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06-01-16, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,178
Posted By spunkyj

Thanks! So seems like it should be pretty easy...

Thanks! So seems like it should be pretty easy to end up with a 42 mm chain line no matter what I do. For once something is actually easier and less complicated than I'd envisioned!

I'll take a...
06-01-16, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,178
Posted By spunkyj

Yes, I will absolutely measure! :-) What are...

Yes, I will absolutely measure! :-) What are these axel spacers you speak of?
06-01-16, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,178
Posted By spunkyj

Thanks for the clarification. I understand that...

Thanks for the clarification. I understand that 42 mm from the center is a fixed measurement relative to the center point. I guess I just wasn't clear on whether 42 mm from the center is the...
06-01-16, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,178
Posted By spunkyj

Thanks! I guess I can also call Velomine and...

Thanks! I guess I can also call Velomine and directly ask what the chain line is for their SS wheels. I would have thought this might be different for something with 130 mm road spacing instead of...
06-01-16, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,178
Posted By spunkyj

Getting the chain line right on a SS conversion: vintage steel frame, new SS wheelset

Hi everyone,

I'd like to build up a SS/fixed bike from a vintage steel frame. I'm having trouble figuring out what combination of parts will lead to a straight chain line. I _have_ read Sheldon...
11-14-13, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By spunkyj

Cassette question

Hello bike savvy people:

I just had a new cassette delivered for my mountain bike (an SRAM PG 850 11-32). The cassette has 8 cogs. There are plastic spacers separating the first 6 largest cogs...
01-15-13, 11:26 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 3,920
Posted By spunkyj

I'm with the OP. The holier-than-thou responses...

I'm with the OP. The holier-than-thou responses attempting to put the OP in his place just don't resonate with me.

The OP didn't do anything wrong by steering around a pedestrian at slow...
12-08-12, 01:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,796
Posted By spunkyj

Ok, here goes. It sounds like the OP, after...

Ok, here goes. It sounds like the OP, after stopping at his sign, began to roll forward very slowly while looking for traffic at the same time (sorry, but I don't buy that he could have missed a...
09-26-12, 11:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,371
Posted By spunkyj

Sort of. It's in the "Wheels" section of the...

Sort of. It's in the "Wheels" section of the Toronto Star's online media. The Toronto Star being Toronto's most read newspaper. So it's not on an independent car website, but in the automotive...
09-25-12, 05:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,293
Posted By spunkyj

Turn on your left flasher as if you were going to...

Turn on your left flasher as if you were going to turn (after all, you will be moving to the left in order to pass the cyclist). This provides a visual cue that you will be slowing down for some...
09-25-12, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By spunkyj

I ride in Toronto, which I think is a great city...

I ride in Toronto, which I think is a great city for cycling. And generally I feel pretty safe doing so. Drivers here are aware of cyclists so much so that the only times I really feel threatened...
09-25-12, 03:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,371
Posted By spunkyj

I partially agree in the sense that I would...

I partially agree in the sense that I would address Jim Kenzie with a less inflammatory tone in person, compared to how I b*tch about him on an internet forum. I stand by everything I said, however....
09-25-12, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By spunkyj

Points 2., 4. apply to cyclists who aren't...

Points 2., 4. apply to cyclists who aren't behaving well, whereas I'd like to restrict the discussion to good, predictable cyclists, who motorists still have a problem with. Point 5. is clearly...
09-25-12, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By spunkyj

Car/bike collision outcomes for cyclists versus motorcycles

Due to a horrible Op-Ed in today's Toronto Star (posted in another thread) I've been thinking (more than I'd like) about the view some people hold that Cyclists don't belong on the road. And in...
09-25-12, 02:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By spunkyj

I think highly visible and instructive signage...

I think highly visible and instructive signage encouraging bikes and cars to safely share the road is a very good investment for a few reasons:

(1)They should help curb any motorist attitude that...
09-25-12, 01:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,371
Posted By spunkyj

I disagree. I think it is clear that Jim Kenzie...

I disagree. I think it is clear that Jim Kenzie harbors resentment toward cyclists in general, and the only solution he will be happy with is if they are banned from the road altogether. He refers...
09-25-12, 07:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,371
Posted By spunkyj

The article is really really bad. Bordering on...

The article is really really bad. Bordering on downright bigotry in cases. Jim Kenzie even refers to cycling advocacy as whining.

He also propagates myths and misinformation: Cyclists can't...
09-25-12, 07:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,371
Posted By spunkyj

Maddening and ignorant Op-Ed on cycling in Toronto

I am left fuming after reading this article. I really want to respond, but where to begin?

http://www.wheels.ca/news/carte-blanche-pottery-roads-death-trap/
09-21-12, 03:14 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,945
Posted By spunkyj

And no need to state the obvious either. ;) ...

And no need to state the obvious either. ;) Despite appearances, we're not all numbskulls...
09-20-12, 01:54 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,945
Posted By spunkyj

I'm guessing it refers to politics and religion,...

I'm guessing it refers to politics and religion, which has its own thread (dealing with the topic in general, and not necessarily related to cycling). The discussion here was about origin of strong...
09-20-12, 01:34 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,945
Posted By spunkyj

In this case I think the P&R discussion is...

In this case I think the P&R discussion is directly relevant to the thread. P&R has a lot to do with inciting the kind of behavior in the OP. A couple posts were off topic, but some of the deleted...
09-20-12, 12:23 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,945
Posted By spunkyj

Mayor Ford epitomizes the...

Mayor Ford epitomizes the rural/suburban/conservative "undercurrent" (whatever that means) of Canada.
09-20-12, 12:15 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,945
Posted By spunkyj

Here's what the Mayor of Toronto (Canada's...

Here's what the Mayor of Toronto (Canada's largest city) thinks of cyclists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwxiv2aznB0
09-20-12, 11:46 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,945
Posted By spunkyj

While I generally agree with the above as far as...

While I generally agree with the above as far as it applies to attitudes toward cyclists, I think there may be some correlation between asshat-ness and traditional/conservative values:

"The world...
09-19-12, 06:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,891
Posted By spunkyj

Re: The dangers of sidewalk cycling, I think...

Re: The dangers of sidewalk cycling, I think speed is a big factor as well. Cycling on the sidewalk isn't much more dangerous than walking on it if you're moving at a jogging speed and proceed...
09-18-12, 04:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,891
Posted By spunkyj

Why even ask for a link to a study if you were...

Why even ask for a link to a study if you were already planning to dismiss it based on other criteria? You're entitled to your opinion, but please don't waste my time.
09-18-12, 04:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,891
Posted By spunkyj

Yet the response you get in the post above is...

Yet the response you get in the post above is once again about lights and helmets! :rolleyes:
09-18-12, 04:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,891
Posted By spunkyj

http://www.bicyclinglife.com/Library/riskfactors.h...

http://www.bicyclinglife.com/Library/riskfactors.htm

"Bicyclists on a sidewalk or bicycle path incur greater risk than those on the roadway (on average 1.8 times as great), most likely because of...
09-18-12, 04:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,891
Posted By spunkyj

Northernlights, the joke's on you then because...

Northernlights, the joke's on you then because statistically you're more likely to get in an accident while riding on the sidewalk than riding on the road. Maybe your area has particularly bad...
09-18-12, 01:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,184
Posted By spunkyj

Since when is playing with toys considered an...

Since when is playing with toys considered an education? You've heard many stories about women in particular getting hit by trucks? But I bet you don't have any numbers to back that up, do you? ...
09-18-12, 08:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,184
Posted By spunkyj

I don't think the posts here are assigning blame....

I don't think the posts here are assigning blame. Rather, many are correctly pointing out that defensive cycling may have prevented this tragedy (irrespective of who is at fault).
09-17-12, 06:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,184
Posted By spunkyj

It would appear that the 18 wheeler was making a...

It would appear that the 18 wheeler was making a left hand turn from the rightmost lane which is standard for large trucks, and the cyclist attempted a left turn at the same time. This is tragic,...
09-09-12, 04:54 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,246
Posted By spunkyj

I really like the concept for this thread. ...

I really like the concept for this thread.

When sharing a lane, I think it shows good will (not to mention self preservation) to slow down and yield to right-turning drivers who reach the...
08-23-12, 06:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

That's the point. It's all speculation. Due to...

That's the point. It's all speculation. Due to Darcy's actions we will never know how Bryant would have acted. An outside prosecutor was brought in to be impartial and after hearing all the...
08-23-12, 04:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

If Darcy hadn't latched on to the car, perhaps...

If Darcy hadn't latched on to the car, perhaps Bryant would have driven a few blocks down to safety and called the Police on his own accord. In this case he likely would have been cited for careless...
08-22-12, 04:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

Some of my post alludes to previously reported...

Some of my post alludes to previously reported aspects of the case which are not shown in the video. There were many eye witness accounts of what happened, and they are easy to find in a google...
08-22-12, 04:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

I agree with you there. Bryant should have been...

I agree with you there. Bryant should have been prosecuted and subjected to the scrutiny of the law and common sense.
08-22-12, 04:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

Some of my post alludes to previously reported...

Some of my post alludes to previously reported aspects of the case which are not shown in the video. There were many eye witness accounts of what happened, and they are easy to find in a google...
08-22-12, 12:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

The dimming headlights are evidence that Bryant...

The dimming headlights are evidence that Bryant was truly having trouble restarting his car (yes, all three times), and his panic as Darcy approached the car with possibly violent intentions is what...
08-22-12, 08:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,229
Posted By spunkyj

Bryant did not run Darcy over. The video shows a...

Bryant did not run Darcy over. The video shows a stalled car lurching forward three times. Police confirmed from video evidence that the car's headlights dimmed between lurches, consistent with...
08-18-12, 12:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By spunkyj

First, are you dealing with a bike shop that...

First, are you dealing with a bike shop that deals in high end road bikes? If not, that's where I'd head.

Second, would you feel comfortable using your frame if it were x-rayed and deemed to be...
08-17-12, 05:47 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

Well, you're free to wait your heart out at empty...

Well, you're free to wait your heart out at empty T-intersections for the sake of The Law. I'm happy that myself and The Law could agree on a monogamish relationship.
08-17-12, 05:15 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

Falling short according to who? To me its just...

Falling short according to who? To me its just common sense that its safer and easier to proceed ahead on an empty T-intersection with no thru-traffic than to have a car tail-gating and squeezing me...
08-16-12, 10:57 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,236
Posted By spunkyj

If I had the time and motivation here's what I...

If I had the time and motivation here's what I would do. On your daily commute count the relative number of cars vs. cyclists you encounter. Estimates are ok, you just need to get a rough idea, and...
08-16-12, 09:49 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

Hey Squirtdad. I sidestepped the challenge...

Hey Squirtdad. I sidestepped the challenge because I don't think it's a fair one. Any time we do something for convenience it is self centered. What I take issue with is the blanket statement that...
08-16-12, 12:08 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

First of all, did you read njkayaker's article? ...

First of all, did you read njkayaker's article? It was about social contracts, and it was to this I was responding. The article reasoned that breaking traffic laws on a bike is wrong because it...
08-16-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

The whole purpose of being a road user---to get...

The whole purpose of being a road user---to get yourself from point A to point B quickly and efficiently---is naturally self-serving. We'd all be safer if we simply walked. But for most this is an...
08-16-12, 11:39 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

Social contracts are dynamic. Despite what is...

Social contracts are dynamic. Despite what is written in the law, practices evolve based on what is considered acceptable risk vs reward for a certain community. The enforcement or lack thereof of...
08-16-12, 11:14 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

Squirtdad, do you jaywalk? And then how do you...

Squirtdad, do you jaywalk? And then how do you deal with this ethical/moral dilemma? Let's see if you'll answer the question that njkayaker wouldn't.

Rolling my bike across an empty...
08-14-12, 05:42 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 7,273
Posted By spunkyj

+1 Although there is some nuance about how...

+1

Although there is some nuance about how often a law should be enforced when it doesn't lead to negative consequences. I would say that the safe red light runner in a car couldn't be as...
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