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07-25-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 397
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've also tried both shorts and bibs and prefer...

I've also tried both shorts and bibs and prefer shorts. I like them tight and supportive. If I can just get them over my butt, they're the right size. I've used many models. My favorite lately has...
Replies: 34
Views: 374
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Efficiency: If I were going to ride PBP on a...

Efficiency: If I were going to ride PBP on a derailleur bike, I'd put on a new set of ceramic jockey wheels for my last few weeks before France. As pointed out above, jockey wheels do have some...
07-24-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good video. Saddle height looks good. You are too...

Good video. Saddle height looks good. You are too far forward on the bike. Move the saddle back until the hand pain goes away. Leave the stem alone for new. Notice how your lower back is rounded. You...
07-24-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 192
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Big slot down the middle. Narrow slot doesn't...

Big slot down the middle. Narrow slot doesn't work for everyone. Don't get up on the nose. Stay back over the slot. I like saddles which don't have much curve in the profile. I think that curve can...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 164
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Leather always worked for me. They should have...

Leather always worked for me. They should have buckles like this:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0073/9033/0978/products/sf5211_1024x1024.jpg?v=1622808817
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IMO it depends on how loose your jersey is. If...

IMO it depends on how loose your jersey is. If your jersey is skin-tight, and for hot weather it should be, then adding a baselayer simply increases insulation. If your jersey is loose, so that it's...
Replies: 34
Views: 374
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

For a very long, very hilly with a time limit...

For a very long, very hilly with a time limit ride like PBP, I'd choose the fastest equipment available to me. Multispeed hubs are not as efficient as derailleur. The difference is small, but it's...
07-21-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,996
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I ride more than my birthday miles every year,...

I ride more than my birthday miles every year, just not on the day. I'm not a big celebrator, though we did ride my wife's age on her 70th. One thing is wanted to do and didn't get to do, is to ride...
07-20-21, 10:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,018
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The very simple though long-range fix is called...

The very simple though long-range fix is called going to the gym. Strength training. Barbell squats, core work focusing on the back, that sort of thing and all the standard supporting strength work...
07-20-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 349
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My wife rides with Sidi Dominators and SPD...

My wife rides with Sidi Dominators and SPD double-sided pedals, both on her single bike and on our tandem. She liked them fine from day 1. She started with flats but saw how nice my Sidis and SPDs...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,143
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In my youth, riding my motorcycle way too fast in...

In my youth, riding my motorcycle way too fast in the Alps, I found that starting with the a light rear brake to sort of steady the bike and then adding as much front brake as necessary worked best....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,848
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Main carbon road Spare alu road Alu road only...

Main carbon road
Spare alu road
Alu road only for rain
Steel tandem all-weather

I could get by without the spare road, but it was almost a freebie and is a very good climbing bike. It's handy...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 624
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Bending the elbows is good and solves some...

Bending the elbows is good and solves some problems. But elbow bend should be independent of bar height, unless one were lowering the bars more than max hip angle would allow, which does point to the...
07-18-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Bright lights! Bright clothing alone doesn't do...

Bright lights! Bright clothing alone doesn't do it. I run a 200 lumen white blinking light in front and a 300 lumen red blinking light in back. They can see that light for a mile in the rain. I run...
07-18-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've been riding in the winter rain here for 25...

I've been riding in the winter rain here for 25 years. Never crashed, and we have a lot of steep hills here. One takes it easier in the rain, allows more room for everything. I use rim brakes and...
07-17-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 293
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This might all depend on rail length and...

This might all depend on rail length and position. Measure where your butt goes on your current saddle when it's in the correct position for balance. See where your butt position is w/r to the rails...
07-17-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't think it matters. I've ridden the same...

I don't think it matters. I've ridden the same bike as a normal road bike and as a SS bike, pedaling anywhere from 35-135 cadence. Fit worked the same at all cadences. That said, you may find that...
07-17-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

What happens is that we forget that riding in the...

What happens is that we forget that riding in the rain is actually just fine and a lot of fun. The fun part is imagining how all those onlookers are thinking you're some kind of crazy nut when...
07-17-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm more in the camp of eat more vegetables. My...

I'm more in the camp of eat more vegetables. My wife and I have been ovo-lacto vegetarians for over 50 years. We do get hungry and then eat, which fixes that hunger problem. I always have my HRM...
07-15-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 760
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, quite. I had to fiddle with my timing belt...

Yes, quite. I had to fiddle with my timing belt rings quite a bit to eliminate the RO. It's a thing. The other very noticeable thing is that the belt imposes off-center stresses on the bearings. Spin...
07-13-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 636
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Covered by your insurance?

Covered by your insurance?
07-13-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,214
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

And now, rather than replying to the post you...

And now, rather than replying to the post you quote, you're on the other side of your own argument, see post 124. Technique matters for some sports, not so much for others. As you pointed out,...
07-13-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 398
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Your fit on that bike is simply called "French...

Your fit on that bike is simply called "French Fit." That's how bikes were fit a few decades ago, when riders used the drops a lot more and before the advent of comfortable hoods. See:...
07-13-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,214
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Especially when climbing, technique makes no real...

Especially when climbing, technique makes no real difference. The person with more watts per kilo will drop you. Neither your technique nor theirs will make any difference. I do think technique makes...
07-13-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The sandwich after the pass, right? Never during.

The sandwich after the pass, right? Never during.
07-12-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

44g powder + 36g fructose = 320 calories, maybe...

44g powder + 36g fructose = 320 calories, maybe double what you should be doing. Your drink is 6%, perfect. Maybe no dates? If you're only doing one pass, a 400 calorie high-carb breakfast and a...
07-12-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,214
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Certainly agree with trying a softer gait. Look...

Certainly agree with trying a softer gait. Look at "shuffle running" on YT. Also, I think leg strength and fitness has a lot to do with being able to run with a soft gait. I got a nasty case of...
07-11-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Nope. Never heard of anything exactly like that....

Nope. Never heard of anything exactly like that. Most folks find that riding immediately after a large breakfast is a bummer, though a small breakfast is fine and immediately is key. But you feel...
07-11-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've looked at the bike. Height of top tube is of...

I've looked at the bike. Height of top tube is of course not an issue, only the length of it. You don't want the saddle that low in any case. With normal saddle height, one can just barely touch the...
07-11-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,214
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, cycling is easier on the bod than is...

Yes, cycling is easier on the bod than is running. Which doesn't mean that running is inherently damaging or dangerous. Cycling is classified as a "non-technical sport." That sounds a bit weird...
07-11-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I can't think of one other than the rider's...

I can't think of one other than the rider's objection to doing that, which would mean a different bike. Bike is too big. Reach might be too great and bars too high, which might not be particularly...
07-11-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Your are correct. It is counter-intuitive. It's...

Your are correct. It is counter-intuitive. It's all about torque. When one leans forward on a bike, one's center of gravity moves forward of the saddle, creating a torque about the saddle. One can...
07-10-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Rather than going by the manufacturer's frame...

Rather than going by the manufacturer's frame size, I recommend going by top tube length. You can use a bike size calculator here:...
07-10-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Agreed, saddle probably too low. Try the...

Agreed, saddle probably too low. Try the heel-on-pedal method (google if you don't know it). Calculation says 75 cm. Why so much tilt? I've had to use up to -7 when fighting a really bad saddle...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,689
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Last group ride I was on, on our tandem, Conti...

Last group ride I was on, on our tandem, Conti 5k, the tandem in front of us suddenly sprayed the stoker and frame with gump. They stopped. We stopped, It was still squirting. I advised them to put...
07-08-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I didn't think I needed to mention it, but guess...

I didn't think I needed to mention it, but guess I do: The first thing one does is adjust saddle position, then stem. My bike fit primer is here: https://www.bikeforums.net/21296948-post3.html...
07-07-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Get on the bike, hands on hoods, forearms...

Get on the bike, hands on hoods, forearms horizontal. If your torso/upper arm angle is about 90 it's perfect. Yes, many pros ride bikes which are too small by this measure, but they get paid to do...
07-07-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Quite so. I've learned what I know about training...

Quite so. I've learned what I know about training by experimenting on myself. Many sources have ideas, but practice tells the story. Everyone's different. I win some, lose some, but it doesn't really...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,689
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Sizes?

Sizes?
07-07-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 290
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Those bars and their adjustment is not my...

Those bars and their adjustment is not my favorite setup. At 76, I've come tp prefer a compact bar set up like this, note the vertical brake levers: https://www.bikeforums.net/19145009-post3.html
I...
07-06-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yours seems to be a more complex case than the...

Yours seems to be a more complex case than the usual overtraining syndrome (OTS). I suggest you see a doctor and get a full blood workup. Make sure there's no underlying issue or issues of some sort....
07-06-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, Pantani at 5'8" did ride 180mm in the...

Well, Pantani at 5'8" did ride 180mm in the mountains, but we might allow that he's a special case. I have a 6'7" riding buddy who rides 175mm, so it is to some extent all over the place. But most...
07-06-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

From the Velocity website: Other reports here of...

From the Velocity website: Other reports here of similar issues with other tires I believe have been traced to too low inflation pressures. I think 75 lbs. should work well. What's the maximum...
07-06-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 650
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Your favorite rock 'n roll music turned up loud...

Your favorite rock 'n roll music turned up loud enough that you can't hear your fans works well. I ignore the beat though and just ride my appropriate cadence. Indoors I always have a job to do on...
07-06-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 408
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine My...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine

My wife had quinine prescribed for bad night leg cramps. Her doctor advised her to stop after the FDA warning came out. The cramps gradually went away as she...
07-05-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I didn't see this because you didn't quote. The...

I didn't see this because you didn't quote. The answer is yes. The invented term GlyNAC merely means taking them both. Glycine is easy to take, just dissolve into some beverage - I put it in my whey...
07-04-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I use inseam in inches X 5.5. Seems to work well...

I use inseam in inches X 5.5. Seems to work well except for very tall riders where standard BB heights won't allow proper crank lengths.
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,630
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The above are all great suggestions, at least the...

The above are all great suggestions, at least the ones I read. Whenever I ride a bike outside, I have with me 2 tubes, a patch kit, boot kit, and a spare tire. I always use folding tires. If I flat,...
06-30-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The thing about a bike fit is that it's only a...

The thing about a bike fit is that it's only a moment in time. We change as we ride and time passes. I wouldn't be too concerned about the exact fit and feel before one has ridden a bike for a few...
06-29-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

diabloridr intended that we take the word "tube"...

diabloridr intended that we take the word "tube" to mean the tire, which technically could be described as a tube in the context of his equation. Note that his equation is the same as what I've been...
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