Difficulties with Style of Clothing in an Autistic Person

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I often find it difficult to determine the right clothing for the right occasion when there’s no clear guidelines.

I have a hard time deciding what to wear based on:

  • How worn the clothing can be.
  • How faded the clothing can be.
  • How wrinkled the clothing can be.
  • How strictly the dress code should be followed.
  • What style the clothing should be.

Clothes gradually fade and wear over time. It can be expensive and wasteful to buy new clothes every time you notice them fade or wear. I find it hard to draw the line when it’s too faded or worn and whether repairs should be made.

Some people may not follow the dress code perfectly. You might see people wearing jeans when the dress code is business casual, and not seem to have problems which can be confusing.

Other features that I have difficulties with include colour, fitting, type of clothing, how high dress shirts should be buttoned, and what combinations are allowed? I was told that dress shirts shouldn’t always be buttoned all the way up, and checked shirts shouldn’t be worn with checked pants.

Without being given the answer, I might not even notice that you’re wearing clothing that’s too formal or too casual.

To decide what to wear, I often need to ask for help, rely on clear guidelines, or rely on memorization. I also know that it’s ok to wear noticeably stained clothing if you know that they’re going to be stained anyways, and that clothing is a form of social cue.

I think a chart of what to wear based on specific situations would be helpful.

Autistic People Should be Allowed Accommodations

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Recently, there was an article from www.thinkingautismguide.com saying how fidget toys are becoming acceptable because of non-autistic people using them. This made me agree that autistic people should be allowed to have other accommodations as well.

One of the accommodations that I feel that I need is wearing hearing protection to prevent sensory overload. Some people think they shouldn’t be worn because it’s extreme or it’s awkward.

It’s true that there are concerns about looking different but I think not being able to function well can be more serious.

I rather not wait for symptoms to occur because that would be too late. Productivity may be lost and it requires time for recovery. Often, you hear the saying time is money.

From a company with high functioning autistic people, many of them need accommodations such as headphones. They’re also successful.

If I see that another autistic person needs accommodations, I’ll assume that I may need them too or at least I should experiment.

With autism, there’s different sensory needs, difficulties reading social cues, and difficulties expressing emotions. They may need to be allowed to stim, job coaches, to avoid tasks that require socializing, fidget toys, sensory friendly environments, clear communication, help with making friends and socializing, help with interpreting social cues even those obvious to non-autistic people, and other accommodations.

Compared to certain disabilities, autism can be subtle but that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t there, it’s too mild to need accommodations, or the person doesn’t want to socialize. That’s why I think more autism awareness is needed. Like many disabilities, it needs accommodations.

An autistic YouTuber mentioned about not having work because of sensory needs. I don’t know how much accommodation the person received or if accommodations would have enabled the person to work. What I believe is that we shouldn’t have to miss opportunities just because we didn’t have accommodations due to unawareness of our disabilities.

I hope that other forms of accommodations would become acceptable.

Is Cycling to Downtown Faster on a Road Bike than on a Hybrid Bike?

Recently, I cycled to Downtown Vancouver on a road bike. It seemed to be faster.

I have uploaded the screenshots for comparison.

For a ride with my road bike, the average speed was 22 km/h.

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Road bike ride on March 23, 2017.

For a ride with my hybrid bike. The average speed was 18.7 km/h.

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Hybrid bike ride on Feb 11, 2016.

My road bike was unloaded and had no baskets. Its water bottle cage was used to hold a water bottle. I didn’t wear a backpack. Its drop bars allowed a more aerodynamic position.

My hybrid bike had a basket and maybe a pannier which increased air drag. The total weight was also higher.

I think my speed really improved. 22 km/h is faster than my recorded rides to Downtown on Strava.

I also had a speedometer which I think is important if you want to improve your average speed. It’s easier to keep your speed smoother that way. I used a speedometer app on my cellphone.

In the future, I might record more rides near UBC and in Stanley Park and Richmond. I might be able to see improvements. I hope that my average speed can exceed 30 km/h on River Road!

Why We Choose Steel Bikes

Off The Beaten Path

At Bicycle Quarterly, we’ve been testing quite a few titanium and carbon bikes lately, and even a bike made from bamboo. We really liked most of these bikes. And yet our own bikes continue to be made from steel. Why don’t we ride carbon or titanium (or bamboo) bikes?

We choose steel because this material allows us to build custom bikes that are dialed in to the nth degree. High-end steel bikes have benefited from decades of research and development. They now offer a performance that is difficult to equal with other materials. With performance, I don’t just mean speed – although the best steel bikes have no trouble keeping up with ti or carbon racers – but also handling, reliability and all-weather, all-road capability.

Steel tubing is available in many diameters and wall thicknesses, so it’s easy to fine-tune the ride quality and performance of our bikes. For example, my…

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List of Electronic Bike Safety Accessories and the Need to Simplify them

For cycling safety, it’s important to have front, rear, and side visibility, and possibly a horn and cameras.

The following is a list of safety accessories:

  • front bike light
  • rear bike light
  • front helmet light
  • rear helmet light
  • front spoke light
  • rear spoke light
  • helmet camera
  • rear camera
  • electric horn
  • speedometer

There’s 10 items on the list which doesn’t include non-safety or non-electronic accessories such as smart locks, navigation devices, hand warmers, power meter and mirrors. Some cyclists may even install more lights for increased brightness or visibility.

My opinion is that that those features should be in fewer units for convenience. A possible design might be having one larger battery pack and one control unit for the bike’s front, rear, and side lights. The same design can be done for the helmet light which can also be used as a spare light.

The problem with half a dozen bike lights is the need to charge many units, the need to press the buttons for each unit, and the need to remove them when parking your bike.your bike. If the conditions change, you may also need to adjust the light settings for each unit to conserve energy or improve visibility.

If only helmet and bike lights are upgraded to be complete, the number of units can be dropped from 10 to 6. With fewer units, it’s easier to remember to charge them all, turn them on or off, and store them which encourage its use, possibly making cycling safer.

I find it easier to manage with fewer bike lights.

For cars, a single battery powers most of its accessories. Why shouldn’t bike accessories be powered the same way too?

Road vs Hybrid Bike Speeds (West Broadway Rides)

I bought a road bike and here are the comparisons of the speeds of my trips on West Broadway.

For the road bike, the average speeds for the two trips on West Broadway were 18.2 and 19.2 km/h.

For the hybrid bike, the average speeds for the three trips on West Broadway were 12.7, 12.2, and 21.5 km/h.

 

Note that for the rides, only West Broadway was selected. Their lengths were also different.

The accessories on my road bike include: An empty rack, a Planet Bike headlight, a PDW tail light, a foldable lock, a downtube fender, two water bottle cages, and a bell. The bike’s total weight was about 30 lbs. I plan on installing custom lights and horns, and keeping them light if possible.

The accessories on my hybrid bike include: A fixed front basket, front and rear custom made lights with enclosures and batteries, a kickstand, full coverage fenders, a rear rack, two car horns with a battery, an aerobar, a mini pump, spare inner tubes, tire levers, a speedometer, and a foldable lock. The bike’s total weight was about 50 lbs.

I’m still using my hybrid bike for poorer conditions, heavier loads, and unpaved roads. Since the road bike’s lighter, it’s more suitable for hills.

It’s hard to say which is faster yet. The new bike doesn’t feel comfortable enough. It may need getting used to and proper fitting. Hopefully, the performance will improve.

Since West Broadway tends to be busy, it may produce different results compared to River Road in Richmond, BC which has doesn’t require much stopping. Other factors that affect the speed include: Temperature, hills, fitness levels, road conditions, gearing, riding skills, time of day, weather, clothing, and diet.