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05-26-24, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 186
Posted By rm -rf

A new chain needed after 800 miles seems...

A new chain needed after 800 miles seems unlikely. Chains wear out faster from getting really dirty and wet, or from very strong big riders with huge pedal forces (but then the rear tires wear out...
05-20-24, 05:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,732
Posted By rm -rf

I really like my 52-39-30 and 11-34 in 11-speed. ...

I really like my 52-39-30 and 11-34 in 11-speed.
That 30 front - 34 rear low is so nice on steep climbs. I can stay seated at 12% pretty easily, where I have to stand on my other bike's 34 front-32...
05-20-24, 05:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 383
Posted By rm -rf

After riding in a rainstorm, a local rider's...

After riding in a rainstorm, a local rider's Garmin now reads approx 15% to 20% lower than other Garmins on the same ride. It hasn't improved weeks later. No more wet riding, and he did some days of...
05-16-24, 05:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,072
Posted By rm -rf

I was messing with my Garmin while riding through...

I was messing with my Garmin while riding through a small town with no traffic. I looked up, with just enough time to (mostly)swerve around the parked pickup truck. I brushed along the side of the...
05-13-24, 09:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,176
Posted By rm -rf

On an obscure segment with only a handful of...

On an obscure segment with only a handful of riders, Strava told me I was in the "top 100%" of riders. Hmm, that's an alternate way of saying "last place".
And I was "7th overall in the world!" ...
05-11-24, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,089
Posted By rm -rf

From another "Readers" thread...

From another "Readers" thread (https://www.bikeforums.net/mountain-biking/1189229-reading-glasses-trail-fixes.html):

Stick-on readers!
I've been using stick-on readers on my cycling glasses for...
05-10-24, 06:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,232
Posted By rm -rf

I had a very slow leak recently that took 2-3...

I had a very slow leak recently that took 2-3 days to go flat. Dunking the tube in water didn't find the leak. I wanted to locate it so I could check that portion of the tire for a wire or tiny...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-24, 01:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,207
Posted By rm -rf

My 2014 Bianchi frame has press-fit nylon...

My 2014 Bianchi frame has press-fit nylon adapters for a stock Shimano bottom bracket for my standard Ultegra crankset.

The nylon bushing is pressed in "permanently" and has internal threads for...
Forum: Touring
05-08-24, 11:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,174
Posted By rm -rf

ridewithgps ancient history! Back before 2010,...

ridewithgps ancient history!
Back before 2010, we were using mapmyride.com for creating routes. It was slow and tedious, with no "follow roads" option -- just zoom way in and repeatedly click down...
05-04-24, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, some riders just don't notice problems. ...

Yes, some riders just don't notice problems.

I've been on a group ride where the rider's crank was creaking quite loudly, right until the left crank fell off!

A rider got a flat, installed a...
05-04-24, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By rm -rf

Regular checks: chain wear. Replace the chain...

Regular checks:
chain wear. Replace the chain at or just after 0.5% wear. One of the simple chain checkers will be fine. I have the more expensive Park Tool chain checker, with a moveable lever and...
05-04-24, 07:45 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,440
Posted By rm -rf

I like the advice in the posts above for longer,...

I like the advice in the posts above for longer, moderate paced riding with some random fast sprints added.

There's a local short "hill" of maybe 30-45 feet of elevation, and I can go all-out full...
04-25-24, 12:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,223
Posted By rm -rf

Left side power meters I had a 4iiii left side...

Left side power meters
I had a 4iiii left side crank power meter that quit working 4 months after the warranty expired. They weren't any help to me, no repair or discount on a replacement.
I rode...
Replies: 25
Views: 1,349
Posted By rm -rf

GAP trail impressions In July 2018, I did a...

GAP trail impressions
In July 2018, I did a couple of out-and-back day rides on the trail. No panniers, of course. I stopped a lot to take pictures, and wasn't in any hurry to finish -- the weather...
04-20-24, 07:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 632
Posted By rm -rf

What frame and what seatpost do you have? Post a...

What frame and what seatpost do you have? Post a photo of the clamp, including the frame slot below it.

Years ago, on a previous bike when it was new, the seatpost was slowly creeping downward...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-24, 05:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,627
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, stainless steel cages (like the King cages)...

Yes, stainless steel cages (like the King cages) are springy and strong. I can slam the bottle back in the cage without looking. My generic stainless cages are 10 years old now, and look like new. I...
04-09-24, 07:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,070
Posted By rm -rf

A while back, HED announced some specialty...

A while back, HED announced some specialty descending wheels (https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tech-hed-launches-descending-special/).
04-09-24, 11:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,070
Posted By rm -rf

As the other comments said, the downhills are too...

As the other comments said, the downhills are too short in time to make up for the long climb times. You can't even double your average mph climbing pace for a climb and descent, since that implies a...
04-07-24, 07:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,792
Posted By rm -rf

XKCD (https://xkcd.com/2914/) ...

XKCD (https://xkcd.com/2914/)


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03-26-24, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 775
Posted By rm -rf

Mt Mitchell We are probably getting off subject...

Mt Mitchell
We are probably getting off subject -- Mt Mitchell is a long way from NY.

The two long climbs to Mt Mitchell are either: From Asheville, or via NC-80. Bring lights for the tunnels!...
03-25-24, 05:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,077
Posted By rm -rf

That ball end looks like it fits a hitch lock. So...

That ball end looks like it fits a hitch lock. So I googled Thule hitch pin, and found these for sale:
...
03-24-24, 04:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By rm -rf

Drones are definitely fast enough. This one has...

Drones are definitely fast enough. This one has hit 400 kph, almost 250 mph. Streamlined, with the nose pointed straight ahead.

Following F1 around a lap:...
03-24-24, 11:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,925
Posted By rm -rf

One Toke Over the Line on the Lawrence Welk show....

One Toke Over the Line on the Lawrence Welk show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRa_gC6y4CY
03-22-24, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,403
Posted By rm -rf

This thread reminded me of 55/Rad's extensive...

This thread reminded me of 55/Rad's extensive bike collection, and his use of a professional studio after hours.

One of the studio setups. I never thought about studio lighting, so this was very...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-24, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By rm -rf

I use the "Elevation" display page on my Edge...

I use the "Elevation" display page on my Edge 1030. It's the same on the 830 too.
This screen's elevation chart is divided into 4 vertical sections, with a grid line between them. My current...
03-19-24, 09:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,160
Posted By rm -rf

Um, my standard Shimano bottom bracket has to be...

Um, my standard Shimano bottom bracket has to be way less than 1w of drag. My pedals have as much drag as the bottom bracket.

I happened to have the chain off today, so I did a quick check. These...
03-18-24, 10:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,041
Posted By rm -rf

The free, open source Golden Cheetah...

The free, open source Golden Cheetah (https://www.goldencheetah.org/#section-features) has lots of tracking charts. It's designed to work with rides that use a power meter.

I don't use it for...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-24, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By rm -rf

That's quite unusual to have such a significantly...

That's quite unusual to have such a significantly lower elevation total. Did the route go through tunnels or high bridges? rwgps shows the Blue Ridge Parkway with short spikes of very steep climbs --...
03-16-24, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 775
Posted By rm -rf

You are expecting to ride around 50 miles and...

You are expecting to ride around 50 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain per day. Is that likely in the mountains? I have a selection of nice local rides in Kentucky that are this hilly, with the...
03-15-24, 07:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 575
Posted By rm -rf

Was there a brake cable installed when you got...

Was there a brake cable installed when you got the bike, and did it work? Or is this just a frame?
From this 1991 bike image, it looks like there's brake housing stops at the frame sockets?
So just...
03-11-24, 12:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,378
Posted By rm -rf

Testing just now: There's the warning " Catch...

Testing just now:
There's the warning " Catch up to {bot name}" and "xx meters" for the closing distance. This appears between 25 meters and 50 meters away, but I don't lose the group based on...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-24, 04:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,623
Posted By rm -rf

I've had my Di2 since Sept 2014, almost 10 years,...

I've had my Di2 since Sept 2014, almost 10 years, and approx 40,000 miles. The shifters are still working perfectly. (I replaced the rear derailleur as "preventative maintenance" since I plan to ride...
03-10-24, 03:32 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,378
Posted By rm -rf

Pace Partner strategy Zwift Insider says the...

Pace Partner strategy
Zwift Insider says the bot adds 10% W/kg on climbs, up to -20% on downhills, trying to mimic real life group rides.
I wonder if the bots are drafting faster on climbs if the...
03-07-24, 05:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 919
Posted By rm -rf

I've used a Take-a-Look sunglass mirror ...

I've used a Take-a-Look sunglass mirror (https://www.rei.com/product/752285/bike-peddler-take-a-look-mirror)for many years. It's so useful.

I have to lift my head slightly to see straight back...
03-06-24, 09:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,116
Posted By rm -rf

Heh ...

Heh

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1614x1076/visma_aero_5a1c4eb96f1d25dcb9abeb7f1053512693002829.jpg

~~
The new team car:
...
02-27-24, 10:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,559
Posted By rm -rf

Abbey Tools Continuing the thread derail: I...

Abbey Tools
Continuing the thread derail:
I got this dual sided Shimano and Campagnolo cassette tool at the Louisville Handmade Bicycle Show in 2015. Partly as a souvenir, and to replace the very...
02-20-24, 06:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,943
Posted By rm -rf

For a 23mm tire, at bike+rider weight of 74 kg,...

For a 23mm tire, at bike+rider weight of 74 kg, an online tire pressure calculator says:
87 psi front,
90 psi rear.
You might want to raise the pressure a bit, and avoiding potholes would help, of...
02-18-24, 12:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,503
Posted By rm -rf

Cutting the spiral brake cable housing with my...

Cutting the spiral brake cable housing with my nice Park Tool cutters always left a mangled spur of the spiral metal. I usually try for a fast, hard squeeze on the cutter, instead of a slow cut.

I...
02-17-24, 08:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,047
Posted By rm -rf

I saw a comment to use fast food burger joint...

I saw a comment to use fast food burger joint relish packets!
~~~
It's not the electrolytes:
From an older thread on hydration recommendations...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-24, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By rm -rf

Pinch flats vs tire size & air pressure I've...

Pinch flats vs tire size & air pressure
I've wondered about the air pressure protection against a bottoming out pinch flat. There appears to be no scientific studies or even systematic testing.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-24, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By rm -rf

I really like my wider rims. Much easier with rim...

I really like my wider rims. Much easier with rim brakes, and bigger air volume.
Wider "actual width" tires allow lower air pressure, and are still just as fast on smooth roads, and faster than...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-24, 12:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By rm -rf

It appears that at least some tires are more true...

It appears that at least some tires are more true to size these days.

On my aluminum HED Ardennes+ rims, that are 20.5mm internal width (and 25.5mm external width at the brake track):

Old...
02-13-24, 12:04 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 14,593
Posted By rm -rf

On a 3 block long, 8% race up a hill, the 5 pound...

On a 3 block long, 8% race up a hill, the 5 pound weight penalty was 16% slower? (that's "half a block" in 3 blocks).
150 pound rider + 15 pound bike vs 150 rider + 20 pound bike that is 3%...
02-12-24, 09:49 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 6,890
Posted By rm -rf

Yeah, it's Superb owl day. ...

Yeah, it's Superb owl day.

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02-09-24, 08:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,754
Posted By rm -rf

I know a lot of cyclists that got on Zwift in the...

I know a lot of cyclists that got on Zwift in the last few years. I think they'll stay on it, for the bad weather riding and some of them for the Zwift challenges.
It's going to be a steady,...
02-09-24, 08:03 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,654
Posted By rm -rf

ERG mode workouts and custom workouts In...

ERG mode workouts and custom workouts

In Zwift, scroll down to "Workout anytime". There's some featured workouts (which is where I first found this one).
Scroll over to "Workouts" to the right of...
02-08-24, 08:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,393
Posted By rm -rf

Wow, the bike looks great and the paperwork is...

Wow, the bike looks great and the paperwork is very interesting.

CPI inflation calculator: $687 in 1973 is $4925 now.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-24, 08:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,306
Posted By rm -rf

Older bikes weren't designed to fit larger tires....

Older bikes weren't designed to fit larger tires. They might be limited to 25mm or so. The new 28mm-32mm tires on wider rims are just as fast as the narrow, high pressure tires. Probably faster...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-24, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3,283
Views: 655,909
Posted By rm -rf

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Rider's choice.
25 miles from downtown Cincinnati. There's a lot of...
01-31-24, 09:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,483
Posted By rm -rf

I really like the bot pacer rides. The robot...

I really like the bot pacer rides. The robot keeps the stated pace and rides the route 24 hours a day. Riders appear, ride along, then either break off the pace, or just stop their ride.
the bot...
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