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Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 08:51 PM
07-16-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,695
Posted By wipekitty

Yes! I think gravel is where it's at for...

Yes! I think gravel is where it's at for genuinely fun events with a good vibe. Even cranky roadies seem to chill a bit when they get on the gravel (in terms of attitude, not riding).

I've heard...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 347
Posted By wipekitty

A couple years ago I did something stupid on a...

A couple years ago I did something stupid on a low-speed descent and ended up dumping myself (and my bike) into a ditch. I finished the remaining 65 miles of the ride. The next day, I rode to the...
07-15-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 497
Posted By wipekitty

You'll have easier gearing for going up hills in...

You'll have easier gearing for going up hills in the small chainring, but assuming the same rear cassette (gearing), you will have to spin very quickly to make the bike go the same speed in the big...
07-15-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 883
Posted By wipekitty

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't...

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't complain if I could get a good 25MPH draft... :lol:

I'd be really surprised to see these things last more than a week or two before disgruntled cyclists...
07-15-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 475
Posted By wipekitty

I started using this feature on Strava fairly...

I started using this feature on Strava fairly recently.

I ride a lot in the summer months and do not always realize that it's time for maintenance until a cable snaps halfway through a ride, so...
07-14-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 649
Posted By wipekitty

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear...

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear with bolt-on hubs, when boom! the rear tire flatted. No prob, I had my tools! Unfortunately, I had not checked to see what was in my pack...and my mini...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 18,639
Views: 3,685,842
Posted By wipekitty

We don't get fooled again... ...

We don't get fooled again...


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Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 489
Posted By wipekitty

Check the brake pads!

Check the brake pads!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 309
Posted By wipekitty

The Upper Midwest is heatin' up, and I'm...

The Upper Midwest is heatin' up, and I'm recovering from a little injury...so no big miles this weekend. I did get to test out my new aero road bars, which are pretty awesome!

Friday: Easy ride to...
07-14-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By wipekitty

I'd agree that the suspension forks on...

I'd agree that the suspension forks on entry-level bikes are not always the greatest and can cause more problems than they're worth.

The Trek would be a fine bike - if it fits you. If at all...
07-14-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,119
Posted By wipekitty

This is also very good. If you don't mind...

This is also very good.

If you don't mind sharing, where is this ride taking place? It sounds...fun.
07-14-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,119
Posted By wipekitty

This seems like a sensible plan. I've got a...

This seems like a sensible plan.

I've got a decent idea of the kind of ride you're talking about - we've done some similar adventures in the Driftless area, though gravel rather than dirt, but...
07-13-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By wipekitty

I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single...

I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single speed, the so-called 'Track' model. The frame is steel, and it's heavy but solid; I use it for commuting, SS/FG road riding, and have beat it up pretty...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 974
Posted By wipekitty

Check out the video recently posted in A&S......

Check out the video recently posted in A&S... :innocent:

Personally, I am biased against individuals who drive white SUVs. Sadly, seagull crap does not show up as well on white vehicles.
07-13-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a bit cranky with Strava at the moment. The...

I'm a bit cranky with Strava at the moment. The local leaderboards were getting a bit dramatic, so I decided to quit them. In the past, one could do this while keeping activities public; at some...
07-13-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,695
Posted By wipekitty

I prefer low-cost or free local events with...

I prefer low-cost or free local events with minimal or no support. Some super-local charity rides are in this category (e.g. rides to support a town library, local Lions Club.) Local gravel events...
07-12-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 568
Posted By wipekitty

I think that's a pretty nice bike. The gearing...

I think that's a pretty nice bike. The gearing range is slightly more limited than a standard road setup, but is absolutely fine for everything except for very steep climbs and very steep descents...
07-11-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 568
Posted By wipekitty

Agreed. A gravel/adventure bike might...

Agreed.



A gravel/adventure bike might be the ticket, so long as you are okay with drop bars. It will be a bit more built up for riding on rough roads, gravel, and non-technical dirt. You can...
07-11-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,131
Posted By wipekitty

Precisely why I did not ask the mods to delete......

Precisely why I did not ask the mods to delete... :innocent:
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 619
Posted By wipekitty

Winter bike...rusted! I had a few bad times...

Winter bike...rusted!

I had a few bad times with brake cables snapping on commutes, so at least keep up with that much.
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By wipekitty

My SO used to skate...we always joke that...

My SO used to skate...we always joke that longboards are for people who can't handle riding real skateboards.

It's probably not safe, but longboards are a bit more stable than regular skateboards....
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,491
Posted By wipekitty

I was until I wasn't. I commuted by bike and/or...

I was until I wasn't. I commuted by bike and/or mixed mode in the Denver area year-round for a couple of years (6, 36, or 66 miles RT), then year-round in southern California (6 miles RT) then made...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,976
Posted By wipekitty

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to...

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to block myself from looking at drumkit cymbals (not to mention custom drumsets), and my SO is constantly talking about the next guitar pedals and amps...
...
07-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,452
Posted By wipekitty

+1. My Pedro levers have been able to mount some...

+1. My Pedro levers have been able to mount some tires that led to all kinds of adult language with various other tire levers.
07-09-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By wipekitty

If you have the money, don't know a ton about...

If you have the money, don't know a ton about bikes, and just want to ride, go for a new one!

The bike shop will set you up with the best bike for your needs that is within your budget, and will...
07-09-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Posted By wipekitty

Short answer: Yes, the brakes you mentioned will...

Short answer: Yes, the brakes you mentioned will be compatible with your bike. Really, any of the Shimano road bike rim brakes will work (unless you're doing something really crazy, like changing out...
07-09-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By wipekitty

Cable routing with internally routed aero road bars

I'm planning to install aero road bars with internal routing on my road bike (currently using Shimano 5800). Putting the cables through the actual bar is pretty straightforward, but...

I'm not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 18,639
Views: 3,685,842
Posted By wipekitty

Aero road bars...

Aero road bars (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-components/factory-overstock/bontrager-race-lite-aero-drop-vr-cf-factory-overstock-road-handlebar/p/31100/?colorCode=black). This...
07-09-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,551
Posted By wipekitty

This puzzle is part of the reason why I will...

This puzzle is part of the reason why I will never have the funds to replace a bicycle simply because it is old. :lol:

I've certainly 'retired' bicycle frames due to structural issues, rust in bad...
07-09-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,311
Posted By wipekitty

Embrace the tan lines! Add in some bruises and/or...

Embrace the tan lines! Add in some bruises and/or road rash and you're walking out in style.

I really like to keep the whole cat theme going in every aspect of my life. From wearing gloves, I've...
07-08-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,845
Posted By wipekitty

Exactly this. Even if it's a bicycle...

Exactly this.

Even if it's a bicycle primarily used while riding street clothes, nobody other than another cyclist is going to notice or care one bit about the bar tape. If it's the Supercaz...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,065
Posted By wipekitty

Denise Mueller-Koronek got 183.9 last year. ...

Denise Mueller-Koronek got 183.9 last year.

I'm with you, though, that these records do not count.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,107
Posted By wipekitty

I rode my current road bike with the stock Tektro...

I rode my current road bike with the stock Tektro brakes for ~5,000 miles before upgrading to 105 (5800). The 105 brakes do have better stopping power and modulation.

The Tektro brakes are...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,645
Posted By wipekitty

Heh...I completely forgot that I had one of...

Heh...I completely forgot that I had one of those, albeit briefly. I thought it would be a fun cruising around town bike, but it was not.

My 1999 Schwinn MTB (my college bike) was not awful, but...
07-07-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,720
Posted By wipekitty

Good point. I forget that most people live in...

Good point. I forget that most people live in civilization and have cell service on their rides :)
07-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,720
Posted By wipekitty

That's actually pretty amazing. That said, a...

That's actually pretty amazing.

That said, a phone deserves protection relative to its value. I have cheap phones and therefore use a Ziploc (tm).
07-06-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,945
Posted By wipekitty

Ugh - I am there, right now. Injury was on...

Ugh - I am there, right now. Injury was on Tuesday; it seems to be just some muscle damage around the area, without anything fractured/broken this time. Riding the bike is easy. Getting on the bike...
07-06-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By wipekitty

That is precisely the 'heated discussion' to...

That is precisely the 'heated discussion' to which I was referring.

I honestly have no strong opinions on whether OPs should be allowed to delete their threads. I lean toward yes; but my general...
Forum: Southeast
07-06-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,073
Posted By wipekitty

Great info - thank you! It looks like the...

Great info - thank you! It looks like the Carolina Tarwheels have some nice group road rides - with the elevation profiles, I might even be able to hang with the faster guys/gals. I will not tell...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,140
Posted By wipekitty

2013-14 vs. 2018-19: which was colder? It seems...

2013-14 vs. 2018-19: which was colder? It seems like 2013-14 might have had a bit more snow, while the most recent winter was colder (in the midwest US, at least.)
Replies: 23
Views: 3,475
Posted By wipekitty

1,228 km in June, including two 100 mile rides. ...

1,228 km in June, including two 100 mile rides.

It will be interesting to see what July brings; the month has been off to a hot, humid, and rainy start.
Replies: 15
Views: 945
Posted By wipekitty

I've got to agree there. 44-17 is more of a...

I've got to agree there. 44-17 is more of a climb/roller gear for me; I'd be tempted by 46-17 or 44-16 on a flat route.
07-05-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,131
Posted By wipekitty

Just learned that only Titanium (premium) members...

Just learned that only Titanium (premium) members can delete their own threads!
07-05-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By wipekitty

Interesting! Now we know :)

Interesting! Now we know :)
Forum: Commuting
07-04-19, 10:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,529
Posted By wipekitty

Awesome plan. I've done well with older MTBs...

Awesome plan.

I've done well with older MTBs for winter riding. If you can handle a step-through ("women's" style) you should be able to get one, cheap. The ideal winter bike is one where the...
07-04-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,091
Posted By wipekitty

These are my reasons for shaving my arms as well...

These are my reasons for shaving my arms as well as legs. It's also easier to wash gnats off when they're not stuck in a bunch of hair.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 18,639
Views: 3,685,842
Posted By wipekitty

Almost forgot this one. Definitely a...

Almost forgot this one. Definitely a cycling-related purchase (as well as a moving and music related purchase).
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 18,639
Views: 3,685,842
Posted By wipekitty

Nice looking kit! I'm a newbie drummer myself -...

Nice looking kit! I'm a newbie drummer myself - just started in November (2018), and loving it! I figure I should probably learn to play and figure out my preferences before upgrading from my...
07-04-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By wipekitty

I knew that was coming! I cleared...

I knew that was coming! I cleared cookies/history/temp files and rebooted, and the result was the same. I also tried using the desktop site on my mobile device. Now this is bothering me because I...
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