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09-23-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 674
Posted By DrIsotope

I hear a lot of people talking about this "fall."...

I hear a lot of people talking about this "fall." There are even memes. It was only 94 today, so I guess that's close? We'll be back up over 100 for most of next week. We have summer, then...
Forum: Foo
09-22-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 333
Posted By DrIsotope

The benchmark for me was set by The Matrix. ...

The benchmark for me was set by The Matrix. Keanu Reeves was years from becoming an internet darling, and the movie was released with minimal promo, from a directing team no one had ever heard of....
09-22-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,695
Posted By DrIsotope

And your experience is every bit as anecdotal,...

And your experience is every bit as anecdotal, and provides absolutely zero evidence of any actual muscle-building. Perception of such? Sure. Repeated efforts over distance evaluated via power...
09-21-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By DrIsotope

FB targeted ads were coming at me hard with the...

FB targeted ads were coming at me hard with the Bisaddle for a few weeks. Never seen one, never known anyone who's tried one, and they are insanely expensive (and that's coming from someone with more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By DrIsotope

My Bolle had the outer-edge attachment like the...

My Bolle had the outer-edge attachment like the POC, absolutely no way to get the glasses outside the straps. With my past two Kask helmets the straps are flat against the face-- so glasses on the...
09-20-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,072
Posted By DrIsotope

Favorable winds the past two days-- winds from...

Favorable winds the past two days-- winds from the SSW are keeping the smoke from the El Dorado Fire up in the hills, while simultaneously pushing the smoke from the Bobcat Fire... somewhere other...
09-19-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By DrIsotope

That comes down to how handy you are. Mine were...

That comes down to how handy you are. Mine were horribly rattly out of the box-- turns out the little hinge pins that hold the armrests on were smaller than the holes in the bar brackets. I...
09-19-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By DrIsotope

Kool Stop V-Type...

Kool Stop V-Type (https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/KS-VBHDL/dp/B001T35RSC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=kool+stop+v-type&qid=1600525818&s=sports&sr=1-1)
09-19-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,695
Posted By DrIsotope

It's unlikely you've gained any muscle at all....

It's unlikely you've gained any muscle at all. You may have cut some subcutaneous fat, so there's the appearance of increased musculature. And as I and others have pointed out-- you're very new....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,598
Posted By DrIsotope

People putting Gatorskins (or any frozen hose of...

People putting Gatorskins (or any frozen hose of a tire) on $10k+ megasuperbikes will always be the benchmark of What?Why?! for me, so a handlebar bag (regardless of size) doesn't even come close.
...
09-18-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,695
Posted By DrIsotope

Not really. Typically* there is very little...

Not really. Typically* there is very little muscle gain or fat loss taking place on a bike-- the weight is coming off via diet. Track cyclists don't get massive legs from riding, they get those in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,117
Posted By DrIsotope

My optimum temperature for speed: 55F. ...

My optimum temperature for speed: 55F. Supposedly, the optimum temperature for running a marathon is between 49-52F, so maybe there's something to it.

I lose probably 1.5mph on average in the...
Forum: Foo
09-16-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,236
Posted By DrIsotope

The overflow tube is just that-- a tube. Put in...

The overflow tube is just that-- a tube. Put in a longer tube. Do whatever suits your mechanical aptitude to lengthen it. If that ends at "screwing things together," The Korky QuietFILL has a...
09-15-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,610
Posted By DrIsotope

Ah, perhaps BF's favorite ol' chestnut: the...

Ah, perhaps BF's favorite ol' chestnut: the False Dichotomy. Sigh.

I stated my opinion in post 11. It hasn't changed.
09-15-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,610
Posted By DrIsotope

Embracing the notion that "the best way" is to...

Embracing the notion that "the best way" is to simply cram as many gears as possible onto a bicycle sounds a bit to me like a marketing success. If memory serves me, the entire bicycling world made...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,454
Posted By DrIsotope

Softeners. My current choice for softening my wax...

Softeners. My current choice for softening my wax blend is Mr. Zogs, because they're cheap, I have entirely too many on hand, and they make my workshop smell like pina colada on chain waxing day.
09-15-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By DrIsotope

The only times I've witnessed Seasucker racks in...

The only times I've witnessed Seasucker racks in use have been on cars that would tend to indicate that the owner could afford to cover the costs of any catastrophe, if you get my drift. Like, that...
09-15-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By DrIsotope

That would save the OP about $85, as the 48/31...

That would save the OP about $85, as the 48/31 chainring combo (at least if you stick with Shimano) is about $140. That outer ring is absurdly expensive.

For me at least, $475 is a bit too much...
09-14-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,610
Posted By DrIsotope

Was it me? I hope it was me. I mean, my 1X...

Was it me? I hope it was me. I mean, my 1X Ritchey has 21,000 miles on it. It's done Onyx Summit, the IE to San Diego, it's been to the Grand Canyon, it's been everywhere. I've never felt...
09-14-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By DrIsotope

I have found nothing stating that the FC-RX810-1...

I have found nothing stating that the FC-RX810-1 has the second BCD holes on it for the sub-34 chainrings. It might, but Shimano doesn't mention it, nor does any retailer.

ST-RX810-L $250...
09-14-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By DrIsotope

Generally speaking, you'll get used to it-- or...

Generally speaking, you'll get used to it-- or more accurately, acclimate yourself to it. My neck would get really sore when I first got a road bike, but these thousands of miles later, it takes a...
09-13-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,610
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're set on a fat tire road bike, go 2X. ...

If you're set on a fat tire road bike, go 2X. You don't need a clutched RD, you don't need a 1:1 final for climbing, you don't need to worry about chain drops from riding washboarded fire roads.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,075
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're that strong, the bike weight shouldn't...

If you're that strong, the bike weight shouldn't matter. If you think 3lbs of bike weight is why other riders are ahead of you, then the upcoming reality check is going to be a harsh one... and...
09-12-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,072
Posted By DrIsotope

I guess we just have better conditions and...

I guess we just have better conditions and proximity to tanker crews, because our local fire is tiny compared to what's happening both in LA county and up in NorCal. So the IE has had pretty much...
09-12-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 552
Posted By DrIsotope

:foo: That's ummm... what the D2000 are...

:foo:
That's ummm... what the D2000 are specifically for-- demo work. Directly from Klein: "D2000 Diagonal Cutters are ideal for cutting ACSR, screws, nails, and most hardened wire."

I've...
09-12-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 552
Posted By DrIsotope

I've been using Shimano PRO Cable Cutters for 5+...

I've been using Shimano PRO Cable Cutters for 5+ years now and have absolutely no complaints. They cut cable and housing easily and without issue. Under $20.

I've been using the same pair of...
09-12-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,230
Posted By DrIsotope

Oh look, a study to show us what every parent has...

Oh look, a study to show us what every parent has known since their kids' first day of school. No prior illness can ever quite prepare you for what a kindergartner brings home.

So now we...
09-11-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By DrIsotope

For drop bars, yeah (outer ends of the...

For drop bars, yeah (outer ends of the clavicles.) For flat/riser bars, it's pretty much personal preference. You'll see guys on hybrids with sub-600mm bars, and guys on downhill MTBs at +800mm. ...
09-10-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 445
Posted By DrIsotope

That crank arm is destroyed. Never in my days...

That crank arm is destroyed. Never in my days have I seen a stripped HTII crank arm, nor can I recollect an instance of "triple failure," where the preload cap came loose, pinch bolts came loose, and...
09-10-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 4,579
Posted By DrIsotope

The El Dorado fire is about 10 miles east of me,...

The El Dorado fire is about 10 miles east of me, but how "present" it is depends on the winds at any given moment. So am I still riding? Absolutely. The AQI during the afternoon is usually bouncing...
09-09-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By DrIsotope

I got right around 9k miles out of a Praxis Works...

I got right around 9k miles out of a Praxis Works 50T. When replaced, it was worn to the point that the bike made a creaky groan sort of noise every time I took off from a stop, as the chain slid up...
Forum: Recumbent
09-08-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By DrIsotope

Isn't SRAM Eagle the only RD that can handle the...

Isn't SRAM Eagle the only RD that can handle the 10-50?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,075
Posted By DrIsotope

Just imagine how disappointed the OP will be...

Just imagine how disappointed the OP will be after spending $XXX dollars on "upgrades" only to find out he doesn't get noticeably faster. Removing four pounds of bike weight over a Florida 50k might...
09-07-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 932
Posted By DrIsotope

Looks like steerer tube or headtube failure, best...

Looks like steerer tube or headtube failure, best as I can tell from the grainy video-- front wheel comes back and shoves itself into the downtube, turns the bike into a catapult. The guy basically...
09-07-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By DrIsotope

Easiest in a stand: while the chain is on the...

Easiest in a stand: while the chain is on the big ring, grab it at around the 2 o'clock position and pull forward. If the chainring is a little worn, you'll be able to lift it a little, and see some...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,555
Posted By DrIsotope

The hoods on my road bike are probably around 1/2...

The hoods on my road bike are probably around 1/2 the angle of the photo in the OP.

The hoods on my CX bike (with 24 flared bars) have probably double the angle of the photo in the OP.

I...
09-05-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,169
Posted By DrIsotope

Seems to me that the seller's prices are...

Seems to me that the seller's prices are strangely high on everything. Maybe he doesn't really want to sell anything.
09-05-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By DrIsotope

BB86 = PF86. "Designed to be used with 24mm...

BB86 = PF86.

"Designed to be used with 24mm spindle diameter cranks (Shimano HollowTech II), but can also use GXP cranks in these. Some brands call this PF41, describing the frame shell diameter...
09-04-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 196
Posted By DrIsotope

You can patch it as you would a tube. On an MTB...

You can patch it as you would a tube. On an MTB tire, you could probably just slap a piece of Gorilla Tape on the inside of the hole. The most time consuming part of it is cleaning the area well...
09-04-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,438
Posted By DrIsotope

Some Chinese jerseys are garbage, some are...

Some Chinese jerseys are garbage, some are decent, and some lie in between the extremes. I don't know how pleased I'd be after getting a $12 jersey for $12, but hey, might get a season or two out of...
09-04-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,381
Posted By DrIsotope

In lighter news, the northern SART is now...

In lighter news, the northern SART is now uninterrupted from Hidden Valley to Waterman, as construction somehow magically finished the pipework along the 10 corridor before the posted November date...
09-04-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,694
Posted By DrIsotope

I didn't miss where the OP has some sort of...

I didn't miss where the OP has some sort of health condition that requires constant HR monitoring, did I? Because taking short, low-intensity E-bike rides, regardless of how many a day are ridden,...
09-04-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By DrIsotope

Another thread addressed this-- motors don't...

Another thread addressed this-- motors don't like dimmers. Motors want to have a specific amount of voltage and amperage at all times. Changing speeds via a dimmer (which is made only for light...
09-04-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 253
Posted By DrIsotope

I wouldn't recommend going any bigger than a 36T....

I wouldn't recommend going any bigger than a 36T. The 6700GS will clear it, but just doesn't have enough spring tension in it-- with a chain long enough to wrap a 40 or 42 in front and a 36T in the...
09-03-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 1,493
Views: 102,911
Posted By DrIsotope

I've been waiting and waiting on this one, as my...

I've been waiting and waiting on this one, as my two closest options involving Robin Hood are:

a montessori school 90 miles away
a motel on BIg Bear Lake, a scant 40 miles, but with 8,125ft of...
09-01-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By DrIsotope

I have a Selle Italia Novus Boost Gravel Heritage...

I have a Selle Italia Novus Boost Gravel Heritage Superflow on my CX bike, and aside from the dumb name, it's a great saddle, and very similar to the PRO Stealth or Spesh Power, just perhaps a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,449
Posted By DrIsotope

First: never look at a pro's bike for setup tips....

First: never look at a pro's bike for setup tips. They're a different species.
Second: if your knees, hips, and back are okay with it, your saddle height is probably fine. Could you put out more...
09-01-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,547
Posted By DrIsotope

As the kidz would say on the interwebz, GAINZ ...

As the kidz would say on the interwebz, GAINZ

I see one of two possible outcomes: he's either in the Tokyo Games come next summer, or his "training regimen" has him blow up like a balloon with a...
09-01-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,547
Posted By DrIsotope

Wanna know what you can do on a bike without a...

Wanna know what you can do on a bike without a motor? Ride a bike without a motor. <ANY> measured speed on an E-Bike is meaningless in the context of physical ability.

There's an old dude on a...
09-01-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,547
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, that would mean that you're doing +4W/kg...

Well, that would mean that you're doing +4W/kg constantly, every day. You should be getting paid to ride with those kinds of numbers.

I'mma just gonna hang out over here in reality, where my...
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