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Forum: Commuting
03-22-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By Alligator

[QUOTE=Darth Lefty;22443334]E bike?/QUOTE] ...

[QUOTE=Darth Lefty;22443334]E bike?/QUOTE]

This is the answer. I just added another attachment to my ebike so I could pull a trailer. I bought the trailer for another bike, but quickly realized it...
03-20-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,529
Posted By Alligator

I almost returned mine shortly after purchasing...

I almost returned mine shortly after purchasing it. The temperature readings were 10 degrees higher than the outdoor air temperature. I figured it needed airflow to property measure, so I went on...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,024
Posted By Alligator

You actually build up to it, so it is not as...

You actually build up to it, so it is not as noticeable. Eventually I start to wear multiple layers, switch from sunglasses to ski goggles, and from cycling gloves to large mittens. If you suddenly...
03-18-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By Alligator

Just washed my bike every weekend, by hand. ...

Just washed my bike every weekend, by hand. Wiped down and oiled the chain once a week too. Not a spot of rust on it this year. I'm not sure if it will help with the salt on the bike or motor yet...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 819
Posted By Alligator

I got the new Wahoo Bolt 2, and found the...

I got the new Wahoo Bolt 2, and found the temperature sensor was WAY off. I contacted them about it, and they didn't seem to care at all. Excellent GPS, but awful temperature sensor. Which is...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,024
Posted By Alligator

Some years I've ridden in any temperatures, but...

Some years I've ridden in any temperatures, but this year, I wimped out and only rode when it was above 0 (F) / -17.7 (C). Once it was warmer than that, I started up again.
01-18-22, 09:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,043
Posted By Alligator

Wrote to my Newspaper for the First Time

I was reading an article in the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), and I noticed that the author had chosen the words poorly for the article about a pedestrian that was killed...
12-23-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 761
Posted By Alligator

No, but I filled a propane tank the other day and...

No, but I filled a propane tank the other day and carried it in a bike trailer. That has to be the strangest thing I’ve ever carried. I bet I could fit a Christmas tree though if I tried - you...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By Alligator

This was my best year yet, primarily because I...

This was my best year yet, primarily because I began commuting 100% of the time by bike. Because I changed jobs, right now my commute is only 3 miles. I did 1042 miles as of today, but will certainly...
12-08-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,905
Posted By Alligator

I think it was a good trade.

I think it was a good trade.
12-05-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,449
Posted By Alligator

And the real question is whether they plow the...

And the real question is whether they plow the path when it snows.
11-29-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,856
Posted By Alligator

Get a lawyer. You don’t know what you don’t...

Get a lawyer. You don’t know what you don’t know. Here are a few bicycle lawyers:

https://www.vaccaroandwhite.com (https://www.vaccaroandwhite.com/)

https://www.humanpoweredlaw.com/

Even...
11-09-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,360
Posted By Alligator

I just use a big pair of mittens. I start using...

I just use a big pair of mittens. I start using them when it drops below 45 degrees (F), and they are good down to about -10 (F). Below that, I use mountaineering mittens, which are much thicker...
10-25-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alligator

My only problem is that my new commute will be 18...

My only problem is that my new commute will be 18 miles, one way. I have an ebike I could use, which would cut down some of the time, but that's still too long for me every day of the week, both...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,076
Posted By Alligator

I have a steady rear light as well.

I have a steady rear light as well.
Forum: Commuting
10-20-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,076
Posted By Alligator

I love riding in the dark, but I take a few steps...

I love riding in the dark, but I take a few steps to stay safe:

1. I use a really bright headlight.
2. I have a red flashing rear light that flashes in a random pattern (or so).
3. I have a...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,006
Posted By Alligator

Take a look at Priority...

Take a look at Priority (https://www.prioritybicycles.com/) bikes. I had one in the past that should meet your requirements. And I never had an issue with the gearing since it has a variable...
10-17-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 961
Posted By Alligator

And speaking of dumb locations of beg buttons,...

And speaking of dumb locations of beg buttons, here is part of my daily commute. I sent this diagram to the city to see if they could move the buttons to where the MUPs actually were located. They...
10-15-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 961
Posted By Alligator

Using your Imagination…

On my way to work, I can’t help but wonder what life would be like if the freeways were closed for a week and you could use a bike on them. It would save a lot of time and effort.

I also imagine...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,088
Posted By Alligator

Up at 6:20. Start the coffee and eat, usually...

Up at 6:20. Start the coffee and eat, usually yogurt or eggs.
Out the door by 7:50. Commute is only 3 miles now, so I’m there just after 8:00.
Then get some coffee from work and I’m ready to...
10-07-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alligator

I will have to bike on both ends of the trip. ...

I will have to bike on both ends of the trip. And I have a place to lock or store it at each end.
10-03-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alligator

Agreed. I’ve done 10 miles (one way) for a...

Agreed. I’ve done 10 miles (one way) for a commute before, and I’ve done ~20 miles twice. I did not enjoy the 20 mile commute very much compared with the 10 mile commute. And my 3 mile current...
10-03-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alligator

I have an ebike and have considered this, but the...

I have an ebike and have considered this, but the commute is going from 3 miles to 18 miles (one way). My ebike can easily handle this, but the bus can save some time and allow me to zone out. I also...
10-02-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,457
Posted By Alligator

I’ve never had issues with studded tires and my...

I’ve never had issues with studded tires and my fenders. But there’s usually enough of a gap so it doesn’t matter. Tires will kick junk up in the winter, and the fenders help keep it off of you and...
10-02-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alligator

Bike only commute change to Bus and Bike

I will have the opportunity to move and my commute will change from a bike-only commute to a commute with a bus and a bike. It’s a nice move, so I’m fine giving up the bike-only commute. I still...
10-02-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,709
Posted By Alligator

I agree. I have an old Virb and just put it back...

I agree. I have an old Virb and just put it back on my bike to try it again. Unfortunately, it uses a mini-USB connector and only records in 1080. I'd love to have something like that, about half...
10-02-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,709
Posted By Alligator

I’m really disappointed by the cameras that are...

I’m really disappointed by the cameras that are available. They are all too bulky or boxy. Why can’t someone make a camera that is low profile (long and skinny), that snaps to a bike with magnets...
10-01-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,583
Posted By Alligator

And that’s a perfect reason to buy and wear a...

And that’s a perfect reason to buy and wear a helmet (nice job!). Just think, that could have been your scalp. I hope you are okay after that.
Forum: Commuting
09-05-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,403
Posted By Alligator

Once, when I was commuting home on my hybrid,...

Once, when I was commuting home on my hybrid, another commuter rode up to me from behind and we rode together for several miles. He was about the same age, but the thing I remember the most was that...
09-03-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,161
Posted By Alligator

Normally this would make sense, but in this case,...

Normally this would make sense, but in this case, there was a protected bike lane leading up to the intersection. I have also ridden behind cars, but in some cases, the cars are too close together...
08-30-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 385,473
Posted By Alligator

It depends on how you think of “a helmet.” If...

It depends on how you think of “a helmet.” If you want something that will prevent you from scraping your head on a tree branch, this “helmet” is not for you. However, if you regularly commute in...
08-29-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 385,473
Posted By Alligator

I wear one in the summer to stop my head from...

I wear one in the summer to stop my head from getting sunburned. In the fall, winter, and spring, I wear a Hövding (https://hovding.com/). Best helmet I’ve ever used from a safety standpoint.
08-22-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,799
Posted By Alligator

Blow them a kiss. They will be too shocked and...

Blow them a kiss. They will be too shocked and surprised to remember what they were mad about.
08-10-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 8,722
Posted By Alligator

No, but we are on bikes with a right hand brake...

No, but we are on bikes with a right hand brake going to the back wheel. I don’t know about you, but I use that brake to come to a stop at a stop sign, leaving my left arm free to signal my...
08-09-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,458
Posted By Alligator

Anyone tried putting one in the dishwasher?

Anyone tried putting one in the dishwasher?
Forum: Commuting
07-11-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,056
Posted By Alligator

I like WaterField Designs bags...

I like WaterField Designs bags (https://www.sfbags.com). I use one of these when I carry a bag. But I stopped using a messenger bag when someone explained that if you get in an accident, it will...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,091
Posted By Alligator

What Brooks saddle do you recommend? I rode my...

What Brooks saddle do you recommend? I rode my new bike to work for the first time today, and it definitely needs a seat upgrade.
Forum: Commuting
06-22-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,513
Posted By Alligator

My Cleverhood rain cape has proven itself several...

My Cleverhood rain cape has proven itself several times. I get less sweaty, and I am completely dry (except my feet). I just change shoes and socks at work and I’m back to normal. My shirt and pants...
06-22-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,161
Posted By Alligator

Cars that pull too far into the intersection

Lately I’ve experienced a few situations where cars will pull too far into the intersection and sit right on top of the crosswalk. I use that crosswalk to get across the street on my commute since...
06-19-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Alligator

Now that was funny!

Now that was funny!
Forum: Commuting
06-15-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,708
Posted By Alligator

I really love commuting by bike! It is easily...

I really love commuting by bike! It is easily the best part of my day. I love the variations in weather, the feel of getting somewhere on my own, and I even enjoy the odd stares by coworkers when I...
06-12-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By Alligator

Platform Pedal for Dutch-Style Bike?

I’m looking for pedals that would match this bike. The fenders are polished aluminum.

Anyone have any recommendations?

...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 65,130
Posted By Alligator

A Linus Mixte 7i...

A Linus Mixte 7i (https://www.linusbike.com/collections/mixte-3i-mixte-7i/products/mixte-7i). My wife has a Linus, and it fits the need I have for something slower and relaxed. My other bikes are...
05-31-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,935
Posted By Alligator

I use a Varia with a Wahoo Element Bolt and the...

I use a Varia with a Wahoo Element Bolt and the sound is loud and quite annoying. I’m constantly wishing I could turn off the sound (perhaps I can, somewhere in the settings). It beeps at me all...
05-31-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,431
Posted By Alligator

How hard is it to build a wheel with a dynamo?

I’m considering building my own wheel with a dynamo to power some new lights (Schmidt Edelux II for the front, SON for the rear). I’m not sure what dynamo to get, and it will ultimately go on this...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 65,130
Posted By Alligator

It won't arrive until later this summer. Bikes...

It won't arrive until later this summer. Bikes are in high demand now.
05-28-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 32,757
Posted By Alligator

I changed jobs earlier this year, and now have a...

I changed jobs earlier this year, and now have a commute that is only ~3 miles (5 kilometers). I’ve been biking to work every day for several months now in all weather conditions, and have only...
05-23-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,160
Posted By Alligator

Thinking ahead to winter

Another thread here started me thinking about getting a fat bike to ride through powder this winter. I only have a three mile commute, but I need to bike even if there is 3-4” of fresh snow on the...
05-23-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,694
Posted By Alligator

I rode to work the other day in the rain, with...

I rode to work the other day in the rain, with humidity off the charts. It was a hot, difficult ride. I long for the days when it’s about 20 degrees (F) outside. If I get too hot, I can unzip my...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 65,130
Posted By Alligator

Just pulled the trigger on a new Mixte. I don’t...

Just pulled the trigger on a new Mixte. I don’t really need another bike, but I usually ride with a bag on my rear rack, and I hate having to swing my leg over it.
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