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10-22-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,653
Posted By wipekitty

Lots of Trek bicycles in Wisconsin...hmm.

Lots of Trek bicycles in Wisconsin...hmm.
10-20-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By wipekitty

How to true carbon/aluminum wheel

Question: How does one true an aluminum wheel with a carbon fairing?

I am running a pair of Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 wheels, which are aluminum with a 50mm deep carbon fairing. I am using clinchers...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 166
Posted By wipekitty

Finally made it out on a weekend ride! Just a...

Finally made it out on a weekend ride! Just a short/solo ride: 22.8 miles, 1,440'. It was an overcast but pretty pleasant day in North Carolina: 60F, with plenty of leaves still on the trees.

I've...
10-20-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By wipekitty

1) Rain/windbreaker pants can range all the way...

1) Rain/windbreaker pants can range all the way from $20 to more than anybody wants to spend! Showers Pass makes good cycling-specific waterproof/breathable stuff, which means it's a bit more aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 349
Views: 19,090
Posted By wipekitty

Coach says: "Pain is weakness leaving the body!" ...

Coach says: "Pain is weakness leaving the body!"

People hate it when I bring this up at the top of some stoopid climb.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By wipekitty

I've used the free version for route planning for...

I've used the free version for route planning for quite some time. I prefer it to Strava and Map My Ride for planning and especially sharing routes.

Last summer, I coughed up the $6 per month for...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 957
Posted By wipekitty

Commuting rituals...for me, it's more like a mad...

Commuting rituals...for me, it's more like a mad dash to get out of the house in one piece.

Coffee. Take dog out. Finish coffee. Take meds and turn on sink for cats (really). Check weather, choose...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,627
Views: 50,050
Posted By wipekitty

Beautiful commuting weather last week, mostly in...

Beautiful commuting weather last week, mostly in the 50-60 degree range. Changing at work is a snap when there's no post-sweat. Rain on Wednesday meant I got to try the Shake Dry, which I purchased...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 462
Posted By wipekitty

+1 for Endura Pro DS. These have become my...

+1 for Endura Pro DS. These have become my favorites for longer rides - I've done at least one century in them. Some of the UK retailers (Wiggle, etc.) still have them in stock.

Shebeest makes...
10-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 441
Posted By wipekitty

I usually just used a cable lock through the...

I usually just used a cable lock through the frame of the trailer and the rear triangle of the bicycle.

It's definitely a 'keep people honest' kinda thing, and I'm not sure it is entirely...
10-15-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,555
Posted By wipekitty

I've also saved my two crashed helmets - not sure...

I've also saved my two crashed helmets - not sure what I'll do yet, maybe something like a helmet wall of fame.

The other ones hung around the basement for a while then eventually got tossed, as...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,127
Posted By wipekitty

Mail order can be okay if: You are...

Mail order can be okay if:

You are comfortable adjusting derailleurs and cables, both for initial setup and for cable stretch
You are comfortable adjusting, and sometimes installing, brakes
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,441
Posted By wipekitty

fUCI looks fun. With a few modifications for fit,...

fUCI looks fun. With a few modifications for fit, I'd take that thing for a spin.

The other one is just...wow. I don't think I could ride that in an empty parking lot, let alone in traffic. It...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,529
Posted By wipekitty

This thread reminds me why I always leave a...

This thread reminds me why I always leave a little card with my phone number and e-mail address when I lock up my bike at the airport. :)

(No safety issue - airport bike trips are solo trips, so...
10-13-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 667
Posted By wipekitty

Nice work! I can still, to this day, only...

Nice work!

I can still, to this day, only execute a track stand on a fixed gear bike. Sadly, I rarely ride fixed anymore, so there's just a lot of clipping in and out.
10-13-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 146
Posted By wipekitty

The big differences - from what I can tell: ...

The big differences - from what I can tell:

Avail 1 has a 'composite' (carbon fiber) fork; Avail 3 has aluminum. Carbon is said to provide better shock absorption than aluminum, thus improving...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,058
Posted By wipekitty

Kinda! I'm on a one year job in North Carolina,...

Kinda! I'm on a one year job in North Carolina, with my job in Wisconsin waiting after that. So, yeah. Comparatively it will not be cold, and I won't have the couple months of permasnow that...
10-12-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,895
Posted By wipekitty

Correct response: Dual pivot brakes, monocoque...

Correct response: Dual pivot brakes, monocoque carbon frames, aluminum/carbon hybrid rims, 20/24 spokes, and skinny tires (with latex tubes) are the best, and any new technology need not be...
10-12-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 552
Posted By wipekitty

Small contribution: Definitely get a...

Small contribution:

Definitely get a different bike. At 5'5", my 50cm frame was cramped and I needed a stem swap to make it comfortable - you will find yourself far less sore and crampy riding a...
10-12-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,301
Posted By wipekitty

I started riding primarily for transportation...

I started riding primarily for transportation (and most of my transportation is still by bike). Eventually, I discovered that it was fun to go explore other roads when I didn't have to be anywhere,...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 593
Posted By wipekitty

Continental Grand Prix 4000S2 are a nice fast...

Continental Grand Prix 4000S2 are a nice fast tire. I haven't tried the newer model, GP 5000, but I assume they are similar. GP 5000 comes in sizes up to 32; 4000S2 tops out at 28, but the tires run...
10-10-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,106
Posted By wipekitty

Temperature: 65-80 and DRY. The dew point should...

Temperature: 65-80 and DRY. The dew point should be below 32F at all times (cold drinks should never have condensation.)

Obviously, a tailwind helps. For pure speed, I'll take a nice, straight,...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 1,627
Views: 50,050
Posted By wipekitty

Lovely rides the past two days, now that it is...

Lovely rides the past two days, now that it is cooling down a bit. I wore (and regretted wearing) sleeves both mornings; too many years in the Upper Midwest and now my body just makes its own heat.
...
10-07-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 498
Posted By wipekitty

I'm going to miss winter this year...just a...

I'm going to miss winter this year...just a little bit :(

I did bring a pair of lightly studded tires down to North Carolina - it will be priceless to see the looks if there is actually snow or...
10-07-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,234
Posted By wipekitty

I ended up with some Showers Pass convertible...

I ended up with some Showers Pass convertible pants (a good deal on the 'Bay). I use them as knickers if it's just a bit wet or I don't particularly mind the bottom half of my legs getting wet, or...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 901
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a proud owner of this set as well :) ...

I'm a proud owner of this set as well :)

I've had it for close to three years, and the carbon bits on my bike have yet to snap or come loose, so it's good enough for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,681
Posted By wipekitty

What others said: new bike, new roads, new...

What others said: new bike, new roads, new groups, new discipline(s)!

Everyone is different, but personally, taking up gravel and keeping a single speed helps me break the rut. Gravel is just...
10-05-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,905
Posted By wipekitty

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than...

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than the bus, more fun than either.

Physical fitness: I like to push my heart rate and make myself feel like puking. Helps with sleep.

Mental health...
10-05-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,154
Posted By wipekitty

Wow, that one is pretty great - it's helpful to...

Wow, that one is pretty great - it's helpful to see all the information at once. The only thing missing is meters of development (which is likely only of interest for OCD riders such as myself.)...
10-04-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,396
Posted By wipekitty

Layers...of different kinds for different body...

Layers...of different kinds for different body parts.

My basic system (which kicks in somewhere around 40F) involves a windproof/water resistant soft shell with pit zips and wool layers (shirts,...
09-25-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 568
Posted By wipekitty

I definitely suffer from BADS. My problem is...

I definitely suffer from BADS.

My problem is that it's not enough to simply ride a bike for a bit - it has to be a good effort to keep my BADS at bay. Preferably rides with some zippy descents...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,743
Posted By wipekitty

Today: two cats (alive!), in two different...

Today: two cats (alive!), in two different locations!

I like to think that I see a lot of cats because they know I like cats, but it probably has more to do with the fact that I'm out around...
09-24-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,540
Posted By wipekitty

I lost two Cygolite Hotshot tail lights in less...

I lost two Cygolite Hotshot tail lights in less than a year: one when I landed my bike in a ditch, and the second on a bumpy minimum maintenance road. I was with the same guys both times, so I blame...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 125,743
Posted By wipekitty

I passed up two nice finds today: a hardhat and...

I passed up two nice finds today: a hardhat and an umbrella that appeared to be in good shape. The umbrella was a couple lanes over, or else I would have grabbed it. I could actually use an umbrella.
Forum: Foo
09-19-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,747
Posted By wipekitty

I would have said Amazon...until about two weeks...

I would have said Amazon...until about two weeks ago when I received an EMPTY package. Returns are super easy, but I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to report an empty package...and it...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,627
Views: 50,050
Posted By wipekitty

Fun one today! Temperature 65F at the start, so I...

Fun one today! Temperature 65F at the start, so I only smelled a little bit bad.

I was chatting with a guy at a light who turned out to be going the same way, similar pace, so we did a little...
09-17-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,551
Posted By wipekitty

On two occasions I've had RD cables break going...

On two occasions I've had RD cables break going up some stoopid 10% grade, both times out in the country ~15 miles from home. In both cases, I ended up walking the hill and then having some extra fun...
09-17-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 715
Posted By wipekitty

Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different...

Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different saddle height. Otherwise, my knees speak up.

This is mainly a factor when I'm using platform pedals and switch between thin summer shoes and boots with...
09-14-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,480
Posted By wipekitty

I definitely spent some time hanging out at the...

I definitely spent some time hanging out at the LBS in my last town.

The owners and many of the employees were people I rode with frequently, and the head service writer had a ton of industry...
09-11-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,473
Posted By wipekitty

I found these fun ones recently: Speed-bumps...

I found these fun ones recently:

Speed-bumps uphill is mean (https://www.strava.com/segments/8929335)
Get killed by a person on phone in SUV (https://www.strava.com/segments/16008897)
09-09-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 22,822
Posted By wipekitty

New place! Now, it's +/- 2 miles to the closest...

New place! Now, it's +/- 2 miles to the closest normal grocery store, depending on which roads I take. My previous town was pretty flat and quiet, but here it's all rolling hills with narrow streets...
09-09-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,453
Posted By wipekitty

Nope! You guys are stuck with this thread, unless...

Nope! You guys are stuck with this thread, unless a mod decides to step in and delete it.

Great to see you back in LCF, Roody. I hope things are okay.
Forum: Commuting
09-09-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 1,627
Views: 50,050
Posted By wipekitty

Nice 'n' sweaty commuting today, though I didn't...

Nice 'n' sweaty commuting today, though I didn't feel like death, so I must be acclimating!

Fun sights on the ride home: a young guy with a brand new road bike, who appeared to be practicing using...
09-09-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,247
Posted By wipekitty

Agreed - I've also had excellent service from...

Agreed - I've also had excellent service from Cygolite.

I've used Li-ion and Expilion front lights for over a decade. In that time, two bit the dust...but one of those was left out in the rain...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,531
Posted By wipekitty

Surprisingly...no. The last town I lived in...

Surprisingly...no.

The last town I lived in did not have a formal club, despite having a large and active cycling community. There were shop rides, weekend rides, early morning rides, gravel...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,954
Posted By wipekitty

That's kind of my strategy :lol:

That's kind of my strategy :lol:
09-08-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 295
Posted By wipekitty

My basic/most frequently used tools include: ...

My basic/most frequently used tools include:

Metric Allen keys
Small torque wrench with Allen bits (for carbon fiber frames/parts)
Small screwdriver
Cable cutter
Needle-nosed pliers...
09-08-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,389
Posted By wipekitty

We are in Durham :)

We are in Durham :)
Forum: Commuting
09-06-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 1,627
Views: 50,050
Posted By wipekitty

Left work at 6:45PM, and it was gorgeous. I'd...

Left work at 6:45PM, and it was gorgeous. I'd forgotten how big and green the trees are in the South, making it a little bit dark before it's actually dark.

I got a flat tire...a block from home!...
09-06-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,587
Posted By wipekitty

I haven't seen any snakes yet, but there are...

I haven't seen any snakes yet, but there are apparently copperheads in my new locale. I'm a bit paranoid about copperheads. I'm used to rattlesnakes, and at least understand how those work!
...
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