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02-17-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,599
Posted By DrIsotope

I swap out tires every now and again, and all of...

I swap out tires every now and again, and all of my bikes are tubeless. I was doing an unsupported 140 miles day after Xmas, so I put on some tougher rubber in place of the happy-medium-style that...
02-17-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,480
Posted By DrIsotope

Having gone through this very thing myself...

Having gone through this very thing myself (though at much higher temps, I just have really cold feet all the time) the answer is boots, 100%. I tried every type of sock known to man, as well as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By DrIsotope

The OP isn't feeling any difference because he's...

The OP isn't feeling any difference because he's running his new tubeless tires at far too high of a pressure. I'm closer to 100kg, and ran my 700x23 IRC Roadlites @ 90psi. With 25s it's low 80s....
01-19-21, 12:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,638
Posted By DrIsotope

Stickied. :thumb:

Stickied. :thumb:
01-16-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,340
Posted By DrIsotope

It's a winter chain. As long as it still moves,...

It's a winter chain. As long as it still moves, it doesn't really matter what lube is on it, right? It's 15 bucks. Use it 'til the weather gets nice, chuck the chain in the garbage.

For all of...
01-13-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,603
Posted By DrIsotope

I've high-sided twice and low-sided three times....

I've high-sided twice and low-sided three times. In a single instance of all-- which happened to be at the lowest speed-- I could tell what was going on. Every other time, between the proverbial...
01-10-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By DrIsotope

Origin8, SE Snap-it, Tuggnuts or whichever chain...

Origin8, SE Snap-it, Tuggnuts or whichever chain tensioner tickles your fancy. I'm using the BOX One tensioners on my dirt-cheap Motobecane Fantom Cross SS frame-up build (nothing OEM survived the...
01-10-21, 12:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By DrIsotope

So that would be what, a 44-45cm, essentially? ...

So that would be what, a 44-45cm, essentially? Maybe if you've got really nubby legs. My wife is 5'6" and can comfortably ride a 54cm. The frame in question would likely be for someone under 5'...
01-10-21, 12:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By DrIsotope

Ninety nine times out of a hundred, the piece of...

Ninety nine times out of a hundred, the piece of wire you find stuck in your bike tire one resided inside an automobile tire's steel belting. Unless you're fond of riding through construction sites,...
01-08-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,077
Posted By DrIsotope

I've seen many a bicycle roll through an...

I've seen many a bicycle roll through an intersection without making a pause of any kind. Not nearly as many times as I've seen someone in a Suburban or a Dodge Charger or an <insert vehicle here>...
01-08-21, 11:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Posted By DrIsotope

AFAIC, a rotor is a rotor, unless it's an...

AFAIC, a rotor is a rotor, unless it's an IceTech. The pricepoints on a lot of these stamped SS rotors is frankly appalling. They make the IceTech look downright thrifty by comparison.
01-07-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 801
Posted By DrIsotope

No cure for cancer, no cure for the common cold. ...

No cure for cancer, no cure for the common cold. It took almost 600 years to eradicate yellow fever, and almost 200 to beat polio. But this time around, scientists somehow beat an RNA virus in under...
01-06-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By DrIsotope

You want a post mount to post mount +20 adapter,...

You want a post mount to post mount +20 adapter, like this one from Shimano...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-21, 08:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,013
Posted By DrIsotope

Tangentially related at best, my average standing...

Tangentially related at best, my average standing cadence is 57. I've never once desired to manage a cadence of 120 out of the saddle, but should the inclination strike me, I'm 99.9% sure I couldn't...
01-03-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 833
Posted By DrIsotope

Wouldn't the easiest way be to just mount the...

Wouldn't the easiest way be to just mount the single cog on the freehub, and adjust spacing of the chainring to set the chainline?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-21, 12:23 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,959
Posted By DrIsotope

I would say that the big mass of red (most...

I would say that the big mass of red (most ridden) stays the same year after year. In 2020 I certainly repeated routes a lot more, and rode about 1,500 fewer miles, but only due to burnout, not...
01-03-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,015
Posted By DrIsotope

I've missed the solo 5-hour-century three times--...

I've missed the solo 5-hour-century three times-- my closest was averaging 3m1s per mile, so I missed it by less than 2 minutes. Not quite fast enough.

I don't obsess much over downhill speed,...
01-01-21, 12:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,646
Posted By DrIsotope

I lived like a hermit before, and nothing serious...

I lived like a hermit before, and nothing serious has changed now. I go to the store less. The wife works from home. The kids don't have to be driven to school every morning. We saved thousands...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 18,140
Posted By DrIsotope

All other factors aside, 2020 was alright by me,...

All other factors aside, 2020 was alright by me, at least cycling-wise. I rode my lowest number of miles, climbed the least, didn't break 3k feet on a single ride, and had just a single ride over...
12-28-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,325
Posted By DrIsotope

I feel the same about Clif Bars. Fine for the...

I feel the same about Clif Bars. Fine for the first few years, now even thinking about biting into one gives me a lump in my throat. Powerbars are worse.

Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars are pretty good,...
Forum: Foo
12-26-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,941
Posted By DrIsotope

How is this ANY surprise to anyone, especially...

How is this ANY surprise to anyone, especially right now? Every gym in California has been closed for months. Beyond that,

Peleton or Peleton+, $1,895/2,495 plus $13 monthly
Peleton Tread or...
12-26-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,756
Posted By DrIsotope

I personally don't believe in the under/overbiked...

I personally don't believe in the under/overbiked thing at all. If the same rider does X.XX time on a course on a rigid/CX bike, they will quite likely annihilate that time on some fancy uber-MTB....
12-25-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,384
Posted By DrIsotope

Too early to say for sure, as the Rapha Festive...

Too early to say for sure, as the Rapha Festive only started yesterday! Got in my annual Xmas Eve 100k, but there's a long ways to go.
12-25-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,973
Posted By DrIsotope

Right, because that is the correct foot for roads...

Right, because that is the correct foot for roads where cars drive on the right. ;)
12-24-20, 12:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 788
Posted By DrIsotope

It took 15 posts before a headphone nanny showed...

It took 15 posts before a headphone nanny showed up? Man, that must be some kind of BF record. Usually one pipes up before post 5.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-20, 12:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,916
Posted By DrIsotope

Two-bolt Looks-- the good ones, not the newer...

Two-bolt Looks-- the good ones, not the newer meh SPD clones. I'm talking S-Tracks: my favorite pedal, long discontinued, and increasingly hard to find. A pair on every bike.

I wish I liked...
12-18-20, 01:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,768
Posted By DrIsotope

Don't tell Australia about this. They race...

Don't tell Australia about this. They race clockwise (which is backwards to the rest of us) so even the ovals are four right turns. Tracks like Adelaide and Albert Park are double the number of...
12-16-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By DrIsotope

I know this is a longshot, but in these trying...

I know this is a longshot, but in these trying times, I would straight-up ask the airline. I'm assuming planes are still operating at limited capacity (meaning the cargo hold is half empty as well)...
12-16-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,283
Posted By DrIsotope

Try shopping for something proprietary-- the...

Try shopping for something proprietary-- the seatpost clamp on my Cervelo stripped out. The part is out of stock globally, with no estimated date of new stock. I am fortunate enough to have the...
12-13-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,009
Posted By DrIsotope

SRAM Eagle XX-1 around 85 bucks, best price I...

SRAM Eagle XX-1 around 85 bucks, best price I could find for the Eagle PowerLocks was ~$7.50 a pop, and there would be what? Half the total number of links? Let's call it 60 of 'em.

So if'n ya...
12-13-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,303
Posted By DrIsotope

For me, any indoor ride longer than ~45 minutes...

For me, any indoor ride longer than ~45 minutes is soul-crushing. And that's with Zwift involved. Staring into space while trying to maintain a set power/cadence is just masochistic.

I did a...
12-13-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,324
Posted By DrIsotope

The idea that bicycle tires-- on the road-- ...

The idea that bicycle tires-- on the road-- wear due to braking is insane. Unless you're skidding your fixie, tires are wearing because of friction against the road surface, amplified by having a...
12-11-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,324
Posted By DrIsotope

As a front tire typically lasts as long as two...

As a front tire typically lasts as long as two rear tires, I see no point in rotating them. For me. So no. I do not.
Forum: Foo
12-10-20, 12:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By DrIsotope

How to Prevent Bike Theft Using Electronic Warfare Countermeasures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITY-fJJnPNQ

I know that anti-tank missiles have been a problem in the past, for me at least.
Forum: Great Lakes
12-10-20, 12:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,001
Posted By DrIsotope

I'm not usually a doubter, but this one gives me...

I'm not usually a doubter, but this one gives me pause. His "official" file upload has no power or HR on it, and I question any segment effort with no analytics. He mentions in the Strava comments...
12-09-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By DrIsotope

Are y'all really gonna do this? REALLY? Oh look,...

Are y'all really gonna do this? REALLY? Oh look, there's already a smiley for it.

:deadhorse2:
12-09-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,894
Posted By DrIsotope

People like to throw the word "lockdown" around,...

People like to throw the word "lockdown" around, presumably because the word is incendiary. We never had anything that could be defined as such here in the US. What we had, and continue to have, are...
12-03-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,147
Posted By DrIsotope

Riding on <most> tubeless/tubeless-ready tires...

Riding on <most> tubeless/tubeless-ready tires with a tube in them is frankly going to ride like garbage-- because a tubeless tire is essentially an "open tubular," or a clincher that's merged with...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,181
Posted By DrIsotope

All the naysayers should try it sometime. Forget...

All the naysayers should try it sometime. Forget technical descents or any of that faff-- dropping the saddle and just sitting down at a stop light feels almost like luxury. Pedaling while standing...
11-28-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,630
Posted By DrIsotope

Tubeless miles ridden: 50,000+ Bikes currently...

Tubeless miles ridden: 50,000+
Bikes currently outfitted tubeless: 4

Would I recommend tubeless? Maybe. It depends.

Running tubeless tires is like using an umbrella. The average person...
11-28-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 918
Posted By DrIsotope

The time between the first post and this post in...

The time between the first post and this post in this thread is just over five hours. Taking out the fork, turning the bike to drop the bearing out, and putting everything back together (properly)...
11-22-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,051
Posted By DrIsotope

Is there more than one Manila in the Philippines?...

Is there more than one Manila in the Philippines? Because every elevation data map I've ever seen, the highest point in the city proper is about 300 feet above sea level. I have absolutely zero idea...
11-21-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 720
Posted By DrIsotope

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11-20-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,547
Posted By DrIsotope

If you want to be able to stay OOS longer, do...

If you want to be able to stay OOS longer, do that. When you feel like sitting down, just don't. Stand until you have to sit down. In my first year on the bike, I decided to try to ride the "big...
11-15-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,002
Posted By DrIsotope

The shorter the wheelbase, the easier it is to...

The shorter the wheelbase, the easier it is to hop.

Clipless pedals make hopping so easy it feels like cheating.
11-15-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By DrIsotope

How old is your cable/housing? If the answer is a...

How old is your cable/housing? If the answer is a year or more, it's likely time to replace. Also can't hurt to lube the pivot points on the RD (Bike Aid Dri-Slide is perfect for this.)
11-14-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,159
Posted By DrIsotope

How do I pronounce it? Well, I'm not German, I...

How do I pronounce it? Well, I'm not German, I don't speak German, and I'm not in Germany, so it's shwall-bee. As to how I feel about whether that's correct or not, <shrug>

Thule is easy. ...
11-14-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,666
Posted By DrIsotope

I have four L&M lights, the eldest of which is...

I have four L&M lights, the eldest of which is over five years old. I dunno what people are doing to break that tab off, but it must be pretty serious.

(Very) recently upgraded to a Lezyne...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,368
Posted By DrIsotope

Do ya get a lot of flats? If yes, tubeless might...

Do ya get a lot of flats? If yes, tubeless might be for you. If you don't get a lot of flats, just run whatever tires you want.
Replies: 92
Views: 6,813
Posted By DrIsotope

If you use Stan's at anything above MTB...

If you use Stan's at anything above MTB pressures, you're gonna have a bad time. All of my wheels have had OS or TruckerCo Cream in 'em for 5+ years and look brand new on the inside.
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