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Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,047
Posted By CoogansBluff

I've never worn gloves. Just figured they're more...

I've never worn gloves. Just figured they're more trouble than they're worth. 1. They cost money. 2. They get lost. 3. They have to be washed and taken care of. And what's the payoff? I know it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,071
Posted By CoogansBluff

I should've mentioned that as another possible...

I should've mentioned that as another possible explanation. Some stretches of my ride have been newly paved. That's a gift to bike riders.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,071
Posted By CoogansBluff

Maybe 7-8 minutes, or 1.2 mph. I don't mean that...

Maybe 7-8 minutes, or 1.2 mph. I don't mean that much faster than I've ever gone that distance, but that much faster than recent typical times. And noticing that I was going faster encouraged me to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,071
Posted By CoogansBluff

Yeah, the tire pressure might be something I've...

Yeah, the tire pressure might be something I've not considered enough. People frequently throw out numbers that they think are best, but the optimum is going to differ from rider to rider. Maybe even...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,071
Posted By CoogansBluff

Things that suddenly make you faster or slower

The past couple of solo rides that I've made (30-35 miles), I've found myself going significantly faster. And while the purpose of riding isn't speed improvement, I'm still always curious as to what...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,808
Posted By CoogansBluff

Not saying my experience trumps all, but having...

Not saying my experience trumps all, but having biked frequently on MUP's, I cannot recall a single dangerous incident that I would attribute to someone wearing headphones while walking or biking. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By CoogansBluff

Cables have been replaced not long ago, so while...

Cables have been replaced not long ago, so while that's possible, given its young age, I doubt that it's fraying (yet). When not working, it's not stubborn to go to the smallest cog per se, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By CoogansBluff

It's 2 years old. It worked fine today. LB...

It's 2 years old. It worked fine today. LB degreased but also lubed. Then when it began failing, I degreased again without lubing. And now it seems to be working again.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By CoogansBluff

I'll have to check to see if Shimano. Most likely...

I'll have to check to see if Shimano. Most likely yes. It's a Specialized Roubaix. Wonder what caused it. Store it in garage, but no dryer there. I sweat quite a bit, so wonder if that might've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By CoogansBluff

Shift lever acting up

The lever that controls shifting into lower (smaller) gears in the cassette is not working much of the time. Took it to bike shop. They sprayed de-greaser in there, and it seemed to fix it for my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 7,698
Posted By CoogansBluff

For those saying a bike is a bike, how much money...

For those saying a bike is a bike, how much money did you spend on yours? Unless you spent the least of anyone on this board, then by your own definition, you spent too much.

IMO, a bike is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,943
Posted By CoogansBluff

You could keep a soft wash rag in your pocket.

You could keep a soft wash rag in your pocket.
06-09-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,849
Posted By CoogansBluff

Happens more likely in middle gears and smaller...

Happens more likely in middle gears and smaller chainwheel. It also seemed to happen more toward the end of the ride, fwiw. I might take it back to shop and get a second adjustment.
06-08-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,849
Posted By CoogansBluff

Any signs that this cassette would need...

Any signs that this cassette would need replacing?
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06-08-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,849
Posted By CoogansBluff

I'm having a similar issue. Just got a new chain...

I'm having a similar issue. Just got a new chain and new derailleur, plus new cables and wiring. The cassette is maybe 6 months old. The skipping was really bad on the first ride. Took it back...
06-07-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,430
Posted By CoogansBluff

I'd rather the biker say nothing as long as...

I'd rather the biker say nothing as long as he/she keeps a safe distance and speed. As a biker, that's how I approach adult pedestrians unless they are with pets or children.

However, I can see...
05-23-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,528
Posted By CoogansBluff

I've never seen criminal activity while riding...

I've never seen criminal activity while riding except for traffic violations and perhaps lately some social gathering infractions.




My plan for when I see a robbery is to engage in social...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,920
Posted By CoogansBluff

Not that it would influence anyone you're...

Not that it would influence anyone you're debating, but since someone asking for numbers said ''You're far more likely to be killed or injured ... driving a car,'' you also could point out that there...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,920
Posted By CoogansBluff

I sent you a message.

I sent you a message.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,920
Posted By CoogansBluff

I wonder what our friendly motorists would think...

I wonder what our friendly motorists would think of a train of 10 riders, each spaced 60 feet apart, stretching two football fields.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,920
Posted By CoogansBluff

My N.C. club is resuming group rides

I was surprised to get the announcement this morning that the main club that I ride with is resuming group rides as early as this weekend.

I realize group rides are occurring in some parts of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,773
Posted By CoogansBluff

Not saying you're wrong, as you've been riding...

Not saying you're wrong, as you've been riding longer than I have, but if clipless pedals don't make me faster, then I should've stayed with platform. :)

I fell 3-4 times the first week while...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,721
Posted By CoogansBluff

Yes, I remember falling on my first ride or two...

Yes, I remember falling on my first ride or two in clipless pedals for this very reason. Also, a few months ago, my chain came off while going up a steep hill. I'd just come off a steep downhill, so...
04-20-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 28,693
Posted By CoogansBluff

To be hypocritical, you must compare the reaction...

To be hypocritical, you must compare the reaction to two similar things. I might argue that Covid-19 is different.

1. Covid-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States.
2. There is...
04-19-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 28,693
Posted By CoogansBluff

Agree about the paths, too crowded. I've been...

Agree about the paths, too crowded. I've been seeing probably twice the number of solo riders on the roads around here (Raleigh). But today was the first time since the governor's stay-at-home...
04-19-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 28,693
Posted By CoogansBluff

Excellent point. I should've thanked them for...

Excellent point. I should've thanked them for their service.
04-19-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 28,693
Posted By CoogansBluff

Don't know if this is the thread to post this...

Don't know if this is the thread to post this observation, but I passed what appeared to be about a 7-person group ride today. Then 2 other riders about 1/5 mile back who may or may not have been...
01-16-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By CoogansBluff

More bike miles than car miles in 2019

Anybody have more miles on their bike than car last year? I'm sure it's not unusual, but curious to see how common. Just discovered that I did. I feel grateful that I work from home, which limits...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,589
Posted By CoogansBluff

Are you talking about the American Tobacco and...

Are you talking about the American Tobacco and Neuse River? Technically, one is 22 miles one way (7 hard gravel) and the other 33, all paved. But yes, these are great assets. I wouldn't think many...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,925
Posted By CoogansBluff

It was a ride of about 17-18 riders, and a few...

It was a ride of about 17-18 riders, and a few did start elsewhere. I don't know if those were among the ones that reported their times.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,925
Posted By CoogansBluff

Yeah, that happens. Wouldn't think that would...

Yeah, that happens. Wouldn't think that would cause that much difference on a longer ride (30-50 miles). But maybe so.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,925
Posted By CoogansBluff

I assumed that everybody is working w/ a device...

I assumed that everybody is working w/ a device that is measuring average speed when not stopped. But could be wrong.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,925
Posted By CoogansBluff

Why are average speed readings so different on group rides?

Did a group ride today. We pull into to our rest stop and I hear people sharing their average speeds, as we seemed to be pushing it quicker than usual, so folks got curious. One says 18.2, another...
10-25-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 136
Posted By CoogansBluff

How to program LED light combo Zecto Drive

Bought one of these this week but can't figure out how to program it. It has a buttom on the top (can be seen in the photo below at the top of the device). The light comes on when I hold down the...
09-19-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

No one said ''doesn't take much practice.''...

No one said ''doesn't take much practice.'' Instead, someone said ''through hard work.''

Might this explain some of the harsh reaction to what others have called an innocuous comment? That some...
09-13-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

Let me add that I agree there are many skills...

Let me add that I agree there are many skills involved in group riding on the road. In one year of group riding, I've gotten (and solicited) many great tips on drafting, cornering, cadence and on and...
09-13-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

According to this, there are about 65 percent...

According to this, there are about 65 percent more cyclists than tennis players in the U.S.
...
09-13-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

Not that I relish fanning the flames, but I had...

Not that I relish fanning the flames, but I had this thought/question as I was riding yesterday.

There are thousands and thousands of people who make a living teaching tennis in the U.S. Same...
09-12-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

Keep in mind that I didn't say to ''reach an...

Keep in mind that I didn't say to ''reach an equivalent level of competency.'' I said ''riding with'' and ''being on the court with.'' IMO, a cyclist who jumps into the sport and starts riding...
09-11-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

Agreed. I don't mean to come across as saying,...

Agreed. I don't mean to come across as saying, 'The reason I like biking is that you can be great at it in no time at all.'' In fact, to be elite, you've got to be an athlete athlete like any other...
09-11-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

What you're quoting me on there is a pretty broad...

What you're quoting me on there is a pretty broad description. It could include world-class cyclists, or just one of the faster groups in a local club. I'm not sure what I'm missing. I assume cycling...
09-11-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

Would you argue that cycling requires more skill...

Would you argue that cycling requires more skill development than tennis?
09-11-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

I'm sure those things do require strong skills. I...

I'm sure those things do require strong skills. I might could've worked it better. No slight meant to cycling.

Just saying that IMO it would take a person much longer to become an above-average...
09-11-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,944
Posted By CoogansBluff

An underrated aspect of cycling as a sport is ...

that cycling doesn't require an inordinate amount of skill development in order to be pretty good at it.

I played tennis much of my life. I'm in my 50s now. If I had started tennis in my 50s,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,117
Posted By CoogansBluff

I'm afraid so. He passed on Aug. 16.

I'm afraid so. He passed on Aug. 16.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,117
Posted By CoogansBluff

Oops, yeah, meant Springsteen. Edited. 'Born...

Oops, yeah, meant Springsteen. Edited.

'Born to Be Wild' would definitely be up there. Just watched Easy Rider a couple of week ago in tribute to Peter Fonda.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,117
Posted By CoogansBluff

If you were to listen to music ...

OK, you're at a crossroads here. You can write about how one should never listen to music while on the road, or how you'd rather have silence regardless.

But let's imagine for a minute that you...
08-30-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,444
Posted By CoogansBluff

In a twist of irony, I've actually met the...

In a twist of irony, I've actually met the referenced ballplayer Wade Blasingame, but never seen this skit.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By CoogansBluff

Great point. Hadn't thought of that. I think...

Great point. Hadn't thought of that. I think early mornings are sometimes harder (for me, anyway) because it's harder to be hydrated after sleeping 8 hours than if you're anticipating a 6 p.m. ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By CoogansBluff

Peak (and flat) performances

What factors contribute to having a really strong, or really not so strong, ride on any given day for you?

I ask more for curiosity, as I don't race. But part of my enjoyment of any sport/hobby is...
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