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Forum: Commuting
05-11-15, 06:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,061
Posted By babaluey

I carry a pair of Sealskinz socks in my pannier,...

I carry a pair of Sealskinz socks in my pannier, and break them out if I have to ride in the rain. Shoes are Lake winter cycling boots in winter, Keen cycling sandals in summer.
Forum: Commuting
04-21-15, 01:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,410
Posted By babaluey

I started cycle commuting when I was 50; I'm now...

I started cycle commuting when I was 50; I'm now fast approaching 62. My year-round 13+ mile commute is my fountain of youth.
Forum: Commuting
02-20-15, 04:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,925
Posted By babaluey

This makes it sound like you don't really have...

This makes it sound like you don't really have much of a problem. Ride on that vast majority of days that don't matter, and get there when you get there. Drive on the days when it really matters, at...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-14, 07:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,234
Posted By babaluey

Could it be tension headache caused by...

Could it be tension headache caused by shoulder/neck stress from your riding position? If you're leaning heavily on your arms, or leaning forward with head up (so you can see where you're going)...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-14, 02:16 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 7,986
Posted By babaluey

Yea this is one of those topics that cycles...

Yea this is one of those topics that cycles around (pun intended) every few years on forums. Pretty sure I've seen it on here a few years back. Anyway, mine is a cartoon character from my childhood...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-14, 02:05 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 7,986
Posted By babaluey

Can we call you retread?

Can we call you retread?
09-08-14, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By babaluey

This from the city: The City of Olympia is...

This from the city:
The City of Olympia is replacing a culvert under the Woodland Trail. The repaired culvert will help with fish passage and prevent the trail from sinking in this area.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-14, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,282
Posted By babaluey

Looks nice, but they got the colors inverted -...

Looks nice, but they got the colors inverted - should be neon green on the outside.
Forum: Commuting
06-16-14, 03:57 PM
Replies: 752
Views: 117,860
Posted By babaluey

Ah, got it, thanks. I was interpreting it as you...

Ah, got it, thanks. I was interpreting it as you had to be voted in just to be a rank and file member; I'd forgotten that deacons, elders and such were elected. We had that in our church too when I...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 752
Views: 117,860
Posted By babaluey

Pardon my ignorance, but I have to ask: what...

Pardon my ignorance, but I have to ask: what religion (or denomination) requires being voted in by the congregation in order to be a member?
Forum: Commuting
06-13-14, 03:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,778
Posted By babaluey

I use a helmet mirror now, and have used bar end...

I use a helmet mirror now, and have used bar end mirrors in the past, but I still always do a head turn before moving into a lane.
Forum: Commuting
05-30-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,694
Posted By babaluey

My workplace installed one a couple of years ago,...

My workplace installed one a couple of years ago, with built-in pump. I haven't had occasion to use it, nor have I seen it used. I carry spares and tools for roadside repairs, but still I suppose...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 12:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,427
Posted By babaluey

You could combine your two possible solutions -...

You could combine your two possible solutions - take the alternate route AND change the time to avoid the school rush. Any chance your employer would let you modify your work schedule to accommodate...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-14, 01:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,652
Posted By babaluey

I have a pair in my kit!:thumb: With experience...

I have a pair in my kit!:thumb: With experience comes wisdom.
Forum: Commuting
05-07-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,652
Posted By babaluey

yea, I suppose that's possible, thanks for the...

yea, I suppose that's possible, thanks for the clarification. But I think it would be less hassle to just detach the cable than to try to work on a wheel that is still tethered to the bike - like I...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-14, 01:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,652
Posted By babaluey

The belt itself doesn't make wheel removal any...

The belt itself doesn't make wheel removal any more difficult than with a chain. But most belt-drive bikes use an IGH on the rear wheel (unless it's a single speed bike). This means that when you...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-14, 01:48 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,011
Posted By babaluey

Once, in a traffic circle (roundabout). Guy tried...

Once, in a traffic circle (roundabout). Guy tried to enter the circle in front of me. He was a circle jerk!
Forum: Commuting
03-17-14, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,256
Posted By babaluey

You can get stainless steel hose clamps from a...

You can get stainless steel hose clamps from a marine supply store, and forget about rust.
Forum: Commuting
03-07-14, 02:20 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,696
Posted By babaluey

The original statement about camping is about the...

The original statement about camping is about the most ridiculous bit of twisted logic I've ever heard. The same would apply to extending it to bike commuting. It's not worth thinking about. Just...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-13, 05:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 12,893
Posted By babaluey

An iPhone isn't required, never has been. True...

An iPhone isn't required, never has been. True there is an app for that, but it's not the only (nor the best) way to check belt tension. Gates makes a Krikit tension gauge for their belts that can be...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By babaluey

There are several bicycle turn signal units on...

There are several bicycle turn signal units on the market today. A search of amazon will turn up multiple pages of them, like this...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-13, 05:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By babaluey

The other thing that occurred to me, it seems it...

The other thing that occurred to me, it seems it would be pretty simple to integrate it with a couple of turn signal blinkies on the rear of your bike. Automated turn signals that you don't even have...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By babaluey

It's clever, definitely more usable than trying...

It's clever, definitely more usable than trying to read a map on your phone screen while riding. If many of my rides occurred in unfamiliar areas I'd be all over it. But most of my riding takes place...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 01:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,529
Posted By babaluey

It's just you. You have a narrow view of the...

It's just you. You have a narrow view of the definition of commute.
com∑mute verb \k?-'myŁt\: to travel regularly to and from a place and especially between where you live and where you work
Forum: Commuting
11-15-13, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By babaluey

Pretty!

Pretty!
Forum: Commuting
10-16-13, 02:15 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,728
Posted By babaluey

yes

Lots of rainy days here in the PNW so yes, I ride in it. My workplace does have a nice locker/shower room, so that helps. I agree with some others here, it's enjoyable to ride in the rain.
Forum: Commuting
08-21-13, 01:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,626
Posted By babaluey

I've tried both, each for a few years. No speed...

I've tried both, each for a few years. No speed difference, one is just more comfortable.
Forum: Commuting
08-21-13, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 757
Posted By babaluey

Wear sandals.

Wear sandals.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-13, 01:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,078
Posted By babaluey

Beat me to it. Hitting that milestone next month.

Beat me to it. Hitting that milestone next month.
Forum: Commuting
06-14-13, 01:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,567
Posted By babaluey

I'll bag it if it's icy, if there's more than a...

I'll bag it if it's icy, if there's more than a couple inches of snow, or high winds (don't like tree branches falling on me). Fortunately, all of these only account for a small number of days per...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-13, 01:50 PM
Replies: 752
Views: 117,860
Posted By babaluey

Could be yes, but here in the States truckers are...

Could be yes, but here in the States truckers are particularly suspect because a) compared to cars, there are fewer opportunities for trucks to find potty stops, b) truckers are under tight deadlines...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-13, 01:15 PM
Replies: 752
Views: 117,860
Posted By babaluey

Ugh, a "trucker jug". They use them as a urinal...

Ugh, a "trucker jug". They use them as a urinal then toss them out because, hey, the world is their latrine, right? Slobs.
Forum: Commuting
05-30-13, 03:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,729
Posted By babaluey

Stop for School Bus?

Anybody not stop and wait when you're behind a school bus that's stopped to load/offload kiddies? I do but man, I wish they could get on and sit down faster. How long can it take to walk into the...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-13, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By babaluey

Man, I couldn't keep from leaning to the right as...

Man, I couldn't keep from leaning to the right as I watched that. Nice Vid.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-13, 01:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,755
Posted By babaluey

Scrape wounds (road rash) become infected really...

Scrape wounds (road rash) become infected really easily. Even though they may be shallow, they expose a large area of stuff that shouldn't be exposed. Keep an eye on them and keep them clean.
Forum: Commuting
05-06-13, 05:59 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,300
Posted By babaluey

I rode with a backpack for years then made the...

I rode with a backpack for years then made the switch to panniers. For just just riding to/from work, panniers are my choice because, as so many have mentioned, backpacks make your back sweat like...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-13, 04:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,570
Posted By babaluey

Stretching is good, yoga might help especially if...

Stretching is good, yoga might help especially if you can find an instructor who is used to working with cyclists. And yeah, massage! Check to see if your health insurance covers massage therapy...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-13, 02:13 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,459
Posted By babaluey

I've been riding a Spot Ajax...

I've been riding a Spot Ajax (http://spotbrand.com/bikes/product-page/ajax/) for the past year and am pretty happy with it. Alfine 8 speed, Gates belt and disc brakes. It's great not having to worry...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-13, 01:59 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,207
Posted By babaluey

In winter, smartwool jersey followed by a...

In winter, smartwool jersey followed by a windbreaker type jacket. If it's really cold (<30) add an intermediate light fleece layer. Rain jacket only if it's really dumping. Below, cycling shorts...
02-20-13, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 811
Posted By babaluey

Tried Specialized Armadillos and Conti...

Tried Specialized Armadillos and Conti Gatorskins, but I love me some Schwalbe Marathons. On my second set now and can't see buying anything else as long as they keep making them.
02-20-13, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By babaluey

When I was building boats we used to use a...

When I was building boats we used to use a product called 3M Multi-Purpose Adhesive Remover - it was great for cleaning up contact cement, etc, and works equally well on sticker residue. But it's...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By babaluey

+1 on the Kool Stops, and favor using the front...

+1 on the Kool Stops, and favor using the front brake over the rear. When you apply brakes, you reduce traction on the rear wheel and increase traction on the front, thus the front brake becomes more...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-13, 02:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,817
Posted By babaluey

I think it depends a lot on what type work you...

I think it depends a lot on what type work you do. Lots of walking/standing, you might be better off with dedicated work shoes vs the SPDs.
Forum: Commuting
01-10-13, 02:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,820
Posted By babaluey

I don't trailer much - I have a BOB that I've...

I don't trailer much - I have a BOB that I've used a handful of times in the past few years. But if I did, I think this carry freedom product would be a strong contender for city shopping, especially...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-12, 02:58 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,531
Posted By babaluey

I do it by riding a belt drive bike - no lube.

I do it by riding a belt drive bike - no lube.
Forum: Commuting
10-31-12, 04:21 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,937
Posted By babaluey

When an incident like that occurs, you're...

When an incident like that occurs, you're typically running on high adrenalin, which can mask injury to the point that you are sure you're not hurt. Play it safe, go ahead and call it in and let the...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-12, 02:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By babaluey

Go with the bike that fits you.

Go with the bike that fits you.
Forum: Commuting
10-11-12, 12:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,602
Posted By babaluey

Yes, MSRP from their website is 1699 - you may...

Yes, MSRP from their website is 1699 - you may find for a bit less at a dealer.
http://spotbrand.com/bikes/product-page/ajax/
Forum: Commuting
10-10-12, 01:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,602
Posted By babaluey

I have the Spot Ajax belt drive bike with the...

I have the Spot Ajax belt drive bike with the Shimano Alfine 8 IGH. I just got it this summer though, so can't yet attest to it's handling in winter weather, but I'm looking forward to it. I can...
06-27-12, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By babaluey

I rented one last year at The Bike Stand in...

I rented one last year at The Bike Stand in Olympia, but I don't know if they still have them in their fleet this year.
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