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04-05-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 540
Posted By Bulette

Aside from current events, the advent of tubeless...

Aside from current events, the advent of tubeless systems may also effect tube prices. (I realize tubeless has been around awhile, but now tubeless wheels are common OEM.) If tubeless continues its...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,729
Posted By Bulette

Technically, this story begins in March. Thanks...

Technically, this story begins in March. Thanks to riding with a buddy, a quick return trip to Dripping Springs blossomed into a full-blown century ride (a bonus March century for me). Throughout the...
03-26-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,099
Posted By Bulette

It may not be possible to measure real horizontal...

It may not be possible to measure real horizontal distance, but it can be determined through trigonometry. In any case, the common referents for slope/grade have no purely linear relationship.
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Replies: 36
Views: 3,729
Posted By Bulette

Deadlines and disruptions have limited my riding,...

Deadlines and disruptions have limited my riding, so I was excited to set out on a March century -- I even chose the touring bike to add some extra saddle time. The forecast was ~60-70F, but with...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,053
Posted By Bulette

Until the alternatives add the manual 'Draw...

Until the alternatives add the manual 'Draw Lines' feature, only RideWithGPS is of any use here. Strava, Google, and a few others I've tried refuse to cross the rural low-water crossings (which are...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,729
Posted By Bulette

Sunday's weather was supposed to start out a bit...

Sunday's weather was supposed to start out a bit cool, but the afternoon would top 70F. It was a great chance to get out for a century. Unfortunately, my Garmin had mysteriously discharged during...
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Views: 3,729
Posted By Bulette

Almost missed January this year; I have been...

Almost missed January this year; I have been spending more time on a mountain bike, specifically to ward off "mile hunting". But I really enjoy the long rides -- so on Saturday I set out for...
Forum: Touring
12-28-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,868
Posted By Bulette

I've been satisfied with my Salsa Vaya touring...

I've been satisfied with my Salsa Vaya touring bike for over 5 years now: it has disc brakes and quick release skewers (and the steel axle is still a stiff 10mm diameter).

In 2019, I went out of...
12-28-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 23,346
Posted By Bulette

10,000 km is a nice round goal, certainly more...

10,000 km is a nice round goal, certainly more achievable than 10k miles. I already use 100km as my weekender 'long-ride' goal, so it makes good sense to me!



2020 will be a banister year for...
12-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,569
Posted By Bulette

On the touring bike, I've settled on 47c (which...

On the touring bike, I've settled on 47c (which is about the maximum I can comfortably fit in the frame). Those tires can handle most "roads", float on loose gravel and dirt, and are generally quite...
12-19-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 20,416
Posted By Bulette

I received a Vision Team 30 Wheelset with my...

I received a Vision Team 30 Wheelset with my PlanetX bike (disc brake cross wheels, 135 QR). About 10,000 miles in and I've got some grating in the rear hub (I've previously removed the freehub and...
12-19-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 23,346
Posted By Bulette

A bit more to consider: the distribution of...

A bit more to consider: the distribution of annual miles ridden is heavily skewed. Using the histogram from Kaplan (1975) the best approximation of the median annual miles ridden falls between 1,000...
12-16-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 23,346
Posted By Bulette

Old thread, sure, but the question remains...

Old thread, sure, but the question remains relevant. I found this interesting graphic from a study conducted over forty years ago:
...
12-11-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,569
Posted By Bulette

Is there even a single real climb in Iowa?...

Is there even a single real climb in Iowa? (/kidding)

For the sake of argument, most secondary roads in Iowa are definitely well-compacted gravel-aggregate. Of course, Iowa has dirt roads too, but...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

It's hard to complain about December in Texas --...

It's hard to complain about December in Texas -- average temperatures usually settle between 50F and 70F; nonetheless, once you get used to the 90 degree days, 50 is downright chilly. Add in some...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

November's century has been in the works for...

November's century has been in the works for awhile. Das Hugel is a ~110 mile tour of west Austin "Hill Country"; the route emphasizes the steepest hills in the area, with typical gradients between...
10-11-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 18,181
Posted By Bulette

Haven't flown in awhile, eh? I was seeing 90/hr...

Haven't flown in awhile, eh? I was seeing 90/hr in the midwest and closer to 140/hr in the sunbelt, just the plane.

I like motorcycling, flying, cycling, and hiking. Hiking is the cheapest (but...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

October I've been feeling better on the bike...

October

I've been feeling better on the bike lately (maybe because the temps are finally under 90) -- in late September, I organized a 200k that took a small group of us on some familiar loops. A...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,267
Posted By Bulette

For a Campy 10-34, I find:...

For a Campy 10-34, I find: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-22-25-29-34
I don't see a Campy 10-36, though I didn't look all that hard.

https://www.campagnolo.com/US/en/Components/chorus_12_speed_sprockets
10-01-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,828
Posted By Bulette

I started with various handlebar-mounted mirrors,...

I started with various handlebar-mounted mirrors, some very large. Though they were easy to check, too often, the mirror wasn't pointing where I needed it.

Then I tried a Take-A-Look, it seems to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,363
Posted By Bulette

Statistics

Strava, among other data-loggers, has made statistics a bit more accessible. I exported an up-to-date version of my Strava's activities.csv file. I have around 731 total rides logged, but only 347...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

September has brought some cool weather to...

September has brought some cool weather to central Texas -- morning lows in the '70's with highs hovering around 85F this week. I left comfortably after sunrise, around 8:00 am, destined for the...
09-10-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,765
Posted By Bulette

Building a bike from the frame up may be more...

Building a bike from the frame up may be more expensive initially, but you'll also acquire many tools that are essential to maintenance (and familiarity with those tools). Chains and cables are...
08-21-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,428
Posted By Bulette

Revelate makes one. I'm sure there are others. ...

Revelate makes one. I'm sure there are others.
https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm/store.catalog/Cockpit/MagTankBoltOn

Edit: I'm only aware of bolt-on top-tube "gas tank" bags. Frame bags...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

Home again in Texas, where the daytime...

Home again in Texas, where the daytime temperatures are predictably breaking 100F, and where Covid-19 is just as 'hot'. Wanting to be as safe as possible, I planned to complete August's century in...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

It's good to be up north in July: while home in...

It's good to be up north in July: while home in Texas is seeing temperatures over 100, while staying with family in Iowa, the forecast was a comfortable high of just 83, with a cool wind from the...
06-24-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,920
Posted By Bulette

I liked the slight arc to the front fork, the...

I liked the slight arc to the front fork, the low-slung seat-stays, and the straight top tube -- whether those do anything for rigidity or compliance, I have no idea.



It took some searching to...
06-19-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,920
Posted By Bulette

Mid-Term Update

Update:

The PlanetX XLA-SL now has 6,435 miles on the frame (and most of the components are still intact), and the ride is as good as ever. The first thing to wear out was the cross-oriented rear...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

June is an opportunity to escape Texas, and head...

June is an opportunity to escape Texas, and head back home to visit with family. The drive felt longer than usual -- with most places still closed (and avoiding those that were open and busy), 'rest...
05-25-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,876
Posted By Bulette

It's possible to recognize the bigger problems in...

It's possible to recognize the bigger problems in the world, and to recognize the relatively insignificant "problems" in our own lives -- the thread is even titled the "Crybaby" thread! On that...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

The forecast has been showing chances of rain...

The forecast has been showing chances of rain every day until June -- not that I mind a little rain, but it can still be off putting.

Woke up this morning, no clouds in the early dawn light....
05-24-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,164
Posted By Bulette

Looks like the 2020 Rockhopper Comp has a 135...

Looks like the 2020 Rockhopper Comp has a 135 Quick-Release hub in the rear, and probably a 100 QR hub in the fork. BikeIsland has some closeout wheels that are okay (heavy, durable, but cheap). ...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 15,036
Posted By Bulette

I guess I don't understand the insistence on only...

I guess I don't understand the insistence on only evaluating Premium when conducting a consumer analysis. Strava's business plan (and many other web-companies) is to entice a user base with free...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 15,036
Posted By Bulette

Radical changes to the API that result in...

Radical changes to the API that result in breaking 3rd party applications has the potential to effect both Free and Paid users. Less than a year after Premium was released (c.2012) Strava made...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 15,036
Posted By Bulette

At first, I thought I might stick with the free...

At first, I thought I might stick with the free version and hang around. Still nice to exchange a few Kudos.

Looks like they pay-walled the Training Log, which was my preferred way to view my...
04-28-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By Bulette

As others have said, the three bikes you've...

As others have said, the three bikes you've listed are similar enough in most cases, but with some important details that might be worth considering.

1. Third water-bottle cage (under the downtube...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

After procrastinating throughout March, I decided...

After procrastinating throughout March, I decided to go after the century early in April. The weather was to be a balmy 70 with a soft overcast. I packed a picnic of pastries alongside a comfortable...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

March nearly slipped by, what with spring break,...

March nearly slipped by, what with spring break, and an ever-growing concern for the global pandemic. As more and more institutions shuttered, my rides kept getting shorter, but now that the...
02-29-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,178
Posted By Bulette

Grew up in the midwest where even modest...

Grew up in the midwest where even modest elevation gains required mind-numbing routes/repeats. More recently, had the opportunity to participate in "Das Hugel" (FAQ - Tour Das Hugel...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

February 100

It was 45F at 8:00 am in central Texas, but it was forecast to break 70 by noon. The plan was for a long group ride, around 75 miles -- an excellent opportunity to push for a century. I started with...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,539
Posted By Bulette

It's hard to guarantee that I will finish a...

It's hard to guarantee that I will finish a century a month, but I certainly intend to. This thread should provide good motivation to follow through.

One-Hundred Miles of Central Texas

By 0600,...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,711
Posted By Bulette

Close. Growing up I was alongside the...

Close. Growing up I was alongside the Mississippi, then a few years in college in the north-central glacial plains (never realized how much I took the river valley hills for granted until then), and...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,711
Posted By Bulette

2013 Salsa Vaya and Components: Long Term (7-Year) Review

2013 Salsa Vaya 3: 7-Year Review

Better late than never.

The Vaya is, by far, the bike to which I am most fond of -- I cannot imagine parting with it. It was purchased new as my first road...
01-07-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,920
Posted By Bulette

2019 PlanetX XLA-SL Rival22 HRD

The Purchase:
Entering last winter, I was increasingly interested in replace an aging (but dependable) 2012 Specialized Crux Comp E5 Apex-Cantilever; the shifters were getting a bit sticky and...
Forum: Touring
01-07-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,049
Posted By Bulette

Thanks for the clarification -- though Glacier is...

Thanks for the clarification -- though Glacier is definitely worth seeing, it seems difficult to include it in a route alongside Yellowstone, Tetons and the Rockies, unless you have an extra week or...
Forum: Touring
01-06-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,049
Posted By Bulette

Looks like the TransAm takes you closest to...

Looks like the TransAm takes you closest to McCall -- of course, the Northern Tier and TransAm both intersect at Missoula, MT so still open ended from Missouri to Montana.

I have been on the...
Forum: Touring
01-05-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,049
Posted By Bulette

If you're headed to St. Louis, check out the Katy...

If you're headed to St. Louis, check out the Katy Trail --- I have heard of at least one cyclist who ventured that way as an alternate to the steep and rolling Ozarks in southern Missouri.
...
12-12-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,482
Posted By Bulette

Worth posting a review here as much as anywhere,...

Worth posting a review here as much as anywhere, I suppose. I ordered a pair of Shimano 105 Downtube shifters from Loose Screws last Sunday; having not received an email confirming my order (as I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,851
Posted By Bulette

Not sure what qualifies as "high-end" steel these...

Not sure what qualifies as "high-end" steel these days.

Columbus tubing? https://masibikes.com/collections/classic-steel/products/gran-criterium-classico-frameset

Columbus with thru-axle and...
Forum: Texas
11-20-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 523
Posted By Bulette

RAGBRAI, in Iowa? I'm planning on it, but I have...

RAGBRAI, in Iowa? I'm planning on it, but I have family there, so will be headed up a few weeks early. I am trying to convince a few in my local area to go, so might know of some carpooling headed...
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