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01-19-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,764
Posted By merlinextraligh

I agree with both of those statements. Without...

I agree with both of those statements. Without Santana, I don’t think you’d have as many people riding tandems in the US or the number of options for quality tandems that we do. They essentially...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,658
Posted By merlinextraligh

The smooth ride on rough roads from your steel...

The smooth ride on rough roads from your steel bikes is the result of the fact that they are flexy. That “live” steel is real feeling is also because they are flexy.

Conversely, you can make CF as...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,658
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think your memory is a bit off. Campy Athena...

I think your memory is a bit off. Campy Athena came out in 1988, and it had downtube indexed shifters. I had in on a Schwinn Paramount OS I bought in 1989. It was supposed to be the first Campy group...
01-18-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,764
Posted By merlinextraligh

Continuing, In fairness, I have to say that...

Continuing,

In fairness, I have to say that Bill has a certain core following for his tours. About half of the teams loved Santana tours, and were repeat participants. However, most of the rest of...
01-18-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,764
Posted By merlinextraligh

More direct cycling question, Why would you go on...

More direct cycling question, Why would you go on a Santana Tour. We did a Santana tour to Hawaii several years ago and it was the worst trip we have ever taken.

The food and accommodations were...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,152
Posted By merlinextraligh

Other than wider tire spacing (and fwiw, I run...

Other than wider tire spacing (and fwiw, I run 25mm tires on the Merlin, and could likely squeeze in 28mm) I don’t think there’s any Ti bike built today that’s a dramatic improvement over the Merlin...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,152
Posted By merlinextraligh

I currently have a Ti Merlin Extralight, and Cf...

I currently have a Ti Merlin Extralight, and Cf bikes from Willier, Cervelo, and Calfee.

The Merlin, now 25 years old and still looking new has been a great bike. I put S&S couplers on it, and it...
01-17-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 429
Posted By merlinextraligh

thereís the proper method: The Proper Method...

thereís the proper method:
The Proper Method (http://www.gtgtandems.com/tech/propmethod.html)

While I hate the name, it works for us. Captain balances the bike with both feet on the ground....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,658
Posted By merlinextraligh

there are a number of “endurance frames” from...

there are a number of “endurance frames” from major manufacturers. Trek Edmonda, Specialized Roubaix would be 2 examples
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,658
Posted By merlinextraligh

I stand corrected. My memory was thrown off by...

I stand corrected. My memory was thrown off by the Colorado model name
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,658
Posted By merlinextraligh

That being said, if you want a dream road bike...

That being said, if you want a dream road bike with a comfortable ride, today, you’d be much better served by a CF frame with endurance geometry, and spacing to put on some wider tires.

A modern...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,658
Posted By merlinextraligh

Serotta was a custom builder from Colorado. Late...

Serotta was a custom builder from Colorado. Late 80ís early 90ís, Serotta, and Schwinn with the OS Paramount were the leaders building with oversized steel tubes.

If you want a cool, now retro,...
01-11-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By merlinextraligh

Yes, I am a lawyer, and at one point years ago...

Yes, I am a lawyer, and at one point years ago defended various financial entities against deceptive practices claims, but with the passage of time wouldn’t claim any current expertise.

That said...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,325
Posted By merlinextraligh

An hilarious thing about the article is that...

An hilarious thing about the article is that another Class Action firm is looking to sue helmet manufacturers for not using Wave Cell technology. As a manufacturer you’re damned if you do and if you...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,325
Posted By merlinextraligh

True, but consumers routinely choose to pay extra...

True, but consumers routinely choose to pay extra for helmets based on marketing. You can buy a Wave Cell helmet from Trek for anywhere from $99 to $299. The puffery used to justify the higher end...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,325
Posted By merlinextraligh

Agreed. My personal example, is I got several...

Agreed. My personal example, is I got several thousand dollars from the Porsche IMS class action, where Porsche knowingly continued to market a flawed design, leading to engine failure costing...
01-09-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By merlinextraligh

Class action suits like this benefit the...

Class action suits like this benefit the plaintiff lawyers, and typically offer next to nothing for the consumer. These guys will nit pic Trek’s advertising, throw spaghetti against the wall, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,399
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iím also of that era ( hence the Arnie Nashbar...

Iím also of that era ( hence the Arnie Nashbar reference.)

is that you Grant?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,339
Posted By merlinextraligh

In your Gran Fondo scenario, using Power or HR is...

In your Gran Fondo scenario, using Power or HR is not about keeping working at FTP, itís about not burning matches. A ride like that, Iíd be using power to keep my effort below FTP for climbs early...
12-31-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,956
Posted By merlinextraligh

Tubed Schwable Marathons, I don’t recall the...

Tubed Schwable Marathons, I don’t recall the pressure. But it was 2013, and I’m sure I ran higher pressure back then than I would now.

We currently run 25-30 psi in 42mm gravel kings. So having...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,339
Posted By merlinextraligh

For me, just tooling around, there may be a...

For me, just tooling around, there may be a couple of percent difference left to right. Working hard, the difference is typically a tenth of a percent, way below the margin of error of the power...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,792
Posted By merlinextraligh

I do have several power meters, on different...

I do have several power meters, on different bikes. And when I was competing I could tell you that number. Now I pretty much don’t care.

I’m pretty sure though my TSS from long mileage rides on...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,792
Posted By merlinextraligh

Mileage is a horrible metric. I’ll finish the...

Mileage is a horrible metric. I’ll finish the year around 4200 miles. First part of the year, in Florida, I was on a pace over 7500. With the pandemic and remote work, we decamped to Western NC.
...
12-30-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,956
Posted By merlinextraligh

to each his own. For us, at a little above your...

to each his own. For us, at a little above your team weight weíre running 42 mm gravel kings and found 2.1 tires to be overkill.

I did DK on 40 mm tires on a single, and was glad to have the...
12-30-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,956
Posted By merlinextraligh

The Steelhead is specíd for 45mm tires should be...

The Steelhead is specíd for 45mm tires should be wide enough for Gravel for most teams. People do Dirty Kanza on it.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,867
Posted By merlinextraligh

As a young associate, I represented a number of...

As a young associate, I represented a number of car manufacturers, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, and Nissan on lemon law claims, and I totally get your point. On the bright side, I did find...
12-22-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,956
Posted By merlinextraligh

In the expensive but not insane, category,...

In the expensive but not insane, category, there’s Co-Motion. We had a Java, which was a very nice bike. It was really overbuilt, and consequently heavy, for our purposes.

we replaced it with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,088
Posted By merlinextraligh

which shows how bad your test was. Based on...

which shows how bad your test was. Based on publicly available information, it is virtually impossible that the wheels made a 2mph difference, even going from something like a 36 spoke box rim to...
12-22-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,304
Posted By merlinextraligh

I was going to say that the bike is likely very...

I was going to say that the bike is likely very flexy, and not to give up on riding tandems if you find this bike to be uncomfortably flexy.

For a light team that doesnít ride aggressively, you...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By merlinextraligh

The only possible reason youíd want a 58 or 60...

The only
possible reason youíd want a 58 or 60 tooth big ring would be on a time trial bike and then only if youíre monster strong, and are gearing for a course with a lot of downhill downwind.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,715
Posted By merlinextraligh

thatís not true. The ideal pressure for your car...

thatís not true. The ideal pressure for your car tire depends on the weight of the car, the load in the car, ambient temperature, how you drive, and what your goal is, i.e. performance, fuel...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By merlinextraligh

Honestly, having ridden a similar Willier Zero 7,...

Honestly, having ridden a similar Willier Zero 7, which if anything would have lighter quicker steering, at race pace descending in both the Rockies and the Appalachian mountains, I think what youíre...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,399
Posted By merlinextraligh

Have you worn both? I’d be willing to bet that...

Have you worn both? I’d be willing to bet that 99% of the people who have ,prefer the current configuration, and that remaining 1 perecent didn’t actually understand the question.

Old wool shorts...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,399
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think to a degree it’s a personal preference,...

I think to a degree it’s a personal preference, and a matter of what fits you. The higher end Pearl Izumi’s work for me.

my wife likes Assos, but if you want something that runs larger, more...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,399
Posted By merlinextraligh

"Nashbar" still exists, but it's really not the...

"Nashbar" still exists, but it's really not the company Arni Nashbar started. That company closed in 2018. Amain Sports bought the name, as they had with other defunct bike companies such as...
12-20-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,413
Posted By merlinextraligh

I've had Continental 4000's fail at that spot on...

I've had Continental 4000's fail at that spot on both singles and tandems. However, I don't think the risk is unique to Continentals, and any lightweight racing tire can fail like that. How old were...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,540
Posted By merlinextraligh

Which makes me wonder if the ad is legit. Things ...

Which makes me wonder if the ad is legit. Things
too good to be true...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,396
Posted By merlinextraligh

a cf seat post is designed to clamp anywhere...

a cf seat post is designed to clamp anywhere along their length, given that the post will be clamped into
the frame at different spots given the height of
the rider.

they are much more durable...
12-12-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,230
Posted By merlinextraligh

We first wanted SRAM staples when we specíd our...

We first wanted SRAM staples when we specíd our new Calfee. However, Jason at Calfee recommended against it given the gear range we wanted. Retap wasnít going to give us both the top end we wanted...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,397
Posted By merlinextraligh

Definitely true, and practicing that in a low...

Definitely true, and practicing that in a low risk setting, gives you a decent chance to execute it when it matters.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,397
Posted By merlinextraligh

There are some drills you can do with friends to...

There are some drills you can do with friends to make you a better bike handler. Best done in a grass field. 1) Purposefully overlap wheels at a slow speed, like 5mph, and practice recovering from...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,393
Posted By merlinextraligh

Draftmaster. Very well made, and you can...

Draftmaster. Very well made, and you can configure it anyway you want
12-10-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,230
Posted By merlinextraligh

Very nice. How is the Veer Belt working for you?...

Very nice. How is the Veer Belt working for you? Ours is skipping. Veer thinks it may be a defect in the rings and are sending us new rings.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,542
Posted By merlinextraligh

IMHO, thereís a big difference between being able...

IMHO, thereís a big difference between being able to access the brakes and accessing your shifters.

If you canít break timely and appropriately in the middle of a pace line, youíre a hazard to the...
11-12-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,598
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think this also depends on how you ride. If...

I think this also depends on how you ride. If you're just tooling around the neighborhood, you probably don't need clipless. pedals. If you're going to be riding hard and at a decent cadence, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 15,979
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pretty roundly accepted to be the worst GT car...

Pretty roundly accepted to be the worst GT car Porsche ever built. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/used-car-buying-guides/first-worst-fastest-and-best-porsche-911-gts

And FWIW, my mechanic,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,255
Posted By merlinextraligh

pump, tube and 2 ounces of sealant in the bag,...

pump, tube and 2 ounces of sealant in the bag, doubt i get stranded
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,255
Posted By merlinextraligh

pretty sure I’ve gone at least 2 years on my MTB...

pretty sure I’ve gone at least 2 years on my MTB without replenishing sealant with no flats. Admittedly, there was not a ton of usage in that time frame.

if it’s not holding air, add some...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 15,979
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also a reason you can buy one now for 60k, while...

Also a reason you can buy one now for 60k, while other Porsche GT cars are dramatically appreciating. Thought briefly of buying one because as Porsche GT cars go itís a bargain, but my mechanic, with...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-20, 09:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,255
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m not totally sold on road tubeless. However,...

I’m not totally sold on road tubeless. However, running tubeless on a mountain bike and a gravel, tandem, in my experience there is very little hassle in running tubeless. It is an easy setup, and...
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