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Forum: Commuting
12-19-05, 06:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By Longhorn

Good luck, Mars! We'll miss you!

Good luck, Mars! We'll miss you!
Forum: Commuting
12-18-05, 11:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By Longhorn

The link for the Austin-to-Bastrop route credits...

The link for the Austin-to-Bastrop route credits Preston Tyree. That's so cool! Preston taught the LAB Road I course that I took this summer. He's a great guy! I knew he was a cycling expert but...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-05, 10:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 477
Posted By Longhorn

I was thinking the same thing today. I haven't...

I was thinking the same thing today. I haven't ridden in four weeks because of Thanksgiving, a week on a cruise, a week of being sick, and a week of finishing the fall semester. And now I have...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-05, 09:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,382
Posted By Longhorn

Marylandnewbie: It's been a busy week but I...

Marylandnewbie: It's been a busy week but I wanted to let you know that I felt your pain in that crash and I'm glad you're already on the mend! I think something like that -- or even less! -- would...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-05, 10:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,067
Posted By Longhorn

That's so cute! I'm allergic to cats even though...

That's so cute! I'm allergic to cats even though I love them. Thanks for sharing the photo -- it's one way to enjoy them without sneezing! :)
Forum: Commuting
12-05-05, 08:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 842
Posted By Longhorn

I'm back from a week in the Western Caribbean....

I'm back from a week in the Western Caribbean. Unfortunately, I came back with "cruise crud" so I won't be riding for a couple of days. And since these are the last two weeks of the fall semester, I...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-05, 09:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,267
Posted By Longhorn

That's Dudette to you! :D And thanks!

That's Dudette to you! :D

And thanks!
Forum: Commuting
11-20-05, 07:33 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,267
Posted By Longhorn

I can't answer your question objectively because...

I can't answer your question objectively because I've never had to ride in extreme cold. I have ridden in extreme heat and humidity and it is tough. The heat saps my strength and makes it much harder...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-05, 08:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,631
Posted By Longhorn

I have two low-water crossings and a low bridge...

I have two low-water crossings and a low bridge that used to be a low-water crossing. The first two are only one lane each but traffic is low enough that I rarely have to yield and traffic has always...
11-18-05, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 593
Posted By Longhorn

You might get in touch with other cycling...

You might get in touch with other cycling organizations. For example, the officers of Austin Cycling Association could probably put you in touch with whoever mapped out routes in Austin....
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 11:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,540
Posted By Longhorn

Am I correct in believing that I can't install a...

Am I correct in believing that I can't install a hitch to my car? See photo below.

I've been using a Saris Bones two-bike trunk rack, which is okay but I can't use my trunk unless I remove the...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By Longhorn

I hate it when I go several days without riding....

I hate it when I go several days without riding. Since I only work Monday through Thursday, even going the long weekend without riding makes me feel like I've lost momentum.

I'm glad you figured...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 10:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,636
Posted By Longhorn

The motor is 450 watts and my trip takes me 90...

The motor is 450 watts and my trip takes me 90 minutes going to work and an hour and 45 minutes coming home (more climbing.) However, I'm not using the motor the entire time -- only going uphill.
...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 10:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,655
Posted By Longhorn

If my co-workers and students think I'm crazy,...

If my co-workers and students think I'm crazy, they've kept it to themselves. Instead, I get to hear how much they admire me. :)

However, we do joke about how I look, with my assortment of...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By Longhorn

I began to realize that I didn't like wearing my...

I began to realize that I didn't like wearing my Camelbak but I also don't like fumbling around for a water bottle, plus I need more than one bottle of water. Anyway, first I hung the Camelbak on my...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 09:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,636
Posted By Longhorn

Each battery pack has two 12 ah sealed lead acid...

Each battery pack has two 12 ah sealed lead acid batteries, 24 volts per pack. They're hooked up in parallel to make 48 ah for greater range. Each pack weighs about 20 pounds!

Someday, I may...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By Longhorn

Roody: My bike only has seven speeds so there are...

Roody: My bike only has seven speeds so there are times when I'm going downhill and then leveling off when there's no resistance if I try to pedal. Should I keep pedaling anyway? I thought I read...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 09:30 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 915,915
Posted By Longhorn

I also use safety glasses, about the same price,...

I also use safety glasses, about the same price, that I got from the hardware store. Mine are slightly tinted so they work for day or night.
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By Longhorn

You're not mistaken! :)

You're not mistaken! :)
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By Longhorn

Wow, I had trouble getting out of bed yesterday...

Wow, I had trouble getting out of bed yesterday to ride in 50-degree temps! Once I got out there, I realized that 55 degrees is absolutely perfect for riding. But I really wonder if I could do it...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-05, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By Longhorn

You bring up a good point! I would never have...

You bring up a good point! I would never have even thought about commuting if not for this forum. Then I thought it was impossible but the more I read, the more I was inspired to find a way. Sure...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-05, 11:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,636
Posted By Longhorn

Lesson from today: 55 degrees is IDEAL riding...

Lesson from today: 55 degrees is IDEAL riding weather! Not too hot, not too cold.

We rarely have brilliant clear sunny skies on cool days but today was beautiful!
Forum: Commuting
11-17-05, 11:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,655
Posted By Longhorn

It's only been in the mid-50s here and folks are...

It's only been in the mid-50s here and folks are surprised that I'm riding. Then again, so am I! :D
Forum: Commuting
11-17-05, 11:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By Longhorn

I don't give myself enough credit.

I used to think that if I could become a cyclist, anyone can. After all, I'm nonathletic, overweight, and 50. Yet I'm commuting 17 miles a day four days a week on rural roads with no shoulders, in...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-05, 10:25 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,636
Posted By Longhorn

Oh, I forgot another first for me this week:...

Oh, I forgot another first for me this week: First time to ride both ways of my commute on the same day! I took the shortcut both ways so it was only 25 miles but that's why I ended up riding home in...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-05, 09:58 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,636
Posted By Longhorn

Lots of firsts for me this week. My first time...

Lots of firsts for me this week. My first time riding at night. First time riding in the cold (for me, anyway -- mid-50s :) ) First time riding in the wind. First time riding with two batteries.
...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-05, 09:05 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,721
Posted By Longhorn

It's so humid here, my clothes don't dry out from...

It's so humid here, my clothes don't dry out from the day before even when they're hung up. So I have an extra set of riding clothes at work so I can alternate.
Forum: Commuting
11-15-05, 09:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,501
Posted By Longhorn

I met a guy in Austin who makes wooden fenders....

I met a guy in Austin who makes wooden fenders. They are really quite beautiful! My husband is a woodworker -- some day, I might get him to make me some. :)
Forum: Commuting
11-14-05, 11:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,733
Posted By Longhorn

It's worth a call to Cygolite. When one of my...

It's worth a call to Cygolite. When one of my bulbs burned out, I emailed and they said they'd send another one -- all I needed was the receipt, which I faxed. I didn't hear anything for awhile so I...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-05, 07:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,438
Posted By Longhorn

Where do you ride? I ride from near Dripping...

Where do you ride? I ride from near Dripping Springs to Oakhill. Talk about hills! :)
Forum: Commuting
11-13-05, 10:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,438
Posted By Longhorn

I've gone up hills at 3 mph -- barely fast enough...

I've gone up hills at 3 mph -- barely fast enough to stay upright -- so 7-8 mph sounds pretty good to me! Good for you! :)
Forum: Commuting
11-13-05, 10:30 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,636
Posted By Longhorn

My extreme conditions are intense heat and hills...

My extreme conditions are intense heat and hills (here I go again!) and that's why I got the electric bike. We rarely get snow here and when we get ice, everthing closes so I have no reason to ride....
Forum: Commuting
11-13-05, 10:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By Longhorn

I made my own bubble wrap envelope using clear...

I made my own bubble wrap envelope using clear vinyl tape and adhesive-backed Velcro for the closure. I do a one-way commute so I only have to carry my laptop home (I use it for Power Point...
11-13-05, 01:11 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,682
Posted By Longhorn

I haven't kept track very well but I would...

I haven't kept track very well but I would estimate about 50 miles a week, some weeks more and some, not at all, since March. That puts me in the 1,500 to 2,000 mile vicinity. My longest ride is 28...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-05, 01:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,339
Posted By Longhorn

Then there are those like me who have been...

Then there are those like me who have been commuting for five months and haven't lost an ounce! :( I just have to believe that I'd have gained if I hadn't cycled so much.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-05, 12:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,438
Posted By Longhorn

Congratulations! The most I can commute is four...

Congratulations! The most I can commute is four days a week since I don't work on Fridays. But I'm always happy when I do a full week. I drive one way and ride the other so my commute is about 17...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-05, 10:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 884
Posted By Longhorn

Glad you're okay and I appreciate the update. I...

Glad you're okay and I appreciate the update. I hope this story doesn't disappear from national attention. This is a tragedy that didn't have to happen, from beginning to end. I was in tears watching...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-05, 09:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,287
Posted By Longhorn

I just finished my first week without any...

I just finished my first week without any low-voltage cutouts! This means I pedaled more and throttled less, conserving more battery. However, it also took me a loooonnnnngggg time to get to and from...
11-09-05, 11:56 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,938
Posted By Longhorn

This is so true. When I first started riding, I...

This is so true. When I first started riding, I felt so out of place on the roads. The thought of driving 17 miles to work was as mind-boggling to me as the idea of taking a covered wagon across the...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-05, 08:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,287
Posted By Longhorn

I've been working on low-voltage cutout issues so...

I've been working on low-voltage cutout issues so I've been "babying" my battery a little more. It's working because I had no cutouts today and I wasn't even riding with the volt meter.

I've...
11-06-05, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By Longhorn

Lots of info about Austin's Yellow Bike program...

Lots of info about Austin's Yellow Bike program and links to similar programs here: http://www.austinyellowbike.org/
11-06-05, 09:31 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,635
Posted By Longhorn

Bikes are inanimate objects that do not have...

Bikes are inanimate objects that do not have feelings. Owners, on the other hand, are humans who *may* have feelings.

My son's bike has been locked to a rack for months now. He's a Marine...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-05, 08:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Posted By Longhorn

I have yet to ride in the rain -- but that's...

I have yet to ride in the rain -- but that's partly because it doesn't rain that much around here. I don't *plan* to ride in the rain but I'm ready with rain gear in case my plans fail. Maybe once...
11-05-05, 09:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By Longhorn

Prosody: I'm so sorry for what you've been...

Prosody:

I'm so sorry for what you've been through and hope you recover soon. My best to you and your wife.
11-05-05, 12:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,023
Posted By Longhorn

There have been several times that I didn't think...

There have been several times that I didn't think I felt like riding my bike to or from work. But my pride, I guess, forced me into the clothes and onto the bike. And EVERY SINGLE TIME, I was always...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-05, 11:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,436
Posted By Longhorn

It's really more black and blue -- the red comes...

It's really more black and blue -- the red comes from the fuzzy cover on the AirZounds Horn. I guess it's time to get a can of burnt orange spray paint! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

But you do...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-05, 05:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,268
Posted By Longhorn

Mine is 76 pounds without my pannier loaded with...

Mine is 76 pounds without my pannier loaded with laptop, pump, tube, etc. Much of that is the motor and battery.
Forum: Commuting
11-04-05, 04:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,436
Posted By Longhorn

His bike is cooler than mine -- I don't have...

His bike is cooler than mine -- I don't have fuzzy Ms. Packman dice. :)
Forum: Commuting
11-04-05, 10:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 559
Posted By Longhorn

The man or the deer? :rolleyes:

The man or the deer? :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
11-04-05, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Longhorn

Maybe your could try it out on the weekend. ...

Maybe your could try it out on the weekend.

I wish I had more choices of routes but I've been lucky to find the two that I have! However, new subdivisions are going in all the time out here so...
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