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07-29-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By kingston

I can't think of another frame on the market with...

I can't think of another frame on the market with traditional road geometry, two sets of bottle bosses and track ends, so if you want a new FG/SS road bike it's pretty much the only option and has...
07-29-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

No. You're wrong. I understand the difference and...

No. You're wrong. I understand the difference and it's irrelevant to me since I have no interest in ebikes other than my advocacy for prohibiting them from bike paths.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

Try it out if you're curious. The wax will steam...

Try it out if you're curious. The wax will steam and smell like burning wax, and it's not necessary for it to get that hot. Sounds like not everyone wipes the wax off anyway. I just do it to minimize...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

No idea, but it ain't 698F, so boil was the...

No idea, but it ain't 698F, so boil was the wrong word, but mine starts to steam when I leave it on high too long.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 04:52 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

The wax will boil on high

The wax will boil on high
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

I use a shop towel and some old leather work...

I use a shop towel and some old leather work gloves. I have a heat gun and don't use it on bike chains. I've also noticed that the first couple of waxings on a new chain don't seem to last as long as...
07-25-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

My personal unpleasant encounters with ebikes...

My personal unpleasant encounters with ebikes going too fast have been on the Des Plaines River Trail, which is a 60 mile gravel path that runs along the Des Plaines river from the Wisconsin border...
07-25-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

It's 750 watts and 20 mph in the US, which on a...

It's 750 watts and 20 mph in the US, which on a gravel bike path is faster than 90+% of human powered bikes, so we have teenagers bombing around at 20 mph on fat bikes on narrow gravel paths when...
07-25-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

I care about ebikes. I think they are stupid and...

I care about ebikes. I think they are stupid and wish they weren't allowed on the bike path. My opinions haven't changed but I understand the other point of view better. I guess that's something.
07-25-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Human power is human power. Motors are motors....

Human power is human power. Motors are motors. They are totally different things. If we don't agree on that basic fundamental premise, I don't know how to respond. Have fun on your ebikes, and please...
07-25-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Wow. That's a leap I wasn't expecting. Now...

Wow. That's a leap I wasn't expecting. Now electric motors are the same thing as lower gears? I don't even have a response for someone who thinks lower gearing and an electric motor are essentially...
07-25-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

It's not a theory. It's the way my brain works....

It's not a theory. It's the way my brain works. As I get older, I just use lower gears and ride slower. I literally have zero interest in motor-doping. Someday I won't be able to ride a bike anymore,...
07-24-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I'd be...

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I'd be willing to change mine if someone paid me to promote their product like Hinault. Most of my opinions about how things should be are very different...
07-24-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

that's not how all or nothing works. I personally...

that's not how all or nothing works. I personally will never have a use for a 250 watt ebike. Either no motor or a big motor.
07-24-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Nothing is no big deal. I can live with nothing....

Nothing is no big deal. I can live with nothing. The real problem is the all. If I had an ebike it would have a big motor and a throttle.
07-23-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person. A bit of a...

I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person. A bit of a character flaw.
07-23-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Sounds like you are super courteous on the trail...

Sounds like you are super courteous on the trail KPREN , and you're probably right that most ebikers ride like you do. Not all unfortunately. Like with most things, a few outliers spoil it for...
07-23-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

As a representative of the fit-over-fifty group,...

As a representative of the fit-over-fifty group, my opinion about e-bikes on bike paths has nothing to do with ego. A big adventure motorcycle makes over 100hp and goes over 100 mph. Should we let...
07-23-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

It would be simple if it were true, but states...

It would be simple if it were true, but states and cities are allowed to make their own laws.
07-23-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

That's ok. Bike zealots don't understand the...

That's ok. Bike zealots don't understand the mindset of people who want to ride motorcycles on the bike path.
07-23-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Since motorcycles are already legal, the only...

Since motorcycles are already legal, the only question is how big, powerful, and fast can a bike be and still use the bike lanes and bike paths. I'm not really too thrilled about the idea of a mom...
07-23-21, 05:07 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

It's a lot more complicated than you imply since...

It's a lot more complicated than you imply since every state and lots of cities have their own laws, which are different from the federal law, so it would be impossible for anyone to know them all....
07-22-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

What's the definition? This is a genuine...

What's the definition? This is a genuine question. I honestly don't know. I thought there were federal, state and local laws that are all so inconsistent and confusing that people just ride whatever...
07-22-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Again you mistake ambivalence for ignorance....

Again you mistake ambivalence for ignorance. Despite your annoying habit of picking nits and repeating yourself over and over, I think we actually agree on the motor size thing.
07-21-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

I assure you I know how a torque sensor and an...

I assure you I know how a torque sensor and an electric motor work. It's not magic.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

SoSmellyAir Sounds like you're not getting your...

SoSmellyAir Sounds like you're not getting your chain clean enough in the first place. Maybe get a new chain and follow the MSW chain cleaning instructions...
07-21-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Not caring and not understanding are not the same...

Not caring and not understanding are not the same thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

redlude97 , I'm not saying you're doing it wrong,...

redlude97 , I'm not saying you're doing it wrong, but when I do that it leaves a lot of wax on the chain that flakes off and gums up the jockey wheels.
07-21-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

I agree that it doesn't make any difference if an...

I agree that it doesn't make any difference if an e-bike has a throttle, torque or cadence sensing. They are just different ways of controlling the power output, and they aren't all that different....
07-21-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

None of those things are true in the US. We may...

None of those things are true in the US. We may have laws but nobody knows what they are so people ride pretty much whatever they want and call it an e-bike. The 15kw Swind EB-01...
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By kingston

I see you have it listed on ebay for $1250 which...

I see you have it listed on ebay for $1250 which seems pretty optimistic to me. I'll be really surprised if you get a thousand dollars. Let us know how it turns out.
07-21-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

I understand the difference between a throttle,...

I understand the difference between a throttle, cadence sensor and torque sensor and still don't care. My only point was that the differentiation between e-bike and motorcycle should be the amount of...
07-21-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Agree that torque sensing sounds like a better...

Agree that torque sensing sounds like a better system. The bikes I rode were rentals.
07-21-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

AFAIK both systems are called pedal assist, but I...

AFAIK both systems are called pedal assist, but I don't really care that much since I personally don't have a use for an e-bike. My main point was about the power not the control.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

Works fine for me. Maybe your crock pot is...

Works fine for me. Maybe your crock pot is smaller than mine?
07-21-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

The e-bikes I have ridden were pedal assist with...

The e-bikes I have ridden were pedal assist with different power settings, so all you had to do was turn the pedals and the bike would go as fast as the power setting. I could keep the pedals going...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

I put the chain on top of the cold hard wax when...

I put the chain on top of the cold hard wax when I turn the crock pot on low and come back later to fish it out. There's really no reason not to leave it in there for a while so the wax has a chance...
07-21-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Pedal assist is just a poorly designed throttle....

Pedal assist is just a poorly designed throttle. I differentiate e-bikes on the power of the motor. 250w seems like a reasonable amount to help people get up hills. More than that starts to look like...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,633
Posted By kingston

I think you are leaving too much wax on the...

I think you are leaving too much wax on the chain. I hang the chain on a hook and wipe off all the exterior wax with a rag while the chain is still hot.
07-20-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 5,959
Posted By kingston

Commuting is the only use-case that makes any...

Commuting is the only use-case that makes any sense to me too, but I don't really have a problem if people like riding e-bikes as long as they're not jerks about it.

I was on a fairly remote bike...
07-20-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 842
Posted By kingston

My favorite is the headsweats shorty

My favorite is the headsweats shorty
07-19-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 5,651
Posted By kingston

Pro tip #2: Fill a little hotel shampoo bottle...

Pro tip #2: Fill a little hotel shampoo bottle and put it in your jersey pocket. Just enough for two reapplications.
07-19-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 5,651
Posted By kingston

I use thinksport and a lot of road grime sticks...

I use thinksport and a lot of road grime sticks to it. On a long brevet, when I have to reapply a few times, it's much much easier with smooth legs. As an extra benefit, the thinksport/road grime mix...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

Thanks, WhyFi & PeteHski , Helpful responses....

Thanks, WhyFi & PeteHski , Helpful responses. I'm into randonneuring so riding in the rain and the accompanying pad contamination has been very common for me. As you say, it's probably not an issue...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

Genuine question. Do you ride in the rain a lot?...

Genuine question. Do you ride in the rain a lot? I'm curious if my hypothesis that oil from the road grime contaminates the pads carries any weight. My friend with the loud brakes only uses that bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

Yes. I agree that's generally true. Other than...

Yes. I agree that's generally true. Other than the noise and rubbing, I even like my old BB7's. My objection is to the claims that modern hydraulic road disks are silent and maintenance free. It's...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

I suspect it's very rare because modern hydraulic...

I suspect it's very rare because modern hydraulic road disks haven't been around that long. Anyone who bought one in the last couple of years is an early adopter by definition. Not the kind of person...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

I ignore the braking performance because it's...

I ignore the braking performance because it's irrelevant to me. I've ridden fifteen-thousand miles on road disks The only thing I can do to keep them from squealing is change the pads after I ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

As a side note, my wife only rides a few hundred...

As a side note, my wife only rides a few hundred miles a year and never in the rain so her BB7s have been 100% maintenance free, which I suspect is the case with a lot of people who like their disk...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 5,796
Posted By kingston

You might be right, but that period was pretty...

You might be right, but that period was pretty brief. I bought a bike with road BB7's in 2012, which was fairly early on for road disks. Nearly all road bikes had rim brakes at that time. Pretty sure...
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