Just rethinking the rear wheel sideways bike slide

The bike rear tire sliding sideways as bike not moving forward from stop. Just rear tire slipping sideways because of lost tire traction.

My learning and thinking is now this, related to sliding sideways rear tire while attempting to move forward.

I now have three methods to leave this grass curb parking location under rider control:

  • Push the bike forward so rear tire off the grass for good road traction with street tires;
  • Lock on the front brake, point the bike bars straight ahead, and let the rear tire burn down to tractable road grip surface for going forward; and
  • Maintain the bars so front tire is aligned with center line of rear tire, let the bike rears move to the right or left, but at all times keep that front tire aligned with rear tire center line; as a result, when rear tire gets road traction the front tire will let the bike move the direction front tire is pointed and not drive or push the upper bike frame over towards the side direction that front tire is pointed.

Wet grass and starting forward from stop just don’t mix well for keeping the ‘rubber-side-down’.

Best suggestion I received: “Don’t ride it out.” Get some tractable surface for that rear wheel to grip.


How do we report street potholes in Tacoma Washington, the process is this

Letter to the Editor: That’s me

Tacoma Streets and Tacoma Citizens Responsibilities

For the condition of our Tacoma streets we see, we share some responsibility for the streets as we see them today. The pothole plan as described within Dunkelberger, S., Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ outlines plan to help street repairs, Tacoma Weekly, Feb. 25, 2015, Retrieved from Tacoma Weekly article Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ outlines plan to help street repairs.

However, missing from this article is just what the Tacoma Citizens have had to do for any streets repairs to have been accomplished.

Citizens of Tacoma are overseeing maintenance of their own streets now-nobody else looks for street problems and City of Tacoma does not do it for you-and our Citizens may be unaware of their personal responsibility towards this maintenance of all City of Tacoma streets and roads? Right now; for example, if you see a street needing repair or a pothole needs repair; therefore the street problem must be reported-reported first-to City of Tacoma before any attempt by City of Tacoma to schedule specific repairs to just the specific identified street problem. Be specific because one report only covers the real-near street problem reported and excludes all other street problems nearby but not reported.

Report your observed street problems to City of Tacoma:


We the Tacoma pothole overseers responsibility

In City of Tacoma Washington, we City Citizens have a responsibility to keep-an-eye on our streets because City will not detect and fix street problems for us—we report problem to City first! Quite simple—we see a street problem or pothole it’s up to use to report it; as a result, get it added to the City schedule list of streets that require repair.

The City street repairs process is this:

“[B]ased upon our reporting requirements [to the City] and because we no longer proactively patch potholes, our field crews only patch the potholes found within the block of the original complaint [reported]. . . .” as described within a e-mail from Rae Bailey, PW Division Manager, Street Operations, City of Tacoma, to John E Sherman, Resident City of Tacoma. (Tacoma Citizens Support Center W034945-011515) (February 2, 2015, 2:18 PM PST) (copy on file with John E Sherman).

Therefore, let’s all help the City of Tacoma out with identification and location of all streets and roadways streets that require repairs or fixing.


Bike riding with urban traffic, know your horn

Two-wheel bike riding with urban streets traffic is a hazard to you and other vehicle drivers driving within your immediate path of travel.

Use your horn. Practice putting your thumb over the horn button on the bike. Simulate pressing the horn button before you need to really press the horn button to alert other driver of you presents. Practice; as a result, no thinking will be required when you have to press the horn button and swerve the bike out of danger zone ahead and not thinking about how to do it during an emergency maneuver.

Driving urban roads with intersection, cross streets, alleys, and people possible present at any time; therefore, know your horn button location and how to use it while controlling other function of riding a bike.


Let’s not let the two-wheel vehicle rest (fall over)

Just my quick review thoughts: How not to let the two-wheel vehicle fall over while slowly riding.

An important concept to always remember, the front wheel must always be under the upper part of bike to counter the upper part of bike lean; therefore, riding slowly along I must do this to maintain bike balanced upright—for example, the reminder list is this:

  1. Always be in a power band gear that engine can easily accelerate if required.
  2. Slip-the-clutch (motorcycle) and add some rear-brake speed control for slow speed control.
  3. The bike may want to fall over towards the direction the front wheel is point; consequently, add some speed—slight release of rear brake drag or add just a touch of twist-of-the-wrist speed—that will force the rear wheel of bike to drive the front tire forward in the tire pointed direction and back underneath of upper park of bike to stop the bike from falling over that direction.
  4. Limit, or control the speed, because over driving the front tire in its pointed direction; as a result, will cause the upper part of bike to fall over the other direction. Don’t overdo the twist-of-the-wrist or precise control of rear brake application drag when riding slow.


My Scooter with Foot Rest Pegs is Good

A scooter with foot rest pegs is good because:

Pegs that allow the rider to stand on (raise up off the seat).

Pegs that allow the rider to shift weight from one peg to the other peg.

Pegs that allow the rider to unweight the seat and slide-off to the right or left.

Pegs that allow the rider to rise off the seat when riding road bumps.

Pegs that allow the rider to weight the inside turn scooter’s peg to assist with the turn and using the only inside or lower hand grip for total turn control.

Pegs that allow the rider, doing slow speed turns, to place weight on peg opposite the turn direction that counterbalances the lean of the scooter.

Pegs just allow the scooter rider to ride better.

Spring Time, It’s Scooter Weather

Scooter weather has arrived for Year 2013

Spring appears to have sprung here already; therefore, it is now good scooter riding weather, but still dress for the potential of accidental crash or meeting mother-pavement if the rubber side does not say down.

Ready to ride.
Ready to ride.

Me, riding my Yamaha ZUMA 50F (2012) fuel-injected, 4-cycle, water-cooled scooter.

Cancer: Exercise: Overcome Limitations

Physical, Mental, health, and Strength Limitations with Cancer

With many cancers the cancer patient has many obstacles to overcome to maintain a active life-style like they once had. For example:

  • Cancer effects itself;
  • pain or pain from surgery recovery;
  • effects of cancer medications;
  • after effects of surgery; and
  • just to overcome the mental burden from cancer and not give up.

For me, I found that my ability for outside exercise became limited because I had to plan my walking routes to nearest restroom facility; it follows, to speed things up and still maintain my enjoyment with the outdoor; it follows, I was allowed to get a scooter that did two things: first, allowed me to travel outdoors faster than walking speed; and, second, a new activity to learn and practice during cancer.

Also, because of what it took me to learn the correct operation and skills for control of two-wheel scooters; as a result, I started a Google Plus, Community Blog, Two-wheel scooter transportation; it follows, if for nothing else but a written reference for me to remind me where information is located that I should re-study for safe operation of scooter in urban traffic. Also, not required but for the additional challenge, took the Washington State Motorcycle Endorsement written and riding test and passed. All this while undergoing my cancer chemotherapy treatments every two weeks and a couple of days more packing around a portable battery operated infusion pump.

Therefore, I think this: Cancer is a problem for you if you let cancer become a problem for you. Each day you have to attempt to do more and if possible something new that will hold your interest and efforts. I do understand in later stages of palliative cancer care physical effort is difficult to impossible . . . but till that time keep the effort up each day.

Scooter parked at store
Traveling about town on the scooter.