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09-16-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 13,338
Posted By howardv

Any part of the road that not physically blocked...

Any part of the road that not physically blocked off is dangerous. The bicycle lane is the least dangerous part of the road (I'm not saying "safe"). There is no other choice. We have to pick our...
09-16-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 13,338
Posted By howardv

I almost got doored - yet most drivers blame me. How do we improve car culture?

I recently posted a video where I almost got doored in a non-bike related forum. Every single response blame me. Some say I rode too close to the parked car, so it was my fault. Others say I should...
09-16-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,216
Posted By howardv

Retractable leashes aren't meant for the...

Retractable leashes aren't meant for the sidewalks or streets. Here is a video I caught on my dashcam showing a dog running into the street and almost getting run over because the owner wasn't paying...
09-16-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,184
Posted By howardv

My home town has both (Santa Monica/Los Angeles)....

My home town has both (Santa Monica/Los Angeles). Not sure which makes more or less money since they are private companies and their financials aren't available to the public.

I think the electric...
06-26-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,499
Posted By howardv

Do you have this in writing? I urge you to read...

Do you have this in writing? I urge you to read your policy. You'd be surprised by the number of agents who don't fully understand the policies they sell. If the claims adjuster denies your claim,...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,014
Posted By howardv

Personally, I don't like or use a harness to lock...

Personally, I don't like or use a harness to lock in my dogs. I have spent a lot of time training them to stay in the basket. If I'm hit by a car or fall down, I want them to be able to jump out. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,014
Posted By howardv

Love the pics in here! We have a Dachshund mix...

Love the pics in here! We have a Dachshund mix and a black lab mix. I take 'em both on my e-bike: https://youtu.be/ripg0M6aDAk
06-04-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,499
Posted By howardv

I recently did substantial research on e-bike...

I recently did substantial research on e-bike insurance. Most homeowner's policies don't cover e-bikes because they are considered "motorized" and need their own policy. While a regular bicycle is...
06-04-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,797
Posted By howardv

I'm very late to this thread, but here is a video...

I'm very late to this thread, but here is a video I made yesterday of my new utility e-bike customized for TWO dogs:

https://youtu.be/ripg0M6aDAk
11-02-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,279
Posted By howardv

Nope. New regulation recently passed which...

Nope. New regulation recently passed which doesn't allow e-bikes on the beach bike path. Start reading from the bottom of page 20:

http://www.qcode.us/codes/santamonica/revisions/2587CCS.pdf
...
10-26-18, 06:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By howardv

Had no idea, so I just weighed it. Very heavy at...

Had no idea, so I just weighed it. Very heavy at 35 lbs. This includes peddles, the Topeak rear rack, and an Abus frame lock. The bike is made out of steel.
10-24-18, 02:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,279
Posted By howardv

This is why most of the newer models of...

This is why most of the newer models of e-scooters and e-bikes have all internal wiring. Nothing is visible to cut anymore. But unfortunately, there are still plenty of older ones still operating.
10-24-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,279
Posted By howardv

Part of the problem is that cities don't enforce...

Part of the problem is that cities don't enforce laws. In Santa Monica, police rarely stop or give tickets to those scooters. They claim they don't have enough officers. But I fail to understand...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-18, 01:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,116
Posted By howardv

I work from home, so to me commuting means having...

I work from home, so to me commuting means having to go somewhere without having to sweat. This comes in very handy:
...
10-23-18, 12:00 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,279
Posted By howardv

I can't speak for other cities, but they are...

I can't speak for other cities, but they are EXTREMELY popular here in Santa Monica/Los Angeles area. They are marketed as "the last mile" alternative, meaning people can use them to get from home...
10-23-18, 10:38 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,279
Posted By howardv

We have tons of the dockless e-scooters and...

We have tons of the dockless e-scooters and e-bikes all over Santa Monica. Unfortunately, you can't fix stupid and inconsiderate users. When I find one blocking a path, I don't knock it down, I...
10-23-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By howardv

The rack is factory and came with the bike. The...

The rack is factory and came with the bike. The eyeball on the flex neck is the Bontrager RT light that I conjured up. I can remove the light and put a GoPro on there as well. Here is a better...
10-23-18, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By howardv

The front basket comes with the bike. It's very...

The front basket comes with the bike. It's very rigid as it's bolted directly to the frame. The bike is currently at a closeout price of $399:
...
10-22-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,031
Posted By howardv

I know it's an old thread, but bringing it back...

I know it's an old thread, but bringing it back to life since I just bought one (used from Craigslist for $120).

I specifically wanted to try it out for cycling. I refuse to wear ear buds as I...
10-22-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,279
Posted By howardv

There is a general hatred growing among the...

There is a general hatred growing among the public against everything e-rideshare. Here in Santa Monica, I've seen lots of people intentionally damage e-scooters and e-bikes. They consider them a...
10-22-18, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,576
Posted By howardv

Very impressed with front rack of my new Orbea - Fits two 12 packs!

Recently bought the Orbea Katu as a general beach bike. Loved the big front basket for my dog and shopping. Really impressed when I could fit two 12-packs in the front basket! ...
10-21-18, 11:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,408
Posted By howardv

I can see e-bikes having a place for people who...

I can see e-bikes having a place for people who are willing to give up driving, but haven't done so because a regular bicycle doesn't fit their lifestyle. People who don't want to go to work sweaty...
10-21-18, 11:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
Posted By howardv

No cars allowed on trails. Don't have to worry...

No cars allowed on trails. Don't have to worry about getting killed by someone who's looking at their phone.
11-29-16, 02:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,933
Posted By howardv

Thanks for everyone's comments. Really...

Thanks for everyone's comments. Really appreciate it!

I decided to go with the Shimano Click'r. Just ordered the PD-T400 from Jensen for $27 (includes shipping and tax). Figured I can't go...
11-29-16, 01:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,933
Posted By howardv

Which clipless pedals for a newbie?

I'm a mountain biker, but about to purchase my first drop bar road bike. Last time I rode a drop bar bike was when I was a kid in the 70's. I'm using my hybrid more than ever to go on long road...
11-14-16, 06:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,593
Posted By howardv

Pretty damn stupid to be doing this at the age of...

Pretty damn stupid to be doing this at the age of 61. You should wait until you are at least 65 so Medicare will kick in and pay your medical bills. I'm 50 and with a $6,500 deductible, I don't...
11-14-16, 04:12 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,726
Posted By howardv

Of course they don't completely prevent theft. ...

Of course they don't completely prevent theft. What bike lock does? Frame locks have their place, like running into a store to get fast food or water. They're not for running into a your kid's...
11-09-16, 07:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,726
Posted By howardv

It's always possible, but again, it's better than...

It's always possible, but again, it's better than having the entire bike stolen.
11-09-16, 07:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,726
Posted By howardv

And get your hands dirty right before eating? :)...

And get your hands dirty right before eating? :)

I've removed the quick release and replaced it with wheel locks, so it won't be so quick for me.
11-09-16, 07:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,726
Posted By howardv

Discs are pretty tough. He'll try to roll and...

Discs are pretty tough. He'll try to roll and jump on and discover it's not "peddle-able" - and quickly take off when he sees you running out of the store. And it is possible that the disc gets...
11-09-16, 05:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,726
Posted By howardv

Why aren't frame locks popular in the U.S.?

Neighbor recently had their bike stolen while they were buying water at 7-11. They had leaned their bike against the glass outside and it was gone. Then I was talking to an employee of an LBS and...
08-05-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By howardv

I visited 3 local bike shops today and played...

I visited 3 local bike shops today and played with these bikes. My initial impressions:

1. Fuji Roam 3 - The Roam 3 is the starting line (Roam 1 and 2 are higher models). The shop only had the...
08-04-15, 02:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By howardv

Something I've learned is to never travel far to...

Something I've learned is to never travel far to see a bike. People misrepresent their bikes often. Pictures look good until you get there - specially the low resolution pics on Craigslist. I...
08-03-15, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By howardv

Thanks for the recommendations. Looked up the...

Thanks for the recommendations. Looked up the Giant Roam it seems only the Roam 1 & 2 have lockout while the 3 does not. Either way, added the Roam and the Crosstrail to my watchlist. None...
08-03-15, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By howardv

Looking for a used hybrid with front shocks and lockout

I have 2 bikes: A Yeti full suspension mountain bike and a long stretched cargo bike (for shopping and my dog). I want to do more city biking - mainly going from Santa Monica to downtown Los...
05-13-15, 01:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

Actually, I can only wish Ollie was small enough...

Actually, I can only wish Ollie was small enough to fit in a basket. That would make life a lot easier on me. Cargo bike is large and much harder to maneuver, specially around traffic. My bike...
05-09-15, 11:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

Hi DBrown, I appreciate the PM, but couldn't...

Hi DBrown, I appreciate the PM, but couldn't respond since I have less than 50 posts (won't allow me to send a PM). I used to trot with Ollie and his sister (a black lab) when they were young. They...
04-21-15, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,118
Posted By howardv

Awesome video! I love cargo bikes! Just don't...

Awesome video! I love cargo bikes! Just don't understand why they're so unpopular in the U.S.
04-11-15, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,254
Posted By howardv

Looks very nice! Great job. Keep some cargo...

Looks very nice! Great job. Keep some cargo netting handy to cover your haul so it doesn't fall off.
04-10-15, 03:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

Hell no! If she's got legs, she has to peddle...

Hell no! If she's got legs, she has to peddle her own way! :)
04-09-15, 11:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

I never tried a shock collar. Glad to hear it...

I never tried a shock collar. Glad to hear it works for you guys. Ollie and I are definitely still new to the rides. Just like a kid learning to ride a bike, he gets better with practice. We only...
04-08-15, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

Depending on how well a dog is trained, it may be...

Depending on how well a dog is trained, it may be beneficial to go without a leash during certain instances. This also depends on where you're riding. If you ride in busy streets, I highly advise...
04-08-15, 11:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

Thanks everyone! I appreciate it! And I...

Thanks everyone! I appreciate it!

And I Googled "where's Bixby". Cool dog and bicycle! Thanks for sharing.
04-08-15, 11:29 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,518
Posted By howardv

I appreciate everyone's response. I think the...

I appreciate everyone's response. I think the main topic was a bit side tracked by the discussion of "fear". The main purpose of my thread was to see if we could realistically reduce the risk of...
04-07-15, 09:45 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,518
Posted By howardv

Not sure how people would drive better without...

Not sure how people would drive better without stop signs, speed limits, right of way, and traffic signals. But having people look up instead of down would make it a bit better. I am just amazed...
04-07-15, 07:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,463
Posted By howardv

I'll chime in here as a newbie. Not sure what...

I'll chime in here as a newbie. Not sure what you guys mean by "Sport Disc bike". I presume you mean bikes with disc brakes. Personally, I prefer the old cantilever brakes over disc brakes on a...
04-07-15, 06:49 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,518
Posted By howardv

Safer if cell phones use was legal while driving?

I was standing on my 2nd floor balcony and watching the cars below (there is a stop sign nearby). I have a clear view of the inside of the cars. The drivers of about 1 out of 4 cars had a cell...
04-07-15, 06:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

I wish I could get away with a front basket! But...

I wish I could get away with a front basket! But Ollie is too big at 45 lbs for a basket.
04-07-15, 06:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,689
Posted By howardv

My dog and my cargo bike

My first post on this forum. I love biking - and I'm mainly a mountain biker (Yeti Full suspension) - which I pretty much ride everywhere. My dog is getting old and can't really keep up. His best...
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