First ride to work- 16 miles, cold

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by HoughMade, Sep 26, 2008.

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  1. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Normally its 13.8 miles to work, but I took the back roads, so it was a bit over 16.

    The Honda/Grubee HoughMade 71 ran perfectly (maybe a little too perfectly...a lawyer can't ever take anything at face value).

    It cruises effortlessly at 20 to 30 and there is where I kept it. It tops out close to 40, but it takes a long time to get there and....why? The springer smoothed things out a bit...but the frost heaved Northwest Indiana roads makes things tough. It pulled well up 2 hills I was a little concerned about (using the 48 tooth sprocket, rather than the hill-centric 56).

    I crossed US-30, which is a major artery in this area- around rush hour...and boy did it get the looks!

    I've been fielding props since people started getting to the office.

    It was abou 59 degrees this morning....fine at rest, but cold at speed. Looking forward to a 80 degree ride home.
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  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    have a great day at work HoughMade

    yes - as I remember back to the old working days

    that nice ride home on my motor bike -- that's what we like !!!!

    Makes a guy - or lady - forget -- that they were ever at work !!!!

    I would think -- that's close to a perfect distance traveled for you
    don't want to get there too fast -- enjoying the ride...

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2008
  3. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Took a different route home that was a little over 20 miles- ran great! Not as cold. I'm going to like this.
  4. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    beautiful looking build you have there houghmade i commend your skills, me i would probably internally combust if i tried to make a cool ride, i think i will stick to kits, i can just about manage to get those fitted.
  5. Torques

    Torques Guest

    It sounded really enjoyable.
  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Pretty soon you'll be looking for a 30 mile route.:D
  7. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Interesting to see the distance u travel in a year,probably more than u think.
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes - that's what we MB ers do
    to just add a little more distance to our destination
    a little longer ride
    more time on the seat -- sounds of the sweet little engine

    sights before the eyes - that lady has nice thighs

    keep the mind on the road - before we loose the load


    ride that thing Mountainman
  9. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    You should pedal along,will keep you warmer.
  10. ozzyu812

    ozzyu812 Member

    It frosted here a couple of times. Its much colder on a MB than pedaling alone! I need to look into getting or makin' a wind screen.
  11. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    Try a motorcycle at 60 mph !,you'll need thermal underwear for starters.
  12. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    With a single speed bike with a 36 tooth sprocket in front, 19 in back and 30 mph....let's just say I'm not helping at that point.
  13. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    Oops,I forgot about that,it works out to around 200rpm at the crank and with a 14/48 ratio still 116.At 25 mph it's down to 100 that's barely doable.Unless you drive via an internally geared hub or the NuVinci it's not possible to get around this problem.I have an NV.At 30 mph in high gear, my crank speed is only 76 rpm. (400/1.75)* (16/48).In low gear at 10 mph, climbing a steep hill we get (146/0.6)*(16/48) =81.I pedal along as much as possible,I feel silly just sitting there.
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  14. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    On a different type of bike designed to help the engine, I agree. On mine, I specifically geared it to pedal from a standing stop and then let the engine take over. I feel as silly with the early motorcycle styling as with this look, not many people are expecting me to pedal.
  15. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member


    Sounds like you are enjoying it already!

    Stay safe and in your case... keep warm!