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Forum: Commuting
02-23-16, 09:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By thdave

While I would have loved to try the Showers Pass...

While I would have loved to try the Showers Pass or the J&G, given that I already had $100 credit with Marmot I paid another $100 and ordered the Marmot Minimalist. This is Gore-Tex with Paclite...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-16, 11:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By thdave

Marmot agrees with you. The fact that I sat (not...

Marmot agrees with you. The fact that I sat (not sweating) in the stands at the football game and got drenched isn't proof enough for them or even a fellow commuter.
Forum: Commuting
02-21-16, 08:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By thdave

I thought the same, yet Marmot says it passed...

I thought the same, yet Marmot says it passed their test.
Forum: Commuting
02-21-16, 04:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By thdave

Thanks for the insight, fuzz. i wonder what the...

Thanks for the insight, fuzz. i wonder what the hydrostatic head of a true rain coat is, the clammy type made of plastic or waxed cotton.

I had gone about 80 miles when the storm hit, so I was...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-16, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By thdave

Yes, it does. I paid $80 so $100 is great. But,...

Yes, it does. I paid $80 so $100 is great. But, the scam is their test for waterproofness. The guy on the phone told me that some of their waterproof coats are more waterproof than others. That...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-16, 12:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By thdave

Marmot Rain Coat Issue

While I own a rain cape and like it for commuting, it doesn't pack well and I don't bring it on long rides. Also, my daily Helly Hanson windbreaker that I had worn for 15 years has begun to look...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-12, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,526
Posted By thdave

I have a Giant Rapid (2010 model 1) and really...

I have a Giant Rapid (2010 model 1) and really enjoy it. I tried Specialized and Trek as well but thought the Giant was the best of the three for equipment, fit, and ride. Also, it was sold by the...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-12, 07:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,675
Posted By thdave

Pitt seems to misunderstand that the auto...

Pitt seems to misunderstand that the auto industry started here (for the common man). Where's the job exports going to? Detroit, MI?
Forum: Commuting
02-14-12, 03:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 463
Posted By thdave

It may seem stupid, a 52 year old man biking in...

It may seem stupid, a 52 year old man biking in circles in his garage, yet I was in pig's heaven. I just couldn't believe I could keep control of my foot to keep pedaling. I think I can bike...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-12, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 463
Posted By thdave

First Ride of Year-quite long

In this most difficult year of my life, I've just now enjoyed my first bike ride. This was an amazing achievement for me, and not because of the two inches of snow.

I had leg and back pain (along...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-12, 02:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,101
Posted By thdave

I just don't get how they can sell a pair of wool...

I just don't get how they can sell a pair of wool socks for a reasonable $11 but charge $35 for a wool cap. Makes no sense.
Forum: Commuting
12-22-11, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,170
Posted By thdave

Dr. Good looks like an excellent value, imo. Big...

Dr. Good looks like an excellent value, imo. Big difference in price. I love my 7 speed Nexus hub. Love the no maintenance brakes, but that's kind of an individual thing. Confess: I take my bikes...
12-13-11, 07:48 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,056
Posted By thdave

I love the logic in the dialogue. Thx.

I love the logic in the dialogue. Thx.
12-13-11, 07:33 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,157
Posted By thdave

Well said, DX-Man. I've got two morbidly obese...

Well said, DX-Man. I've got two morbidly obese sisters that feel I'm an idiot for biking on the road, jeapordizing my life. One of them "doesn't believe in sweating." The other stays busy but puts...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-11, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 705
Posted By thdave

I had a flat in the pouring rain. The worst part...

I had a flat in the pouring rain. The worst part was the lack of visibility on that cloudy late afternoon in October, made worse by my poor vision (didn't have reading glasses with me).
Forum: Commuting
12-13-11, 07:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By thdave

I wouldn't worry about the caution notes--studded...

I wouldn't worry about the caution notes--studded tires slow you down enough that you can't be aggressive.

Yet I still love them, as it's a joy to ride in the snow/ice.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 03:09 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,933
Posted By thdave

I disagree. I love--and I can't state that...

I disagree.

I love--and I can't state that enough--wool socks. They are about three times better--one wool sock is worth three cotton socks. In fact, I'll wear wool socks with sandals before...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 12:46 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,933
Posted By thdave

I won't bike over ice, if I can avoid it. Once...

I won't bike over ice, if I can avoid it. Once you've done it and had a hard, quick fall you won't do it again, either!

If I have to, I make sure to go straight thru it and not to brake.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 09:51 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,933
Posted By thdave

I learned something, too. Might have been...

I learned something, too.

Might have been colder here in Cleveland--think it was 21 degrees. Anyhow--my face was freezing. It hasn't been that cold so far so I just kind of forgot to get out my...
12-09-11, 11:12 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 8,982
Posted By thdave

Spent too long reading this thread before I find...

Spent too long reading this thread before I find a snippet of sense--the initial call to police was the problem. I'd hazard to guess it was made by an old white widow.

Obviously, the police...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-11, 08:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,647
Posted By thdave

I rode home in a steady rain last night and...

I rode home in a steady rain last night and enjoyed it. But, I've got a rain cape that goes over the hands and covers my core and thighs. Also, I have waterproof shoes that i tried for the first...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-11, 03:53 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,984
Posted By thdave

Not sure if I'm adding to the conversation, but,...

Not sure if I'm adding to the conversation, but, IMO, distance is the key parameter. If you're going 20 miles you would likely be better served with a drop bar as wind resistance is reduced and this...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,591
Posted By thdave

Don't know what roads you're talking about, but...

Don't know what roads you're talking about, but in general, I disagree.

I was in downtown last night, riding around Cleveland State and Euclid and other streets. They are in pretty good shape,...
10-31-11, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By thdave

Yeah, I think the Medical Mart will be a big...

Yeah, I think the Medical Mart will be a big failure. It's hard to imagine that project changing the way medical types buy/sell their goods.

I almost didn't read the article because I've rarely...
10-31-11, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By thdave

Cleveland Mayor Concepts to Close Public Square to Cars

I was intrigued by this article and the history of Public Square.

Thoughts?

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2011/10/cleveland_mayor_frank_jackson.html
Forum: Commuting
10-27-11, 02:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,440
Posted By thdave

What I used to do is bike occassionally, when the...

What I used to do is bike occassionally, when the weather was good. Never really made a habit out of it until I got fenders. Then I started to bike in regularly. After I bought studs, I started...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-11, 11:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,661
Posted By thdave

Once in 8 years of year round commuting, due to...

Once in 8 years of year round commuting, due to an innertube failure at the stem, which my patch kit couldn't fix. Not bad for >12K miles. I've had more failures with my car, but i've driven...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-11, 07:54 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,897
Posted By thdave

Lots of money in cars, little in bikes. ...

Lots of money in cars, little in bikes. Advertisements push how great they are. No ads for bikes, so it's hard to compete.

Plus, high school students, which these college kids were a few years...
10-12-11, 07:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By thdave

This assault by the crazed bicyclist isn't...

This assault by the crazed bicyclist isn't definitive in anything. It says that there are nuts everywhere. It's best to be considerate as reasonable, but there is always risk out there.

You...
09-20-11, 11:24 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,576
Posted By thdave

i don't believe this study. Makes no sense. ...

i don't believe this study. Makes no sense.

There are peds walking all over the place who are completely into their thing--their music, their phone, sightseeing, etc. They might initiate the...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 512
Posted By thdave

I was downtown Friday night and walked by this...

I was downtown Friday night and walked by this business. I was impressed and hope it makes it.

That area of downtown is alive and well--if there's anywhere it will make it downtown, that is it.
Forum: Commuting
08-29-11, 11:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,066
Posted By thdave

Pants with tight cuff

Can anyone recommend decent pants for this fall that don't require straps--on the chain side and one on the other side, to prevent the
pant ends from catching on the water bottle holder?

I...
08-26-11, 08:34 AM
Replies: 730
Views: 76,630
Posted By thdave

That officer was an ass, but I suspect it stems...

That officer was an ass, but I suspect it stems from the ass who called in a complaint. Still, that threat was way out of line and I'd visit with the police chief.

BTW--it is a bad idea to...
08-26-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,812
Posted By thdave

I disagree and feel that the fine should be...

I disagree and feel that the fine should be commensurate with the danger imposed by the offender. This is generally true, in terms of traffic offenses.
08-25-11, 09:17 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,812
Posted By thdave

I think an appeal is in order. The fine should...

I think an appeal is in order. The fine should be an order of magnitude lower for a bicycle, given its low mass and much reduced risk to motorists. There's no sense of proportion here.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-11, 10:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,654
Posted By thdave

Yep. Make sure you wear a sponsor's jersey,...

Yep.

Make sure you wear a sponsor's jersey, Oakleys, and clip in, while you're at it.

Also, time your route to try to get it under 8 minutes. Geesh.
08-03-11, 11:20 AM
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 08:25 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,753
Posted By thdave

IMO, you stop at stop signs is you are driving...

IMO, you stop at stop signs is you are driving heavy machinery, like a car, as a matter of caution and safety. You need not stop if you are riding a bike and its all clear.
07-18-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,749
Posted By thdave

That stunt in London when the bike beat the car,...

That stunt in London when the bike beat the car, boat and train/bus was fun and, perhaps due to it or not, coincided with a growth spurt in bike commuting there.
...
07-15-11, 07:13 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,586
Posted By thdave

I'll tell you one thing that's obvious--Michael...

I'll tell you one thing that's obvious--Michael Smith doesn't ride a bicycle.
Forum: Commuting
07-15-11, 07:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,759
Posted By thdave

I relate to the Dutch. :) They ride for...

I relate to the Dutch. :) They ride for transportation, which I love, whereas we bike for sport--hence the different shoes, as Metro brought up.

It's really nothing to brag about, but to show how...
07-14-11, 02:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 924
Posted By thdave

IMO, the guy did the right thing. He didn't...

IMO, the guy did the right thing. He didn't appear seriously hurt, plus his attacker was an uprovoked nutcase who could have had a weapon. The fact that they had a video camera and got his license...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-11, 08:44 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 12,943
Posted By thdave

I got to chime in here, as I feel this cyclist is...

I got to chime in here, as I feel this cyclist is getting a bad rap.

This old coot had no business trying to enforce the law to this cyclist. No, you shouldn't swear at her, yet if everyone tried...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-11, 07:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By thdave

If we are happy and healthy, don't we make these...

If we are happy and healthy, don't we make these towns a bit more happy, too? :p
Forum: Commuting
06-03-11, 08:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,773
Posted By thdave

In my opinion, pressing charges for assault if...

In my opinion, pressing charges for assault if you had the guys name and address would likely not lead to a conviction unless he pled guilty. He could say he didn't see you.

I know it's...
05-26-11, 07:58 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,281
Posted By thdave

Folks--I'm writing a letter to the editor of the...

Folks--I'm writing a letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about this. Please look over and edit.

Thanks.

In your article on the death of Judge Chip Henry of Geauga County, you...
05-26-11, 07:32 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,281
Posted By thdave

The Plain Dealer though, despite the shady...

The Plain Dealer though, despite the shady circumstances of the driver, give her the soft treatment and focus on the helmet and whether or not bike lanes would help. Give me a break--what crappy...
05-25-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,281
Posted By thdave

Cleveland Area Judge Killed While Riding Bicycle

Frustrating death of a bicycling enthusiast.

Poor write up--right up front it says he wasn't wearing his helmet, insinuating that was the reason for his death--and it says nothing about any issues...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-11, 06:15 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 21,299
Posted By thdave

Very nice. I'd like to know how your changes...

Very nice.

I'd like to know how your changes have affected your speed. Travelling in such an upright position is going to slow you down, offsetting the better comfort. I'm curious as to how...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-11, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By thdave

That doesn't justify the price! I know for a...

That doesn't justify the price! I know for a fact that my rain poncho has been invisible two different times and yet i also know for a fact that I can go buy another one for the same $25.
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