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08-03-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 166
Posted By Helderberg

I have spent many hours on "Bike Insights"...

I have spent many hours on "Bike Insights" comparing my Topstone to other bikes I was considering as a replacement. The rear triangle on most of the bikes was nearly exactly the same and the reach is...
07-26-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By Helderberg

I ride Cannondale and would recommend the nylon...

I ride Cannondale and would recommend the nylon cages. Right or left is referring to the construction of the cage that allows easier access from the right or left. I guess this would depend on if you...
07-25-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 505
Posted By Helderberg

Interesting read, thanks. As is normaly the case,...

Interesting read, thanks. As is normaly the case, the posters got a bit off topic but I do get what the subject of the post is.
Thank you, Frank.
07-15-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,307
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you. I, unfortunately, do not understand...

Thank you. I, unfortunately, do not understand the importance of these stats but appreciate your attempt to educate me. I will look further, some time on Google, to better understand the effects of...
07-13-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,307
Posted By Helderberg

This seems to be my issue. I have, in the past,...

This seems to be my issue. I have, in the past, been able to take a size larger frame and make it work with stem and seat post. That has changed now that I am 73, pushing 74, I have found that I am...
06-22-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By Helderberg

Shorts that have padding and are stretch. Like a...

Shorts that have padding and are stretch. Like a bib but shorts with some, I copied this from a posting on Amazon, "anti skid strip prevents shorts from bunching and rolling up while long distance...
06-19-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By Helderberg

I had a herniated disc in 1993-4 on my right...

I had a herniated disc in 1993-4 on my right side. Lost 80% of the muscle on the front of my lower right leg and 20% on the thigh. In 2001 I had a disc blowout and lost the use of my left leg's front...
06-15-22, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 854
Posted By Helderberg

JPPE, Thanks for posting this. I needed to hear...

JPPE, Thanks for posting this. I needed to hear this today.
Frank.
06-03-22, 04:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,245
Posted By Helderberg

I am a 73-year-old that made a living as a...

I am a 73-year-old that made a living as a plumber for 42 years. Lots of kneeling on concrete and working on ladders so I wear a firm compression knee sleeve on my left knee. If I let my knees splay...
06-03-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 711,437
Posted By Helderberg

Ride in 91* weather.

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Hot and humid but a good day.
Frank.
04-19-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,070
Posted By Helderberg

I tried these with the flat bar handlebar but...

I tried these with the flat bar handlebar but they were too close together and I found it tricky to control on bumpy surfaces. I also changed the crankset from 175mm to a 165mm with the same gear...
03-28-22, 08:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,239
Posted By Helderberg

For me, it's my mileage. I like to know if I hit...

For me, it's my mileage. I like to know if I hit my goal for the ride but I don't dwell on other stats. I guess I do like to see my average but I don't push to make a particular mark. I try to ride...
03-08-22, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,223
Posted By Helderberg

Which Brooks saddle do you use? I have been...

Which Brooks saddle do you use? I have been thinking that I would try an Imperial 17 as I like a slotted seat surface.
Frank.
03-07-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,223
Posted By Helderberg

I would strongly suggest that you find a store...

I would strongly suggest that you find a store that has a trial time frame and a free return policy. That way you can have a chance to try the saddle and get an idea if it is right for you. I have...
01-14-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 925
Posted By Helderberg

Chilly but fun

Went out today for a nice ride. I have not been on the bike consistently for about two months so I am trying to get out for a ride often. Headed out on my usual warm-up leg and got hit in the face...
12-17-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Posted By Helderberg

We had an old tandem, I believe it was a 5 speed...

We had an old tandem, I believe it was a 5 speed Schwinn. It had a drum rear brake and weighed a ton. My wife was not that much into it and once we had a second child it went into the basement. It...
11-16-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,426
Posted By Helderberg

I started back on a bike about four years ago...

I started back on a bike about four years ago after being off one for decades. I was told not to ride after back surgery to reverse a paralysis of my left leg and herniated disc on my right. Once I...
11-14-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,493
Posted By Helderberg

Most of the brand names are good bikes. The...

Most of the brand names are good bikes. The mechanical parts are similar to a price point so you can look at Trek, Cannondale, Giant, etc, and find similar models at a similar price but the geometry...
08-31-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,686
Posted By Helderberg

I give you a lot of credit. Nice ride. Frank.

I give you a lot of credit. Nice ride.
Frank.
08-22-21, 09:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,939
Posted By Helderberg

That's fine. Ride on and be safe. Thanks for the...

That's fine. Ride on and be safe. Thanks for the remark about my bike.
Frank.
08-22-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,939
Posted By Helderberg

I am a 72-year-old Vietnam war Vet that is...

I am a 72-year-old Vietnam war Vet that is dealing with PTSD every day. Maybe I am reading other things into this that you can not feel so please just pass it on by. Not thinking this would appeal to...
08-21-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,939
Posted By Helderberg

Still riding.

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I found this on a FB group and thought it...
08-02-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,292
Posted By Helderberg

What's next, Drone bikes so they can remove the...

What's next, Drone bikes so they can remove the biggest aero issue, the rider. The price is astounding.
Frank.
07-28-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,976
Posted By Helderberg

This is an interesting post. I was just telling...

This is an interesting post. I was just telling my younger daughter, 43 years old, that at my age, 72, I am really starting to feel my age. I don't recover like I think I should but I am finding that...
07-05-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,996
Posted By Helderberg

When I was in business I had two very interesting...

When I was in business I had two very interesting encounters with cats but that is for another posting.
I did not mean to insinuate that Pitbulls or Dobermans were evil. I was only stating that the...
06-30-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,996
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you all for your suggestions. Ride safe,...

Thank you all for your suggestions.
Ride safe, Frank.
06-21-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,045
Posted By Helderberg

I know that my "Dream" bike is very mundane...

I know that my "Dream" bike is very mundane compared to what is listed here but my dream bike is the one I have. After being told that I would/should never ride a bike again, back in 2002, my...
06-20-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,131
Posted By Helderberg

Congratulations on finding the bike. It will be...

Congratulations on finding the bike. It will be interesting to follow its transformation into your vision.
Be safe, Frank.
06-13-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1,040
Views: 261,911
Posted By Helderberg

I just swapped the 170.5 crankset for 165. Kept...

I just swapped the 170.5 crankset for 165. Kept the same 46/30 gearing and swapped the BB also.
Best move I have made in the fit of the bike.
Frank.
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06-06-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,064
Posted By Helderberg

This has been my experience also. I have a Hybrid...

This has been my experience also. I have a Hybrid and gone so far as to change the flat bars to a mustache style, wider tires, and crankset. this all helped but the right fit on a drop-bar gravel...
05-28-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By Helderberg

What the heck is that, oh, nevermind.

Yesterday the VA gave me my first hearing aids. I also received my package of a new bottom bracket and crankset from UPS. Today I installed the parts on my topstone. Threw it up on my stand, a couple...
05-20-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,559
Posted By Helderberg

I own a 2020 Topstone 105 and between these two...

I own a 2020 Topstone 105 and between these two bikes, I would lean toward the Triban. I find the 11 speeds I have on my 105 is a real benefit over the 9 speeds my Cannondale Quick with the Sora...
05-05-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Helderberg

WOW, just wow. That is amazing at any age. ...

WOW, just wow. That is amazing at any age.
Frank.
05-04-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,915
Posted By Helderberg

I have decided to stick with the 46/30 crankset....

I have decided to stick with the 46/30 crankset. I like the 22 close ratios gear choices it gives me for the hills I have here and the limited flat. Now I just have to wait for the GRX chainset to...
04-30-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,334
Posted By Helderberg

Another perspective: From the Ti Chi guy, "If...

Another perspective: From the Ti Chi guy, "If that were me and my woman she would have killed me in my sleep. Must be on their Honeymoon." Just a thought.
Glad you both had a good experience and...
04-27-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 960
Posted By Helderberg

So leverage is my new favorite word. 8mm Allen...

So leverage is my new favorite word. 8mm Allen and a 30" piece of 3/4" iron pipe done. Now to find out what the bottom bracket dimension is and I can order my new crank and BB.
Thank you all for the...
04-26-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,285
Posted By Helderberg

I went from 175 on my Quick to 165 and it has...

I went from 175 on my Quick to 165 and it has helped my knees tremendously. Looking to change my Topstone from 172.5 to 165 also but am having a problem finding a GRX 2x11 in stock with the 165...
04-26-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,915
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you for your response. No, I am not trying...

Thank you for your response. No, I am not trying to keep up with anyone but I have a lot of long hills where I live and run out of gears with the 46/11 combo. Honestly, at 72 YO I am and should be...
03-29-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,313
Posted By Helderberg

That is why I went with 165's and they have been...

That is why I went with 165's and they have been what I needed for the sake of my knees. I was not as concerned with loss of possible speed as I am about the pain I was experiencing. I am not saying...
03-28-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,410
Posted By Helderberg

All of the above and the rear derailleur might...

All of the above and the rear derailleur might need to be adjusted. As said above, a better explanation of what is happening and when would help to narrow down what might be happening. Be safe.
03-27-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,720
Posted By Helderberg

How do you like the Jones bar? I like the area...

How do you like the Jones bar? I like the area you have with that bar for the computer and additional hand grip. Nice setup.
Frank.
03-27-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,720
Posted By Helderberg

I have tried a few options. Some have stuck and...

I have tried a few options. Some have stuck and some I feel will be used as I get older, I am 72.
...
03-26-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,313
Posted By Helderberg

From what I can tell the lesser angle of my knees...

From what I can tell the lesser angle of my knees at the top of the peddle stroke seems to be the biggest improvement. I am not a physiotherapist but I do know that today I have no pain and that is a...
03-25-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,313
Posted By Helderberg

Shorter cranks 2

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03-11-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you all for your responses. I ordered my...

Thank you all for your responses. I ordered my "good wrench" today and will have it soon.
Be safe all, Frank.
03-11-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By Helderberg

Unfortunately, mine did not come with it but I...

Unfortunately, mine did not come with it but I will search to try to find one. This would be the better solution to my issue if it is available by itself. I have found other wrench offerings on the...
03-07-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,434
Posted By Helderberg

Inseam is 29-29.5 depending on how uncomfortable...

Inseam is 29-29.5 depending on how uncomfortable I want to pull up on the level and that was in socks. I could probably make it 30 but life is too short.
Frank.
03-03-21, 10:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 806
Posted By Helderberg

They are Riddlers. I first rode them on my...

They are Riddlers. I first rode them on my topstone and I liked them enough to try them on the Quick. The 3 had 28's on it when I got it and thought the Quick would benefit from them but I will be...
03-03-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 806
Posted By Helderberg

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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I swapped out the flat bars because of my old back to make it more comfortable...
02-27-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 537
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you all. I have done some more research and...

Thank you all. I have done some more research and as my Quick is a 9 speed I will go with a Sora. Thanks again all.
Frank.
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