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Forum: Commuting
01-09-17, 10:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,170
Posted By Beneficial Ear

That right there is a bike that screams... ...

That right there is a bike that screams...
"cyclist"
Its also good inspiration for building a unique commuter that fits one's needs perfectly.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-17, 10:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Beneficial Ear

https://www.sram.com/sram/road/products/sram-red-f...

https://www.sram.com/sram/road/products/sram-red-front-derailleur-10-speed
Is the one I am talking about.

The DA I have shifts wonderfully, but the red leaves room for the chain to not rub in any...
Forum: Southeast
01-09-17, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 906
Posted By Beneficial Ear

lol, I never even thought of it in the criminal...

lol, I never even thought of it in the criminal way...
but now I'll have to consider it each time I think of this ride I am very much looking forward to :)
Forum: Southeast
01-09-17, 10:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 905
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Weaverville, right. Have to study up on my...

Weaverville, right.
Have to study up on my geography! Still "new" to the area... been here bike only for 1.5 years - farthest adventure was up to Hot Springs, the ride down to Hendersonville was...
01-08-17, 05:36 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,458
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Its not the crosswalks... its the busy streets...

Its not the crosswalks... its the busy streets that have many businesses. The multiple entrances and exits to various parking lots have given me MANY close calls over the years. It is most often a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-17, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Beneficial Ear

10spd - SRAM Red Front Derailleur (yaw) with Force Shifters

Posting this as a solution to those who may be asking a question.

This combination works flawlessly, the red front derailleur completely outperforms the Dura-Ace that it replaced. The Dura-Ace...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-17, 09:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,170
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Sounds like you want a drop bar bike that can fit...

Sounds like you want a drop bar bike that can fit a 28c+ tire.
The flat bar bike can become that.
Or you could get a new bike that covers all the bases if you feel the flatbar bike isn't worth...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-17, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,868
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Its nice to perform an enjoyable task on the way...

Its nice to perform an enjoyable task on the way to the laborious task. Driving is so much more stressful, walking isn't nearly as fun, and public transportation inhibits freedom.
5 years of bike...
Forum: Southeast
01-07-17, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 905
Posted By Beneficial Ear

The climb back up ox creek, then back down elk...

The climb back up ox creek, then back down elk mountain really is a great ride :D. Thats part of what makes elk such a great climb - once at the top you have a few routing options, all of them...
Forum: Southeast
01-03-17, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 906
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Assault on Mt Mitchell

Anyone here doing it?
Forum: Southeast
01-03-17, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 905
Posted By Beneficial Ear

You definitely want to climb Elk Mountain......

You definitely want to climb Elk Mountain... close to the city center, little traffic (alot of bike traffic though!), incredible views, challenging, a great way to get up to the parkway (loop back to...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,844
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Ride from Asheville to Charlotte. Do well in...

Ride from Asheville to Charlotte.
Do well in the Assault on Mt Mitchell... win a race or 2 otherwise
400 watts for 20 mins
Reached the goal in my signature (25 miles in an hour) last year - took...
01-03-17, 09:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,081
Posted By Beneficial Ear

The journey is so much more appreciable when...

The journey is so much more appreciable when self-powered.
It is profound - to take the power from a foreign source, at *incredible* peril, and use it exclusively to transport oneself over any...
12-17-14, 10:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,454
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Definitely stay under 70", when loaded up touring...

Definitely stay under 70", when loaded up touring it takes alot of motivation to get a gear even this big spinning if you run into big wind or a steeper grade. I'd err on the low side, lugging a big...
12-17-14, 10:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,835
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Tore through 3 wheelsets... terrible hop, fixable...

Tore through 3 wheelsets... terrible hop, fixable perhaps not sure? I stopped having the bike shops true them, my vuelta corsa lite set faired best but the weinman that came stock on the bike and...
04-03-14, 05:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Drop bars = lots of options for hand position. ...

Drop bars = lots of options for hand position. To each his own but I would not go back to anything else for road riding.

Straight bars were nice when I took shorter trips and went offroad. ...
04-03-14, 04:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,683
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I'm a messenger, I need the messenger bag -...

I'm a messenger, I need the messenger bag - swinging this bag around 40-50 times a day beats the hell out of taking a backpack off and putting it back on 40-50 times a day, the trips are short and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,913
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Basically. Even a nice old school (or new for...

Basically. Even a nice old school (or new for that matter) steel is plenty fine - especially if you put in a few bucks to get all the components into 100% working order. Main thing is to get...
Forum: Commuting
01-13-14, 03:05 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,594
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Pondering swapping the rear to STI, the front...

Pondering swapping the rear to STI, the front will definitely stay friction that works great. Weather's been warmer but still icey and I took the commuter out for training. For beating around the...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 10:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,594
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Single speed was an option, but as I experimented...

Single speed was an option, but as I experimented with staying in one gear for long periods I really didn't like it... there are times I want a big gear, times I want the easiest gear I have and...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 10:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,594
Posted By Beneficial Ear

The ability to trim is really nice, I imagine...

The ability to trim is really nice, I imagine it'll be yet more useful as things get grimy/wet - this is where my 2200 setup would start getting very unpredictable. I do have my concerns of being...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 08:55 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,594
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Friction over Index

Elected to keep the stem friction shifters in place as I built up my Schwinn Traveler for commuting duty. I actually have the 8 speed 2200 shifters from my other bike mounted as well as an 8 speed...
10-31-13, 12:16 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,352
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I got serious and dropped from 225 (6'1") last...

I got serious and dropped from 225 (6'1") last year round this time to being 170-175 since around march/april, where I held on save for an adventure to 165 by using some meal replacement stuff and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-13, 01:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,013
Posted By Beneficial Ear

For me climbing seated just flat out doesn't...

For me climbing seated just flat out doesn't work, I'm so much faster up a hill standing - even a throttled back standing effort is far faster than a full out seated effort... I have even learned...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-13, 07:56 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,746
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I ran across a coyote howling @ the moon right...

I ran across a coyote howling @ the moon right in the parking lot of a strip mall in downtown Chicago - that was pretty cool :)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-13, 07:48 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 8,902
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Its so cool to see pro's race data - even cooler...

Its so cool to see pro's race data - even cooler to run through the same segments they TT'd/raced through! Finally getting to where in one segment I can do an interval at the pace the pro's were...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 8,902
Posted By Beneficial Ear

For anyone who might actually use the site...

For anyone who might actually use the site originally posted I suggest cheating in a game of solitaire instead.

Strava is fun... I like riding my bike, I like riding my bike fast... I know...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-13, 02:31 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,200
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I had made great bounds ~3 months ago, ~250 watt...

I had made great bounds ~3 months ago, ~250 watt FTP, sprinting I was terrible couldn't get past 500 watts and 300 watts was nightmarishly difficult to hold... but it gave me something to top and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-13, 01:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,296
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I don't have it either. When I first got my set...

I don't have it either. When I first got my set the freewheel sound was quieter than I expected - within a few weeks it got louder and has since leveled off to noticeable but not obnoxious level.
...
05-13-13, 10:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Group rides, 100% all out efforts, hard efforts...

Group rides, 100% all out efforts, hard efforts lasting longer than the crit will, practice attacking, learn how to clip in fluently.

Don't expect to expect everything... just get in the best...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-13, 07:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,435
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I've had them for a few months... ~2000 miles on...

I've had them for a few months... ~2000 miles on em and over the extremely pothole laden roads here in Chicago I've lost one spoke in the rear. I'm 170 on a ~25lb steel bike and routinely carry a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-13, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,283
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I've done a handful of 100+ mile rides over the...

I've done a handful of 100+ mile rides over the past few weeks and gone right back out the next day for another long ride and typically none of these are "easy" rides. How is very simple - stretch...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-13, 02:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I find I only get them on the trainer - and only...

I find I only get them on the trainer - and only on sessions longer than an hour... would a new saddle totally resolve this - probably as my fit is very much dialed in - but on the road its never...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-13, 06:58 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 7,406
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Ahhh, steel bike

Is it heavy, yea... is this even a "fine" steel bike I'm talking about, nah not at all (2200 group... 2010 KHS flite 220)... but I tell ya what, in today's crit I crashed twice in the same turn...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-13, 07:57 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,182
Posted By Beneficial Ear

LOL This I've seen - I always think...

LOL



This I've seen - I always think I'm flatted and wish I had brown shorts.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-13, 04:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,605
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Plan on hitting the lincoln park crits this...

Plan on hitting the lincoln park crits this saturday? Or perhaps the Monsters of the Midway crit may 11th?

I'll be at both (learned my lesson and pre-regged, very good idea!), in cat 5... ideally...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,065
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Went from Kenda Kontender's to Conti Attack/Force...

Went from Kenda Kontender's to Conti Attack/Force and it was night and day - the attack/force is vastly superior in every single regard. I did wear those tires out in about 2000 miles of winter and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-13, 03:51 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-13, 10:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,149
Posted By Beneficial Ear

In the Beverly area of Chicago (far south) there...

In the Beverly area of Chicago (far south) there are a few brick roads. Flat, but alot of fun to try and hold speed over :)
http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1395/611858046_d84e01a849.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-13, 09:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,234
Posted By Beneficial Ear

"that won't catch on the chain" Thats what...

"that won't catch on the chain"

Thats what really matters. I wear khaki's or jeans often - my road bike is my transportation... and I just use rubber bands to hold the bottom of the pants from...
03-26-13, 11:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Very glad to be here! I hope I can win some...

Very glad to be here! I hope I can win some races soon!

I thought it was 10 laps, but I count 14 now on strava. Still only 11 miles, had I thought of it that way I probably would have gone for...
03-26-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Beneficial Ear

First Race/First Crit Recap and Results!

It went as so:

I biked there (about 11 miles) and I was pretty excited so I left too early... with it being cold I ended up doing a ridiculous 29 laps of warmup before the race even started - the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-13, 11:35 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,157
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Now I overlook and focus upon myself, but I'd...

Now I overlook and focus upon myself, but I'd really like to simply have a bike that "works".
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-13, 11:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 837
Posted By Beneficial Ear

I had an 11-30 and the gear jumps were...

I had an 11-30 and the gear jumps were murderous... especially when dealing with hills. When I wanted to slow down just a bit I had to either lower cadence or shift and spin like a madman. If I...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-13, 03:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,791
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Going slow making steep turns, sure, wider bars. ...

Going slow making steep turns, sure, wider bars. But on a road bike I'm typically going fast enough where most of my turning comes from my leaning and I barely turn the bars at all... lower speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-13, 03:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,791
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Ride, feel, adjust if needed, ride, feel, adjust...

Ride, feel, adjust if needed, ride, feel, adjust if needed, ride...

There is no "directions" to feeling, this is a time where YOU decide.

To help this decision, I add my relatively "extreme"...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-13, 12:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,368
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Ive never used a smartphone for this (or hardly...

Ive never used a smartphone for this (or hardly at all really)... but when I review various KOM's and what not on Strava, almost every time there is an outlandish speed etc its because of poor...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-13, 01:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,506
Posted By Beneficial Ear

This is a good question, I measured......

This is a good question, I measured... remeasured... measured again... checked how I was measuring... measured again... I got down on the bike and got my arms all 90 degrees thinking still "this...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-13, 09:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,506
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Ended up with the Deda 38cm Big Piega Bar - its...

Ended up with the Deda 38cm Big Piega Bar - its narrower as Deda measures from outside to outside... and although i was kinda wary to make such a drastic fit change it was a GREAT idea to stick with...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-13, 08:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Beneficial Ear

Thats what it seemed like watching the pros go at...

Thats what it seemed like watching the pros go at it on a nice decent... I've read that in the 40mph range is when aerodynamics are so important that someone in any position they can pedal in will...
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