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08-23-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,040
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah, though now I'm back south for a bit :lol:

Yeah, though now I'm back south for a bit :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 469
Posted By wipekitty

New city, new roads, new terrain, new...

New city, new roads, new terrain, new weather...same bikes! Just moved from La Crosse, WI, to Durham, NC, probably for a year. It's a nice adventure, as I'd never been to the Triangle area (just...
08-05-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By wipekitty

The tag-a-long is probably your best bet! If...

The tag-a-long is probably your best bet!

If she really doesn't want to ride, Wike (https://wicycle.com/productlist) has some interesting trailer options, including a kid trailer that's spec'd for...
08-05-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,323
Posted By wipekitty

+1 on wider tires and lower pressure. If...

+1 on wider tires and lower pressure.

If it's a low-traffic road, choosing a line wisely can help. Riding gravel has helped me immensely with learning this concept. Obviously, if it's a high...
08-03-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,639
Posted By wipekitty

In most cases, the little nut does not need to be...

In most cases, the little nut does not need to be completely unscrewed in order to inflate the tire. Try giving it maybe 2-3 twists. I bent a bunch of those suckers before trying this technique.
08-02-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,956
Posted By wipekitty

Well...I've been hit a few times, twice with...

Well...I've been hit a few times, twice with injuries. I was a relative novice the first time, and a more experienced cyclist likely could have predicted and avoided the collision. The second time...
07-31-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,142
Posted By wipekitty

Same here - also after 5 1/2 years. The...

Same here - also after 5 1/2 years.

The bicycle will continue to be my main form of transportation as it has been for the past decade. I've really not driven much for transportation in the past 20...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 546
Posted By wipekitty

Saturday: It's my second to last weekend before...

Saturday: It's my second to last weekend before moving halfway across the US for a year, and talked a few of the gals into an adventure ride! It ended up being a bit more of an adventure than...
07-27-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,164
Posted By wipekitty

I got back from a ride today and realized that it...

I got back from a ride today and realized that it was the first time since my accident on July 2 that I completed a ride without weird popping noises and pain in my ribs. Woohoo! The wrist...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 939
Posted By wipekitty

I would have a look at the FB Marketplace - quite...

I would have a look at the FB Marketplace - quite a bit of selling activity seems to happen there these days. In Wisconsin, there's a whole group for buying/selling higher-end road bikes and parts.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 26,528
Views: 16,298,730
Posted By wipekitty

2010 BH Cristal. Shimano 5800 shifters,...

2010 BH Cristal.

Shimano 5800 shifters, brakes, FD, RD, cassette; Shimano 5600 compact crankset, Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 wheels.

Love this bike, even though it's PINK

...
07-23-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,457
Posted By wipekitty

Last weekend's road rides had to be completely...

Last weekend's road rides had to be completely re-routed due to the flooding especially in Vernon County, Wisconsin (a rural area in western Wisconsin). Several state highways were underwater for the...
07-22-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By wipekitty

I wonder if the new design eliminates issues for...

I wonder if the new design eliminates issues for cleaning dirt and mold growth in the cap - that was the biggest issue I had with the bottles, though learned that the cap can be disassembled.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 599
Posted By wipekitty

Friday: Upper Midwest heat wave and...my friend...

Friday: Upper Midwest heat wave and...my friend and I decided to go out for a late afternoon ride. It was in the 90s with a dewpoint of 80 when we started - normal in Alabama, not Wisconsin! We kept...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,481
Posted By wipekitty

Rural Wisconsin parks are great - there is almost...

Rural Wisconsin parks are great - there is almost always a working water fountain (or bubbler, for natives) in small-town parks, and quite a few even have flush toilets!

The rural Lion's Clubs...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,150
Posted By wipekitty

I've been happy with the Cygolite Dice. Cheap,...

I've been happy with the Cygolite Dice. Cheap, small, lightweight, and does the job for daytime riding.
07-20-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,346
Posted By wipekitty

Same here. Gravel opens up a whole new world of...

Same here. Gravel opens up a whole new world of roads, many of which have better views and steeper climbs than the paved roads.

Plus, it's fun to ride with some of the MTB folks. Gravel is this...
07-20-19, 03:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 973
Posted By wipekitty

I've managed a ride on my birthday for the last...

I've managed a ride on my birthday for the last five years or so, I think! Being born in July and located in the northern hemisphere helps.

Last year, I tried to do 100 + my age in miles, but came...
07-20-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,674
Posted By wipekitty

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a...

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a permission to draft signal.

The pointing might have been a standard road hazard signal. If I'm just riding along on some road and see another cyclist...
07-19-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,558
Posted By wipekitty

My 'diet' is not a conscious choice - I basically...

My 'diet' is not a conscious choice - I basically listen to my body and supply it with food that is available and not entirely difficult to obtain/produce.

Currently, I'm mostly vegetarian -...
07-18-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 10,999
Posted By wipekitty

100F + will wear me down pretty quickly. So will...

100F + will wear me down pretty quickly. So will dew points over 75F or so. I've commuted in both, in Southern California and the Gulf Coast of Alabama respectively. Once the dew points get up around...
07-18-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 717
Posted By wipekitty

The CT-5 has been good enough for me. I managed...

The CT-5 has been good enough for me. I managed to wear out a pin after ~10 years, and only had one 'incident' (involving an old, nasty Shimano chain - the kind with the stupid little pin rather than...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,242
Posted By wipekitty

Timely zombie-awakening for me; I'm moving to...

Timely zombie-awakening for me; I'm moving to Durham, NC in a couple of weeks, where I'll spend a year. If anyone knows the area and good road routes (for solo rides) or clubs (for group rides), I'd...
07-17-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,459
Posted By wipekitty

I just read a very cute story in a cycling...

I just read a very cute story in a cycling discussion group...A woman and another regular commuter were 'racing' to work, when the woman noticed a small furry animal at the edge of the road and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,282
Posted By wipekitty

What was your average speed over the entire ride,...

What was your average speed over the entire ride, including any climbs and descents, and how long did you ride? You do not need to answer - but this is a starting point if you're interested in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 08:51 PM
07-16-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,345
Posted By wipekitty

Yes! I think gravel is where it's at for...

Yes! I think gravel is where it's at for genuinely fun events with a good vibe. Even cranky roadies seem to chill a bit when they get on the gravel (in terms of attitude, not riding).

I've heard...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,679
Posted By wipekitty

A couple years ago I did something stupid on a...

A couple years ago I did something stupid on a low-speed descent and ended up dumping myself (and my bike) into a ditch. I finished the remaining 65 miles of the ride. The next day, I rode to the...
07-15-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,568
Posted By wipekitty

You'll have easier gearing for going up hills in...

You'll have easier gearing for going up hills in the small chainring, but assuming the same rear cassette (gearing), you will have to spin very quickly to make the bike go the same speed in the big...
07-15-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,708
Posted By wipekitty

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't...

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't complain if I could get a good 25MPH draft... :lol:

I'd be really surprised to see these things last more than a week or two before disgruntled cyclists...
07-15-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 929
Posted By wipekitty

I started using this feature on Strava fairly...

I started using this feature on Strava fairly recently.

I ride a lot in the summer months and do not always realize that it's time for maintenance until a cable snaps halfway through a ride, so...
07-14-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,459
Posted By wipekitty

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear...

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear with bolt-on hubs, when boom! the rear tire flatted. No prob, I had my tools! Unfortunately, I had not checked to see what was in my pack...and my mini...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 18,755
Views: 3,739,583
Posted By wipekitty

We don't get fooled again... ...

We don't get fooled again...


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Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,098
Posted By wipekitty

Check the brake pads!

Check the brake pads!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By wipekitty

The Upper Midwest is heatin' up, and I'm...

The Upper Midwest is heatin' up, and I'm recovering from a little injury...so no big miles this weekend. I did get to test out my new aero road bars, which are pretty awesome!

Friday: Easy ride to...
07-14-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 643
Posted By wipekitty

I'd agree that the suspension forks on...

I'd agree that the suspension forks on entry-level bikes are not always the greatest and can cause more problems than they're worth.

The Trek would be a fine bike - if it fits you. If at all...
07-14-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,038
Posted By wipekitty

This is also very good. If you don't mind...

This is also very good.

If you don't mind sharing, where is this ride taking place? It sounds...fun.
07-14-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,038
Posted By wipekitty

This seems like a sensible plan. I've got a...

This seems like a sensible plan.

I've got a decent idea of the kind of ride you're talking about - we've done some similar adventures in the Driftless area, though gravel rather than dirt, but...
07-13-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By wipekitty

I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single...

I have a 'Motobecane' (Bikes Direct) single speed, the so-called 'Track' model. The frame is steel, and it's heavy but solid; I use it for commuting, SS/FG road riding, and have beat it up pretty...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,159
Posted By wipekitty

Check out the video recently posted in A&S......

Check out the video recently posted in A&S... :innocent:

Personally, I am biased against individuals who drive white SUVs. Sadly, seagull crap does not show up as well on white vehicles.
07-13-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a bit cranky with Strava at the moment. The...

I'm a bit cranky with Strava at the moment. The local leaderboards were getting a bit dramatic, so I decided to quit them. In the past, one could do this while keeping activities public; at some...
07-13-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,345
Posted By wipekitty

I prefer low-cost or free local events with...

I prefer low-cost or free local events with minimal or no support. Some super-local charity rides are in this category (e.g. rides to support a town library, local Lions Club.) Local gravel events...
07-12-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 821
Posted By wipekitty

I think that's a pretty nice bike. The gearing...

I think that's a pretty nice bike. The gearing range is slightly more limited than a standard road setup, but is absolutely fine for everything except for very steep climbs and very steep descents...
07-11-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 821
Posted By wipekitty

Agreed. A gravel/adventure bike might...

Agreed.



A gravel/adventure bike might be the ticket, so long as you are okay with drop bars. It will be a bit more built up for riding on rough roads, gravel, and non-technical dirt. You can...
07-11-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,646
Posted By wipekitty

Precisely why I did not ask the mods to delete......

Precisely why I did not ask the mods to delete... :innocent:
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,556
Posted By wipekitty

Winter bike...rusted! I had a few bad times...

Winter bike...rusted!

I had a few bad times with brake cables snapping on commutes, so at least keep up with that much.
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,122
Posted By wipekitty

My SO used to skate...we always joke that...

My SO used to skate...we always joke that longboards are for people who can't handle riding real skateboards.

It's probably not safe, but longboards are a bit more stable than regular skateboards....
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,331
Posted By wipekitty

I was until I wasn't. I commuted by bike and/or...

I was until I wasn't. I commuted by bike and/or mixed mode in the Denver area year-round for a couple of years (6, 36, or 66 miles RT), then year-round in southern California (6 miles RT) then made...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,644
Posted By wipekitty

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to...

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to block myself from looking at drumkit cymbals (not to mention custom drumsets), and my SO is constantly talking about the next guitar pedals and amps...
...
07-10-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,332
Posted By wipekitty

+1. My Pedro levers have been able to mount some...

+1. My Pedro levers have been able to mount some tires that led to all kinds of adult language with various other tire levers.
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