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09-17-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 927
Posted By wipekitty

On two occasions I've had RD cables break going...

On two occasions I've had RD cables break going up some stoopid 10% grade, both times out in the country ~15 miles from home. In both cases, I ended up walking the hill and then having some extra fun...
09-17-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 334
Posted By wipekitty

Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different...

Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different saddle height. Otherwise, my knees speak up.

This is mainly a factor when I'm using platform pedals and switch between thin summer shoes and boots with...
09-14-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,543
Posted By wipekitty

I definitely spent some time hanging out at the...

I definitely spent some time hanging out at the LBS in my last town.

The owners and many of the employees were people I rode with frequently, and the head service writer had a ton of industry...
09-11-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,116
Posted By wipekitty

I found these fun ones recently: Speed-bumps...

I found these fun ones recently:

Speed-bumps uphill is mean (https://www.strava.com/segments/8929335)
Get killed by a person on phone in SUV (https://www.strava.com/segments/16008897)
09-09-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 21,732
Posted By wipekitty

New place! Now, it's +/- 2 miles to the closest...

New place! Now, it's +/- 2 miles to the closest normal grocery store, depending on which roads I take. My previous town was pretty flat and quiet, but here it's all rolling hills with narrow streets...
09-09-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,146
Posted By wipekitty

Nope! You guys are stuck with this thread, unless...

Nope! You guys are stuck with this thread, unless a mod decides to step in and delete it.

Great to see you back in LCF, Roody. I hope things are okay.
Forum: Commuting
09-09-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 1,485
Views: 44,127
Posted By wipekitty

Nice 'n' sweaty commuting today, though I didn't...

Nice 'n' sweaty commuting today, though I didn't feel like death, so I must be acclimating!

Fun sights on the ride home: a young guy with a brand new road bike, who appeared to be practicing using...
09-09-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,833
Posted By wipekitty

Agreed - I've also had excellent service from...

Agreed - I've also had excellent service from Cygolite.

I've used Li-ion and Expilion front lights for over a decade. In that time, two bit the dust...but one of those was left out in the rain...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,213
Posted By wipekitty

Surprisingly...no. The last town I lived in...

Surprisingly...no.

The last town I lived in did not have a formal club, despite having a large and active cycling community. There were shop rides, weekend rides, early morning rides, gravel...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,576
Posted By wipekitty

That's kind of my strategy :lol:

That's kind of my strategy :lol:
09-08-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By wipekitty

My basic/most frequently used tools include: ...

My basic/most frequently used tools include:

Metric Allen keys
Small torque wrench with Allen bits (for carbon fiber frames/parts)
Small screwdriver
Cable cutter
Needle-nosed pliers...
09-08-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,066
Posted By wipekitty

We are in Durham :)

We are in Durham :)
Forum: Commuting
09-06-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 1,485
Views: 44,127
Posted By wipekitty

Left work at 6:45PM, and it was gorgeous. I'd...

Left work at 6:45PM, and it was gorgeous. I'd forgotten how big and green the trees are in the South, making it a little bit dark before it's actually dark.

I got a flat tire...a block from home!...
09-06-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,372
Posted By wipekitty

I haven't seen any snakes yet, but there are...

I haven't seen any snakes yet, but there are apparently copperheads in my new locale. I'm a bit paranoid about copperheads. I'm used to rattlesnakes, and at least understand how those work!
...
09-06-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,668
Posted By wipekitty

Just like everyone else, most of my repairs...

Just like everyone else, most of my repairs involve replacing wear items (tubes, tires, derailleur and brake cables, brake pads, chains) and truing wheels.

All of these items require only cheap...
Forum: Foo
09-05-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,028
Posted By wipekitty

Having spent most of my life in either the Upper...

Having spent most of my life in either the Upper Midwest or West, Dorian is only my fourth tropical storm experience. There was Lee in 2011 (which sucked...and I rode through) and Isaac in 2012 (my...
09-05-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,740
Posted By wipekitty

Once upon a time, I refused to wear bike-specific...

Once upon a time, I refused to wear bike-specific clothing. Even did a century in "normal" clothes.

Then, padded shorts happened - under other clothes, of course. It was much more comfortable and...
09-05-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 527
Posted By wipekitty

I used to live in Denver and ride the Cherry...

I used to live in Denver and ride the Cherry Creek Trail, usually between 6th Ave. and downtown, but sometimes out to Colorado Blvd. In my experience, it was pretty well-maintained, and I was rarely...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,151
Views: 119,122
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah, I had that thought as well. I once...

Yeah, I had that thought as well.

I once knew a guy who would do that outside his house then sit and watch people try to unstick the quarter.
09-05-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 21,260
Posted By wipekitty

OK, *this* wins the Internets. Also, I enjoy...

OK, *this* wins the Internets.

Also, I enjoy riding in the drops...descending, climbing, sprinting, and JRA. It's a good time.
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 1,151
Views: 119,122
Posted By wipekitty

In the last two days, I've noticed what appears...

In the last two days, I've noticed what appears to be a beat-up quarter at the same intersection. I'm tempted to pick it up, but don't want to be the doofus that falls off my bike going after 25...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1,485
Views: 44,127
Posted By wipekitty

Yep...that's pretty much how I'm thinking of it....

Yep...that's pretty much how I'm thinking of it. Bonus summer, though with a bit less daylight!

In the meantime, I discovered a shower at work.
Forum: Commuting
09-03-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1,485
Views: 44,127
Posted By wipekitty

Well...I'm a real commuter again! From now until...

Well...I'm a real commuter again! From now until May, I've got a commute that's ~18 miles RT in a new city and state. My previous commute was so short that it wasn't really worth getting excited...
09-02-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,461
Posted By wipekitty

I just moved from Wisconsin to North...

I just moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina...so yeah, I'm really looking forward to autumn! My body has been working extra hard to acclimate to the heat and humidity, so once the temperatures...
09-01-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,073
Posted By wipekitty

Same here. Unfortunately, I have a left turn...

Same here.

Unfortunately, I have a left turn across one of those suburban beauties in each direction on my new commute. Too much traffic, and a safe merge into 45 MPH traffic becomes impossible to...
08-30-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,995
Posted By wipekitty

I used to be scared of all loose dogs. Then,...

I used to be scared of all loose dogs.

Then, I got a very large dog and learned about how dogs work. Now, I'm just scared of most loose dogs.
08-30-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,326
Posted By wipekitty

To echo what others have said: your gearing is...

To echo what others have said: your gearing is fine; just keep going up and eventually you'll get there. There is no shame in stopping and taking a break, or even walking part way up. Many of us have...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 680
Posted By wipekitty

Finally got a ride in on Sunday! Just 25 miles,...

Finally got a ride in on Sunday! Just 25 miles, 1,309'. My fitness has gone down the tubes in the last month and I'm hoping to get rolling again next week.
08-25-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Posted By wipekitty

Yep...sounds about like my last commute! I...

Yep...sounds about like my last commute!

I always got a kick out of "racing" my friends who were driving to destinations within a mile or two. The bike was usually a winner.
08-23-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,846
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah, though now I'm back south for a bit :lol:

Yeah, though now I'm back south for a bit :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By wipekitty

New city, new roads, new terrain, new...

New city, new roads, new terrain, new weather...same bikes! Just moved from La Crosse, WI, to Durham, NC, probably for a year. It's a nice adventure, as I'd never been to the Triangle area (just...
08-05-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By wipekitty

The tag-a-long is probably your best bet! If...

The tag-a-long is probably your best bet!

If she really doesn't want to ride, Wike (https://wicycle.com/productlist) has some interesting trailer options, including a kid trailer that's spec'd for...
08-05-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,515
Posted By wipekitty

+1 on wider tires and lower pressure. If...

+1 on wider tires and lower pressure.

If it's a low-traffic road, choosing a line wisely can help. Riding gravel has helped me immensely with learning this concept. Obviously, if it's a high...
08-03-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,779
Posted By wipekitty

In most cases, the little nut does not need to be...

In most cases, the little nut does not need to be completely unscrewed in order to inflate the tire. Try giving it maybe 2-3 twists. I bent a bunch of those suckers before trying this technique.
08-02-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 24,289
Posted By wipekitty

Well...I've been hit a few times, twice with...

Well...I've been hit a few times, twice with injuries. I was a relative novice the first time, and a more experienced cyclist likely could have predicted and avoided the collision. The second time...
07-31-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,066
Posted By wipekitty

Same here - also after 5 1/2 years. The...

Same here - also after 5 1/2 years.

The bicycle will continue to be my main form of transportation as it has been for the past decade. I've really not driven much for transportation in the past 20...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 601
Posted By wipekitty

Saturday: It's my second to last weekend before...

Saturday: It's my second to last weekend before moving halfway across the US for a year, and talked a few of the gals into an adventure ride! It ended up being a bit more of an adventure than...
07-27-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,340
Posted By wipekitty

I got back from a ride today and realized that it...

I got back from a ride today and realized that it was the first time since my accident on July 2 that I completed a ride without weird popping noises and pain in my ribs. Woohoo! The wrist...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,006
Posted By wipekitty

I would have a look at the FB Marketplace - quite...

I would have a look at the FB Marketplace - quite a bit of selling activity seems to happen there these days. In Wisconsin, there's a whole group for buying/selling higher-end road bikes and parts.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 26,557
Views: 16,344,875
Posted By wipekitty

2010 BH Cristal. Shimano 5800 shifters,...

2010 BH Cristal.

Shimano 5800 shifters, brakes, FD, RD, cassette; Shimano 5600 compact crankset, Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 wheels.

Love this bike, even though it's PINK

...
07-23-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,576
Posted By wipekitty

Last weekend's road rides had to be completely...

Last weekend's road rides had to be completely re-routed due to the flooding especially in Vernon County, Wisconsin (a rural area in western Wisconsin). Several state highways were underwater for the...
07-22-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By wipekitty

I wonder if the new design eliminates issues for...

I wonder if the new design eliminates issues for cleaning dirt and mold growth in the cap - that was the biggest issue I had with the bottles, though learned that the cap can be disassembled.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 651
Posted By wipekitty

Friday: Upper Midwest heat wave and...my friend...

Friday: Upper Midwest heat wave and...my friend and I decided to go out for a late afternoon ride. It was in the 90s with a dewpoint of 80 when we started - normal in Alabama, not Wisconsin! We kept...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,756
Posted By wipekitty

Rural Wisconsin parks are great - there is almost...

Rural Wisconsin parks are great - there is almost always a working water fountain (or bubbler, for natives) in small-town parks, and quite a few even have flush toilets!

The rural Lion's Clubs...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,341
Posted By wipekitty

I've been happy with the Cygolite Dice. Cheap,...

I've been happy with the Cygolite Dice. Cheap, small, lightweight, and does the job for daytime riding.
07-20-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,529
Posted By wipekitty

Same here. Gravel opens up a whole new world of...

Same here. Gravel opens up a whole new world of roads, many of which have better views and steeper climbs than the paved roads.

Plus, it's fun to ride with some of the MTB folks. Gravel is this...
07-20-19, 03:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,018
Posted By wipekitty

I've managed a ride on my birthday for the last...

I've managed a ride on my birthday for the last five years or so, I think! Being born in July and located in the northern hemisphere helps.

Last year, I tried to do 100 + my age in miles, but came...
07-20-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,967
Posted By wipekitty

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a...

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a permission to draft signal.

The pointing might have been a standard road hazard signal. If I'm just riding along on some road and see another cyclist...
07-19-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,378
Posted By wipekitty

My 'diet' is not a conscious choice - I basically...

My 'diet' is not a conscious choice - I basically listen to my body and supply it with food that is available and not entirely difficult to obtain/produce.

Currently, I'm mostly vegetarian -...
07-18-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 11,458
Posted By wipekitty

100F + will wear me down pretty quickly. So will...

100F + will wear me down pretty quickly. So will dew points over 75F or so. I've commuted in both, in Southern California and the Gulf Coast of Alabama respectively. Once the dew points get up around...
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