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Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 10:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,797
Posted By neil

If fit is a problem on your current bike, I...

If fit is a problem on your current bike, I wouldn't buy blind off the internet...numbers can't tell you how it'll feel. If it's comfortable, go with the Novaro. I've never owned an alumninum bike,...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 09:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,660
Posted By neil

I'm pretty sure those bikes are decorative. I...

I'm pretty sure those bikes are decorative. I don't see an easy way to get them up or down in the picture. I'm sure the bikes that get used are off camera somewhere.
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 09:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,660
Posted By neil

I don't work in tech, but I do work for a company...

I don't work in tech, but I do work for a company that designs buildings, including buildings used by tech companies. If you've heard of a company, it's a pretty good bet that any new buildings...
03-27-14, 12:53 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 11,837
Posted By neil

It seems to me that if services which you...

It seems to me that if services which you consider to make a medieval cattle truck look appealing are still overcrowded, investment shouldn't be focused on making it nicer, just on making more of it....
Forum: Commuting
03-13-14, 12:46 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 152,467
Posted By neil

Today, the summer bike came out of hiding. So...

Today, the summer bike came out of hiding. So fast. So smooth. I've been missing it.

Looking forward to another year of great riding. :)
Forum: Commuting
03-04-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,722
Posted By neil

I drive like this, and I don't consider it...

I drive like this, and I don't consider it revenge. Actually, if you tailgate me, I will keep slowing down until you back off or pass me. This, I learned in a defensive driving course...the closer...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-14, 03:24 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,242
Posted By neil

I'm a team lead in the accounting department at...

I'm a team lead in the accounting department at an architecture/engineering/urban planning/etc. firm. On the education side, I have a 2-year college diploma, earned part time over 4 years, and am...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-14, 01:47 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 152,467
Posted By neil

Doing well so far on my resolution to ride more...

Doing well so far on my resolution to ride more this year. The biking has been a mixed bag so far - yesterday, freezing rain left the MUP I use (briefly) a little too slick even for my Marathon...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-13, 01:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,484
Posted By neil

Left side, so that there's weight over the...

Left side, so that there's weight over the kickstand.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-13, 01:04 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,291
Posted By neil

There's nothing magically different about...

There's nothing magically different about Americans from other people. They'll respond to the same stimuli as anyone else.

Make things far apart, with direct busy roads that are uncomfortable to...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-13, 08:21 PM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 127,525
Posted By neil

Yeah, that was kind of my point. I probably...

Yeah, that was kind of my point. I probably can't. You've bought a bike, not a BSO.

I suppose, technically, all bikes are bike shaped objects, but the moniker is normally reserved for objects...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 127,525
Posted By neil

As others have said, 300 with some assembly...

As others have said, 300 with some assembly required and no gears had better be a decent quality bike. If it's only a BSO, you got ripped off.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-13, 01:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,856
Posted By neil

There's lots of days I don't carry a lock (indoor...

There's lots of days I don't carry a lock (indoor secure parking at both ends), but when I do, it's generally in the outside pouch of my pannier. Not a fashion statement, just a practical way to...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-13, 12:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,759
Posted By neil

The answer is that it's complicated. Any...

The answer is that it's complicated.

Any bike will get you where you need to go, but there's a lot of factors at play with how well it does this job:
- commuting is really hard on a bike, and a...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-13, 12:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,409
Posted By neil

These are unrelated variables. I don't have a...

These are unrelated variables. I don't have a strong "before commuting" time frame to look at, as I have been commuting occasionally-or-more since I started biking to school at age 12, and almost...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-13, 07:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,650
Posted By neil

I leave my bike in the basement at work. Not...

I leave my bike in the basement at work. Not locked. There's usually anywhere from 15 to 25 other bikes, of which mine is kind of middle-of-the-road for value, and the building is secure...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-13, 04:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,515
Posted By neil

Gotta say: lighten up. You don't own "your"...

Gotta say: lighten up. You don't own "your" spot. It's scramble parking. Don't like it, get to work earlier. And be supportive of other people riding to work, it makes the whole world better.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-13, 04:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,127
Posted By neil

I think this post falsely implies that BF will...

I think this post falsely implies that BF will only provide one set of advice. A more accurate mockery of a BF thread will provide at least 4 different, contradictory, sets of riding advice.

You...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-13, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,684
Posted By neil

I have a sample size of 1, tested at a wide...

I have a sample size of 1, tested at a wide variety of points along the dress spectrum. My experience is that the addition of a tie makes a big difference to how people treat me. Beyond that,...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,166
Posted By neil

That's pretty much the argument. The OED has two...

That's pretty much the argument. The OED has two definitions for "accident," one of which only speaks to something happening unintentionally, and the other one talks about a lack of apparent or...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-13, 08:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,374
Posted By neil

I feel like, custom-wheel wise, that I'd only be...

I feel like, custom-wheel wise, that I'd only be looking at going that route if you have a history of wheel problems. I would, however, make sure I bought from a reputable LBS, and specifically ask...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-13, 08:19 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,778
Posted By neil

It's probably the landlord, though I suspect that...

It's probably the landlord, though I suspect that even it was, the police couldn't do anything, since removing abandoned bike locks from his property is property maintenance, not theft. Weird that...
Forum: Touring
06-10-13, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By neil

If you're not going for another month, I wouldn't...

If you're not going for another month, I wouldn't worry about it. We did part of the French section of EV6 a few weeks ago, and while parts were flooded, and required detours onto sometimes busy...
Forum: Touring
06-10-13, 12:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,328
Posted By neil

I'm currently unimpressed with Alexrims. I had...

I'm currently unimpressed with Alexrims. I had an Alex ACE-19 (36 spoke) rim crack during my recent tour. It's only the second tour they've been on - both in the 300km range - and while I'm not a...
Forum: Touring
06-10-13, 12:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By neil

I just got back from the Loire Valley, and it was...

I just got back from the Loire Valley, and it was beautiful. With 4 days, some great riding is on the Chateaux a Velo (http://www.chateauxavelo.com/index1024.htm) routes centered around Blois,...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-13, 03:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 615
Posted By neil

If you're riding hills, a wider gear range will...

If you're riding hills, a wider gear range will probably be preferable. This makes buying road bikes more challenging, since they usually don't have the same range as mountain or touring bikes. On...
Forum: Touring
05-03-13, 03:03 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,494
Posted By neil

I don't imagine anyone's ever thought that. If...

I don't imagine anyone's ever thought that. If they did, it would only be because they've never actually met a homeless person.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-13, 02:51 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,733
Posted By neil

In the event that you were going to be hit from...

In the event that you were going to be hit from behind, I suspect that having a mirror (and checking it with the occasional glance even if you're not changing lanes) would increase your ability to...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-13, 02:28 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,733
Posted By neil

I definitely appreciate having a mirror, but...

I definitely appreciate having a mirror, but don't consider it absolutely essential. I have a brifter-mount that I used for about a year and loved it, and got one for my wife. Discovered that our...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-13, 02:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,053
Posted By neil

There are days I'm just falling asleep at 2am. :)

There are days I'm just falling asleep at 2am. :)
Forum: Commuting
05-02-13, 02:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,053
Posted By neil

Alarm: 6:40 Out of bed: 7 Out of shower: 7:20...

Alarm: 6:40
Out of bed: 7
Out of shower: 7:20
Finish breakfast: 7:40
Out the door: 7:45
At work: 7:55
Official start time: 8:00

Note that days I don't bike, I have to be out the door 5...
Forum: Touring
05-01-13, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By neil

I've been researching options as well - we're...

I've been researching options as well - we're heading to France in 10 days and will be starting with a week or so on the Loire. I've only booked my first accomodation (http://www.hautpressoir.com/)...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-13, 12:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,780
Posted By neil

Biking's important to me, but I don't think I...

Biking's important to me, but I don't think I could justify passing up a 40% raise just over the bike. If it's one factor in a combination of issues that make the job undesirable, though, I wouldn't...
Forum: Touring
04-25-13, 12:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,336
Posted By neil

Touring Comfort

I've noticed most of the conversation on this forum talks about a kind of bike touring that I don't derive much enjoyment from. Camping, long distances, that sort of thing. As someone who prefers a...
Forum: Touring
04-25-13, 11:08 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,957
Posted By neil

Any lock can be defeated, but the difficulty in...

Any lock can be defeated, but the difficulty in defeating them is different. Cable locks can be snipped in a matter of seconds with no noise, and using small, cheap, hand tools which ne'er do wells...
Forum: Touring
04-25-13, 10:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,400
Posted By neil

Some of this is perception. A recent survey in...

Some of this is perception. A recent survey in my city found that 35% of people ride a bike at least once a week during the summer (and 51% at least once per month). But because this heavily weights...
Forum: Touring
04-25-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By neil

Most of the international trains in that part of...

Most of the international trains in that part of Europe are high speed trains, which are often quite poor at carrying bikes. For the most part, a bike packed to fly will meet the requirements, but...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-13, 04:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,591
Posted By neil

There may be an adjustment issue that could help...

There may be an adjustment issue that could help with this problem - there's lots of good advise about proper saddle height etc that may help. Keeping your tires inflated and your chain lubed will...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-13, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,766
Posted By neil

As a general rule, you'll burn more calories per...

As a general rule, you'll burn more calories per minute on a bike and more calories per mile on foot. There may be extremities where this doesn't hold true (riding hard on a rusty old clunker will...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-13, 11:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,760
Posted By neil

Another vote for one-sided SPD, one sided...

Another vote for one-sided SPD, one sided platform pedals (around my social circle, these are called "flippy-clippys"). The recessed spd cleat is relatively practical, allowing some walking in...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-13, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 877
Posted By neil

Obviously it depends on the level of crime where...

Obviously it depends on the level of crime where you're parking. I would consider a nutted wheel adequate security for the wheel, (I would u-lock the frame and not worry about the wheel, but I would...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-13, 02:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,645
Posted By neil

When putting together a poll, avoid making...

When putting together a poll, avoid making assumptions (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/790705-Unicycle-commuter). If it's possible, put it as an option. You'll get better data then when...
Forum: Touring
04-12-13, 09:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,395
Posted By neil

This really depends on your accomodation plan. ...

This really depends on your accomodation plan. If your camping, particularly if you're stealth camping, that's lots of money. If you're staying in hotels/motels etc, they'll usually take a credit...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-13, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By neil

It's up to the building owner/person responsible...

It's up to the building owner/person responsible for the rack. The usual rule is to put a sign on the bike - usually taped to the saddle - indicating that you'll be removing the bike if it's not...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-13, 04:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,661
Posted By neil

I've experienced a few different levels of...

I've experienced a few different levels of bike-friendliness over the years. I've never been told I can't bring my bike inside, though for a couple of years there really wasn't anywhere to put it so...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-13, 01:51 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,457
Posted By neil

Actually I think this is consistent with my...

Actually I think this is consistent with my Enthusiast/Mainstream market hypothesis. If you're out to buy a car that gets you where your going safely, comfortably and reliably, the Japanese cars are...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-13, 10:21 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 6,457
Posted By neil

I don't think it's so much that people don't want...

I don't think it's so much that people don't want these things, it's that the industry in North America is geared towards "basic bike + accessories." The industry in Europe gears their bikes to...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 03:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,662
Posted By neil

Depends on weather. All the gloves I use for...

Depends on weather. All the gloves I use for biking are intended for biking. I have insulated gloves...
Forum: Commuting
03-27-13, 03:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,305
Posted By neil

I picked the "meh" option, but feel I should...

I picked the "meh" option, but feel I should qualify. I don't actually find convenience to be equal between modes, just close enough that it changes depending on the situation. In the summer, I...
Forum: Touring
03-27-13, 02:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,249
Posted By neil

I find it interesting that your interpretation...

I find it interesting that your interpretation here is based on the technology (trains vs bus/car) rather than the infrastructure. It's true that this is a major problem with train travel in western...
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