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03-24-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 897
Views: 58,001
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...
03-23-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 19,270
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...
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...
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, 10:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,416
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: 2,200
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...
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: 19,270
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...
02-28-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,623
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, 07:44 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...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 803
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...
02-02-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,208
Posted By wipekitty

No, though there are certainly a few zippy...

No, though there are certainly a few zippy descents where it would have been warranted.

I had dreams of getting my nice ticket, framing a copy, and then never doing that again. We can all dream, I...
02-02-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,907
Posted By wipekitty

This pretty much nails my response:

This pretty much nails my response:
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,443
Posted By wipekitty

Maybe in the big city! :) Seriously, though,...

Maybe in the big city! :)

Seriously, though, I was surprised by the availability of grocery delivery when I returned back to civilization (a larger metro area) in August. No such thing in my...
01-26-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,570
Posted By wipekitty

Up in Wisconsin-land, I washed my good winter...

Up in Wisconsin-land, I washed my good winter bikes in the bathtub (making sure to dry them thoroughly). Outdoor washing was not an option - anyone who keeps a hose hooked up November-April is asking...
01-26-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,469
Posted By wipekitty

For me, it's not a question of how cold I can...

For me, it's not a question of how cold I can handle - it's how cold my gear can handle.

I've done 20+ mile rides, climbing and all that, at 0F. For commutes and shorter rides, down to -10F....
01-26-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,442
Posted By wipekitty

I was told by a Southern lady that when you live...

I was told by a Southern lady that when you live in the Deep South, you must speak slowly so that your mouth does not overheat. (Put that in your best Selma, AL accent!)

That doesn't explain the...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,290
Posted By wipekitty

Meh - some people just like honking. I get honked...

Meh - some people just like honking. I get honked at all the time and generally ignore it. Some people feel like cyclists are inconveniencing their journey to the nearest red light. If the traffic...
01-17-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 399
Posted By wipekitty

I think I just barely made it in 2019. I...

I think I just barely made it in 2019.

I generally only drive if I need to go somewhere far. 2019 had two trips to see family (600 miles, 900 miles). There was also a move to a new city (1200...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,034
Posted By wipekitty

Night rides? Sure! In more rural parts, I...

Night rides? Sure!

In more rural parts, I stick to roads/highways with shoulders. I use a Cygolite Expilion 850 front (usually medium-high to high beam for low-traffic areas, to increase sight...
01-15-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 801
Posted By wipekitty

Mosyosalyangoz There are almost weekly "Weekend...

Mosyosalyangoz There are almost weekly "Weekend Ride Report" threads in the Road subforum - that's a great place to get started sharing your rides, if you're a road cyclist. Long-distance has an...
01-15-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 897
Views: 58,001
Posted By wipekitty

I would really like to see a helicopter! It...

I would really like to see a helicopter! It doesn't matter what kind, and it can be parked or in flight.
01-14-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 58,001
Posted By wipekitty

A personal favorite: American Tobacco Trail. No...

A personal favorite: American Tobacco Trail. No smoking.


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01-14-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,994
Posted By wipekitty

At the moment, I'm just using lights on the bike....

At the moment, I'm just using lights on the bike. I use steady beam front and rear lights (Cygolite Expilion 850, usually not on full beam, and a Hotshot 100) all the time, and add front/rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,249
Posted By wipekitty

Gorgeous road. I'm jealous.

Gorgeous road. I'm jealous.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,962
Posted By wipekitty

I have sinned... I speed frequently. If...

I have sinned...

I speed frequently. If they wanted me to go 25 MPH, why on earth would they put that HILL there?!
I've had plenty of those "road closed find out why" moments. Aren't closed...
01-11-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,256
Posted By wipekitty

Well, I'm in the non-deep South for a year :lol: ...

Well, I'm in the non-deep South for a year :lol:

I originally thought it was overkill to bring three bikes for a year, but I'm happy I did. I've got the road bike (for nice weather, and road...
01-11-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,589
Posted By wipekitty

Ooooh, reflective tape is fun! Any additional...

Ooooh, reflective tape is fun! Any additional links to low-cost stuff that sticks to fabric or vinyl would be appreciated.

I bought some cheapo stuff at the X-mart to put on my messenger bag and...
12-28-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 746
Posted By wipekitty

I used part of a gift card on some Kool Stop dual...

I used part of a gift card on some Kool Stop dual compound brake shoe inserts. Not so exciting, but stopping is important!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,821
Posted By wipekitty

It was a bit of a slow year for me, with fewer...

It was a bit of a slow year for me, with fewer epic rides for reasons both in and out of my control.

I think my favorite was the last longer (50+ mile) ride I did before leaving Wisconsin. Good...
12-22-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 884
Posted By wipekitty

Third eye mirror. Cheap and effective, and...

Third eye mirror. Cheap and effective, and handles bumpy roads well.

This is on my single speed that I use for transportation and occasional road cycling outings.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,049
Posted By wipekitty

My wide-footed friends swear by Lake shoes. As...

My wide-footed friends swear by Lake shoes. As someone with the complete opposite problem - skinny feet and the blisters to prove it - I've had amazing luck using shoes with two Boa closures....
Forum: Commuting
12-21-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,351
Posted By wipekitty

Overall riding: My mileage is down this year -...

Overall riding: My mileage is down this year - I'm currently at 4,357 miles (outdoor only of course!), down from just over 6K in both 2017 and 2018. My recreational road/gravel mileage was way lower...
12-20-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,949
Posted By wipekitty

I ride on the roads for transportation as well as...

I ride on the roads for transportation as well as recreation. I actually feel a bit safer on my bike than I do walking or driving - there's less to hit and it's faster than trying to dodge on foot. I...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,269
Posted By wipekitty

If you're a an evening person, the days already...

If you're a an evening person, the days already got longer :)

I think it differs a bit geographically, but sometime around December 12-14, the sunset starts getting later. (Sunrise continues to...
12-14-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By wipekitty

It finally rained, and I got a couple of rides in...

It finally rained, and I got a couple of rides in with the Velotoze!

For cold weather, I still prefer neoprene - the Velotoze do not breathe, at all.

On the other hand, I rode 9 miles to work...
12-08-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,959
Posted By wipekitty

Why, yes! The most recent one was behind me and...

Why, yes! The most recent one was behind me and apparently wanted to turn right while I was going straight. Back in the day, we used turn signals, not horns, to notify other road users of our...
12-07-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,034
Posted By wipekitty

There are a lot of good options in the...

There are a lot of good options in the gravel/adventure/etc. category. I'd start by finding something with really wide tire clearance and high stack.

If she can handle a test ride on something...
12-06-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 766
Posted By wipekitty

I've been using REI Merino Expedition socks...

I've been using REI Merino Expedition socks for...a long time. My current pairs are on their ninth or tenth winter season and still going strong. These will take me into the 30s without neoprene...
11-27-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,083
Posted By wipekitty

I don't think I've ever commuted on a 'commuter...

I don't think I've ever commuted on a 'commuter bike', with the exception of three days using a bike share at an out of town conference (not sure if that's a commuter bike). I'm thinking of a...
11-26-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,284
Posted By wipekitty

Maybe the super cute bike helps? :thumb: ...

Maybe the super cute bike helps? :thumb:

Ugh, if I had a dollar for every time young guys made those shrieking noises...well, I'd have a lot of dollars. I've also been called the usual term that...
11-23-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By wipekitty

My Velotoze tall shoe covers just arrived this...

My Velotoze tall shoe covers just arrived this week - I ordered from Merlin.

They remind me of swimming caps, but for feet. I'll report back once I get a chance to try them.

I plan to use them...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,620
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah - I believe it's three minutes in North...

Yeah - I believe it's three minutes in North Carolina. It was 45 seconds in Wisconsin - that's reasonable. But three minutes for a light I know will never turn? Come on!

I generally follow all the...
11-21-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 58,001
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a bit late to this party, but I've got one:...

I'm a bit late to this party, but I've got one: research park to the rescue!
...
11-19-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,415
Posted By wipekitty

Eh, I've had drivers do this while making eye...

Eh, I've had drivers do this while making eye contact with me. Not everybody wants to be considerate and civilized (and it seems to get worse around the holidays.)



Yep. They also do this to...
11-15-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,524
Posted By wipekitty

Craigslist: No problems. I've bought a bunch of...

Craigslist: No problems. I've bought a bunch of bikes (ranging from a nice road bike to a mid-grade commuter bike to vintage and beater bikes) on Craigslist. Size of town and time of year can impact...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 795
Posted By wipekitty

Another +1 for bike commuting! If the commute...

Another +1 for bike commuting! If the commute isn't enough, there are probably some other routes that will work.

Riding in the dark is fine with good lights/reflective gear. Sure, I'm not going to...
11-12-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,172
Posted By wipekitty

I like to tell the MTB fans who will not ride on...

I like to tell the MTB fans who will not ride on roads: "You can't sue the trees!" :D
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