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10-15-10, 08:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By rajman

it's not something I seek out, but we get...

it's not something I seek out, but we get thunderstorms regularly in the summer. Therefore, I ride in thunderstorms... I don't really think there is much to be done about it.
10-06-10, 06:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,286
Posted By rajman

It depends strongly on the street. On major...

It depends strongly on the street. On major streets I see few salmon, but on one-way side streets, it's close to 50% of cyclists (my own street is one of these).

I should point out, however,...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-10, 07:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 827
Posted By rajman

Check out the winter forum... FWIW in the winter...

Check out the winter forum... FWIW in the winter I run two studded tires. Definitely low flat potential + in icy conditions rear braking is a good idea. Often black ice/freezing rain reduces...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-10, 06:41 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,663
Posted By rajman

P.S. I was a Ninja in high school - but my...

P.S. I was a Ninja in high school - but my Kung-Fu is no longer better than an auto's Kung-Fu.
Forum: Commuting
09-16-10, 06:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,663
Posted By rajman

lots 'o drug dealers around here are ninjas. I...

lots 'o drug dealers around here are ninjas. I don't shed too many tears for them when they get smacked however. I do have more sympathy for the ninja homeless types though.
09-16-10, 06:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By rajman

Occasionally people signal (I do it a lot) - it's...

Occasionally people signal (I do it a lot) - it's probably a good idea not to get whacked in the face by a right turn or stop signal. If someone signals left before looking left over their shoulder,...
09-13-10, 07:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By rajman

I recall that Ray Bradbury doesn't drive or ride...

I recall that Ray Bradbury doesn't drive or ride in automobiles, but his wikipedia entry does not confirm this. I'm car light, but not famous :-)
Forum: Commuting
09-06-10, 06:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,666
Posted By rajman

Thx for the encouragement. I'm pretty light (135...

Thx for the encouragement. I'm pretty light (135 lbs), but I do have gear (locks, books, etc) in my rear panniers. If I thought the steps were a problem, then I would just walk the bike down.

So...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-10, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,666
Posted By rajman

A couple minutes, probably. When I went mountain...

A couple minutes, probably. When I went mountain biking, we definitely did much gnarlier stuff with no consequences.

The road way is a bit of a PITA, plus, I end up cutting through a parking lot...
09-06-10, 09:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,194
Posted By rajman

Good fun, good exercise, good value...

Good fun, good exercise, good value...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-10, 09:02 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,386
Posted By rajman

Four new staff this year, two new riders. At my...

Four new staff this year, two new riders. At my count we have seven teachers who ride in fair weather, of which four ride all year long, through sleet, snow and ice. Not bad, as our staff this year...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-10, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,666
Posted By rajman

riding down stairs - any concerns?

My new commute involves cutting through a parking lot, which ends in a set of 6 or 7 steps. Total vertical is about 3-4 feet. Lately I've just been plowing down the steps in my unsuspended Marin...
08-27-10, 11:22 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,309
Posted By rajman

If it's cold or dark (or both) Yes - yellow...

If it's cold or dark (or both) Yes - yellow jacket with reflective tape. If it's hot and sunny, no.
Forum: Commuting
08-25-10, 02:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,597
Posted By rajman

While I'm not totally supporting these sharrows...

While I'm not totally supporting these sharrows (they look like the dundas or college ones to me) - it should be pointed out that parking is not permitted in the right lane at rush hour, and that the...
08-24-10, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 846
Posted By rajman

lol

lol
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 09:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,757
Posted By rajman

I run a marathon supreme in the front (so far) no...

I run a marathon supreme in the front (so far) no flat issues. I have had flats on my rear on (variously) marathon plus, and racers. It seems that it takes a vicious piece of shrapnel to puncture...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,686
Posted By rajman

I often (1xweek or so) see cut cables lying...

I often (1xweek or so) see cut cables lying around bicycle posts. Commonly I see thinner or cheaper cables cut, but also the thicker (15-20 mm) cables too. The cut ends always look like they were...
08-23-10, 09:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 846
Posted By rajman

I read it several years ago. Some of the tips...

I read it several years ago. Some of the tips were worthwhile, some were not. Overall, I'm glad I read the book. Just because somebody recommends a strategy (courier left) or just describes a...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-10, 09:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,702
Posted By rajman

I think people in North America ride in order to...

I think people in North America ride in order to go fast - I think Europeans and Asians (especially Asians) ride to save calories over walking/carrying stuff (think of the Indians hauling coal on...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,683
Posted By rajman

I've never seen a drive-through ATM. If I...

I've never seen a drive-through ATM. If I encounter one, I don't think I would feel uncomfortable using it on my bike.
07-21-10, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 796
Posted By rajman

+1 but I have had problems with tractor trailers...

+1 but I have had problems with tractor trailers - the vacuum created by an 18 wheeler at 100 km/h or more creates a substantial cross-wind. Be ready (or far away). Also logging trucks, gravel...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-09, 08:07 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,386
Posted By rajman

Our small high school in toronto has about 30...

Our small high school in toronto has about 30 teachers. Three teachers cycle to work year 'round - and another three cycle spring and fall. We also have two out of ten caretakers/support staff who...
07-31-09, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,021
Posted By rajman

Uh, what's the rated load capacity on your rack? ...

Uh, what's the rated load capacity on your rack? I'm just worried that it might buckle if you hit a pothole or something. I think the PRC bikes are pretty bombproof and are more or less designed to...
07-31-09, 11:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By rajman

Having lived car-free in Calgary for a couple...

Having lived car-free in Calgary for a couple years I can testify that not all suburbs are created equal. Calgary's older suburbs are fairly nice for riding, a lot of the time better than downtown...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-09, 11:12 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,109
Posted By rajman

Depending on context, I do this too. I usually...

Depending on context, I do this too. I usually ask the driver if they are turning right or going straight, and I will also check the car behind the one I'm planning on letting through to see what...
07-17-09, 09:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,798
Posted By rajman

Since my fathers two cars are shared amongst...

Since my fathers two cars are shared amongst three households, I'll include them too.

nine adults, one newborn, one cat.
two cars
nine bikes

four residences (three in T.O. one cottage in...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-09, 09:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,556
Posted By rajman

Actually, if people just reduced the any of...

Actually, if people just reduced the any of time/distance/speed that they drive they would likely get a proportionate decrease in the likelyhood of death or injury from an MVA. Proportionate to the...
07-17-09, 09:07 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,396
Posted By rajman

I like to ride rural roads as well. However, I...

I like to ride rural roads as well. However, I have found that tractor trailers create quite the vortex when they move at 50+ mph.

Since having been knocked over by the wind of such vehicles I...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-09, 09:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 735
Posted By rajman

I ride home for lunch occasionally, and also to...

I ride home for lunch occasionally, and also to pick up my hockey equipment when I'm playing after work. My commute = 2km at the moment.
07-15-09, 09:34 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,309
Posted By rajman

If I was not confident in my ability to control...

If I was not confident in my ability to control the vehicle, and be aware of other traffic, I would avoid highway interchanges - if I had to go through one I would walk it (it's much easier to jump...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-09, 09:49 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,604
Posted By rajman

I've been hit by a car before, as has my...

I've been hit by a car before, as has my wife(twice!).

My solution to the not being hit by a car is to not drive - if everyone did this, it would not be a problem.

At least I've got my end of...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-09, 09:44 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,604
Posted By rajman

1. A cyclist is far less likely to kill either...

1. A cyclist is far less likely to kill either their family members, neigbours or others than a motorist.

2. Cycling is good for the heart, disease of which is the LEADING cause of death by all...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,865
Posted By rajman

Uh - I had a cat scoot out from under a truck...

Uh - I had a cat scoot out from under a truck about 1ft in front of me, as the truck was passing me (truck was about 2 feet to my left as it passed). I managed to slow fast enough so that I did not...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-09, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By rajman

I had a PBSF go on the fritz, apparently due to...

I had a PBSF go on the fritz, apparently due to lots of rain. It would work intermittently and then stop flashing. Eventually I got frustrated and cleaned the battery connections and gave them a...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-09, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 786
Posted By rajman

Passenger cars with the windows open, other...

Passenger cars with the windows open, other cyclists, and most motorcyclists fit the bill of relaxed drivers in my experience. Basically anyone who you can have a conversation/negotiation with while...
07-03-09, 01:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,255
Posted By rajman

I doubt that this would be practical, but we...

I doubt that this would be practical, but we stayed in a charming hostel in Scotland that was just a series of railway carriages (the cars with the rooms in them). It was very nice, and as I recall,...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,108
Posted By rajman

I could have put in two answers 1) I use a high...

I could have put in two answers 1) I use a high end lock and still have my bike, and OOPS! I did not read the last option carefully.

I have had low end locks (cheap U, lock on the garage door, or...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,824
Posted By rajman

+1 I have bikes with both wheelsets as well, and...

+1 I have bikes with both wheelsets as well, and my experience parallels Georgiaboy's
Forum: Commuting
06-29-09, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,966
Posted By rajman

Nice Ride!

Nice Ride!
Forum: Commuting
06-24-09, 03:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,070
Posted By rajman

Uh - there's no 'year round' category in the...

Uh - there's no 'year round' category in the poll...

No stop for me in Toronto - but I do less recreational riding in Dec-Feb.
06-16-09, 04:52 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,823
Posted By rajman

Are we just talking car-free cyclists here? ...

Are we just talking car-free cyclists here?

I recall reading that both Toronto and Montreal have about 50% of households that are car free - but that was prior to the amalgamations of those cities...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-09, 04:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,611
Posted By rajman

+1

+1
Forum: Commuting
06-16-09, 04:45 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 25,779
Posted By rajman

Wow! That's a first. Congratulations. Very few...

Wow! That's a first. Congratulations. Very few stolen bikes are ever recovered, so you are quite lucky. I would take up Krypto on their offer of a new set of wheels, and maybe get a more...
06-10-09, 06:25 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,823
Posted By rajman

Totally car free: Calgary 1-year ...

Totally car free:

Calgary 1-year

Toronto - 3-years

everything else is car light (I have never owned a car, but have often had easy access)
Forum: Commuting
06-10-09, 06:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,273
Posted By rajman

+1 - though I think that just because your job...

+1 - though I think that just because your job pays 10cents a can doesn't mean its not a commute.

If these guys had lights or a helmet, they would probably sell them. Also the Sally Ann doesn't...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-09, 07:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,055
Posted By rajman

about 10-12 mph (15-20 kph) on my commute, maybe...

about 10-12 mph (15-20 kph) on my commute, maybe closer to 20-25 kph on longer rides (less traffic, no stopsigns/lights).
Forum: Commuting
05-26-09, 07:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,300
Posted By rajman

I have a small timbuk2. It cost me about $50,...

I have a small timbuk2. It cost me about $50, and I like it for papers, keys, wallet, small amounts of groceries, the odd can of soda, and so on. It's more of a briefcase than a large carrier (I...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-09, 05:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,349
Posted By rajman

Uh - my answer is not in the poll: cycling is...

Uh - my answer is not in the poll: cycling is the fastest for me to get to work.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-09, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 707
Posted By rajman

+1 - I've taken this one through a number of...

+1 - I've taken this one through a number of storms, no leakage.
05-21-09, 05:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,889
Posted By rajman

Worthwhile bike lights can be obtained for...

Worthwhile bike lights can be obtained for relatively small investment.

To answer the original question: YES.
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