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Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,160
Posted By Steely Dan

if it was everyday, and for my entire commute,...

if it was everyday, and for my entire commute, yeah, i could totally see that being a drag.

but my wife only rode with me for ~33% of my route, at a speed penalty of ~33%, for an overall penalty...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,160
Posted By Steely Dan

for sure. 6 miles is a "real" bike ride for her,...

for sure. 6 miles is a "real" bike ride for her, as it would be for >90% of americans.

us daily bike commuters who rack up hundreds of miles a month just going to work and back can sometimes have...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,160
Posted By Steely Dan

For the first time in 12 years, I had a riding companion on this morning's commute

throughout my entire bike commuting career, i've always been a solo-rider.

not for any real particular reason, it's just the way it's always been.

then this morning, my wife asked if she could...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

my first official fall morning bike commute of...

my first official fall morning bike commute of 2019 is in the books and what a gem it was!

60 degrees, 54 degree dew point, sunny blue skies.

the 12 mph WNW wind at my 10 o'clock wasn't...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,675
Posted By Steely Dan

For winter riding in Chicago, with all of its...

For winter riding in Chicago, with all of its vicious freeze/thaw-induced black ice and other treacherous hazards, studs are absolutely vital, IMO.

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be one or the...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,506
Posted By Steely Dan

emotion does come into play for why i currently...

emotion does come into play for why i currently have 5 bikes (i certainly don't need all of them).

however, as a 4-season bike commuter in chicago, i would never want to go back to just one bike....
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,675
Posted By Steely Dan

that's good to hear, thanks for your input. ...

that's good to hear, thanks for your input.

i've been a winter commuter in chicago for over 10 years now, so i'm familiar with what winter bike commuting does to a regular bike, i was just curious...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,675
Posted By Steely Dan

hmmmm......... i hadn't considered that potential...

hmmmm......... i hadn't considered that potential pitfall.

can anyone with e-bike winter experience speak to the issue of battery performance/life riding in extreme cold?
Forum: Commuting
08-20-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,645
Posted By Steely Dan

i use to encounter this phenomenon a lot on my...

i use to encounter this phenomenon a lot on my former daily route from our old house which included crossing a couple dozen 4-way stop sign intersections, but on my new route from our new place, i...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,675
Posted By Steely Dan

i've purchased two other bikes from BD.com in the...

i've purchased two other bikes from BD.com in the past, both at seemingly impossible discounts, and i have been very satisfied with the quality of both bikes.




so how have the elctronics of...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,675
Posted By Steely Dan

E-bike fatbike for winter commuting?

i find myself with some extra money.

i've never been all that enamored with my current winter commuter bike.

then i see this monster on bikesdirect for $1,600...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,479
Posted By Steely Dan

my wife came bundled with a car from the day i...

my wife came bundled with a car from the day i moved in with her back when she was still my fiance. i had been a LCF bachelor for over a decade prior to that.

she's not a LCF person by nature, and...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,922
Posted By Steely Dan

weekend rides? do you mean like running...

weekend rides?

do you mean like running errands around the neighborhood or riding with the kiddos to the beach/zoo/pool/playground/etc.?

bike commuting probably constitutes >95% of my annual...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,284
Posted By Steely Dan

i'm an extremely heavy sweater, so this has been...

i'm an extremely heavy sweater, so this has been an issue for me. i found a pretty good solution that works for me by accident years ago.

the forehead foam padding at the front of my helmet...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,083
Posted By Steely Dan

over 80% of my bike commuting is in broad...

over 80% of my bike commuting is in broad daylight (only my evening commutes for the 4 months of standard time are in darkness), so i try to make myself visible with color: bright red bike, stark...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,122
Posted By Steely Dan

i'm not in the sun a whole lot (thank you...

i'm not in the sun a whole lot (thank you forested greenway MUP), except perhaps in winter when the trees lose their leaves, and i'm usually bundled up then anyway (and the sun is very low angle or...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,774
Posted By Steely Dan

i don't have any spectacular scenery to roll past...

i don't have any spectacular scenery to roll past (chicago doesn't really do scenery), but at least i have a pleasant enough 6 miles along a greenway/linear sculpture park that makes up the middle...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,775
Posted By Steely Dan

Many bikes look good without fenders. Many...

Many bikes look good without fenders.

Many bikes look good with fenders.

Generally speaking, I lean more towards the stripped-down, lean and mean aesthetic for bicycles. However, in the world...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

gorgeous ride this morning. 67° with a 57° dew...

gorgeous ride this morning. 67° with a 57° dew point.

topping out today around 73° with humidity staying low.

that's about as nice of a july day as one can reasonably expect in chicago.
Forum: Commuting
07-19-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,865
Posted By Steely Dan

i did it! despite my injury of stupidity, i rode...

i did it! despite my injury of stupidity, i rode to work for the first time this week!

it didn't exactly feel awesome on my burn wound, but the pain was tolerable (i pre-gamed with some...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,025
Posted By Steely Dan

i've never been head-hunted, but one thing i told...

i've never been head-hunted, but one thing i told my wife when we we're last looking for a new home for our family was "no more than 10 miles from my job in evanston".

fortunately, she agreed. she...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,865
Posted By Steely Dan

i tried to keep the burn blister intact, but i...

i tried to keep the burn blister intact, but i lanced it last night. the pain/pressure of having half a ping pong ball of puss sticking out of the ball of my foot was simply getting too intolerable....
Forum: Commuting
07-15-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,865
Posted By Steely Dan

Injuries of stupidity that have kept you off the bike

we were at a friends house for a backyard BBQ over the weekend.

in one of my trademark moments of monumental stupidity, i transferred red hot burning coals in a starter chimney from my friends...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

^ yikes, glad to hear that both bike and body...

^ yikes, glad to hear that both bike and body sound mostly ok. be sure to thank your guardian angel.


here in chicago we had a ridiculously gorgeous morning for a bike commute in july

67°, 55°...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,057
Posted By Steely Dan

i've been a 4-season bike commuter in chicago for...

i've been a 4-season bike commuter in chicago for over 11 years now (i'm 43).

my one-way distance has varied between 4.6 and 15.2 miles. currently i'm at 8.0 miles.

i'm fairly dedicated, but...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,098
Posted By Steely Dan

If you can't ride in cold rain, you can't ride in...

If you can't ride in cold rain, you can't ride in Chicago (City Motto: Holy F*<k it's cold)


;)
Forum: Commuting
07-09-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,346
Posted By Steely Dan

my personal favorite commuter tire of all time is...

my personal favorite commuter tire of all time is the continental grand prix 4 season.

for me, it's the perfect intersection of weight, rolling resistance, durability, puncture protection, wet...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,712
Posted By Steely Dan

i go about 1.1 miles out of my way to catch an...

i go about 1.1 miles out of my way to catch an MUP that keeps me off-street for 75% of my commute.

and another 12% of my route (the final mile into downtown evanston) is on a protected bike lane....
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,661
Posted By Steely Dan

my commute is only 8 miles one-way, so i don't...

my commute is only 8 miles one-way, so i don't travel with water.

i down a pint before i leave and then hydrate as needed when i arrive at work/home.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,098
Posted By Steely Dan

i took the OP's "cold drizzle" to mean ~40 with...

i took the OP's "cold drizzle" to mean ~40 with drizzle.

i took the OP's "hot sunshine" to mean 90+ with blazing sun and lots of humidity, because that's the only kind of heat we get in chicago....
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,098
Posted By Steely Dan

cold drizzle all day long. i was not built...

cold drizzle all day long.

i was not built for the heat.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,917
Posted By Steely Dan

after nearly two years of flat-free riding on...

after nearly two years of flat-free riding on gatorskins, as of this morning i've now had two flats this week. the tires are just old and spent.

the gatorskin is not my favorite tire, but they...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,433
Posted By Steely Dan

it's 8.0 miles from my home to my office via the...

it's 8.0 miles from my home to my office via the MUP route.

there's a more direct 6.9 mile route, but i almost never ride it because it's 100% city street, and with traffic and traffic control...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,787
Posted By Steely Dan

sense or death eventually sink their teeth into...

sense or death eventually sink their teeth into all of us, one way or the other.
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

^ similar story here in chicago. 52, light...

^ similar story here in chicago.

52, light rain, with an 18 mph north wind blowing straight into my face for the ride into work this morning. that N wind penalized me an extra 8 minutes.

that's...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,306
Posted By Steely Dan

^ even back when i rode 15 miles each way,...

^ even back when i rode 15 miles each way, everyday, i always just wore the same clothes home that i rode in with.

as said earlier, hang 'em up and let 'em air out and they're good to go for the...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 14,443
Posted By Steely Dan

i was curious about that too. yesterday in...

i was curious about that too.

yesterday in chicago, sunrise was 5:15am and sunset was 8:25pm.
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 14,443
Posted By Steely Dan

nothing puts a grin on my face while bike...

nothing puts a grin on my face while bike commuting like a ripping tailwind.

it's like riding an e-bike without having to purchase one.

it's too bad those 20+ mph winds exactly at your six...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,497
Posted By Steely Dan

ditto. back when i was a bachelor, i did 30...

ditto.

back when i was a bachelor, i did 30 miles roundtrip on the bike 5 days a week without even thinking about it.

i had ungodly amounts of free-time because outside of work hours i was...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

between a spring break trip to hawaii, then a...

between a spring break trip to hawaii, then a savage gout attack last week, and then torrential rains the past two days, it's been 2.5 weeks since my last bike commute.

but that all changed this...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

i've been off the bike all week because of a gout...

i've been off the bike all week because of a gout attack that struck over the weekend.

and it's been utterly gorgeous riding weather here in chicago. super-bummed.

fingers crossed for a friday...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

46 degrees, unlimited sunshine, relatively dry...

46 degrees, unlimited sunshine, relatively dry air even though we had storms last night, and an 18mph SW wind (that's mostly a tailwind for me).

those SW winds are supposed to intensify as the day...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,734
Posted By Steely Dan

The conti GP 4 season in size 28 is my "go to"...

The conti GP 4 season in size 28 is my "go to" commuting tire.

no one tire can give you everything you're looking for, but the 4 season is a good compromise spot for my purposes/wants.

I'm...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

it helps that 6 of my 8 miles are on a very...

it helps that 6 of my 8 miles are on a very lightly-used MUP with long uninterrupted stretches where i can "open up the throttle", so to speak.

i have one 2 mile stretch that doesn't have a single...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

51 degrees, mostly sunny, with a fun 12 mph SSW...

51 degrees, mostly sunny, with a fun 12 mph SSW tailwind this morning.

did my 8 mile commute in 30 minutes, which is about as fast as i can do it.

oh if only every commute could be this...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,084
Posted By Steely Dan

which is all fine and good, but threads evolve,...

which is all fine and good, but threads evolve, they grow, they branch out in multiple directions, one topic leads to another, leads to another, leads to another, etc.

topic drift in a thread on...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,084
Posted By Steely Dan

in that case, you're gonna have to come find me...

in that case, you're gonna have to come find me and give me a ticket then. i've been doing my little sidewalk shortcut to get to the MUP trailhead for a couple years now. CPD doesn't seem to give a...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,084
Posted By Steely Dan

yep. a little common sense goes a long way. ...

yep. a little common sense goes a long way.

the absolutists against sidewalk riding often don't seem capable of nuanced thinking. not all sidewalks are the same. not even close.

would i ride my...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,084
Posted By Steely Dan

i "salmon" on a sidewalk for about 700' every...

i "salmon" on a sidewalk for about 700' every morning because the street that gets me to the start of the MUP that i ride is one-way the wrong way in the morning.

i see that short stretch of...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 1,613
Views: 49,582
Posted By Steely Dan

holy warm front batman! it was 57 degrees...

holy warm front batman!

it was 57 degrees this morning with a 20 mph S wind (80% of my morning bike commute is due north), so i was FLYING up the bike path with an absolutely ripping tailwind...
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