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Forum: Commuting
10-15-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 216
Posted By wphamilton

It didn't eat away the styrofoam? Maybe tubular...

It didn't eat away the styrofoam? Maybe tubular tire glue is less reactive than other adhesives, but I've had terrible luck with glue on helmets. is it some kind of rubber cement?
10-15-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,753
Posted By wphamilton

Warm weather, high humidity, low pressure. Also...

Warm weather, high humidity, low pressure. Also I'm pretty sure that I see lower rolling resistance on damp roads.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 802
Posted By wphamilton

Maybe it's just semantics, but if I were "in...

Maybe it's just semantics, but if I were "in urgent need for a budget bike" I'd probably buy a budget bike, without too much anxiety over it. Then take my time over the expensive one, having a spare...
10-15-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 696
Posted By wphamilton

As a customer, I'd take that as implying that...

As a customer, I'd take that as implying that it's an easy installation, taking little time with no risk of failure. An affectation that I wouldn't really take seriously.

I didn't watch, but my...
10-15-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 282
Posted By wphamilton

Less pressure on the seat because more pressure...

Less pressure on the seat because more pressure on the pedals. It's not that big of a factor. We - as in almost all cyclists - don't ride around everywhere with our butts hovering over the saddles....
10-14-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,493
Posted By wphamilton

Fixed gear, single speed chain, with chain cover,...

Fixed gear, single speed chain, with chain cover, and you let the cog wear down with the chain you can get quite a bit more than 3500 miles. Even without frequent lubrication.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,160
Posted By wphamilton

I really like this one.

I really like this one.
10-14-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,573
Posted By wphamilton

You should really be giving this advice to 18...

You should really be giving this advice to 18 year olds, not that they'd listen.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,606
Posted By wphamilton

Confirmed the calibration of perceived...

Confirmed the calibration of perceived temperature - 50° precisely is the boundary between "I'm fine" and "my hands hurt". It was 49; I neglected to wear cycling gloves and wished I'd had them. ...
10-14-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,561
Posted By wphamilton

I'd be interested in new ideas about technology,...

I'd be interested in new ideas about technology, but to be honest I have to warn that new ideas in this forum are subject to ridicule, "a solution in search of a problem" and "no one will want this"....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By wphamilton

Personally I'd be more worried about the...

Personally I'd be more worried about the handlebars stabbing me, if I were to bang down hard enough to be concerned about the rims.
10-12-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 19,285
Posted By wphamilton

No such thing as over-analyzing! That's just...

No such thing as over-analyzing! That's just another thing people say when they don't like logical conclusions.



If that were a rational conclusion, then you'd be contributing to every problem...
10-11-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 19,285
Posted By wphamilton

I've always hated that quote, because it's...

I've always hated that quote, because it's logically incoherent and usually used to bully someone into agreement or silence.

This post is a case in point, neither part of a solution nor the...
10-11-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Posted By wphamilton

Why? If I was adjusting my sense of probabilities...

Why? If I was adjusting my sense of probabilities after a flat, I'd increase the chance of flatting.
Forum: Commuting
10-11-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,606
Posted By wphamilton

Lost a fender strut bolt yesterday morning - was...

Lost a fender strut bolt yesterday morning - was happy I'd stocked some zip-ties for a quick-fix.

Nice and cool in the mornings now, which adds some entertainment from watching the locals riding...
10-11-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,799
Posted By wphamilton

If I hear tires sliding behind me when I slow...

If I hear tires sliding behind me when I slow down for pedestrians, that's it I'm speeding up and leaving him. But no one will draft you for long on a MUP if you make a habit of slowing down for...
10-11-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 366
Posted By wphamilton

Conventional wisdom is that no lock is good...

Conventional wisdom is that no lock is good enough. I carry an inexpensive retracting cable lock, for quick stops and when I can keep the bike in sight.
10-10-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,073
Posted By wphamilton

Some of those reviews said 90 minutes even, for...

Some of those reviews said 90 minutes even, for the cheaper versions. Personally I'd be good with that.

I expect that the phone app does make a local LAN, but I haven't looked at the app...
10-10-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,493
Posted By wphamilton

FWIW, I have experimented with different lubes...

FWIW, I have experimented with different lubes and finally decided ... the differences between any of them aren't worth worrying about. Extending the life of my $10 chain is a low priority.

If...
10-10-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,073
Posted By wphamilton

A colleague purchased this gopro type action...

A colleague purchased this gopro type action camera, on Amazon for about $60. It has WIFI support and a phone app, which I *think* means you can set up a limited network between your phone and this...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 493
Posted By wphamilton

Continental UltraSport, supposedly their low...

Continental UltraSport, supposedly their low range tire but nice low rolling resistance and pretty durable IMO. So far. Apparently Continental traded off puncture resistance for the lower price and...
10-06-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,073
Posted By wphamilton

Since my earlier comment here, I did mess around...

Since my earlier comment here, I did mess around with using a couple of burner phones, one working as the camera and the other as display, using an app to cast the display over bluetooth. I didn't...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,468
Posted By wphamilton

My fenders start out like this. I figure if...

My fenders start out like this. I figure if they're so much trouble to get mounted right anyway, it's not that much more trouble to start out from something more basic.

I think they're more...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,606
Posted By wphamilton

Road bike tire with replaced tube was soft again...

Road bike tire with replaced tube was soft again this morning. I hate it when that happens, even tho I half expected it (needs new rim tape).
10-04-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 803
Posted By wphamilton

Only $15 -...

Only $15 - https://www.aero-app.com/products/aerocap-presta
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,238
Posted By wphamilton

Are we supposed to? :eek: I just ride off ...

Are we supposed to? :eek: I just ride off ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,238
Posted By wphamilton

yeh it's bad enough that Google figures it out...

yeh it's bad enough that Google figures it out and could predict where you are with depressing accuracy. And the legal technicality that by publishing certain information -such as our movements - we...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,238
Posted By wphamilton

I understand social media and I know that people...

I understand social media and I know that people get a dopamine charge out of it, but "likes" and kudos and thumbs ups aren't really social interactions. It's almost anonymous when there are dozens...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

I was mostly responding to the other guy,...

I was mostly responding to the other guy, directing at you so he wouldn't realize he'd been insulted. Sorry for using you like that.
10-03-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,573
Posted By wphamilton

OK, wheelies are officially off of my show-off...

OK, wheelies are officially off of my show-off scorecard. Stoppies are still ok though, right?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,238
Posted By wphamilton

I don't understand the whole "kudos" thing on...

I don't understand the whole "kudos" thing on Strava. Is it a proxy for esteem, or do people gain something from the site activity?
Forum: Commuting
10-03-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,606
Posted By wphamilton

There was a flat on my road bike this morning -...

There was a flat on my road bike this morning - I'd rolled it all the way out the door before I noticed. Had to roll it back in and transfer my bag to the commuter bike trunk. All while dodging...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

Yet you'd be insulted if I dumbed it down.

Yet you'd be insulted if I dumbed it down.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,949
Posted By wphamilton

I wanted to say something like this but to...

I wanted to say something like this but to amplify, the 11 isn't really a great gear for eking out your top speed, because it robs you of efficiency (more chain bend). Putting a standard 53 ring on...
10-02-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 626
Posted By wphamilton

Exactly right, that part about not driving and...

Exactly right, that part about not driving and slacking. And once you're in that great shape, the cycling to work is easy, and that makes it far more enjoyable than driving. I think of this as our...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

At best a test ride could confirm your...

At best a test ride could confirm your extrapolation from the known physical attributes of the bike. More usually it provides a transient subjective evaluation, often misleading especially to the...
10-01-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,313
Posted By wphamilton

Even with interlocking surfaces, rough surfaces,...

Even with interlocking surfaces, rough surfaces, it's still molecular interactions causing friction - that's what I found so interesting about it. That's not to deny the mechanical effects of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

I've never test ridden any bicycle I've ever...

I've never test ridden any bicycle I've ever owned. Maybe I can't miss what I never knew, but I push the pedals and the bike goes forward. Everything else is either spec'd, or adjustable, or I can...
10-01-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,313
Posted By wphamilton

Just so people don't think I'm agreeing, this is...

Just so people don't think I'm agreeing, this is actually an incorrect description of friction. I don't intend to argue about it or explain though.


But it does bring up something interesting...
09-30-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,313
Posted By wphamilton

Lower pressure does mean less speed in a lot of...

Lower pressure does mean less speed in a lot of cases. That conclusion is not "science" as in reasoned from the basis of physical laws. It's from measuring the rolling resistance of a number of...
09-30-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,313
Posted By wphamilton

This has been debated endlessly, and the...

This has been debated endlessly, and the consensus shifting, since I began cycling and that's only been 13 years +/-

When I migrated from 700c-32 to smaller diameter higher pressure tires, no...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,054
Posted By wphamilton

Well he does have a point in that certain...

Well he does have a point in that certain elements of the frame can be shaped to produce an aerodynamic benefit, while the shape of other portions are apparently mainly cosmetic.

But I have...
09-29-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,582
Posted By wphamilton

I can understand that. What would it hurt to...

I can understand that. What would it hurt to give the group another try, with your original riding buddy along? It might discourage the socially inept advances and let you enjoy the ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

Awesome wasn't it? 180 grams - 140 grams if your...

Awesome wasn't it? 180 grams - 140 grams if your "cheap" means the real thing and not a knock-off - leaving off the padding and cover that you don't really need. I can't really tell much from the...
09-27-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,913
Posted By wphamilton

A guy came shooting towards me yesterday on the...

A guy came shooting towards me yesterday on the MUP, no handed, and I thought of this thread. But he was so rock-steady and calm that I had zero apprehension about it, wouldn't have even noted it ......
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

I confess that I use exactly these reasons to...

I confess that I use exactly these reasons to justify my innate cheapness. If I really cared that much about 3 watts - I tell myself - I'd first of all buy nicer rolling tires. Thinner, lighter...
09-27-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,582
Posted By wphamilton

It seems like he was man-splaining, and I've...

It seems like he was man-splaining, and I've never ridden with a MTB group on trails so I could be way off base, but I've felt treated the same way from a roadie in a group ride. The last time I rode...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

I wouldn't argue with your evaluation, but will...

I wouldn't argue with your evaluation, but will point out that 3% more weight makes less than 5 watts more in your example for the climb to go the same speed. Whether that's "a lot", and important...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,137
Posted By wphamilton

3 pounds, out of 180 total, is 1.7% more weight. ...

3 pounds, out of 180 total, is 1.7% more weight. You might feel the difference for a few seconds getting out of the saddle for a sprint, and you might feel it, a little, adding up after hundreds of...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,034
Posted By wphamilton

Don't forget about the 1/2 watt extra drag when...

Don't forget about the 1/2 watt extra drag when I'm cruising at 30 mph, and interfering with one of my 26 hand positions. It may seem difficult to accept these compromises but I still say that it's...
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