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07-09-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,496
Posted By StephenH

It's all relative. I'm not sure I'd be any...

It's all relative.
I'm not sure I'd be any different when I was younger, to be honest.
How fast I go depends on how smooth the road is, how far ahead I can see, how gusty the wind is, how stable...
07-08-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,455
Posted By StephenH

I think they'll start getting returns of $6,000...

I think they'll start getting returns of $6,000 bikes because people put kick stands on with hose clamps and damaged the frames. Just does not seem like a good business model.
07-08-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 884
Posted By StephenH

In years past, this type of thing came up...

In years past, this type of thing came up periodically.
In the case of businesses offering complete bikes at too-good-to-be-true prices, one way to check is to go to the bike manufacturer's website...
07-08-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,455
Posted By StephenH

If it's online-only, with no possibility of local...

If it's online-only, with no possibility of local sales or service, I don't think it'll make that much impact. It may cut into Bikes Direct business a bit or something.
Replies: 26
Views: 1,766
Posted By StephenH

One of the problems in all this is that elevation...

One of the problems in all this is that elevation gain is not clearly defined in the first place. If you're riding along, the road rises six inches and drops back down, should that add 0.5' to your...
06-28-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,654
Posted By StephenH

I've heard the story of one local rider who went...

I've heard the story of one local rider who went on a club ride and everyone kept snickering and he couldn't figure out why. Finally, he figured out that he had his bike shorts on inside out,...
Replies: 9
Views: 2,033
Posted By StephenH

Here you go, 60 seconds and you're done: ...

Here you go, 60 seconds and you're done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtYV35jFmks

I've never known quite what to think of your idea. I've known plenty of people that were faster than me, and...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,166
Posted By StephenH

I'd vote for the knobby. But I doubt it'll...

I'd vote for the knobby. But I doubt it'll actually make much difference.
Replies: 127
Views: 11,024
Posted By StephenH

I just saw a notice that more spots were opened...

I just saw a notice that more spots were opened up. I checked with a friend, and she was able to get in.
Replies: 21
Views: 2,837
Posted By StephenH

Check if the trail is open 24 hours. And if...

Check if the trail is open 24 hours.
And if there's much traffic on it, at may slow you down.
Forum: Texas
06-12-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,327
Posted By StephenH

I didn't stop to see, just drove down the...

I didn't stop to see, just drove down the freeway. The percent grade sign is on the eastbound side.
Forum: Texas
06-05-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,327
Posted By StephenH

Sorry for the zombie thread, but I had an update....

Sorry for the zombie thread, but I had an update. I happened to drive over Ranger Hill a while back (about 10 miles east of Ranger on I-20) and it does in fact have a 6% sign at the very top. No...
05-23-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,694
Posted By StephenH

Tandems explained

I ran across this while searching for some other comic strip:
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/740x520/bc2_2e15592e6967b07e7494b9c89c08716f33ced6d3.jpg
Replies: 25
Views: 2,017
Posted By StephenH

My experience with that is kind of the opposite. ...

My experience with that is kind of the opposite. I'm using hub-generators with Edelux lights. If adjusted properly, they work great out on the open road in the middle of nowhere, either on a skewer...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,017
Posted By StephenH

I've used skewer mounts, that works fine, light...

I've used skewer mounts, that works fine, light over the front wheel works okay, but to be honest, I can't see a whole lot of advantage one way or the other. Supposedly, over the wheel is what the...
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Posted By StephenH

Seems like I remember reading on their website...

Seems like I remember reading on their website that they make the coupled version with 26" so the wheels will fit the suitcase better (more specifically, I think inflated tires will fit).
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By StephenH

Actually, I already have a Pocket Rocket, one...

Actually, I already have a Pocket Rocket, one reason I wasn't looking at folding bikes as well- kind of a different product.
Forum: Recumbent
05-07-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,383
Posted By StephenH

If you can locate some recumbent dealers in the...

If you can locate some recumbent dealers in the general Denver/ Colorado Springs area, you may find some good information and advice. I find this link, for example, and looks like there may be two...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By StephenH

Current Mini Velo bikes?

Hey folks,
I was looking at the current options in the US for mini-velo bikes, and it seems to be these:
Bikes Direct Mercier Nano- drop bar, multispeed, rim brakes, currently listed as 2018 model ...
Replies: 23
Views: 3,472
Posted By StephenH

I was counting up the other day, I think it was...

I was counting up the other day, I think it was 10 or 11 rides I've DNFed. Heat, cramps, lack of fitness, mechanical issues, wrecks, weather, not having fun, or some combination of those factors....
Replies: 23
Views: 3,472
Posted By StephenH

I did get in 1,000 miles for April, first time in...

I did get in 1,000 miles for April, first time in several months, I think.
Replies: 48
Views: 4,805
Posted By StephenH

I did my first 200k on a Worksman cruiser. Not...

I did my first 200k on a Worksman cruiser. Not necessarily the recommended starter bike, but you can do a 200k on a LOT of different bikes, right or wrong. Some of the locals use various...
Replies: 55
Views: 5,830
Posted By StephenH

If you have a lot of really steep or long hills...

If you have a lot of really steep or long hills on the route, and one has considerably lower gearing that the other, use it.
If it's going to be cold at the start and hot at mid-day, and you need to...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,279
Posted By StephenH

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1632x1224/plate_055cade84df32fb638a3c81ee73515ef01d6f40b.jpg
Replies: 28
Views: 3,279
Posted By StephenH

I'm at 3,200 and some-odd at the moment, so...

I'm at 3,200 and some-odd at the moment, so assuming I don't get hit by a truck or something, the year is shaping up okay. Just finished a cold wet 600k last weekend.
Replies: 23
Views: 2,351
Posted By StephenH

FYI- "maintain sight of each other at all times....

FYI- "maintain sight of each other at all times. If one person punctures, the whole team stops" is how I would interpret that. It may help that we have no long climbs to deal with.
Part of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 757
Posted By StephenH

I rode it three times about 8-10 years ago. So...

I rode it three times about 8-10 years ago. So things may have changed.
I started in the "Hell's Gates Hopefuls", the last of the 100-mile rider groups.
It took about 30 minutes each time to get...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,152
Posted By StephenH

I don't normally take my shoes off on anything...

I don't normally take my shoes off on anything 400k or shorter.
I'd say the triathlon-specific features are pretty meaningless for long-distance, but that doesn't mean they can't be used. If...
Replies: 16
Views: 2,363
Posted By StephenH

People ask all the time "Can I ride a century?"...

People ask all the time "Can I ride a century?" And the normal response is something along the lines of "Well, if you can ride a metric century, then you can ride a century!" So with that kind of...
Replies: 25
Views: 4,443
Posted By StephenH

This might do the trick if you don't already have...

This might do the trick if you don't already have that space occupied:
https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FTBII
Note that not all tires are the same size folded, so it depends on what tire...
Forum: Recumbent
03-05-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 834
Posted By StephenH

I'd say you've pretty much covered all the...

I'd say you've pretty much covered all the options already.
The McLean seems to be a one-off item built by a non-cyclist, so not too surprising if it's not optimized. (I read that as "M-Clean"...
Forum: Recumbent
02-19-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,277
Posted By StephenH

Another resource, that I more often see mentioned...

Another resource, that I more often see mentioned in the "Alt Bikes" forum: https://www.atomiczombie.com/
(Note: I've not used them, so I point out the resource, but can't recommend/ disrecommend...
Replies: 23
Views: 3,510
Posted By StephenH

On the Carradice site, I see this SQR system, and...

On the Carradice site, I see this SQR system, and that appears to hold a bag a couple of inches higher than attaching to the saddle would. But, there's no support betlow the bag, either, so you may...
Replies: 18
Views: 10,112
Posted By StephenH

A valid concern. For reference, I've seen...

A valid concern.
For reference, I've seen several shift cables fail, but haven't seen any brake cables fail.
And for another reference point, for years and years people rode all over creation with...
Replies: 21
Views: 9,404
Posted By StephenH

My experience with a Worksman reversed cargo...

My experience with a Worksman reversed cargo trike- it is more stable than a bicycle at slow/stopped speeds, but less stable at anything over maybe 8 mph. IE, unless you keep speeds really down, you...
01-30-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By StephenH

I've got a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket with the...

I've got a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket with the narrow 20" 451 tires. It rides fine, but one drawback is that it's as buzzy as heck on chip seal. I don't know if that's related to wheel size or what....
01-30-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,619
Posted By StephenH

Just about anything is possible on the bike. ...

Just about anything is possible on the bike. Actually finding it at the price you care to pay may not be so possible, though. You can build a bike for that geometry, but finding a used one would be...
Forum: Recumbent
01-15-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,769
Posted By StephenH

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a video,...

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a video, I think an old newsreel, that had a bunch of recumbents, and I seem to remember from 1938 or so. Very interesting, but I can't find it now for the...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,279
Posted By StephenH

One bright idea I had was to ride one-direction...

One bright idea I had was to ride one-direction with a tailwind, then just rent a small U-Haul truck and drive back. (Past experience: regular car rental places won't rent one-way, or charge way...
Replies: 24
Views: 2,129
Posted By StephenH

One thing that helps is don't put a tight time...

One thing that helps is don't put a tight time limit on it. The 16.5 hours is doable if you're in good shape, the course isn't super hilly or windy, you don't fool around long at stops, etc. But a...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,815
Posted By StephenH

If you run out of things to do, go to YouTube and...

If you run out of things to do, go to YouTube and look up "The Lock Picking Lawyer". He's got a gazillion videos of picking different locks, but also using brute force, bolt cutters, etc. If I...
01-07-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,528
Posted By StephenH

I've completed lots of rides, but had my fair...

I've completed lots of rides, but had my fair share of DNF's, too, for varied reasons. If you finish in good health and the bike's not wrecked, no problem, though.
Planning ahead- consider a...
01-02-19, 10:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,046
Posted By StephenH

Worksman Cruiser with 26x2.125" tires Raleigh...

Worksman Cruiser with 26x2.125" tires
Raleigh Sojourn with 35mm, 32mm and 28mm tires
CoMotion Tandem with 32mm and 28 mm tires
Specialized Venge with 19mm tires
Lynskey GR 250 gravel bike with...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,279
Posted By StephenH

I just stay at motels at the far end. I've got...

I just stay at motels at the far end.
I've got 6 perms that are the Stampede 1200k (with Days 1 and 2 broken up into 2 perms each) and 2 new perms that are part of the Hound Dog 1200k route (Days 1...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,279
Posted By StephenH

"One who puts on his armor should not boast like...

"One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off" is the quote that comes to mind.
I hope to hit K-hound for 2019 as well, and rode a cold windy 200k today as the start of that....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 7,513
Posted By StephenH

9,668.95 miles for 2018. Around 1,856 on the...

9,668.95 miles for 2018. Around 1,856 on the tandem, rest on two different road bikes, plus a few miles (Sebring 12 hour) on the Bike Friday.
Forum: Recumbent
12-30-18, 10:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,769
Posted By StephenH

I'm not sure what you're getting at, but there...

I'm not sure what you're getting at, but there have been endless variations on all style bikes. For example, note that the "SoftRide" time-trial/tri bikes are upright frames that are not the diamond...
Replies: 44
Views: 2,364
Posted By StephenH

"But an argument is a connected series of...

"But an argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition, it isn't just the automatic naysaying of whatever the other person says." "Yes it is!" "No, it isn't!"
Replies: 44
Views: 2,364
Posted By StephenH

Uh no, I'm not assuming that. But the question...

Uh no, I'm not assuming that. But the question asked was specifically about cue sheets in addition to GPS, and not about other solutions to GPS problems. If you'd like to discuss every solution to...
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