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09-04-17, 09:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,695
Posted By WDH74

I need to get one of those chain cleaners - I do...

I need to get one of those chain cleaners - I do a lot of riding on crushed limestone trails and my geartrain gets filthy quickly.

For my part I like to use the spray lube and a rag to wipe down...
08-26-17, 10:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 715
Posted By WDH74

It depends on what kind of finish the paint has....

It depends on what kind of finish the paint has. If it's a matte (non-shiny) finish, you can try using a lot of automotive bug and tar remover or soap (this is what's recommended by auto...
08-26-17, 07:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,435
Posted By WDH74

I was in the "one's enough" camp till this...

I was in the "one's enough" camp till this weekend - my FX is in the shop, we had a gloriously sunny day, and I'd planned a fifty miler that I obviously didn't do. I started shopping for a second...
02-10-16, 11:00 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 14,765
Posted By WDH74

In the garage during riding season, and I move it...

In the garage during riding season, and I move it to the basement sometime in November when I've mostly stopped riding regularly. In the basement it's on a trainer (unless I take it back out for an...
Forum: Foo
01-17-16, 07:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,435
Posted By WDH74

My workaround for this is to just hit "Shuffle"...

My workaround for this is to just hit "Shuffle" and have it go through all my stations. I've only got ten or twelve, and most of them are in similar genres that going from one to another isn't too...
Forum: Foo
01-09-16, 10:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

GMC superchargers were also popular in early drag...

GMC superchargers were also popular in early drag cars.
Forum: Foo
01-08-16, 11:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

Turbo Rocket Fluid! Owners tended to run the tank...

Turbo Rocket Fluid! Owners tended to run the tank of fluid dry, which led to limited boost and lower performance as well as potential problems. GM eventually offered owners the chance to have the...
Forum: Foo
01-08-16, 12:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

Automotive turbocharging was considered something...

Automotive turbocharging was considered something of a black art, at least outside of diesels. The first turbo road cars came out in the early sixties (the Oldsmobile Jetfire and Corvair Monza...
Forum: Foo
01-06-16, 11:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

I should also add that the brain space that's...

I should also add that the brain space that's filled up with all this stuff means I can't keep Star Wars characters straight and don't have a functional understanding of algebra!
Forum: Foo
01-06-16, 11:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

Thanks, Bikernator! I barely qualify as a weekend...

Thanks, Bikernator! I barely qualify as a weekend warrior - I don't race or anything and my cars remain resolutely stock-ish (I got a new car this summer and haven't really done anything to it - I...
Forum: Foo
01-04-16, 11:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

I think 5 is about right for things like...

I think 5 is about right for things like alternators, water pumps, etc., but I genuinely don't know for sure. I do know that back in ye olden dayes, American manufacturers would publish gross...
Forum: Foo
01-02-16, 07:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

That's difficult to say because it varies by base...

That's difficult to say because it varies by base engine, supercharger, supercharger size, pulley size, etc. But, a typical installation will eat anywhere from about 40 to 80 hp at full boost. Weiand...
Forum: Foo
01-02-16, 06:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

Not quite how that works. Typically, an engine...

Not quite how that works. Typically, an engine that fails from nitrous use does so because it's overheated due to the oxygen rich intake charge. This causes one of two things, knock or pre-ignition....
Forum: Foo
01-01-16, 11:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

Typically there's a bypass. Toyota's supercharged...

Typically there's a bypass. Toyota's supercharged engine in the MR2 and Previa had blowers that engaged at higher engine speeds, and used such a system. I'm not sure about the Mercedes - info seems a...
Forum: Great Lakes
01-01-16, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,182
Posted By WDH74

I would recommend a pair of bike shoes for the...

I would recommend a pair of bike shoes for the comfort factor, even if you don't clip in. I used to use some basketball shoes, which had a pretty stiff sole and were relatively warm compared to ultra...
Forum: Foo
12-31-15, 07:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,286
Posted By WDH74

You've got some of that backwards. The sorts of...

You've got some of that backwards. The sorts of drag cars you're thinking of are running under an enormous amount of stress compared to even a tuned street car - much more volatile fuel, far more...
12-29-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,294
Posted By WDH74

I use the spare as a basket - just sling it over...

I use the spare as a basket - just sling it over the handlebar. Sometimes I hang it from my neck and store snacks in it. Nothing hot or liquid, just some fruit roll ups, granola bars, nachos, things...
12-28-15, 11:35 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,294
Posted By WDH74

Technically I have two. One is a Giro (I forget...

Technically I have two. One is a Giro (I forget the model), one of their lower end models from a few years back. I think I paid fifty bucks for it at a bike shop I refuse to shop at anymore. It's...
12-17-15, 11:41 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 7,721
Posted By WDH74

I've noticed that if something like this happens...

I've noticed that if something like this happens it starts out with someone appearing to strike up a casual conversation, then starting to pick holes. I usually smile and say "Okay then! Good talk!"...
12-13-15, 12:21 AM
Replies: 1,776
Views: 535,537
Posted By WDH74

That's a neat idea, I've not thought of putting...

That's a neat idea, I've not thought of putting the bar ends that far in. I've been considering ends for my 7.3, but haven't pulled the trigger yet because I find the stock grips to be nice sized for...
12-13-15, 12:14 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 7,721
Posted By WDH74

I've only ever had anyone insult my bike on the...

I've only ever had anyone insult my bike on the internet, usually some kind of "you should've spent the extra $XXX to get the whatever" the next level of bike is, or the common "you should've just...
11-26-15, 11:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,400
Posted By WDH74

A lot of people consider Diamondback bikes "B"...

A lot of people consider Diamondback bikes "B" grade because they're available in sporting goods stores. Now, big box bikes can be pieces of garbage, but I feel that, for the money, Diamondback bikes...
11-21-15, 10:53 PM
Replies: 1,776
Views: 535,537
Posted By WDH74

FWIW, on my '14 7.3, there's some grinding in a...

FWIW, on my '14 7.3, there's some grinding in a few higher gears, depending on which ring I'm in. It's the chain rubbing against the guard, but it also has a definite sound at the same time. Some...
11-21-15, 07:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,706
Posted By WDH74

I think that this all depends on what kind of...

I think that this all depends on what kind of bike you buy from a BBS. If you go for the bargain basement $99 bikes, they're probably going to be badly assembled and made from really bad parts. Move...
11-21-15, 06:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,156
Posted By WDH74

The two aren't necessarily exclusive. I quite...

The two aren't necessarily exclusive. I quite like chatting with other cyclists at traffic stops or whatever, but I don't want to have to carry on a conversation for the whole couple of hours I'm...
11-18-15, 07:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By WDH74

I imagine that the Escape is just a better fit...

I imagine that the Escape is just a better fit for your riding style. You can say the same thing about cars and driving style - I'm much faster in a Mazda Miata than an ostensibly faster, more...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 1,337
Views: 168,212
Posted By WDH74

I'm sure I've stumbled across all sorts of things...

I'm sure I've stumbled across all sorts of things that I can't remember - I don't usually pick stuff up and carry it home with me, though (I will pick up trash however). The only thing I can actually...
10-04-15, 10:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,061
Posted By WDH74

I typically wear some bike shorts, under a pair...

I typically wear some bike shorts, under a pair of lightweight cargo shorts I got at Target or something - I forget where and don't remember what brand they are either. I'm not fond of the swimsuit...
08-25-15, 10:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,724
Posted By WDH74

Water bottle in cage on bike, phone, and...

Water bottle in cage on bike, phone, and sometimes money if I think I'm going much more than 20-odd miles, or it's particularly warm and I think I'll need to get more water or something. I don't even...
08-02-15, 11:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,205
Posted By WDH74

My understanding is that way back when, hybrids...

My understanding is that way back when, hybrids were exactly that - mountain bike frames with thin road bike wheels and tires, instead of knobby tires. So they still had fairly heavy duty frames and...
07-27-15, 11:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,062
Posted By WDH74

I have prescription sunglasses, and as noted...

I have prescription sunglasses, and as noted earlier polarized, UV blocking prescription lenses are terribly expensive. So I have them in some Ray Ban Wayfarers, which were like $100 for the frames...
07-03-15, 10:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,267
Posted By WDH74

Well, I have a Handleband The Handleband Bike...

Well, I have a Handleband The Handleband Bike Mount - The Photojojo Store! (http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/handleband/) , which is universal and easy to take off the bike. But, I have an...
06-13-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,517
Posted By WDH74

If you don't want to go with the skintight shorts...

If you don't want to go with the skintight shorts as outerwear, I'd go with a liner/cycling shorts under lightweight hiking shorts/pants, which I've found at places like Gander Mtn. or Dick's...
06-13-15, 10:59 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 19,248
Posted By WDH74

I'm with you - if I found jerseys more...

I'm with you - if I found jerseys more comfortable I'd studiously avoid anything with a logo on it, or at least a large one. And I often wear t-shirts with stuff on the fronts!

Around here,...
06-13-15, 10:49 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 19,248
Posted By WDH74

FWIW, I would recommend trying a pair of the...

FWIW, I would recommend trying a pair of the padded shorts, and wearing them under your cargos. I used to wear boxer briefs (which I usually wear when I play tennis or other sports) under shorts or...
06-03-15, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1,776
Views: 535,537
Posted By WDH74

Might just be an adjustment issue. My particular...

Might just be an adjustment issue. My particular 7.3 doesn't like 4th gear (particularly on the middle ring) if I'm downshifting into it - it seems fine going up through the gears. I was really...
05-31-15, 11:41 PM
Replies: 1,776
Views: 535,537
Posted By WDH74

Obligatory photograph. Hard to tell but it's...

Obligatory photograph. Hard to tell but it's black with green stripes and pedal. The water bottle & cage are the only changes I've made (and they're currently not on the bike anyway).
...
05-31-15, 11:36 PM
Replies: 1,776
Views: 535,537
Posted By WDH74

I feel that the 7.3 is where the range "gets...

I feel that the 7.3 is where the range "gets serious". Conventional wisdom is that the 3 is the "odd duck" of the range, since the 4 gets the carbon fork and one better derailleur, but I didn't...
05-31-15, 10:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 834
Posted By WDH74

Yeah, I think the adjustable stem will be the...

Yeah, I think the adjustable stem will be the sticking point. Otherwise I think most of the major manufacturers (Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc.) all make something like this. The Trek DS and...
05-25-15, 06:23 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,950
Posted By WDH74

I've always hated this "reasoning". Something...

I've always hated this "reasoning". Something like a Trek FX is a pretty lightweight bike - it's likely heavier than a lot of dedicated road bikes but when I've ridden those I've hardly felt that I...
05-24-15, 06:49 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,950
Posted By WDH74

Certainly this varies from person to person. I'm...

Certainly this varies from person to person. I'm more than capable of spending three or more hours on a flat bar bike, and notice no real difference in comfort than if I ride a drop bar bike (if...
05-24-15, 05:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,223
Posted By WDH74

I discovered a route I sometimes like to ride...

I discovered a route I sometimes like to ride sort of like this. I'd ridden up the trail to my usual stop (where I'll often double back and cross over to a new trail to head back home), knowing that...
05-17-15, 10:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,277
Posted By WDH74

Until now I've barely gotten in one or two rides...

Until now I've barely gotten in one or two rides a week - if I'm lucky I get in a 16 miler after work once a week, and maybe a 20 on Sunday. The weather's just been bad enough that I haven't been...
05-17-15, 09:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,942
Posted By WDH74

I think they're still legal in cars that either...

I think they're still legal in cars that either 1.) don't have turn signals, like vintage cars, or 2.) cars where the signals simply aren't working, due to a mechanical issue. I seem to recall using...
05-17-15, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,003
Posted By WDH74

Welp, I've discovered that the slower I go, the...

Welp, I've discovered that the slower I go, the wobblier I get. So, when I'm climbing a steepish hill, spinning along in second, I'm likely to be moving about a bit because I'm not going very fast....
05-17-15, 09:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 889
Posted By WDH74

Well, you have to stop and take the helmet off,...

Well, you have to stop and take the helmet off, but I've discovered that I can move the pads around inside my helmet if I start getting some discomfort. They're held in with Velcro so its easy to do....
02-26-15, 08:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,261
Posted By WDH74

I think that the hidden cables are new for 2015....

I think that the hidden cables are new for 2015. I have a '14 FX 7.3, which has exposed cables, but if memory serves most FX models did at the time. Currently FX models from the 3 up have hidden...
01-18-15, 12:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,425
Posted By WDH74

I was doing a spot of riding at the weekends on...

I was doing a spot of riding at the weekends on my old Diamondback, but the weather since Christmas has been too cold for me to want to venture out. Plus, we've gotten snow, so the MUP's are snowed...
12-20-14, 01:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,554
Posted By WDH74

I should update. I think I underestimated in my...

I should update. I think I underestimated in my earlier post - I ended up with a current tally of over 1600 for the year so I must have been further along at the time. I managed to keep riding...
12-20-14, 12:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,555
Posted By WDH74

I imagine the gearing on the DS is different from...

I imagine the gearing on the DS is different from the Apollo as well (and I imagine the Apollo a 21 speed bike, and the DS is a 27). I noticed when I got my FX earlier this year, that I suddenly felt...
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