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09-16-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 2,947
Views: 265,543
Posted By wphamilton

I think I mentioned vehicle speed and...

I think I mentioned vehicle speed and infrastructure in that part you quoted - and that's really my point. With the right infrastructure - where you ride - there's no reason to not expect that same...
09-16-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 2,947
Views: 265,543
Posted By wphamilton

"Even though nobody wears bike helmets in the...

"Even though nobody wears bike helmets in the Netherlands, the fatality rate there is six times smaller than that of the United States." - which is attributed to a universal speed limit of 30kph...
09-16-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

for the doubters a pic from a few years back. It...

for the doubters a pic from a few years back. It looks somewhat different now.

https://www.bikeforums.net/18644067-post15.html
09-16-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 155
Posted By wphamilton

It is not easy to return from that injury, and...

It is not easy to return from that injury, and I'm sure that the TB has made it that much harder. My approach, forget about before and the goal schedule, continue from where I am and gradually...
09-16-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

Rats. It will have to become a family heirloom...

Rats. It will have to become a family heirloom then, and the next generation can enjoy it as a vintage classic.



Not a problem, a Denali should not be "restored" to a less rideable state anyway.
09-16-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

Serious question: do some of you feel like it...

Serious question: do some of you feel like it demeans your hobby to suggest that any old bike is a classic?
09-16-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

I've been riding my bikes, running and going to...

I've been riding my bikes, running and going to the gym to get better. Why are you attacking me?
09-16-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

Split bars and twist shifters off, for years now....

Split bars and twist shifters off, for years now. Also the creaky, hefty bottom bracket. That doesn't degrade the classic appeal I hope.
09-16-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

Are you saying my Nashbar bike will never make...

Are you saying my Nashbar bike will never make the cut either? :(
09-16-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

About 5 of them in C&V. First it's "meh,...

About 5 of them in C&V.

First it's "meh, could have been worse" after I got out of intensive care, and now making fun of my bike. Even thick-skins like me can get their feelings hurt eventually....
09-16-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

So what's the verdict, is 12 years old enough to...

So what's the verdict, is 12 years old enough to be vintage regardless of who cares for the brand?

As for some of you, would photos prove that it's no troll post? It's not really relevant whether...
09-16-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,376
Posted By wphamilton

If I were you, I wouldn't rely on that chart to...

If I were you, I wouldn't rely on that chart to reflect power output in regular operating conditions. The first link, near as I can tell, is for a driver board (?) and apparently recommends a 3 watt...
09-16-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,498
Posted By wphamilton

It's why I only "strongly suspect" that the crash...

It's why I only "strongly suspect" that the crash reduction is due mainly to having lights on during low-light conditions. The data isn't discrete enough to make that a strong conclusion.

But...
09-16-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 810
Posted By wphamilton

How old is Vintage, and where the bar for Classic?

I just realized that my original commuter bike is about 12 years old now, and since it's the first bike I purchased personally I'm still fond of it. Is that old enough to be "vintage"? Can I call it...
09-16-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,498
Posted By wphamilton

US DOT looked into it and found that DRL made no...

US DOT looked into it and found that DRL made no difference in accident rates, other than with light trucks I believe. There are various other studies, particularly in Northern European countries,...
09-16-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,376
Posted By wphamilton

Your Velological bottle dynamo is 1.5 watts, not...

Your Velological bottle dynamo is 1.5 watts, not 15. It's not bad, but not as bright as a cheap battery powered headlight.
09-15-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,376
Posted By wphamilton

I think dynamos are awesome but I don't have one...

I think dynamos are awesome but I don't have one because:


much more expensive than alternatives
less powerful than battery lights
extra drag and weight
09-12-19, 05:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,823
Posted By wphamilton

I didn't see the slowest and cheapest even tested...

I didn't see the slowest and cheapest even tested by FrictionFacts, but I did see that high quality steel bearings were faster than some of the ceramic in their tests. To get the "big" gains of a...
09-11-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,823
Posted By wphamilton

While your point is dead on, using the slowest...

While your point is dead on, using the slowest parts on everything isn't that terrible because upgrades are very inexpensive and at that price point tend to also provide the most benefit.

Offer me...
09-10-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,823
Posted By wphamilton

Personally I'd take the ceramic bearings...

Personally I'd take the ceramic bearings suggestion as a joke, so as not to be offended by it.
09-09-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,494
Posted By wphamilton

If you have StraightTalk service, or use it for a...

If you have StraightTalk service, or use it for a few months, you can go to their "shop phones" section and find cheap low spec smartphones for free or $10 or $20 depending on how low your standards...
09-09-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,407
Posted By wphamilton

I don't mind wearing them, although on my...

I don't mind wearing them, although on my commutes I usually don't.

The key to getting over it, IMO, is a combination of being convinced that you look like a loon regardless, and denial that...
09-06-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 19,653
Posted By wphamilton

I confess, I don't get the whole argument. Grip...

I confess, I don't get the whole argument. Grip on the hoods is as good as gripping the bars. Weight distribution is about the same also, so I don't get "more control" nor "power transfer". ...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,082
Posted By wphamilton

My number one safety suggestion, by far, is...

My number one safety suggestion, by far, is "Don't make mistakes". "Pay attention" is at or near the top of not making mistakes. That's not safety gear - not what you asked - but it would be remiss...
09-02-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,306
Posted By wphamilton

And BTW if you're at 85% uptake capacity it...

And BTW if you're at 85% uptake capacity it absolutely helps to train that up to 90%. It's the holy grail of endurance training in fact, and to me it's ludicrous to claim that it's irrelevant...
09-02-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,306
Posted By wphamilton

Which should suggest logically to you, that the...

Which should suggest logically to you, that the assertion that "most people" (rather vague IMO) are at only 75% of their oxygen capacity at FTP is suspect.

Regardless, I assure you that I know far...
09-02-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,306
Posted By wphamilton

I said "I" and "my", not "most people" so it...

I said "I" and "my", not "most people" so it should be pretty clear.

It is similar to "running efficiency" which helps tremendously in improving your sustainable running pace.
09-02-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,306
Posted By wphamilton

When my main limiter is oxygen uptake, better...

When my main limiter is oxygen uptake, better efficiency improves my sustainable power.
09-01-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,144
Posted By wphamilton

Speaking again for myself, I haven't bought a...

Speaking again for myself, I haven't bought a Tourney DR in over 5 years so I couldn't argue that and for $25 Tourney and $30 Claris I couldn't see much reason to cheap out so it may be kind of mute....
09-01-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,306
Posted By wphamilton

It's a matter of training, which is what you're...

It's a matter of training, which is what you're getting at. I had the same argument with someone concerning fixed gears, the other guy saying that any ride is "25% harder" than riding with gears...
09-01-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 365
Views: 19,653
Posted By wphamilton

The question is something of a red herring in my...

The question is something of a red herring in my opinion. If you have shallow drops, the position of your back can sometimes be exactly the same on the hoods and in the drops, if you aren't riding...
09-01-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,144
Posted By wphamilton

That's true enough, but I've had Tourney...

That's true enough, but I've had Tourney derailleurs that lasted pretty well and were never a problem for shifting, so that's a little over-stated IME. For the small price difference I wouldn't...
08-29-19, 07:10 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,063
Posted By wphamilton

I have never dismounted in that situation and...

I have never dismounted in that situation and there may be some local ordinances to clarify it. Various States are in relatively consistent about pedestrians and crosswalks, with some minor...
08-28-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,063
Posted By wphamilton

Crosswalks and walk signals might as well not...

Crosswalks and walk signals might as well not exist in my area, because of the drivers who do not honor them. I'd rather ride in the lane with traffic than walk in the crosswalk, with or without a...
Forum: Foo
08-28-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,976
Posted By wphamilton

I know it's off-topic but I'm curious: have you...

I know it's off-topic but I'm curious: have you seen people using that much, after the first time or two? In other words they look practiced and proficient with it.

The local Kroger has U-scan...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,405
Posted By wphamilton

If I can, I try to move far enough off that...

If I can, I try to move far enough off that drivers are discouraged from stopping and asking if I need help. I've had as many as four cars stop in the time it took to fix a flat, and I'm not that...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,338
Posted By wphamilton

OP has a point in that spending hours of his...

OP has a point in that spending hours of his time, it doesn't really matter if the salesperson was new or trying hard. It's still hours, and he expected some sort of service that he didn't get from...
Forum: Northeast
08-18-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,725
Posted By wphamilton

Mistakes on the ticket are not going to get you...

Mistakes on the ticket are not going to get you out of it. At best it will inconvenience them in serving a warrant for failure to appear, and you don't want to go that route anyway. You aren't...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,114
Posted By wphamilton

Since we bought a new car, around 5 years ago...

Since we bought a new car, around 5 years ago I've driven it to work maybe a dozen times, including driving because of injuries. It's not all that tempting if you enjoy the bike commute, but it's...
08-13-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,838
Posted By wphamilton

Usually that neck pain is from having to hold...

Usually that neck pain is from having to hold your head up at an unaccustomed angle, from having a lower position than usual. In my experience it doesn't take a whole lot of riding in that position...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,821
Posted By wphamilton

I started to make one once - it would be easy to...

I started to make one once - it would be easy to bend a polycarbonate sheet to fit and attach it with sticky velcro. Only 3-4 inches not full face. But in this area it might be useful for a handful...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,755
Posted By wphamilton

Even just gloves the owner might be back around...

Even just gloves the owner might be back around looking for them, so picking them up would be theft. I picked up a blinkie one time - it was only a few days until it slipped off my bike also, which I...
08-11-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,760
Posted By wphamilton

While any given repair may be unpredictable, most...

While any given repair may be unpredictable, most of them took a predictable amount of time in my experience and when I was contracting on-site computer and peripherals service, my recollection is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 32,207
Posted By wphamilton

Eight years since I posted in this thread and I...

Eight years since I posted in this thread and I still have the same attitude and experiences. Although I guess I neglected to ever explain it to my wife and son, since they got all up in arms about a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,993
Posted By wphamilton

8 watts for socks, seriously? Is there a rule...

8 watts for socks, seriously? Is there a rule that they have to stop at mid-calf, because you could get 10 if they were longer.

Cut the toes out, slide onto your arms and get 16 watts.
08-05-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 23,877
Posted By wphamilton

I am more concerned about a serious injury on the...

I am more concerned about a serious injury on the road than I am about dying because it's so much more likely. But that's probably less likely on calm streets than it is on trails and off-road.
08-05-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,760
Posted By wphamilton

Not to defend nor disparage your bike shop, but...

Not to defend nor disparage your bike shop, but expedite fees for anything - especially something that simple - always make me skeptical of the service, for some of the same reasons that you express.
08-05-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,016
Posted By wphamilton

A couple of years ago I got the nagging feeling...

A couple of years ago I got the nagging feeling that my DR hanger was bent, and I worried that it was impacting shifting. Taking it off and laying it on something flat, I could see a warp. Just...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,818
Posted By wphamilton

Anyway, I'm torn between whether it makes more...

Anyway, I'm torn between whether it makes more sense for me to get a lightweight bike or something more aero.


I'm an analytical guy first and for performance for most riders, and most of the...
08-01-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,812
Posted By wphamilton

It's on week 8 since the injury so here's a rough...

It's on week 8 since the injury so here's a rough description of what I went through, maybe 90% back now. I thought about giving detail, but nobody really wants to see that so in more general terms:...
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