First ride into work

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Warner, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Warner

    Warner Member

    I posted the first part of this yesterday in the wrong area.....

    I got tired of making excuses for myself (some of which are actually very valid) and finally rode my bike to work today. It's a 20 mile ride each way. I left my house at 5:34 this morning, not knowing exactly how long it would take to get here. On my route there are two sections of bike path that total about 3 miles where it's pedaling only (those weren't too much fun!) so that slowed my average speed a bit. Here's the good news:

    The trip took me 50 minutes total! I pulled in the lot at 6:24 It's taken me that long in my car when there's an accident or something. Typically in the car it's 30 minutes, though.

    I made it on less than a tank of gas - less than 20 ounces, so somewhere around 150 mpg.

    While cruising about 35 mph down route 72 (Higgins) between Golf and Roselle roads, a cop drove right by me...didn't even give me a second look.

    My headlight system worked really well. I did all sorts of calculations to figure out how long my battery would last before needing to be recharged, but you don't really know until you TRY it. This time of year I really only need about 15 minutes, but I left it on the whole way, just to test. The light seems just as bright when I got here as it did when I left my house. It's basically a motorcycle headlight - 55 watts and it REALLY lights up the road. I MIGHT turn it on for the ride home to see if it makes it home....but I don't really want to completely drain the battery either...that's not real good for them.


    Will I do it again? I don't know....ask me tomorrow!



    Warner



    The trip home was what I was more concerned about. MUCH more traffic. It was still quite manageable though! I started off with about a half mile cruise to the start of the bike path, then about a mile and half on the bike path (pedaling only - engine off). Then I started back up and rode the remaining 17.5 miles home. On my ride home down one of the main roads (IL Route 72) West of Barrington road, businesses along that road hire cops to stop traffic for them so they can get out on the road. So I'm motoring along (at 35mph) and this cop runs out into the street and holds his hand up. I thought, "Oh ****!" and hit my kill switch and started pedaling. As I got up to him and was braking, he looked at me and said, "Oh no...not you....you can keep going....I was stopping the cars". Beautiful! Haha! I think my cammo is either REAL good (which I think it IS) or he just didn't care. Someone at work made a good point yesterday when they said, "They see what they WANT to see". They see a bicycle. Anyway, I made it home in less than 50 minutes. I opted to blow off the 2nd section of pedaling on the bike path (about 1.5 miles) and rode on the street that runs alongside the path. I just didn't feel like pedaling!

    Warner
     
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  2. Congratulations! Great news!
     
  3. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    Warner, that's a great story. I really thought you were going to say the cop had something to say to you. When you peddle is there any drag or noise with your staton? Keep coming with the updates they. Are great!
     
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  4. Warner

    Warner Member


    Absolutely NO drag from the Staton kit....it's a true freewheel. The drive chain does not move when you are pedaling. The only additional drag is all the extra weight that *I* added! Hahaha!

    Warner


    PS - My speedo isn't working, but based on my tach reading of more than 8,500 rpm's and my gearing, I'm pretty sure I hit 40+ mph yesterday.....
     
  5. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    Wow, your making me consider that 2 cycle. I just don't like mixing oil. That's a tough decision.
     
  6. Warner

    Warner Member

    I don't get what the big deal is with mixing oil? Every 300 miles you go to the gas station and fill a 2 gallon gas can with the correct amount of oil already in it. What's the big hassle with that???

    Warner
     
  7. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    I don't think it would be. The 4 has some traits I like. The 2 more speed. That's the problem. I'm still trying to decide.
     
  8. Warner

    Warner Member

    What traits do you like about the 4-stroke? The only one I could think of would be that it's likely a LITTLE bit quieter....but the Mitsu TLE 43 is pretty quiet.....

    Warner
     
  9. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    The 4 has a greater life and low end torq and is possibly cleaner.I've heard
     
  10. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    I guess I'm think of Yamaha vrs Honda
     
  11. Warner

    Warner Member


    I'm not so sure about the greater life claim. They are all rated at 600 hours and typically do 2 or 3 times that amount in real life. I think the 2 strokes are MUCH better at staying at top rpm - they are designed to be run wide open. The 4 strokes really aren't. The torque peak on the Honda is at 5500 rpm's, so it's not like it's building tons of torque at idle. Hehe. My Mitsu idles around 3000 rpm's and pulls up to over 8k (I saw 8,500 rpm's yesterday). The 4 strokes probably ARE cleaner than the 2 strokes, no doubt, but the Mitsu is clean as far as 2 strokes go.

    Warner
     
  12. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    Yeah I'm slowly changing my mind I like the reports you have been writing. Keep it up! I'm going to make my purchase end of September You were the one to put me on to Staton. You are paving the way. Wow 40 MPH
     
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  13. Warner

    Warner Member

    I just have an opinion (like everyone else does). It's not necessarily "right"; just my opinion. I have to tell you though....40 MPH on a bicycle (for an extended period...not just one blast down a hill) is a little hairy...Hehe. I used to race motorcycles and I was feeling like I was on a motorcycle at that speed....it's really moving. (I also kept thinking about how much I DIDN'T want to crash at that speed!)

    Warner
     
  14. Big Blue

    Big Blue Member

    Yeah I'm sure it feels like your flying. I don't want to ride at that speed but knowing it was there would be great. I want to make a decision that will get me the biggest bang for my buck. Thats why having guys like you to learn from helps so much.
     
  15. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    The mitsu and staton kits are totally win. Good to hear warner keep up with the good fight!
     
  16. Warner

    Warner Member

    Thanks...and thanks for your link to the horn parts. I installed mine last night. You're right about that switch being a little different. I used it to switch my hot wire to the horn and ran the black (negative) wire from the horn directly back to the battery (which is how I have the headlight wired, too...it's the RIGHT way to do it - Switching the hot wire.) Anyway, the difficult part about the switch is that at first glance it appears that there's only a place for ONE wire to come in or out of the switch. But I figured that what happens is that you attach another wire to the screw that's used to tighten the switch mounting down - that one I ran to the headlight, and the wire that comes in the side of the switch got tapped into the positive side of the battery. Works good. I WILL use the horn on my commute for sure! Everytime I am cruising along and there is a car waiting to turn right, if there's no traffic with me, the car waiting to turn right ALWAYS misjudges the speed of the oncoming "bicycle" and starts to pull out. A quick blast of the horn should HOPEFULLY wake them up to the fact that I'm NOT doing 15mph on my bicycle.

    Warner
     
  17. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Nice, is the horn as loud as a car or motorcycle like mine? If so it should really get attention. I can hear mine really loud even if I'm really screaming my engine and I'm at top speed with all the wind noise.
    What I did was run the single hot wire into the drilled hole and clamped the internal screw down on it, Then I pulled both the hot and ground wire through the rubber hole and wrapped that wire around the notch on the switch housing. I then pulled the rubber down to cover and insulate everything. I wrapped my handlebar in a few wraps of electrical tape to insulate the system and keep from energizing the bike frame. It works well and I have the horn on the loop after the switch.
     
  18. Warner

    Warner Member

    Well, I ordered the same part numbers that you have, so I'm assuming it's the same horn...but who knows? It's loud enough. I don't have practical experience on the road with it yet because I haven't ridden it with the horn yet (at least not under engine power). Ahh....I should pull the wire out and run it through the little rubber boot before I tighten it down....I didn't do that! I will only have ONE wire to route through that hole though. Thanks for the tip. I did not insulate it from the handlebars, either....I can't see where that would cause any problems, but if it does I'll wrap some e-tape on the bars to insulate it.

    Thanks again,

    Warner
     
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