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I just threatened the bozo with arrest. First of all read title 23 section 109m US code link below. Second of all read the postal clause of the US constitution. Postal workers still use horses and bicycles interfering with the delivery of the mail is a felony and federal offense. Last of all dig out the case of the Swartzentruber Amish vs the state of Ky. A federal judge ruled preventing horses and wagons from using the roads is a violation of the religious freedom clause of the US constitution. Some Amish sects and generally all Mennonite sect allow bicycles. They will have to bring this before a court for a ruling. It will hinge on the finding if banning bicycles poses an undue hardship for traveling to church. I have emails from both the governor of Utah and INDOT that agree with my interpretation of the law. Notice I was cycling on the interstate in those states.

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.

General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« on: May 30, 2016, 08:12:52 am »
This is governed under title 33 US code. It is illegal for any one including any railroad or highway to block access to a navigable waterway. You will only run into to legal trouble around  ports or on native American lands. People fought and died for this right. A local law can not be written in conflict with a federal law. Don't expect the police to understand this. However if confronted mention this and they will generally back down.

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.

Gear Talk / Re: List of tools
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:03:35 pm » Here is mine feel free to use the photo.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike Followup
« on: July 29, 2015, 09:36:48 pm »
I have been reading bicycling magazine since 1976 and also back to 1969 in the libraries. This is not a good resource never the less they did get some things right. In the 70's professional racers used a 52 front and 14 rear. It was widely reported that pushing higher gears at a lower cadence would damage the knees. No entry level bicycle needs a gearing higher than this. Generally they come with a  12 13 on the road bikes and 11 13 on the hybrid bikes. You are insane to pedal down hills on one of these entry level bikes. If you read the fine print on the warranties they do not cover racing which means what ever their lawyers say it means. Interstates are graded at 6 percent. This means 42 mph coasting on my rig and this is something I do on a daily basis. Save your strength for the uphills. Frank Berto tested every type of gearing system. He used a 20 inch low on all his personal bikes. This was a big man who did not tour. The industry ignored this professional engineer and listened to the marketers instead. 

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike
« on: July 11, 2015, 08:22:20 pm »
I'm using a 20 34 42 front and a 12 13 15 17 20 24 30 39 rear. This allows my normal top speed of 28 mph with an optimal cadence and a 2.4 mph low speed with an OK cadence. Below 2.4 mph it becomes problematical to maintain a straight line. At this point you get off and push. I would use a lower gear if it was feasible. I tend to spin at 90 rpm on the lesser hills. Really try to find and old Sugino Impel and use a 36 tooth on the rear. I still have tendon damage in my arms from the oil well fields 30 years ago. My knees are fine after 100000 miles because I spin higher rpms.

Gear Talk / Auxetic tires.
« on: May 29, 2015, 08:50:00 pm »
The main problem with bicycle tires is they stretch when inflated. This pulls the rubber apart when it is cut and allows glass to cut deeper.  There are ways to solve this problem by introducing particles into the rubber that are in compression. Gorilla glass works this way. However as usual nature has come up with something better. Auxetic materials get fatter when stretched or thinner when compressed. Use of these materials in a tire would introduce a compression force at the point of a puncture preventing further cutting. Don't hold your breath. I'm still waiting for spiralock threads for bicycles. The bicycle industry is around 100 years behind the automobile industry.

Gear Talk / Re: Flashlights for bike are needed
« on: May 29, 2015, 08:40:23 pm »
Rayovac sells a plastic 2 AA light with an LED bulb or you can just buy the bulb. This fits in my teeth and is very useful for fixing flats at night. I also use an Ozark Trail with portable power as a headlight. This light has a USB port that can recharge your phone. Stay away from the flashlights that take 6 AA batteries. All of them Ozark Trail Coleman etc are made by the same company. The problem with these is rechargable batteries are to fat and jam in the light.

Gear Talk / 50 tooth chain wrap.
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:39:34 pm »
Just replaced the pulleys on my really old shimano derailleur with 15 tooth ones giving a chain wrap of greater than 50 teeth. The gears are 20 34 42 front and 12 13 15 17 20 24 30 40 rear. It actually works a bit better with a 13 tooth jockey pulley. Now if only we could get some one to make after market pulleys. I would like to try a 13 17 combination. Derailleur pulleys are moment loaded which kills bearing faster than any thing else. I've had Dura Ace, XTR, Sram, Campagnolo and am not impressed with any of them.

Gear Talk / Re: What tires?
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:33:11 am »
I've used nearly every tire made in 110000 miles. I now use the Bell Sports brand which is made by the Cheng Shin company or the Inova brand which I think are also made by Cheng Shin. These are sold at department stores. They are foldable have a Kevlar belt and a reasonable cost. Cheng Shin also has their own brand sold in bicycle shops which tend to be a bit lighter than the department store brands. It is not possible now to buy a tire as poorly made as the Schwinn LeTour which at the time was the most common tire used on tandems. Continentals tend to rip at the side wall because the polyamide they use is more brittle than the nylon ever one else uses. These will get you home.

General Discussion / Re: Crash number 6.
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:03:54 am »
I keep it low key here. I have forced over 200 governments to fix violations of DOT and ADA law. These can be found on flickr by searching bicyclehazard.

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