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04-22-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 442
Posted By downtube42

Two things helped me address the spousal time...

Two things helped me address the spousal time issue.

First, I encouraged her burgeoning knitting hobby. If you don't know, knitting has become quite the thing. Ungodly expensive yarn, conventions,...
04-21-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 425
Posted By downtube42

Do it! I've regretted not doing events. ...

Do it!

I've regretted not doing events.

I never regretted doing one, no matter how much trepidation I felt prior to the event.
04-19-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 820
Posted By downtube42

Wheel engineers are smart, but spokes are stupid....

Wheel engineers are smart, but spokes are stupid. Really really stupid. They don't know, for example, that they are weak in compression and in fact don't have any support to prevent them from sliding...
04-19-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 451
Posted By downtube42

So the deal is something like this. If you...

So the deal is something like this.

If you ride enough, virtually 100% guaranteed you'll have a flat. So you may as well be prepared, one way or another. Be able to fix it, phone a friend, make a...
04-19-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,383
Posted By downtube42

My mid 90's Specialized Hardrock full rigid was...

My mid 90's Specialized Hardrock full rigid was the epitome of bicycle technology. Everything before was lacking, and everything since is frivolous marketing fluff.
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 369
Posted By downtube42

My experience with bike co-ops, having been a...

My experience with bike co-ops, having been a volunteer at four, founder of one, and board president at one, is they do good work and spend their money carefully. They are usually highly dependent on...
04-19-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,497
Posted By downtube42

Indeed we had a famous one in Indiana that was a...

Indeed we had a famous one in Indiana that was a common destination for bored and/or romantically inclined teenagers. Brethren to the false flat, which draws no such attention.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,084
Posted By downtube42

A presta pump that mechanically depresses the...

A presta pump that mechanically depresses the valve is an abomination.

But the answer is clearly 42psi for a high pressure tire, 4.2psi for a low pressure tire, and 0.42bar for the civilized world.
04-18-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 537
Posted By downtube42

Bike Collectives Network...

Bike Collectives Network (http://www.bikecollectives.org/) is a great resource.

Attracting and retaining volunteers is right up there with funding as the biggest issues faced keeping a bike...
04-16-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By downtube42

I have a sliver of scar tissue on my neck, from a...

I have a sliver of scar tissue on my neck, from a day on the bike. I was living in west Texas at the time, and i missed a bit of skin with the sunscreen.

Now I live in the PNW, and take a daily...
04-16-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,064
Posted By downtube42

I'm sure you're not the only one, but I'm not one...

I'm sure you're not the only one, but I'm not one of you.
My newest bike is red. Its fenders are red. My cycling shoes are red. My next newest bike, a MTB, is red. My next next next newest bike is...
Replies: 7
Views: 931
Posted By downtube42

Granted I'm an engineer attempting artistic...

Granted I'm an engineer attempting artistic expression, but the point of the movie is we're riding solo in our grungy garages rather than together in the beautiful outdoors.



Thanks! Just after...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,403
Posted By downtube42

My thumb is calibrated for the days of 100psi...

My thumb is calibrated for the days of 100psi tires. With wider lower pressure being the current thing, I'm in need of a recalibration 😂
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By downtube42

My right foot is about 1 1/2 sizes larger than...

My right foot is about 1 1/2 sizes larger than the left, but the left is wider. It's my left foot, the wider one, that consistently gets hotfoot. Excruciating, and once it flares up on a ride, I can...
04-13-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,090
Posted By downtube42

Oh heck no, those don't count. I've had no car...

Oh heck no, those don't count. I've had no car for five years, but my wife has had two in that period. I drive when we travel together, but I'm clearly a guest driver. Not my car; doesn't count.
04-12-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,614
Posted By downtube42

See rule 71...

See rule 71 (https://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#71) and ride your ride.
They should follow rule 38.

Also consult rules 43, 81.

If the rules are followed, there is no need or place for hurt...
04-12-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,090
Posted By downtube42

My ratio thus far is 3:4 at 12 cars and 15 bikes....

My ratio thus far is 3:4 at 12 cars and 15 bikes.

Current ownership is 0 and 4.

I'm constantly thinking of the next bike.
04-11-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,247
Posted By downtube42

I was going to suggest Xenia, OH if you'd like...

I was going to suggest Xenia, OH if you'd like multiple day rides from a central location. You can do out-and-back rides the same day, or carry an overnight bag and hotel at turnaround towns.

For...
04-11-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By downtube42

That would be mobile homes and the Renault Le Car...

That would be mobile homes and the Renault Le Car I had bitd.
04-10-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 741
Posted By downtube42

Top tube for me. I use clear 3M tape for a very...

Top tube for me. I use clear 3M tape for a very clean look.
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By downtube42

Not so much giving up the recumbent, as pursuing...

Not so much giving up the recumbent, as pursuing a new challenge. The 'bent is still hanging there, waiting its turn.
04-08-21, 12:49 AM
Replies: 70
Igh
Views: 2,376
Posted By downtube42

Weight, expense, friction. Limited gear...

Weight, expense, friction.

Limited gear ratios and ranges.

Pro racers don't use them.

Arguably more delicate; out of saddle climbing is discouraged.

Don't work on vertical dropouts...
04-08-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 829
Posted By downtube42

There's a fun saying that goes, a three speed has...

There's a fun saying that goes, a three speed has too low, too high, and not quite right. That aligns with my experience.

I'm generally pretty happy with my 8-speed IGH, but I live in Oregon and...
Forum: Foo
04-07-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 992
Posted By downtube42

Only middle class American empty nester software...

Only middle class American empty nester software leader struggles.

650b disc tubeless rims are stupid expensive.
I don't want to work any longer, but "need" the income to maintain all this crap...
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By downtube42

I'm just going to admit this: When it comes to...

I'm just going to admit this: When it comes to descriptions of body mechanics, like hip flexors or pelvic rotation or open hips, I have no concept. Somebody says with great authority well your hip...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,120
Posted By downtube42

Sheldon Brown was the go-to for rim/tire...

Sheldon Brown was the go-to for rim/tire compatibility for years, but I don't know if that is valid in these days of wide/gravel/tubeless. Probably yes; Sheldon knows all, even from the grave.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By downtube42

Specialized Footbeds helped me quite a bit. IIRC...

Specialized Footbeds helped me quite a bit. IIRC I stood on a device at the bike shop and it recommended blue.

Come to think of it, it's time to order some replacements. They are only good for a...
Forum: Foo
04-05-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 684
Posted By downtube42

Having gone through the possessions of first my...

Having gone through the possessions of first my parents then in laws, i say when in doubt throw it out.

I've moved twice in the last few years, across the continent. Tossing accumulated crap is...
Replies: 7
Views: 931
Posted By downtube42

Only the quoted text. "Rejected" is my overly...

Only the quoted text. "Rejected" is my overly dramatic word. It's simply a matter of them choosing the best, from submissions.
04-04-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 594
Posted By downtube42

Think of it like buying a pair of pants. You can...

Think of it like buying a pair of pants. You can buy jeans, sweats, or dress pants. New or used. You can spend $25 or $200. But you wouldn't buy pants that don't fit.

About anything decent that...
04-04-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By downtube42

Buyer beware at wally-world, as well. I was...

Buyer beware at wally-world, as well.

I was working on one of their MTBs at the co-op a few years ago, and came across a nice cost-saving measure. The entire grip-shift assembly was a solid piece...
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By downtube42

Recumbent veteran to upright newbie

After 10 years, ~35,000km of randonneuring on a recumbent, with multiple 1200s, I'm giving it a go on an upright bike, with the goal of completing PBP in 2023. It's a work in progress, to be sure....
04-02-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,744
Posted By downtube42

I had a Sanyo on my commuter for years, leaving...

I had a Sanyo on my commuter for years, leaving the light on always. Flawless, all weather year-round.

Drag is high, the data says. I wouldn't use it on a 1200k because I don't want to give away...
04-01-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,070
Posted By downtube42

Just night i was looking at my options for 11...

Just night i was looking at my options for 11 speed road 135mm disc QR hubs, for a second/650b wheelset. In the $200 range, there are plenty of hub options. Aside from Formula, not much below that...
04-01-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 970
Posted By downtube42

I don't know names of anything. Roads, cities, ...

I don't know names of anything. Roads, cities, towns, people, companies, whatever. A lifelong affliction, so 50+ means nothing. I just go to the white barn and turn left, say "how's it going", and...
04-01-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,948
Posted By downtube42

It's really simple to learn. Fall off, get back...

It's really simple to learn. Fall off, get back on. Repeat. Self defense causes your brain to learn.
03-28-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,603
Posted By downtube42

I started using transit in Portland about 3 years...

I started using transit in Portland about 3 years ago. Riding in an urban train, I observe up close and personal that some percentage of the population has mental health issues. Mostly, they are...
Forum: Introductions
03-28-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By downtube42

Welcome. C&V is where you want to be. Folks...

Welcome. C&V is where you want to be.

Folks in the Hot or Not thread in road cycling can respond favorably to C&V builds. Be prepared for criticism, but even that can be informative....
03-25-21, 11:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,185
Posted By downtube42

I used to have a carpenter buddy who'd say he...

I used to have a carpenter buddy who'd say he didn't understand math, but flawlessly calculated construction dimensions. He's shrug and say it was just numbers.
Forum: Foo
03-25-21, 12:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 666
Posted By downtube42

A stubborn stem that suddenly broke free landed...

A stubborn stem that suddenly broke free landed me in the ER with a severely split lip. Large force directed toward the face is a bad idea. They were getting ready to stitch me up when a large...
03-24-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 736
Posted By downtube42

You picked your risk level, went out on that road...

You picked your risk level, went out on that road in those conditions, and had the skills and fortune to get through the situation. IMO that's a good outcome.

In retrospect if you decide it was...
03-24-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By downtube42

Ha, thanks. It was fun.

Ha, thanks. It was fun.
03-23-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,948
Posted By downtube42

Go for it! Just like bicycling, increasing...

Go for it!

Just like bicycling, increasing distance slowly is the way to go. I worked my way up to 15 miles on my uni, a few years ago. It's manageable.
Forum: Introductions
03-23-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 210
Posted By downtube42

Welcome to BF. I rode around the...

Welcome to BF.

I rode around the Shelbyville area and north a few years back. Beautiful country. Hills.

Cheers
03-21-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 817
Posted By downtube42

Chevrons on road bike tire treads are 99.998%...

Chevrons on road bike tire treads are 99.998% marketing, with the remaining 0.002% being incorrect thinking.
03-21-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By downtube42

Gorilla Pros: Rips to proper width easily ...

Gorilla Pros:
Rips to proper width easily
Goes on ez pz
Sticks and Seals
Cheap
Gorilla Cons:
Tire mounting can be harder, since the thicker tape fills up the center bed.
Residue after removal...
03-21-21, 12:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By downtube42

Indoor Trainer Short

I posted this in the ultracycling forum, but I thought this group might enjoy. A short I put together for a film festival. It didn't make the cut.

Lonely Sweat Drops...
Replies: 7
Views: 931
Posted By downtube42

Formally Rejected

On a pandemic inspired whim, going stir-crazy with all the 2020 events canceled, I made a short video and submitted it to a film festival. Inspiration came while I was on my indoor trainer. I asked...
Forum: Foo
03-20-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 765
Posted By downtube42

Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana...

Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana is the best place on earth, as Texans are about Texas. We lack anything approaching arrogance about ourselves or our homeland. So Hoosiers look around,...
Forum: Foo
03-19-21, 11:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 765
Posted By downtube42

This got me to thinking. My father-in-law...

This got me to thinking.

My father-in-law grew up in New Zealand. For his grandkids/my kids, he wrote a booklet "100 things to do on the farm in New Zealand". Cool stuff like catch an eel in the...
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