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Forum: Commuting
02-27-10, 10:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,115
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Riding is safer than most people think, and...

Riding is safer than most people think, and driving is more dangerous than most people think. That said, I’ll also echo the two aspects of visibility, making yourself seen and using a mirror. When I...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-10, 10:09 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,942
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

For the past couple years I've used Mirrycle...

For the past couple years I've used Mirrycle MTB-style mirrors on all my bikes, whether straight or drop bars. Recently I switched to their STI model... when I get around to it I'll be switching...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-10, 12:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,412
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

35°F is my cutoff point. I wear a thin one, and...

35°F is my cutoff point. I wear a thin one, and even that I have to pull down when I stop. My ears, however, need to be covered below 50°F or else they end up feeling like they've been punched after...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-10, 12:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,549
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I didn't feel the addition of fenders nearly as...

I didn't feel the addition of fenders nearly as much as I'd feared, but there is still some penalty there. As for panniers, they can be a real drag. I use a trunk with fold-down panniers, so if...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-10, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

For winter shoes I'd been wearing a pair of...

For winter shoes I'd been wearing a pair of really crappy Shimano MT31 that's a size too large, with two pairs of wool socks and wind covers. I recently replaced my toe-only wind covers with...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,249
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

A buddy of mine has a 172; when people make...

A buddy of mine has a 172; when people make “where’s my flying car??!?” jokes I can’t help but think of that thing, which is essentially a vintage VW with wings and a really cool steering wheel.
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 09:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,249
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I’d been a gearhead since I was a teenager, but...

I’d been a gearhead since I was a teenager, but that mostly evaporated when I became a cyclist at the age of 35. I say mostly because there are cars I would love to have if I were still a car person,...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 08:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,257
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Verily. Now that we’ve nearly survived another...

Verily. Now that we’ve nearly survived another winter, wait till shops are dumping old inventory. I got two long-sleeved SmartWool base layers for $25 each last March…*they are at least two orders of...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 08:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,841
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I posit that rather than cycling ‘making’ them...

I posit that rather than cycling ‘making’ them feel ‘trapped and helpless,’ it has instead caused them to unlearn some of the conditioning that makes sitting in a metal box in the middle of the road...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 08:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 714
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

The recommendation above to add rather than...

The recommendation above to add rather than replace might be a very good choice. If you will forgive me both mixing and mangling metaphors, a commuter with only one bike is like a Jedi who bought his...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 08:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,196
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Here’s the bright side: you’re doing this at a...

Here’s the bright side: you’re doing this at a pretty horrible time of year, so once you get through to the warmer weather ahead, you’re pre-toughened. The first winter is guaranteed to be the worst,...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-10, 08:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,322
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I’m using two pairs of thick wool socks, an...

I’m using two pairs of thick wool socks, an oversized pair of Shimano shoes, and Garneau wind/rain covers over them. 100% effective, 110% annoying time sink in the mornings. In the heat of summer...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-10, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

The assumption that MTB-style shoes are more...

The assumption that MTB-style shoes are more walkable than road-style shoes isn't always correct. I started off with Shimano MT31, and they suck. I still use them as my winter shoes, as they fit...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-10, 10:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,198
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Single u-lock, dynamo lights, decent bag setup....

Single u-lock, dynamo lights, decent bag setup. So as little as thirty seconds in decent weather. But all the cold weather gear can be quite the time sink.
Forum: Commuting
02-02-10, 10:20 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,225
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I have once or twice shouted something along the...

I have once or twice shouted something along the lines of "Are you frakking British?!??!?" to a salmon, and one time not so long ago I had the opportunity to use some exaggerated body language to...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-10, 10:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,509
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

My usual breakfast for the past couple years has...

My usual breakfast for the past couple years has been three eggs* cooked sunny side up and served over two pieces of toast, with a glass of whole milk and cup of coffee. Two weeks ago I cut out the...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-10, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Decent weather, but crappy winds. First commute...

Decent weather, but crappy winds. First commute since replacing my old, decrepit chain and cassette Sunday evening. Oh how smooth and quiet a bike can be!!!
Forum: Commuting
01-26-10, 09:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,189
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Lovin' my 700x23 Gatorskins.

Lovin' my 700x23 Gatorskins.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-10, 01:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,188
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Yeah, YOU try riding in those things! I don't...

Yeah, YOU try riding in those things! I don't think they're standard SPD...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-10, 04:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,423
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Twice my girlfriend has come and picked me up...

Twice my girlfriend has come and picked me up because a summer thunderstorm with lots of lightning developed right on top of us. Other than that, so far, I've held to the NMW standard. So far.
Forum: Commuting
01-06-10, 12:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,411
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

700x23 is all I can get under the fenders, and...

700x23 is all I can get under the fenders, and even that took some serious effort. Speedium 2 on the front, Gatorskin on the back.
Forum: Commuting
01-06-10, 11:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,271
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Definitely not in my neck of the woods. I'm the...

Definitely not in my neck of the woods. I'm the only one I've seen out there lately, with lows just below freezing and highs just above freezing. Even at the organic coop (http://tidalcreek.coop/)...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-10, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Damn cold for this neck of the woods: 25.8*°F...

Damn cold for this neck of the woods: 25.8*°F when I left the house. Fortunately I haven't had the vicious morning headwind I've dealt with most of the winter, only about 6mph today. I could have...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-10, 11:15 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 5,198
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I know the stats and all that, and I am keenly...

I know the stats and all that, and I am keenly aware of the fact that no helmet will save me if I go head-on with a Ford Entitlement.

I'd actually started to go helmetless sometimes, but then a...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-09, 10:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 490
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

My last work commute was cold but good. After...

My last work commute was cold but good. After getting home last night I did a full grocery run, which was my last ride of the year. On the way home I hit 5,000 miles for the year (~4400 by bike, ~600...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-09, 07:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,609
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

My girlfriend and her mom pitched in to get me a...

My girlfriend and her mom pitched in to get me a Garmin 405cx, and just before christmas I treated myself to a CAAD5 frame that I can spend the next few months hanging expensive hardware from.
Forum: Commuting
12-22-09, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Didn't really enjoy it much, but it was okay. I...

Didn't really enjoy it much, but it was okay. I bailed on a club ride because I just didn't feel very ridey this morning, went to work instead. Realized once I got here that I had no normal people...
Forum: Commuting
12-22-09, 09:55 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,212
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I got a similar comment last night as I showed up...

I got a similar comment last night as I showed up for band practice (I'm the sound guy). My response was "Riding in the winter is like playing rock and roll... it's a lot easier if you've got the...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-09, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Cold, but my SmartWool is really earning its...

Cold, but my SmartWool is really earning its keep. I know we're only getting started, but so far it seems like I'll fare so much better this winter than last. Will probably be riding home in a heavy...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-09, 02:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,356
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

There are two things that have made a huge...

There are two things that have made a huge difference for me this winter as opposed to last: good wool and grow lights.

I have two SmartWool base layers and a pair of thick, cozy DeFeet socks. And...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-09, 11:50 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,522
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I was in Hawai'i from July 20th to August 5th,...

I was in Hawai'i from July 20th to August 5th, and that little green blip is the day we climbed the rim (http://ironicallyenough.com/images/runsat_diamond-head.PNG) of Diamond Head Crater. And then...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-09, 11:27 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,522
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

http://ironicallyenough.com/images/runsat_12-15-09...

http://ironicallyenough.com/images/runsat_12-15-09.png
Any further questions?
Forum: Commuting
12-15-09, 11:07 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,272
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

All depends on how we define "commuting." To...

All depends on how we define "commuting."

To me, grocery runs are commuting. But then what about the liquor store, does that count?

Sometimes when I skate I throw my gear in panniers and ride...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-09, 07:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,813
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I think the lightest bike in our house right now...

I think the lightest bike in our house right now is my girlfriend's Peugeot P18 mixte. It's a conventional drivetrain, but that can be converted. They're not hard to find, either; even in this fairly...
12-10-09, 01:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 27,330
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I disagree that the Brooks saddles are ugly, but...

I disagree that the Brooks saddles are ugly, but I have learned that I'm one of the few for whom they are indeed a hatchet of the ass (or more specifically, taint).
Forum: Commuting
12-10-09, 01:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,808
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I bring my bike up the stairs and have my office...

I bring my bike up the stairs and have my office key out and ready before I open the door into the main hallway. It's then about fifteen feet to my office door, which I lock behind me to decompress,...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-09, 08:10 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,817
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Self-sufficiency. Also fitness and sanity. But...

Self-sufficiency. Also fitness and sanity. But mostly I ride for the same reason I don't have credit cards: if I can't do it myself, do I really need to do it?
Forum: Commuting
12-10-09, 08:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 555
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Awesome. Hell of a season to start, but as was...

Awesome. Hell of a season to start, but as was mentioned above, springtime is gonna be pretty flippin' sweet for you. (Well, for all of us, but you especially.)
Forum: Commuting
12-09-09, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I'm filing that one away. I'm sure I'll have a...

I'm filing that one away. I'm sure I'll have a chance to use it eventually.
Forum: Commuting
12-09-09, 12:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 717
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

My first pair of shoes were Shimano MTB-style...

My first pair of shoes were Shimano MTB-style shoes, something in the lower end of their line. I purchased those primarily because of price and they seemed more walkable, less roadie.

They sucked....
Forum: Commuting
12-09-09, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

70°F air was a welcome change, and the 20mph...

70°F air was a welcome change, and the 20mph tailwind was awesome. The last turn near the office kinda sucked; suddenly I topped out at 11mph in first gear. Not really looking forward to the ride...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-09, 11:38 AM
Replies: 696
Views: 28,701
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

buzzbee _______________ 6100 JeffPoulin...

buzzbee _______________ 6100
JeffPoulin ______________ 5646
SSSTANG ______________ 5620
K'Tesh ________________ 5200.0
Barrettscv ______________ 5018
woodway ______________ 4852
...
12-03-09, 03:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,530
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I've got a Garmin Forerunner 205, and have logged...

I've got a Garmin Forerunner 205, and have logged over 10,000 miles on it. I absolutely love it. But I'll soon be wearing a Forerunner 405cx, which will allow use of HRM and cadence sensor. For me,...
12-03-09, 03:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,961
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

Not saying this applies to any of y'all, but...

Not saying this applies to any of y'all, but relying on lights but dressing in dark colors is kind of, oh, I don't know... selected against. A brightly colored shirt goes a long way toward helping a...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-09, 12:34 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,336
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I'll second that motion! It was only by sheer...

I'll second that motion! It was only by sheer bloodymindedness that I made it through last winter. I'm much better prepared now, so if Al Gore lets the temperatures drop to where they should be in...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-09, 10:26 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,069
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I recently started running. Not having my mirror...

I recently started running. Not having my mirror is REALLY messing with my head, to say nothing of lane positioning and all that.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-09, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,610
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I love you, man!

I love you, man!
Forum: Commuting
12-03-09, 09:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,117
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

I've got those same Axiom panniers. They're not...

I've got those same Axiom panniers. They're not crap, but $36 is about as much as I'd pay for a pair of them. They're rather large and thin, and don't hold form at all. They very rarely leave the top...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-09, 08:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,069
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

The first time you don't bother trying to spit...

The first time you don't bother trying to spit out whatever just ended up in your mouth.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-09, 08:36 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,336
Posted By TheLifeOfBryan

None of us like crappy bikes. That's a large part...

None of us like crappy bikes. That's a large part of why we're here, trading tips and tricks and showing off our various upgrades. But if nothing else, crappy bikes give you a deeper appreciation for...
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