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09-23-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 742
Posted By bblair

Been using Squirt for a couple of seasons and a...

Been using Squirt for a couple of seasons and a few tips:

Clean chain with soapy water and let completely dry.
Warm little Squirt bottle in hot water bath to reduce viscosity. Sometimes it is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 822
Posted By bblair

Of course, but even on "level ground" there are...

Of course, but even on "level ground" there are some changes and the front end rises and falls with the terrain. On Zwift, even if I stand on a climb, it doesn't rock back and forth and my front...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 822
Posted By bblair

[QUOTE=tomato coupe;22221577]Why no standing on...

[QUOTE=tomato coupe;22221577]Why no standing on Zwift?

It just seems awkward to me. I have a Wahoo wheel-on smart trainer, but not the "Climb" accessory. When climbing IRL the front wheel is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 822
Posted By bblair

Fans, towels....all that stuff. I have no...

Fans, towels....all that stuff. I have no reservations about using my CF Trek, with one problem. I need a much better seat! Not much standing or changing positions on Zwift, so it gets pretty sore...
09-08-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,527
Posted By bblair

When possible. After a few days of a big family...

When possible. After a few days of a big family vacation, I need some time off. Smokey Mtns, Seattle, Upstate NY and as we speak, Raleigh, NC. I can only chase a 2 year old for so long.....I'll be...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,225
Posted By bblair

I do love the Conti 5000 tires, but they seem to...

I do love the Conti 5000 tires, but they seem to get a lot of little cuts on the tread surface. I like to change them in sets annually, so that is about 4-5000 miles. I save the best one (usually the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

After extensive personal research, I have...

After extensive personal research, I have concluded that the proper hydration supplement is one with high IBU's, although there is some personal preference to be considered. Preferably locally...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,663
Posted By bblair

I train on Zwift in the winter, but is it fun?...

I train on Zwift in the winter, but is it fun? No. Hell no.

No awesome scenery. No screamin' downhills. No quirky stores in little towns with great cinnamon rolls. And not much comradery.

But...
07-16-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By bblair

Yea, I'd hate to trash the perfectly good...

Yea, I'd hate to trash the perfectly good derailleur for lack of this cheap, POS part. I might try to make something.
07-11-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By bblair

Vintage Campagnolo Victory/athena Rear Derailleur Bush Ring Insert

I saved my old Campy Derailleur for 25 years, but found this piece had broken. Ordered a NOS from ebay and after a few rides, the "new" part was also broken. The bike was never crashed or dropped....
06-25-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,151
Posted By bblair

The first ding on a new bike or car is actually...

The first ding on a new bike or car is actually quite liberating. You now have a used bike so go out and enjoy yourself. You will get worse chips from flying road debris and when your bike invariably...
06-25-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,335
Posted By bblair

From my extensive review of the literature, the...

From my extensive review of the literature, the marginal gains using optimum tire pressure, rolling resistance and aero rims, might, in ideal situations, get me to first in line at the rest stop...
06-25-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 728
Posted By bblair

Well, I am only 65, so you are one of the older...

Well, I am only 65, so you are one of the older guys that I look up to for advice and inspiration.
06-24-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 728
Posted By bblair

My decision may have been made for me. Took a...

My decision may have been made for me. Took a while, but found cassettes at Biketiresdirect and Excelsports. But chains, no luck. I have been running Shimano Ultegra cassette and SRAM chain.

I...
06-24-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 728
Posted By bblair

You are probably right. I am thinking about...

You are probably right.

I am thinking about doing the Mountain Mama ride in Virginia and some big climbs there. A few years ago, I did Bike Virginia and a couple of the long climbs were very...
06-24-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 728
Posted By bblair

installing new 34t cassette

Currently running a Shimano Ultegra 11 speed with a 11-32, but considering a mountain century later this summer. My setup is about 4 years old and I think model 6800.

Will my shifters work? New...
06-21-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,429
Posted By bblair

Yes it is a well-known fact that the closer you...

Yes it is a well-known fact that the closer you are to Cleveland, the more you weigh. He also probably didn't eat as much ice cream as we did, but made up for it in beers.
06-10-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,963
Posted By bblair

For many of us, riding a bike isn't the only...

For many of us, riding a bike isn't the only thing we do.

For example, I also enjoy fixing bikes, reading about bikes, talking about bikes and looking at bikes. And drinking beer.
06-10-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,429
Posted By bblair

Not sure about the voucher, is it for a bike shop...

Not sure about the voucher, is it for a bike shop or department store?

You best bet is to find a trusted local bike shop. Explain what kind of riding you'd like to do, what your budget is, what...
06-10-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,051
Posted By bblair

We used to have a huge store here and they had a...

We used to have a huge store here and they had a great selection of shoes, helmets, jackets and stuff you had to try on. LBS just can't stock all that stuff. Now, their selection is very thin with...
06-10-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 580
Posted By bblair

I did once; Columbus, OH to Seattle. I made calls...

I did once; Columbus, OH to Seattle. I made calls and arranged it all ahead of time. Here, perfect. Arrival, perfect. But on return the LBS in Seattle said I needed an appointment and they would not...
05-30-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,540
Posted By bblair

I found the Michelins extremely difficult to...

I found the Michelins extremely difficult to mount.
Vittoria good tire, perhaps not as durable.

For me, Continental 4000, now the 5000 are a great mix of fast, comfortable, easy to mount and...
Forum: Touring
05-30-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,257
Posted By bblair

Try this guy: Vega's Velo Bicycle Transport ...

Try this guy:
Vega's Velo Bicycle Transport
Vega's Velo® Bicycle Transport : Transport Service (http://www.vegasvelobicycletransport.com)
VegasVelo.transport@gmail.com

We are also riding the...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,268
Posted By bblair

Camping on the Ohio to Erie Trail: ...

Camping on the Ohio to Erie Trail:
https://ohiotoerietrail.org/assets/uploads/2020/07/Campsites-07_27_20.pdf
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,268
Posted By bblair

Wait a minute....did you say 6 kids? I am...

Wait a minute....did you say 6 kids?

I am riding the Ohio to Erie starting June 1st. I was going to say, "look for me," but I think that you will be easier to find. We are riding south to north....
05-21-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By bblair

Try velobase.com. Lots of great info there.

Try velobase.com. Lots of great info there.
05-19-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,318
Posted By bblair

Here is the formula that Wahoo uses:...

Here is the formula that Wahoo uses: https://support.wahoofitness.com/hc/en-us/articles/204280754-How-are-Calories-Calculated-on-the-ELEMNT-and-Wahoo-Fitness-App-

So today, 75 miles, average heart...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,062
Posted By bblair

After one failed attempt, I am sold on Squirt ...

After one failed attempt, I am sold on Squirt wax lube in a botte. Follow the directions given by Chris Horner on Youtube and wipe off the excess, despite what the instructions say. Another trick is...
05-06-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,400
Posted By bblair

Is it better to be an experienced rider on a...

Is it better to be an experienced rider on a beginner's bike, or a beginner on a high end bike?

Discuss.

Alternatively: Old guy on old bike vs old guy on new bike, vs new guy......you get the...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-06-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By bblair

YUL- Took me forever to find a rental car. Most...

YUL-
Took me forever to find a rental car. Most of the small locations are closed on Sunday's, which is what we need. Some appear to be closed permanently. So I think we will somehow get to the...
05-05-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,400
Posted By bblair

Oh no. My wife just ordered new carpeting and...

Oh no. My wife just ordered new carpeting and bathroom flooring. Does that mean a new touring bike, a racing bike (I don't race, but they look cool), another old vintage project or a bike trip? Kinda...
05-05-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By bblair

Yes, it's frustrating when they ask you for...

Yes, it's frustrating when they ask you for firmware versions, screenshots and logs when they knew all along about the problem. Could have just saved me a lot of hassle with an honest answer.
Forum: Great Lakes
05-05-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By bblair

YUL have you found a way to get from Cleveland...

YUL have you found a way to get from Cleveland back to Cincinnati? Car rentals one way are tough to find and it looks like we will have to somehow get to the CLE airport and return to the...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-04-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By bblair

Count on it. BTW, I thought that I found a...

Count on it.

BTW, I thought that I found a set of detour instructions for construction north of Cinci. Since I knew I would remember how to find it, I didn't save the link. And of course, now I...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-03-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By bblair

Most (but certainly not all) of what you are...

Most (but certainly not all) of what you are looking for can be found at https://ohiotoerietrail.org/

You can purchase a set of maps to guide you along the way, but the attractions are not well...
04-17-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,421
Posted By bblair

I have a Fizik Alante (I think that is right)...

I have a Fizik Alante (I think that is right) which I love. Best seat I have owned.

HOWEVER, I rode today on a recently rehabbed bike with a new Brooks B17 leather saddle and it was fantastic....
04-10-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By bblair

Nothing. Unless you live where it's too damn...

Nothing.

Unless you live where it's too damn cold.
04-06-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,235
Posted By bblair

Thoughtful answer: as stated here many times,...

Thoughtful answer: as stated here many times, weight is your enemy going uphill. A lighter bike will climb faster and save you precious seconds in your grand tour or local Wednesday Worlds.
...
04-06-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By bblair

Lean bike against car. Garden hose and car wash...

Lean bike against car. Garden hose and car wash stuff. Wash both.

to clarify: in winter, wash neither.
04-06-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 830
Posted By bblair

Now that I am retired, cycling is my primary...

Now that I am retired, cycling is my primary activity. Especially since travel and eating in restaurants is out. And, I have made the executive decision to outsource most yard work.
04-06-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By bblair

An update. After several back and forth...

An update.

After several back and forth messages to Wahoo, sending screen shots and firmware versions, I am told, "it is an issue that we are aware of. Continue to update your devices."

They...
Forum: Southeast
03-29-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,247
Posted By bblair

We are in Raleigh visiting our daughter and her...

We are in Raleigh visiting our daughter and her family. I did this route while my wife babysat. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35463747

I would much rather ride 50 miles than chase a toddler for 3...
03-25-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By bblair

Apparently, I am the only one having this...

Apparently, I am the only one having this problem. My RWGPS pinned list has 17 routes, my Wahoo Element has 12.

Oh well.
03-23-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By bblair

Wahoo Elemnt only partially syncs

Used to work great. Now, my pinned/starred list does not completely update. For example, a new route shows up fine, but the unpinned routes don't come off the Wahoo list. Or a recently completed...
03-21-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,501
Posted By bblair

If that is important to you, then you better...

If that is important to you, then you better check it in person.

I have a Lynskey R230 and love it, but the tire clearance is minimal. I can run a 25 in the back but need a 23 in the front. Small...
03-20-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 601
Posted By bblair

On the advice of my local shop, I had my 1968...

On the advice of my local shop, I had my 1968 Paramount frame powder coated. Great price and the finish is fantastic. They are used to doing bikes, so they know how to mask off the lugs and threads....
03-16-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,028
Posted By bblair

If your goal is simply to improve your stamina,...

If your goal is simply to improve your stamina, get faster, maybe lose some weight or get more fit....just ride. That's it. HR monitor not even necessary unless you like to crunch the data. You'll...
03-16-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,400
Posted By bblair

I have ridden with numerous clubs over almost 50...

I have ridden with numerous clubs over almost 50 years. Never has bike cost been a topic of conversation, let alone qualification for membership.

But if someone asks me, my answer would be, "new...
02-23-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,256
Posted By bblair

The last few times it has worked great. Reboot my...

The last few times it has worked great. Reboot my laptop. Force stop companion app and don't restart until I see my avatar on the road. Might have hit on something, or might be dumb luck.

Hard...
02-19-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,486
Posted By bblair

Great, then we can ride together! I joined...

Great, then we can ride together!

I joined the Tour de Zwift stage 1 and finished a solid 131st out of 150. The middle third I did ride with 2 other riders, but eventually got dropped. Stop...
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