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08-14-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 284
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Bah!! You're not sick, you're just out of shape,...

Bah!! You're not sick, you're just out of shape, and looking for an excuse to be lazy with your riding. Get up and out early, pack a lunch and ride an extra 20 miles. Push yourself to more and more....
08-14-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 635
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Excellent choice.

Excellent choice.
08-12-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 313
Posted By DeadGrandpa

If the"leadership" you were looking for was akin...

If the"leadership" you were looking for was akin to the reports of Chinese authorities forcing elements of the population to quarantine, in other words, if Trump had directed all law enforcement to...
08-12-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 499
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I will offer my thoughts in order: 300 miles on...

I will offer my thoughts in order: 300 miles on gravel in two days is beyond my abilities. Based on my gravel riding in the mountains, 50 miles is a very full day.
Drop bars will extend the...
08-12-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 313
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I live in an extremely rural area with a...

I live in an extremely rural area with a relatively low number of cases. I have little contact with other humanity, so my question is entirely academic: Was there any real expectation that the number...
08-12-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 508
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have a plus bike set up tubeless. I haven't...

I have a plus bike set up tubeless. I haven't been riding it for several months, and it's hanging on a hook. Still plenty of pressure when I squeeze the tires with my fingers. Months.
08-11-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 298
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I used to eat Cliff bars on bike rides, until I...

I used to eat Cliff bars on bike rides, until I started a new relationship with a super nutrition focused lady who consumes Macro bars instead. She said that Cliff bars have "soy protein isolate",...
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 359
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I will offer my thoughts, but they aren't worth...

I will offer my thoughts, but they aren't worth much.

I have never liked the 50/34 compact crank, especially when mated with the 11-28 cassette. I'm a spinner, an older guy who has never liked...
08-10-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 933
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I think you've already figured out a solution,...

I think you've already figured out a solution, but I thought I would pass on my experience. I have a 5ft 6inch truck bed with cap, and an mtb hardtail tandem (long wheel base). I take off both front...
08-10-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 779
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I wouldn't worry about what your friends are...

I wouldn't worry about what your friends are doing. Standing up on your pedals and lugging uphill by exerting brute force is good anaerobic exercise, but it is probably stressful for your knees. It's...
08-09-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 771
Posted By DeadGrandpa

You da man, Hondo!!!

You da man, Hondo!!!
08-09-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 326
Posted By DeadGrandpa

My advice is to buy the best you can afford. The...

My advice is to buy the best you can afford. The Revolt Advanced 0 comes with carbon wheels. If you can afford it, I think it's a great deal. The only reason I haven't bought one is the tire size...
08-07-20, 01:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 829
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Sounds like you're talking about Stalin. ...

Sounds like you're talking about Stalin.

Again, Stalin.
08-06-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 712
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Nah, it's only good for current and maybe average...

Nah, it's only good for current and maybe average speed, odometer and trip mileage, time the bike was moving. What is a power meter? Is that like a Strava thing? I put out some ANT poison this...
08-06-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 712
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I've seen those at the local hardware store on...

I've seen those at the local hardware store on sale for $7.50. If I didn't already have two almost like them in a drawer, I would have been sorely tempted.
08-05-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 712
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I recommend the new (?) Garmin Explore. I don't...

I recommend the new (?) Garmin Explore. I don't have personal knowledge of it but my GF likes hers. Pairs with the cadence sensor and the Varia radar blinky. All the data readouts except for the...
08-05-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,991
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Yes, your analysis is correct. We have thefts...

Yes, your analysis is correct. We have thefts because we tolerate thefts. If we wanted to eliminate thievery, we would put thieves into an airlock and open the outside door. See "The Moon Is A Harsh...
08-05-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 572
Posted By DeadGrandpa

There is a non-deet mosquito repellent called...

There is a non-deet mosquito repellent called REPEL, available at Walmart and Target, that works pretty well against mosquitoes and somewhat against the biting flies. It's made with lemon and...
07-31-20, 01:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 462
Posted By DeadGrandpa

If you haven't had issues climbing, then ignore...

If you haven't had issues climbing, then ignore what I said. I've run a 2x, 26/38T crankset with a 10-42 cassette where I only used the 26T climbing a mountain grade while loaded. The 38T was my main...
07-30-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Yuck. It's V-8 juice for me, lightly salted...

Yuck.

It's V-8 juice for me, lightly salted and peppered.
07-30-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 462
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I question the gearing, unless you don't need to...

I question the gearing, unless you don't need to climb hills and stuff, especially with luggage for touring. If so, and you are set on the cassette with a 32 tooth low gear, I would rather have a...
07-28-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,739
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Do you use a headlight on the front of your bike,...

Do you use a headlight on the front of your bike, to make yourself more visible to oncoming traffic? I have one that flashes and haven't had an unpleasant close oncoming car approaching in my lane...
07-28-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By DeadGrandpa

In my experience, the limiting factor is the...

In my experience, the limiting factor is the space between the chain stays.
Forum: Touring
07-28-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I can offer a minor caution about Schwalbe...

I can offer a minor caution about Schwalbe Marathons. I have a set of Marathon "Dureme" (no longer made) 700x40c, which is a touring/smooth gravel tire, more or less. They have good puncture...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,138
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I bike to live, and live to bike. Can't hold down...

I bike to live, and live to bike. Can't hold down a job, so might as well just ride. I have the impression that I liked something else almost as much, but I can't remember what it was.
Forum: Foo
07-25-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 491
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Me too, although it may be 4+ weeks before the...

Me too, although it may be 4+ weeks before the installation is complete. The crew that brought the box and installed the stand said they are delivering 4 or 5 units per day around here.
07-24-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 752
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Both of you are right, of course. I looked at the...

Both of you are right, of course. I looked at the specs but was distracted. What I meant to say is that I've bought an REI brand bike and it was a heck of a deal. This one looks great and I agree...
07-23-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 752
Posted By DeadGrandpa

How much does it weighs? I know, I know, I used...

How much does it weighs? I know, I know, I used to have an REI Novara Safari. Very comfortable until I found myself pedaling up a long hill. Weight is weight. A cheap steel frame is heavy. I wouldn't...
07-23-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,554
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I acquired an inexpensive, insulated "trunk bag"...

I acquired an inexpensive, insulated "trunk bag" several years ago, brand name "Avenir". It's not a Yeti cooler by any means, but it has an expanding top so I can get those bulky items inside. But I...
Forum: Touring
07-22-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,063
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I wish you luck. I spent a few years on a...

I wish you luck. I spent a few years on a prominent dating app, I dated a nice lady who said she liked hiking and biking. We hiked and biked together but she never transitioned to riding as the...
07-22-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 896
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I don't know how old you are, but it's the same...

I don't know how old you are, but it's the same no matter how old you are, only it's more if you're older like me. Heat affects you more, extra miles affect you more, and climbing affects you more....
07-22-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,004
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have to say that I don't know much about tandem...

I have to say that I don't know much about tandem geometry or technical stuff regarding tandems, even though I have two of them. One is a steel mid 80s Santana Arriva road tandem, the other is a 2016...
07-22-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I think you should buy a Giant Revolt Advanced 0,...

I think you should buy a Giant Revolt Advanced 0, because it's carbon frame, carbon wheels and Ultegra components. Under $4k. I would buy one for myself if it would fit wider tires, but for your...
07-21-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 790
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have worn polarized sunglasses for decades, and...

I have worn polarized sunglasses for decades, and found no perceptible difference between sunglasses from the fishing supply area of Walmart and designer offerings from REI or outfitter stores. I go...
07-21-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,139
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I think you should check out the YouTube channel...

I think you should check out the YouTube channel Path Less Pedaled. It's about gravel biking and bike packing, and you can find reviews of many, many bikes and geometry explanations.
07-20-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 6,450
Posted By DeadGrandpa

We're having mid 90 temps (90 per cent humidity)...

We're having mid 90 temps (90 per cent humidity) and "feels like" 105. She says we should begin riding by 6am, do our 36 mile "short ride", come home and take a nap. Sounds barbaric but it's better...
Forum: Foo
07-20-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Fantasies about riding other bikes?

When you're riding your current favorite bike, do you sometimes fantasize about riding other bikes? Not that anyone here would ever dream of being unfaithful, but still there is rumored to be "bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,180
Posted By DeadGrandpa

So very funny. That feeling of red lining and...

So very funny. That feeling of red lining and then recovering is too compelling. We both know that we'll both be out there again tomorrow.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,180
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Gatorade or electrolytes mixed at 50 per cent...

Gatorade or electrolytes mixed at 50 per cent strength in a couple water bottles. I ride in an environment like you described and I consume 3-4 tall bottles of water on a 40+ mile ride. V-8 juice...
07-18-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,440
Posted By DeadGrandpa

First, I think you need a better pump to bring...

First, I think you need a better pump to bring with you on rides. I never found mini pumps to be adequate for continuing a ride, only for going home. Get a Topeak Mountain Morph or similar, with a...
07-17-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,359
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I agree that driving down the infection rate is a...

I agree that driving down the infection rate is a laudable goal. I think the difficulty stems from an inherent resistance (in the US) to being told what to do. Sociologically, I don't think we are a...
07-17-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,359
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Thank you for the most reasoned reply I believe...

Thank you for the most reasoned reply I believe I've ever read here on BF. I don't know if "herd immunity" applies in this situation, but I've heard that the (Covid) mortality rate in the K-12 age...
07-17-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,359
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I haven't been keeping up with the latest...

I haven't been keeping up with the latest propaganda, but it's my understanding that children of school age (<18) are the least likely to die or have severe symptoms, so their risk is least. Not...
Forum: Foo
07-17-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 938
Posted By DeadGrandpa

You're my kind of caretaker, Hondo.

You're my kind of caretaker, Hondo.
Forum: Foo
07-17-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,050
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I believe the technical name of the scientific...

I believe the technical name of the scientific instrument you described is "teeter-totter". I considered manufacturing one, but then I realized that I don't have any beagles for balancing the...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,121
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Gearing has been my hobby for several years. I'm...

Gearing has been my hobby for several years. I'm not an expert. But I share your desire for a workable combination for loaded touring or simply climbing steep roads. I recommend a cassette whose...
07-16-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,058
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Same here.

Same here.
Forum: Foo
07-16-20, 04:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,050
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I applaud your quest for knowledge via science...

I applaud your quest for knowledge via science and experimentation. What's next?
07-15-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,875
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I don't like the 50/34 compact crank for...

I don't like the 50/34 compact crank for climbing. The 46/30 sub compact crank isn't much better, and I run a 10-42 cassette. The 30T front chain ring paired with the 42T cassette low gear will...
07-15-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,584
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Alright, I'll try. I'm also 67, but I've been...

Alright, I'll try. I'm also 67, but I've been riding pretty seriously for the last six years and. By that, I mean 36 miles is our short ride, 52 is our longest regular ride, and we occasionally go...
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