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Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,968
Posted By PaulRivers

As others pointed out you ended up with the wrong...

As others pointed out you ended up with the wrong shoe/cleat combination. You have road shoes (nothing around the cleat) but mountain 2 bolt pedals. If you want to stay with clipless you'd be far...
06-17-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 812
Posted By PaulRivers

Dmr Vault Pedals: ...

Dmr Vault Pedals:
https://www.amazon.com/DMR-Vault-Pedal-Alloy-Platform/dp/B07G3GN9B7/

I use them because they're the most comfortable pedals I've used. Expensive though. Raceface Chesters are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 12,937
Posted By PaulRivers

I had a 70's steel frame crack at the bottom...

I had a 70's steel frame crack at the bottom bracket while riding it due to rusting out from the inside of the frame.
My coworkers had a new steel fork break while riding almost immediately after...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,776
Posted By PaulRivers

It's relatively minor, it's just a personal...

It's relatively minor, it's just a personal nitpik of mine.

The racks themselves are rock solid. The problem is the plastic piece on the bag that slides into the metal thing on the rack can bump...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,776
Posted By PaulRivers

They work fine. Two drawbacks to them: -...

They work fine. Two drawbacks to them:
- They're styling is ok but I prefer better styling
- When you hit a bump with the bike the attachment system is more likely to make noise than straps do
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,134
Posted By PaulRivers

I said I was embarrassed I spent so much time and...

I said I was embarrassed I spent so much time and money trying to make them work for me when they obviously weren't working. It's absurd I was spending years trying to make it work when I could have...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,134
Posted By PaulRivers

Part of the comparison to "flats" is like which...

Part of the comparison to "flats" is like which one is the person talking about?
- The cheap slick pedals the bike shop including with their bike
- Better make pedals with pins
- Pedals with pins...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,134
Posted By PaulRivers

In any large group of people half the group could...

In any large group of people half the group could find something preferable while the other half finds the other thing preferrable. But they've tested this with pro/semi pro racers and in the lab on...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,134
Posted By PaulRivers

Yeah, there's a whole myth about clipless being...

Yeah, there's a whole myth about clipless being more efficient or faster. People see the attachment to the pedal and naturally think "must increase efficiency". But you can search youtube for...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,134
Posted By PaulRivers

I had similar issues with flats. Five Ten shoes...

I had similar issues with flats. Five Ten shoes solved that problem for me. They grip rock/metal pins on pedals nearly as solidly as clipless. While still letting you pull your foot up off the pedal....
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,134
Posted By PaulRivers

I don't think that's accurate that bike...

I don't think that's accurate that bike messengers use straps nowadays.

They're the worst of everything...
- worse to get your foot out in an emergency than flats or clipless
- getting back in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,454
Posted By PaulRivers

Mechanical discs were a hassle, issues with...

Mechanical discs were a hassle, issues with noise, rubbing, etc.
My experience with hydraulic disc brakes has been far bar better.

No idea if they've improved mechanicals since then but I'd...
05-13-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,778
Posted By PaulRivers

The context here was that the original poster...

The context here was that the original poster said they had tried both full suspension and hard tail and couldn't decide between them.

Appreciate the links, the conclusion is that pro's are riding...
05-12-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,778
Posted By PaulRivers

Right... I bought a full suspension mountain...

Right...

I bought a full suspension mountain thinking full suspension was inherently "better" around 10 years ago for $1,500. Was a bit shocked at how much power I was clearly losing when riding...
05-12-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,778
Posted By PaulRivers

If you believe air shocks and tires don't need to...

If you believe air shocks and tires don't need to have air added to them, I do not believe you've done any biking in your life.
05-12-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,778
Posted By PaulRivers

Full suspension definitely eats some pedalling...

Full suspension definitely eats some pedalling power, it's just a question of how much.
They specifically design more advanced rear suspension systems to try to reduce how much power is lost. ...
05-12-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,778
Posted By PaulRivers

I bought a full suspension but wished I had stuck...

I bought a full suspension but wished I had stuck with a hard tail. My full suspension clearly ate some of my power pedalling. It's one more thing to have to fill/adjust every time you ride. It's...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,923
Posted By PaulRivers

There's a progression: 1. New tech comes out ...

There's a progression:
1. New tech comes out
2. It is widely discussed

From there it goes a few different ways.

Sometimes...
3. It works well
4. Everyone adopts it
5. It becomes...
05-05-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,698
Posted By PaulRivers

I feel the same way that removing the triple...

I feel the same way that removing the triple sucked.
- Bike companies wanted to change things to give the appearance of progress and the need to buy new stuff.
- Low end triples were poorly...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,004
Posted By PaulRivers

40c is significantly better at handling road...

40c is significantly better at handling road irregularities - potholes, dirt roads made of large rocks, some light offroad mountain biking. You get a very plush ride as well.
35c is worse at all...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By PaulRivers

I prefer flats over clipless, if you want to...

I prefer flats over clipless, if you want to stick with flats, I really like a combination of Five Ten Bike Shoes and Flat Pedals with pins. Five Ten shoes use a special rubber formulation that...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,497
Posted By PaulRivers

Five Ten's. Special rubber compound that grips...

Five Ten's. Special rubber compound that grips pedals with pins like they're attached (except for pulling up).

Here's their latest more stylish model:...
04-07-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,505
Posted By PaulRivers

In theory, but in practice bike thieves aren't...

In theory, but in practice bike thieves aren't spending hours slowly working away all the possible combinations. They just cut the lock.

As others have pointed out "the lock picking lawyer" has...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 627
Posted By PaulRivers

These are the two videos that have really helped...

These are the two videos that have really helped me:

Gentle Fitness by Catherine Joppa
https://vimeo.com/219096246

Band Assisted Stretch
youtu.be/lEJbIvHNXaI?t=220

I've personally never...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 926
Posted By PaulRivers

The most comfortable pedal I've personally used...

The most comfortable pedal I've personally used is the DMR Vault's. Not cheap though. I tried some other decent pedals first but the long slightly curved platform of the DMR Vault's was the best...
04-04-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,949
Posted By PaulRivers

A map of florida with dots showing where each...

A map of florida with dots showing where each place is. When you're in fort lauderdale, it makes it way easier to look up "what trails are by me" via a map than paging through each one.
04-04-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,505
Posted By PaulRivers

There's some sort of claim that combination locks...

There's some sort of claim that combination locks are easier to break into vs key locks, and so (annoyingly) they only offer combo locks on lower end models. I find it much easier to set combo locks...
04-01-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 24,273
Posted By PaulRivers

I've had the same problem recently at several...

I've had the same problem recently at several places.

Wanted new glasses, they had the frame but I wanted a different color - sloe as heck 3-5 day shipping. No option to simply pay for faster...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,724
Posted By PaulRivers

The gp4000's have a reputation for running large,...

The gp4000's have a reputation for running large, the 28's might be about the same size you're looking for.

The gp5000's do officially come in a 700x32..

Official Continental Site:...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,706
Posted By PaulRivers

Chest RaceFace are the commonly suggested as good...

Chest RaceFace are the commonly suggested as good cheap(er) pedals.

I personally use DMR Vault pedals because I find them very comfortable, but at $125/pair I'm guessing you'd probably be heading...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,724
Posted By PaulRivers

Why not just get the gp4000's (or 5000's now)?...

Why not just get the gp4000's (or 5000's now)? That's what I did. Best balance of all these, in my opinion.

Gatorskins have a poor reputation for grip in the wet. Whereas the gp4000's have the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,299
Posted By PaulRivers

I used to use clipless but switched to flats...

I used to use clipless but switched to flats because I found them more enjoyable to ride with.

The absolute most comfortable (and expensive) pedals I found were DMR Vaults:...
03-05-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,194
Posted By PaulRivers

Yeah flats are the normal pedals where you step...

Yeah flats are the normal pedals where you step on them with regular shoes and ride.
Pins are little metal screws that stick up out of the pedal to maximize the traction between your foot and your...
03-05-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By PaulRivers

The rear racks are higher so they shouldn't...

The rear racks are higher so they shouldn't scrape anything on the ground...fyi:
https://reviews.mtbr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/PA200354-1024x733.jpg
03-05-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,460
Posted By PaulRivers

Fenders to avoid throwing road salt and such up...

Fenders to avoid throwing road salt and such up onto the drivetrain is about all you can do.



What's worst for the bike here is getting rained or snowed directly on. Ideally you could find a...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,216
Posted By PaulRivers

I find that there is a certain class of people...

I find that there is a certain class of people for whom once they realize they're being recorded, suddenly start behaving a lot better.

I think personally that a highly visible camera might gain...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,323
Posted By PaulRivers

That would be top notch for ice. 3 wheels, no ice...

That would be top notch for ice. 3 wheels, no ice is going to tip you over.

For snow...imagine it's the same or worse than a fat bike though...
03-03-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,194
Posted By PaulRivers

DMR Vaults https://i.imgur.com/0OpTeRVl.jpg ...

DMR Vaults
https://i.imgur.com/0OpTeRVl.jpg

They are expensive but having tried a few pairs of flat pedals they were definitely the most comfortable for me with size 12 feet so I kept them.
03-03-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,194
Posted By PaulRivers

Are you using Five Ten shoes? I started with...

Are you using Five Ten shoes? I started with Chrome shoes but they slid around on the pedal a bit sometimes. Then I tried Five Tens and that completely went away. They had the same grip on the pedal...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By PaulRivers

It's riskier. - You might buy the wrong size....

It's riskier.
- You might buy the wrong size. Buying the wrong size bike is kinda like buying the wrong size pants, it just doesn't work very well.
- You need to assemble some things when it...
03-03-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,620
Posted By PaulRivers

I do ride studded tires on dry pavement and it's...

I do ride studded tires on dry pavement and it's totally fine. But, you do lose a little traction, I'm say like 25%.

I can feel they don't grip dry road quite as well so I don't "lean" when using...
02-21-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,754
Posted By PaulRivers

Actually, there's a specific disease that allows...

Actually, there's a specific disease that allows the extreme performers to be extremely flexible. Later in life it causes them serious health issues.
...
02-18-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,754
Posted By PaulRivers

The problem is there's not much way to tell if...

The problem is there's not much way to tell if that's good for you specifically or not until you either get injured or die from old age and we can conclude that it was fine. ;-)



I mostly...
02-18-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,754
Posted By PaulRivers

I really screwed up my leg weightlifting. A year...

I really screwed up my leg weightlifting. A year later if I put weight on it wrong, inside the hip I'd get a nasty "stepping on tinfoil" feeling and obviously it wasn't fixing itself.

In my search...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,947
Posted By PaulRivers

Wow I searched the page for "flat" and...

Wow I searched the page for "flat" and "protection" and got nothing...I swear the item description didn't say that a minute ago. Hmm.

Good point, but I'd still say that the flats are most likely...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,947
Posted By PaulRivers

Different tires have different levels of flat...

Different tires have different levels of flat protection.
But the tires you listed don't even claim flat protection...so it's a pretty good bet they don't have any.

The cheapest tires I would go...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-19, 12:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,581
Posted By PaulRivers

There can be conditions where this doesn't apply...

There can be conditions where this doesn't apply (touring, remote areas, etc) but I don't carry anything past tire flat fixing stuff and just rely on cell + uber/lyft/etc.

I've had a frame bust at...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,364
Posted By PaulRivers

There are lights that just straight up lie about...

There are lights that just straight up lie about their lumen ratings. It sound like that's what you are running into. A 4AA battery light typically gets you around 200 lumens. Frankly...I wish this...
01-30-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,218
Posted By PaulRivers

Yeah my current Freeriders look fine on the bike,...

Yeah my current Freeriders look fine on the bike, and they look ok off the bike, and I'm not fashion paranoid enough to change shoes just for a slight improvement in looks...but I have been...
01-30-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,139
Posted By PaulRivers

http://www.quickmeme.com/img/79/79518715538b9fb1b0...

http://www.quickmeme.com/img/79/79518715538b9fb1b0ec7b9bfb475dc7539afda69c6c9c912515d6ea9cf67b2f.jpg



Come on...you're just baiting me now. "I took Zincore, and it changed my life! My hair...
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