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Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,506
Posted By merlinextraligh

that seems quite heavy. With Dura Ace 7800,...

that seems quite heavy. With Dura Ace 7800, threadless fork, and what was at the time a nice set of dura ace wheels, my bike came in at 16 pounds and change.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 652
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve got a fixed gear bike, Paramount track bike...

Iíve got a fixed gear bike, Paramount track bike with a front brake added.

i ride it mostly off season for a change of pace, but I have done some long rides on it, including a century.
...
06-30-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,703
Posted By merlinextraligh

Paul, 40mm Schwalbe Marathons. The GAP is...

Paul, 40mm Schwalbe Marathons. The GAP is extremely well maintained, we could have easily done it on 28mm road tires. Saw some singles on 23mm racing tires.

However, we did the GAP along with the...
06-30-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 4,970
Views: 273,861
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pcad's passing is really horrible news. He was...

Pcad's passing is really horrible news. He was definitely a force in defining BF in the early days. Early on, his posts were quite informative, then he just began going for humor, which also had its...
06-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,703
Posted By merlinextraligh

Co- Moton Java on the Great Allegheny Passage...

Co- Moton Java on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail...
06-30-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By merlinextraligh

Getting the right fit is paramount. And IMHO, a...

Getting the right fit is paramount. And IMHO, a 15 year newer Cdale is a better bike than a 1991 Santana.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,506
Posted By merlinextraligh

I put on an all carbon fork, with threadless...

I put on an all carbon fork, with threadless headset. It saved about a pound, and stiffened the front end a bit compared to the quill stem setup. I was a bit concerned with a 1Ē CF steerer tube,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,506
Posted By merlinextraligh

From an actual performance advantage, I’m not...

From an actual performance advantage, I’m not sure we’ve come that far. I ride my1990’s Merlin Extralight at my second home. Can’t say I really miss my Willier Zero 7, or feel like the Merlin is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,427
Posted By merlinextraligh

My sample of one, my power is virtually 50/50...

My sample of one, my power is virtually 50/50 when Iím working hard. Just cruising along I can see as much as a 6% difference (47-53).

my assumption is that when I working hard, I fully recruit...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 05:01 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

Really good interview with Dr. Michael Roshen in...

Really good interview with Dr. Michael Roshen in Velonews regarding cycling and Covid 19.

Dr. Roshen Is Chief Medical Officer of USA Cycling, has been team doctor for Pro teams, treats COVID 19...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 04:49 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,343
Posted By merlinextraligh

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for his family.

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for his family.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,560
Posted By merlinextraligh

White Mountain. Second day of Everest Challenge. ...

White Mountain. Second day of Everest Challenge. 6000 feet of vertical, finishing off 29000 feet of climbing and last kilometer is 17% grade at 10’000 feet above sea level.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,111
Posted By merlinextraligh

8 years later, and all the graphics look a bit...

8 years later, and all the graphics look a bit dated by current tastes, but I still love the bike.

Just under 13 pounds, handles great, and stiff enough for my size....
06-16-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,017
Posted By merlinextraligh

As to the accuracy of power meters on a tandem, I...

As to the accuracy of power meters on a tandem, I can say that Garmin Vectors appear pretty accurate used on a tandem both Captain and Stoker. I’ started train with power 15 years ago, and used a...
06-15-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 22,889
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m confident that the Shimano calipers would...

I’m confident that the Shimano calipers would have been adequate. However, we are a llarger team (around 340 pounds) will add some weight in luggage occasionally, and have some 20% descents.

So...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,834
Posted By merlinextraligh

Uhm, dig a little deeper and that picture is a...

Uhm, dig a little deeper and that picture is a little less
than clear.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,834
Posted By merlinextraligh

Two years ago we were in Belgium for Tour of...

Two years ago we were in Belgium for Tour of Flanders. Bruneel was staying in our Hotel. He reached out to us and talked to our group about De
Rondre and the associated sportif. One of our group...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,206
Posted By merlinextraligh

The guy was actually being nice. He was doing...

The guy was actually being nice. He was
doing intervals, and his comment essentially was saying, donít worry, I canít keep this pace up for the whole climb either.

Broader point, there will...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By merlinextraligh

Ortlieb stuff is a bit pricey but awesome. An...

Ortlieb stuff is a bit pricey but awesome. An Ortlieb seat bag and a handlebar bag will give you all you need.

and the 2 together will be balanced
06-09-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ look at the cables connecting the stoker’s...

^ look at the cables connecting the stoker’s “steerer tube” to the front fork
06-07-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
Posted By merlinextraligh

Additionally, the stoker’s bars are going to hit...

Additionally, the stoker’s bars are going to hit the captains legs with much of any steering input.

A stoker can already affect steering by how they place their weight. Giving the stoker who can’t...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,834
Posted By merlinextraligh

I can’t say I really know Armstrong, but I did...

I can’t say I really know Armstrong, but I did meet him as long ago as the KMart Classic, back in the 90’s in WV, I’m fairly well acquainted with a number of people who know him well, and I had the...
06-05-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 22,889
Posted By merlinextraligh

So the frame is almost done, and we have settled...

So the frame is almost done, and we have settled on the final parts build.

Pretty much straight Ultegra Di2 with FSA cranks, and Calfee branded rims.

I went with Hope brake calipers with the...
06-05-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 579
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’re ordering our new Calfee Tetra with one set...

We’re ordering our new Calfee Tetra with one set of 700c wheels, for the road and one set of 650b for gravel
06-04-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,017
Posted By merlinextraligh

I really think this is a cadence, crank length...

I really think this is a cadence, crank length issue. In our experience, two sets of Garmin Vector pedals gave us results that were very close to what youíd expect based on data from power meters on...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,407
Posted By merlinextraligh

I used to dial it up to 400 watts, but these days...

I used to dial it up to 400 watts, but these days Iím way more into women on Cervelos in bikinis and flip
flops
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 10:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 37,707
Posted By merlinextraligh

God only knows why this thread is still around,...

God only knows why this thread is still around, and Iím obviously bored sh*tless to continue it. However, I can give you a recent personal example of my riding in the lockdown to show why tracking...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

Ok, let’s see your data, and we’ll analyze....

Ok, let’s see your data, and we’ll analyze. Throwing out conclusions, with no data or analysis, doesn’t add much to the discussion.

And on the subject of missing points, I fully understand my link...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

Ebola, West Nile, and Zika are in no way...

Ebola, West Nile, and Zika are in no way comparable to Covid 19.

The worst out break of Ebola to date killed 11,000 people , and with aggressive containment efforts was contained to a region in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

it's the best data available at this point. ...

it's the best data available at this point.

And it comports with common sense. The exact reason we draft, to stay in the dirty air of the rider in front, is the same reason that drafting...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,407
Posted By merlinextraligh

It's not useless. It is often misused. The...

It's not useless. It is often misused.

The purpose of the chart is identify strengths and weaknesses.
You can then race your strengths, and train your weaknesses.

So for example if your one...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,407
Posted By merlinextraligh

Exactly. And while w/kg at FTP is important...

Exactly.

And while w/kg at FTP is important on long climbs. Power to surface ratio is more important on the flats, and 10 second (sprinting) and 1 minute power are more important in other...
Replies: 22
Views: 797
Posted By merlinextraligh

IMHO, Several things going to hold down the value...

IMHO, Several things going to hold down the value of that bike. 1) the older lateral tube frame, 2) rim brakes instead of disc, 3) it appears to be 9 speed, and 4) the wheels.

While the wheels...
Replies: 22
Views: 797
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pretty sure that bike as it sits would cost over...

Pretty sure that bike as it sits would cost over $10,000 to replicate new.

Our Dragonfly with a bit more top end build was $20,000.

We have a new Tetra on order which is a little over $16,000....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,407
Posted By merlinextraligh

FTFY. Those precise numbers fit me almost to a...

FTFY.
Those precise numbers fit me almost to a T, and I would be about 4 full tiers below elite.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,250
Posted By merlinextraligh

The professional coaches Iíve worked with all...

The professional coaches Iíve worked with all advocated plans along the same lines.

you have rest days and rest weeks.

Each week has 2 rest days, one off the bike entirely, and one recovery...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

the reason there's no confirmed cases of that is...

the reason there's no confirmed cases of that is 1) we have extremely limited contact tracing data, so our knowledge of how the idsease spreads is pretty limited, and 2) most group rides were stopped...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,750
Posted By merlinextraligh

I havenít read the whole thread so I may have...

I havenít read the whole thread so I may have missed it.

Has anyone raised the issue of how tone deaf It is to impose a new fee in the middle of a Pandemic.

It would appear that people are...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,750
Posted By merlinextraligh

It now appears that I canít see my own previous...

It now appears that I canít see my own previous efforts on a segment in the free version .

That makes it just about useless to me.

may just use Garmin connect
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

Nothing is ever absolutely safe. And everything...

Nothing is ever absolutely safe. And everything in life requires risk reward balancing.

That said, the risk posed by Covid 19 will get better. Doctors learn more, standards of care improve,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,832
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m not going to be doing group rides anytime...

I’m not going to be doing group rides anytime soon. In the draft you are literally in the aerosolized slipstream of the heavy breathing rider in front of you. Doing this for a two hour ride has the...
05-21-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By merlinextraligh

As for damaged rear wheels, it really depends on...

As for damaged rear wheels, it really depends on what you’re talking about. Out of true? Broken spokes? Dented rims? Broken axle?

Most any of those things can be fixed, but the issue is at what...
05-21-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By merlinextraligh

If the forks bent then no one should ride them. ...

If the forks bent then no one should ride them.

Assuming the bikes can be put in good working shape, then I think it’s a question of intended use. A 420 pound team should be able to tool around...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,750
Posted By merlinextraligh

So it looks to me that I can still my efforts for...

So it looks to me that I can still my efforts for a segment, and how I compare to my previous efforts on that segment, which is of some value to me.

I’ve lost the ability to compare myself to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,750
Posted By merlinextraligh

There are paid gmail services from Google. Google...

There are paid gmail services from Google. Google Domain, Google Drive, etc. i have a G Suite account which gives me my own web domain for my office email address, a website and cloud storage,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,750
Posted By merlinextraligh

doesn't garmin incident detection accomplish the...

doesn't garmin incident detection accomplish the same thing without paying for Strava?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,480
Posted By merlinextraligh

Just what we needed another waving thread! ...

Just what we needed another waving thread!

Can we at least get chics on Cervelos wearing flip flops back?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 426
Posted By merlinextraligh

running them on two tandems. There's adequate...

running them on two tandems. There's adequate stopping power for the tandem (and we've taken it down 20% plus grades)

in terms of power and modulation, I'd put put them about evenly between cable...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,750
Posted By merlinextraligh

we're all kind of speculating until we see this...

we're all kind of speculating until we see this actually roll out. I'm betting however that most people won't pay, and they could end up shooting themselves in the foot.


Anybody remember...
05-18-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By merlinextraligh

Schill

Schill
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