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11-22-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 365
Posted By DrIsotope

Is there more than one Manila in the Philippines?...

Is there more than one Manila in the Philippines? Because every elevation data map I've ever seen, the highest point in the city proper is about 300 feet above sea level. I have absolutely zero idea...
11-21-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 350
Posted By DrIsotope

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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11-14-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 764
Posted By DrIsotope

How do I pronounce it? Well, I'm not German, I...

How do I pronounce it? Well, I'm not German, I don't speak German, and I'm not in Germany, so it's shwall-bee. As to how I feel about whether that's correct or not, <shrug>

Thule is easy. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,821
Posted By DrIsotope

Do ya get a lot of flats? If yes, tubeless might...

Do ya get a lot of flats? If yes, tubeless might be for you. If you don't get a lot of flats, just run whatever tires you want.
11-03-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,239
Posted By DrIsotope

Well they're different things, aren't they?...

Well they're different things, aren't they? Accelerating from a stop is physiologically different from holding a steady output over a long period of time. They're different forms of training....
11-03-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,239
Posted By DrIsotope

I still want to know what the OP is using as a...

I still want to know what the OP is using as a measuring stick for his performance. Based on his reported level of intensity and riding frequency, he should be performing a LTHR/FTP test every other...
11-03-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 311
Posted By DrIsotope

My post-mount calipers have been attached with...

My post-mount calipers have been attached with the same no-name, China-sourced M6 Ti bolts for over 40,000 miles. On two bikes, no less. Frame cracked on Bike #1...
11-01-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By DrIsotope

PWB Signature disc, ~1,600g, starting around $430...

PWB Signature disc, ~1,600g, starting around $430 (https://www.prowheelbuilder.com/pwb-signature-alloy-road-gravel-cx-disc-brake-wheel-set-package.html)
11-01-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,359
Posted By DrIsotope

The fundamental tenet of Bike Forums: for every...

The fundamental tenet of Bike Forums: for every person who is willing to tell how much they spent on something, there is a person willing to tell how little they spent on something.

Both...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By DrIsotope

From the P2M FAQ page: HOW CAN I CALIBRATE...

From the P2M FAQ page:

HOW CAN I CALIBRATE MY POWER2MAX MYSELF?There are two important values for the precision of crank-based power meters: zero-offset and slope. The zero-offset is the value...
10-27-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By DrIsotope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_anXhT2sg8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_anXhT2sg8
10-27-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By DrIsotope

LA County has it closed just until tomorrow...

LA County has it closed just until tomorrow (10/28) due to Red Flag conditions.

The Lodge is open at 9am on weekends and noon on weekdays, so getting food/water there shouldn't be a problem.
10-27-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,835
Posted By DrIsotope

Asking "how many miles do you get out of a...

Asking "how many miles do you get out of a chain?" is very much similar to asking "how heavy is your hammer?"

Ask a hundred cyclists, you're likely to get near as many different answers.

Oh,...
Replies: 60
Views: 2,551
Posted By DrIsotope

Like 95% of issues with tubeless... user error. ...

Like 95% of issues with tubeless... user error. You let the sealant dry up. This is not the fault of any equipment or manufacturer. This is the responsibility of the end user. I've done it. We've...
10-14-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,071
Posted By DrIsotope

As the first 29er MTB tire wasnt even produced...

As the first 29er MTB tire wasnt even produced until 1999, that seems highly unlikely. It is confirmed by Fisher et al that there were no dedicated 29er bikes as late as 2001. So the 2002 date seems...
10-13-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,076
Posted By DrIsotope

PRs are going to get fewer are farther between...

PRs are going to get fewer are farther between unless you continually ride in different places, and even then there's a point where they stop showing up almost entirely. Because for every segment...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 935
Posted By DrIsotope

Miles ridden over the past 5 years: 50,000+ ...

Miles ridden over the past 5 years: 50,000+
Number of goathead-related flats: 0
Number of bikes fitted with tubeless tires: all of them

If you get frequent "nuisance" flats, you can either go...
10-06-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,986
Posted By DrIsotope

This is a road no one should want to go down....

This is a road no one should want to go down. Once you start cataloging the wear parts, thinking about the little odds and ends--
and of course the purchases of wants and not just needs, the cost...
10-03-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,856
Posted By DrIsotope

Wanna see some, head down to the San Diego area--...

Wanna see some, head down to the San Diego area-- Elliptigo is located in Solana Beach. Any year me and the wife have done Bike the Coast, there's always a bunch of people on those things doing the...
10-01-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By DrIsotope

I never had the opportunity to try the Rival...

I never had the opportunity to try the Rival calipers-- though the reviews I've found have been middling at best. I bought my levers used, and they didn't come with calipers, so I went all-in on...
09-30-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By DrIsotope

Since I started hot waxing about 3 years ago, I...

Since I started hot waxing about 3 years ago, I haven't cleaned a drivetrain since. The only time solvents involved is when I need to strip the factory lube off of a fresh chain.

Full disclosure,...
Forum: Foo
09-27-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 911
Posted By DrIsotope

As an authentic, Gen-X Latch-Key kid of the '70s,...

As an authentic, Gen-X Latch-Key kid of the '70s, I cannot under any circumstances ingest oatmeal. Left alone for days (and weeks) at a time, my sole form of sustenance was generally the packets of...
09-27-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By DrIsotope

I used to drip some Muc-Off chain lube into the...

I used to drip some Muc-Off chain lube into the "sockets" where the rails entered the saddle base. It would cut the squeaking for a while.

I would trade back for that creak any day, as now that...
09-27-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By DrIsotope

Good lord, I skimmed right over the part where a...

Good lord, I skimmed right over the part where a mechanic had looked at this. Yikes.
09-26-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By DrIsotope

Get yourself a narrow-wide chainring. If you have...

Get yourself a narrow-wide chainring. If you have a 46T FSA Pro Road chainring (as the internet cannot locate a Pro combat chainring) then it's pinned and ramped for shifting-- which is basically the...
Forum: Foo
09-22-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,625
Posted By DrIsotope

The benchmark for me was set by The Matrix. ...

The benchmark for me was set by The Matrix. Keanu Reeves was years from becoming an internet darling, and the movie was released with minimal promo, from a directing team no one had ever heard of....
09-19-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By DrIsotope

Kool Stop V-Type...

Kool Stop V-Type (https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/KS-VBHDL/dp/B001T35RSC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=kool+stop+v-type&qid=1600525818&s=sports&sr=1-1)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 9,365
Posted By DrIsotope

People putting Gatorskins (or any frozen hose of...

People putting Gatorskins (or any frozen hose of a tire) on $10k+ megasuperbikes will always be the benchmark of What?Why?! for me, so a handlebar bag (regardless of size) doesn't even come close.
...
09-18-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,027
Posted By DrIsotope

Not really. Typically* there is very little...

Not really. Typically* there is very little muscle gain or fat loss taking place on a bike-- the weight is coming off via diet. Track cyclists don't get massive legs from riding, they get those in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,384
Posted By DrIsotope

My optimum temperature for speed: 55F. ...

My optimum temperature for speed: 55F. Supposedly, the optimum temperature for running a marathon is between 49-52F, so maybe there's something to it.

I lose probably 1.5mph on average in the...
09-15-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,301
Posted By DrIsotope

The only times I've witnessed Seasucker racks in...

The only times I've witnessed Seasucker racks in use have been on cars that would tend to indicate that the owner could afford to cover the costs of any catastrophe, if you get my drift. Like, that...
09-14-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,964
Posted By DrIsotope

Was it me? I hope it was me. I mean, my 1X...

Was it me? I hope it was me. I mean, my 1X Ritchey has 21,000 miles on it. It's done Onyx Summit, the IE to San Diego, it's been to the Grand Canyon, it's been everywhere. I've never felt...
09-13-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,964
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're set on a fat tire road bike, go 2X. ...

If you're set on a fat tire road bike, go 2X. You don't need a clutched RD, you don't need a 1:1 final for climbing, you don't need to worry about chain drops from riding washboarded fire roads.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,528
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're that strong, the bike weight shouldn't...

If you're that strong, the bike weight shouldn't matter. If you think 3lbs of bike weight is why other riders are ahead of you, then the upcoming reality check is going to be a harsh one... and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,528
Posted By DrIsotope

Just imagine how disappointed the OP will be...

Just imagine how disappointed the OP will be after spending $XXX dollars on "upgrades" only to find out he doesn't get noticeably faster. Removing four pounds of bike weight over a Florida 50k might...
09-07-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,671
Posted By DrIsotope

Looks like steerer tube or headtube failure, best...

Looks like steerer tube or headtube failure, best as I can tell from the grainy video-- front wheel comes back and shoves itself into the downtube, turns the bike into a catapult. The guy basically...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,846
Posted By DrIsotope

The hoods on my road bike are probably around 1/2...

The hoods on my road bike are probably around 1/2 the angle of the photo in the OP.

The hoods on my CX bike (with 24 flared bars) have probably double the angle of the photo in the OP.

I...
09-04-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 402
Posted By DrIsotope

Another thread addressed this-- motors don't...

Another thread addressed this-- motors don't like dimmers. Motors want to have a specific amount of voltage and amperage at all times. Changing speeds via a dimmer (which is made only for light...
09-03-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 1,520
Views: 110,866
Posted By DrIsotope

I've been waiting and waiting on this one, as my...

I've been waiting and waiting on this one, as my two closest options involving Robin Hood are:

a montessori school 90 miles away
a motel on BIg Bear Lake, a scant 40 miles, but with 8,125ft of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,715
Posted By DrIsotope

First: never look at a pro's bike for setup tips....

First: never look at a pro's bike for setup tips. They're a different species.
Second: if your knees, hips, and back are okay with it, your saddle height is probably fine. Could you put out more...
08-31-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,103
Posted By DrIsotope

I do always love a "letter of the law" argument....

I do always love a "letter of the law" argument. They're awesome. The statement that cops only write tickets in the interest of public safety is-- despite the fact that I read it at 6am-- the...
08-30-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,103
Posted By DrIsotope

Maybe true some places, but absolutely not most....

Maybe true some places, but absolutely not most. Twenty states do not consider a bicycle to be a vehicle-- and beyond that, as a license is not required to operate one in any state, there's no way...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,592
Posted By DrIsotope

Looks like a perfect excuse to go custom paint,...

Looks like a perfect excuse to go custom paint, IMO. Something sparkly.
08-30-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By DrIsotope

Ignoring any notions of "cleanliness," a pro...

Ignoring any notions of "cleanliness," a pro cyclist is no different from any other pro athlete-- they were all born with a little extra something. A very good VO2 max for an adult male is above...
08-30-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 848
Posted By DrIsotope

You apparently haven't looked at many bikes,...

You apparently haven't looked at many bikes, then. Tri and TT bikes tend to be fitted with snub-nose or noseless saddles, and those bikes are ridden in an aero position... all the time.
As you've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,738
Posted By DrIsotope

My guess would be that the Peleton shows a bigger...

My guess would be that the Peleton shows a bigger number because bigger power numbers make people feel better. The 4iiii doesn't care about your feelings.

You've also got "new power meter fever"...
08-29-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By DrIsotope

You could train as much as your body would allow...

You could train as much as your body would allow and never reach that level-- it's not a matter of just wanting it. Those folks are actually physically and chemically different from the rest of us.
08-29-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By DrIsotope

Airstrykes are great. The fact that they flip up...

Airstrykes are great. The fact that they flip up so you don't lose access to your bar tops is extra great.
08-29-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By DrIsotope

Wet spots don't necessary mean the tire is done--...

Wet spots don't necessary mean the tire is done-- I had Maxxis tires that would weep sealant from the first week. Cords showing though... new tire time.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By DrIsotope

In other news, I watched a couple of Navy SEALs...

In other news, I watched a couple of Navy SEALs get obliterated playing CoD against a pair of pro gamers. The SEALs couldn't get their heads around being able to just jump off the roofs of buildings,...
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