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09-23-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The Co-Motion Periscope is another good choice...

The Co-Motion Periscope is another good choice for riders of very different sizes. We bought a used 3 y.o. bike 14 years ago. It's a Co-Motions Speedster. We got it for about half of new retail at...
09-23-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We've always used the Proper Method. Both of us...

We've always used the Proper Method. Both of us have clipless pedals and thus Stoker is always clipped in, unless we are stopping for a longer period of time. In that case. Captain puts both feet...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,411
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, my explanation is that I didn't feel like...

Well, my explanation is that I didn't feel like writing whole paragraphs about my personal contributions on group rides and thus to whom I contribute and to whom I don't and all that complicated...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,411
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yelling? Who said anything about yelling? I agree...

Yelling? Who said anything about yelling? I agree that yelling at someone in close quarters would be greeted with disapproval. OTOH, saying something important to another rider so that you can't be...
Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,459
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That's good! Our is a polished shelf decoration...

That's good! Our is a polished shelf decoration now. Over several decades of use, I had the pressure relief valve in the cap fail twice, with terrifying results. At the time of its retirement, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,411
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I guess it's good that your caring threshold is...

I guess it's good that your caring threshold is quite high, but curiosity is also a good thing, IMO. I think you're right. Judging by this thread, folks announcing that they have arrived on someone's...
09-20-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 816
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The XTR M952 is a very nice bit of equipment....

The XTR M952 is a very nice bit of equipment. Weird that the bar-ends aren't crisp. On my bar-end bike, I don't use indexed ones, don't quite see the point. I just adjust for silence.
Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,459
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Only alcohol stoves get banned, never liquid gas....

Only alcohol stoves get banned, never liquid gas. We use an Optimus now, since one can't get parts for a Svea 123 anymore. The Optimus is very nice. To fly, we run the stove through someone's...
09-20-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 816
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Did your Santana have the same tubing arrangement...

Did your Santana have the same tubing arrangement as the CoMo, same guide placement, same brifter and RD? I improved the shifting on our CoMo by using Alligator ILINK housing. I also installed the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 559
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You seem like a pretty smart guy. That's most of...

You seem like a pretty smart guy. That's most of it. The first wheel I built was, I hate to say it here, perfect. I wanted a specific rim that wasn't available on built wheels. That was the impetus,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,411
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Cool! It's not every day one learns two new...

Cool! It's not every day one learns two new things. I stole the Accelerate from LA. That's what he yelled when he caught Pantani on Ventoux. Pantani knew what he meant. "Wheel" is fairly common.
09-20-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 816
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

So do you have shifting problems or is this just...

So do you have shifting problems or is this just worry about a tech spec? If you don't have problems, my advice is to ignore that measurement and just ride the bike. You do want the chainline to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 559
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've been building all my own wheels for many...

I've been building all my own wheels for many years. I suggest you start doing that. I've never had a wheel failure or a broken spoke which hadn't been damaged in an accident. (1). Absolutely, as in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,411
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I always simply say, "Wheel" loudly enough that...

I always simply say, "Wheel" loudly enough that the rider can hear me, that being short for "on your wheel" which is too long and could be confused with "on your left." I've never had anyone tell me...
Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,459
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Wood stove . . . this works very well up in the...

Wood stove . . . this works very well up in the mountains, at least below the Alpine zone. You need to be in a place where you can find or go down to bare dirt and of course an area where fires are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 843
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've had drivers thank me for those bright...

I've had drivers thank me for those bright lights! They do appreciate it. The front light should be a sharp cutoff lamp. I've seen oncoming flashers so bright at night that not only could I not tell...
Replies: 42
Views: 1,323
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks for reminding me . . . I have one TLR rim...

Thanks for reminding me . . . I have one TLR rim on one of my bikes. I hate it. It has wide shelves (whatever they're supposed to be called) on either side just below the bead. I know what they're...
Replies: 42
Views: 1,323
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Huh. This is all so odd to me. I'm a group ride...

Huh. This is all so odd to me. I'm a group ride leader and besides my own flats, I bet I've probably fixed over 100 flats of other riders over the past 25 years. It's simply not hard, though it does...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 843
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I have a DiNotte 400R - don't think they are made...

I have a DiNotte 400R - don't think they are made anymore. The next best would be the Cygolite Hypershot 350. With lights this bright it's OK to point them straight back in the daylight, but at night...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 843
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I like ~ 200 lumens for a front flasher. IME...

I like ~ 200 lumens for a front flasher. IME that's bright enough. Drivers look both ways before they pull out. Rear blinkies are another story., There I like 400 lumens for daylight. Overtaking...
09-18-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 646
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Hospitals are so overloaded with unvaxxed Covids...

Hospitals are so overloaded with unvaxxed Covids that they're turning away people who are having heart attacks. Not a good time to go in, at least not in some states. Wait until after this surge if...
09-17-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 421
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's my bike fit primer:...

Here's my bike fit primer: https://www.bikeforums.net/21296948-post3.html

Go through the steps and see if it feels right and looks right in the mirror. If you can make it so, it's a fine fit....
09-17-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

All true. Since I've concentrated on long...

All true.

Since I've concentrated on long rides, I've always pushed the nutritional limits. I know exactly what I can tolerate and what my ride-forever low intensity calorie/hour number is -...
09-17-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Just going off off CTS recs, they say no recovery...

Just going off off CTS recs, they say no recovery carbs after workouts below 1700 kJ. What's your experience with that? I've tried both yes and no for many years and really didn't notice any...
09-16-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,067
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

^Quite so.

^Quite so.
09-15-21, 11:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,067
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, one has to breathe deep and fast to hold...

Yes, one has to breathe deep and fast to hold panting at bay when climbing near one's aerobic limit. 60/minute is not abnormal, totally trainable. I've cramped chest muscles when getting into good...
09-15-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You could try a rather fun experiment. Try taking...

You could try a rather fun experiment. Try taking daily whey protein in the amount: grams = 2 X bodyweight in kilograms. Take it in ~40g doses spread throughout the day. Do that for 2-3 weeks, see...
09-15-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I also build my own wheels and am on my last...

I also build my own wheels and am on my last Kinlin XC279 rim So thanks for posting your listing of candidate rims. Looks to me like the Kinlin XR31T would be perfect for us, since we have the...
09-15-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 750
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We went down to a 24T granny and then put on an...

We went down to a 24T granny and then put on an 11-40 cassette off Amazon. That's an easy fix for you. Had to use a Wolf Tooth (has to be the real Wolf Tooth) with an MTB RD as mentioned above,...
09-14-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 429
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This all depends on how far and fast you want to...

This all depends on how far and fast you want to ride! There are street bikes called "pedal forward" bikes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se9Cp_f4FdM&t=3s

These are not as fast nor as...
09-14-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,512
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, it's very common to find relief from back...

Yes, it's very common to find relief from back pain by adopting a more aggressive position. Which is exactly the opposite of the "conventional wisdom", but has a good basis in physiology. Our backs...
09-13-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,067
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Normal. Your blood vessels become more flexible...

Normal. Your blood vessels become more flexible as you warm up and can then carry more blood. You can speed the process some by doing a couple lowish gear spinups to high rpm and then a couple of...
09-13-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,393
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, that was real important in HS gym. Turned...

Yeah, that was real important in HS gym. Turned out that the skinnier one was, the more pushups one could do. Some skinny kids could do 70. 25 was good for me. I was terrible at ball sports, so no...
09-11-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

There are studies out there which show that...

There are studies out there which show that surgery and PT come out about equal after 15 years. I had a meniscus tear maybe 15 years ago. I tore it doing a quick bounce at the bottom of a heavy...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 394
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Only thing I would change is that tune-up. I...

Only thing I would change is that tune-up. I never mess with my bike between my last long ride and the event. I don't even change the tires, though I do pump them up. I've seen bike shops screw a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,126
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thing is, you're not as old as you're going to...

Thing is, you're not as old as you're going to be! IME at maybe 63 is when the curve of lost power starts its major inflection point and that curve tightens as we get older, At 76, it's getting...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,200
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I dunno. I'd like to see more users corroborating...

I dunno. I'd like to see more users corroborating the wear rate. One thing for sure, wear rate depends on the average power one puts down. It's not going to be the same from rider to rider.
08-31-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I should mention that it's entirely feasible to...

I should mention that it's entirely feasible to do polarized training outdoors. Once one can ride the trainer is a steady Z1 for say 1.5 hours and also do Z3 intervals, one can go on long outdoor...
08-31-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

He's not intending to ride any threshold...

He's not intending to ride any threshold intervals. He's using Seiler's and the European zone system of 3 zones. His week will consist of Z1 rides and 1 or 2 days of warmup and then Z3 intervals.
08-31-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Correct. I think we can treat LT as the lower end...

Correct. I think we can treat LT as the lower end of Z3. Seiler began his investigations by looking at Nordic skiers, who have to go by HR, though Seiler himself as a cyclist uses power as well as HR...
08-30-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've had a similar problem with right arm pain....

I've had a similar problem with right arm pain. My issue was that I didn't hold the right bar and bend my right elbow exactly like I did my left. I worried about that for a couple of years, finally...
08-28-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I did something like that last winter, Oct.-Jan,...

I did something like that last winter, Oct.-Jan, coming off about 6 months of doing nothing more interesting than walking. Worked, IMO. I worked up to 2 hrs. at steady Seiler max Z1 pace, going by...
08-28-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Even if the ride does have a lot of climbing,...

Even if the ride does have a lot of climbing, just get a larger cassette. We have a low gear of 24 X 40 on our tandem. That works just fine, we get up the hills, no need for auxiliary power. So one...
08-27-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

There's a Track Cycling forum down the page in...

There's a Track Cycling forum down the page in The Racers Forum. You might find that more satisfactory than this general cycling area which is mostly non-racing roadies.

Track cyclists need an...
08-27-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 757
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We about 10 lbs. heavier than you. We ride Conti...

We about 10 lbs. heavier than you. We ride Conti 5000 32mm tires at 90 lbs. They have been very satisfactory, good ride, fast, minimal flatting, no pinch flats.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,208
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Pump (Road Morph G), 2 tubes, patch kit (Rema),...

Pump (Road Morph G), 2 tubes, patch kit (Rema), and a spare tire. The real point of the spare tire is that I don't have to look for the object in the tire which caused the flat, which is the major...
08-27-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Do you stretch every morning? Any chance that...

Do you stretch every morning? Any chance that it's not DOMS as we usually understand it, but rather torn fibers from unfamiliar ranges of motion? I've had that happen to me. You actually aren't...
08-26-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,393
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No thanks. This forum exists to assist and give...

No thanks. This forum exists to assist and give advice to folks who are interested in same, not to provide amusement for trolls. Note the title of this sub-forum. This whole thread has been a waste...
08-26-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,393
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IME simply riding one's bike introduces...

IME simply riding one's bike introduces intensity. OTOH, I don't live in Florida. So maybe in Florida you have a very good point. However most places have hills, and my advice "See hill, ride up it"...
08-25-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,393
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not at all. I'm a little slow, but I'm...

Not at all.

I'm a little slow, but I'm finally starting to get the drift here. Firstly, cycling fitness has nothing to do with the three things about which you show a great deal of curiosity. If...
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