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Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,534
Posted By DrIsotope

People putting Gatorskins (or any frozen hose of...

People putting Gatorskins (or any frozen hose of a tire) on $10k+ megasuperbikes will always be the benchmark of What?Why?! for me, so a handlebar bag (regardless of size) doesn't even come close.
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09-18-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,200
Posted By DrIsotope

Not really. Typically* there is very little...

Not really. Typically* there is very little muscle gain or fat loss taking place on a bike-- the weight is coming off via diet. Track cyclists don't get massive legs from riding, they get those in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 949
Posted By DrIsotope

My optimum temperature for speed: 55F. ...

My optimum temperature for speed: 55F. Supposedly, the optimum temperature for running a marathon is between 49-52F, so maybe there's something to it.

I lose probably 1.5mph on average in the...
Forum: Foo
09-16-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 881
Posted By DrIsotope

The overflow tube is just that-- a tube. Put in...

The overflow tube is just that-- a tube. Put in a longer tube. Do whatever suits your mechanical aptitude to lengthen it. If that ends at "screwing things together," The Korky QuietFILL has a...
09-15-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,439
Posted By DrIsotope

Ah, perhaps BF's favorite ol' chestnut: the...

Ah, perhaps BF's favorite ol' chestnut: the False Dichotomy. Sigh.

I stated my opinion in post 11. It hasn't changed.
09-15-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,439
Posted By DrIsotope

Embracing the notion that "the best way" is to...

Embracing the notion that "the best way" is to simply cram as many gears as possible onto a bicycle sounds a bit to me like a marketing success. If memory serves me, the entire bicycling world made...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,100
Posted By DrIsotope

Softeners. My current choice for softening my wax...

Softeners. My current choice for softening my wax blend is Mr. Zogs, because they're cheap, I have entirely too many on hand, and they make my workshop smell like pina colada on chain waxing day.
09-15-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 649
Posted By DrIsotope

The only times I've witnessed Seasucker racks in...

The only times I've witnessed Seasucker racks in use have been on cars that would tend to indicate that the owner could afford to cover the costs of any catastrophe, if you get my drift. Like, that...
09-15-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By DrIsotope

That would save the OP about $85, as the 48/31...

That would save the OP about $85, as the 48/31 chainring combo (at least if you stick with Shimano) is about $140. That outer ring is absurdly expensive.

For me at least, $475 is a bit too much...
09-14-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,439
Posted By DrIsotope

Was it me? I hope it was me. I mean, my 1X...

Was it me? I hope it was me. I mean, my 1X Ritchey has 21,000 miles on it. It's done Onyx Summit, the IE to San Diego, it's been to the Grand Canyon, it's been everywhere. I've never felt...
09-14-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By DrIsotope

I have found nothing stating that the FC-RX810-1...

I have found nothing stating that the FC-RX810-1 has the second BCD holes on it for the sub-34 chainrings. It might, but Shimano doesn't mention it, nor does any retailer.

ST-RX810-L $250...
09-14-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By DrIsotope

Generally speaking, you'll get used to it-- or...

Generally speaking, you'll get used to it-- or more accurately, acclimate yourself to it. My neck would get really sore when I first got a road bike, but these thousands of miles later, it takes a...
09-13-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,439
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're set on a fat tire road bike, go 2X. ...

If you're set on a fat tire road bike, go 2X. You don't need a clutched RD, you don't need a 1:1 final for climbing, you don't need to worry about chain drops from riding washboarded fire roads.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,729
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're that strong, the bike weight shouldn't...

If you're that strong, the bike weight shouldn't matter. If you think 3lbs of bike weight is why other riders are ahead of you, then the upcoming reality check is going to be a harsh one... and...
09-12-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 2,738
Posted By DrIsotope

I guess we just have better conditions and...

I guess we just have better conditions and proximity to tanker crews, because our local fire is tiny compared to what's happening both in LA county and up in NorCal. So the IE has had pretty much...
09-12-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 513
Posted By DrIsotope

:foo: That's ummm... what the D2000 are...

:foo:
That's ummm... what the D2000 are specifically for-- demo work. Directly from Klein: "D2000 Diagonal Cutters are ideal for cutting ACSR, screws, nails, and most hardened wire."

I've...
09-12-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 513
Posted By DrIsotope

I've been using Shimano PRO Cable Cutters for 5+...

I've been using Shimano PRO Cable Cutters for 5+ years now and have absolutely no complaints. They cut cable and housing easily and without issue. Under $20.

I've been using the same pair of...
09-12-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,208
Posted By DrIsotope

Oh look, a study to show us what every parent has...

Oh look, a study to show us what every parent has known since their kids' first day of school. No prior illness can ever quite prepare you for what a kindergartner brings home.

So now we...
09-11-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By DrIsotope

For drop bars, yeah (outer ends of the...

For drop bars, yeah (outer ends of the clavicles.) For flat/riser bars, it's pretty much personal preference. You'll see guys on hybrids with sub-600mm bars, and guys on downhill MTBs at +800mm. ...
09-10-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 425
Posted By DrIsotope

That crank arm is destroyed. Never in my days...

That crank arm is destroyed. Never in my days have I seen a stripped HTII crank arm, nor can I recollect an instance of "triple failure," where the preload cap came loose, pinch bolts came loose, and...
09-10-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 3,935
Posted By DrIsotope

The El Dorado fire is about 10 miles east of me,...

The El Dorado fire is about 10 miles east of me, but how "present" it is depends on the winds at any given moment. So am I still riding? Absolutely. The AQI during the afternoon is usually bouncing...
09-09-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 350
Posted By DrIsotope

I got right around 9k miles out of a Praxis Works...

I got right around 9k miles out of a Praxis Works 50T. When replaced, it was worn to the point that the bike made a creaky groan sort of noise every time I took off from a stop, as the chain slid up...
Forum: Recumbent
09-08-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By DrIsotope

Isn't SRAM Eagle the only RD that can handle the...

Isn't SRAM Eagle the only RD that can handle the 10-50?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,729
Posted By DrIsotope

Just imagine how disappointed the OP will be...

Just imagine how disappointed the OP will be after spending $XXX dollars on "upgrades" only to find out he doesn't get noticeably faster. Removing four pounds of bike weight over a Florida 50k might...
09-07-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 687
Posted By DrIsotope

Looks like steerer tube or headtube failure, best...

Looks like steerer tube or headtube failure, best as I can tell from the grainy video-- front wheel comes back and shoves itself into the downtube, turns the bike into a catapult. The guy basically...
09-07-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 350
Posted By DrIsotope

Easiest in a stand: while the chain is on the...

Easiest in a stand: while the chain is on the big ring, grab it at around the 2 o'clock position and pull forward. If the chainring is a little worn, you'll be able to lift it a little, and see some...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,467
Posted By DrIsotope

The hoods on my road bike are probably around 1/2...

The hoods on my road bike are probably around 1/2 the angle of the photo in the OP.

The hoods on my CX bike (with 24 flared bars) have probably double the angle of the photo in the OP.

I...
09-05-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,160
Posted By DrIsotope

Seems to me that the seller's prices are...

Seems to me that the seller's prices are strangely high on everything. Maybe he doesn't really want to sell anything.
09-05-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By DrIsotope

BB86 = PF86. "Designed to be used with 24mm...

BB86 = PF86.

"Designed to be used with 24mm spindle diameter cranks (Shimano HollowTech II), but can also use GXP cranks in these. Some brands call this PF41, describing the frame shell diameter...
09-04-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By DrIsotope

You can patch it as you would a tube. On an MTB...

You can patch it as you would a tube. On an MTB tire, you could probably just slap a piece of Gorilla Tape on the inside of the hole. The most time consuming part of it is cleaning the area well...
09-04-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,409
Posted By DrIsotope

Some Chinese jerseys are garbage, some are...

Some Chinese jerseys are garbage, some are decent, and some lie in between the extremes. I don't know how pleased I'd be after getting a $12 jersey for $12, but hey, might get a season or two out of...
09-04-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,327
Posted By DrIsotope

In lighter news, the northern SART is now...

In lighter news, the northern SART is now uninterrupted from Hidden Valley to Waterman, as construction somehow magically finished the pipework along the 10 corridor before the posted November date...
09-04-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,599
Posted By DrIsotope

I didn't miss where the OP has some sort of...

I didn't miss where the OP has some sort of health condition that requires constant HR monitoring, did I? Because taking short, low-intensity E-bike rides, regardless of how many a day are ridden,...
09-04-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 197
Posted By DrIsotope

Another thread addressed this-- motors don't...

Another thread addressed this-- motors don't like dimmers. Motors want to have a specific amount of voltage and amperage at all times. Changing speeds via a dimmer (which is made only for light...
09-04-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 243
Posted By DrIsotope

I wouldn't recommend going any bigger than a 36T....

I wouldn't recommend going any bigger than a 36T. The 6700GS will clear it, but just doesn't have enough spring tension in it-- with a chain long enough to wrap a 40 or 42 in front and a 36T in the...
09-03-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 1,481
Views: 102,012
Posted By DrIsotope

I've been waiting and waiting on this one, as my...

I've been waiting and waiting on this one, as my two closest options involving Robin Hood are:

a montessori school 90 miles away
a motel on BIg Bear Lake, a scant 40 miles, but with 8,125ft of...
09-01-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 703
Posted By DrIsotope

I have a Selle Italia Novus Boost Gravel Heritage...

I have a Selle Italia Novus Boost Gravel Heritage Superflow on my CX bike, and aside from the dumb name, it's a great saddle, and very similar to the PRO Stealth or Spesh Power, just perhaps a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,419
Posted By DrIsotope

First: never look at a pro's bike for setup tips....

First: never look at a pro's bike for setup tips. They're a different species.
Second: if your knees, hips, and back are okay with it, your saddle height is probably fine. Could you put out more...
09-01-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,333
Posted By DrIsotope

As the kidz would say on the interwebz, GAINZ ...

As the kidz would say on the interwebz, GAINZ

I see one of two possible outcomes: he's either in the Tokyo Games come next summer, or his "training regimen" has him blow up like a balloon with a...
09-01-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,333
Posted By DrIsotope

Wanna know what you can do on a bike without a...

Wanna know what you can do on a bike without a motor? Ride a bike without a motor. <ANY> measured speed on an E-Bike is meaningless in the context of physical ability.

There's an old dude on a...
09-01-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,333
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, that would mean that you're doing +4W/kg...

Well, that would mean that you're doing +4W/kg constantly, every day. You should be getting paid to ride with those kinds of numbers.

I'mma just gonna hang out over here in reality, where my...
08-31-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By DrIsotope

I had an SK just blow the bead off while JRA-- ...

I had an SK just blow the bead off while JRA-- literally. Left a tear in the sidewall about 8" long. I sent a single photo to Panaracer and they replaced the tire without issue.
08-31-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,052
Posted By DrIsotope

I do always love a "letter of the law" argument....

I do always love a "letter of the law" argument. They're awesome. The statement that cops only write tickets in the interest of public safety is-- despite the fact that I read it at 6am-- the...
08-30-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,052
Posted By DrIsotope

Maybe true some places, but absolutely not most....

Maybe true some places, but absolutely not most. Twenty states do not consider a bicycle to be a vehicle-- and beyond that, as a license is not required to operate one in any state, there's no way...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,513
Posted By DrIsotope

As a non racing, strictly solo rider who's had...

As a non racing, strictly solo rider who's had power for about 4 years now, I'm less interested in seeing a big number than I am seeing a better ratio of W/mph. I'm getting older by the day, so it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,416
Posted By DrIsotope

Looks like a perfect excuse to go custom paint,...

Looks like a perfect excuse to go custom paint, IMO. Something sparkly.
08-30-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By DrIsotope

Ignoring any notions of "cleanliness," a pro...

Ignoring any notions of "cleanliness," a pro cyclist is no different from any other pro athlete-- they were all born with a little extra something. A very good VO2 max for an adult male is above...
08-30-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 703
Posted By DrIsotope

You apparently haven't looked at many bikes,...

You apparently haven't looked at many bikes, then. Tri and TT bikes tend to be fitted with snub-nose or noseless saddles, and those bikes are ridden in an aero position... all the time.
As you've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,513
Posted By DrIsotope

My guess would be that the Peleton shows a bigger...

My guess would be that the Peleton shows a bigger number because bigger power numbers make people feel better. The 4iiii doesn't care about your feelings.

You've also got "new power meter fever"...
08-29-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By DrIsotope

You could train as much as your body would allow...

You could train as much as your body would allow and never reach that level-- it's not a matter of just wanting it. Those folks are actually physically and chemically different from the rest of us.
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