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Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By wipekitty

Here in the southeast US - where there is no snow...

Here in the southeast US - where there is no snow to melt and it doesn't stay below freezing long enough for the ground to permanently freeze - the biggest risk is rain followed by a temperature...
01-19-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 597
Posted By wipekitty

I'm not great at standing on the bike - it's a...

I'm not great at standing on the bike - it's a work in progress. I rarely feel the need to stand on a climb and am generally faster grinding it out while seated (though short steep rollers, sprints,...
01-17-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 27,840
Posted By wipekitty

Aww man, wish I'd checked the forum before...

Aww man, wish I'd checked the forum before leaving work this evening. It would have been a great night for the back way home...featuring MLK Boulevard!
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 547
Posted By wipekitty

Meh - some people just like honking. I get honked...

Meh - some people just like honking. I get honked at all the time and generally ignore it. Some people feel like cyclists are inconveniencing their journey to the nearest red light. If the traffic...
01-17-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 952
Posted By wipekitty

Good question! I've never actually run it the...

Good question! I've never actually run it the whole way down - I usually recharge it before a long ride. I've left it running in the neighborhood of 11 hours on some pokey gravel rides, and it was...
01-17-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,703
Posted By wipekitty

For some serious bike handling skills practice,...

For some serious bike handling skills practice, hit a university campus during class change times. Slow walking kiddos glued to their phones...the training is priceless. HRM and cadence sensors...
01-17-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 952
Posted By wipekitty

That's still my favorite mapping function :lol: ...

That's still my favorite mapping function :lol:

Directions on a piece of paper put in a Ziploc (tm) bag and attached to the top tube also work nicely.
01-17-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 952
Posted By wipekitty

I've been liking the Bryton Rider 10. With over...

I've been liking the Bryton Rider 10. With over 10,000 miles on the thing, it still holds a charge and measures speed, distance, and elevation about as accurately as the expensive computers. It's...
01-17-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 303
Posted By wipekitty

I think I just barely made it in 2019. I...

I think I just barely made it in 2019.

I generally only drive if I need to go somewhere far. 2019 had two trips to see family (600 miles, 900 miles). There was also a move to a new city (1200...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,780
Posted By wipekitty

Night rides? Sure! In more rural parts, I...

Night rides? Sure!

In more rural parts, I stick to roads/highways with shoulders. I use a Cygolite Expilion 850 front (usually medium-high to high beam for low-traffic areas, to increase sight...
01-16-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 407
Views: 27,840
Posted By wipekitty

Good find! Next mission?

Good find! Next mission?
01-15-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 249
Posted By wipekitty

I have two setups for real winter. One with a...

I have two setups for real winter. One with a slightly aggressive (cyclocross) type tread pattern and a single row of studs. The other is pretty aggressive and heavily studded - Nokian/Suomi Extreme!...
01-15-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 472
Posted By wipekitty

Mosyosalyangoz There are almost weekly "Weekend...

Mosyosalyangoz There are almost weekly "Weekend Ride Report" threads in the Road subforum - that's a great place to get started sharing your rides, if you're a road cyclist. Long-distance has an...
01-15-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 407
Views: 27,840
Posted By wipekitty

I would really like to see a helicopter! It...

I would really like to see a helicopter! It doesn't matter what kind, and it can be parked or in flight.
01-14-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 27,840
Posted By wipekitty

A personal favorite: American Tobacco Trail. No...

A personal favorite: American Tobacco Trail. No smoking.


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01-14-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 924
Posted By wipekitty

At the moment, I'm just using lights on the bike....

At the moment, I'm just using lights on the bike. I use steady beam front and rear lights (Cygolite Expilion 850, usually not on full beam, and a Hotshot 100) all the time, and add front/rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 884
Posted By wipekitty

Gorgeous road. I'm jealous.

Gorgeous road. I'm jealous.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,522
Posted By wipekitty

I have sinned... I speed frequently. If...

I have sinned...

I speed frequently. If they wanted me to go 25 MPH, why on earth would they put that HILL there?!
I've had plenty of those "road closed find out why" moments. Aren't closed...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 259
Posted By wipekitty

I'm back on the commuter wagon this week. Only 74...

I'm back on the commuter wagon this week. Only 74 miles this week due to being sick on Monday, but it's a start!

In order to pay for my sins (two weeks off the bike), I am forcing myself to ride...
01-11-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By wipekitty

I'm in NC this year - so it still gets "cold". It...

I'm in NC this year - so it still gets "cold". It goes below freezing from time to time, and I've actually had to wear leggings and a jacket for the commute quite a bit, though there have also been...
01-11-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By wipekitty

Well, I'm in the non-deep South for a year :lol: ...

Well, I'm in the non-deep South for a year :lol:

I originally thought it was overkill to bring three bikes for a year, but I'm happy I did. I've got the road bike (for nice weather, and road...
01-11-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 499
Posted By wipekitty

Ooooh, reflective tape is fun! Any additional...

Ooooh, reflective tape is fun! Any additional links to low-cost stuff that sticks to fabric or vinyl would be appreciated.

I bought some cheapo stuff at the X-mart to put on my messenger bag and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,694
Posted By wipekitty

There's nothing wrong with riding in the dark....

There's nothing wrong with riding in the dark. There are some routes that I avoid after dark, but this is mainly due to my own levels of skill and confidence. Anyone who lives in northern (or far...
01-08-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,050
Posted By wipekitty

I'm not super high mileage or particularly fast,...

I'm not super high mileage or particularly fast, but clocked just over 6,000 miles in 2017 and 2018. Those years, I came out around 400 hours of riding time.

Those years, I rode nearly every day...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,191
Posted By wipekitty

Back on the commuter train (bike) after a bit of...

Back on the commuter train (bike) after a bit of time off! I managed to miss the rain today. Which was awesome.



I definitely read that temperature the wrong way the first time and thought...
12-28-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,184
Posted By wipekitty

Interesting. My own thought, back when I...

Interesting.

My own thought, back when I rode fixed a lot, was exactly the opposite: my dominant (right) hand should control the brake with more stopping power. Flipping was fortunately never an...
12-28-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 636
Posted By wipekitty

I used part of a gift card on some Kool Stop dual...

I used part of a gift card on some Kool Stop dual compound brake shoe inserts. Not so exciting, but stopping is important!
12-26-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,939
Posted By wipekitty

My steel single speed has some stickers. One is a...

My steel single speed has some stickers. One is a truck stop special - a bunch of skulls. One says "I Really Enjoy Drinking Coffee". There's also an "I Voted" sticker, because I vote. This bike is...
12-25-19, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By wipekitty

I've been eyeing new road bikes, but...I'm trying...

I've been eyeing new road bikes, but...I'm trying really hard to hold off on until my next 'milestone birthday', which is now just a year and a half away!

The single speed *really* needs new brake...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,097
Posted By wipekitty

It was a bit of a slow year for me, with fewer...

It was a bit of a slow year for me, with fewer epic rides for reasons both in and out of my control.

I think my favorite was the last longer (50+ mile) ride I did before leaving Wisconsin. Good...
Replies: 15
Views: 517
Posted By wipekitty

I just came across this ad on Craigslist, and...

I just came across this ad on Craigslist, and thought that the pricing was *extremely* optimistic.

I'm no vintage bike pro (though I've fixed up a few vintage bikes in my time), and like others...
12-22-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 757
Posted By wipekitty

Third eye mirror. Cheap and effective, and...

Third eye mirror. Cheap and effective, and handles bumpy roads well.

This is on my single speed that I use for transportation and occasional road cycling outings.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 920
Posted By wipekitty

My wide-footed friends swear by Lake shoes. As...

My wide-footed friends swear by Lake shoes. As someone with the complete opposite problem - skinny feet and the blisters to prove it - I've had amazing luck using shoes with two Boa closures....
Forum: Commuting
12-21-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,115
Posted By wipekitty

Overall riding: My mileage is down this year -...

Overall riding: My mileage is down this year - I'm currently at 4,357 miles (outdoor only of course!), down from just over 6K in both 2017 and 2018. My recreational road/gravel mileage was way lower...
12-20-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 508
Posted By wipekitty

I agree - give it a go! I successfully used an...

I agree - give it a go! I successfully used an 11-32 cassette with a 105/5800 derailleur rated for 28.

Definitely keep an eye on what happens when you cross chain (big-big). You don't want to...
12-20-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 10,936
Posted By wipekitty

I ride on the roads for transportation as well as...

I ride on the roads for transportation as well as recreation. I actually feel a bit safer on my bike than I do walking or driving - there's less to hit and it's faster than trying to dodge on foot. I...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,116
Posted By wipekitty

If you're a an evening person, the days already...

If you're a an evening person, the days already got longer :)

I think it differs a bit geographically, but sometime around December 12-14, the sunset starts getting later. (Sunrise continues to...
12-16-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 407
Views: 27,840
Posted By wipekitty

Aww man, no zoo nearby. I could try to break in...

Aww man, no zoo nearby. I could try to break in to the Duke Lemur Center, but I don't think they'd like that.
12-16-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By wipekitty

I'm also a fan of the DHB brand from Chain...

I'm also a fan of the DHB brand from Chain Reaction and Wiggle. Both sites (run by the same company now) also have a decent selection of discounted name brand cycling apparel.

Other sources for...
12-15-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,303
Posted By wipekitty

I think you want something from a bike shop. ...

I think you want something from a bike shop.

Some of the department store bikes are fine for certain uses, especially hybrid type bikes that do not have shocks and other snazzy looking features...
12-14-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By wipekitty

It finally rained, and I got a couple of rides in...

It finally rained, and I got a couple of rides in with the Velotoze!

For cold weather, I still prefer neoprene - the Velotoze do not breathe, at all.

On the other hand, I rode 9 miles to work...
12-13-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,471
Posted By wipekitty

Back in Wisconsin, there was a nice twisty...

Back in Wisconsin, there was a nice twisty descent on a road with a 25 MPH speed limit. The last stretch was a straight drop followed by a sharp turn - I'd regularly hit the low 40s on that part, and...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,032
Posted By wipekitty

That's my motivation :lol: The two times...

That's my motivation :lol:

The two times I've driven to my current job, I've sat in traffic and pictured money blowing out of the tail pipe. I also know that on the bike, I can leave whenever I...
12-13-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,075
Posted By wipekitty

4,250. This will be the first year in a...

4,250.

This will be the first year in a while I've not hit 6,000...blame injury and a cross-country move :(
Forum: Commuting
12-09-19, 08:37 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 66,024
Posted By wipekitty

Three words: Shorts in December. Not bad.

Three words: Shorts in December.

Not bad.
12-08-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,740
Posted By wipekitty

Why, yes! The most recent one was behind me and...

Why, yes! The most recent one was behind me and apparently wanted to turn right while I was going straight. Back in the day, we used turn signals, not horns, to notify other road users of our...
12-08-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By wipekitty

Nice one! I caught a gouge like that a month...

Nice one!

I caught a gouge like that a month or two ago. At work, of course, I noticed the tube poking out of the tire. I (carefully) rode the 9 miles home without incident, and then the tire went...
12-07-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,740
Posted By wipekitty

There are a lot of good options in the...

There are a lot of good options in the gravel/adventure/etc. category. I'd start by finding something with really wide tire clearance and high stack.

If she can handle a test ride on something...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,498
Posted By wipekitty

I guess I'm a bit opposite - I always share my...

I guess I'm a bit opposite - I always share my close calls with my SO. I've even gotten him to watch video footage so we can both complain about how dumb people are. He takes the bus and walks to...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,477
Posted By wipekitty

Something like that was my thought as well. I've...

Something like that was my thought as well. I've had my eye on the Topeak Backloader (https://www.jensonusa.com/Topeak-Backloader-Pack) for a while, and suspect that the 10 or 15L size would do the...
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