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Nobody feels sorry for you when you tell them you have a 90-minute commute by bike. :-)Continue

Started yesterday

Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
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Interesting opinion piece in The Guardian (UK):…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Irvin Steinert Apr 8.

How do I subsidize thee? Let me count the ways...
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I've been thinking about how the rest of us subsidize the people who own and drive cars. I started working on a Google Doc (just a bullet list with some web links) on that theme:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Bedno Mar 29.

Smartphone GPS apps?
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What apps do people use on their smartphones to measure route distance? I had Google's My Tracks installed, but it's going away. I use MapMyRide to manually measure routes when I'm back at home, but…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Newby Mar 11.

 

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Nobody feels sorry for you when you tell them you have a 90-minute commute by bike. :-)See More
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Irvin Steinert replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"How would you know if they are a dangerous driver? Being accused of something does not mean it's true. It is better to let the guilty go free than to punish the innocent. It is certainly possible to be innocent even if a high probability of…"
Apr 8
Tom A.K. replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"My hope for our judicial system is one that it would be fair and even-handed to all. That all would be judged impartially by a jury of his peers or an honorable judge from his bench. The reality is that biases get passed over in jury selection and…"
Apr 8
Maurice replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"Judges in the U.S. are insanely biased.  Almost all of them drive everywhere, and their average age makes them relatively unfriendly to cyclists.  Also, as noted, this would require a constitutional amendment in the U.S., which isn't…"
Apr 8
Cheryl replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"I don't know that a judge is capable of less bias than a jury, especially based on bench trial verdicts in bicyclist cases. it seems to me there needs to be a deeper, more systemic change in the laws to level the playing field - adopting…"
Apr 8
ad replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"I think Yasmeen alludes to it above, but the problem in many of these cases is not that the jury doesn't convict (very often they do, since it's pretty cut-and-dry in many cases), but the judge then turns around and gives lenient…"
Apr 8
David Barish replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"I think DUI prosecutions have become tougher over the years. It leveled off but about 20 years ago and appeared to show decreases in alcohol related driving. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810942.pdf A DU  arrest is hardly a laughing…"
Apr 8
mike w. replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"It's almost a rite of passage to drive whilst liquored up and maybe collect a few DUI's. i often hear people bragging about how they weren't sure how they even got home from the bar, or laughing about how they dodged a breathalyzer…"
Apr 8
Yasmeen replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury
"Definitely interesting. Makes me wonder a few things... In the U.S., is that necessarily a good thing? Is this our issue with our legal system? I am thinking specifically of the recent court cases involving DUI resulting in death of a cyclist. Too…"
Apr 8
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi posted a discussion

Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury

Interesting opinion piece in The Guardian (UK):http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/08/drivers-who-kill-remove-right-to-trial-by-jury-death-cyclists-pedestrians-justice"Trial by a jury of your peers when accused of a serious crime is a bedrock of the English legal system. And careless or dangerous driving can be hugely…See More
Apr 8
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to in it to win it 8.0 mi's discussion I rode today. Did you?
"I'm tellin' ya... You get a taste of nice weather, and you start shedding layers. I was freezing on the way to work this morning with the wind whipping off the lake. I took of my Bar Mitts a couple weeks ago and put away my shoe covers..."
Apr 5
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to in it to win it 8.0 mi's discussion I rode today. Did you?
"I forgot I put together a Google calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=dp7d41g1gu04fsomlp7kb51a5c%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Chicago While the focus was on vintage rides (and not forgetting about low-key rides…"
Apr 4
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to in it to win it 8.0 mi's discussion I rode today. Did you?
"I did. It was like riding a rocket ship to Mars on the way in from Evanston. I'm not expecting such kind treatment from Mother Nature on the return trip. In fact... Before heading down to the bat cave this morning to select a trusty steed, I…"
Apr 4
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to in it to win it 8.0 mi's discussion I rode today. Did you?
"'tis some lovely cycling up there. Plenty of hills, too. Are you doing the Dairyland Dare?"
Apr 4
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to Melissa Manak's discussion selling bike rollers- 50 dollars
"Brand name? Model number?"
Mar 31
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to Yasmeen's discussion Does Riding Your Bike Still Make You Happy?
"Yes. In fact, these days I actively go a bit out of my way to make my commute a couple miles longer. :-) "
Mar 30

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What I ride:
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The kind of riding I do:
Exercise, Commuting, Around Town, Distance
What brings you to The Chainlink?
I ride a bike in the Chicago area

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At 10:06am on December 6, 2013, Alex said…

"maxy, super maxy, mighty competition, super mighty competition, grand mighty (75?)..any others?" that's from a bikeforums thread. it seems like there are tons of variants on 'mighty' 'grand' etc. their model names are so grandiose. 

At 11:14pm on December 5, 2013, Alex said…

is that a mighty tour crankarm/spider?

 
 
 

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