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07-19-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 783
Posted By rm -rf

That sounds like a good training plan. The...

That sounds like a good training plan.

The 6-Gap ride is 105 miles, 12000 feet. My rule of thumb is that climbing 200 feet is like riding an extra mile on the flats. So I'd also train for a 160...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 886
Posted By rm -rf

After a ride, I saw I had a new PR! Yeah! ...

After a ride, I saw I had a new PR! Yeah!

Oh, it was the local pedestrian bridge, it's usually busy, so cyclists go slow. PR -- 8 mph!! Woah! thanks, Strava!

~~~~

I like riding new routes,...
07-17-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,633
Posted By rm -rf

I don't have high leg strength. So spinning in...

I don't have high leg strength. So spinning in the low 90s works for me. If I'm going all-out on flat ground, I'm in the low 100s. That's the only way I can keep that much power going.

Perhaps...
07-17-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By rm -rf

Campagnolo 11 speed chains require an expensive...

Campagnolo 11 speed chains require an expensive chain tool to peen the end of the replacement pin. No thanks. I used the Park Tool to push out a pin to size the chain, then a Sram Powerlink to join...
Forum: Foo
07-16-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,127
Posted By rm -rf

The launch in very slow motion. Woah! ...

The launch in very slow motion. Woah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKtVpvzUF1Y
07-16-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By rm -rf

I used the Park Tool CT-5 mini tool for years...

I used the Park Tool CT-5 mini tool for years with my 10 speed chains. It's small enough to bring on epic rides, far from civilization. But it's a real struggle to push out a pin on 11 speed...
07-16-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 783
Posted By rm -rf

Calculating grades Basically, short steep...

Calculating grades

Basically, short steep pitches can be inaccurate. The overall climb is usually correct.

Locally, ridewithgps often misses the short, steep pitches on a climb. The overall...
Forum: Foo
07-15-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,464
Posted By rm -rf

google, search for wiki and the...

google, search for wiki and the person/album/movie. I like looking up a movie, a favorite album, etc. It's always worth the effort.


Soupy Sales (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soupy_Sales). I...
07-15-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,361
Posted By rm -rf

Thanks for the info about these filters. ...

Thanks for the info about these filters. Lightweight and they roll up when empty.
07-15-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,361
Posted By rm -rf

108 miles, 10000 feet, and a lot of gravel. I...

108 miles, 10000 feet, and a lot of gravel. I think that's like riding 150-180 miles (or more!) on rolling paved roads.

I've stashed gallon jugs of spring water on a route. It's easy to tuck...
07-14-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 783
Posted By rm -rf

It's pretty likely that a 32 will fit. I have 11...

It's pretty likely that a 32 will fit. I have 11 speed Shimano now, and the 11-32 is way out of range of the manufacturer's specs. It works fine on my bike.

I googled and found this old thread...
07-14-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 783
Posted By rm -rf

Gearing Is it Campagnolo 10 speed? Then the 29...

Gearing
Is it Campagnolo 10 speed? Then the 29 is likely as low as you can go.

Campagnolo 11 now has 11-32 available.

Long climbs
15 years ago, in preparation for long Blue Ridge Parkway...
07-12-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,651
Posted By rm -rf

I like events that are on a course that would be...

I like events that are on a course that would be harder to do solo. With event rest stops where there are few stores or sources of water.

And the route needs to be interesting. I don't want to...
Forum: Foo
07-11-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1,638
Views: 107,431
Posted By rm -rf

Steam Engines! 4014 was rebuilt and now is...

Steam Engines!

4014 was rebuilt and now is running again. Another video:

Union Pacific, Big Boy 4014 and Union Pacific 844 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REgH3pT4IH0#t=17m33s)

NW 611 was...
Forum: Foo
07-11-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 1,638
Views: 107,431
Posted By rm -rf

I haven't checked this thread for quite a while. ...

I haven't checked this thread for quite a while. It seemed to be 90% injury videos: bad ideas gone wrong, sports crashes, not paying attention, etc. (EDIT--maybe there's an animated gif thread that...
07-10-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,874
Posted By rm -rf

I try to keep speeds to be able to panic brake...

I try to keep speeds to be able to panic brake within the distance I can see around the curves. It's very easy to take corners at a speed that would be a disaster if the road ahead was blocked or...
07-10-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,662
Posted By rm -rf

(I didn't read every post, sorry.) I've...

(I didn't read every post, sorry.)

I've never cleaned a chain on the bike with degreaser. I worry it'll get into the hubs or freewheel.



Some years ago, I would remove the chain -- I had...
07-10-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,567
Posted By rm -rf

Bikes are a bit "too" efficient, it doesn't burn...

Bikes are a bit "too" efficient, it doesn't burn a lot of calories when riding at a moderate pace.

A good rule of thumb is around 20-25 calories per mile, often closer to 20. (Long climbs and...
07-08-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,966
Posted By rm -rf

I keep my Kuat Sherpa 2.0...

I keep my Kuat Sherpa 2.0 (https://www.rei.com/product/109437/kuat-sherpa-20-2-bike-hitch-rack) rack in the garage. It's a really nice two bike rack, and only weighs 33 pounds. It's hanging on two...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,438
Posted By rm -rf

Tire air volume is proportional to the cross...

Tire air volume is proportional to the cross section circle. Area of a circle = pi * radius squared.

3.14 * (25/2)^2
vs
3.14 * (28/2)^2

The 28 has 25% more air volume (!), and a few mm of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,821
Posted By rm -rf

I finally had one permanent patch fail after...

I finally had one permanent patch fail after riding it for months. I usually have patches on both tubes most of the time, and ride them as if they are new, unpatched.

The patch very slowly leaked...
07-04-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,508
Posted By rm -rf

Most cages are top loading. Side loading...

Most cages are top loading.

Side loading cages are useful for small frame sizes, where it's difficult to pull out the bottle since the top tube is too close. (Either very small road bike frames,...
07-04-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By rm -rf

The photo of your bike is still the best way to...

The photo of your bike is still the best way to proceed.

Some bikes are set up very badly, with odd handlebar angles, bad hood positions, and too much saddle tilt. A photo would show yours is...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,077
Posted By rm -rf

Does that mean you'll stay seated for the whole...

Does that mean you'll stay seated for the whole 100 miles? I have to remember to shift to a harder gear and stand up occasionally on long very flat rides.

My Garmin is set with a 6-minute timer...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,595
Posted By rm -rf

The average is greatly affected by hills, wind,...

The average is greatly affected by hills, wind, and even by slowing for a stop sign or light. So different routes and dates can't easily be compared.

Boosting speeds:
Climbing at a slow speed,...
07-01-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,566
Posted By rm -rf

Structural? So, do plugs actually support the...

Structural?
So, do plugs actually support the carbon tube walls? How can a stem clamp crush the walls when the force is all the way around? I'm assuming the plug does some kind of support...
06-27-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By rm -rf

Numbness How many minutes before the hand...

Numbness
How many minutes before the hand numbness sets in? It's kind of unusual to get numb hands on a 6 mile ride, I think.

What part of your hand gets numb? Just certain fingers, or what?
06-27-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By rm -rf

Post a bike photo from the side. Stand away...

Post a bike photo from the side.
Stand away from the bike, about halfway between the handlebars and the saddle, and hold the camera at top tube height. That will minimize angle distortion.

Then...
06-27-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,076
Posted By rm -rf

My 2000 lumen Dinotte has a very wide, very...

My 2000 lumen Dinotte has a very wide, very smooth beam. No hotspots. I run it at full power in the city, where there are bright car headlights and alternating brightly lit and dim areas of the...
06-26-19, 05:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,755
Posted By rm -rf

After at least 20 years of use, the clamping...

After at least 20 years of use, the clamping clutch finally wore out on my Ultimate stand.

It's now Feedback Sports, and the new stands still use the same mechanism. A factory replacement one was...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,623
Posted By rm -rf

If you carry a CO2 and a pump backup: Do you...

If you carry a CO2 and a pump backup: Do you carry multiple spare tubes? and/or patches? I'll use an available spare tube before patching, of course. (Group rides are great, I only carry one tube...
06-24-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 813
Posted By rm -rf

I thought about scuffed paint from turning the...

I thought about scuffed paint from turning the bike upside down. But it's usually supported by the hoods and the stem is off the ground.



Yeah! how close are the cables to the bottom of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,728
Posted By rm -rf

You can count the right side pedal revolutions...

You can count the right side pedal revolutions for 15 seconds (multiply by 4) or 20 seconds (x3)

But that's just to give you a general idea of your cadence. This flat road steady cadence is often...
06-22-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,271
Posted By rm -rf

With those numbers, you don't need 12 weeks...

With those numbers, you don't need 12 weeks before the climb. You could do it next week.

Is this the Paris Mountain climb? strava.com/segments/522982 (https://www.strava.com/segments/522982)....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,788
Posted By rm -rf

Often, it's the frame that doesn't fit 28s. ...

Often, it's the frame that doesn't fit 28s. Either at the fork crown and the underside of the brake arms, or near the bottom bracket. Older frames often weren't designed for larger tires.

My...
06-20-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,167
Posted By rm -rf

Oh, Pine Creek sounds good. And it's only 2...

Oh, Pine Creek sounds good. And it's only 2 hours from the Finger Lakes Watkins Glen area.
06-20-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,167
Posted By rm -rf

I did a couple of day rides on the New River...

I did a couple of day rides on the New River trail. Like the GAP trail, it's crushed stone, which is different from gravel. Crushed stone packs down solid --maintained trails can be fast and...
06-19-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 964
Posted By rm -rf

If it's in your budget, photochromic lenses work...

If it's in your budget, photochromic lenses work great for riding from daytime into the evening.

I have Rudy Project photochromic riding glasses. The lens goes from a very slight gray tint to...
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,021
Posted By rm -rf

osmand+ has a very low cost, one time fee....

osmand+ has a very low cost, one time fee. https://osmand.net/ Then you download state maps into your phone. So all you need is a view of the sky to get a gps signal -- no phone service needed. It...
06-19-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,180
Posted By rm -rf

Yes. All the groups I ride with occasionally...

Yes. All the groups I ride with occasionally block cyclists or cars when they stop, but it's not on purpose. As soon as one of the group calls out "let the car through" or "bikes back!" or "walkers...
06-18-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,293
Posted By rm -rf

Camelbak Podium bottles have a liner that doesn't...

Camelbak Podium bottles have a liner that doesn't have that nasty plastic taste. The older generic bottles would have bad tasting water after just a few hours.

I've filled a Podium with water and...
06-18-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,293
Posted By rm -rf

I've gotten mold or something similar in a Podium...

I've gotten mold or something similar in a Podium nozzle that sat around too long.

Set it in a bowl, and drip straight bleach into the nozzle. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so. Do the same thing...
Replies: 23
Views: 3,191
Posted By rm -rf

Even a well maintained, hard packed crushed stone...

Even a well maintained, hard packed crushed stone trail takes more energy than a paved road. And sandy or gravelly trails are much slower still. Wider smooth tread tires can help.

Your test...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,482
Posted By rm -rf

Bar tape! That can help. I've been using...

Bar tape! That can help.
I've been using Specialized S-works Roubaix tape. It's cushy and easy to wrap. I recently tried Supacaz tape -- it's durable and comes in interesting colors, but it's...
06-11-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,876
Posted By rm -rf

I can shift a couple of clicks without spinning...

I can shift a couple of clicks without spinning the crank -- I don't think it's straining the motor, the chain is just at an angle.

The limit screw sounds like the problem. It needs a gap to...
06-11-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,433
Posted By rm -rf

Top: An 18 sprocket with somewhere between 12000...

Top: An 18 sprocket with somewhere between 12000 and 15000 miles on it. I don't know exactly when I installed it.
Bottom: An unused 18.

I accidentally let my chain get close to 1% wear, so the...
06-10-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,271
Posted By rm -rf

You should be able to find some group rides going...

You should be able to find some group rides going your speeds. From slow casual conversational paced, to steady efforts, to strong hill climbing, to race pace. I can sit in the draft on faster...
06-10-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,271
Posted By rm -rf

Low gears! I see your bike list has 2010 or...

Low gears!
I see your bike list has 2010 or older bikes. The 2010 Cannondale Six came with a 12-25 cassette, like many road bikes of the period.

Now, 11-28 is standard, and 11-32 comes on many...
06-09-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,092
Posted By rm -rf

1/2 turn on both sides: that would work fairly...

1/2 turn on both sides: that would work fairly well on a front wheel. (If a wheel had differing spoke tension due to a rim that's not perfectly flat, then it might get slightly out of true. That's...
06-09-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By rm -rf

EZ Out is a screw extractor. For example: at...

EZ Out is a screw extractor.

For example: at harbor freight (https://www.harborfreight.com/screw-extractor-set-12-pc-61981.html)

I've never tried these on hollow hex bolts. It seems like the...
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