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09-22-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By DrIsotope

Yeah, their quarter turn insert is terrible. I...

Yeah, their quarter turn insert is terrible. I can't even use that side as I have a Wahoo, but I popped the old Edge 500 into it to test it out, and it made a startling crackle sound on both...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 283
Posted By DrIsotope

Sounds to me like you paced a 70-miler as you...

Sounds to me like you paced a 70-miler as you would a 40-miler, and your body wasn't having it.

Endurance conditioning comes with miles ridden. If you haven't spent much time up past 50 miles,...
09-22-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 511
Posted By DrIsotope

As mentioned a few times before, diagonal...

As mentioned a few times before, diagonal crosswalk. No trail involved, but the intersection of Linden and Canyon Crest in the University of California Riverside (connecting the main campus to...
09-22-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 597
Posted By DrIsotope

I have a genuine Florida question: I mean, how...

I have a genuine Florida question: I mean, how flat are we talking? You're well past my monthly mileage for September in just 7 rides (and I ride a lot) but I'm having an average month for climbing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 997
Posted By DrIsotope

Yes, it is possible to replace the battery, but...

Yes, it is possible to replace the battery, but it is anything but a simple procedure, and there's a decent chance you'll end up killing the Garmin in the process. It was not designed to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 23,139
Posted By DrIsotope

In general, a CX bike will have: More stack ...

In general, a CX bike will have:

More stack
Longer wheelbase
Room for larger tires
Higher bottom bracket
No mounts beyond cage bosses
Lower standover height

...but it will still have two...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,527
Posted By DrIsotope

There's also the option to remove that big spacer...

There's also the option to remove that big spacer stack and what I assume is a -17 stem, and replace the lot with like a -5 or -6 stem right on top of the headset cap, which would put the bars in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 739
Posted By DrIsotope

I don't hesitate to recommend Profile Design...

I don't hesitate to recommend Profile Design Airstrykes. They're a great set to start with, as they don't put you into a super-aero position, even if you have a sizeable saddle-to-bar drop. More...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By DrIsotope

The stack on my Cervelo R3 is 605-- a scant 4mm...

The stack on my Cervelo R3 is 605-- a scant 4mm shorter than my CX bike. I have absolutely no problems riding in an aero position on either of them. The stack on the AL framed Grail is the same...
09-20-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Posted By DrIsotope

The answer to your question is right there in the...

The answer to your question is right there in the rules. But if that's not clear enough for you: IT'S NOT OKAY. You shouldn't even need to ask.
09-19-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 25,964
Posted By DrIsotope

Even though this thread is now mostly a jumble of...

Even though this thread is now mostly a jumble of theoretical page fluffing, I can't get it out of my head. The "trail braking a bicycle" notion is stuck with me. Because it's not really applicable...
09-19-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,723
Posted By DrIsotope

We've got an east-west semi-arterial out here...

We've got an east-west semi-arterial out here named 9th St, one of a whole series-- I think we have almost continuous numeration from 2nd St. up through 55th St. I mention this because this week...
09-19-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 741
Posted By DrIsotope

So put a new core in. I buy them by the ten bag,...

So put a new core in. I buy them by the ten bag, and go through about half a bag a year. Most times, the little rubber cone at the very bottom of the valve core works itself loose and jams inside...
09-18-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 25,964
Posted By DrIsotope

I know exactly what trail braking is, and I think...

I know exactly what trail braking is, and I think to some extent we're all doing it unconsciously when entering any corner, because none of us are apexing every corner. This goes back to bicycles...
09-17-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 25,964
Posted By DrIsotope

It doesn't matter what vehicle you're in or on,...

It doesn't matter what vehicle you're in or on, if it has tires on it you have a variable in play, and that is: maximum amount of available grip. You can use that grip to accelerate or decelerate,...
09-17-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By DrIsotope

While I don't recommend it as a pursuit, falling...

While I don't recommend it as a pursuit, falling down more does seem to help. I seem to fall off the bike around twice a year. I've cracked two helmets, busted up some wheels, taken a couple of...
09-17-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,401
Posted By DrIsotope

Brightest on-axis because that's where someone is...

Brightest on-axis because that's where someone is going to be when they hit you. Having it spray light 30 off to either side is just going to make it dimmer to everyone. Think flashlight vs....
09-17-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By DrIsotope

You could absolutely have avoided this, as it was...

You could absolutely have avoided this, as it was an avoidable incident. Your wreck happened for the same reason I've gone off the bike twice this year: complacency. Nothing came out and hit you,...
09-17-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,401
Posted By DrIsotope

No, there isn't. It's unclear as to whether or...

No, there isn't. It's unclear as to whether or not phototaxis is a thing in humans, but target fixation absolutely is. Every ambulatory movement taken by a human being absolutely relies on target...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By DrIsotope

Buy the one that you ride, and it speaks to you....

Buy the one that you ride, and it speaks to you. I test rode around 10 bikes the day I bought my Cervelo R3, and they ranged from "this is terrible" to "this isn't half bad." Then I got on the R3,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,890
Posted By DrIsotope

It's only cheating if you get caught. Otherwise...

It's only cheating if you get caught. Otherwise it's innovation. Racing is as much about technical skill as it is about finding out what you can get away with inside the confines of the rulebook. ...
09-16-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By DrIsotope

Shimano Optislick Road Bicycle Shift Cable Set...

Shimano Optislick Road Bicycle Shift Cable Set (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J5PIOQ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Nearly as good as what you get with the DuraAce, and...
09-16-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,723
Posted By DrIsotope

Which is not to say I find the SA saddles...

Which is not to say I find the SA saddles uncomfortable, even now. Between the X1 and the H2, something like 22,000 miles? I also put a few thousand on a C-Series. I've never sat atop a Brooks...
09-16-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 597
Posted By DrIsotope

I turned my 1,000th mile of 2019 during my 24th...

I turned my 1,000th mile of 2019 during my 24th ride of the year, on February 6th.
I turned my 1,000th mile of 2018 during my 26th ride of the year, on February 7th.
I turned my 1,000th mile of...
09-16-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 663
Posted By DrIsotope

Bell used to make the Z20 MIPS in red/white/blue,...

Bell used to make the Z20 MIPS in red/white/blue, you might still be able to find one.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,890
Posted By DrIsotope

It kinda makes sense, though. There's no...

It kinda makes sense, though. There's no permits, no staffing, no outdoor venues or streets to block off-- and you needn't worry about the weather.

It's also a more level playing field (at...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,890
Posted By DrIsotope

This really only impacts competition, and every...

This really only impacts competition, and every organized Zwift event I've seen is at a specified location, so equipment can be constantly monitored.

If this is about KOM thievery or artificially...
09-15-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 470
Views: 52,358
Posted By DrIsotope

The OC purge definitely pushed a big chunk of the...

The OC purge definitely pushed a big chunk of the "homeless" population inland. There are more now than previously. They were getting pretty bold around Mt. Rubidoux/ Bonaminio Park, but seem to have...
09-15-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,542
Posted By DrIsotope

Related to another thread concerning riding via...

Related to another thread concerning riding via RPE-- yeah, it doesn't work. Of these two rides, the one on the right felt significantly easier.
But it was basically the same effort, separated by...
09-14-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,723
Posted By DrIsotope

I don't think the saddle is even physically big...

I don't think the saddle is even physically big enough to fit the full name. It just says SELLE ITALIA GRAVEL on the hind end.

It's a sort of natural leather light brownish color, which I'm 100%...
09-14-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,723
Posted By DrIsotope

Pain... where? I kept raising and raising my...

Pain... where? I kept raising and raising my saddle, waiting for discomfort at the back of the knee. Never came. My saddle sits about an inch and a half higher than the "straddle a spirit level"...
09-14-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By DrIsotope

Semi-update: I looked at the up-close product...

Semi-update: I looked at the up-close product images, and the light has a male quarter-turn mount on the bottom (as one would expect) for using it like a sandwich between the GPS and the mount. So I...
09-13-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By DrIsotope

Moved to General. Also, my kids walked to...

Moved to General.

Also, my kids walked to school every year from K-8. The HS is too far away, the roads are horrible, and the parents that do drive are worse than the roads.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,530
Posted By DrIsotope

Hairy, you say? To quote Aesop Rock, I look like...

Hairy, you say? To quote Aesop Rock, I look like I'm wearing a ghillie suit when I'm not. Easily 95% of my saddle-related issues are due to hair. Trim it, but don't shave it. Shaving can lead to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,030
Posted By DrIsotope

I have the exact cages from post 10 on my wife's...

I have the exact cages from post 10 on my wife's bike. They're light, they look good, they work fine. Hella cheap, too.
09-13-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By DrIsotope

An eleven is as small as will fit on a standard...

An eleven is as small as will fit on a standard freehub body, so it's what you're left with.

Now you can change to a larger chainring-- most e-bikes I've seen have a fairly small one up front-- ...
09-13-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By DrIsotope

If I'm reading this correctly, you want to go to...

If I'm reading this correctly, you want to go to a cassette with a cog smaller than your current 11T. The only way to do this is to swap out your existing freehub with an xD Driver, which will allow...
09-12-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By DrIsotope

Riding when I don't feel like it? Check. Riding...

Riding when I don't feel like it? Check.
Riding purely to fulfill an arbitrary, personally set mileage goal? Check.
Setting aforementioned goal in multiple "tiers," because if I miss the lowest...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,030
Posted By DrIsotope

I have two sets of no-name CF bottle cages from...

I have two sets of no-name CF bottle cages from Amazon. Never had a single issue with either of them, in use for thousands and thousands of miles.

If it's going on a bike that tackles different...
09-12-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By DrIsotope

Lumaray, not luminary. And some of the reviews...

Lumaray, not luminary. And some of the reviews I've read are not kind. Apparently the weight of anything bigger that perhaps a 520 is too much for the quarter-turn mount inside the Lumaray, so this...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By DrIsotope

I've got probably around 7,000 miles on a pair of...

I've got probably around 7,000 miles on a pair of Giro Code Techlace-- which is the same shoe just with an MTB 2-bolt outsole, and more expensive. I've no complaints. They're pretty much sneaker...
09-12-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By DrIsotope

If the singular end goal is happiness through...

If the singular end goal is happiness through confirmation bias, then you're sitting pretty. Do not venture anywhere near a power meter, as it will remove any and all doubt.

There's nothing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 908
Posted By DrIsotope

Bikes don't have to apex every corner in a...

Bikes don't have to apex every corner in a velodrome because they're simply not going fast enough to overcome available grip. Motorcycles and cars are absolutely going fast enough. If they had...
09-12-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,587
Posted By DrIsotope

I absolutely do. I've known most of the guys...

I absolutely do. I've known most of the guys that work there for going on 20 years, and did some of the remodel and construction work on both locations years before I even got into cycling. I was...
09-11-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,011
Posted By DrIsotope

The brutally short answer is that riding 8-12...

The brutally short answer is that riding 8-12 miles a week isn't going to radically improve cardiovascular fitness. If you want to become a stronger, more capable rider, you're going to have to do it...
09-11-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By DrIsotope

Without using a power meter to ascertain if any...

Without using a power meter to ascertain if any efficiency gains actually occurred, this is info straight from the butt dyno, which is a notoriously uncalibrated instrument.

Because at the...
09-11-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 721
Posted By DrIsotope

Our rack comes off whenever there isn't a bike on...

Our rack comes off whenever there isn't a bike on it, simply because the car is new and the vertical pole of the rack sits directly in front of the backup camera.

Well, that and I'm sure someone...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,023
Posted By DrIsotope

So y'all are trying to tell me it's not an issue...

So y'all are trying to tell me it's not an issue of spoke tension, but the nipple is pulled through the rim. It's not the spoke tension, it's... something else? So this occurs through some other...
09-10-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By DrIsotope

I rode Look X-Tracks for about 7,000 miles, if...

I rode Look X-Tracks for about 7,000 miles, if memory serves. Around then they got squidgy and squeaky, as has every other SPD-cleat pedal I've ever had. Sure hope SRM offers rebuild parts.

And...
09-09-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,670
Posted By DrIsotope

Thread pruning to remove petty squabbling.

Thread pruning to remove petty squabbling.
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