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Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 964
Posted By downtube42

My thumb is calibrated for the days of 100psi...

My thumb is calibrated for the days of 100psi tires. With wider lower pressure being the current thing, I'm in need of a recalibration 😂
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By downtube42

My right foot is about 1 1/2 sizes larger than...

My right foot is about 1 1/2 sizes larger than the left, but the left is wider. It's my left foot, the wider one, that consistently gets hotfoot. Excruciating, and once it flares up on a ride, I can...
04-13-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 441
Posted By downtube42

Oh heck no, those don't count. I've had no car...

Oh heck no, those don't count. I've had no car for five years, but my wife has had two in that period. I drive when we travel together, but I'm clearly a guest driver. Not my car; doesn't count.
04-12-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,198
Posted By downtube42

See rule 71...

See rule 71 (https://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#71) and ride your ride.
They should follow rule 38.

Also consult rules 43, 81.

If the rules are followed, there is no need or place for hurt...
Forum: Recumbent
04-12-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 206
Posted By downtube42

Meh. My 'bent may or may not be a real bike,...

Meh.

My 'bent may or may not be a real bike, but people in such scenarios are too wrapped up in their own insecurities to have any meaningful insight into the world beyond their own nose.
04-12-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 441
Posted By downtube42

My ratio thus far is 3:4 at 12 cars and 15 bikes....

My ratio thus far is 3:4 at 12 cars and 15 bikes.

Current ownership is 0 and 4.

I'm constantly thinking of the next bike.
04-12-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,576
Posted By downtube42

I was looking at 60 more miles of headwind to...

I was looking at 60 more miles of headwind to finish on my first 600k, when I realized both water bottles were an hour back at the last convenience store. The good news was, it was only 20 minutes...
04-11-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 755
Posted By downtube42

I was going to suggest Xenia, OH if you'd like...

I was going to suggest Xenia, OH if you'd like multiple day rides from a central location. You can do out-and-back rides the same day, or carry an overnight bag and hotel at turnaround towns.

For...
04-11-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Posted By downtube42

That would be mobile homes and the Renault Le Car...

That would be mobile homes and the Renault Le Car I had bitd.
04-10-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 298
Posted By downtube42

Top tube for me. I use clear 3M tape for a very...

Top tube for me. I use clear 3M tape for a very clean look.
Replies: 14
Views: 500
Posted By downtube42

Not so much giving up the recumbent, as pursuing...

Not so much giving up the recumbent, as pursuing a new challenge. The 'bent is still hanging there, waiting its turn.
04-08-21, 12:49 AM
Replies: 67
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Views: 1,827
Posted By downtube42

Weight, expense, friction. Limited gear...

Weight, expense, friction.

Limited gear ratios and ranges.

Pro racers don't use them.

Arguably more delicate; out of saddle climbing is discouraged.

Don't work on vertical dropouts...
04-08-21, 12:41 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,576
Posted By downtube42

I have a 200k mostly north-south route I ride...

I have a 200k mostly north-south route I ride about once a month. Depending on time of year it can be headwind/tailwind, tailwind/headwind, or crosswind ride. On rare occasions, there is no wind, and...
04-08-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By downtube42

There's a fun saying that goes, a three speed has...

There's a fun saying that goes, a three speed has too low, too high, and not quite right. That aligns with my experience.

I'm generally pretty happy with my 8-speed IGH, but I live in Oregon and...
Forum: Foo
04-07-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 726
Posted By downtube42

Only middle class American empty nester software...

Only middle class American empty nester software leader struggles.

650b disc tubeless rims are stupid expensive.
I don't want to work any longer, but "need" the income to maintain all this crap...
Replies: 14
Views: 500
Posted By downtube42

I'm just going to admit this: When it comes to...

I'm just going to admit this: When it comes to descriptions of body mechanics, like hip flexors or pelvic rotation or open hips, I have no concept. Somebody says with great authority well your hip...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 662
Posted By downtube42

Sheldon Brown was the go-to for rim/tire...

Sheldon Brown was the go-to for rim/tire compatibility for years, but I don't know if that is valid in these days of wide/gravel/tubeless. Probably yes; Sheldon knows all, even from the grave.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 421
Posted By downtube42

Specialized Footbeds helped me quite a bit. IIRC...

Specialized Footbeds helped me quite a bit. IIRC I stood on a device at the bike shop and it recommended blue.

Come to think of it, it's time to order some replacements. They are only good for a...
Forum: Foo
04-05-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 646
Posted By downtube42

Having gone through the possessions of first my...

Having gone through the possessions of first my parents then in laws, i say when in doubt throw it out.

I've moved twice in the last few years, across the continent. Tossing accumulated crap is...
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By downtube42

Only the quoted text. "Rejected" is my overly...

Only the quoted text. "Rejected" is my overly dramatic word. It's simply a matter of them choosing the best, from submissions.
04-04-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 540
Posted By downtube42

Think of it like buying a pair of pants. You can...

Think of it like buying a pair of pants. You can buy jeans, sweats, or dress pants. New or used. You can spend $25 or $200. But you wouldn't buy pants that don't fit.

About anything decent that...
04-04-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Posted By downtube42

Buyer beware at wally-world, as well. I was...

Buyer beware at wally-world, as well.

I was working on one of their MTBs at the co-op a few years ago, and came across a nice cost-saving measure. The entire grip-shift assembly was a solid piece...
Replies: 14
Views: 500
Posted By downtube42

Recumbent veteran to upright newbie

After 10 years, ~35,000km of randonneuring on a recumbent, with multiple 1200s, I'm giving it a go on an upright bike, with the goal of completing PBP in 2023. It's a work in progress, to be sure....
04-02-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,408
Posted By downtube42

I had a Sanyo on my commuter for years, leaving...

I had a Sanyo on my commuter for years, leaving the light on always. Flawless, all weather year-round.

Drag is high, the data says. I wouldn't use it on a 1200k because I don't want to give away...
04-01-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,002
Posted By downtube42

Just night i was looking at my options for 11...

Just night i was looking at my options for 11 speed road 135mm disc QR hubs, for a second/650b wheelset. In the $200 range, there are plenty of hub options. Aside from Formula, not much below that...
04-01-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 826
Posted By downtube42

I don't know names of anything. Roads, cities, ...

I don't know names of anything. Roads, cities, towns, people, companies, whatever. A lifelong affliction, so 50+ means nothing. I just go to the white barn and turn left, say "how's it going", and...
04-01-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,925
Posted By downtube42

It's really simple to learn. Fall off, get back...

It's really simple to learn. Fall off, get back on. Repeat. Self defense causes your brain to learn.
03-28-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,453
Posted By downtube42

I started using transit in Portland about 3 years...

I started using transit in Portland about 3 years ago. Riding in an urban train, I observe up close and personal that some percentage of the population has mental health issues. Mostly, they are...
Forum: Introductions
03-28-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 141
Posted By downtube42

Welcome. C&V is where you want to be. Folks...

Welcome. C&V is where you want to be.

Folks in the Hot or Not thread in road cycling can respond favorably to C&V builds. Be prepared for criticism, but even that can be informative....
03-25-21, 11:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,095
Posted By downtube42

I used to have a carpenter buddy who'd say he...

I used to have a carpenter buddy who'd say he didn't understand math, but flawlessly calculated construction dimensions. He's shrug and say it was just numbers.
Forum: Foo
03-25-21, 12:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By downtube42

A stubborn stem that suddenly broke free landed...

A stubborn stem that suddenly broke free landed me in the ER with a severely split lip. Large force directed toward the face is a bad idea. They were getting ready to stitch me up when a large...
03-24-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By downtube42

You picked your risk level, went out on that road...

You picked your risk level, went out on that road in those conditions, and had the skills and fortune to get through the situation. IMO that's a good outcome.

In retrospect if you decide it was...
03-24-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By downtube42

Ha, thanks. It was fun.

Ha, thanks. It was fun.
03-23-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,925
Posted By downtube42

Go for it! Just like bicycling, increasing...

Go for it!

Just like bicycling, increasing distance slowly is the way to go. I worked my way up to 15 miles on my uni, a few years ago. It's manageable.
Forum: Introductions
03-23-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By downtube42

Welcome to BF. I rode around the...

Welcome to BF.

I rode around the Shelbyville area and north a few years back. Beautiful country. Hills.

Cheers
03-21-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 768
Posted By downtube42

Chevrons on road bike tire treads are 99.998%...

Chevrons on road bike tire treads are 99.998% marketing, with the remaining 0.002% being incorrect thinking.
03-21-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By downtube42

Gorilla Pros: Rips to proper width easily ...

Gorilla Pros:
Rips to proper width easily
Goes on ez pz
Sticks and Seals
Cheap
Gorilla Cons:
Tire mounting can be harder, since the thicker tape fills up the center bed.
Residue after removal...
03-21-21, 12:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By downtube42

Indoor Trainer Short

I posted this in the ultracycling forum, but I thought this group might enjoy. A short I put together for a film festival. It didn't make the cut.

Lonely Sweat Drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By downtube42

Formally Rejected

On a pandemic inspired whim, going stir-crazy with all the 2020 events canceled, I made a short video and submitted it to a film festival. Inspiration came while I was on my indoor trainer. I asked...
Forum: Foo
03-20-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 704
Posted By downtube42

Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana...

Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana is the best place on earth, as Texans are about Texas. We lack anything approaching arrogance about ourselves or our homeland. So Hoosiers look around,...
Forum: Foo
03-19-21, 11:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 704
Posted By downtube42

This got me to thinking. My father-in-law...

This got me to thinking.

My father-in-law grew up in New Zealand. For his grandkids/my kids, he wrote a booklet "100 things to do on the farm in New Zealand". Cool stuff like catch an eel in the...
Forum: Foo
03-18-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 704
Posted By downtube42

I spent the first 3/4 my life in Indianapolis,...

I spent the first 3/4 my life in Indianapolis, and I can unequivocally say July would not be my choice month to visit. It's not Texas hot, but it's humid beyond measure. As far as natural beauty...
Forum: Foo
03-18-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,360
Posted By downtube42

I'll take whatever's offered at the time. ...

I'll take whatever's offered at the time.

Who knows when that will be. My home state of Indiana is at 45 and up, while here in Oregon we're still at 65+, with at least another group before me at...
03-16-21, 11:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 482
Posted By downtube42

Either ship them, carry them yourself, or pack...

Either ship them, carry them yourself, or pack them up for the mover.
03-15-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,252
Posted By downtube42

If you're sliding forward, there is some force...

If you're sliding forward, there is some force causing you to slide forward.
- Saddle angle. If your saddle is tilted forward, it will tend to pitch your forward.
- Saddle already too far forward....
03-15-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,252
Posted By downtube42

Concur on saddle setback. I suggest a different...

Concur on saddle setback. I suggest a different method. First mark or measure where the saddle is now in case things don't go well, so you have a baseline. Then move it back as far as possible. If...
Forum: Foo
03-14-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 571
Posted By downtube42

Borderline if I'd do it, but if I did I'd start...

Borderline if I'd do it, but if I did I'd start in the morning. This is not a project to start an hour or two before the plumbing supply stores close.

I'm no longer young and poor, so paying...
03-14-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 960
Posted By downtube42

Some people stop and drink pickle juice, Others...

Some people stop and drink pickle juice, Others stop and drink electrolytes. Some stop and stretch. Some stop and eat bananas.

They say it's the pickle juice, electrolytes, stretching, or...
03-13-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,510
Posted By downtube42

Forget the age topic. Figure out what you like,...

Forget the age topic. Figure out what you like, what you value, and find a suitable bike. I like to spend a day in the saddle, and I like classic styling, so I built a steel framed bike with...
Forum: Foo
03-13-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By downtube42

I've been in the automotive and industrial...

I've been in the automotive and industrial equipment software business for a long time. Diagnostic software is not bug free. Startup and shutdown are the most troublesome scenarios, particularly...
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