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02-06-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,706
Posted By davidmcowan

Amazingly, my whole job is to oversee a similar...

Amazingly, my whole job is to oversee a similar program through the Minnesota Department of Transportation. I love work.
09-30-18, 05:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By davidmcowan

I used to have that same bike (or a very similar...

I used to have that same bike (or a very similar one), it was my first bakfiet. I loved it too. I found the cockpit was a little small for climbing the hills in my hood so I moved on to a different...
04-03-18, 04:55 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,764
Posted By davidmcowan

Really? One? Are you a fairly introverted person?...

Really? One? Are you a fairly introverted person?

I'm far from advertising that I stopped (I think I've told 3-5 people in several months) but you tip your hand in a lot of ways, particularly if...
04-01-18, 06:26 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,764
Posted By davidmcowan

Wgscott nailed it. I've recently given up alcohol...

Wgscott nailed it. I've recently given up alcohol entirely and have similar interactions about it. Drinking is ingrained in mainstream culture, you've deliberately chosen not to do something everyone...
02-18-18, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By davidmcowan

Well that is a great solution! $600 is a little...

Well that is a great solution!
$600 is a little steep for carrying a bike but we may go this direction if I can't get it inside the van.
02-14-18, 07:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By davidmcowan

We have a Honda Odyssey and the middle console...

We have a Honda Odyssey and the middle console breaks down without removing it. The bike hasn't arrived yet but I'm glad to hear it is possible. Are there roofrack options too? It is a nice tandem...
02-14-18, 06:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By davidmcowan

Transporting a triple tandem

Looking for ideas on how to transport a newly acquired triple tandem. We have a minivan and would love to travel with it to different areas of the country (or other countries at some point).
02-07-18, 04:42 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,453
Posted By davidmcowan

Great, thoughtfuly written article. I can relate...

Great, thoughtfuly written article. I can relate to the experience!
11-07-17, 04:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,471
Posted By davidmcowan

This reads like conflicting advice. :) :foo:

This reads like conflicting advice. :) :foo:
11-07-17, 01:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,471
Posted By davidmcowan

Do you hate your winter bike?

Seriously, do you? I've been riding a 16 mile round trip commute on a pretty solid, belt driven and utilitarian bike for the past two winters. I live in Minneapolis, so the winter is for realz. I've...
11-23-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By davidmcowan

Thanks for such a thorough response. I use studs...

Thanks for such a thorough response. I use studs myself and know how important they are, more specifically I'm wondering if it is worth it for my seven year old or if anyone else had bought studded...
11-23-16, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By davidmcowan

Studded tires for kid's bike?

Anyone here set their kid up with winter/studded tires? My daughter rides a few blocks every day to school on an Isla bike. Our winters are harsh and she has asked me a couple of times for a "snow...
11-22-16, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,257
Posted By davidmcowan

BCarfree, this resonates with us as well. When we...

BCarfree, this resonates with us as well. When we moved to Minneapolis we moved with the intent of us both scaling back to .8 or .7 so we could live more connected, less busy lives. This decision was...
11-22-16, 04:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,257
Posted By davidmcowan

My commute (to work) is ~15 miles RT. With the...

My commute (to work) is ~15 miles RT. With the girls we rip around the neighborhood mostly but stay inside of 2-3 miles. It is splitting hairs, and hard to split, but I'd actually say our tendency to...
11-21-16, 06:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,257
Posted By davidmcowan

Roody, I think in many cases, it is hard to...

Roody,

I think in many cases, it is hard to have one of these without having the other. That said, all of these are lessons the girls are learning, and I think perhaps a little faster than...
11-21-16, 06:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,257
Posted By davidmcowan

I forgot to mention that while the girls...

I forgot to mention that while the girls currently have a few activities that are within biking/walking distance, we've also worked to limit the number of things they are involved in and allow them...
11-20-16, 06:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,257
Posted By davidmcowan

I should probably chime in here. I have a 7 y/o...

I should probably chime in here. I have a 7 y/o and a 4 y/o and we've spent the majority of our life parenting living car lite, and you are right, it takes commitment. :) We've been carlite before...
06-10-16, 02:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,506
Posted By davidmcowan

You make some pretty wild assumptions about...

You make some pretty wild assumptions about people based on their appearances.
05-14-16, 07:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,590
Posted By davidmcowan

We've been through that downsizing a couple of...

We've been through that downsizing a couple of times. We sold our stuff to move out of the country and most recently a large chunk of it to move across the country and into a much smaller space. Lots...
04-12-16, 04:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,477
Posted By davidmcowan

Amazing how that works. I ride with kids. Long...

Amazing how that works. I ride with kids. Long tails are great, so are bakfiets. Some people are happy with trailers (that you could combine with any one of these).
03-18-16, 05:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,112
Posted By davidmcowan

Iltb, "I'm curious if any of you have had...

Iltb,
"I'm curious if any of you have had similar issues and, hopefully, solutions."
03-18-16, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,112
Posted By davidmcowan

Cooker, I think this is probably step one, but...

Cooker, I think this is probably step one, but we've probably got a year or so left of it being a nice addition for getting to the farther reaches of town with the kids. (my youngest is still 3, the...
03-18-16, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,112
Posted By davidmcowan

I'm not sure. I think if I had one bike that I...

I'm not sure. I think if I had one bike that I felt like could "do everything" I wouldn't mind that at all. Even fewer bikes that could help do the same thing would be nice. Too many choices right...
03-17-16, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,112
Posted By davidmcowan

Quiver Killer for the Car-Light, Commuter, Family, Mountain and Snow biker?

I'm a year round commuter (8 miles each way), who also hauls kids around town on bakfiets/long tail, rides mountain bikes, does the occasional road ride and gets out on the snow in the winter months...
07-23-15, 07:07 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,475
Posted By davidmcowan

We actually just started using a grocery delivery...

We actually just started using a grocery delivery service - not because we are too lazy to go ourselves but because it is easier to stick to our grocery list. It costs 5-10 more than going to the...
07-13-15, 06:32 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,012
Posted By davidmcowan

Walter S., I've known several people with these....

Walter S., I've known several people with these. I asked them about the cat ears and after their responses I was interested in getting some too. (thought I never pulled the trigger) It does reduce...
06-22-15, 12:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,263
Posted By davidmcowan

We've gone car light too, most people want to...

We've gone car light too, most people want to convince us why we'll need a second car, it is annoying at first but after you get used to it you just roll with the punches or come up with a couple of...
12-30-14, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 985
Posted By davidmcowan

Funny, I'll think about how much colder it is in...

Funny, I'll think about how much colder it is in mpls on my ride home from work today in 0 degree weather. :) I love riding in MPLS, great (but chilly) place to live!
12-29-14, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 985
Posted By davidmcowan

I'll be cleaning up the battery connections this...

I'll be cleaning up the battery connections this weekend with the hopes that it is revived. If not, we'll need a new, cold weather battery as we are packing up and moving to Minneapolis this coming...
12-28-14, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 985
Posted By davidmcowan

Back to Car Light, Issues and Laughs

After getting our toddlers out of infancy we are back to car-light-hood. This morning we'd planned to head to a friends house about 20 miles away and I went out to start up the van on a cold, Denver...
10-31-14, 06:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,731
Posted By davidmcowan

Sounds about right. I still read frequently,...

Sounds about right. I still read frequently, daily almost, but if you are into research check out how many of the threads I participated in back then devolved in similar ways.
10-31-14, 05:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,731
Posted By davidmcowan

Oh look, the forum police! Everybody run! Why do...

Oh look, the forum police! Everybody run! Why do you bother with reading/responding to this? seems like such a waste of your time.

Anyway, as someone who rides his bike most places, dreams about a...
10-30-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,731
Posted By davidmcowan

There are two versions: 1) I speed away, 2) I...

There are two versions: 1) I speed away, 2) I slow down a little ways down the road to look over my shoulder and see what the hell it was about and the guy takes up running after me again so I bust...
10-30-14, 04:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,731
Posted By davidmcowan

Reoccurring Dream

I've been bicycle commuting for almost 15 years now and just recently I've started to have this dream where I'm riding along and suddenly I hear footsteps getting closer and as I glance over my...
12-02-13, 09:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 926
Posted By davidmcowan

You will find my opinion quite biased but... ...

You will find my opinion quite biased but...

My wife rode to the hospital 2 miles from our house to have our baby at the nine month mark:...
10-03-13, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By davidmcowan

Dang, they were having that problem at first too...

Dang, they were having that problem at first too but then resolved it. Seemed it was tracking cookies and IPs so if, say Roody, voted and then shared the link - it would show that it was already...
10-03-13, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By davidmcowan

No pressure, but my kiddie's photo is in the...

No pressure, but my kiddie's photo is in the bunch. Isabelle, riding her bike through the puddle. :)
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-16-13, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,495
Posted By davidmcowan

Travelling with Brompton - Need Experienced Advice!

Ladies and Gents,

I recently picked up a Bike Friday expedition off of craigslist but quickly realized it didn't do the transit thing as easily as I was hoping. (goal for this folder is about 90...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-13, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,350
Posted By davidmcowan

Rolling a Bike Friday Folded?

Hey folks,

I just scored a great deal on a used Bike Friday Pocket Expedition (pretty much the Llama, right?) 2009 model (so the seatpost and stem come out, versus fold down.

I had two...
04-29-13, 08:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Posted By davidmcowan

Shimano Hydraulic Brakes: Identify Problem through What Order of Operations?

I've got a pair of these on my mountain bike and its braking has worsened considerably in the past year. While I was considering a full bleed (and learning how to do that), I decided to first take...
01-07-13, 11:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By davidmcowan

CETMA rules! I replaced my JoeBoxBike with a...

CETMA rules! I replaced my JoeBoxBike with a CETMA last year and haven't regretted a second of it. I'd be even more excited if I had electric assist. :)

How long is the wait these days?
Forum: Commuting
12-30-12, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,595
Posted By davidmcowan

Alternatives to Schwalbe Big Apples?

Considering a pair of schwalbe big apples for my Big Dummy, hear lots of hype about how great they are (and I've ridden the first bunch'o'miles on the pair that came stock on the BD and now require a...
10-15-12, 02:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,573
Posted By davidmcowan

A superfluous CETMA!? Bite your tongue. :) I...

A superfluous CETMA!? Bite your tongue. :)

I have a 6 month old and a three year old, so carrying the infant is reserved only for the CETMA which I do daily to and from daycare. I really enjoy the...
10-15-12, 10:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,366
Posted By davidmcowan

A very good question, I'd imagine given...

A very good question, I'd imagine given Westminster's recent tragedy the popsicle index here has changed dramatically in the past week. I spend a great deal of time thinking about this very thing and...
10-15-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,573
Posted By davidmcowan

I have a crosscheck, a big dummy, a juice 29er...

I have a crosscheck, a big dummy, a juice 29er and a CETMA bakfiets and I constantly think which bike I'd keep if I had to keep just one. The answer? The big dummy. I don't think you lose that much...
10-02-12, 02:40 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,764
Posted By davidmcowan

Roody read my mind. If it were only about the...

Roody read my mind. If it were only about the destination I'd drive. :)
07-04-12, 06:31 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,352
Posted By davidmcowan

The issue that I think comes up with "not...

The issue that I think comes up with "not discussing it" when it comes up directly from a stranger is you are essentially telling them it was expensive. (yes, relatively speaking) In the case of the...
07-03-12, 09:35 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,352
Posted By davidmcowan

Yep. I lied through my teeth. Not because I cared...

Yep. I lied through my teeth. Not because I cared whether or not he understood the value of my purchase but because I didn't want people in my neighborhood to realize that the big clunky bike I ride...
07-03-12, 06:52 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,352
Posted By davidmcowan

Do you tell strangers how much your bike costs?

As a car-light family and a serious bike-a-holic we have extra money around to make sure the bikes we ride are nice. Also, in an effort to reduce an hour or so of driving a day my wife was doing to...
06-24-12, 08:32 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,988
Posted By davidmcowan

If I were shopping for a car this might be the...

If I were shopping for a car this might be the last place I'd ask advice. :p
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