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Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By canklecat

I've had an '89 Centurion Ironman for a couple of...

I've had an '89 Centurion Ironman for a couple of years now. Great values. Mine is still mostly original, Suntour GPX group with downtube shifters. An Ironman with Shimano group would be easier to...
07-18-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,340
Posted By canklecat

My favorite hybrid tires are Continental Speed...

My favorite hybrid tires are Continental Speed Rides. One size, nominally 700x42 but measure closer to 700x38. I've ridden the same set since autumn 2016 and they still have miles of wear left.
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07-18-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,101
Posted By canklecat

My goal is to ride. If I don't feel like it,...

My goal is to ride.

If I don't feel like it, ride anyway. Even if only 30 minutes on the indoor trainer while watching TV.

If I do feel like it, keep going until I don't feel like it anymore....
07-18-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By canklecat

Same, at 61. I'm finally recovering from some...

Same, at 61. I'm finally recovering from some physical and health setbacks last year, but need more rest and recovery time than I used to. That was difficult to admit to myself.

Now I need a day...
07-18-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By canklecat

Yup. I use an older model Wahoo sensor set with...

Yup. I use an older model Wahoo sensor set with my iPhone 4s on my old steel road bike for indoor trainer. There are still plenty of unsold new/old stock Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack kits for iPhone 3 to...
Forum: Foo
07-18-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By canklecat

Can't wait for hemp-smoked bbq. Be a nice change...

Can't wait for hemp-smoked bbq. Be a nice change from mesquite.
Forum: Foo
07-18-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By canklecat

Probably a little of both. Videos of cats'...

Probably a little of both.

Videos of cats' routines show they do go through patterns of alternating between laziness (which we usually see), and roaming, playing stalking and hunting games,...
07-18-19, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 309
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, Kool Stop bead jack. I carry one in my...

Ditto, Kool Stop bead jack. I carry one in my jersey pocket most rides. Essential for tight fitting beads. I like my Conti road tires so I'll put up with the jack.
07-18-19, 01:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By canklecat

Wheel placement in horizontal dropouts can...

Wheel placement in horizontal dropouts can influence shifting and the cog size that can be accommodated. Depends on the bike and rear derailleur and shifter system. My '89 Centurion Ironman with...
07-18-19, 12:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By canklecat

Bright red Kirtland bags would be period correct....

Bright red Kirtland bags would be period correct. But not to everyone's taste.

Ditto blue nylon bags. Very common 1970s-'80s color.

Jandd bags are still made in that style.

Check out Tourbon...
07-18-19, 12:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 846
Posted By canklecat

Cut an old tube into strips. Use it to practice...

Cut an old tube into strips. Use it to practice wrapping. Also good as padding between the bar and nicer cosmetic tape.
07-17-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
Posted By canklecat

True, but the OP is a long way off from that. At...

True, but the OP is a long way off from that. At his age, mid-30s, it would take about six months of methodical training to get up to that level of fitness. At my age and physical condition it took...
07-17-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By canklecat

Yup, I didn't mean to imply any "Back in my day,...

Yup, I didn't mean to imply any "Back in my day, ya punk whippersnappers" kinda curmudgeonly rant.

If I was coaching a team nowadays and caught a racer straw-bossing the mechanics I'd suggest he...
07-17-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,401
Posted By canklecat

They mashed because the typical freewheel was a...

They mashed because the typical freewheel was a 5-speed corncob. They might have the luxury of a 13-21, maybe a little bigger, on mountain stages.

Merckx's hour record was completely different...
07-17-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,020
Posted By canklecat

Wood velodromes are rare in the US now. High...

Wood velodromes are rare in the US now. High maintenance, not enough money/sponsors in the sport. It's inevitable the tracks will become dangerous.

Basketball courts have lots of joinery. But even...
07-17-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By canklecat

Kinda funny to watch older movies of racers. Some...

Kinda funny to watch older movies of racers. Some of them, like Merckx and Hinault, either did a lot of their own bike building, repairs and maintenance, or supervised it. There's a documentary of...
07-17-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,401
Posted By canklecat

Ride your own natural cadence. It'll vary over...

Ride your own natural cadence. It'll vary over time and distance anyway. As long as the bike fit is appropriate and no harm is being done to your joints, it can't be wrong.

The high rpm technique...
07-17-19, 03:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
Posted By canklecat

Just keep riding. It'll come. Find a compatible...

Just keep riding. It'll come. Find a compatible group and ride with them once a week, or a few times a month. That made a huge difference in my enjoyment of cycling and fitness. I was in terrible...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 02:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 797
Posted By canklecat

MIPS works. I was skeptical too but went ahead...

MIPS works. I was skeptical too but went ahead and bought a Bell Formula MIPS last summer because it was in my budget.

This spring I was conked on the noggin by a railroad crossing arm that...
07-17-19, 02:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 744
Posted By canklecat

Pretty cool. Good speed in some places, which is...

Pretty cool. Good speed in some places, which is safer since the overtake speed of motor vehicles is within reasonable reaction time.

Probably safer than the two-lane rural Texas highways I often...
07-17-19, 01:51 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,799
Posted By canklecat

I like the Spin Doctor multitool I got from...

I like the Spin Doctor multitool I got from Nashbar last year on blowout for something like $15. The chain and spoke tools are really good -- I've used them instead of my shop chain and spoke tools a...
07-17-19, 01:30 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,219
Posted By canklecat

Since my last post a couple of years ago I've...

Since my last post a couple of years ago I've switched to plastic cages on my road bikes. So far, so good, never had a bottle pop out -- which would be bad pookie in a group ride. I get annoyed when...
07-17-19, 01:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By canklecat

Handlebar tape, not the handlebars. Stuff gets...

Handlebar tape, not the handlebars. Stuff gets grimy quickly. Some bar wrap can be cleaned but it's quicker to wrap new bar tape. An experienced mechanic can rewrap a bar in 2-3 minutes, and do a...
07-17-19, 01:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By canklecat

Still better than being chased by a half nekkid...

Still better than being chased by a half nekkid Viking dude with a giant foam rubber hammer. At least I hope that's a hammer. Some of those grand tour fans are creepy.
07-17-19, 12:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 494
Posted By canklecat

Try some strong ammonia or ammonia based cleaner....

Try some strong ammonia or ammonia based cleaner. It's a solvent for many types of rubber, latex, even India ink and calligraphy inks. Soak a cotton ball in the stuff and lay it on the goo overnight....
07-17-19, 12:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,128
Posted By canklecat

Check your browser settings. If you're in any...

Check your browser settings. If you're in any form of privacy mode, including ad blockers, script blockers, caching, etc., it can interfere with saving drafts of posts.

Generally I use Firefox for...
07-17-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 7,047
Views: 597,610
Posted By canklecat

You'll be strong like bull at 165. But even...

You'll be strong like bull at 165. But even 170-175 would be good. You know from martial arts and trying to make weight there's always a gray zone where we suddenly get weaker beyond a certain limit,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 12:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 675
Posted By canklecat

Get some old school aluminum rims from the 1980s,...

Get some old school aluminum rims from the 1980s, build 'em around 7 speed freewheel hubs or 8 speed cassettes. Those suckers were usually quiet. I have a bunch of 7-speed freewheels -- Shimano,...
07-16-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7,047
Views: 597,610
Posted By canklecat

My climbing is even better with the Trekenstein! ...

My climbing is even better with the Trekenstein!

Semi-seriously, I lost weight last year during that bout with thyroid cancer. I was on a mostly liquid and soft food diet for months -- couldn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 797
Posted By canklecat

I really like Bell's attention to detail in my...

I really like Bell's attention to detail in my Formula MIPS, so I'd planned to get a Z20. Lots of little things, like the full coverage of protective plastic over the EPS foam on the underside of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,024
Posted By canklecat

Noisy Cricket. Eris. That's what I...

Noisy Cricket.

Eris.

That's what I named my road bikes. I respect that.
07-16-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,165
Posted By canklecat

Always. And after watching a horrific crash...

Always.

And after watching a horrific crash in a casual group ride a couple of weeks ago, I got an extra helmet so I'll always have one ready with my video camera mount. Occasionally I waste time...
07-16-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,271
Posted By canklecat

Genetic isolation. Japan and Okinawa are among...

Genetic isolation. Japan and Okinawa are among the most insular populations in the world, remarkable considering their relative openness to international commerce, tourism and the US military.
...
07-16-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 996
Posted By canklecat

Don't pedal primarily on the balls of your feet...

Don't pedal primarily on the balls of your feet with platforms. Bad ergonomics.

I've had foot problems since childhood -- long, narrow, bony feet with high arches. I still struggle with painful...
07-16-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 312
Posted By canklecat

Do you take any hormone replacements? Just...

Do you take any hormone replacements? Just curious since my dad died in 2015 after a long bout with prostate cancer. We thought he had it beaten but it metastasized and he was gone quickly. My...
07-16-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By canklecat

Yep, trainer workouts and road workouts differ...

Yep, trainer workouts and road workouts differ just enough to present new physical challenges. I encountered that last year when I was out of commission for a few months after being hit by a car. I...
07-16-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 7,047
Views: 597,610
Posted By canklecat

Well done. Checking Strava, I'm not sure I've...

Well done. Checking Strava, I'm not sure I've ever sustained 20+ mph for more than 5 miles even on relatively flat terrain here -- which we don't have much of. If I can crack 20 mph on some stretches...
07-16-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 988
Posted By canklecat

Check a recent thread by Tyrion asking about...

Check a recent thread by Tyrion asking about platform pedals. Lot of recommendations there. I'm leaning toward either an iSSi Stomp, which is not a classic looking pedal, and other larger platforms....
07-16-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By canklecat

Should be fine with SunRace 7-speed freewheels....

Should be fine with SunRace 7-speed freewheels. The cog teeth are shaped like Shimano's and the spacing seems compatible.

I've switched between Shimano Uniglide 7-speed cassettes and SunRace...
07-16-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 712
Posted By canklecat

There has got to be a zillion bikes in Austin...

There has got to be a zillion bikes in Austin that would do the trick. You may have hit a slump in ads. Whenever I browse craigslist ads up here in Foat Wuth, sometimes I'll expand the search to...
07-16-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,438
Posted By canklecat

robertj298, check out the Blackburn Wayside waxed...

robertj298, check out the Blackburn Wayside waxed cotton canvas roll bag and musette. I don't even need another bag but I want those.

I've been using an old plain canvas No Boundaries shoulder bag...
07-16-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,438
Posted By canklecat

Nice. I don't even need another saddle bag but I...

Nice. I don't even need another saddle bag but I want that. I'd get the lightest color they have and get it as dirty as possible. Authentico! How's the twist fastener holding up?
07-16-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By canklecat

Good chain. I've used the KMC Z72 several times...

Good chain. I've used the KMC Z72 several times on different bikes. It's best on Shimano-style freewheels and cassettes, indexed or friction, including SunRace freewheels and MicroShift cassettes...
07-16-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 780
Posted By canklecat

Best part of that 1954 video of time trial starts...

Best part of that 1954 video of time trial starts was lardbutt in the white linen suit shoving the cyclists to a start. I wonder how many cyclists were "accidentally" dumped with an errant shove...
07-16-19, 12:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 779
Posted By canklecat

Switching back to indexed downtube shifters...

Switching back to indexed downtube shifters solved my ghost shifting problems. With friction shifting I'd get ghost shifting when standing to climb or sprint. Part of the problem was the mediocre...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By canklecat

70 psi seems high. I'm 150 lbs and run my Conti...

70 psi seems high. I'm 150 lbs and run my Conti Ultra Sport II (with tubes) around 70 psi for 700x25 on the front, 75 psi on the 700x23 front. No problems, even inadvertently hitting some rough spots...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By canklecat

18 miles Friday (well, 24 if I count 6 mile...

18 miles Friday (well, 24 if I count 6 mile commute to and from physical therapy), mostly testing out new Wahoo sensors on one road bike. Seemed to work.

And nearly an unintentional metric century...
Forum: Foo
07-15-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 497
Posted By canklecat

I think I've been stung by a bee once on a bike...

I think I've been stung by a bee once on a bike ride, and it wasn't in the helmet. You guys must be awfully sweet. I do get hit by lots of June bugs and other flying critters. Another friend has been...
07-15-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,140
Posted By canklecat

Nah, I'd stick with the bar end shifters. Better...

Nah, I'd stick with the bar end shifters. Better control, hands on the bars at all times (other than drinking).

I've used downtube shifters for years on road racing bikes, but they demand a lot of...
07-15-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,020
Posted By canklecat

That'll buff right out. Grab the tweezers. ...

That'll buff right out. Grab the tweezers.

Semi-seriously, that sounds like a maintenance problem. Indoor velodrome cycling is less popular now in many areas so it's likely that maintenance and...
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