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Forum: Commuting
02-21-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By mcours2006

UPDATE: So I did the WD40 flush into the...

UPDATE:
So I did the WD40 flush into the shifter housing yesterday. Today the temperature was at a mild -13*C.:rolleyes: The shifters shifted great. No hint of any stickiness, well, the right side...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By mcours2006

That's not true. That's a lot to most, if not...

That's not true. That's a lot to most, if not all, folks. Well done!:thumb:

FWIW, I rode last Friday when the temperature was -21*C with a wind chill of -31, and folks are impressed, but the wind...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By mcours2006

Thanks for the thoughtful and useful comments,...

Thanks for the thoughtful and useful comments, :)as opposed to the ones that are useless and thoughtless.:rolleyes:

I may try flushing it out with some WD40 and see if it works any better. We...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By mcours2006

Old shifters malfunctioning in extreme cold

I can't be the only one who's had a set of older shifters (4500 Tiagra triple) not shift in extreme cold. Temperature was -21C this morning. Neither side ended being able to shift into a smaller cog....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By mcours2006

The Aksiums are pretty bombproof, if a bit on the...

The Aksiums are pretty bombproof, if a bit on the heavy side. I've got over 20,000 km on the current pair, and still going well. Mind you, I'm a relative lightweight.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,705
Posted By mcours2006

Then you have never had the retaining pin that...

Then you have never had the retaining pin that holds the spring-loaded clip come loose during a ride. Unlike the 105's and higher, the pin on the 550's is a pressed-in pin, not a threaded bolt. I've...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

I'm surprised they let you do that...unless it's...

I'm surprised they let you do that...unless it's under cover of darkness.;)
Forum: Commuting
01-31-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

I agree. There's been patches of ice on the MUP...

I agree. There's been patches of ice on the MUP all this week, but because I'm traveling in a straight line over it, there is no issue. In my OP, I was slowing down and at the same time turning left....
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 02:15 PM
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

Yep. The bike separated from me after falling....

Yep. The bike separated from me after falling. I've had a few falls this winter at low speeds. Three in one day, but it was a nasty storm day when I was on a trail next to a recently plowed road. The...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

+1 for a dedicated stud bike. I used to wait till...

+1 for a dedicated stud bike. I used to wait till the morning to decide if I needed to swap wheels on the same bike. That was a hassle when I guessed wrong the night before. And of course, the...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

Studs do work on ice. Especially the black kind....

Studs do work on ice. Especially the black kind. You have to lower the pressure on them to make them more effective. I do run the psi a bit higher on mine as I want them to roll better on bare...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

If I had studs on yesterday I wouldn't have even...

If I had studs on yesterday I wouldn't have even given that icy patch a second look or s second thought. It would have been a non-event. I've ridden over stuff like that countless times on studded...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,519
Posted By mcours2006

If you think you don't need it, you're probably wrong!

My disdain for riding on studs got me in trouble yesterday morning. The roads were a bit damp, but had been well salted, and after riding the first few hundred meters I thought it was fine. It was...
01-17-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,959
Posted By mcours2006

That makes sense to me. It's pretty straight...

That makes sense to me. It's pretty straight forward. Windchill is the effect of wind on cooling down the body. With the wind at 0 mph, your net wind is your speed, and that's how your windchill is...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 703
Posted By mcours2006

I ran two cameras. Both of them were the Ion Pro...

I ran two cameras. Both of them were the Ion Pro Lite, which is a bullet-style unit, one on the top of the helmet and the other underneath the saddle rails. Battery life was decent during non-winter...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 703
Posted By mcours2006

I had a really close pass once by a city transit...

I had a really close pass once by a city transit bus. I was on a bike lane and the driver drove onto the bike lane to pass me while his own lane was unoccupied and more than wide enough to...
Forum: Commuting
01-09-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,526
Posted By mcours2006

There's no 'proper' way to tote your stuff....

There's no 'proper' way to tote your stuff. Whatever works for you is the 'proper' way.

Convenient when you get off the bike you can just go, as opposed to taking your stuff out of the pannier,...
01-02-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,328
Posted By mcours2006

I've just over 10,000 km, or about 6200 miles. My...

I've just over 10,000 km, or about 6200 miles. My commutes of 40 km a day are typically slow like 12-14 mph. About 60% of my mileage is commuting. The other 40% are either group rides or solo efforts...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 725
Posted By mcours2006

10,510 km total. 0 km indoors.

10,510 km total. 0 km indoors.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,200
Posted By mcours2006

That mcours2006 guy maybe not up to snuff with...

That mcours2006 guy maybe not up to snuff with the beasts found on this forum. ;) Needs to HTFU and do more training.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,200
Posted By mcours2006

A guy on a MTB casually doing 20+ mph, with...

A guy on a MTB casually doing 20+ mph, with knobby tires, no doubt. Hmm. Must be a pro.;)
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,654
Posted By mcours2006

The friends with whom I ride who have the Varia...

The friends with whom I ride who have the Varia don't do much with the data, or at least I don't see them react to it. I am quite comfortable riding further out from the shoulder/curb when I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,654
Posted By mcours2006

All those things you listed are great, and maybe...

All those things you listed are great, and maybe more useful when riding solo. I do the same thing, except I see the traffic behind with my mirror. Do I feel that the my mirror gives me a sense of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,654
Posted By mcours2006

I don't own a Varia, but quite a few of my...

I don't own a Varia, but quite a few of my friends do. They also swear by it. I'm the only one who runs cameras on rides, both front and rear. I think if I cared about looking like a dork I'd ditch...
12-29-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,344
Posted By mcours2006

Depends on when and where

I just finished a 30 mile ride with a buddy. Early Sunday morning on rural roads, most with a decent shoulder. It was sublime. We were passed by maybe a dozen, may two dozen, drivers, all of whom...
12-28-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,600
Posted By mcours2006

Say yes to all invitations to ride whenever time...

Say yes to all invitations to ride whenever time permits. 'I don't feel like it' can't an excuse to say no.
12-24-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 532
Posted By mcours2006

My riding buddies are all on Zwift and doing a...

My riding buddies are all on Zwift and doing a ton of training, so if I don't to get dropped come spring, I've got to continue riding throughout winter. So, yeah, I resolve to do that.:D
12-24-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 532
Posted By mcours2006

I'd love to get an aero bike, but my sensible and...

I'd love to get an aero bike, but my sensible and frugal self is telling me not to. So instead I'm going to give myself the gift of better fitness by riding more hills.:D Come to think of it, that's...
12-23-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 913
Posted By mcours2006

Lots of my riding buddies are off this and next...

Lots of my riding buddies are off this and next week. We're going to milk this weather as much as we can. We've ridden three straight days now.
12-23-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 859
Posted By mcours2006

I like these ones as well, and I've been using...

I like these ones as well, and I've been using them on our rides lately. I'll fill it up with a hot green tea. It's nice to have something hot to warm you up when it's freezing cold. It's still warm...
12-23-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,069
Posted By mcours2006

Fake news.:rolleyes:

Fake news.:rolleyes:
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 477
Posted By mcours2006

What is wrong with the RX RD? In any case, I...

What is wrong with the RX RD? In any case, I doubt there'd be much difference.
Forum: Commuting
12-21-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,273
Posted By mcours2006

It was good year for me. I drove in about a dozen...

It was good year for me. I drove in about a dozen times back in January and February, and a couple of times this month. But if I had to be honest with myself I probably should have driven a few more...
12-20-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,107
Posted By mcours2006

It's not all or none for me. I accept that there...

It's not all or none for me. I accept that there are inherent risks to living like others have noted. Freak accidents happen. Driving a car is dangerous. Eating too much carb is dangerous. Having...
12-20-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

That's one scenario that I could see happening...

That's one scenario that I could see happening with the cyclist. Good catch.:thumb:
12-20-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

I'm trying to imagine how cyclist could have...

I'm trying to imagine how cyclist could have ended up on the driver's side of the bus.:foo: Even slipping on an ice patch, your forward momentum would take you straight ahead, not across the path of...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,418
Posted By mcours2006

The best wheels are the ones that are already on...

The best wheels are the ones that are already on the bike and have been for a while. Anything else is going to cost extra. Mine are heavy and robust. They need to be able to be withstand the rigours...
12-19-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,509
Posted By mcours2006

Studded tires are usually wire-beaded. IME,...

Studded tires are usually wire-beaded. IME, wire-beaded tires are usually quite easy to get on and off. I've used different sizes, brands, and with different rims. Never had an issue with them....
12-19-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

"The bus was trying to pass by Cammerman when his...

"The bus was trying to pass by Cammerman when his bike hit a patch of ice and he fell in front of the bus and was struck by the driver’s side front tire, police sources said."

Bus driver was...
12-19-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

True enough, but since the police were not...

True enough, but since the police were not present at the time of the collision, and 14 children on board likely were not paying attention and so did not witness the crash, the only likely 'source'...
12-19-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,765
Posted By mcours2006

That is a V-brake. More like this one: ...

That is a V-brake.

More like this one:
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/484x319/avid_shorty_4_cantilever_brake_00102656_9999_1_40efa58b3551ca42d9830db524e22fd81ea1b13e.jpg...
12-19-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,765
Posted By mcours2006

The redesign of canti brakes with the cable from...

The redesign of canti brakes with the cable from the lever running straight through to one of the canti arms solved this problem.
12-19-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

Let's shall.;)

Let's shall.;)
12-19-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

Unfortunately the victim isn't alive to tell his...

Unfortunately the victim isn't alive to tell his side of the story. The only version we have is that of the driver's, that he wasn't driving too fast, too class, or too distracted. How many more than...
12-19-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,765
Posted By mcours2006

Happened to me once, almost the exact same thing....

Happened to me once, almost the exact same thing. I was going slower than 15 mph, but still had enough speed to fly over the bars and land on my shoulder. I was wearing a helmet. I got a bit of road...
12-19-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

Drivers killing cyclists. Seems to be the theme...

Drivers killing cyclists. Seems to be the theme these days.:rolleyes:
12-19-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,879
Posted By mcours2006

How close was the bus to the cyclist? That's what...

How close was the bus to the cyclist? That's what I'd like to know. If the bus driver had given the cyclist room I don't see how he could have been run over.
12-17-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,056
Posted By mcours2006

Dropping 30 pounds help get my BP down to normal....

Dropping 30 pounds help get my BP down to normal. Different for everyone. Some it's salt. Some it's alcohol. Exercise helps. For others it's genetic and there ain't nothing except meds works.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,152
Posted By mcours2006

Could always slow down or stop and walk over it....

Could always slow down or stop and walk over it. Or learn to bunny noon at speed.
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