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Forum: Commuting
04-02-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,109
Posted By AstroEng

This... Although I do arrive far less sweaty...

This...

Although I do arrive far less sweaty on the rare days that I take my ebike (governored to 30kph).
Forum: Commuting
04-02-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,264
Posted By AstroEng

15,000 miles?! Wow... I only get about 3000...

15,000 miles?! Wow... I only get about 3000 before I get a crack in the rubber that allows some small piece of glass or something through and gives me a flat.

My experience has been that they...
03-08-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,372
Posted By AstroEng

0F or < -10F wind-chill (stationary). Below...

0F or < -10F wind-chill (stationary). Below that I worry about the little bit of exposed skin around my eyes. I have yet to find a good solution that both covers and doesn't frost over. Visorgogs...
01-31-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,215
Posted By AstroEng

This... I do the same, but for colder temps....

This...

I do the same, but for colder temps. I purposefully bought a "roomy" softshell jacket so I could add my ~10C fleece outer layer as a middle layer on very cold days (< -10C). The...
01-23-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,967
Posted By AstroEng

I bought this from REI for a different purpose,...

I bought this from REI for a different purpose, but it is intended for what you desire. It's good in moderate wind and light rain.

I'm 6'1" and larger (i.e. fat) and wanted a softshell jacket that...
01-23-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,997
Posted By AstroEng

I've tried the hardware store safety glasses as...

I've tried the hardware store safety glasses as well. The visorgogs I found to stay fog free far better and are, IMO, easier to wear (elastic strap). I have my mirror connected to my helmet and like...
01-22-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,997
Posted By AstroEng

Goggles fine, but now glasses fog... ​​​​​​​

I've been reading a lot of threads here looking for anti-fogging solutions. I'm ordering Catcrap to try that, but I'm looking for other solutions.

I just finally broke down and got OTG Ski Goggles...
01-18-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,085
Posted By AstroEng

The one's I have are not linkable (which I think...

The one's I have are not linkable (which I think is what you are asking). Since they rely on Persistence Of Vision to work, it seems like it would be very hard to get a pair both synchronized and...
01-03-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,494
Posted By AstroEng

I too have Performance winter tights with...

I too have Performance winter tights with windproof fronts (Tri-Flex, IIRC). I love them for below freezing weather. Below about 15F, I add some leg warmers and that keeps me warm to 0F (haven't...
06-26-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 4,661
Posted By AstroEng

Bags for Radwagon?

I recently picked up a used Radwagon (2018) and am looking to start outfitting it. I'm interested in bags for hauling groceries - does anyone have experience with Rad Power's Ballard bags or a...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,471
Posted By AstroEng

I meant no way to fix on the spot like a blown...

I meant no way to fix on the spot like a blown tube or something. Home was about as easy as getting to the hardware store and a far easier/safer route to travel.

Mostly, I just wanted to vent to a...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,471
Posted By AstroEng

Yeah, that makes sense. I've had the bike about 5...

Yeah, that makes sense. I've had the bike about 5 years, but had a new saddle put on it about a year ago. I'll try it with a torque wrench after I get a new bolt and spacer washer.
Forum: Commuting
04-29-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,471
Posted By AstroEng

Some days are better than others...

:bang:

This is the kind of thing that makes me consider going back to driving... If only for a couple hours...

It's a beautiful spring day and I made it .75 miles on my 6.25 mile ride home...
10-19-18, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,710
Posted By AstroEng

I'm 6'1" and 270#. I've found gel seats to be...

I'm 6'1" and 270#. I've found gel seats to be very painful in the past, even just a little gel. I find sitting on hard surfaces (wooden chairs) to be uncomfortable after short periods - I have a bony...
07-05-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,533
Posted By AstroEng

Nope... I just ended up sliding the assembly...

Nope... I just ended up sliding the assembly further toward the center of the bar to make the reach from my hand work out.
Forum: Commuting
02-22-18, 06:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,571
Posted By AstroEng

I have two MTX Explorer racks - one disc, one...

I have two MTX Explorer racks - one disc, one regular. The only issue I have is that they barely allow clearance for fenders. Maybe it's my bikes? I don't think so.

I didn't use any MTX...
01-20-18, 09:28 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,111
Posted By AstroEng

Ditto. The streets aren't plowed well here...

Ditto.

The streets aren't plowed well here in the neighborhoods and the one trail across the interstate is packed with snow and ice from not being plowed and lots of foot traffic. Instead, I take...
01-20-18, 08:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,585
Posted By AstroEng

This. I had a bike path that had a drainage...

This.

I had a bike path that had a drainage problem and regularly got coated in ice when the rest of the ride was dry. Go off to the side and take the grass/gravel if you can.

Otherwise,...
01-20-18, 08:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,856
Posted By AstroEng

If the city fails to plow the path, why should...

If the city fails to plow the path, why should you be expected to endanger yourself there with a perfectly good road next to it. It seems like that would hold up well in court. In fact, it may be...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-17, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 819
Posted By AstroEng

I don't. The polar vortex keeps cold air close to...

I don't. The polar vortex keeps cold air close to the poles. It's the weakening of the vortex that allows this very cold air to leak out into lower latitudes.

Sorry, the misuse of Polar Vortex,...
12-02-17, 10:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,928
Posted By AstroEng

Any problems with fogging when it gets well below...

Any problems with fogging when it gets well below freezing?
12-02-17, 09:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,769
Posted By AstroEng

Grow a beard! But seriously, I use the cheap...

Grow a beard!

But seriously, I use the cheap Performance Balaclava down below 10F and it stays plenty warm. On big hills, I do expose my mouth, and yes, the beard really does help. The other 90%...
12-02-17, 09:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,500
Posted By AstroEng

Agreed, though my experience is with mid to low...

Agreed, though my experience is with mid to low end gear. I usually use it as one of my layers.

Like mentioned above, the three basic layers approach serves me down to 0F. I usually use a wicking...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-17, 09:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,456
Posted By AstroEng

+1 Sooooooo slow, but they work great! A...

+1

Sooooooo slow, but they work great! A little stiff to get on. I leave them on for the season on my heavier hybrid.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-17, 06:56 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 164,361
Posted By AstroEng

I know I'm fat, but sheesh!

The bracket on my saddle that connects to my seatpost broke on one side 2 miles from home (heading home).

Sweet...:troll:

I guess I should lay off the pie... Nah.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-17, 06:53 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,387
Posted By AstroEng

We're not carfree, but we are down to one car -...

We're not carfree, but we are down to one car - my wife and kids' means of transportation. It helps me keep riding to just not want to deal with getting them all up and out the door just because I'm...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-17, 06:39 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,292
Posted By AstroEng

12 miles RT. I drink my water bottle in the AM...

12 miles RT. I drink my water bottle in the AM and nothing until lunch (at 11). When I get home, I drink a big glass of chocolate milk.

I'm fat, not getting less fat, and not really trying to...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-17, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,135
Posted By AstroEng

Her hips are nowhere near 3 feet wide! :foo:

Her hips are nowhere near 3 feet wide! :foo:
Forum: Commuting
02-02-17, 06:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,213
Posted By AstroEng

^This! :thumb: I have a Topeak rack with the...

^This! :thumb:

I have a Topeak rack with the slide on accessories feature, but unfortunately, the panniers prevent a basket from sliding on. I do like doing quick trips with just the basket...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-17, 05:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,325
Posted By AstroEng

El Cheapo

I've been using this light (Riorand Cree XML T6) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006QQX3C4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) for 2 years now with this spreader lens (for Magicshine type...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-17, 06:51 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 56,718
Posted By AstroEng

I got about a year out of my Marathon tires, then...

I got about a year out of my Marathon tires, then they got sliced through by something less than 1/2" - maybe glass. It went right through the protective strip. I upgraded to Marathon Plus to...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-16, 08:50 PM
Replies: 1,530
Views: 85,440
Posted By AstroEng

marcmkkoy (IL) __________________ 10821 miles YTD...

marcmkkoy (IL) __________________ 10821 miles YTD
augustgarage (CA) ________________ 8253.6 (10,472.3 total) [189/189]
Bizman (PA) ______________________ 7763 (8782 total miles YTD)
buzzbee (CA)...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-16, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 150,964
Posted By AstroEng

Today was my first time skipping a ride because...

Today was my first time skipping a ride because of weather in over 2 years (last time was wind gusts >50 mph). I put on my studded tires this past weekend just in time to get in a day's commute...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-16, 08:54 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 12,867
Posted By AstroEng

Sorry... Couldn't resist......

Sorry... Couldn't resist... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjBLuTwT6mM) :p

Enjoy the new ride.
Forum: Commuting
02-15-16, 09:53 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,981
Posted By AstroEng

I bike back and forth between meetings, up to...

I bike back and forth between meetings, up to about 2 miles for the furthest places I usually go. The base just put in a new bike path along my most frequent route, which is super awesome. Hopefully...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-15, 06:16 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,593
Posted By AstroEng

^This. I've had mine for over a year and it works...

^This. I've had mine for over a year and it works great. I did end up buying the 6-cell battery and get 3 days of strobe on it (~240 minutes). I also bought the spreading lens.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-15, 09:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,651
Posted By AstroEng

I actually just got back from a business trip in...

I actually just got back from a business trip in Dayton. Having seen the streets (and a few people commuting down them), the marked bike routes were nicer than I thought. They were wide residential...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,651
Posted By AstroEng

These "marked bicycle routes" are just roads with...

These "marked bicycle routes" are just roads with wide shoulders, or do you mean neighborhood streets as in no lane markers, etc, or neither? I use a couple of "bicycle routes" in our area and they...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 09:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,977
Posted By AstroEng

Ditto - I upgraded my cheapo Chinese light to a 6...

Ditto - I upgraded my cheapo Chinese light to a 6 cell 18650 pack (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AAQOV5E?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage) and it lasts me 4 days on strobe...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 09:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,651
Posted By AstroEng

baron - I also heard that there is a bike gate by...

baron - I also heard that there is a bike gate by the Wright Bros monument onto Area B (I hear there are bike gates on Areas A and C as well). I guess it is somewhere between Gate 1B and 19B on the...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-15, 09:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,651
Posted By AstroEng

Sorry, I've been out of town the past 2 weeks. I...

Sorry, I've been out of town the past 2 weeks. I appreciate the feedback so far.

anielsen - I've been looking at Oakwood as well. I punched some preferences into WalkScore.com and that...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-15, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,579
Views: 102,328
Posted By AstroEng

scroca (MT) _______________________ 5,657.05 ...

scroca (MT) _______________________ 5,657.05
augustgarage (CA) _________________ 5,350.3 (7,393.4 total) [124/124]
f1xedgear​(NC) _____________________ 4,440.0 [107]
johnlp (AZ)...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-15, 04:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,651
Posted By AstroEng

Dayton, OH area commuters?

...More specifically, commuting to Wright-Patterson AFB Area B...

I've been offered a job near AFIT on WPAFB Area B. I'm seriously considering it, but I am concerned about my ability to commute by...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-15, 04:10 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,699
Posted By AstroEng

Glad you are ok and that you were able to keep...

Glad you are ok and that you were able to keep your cool but still stick it to him.

That is a sweet setup! :thumb:
08-15-15, 07:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,432
Posted By AstroEng

This is the only place I've been able to find...

This is the only place I've been able to find this. Everything else is about overworking and getting cramps while riding, not getting cramps because I didn't ride. I ride cramp free all year long,...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-15, 08:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,421
Posted By AstroEng

http://dashingdad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/y...

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Forum: Commuting
03-30-15, 08:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,421
Posted By AstroEng

Someone turned my front wheel magnet (for the...

Someone turned my front wheel magnet (for the speedometer) backwards... It wasn't just a little bit (never had to adjust it before), it was a full 180 off. It took me a couple miles to figure out why...
03-29-15, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 966
Posted By AstroEng

Question Refurbishing Kid Trailer

Hello!

I have an old Trek trailer that I bought 2 years ago used to haul the kids. We've gotten a lot of use out of it, but the New Mexico sun has taken its toll. The fabric floor is nearly...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-15, 09:47 PM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 177,752
Posted By AstroEng

6 minutes off both ends of my commute without...

6 minutes off both ends of my commute without pushing it and 15-25 mph crosswinds on the way home. I still need to tweak the seat (too low) and the tires are on the low end of the pressure range.
...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-15, 09:38 PM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 177,752
Posted By AstroEng

I'm a little late posting this, but Thursday was...

I'm a little late posting this, but Thursday was interesting... My morning commute was pleasant. For lunch i rode over to subway to grab a sandwich. When I was almost there I heard a thumping rubbing...
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