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Forum: Northeast
04-04-15, 09:43 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 516
Posted By paul2432

HELP - Princeton area bike loan

I'm visiting relatives and thought I could rent a road bike bike from Knapp, but they don't have my size. Would anyone be willing to let me borrow a 56cm road bike Monday and Tuesday? I can pay up...
02-02-15, 01:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 482
Posted By paul2432

PCH closed through February from Yurba Beuna to Los Posas

PCH closure has been extended through February. Link to VC Star story below.

Nine-mile stretch of PCH to remain closed another month - VC-Star...
01-22-15, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,208
Posted By paul2432

If they plan to continue north from Malibu on the...

If they plan to continue north from Malibu on the PCH, please let them know the PCH is closed to all traffic from Deer Creek to Los Posas in Ventura County due to mudslides. Updates can be found at...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-13, 03:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,952
Posted By paul2432

I wear cycling specific clothes on my 8 mile...

I wear cycling specific clothes on my 8 mile commute. When my commute was only 0.75 mile each way I wore my street clothes.

I have showers at work.
Forum: Commuting
01-31-13, 11:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,126
Posted By paul2432

Truly strong wind can kill you, or at least make...

Truly strong wind can kill you, or at least make riding impossible. When you need to put your foot down every 30 seconds to keep from being blown over it's time to seek alternate transportation.
...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-13, 07:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 266
Posted By paul2432

Back at it

I haven't posted here in a while, but recently resumed bike commuting, so figured I'd start posting here again as well.

I started in 2009 commuting 12 miles each way to Boulder, CO every day. In...
01-06-12, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By paul2432

Be sure to boil the water first if you use a Neti...

Be sure to boil the water first if you use a Neti pot.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/19/143960631/second-neti-pot-death-from-amoeba-prompts-tap-water-warning

Paul
01-05-12, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 783
Posted By paul2432

I just learned that this bike is nothing new. ...

I just learned that this bike is nothing new. According to Simon Rakower on the Icebike e-mail list, this bike has been around for 20 years.

Paul
01-04-12, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By paul2432

Put a little Vaseline in your nose before you...

Put a little Vaseline in your nose before you start. Oh, and don't pick your nose so much :).

If that doesn't work, you can get a doctor to cauterize it (assuming its bleeding from the same spot...
01-04-12, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 783
Posted By paul2432

Cycling in Antartica (BBC article)

Interesting read.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16345232

Paul
Forum: Commuting
12-22-11, 11:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,887
Posted By paul2432

When I lived in an apartment, I just leaned them...

When I lived in an apartment, I just leaned them against the walls. It really depends on how much space you have.

Paul
Forum: Commuting
12-19-11, 01:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,052
Posted By paul2432

Water vapor and liquid water behave differently. ...

Water vapor and liquid water behave differently. The idea of waterproof/breathable fabric is that it blocks liquid water (rain), but transmits water vapor (evaporated sweat). Transport will be in...
Forum: Touring
12-19-11, 01:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,217
Posted By paul2432

I'll add: If the forecast calls for 80 mph winds...

I'll add: If the forecast calls for 80 mph winds it's probably a good idea to either change your route, or go at a different time.

Paul
Forum: Commuting
12-19-11, 10:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,052
Posted By paul2432

I use the Pearl Izumi Gavia jacket (no longer...

I use the Pearl Izumi Gavia jacket (no longer made unfortunately). It's a soft shell and works great. I usually wear just a thin smart wool baselayer underneath and I'm comfortable probably...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-11, 11:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,387
Posted By paul2432

I bought parts for my wheels when they were on...

I bought parts for my wheels when they were on sale, built them myself, and then had the shop tension them. Came out much less than $500 for the pair.

Paul
Forum: Touring
12-15-11, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,885
Posted By paul2432

Depending on where you will be riding, fenders...

Depending on where you will be riding, fenders may be a nice addition.

I also suggest giving careful consideration to the gearing (see calculator below). How much variation in cadence can you...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-11, 09:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,762
Posted By paul2432

Sure, "you're crazy" or some variant comes up...

Sure, "you're crazy" or some variant comes up from time to time, but I also get genuine enthusiasm and fist pumps. I remember one morning when it was below zero and snowing I got a "way to go" from...
Forum: Touring
12-13-11, 04:23 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 7,835
Posted By paul2432

Agree with others that this is not a big concern....

Agree with others that this is not a big concern. I've done 10+ mile descents on twisty mountain roads fully loaded and not had issues. Of course the typical touring bike is not very aerodynamic...
12-12-11, 02:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,157
Posted By paul2432

It's been said before but bears repeating. Loose...

It's been said before but bears repeating. Loose fitting shoes will keep your feet warmer. Too tight and you compress insulation and reduce circulation.

I've heard of people wrapping the foot...
Forum: Touring
12-12-11, 01:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,267
Posted By paul2432

Regarding the Surley LHT, if you go that way, I...

Regarding the Surley LHT, if you go that way, I recommend buying the frame and building up the bike exactly how you want it (doing the work yourself as much as possible). This has two advantages:
...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-11, 01:02 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,933
Posted By paul2432

Was the wind the same? As you said,...

Was the wind the same?

As you said, windproof is key. Cycling pants/tights that are not windproof are useless in colder temperatures. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, you could try a...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-11, 04:43 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,965
Posted By paul2432

Agreed. I had some arguments with my wife when I...

Agreed. I had some arguments with my wife when I first started commuting in snow storms. She eventually came to appreciate that I could do it safely.

Paul
Forum: Commuting
12-09-11, 12:19 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,284
Posted By paul2432

I checked the fourth option. I laced the wheels...

I checked the fourth option. I laced the wheels on my bike, but let a pro tension them for me. If I had my own truing stand, I'd probably tension the wheels myself.

Frankly, bicycle maintenance...
12-09-11, 10:37 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,452
Posted By paul2432

Here is a trick for going C --> F that makes it...

Here is a trick for going C --> F that makes it even easier.

1) Double the number
2) Subtract 10%
3) Add 32

Example converting 8C:

8 x 2 = 16
16 - 1.6 = 14.4
12-07-11, 08:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 14,483
Posted By paul2432

+1. Except I just change the tires rather than...

+1. Except I just change the tires rather than use two wheelsets. It only take 15-20 minutes to change the tires. I probably change them 1-2 times/month during the winter months. I have them on...
12-05-11, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 988
Posted By paul2432

I'm in my third winter now and must say I really...

I'm in my third winter now and must say I really enjoy riding in the winter. I got up extra early the other day and went for a two hour ride in the snow before work (only planned an hour, but had to...
Forum: Touring
12-05-11, 03:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 241
Posted By paul2432

Looking for suggestions for 1 or 2 night winter tour from Boulder area

Last year, I rode up to Rocky Mountain National Park in early January and stayed one night in a tent. I might do that again, but would like to hear other ideas.

Another idea I'm considering is...
Forum: Touring
12-05-11, 03:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,828
Posted By paul2432

Are you flying from China? And flying to where...

Are you flying from China? And flying to where at the end of the flight? Seems like airfare will be your single largest expense. Let's say flights are $1000 each way, and bike and other gear are...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-11, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,202
Posted By paul2432

I use toe covers in combination with wool socks...

I use toe covers in combination with wool socks down to about the low 30s. I think toe covers is all you should need in southern California.

Even if there are days you might need shoe covers I...
12-03-11, 10:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,266
Posted By paul2432

In cold weather (well below freezing) I think...

In cold weather (well below freezing) I think wind-blocking is much more important than waterproof. I also think you are overdressing. I'm generally good to about 0F with a soft shell microfleece...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-11, 10:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,142
Posted By paul2432

+1 Completely agree with this. ...

+1

Completely agree with this.

Regarding cold weather, if you are willing to invest in the right clothing, cycling in the cold can be quite enjoyable. Feet are the biggest challenge. I use...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-11, 12:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,361
Posted By paul2432

I lost about 15 lbs after I started daily...

I lost about 15 lbs after I started daily commuting 12 miles each way. When my commute went to 3/4 mile each way last March I gained 10 lbs. I'm finally getting that back under control.

Paul
Forum: Commuting
12-01-11, 04:39 PM
Forum: Commuting
12-01-11, 04:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,647
Posted By paul2432

I've been taking my 3yo daughter to dance class...

I've been taking my 3yo daughter to dance class via bike (she's in the Burley) on Saturday mornings. No comments yet, but we'll see what they say when it's 20F and snowing this Saturday.

Paul
Forum: Commuting
11-14-11, 02:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 542
Posted By paul2432

Awesome report. I grew up in the Cherry Hill...

Awesome report. I grew up in the Cherry Hill area, and it's great to see this kind of improvement. 20 years ago Admiral Wilson Blvd was nothing but strip clubs, sleazy motels and liquor stores. ...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-11, 01:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,359
Posted By paul2432

One solution I haven't seen listed yet is...

One solution I haven't seen listed yet is companies providing a shuttle bus from the train station to the workplace. I've worked at places that do this. If you have transport on the back end that...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-11, 11:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,513
Posted By paul2432

With good lights and reflective gear, a cyclist...

With good lights and reflective gear, a cyclist is often more visible at night than during the day in many situations.

Paul
10-30-11, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,593
Posted By paul2432

One thing to watch for is how the fingers sit...

One thing to watch for is how the fingers sit inside. The gloves will be warmer if the pairs of fingers are skin to skin rather than separated by the liner. I don't know how the Swix gloves work.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-11, 07:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By paul2432

I don't have two wheelsets, but I do switch tires...

I don't have two wheelsets, but I do switch tires as conditions and forecasts dictate. I never found it much trouble switching tires. In the winter I'm cleaning and relubing my bike all the time...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 02:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,101
Posted By paul2432

I was wondering about that too. I just looked at...

I was wondering about that too. I just looked at the specs for some of their other computers. They give -20C to 50C as the storage conditions and 0C to 40C (32-104F) as the operating conditions. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-11, 01:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,266
Posted By paul2432

I assume you are driving back and forth now? If...

I assume you are driving back and forth now? If so, what do you see? That is a better indicator than what someone who has never been on the road at 3AM thinks. Assuming no red flags, I say give it...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-11, 10:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 758
Posted By paul2432

I can second that the stuff attracts dirt but...

I can second that the stuff attracts dirt but also lubricates fairly well. My major complaint would be that the applicator is kind of clunky. Given how much dirt the stuff attracts I like to be...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-11, 10:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,220
Posted By paul2432

I wear a helmet. I don't wear gloves unless it...

I wear a helmet. I don't wear gloves unless it is cold. I have a mouth guard I wear because I grind my teeth. I have no idea if it provides any impact protection.

On my commute I wear steel...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-11, 05:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,101
Posted By paul2432

I have a dyno hub which supposedly interferes...

I have a dyno hub which supposedly interferes with wireless computers. I would want wired. Another problem with temperture is that most that I've seen aren't rated for below freezing (the Cateye...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-11, 11:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,176
Posted By paul2432

Here we go again . . . ...

Here we go again . . .

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/697966-Rude-to-have-headlight-in-flash-mode?highlight=flash

Paul
Forum: Commuting
10-21-11, 11:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,264
Posted By paul2432

My commute is only takes about 5 minutes now, so...

My commute is only takes about 5 minutes now, so I'd say there is no lower limit. The past two winters I rode 12 miles each way with typical lows around 10-15F but occasional sub-zero days. I found...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-11, 01:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,418
Posted By paul2432

O is for outside, which is where we are enjoying...

O is for outside, which is where we are enjoying fresh air while our commrades are stuck in cars
P is for panniers, which we use to transport our gear
Q is for quirky, which you've go to be a...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-11, 01:48 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,339
Posted By paul2432

Regarding switching from studded to non-studded. ...

Regarding switching from studded to non-studded. I just change the tires when I need to. I probably did this a dozen times last winter. Once I got good at it I could change both tires in about 20...
Forum: Commuting
10-03-11, 10:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,765
Posted By paul2432

I've got probably probably 5000 or so miles on my...

I've got probably probably 5000 or so miles on my Marathon Supremes (26" x 1.6"). When these wear out I'll get another pair. I've had a couple slow leak type flats (if I recall I found a bit of...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-11, 04:04 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,546
Posted By paul2432

Some numbers that might be useful: 100 GI,...

Some numbers that might be useful:

100 GI, pedaling at 100 rpm = 30 mph
100 GI, pedaling at 80 rpm = 24 mph
80 GI, pedaling at 100 rpm = 24 mph
80 GI, pedaling at 80 rpm = 19 mph

The...
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