Today’s Headlines

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  • kevd

    A guy on schwalbes bitching about a $.05 bag fee is like a guy in a Ferrari bitching about tolls….

  • kevd

    “If it doesn’t solve everything it isn’t worth doing”

    Same logical fallacy. Of course in the scale of global environmental problems, plastic shipping bags are small potatoes. In terms of garbage on NYC city streets and in NYC trees, they are pretty decent sized potatoes.

  • Vooch

    disagree

  • Vooch

    LOL – Frugal doesn’t even begin to describe my spending habits. It’s a beat up used bike.

    one schwable for the rear. Chris, my bike shop buddy, saw that I had duct taped the inside of the my rear tire to prevent it from Completly falling apart and spent a long long time convincing me of the long term value of paying $60 for a 1 kilogram tire.

    that rear tire cost nearly as much as I paid for the entire bike

  • kevd

    Waste not, want not!
    Good words to to live by.
    And Schwalbe marathons are worth every cent.

  • Vooch

    still six months to collect free grocery bags, think they’ll triple bag me if I ask ?

  • kevd

    guess we live on different blocks. near me, black, plastic deli bags are everywhere.

  • kevd

    Most will even if you DON’T ask… drives me nuts – and then look at you like you have 3 heads when you say you brought your own bag (normally just my messenger bag)

  • Joe R.

    I was thinking more of those reusable cloth bags here. Sure, it’s trivially easy sticking a few folded plastic bags in your pocket.

  • Vooch

    you sure those covered by the new tyrannical rule ?

  • Joe R.

    I’m actually glad this issue is getting some attention. I just don’t think this is the best answer. I’d have legislated biodegradable bags and maybe also set some limit on the number of bags the stores can use per week based on revenue.

    There’s a huge difference between being averse to change compared to doing it the right way versus the wrong way. I didn’t and don’t think we’re approaching Vision Zero the right way, either, even though I support its overall goal. It’s actually the City Council being lazy here. Their usual answer to deal with something they think is bad is to either ban it or tax it. Surprise, surprise, they did the latter.

  • Joe R.

    http://www.marvelcompoundtires.com/Bicycle-Tyres_c_13.html

    No flats, ever. I’ve been using airless tires for the last 8 years. I’ve never going back to air tires at this point. These are the ones I’m currently using:

    http://www.marvelcompoundtires.com/700-x-20C-Daytona-HR-Race-622_p_24.html

  • Joe R.

    All sorts of fast food containers thrown on my front lawn when people clean out their cars are the big issue near me. Plastic bags not so much. The ban on styrofoam fast food containers was actually one of the few decent pieces of legislation the City Council passed. There’s no downside to the end user going with cardboard. Besides that, styrofoam is evil. Not sure I want something I’m eating in contact with it. It’s loaded with carcinogens. From a landfill standpoint it’s awful, also.

  • kevd

    Jesus I hope so…

  • Joe R.

    Might not be. I just read the bill exempts takeout and delivery orders from restaurants. If a deli claims to be a restaurant because it does short order cooking, it might be exempt.

  • Vooch

    most likely you are correct Joe – just another leviathan counterproductive ukase

  • kevd

    Agreed about styrofoam. Sometimes really good tacos come in it, but those could go in cardboard and foil.