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Forum: Foo
07-12-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,866
Posted By Hypno Toad

The tech exists; and both the scammers and the...

The tech exists; and both the scammers and the communications companies are in bed together to fleecing users. It's basically a new protection racket.

Honestly, these phone companies get so damn...
06-27-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,332
Posted By Hypno Toad

I used Strava to map out a 100-mile route from...

I used Strava to map out a 100-mile route from Howell Island heading West on the Katy Trail - 506 ft of climbing. And that's going 'up'. Dang!!
06-27-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,332
Posted By Hypno Toad

We might have a winner ... at the very least, I'm...

We might have a winner ... at the very least, I'm impressed.


Also, I had to look up Perryton and got a laugh at the image on Google - "LESS AMERICA" ... what kinda godless commie town is...
06-27-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 22,027
Posted By Hypno Toad

Based on this post, should we go wreck every car...

Based on this post, should we go wreck every car on our block? These are the cars are kill 35,000 people in the US each year. It'd be kinda hard for autonomous vehicles to be worse than people...
Forum: Fatbikes
06-27-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,307
Posted By Hypno Toad

Maybe it's June and fatbikes are most popular for...

Maybe it's June and fatbikes are most popular for snow/winter riding ... but

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06-26-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,332
Posted By Hypno Toad

WOW!! That's flat and fast.

WOW!! That's flat and fast.
06-26-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,332
Posted By Hypno Toad

Elevation gain is a hard number to get, very few...

Elevation gain is a hard number to get, very few GPS devices are accurate. I use Garmin devices that use air pressure, which is worthless when a front is moving through. Simple mapping GPS (like...
06-26-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,332
Posted By Hypno Toad

Your Flatest Route - A Challenge

I started this thread earlier this week - https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1176500-i-might-flatlander.html - it got me thinking about a challenge: What's your flatest route? I'm...
06-24-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

I did dip my fingers in that lake ... with a...

I did dip my fingers in that lake ... with a kayak paddle. It was part of my unplanned North Shore Triathlon:

resort rental bike up Sawbill Trail (6.7 miles & 590 ft climb)
hike Oberg Mountain...
06-24-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

HA! I have to ride 25 miles over to St...

HA!


I have to ride 25 miles over to St Paul to find a Cat 4 - Ohio Street (https://www.strava.com/segments/647365). OTOH, we have a lot of short punchy hills. My typically rides are 20 miles...
06-24-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

You're telling me! For starters, 30-minute ride...

You're telling me! For starters, 30-minute ride on that tractor seat left my butt more sore than 20 hours riding across Minnesota :twitchy:

Seriously, people take these resort bikes for a ride and...
06-24-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

BTW - I should've pointed out, I don't think I...

BTW - I should've pointed out, I don't think I can find a Cat 2 climb in Minnesota or neighboring states. If you live in the area and know a Cat 2, please share. :thumb:

Edit/update/correction: I...
06-24-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

Thanks & thanks!

Thanks & thanks!
06-24-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

Odd image issue ... hmmm :foo: Second...

Odd image issue ... hmmm :foo:

Second attempt

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06-24-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 22,027
Posted By Hypno Toad

Frankly, the beacon thing is a losing tech for...

Frankly, the beacon thing is a losing tech for collision avoidance. A better option is on the road today:

(All cars sold by Volvo Car with a model year of 2014 or later is equipped with City...
06-24-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Hypno Toad

I might be a flatlander ...

Hanging out on the Lake Superior's North Shore, I was doing one of those dumb things I do when traveling ... drinking a beer and looking at Strava segments near me. So, I found that there is a Cat 3...
06-20-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,407
Posted By Hypno Toad

Thank you for the perspective. I live in a...

Thank you for the perspective.

I live in a bike friendly place; I've used a bike where it's better than Minneapolis, and I've used a bike in places much worse.

To the point of my fowl mouth,...
06-19-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,407
Posted By Hypno Toad

You know what infuriates me, people driving over...

You know what infuriates me, people driving over the speed limit*; people driving while distracted ** ... and all sorts of deadly behaviors while operating two or more tons of motor vehicle. People...
06-18-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,407
Posted By Hypno Toad

The only 'result' I care about is that the...

The only 'result' I care about is that the dangerous person is not longer a threat to my safety; I find the right words really help punctuate my point and remove the threat to my safety.

FYI -...
06-17-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,407
Posted By Hypno Toad

Putting themselves at risk ... ignore. Putting me...

Putting themselves at risk ... ignore. Putting me at risk while doing something dumb ... yes and typically including a couple colorful words to punctuate my thoughts.
06-16-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,414
Posted By Hypno Toad

Update: the HRM had been mostly better, but still...

Update: the HRM had been mostly better, but still reporting odd data from time-to-time. Like in the Royal (167-mile gravel grinder), I'd check the screen to see low heart rate while climbing. I could...
06-13-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,127
Posted By Hypno Toad

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,201
Posted By Hypno Toad

I ride with the Birchwood Wednesday night HILLZ...

I ride with the Birchwood Wednesday night HILLZ group. All the best hills are in St Paul .... and the worst road conditions!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,201
Posted By Hypno Toad

Are you riding in St Paul, MN? 'cause that's...

Are you riding in St Paul, MN? 'cause that's exactly my experience on the rough roads around St Paul (I've been on washboard gravel roads that's easier to ride than St Paul's paved roads. ). I took...
Forum: Foo
06-07-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,866
Posted By Hypno Toad

The YouMail ...

The YouMail (https://www.youmail.com/home/feature/stop-robocalls)app can give a non-working signal - I'm using this app and it's working well, can't recall the last robocall that got through. I get...
06-07-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

Oh fur cute ... while you're at it are you going...

Oh fur cute ... while you're at it are you going to get me a unicorn?

Also very inaccurate - just scroll up to see the GCN YouTube link, feel free to jump to 6:15 to see a drop test with a helmet...
06-06-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

Great, now I'm stuck in a rabbit hole of bike...

Great, now I'm stuck in a rabbit hole of bike helmet testing videos

V Tech third-party testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcXaNcDor_Y

GCN - Bell lab (great video showing test rigs and...
06-06-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

Throw Back Thursday: that time I was a calendar...

Throw Back Thursday: that time I was a calendar model (OK, it was about the car). Funny enough, this calendar photo bring a few things together, including MTS (I sold their test systems to the auto...
06-06-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

Excellent point, to impact the side of the...

Excellent point, to impact the side of the helmet, the launcher connection would require a 'hole' in the opposite side of the helmet ... and that hole would invalidate the helmet and the test data.
06-06-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

The angle of the impact is appropriate, the...

The angle of the impact is appropriate, the helmets orientation may or may not be appropriate depending on the point of the test.... For example, if the test is related to the hood of the vehicle and...
06-06-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

I'm clearly about safer drivers and safer cars...

I'm clearly about safer drivers and safer cars making people using bikes safer.

However, I'm sorry to sound like an a$$, but unless you've spent the time in school and industry you really...
06-05-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

I agree, the auto manufactures hold the...

I agree, the auto manufactures hold the responsibility for the 2 to 3 ton killing machine rolling around with texting-distracted drivers.

I see a few different things in the stories here - I'll...
06-05-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

I might be a "Homer" since we just put money down...

I might be a "Homer" since we just put money down on our 6th Volvo ... but I am a fan of Volvo for the strong history leading safety advances...
06-04-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,127
Posted By Hypno Toad

I can understand the confusion ... not too clear...

I can understand the confusion ... not too clear what is road and sidewalk (sidepath)

Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway gets cars on a regular basis. Very confused driver took car onto Midtown...
06-03-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

I spent 10 years in the automotive testing...

I spent 10 years in the automotive testing industry; I was always amazed (and generally confused) by the test methodology, the test engineers are doing amazing stuff taking real-world data and...
06-03-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,701
Posted By Hypno Toad

Volvo's 'World First' Bicycle-Helmet-Versus-Car Test Flags Helmet Safety Flaws

I'm just gonna leave this right here
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/06/03/volvos-world-first-bicycle-helmet-versus-car-test-flags-helmet-safety-flaws/#7f04c3fb6f6e
06-01-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,127
Posted By Hypno Toad

The local tap room had an anniversary party and...

The local tap room had an anniversary party and the party closed the block to cars and the bike Blvd.
...
05-31-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By Hypno Toad

Update: broke two MoFlo lids trying to remove the...

Update: broke two MoFlo lids trying to remove the poppet. Based on this image, I think I need the WaterGate lids to remove the poppet - the MoFlo doesn't appear to have a removable poppet (these lids...
05-29-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By Hypno Toad

Thanks! I was trying to pop the plastic cap,...

Thanks!

I was trying to pop the plastic cap, but wasn't having any luck. I give this another try, see if I can find a better tool. I figure it's 'kill or cure' time.
05-29-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By Hypno Toad

Cleaning Purist MoFlo Valve/Nozzle

Just cleaning up a clear cap and noticed something I can't see on the opaque caps (I mostly use the opaque caps and been blind to this trapped sand/dirt). I do a lot of wet gravel endurance rides*,...
Forum: Foo
05-28-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,866
Posted By Hypno Toad

It's a 'protection racket'. Service providers...

It's a 'protection racket'. Service providers don't stop the problem because they can profit from it. As if they don't get enough money out me every month. :mad:
05-25-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,547
Posted By Hypno Toad

New kit arrived today, see care instructions... ...

New kit arrived today, see care instructions... Does not say "hand wash"...
05-21-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,501
Posted By Hypno Toad

No, but it might be a freeway - Cedar Lake Trail...

No, but it might be a freeway - Cedar Lake Trail (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Lake_Trail).
...
05-20-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,303
Posted By Hypno Toad

Royal update: The rain was not a factor. A major...

Royal update: The rain was not a factor. A major storm front pushed through as I drove to the start line, but there wasn't a drop of rain during the 14 hours it took me to ride the 167-mile course....
05-17-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,303
Posted By Hypno Toad

I'm a fan of O2 Rainwear...

I'm a fan of O2 Rainwear (http://o2rainwear.com/2015/07/calhoun-jacket/) - they are based a few miles from my house. Their gear offer good water and wind protection, plus the material breather better...
05-17-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,303
Posted By Hypno Toad

Thanks! FENDER! Yes, that is a big miss on...

Thanks!

FENDER! Yes, that is a big miss on my list!

In the pic above, I had a PDW Mud Shovel, but Ray (in orange jacket & black helmet) said that it wasn't really helping with the spray off...
05-17-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,303
Posted By Hypno Toad

Wet Gravel Grinder Gear

I love gravel grinders, I typically ride one per month April to October every year. This means there is a good chance you'll be riding/racing in the rain. With that has come lessons in what wet...
05-13-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,547
Posted By Hypno Toad

Ride damage (saddle wear) and wrecks have retired...

Ride damage (saddle wear) and wrecks have retired nearly all my kits. Kits that haven't gone down in a wreck, I still have and use when I want to look 'retro'. Two photos of the Toad to make a point:...
05-03-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 11,868
Posted By Hypno Toad

At the risk of restarting this thread ... I want...

At the risk of restarting this thread ... I want to add details/clarification about the story in the OP: The day of the wreck, I saw the recently retired fire chief (he lives on our block) was...
05-02-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,547
Posted By Hypno Toad

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& I don't have time to...
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