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Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-23, 11:29 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 8,717
Posted By Calsun

Take a look at an old car in wrecking yards and...

Take a look at an old car in wrecking yards and one notices that the passenger side of the windshield often has a hole where someone's head went through. There are broken steering wheels that came...
01-21-23, 04:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,364
Posted By Calsun

We live in a pro automobile and anti cyclist and...

We live in a pro automobile and anti cyclist and pedestrian country and our governments subsidize motorists without a second thought. More than half the space in an American city is devoted to use by...
01-18-23, 07:01 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,364
Posted By Calsun

The only safe place to leave a bike is inside a...

The only safe place to leave a bike is inside a metal locker and these are very expensive. It takes 10 seconds to cut through any bike lock using an inexpensive cordless grinder with a $5 cut-off...
01-18-23, 05:26 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 14,325
Posted By Calsun

Ray Glover of Crude Cycles frame built in 1974...

Ray Glover of Crude Cycles frame built in 1974 and outfitted with Campy Record and Phil Wood components.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 8,717
Posted By Calsun

I am still riding the Trek 5200 CF road bike I...

I am still riding the Trek 5200 CF road bike I purchased in 2001. There are many used Trek 5200 bikes for sale so durability in the real world is not an issue. I would be more concerned about a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,076
Posted By Calsun

Start a few inches away from the stem as you do...

Start a few inches away from the stem as you do not need it where you will never put your hands. I like to wrap thin foam material along the top vertical sections of the handlebar to increase its...
10-07-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,744
Posted By Calsun

Where I prefer to ride there are frequently winds...

Where I prefer to ride there are frequently winds coming across the ocean and a 8-10 mph wind take a fair amount of energy to overcome and maintain my speed. With the e-bike I use it with a 25% pedal...
09-13-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,053
Posted By Calsun

Go to a bike shop and sit on some of the bikes...

Go to a bike shop and sit on some of the bikes and take note of the position of the brake levers on the handlebars. You may need new brake levers to get what you need.
09-13-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By Calsun

Our perspectives are warped by the media. Growing...

Our perspectives are warped by the media. Growing up my access to the news was largely from newspapers and I would not be reading about a **** or a trafffic accident in the next town or the next...
09-12-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 13,470
Posted By Calsun

The notion that because people are on an e-bike...

The notion that because people are on an e-bike they are going to be going at 30 mph is silly and one can spend 10 minutes at a bike path and simply observe to know this is not the case. A Class III...
08-18-22, 05:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 882
Posted By Calsun

If you travel by car then a folding bike would be...

If you travel by car then a folding bike would be a good addition and good ones sell for less than $1,000 new. If you fly then it becomes very expensive. When I was living in Dallas and spending a...
07-17-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,691
Posted By Calsun

In California bicyclists are obligated to behave...

In California bicyclists are obligated to behave like motorists and that includes coming to a stop at stop signs and at traffic lights. Bicyclists are not allowed on "freeways" which are defined as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,162
Posted By Calsun

In your situation I would first try using...

In your situation I would first try using narrower tires. When I have noticed a big difference is with stiffer frames so more of my pedal energy gets to the rear cogs and moving the bike forward....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,236
Posted By Calsun

Bike parts do not wear out for the most part and...

Bike parts do not wear out for the most part and so Shimano needs a new gimmick to increase sales (normally). My first electronic addition to a bike was a Cateye computer that provided speed and...
06-11-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,209
Posted By Calsun

When I reached my 40's I need to wear eyeglasses...

When I reached my 40's I need to wear eyeglasses for many tasks and still do. For bike rides I wear safety glasses that are bifocals and provide me with a 2.0 diopter magnification and they cost less...
05-07-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,611
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, 01:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,217
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,100
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...
04-08-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,141
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: 15
Views: 1,297
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...
03-28-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,896
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, 12:55 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 3,529
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...
03-27-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,611
Posted By Calsun

You do not need any import license to bring...

You do not need any import license to bring products into the USA from China. You do need to work with a freight forwarding company that has US and China offices to manage the shipment and pay the...
03-27-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By Calsun

Measuring the voltage of a lithium type battery...

Measuring the voltage of a lithium type battery provides little useful information. The batteries are design to put out a high voltage level until they are very nearly completely drained, and that is...
03-26-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,952
Posted By Calsun

For serious weight loss the answer is a zero...

For serious weight loss the answer is a zero carbs diet which means no processed foods whatsoever. There is a reason why there are no fat vegans running around. The real benefit is to the health of...
03-23-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,264
Posted By Calsun

I have no idea why this thread is allowed as it...

I have no idea why this thread is allowed as it involves politics which I have been told is forbidden on these forums.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,088
Posted By Calsun

A dropper post adds more than a full pound of...

A dropper post adds more than a full pound of weight to a bike and most people want a control lever on the handlebar and so a place needs to be found for it which can be a problem even with straight...
03-23-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,854
Posted By Calsun

It is a matter of needing to strengthen the upper...

It is a matter of needing to strengthen the upper torso. Light 7-10 lb dumbells and doing planks helps a great deal.

I have dealt with sore hands by wearing gel bike gloves and by increasing the...
03-23-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,593
Posted By Calsun

100 miles a day sounds like a big deal but it...

100 miles a day sounds like a big deal but it really is not. If you can average 15 mph and ride for 6-7 hours you will go 100 miles. Most important is having the right gears on the bike for the...
03-21-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,432
Posted By Calsun

I agree about a motorcycle helmet. A problem with...

I agree about a motorcycle helmet. A problem with this electric bike is that the rider is not going to be all that visible to motorists and the chances of a collision are much greater. I would even...
03-21-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,668
Posted By Calsun

I have been doing serious riding for the past 55...

I have been doing serious riding for the past 55 years and I have always found that I needed to warm up by riding the first 10 minutes at a moderate pace. I need to give my body time to adjust and...
03-21-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 817
Posted By Calsun

You will want panniers with a solid side so they...

You will want panniers with a solid side so they cannot get into the spokes of the wheel. Measure how much distance you need from your heels to the panniers to determine maximum size that will work....
03-18-22, 05:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 838
Posted By Calsun

I have only bought pickups and SUV's that were...

I have only bought pickups and SUV's that were long enough at 6.5 x 4 feet to hold a bike with the front wheel left on. With two bikes I put the first one in and it is directly on the heavy duty...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,256
Posted By Calsun

Sadly, past the age of 40 I have needed a...

Sadly, past the age of 40 I have needed a diapoter magnification to read my bike computer display. I started using the Specchio mirrors that attach with a magnet to the front of eyeglasses but work...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,256
Posted By Calsun

Safety Readers work quite well for the most part....

Safety Readers work quite well for the most part. The 3M ones have the diopter lens too high and this interferes with normal viewing but these are the exceptions. A $20 pair of polycarbonate safety...
03-15-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,024
Posted By Calsun

I just go back from taking a 20 year old Yakima...

I just go back from taking a 20 year old Yakima heavy duty bike rack to the local recycle store. A good bike rack is a long term investment. For mountain bikes and e-bikes which are heavier a car...
03-15-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 975
Posted By Calsun

Consider the padded undershorts for bike riders...

Consider the padded undershorts for bike riders and these allow wearing any type of shorts or long tights over them. The MTB shorts have longer legs to go over the top of the knee guards commonly...
03-15-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,009
Posted By Calsun

A step through bike is going to weigh more than a...

A step through bike is going to weigh more than a standard bike so be sure that is what you need. More than 95% of the bikes sold are not the step through type in the USA. People have been using...
03-15-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,622
Posted By Calsun

REI sells a city e-bike that comes with 27.5 x...

REI sells a city e-bike that comes with 27.5 x 1.95 tires which is the most common size used with mountain bikes and so one has more than a dozen tire manufactures and more than a hundred tire types...
03-07-22, 10:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,987
Posted By Calsun

Even with my greatly enlarged prostrate it never...

Even with my greatly enlarged prostrate it never interferred with my riding and exercise is one way to shrink it without dangerous drugs. I learned by accident that my prostrate was blocking my...
03-07-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 891
Posted By Calsun

Put on fenders so that the spray from the tires...

Put on fenders so that the spray from the tires is blocked. There are also special flaps to protect the motor and drive chain that are made for mountain bikes but would work on other types as well.
03-07-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,788
Posted By Calsun

I damaged both knees last year thanks to a...

I damaged both knees last year thanks to a neighbor letting her dog get loose and run out into the street. I needed to shave my legs to get the bandages to stick.
03-07-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,868
Posted By Calsun

Unless you are working as a lumberjack you cannot...

Unless you are working as a lumberjack you cannot do enough physical work or exercise to lose wait. It is a matter of changing ones diet in terms of calories and the type of calories consumed. The...
03-04-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 12,156
Posted By Calsun

The best city e-bikes at this time are the ones...

The best city e-bikes at this time are the ones sold by REI. The price for their CTY e2.1 bike is $2300 and it comes fully assembled, weighs 50.5 lbs with the removable battery pack attached, has a...
01-19-22, 02:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,868
Posted By Calsun

I can yell louder than any bike bell and it is...

I can yell louder than any bike bell and it is far more effective than a little tinkle, tinkle, tinkle. My voice cuts through when people are busy talking and oblivious to everything around them.
01-19-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,356
Posted By Calsun

A full face mask would be very dangerous in the...

A full face mask would be very dangerous in the city. One needs all their peripheral vision to avoid pedestrians and cross traffic and anything that interferes is dangerous and this includes many...
01-19-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,203
Posted By Calsun

The Toyota is a terrible choice in terms of...

The Toyota is a terrible choice in terms of available space. When I bought my bike car in 2018 there were only two vehicles that provided enough cargo space for two road bikes inside with both...
01-03-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,112
Posted By Calsun

There was an article last year about a group of...

There was an article last year about a group of elderly men who had been doing cycle tours for years together. Although they were in the 80's they had better fitness and health than most men in their...
01-03-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,270
Posted By Calsun

Seventh Day Adventists live 10 years longer than...

Seventh Day Adventists live 10 years longer than others in their area and it is a combination of a vegan diet and stress management. Same applies to the "blue zones" around the world where people...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,917
Posted By Calsun

Poor design as with most lithium batteries the...

Poor design as with most lithium batteries the internal circuitry shuts it down for discharging when it gets to 10% SOC. At 0% SOC many lithium batteries cannot be charged again. There are times when...
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