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Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 513
Posted By alan s

Looks like a beautiful area. I’ve only ever...

Looks like a beautiful area. I’ve only ever driven through the dry parts of Montana and Idaho. Nothing like the area you rode. Nice photos.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 862
Posted By alan s

I work all the way down in Old Town Alexandria,...

I work all the way down in Old Town Alexandria, making driving a little faster, as the last 7 miles are at higher speed against the flow on the GW Parkway. But when I used to work downtown, riding a...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 961
Posted By alan s

Looks like the seagulls made a perfect white...

Looks like the seagulls made a perfect white rectangle on the front license plate.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 862
Posted By alan s

If you lived in the DC suburbs and had to cross...

If you lived in the DC suburbs and had to cross the Potomac River, you would understand. Takes about 10 minutes more on average riding a bike 15 miles of my commute than it does driving. Sometimes if...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 862
Posted By alan s

My typical commute is a 15 mile drive to a...

My typical commute is a 15 mile drive to a parking lot and a 15 mile ride to work. If the weather is bad, I can park on the street closer to work, making for a 10 mile ride. Occasionally I ride the...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,470
Posted By alan s

You should try to ride your bike more often.

You should try to ride your bike more often.
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By alan s

Bikeflights or disassemble and pack in car.

Bikeflights or disassemble and pack in car.
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 896
Posted By alan s

Creme díass. Anyone would understand.

Creme díass. Anyone would understand.
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 896
Posted By alan s

Why would you get arrested for asking for chamois...

Why would you get arrested for asking for chamois butter? Not like it’s a controlled substance or anything. Maybe next time show a picture of what you are looking for.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,309
Posted By alan s

Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. The answer to all...

Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. The answer to all tire questions. If you want to know what bike to get, Surly LHT.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 449
Posted By alan s

Drove to work today. It was raining 2” per hour...

Drove to work today. It was raining 2” per hour for a couple hours during the morning rush hour. Arm got soaked reaching out the window to open the parking garage with a pass card. Most everything...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 867
Posted By alan s

I use white bottles for the most part, but never...

I use white bottles for the most part, but never gave any thought as to temperature. You can always keep water in a pannier which should help a bit. On a really hot day, I don’t want cold water,...
Forum: Touring
07-04-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By alan s

I have these on my fatbike. Feet do not slip...

I have these on my fatbike. Feet do not slip off, but any contact with shins leaves a mark.
...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,526
Posted By alan s

I used bikeflights recently and other than the...

I used bikeflights recently and other than the extra day to deliver, which didn’t make any difference, I had no problems. $38 and done. However I couldn’t figure out exactly what the company...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,439
Posted By alan s

Italian bees would never ride Swiss bikes. ...

Italian bees would never ride Swiss bikes.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_bee
Forum: Commuting
07-01-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,447
Posted By alan s

The extra weight comes from the use of gas pipe. ...

The extra weight comes from the use of gas pipe. At least thatís what I heard somewhere. The high density pipe is great for accelerating downhill.
Forum: Commuting
06-29-19, 12:10 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

You may want to read up on the subject of cancer...

You may want to read up on the subject of cancer in China. And there are plenty of articles on the extraordinarily high levels of pollution in China. Maybe you are looking at data from the 1950s, but...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

You have to look at all pollution, not just...

You have to look at all pollution, not just greenhouse gases produced by people. The graph shows Chinaís greenhouse gas emissions 5x the US, and probably 6x or 7x now.
Forum: Touring
06-28-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,068
Posted By alan s

In a week? Thatís around 900 miles, which isnít...

In a week? Thatís around 900 miles, which isnít exactly flat along the coast. According to Google Maps, itís around 41,000í of climbing.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

The countryís population is entirely responsible...

The countryís population is entirely responsible for what it is doing to the environment. Outsiders are not to blame for the problem, except to the extent that great deal of the pollution results...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,071
Posted By alan s

The one I use is: (Temperature x relative...

The one I use is: (Temperature x relative humidity x exertion in Watts) / 300 * pi = number of required water bottles

Or I just wing it.
Forum: Touring
06-28-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,068
Posted By alan s

Maybe Iíll run into you. Planning a trip at the...

Maybe Iíll run into you. Planning a trip at the same time. It is the PNW, so fenders will go in my S&S case, to be installed or not based on the forecast.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

China is by far the world’s worst polluter. They...

China is by far the world’s worst polluter. They pollute as much as the rest of the world combined.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,384
Posted By alan s

If you’re talking summer drizzle vs summer hot,...

If you’re talking summer drizzle vs summer hot, I’ll take drizzle.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

Give a hoot, don’t pollute. ...

Give a hoot, don’t pollute.

https://youtu.be/co0Vh1C9NfY
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,849
Posted By alan s

WSD bikes usually have a rear view mirror with...

WSD bikes usually have a rear view mirror with lights for applying makeup at lights.
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,959
Posted By alan s

This bike looks OK with all the accessories....

This bike looks OK with all the accessories. Bell, pump, saddle bag, water bottle cages, rack, bag, GPS, lights, pedals, and yes, fenders.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,959
Posted By alan s

Bikes arenít generally sold with accessories,...

Bikes arenít generally sold with accessories, including fenders, lights, racks, bells, bags, etc. You add them if you need them and get the type and size you want. Even pedals are an accessory on...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,959
Posted By alan s

What widespread consensus? If you ride in the...

What widespread consensus? If you ride in the rain or after it rains, especially on dirt paths, they look great, and my clothes look great. Perhaps there is a consensus among fair weather riders.
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,439
Posted By alan s

Bianchi, of course.

Bianchi, of course.
Forum: Commuting
06-25-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

Thereís a special place in China for you. Lots of...

Thereís a special place in China for you. Lots of people, cars, bikes and pedestrians, with brown air.

https://images.app.goo.gl/sn64MCYUCFrmbf2M6
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,357
Posted By alan s

I’m sure it will be rebuilt eventually. The...

I’m sure it will be rebuilt eventually. The Federal government moves at a snail’s pace. Probably in the budget for 2025. Looks to be a 6 month project that will take 6 years to complete.
Forum: Touring
06-22-19, 10:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,148
Posted By alan s

A lot of it depends on what kind of touring you...

A lot of it depends on what kind of touring you are planning to do. I use a mix of bike packing and traditional bags, and vary depending on where I’m riding. Here is my Katy Trail setup.
...
Forum: Touring
06-22-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,357
Posted By alan s

Not sturdy, meaning raging flood water will...

Not sturdy, meaning raging flood water will probably wipe it out in a matter of minutes. This is a creek that rises rapidly during heavy downpours.
Forum: Touring
06-21-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,357
Posted By alan s

Good to know. Doesn’t look very sturdy, but it’s...

Good to know. Doesn’t look very sturdy, but it’s far better than it was before.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

Thatís why itís so congested (picture was from...

Thatís why itís so congested (picture was from the morning commute and is not representative of the usual number of people there). North end of DCA runway. Gravelly Point.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,343
Posted By alan s

No, just the regular Explorer rack. ...

No, just the regular Explorer rack.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/d1be65ea_bc3d_4187_b8d1_fceb78371577_6ede5ced0e83a4b2c4ca13e27a74961f875efbea.jpeg
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

This is one of the most congested areas on my...

This is one of the most congested areas on my commute.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

That would be a lot of cars, but my understanding...

That would be a lot of cars, but my understanding is that people there are not leaving cars at home and riding a bike. They are choosing cycling over public transportation, which requires little if...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,343
Posted By alan s

I use the Explorer rack with that bag. Works...

I use the Explorer rack with that bag. Works fine.
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,926
Posted By alan s

Abandoned road in Florida Panhandle. Kind of...

Abandoned road in Florida Panhandle. Kind of creepy.
...
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,136
Posted By alan s

I do most of my touring on a Troll. Wheel...

I do most of my touring on a Troll. Wheel diameter is really unimportant, in my opinion, except I don’t like the really small wheels. But 26, 27.5 or 29 are pretty much the same. Most of my...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

This is what not what comes to mind when I think...

This is what not what comes to mind when I think of cycling nirvana. More like a nightmare.
...
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,885
Posted By alan s

You could always cut it in half. The short way,...

You could always cut it in half. The short way, not the long way.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,441
Posted By alan s

My idea of cycling nirvana is a place where you...

My idea of cycling nirvana is a place where you can ride at the speed you want, and not be impeded by slower riders and pedestrians or assaulted by faster riders. Where I live would be ideal if the...
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,909
Posted By alan s

Fact check: ...

Fact check: https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN0OD17R20150528

Some routes are very profitable.
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,254
Posted By alan s

Her name is Poppy, and she get tons of attention...

Her name is Poppy, and she get tons of attention wherever I go. People come up and want to pet, hold, take pictures and take her home. Over the weekend I took her to Starbucks and was practically...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,254
Posted By alan s

Installed a Topeak front basket. Itís fairly...

Installed a Topeak front basket. Itís fairly small, but so is my pup. Easy to install, but a little too bouncy, such that every small bump is exaggerated. Iíll see if a strap will help stabilize...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,885
Posted By alan s

While we’re on the subject of condoms, how come...

While we’re on the subject of condoms, how come no one ever includes them on their packing list? Do you do without, buy locally or what?
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,321
Posted By alan s

I’m right on the cusp. As a multimodal car-bike...

I’m right on the cusp. As a multimodal car-bike commuter, sometimes it’s over 15 and sometimes under 15, depending where I park and the route I take. Even on the same day I will often take...
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