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07-17-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
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: 8
Views: 425
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: 43
Views: 1,311
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: 17
Views: 471
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: 681
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: 658
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: 79
Views: 4,360
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: 5,004
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: 8
Views: 425
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: 8
Views: 270
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: 12
Views: 258
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: 24
Views: 749
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: 7,032
Views: 596,412
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: 608
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: 7,032
Views: 596,412
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: 681
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: 67
Views: 3,639
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: 6,061
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: 38
Views: 1,155
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: 11
Views: 929
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: 4
Views: 249
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: 362
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: 7,032
Views: 596,412
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: 24
Views: 459
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: 295
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: 648
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: 1,358
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: 1,358
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: 450
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: 707
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: 19
Views: 467
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: 374
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: 343
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: 19
Views: 412
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: 31
Views: 973
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: 14
Views: 825
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...
07-15-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, iSSI pedals. I've been considering those...

Ditto, iSSI pedals. I've been considering those to replace my worn Wellgo and Stolen Brand pedals (both good and cheap, but hard or impossible to service properly). The local REI has a couple of iSSi...
07-15-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By canklecat

Some of the Shimano cable kits are pre-greased....

Some of the Shimano cable kits are pre-greased. Probably a good idea with galvanized cables.

On bikes with old crusty feeling cables, I'll dribble in some Boeshield T9 to smooth the cable runs...
07-15-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 527
Posted By canklecat

Lezyne Road Caddy under-seat bag. It's barely...

Lezyne Road Caddy under-seat bag. It's barely noticeable. No wobble or waggle. But it's very minimal. I can't squeeze in a CO2 cartridge and Planet Bike Red Zeppelin inflator, alongside a Conti race...
07-15-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 714
Posted By canklecat

It varies a lot, and cost doesn't seem to be a...

It varies a lot, and cost doesn't seem to be a factor. I noticed when riding with a couple of friends this weekend one wheel was particularly loud when coasting. Main difference seemed to be the...
07-15-19, 01:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By canklecat

Usually I notice pain in my knees if the cleats...

Usually I notice pain in my knees if the cleats aren't set quite right. If there's pain anywhere in my feet or toes, it's a shoe fit issue.

For example, with my Scott Road Pro summer weight shoes...
07-15-19, 01:22 AM
07-15-19, 12:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 509
Posted By canklecat

Saddles are where I depart from the classic look,...

Saddles are where I depart from the classic look, at least if I plan on riding more than 10 miles at a stretch.

The usual Selle Italia Turbo type saddle and my butt don't get along. The only...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,356
Posted By canklecat

My stink gland is weeeaaak!

My stink gland is weeeaaak!
07-14-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By canklecat

Tempting... I'm still trying to find that perfect...

Tempting... I'm still trying to find that perfect saddle for my Univega do-it-all bike.

The Titanico isn't listed on the current Selle Anatomica catalog. Where does it fit in their lineup -- T, X,...
07-13-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 756
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, some 1980s-'90s mountain bikes and...

Ditto, some 1980s-'90s mountain bikes and MTB-lite/hybrids. My Univega Via Carisma has a conventional diamond frame, and a longish top tube, enough that I needed an albatross swept bar to reduce the...
07-13-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,002
Posted By canklecat

If those wannabe racing fools would only learn...

If those wannabe racing fools would only learn steel is real, they could finish safely off the back of the pack, far from any risk of tangling with another bike.

Which, incidentally, is my usual...
07-13-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 7,032
Views: 596,412
Posted By canklecat

Peach Pedal? I missed it this year, again. Maybe...

Peach Pedal? I missed it this year, again. Maybe next year.
07-13-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 772
Posted By canklecat

I've noticed that problem with the fork-mounted...

I've noticed that problem with the fork-mounted lights a couple of friends use. They can be quite blinding.

That problem could be resolved if more bike headlights used beam shaping lenses like...
07-13-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 882
Posted By canklecat

Good to know. That might persuade me to buy a...

Good to know. That might persuade me to buy a GoPro. I'm not sure whether those battery packs are compatible with my cheap VanTop Moments 4 camera -- the USB/HDMI ports compartment is next to the...
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