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Forum: Commuting
10-12-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,028
Posted By flangehead

I think active and passive lighting in the dark...

I think active and passive lighting in the dark is an important part of safety when I’m out.

A concept used in risk management is the “swiss cheese model”. (You can look it up.)

Good...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 338
Posted By flangehead

I’ve got a Hornit electric horn which I touch...

I’ve got a Hornit electric horn which I touch when I get home to let my family know I’ve arrived. For those of you who haven’t heard it, the sound is a high-pitched squeal. The other evening, when...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,399
Posted By flangehead

Rubber Bike Rack Bumper

I use hose clamps quite a bit also.

The wave-style bike rack at my work was rubbing the paint. I found a used serpentine belt and attached it with hose clamps.

Viola! Rubber bike rack bumper!
...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,062
Posted By flangehead

Helmet Mounted DRL

In addition to bike-mounted DRL front and back, I use lights on my helmet during the day in particular situations. Both lights can be turned on and off quickly and reliably.

Forward, I have a...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,062
Posted By flangehead

Be careful with rechargeable batteries

I use a small Cateye white LED forward during the day in the flashing mode. I don't use it at night because it is small. It runs on two AA and I use rechargeable batteries. I found that they will...
08-30-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,174
Posted By flangehead

Thanks for the reminder!

Thanks for the reminder!
Forum: Texas
07-24-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,712
Posted By flangehead

Houston: Addicks-Tanner Public Access is Open

Public access from Tanner Road to Addicks Reservoir is now open. The path is natural surface for now, but we will continue to work toward a paved trail from the nearest traffic light to the top of...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 23,203
Posted By flangehead

+1. Commuter

+1.

Commuter
Forum: Texas
06-02-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,819
Posted By flangehead

Terry Hershey to Cullen Park at Barker Cypress - West Houston

The Houston Parks Board is appraising options for connecting Terry Hershey trail at Barker Cypress to Cullen Park at Saums Road; see map.

Community involvement helps make projects like this happen...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,883
Posted By flangehead

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Ugly pannier is primary deterrent.


I'm fortunate to work in low-crime...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,883
Posted By flangehead

Very much depends on conditions. For mine, this...

Very much depends on conditions. For mine, this is working.

Toiletries in shower room. (Lucky to have shower.)

Right pannier has tools, tube and such and is locked to the bike.

Left...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,865
Posted By flangehead

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Picked up groceries on way home.
12-30-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,915
Posted By flangehead

My personal experience is that my rate of...

My personal experience is that my rate of harassment peaks at midday and after evening rush hour. Why? I do not know.

Briefly, I kept track of bad interactions with motorists over a 100 day period...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-18, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,419
Posted By flangehead

Personal Test of Aggressive Interactions

When the “Journal of the Transportation Research Board” (TRB) study was originally posted here on BF I noted that the “aggressive subsample” was only 68 out of 17850 samples.. a little less than...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-18, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By flangehead

Clarifications: 1. The entrance where the...

Clarifications:

1. The entrance where the left hook occurred is not a street; it is the strip mall entrance aka "private driveway".
2. There are double solid yellow lines on the left side of both...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-18, 12:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By flangehead

This segment is about a mile long with 3 foot...

This segment is about a mile long with 3 foot shoulder and 45 mph posted speed limit. There is only one intersection (with a traffic light) besides what is shown. The road transits a reservoir; no...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By flangehead

Left Hook Near Miss

I had a near miss today that reinforced my caution about passing motor vehicles on the right when there is a reasonable possibility something might happen.

The setup is in the picture. This is on...
Forum: Texas
12-14-18, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By flangehead

Be Careful of Mud On Terry Hershey - Houston

The recent releases from the reservoirs have put dirt/mud on the low points of Terry Hershey from Dairy Ashford to Beltway 8 and it can be very slick.

I got complacent eastbound just short of the...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-18, 08:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,051
Posted By flangehead

Reminds me of the time I was backing out of the...

Reminds me of the time I was backing out of the driveway one evening, using the rear view mirror in my truck. My neighbor across the street, who also had predominantly red and white house...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-18, 06:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,734
Posted By flangehead

I recently had to buy a new commuter because my...

I recently had to buy a new commuter because my flatbar aluminum hybrid cracked at the bottom bracket. For a number of reasons I decided a touring bike would be a good choice. I was able to get a...
Forum: Texas
08-26-18, 11:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 577
Posted By flangehead

Emergency Location Markers (ELM) on Houston Area Trails

I'm working on the development of a trail in northwest Houston and Harris County. Since it will be remote from street addresses, I'd like to install markers so that, in the event of an incident, a...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-18, 10:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,096
Posted By flangehead

Mosquito Repellent

One of the worst experiences I've had is fixing a flat with no wind in a swamp. If you carry tire repair gear, throw in mosquito repellent. I carry the foil pack towelettes because they don't dry out.
08-01-18, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By flangehead

Thanks!

Thanks everyone for the insights. I didn't realize that on these chains I couldn't simply press back in the pin. (By the way, the bike was new and I have between 500-1000 miles on it.. I never...
07-27-18, 09:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By flangehead

Reliability of Quick Link on 10-speed Chain

Has anyone sworn off of quick links on 10-speed chain due to reliability? I had a failure and am trying to decide if it was a one-time anomaly or if the 10-speed quick-link is significantly less...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-18, 05:01 AM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 124,851
Posted By flangehead

At the risk (certainty?) of launching one of...

At the risk (certainty?) of launching one of "those" threads, this:https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x480/img_5460_3267717910713a48f1024fd5a01ddae8fc5192cd.jpg
in the middle...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,944
Posted By flangehead

After about 12 years of daily commuting my...

After about 12 years of daily commuting my aluminum frame flat-bar hybrid cracked at the bottom bracket and I replaced it with a steel touring bike with drop bars and bar end shifters. (I'd like to...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-18, 09:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By flangehead

Experience using 700 inner tube in 26" tire as spare?

I use both a touring bike with 700 x 35 tires (Presta) and a mountain bike with 26 x 2.25 tires (Schrader). For loads, I use both panniers and wire baskets, and I've got a repair kit built for each...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,139
Posted By flangehead

I frequently see "Whistling Ducks" perched on...

I frequently see "Whistling Ducks" perched on overhead wires. I don't know why. They have a very difficult time staying on....
05-25-18, 08:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,424
Posted By flangehead

You should consider documenting the incidents at...

You should consider documenting the incidents at the Close Call Database https://closecalldatabase.com/ (https://closecalldatabase.com/).
Forum: Commuting
05-12-18, 10:00 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,739
Posted By flangehead

I commuted in Houston using a backpack for three...

I commuted in Houston using a backpack for three years. One morning I hit a pothole and went over the handlebars; I think the weight in the backpack contributed to the endo. Since then I have used a...
05-01-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,524
Posted By flangehead

I did once right in front of my house on my (no...

I did once right in front of my house on my (no suspension) 1990’s mountain bike with cantilever brakes. Normally I commute with panniers on rear rack and I’m used to having all that weight back...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,418
Posted By flangehead

Thank You for Posting Diagram

Thank you for posting the diagram of the situation. Though I don't have that situation on my normal commute, it does exist in a couple of my alternate routes. Seems like the van driver was focused...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-18, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 731
Posted By flangehead

Semi-Autonomous Vehicles and Distracted Driving

Question: Under what situations should I be on alert for failures by semi-autonomous vehicles?

The setup: I had to drive my daughter home along the same road I use to commute to work (4 lane, 2'...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-18, 02:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,322
Posted By flangehead

Positioning Single-Sided Grid Bike Rack

I use a U-lock and I leave one pannier (tools, spares, etc.) on the bike when I park at work.

The “Single-Sided Grid Bike Rack” style works for me if there is an end-spot and I can lock to the...
03-28-18, 09:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,703
Posted By flangehead

Bus Lawsuit Verdict

A much worse outcome than the video:

Bus Manufacturer Hit With $18.7M Verdict Over Cyclist?s Death...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,735
Posted By flangehead

8 miles each way. Bike is default for 5 day work...

8 miles each way. Bike is default for 5 day work week commute. Add-ons of 4-10 miles for bank, post office and groceries.
01-10-18, 10:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 967
Posted By flangehead

I'll recount the recent experience of a friend of...

I'll recount the recent experience of a friend of mine on a Texas DOT project.

There is a clear, easy opportunity to provide a MUP under a multilane highway. These big interstates are like...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-18, 10:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,419
Posted By flangehead

OP, thank you for posting this. A couple of...

OP, thank you for posting this.

A couple of things perplex me about this study:

1) The first sentence is that the study was about "individuals who identified themselves as both a driver and a...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-17, 07:15 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 14,884
Posted By flangehead

I have evidence to support this. For over...

I have evidence to support this.

For over 10 years I've been commuting daily and running shopping errands by bike; I do about 4000 miles/year. Local geography means I have to use major...
12-09-17, 07:23 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,139
Posted By flangehead

Glo Gloves

They may not fit your budget, but Glo Gloves are an effective way to get a lot of reflectivity onto your hands. They are commonly used by police at night when directing traffic. Only problem is...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-17, 07:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,652
Posted By flangehead

Grocery run.

Grocery run.
Forum: Commuting
11-23-17, 08:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,652
Posted By flangehead

Picked up groceries on the way home from work.

Picked up groceries on the way home from work.
Forum: Commuting
11-15-17, 11:48 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,106
Posted By flangehead

I'm using old-fashioned toe clips. I don't feel...

I'm using old-fashioned toe clips. I don't feel right if my feet aren't restrained. For a while I used Eggbeaters but being able to use normal shoes put me back to toe clips.

Wasn't aware of the...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-17, 11:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By flangehead

Clarification and Followup

The center lane is straight only and the right lane is straight or right. Left lane is left turn only on a green arrow.

Also, I don't get out of the way because I slow them down. I get out of...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By flangehead

The driver did not stop. They may not have been...

The driver did not stop. They may not have been aware they clipped me.



To be clear, I did not filter forward; when the light turned green I followed the cars in front of me and then made my...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By flangehead

Reflections on Being Clipped by a Mirror

I appreciate the opportunity to learn from others’ incidents in this forum, and offer my recent near-miss in that spirit.

My incident reinforced my faith that some drivers, who I can’t control,...
10-04-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,703
Posted By flangehead

Experimental Data on Forces due to Vehicles Passing

I have felt the effect.

German study (in English) can be found at http://www.ifh.uni-karlsruhe.de/science/aerodyn/bilder_orginale/papers/Paper_Lichtneger_Ruck_final%202.pdf
...
Forum: Texas
09-30-17, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,407
Posted By flangehead

Penance for Bad Advice

I felt doubly bad because a friend had sent me his observations on 9/23 and I hadn't read them closely enough. I confess my sins and have as penance made a new post with all the information I have.
Forum: Texas
09-30-17, 03:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 802
Posted By flangehead

Terry Hershey, Addicks and Barker Levels and Gauges

[When someone observes a more precise level, send me a note and I'll update the table.]

Level gauges along Buffalo Bayou and inside Addicks and Barker Reservoirs can be used to estimate whether...
Forum: Texas
09-30-17, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,407
Posted By flangehead

Oops.. need to check gauge level..

Tommy1955, sorry about the bad steer. I went through there 9/22 and water level was so low that I thought we were back to "normal".

Obviously I was wrong.

However, this may give you some...
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