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Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-15, 12:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,442
Posted By pdxtex

i have a mishmash of styles but everything is...

i have a mishmash of styles but everything is breathable or stretchy. i like riding knickers with real belt loops and pockets but might wear a jersey up top or merino wool tshirt. i dont ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-15, 12:31 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 24,863
Posted By pdxtex

im more interested in why the original saddle...

im more interested in why the original saddle worked out one week but made you sore the next. did you check to see if the saddle was still level after week two? if the clamp bolt came loose and it...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-15, 12:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,746
Posted By pdxtex

thats probably an ingrown hair. if you cut your...

thats probably an ingrown hair. if you cut your ahem, hedge short, that is what does it. the hair follices become sharp and the tight clothes makes it easier for them to grow back into the skin. not...
04-09-15, 03:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,415
Posted By pdxtex

you are not a rockette, i would not suggest high...

you are not a rockette, i would not suggest high kicks in your current state. bad advice. 1, id start with a comeplete review of bike settings, correct seat height, ditching shimano pedals all...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-14, 03:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,070
Posted By pdxtex

you think its less work? the derailleur optimizes...

you think its less work? the derailleur optimizes output, with one gear you are subject to increased torque as the grade increases. ok, its a 12 mile time trial with a 4 percent constant grade, do...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-14, 03:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,070
Posted By pdxtex

Single speed effort versus geared over the long haul...

anyone know if there has ever been a quantified test to compare long distance effort on a single speed bike versus a geared bike? ie, is there a ratio of single speed to geared miles or a caloric...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-14, 07:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,093
Posted By pdxtex

no, i actually need to let my body rest! i think...

no, i actually need to let my body rest! i think its a combination of mileage, age, riding style and lack of recovery time. i had bad crash in august last year, and then i twisted my knee on some ice...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-14, 07:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,093
Posted By pdxtex

Taking a break from cycling on purpose.

Whats the longest intentional break you've taken from cycling for recoup purposes? Im about to do two months of lazy bliss. Ive been chugging out 100 heavy (my legs feel like lead!!) miles a week all...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-14, 04:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,035
Posted By pdxtex

ill offer a resounding NO. its not worth it to...

ill offer a resounding NO. its not worth it to ride while sick, you'll take longer to recover from the initial sickness and you wont do your cycling fitness any favors. just take the week or two off...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-14, 04:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,227
Posted By pdxtex

id consider a few things.....cutting back a bit...

id consider a few things.....cutting back a bit on the mileage, cross training with something low impact (rowing/swimming), glucosamine seems to work for me too, switch to speedplay pedals if you...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-14, 04:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 10,840
Posted By pdxtex

Kona has always been a little under the radar but...

Kona has always been a little under the radar but a kind of forward thinking company....
03-12-14, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,621
Posted By pdxtex

when standing over the bike, the arrow on the pad...

when standing over the bike, the arrow on the pad points forward, the same direction the wheel rotates when moving forward. if that post is straight and fixed directly into the pad without the little...
03-12-14, 12:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,886
Posted By pdxtex

^^^no, you are definitely right. you have to...

^^^no, you are definitely right. you have to stand at some point on one gear bikes. unless you are senor iron legs and can sit and chug it out up big hills, well then im not that guy. so like...
03-11-14, 03:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,639
Posted By pdxtex

(disclaimer**i think i know everything about...

(disclaimer**i think i know everything about bicycles, often im found to be full of ca-ca).....whew, that was close. that being said, i dont get it either. my polite response is its not for...
03-11-14, 01:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,886
Posted By pdxtex

in general, seated is always best. you are best...

in general, seated is always best. you are best in control of the bike and using the least amount of energy. that standing sprint with all the big guys rocking the bike back and fourth at the end of...
03-11-14, 01:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,886
Posted By pdxtex

pedaling on level ground is analgous to dribbling...

pedaling on level ground is analgous to dribbling a basket ball. most of the work is used for the downstroke and a toeclip or clipless pedal in this instance is helpful for keeping you foot in place,...
03-11-14, 10:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,759
Posted By pdxtex

OP think of it this way, it doesnt really matter...

OP think of it this way, it doesnt really matter what pedal you use of even which muscle works the least. in fact the ones that get neglected because they do the smallest amount of work are often the...
03-10-14, 02:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,759
Posted By pdxtex

^^^i make sure the cleat is centered and all the...

^^^i make sure the cleat is centered and all the way back to the widest park of my foot. too far forward and with your foot back loads your shin weird. the biggest game changer for me overall...
03-10-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,759
Posted By pdxtex

just taking a guess, id estimate quads/glutes do...

just taking a guess, id estimate quads/glutes do 70 percent, calves maybe 20 percent and the rest act as stabilizers (mcl, acl, ankle, etc...) as i get a little older and creakier though i realize...
02-17-14, 10:45 AM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 548,256
Posted By pdxtex

thanks! i love GT's also. the wacky triple...

thanks! i love GT's also. the wacky triple triangle has been around for awhile. i think gt just made it their trademark back in the 80's and 90's. here is an old school version. 1951 Thanet...
02-17-14, 02:07 AM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 548,256
Posted By pdxtex

heres mine. 2001 GT ZRX. 105 9 speed with some...

heres mine. 2001 GT ZRX. 105 9 speed with some aksiums and conti cyclocrosss speeds. around here its more like moss grinder then gravel but it dries out from time to time.364657364658364659
02-14-14, 09:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

ok, so can we take a VOTE on the all around best...

ok, so can we take a VOTE on the all around best type of tires to use for riding on a normal dirt road with potholes and rocks in dry conditions? im inclined to believe very wide, commuter oriented...
02-13-14, 08:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

^^hey nice pics. but is that a road, or a...well...

^^hey nice pics. but is that a road, or a...well what else is it? OP here. hey 3 pages long on a contentious topic, rocks (the mineral kind, not acdc kind)!! and moved to dusty, cross type pastures....
02-12-14, 03:36 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

apparently gravel riding is the red haired step...

apparently gravel riding is the red haired step child nobody wants....like a young weasley child left on the platform. the more i get into it though, the more i like it. i think my next bike is going...
02-12-14, 03:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

barriers....do large potholes and cattle grates...

barriers....do large potholes and cattle grates count?

runups? no, why would i want put my feet on the ground and carry my bicycle? up steps??

mud....yes!


waffles...only if you are...
02-11-14, 08:34 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

see, in 19 posts this thread has already gone to...

see, in 19 posts this thread has already gone to pot but thats exactly what i was expecting. but you see the dilemma. is it a road bike or a cyclocross bike??? oooga booga, who cares, its a "bicycle...
02-11-14, 08:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

ahhh see, because A, not all roads are made of...

ahhh see, because A, not all roads are made of asphalt! and B, not all bikes ridden on roads not of asphalt are cyclocross bikes! its a slippery slope but dont overthink it. if you want to call it...
02-11-14, 07:44 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

yeah i dunno, im sure some marketing wonk came up...

yeah i dunno, im sure some marketing wonk came up with that name but yeah, gravel bikes and cross bikes as far as i can tell are pretty much the same thing minus the tires some tweaks in geometry....
02-11-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

gotta think big!

gotta think big!
02-11-14, 06:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

^^^ill check that out (velodirt). right now all i...

^^^ill check that out (velodirt). right now all i ride is leif ericson trail and its ALL rocks for the most part. lots of sharp gravel washed out turns too. cyclocross tires are grippy but that...
02-11-14, 06:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

thats exactly what im trying to avoid. cyclocross...

thats exactly what im trying to avoid. cyclocross is more akin to racing in wet grass and mud. id like to actually discuss long distance cycling on real dirt roads. i see the cross over between...
02-11-14, 06:26 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,113
Posted By pdxtex

Dirt Road riding mega-thread!

Is there a dirt road/gravel grinder thread in any subforum? If not lets start one. discuss routes, set ups, etc....Id like to know what tires people are using for gravel roads at the moment? I was...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-14, 12:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By pdxtex

^^^so were you drunk? or up to no good? also 3000...

^^^so were you drunk? or up to no good? also 3000 lumens! niiiice...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-14, 06:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,134
Posted By pdxtex

first decent riding after a knee ligament strain...

first decent riding after a knee ligament strain in mid november. nice and easy 25 miler on a crisp portland afternoon. no wind, clear skies and 45. not bad. knee works great!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-14, 05:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,859
Posted By pdxtex

you never saw the jessica simpson/bike messenger...

you never saw the jessica simpson/bike messenger movie? it was awesome! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn-QIjH3mBs
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 797
Posted By pdxtex

for me, injuries always happen in the winter when...

for me, injuries always happen in the winter when my fitness is at its worst, its cold, and daylight is precious. that being said, dont rush warming up, and if its too cold out, say below 40 either...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,572
Posted By pdxtex

portland is the bicycle capital of north america...

portland is the bicycle capital of north america so by default my opinion matters more! that being said, i deem electronic shifting to be stupid. all in favor, say aye! oppossed, oh wait, your...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-14, 12:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 944
Posted By pdxtex

i dont often ogle other mens components, but when...

i dont often ogle other mens components, but when i do, its velo orange......yeah, thats the prettiest seat post ive ever seen. i have a thomson setback also but that v.o. is t!ts. for just a cheapie...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-14, 12:02 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,828
Posted By pdxtex

^^^the welds are pretty chunky. i went to look at...

^^^the welds are pretty chunky. i went to look at the 105 allez a month or two ago and lets just say my black weber grill has better lines then that frame.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-14, 07:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,593
Posted By pdxtex

id start with a baseline height using one of the...

id start with a baseline height using one of the popular formulas. i use the lemond formula (inseam x .883) to determine initial seat height (distance from top of seat to middle of bottom bracket)....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 45,553
Posted By pdxtex

^^^id say the drop is probably 1.5 to 2 inches. i...

^^^id say the drop is probably 1.5 to 2 inches. i tried measuring it with a broom stick once! from past experience, slamming a stem just ends up hurting my lower back. urban riding has kind of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-14, 02:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,151
Posted By pdxtex

geez i dont know, probably close to 6k. more...

geez i dont know, probably close to 6k. more importantly, 173 burritos!
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-14, 06:58 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 45,553
Posted By pdxtex

^^^ is it? i dont know honestly. im built like an...

^^^ is it? i dont know honestly. im built like an albino, hairless orangutan (35" inseam) but it seems to work for me. ive got a 61cm trek 2.1 and it came with a 110 stem. seat to handle bar is still...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-14, 04:54 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 45,553
Posted By pdxtex

6'2", top tube = no idea. i have bikes from 56 to...

6'2", top tube = no idea. i have bikes from 56 to 61 all with different set ups. seat to bar reach is probably a more relevant metric but is determined on a per rider basis. reach wise, i do set up...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-13, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,323
Posted By pdxtex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RichardSimmonsSe...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RichardSimmonsSept2011.jpg yay tights!!!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-13, 06:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,228
Posted By pdxtex

ok OP, but here is the deal, by simply loosening...

ok OP, but here is the deal, by simply loosening the stem cap bolt and not loosening the stem bolts, you are accomplishing nothing to alleviate the overtightening. always start with the stem cap...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-13, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,228
Posted By pdxtex

OP how are you loosening the stem cap bolt and...

OP how are you loosening the stem cap bolt and still managing to turn the fork? are the stem bolt also tight? the stem cap bolt is just set pre load. try these steps. loosen everything. then slowly...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-13, 04:50 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,116
Posted By pdxtex

the allure of the bicycle is that is hasn't...

the allure of the bicycle is that is hasn't fundementally changed over the last one hundred plus years. aside from newer and lighter materials, its still a chain driven, human powered machine. that...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-13, 04:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,964
Posted By pdxtex

id like to tour los angeles and new york city on...

id like to tour los angeles and new york city on bicycle. find someplace to stay for the week in each city, maybe venice beach for l.a. and couch surf in new york and just cruise around the back...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-13, 05:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,647
Posted By pdxtex

i retired my SPD-SLs after a whopping six weeks....

i retired my SPD-SLs after a whopping six weeks. i saw a few moments of inspiration but overall im not sure they were the pedal for me. give them a go however. setting up the cleats seemed easy...
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