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10-18-18, 08:43 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,187
Posted By bkrownd

Studded tires cause extra wear on roads, so...

Studded tires cause extra wear on roads, so they're even illegal in some states.

I LOVE winter! It's the beautiful season. Blankets of white, auroras overhead, breath-clouds, crisp clean air,...
10-16-18, 05:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,273
Posted By bkrownd

My childhood Schwinn Scrambler 36/36 :D - I...

My childhood Schwinn Scrambler 36/36 :D - I thrashed the neighborhood on that thing until it got stolen. My mother replaced it with a wobbly "adult" 10-speed that I hated, and as a result I didn't...
10-16-18, 05:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 805
Posted By bkrownd

I suspect a lot of people just use it for...

I suspect a lot of people just use it for jacket/clothes/shoes. My "spring-trap" conveniently clamps down my home made tail light.
10-16-18, 04:39 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,526
Posted By bkrownd

I'd guess that cycling is declining in my town,...

I'd guess that cycling is declining in my town, and it feels that way. The weather and infrastructure are already bad, and the traffic density and population is rapidly growing and moving outward...
09-11-15, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,306
Posted By bkrownd

I can't say much about the lower elevation roads,...

I can't say much about the lower elevation roads, since I always avoid the congested Kailua area. However, I will mention that while passing through Holualoa on highway 180 last weekend I thought...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 07:05 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 11,229
Posted By bkrownd

Ride the bike you like, the way you like to ride...

Ride the bike you like, the way you like to ride it. :D
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 06:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,683
Posted By bkrownd

I had the same experience with my old classic...

I had the same experience with my old classic mountain bike at an LBS. I wanted to rebuild the old warhorse, so I asked them to replace shifters, drivetrain, brakes etc. The owner refused to work...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,048
Posted By bkrownd

Better ventilation matters MORE the slower you...

Better ventilation matters MORE the slower you go. Otherwise you aren't going to get much or any airflow through there.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-15, 06:51 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,681
Posted By bkrownd

It never seems right but my spartan "flat bar...

It never seems right but my spartan "flat bar road bike" is 35 pounds. The fenders, rack, bags, lights and strong rear rim really add up.
03-04-15, 01:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,158
Posted By bkrownd

The "entrance" to upper cane haul road in...

The "entrance" to upper cane haul road in Na'alehu is the side street that the entrance to Punaluu Bakery is on. (the main intersection in town) On the Pahala side it's harder to find upper cane...
03-03-15, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,158
Posted By bkrownd

It isn't the size of Greenland, but it can take...

It isn't the size of Greenland, but it can take 2-3 hours to get from one place to another so you do want to make a good decision.

If your primary interest is cycling you'll want to avoid areas...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-15, 12:36 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 8,598
Posted By bkrownd

My bike has pedals. My feet have shoes. The...

My bike has pedals. My feet have shoes. The pedals on the bike go round and round, round and round, round and round... DISCUSS!
Forum: Commuting
02-12-15, 04:20 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,701
Posted By bkrownd

Internal gears are a little expensive for the US...

Internal gears are a little expensive for the US market. Dyno hubs are not popular vs. battery powered lights. Fenders are a niche market. (the niche being experienced commuters) It's a package...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-15, 04:05 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,800
Posted By bkrownd

My commuting speed is entirely determined by...

My commuting speed is entirely determined by traffic, weather and terrain considerations. If I need to go fast to take the lane or make turns in fast traffic then I go fast, and if I need to go slow...
02-11-15, 03:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,588
Posted By bkrownd

I only buy wool, because polyester gets the...

I only buy wool, because polyester gets the permanent B.O. stank after a few wears. It's even harder to find bright wool shirts, and they almost always have a premium price. :/
02-11-15, 02:52 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 9,871
Posted By bkrownd

I have relatives who have loudly proclaimed in...

I have relatives who have loudly proclaimed in the presence of others that anyone driving at or under the speed limit should be thrown in jail for driving dangerously. Seriously.
Forum: Commuting
02-01-15, 01:51 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,795
Posted By bkrownd

The only time I tangled with a car was my own...

The only time I tangled with a car was my own fault for being young and ignorant and riding willy-nilly like a kid. I passed a line of cars stopped for a left turner on the right. When the first...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-15, 12:46 PM
Replies: 15,230
Views: 10,923,558
Posted By bkrownd

Ah wonderful fresh snow...that brings back so...

Ah wonderful fresh snow...that brings back so many great memories . :D :love:
Forum: Commuting
02-01-15, 12:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,882
Posted By bkrownd

We rode the length of Hilina Pali Road, with the...

We rode the length of Hilina Pali Road, with the return climb in the rain. The bike wasn't out of tune after its long dormancy, and I don't feel like I'm out of tune either. It's a good start. ;)...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-15, 04:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,882
Posted By bkrownd

I did not bike commute at all in 2013 or 2014. ...

I did not bike commute at all in 2013 or 2014. :( I bought a house too close to the office for bike riding to be fun (4 very nasty congested blocks), and my start time at work was moved earlier to...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-15, 11:07 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,430
Posted By bkrownd

One problem I have with "bike perception" at work...

One problem I have with "bike perception" at work is that currently most of the bikes scattered around the dark corners of the office building are rarely if ever ridden, which gives the impression to...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-15, 03:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,206
Posted By bkrownd

In the beginning I took a fairly direct route,...

In the beginning I took a fairly direct route, and rode on a fairly major street with no shoulder and used left turn lanes at large intersections. Over a few years I gradually started taking a much...
07-17-14, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 929
Posted By bkrownd

I want the rain to come back. More more moar...

I want the rain to come back. More more moar Chaos! :D
Forum: Commuting
07-10-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,439
Posted By bkrownd

Many years ago there was a UK site offering...

Many years ago there was a UK site offering Continental GP 4 Seasons at about half the usual price, so I stocked up and have never used any other commuting tire. Nice traction, though they do wear...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-14, 04:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,071
Posted By bkrownd

If it fits you, that's a great commuter. Tough...

If it fits you, that's a great commuter. Tough and fun. I bombed around town on a similar Trek 820 happily for many years before I moved to a mountain where I need a road bike frame with climbing...
07-10-14, 04:33 PM
07-10-14, 03:16 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,612
Posted By bkrownd

France needs more cobbles and more rain. Hoping...

France needs more cobbles and more rain. Hoping for heavy snow and some hail in the mountains to weed out the girlie-men. Can we get a tornado, too? :D
07-09-14, 05:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,535
Posted By bkrownd

only thing I can say is you stand a good chance...

only thing I can say is you stand a good chance of running over a chicken. bwak!
07-09-14, 02:24 PM
07-03-14, 06:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,130
Posted By bkrownd

Does anyone know how well this streams on 5...

Does anyone know how well this streams on 5 megabit DSL? We have no problems with the big streaming services, but certain sites with Flash and Javascript players are unwatchably slow.
Forum: Commuting
09-17-13, 03:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,927
Posted By bkrownd

I commuted on the bike 1993-2009, and plan to...

I commuted on the bike 1993-2009, and plan to start again this month.

I hit a car once in my wild years, passing on the right in an intersection.
Forum: Commuting
09-06-13, 03:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,126
Posted By bkrownd

Since you're going for a complete overhaul, have...

Since you're going for a complete overhaul, have them help you check that your frame and configuration are a good fit to your size. I commuted for about a decade on a mountain bike that was WAY too...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-13, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By bkrownd

A happy commute for me often involves a cool...

A happy commute for me often involves a cool gentle morning rain that helps me feel a little more connected to nature, despite riding on residential streets. I arrive at work cool and refreshed...
09-06-13, 02:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,259
Posted By bkrownd

I think what I have is the Nashbar Townie or...

I think what I have is the Nashbar Townie or equivalent, which appear to be very similar to the Arkel, so I'm not sure how the Arkel would avoid the sloshing motion I mentioned. Unless there is a...
09-04-13, 05:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,793
Posted By bkrownd

That's barren depressing windswept cattle...

That's barren depressing windswept cattle pasture. You might be able to scout out a location to stash some water guerilla-style, but make sure the ranch doesn't see you and the beef don't step on it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-13, 03:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,543
Posted By bkrownd

When you are purchasing at a local store you are...

When you are purchasing at a local store you are buying service and convenience. You have consider how much that service is worth to you, if anything, not just the cost of the individual items.
09-04-13, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,259
Posted By bkrownd

My experience with the fabric "grocery bag...

My experience with the fabric "grocery bag panniers" is one of frustration. After a few months of use they get loosey-goosey and tend to flop around when the bike is pedalled hard, and I have to...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 740
Posted By bkrownd

There's plenty of other stuff your wheels can...

There's plenty of other stuff your wheels can throw up on you besides water.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-13, 02:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,738
Posted By bkrownd

Having been a passenger in many vehicles driven...

Having been a passenger in many vehicles driven by aggressive (insecure) drivers, that flag causes me a lot of concern. I can think of many drivers I know who would hit that flag on purpose, and...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-13, 03:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 740
Posted By bkrownd

We're assuming he just doesn't know that he needs...

We're assuming he just doesn't know that he needs them yet.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 08:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,038
Posted By bkrownd

For commuting I personally like the simplest...

For commuting I personally like the simplest possible "flat-bar road bike" format with V-brakes and either trigger shifters or Grip Shifts. Simple old-style non-suspension mountain bikes are also...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 03:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,038
Posted By bkrownd

The only peice of suspension a bicycle ever needs...

The only peice of suspension a bicycle ever needs is the pneumatic tire. If you road is rough, just get fatter tougher tires. I've never had a bike "break" on me from bouncing over the terrain.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 02:03 PM
Replies: 752
Views: 116,504
Posted By bkrownd

I once had to stop traffic to remove a very large...

I once had to stop traffic to remove a very large leaf spring leaf which some falling-apart beater truck had somehow dropped in the road.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-13, 01:25 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 18,570
Posted By bkrownd

Some of my soon-to-be-former commute: Lovely...

Some of my soon-to-be-former commute:

Lovely (haha) and deadly Puainako Street

http://www.pbase.com/bkrownd/image/145726416/original.jpg

Scenic and exhaust fume choked Komohana Street:

...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,995
Posted By bkrownd

Denver is very hit-and-miss, but not a surprise...

Denver is very hit-and-miss, but not a surprise in such a large city. I loved living in Park Hill, which was an extremely easy neighborhood to bike and walk in.
Forum: Commuting
07-24-13, 05:59 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,995
Posted By bkrownd

It doesn't even enter the conversation. You...

It doesn't even enter the conversation. You don't want to bike commute here unless you live pretty close to your job. Terrible infrastructure and nuts drivers.
Forum: Commuting
07-24-13, 05:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,995
Posted By bkrownd

Anywhere you consider will have both good and bad...

Anywhere you consider will have both good and bad bike routes. Boulder was one of the worst bike towns I ever lived in, due to the high levels of commuter traffic, occasional helllish winds, and the...
07-16-13, 12:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,220
Posted By bkrownd

Always more crowded...

Always more crowded...
07-01-13, 04:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,220
Posted By bkrownd

finally an island regional forum?!

Wow, I disappear for a couple of years and we finally get a proper regional forum. :lol:

Byebye PACNW....
Forum: Commuting
10-05-12, 12:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By bkrownd

I get sweaty just taking the bike out of the...

I get sweaty just taking the bike out of the closet. :/
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