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07-29-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 795
Posted By wipekitty

I'm also a fan of the Pedros levers for stiff,...

I'm also a fan of the Pedros levers for stiff, nasty, wire bead tires. I've broken my share of tire levers, but my first pair of Pedros is still going strong. (And they're pink, so everyone knows...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,651
Posted By wipekitty

For daytime riding, I use a Cygolite Dice (front)...

For daytime riding, I use a Cygolite Dice (front) and Hotshot (rear), both blinking.

At night, Cygolite Expilion 850 (usually on a medium setting) and Hotshot on solid, along with a cheapo red...
07-20-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 568
Posted By wipekitty

Respro and Vogmask both make sport-type masks...

Respro and Vogmask both make sport-type masks with exhaust valves. They've been used for some time by bike commuters and other cyclists in areas with high pollution (especially PM 2.5/PM 10) levels,...
07-19-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,446
Posted By wipekitty

The university where I work (regional state...

The university where I work (regional state school) is planning to bring students back to campus and do a combination of online and 'hybrid' classes. A 'hybrid' class, in most cases, means that most...
07-19-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,169
Posted By wipekitty

Totally depends on the time of year, location,...

Totally depends on the time of year, location, and distance you need to travel.

Laptop is easy - I just keep mine in a messenger bag. If you're worried about fashion, there are some fairly...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,127
Posted By wipekitty

Welcome to the club! I had my first fall...

Welcome to the club!

I had my first fall about a month after going clipless. I also fell about two weeks ago, after putting in something like 25,000 miles using clipless. It happens.
07-16-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,122
Posted By wipekitty

Opposite here. No more commuting, and that work...

Opposite here. No more commuting, and that work from home just sucks me in. It's a bunch of self-paced projects that I enjoy doing, which has been good for work, but terrible for cycling.
07-16-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,298
Posted By wipekitty

Sounds to me like a touch of the ol' heat...

Sounds to me like a touch of the ol' heat exhaustion.

Given the OP's stated level of training, I'm guessing that a 40 mile ride would be somewhere around 2.5 - 3 hours. Assuming a 2L Camelbak and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,759
Posted By wipekitty

Once things got bad, I switched out my...

Once things got bad, I switched out my roadie-cool tiny saddle bag for my gravel grindin' adventure in the boonies saddle bag. I've got a bandanna and gloves along with several tubes, multiple CO2...
07-14-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 787
Posted By wipekitty

Recently, I've had more success buying/selling...

Recently, I've had more success buying/selling things on FB Marketplace than CL. More hits, people are easier to work with online, and CL people get weirded out that my only phone number, my cell...
07-14-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,074
Posted By wipekitty

They stay in place - no moving waistband. They...

They stay in place - no moving waistband. They also have more coverage, so no need to worry if the jersey slips around a bit.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,390
Posted By wipekitty

No hard limit, but my decisions are made looking...

No hard limit, but my decisions are made looking at the dew point in conjunction with the temperature. 95F with a dew point below 32F is delightful and pleasant. The same temperature with a dew point...
07-09-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,127
Posted By wipekitty

Maybe as an option. Otherwise, super creepy. ...

Maybe as an option. Otherwise, super creepy.

I've been out of that world for a reeeeally long time, so have no clue what it's like now. BITD, there were dating sites that would match people based...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By wipekitty

A couple years ago, the time had come for my...

A couple years ago, the time had come for my front derailleur and cassette, and I decided to treat myself doing a partial upgrade from 5600 to 5800 (left the original crankset/BB). At the time, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,041
Posted By wipekitty

1999: Crashed and busted my lip trying to avoid a...

1999: Crashed and busted my lip trying to avoid a non-yielding vehicle in a roundabout. The blood was epic. I was on my way to a college course, so that was fun.

2008: Run-in with a minivan....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,663
Posted By wipekitty

From the commuting world, where there's often...

From the commuting world, where there's often less flexibility on routes and timing, I find a rear view mirror and daytime front/rear lights helpful. I use this equipment for solo road rides in areas...
07-02-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 767
Posted By wipekitty

Cygolite is a good company. I've been using the...

Cygolite is a good company. I've been using the Expilion series for quite some time, though it looks like those have been phased out (somebody correct me if I'm wrong!)

They have good warranty...
07-02-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,800
Posted By wipekitty

The only ones I know about in real life are crash...

The only ones I know about in real life are crash related.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 915
Posted By wipekitty

I was actually going to suggest this (sort of)...

I was actually going to suggest this (sort of) option on your previous thread.

Most so-called 'fixies' are going to come with a rear wheel that enables you to set up for riding fixed (you must...
06-30-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 709
Posted By wipekitty

Definitely try increasing the PSI. I'd consider...

Definitely try increasing the PSI. I'd consider 85-90 on the low end for myself, at 125lbs.

Wider tires would probably help, but I'd take some measurements before going that route. On bikes from...
06-29-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,961
Posted By wipekitty

Also 29 grams:...

Also 29 grams: https://www.amazon.com/CAT-EYE-Bike-Bottle-Black/dp/B07BRGZ3S7

Definitely not as aero though. Also, the Bontrager cages sometimes come in red, which will make you faster.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,319
Posted By wipekitty

I rode a lot as a kid, mostly on mountain bikes...

I rode a lot as a kid, mostly on mountain bikes that were a level or two above BSO 'cuz that's what people got their kids in the 80s and early 90s.

Driving happened. Then grad school happened, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 19,518
Views: 4,133,981
Posted By wipekitty

Um, what?! ...

Um, what?!


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1937x397/untitled2_4e6fd32cc89aae6de8d9f00e899c120d6ee1f3a4.jpg

OK, so shipping was still almost $16. Still. I like the Aeron...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,545
Posted By wipekitty

Hiding indoors for a month without a trainer. ...

Hiding indoors for a month without a trainer.

I used to be fast. Now I'm slow.
06-22-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 300
Posted By wipekitty

Surprisingly, Superior and Broomfield - out...

Surprisingly, Superior and Broomfield - out between the two - are a bit higher than either Boulder or Denver!

Also surprisingly, the route I used to ride (commuting) was only about 1,100'...
06-22-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 300
Posted By wipekitty

I'd rent a car to get from Colorado Springs to...

I'd rent a car to get from Colorado Springs to Boulder and take the bus from Boulder to Denver. The Boulder-Denver buses have additional bike storage under the seating area for when the racks are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,330
Posted By wipekitty

+1 for Borah. I'm biased because I know where...

+1 for Borah. I'm biased because I know where their shop is, and it's at the base of an epic climb.

I agree that their pads are comfy. IMO the jerseys I've got from them are more suited to...
06-22-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 906
Posted By wipekitty

All the Continental tubes I've purchased on...

All the Continental tubes I've purchased on Amazon came with a non-removable valve core. Same for Kenda.

I always considered the removable core a premium feature, only available on more expensive...
06-22-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,578
Posted By wipekitty

CO2. I'll take a mini pump for backup on...

CO2. I'll take a mini pump for backup on especially long solo rides.




This is important. I did not follow this advice the first time, and things did not go so well.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,148
Posted By wipekitty

C'mon up to the Great North for a winter or two,...

C'mon up to the Great North for a winter or two, we'll cure ya of that!

Sure got some funny looks bike commuting this winter in North Carolina during the temporary reprieve from the Great North....
06-21-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By wipekitty

Older Univega: Cool. Older carbon: Not so cool. ...

Older Univega: Cool. Older carbon: Not so cool.

It may be worth posting to see if you get any responses. I think the main problem is that there is not a particularly large market: people...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,305
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah, me too! My gravel bike looks like that. I...

Yeah, me too! My gravel bike looks like that. I thought I'd want something more upright, but it turned out to be way too much.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,122
Posted By wipekitty

Hopefully the OP made a decision by now ;)

Hopefully the OP made a decision by now ;)
06-20-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,516
Posted By wipekitty

This. If I drive to a course or ride that...

This.

If I drive to a course or ride that one route I can reach from home with only 1-2 stop signs/red lights, my average speed goes up a good 1.5-2 MPH - or more, compared to rides where I hit a...
06-20-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,514
Posted By wipekitty

I used to ride with some guys that got the basic...

I used to ride with some guys that got the basic Mechanix work gloves and cut the fingers off. Seemed to work out okay! Personally, I use insulated work gloves with a bit of padding on the palm for...
06-19-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 19,366
Views: 3,165,229
Posted By wipekitty

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/bik/d/tomah-2-old-...

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/bik/d/tomah-2-old-roadster-bicycles-man-and/7125897272.html

Old = expensive.

...
06-16-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 926
Posted By wipekitty

IMO: Size is key. You want something wide enough...

IMO: Size is key. You want something wide enough to accommodate potential foot swelling on hot/longer rides, something narrow enough that your heel doesn't slip around and get blisters, and something...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 582
Posted By wipekitty

Back on the road - in North Carolina for the next...

Back on the road - in North Carolina for the next month and a half, before returning to Wisconsin. It seems to be rollers and trees, all day long.

I managed 47 miles, 2700' on Saturday, and an...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,930
Posted By wipekitty

Bibs! I've gone completely to bibs. I find them...

Bibs! I've gone completely to bibs. I find them much more comfortable. They just seem to stay put better, and they eliminate any issues from a jersey that slides up a bit.

The only exception is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,013
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a fan of turning the bike upside down....

I'm a fan of turning the bike upside down. Especially with disc brakes, and always with horizontal dropouts.

But, I always think of Rule 49.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,543
Posted By wipekitty

Even thinking about that makes me want to cry....

Even thinking about that makes me want to cry. Sounds fun!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,396
Posted By wipekitty

Personally...I'm avoiding group rides until this...

Personally...I'm avoiding group rides until this thing is done. Just up the road in Durham, it seems like there's still a fair bit of Rona going around. I'm sticking to solo road rides - no trails,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,584
Posted By wipekitty

Turn-by-turn audible navigation, like RWGPS! I...

Turn-by-turn audible navigation, like RWGPS! I use a very basic computer without mapping capabilities, and like having the voice giving me directions from my back pocket - it's why I'm currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,192
Posted By wipekitty

Much less. February and early March got busy at...

Much less. February and early March got busy at work, including some travel. Then my commute, which was previously ~90 miles/week, came to a grinding halt. Traffic didn't slow down as much as I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,681
Posted By wipekitty

I'll probably continue to use the free version,...

I'll probably continue to use the free version, primarily for the social aspect. I liked the training log and ability to compare past efforts, but do not find the service to be worth $60/year. I do,...
05-19-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,927
Posted By wipekitty

Use toilet paper or disposable napkins (paper...

Use toilet paper or disposable napkins (paper towels) on a regular basis. Really. My household missed the memo about stocking up, and adapted. Reusable napkins are great - we should have made that...
Forum: Southeast
05-19-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By wipekitty

I've also heard that it's been a bit crowded and...

I've also heard that it's been a bit crowded and am avoiding it for now. Which is much easier to do, since I no longer commute anywhere.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 12,681
Posted By wipekitty

Not sure yet. RWGPS might be a good start; I have...

Not sure yet. RWGPS might be a good start; I have yet to test it using data from my cycling computer, but it at least it will track mileage for free. I already use it as my primary route planner....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 12,681
Posted By wipekitty

Interesting. If 'training log' and 'compare...

Interesting.

If 'training log' and 'compare efforts' become subscription features, I'll probably just keep free Strava for the social aspect and use something else for data. I really don't care...
03-28-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,354
Posted By wipekitty

I think that's right - it could be two years...

I think that's right - it could be two years before things are under control, and who knows what we'll see on the other side. This is not a snowstorm where it's over in a week and then you go clean...
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