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10-20-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 94
Posted By wipekitty

How to true carbon/aluminum wheel

Question: How does one true an aluminum wheel with a carbon fairing?

I am running a pair of Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 wheels, which are aluminum with a 50mm deep carbon fairing. I am using clinchers...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 128
Posted By wipekitty

Finally made it out on a weekend ride! Just a...

Finally made it out on a weekend ride! Just a short/solo ride: 22.8 miles, 1,440'. It was an overcast but pretty pleasant day in North Carolina: 60F, with plenty of leaves still on the trees.

I've...
10-20-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By wipekitty

1) Rain/windbreaker pants can range all the way...

1) Rain/windbreaker pants can range all the way from $20 to more than anybody wants to spend! Showers Pass makes good cycling-specific waterproof/breathable stuff, which means it's a bit more aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 18,088
Posted By wipekitty

Coach says: "Pain is weakness leaving the body!" ...

Coach says: "Pain is weakness leaving the body!"

People hate it when I bring this up at the top of some stoopid climb.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 962
Posted By wipekitty

I've used the free version for route planning for...

I've used the free version for route planning for quite some time. I prefer it to Strava and Map My Ride for planning and especially sharing routes.

Last summer, I coughed up the $6 per month for...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By wipekitty

Commuting rituals...for me, it's more like a mad...

Commuting rituals...for me, it's more like a mad dash to get out of the house in one piece.

Coffee. Take dog out. Finish coffee. Take meds and turn on sink for cats (really). Check weather, choose...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,615
Views: 49,691
Posted By wipekitty

Beautiful commuting weather last week, mostly in...

Beautiful commuting weather last week, mostly in the 50-60 degree range. Changing at work is a snap when there's no post-sweat. Rain on Wednesday meant I got to try the Shake Dry, which I purchased...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 431
Posted By wipekitty

+1 for Endura Pro DS. These have become my...

+1 for Endura Pro DS. These have become my favorites for longer rides - I've done at least one century in them. Some of the UK retailers (Wiggle, etc.) still have them in stock.

Shebeest makes...
10-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
Posted By wipekitty

I usually just used a cable lock through the...

I usually just used a cable lock through the frame of the trailer and the rear triangle of the bicycle.

It's definitely a 'keep people honest' kinda thing, and I'm not sure it is entirely...
10-15-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,312
Posted By wipekitty

I've also saved my two crashed helmets - not sure...

I've also saved my two crashed helmets - not sure what I'll do yet, maybe something like a helmet wall of fame.

The other ones hung around the basement for a while then eventually got tossed, as...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,090
Posted By wipekitty

Mail order can be okay if: You are...

Mail order can be okay if:

You are comfortable adjusting derailleurs and cables, both for initial setup and for cable stretch
You are comfortable adjusting, and sometimes installing, brakes
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,401
Posted By wipekitty

fUCI looks fun. With a few modifications for fit,...

fUCI looks fun. With a few modifications for fit, I'd take that thing for a spin.

The other one is just...wow. I don't think I could ride that in an empty parking lot, let alone in traffic. It...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,481
Posted By wipekitty

This thread reminds me why I always leave a...

This thread reminds me why I always leave a little card with my phone number and e-mail address when I lock up my bike at the airport. :)

(No safety issue - airport bike trips are solo trips, so...
10-13-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 659
Posted By wipekitty

Nice work! I can still, to this day, only...

Nice work!

I can still, to this day, only execute a track stand on a fixed gear bike. Sadly, I rarely ride fixed anymore, so there's just a lot of clipping in and out.
10-13-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By wipekitty

The big differences - from what I can tell: ...

The big differences - from what I can tell:

Avail 1 has a 'composite' (carbon fiber) fork; Avail 3 has aluminum. Carbon is said to provide better shock absorption than aluminum, thus improving...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,941
Posted By wipekitty

Kinda! I'm on a one year job in North Carolina,...

Kinda! I'm on a one year job in North Carolina, with my job in Wisconsin waiting after that. So, yeah. Comparatively it will not be cold, and I won't have the couple months of permasnow that...
10-12-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,873
Posted By wipekitty

Correct response: Dual pivot brakes, monocoque...

Correct response: Dual pivot brakes, monocoque carbon frames, aluminum/carbon hybrid rims, 20/24 spokes, and skinny tires (with latex tubes) are the best, and any new technology need not be...
10-12-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 543
Posted By wipekitty

Small contribution: Definitely get a...

Small contribution:

Definitely get a different bike. At 5'5", my 50cm frame was cramped and I needed a stem swap to make it comfortable - you will find yourself far less sore and crampy riding a...
10-12-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,278
Posted By wipekitty

I started riding primarily for transportation...

I started riding primarily for transportation (and most of my transportation is still by bike). Eventually, I discovered that it was fun to go explore other roads when I didn't have to be anywhere,...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By wipekitty

Continental Grand Prix 4000S2 are a nice fast...

Continental Grand Prix 4000S2 are a nice fast tire. I haven't tried the newer model, GP 5000, but I assume they are similar. GP 5000 comes in sizes up to 32; 4000S2 tops out at 28, but the tires run...
10-10-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,064
Posted By wipekitty

Temperature: 65-80 and DRY. The dew point should...

Temperature: 65-80 and DRY. The dew point should be below 32F at all times (cold drinks should never have condensation.)

Obviously, a tailwind helps. For pure speed, I'll take a nice, straight,...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 1,615
Views: 49,691
Posted By wipekitty

Lovely rides the past two days, now that it is...

Lovely rides the past two days, now that it is cooling down a bit. I wore (and regretted wearing) sleeves both mornings; too many years in the Upper Midwest and now my body just makes its own heat.
...
10-07-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 486
Posted By wipekitty

I'm going to miss winter this year...just a...

I'm going to miss winter this year...just a little bit :(

I did bring a pair of lightly studded tires down to North Carolina - it will be priceless to see the looks if there is actually snow or...
10-07-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,227
Posted By wipekitty

I ended up with some Showers Pass convertible...

I ended up with some Showers Pass convertible pants (a good deal on the 'Bay). I use them as knickers if it's just a bit wet or I don't particularly mind the bottom half of my legs getting wet, or...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 892
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a proud owner of this set as well :) ...

I'm a proud owner of this set as well :)

I've had it for close to three years, and the carbon bits on my bike have yet to snap or come loose, so it's good enough for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,652
Posted By wipekitty

What others said: new bike, new roads, new...

What others said: new bike, new roads, new groups, new discipline(s)!

Everyone is different, but personally, taking up gravel and keeping a single speed helps me break the rut. Gravel is just...
10-05-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,867
Posted By wipekitty

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than...

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than the bus, more fun than either.

Physical fitness: I like to push my heart rate and make myself feel like puking. Helps with sleep.

Mental health...
10-05-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,142
Posted By wipekitty

Wow, that one is pretty great - it's helpful to...

Wow, that one is pretty great - it's helpful to see all the information at once. The only thing missing is meters of development (which is likely only of interest for OCD riders such as myself.)...
10-04-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,376
Posted By wipekitty

Layers...of different kinds for different body...

Layers...of different kinds for different body parts.

My basic system (which kicks in somewhere around 40F) involves a windproof/water resistant soft shell with pit zips and wool layers (shirts,...
09-25-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By wipekitty

I definitely suffer from BADS. My problem is...

I definitely suffer from BADS.

My problem is that it's not enough to simply ride a bike for a bit - it has to be a good effort to keep my BADS at bay. Preferably rides with some zippy descents...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,393
Posted By wipekitty

Today: two cats (alive!), in two different...

Today: two cats (alive!), in two different locations!

I like to think that I see a lot of cats because they know I like cats, but it probably has more to do with the fact that I'm out around...
09-24-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,503
Posted By wipekitty

I lost two Cygolite Hotshot tail lights in less...

I lost two Cygolite Hotshot tail lights in less than a year: one when I landed my bike in a ditch, and the second on a bumpy minimum maintenance road. I was with the same guys both times, so I blame...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,393
Posted By wipekitty

I passed up two nice finds today: a hardhat and...

I passed up two nice finds today: a hardhat and an umbrella that appeared to be in good shape. The umbrella was a couple lanes over, or else I would have grabbed it. I could actually use an umbrella.
Forum: Foo
09-19-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,729
Posted By wipekitty

I would have said Amazon...until about two weeks...

I would have said Amazon...until about two weeks ago when I received an EMPTY package. Returns are super easy, but I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to report an empty package...and it...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,615
Views: 49,691
Posted By wipekitty

Fun one today! Temperature 65F at the start, so I...

Fun one today! Temperature 65F at the start, so I only smelled a little bit bad.

I was chatting with a guy at a light who turned out to be going the same way, similar pace, so we did a little...
09-17-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,536
Posted By wipekitty

On two occasions I've had RD cables break going...

On two occasions I've had RD cables break going up some stoopid 10% grade, both times out in the country ~15 miles from home. In both cases, I ended up walking the hill and then having some extra fun...
09-17-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 713
Posted By wipekitty

Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different...

Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different saddle height. Otherwise, my knees speak up.

This is mainly a factor when I'm using platform pedals and switch between thin summer shoes and boots with...
09-14-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,457
Posted By wipekitty

I definitely spent some time hanging out at the...

I definitely spent some time hanging out at the LBS in my last town.

The owners and many of the employees were people I rode with frequently, and the head service writer had a ton of industry...
09-11-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,458
Posted By wipekitty

I found these fun ones recently: Speed-bumps...

I found these fun ones recently:

Speed-bumps uphill is mean (https://www.strava.com/segments/8929335)
Get killed by a person on phone in SUV (https://www.strava.com/segments/16008897)
09-09-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 22,783
Posted By wipekitty

New place! Now, it's +/- 2 miles to the closest...

New place! Now, it's +/- 2 miles to the closest normal grocery store, depending on which roads I take. My previous town was pretty flat and quiet, but here it's all rolling hills with narrow streets...
09-09-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,442
Posted By wipekitty

Nope! You guys are stuck with this thread, unless...

Nope! You guys are stuck with this thread, unless a mod decides to step in and delete it.

Great to see you back in LCF, Roody. I hope things are okay.
Forum: Commuting
09-09-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 1,615
Views: 49,691
Posted By wipekitty

Nice 'n' sweaty commuting today, though I didn't...

Nice 'n' sweaty commuting today, though I didn't feel like death, so I must be acclimating!

Fun sights on the ride home: a young guy with a brand new road bike, who appeared to be practicing using...
09-09-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,235
Posted By wipekitty

Agreed - I've also had excellent service from...

Agreed - I've also had excellent service from Cygolite.

I've used Li-ion and Expilion front lights for over a decade. In that time, two bit the dust...but one of those was left out in the rain...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,529
Posted By wipekitty

Surprisingly...no. The last town I lived in...

Surprisingly...no.

The last town I lived in did not have a formal club, despite having a large and active cycling community. There were shop rides, weekend rides, early morning rides, gravel...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,942
Posted By wipekitty

That's kind of my strategy :lol:

That's kind of my strategy :lol:
09-08-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By wipekitty

My basic/most frequently used tools include: ...

My basic/most frequently used tools include:

Metric Allen keys
Small torque wrench with Allen bits (for carbon fiber frames/parts)
Small screwdriver
Cable cutter
Needle-nosed pliers...
09-08-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,371
Posted By wipekitty

We are in Durham :)

We are in Durham :)
Forum: Commuting
09-06-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 1,615
Views: 49,691
Posted By wipekitty

Left work at 6:45PM, and it was gorgeous. I'd...

Left work at 6:45PM, and it was gorgeous. I'd forgotten how big and green the trees are in the South, making it a little bit dark before it's actually dark.

I got a flat tire...a block from home!...
09-06-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,580
Posted By wipekitty

I haven't seen any snakes yet, but there are...

I haven't seen any snakes yet, but there are apparently copperheads in my new locale. I'm a bit paranoid about copperheads. I'm used to rattlesnakes, and at least understand how those work!
...
09-06-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,887
Posted By wipekitty

Just like everyone else, most of my repairs...

Just like everyone else, most of my repairs involve replacing wear items (tubes, tires, derailleur and brake cables, brake pads, chains) and truing wheels.

All of these items require only cheap...
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