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Forum: Commuting
09-18-14, 05:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By nashvillwill

Thanks for the the idea guys. I should have...

Thanks for the the idea guys.

I should have clarified that bus/train isn't even an option on this route. Believe it or not, I live in the city, but my job happens to be in the one direction that...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-14, 08:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By nashvillwill

Transition between meaningful ride and boring one.

I'm curious if anyone else has dealt with this.

I went from a job (and a living situation) where my commute went from;

1. Fun; city riding, fair distance (6 miles each way), fairly flat, lots...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-14, 08:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,210
Posted By nashvillwill

Well, it wasn't the rack that failed, but the...

Well, it wasn't the rack that failed, but the rear wheel. It was the factory Alex rim that failed. And just to be clear, it wasn't a sudden catastrophic failure of the wheel, but i just blew out...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-14, 12:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,210
Posted By nashvillwill

I've never commuted with a trailer, but i...

I've never commuted with a trailer, but i certainly would. I also have heavy luggage like you; long days, heavy lunch, all weather gear, work clothes, grocery stops. I've made do with my panniers,...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-14, 11:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,709
Posted By nashvillwill

I'm a naturally sweaty guy, in the southern...

I'm a naturally sweaty guy, in the southern heat/humidity (that means "sticky" for you colorado folk) and the way i deal with it is proper clothing. Wicking clothing is key. I wear a lose wicking...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-14, 08:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,850
Posted By nashvillwill

I'm not sure that "the south" and "awesome bike...

I'm not sure that "the south" and "awesome bike commuting" can ever be used together. Having said that, many of the southern cities are coming around and improving their bicycle infrastructure. I...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-13, 10:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,449
Posted By nashvillwill

There is a guy (fellow bike commuter) that rides...

There is a guy (fellow bike commuter) that rides the same train that I do. We get off at the same stop and are often in the same car. It was several months before we started the "good morning" finger...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-13, 08:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,365
Posted By nashvillwill

I highly recommend a helmet taillight. I believe...

I highly recommend a helmet taillight. I believe that it's gotten me noticed a time or two.

I run a cygolite hotshot on my helmet(my favorite light, usb). As dumb as it is, that light doesn't come...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-13, 10:58 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,055
Posted By nashvillwill

Two. One on solid on the frame. One on blink on...

Two. One on solid on the frame. One on blink on the helmet.
Forum: Commuting
08-27-13, 11:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,004
Posted By nashvillwill

My wife makes me these oatmeal cupcakes. They are...

My wife makes me these oatmeal cupcakes. They are great on the go and require zero morning prep. Basically, it's oats and mushed banana. Things to add flavor range from cinnamon to coconut to...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-13, 11:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,557
Posted By nashvillwill

Here in San Francisco, it's actually not the...

Here in San Francisco, it's actually not the unusual to see someone riding naked. I've seen it at least 3 times. Not a pretty sight!
Forum: Commuting
08-13-13, 09:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 984
Posted By nashvillwill

I like it, although I really only use it to keep...

I like it, although I really only use it to keep up with mileage. I don't really look at the segments or how I rank. They are bogus anyways. There is a 5 mile long segment along my commute with lots...
08-12-13, 10:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By nashvillwill

Yes, you should have been in the center of the...

Yes, you should have been in the center of the lane. Why would you want to give them the chance to pass you while turning anyways? That's asking for trouble. Conversely, if you hug the left side...
08-07-13, 08:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,042
Posted By nashvillwill

"I didn't see him. Didn't even know I hit him." ...

"I didn't see him. Didn't even know I hit him."

Ok son. 8 hours of community service, then go about your life.
Forum: Commuting
08-04-13, 11:03 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,503
Posted By nashvillwill

You say that 12 miles of this is on a trail. How...

You say that 12 miles of this is on a trail. How frequent are street crossings on this trail? If there are long uninterrupted sections that you can keep moving, you should be able to go pretty...
07-30-13, 02:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,570
Posted By nashvillwill

They are already doing this. Here in California,...

They are already doing this. Here in California, we have what are called "metering lights" on all of the freeway onramps (and some bridges as well). They back up traffic entering the freeway and only...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-13, 08:28 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,982
Posted By nashvillwill

Just wanted to give you kudos on the way you...

Just wanted to give you kudos on the way you handled that interaction. You know your rights, but you talked to the officer in a respectful manner. You gave your peace, and allowed him to give his. As...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-13, 08:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 701
Posted By nashvillwill

I stretch for about 10-15 minutes in the morning....

I stretch for about 10-15 minutes in the morning. I have a 50 minute train ride (reverse commuting, not crowded), so I use the last few stops to stretch. Because of the train ride, I have a 4 segment...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-13, 10:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,040
Posted By nashvillwill

Traffic calming devices. What are your favorites?

I'm fortunate enough to live somewhere that has implored various means of traffic calming. From the typical speed bump to speed humps, road barriers, chicanes, pedestrian islands, road narrowing,...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-13, 06:51 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,294
Posted By nashvillwill

Wait, I thought it was SUV drivers that are the...

Wait, I thought it was SUV drivers that are the worst? No, no, it's Minivans...no wait, Prius, I mean pickups....or is it Cadillac?

Face it, the car doesn't make the man. The idiot behind the...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-13, 07:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,088
Posted By nashvillwill

I use it every ride. As soon as I got it, I...

I use it every ride. As soon as I got it, I ditched the computer.

Its a very small hassle getting it started, but I love it otherwise.
06-21-13, 06:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,403
Posted By nashvillwill

I think the above two posts sum it up pretty...

I think the above two posts sum it up pretty well. If you just need groceries or entertainment, keep it local. If, in a case like yours, you need to make a rare trip to an out of the way location,...
06-18-13, 09:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,403
Posted By nashvillwill

I can feel your pain. The town I grew up in had a...

I can feel your pain. The town I grew up in had a very comprehensive bus system. You were rarely more than a mile from a line. The problem was, they all went to a central transfer point. All spokes...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-13, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By nashvillwill

Bravo! Those car keys are so tempting sometimes....

Bravo! Those car keys are so tempting sometimes. I probably would have used 'em, so you're a better man than I.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-13, 06:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 896
Posted By nashvillwill

True that! I used to get so aggravated with...

True that!

I used to get so aggravated with my weekly flat (like clockwork), that I almost gave up. Got a pair of Gatorskins and haven't had a flat since in the 7 months I've had them. The extra...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-13, 04:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,611
Posted By nashvillwill

Waking up at 4am.

Waking up at 4am.
Forum: Commuting
05-06-13, 09:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,195
Posted By nashvillwill

It seems like you have the right frame of mind....

It seems like you have the right frame of mind. Use what you have for now. You will learn, it time, what you really need. It may be a few things here and there, or it may be an entirely new bike. 13...
05-02-13, 09:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,221
Posted By nashvillwill

One thing I wonder if they consider is bicycle...

One thing I wonder if they consider is bicycle friendly "destinations". When I moved to CA from TN I was appalled by how hard it was to get a spot at a local campground. Then I discovered that many...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-13, 10:59 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 11,544
Posted By nashvillwill

So your choices are; Option 1. Use the dogs...

So your choices are;

Option 1. Use the dogs as an excuse to do a fast sprint and get a quick boost in your work out. This is the option you've chosen everyday so far. Look at how beautiful your...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-13, 06:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,747
Posted By nashvillwill

I think the more important consideration is what...

I think the more important consideration is what the working hours will be like. Will the hours be the same? Will it afford you time to ride your bike in leisure time? Or will you suddenly find that...
04-17-13, 09:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,961
Posted By nashvillwill

I'm about 45 miles from work. 7 miles on the bike...

I'm about 45 miles from work. 7 miles on the bike and the rest by train. It's 1:30 each way. To me, that's about my max. As I've gotten used to it, it's not so bad, but waking up at 4 am is certainly...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,459
Posted By nashvillwill

I would pay attention to urban/street design...

I would pay attention to urban/street design where you are riding for an explanation of attitude.

I would attribute the more bike friendly attitude in poor areas to neighborhood design. Like much...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-13, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Posted By nashvillwill

Seat rail breakage. Ever happen to you?

So, yesterday one of my seat rails snapped in two. It kinda surprised me that this would fail. I'm a borderline Clyde (195 lbs), but it still surprised me with only about 5000 miles on this...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-13, 06:20 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,181
Posted By nashvillwill

Cygolite hotshot.

Cygolite hotshot.
Forum: Commuting
03-29-13, 06:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By nashvillwill

34*260(work days/year)*3= 26,520 miles without a...

34*260(work days/year)*3= 26,520 miles without a flat.

Jimminy Crumpets! That's a whole lot of miles without a flat! Either I am doing something completely wrong, or you are doing it like an...
03-22-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,101
Posted By nashvillwill

Ill be honest with you, the video does nothing....

Ill be honest with you, the video does nothing. The only worth element is the audio. It never clearly shows the police car "ramming" the cyclist. True, the officer was quite aggressive and made some...
03-13-13, 08:06 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,885
Posted By nashvillwill

Thats not so odd. A lot of runners prefer that...

Thats not so odd. A lot of runners prefer that also. In fact, some of the new MUP's they are building around my area have a paved path AND a soft fine gravel path right next to it. I've noticed many...
03-12-13, 12:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,885
Posted By nashvillwill

The area I grew up in was basically un-walkable....

The area I grew up in was basically un-walkable. No sidewalks, no crosswalks, no signal buttons. I often wonder what previous generations were thinking when they purchased homes in suburbs like this....
Forum: Commuting
03-11-13, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Posted By nashvillwill

It's note exactly a perfect source of...

It's note exactly a perfect source of information, but have you tried Google bike maps? It's far from perfect, but it's a starting point. Other than that suggestion, I can't help you really. Don't...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-13, 12:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,904
Posted By nashvillwill

The only accident I've had only involved me and...

The only accident I've had only involved me and was simply the result of myself not paying attention. Here's a tip; Don't cross street car tracks parallel to the rails.
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By nashvillwill

I'm 40 miles from work. I have to break it down...

I'm 40 miles from work. I have to break it down into morning/evening to be fair;

Morning (non-rush)
1. Bike & Train- 1.5 hours. $4.40. Stress level-1
2. Car- 45 min. $5.30. Stress level-4
...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-13, 11:13 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,056
Posted By nashvillwill

Haha! You couldn't be more right! Live in...

Haha! You couldn't be more right! Live in Berkeley, work in Fremont. It's funny how different things are in such a small region. My wife works in the city, and her employeer is enrolled in a federal...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-13, 10:31 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,056
Posted By nashvillwill

Do you ever drive to work, just to prove to higher-up's that you can?

I may get crucified for this, but here goes;

I'm sure you have all heard it;

"Do you need a ride"
"I've got a car for sale"
"Why don't you have a drivers license?"

To these questions we...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-13, 09:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,803
Posted By nashvillwill

Just a comment for anyone who stumbles across...

Just a comment for anyone who stumbles across this thread. I have dics brakes, so I bought the explorer "disc" rack. It fits fine, but provided a whole lot of clearance. Too much really. I went back...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-13, 12:26 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 5,367
Posted By nashvillwill

I'm very happy to say that my answer to this...

I'm very happy to say that my answer to this question in "no". I already ride as much as I can. My wife and I share a car and fill it up about once a month. It's such a small factor that it falls...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 11:33 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,390
Posted By nashvillwill

I haven't read this whole thread, but ill add...

I haven't read this whole thread, but ill add this.

I don't have kids yet. But my downstairs neighbors have 2 boys. Dad cycle commutes every day and mom drives. While it would be easy for the...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 07:48 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,492
Posted By nashvillwill

Please, please tell me that's really what you...

Please, please tell me that's really what you meant to say! I can just imagine locking your bike to two different cars! Coming out to angry drivers and saying "what?! It's safer this way."

in...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 825
Posted By nashvillwill

Clear safety glasses. I also carry a tinted pair...

Clear safety glasses. I also carry a tinted pair for sunny days. They are cheap, safe and keep your eyes from drying out. I think they look fine, but then again i dont give a crap what they look like.
Forum: Commuting
02-15-13, 09:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,851
Posted By nashvillwill

I started out riding in jeans and honestly, it...

I started out riding in jeans and honestly, it worked fine. I have since switched to a neoprene pant because I find them more comfortable and better year-round (warm in winter, cool in summer. Same...
01-24-13, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By nashvillwill

That's scary. That's on my commute. I would say...

That's scary. That's on my commute. I would say that most drivers in Fremont are very respectful an decent, but I've had some scary moments there.
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