early 1990s. Here in Southern California, people look at me in disbelief when I tell them how much I...
09-05-15, 05:05 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,080
Posted By zephyr

It's too bad more cities did not keep their...

It's too bad more cities did not keep their electric trolley bus lines. There's only a few left in the US, such as San Francisco, Seattle, Dayton, Philadelphia. Electric trolley buses can outlast...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-15, 07:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,078
Posted By zephyr

The past 15 years, I have been living in Orange...

The past 15 years, I have been living in Orange County, CA about 50 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. I have bike commuted almost every work day year round during this time. My most direct round...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-14, 07:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,187
Posted By zephyr

I have gradually migrated my 3 road bike tires to...

I have gradually migrated my 3 road bike tires to Panaracer T-Serv (previously used Panaracer Pasela Tourguard). These are not available in most LBS, so I usually buy online. T-Serv have more...
04-07-14, 10:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,079
Posted By zephyr

How is Memphis in general for cycling around the...

How is Memphis in general for cycling around the city? I visited Memphis in the late 90s when I was living in Alabama, but I did not ride in Memphis on those visits. I remember the terrain as...
03-16-14, 04:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,130
Posted By zephyr

I can sympathize with the OP because I also...

I can sympathize with the OP because I also experienced a Brooks saddle quality problem on a different model - B67. The B67 was discontinued last year after less than 4 years in production. The B67...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-13, 10:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 999
Posted By zephyr

$45 for Bulls Eye jockey wheels? That's a lot...

$45 for Bulls Eye jockey wheels? That's a lot more than the $10 jockey wheels that I buy from velo orange, which have sealed bearings and probably last as long as anything else on the market. I...
12-14-13, 06:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,749
Posted By zephyr

I have a full-sized pine wood (not particle...

I have a full-sized pine wood (not particle board) platform bed frame that was shipped to me by UPS. The pieces of the wood frame bolt together in about 10 minutes. I bought a zippered futon cover,...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-13, 10:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,327
Posted By zephyr

I have an old Carradice Nelson saddlebag that has...

I have an old Carradice Nelson saddlebag that has survived almost daily use for the past 2 decades. It was originally black but has faded to gray with some frayed edges in the outer fabric, not bad...
11-16-13, 10:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,286
Posted By zephyr

Back to the OP's post.... If I was an IT person...

Back to the OP's post.... If I was an IT person looking for a new work gig in L'ville, what about UPS? Their worldwide shipping distribution hub is at the airport, and they are probably one of the...
10-06-13, 09:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,236
Posted By zephyr

I like this thread. Today was warm under super...

I like this thread. Today was warm under super clear skies so I went out for a leisurely 43 mile loop to Laguna Beach and back on my 31 year old Ciocc Mockba road bike. It is a fair weather,...
09-03-13, 06:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,679
Posted By zephyr

No, I would not have my own car in Berlin. I am...

No, I would not have my own car in Berlin. I am going to retire in 2015 or 2016 and would like to make a "home base" for a year or two in Europe. Berlin is so familiar to me and comfortable to...
08-30-13, 08:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,679
Posted By zephyr

A year ago I went to Berlin for a 2 week visit. ...

A year ago I went to Berlin for a 2 week visit. It was my first time back in Berlin since the mid-1980s during the divided / walled city, cold war era. I spent a lot of time in Berlin in the 1970s...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-13, 10:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,476
Posted By zephyr

A bigger frame is probably not a good idea and it...

A bigger frame is probably not a good idea and it might not actually get the bars higher. The Cross Check top tube length might get too long for you with a bigger frame. I am guessing that you...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-13, 10:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,268
Posted By zephyr

I've been to NOLA several times and had my bike...

I've been to NOLA several times and had my bike along on the trip. Yes, it's an easy city to pedal around, but for the most part the street surface is rough to put it nicely. An old school MTB with...
10-07-12, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By zephyr

My 1981 Ciocc Mockba with campy NR rear hub 126mm...

My 1981 Ciocc Mockba with campy NR rear hub 126mm runs a 6 speed Sunrace freewheel 14-28. It shifts perfect (6 speed indexed shimano 105 downtube shifters) with any derailleur. Harris Cyclery has a...
07-14-12, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 823
Posted By zephyr

I just read another related article that...

I just read another related article that described plans by Amazon to open a huge distribution center in San Bernardino, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles and about 50 miles northeast from where I...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-12, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,730
Posted By zephyr

I have used Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tires on...

I have used Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tires on several road bikes for the past 7 years or so. The most wear I have got from one of these tires is around 10,000 miles, a front mounted 700x35, which...
06-03-12, 09:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,002
Posted By zephyr

It seems like there is always a tug-of-war that...

It seems like there is always a tug-of-war that starts up when a city begins to install bicycle infrastructure for the first time, especially in places where bicycles are not too common on the local...
05-16-12, 07:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,333
Posted By zephyr

Interesting thread and good comments from all...

Interesting thread and good comments from all previous. My area, Orange County (CA) would score high with infrastructure but low on other factors - Nearly two thousand miles of bike lanes and...
04-18-12, 10:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,105
Posted By zephyr

Here in the southern california megalopolis, some...

Here in the southern california megalopolis, some of my co-workers participate in van pools for long haul commutes (40 to 60 miles each way). Each vanpool member pays roughly $60-$80 per month...
04-16-12, 10:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,745
Posted By zephyr

This is a good thread. I have been the owner of...

This is a good thread. I have been the owner of a 1981 Ciocc Mockba since it was new. In the late 1980s the original Campy super record headset needed to be replaced. I installed a Tange Levin...
04-05-12, 10:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,963
Posted By zephyr

Why don't young Americans buy cars? (in other...

Why don't young Americans buy cars? (in other words, as often as the two previous generations or young Americans used to buy cars?)

The answer has several components. One component is cost. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-12, 11:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 374
Posted By zephyr

I've spent some time around Biloxi, Gulfport and...

I've spent some time around Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs. The bridge you are referring to goes from Biloxi to D'Iberville and is an interstate highway. Normally you can't ride a bike on an...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-12, 09:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,313
Posted By zephyr

I was in Portland last year and noticed some of...

I was in Portland last year and noticed some of that stuff. I was thinking, this is the world famous bicycle paradise? It looked whacked, I don't like those barriers separating the bike lane from...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-12, 12:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,313
Posted By zephyr

My city has been incorporated for only 20 years,...

My city has been incorporated for only 20 years, and most of the streets and neighborhoods were built post 1970. Overall, a fairly new city. Luckily when the development began in this area the main...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-12, 09:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,191
Posted By zephyr

I've lived in southern cal for a dozen or so...

I've lived in southern cal for a dozen or so years, and it does tend to turn hardcore riders into weather wusses. Aside from the past week fighting a very nasty flu virus and hacking cough, I am...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-12, 09:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By zephyr

+1. I use an old spoke cut to 100 mm length,...

+1. I use an old spoke cut to 100 mm length, which also serves as a ruler to measuring the length from the end of the cable housing to the nut at the end of the shifter cable. In case I have to...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-11, 09:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,240
Posted By zephyr

Here in southern california, I have bike commuted...

Here in southern california, I have bike commuted nearly every work day for the past 5 or 6 years in sandals. I average about 25 miles round trip per work day unless the weather is really bad and I...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-11, 11:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 691
Posted By zephyr

Here in Orange County there are perhaps a hundred...

Here in Orange County there are perhaps a hundred or more LBS. I would tweak the thread title and say there are good deals at some (not all) LBS. Most local bike stores in my area don't have a...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-11, 11:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 802
Posted By zephyr

The street scenes looked like Moscow, which is...

The street scenes looked like Moscow, which is generally not a bicycle friendly place. The inventor of that machine gets an A+ for creativity and engineering ability, regardless of the practical...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-11, 11:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,369
Posted By zephyr

My helmet fits fairly snug to my head size, so I...

My helmet fits fairly snug to my head size, so I tore out the pads and velcro and wear a Headsweats sweat-vac skull cap. The skull cap helps protect my fairly bald head from the sun, and gets washed...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-11, 11:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,974
Posted By zephyr

I have two road bikes that I use for bike...

I have two road bikes that I use for bike commuting 5 days a week year round. One bike is a Rivendell Atlantis derailleur geared and the other is a Surly Cross Check with Nexus 8 redband IGH. Both...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-11, 11:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,974
Posted By zephyr

I have two road bikes that I use for bike...

I have two road bikes that I use for bike commuting 5 days a week year round. One bike is a Rivendell Atlantis derailleur geared and the other is a Surly Cross Check with Nexus 8 redband IGH. Both...
08-19-11, 10:25 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,451
Posted By zephyr

I agree UG. In the 1980s + 1990s many of the...

I agree UG. In the 1980s + 1990s many of the work positions I had involved supervising the work of other people. For me, it was stressful to be a boss. Yes, the pay was a somewhat more and they...
08-16-11, 09:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By zephyr

I consider myself more of a frequent viewer than...

I consider myself more of a frequent viewer than a frequent contributor. I take a look at BF almost every evening after scanning some web news and a few other sites that I visit on a regular basis. ...
07-21-11, 09:21 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,334
Posted By zephyr

I haven't used AC since September 2010. Coastal...

I haven't used AC since September 2010. Coastal counties of southern cal have not had a heat wave (yet) this year. Our heat waves where temps get in the upper 90s or low 100s F will appear in...
07-18-11, 09:54 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,986
Posted By zephyr

Hey, how bout the term bikecentric instead of...

Hey, how bout the term bikecentric instead of bike heavy?
07-18-11, 09:50 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,142
Posted By zephyr

I was on a visit to Louisana in April. On the...

I was on a visit to Louisana in April. On the north shore of Lake Ponchatrain, there is a 31 mile rails to trails route from Slidell to Covington (Tammany Trace, named after St Tammany parish). TT...
07-17-11, 08:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,655
Posted By zephyr

OC doesn't have any paved roads that can be...

OC doesn't have any paved roads that can be called world beaters, but there plenty enough that are plenty tough. We have epic unpaved climbs to to the top of Santiago Peak, but nothing on pavement...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-11, 04:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,671
Posted By zephyr

That got my attention. I have visited NOLA many...

That got my attention. I have visited NOLA many times, and pedaled around there as well. The street surfaces in New Orleans are in typically worse than most other cities in the US - and I have...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-11, 11:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,224
Posted By zephyr

I have Pacela TourGuard on three road bikes and...

I have Pacela TourGuard on three road bikes and have been using these tires for over 5 years. Two bikes are commuter-utility machines with Sun CR18 rims and Pacela TG 700-35. One bike is a 30 year...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-11, 04:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,381
Posted By zephyr

Teva Omnium sandals (made for river rafting?)...

Teva Omnium sandals (made for river rafting?) work good for me. I use MKS Lambda flat pedals, and the Teva have good grip in wet and dry weather. I apply shoe goo on the bottom sole once a month or...
05-22-11, 10:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,597
Posted By zephyr

I've lived in Lake Forest for the past 11 years,...

I've lived in Lake Forest for the past 11 years, and have pedaled the bike to work almost every work day during that time. This part of Orange County is a bicycle eden compared to most large metro...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-11, 03:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By zephyr

I have put about 7000+ miles on a Nexus8 hub /...

I have put about 7000+ miles on a Nexus8 hub / Surly Crosscheck bike, mostly for commuting in an area with some moderately hilly terrain. This bike has upright Nitto Albatross bars, so it is set up...
05-09-11, 10:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 684
Posted By zephyr

Southern Cali?? I've been to Cali, a city in...

Southern Cali?? I've been to Cali, a city in southern Colombia that used to be known for cartels. Cali has great tropical music too. But I guess you are talking about Southern California?
...
05-01-11, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By zephyr

Mission Viejo eliminates bike lane on Marguerite

Today I pedaled through Mission Viejo along Marguerite Parkway, heading north from Avery Parkway. Marguerite Parkway is one of the most direct street routes for North to South travel (or vice versa)...
05-01-11, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 853
Posted By zephyr

I've pedaled through CP a few dozen times wearing...

I've pedaled through CP a few dozen times wearing Teva Omnium sandals. That's the only footwear I use for bike riding year round. They look sort of like shoes because they have a covered toe and...
04-10-11, 05:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,969
Posted By zephyr

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Irvine-Santa Ana, CA...

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Irvine-Santa Ana, CA is easily accessible by bicycle. Like almost everywhere in Irvine, there are several surface streets with good shoulders or bike lanes that approach...
04-06-11, 05:45 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 12,045
Posted By zephyr

I lived for many years in the southeast (Auburn,...

I lived for many years in the southeast (Auburn, AL) and have been to Gainesville several times. Gainesville is not a crappy town, it is a mostly middle class burb. It is like many of the outer...
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