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Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 240
Posted By Reflector Guy

How much of its looks are because of the...

How much of its looks are because of the overabundance of graphics? You could probably come out ahead by buying a more-modest looking bike of better quality, and then slap on a whole sheet of vinyl...
04-11-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By Reflector Guy

Same here too; most trails are hardpacked FA6...

Same here too; most trails are hardpacked FA6 limestone screenings and are smooth and fast. I've always used road tires on them.

The exception comes in February or March when the snow melts (or...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,775
Posted By Reflector Guy

The $2 off coupon tips it in for me. I MUST have...

The $2 off coupon tips it in for me. I MUST have one!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Reflector Guy

Can you get the specs on each drivetrain from the...

Can you get the specs on each drivetrain from the bike manufacturer's website? If nothing else, you might be able to discover where the lesser bike might have skipped a gear or a couple of gears vs....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 628
Posted By Reflector Guy

Maybe it's just the camera angle, but that...

Maybe it's just the camera angle, but that handlebar looks extra wide. Can you shorten it by a few inches on each side? That would save a little weight.
04-08-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 16,468
Posted By Reflector Guy

Yikes, what are they building? Giant antennas or...

Yikes, what are they building? Giant antennas or something? We have a variety here at the office (for checking bolted connections in buildings) but I think the biggest one goes to "only" 1000 ft/lbs....
04-08-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 961
Posted By Reflector Guy

Indeed. I'll decide to ride east or west,...

Indeed. I'll decide to ride east or west, depending on wind direction so the wind pushes me home. But it's going to be the same bike regardless if there is wind or not.

Sometimes, I'll ride...
04-07-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

I am continually amazed by the large number of...

I am continually amazed by the large number of abandoned bikes there are around me. Some eventually disappear after several months but others stick around for years. I've had my eye on a pair of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By Reflector Guy

189cm = 6'2"..... You might be OK.

189cm = 6'2"..... You might be OK.
04-06-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 773
Posted By Reflector Guy

Only if its one of those places "where they serve...

Only if its one of those places "where they serve hard drinks for men who want to get drunk fast!"
04-06-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,059
Posted By Reflector Guy

We already examined this topic seven ways to...

We already examined this topic seven ways to Sunday.... https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1223428-buying-dutch-style-bike-us.html
04-06-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,132
Posted By Reflector Guy

Celeste green; black lettering. Bianchi has...

Celeste green; black lettering.

Bianchi has a few 2021 models with silver (or chrome?) lettering, which I am not a fan of. Obviously they should have checked with me beforehand!
04-06-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

How about the Mazda 6 for 25K, like the others I...

How about the Mazda 6 for 25K, like the others I mentioned earlier (Camry, Accord, Malibu, etc)?

You're right, though, everyone has a different idea about what is a decent car, but I think for...
04-06-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By Reflector Guy

I wouldn't worry too much.... One to three weeks...

I wouldn't worry too much.... One to three weeks isn't terribly infrequent, unless you're in a really wet area or some other extreme weather.

I think of "infrequent" as the being like my dad who...
04-06-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 446
Posted By Reflector Guy

I'd say biking is my #1 exercise activity, since...

I'd say biking is my #1 exercise activity, since I don't run, hike, lift weights, etc, etc.... But I have many other outdoor interests to compete for my free time too.
04-05-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,053
Posted By Reflector Guy

I thought the jersey pockets were for Grey Poupon?

I thought the jersey pockets were for Grey Poupon?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 259
Posted By Reflector Guy

Hmmm, I liked the old font better. This one,...

Hmmm, I liked the old font better. This one, particularly in matte black with the gold lettering, reminds me of those new carbon bikes available online from Walmart (whose name escapes me at the...
04-05-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,053
Posted By Reflector Guy

That's where mine stays. Or sometimes in the car.

That's where mine stays. Or sometimes in the car.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 921
Posted By Reflector Guy

Back when I used to work outdoors I knew one guy...

Back when I used to work outdoors I knew one guy who sprayed it on his hands to keep them from getting chapped. I never tested it to see if it worked; I'll just have to take the guy's word for it.
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04-05-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,303
Posted By Reflector Guy

No reflectors either.... :(

No reflectors either.... :(
04-02-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,109
Posted By Reflector Guy

I thought maybe it was named after the famous...

I thought maybe it was named after the famous inventor, Al Youminium... :eek:
04-02-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,109
Posted By Reflector Guy

I'd include myself in that category. I might...

I'd include myself in that category. I might call it a saddle if I think about it ahead of time and remember, but otherwise I'm fine with "seat".
04-02-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,109
Posted By Reflector Guy

Lots of shops have the word in their name - Mill...

Lots of shops have the word in their name - Mill Race Cyclery is a big one in my area - but you're right, no one uses the word as a generic term.

For example: "I'm taking my bike over to the...
04-01-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

Depends on your definition of "a decent car". ...

Depends on your definition of "a decent car". Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima.... All start between 22K and 25K.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 362,612
Posted By Reflector Guy

I'm on the fence about smoking.... But I'll...

I'm on the fence about smoking.... But I'll eventually come around to being glad I never tried it.
03-31-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,411
Posted By Reflector Guy

I need to find a long, sustained downhill road...

I need to find a long, sustained downhill road that I can ride on for an entire hour. Now THAT will become an average MPH benchmark that will be tough to topple!

In all seriousness, my bike...
03-31-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

Walmart can sell a bike for $129 and be happy...

Walmart can sell a bike for $129 and be happy with the two cents (or whatever) profit they make on it because they make up for it in volume; not just bikes but the countless other items the bike...
03-31-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,896
Posted By Reflector Guy

Is this a real question? You pressed most of our...

Is this a real question? You pressed most of our buttons, but forgot to ask about chain lube, or if a courtesy wave should be offered first or not.

EDIT: You guys beat me to it...
03-30-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,189
Posted By Reflector Guy

Those do look like good reflectors. I approve!

Those do look like good reflectors. I approve!
03-30-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

So, we'll need a big-box-store kind of bike, only...

So, we'll need a big-box-store kind of bike, only better quality, minus the unnecessary stuff like 3x cranks and suspension forks, assembled locally, for 200-300 dollars?

Will there be any profit...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-30-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By Reflector Guy

Me too, actually. Normally I'd never come out...

Me too, actually. Normally I'd never come out all this way to ride such a rustic trail, but being a railroad buff I like to explore all the rail trails. I've been curious about this one for years. ...
03-29-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,459
Posted By Reflector Guy

Southwest Airlines (and probably others also)...

Southwest Airlines (and probably others also) lets us name our trips when we buy tickets.... I'm not very imaginative so I just name them based on the destination: "Orlando", "Boston", "Las Vegas",...
03-27-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,459
Posted By Reflector Guy

I've never owned a bike with a name, or a gender....

I've never owned a bike with a name, or a gender. Or a car either.

At least i don't think so. I bought my Fiero in 2003 so who knows, it may have had names and genders before....
...
03-25-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

So this has become another of those kinds of...

So this has become another of those kinds of threads where the OP browbeats anyone who doesn't agree with him?

I thought so.
03-25-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

It does have that kind of feel to it. I am...

It does have that kind of feel to it. I am assuming eventually "other people's money" will be asked to pay for it.
03-24-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 513
Posted By Reflector Guy

The big bump in subscribers you're probably...

The big bump in subscribers you're probably noticing about now are mostly coming from the forum.
03-24-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

Like I said, probably a lot less than we're led...

Like I said, probably a lot less than we're led to believe by the conventional wisdom here on the forum.
03-24-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

I'd bet they aren't as horrible as people here...

I'd bet they aren't as horrible as people here like to say they are. If the big box stores sell a million bikes in a year, how many are totally unrideable? A thousand? 900-thousand? Probably...
03-24-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,448
Posted By Reflector Guy

He works in mysterious ways!

He works in mysterious ways!
03-24-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,656
Posted By Reflector Guy

So I am assuming there would be some aspect of...

So I am assuming there would be some aspect of quality control, or some checks and balances to be sure the bikes go out the door in top notch condition? Most of us aren't buying bikes because we...
03-24-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,448
Posted By Reflector Guy

Did the Trek not work out for you for some reason?

Did the Trek not work out for you for some reason?
03-23-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 867
Posted By Reflector Guy

Sometimes I think it's a wonder any of us wound...

Sometimes I think it's a wonder any of us wound up getting bikes at all.
03-22-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,615
Posted By Reflector Guy

That explains why I smashed into that tree that...

That explains why I smashed into that tree that ran across the road late one night...
03-21-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,189
Posted By Reflector Guy

I haven't noticed this at all, but if you think...

I haven't noticed this at all, but if you think about it, sure, someone's gotta be No. 1 and No. 2.

I see a ton of these brands every time I go out riding, and there are dealers for each within...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-20-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By Reflector Guy

The Winnebago County section of the path was...

The Winnebago County section of the path was well-marked with signs, including mileposts. This is a couple miles east of Pecatonica.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/2429/wcozUV.jpg

In...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-20-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By Reflector Guy

I suppose the wet areas should be no surprise,...

I suppose the wet areas should be no surprise, with the right-of-way never far from the Pecatonica River, and never very far above it! This was in an area where the path makes a circuitous detour...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-20-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By Reflector Guy

Pecatonica Prairie Trail

It's tough to get up-to-date information on this path. For those who don't know, the Pecatonica Prairie Trail (formerly the Pecatonica Prairie Path) follows the right-of-way of a railroad line that...
03-19-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By Reflector Guy

Apparently, it's a rough crowd!

Apparently, it's a rough crowd!
03-19-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 607
Posted By Reflector Guy

Something new like that Trek gets you the...

Something new like that Trek gets you the new-bike warranty and free tuneups from your local shop (or whatever their policy there offers).

Bikes can be found all over; some even get them from...
03-17-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 542
Posted By Reflector Guy

In actual whole numbers? That is nice. For...

In actual whole numbers? That is nice.

For those that don't know, the Tekton torque wrench is marked such that you have to first pick the closest increment on the scale and then turn the ring to...
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