David | 1 Sep 01:17 2006
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Re: Cyclists: Soon, uniform rules to rule the roadways in Ohio

In case anyone has future plans of cycling in ohio:

Bicycling will soon be less confusing - and, advocates
say, safer - when changes to several state laws go
into effect Sept. 21.

Ohio cycling laws will conform more closely with those
governing motorists across the state.

Until now, local governments could regulate bicycles
as they saw fit. As a result, bicycle laws are a
hodgepodge from community to community. 

Full article here: http://tinyurl.com/mxzhz

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Douglas | 1 Sep 02:26 2006
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deer aren't good hood ornaments

 p {margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;}    Jaguars are much more elegant as hood ornaments. After seeing hundreds

of cars that have hit deer I slow down on winding roads in their habitat. I've

never heard of cyclists hitting one but I used to commute down a road outside

of Colfax on my trike. This road has supplied my chilli pot with venison on

many nights at the cost to someone elses grill. I almost went over the handle

bars of a bicycle along Sacramento's levy trail avoiding a beaver at night.

If I ever cycle in South America I might shop for one of those fine kitty

cats to grace the front of my hood but here up North I'd rather not kiss any

critters while traveling under human power.

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Michel Gagnon | 1 Sep 02:39 2006
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Re: Chainring Gearing Question

craig eckhoff a écrit :
> For those who have changed their chain rings. I currently have 48/38/28. With a 14-28 rear cassette.  I've
been thinking about replacing my chain ring. I was wondering if it's easier to pedal with 44/34/24 or
42/32/22, or does it really make any noticeable change? 
>    
>   Pedal plenty
>   Craig
>   

What does your terrain look like? And what cranks do you have?

If you have a compact road crankset (110/74 5-arm spider), than 34 and
24 are the smallest middle and inner rings you can fit. In that case,
moving to 44/34/24 would be cheaper.
Otherwise, if you need to change the cranks anyway, you will truly
appreciate the 22 granny.

Incidentally, my tourer has an XT crankset with 44/34/22 chainrings...
simply because the shop had no 32 in stock. For Eastern Canada, I much
prefer that setup over the default Shimano setup of 44/32/22, because it
means I have two sets of slightly closer ratios for flat or gently
rolling terrain, and a true granny for serious stuff.

At the top end, you may find yourself looking for a higher top gear.
Your new 44/14 top gear is equivalent to your present 48/15, and your
new 42/14 is equivalent to your present 48/16. Not a problem (in my
case) for loaded touring, but I sometimes use my 44/12 on day rides.

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Ken Sear | 1 Sep 02:50 2006

Re: deer aren't good hood ornaments


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Douglas" <thegimprider@...>
To: <touring@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:26 PM
Subject: deer aren't good hood ornaments

> p {margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;}    Jaguars are much more elegant as 
> hood ornaments. After seeing hundreds
>
> of cars that have hit deer I slow down on winding roads in their habitat. 
> I've
>
> never heard of cyclists hitting one but I used to commute down a road 
> outside
>
> of Colfax on my trike. This road has supplied my chilli pot with venison 
> on
>
> many nights at the cost to someone elses grill. I almost went over the 
> handle
>
> bars of a bicycle along Sacramento's levy trail avoiding a beaver at 
> night.
>
> If I ever cycle in South America I might shop for one of those fine kitty
>
> cats to grace the front of my hood but here up North I'd rather not kiss 
> any
>
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David Whitmon | 1 Sep 02:49 2006
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Re: deer aren't good hood ornaments

Last winter I was riding one of the back roads of Martha's  Vineyard 
when a small car with a real bull horns hood ornament came speeding 
down the road.  The driver was going way to fast on that snow covered 
road and I headed for the brush and missed getting nailed by that 
vehicle.

David

On Aug 31, 2006, at 8:26 PM, Douglas wrote:

>  p {margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;}    Jaguars are much more 
> elegant as hood ornaments. After seeing hundreds
>
> of cars that have hit deer I slow down on winding roads in their 
> habitat. I've
>
> never heard of cyclists hitting one but I used to commute down a road 
> outside
>
> of Colfax on my trike. This road has supplied my chilli pot with 
> venison on
>
> many nights at the cost to someone elses grill. I almost went over the 
> handle
>
> bars of a bicycle along Sacramento's levy trail avoiding a beaver at 
> night.
>
> If I ever cycle in South America I might shop for one of those fine 
> kitty
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K&L MAddox | 1 Sep 03:06 2006

Re: Touring Digest, Vol 44, Issue 170

On 8/31/06 6:43 AM, ". dkoloko" <dkoloko@...> wrote:

>................ Some, coming in
> late, seemed to have missed I specified I am asking about tires for
> commuting on a mountain bike.
> 
> Demetri
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I've come in late, but use Performance City Slicks on a converted mountain
bike for touring.  Like them a lot, have had good wear, handling, etc.
Price was well under $10 each, so that's a plus too.

Ken Maddox
Hood River, Oregon, USA

Rod Skeggs | 1 Sep 03:27 2006
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Sun Protection

I have lived and worked in the East and South East Asian tropics for the past eleven years.For the past three I
have been riding bicycles and commute each day, 24km round trip. I sweat...a lot.In this climate most
people sweat, particularly westerners. I have found the wicking jerseys from companies like J&G,Primal
and Nalini are ok, and they all feel good on your skin however after 1 hour of heavy perspiration they smell
and hold the smell until washed, thoroughly.This is not good if you are in them for a full day,it can be
embarrassing to be in close quarters with people when you can smell yourself ! In the last twelve months I
have purchased UPF treated long sleave shirts from both The North Face and Ex Officio. Both of the products
are exceptional and feel just as good or better than the jersey material, whilst having all the wicking
properties, plus a generous array of pockets on th
 e chest, velcro closures so they can be opened and closed whilst riding and quicker
 drying properties than all the jerseys I own.I also have a pair of trousers from The North Face with zip off
legs, made of the same material, for the times when you simply must wear long pants, to a restaurant etc.
  Both The North Face and Ex Officio gear are not cheap, but the extra comfort in this environment is worth it, IMHO.
  They don't stick to you when they are wet, which is the greatest bugbear when you are wearing them every day,
year in year out.

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David | 1 Sep 03:31 2006
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Subject: More Bike Riders Killed

I haven't cycled anywhere near as long as you have but
have noticed drivers passing way too close more often
now then a few years back, sometimes just inches away
Inspite of wearing a lime green colored vest with
white safety striping like the police, and road
workers wear for visibility. BTW without this vest it
just gets worse. Ever noticed people tailgating or
passing too close are usually talking on their cell
phones ? They should pass laws or inforce the ones
banning this stuff.

David

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 14:40:37 -0700 (PDT)
T Smart wrote: 

My obsevation over the 35 years or so I have been
riding is that 
moterists are way more distracted (can you say
overstressed lives and cell 
phones?) than evr before.  I have been nearly
head-oned at least four 
times this year by on-comming drivers passing into me.
 Additionally, more 
than ever I have drives just squeezing by without
regard to on-comming 
traffic conditions.  Seems people just don't pay as
much attention are 
are very willing to risk my life so they can get on
with theirs.  I 
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Dave West | 1 Sep 03:43 2006
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Cycling deaths.


From: Jim B <jblair@...>
Subject: Cycling deaths.

---U.S. cyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes increased by 7.8% to 784 in
2005....

I took a look at the NHTSA report.  We cyclists will have a long uphill pull
before this issue gets any serious attention at the state or federal level.
While the increase of 7.8% to 784 fatalities is seen as alarming to us, the
cyclist deaths were only 1.8% of the 43,443 total road fatalities.  The
report cited a population increase of 0.9% between 2004 and 2005, so half of
the increase will be written off to that.

As with all statistics, there are many ways to read the numbers.  While the
nation saw increases, some states saw decreases.  Consequently the elected
politicians in those states may be inclined to believe no action (i.e.
funding) is required.  

It looks as if we would all be better off, driving and cycling, by working
reducing the 16,685 alcohol related deaths.  Of the 784 cyclist deaths, 281
involved alcohol.  This was a 10% increase, the same as for motorcyclists.
We had a cyclist fatality reported in Hartford, CT this week.  One of the
drivers involved left the scene leaving me to suspect alcohol involvement.

The issue of non-occupant safety is apparent.  The solutions are no where
near as apparent.  Look at the trends!  Much of our immigrant population are
used to biking for personal transportation and we know those numbers are
increasing faster than the birth rate.  Our population is increasing.  Gas
prices will continue to escalate forcing more and more people to get there
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Douglas | 1 Sep 04:23 2006
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but I didn't see it!

 p {margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;}    Ask any highway patrol and they will tell you how often they've that.

People hit big yellow school busses, fire trucks, etc etc. High visability

flags, vests, and flashing lights only work on drivers who are looking 

where they are going.

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