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Sep-08-16 09:42 pm
Seeking advice
Category: Social

First of all, if you are still riding without a rear-view mirror, with all these texting and talking cagers, you are crazy.  Not an ad but the old guy who used to make them "aged out" or died but I found the modern equivalent and bought several for all my helmets.  I CANNOT ride without it anymore, these are well made.  http://www.bikeshophub.com/blog/2012/03 … sed-to-it/

Well, we all talk a lot on rides, "Car Back", "Car Up", "Passing", "Truck Back" and we all point at things in the road (potholes, sticks, rocks) and motion or call out "Walker Up" or "Car Up" if a parked one, but I honestly don't know what to say on this one.

If you say Bail Out, then it is what, go right, go left and even if they do, perhaps it is the wrong move in the end.  I think I'd yell "Don't Turn" "Go Straight" "Don't Turn" in sequence until the car passes.

Many years ago, Mark Anderson who used to ride with us was way out in the country, nice day, signaled a left turn on a two-lane and an idiot in a pickup smashed him almost to death from behind as he turned and the moron was passing him, WITH HIS ARM EXTENDED OUT TO THE LEFT!!!!

Haven't seen Mark in many years, don't know if he ever fully recovered.  I think he stopped riding.

Aug-02-16 10:45 pm
Looking for a new century....
Category: Social

I can HIGHLY recommend the FIRST century ride I EVER did (and look at what has happened since then :-) you should go down and do the Tour de Valley.

http://www.runthevalley.com/tour-de-valley/

Really nice roads/route, very well supported.  Cheering crowds lining the last mile (seriously) and under 5000 feet of climbing so very doable by anyone.
Stuart

Jul-22-16 09:20 am
Cyclist Killed by Drunk Driver
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

About 12 years ago in the heyday of me trying to figure out what bikes I liked, I bought (and sold) dozens of bikes on Ebay.  One night I bought a really weird one-off bike which featured a second crank and hand pedals driving the front wheel in addition to the traditional drivetrain in back.  The bike was ridiculous and even dangerous and I soon re-listed it for sale.

Jeff Archer contacted me and I sold and delivered the bike to his museum on a trip to visit my mother close-by in NC.  He was a nice guy, good businessman and passionate about bicycles.

Once again, far too close to home in many ways.  The drunk driving and texting is out of control in the US.  We keep making the laws and punishments worse and the problem continues.  We probably need to get to where it is in Scandinavia and Europe where you ruin your life totally and probably never drive again if caught.

May-28-16 06:52 am
Category: Social

Sadly my spouse sent me this article about most w/sunscreen and the ones I use are some of the "Worst" list every year!  Please read. It's not just about protection, my hard head (caba tosta!) - it's about the chemicals you are putting on your body.
http://m.motherjones.com/environment/20 … ction-2016

My struggle is wanting one of the few that are really sweat/waterproof and that I only put them on in the early morning even for a 6-8 hour exposure.

Done with comments.  Thanks Janet.

Apr-15-16 09:55 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I replied, couldn't be as diplomatic as Jeffrey.

Greg, it doesn't matter how long you have to slow down and wait for that excruciatingly slow cyclist in front of you to wait for a clear view and no oncoming traffic to overtake, you are going to reach your final destination at EXACTLY the same time 99% of the time. When you are tailgating a car down the rural two-lane road and they both slow on a hill or curve with a cyclist taking the lane. Yup, had to put on the brakes and slow down. The front car has a short straight and overtakes. Often, the trailing car just follows without independently determining if it is safe to do so. Many times they encounter an oncoming car and, of course, merge the cyclists out of the way or off the road because they aren't going to hit another car head-on. Now if Greg has actually waited for his own clear passing spot, within 30 to 60 seconds he will catch up again to the car he was following before. Guess what, it's a double yellow line and he is once again in exactly the same spot and timing he was before.

That cyclist which angers you so much is actually someone's father, mother, brother, sister, or son, daughter. Have you considered how you would treat that cyclist if it were YOUR CHILD?

As a matter of fact, what really makes sense are new laws giving more "privilege" to cyclists like a smart law already passed and successfully implemented in the US and other places where cyclists treat stop signs as yield and red lights as stop signs so that they are not "clogging up your roads" and since they are out in the elements, moving at half (or less) of your car's speed and can safely navigate a stop sign as if it were a yield and not have to wait (sometimes forever) for a car to come and "trip" a traffic light.

This well written and completely ignorant piece by Greg Klein shows just how far our attempt at being a civilized society has yet to go. Greg follows the tried and true path believing that somehow all of the infrastructure was built only for motor traffic. We've had a fantastic hundred and fifty years of pumping oil out of the ground and a hundred years of cars/trucks and massive capital projects creating a network of roads and bridges for transport. In the grand scheme of things, looking at hundreds of years rather than tens of years, Greg is sadly very wrong in his views and is perpetrating a dangerous vision, stigmas, memes and stereotypes. For those of us that ride thousands of miles per year for transport and recreation, we always say that people like Greg need to ride a hundred miles in our saddle. I don't really care if he does it in ten, ten-mile rides, but he needs to attempt to ride a bike on the variety of roads we must navigate.

This "screed" of intolerance is so well written, it sounds almost logical if you completely ignore that cyclists have the same rights to the infrastructure as you do and you need to educate yourself and accept that you need to shelve your latent road rage and impatience when you encounter any cyclist and respect their human rights. What an ignorant jerk.

Jan-08-16 01:13 pm
Tandem Bikes
Category: Social

Hi Lydia,
(Edited to clarify incorrect club info).

We too have been on the periphery of the tandem crowd for many years here and I've been lurking trying to get Jan to join me.  I always say "search is your friend" and you can do a lot of good reading online for some basic info.

There is a very strong cycling group out of DC called Washington Area Bicyclists in Tandem Society (WABITS), affiliated with Potomac Peddlers, which I subscribed to and they have regular (monthly rides).  We attended one ride years ago in Rock Creek Park (Jan doesn't want to ride on roads even though I do for 3500-4500 miles a year).  The BBC also has a very active tandem group called CRABS (cyclists riding a bike simultaneously) and they post regular rides on the ride schedule, have parties and pot luck dinners, etc.

While I've owned many tandems over the last 15 years, I've failed so far to make it happen with my spouse with any regularity.  I've currently got a mint, barely used DaVinci with S&S couplers and Campy groupo which matches the rest of my single fleet.  The DaVinci has their patented ICS or Independent Costing System which allows each rider to pedal when they want and coast when they want, ingenious and some people really like it. Hard core tandem riders seem to eschew it.  I've had the bike (and two S&S) cases hoping we could start riding on vacations but may end up selling it this year.  So if you determine you are really into it and want a travel tandem (standard, airline legal/free suitcases), let me know ($4.5K).

At one point I had a Litespeed Talini 6/4 Ti racing tandem which weighed so little it was incredible (32'ish) and it was amazingly fast(at a very high price).  I've also had lower-end steel and aluminum ones from the more "standard" brands and the difference is marked, and not in a positive way.

Mt. Airy Bikes (Larry Black) is one of our main purveyors of the tandem culture around here and he can certainly let you take various types/prices on test rides from his location (which, BTW, has every kind of terrain within a couple of miles including a painfully, stupid "elevator shaft" for testing climbing and weight/flex issues. There is also an active seller in New Jersey called "Tandems East" you might want to investigate.  Also read up on Santana, Co-Motion, and other manufacturer's websites.

I expect most folks aren't all that interested in loaning out their tandems, they are expensive and when set up, most probably don't want to make all the changes required and risk a drop.  On the other hand, at some of their events, you might want to attend and the start and discuss with the real riders.

I expect you will hear from MUCH more experienced folks than me here, though I don't think you get the responses we used to get with the list-serv, it was MUCH more active and I, for one, miss it.
Good Luck and Have Fun,
Stuart

Jan-07-16 11:42 am
A Strava video
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Mike, first log onto Strava on the computer you are on, no need for anything but a basic account.  Then just play anyone else's video and at the end there is a note on screen to see your own.  Click on it, after it compiles and plays you can then share it on various social media.

Oddly, I can't figure out how to pull it back up on Strava so I guess that posting is it.

Dec-09-15 09:11 am
Century route for Saturday
Category: Social

Actually, all three are in the Other Locations 50 miles + in the cue sheet library.  Generally, you want to ride the volunteer ride as Ed suggested when it isn't the actual CWC.  Remember the CWC has rest stops with food and drink and none of those exist on other days.  The volunteer ride makes minor changes to take you near/past refueling spots and into Boonesboro for lunch (usually at Subway).

Also note the third cue sheet for the ultra-evil CWC Reversed.  This is a longer, harder ride that goes up the steeper sides of the climbs in the back-end 2/3rds of the ride.  You need to conserve the first 30 miles across the cornfields with the wind at your back up to Gettysburg because when you hit the double of Jack's Mountain followed by Gladhill in reverse, you might find yourself walking like I did my first time!  If you find it too hard, you can turn left on RT-550 at that point and coast back to the start.

There are THREE distinct things going on THIS SUNDAY to honor John & Lynne who were killed on their tandem. (a LOT of content below)
*1) A ride hosted by me for all folks, all clubs, all who want a nice fifty-something ride on the weekend.  See below
*2) That ride joins with a small 12 mile total ride from Chesapeake Beach for a mass of folks with police escort to place the Ghost Bike.
*3) Ghost Bike placement and memorial event.

#1 I'm leading a Baltimore Bike Club Ride TO and FROM the Ghost Bike Ceremony Ride for John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch.  9:30am.
THIS BBC ride (welcome to co-list) is an All-Pace Ride leaving from Southern High School in Harwood, MD (4400 Solomons Island Rd, Harwood, MD 20776) at 9:30am for a pace of 15-17 mph. (Leave at 9am if you will be riding at 12-13). We will be routed counter-clockwise and will be eating lunch at the Market until AFTER the ceremony, figure at 1pm at best so bring something to eat to tide you over. The main group WILL stop at the Market for fellowship, decompression, deli sandwiches and hydration for the last 15 miles.

I expect that after lunch we will get back to the starting point in Harwood around 3-4pm so this will be an all day affair and 56 miles total. Starting temps will be cold (29 overnight) and 49 for a high but dress for 40's. Weather looks clear.

Here is the cue sheet for THIS ride which is TO the celebration ride start/stop point.http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11090657.tcx

#2 Ghost Bike Ceremony Ride for John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch - Potomac Pedalers

(RSVP here:  http://www.potomacpedalers.org/events/e … &group

RSVP NOW!! by the 20th so the Police know how many are doing the celebration ride since they are supporting.


Potomac Pedalers is hosting a 12 mile round trip from Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach to install a Ghost Bike donated and prepared by Larry Black in honor of John and Lynne. Feel free to drive directly there if you'd just like to do the 12 miles and ceremony rolling out at 11am from 7900 Old Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

And below is the Bike Maryland overview and announcement:
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Bike Maryland <bikemd@bikemd.org>
To:
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:43 AM
Subject: Memorial Ride and Ghost Bike Placement

Tandem Ghost Bike for John and Lynne

Ghost Bike Ceremony Ride for John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch
It is with heavy hearts that we have joined with the Potomac Pedalers, Frederick Pedalers, Bike AAA, Oxon Hill, and others to organize a memorial ride and Ghost Bike Ceremony for John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch.

John and Lynne were superstar cyclists - extraordinarily experienced and safety-conscious. Sadly, when they took their tandem out on Halloween, a driver decided to get behind the wheel while drunk.

On Sunday, November 22nd the bicycle community is joining together to honor them with a tandem ghost bike on Tobacco Road. Please join us for this solemn occasion.

The twelve-mile round trip ride will begin at Beach Elementary School (7900 Old Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732) at 11:00 AM. Riders should be at the school and ready to roll no latter than 11:00 AM. Parking is very limited, so please carpool or ride in.

Those who prefer a longer ride may opt to start earlier from other locations, such as Southern High School (Baltimore Bike Club leading ride), Chesapeake Market (Annapolis Bike Club cue sheet), or Northern High School (Oxon Hill leading ride).

The Ghost Bike installation will take place on Tobacco Road at approximately 11:45 AM. After a brief ceremony, the Memorial Ride will return to Beach Elementary School.

Thanks to Larry Black of Mt. Airty Bicycles for preparing and donating a ghost tandem.

To honor their memories, John's sister has set up the John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch Memorial Advocacy Fund to support Bike Maryland's work in and out of Annapolis.

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