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11-11-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 65
Posted By wipekitty

I like wool as well. My favorites are the...

I like wool as well. My favorites are the super-thin shirts from Ibex (now out of business).

Woolx stuff is a bit more budget friendly than some; I get the regular merino long-sleeve shirts rather...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,705
Posted By wipekitty

I probably mentioned this over in the Winter...

I probably mentioned this over in the Winter forums a few times, but I definitely tend to run hot! I'm of the school of 'fifty degrees, bare your knees', and my hands are usually warm enough with...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,705
Posted By wipekitty

My levels are perhaps not as refined as yours -...

My levels are perhaps not as refined as yours - but run something like the following. I used to live in western Wisconsin with no household car, so the levels needed to cover down to around -15F....
11-10-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 351
Posted By wipekitty

Low, medium, high, and daytime flashing are...

Low, medium, high, and daytime flashing are sufficient for me. I also like the fifth option of a night flashing mode, which can function as a be-seen light without completely blinding people.

Too...
11-10-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,132
Posted By wipekitty

Looks like I'm late to this thread, but I have...

Looks like I'm late to this thread, but I have frequently used a trailer on a bike with track ends without any problem.

Specifically, I've used a Wike cargo trailer with a hitch that connects to...
11-10-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By wipekitty

Another +1 for Bikes at Work trailers. I'm not...

Another +1 for Bikes at Work trailers. I'm not sure what the logistics would be as far as finding an appropriate bike/gearing, hitching two trailers together, and getting the brakes set up. It might...
11-10-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,546
Posted By wipekitty

I've done very little in-town driving in the past...

I've done very little in-town driving in the past 20 years or so. Most of my driving miles are on interstates and highways, usually fairly long distances; my shorter trips are usually just when I...
11-10-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 655
Posted By wipekitty

I like Tifosi. I got my pair for ~$35, and it...

I like Tifosi. I got my pair for ~$35, and it came with three lenses. I use the dark ones for bright sun, the tinted ones for cloudy days/evening riding, and the clear lenses for eye protection at...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,705
Posted By wipekitty

I've been year-round for a while. The last six...

I've been year-round for a while. The last six years were a short commute in western Wisconsin, and this year is a longer (18-20 mile RT) in North Carolina.

I didn't even bring my winter bike down...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 18,912
Views: 3,835,646
Posted By wipekitty

My last CO2 chuck broke, so I got this: ...

My last CO2 chuck broke, so I got this:

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/212x440/615e1rtbxkl_sy879__757363f7be839c9c541f71f066e87a3b3b27fe99.jpg

It works great. It even...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,746
Posted By wipekitty

That's an interesting observation. Now that...

That's an interesting observation.

Now that I think about it, pretty much all of my flats have been on shoulders. In the past five years or so, I can think of exactly one that was a JRA flat (as...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,296
Posted By wipekitty

Good advice on this thread. I'll add that if you...

Good advice on this thread. I'll add that if you look like you belong and know what you are doing, people are more likely to leave you alone. Obviously, it's not a fail-safe, but the easiest target...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,158
Posted By wipekitty

Sure, I'll ride around to hit a goal. I'm also...

Sure, I'll ride around to hit a goal. I'm also not against adding a long loop on after a ride to make it a proper 'century'.

One of my biggest fails was when I was trying to do a 100 mile day. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,529
Posted By wipekitty

I usually replace tires at ~3500 miles. If they...

I usually replace tires at ~3500 miles. If they still look good, they go in the backup bin at that point. My current rear tire (a GP 4000S2) came from the backup bin and might be approaching 4,000 at...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,746
Posted By wipekitty

Thanks y'all, I'm just going to upgrade to GP...

Thanks y'all, I'm just going to upgrade to GP 5000 and stick with the 23mm width which I know will work. I'll probably pick up some 25s down the road when the tires wear out on my other bike (which...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 628
Posted By wipekitty

Every year, I think that the extra hour of sleep...

Every year, I think that the extra hour of sleep is going to do something magical for me (I'm naturally nocturnal). Nope - I still feel like trash when the alarm clocks go off, and now get to spend...
11-03-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 555
Posted By wipekitty

Basically: trusting my preparation and gear. ...

Basically: trusting my preparation and gear.

The right gear and preparation largely depends on conditions and routes. Studded tires help a ton with ice; different tires and pressures can help with...
11-03-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 555
Posted By wipekitty

I use a snowboard helmet (Bern Berkeley, to be...

I use a snowboard helmet (Bern Berkeley, to be specific) and pair it with a balaclava/face cover. This comes out when it gets a bit below freezing. It's a helmet that feels like wearing a pillow.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,746
Posted By wipekitty

Do you have a good source? I've checked the usual...

Do you have a good source? I've checked the usual suspects (UK retailers, the Bay) and everyone seems to be out of 23mm sizing or has inflated prices :cry:
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,746
Posted By wipekitty

Yes, I'm aware of the search, as well as the fact...

Yes, I'm aware of the search, as well as the fact that there is an active GP 5000 thread. I've not seen a ton of information specifically comparing the various Continental tires as opposed to ...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-19, 08:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,746
Posted By wipekitty

Let's discuss Continental tires.

I'm interested in experiences with the various higher-end Continental tires (GP4000S2, GP5000, GP 4 Season, and Gator Hardshell) with respect to features like rolling resistance, handling, overall...
11-01-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,258
Posted By wipekitty

Wow...cool. I was a college freshman when this...

Wow...cool. I was a college freshman when this thread started! I was at Michigan State, where freshmen cannot have cars on campus. I got pretty good at transportation riding and winter riding that...
11-01-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,758
Posted By wipekitty

Lightly used BH Cristal, ~6 years old with full...

Lightly used BH Cristal, ~6 years old with full carbon frame and Shimano 105 (5600) components, scored for $650 + $70 shipping.

The thing fits perfectly, and I've put over 10,000 miles on it now....
10-31-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 404
Posted By wipekitty

I'm personally a fan of rain pants over winter...

I'm personally a fan of rain pants over winter bib tights when it gets cold enough that tights alone no longer do the job. Cycling-specific pants are easier to ride in (and more aerodynamic, if you...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 55,222
Posted By wipekitty

Lucky...maybe, or maybe you haven't lived in the...

Lucky...maybe, or maybe you haven't lived in the right places!

I've lived in quite a few wild weather places, and am quite familiar with the cold front drop. :thumb: If it even looks like there's...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,209
Posted By wipekitty

I started using the free version of Strava to...

I started using the free version of Strava to record rides when I went back to doing that a few years back. Now I record using a cheapo GPS computer and heart rate monitor and upload to Strava. I use...
10-30-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,233
Posted By wipekitty

Just ignore what people say on the site that...

Just ignore what people say on the site that starts with R... it's occasionally helpful, but it also seems to be overpopulated by young bros. It's like shouting into a room full of college-aged boys....
10-27-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,858
Posted By wipekitty

For higher value bike parts (groupset components,...

For higher value bike parts (groupset components, tires, etc.), I can usually get better deals on Ebay and from my friends in the UK - so, Amazon is not so appealing.

I've ordered some smaller...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,650
Posted By wipekitty

There are a few factors, even for identical...

There are a few factors, even for identical courses: speed sensors, differences in how often GPS data is collected, as well as riding techniques like whether or not one makes abrupt stops.

Red...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 895
Posted By wipekitty

I keep a big bottle of witch hazel, some paper...

I keep a big bottle of witch hazel, some paper towels, a bar of Dial Gold, and a bottle of gender-neutral, non-offensive body deodorant at work. I also wear bike clothes and change - the bike clothes...
10-26-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By wipekitty

Thanks, guys. Fun! This might be a good excuse to...

Thanks, guys. Fun! This might be a good excuse to upgrade my rim tape as well.
10-25-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,551
Posted By wipekitty

I found Strava heatmaps useful for planning...

I found Strava heatmaps useful for planning routes after moving to a new area. I found that the local club routes tended to start out in the country, which is great if you want to drive somewhere and...
10-23-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 813
Posted By wipekitty

I can vouch for this tire as well, especially in...

I can vouch for this tire as well, especially in the conditions the OP describes.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 7,599
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah - same here. FWIW, I did not shave my...

Yeah - same here.

FWIW, I did not shave my arms 8 years ago. It's a more recent thing.
Forum: Commuting
10-23-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,845
Posted By wipekitty

I whistle, hum, and air drum on the brake hoods....

I whistle, hum, and air drum on the brake hoods. Sometimes I purposely go for the casually deliberate look by leaning on the handlebars while waiting at a long light, especially if it involves being...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 129,461
Posted By wipekitty

Snakes! Copperheads, specifically. One alive on...

Snakes! Copperheads, specifically. One alive on Monday, just hangin' on the MUP, and a deceased one on Tuesday in the bike lane.

No legit finds, despite keeping my eyes open on the one road where...
10-23-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,717
Posted By wipekitty

I kinda regret a few vintage bike purchases... ...

I kinda regret a few vintage bike purchases...

One was a Miyata mixte. I'd always wanted to goof around with a mixte, and this one was cheap ($30) and had been up for a while. I immediately...
10-23-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,194
Posted By wipekitty

Don't laugh - I saw that more than once back in...

Don't laugh - I saw that more than once back in the heyday of "fixies" and wannabes. Usually, they were smart enough to at least leave a front brake with a freewheel, but not always.

Also, didn't...
10-22-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,866
Posted By wipekitty

Lots of Trek bicycles in Wisconsin...hmm.

Lots of Trek bicycles in Wisconsin...hmm.
10-20-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By wipekitty

How to true carbon/aluminum wheel

Question: How does one true an aluminum wheel with a carbon fairing?

I am running a pair of Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 wheels, which are aluminum with a 50mm deep carbon fairing. I am using clinchers...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 234
Posted By wipekitty

Finally made it out on a weekend ride! Just a...

Finally made it out on a weekend ride! Just a short/solo ride: 22.8 miles, 1,440'. It was an overcast but pretty pleasant day in North Carolina: 60F, with plenty of leaves still on the trees.

I've...
10-20-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By wipekitty

1) Rain/windbreaker pants can range all the way...

1) Rain/windbreaker pants can range all the way from $20 to more than anybody wants to spend! Showers Pass makes good cycling-specific waterproof/breathable stuff, which means it's a bit more aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 380
Views: 23,238
Posted By wipekitty

Coach says: "Pain is weakness leaving the body!" ...

Coach says: "Pain is weakness leaving the body!"

People hate it when I bring this up at the top of some stoopid climb.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,484
Posted By wipekitty

I've used the free version for route planning for...

I've used the free version for route planning for quite some time. I prefer it to Strava and Map My Ride for planning and especially sharing routes.

Last summer, I coughed up the $6 per month for...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,804
Posted By wipekitty

Commuting rituals...for me, it's more like a mad...

Commuting rituals...for me, it's more like a mad dash to get out of the house in one piece.

Coffee. Take dog out. Finish coffee. Take meds and turn on sink for cats (really). Check weather, choose...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 55,222
Posted By wipekitty

Beautiful commuting weather last week, mostly in...

Beautiful commuting weather last week, mostly in the 50-60 degree range. Changing at work is a snap when there's no post-sweat. Rain on Wednesday meant I got to try the Shake Dry, which I purchased...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 563
Posted By wipekitty

+1 for Endura Pro DS. These have become my...

+1 for Endura Pro DS. These have become my favorites for longer rides - I've done at least one century in them. Some of the UK retailers (Wiggle, etc.) still have them in stock.

Shebeest makes...
10-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By wipekitty

I usually just used a cable lock through the...

I usually just used a cable lock through the frame of the trailer and the rear triangle of the bicycle.

It's definitely a 'keep people honest' kinda thing, and I'm not sure it is entirely...
10-15-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,170
Posted By wipekitty

I've also saved my two crashed helmets - not sure...

I've also saved my two crashed helmets - not sure what I'll do yet, maybe something like a helmet wall of fame.

The other ones hung around the basement for a while then eventually got tossed, as...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,306
Posted By wipekitty

Mail order can be okay if: You are...

Mail order can be okay if:

You are comfortable adjusting derailleurs and cables, both for initial setup and for cable stretch
You are comfortable adjusting, and sometimes installing, brakes
...
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