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01-20-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 141
Posted By BlazingPedals

Gauges on pumps are notoriously inaccurate. Get a...

Gauges on pumps are notoriously inaccurate. Get a good pressure gauge. I found out the hard way that lower pressures make me slower. I started a club ride with about 85 psi in my tires instead of the...
01-19-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 839
Posted By BlazingPedals

Sorry, it was too painful to watch the whole...

Sorry, it was too painful to watch the whole thing. Does he think that only the top half of the chain gets worn out?
01-17-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,589
Posted By BlazingPedals

Wow, look at all those poor people who are going...

Wow, look at all those poor people who are going to be come vegetables due to not wearing a helmet! <ducks>
01-17-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 572
Posted By BlazingPedals

I fill a half-liter pop bottle with water and...

I fill a half-liter pop bottle with water and freeze it, then roll my socked foot on it a time or two each day. Stretching at night helps too -- in some ways plantar faciitis is similar to a sore...
01-16-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,423
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm not calling "troll" or "click bait;" but...

I'm not calling "troll" or "click bait;" but OTOH, I'm not holding my breath expecting friendlyguy1234 to ever respond back to this or any other thread. It will take a lot more than a single...
01-16-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 716
Posted By BlazingPedals

There is no "but." Winter is not to be liked,...

There is no "but." Winter is not to be liked, even a non-winter winter such as Michigan has had so far. I don' t know which is worse about winter, the cold or the lack of light. Or all of the above.
01-16-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,060
Posted By BlazingPedals

I hate reading these reports. This past fall, we...

I hate reading these reports. This past fall, we had a club member killed in a similar fashion. In typical victim-blaming, the 80+y.o. driver claimed the cyclist swerved in front of him. The reality...
01-16-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 469
Posted By BlazingPedals

"BJ" is BikeJournal.com It was one of the first...

"BJ" is BikeJournal.com It was one of the first sites that allowed you to log miles. It's still there, but not as well-attended as it used to be. It also includes a forum.
01-14-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 469
Posted By BlazingPedals

In Strava they call it "following" others. If you...

In Strava they call it "following" others. If you follow someone, their rides will show up on your activity feed. Typically you follow all your friends and they follow you, and you can give attaboys...
01-14-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 812
Posted By BlazingPedals

As it's been said, there are two types of...

As it's been said, there are two types of cyclists:
1. Those who will fall
2. Those who have fallen
Congratulations! You're now in both groups!
01-13-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,262
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'd have to agree that RAGBRAI is the event...

I'd have to agree that RAGBRAI is the event that's closest to the flavor of the Sturgis rally. Some are bigger than others but I don't know of any that are bigger than RAGBRAI. That said, I hope the...
Forum: Recumbent
01-13-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By BlazingPedals

Bacchetta offers three seats: the Recurve, which...

Bacchetta offers three seats: the Recurve, which is a hard seatpan with a cushion, combined with a mesh back; a carbon shell; and the Euromesh which is an aluminum outer frame in the shape of a...
Forum: Great Lakes
01-12-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 103
Posted By BlazingPedals

Interesting. It looks like the optional miles...

Interesting. It looks like the optional miles brings the daily totals up to something I'd consider. How many recumbents are typically on the tour?
Forum: Recumbent
01-12-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By BlazingPedals

I don't. I tested an aluminum Giro once. I could...

I don't. I tested an aluminum Giro once. I could feel all the bumps but it wasn't particularly bothersome. Possibly due to the thick foam on the Euromesh seat. I've never been on a Carbon Aero.
Forum: Recumbent
01-12-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Posted By BlazingPedals

For now, it looks like I can mount a bottle to...

For now, it looks like I can mount a bottle to the crossbar at the top of the seat. That'll place it about shoulder height, a bit further back than the headrest. Adam, are you able to put the bladder...
Forum: Recumbent
01-12-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By BlazingPedals

I just buy something. Glideflex stems are...

I just buy something. Glideflex stems are awesome. I suppose if you want to weld up your own, look at pics of others.
01-12-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 467
Posted By BlazingPedals

My brother had a Grand Prix. Bar end shifters...

My brother had a Grand Prix. Bar end shifters were not OEM, although they are period-correct. For that matter, tubbies are period-correct. Nice looking bike.
01-11-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 14,437
Posted By BlazingPedals

I think you're too old to ride when rigor mortis...

I think you're too old to ride when rigor mortis sets in. Our club recently had a member pass away. He was in his 90s was still riding regularly.
01-10-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,530
Posted By BlazingPedals

I think extra drag is the main reason why they're...

I think extra drag is the main reason why they're slower. View one from the top instead of the side and you'll understand.
01-09-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 906
Posted By BlazingPedals

With a $1500 budget, you can get a Wahoo trainer...

With a $1500 budget, you can get a Wahoo trainer and ride on Zwift. Zwift membership is $15/mo. A standard trainer won't work with Zwift because it requires bluetooth to transmit what you're doing....
Forum: Recumbent
01-09-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Posted By BlazingPedals

I need to be able to get to the bottle without...

I need to be able to get to the bottle without breaking cadence, and I'm afraid that if it were mounted to the boom I'd have to stop pedaling and sit up to reach it. Bladders are an option, but not...
01-08-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By BlazingPedals

Other considerations: 1. Front derailleurs are...

Other considerations:
1. Front derailleurs are generally made for either road bikes with larger chainring diameters, or mountain bikes with smaller chainring diameters
2. FDs don't like to shift...
01-08-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,515
Posted By BlazingPedals

Microshift ranges from "chintzy" to "meh," but...

Microshift ranges from "chintzy" to "meh," but I'm hoping that it'll get better. All of my bikes are 9-speed, and by now the only Shimano I can get is Alivio - which is down there with the chintzy...
01-08-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,050
Posted By BlazingPedals

It sounds so easy - until it's 35F and raining,...

It sounds so easy - until it's 35F and raining, or worse 14F and snowing with a 25 mph wind from the north.
01-07-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 2,544
Views: 537,342
Posted By BlazingPedals

Love how clean the bike looks without those...

Love how clean the bike looks without those 'dirty' brake calipers on the fork crown and seat stays.
Forum: Recumbent
01-07-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Posted By BlazingPedals

Water on a Catrike

My 2003 Catrike Speed only has bottle brazeons under the seat. That might be OK for a spare bottle or a pump/tool kit, but I sure can't reach that while I'm riding. Even mounting it on the boom in...
01-07-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,841
Posted By BlazingPedals

I looked at a few maps. OldsCool's 10-mile loop...

I looked at a few maps. OldsCool's 10-mile loop from Boyne City to Walloon Lake is 678 feet of climbing. Call it 68 ft/mi. In mid-Michigan I average more like 18-20 feet per mile. There are no big...
Forum: Great Lakes
01-07-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By BlazingPedals

Mousemeat, will you be in town a few days early...

Mousemeat, will you be in town a few days early for OHR? Should someone try to organize a 50+ get-together?

I did the last Wolverine 200 ever held. I think it was in 2004. After that, the park was...
01-07-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 597
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm probably the only person with this issue, but...

I'm probably the only person with this issue, but in the past I've had clicking caused by the FD being adjusted too far out and contacting the crank arm.
01-07-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,207
Posted By BlazingPedals

I don't know what you consider "high mileage." I...

I don't know what you consider "high mileage." I generally average about 3000 miles per year, although this year was down considerably due to bad weather in the first half of the riding season. This...
Forum: Recumbent
01-06-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 855
Posted By BlazingPedals

Do you do wheelies if you're not careful on...

Do you do wheelies if you're not careful on take-offs? That is a lot of weight behind the rear wheel, on a bike that is heavily rear-biased in the first place.
01-04-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By BlazingPedals

Pics of Schwinn Meridians I can find on the...

Pics of Schwinn Meridians I can find on the Internet do NOT indicate disc brake mounts on the fork, so you'll need a new fork. You'll probably need a bike shop to help find you the right parts....
01-04-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 597
Posted By BlazingPedals

Worn cleats?

Worn cleats?
01-03-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,769
Posted By BlazingPedals

Is is someone having fun, or is it someone who...

Is is someone having fun, or is it someone who wants to tap our collective wisdom (such that it is...) without becoming a contributing member of the community themselves? Are all of these one-post...
01-02-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,259
Posted By BlazingPedals

If I worried about what everyone else thought,...

If I worried about what everyone else thought, I'd never have gotten my first recumbent. Are you going to ride a bike or a decal?
Forum: Great Lakes
01-02-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By BlazingPedals

I posted a pic of the bike in the So I've decided...

I posted a pic of the bike in the So I've decided to give a darn about "aero" (https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1190581-so-i-ve-decided-give-darn-about-aero.html) thread, in the...
01-02-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,006
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm not going to pass judgment yet, but it's been...

I'm not going to pass judgment yet, but it's been several days and there's been no second post by the OP to clarify what she's looking for. Organized events or solo routes; one-way centuries or...
01-01-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,448
Posted By BlazingPedals

If you're cutting hairs to gain aero, going to a...

If you're cutting hairs to gain aero, going to a single chainring and obtaining a narrower Q factor will help. Reduces frontal area.
12-30-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,448
Posted By BlazingPedals

I have a set. The installation instructions even...

I have a set. The installation instructions even say they're not meant to be permanently installed.
...
12-28-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By BlazingPedals

Yeah, I'm sure it doesn't happen very often. :)

Yeah, I'm sure it doesn't happen very often. :)
Forum: Recumbent
12-22-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 855
Posted By BlazingPedals

Used Bike-Es generally go for $300-400 if they're...

Used Bike-Es generally go for $300-400 if they're in good shape. So $100 doesn't sound bad even if the shock needs replacement. Yes, the shock is one reason why it's never going to be a speed demon....
12-22-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,698
Posted By BlazingPedals

I tend to stay away from Shimano chains only...

I tend to stay away from Shimano chains only because I like having a quick connect instead of a one-use pin. Otherwise, they all work equally well for me. I have SRAM and I have Shimano drivetrains...
Forum: Recumbent
12-21-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 855
Posted By BlazingPedals

Bike-E was a very entry-level bent - more along...

Bike-E was a very entry-level bent - more along the lines of your typical garage-hanger bike than something serious. But depending you your expectations, it could work OK. It will never be a fast...
12-20-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,292
Posted By BlazingPedals

Sometimes that's true, at least with the stuff...

Sometimes that's true, at least with the stuff that's specifically marketed to be ultra-light at the expense of everything else. But not for normal parts. I once answered a similar question from a...
Forum: Recumbent
12-20-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By BlazingPedals

I think most production bikes (bent) aim for...

I think most production bikes (bent) aim for around a 25" low gear. Re-gearing seems to be a pretty common modification, either adding a smaller granny ring or swapping a 'road' triple for a mountain...
12-19-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,966
Posted By BlazingPedals

Since OP hasn't been back to clarify anything,...

Since OP hasn't been back to clarify anything, I'm going to write this thread off as someone riding in an inappropriate place and being reprimanded for it, then whining to us about how unfair life is.
12-19-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,565
Posted By BlazingPedals

Thanks, TCS.

Thanks, TCS.
12-19-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,292
Posted By BlazingPedals

I've never seen a BSO with better than a 7-speed...

I've never seen a BSO with better than a 7-speed freewheel on the back wheel. In fact, most of them I've seen are 5 or 6-speed. Freewheel hubs are inherently weaker than freehubs. I should know, I've...
12-19-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 10,864
Posted By BlazingPedals

You'd fit in perfectly with a great many...

You'd fit in perfectly with a great many recumbent trike riders I know.
12-18-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,731
Posted By BlazingPedals

Just noticed this. LOL. I think that's a Schwinn...

Just noticed this. LOL. I think that's a Schwinn Antelope, not Cantelope. Apparently you needed some food when you typed that!
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