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Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 720
Posted By merlinextraligh

Tandem. It will take your relationship ,wherever...

Tandem. It will take your relationship ,wherever it was going , faster
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 585
Posted By merlinextraligh

The 105% solution. Mathematically, you loose more...

The 105% solution. Mathematically, you loose more time on the slow uphill sections than you gain on the fast downhill. So you want to putt out more of your effort on the uphill.

Determine the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 585
Posted By merlinextraligh

Bi

Average gradient of 3.5%, if youíre riding at a competitive pace, youíll still be climbing at a speed where aero will make more difference than weight.

Unless the descents are so technical that...
04-13-22, 05:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,167
Posted By merlinextraligh

Our Co-Motion Java tandem came with mechanical...

Our Co-Motion Java tandem came with mechanical Spyres. The braking was not adequate for us on the steep descents in the Appalachian mountains.

We upgraded to the Trp/hybrids and while they aren’t...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think you can do either one you want from your...

I think you can do either one you want from your description. However there are several data points we don't have. such as,
1) how old are you?
2) how is your general health
3) how much do you...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,377
Posted By merlinextraligh

You can always put a tube in a tubeless tire. ...

You can always put a tube in a tubeless tire. It takes about 5 seconds longer to unscrew the valve stem than putting a new tube in a regular clincher. Admittedly the sealant makes it a bit messy,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,640
Posted By merlinextraligh

thereís a pretty significant personal cost to...

thereís a pretty significant personal cost to pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Itís going to become a significant portion of your life for a couple of years. Not least of the costs is the nature...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,377
Posted By merlinextraligh

What you describe as sluggish, may not actually...

What you describe as sluggish, may not actually be slower.

For years people road tires that by todayís standards were way overinflated. A rock hard tire feels fast and responsive as it bounces...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,640
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also, being a defense lawyer, I may not be very...

Also, being a defense lawyer, I may not be very sympathetic to plaintiffs, but who files a law suit over what essentially appears to be some road rash?

Any tire can blow out and lead to a fall,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,640
Posted By merlinextraligh

As for the lawsuit, Rene Herse’s big problem is...

As for the lawsuit, Rene Herse’s big problem is spoliation of evidence in not preserving the tire. At a minimum the plaintiff gets a jury instruction that the tire would have been helpful in proving...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,039
Posted By merlinextraligh

After

With Sram Force axs group
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Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,039
Posted By merlinextraligh

Restoring the Merlin ( or why Titanium is still cool)

I decided to restore my 24 year old Merlin Extralight. In its current configuration it has a mishmash of Shimano 10 speed mechanical components.

A few years back, I added S&S couplers to make...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,640
Posted By merlinextraligh

Obviously, the best place to exit a pace line...

Obviously, the best place to exit a pace line without disrupting the group is the front or the back, But sometimes when things are just too hard, you’re in a situation you can’t keep holding the...
03-19-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,433
Posted By merlinextraligh

not to pile on, but piling on, water in brake...

not to pile on, but piling on, water in brake fluid makes brakes fail. Driving a car on the track, water in brake fluid can lead to total brake failure and planting into the wall.

same thing can...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By merlinextraligh

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Bikesdirect.com
03-07-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,616
Posted By merlinextraligh

So is anyone bothered by “we just thought it was...

So is anyone bothered by “we just thought it was a hit and run”. Implicitly saying 2 dead cyclists, no big deal.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,420
Posted By merlinextraligh

whatís your objection to people skipping pulls....

whatís your objection to people skipping pulls. If youíre struggling, itís better to skip a pull, than slow or disrupt the group by attempting to pull when youíre not up to it. IMHO, itís perfectly...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,420
Posted By merlinextraligh

I look for who I want to yell at.

I look for who I want to yell at.
03-06-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,581
Posted By merlinextraligh

so just ignore the drivers you interact with,...

so just ignore the drivers you interact with, hope that works out for you.

I tired to give some advice here that has worked for me for 50 years, and is widely accepted by experienced cyclists. Yet...
03-02-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,581
Posted By merlinextraligh

I highly disagree with this. making eye contact...

I highly disagree with this. making eye contact with drivers is huge. So many times drivers ďseeĒ us but donít really see us. Making eye contact forces them to recognize we are people just like them...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,846
Posted By merlinextraligh

Show me one pro tour mechanic that balances his...

Show me one pro tour mechanic that balances his or her riderís wheels. Youíre obsessing over something that just doesnít matter.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,846
Posted By merlinextraligh

the point is if youíre balancing a wheel, itís a...

the point is if youíre balancing a wheel, itís a pretty small aomount of weight. Look at your car wheels/tires. The combination of the wheel and tire on a car is ,20, pounds or more. The little lead...
02-10-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 16,980
Views: 1,165,140
Posted By merlinextraligh

Wages of sloth and gluttony. 7 years no trading...

Wages of sloth and gluttony. 7 years no trading or racing, , just riding around. Add on 6 weeks completely off the bike post surgery, adds up to a field test 100 watts below my best and coughing up...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,150
Posted By merlinextraligh

dealing with a flat tubular on a ride is not a...

dealing with a flat tubular on a ride is not a big deal. Just carry an old tubular that has previously been glued on a rim. Peel the old one off, and put the old spare back on. Pump it up hard and...
01-17-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,688
Posted By merlinextraligh

My comment is specific to lane position in this...

My comment is specific to lane position in this particular circumstance, as relayed by the cyclist himself.

in the vast majority of circumstances, it is preferable to take the lane before entering...
01-17-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,688
Posted By merlinextraligh

Eye contact is one of the few, and one of the...

Eye contact is one of the few, and one of the best tools we have to survive in traffic. Drivers often don’t “see” us. Even if the physically see us, they often don’t perceive us as human beings....
01-17-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,688
Posted By merlinextraligh

And I know I will be shouted down for blaming the...

And I know I will be shouted down for blaming the cyclist, and thatís not my intent. However, there is a teachable moment here.

Often, itís safest to fully take the lane, when safe to do so before...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,921
Posted By merlinextraligh

Everyone since Billy “white shoes” Johnson has...

Everyone since Billy “white shoes” Johnson has known that white shoes are faster.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,183
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think that even by BF standards, this sets a...

I think that even by BF standards, this sets a low for signal to noise ratio.
Damn I just added to the noise
11-04-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 28,796
Posted By merlinextraligh

Not to pile on, but piling on, there re other...

Not to pile on, but piling on, there re other outfits that are so much better, ie Trek Travel, Backroads, Butterfields, etc.

To me , the remaining case for Santana was a tandem specific...
10-24-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,015
Posted By merlinextraligh

IMHO for transporting a tandem the gold standard...

IMHO for transporting a tandem the gold standard is draft master
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,614
Posted By merlinextraligh

Sear Sucker works for us. And the bike is worth...

Sear Sucker works for us. And the bike is worth more than the car...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,699
Posted By merlinextraligh

Does anyone on this forum know Larry? Know anyone...

Does anyone on this forum know Larry? Know anyone who knows Larry within 6 degrees of separation. In close to 20:years on BF, Iíve seen my share of trolls. I have to give Larry some cred however on...
08-03-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,155
Posted By merlinextraligh

So the interesting thing would be if the posters...

So the interesting thing would be if the posters 9 years ago would come back, and update their take with 9 more years experience.
07-29-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,500
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’ve now had the chance to ride the bike in the...

We’ve now had the chance to ride the bike in the Appalachians in NC for the better part of a year. The descents are not hugely long, rarely more than 1500 foot drop, but often steep(15-20% grade)...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,144
Posted By merlinextraligh

itís a useful tool training to climb where you...

itís a useful tool training to climb where you donít have hills. As noted, climbing intrinsically requires you to put out a high level of power. Itís harder to keep that level up on flats. A power...
07-22-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,980
Posted By merlinextraligh

Philly, IMHO, you don’t need to stress this. I...

Philly,
IMHO, you don’t need to stress this. I appreciate the analysis here, and I think I even kind of follow it. My takeaway based on reading the thread, and now close to a decade of using gates...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,532
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve definitely had tubes fail right at the valve...

Iíve definitely had tubes fail right at the valve stem. To the extent this may reduce that problem, it looks like a great idea.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 14,604
Posted By merlinextraligh

Larry, I think the only viable solution at this...

Larry, I think the only viable solution at this point is to dial it to 400 watts, and drope them all
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,316
Posted By merlinextraligh

1) my bet looking at the pic is it will be ok; ...

1) my bet looking at the pic is it will be ok;
2) even if a single stay fails, it’s not likely to cause a catastrophic accident;
3) it’s not right and not what you paid for, so I spite of 1 and 2,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,964
Posted By merlinextraligh

This is an unanswerable question. Rims have a...

This is an unanswerable question. Rims have a specíd dimension and a tolerance plus or minus that dimension. Tires have a dimension, with a tolerance plus or minus.

Rim manufacturers will tend to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 802
Posted By merlinextraligh

Seems to me it’s likely fork flex. Bigger rider,...

Seems to me it’s likely fork flex. Bigger rider, hard braking, flex in the fork will result in some flex that will be sort of a stuttering that’s consistent with what the OP describes.

Take away,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,415
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve used Look, Speedplay and SPDís. IMHO, for...

Iíve used Look, Speedplay and SPDís. IMHO, for racing crits, Speedplays are the clear winner. Theyíre faster easier to clip into.. With a 4 bolt shoe, the stack height and cornering angle are great....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,659
Posted By merlinextraligh

Cue the botto thread, so you want to go racing

Cue the botto thread, so you want to go racing
04-29-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,931
Posted By merlinextraligh

Find Botto’s post on here regarding starting...

Find Botto’s post on here regarding starting racing. rinse, repeat.
04-19-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,845
Posted By merlinextraligh

Porsche 911. Should be able to get on the...

Porsche 911.

Should be able to get on the gas early through apex, but watch the drop throttle oversteer.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,958
Posted By merlinextraligh

Atlas Shrugged, even Ayn Rand would get...

Atlas Shrugged,

even Ayn Rand would get vaccinated.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,958
Posted By merlinextraligh

And if you want to wait till 2024, just...

And if you want to wait till 2024, just extrapolating
youíre looking at an additional 1.8 million people dead in the US from COVID alone. Throw in another few hundred thousand as the result of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,958
Posted By merlinextraligh

As for the clotting issue with the Astra Zeneca...

As for the clotting issue with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the EU has found no evidence of a link, the number of people who have died from clotting is in the one in a million range, and the shear...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,958
Posted By merlinextraligh

Then, please stay out of public spaces. No...

Then, please stay out of public spaces. No vaccine is 100% effective, and we donít know the efficacy against newly emergent variants. Add in the fact some people canít get vaccinated. So public...
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