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07-20-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,488
Posted By wipekitty

Same here. Gravel opens up a whole new world of...

Same here. Gravel opens up a whole new world of roads, many of which have better views and steeper climbs than the paved roads.

Plus, it's fun to ride with some of the MTB folks. Gravel is this...
07-20-19, 03:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 708
Posted By wipekitty

I've managed a ride on my birthday for the last...

I've managed a ride on my birthday for the last five years or so, I think! Being born in July and located in the northern hemisphere helps.

Last year, I tried to do 100 + my age in miles, but came...
07-20-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 616
Posted By wipekitty

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a...

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a permission to draft signal.

The pointing might have been a standard road hazard signal. If I'm just riding along on some road and see another cyclist...
07-19-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 804
Posted By wipekitty

My 'diet' is not a conscious choice - I basically...

My 'diet' is not a conscious choice - I basically listen to my body and supply it with food that is available and not entirely difficult to obtain/produce.

Currently, I'm mostly vegetarian -...
07-18-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,051
Posted By wipekitty

100F + will wear me down pretty quickly. So will...

100F + will wear me down pretty quickly. So will dew points over 75F or so. I've commuted in both, in Southern California and the Gulf Coast of Alabama respectively. Once the dew points get up around...
07-18-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By wipekitty

The CT-5 has been good enough for me. I managed...

The CT-5 has been good enough for me. I managed to wear out a pin after ~10 years, and only had one 'incident' (involving an old, nasty Shimano chain - the kind with the stupid little pin rather than...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,120
Posted By wipekitty

Timely zombie-awakening for me; I'm moving to...

Timely zombie-awakening for me; I'm moving to Durham, NC in a couple of weeks, where I'll spend a year. If anyone knows the area and good road routes (for solo rides) or clubs (for group rides), I'd...
07-17-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,014
Posted By wipekitty

I just read a very cute story in a cycling...

I just read a very cute story in a cycling discussion group...A woman and another regular commuter were 'racing' to work, when the woman noticed a small furry animal at the edge of the road and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,968
Posted By wipekitty

What was your average speed over the entire ride,...

What was your average speed over the entire ride, including any climbs and descents, and how long did you ride? You do not need to answer - but this is a starting point if you're interested in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 08:51 PM
07-16-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,651
Posted By wipekitty

Yes! I think gravel is where it's at for...

Yes! I think gravel is where it's at for genuinely fun events with a good vibe. Even cranky roadies seem to chill a bit when they get on the gravel (in terms of attitude, not riding).

I've heard...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 710
Posted By wipekitty

A couple years ago I did something stupid on a...

A couple years ago I did something stupid on a low-speed descent and ended up dumping myself (and my bike) into a ditch. I finished the remaining 65 miles of the ride. The next day, I rode to the...
07-15-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By wipekitty

You'll have easier gearing for going up hills in...

You'll have easier gearing for going up hills in the small chainring, but assuming the same rear cassette (gearing), you will have to spin very quickly to make the bike go the same speed in the big...
07-15-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,383
Posted By wipekitty

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't...

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't complain if I could get a good 25MPH draft... :lol:

I'd be really surprised to see these things last more than a week or two before disgruntled cyclists...
07-15-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 767
Posted By wipekitty

I started using this feature on Strava fairly...

I started using this feature on Strava fairly recently.

I ride a lot in the summer months and do not always realize that it's time for maintenance until a cable snaps halfway through a ride, so...
07-14-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,014
Posted By wipekitty

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear...

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear with bolt-on hubs, when boom! the rear tire flatted. No prob, I had my tools! Unfortunately, I had not checked to see what was in my pack...and my mini...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 18,645
Views: 3,689,795
Posted By wipekitty

We don't get fooled again... ...

We don't get fooled again...


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Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By wipekitty

Check the brake pads!

Check the brake pads!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Posted By wipekitty

The Upper Midwest is heatin' up, and I'm...

The Upper Midwest is heatin' up, and I'm recovering from a little injury...so no big miles this weekend. I did get to test out my new aero road bars, which are pretty awesome!

Friday: Easy ride to...
07-14-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By wipekitty

I'd agree that the suspension forks on...

I'd agree that the suspension forks on entry-level bikes are not always the greatest and can cause more problems than they're worth.

The Trek would be a fine bike - if it fits you. If at all...
07-14-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,359
Posted By wipekitty

This is also very good. If you don't mind...

This is also very good.

If you don't mind sharing, where is this ride taking place? It sounds...fun.
07-14-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,359
Posted By wipekitty

This seems like a sensible plan. I've got a...

This seems like a sensible plan.

I've got a decent idea of the kind of ride you're talking about - we've done some similar adventures in the Driftless area, though gravel rather than dirt, but...
07-13-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 392
Posted By wipekitty

I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single...

I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single speed, the so-called 'Track' model. The frame is steel, and it's heavy but solid; I use it for commuting, SS/FG road riding, and have beat it up pretty...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,423
Posted By wipekitty

Check out the video recently posted in A&S......

Check out the video recently posted in A&S... :innocent:

Personally, I am biased against individuals who drive white SUVs. Sadly, seagull crap does not show up as well on white vehicles.
07-13-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a bit cranky with Strava at the moment. The...

I'm a bit cranky with Strava at the moment. The local leaderboards were getting a bit dramatic, so I decided to quit them. In the past, one could do this while keeping activities public; at some...
07-13-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,651
Posted By wipekitty

I prefer low-cost or free local events with...

I prefer low-cost or free local events with minimal or no support. Some super-local charity rides are in this category (e.g. rides to support a town library, local Lions Club.) Local gravel events...
07-12-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By wipekitty

I think that's a pretty nice bike. The gearing...

I think that's a pretty nice bike. The gearing range is slightly more limited than a standard road setup, but is absolutely fine for everything except for very steep climbs and very steep descents...
07-11-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By wipekitty

Agreed. A gravel/adventure bike might...

Agreed.



A gravel/adventure bike might be the ticket, so long as you are okay with drop bars. It will be a bit more built up for riding on rough roads, gravel, and non-technical dirt. You can...
07-11-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By wipekitty

Precisely why I did not ask the mods to delete......

Precisely why I did not ask the mods to delete... :innocent:
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 840
Posted By wipekitty

Winter bike...rusted! I had a few bad times...

Winter bike...rusted!

I had a few bad times with brake cables snapping on commutes, so at least keep up with that much.
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,057
Posted By wipekitty

My SO used to skate...we always joke that...

My SO used to skate...we always joke that longboards are for people who can't handle riding real skateboards.

It's probably not safe, but longboards are a bit more stable than regular skateboards....
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,830
Posted By wipekitty

I was until I wasn't. I commuted by bike and/or...

I was until I wasn't. I commuted by bike and/or mixed mode in the Denver area year-round for a couple of years (6, 36, or 66 miles RT), then year-round in southern California (6 miles RT) then made...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,241
Posted By wipekitty

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to...

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to block myself from looking at drumkit cymbals (not to mention custom drumsets), and my SO is constantly talking about the next guitar pedals and amps...
...
07-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,844
Posted By wipekitty

+1. My Pedro levers have been able to mount some...

+1. My Pedro levers have been able to mount some tires that led to all kinds of adult language with various other tire levers.
07-09-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 764
Posted By wipekitty

If you have the money, don't know a ton about...

If you have the money, don't know a ton about bikes, and just want to ride, go for a new one!

The bike shop will set you up with the best bike for your needs that is within your budget, and will...
07-09-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By wipekitty

Short answer: Yes, the brakes you mentioned will...

Short answer: Yes, the brakes you mentioned will be compatible with your bike. Really, any of the Shimano road bike rim brakes will work (unless you're doing something really crazy, like changing out...
07-09-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 221
Posted By wipekitty

Cable routing with internally routed aero road bars

I'm planning to install aero road bars with internal routing on my road bike (currently using Shimano 5800). Putting the cables through the actual bar is pretty straightforward, but...

I'm not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 18,645
Views: 3,689,795
Posted By wipekitty

Aero road bars...

Aero road bars (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-components/factory-overstock/bontrager-race-lite-aero-drop-vr-cf-factory-overstock-road-handlebar/p/31100/?colorCode=black). This...
07-09-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,798
Posted By wipekitty

This puzzle is part of the reason why I will...

This puzzle is part of the reason why I will never have the funds to replace a bicycle simply because it is old. :lol:

I've certainly 'retired' bicycle frames due to structural issues, rust in bad...
07-09-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,625
Posted By wipekitty

Embrace the tan lines! Add in some bruises and/or...

Embrace the tan lines! Add in some bruises and/or road rash and you're walking out in style.

I really like to keep the whole cat theme going in every aspect of my life. From wearing gloves, I've...
07-08-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,911
Posted By wipekitty

Exactly this. Even if it's a bicycle...

Exactly this.

Even if it's a bicycle primarily used while riding street clothes, nobody other than another cyclist is going to notice or care one bit about the bar tape. If it's the Supercaz...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,133
Posted By wipekitty

Denise Mueller-Koronek got 183.9 last year. ...

Denise Mueller-Koronek got 183.9 last year.

I'm with you, though, that these records do not count.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,181
Posted By wipekitty

I rode my current road bike with the stock Tektro...

I rode my current road bike with the stock Tektro brakes for ~5,000 miles before upgrading to 105 (5800). The 105 brakes do have better stopping power and modulation.

The Tektro brakes are...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,914
Posted By wipekitty

Heh...I completely forgot that I had one of...

Heh...I completely forgot that I had one of those, albeit briefly. I thought it would be a fun cruising around town bike, but it was not.

My 1999 Schwinn MTB (my college bike) was not awful, but...
07-07-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,755
Posted By wipekitty

Good point. I forget that most people live in...

Good point. I forget that most people live in civilization and have cell service on their rides :)
07-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,755
Posted By wipekitty

That's actually pretty amazing. That said, a...

That's actually pretty amazing.

That said, a phone deserves protection relative to its value. I have cheap phones and therefore use a Ziploc (tm).
07-06-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,102
Posted By wipekitty

Ugh - I am there, right now. Injury was on...

Ugh - I am there, right now. Injury was on Tuesday; it seems to be just some muscle damage around the area, without anything fractured/broken this time. Riding the bike is easy. Getting on the bike...
07-06-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,119
Posted By wipekitty

That is precisely the 'heated discussion' to...

That is precisely the 'heated discussion' to which I was referring.

I honestly have no strong opinions on whether OPs should be allowed to delete their threads. I lean toward yes; but my general...
Forum: Southeast
07-06-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,260
Posted By wipekitty

Great info - thank you! It looks like the...

Great info - thank you! It looks like the Carolina Tarwheels have some nice group road rides - with the elevation profiles, I might even be able to hang with the faster guys/gals. I will not tell...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,692
Posted By wipekitty

2013-14 vs. 2018-19: which was colder? It seems...

2013-14 vs. 2018-19: which was colder? It seems like 2013-14 might have had a bit more snow, while the most recent winter was colder (in the midwest US, at least.)
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