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04-19-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,088
Posted By PaulH

1. How old are you? 74 2. Fitness level on...

1. How old are you?
74

2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
5

3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 8.5

4. Typical riding conditions?
04-14-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,101
Posted By PaulH

Cars owned = 7, Bikes 3, Airplane 1 Mercedes...

Cars owned = 7, Bikes 3, Airplane 1
Mercedes 500 SE, 1980, 33 years
Cessna Cutlass RG, 1980 33 years
Specialized Crossroads, 1994, 27 years
Kettler Silverstar, 2001 20 years
Columbia Torpedo,...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 571
Posted By PaulH

Velo Orange stainless steel. No rattles, no rust,...

Velo Orange stainless steel. No rattles, no rust, and you can bolt your tail light on.
04-09-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 979
Posted By PaulH

Mobile bike repair. You call up the service and...

Mobile bike repair. You call up the service and they fix your bike while it is parked at your office or wherever.
04-05-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,249
Posted By PaulH

Hey, if cars came without lights, the only people...

Hey, if cars came without lights, the only people with lights would be some tiny fraction of the population who all read "Car Forums."
04-04-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,423
Posted By PaulH

Cycling is transportation. It's like driving,...

Cycling is transportation. It's like driving, only more convenient if the distance is fairly short. Running a sport where you win by being more resistant to pain than your competitors. Which is...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By PaulH

Pre-Covid, I was driving and biking about the...

Pre-Covid, I was driving and biking about the same distance per year and getting about the same result between flats on both -- around 15,000-20,000 miles. I think you will be raising a glass.
Forum: Commuting
03-27-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,558
Posted By PaulH

Just do it. Then, figure out what you need to do...

Just do it. Then, figure out what you need to do to make it better.
Forum: Commuting
03-06-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,338
Posted By PaulH

When my office moved, my round-trip commute grew...

When my office moved, my round-trip commute grew from 20 to 25 miles. At my normal level of effort, this meant about 3 hours a day on the road. When I moved to my current job, the commute dropped to...
02-28-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 7,161
Posted By PaulH

All my rides are utility or commuting, so the...

All my rides are utility or commuting, so the question never occurred to me. I've ridden with others a few times, but cycling has always seemed a solo activity.
02-28-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,244
Posted By PaulH

In my experience, the ebikes go about as fast as...

In my experience, the ebikes go about as fast as the sporty people on road bikes. I don't see a problem.
02-11-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,776
Posted By PaulH

I ride a bike with an internal geared hub, No...

I ride a bike with an internal geared hub, No front ring - nothing to confess,
02-06-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,714
Posted By PaulH

William Neal wrote a wonderful whitewater humor...

William Neal wrote a wonderful whitewater humor book, Kayaks to Hell . There was one story about a marvelous device -- the Reality Dimmer Switch. It installed onto your head and was a big button....
01-30-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 866
Posted By PaulH

I was on Atenolol for 12 years. I ride purely for...

I was on Atenolol for 12 years. I ride purely for commuting, so the performance loss was, in theory, irrelevant. However, I live on a hilltop and the climb left me gasping like a fish out of water...
01-27-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 456
Posted By PaulH

61 years of snow and ice riding experience here....

61 years of snow and ice riding experience here. I started won a single speed Columbia bike in 1960. Those big balloon tires were very forgiving, and one could broadside all over. It was like skiing....
Forum: Commuting
01-27-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,811
Posted By PaulH

Grandoe ski gloves. Put the liners in, and they...

Grandoe ski gloves. Put the liners in, and they are good to -30 F. Leave them out, and they are fine to -10. Wear just the liners, and you are good to about +30.
01-25-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,095
Posted By PaulH

Of course, a good thing about cycling is that...

Of course, a good thing about cycling is that snow shoveling is optional. Just carry the bike to the street and ride to work. Often, it all melts by the weekend and you don't need to shovel at all....
01-24-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,139
Posted By PaulH

Sure -- ride home from work and it's Miller Time....

Sure -- ride home from work and it's Miller Time. Except it's a nice microbrew with dinner, instead of Miller.
Forum: Commuting
01-21-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,602
Posted By PaulH

When an exposed chain shreds the pants of a...

When an exposed chain shreds the pants of a $2,000 suit it does matter.
01-21-21, 08:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,546
Posted By PaulH

Congratulations! It's good to have job offers,...

Congratulations! It's good to have job offers, even when you don't want to leave your current gig. I left my old job for a new one almost exactly 4 years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did.
01-21-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,095
Posted By PaulH

Never thought of it that way. You have to do what...

Never thought of it that way. You have to do what you have to do. When I was 14, I read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The line that captured me was, "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,602
Posted By PaulH

This. Road bikes are not designed or built for...

This. Road bikes are not designed or built for routine, convenient transportation. "Horses for courses," as they say. This being Bike Forums, where n + 1 is advocated, I'd recommend that you get one...
01-16-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By PaulH

I think this is a good idea. Humans are really...

I think this is a good idea. Humans are really bad at making decisions, but really good at making decision-making algorithms.
Forum: Commuting
01-01-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,048
Posted By PaulH

No. After twenty years of daily commuting, I'm...

No. After twenty years of daily commuting, I'm pretty sure.
12-24-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,958
Posted By PaulH

I went to a boarding school where cars were not...

I went to a boarding school where cars were not allowed. Class of 1965. When I was home on vacation, I hung out with my public school friends. There was a sort of inverted social hierarchy among...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,799
Posted By PaulH

No temperature or time limits. I find rush hour...

No temperature or time limits. I find rush hour rather pleasant riding, as cars then are either immobile or at walking speed for much of my route.
Forum: Commuting
12-19-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,447
Posted By PaulH

Personally, I would not tolerate any bike that...

Personally, I would not tolerate any bike that dictated my clothing. The bike exists to make short distance travel as convenient as possible. I ride a European commuting bike with B67 Brooks saddle,...
12-16-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 15,729
Posted By PaulH

Last year, 50 weeks X 5 days/week X 2 X 5 miles...

Last year, 50 weeks X 5 days/week X 2 X 5 miles per week = 2,500 miles
This year, 600 miles (first 3 months) + 9 months * 20 miles/month = 780 miles.

Cant' wait for COVID to end so I start riding...
12-13-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,918
Posted By PaulH

Carbide-studded tires go on in mid-December and...

Carbide-studded tires go on in mid-December and stay on until mid-March. I avoid using front brakes unless I know I have dry pavement. Otherwise, I pay no attention to the weather -- hell, I'm going...
12-06-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,657
Posted By PaulH

I have 20 years (well, seasons) experience with...

I have 20 years (well, seasons) experience with studded tires. The Nokian W106 is the most durable, good for 5 seasons. The Schwalbe Marathon Winter is better for ruts, rolls easier on both bare...
12-06-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,200
Posted By PaulH

It may matter that I am pretty much a pure...

It may matter that I am pretty much a pure utility rider, and performance, energy, and enthusiasm are basically irrelevant. I bike to get to work and back, run errands, and have lunch. I don't see it...
12-06-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By PaulH

I've had a bike with a Nexus-7 for 20 years and...

I've had a bike with a Nexus-7 for 20 years and about 60,000 miles. At no point has it ever slipped while in a gear. It can pop out of gear when the shift cable is not properly adjusted and get stuck...
12-05-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,200
Posted By PaulH

73 years old. Cold makes no difference -- just...

73 years old. Cold makes no difference -- just put on warmer clothing. Nothing one can do about heat, however.
12-05-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,323
Posted By PaulH

Interesting. I've never had any salt problems...

Interesting. I've never had any salt problems with my bike since I switched to a German aluminum bike with drum brakes and internal gears. On the other hand, I've found that road salt is a major...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,140
Posted By PaulH

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Kettler Silverstar with B67 and hub dynamo lights.
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By PaulH

Been riding my generator bike through 20 years of...

Been riding my generator bike through 20 years of salty winters with no obvious corrosion. They are much more durable than cars in my experience.
11-26-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,918
Posted By PaulH

Studded tires are the reason why bikes are better...

Studded tires are the reason why bikes are better than cars in the winter.
11-21-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,644
Posted By PaulH

I grew up in New England and rode all the time in...

I grew up in New England and rode all the time in subzero temperatures (under 0 F /-18 C). It was just how I got around in winter. Of course one does not move as fast as in spring or fall conditions,...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,674
Posted By PaulH

That's my situation. No more commutes, so no...

That's my situation. No more commutes, so no motivation to ride. That's why I am looking forward to in-person work starting again someday.
11-14-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 625
Posted By PaulH

On in mid December, off in mid March.

On in mid December, off in mid March.
Forum: Commuting
11-11-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,416
Posted By PaulH

Brooks B67 has worked well for the past 20 years.

Brooks B67 has worked well for the past 20 years.
10-11-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 18,379
Posted By PaulH

It's not a hobby -- it's my primary...

It's not a hobby -- it's my primary transportation, and it is cheap. Cars are one of my hobbies, and they are expensive.
Forum: Commuting
09-30-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 13,655
Posted By PaulH

I'd use whatever transportation was easiest and...

I'd use whatever transportation was easiest and most convenient. If it was near work, I'd cycle. I ride an upright, German bike so I use it and my car interchangeably.
Forum: Commuting
09-28-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 13,655
Posted By PaulH

It sounds as if it is out in the country, with...

It sounds as if it is out in the country, with ample parking and low traffic. Therefore, a bike is not necessary and a car would suffice, If roads were salty, I would probably ride to keep my car...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,461
Posted By PaulH

Parking downtown at my office is over $3,000 per...

Parking downtown at my office is over $3,000 per year, so a $4,500 bike is chump change. Good that it has fenders, but for that much cash I want an enclosed chain, lights, and and higher handlebars.
Forum: Commuting
09-25-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,429
Posted By PaulH

Don't like the idea of having different...

Don't like the idea of having different procedures for bikes and cars. Too much hassle -- better when my car habits carry over into cycling. I've never gotten comfortable with right on red. Also, I...
09-20-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,920
Posted By PaulH

I'd add to that the hypothesis that riding facing...

I'd add to that the hypothesis that riding facing traffic is self-reinforcing. People who do it experience more car/bike conflicts that they would if riding with traffic. Of course, they mostly avoid...
09-16-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 25,823
Views: 2,613,557
Posted By PaulH

Yes -- maybe a mile or two for lunch. Now that I...

Yes -- maybe a mile or two for lunch. Now that I work from home, it's good to get out and peanut butter and jelly gets old after six months or so.
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,353
Posted By PaulH

Being able to always find a parking spot and...

Being able to always find a parking spot and getting to work faster and with less hassle were the main drivers. I've always ridden for convenience. But yes, good to know that it helps the...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,031
Posted By PaulH

Never have this problem. However, there have been...

Never have this problem. However, there have been cold winter days when everyone in my office decides to go out for lunch and the light overcoat I rode to work in was insufficiently warm for a short...
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