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10-10-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,307
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I guess the few times I've drafted or had others...

I guess the few times I've drafted or had others draft off me, there was always at least a bike length or so, so I've never worried about it. If you're talking someone following inches of your tail,...
10-10-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,294
Posted By Notso_fastLane

So if I may follow up. What's everyone's top...

So if I may follow up. What's everyone's top speed, what bike, and under what conditions?

On my recumbent bike, there was a hill in Seattle I could go down that I would hit low 60s. My record...
10-10-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 718
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I only ride recumbents now that I'm getting...

I only ride recumbents now that I'm getting older. I have a 2 wheel tiller steering bent with a 20" front and 26" rear that I use most of the time. When the weather gets bad, or I need extra carrying...
10-10-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,170
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I always wear bike specific riding gear and...

I always wear bike specific riding gear and change clothes at work. There's really no better option unless your commute is really short.
10-10-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I would also suggest a recumbent. If you don't...

I would also suggest a recumbent. If you don't want to go with a trike, there are plenty of good 2 wheel bents out there as well. Lots more variety in bents than in uprights. (Tiller steering,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 7,199
Posted By Notso_fastLane

The claims I've seen, and as far as I know, no...

The claims I've seen, and as far as I know, no studies have actually been done, is that many (not all) riders who are or were already pretty serious riders, are getting as much or more of a workout...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 7,199
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If someone on an e-bike is motivated to ride...

If someone on an e-bike is motivated to ride longer (time) and go further because they're *gasp* having more fun, then they are getting more exercise and fitness out of it.

I've read many similar...
10-09-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,307
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I don't get why people get so upset about other...

I don't get why people get so upset about other riders in their draft, but the rest is a bit crazy.

No one can draft off my velomobile. :D
10-08-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I miss AZ. ;) My current cold...

I miss AZ. ;)

My current cold weather/winter ride is a 2014 Carbon Strada Velomobile. It's a three wheeler, so I don't mind a little snow. If it gets really sketchy I'll throw some Conti winter...
10-08-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 494
Posted By Notso_fastLane

QFT. I recently purchased a used velomobile for...

QFT. I recently purchased a used velomobile for $5k. Worth every penny. It will take a long time to 'pay off' in terms of saved gas, and auto maintenance, but it's worth it for all kinds of other...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 358
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Least expensive solution: 1. Put a drop of dish...

Least expensive solution:
1. Put a drop of dish soap on each lense.
2. Smear it around real good with your fingers.
3. Wipe clear. (use a dry rag)

Depending on how long your commute is, you...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 7,199
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Lots of people (other bike riders) think when I...

Lots of people (other bike riders) think when I pass them on my velo that I am running a motor in it. Then they catch me on a hill. :p

To be fair, probably 75% of the velos out there have...
10-08-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,294
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I like hot. When I lived in Tucson, I would wait...

I like hot. When I lived in Tucson, I would wait until the afternoon in the summer to go on my typically 3-4 hour rides. I had the trails to myself. :D

Optimal though, is probably upper 70s.
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10-07-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,555
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Wearing something on your head is always a good...

Wearing something on your head is always a good idea, because like every other part of your body, it can get cold. However, losing a third of your body heat through your head is an urban legend. ;) ...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,398
Posted By Notso_fastLane

2014 Carbon Strada: ...

2014 Carbon Strada:

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/480x270/velo_me_sm01_bd4b640a1f3f6eea0ff9d049da20cdc50b26220b.jpg

I have to admit, now that the temps are dropping into...
Forum: Foo
10-02-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,638
Posted By Notso_fastLane

https://pics.me.me/we-were-once-wolves-wild-and-wa...

https://pics.me.me/we-were-once-wolves-wild-and-wary-stealth-and-cunning-3533746.png
Forum: Commuting
10-02-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,398
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I got my recumbent when I was living in the...

I got my recumbent when I was living in the Seattle area. Fenders there are a must, unless you really enjoy the spray in your face, feet, and up your back. It's worse on a recumbent, because the...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,132
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I'd go see a different eye dr. It's worth it to...

I'd go see a different eye dr. It's worth it to get a second opinion anyway, but find one that is more interactive and will answer your questions.
10-02-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,053
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Kill a cyclist, pay a fine.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2016/07/15/grace-harken-courtney-johnson-bicycle-crash-mitchell-county-iowa/87132140/

The driver admitted to texting while driving,...
10-01-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 975
Posted By Notso_fastLane

fixt. ;)

fixt. ;)
10-01-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,555
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I've now got a velo. I plan on riding unless the...

I've now got a velo. I plan on riding unless the snow is so deep I simply can't power through it.

I shouldn't have to worry about that, though, they do a pretty good job keeping the streets...
09-24-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,270
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Howabout a Cycliq compilation? First...

Howabout a Cycliq compilation?

First pedestrian hit is ~3 seconds in. I haven't watched all the way through this one in a while, but I think this compilation has several. Some are the bicyclists...
09-24-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,073
Posted By Notso_fastLane

It's probably not the thickness of the wall/weld....

It's probably not the thickness of the wall/weld.

After welding any metal (Ti, Al, or steel), unless it's non-structural, and very very few exceptions, there needs to be a post weld heat...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,060
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Locals here tend to use...

Locals here tend to use https://classifieds.ksl.com/ more than craigslist.

Check the 'cycling' page. Way more options than CL.

Do you plan on riding through the winter, or only when the...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,392
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Thanks for the heads up. I check my tires (at...

Thanks for the heads up. I check my tires (at least) weekly when I top up the pressures.

I've started to carry a Gerber multi-tool with me, as there have now been two instances where there were...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,392
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I've experienced about a dozen flats in the last...

I've experienced about a dozen flats in the last 3 months, mostly from wire/road debris, although there is some kind of plant around here that produces long (~1") thorns that are hard enough to go...
Forum: Recumbent
09-19-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,905
Posted By Notso_fastLane

My bent is way more comfortable than my upright...

My bent is way more comfortable than my upright bikes ever were. I use my bikes 99% for commuting, so racing isn't something I do, but I do like to get to work faster if it is also within the other...
09-18-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 612
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If you're willing to spend the money, the good...

If you're willing to spend the money, the good ones, while significantly heavier than a top of the line bicycle, are easily within the practical commuter speed capability.

Velomobiles are mostly...
09-18-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,270
Posted By Notso_fastLane

There are a few (entertaining, admittedly) videos...

There are a few (entertaining, admittedly) videos on the Cycliq site with pedestrians walking right into/in front of bicycles. They are almost always face down in a smartphone screen when it happens.
09-18-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 659
Posted By Notso_fastLane

That's a good summary. I'm an aircraft...

That's a good summary.

I'm an aircraft structural engineer, and I work fairly extensively with composites (not just CF). I'm not the local expert, though, so most of my knowledge is pretty...
09-17-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,579
Posted By Notso_fastLane

It is. Especially the streamlined recliner...

It is. Especially the streamlined recliner (velomobile). I'm really slow going up hill, as my typical commuting configuration, the velo pushes about 75 lbs. But I can still catch and pass most...
09-12-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 17,370
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Beer is always a good option. I find...

Beer is always a good option.

I find drinking helps. ;)
09-12-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 17,370
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Yeah, there was an incident here last year. The...

Yeah, there was an incident here last year. The road is 55 mph, 4 lanes + center left turn lane, and right turn lanes in the eastbound direction, and wide (10-12 foot) shoulders. The shoulders,...
09-12-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 666
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Interesting idea. I've never seen a combined...

Interesting idea. I've never seen a combined transportation mode traffic circle, but as long as you have a good way to keep the cars from going onto the bike path, that would be a good idea, I think.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,021
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I specifically got my velomobile to extend my...

I specifically got my velomobile to extend my riding season to hopefully 12 months.

So, yes? :D
Forum: Commuting
09-12-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1,591
Views: 48,294
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Just logged by ~12th flat in 4 months. I'm going...

Just logged by ~12th flat in 4 months. I'm going to put titanium liners in my bloody tires next.
09-12-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 666
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If all you're really doing is trying to reduce...

If all you're really doing is trying to reduce confusion, I would recommend signs at the trail crossing and roads indicating which route bikes/pedestrians should take. That's about all you can do...
Forum: Foo
09-11-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,729
Posted By Notso_fastLane

My not-so-inner-12-year-old agrees. ;) One...

My not-so-inner-12-year-old agrees. ;)

One advantage though, is my car/motorcycle insurance keeps going down. :)
09-11-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,000
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Seconded. At least try a few out.

Seconded. At least try a few out.
Forum: Commuting
09-10-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,640
Posted By Notso_fastLane

If you don't specifically want the E-option, you...

If you don't specifically want the E-option, you might want to take a look at the TerraTrike or ICE fat trikes. With a trike, you don't have to worry about sliding a little sideways. There are also...
Forum: Recumbent
09-05-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,602
Posted By Notso_fastLane

That is sick looking. I always wanted to try a...

That is sick looking. I always wanted to try a good fast lowracer, but my bikes are primarily for commuting and I just can't justify the expense for pleaure riding (I don't think I'd ever be really...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,091
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I've got a bell installed in my velomobile. It's...

I've got a bell installed in my velomobile. It's buried way down in the nose where it's hard to get a picture.

When the bell doesn't work, the horn does. ;)
09-05-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 17,370
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Agreed. And a case can be made, as usual, by...

Agreed. And a case can be made, as usual, by looking at countries that have much stricter rules about obtaining and keeping a drivers' license, but let's pretend it wouldn't have done anything for...
09-03-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,140
Posted By Notso_fastLane

There's also the close call database: ...

There's also the close call database: https://closecalldatabase.com/

I think you need to be able to see a license plate, but not necessarily if the vehicle can be identified. I've only...
Forum: Recumbent
08-28-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,381
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I'm guessing on the Volae, you'd have better luck...

I'm guessing on the Volae, you'd have better luck adjusting the handlebars up so your legs aren't hitting them, if that's possible. I have tiller steering on my bent, so it's easier to adjust. A SWB...
Forum: Recumbent
08-27-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,381
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Are you talking about Ajo bikes? The shop...

Are you talking about Ajo bikes?

The shop is pretty easy to get to from the bike path around town if that's an option.

I've never had access to a bike locker, so I can't tell you about how...
08-27-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,832
Posted By Notso_fastLane

This is true, but the flip side is that there are...

This is true, but the flip side is that there are programs like the Close Call Database. So that if and when there is an issue, any driver that has been previously reported can't get away with...
08-27-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,579
Posted By Notso_fastLane

I ride a bent, and a velomobile, and I feel this...

I ride a bent, and a velomobile, and I feel this needs qualified: on level ground or down hill. Bents can be almost or as fast as a good bike uphill, but a light velo is ~60 lbs, and they simply will...
08-27-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,323
Posted By Notso_fastLane

This is true. That is apparently why, in UT, the...

This is true. That is apparently why, in UT, the state finally set up a hotline specifically because the police weren't enforcing the ban on rolling coal (zero citations or even warnings in the first...
08-27-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,944
Posted By Notso_fastLane

Yep. They did the same thing to MANY streets in...

Yep. They did the same thing to MANY streets in Tucson over the last decade. I both biked and drove on several of them before and after, and it is actually more pleasant to do both now.

Like in...
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