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Forum: Commuting
10-21-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 938
Posted By Phil_gretz

Routines, but not Rituals...

For me, it has to be routines. But they're mostly done the night before.


Check weather and determine riding gear for am and pm
Select bike based on weather/Pump tires
Charge lights
Make/pack...
10-16-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,476
Posted By Phil_gretz

Once Again, Editing...

The OP could have begun with a brief, tightly edited written list of professional peeves, AND THEN scripted, blocked out, and filmed a video to illustrate these things. That would have been good...
10-10-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,448
Posted By Phil_gretz

Design of Experiments

Really, people? Simple anecdotes about what you tried and how you're satisfied?

How is that an experiment. The OP said that he'd like to experiment.

The American Society of Quality...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By Phil_gretz

Cat people?

Cat people?
10-09-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,747
Posted By Phil_gretz

My birthday is in August. If it's a work day,...

My birthday is in August. If it's a work day, then I'll ride to work and that's it. If it falls on a weekend, then my wife will expect that we do something together. I doubt if I will ever do a...
10-08-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,435
Posted By Phil_gretz

Go To in the wind...

... is a racing geometry road bike. I try to minimize the wind effects by tucking as much as possible, so I ride the biggest drop most aero bikes when in the wind.

Wind and rain is another...
10-08-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,188
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have an orange road bike that I have ridden...

I have an orange road bike that I have ridden periodically to work over the last 2 1/2 years or so. I always park it facing the same way in our bike rack. It now has significant paint fading on...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,717
Posted By Phil_gretz

Last week, a set of five very nice drill bits...

Last week, a set of five very nice drill bits spread out on the road shoulder...
10-08-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,160
Posted By Phil_gretz

1) headset caged bearings flipped 2) broken...

1) headset caged bearings flipped
2) broken rear axle
3) crack at seatstay-seatpost lug
10-08-19, 06:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 624
Posted By Phil_gretz

The OP must be kidding. On eBay, one can...

The OP must be kidding.

On eBay, one can buy a nicely finished FSA Gimondi crank with chainring for $70. That leaves $80 (from his legendary "no-name" crank, chainring, bb) for a good Shimano...
10-08-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 761
Posted By Phil_gretz

Ugh. What were you thinking? At least it was...

Ugh. What were you thinking? At least it was only 150 euros, so...ride it and learn your lesson.
10-08-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,564
Posted By Phil_gretz

^That's nonsense right there. Inexpensive disc...

^That's nonsense right there. Inexpensive disc calipers are more finicky and time consuming to set up than are inexpensive rim brake calipers. I know this having done dozens and dozens of them.
10-07-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 527
Posted By Phil_gretz

Greetings clowther06, I commute over on the VA...

Greetings clowther06, I commute over on the VA side of the Potomac. I ride an aluminum endurance road bike with wider tires and panniers for most of my daily commutes. But I also ride a road bike,...
10-07-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Phil_gretz

Enthusiasm is a good start...

...and if you'd like to be effective on a discussion board, learn to edit your writing. Editing and spell checking. Most writing can be improved by tight editing.

Start the post with a clear...
10-02-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,564
Posted By Phil_gretz

This is a logical fallacy that argues from a...

This is a logical fallacy that argues from a strawman. No one says that all suspension forks are junk. The general argument is that the types of spring forks typically found on < $700 hybrid bikes...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,865
Posted By Phil_gretz

Me, too.

Me, too.
Replies: 54
Views: 3,086
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've sold more than a few bikes above my asking...

I've sold more than a few bikes above my asking price. Most recently, the couple so appreciated my advice, patience fitting the husband, and the work that I'd put in restoring even to the smallest...
09-27-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 469
Posted By Phil_gretz

Are you saying that you had a bike shop "tune"...

Are you saying that you had a bike shop "tune" your bike, and that it can still overshift on one side of the rear cogs? Take it back to them. There are two screws on each derailleur that are...
09-27-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,702
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bike commuter here. I welcome the change of...

Bike commuter here. I welcome the change of seasons. Fall and early Winter are the best seasons in the Washington DC region. The air dries out and crisps up. Really nice for riding.

I start...
09-26-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,300
Posted By Phil_gretz

Back on the original post, I'm reminded of...

Back on the original post, I'm reminded of several times in the last year when I wasn't paying close enough attention. Once, I nearly struck a jogger who was crossing the sidewalk against traffic at...
09-26-19, 05:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 302
Posted By Phil_gretz

Folks are being way to accommodating on this...

Folks are being way to accommodating on this thread. Speaking the truth, in love...

The simple economics and technical risks don't justify what you're describing.

Just buy a disc...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By Phil_gretz

Yea! We do something similar. I phone my wife...

Yea! We do something similar. I phone my wife as I'm leaving work for home in the afternoon. She leaves home at the same time and we meet at a halfway point and ride together for the remainder of...
09-24-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,291
Posted By Phil_gretz

Interesting. My wife did a sprint triathlon this...

Interesting. My wife did a sprint triathlon this year, and I was surprised how many Cervelo TT bikes I saw.
09-24-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,116
Posted By Phil_gretz

That's not how we think in the USA. We have...

That's not how we think in the USA. We have courts to settle damage to property or persons. Again, the natural consequence of bad choices is to pay when you are liable.
09-24-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,249
Posted By Phil_gretz

I voted "other". When I slide forward on the...

I voted "other". When I slide forward on the saddle, it means that I'm on a long climb.
09-24-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,291
Posted By Phil_gretz

61 foot. While you may not need carbon fiber,...

61 foot. While you may not need carbon fiber, you'll definitely want a wet well to store the tender and the jet skis.
09-23-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By Phil_gretz

Buy a set of lace up road shoes and leave off the...

Buy a set of lace up road shoes and leave off the cleats?
09-23-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've had a 1977 S-10S (12 speed) and a 1983...

I've had a 1977 S-10S (12 speed) and a 1983 America. In my experience (and granted that I only had the America for about two weeks), the America is much more bicycle all the way around. Better...
09-23-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,116
Posted By Phil_gretz

I wouldn't want to live in a community that even...

I wouldn't want to live in a community that even takes the time to create local laws limiting stupid behavior like trick riding. Sheesh. Let nature take its course.
09-16-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,261
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ My thoughts exactly. Um, no. Ride in the...

^ My thoughts exactly. Um, no.

Ride in the Earth's shadow. It's cooler and calmer.
09-16-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,726
Posted By Phil_gretz

Filling my flute...

...with champagne.
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Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,425
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm not into yoga...

I'm not into yoga...
09-13-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 20,553
Posted By Phil_gretz

Buy Used

I'm not sure where the OP is, but in the DC market, there are decent hardtail MTBs in the $400 range on Facebook marketplace right now.

That Target bike will quickly disappoint. Crap fork, heavy...
09-12-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 748
Posted By Phil_gretz

I like Gitanes in the traditional period colors. ...

I like Gitanes in the traditional period colors. Solids. Orange. Dark Blue. Purple. Green.

The orange is really nice.
09-12-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 731
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm not sure how to help with this. I'm 6' 1"...

I'm not sure how to help with this. I'm 6' 1" with a longer torso, and I ride bikes with ~57.5 cm top tubes and ~100-110mm stems and maybe 80mm of saddle to bar drop.

To me, your frame sounds one...
09-11-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,763
Posted By Phil_gretz

Now at 60 years old, but still strong and fit,...

Now at 60 years old, but still strong and fit, I'm comfortable with a top gear of 100-106 inches. I don't need anything higher, because I appreciate the ability to coast sometimes.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,025
Posted By Phil_gretz

That's why I asked. I wasn't judging. I figured...

That's why I asked. I wasn't judging. I figured that you must've had a reason to go that way. Good on 'ya.
09-11-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,006
Posted By Phil_gretz

There is a now disproven maxim that says...

There is a now disproven maxim that says something along the lines of "10,000 hours of diligent practice are required to develop proficiency at a skill or activity". Of course, with sports, studies...
09-11-19, 07:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 746
Posted By Phil_gretz

Make it entirely of plant fibers and single-use...

Make it entirely of plant fibers and single-use only. Once used, have it be an edible energy snack that comes in multiple flavors. Put a blinkie light on it made from phosphorescent plankton.
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By Phil_gretz

sherwin, I think that you may be missing the...

sherwin, I think that you may be missing the larger point. Probably, it's been lost in all of the detailed advice that you have received. The larger point is that buyers will respond to the effort...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,025
Posted By Phil_gretz

And you need 50mm carbon rims on your fixed gear...

And you need 50mm carbon rims on your fixed gear because?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,226
Posted By Phil_gretz

Mendelsohn's Italian Symphony, No. 4, obviously. ...

Mendelsohn's Italian Symphony, No. 4, obviously. Why do you even need to ask?
09-09-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,639
Posted By Phil_gretz

I seem to recall that the French always have road...

I seem to recall that the French always have road race delays due striking newspaper workers or steel workers. Didn't Hinault have to push the peleton through a line of angry newspaper folks? ...
Replies: 38
Views: 3,999
Posted By Phil_gretz

Ocana was notoriously mercurial and emotionally...

Ocana was notoriously mercurial and emotionally brittle. He was unable to beat Merckx head-to-head in a GT event, including Vueltas that had been constructed to favor his climbing style. If I recall...
09-09-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,077
Posted By Phil_gretz

This wound up (indirectly) being how I saved and...

This wound up (indirectly) being how I saved and re-used this crank for my friend. I was unable to pry the crank off with wedges or pickle fork, but I did use the wedges to keep a headset wrench...
09-01-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By Phil_gretz

I agree. Who needs a 52T chainring, if they're...

I agree. Who needs a 52T chainring, if they're not racing?
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,657
Posted By Phil_gretz

^I'll agree with this. Present company excluded,...

^I'll agree with this. Present company excluded, but many if not most bike riders are doofuses, to put it plainly. If this can be inferred by how and where they ride.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,283
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm into year 5 with my MagicShine 1600 triple...

I'm into year 5 with my MagicShine 1600 triple head unit. I have a spare battery pack, and I only charge once per week during seasonal use. The battery rides inside a modified water bottle in my...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
Posted By Phil_gretz

You will be shunned over in the LCF.

You will be shunned over in the LCF.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,657
Posted By Phil_gretz

When my wife and I drive in the car together, the...

When my wife and I drive in the car together, the whichever of us is the passenger always alerts the driver "bicyclist!" as early as we encounter one. The driver acknowledges. That way, we can decide...
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