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07-13-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By Leinster

Here's my Strava file for the ride I did down...

Here's my Strava file for the ride I did down that way;

https://www.strava.com/activities/3460730142

As you can see, I took a bit of a detour before getting out of Kennedy, but if you come up...
07-13-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By Leinster

Something like this? I can see it working... ...

Something like this? I can see it working...
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x454/image_e81c4fc9b32e3e3e788a38494fbe14a80428c26c.png

Just had a look at my Strava from my...
07-13-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By Leinster

It's coming along. From Napa You can ride through...

It's coming along. From Napa You can ride through Kennedy Park, skirt the back of the homeless encampments, and connect to Kaiser Rd, and then Corporate Dr. Devlin Rd is connected all the way down to...
07-12-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 573
Posted By Leinster

Short answer, yes. Longer answer, it is...

Short answer, yes.


Longer answer, it is possible to improve your climbing, even (especially?) if you start from a low baseline; so don't be surprised if one day, one of the guys who you are...
07-12-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 573
Posted By Leinster

That's only simple if you have a power meter. A...

That's only simple if you have a power meter. A much simpler version is "someone who does better going uphill than on flat terrain." And the OP seems to follow that definition, certainly as far as...
07-10-20, 02:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 410
Posted By Leinster

I don't think 105 cheapens any frame. I've...

I don't think 105 cheapens any frame.

I've just built up a steel frame of similar vintage with Athena parts that I was able to find on the Bay, and I love it. I went with the silver finish where I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,208
Posted By Leinster

There is a bit of "getting used to climbing" that...

There is a bit of "getting used to climbing" that isn't just about fitness. But it is easier, the fitter you are. Also, as the others have suggested, it's really not something that can be replicated...
07-08-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1,319
Views: 85,396
Posted By Leinster

Slightspeed , I don't care if you won this...

Slightspeed , I don't care if you won this mission or not, I just want to know where this place is, and how good is their chilli dog?

Also, your bike is the perfect bike to be in this pic.
07-07-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By Leinster

Do the Foxy's Fall route. It gets a bit lumpy as...

Do the Foxy's Fall route. It gets a bit lumpy as you get towards the back side of Napa and up towards Berryessa, but there's only a couple of proper hills, and it's a beautiful ride. I saw people...
07-07-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,989
Posted By Leinster

Oh I'm completely with you on everything you say...

Oh I'm completely with you on everything you say (except my 23c tire bike probably weighs 19-20ish, so that's why you'll fly past me uphill...). The trails I struggled with on my skinny tires,...
07-07-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,437
Posted By Leinster

But the part of the market where SRAM road and...

But the part of the market where SRAM road and MTB groups are compatible (ie electronic shifting) is tiny, and you haven't acknowledged that, at all.
07-07-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,989
Posted By Leinster

I don't have an off-road-suitable bike in my...

I don't have an off-road-suitable bike in my quiver, and I've taken my Columbus steel frame, Campag 11-speed, single-pivot-rim-brakes, 23c tire road bike through some hard-pack dirt trails in recent...
07-07-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

It's a meaningless catchphrase that is intended...

It's a meaningless catchphrase that is intended to suggest there is something synthetic to aluminium or titanium, or that carbon fiber is really plastic. it's an effort to position steel as the...
07-07-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,989
Posted By Leinster

Why not ride a rigid MTB on some less challenging...

Why not ride a rigid MTB on some less challenging trails? You'll still go fast downhill, but have to check your speed a bit more for the bumpier stuff. Using your full-squish on paved roads, on the...
07-07-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By Leinster

I'm seeing differences on eBay/Amazon more in the...

I'm seeing differences on eBay/Amazon more in the range of $15-20 ($30-35 for the branded Keo cleats vs anywhere from $10-20 for the generics). If it was $2, I wouldn't have started the thread.
07-06-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,437
Posted By Leinster

ok, you’ve made your point and can stop now. So...

ok, you’ve made your point and can stop now. So electronic shifting works across disciplines. Thank you. That’s still a tiny fraction of the market (electronic shifting) and you’re cramming it into...
07-06-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,568
Posted By Leinster

The '50s? You're not even back to the days of...

The '50s? You're not even back to the days of nailing wooden soles to the pedals when you go back that far. Maurice Garin had clips (but no straps) on his 1903 race-winning bike, and I bet most of...
07-06-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By Leinster

I'm pretty religious about putting my cleat...

I'm pretty religious about putting my cleat covers on for cafe stops.


I don't want to be the guy who shreds my achilles because "everyone knows" the CrabonDuLuxe brand cleats have a rep for...
07-06-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By Leinster

"Off-Brand" Cleats. Yay or Nay?

My current Look Keo grey cleats are due for replacement, but they can be a bit on the spendy side. I've always stayed on-brand when buying cleats, since my first pair of Look Arcs when I was 15, but...
07-06-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 642
Posted By Leinster

+1 on the Cygolite. I've had mine for years and...

+1 on the Cygolite. I've had mine for years and it's great for moonless nights on the river trail, gives a clear bright spot out in front of me. It's easily transferrable between bikes, so I just...
07-06-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By Leinster

Installing handlebar grips on kids' bikes.

Installing handlebar grips on kids' bikes.
07-06-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,437
Posted By Leinster

You know what else stops you moving parts back...

You know what else stops you moving parts back and forth? The shape of brake and shift levers. They’re not designed to go on both. But by all means go ahead and install a pair of 105 levers on your...
07-06-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,437
Posted By Leinster

What the guys above said. Drop bar brake levers...

What the guys above said. Drop bar brake levers from the 1920s will fit on road Handlebars from the 2020s. The brake and shift levers that were used on the original mountain bikes in the 1970s will...
07-06-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 763
Posted By Leinster

In Dublin that happens to bikes in broad...

In Dublin that happens to bikes in broad daylight.

And the rabbits don’t get very far without their feet.
07-05-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By Leinster

Handy for researching potential Everesting...

Handy for researching potential Everesting venues.

In terms of route plan, if you really want to get the maximum climbing for your time it can let you know where to go.

I have a couple of PRs...
07-04-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 923
Posted By Leinster

No need for it to be exactly the same, just...

No need for it to be exactly the same, just observe that there are lessons to be learned in looking at the example of foreign cities, including in Europe.
07-03-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,299
Posted By Leinster

I’ve bonked enough times that I rarely/never go...

I’ve bonked enough times that I rarely/never go out on a ride without at least SOME food on board. Even a flat 20 miles I have a mini clif bar in my pocket just in case.

I’ve done fasted...
07-03-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,506
Posted By Leinster

Well this is the other factor in the equation....

Well this is the other factor in the equation. How hard will it be for you to replace your bike? And it sounds like it’ll be pretty hard.

If your bike is very likely to get stolen, but you can...
07-02-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By Leinster

That’s the spirit.

That’s the spirit.
07-02-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By Leinster

I would say if in doubt, hold onto your money....

I would say if in doubt, hold onto your money. There will be plenty of centuries running after Covid ends.

Contingencies for other events that I’ve seen knocking about include doing the event on...
07-02-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,989
Posted By Leinster

I'd do similar with flared drops. So I voted...

I'd do similar with flared drops.

So I voted gravel.
07-02-20, 12:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 794
Posted By Leinster

Its usually more expensive than either, too....

Its usually more expensive than either, too. Entry-level for Ti is usually Ultegra at least, and this whole thread is about Tiagra/105-Grade bikes.
07-01-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By Leinster

I have a pair of fototec tyrant, and they do...

I have a pair of fototec tyrant, and they do sometimes fog up, especially uphill when there’s less breeze blowing over them. And the transition isn’t very fast. Nice comfortable glasses though.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,221
Posted By Leinster

I did it in March, when my wife surprised me with...

I did it in March, when my wife surprised me with a trip to Maui for my birthday. So I had no time to prepare, just to rent a bike. I made sure to get the 32-cassette option. In the end I only used...
06-29-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

Isn't there a scale/progress chart there? ...

Isn't there a scale/progress chart there?

Kids bike/$99 Big Box bike - cheap steel
Higher end Big Box Bike/low end bike shop bike - Aluminium, some CrMo
Mid-range mass-produced enthusiast bike -...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 790
Posted By Leinster

I'll preface this by saying I know nothing about...

I'll preface this by saying I know nothing about software programming or signal processing or whatever other tech goes into electronic shifting. BUT, it does seem to me like the shifter's only role...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 790
Posted By Leinster

That’s fair. To your suggestions, if I...

That’s fair.

To your suggestions, if I would like to see anything, it would be an upgrade to Di2 that future proofs the shifters, and maybe derailleur, for increasing gear options. There’s no...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 790
Posted By Leinster

The 3 posts before mine all reference what...

The 3 posts before mine all reference what Shimano are going to do for their 100th anniversary.

I personally don't really care if they decide to spend their birthday in the playgound at McDonalds,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 790
Posted By Leinster

Not that I think they have to be first to the...

Not that I think they have to be first to the party, but I just think they can't show up 2 years late and say "Wish me a happy birthday!"
06-28-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

If there was no such thing as hyperbole, then...

If there was no such thing as hyperbole, then there would be no such thing as BF.
06-28-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

It hasn’t been “phased out,” but the OP is...

It hasn’t been “phased out,” but the OP is correct to at the very least say it’s been “phased back”. In the early-mid 90s, if I walked into a random bike shop, almost every bike would have been built...
06-28-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,249
Posted By Leinster

I like that I can bend metal cages on the...

I like that I can bend metal cages on the occasions that I have something slightly outsized to put in there. Some cages are more brittle than others in those terms, and some of the narrow gauge metal...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 790
Posted By Leinster

You'd have to think that for Shimano’s 100th...

You'd have to think that for Shimano’s 100th birthday, they’ll need to do something more innovative than Wireless (which SRAM has had for a while) 12 speed (which is standard in MTB, and SRAM and...
06-27-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,249
Posted By Leinster

They stopped carrying my old favourite. ...

They stopped carrying my old favourite.

https://www.rei.com/product/777621/planet-bike-button-water-bottle-cage

$7 each, and the silver and black colour schemes matched my bike perfectly. Even...
06-27-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

I think that's purely an assumption on your part....

I think that's purely an assumption on your part.

I can believe that the difference in Ribble's cost between the 2 framesets is less than the difference between the 2 MSRPs, but I find it hard to...
06-27-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,654
Posted By Leinster

Yeah, the Irish one's a bit different. They have...

Yeah, the Irish one's a bit different. They have a reputation for liking shiny things and stealing bits of foil and metal and occasionally jewellery to line their nests.

The Aussie one, by...
06-27-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,654
Posted By Leinster

We must not have many Aussies on BF, because from...

We must not have many Aussies on BF, because from the stories I've heard of their magpies they'd fill up this thread pretty quick. I never encountered it myself.

I know Australia magpies are a...
06-27-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

I don't follow the economic logic of that. If I,...

I don't follow the economic logic of that. If I, as a manufacturer, can assemble 1,000 carbon frames for less than the price of assembling 1,000 steel frames, and could then equip both models with...
06-27-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By Leinster

I would think if a CF bike cost less to build...

I would think if a CF bike cost less to build than a CrMo bike, the RRP for the carbon bike would also be less. Otherwise a manufacturer somewhere is missing a trick, and losing out on sales, if...
06-26-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,092
Posted By Leinster

Right. But even a face covering without an...

Right. But even a face covering without an airtight seal will reduce viral transfer, be it outgoing or incoming. We’re not talking about a viral laboratory situation, we’re talking about mitigating...
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