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05-25-09, 04:01 PM
Replies: 1,089
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Posted By LittleBigMan

This is my feeling too. We cyclists don't mix...

This is my feeling too. We cyclists don't mix well with pedestrians, and motorists really don't want us to mix with them, either. I think that where there's a will, there's a way, and there's not...
03-27-09, 09:22 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 7,625
Posted By LittleBigMan

Sometimes it's just plain safer to use the whole...

Sometimes it's just plain safer to use the whole lane. Other times, just a part.

Flexibility is the key.

Just remember that if you use any part of the lane, make your intentions clear. ...
02-18-09, 08:30 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 6,726
Posted By LittleBigMan

I suppose that since John Forester is the OP of...

I suppose that since John Forester is the OP of this thread, the responders will reply with typical political correctness, regardless of their respective polarities.

It would be refreshing if...
02-18-09, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By LittleBigMan

I guess I have a quirk, always have, even when I...

I guess I have a quirk, always have, even when I drove a car. I liked to take alternative routes to avoid boredom.

:)

(The neat thing on a bicycle is that you have so many options, since...
10-09-08, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 672
Posted By LittleBigMan

I'm in the, "cyclist-turned-motorcyclist" crowd. ...

I'm in the, "cyclist-turned-motorcyclist" crowd. I'm loving it, and lots of cycling instincts transferred to motorcycling.

But the power is something else, something to be respected. There...
10-01-08, 08:26 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 4,863
Posted By LittleBigMan

I feel that cyclists are not all the same (just...

I feel that cyclists are not all the same (just take a look at this website!) So any attempt to put all cyclists into one box is futile.

But VC expanded my horizons in daily commuting. I'm...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-08, 09:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By LittleBigMan

Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Commuting
08-31-08, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 964
Posted By LittleBigMan

For you open-minded commuters of long experience,...

For you open-minded commuters of long experience, I have a sort of off-topic post which might be interesting to you.

A long-time bike commuter of long distance, I recently bought a motorcycle for...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-08, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By LittleBigMan

Back to original

Back in Oct. 2007, I bought a new Trek 7.3 FX, a flat-bar road bike. I love it, added a Brooks saddle and trekking bars.

But after some routine maintenance and a test ride by a local mechanic,...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-08, 08:55 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,646
Posted By LittleBigMan

Try it when you don't have a schedule to keep. ...

Try it when you don't have a schedule to keep. That will give you an idea about how you will handle it. Use the same bike and load that you would carry on the commute. Have a backup plan in case...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-08, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By LittleBigMan

I covered my baby's ears when you said that. ...

I covered my baby's ears when you said that. :eek:

But she is doing me fine, even with only 500cc. Supposed to be a "small bike," but that's ok, lots of people prefer 1100cc or more.

I'm...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-08, 08:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,286
Posted By LittleBigMan

It's not your fault. That said, it's your...

It's not your fault.

That said, it's your responsibility to look out for these idiots. :mad:
Forum: Commuting
08-21-08, 08:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By LittleBigMan

:D Ya, s'true. Mine will get about 50 - 60...

:D

Ya, s'true. Mine will get about 50 - 60 mpg, vs. unlimited mileage "per gallon," on a bicycle. :p I figure I've save enough gallons over the last decade to justify it. :)

But I've...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-08, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By LittleBigMan

New bike

Who can resist a new bike? :D

I mean, no matter what your preference, a new bike has a certain allure. Even as you mount your new wheels, your old bike just smiles and winks. ;) She knows she...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-08, 09:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,567
Posted By LittleBigMan

As a driver of a car for so many years, when...

As a driver of a car for so many years, when turning left on a bicycle I tend to hog the whole left turn lane and act as if I'm a car. I'm just careful about merging left into that lane, I look...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-08, 03:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,534
Posted By LittleBigMan

No problem. If you really want to try...

No problem.

If you really want to try commuting, that great. Just take a step back and think about the differences.

1) You're going to work. ;)
2) Your route may be different, and you might...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-08, 03:31 PM
Forum: Commuting
08-10-08, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 652
Posted By LittleBigMan

Here's wishing you many more years of bike...

Here's wishing you many more years of bike commuting/riding to come.

:beer:
Forum: Commuting
07-24-08, 08:05 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,719
Posted By LittleBigMan

I agree on the culture part. America as a whole...

I agree on the culture part. America as a whole does not foster cycling culture.

But I can't use his recommendations. For example, trying to make a chain last 10 years is "stretching it" a bit....
07-23-08, 08:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By LittleBigMan

My commute is pleasant

I ride the same stretch of road day after day. Sometimes I change up, but usually I'm on the same part of the road at about the same time, morning and afternoon.

I get a rare bad reaction from a...
07-23-08, 08:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,470
Posted By LittleBigMan

Republican Congressman Blasts Bicycles ...

Republican Congressman Blasts Bicycles

:roflmao:

He might benefit from riding a bike now and then...

;)
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 08:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Posted By LittleBigMan

I guess you're already halfway through your shift...

I guess you're already halfway through your shift by now.

Let us all know about your adventure. ;)
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 08:01 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,719
Posted By LittleBigMan

I try not to make overgeneralizations about...

I try not to make overgeneralizations about people who ride in Iowa, since I don't live there. Neither should people from Europe decide what's best for me in the Southern US.

A rather silly...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-08, 08:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,140
Posted By LittleBigMan

How long have you been riding? Muscle soreness...

How long have you been riding? Muscle soreness is only a sign that you have stressed your muscles and they need to rest. When they recover, you will be stronger.

Are you spinning easily in a...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-08, 07:52 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,719
Posted By LittleBigMan

Might work for you. Won't work for me. My...

Might work for you. Won't work for me.

My chainring, cassette, and chain will not survive my 150 mile-per-week Atlanta commute following your advice.

Laugh if you want, but you don't know...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-08, 06:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,291
Posted By LittleBigMan

Nothing wrong with horns. But here's another...

Nothing wrong with horns. But here's another weapon for your arsenal:

Get a small 3 watt LED flashlight and mount it on your handlebars. These are very bright flashlights, use AA rechargeable...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-08, 06:00 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,736
Posted By LittleBigMan

I wouldn't sneer at anyone's bike. During lean...

I wouldn't sneer at anyone's bike. During lean times between good bikes, I have created frankenbikes that would truly frighten you. :D

When you gotta ride, you gotta ride!
Forum: Commuting
07-19-08, 05:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,065
Posted By LittleBigMan

I'm wondering if we'll see more bicycle commuters...

I'm wondering if we'll see more bicycle commuters around here in Atlanta. I see a number of them, not to mention more motorcycles, scooters, and mass-transit users. I hope I see more and more...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-08, 05:09 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,953
Posted By LittleBigMan

It's really funny...people at work have seen me...

It's really funny...people at work have seen me bike commute for years and years. But I sometimes even wonder if they give it a moment's thought. Is motorized transportation the only possibility...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-08, 04:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,427
Posted By LittleBigMan

I've had a lot of success recently with carrying...

I've had a lot of success recently with carrying a quick protein/carb snack to eat as soon as I finish riding, like within 10 minutes. What I've read about muscle recovery shows that there is a...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-08, 04:43 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,736
Posted By LittleBigMan

Caroline, I hope you know that those of us...

Caroline,

I hope you know that those of us who expressed doubt as to Walmart's general competence in the bicycle quality and assembly arena are honestly trying to help. I believe we all want the...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-08, 01:19 AM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,736
Posted By LittleBigMan

I gave my honest opinion, as you did. Arguing...

I gave my honest opinion, as you did. Arguing about it might change other's views, but not mine, nor yours.

Besides, neither of our opinions count much compared to the practical experience the OP...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-08, 07:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,655
Posted By LittleBigMan

Climbing Curbs: How To? I never tried, until...

Climbing Curbs: How To?

I never tried, until one day I was riding along and decided to stop in the middle of the block and get off my bike. I saw there was no traffic behind, so I hit the brakes....
Forum: Commuting
07-12-08, 07:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,427
Posted By LittleBigMan

Lately, a bottle of nonfat milk to drink when I...

Lately, a bottle of nonfat milk to drink when I get to work.

For lunch, I can get a bowl of hot black beans, a big bag of fresh restaurant corn chips, and lots of great, fresh salsa for $1.35, to...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-08, 06:34 PM
Replies: 885
Views: 81,736
Posted By LittleBigMan

I don't criticize anyone for riding a Walmart...

I don't criticize anyone for riding a Walmart bike. I have done it before, and I would do it again, if I had to.

But I would tell anyone considering a Walmart bike this:

A Walmart bike will...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-08, 06:15 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,953
Posted By LittleBigMan

For me, bike commuting is an obsession. For me...

For me, bike commuting is an obsession. For me to imagine going too many days without riding to work is just as crazy as for most people to imagine riding a bike to work on "Bike to Work Day."
...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-08, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 452
Posted By LittleBigMan

Fit to ride

Of all the many benefits of bike commuting and cycling in general, one that stands out is that the more I ride, the more I'm able to ride.

I'm not content with riding as much as I do, even...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-08, 08:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,943
Posted By LittleBigMan

Lawd. :D Give me a tee shirt, lycra undies...

Lawd. :D

Give me a tee shirt, lycra undies and...well, I don't think I'd do as well in high heels...

:p
Forum: Commuting
07-10-08, 08:14 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 904,950
Posted By LittleBigMan

Had some great cooler days here in Hotlanta, and...

Had some great cooler days here in Hotlanta, and lower pollution levels, too. Makes for pleasant commuting.

Somehow, the thunderstorms that go with the cooler temps missed me, and all I got were...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-08, 08:10 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,228
Posted By LittleBigMan

I very much like the fact that Mr. Armstrong is...

I very much like the fact that Mr. Armstrong is championing bicycle commuting.

Thanks, Lance!

:beer:
Forum: Commuting
07-10-08, 07:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,111
Posted By LittleBigMan

Hey deez, I just fill the bathroom sink with...

Hey deez,

I just fill the bathroom sink with hot water, add some Dawn detergent (any kind will do,) and soak my helmet until the water cools off. Then I fill the sink with hot water again for a...
07-08-08, 07:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,506
Posted By LittleBigMan

:lol: Whenever I start feeling slow, or when...

:lol:

Whenever I start feeling slow, or when some hotrod Mustang guns it to pass lil ol' me, I just can't help but remember how much more physical power it takes for me to get from A to B. :D
...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-08, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,361
Posted By LittleBigMan

The reason you don't get where I'm going is...

The reason you don't get where I'm going is because you think I'm car-free, so you're barking up an empty tree, mate. ;)

I never said I'm not a motorist. Does that suprise you?
Forum: Commuting
07-04-08, 06:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,361
Posted By LittleBigMan

I am married with children 12, 23, 25, and 30,...

I am married with children 12, 23, 25, and 30, two dogs, a 16 year-old cat, and a bird. My daughter goes to school 22 miles from home, plays in the band, and is a cheeleader, both of which require...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-08, 09:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,361
Posted By LittleBigMan

Ever feel sorry for motorists?

I do.

;)

"My name is Pete, and I'm a gasaholic."

:eek:

Solution: get out on that bike and feel what real transportation is like!
07-03-08, 08:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,506
Posted By LittleBigMan

:lol: No idea, I don't have a computer on this...

:lol: No idea, I don't have a computer on this bike, but it was probably accurate. :)

The post about the speed monitor showing fast speeds for everyone else and then under 20 mph. for the...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-08, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By LittleBigMan

Thanks all, I was inspired by the replies, I am...

Thanks all, I was inspired by the replies, I am on the same page. I'm really glad this website has brought us together.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-08, 05:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By LittleBigMan

Meeting goals

I recently met a long-standing goal of mine: to ride all the way to work, and all the way home again, everyday. For me, that's 150 miles a week, every week. I have to admit, it is a challenge for...
06-28-08, 04:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,506
Posted By LittleBigMan

18 mph.

The light at the T intersection was turning yellow. I turned on the juice, but I was tired, and misjudged, and I ran the red on my bike. Lo, and behold, a police cruiser was parked 100 yards down...
06-22-08, 12:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By LittleBigMan

This will be interesting.

This will be interesting.
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