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02-17-11, 06:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,415
Posted By Cosmoline

To me, one of the biggest benefits of being car...

To me, one of the biggest benefits of being car free is that it completely neutralizes any attempt to set me up with anyone. In the US not having a car is a get out of dates free card. So is losing...
12-14-10, 08:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,177
Posted By Cosmoline

I've been riding year round, car-free in...

I've been riding year round, car-free in Anchorage for four winters now. Disks have been working fine, and as long as I keep them in tune they stop my enormous magnitude very effectively. I have...
12-14-10, 08:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,414
Posted By Cosmoline

Anchorage fricking Alaska. That's what I have to...

Anchorage fricking Alaska. That's what I have to deal with. Not just the 6 or more months of ice and snow, but the horrible drivers and the homicidal snowplows. Just this morning I had to veer off...
09-22-10, 07:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,469
Posted By Cosmoline

There are quite a few restrictions and caveats on...

There are quite a few restrictions and caveats on that provision. It is not a license to kill bike thieves.



Besides, killing a human being who's running off with your bike is a bad idea...
09-22-10, 06:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,469
Posted By Cosmoline

Oh, I could do some very serious damage, and...

Oh, I could do some very serious damage, and that's without the Speed Six I invariably carry on me. If a thief is stupid enough to try to fight me, he'd better know some gymkata because all I have...
08-18-10, 11:10 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,370
Posted By Cosmoline

Farmers markets are excellent. The BOB trailer...

Farmers markets are excellent. The BOB trailer with a rubbermade tote will carry this much:

...
08-13-10, 03:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,071
Posted By Cosmoline

Every condo association, and every neighborhood...

Every condo association, and every neighborhood association, has someone like that woman on it. Usually more than one. This is why I will never, ever, ever, ever have anything to do with such...
08-09-10, 02:19 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,079
Posted By Cosmoline

That's fine for travel inside a very built-up...

That's fine for travel inside a very built-up area. Even with optimized urban planning, you still have most of the country with bigger distances than can be easily walked. It also makes carrying...
08-09-10, 12:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,079
Posted By Cosmoline

Sometimes the folks in the car-free movement...

Sometimes the folks in the car-free movement sound a lot like Khmer Rouge yammering about the Year Zero.

Why would you want to get rid of bikes? They're zero emissions, incredibly efficient, and...
08-04-10, 12:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 972
Posted By Cosmoline

I've been car free in Anchorage for quite a few...

I've been car free in Anchorage for quite a few years now. Check out the winter biking forum here. The impossible *IS* possible.
08-04-10, 11:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,567
Posted By Cosmoline

I think I've destroyed the notion that being car...

I think I've destroyed the notion that being car free means you have to limit what you can cook due to transportation restrictions. In fact I was making so much home made food I bought an old chest...
07-01-10, 05:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,893
Posted By Cosmoline

I've had to resort to cabs to get to business...

I've had to resort to cabs to get to business related functions, and when the weather is truly impassable in the winter. But those are actually pretty rare. This past year I've been walking at...
07-01-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 772
Posted By Cosmoline

It's nice to see more bikes, but it's not going...

It's nice to see more bikes, but it's not going to carry that much for all the doubtless vast sticker price. I suppose the real market would be rich people in places with lots of bike theft.
06-22-10, 12:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,718
Posted By Cosmoline

Just turned 40 a few weeks back. I was car free...

Just turned 40 a few weeks back. I was car free in my teens and early 20's and had to be all but forced to learn how to drive and get a car. I never really liked it very much. My body shape is...
06-22-10, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 748
Posted By Cosmoline

As to mirrors, I've been using a helmet-mounted...

As to mirrors, I've been using a helmet-mounted tool mirror for years now and it's been absolutely fantastic. Unlike the typical cheapo bike mirrors, this one has very nice glass and a crystal clear...
06-15-10, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By Cosmoline

Bear Attacks Commuter

See, this is what makes cycling in Alaska a little different:



http://www.adn.com/2010/06/15/1324609/bear-attacks-cyclist-on-anchorage.html#ixzz0qxc909VG

I think I dated her once. ...
06-14-10, 01:53 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,260
Posted By Cosmoline

I don't get too worried about coffee, tea, spices...

I don't get too worried about coffee, tea, spices and such. Some things can only be grown in a very restricted climate. It's always been that way.

The local farmers markets are a great...
06-04-10, 12:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,254
Posted By Cosmoline

In the "new normal," as its been dubbed, fewer...

In the "new normal," as its been dubbed, fewer and fewer people will be able to afford a car. And we all know the combination of the collapse of the high risk mortgage market and the astronomical...
05-26-10, 01:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,708
Posted By Cosmoline

Speaking of homemade bread, I've been getting...

Speaking of homemade bread, I've been getting great results with 1/3 rye and 2/3 wheat. But in both cases, the bulk flour came in fifty pound bags that no pannier could carry. The BOB had no...
05-20-10, 10:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,708
Posted By Cosmoline

I'm single but the BOB has been invaluable. I...

I'm single but the BOB has been invaluable. I load mass quantities to make freezer food and save LOTS of money. The BOB will haul 75 lbs from Costco or the farmer's market. That's a lot of...
05-18-10, 01:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,700
Posted By Cosmoline

Brooks is the way to go for saddles. The soft...

Brooks is the way to go for saddles. The soft "gel" type are deceptive.

For my bike, "Fram," I started with a Kona Hoss frame. I've had the rear wheel rebuilt with improved hubs, rims and...
04-30-10, 11:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,367
Posted By Cosmoline

They don't even get a funk till several days of...

They don't even get a funk till several days of use. Maybe it's my body chemistry.
04-28-10, 11:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,367
Posted By Cosmoline

Synthetics are much better at avoiding the odor. ...

Synthetics are much better at avoiding the odor. I can use the same bibs three or four days before the need a laundry.
04-22-10, 03:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,627
Posted By Cosmoline

For the record, I don't think anyone has been...

For the record, I don't think anyone has been yelling at me because of my ass. Though it is a object of bifurcated splenditude.
04-22-10, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,837
Posted By Cosmoline

A cyclist can certainly kill a pedestrian,...

A cyclist can certainly kill a pedestrian, another cyclist or even someone in a car. But so what? The issue of pushy, out of control cyclists seems to be something they're running into back east...
04-13-10, 12:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,627
Posted By Cosmoline

People Who Stick Their Head Out The Window and go "WOOOOOOO"

I've been riding for years now, and many times I've been passed by cars where some guy (it's always a guy) sticks his head out the passenger window and goes "WOOOOOOO!" On Saturday some a-clown did...
04-08-10, 01:17 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,697
Posted By Cosmoline

Really? I don't even own a car and I found these...

Really? I don't even own a car and I found these easily enough at the farmer's market:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs254.snc1/10123_1238607613471_1477701250_674173_5772440_n.jpg
04-07-10, 06:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,661
Posted By Cosmoline

I think smallwheels has it. Not having a car is...

I think smallwheels has it. Not having a car is not necessarily fatal. It's just one element on a long mental checklist. If you're good looking and tall enough you don't absolutely have to have...
04-07-10, 12:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By Cosmoline

Just tape a tool mirror to the side of your...

Just tape a tool mirror to the side of your helmet. I've been doing it for years, works fantastic.
04-06-10, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 705
Posted By Cosmoline

Thanks for the input. It was just bad food, made...

Thanks for the input. It was just bad food, made worse by overdoing it without enough hydration. Maybe the falafel, maybe those warm raw oysters I had Thursday night.
04-05-10, 10:18 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,697
Posted By Cosmoline

True, but the proof is in the pudding as they...

True, but the proof is in the pudding as they say. The farther we get from real connection with food the more outlandish and cult-like our relationship with food becomes. People who eat only meats,...
04-05-10, 03:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,606
Posted By Cosmoline

This is actually in Palmer itself? They tend to...

This is actually in Palmer itself? They tend to be rather A/R in that town. Something in the water maybe. That and the percentage of old people and farmers. If you shift over to The Butte they'll...
04-05-10, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 705
Posted By Cosmoline

I did have some very questionable falafel en...

I did have some very questionable falafel en route. Had an odd fishy taste to it.
04-05-10, 01:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,729
Posted By Cosmoline

You still need to keep up insurance if you plan...

You still need to keep up insurance if you plan on using the vehicle for "emergencies." That's a tremendous cost when you add it up.

I think you should ditch it. You'll only learn what you can...
04-05-10, 12:32 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,697
Posted By Cosmoline

For dinner I just let a squirrel loose from my...

For dinner I just let a squirrel loose from my squirrel cage and grab it with my teeth. Then I shake it to break its back and gulp it down.



Keep in mind there's a difference between...
04-05-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 705
Posted By Cosmoline

Shivering/Nausea After Hard Ride?

The trails are finally starting to clear of snow so I took off after work on Friday and went across town. Unfortunately there was still a lot of deep slush I had to power through and it was more...
03-26-10, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By Cosmoline

I like to wait until the end of breakup and get a...

I like to wait until the end of breakup and get a new set of really nice smooth tires. The transition is very much like taking a 100 lb. backpack off. I can suddenly fly.
03-26-10, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 587
Posted By Cosmoline

Under 32 is still not what I would consider cold,...

Under 32 is still not what I would consider cold, but the data is interesting. I should do something along those lines. Typical morning commute temps range from twenty below at the low end to...
03-26-10, 10:45 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,909
Posted By Cosmoline

It's the up side of the so called "new normal." ...

It's the up side of the so called "new normal." I'm seeing a LOT of people out there already and the snow isn't even melted.
03-18-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,281
Posted By Cosmoline

Skiers and cyclists compete in the Invitational...

Skiers and cyclists compete in the Invitational every year here. The bikes are considerably faster in the long haul, though the dog teams beat both very easily and the snowmachines beat everybody...
03-10-10, 02:06 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,207
Posted By Cosmoline

What's this past tense? We just got near twenty...

What's this past tense? We just got near twenty inches of the white stuff!

Anyway, so far this winter:

--Contact lenses are doing great. No fogups.

--Goggles I've tried have been failures,...
03-09-10, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,596
Posted By Cosmoline

Yeah it's developed into a full fledged extreme...

Yeah it's developed into a full fledged extreme sport since the early days. You can buy factory made extra wide frames and rims.

I could have used bigfoot for this morning's commute, since we...
03-07-10, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,596
Posted By Cosmoline

Pioneering Snow Bike: The Six Pack

Last night the local bicycle commuter association had winter cycling pioneer Roger Cowles discuss his first rides on the Iditarod trail in the late 80's. He and his friends tried a number of radical...
03-07-10, 01:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,467
Posted By Cosmoline

I've been operating for years with the BOB single...

I've been operating for years with the BOB single axle trailer. It doesn't require a new bike, and can haul over 75 lbs. and up to 100 lbs in my experience. It keeps the weight low to the ground...
02-26-10, 03:04 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,407
Posted By Cosmoline

I've driven over a quarter of a million miles,...

I've driven over a quarter of a million miles, and I think it's too dangerous to drive. It's lethal. We've just accepted the lethality and vast number of injuries as part of modern life.
02-26-10, 03:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,513
Posted By Cosmoline

I won't take public transportation. I used to...

I won't take public transportation. I used to ride tri-met in the Portland area when I was younger, but the local bus system in Anchorage is a lot seedier. Plus they don't allow carrying of small...
02-25-10, 06:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,610
Posted By Cosmoline

I have my BOB cart with me on such trips, so I...

I have my BOB cart with me on such trips, so I loop the cable from the cart through the seat and lock it to a u-lock through my back tire and whatever rack is available. This makes it impossible to...
02-12-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By Cosmoline

Going slower is safer in the winter, assuming you...

Going slower is safer in the winter, assuming you live in the land of ice and snow. And it's easier to go slowly on a mountain bike than a road bike. You just don't always know if what seems solid...
02-12-10, 12:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,170
Posted By Cosmoline

Got rid of the truck, and the woman magically...

Got rid of the truck, and the woman magically vanished. She hasn't bugged me since. It's one of the best things about being car free--no nagging mouchers!
02-11-10, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By Cosmoline

Nokian studs are the answer. My Freds do not...

Nokian studs are the answer. My Freds do not slip, even on the glacier-like formations of ice we get up here in AK.
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