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Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-16, 10:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,126
Posted By SpikedLemon

Ditto. Make very sure you take the full lane...

Ditto.

Make very sure you take the full lane though. Some inconsiderate drivers will assume they can 'safely' pass you within your lane in the roundabout.
09-23-16, 10:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,579
Posted By SpikedLemon

Agreed that improvement is what's important to me...

Agreed that improvement is what's important to me too.

I use Strava to track myself. While it's fun to see what everyone else is doing on segments (sometimes depressing) I use it to track the...
09-22-16, 10:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,284
Posted By SpikedLemon

I'm not sure who'd be saying 'hybrid bikes are...

I'm not sure who'd be saying 'hybrid bikes are junk'. My wife rides one and we got it for the sole reason that she wanted a lighter bike than her old MTB, liked the idea of a road bike but wanted a...
09-22-16, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,131
Posted By SpikedLemon

I've got both a road & MTB. I ride the road bike...

I've got both a road & MTB. I ride the road bike 99% of the time.

It's both my commuter as well as my weekend ride. Handles potholes, poor roads, limestone trails (and some less-than-stellar...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-16, 10:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By SpikedLemon

That's my experience with motorcycle boots in the...

That's my experience with motorcycle boots in the rain as well. You need to get a tall enough boot and good enough waterproof pants to get the overlap (pant over boot) that'll keep it from happening.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,712
Posted By SpikedLemon

I wish I could say my SS was on the road. I love...

I wish I could say my SS was on the road. I love the look and sound of it. I have an '03 900Sport in the garage that's not been ridden in far too long due to some kind of Italian issue (doesn't want...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-16, 11:46 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,009
Posted By SpikedLemon

Perhaps it's me: I zone out on both about 5...

Perhaps it's me: I zone out on both about 5 minutes into it. The discomfort thoughts usually start after I stop (and return just before I think about waking up early to go for a run). The faster...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-16, 10:23 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,009
Posted By SpikedLemon

I started running because I wanted something to...

I started running because I wanted something to do in the winter. I hate being indoors, I hate the cold and I hate the darkness - but I needed to do something outside (rather than indoors). It's been...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-16, 02:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,880
Posted By SpikedLemon

Much of that has to do with being detail oriented...

Much of that has to do with being detail oriented and ensuring everything is properly adjusted.
A poorly adjusted chain is likely to be noticed if you're cleaning the chain regularly.

That being...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-16, 02:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,878
Posted By SpikedLemon

Interesting that the Campy versions of both the...

Interesting that the Campy versions of both the Vento & Khamisin have differing number of spokes between the G3 & traditional spoked versions of the wheels. (24 vs 20)
It may explain why Campy...
09-13-16, 10:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,606
Posted By SpikedLemon

I hate running. Been at it for almost a year and...

I hate running. Been at it for almost a year and still hate it. There's no 'high' except when it's over and I can walk in the front door and get that cold glass of water I'm craving.

Never...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-16, 10:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,269
Posted By SpikedLemon

Just throwing it out there but if you are...

Just throwing it out there but if you are considering some light trail riding that you look at a Cyclocross bike. It'd be mostly road-bike worthy but will accept larger tires that'll behave better on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-16, 02:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,269
Posted By SpikedLemon

I'll second the comments above by LGHT - look for...

I'll second the comments above by LGHT - look for leftover stock to maximize the bang for your buck.

Are you keeping the Roam or is this new bike to replace it?
And, as an extended question,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-16, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By SpikedLemon

My guess too. I was hoping someone had a...

My guess too. I was hoping someone had a measurement that I could use for reference to check mine.

The stamped numbers did not have GS or SS. Model was noted but I added year.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-16, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By SpikedLemon

Short Cage vs. Mid Cage - Measurement to check?

Does anyone have a measurement of the arm that I could use for reference to check if mine's mid or short?

I've got a 2014 Cannondale Synapse Tiagra. There's no SS or GS stamped on the derailleur...
08-29-16, 08:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,045
Posted By SpikedLemon

This. Keep at it. For an interesting read:...

This.
Keep at it.

For an interesting read: look up a training plan for a Couch to 5K running program (C25K) online. Apply similar methods to riding a bicycle.
08-25-16, 12:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,522
Posted By SpikedLemon

I'm no prude: drink all you want for I care (just...

I'm no prude: drink all you want for I care (just don't drink and drive). I have used a local brewery as a destination on some of my rides to get a fresh pint when I'm having a good day out.

The...
08-25-16, 12:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,522
Posted By SpikedLemon

I love beer. As for volume: I found that I...

I love beer.

As for volume: I found that I would drink a lot less of it when I force myself to drank a big glass of water first. I was simply thirsty and using beer to quench it. Try a large glass...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-16, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,924
Posted By SpikedLemon

The Free Shipping is what really tips the scales...

The Free Shipping is what really tips the scales at that price. Thanks for the lead.

The Campy versions of the same wheel (Shimano comp) are actually cheaper than the Fulcrums.



I wanted to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-16, 12:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,924
Posted By SpikedLemon

I think you're right. I will definitely keep an...

I think you're right. I will definitely keep an eye out for deals on it.

I just got a call from the LBS that the prior shop that repaired it did not note or address the damage from the chain (I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-16, 10:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,924
Posted By SpikedLemon

Fulcrum Racing 5/7 LG opinion?

I've popped my last spoke on my OEM rims for my liking and am shopping for new wheels on a budget.

Most (read: all) of my riding is recreational but I'm on the heavier side of the 'line'...
08-05-16, 03:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 726
Posted By SpikedLemon

Some of my LBS' offer 'classes' on basic...

Some of my LBS' offer 'classes' on basic maintenance. They'll show you how do to some of these basics like adjust brakes, change tires and, otherwise, keep you rolling.

There's also a local CoOp...
08-02-16, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,851
Posted By SpikedLemon

I just find bibs more comfortable... Something...

I just find bibs more comfortable... Something about keeping everything in its place.

I never have to think about my jersey riding up (or shorts sliding down) - though, mind you, the silicone...
07-11-16, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 733
Posted By SpikedLemon

I have a spare tire. When I ordered a replacement...

I have a spare tire. When I ordered a replacement rear: I ordered two tires so that I have a 'new' as my spare.

I've thought about having my old tire as a "just in case" tire but I considered that...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-16, 11:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,730
Posted By SpikedLemon

I just buzz my hair short enough that it doesn't...

I just buzz my hair short enough that it doesn't matter.

Never have to dry, style or worry about it.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-16, 10:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,299
Posted By SpikedLemon

I love the ride to the brewery myself. I've one...

I love the ride to the brewery myself. I've one just slightly off my normal weekend route.

A nice 15km ride, sit at the bar for a beer (enduring funny looks from bike kit), and then take the long...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-16, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By SpikedLemon

Most roadies give me funny looks (usually a...

Most roadies give me funny looks (usually a scowl). All my kit is super-hero themed.
Other bikers smile.
TFB.

If they can't get over the way you look: that's their problem not yours.
06-24-16, 10:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,403
Posted By SpikedLemon

My daughter has training wheels. Why? Because all...

My daughter has training wheels. Why? Because all her friends had them and she wanted to be just like them.

If she doesn't learn to ride without them until she's 5: she's still happy.
Forum: Commuting
06-23-16, 10:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,696
Posted By SpikedLemon

This: Velotransit. ...

This: Velotransit.
https://www.velotransit.com/collections/waterproof-cycling-backpack

Mine's several years old. I've a custom sleeve for my laptop and I was the instigator for the tumbler side...
06-21-16, 10:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,438
Posted By SpikedLemon

I'm on 25's and don't like when gravel is strewn...

I'm on 25's and don't like when gravel is strewn across the road - let alone riding down a gravel road (which I've done - but not, exactly, happily or without choosing the right path).
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-16, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,111
Posted By SpikedLemon

I don't wear gloves on my road bike unless it's...

I don't wear gloves on my road bike unless it's cold. I'd rather the breeze.

I have a pair of full-fingered motocross gloves that I wear with my MTB that I'll use on cold days.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-16, 08:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,028
Posted By SpikedLemon

Hard. Unbelievably hard. Your first pothole will...

Hard. Unbelievably hard. Your first pothole will make you think you've shattered either your bike or yourself. (You likely won't, of course)

But the lightness, responsiveness and speed will open...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-16, 01:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,604
Posted By SpikedLemon

To me: this article reeks of "Western"-isms....

To me: this article reeks of "Western"-isms. (pardon the pun). Go to a 3rd world country and you'll be hit by the wall of people-odor. The "unwashed masses" don't smell of roses.

There's also a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-16, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,725
Posted By SpikedLemon

As I mentioned in my earlier post: my Synapse...

As I mentioned in my earlier post: my Synapse does not fit a 28. But I've a 2014.



Perhaps they changed the rear end of the bike... I wouldn't mind using 28's for a little more float on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-16, 10:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,712
Posted By SpikedLemon

Ditto. Same bike but I think mine's a 2014. ...

Ditto. Same bike but I think mine's a 2014.

Never felt inadequate and never made to feel inadequate by others (except I've had ribbing on my choice of kit... but, seriously, who doesn't like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-16, 10:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,725
Posted By SpikedLemon

I can't speak for the Roubaix but I've a Tiagra...

I can't speak for the Roubaix but I've a Tiagra Synapse. I've really enjoyed it - I picked it because it was a deal on a last-season leftover.

I tried a 28 tire on the rear and it would rub so I...
06-10-16, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
Posted By SpikedLemon

Thanks for all the advice. The quick...

Thanks for all the advice.

The quick sight-line of the deraileur is that it appears to be aligned. I used pliers to close the guide on the lower jockey wheel without any issue.
Tightening down...
06-07-16, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
Posted By SpikedLemon

Yep. And, on the side of the road, I was grateful...

Yep. And, on the side of the road, I was grateful for the kickstand on my road bike (apparently another faux pas)





Absolutely agree.
I can't think of anything that would have damaged it to...
06-07-16, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
Posted By SpikedLemon

Rear derailleur (derailer) adjustments - after chain stuck in wheel

I'm looking for advice on the rear derailleur adjustment (10spd Shimano Tiagra). I've now tossed the chain into the wheel twice (I got it jammed between the cartridge and the plastic disk to protect...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 712
Posted By SpikedLemon

I swapped out the pads on my OEM Tekros on my...

I swapped out the pads on my OEM Tekros on my Synapse (to BBB). It went from marginal to better.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 01:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,319
Posted By SpikedLemon

Hey now. That keeps my arse warm with my winter...

Hey now. That keeps my arse warm with my winter kit.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 01:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,319
Posted By SpikedLemon

What if I'm wearing my MTB helmet on my road...

What if I'm wearing my MTB helmet on my road bike?

And, yeah, I'm with you on the white shorts.




Yes.

Except for superhero kit.
Forum: Commuting
06-01-16, 10:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,991
Posted By SpikedLemon

I like the Underarmour stuff and Nike stuff I...

I like the Underarmour stuff and Nike stuff I have: it breathes well for me. I pick it up from Winners/Marshalls.
I have a REebok one but it's partly insulated for cooler weather.

I've got some...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-16, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,154
Posted By SpikedLemon

Bidon is a water bottle? oooooooooohh... Here I...

Bidon is a water bottle?
oooooooooohh... Here I was thinking it was some way you were asking with which I adjust my junk under my bibs.

I use my left. For both.


I have right-hand front-brake...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-16, 12:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,243
Posted By SpikedLemon

Bedbugs. Ugh. I shower in the morning before...

Bedbugs. Ugh.

I shower in the morning before I leave. My commute is about 10km for the shortest route (6 miles) - though I'll often take the 15km route (9mi).

I take a 'prostitute's shower'**...
05-25-16, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,671
Posted By SpikedLemon

I went the Canadian Tire route quite some time...

I went the Canadian Tire route quite some time ago.
I rode it quite a bit. Not knowing what else is out there: I just wanted a bike that I could ride - and was cheap. It did the trick and has...
05-25-16, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,463
Posted By SpikedLemon

I just had a spoke replaced on mine. Drive side...

I just had a spoke replaced on mine. Drive side rear. I'd also put quite a bend into the rim at the same time.

I'm not sure the exact culprit but it's likely one of my regular route's streets'...
05-13-16, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,842
Posted By SpikedLemon

Get a bike that's comfortable for you first -...

Get a bike that's comfortable for you first - towing second.
I tow a double-trailer with my road bike (Synapse) and, while I sometimes wish I had a lower gear for hills, it does the job with both...
05-05-16, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,450
Posted By SpikedLemon

I pull a kid trailer with the same style...

I pull a kid trailer with the same style connection with my road bike. I'm closer to the 220ish range but, not knowing your dog, i'll tow both kids (~20lb & 50lb) in the trailer.

I did, this...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,200
Posted By SpikedLemon

I rarely use the drops and more often then not...

I rarely use the drops and more often then not rest with my hands on the hoods.
I'll switch it up every so often and turn my hands around on the hoods (fingers forwards, fingers on the brakes,...
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