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05-20-20, 05:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 489
Posted By bakerjw

I switched to tubeless on my road bike a few...

I switched to tubeless on my road bike a few years ago and will never ever go back. After trying a couple of different brands, I now only ride Hutchinsons.
I've never used a plug but do carry a pair...
05-12-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,395
Posted By bakerjw

Ever ridden in Canada? I've been through AB and...

Ever ridden in Canada? I've been through AB and B.C. for the last 4 years and their roads are immaculate. People there don't throw stuff out the window like they do here in the states. It is...
04-28-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 505,116
Posted By bakerjw

Not your typical tandem. Or picture. This is 55...

Not your typical tandem. Or picture.
This is 55 miles into a 100 mile day on Elk Pass at the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia.
My trooper of a wife and I along with our Curtlo custom...
04-28-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 601
Posted By bakerjw

Resurrecting an old bike like that would be fun! ...

Resurrecting an old bike like that would be fun!
Probably a great ride too. Steel is so under rated.
10-06-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,485
Posted By bakerjw

I ran a no name chicom carbon fork on a...

I ran a no name chicom carbon fork on a bikepacking rig. It took all kinds of abuse without any issues at all. If the bike is a name brand bike, you should be ok.

But... Hitting pothole will...
09-28-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,774
Posted By bakerjw

There was a feminine cleaning product on one of...

There was a feminine cleaning product on one of the firearm forums that I moderate who would go out in public and do things within the the content of laws just trying to get pulled over by cops. He...
09-25-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,639
Posted By bakerjw

Running the math. With a 20" tire and 46/16...

Running the math.
With a 20" tire and 46/16 gearing, a BMX at 130 cadence would give about 22.25 mph.
With a 29" tire and 34/17 gearing, a road bike at 130 cadence would give about 22.4 mph. (the...
09-19-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 884
Posted By bakerjw

Great looking ride. My wife and I have a...

Great looking ride.

My wife and I have a road and mountain tandem, the 2 wheel kind.

But, there was a local couple who picked up a TerraTrike tandem. She was heavy when they first started...
09-13-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,946
Posted By bakerjw

N+1

N+1
09-11-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 27,795
Posted By bakerjw

A couple of years back, I got buzzed by a truck...

A couple of years back, I got buzzed by a truck and trailer delivering equipment for a local well known rental company. It is a place where I've rented a lot of things over the years. I didn't get a...
08-25-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,588
Posted By bakerjw

Rolling coal - The legal perspective.

Cycling advocacy involves getting involved by making your thoughts concerns on cycling infrastructure known with officials that make decisions as well as being informed on laws regarding cyclists...
08-16-19, 04:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 792
Posted By bakerjw

As mentioned, contact the manufacturer if you...

As mentioned, contact the manufacturer if you know who it is. That is one bad thing about chicom carbon. There is no accountability on their end.

Take the piece that you cut off and lightly sand...
08-12-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,340
Posted By bakerjw

I had to look that one up online.

I had to look that one up online.
08-09-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,507
Posted By bakerjw

The animal shelter and animal control share the...

The animal shelter and animal control share the same phone and building but have different offices. With the sheer volume of strays in our area, I can only imagine how many phone calls that they get...
08-02-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 27,795
Posted By bakerjw

I love it when the passenger yells something...

I love it when the passenger yells something behind the anonymity that the door pillar provides. I usually point at my ear and shrug like I didn't hear what they said. If I catch up to them, I ask...
08-01-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,669
Posted By bakerjw

Hard being 43???? I recently had some back...

Hard being 43????

I recently had some back issues and went to a chiroquackter. I learned some very useful exercises to help limber up my back vertebrae quite a bit. If I keep up with them the...
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,236
Posted By bakerjw

Our LBS, before they closed, used to sell...

Our LBS, before they closed, used to sell Terratrikes. A couple bought a tandem version and rode it across the country. The wife was overweight but lost a lot of it and they had a blast.
07-26-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,783
Posted By bakerjw

Sorry but not all are. That includes my family...

Sorry but not all are. That includes my family and friends that are in law enforcement.


I guess that I should have clarified that this was over a several block range.

Oh, and welcome to the...
07-25-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,365
Posted By bakerjw

Ah, Zen... “It is better to travel well than...

Ah, Zen...

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

Buddha...
07-25-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,783
Posted By bakerjw

Think about how much more aware of our...

Think about how much more aware of our surroundings that we are when we're on a bike as opposed to in a car. While cycling, I am very aware of my surroundings. I believe that it is the same way for...
07-24-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,034
Posted By bakerjw

FWIW, I've never had a bike fit. I just started...

FWIW, I've never had a bike fit. I just started riding and reading up here and there.
The keys that I have found are...
Seat height placement (i.e. forward or back) and angle
Cleat angle.

IIRC,...
07-17-19, 04:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,726
Posted By bakerjw

Some intersections are very problematic. There is...

Some intersections are very problematic. There is one on my commute home where, in the last couple of months, I've had 3 cars pull in front of me when I am clearly in view. The other afternoon, a...
07-07-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,037
Posted By bakerjw

FWIW... I view processed starches as being one of...

FWIW... I view processed starches as being one of the biggest culprits to obesity.
1 - Consume highly processed starch (white bread, white pasta, etc...) <- High glycemic index.
2 - Enzymes in the...
06-26-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,233
Posted By bakerjw

#1...

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) PETE bottles start degrading quickly and when exposed to heat will leech antimony. Best to use 1 time and never leave them in...
06-20-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,981
Posted By bakerjw

Heavy or not, that is a darn cool looking frame. ...

Heavy or not, that is a darn cool looking frame.

To the OP. I am 5'11" and my wife is 5'. We had Doug Curtiss of Curtlo cycles build us a road and mountain tandem. The mountain tandem has...
06-20-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,623
Posted By bakerjw

I keep mine for if I ever need to sell a bike. ...

I keep mine for if I ever need to sell a bike.
It is a selling point. "New Saddle!!! Never been used."
06-19-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,976
Posted By bakerjw

I've seen professional athletes that smoke. I...

I've seen professional athletes that smoke. I wonder if he started vaping or switched to it from smoking.

That's the thing. People are starting to vape rather than smoke tobacco and they still get...
06-19-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By bakerjw

One thing to keep in mind is rotational movement...

One thing to keep in mind is rotational movement on the pedal or float.
On my road bike, I use SPD-SL yellow cleats on the bottoms of my shoes because they have 6 degress of float. There are also...
06-19-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 27,644
Posted By bakerjw

Sounds like riding behind a tandem team having a...

Sounds like riding behind a tandem team having a bad day on the bike...
:tandem:

Hey, it happens.
06-18-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 27,644
Posted By bakerjw

One reason why I avoid group rides. All it takes...

One reason why I avoid group rides. All it takes is one or 2 morons to put the entire group in a bad light.
06-18-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,004
Posted By bakerjw

It depends on how they get categorized. IMHO, if...

It depends on how they get categorized. IMHO, if it is only pedal assist, then it is an e-bike. If it has a throttle and can go without requiring the rider to pedal, then it is an electric moped and...
06-18-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,785
Posted By bakerjw

I have a spare wheelset that I keep around for...

I have a spare wheelset that I keep around for times like these. It is always good to have something to throw on if needed.
06-17-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,882
Posted By bakerjw

Wellgo MG-5's for my bikes. Light and they grip...

Wellgo MG-5's for my bikes. Light and they grip well.
06-17-19, 05:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By bakerjw

I use SPD-SL, the road syle "clod" shoes as you...

I use SPD-SL, the road syle "clod" shoes as you eloquently put it, and I have no problem unclipping when needed. It takes practice.

For mountain biking, I use Crank Brothers Egg Beaters. They...
06-11-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By bakerjw

I've ordered a few wheelsets from them through...

I've ordered a few wheelsets from them through the years. They are a mortar shop and have always done well by me. If I need something really custom made, I'll go to Wheelbuilder or similar, but for...
05-30-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 35,818
Posted By bakerjw

I love to read stories like this. I was up...

I love to read stories like this.
I was up around 270 way back, dropped a lot and got back up there. The last time, I was angry that I'd let myself go. My doctor was trying to make me take a statin...
05-30-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,482
Posted By bakerjw

Every mountain style bike that I build runs a...

Every mountain style bike that I build runs a 2x10 drive train built on XTR shifters and XT derailleurs. I know the Shimano number schema and the prices haven't changed much with the recent lock down...
05-30-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,143
Posted By bakerjw

I don't think that there is any reason to be off...

I don't think that there is any reason to be off their bandwagon. As with all products, sacrifices need to be made and they defend their product IMHO in a proper manner. It has an intended use model....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,814
Posted By bakerjw

Our roads here in N.E. Tennessee are great. Some...

Our roads here in N.E. Tennessee are great. Some are a bit rough but that's because they're like 20 years old.

A couple of years ago, I took my road bike back to Illinois to ride. I had not ridden...
05-28-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By bakerjw

I find hockey good to use for intervals. Pick a...

I find hockey good to use for intervals. Pick a team and hammer whenever they head up the ice. Football can work too. Start hammering when the quarterback approaches the center and stop after the...
05-28-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,370
Posted By bakerjw

As mentioned. A properly adjusted helmet is a key...

As mentioned. A properly adjusted helmet is a key factor in its effectiveness.
My wife and I are in the market for new matching helmets (We ride our tandems a lot) and the next ones will be MIPS.
...
05-22-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,759
Posted By bakerjw

Not to derail a thread but it was the same for my...

Not to derail a thread but it was the same for my wife and me. We went less than a mile and knew that it was going to turn out well. My wife is visually impaired and it gave her a chance to enjoy one...
05-22-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,759
Posted By bakerjw

I am curious about the airflow through their...

I am curious about the airflow through their material.
Not that airflow is everything but it is all a balancing act like light, durable and cheap, pick 2.
05-20-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,873
Posted By bakerjw

Not to derail the thread. My touring is on...

Not to derail the thread. My touring is on environments like the Tour Divide. Anything from pavement to gravel road, to rutted jeep trails to horrid single track. It is also very minimal as the load...
05-20-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 33,390
Posted By bakerjw

I find aluminum to be a harsh ride. Carbon is a...

I find aluminum to be a harsh ride.
Carbon is a bit softer until it isn't.
Steel is a smoother ride.

There are 2 kinds of steel frames. There are the cheap ones that are heavy as heck and then...
05-18-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By bakerjw

RESOLVED.... This morning, I went back out...

RESOLVED....

This morning, I went back out and double checked the cable resistance coming from the shifter. It was crisp and clean.
I checked the derailleur without the cable attached. Manually,...
05-17-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By bakerjw

Typically I use Sram PC-1051 chains. Unless it's...

Typically I use Sram PC-1051 chains. Unless it's for our tandems and the I believe that they are KMC. Non directional as far as I know.
Yes, cog is a more appropriate term.
05-17-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,466
Posted By bakerjw

I'm 55. My first road bike when I started riding...

I'm 55. My first road bike when I started riding seriously about 10 years ago was a Schwinn. It was inexpensive a tad heavy and had a 3x8 drivetrain. I rode at least 15,000 miles on it before...
05-16-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By bakerjw

I have purchased wheelsets from Velomine. They...

I have purchased wheelsets from Velomine. They are great people.
05-16-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By bakerjw

Nice looking ride. Jamis makes some solid...

Nice looking ride. Jamis makes some solid machines.
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