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06-18-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Posted By wipekitty

Wow...this is timely. I just learned yesterday...

Wow...this is timely. I just learned yesterday that Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By wipekitty

Sunday: Fun group gravel ride in the middle of...

Sunday: Fun group gravel ride in the middle of nowhere, Southeast Minnesota. I'd forgotten how tough gravel climbing can get! 60.4 miles, 4,042' (including the really flat and paved ~13.5 miles...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,926
Posted By wipekitty

Here in the Upper Midwest, I'm actually more...

Here in the Upper Midwest, I'm actually more likely to ride in the rain when it's the cold, gross rain. During the warm season, there are enough non-rainy hours of daylight to get miles in without...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,814
Posted By wipekitty

I'm just chasing the dragon. (You never catch the...

I'm just chasing the dragon. (You never catch the dragon.)
06-17-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 900
Posted By wipekitty

Any tips on how to clean the tops of Camelbak...

Any tips on how to clean the tops of Camelbak Podium water bottles after they've gotten gross would be appreciated. Obviously cleaning right after a ride is best, but that's no fun. Is there an easy...
06-17-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 407
Posted By wipekitty

I have several pair of Azonic Shoo-In that rotate...

I have several pair of Azonic Shoo-In that rotate around my budget bikes. One pair got wonky after ~6,000 miles of heavy riding, but I repacked the bearings and it was cool again. If you want to go...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 9,522
Posted By wipekitty

It's always nice when I have a friendly...

It's always nice when I have a friendly conversation with somebody in a vehicle while stopped at a red light. My body art is sometimes a good conversation starter for the guys in a work truck.
06-16-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,507
Posted By wipekitty

It's event season in the Northern Hemisphere...

It's event season in the Northern Hemisphere again!

Sunday, June 2 was the June Dairy Days Classique Bike Tour, a 63 mile supported event through the rolling hills north of West Salem, Wisconsin....
Forum: Foo
06-16-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 643
Posted By wipekitty

We have a 1920s bungalow with a fairly open...

We have a 1920s bungalow with a fairly open living room connected to the dining area with an archway. Every night, my SO and I have "family dinner" at the dining room table. In a modern twist from...
06-16-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 360
Posted By wipekitty

I have a small head, and several of my helmets...

I have a small head, and several of my helmets have been youth sized.
06-16-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 507
Posted By wipekitty

I refuse to call it Weather Underground since it...

I refuse to call it Weather Underground since it got sullied by The Weather Company. It was so good back in the day...
06-15-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 507
Posted By wipekitty

Seeking new interactive radar map

For a good number of years, I used the Intellicast Interactive Map to track storms, precipitation, and other weather events that might impact my outdoor cycling plans. It was darned good...in several...
06-15-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,119
Posted By wipekitty

Sleep. I'm naturally nocturnal which doesn't bode...

Sleep. I'm naturally nocturnal which doesn't bode well in a diurnal world, so I take melatonin.

Otherwise, a reasonably healthy diet with a balance of carbs, plant and dairy protein, and some...
06-15-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By wipekitty

Another vote for Continental Ride Tour. I'm not...

Another vote for Continental Ride Tour. I'm not going to say I enjoy riding these tires - but they seem relatively indestructible, and can be found for cheaper than their siblings.

I used to get...
06-14-19, 10:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By wipekitty

I've had no problems, though the bins are...

I've had no problems, though the bins are squished in pretty tight. I've found bungee cords keep them in place well enough even when riding unloaded. I've also done a few hauls without the bins...
06-14-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By wipekitty

I've bought several things from them over the...

I've bought several things from them over the years, including a whole bike - no problems! I don't think the discount ever expires, so you'll have it next time.
06-14-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By wipekitty

I own some older version of the Bontrager basic...

I own some older version of the Bontrager basic floor pump with a gauge. I've used it almost every day for three years now - so far, so good!
06-14-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 647
Posted By wipekitty

If it doesn't rain on Sunday, I'm planning to do...

If it doesn't rain on Sunday, I'm planning to do a group gravel ride in SE Minnesota. 47 mile ride plus ride to and from the ride should make a good 80 mile or so day.

Otherwise, I really need to...
06-14-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By wipekitty

Random Bike Parts usually has some good stuff....

Random Bike Parts usually has some good stuff. Discount code save10 will save you 10%. Free standard shipping.

They sell on Ebay as well (and are affiliated with Crosslake Sales), but you might...
06-13-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By wipekitty

I commuted without using a car for the better...

I commuted without using a car for the better part of a decade, and over time, started doing many other tasks (small grocery runs, going out, etc.) without the car. My significant other had already...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 18,542
Views: 3,651,862
Posted By wipekitty

New rubber (GP 4000 S2, 700x23), a pouch of...

New rubber (GP 4000 S2, 700x23), a pouch of Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel, and...
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06-13-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 534
Posted By wipekitty

+1 on upgrade the groupset. I did this to a...

+1 on upgrade the groupset.

I did this to a BH running several generations old Shimano 105 last year, and it was like a new bike. Amazing.
06-13-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,114
Posted By wipekitty

$10,000 seems like a lot to me, but I'm not in...

$10,000 seems like a lot to me, but I'm not in the right income bracket to make those choices. In real life, I know people with $10,000 bikes and those bicycles seem absolutely delightful. I also...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 687
Posted By wipekitty

Camelbak Podium. I replace when the dog eats them.

Camelbak Podium. I replace when the dog eats them.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,709
Posted By wipekitty

IMO this is the important point. Most FG stuff...

IMO this is the important point. Most FG stuff that I come across is low-end junk that functions better as art than bike equipment, or is tough and heavy to withstand the urban riding environment...
06-12-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,955
Posted By wipekitty

Merlin is an interesting case - I kind of wonder...

Merlin is an interesting case - I kind of wonder what's going on with them. As far as I can tell, they will still allow US buyers to purchase Shimano. I wonder if they're somehow grandfathered in and...
06-12-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By wipekitty

I went with a cargo-specific trailer. It was...

I went with a cargo-specific trailer. It was spec'd for a bit more weight (125lbs. vs. the usual 80-100 for kids), and without a cover, I can hold quite a bit of stuff in bins (or stacked on top of...
06-12-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,031
Posted By wipekitty

I fell once during my first year with SPD-SL. It...

I fell once during my first year with SPD-SL. It was in the parking lot of an event right in front of all the local "serious cyclists".
06-12-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,572
Posted By wipekitty

More details would definitely be helpful. ...

More details would definitely be helpful.

I'd inspect the frame very carefully, looking for any signs of stress. Likewise with the fork. Personally, I'd be inclined to replace the fork and ride...
06-12-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,041
Posted By wipekitty

I think we have a winner! Back in the day...

I think we have a winner!

Back in the day :50: it was normal to go run around the neighborhood and do what we wanted, within reason, until it got dark. Sometimes we did things that were dangerous,...
06-12-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,266
Posted By wipekitty

Mountain bikes are great. I see the MTB officers...

Mountain bikes are great. I see the MTB officers quite frequently in parks and off-the-grid places where there's mud, sand, grass, roots, and other stuff that a road bike cannot handle. Individuals...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 736
Posted By wipekitty

Friday: Hot (mid 80s F) but sunny and dry - a...

Friday: Hot (mid 80s F) but sunny and dry - a great day to ride! I rode with three teacher friends who finished up the school year last week and wanted to start the summer right! 38.1 miles, 1,056...
06-11-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,531
Posted By wipekitty

When I saw the title of this thread, I thought I...

When I saw the title of this thread, I thought I was in LCF for a moment...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 08:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By wipekitty

Strong work. I'm too chicken to wear tires that...

Strong work. I'm too chicken to wear tires that far down.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,565
Posted By wipekitty

Nuun is easy, so I use it for warm weather...

Nuun is easy, so I use it for warm weather riding. Cold-brewed coffee before a ride, but only if it starts early.

I'm experimenting with Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel for longer rides, as I've...
06-10-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,150
Posted By wipekitty

My theft-deterrent lock: ...

My theft-deterrent lock:

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This lock is heavy and awful, so I only use...
06-08-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By wipekitty

Open Streets

My current town - La Crosse, WI - is having an open streets day downtown tomorrow, which means closing off roads to cars for a few hours to promote walking, cycling, and general activity in an area...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,475
Posted By wipekitty

IMO, you don't want to cheap out on lights if you...

IMO, you don't want to cheap out on lights if you are riding on roads. A front light is also a good idea, even if just for daytime visibility.

Spare tube or patch kit, tire levers, and inflation...
06-07-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,474
Posted By wipekitty

This feels like a winter thread. I guess it's...

This feels like a winter thread. I guess it's winter in Australia.
06-07-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,727
Posted By wipekitty

I know a guy who had one of those for a short...

I know a guy who had one of those for a short time. Beautiful machine. He quit racing and sold it...so his wife could buy a MTB and upgrade her roadie :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,039
Posted By wipekitty

I always have to mention Bryton Rider 10 as a...

I always have to mention Bryton Rider 10 as a budget-friendly option. It's GPS based, compatible with BLE HR and cadence sensors, and can provide a bunch of data. It does not have route planning...
06-07-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,466
Posted By wipekitty

My crabon bicycle was purchased USED. Oh the...

My crabon bicycle was purchased USED. Oh the horrors!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,644
Posted By wipekitty

Same here. I hitched a ride to the start once a...

Same here. I hitched a ride to the start once a couple of years ago, but it was an early start 20+ miles away.

This might change somewhat, as I need to get a large vehicle this summer to support a...
06-06-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,190
Posted By wipekitty

I think you and your fiance are in hybrid bike...

I think you and your fiance are in hybrid bike territory - hybrid bikes will give you an upright position, a frame that's a bit beefier than a delicate road bike, and appropriate tires for both...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 12,002
Posted By wipekitty

I could probably get by with one for...

I could probably get by with one for transportation/commuting purposes, but it would be a hassle up here in the land of ice and snow (Wisconsin). I find it easier to have my fast but crappy single...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,905
Posted By wipekitty

I use a messenger bag, and load squishy items so...

I use a messenger bag, and load squishy items so that they'll be in an area without any weight on top of them while I'm riding. Things that might spill get tied up in a plastic bag.

Another fun...
06-05-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,708
Posted By wipekitty

It looks like operator error (to some extent) on...

It looks like operator error (to some extent) on my part.

I just did an experiment: I set the light to the 4th setting (with steady being 1) and let it go last night. 15 hours later, it is still...
06-05-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 898
Posted By wipekitty

+1 on looking into bikes with a 24" wheel size....

+1 on looking into bikes with a 24" wheel size. I'd keep poking around Craigslist for something decent; many will come with knobby tires, but you could easily change them out for wide slick/hybrid...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,222
Posted By wipekitty

Easy...fit and/or fashion. I like aero stuff for...

Easy...fit and/or fashion. I like aero stuff for fast hot rides. The aero stuff that fits me best tends to originate in the UK or EU (this is true for street clothes as well).

I'll also pay more...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By wipekitty

Half of the people I know who get the Trek...

Half of the people I know who get the Trek employee discount have one. The other half don't.
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