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Forum: Commuting
09-14-05, 11:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,934
Posted By John Ridley

BTW, I said "LEDs are OK in the back" - I should...

BTW, I said "LEDs are OK in the back" - I should qualify that. A standard 5-LED light is NOT good enough in the dark. You need reflective stuff. A BIG reflector (1.5x4" truck marker is my...
09-14-05, 11:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,808
Posted By John Ridley

How far back is the driver obliged to look? If...

How far back is the driver obliged to look? If the cyclist is doing 20 on a sidewalk, a truck could easily not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting the person even if the person is 50 feet away...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-05, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 971
Posted By John Ridley

You'll do totally fine. My commute is 11 miles...

You'll do totally fine. My commute is 11 miles one way. At first I was pretty dogged out, but now it's no problem. It does still kick my butt in the winter sometimes; riding with full lights and...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-05, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By John Ridley

I *believe* that there's a system of cheap...

I *believe* that there's a system of cheap rentable bikes within (some?) cities in Amsterdam. I read an article about it. They have custom bikes, they're very beefy, welded steel, boxy and very...
09-14-05, 10:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,808
Posted By John Ridley

No, it'll become worse. There will always be...

No, it'll become worse. There will always be enough cars to kill any number of cyclists, but as gas prices go up, there will be more and more clueless cyclists riding around in idiotic ways.
Forum: Commuting
09-14-05, 09:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,789
Posted By John Ridley

My nephew got one this summer. I love dogs, but...

My nephew got one this summer. I love dogs, but had never really been up close to a "pit bull". I gotta say, it's just as happy and playful as any other dog. He'd never seen me before, but with...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-05, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 932
Posted By John Ridley

I have a Legend and the bike mount for it. The...

I have a Legend and the bike mount for it. The current incarnation of the bike mount is OK. Word is that the first version was too loose, and the batteries would vibrate loose if you hit a bump,...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-05, 05:26 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,893
Posted By John Ridley

I think you mean PETA :)

I think you mean PETA :)
Forum: Commuting
09-12-05, 05:19 AM
Replies: 11
Fog
Views: 521
Posted By John Ridley

Fog is one of the reasons I **love** my...

Fog is one of the reasons I **love** my rear-mounted amber xenon strobe. I'm pretty sure people can see me.
Another tricky thing about fog is how patchy it can be. I think that's why you see so...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-05, 04:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,893
Posted By John Ridley

I think it may be illegal to use this stuff on...

I think it may be illegal to use this stuff on humans. I'm pretty sure bear spray is. Probably depends on state. However, I thought I read that bear spray could actually cause tissue damage on...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-05, 04:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,274
Posted By John Ridley

I like platforms but I think toe clips are...

I like platforms but I think toe clips are important. When I'm riding in the rain without toe clips, I find that my feet slip off the pedal when I'm taking off from a stoplight very often. Doing...
09-11-05, 04:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 28,661
Posted By John Ridley

Wow. I know someone at work who's commuting with...

Wow. I know someone at work who's commuting with a 30 year old helmet. I'll let her know.

For that matter, my helmet is about 5 years old.
09-11-05, 04:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,012
Posted By John Ridley

I suggest folks go out to the NPR web site, look...

I suggest folks go out to the NPR web site, look up This American Life, and listen to the stories from NO. (not sure if it's posted yet, it may take a week or so for the Real Audio stream to go up)....
09-09-05, 05:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,369
Posted By John Ridley

I usually have no problem, but today I had an...

I usually have no problem, but today I had an interesting one. There's a side street that is near an expressway onramp, with a gas station a few hundred feet down that street. Eastbound onramp is...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-05, 05:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,408
Posted By John Ridley

AAA maglights were great, 10 years ago. Now, LED...

AAA maglights were great, 10 years ago. Now, LED lights have far surpassed them. I have 3 real, honest-to-goodness Mag-Lite brand AAA lights that anyone can HAVE. You can buy LED lights that are...
09-09-05, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,308
Posted By John Ridley

Please read a little more carefully. Allow me to...

Please read a little more carefully. Allow me to parse the sentence for you:

multiple charges of unlawful mischief -- one for each vehicle...

(that's the part about PROPERTY DAMAGE, followed...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-05, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 872
Posted By John Ridley

Wow, I get $100 a year. We have a general...

Wow, I get $100 a year. We have a general "fitness" thing; if you work out 1000 minutes within one quarter, you get a certificate. I didn't bother for a year or so, because they showed all the...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-05, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By John Ridley

I got a woman at work finally back on her bike...

I got a woman at work finally back on her bike after years of driving. She's been wanting to do it, and I keep bugging her. She has commuted before, but not this far (it's 6 miles). Her first ride...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-05, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By John Ridley

Thanks, I think I will give their stuff a try. ...

Thanks, I think I will give their stuff a try. Looks like it'll be a good choice over fleece for winter as well.
09-08-05, 09:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,421
Posted By John Ridley

None yet this year. I'm only up to about 700...

None yet this year. I'm only up to about 700 miles for the year due to some medical and other issues.
Last year, I think I got honked at 4 times, in 2600 miles. Nobody drove erratically around me....
09-08-05, 09:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 916
Posted By John Ridley

Eddy currents are NOT dependent on ferrous metal....

Eddy currents are NOT dependent on ferrous metal. Any conductor will work. And the inverse cube law applies, so the frame is NEVER going to set it off.

Your rims are the closest thing to the...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-05, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By John Ridley

Raingear for fall/winter

In the summer I just ride in the rain. But as fall comes, I'm thinking I need to get some good raingear, at least a jacket. I am pretty cheap on clothing, my cycling shirts are from alertshirts,...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-05, 03:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By John Ridley

I rode all last winter. I bought some Nokian...

I rode all last winter. I bought some Nokian studded tires, for the gravel part of my ride (which is packed snow, essentially ice) they were necessary, but if my ride was all pavement, I could have...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-05, 03:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 672
Posted By John Ridley

or maybe ...

or maybe
http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Waterproof-Breathable-Rain-Jackets.html
Forum: Commuting
09-07-05, 03:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,284
Posted By John Ridley

That's funny. Everyone told me it would be for...

That's funny. Everyone told me it would be for me too. I bought a pair, and I wear them and like them, but only marginally better than just wearing street shorts. I'll probably buy a couple more...
09-07-05, 03:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,228
Posted By John Ridley

Stock reflectors are a joke. First thing, I put...

Stock reflectors are a joke. First thing, I put a 4" x 1.5" truck marker reflector on the back of my rack, and if it's even getting dark, I run an amber strobe light. People give me plenty of room....
Forum: Commuting
09-06-05, 08:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,868
Posted By John Ridley

I left my bike on campus one summer. It was...

I left my bike on campus one summer. It was still there when I got back. Glad I don't live around you.
Forum: Commuting
09-06-05, 08:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,284
Posted By John Ridley

Whatever you're comfortable in. I commuted >...

Whatever you're comfortable in. I commuted > 2000 miles last year in khaki shorts and t shirt. This year I got some bike shorts to see what the fuss was. I like them; they don't get soaking wet,...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-05, 01:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,947
Posted By John Ridley

I have not yet tried clipless, and I know...

I have not yet tried clipless, and I know everyone says I don't know what I'm missing. Anyway...

At least get toe clips. I personally think that commuting with regular pedals and no toe clips is...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-05, 01:32 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,984
Posted By John Ridley

Uh, I can't live by just going to work and back. ...

Uh, I can't live by just going to work and back. I have to go to the store and buy food, go to the hardware store, pick up random items, etc. Sometimes I work at home, so I sometimes bring notes or...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-05, 09:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 972
Posted By John Ridley

So if I decide to go clipless, what's a good...

So if I decide to go clipless, what's a good pedal that works summer and winter? Would mountain pedals that are designed to put up with mud help in the winter when there is snow and such around?
I...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,327
Posted By John Ridley

Go to Nashbar.com and search for NA-ATP2 - big,...

Go to Nashbar.com and search for NA-ATP2 - big, nice, and $35 for two.

I have had a pair for over a year and they're holding up fine. About 2500 miles of commuting, about 40% of which was over...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,526
Posted By John Ridley

That may be their rules, but it's not everyone's...

That may be their rules, but it's not everyone's rules, and it only takes a few idiots to wreck things. All the trails that I hike that allow mountain biking, you can tell where the mountain bikes...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,313
Posted By John Ridley

9 to 11 mile commute depending on route; 16 to 17...

9 to 11 mile commute depending on route; 16 to 17 MPH avg (longer route has bigger but shorter hills where I'm down to 10 but up to 30 sometimes; shorter route is a lot more slogging up long grades...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 972
Posted By John Ridley

Toeclips and old crappy sneakers do it for me. ...

Toeclips and old crappy sneakers do it for me. When I ride down 4 miles of muddy gravel in the rain, I'm glad I'm not wearing anything that cost > $5.
I think about going SPD once in a while, but...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:22 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,526
Posted By John Ridley

Built a new back wheel, then got a flat on the...

Built a new back wheel, then got a flat on the way to a meeting. Walked my bike back 5 miles to the nearest store that had bike pumps, because the new wheel had a presta valve and my presta pump...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:13 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,610
Posted By John Ridley

All the cars I've owned(Probe, 2 Tempos, 2...

All the cars I've owned(Probe, 2 Tempos, 2 Taurus, Windstar) actually said in the manual "burn 87 or 89 octane, whatever. Using higher octane gasoline is completely unnecessary, will not result in...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-05, 08:10 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,610
Posted By John Ridley

Sigh. Hydrogen in a vehicle is far safer than...

Sigh. Hydrogen in a vehicle is far safer than gasoline. Gasoline is a very dangerous fuel. In fact, one of the problems H2 is having now is that it's far LESS dense an energy source than gasoline....
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 07:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 867
Posted By John Ridley

I never take improper right of way offers,...

I never take improper right of way offers, whether on a bike or in a car. It's dangerous for both parties. Once at an intersection, I had to put my car in park and get out of the car to show the...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 07:20 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,169
Posted By John Ridley

I got a HID headlamp and a 4500 mAH NiMH...

I got a HID headlamp and a 4500 mAH NiMH rechargable bottle battery with charger from batteryspace for about $170. I had to fashion a bracket (bent piece of aluminum) and wire it up. I put in a...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-05, 07:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 747
Posted By John Ridley

Whacha mean "ONLY" riding for commuting? The...

Whacha mean "ONLY" riding for commuting? The world needs more utilitarian cycling, not more racers. Also, if there were 10 bikes on every block, nobody would dare hassle the cyclists.

Sorry I...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-05, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By John Ridley

Get good lights if you don't have them already. ...

Get good lights if you don't have them already. At the very least, be seen. If you can afford it after that, good "seeing" lights. You can get into HID for about $170 these days, but that's not...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-05, 07:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,911
Posted By John Ridley

1) Environmentalism 2) Because it's fun. 3)...

1) Environmentalism
2) Because it's fun.
3) exercise
not even on the list:
to save money. I'd bike even if gas was free.

What I'd like to know is, why do other people NOT like bikes? I don't...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-05, 01:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,582
Posted By John Ridley

Well, it's either that or walking. Seems like...

Well, it's either that or walking. Seems like cycling is the way to go. Heck, it's only 5 miles home from my normal donation spot. If I take it easy I don't even feel it. The only time I ever...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-05, 01:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By John Ridley

I've found it's better to place the computer...

I've found it's better to place the computer sensor closer to the hub, if it's possible. The farther out towards the rim, the faster the magnet is going by. At high enough speeds, I've found the...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-05, 09:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,582
Posted By John Ridley

I'm only up to about 4 gallons. I have actually...

I'm only up to about 4 gallons. I have actually ridden 5 miles home after donating a few times. I just spin easy and haven't had a problem. I could definitely feel a difference, but it wasn't...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-05, 09:30 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,934
Posted By John Ridley

Get a flagman's vest, with lots of reflective...

Get a flagman's vest, with lots of reflective crud on it. Put reflective tape on your rim, and on your helmet. Bright front light. The more you ride at night, the brighter you'll wish your light...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-05, 06:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By John Ridley

Perfect answer. A nice big reflector kicks back...

Perfect answer.
A nice big reflector kicks back a TON of light. Be sure to get one that's DOT approved. I have a truck marker reflector on the back of my bike, it's about 1.5 x 3.5 inches, red.
08-23-05, 06:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,913
Posted By John Ridley

Yeah, the first few months that I was commuting,...

Yeah, the first few months that I was commuting, they startled me. These days practically nothing even bothers me. Cars can come right up next to me, gun their engine and lay on their horn, and I...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-05, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 957
Posted By John Ridley

I assume you mean INTERNAL batteries; not that I...

I assume you mean INTERNAL batteries; not that I know of. This thing draws about 750 mA in its brightest mode, so with my HID (abt 1.2 amps) on a 4500 mAH bottle battery, I should still be good for...
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