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11-19-19, 08:55 AM
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Posted By big john

I have a cheap compression tester but doing a...

I have a cheap compression tester but doing a leakdown test is such a pain on some engines I would just borrow one if I had to. I borrowed a lot of tools at work and the guys were ok with it because...
11-18-19, 02:04 PM
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Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

I saw the wood blocks when they dug it up the...

I saw the wood blocks when they dug it up the second time. The theory was he ran out of concrete and was too lazy to go and get more. They told us he was fired.
11-17-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 101
Posted By big john

You could get an enduro-type full suspension...

You could get an enduro-type full suspension bike, set it up soft with a fairly upright position and just cruise. I have such a set-up and it's quite comfortable and very stable.
I also have plus...
11-17-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4,245
Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

The last garage where I worked was very old and...

The last garage where I worked was very old and they updated some of the in-ground hoists to the above ground electric ones. To do that they must remove 2 4 foot squares of concrete and pour thicker,...
11-16-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

Do you ever ride around Marquette? Bike magazine...

Do you ever ride around Marquette? Bike magazine had one of their 2 week mtb tests there. Looked like fun.

https://www.bikemag.com/2018-bible-bike-tests/
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,435
Posted By big john

The difference being that $70 could be a...

The difference being that $70 could be a recurring expense due to flats. Don't know if these tubes can be patched but it's hard to patch the latex ones.
11-14-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

I ride all over Southern California. Lots of...

I ride all over Southern California. Lots of climbing, lots of rocks, sand, ruts,and holes. Don't often ride in tight trees, don't do big jumps, or any jumps really. Always willing to dismount and...
11-14-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

I guess we all have to weigh the risk/reward of...

I guess we all have to weigh the risk/reward of the things we do. I love road biking and I love mountain biking. I hope I never fall on either one.

I should add that one of the smoothest, most...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,435
Posted By big john

They are $35. It would be hard to justify if they...

They are $35. It would be hard to justify if they flat like other tubes. We have had a lot of goatheads this year, flats on all my bikes.
11-14-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

A dropper seatpost. A lever on the handlebar...

A dropper seatpost. A lever on the handlebar controls the seatpost. Some drop 200mm, some only 85. The most obvious use is when descending, you lower the saddle which lowers your center of gravity...
11-13-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

I think the suspension helps with the lack of...

I think the suspension helps with the lack of skills on rougher trails. I'm sure a hardtail works fine for a lot of the country but here we have lots of loose rocks, holes, and square-edged bumps on...
11-13-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

I swore off hardtails in 1998. Last year I bought...

I swore off hardtails in 1998. Last year I bought an enduro type bike, 160mm fork and 150mm rear with 27.5x2.8 tires. It really makes rocks and bumps easier and even rough climbs are smoother. The...
11-13-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

The last few years I have been getting dropped...

The last few years I have been getting dropped more and more. I lost a lot of fitness due to the job but now I'm retired. Trying to get it back is tough and I was talking to friends about changing to...
11-13-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,369
Posted By big john

I'm 65 and I like to ride some technical trails....

I'm 65 and I like to ride some technical trails. I don't like to get crazy or take big jumps because I don't want to fall.
11-12-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

We've all met people like that. It doesn't...

We've all met people like that. It doesn't bother me, if a fast rider wants to see me suffer, he's going to have to slow down.:)

Group ride are not for everyone. In fact, whenever there is a poll...
11-12-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

I don't think it's an ego thing, at least not at...

I don't think it's an ego thing, at least not at the heart of it. I do about 100 group rides per year, 1000 group rides in 10 years. I started with this club in 1989 when I was 35. People age out and...
11-09-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,078
Posted By big john

My regular cycling shoe size is 49. Might be a...

My regular cycling shoe size is 49. Might be a problem. I have heard good things about the Lakes. Thanks again.

So I looked and Lake does make bigger sizes, all the way up to gunboat.
11-09-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,069
Posted By big john

The good thing about technical fabric is moisture...

The good thing about technical fabric is moisture management. I like a light baselayer under a light winter jersey and a Windstopper vest on top. I can sweat a lot on any ride and could never wear...
11-09-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,078
Posted By big john

Thanks. What brand of boots do you have? I've...

Thanks. What brand of boots do you have? I've been thinking of moving back to the mountains and I might want to look into the cycling boots, maybe the SPD style so I can use them on the mtb, as well.
11-09-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,078
Posted By big john

Do you use a balaklava or cover your face when...

Do you use a balaklava or cover your face when it's below freezing? I never have but I haven't done sub freezing rides for a while. Sometimes it's hard to speak when my face gets cold.

For those...
11-08-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By big john

You can make 5 hour loops up there,, you can do 3...

You can make 5 hour loops up there,, you can do 3 hour out-and-back stuff. It's not like road riding where you cover 50-60 miles on a short day, but you can have a lot of fun up there. Just go from...
11-07-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,078
Posted By big john

I would say wind and rain factor into it. Cold...

I would say wind and rain factor into it. Cold and raining is miserable but colder and light snow is fun. I have done rides in the high 20s so I wouldn't rule that out. When I lived in the mountains...
11-07-19, 10:18 AM
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Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

Sounds like it would be a lot of fun if you're up...

Sounds like it would be a lot of fun if you're up for the climbing and can handle the dirt. I guess it sells out quickly.
11-07-19, 12:25 AM
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Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

12,000 feet of climbing, 130 miles with 46 miles...

12,000 feet of climbing, 130 miles with 46 miles of dirt against some pros. Can I bring an e-bike?

Do you have a cross bike or would you do it on your road bike? Tires? I read Stetina won on a...
11-06-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,078
Posted By big john

It's all about the clothes. It's hot here most of...

It's all about the clothes. It's hot here most of the year but I have ridden in cold temps before. In the 20s and 30s I like layers with a wind blocking shell, Gore-tex gloves, and I've put chemical...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By big john

When I used those awful things 35 years ago I...

When I used those awful things 35 years ago I found a stiff soled cycling shoe helped with the discomfort.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By big john

Several companies make cycling shoes for flat...

Several companies make cycling shoes for flat pedals, stiff soles and durable.
https://aftonshoes.com/blogs/keegan-shoe/keegan-shoe

https://www.adidasoutdoor.com/sports-bike
...
11-05-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 639
Posted By big john

Going to be 91 here on Saturday. When I lived in...

Going to be 91 here on Saturday. When I lived in the mountains I loved riding my mountain bike in the snow. I should move back there.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 2,354
Views: 300,302
Posted By big john

I had a Tempo that looked just like that. Bought...

I had a Tempo that looked just like that. Bought it new for $550, I think.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,387
Posted By big john

I have a mountain bike with 2.8 inch tires and I...

I have a mountain bike with 2.8 inch tires and I run 15 psi in the front. It will slide on gravel like anything else, it just takes more Gs to get it loose. I've ridden road bikes in the dirt and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,387
Posted By big john

I have a bike that will not fit 25s, 23 is a...

I have a bike that will not fit 25s, 23 is a tight squeeze.
11-03-19, 09:26 AM
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Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

I know 2 guys in their 80s who still ride pretty...

I know 2 guys in their 80s who still ride pretty well, although not "A" group fast. One still rides his age in miles every year, and they are hilly miles. The other got a new Tarmac last time I saw...
11-01-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

Your max hr is just that, the highest rate you...

Your max hr is just that, the highest rate you can achieve when at full effort. Sprint up a steep hill as hard as you can should give you your max. It doesn't matter what some chart says. We can all...
10-31-19, 10:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By big john

You could start at the south end of Reseda Blvd....

You could start at the south end of Reseda Blvd. Go all the way to the top and park below the paid parking line. Go straight up and you will come to dirt Mulholland.

You could get up there from...
10-30-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,595
Posted By big john

Do you ride year-round there?

Do you ride year-round there?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By big john

Broke 4 frames and the only one that was still...

Broke 4 frames and the only one that was still under warranty was a Trek. They didn't make that frame anymore so they gave me shop credit toward another brand and the LBS built it up for free. Very...
10-30-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4,245
Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

Yes, I've seen stuff about fireproofing before...

Yes, I've seen stuff about fireproofing before and it's surprising it's not done more, especially on the higher priced houses. A friend had a house right on the edge of the hills and he put in an...
10-29-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 593
Posted By big john

Never saw one up there but I did see one 2...

Never saw one up there but I did see one 2 different times when I lived in Kagel Canyon. Both times I was on the mtb. I saw the cat and I thought it was the biggest coyote ever until I realized it...
10-29-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 593
Posted By big john

Up higher on GRR there were lots of rocks in a...

Up higher on GRR there were lots of rocks in a couple places, one of my friends cut a tire and booted it with a gel wrapper. Gel was oozing out after he inflated it. There were also lots of acorns in...
10-29-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 593
Posted By big john

4 of my friends got flats up there, I was lucky...

4 of my friends got flats up there, I was lucky but I got one today.
10-29-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4,245
Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

We had a break from the wind and the fires today...

We had a break from the wind and the fires today so I went riding with a friend and we saw some houses that were leveled last week. My landlord sent a worker over to install fine mesh screen on vents...
10-29-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

It's a stupid rule. There are many variables with...

It's a stupid rule. There are many variables with people, you can't have a "one size fits all" for heart rate. As Machka said, find your max heart rate by doing. Again, if there are no underlying...
10-28-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4,245
Views: 212,704
Posted By big john

Haven't seen you around in ages. How's everything?

Haven't seen you around in ages. How's everything?
10-28-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

Forget the 220-age rule.

Forget the 220-age rule.
10-28-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

I think we all know that. Heart disease is still...

I think we all know that. Heart disease is still the number 1 cause of death.

I agree with getting things checked out but as I have whined about on this forum before, I haven't had a lot of...
10-28-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

Not being critical but if you don't have a...

Not being critical but if you don't have a specific recommendation from a doctor what is the point of a hr monitor? I know some people train with one but say you've never had a heart issue, what...
10-27-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,595
Posted By big john

Huge for anyone, to overcome such things. Do you...

Huge for anyone, to overcome such things. Do you have knobbies on your Topstone? Do you ever ride on trails?

And I see from your screenshot you do a bit of climbing.
10-26-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 593
Posted By big john

No smoke up there today. Absolutely beautiful...

No smoke up there today. Absolutely beautiful day, light wind on the descent. Lots of riders on the lower part but very few on GRR or at the village. If I lived closer I'd go up there more often.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,126
Posted By big john

I ride larger frames (62-64) and no bike I've...

I ride larger frames (62-64) and no bike I've owned in 35 years has had toe overlap. I also have big feet (49). If any of them did have it I didn't notice.

For recreational cyclists the speed...
10-25-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,497
Posted By big john

You don't need to apologize. It was a friendly...

You don't need to apologize. It was a friendly exchange.:)
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