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10-08-23, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By Arthur Peabody

The envious e-bike rider

I was waiting at a traffic light when a redneck on an e-bike stopped next to me. He said, 'I got to get me one of them.' I wondered what I had he could possibly want. Perhaps he saw my puzzlement,...
10-07-23, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,433
Posted By Arthur Peabody

How much air should my tube lose?

I calculated the permeability of my tubes to air, and the numbers seem high. Do you see something wrong with my calculation? I measure my 700x28 tube to have a radius of 1 cm, a thickness of 1 mm, a...
09-25-23, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 877
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I replaced the bottom bracket and the pedals, to...

I replaced the bottom bracket and the pedals, to no avail.


'Fortunately' it takes so long to get an appointment I time out. Good thing I've had no serious problems.


Had it hurt I would have...
09-18-23, 05:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 877
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I've had this. I used to ride in the middle of...

I've had this. I used to ride in the middle of the night in the hot summer, chased down the least noise. I've heard the tips of laces tapping on shoes. It took a while to figure out that my knees...
07-17-23, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,016
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Cartoon from current 'The New Yorker'

https://media.newyorker.com/cartoons/64b20b157a7e243bdeb47483/master/w_1600%2Cc_limit/230724_a27503.jpg
06-21-23, 02:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,814
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Shopping at Home Depot

I was shopping for parts for a bathroom renovation when HD returned a link to a bottom bracket they sold, from Neco. They have 347 bicycle parts and accessories at low prices, free shipping. I...
06-13-23, 04:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Thanks. You're right. The contrast between the...

Thanks. You're right. The contrast between the green of the background and the white of that panel is too low for my failing vision.

The point I wanted to make is that I see a lot of stuff...
06-12-23, 06:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I presumed it was something electric bikes could...

I presumed it was something electric bikes could have. I searched, found only a cybersecurity standard, which seems more exotic. 'E0 Ready' turned up nothing.
04-15-23, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 468
Posted By Arthur Peabody

In case you don't have a subscription and can't...

In case you don't have a subscription and can't figure out how to evade the paywall yourself. People complain. I provide those instructions with every link to forestall.
04-08-23, 08:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,222
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Here's the NYT's article:...

Here's the NYT's article: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/08/us/bike-crash-ethan-boyes-san-francisco.html (right-click, save, read local copy)
...
03-05-23, 10:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 601
Posted By Arthur Peabody

' Black Soldiers Cycled 1,900 Miles Across the U.S. [in 1897] So He Did, Too'

Erick Cedeño re-created the journey. Nina Burleigh wrote about it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/03/travel/25th-infantry-bicycle-corps.html

Right-click on the link, save the file, read the...
02-14-23, 09:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,213
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Did you build a wheel with it and ride on it?...

Did you build a wheel with it and ride on it? I've built wheels with bent rims, gotten them true and round and dished, but they didn't ride that way because they weren't uniformly strong, the tension...
02-14-23, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 811
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I don't subscribe. I right-click on the link,...

I don't subscribe. I right-click on the link, save the file, read the local copy.

I lived in DC many years. I never rode Connecticut, or any major street (except occasionally late at night or...
01-02-23, 07:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,415
Posted By Arthur Peabody

NPR's 'Morning edition' reports on e-bikes

Nothing anyone here doesn't know already, of interest if you want to know what the media are saying.
...
01-02-23, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 665
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I've forgotten the claims too. I was...

I've forgotten the claims too.


I was touring on remote roads, wanted stuff fixable; they seemed exotic.


No, but I looked at large vendors on-line.


Rolling resistance? I wouldn't have...
12-27-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 766
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Thanks. She's a humorist (was at the Lampoon when...

Thanks. She's a humorist (was at the Lampoon when she was at Harvard) who often conveys real information humorously, aimed at people who don't know the subject, as an introduction. E-bike enthusiasts...
12-26-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 766
Posted By Arthur Peabody

The New Yorker's Patricia Marx writes about e-bikes in the current issue

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/01/02/hell-on-two-wheels-until-the-e-bikes-battery-runs-out
or you can listen at https://api.audm.com/v6/signed-article-m4a?article-slug=uneasy-rider-marx
11-24-22, 05:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 372
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I kept the tag, which promises a lifetime...

I kept the tag, which promises a lifetime warranty, and the receipt. How do I invoke the warranty? It's not worth shipping anywhere.


Of course I fixed it. I thought that was obvious. All I had...
10-06-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 926
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'Just like life, riding my bike doesn't always make sense. But that's why I love it'

NPR's Bill Chappell tells us why he likes riding
Read https://www.npr.org/2022/07/18/1089654169/bill-chappell-cycling
listen...
09-27-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,202
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Were you on the bike the whole time? I locked...

Were you on the bike the whole time? I locked mine up at a hitching post for a few hours; when I tried to ride off the derailleur was in the spokes. I suspect someone accidentally (I hope) hit it...
09-23-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 516
Posted By Arthur Peabody

You glanced too quickly. It comes in 135 and...

You glanced too quickly.

It comes in 135 and 130.


It says it is.


It comes in both.
09-20-22, 09:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 563
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'NYC's delivery drivers depend on e-bikes, but charging and storing them isn't

Marketplace's Samantha Fields reports:
https://www.marketplace.org/2022/09/20/nycs-delivery-drivers-depend-on-e-bikes-but-charging-and-storing-them-isnt-easy/
09-16-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 750
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Have some pictures. I discarded the bad...

Have some pictures.


I discarded the bad stem hypothesis after the second occurrence.


As I noted, I've been installing tubes for 60 years. I know I've damaged some through carelessness and...
09-02-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 675
Posted By Arthur Peabody

It depends on how 'strong' the bend is. I've...

It depends on how 'strong' the bend is. I've trued bent wheels that required so much tension on some spokes and almost none on others: they'd flex and break spokes - it was a waste of time. I've...
08-13-22, 08:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,050
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'Everything You Never Wanted to Know About...

'Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Hemorrhoids'

A good summary in the NY Times
'everyone is born with hemorrhoidal tissue; blood vessels that line the anus have a useful job: They help us...
07-25-22, 12:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 938
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I've built all my wheels for the past 40 years. ...

I've built all my wheels for the past 40 years. I use a spoke wrench, hold the wheel in my lap, check the true in the frame. I made a dish tool with 2 4-inch wood screws and a flat 1x1 from a...
07-25-22, 12:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,182
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Is the Tour de France for men only?

Is the Tour de France for men only?
06-06-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,534
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'More cyclists are being killed by cars. Advocates say U.S. streets are the pro

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/25/1099566472/more-cyclists-are-being-killed-by-cars-advocates-say-u-s-streets-are-the-problem

audio at...
05-29-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,694
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'Doctors can make bicycling safer in D.C.'

A med student at GW argues that physicians' advocacy can be a crucial factor in making bicycling in DC safer - policies that could be applied in any city - an op-ed in a recent Washington Post:...
05-29-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 874
Posted By Arthur Peabody

The 'New York Times''s travel section focuses on bicycling this week

https://www.nytimes.com/section/travel
'On the Water's Edge: Vancouver by Bike'
'In Northern Vermont, Trying to Smooth the Ride for Mountain Biking'
'From Italy to Croatia on Two Wheels'
'E-Bike...
05-25-22, 02:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 845
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Because it's Jill Lepore.

Because it's Jill Lepore.
05-23-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 845
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Jill Lepore writes about the history of bicycling

Jill Lepore writes about the history of bicycling: the world's and her own, in the current 'The New Yorker'...
02-25-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Plumbers v. Bicycles, 1899

This article, from heatinghelp.com, https://heatinghelp.com/dead-men-tales/bicycles-and-heating-history/ , is about the hostility early plumbers had towards bicycles - they were too fast!
10-23-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 558
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'The Best Bike Lights' for commuter: Wirecutter tested 90 over the last 7 years

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-commuter-bike-lights/

I'm not in the market so didn't read it closely. Other stuff they have reported on has been useful to me
10-13-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,924
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'New York Bike Delivery Workers Band Together for Safety'

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/business/delivery-workers-thefts-neighborhood-watch.html
You can right-click on the URI, download the file, read your local copy
10-13-21, 12:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,698
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'Iohan Gueorguiev, `Bike Wanderer' of the...

'Iohan Gueorguiev, `Bike Wanderer' of the Wilderness, Dies at 33'
Obituary in the 'NY Times'
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/11/travel/iohan-gueorguiev-dead.html
'A man, his bicycle and an...
10-03-21, 12:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,522
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'As Bikers Throng the Streets, "It's Like Paris Is in Anarchy"'

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/world/europe/paris-bicyles-france.html - You can right-click on the URI, save a copy, read it.
A Critical Mass guy in Paris chatted me up (wanted to practice...
07-31-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,439
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Everyone is supposed to stop behind the stop line...

Everyone is supposed to stop behind the stop line (or stop sign or crosswalk) but, if s/he can't see cross traffic (because of trees or buildings or whatever), move forward until s/he can, thus a...
02-28-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,254
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Heidelberg (Germany) going biycle-friendly

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/28/business/heidelberg-cars-environment.html

If you can't access the article by clicking on the link, you can
right-click on the link, save the file, read the...
12-24-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 437
Posted By Arthur Peabody

2 Baltimore boys deliver Christmas on their bicycles

from 'All things considered'
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/24/949609279/in-baltimore-these-santa-clauses-bring-pork-and-christmas-trees-to-your-door
11-16-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,955
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Torque wrench

Torque wrench
11-10-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,526
Posted By Arthur Peabody

I turned 70 in October.

I turned 70 in October.
10-21-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 12,940
Posted By Arthur Peabody

In '97 an LAPD ticketed me in Venice, right next...

In '97 an LAPD ticketed me in Venice, right next to its high school - I think the blue bandana on my head (to keep my ears warm) caught his attention. I ran a stop sign on an intersection that had no...
10-19-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Latest 'The New Yorker' has a bicyclist-themed cover

https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5f89edd5aafdd037851bf1f3/master/w_2560%2Cc_limit/NY201026_Kikuo_Johnson_Biking_Masks_story.jpg
10-14-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,523
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Bicycle cartoon in current 'The New Yorker'

Not funny, but nice to be recognized.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/600x447/hellneversharetheroadwithabicycle_captioned_4c57eb719b2af3b9386d78716cfa66768c7c09a2.jpeg
09-12-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Cyclists relieve Oregon town ravaged by fire

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/912044961/cyclists-bring-food-and-water-to-people-in-oregon-towns-destroyed-by-fire From All things considered Friday.
08-11-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 532
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'A Push to Return U.K.'s "Motor City" to Its Cycling Roots '

Coventry, formerly the centre of Britain's automotive industry, is returning to its previous role as the centre of its bicycling industry...
06-12-20, 04:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,993
Posted By Arthur Peabody

One can right-click on the link, save the file,...

One can right-click on the link, save the file, read the local copy, without registering.
05-24-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 13,459
Posted By Arthur Peabody

Stores sell what people want to buy.

Stores sell what people want to buy.
05-24-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 250
Posted By Arthur Peabody

'In Pakistan, Women Find Freedom In Quarantine Through Bikes'

From 'Weekend Edition Sunday' https://www.npr.org/2020/05/24/861630486/in-pakistan-women-find-freedom-in-quarantine-through-bikes
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