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Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,148
Posted By canklecat

I use butyl tubes in cheap Continental Ultra...

I use butyl tubes in cheap Continental Ultra Sport II -- 25 on my old steel bike, 23 on the '93 Trek 5900. At 150 lbs I can run the pressure pretty low for comfort without risking pinch flats. For...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 572
Posted By canklecat

A couple of teams have touted the benefits of the...

A couple of teams have touted the benefits of the e-assist road bikes in place of a Derny for training. Same tractable power characteristics as a Derny but in a conventional package, so any team...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 715
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, the Blackburn 2'Fer. Everyone should have...

Ditto, the Blackburn 2'Fer. Everyone should have at least one. It's the most versatile lightweight and compact bike light I've found. It does four modes: steady and blinking white or red. Buy a pair...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 04:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 908
Posted By canklecat

Part of the availability of drinking fountains...

Part of the availability of drinking fountains may be affected by climate, particularly where plumbing is vulnerable to freezing damage. If it's like most parks and recreational area budgets,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 03:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 340
Posted By canklecat

Felt really good last week, rode 50+ miles three...

Felt really good last week, rode 50+ miles three days during the week, then took it a little easier over the weekend. 35 miles Saturday, 18 Sunday.

Yup, it's hot, but not as hot as this time last...
07-22-19, 03:19 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,332
Posted By canklecat

I've been using the standard 52/42 alloy Biopace...

I've been using the standard 52/42 alloy Biopace on a carbon fiber Trek 5900 for a few months. Not a huge difference from circular chainrings, but I'm not really comparing apples to apples. The bike...
07-22-19, 02:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 121
Posted By canklecat

Got a photo? Sounds like the cage stop screw came...

Got a photo? Sounds like the cage stop screw came out, or the cage pivoted around the stop screw. Or the lower knuckle spring popped out or broke. Might be a relatively easy fix.
07-21-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 683
Posted By canklecat

If you want to reuse bar wrap, get some Arundel...

If you want to reuse bar wrap, get some Arundel Synth Gecko. No adhesive. Doesn't take a set or permanent curl. It's 100% silicone, stretchy, durable, can be cleaned and reused. Comfy on chipseal and...
07-21-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 854
Posted By canklecat

On my bike with cantilever brakes, I use Jagware...

On my bike with cantilever brakes, I use Jagware black thinline pads (curved to match the rim) on the front, and Kool Stop Eagle 2 salmon pads on the rear. Can't say I notice any differences in...
07-21-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 449
Posted By canklecat

I only need reading glasses so I got a couple...

I only need reading glasses so I got a couple pair of Radians safety glasses/bifocals (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I6JVZQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1), in dark and clear...
07-21-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 877
Posted By canklecat

I just realized this morning I need to replace my...

I just realized this morning I need to replace my 18 month old Look Delta cleats. The lip on the left cleat is worn down almost twice as much as the right. That's mostly from setting my left foot...
07-21-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,104
Posted By canklecat

^^Yup.^^ If money changes everything in most...

^^Yup.^^

If money changes everything in most of life, weather changes everything on bike rides. I've seen the effects several times this summer.

I passed on a couple of group rides this week...
07-21-19, 12:58 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,734
Posted By canklecat

Hottest ride was last July, 111 F. And we had...

Hottest ride was last July, 111 F. And we had several days over 100. Rode anyway.

June is usually my month to acclimate. That's when the temperature can often go from cool and pleasant to hot...
07-21-19, 12:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 877
Posted By canklecat

Look Delta and Shimano SPD-SL. The designs are...

Look Delta and Shimano SPD-SL. The designs are pretty similar. Better than the toe clips and cleated Detto Pietros I used decades ago.

Look has more float, easier to clip in and out -- more...
07-20-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,534
Posted By canklecat

Yup, I remember that. My 1976 Motobecane had...

Yup, I remember that. My 1976 Motobecane had naked metal brakes. I got some thick rubbery bar wrap used to tame vibration on power tools, etc., and used it with that convoluted wrap around the...
07-20-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,534
Posted By canklecat

Much as I appreciate the Park Tool videos, they...

Much as I appreciate the Park Tool videos, they tend to be longer than necessary. Here's the most succinct bar wrapping demo I've found. Peter Sagan's tech needs a whopping 2 minutes from start to...
07-20-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 401
Posted By canklecat

Yep, saw that ad on Facebook this morning. I...

Yep, saw that ad on Facebook this morning. I don't need any tires but at that price I might snag a pair. I've been satisfied with Conti's inexpensive Ultra Sport II, but those discounted GPs don't...
07-20-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By canklecat

Yup, probably stretched cables. I usually tweak...

Yup, probably stretched cables. I usually tweak the cable tension every week after installing new cables until they stop stretching. Usually takes about three times to get it set and should stay that...
Forum: Foo
07-20-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 36,993
Posted By canklecat

Yup, saw that story about Whitaker the other day....

Yup, saw that story about Whitaker the other day. Sad way to go after he'd managed to get his life back together. Remember the 1990s-early 2000s boxing shows with Max Kellerman? He couldn't stop...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-19, 02:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 556
Posted By canklecat

For awhile last year I ran 23 front/25 rear. No...

For awhile last year I ran 23 front/25 rear. No problems. Ditto on my hybrid, 32/35. No problems with handling.

I've since switched back to 700x25 front and rear on one bike, both 23 on the other,...
Forum: Foo
07-19-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 36,993
Posted By canklecat

Yup. Muhammad Ali was the master of that...

Yup. Muhammad Ali was the master of that technique -- twisting the fist as it impacts. It bunches up the skin, which splits under pressure against bone -- orbital around the eyes, nose, cheeks, lips....
Forum: Foo
07-19-19, 10:56 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 36,993
Posted By canklecat

Thurman vs Pacquiao is a toss-up. It's a no-lose...

Thurman vs Pacquiao is a toss-up. It's a no-lose bout for Pacquiao. If Pacman wins, it'll be because even at age 40 he can still outfox and outbox a younger, stronger, but mechanical and predictable...
Forum: Foo
07-19-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 36,993
Posted By canklecat

Gervonta Davis reminds me more of Aaron Pryor...

Gervonta Davis reminds me more of Aaron Pryor than Mike Tyson. He is good. So good he'll beat himself before anyone beats him at his peak performance.

Only Lomachenko would offer a significant...
07-19-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 486
Posted By canklecat

Same as panzerwagon. The longer I hang around,...

Same as panzerwagon. The longer I hang around, the more I know how little I know.
07-19-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,807
Posted By canklecat

Adding some Wahoo sensors recently only confirmed...

Adding some Wahoo sensors recently only confirmed what I already knew about my riding style, from heart rate to cadence. No revelations. Glad I didn't spend too much.

For a few years I'd already...
07-19-19, 01:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 486
Posted By canklecat

Yup, great folks here, especially on C&V. I've...

Yup, great folks here, especially on C&V. I've learned a lot just in the three or four years I've been hanging around.
07-19-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 380
Posted By canklecat

The middle-out wrap can work with thin tape --...

The middle-out wrap can work with thin tape -- cloth or old style cello -- because the "wrong-way" edges don't peel up as easily. Some folks varnish the cloth wrap so it's even less likely to snag.
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Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By canklecat

I've had an '89 Centurion Ironman for a couple of...

I've had an '89 Centurion Ironman for a couple of years now. Great values. Mine is still mostly original, Suntour GPX group with downtube shifters. An Ironman with Shimano group would be easier to...
07-18-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,522
Posted By canklecat

My favorite hybrid tires are Continental Speed...

My favorite hybrid tires are Continental Speed Rides. One size, nominally 700x42 but measure closer to 700x38. I've ridden the same set since autumn 2016 and they still have miles of wear left.
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07-18-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By canklecat

My goal is to ride. If I don't feel like it,...

My goal is to ride.

If I don't feel like it, ride anyway. Even if only 30 minutes on the indoor trainer while watching TV.

If I do feel like it, keep going until I don't feel like it anymore....
07-18-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By canklecat

Same, at 61. I'm finally recovering from some...

Same, at 61. I'm finally recovering from some physical and health setbacks last year, but need more rest and recovery time than I used to. That was difficult to admit to myself.

Now I need a day...
07-18-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 828
Posted By canklecat

Yup. I use an older model Wahoo sensor set with...

Yup. I use an older model Wahoo sensor set with my iPhone 4s on my old steel road bike for indoor trainer. There are still plenty of unsold new/old stock Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack kits for iPhone 3 to...
Forum: Foo
07-18-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 501
Posted By canklecat

Can't wait for hemp-smoked bbq. Be a nice change...

Can't wait for hemp-smoked bbq. Be a nice change from mesquite.
Forum: Foo
07-18-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By canklecat

Probably a little of both. Videos of cats'...

Probably a little of both.

Videos of cats' routines show they do go through patterns of alternating between laziness (which we usually see), and roaming, playing stalking and hunting games,...
07-18-19, 01:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 484
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, Kool Stop bead jack. I carry one in my...

Ditto, Kool Stop bead jack. I carry one in my jersey pocket most rides. Essential for tight fitting beads. I like my Conti road tires so I'll put up with the jack.
07-18-19, 01:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By canklecat

Wheel placement in horizontal dropouts can...

Wheel placement in horizontal dropouts can influence shifting and the cog size that can be accommodated. Depends on the bike and rear derailleur and shifter system. My '89 Centurion Ironman with...
07-18-19, 12:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By canklecat

Bright red Kirtland bags would be period correct....

Bright red Kirtland bags would be period correct. But not to everyone's taste.

Ditto blue nylon bags. Very common 1970s-'80s color.

Jandd bags are still made in that style.

Check out Tourbon...
07-18-19, 12:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,534
Posted By canklecat

Cut an old tube into strips. Use it to practice...

Cut an old tube into strips. Use it to practice wrapping. Also good as padding between the bar and nicer cosmetic tape.
07-17-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 809
Posted By canklecat

True, but the OP is a long way off from that. At...

True, but the OP is a long way off from that. At his age, mid-30s, it would take about six months of methodical training to get up to that level of fitness. At my age and physical condition it took...
07-17-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 738
Posted By canklecat

Yup, I didn't mean to imply any "Back in my day,...

Yup, I didn't mean to imply any "Back in my day, ya punk whippersnappers" kinda curmudgeonly rant.

If I was coaching a team nowadays and caught a racer straw-bossing the mechanics I'd suggest he...
07-17-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,807
Posted By canklecat

They mashed because the typical freewheel was a...

They mashed because the typical freewheel was a 5-speed corncob. They might have the luxury of a 13-21, maybe a little bigger, on mountain stages.

Merckx's hour record was completely different...
07-17-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,115
Posted By canklecat

Wood velodromes are rare in the US now. High...

Wood velodromes are rare in the US now. High maintenance, not enough money/sponsors in the sport. It's inevitable the tracks will become dangerous.

Basketball courts have lots of joinery. But even...
07-17-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 738
Posted By canklecat

Kinda funny to watch older movies of racers. Some...

Kinda funny to watch older movies of racers. Some of them, like Merckx and Hinault, either did a lot of their own bike building, repairs and maintenance, or supervised it. There's a documentary of...
07-17-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,807
Posted By canklecat

Ride your own natural cadence. It'll vary over...

Ride your own natural cadence. It'll vary over time and distance anyway. As long as the bike fit is appropriate and no harm is being done to your joints, it can't be wrong.

The high rpm technique...
07-17-19, 03:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 809
Posted By canklecat

Just keep riding. It'll come. Find a compatible...

Just keep riding. It'll come. Find a compatible group and ride with them once a week, or a few times a month. That made a huge difference in my enjoyment of cycling and fitness. I was in terrible...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 02:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 883
Posted By canklecat

MIPS works. I was skeptical too but went ahead...

MIPS works. I was skeptical too but went ahead and bought a Bell Formula MIPS last summer because it was in my budget.

This spring I was conked on the noggin by a railroad crossing arm that...
07-17-19, 02:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By canklecat

Pretty cool. Good speed in some places, which is...

Pretty cool. Good speed in some places, which is safer since the overtake speed of motor vehicles is within reasonable reaction time.

Probably safer than the two-lane rural Texas highways I often...
07-17-19, 01:51 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,515
Posted By canklecat

I like the Spin Doctor multitool I got from...

I like the Spin Doctor multitool I got from Nashbar last year on blowout for something like $15. The chain and spoke tools are really good -- I've used them instead of my shop chain and spoke tools a...
07-17-19, 01:30 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,421
Posted By canklecat

Since my last post a couple of years ago I've...

Since my last post a couple of years ago I've switched to plastic cages on my road bikes. So far, so good, never had a bottle pop out -- which would be bad pookie in a group ride. I get annoyed when...
07-17-19, 01:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 738
Posted By canklecat

Handlebar tape, not the handlebars. Stuff gets...

Handlebar tape, not the handlebars. Stuff gets grimy quickly. Some bar wrap can be cleaned but it's quicker to wrap new bar tape. An experienced mechanic can rewrap a bar in 2-3 minutes, and do a...
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