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09-23-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 902
Posted By UniChris

Nevermind padding, nevermind aero, what about...

Nevermind padding, nevermind aero, what about sweat?

My limit for "street clothes" is rides where I'm either not going to have that issue, or going to be done and changed before it becomes...
Forum: Touring
09-21-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 414
Posted By UniChris

If your implication is that the crew might let...

If your implication is that the crew might let you do something outside of official policy, the problem is, what if a different person is working that day?

And how would you even know what the...
09-21-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 902
Posted By UniChris

It happens that I do 30-100 mile rides on a...

It happens that I do 30-100 mile rides on a regular basis... on a unicycle.

But that doesn't make it a typically recommended equipment choice any more than cotton briefs and jeans are.
09-20-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,242
Posted By UniChris

Everyone knows that's a job for bacon grease

Everyone knows that's a job for bacon grease
Forum: Touring
09-20-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 414
Posted By UniChris

But why couldn't you have a ticket purchased from...

But why couldn't you have a ticket purchased from your phone while standing on the platform while waiting for the train to pull up, or from a ticket counter or machine in the station? (There are...
Forum: Touring
09-20-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 414
Posted By UniChris

No mobile data service in the station area that...

No mobile data service in the station area that you could use to purchase from a phone before boarding? No ticket window or machine at the station?

I can certainly see how some of these things...
09-20-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,242
Posted By UniChris

Just did that thisafternoon to the "slow" rear...

Just did that thisafternoon to the "slow" rear brake cable on the sat in a garage for years craigslist find that became my nephew's new ride, because it was borderline unusable the can was right...
09-20-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 535
Posted By UniChris

And of course the other thing a knowledgeable...

And of course the other thing a knowledgeable person can do is help navigate the used market, which tens to be healthy in college areas.

There's little reason to spend many hundreds of dollars on...
09-20-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 902
Posted By UniChris

Cotton is obviously bad, but for the shorts end...

Cotton is obviously bad, but for the shorts end of things there's sort of a hierarchy of performance:

Cotton briefs and shorts (avoid)
Synthetic briefs and shorts (ok for a few miles)
Road...
Forum: Northeast
09-19-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By UniChris

Tried to make it out rt 66 to the fire road...

Tried to make it out rt 66 to the fire road today. Huge mistake to look only at distance, not elevation. Basically burned up my legs going up and down the many ridges and had to throw in the towel...
09-16-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By UniChris

Sorry, lost track of this thread. Came back and...

Sorry, lost track of this thread. Came back and looked at those online, then rode over to my nearest home depot. At first I couldn't find the $10 3-pack and got fairly tempted by the single pair...
09-14-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 912
Posted By UniChris

If you consistently get the same answer for the...

If you consistently get the same answer for the light one, say before and after the heavy one, then your method is probably valid.

You could also get on there holding a few gallons of spring water...
Forum: Northeast
09-13-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By UniChris

Looks to me like the bridge over the Thames to...

Looks to me like the bridge over the Thames to 184 and then south from Old Mystic to pick up route 1 to RI, while that skips the fun stuff in Groton it's probably the most efficient for a long...
Forum: Northeast
09-09-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By UniChris

Personally I'd be on Toll Gate Rd for most of...

Personally I'd be on Toll Gate Rd for most of that, and only come in to 184 a few hundred yards before the turn onto Buddington. If you really want Buddington, you'll probably miss the decent part of...
09-09-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By UniChris

I picked up a couple pairs of cheap Baleaf...

I picked up a couple pairs of cheap Baleaf running tights that I wear over either summer-weight cycle shorts or cycle tights.

They were truly wonderful last winter and early spring; true, one...
Forum: Northeast
09-09-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By UniChris

The limited-access Rt 1/ Rt 184 split immediately...

The limited-access Rt 1/ Rt 184 split immediately east of the Gold Star Bridge isn't a great place to ride. But if one exits the bike path to Grove, then takes Walker Hill to Toll Gate Rd and...
Forum: Northeast
09-02-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By UniChris

I can really only comment on Easton to...

I can really only comment on Easton to Morrisville/Trenton along the Delaware and its canals if you chose to go that way, which I don't know if you will.

Through much of the Delaware portion you...
09-01-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By UniChris

You won't get a square taper crank bolt tight...

You won't get a square taper crank bolt tight enough with even a hardware store extra long allen key.

What works is either an adapter for a socket wrench, or the extra extra long allen keys sold...
Forum: Northeast
09-01-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By UniChris

One can get on the G&S trolley trail by going on...

One can get on the G&S trolley trail by going on a little track through the woods from Indsutrial Drive off Depot Road. But I prefer to furn on Fitch Ave through the postwar housing, Midway Oval and...
Forum: Northeast
08-31-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By UniChris

I personally would skip bluff point (on a through...

I personally would skip bluff point (on a through ride, it can be fun to explore on a local one but is quite rough in spots) and instead get on the the paved G&S trolley trail from Depot Road. That...
Forum: Northeast
08-30-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By UniChris

It's on the north side and across a substantial...

It's on the north side and across a substantial guard rail from the highway and the grade is reasonable though I felt a bit unsettled the whole way. I forgot exactly where the New London side...
Forum: Northeast
08-20-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By UniChris

Having in the past vacationed in the vicinity of...

Having in the past vacationed in the vicinity of both VT and ME ends of that, while circumstances might mean this is not the year for it, it's definitely something I need to check out!
...
08-12-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By UniChris

Came out of the grocery the other week and got a...

Came out of the grocery the other week and got a handful of something from the dispenser at the exit raw enough it made me wonder if my attempt to buy beer across the way would be denied.



You...
08-11-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 914
Posted By UniChris

IMHO cliff bars are as good for as many as you...

IMHO cliff bars are as good for as many as you can get down.

Which might not be as many as you hoped.

I supplement with twizzlers (personal choice), and pop tarts and ensure shakes (forum...
08-10-20, 10:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By UniChris

If you're going to replace spokes, definitely get...

If you're going to replace spokes, definitely get more than you need and bring the extras along. When two are broken there's a fairly high chance the others are getting up in their fatigue life, too....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 500
Posted By UniChris

In terms of rotation counter computers, something...

In terms of rotation counter computers, something that's useful is to reference known distances.

I've now got mine dialed in to the point where I can do a 48.8 mile ride and be off the official...
Forum: Northeast
08-07-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,690
Posted By UniChris

Did another Century on the northern portion of...

Did another Century on the northern portion of the trail yesterday, again as with the one I did early last month starting from Northampton and riding roads from Easthampton to the main portion of the...
08-03-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By UniChris

An interesting question, but in the case of...

An interesting question, but in the case of neither incident would there appear to have been any desire to go anywhere other than straight ahead.

Though naturally that can require some correction.
08-02-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By UniChris

Took a ride over there this afternoon and grabbed...

Took a ride over there this afternoon and grabbed the front wheel of his bike with my legs and tried to exercise any play by turning the bars but could not.

With brake pads as reference the wheel...
08-02-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By UniChris

Handling quality of Children's Bikes

Something I've long wondered about: how are child-sized bicycles evaluated for handling quality?

A young man of my acquaintance has unfortunately had two crashes on a 20 inch five speed lately,...
08-02-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By UniChris

Perhaps you'd like to re-read what I wrote, as...

Perhaps you'd like to re-read what I wrote, as what I said is that people were "fairly reasonable" about those situations, too.

Just because people weren't "aggressive" about it does not change...
07-29-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,463
Posted By UniChris

Fixed that for you. And yes, it's a problem....

Fixed that for you.

And yes, it's a problem.

Put simply, road users who can't empathize the situation of other road users are a problem, no matter which mode of usage they are engaged in. ...
07-29-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,107
Posted By UniChris

Chasing a very unique and temporary market quirk...

Chasing a very unique and temporary market quirk is a great way to lose a lot of money.

Long before you get tooled up and staffed, it will be winter. There's a market for Christmas bikes for kids...
07-29-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,107
Posted By UniChris

LOL, Nope. It helps to know enough about...

LOL, Nope.

It helps to know enough about technologies to readily recognize what they are are not good for.
07-29-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By UniChris

Not like in rains in the tunnels ;-)

Not like in rains in the tunnels

;-)
07-29-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By UniChris

Cheap Full Finger Gloves (non-winter)

Anyone else wear full finger gloves year round? I just found that the half finger ones were as much bother as benefit, and I generally like the idea of full sun protection.

Unfortunately, I...
07-27-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,450
Posted By UniChris

As a contrasting experience, I had a truly...

As a contrasting experience, I had a truly wonderful time riding on the roads of southeastern Connecticut this spring, from the shoreline up to about 15 miles inland.

In fact, I had such a...
Forum: Northeast
07-26-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,765
Posted By UniChris

Indeed, bike (er, well, "cycle") compatible...

Indeed, bike (er, well, "cycle") compatible busses can be far between. But until this recent period where being packed in with others became an acute concern, the Metro North commuter trains (and...
07-25-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 816
Posted By UniChris

Indeed. And I find myself tempted to hang back...

Indeed. And I find myself tempted to hang back unless I can definitively pass and do so quickly.



This is just being silly. SARS-COV2 is not a contact poison, there are plenty of safe ways to...
Forum: Northeast
07-25-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,765
Posted By UniChris

Afraid a bus seems worse in just about every way,...

Afraid a bus seems worse in just about every way, except for possibly having later evening schedules.

Buses tend to be less enjoyable than trains in the best times, and the idea of getting on a...
Forum: Northeast
07-20-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,650
Posted By UniChris

Understandable! That said the first time I round...

Understandable! That said the first time I round tripped it, it was a worrisomely warm dawn but got much better once I'd finished the climb from VCP to Bryn Mawr and was north of that ridge. Diverted...
Forum: Northeast
07-20-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,765
Posted By UniChris

Between this and a paved Put, I may have to...

Between this and a paved Put, I may have to figure out how to get back and do the long anticipated Bronx - Poughkeepsie!

That said the logistics and train returns are a touch more complicated...
07-15-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,111
Posted By UniChris

My former boss... (and the person who got me back...

My former boss... (and the person who got me back into cycling) tried to sue UPS for this...
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,252
Posted By UniChris

The only thing remotely absorbent in my kit is my...

The only thing remotely absorbent in my kit is my socks.

So after a chamois cream re-up, where else am I going to wipe my hands?

Except I lie; the most useful item in my first aid kit is some...
Forum: Northeast
07-12-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,531
Posted By UniChris

How long to dry the "new" Putnam Trail after...

How long to dry the "new" Putnam Trail after rain?
07-10-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,271
Posted By UniChris

I hate sunscreen, so I'm in the cover-up camp. ...

I hate sunscreen, so I'm in the cover-up camp. Long sleeve top, full-finger gloves. Sweat evaporation out of sleeves can really do wonders - have even been cold at moments as I start up after a...
Forum: Northeast
07-06-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,690
Posted By UniChris

My guess would be from the Hillhouse Ave exit on...

My guess would be from the Hillhouse Ave exit on the Yale campus (assuming the tunnel is still closed) you'd want to actually go North a fraction of a block up to Trumball, take that west to Prospect...
Forum: Northeast
07-05-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By UniChris

Did my Northampton - Plainville CT roundtrip...

Did my Northampton - Plainville CT roundtrip Century ride and found it great, though managed to hit East Mountain Rd at a busier time than in the past. Made great time which means I can contemplate...
07-05-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,255
Posted By UniChris

Set out just after 5am with a big baggie of a...

Set out just after 5am with a big baggie of a bunch of fabric masks individually or paired in their little baggies. Four stops at one each, plus one to ride the last two miles into town got it done....
07-05-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 730
Posted By UniChris

On roads, I'd agree. On a past route in...

On roads, I'd agree.

On a past route in another state that involved badly degraded rail trail in the woods, I found it hard to get enough light on the ground to keep my speed up so it was key to...
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