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02-19-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,478
Posted By wipekitty

Pretty much this. I can only think of a few very...

Pretty much this. I can only think of a few very short stretches (primarily bridges) where the sidewalk has been legitimately safer. As I like to tell obnoxious drivers (in my head, not out loud), I...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By wipekitty

Nice job! Wisconsin winters are no joke,...

Nice job! Wisconsin winters are no joke, especially once you get outside of Milwaukee/Madison. I lived there for a while, and I'm trying not to go back :lol:
02-16-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 886
Posted By wipekitty

I dunno, I like my shoes with Boa (only about 5K...

I dunno, I like my shoes with Boa (only about 5K on them, so time will tell.) Specifically, I've always had a problem getting shoes to go narrow enough in the heel while keeping enough room in the...
02-15-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,442
Posted By wipekitty

Mild splatter: Into the kitchen, clean with baby...

Mild splatter: Into the kitchen, clean with baby wipes. (Baby wipes will freeze to a bike in the cold...ask me how I know.)

Full cleaning: In the bathtub/shower, with dishwashing soap. Dry...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Posted By wipekitty

I've had similar issues in extreme cold. +1...

I've had similar issues in extreme cold.

+1 on re-lubing the cable housing (checking for the lowest operating temperature of whatever lube you're using.) Storing my bike in a cooler area (unheated...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,776
Posted By wipekitty

I enjoy and embrace my summertime tan lines....

I enjoy and embrace my summertime tan lines. Since I wear gloves to ride, and tan a color that resembles that of a tabby cat, I get white cat paws. It fits with the whole cat theme I've got going...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 5,187
Posted By wipekitty

There was heavy rain on Tuesday, so I drove. I...

There was heavy rain on Tuesday, so I drove. I did not enjoy my driving experience.

So, there was heavy rain again today, and I rode! I got to have my Shawshank Redemption moment, and ended up...
02-13-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 647
Views: 41,693
Posted By wipekitty

Aww man, those pictures are making me miss So Cal!

Aww man, those pictures are making me miss So Cal!
02-12-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 647
Views: 41,693
Posted By wipekitty

I thought for SURE I'd beat you Left Coasters to...

I thought for SURE I'd beat you Left Coasters to the ATM, but no such luck! I looked all over the place this morning - maybe East Coast people don't do outdoor ATMs? (I haven't touched one for ~15...
02-11-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,661
Posted By wipekitty

As others have mentioned, a spinning bike will...

As others have mentioned, a spinning bike will not do much for bike handling skills. If you're not in shape, it can still be a good start, as it will help your body get used to the particular muscles...
02-11-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 17,797
Posted By wipekitty

Only when I have my nice bike, and only certain...

Only when I have my nice bike, and only certain stores.

I have no problem taking my bike inside bike shops (it's a bike shop!) or smaller shops where I know the owners. I took my bike in the small...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 967
Posted By wipekitty

My current commute is actually quite okay. Not...

My current commute is actually quite okay. Not awesome, not awful - just fine.

If I take the "front way" (as I call it), it's about half MUP, part urban bike lane or downtown streets, and about...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-10-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,691
Posted By wipekitty

Jeepers! I got a pair of R540 for $5.99, new, a...

Jeepers! I got a pair of R540 for $5.99, new, a couple of years ago. It was some really crazy deal, but even then, the normal price was maybe $30-$35.

I've been meaning to upgrade to something...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 5,187
Posted By wipekitty

Local schools (Durham, NC) were closed today due...

Local schools (Durham, NC) were closed today due to wind. Seriously? I've done snow days, cold days, hurricane days, and flood days, but never wind days!

Anyway, I rode (much to the concern of...
02-04-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,209
Posted By wipekitty

If I had to go with one, it would be my gravel...

If I had to go with one, it would be my gravel bike. It has wide enough clearance for...gravel tires (light off-road use), studded tires (winter use), and still works with road tires. It's nice but...
02-02-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,919
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: 4,349
Posted By wipekitty

This pretty much nails my response:

This pretty much nails my response:
02-01-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By wipekitty

I bought a bike directly from them (not from a...

I bought a bike directly from them (not from a private seller) a few years back. It ended up being cheaper to go through their Ebay store than the website, so I did that. The price I got did seem a...
01-31-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,507
Posted By wipekitty

I had some of that going on in the basement. ...

I had some of that going on in the basement.

Then, I had to pack up the house to move. It was horrifying.
01-31-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,872
Posted By wipekitty

I'm also a fan of the 3" cuff...not sure why. ...

I'm also a fan of the 3" cuff...not sure why.

Lately, I've been a fan of hi-viz socks with interesting phrases on the back. Kinda like bumper stickers for my ankles. I put thin wool socks...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
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...
01-28-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 647
Views: 41,693
Posted By wipekitty

Like getting an advanced degree during a...

Like getting an advanced degree during a recession? :)

Funny thing, I just interviewed for a job in San Bernardino yesterday. And for some unknown reason, I *really* want to move there, because I...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Posted By wipekitty

AFAIK, most bicycle-specific policies are...

AFAIK, most bicycle-specific policies are intended to protect your bike, rather than damage you might cause. It could be worthwhile if you have a high-end bike.

The thought of liability insurance...
01-27-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 917
Posted By wipekitty

I got really into wool while doing very short...

I got really into wool while doing very short commutes (too short to kit up for) in extreme cold. I use wool sweaters both as extra layers in extreme cold and as regular clothing at work.
I also...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,061
Posted By wipekitty

My training (that is, putting in a good effort,...

My training (that is, putting in a good effort, getting the heart rate up, hill reps and such) is really limited by snow and ice rather than temperature. In the cold places I've lived, snow and ice...
01-26-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 924
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,602
Posted By wipekitty

I forgot one: snot rockets. Sometimes, if...

I forgot one: snot rockets.

Sometimes, if there's a particularly egregious close-pass, I'll let 'er rip. I feel kind of bad about the perfectly executed snot rocket I ripped out...while in the...
01-26-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,074
Posted By wipekitty

I sold my car after I realized that I'd made it...

I sold my car after I realized that I'd made it through a particularly brutal Wisconsin winter using only my bicycle to get to work and back. In the meantime, I used the car about twice a month to...
01-26-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 796
Posted By wipekitty

Liability insurance was a huge hassle when I did...

Liability insurance was a huge hassle when I did not own a car.

You might be able to get a non-owner policy. I had no such luck - they wanted it to still be tied to a vehicle of some kind, such as...
01-26-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 478
Posted By wipekitty

I have this weird recurrent dream where I'm...

I have this weird recurrent dream where I'm climbing up a hill on my fixed gear. It turns into this weird kind of recumbent machine and I cannot get it to go forward - it's like I'm trying to walk up...
01-26-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,084
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 0°F. For commutes and shorter rides, down to -10°F....
01-26-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,204
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...
01-26-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By wipekitty

My impression is that Facebook Marketplace has...

My impression is that Facebook Marketplace has taken over much of the Craigslist market, especially with the younger crowd (people under 45). I bought bike wheels on there recently, and also bought a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,283
Posted By wipekitty

1. 132.7 miles. 2. Not counting commutes:...

1. 132.7 miles.

2. Not counting commutes: 25-45 miles. Depends on time of year/day (daylight) and group.

3. I'll kit up if I'm putting in 10+ miles and plan to ride hard. It's nice to be...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 5,187
Posted By wipekitty

Well, that was a new one! I left pretty late...

Well, that was a new one!

I left pretty late today...like 10AM. Cloudy, windy, 42 degrees. Good weather for some wool socks, fleecy tights, a softshell, and a thin wool shirt.

I missed the memo...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By wipekitty

Yes - check out "Living Car Free". But, be aware...

Yes - check out "Living Car Free". But, be aware that it can get a bit interesting in there at times!

To answer your question: I was bike-dependent for 5 1/2 years in a small town in the Upper...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By wipekitty

Here in the southeast US - where there is no snow...

Here in the southeast US - where there is no snow to melt and it doesn't stay below freezing long enough for the ground to permanently freeze - the biggest risk is rain followed by a temperature...
01-19-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,853
Posted By wipekitty

I'm not great at standing on the bike - it's a...

I'm not great at standing on the bike - it's a work in progress. I rarely feel the need to stand on a climb and am generally faster grinding it out while seated (though short steep rollers, sprints,...
01-17-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 647
Views: 41,693
Posted By wipekitty

Aww man, wish I'd checked the forum before...

Aww man, wish I'd checked the forum before leaving work this evening. It would have been a great night for the back way home...featuring MLK Boulevard!
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,160
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, 08:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,692
Posted By wipekitty

Good question! I've never actually run it the...

Good question! I've never actually run it the whole way down - I usually recharge it before a long ride. I've left it running in the neighborhood of 11 hours on some pokey gravel rides, and it was...
01-17-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,401
Posted By wipekitty

For some serious bike handling skills practice,...

For some serious bike handling skills practice, hit a university campus during class change times. Slow walking kiddos glued to their phones...the training is priceless. HRM and cadence sensors...
01-17-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,692
Posted By wipekitty

That's still my favorite mapping function :lol: ...

That's still my favorite mapping function :lol:

Directions on a piece of paper put in a Ziploc (tm) bag and attached to the top tube also work nicely.
01-17-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,692
Posted By wipekitty

I've been liking the Bryton Rider 10. With over...

I've been liking the Bryton Rider 10. With over 10,000 miles on the thing, it still holds a charge and measures speed, distance, and elevation about as accurately as the expensive computers. It's...
01-17-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 358
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: 2,746
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...
01-16-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 41,693
Posted By wipekitty

Good find! Next mission?

Good find! Next mission?
01-15-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 558
Posted By wipekitty

I have two setups for real winter. One with a...

I have two setups for real winter. One with a slightly aggressive (cyclocross) type tread pattern and a single row of studs. The other is pretty aggressive and heavily studded - Nokian/Suomi Extreme!...
01-15-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
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...
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