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10-25-07, 02:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By nathank

i have never heard of problems with the U-Turn....

i have never heard of problems with the U-Turn. as far as i know it is simply a little more weight and a little more $$.

i have a Pike Coil U-Turn where i convert my hardtail from Freeride mode...
01-04-06, 05:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,217
Posted By nathank

virtually every day with the exception of some...

virtually every day with the exception of some family vacations and business trips. in October i went to Boston for 4 days for work and didn't ride for 4 days. Then when my family visited for xMas i...
01-03-06, 07:10 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,087
Posted By nathank

well, i think i have a lot more stuff than you...

well, i think i have a lot more stuff than you but i am moving more in that direction and i like not having TOO much stuff as it is a real pain.

i got out of college and moved to another city with...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-05, 07:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 935
Posted By nathank

hey Roody, i understand totally what you...

hey Roody,

i understand totally what you mean. last year's winter in Europe was pretty weak.

BUT this year has started off really well and we have had snow on the ground probably 7 of the last...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-05, 03:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,966
Posted By nathank

quick in and out: wear it then if i'm...

quick in and out: wear it

then if i'm sweating badly or going to be in the store a while i'll take it off and either:
a) carry it
b) attach it to my backpack

sometimes i do lock/leave it on...
12-13-05, 04:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,153
Posted By nathank

oh i know what you mean!! a few months ago i...

oh i know what you mean!! a few months ago i ended up downtown after the last subway (during the week after 1:00 am or so). it's not THAT far from to my apartment (about 4km - so less than 3 miles)...
12-13-05, 04:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,153
Posted By nathank

if alone i pretty much bike EVERYWHERE more than...

if alone i pretty much bike EVERYWHERE more than say 1/4 or 1/2 mile. mostly b/c i have found i underestimate how slow it is to walk as i always bike! and then i get annoyed if it is SO much slower...
12-12-05, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,237
Posted By nathank

i have and use both: helmet cover goes on in...

i have and use both:
helmet cover goes on in the fall and stays on all winter. it covers up all those vents that make a helmet expensive, so the helmet ISN'T super-ventilated.

a thin skull cap i...
12-09-05, 04:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,409
Posted By nathank

nice to see an interesting thread -- it's great...

nice to see an interesting thread -- it's great to see so many people that have something simliar to my perspective...

I think as has been said, region is a big thing. It's something you can't...
12-07-05, 05:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,465
Posted By nathank

i totally agree. cycling helps in many ways:...

i totally agree.

cycling helps in many ways:
1) it remains "about people" as opposed to being "driver against all obstacles slowing him down" (i.e. isolation)
2) cycling is physical activity...
12-07-05, 05:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 969
Posted By nathank

hi Satyr, i would agree with most of what...

hi Satyr,

i would agree with most of what you said...
at the same time, as you probably know, you're touching on some very sensitive topics for Americans (guns, religion and cars).
i would...
12-07-05, 05:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 969
Posted By nathank

hi refro, thanks for correcting me about the...

hi refro,
thanks for correcting me about the Netherlands -- the one has been changed and the other i got the details wrong, but the end result is the same: as the car driver must pay he REALLY...
12-06-05, 10:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 969
Posted By nathank

from my short experiences, that's basically...

from my short experiences, that's basically correct.

it's a good and bad thing:
yes, there are bike paths virtually everywhere...
BUT where there are bike paths adjacent to the road, you are...
12-05-05, 11:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,211
Posted By nathank

i ordered my Xtracycle the other day -- 26" in...

i ordered my Xtracycle the other day -- 26" in the basic kit (decided to to go for the disc upgrade as i have good v-brakes) that i will put on my Norco hardtail that is my "commuter bike". i'm...
12-05-05, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,465
Posted By nathank

thanks for posting. that is great! it would...

thanks for posting. that is great!
it would really be something if the negatives of autocentric city design are somehow presented to the public in a positive way normal people can relate too!
12-05-05, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By nathank

if you really want to provide thorough coverage...

if you really want to provide thorough coverage of the subject, i would recommend reporting on BOTH car-free and car-lite as well as "utility cycling" and how it differs from "recreational cycling"
...
12-02-05, 05:38 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 4,903
Posted By nathank

i agree. especially if you grow up in the car...

i agree. especially if you grow up in the car culture as most of us here have, you hardly even notice the "side effects" of driving...

i have observed that most normal, pleasant, "nice" people who...
11-28-05, 10:21 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 4,903
Posted By nathank

John, please READ the post before responding... ...

John, please READ the post before responding...
i in no way stated or even alluded that a bike mechanic is equivalent --- my point was exactly the opposite: that it is NOT.
BUT, as this is the...
11-28-05, 06:58 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 4,903
Posted By nathank

(Note: i haven't read on to the following posts...

(Note: i haven't read on to the following posts since this one.)

I think Kris should NOT feel guilty at all. sure, maybe he can think about and decide he really wants to switch.
BUT, my guess...
11-26-05, 12:41 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 4,903
Posted By nathank

that's about how i fell too. cars are just no...

that's about how i fell too. cars are just no efficient in the city -- too much space for parking, streets, etc. and they destroy the "social environment" - not to mention traffic and pollution and...
11-26-05, 12:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By nathank

no one has mentioned Tucson -- maybe TOO hot but...

no one has mentioned Tucson -- maybe TOO hot but otherwise i think it meets most of the criteria --- it's small enough to still be relatively bike friendly although i would not rate it as overly...
11-25-05, 12:38 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 4,903
Posted By nathank

i agree with most of the posts here... i...

i agree with most of the posts here...

i could drive a huge massive gas-guzzling car all over the place - actually i used to as i grew up in auto-centric Texas -- and waste and pollute and use...
11-25-05, 12:06 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 4,903
Posted By nathank

you guys probably mostly all know this already,...

you guys probably mostly all know this already, but...

General Motors and a tire company (Firestone i think) and an oil company were found GUILTY in US Court for conspiracy for exactly this:
they...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-05, 07:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 770
Posted By nathank

i rarely do flat out "extra" loops or whatever. ...

i rarely do flat out "extra" loops or whatever.

but i quite often do not take the shortest route just because.

for my current commute there are 2 basic alternatives:
1) most direct = on the...
11-21-05, 05:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,348
Posted By nathank

i often wear my snowboard helmet with ski goggles...

i often wear my snowboard helmet with ski goggles for biking in winter (i did today in fact).
mine has ear/neck cover which is great.

as to the question about side visibility with goggles:
yes,...
11-21-05, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By nathank

actually wagon is short for "station wagon" ---...

actually wagon is short for "station wagon" --- that's what i called my Subaru Legacy back in Portland. (e.g. "my Subara wagon") -- actually it was funny a while back when i told my father back in...
11-21-05, 05:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By nathank

i pretty much agree with Thor that you can catch...

i pretty much agree with Thor that you can catch a lift from friends - mountain biking tends to be a group thing anyway...

when i was in Portland i had a few car-free friends that i quite...
11-19-05, 01:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,329
Posted By nathank

well, there are tons and tons of reasons, but the...

well, there are tons and tons of reasons, but the #1 reason is the power of advertising --- cars companies earn big bucks and virtually no one stands to earn big bucks if lots of Americans bike...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-05, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 871
Posted By nathank

hey Robert. hope you're ok. i had almost the...

hey Robert. hope you're ok.

i had almost the exact same accident winter 2002 - actually i think it was slicker for mine as cars/sun had melted the snow druring the day and a few hours after dark...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-05, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,479
Posted By nathank

i currently live in Munich Germany and it is...

i currently live in Munich Germany and it is somewhat similar: maybe 5% of bikes are not locked at all, a small few "correctly" locked usually a substantial lock to a fixed object and the large...
11-18-05, 03:40 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,131
Posted By nathank

oopps, i missed this post. i disagree with...

oopps, i missed this post.

i disagree with the comments about the snow stud - for mixed pavement/snow/ice which is normal for commuting in all but really cold places (Winnipeg is colder so it may...
11-18-05, 03:32 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,131
Posted By nathank

i have the 26" Schwalbe Snow Studs which are...

i have the 26" Schwalbe Snow Studs which are probably just about the same. i mounted mine this morning as we had our first snow. this is the 4th winter for mine - i run them from Nov thru April or...
11-18-05, 03:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By nathank

Alan, you are exactly right! (did you...

Alan,

you are exactly right!
(did you notice i used to live in Portland?) but yes, Portland is one of the very few US cities that tries to maintain an "urban" area surrounded by a non-developed...
11-18-05, 02:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 996
Posted By nathank

First Snow!!

so today was the first snow here in Munich!

not really a whole lot - maybe 1-2" and it's not really cold enough (33/34F or 1C or so) so it's already melting on many streets as the sun comes out......
11-17-05, 02:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By nathank

hey Alan, i agree but i think the issue in...

hey Alan,

i agree but i think the issue in this thread was more the environmental aspect of it...
and regardless of whether you rent a car or drive your own one can burn a lot of fuel for outdoor...
11-15-05, 11:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,387
Posted By nathank

in most cases you are very right; the people who...

in most cases you are very right; the people who are quick to judge or look down on you for such things probably have other reasons for thinking so which generally, but not always, make them less...
11-15-05, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,387
Posted By nathank

hey stegosaupus, i can relate to your situation...

hey stegosaupus,
i can relate to your situation a little...
first of all i think a fair amount depends on where you live.
i encountered this type of thing ALL the time when i was in Texas - at...
11-15-05, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 798
Posted By nathank

i agree that there is unfortunately virtually no...

i agree that there is unfortunately virtually no "glamour" and "coolness" in utility cycling -- although in reality it IS much "tougher" and "rugged" and "manly" or whatever other trendy labels you...
11-14-05, 10:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By nathank

you hit on many of the main points, but i think...

you hit on many of the main points, but i think the most difficult part relates to assumption behind "So in this case it's hard to make a train convenient for people lugging skis":
people compare...
11-14-05, 10:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By nathank

hey Satyr, i agree to a point, but there are...

hey Satyr,
i agree to a point, but there are still some similar problems in Europe.
first i have to preface that the train/bus system in Switzerland tends to be much better than that in the...
11-11-05, 08:17 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,322
Posted By nathank

i agree. in truth you can wash them in hot...

i agree.

in truth you can wash them in hot water, maybe even use a disinfectant or one of those "odor killer" sprays, and do the freezer treatment (put them in a plastic bag and put in freezer for...
11-11-05, 07:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,623
Posted By nathank

i personally have never found the difference to...

i personally have never found the difference to be noticeable enough to warrant my re-adjusting anything -- but from Back2Kill's description sounds substantial.

it hasn't been clearly stated yet,...
11-04-05, 11:40 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,687
Posted By nathank

unfortunately i have to disagree with you....

unfortunately i have to disagree with you. although car ownership is not as universal in most other places, it is often even MORE of a status symbol!

It is different in many ways than the US "auto...
10-27-05, 11:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,029
Posted By nathank

this is definitely true of Mountain bikes. ...

this is definitely true of Mountain bikes.
today's Full Suspension bikes (e.g. with disc brakes) perform SO well, but they are complex and have lots of high-wear components. for AR stick with a...
10-27-05, 11:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,029
Posted By nathank

haven't done much the last few years...

haven't done much the last few years (unfortunately not many AR races in Germany) but i used to do lots of AR in western US and Canada.

i can't recomment a specific fork as i currently do mostly...
10-27-05, 11:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By nathank

see the posts in this thread: bike friendly...

see the posts in this thread:
bike friendly places (http://www.bikeforums.net/showpost.php?p=1658971&postcount=55)


i think if you limit yourself to primarily the core urban areas then Philly is...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-05, 09:59 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,218
Posted By nathank

ah, you posted while i was typing and being...

ah, you posted while i was typing and being distracted (you know, work, that ugly distraction)


yes and no...
weight training will increase your muscle mass and the retention of muscle requires...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-05, 09:47 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,218
Posted By nathank

1st: i'd say it's not i _real_ health issue...

1st: i'd say it's not i _real_ health issue unless you're choosing not to eat to save money (i.e. you say, "gee i'd like to eat now but i don't want to spend any money" - i know as i did this as a...
10-20-05, 09:40 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,066
Posted By nathank

originally from Dallas TX. currently live in...

originally from Dallas TX.

currently live in Munich Germany (4 years now)
Munich is VERY easy to be car-lite or car-free as:
* VERY compact city so distances small - around 90% of...
10-19-05, 07:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By nathank

while it might seem stupid at first... actually...

while it might seem stupid at first... actually true: i am sure that statistically mountain biking at night is less dangerous than teenage driving at night or partying... (although explaining to your...
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