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06-29-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,607
Posted By rm -rf

Every local rider that has the Varia really likes...

Every local rider that has the Varia really likes it. I assumed it was a gimmick when I first heard about it, but it really works.

I've been riding with one of them in small groups lately, and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,039
Posted By rm -rf

I wondered how that worked, mounted into the...

I wondered how that worked, mounted into the frame. This looks practical, with all the junction wires in the frame and it's easily serviceable with removing one screw.
...
06-21-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,395
Posted By rm -rf

I think that it's all about experience, and...

I think that it's all about experience, and reasonably low gearing. I have a good idea of the pace/effort I can maintain on hills of different grades and distances. My 34 front / 32 rear lets me use...
06-21-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,257
Posted By rm -rf

I've found a couple of country churches with...

I've found a couple of country churches with outside hose valves. But only some churches have these.
Yes, the local parks still mostly have the water fountains turned off. A few more are opening...
06-21-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,205
Posted By rm -rf

Oh, your setup looks good. 10-33 in 12 speed:...

Oh, your setup looks good.
10-33 in 12 speed: 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 19 21 24 28 33

Mike Sherman's Gear Calculator only goes to 11 speed! So I left out the 13 cog. Just picture it in between the 12...
06-21-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,205
Posted By rm -rf

The steepest parts are probably at switchbacks,...

The steepest parts are probably at switchbacks, just a brief extra steep part on the inside of the turn.
This video of Hardknott (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PDVFsHijgk#t=1s) shows two strong...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 716
Posted By rm -rf

I swapped out the stock insoles on my Sidi shoes....

I swapped out the stock insoles on my Sidi shoes. They were way too thin, and had limited cushioning. I took the shoes along to REI last year and got some nice insoles with better padding. I trimmed...
06-10-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 457
Posted By rm -rf

That could be too low, depending on bike speeds....

That could be too low, depending on bike speeds. I don't get pinch flats from potholes or bad railroad track crossings. I have gotten a few from hitting an unseen sharp edged piece of gravel, out on...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,630
Posted By rm -rf

Strava Heat Map Strava colors in roads based on...

Strava Heat Map
Strava colors in roads based on uploaded Strava rides. It's two years of rides. They mentioned that last year they recorded 700 million miles in the USA.
Bright white for the most...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,630
Posted By rm -rf

I just found this thread in the New Posts feed. ...

I just found this thread in the New Posts feed.

Your route from Xenia to Greensburg is fairly flat but not very interesting. Lots of corn and soybean fields, with occasional small wood lots.
It's...
05-14-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By rm -rf

As the previous posts explained, This part...

As the previous posts explained,
This part needs to hook over the tube here. Slide the rubber boot out of the way so you can hook the short swing arm onto the "noodle" tube.
...
04-30-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,764
Posted By rm -rf

Some years ago, I saw a recommendation to squeeze...

Some years ago, I saw a recommendation to squeeze the sidewalls with thumb and index finger, instead of just pressing down on the tread with a thumb. This gives me a better idea of the tire...
04-30-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,764
Posted By rm -rf

I think that the larger 40mm tires don't pinch...

I think that the larger 40mm tires don't pinch flat as easily as a 25mm tire. At least, they won't pinch flat on a one inch sized piece of sharp edged gravel on the road, like my 28mm did. I was...
04-30-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,440
Posted By rm -rf

"real life" power numbers are pretty low for many...

"real life" power numbers are pretty low for many riders. A lot less than the 200+ watts that often are mentioned in online posts.

My usual riding partner usually shows a little higher estimated...
04-14-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,278
Posted By rm -rf

Heh, get the extended warranty on those new...

Heh, get the extended warranty on those new legs...

I had that feeling a couple of years ago. Weak, just no power in the spring, even though I got some miles in during the winter. "Is this it? Am...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,431
Posted By rm -rf

Wider tires vs frames: see that the Trek Domane...

Wider tires vs frames:
see that the Trek Domane with the IsoSpeed frame also has 32mm tires.
How much of the shock absorbtion is the wider tires and how much is the frame?

It would be...
04-14-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 715
Posted By rm -rf

A rider had a broken rear shift cable on a group...

A rider had a broken rear shift cable on a group ride a few years ago. I had previously worked around a broken cable by tying it off on my bottle cage. I tried this again, and it just slipped back to...
Forum: Great Lakes
04-14-20, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By rm -rf

Nice map. I like how the busier highways are...

Nice map. I like how the busier highways are labeled "Advanced or Expert" instead of "don't ride".

It's astounding how quiet the country roads are in SW Ohio and N KY. And the drivers seem to be...
04-12-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,077
Posted By rm -rf

I don't think I could take watching a whole Wes...

I don't think I could take watching a whole Wes Anderson movie. Youtube clips, sure.

I really like the Accidental Wes Anderson (https://twitter.com/AccidentalWes) twitter feed! Inventive. (The...
04-10-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,177
Posted By rm -rf

No trails for me, either bike trails or even...

No trails for me, either bike trails or even hiking trails.

This scared me last week: The laser lighted particles emitted even while talking (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBvFkQizTT4#t=1s). On...
04-09-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 25,775
Posted By rm -rf

Thread revival! Hey look, there I was in 2009! ...

Thread revival! Hey look, there I was in 2009!

I'm still riding, and until this spring, I still liked doing some challenging group rides that made me go harder than I would myself. Fun!

But now...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,460
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, my speeds are lower for solo, too. I always...

Yes, my speeds are lower for solo, too. I always wondered why gearing was designed so that many riders were right at the low gearing limit.

Before the virus, I was zooming down hills, sitting in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,460
Posted By rm -rf

I was trying to hang on fast group rides around...

I was trying to hang on fast group rides around 20 mph and still climb steeper hills.
So I want low end gearing and close shifts, if possible, from 18-24 mph.

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My Di2 bike came with 50/34...
03-29-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 462
Posted By rm -rf

Look at South Korea. Massive testing, then...

Look at South Korea.
Massive testing, then tracing infected people's contacts with cell phone data, and following up with those people.
Face masks in public.
They got it under control.

We'll...
03-29-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,527
Posted By rm -rf

More info needed: That 20.5 gear inch number...

More info needed:
That 20.5 gear inch number seems low enough for most any paved hill. It's around 24 front, 32 rear, for example. You should be able to climb quite steep hills with it. The rear...
03-29-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By rm -rf

My local bike shop is open for repairs. And they...

My local bike shop is open for repairs. And they will bring bikes outside and work with you to see and try different ones.

Your question is a bit too open ended. There's so many different types of...
03-24-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By rm -rf

A silver Sharpie to mark the cut line! I wrapped...

A silver Sharpie to mark the cut line! I wrapped a strip of copier paper around at the mark to get an even line all the way around.
I assume you know about the gap required below the top cap, so it...
03-23-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,043
Posted By rm -rf

For now, I'm still riding. We plan to ride on...

For now, I'm still riding. We plan to ride on country roads, with very little traffic even on normal days, and even fewer vehicles now. I noticed I'm going slower and being much more careful, on...
03-23-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,354
Posted By rm -rf

When I (rarely) send out ridewithgps cue sheets,...

When I (rarely) send out ridewithgps cue sheets, I extensively edit them. (A couple of the riders I ride with refuse to use GPS, so I sometimes fix up a cue for them.)

Drop the "straight ahead"...
03-18-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,043
Posted By rm -rf

The US is on the same trajectory as Italy, with...

The US is on the same trajectory as Italy, with the same growth rate. We are maybe 10 days behind them.
Hopefully, more seniors and at-risk people will stay isolated and avoid the virus for a long...
03-16-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 626
Posted By rm -rf

Clipped from Mike Sherman's Gear Calculator. The...

Clipped from Mike Sherman's Gear Calculator. The calculator stores all the specs in the URL, so it can fill in the data from the bookmark if you reload it later.
All the charts update on the fly as...
03-15-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 983
Posted By rm -rf

My Fizik Aliante is slightly nose up. Then the...

My Fizik Aliante is slightly nose up. Then the sit bone region near the back is just about level. This nose up position is kind of similar to what Brooks Saddle users do. It probably wouldn't work...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,717
Posted By rm -rf

I'm retired, and plan to stay at home, away from...

I'm retired, and plan to stay at home, away from people. Hospitals are going to be over full soon.

Is there a risk in driving a car in traffic? Could be, just from air pulled into the car? I've...
03-15-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By rm -rf

It's impossible (cost prohibitive) to fix cracked...

It's impossible (cost prohibitive) to fix cracked welds in aluminum. That's usually a bad weld, but it can take years to appear. Carbon bikes can be patched / repaired effectively.

Adventure bike...
03-12-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 6,736
Posted By rm -rf

It's serious. And we've wasted days and weeks...

It's serious. And we've wasted days and weeks getting ready.

It seems less serious in the USA for a few reasons. We are doing way less testing, so there's fewer reported cases. We are probably 10...
03-12-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, try the "lube it outdoors" plan. Shift the...

Yes, try the "lube it outdoors" plan. Shift the chain to the big front ring and the smallest rear cog. Let the lube soak in for a few minutes, then use some paper towels to wipe the outside of the...
Replies: 29
Views: 3,545
Posted By rm -rf

I can ride 50-60 mile rides with no extra...

I can ride 50-60 mile rides with no extra preparation. These aren't unusual for me. But I only rarely do 90 or 100 miles, and it's a long day.

A couple of years ago I did one of the regional...
03-08-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 789
Posted By rm -rf

The marker over the serial appears to be a...

The marker over the serial appears to be a photoshop edit, to avoid posting the SN.

I assume the brake cable is internal on the top tube? And the rear derailleur runs through the top tube? Three...
03-02-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,630
Posted By rm -rf

It's hard to say from your photo. Can you make a...

It's hard to say from your photo. Can you make a photo taken from farther back, aimed directly at the stem, with the camera held exactly horizontal?
Assuming the photo is level left to right: If it...
02-18-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,037
Posted By rm -rf

A steel cable that's flexed around the pretty...

A steel cable that's flexed around the pretty small bend in the shifter body will have a limited life.

My Campagnolo 10 speed Veloce had breakage. I broke shift cables twice in 20,000 miles, each...
02-16-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,933
Posted By rm -rf

Ha, your math is correct. Thanks!

Ha, your math is correct. Thanks!
02-15-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By rm -rf

Do you wear sunglasses or clear eye protection...

Do you wear sunglasses or clear eye protection glasses? It's easy to find inexpensive wraparound safety glasses that look like biking sport glasses with built-in reader patches.

Stick-on readers!...
02-15-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,933
Posted By rm -rf

The article mentioned 0.75% elongation. I try to...

The article mentioned 0.75% elongation. I try to keep it at 1/16 inch in 12 inches, measured with a steel ruler. (It's kind of difficult to be accurate: you have to look straight at the ruler lines,...
02-15-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By rm -rf

Yes. Does the cable housing straighten up when...

Yes. Does the cable housing straighten up when the bike is unfolded? It's likely that the housing isn't good for repeated bending.

I don't see how excess lube could cause this dragging cable in 3...
02-14-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,381
Posted By rm -rf

A local charity ride switched from about $40-$50 ...

A local charity ride switched from about $40-$50 to (I think) about $200-$300.
A lot fewer riders, but they actually raised more money. It'll be interesting to see if they raise similar amounts in...
02-12-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 937
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, this sounded good to me. But I wonder if the...

Yes, this sounded good to me. But I wonder if the trainer has a knurled surface where it contacts the dropout. And many quick releases do too. Perhaps a smooth shim would slip against the dropout?...
02-12-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,485
Posted By rm -rf

Profiles I have two bikes with separate...

Profiles
I have two bikes with separate profiles, and a trainer profile--this has the GPS turned off. I made a hiking profile, but the 1030 just won't work when walking, it reports about half the...
02-12-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,485
Posted By rm -rf

On my 1030, I set up an extra screen with 5...

On my 1030, I set up an extra screen with 5 numbers. The digits and letters are 7.5mm, 0.3 inches tall. Fewer items just increase the white space, I think.

My usual screen has 9 items. One across...
02-07-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,742
Posted By rm -rf

I got a half dozen Sterilite boxes from Target. ...

I got a half dozen Sterilite boxes from Target.
I have a stack of 6 of these shallow latching boxes (https://www.sterilite.com/SelectProduct.html?id=474&ProductCategory=250&section=1)
14 x 11 x...
02-07-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,769
Posted By rm -rf

The local bikeshare e-bikes cut off sharply at...

The local bikeshare e-bikes cut off sharply at 15-16 mph. That's perfect for a bike share, where a lot of riders aren't too experienced.

It has a 3-speed twist shift. The pedal assist is strictly...
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