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04-11-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By berner

I've had good experiences with maintenance by the...

I've had good experiences with maintenance by the dealers shop and some poor experiences. These days I keep a supply of extra spokes and nipples, do my own truing and rely on shop monkeys to mess...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 1,693
Views: 22,990
Posted By berner

An observation: When becoming angry, a person...

An observation: When becoming angry, a person instantly loses IQ points. This explains why some resort to fist fights or the use of firearms for relatively minor altercations. Therefore if on your...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By berner

What I know of hotspots comes from the skiing...

What I know of hotspots comes from the skiing world where snug fitting boots improve performance and the same is likely true of bike shoes. What seems to happen is that such footwear compresses the...
04-02-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By berner

I used to have numb hands when I first began...

I used to have numb hands when I first began cycling. In my case, I found small differences in the angle that the hands meet the bars was important. I would first make sure you have the stem length...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

In my case the undercarriage is suffering a bit...

In my case the undercarriage is suffering a bit from lack of use over winter months but also because, having cut out sugar from my diet almost 100%, I've been loosing some of the cushioning in that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

At the end of winter, the verge of many roads are...

At the end of winter, the verge of many roads are full of debris, mostly sand but branches and stones also. On my ride home I was getting forced out into heavy traffic so I took to the sidewalks. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

Awesome warm and sunny day today with temps in...

Awesome warm and sunny day today with temps in the low 60s and no wind to speak of. I rode to Colt State Park, a mere 2 miles. There is a broad walkway adjacent to the Bay that was loaded with tiny...
03-14-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,273
Posted By berner

In addition to getting more experience and or...

In addition to getting more experience and or asking for advice from the group, I would also investigate alignhment of the wheels. My bike when new would pull slightly to one side so that it felt...
03-14-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,873
Posted By berner

This sort of response happens at every level of...

This sort of response happens at every level of engagement. I've read several accounts of the events leading to the American Revolution for independence. You would think there would be not...
03-07-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By berner

I have suffered with back pain in the past,...

I have suffered with back pain in the past, sometimes with severe pain. For some time now I've been working on strengthening core muscles and maintaining a straight back on the bike or during...
02-24-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,667
Posted By berner

I've been using a Planet Bike wireless for 7 or 8...

I've been using a Planet Bike wireless for 7 or 8 years. It needs 2 batteries twice a year. Previously I had something else that was unsatisfactory....
02-16-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,986
Posted By berner

When there is a question of propriety, look to...

When there is a question of propriety, look to the ancient cultures of Europe. When you gotta go, just go and don't mack such a big deal of it. This mind set works, not only for cyclists, but on...
02-15-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 994
Posted By berner

Don' forget to polish your spokes.

Don' forget to polish your spokes.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

Here is something for the cube dwellers. I really...

Here is something for the cube dwellers. I really like Bluegrass music. My friends from Boston way have a band named Southern Rail. They are Sharon Muller and husband Jim, he's the one with the...
02-03-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,009
Posted By berner

I once had some mountaineering ambitions and read...

I once had some mountaineering ambitions and read extensively on that subject. One of the authors made a comment about using antipersperent on his feet to make frost bitten feet less likely. I have...
02-02-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,349
Posted By berner

The predicted 10" of snow in coastal Rhode Island...

The predicted 10" of snow in coastal Rhode Island was a mere dusting as it was too warm for much snow to accumulate. I was disappointed.
02-01-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,654
Posted By berner

I live in Bristol Alex, and drivers this side of...

I live in Bristol Alex, and drivers this side of the Mount Hope Bridge seem somewhat less frenetic than on Aquidneck Island. I don't like riding on the Island as everyone drives in a hurry. Even the...
01-31-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,335
Posted By berner

A bit of lube on pivot points is a good idea....

A bit of lube on pivot points is a good idea. About once a year, say 3000 miles, I remove the crank assembly for cleaning as grit accumulates there. About the same frequency, I spray lube the...
01-31-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,089
Posted By berner

The capacity to use wider wheels, say 35mm or so,...

The capacity to use wider wheels, say 35mm or so, makes for a more versatile bike that will handle gravel and lose littile on the road. Alternately having two sets of wheels, road wheels and gravel ...
01-28-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,981
Posted By berner

I'm astonished that pro riders can do multiple...

I'm astonished that pro riders can do multiple 100 mile rides for a months as in Le Tour. Given that those people are extraordinary physical specimens, they must still do everything right to be...
01-26-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,824
Posted By berner

I'm 81 y.o.and until a few years ago was riding...

I'm 81 y.o.and until a few years ago was riding 100 miles per week 3000 miles per year. Cycling is an endurance sport and there is no substitute for distance. The fly in the ointment is that the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

Long ago when I was very young, maybe 20 y.o., I...

Long ago when I was very young, maybe 20 y.o., I worked for my uncle who was a building contractor. One rainy day, too wet to work, he needed to speak with one of the carpenters. Naturally, some of...
01-22-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,134
Posted By berner

A statute mile is 5280 feet so one percent is a...

A statute mile is 5280 feet so one percent is a mere 52.8 feet. A two percent error would be 105.6 feet. On a century ride the error would be tiny.
01-21-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,544
Posted By berner

It is not uncommon for some wind gusts,...

It is not uncommon for some wind gusts, especially so in unstable weather, to be twice the speed of sustained winds. So a 20 MPH wind could have 35 - 40 MPH gusts.
01-20-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By berner

Checking the tube is a good idea. I had one tube...

Checking the tube is a good idea. I had one tube that went flat, not from a puncture but from a failure of the valve assembly. Now I test new tubes before use by inflating and putting them aside...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,323
Posted By berner

We in the US have not been doing well compared to...

We in the US have not been doing well compared to other nations on a number of metrics. Our technology is not evenly distributed. When you are losing battles I would blame the generals....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

The new America's Cup boats are fugly. I admit to...

The new America's Cup boats are fugly. I admit to being an old geezer but I'll explain my view which is nor bases on "older is better'. Newport harbor has half a dozen or more 12 meter boats still in...
01-17-21, 09:05 AM
01-17-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,134
Posted By berner

Person with two watches never knows the time, so...

Person with two watches never knows the time, so says Confucius.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

My first interest was in voyaging. I had even...

My first interest was in voyaging. I had even picked out a beautiful Hereshoff 36' ketch I was going to build myself. That plan got sidetracked as I began to build boats for a living that ranged from...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

I looked up Delano Park because that name rang a...

I looked up Delano Park because that name rang a bell. Thea certainly was the place where I saw major leaguers play baseball. It rang a bell for a second reason as well. As a boat builder and sailor,...
01-14-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,958
Posted By berner

I agree with Skidder in post #6. Long ago as a...

I agree with Skidder in post #6. Long ago as a young man I did judo for a short time. The very first lesson on the very first day was learning to fall and believe me, at first you fall or are thrown...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

Sailors are pretty loose about peeing and nudity...

Sailors are pretty loose about peeing and nudity in general. But sailors are known to have loose morals anyway. I did one delivery by sail from the Caribbean to NYC with two women and one other man,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

There is German woman in the bike club here,...

There is German woman in the bike club here, married to a former US soldier. On one ride we happen to be riding together when I hollered out bathroom break and stepped into the woods 'till out of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

That was all back around 1955, right after the...

That was all back around 1955, right after the earth cooled enough for baseball players to evolve. The field was a block or two off Broadway and it likely to be gone now. I get back to my home town...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 11,666
Views: 194,020
Posted By berner

The topic is baseball. It's not the season but...

The topic is baseball. It's not the season but I'm not a fan anyway of any professional sport. But as a boy of 10 y.o. no sound was sweeter than the crack of a bat hitting a baseball. I grew up in a...
01-08-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,191
Posted By berner

Knees are strong in the usual movements, front to...

Knees are strong in the usual movements, front to back, of running or pedaling. They are much less strong in lateral movements. I have devised a series of lateral strengthening movements with ankle...
01-07-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,887
Posted By berner

It may well be that shear size produces some...

It may well be that shear size produces some advantage in strength or endurance in the general population. However, there is a vast spectrum of capacities for high performance in any particular...
01-06-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,966
Views: 212,723
Posted By berner

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Language-Cells-Biolo...

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Language-Cells-Biological-Conversations/dp/1948836041/ref=asc_df_1948836041/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=459638379039&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10234509217108631098&hv...
Forum: Foo
01-06-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By berner

Arthur C. Clark, inventor of the geo-syncronious...

Arthur C. Clark, inventor of the geo-syncronious satellite one said that humans are an inevitable development in the evolution of the computer.
Forum: Foo
01-06-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,882
Posted By berner

There is all sorts of stupidity but I would not...

There is all sorts of stupidity but I would not say that wearing shorts in winter is stupid. What does seem ignorant is someone who feels their preferences are a law of the Universe. I've hiked with...
Forum: Foo
01-05-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,410
Posted By berner

I few years ago here in the nearby small city of...

I few years ago here in the nearby small city of Newport, Rhode Island, a cyclist and a dear collided and the cyclist lost his life. I have no details of the incident but in our ever more crowed...
Forum: Foo
01-02-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By berner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZb-SVm7eLE ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZb-SVm7eLE
Best wishes to all in 2021.
12-29-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 612
Posted By berner

People who study animal behavior, ethnologists I...

People who study animal behavior, ethnologists I believe, have found that animals under stress can develop severe and dangerous behavior, such as over-aggression and even kill their young. This is...
12-28-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By berner

The latest thinking by scientists is that the...

The latest thinking by scientists is that the galaxy, which should be teeming with life forms seems devoid of any life save humanity. They speculate such life forms likely obliterated themselves. My...
12-28-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,439
Posted By berner

I'm of the opinion that the entire drive train is...

I'm of the opinion that the entire drive train is suspect. Our democracy is supposed to represent everyone but for some time the wealthy are over represented. It was almost a laughing matter when a...
12-28-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,227
Posted By berner

It has been said that experience is the best...

It has been said that experience is the best teacher. But it does not always have to be your experience. It works as well to observe how others have screwed up. Read this forum frequently and the...
12-28-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 906
Posted By berner

Main is currently experiencing an upsurge in...

Main is currently experiencing an upsurge in covid infections. It might be wise to monitor this situation as your departure date gets closer. Maybe even postpone until later this year.
12-26-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,767
Posted By berner

Cyclists are built like a T Rex with tiny arms...

Cyclists are built like a T Rex with tiny arms and massive thighs. Sailors of old were built the opposite with massive arms and thin legs. Sails then were cotton which absorbed water. I don't know...
12-25-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,767
Posted By berner

I had got overweight by about 15 lbs. I very...

I had got overweight by about 15 lbs. I very slowly lost about half of that by watcing what I ate and then just gave up sugar. Now I read all labels and find sugar is added to everything. With no...
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