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10-15-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 141
Posted By livedarklions

I never put a foot down to stand while in the...

I never put a foot down to stand while in the saddle because I stand over the bar. The height of the saddle is best determined by how it affects your pedaling motion. You want it positioned so that...
10-15-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 949
Posted By livedarklions

One look at that boat anchor and it's obvious we...

One look at that boat anchor and it's obvious we shouldn't hold our breaths. It'd look better on a Conestoga.
10-15-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,017
Posted By livedarklions

​​​​​ Different issue--you're complimenting the...

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Different issue--you're complimenting the maintenance. Are 7 speed chains intrinsically dirtier than 11 speed? Did you compliment the "thinness?"
10-14-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,017
Posted By livedarklions

Sorry, I can't relate to this at all. You seem...

Sorry, I can't relate to this at all. You seem more concerned with the aesthetics of chain and cassette than their actual function. Get a new cassette on there, and then fine tune if it doesn't work...
10-14-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By livedarklions

Per the exchange rate I just googled, the...

Per the exchange rate I just googled, the advertised price is about $135, so about right in line with your estimate.
10-14-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By livedarklions

Trek has an adapter you can install to fit...

Trek has an adapter you can install to fit standard bar ends, but you can't mount anything inboard. Nothing fancy, just put these on my FX3 last year.
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10-14-19, 04:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 949
Posted By livedarklions

Look again, the bolts are attached to the tire...

Look again, the bolts are attached to the tire through a hub that is part of the tire. That's consistent with the text of the article. There's no separate wheel.
10-12-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 34,133
Posted By livedarklions

I'll just note that is the second time you've...

I'll just note that is the second time you've misused the word "hyperbole".

The only one of us being hyperbolic is the guy claiming riding on the hooks instead of the hoods is a safety measure for...
10-12-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 949
Posted By livedarklions

We have a difference in semantics. From the...

We have a difference in semantics. From the article: "The end goal is to replace both tire and wheel with a full assembly unit for passenger vehicle use. " So the tire and wheel are the same...
10-12-19, 04:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 949
Posted By livedarklions

Pneumatics are an amazingly adaptive technology,...

Pneumatics are an amazingly adaptive technology, so I doubt they'll ever be eliminated in our lifetimes. Even now, many of the tires are virtually puncture proof, but at some cost to weight and...
10-12-19, 04:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 949
Posted By livedarklions

Doubtful. Eliminating wheels on a bicycle is a...

Doubtful. Eliminating wheels on a bicycle is a lot more radical structural change than on a car.
10-12-19, 03:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,038
Posted By livedarklions

"Front paws on your heads you SOBs!"

"Front paws on your heads you SOBs!"
10-11-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,202
Posted By livedarklions

Spit it out, man, spit it out! We're on the edge...

Spit it out, man, spit it out! We're on the edge of our electronic seats.
10-11-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 34,133
Posted By livedarklions

You're welcome. Thank you for your endless...

You're welcome. Thank you for your endless campaign telling other people how they should ride just like you.
10-11-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,017
Posted By livedarklions

. Trust me, if the cassette and and chain are...

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Trust me, if the cassette and and chain are out of whack, the noise is going to be the least of your problems, and if your chain isn't properly lubed, it's going to make a racket no matter how...
10-11-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 34,133
Posted By livedarklions

Safe to say that that statement is not...

Safe to say that that statement is not unmeaningless. Any cyclist can also find themselves in a situation that warrants wearing a bulletproof vest.
10-11-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 10,563
Posted By livedarklions

Yes, when you have street cars, you have to come...

Yes, when you have street cars, you have to come up with an arrangement that accounts for the fact that they can't pull to the curb, and different systems use different setups, and you'll see...
10-11-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 34,133
Posted By livedarklions

What you guys are missing is that hand position...

What you guys are missing is that hand position is intrinsically a YMMV thing. I use all positions, a lot. But I also know people who only ride the hoods because they're not doing any riding that...
10-11-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 10,563
Posted By livedarklions

The center island drop isn't necessarily...

The center island drop isn't necessarily bad--that's an idea they seemed to have borrowed from light rail systems, and well-timed crossing lights can make those work.

Whoa-they tried to set up a...
10-11-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,017
Posted By livedarklions

I didn't know you were talking about a 27 year...

I didn't know you were talking about a 27 year old chain--how long was it left to rust? People tend to freak out when they see a little rust on a chain that's been neglected for a few months, but...
10-11-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 550
Views: 34,133
Posted By livedarklions

I think if you're comfortable that way and enjoy...

I think if you're comfortable that way and enjoy your riding, it isn't an "issue."

I have one bike I'm almost always on the hoods and hooks and another I ride mainly on the drops. The geometry...
10-11-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,017
Posted By livedarklions

That sounds like a remarkably bad idea. ...

That sounds like a remarkably bad idea.

Are you having any chain-related problems right now? New cyclists are often surprised by how often the chain needs to be changed, they wear almost as...
10-11-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By livedarklions

Funny, because I'm using them for some pretty...

Funny, because I'm using them for some pretty high speed long distance, and they work fine. Access to the brakes is no worse than shifting my hand from riding the drops (as opposed to riding the...
10-11-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,646
Posted By livedarklions

Good luck arguing with an 8 year old post.

Good luck arguing with an 8 year old post.
10-11-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 10,563
Posted By livedarklions

Were the buses supposed to drop their passengers...

Were the buses supposed to drop their passengers on that center island or pop back and forth between the lanes to get to the stop on the right side? Whoever designed this was obviously neither a bus...
10-11-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,689
Posted By livedarklions

I've also dropped people doing that. You have to...

I've also dropped people doing that. You have to figure someone lazy enough to do that on a MUP typically doesn't have a lot of endurance, so a couple.mph is usually more of an increase for them to...
10-11-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By livedarklions

I ride both types for distance, and just rode my...

I ride both types for distance, and just rode my FX3 186 hilly miles weekend before last. With bar ends, you can vary your hand positions. These fitness bikes have a riding position that is a bit...
10-11-19, 05:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,234
Posted By livedarklions

Foot and ankle problems make running for anything...

Foot and ankle problems make running for anything but a short distance a really bad idea for me, so it's absolutely no substitute for the distance biking I do for three seasons of the year. I do the...
10-10-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,946
Posted By livedarklions

I suspect that the qualities that make a...

I suspect that the qualities that make a dangerous curve dangerous have a big overlap with the qualities that make a memorial hard to spot.

Oh, and there's this:...
10-10-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 668
Posted By livedarklions

Agreed, the notion that signs and markings on...

Agreed, the notion that signs and markings on busy roads would give people the impression that bikes aren't allowed on the other ones is really far-fetched. If anything, the side streets are exactly...
10-10-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 668
Posted By livedarklions

Why the heck do they need sharrows there? Would...

Why the heck do they need sharrows there? Would anyone think that bikes were supposed to be blocked by those calming obstructions? That wouldn't even occur to me because the bike-sized gap that is...
10-10-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 668
Posted By livedarklions

The statement you quoted is a generalization...

The statement you quoted is a generalization ("likely absurd"), not specifically referring to Marrett Rd. I didn't get anything "upside down". I hope the bill succeeds in reducing the speed limit...
10-10-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,689
Posted By livedarklions

I think the fires tend to take this out of the...

I think the fires tend to take this out of the ordinary just a wee bit.

Otherwise, the passing and drafting issues are hardly call for bemoaning the devolution of the MUP. A lot of us are really...
10-10-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,637
Posted By livedarklions

The prospect of a really good lunch halfway into...

The prospect of a really good lunch halfway into my ride.
10-10-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 616
Posted By livedarklions

With that history, approaching any change in...

With that history, approaching any change in activity level with some caution seems wise.

Hand numbness at 6-7 miles does indicate to me you've got a problem with fit/position and I assume you've...
10-10-19, 05:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 616
Posted By livedarklions

Very minor quibble--pushing a mower isn't a bad...

Very minor quibble--pushing a mower isn't a bad cardio activity, plus someone has got to do it. Maybe sell the riding mower as a fitness program?
10-10-19, 05:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 616
Posted By livedarklions

Bless your heart, literally. That's great! ...

Bless your heart, literally. That's great! It's admirable that you're taking this up after 45 years, and don't let anyone but your doctor tell you how much you should be doing. You'll know better...
10-10-19, 05:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By livedarklions

Can you test ride? Differences might be...

Can you test ride? Differences might be negligence as a practical matter if they feel about the same, in which case go with the esthetics, but if you find one feels, handles and shifts better, go...
10-10-19, 04:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 489
Posted By livedarklions

How high is your ceiling? ...

How high is your ceiling?


https://recordsetter.com/world-record/balance-bicycle-chin/35859
10-10-19, 04:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,637
Posted By livedarklions

Perhaps, but you should have mentioned the motor...

Perhaps, but you should have mentioned the motor because otherwise your speed figures on an upright with wide tires are pretty silly. And the OP prominently mentioned air temperature, your...
10-09-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 668
Posted By livedarklions

I disagree a bit here. I don't see much point for...

I disagree a bit here. I don't see much point for them on low traffic streets. To me, the best usage (but not the only one) is in multi-laned streets, and they're primarily there to cue drivers in...
10-09-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,176
Posted By livedarklions

Not usually. I've ridden in some pretty heavy...

Not usually. I've ridden in some pretty heavy downpours, and the bike and brakes work fine. Visibility and high winds are far bigger problems than the rain itself.
While riding in thick fog is a...
10-09-19, 09:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,637
Posted By livedarklions

When you're talking about a motorized bike, it...

When you're talking about a motorized bike, it pretty much has nothing to do with the OP.
10-09-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 34,133
Posted By livedarklions

I'm not 100% sure what this is supposed to mean,...

I'm not 100% sure what this is supposed to mean, but as someone who does a lot of road riding with flat bars and drop bars, I call BS. Both positions have their charms, and neither of them feels at...
10-09-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By livedarklions

Man, that boy sure does love his bike! I'm...

Man, that boy sure does love his bike!

I'm trying to figure out if you're having more fun "remodeling" it, riding it, or writing about it. Either way, I can't help but love the enthusiasm.
10-09-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,946
Posted By livedarklions

Gosh, Bill, what possible symbolic difference...

Gosh, Bill, what possible symbolic difference could there be between a little white cross vs. a big white bike on the roadside? Wow, that's a real head-scratcher!

If you can't make out the...
10-09-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 967
Posted By livedarklions

I ride some pretty damn bumpy roads on my 25mm,...

I ride some pretty damn bumpy roads on my 25mm, urban and rural, and really there isn't that big a difference between them and my 36mm as long as I get off the saddle. For me, the handling on a...
10-09-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 967
Posted By livedarklions

Ahem.

Ahem.
10-09-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 668
Posted By livedarklions

Nothing scientific to add, just personal...

Nothing scientific to add, just personal observation agreeing with your impressions of the various routes you listed. I think the biggest difference I've noted is there seems to be a far less...
10-09-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,724
Posted By livedarklions

So here's what I've seen a couple times in...

So here's what I've seen a couple times in person--doing that stuff, which I enjoy watching in other contexts because they're obviously having a blast, in heavy vehicular traffic, weaving in and out...
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