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08-23-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,709
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I read once that since the original cars were...

I read once that since the original cars were open, ie had no roof, the 'right arm to signal right' came first. Then again, my old memory may be playing tricks on me.
08-16-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,088
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Thank you for keeping this thread going. I just...

Thank you for keeping this thread going. I just found it, and seeing the initial date, wondered how it would flow through the (then upcoming, through) current events. As a pure 'training for an...
08-16-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 2,434
Views: 162,996
Posted By NewATBikeComute

62.8 miles on Saturday. My first ever metric...

62.8 miles on Saturday. My first ever metric century, and also my age+1, having turned 60 this year.
08-16-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,346
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I overdid it yesterday; started an openended...

I overdid it yesterday; started an openended bike ride; option to turn around at any point, but felt good, so kept going. When I hit the ocean at Bristol, RI (Independence park), still felt good....
08-13-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,886
Posted By NewATBikeComute

There's a mental aspect to it all as well, and I...

There's a mental aspect to it all as well, and I confess that it's my weakness. For example, I had to drive to work today (one day every four, due to rotation), and I hit a little traffic. In no...
Forum: Commuting
08-04-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I have a dream...of retiring some day, and riding...

I have a dream...of retiring some day, and riding to the west coast and visiting family in the Seattle area. In my dreams, it is a trip that takes a year, and I explore this country stop by random...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 32,768
Posted By NewATBikeComute

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Work for a distributor, but like others here, have been in the military, have done programming, project management.
Forum: Commuting
08-03-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Ran into CyclingSavvy's John Allen today

I was standing outside taking a coffee break, when a dude rides up on a classic/vintage bike, and we start chatting. Had a nice chat, admired his combo of derailleur and internal hub. Now I wish I...
07-31-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Dog seems skeptical to me. Ears are pulled back....

Dog seems skeptical to me. Ears are pulled back. Maybe he's questioning if the tire pressure is too high for the carpeted conditions.
07-31-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,487
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Turned 60 earlier this year, just last weekend...

Turned 60 earlier this year, just last weekend did my first half-century. Still a little surprised that I managed it, but now looking forward to setting new goals. #1...
07-31-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Thanks for all the words of encouragement, and...

Thanks for all the words of encouragement, and good advice. Took a few days to get my next ride in, and planning on another good ride this weekend. Having achieved a milestone, it's time to focus on...
07-26-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Oh agree! But with near 100F temps tomorrow,...

Oh agree! But with near 100F temps tomorrow, going to have get creative. Hmm, could break out the winter trainer, and turn on the AC.
07-26-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By NewATBikeComute

First ever half century!

Well, have not done a lot of cycling this year. Working from home, so no commuting mileage, and my attitude towards making an effort to do, well, anything beyond what I have to do, has been 'I...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,910
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I drive 30+ miles, bike 7 - 8 (depending on...

I drive 30+ miles, bike 7 - 8 (depending on route).

It takes about 15 minutes more to bike the last few miles than drive, including the time to swap. My total commute and my schedule gets me...
06-22-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By NewATBikeComute

They asked $360; I paid $300. Also has a bent...

They asked $360; I paid $300. Also has a bent spoke that I didn't notice initially that definitely needs replacing. I bought two basic KMC chains, and a cassette, and replaced that. It's hydraulic...
06-22-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I appreciate all input, thank you all. Just...

I appreciate all input, thank you all.

Just came back from an 8 mile shakedown cruise, and overall it's not bad. Had to adjust the front L limit screw a bit, as it had trouble getting down to...
06-22-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Does this crankset need to be replaced

I bought a Specialized Sirrus off of someone who was moving; knocked $60 off asking price because chain was stretched, and I have already replaced both the chain and cassette (8 speed altus, same as...
Forum: Northeast
06-21-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,780
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Unfortunately, due to family issues, I won't be...

Unfortunately, due to family issues, I won't be going on the trip.

Bear mountain looks really interesting, and I really appreciate the warning, and the offer. I am not in good enough shape to...
Forum: Northeast
06-16-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,780
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Hey thanks for the suggestions. I like the sound...

Hey thanks for the suggestions. I like the sound of Bear Mountain, looks like some good hills and scenery as well. I'm going to check this out some more.

I just bought a specialized sirrus,...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,789
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Women's vs. men's geometry; how different

This is not just a theoretical suggestion; I found a listing for a bike that seems really nice, but it's a women's geometry.

I am looking for a bike for commuting 7 - 10 miles each way, to save...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-19, 05:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,948
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Multi-modal; currently 7-8 miles, which is...

Multi-modal; currently 7-8 miles, which is enjoyable, gets me focused for work, but not needing a shower when I get there. Fortunate, because we don't have showers.

My ideal job would be 10-12...
Forum: Northeast
06-15-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,780
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Rutherford/East Rutherford June 29 - 30

I will be in either Rutherford or East Rutherford for work for the weekend of June 29 - 30. I expect to be wanting (needing) to take a ride after work (after 5 on Saturday, probably anytime after...
Forum: Northeast
11-11-18, 07:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 936
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I have ridden the Charles River path between...

I have ridden the Charles River path between Cambridge and Waltham, and it is a pretty ride, and a good way to get started. I end up going slower along the trail than when I take the streets, but...
Forum: Northeast
10-04-18, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9,199
Views: 1,082,160
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Really sweet find.

Really sweet find.
Forum: Northeast
09-29-18, 10:01 PM
Replies: 9,199
Views: 1,082,160
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I was all set to join the fun along the MM today,...

I was all set to join the fun along the MM today, then had a work emergency and ended up in the office most of the day. No ride

But at least the computers are happy.
Forum: Northeast
09-25-18, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Posted By NewATBikeComute

If looking at Newton/Waltham, some options might...

If looking at Newton/Waltham, some options might be:
1. Norumbega Park (good size lot, parking for boating rental place that is pretty much closed this time of year). Google Norumbega Road (parking...
Forum: Northeast
09-16-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9,199
Views: 1,082,160
Posted By NewATBikeComute

UH OH! The same thing was happening in Newton...

UH OH! The same thing was happening in Newton earlier this year, around Winchester Street. In fact I picked up one myself. Unfortunately, I used my front tire to pick it up.

Could be unrelated,...
Forum: Northeast
09-09-18, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9,199
Views: 1,082,160
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I like this idea as well; have already invited my...

I like this idea as well; have already invited my semi-regular bike riding partner to ride that day; whether he comes or not, I intend to be around. Count me in!
09-05-18, 11:41 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 11,495
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Interesting place to wear a helmut, but glad it...

Interesting place to wear a helmut, but glad it saved your butt! :lol:
09-04-18, 03:00 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,255
Posted By NewATBikeComute

This thread got me to thinking, which lead to...

This thread got me to thinking, which lead to checking out my totals for the past 26 months. Why 26 months? Well...


2016
July 1st. Did my first bike commute in 20 years; only rode to work a...
09-04-18, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I am too new to offer any specific bike advice,...

I am too new to offer any specific bike advice, but will pass along my experience of the past couple of years.


Tires can make a bad bike better, and a good bike great. In general, a fatter...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,424
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I have behind the ear aids myself, sweat a lot,...

I have behind the ear aids myself, sweat a lot, and have trouble keeping them clean and dry.

Ironically, was in Costco (where I purchased my aids), and ended up buying a 'drying box'. It's a...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 47,378
Posted By NewATBikeComute

augustgarage (CA) _________________ 5332.4 (6134...

augustgarage (CA) _________________ 5332.4 (6134 total) [123/125]Bizman (PA) _______________________ 4571 (5033 total miles YTD)
CliffordK (OR) ____________________ 4114 mi (+179 other)
dschue5...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Just a thought, but can you drive partway, park,...

Just a thought, but can you drive partway, park, and then ride the bike the rest of the way? Build up to the full distance while you build your confidence? All the planning and thinking in the...
08-10-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,068
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Not only did the Subaru come from behind the...

Not only did the Subaru come from behind the cyclist, and essentially right-hook her, while the cyclist stayed in her lane, then the driver had to swing rapidly to the right to avoid the stopped...
Forum: Northeast
08-05-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9,199
Views: 1,082,160
Posted By NewATBikeComute

A friend and I, looking for new adventures,...

A friend and I, looking for new adventures, decided to ride the MM, since he had never ridden it, and I had done only part of it.

Started in Watertown on Saturday, around 8:30, road to Alewife and...
08-03-18, 07:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 810
Posted By NewATBikeComute

You thought you were kidding... ...

You thought you were kidding...


https://hovding.com/how-hovding-works/
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-02-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 726
Posted By NewATBikeComute

I haven't been there for decades, but I do recall...

I haven't been there for decades, but I do recall that the highest point of land is a pile of trash! Mt. Trashmore, used to be a nice park, probably still is, but weren't any bike paths on it, back...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-18, 07:19 AM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 226,683
Posted By NewATBikeComute

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Bit of a hairy situation, but it was ironed out, finally.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-18, 09:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,843
Posted By NewATBikeComute

If it helps, I remember reading your first posts...

If it helps, I remember reading your first posts and being inspired by your willingness to get out there and just do it, despite the challenges you've faced. It helped me to know that not everyone...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,580
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Two cool ideas in one reply. Thanks!

Two cool ideas in one reply. Thanks!
07-11-18, 11:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,214
Posted By NewATBikeComute

When I read explanations like this, I can follow...

When I read explanations like this, I can follow along, but ask me tomorrow to explain it, and it would be tough.

Still I appreciate that you took the time to post precise, well-sourced...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-18, 10:37 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,580
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Question for those who wax: How often do you...

Question for those who wax: How often do you replace the wax in the crockpot? I find the grit build up after a number of cycles, and it settles to the bottom, but can't figure out a good way to...
07-11-18, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By NewATBikeComute

My stubborn streak is not rational, but something...

My stubborn streak is not rational, but something I have to overcome sometimes.

Yes, replaced the rear gears, found few options, nearest fit was a bit more compact, starting higher where I have...
07-09-18, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By NewATBikeComute

this is a practical learning tool in that I am...

this is a practical learning tool in that I am trying to commute , trying to learn both what works for commuting and to learn about maintaining my own bike, and learn what works for me for fitness at...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 997
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Lots of good ideas, so I'm not going to...

Lots of good ideas, so I'm not going to duplicate, or add to the confusion.


My first suggestion is: enjoy. Get started, modify as needed.


Beyond that, at some point add some lights, even...
07-08-18, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Thanks. Looks like I will have to stick to the...

Thanks. Looks like I will have to stick to the existing size crankset gears. Lesson learned.
07-08-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Help identifying front derailleur-80's Trek

Bought a Trek 800 Mountain track last fall, now upgrading components (for commute bike).

I wanted to install a larger front gear set, but can't figure out what to do with the front derailleur;...
07-03-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,442
Posted By NewATBikeComute

In MA, S2570, OmniBike Bill An Act to Reduce...

In MA, S2570, OmniBike Bill An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S2570/), just passed the Senate, now must pass the House.


Unfortunately, does not include...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,580
Posted By NewATBikeComute

Yes, quick links are much easier. I don't (yet)...

Yes, quick links are much easier. I don't (yet) have a QL tool, just using needle nose pliers, but that's on my Wish List.
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