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08-24-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 424
Posted By DrIsotope

Beyond any actual fit issues, there's a lot wrong...

Beyond any actual fit issues, there's a lot wrong with the bike in the pic. As mentioned, the cables/hoses are all way too short-- as if they put the riser on and didn't touch the cables/hoses. The...
08-24-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 303
Posted By DrIsotope

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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08-24-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,730
Posted By DrIsotope

A relinking of the photo above, just to jump in...

A relinking of the photo above, just to jump in and say that this very morning on the Santa Ana River Trail, right next to Martha McLean/Anza Narrows park, I saw an older gentleman wearing that exact...
08-24-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 467
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're buying a component from anyone, you're...

If you're buying a component from anyone, you're paying a series of markups. A $120MSRP, $100 retail part probably cost less than $20 to manufacture-- often far less. Even an online gray-market...
08-24-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 429
Posted By DrIsotope

This is literally all you need: ...

This is literally all you need:

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...and many tubes come with those exact...
08-24-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 467
Posted By DrIsotope

This, 1,000%. Generally, a component goes from...

This, 1,000%. Generally, a component goes from manufacturer to initial distributor (the folks who put it in a container and on a boat) to the secondary distributor (chain suppliers like QBP, KHS,...
08-23-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,101
Posted By DrIsotope

Feeing like an Amazon review up in here— one...

Feeing like an Amazon review up in here— one single item doesn’t work, so the entire company must be a farce. I’ve had FOUR Maxxis tires go back for warranty replacement. Doesn’t mean Maxxis is...
08-22-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,849
Posted By DrIsotope

This thread popped into my head during this...

This thread popped into my head during this morning's ride. I still don't know what my top sprint speed is, but I do know that for me, 25mph takes about 220W, while 30mph takes a bit over 500W. I...
08-22-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,551
Posted By DrIsotope

Easily seen in the next-to-last photo in post #53...

Easily seen in the next-to-last photo in post #53 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=53) , the caliper is too low. It needs to be spaced up 2-3mm. You can clearly see...
08-22-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 596
Posted By DrIsotope

It takes some getting used to for sure. As I...

It takes some getting used to for sure. As I mentioned I'm using a PN 1.1, one of the narrowest models, as I have pretty narrow sitbones (I used 130 in "normal" saddles) and my thighs come pretty...
08-22-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,109
Posted By DrIsotope

After reading a post about the homeless...

After reading a post about the homeless population using drinking fountains as showers, then seeing it happen in person, I pretty much cannot use a drinking fountain anywhere. Even those indoors. I...
08-22-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,487
Posted By DrIsotope

This is another reason I tend to skip big group...

This is another reason I tend to skip big group ride events. A 50-strong pack of cyclists, all strangers to one another, is more dangerous than vehicle traffic IMO. I don't think I've ever attended a...
08-22-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,487
Posted By DrIsotope

Whenever I ride anywhere joggers might be...

Whenever I ride anywhere joggers might be present, I just accept that I'm going to have to go more slowly. Because joggers are skittish, and they tend to operate as if disconnected from reality.
...
08-21-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,601
Posted By DrIsotope

So I decided to do some Googling... and we can...

So I decided to do some Googling... and we can go back to the idea of "never going to be done." All of that work that's going on along the 10 corridor to pull up the last remnants of the Pacific...
08-21-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 596
Posted By DrIsotope

The ISM touring in the Amazon link is...

The ISM touring in the Amazon link is specifically designed for an upright riding position. Most of the ISM product line is designed for an aggressive position-- drops or aerobars.

I have an ISM...
Forum: Foo
08-21-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,079
Posted By DrIsotope

I'm gonna go with... ANT BATTLE. Go to the...

I'm gonna go with... ANT BATTLE. Go to the cabinet for some chips, everything is fine. Go back to that same cabinet like an hour later, IT'S A GALDURN INVASION.

I don't know if this happens to...
08-21-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,884
Posted By DrIsotope

If he hits your rear wheel, you don't go down, he...

If he hits your rear wheel, you don't go down, he does. My brother-in-law was in the public crit at the RBC two years ago. Swerved to miss two bikes that had tangled up, and his front wheel clipped...
08-21-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 818
Posted By DrIsotope

So long as budget allows, want > need ...

So long as budget allows,

want > need

We don't need any of this. None of it. But satisfying wants is often where happiness comes from.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,402
Posted By DrIsotope

Sounds like the words of someone who's never...

Sounds like the words of someone who's never experienced heat exhaustion.
08-20-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 554
Posted By DrIsotope

Axiom Fondo H2O comes to mind.

Axiom Fondo H2O comes to mind.
08-20-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 26,666
Posted By DrIsotope

I haven't heard a single word from SA since that...

I haven't heard a single word from SA since that last email in the first week of June-- and this was after they had assured us a ship date before Easter. So they're just a tiny bit late. Like 4...
08-20-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 367
Posted By DrIsotope

The worst part of it is, half price at REI = 10˘...

The worst part of it is, half price at REI = 10˘ cheaper than Amazon everyday...
08-20-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,412
Posted By DrIsotope

I think e-Bike riders can get as much exercise,...

I think e-Bike riders can get as much exercise, but most do not. The lion's share of e-Bikers I see out there are soft pedaling if at all. They're using it like a moped. Beyond simple observations,
...
08-20-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By DrIsotope

If I was setting out to confirm a bias, I would...

If I was setting out to confirm a bias, I would hope that the lighter, more aero, more expensive bike would be more than 1.2% faster.

If I was setting out to confirm a bias, I wouldn't wait...
Forum: Foo
08-20-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By DrIsotope

When this popped up on Imgur, the snipped article...

When this popped up on Imgur, the snipped article led with something like, "Who wouldn't want to try this awesome floating tent for their next camping trip?" The top comment was, "Somebody who...
08-20-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 524
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're not opposed to the devil that is...

If you're not opposed to the devil that is carbon, the ICAN FL50 is 25mm external. Do not use the free pads that they supply with the wheels, though. Terrible.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,457
Posted By DrIsotope

Bike the Coast (San Diego,) 50-mile, $80;...

Bike the Coast (San Diego,) 50-mile, $80; 100-mile, $110 (and the century is the 50-mile route twice)
San Diego Century, 100-mile, $140
Tour de Palm Springs, 51 and 102 mile, $86.50
Cool Breeze...
08-20-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 907
Posted By DrIsotope

I'm going to give the guy at the LBS the benefit...

I'm going to give the guy at the LBS the benefit of the doubt, and assume that when he said twisted he meant crossed-over. When fishing the cables through the downtube, it's pretty easy to cross the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By DrIsotope

So you've test ridden some bikes, but none of...

So you've test ridden some bikes, but none of them spoke to you? Go ride more. Asking people their favorite make/model of road bike is like asking for their favorite color or favorite ice cream...
08-19-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,560
Posted By DrIsotope

The one I recommended has an MSRP of $24.95, and...

The one I recommended has an MSRP of $24.95, and there are probably a dozen other options under $15. The Lezyne Flow SL is under $10.

A Camelbak Podium Chill bottle (newest version) is $14.
08-18-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 981
Posted By DrIsotope

Unless the hill is very steep, terminal velocity...

Unless the hill is very steep, terminal velocity is lower than you think. You've got to contend with wind resistance, rolling resistance, and the pedals trying to move your legs around as well. ...
08-18-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,575
Posted By DrIsotope

I just don't think there are any absolutes. I've...

I just don't think there are any absolutes. I've gone through an "intersection" at full speed, because I was in the middle of absolute nowhere, and there wasn't a car between me and the horizon. The...
08-18-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,560
Posted By DrIsotope

I love the new Camelbak nozzle-- better flow...

I love the new Camelbak nozzle-- better flow rate, lower profile, much easier to clean. But those new bottles are almost unsqueezably stiff. Stiff.
Forum: Foo
08-18-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By DrIsotope

Perish the thought! Too negative. Humans are...

Perish the thought! Too negative. Humans are pretty good at hitting stuff, though. We're just inherently accurate. ;)
08-18-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,884
Posted By DrIsotope

So for the first time (I think) I can say that...

So for the first time (I think) I can say that I'm glad some internet posts got inside my head. I kept reading how people were changing shift/brake cables and housings with alarming frequency-- once...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,182
Posted By DrIsotope

This reminds of of my favorite "bike in the...

This reminds of of my favorite "bike in the store" stories. One of the mechanics at the LBS is a BMX guy, been riding 20"/24" for ages. He was wheeling his bike into a local supermarket, and someone...
Forum: Foo
08-18-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By DrIsotope

Oh, you mean the people who don't know about...

Oh, you mean the people who don't know about target fixation. During training for Caltrans, they tell you about how the human eye and brain will collaborate to instinctively go toward brightly...
08-18-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,560
Posted By DrIsotope

Didn't say he wasn't, either. I drink based...

Didn't say he wasn't, either.

I drink based on conditions and intensity. Sometimes 50oz is enough, sometimes it isn't. I happen to live in a desert, so "take less water" doesn't work for me. ...
08-18-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,575
Posted By DrIsotope

You are absolutely free to live your life unsure...

You are absolutely free to live your life unsure of your own capabilities, but do not think that you are free to estimate the capabilities of others. I do not ride recklessly, ever. Do I stop at...
08-18-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,560
Posted By DrIsotope

Why doers buying a smaller bottle make any more...

Why doers buying a smaller bottle make any more sense than buying a side-loader cage and retaining the bottle he has now? I use a side-loader on my bike so I can clear a frame bag without resorting...
08-18-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,575
Posted By DrIsotope

What kind of intersection are we talking about...

What kind of intersection are we talking about here? How clear are the sight lines? I stop if I need to stop. But if it's a red light/stop sign in my direction, and I can see clear road for several...
08-18-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,000
Posted By DrIsotope

Boooooooooo! He's still 10mph shy of...

Boooooooooo! He's still 10mph shy of Mueller-Koronek's record, and she doesn't even get a mention in the article.

Accurate article title: In the Land Speed record on a bicycle, British man...
08-18-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,601
Posted By DrIsotope

As it took ‘em a year to replace the section...

As it took ‘em a year to replace the section right by the water treatment plant at Van Buren— and that’s like a quarter mile long— I’ll be ecstatic if the new section is done by mid-2020. It’s level...
Forum: Northeast
08-18-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 941
Posted By DrIsotope

If you had wanted to fight a ticket you felt was...

If you had wanted to fight a ticket you felt was unjustly delivered, you would have just given false information when they asked for it to write the ticket in the first place. Anything you do now to...
Forum: Foo
08-18-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By DrIsotope

A waving thread of a different color, as it were.

A waving thread of a different color, as it were.
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
Posted By DrIsotope

Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream...

Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream (https://udderlysmooth.com/moisturizers/chamois-cream/). It works every bit as well as any other brands I've tried-- full disclosure, I've never used Assos or any of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,182
Posted By DrIsotope

My bikes have indeed been in a lot of restrooms....

My bikes have indeed been in a lot of restrooms. Luckily, all of the public facilities 'round here are newer and ADA compliant, so generally if there's a single, double-sided restroom (one women's,...
08-18-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,560
Posted By DrIsotope

Arundel Flip Flop...

Arundel Flip Flop (https://www.arundelbike.com/product/flip-flop/)

Available in black and white. I prefer the Flip Flop over others because it can be mounted right or left-handed.
Forum: Introductions
08-17-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By DrIsotope

Welcome to Bike Forums!

Welcome to Bike Forums!
08-17-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 960
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're uncomfortable on 50mm tires @ 20psi,...

If you're uncomfortable on 50mm tires @ 20psi, you're either doing something very wrong, or I'm doing it very right, because I have a near-cloudlike ride on tubeless 700x35s @ 60psi.

I have no...
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