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09-14-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By B. Carfree

Do you know what you're getting into if you move...

Do you know what you're getting into if you move to the Coos County area? It's kind of our own version of "Deliverance". There's some nice folks there, but it operates under its own rules. If you've...
09-14-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By B. Carfree

The GEARs advocacy page is mostly BS. Yes, the...

The GEARs advocacy page is mostly BS. Yes, the transportation planners do tell them what they have planned, but no project has ever been initiated, funded or actually built because of GEARs. (At one...
09-10-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By B. Carfree

No, the funds raised by the bRamble don't go to...

No, the funds raised by the bRamble don't go to any infrastructure, it all goes for GEARs activities. I'm the guy who marks most of the century route. (I couldn't stand the fact that they do it by...
Forum: Touring
09-08-19, 11:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,005
Posted By B. Carfree

Decades ago I rode to Yosemite from Davis with my...

Decades ago I rode to Yosemite from Davis with my wife and her younger sister. We were briefly on Hwy 49, not a good idea then and certainly not something I would do today. A log truck came along and...
Forum: Touring
09-08-19, 10:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,733
Posted By B. Carfree

I pulled in to Gualala campground on the...

I pulled in to Gualala campground on the Sonoma/Mendocino county line. I'd been there before, so the first thing I did was put my food in the raccoon-proof locker, then I set up my tent. As I got...
08-18-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,959
Posted By B. Carfree

Those shorter rides that just stop you cold can...

Those shorter rides that just stop you cold can happen any time. About a quarter-century ago my wife and I took a short break from riding. (I don't remember why or even how long, but it was likely...
08-10-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,548
Posted By B. Carfree

My experience with Amtrak is that the staff can...

My experience with Amtrak is that the staff can do anything they want. If you get a baggage handler who has trouble, s/he may disallow your bike. I would repackage it and get closer to the weight...
08-10-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,749
Posted By B. Carfree

We took it in baby steps. We went from 26 X 1.25...

We took it in baby steps. We went from 26 X 1.25 at 100 psi because that's what our tandem came with. Then we tried the first 26" tires Compass came out with and were blown away at how much lower the...
08-10-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,959
Posted By B. Carfree

Fabulous! Obviously, almost everyone here is...

Fabulous! Obviously, almost everyone here is going to be excited to hear about another person who has discovered our joyous activity. If it's affirmation you want, you've come to the right place....
08-10-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By B. Carfree

I haven't seen any fast group rides, which...

I haven't seen any fast group rides, which doesn't surprise me because our cycling culture, such as it is, eschews people riding for speed. (Weird, huh?) Typical group rides are single-digit numbers...
08-02-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By B. Carfree

I don't know where you're coming from so I don't...

I don't know where you're coming from so I don't know what is normal for you. Here's a partial list:
1. We have a noticeable homeless issue, but it's confined to the Whiteaker (roughly 20-30% of the...
08-02-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,278
Posted By B. Carfree

Eugene has just one problem: Cycling is dying...

Eugene has just one problem: Cycling is dying here. Okay, there are two problems: The fire risk is escalating and smokey summers are likely to be a nearly-unbearable fact of life soon. Also, the...
04-25-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,846
Posted By B. Carfree

Our safe routes to school program here is a joke....

Our safe routes to school program here is a joke. In fact, since it started up FEWER students ride bikes to school because their primary message is that cycling is scary and dangerous. When I pick up...
04-25-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,531
Posted By B. Carfree

I don't ride much in WA, but here in OR the...

I don't ride much in WA, but here in OR the reaction of law enforcement seems to depend on who they are reacting to. While riding down the coast, I often sport a blue light or two. I've chatted with...
04-25-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 892
Posted By B. Carfree

Granted the good folks at R+E do have a bias...

Granted the good folks at R+E do have a bias since they operate a paint shop in the basement, but they were adamant that powder coating doesn't do the job. They said they have had many frames come in...
12-25-18, 12:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,092
Posted By B. Carfree

I don't know if it's having any impact on...

I don't know if it's having any impact on car-free people, but almost all of the new in-town riders I see are on e-bikes. At present, I would say they are a significant, double-digit percentage, of...
12-25-18, 12:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,698
Posted By B. Carfree

This year has involved considerably less walking...

This year has involved considerably less walking for me than in years past. Previously, any trip less than three miles one way would see me walking, but a recurring issue with my left knee found me...
12-25-18, 12:28 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,934
Posted By B. Carfree

On semi-rural two-lane roads, particularly the...

On semi-rural two-lane roads, particularly the kind that have logging trucks and other rigs, I have found that dark hour riding generally gets me safer passes. I assume it's because I'm more visible...
12-25-18, 12:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,773
Posted By B. Carfree

I'm not convinced the "safety in numbers"...

I'm not convinced the "safety in numbers" hypothesis holds much water, but losing cyclists makes me sad even if it doesn't affect me. I can't really judge without being a hypocrite since I have...
12-24-18, 11:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,776
Posted By B. Carfree

I'm curious as to what the other riders are doing...

I'm curious as to what the other riders are doing that is so awful. I'm not questioning whether or not there is horrid behavior since I've never done the ride, I just wonder what sort of bad riding...
11-25-18, 02:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,019
Posted By B. Carfree

In Eugene, OR, a city that once boasted a cycling...

In Eugene, OR, a city that once boasted a cycling modal share of over 10% but since 2012 has charted a course to go to zero bikes by 2024, our traffic engineer (since promoted to the head of...
11-22-18, 01:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,087
Posted By B. Carfree

I don't know about any specific business, but...

I don't know about any specific business, but everywhere anyone has ever looked at the impact of road diets and other active-transportation friendly changes to the streetscape the effect is always...
11-17-18, 12:11 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,746
Posted By B. Carfree

Believe me I feel your pain. This summer we got...

Believe me I feel your pain. This summer we got off easy in the Willamette Valley, but it's become clear over the past few years that fire/smokey air is going to be our new normal on the west coast....
11-17-18, 12:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,644
Posted By B. Carfree

It must be nice to live where there are so many...

It must be nice to live where there are so many people on bikes that one has the inclination to discourage someone who isn't riding the "one right way". Where I live, we've seen a massive loss of...
11-16-18, 11:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,239
Posted By B. Carfree

Every day I deal with motorists driving on the...

Every day I deal with motorists driving on the wrong side of the road. Sometimes I swear we must have had a huge influx of Australians. On my way to a city-sponsored webinar the other day, I was...
11-07-18, 01:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,004
Posted By B. Carfree

I don't remember what brand it is, and it...

I don't remember what brand it is, and it wouldn't work for riding in pace lines because it's not quite sensitive enough for the tiny deceleration that happens there, but my wife's dyno-powered rear...
11-07-18, 01:13 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,727
Posted By B. Carfree

Ah, Joey, I so wish you could afford to live...

Ah, Joey, I so wish you could afford to live here. You'd be back on your bike for joy riding again instead of taking out your frustrations being such a negative Nellie.

As to why they called...
11-06-18, 01:14 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,727
Posted By B. Carfree

I've called companies about poor driving on the...

I've called companies about poor driving on the part of their employees. I'm almost always satisfied with the response. I recently had an electrical company call me back twice to get further details...
11-06-18, 01:09 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,727
Posted By B. Carfree

I live in the PNW and take the lane regularly. If...

I live in the PNW and take the lane regularly. If the lane plus shoulder is wide enough for safe sharing, I'm happy to oblige. If not, first come, first served. I am as considerate as I can be, but...
10-31-18, 01:00 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,802
Posted By B. Carfree

What a bummer neighborhood that must be. Where I...

What a bummer neighborhood that must be. Where I live, the motorist might just get his tires slashed for striking a cyclist. HE would be the one calling the police, just to make sure there's a cop...
10-28-18, 11:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,921
Posted By B. Carfree

I rarely ride a trainer, but I spend a lot of...

I rarely ride a trainer, but I spend a lot of time on its older cousin, rollers, during December. I really enjoy a couple of online programs, but the only time I ever listen/watch is when I'm on the...
10-25-18, 10:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,209
Posted By B. Carfree

If I didn't want to live in a corn field, why...

If I didn't want to live in a corn field, why would I live there? I think you are viewing this through the narrow lens of someone who doesn't have choices because of your economic situation. For...
10-25-18, 10:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,655
Posted By B. Carfree

No mr. bill, you can't use five-year smoothed...

No mr. bill, you can't use five-year smoothed data when a trend line goes up and then down. It misses both the height of the up and the steepness of the down. It's still early to conclude that this...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 12:35 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,630
Posted By B. Carfree

Almost everyone seems to stop for meals, often at...

Almost everyone seems to stop for meals, often at places that have power. I would imagine that a bit of juicing during meal breaks could extend the range of an e-bike beyond what most people would...
10-24-18, 12:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,655
Posted By B. Carfree

I'm intrigued by the articles JoeyBike linked to....

I'm intrigued by the articles JoeyBike linked to. They are certainly the sort of thing that would put a fright into most folks about the relative risk of riding a bike. The reason I'm interested is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-18, 10:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 912
Posted By B. Carfree

My touring bike, which is and for thirty-six...

My touring bike, which is and for thirty-six years has been my main ride, has a cage on the bottom of the down tube as well as the top of the down tube and the seat tube. Just to be weird, it also...
10-21-18, 10:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,655
Posted By B. Carfree

Give it up, Joey. Most folks here don't have the...

Give it up, Joey. Most folks here don't have the miles and experience that you do. They only started riding in this century, and the ones in NOLA-type environments (or ten times better) gave up in...
10-21-18, 10:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By B. Carfree

I had to chuckle at the comment by the Active...

I had to chuckle at the comment by the Active Transportation Alliance guy. He said "as more and more people" ride bikes. Reality in Chicago is a bit different, with the cycling modal share being...
10-21-18, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By B. Carfree

I'm curious as to how they funded a bike path...

I'm curious as to how they funded a bike path that doesn't meet California's design standards. Seems weird to build like it's 1970 and just ignore what we've learned as well as state law.
Forum: Touring
10-18-18, 11:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 983
Posted By B. Carfree

You could turn inland at the Russian River and...

You could turn inland at the Russian River and either pick up a bus in Santa Rosa or ride over the hill to Napa and then roll around lake Berryessa and then along through Davis and on into Sacramento...
10-18-18, 10:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,349
Posted By B. Carfree

Eugene has been seeing a remarkable decline in...

Eugene has been seeing a remarkable decline in bicycle use over the past six years, that's what I meant by hard times. (Though like any other city we have our issues, with affordable housing being...
10-16-18, 11:38 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,761
Posted By B. Carfree

What's winter? I hear tell that it still happens...

What's winter? I hear tell that it still happens in some other places. Hereabouts, we do cool and wet (not really winter and not really very wet or cool any more), followed by warm and wet, followed...
10-16-18, 11:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,349
Posted By B. Carfree

I went on a ride with my Congressman's district...

I went on a ride with my Congressman's district office director a couple of months ago. The other rider runs a shop that only sells e-bikes and was very concerned with the impending tariffs. I don't...
10-16-18, 12:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,983
Posted By B. Carfree

I don't believe it is legal to have laws that...

I don't believe it is legal to have laws that don't apply equally to everyone. Something about that pesky US Constitution and equal protection. Alaska tried this decades ago with its "sourdough" laws...
Forum: Touring
10-13-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 660
Posted By B. Carfree

Yes, we definitely don't want him to come here....

Yes, we definitely don't want him to come here. We're on borrowed time as it is, no need to call the loan. Besides, no one knew about the Cascadia fault until just about twenty years ago, so nothing...
10-11-18, 11:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,114
Posted By B. Carfree

People aren't exactly wealthy where I live, but a...

People aren't exactly wealthy where I live, but a significant fraction of the bikes I see lately are e-bikes. Many days, over half of the bikes out there are e-bikes, and the majority of these e-bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-18, 09:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 628
Posted By B. Carfree

One way to get rid of the odor is to soak the...

One way to get rid of the odor is to soak the shoes in white vinegar. Yes, they will be wet again, but the bacteria that caused the problem will be dead and much of the offensive smelling stuff they...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-18, 12:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,204
Posted By B. Carfree

I use the worst of all worlds. I have an old...

I use the worst of all worlds. I have an old crock pot with wax, an oil-based substance (slick 50?) that's about 15% of the volume, some teflon, some graphite and some molybdenum sulfide. Every 4-800...
10-07-18, 11:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By B. Carfree

I caught every break this year. All the major...

I caught every break this year. All the major fires in Oregon were far enough away that we only had a couple days of bad air. I spent a month in the Sacramento Valley and lucked into between fires....
10-07-18, 10:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,874
Posted By B. Carfree

We used to just have two seasons: 1.) January...

We used to just have two seasons:
1.) January 1-Thanksgiving: ride all the time
2.) Thanksgiving-January 1: There be monsters (shoppers rushing, drunks, drunk shoppers) aka roller season

The...
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