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Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By rm -rf

That's my technique, too, on my aluminum rims....

That's my technique, too, on my aluminum rims. Hard brake, let go. I alternate front and back wheels if possible.

But-- that really doesn't work on steep downhills. I don't know the cutoff point,...
Forum: Touring
08-12-22, 05:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 163
Posted By rm -rf

A few years ago, I did a pair of day rides on the...

A few years ago, I did a pair of day rides on the GAP trail. Drove to a trailhead from the motel, and did an out-and-back 60 miles round trip each day. I liked seeing the same sights from a...
08-12-22, 05:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 293
Posted By rm -rf

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

Both of my GSC-10 wheel sensors quit working recently. One of them at first. It was intermittent while riding. (I'd had occasional sensor problems in past years, but it "fixed itself", and a stronger...
08-10-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,141
Posted By rm -rf

Park Tool patch kits work great, too. I save...

Park Tool patch kits work great, too.
I save punctured tubes until I have 3 or 4 of them, and use up a patch kit's tube of glue all at once. The tube glue dries up once it's opened, and won't...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 852
Posted By rm -rf

I have some expensive Lake MTB shoes (normal, not...

I have some expensive Lake MTB shoes (normal, not extra wide, I think). wow, totally worth it now! I rarely think about sore feet any more, even on long, hilly rides.
I got them a bit oversized and...
08-03-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 551
Posted By rm -rf

Have someone hold the seat to lift the rear wheel...

Have someone hold the seat to lift the rear wheel off the ground. Can you turn the pedal and crank arm to spin the rear wheel forward, or is it very hard to turn? It should turn easily with light...
08-03-22, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 551
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...
08-02-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By rm -rf

Continuing the "off-topic" thread: A build...

Continuing the "off-topic" thread:

A build of a 5kg (11.0 pounds) bike! With extremely lightweight components.

But this bike is much less exotic looking than the TdF build above, although with...
07-31-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 664
Posted By rm -rf

It's the bending where the cable guide turns to...

It's the bending where the cable guide turns to make under-the-bar-tape housing possible. My Campagnolo 10 speed did this too. Think bending a coat hanger back and forth, it breaks at the flex...
07-31-22, 12:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 678
Posted By rm -rf

The Di2 Dealer's Manual pdf (recommended--these...

The Di2 Dealer's Manual pdf (recommended--these pages are easy for a non-mechanic to follow) explains that the high limit screw needs to allow for an "overshift" to get into the smallest cog:
...
07-27-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 312
Posted By rm -rf

My nice Bianchi had a creaking rear quick...

My nice Bianchi had a creaking rear quick release.

That took me a long time to find! I was so sure it was a creaking bottom bracket! I finally was standing next to the bike and put foot pressure...
07-26-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 678
Posted By rm -rf

I downloaded and looked at the Wisconsin HHH 200k...

I downloaded and looked at the Wisconsin HHH 200k route in ridewithgps.com. The 200K -- 127 miles, 7500 feet, has lots of 300 foot climbs, and a few 600 foot ones. rwgps thinks the grades are...
07-26-22, 07:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 678
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,319
Posted By rm -rf

The Cygolites come with a seat stay plastic...

The Cygolites come with a seat stay plastic clamp. But it might not fit some of the newer carbon stays that often have very unusual cross sections.

My Cygolite 150 is moderately brighter than my...
07-22-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-22, 06:43 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,158
Posted By rm -rf

"10% more power uphill" For a rough...

"10% more power uphill"

For a rough estimate, I used this bike speed calculator (http://bikecalculator.com/veloUS.html): 6% grade, 150 lb rider, keep the other defaults.
18 lb bike, 200 watts: ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,595
Posted By rm -rf

Oh look, I'm the Local Legend on another segment!...

Oh look, I'm the Local Legend on another segment! "You just became the Local Legend of..." Strava says "2 efforts in the last 90 days". Thanks, strava!

That goes with "3rd fastest time on...
07-20-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 758
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...
Forum: Foo
07-18-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 827
Posted By rm -rf

It's a 4-year status report from Matt Ferrell on...

It's a 4-year status report from Matt Ferrell on youtube. He has panels on his house near Boston, with after noon shadows from neighboring trees.
Payoff for the system is projected to be 7-8 years....
07-17-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 758
Posted By rm -rf

I plugged some numbers into the Silca calculator....

I plugged some numbers into the Silca calculator.
weight 175+50 bike = 225 lbs.
"worn pavement / some cracks"
650B/27.5 wheels
2 inch tires should be close to 50mm width
"mid range casing" tire...
07-14-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 520
Posted By rm -rf

looks like corrosion? from dripping sweat over...

looks like corrosion? from dripping sweat over the years? Did the previous owner ride it on a trainer indoors?

Isn't all the bolt's force on the top ring part? The bottom sleeve is just to hold it...
07-14-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,761
Posted By rm -rf

Very flat roads (where are these? I'd like to...

Very flat roads (where are these? I'd like to ride one!)
Of course,the light bike also decelerates quicker when you quit pedaling or ease the pedaling. Is there a net gain on the flats?
Two...
07-12-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 3,772
Posted By rm -rf

New to club rides, I wondered who the ride leader...

New to club rides, I wondered who the ride leader was waving to, with his left arm bent at the elbow, pointed upward. Later: Oh, it's a "right turn" signal!

Yeah, the local bike path has signs...
07-12-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,313
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: 43
Views: 980
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...
07-08-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 980
Posted By rm -rf

How do you feel at the end of a 40 mile ride?...

How do you feel at the end of a 40 mile ride? Could ride some more miles?

I like the idea of a once a week "sprint" / "hard efforts" type of ride. My local hills are 1 mile, 300 feet, so with a 90...
07-04-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,299
Posted By rm -rf

Is it usable for hiking? With the accurate...

Is it usable for hiking? With the accurate positioning, it sounds like it would be excellent.
My old 705 was reasonably good for recording walking / hiking. But I use my phone instead of the 1030. ...
07-04-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 431
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: Foo
06-27-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,573
Posted By rm -rf

Total eclipse What I found out from the 2017...

Total eclipse

What I found out from the 2017 eclipse in southern Illinois:
Waiting to see where the forecast showed clear skies, I finally found a motel room two hours drive away, no vacancies...
06-27-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,629
Posted By rm -rf

Garmin elevation chart Managing climbing is the...

Garmin elevation chart
Managing climbing is the key for a decently fast ride for me.
I use the Garmin elevation chart page on all my rides (but this only works with loaded routes). The routes have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 773
Posted By rm -rf

Fast-for-you group rides! A group ride that's...

Fast-for-you group rides!
A group ride that's just a little too fast for you! But first, if you are new to group rides, some group ride practice at a moderate pace for you will give you needed...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 773
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...
06-24-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 519
Posted By rm -rf

The two head tripod versions are for lighting a...

The two head tripod versions are for lighting a whole room -- for painting, etc. The 4000, 5000 lumen ones would light up a whole backyard for a project. I suppose those have dimmer settings?
LED...
06-23-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 409
Posted By rm -rf

I don't think added weights will help enough to...

I don't think added weights will help enough to notice. Sliding your weight forward sounds helpful.
I was going to suggest a pricey slick tire with grippy rubber, as wide as will fit.
These Rene...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 883
Posted By rm -rf

Comparing the fit of different bikes Stack and...

Comparing the fit of different bikes
Stack and Reach measurements are useful. It worked great when I got my now 8 year old road bike.
Some old posts:

Comparing bikes or looking for an...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,960
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: 465
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...
06-21-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,129
Posted By rm -rf

Back on topic: My older Park Tool PFP-3...

Back on topic:
My older Park Tool PFP-3 (https://www.parktool.com/en-us/product/home-mechanic-floor-pump-pfp-3) is easy to pump to 100 psi (I run 72 front, 80 rear on my 28mm tires. Fast and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,128
Posted By rm -rf

I have Campagnolo Athena 11 on my gravel /...

I have Campagnolo Athena 11 on my gravel / all-day ride bike. The hood shape is more comfortable, and the extra effort to shift is okay -- I'm usually cruising along on this bike. I like it. ...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 896
Posted By rm -rf

Many cities have bike share systems. These are...

Many cities have bike share systems. These are perfect for exploring, just put the bike back into a nearby locking rack, and it's no longer your responsibility. Then check another one out when you...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 599
Posted By rm -rf

11 speed Sram cassettes have different tooth...

11 speed Sram cassettes have different tooth counts on the middle cogs, with Sram biased toward faster riders -- closer shifts at the smaller cogs end. Shimano has closer shifts at the slower...
06-16-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,337
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...
06-14-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 893
Posted By rm -rf

What new bikes have: Larger tires! This,...

What new bikes have:

Larger tires!
This, by far, is the key to a more comfortable ride on rough roads.
The thin, supple tires, at the appropriate pressures, will smooth out the ride way more...
06-14-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 893
Posted By rm -rf

A "tune up" has no standard definition. I really...

A "tune up" has no standard definition. I really don't like the term.

For checking a bike:
Bearings status, shifting quality, cracks inspect, consumables.
Check for chain wear with a ruler or...
Forum: Foo
06-11-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,844
Posted By rm -rf

The new James Webb space telescope has...

The new James Webb space telescope has "actuators" that move the mirrors precisely to align all the separate segments to make one big, accurate mirror. They can move in 8 nanometer steps, as needed,...
06-09-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
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: 302
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: 378
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, 06:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,324
Posted By rm -rf

I really liked my Compass Barlow Pass 38mm Ultra...

I really liked my Compass Barlow Pass 38mm Ultra lights. Thin and flexible, like a road tire, and no tread, good. The ride was amazing on new, rough chipseal roads, and fast on smooth roads. ...
06-07-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,230
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...
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