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AG: Aunt Granny's Advice, or How to become an elderly cyclist:

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Old July 14th 17, 04:27 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc,alt.usage.english
Frank Krygowski[_4_]
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Default AG: Cleaning agent

On 7/13/2017 11:32 PM, Joy Beeson wrote:

I've forgotten what other shifting patterns were popular. I do recall
that "alpine" came only on department-store bikes, and "half-step"
used two chainrings that differed by half as much as the cogs. I
suppose half-step might achieve a granny gear by adding a wee third

That "half step plus granny" was very popular on touring bikes back in
the days of five or six rear cogs. It's still being used on three of my

- Frank Krygowski
Old July 16th 17, 03:04 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Joy Beeson
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Default AG: Ridin' instead of writin'

Usual Saturday trip the farmer's markets. I decided to lengthen the
ride by going to The Farm (a farm stand on Fox Farm Road) and coming
back by the Chinworth Trail. Bought nothing at the fairgrounds market
or the Center Street market, but I got a couple of yellow squash at
The Farm. And on the way from Center Street to The Farm, I stopped at
Owen's (Kroger) for a couple of bananas because I'd forgotten to put
my emergency food bars into my pannier.

On 350 W, on my way to Tippy Park to eat a banana, I saw the car ahead
of me execute an Idaho stop before turning left onto Old 30.

That sort of thing happens all the time. I did it myself the last
time I drove the car. Perhaps we need a law making it legal for cars
to run stop signs when the visibility is good and the way is clear.

Just beyond the fence around the CCAC, there is a trench across the
Chinworth Bridge Trail -- it looks like a miniature of what you get
when a culvert collapses. I thought of a tree root rotting away, but
tree roots seldom run straight and square, and I'm not sure there were
*ever* trees anywhere near.

What was once a corn field is now a vast expanse of lawn -- all the
companies along Old 30 are way back off the road, with very long
driveways -- so it was easy to see that not one soul was on or near
the MUP, so I was travelling at a reckless speed for a walkway --
might have been five or ten miles per hour. Since the trench was
narrow and I hit it square, I could have simply kept going, had not a
secondary "thock!" told me that the empty water bottle in my right
pannier had flown out and hit the pavement. That may have been the
first time I dumped something out of a pannier without falling over.

"Off" a pannier is another matter. Just last week, I set my walking
shoes on top of my pannier while I was lacing up my riding shoes, then
rode off without putting them into the pannier. I don't like my new
walking shoes as well as the old ones, even though the old ones were
so badly worn that I'd already bought their replacement. Or perhaps
because they were worn; the stiff new straps catch on my toe clips.

Luckily the squash and remaining banana and my ice had been packed
firmly, then a bag of crumpled plastic bags had been bungeed down over
them. I saw no sign, when I unpacked at home, that they noticed the
thump. Didn't even bruise the banana.

Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net

Old July 23rd 17, 03:01 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Joy Beeson
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Default AG: Rules that apply everywhere apply on the road, Part Three

Rules that apply everywhere apply to riding in traffic.

Particularly applicable a

Thou shalt not kill a person without a good reason.

Thou shalt not injure or inconvenience another person without a good

Thou shalt not mess with another person's property without his
permission, and if you can't avoid doing so, apologize and offer

If nobody else wants it, you may take it. (The stinker in this rule
is the difficulty in verifying that nobody else wants it.)

Responsibility must lie with a person who has the power to exercise
that responsibility. In traffic, this means that the person who can
see the other vehicle has a duty to avoid colliding with it.

(The person who *can't* see has the duty to be easy to avoid hitting;
this is also a special case of a general rule, but I can't formulate
it at the moment.)

joy beeson at comcast dot net
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I don't recall having given anyone permission to use it on a Web site.

Old Yesterday, 03:09 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Joy Beeson
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Default AG: Skipping a week

Half an our before bedtime, with my suitcases packed, I realize that
I'm going to be disconnected when it's time for the next installment,
and I'm not just about to write something tonight.

I'm taking a laptop, but the drafts for potential posts aren't on it.
And I don't think Agent runs on FREEDOS anyway. Not to mention that
my time is scheduled.

I'm not taking the bike. I'm not even taking my walker.

Seriously considered the walker. If it didn't occupy the entire
trunk, and wasn't such a hassle to fit in, I would take it. Pushing a
walker is splendid exercise when I'd otherwise have to work at not
limping. The hotel has an exercise room, but that's BORING.
Fortunately, it also has staircases.

Yours incoherently,
Joy Beeson

joy beeson at comcast dot net


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