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12-13-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,056
Posted By wipekitty

Back in Wisconsin, there was a nice twisty...

Back in Wisconsin, there was a nice twisty descent on a road with a 25 MPH speed limit. The last stretch was a straight drop followed by a sharp turn - I'd regularly hit the low 40s on that part, and...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 237
Posted By wipekitty

That's my motivation :lol: The two times...

That's my motivation :lol:

The two times I've driven to my current job, I've sat in traffic and pictured money blowing out of the tail pipe. I also know that on the bike, I can leave whenever I...
12-13-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 394
Posted By wipekitty

4,250. This will be the first year in a...

4,250.

This will be the first year in a while I've not hit 6,000...blame injury and a cross-country move :(
Forum: Commuting
12-09-19, 08:37 PM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 62,155
Posted By wipekitty

Three words: Shorts in December. Not bad.

Three words: Shorts in December.

Not bad.
12-08-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 903
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...
12-08-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By wipekitty

Nice one! I caught a gouge like that a month...

Nice one!

I caught a gouge like that a month or two ago. At work, of course, I noticed the tube poking out of the tire. I (carefully) rode the 9 miles home without incident, and then the tire went...
12-07-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,186
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...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 870
Posted By wipekitty

I guess I'm a bit opposite - I always share my...

I guess I'm a bit opposite - I always share my close calls with my SO. I've even gotten him to watch video footage so we can both complain about how dumb people are. He takes the bus and walks to...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 806
Posted By wipekitty

Something like that was my thought as well. I've...

Something like that was my thought as well. I've had my eye on the Topeak Backloader (https://www.jensonusa.com/Topeak-Backloader-Pack) for a while, and suspect that the 10 or 15L size would do the...
12-06-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
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...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 62,155
Posted By wipekitty

Today's commuting adventure: The bunny. On...

Today's commuting adventure: The bunny.

On my ride home, roadie guy passed me at an intersection on the MUP, which is cool - I wasn't feeling up enough to try to get some fun draft stuff going....
12-05-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,385
Posted By wipekitty

Case in point: You ride like 10-12K miles a year...

Case in point: You ride like 10-12K miles a year and (IIRC) in the desert.

Based on mileage alone, three years for me would be a like a year and a half for you or a decade for a casual rider. Use...
12-05-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,271
Posted By wipekitty

nice one!

nice one!
12-05-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 14,885
Posted By wipekitty

No way, man! It's a real sign on Moore Drive in...

No way, man! It's a real sign on Moore Drive in Durham, NC. The first time I took that route into work, I though it was so incredibly weird.

It's of course the one street that the Google truck...
12-04-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 312
Posted By wipekitty

I have some SealSkins tall neoprene covers that I...

I have some SealSkins tall neoprene covers that I got for pretty cheap (maybe $18?) from one of the UK sites. They work for me down to about 20F with thick wool socks. I use them for blocking wind...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,908
Posted By wipekitty

Nice area. That was my favorite area for winter...

Nice area. That was my favorite area for winter camping when I lived out that way - warm by my standards, cold enough to deter acclimated Southern California folks, and really pretty!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By wipekitty

I haven't posted here in a while, as my road...

I haven't posted here in a while, as my road cycling has been completely pathetic as of late! My main riding has been 18-20 miles a day of commuting, but between a few holidays and out of town travel...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,908
Posted By wipekitty

Surprisingly...where I used to live (La Crosse,...

Surprisingly...where I used to live (La Crosse, WI) was absolutely amazing for road cycling. By 'road cycling', I mean riding a bike on a road that is shared with cars.

Wisconsin paves almost all...
11-29-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 926
Posted By wipekitty

I used a Cycleops Magneto last winter with some...

I used a Cycleops Magneto last winter with some crappy stock road tires that came with various bikes. They seemed to do fine - no flats, and not a ton of black dust or anything.

I wouldn't use my...
11-29-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,559
Posted By wipekitty

Love the color. It's exactly the color of my...

Love the color. It's exactly the color of my single speed, and would also look nice with my gravel bike. Both of which I should probably be changing over from SPD-SL to SPD at some point, so it's...
11-28-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,559
Posted By wipekitty

I could use some new bib shorts. There's a couple...

I could use some new bib shorts. There's a couple (non-cycling) wardrobe upgrades I wouldn't mind making as well, but I doubt what I want will go on sale for another month.

I really can't imagine...
11-27-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,641
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: 5,377
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...
11-26-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,377
Posted By wipekitty

Half-full water bottle chucked at me; they...

Half-full water bottle chucked at me; they missed. I've also been coal-rolled.

Funny thing is, both incidents happened while I was JRA in street clothes, not out in road kit. In both cases, I...
11-25-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By wipekitty

I assume this is about bike trailers. IIRC, there...

I assume this is about bike trailers. IIRC, there was some community or another where a group of people got together and pitched in on a shared Bikes at Work trailer.

If there is an actual...
11-23-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
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
11-23-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 947
Posted By wipekitty

Nothing wrong with a carbon commute! My...

Nothing wrong with a carbon commute!

My current plastic bike is a fair weather rider - I commute on it only when I can take it in to work. That will probably change when I hit my next 'age...
11-23-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,945
Posted By wipekitty

I also organize by levels - though mine are...

I also organize by levels - though mine are winter-specific, and also specific to my own body's comfort levels:
Forum: Commuting
11-22-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,344
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...
11-22-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,267
Posted By wipekitty

I have Fizik Donna saddles on my road and gravel...

I have Fizik Donna saddles on my road and gravel bikes and a Fizik Vesta on the single speed. I've done centuries on all three without any serious issues, but prefer the Donna.

I like to think I'm...
11-21-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 14,885
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: 3,968
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...
Forum: Foo
11-15-19, 10:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,660
Posted By wipekitty

Ha ha...my SO is up to five, and still shopping....

Ha ha...my SO is up to five, and still shopping. One hollow body electric, two baritones, a 60s Sears special (actually used to be my dad's), and some other cheap electric guitar that needs to go....
Forum: Commuting
11-15-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By wipekitty

Gravel bike, for sure. Does the bike path...

Gravel bike, for sure.

Does the bike path tend to have snow or ice, including black ice? And is the gravel usually snow pack throughout the winter, or only occasionally?
11-15-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 981
Posted By wipekitty

I did something like this when I lived in Denver...

I did something like this when I lived in Denver in grad school - hardware store chain and zip ties! It works fine with disc brakes and sufficient tire clearance, but isn't so great with rim brakes...
11-15-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,251
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...
11-15-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,479
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a fan of the Smith helmets. I crashed with an...

I'm a fan of the Smith helmets. I crashed with an Overtake and replaced it. I like that the Koyroid keeps bees out. I also like the look of some of the Bontrager road helmets, though they can tend...
11-15-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,112
Posted By wipekitty

Usually low to mid 40s. If I'm putting in some...

Usually low to mid 40s. If I'm putting in some serious miles (200+ a week), it will drop into the high 30s. I haven't had time for that in a bit.
11-15-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,271
Posted By wipekitty

Rouler Sportswear out of Cary, NC has some of my...

Rouler Sportswear out of Cary, NC has some of my favorite OK/not OK offerings. Like the lumberjack skinsuit. And their new DIRT line (Dads Inside Riding Trainers).
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 650
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: 10,895
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
Forum: Commuting
11-12-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 62,155
Posted By wipekitty

Pretty epic commuting today. Cool and rainy...

Pretty epic commuting today.

Cool and rainy (high 40s) on the way in. My feet got soaked, but were fine. I've started using a handlebar cam on rainy days because that's when people are the most...
11-11-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 784
Posted By wipekitty

I like wool as well. My favorites are the...

I like wool as well. My favorites are the super-thin shirts from Ibex (now out of business).

Woolx stuff is a bit more budget friendly than some; I get the regular merino long-sleeve shirts rather...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,532
Posted By wipekitty

I probably mentioned this over in the Winter...

I probably mentioned this over in the Winter forums a few times, but I definitely tend to run hot! I'm of the school of 'fifty degrees, bare your knees', and my hands are usually warm enough with...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,532
Posted By wipekitty

My levels are perhaps not as refined as yours -...

My levels are perhaps not as refined as yours - but run something like the following. I used to live in western Wisconsin with no household car, so the levels needed to cover down to around -15F....
11-10-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,678
Posted By wipekitty

Low, medium, high, and daytime flashing are...

Low, medium, high, and daytime flashing are sufficient for me. I also like the fifth option of a night flashing mode, which can function as a be-seen light without completely blinding people.

Too...
11-10-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,296
Posted By wipekitty

Looks like I'm late to this thread, but I have...

Looks like I'm late to this thread, but I have frequently used a trailer on a bike with track ends without any problem.

Specifically, I've used a Wike cargo trailer with a hitch that connects to...
11-10-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By wipekitty

Another +1 for Bikes at Work trailers. I'm not...

Another +1 for Bikes at Work trailers. I'm not sure what the logistics would be as far as finding an appropriate bike/gearing, hitching two trailers together, and getting the brakes set up. It might...
11-10-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,479
Posted By wipekitty

I've done very little in-town driving in the past...

I've done very little in-town driving in the past 20 years or so. Most of my driving miles are on interstates and highways, usually fairly long distances; my shorter trips are usually just when I...
11-10-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,483
Posted By wipekitty

I like Tifosi. I got my pair for ~$35, and it...

I like Tifosi. I got my pair for ~$35, and it came with three lenses. I use the dark ones for bright sun, the tinted ones for cloudy days/evening riding, and the clear lenses for eye protection at...
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