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02-27-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 411
Posted By DrIsotope

Same. Part of my brain tells me it was a Murray,...

Same. Part of my brain tells me it was a Murray, while another part is like... but was it a Huffy?

It was a 20" BMX bike, of that I'm certain. It also had a numberplate and blue...
02-26-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By DrIsotope

Regardless of account age, you need 10 posts in...

Regardless of account age, you need 10 posts in order to post links (to stop spambots.) As this is a legitimate request, here's a photo assist:
...
02-26-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 641
Posted By DrIsotope

Amazing spectacles of pastoral beauty, collated...

Amazing spectacles of pastoral beauty, collated out of years of photographs? Nope. Snapshots of the roads I ride every single day, year in and year out? Yep.
...
02-26-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 97
Posted By DrIsotope

So long as it's a typical 11-speed freehub, an...

So long as it's a typical 11-speed freehub, an 11-speed cassette is an 11-speed cassette. Use whatever make/model has the cogs you like. I've used SRAM, Shimano, and Microshift, and can't really...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By DrIsotope

Kinlin XR31. 31 deep, 19 internal width. Tough,...

Kinlin XR31. 31 deep, 19 internal width. Tough, relatively inexpensive.

The Hunt Race Aero Wide ($449,) November FSW3 (discontinued?,) and ProWheelBuilder Signature Ventus (starting @ $350) are...
02-26-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

As I've said before and apparently need to say...

As I've said before and apparently need to say again, poor heart rate recovery after an activity of less than say 3 hours indicates a problem. Because unless it's 115 outside, or you left the house...
02-25-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,686
Posted By DrIsotope

I have the Sapim Polyax on my PWB Signature...

I have the Sapim Polyax on my PWB Signature wheelset. The rear hoop has been replaced twice due to damage, but the front wheel is completely untouched after nearly 20,000 miles. So I guess they must...
02-25-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By DrIsotope

My memory is apparently terrible at storing...

My memory is apparently terrible at storing weather data. Because I'll go out on a ride, and think wow, it sure was warm today. Then I'll look at the Strava for the same date the past few years,...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By DrIsotope

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I won't even mention my local conditions today, out of respect for your suffering.
02-25-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By DrIsotope

If you have the VCLS seatpost, you're gonna have...

If you have the VCLS seatpost, you're gonna have to buy the 7x9 clamps. The way those clamps hold the rails, there's simply no way to adapt it-- they grab directly from the sides.
02-24-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,795
Posted By DrIsotope

Zwifting indoors ≠ riding a bicycle outside. ...

Zwifting indoors ≠ riding a bicycle outside.

I pay as close attention to HRR as anyone, and can say that dehydration is factor #1...
Forum: Foo
02-23-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 222
Posted By DrIsotope

We only buy from the older girls now. The little...

We only buy from the older girls now. The little ones rely too much on the cuteness factor. For teens to stick with it shows some real commitment-- my daughter sold less boxes with every passing...
Forum: Foo
02-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 222
Posted By DrIsotope

My daughter was in Girl Scouts for six years. ...

My daughter was in Girl Scouts for six years. Imagine if you will, six weeks out of every year where there would be 15-18 cases of cookies in your house on any given day.

I probably...
02-22-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By DrIsotope

If I were the sort to go out of my way to travel...

If I were the sort to go out of my way to travel to these rides and pay for them, I would avoid the Solvang Century purely because of the Bandit Riders website they went ahead and set up.

Taking...
02-22-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 690
Views: 44,459
Posted By DrIsotope

I think it's pretty safe to say that the pictured...

I think it's pretty safe to say that the pictured trestle was at one point or another, on fire.

Wood trestles definitely in short supply here in SoCal.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,998
Posted By DrIsotope

I've got 20,000 miles on a CX frame that will...

I've got 20,000 miles on a CX frame that will never in all of its future days see a CX race. I ride that bike anywhere and everywhere, and the only thing it's missing is fender mounts-- and that's...
02-22-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By DrIsotope

Step one: Go to LBS. Step two: try on all of...

Step one: Go to LBS.
Step two: try on all of the helmets in your size. Don't look at the brands, don't look at the prices.
Step three: buy the one that feels the best.

If you're lucky, you're...
02-20-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,612
Posted By DrIsotope

The hot day was wayyyyyy worse than the cold one....

The hot day was wayyyyyy worse than the cold one. Because once I got into that heat, it never let up. I dunno how Strava figures the 109F average, as the thermometer never dropped below 112. ...
Forum: Foo
02-19-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 641
Posted By DrIsotope

Last time I took in crushed cans, it was right...

Last time I took in crushed cans, it was right around $200. Not nearly as good as a milk crate full of copper wire (which we pulled out while demo'ing the burned husk of a convenience store,)...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By DrIsotope

Maxxis Padrone with: Shimano Ultegra wheels,...

Maxxis Padrone with: Shimano Ultegra wheels, Shimano RS500 wheels, Kinlin XR31 wheels, and I'm assuming every other wheel on the planet. The toughest to mount tubeless tire I've ever encountered, by...
02-19-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 690
Views: 44,459
Posted By DrIsotope

That's a terrible font design. When I scrolled to...

That's a terrible font design. When I scrolled to it, I was like.. fang? lang? Ohhhh. Yang. And the font for the 2020 looks like the address to the building. Grade: D+.
02-19-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 690
Views: 44,459
Posted By DrIsotope

Very cool rabbit hole to fall into about the...

Very cool rabbit hole to fall into about the Muffler Men. Apparently this is the only one known to have that particular grip, with both palms down.

Sadly, the Mentone Muffler Man is not listed in...
02-19-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 608
Posted By DrIsotope

How many miles do you average between flats? If...

How many miles do you average between flats? If that number is small, there's no real need to ditch the tubes. In the "interseasonal" periods-- like say between when the tribulus terrestris have...
02-19-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 690
Views: 44,459
Posted By DrIsotope

A day late and a dollar short, as per usual. I'm...

A day late and a dollar short, as per usual. I'm pretty sure Paul Bunyan is fictional. This one has an axe and a bat. Easy, big fella.
...
02-19-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By DrIsotope

I should also clarify that I've never had a brake...

I should also clarify that I've never had a brake make an "all the time" screech, or any sort of unwanted noises. My carbon wheels sound like a jet engine on spooldown when I brake hard, but that's...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,100
Posted By DrIsotope

No difference in power readings for me between...

No difference in power readings for me between oval and round, but I have a Rotor INPower, so there is that.
02-19-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By DrIsotope

Speaking as a user of only dual-pivot calipers,...

Speaking as a user of only dual-pivot calipers, it doesn't matter. Pad material is of primary importance (the correct material for the wheel) and just getting the pads to make good contact with the...
02-18-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By DrIsotope

I've never toed-in a brake pad in my life.

I've never toed-in a brake pad in my life.
02-18-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 509
Posted By DrIsotope

My "average summer cycling heart rate" is...

My "average summer cycling heart rate" is probably 15bpm higher compared to cooler months. Regulating body temperature is tough business when it's very hot and very dry. And by dry I mean so dry...
02-18-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,379
Posted By DrIsotope

Get me an 11-speed Connex chain for less than $25...

Get me an 11-speed Connex chain for less than $25 a pop and we can talk. Until then, Connex chains are just too expensive. Nearly 4x the cost per mile over what I use now.
Forum: Foo
02-17-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 641
Posted By DrIsotope

You need to save up all them cans and road trip...

You need to save up all them cans and road trip 'em, Kramer style. Current aluminum can rate in my area is $1.85/lb.

But don't actually do that, though. It's apparently illegal here, just like...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,100
Posted By DrIsotope

^^^ This mirrors my experience. I also think...

^^^ This mirrors my experience. I also think there's something to the notion of "recruiting different muscles" through somewhat different pedal strokes. I just know that at least to my perception...
02-16-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,379
Posted By DrIsotope

Every single test done by Connex shows that the...

Every single test done by Connex shows that the chains made by Connex last the absolute longest... but they're so expensive, only the boutique chains like the KMC Diamond Coat cost more-- so the...
02-16-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,379
Posted By DrIsotope

I too get around 4 chains per cassette. Fifteen...

I too get around 4 chains per cassette. Fifteen chains would be over 45,000 miles per cassette, and simply does not seem like a thing that could ever happen... for me.

The Zinn test is nice in...
02-16-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 405
Posted By DrIsotope

I still have my old 520 (retired over 2 years...

I still have my old 520 (retired over 2 years now) and still have my older 500 (which was retired to make room for the 520.) For me, the sale value (particularly considering what eBay costs) on a...
02-15-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,300
Posted By DrIsotope

One wonders why the cops see the need to so...

One wonders why the cops see the need to so actively defend this sorta-intersection in the middle of nowhere. The cops are also parked on gravel, which dead-ends into trees in about 300ft. So it's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,226
Posted By DrIsotope

I use the same quick-link for the life of a...

I use the same quick-link for the life of a chain, removing and reinstalling it at least 10 times. It's fine.
02-15-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 949
Posted By DrIsotope

Those poor shoes have ridden the insert-tray in...

Those poor shoes have ridden the insert-tray in the dryer more times than I can count. Been fully submerged in creeks more than once, completely full of rain more than once, so full of mud that my...
02-15-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 949
Posted By DrIsotope

Counterpoint, luddites! My Diadora X-Vortex Pros...

Counterpoint, luddites! My Diadora X-Vortex Pros have two BOA closures on each shoe, and have well over 40,000 miles on them. They'd have more, but I got them for Father's Day in 2016.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,226
Posted By DrIsotope

No complaints at all about FSA Team Issue-- I...

No complaints at all about FSA Team Issue-- I put on a decent amount of miles, so $ per mile is significantly more important to me than possibly saving a third of a watt.

I do a two chain...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,100
Posted By DrIsotope

I am generally pleased with the asymmetric ring...

I am generally pleased with the asymmetric ring on my 1X bike, but I'm really curious to hear the opinions of people who have never used one, which I'm sure we'll get plenty of.

I would genuinely...
Forum: Foo
02-14-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By DrIsotope

Moved to Foo.

Moved to Foo.
02-13-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,112
Posted By DrIsotope

They need to rework their graphic. SoCal is...

They need to rework their graphic. SoCal is having the coolest February since 2012. We've usually gotten a few days in the 80s by now, but we got just the one. Woke up to 36 this morning. Winter,...
02-12-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 690
Views: 44,459
Posted By DrIsotope

Yeah, I could ride for an hour and submit at...

Yeah, I could ride for an hour and submit at least a dozen outdoor ATMs. We've even got those where it's a little drive up hut all on it's own, with just an ATM in it.
02-12-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,697
Posted By DrIsotope

So in simpler terms, this is a "how much speed...

So in simpler terms, this is a "how much speed can I buy" question. That question is a redirect from the core question, "why am I not faster?"

If you think the bike is slowing you down, you're...
02-12-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 690
Views: 44,459
Posted By DrIsotope

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I've been in...
02-11-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By DrIsotope

It smells like latex-- very similar to liquid...

It smells like latex-- very similar to liquid latex/ mold builder, which is to say, not great. No solvent smell to it at all.
02-11-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By DrIsotope

The absolute best "better than nothing" set of...

The absolute best "better than nothing" set of fenders is the PDW Sodapop (https://www.amazon.com/Portland-Design-Works-Sodapop-Fenders/dp/B003LR95BO?th=1&psc=1). Put 'em on or take 'em off in less...
02-11-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By DrIsotope

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, internal barometric altimeter,...

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, internal barometric altimeter, vs. the Strava estimate of total route elevation for my past five rides:

Bolt: 1,434ft; Strava 1,445ft (-0.7%)
Bolt: 2,238ft; Strava 2,306ft ...
02-11-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By DrIsotope

I'm pretty sure it was a targeted ad somewhere......

I'm pretty sure it was a targeted ad somewhere... Facebook, maybe? Like I said, Orange Seal has been the best so far, but I'm always looking for something better (and cheaper.) The head mechanic...
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