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07-19-19, 11:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,315
Posted By pennpaul

Well that explains my lackluster reception to...

Well that explains my lackluster reception to these bars then!

What did you get instead?

Anyone want to buy a barely used set of FSA Adventure "46cm" bars?
07-17-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By pennpaul

Great job!

Great job!
07-17-19, 02:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 523
Posted By pennpaul

Literally half a lifetime ago, the group rides I...

Literally half a lifetime ago, the group rides I went on were all graded A, B, C, etc by speed and length. I could hang with the A-/B+ group and have a good time. Here, I am at a disadvantage not...
Replies: 66
Views: 2,776
Posted By pennpaul

VAT in France, I think, is 20% so that is a big...

VAT in France, I think, is 20% so that is a big chunk of change.
07-14-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By pennpaul

My Performance Elite bib is still nice but...

My Performance Elite bib is still nice but recently I've been riding with dhb Aeron bibs from Wiggle. Some people don't like the lower cut front on the Aerons but I do appreciate them because it...
07-14-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,315
Posted By pennpaul

Rodie with a gravel bike here. I'm still waiting...

Rodie with a gravel bike here. I'm still waiting for my "Aha" moment with the FSA Adventure bars I swapped in for the stock Eroica bars. Both are 46cm but I don't really feel opened up on the top. ...
06-19-19, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 415
Posted By pennpaul

I've just about finished smacking my forehead so...

I've just about finished smacking my forehead so I can now reply.

My initial thought was to buy new chainrings but my crankset (FSA Gossamer) has something they call "ABS" which stands for...
06-18-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 415
Posted By pennpaul

New crankset spacer question

I changed my crankset--same company and model except from 46/36 to 50/34, same BB compatibility--but I noticed the spindle of the new crank is 5mm shorter than the old one. The old crank has...
06-18-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,139
Posted By pennpaul

The new crank is installed and it doesn't seem...

The new crank is installed and it doesn't seem like I need to add or subtract any links.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2,172
Views: 306,609
Posted By pennpaul

This is the approach to the Kennedy Memorial...

This is the approach to the Kennedy Memorial (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yad_Kennedy) in the Aminadav Forest of Jerusalem. It's a nice little 20 mile training loop. As the weather warms up the...
06-12-19, 01:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,139
Posted By pennpaul

Looks like I need to adjust my plans after a big...

Looks like I need to adjust my plans after a big Doh! moment. My current cassette is actually an 11-40, not 42. Not that that matters in the grand scheme because I was planning to use the original...
06-10-19, 11:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 637
Posted By pennpaul

Yes, of course! KISS! Thanks for all the...

Yes, of course! KISS!

Thanks for all the responses. I hope I do enjoy Zwift. I am also anxious to find out how I do in the FTP test.

Paul
06-10-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,139
Posted By pennpaul

Rule of thumb? Add this many teeth and add this many chain links?

I ride a gravel bike but it's pretty much just a road bike now since the "gravel" here is beyond my abilities.

Anyway, I have a 46/36 in the front and an 11-40 in the back. I decided to get a...
06-10-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 637
Posted By pennpaul

Do I need a physical brake to Zwift?

I'm going to do a simple Zwift setup (Tacx dumb trainer and adding speed/cadence sensors to my bike) but tonight realized my spare rear wheel is missing the disc brake lock ring because it's on my...
06-05-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 27,000
Posted By pennpaul

After seeing this thread I ordered the Halo...

After seeing this thread I ordered the Halo headband and rode with it for the first time today. It was a hot one and I'm a sweater. My only comparisons are to the old school elastic cotton...
06-04-19, 03:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,845
Posted By pennpaul

Ride ahead and wait, or get dropped and be waited on?

So you've got a group ride planned where you know you're going to get dropped on every hill for the first 10 miles, but the remaining 30 miles is manageable. Do you leave early and wait for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,368
Posted By pennpaul

The road conditions in Israel are similar to what...

The road conditions in Israel are similar to what you describe in Tasmania except there are stretches of road that do have good shoulders and there are big sign markers that cyclists may be present....
06-03-19, 05:33 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,403
Posted By pennpaul

With my current tire and rim combination, it...

With my current tire and rim combination, it takes me less than 10 minutes to do the whole process with thru axles. I'm swapping tubes and not patching, though. I only patch when I get home or if I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 2,172
Views: 306,609
Posted By pennpaul

This picture was taken back in February 2019 when...

This picture was taken back in February 2019 when a friend and I rode 100 miles through the Miztpe Ramon crater in Israel to Eilat in the south.
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06-01-19, 10:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 333
Posted By pennpaul

Shimano Ultegra FD-6800 max diff between rings?

My bike has 46-36 chainrings and I want to go to 50-36. The Shimano Ultegra FD-6800 derailleur on my bike can go up to 53T max, but will it be able to shift going from a 10 tooth difference to 14...
05-28-19, 11:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,959
Posted By pennpaul

You guys are hilarious. Good job coaching.

You guys are hilarious. Good job coaching.
05-25-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 846
Posted By pennpaul

Is that a regular bike or a folding bike? If a...

Is that a regular bike or a folding bike? If a regular bike, what size bike and what kind of case? I do a fair amount of traveling but haven't sprung for a bike case because of the airline fees.
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05-13-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,672
Posted By pennpaul

Are the Terra X5s a standard/narrow width? I've...

Are the Terra X5s a standard/narrow width? I've been trying to find a wide MTB in this price range and a size 47.
05-12-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 142,503
Posted By pennpaul

There seems to be very little "gravel" here as...

There seems to be very little "gravel" here as it's either road or MTB (at least to me). I have not seen another gravel bike here in over a year. I switched out my 40mm Kenda gravel tires for 32mm...
05-06-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,053
Posted By pennpaul

In Washington, DC we have the Washington Area...

In Washington, DC we have the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (https://www.waba.org/). They are a bicycle advocacy group for the DC area. I would imagine LA has something similar. I would...
05-05-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,750
Posted By pennpaul

Thanks for this. I've been enjoying his channel....

Thanks for this. I've been enjoying his channel. I am definitely not pushing my gravel bike hard enough!

I'll throw one out there. Ryan Van Duzer. Not all his content is bike related but the...
04-28-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,035
Posted By pennpaul

That actually happened to me once when I was...

That actually happened to me once when I was commuting home through a canyon in San Diego. Baby/small rattlesnake was crossing the bike path as I was going through. It's probably the only time I've...
04-27-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,586
Posted By pennpaul

Congratulations! That sounds like a great ride. ...

Congratulations! That sounds like a great ride.

One of the YouTube channels I follow just did it, too. Amazing scenery.

https://youtu.be/YtRRfFMzDf4
04-27-19, 03:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,035
Posted By pennpaul

I found my spirit animal today

I was on vacation with my family for nearly 2 weeks eating our way through Thailand. I went for a 20-miler this morning and decided to hit up some hills. On the last climb, I encountered my spirit...
03-19-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,404
Posted By pennpaul

Thanks, but I just bought the 610 last night in a...

Thanks, but I just bought the 610 last night in a size 13.
03-19-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,404
Posted By pennpaul

Was your previous saddle so bad that waiting a...

Was your previous saddle so bad that waiting a year with the SQLabs saddle has been worth it? I'm asking because I, too, am in the market for a new saddle. I just measured my sit bones using the...
03-11-19, 04:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By pennpaul

Spoke tension checked by my hand seems good. The...

Spoke tension checked by my hand seems good. The wheels are still true. No play on either wheel if I try to rock it at the tire. No visible debris in the tires. Tiny bit of play between the Sunrace...
03-10-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By pennpaul

Rear hub noise diagnosis needed

I started to hear a clicking noise on my last 2 rides. It doesn't happen until I'm at least 10 miles in to the ride and seems to only happen when the bike is under load. It's a gravel bike but it...
02-21-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,577
Posted By pennpaul

Nope, did not witness any of that. The hotel...

Nope, did not witness any of that.

The hotel where we stayed had quite a busy street in front but I just could not get everything to cooperate in one shot. Here's a link to the Google Streetview....
02-21-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,577
Posted By pennpaul

We were in AMS and The Netherlands for the first...

We were in AMS and The Netherlands for the first time last May. These pics were taken around 3:30pm in AMS in the afternoon which I suppose is approaching rush hour. The number of bikes in AMS was...
02-18-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,065
Posted By pennpaul

Try to find a local bike club. When I started...

Try to find a local bike club. When I started riding in Philly, the Philadelphia Bike Club became my social network as well as where I learned how to ride on the road, ride in a group, and learn the...
02-18-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

Some more pics ...

Some more pics

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/960x720/fb_img_1550519024080_2_6f1525f253e12ba05880c3dd4503480e4aa3e1c1.jpg

Approximately what the ibex that I almost...
02-17-19, 01:30 AM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 142,503
Posted By pennpaul

Did a century yesterday with a friend starting at...

Did a century yesterday with a friend starting at the top of Ramon Crater (world's largest erosion crater) and ending in Eilat in the south of...
02-16-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

We made it but after dark. I woke up at 4am but...

We made it but after dark. I woke up at 4am but involving others (especially my family) meant we didn't leave until 8am.

Any other day I probably would have picked the couch over the saddle. It...
02-15-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

That is our number one concern right now. The...

That is our number one concern right now. The forecast is calling for 30% rain from 8am to 11am at 40deg F, and the 15mph wind going west to east is supposed to continue. We are travelling...
02-15-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

Funny you mention that. We saw this on our drive...

Funny you mention that. We saw this on our drive down about 1/2hr ago. Sky was cloudy from dust and then we see this square of light hovering in the sky.

It's the tower of a solar power station....
02-14-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

Yes, we *should* finish in plenty of time. The...

Yes, we *should* finish in plenty of time. The plan at the end is to dip our wheels in the Gulf of Aqaba which leads into the Red Sea. Hopefully I'll have pics to share.

The roads in Israel are...
02-14-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

I guess your definition of "slow" is different...

I guess your definition of "slow" is different from mine. I wouldn't consider 20mph to be slow. Even the centuries I did in my early twenties with some others of similar (good) fitness finished...
02-14-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,119
Posted By pennpaul

How many of your centuries finish before dark?

A friend and I will attempt a century this Saturday through the Negev Desert to a southern beach resort in Israel. My wife and kids will provide sag support with our car.

I'm thinking back to my...
01-28-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,558
Posted By pennpaul

I wear this Garmin HRM with regular strap and it...

I wear this Garmin HRM with regular strap and it pairs fine with my Lezyne SuperGPS. I have a 46" chest and find the HRM to be comfortable. On a ride, I forget it's there.
...
01-17-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By pennpaul

Thanks for the words of encouragement. At the...

Thanks for the words of encouragement. At the end of that ride, I did bum water off another cyclist who was packing up her car. It was too late to save me, though, but she did offer a ride. She...
12-26-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 142,503
Posted By pennpaul

Yesterday, Christmas Day, I rode a section of the...

Yesterday, Christmas Day, I rode a section of the Burma Road in the Jerusalem foothills. In 1948 the road was cut by Israeli independence fighters so they could provide supplies to the Jewish...
12-15-18, 10:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By pennpaul

I can carry 3 bottles on my bike but didn't think...

I can carry 3 bottles on my bike but didn't think to grab that last one before heading out. Stupid. The Camelback is a good idea. I'm planning a trip from here to the southern tip of Israel which...
12-15-18, 02:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,531
Posted By pennpaul

Had my first DNF today

The first time in my life I could not finish a ride. It was supposed to be a 43 mile ride but had a lot of climbing. My main goal was climbing up to see the Challenger Memorial which I did--that's...
12-13-18, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,028
Posted By pennpaul

Quick search on PWB and Universal Cycles show...

Quick search on PWB and Universal Cycles show they both offer Phil Wood hubs with PWB having more selection online. Universal Cycles is a bike shop so they can order pretty much anything you want,...
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