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Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 404
Posted By wipekitty

A couple years ago, the time had come for my...

A couple years ago, the time had come for my front derailleur and cassette, and I decided to treat myself doing a partial upgrade from 5600 to 5800 (left the original crankset/BB). At the time, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,201
Posted By wipekitty

1999: Crashed and busted my lip trying to avoid a...

1999: Crashed and busted my lip trying to avoid a non-yielding vehicle in a roundabout. The blood was epic. I was on my way to a college course, so that was fun.

2008: Run-in with a minivan....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 824
Posted By wipekitty

From the commuting world, where there's often...

From the commuting world, where there's often less flexibility on routes and timing, I find a rear view mirror and daytime front/rear lights helpful. I use this equipment for solo road rides in areas...
07-02-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 576
Posted By wipekitty

Cygolite is a good company. I've been using the...

Cygolite is a good company. I've been using the Expilion series for quite some time, though it looks like those have been phased out (somebody correct me if I'm wrong!)

They have good warranty...
07-02-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,949
Posted By wipekitty

The only ones I know about in real life are crash...

The only ones I know about in real life are crash related.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 785
Posted By wipekitty

I was actually going to suggest this (sort of)...

I was actually going to suggest this (sort of) option on your previous thread.

Most so-called 'fixies' are going to come with a rear wheel that enables you to set up for riding fixed (you must...
06-30-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 589
Posted By wipekitty

Definitely try increasing the PSI. I'd consider...

Definitely try increasing the PSI. I'd consider 85-90 on the low end for myself, at 125lbs.

Wider tires would probably help, but I'd take some measurements before going that route. On bikes from...
06-29-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,067
Posted By wipekitty

Also 29 grams:...

Also 29 grams: https://www.amazon.com/CAT-EYE-Bike-Bottle-Black/dp/B07BRGZ3S7

Definitely not as aero though. Also, the Bontrager cages sometimes come in red, which will make you faster.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By wipekitty

I rode a lot as a kid, mostly on mountain bikes...

I rode a lot as a kid, mostly on mountain bikes that were a level or two above BSO 'cuz that's what people got their kids in the 80s and early 90s.

Driving happened. Then grad school happened, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 19,484
Views: 4,108,277
Posted By wipekitty

Um, what?! ...

Um, what?!


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1937x397/untitled2_4e6fd32cc89aae6de8d9f00e899c120d6ee1f3a4.jpg

OK, so shipping was still almost $16. Still. I like the Aeron...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,475
Posted By wipekitty

Hiding indoors for a month without a trainer. ...

Hiding indoors for a month without a trainer.

I used to be fast. Now I'm slow.
06-22-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 269
Posted By wipekitty

Surprisingly, Superior and Broomfield - out...

Surprisingly, Superior and Broomfield - out between the two - are a bit higher than either Boulder or Denver!

Also surprisingly, the route I used to ride (commuting) was only about 1,100'...
06-22-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 269
Posted By wipekitty

I'd rent a car to get from Colorado Springs to...

I'd rent a car to get from Colorado Springs to Boulder and take the bus from Boulder to Denver. The Boulder-Denver buses have additional bike storage under the seating area for when the racks are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,186
Posted By wipekitty

+1 for Borah. I'm biased because I know where...

+1 for Borah. I'm biased because I know where their shop is, and it's at the base of an epic climb.

I agree that their pads are comfy. IMO the jerseys I've got from them are more suited to...
06-22-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 455
Posted By wipekitty

All the Continental tubes I've purchased on...

All the Continental tubes I've purchased on Amazon came with a non-removable valve core. Same for Kenda.

I always considered the removable core a premium feature, only available on more expensive...
06-22-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,734
Posted By wipekitty

CO2. I'll take a mini pump for backup on...

CO2. I'll take a mini pump for backup on especially long solo rides.




This is important. I did not follow this advice the first time, and things did not go so well.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,057
Posted By wipekitty

C'mon up to the Great North for a winter or two,...

C'mon up to the Great North for a winter or two, we'll cure ya of that!

Sure got some funny looks bike commuting this winter in North Carolina during the temporary reprieve from the Great North....
06-21-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By wipekitty

Older Univega: Cool. Older carbon: Not so cool. ...

Older Univega: Cool. Older carbon: Not so cool.

It may be worth posting to see if you get any responses. I think the main problem is that there is not a particularly large market: people...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,234
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah, me too! My gravel bike looks like that. I...

Yeah, me too! My gravel bike looks like that. I thought I'd want something more upright, but it turned out to be way too much.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,060
Posted By wipekitty

Hopefully the OP made a decision by now ;)

Hopefully the OP made a decision by now ;)
06-20-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,822
Posted By wipekitty

This. If I drive to a course or ride that...

This.

If I drive to a course or ride that one route I can reach from home with only 1-2 stop signs/red lights, my average speed goes up a good 1.5-2 MPH - or more, compared to rides where I hit a...
06-20-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,909
Posted By wipekitty

I used to ride with some guys that got the basic...

I used to ride with some guys that got the basic Mechanix work gloves and cut the fingers off. Seemed to work out okay! Personally, I use insulated work gloves with a bit of padding on the palm for...
06-19-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 19,142
Views: 3,120,198
Posted By wipekitty

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/bik/d/tomah-2-old-...

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/bik/d/tomah-2-old-roadster-bicycles-man-and/7125897272.html

Old = expensive.

...
06-16-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By wipekitty

IMO: Size is key. You want something wide enough...

IMO: Size is key. You want something wide enough to accommodate potential foot swelling on hot/longer rides, something narrow enough that your heel doesn't slip around and get blisters, and something...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 476
Posted By wipekitty

Back on the road - in North Carolina for the next...

Back on the road - in North Carolina for the next month and a half, before returning to Wisconsin. It seems to be rollers and trees, all day long.

I managed 47 miles, 2700' on Saturday, and an...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,758
Posted By wipekitty

Bibs! I've gone completely to bibs. I find them...

Bibs! I've gone completely to bibs. I find them much more comfortable. They just seem to stay put better, and they eliminate any issues from a jersey that slides up a bit.

The only exception is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 957
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a fan of turning the bike upside down....

I'm a fan of turning the bike upside down. Especially with disc brakes, and always with horizontal dropouts.

But, I always think of Rule 49.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,428
Posted By wipekitty

Even thinking about that makes me want to cry....

Even thinking about that makes me want to cry. Sounds fun!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,897
Posted By wipekitty

Personally...I'm avoiding group rides until this...

Personally...I'm avoiding group rides until this thing is done. Just up the road in Durham, it seems like there's still a fair bit of Rona going around. I'm sticking to solo road rides - no trails,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,517
Posted By wipekitty

Turn-by-turn audible navigation, like RWGPS! I...

Turn-by-turn audible navigation, like RWGPS! I use a very basic computer without mapping capabilities, and like having the voice giving me directions from my back pocket - it's why I'm currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,073
Posted By wipekitty

Much less. February and early March got busy at...

Much less. February and early March got busy at work, including some travel. Then my commute, which was previously ~90 miles/week, came to a grinding halt. Traffic didn't slow down as much as I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,303
Posted By wipekitty

I'll probably continue to use the free version,...

I'll probably continue to use the free version, primarily for the social aspect. I liked the training log and ability to compare past efforts, but do not find the service to be worth $60/year. I do,...
05-19-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,429
Posted By wipekitty

Use toilet paper or disposable napkins (paper...

Use toilet paper or disposable napkins (paper towels) on a regular basis. Really. My household missed the memo about stocking up, and adapted. Reusable napkins are great - we should have made that...
Forum: Southeast
05-19-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By wipekitty

I've also heard that it's been a bit crowded and...

I've also heard that it's been a bit crowded and am avoiding it for now. Which is much easier to do, since I no longer commute anywhere.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,882
Posted By wipekitty

Not sure yet. RWGPS might be a good start; I have...

Not sure yet. RWGPS might be a good start; I have yet to test it using data from my cycling computer, but it at least it will track mileage for free. I already use it as my primary route planner....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,882
Posted By wipekitty

Interesting. If 'training log' and 'compare...

Interesting.

If 'training log' and 'compare efforts' become subscription features, I'll probably just keep free Strava for the social aspect and use something else for data. I really don't care...
03-28-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,799
Posted By wipekitty

I think that's right - it could be two years...

I think that's right - it could be two years before things are under control, and who knows what we'll see on the other side. This is not a snowstorm where it's over in a week and then you go clean...
03-27-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,799
Posted By wipekitty

So right on the germaphobe bit. I'm grateful that...

So right on the germaphobe bit. I'm grateful that my mother is a germaphobe. All that hand washing, taking hand sanitizer to church, and spraying me down with Lysol when I got sick as a kid seems...
03-27-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 990
Posted By wipekitty

Nothing special for my bike kit. It goes in with...

Nothing special for my bike kit. It goes in with the regular clothes on cold with regular laundry detergent. I usually air dry it, though.

Hydrogen peroxide is good for removing blood. I'll put...
03-26-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,651
Posted By wipekitty

Well...I always stop at stop signs, and I get...

Well...I always stop at stop signs, and I get yelled at for that, too. Some people just like to yell.

At least they didn't bark out the window. (What's up with passengers doing that, anyway?)
03-26-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 723
Posted By wipekitty

One business model that I've seen - which AFAIK...

One business model that I've seen - which AFAIK has been successful - branded itself as a "community" bike shop. The shop has some elements of a normal LBS: they employ mechanics and do full-service...
Forum: Foo
03-24-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,465
Posted By wipekitty

Huh, I should probably fill out the Census this...

Huh, I should probably fill out the Census this time.

In 2000, I filled it out too late, and they refused to take it (seriously). In 2010, I was nowhere to be found. So, I haven't been counted...
03-24-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,885
Posted By wipekitty

Yes! Black metal is amazing teenager repellent;...

Yes! Black metal is amazing teenager repellent; it's great for keeping the yungins at bay.

For some ungodly reason, I've got Soundgarden (Blow Up the Outside World) in my head. And I really want...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,447
Posted By wipekitty

I've had a few run-ins with crazy Amazon Prime...

I've had a few run-ins with crazy Amazon Prime delivery vans.

That said, I don't think they're any worse than the general population of drivers. They are just large, distinctive, and easy to pick...
03-24-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 84,063
Posted By wipekitty

FWIW, I love this thread, and hope y'all are able...

FWIW, I love this thread, and hope y'all are able to keep it going!

I'm probably out for a bit due to my current policy of contact-free bike rides (meaning I'll no longer be setting my bike down...
03-24-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,651
Posted By wipekitty

I've got a very basic GPS (Bryton Rider 10). I...

I've got a very basic GPS (Bryton Rider 10). I use it for recording distance and elevation gain; I've also found the % grade measurements useful while riding. I've also found the capacity to pair...
03-23-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,277
Posted By wipekitty

Pretty much the same here. I'm working on...

Pretty much the same here.

I'm working on some new routes - on yesterday's ride, I discovered that places I thought would be dead ended up having quite a few people congregating. I'll avoid them...
03-23-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 28,554
Posted By wipekitty

Here in NC, I am continuing to ride, solo, on...

Here in NC, I am continuing to ride, solo, on roads. When I see people walking, I make an effort to stay 6' away from them and not do anything gross with my nose.

Parks, trailheads, and MUPs seem...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By wipekitty

Now that I'm no longer a bike commuter (work from...

Now that I'm no longer a bike commuter (work from home), I'm back on recreational road cycling!

Nice solo 27 mile ride today with 1,781' elevation gain on my steel single speed road bike.

I...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,265
Posted By wipekitty

Serious props for combining a decent bike commute...

Serious props for combining a decent bike commute and an active job! :thumb: Good luck - you'll be in really good shape after a week or two of that.
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