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South / Selma and central Alabama.
« on: November 09, 2020, 08:12:32 am »
I did a tour from Mobile to Birmingham in the middle of the Covid virus. First of all there are the flies. These are half the length of regular flies. They can fly 15 mph and when you stop they get in your hair in your ears and in your eyes. I had to kill them with my sock hat to be able to read my map. There were no Dragonflies and no birds to keep  them under control. I opened the lid of my coffee and them of them landed in the water before I could take a single drink. A perfect example of koyaanisqatsi. Under Alabama law a bicycle is a vehicle. It is illegal to pass a vehicle on a narrow bridge. Not a single person stopped to allow me to cross. On one bridge I stopped to look behind me and a 18 wheeler had 4 by 4 logs hanging out of the undercarriage. I ran down the hill which the driver must of thought was funny. I expected them to impact the bridge and bounce back to hit me. It seems to be some sort of status symbol to tow a trailer. Around 5 percent of the vehicles were towing a trailer with outrigger wheels most of them with nothing on them. I was not able to get on the WiFi of a single library between Chicasaw and Hoover. The land is a swamp and there are 4 wheelers riding under every bridge. I was confronted but they decided to back off after they saw my Bear spray. Of course I came across an idiot cop. He pulled me over for not having my lights on. They were on. He may have been lying about this. Along the way I picked up tools in the road and put them in a box on the back rack. The 8 inch blade ice pick was clearly visible and he failed to see it see link below. My conclusion is he has no night vision and should not be driving. Avoid the area. The limits of the flies are flies are Mobile Meridian Birmingham and Montgomery. Mississippi does not have the internet yet so you may want to avoid it also.

General Discussion / The high altitude body type.
« on: February 28, 2020, 10:13:36 am »
I'm one of those people you see tossing telephone poles at the highland games. Having high altitude genes or growing up at high altitude changes your body. Basically you will need a longer top tube. Along with this the high altituder will be a bit heavier. This is just the opposite of bicycles designed for women. I use 4 strategies to cope with this. First of all you need to find a bicycle with as close to a stand over height as possible. If you need say a 24 inch frame using the old 10 speed standard and all you can find is a 23 inch frame then this will result in a top tube that is 1 inch shorter than an already too short top tube. Different manufacturers have different standards for frame sizes so try to find one in a shop to try to find out what the stand over height is. Second  buy a bicycle designed for fat tires and use skinny tires. The smallest tire I can use with out getting pinch flats is a 35mm or a 1 3/8 inch tire. As a practical matter 38mm or 1.5 inch tire is easier to find. This lowers the top tube by 8mm or 1/3 inch. Third try to find a bicycle with a sloping top tube. This type of frame will need a longer seat tube and possibly one with a larger diameter. Shaq broke a seat tube just by sitting on it is a bicycle shop. My current Specialized Hardrock uses a 1 1/4 seat tube which is just what I would have designed in a steel frame. After this you will need to add a longer stem. 150mm is usually the longest standard stem. Mine is 145 mm chrome molly and I transferred it from my old frame after 100000 miles. Of course the best solution is for manufactures to realize this and design frames with short regular and long top tubes. The top tubes and down tubes will need to have a larger diameter. 21 inch frames are twice as stiff as 25 inch frames which is just the opposite of what it should be. One study which I will post as soon as I find it found larger frames which were designed to be stiffer were less stiff than smaller frames. Flimsy frames shimmy. My Cannondale touring frame did this even unloaded.   I don't expect this to happen any time soon. Half the worlds population lives within an hours drive of an ocean. Before I went out and cycled 100000 miles loaded down I had a considerable amount of money in the bank. I passed up the Americano the BLT the Atlantis the Nomad the Long Haul Trucker the Safari any thing made of aluminum and several custom builders because the frames were not strong enough and stiff enough for me.

General Discussion / Title 23 Section 109m United States Code.
« on: December 08, 2019, 09:58:15 am »
Federal law prohibits banning non motorized traffic from a highway. A summary of these laws are (m)Protection of Nonmotorized Transportation Traffic.—
The Secretary shall not approve any project or take any regulatory action under this title that will result in the severance of an existing major route or have significant adverse impact on the safety for nonmotorized transportation traffic and light motorcycles, unless such project or regulatory action provides for a reasonable alternate route or such a route exists. Keep in mind the United states Code is not the law it is the Cliff notes to the readers digest condensed version of the law. So I'm going to offer the following with out proof. The federal government a state or a county has the authority to move a highway. The new route must be within 2 miles of the original route and be of equal or greater quality than the original route. Therefore if a detour for non motorized traffic exceeds this then it is not legal. If an interstate is built within the right of way of a pre existing highway then a state can not ban non motorized traffic on that section of the road. A state law that is in conflict with a federal law can not be enforced and may be unconstitutional. A recent ruling in Louisville is relevant here link below. Here are several roads that I think are in violation of this law. Interstate 5 on the northern California border. All interstates in Arizona. They allow bicycles but prohibit pedestrians. Interstate 25 on the northern New Mexico border. Interstate 72 on the western Illinois border. Interstate 69 where it blocks highway 57 in Indiana. Interstate 20 where it runs over highway 78 in Alabama. In addition any highway that is shut down for maintenance must provide a detour route even if such a detour route runs across private property or an interstate. The detour route then legally becomes the highway. Again non motorized traffic can't be banned on this detour.

General Discussion / Judge rulls traffic sign unconstitutional.
« on: September 29, 2019, 08:08:38 am »
A judge in Louisville Ky has ruled people are required to obey the law and not the sign. This is a variation of the original speed trap case. This case has been expanded in courts to include all traffic control signs.  That is if some fool places a traffic sign stating bicycles are not allowed on a road we do not have to obey it if it is in conflict with the law. Here is the law                                                                                                                                      (m)Protection of Nonmotorized Transportation Traffic.—
The Secretary shall not approve any project or take any regulatory action under this title that will result in the severance of an existing major route or have significant adverse impact on the safety for nonmotorized transportation traffic and light motorcycles, unless such project or regulatory action provides for a reasonable alternate route or such a route exists. We now are able to bring constitutional charges against police officers who harass us.

General Discussion / Australia cracking down on drivers using phones.
« on: September 23, 2019, 09:00:24 am »
In 2016 the number of people killed by drivers using phones increased by 8000 in the United States. Of course pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to die in these events. Australia is using cameras over automobiles as well as cameras that photograph plates to issue fines to drivers. I think this is the best solution for other parts of the world. I do not advocate the ability of governments to pull a license of some one for 1 infraction. Pulling a drivers license will not stop people from driving. Also mistakes can be made and a license can be pulled from some one who is not actually driving. I was surprised to find out all of this was worked out by the trucking industry. They make a distinction between drivers who are using a phone and drivers who are using a radio to receive instructions for doing their job. Ideally some of the fines will be diverted to rebuilding the infrastructure. I willing to take a back seat to wheelchair users. Building curb ramps helps cyclists as well. We can use these when the road becomes too crowded. I caught a school bus driver doing this. I sent the school police an email stating I would be photographing this and would use deadly force against any police officer who interfered. The problem here is a school bus driver who knows they have been caught will accuse the photographer of photographing the kids. Georgia shortly changed the law after this and it is now illegal for any school bus driver to phone and drive. The police left me alone though a few of them came by to look at me while I had my coffee in McDonalds.

General Discussion / Transport Topics.
« on: September 03, 2019, 08:19:49 pm »
 I have been touring and forcing governments to obey road law for more than 20 years. Recently I came across the magazine Transport Topics. They were discussing the proposed interstate 10 toll road. I sent them an email stating the new project should include lanes for non motorized traffic which would allow the state to comply with Title 23 Section 109m United States Code should highway 90 ever need to be shut down for repairs. Of course I was ignored and the new toll road has been killed after overwhelming opposition. I think this is an excellent magazine to email if you ever come across a violation of non motorized road law. Don't sent them a I think this would be a good idea email. They claim to be a general magazine. Let's show them that all highway departments will violate the law if they think they can get away with it.

Gear Talk / Are there counterfeit DT spokes?
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:15:13 am »
I dug a wheel out of a recycle bin that had 4 broken spokes. I didn't look closely at the spokes but it looked like they were cut. I disassembled the wheel and used the spokes of a new wheel. Since then I have broken 4 spokes all of them failed in the middle. I now believe the spokes I thought were cut also broke in the middle. These are the only DT spokes I have ever broke so either the quality has gone way down or they are counterfeit. Spokes that break in the middle always have an inclusion. I bought some DT Alpine spokes several years ago. Afterwards I learned they had made a change in the design of the spokes that made them easier for machines to build the wheels. The shaft between the elbow and head was lengthened. This resulted in the heads popping off of the spokes. All of the information is on the tandem list over at Hobbes. Several tandem wheel builders will no longer use these spokes. After that stunt and a failure of DT to fix the problem I would not be surprised if DT has downgraded their quality. I have been unable to reach DT.

General Discussion / Motorists view cyclists as sub human.
« on: March 27, 2019, 09:08:06 am »
Read the article then we will discuss it.

General Discussion / I hit a rogue wave.
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:48:43 am »
For thousands of years sailors have reported a massive wave that comes out of nowhere on a calm day and capsizes their ship. Now days governments deploy buoys that measure wave height among other things and have proved these waves are real. Wave height is simply a matter of probability. The higher the wave the less probability it occurs. Recently I was traveling at around 20 mph on a road with newly patched pot holes. In addition there were crumbling pavement at the edges of the road and a downpour had washed mud into the road. Of course I hit the brakes but I didn't think the road was especially dangerous. This combination of rough pavement and the heavy traffic that would not allow me to use the full lane caused me to lose control and I slid into a deep pot hole full of water and crashed. As you know I have toured 100000 miles. It was only a matter of time before this happened. I bent a 4130 steel mountain bike fork and put a slight wrinkle in a 37 mm 4130 steel down tube. I replaced the fork since I'm on tour and am looking for a new bicycle.

Routes / Cumberland Gap closed to cyclists.
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:15:59 am »
I tried this several days ago and ran into one of those interstate style signs. They have destroyed the road and built a tunnel. I went around by highway 74. Stay off this road it is the most dangerous one I have been on after more than 100000 miles. There is no shoulder and in many cases there is no road. The pavement is missing 2 feet chunks where it has simply fallen down the mountain. In addition the pavement has subsided which keeps turning your wheel off the road. If you get too fatigued to maintain a straight line you will fall down the mountain and no one will be able to see you. Now the ban is the clearest violation of Title 23 section 109m that I have ever seen. However we may not need to use this to get the highway rebuilt. The official highway department fluff piece on the road says the old 2 mile section of 25E was killing 5 people a year. If the tunnel is closed and traffic tries to divert through highway 74 there will be 5 deaths within the first hour and 5 emergency personal deaths before it is over. The roads will be jammed and the injured will have to be lifted out by helicopter. So this is also the clearest case of criminal incompetence as it pertains to motorized traffic by the federal highway department that I have ever seen.  I know nothing about the routes east of Cumberland Gap. 

Gear Talk / Building a 45 spoke wheel.
« on: May 20, 2017, 07:44:03 pm »
I have drilled 9 additional holes in a large flange hub and built a wheel with it. Photo link below There is a standard engineering practice for this sort of thing developed by the bridge industry. The holes must be 2 hole diameters away from the edge and 3 hole diameters away from each other. So even with a large flange hub we are way beyond what would be allowed on a bridge or an aircraft. This is why radial spoked wheels break the flange. On the other hand it may be possible to drill 50 percent more holes in a large flange hub and have comparable stress to a small flange hub without the additional holes. The additional spokes are radial with an offset equivalent to a 1 cross. They do touch the other spokes so the offset is 2 mm less than the other inside spokes. This allows me to calculate the strength gain. The tension of the left hand spokes went from .66 times the tension of the right hand spokes to .92 times after retruing the wheel. This indicates the amount of weight the wheel can support before the bottom spoke goes to 0 tension is 40 percent greater. The amount of force the wheel can withstand applied from the side before the wheel buckles on the gear side is also increased by 40 percent. I was not sure this pattern would work. You can't put a spoke on the rim seam so it has to be offset by 1 spoke. This put a bit of shear stress on the seam where it is always harder to true the wheel. However it went together well. Testing will continue until failure or I wear out the rim around 10000 miles.

General Discussion / The Schwarzenetruber Amish.
« on: November 08, 2016, 08:46:07 am »
A federal judge has ruled that preventing horses and wagons from using the roads is a violation of the religious freedom clause of the United States Constitution. The Amish are a branch of the Mennonite church. Each church decides what technology it's member use. The Mennonites use bicycles extensively. This is important for several reasons. The court has ruled that the wagons do not have to use lights. Either flashing on the rear or headlights on the front including those that are not electrical. I expect the Mennonites may also be exempt from using lights on bicycles this will have to be fought in the courts. I sent an email to INDOT pointing out that the newly completed interstate 69 was in violation of title 23 section 109m US code. They wrote back that they were aware of the problem and a church in the area was affected. It looks like Indiana is allowing all non motorized traffic on that interstate. Given the extensive violations of road law by all states all interstates may eventually be opened to non motorized traffic. It is not necessary to be a member of a church to claim a religious freedom right. I use lights but the police treat cyclists far more harshly than motorists who also drive around without lights. I have cycled 10000 miles on the interstates in around 20 states. I may simple start my own church and call my self a Schwarzenegger Amish. After all my legs are bigger. The Swartzentruber Amish have went to jail and then sued the state of Kentucky over this issue. We owe them quite a bit.

Gear Talk / Willie and Max motorcycle bags.
« on: May 30, 2016, 07:47:32 am »
I got a new set of bags thanks to Harley Davidson's trash. These are Willie and Max slant design. I like this design. They will eventually transferred to the rear where they should give me an additional inch of heal clearance. These are fake leather of fairly rugged design. The internal stiffeners are plastic you see on yard signs. They should be easy to replace if they give me any problems. There was a zippered connector that would have went over the rack.I removed them and bolted the bags directly to the rack.

Gear Talk / Saddlemen saddlebags.
« on: March 21, 2016, 08:42:01 pm »
No doubt some of thought it would be cool to tour with motorcycle bags. Well I've had a chance to test this and decided it's a bad idea. I will tell you in general what to look out for and give you specifics on one brand. The Saddlemen bags are made out of vinyl. I got mine with the luggage straps cut off and decided to remove the vinyl and discovered I could rip it with my fingers. The bags have a weight limit of 5 pounds each. That is not a misprint it was on the tag inside but not in the information available on the web. The  rack side is hard plastic sewed to vinyl top and bottom this will be very difficult to repair. I once tried to repair a leather shoe and broke the needle embedding it in my thumb. Because the top closes on three side I had to offset the mounting bolts .25 inch and place it 3 inches below the top. This causes the top of the bags to hang out 1 inch. You don't want a bag that closes this way. On regular bags the zipper is the first thing to fail. If I built my own which I might do using the old ones as a pattern I would use a flap and velcro. These bags are $330 new and the mounting hardware weighs several pounds. Some mounting options are extra. I generally use the $90 Trek brand and they last several years. Leather bags may be tough enough for cycling. They will be more expensive than the vinyl ones I do like the shape of the ones shown and would like to try the rear ones with a diagonal cut that whould clear the heals.

Gear Talk / A home made 42 tooth cog.
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:42:41 pm »
My set up also has no dish and enough chain take up to work in all gears. The back is 12 13 15 17 20 24 30 42 and the front is 20 36 42. Come on industry keep up.

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