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Forum: Commuting
06-10-17, 08:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,378
Posted By swwhite

I use the Ortlieb messenger backpack and I can...

I use the Ortlieb messenger backpack and I can testify for its one quality that was the one quality that made me buy it. It is indeed totally waterproof. I must have that because on many days the...
Forum: Commuting
01-21-17, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,795
Posted By swwhite

I have not done this personally, nor do I know...

I have not done this personally, nor do I know anyone who has, but I have asked about it at a bike store and they seem to think it can be done. Get a fat bike with disc brakes (as they all do have)....
Forum: Commuting
07-12-15, 08:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,545
Posted By swwhite

A fun video for sure, but I'm not seeing all that...

A fun video for sure, but I'm not seeing all that bike love. I live in the southwest part of Minneapolis, and every day, weather permitting, I ride south to work, through a small first-ring suburb...
01-06-15, 08:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,721
Posted By swwhite

Thank you for pointing me to that idea (fog free...

Thank you for pointing me to that idea (fog free at last). I went out yesterday and bought the parts, made one yesterday after dinner, and tested it today at minus 2 degrees. It did not solve my...
12-15-14, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,119
Posted By swwhite

I have a Pugsley and a mountain bike with...

I have a Pugsley and a mountain bike with two-inch studded tires. I do prefer the Pugsley because it seems a little more "sure-footed" or something. However, in deep snow I can't go with either; on...
12-01-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,388
Posted By swwhite

I hope you did not read my comment of "I can do a...

I hope you did not read my comment of "I can do a little more" as "I can do little more." The idea I was trying to convey is that a fat bike does not make one invincible. On deep snow, they don't...
11-29-14, 08:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,388
Posted By swwhite

This is my second winter on a Pugsley and my...

This is my second winter on a Pugsley and my experience is that I can do a little more than I could with the mountain bike, but I am far from unstoppable. I still can't push through several inches...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-14, 09:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,533
Posted By swwhite

I wear basic docker-like pants at work, so for...

I wear basic docker-like pants at work, so for the bike trip I wear OVER them a second pair of pants. Currently I have two choices. One is some over-pants with zippered ankles made especially for...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-14, 08:45 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,840
Posted By swwhite

I work in a back office where casual clothing is...

I work in a back office where casual clothing is basically the "uniform," so I don't have to worry too much about appearance. I make it a game with myself to ride to work in regular clothing and...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-14, 09:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,407
Posted By swwhite

I tried to spray paint a bike frame with spray...

I tried to spray paint a bike frame with spray paint from the hardware store. Actually, I did the preparation and persuaded my brother to do the painting because it was a winter camouflage pattern...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,165
Posted By swwhite

I, too, have used a shower cap.

I, too, have used a shower cap.
Forum: Commuting
04-12-14, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By swwhite

I use gloves called "Mountain Hard Wear" in...

I use gloves called "Mountain Hard Wear" in extra-large with another fabric glove inside as a liner. They are waterproof and comfortable down to freezing. If the temperature gets too high I can...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-14, 08:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,457
Posted By swwhite

I have an outside rack, but it is outside the...

I have an outside rack, but it is outside the floor-to-ceiling windows of the office fitness center (so it is under observation) and and underneath an overhanging part of the building (so I can...
02-14-14, 07:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,352
Posted By swwhite

Too bad nobody thinks that if in a particular...

Too bad nobody thinks that if in a particular area lots of cars are hitting lots of bikes, maybe the solution is to reduce the number and speed of cars.
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02-13-14, 08:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,044
Posted By swwhite

I did 105F once in Minnesota. It doesn't often...

I did 105F once in Minnesota. It doesn't often get over 100 here.
02-05-14, 07:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,789
Posted By swwhite

I live in a snowy frozen wonderland and am...

I live in a snowy frozen wonderland and am enjoying my first winter with a Pugsley. It does not make one unstoppable. It seems to me that there are levels of snow that any bike could handle, and...
12-31-13, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,257
Posted By swwhite

I second (or third) the doctor idea, if your...

I second (or third) the doctor idea, if your hands are cold indoors. However, I do have a couple thoughts.

I myself find gloves ineffective below around 32 degrees, which is where I switch to...
12-06-13, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,376
Posted By swwhite

I got a Pugsley this year and took it out in snow...

I got a Pugsley this year and took it out in snow for the first time in that same storm. The Pugsley also slips around in the "brown car snot," but not as much as my mountain bike did. Still, it...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-13, 08:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,724
Posted By swwhite

I used Mr. Tuffy's for a while, and then two...

I used Mr. Tuffy's for a while, and then two tires developed slow leaks. When I went to the bike shop to have the leaks fixed, they found that the liners had moved and developed a fold, and at the...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-13, 12:43 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,706
Posted By swwhite

I ride on the street because it is faster and...

I ride on the street because it is faster and safer, and where I live officially against the law to ride on the sidewalk in a commercial area. However, I am not above riding on the sidewalk if it...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 11:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,671
Posted By swwhite

I have one version of the Banjo Brothers grocery...

I have one version of the Banjo Brothers grocery panniers. They are nice, but there are two issues. You can't use them in the rain (a non-issue probably since who wants to go grocery shopping in...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,501
Posted By swwhite

Depending on model, a backpack or messenger bag...

Depending on model, a backpack or messenger bag might not fit in an actual milk crate. I saw, locally, a bike with an oven rack fastened to a regular rear rack, making a platform onto which he could...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-13, 05:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,970
Posted By swwhite

Are you saying that you do not carry any sort of...

Are you saying that you do not carry any sort of backpack or shoulder bag, but still want to carry paper? I have a water-resistant document-sized bag from Chrome that I could carry over a shoulder...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-13, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 484
Posted By swwhite

It helps, but they say (whoever "they" are) that...

It helps, but they say (whoever "they" are) that even if you get your 30-60 minutes of exercise a day, if you spend the rest of the day sitting, you are not active enough to be called "active."
Forum: Commuting
09-14-13, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By swwhite

Thank you for that tip. I did not know such...

Thank you for that tip. I did not know such things existed. I made myself a homemade full face shield from a chainsaw face shield from the hardware store. I attached it to a skateboard-style...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-13, 08:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,993
Posted By swwhite

I tried spray-painting my bike because I wanted...

I tried spray-painting my bike because I wanted the winter camouflage look. Spray paint does not seem to hold up well. Also, if your surface preparation is not FLAWLESS, then every flaw will POP...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-13, 08:08 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,021
Posted By swwhite

www.nutribullet.com. This is a blender-like...

www.nutribullet.com. This is a blender-like thing that whizzes up water, fruit, vegetables, and other stuff into a slurry which you can drink. I have one ($99 at Target) and can confirm that it...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-13, 08:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,513
Posted By swwhite

My commute is about SIX miles each way and it...

My commute is about SIX miles each way and it takes 45 minutes to an hour. Another variable in the equations might be what kind of bike he has. A 17-mile trip for me would be tough because it would...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-13, 08:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 625
Posted By swwhite

End result: A ten-to-thirty-minute video of bad...

End result: A ten-to-thirty-minute video of bad driver behavior, a collection of short clips grouped by city.

Procedure:

Make a web site advertising your efforts.

Make some way for people...
05-12-13, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,542
Posted By swwhite

When I go to the grocery store, I carry two...

When I go to the grocery store, I carry two pannier grocery bags in a messenger bag. When I check out, I have the groceries packed into the pannier bags except for eggs and anything else that might...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-13, 03:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,767
Posted By swwhite

I never take it badly. I just assume they...

I never take it badly. I just assume they searched for words to wish me well and that's what they came up with.
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 07:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,752
Posted By swwhite

I can't function without food. If you are in a...

I can't function without food. If you are in a hurry, I can recommend from personal experience the "Nutribullet" (www.nutribullet.com, but I bought mine at Target last Black Friday). If you use it...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-13, 09:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,004
Posted By swwhite

I found, by accident, something that helps a bit....

I found, by accident, something that helps a bit. My brother made some mittens out of fake tiger fur. They come up almost to the elbow. They originally were several layers, a liner inside the...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-13, 09:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,234
Posted By swwhite

I have used Mr. Tuffy's. My experience was that...

I have used Mr. Tuffy's. My experience was that over time they folded somehow inside the tire and formed a point, sort like the point you make when folding a piece of paper. Then, that point would...
01-25-13, 10:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,754
Posted By swwhite

I work in a casual office so I wear regular...

I work in a casual office so I wear regular clothes, cotton docker-style pants. I have some cotton overpants that I wear over the regular clothes, and that double layer is enough down to near ten...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-13, 10:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,891
Posted By swwhite

I use boots by Columbia called, I think, the...

I use boots by Columbia called, I think, the Bugaboot (I just looked at them and saw no particular style name). I wear regular cotton socks and the heavy Smartwool hiking socks over those. In...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-13, 08:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,030
Posted By swwhite

Five miles one way.

Five miles one way.
Forum: Commuting
01-13-13, 01:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,313
Posted By swwhite

In hot weather I do sweat under the rain gear,...

In hot weather I do sweat under the rain gear, but the trade-off still favors wearing the gear versus getting wet from the rain (for me). One must ride more slowly.

I used to have some yellow...
Forum: Commuting
01-12-13, 09:23 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,313
Posted By swwhite

My model is similar to the above "pouring rain in...

My model is similar to the above "pouring rain in a business suit" approach. I remember some James Bond movie where he infiltrates some sort of fancy party by arriving in scuba gear and a dry suit,...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-13, 08:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,281
Posted By swwhite

Days worked: 206 Days driving to work in a car...

Days worked: 206
Days driving to work in a car by myself: 13
Days biking: 185
Days carpooling with spouse or (once or twice) taking the bus: 28
Forum: Commuting
01-05-13, 07:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,035
Posted By swwhite

This should be an easy thing to fix, because 25...

This should be an easy thing to fix, because 25 degrees is not all that cold. It actually is a very nice temperature for letting you push yourself a bit without getting sweaty, adding to the exercise...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,169
Posted By swwhite

I bought a new Trek 4300 for $309 in 2003 for...

I bought a new Trek 4300 for $309 in 2003 for commuting and have used it as my main commuter bike since then. I think you did all right. I think it's a good choice for winter because of the...
Forum: Commuting
12-29-12, 01:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,014
Posted By swwhite

For those who mentioned that a fat-tire bike...

For those who mentioned that a fat-tire bike would be nice but the cost in space and money would not justify it, here is a speculative idea. If I had the money I would try it, but I don't so I...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-12, 07:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 902
Posted By swwhite

I ride more slowly, but I have full rain gear so...

I ride more slowly, but I have full rain gear so unless I have a leak, I stay dry (unless it's hot, then I get wet from perspiration regardless of speed).
Forum: Commuting
12-22-12, 11:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,782
Posted By swwhite

I don't have those particular items, but i have...

I don't have those particular items, but i have the Ortlieb messenger backpack and the office bag. The clips that attach the office bag to the rack are nice. They are totally waterproof. The...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-12, 07:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,002
Posted By swwhite

I would consider purchasing a pugsley if I...

I would consider purchasing a pugsley if I thought I actually could use it in the snow we had Sunday. I was wondering if such snow is not firm enough to stay on top of, and I would just sink down...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-12, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 536
Posted By swwhite

I got a ride with my spouse, and took advantage...

I got a ride with my spouse, and took advantage of that to haul home some stuff too bulky for the bike. I seem not to have the strength to push through a foot of unplowed snow. Tuesday, when the...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-12, 10:27 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,729
Posted By swwhite

I had one day of 105F. That's about the "best" I...

I had one day of 105F. That's about the "best" I can hope for in Minnesota. I did manage a -20F once. We have a ground-level temperature display at work so I took pictures of my bikes parked next...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-12, 09:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 575
Posted By swwhite

I rode to work in that today also. I recently...

I rode to work in that today also. I recently waterproofed my rain pants, and bought some Redwing waterproof boots. Last year I got a decent rain jacket. Helmet cover and waterproof gloves have...
10-05-12, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By swwhite

I saw him when he ran for president. He related...

I saw him when he ran for president. He related a story where a reporter asked him something like, "Dr. Commoner, are you a serious candidate, or are you just running on the issues?"
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