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Gear Talk / Helmet of Justice
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:10:58 am »
Helmet of Justice: This Helmet Panopticon Records Accidents to Protect Riders

I was reading the following article on Editions for iPad and I thought you might be interested in reading it too.

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:55:32 pm »
Hi Jasmine,

Look at it this way... I know you said you have up to the neck with your student loans. 
You will eventually pay them off sooner or later but not till you reach 65. LOL   
You will be paid well and that will slowly diminish your loans... only if you go out to look for a job.  :)

So go ahead get your ride as soon as you can and worry about the debts later. =) This will be ride now pay later plan. lol

Good luck to your venture.  I will be doing my first time long ride also for coming April.


Wow, thanks for all the advice. Dr. John, you are so right about waiting for the perfect time. If I waited for my debt to be paid down, I'd be biking across America when I'm 65. Lol, I have a lot of student debt! 

I am starting from scratch, so I can use anything. I am saving up for the Surly Long Haul Trucker. I don't have panniers, a tent, a sleeping bag or other such accessories. I plan on getting that stuff, but if you have something lying around that you don't need anymore, I would gladly and appreciatively take it. My email is  I am starting a blog, so I am excited about that.

Read this article by Melissa Carter... she does NOT want to share the road with the cyclist.

Gear Talk / Re: '13 Trek Madone 2.1
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:34:30 pm »
Wow i love that rear and front bag options. You gave me hope. Thanks

Gear Talk / Re: '13 Trek Madone 2.1
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:16:46 am »
Not for winter.. since no rack on it.. it will be just the medium sized backpack - 2 sets of shorts/jersey/socks; spare tube; 2 water bottles; mini size of those personal hygiene stuffs; disposable raincoats; some snacks; compact tools; small towels; gps; maps; cellphone; flashlight; chargers.

I guess I have all the essentials. I hope I can pull this off.  ???

I wonder if they have those panniers that goes inside the frame, that you hang on the top tube?

If not, I would probably go back to my Mountain Bike which I can install racks.

Gear Talk / '13 Trek Madone 2.1
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:36:41 am »
I just got myself a 2013 Trek Madone 2.1 road bike.  I will using this for my short touring. I would go for the "credit card" option and I dont see I can put any racks on this type of bike.  Anyway since I will be just doing around New Jersey and its neighboring states only. 

General Discussion / Re: Bike and Cars - share the road
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:15:56 pm »
I know.. I personally experienced that suction effect as a cyclist.  That's one of the reason that I am still scared of riding long distance on highways if there are no other options for bike lanes.  I personally drive slow passing a cyclist and if condition permits, I would go over half the other lane just to make sure not to get too close to the cyclist.  I am more afraid that I might kill/injure the cyclist than hitting head-on from on-coming cars. I agree that many car driver do not know how a cyclist ride on the road, they never experience that.  They also probably thinking why dont the cyclist go to the side when cars coming by from behind. We cant simply do that with the rough unpaved road or maybe worse with those no shoulder at all. 

General Discussion / Re: network provider for cell phone
« on: January 09, 2013, 11:06:12 am »
I would use a Verizon phone and carry an extra spare unlock phone for pay-per-use sim card plans. I do that with my other travels.  When I get to a place that my phone will starts to roam, I will use the spare phone.  T-Mobile makes me scream with madness because of no signal.

General Discussion / Re: Bike and Cars - share the road
« on: January 08, 2013, 04:22:56 pm »
I think its this one... it was mentioned by the same announcer D&D and he doesnt want to have that available in the market.  Why does he hates so much? lol

General Discussion / Re: Bike and Cars - share the road
« on: January 08, 2013, 04:15:51 pm »
No no no.. please dont get wrong.. I am not the supporter of the radio.  What I am trying to say is that the announcer is full of bull.  He just probably experienced this a few times but he made it a big issue.  What I am saying also that I hope that every cyclist in my town should follow the rules so that the true cyclist will not be painted with bad image. 

I just dont want to say or describe the type of people here.. but I guess you can guess who they are.. those people who ride their flimsy mountain bike, carrying 1 brown lunch bag in one hand and goes to work in the early morning.  They cut people off without thinking.   

True.. as there are many mindless car drivers too. 

Also what I heard is that there will be coming out a new product that can blast as loud as a car horn to catch the car drivers attention.

General Discussion / Bike and Cars - share the road
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:06:27 pm »
Last night I listened to this local radio station 101.5 NJ.  Their topic is about sharing the road between Bike and Cars.  Although the announcer D&D doesn't condone hurting cyclist, he is full of hate on the cyclist.  He is blaming that cycling are the problem to the road. He explained that some group or pack cyclist dont abide to traffic rules and so why do car drivers need to share the road with them. According to D&D, some cyclist are arrogant and they treath the car drivers when they are riding in groups. 

I guess this happens only to those Road Cyclist not the Touring individuals.  The Road cyclist tend to feel that they are elite and think they own the road. Probably they feel like they are Lance Armstrong.

In New Jersey, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.
- ride on the right
- obey all signals
- travel no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded
- ride with traffic

My own experience, I also do seen a few that don't follow the traffic rules and they hit the red lights or crossing over moving vehicles and sometime will give you the finger salute if you honk your horn for their action. This is a big shame to those who give bad rep for us cyclist.

I have tried almost all of the major cell provider and I would say Verizon has the best coverage/signal.  T-Mobile is the weakest as compared to Verizon and AT&T. 

Forget about Sprint... it's the worst of the pack.  They advertised unlimited text/call/data.. but many times they are spotty. I guess that's the reason why they are so bold to offer unlimited for everything... because their data service just doesn't work and that's why it doesn't cost them any bandwidths.

General Discussion / Re: Need advice - NJ
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:24:46 pm »
Hi.. I live in Monroe Township - Middlesex county.  Currently i only have my Mointain Bike.  I couldnt join my friends which most of them ride with road bikes. :(

Thanks for the info and I will check those.

General Discussion / Re: Need advice - NJ
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:30:56 pm »
hi ex.. thanks for the info.  I will check that out. =)

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