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09-18-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If you're willing to spend the money, the good...

If you're willing to spend the money, the good ones, while significantly heavier than a top of the line bicycle, are easily within the practical commuter speed capability.

Velomobiles are mostly...
09-18-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 389
Posted By Notso_fastLane

There are a few (entertaining, admittedly) videos...

There are a few (entertaining, admittedly) videos on the Cycliq site with pedestrians walking right into/in front of bicycles. They are almost always face down in a smartphone screen when it happens.
09-18-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 161
Posted By Notso_fastLane

That's a good summary. I'm an aircraft...

That's a good summary.

I'm an aircraft structural engineer, and I work fairly extensively with composites (not just CF). I'm not the local expert, though, so most of my knowledge is pretty...
09-17-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,316
Posted By Notso_fastLane

It is. Especially the streamlined recliner...

It is. Especially the streamlined recliner (velomobile). I'm really slow going up hill, as my typical commuting configuration, the velo pushes about 75 lbs. But I can still catch and pass most...
09-12-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 13,567
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Beer is always a good option. I find...

Beer is always a good option.

I find drinking helps. ;)
09-12-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 13,567
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Yeah, there was an incident here last year. The...

Yeah, there was an incident here last year. The road is 55 mph, 4 lanes + center left turn lane, and right turn lanes in the eastbound direction, and wide (10-12 foot) shoulders. The shoulders,...
09-12-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Interesting idea. I've never seen a combined...

Interesting idea. I've never seen a combined transportation mode traffic circle, but as long as you have a good way to keep the cars from going onto the bike path, that would be a good idea, I think.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 445
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I specifically got my velomobile to extend my...

I specifically got my velomobile to extend my riding season to hopefully 12 months.

So, yes? :D
Forum: Commuting
09-12-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1,489
Views: 44,259
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Just logged by ~12th flat in 4 months. I'm going...

Just logged by ~12th flat in 4 months. I'm going to put titanium liners in my bloody tires next.
09-12-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If all you're really doing is trying to reduce...

If all you're really doing is trying to reduce confusion, I would recommend signs at the trail crossing and roads indicating which route bikes/pedestrians should take. That's about all you can do...
Forum: Foo
09-11-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,970
Posted By Notso_fastLane

My not-so-inner-12-year-old agrees. ;) One...

My not-so-inner-12-year-old agrees. ;)

One advantage though, is my car/motorcycle insurance keeps going down. :)
09-11-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 924
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Seconded. At least try a few out.

Seconded. At least try a few out.
Forum: Commuting
09-10-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,148
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If you don't specifically want the E-option, you...

If you don't specifically want the E-option, you might want to take a look at the TerraTrike or ICE fat trikes. With a trike, you don't have to worry about sliding a little sideways. There are also...
Forum: Recumbent
09-05-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,144
Posted By Notso_fastLane

That is sick looking. I always wanted to try a...

That is sick looking. I always wanted to try a good fast lowracer, but my bikes are primarily for commuting and I just can't justify the expense for pleaure riding (I don't think I'd ever be really...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,117
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I've got a bell installed in my velomobile. It's...

I've got a bell installed in my velomobile. It's buried way down in the nose where it's hard to get a picture.

When the bell doesn't work, the horn does. ;)
09-05-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 13,567
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Agreed. And a case can be made, as usual, by...

Agreed. And a case can be made, as usual, by looking at countries that have much stricter rules about obtaining and keeping a drivers' license, but let's pretend it wouldn't have done anything for...
09-03-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,555
Posted By Notso_fastLane

There's also the close call database: ...

There's also the close call database: https://closecalldatabase.com/

I think you need to be able to see a license plate, but not necessarily if the vehicle can be identified. I've only...
Forum: Recumbent
08-28-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I'm guessing on the Volae, you'd have better luck...

I'm guessing on the Volae, you'd have better luck adjusting the handlebars up so your legs aren't hitting them, if that's possible. I have tiller steering on my bent, so it's easier to adjust. A SWB...
Forum: Recumbent
08-27-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Are you talking about Ajo bikes? The shop...

Are you talking about Ajo bikes?

The shop is pretty easy to get to from the bike path around town if that's an option.

I've never had access to a bike locker, so I can't tell you about how...
08-27-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,966
Posted By Notso_fastLane

This is true, but the flip side is that there are...

This is true, but the flip side is that there are programs like the Close Call Database. So that if and when there is an issue, any driver that has been previously reported can't get away with...
08-27-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,316
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I ride a bent, and a velomobile, and I feel this...

I ride a bent, and a velomobile, and I feel this needs qualified: on level ground or down hill. Bents can be almost or as fast as a good bike uphill, but a light velo is ~60 lbs, and they simply will...
08-27-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,120
Posted By Notso_fastLane

This is true. That is apparently why, in UT, the...

This is true. That is apparently why, in UT, the state finally set up a hotline specifically because the police weren't enforcing the ban on rolling coal (zero citations or even warnings in the first...
08-27-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,332
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Yep. They did the same thing to MANY streets in...

Yep. They did the same thing to MANY streets in Tucson over the last decade. I both biked and drove on several of them before and after, and it is actually more pleasant to do both now.

Like in...
08-27-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By Notso_fastLane

There's a good video and thread about it...

There's a good video and thread about it https://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/showthread.php?t=147746 (here.

It does look like fun. I might try to do some day, but it's along days drive...
08-27-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,297
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Rolling resistance, aerodynamics, and power. ...

Rolling resistance, aerodynamics, and power.

On my recumbent, which is a little more aero than a DF bike, I can sprint to about 30. It's been a long time since I've really tried sprinting. In...
Forum: Recumbent
08-23-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,252
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I commute in my velomobile. I'm lucky in that...

I commute in my velomobile. I'm lucky in that although we don't have a dedicated bike rack, our buildings have elevated foundations with ramps/stairs, and railing all around to lock things to.
...
08-23-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,332
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Like Calvin and Hobbes' snowmen. ;)

Like Calvin and Hobbes' snowmen. ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,475
Posted By Notso_fastLane

You want aero, get a recumbent lowracer, or...

You want aero, get a recumbent lowracer, or better yet a velomobile. :D

Velos are heavy, so they don't climb well, but damn they're fast on level ground. Lowracers are just plain stinking fast.
...
08-15-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,810
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Agreed. Some intersections, the likelihood of a...

Agreed. Some intersections, the likelihood of a red light runner impacting me is minimal enough that I'll pull out to ensure the cars that are waiting see me. But probably more than half the...
08-15-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,326
Posted By Notso_fastLane

How much thrust does it produce? :D

How much thrust does it produce? :D
08-15-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,621
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Technically, this is called counter steering, and...

Technically, this is called counter steering, and it applies even at fairly slow speeds. It's actually the reason that learning to stay upright is so difficult initially. Your muscles want to do the...
08-13-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 15,518
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Exactly. I was noting the other day, as I was...

Exactly. I was noting the other day, as I was passing a long line of traffic, following docilely behind a huge tractor, that if it had been me on my bicycle taking the lane (and keep in mind, I'm...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I wear the long sleeve shirt and bandanas from...

I wear the long sleeve shirt and bandanas from here: https://www.vaporapparel.com/mens/solar-long-sleeve/

They are very good in direct sun, and actually feel cooler than wearing shorter sleeves,...
07-31-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,279
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Aircraft have had standardized controls (with...

Aircraft have had standardized controls (with each type of control knob having a different shape/feel) for any aircraft from a Cessna 152 to a Boeing 747. In addition, the FAA disallows electronic...
07-30-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,758
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Meh, the question was asked and answered. Just...

Meh, the question was asked and answered. Just because you don't like the answers doesn't mean they aren't legit.

I'm pretty into bicycle/trike riding, but wouldn't really be inclined to watch a...
07-30-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,073
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Probably one of these: ...

Probably one of these:

https://www.lightningbikes.com/_assets/img/p38/2018-P-38-XT-carbon-forks.jpg
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,648
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I also commute in a velomobile, and a recumbent....

I also commute in a velomobile, and a recumbent. :) I check weekly. Every sunday evening, I go spend ~20 minutes in the garage putting air in the tires, giving them a quick (about 90 secs/tire)...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,616
Posted By Notso_fastLane

When the weather starts getting bad, I just put...

When the weather starts getting bad, I just put the racing hood on. ;)

https://www.sinnerbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/with-tourcap.jpg
07-26-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,794
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I've had discs on my recumbent since 2011. I love...

I've had discs on my recumbent since 2011. I love the feel and feedback they give, better, IMO, than the rim brakes on my previous bikes.

I've since put different material on the front and rear...
07-26-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,362
Posted By Notso_fastLane

These are wicking material, and ~SPF 70. They...

These are wicking material, and ~SPF 70. They actually reflect the sun and will feel cooler than without it. I have 4 of their longsleeve jerseys as well, and even in the AZ summer, I'll wear long...
07-26-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,747
Posted By Notso_fastLane

In most states these days, I think riding on the...

In most states these days, I think riding on the sidewalk is illegal, although enforcement varies widely.

The only place I ever rode on the sidewalk was when I live in Everett, WA. I had a route...
07-26-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 644
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Thanks for posting about this. Do you use the...

Thanks for posting about this. Do you use the auto-pause when stopped feature? I can't get the Android version to pause manually when I'm using the auto-pause feature, and usually just wind up...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 1,489
Views: 44,259
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I rode the velomobile in this morning. I try to...

I rode the velomobile in this morning. I try to ride it at least once a week (I prefer the two wheel recumbent in nice weather).

Traffic was light, as it usually is on fridays, but man, the...
07-25-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,446
Posted By Notso_fastLane

This is pretty much how it's done if you ride or...

This is pretty much how it's done if you ride or commute regularly. At that point, you're basically another vehicle, and I treat it as such. If I have time, I'll pull out a bit to make sure the cars...
07-25-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,986
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I would prefer to see bicycle cops running...

I would prefer to see bicycle cops running 'undercover' and going after aggressive drivers.

CA has started to do that with their motorcycle cops. They'll go lane splitting, looking like any other...
07-24-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,758
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Sometimes (like in AZ), they were perfectly...

Sometimes (like in AZ), they were perfectly competent drivers when they got their license, but it's been 30 years or more since they've been tested. Seriously, I got my AZ DL around 92. It expires...
07-23-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 11,480
Posted By Notso_fastLane

When I lived in Tucson, I would wait until about...

When I lived in Tucson, I would wait until about 1-2pm, then I had the MUP to myself. :D I love the heat.

I used to bike from Tucson to Phoenix (Mesa) in the middle of Aug at least once a year....
Forum: Recumbent
07-18-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,316
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Agreed on both counts. Even with a fully enclosed...

Agreed on both counts. Even with a fully enclosed drive train on my velo, I'm glad I went with the 26" rear for the slightly greater ground clearance. I still have go near the curb to get around some...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,307
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Yesterday was 6 miles to work (not quite a direct...

Yesterday was 6 miles to work (not quite a direct route) and 29 miles home. :)
Forum: Commuting
07-18-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,639
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I went to see Cheap Trick. :) Flock of...

I went to see Cheap Trick. :)

Flock of Seagulls wasn't terrible, at least.
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