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01-16-23, 11:28 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,777
Posted By rm -rf

I got this band for night rides, where it's...

I got this band for night rides, where it's extremely reflective. One of the other riders had a similar one, and it made it obvious there was a bike rider, a few hundred yards/meters ahead.

It's...
12-28-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,591
Posted By rm -rf

I've had this set for years now. I used to...

I've had this set for years now. I used to include a tiny flat blade screwdriver, but never used it. So now it's just four L wrenches and an old quicklink. I think I shortened the 5mm wrench years...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,915
Posted By rm -rf

Actual data vs self selected This survey is...

Actual data vs self selected
This survey is kind of like the average speed reports. Riders tend to look down at the display when they are going pretty fast and feeling good, not doing random...
11-11-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By rm -rf

The famous video: Bike Lanes by Casey Neistat. ...

The famous video: Bike Lanes by Casey Neistat. Woah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ
11-08-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 711
Posted By rm -rf

The 1030/830 Touch screen is nice: Setting up...

The 1030/830 Touch screen is nice:
Setting up the display screen data fields is way faster and easier.
Zooming and panning the map is still kind of slow and annoying, but it does work.
I won't go...
11-08-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 711
Posted By rm -rf

I have a Garmin 1030. The 530, 830, etc, should...

I have a Garmin 1030. The 530, 830, etc, should work similarly:

I almost always load a route before starting out.
I can see upcoming hill profiles, feet of climbing remaining for the ride, and...
11-01-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,383
Posted By rm -rf

A few questions: Where do you ride? Dark unlit...

A few questions:
Where do you ride? Dark unlit country roads,or quiet streets with streetlights and low traffic, or busier roads with more traffic?
How fast are you going most of the time?
Your...
10-27-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By rm -rf

Oh, those occasional warm, sunny afternoons in...

Oh, those occasional warm, sunny afternoons in February.

It's amazing after the cold, cloudy winter days. There's too few of these good days, though. I'm retired, so my riders can go whenever...
10-24-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 582
Posted By rm -rf

I made a spoke holder I used a cheap plastic...

I made a spoke holder
I used a cheap plastic screwdriver handle. Cut it off near the metal blade. Then saw a slot in the end of the handle. I used a 32 tooth hacksaw blade.
That was a bit too...
10-22-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,643
Posted By rm -rf

I load my recorded rides into Golden Cheetah, the...

I load my recorded rides into Golden Cheetah, the free ride analysis software for showing trends and details with a power meter. A couple of years ago, in the early spring, I felt "slow", "weak". Is...
10-21-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,660
Posted By rm -rf

I, too, assumed that a wider rim would make the...

I, too, assumed that a wider rim would make the tire wider but not taller.
This old diagram from HED shows the same tires getting wider and usually a little taller on wider rims. Trace the different...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,516
Posted By rm -rf

An easy starting point for saddle height: ...

An easy starting point for saddle height:

First, level the saddle. I like the middle to be level, on your saddle, it's the portion above the diagonal slashes on the saddle cover. Other riders just...
10-10-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By rm -rf

My 11 speed rim brake bike had the HED quick...

My 11 speed rim brake bike had the HED quick release creaking/clicking under load.I disassembled the quick release, wiped it clean, and put a thin film of grease on the bearing surface. FIxed!

It...
10-01-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 747
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, looks like a cut. Do you have a photo of...

Yes, looks like a cut. Do you have a photo of the inside of the tire at the cut?
I rarely see any reports of tires exploding. And those few are often a long, ragged split near the tire bead, with...
09-28-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,217
Posted By rm -rf

My hands get cold very easily. For years, I had...

My hands get cold very easily.
For years, I had some goretex shell gloves from REI, oversized for me, with lots of room for liners. Shell gloves, wind/water blocking with no insulation, seem to be...
09-25-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 837
Posted By rm -rf

46/30 would be perfect for a lot of riders, with...

46/30 would be perfect for a lot of riders, with 11-28 or 11-32 on the back. I think it's recently available on a few new bikes? That way, it's useful lower gearing without the big jumps between...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,879
Posted By rm -rf

I hiss at them, loud. TSSSSS! That seems to...

I hiss at them, loud. TSSSSS! That seems to work, they dive for cover.
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,272
Posted By rm -rf

2022 Little Miami Trail updates The trail is...

2022 Little Miami Trail updates
The trail is closed at Grandin Road, about 5 miles north of Loveland, for a bridge replacement. I think it's closed until the end of 2022. The detour has some...
09-10-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,372
Posted By rm -rf

I had a Kurt fluid trainer for many years. It...

I had a Kurt fluid trainer for many years. It worked ok: the fluid simulates wind resistance, so a faster wheel spin increases the resistance. Shift to a harder gear, or spin faster, and the...
09-10-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By rm -rf

The cap unscrews after the two bolts are...

The cap unscrews after the two bolts are completely loose. It's for setting the bearing preload.

I really like the Park Tool repair guides (https://www.parktool.com/en-us/blog/repair-help). They...
08-30-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,356
Posted By rm -rf

Some of the rider reports here are about how they...

Some of the rider reports here are about how they used to have cramps, but don't anymore. Is it the drink mix, or just better fitness after riding for years? We need a double blind study!
08-29-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By rm -rf

I can easily procrastinate going riding. "I'll go...

I can easily procrastinate going riding. "I'll go later today." Ha. Once I'm riding, it's always good. Riding with a small group that has a set start time helps me -- that's key for getting out a few...
08-29-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,727
Posted By rm -rf

~~~~ Wind seems to be variable most of the...

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Wind seems to be variable most of the time. I've never heard of a forecast that shows wind speed ranges or probabilities like it does for rain!
There's an app that reports headwind and...
08-28-22, 08:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,918
Posted By rm -rf

It might be a joke reference, but: I have an...

It might be a joke reference, but:
I have an e-mower! I already had four other Makita 18v tools. This Makita lawn mower ...
Forum: Touring
08-24-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 746
Posted By rm -rf

I use the Strava Heatmap for scouting routes...

I use the Strava Heatmap for scouting routes where I don't know the roads. It's based on 12 months of strava ride recordings (700 million miles in the US last year, I think!).

White hot=most...
08-16-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,551
Posted By rm -rf

A couple of riders that I ride with have the...

A couple of riders that I ride with have the Garmin radar. It's surprisingly effective, with few false alarms. A mirror is still good, but riders don't monitor a mirror all the time. The radar tells...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By rm -rf

What rim tape? Is it thin plastic or thicker...

What rim tape? Is it thin plastic or thicker cloth tape?

Your Aerohead rims look similar in cross section to my old Kinlin rims. The "well" in the center was very shallow, so there wasn't much...
08-03-22, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 633
Posted By rm -rf

no. Not everyone is good at mechanical things....

no.
Not everyone is good at mechanical things. Standing next to the bike, trying to spin the crank forward with both wheels on the ground, the crank won't spin forward, but will go backward, just...
07-26-22, 07:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 803
Posted By rm -rf

My road bike low is 34F-32R. It's good for the...

My road bike low is 34F-32R. It's good for the local climbs: up to 8-10% sustained, with some 15-18% portions of some climbs.
I want to stand up when the grade goes beyond 10-12%.

My heavier...
07-22-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,011
Posted By rm -rf

Most riders don't know their power data and FTP....

Most riders don't know their power data and FTP. Your 180 FTP sounds good to me. It seems that "everyone" online is 250+, does that match with real life?

I ride with some 60-75 age riders, the...
07-20-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 837
Posted By rm -rf

I've never used a suspension seatpost. I assume...

I've never used a suspension seatpost. I assume they are designed to cushion bigger bumps. Do they help with buzzy, rough surfaces, like very worn asphalt or "chip-seal" road coatings? That's where...
07-12-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,474
Posted By rm -rf

The mechanic: "I've never seen a non drive side...

The mechanic: "I've never seen a non drive side crank fall off". Ha, that's hilarious! Of course he has. I've seen it happen on group rides a few times.

They didn't re-install the crank correctly....
07-09-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,709
Posted By rm -rf

On the few event ride 100 mile days that I've...

On the few event ride 100 mile days that I've done, I stopped at every rest stop, about 15 miles apart. Food at every stop too.

I've noticed that even stopping for 30 seconds at an overlook on a...
07-04-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By rm -rf

Both of my GSC-10 sensors quit working reliably...

Both of my GSC-10 sensors quit working reliably in the last year or so. They would drop out and then work again later. But one was 15 years old! These are the stay mounted + spoke magnet sensors. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 836
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, ride this for at least until fall. Your idea...

Yes, ride this for at least until fall. Your idea of a good fit will likely evolve.
Meanwhile:

Use the drops effectively.
I like the bars high enough that the drops are a very comfortable...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,164
Posted By rm -rf

Two full Camelbak 24 ounce water bottles are 1600...

Two full Camelbak 24 ounce water bottles are 1600 grams. It would be interesting to use opaque bottles in a blind test climb, either empty or full. Is it immediately obvious, or extremely subtle?...
06-21-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By rm -rf

Garmin 1030 recordings. Last week, a ride was...

Garmin 1030 recordings.
Last week, a ride was 1:46 ride time, 2:06 total time.
The power curve showed 2:06.

In Golden Cheetah, the line extends to 2:06 also. Looks like stopped times are...
06-16-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,451
Posted By rm -rf

(I posted last year about using a small zoom...

(I posted last year about using a small zoom camera. but it's been retired for quite a while.)
My newer Samsung Galaxy phone works great for shooting while riding. I think most every Galaxy phone...
06-09-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 862
Posted By rm -rf

I've shortened an inexpensive carbon seatpost...

I've shortened an inexpensive carbon seatpost maybe 12 years ago. And cut off carbon steerer tubes too. Those short cutoff tube sections are really strong. The 6 nM won't hurt the seatpost with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By rm -rf

I had an older Orbea bike that barely fit 25mm...

I had an older Orbea bike that barely fit 25mm tires. The space under the front fork was minimal. This was fine on dry, clean roads. But I rode on a newly chipsealed road, with damp stone dust that...
06-08-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 862
Posted By rm -rf

I like to use the least torque that holds the...

I like to use the least torque that holds the components without slipping. That's often 20-30% lower than the recommended max.

I have an aluminum post in a carbon frame. That range of 6 nM works...
06-07-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,356
Posted By rm -rf

I sometimes get strong leg cramps later in the...

I sometimes get strong leg cramps later in the day after a big ride. It's overworking the muscles, not electrolytes. Occasionally, the cramp is strong enough to be sore for a couple of days. But...
06-05-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,408
Posted By rm -rf

The 1030 touch screen is quite primitive on the...

The 1030 touch screen is quite primitive on the map page. Touch works great for switching screens, for setting or modifying the data fields, and for starting, switching, or stopping navigation. But...
05-30-22, 10:20 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,408
Posted By rm -rf

I like this small one that fits in a single...

I like this small one that fits in a single number cell. The lines are too thin to effectively see the last 20 or 30 seconds trend in detail, but it's useful for reminding me to keep in a certain...
05-14-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 802
Posted By rm -rf

Since you are moving the front derailleur, you...

Since you are moving the front derailleur, you should start from scratch and readjust it.
This Park Tool repair guide is always the first place I go to. They have easy step-by-step instructions....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 10,551
Views: 161,082
Posted By rm -rf

Funky American Woodcock ...

Funky American Woodcock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6nj9AgY7M

from the comments:
I'll bet his nest has orange shag carpet, a lava lamp, and one of those chairs shaped like a hand. And a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,356
Posted By rm -rf

It's the ratio between the two gears. 32/30=1.07,...

It's the ratio between the two gears. 32/30=1.07, or 7% easier.
Depending on the tooth counts, shifts to the next gear can range from around 5% to 15%+ percent change. It's often around 10% or so....
05-03-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,728
Posted By rm -rf

Your steerer photos look okay to me. The carbon...

Your steerer photos look okay to me. The carbon doesn't look damaged. But it's hard to see in photos compared to in person.
I think your nice lightweight steerer is way more reflective than my...
Forum: Touring
04-30-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,256
Posted By rm -rf

Here's your comparison link: 8 different bikes...

Here's your comparison link: 8 different bikes compared...
04-28-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,728
Posted By rm -rf

I posted some Bianchi steerer photos...

I posted some Bianchi steerer photos (https://www.bikeforums.net/21006763-post22.html) in an older thread. It indicates the difference between normal stem clamp marks and a crushed carbon stem.
...
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