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03-28-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By wipekitty

I think that's right - it could be two years...

I think that's right - it could be two years before things are under control, and who knows what we'll see on the other side. This is not a snowstorm where it's over in a week and then you go clean...
03-27-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By wipekitty

So right on the germaphobe bit. I'm grateful that...

So right on the germaphobe bit. I'm grateful that my mother is a germaphobe. All that hand washing, taking hand sanitizer to church, and spraying me down with Lysol when I got sick as a kid seems...
03-27-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 780
Posted By wipekitty

Nothing special for my bike kit. It goes in with...

Nothing special for my bike kit. It goes in with the regular clothes on cold with regular laundry detergent. I usually air dry it, though.

Hydrogen peroxide is good for removing blood. I'll put...
03-26-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,100
Posted By wipekitty

Well...I always stop at stop signs, and I get...

Well...I always stop at stop signs, and I get yelled at for that, too. Some people just like to yell.

At least they didn't bark out the window. (What's up with passengers doing that, anyway?)
03-26-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 551
Posted By wipekitty

One business model that I've seen - which AFAIK...

One business model that I've seen - which AFAIK has been successful - branded itself as a "community" bike shop. The shop has some elements of a normal LBS: they employ mechanics and do full-service...
Forum: Foo
03-24-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,174
Posted By wipekitty

Huh, I should probably fill out the Census this...

Huh, I should probably fill out the Census this time.

In 2000, I filled it out too late, and they refused to take it (seriously). In 2010, I was nowhere to be found. So, I haven't been counted...
03-24-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,296
Posted By wipekitty

Yes! Black metal is amazing teenager repellent;...

Yes! Black metal is amazing teenager repellent; it's great for keeping the yungins at bay.

For some ungodly reason, I've got Soundgarden (Blow Up the Outside World) in my head. And I really want...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,017
Posted By wipekitty

I've had a few run-ins with crazy Amazon Prime...

I've had a few run-ins with crazy Amazon Prime delivery vans.

That said, I don't think they're any worse than the general population of drivers. They are just large, distinctive, and easy to pick...
03-24-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 897
Views: 57,974
Posted By wipekitty

FWIW, I love this thread, and hope y'all are able...

FWIW, I love this thread, and hope y'all are able to keep it going!

I'm probably out for a bit due to my current policy of contact-free bike rides (meaning I'll no longer be setting my bike down...
03-24-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,377
Posted By wipekitty

I've got a very basic GPS (Bryton Rider 10). I...

I've got a very basic GPS (Bryton Rider 10). I use it for recording distance and elevation gain; I've also found the % grade measurements useful while riding. I've also found the capacity to pair...
03-23-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,830
Posted By wipekitty

Pretty much the same here. I'm working on...

Pretty much the same here.

I'm working on some new routes - on yesterday's ride, I discovered that places I thought would be dead ended up having quite a few people congregating. I'll avoid them...
03-23-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 19,209
Posted By wipekitty

Here in NC, I am continuing to ride, solo, on...

Here in NC, I am continuing to ride, solo, on roads. When I see people walking, I make an effort to stay 6' away from them and not do anything gross with my nose.

Parks, trailheads, and MUPs seem...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 277
Posted By wipekitty

Now that I'm no longer a bike commuter (work from...

Now that I'm no longer a bike commuter (work from home), I'm back on recreational road cycling!

Nice solo 27 mile ride today with 1,781' elevation gain on my steel single speed road bike.

I...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 726
Posted By wipekitty

Serious props for combining a decent bike commute...

Serious props for combining a decent bike commute and an active job! :thumb: Good luck - you'll be in really good shape after a week or two of that.
03-22-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Posted By wipekitty

For large trips, I found that a messenger bag - a...

For large trips, I found that a messenger bag - a very large one, like actual bike messengers use (Chrome Metropolis, Timbuk2 XL, etc.) was a good option.

Compared to a backpack, there is a bit...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 9,095
Posted By wipekitty

I sort of commuted this evening. We're...

I sort of commuted this evening.

We're allowed at work through the end of this week to pick up research materials that we ordered before everything closed down. One of mine came in, so it was a...
03-18-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,585
Posted By wipekitty

We went WFH on Monday. My SO was volunteering in...

We went WFH on Monday. My SO was volunteering in the schools, so that's done as well.

The extra fun is that I'm on a temporary research gig and away from my home base for a while. Since the gig...
03-17-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 675
Posted By wipekitty

Another +1 on getting 3-bolt compatible shoes to...

Another +1 on getting 3-bolt compatible shoes to use with your Look pedals. If your pedals did not come with cleats, you will also want to purchase Look cleats, which are specifically designed to...
Forum: Foo
03-16-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,751
Posted By wipekitty

I found some TP in a not very busy Walgreens on...

I found some TP in a not very busy Walgreens on Thursday night. I got five rolls, leaving some for others. So, my household (two adults, one male and one female) should be good for five weeks!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 19,247
Views: 4,000,555
Posted By wipekitty

Voler sent me an e-mail reminding me that I...

Voler sent me an e-mail reminding me that I needed to buy stuff, so I did. Two bibs and a jersey, great sample sale finds!
03-14-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,067
Posted By wipekitty

I ride so fast that I can see the future...

I ride so fast that I can see the future...
03-14-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 57,974
Posted By wipekitty

Ah, I think I know what you're talking about! Is...

Ah, I think I know what you're talking about! Is it parked near the USS Alabama in Battleship Park? (I lived down there for a couple of years.)
03-14-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 467
Posted By wipekitty

Croakies are good. The big breakthrough,...

Croakies are good.

The big breakthrough, IMO, is that there are now affordable options available. I'd seriously consider getting a second pair of glasses designed for sport - you can get it done...
03-14-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 19,209
Posted By wipekitty

Well, no more commuting for me. Work from home...

Well, no more commuting for me. Work from home until at least April 13.

I think I'll try to avoid the MUP and stick to pure road routes. This is more because the MUP is not my favorite than...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,008
Posted By wipekitty

I love my road bike. However, I'm a bit more...

I love my road bike.

However, I'm a bit more mixed about my gravel bike - a Blue Prosecco AL (an older version, which was marketed specifically for gravel.) The components are fine - Shimano 105...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,163
Posted By wipekitty

For a long, straight drop my default is right...

For a long, straight drop my default is right foot forward*, with knees gripping the top tube (I had a bouncy scare a few years back).

I mix it up, though. Especially coming out of switchbacks -...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By wipekitty

Personally (as a narrow-footed person) I have had...

Personally (as a narrow-footed person) I have had good luck with Fizik and Sidi. The pair of Sidi that I have are a bit wide in the heel and a bit narrow in the toe bed for me; the pair of Fizik...
03-14-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,827
Posted By wipekitty

Every time I go out in rainy weather with...

Every time I go out in rainy weather with temperatures around 40-60 F, my Yoda Dad appears and starts yelling useful advice: "Moderate temperatures are the worst danger for hypothermia! People think...
03-14-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,414
Posted By wipekitty

I've encountered a few commuters on pedal-assist...

I've encountered a few commuters on pedal-assist e-bikes on the MUP and nearby roads. (I assume they're commuters due to the time of day and type of stuff they're packing.)

If an e-bike can...
03-14-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,198
Posted By wipekitty

I had to make this difficult decision a while...

I had to make this difficult decision a while back, while temporarily relocating across the country for a year.

The three winners were (1) my steel single speed (for any trips that require locking...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 9,095
Posted By wipekitty

Well...yesterday was my last commute for a while....

Well...yesterday was my last commute for a while.

For some reason I decided to drive today (a really rare occurrence), only to learn that after this weekend, my office will be shut down for the...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 766
Posted By wipekitty

Right. I only skimmed the paper, but was curious...

Right. I only skimmed the paper, but was curious as to whether this includes all cycling-related injuries or only those incurred directly through commuting.

On the one hand, many of us commuters...
03-12-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,711
Posted By wipekitty

Rage riding? Yes, please. It's much healthier...

Rage riding? Yes, please. It's much healthier than the coping mechanisms of my youth, which included drinking and breaking stuff (not necessarily simultaneously). Good for a few PRs, too!

When I...
03-12-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 19,209
Posted By wipekitty

Most of my riding these days is commuting. So, if...

Most of my riding these days is commuting. So, if work goes to work-from-home, then I'll no longer commute. If that happens, I'll replace those miles with recreational rides - those are more...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 9,095
Posted By wipekitty

Back on this week, after a brief excursion to the...

Back on this week, after a brief excursion to the Left Coast :)

DST is wonderful and amazing. I've been able to take the back way home yesterday and today - something that I will not attempt after...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,471
Posted By wipekitty

I pretty much only record during high-risk times,...

I pretty much only record during high-risk times, which around here (North Carolina) means rainy days. In some other places, hot days and early season snowfall are ripe for bad driving, so I'd record...
03-01-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,146
Posted By wipekitty

Music gear is, in many ways, even worse. My SO...

Music gear is, in many ways, even worse. My SO plays guitar and I play drums. Sure, you can only play one guitar at a time, but those pedals are a rabbit hole, and I try not to think about amps and...
02-28-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,621
Posted By wipekitty

For the better part of 20 years, I've been eating...

For the better part of 20 years, I've been eating just one big meal a day, in the evening. (No good reason - it just sort of happened.) So, technically, most of my rides are fasted, as I have slept...
02-25-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,481
Posted By wipekitty

Ha Ha, I must have been tired. Well, it's...

Ha

Ha, I must have been tired. Well, it's good enough to have twice.
02-24-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,868
Posted By wipekitty

I did something like this about a year ago! It...

I did something like this about a year ago! It was pretty fun.

One of the biggest concerns that people had - about using a bicycle as transportation, in general - was safety in traffic. I think...
02-24-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,481
Posted By wipekitty

Gotta add the Kraftwerk... ...

Gotta add the Kraftwerk...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTe7U92ecX8
02-24-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,100
Posted By wipekitty

Cold: -10F/-23C (air temp), courtesy of western...

Cold: -10F/-23C (air temp), courtesy of western Wisconsin. Only about 5 miles RT. I needed some groceries and took the trailer out :lol:

Hot: 112F/44C, courtesy of inland Orange County and the...
02-19-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,674
Posted By wipekitty

Pretty much this. I can only think of a few very...

Pretty much this. I can only think of a few very short stretches (primarily bridges) where the sidewalk has been legitimately safer. As I like to tell obnoxious drivers (in my head, not out loud), I...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By wipekitty

Nice job! Wisconsin winters are no joke,...

Nice job! Wisconsin winters are no joke, especially once you get outside of Milwaukee/Madison. I lived there for a while, and I'm trying not to go back :lol:
02-16-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By wipekitty

I dunno, I like my shoes with Boa (only about 5K...

I dunno, I like my shoes with Boa (only about 5K on them, so time will tell.) Specifically, I've always had a problem getting shoes to go narrow enough in the heel while keeping enough room in the...
02-15-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,451
Posted By wipekitty

Mild splatter: Into the kitchen, clean with baby...

Mild splatter: Into the kitchen, clean with baby wipes. (Baby wipes will freeze to a bike in the cold...ask me how I know.)

Full cleaning: In the bathtub/shower, with dishwashing soap. Dry...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 838
Posted By wipekitty

I've had similar issues in extreme cold. +1...

I've had similar issues in extreme cold.

+1 on re-lubing the cable housing (checking for the lowest operating temperature of whatever lube you're using.) Storing my bike in a cooler area (unheated...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By wipekitty

Assuming a standard SS/FG road setup (700x23-32,...

Assuming a standard SS/FG road setup (700x23-32, bolt on hubs, rim brakes), Velomine has some nice offerings.

The $200 set with Mavic Open Pro rims, Formula hubs, and 32h lacing comes in just...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,401
Posted By wipekitty

I enjoy and embrace my summertime tan lines....

I enjoy and embrace my summertime tan lines. Since I wear gloves to ride, and tan a color that resembles that of a tabby cat, I get white cat paws. It fits with the whole cat theme I've got going...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 9,095
Posted By wipekitty

There was heavy rain on Tuesday, so I drove. I...

There was heavy rain on Tuesday, so I drove. I did not enjoy my driving experience.

So, there was heavy rain again today, and I rode! I got to have my Shawshank Redemption moment, and ended up...
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