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09-27-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,005
Posted By ofajen

Iím getting to know 42 by 16 pretty well, and...

Iím getting to know 42 by 16 pretty well, and that is some foot speed. Going 30 mph on say 700x25 means 145 rpm. Going 35 mph means 169 rpm.

Otto
09-27-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,005
Posted By ofajen

Sigh. How soon we forget. Otto

Sigh. How soon we forget.

Otto
09-27-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 24,541
Views: 2,092,466
Posted By ofajen

Today I got stung by something on my left knee...

Today I got stung by something on my left knee while riding. I didnít manage to see what it was. About 3 miles left on a 3 hour ride.

Luckily I donít really have much of a reaction but it did...
09-27-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,005
Posted By ofajen

Optimal cadences, like drop bars, are an illusion...

Optimal cadences, like drop bars, are an illusion for most.

Otto
09-27-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,005
Posted By ofajen

People donít wave because they are afraid of...

People donít wave because they are afraid of being catapaulted by disc brakes.

Otto
09-25-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By ofajen

Iíd say no worries. I put road cranks on my...

Iíd say no worries. I put road cranks on my RockHopper to go 1x and reduce Q-factor and I have maybe 1mm clearance on the non-drive side and have ridden many thousands of miles without a problem.
...
09-25-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 47,533
Posted By ofajen

Looks like Sunlite Elson Roadster. Otto

Looks like Sunlite Elson Roadster.

Otto
09-25-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,396
Posted By ofajen

I bought a 2nd gen C-Record RD back in the day. I...

I bought a 2nd gen C-Record RD back in the day. I was spared the shifter issues because my Witcomb lacks shifter bosses, so I just stuck with Cyclone friction shifters.

Iíve it used a lot, but at...
09-25-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6,883
Views: 2,429,111
Posted By ofajen

Yes... hereís a recent photo. I have the smooth...

Yes... hereís a recent photo. I have the smooth tires on since itís still warm and relatively dry conditions.

...
09-24-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 291
Posted By ofajen

If itís really flat surfaces only, a 45/18 might...

If itís really flat surfaces only, a 45/18 might work Thatís 67.5 inches. Since you need a freewheel, you will find low cost 18t and 20t more easily than 19 or 21. 45/20 is going to be pretty easy...
09-24-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 931
Posted By ofajen

I guess itís progress moving from colossally...

I guess itís progress moving from colossally abundant to sexy prime?

Whatever, Iím riding 1x1 these days which is neither.

Otto
09-24-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 24,541
Views: 2,092,466
Posted By ofajen

A bidirectional freewheel? Thatíll cost double!...

A bidirectional freewheel? Thatíll cost double! 😊

Otto
09-24-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 840
Posted By ofajen

I had a similar mindset in the late 70s...

I had a similar mindset in the late 70s (mid-teens for me). Once I got the Witcomb frame and built up tubular wheels, I wanted the bike to have good components, which tended to mean Campy if I could...
09-24-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 6,883
Views: 2,429,111
Posted By ofajen

Nice tires! 👍 I run Race Kings on my drop bar...

Nice tires! 👍 I run Race Kings on my drop bar RockHopper when conditions warrant.

Otto
09-24-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 814
Posted By ofajen

Cooler weather is also the time when I can...

Cooler weather is also the time when I can tolerate running. When it gets below freezing, I rather prefer the lesser wind chill of slower speed.

Otto
09-24-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 840
Posted By ofajen

A silver Azuki was the first bike I bought with...

A silver Azuki was the first bike I bought with my own money back in 7th grade. I might have ridden it longer, but it was a 23Ē frame and in a few years it was just too small. I eventually gave it...
09-23-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 643
Posted By ofajen

I have one 26Ē (559) wheelset with RaceKings for...

I have one 26Ē (559) wheelset with RaceKings for messy/slick stuff (winter and rain). They are great for that.

I have a second 26Ē wheelset with RTP in front and Conti Contact Speed 26x2.0 in...
09-23-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 613
Posted By ofajen

I see no reason to change. Riding out of the...

I see no reason to change. Riding out of the saddle has intrinsic benefits in terms of comfort, strength and fitness and itís a good habit to spend a little time riding out of the saddle every so...
09-23-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 4,208
Posted By ofajen

I was trying to stay out of this trollís latest...

I was trying to stay out of this trollís latest party, but itís good to remember that cycling actually is a profoundly good cardio opportunity because the high speed creates a lot of cooling and heat...
09-23-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By ofajen

So, the issue was lack of outer clearance with...

So, the issue was lack of outer clearance with brake arms, brake stay and/or fork crown?

Unloaded bike tire profile tends to be roughly circular, so you can estimate resultant outer diameter by...
09-23-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 814
Posted By ofajen

Yeah, I was just noticing that it was a month and...

Yeah, I was just noticing that it was a month and a half since I switched back to only riding SS and Iím riding significantly longer rides and a bit faster, but I think the perfect riding temps and...
09-22-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By ofajen

Could I get some evil 32s? Otto

Could I get some evil 32s?

Otto
09-22-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 4,208
Posted By ofajen

My UCP is getting a workout today. Otto

My UCP is getting a workout today.

Otto
09-22-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 663
Posted By ofajen

I got a Bontrager Circuit windbreaker a year ago...

I got a Bontrager Circuit windbreaker a year ago and rode it thru the winter, typically over a DuoFold long sleeve and maybe also a long sleeve tee over that. It worked very well, but is probably a...
09-22-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By ofajen

Other things being equal, you would expect the...

Other things being equal, you would expect the 32s to be 7mm wider than the 25s. How much clearance did you have from the chain stays with the 25s?

Other things are not exactly equal as the ETRTO...
09-22-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 329
Posted By ofajen

Here is that stem on my daughterís bike. It has a...

Here is that stem on my daughterís bike. It has a brushed metal finish.
...
09-22-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 47,533
Posted By ofajen

The 88 RockHopper is now back to aero levers and...

The 88 RockHopper is now back to aero levers and also got new bar tape.

...
09-22-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,089
Posted By ofajen

Thanks for that! Otto

Thanks for that!

Otto
09-21-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 611
Posted By ofajen

By the standard C-C measurement for reach specs,...

By the standard C-C measurement for reach specs, those are 110mm. Per their diagram, the 135mm measurement is outer to outer and increased by twice the radius of the bar (actually the front section...
09-21-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,457
Posted By ofajen

That should only matter with regard to skid...

That should only matter with regard to skid patches on fixed gear if you do that sort of thing. 48/17 would spread wear among 17 skid patches while 48/18 would only create three patches. So you would...
09-21-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By ofajen

So, is there also a significant difference in the...

So, is there also a significant difference in the amount of clearance of the crank arms from the chain stays?

Otto
09-21-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,089
Posted By ofajen

One thing I am curious about is the effect of the...

One thing I am curious about is the effect of the really long chain stays on his bikes and how they ride. My bikes have stays around 43-44 cm.

Otto
09-21-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By ofajen

If it doesnít create an issue, just keep riding....

If it doesnít create an issue, just keep riding. I also feel more comfortable with a narrow Q factor. My vintage MTB came with a triple with the usual 170mm or so spacing. So, Iím running some old...
09-21-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,089
Posted By ofajen

Thatís the conundrum, isnít it? Iím enough of a...

Thatís the conundrum, isnít it? Iím enough of a retrogrouch to ride basic steel frame bikes and to get where heís coming from about half of the time. But Iím also into doing my own bike stuff, and I...
09-21-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6,883
Views: 2,429,111
Posted By ofajen

My RockHopper got new bar tape and switched back...

My RockHopper got new bar tape and switched back to aero levers over the weekend. I did a long ride yesterday and everything worked great! 👍

...
09-21-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By ofajen

I used some Newbaum tape the last time. Itís...

I used some Newbaum tape the last time. Itís enough to tape bars, but I have 45 cm bars, and I like to overlap almost halfway and tape all the way up next to the wider center region, so I seem to use...
09-20-20, 09:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By ofajen

Thanks for the suggestion! Iíll keep that in...

Thanks for the suggestion! Iíll keep that in mind next time. The glue sticks were handy, so thatís what I went with. And yes, this would be handy to experiment with.

Also, this is the version...
09-20-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By ofajen

Success w/alternative cotton bar tape

If youíve ever wondered what a 72 yard roll of 3/4Ē wide cotton twill tape looks like, here you go...

...
09-20-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,906
Posted By ofajen

I put aero levers back on the RockHopper last...

I put aero levers back on the RockHopper last night and then wrapped with new cotton twill bar tape this morning before a nice, long ride in the glorious fall weather 😊

...
09-20-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 611
Posted By ofajen

So, are you wanting drop bars with a lot of...

So, are you wanting drop bars with a lot of reach? 115mm about the most Iíve seen, especially in 31.8mm. The Rene Herse Bars both have 115mm reach. Nitto B135 has 105mm. Nitto B132 has 122mm but it...
09-20-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 985
Posted By ofajen

What kind of fabric are these made from? Otto

What kind of fabric are these made from?

Otto
09-19-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,412
Posted By ofajen

Funny, we have hills that I manage to climb and I...

Funny, we have hills that I manage to climb and I still feel defeated! :lol:

Otto
09-16-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,412
Posted By ofajen

What does your terrain look like? What is the...

What does your terrain look like? What is the typical elevation change of your hills?

The way I train works for me on our relatively modest hills, but it wouldnít work so well in mountainous...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,626
Posted By ofajen

Yes. Put slightly more mathematically, VO2 max...

Yes. Put slightly more mathematically, VO2 max scales roughly with body mass to the 2/3rds power, so contests where this factor is critical favor lighter athletes. Cycle climbing on steep inclines is...
09-15-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,360
Posted By ofajen

72Ē also makes a decent choice for single speed....

72Ē also makes a decent choice for single speed. One of my bikes is running 42/16 SS at 71Ē, which is about as close as I can get at the moment.

When I run a multi gear cog set, it will have a...
09-15-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 303
Posted By ofajen

Iíd echo the suggestion to look at older 26er...

Iíd echo the suggestion to look at older 26er MTBs. Iíve had a HardRock with a 17Ē frame for about four years, and that one has now been handed down to our youngest who is 12.

Meanwhile, one of my...
09-14-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 753
Posted By ofajen

Iím about the only regular and frequent rider I...

Iím about the only regular and frequent rider I see out and about doing rides on the roads and trails on SS. It is challenging and requires a certain level of strength, stamina and attitude, but our...
09-13-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,906
Posted By ofajen

We had really nice autumn weather today. I did 60...

We had really nice autumn weather today. I did 60 miles today in two outings, mostly just because I wanted to be out and about in the nice weather. 😊

I think itís been about 40 years since Iíve...
09-13-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1,817
Views: 129,541
Posted By ofajen

I did 60 miles today in two outings. In the...

I did 60 miles today in two outings.

In the interim, I broke down and finally fixed a nearly frozen U-brake arm that was on the verge of dragging the rim. The bike is 32 years old, Iíve had it...
09-13-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,674
Posted By ofajen

I believe our Katy Trail state park is now 239...

I believe our Katy Trail state park is now 239 miles. I think there is a ď239Ē sticker for those who ride it in a day. My older son had a soccer teammate who did that a couple of years ago.

Otto
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