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Forum: Foo
11-03-18, 04:04 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,121
Posted By kbarch

More or less experience. I'm guessing you have...

More or less experience. I'm guessing you have none that pertains here.

By the way, if you or Billy read through the more thoughtful responses, it should be apparent that folks who identify as...
Forum: Foo
09-29-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,121
Posted By kbarch

If the mods can't see the connection to road...

If the mods can't see the connection to road cycling specifically and consider this foo, I'm done. The whole forum is foo as far as I'm concerned.

I realize the mods have a thankless job, and...
Forum: Foo
09-29-18, 05:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,121
Posted By kbarch

Thanks for sharing the photo, Campag - gives me...

Thanks for sharing the photo, Campag - gives me an excuse to post my last moto love.......
Forum: Foo
09-29-18, 05:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,121
Posted By kbarch

Interesting that you mentioned descending. I...

Interesting that you mentioned descending. I rode motorcycles for about as long as I've been bicycling now, did a few track days but have done far more bicycle races and no longer own a moto, but I...
Forum: Foo
09-29-18, 04:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,121
Posted By kbarch

Motorcycling Experience?

It comes up every now and then, so I'm kinda curious - how extensive is our experience with motorcycling, and how does it compare with our bicycling experience?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-18, 04:06 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,795
Posted By kbarch

If it's a binary choice - road vs mountain (or...

If it's a binary choice - road vs mountain (or dirt), or paved vs unpaved, OK. But maybe we want to make a different kind of distinction. I don't know much about dirt/mountain biking, but I know...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-18, 03:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,738
Posted By kbarch

But both vehicles are identifiable, and had they...

But both vehicles are identifiable, and had they caused a mishap, chances are they would have come close enough that the plates would have been totally legible. I don't think the resolution is so...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-18, 06:28 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,795
Posted By kbarch

No, because a MUP is not a road. That's not...

No, because a MUP is not a road.
That's not to say that the miles which may be covered on them occasionally don't count, but if the idea and intent is to ride paths that are designed to exclude...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-18, 03:23 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,546
Posted By kbarch

I think Florida must be ideal for rides like...

I think Florida must be ideal for rides like that. The expanse and variety of layouts like that you see on the ground when leaving or making an approach into Miami or whatever never ceases to amaze...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,738
Posted By kbarch

:thumb: Although I think its negative...

:thumb:
Although I think its negative speculation in either case (its all about getting in a serious mishap, which is pretty negative), I think you have it the right way around: something you like...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-18, 04:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,546
Posted By kbarch

I was actually thinking about this kind of thing...

I was actually thinking about this kind of thing the other day.

When I had a bike as a youngster in Texas, I liked to ride back and forth through the local grid of streets, sometimes something...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-18, 05:20 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,738
Posted By kbarch

As for the interesting things I see on rides,...

As for the interesting things I see on rides, much of the time, it's on the side of the road, not in front, i.e., not something a camera aimed forward (or back) is likely to capture well. Maybe if I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-18, 04:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,738
Posted By kbarch

Not for me. They may come in handy as some...

Not for me.

They may come in handy as some people say and have experienced, but they don't capture everything, in fact, they can miss the most important things. They can capture your own...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-18, 05:04 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,897,633
Posted By kbarch

For a kid's bike, that is beyond hot! That...

For a kid's bike, that is beyond hot! That turquoise bar tape is brilliant.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-18, 05:00 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,897,633
Posted By kbarch

:lol: Nah, but maybe sunlight coming in under...

:lol:
Nah, but maybe sunlight coming in under the trees, shortly after sunrise makes it look that way. ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-18, 04:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,031
Posted By kbarch

As with anything, the best bargains are had from...

As with anything, the best bargains are had from second hand and clearance. If any of you are size XS or XXL, you might find some super bargains on high-end stuff from last year. ;) After that,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-18, 04:20 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,897,633
Posted By kbarch

Take it outside, guys! ;) And now for a...

Take it outside, guys! ;)

And now for a random bike pic: hot or not?https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/792x526/sunnybike_63d91bb4d975d9edb934783d22d93994fd1b9b0d.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-18, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,897,633
Posted By kbarch

I don't see how the rejection of a specific color...

I don't see how the rejection of a specific color or number of colors indicates good taste, only limited taste. That's a personal matter.
It seems to me that the blue, yellow and gray paint job was...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-18, 05:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,309
Posted By kbarch

Actually, I wasn't talking about having more...

Actually, I wasn't talking about having more riders further behind as in a) and b) above, I was talking about having a wider front, i.e., riders flanking the one on the point of the wedge, like this:...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-18, 08:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,309
Posted By kbarch

I'd wager that the advantage of the wedge that a...

I'd wager that the advantage of the wedge that a peloton makes provides more advantage to the lead rider than having a straight line behind him. I'd wager it's at least double, i.e., 5-6% compared to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-18, 07:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,314
Posted By kbarch

One point to (soft) PEDALING ;) when approaching...

One point to (soft) PEDALING ;) when approaching a signaled intersection is to keep track of what gear one is in, and to adjust as appropriate to set up for the re-acceleration.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-18, 05:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,309
Posted By kbarch

Consider a formation where the front is a sort of...

Consider a formation where the front is a sort of triangle, with the center rider's sides protected by riders slightly behind. If the drag caused by loose clothing is enough to make a difference in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-18, 04:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,309
Posted By kbarch

At first this was kind of confusing, but then I...

At first this was kind of confusing, but then I realized a lot of it was only an attempt to say "all else being equal except the number of riders in the peloton " in other words, does the size of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-18, 05:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 613
Posted By kbarch

Yesterday was a short, early-ish ride with a...

Yesterday was a short, early-ish ride with a couple of friends, joined by another for the last 10 of about 30 miles. Saw a little more wildlife than usual, including the COOLEST EVER.
On the way...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-18, 04:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,328
Posted By kbarch

Rather than "tangible," I think what you're...

Rather than "tangible," I think what you're getting at is that the difference comes when the prize has value in some context outside the contest. While cash and similarly valuable prizes connect...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,897,633
Posted By kbarch

I see that bike all the time. Used to think it...

I see that bike all the time. Used to think it was pretty cool, now I'm thinking: ho hum... ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-18, 04:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,832
Posted By kbarch

Sorry no takers, but midweek it's not surprising....

Sorry no takers, but midweek it's not surprising. I think it's clear that climbs are not a good way to bring people together. :) However, I'm pretty sure you're not the only one who enjoys them the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-18, 03:59 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,314
Posted By kbarch

Yup. Stopping is more work than a lot of people...

Yup. Stopping is more work than a lot of people acknowledge. So is overcoming complete inertia, especially when working against gravity. Quite often, the first few meters from a stop at an...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,240
Posted By kbarch

How long is a piece of string?

How long is a piece of string?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-18, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,261
Posted By kbarch

I confess: I complain about noisy hubs. But it's...

I confess: I complain about noisy hubs. But it's mainly so I can complain about the coasting without sounding like I'm judging their riding style.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-18, 06:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,314
Posted By kbarch

I think the more we read here, the more obvious...

I think the more we read here, the more obvious it is that context makes all the difference. Reading others going on about owning the lane, fear of being run over etc., makes me think of certain...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-18, 07:03 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,328
Posted By kbarch

There's a guy from the city I started following...

There's a guy from the city I started following after he stole a really good KOM I had when they repaved the road. He'll occasionally place in Masters or P12 fields. But I also notice he goes...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,328
Posted By kbarch

Of course only a braggart will talk about his own...

Of course only a braggart will talk about his own achievements unprompted. But you'll never convince me that people who make their rides public on Strava don't care if others to notice when they get...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-18, 06:16 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,328
Posted By kbarch

Yup - like anything, it's what you make of it...

Yup - like anything, it's what you make of it that matters.
No, they aren't the same as normally sanctioned races, but they correspond to something similar. In principal, I don't see how they'd be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-18, 05:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,832
Posted By kbarch

I don't know that I've ever seen a group remain a...

I don't know that I've ever seen a group remain a fully cohesive group over the course of a mile-plus climb of 6% or more. One or two re-groups are tolerable, but beyond that, rides with a lot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-18, 09:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,314
Posted By kbarch

These are interesting. I have to say, it may be...

These are interesting. I have to say, it may be harder for some people to get going while trying to clip in, but that's something I guess I've practiced a lot more. Sometimes I'll just goof around...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-18, 08:21 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,240
Posted By kbarch

Why not? Do you object to the use of the term...

Why not? Do you object to the use of the term "strong" because there is something else specific, besides the ability to move heavy stuff, that we should be focusing on? Or do we just want to exclude,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-18, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By kbarch

So you know... But the weirdest thing to me is...

So you know... But the weirdest thing to me is choosing such a road in the first place. The novelty of expressways soon wears off and I think - of all the roads I could be on, why would I want to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-18, 07:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,328
Posted By kbarch

I just saw that. You might have just asked him...

I just saw that. You might have just asked him nicely to trim the ride, but then again....
I like to have faith in people, but something tells me he won't be giving up those bogus KOMs any time...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-18, 03:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,314
Posted By kbarch

I'll start soft pedaling, maybe feather the...

I'll start soft pedaling, maybe feather the brakes a little. I generally don't coast, especially in such situations, because that's a good way to wind up in the wrong gear. The only time I'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By kbarch

Charity rides are good for that. Where was it? ...

Charity rides are good for that. Where was it? Were there enough people that any of the roads were closed? That can add to the fun sometimes, but sometimes it's just kind of weird (like the 5...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 07:48 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,470
Posted By kbarch

I'm convinced of the merits of sealant, but not...

I'm convinced of the merits of sealant, but not the merits of tubeless, except that they're easier to pour the sealant into.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 07:44 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,892
Posted By kbarch

This is what I'm always reminded of when I join...

This is what I'm always reminded of when I join them. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 750
Posted By kbarch

Pardon the humblebragging (more like proud...

Pardon the humblebragging (more like proud self-deprecation given the mostly lame positions behind the leader on prestige courses) but...
VeloViewer indicates the longest "segment" I've recorded was...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 06:31 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 16,947
Posted By kbarch

I think the biggest PITA is inertia, and making...

I think the biggest PITA is inertia, and making the transition. I really like the idea of using wax, but right now I don't have a good place to do maintenance or set up the process - dismounting the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 05:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,310
Posted By kbarch

Conditions play a big role. In open areas,...

Conditions play a big role. In open areas, moonlit, etc., sometimes you may want just enough to be seen, because brightly lighting one part of the road too much means not being able to see the rest....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-18, 03:54 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 39,073
Posted By kbarch

If your friend has put tens of thousands of miles...

If your friend has put tens of thousands of miles on that bike, I'm guessing it doesn't even have the original chain rings, let alone the original rear sprockets - who knows what he might have...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-18, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,897,633
Posted By kbarch

Pretty hot compared what I ride to and from the...

Pretty hot compared what I ride to and from the office on instead, namely this:
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/618x409/citibike2_f306afef83ca8fe80e2951692d11a04dd7de156e.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,420
Posted By kbarch

Why do those make me think of a dinosaur? I got...

Why do those make me think of a dinosaur?
I got the plain reflective ones:...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By kbarch

So, 27 miles in NYC - besides Museum Mile, where...

So, 27 miles in NYC - besides Museum Mile, where else did you go?

For me, yesterday it was 54 miles, 2,900' with the gang up to Rockland Lake, much of it easy, but for a couple of stretches on the...
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