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Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 422
Posted By DrIsotope

This must be a top-loader thing, because I've...

This must be a top-loader thing, because I've never had anything get tangled at all, much less like what's pictured above-- and some of my bibs have been through the (front load) washer 100+ times. ...
04-06-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 513
Posted By DrIsotope

MUPs are bad because a great many people live in...

MUPs are bad because a great many people live in their own bubbles-- bubbles in which no other person or thing exists. They let the dog out to the absolute extent of the retract-o-leash with one...
Forum: Foo
04-03-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 323
Posted By DrIsotope

I went to one grade school, one middle school,...

I went to one grade school, one middle school, and one high school. I've never lived in a house more than 25 miles from the hospital in which I was born. I've lived on the same street for 29 years. ...
04-01-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 463
Posted By DrIsotope

Second to the dogs-- who have previously never...

Second to the dogs-- who have previously never been out on walkies and are now out multiple times a day-- are the wibbly-wobblers, the erstwhile shut-ins that haven't turned the pedals on a bike...
04-01-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 463
Posted By DrIsotope

I haven't touched a MUP/MUT since this whole...

I haven't touched a MUP/MUT since this whole thing started. They used to be abandoned, now everybody is out on 'em. Wanna be alone? Find a steep hill. Very few people ride up 'em, and fewer still...
03-28-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,727
Posted By DrIsotope

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Sigh. Upside is (I guess) I'm the most efficient human being alive. 13kcal/mi @...
03-24-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,013
Posted By DrIsotope

I am actively avoiding any sort of MUP/MUT for...

I am actively avoiding any sort of MUP/MUT for the foreseeable future. They are all absolutely jammed with people on their "COVID Vacation." Over the past two weeks, I've seen more people out on...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 6,982
Posted By DrIsotope

Thank you for this. Whenever a thread comes up...

Thank you for this. Whenever a thread comes up with the mention of countersteering, it gets in my head-- because I just don't get it. At no point on a bicycle do you turn the bars opposite to the...
03-20-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 527
Posted By DrIsotope

That poor, poor LawnBoy. Too much is asked of...

That poor, poor LawnBoy. Too much is asked of him. Same third of the acre I usually attack, took about two and a half hours.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,476
Posted By DrIsotope

Did my usual no-touch 50k route, and can say that...

Did my usual no-touch 50k route, and can say that the traffic level is not reduced at all. When you take into account that scores of businesses are closed, and there are no kids in school...
03-20-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 947
Posted By DrIsotope

The more rural you get, the less of an issue it's...

The more rural you get, the less of an issue it's going to be. On my pre-outbreak weekday rides, it was not unusual to have no fly-bys on Strava-- ride for two hours, never cross paths with another...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,476
Posted By DrIsotope

This is when it pays to live out in the sticks--...

This is when it pays to live out in the sticks-- cyclists are invisible. I'm heading out in an hour or so, anxious to see if there are actually less cars on the road-- as up to now, it has absolutely...
03-17-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 19,279
Posted By DrIsotope

I mean, if you're in the habit of spitting on...

I mean, if you're in the habit of spitting on people, you should probably stop that. I will continue to spit and clear my nose, because in a two hour ride, I might see 15 people not in cars, and not...
03-17-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,768
Posted By DrIsotope

I've been using the same trio of Camelbak Podium...

I've been using the same trio of Camelbak Podium Big Chill water bottles since I got into cycling. They've been frozen, dropped, dropped and run over, left in the trunk with an inch of Gatorade in...
03-13-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,944
Posted By DrIsotope

Until humans stop physically moving from place to...

Until humans stop physically moving from place to place (including air traffic,) canceling everything is barely going to make a dent. These are all half-measures, and will ultimately prove...
Replies: 22
Views: 745
Posted By DrIsotope

If I went to bed at 7pm, I'd be up at 2am as...

If I went to bed at 7pm, I'd be up at 2am as well. Because that's like 7 hours of sleep, which my body would reckon as a luxury. Since the children showed up, I'm asleep at 11-11:30, and up by...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,163
Posted By DrIsotope

Hey, if I weighed 140lbs I'd be out there...

Hey, if I weighed 140lbs I'd be out there tackling all of the proper KOMs too. But I don't, and I never will. So I can put my guts out on a climb and finish 550/1,900. On my best day.

Downhill?...
03-10-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,791
Posted By DrIsotope

My only somewhat-regular riding partner was my...

My only somewhat-regular riding partner was my wife, who put in around 1,800 miles most years (out of my 10,000.) Spring of 2018 she dropped her front wheel into a pavement crack and went down. ...
03-07-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 4,734
Posted By DrIsotope

For comparison, H5N1, aka the avian flu or "bird...

For comparison, H5N1, aka the avian flu or "bird flu" had an adjusted fatality rate of nearly 60%-- thankfully, very few people got it.

At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if we look at...
03-07-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 4,734
Posted By DrIsotope

To paraphrase the Surgeon General, so far in the...

To paraphrase the Surgeon General, so far in the US in 2020 there have been 11 fatalities from COVID-19. During the same time period, the regular, run-of-the-mill flu has killed around 18,000....
03-07-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 4,734
Posted By DrIsotope

Cycling? No. Everything else? Guh. The Costco...

Cycling? No. Everything else? Guh. The Costco is still out of toilet paper, all the idiots are hoarding it. I went to pick up shredded beef and tortillas, the line was 100+ people deep 20...
03-07-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,535
Posted By DrIsotope

As much as my brain doesn't like it, the pulley...

As much as my brain doesn't like it, the pulley speed is just the ratio of it's teeth to the chainring, multiplied by the cadence-- I'm used to having to compute gear speed for gearboxes, I guess. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,139
Posted By DrIsotope

My chain life is basically the same regardless of...

My chain life is basically the same regardless of what lubricant is used. Before switching to wax, I tried over a dozen different wet and dry lubes. They all do the same thing, which is turn the...
03-04-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 527
Posted By DrIsotope

I spent several years wearing a Husqvarna...

I spent several years wearing a Husqvarna Chainsaw Helmet, one of these:

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03-04-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 527
Posted By DrIsotope

I pushed a reel mower as a teen (never again) and...

I pushed a reel mower as a teen (never again) and a non-propelled Murray for about 15 years after that (never again.) The lil' 22" rear wheel drive Lawn Boy is enough work, when the southern edge of...
03-02-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 885
Posted By DrIsotope

If you had a $300 saddle, would you quibble over...

If you had a $300 saddle, would you quibble over a $20 difference between two seatposts?

I have a $250 GPS unit, so I have no problem with a $60 out-front mount to hold it.

And as someone who...
03-02-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 62,210
Posted By DrIsotope

The homeless (at least a big chunk of them) seem...

The homeless (at least a big chunk of them) seem to have migrated east after the stadium purge-- everywhere west of the Riverside County Line, it's an almost constant string of tents until you reach...
03-02-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By DrIsotope

All of the GPS units that have any kind of...

All of the GPS units that have any kind of "upcoming climb" feature are well above the OP's price range: Garmin 530/830/1030, Wahoo Elemnt Bolt/Roam, Hammerhead Karoo, Stages Dash L50/M50.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 541
Posted By DrIsotope

A 23 in the front will probably match the PR-2...

A 23 in the front will probably match the PR-2 for aerodynamics reasonably well, as that wheel is 23mm wide (ext) and most tubeless 23s will mount to 24 or 25 wide on that width wheel.

My wheels...
03-01-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,535
Posted By DrIsotope

Ah yes, the constant worry of marginal power...

Ah yes, the constant worry of marginal power losses due to pulley inefficiencies on bikes with 14 foot long chains.
02-28-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,623
Posted By DrIsotope

But don't forget-- 100 miles, +5,000ft of...

But don't forget-- 100 miles, +5,000ft of vertical, 20mph average. Just you know, typical pro-caliber numbers. But hey, I dunno. Maybe the OP weighs 60kg and has like 6W/kg FTP.

I did a solo 109...
02-28-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,623
Posted By DrIsotope

Under no circumstances could I ride a century at...

Under no circumstances could I ride a century at a low enough intensity to complete it with what calorie stores I already have. Realistically, anything beyond 50 miles gets iffy.

I also don't...
02-26-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By DrIsotope

Regardless of account age, you need 10 posts in...

Regardless of account age, you need 10 posts in order to post links (to stop spambots.) As this is a legitimate request, here's a photo assist:
...
02-26-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,769
Posted By DrIsotope

Amazing spectacles of pastoral beauty, collated...

Amazing spectacles of pastoral beauty, collated out of years of photographs? Nope. Snapshots of the roads I ride every single day, year in and year out? Yep.
...
02-26-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By DrIsotope

So long as it's a typical 11-speed freehub, an...

So long as it's a typical 11-speed freehub, an 11-speed cassette is an 11-speed cassette. Use whatever make/model has the cogs you like. I've used SRAM, Shimano, and Microshift, and can't really...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 913
Posted By DrIsotope

Kinlin XR31. 31 deep, 19 internal width. Tough,...

Kinlin XR31. 31 deep, 19 internal width. Tough, relatively inexpensive.

The Hunt Race Aero Wide ($449,) November FSW3 (discontinued?,) and ProWheelBuilder Signature Ventus (starting @ $350) are...
02-25-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 785
Posted By DrIsotope

My memory is apparently terrible at storing...

My memory is apparently terrible at storing weather data. Because I'll go out on a ride, and think wow, it sure was warm today. Then I'll look at the Strava for the same date the past few years,...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By DrIsotope

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I won't even mention my local conditions today, out of respect for your suffering.
Forum: Foo
02-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 326
Posted By DrIsotope

My daughter was in Girl Scouts for six years. ...

My daughter was in Girl Scouts for six years. Imagine if you will, six weeks out of every year where there would be 15-18 cases of cookies in your house on any given day.

I probably...
02-22-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,194
Posted By DrIsotope

If I were the sort to go out of my way to travel...

If I were the sort to go out of my way to travel to these rides and pay for them, I would avoid the Solvang Century purely because of the Bandit Riders website they went ahead and set up.

Taking...
02-22-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 58,003
Posted By DrIsotope

I think it's pretty safe to say that the pictured...

I think it's pretty safe to say that the pictured trestle was at one point or another, on fire.

Wood trestles definitely in short supply here in SoCal.
02-22-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
Posted By DrIsotope

Step one: Go to LBS. Step two: try on all of...

Step one: Go to LBS.
Step two: try on all of the helmets in your size. Don't look at the brands, don't look at the prices.
Step three: buy the one that feels the best.

If you're lucky, you're...
02-19-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 721
Posted By DrIsotope

How many miles do you average between flats? If...

How many miles do you average between flats? If that number is small, there's no real need to ditch the tubes. In the "interseasonal" periods-- like say between when the tribulus terrestris have...
02-19-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 58,003
Posted By DrIsotope

A day late and a dollar short, as per usual. I'm...

A day late and a dollar short, as per usual. I'm pretty sure Paul Bunyan is fictional. This one has an axe and a bat. Easy, big fella.
...
02-18-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 714
Posted By DrIsotope

I've never toed-in a brake pad in my life.

I've never toed-in a brake pad in my life.
02-18-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 896
Posted By DrIsotope

My "average summer cycling heart rate" is...

My "average summer cycling heart rate" is probably 15bpm higher compared to cooler months. Regulating body temperature is tough business when it's very hot and very dry. And by dry I mean so dry...
Forum: Foo
02-17-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 747
Posted By DrIsotope

You need to save up all them cans and road trip...

You need to save up all them cans and road trip 'em, Kramer style. Current aluminum can rate in my area is $1.85/lb.

But don't actually do that, though. It's apparently illegal here, just like...
02-16-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 485
Posted By DrIsotope

I still have my old 520 (retired over 2 years...

I still have my old 520 (retired over 2 years now) and still have my older 500 (which was retired to make room for the 520.) For me, the sale value (particularly considering what eBay costs) on a...
02-15-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 7,978
Posted By DrIsotope

One wonders why the cops see the need to so...

One wonders why the cops see the need to so actively defend this sorta-intersection in the middle of nowhere. The cops are also parked on gravel, which dead-ends into trees in about 300ft. So it's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,399
Posted By DrIsotope

I use the same quick-link for the life of a...

I use the same quick-link for the life of a chain, removing and reinstalling it at least 10 times. It's fine.
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