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Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,203
Posted By zacster

It's funny, that was exactly what I was thinking...

It's funny, that was exactly what I was thinking as I wrote my post.
Forum: Northeast
10-14-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By zacster

You'll definitely push for more power in the big...

You'll definitely push for more power in the big ring. I find the few times I go on my small ring I immediately slack off. I used the small ring the other day when I was doing a grand Brooklyn loop...
10-13-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,576
Posted By zacster

And I thought it was me. My big frustration with...

And I thought it was me. My big frustration with Rouvy was always that I couldn't seem to do the hills. A mountain that I attempted to climb in real life and couldn't make to the top felt twice as...
10-13-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 31,102
Posted By zacster

As mentioned somewhere in this old thread, you...

As mentioned somewhere in this old thread, you can buy a can of the real Rema cement and that costs $20, which may be 3 or 4 times what you pay for the other stuff, but you'll never need to buy it...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,203
Posted By zacster

I can't tell if Lemond is being facetious or not,...

I can't tell if Lemond is being facetious or not, but Greg hits it on the head. 100w is the difference between riding hard on a flat and taking it easy at a regular, non-sprinting pace. 300-400 is...
10-11-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By zacster

No, I find it easier. You learn quickly that it...

No, I find it easier. You learn quickly that it only takes a touch to get to the next gear in either direction. I find with wider spacer you need to jockey it around a lot more to kill the noise....
10-11-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 487
Posted By zacster

Steering is coming! Actually I got an email...

Steering is coming! Actually I got an email saying it already came for a section of Watopia as a beta.
10-11-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By zacster

I've been advocating using friction shifting with...

I've been advocating using friction shifting with 10 speed for years here. It does work great. I have 2 bikes with Campy downtube shifters with 10sp rear, I believe both Shimano, but maybe one has...
10-11-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,167
Posted By zacster

I find it just starts getting noisy, or at least...

I find it just starts getting noisy, or at least not silent, on my road bike after about 100 miles. It probably doesn't bother me enough on my commuter and I go longer on that one, but since I've...
Forum: Northeast
10-11-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By zacster

I usually take the hill in my big ring on the 3rd...

I usually take the hill in my big ring on the 3rd easiest gear in a spin. Alternatively I throw the chain to a hard gear and mash up the hill standing. I almost never go to a small ring, even on...
10-11-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,167
Posted By zacster

I've tried a lot of different lubes over the...

I've tried a lot of different lubes over the years and what I like about Squirt is that it is clean. I stopped rolling up my pants leg and don't worry about grabbing the chain if it derails or when...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,203
Posted By zacster

But an HR monitor does not cost a lot. If they...

But an HR monitor does not cost a lot. If they were looking to get a workout they wouldn't be riding an ebike when you could just ride a bike and pedal, right?

I'd say that most people on an ebike...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,203
Posted By zacster

Let's put an HR monitor and power meter on an...

Let's put an HR monitor and power meter on an e-bike rider and see how much they really burn. My guess is maybe 20% of what a decent rider puts out, if that. They are spinning the pedals just...
10-10-19, 02:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,167
Posted By zacster

I like Squirt myself because the chain stays...

I like Squirt myself because the chain stays clean. But you have to use it a lot more often.

As for there being too many threads on the topic, we've been talking about things for at least 15...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-19, 02:26 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,203
Posted By zacster

I don't get it. Cyclists fought for years to get...

I don't get it. Cyclists fought for years to get some dedicated bike lanes and paths so we can ride without being in motorized traffic, and we are now going to cede that back over to motorized...
10-09-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 606
Posted By zacster

I didn't see overheating as a reason to NOT use a...

I didn't see overheating as a reason to NOT use a phone. I've had my phone shut off when it got too hot, and out front on a handlebar tracking GPS and running a cycling app on a 90F day with hot...
Forum: Northeast
10-09-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By zacster

Prospect Park is better than CP in that it just...

Prospect Park is better than CP in that it just isn't as crowded. You can do 3 or 4 laps without ever touching the brakes, at least during the week. It is never that empty in CP, even on a crappy...
10-09-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,125
Posted By zacster

I had another guess before I got to the end that...

I had another guess before I got to the end that I didn't see mentioned, so here goes. Maybe the new tires weren't mounted properly? Sometimes this can happen but I don't think it would be enough...
10-09-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,305
Posted By zacster

I lost my passport while cycling in Milan. I had...

I lost my passport while cycling in Milan. I had to go to the consulate to get it replaced. When I realized it was gone I went and re-rode the entire route, which was difficult because I wasn't...
Forum: Northeast
10-08-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By zacster

It's nice to ride through it at night when you...

It's nice to ride through it at night when you can hear the crickets. They make quite a lot of noise and it drowns out the city noise, and by then all of the people are gone. It helps to know every...
10-08-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 256
Posted By zacster

My experience with shims hasn't been good. My...

My experience with shims hasn't been good. My bike uses a 30.0 seatpost, not an easy thing to find, and I tried using a 27.2? post with the proper sized shim but it would not stay put. The thing is...
10-08-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 564
Posted By zacster

There are two things I do when I only have an...

There are two things I do when I only have an hour. One, during the nice weather, is to do laps of Prospect Park. It is a 3.3 mile loop and I can do 4 laps in an hour including the ride to and from...
10-08-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 487
Posted By zacster

I always think Zwift is harder than real life...

I always think Zwift is harder than real life until I do their Central Park loop. Since this is a loop that I also do in real life outside I can say that it isn't all that much different in effort. ...
10-08-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 723
Posted By zacster

Yes, even better. When I built my cassette the...

Yes, even better. When I built my cassette the way I described I didn't have that option. It'll cost more though since then you need the freehub and the cassette and when you look at Campy it is...
10-07-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,555
Posted By zacster

I still will swear by my Wahoo Bolt over a phone....

I still will swear by my Wahoo Bolt over a phone. A phone will overheat in the sun, the touchscreen won't work, you won't be able to see it in the sun, and will still eat up batteries. Everything I...
10-07-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 871
Posted By zacster

No, it was just the remnants of the hurricane. ...

No, it was just the remnants of the hurricane. Maybe 20-30mph with an occasional gust.
10-07-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,510
Posted By zacster

At the hairpins the grades are steep on the...

At the hairpins the grades are steep on the actual ride. It just seemed too steep when I was on the bike and I couldn't turn the pedals anymore. RidewithGPS doesn't show it being that steep either. ...
10-07-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 723
Posted By zacster

OK, you are actually in luck. You can use an...

OK, you are actually in luck. You can use an Ultegra cassette as that has 7 loose cogs with the last 3 as a unit. Put .2mm spacers in between each loose cog in addition to the provided ones. Put a...
10-07-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 871
Posted By zacster

I once started a century in the remnants of a...

I once started a century in the remnants of a hurricane. The wind was blowing like crazy and I should have just said fuggedahboudit. But I started, the rain started coming down in buckets within 5...
Forum: Great Lakes
10-07-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,294
Posted By zacster

2200? I saw that many cyclists on my daily...

2200? I saw that many cyclists on my daily commute! I live in NYC and that would be a small ride. In fact today when I went across the Manhattan Bridge on my daily ride (retired, no more commuting...
10-06-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By zacster

The issue I have with Shiftmate as I noted on...

The issue I have with Shiftmate as I noted on another thread recently is that you are then wedded to whatever cassette you are set for, so you can't switch back and forth between Campy and Shimano...
10-06-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,510
Posted By zacster

I tried riding Haleakala on Rouvy today, starting...

I tried riding Haleakala on Rouvy today, starting at the switchbacks. I didn't even make it up one mile! The grade in Rouvy was at 12% but I don't remember it being that steep. Also the higher...
10-06-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,805
Posted By zacster

I never had a problem with my Shimano connector,...

I never had a problem with my Shimano connector, except that I forgot it was there one time when I had a flat. I pulled the wires out. Easy to fix.
10-06-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,200
Posted By zacster

Yea, I auto-subscribe to threads that I start or...

Yea, I auto-subscribe to threads that I start or reply to, and I saw someone had replied to it the other day to get it going again.
10-06-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 723
Posted By zacster

No worries. But that is the issue with Shiftmate...

No worries. But that is the issue with Shiftmate if you have multiple wheelsets of multiple types. You can't just "on the fly" swap wheels of different types. I have one combination that I made...
10-06-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,200
Posted By zacster

Long ago resolved. This thread is from 2013. It...

Long ago resolved. This thread is from 2013. It is an English threaded BB and I replaced the BB/Crank last year with Chorus. I wasn't going the FSA route again. What made it especially easy to go...
10-06-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 723
Posted By zacster

10 minutes? I just pull the bike off the trainer...

10 minutes? I just pull the bike off the trainer and put the wheel on, about 15 seconds. While the weather is still OK for going outside I do this 3-4 times a week. It is just quick release off...
10-06-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,173
Posted By zacster

58F is a second light layer for me, a polypro...

58F is a second light layer for me, a polypro long sleeve undershirt and thin leg warmers. That was actually how it was yesterday and I was a little cold in that but warmed up at the first hill. I...
10-06-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,118
Posted By zacster

Yes, price could be an issue. The best...

Yes, price could be an issue. The best alternative then is to lose more weight and ride more hills.
10-06-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 483
Posted By zacster

That's your problem right there. You want to use...

That's your problem right there. You want to use the same bottle for everything. Bike bottles stay on the bike. They've been made the same way for at least 50 years that I know and work great for...
10-06-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,200
Posted By zacster

After years of dealing with this crank (I'm the...

After years of dealing with this crank (I'm the OP from 2013!) I replaced it with a Chorus Ultra Torque crank last year. I got my use out of it and didn't feel like it was worth even trying to...
Forum: Northeast
10-06-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By zacster

On the Queens side you use the pedestrian bridge...

On the Queens side you use the pedestrian bridge over the BQE ramps, and then the sidewalk under the LIE and it leaves you on 43rd Ave, which is fine. At that point you are away from the highways...
Forum: Northeast
10-06-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 89
Posted By zacster

I don't think rt 23 is rideable, it is a 4 lane...

I don't think rt 23 is rideable, it is a 4 lane highway at least from Catskill to Cairo and I think even up to Wyndham. And I've ridden on Rt 22 in 2 different sections, but not where you are...
10-05-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 483
Posted By zacster

No to the haushof. You can't drink from that...

No to the haushof. You can't drink from that while riding without it spilling. There is a reason for the squeeze sip cap.

What's wrong with the ordinary bottles we all use? I have so many...
10-05-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,118
Posted By zacster

Get a smart trainer and start doing climbing...

Get a smart trainer and start doing climbing indoors on the bike. Use Zwift or Rouvy or The Sufferfest or whichever training software you'd like, they all come with free trials. After a winter of...
10-05-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By zacster

One of the knocks on Campy Ultra Torque (not...

One of the knocks on Campy Ultra Torque (not super torque) Record/Chorus cranks is that they depend on a wavy washer to take up the slack, and this is sometimes not sufficient. The result is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 12:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,152
Posted By zacster

If you still live in Seattle as your profile says...

If you still live in Seattle as your profile says you at least had some hills to train on! There is nothing like that in the east. I really envy you that you made it.
Forum: Northeast
10-03-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By zacster

New Kosciuszko Bridge

I rode this bridge on the first day it opened and the one thing that really irked me and also the bike media was that there was no marked approach. If you've ever been around there below the BQE you...
Forum: Northeast
10-03-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 156
Posted By zacster

I thought you were talking about Ocean Parkway in...

I thought you were talking about Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn! The bike lane on that is in terrible shape at the Brighton Beach end.
Forum: Northeast
10-03-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,575
Posted By zacster

I rode up from the Greenway to the new ramp...

I rode up from the Greenway to the new ramp yesterday using the overpass to 181st. I was surprised to see that 181st isn't as steep as I expected so that isn't a problem. Looking at Cabrini, I was...
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