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10-21-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,581
Posted By Hiro11

Ah, another "gravel is a pointless fad" thread. ...

Ah, another "gravel is a pointless fad" thread.

1. Both road cyclists and mountain bikers have their own incredibly detailed and opaque-to-the-uninitiated dress codes. So do golfers, skiers,...
10-15-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,000
Posted By Hiro11

Many TDF riders use clichers or tubeless setups...

Many TDF riders use clichers or tubeless setups on TT bikes. Some are using clinchers or tubeless on road bikes, but that's a bit more rare. Tubulars offer the ability to ride a few miles on a flat...
10-03-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 9,030
Posted By Hiro11

The Last Homely House, home of Elrond Half-Elven,...

The Last Homely House, home of Elrond Half-Elven, son of Earendil, Herald of Gil-Galad, host of the White Council, bearer of Vilya, enemy of Sauron.
10-03-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 9,030
Posted By Hiro11

True, although I'm not aware of American death...

True, although I'm not aware of American death camps and einsatzgruppen murdering people by the millions in living memory. Slavery was an abomination, but surely comparing Confederates to the Nazis...
10-03-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 9,030
Posted By Hiro11

Vintage-styled whimsically-named high end bicycle...

Vintage-styled whimsically-named high end bicycle frames from a crusty Northern California brand named after the mythical land where dwelt Elrond since the second age of Middle Earth is just about...
09-19-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,035
Posted By Hiro11

I've posted on Rivendell before. I get parts...

I've posted on Rivendell before.

I get parts of it. I agree that if you want a tough, practical frame for utility cycling, steel is still the way to go. I like that they've taken measures to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,664
Posted By Hiro11

One other thought: if you're interested in...

One other thought: if you're interested in tracking your power output progress, the actual power level you're putting out is less important than the relative change in power output over time. You...
08-26-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,541
Posted By Hiro11

I've found that how a helmet fits and performs...

I've found that how a helmet fits and performs has almost nothing to do with how much it costs. Helmets I currently own:

$60 Bell Avenue MIPS, one of the most comfortable helmets I own: light,...
07-29-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,295
Posted By Hiro11

I'm almost completely confused by this post: ...

I'm almost completely confused by this post:
Are you implying that current companies making bike stuff in the US are not profitable? What in the OP's mind is happening in the world that could drive...
07-25-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,724
Posted By Hiro11

On the upside: tons of cheap, hardly used bikes...

On the upside: tons of cheap, hardly used bikes on the used market next year.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,266
Posted By Hiro11

Best: western Massachusetts and Vermont. Worst:...

Best: western Massachusetts and Vermont. Worst: Washington DC area, the Land of Me.

Edit: top five most annoying US driver types for cyclists:
5. A group of teenaged boys in a 1996 Toyota Tercel....
07-16-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,647
Posted By Hiro11

I cordially invite you to come do 60 miles at 22...

I cordially invite you to come do 60 miles at 22 mph avg on a hot day with me some time.
07-04-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,763
Posted By Hiro11

One piece of un-asked for advice: before you...

One piece of un-asked for advice: before you mount the tire, press down on the valve from the top hard with your thumb to seat it and tighten the nut at the same time. Then carefully tighten the nut...
05-02-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By Hiro11

I get what you're talking about and I have...

I get what you're talking about and I have actually tried Cat Ears, the O.G. Disco Stu sideburns version. They work really well, the ride was more serene and I could hear much better. They're...
04-19-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 29,213
Posted By Hiro11

All good points. I've noticed that doctors and...

All good points. I've noticed that doctors and epidemiologists who know what they're talking about are always careful to hedge their points and provide valuable caveats.

We still know don't know a...
04-11-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 682
Views: 29,213
Posted By Hiro11

If there's ONE THING I pray comes out of this...

If there's ONE THING I pray comes out of this mess: IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY AT HOME. Please let this become a habit from now forward.

I work for a huge company in an industry where working from home...
04-11-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 682
Views: 29,213
Posted By Hiro11

My daughter (a freshman, 19 years old and...

My daughter (a freshman, 19 years old and healthy) attends a large Big 10 university. Her dorm is very popular with students from China. In mid December, she came down with a mild fever, aching...
04-09-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 29,213
Posted By Hiro11

I have been (almost) totally ignoring media...

I have been (almost) totally ignoring media coverage of this pandemic and focusing on what experts have actually said and are saying. For example, here's a very helpful website:...
02-06-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,743
Posted By Hiro11

I have several thoughts on this topic: 1....

I have several thoughts on this topic:

1. I've had several very good experiences buying bikes from consumer-direct companies. The bikes I've purchased have generally been as high quality as bike...
02-05-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,972
Posted By Hiro11

A ~$4K, good quality, lightweight 29er hardtail...

A ~$4K, good quality, lightweight 29er hardtail or short-travel FS XC bike is hard to argue with. Something like a Santa Cruz Highball or Blur, Giant XTC, Trek Procaliber or Supercalibur, Specialized...
01-23-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,182
Posted By Hiro11

This is just not true. As one counter-example, a...

This is just not true. As one counter-example, a couple of decades ago Giant defined the look of a modern road bike with the TCR. (edit: noticed this point was made above). If you look at most...
Forum: Foo
01-04-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,007
Posted By Hiro11

I've largely given up beer and wine makes me ill....

I've largely given up beer and wine makes me ill. I do, however, celebrate all juices of the barley, corn, cane and wheat.

If you give me a choice between vodka and rum, that's easy: rum all day,...
12-27-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 15,550
Posted By Hiro11

Thanks for the informed and reasonable discussion...

Thanks for the informed and reasonable discussion here.

I've had some time to read what people have posted here, talk about things with friends and family and think things through over the...
12-19-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 15,550
Posted By Hiro11

Giving up riding on the road

After about 30 years of riding on the road, I'm seriously considering giving it up. Several things have given me pause:

Getting hit by a car two years ago
Increasingly dealing with narrow...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 11,263
Posted By Hiro11

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12-06-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,225
Posted By Hiro11

So, this thread is about some $26 Chinese beach...

So, this thread is about some $26 Chinese beach bike tires in a weird 635/28" size being slow rolling? Not trying to be a jerk here, but given the usage of this tire here I don't know what to tell...
11-10-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 10,299
Posted By Hiro11

In my opinion, no. Expensive sunglasses are a...

In my opinion, no. Expensive sunglasses are a total waste of money. I say this as someone who ones two pairs of Oakley Jawbreakers and 2 pairs of 100% S2s. Make of this what you will.
10-23-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,898
Posted By Hiro11

Things I've regretted: - Most every OEM...

Things I've regretted:
- Most every OEM wheelset that I've ever had come on a bike. Unless you spend a fairly serious amount of money, you're going to get surprisingly crappy wheels with most bikes....
10-09-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,381
Posted By Hiro11

Richard Sachs himself just posted this on his...

Richard Sachs himself just posted this on his Instagram account. I think he sees the humor.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,772
Posted By Hiro11

You can get a Di2 bike for about the same price...

You can get a Di2 bike for about the same price as mechanical DA. I went with hydro Di2 for my bike this year.

Since high school, I've always paid the (small) premium for Ultegra over 105. I have...
09-18-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,332
Posted By Hiro11

Assuming your saddle height is correct and if you...

Assuming your saddle height is correct and if you haven't already, check your position relative to KOPS (knee over pedal spindle). There are many videos out there about how to do this. KOPS is hardly...
09-12-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,063
Posted By Hiro11

On last point before I dump out of yet another BF...

On last point before I dump out of yet another BF thread that has disintegrated into useless, passive aggressive name calling, internet tough guys, deliberate inability to try to understand what...
09-11-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,063
Posted By Hiro11

Totally disagree. Fast group riding, gravel...

Totally disagree. Fast group riding, gravel riding and (especially) mountain biking require strong skills.
08-20-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,333
Posted By Hiro11

It sucks that your sole detatched like that, but...

It sucks that your sole detatched like that, but those look like low end tri shoes from several years ago. I think it's a stretch to damn a whole brand because of your experience here.

I've found...
07-08-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,218
Posted By Hiro11

This is a "Walmart brand" in a similar way that...

This is a "Walmart brand" in a similar way that Rapha and Allied are "Walmart brands": all are controlled by the Walton brothers. Viathon is a bit different because it's owned directly by Walmart...
07-05-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,786
Posted By Hiro11

That's a $13,000 bike. Have your butler clean it....

That's a $13,000 bike. Have your butler clean it.

Or just get some Muc-Off bike cleaner.
06-30-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,438
Posted By Hiro11

All of these comparisons are pointless. I ran...

All of these comparisons are pointless. I ran cross country in high school and college, raced bikes for almost 20 years and I swam competitively from age 8 through college. I know something about all...
06-24-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,030
Posted By Hiro11

The hair-trigger, ever-increasing, gasket-blowing...

The hair-trigger, ever-increasing, gasket-blowing lunacy of this OP is a joy to see. Also enjoying his (?) 1940's gangster insults: "drop off and get wet Freddy". That's pure gold.
06-17-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,987
Posted By Hiro11

VP Vice is alloy-bodied, reliable, thin and...

VP Vice is alloy-bodied, reliable, thin and grippy. They also look pretty nice. $32:
https://www.amazon.com/VP-Components-VP-Vice-Pedals-Pack/dp/B006ZH1J5W
06-06-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,661
Posted By Hiro11

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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05-30-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,594
Posted By Hiro11

The Lockpicking Lawyer has a great Youtube...

The Lockpicking Lawyer has a great Youtube channel. He's a very skilled lock picker and he delights in destroying lock company's marketing hype. I also like his deadpan delivery and no fluff editing...
05-13-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 16,146
Posted By Hiro11

"Quality" of these Chicago Schwinns is tough to...

"Quality" of these Chicago Schwinns is tough to define.

On one hand, the Varsity is likely one of the most durable bikes ever made. The electro-forging techniques used in the frame are both an...
05-12-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,314
Posted By Hiro11

I did a 65 mile gravel race earlier this year on...

I did a 65 mile gravel race earlier this year on a single speed with slick 32s. A 40 up front and a 38 out back is actually a great setup.
05-10-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,923
Posted By Hiro11

Yes, I noted as much in my original post. ...

Yes, I noted as much in my original post.

The poster said Giant if offering a "two year warranty on carbon frames". This is wrong in every way:

1. The offer is not a warranty. Product...
05-09-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,923
Posted By Hiro11

Giant suffers from being perceived as the Honda...

Giant suffers from being perceived as the Honda Civic of bikes: reliable and practical but generic and hardly sexy. It's a shame because their bikes are often some of the best available in their...
05-06-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,069
Posted By Hiro11

Nature's Bakery fig bars from Costco. So much...

Nature's Bakery fig bars from Costco. So much better than Fig Newtons, easy to open package, not expensive, taste great on the bike without drying out your mouth.
05-01-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By Hiro11

This guy just joined and is posting thread after...

This guy just joined and is posting thread after thread about really strange stuff. A good chain is $25 and will last a while, who asks about a "cheap" chain? Was a six speed cassette ever even made,...
04-30-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 11,628
Posted By Hiro11

I'll add the the chorus here: These Flexi...

I'll add the the chorus here:

These Flexi leashes are indeed incredibly popular. I live in a very suburban, densely populated area with lots of dogs and I'd say the majority of people around here...
07-26-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 29,690
Posted By Hiro11

It's a strange brand. Rivendell seems to be more...

It's a strange brand. Rivendell seems to be more about Peterson's ideas and preferences than about the ideas and preferences of his customers. A few rare companies can make this work (see Apple's...
04-16-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,046
Posted By Hiro11

The more I read his stuff and the more I learn...

The more I read his stuff and the more I learn about him, the more I like Sheldon Brown. For years, I lived 5 minutes from his shop but sadly never went in. I didn't know him, but he seemed like a...
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