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Forum: Recumbent
08-01-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 430
Posted By downtube42

Internal you can shift while stopped. That IMO is...

Internal you can shift while stopped. That IMO is the most significant functional difference. For a trike or even a bent, if you find yourself stopped on a hill in the wrong gear, being able to shift...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,549
Posted By downtube42

1) Waterproof phone case, waterproof phone, or a...

1) Waterproof phone case, waterproof phone, or a toptube bag with a clear waterproof phone section. Baggie & rubberband is an okay plan for a short ride, but not any multi-day. Baggies are not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,534
Posted By downtube42

On one of my first brevets, which would have been...

On one of my first brevets, which would have been ten years ago, a guy in the group had a loud hub combined with a tendency to pedal/coast, pedal/coast. Either of those alone is no biggie, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,534
Posted By downtube42

Just trendy. It takes energy to create...

Just trendy.

It takes energy to create sound. It should be optimized away.
07-23-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By downtube42

Nice finds. Better you than me, though. I'm done...

Nice finds. Better you than me, though. I'm done with them. That is, until another one catches my eye.

Tip on how to spot a French find at the co-op amongst the junk pile of stripped frames: just...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 12:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,618
Posted By downtube42

Oh great, my hill repeat workout is going to look...

Oh great, my hill repeat workout is going to look like I'm chasing local legend status.
Forum: Foo
07-21-20, 01:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By downtube42

Every conversation you have ends up with you...

Every conversation you have ends up with you talking about computers, and the other person looking for an exit strategy.
07-21-20, 01:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,333
Posted By downtube42

Nobody dies of covid, don't you know? They die of...

Nobody dies of covid, don't you know? They die of pneumonia, their heart stops, they have a stroke, they suffocate. It's not the deaths that matter, just how you categorized them. You don't have to...
07-19-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By downtube42

"There are no limits, only plateaus" - Bruce Lee ...

"There are no limits, only plateaus" - Bruce Lee

Of course there's a limit somewhere, but it's so far away it might as well not exist.
07-18-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,328
Posted By downtube42

There are things that go wrong on rides. The...

There are things that go wrong on rides. The most likely thing to go wrong is a puncture. I can handle that. The ride goes on. Patches, tube(s), C02, Pump.
Next up is tire damage. I always carry a...
07-18-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,052
Posted By downtube42

Science? There's the scientific method, which...

Science? There's the scientific method, which nobody here is following, and there's the current body of scientific knowledge, which is to say, the current theories that we know are mostly wrong but...
Replies: 67
Views: 7,579
Posted By downtube42

Coincidentally, I ordered a gray RD-R7000 last...

Coincidentally, I ordered a gray RD-R7000 last night. With the short cage I was definitely going for 11-28, giving me a 30-28 combo, but now I'll likely go with an 11-30 with options for lower in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-20, 12:23 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,796
Posted By downtube42

What's the cost to change later, if you so...

What's the cost to change later, if you so decide? Probably not much more.

Nobody can tell you if 34-30 is sufficient for you. Your power to weight ratio, the grades you want to climb, and your...
Replies: 67
Views: 7,579
Posted By downtube42

Rims are in hand. 105 FD is in hand. Spec says...

Rims are in hand.
105 FD is in hand. Spec says it can handle a 16t delta, and that's what I have.
Looking at 105 5800 RDs. I'd like to have silver, but they appear to be vaporware. Would look nice...
07-15-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2,747
Views: 611,965
Posted By downtube42

Indeed. Prestige double butted Cro Mo Tange.

Indeed. Prestige double butted Cro Mo Tange.
07-15-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 2,747
Views: 611,965
Posted By downtube42

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Not quite riding it yet. Will be for randonneuring, general road...
07-15-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By downtube42

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
07-15-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,738
Posted By downtube42

For a while I had a GP who was a competitive...

For a while I had a GP who was a competitive cyclist. His advice, in all situations, was keep riding. My current GP looks at my numbers and says keep doing whatever I'm doing, which is decent. But...
07-14-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,778
Posted By downtube42

Tom Green county, where I used to live in west...

Tom Green county, where I used to live in west Texas, caught my eye with 95 new cases today. It's dry, hot, cactus and rattlesnake country. San Angelo is the big city (pop. 100k), proud in its...
07-14-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By downtube42

There's an element of it that's just... allow...

There's an element of it that's just... allow myself to get hungry before mealtime. I think this is sustainable.

I'm working from home now. While there is a kitchen at home, there is no vending...
07-14-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,738
Posted By downtube42

This is a situation where taking to a medical...

This is a situation where taking to a medical professional who has experience with older athletes would be beneficial. There are possible underlying medical causes, that make assumptions and advice...
07-13-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,724
Posted By downtube42

Cruising side by side with a buddy, out the...

Cruising side by side with a buddy, out the corner of my eye I see a squirrel bounding alongside the road. The squirrel calculates the angles in his little squirrel brain, and runs across just on...
07-13-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By downtube42

Outta Here

At 193, down from 219 pre-covid. First time under 200 in almost three years. Lack of restaurant dining has been a boon.

Climbing the grades and here is a heck of a lot easier with 26 pounds...
07-13-20, 12:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,620
Posted By downtube42

https://www.strava.com/heatmap...

https://www.strava.com/heatmap (https://www.strava.com/heatmap#4.87/-83.97593/47.36046/hot/all)

Mix up the intensity. Intervals, recovery rides, tempo rides, longer rides, shorter rides.
Strap...
Replies: 67
Views: 7,579
Posted By downtube42

Nice. Yes obviously you're right about the fork. ...

Nice. Yes obviously you're right about the fork.

Things are shaping up, either acquired, ordered, or in process...

Fork: Fog cutter cro-mo (QR dropouts)
Rear hub: White Industries XMR QR 135...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,531
Posted By downtube42

This. There is no feeling better than...

This.

There is no feeling better than demoralizing your compatriots with the "thunk" of an upshift, when you left something in the tank and they didn't.
Replies: 67
Views: 7,579
Posted By downtube42

Pretty. I don't think I've seen this bike....

Pretty.

I don't think I've seen this bike. It's been a while since we rode together. Maybe 5 years?
07-05-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,232
Posted By downtube42

I came across one rattler sunning himself on the...

I came across one rattler sunning himself on the shoulder in the early morning sunlight. I just swung out into the empty highway and gave him the shoulder. Big fat dude. One snake avoidance tactic I...
07-04-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,232
Posted By downtube42

My fastest 200k ever was a 11pm departure out of...

My fastest 200k ever was a 11pm departure out of San Angelo, TX. July 14, 2017. 07:30 elapsed time, solo. I'll tell you what, I did that ride several times at night, and it's darned spooky out there...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By downtube42

Google "cycling hot foot" and see if it fits your...

Google "cycling hot foot" and see if it fits your symptoms.
Replies: 67
Views: 7,579
Posted By downtube42

OP with an update. Yesterday I came home...

OP with an update.

Yesterday I came home with a Soma Fog Cutter frame. (in a box, carried by me on a bike for 10 miles from Universal, but that's another story). It's gorgeous.

Parts acquired...
07-04-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 5,644
Posted By downtube42

Calling for the sacrifice of the Others plays...

Calling for the sacrifice of the Others plays well when you're not one of the Others.

Divide and conquer, baby, divide and conquer.
07-04-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 5,644
Posted By downtube42

This argument is used frequently, and it misses...

This argument is used frequently, and it misses entirely what it means to be human. Compassion isn't a flaw, it's a survival mechanism. Furthermore, our ability to communicate is a radical survival...
07-02-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,986
Posted By downtube42

I think a 5 hour solo flat century is a very good...

I think a 5 hour solo flat century is a very good accomplishment for a recreational cyclist. That's a lot of qualifiers though.
07-02-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 160
Posted By downtube42

Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,224
Posted By downtube42

I used to live in southern Indiana, on the edge...

I used to live in southern Indiana, on the edge of the Knobstone escarpment; pancake flat North of us, wrinkly with short sharp rollers south. The Tuesday night group, the fast guys, typically headed...
06-30-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 160
Posted By downtube42

Bridgestone Altair

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/bik/d/portland-bridgestone-altair-12-speed/7143589163.html

The price seems high but in the covid market where bike shops and Dick's are out of bikes, who knows?...
06-30-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,287
Posted By downtube42

Logic can only dismantle what was built with...

Logic can only dismantle what was built with logic. New information can only only change ideas built upon information.

I do have a friend who's brother recently left a religious cult after 16...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By downtube42

Many long distance riders find loosening shoes...

Many long distance riders find loosening shoes provides relief. Feet swell, and a pinched foot can pinch nerves.

We also tend to move our cleats back, sometimes to the point of drilling custom...
06-29-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By downtube42

Yep, gotta find the root cause, starting with the...

Yep, gotta find the root cause, starting with the location of the hole in the tube. Can be tedious. Might require multiple more flats to occur. Become diligent about tire and tube orientation on the...
06-29-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 967
Posted By downtube42

I read so many stories about Eagle Scouts who...

I read so many stories about Eagle Scouts who saved someone's life, that I got the idea you had to save someone's life to make Eagle. That was pretty darned depressing, because I just didn't see that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,295
Posted By downtube42

David Blase was my high school biology teacher....

David Blase was my high school biology teacher. He was kind of odd, rode a bike to school and wore knickers. He told some crazy bike stories. He organized a bike race every year at the school called...
06-28-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,287
Posted By downtube42

I'm just trying to figure out what role Kevin...

I'm just trying to figure out what role Kevin Bacon is going to play in the movie. Fauci seems a natural, but maybe there's a down on his luck dude trying to date a waitress at a San Angelo diner,...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,771
Posted By downtube42

Tools and skills to fix the basic stuff. For the...

Tools and skills to fix the basic stuff. For the rest, walking shoes, rain shell, and a wool sweater.
Forum: Foo
06-28-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,916
Posted By downtube42

The sad thing about high school seniors who think...

The sad thing about high school seniors who think those will be the best days of their lives is, for too many itf them it's actually true.

My mom grew up in the great depression, and those...
06-28-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,267
Posted By downtube42

If you start the worldwide naked bike ride in...

If you start the worldwide naked bike ride in Portland thinking you'll stay partially clothed, you'll soon feel like a pretender. Then you'll notice the creepers and middle aged oglers along the...
Forum: Foo
06-27-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,426
Posted By downtube42

Stock is up like 30% since January 1st? It's...

Stock is up like 30% since January 1st?

It's a minor PR glitch. No need to change anything.

/sarcasm
06-27-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,287
Posted By downtube42

People seem to think that the virus will be...

People seem to think that the virus will be understanding and fair. After all, since all those protestors got together and did stuff, shouldn't non protestors be able to get their hair cut?

It's...
06-23-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,517
Posted By downtube42

Doesn't matter. I mean, I carry both, but one day...

Doesn't matter. I mean, I carry both, but one day you'll find it doesn't matter what you decided. Eventually something will break you can't fix, and your phone will be either dead or in your garage....
Forum: Foo
06-22-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 792
Posted By downtube42

That cat is saying just shoot me now. I have...

That cat is saying just shoot me now.

I have yet to imbibe in the legal stuff. I hear from reputable sources that people of my generation who try today's offerings are unprepared for the potency....
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