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by SF
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: C40's Journal
Replies: 1090
Views: 259009

<t>A little off topic, but you mention racing bikes. And you mention team sponsorship. And you work too? And practice/travel with the team? Amazing. How do you find the time to put in more than the base?<br/> Back on topic, do you feel you could race competitively with less expensive bikes? I realiz...
by SF
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ERE City supplies on the cheap
Replies: 6
Views: 950

<t><br/> I do agree/suspect that a lot of survivalism is just an excuse to buy "tactical gear" and play mall ninja.<br/> <br/> While I agree, I'm not as sure about the suburban mall ninja unloading their gear. Based on the Y2K scare, people just leave this stuff to rot in their basement/garage. Old ...
by SF
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: You need a cellphones (how to respond)
Replies: 40
Views: 4833

<t>My observations about the "need" for cell phones, for those who don't get it:<br/> 1) This isn't about you. It's about the people who know you wanting to get in touch with you immediately. Some might think of this as an electronic leash, others a way to get in touch with a loved one in an emergen...
by SF
Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: ERE on TV?
Replies: 19
Views: 3186

<t>IMHO - don't do TV. Even if the interviewer is genuinely open minded, chances are that the producers will twist your words around, edit to make you look like the lunatic fringe, and perhaps do more damage than good to ERE. <br/> However, I think a podcast series would be a great way to increase e...
by SF
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Most Useful Tool
Replies: 14
Views: 2044

<t>For the OP: I had something similar, albeit with less cowbell. Personally, I prefer an actual spade, a bow saw, etc...<br/> Bike multitools are great, I've had one for about 15 years and it still gets lots of use.<br/> But using hours of use and durability as a metric, my hand-driven automotive r...
by SF
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Distrust of Market
Replies: 7
Views: 780

<r><br/> Zvi Bodie advocates investing only in TIPS bonds ( <URL url="http://www.zvibodie.com/Worry_Free_Investing">http://www.zvibodie.com/Worry_Free_Investing</URL> ).<br/> <br/> Also in his book is this intriguing strategy to participate in the broad market with limited downside risk: <br/> <br/>...
by SF
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:35 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Bicycle Accessories
Replies: 24
Views: 3391

<t>You don't need a huge battery if you want bright lights, but yeah, generators don't quite do it, except as be-seen lights. The tradeoff is brightness, weight, and running time (oh, and cost too).<br/> There are a large number of tactical flashlights that can go from 10 to 200 lumens. These should...
by SF
Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:08 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: basic bike and accessories
Replies: 6
Views: 977

<t>Chain lube is a personal thing. 10 different cyclist will have 13 different opinions. Certainly the motor oil mix is fine for around town. You can also try using chainsaw oil for winter or rainy season (google for recipes).<br/> I wouldn't want a trike either, you can't lean them into turns. If y...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Is bike commuting really cheaper?
Replies: 24
Views: 5940

<t><br/> Any 10 year old beater vehicle will require almost yearly repairs, so switching vehicles won't do much.<br/> <br/> My point is the opposite. It's debatable in some circles, but generally old Jeeps have a worse reliability rating and more expensive parts than an old Toyota. It might not be w...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Is bike commuting really cheaper?
Replies: 24
Views: 5940

<r>It may be that this is something that varies based on your situation, where it is much cheaper for most people, but for others it might be close. There's nuances that I didn't explore in the interest of length. The moral of the story may be that one should live closer to frequent destinations (eg...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Is bike commuting really cheaper?
Replies: 24
Views: 5940

<t><br/> I have a 10 year old Jeep Cherokee and I have put at least $600 in repairs into it per year for the last 3 years<br/> <br/> How about a different car? I have an 90s Japanese made car that's had maybe $500 of repair (mainly DIY) in the last 5 years. I wouldn't want to take it on the Rubicon ...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:56 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: how many miles can you comfortably bike without a break?
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

<r>The problem was that the hill got steep quickly and a rider got caught in a big chainring and just couldn't get it into the small chainring. I think it was partly due to the chain tension and partly to how the shifting worked on this particular bike. I didn't inspect the mechanism.<br/> Once stop...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Is bike commuting really cheaper?
Replies: 24
Views: 5940

<t>If you just look at the health benefits, replacement parts, and the amortization of the original purchase then a bike looks pretty good vs beater car + gas + repair + taxes + insurance.<br/> But you eat more when you ride more. Depending on what you eat, that might not be cheap.<br/> There's the ...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:52 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Bicycle Accessories
Replies: 24
Views: 3391

<r>Will I be considered a snob if I say that I like Ultegra vs 105? Just for reliability. Both are good, but I find Ultegra derailleurs last longer under stress. 105 is still good, but I switched to Ultegra after I kept breaking the 105s. Brifters, chains, cassettes, etc... I go to 105. <br/> As tmi...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Bicycle Accessories
Replies: 24
Views: 3391

<t><br/> I always arrive to my destinations drenched in sweat. How do you handle this? Bring a change of clothes everywhere and have a dedicated biking outfit you change into every time you bike?<br/> <br/> I have this problem too. And yes, if I'm going any distance in warm weather I wear riding clo...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Bicycle Accessories
Replies: 24
Views: 3391

<r>To tackle a few of these:<br/> <br/> Saddlebags or some other kind of cargo holder (carrying groceries while biking has been hard)<br/> <br/> A backpack is easiest, if you can get away with it. Next might be the (once) ubiquitous milk crate bungied or zip tied to a rack. It can be fun to experime...
by SF
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: how many miles can you comfortably bike without a break?
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

<r><br/> Would I be too much of a dweeb suggesting a recumbent bike?<br/> <br/> No, but... <br/> The idea of a recumbent bike is great, there are efficiencies - less drag, more relaxed posture, more cargo room. <br/> But they don't seem practical as a daily driver, at least not around here.<br/> The...
by SF
Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: how many miles can you comfortably bike without a break?
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

<t>@slacker - what they said above.<br/> But remember that there are many variables here. You limit two - windless flats and relative inexperience, which is a start. But there is your fitness, clothing, the style of bike, handlebars, tires, other weather factors, city vs rural roads, dirt vs asphalt...
by SF
Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: grow your own
Replies: 28
Views: 3031

<r><br/> so how's your garden going so far this year, SF?<br/> <br/> Not bad, thanks for asking. The bug and disease problems don't usually hit until August, so we'll see then.<br/> We do compost, and we don't plant beans each year. Actually we grow relatively few beans. Clover grows naturally here,...
by SF
Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Todd Buchholz's _Rush_
Replies: 1
Views: 460

<t>_Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race_<br/> Has anyone read this? <br/> The reviews indicate that this is an ERE contrarian book. That if we "retire" we'll get fat, dumb, and bored. There's some good points about hippy communes failing, and Kibbutz changing into commercial operations. He says...