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08-24-19, 07:59 AM
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Posted By big john

That Colnago looks great!

That Colnago looks great!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,574
Posted By big john

Mostly by experience. If you don't have...

Mostly by experience. If you don't have electronics on your bike you can look up climbs and ride loops you do and see what the numbers are, or ask people who have done those rides while measuring...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,574
Posted By big john

You're in Whistler? Very cool. I want to go to...

You're in Whistler? Very cool. I want to go to Whistler.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,574
Posted By big john

It was cyclist friendly the 2 times I was there....

It was cyclist friendly the 2 times I was there. There was a store 15 miles from the summit which changed hands, closed, reopened a couple times. Not sure if it's open now.
There are other good...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 577
Posted By big john

Take the cranks off and lube everything in the...

Take the cranks off and lube everything in the bb, or have someone do it for you.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,574
Posted By big john

Well, it does go up to 14K! I have not done it...

Well, it does go up to 14K! I have not done it but friends have and it sounds brutal. Lots of people get nausea. It was hard enough for me just going to the end of the pavement. We got some great...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,574
Posted By big john

I don't know what gearing I would need to climb...

I don't know what gearing I would need to climb 15 miles @13% but I don't think I have it in my legs. Sounds ridiculously hard, as does 10K feet in 30 miles. I've done centuries with 10 and even 12K...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,574
Posted By big john

I've done Rock Creek, Whitney Portal, and the...

I've done Rock Creek, Whitney Portal, and the White Mountain climb. Rock Creek was the easiest, White Mountain was very hard for me especially because of the elevation. Whitney Portal is easier once...
08-22-19, 12:39 PM
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Views: 23,504
Posted By big john

Straight blade forks look cool.

Straight blade forks look cool.
08-21-19, 07:28 PM
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Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

That sucks. Sorry you and your wife have to go...

That sucks. Sorry you and your wife have to go through this.
08-21-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 23,504
Posted By big john

Beautiful! Nice pics on their web page, too. I...

Beautiful! Nice pics on their web page, too. I should get one.
08-21-19, 02:13 PM
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Views: 23,504
Posted By big john

3.0 series? What fork is that?

3.0 series? What fork is that?
08-20-19, 02:02 PM
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Posted By big john

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkpnj8WQGrA&t=18s&...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkpnj8WQGrA&t=18s&fbclid=IwAR3BteoN92ziRpIYwivFba3B0nkNUns_8hVwCZdlz7EGGlFTKwU7jFr3rN8

I get nervous watching this. I love those roads but these guys....
08-20-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

My point was not that I know anything, my point...

My point was not that I know anything, my point was that maybe you were being a bit dogmatic. There are many ways to get started in cycling.
08-19-19, 08:37 PM
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Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

What if you don't want 2 bikes? Or a beater bike?...

What if you don't want 2 bikes? Or a beater bike? What if you just want a nice bike? What if you don't care about Sheldon or gear inches?

Sometimes people buy "expensive" bikes and ride them and...
08-19-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By big john

They're called coaster brakes. The rear tire on...

They're called coaster brakes. The rear tire on those Sting Ray type bikes was supposed to look like a drag racing slick. My friends who had them did jump stuff with them. I had an English 3 speed...
08-19-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By big john

No reason why you couldn't ride it on dirt roads...

No reason why you couldn't ride it on dirt roads and milder trails, or even hard trails if you have mad skillz. If you did ride a modern bike on a rough descent you would see what the fuss is about,...
08-19-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

The point of the carbon fiber frame is not to...

The point of the carbon fiber frame is not to save "a few pounds" but to provide a smoother ride than aluminum. Carbon fiber frames can be manipulated to change the ride characteristics easier than...
08-19-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

Well I hope it works out for you, whatever bike...

Well I hope it works out for you, whatever bike you decide on. It's a great way to stay active. I've been riding as a recreational cyclist for more than 30 years and I still get excited about...
08-18-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

Have you ridden a drop bar bike that fits?

Have you ridden a drop bar bike that fits?
08-18-19, 10:31 PM
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Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

I don't see how you can make such a statement....

I don't see how you can make such a statement. Spend whatever you want, even if it's just for wall art. If you want a nice thing, (bike, watch, car, etc) and you can afford it, who cares how much it...
08-18-19, 08:01 PM
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Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

I don't get it. Two very different machines.

I don't get it. Two very different machines.
08-17-19, 07:35 PM
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Views: 2,507
Posted By big john

It's not that much money if you like it and it...

It's not that much money if you like it and it makes you want to ride it. Doesn't it have a warranty? Don't worry about the frame holding up.

My mountain bike is carbon fiber, cost more than that,...
08-17-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By big john

Remember when John Tomac and Jackie Phelan rode...

Remember when John Tomac and Jackie Phelan rode drop bar mountain bikes to championships?
08-16-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By big john

Sorry to hear you had that much trouble. As a...

Sorry to hear you had that much trouble. As a lifelong GM technician I'm aware of certain problem models and a 95 had it's quirks, especially since it was a transition year from OBD1 to 2, but should...
08-16-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By big john

I bought a 1986 S-10 Blazer in 1996 and drove it...

I bought a 1986 S-10 Blazer in 1996 and drove it for 18 years. Sold it with 300,000 miles on it.
08-16-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By big john

Started riding road bikes around 1981 to get in...

Started riding road bikes around 1981 to get in better shape for off road motorcycling. Sold my last motorcycle (a YZ490) around 1992. Still love to ride road bikes and mountain bikes. I like to buy...
08-14-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,676
Posted By big john

What do you have on there now? Regular drop bars?...

What do you have on there now? Regular drop bars? Maybe it's a fit problem like maybe you're putting too much weight on your hands.

You should be able to ride while lightly resting your hands on...
08-13-19, 09:25 PM
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Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

ok

ok
08-13-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By big john

The chain and cassette have been replaced a few...

The chain and cassette have been replaced a few times and the rings once. You're right, it all probably needs to be freshened up. Maybe I'll just get a new bike instead. What's that retirement...
08-13-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By big john

Multiple episodes of chain suck over the years...

Multiple episodes of chain suck over the years must have bent the thing enough times to cause metal fatigue. I think the clamp came loose a time or two.
I'm not exactly the master of maintenance and...
08-13-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,534
Posted By big john

It's great that your family can ride with you,...

It's great that your family can ride with you, too.
08-13-19, 02:43 PM
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Views: 247
Posted By big john

Broken derailleur

I have a Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed with 50/34 rings and the front derailleur cage is broken. Will other derailleurs work, as long as the cable pulls from the same direction?
08-13-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3,989
Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

No, I just thought you rode on rollers as opposed...

No, I just thought you rode on rollers as opposed to a fixed position trainer. Maybe I'm thinking of someone else.
08-13-19, 07:57 AM
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Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

Don't you use rollers?

Don't you use rollers?
08-12-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By big john

Love the Niner Benny. There are some drop bar...

Love the Niner Benny. There are some drop bar gravel/trail riders I see around here on fire roads and some of the milder trails. They all seem to be young and/or super fit.
I have a loop I do from...
08-12-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By big john

People go fast on hardtails. I still see them...

People go fast on hardtails. I still see them sometimes.
08-12-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3,989
Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

Good luck with the saddle. Years ago I was...

Good luck with the saddle. Years ago I was looking for a new saddle in my LBS and he had a really nice Selle Italia which was more than I wanted to spend, but it looked like it would work, so he told...
08-12-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By big john

Gotta take my cheap shots when I can.:)

Gotta take my cheap shots when I can.:)
08-12-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By big john

I can out-climb some of the younger guys, too,...

I can out-climb some of the younger guys, too, but I don't want to jump off big trail features or take crazy chances.
08-12-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By big john

I know, my point was if the poster was waiting...

I know, my point was if the poster was waiting for a reply from someone who hasn't posted in 5 years then he probably won't get one.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,258
Posted By big john

You've never had a flat while riding? Practice...

You've never had a flat while riding? Practice changing a tube at home, should only take a few minutes.

If you have doubts about a tube you can submerge it in water and look for bubbles.
08-11-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By big john

Just keep riding and enjoying your bike and in...

Just keep riding and enjoying your bike and in the meantime you can read and learn about that other stuff. I've been riding road and off road for a long time and I had a really hard time deciding...
08-11-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3,989
Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

Beautiful picture. A couple people I know have...

Beautiful picture. A couple people I know have moved to Saint George.

Here in the suburbs even a piece of crap house can sell for $450K. The rental I live in would be at least $550K.
08-10-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,066
Posted By big john

The money wasn't an issue for this guy and he...

The money wasn't an issue for this guy and he wanted a different paint scheme anyway. It was all grey when I had it and he had it painted multiple shades of green with sharks all over the tubes.
It...
08-10-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 3,989
Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

I like the small towns (if you can still call...

I like the small towns (if you can still call them that) near the coast but they are out of my price range. There is some great riding up there, too.

I retired in April but Mrs. John is still...
08-10-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,066
Posted By big john

I sold a steel Landshark to a friend and he rode...

I sold a steel Landshark to a friend and he rode into a planter while riding with no hands which buckled the top and downtubes. Since it was a lugged steel frame, Landshark was able to replace the...
08-10-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By big john

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/niner-air-9-27....

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/niner-air-9-27.5-2-star-gx-eagle-complete-mountain-bike-2018?skidn=NNR006O-BLA-M&ti=UExQIE9uIFNhbGU6TW91bnRhaW4gQmlrZXMgJiBGcmFtZXM6MToyMjpjY0NhdDEwMDE2MA==...
08-10-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3,989
Views: 185,652
Posted By big john

I want to move to the mountains again. Was there...

I want to move to the mountains again. Was there for 4 years in the 90s and I loved it except for the long commute. The older I get the less tolerant I am of other people.
Today I went on a long...
08-08-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By big john

It's a six year old thread.

It's a six year old thread.
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