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01-27-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By DrIsotope

She just had her second birthday at the end of...

She just had her second birthday at the end of last year, I'm knocking on the door of 12,000 miles, and stuff is starting to wear out. I've got near enough to 10k miles on my shifter cables, and...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By DrIsotope

I has en even more confused squirrel yesterday,...

I has en even more confused squirrel yesterday, which exhibited what I would call "perfectly bad timing." This one was making the dart across the road, saw me, panicked into no less than two of those...
Forum: Foo
01-27-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 86
Posted By DrIsotope

Clean-shaven since 1994, so I need a comb about...

Clean-shaven since 1994, so I need a comb about as much as I need shampoo or a stylist.

Last time I thought about another dude's hairstyle? Checks records... yeah, I got nothing.

Of course,...
01-27-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 818
Posted By DrIsotope

Have you been speaking English for very long? ...

Have you been speaking English for very long? The Great Aggregator is not here to please you-- there are words in the English language from nearly every language that's ever been spoken, and it's...
01-26-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 199
Posted By DrIsotope

Break the bead all the way around, apply soapy...

Break the bead all the way around, apply soapy water (or bubble juice) to the tire beads, re-seat. To me it just looks like the beads aren't 100% seated.

Some tires sit really tight. I never...
01-26-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 150
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, I didn't use any grease at all when I put...

Well, I didn't use any grease at all when I put my setup together, and it's fine some 10,000 miles later.

For fluid-- Motul 5.1 all the way.
01-26-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By DrIsotope

That's a Rotor 3D30, and that's how it's supposed...

That's a Rotor 3D30, and that's how it's supposed to look. The 3D30 INPower has a door there.
01-25-20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By DrIsotope

Borked another rear wheel on my Ritchey some...

Borked another rear wheel on my Ritchey some weeks back-- ran over something big enough that-- and follow me here-- it dented the rim bed, and hit hard enough to crack the wheel around two of the...
01-25-20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 818
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, "encite" isn't a word. Insight and incite...

Well, "encite" isn't a word. Insight and incite are both words. The former is from the Low German, and the latter from French.

The emphasis is on the first syllable in one and the second in the...
01-25-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 818
Posted By DrIsotope

And then I remembered Wesley from 30 Rock, and...

And then I remembered Wesley from 30 Rock, and his use of the non-word "footcycle," which I would say as foot-sigh-kuhl-- with the stress on the middle syllable.
...
01-25-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 818
Posted By DrIsotope

Syllables, and what syllable the stress falls on....

Syllables, and what syllable the stress falls on.

bi-sick-uhl
tri-sick-uhl

mo-tor-sigh-kuhl
01-25-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 427
Views: 29,870
Posted By DrIsotope

Yeah, we've got highs in the mid-70s and not a...

Yeah, we've got highs in the mid-70s and not a cloud in the sky. Unless the sun shines through a geyser from a broken pipe, we're not getting any rainbows here for awhile.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,805
Posted By DrIsotope

1. 157 miles 2. 35.5 miles 3. Dressed: One...

1. 157 miles
2. 35.5 miles
3. Dressed: One hour. Bother with a bike: no minimum

If it's going to take less than an hour, no point in getting kitted up. But I've ridden the bike to drop off a...
Forum: Foo
01-24-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 283
Posted By DrIsotope

We've gotten to the point where high school age...

We've gotten to the point where high school age kids don't understand what electricity is, or how it works.

What a time to be alive.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

On of the primary reasons I went to wax was to...

On of the primary reasons I went to wax was to extend the service interval-- any product recommending applications at 100km or even 200km would be ruled out from the start.

As I have said many,...
01-23-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By DrIsotope

Sounds like you're in much the same situation I...

Sounds like you're in much the same situation I am-- my "winter gear" gets worn maybe a dozen times a year. I picked up one of these...
01-23-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By DrIsotope

Nobody needs a new bike. But if you want one,...

Nobody needs a new bike. But if you want one, and have the means, get one. Lots of sub-$1k gravel bikes out there nowadays.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

I swap chains once a month. I also don't bother...

I swap chains once a month. I also don't bother with PTFE-- I tried it, and it make zero difference in performance or longevity, so far as I could tell.

The biggest single difference came from...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

I never intended to imply 30k out of a chain, as...

I never intended to imply 30k out of a chain, as that's absurd. I get, historically, around 3,500 miles out of a waxed chain, regardless of manufacturer.

On wet lubes under the same conditions,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

I would say that in practical use, over the span...

I would say that in practical use, over the span of some 30,000 miles, that wax will increase the life of an 11-speed chain about 10% compared to wet lubes.

Wax is cleaner, quieter, and in the...
01-23-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 840
Posted By DrIsotope

Nothing you put on a bike will add anywhere near...

Nothing you put on a bike will add anywhere near as much weight as the bag of meat and bones required to power it.

Say the bike weighs a chunky 30lbs, and the rider a slight 150lbs. Add 1lb of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 956
Posted By DrIsotope

I tried a Wipperman link on a non-Connex chain...

I tried a Wipperman link on a non-Connex chain just once-- and it's the only link I've ever had fail. I cannot justify the cost when I'm using $15 FSA or SRAM 11-speed chains that come with quick...
Forum: Foo
01-22-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 451
Posted By DrIsotope

There's always the LA Zoo. $22 a ticket, and you...

There's always the LA Zoo. $22 a ticket, and you can bring your own food.

The wife has been mentioning Disneyland again, and that's usually about a $1k day. That hurts.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By DrIsotope

Speed and comfort are not mutually exclusive. So...

Speed and comfort are not mutually exclusive. So long as the bars reduce the size of a rider's aerodynamic profile, they're having a benefit. Not all of us are going all out in a TT, so the bars can...
01-22-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 491
Posted By DrIsotope

Just think-- Michelin has been working on the...

Just think-- Michelin has been working on the "tweel" since at least 2005 (probably well before) and it's still only suitable for low speed, high load operations like tractors (or lunar rovers.)
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By DrIsotope

You must have had some really bulky clip-ons, I...

You must have had some really bulky clip-ons, I guess. My Shimano PRO set weighs about 350g. I've never really noticed the weight.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By DrIsotope

It's also like a bit of "bicycle cross training,"...

It's also like a bit of "bicycle cross training," because my position on the aerobar-fitted bike and my "normal" bike is different enough that I tend to be recruiting different muscles on each bike. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

I pull the chain out of the pot and put it...

I pull the chain out of the pot and put it straight onto the bike. Leather work glove on one hand. It's not that hot, fellas.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By DrIsotope

I can't speak for anyone else, but that's the...

I can't speak for anyone else, but that's the primary reason I fitted mine. Add to that the ability to ride further, faster (increased efficiency) and they're worth the several months of acclimating...
01-21-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,585
Posted By DrIsotope

Pull the other one, it's got bells on.

Pull the other one, it's got bells on.
01-21-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 313
Posted By DrIsotope

Unless you're somehow crammed into an almost...

Unless you're somehow crammed into an almost impossibly small space, I dunno... keep the bike inside? Our house is not large by any measure, but I could easily clear a space to store a bike if the...
01-20-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,038
Posted By DrIsotope

So some quick maths. Let's be conservative and...

So some quick maths. Let's be conservative and say that the leading group was moving at a modest 15mph pace. Let's assume you needed 2 minutes to air up and set out. To catch them in the span of...
01-20-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By DrIsotope

Yeah, I use 1.625" aluminum rod to rough out...

Yeah, I use 1.625" aluminum rod to rough out bases, and fit them with whatever wood scrap I have lying around.

You can check out the gallery (https://imgur.com/gallery/BQumq) I did of stem cap...
01-20-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By DrIsotope

I've made... a couple. Apologies for the image...

I've made... a couple. Apologies for the image sizes, these are from my Imgur from a few years ago. At told, I've probably made... a hundred? Hundred and twenty? Probably still have a few dozen...
01-20-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,255
Posted By DrIsotope

If you want to see the real work of the sun, just...

If you want to see the real work of the sun, just pull open one of the back pockets and compare the color of the outside of the pocket to the inside.

Then for bibs, toss a knee warmer on top of...
01-20-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 958
Posted By DrIsotope

Yes, it's called "burping." The rider on the MUP...

Yes, it's called "burping." The rider on the MUP had it worst case, because the air volume in a 23c tire is pretty small-- so when it burped, it just went dead flat. The tire was either not fully...
01-20-20, 12:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 799
Posted By DrIsotope

My wife doesn't like to pedal while standing. I...

My wife doesn't like to pedal while standing. I have not pressed the issue. I generally won't pedal while standing for more than a mile or two at a time. Anything approaching 10 minutes, I just feel...
01-19-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,255
Posted By DrIsotope

Zipped up, and inside-out. Gloves, socks, etc....

Zipped up, and inside-out. Gloves, socks, etc. go in one of those garment bags so the washer will stop eating them.

Everything used to get line-dried, but now that some of the 2+ year old jerseys...
01-18-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By DrIsotope

I run a 42T asymmetric ring with a 10-42 cassette...

I run a 42T asymmetric ring with a 10-42 cassette and use an uncut 116-link chain (Rival 1 RD.)
01-18-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By DrIsotope

SRAM states that the maximum cog size for the...

SRAM states that the maximum cog size for the Apex 1 RD is a 42T. No need for a Roadlink, unless you want to slap a 50T back there.
01-18-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By DrIsotope

It really depends on a couple of factors. If you...

It really depends on a couple of factors. If you have a bar with a decent reach to it, a stem as short as 70-80mm will feel a little quicker than the 100mm, but I don't think twitchy.

Now if your...
01-17-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,436
Posted By DrIsotope

Underrated bands could easily fill an entire...

Underrated bands could easily fill an entire thread. Speaking for myself, and recognizing that at least for the moment this thread is wandering, I'll throw Primus out there.
Forum: Foo
01-17-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 430
Posted By DrIsotope

I just got one this morning from a Orange County...

I just got one this morning from a Orange County phone number, complete with a bogus FedEx tracking number, saying I have a delivery waiting.

Not as good as the ones claiming the IRS is going to...
01-17-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 772
Posted By DrIsotope

Oh, for sure. I mean, traveling 25mph into a...

Oh, for sure. I mean, traveling 25mph into a 25mph wind on a bicycle would take something between 1,700 and 2,000 watts. You'd be producing so much heat you could take your shirt off.

The...
01-17-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 772
Posted By DrIsotope

Riding 10mph into a 25mph headwind, wind speed...

Riding 10mph into a 25mph headwind, wind speed 25mph.
Riding 25mph with a 25mph tailwind, wind speed 0mph.

And I reiterate: the wind speed is the wind speed; if you were to ride 25mph into a...
01-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 772
Posted By DrIsotope

If your relative velocity is slower than the...

If your relative velocity is slower than the windspeed, the wind is never going to be hitting you faster than the wind is blowing.

If the wind speed is 20mph and your speed is 10mph, the wind...
01-17-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 772
Posted By DrIsotope

As windchill is a relative expression of an...

As windchill is a relative expression of an absolute (that is, temperature) being outside @ 21F riding into a 24mph wind, the temperature is 21F. Any exposed skin will experience the sensation of...
01-17-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 29,870
Posted By DrIsotope

I was on MLK Avenue literally yesterday. Harumph.

I was on MLK Avenue literally yesterday. Harumph.
01-17-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,436
Posted By DrIsotope

My 58cm Ritchey is larger in every dimension than...

My 58cm Ritchey is larger in every dimension than the 61cm KHS frame it replaced. Bicycle frame sizing is almost random.
01-17-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By DrIsotope

The article isn't implying that you can train...

The article isn't implying that you can train yourself to pedal heels down, and therefore lower your saddle. What is stated is that a "heel driver" has a saddle height 3-4cm lower than a "toe...
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