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Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,633
Posted By merlinextraligh

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41...

Had the same bike in the same color. Weighed 41 pounds. Having owned a number of pro tour level and custom bikes, including Willier, Giant, Calfee, Bianchi, Paramount, Merlin, (some of which well...
09-03-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By merlinextraligh

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if...

Unless you have some very unusual dimensions, if your correct saddle height doesn’t expose an inch and a half of seatpost, the bike in all likelihood is too big for you.

you bought it used. You...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,370
Posted By merlinextraligh

The repacking advice goes back to a day when we...

The repacking advice goes back to a day when we had user serviceable bearings, and no seals. In the old days you disassembled your headset, bb and hubs, cleaned them and repacked them.

Today,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,169
Posted By merlinextraligh

Missed my point. It wasnít about the bikes; itís...

Missed my point. It wasnít about the bikes; itís about the company ABG. I wouldnít not buy a used Litespeed at the right price. I would never buy a new Litesped from ABG, with a price that factored...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,169
Posted By merlinextraligh

I would never buy a bike from the American...

I would never buy a bike from the American Bicycle Group. IMHO, they ran the Litespeed brand into the ground after purchasing it from Lynskey. There are multiple threads on here, about ABG screwing...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,111
Posted By merlinextraligh

Based on the OP’s comment that he ran off the...

Based on the OP’s comment that he ran off the road, I think the OP needs to work more on steering, than braking.

Read the threads on here about counter steering, and if you can still find it Davis...
07-27-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,191
Posted By merlinextraligh

Actually, my explanation was backwards, the ramps...

Actually, my explanation was backwards, the ramps on the middle 39 ring are matched to work with the 30 ring that came on the crankset, not so much the 26 replacement. So it’s the ramps on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,517
Posted By merlinextraligh

The mounting issue is a matter of technique. Once...

The mounting issue is a matter of technique. Once you know how to do it, they arenít difficult. Key is the side of the tire thatís on first has to be pressed to the center, which is lower than where...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,978
Posted By merlinextraligh

24 mph solo is pretty fast. On a standard road...

24 mph solo is pretty fast. On a standard road bike sub hour 40k is still an accomplishment, which takes just under 25 mph.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,691
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve survived a lot of climbs using this...

Iíve survived a lot of climbs using this technique.

Unfortunately, the longer the climb the less well it works.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 05:09 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,359
Posted By merlinextraligh

Not the point at all. My point is ride and enjoy...

Not the point at all. My point is ride and enjoy what you have. But think hard about putting cash in a old, relatively poor riding frame, because you could end spending close to the cost of a nice...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,359
Posted By merlinextraligh

All you folks saying this is a classic bike, Have...

All you folks saying this is a classic bike, Have you ridden one? I’ll grant you the Trek OCLV frames have a place in bike history, in part because of Armstrong. They moved CF frames forward.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,359
Posted By merlinextraligh

Personally, I’d go for a new bike. CF frames have...

Personally, I’d go for a new bike. CF frames have improved dramatically with frame builders learning to dial in ride quality, designing stiffness where you want it, and compliance where you want...
06-30-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,389
Posted By merlinextraligh

Paul, 40mm Schwalbe Marathons. The GAP is...

Paul, 40mm Schwalbe Marathons. The GAP is extremely well maintained, we could have easily done it on 28mm road tires. Saw some singles on 23mm racing tires.

However, we did the GAP along with the...
06-30-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5,156
Views: 298,321
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pcad's passing is really horrible news. He was...

Pcad's passing is really horrible news. He was definitely a force in defining BF in the early days. Early on, his posts were quite informative, then he just began going for humor, which also had its...
06-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,389
Posted By merlinextraligh

Co- Moton Java on the Great Allegheny Passage...

Co- Moton Java on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,465
Posted By merlinextraligh

I put on an all carbon fork, with threadless...

I put on an all carbon fork, with threadless headset. It saved about a pound, and stiffened the front end a bit compared to the quill stem setup. I was a bit concerned with a 1Ē CF steerer tube,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,465
Posted By merlinextraligh

From an actual performance advantage, I’m not...

From an actual performance advantage, I’m not sure we’ve come that far. I ride my1990’s Merlin Extralight at my second home. Can’t say I really miss my Willier Zero 7, or feel like the Merlin is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,475
Posted By merlinextraligh

White Mountain. Second day of Everest Challenge. ...

White Mountain. Second day of Everest Challenge. 6000 feet of vertical, finishing off 29000 feet of climbing and last kilometer is 17% grade at 10’000 feet above sea level.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,464
Posted By merlinextraligh

The guy was actually being nice. He was doing...

The guy was actually being nice. He was
doing intervals, and his comment essentially was saying, donít worry, I canít keep this pace up for the whole climb either.

Broader point, there will...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,322
Posted By merlinextraligh

I used to dial it up to 400 watts, but these days...

I used to dial it up to 400 watts, but these days Iím way more into women on Cervelos in bikinis and flip
flops
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,322
Posted By merlinextraligh

It's not useless. It is often misused. The...

It's not useless. It is often misused.

The purpose of the chart is identify strengths and weaknesses.
You can then race your strengths, and train your weaknesses.

So for example if your one...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,322
Posted By merlinextraligh

Exactly. And while w/kg at FTP is important...

Exactly.

And while w/kg at FTP is important on long climbs. Power to surface ratio is more important on the flats, and 10 second (sprinting) and 1 minute power are more important in other...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,023
Posted By merlinextraligh

IMHO, Several things going to hold down the value...

IMHO, Several things going to hold down the value of that bike. 1) the older lateral tube frame, 2) rim brakes instead of disc, 3) it appears to be 9 speed, and 4) the wheels.

While the wheels...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,023
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pretty sure that bike as it sits would cost over...

Pretty sure that bike as it sits would cost over $10,000 to replicate new.

Our Dragonfly with a bit more top end build was $20,000.

We have a new Tetra on order which is a little over $16,000....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,774
Posted By merlinextraligh

The professional coaches Iíve worked with all...

The professional coaches Iíve worked with all advocated plans along the same lines.

you have rest days and rest weeks.

Each week has 2 rest days, one off the bike entirely, and one recovery...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

the reason there's no confirmed cases of that is...

the reason there's no confirmed cases of that is 1) we have extremely limited contact tracing data, so our knowledge of how the idsease spreads is pretty limited, and 2) most group rides were stopped...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,563
Posted By merlinextraligh

I havenít read the whole thread so I may have...

I havenít read the whole thread so I may have missed it.

Has anyone raised the issue of how tone deaf It is to impose a new fee in the middle of a Pandemic.

It would appear that people are...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,563
Posted By merlinextraligh

It now appears that I canít see my own previous...

It now appears that I canít see my own previous efforts on a segment in the free version .

That makes it just about useless to me.

may just use Garmin connect
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

Nothing is ever absolutely safe. And everything...

Nothing is ever absolutely safe. And everything in life requires risk reward balancing.

That said, the risk posed by Covid 19 will get better. Doctors learn more, standards of care improve,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,894
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m not going to be doing group rides anytime...

I’m not going to be doing group rides anytime soon. In the draft you are literally in the aerosolized slipstream of the heavy breathing rider in front of you. Doing this for a two hour ride has the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,563
Posted By merlinextraligh

So it looks to me that I can still my efforts for...

So it looks to me that I can still my efforts for a segment, and how I compare to my previous efforts on that segment, which is of some value to me.

I’ve lost the ability to compare myself to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 10,912
Posted By merlinextraligh

Just what we needed another waving thread! ...

Just what we needed another waving thread!

Can we at least get chics on Cervelos wearing flip flops back?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 553
Posted By merlinextraligh

running them on two tandems. There's adequate...

running them on two tandems. There's adequate stopping power for the tandem (and we've taken it down 20% plus grades)

in terms of power and modulation, I'd put put them about evenly between cable...
05-17-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,482
Posted By merlinextraligh

Itís a reroute of the cable on the brake lever...

Itís a reroute of the cable on the brake lever arm by cutting a new slot with a hacksaw. Shown on this video. It will increase how far the brake caliper moves for a given amount of cable pulled.
...
05-14-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,919
Posted By merlinextraligh

Just happens this same debate is taking place on...

Just happens this same debate is taking place on our local NextDoor app.

Did everybody miss the bike safety day in Third Grade when the State trooper came to school and taught us the rules of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,507
Posted By merlinextraligh

Again you get what you pay for. I would not doubt...

Again you get what you pay for. I would not doubt that many of their frames are seconds with blemishes.

Personally, I think the Motebecanne branded stuff may be a better value. Those bikes are...
05-13-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,077
Posted By merlinextraligh

Probably a good idea to stay with Giro if you...

Probably a good idea to stay with Giro if you like the fit. I’d use the opportunity to upgrade to a model with MIPS, assuming you’re current helmet doesn’t have MIPS.

While the data supporting...
05-13-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,919
Posted By merlinextraligh

additionally, the slower closing speed gives a...

additionally, the slower closing speed gives a lot more reaction time to avoid the collision.
04-15-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,193
Posted By merlinextraligh

Problem is that if your Power meter indicates...

Problem is that if your Power meter indicates 1000 calories, and Wahoo indicates 1700 calories, if you use the 1700 for dietary purposes youíre going to get fat.

So if you have a power meter use...
04-15-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,193
Posted By merlinextraligh

1 dietary calorie is equal to 4.18 KJ. So if we...

1 dietary calorie is equal to 4.18 KJ. So if we were perfectly efficient you'd have to put out 418 kJ to burn 100 calories. But , we're only about 18-23 % efficient.

Thus 1 KJ output on the power...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,388
Posted By merlinextraligh

Obviously this is a matter of personal...

Obviously this is a matter of personal preference.

I would make a couple of arguments for trying bibs if you haven't: 1) from observing BF threads over the years, and talking to other cyclists,...
04-07-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By merlinextraligh

If the timing chain is appropriately tight (i.e....

If the timing chain is appropriately tight (i.e. lose enough to not bind, and deflects about 1/2 inch when you press on it with your finger), you can adjust the timing of the two cranks without...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 9,639
Posted By merlinextraligh

My motorcycle riding experience is extremely...

My motorcycle riding experience is extremely limited, so I won’t comment on how that works on a motorcycle ( where the vehicle ways 10 times more, the contact patch is dramatically bigger, and the...
03-16-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 6,419
Posted By merlinextraligh

Head, sand. typical flu season 3-5 million...

Head, sand.

typical flu season 3-5 million cases worldwide
300-500 thousand deaths

Covid 19 has the potential to be 100 million plus cases and 5 million plus deaths. We all hope those numbers...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 787
Posted By merlinextraligh

Your average power on Mt Washington is likely...

Your average power on Mt Washington is likely very close. You could argue its low, given the effort was a bit over an hour. On the other hand ftp climbing is typically a bit higher than calculated...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 9,639
Posted By merlinextraligh

Havenít taken the time to read the whole thread,...

Havenít taken the time to read the whole thread, but Davis, ďthe cash registerĒ Phinney has taken the time to explain why keeping your knee tucked in promotes the right hip angulation and counter...
02-27-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By merlinextraligh

It appears Rodriguez is in the minority....

It appears Rodriguez is in the minority. Co-Motion, Santana, and Calfee all build bikes with CF seat posts.

Also, consider that Rodriguez is in the business of selling steel tandems, and doesn't...
02-19-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By merlinextraligh

It’s fine

It’s fine
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