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07-16-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,940
Posted By FlashBazbo

You need a better tech. I've been riding...

You need a better tech. I've been riding hydraulic disk brakes for gravel, road and cyclocross for over five years. Tens of thousands of miles. Never had to bleed or adjust them after...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,907
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes, let's. Since we're talking about running...

Yes, let's. Since we're talking about running the risk of (1) catching COVID on a (2) group ride,in (3) an area with ZERO COVID hospitalizations and ZERO COVID deaths, and then (4) dying of COVID ....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,907
Posted By FlashBazbo

I'm sorry, guys. I'd love to play along, but I...

I'm sorry, guys. I'd love to play along, but I just can't. I don't worry about COVID, polar bears, killer bees, or anything else that hasn't shown itself to be a genuine threat in my neck of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,907
Posted By FlashBazbo

How can we possibly do that? Hereís an...

How can we possibly do that? Hereís an irrefutable scientific fact: If COVID isnít here, itís not possible to catch it. (I refuse to panic about COVID or polar bears until one or the other makes an...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,907
Posted By FlashBazbo

Wow, this thread has gotten out of hand, hasn't...

Wow, this thread has gotten out of hand, hasn't it!

Folks, please realize that the experience of COVID19 is radically different depending on where you live. If you live in the New York City area,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,480
Posted By FlashBazbo

It has been said that the harshest critic is...

It has been said that the harshest critic is often a person who was formerly the biggest fan.

I was a BMC enthusiast / owner / rider / racer for many years. Fast bikes. They fit me perfectly. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,675
Posted By FlashBazbo

Congratulations! It's about time. I...

Congratulations! It's about time.

I recently sold my SLR01 Disc. I loved the bike. But as with the high end bikes from Specialized and Trek, the degree of "integration" has created problems...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,071
Posted By FlashBazbo

I would like the ability to report and locate...

I would like the ability to report and locate known loose dog areas. Pull up a route and the known loose dog zones show up. It would make it easier to avoid or be prepared for problem areas.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,907
Posted By FlashBazbo

As with most things these days, the extreme...

As with most things these days, the extreme positions have taken control of the debate. Both extremes are making stuff up -- and when made up stuff is repeated often enough, it becomes "true." And...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,907
Posted By FlashBazbo

Our county bike group never suspended group...

Our county bike group never suspended group rides. In our county there have been zero hospitalizations, zero deaths, and single digit cases. The only local impact of COVID19 were widespread...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,301
Posted By FlashBazbo

Starting last fall, I reduced my riding by about...

Starting last fall, I reduced my riding by about 50%. Irreversible health issues made the call. The current distress has had zero impact. (I'm an essential worker plus our local riding group...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,078
Posted By FlashBazbo

I don't begrudge Strava the change in their...

I don't begrudge Strava the change in their terms. They can't operate at a loss indefinitely. It's silly to expect something for nothing forever.

I use (pay) Strava for the segments and to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 216
Posted By FlashBazbo

Does any route / course tool offer a way to find or mark locations of loose dogs?

The bane of cyclists' existence is the loose dog. If they're vicious, they bite. If they're friendly, they run into your front wheel -- sometimes ending up worse than a bite.

So . . . is there...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,864
Posted By FlashBazbo

I would agree but, to this point, my ONLY...

I would agree but, to this point, my ONLY hesitation to use the Varia has been the taillight. Especially when riding by myself, I want a taillight that offers no excuses for even inattentive drivers...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,864
Posted By FlashBazbo

I will be making the switch. I don't consider...

I will be making the switch. I don't consider the Varia taillight (or headlight) to be sufficient. It's better than a blinky, but not great.

I will combine the radar unit with my Dinotte...
05-13-20, 04:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes, it was there before I replaced the caliper. ...

Yes, it was there before I replaced the caliper. That's why I replaced the caliper. I knew the lever was fine, so I assumed the caliper was the problem. Only when I replaced the caliper did I...
05-12-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By FlashBazbo

I took it to my LBS and they said it had a...

I took it to my LBS and they said it had a blockage in the line. Since there's nothing in the system that could be big enough to block the line, I SUSPECT this means that it developed a kink in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,738
Posted By FlashBazbo

Go with the one that fits you better. Some years...

Go with the one that fits you better. Some years back, when I was a Specialized rider, my choice when I was shopping for a fast endurance bike was between a Roubaix and a Tarmac. Unlike most people...
05-01-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,791
Posted By FlashBazbo

COVID never came to town. Or to the next town. ...

COVID never came to town. Or to the next town. Or to most counties in America. (Zero hospitalizations, zero deaths, and seven positives found only because they decided to try to test as many...
04-20-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,240
Posted By FlashBazbo

I was an early adopter of 1x. I did it (1)...

I was an early adopter of 1x. I did it (1) because of a similar case of upgrade-itis, and (2) because I did all of Dirty Kanza in one chainring, so . . . why not?

I switched and found the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 19,408
Posted By FlashBazbo

Also, if you've got hookless rims on your...

Also, if you've got hookless rims on your tubeless wheels, they will not accept tubes. You're stuck unless you can plug the hole on the side of the road.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 19,408
Posted By FlashBazbo

I ride two bikes and both are tubeless now. But...

I ride two bikes and both are tubeless now. But . . . I never got many flats and I still don't. The ride is pretty much the same as before -- as are the pressures. But tubeless tires require more...
03-27-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,206
Posted By FlashBazbo

Are you riding more or less during the Covid 19 outbreak?

Lots of folks have been sent home. (And lots of folks have not.) Lots of bike clubs have cancelled group rides. (And lots of clubs have not.) How is the Covid 19 scare impacting your mileage? ...
03-27-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 606
Posted By FlashBazbo

Will the Coronavirus Scare have a permanent impact on your racing and riding?

The Coronavirus scare has cancelled huge numbers of races and rides. It has disrupted the spring season routines of most riders, I suspect.

Once it has "blown over", do you think you will go...
03-26-20, 04:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By FlashBazbo

Shimano Road Disc Brake Won't Take Fluid - HELP!

I have filled and bled Shimano road discs several times without problems. It's easy . . . until it isn't. Can anyone help with this problem?

I replaced the rear caliper on my Shimano Ultegra...
03-24-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,518
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes, but this is Tennessee. So far, people are...

Yes, but this is Tennessee. So far, people are different here. This morning, my wife went grocery shopping. Found all our preferred brands, toilet paper, Kleenex, food, meat, etc. in adequate...
03-24-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,518
Posted By FlashBazbo

There are no restrictions on cycling here. All...

There are no restrictions on cycling here. All restrictions, so far, are voluntary except for prohibitions against visiting nursing homes and assisted living centers. A lot of our restaurant...
03-24-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,518
Posted By FlashBazbo

In all seriousness, it has been found that SARS...

In all seriousness, it has been found that SARS (like this coronavirus) can be transmitted by gaseous emissions. An early outbreak in China was traced to a guy in an open plan office who had...
03-24-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,704
Posted By FlashBazbo

It seems pretty obvious that the successor to the...

It seems pretty obvious that the successor to the 1030 is about to debut. They're selling the 1030 for the same price as the 830. Have there been any sightings of the actual device?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,785
Posted By FlashBazbo

I know of no solution other than the "try to rip...

I know of no solution other than the "try to rip the saddle off your bike" method I described above. I must say . . . since we did that, the post has remained in place and the bolt hasn't lost any...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,675
Posted By FlashBazbo

Back in November (when they promised to have the...

Back in November (when they promised to have the fork in late November), my original guess was April. They beat my estimate by 9 days!

The Coronavirus scare must be pretty much over in China. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,675
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: I just received a call from my LBS. My...

UPDATE: I just received a call from my LBS. My correct color (race grey) fork has arrived!

Now, since my LBS is 55 miles away, I've got to figure out a time to make the trip to take the bike...
03-17-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,429
Posted By FlashBazbo

Outdoors in the sun is one of the best places to...

Outdoors in the sun is one of the best places to be. UV kills coronavirus that has been deposited on objects.
03-17-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 296
Posted By FlashBazbo

Open Range 200k postpones . . .

I just received the email from the Open Range 200k, now postponing from late April to June 13. But, if you can't make the June 13 date, they're offering a $15 credit against next year's entry (but...
03-17-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,126
Posted By FlashBazbo

He should act as if there's a flu epidemic --...

He should act as if there's a flu epidemic -- which there is, and which there is every year. The usual things . . . wash hands, don't touch face, send sick people home. Don't panic. The statistics...
03-16-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,429
Posted By FlashBazbo

Carousel was 30, but I figured some of...

Carousel was 30, but I figured some of California's heavily-surgically preserved, age 70-ish politicians are probably admitting to being 39 by now and, thus, needing the extra ten years.

But not...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 740
Posted By FlashBazbo

It's about marketing. If they priced them at...

It's about marketing. If they priced them at $49.95, you might not think they were worth bothering with. But at $400? They've GOT to make you a LOT faster if they cost that much!

(see also,...
03-16-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,429
Posted By FlashBazbo

This is shocking to me! I thought California...

This is shocking to me! I thought California already required people over 40 to go through Carousel! There shouldn't BE any people over 65, should there?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,675
Posted By FlashBazbo

Yes. Clearly, my guess that the early March date...

Yes. Clearly, my guess that the early March date was illusion was correct. When I received the red fork, I put it on my calendar to ask the status of my correct color fork sometime in April.
...
03-02-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By FlashBazbo

On any bike that's going to see mud, I would go...

On any bike that's going to see mud, I would go with Di2. Perfect shifting, every time. Even when caked in mud.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By FlashBazbo

OPEN's bikes are BB386EVO. (I wish they were...

OPEN's bikes are BB386EVO. (I wish they were T47. With a T47, an OPEN U.P. could be the ultimate bike.)
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 29,323
Posted By FlashBazbo

I can list a ton of bike industry component...

I can list a ton of bike industry component changes that were STUPID. Often, they were marketing-driven or cost-of-manufacture driven and they ended up being truly awful for the consumer. Like...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 10,115
Posted By FlashBazbo

Lots of good opinion in this thread. Generally...

Lots of good opinion in this thread. Generally speaking, you can't lump all gravel bikes into a single category -- primarily because so many manufacturers cynically just glued a "gravel" label onto...
02-20-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,505
Posted By FlashBazbo

Seven weeks into "enthusiast rider" status. So...

Seven weeks into "enthusiast rider" status. So far, so good. I'm about 14 miles behind my lower projected mileage pace. (I will make that up the first week of good spring weather.) I think I'm going...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,656
Posted By FlashBazbo

No Shimano fd is very difficult to set up, but...

No Shimano fd is very difficult to set up, but the latest versions are very much the easiest IF YOU READ AND FOLLOW THE NEW INSTRUCTIONS. If your LBS tried to set the fd up without reading the...
02-05-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By FlashBazbo

I came from the road. Moved to rural Kansas about...

I came from the road. Moved to rural Kansas about the time the original Warbird Ti came out. In the county I moved to, there were literally only two (2) paved roads -- the two highways that...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,034
Posted By FlashBazbo

Cycling is thriving here. (Triathlon, on the...

Cycling is thriving here. (Triathlon, on the other hand, is dying on the vine.) A few years back, we lost a half dozen centuries and gran fondos and a lot of races from the calendar. Things looked...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,815
Posted By FlashBazbo

No dissent here. See, my replies above. The...

No dissent here. See, my replies above. The worse the conditions, the more important I feel it is to have Di2.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,675
Posted By FlashBazbo

UPDATE: LBS just called to say that the "place...

UPDATE: LBS just called to say that the "place holder" fork has been installed and the bike is ready to pick up. I'm eager to see what the multicolor bike looks like. (I'm guessing it will be like...
01-28-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,822
Posted By FlashBazbo

Make mine another vote for a gravel bike. Works...

Make mine another vote for a gravel bike. Works great on all surfaces from cow path to paved road.
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