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Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-20, 03:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 791
Posted By a1penguin

What is your price range? Go look at what bikes...

What is your price range? Go look at what bikes are available in that price range. Then look to see how they are equipped. Cannondale uses FSA cranks and mine creaks constantly and I likely won't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-20, 03:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,040
Posted By a1penguin

Voler. I bought one of their "sample" top of the...

Voler. I bought one of their "sample" top of the line bibs for $30. They fit me so well and the chamois was excellent. They looked brand new to me. I ordered two more bibs and a matching jersey. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-20, 02:49 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,198
Posted By a1penguin

23 months ago, I rear ended a parked truck in the...

23 months ago, I rear ended a parked truck in the bike lane and broke my wrist. Here's the photo in the ER (no broken skin, but unnatural angle https://imgur.com/a/hZtKCqo). Off the bike for eight...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 464
Posted By a1penguin

I have a small head and have a heck of a time...

I have a small head and have a heck of a time finding helmets that actually fit. Don't trust the people who work at the bike shops. One guy tried to sell me a helmet that was obviously too large. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By a1penguin

I just reached 55 yesterday. My goal is 60. ...

I just reached 55 yesterday. My goal is 60.

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,742
Posted By a1penguin

Hali headband works for me, but I don't live in a...

Hali headband works for me, but I don't live in a high humidity area. On long rides, I've thought of carrying two. If it gets soaked, rinse it out with water and put it back on. It will keep the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By a1penguin

Friday was 62 miles and Sunday was 77. The wind...

Friday was 62 miles and Sunday was 77. The wind was strong, but at least temps were cool. I unexpectedly discovered a memorial to the lost souls on Flight 93 on 9-11. It's in Union City, CA. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-20, 11:37 PM
Replies: 2,499
Views: 390,914
Posted By a1penguin

Not quite empty road ahead, but with the lock...

Not quite empty road ahead, but with the lock down, all the roads are empty and I've been riding roads I would never ever ride on a bike, even after midnight. This is a normall very busy 280 in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,168
Posted By a1penguin

5'6.5" 160 (now 152 lb) female. XL all the way. ...

5'6.5" 160 (now 152 lb) female. XL all the way. I'm happy with my two long sleeve winter Castelli jerseys and my Voler summer jersey. Good quality, but not super cheap ($70 on sale). They were my...
04-18-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 803
Posted By a1penguin

I had a hard enough time getting xmas sweaters on...

I had a hard enough time getting xmas sweaters on them.
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Masks,...
12-18-19, 12:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,596
Posted By a1penguin

Bright rear blinky lights are good for daytime...

Bright rear blinky lights are good for daytime riding.
11-16-19, 02:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,462
Posted By a1penguin

My Metro 550 had issues after it was out of...

My Metro 550 had issues after it was out of warranty. The repair was $20 plus shipping to Cygolite. Very prompt service and easy to deal with.
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 01:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,145
Posted By a1penguin

Check out the threads in the Winter Cycling...

Check out the threads in the Winter Cycling forum. You'll find some good suggestions. But every rider is different. My feet are cold below 60F, but my hands stay pretty warm :-)

One thing I...
11-03-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,675
Posted By a1penguin

My feet are cold at 60F when there's a head wind!...

My feet are cold at 60F when there's a head wind! I call them my "toe vanes". After trying show covers, neoprene socks, etc at like $25 a pop, two years ago I broke down and purchased a pair of...
11-03-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,360
Posted By a1penguin

I have cold feet. Really. 60F and a head wind and...

I have cold feet. Really. 60F and a head wind and my feet are cold :-) I tried a variety of shoe covers, neoprene socks, etc. I finally broke down and found a pair of Shimano MW7 (now looks like...
11-03-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,479
Posted By a1penguin

A 1" diameter, 4" barrel 18650 flashlight. My...

A 1" diameter, 4" barrel 18650 flashlight. My Shiningbeam S-1 is showing signs of aging and I just purchased a Convoy S2+. It claims to be 1100 lumens (the S-1 was 400, tops) and I'll be using it...
11-03-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,590
Posted By a1penguin

I have a 550 and added an 850 a year ago. ...

I have a 550 and added an 850 a year ago. Cygolite products are quality products and they take a beating. The mounting bracket and attachment system is first rate. It doesn't move!
11-03-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,901
Posted By a1penguin

I too, ride 90 minutes daily to work and another...

I too, ride 90 minutes daily to work and another 20 minutes home, four times a week. I charge my hotshot once a week.

I have a Cygolite Metro 550 which is nice. Unfortunately, front lights only...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,145
Posted By a1penguin

I broke my wrist in August 2018 and didn't start...

I broke my wrist in August 2018 and didn't start biking until next April. It was a very wet winter and cold spring and I was not motivated to start biking. A friend at work had a pace maker...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-19, 09:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,867
Posted By a1penguin

Sending you healing energy. Every day I send out...

Sending you healing energy. Every day I send out energy to people and friends who are dealing with life issues. You have been added to my energy list. I'm glad your doctor ordered blood work! ...
Forum: Foo
11-03-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,401
Posted By a1penguin

I finally decided it was time to replace my 95...

I finally decided it was time to replace my 95 Honda Civic, but I couldn't stand the idea of going to dealers and talking to people and haggling. I was surprised to find that I could do most of the...
Forum: Foo
11-03-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 582
Posted By a1penguin

As a regular bike commuter, I'm happy for the...

As a regular bike commuter, I'm happy for the warmer am ride. It's 22 mile ride to work in the morning, but I take the train most of the way home and the six mile ride home has been dark for more...
05-21-19, 01:19 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 20,130
Posted By a1penguin

Yes I wear a helmet. The helmet is more likely...

Yes I wear a helmet. The helmet is more likely to prevent more serious injury than to cause one. Any inconvenience such as extra weight or less air flow through the hair is a small price to pay.
05-04-19, 01:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,911
Posted By a1penguin

48 is definitely too small. 51 might be OK. I...

48 is definitely too small. 51 might be OK. I am 5'6" with 29" inseam and the 51 Synapse was the best fit. It's not the reach that is the issue; the knees will be a tight fit between the...
05-02-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 12,347
Posted By a1penguin

I hand wash cycling shorts and jerseys. I give...

I hand wash cycling shorts and jerseys. I give them all a gentle wash in the washer at the end of season before storing. I generally don't have enough jerseys and shorts to make a full load for the...
05-02-19, 11:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 718
Posted By a1penguin

Shimano parts have five or more different levels....

Shimano parts have five or more different levels. The bottom levels are pretty bad. The rest of the parts will also be minimal. I've seen brakes on Walmart bikes that are stamped metal sheet, not...
04-27-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 12,203
Posted By a1penguin

With sloping top tubes, stand over is less of an...

With sloping top tubes, stand over is less of an issue for finding a proper fitting bike. Women typically have smaller hands and brake reach and drop bar curl might also be problematic. Shops will...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,182
Posted By a1penguin

Halo headband year round for sweat. Below 40F, a...

Halo headband year round for sweat. Below 40F, a fleece lined skull cap. I was surprised to learn that the old wives tale "you lose heat through your head" is actually true. I was having trouble...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-19, 01:21 AM
Replies: 19,544
Views: 4,142,170
Posted By a1penguin

Does this count? No more front tire removal and...

Does this count? No more front tire removal and struggling to get the seat of the 95 Civic coupe down and the bike wedged into the...
04-18-19, 12:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,631
Posted By a1penguin

This! How many miles a week are you riding? For...

This! How many miles a week are you riding? For a long time I was commuting and doing 60 miles per week with 9 miles each way to and from work. Not very fit. I started doing 20 mile rides on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-19, 11:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Posted By a1penguin

After an hour long evening ride last Tuesday in...

After an hour long evening ride last Tuesday in the chilly weather, I bailed on more evening rides. Sunday was a 30 mile ride. While the sun was out and the temps were reasonable, it was very windy...
04-13-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By a1penguin

That's a great looking do-it-all bike! Enjoy!

That's a great looking do-it-all bike! Enjoy!
04-08-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,749
Posted By a1penguin

Me! I rode as a kid and in college, then stopped...

Me! I rode as a kid and in college, then stopped for a while. Started riding again regularly in 2010.
04-08-19, 10:04 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,438
Posted By a1penguin

Ditto! Plus 9 4 $5 bills so I can buy a...

Ditto! Plus

9 4 $5 bills so I can buy a spare tube off a fellow rider
10 spare Clif gel
11 pair of nitrile gloves
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,850
Posted By a1penguin

Sunscreen if you are spending many hours in the...

Sunscreen if you are spending many hours in the saddle in the sun. I also recommend some form of moisturizer to counteract all the salt and sweat damaging your skin. When I upped my miles to 3500...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,704
Posted By a1penguin

It depends on your commute. Fortunately mine is...

It depends on your commute. Fortunately mine is on good roads without a lot of traffic, dedicated bike lanes and a good portion of the ride is on the roads I take for weekend rides. Hence the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 655
Posted By a1penguin

10 miles puttering around to get groceries and...

10 miles puttering around to get groceries and the library. This is my first ride since since I broke my wrist last August. The thumb area is having issues and with record setting wet weather this...
04-06-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,938
Posted By a1penguin

I tried a flat bar bike, a nice Trek. I felt...

I tried a flat bar bike, a nice Trek. I felt like a sail on a boat; hated it. Drop bars for me. Fortunately I live in the burb where it's not so bad. I watch videos of people biking in places...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 19,541
Posted By a1penguin

My stupidity... being tired (I should not have...

My stupidity... being tired (I should not have ridden to work and had actually thought about staying home and calling in sick and sleeping) and not paying attention....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 880
Posted By a1penguin

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html has...

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html has very detailed information about how tire sizes work, although Iride01 did an excellent job, just missing the diagrams :-)
04-05-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,207
Posted By a1penguin

Cannondale Synapse tape is $20 and is cushiony. ...

Cannondale Synapse tape is $20 and is cushiony. Maybe not as cushiony as some of the Fizik 3.5 thick tape, but it's less expensive.
Forum: Foo
04-04-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 443
Posted By a1penguin

Cat bikes 'round the world

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/04/its-true-companionship-hes-biking-around-world-with-cat-his-back/

Since it's WP the article is pretty long. TLDR:...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-18, 11:27 PM
Replies: 26,659
Views: 16,872,226
Posted By a1penguin

Lovely bike!!!!!

Lovely bike!!!!!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-18, 03:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,947
Posted By a1penguin

I have a small head. The helmets I owned never...

I have a small head. The helmets I owned never really fit all that well. But I didn't discover that they were a poor fit until I bought my last helmet which fit really well! Loosen up that rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-18, 02:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 964
Posted By a1penguin

I'm a fan of Cygolite. For front lights, one on...

I'm a fan of Cygolite. For front lights, one on the bar, one on the helmet. I have become a fan of daytime lights, so I like the 650+ for daytime flashing front and 200 lumens for rear flasher. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-18, 01:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By a1penguin

What "components" do you want to switch? You...

What "components" do you want to switch? You might have some difficulties if the bikes have different generation components. If you don't have a lot of bike wrenching experience, perhaps selling...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-18, 01:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,044
Posted By a1penguin

Saturday was 21 miles doing errands. Traffic is...

Saturday was 21 miles doing errands. Traffic is getting bad so I've started biking which is less frustrating. Sunday was a 32 mile ride as I got a late start. Discovered that 12+% grade is more...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-18, 01:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,195
Posted By a1penguin

For long rides I carry *two* brand new tubes. I...

For long rides I carry *two* brand new tubes. I patch, test and then use the repaired tubes on short rides. I sacrifice a $1 as a boot. I have CO2 but haven't tried or used it yet. Patch kits...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-18, 12:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,245
Posted By a1penguin

I tried a flat bar bike for commuting; hated it. ...

I tried a flat bar bike for commuting; hated it. It was too upright and the handlebars were way, way wide. Also the gearing on the rear cassette was so wide, shifting from one gear to the next...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-18, 12:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,698
Posted By a1penguin

Develop a plan for getting back into the swing of...

Develop a plan for getting back into the swing of things and help your body acclimate to biking. I didn't ride for almost six months in the winter of 2016-2017 because it just kept raining. Every. ...
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