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Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 541
Posted By daoswald

Home to light rail: 4.15 miles. Light rail to...

Home to light rail: 4.15 miles. Light rail to home: 5.33 miles (slightly different route). Work to home 2x/week: 18-21 miles depending on the route I take.

Elevation gain is the bigger factor:...
06-13-19, 11:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 433
Posted By daoswald

Stand up, do you still feel it? Probably just...

Stand up, do you still feel it? Probably just eliminated seat rails and post.

Swap the pedals with those plastic junkers the shop threw in with it on day one. Still feel it? Not the pedals.
...
06-12-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 976
Posted By daoswald

For an 8-year-old? Get an inexpensive light that...

For an 8-year-old? Get an inexpensive light that takes AAA batteries.

Why not wafer batteries? Because AAA are easier to pick up just about anywhere, and hard to mistake for the wrong one, and...
06-11-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By daoswald

The Edge 820 (replaced by 830 now) can do routing...

The Edge 820 (replaced by 830 now) can do routing on the GPS. The 520 Plus, I believe, requires routing be done on another device using the Connect app or Strava, and then having the routes uploaded...
06-10-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,779
Posted By daoswald

You won't know what you really want in a bike...

You won't know what you really want in a bike until you've put a few miles on, and by a few, I mean a few hundred or even thousand, over time. The DS would be a lower investment up front, and could...
06-10-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,581
Posted By daoswald

Nothing much to see; you've seen thousands of...

Nothing much to see; you've seen thousands of them:

I keep a heavy U-lock on a rack in the keycard-access bike cage at my office.

I usually ride without a lock. If I do plan to stop along the...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,138
Posted By daoswald

The constraints to consider are: Will...

The constraints to consider are:


Will the tires fit the frame clearances?
Will the tires fit the rim width?
Will the tires fit the rim circumference?
Will the tires work with the rim type...
06-03-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,308
Posted By daoswald

At work we have a chain-link key card access bike...

At work we have a chain-link key card access bike lockup in the parking garage. Security does a walk-by every 30 minutes and must scan a QR code inside the cage. In the cage most of us leave U-locks...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,428
Posted By daoswald

Haven't seen Cannondale Synapse mentioned. They...

Haven't seen Cannondale Synapse mentioned. They take up to 28mm and in newer models 30mm tires. Their geometry is very comfortable even on long rides, and yet they manage to be a responsive bike to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,081
Posted By daoswald

On my road bike I have speed and cadence sensors...

On my road bike I have speed and cadence sensors for my Garmin Edge 820. On my hybrid/commuter I do not. I do move the GPS from bike to bike, but I don't move the sensors: The cadence sensor is too...
06-01-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,252
Posted By daoswald

Of course. Front: L&M Taz series:...

Of course.

Front:

L&M Taz series: bright, good beam pattern, comes with a GoPro mount and a heavy duty bar strap mount. Sturdy construction. Heavy. Side marker lights operate partially...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,692
Posted By daoswald

Do the two way once a week, one way the rest....

Do the two way once a week, one way the rest. Begin adding two way days as you get comfortable with the initial plan.
05-31-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 562
Posted By daoswald

If your existing setup is, as an example, a 42/26...

If your existing setup is, as an example, a 42/26 and 11-34 (just made up numbers) then your existing max tooth count is 76t, and minimum is 37t. The chain must be long enough to accommodate up to 76...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,709
Posted By daoswald

Don't forget that handlebar height also impacts...

Don't forget that handlebar height also impacts saddle and lower back pressure.

In my case I tend to remove a spacer from the stack later each season, and put it back early the next season. As I...
05-29-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,252
Posted By daoswald

I've owned the following relatively modern lights...

I've owned the following relatively modern lights (I won't bore you with the older halogen lights I've had):


Light & Motion Urban 900 -- I thought it was great while it lasted. But eventually a...
05-25-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,556
Posted By daoswald

Ask the LBS if you can try it out on a bike...

Ask the LBS if you can try it out on a bike there.

I own a standalone gauge that I never use because it is really hard to get any kind of reading out of it (you have to align it perfectly on the...
05-23-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 483
Posted By daoswald

When does a helmet that has never had an impact...

When does a helmet that has never had an impact need to be replaced? I've been wearing the same one for years.

In the past few years two things could potentially have happened:


The materials...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,329
Posted By daoswald

Take the fenders off. Stop messing around with...

Take the fenders off. Stop messing around with something so frustrating. If you took them off and only rode on nice days at least you would be riding. When the fall comes, invest in quality fenders....
05-20-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 478
Posted By daoswald

The two common options are a master link, or a...

The two common options are a master link, or a pin. With a master link you take the two sides of the link and insert them through the chain ends, and with their pins nestled each into the opposing...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,686
Posted By daoswald

Lets say in back you have an 11-cog cassette. And...

Lets say in back you have an 11-cog cassette. And in front you have a double. Common choices are the 11-35t, 11-28t, 11-30t, 11-32t, and 11-34t.

With a 50/34 in front, and an 11-25 in back, your...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,146
Posted By daoswald

For me the must-haves are: A bike A...

For me the must-haves are:


A bike
A rack & pannier
A spare tube, and a pump, because even though it's only four and a quarter miles, that's farther than I would care to walk at the end of...
Forum: Foo
05-19-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,753
Posted By daoswald

The issue is that there's no new killer app. What...

The issue is that there's no new killer app. What that means is there's no big new feature that we have to have because it will change how we live our lives, and cannot be accomplished with existing...
05-18-19, 11:04 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,040
Posted By daoswald

I have a Topeak 18 for my commuter/hybrid, and a...

I have a Topeak 18 for my commuter/hybrid, and a Topeak 9 for my road bike. Both are good for on-the-road fixes but I wouldn't ever consider pulling them out of my saddle bag in the garage to do real...
05-18-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,362
Posted By daoswald

It's hard to get used to being considered "older"...

It's hard to get used to being considered "older" at 51, but ok, I'll participate.

To supplement my riding, I walk a bit, hike a bit, and lift weights at the gym consistently.

My lifting aims...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,301
Posted By daoswald

A modern cycling GPS will last the entire ride,...

A modern cycling GPS will last the entire ride, and probably several. Even touring all day it should last through the day without a charge. I have a Garmin Edge 820, which is as large as I am...
Forum: Foo
05-17-19, 11:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,876
Posted By daoswald

I've lived in, or spent a significant amount of...

I've lived in, or spent a significant amount of time in half of those cities. There's not a bad choice among them. Salt Lake City of 2019 is not Salt Lake City of 1988. You might discover it's got...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 01:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 837
Posted By daoswald

Ive ridden 23mm, 25mm, 28mm, 32mm, and 38mm. For...

Ive ridden 23mm, 25mm, 28mm, 32mm, and 38mm. For my pannier-toting hybrid 32mm is my preference. For my road bike, 28mm.
Forum: Foo
05-16-19, 11:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,052
Posted By daoswald

Hope he got an extended warranty.

Hope he got an extended warranty.
05-16-19, 11:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 921
Posted By daoswald

I was in the Philippines for a month without a...

I was in the Philippines for a month without a bike. Pretty hard to find a used bike there that would fit someone 6'3". So i went to the gym 3 to 4 times a week spending half the time on a stationary...
05-16-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,196
Posted By daoswald

Call the police to explain the encounter each...

Call the police to explain the encounter each time. After a few calls the police may realize they have a group of predators on that segment of path.

The post here should be edited to remove the...
05-15-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 9,636
Posted By daoswald

To a recreational / amateur cyclist riding more...

To a recreational / amateur cyclist riding more will make you faster. To a pro, already riding as many hours as the day permits, training smarter can help.

Also, slick tires help (that buzz you...
05-12-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By daoswald

To me what is worse is Construction Ahead, Closed...

To me what is worse is Construction Ahead, Closed to Cyclists. It means there will be no reasonable detour because 99.5% of the traffic is good to proceed. But there's no plan in place for cyclists....
05-11-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,777
Posted By daoswald

I was rear-ended by the LAPD bomb unit on a...

I was rear-ended by the LAPD bomb unit on a freeway on-ramp when the car in front of the car in front of me stopped. I didn't hit anything, was just rear ended by the LAPD heavy truck. It totaled my...
05-11-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,617
Posted By daoswald

There is also

There is also
05-09-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 976
Posted By daoswald

It may be an acceptable trade-off for you but a...

It may be an acceptable trade-off for you but a bike rack that touches the frame will, given enough miles, cause abrasion signs on the frame's paint / clear-coat / whatever.

When it is fender...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,655
Posted By daoswald

One might say there are two kinds of people;...

One might say there are two kinds of people; those plagued with flats, and those who seldom get them. The flat is a symptom, though. The disease is goatheads. There are those who ride among goathead...
05-06-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,245
Posted By daoswald

Wholesale bike sales are down sharply year to...

Wholesale bike sales are down sharply year to date in everything but eBikes:...
05-03-19, 01:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By daoswald

Used Audi, or new Yugo.

Used Audi, or new Yugo.
05-02-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,249
Posted By daoswald

I don't think a new derailleur would be an...

I don't think a new derailleur would be an unreasonable thing to add if the current one isn't meeting your needs. They're not terribly expensive. If you are swapping within the same model/year it's...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-19, 01:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,225
Posted By daoswald

GP4000s are great tires but puncture proof...

GP4000s are great tires but puncture proof commuters they are not. Just riding them for fitness training 100 to 140 miles a week last year I was flatting a couple times a month, usually from...
05-01-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,026
Posted By daoswald

I broke off the bottom inch of my 105 left triple...

I broke off the bottom inch of my 105 left triple shifter paddle too. To date the only solution I can find is to live with it unless I'm ready to shell out for a used brifter replacement, which is...
04-29-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,306
Posted By daoswald

50MPH. It is a lot easier to hit on a bike...

50MPH.

It is a lot easier to hit on a bike with slick road tires and drop bars, but I think the continuous 7-11 percent grades descending Little Cottonwood are enough to facilitate someone on any...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,250
Posted By daoswald

Many racks have a bracket to which lights and...

Many racks have a bracket to which lights and other accessories may be fastened.
04-28-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,706
Posted By daoswald

My difficulty with announcing my presence vocally...

My difficulty with announcing my presence vocally is that I have a voice that either sounds too soft to hear from a distance, or that sounds angry. I'm not announcing my presence in anger, but to...
04-27-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,306
Posted By daoswald

The implication is you are better than everyone...

The implication is you are better than everyone else who does look at speed: more disciplined, possibly stronger, not caught UP in pointless pursuits. We should all stop being so silly and aspire to...
04-27-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,306
Posted By daoswald

I've hit just over 50 a few times. It's pretty...

I've hit just over 50 a few times. It's pretty easy to hit coming down Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, UT. On a straight and clean road it's not too frightening. On a winding road it takes nerves...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-19, 12:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,082
Posted By daoswald

28mm GP4000s2 tires run 31mm on my Fulcrum Quatro...

28mm GP4000s2 tires run 31mm on my Fulcrum Quatro LD wheels. GP5000 tires run 27.5mm on the same wheels. I had 1.5mm clearance in back with the 4000, and had some signs of rubbing. I could drive a...
04-26-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,084
Posted By daoswald

If the cost to upgrade and restore exceeds the...

If the cost to upgrade and restore exceeds the price you would pay for a replacement bike in similar (after restoration) condition, the expenditures are based on sentiment rather than practicalities....
04-26-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,255
Posted By daoswald

I'm sure endorphins have something to do with it,...

I'm sure endorphins have something to do with it, but for me it's also the sense of adventure, sense of accomplishment from going somewhere at some distance without a car, the feeling of being...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 25,093
Posted By daoswald

My hybrid has disks, my road bike rim brakes....

My hybrid has disks, my road bike rim brakes. I'll go with whichever is most available when I upgrade to a newer road bike, which won't be any time soon. Disks are grippier, rims are simpler. Pros...
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