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06-04-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 266
Posted By zacster

Total overkill for 16km rides. A spare, a pump...

Total overkill for 16km rides. A spare, a pump and a patch kit for flats, and a fold-able multitool for everything else, preferably one with built in tire levers. Chain tools are unnecessary, I've...
06-02-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 25,261
Views: 2,442,632
Posted By zacster

20 miles through the streets of Brooklyn on my...

20 miles through the streets of Brooklyn on my commuter bike.
06-01-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 561
Posted By zacster

At 65 I can still keep up with most of them, but...

At 65 I can still keep up with most of them, but not all of them. At 63 I was able to keep up with all of them, and most of them had trouble keeping up with me.

I keep thinking though that it...
06-01-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 672
Posted By zacster

I just bought a big can of cement a couple of...

I just bought a big can of cement a couple of years ago, about a year after I bought a big box of patches, Rema of course. It'll last me for years. It does surprise me however how many tubes I can go...
05-31-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 271
Posted By zacster

Branford Bike in Seattle, at one time in...

Branford Bike in Seattle, at one time in Branford, CT and then in Montana or Idaho, are the Campy experts. They know the secret handshake. I sent a cracked right Chorus 10 brifter to them and they...
05-31-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,195
Posted By zacster

When I read about the Trek Thru Screw I thought...

When I read about the Trek Thru Screw I thought that there is the problem. Trek put something out of the ordinary on their bike and the shop does not have enough experience to do it right. We all...
05-30-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 745
Posted By zacster

Did anybody mention trying these first on a...

Did anybody mention trying these first on a trainer? Well, do that. You won't fall. Clip in and out, get used to the feel. Then go somewhere that you know you won't need to stop and practice there,...
05-30-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 521
Posted By zacster

Ride even bigger hills.

Ride even bigger hills.
05-29-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 305
Posted By zacster

I have the same problem with mine, but I have...

I have the same problem with mine, but I have them on all my bikes too. I can get 100psi out on the road. I have the Turbo on one and the non-turbo on the other, and a spare turbo too.
05-29-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By zacster

That's why I work on my own Campy equipped bikes....

That's why I work on my own Campy equipped bikes. Nobody else ever knows the handshake, has the tools or knows how to do the work.
05-29-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 171
Posted By zacster

For a better product look for 105 or Ultegra, but...

For a better product look for 105 or Ultegra, but FDs are pretty simple. A pain to set up though.
05-29-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,122
Posted By zacster

I bought XT V-Brakes M770 a few years ago used...

I bought XT V-Brakes M770 a few years ago used and paid $40. I couldn't tell you the arm length. Look for used and maybe you'll find a bargain since everybody is going to disc these days. For me, it...
05-29-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 140
Posted By zacster

Are we talking about matching components here? ...

Are we talking about matching components here? Are you using the right chain? Is it an 11sp chain on 10sp or 9sp parts or vice versa? A worn cassette could cause the problem but especially if the...
05-28-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By zacster

Are the cables the originals on the bike?...

Are the cables the originals on the bike? Sometimes the easiest thing to do is just start there. If they are 8 years old on a bike that is used they could certainly need replacing, and the housing...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By zacster

Go with carbon fiber. I rode a 105 equipped bike...

Go with carbon fiber. I rode a 105 equipped bike all day a few months ago and had no complaints at all about its performance. My own bike has Campy so that's a big complement. I used to think of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,938
Posted By zacster

Even if the fountains were on I wouldn't use them...

Even if the fountains were on I wouldn't use them here in NYC at this point. It seems like all the street vendors are gone too. I went on a longish ride today and could've used more water but I was...
05-27-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By zacster

I'd be interested as long as the cost is...

I'd be interested as long as the cost is reasonable. And I agree that I don't want some cryptic logo on it. I bought a Tour of Sufferlandria jersey after doing it and the logo is barely...
05-27-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 11,198
Posted By zacster

At least the whole CF argument has gone away I...

At least the whole CF argument has gone away I think. My own Kuota carbon from 2005 is still going strong. My steel Davidson from 1981 is also. My glued aluminum Trek 8000 from 1990 too. If you...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,835
Posted By zacster

I went to my former office today on my way to a...

I went to my former office today on my way to a longer ride. E. 42nd St in Manhattan is deserted, and Times Square was too. I would never even think to ride on 42nd St all the way across town in...
Forum: Northeast
05-27-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,216
Posted By zacster

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From left to right is Brewster to Van Cortland...
05-27-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 567
Posted By zacster

In all my years of riding (at least 50) I've...

In all my years of riding (at least 50) I've never broken a chain. It would never occur to me to carry anything. I've used all the brands of chains out there from 5sp up to 10, but not 11.
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By zacster

All of what has already been said, but look at...

All of what has already been said, but look at the Park Tool guy's video on rear derailleur adjustment. He uses a method that takes the guesswork and the minor imperfections out.

And one other...
Forum: Northeast
05-27-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 837
Views: 95,816
Posted By zacster

I had to instruct my son on how to tighten a...

I had to instruct my son on how to tighten a wheel quick release. He was complaining that after he switched skewers to use the bike on a trainer he couldn't get the wheel to stay. He was just...
Forum: Northeast
05-27-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,216
Posted By zacster

One thing to note about the N/S County trail is...

One thing to note about the N/S County trail is the grade. While it is not obvious when viewing it, there is a definite railroad grade. I've done the entire trail from Brewster to VC Park in the...
05-24-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By zacster

Just looking at the pic I started wondering if...

Just looking at the pic I started wondering if these come in a 3/8” ratchet drive in addition to the open wrench kind? My BB cup tool is 3/8” drive. Very convenient when using a torque wrench.
Forum: Northeast
05-24-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,216
Posted By zacster

Apparently the stretch from Millerton north is...

Apparently the stretch from Millerton north is all but finished, and there is a section from Copake Falls north too that you can ride. It is from the end of that to the short section to Hilsdale that...
Forum: Northeast
05-22-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,216
Posted By zacster

Right, the VC park section is closed. That in...

Right, the VC park section is closed. That in itself makes it difficult.

in any case I got 42 miles in today, part of it on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. I rode a new section that basically goes...
05-22-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 718
Posted By zacster

Maybe a Felco is the best around, but I have the...

Maybe a Felco is the best around, but I have the Park version and it is fine for home use. I have mostly bought Park tools for bike specific things and they always work. For things like hex wrenches...
Forum: Northeast
05-22-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,216
Posted By zacster

If I got on the trail in Brewster would I be able...

If I got on the trail in Brewster would I be able to ride through to VC park? Im in the Berkshires with the family in a small house and may need to escape. It would be a good excuse to leave. I...
Forum: Northeast
05-22-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,406
Posted By zacster

That’s a lot for what the org is.

That’s a lot for what the org is.
Forum: Northeast
05-19-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 837
Views: 95,816
Posted By zacster

LIC wasn't so bad when I went through last week...

LIC wasn't so bad when I went through last week on a ride, but Williamsburg was crazy. And then there is south Williamsburg where the Satmar Hasidim are. They either don't wear masks at all or have...
05-11-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,264
Posted By zacster

I bought a tube of Phil grease in 1980. I'm...

I bought a tube of Phil grease in 1980. I'm still using it and it is only grease I've ever used on a bike. The more surprising thing is I've kept track of it over these years.
05-04-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 836
Posted By zacster

Congrats. A solo century is even harder than a...

Congrats. A solo century is even harder than a group ride. You have nobody but yourself to tell you to keep going, and I never listen to myself.
05-04-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25,261
Views: 2,442,632
Posted By zacster

I got 25 miles in before the weather changed from...

I got 25 miles in before the weather changed from sunny/70s to windy/cloudy/60s. I did a Brooklyn waterfront ride into Coney Island and then directly back home.
Forum: Northeast
05-04-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,406
Posted By zacster

It can be fun. It is certainly a lot of bikes.

It can be fun. It is certainly a lot of bikes.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,835
Posted By zacster

When I retired last summer I kept doing the...

When I retired last summer I kept doing the commute for a few weeks, but as they got later and later in the morning I just stopped. I keep saying I'm going to start again, but not until this thing...
05-02-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 984
Posted By zacster

I went on a dirty ride yesterday and decided to...

I went on a dirty ride yesterday and decided to hose off the bike. After hosing off I wiped the chain down with a towel. There was no chain mark. I use Squirt as I said above, and it really does...
05-02-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 290
Posted By zacster

My best guess is that whatever the OP has it...

My best guess is that whatever the OP has it should be left alone unless there is a specific problem that he is trying to fix and this would come along with it. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
04-30-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 984
Posted By zacster

I switched over to Squirt a few years ago and...

I switched over to Squirt a few years ago and haven't found any reason to try anything else. It does need to be applied fairly frequently but it runs very clean so you don't have to wash off the old...
04-27-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,983
Posted By zacster

When I was growing up on Ocean Ave across the...

When I was growing up on Ocean Ave across the street, it was 3 lanes of traffic. There was no bike lane or anything. On an occasional Sunday they would close it, except to access the big parking...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 19,391
Views: 4,067,788
Posted By zacster

And the good taste to put Campy on it too. You...

And the good taste to put Campy on it too. You wouldn't want to ruin a good bike with that other brand... And this easily cost $6k, probably more. That's almost too nice to ride.
Forum: Northeast
04-27-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 837
Views: 95,816
Posted By zacster

I've been out a bunch of times on my own bikes,...

I've been out a bunch of times on my own bikes, but it still doesn't feel right. Prospect Park is usually crowded, but riding the streets seemed better until I ended up in Williamsburg. It was also...
04-26-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 384
Posted By zacster

The only time I had a crank compatibility issue...

The only time I had a crank compatibility issue is when I used a 6sp crank with a 10sp setup. It was very noisy, and the narrow chain didn't engage very well. Shifting sucked, but where I live I...
04-26-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,983
Posted By zacster

Intervals will get you strong! Keep going at it....

Intervals will get you strong! Keep going at it. Ride as hard as you can, but don't hurt yourself.

And yes, the park is a great place to get a workout, much better than the streets. Before the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 27,156
Posted By zacster

Just from the outside the Concorde always just...

Just from the outside the Concorde always just looked small. You could always tell when one was taking off from JFK from the sound. The environmentalists all complained about it and they were...
Forum: Northeast
04-20-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By zacster

It mostly works for me too. Only if I'm...

It mostly works for me too. Only if I'm completely underdressed or the wind ends up being gustier than it seemed will I ever turn back. And by underdressed I mean that even after the first small hill...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,592
Posted By zacster

BD bikes always looked good in theory, but when...

BD bikes always looked good in theory, but when I've seen them in person they look like junk. The branding with the old names doesn't help as everyone knows they are fake.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,002
Posted By zacster

I ran out of clean shorts one day when I wanted...

I ran out of clean shorts one day when I wanted to ride so I used one of my wife's new pair (that she'll likely never use). Aside from being a little tight, the guys just didn't get comfortable in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,592
Posted By zacster

My son's girlfriend just bought a Specialized and...

My son's girlfriend just bought a Specialized and from what I saw on the Zoom-tail party yesterday it looked like an Allez. She spent around $1200 including some accessories. He's been riding it too...
04-14-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 597
Posted By zacster

My first thought was also the cable stop. And on...

My first thought was also the cable stop. And on top of that, is your hanger straight? I can't really tell from the picture one way or the other. What else? Are you using indexed cable housing? ...
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