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03-23-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,315
Posted By Broctoon

Lots of posts here address the physical...

Lots of posts here address the physical challenges of riding these kinds of distances (in a day or a month). Some have noted that your riding speed will determine whether you need a lot of...
02-25-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,343
Posted By Broctoon

That's right. Tiny changes at the input can be...

That's right. Tiny changes at the input can be amplified through multiple steps to result in huge differences, like the butterfly in China causing a Caribbean hurricane.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,895
Posted By Broctoon

"I switched from Gatorskins to some high...

"I switched from Gatorskins to some high performance tires, but the new ones don't offer better grip, less resistance, or nicer handling," said no one, ever.
02-10-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,760
Posted By Broctoon

Iíve heard that eating pickles right after a long...

Iíve heard that eating pickles right after a long ride is believed to prevent muscle cramps, so I do.

Not sure if it actually helps, but I like pickles anyway, so why not? In the excellent movie...
02-08-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,086
Posted By Broctoon

I found a deal on a decent, brand new road frame...

I found a deal on a decent, brand new road frame last year: free. It's nothing special, just a Scattante (Performance Bike Shop's house brand), aluminum with carbon fork. A new old stock frame set...
02-08-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 203
Posted By Broctoon

Axiom = good company!

This might fit better in commuting or touring forums, but I'll put it here as I think it also applies to cycling in general.

We tend to share our bad experiences with companies or specific...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,559
Posted By Broctoon

I think it's pointless to talk in general terms...

I think it's pointless to talk in general terms like "using the big ring only" or "using the small ring sometimes." Is your big ring 53 teeth, 52, or maybe only 48? What's the range of your cassette?...
12-10-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,882
Posted By Broctoon

To me a good bike is one that fits, so I can ride...

To me a good bike is one that fits, so I can ride it comfortably.

It has components that work smoothly and reliably, and that last a long time.

It need not be light weight. It doesn't have to...
12-06-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,949
Posted By Broctoon

I have the same one. Actually a T2R, which is...

I have the same one. Actually a T2R, which is just the latest version. It's identical to last year's T2 (with no R) except for one detail: they've now added little wheels on the bottom of the frame,...
12-06-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 835
Posted By Broctoon

Yes, Calfee sells the kits that you can use to...

Yes, Calfee sells the kits that you can use to assemble a frame yourself. I don't think they use lugs like the picture above. I believe they just have a cylindrical head tube and bottom bracket shell...
11-16-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,852
Posted By Broctoon

Same. Same... ... and SAME. ...

Same.


Same...


... and SAME.


I am just like ThermScott.
11-13-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,998
Posted By Broctoon

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1500x2000/0bb6de77_9cda_42c1_b710_c28c79ba272c_8e7ddff84d789a0cff451d84643fceb39b479c0d.jpeg
11-10-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,525
Posted By Broctoon

Do you want to stick with drop bars and just need...

Do you want to stick with drop bars and just need yours dialed in to get more comfortable? I suspect your solution might lie in fitting some proper road bike brake levers. You can grip the hoods for...
11-08-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 896
Posted By Broctoon

Check the bearings in the bottom bracket and...

Check the bearings in the bottom bracket and headset. If they're in good condition, it shouldn't be too hard to keep them cleaned, lubed, and adjusted so they stay that way. If the BB spindle or cups...
11-08-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 17,330
Posted By Broctoon

All I know about the topic is this: I've had some...

All I know about the topic is this: I've had some triple cranks in the past, but now all my bikes have at most two chainrings, and I like it that way. I stay on the large ring 80% of the time, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By Broctoon

Maybe you could do a background of flat olive...

Maybe you could do a background of flat olive green or desert tan, with some red, white, and blue accents. (If it were a lugged frame, the lugs could be glossy accent colors, with flat camo colors on...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Broctoon

The wheels are only for disc brakes if thereís a...

The wheels are only for disc brakes if thereís a place on the hub for the rotor to mount. Those rims are fine for rim brakes.

Iíve had a few sets of Mavic Open Pros, and I like them. Theyíre not...
11-06-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
Posted By Broctoon

Wahoo/Speedplay PM pedals should now be coming...

Wahoo/Speedplay PM pedals should now be coming soon...
...
11-04-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,998
Posted By Broctoon

Foothills above Ogden, Utah, just before sunset...

Foothills above Ogden, Utah, just before sunset yesterday.

...
10-26-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,250
Posted By Broctoon

This. Ask Google a question about any...

This.

Ask Google a question about any consumer product, and what you get is a good sampling of the companies that have nailed SEO. Ask a forum the same question, and you get a wide range of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,997
Posted By Broctoon

Yeah, I remember his adventures that prompted...

Yeah, I remember his adventures that prompted that comment. I believe the cute young lady ended up staying with her much older guy pal... but at least they gave Larry some clipless pedals. Larry, you...
10-22-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,559
Posted By Broctoon

When my wife and I want a quick, convenient...

When my wife and I want a quick, convenient route, we have one pretty good option, a rectangular loop of 9.5 miles. It starts and ends right out our driveway, as we live about midway along one of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,506
Posted By Broctoon

Keep both bikes! If youíre not hurting for money,...

Keep both bikes! If youíre not hurting for money, having the backup will be worth more to you than whatever cash youíd get.

If you had 5 or 6 bikes with a lot if overlap and an overcrowded garage,...
10-21-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 452
Posted By Broctoon

Alrighty then. Easy-peasy-lemon squeezey. (Or...

Alrighty then. Easy-peasy-lemon squeezey. (Or Japanese-y, since it's Shimano?)

Answered in less time that it took me to type the original post. I love Bike Forums.
10-12-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 5,285
Posted By Broctoon

Predictions about upcoming new bike tech

Iím not looking to start a debate about the pros and cons of specific novel features or of bike evolution generally. Iím just imagining what a state of the art bicycle might look like ten years from...
10-12-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,565
Posted By Broctoon

All I can do is slap my forehead and sigh when I...

All I can do is slap my forehead and sigh when I see something like the description of the used GMC Denali, whose owner removed the front brake because “going fast and hitting the front brake is...
10-12-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,565
Posted By Broctoon

It made me throw up in my mouth a little. I...

It made me throw up in my mouth a little.

I don't understand... it's not hard to make a decent bike. Why is junk like this being offered? I think I know: There must be a market, i.e. demand, for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Broctoon

Last Friday I rode on an eight man team for a...

Last Friday I rode on an eight man team for a super fun relay called Salt to Saint. It goes from Salt Lake City to St. George, Utah. If you’ve ever driven between these two cities on I-15, you’ll...
09-28-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By Broctoon

I find the hour record (on an indoor track, with...

I find the hour record (on an indoor track, with specific standards for the kind of equipment allowed) to be particularly interesting.

One thing required by the rules for this record is that the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,910
Posted By Broctoon

Excellent tires... CAN confirm I have 700x25...

Excellent tires... CAN confirm

I have 700x25 all black version on my road bike. I put them on two years ago this month, and I have about 2000 miles on them. They show very little wear!

They are...
09-23-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,170
Posted By Broctoon

Same here. I might occasionally put something...

Same here. I might occasionally put something like a Skratch additive in my bottle, then wash it thoroughly right after the ride. But I'll tell you this: my Camelback hydration bladders get only...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 794
Posted By Broctoon

I agree. My previous experience with integrated...

I agree. My previous experience with integrated brake/shift levers included Shimano 105 & Ultegra, and SRAM Apex (all 10-speed). I liked those systems. I LOVE my 11-speed Campy Centaur group. The...
09-13-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,615
Posted By Broctoon

I see what you did. Yep, there's room for...

I see what you did.

Yep, there's room for those, and for boots and a big ol' belt buckle.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 9,804
Posted By Broctoon

Iím sorry youíve not had a good experience. In...

Iím sorry youíve not had a good experience. In your case it seems tubeless tires might be of no benefit.

What you call myths are really not myths at all, as they generally hold true. So your...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,512
Posted By Broctoon

It’s a great thing to have your bike all dialed...

It’s a great thing to have your bike all dialed in just right, isn’t it?

I hate it when there’s a noisy drivetrain, wonky bar wrap, loose bearings, or anything out of sorts. But get everything in...
09-02-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 61,612
Posted By Broctoon

They haven't changed how math works in the past...

They haven't changed how math works in the past five years, and even the physics of mechanical advantage, i.e., leverage have not changed since 2015. So this advice and discussion from years past is...
09-02-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,665
Posted By Broctoon

Since everyone is allotted only 24 hours each...

Since everyone is allotted only 24 hours each day, I think we're faced with the need to prioritize...

a. Biking
b. Making videos about biking
c. Taking care of career, family, and other adult...
09-02-21, 12:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,665
Posted By Broctoon

Donít forget TMonk Zach Gallardo? Pfft!

Donít forget TMonk

Zach Gallardo? Pfft!
08-31-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,701
Posted By Broctoon

You're exactly right, TugaDude I try to...

You're exactly right, TugaDude


I try to buy from "brick and mortar" stores whenever possible--preferably the locally owned ones. If what I need is not available, I go online, first to boutique...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,808
Posted By Broctoon

ftfy

ftfy
08-27-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,208
Posted By Broctoon

^ This is the best possible answer. Practically...

^ This is the best possible answer. Practically everything you need to know is in Sheldon's writings. When you get down to some specific details, you can post additional questions. Always start with...
08-23-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
Posted By Broctoon

Thatís pretty much what Iíve concluded. I like my...

Thatís pretty much what Iíve concluded. I like my Speedplays, so the promise of PM in a similar pedal seemedÖ promising.

But a bird Keo in the hand on the crank is better than two a Speedplay in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,146
Posted By Broctoon

I like to be very visible on my bicycle and I've...

I like to be very visible on my bicycle and I've put a lot of thought into this. I gave it even more focus when I was into (road) motorcycling. I believe wearing bright clothing can make a difference...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,146
Posted By Broctoon

I've had a similar progression through the...

I've had a similar progression through the decades. When I see someone who looks like you (or I) did 30 years ago, I respect him for getting out and riding a bike. If it turns out he's a pretty...
08-20-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 943
Posted By Broctoon

Fixed gear appearing at the park again!

I'm not going to conclude this indicates a trend, just one encouraging instance.


Yesterday during my interval workout at a city park, I encountered one other guy on a fixed gear. Couldn't tell...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,883
Posted By Broctoon

You've put forth an interesting theory, but I...

You've put forth an interesting theory, but I don't think this assumption is reasonable.

Pro racers tighten (or have their mechanics tighten) their bars, stems, and levers just enough to hold on...
08-19-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 3,883
Views: 298,723
Posted By Broctoon

Yesterday I joined a 22 mile group ride, same as...

Yesterday I joined a 22 mile group ride, same as every Wednesday.

Lately I've been working on drafting and also just pushing myself harder so I can hopefully keep up with the faster guys. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,146
Posted By Broctoon

In the words of Gryzzl's corporate motto,...

In the words of Gryzzl's corporate motto, "Wouldn't it be tight if everyone was chill to each other?"
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,146
Posted By Broctoon

Perhaps. I see them as roughly synonymous. Style...

Perhaps. I see them as roughly synonymous. Style is more enduring, whereas fashion changes each season. Both are superficial.

Style/fashion are completely different from quality. High quality...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Posted By Broctoon

If you have average to wide shoulders (for an...

If you have average to wide shoulders (for an adult male), 44cm is probably good.

If the seller can measure the clamp for you, it should be right around 28.6mm (1-1/8") when the screws are totally...
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