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05-07-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,762
Posted By Calsun

Bike riders in most European cites find much...

Bike riders in most European cites find much safer streets and it is by design. In the USA the auto is king and on public streets taxpayer subsidized vehicle parking is everywhere. Bicyclists are...
05-01-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,207
Posted By Calsun

Neither one. Helmets sold in the USA and Europe...

Neither one. Helmets sold in the USA and Europe must pass mandatory testing to be certifed. They do not need to be a MIPS type and I replaced our helmets with MIPS ones to get the extra bit of...
05-01-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 418
Posted By Calsun

What provided the best results initially was a...

What provided the best results initially was a visit to a physical therapist who was trained in the Pressure Release Technique. Scar tissue forms around the artificial hip and the PT needs to help...
05-01-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,061
Posted By Calsun

I am very much aware of how much time is spent...

I am very much aware of how much time is spent having to recharge devices. In the past I had a bike computer that required a new 2032 battery once a year. Now I have a smartphone and a Wahoo and a...
05-01-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 56,512
Posted By Calsun

All one has to do is ride up a hill with standard...

All one has to do is ride up a hill with standard pedals and realize how much less force one can put on the pedals while staying in the seat. It has been verified that riding a bike requires a fith...
05-01-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 534
Posted By Calsun

Check out the Specchio mirror that has a magnetic...

Check out the Specchio mirror that has a magnetic attachment to eyeglasses. My wife and I use them and they work reasonably well. They do require sunglasses that have a relatively straight front in...
05-01-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,137
Posted By Calsun

People are under a lot more stress with the...

People are under a lot more stress with the pandemic problems for those in the working classes. I avoid areas with high traffic volumes as far too many drivers are distracted by their cell phones or...
05-01-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 40,508
Posted By Calsun

These were made using Reynolds 531 steel and this...

These were made using Reynolds 531 steel and this is a great material. Only problem with older bikes is that they were engineered for 5-speed cassettes and there may be a problem with going with a...
05-01-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 987
Posted By Calsun

Usually only the bikes at places like Wal-Mart...

Usually only the bikes at places like Wal-Mart have white tape. Bike tape is available in many colors and no reason to use white tape. If you are going to have the tape replaced or do it yourself,...
05-01-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 3,836
Posted By Calsun

When I photographed weddings I wore a black shirt...

When I photographed weddings I wore a black shirt and black pants. At the end of 8-12 hours of runing around my clothes still looked OK. Lighter colors would show dirt and sweat and that was not a...
05-01-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 689
Posted By Calsun

I have found "safety glasses" that wrap around...

I have found "safety glasses" that wrap around and keep the wind and dust out of my eyes. The fit needs to be such that the lens is close enough to my face to prevent wind hitting my cheeks and...
05-01-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,382
Posted By Calsun

When it is colder I wear long bike pants and take...

When it is colder I wear long bike pants and take it slow the first 10-15 minutes to allow my muscles to warm up. Riding a bike I always have a 15 degree wind chill and that is not great when it is...
05-01-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,395
Posted By Calsun

Having an Uber account and carrying a cell phone...

Having an Uber account and carrying a cell phone and a credit card works the best. For a tandem you would need to specify a large van and hope the seats fold down. On a bike the only failures are...
05-01-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 56,512
Posted By Calsun

Bike shoes allow for using clip or clipless...

Bike shoes allow for using clip or clipless pedals and putting more power into moving the bike forward. Shoes like the Five Ten ones provide a very grippy sole much like that found on technical rock...
05-01-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,635
Posted By Calsun

23mm as that is the widest that I can use on a 20...

23mm as that is the widest that I can use on a 20 years old bike with Rolf aero rims. I would prefer 28mm but it is not worth the expense of replacing the wheels on the bike. My road e-bike has 28mm...
05-01-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,032
Posted By Calsun

Shifter cables should never break but there are...

Shifter cables should never break but there are the cheap type and the "expensive" type ($5 more per cable) with the latter being thicker and having more metal strands. Standard Campagnolo cables...
05-01-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,323
Posted By Calsun

The difference is found on the hills where being...

The difference is found on the hills where being able to apply more force to the pedals and do so for more degrees of pedal movement is quite apparent. Riding on flat ground while running errands the...
05-01-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,006
Posted By Calsun

What works the best is intervals and bicycling in...

What works the best is intervals and bicycling in a hilly area is ideal for this. I power up to the top and then my body gets a break on the downhill section and repeating this over a distance works...
05-01-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By Calsun

The step through are going to be heavier as the...

The step through are going to be heavier as the true "ladies" bikes are not being sold in the states. One option to consider is adding a dropper seat post to the bike. This would make it easy to drop...
05-01-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 890
Posted By Calsun

If the seat is higher than the handlebars my...

If the seat is higher than the handlebars my posture is going to put more pressure on my genitals and even with a cut-out style saddle I end up with a downward tilt of 3-4 degrees for maximum...
05-01-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,720
Posted By Calsun

People are suckers for technical solutions that...

People are suckers for technical solutions that are overkill. Ear plugs for swimmers or for protecting the ears from loud noise are not needed to have warmer inner ears when bicycling. Cotton from a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-22, 09:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,232
Posted By Calsun

You should take 5 minutes to read the entire...

You should take 5 minutes to read the entire thread. You might learn something.
04-12-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 479
Posted By Calsun

I have replaced the spoke and then compared the...

I have replaced the spoke and then compared the tension when squeezing it and a adjacent spoke with another pair of adjancent spokes on the rim. It got me close enough in tension to protect the rim....
04-11-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,899
Posted By Calsun

For me it was a choice of a mainstream e-bike...

For me it was a choice of a mainstream e-bike where the odds of being able to buy a replacement battery in a few years is less likely to be a problem. There is a very slow move toward a common form...
04-10-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,244
Posted By Calsun

I replaced the pedals on my full suspension bike...

I replaced the pedals on my full suspension bike with Stamp 7 Large pedals to provide a larger pedal area. As with all such pedals one can remove many of the pins with no issues in grip.
04-10-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 465
Posted By Calsun

You can also have someone relace the wheels and...

You can also have someone relace the wheels and provide 3-across spokes. There is more flex available and when I was doing tours in places where the nearest bike shop was 300 miles away I even built...
04-10-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,288
Posted By Calsun

I put Shimano PD-M540 SPD pedals that are...

I put Shimano PD-M540 SPD pedals that are supposedly "mountain bike pedals" on one of my road bikes. No issues with float and there smaller size I find makes it easier to get my shoe diretly over the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,757
Posted By Calsun

If you have dry eyes with your contacts part of...

If you have dry eyes with your contacts part of the problem is the eyeglasses you wear when riding. Most eyeglasses allow too much air to come up from below the lenses or to come in from the sides. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,232
Posted By Calsun

Planks are great for the torso and lowere back...

Planks are great for the torso and lowere back muscles. Crunches and half squats also are good exercises.

A physical therapist who was working with my rotator cuff injury gave me a 12 foot piece...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,910
Posted By Calsun

I question the logic of going tubeless with a...

I question the logic of going tubeless with a road bike. Advantages for mountain and gravel bikes with being able to run at much lower pressures without a lot of pinch flats and gaining from more...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,232
Posted By Calsun

I damaged the roator cuff on both shoulders and...

I damaged the roator cuff on both shoulders and having visited 4 doctors and spent time with 5 PT people I finally read a newspaper article that explained the nature of the injury. We are like apes...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,910
Posted By Calsun

The Tubolito inner tube will be the most for a...

The Tubolito inner tube will be the most for a spare and I bought a couple for my mountain bikes. Not sure if there is nearly the gain with a road tire size tube.
Forum: Touring
04-08-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,994
Posted By Calsun

On tours my companion and I share a small Svea...

On tours my companion and I share a small Svea stove and it is enough to boil water for rice or noodles. We then throw in some tuna and spices and have quick dinner with plenty of carbs. A cook pot,...
Forum: Touring
04-08-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,966
Posted By Calsun

Problem with Glacier NP is that the park service...

Problem with Glacier NP is that the park service placed the campground on top of existing bear trails. Bears spend the night on high ground and come down in the daytime to look for food. Putting a...
04-08-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By Calsun

The USFS started allowing motorcycles on the...

The USFS started allowing motorcycles on the forest trails with no restrictions in the 1970's when Nixon's people were in charge. Major change with a great increase in vandalism and of course noise...
04-03-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 746
Posted By Calsun

Far better bike and better value is the REI CTY...

Far better bike and better value is the REI CTY 2.1 that sells for $1800 with 27.5 x 1.95 tires and a sturdy rear rack. With the detachable battery pack the bike is 5 lbs lighter for carrying it up...
04-03-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 405
Posted By Calsun

Garmin Varia saddle mount

I use Topeak saddle bags and these block a Varia mounted on the seat post. After a lot of time looking for a solution I found the Varia compatible clamps that are designed to attach to the saddle...
03-31-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 600
Posted By Calsun

I can buy a 10-15 year old carbon frame Trek 5200...

I can buy a 10-15 year old carbon frame Trek 5200 for $1100 and it compares to spending $4,100 to get anything comparable with a new road bike. The Trek has the carbon frame, 2x9 gears, brake...
03-31-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 190
Posted By Calsun

After trying several saddles I bought the Ergon...

After trying several saddles I bought the Ergon SMC Sport Gel saddle and it is very comfortable with the gel where my butt puts the most pressure on the seat but does not interfere at all with my leg...
03-31-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 406
Posted By Calsun

Ozone is what damages the tires and any airtight...

Ozone is what damages the tires and any airtight bag will work. A lot depends on the tire compounds as I have tires that are 20 years old and OK to ride. Best to keep away from sources of ozone like...
03-31-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 323
Posted By Calsun

I would look at the folding bikes from Dahon that...

I would look at the folding bikes from Dahon that has been making them for a great many years. Their D8 has 8 speeds and weighs 28 lbs and fit a rider that is from 4'9" to 6'2" in height. These come...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,741
Posted By Calsun

Stainless helps with corrosion resistance where...

Stainless helps with corrosion resistance where it is needed - as on a boat. Has anyone seen lots of rust on a steel frame bike - I have not. Lots of rust on poorly chromed parts on bikes but no on a...
03-28-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By Calsun

I would look for a used hardtail mountain bike....

I would look for a used hardtail mountain bike. Then you can put on the tires for the areas where you plan to ride. Much easier with a hardtail bike to add a rack and saddlebags etc for your travels....
03-28-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,437
Posted By Calsun

Go to a shop and sit on the bikes they have in...

Go to a shop and sit on the bikes they have in those sizes and see for yourself. The stem length can often be changed to alter the seat to handlebar distance to have it closer or further away. It is...
03-28-22, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By Calsun

At this time my first choice would be one of the...

At this time my first choice would be one of the Trek Domane in size 54cm or 56ccm. The geometry is excellent for riding long distances and they have good gearing and rims and tires. The Trek charts...
03-28-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 852
Posted By Calsun

Frame geometry of that era was nearly always...

Frame geometry of that era was nearly always designed for criterium racing and not great for general riding. Check out a modern bike like the Trek Domane and compare its head tube angle and fork rake...
03-28-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 388
Posted By Calsun

I care most about the head tube angle and the...

I care most about the head tube angle and the amount of fork rake as that is what determines how stable a bike is on downhill sections of road and how easy it is for the rider to control the bike....
03-28-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,789
Posted By Calsun

I want to have my butt centered on the widest...

I want to have my butt centered on the widest part of the saddle and be able to comfortably reach the handlebars while having my back at a 45 degree angle. When riding, having warmed up for 10...
03-28-22, 01:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By Calsun

In all my touring, including trips over the high...

In all my touring, including trips over the high sierras, the lowest gears I have used is 39/28 or 36 gear inches. Last week I replaced the 11-42T on my Specialized road bike with a 11-34T cassette....
03-28-22, 12:55 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 3,105
Posted By Calsun

Sounds like you are seeking to justify going...

Sounds like you are seeking to justify going online and letting your local shop go out of business. Local shops employ local people and this keeps the dollars spent there in the local community and...
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