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02-22-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

I think it's pretty safe to say that the pictured...

I think it's pretty safe to say that the pictured trestle was at one point or another, on fire.

Wood trestles definitely in short supply here in SoCal.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,596
Posted By DrIsotope

I've got 20,000 miles on a CX frame that will...

I've got 20,000 miles on a CX frame that will never in all of its future days see a CX race. I ride that bike anywhere and everywhere, and the only thing it's missing is fender mounts-- and that's...
02-22-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 295
Posted By DrIsotope

Step one: Go to LBS. Step two: try on all of...

Step one: Go to LBS.
Step two: try on all of the helmets in your size. Don't look at the brands, don't look at the prices.
Step three: buy the one that feels the best.

If you're lucky, you're...
02-20-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 663
Posted By DrIsotope

The hot day was wayyyyyy worse than the cold one....

The hot day was wayyyyyy worse than the cold one. Because once I got into that heat, it never let up. I dunno how Strava figures the 109F average, as the thermometer never dropped below 112. ...
Forum: Foo
02-19-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 570
Posted By DrIsotope

Last time I took in crushed cans, it was right...

Last time I took in crushed cans, it was right around $200. Not nearly as good as a milk crate full of copper wire (which we pulled out while demo'ing the burned husk of a convenience store,)...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 487
Posted By DrIsotope

Maxxis Padrone with: Shimano Ultegra wheels,...

Maxxis Padrone with: Shimano Ultegra wheels, Shimano RS500 wheels, Kinlin XR31 wheels, and I'm assuming every other wheel on the planet. The toughest to mount tubeless tire I've ever encountered, by...
02-19-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

That's a terrible font design. When I scrolled to...

That's a terrible font design. When I scrolled to it, I was like.. fang? lang? Ohhhh. Yang. And the font for the 2020 looks like the address to the building. Grade: D+.
02-19-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

Very cool rabbit hole to fall into about the...

Very cool rabbit hole to fall into about the Muffler Men. Apparently this is the only one known to have that particular grip, with both palms down.

Sadly, the Mentone Muffler Man is not listed in...
02-19-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 522
Posted By DrIsotope

How many miles do you average between flats? If...

How many miles do you average between flats? If that number is small, there's no real need to ditch the tubes. In the "interseasonal" periods-- like say between when the tribulus terrestris have...
02-19-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

A day late and a dollar short, as per usual. I'm...

A day late and a dollar short, as per usual. I'm pretty sure Paul Bunyan is fictional. This one has an axe and a bat. Easy, big fella.
...
02-19-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 495
Posted By DrIsotope

I should also clarify that I've never had a brake...

I should also clarify that I've never had a brake make an "all the time" screech, or any sort of unwanted noises. My carbon wheels sound like a jet engine on spooldown when I brake hard, but that's...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 978
Posted By DrIsotope

No difference in power readings for me between...

No difference in power readings for me between oval and round, but I have a Rotor INPower, so there is that.
02-19-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 495
Posted By DrIsotope

Speaking as a user of only dual-pivot calipers,...

Speaking as a user of only dual-pivot calipers, it doesn't matter. Pad material is of primary importance (the correct material for the wheel) and just getting the pads to make good contact with the...
02-18-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 495
Posted By DrIsotope

I've never toed-in a brake pad in my life.

I've never toed-in a brake pad in my life.
02-18-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 429
Posted By DrIsotope

My "average summer cycling heart rate" is...

My "average summer cycling heart rate" is probably 15bpm higher compared to cooler months. Regulating body temperature is tough business when it's very hot and very dry. And by dry I mean so dry...
02-18-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,312
Posted By DrIsotope

Get me an 11-speed Connex chain for less than $25...

Get me an 11-speed Connex chain for less than $25 a pop and we can talk. Until then, Connex chains are just too expensive. Nearly 4x the cost per mile over what I use now.
Forum: Foo
02-17-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 570
Posted By DrIsotope

You need to save up all them cans and road trip...

You need to save up all them cans and road trip 'em, Kramer style. Current aluminum can rate in my area is $1.85/lb.

But don't actually do that, though. It's apparently illegal here, just like...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 978
Posted By DrIsotope

^^^ This mirrors my experience. I also think...

^^^ This mirrors my experience. I also think there's something to the notion of "recruiting different muscles" through somewhat different pedal strokes. I just know that at least to my perception...
02-16-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,312
Posted By DrIsotope

Every single test done by Connex shows that the...

Every single test done by Connex shows that the chains made by Connex last the absolute longest... but they're so expensive, only the boutique chains like the KMC Diamond Coat cost more-- so the...
02-16-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,312
Posted By DrIsotope

I too get around 4 chains per cassette. Fifteen...

I too get around 4 chains per cassette. Fifteen chains would be over 45,000 miles per cassette, and simply does not seem like a thing that could ever happen... for me.

The Zinn test is nice in...
02-16-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 384
Posted By DrIsotope

I still have my old 520 (retired over 2 years...

I still have my old 520 (retired over 2 years now) and still have my older 500 (which was retired to make room for the 520.) For me, the sale value (particularly considering what eBay costs) on a...
02-15-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,057
Posted By DrIsotope

One wonders why the cops see the need to so...

One wonders why the cops see the need to so actively defend this sorta-intersection in the middle of nowhere. The cops are also parked on gravel, which dead-ends into trees in about 300ft. So it's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,172
Posted By DrIsotope

I use the same quick-link for the life of a...

I use the same quick-link for the life of a chain, removing and reinstalling it at least 10 times. It's fine.
02-15-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By DrIsotope

Those poor shoes have ridden the insert-tray in...

Those poor shoes have ridden the insert-tray in the dryer more times than I can count. Been fully submerged in creeks more than once, completely full of rain more than once, so full of mud that my...
02-15-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By DrIsotope

Counterpoint, luddites! My Diadora X-Vortex Pros...

Counterpoint, luddites! My Diadora X-Vortex Pros have two BOA closures on each shoe, and have well over 40,000 miles on them. They'd have more, but I got them for Father's Day in 2016.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,172
Posted By DrIsotope

No complaints at all about FSA Team Issue-- I...

No complaints at all about FSA Team Issue-- I put on a decent amount of miles, so $ per mile is significantly more important to me than possibly saving a third of a watt.

I do a two chain...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 978
Posted By DrIsotope

I am generally pleased with the asymmetric ring...

I am generally pleased with the asymmetric ring on my 1X bike, but I'm really curious to hear the opinions of people who have never used one, which I'm sure we'll get plenty of.

I would genuinely...
Forum: Foo
02-14-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By DrIsotope

Moved to Foo.

Moved to Foo.
02-13-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,020
Posted By DrIsotope

They need to rework their graphic. SoCal is...

They need to rework their graphic. SoCal is having the coolest February since 2012. We've usually gotten a few days in the 80s by now, but we got just the one. Woke up to 36 this morning. Winter,...
02-12-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

Yeah, I could ride for an hour and submit at...

Yeah, I could ride for an hour and submit at least a dozen outdoor ATMs. We've even got those where it's a little drive up hut all on it's own, with just an ATM in it.
02-12-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,573
Posted By DrIsotope

So in simpler terms, this is a "how much speed...

So in simpler terms, this is a "how much speed can I buy" question. That question is a redirect from the core question, "why am I not faster?"

If you think the bike is slowing you down, you're...
02-12-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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I've been in...
02-11-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 468
Posted By DrIsotope

It smells like latex-- very similar to liquid...

It smells like latex-- very similar to liquid latex/ mold builder, which is to say, not great. No solvent smell to it at all.
02-11-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By DrIsotope

The absolute best "better than nothing" set of...

The absolute best "better than nothing" set of fenders is the PDW Sodapop (https://www.amazon.com/Portland-Design-Works-Sodapop-Fenders/dp/B003LR95BO?th=1&psc=1). Put 'em on or take 'em off in less...
02-11-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 404
Posted By DrIsotope

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, internal barometric altimeter,...

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, internal barometric altimeter, vs. the Strava estimate of total route elevation for my past five rides:

Bolt: 1,434ft; Strava 1,445ft (-0.7%)
Bolt: 2,238ft; Strava 2,306ft ...
02-11-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 468
Posted By DrIsotope

I'm pretty sure it was a targeted ad somewhere......

I'm pretty sure it was a targeted ad somewhere... Facebook, maybe? Like I said, Orange Seal has been the best so far, but I'm always looking for something better (and cheaper.) The head mechanic...
02-11-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 806
Posted By DrIsotope

^^^ 100% agree. Tom Scott is basically a YouTube...

^^^ 100% agree. Tom Scott is basically a YouTube jewel, AFAIC. Quality, well-produced videos generally around 3-4 minutes long, and the next thing you know you've watched 2 hours worth.
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 12:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,351
Posted By DrIsotope

I use in-ear monitors with the highest level of...

I use in-ear monitors with the highest level of passive noise canceling I can find-- basically foam earplugs with speakers in them.

This American Life is a bi-weekly for me (at least,) and my...
02-10-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 806
Posted By DrIsotope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMinwf-kRlA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMinwf-kRlA
02-10-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 153
Posted By DrIsotope

From what I understand, flat mount calipers are...

From what I understand, flat mount calipers are designed to be used with either 140mm or 160mm rotors, and nothing else. There are no 180mm adapters available for flat mount. The only way to fit a...
02-10-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 673
Views: 42,872
Posted By DrIsotope

Unless you're counting one of those Airstream...

Unless you're counting one of those Airstream trailers, I'm not seeing any Art Moderne in here.

I'd have to slow-roll the streets to find something Deco or Streamline over in Redlands, I know...
02-09-20, 12:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 468
Posted By DrIsotope

Gone through about 2 quarts of Orange Seal in ~2...

Gone through about 2 quarts of Orange Seal in ~2 years, and it's pretty good. Always hoping for better, I'm now trying Kappius Goldylocks Pro Mech...
02-08-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 297
Posted By DrIsotope

There are registered members on this forum with...

There are registered members on this forum with accounts 10+ years old, and less than 100 posts. It's called lurking. Some people just come here to read. We have plenty of members who are all too...
02-08-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 539
Posted By DrIsotope

No offense to anyone involved, but in my mind...

No offense to anyone involved, but in my mind it's bonkers that the Redshift post (which uses two springs) costs more than a PNW Coast (which is a hydraulic dropper with air suspension.)

As a...
02-07-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 468
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're at all expecting any kind of warranty...

If you're at all expecting any kind of warranty interaction with Schwalbe, you're probably going to want to use either the Doc Blue or the identical Stan's.

If you're like me and would never...
02-06-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 647
Posted By DrIsotope

Offer up whatever numbers you feel like, doesn't...

Offer up whatever numbers you feel like, doesn't matter. If that Lezyne is so amazing, why is it lighting up stuff that's 20 feet off the ground?

Unless the Trooper is aimed down too much and...
02-06-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 647
Posted By DrIsotope

The Trooper has a better lens, the Lezyne is...

The Trooper has a better lens, the Lezyne is throwing light everywhere, as evidenced by the illuminated chimney and the light bouncing off of the power lines.
02-06-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,066
Posted By DrIsotope

Without even the risk of fertilizer, consider...

Without even the risk of fertilizer, consider that the consumer availability of hoses for potable water is very, very small. There's a tag on almost every hose in the Lowe's or the Home Depot...
02-06-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,066
Posted By DrIsotope

Fifteen ounces seems really small. Even the...

Fifteen ounces seems really small. Even the Camelbak Podium Ice-- which will keep ice for ~6 hours in 100 temps-- holds 21oz. And umm... "It prevents the beverage at 5 C -15 C temperature from...
02-04-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,751
Posted By DrIsotope

If you think that you are in some kind of...

If you think that you are in some kind of symbiotic relationship with drivers, you're deluding yourself. People behind the wheel do not regard bicycles as anything more than an impediment, without...
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