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« Reply #1200 on: November 14, 2019, 07:57:15 AM »
Discovered a new benefit of bike commuting last night. You'll have lots of extra lights on hand for when the power goes out. Hooked my extra bright front light onto the kitchen cabinet pull so I could see well enough to cook dinner last night. Then used the less bright one to read before bed.

Note to self: Buy more batteries and candles . . .

Old post but just jumping in here to say - using an ebike battery with USB port, a person can keep their phone or tablet or lights charged for a long time in case of a storm event that knocks out power.

Google says 19.2 WH to charge a phone. 674 WH (my battery) / 19.2 = 35 days. Of course the low voltage cut off would prevent accessing the whole 674 WH I'd guess.

A his and her pair of ebikes would be a nice tool for storms.

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« Reply #1201 on: November 14, 2019, 12:03:36 PM »
Discovered a new benefit of bike commuting last night. You'll have lots of extra lights on hand for when the power goes out. Hooked my extra bright front light onto the kitchen cabinet pull so I could see well enough to cook dinner last night. Then used the less bright one to read before bed.

Note to self: Buy more batteries and candles . . .

Old post but just jumping in here to say - using an ebike battery with USB port, a person can keep their phone or tablet or lights charged for a long time in case of a storm event that knocks out power.

Google says 19.2 WH to charge a phone. 674 WH (my battery) / 19.2 = 35 days. Of course the low voltage cut off would prevent accessing the whole 674 WH I'd guess.

A his and her pair of ebikes would be a nice tool for storms.

I have a car battery charger that has a USB port. Haven't used for this purpose but in theory, it should work.

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« Reply #1202 on: November 14, 2019, 01:27:54 PM »

Do the police in your part of the world actually respond to "near miss" reports?

I live in an area that's covered by 3 different police forces. Depending on what part of town I'm in, responsibility could fall to one of 2 city police forces or the RCMP. The RCMP take near miss complaints seriously and will follow up with the driver (if you can give plate# and a decent description), but the city forces just blow me off completely. Video would only be helpful if it's taken seriously.

The one thing video might be more helpful with is if you're ever physically assaulted by another person. Even attempted assault is a crime so hopefully it would help and it'd give the police a better description of the person(s). Or better yet, maybe an obvious camera would simply deter anyone considering beating you up.

If you want a toy for kayaking, that's a totally different discussion ;-)

It wasn't a near-miss such as the one I experienced that I would report, it would be if I ever actually got in an accident and was injured and/or had bike damage.  As an example, dashcam video would've been very helpful when I was rear-ended in my car a few years back after stopping for a traffic light.  The lady's story was that I was driving backwards at high speed down a busy street.  Thankfully, my insurance company disregarded that as nonsense, but they couldn't get the other driver's insurance to pick up the tab. 

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« Reply #1203 on: November 14, 2019, 01:31:53 PM »
@Arbitrage Way off topic, but that reminds me of this time in high school that I got hit by a car. The driver told them that I walked into his car. What? People will surely say nonsense to try and shift the blame.

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« Reply #1204 on: November 18, 2019, 08:07:32 PM »
I'm the author of that article, I was surprised to see traffic on my blog coming from here!
I've spent a great deal of time with a bike sandwiched between my butt and snow, so I've developed a bunch of techniques for coping with the cold that goes with that. Anyway. I am available to answer questions about the masks or any other aspect of winter cycling.

Thanks for popping by @Coldbike , we're always happy to gain a fellow rider in the conversations. You have any fun winter biking stories?

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« Reply #1205 on: November 18, 2019, 09:21:16 PM »
Now that it is getting darker Iíd like to light up my bike trailer like a Christmas tree when I take my kid to and from school. Can anyone recommend a cheap and easy way of doing that?

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« Reply #1206 on: November 19, 2019, 07:53:21 AM »
I'm sure there are many solutions, and probably some really elegant ones out there, but I'm just using some clip-on LED lights from ebay to augment my primary rear light.  Something like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-LED-Safety-Light-w-Strap-Clip-On-Strobe-Running-Lights-for-Bike-Runner-Dog/392312090639?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908103841%26meid%3D44becb8b029d4f1bbca0fa2eadc3e979%26pid%3D100227%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D5%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D392312090639%26itm%3D392312090639%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2053904&_trksid=p2053904.c100227.m3827

Seems to be reasonable battery life on them...and just takes a coin battery replacement.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1207 on: November 19, 2019, 09:08:41 AM »
I'm sure there are many solutions, and probably some really elegant ones out there, but I'm just using some clip-on LED lights from ebay to augment my primary rear light.  Something like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-LED-Safety-Light-w-Strap-Clip-On-Strobe-Running-Lights-for-Bike-Runner-Dog/392312090639?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908103841%26meid%3D44becb8b029d4f1bbca0fa2eadc3e979%26pid%3D100227%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D5%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D392312090639%26itm%3D392312090639%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2053904&_trksid=p2053904.c100227.m3827

Seems to be reasonable battery life on them...and just takes a coin battery replacement.

I use very similar on my backpack during the winter.  They're cheap and effective.  Batteries will die if you leave them in the lights for a whole year though.

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« Reply #1208 on: November 19, 2019, 09:13:45 AM »
Just want to vent that I've had six flat tires in my last four rides. WTF!?!?!?

As far as I can tell, one (possibly two) was a pinch flat (my fault for being too lazy to fully air my tires and gawking at somebody being pulled over as I smashed over an uneven portion of sidewalk), two have been thorns, and the other two are a mystery.

I've switched over to slime tubes in hopes to stem the tide, fingers crossed. Also, props to the Tube Fairy, who stopped and gave me his spare tube when I was ten miles from home and had already used my spare tube on an earlier flat just a few miles back.

Seriously considering switching to tubeless for my road bike if my failure rate doesn't start decreasing significantly.

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« Reply #1209 on: November 19, 2019, 09:21:14 AM »
Try some Continental Top Contact IIs.  Won't help the pinch flats, but they're damned near unpuncturable.

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Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1210 on: November 19, 2019, 10:21:45 AM »
Does anyone have experience with something like an LED light strip? Iím hoping to minimize the number of buttons I have to push as I already have three. I know that sounds petty but it all adds up when I also have to strap my kid in, her helmet, her backpack, the buckles on the bike trailer, etc. and Iím doing this all four times a day.

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« Reply #1211 on: November 19, 2019, 10:35:28 AM »
Just want to vent that I've had six flat tires in my last four rides. WTF!?!?!?

As far as I can tell, one (possibly two) was a pinch flat (my fault for being too lazy to fully air my tires and gawking at somebody being pulled over as I smashed over an uneven portion of sidewalk), two have been thorns, and the other two are a mystery.

I've switched over to slime tubes in hopes to stem the tide, fingers crossed. Also, props to the Tube Fairy, who stopped and gave me his spare tube when I was ten miles from home and had already used my spare tube on an earlier flat just a few miles back.

Seriously considering switching to tubeless for my road bike if my failure rate doesn't start decreasing significantly.

If the tires are old, consider replacing them. I find that as tires age, they become unreliable. I've got Armadillo tires on my commuter, but Gatorskins are highly recommended too. For commuting you want a puncture resistant tire because you'll be rolling over all kinds of metal trash and glass.

I also don't buy the cheapest tubes. I find higher end tubes hold air longer, so I only have to top up once every couple of weeks. I usually buy Continental tubes.

Check the outside of your tire. Note any gashes or punctures in the tire. If there's a gash large enough to pinch the tube it'll just keep flatting. If the gash isn't in the sidewall and isn't very big, you can use a patch on the inside of the tire to protect the tube.

Otherwise if your tires aren't terribly old and you're still getting unexplained flats, there's probably something sharp embedded in them somewhere. Take the tire off and very carefully run your fingertips all over the inside. If you still can't find the sharp thing, run a piece of tissue paper over the inside. It should catch on whatever's causing your flat.

If you have a long commute, seriously consider carrying two tubes.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1212 on: November 19, 2019, 12:41:36 PM »
Seriously considering switching to tubeless for my road bike if my failure rate doesn't start decreasing significantly.
In the short term switching to tubeless is asking for new problems and additional expenses... requires special tires, special rims, special rim strips, special valve cores, sealant, sealant injector... but long term they are pretty nice. Tubeless road stuff is still fairly new, so compatibility across manufacturers is spotty. I switched from Continental Gatorskin to GP5000TL tires in July and they've been nice, but getting them on my rims was incredibly difficult. Keeping surfaces clean while mounting everything is important along with choosing the right sealant.

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« Reply #1213 on: November 19, 2019, 01:15:51 PM »
I have never used Slime tubes on my personal bike but I love them on the kids' bikes. My older kid seems to hit every thorn he comes across and especially back when he had a single-gear bike, I just had a hell of a time getting the rear tire back on right so that the chain wouldn't fall off. Switching to Slime tubes seemed to help a lot.

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« Reply #1214 on: November 19, 2019, 02:25:19 PM »
Seriously considering switching to tubeless for my road bike if my failure rate doesn't start decreasing significantly.
In the short term switching to tubeless is asking for new problems and additional expenses... requires special tires, special rims, special rim strips, special valve cores, sealant, sealant injector... but long term they are pretty nice. Tubeless road stuff is still fairly new, so compatibility across manufacturers is spotty. I switched from Continental Gatorskin to GP5000TL tires in July and they've been nice, but getting them on my rims was incredibly difficult. Keeping surfaces clean while mounting everything is important along with choosing the right sealant.

Tubeless also don't work in the winter.  The sealants don't like cold.

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« Reply #1215 on: November 19, 2019, 03:47:59 PM »
I had Armadillo tires (came with the bike), but I switched to Schwalbe Ones because I crave speed. That being said, I haven't been able to locate actual rolling resistance values for the Armadillos, so it might just be a figment of my imagination. (At one point in time I had thought I found rolling resistance ratings for the Armadillo Elites and they were significantly higher than even Gatorskins, but I can no longer find the website.)

As for Continental Top Contact IIs, holy crap, those look like tank treads. I'd venture to guess that my average time would be faster on my current tires even given a flat per week (been averaging about 70 miles per week).

I switched from Continental Gatorskin to GP5000TL tires in July and they've been nice, but getting them on my rims was incredibly difficult. Keeping surfaces clean while mounting everything is important along with choosing the right sealant.

I think I would take a couple painful tire mounts once every six months over my current rate of over one mount per ride (at least over the last week).

Tubeless also don't work in the winter.  The sealants don't like cold.

At what temperature does tubeless sealant stop working? My personal cold limit currently seems to be about at freezing temp (for the 20-mile ride), below which I'll simply take public transportation in the mornings and ride home when it is nicer.

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« Reply #1216 on: November 19, 2019, 04:18:51 PM »
I've been happy with my Schwalbe Marathon HS 420 tires for puncture resistance.

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« Reply #1217 on: November 19, 2019, 07:16:33 PM »
At what temperature does tubeless sealant stop working? My personal cold limit currently seems to be about at freezing temp (for the 20-mile ride), below which I'll simply take public transportation in the mornings and ride home when it is nicer.

Not sure about exact temperatures, it would depend on the sealant I think.  Some sealants have anti-freeze stuff added to them that let them tolerate cold temperatures.  Above zero (freezing) I'm sure you would be fine.

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« Reply #1218 on: November 21, 2019, 08:13:52 AM »
I broke down and bought a fairly expensive pair of rain pants.  I managed last year with cheapo gear, but after getting soaked a couple of times I sprung for an actual waterproof jacket/shell, which turned out to be a big improvement.  Decided it would be nice to have pants that I can slip over my work pants and reduce the amount of time gearing up/down (and drying myself) on those wet days. 

I also got a rain cover for the bike.  I have to park outside at work, and leaving the e-bike in the rain for extended periods isn't recommended.  Instead of fiddling with covering individual electric components (plus the seat, rear bag, panniers), I realized that it would be easier just to cover up the whole darn thing.

I read a webpage that talks about cleaning the battery contacts. Depending on your bike's design, the battery cradle can trap dirt and water.

Also some battery cases are multi-piece shells that aren't rain proof. One of mine is like that. A shower cap might be a fair solution. I've looked inside my battery and there were no problems though or signs of water.

https://electricbike.com/forum/forum/knowledge-base/batteries-aa/12542-luna-hardcase-battery-documentation

https://www.electricbike.com/water-proofing-trouble-shooting/
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« Reply #1219 on: November 21, 2019, 10:05:54 AM »
Okay, I could use some help. I need to fix the problem of the limiter on my ebike. I thought it didnít have one when I bought it and apparently the sales person at the store was misinformed and/or lied.

In any case, Iíve been researching and it looks like an BadAss Box 4 will work for my Giant Explore E. The only issue is that they ship all over the world except the US.

I canít find it anywhere that will ship to me, even eBay. Does anyone have any idea how I can get around this?

Have you cruised the Endless Sphere website? They can get pretty technical but a source for what you want might be there somewhere.

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« Reply #1220 on: November 21, 2019, 10:24:22 AM »
Okay, I could use some help. I need to fix the problem of the limiter on my ebike. I thought it didnít have one when I bought it and apparently the sales person at the store was misinformed and/or lied.

In any case, Iíve been researching and it looks like an BadAss Box 4 will work for my Giant Explore E. The only issue is that they ship all over the world except the US.

I canít find it anywhere that will ship to me, even eBay. Does anyone have any idea how I can get around this?

Have you cruised the Endless Sphere website? They can get pretty technical but a source for what you want might be there somewhere.
Thanks for the reply. I ended up finding the Badass FB page and through that was able to get a link to purchase directly and have the product shipped to me. Yay! Installation was pretty easy. Much better than the open heart surgery required for the other tuners on the market.

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« Reply #1221 on: November 21, 2019, 12:07:03 PM »
Just want to vent that I've had six flat tires in my last four rides. WTF!?!?!?

As far as I can tell, one (possibly two) was a pinch flat (my fault for being too lazy to fully air my tires and gawking at somebody being pulled over as I smashed over an uneven portion of sidewalk), two have been thorns, and the other two are a mystery.

I've switched over to slime tubes in hopes to stem the tide, fingers crossed. Also, props to the Tube Fairy, who stopped and gave me his spare tube when I was ten miles from home and had already used my spare tube on an earlier flat just a few miles back.

Seriously considering switching to tubeless for my road bike if my failure rate doesn't start decreasing significantly.

Schwalbe Marathon tires. No data about rolling resistance or anything else except that I have 2600 miles on them with zero flats. I'm riding the 50mm variety. I'm riding about 10 psi under the max inflation pressure on the back, about 15-20 psi under the max inflation in the front b/c I'm a Clydesdale. ;)

At 2600 miles on a former mtb bike with a middrive ebike conversion, the tires still have alot of miles left in them. I expect them to last another 2000 miles or more.

No traction surprises but I have not ridden them on ice or snow.

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« Reply #1222 on: November 21, 2019, 12:15:59 PM »
"Personal Cycling" should be a term like personal finance. There are some general principals that can be applied to everyone, but many solutions should be tailored to the individual. For example, the topic of freezing/ice/snow is completely foreign to someone living in most parts California. "What is this 'winter' you speak of? Is that when the high temps are like in the 60s?"

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« Reply #1223 on: November 21, 2019, 12:32:06 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I ended up finding the Badass FB page and through that was able to get a link to purchase directly and have the product shipped to me. Yay! Installation was pretty easy. Much better than the open heart surgery required for the other tuners on the market.

YAY! Glad you found the solution you wanted.

To everyone, I just finished reading the whole thread. LOTs of great info here. Added a bunch of things to my amazon wishlist for future reference. Bought a couple of things recommended here to make riding through the winter a reasonable possibility. I used to quit each fall about the time the cold wind racing through my light weight prob fleece or cotton jacket became too cold as I never liked riding in a heavy winter coat. Enter the windbreaker suggested in another MMM thread. Maybe suggested by GuitarStv. How did that bit of outdoor gear escape my awareness all these years? My family and friends all seem to gravitate to other solutions, none of which are bicycle/hiking oriented.

Rode to work a couple of weeks ago in the low 30s F using that jacket, fleece jacket, lightweight gloves, and jogging pants. Oh and merino wool socks under my hiking shoes. Totally comfortable. Won't need much more gear to ride year 'round b/c the winters only dip in the 20s overnight most of the winter.

Another gold nugget was the Map-o-Meter website. I think it was mentioned in this thread. I originally used Google Maps to build my route home to work.

Using the Map-o-Meter maps I found out today I'm riding about 8 miles each way with roughly a 775ft gain and a 740 ft loss. It said the steepest sections were 8% grades. Not too bad with the low gears I put on my bike.  The online maps say my work place is ~100 ft higher than my home address.

Just rode to do an errand at lunch time. Absolutely makes me question why any of us drive cars around so much for sub-3 mile trips, especially with ebikes available.
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« Reply #1224 on: November 21, 2019, 01:20:30 PM »
I tried out my cold weather gear this morning. It was about 26F and unusually gloomy for Denver, no sun and kind of spitting wintry mix. I was wearing the t-shirt and cardigan that I am working in today, my Primaloft leggings, snow boots with wool socks, a fleece, a rain shell, fleece gloves, and a balaclava. By the time I got going I was so warm, I was tempted to stop and shed a layer or two. Will adjust next time there's no wind.

Will be biking home in dark and snow, unless there is so much snow that I panic and find another way home. Looks like it should be just an inch or two of fresh powder, which I think I can handle.

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« Reply #1225 on: November 21, 2019, 04:08:43 PM »
I have to drive my car to work tomorrow, since I have a mid-day dentist appointment about 15 miles from the office.  I'm a bit bummed about it, but at least it'll be the first car commute since March.

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« Reply #1226 on: November 21, 2019, 07:11:13 PM »
Drizzle on the way home tonight.  In my 50 minute bike ride home tonight I saw two accidents happen (one guy who rear-ended a police cruiser . . . one guy who pulled a u-turn in a busy 4 lane road and got t-boned) and rode past three other accidents.  Ugh.  It was like a frigging war zone.

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« Reply #1227 on: November 22, 2019, 08:17:36 AM »
Wife was rear-ended yesterday on her morning commute. Hit-and-run, the guy/gal sped off. The bumper is trashed, but everything else looks comparatively fine and no apparent damage beyond cosmetic. Wife says her back hurts, but will probably be fine after some rest.

All this to say that I love not having to drive in to work.

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« Reply #1228 on: November 22, 2019, 08:43:30 AM »
Had errands to do this morn. Drove part way, biked part way. In the rain. Loved it. Wish I could send the car home automatically so I could ride all the way home. Don't feel good leaving the car in town overnight.

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« Reply #1229 on: November 22, 2019, 09:25:17 AM »
Drizzle on the way home tonight.  In my 50 minute bike ride home tonight I saw two accidents happen (one guy who rear-ended a police cruiser . . . one guy who pulled a u-turn in a busy 4 lane road and got t-boned) and rode past three other accidents.  Ugh.  It was like a frigging war zone.

Ugh. That's a rough trip home. Glad you made it safely.

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« Reply #1230 on: November 22, 2019, 09:35:39 AM »
*Best thing ever yelled out a car window at me: "GET A JOB, ASSHOLE!"

I laughed out loud in my quiet early-morning cubicle farm, got a lot of turned heads and furrowed brows.

Gonna be a great day at work today LOL.

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« Reply #1231 on: November 22, 2019, 04:01:33 PM »
Now that it is getting darker Iíd like to light up my bike trailer like a Christmas tree when I take my kid to and from school. Can anyone recommend a cheap and easy way of doing that?

EL lights are fun and can be ordered for <$10 (although you get what you pay for, haven't had a unit last for longer than 1 year)
Also could get some wheel lights - https://www.monkeylectric.com/

Take a picture once you trick out your ride :)

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« Reply #1232 on: November 23, 2019, 08:42:00 PM »
Now that it is getting darker Iíd like to light up my bike trailer like a Christmas tree when I take my kid to and from school. Can anyone recommend a cheap and easy way of doing that?

EL lights are fun and can be ordered for <$10 (although you get what you pay for, haven't had a unit last for longer than 1 year)
Also could get some wheel lights - https://www.monkeylectric.com/

Take a picture once you trick out your ride :)
Good suggestion.
Come to think of it, my husband did something like this to his old bike for burning man. Iíll ask his opinion.

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« Reply #1233 on: November 26, 2019, 10:43:08 AM »
Freezing rain and ice pellets on the way in this morning. Ugh. How long until spring? I think I'd rather have snow. Ice pellets really sting.

Also, I really need to see if we have some ski goggles that aren't tinted. I couldn't see a thing through the ice pellets and my watering eyes.

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« Reply #1234 on: November 26, 2019, 11:27:47 AM »
We had the nicest weather in at least a month today for my ride in . . . 10 degrees and sunny!  No snow or rain!

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1235 on: November 26, 2019, 09:07:55 PM »
Ugh, we had some of the worst conditions!  Some serious lack of snow and ice clearing during a warmish snow last week resulted in a whole bunch of slick frozen rutts on the road, and frozen footprints on the pathways! Then last night and today we had more snow... hiding all the ice. If it was shear ice it wouldn't be so bad, but it's lumpy and sliding down the verticals, with no bite from your studs is sketchy. Add in some serious snirty pancaky snow and it was a slip sliddin' struggle!  Fat bike please...

Tomorrow I'm walking.

This snow/freeze/thaw cycle we've been having since September is starting to wear me down - I think I'd be happy for some sustained cold, packed snow to bike on... and less slush/fresh snow please.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1236 on: November 27, 2019, 07:24:32 AM »
We had the nicest weather in at least a month today for my ride in . . . 10 degrees and sunny!  No snow or rain!

Gah, I knew things were too good to be true.


Had a car sideswipe me on the way home last night.  I think (although details are kinda fuzzy) that it hit either my arms or my handlebars with it's mirror, causing the wheel to spin 90 degrees to the direction I was travelling.  I was doing about 35 kph at the time, so this sorta launched me over the bars and I ended up cracking my helmet pretty spectacularly, landing on my left side, and sliding a good piece up the road.  Also whacked my left knee really, really hard.  Looking back at it, I was being stupid and not completely taking the lane - trying to avoid blocking traffic.  The driver was trying to squeeze through space that the vehicle simply didn't fit in.

To their credit, the driver peeled away immediately to make sure that he or she wasn't going to be in the way after the accident.  Several people from surrounding houses and from cars that saw the accident did stop to check if I was OK though.  They all said that I was very visible with the four lights in the back and the two in front, the neon orange jacket, and all the reflective stuff - so it's not like the guy didn't see me.

All in all, things came out OK.  I made it the remaining 10 km home.  Derailleurs weren't damaged, front wheel needs a little bit of truing, and the frame isn't bent.  I lost a lot of skin on the one side of my body, but managed to avoid any major tears in my jacket, jersey, or tights) and have a good amount of swelling on my left knee and wrist, but nothing is sprained or broken.  Swelling on the knee is a lot better than last night as well, where I could barely make it up and down the stairs to our bedroom.  My bar tape is a little scuffed, and I need a new helmet - could have been worse.  Sadly breaks my streak of not being hit by a car for five or six years (but continues my streak of having the car that hits me not stick around afterwards.)

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1237 on: November 27, 2019, 07:53:24 AM »
Glad you made it out ok. Drivers who don't stop after hitting someone are the worst.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1238 on: November 27, 2019, 09:24:27 AM »
Yuck, hit and runners are the worst scum of the earth!

I'm glad your ok (ish), that sounds like a pretty spectacular crash (and not in a good way).


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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1239 on: November 27, 2019, 09:45:01 AM »
Holy crap, that sounds awful! Glad you're ok. You filed a police report, right?

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1240 on: November 27, 2019, 09:58:12 AM »
I didn't file a police report.  Nothing to file really.  I think the car might have been gray?  Nobody saw the license plate, or where it was going.  Pretty sure it was a car though.

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« Reply #1241 on: November 27, 2019, 10:17:39 AM »
I didn't file a police report.  Nothing to file really.  I think the car might have been gray?  Nobody saw the license plate, or where it was going.  Pretty sure it was a car though.

But the city and police can't do anything to improve road conditions or enforcement if they don't even know there's been an accident. Your local police force may even have a basic web form you can fill out on their website.

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« Reply #1242 on: November 27, 2019, 11:10:04 AM »
Ouch.  Sorry that happened; glad you're ok.  That helmet cam of mine might come in handy someday!  Of course, I might miss video of the license plate if I'm busy tumbling and skidding down the road, and most USA police don't care one whit about bikers and would probably ignore a complaint of this nature, but still!

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« Reply #1243 on: November 27, 2019, 11:13:18 AM »
I didn't file a police report.  Nothing to file really.  I think the car might have been gray?  Nobody saw the license plate, or where it was going.  Pretty sure it was a car though.

But the city and police can't do anything to improve road conditions or enforcement if they don't even know there's been an accident. Your local police force may even have a basic web form you can fill out on their website.

I agree it's worth taking ten minutes to let them know, even if you can't describe the car. Wishing you speedy healing, @GuitarStv.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1244 on: November 27, 2019, 04:26:09 PM »
Wow, Iím sorry that happened. Good luck healing

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1245 on: November 27, 2019, 04:58:06 PM »
guitar steve there may have been security cameras in the area?

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« Reply #1246 on: November 28, 2019, 08:41:12 AM »
You should definitely report your collision, if there's no report then it's assumed these events aren't happening.

You can also report near misses/thefts and collisions on this map here:
https://bikemaps.org/

I've seen this tool used for bike advocacy groups to get infrastructure built.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1247 on: November 29, 2019, 03:29:15 PM »
So. My bike lock has been giving me a hard time lately. I put the key in, try to turn, and it doesn't budge. I thought at first that it was so cold that it was frozen. But even when it's about 40 degrees out, it still doesn't budge. The last few weeks I've just been holding onto it for dear life and basically forcing it to turn. Well, last week I did that and the key broke (not inside the lock, thank god - more like the handle of the key broke). Anyway, has anyone ever experienced this? Do I maybe need to oil up the lock or something so that the key starts to turn again?

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1248 on: November 29, 2019, 03:38:35 PM »
So. My bike lock has been giving me a hard time lately. I put the key in, try to turn, and it doesn't budge. I thought at first that it was so cold that it was frozen. But even when it's about 40 degrees out, it still doesn't budge. The last few weeks I've just been holding onto it for dear life and basically forcing it to turn. Well, last week I did that and the key broke (not inside the lock, thank god - more like the handle of the key broke). Anyway, has anyone ever experienced this? Do I maybe need to oil up the lock or something so that the key starts to turn again?

I squirt bike lube in the key hole of my lock a couple times a year, and then work the key back and forth to spread it out.  I've had locks completely rust up and become inoperable before I started doing this.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1249 on: December 01, 2019, 12:33:17 PM »
I didn't file a police report.  Nothing to file really.  I think the car might have been gray?  Nobody saw the license plate, or where it was going.  Pretty sure it was a car though.

But the city and police can't do anything to improve road conditions or enforcement if they don't even know there's been an accident. Your local police force may even have a basic web form you can fill out on their website.

Piling on. My police contacts say that they'll take any/all information. They add it to their collision reports that directly influence their resource allotments.

Thanks for mentioning lane position and squeezing. It's definitely uncomfortable but I find it's easier when I repeat to myself "My safety is more important than their convenience. My safety is more important than their convenience." Plus it gives a nice rhythm to pedal to.
Glad you're up and walking!