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10-23-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,211
Posted By wphamilton

It's a real pain with a road bike with hoods. It...

It's a real pain with a road bike with hoods. It does work, sort of, because it's only a hand/wrist motion. But that was reason enough for me to mothball it when I tried it, about 10 years ago. ...
10-23-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By wphamilton

The cheapest, most accurate, least fussy and most...

The cheapest, most accurate, least fussy and most reliable would be a basic wired Bell speedometer.

If you don't want it cluttering the handlebars, put the sensor on the back wheel and stow the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 6,547
Posted By wphamilton

I can't find any decent rationale for electronic...

I can't find any decent rationale for electronic shifting, unless it gets smart enough to do it all for me.

At the same time, I am strangely tempted to buy a solenoid and one of the...
10-22-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,148
Posted By wphamilton

It wouldn't follow that you'll have reduced...

It wouldn't follow that you'll have reduced oxygen levels from a lower maximum heart rate, because of other factors involved. Also, if you did, it would only be while at maximum effort and running...
10-17-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,320
Posted By wphamilton

Dumbest that I'll admit to was back when we first...

Dumbest that I'll admit to was back when we first started. My wife and I shared an old bike that had been stored unused for years (decades?) until she got it as a hand-me-down, and after a few...
10-17-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,472
Posted By wphamilton

It's split, stopping or not stopping at stop...

It's split, stopping or not stopping at stop signs. The key, for me, is not letting it be a habit. No matter how good we are, no matter how aware and observant, nobody is perfect. When it's a...
10-17-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,925
Posted By wphamilton

Why would we want our tail light to be a blinding...

Why would we want our tail light to be a blinding bright white like the headlight? That's asking to get run over.

The red reflector/filter is always going to drop the intensity some. You can get...
10-04-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 7,557
Posted By wphamilton

The whole disturbance of serenity thing, which I...

The whole disturbance of serenity thing, which I have some sympathy for. We'd all prefer to hear our own music, which we'd be playing ourselves if we wanted to hear any. It's only a momentary...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,585
Posted By wphamilton

Conventional wisdom is that bike weight matters...

Conventional wisdom is that bike weight matters more for light cyclists than heavy ones. So I decided to let myself gain weight, so that my heavy bike won't matter as much.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,854
Posted By wphamilton

The thing about future technology is, you don't...

The thing about future technology is, you don't necessarily know what it will look like. What is possible, what function - just because you or I can't think of anything doesn't mean that there's...
09-22-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,816
Posted By wphamilton

Online order only? That makes more sense then,...

Online order only? That makes more sense then, but it's not really a Walmart bike then is it?

I wanted to buy a $99 fixed gear there once. I think it was called "Thruster", pretty well known. ...
09-21-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,461
Posted By wphamilton

I think I'd suddenly decide to turn right instead...

I think I'd suddenly decide to turn right instead of rolling out in front of the cop when he has right of way. That same cop would tell you, if someone waved you through then hit you, that no amount...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,008
Posted By wphamilton

Absolutely I care that it's good for the...

Absolutely I care that it's good for the environment. It's not why I started bike commuting, and not the main reason I kept it up for the first few years. But it's important to me to put my...
09-16-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,002
Posted By wphamilton

I disagree to the point of "we'd be nuts to spend...

I disagree to the point of "we'd be nuts to spend 700 - 1000 extra for cross compatibility"

It's easy to imagine swapping out wheels for different purposes, but frankly I've never wound up doing...
09-16-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 655
Posted By wphamilton

This at least I can speak with direct experience....

This at least I can speak with direct experience. The Denali (a hybrid IMO) has road geometry and drop bars already so it will never approximate a Trek FX, but I know what you're getting at. ...
09-16-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 655
Posted By wphamilton

Mongoose MTB doesn't really pin it down. There's...

Mongoose MTB doesn't really pin it down. There's cheap Target store Mongoose and there are Mongoose bikes every bit as good as the $500-800 online bikes people are talking about.

Replace cheap...
09-11-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,166
Posted By wphamilton

If you want an inexpensive build for now, and...

If you want an inexpensive build for now, and spread out the cost of upgrades over a year or two it's not a bad idea. I believe that it can be cheaper than buying new if you build on either end of...
09-08-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,111
Posted By wphamilton

It's science! ...

It's science!

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/956207-waving-drag-revealed.html
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,370
Posted By wphamilton

I don't have a power meter so I don't speak for...

I don't have a power meter so I don't speak for those who do, but ... if my serious intent was to improve my power (speed) I'd have no issue with training on a bike with Claris and a power meter...
09-02-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,925
Posted By wphamilton

Am I right to take this to mean that unless you...

Am I right to take this to mean that unless you have very specific training goals for a specific session - targeting specific adaptations and training stress levels for instance - and the miles...
09-02-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,210
Posted By wphamilton

I am habitually a solo rider, so this is based on...

I am habitually a solo rider, so this is based on only half a dozen group rides over many years.

Think of it as just another bike ride, don't get too invested in it. Emotionally I mean; just...
08-27-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 934
Posted By wphamilton

For kids up to a given age. Those states do not...

For kids up to a given age. Those states do not have mandatory helmet laws for everybody.

I don't think there's ever been a time where most people in the US thought that MHL for adults were a good...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,125
Posted By wphamilton

Reality check: all bike helmets look goofy, on...

Reality check: all bike helmets look goofy, on anyone.

Personally I don't care much. If the helmet were the goofiest thing I have on I'd probably count that as a win.
Forum: Commuting
08-25-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,078
Posted By wphamilton

To answer the question first, I prefer a pure...

To answer the question first, I prefer a pure road bike for commuting, have for over a decade. I also use a single speed, but you'd probably call it a road bike also.

Seat height is seat height,...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,417
Posted By wphamilton

Age 61, and 17 mile round trip. ​40,000...

Age 61, and 17 mile round trip.
​40,000 commuting miles over about 13 years.
08-05-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,289
Posted By wphamilton

I sense that there is a fundamental...

I sense that there is a fundamental misunderstanding about what the coefficient of friction really is, so I'm not going into it more than very briefly.

It is an empirical observation only. It is...
08-02-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,646
Posted By wphamilton

It's good training for the locals in driving...

It's good training for the locals in driving around bicycles. Change lanes to pass when it's clear, just like everyone else.
08-02-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,472
Posted By wphamilton

Yes. No. No one really cares, and people expect...

Yes. No. No one really cares, and people expect us to roll through, so I got over wanting to be perfect with the traffic code at stop signs a long time ago.

I'm not going to blast through in front...
04-20-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,066
Posted By wphamilton

Frankly it's never been medical wisdom that masks...

Frankly it's never been medical wisdom that masks (other than N95) don't help. Certain elements of the CDC put that out - briefly - because they wanted to avoid a run on masks. And even then, they...
04-17-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By wphamilton

It takes a while to adapt, the time depending on...

It takes a while to adapt, the time depending on our core strength, flexibility,how much we ride and the duration of rides, and what we want to get from it. Longer at our age unfortunately. I am...
04-15-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 717
Posted By wphamilton

GUTR sweatband, the rubbery plastic gutter...

GUTR sweatband, the rubbery plastic gutter channels your sweat away from your forehead and eyes. Fabric headbands get saturated and eventually just dump it all in my face,
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,970
Posted By wphamilton

Technically "roadway" is the portion of the road...

Technically "roadway" is the portion of the road used for normal vehicular traffic, and the shoulder is not part of that.

In practice, if the shoulder is clear I'd be riding on it and glad of it.
Forum: Commuting
04-03-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,314
Posted By wphamilton

I've got a feeling that some of these changes...

I've got a feeling that some of these changes we're experiencing now are going to be permanent. Since my work function has no real reason for an office, other than oversight, I doubt that I'll be...
03-31-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,877
Posted By wphamilton

In a sense, "social distancing" IS cavalier...

In a sense, "social distancing" IS cavalier behavior towards coronavirus, Not the individuals who are just doing what we're directed to do, but the whole approach.

Our State government officials...
03-26-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 13,584
Posted By wphamilton

It was more than that for an ambulance ride to...

It was more than that for an ambulance ride to another hospital - because the hospital that my insurance company insisted on didn't have ICU capability for a chest tube. ER itself would have been...
03-23-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 870
Posted By wphamilton

That time will come soon enough naturally, that I...

That time will come soon enough naturally, that I don't have to turn anyone out. I plan on having a protracted discussion about solving their emergency next time - because surely there must be one -...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,003
Posted By wphamilton

The.pumps I carry just aren't going to get enough...

The.pumps I carry just aren't going to get enough pressure in the tire for a pressure gauge to matter. Ride light until you get home and pinch flats won't be a problem.

and I ditto what Russ said...
03-21-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 471
Views: 32,461
Posted By wphamilton

I don't usually wave, but today I hopped on my...

I don't usually wave, but today I hopped on my road bike for a quick trip to the convenience store. Blue jeans, rain jacket, no helmet. Hardly any traffic, pandemic and all, but this roadie coming...
03-21-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 736
Posted By wphamilton

That's been pretty mainstream for awhile now but...

That's been pretty mainstream for awhile now but I'd like to offer two points in mitigation:

1. The weakening of immune system applies to "extreme" endurance exercise. Ultra-marathon training. ...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,260
Posted By wphamilton

good question, and if it's android and set up...

good question, and if it's android and set up with Google you don't even need an app
https://www.google.com/android/find?hl=en&u=0 to locate the phone, at least to the point where the battery is...
03-14-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 15,831
Posted By wphamilton

Speaking of "pure math", fitting these to a...

Speaking of "pure math", fitting these to a parametric equation it's exponential. Projecting it to 6 weeks would predict 8 million people infected.
03-13-20, 05:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,377
Posted By wphamilton

For me when it's cold and raining it's only...

For me when it's cold and raining it's only commuting rides and the "how" is that it's only 30-40 minutes. I stay warm enough from the effort even soaked (I have no real rain gear), for that short a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,512
Posted By wphamilton

I've always coasted left-foot forward, downhill...

I've always coasted left-foot forward, downhill or otherwise. Sheldon Brown claimed that it's slightly less strain on the drive train left forward, which was gratifying to learn if essentially...
03-07-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,072
Posted By wphamilton

LDL is right - it's how fast the chain is pulled...

LDL is right - it's how fast the chain is pulled (links per second) and how many teeth on the pulley gear. You only need to know one other gear and its rotation speed for that. Just ignore the rear...
03-07-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,543
Posted By wphamilton

Cell tower pings can locate you, just not as well...

Cell tower pings can locate you, just not as well as GPS. Also wifi, if there are enough wifi networks wherever you are. I think* Google gets that location information also, even if GPS is turned...
03-07-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,543
Posted By wphamilton

I don't mind at all - in fact the only reasons I...

I don't mind at all - in fact the only reasons I bring my phone are for tracking and receiving messages.

Airplane mode isn't the answer. Turn off location services if you don't want tracking....
03-07-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,072
Posted By wphamilton

Grease? Why would you not just use a drop of oil...

Grease? Why would you not just use a drop of oil on plain pulley bearings?
Forum: Commuting
02-29-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,098
Posted By wphamilton

I hear that - different traffic means different...

I hear that - different traffic means different practices. All residential streets are isolated off of the through streets here so I never take one, commuting.

It's the bike boxes that finally...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,098
Posted By wphamilton

If there's room for them to drive past you,...

If there's room for them to drive past you, there's room for you to ride past them- lane sharing is the same as two travel lanes. It's not being a jerk any more than they were being jerks to pass...
02-22-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,420
Posted By wphamilton

In rough strokes, 56 million Americans ran or...

In rough strokes, 56 million Americans ran or jogged in 2017, and about 19 million ran in a race. So 1/3 overall could be said to be training for races. I would surmise that runners on the road are...
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