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06-12-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 25,915
Views: 2,642,314
Posted By PaulH

I mile or two round trip for pancakes at the...

I mile or two round trip for pancakes at the local diner. Much of the convenience of living in Arlington is the result of having a bike, In any case, temperatures were in the 60s and I vividly...
05-11-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,079
Posted By PaulH

Really? I started riding a bike because cars are...

Really? I started riding a bike because cars are impractical for getting to work around here.
05-05-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,081
Posted By PaulH

Not my choice. I ride a seven speed bike, so...

Not my choice. I ride a seven speed bike, so steep hills are a mash.
04-25-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,219
Posted By PaulH

Here in the Washington, DC area, the docked bikes...

Here in the Washington, DC area, the docked bikes (Capital Bikeshare, or CABI) has been a resounding success ands is now an integral part of the r=transportation system, but the dockless ones, like...
04-19-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,164
Posted By PaulH

1. How old are you? 74 2. Fitness level on...

1. How old are you?
74

2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
5

3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 8.5

4. Typical riding conditions?
Forum: Commuting
03-06-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,973
Posted By PaulH

When my office moved, my round-trip commute grew...

When my office moved, my round-trip commute grew from 20 to 25 miles. At my normal level of effort, this meant about 3 hours a day on the road. When I moved to my current job, the commute dropped to...
01-27-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 491
Posted By PaulH

61 years of snow and ice riding experience here....

61 years of snow and ice riding experience here. I started won a single speed Columbia bike in 1960. Those big balloon tires were very forgiving, and one could broadside all over. It was like skiing....
01-21-21, 08:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,713
Posted By PaulH

Congratulations! It's good to have job offers,...

Congratulations! It's good to have job offers, even when you don't want to leave your current gig. I left my old job for a new one almost exactly 4 years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did.
01-21-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,253
Posted By PaulH

Never thought of it that way. You have to do what...

Never thought of it that way. You have to do what you have to do. When I was 14, I read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The line that captured me was, "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The...
Forum: Commuting
01-01-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,200
Posted By PaulH

No. After twenty years of daily commuting, I'm...

No. After twenty years of daily commuting, I'm pretty sure.
12-06-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,457
Posted By PaulH

I have 20 years (well, seasons) experience with...

I have 20 years (well, seasons) experience with studded tires. The Nokian W106 is the most durable, good for 5 seasons. The Schwalbe Marathon Winter is better for ruts, rolls easier on both bare...
12-06-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulH

It may matter that I am pretty much a pure...

It may matter that I am pretty much a pure utility rider, and performance, energy, and enthusiasm are basically irrelevant. I bike to get to work and back, run errands, and have lunch. I don't see it...
12-06-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 860
Posted By PaulH

I've had a bike with a Nexus-7 for 20 years and...

I've had a bike with a Nexus-7 for 20 years and about 60,000 miles. At no point has it ever slipped while in a gear. It can pop out of gear when the shift cable is not properly adjusted and get stuck...
12-05-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulH

73 years old. Cold makes no difference -- just...

73 years old. Cold makes no difference -- just put on warmer clothing. Nothing one can do about heat, however.
12-05-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,377
Posted By PaulH

Interesting. I've never had any salt problems...

Interesting. I've never had any salt problems with my bike since I switched to a German aluminum bike with drum brakes and internal gears. On the other hand, I've found that road salt is a major...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,231
Posted By PaulH

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Kettler Silverstar with B67 and hub dynamo lights.
11-26-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,810
Posted By PaulH

Studded tires are the reason why bikes are better...

Studded tires are the reason why bikes are better than cars in the winter.
10-11-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 19,408
Posted By PaulH

It's not a hobby -- it's my primary...

It's not a hobby -- it's my primary transportation, and it is cheap. Cars are one of my hobbies, and they are expensive.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,628
Posted By PaulH

Parking downtown at my office is over $3,000 per...

Parking downtown at my office is over $3,000 per year, so a $4,500 bike is chump change. Good that it has fenders, but for that much cash I want an enclosed chain, lights, and and higher handlebars.
08-01-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 11,428
Posted By PaulH

I like drum brakes because they work well in rain...

I like drum brakes because they work well in rain and snow and have minimal maintenance. Also, around here, the sand and salt on the road are sufficient to reduce the lifetime of rims used in daily...
07-03-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,232
Posted By PaulH

Agreed. The German government bans flashing bike...

Agreed. The German government bans flashing bike headlights. I use daytime running lights on my bike because it has a hub dyno, so why not. My car came with daytime running lights and I see no reason...
Forum: Touring
04-25-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,304
Posted By PaulH

For me it's a necessity. Having to either plug...

For me it's a necessity. Having to either plug the bike in or mess with batteries is more hassle than I want.
Forum: Commuting
04-12-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,472
Posted By PaulH

In Germany, bikes are required to have a...

In Germany, bikes are required to have a taillight. In general, I think the Germans are better at surface transportation than we are.
03-22-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,594
Posted By PaulH

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus with Mr. Tuffy. I...

I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus with Mr. Tuffy. I get a flat every 20,000 miles or so. Exactly what benefit would I get from airless tires? When pneumatic tires were introduced in the early 20th...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,214
Posted By PaulH

I'm basically bike dependant. Every other way to...

I'm basically bike dependant. Every other way to get to work is slower and less convenient. My bike is a practical tool for slogging to work under all conditions, but my car is for fun and...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,737
Posted By PaulH

I've been riding in snow for nearly 60 years....

I've been riding in snow for nearly 60 years. This link on winter cycling matches my experiences:

Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Urbanism by Design: Overcomplicating Winter Cycling - Why It's Bad...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,379
Posted By PaulH

As others have pointed out, there is uncertainty...

As others have pointed out, there is uncertainty in the US as to what is a "commuter bike." Most bicycles sold in this country are road bikes, mountain bikes, or hybrid bikes, all of which...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,866
Posted By PaulH

I have LL Bean rain pants that I wear over my...

I have LL Bean rain pants that I wear over my pants. The work great -- the only ones that have kept me completely dry. They are good for sub freezing weather, too. Importantly, they are quick to put...
11-17-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,269
Posted By PaulH

I don't buy into the "cheap bike for winter...

I don't buy into the "cheap bike for winter argument." I find an IGH, full or partial chain enclosure, dynamo, fenders, drum brakes, and storage for winter clothing are all essential and add up to an...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,099
Posted By PaulH

I have Gilles Berthoud Stainless steel fenders....

I have Gilles Berthoud Stainless steel fenders. They are long-lasting, durable, and you can mount a taillight on them. I got a set of Planet Bike fenders for my daughter's bike and we both hate them...
10-11-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,259
Posted By PaulH

I ride the same route, to work and back, every...

I ride the same route, to work and back, every weekday, and I do it on the same bike. However, I find infinite variety in the lengthening and shortening of the day and the changing of the seasons....
10-06-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,953
Posted By PaulH

Downhill ski gloves.

Downhill ski gloves.
09-12-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,415
Posted By PaulH

I would never consider a bike without a...

I would never consider a bike without a chainguard, so I appreciate your position. It is possible to retrofit a chainguard, https://www.dutchbikebits.com/chainguards, but it is quite a fiddle. I...
08-24-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 16,072
Posted By PaulH

For me, it's pretty obvious. Any bike I commute...

For me, it's pretty obvious. Any bike I commute is has to be all-weather capable and convenient to use. That means a chain guard/chaincase, fenders, dynamo lighting, internal gears, and drum breaks...
07-24-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,801
Posted By PaulH

I ride to get to work and back and don't think...

I ride to get to work and back and don't think about other people's choices as long as they obey traffic laws and maintain situational awareness.
07-13-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,009
Posted By PaulH

No ride on the 4th because it is a holiday....

No ride on the 4th because it is a holiday. However, I was back on my bike on the 5th, heading to a nearly empty office. There was almost no traffic on the rides in and back.
06-25-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,204
Posted By PaulH

I think they are great -- would not ride without...

I think they are great -- would not ride without them. Mr.Tuffy and Schwalbe Marathon plus combine to make flats no longer an issue. To me, bikes are practical, daily transportation.
06-13-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,747
Posted By PaulH

Not really. It's just how I get to work. It would...

Not really. It's just how I get to work. It would be like sharing about the subway.
05-27-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 25,915
Views: 2,642,314
Posted By PaulH

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Went down to Ocracoke Island, NC for the long weekend and rented...
05-13-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 17,176
Posted By PaulH

This is how the world should look. Changuards,...

This is how the world should look. Changuards, fenders, decent geometry. The absolute worst thing that befell cycling was becoming a sport.
05-06-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 44,732
Posted By PaulH

I really like this. The people in funny clothing...

I really like this. The people in funny clothing and the e-bikers are doing the same thing -- making choices that make them go faster. It's all about what cycling means to an individual. My...
03-23-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 11,386
Posted By PaulH

I took the studs off several weeks ago and winter...

I took the studs off several weeks ago and winter is officially over as of a few days ago. It did come back for a last hurrah last evening on my way home from work. There was a brief period of sleet...
02-05-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 1,346
Views: 467,403
Posted By PaulH

Only one snowstorm, Then, the government was shut...

Only one snowstorm, Then, the government was shut down for a month. No job meant almost no riding. Suddenly, I was back at work, a cold snap put us into the single digits (8 F /-12 C), and the snow...
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