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Forum: Commuting
11-18-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,383
Posted By tsl

First and foremost, you are not going to get it...

First and foremost, you are not going to get it right in your first season, no matter what you try and how much advice we give. You can only discover through experience what works best for you....
Forum: Commuting
11-17-18, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 968
Posted By tsl

Hi all! While donít visit or post often, I...

Hi all!

While donít visit or post often, I still get notifications. After being quoted, I thought Iíd report in on this one.

I took a tumble on the ice the past Wednesday morning on the way to...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-18, 07:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,515
Posted By tsl

Sadly, no. Indoor bike parking was a library...

Sadly, no. Indoor bike parking was a library perk.

While at Parking Administrative Services I was able to revive the Bike Locker program in the city's parking garages. I use a bike locker now...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-18, 06:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,986
Posted By tsl

It doesn't meet all your requirements--triple...

It doesn't meet all your requirements--triple drivetrain for one, cheesy elastomer fork for another--but my 27.5" Giant Talon was cheap and has rack and full fender mounts in the rear. On the front...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-18, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By tsl

Of course. Although City Hall opened two hours...

Of course. Although City Hall opened two hours late, so I didn't go in until 11.

Here in Rahchacha, we got 14-16" (as measured in the courtyard of City Hall) but the winds were much milder at...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-18, 05:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,515
Posted By tsl

Going back to read the OP, Gordon, how about...

Going back to read the OP, Gordon, how about screwing a towel bar or two to the back of the door (or the wall behind the door) simulating racks, and just hang the panniers by their regular hooks?
...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-18, 05:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,515
Posted By tsl

Hi all! Life changes and such, so I don't...

Hi all!

Life changes and such, so I don't visit or post like I used to. But I still get the notifications of mentions and quotes.

As for the job, Parking Administrative Services was...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-17, 04:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,795
Posted By tsl

Yes, I forgot about the other side. Simple...

Yes, I forgot about the other side. Simple matter of realigning the caliper.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-17, 03:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,795
Posted By tsl

Who knows? With nearly 7,000 posts in 12 years,...

Who knows? With nearly 7,000 posts in 12 years, I can't remember everything.

Although it sounds like something a "steel is real" fan would have said TO me.
Forum: Commuting
05-11-17, 04:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,795
Posted By tsl

RubeRad Here he is! I pop in when...

RubeRad

Here he is! I pop in when summoned.

Mine's the 2006 Portland, same frame (and color) as the 2007.

No, I dumped those old wheels a long time ago.

Yes, I had a new set built...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-16, 08:34 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,507
Posted By tsl

Well of course it's me. You were expecting maybe...

Well of course it's me. You were expecting maybe Mary, Queen of Scots? :D



Yes and no.

I need full time and like most libraries, in ours, only management is full time. It's sort of like...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 03:33 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,507
Posted By tsl

I'm 59 and got rid of my car 17 years ago. ...

I'm 59 and got rid of my car 17 years ago. Adventure wasn't on my mind then, but yeah, I have adventures daily now. Yes, I can afford a car, especially now with the new job. In fact the first...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-16, 05:16 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,772
Posted By tsl

No, what happened is that they changed the...

No, what happened is that they changed the compound. In the dry, it's still a pretty good tire.

But if there's even so much as damp in the forecast, all bets are off. All the little sharp bits...
10-06-16, 04:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,075
Posted By tsl

Having read the OP now, depending on your...

Having read the OP now, depending on your training goals, commuting can work.

If your goal is endurance, you can pretty much forget that. Not many people want to commute much more than an hour...
10-06-16, 03:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,075
Posted By tsl

As you know I switched jobs at the city back in...

As you know I switched jobs at the city back in May. It's 2.71 miles each way. No problem because I was used to taking long looping routes to my old location, which was 4.57 miles each way.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-16, 06:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,683
Posted By tsl

I drafted this home last night. ...

I drafted this home last night.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7199/6904066373_1ebd5b741c_z.jpg

Wasn't on a call, so no lights and siren. Damn.
https://flic.kr/p/bw69p8
Forum: Commuting
08-18-16, 01:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 737
Posted By tsl

Good luck with that. Perhaps you missed the part...

Good luck with that. Perhaps you missed the part on Kickstarter about it being the "first ever". That means there aren't any others like it.

As for mass, the NuVinci hub alone is 4100g, about...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-16, 09:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,905
Posted By tsl

What would I do? Ride to work like every...

What would I do?

Ride to work like every other day. My boss wouldn't be amused if I called in on a chance of thunderstorms.

What's important isn't what I'd do, but why are you even...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-16, 06:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,827
Posted By tsl

Thanks everyone for your replies so far. I'm...

Thanks everyone for your replies so far. I'm learning a lot. I'm sure the bosses will too when I send the link.

Some responses:

Jade: Yeah, bikelink.org (http://bikelink.org/) is one outfit...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-16, 07:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,166
Posted By tsl

Well if that's the wrong bike, then as often as...

Well if that's the wrong bike, then as often as three days a week I do too, when I ride my Litespeed with full Dura-Ace.
Forum: Commuting
08-06-16, 07:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,166
Posted By tsl

I did once. December 10, 2013. It was...

I did once. December 10, 2013.

It was supposed to start snowing after 10 pm. The snow started at 4 pm. I was working until 7 pm.

Four inches of snow outside, and I had the bike with the...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-16, 06:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,827
Posted By tsl

Commuters, help me out. What do you think about bike lockers?

I need your help in learning about other bike commuters thoughts on bike lockers.

As many of you know, I recently moved to the City's Parking Bureau from the Public Library. My department is in...
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By tsl

I can't say for certain. I don't buy or sell...

I can't say for certain. I don't buy or sell used bikes enough to be able to say.

(I've never visited let alone posted in C&V before, and I wouldn't have known about your post had it not been...
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By tsl

I sure do. I bought mine as a bare frame only,...

I sure do. I bought mine as a bare frame only, then built it up myself, from components I had.

I think it compares favorably to both my Trek Portland (also aluminum), and amazingly enough, my...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-16, 10:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,698
Posted By tsl

I don't. I leave mine locked around the sign...

I don't. I leave mine locked around the sign post (nice weather) or inside the parking garage on the post-and-ring (foul weather).

For evening and weekend errands, I use a lock I keep at home,...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-16, 10:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,561
Posted By tsl

I'm with cyccommute. I've never really...

I'm with cyccommute. I've never really understood what all the fuss is about. The only steel is in the chain and cassette, and using a good, persistent lube (like our own FBinNY's Chain-L...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-16, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By tsl

I don't know a thing about the Raleigh,so I'll...

I don't know a thing about the Raleigh,so I'll skip commenting on it.

I own a 2006 Trek Portland, the forerunner of the Crossrip.

The biggest difference between the two Treks is the frame...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-16, 06:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,121
Posted By tsl

Easily remedied. Get bolt-on skewers. They...

Easily remedied. Get bolt-on skewers. They range from the simple hex-bolt variety (At Amazon...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-16, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,199
Posted By tsl

The 10mm-over-tire-width guideline is exactly...

The 10mm-over-tire-width guideline is exactly that--only a guideline. It's something that works for many cyclists much of the time. There are no fender police.

It's been my experience that...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-16, 04:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,658
Posted By tsl

I used to be part of the clean chain crowd, and...

I used to be part of the clean chain crowd, and was disappointed that my chains lasted only 1500 to 2000 miles. Everyone said it was because I was a commuter. During that era, nobody ever...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-16, 05:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,804
Posted By tsl

I remember that feeling in my second year...

I remember that feeling in my second year switching from a bike-path hybrid. From the story I wrote about test riding my 2006 Trek Portland:I bought it and still use it. Still makes the daily...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-16, 05:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,304
Posted By tsl

Until a recent change in departments, I was in a...

Until a recent change in departments, I was in a public-facing customer service position. I know what you mean about not looking or smelling homeless at work.

I'm also very sweaty. I come from...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-16, 11:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,376
Posted By tsl

You remember from last year (I whined about this...

You remember from last year (I whined about this on another forum we frequent.) my troubles with the new and improved version II of my favorite tire, which couldn't seem to go 5 miles without...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-16, 05:15 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,376
Posted By tsl

I started out following the advice of the...

I started out following the advice of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink guys. Ten years and 50,000 miles later, I've cleaned out the stuff I've never used.

Each bike has its own Road Morph G...
07-03-16, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,127
Posted By tsl

Two more things to think about: Tire...

Two more things to think about:

Tire pressure: Too high and the bike rides like a rock. Too soft and it's like pedaling through glue. There's a happy medium, but it depends on your tires, your...
07-01-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,752
Posted By tsl

Yes. Valid point. How's this then: ...

Yes. Valid point.

How's this then:

While there's no new information, it collects lots of good, sound, time-tested information in one place, and presents it well.

You don't need to be a...
07-01-16, 05:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,752
Posted By tsl

^^^ This ^^^ The cycling section is at...

^^^ This ^^^

The cycling section is at 796.6.

I borrowed it and found it to be mainly rehashing stuff I've read online over the years. Nothing new.
Forum: Commuting
06-26-16, 05:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,486
Posted By tsl

There are only three things you absolutely must...

There are only three things you absolutely must have to bike commute:


Bicycle
A job to commute to
Gumption

Everything else is optional and extra.

Want proof? Every city has 'em--the...
06-22-16, 05:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,645
Posted By tsl

Yes. If you complain to the wrong people,...

Yes.

If you complain to the wrong people, you're just whining. We are the wrong people.

If your complaint is serious, you need to post it here: Forum Suggestions & User Assistance - Bike...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-16, 07:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,831
Posted By tsl

Hi Jessica! I too wasn't sure I'd like it...

Hi Jessica!

I too wasn't sure I'd like it outside of libraryland. But jeepers it's nice. Quiet too without all the kids and teens running around. Haven't yet had a fistfight, knife fight or a...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-16, 01:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,076
Posted By tsl

But where are the cute sayings and line art?

But where are the cute sayings and line art?
Forum: Commuting
06-14-16, 07:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,076
Posted By tsl

The planning I'm doing right now is trying to...

The planning I'm doing right now is trying to remember what I wore out and need to replace before winter returns. (Which could be any day now, given the remarkable autumn weather we've had lately.)...
06-13-16, 01:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,629
Posted By tsl

So this was you? BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland |...

So this was you? BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | Bike sex man placed on probation (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7095134.stm) :eek:
06-12-16, 07:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,097
Posted By tsl

Don't sell yourself short. It took you...

Don't sell yourself short. It took you 60-some-odd to get into the shape you're in, so it stands to reason it's going to take a few more than six weeks to turn that around.

My commute is down to...
06-12-16, 06:43 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,629
Posted By tsl

Basic transportation. I got rid of my car in...

Basic transportation.

I got rid of my car in April 1999. With vanishingly few exceptions, wherever I am, I got there by bike.

That's not to say I don't enjoy it--I do, it's a hoot. And most...
06-05-16, 08:05 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,349
Posted By tsl

I'm with those calling hogwash to this. ...

I'm with those calling hogwash to this.



I'm also 59 and have been cycling for ten years now. I've had a rheumatologist since age 26 for ankylosing spondylitis, which is gradually fusing my...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-16, 01:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,831
Posted By tsl

It was never entirely my job. I'm only one of...

It was never entirely my job. I'm only one of several who shared outreach duties with it, so the others can take up the slack. In fact, I sold my trailer hitch to my (former) boss to put on his...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-16, 06:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,831
Posted By tsl

A few weeks ago, someone asked me how many bike...

A few weeks ago, someone asked me how many bike commuters I thought there were in town. I joked that sometimes I thought I was the only one, before telling then that due to my schedule--going to work...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-16, 01:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,366
Posted By tsl

The trouble with NYC bike thieves is that they...

The trouble with NYC bike thieves is that they can see right through the camouflage. You're dealing with pros there, not the amateurs we have Upstate. Plus, many times, bikes are stolen for the...
05-21-16, 02:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 873
Posted By tsl

Yes. The completion date specified in the...

Yes. The completion date specified in the contract is September 22, with things "substantially" completed by August 28. According to the Access390 web site...
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