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Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By JohnJ80

Shimano electrics are just as proprietary as...

Shimano electrics are just as proprietary as SRAMs. So, your point?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,930
Posted By JohnJ80

Thatís pretty narrow. You can also add a thicker...

Thatís pretty narrow. You can also add a thicker footbed than comes with the shoe. That moves you up slightly in the shoe and should be narrower. Most shoes ship with uber thin footbeds.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,241
Posted By JohnJ80

Frankly, I donít notice a difference. The big...

Frankly, I donít notice a difference. The big advantage of electronic shifting is that once you tell it to shift, it shifts quickly and perfectly. The same canít be said of mechanical, especially...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,241
Posted By JohnJ80

I, grudgingly, tried electronic shifting and...

I, grudgingly, tried electronic shifting and upgraded a bike from DA to Ultegra Di2. Really liked the electronic shifting. I live in the frozen north so riding a lot of the time means full finger...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

they're spring pins as noted above. Thatís a...

they're spring pins as noted above. Thatís a pretty common sort of connection in electronics. Often you something similar to them in ďbed of nailsĒ production testers for electronic...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,734
Posted By JohnJ80

I am using a Shimano DA 11 speed chain. Iíve...

I am using a Shimano DA 11 speed chain. Iíve found that I can generally get about 350miles out of the this lube on that chain. After carefully following the directions Silca provides, I noticed...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,275
Posted By JohnJ80

Man, I sure hope not. <shudder> I rode...

Man, I sure hope not. <shudder>

I rode those for years along with cleats you nailed onto the shoe to lock you into toe clips. Iím glad both of those are gone and I hope they never come back.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,050
Posted By JohnJ80

I donít have that particular rack, but I wonít...

I donít have that particular rack, but I wonít buy any rack that touches the frame of a bike after the rack I did have did more damage to the finish of the bike than the rack cost.

At some point...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

nope. Just direct.

nope. Just direct.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

Me too! Those Minnesota winters just make it...

Me too! Those Minnesota winters just make it really tough to keep pavement quality up. I starting riding ďtubelessĒ on tubulars back in about 2008 or so using Tufo tubeless tubulars. That was an...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

But itís also a function of geography and road...

But itís also a function of geography and road quality. I used to get 6-8 flats per year with tubes, now I get one in a bad year with tubeless. Pretty straightforward decision in my geography and how...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

Exactly. You do you. I donít care what you do....

Exactly. You do you. I donít care what you do. You asked so I explained as a courtesy.

Next time if you donít want to know then donít ask or comment.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

yes I know. ďLowĒ is lower than I want to go. ...

yes I know. ďLowĒ is lower than I want to go.

Battery voltage measurements on Li-ion or Li-po batteries are notoriously inaccurate. The discharge curve on a Li based battery falls off a cliff in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

Exactly right. Completely agree.

Exactly right. Completely agree.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,734
Posted By JohnJ80

the sand comes from here. Theyíre not doing the...

the sand comes from here. Theyíre not doing the fracking here. So, no.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

why? I typically consistently ride every day and...

why? I typically consistently ride every day and it works out to that giving me a little margin. I could check it but it would tell me that hat I already know. That way I donít forget.

ETap...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

It doesnít prevent you from using any other pump....

It doesnít prevent you from using any other pump. My comment was specifically aimed at pumps with a built in mechanical gauge. If that wasnít clear, my apologies.

But you still have the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

You really donít need an extra battery but if you...

You really donít need an extra battery but if you do want to carry one, itís no big deal because theyíre pretty tiny. That does allow you to run the battery to empty since itís the RD that goes dry...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,734
Posted By JohnJ80

Lots of fine sand on the roads. Sand for fracking...

Lots of fine sand on the roads. Sand for fracking is big business around here.

j.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

The Silca calculator was a touch high for me but...

The Silca calculator was a touch high for me but very effective because I started out in the vicinity. For someone who rode 23c tires at 100 psi (as did many of us), it's a LOT of work to go from...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

You don't need to charge eTap "every few rides"...

You don't need to charge eTap "every few rides" unless your rides are 200 miles long. It's about 600 miles between charges on a fresh battery. Di2 for me was about 1000 miles and you can't have a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

well, not totally true. Instruments in general...

well, not totally true. Instruments in general need to be accurate and repeatable.

If you don't have both you can't use either the tables a lot of wheel/tire manufacturers supply (i.e. Enve as an...
01-27-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,031
Posted By JohnJ80

What could possibly go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong?
01-27-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,894
Posted By JohnJ80

I have both the K1 and the K2. The K2 screen is...

I have both the K1 and the K2. The K2 screen is easier for me to read and I find that I set the brightness at about half of what it was set at on the K1.

Totally agree with the commentary about...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By JohnJ80

From what I can tell, the best/optimal external...

From what I can tell, the best/optimal external width for a rim is 1.05x the tire width when inflated. Obviously that gets impractical as tires get really wide. But youíll be better off with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,734
Posted By JohnJ80

I started using Silcaís wax liquid lube when it...

I started using Silcaís wax liquid lube when it first came out. It works. I normally would have to replace a chain at about 1500 miles. Iím at over 4000 miles on my current chain and it shows...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,097
Posted By JohnJ80

^this. Completely agree. Tire pressure is...

^this. Completely agree.

Tire pressure is key and itís a fairly narrow band. Read Josh Poertnerís story about Zippís work to get carbon wheels used on the cobbles...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,219
Posted By JohnJ80

I’ve had both. In fact, I had an Ultegra Di2...

I’ve had both. In fact, I had an Ultegra Di2 bike and I replaced it with eTap becasuse:

The two paddles vs one paddle for eTap are much harder to use with gloves in cold weather (I live in...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By JohnJ80

Call SRAM and ask them.

Call SRAM and ask them.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnJ80

Isnít an issue. Mine are hanging so they are...

Isnít an issue. Mine are hanging so they are within inches of each other. You can also adjust the straps such that the seat or handlebars touch the ceiling when pulled up tight. You do have to...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnJ80

No The bike hangs from a 2:1 pulley so there...

No

The bike hangs from a 2:1 pulley so there are two lengths of rope that go through a pulley that connects to the straps. As long as that is not twisted the bike will hang straight. If you twist...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 924
Posted By JohnJ80

no itís not. Weíre talking a millimeter or so...

no itís not. Weíre talking a millimeter or so here. And if the fit isnít any good itís very difficult to be fast or go far. If youíre out of the range of what manufacturers produce you have to work...
Forum: Touring
12-28-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,503
Posted By JohnJ80

Muscle imbalance is *very* common in cyclists and...

Muscle imbalance is *very* common in cyclists and it's the hamstrings that suffer.

I also had cramping problems - vitamin B solved most of it. Electrolytes didn't touch it. That's worth a try...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 924
Posted By JohnJ80

Sure. But they probably stopped that because you...

Sure. But they probably stopped that because you can solve it easily with insoles. They put crap insoles in their shoes to start, almost like they expect one to go get their own insoles anyhow.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 924
Posted By JohnJ80

Then try the insole tricks. Sidi's run narrow to...

Then try the insole tricks. Sidi's run narrow to begin with and you should be able to fix that with the insoles. The difference from narrow to regular is surprisingly little. Go look at a shoe fit...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 924
Posted By JohnJ80

Why don't you just replace them with another set...

Why don't you just replace them with another set of Sidi's in the same size? Sidi hasn't changed their foot lasts for many many years.

Some hints and tricks:

If the shoe is too loose, you...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnJ80

Me too. I use the hanging system from Harken...

Me too. I use the hanging system from Harken (https://www.hoister.com) - around 10 bikes hanging from the ceiling and it works great. Been doing it for more than a decade.
Forum: Touring
12-15-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,601
Posted By JohnJ80

The reason most good rain gear is thought to leak...

The reason most good rain gear is thought to leak is that the seams are, almost always, sealed poorly. Get some seam sealer and go over all the seams and make sure they are solidly covered. You won't...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,985
Posted By JohnJ80

Not if you're running tubeless. The slightest...

Not if you're running tubeless. The slightest sealant in the head and it needs to be disassembled and cleaned or it won't work any more. About a 50-50 deal for successfully cleaning out the head and...
12-08-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,449
Posted By JohnJ80

I live and ride in Minnesota and Iím a ski...

I live and ride in Minnesota and Iím a ski patroller all winter so I spend a lot of time outdoors in the cold down to -35F or so.

Two things:
1. You acclimate and get used to it. You fell cold...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,850
Posted By JohnJ80

I take your point. Bear in mind this is for my...

I take your point. Bear in mind this is for my college age kids. I expect them to lose stuff and screw up on things like that. So I bought an additional key and put it in my bike tool box for the day...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,850
Posted By JohnJ80

Our two kids, between undergraduate degrees and...

Our two kids, between undergraduate degrees and grad school, have a total of 13 years at major urban universities that have had serious and continuous issues with bike theft on and around campus. The...
12-04-20, 10:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,463
Posted By JohnJ80

Absolutely the best advice here. It's insanity...

Absolutely the best advice here. It's insanity to get your medical advice from a cycling forum.

Very sorry for your loss.

J.
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,850
Posted By JohnJ80

This actually works pretty well...

This actually works pretty well (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CFH9LO2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) in conjunction with a real lock. If you cut the cord or jostle it, it...
11-22-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,055
Posted By JohnJ80

Yep, I'd say that's true. What cured me of that...

Yep, I'd say that's true. What cured me of that though was when I started riding a mountain bike on single track back in the early 90's. I have given that up in favor of a fat bike now (much more...
11-22-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,055
Posted By JohnJ80

Yes, agree. To this, I'd also add...

Yes, agree. To this, I'd also add "coordination." There does seem to be a number of people, again without respect to age, that have difficulties with removing the wrong foot from the pedal and...
11-22-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,055
Posted By JohnJ80

Iím right in that age category and I have no...

Iím right in that age category and I have no issues. I ride with an entire group of roadies of that age, none of whom would even think to ride without clipless pedals. A simple search in these...
11-21-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,055
Posted By JohnJ80

Yeah, it is stupid. Age has nothing to do with...

Yeah, it is stupid. Age has nothing to do with it.
11-21-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,449
Posted By JohnJ80

This happens to me every year. Seems it's related...

This happens to me every year. Seems it's related to two things - exertion in cold air and the tights I wear to stay warm (plus the other layers on top).

I have to adjust my eating because I wind...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,806
Posted By JohnJ80

That was then, this is now and it's Wahoo not...

That was then, this is now and it's Wahoo not Speedplay. They could fix this in a heartbeat if they wanted to. But so far, they're not and that's disappointing.
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