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03-24-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,441
Posted By Bald Paul

Do not trust Dr. Google. Instead, call one of...

Do not trust Dr. Google. Instead, call one of those Hollywood actors that portrays a doctor on TV.

Or, you could just let an actual, trained and certified doctor handle your diagnosis and...
03-15-18, 06:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,889
Posted By Bald Paul

Always check with your cardiologist and get the...

Always check with your cardiologist and get the okay - even if you know he's going to say "good for you!" Ask him/her if there are any limitations you should adhere to, such as a maximum heart rate,...
03-15-18, 06:17 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 9,345
Posted By Bald Paul

I think one could argue that a person driving a...

I think one could argue that a person driving a car, with seat belts, airbags, and a steel structure over their head, has a significant advantage in head protection vs. a person on a bicycle, who is...
03-15-18, 06:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By Bald Paul

Thought I'd update the thread. I decided to go...

Thought I'd update the thread.
I decided to go the upgrade route instead of buying the new bike. Picked up a full Tiagra 10 speed groupset from Merlin Cycles with 11-32 cassette and a compact...
Replies: 71
Views: 8,014
Posted By Bald Paul

Only three other people at your workplace?...

Only three other people at your workplace? Shouldn't be too difficult to isolate them, one by one, in the restroom and waterboard them over the toilet until one of them confesses to dinging your bike.
03-06-18, 11:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By Bald Paul

I've already done some work and upgrades to the...

I've already done some work and upgrades to the current bike. Chain, cassette, saddle, and bar tape all had to be replaced when I got it (and was able to talk the seller down from his asking price,...
03-06-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By Bald Paul

Upgrade, or just buy new?

Currently riding a 2014 Trek H2 1.1 I purchased used. Just getting back into riding, and didn't want to spend a ton of money until I knew I could handle it (I'm a 65 year old cardiac patient - I ride...
03-06-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,471
Posted By Bald Paul

Pedal like crazy and record your heart rate at...

Pedal like crazy and record your heart rate at the moment you have a heart attack, then multiply that number by 0.8.
No, don't. Just kidding.

If you're not sure, and really want to know, consult...
03-05-18, 07:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By Bald Paul

Be thankful all you lost was heat. I have friends...

Be thankful all you lost was heat. I have friends that live on the South Shore that had several feet of water in their homes. Glad I moved out of state years ago, or I would have been one of them.
03-02-18, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,313
Posted By Bald Paul

Look into the Mobius cameras. They aren't bad....

Look into the Mobius cameras. They aren't bad. The super cheap auction site mini cameras aren't worth it, IMHO.
02-28-18, 06:04 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 12,851
Posted By Bald Paul

My wife is recovering from some surgery, so I...

My wife is recovering from some surgery, so I have to stay close by in case she needs me for something, so I've been doing Zwift rides. Hoping to get another one in this afternoon.
02-25-18, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By Bald Paul

I imagine if you did some video (YouTube) clips...

I imagine if you did some video (YouTube) clips of fixing a few 'classic' old bikes, you'd get a few views. But, unless you had Shimano or Campagnolo as show sponsors (which I doubt) it could get...
02-24-18, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By Bald Paul

Love the video! Two familiar sounds: the Mass...

Love the video! Two familiar sounds: the Mass accent (moved here from the Worcester area) and wheels hitting the infamous potholes! I don't have them much anymore, but don't really miss one of them.
02-23-18, 02:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,576
Posted By Bald Paul

Find the posted route of a large charity ride. ...

Find the posted route of a large charity ride.
Drive the route the morning of, sprinkling copious amounts of carpet tacks.
Volunteer to drive as sag wagon.
02-23-18, 07:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,889
Posted By Bald Paul

You may find this useful as well.

You may find this useful as well.
02-20-18, 04:53 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,059
Posted By Bald Paul

I noted that you're from CA. Better check your...

I noted that you're from CA. Better check your laws regarding carrying any type of pepper spray.

That being said, I carry Halt! spray when I ride. It's the stuff the US Postal Service gives to...
02-19-18, 09:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By Bald Paul

An interesting thought. I'll have to try...

An interesting thought. I'll have to try experimenting on Zwift with power output - higher gear, lower cadence to produce a given watts vs. lower gear, higher cadence to achieve the same. If there's...
02-18-18, 05:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By Bald Paul

I share your gearing obsession. Constantly...

I share your gearing obsession. Constantly printing out gear inch charts for different combinations.

I use a Garmin 520 with a heart rate monitor. I have the alarm set at the BPM recommended by...
02-17-18, 01:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By Bald Paul

Well, I've searched the internet and found a new...

Well, I've searched the internet and found a new Shimano 8 speed 12-32 cassette. Going the cheap route.
02-17-18, 11:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By Bald Paul

I'd rather not buy used stuff unless I can look...

I'd rather not buy used stuff unless I can look it over first. The bike I bought was advertised as "excellent condition" but when I checked it out, I immediately noticed the chain and cassette were...
02-17-18, 10:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By Bald Paul

Upgrade opinions, please

I currently have a 2014 Trek 1.1 H2 I bought on Craigslist. I'm a cardiac patient, and needed slightly lower gearing for the hills (have to watch that heart rate) so I changed the outer chainring...
02-15-18, 02:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,607
Posted By Bald Paul

I used to work with one of "those guys". :mad: He...

I used to work with one of "those guys". :mad: He would come in coughing and hacking, and basically fall asleep at his desk to rest. Why? He wanted to "save his sick days for the good weather". He...
02-15-18, 10:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,800
Posted By Bald Paul

The Snell Foundation recommendation for...

The Snell Foundation recommendation for motorcycle helmets (I guess it could apply to bike helmets as well):

Why should you replace your helmet every five years?
The five-year replacement...
02-15-18, 07:49 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 15,963
Posted By Bald Paul

Originally from eastern Massachusetts, where...

Originally from eastern Massachusetts, where running red lights at speed in your car has become some type of sport, it seems. As a result, I will still stop at red lights, and give myself a 1-2-3...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-18, 08:43 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,002
Posted By Bald Paul

I can understand not wanting to post your video,...

I can understand not wanting to post your video, however, I do have one question. How was your camera mounted? Was it taking video from the rear, or the front?
I have a Mobius that I use on the...
02-12-18, 02:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,756
Posted By Bald Paul

I have found out that there are some club members...

I have found out that there are some club members closer to my age and physical conditioning, that do group rides at a slower pace starting when the weather gets warmer. And, the rides are during the...
02-09-18, 10:20 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,461
Posted By Bald Paul

My favorite route is an out and back, downhill...

My favorite route is an out and back, downhill both ways.

I haven't found it yet.

Seriously, though, I prefer loops. On an out and back, every time I'm cruising down a hill, all I can think is...
02-07-18, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,374
Posted By Bald Paul

Ah, memories of my youth and the Cold War era. I...

Ah, memories of my youth and the Cold War era. I guess bomb shelters would be much more effective than the "Duck and Cover" drills we had in school.

"Ooh, look, an atomic explosion! Get under your...
02-07-18, 09:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,188
Posted By Bald Paul

eBay listings can state local pickup only - no...

eBay listings can state local pickup only - no shipping. Unfortunately, you'll still get a lot of responses from people who don't bother to read that part, or will just ask you to ship anyway.

If...
02-07-18, 08:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,613
Posted By Bald Paul

Uh, it's quite possible that English is not the...

Uh, it's quite possible that English is not the OPs primary language.
"a bike hiking" - mountain bike? Gravel bike? Touring bike?

And no, we cannot advise you as to which bike, or type of bike,...
02-06-18, 10:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,756
Posted By Bald Paul

Thanks! "Team Tortoise" was actually coined after...

Thanks! "Team Tortoise" was actually coined after a group of us completed the MS150 ride that left from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill in the 70s. (Yes, originally from Mass!)
02-06-18, 07:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,756
Posted By Bald Paul

All of that is so true. My "average speed" (as...

All of that is so true. My "average speed" (as shown on my bike computer) is around 13.5 MPH. On the flats (the few that I've found) I can ride at 18-20 MPH without much trouble. The hills, as I...
02-05-18, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,756
Posted By Bald Paul

Thanks for all the suggestions, and also for...

Thanks for all the suggestions, and also for letting me know I'm not alone in this situation.

I've put together an 'easy' ride (about 20 miles with one difficult* climb - there is no such thing...
02-05-18, 08:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,756
Posted By Bald Paul

Cycling club - Did I make a mistake?

I recently got back into bicycling after about 30 years. During my "time off" I had a hip injury and a heart attack. Now retired, I have time to ride. Picked up a used Trek road bike, fixed it up,...
01-30-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,753
Posted By Bald Paul

I guess it depends on what level of visibility...

I guess it depends on what level of visibility you are comfortable with.

I've replaced the front and rear reflectors with flashing LED lights, which are much more attention getting to drivers, and...
01-25-18, 02:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,880
Posted By Bald Paul

Try this - you'll have to convert your height...

Try this - you'll have to convert your height (feet/inches) to centimeters, and your weight in pounds to kilograms, but it includes a box for cardiac patients (like me).
...
01-19-18, 11:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,666
Posted By Bald Paul

When you get old, you hope more for durable toys...

When you get old, you hope more for durable toys and dependable pants! :D
01-18-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By Bald Paul

I have jerseys that have a zippered pocket for my...

I have jerseys that have a zippered pocket for my phone built in. I think I got them from Performance Bike online.
01-17-18, 04:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,238
Posted By Bald Paul

The Mobius is a decent, inexpensive option. Here...

The Mobius is a decent, inexpensive option. Here is mine mounted on top of my helmet using a 'universal' helmet mount setup I found on Amazon. The recording time is limited by the size of the memory...
01-14-18, 06:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,065
Posted By Bald Paul

I no longer ride when it's near freezing. #1, I...

I no longer ride when it's near freezing. #1, I hate being cold now that I'm older, and no matter how well you dress, some part of you is going to get cold. #2, when I was younger, I was riding with...
Forum: Introductions
01-10-18, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By Bald Paul

Welcome! Where are you from?

Welcome! Where are you from?
11-17-17, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,330
Posted By Bald Paul

Do you have a particular injury or condition with...

Do you have a particular injury or condition with your knees, or are you just looking for something that may prevent one?

I have a knee that was operated on many years ago (major surgery.) To...
11-17-17, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 932
Posted By Bald Paul

What he said. If you don't have the equipment to...

What he said. If you don't have the equipment to do it yourself, you can strip and prep the frame (use a prep solvent you can buy at almost any auto parts store) mask off any area you don't want...
11-14-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,404
Posted By Bald Paul

Please, PLEASE, do a lot more research and...

Please, PLEASE, do a lot more research and thinking before getting a dog. As others have said, a dog cannot keep up with you on rides. The pet trailer is the way to go, so a big dog is out (unless...
11-14-17, 03:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,801
Posted By Bald Paul

Brick and mortar stores cannot stock everything -...

Brick and mortar stores cannot stock everything - they just don't have the space, nor can they afford to carry large amounts of merchandise on their books that may take time to sell.
I think many...
11-03-17, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24,658
Views: 2,331,904
Posted By Bald Paul

22 miles on a pleasant route with one small...

22 miles on a pleasant route with one small exception. One road, which showed as a connecting road, ended up having about a four foot earth mound about 3/4 of the way in. Seems the locals didn't like...
10-25-17, 08:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Bald Paul

I think you'll have more luck selling a complete...

I think you'll have more luck selling a complete bike vs. stripping it and selling components. You may get more selling components (if you sell them all) but it's going to take a lot longer, and if...
10-23-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24,658
Views: 2,331,904
Posted By Bald Paul

Heavy thunderstorms, and tornados in the area. ...

Heavy thunderstorms, and tornados in the area.
Nope, no riding today!
10-23-17, 12:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,961
Posted By Bald Paul

As I stated, an abnormality that shows up in a...

As I stated, an abnormality that shows up in a stress test will usually lead to additional tests. I know in my case, a second test, this time with a radioactive agent, showed a 60% blockage in one of...
10-23-17, 08:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,409
Posted By Bald Paul

This may help: Cleats explained: How to set...

This may help:
Cleats explained: How to set them up correctly (http://www.cyclingweekly.com/videos/bike-fit-and-maintenance/cleats-explained-how-to-set-them-up-correctly)

I have an old knee...
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