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Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 11,817
Posted By Maelochs

The one thing I see a lot in this thread is that...

The one thing I see a lot in this thread is that normal tires at normal pressures work well on reasonably good pavement, and wider, softer tires work better on bad pavement.

I am sure everyone...
10-01-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By Maelochs

I too hate to drive to ride, but the nearest MTB...

I too hate to drive to ride, but the nearest MTB trails are so far from where I live---45 miles---that I have no choice. I have some decent riding roads around here but if I move to somewhere lacking...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 16,196
Posted By Maelochs

I have read all the threads on this here ... and...

I have read all the threads on this here ... and some people Will say exactly what you want to hear .... whatever that may be.

If I had some definitive answer .... but I don't believe there is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 16,196
Posted By Maelochs

Experiment. personal taste is more at play here...

Experiment. personal taste is more at play here than hard data. Find the widest tires you can fit on your rims and give it a try. Play with different pressures. I am not convinced that three is all...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 04:15 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 11,817
Posted By Maelochs

Daniel S, you are new here, so you don't remember...

Daniel S, you are new here, so you don't remember Inpd ..... he was a much-respected poster here. I am glad you resurrected this thread. i t is a nice reminder ot a member who has passed.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By Maelochs

Well .... did it work? Did the shop mechanic...

Well .... did it work? Did the shop mechanic preserve the paint? If the guy can do the job properly, who cares how? If the guy is that good, why buy an expensive tool to get the same result?
09-28-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 411
Posted By Maelochs

yes, that is a much better idea.

yes, that is a much better idea.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 605
Posted By Maelochs

This is ..... well .... never mind. A bike...

This is ..... well .... never mind.

A bike is not "made" for short or long rides. If you get a bike which you can ride comfortably, you can ride it comfortably for as long as you want.

I...
09-28-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 411
Posted By Maelochs

If You look at the original suggested mounting...

If You look at the original suggested mounting method, with one rack tube on each side of the fork leg, thus splitting the force, two mounting points are obviously stronger than one, and there...
09-28-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 411
Posted By Maelochs

That looks like a metal fork. If it si .... ...

That looks like a metal fork. If it si .... could you not drill the inner side of the leg and tap it or insert a Riv-nut or whatever and use the rack as intended?
09-27-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By Maelochs

Did you mean the Fantom 2.5?...

Did you mean the Fantom 2.5? http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/275-650b-bikes/fantom2p5-eagle-mtb-275.htmLooks like a decent bike, and i have had good experiences with BikesDirect .... ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 605
Posted By Maelochs

I don't know, I have had so many opinions about...

I don't know, I have had so many opinions about .... oh wait, you mean about Your bike specifically.

No sweat, I can always make another opinion.

But after reading your post more carefully...
09-27-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,595
Posted By Maelochs

This is probably the most accurate take. Some...

This is probably the most accurate take. Some senior who worked part time as an assistant to some professor decided to turn his term paper into a "published paper" and got some friends to sign on....
09-27-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,595
Posted By Maelochs

One thing I can add---whether or not high cadence...

One thing I can add---whether or not high cadence works best for non-riders is of no concern to me because I am not a non-rider.

I have worked at improving my pedaling technique, which helps no...
09-27-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By Maelochs

These are the things you actually said. You...

These are the things you actually said.

You did express that walking on steep hills was a personal preference---but also made derogatory remarks about people who disagreed.

Maybe next time you...
09-27-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 411
Posted By Maelochs

That upper mounting bolt will be the focus of a...

That upper mounting bolt will be the focus of a lot of stress, and will likely rip loose and possibly damage the mounting hole. You have created a lever to magnify force on what was supposed to be a...
09-27-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,595
Posted By Maelochs

"This experiment proves, that under these...

"This experiment proves, that under these specific and very precise but potentially unrealistic conditions, within these very narrow parameters, these nine (yes, only nine) test subjects behaved in a...
09-26-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By Maelochs

What are you planning to do with the leftover...

What are you planning to do with the leftover straw?
09-26-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 295
Posted By Maelochs

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/baseca...

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/basecamp-ltd27-mountain-bikes.htm

There is a gear chart which can tell you what speed you'd be riding at 90 rpm in 42x12, but I am too lazy to look it...
09-26-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By Maelochs

By the way, indyfabz thanks you for giving him an...

By the way, indyfabz thanks you for giving him an excuse to post pics of his bike again. :D
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,458
Posted By Maelochs

Thanks. You were still at fault, but I...

Thanks.

You were still at fault, but I always want the clearest possible understanding if I am going to comment.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 638
Posted By Maelochs

C02 is quick and convenient and also single-use....

C02 is quick and convenient and also single-use. I don't like single-use packaging generally, but more specifically i don't like single-use necessities .... if I carry two cannisters and one...
09-26-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 397
Posted By Maelochs

The latest version I could find online was a...

The latest version I could find online was a 21-speed 2014 3.0 https://community.raleighusa.com/bikes-archive/2014-road/2014-sport-comfort-venture/2014-venture-30

My first question would be, what...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,458
Posted By Maelochs

if you were crossing the hear lane and turning...

if you were crossing the hear lane and turning left, and the cyclist was coming from the left, how would the cyclist "go behind" and end up following you and then passing you? Did the cyclist do a...
09-25-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By Maelochs

Lol ... I knew one of the regulars had done some...

Lol ... I knew one of the regulars had done some kind of gun-coating or something and couldn't recall who .... glad someone did
09-25-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By Maelochs

Irony much?

Irony much?
09-25-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By Maelochs

Back when people still gathered, I rode sweep for...

Back when people still gathered, I rode sweep for a 5K charity walk/run, which meant I had to ride slower than the slowest walkers. It got challenging at times, but the speeds were down around or...
09-25-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 983
Posted By Maelochs

Really, a New Yorker and you didn't immediately...

Really, a New Yorker and you didn't immediately think, "Leave no witnesses"? :D

I guess that is more New Jersey and maybe some of the Boroughs, but still .....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,458
Posted By Maelochs

That is in fact exactly the law in almost every...

That is in fact exactly the law in almost every continental state (I have only ridden and and thus researched 2/3 or 3/4 of them, but since it is the law in Every state I checked, I assume it is the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,458
Posted By Maelochs

Seems to me if he was on your left and you turned...

Seems to me if he was on your left and you turned left you would be going head-on, so how could he have passed you later.

Did you perhaps mean you made a right turn?

Not trying to pick nits,...
09-24-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By Maelochs

On walking---trying to balance a heavily laden...

On walking---trying to balance a heavily laden touring bike while pushing it up a steep slope is a Very annoying exercise. Balance is automatic while riding---and the faster one goes the more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,236
Posted By Maelochs

But they are traveling the same distance in the...

But they are traveling the same distance in the same time in far greater comfort .......

That's hilarious .... after the sting fades .....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 498
Posted By Maelochs

As I understand it, tire pressure affects...

As I understand it, tire pressure affects performance---if the tire is too hard, it shudders and skips (in near-microscopic amounts) wasting your energy. A slightly softer tire will deform and stay...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 498
Posted By Maelochs

I have a Chinese clone of an R-series of that...

I have a Chinese clone of an R-series of that vintage and I have run narrow (actual 28-mm) 28s on narrow (maybe 15- or 17-mm) rims. Fit fine.

It si an excellent frame and a worthy base for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,095
Posted By Maelochs

What is a "better" workout? Go to a gym and you...

What is a "better" workout? Go to a gym and you will see to dozen people working out in two dozen ways, and each might be getting a great workout.

If burning more calories is the "best" workout,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 626
Posted By Maelochs

I disagree. Because of poor public transport...

I disagree.

Because of poor public transport and the complexities of scheduling most functioning members of society do need a car. I lived for decades car-free only because I accepted drastic...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,458
Posted By Maelochs

Right. But as cyclists, when we drive, we imagine...

Right. But as cyclists, when we drive, we imagine that we are more attentive and more alert and more considerate of other cyclists. We imagine that we will be looking out because we know the other...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,458
Posted By Maelochs

One thought---if you had room to pull out and he...

One thought---if you had room to pull out and he had room to slow safely, it was a safe maneuver. A tad inconsiderate, but still a safe maneuver.

Another thought--as cyclists, we know that we...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 626
Posted By Maelochs

I'd say bike manufacturers are going for the...

I'd say bike manufacturers are going for the low-hanging fruit---or rather, for the higher-up fruit that is still within reach.

It is much easier to sell more to someone who has bought some---and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 889
Posted By Maelochs

I have some Bellwether and Funkier bibs which...

I have some Bellwether and Funkier bibs which were $30-$50 and have lasted great.

Not sure what is available since Nashbar got infected by Performance Bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,236
Posted By Maelochs

Don't stress. Once the CCP virus dies out, people...

Don't stress. Once the CCP virus dies out, people will get back to work in the air factories and the current PSI shortage will come to an end.
09-22-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By Maelochs

On the other hand, $5K buys an awful lot of...

On the other hand, $5K buys an awful lot of motorcycle.

Cracks me up that I used to ride bikes and dream of being able to afford a motorcycle
09-22-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By Maelochs

I have an old Cannondale touring bike with a...

I have an old Cannondale touring bike with a 48-38-28 triple and a 14-34 cassette. When the load is large, the day is long, and the hills are seemingly endless, all that matters is not falling over...
09-22-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Maelochs

The newer bike is Probably (but I cannot tell...

The newer bike is Probably (but I cannot tell without a hands-on comparative examination) a better deal just because of the years of technological improvement. And, because the Hardrock, though it...
09-22-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,264
Posted By Maelochs

You can buy Snap On or you can buy tools at the...

You can buy Snap On or you can buy tools at the Dollar Store. If you need seven different tools to do a small job, you cvan get them all at the Dollar Store for half what a single Snap-On would cost....
09-22-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,320
Posted By Maelochs

I had a 1988 MB-4 and it was and remains one of...

I had a 1988 MB-4 and it was and remains one of the best bikes I have ever owned. heavy by today's standards, but a tank that hrode like a sports car. I put huge mileage on that bike and rode...
09-22-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,320
Posted By Maelochs

So good of you to tell us what bicycles mean ... ...

So good of you to tell us what bicycles mean ... I have been riding for more than 50 years, and never once knew what a bicycle meant.

By the way, I have also toured for thousands of miles. And...
09-22-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,320
Posted By Maelochs

This one's got legs. Twelve pages? Twenty?

This one's got legs. Twelve pages? Twenty?
09-22-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,264
Posted By Maelochs

Can't believe there hasn't been a popcorn emoji...

Can't believe there hasn't been a popcorn emoji yet.

OP seems to know a little about big-box bikes, so it is safe to give unbiased info ... and some people here have. Good to see.
09-22-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Maelochs

Givent he specifics, I would consider two items. ...

Givent he specifics, I would consider two items.

The Hardrock is the perfect bike for the job---if everything works. Sounds like the bike needs maintenance or the shifter are just worn out....
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