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09-06-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 5,479
Posted By afm199

When I was racing and had money to burn, Campy SR...

When I was racing and had money to burn, Campy SR because there were no alternatives back then.

Today SRAM Force or Shimano Ultegra are excellent choices, Shimano 105 is good.
08-31-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,564
Posted By afm199

Rode race bikes for a long time. ...

Rode race bikes for a long time.

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08-31-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,228
Posted By afm199

Traction awareness and spatial awareness are two...

Traction awareness and spatial awareness are two paramount skills to cultivate. Then you know how to respond to a sudden threat. If you crash avoiding a chipmunk, you're showing that you have...
08-30-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,370
Posted By afm199

Wow, this one hits home. I am 75 and fatigue is...

Wow, this one hits home. I am 75 and fatigue is an issue I have been dealing with since the 1980's. Back then I was a fast competitor in foot races, 10 kilometer and 10 mile. Fast meaning that If i...
08-24-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,247
Posted By afm199

Best advice i know is to never go to full on...

Best advice i know is to never go to full on braking instantly. Go to squeezing progressively harder. The first bit of squeeze gets the pads in contact with the braking surface, increasing squeeze...
08-23-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,443
Posted By afm199

Like I said, there may be four shops in the Bay...

Like I said, there may be four shops in the Bay Area, where I have lived since 1973, that actually pay over $50k. If you're good, and I mean good, you could probably get a job at one. And yes, if ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,728
Posted By afm199

Could not agree more. Hell, most rides I carry a...

Could not agree more. Hell, most rides I carry a Go Pro mounted on the bars and running.
08-23-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,430
Posted By afm199

I was racing back then, it was Turbo or Concor. ...

I was racing back then, it was Turbo or Concor. Today Concor is known as Selle.
08-23-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,443
Posted By afm199

There are lots of enthusiastic cyclists here in...

There are lots of enthusiastic cyclists here in the Bay Area, and lots looking for work. I'd count on the lower range. There are probably three or four really good shops here where you might get...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,728
Posted By afm199

Interesting. Back in the day it was all...

Interesting.

Back in the day it was all Blackbottoms and wool jerseys for me. ( some of you will recognize this.)

Today it's all fluorescent colors and comfortable seats. I want to be seen....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,662
Posted By afm199

Sorry this happened. I had a Cervical fracture...

Sorry this happened. I had a Cervical fracture that created some serious problems.

Anyway, you'll never know. I spent many years as an instructor for motorcycle riders on the race track, where...
08-17-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,878
Posted By afm199

Talk to your doctor about Sub Clavian steal. I...

Talk to your doctor about Sub Clavian steal. I have had many episodes of atrial flutter, now gone thanks to ablation. They had me on two or three meds, metoprolol, Amiodarone, and coumadin. I would...
08-16-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By afm199

The problem with one size fits all solutions is...

The problem with one size fits all solutions is just that.
08-16-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By afm199

You can say that again! I don't use the...

You can say that again!

I don't use the loctite if the TREK bearings fit tight. I use it if they don't.
08-16-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By afm199

There are two loctite products for slip fit...

There are two loctite products for slip fit bearings, one for loose and one for snug. Buy and use.
08-16-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 453
Posted By afm199

Before you replace, have you cleaned out the mung...

Before you replace, have you cleaned out the mung and grease?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,074
Posted By afm199

This. And in Ca you have to be insane to ride on...

This. And in Ca you have to be insane to ride on a freeway, or even drive on one. I5, down the middle of the state is a 65mph freeway where people routinely travel 85 mph.
08-09-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,792
Posted By afm199

Basically getting a 105 gruppo for $750. Not...

Basically getting a 105 gruppo for $750. Not worth it. That is a lower end Trek bike. The AL series are fairly cheap. And fragile. TREK makes that bike very light, and it shows it in crashes.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,584
Posted By afm199

Great thread! I've been rehabbing from...

Great thread!

I've been rehabbing from spinal injury for 18 months. The Doc let me get on my trainer at about a month after surgery. He said stationary only, no free standing rollers, so I rode...
Forum: For Sale
08-02-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By afm199

Made me smile. I remember when 600 came out and I...

Made me smile. I remember when 600 came out and I got flack for buying it and not Campy.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 8,359
Posted By afm199

A good SDS or Look/Shimano triangular clip on...

A good SDS or Look/Shimano triangular clip on will always give more energy to the thrust and less to the wiggling around of the foot. I prefer clip on pedals for the road. I also run SDS/platform...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 8,954
Posted By afm199

Or maybe being recognized is not on the top their...

Or maybe being recognized is not on the top their list, and enjoying riding is.
07-05-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,185
Posted By afm199

Absolutely. You look where you want to go. If...

Absolutely. You look where you want to go. If you want to hit that tree, look at it. If you want to hit that pothole, look at it.
07-05-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,185
Posted By afm199

The best tip I could mention is to look where you...

The best tip I could mention is to look where you are going, not where the scenery is, and not immediately in front of you.

If you are coming up to a left hand turn, get your head and eyes UP,...
06-28-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,529
Posted By afm199

This, and here's from the motorcycle world:...

This, and here's from the motorcycle world: Weight distribution on motos is critical. In racing a the top levels, raising or lower the front or rear will be done in as small as 1 mm. changes. More...
06-21-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,321
Posted By afm199

It is indeed, it's a twisted piece of wire that...

It is indeed, it's a twisted piece of wire that weighs about an ounce. This thread has been about chain breaker tools that punch pins.


Here it is. ...
06-21-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,321
Posted By afm199

Honestly, I'm open to any comments, as far as...

Honestly, I'm open to any comments, as far as thinking it through, I'm not entirely sure what angle you are coming from. I carry a spare link and quick link tool, and in fifty years of bicycling plus...
06-21-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,321
Posted By afm199

People still use chain tools? I went to quik...

People still use chain tools? I went to quik links a while back. That chain tool is tiny and just spread the link.

...
06-15-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,410
Posted By afm199

I have zero stand on online purchases of bikes....

I have zero stand on online purchases of bikes. My last two have been bought on line. I have no idea why you responded with that. Perhaps you have mistaken me for someone else.

Sheldon was a...
06-14-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,765
Posted By afm199

I ran 23's for years, then went to 25's and never...

I ran 23's for years, then went to 25's and never looked back. Fewer flats, better mileage.

I run 33's on my gravel bike, which gets a lot of street usage.
06-14-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,410
Posted By afm199

Sheldon was a true bicycle genius, an...

Sheldon was a true bicycle genius, an unappreciated man and resource. His knowledge of bikes was ( and still is) amazing.
06-13-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3,446
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Posted By afm199

75 now. Ride three times a week, either my road...

75 now. Ride three times a week, either my road bike or my gravel bike. Typical rides 15-35 miles, I love hills, live in Oakland where I go out my door and have great uphill rides for miles. Just...
05-24-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,170
Posted By afm199

Rule of thumb for me is that hand pain indicates...

Rule of thumb for me is that hand pain indicates one of two things.
1. Too much weight on the bars. That is remedied by several moves.
2. Angle of wrist is too extreme, pinching nerves. Again...
05-17-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 12,791
Posted By afm199

He was a splendid old dude, ran the Double Dipsea...

He was a splendid old dude, ran the Double Dipsea with him. He really inspired me.
05-17-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 12,791
Posted By afm199

You may be able to. Look up "Walt Stack." It...

You may be able to. Look up "Walt Stack." It will put a smile on your face.

Some of us don't have the body for running.
05-17-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 12,791
Posted By afm199

I'm 75 and used to be a runner and competitor. I...

I'm 75 and used to be a runner and competitor. I was good enough to be Invitational status at the Dipsea, and ran the Double Dipsea with Walt Stack. 36 minute 10k and one hour 10 mile are my race...
05-17-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,465
Posted By afm199

Makes no difference, if you are like me, you'll...

Makes no difference, if you are like me, you'll spend 95% of your ride time in the same gear.
05-17-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2,995
Views: 738,081
Posted By afm199

This is my 2012 (iirc) Trek Carbon Cronus. 17.5...

This is my 2012 (iirc) Trek Carbon Cronus. 17.5 pounds, and I love it. I find a cyclocross/gravel bike more comfortable for me than a road bike. I do have a road bike with a triple for those long...
05-17-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,173
Posted By afm199

I take metoprolol for high blood pressure, and...

I take metoprolol for high blood pressure, and yes sometimes it can make you tired. When I started out on it, very tired. (Combined with some other drugs.)

Through a process of self monitoring...
05-17-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,592
Posted By afm199

I grew up in various places, dad was in the army....

I grew up in various places, dad was in the army. The photo is taken at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in the early fifties. I rode everywhere, as far as I could. After Fort Sam we moved to Silver Spring,...
05-10-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,228
Posted By afm199

I love catching a tow, ebike or not. It's just...

I love catching a tow, ebike or not. It's just fun.

When I raced motorcycles, getting a tow at 140 mph was an incredible rush. If you got it just right, it was like 15 free horsepower.
05-10-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 24,966
Posted By afm199

My friend Martin loves his flashy duds and his...

My friend Martin loves his flashy duds and his carbon bikes. By the way, a higher end carbon bike costs $5k, not $1k. Martin's Venge weighs around 14.5 pounds.

He rides fast. He rides from San...
05-02-21, 08:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,267
Posted By afm199

I'm 75, was riding Italian race bikes (Gios,...

I'm 75, was riding Italian race bikes (Gios, etc.) back in the eighties, then bought a mountain bike thirty years ago and just rode it. Finally got the urge to ride the street again, and 6 years ago...
04-25-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 14,525
Posted By afm199

I used a Shimano 105 ten speed left. The throw...

I used a Shimano 105 ten speed left. The throw is the same. It works much better than the stock Sora. However, it's underbar cable so you do have to strip the bar, and mount the new one, then run...
04-25-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,017
Posted By afm199

Sadly, California has a long history of accruing...

Sadly, California has a long history of accruing debt, not paying it off.
04-05-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 14,525
Posted By afm199

Thanks, yes they do. The 105 was a hefty $125. ...

Thanks, yes they do. The 105 was a hefty $125. The microshift I just don't trust, I expect that they are fine for casual riding, but I probably will beat this bike up for years and really want...
04-05-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 14,525
Posted By afm199

Back in 2014 I bought a Bike Nashbar AL1, which...

Back in 2014 I bought a Bike Nashbar AL1, which really was a great deal. It had mostly Sora components, ok wheels and brakes. I still own the slightly pork frameset, which is probably a Cannondale,...
03-22-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,979
Posted By afm199

Cat 5. You enter Masters you will be utterly...

Cat 5. You enter Masters you will be utterly destroyed. Those "old" guys are utterly amazing. And monsters.
03-21-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,267
Posted By afm199

I'm 75 and just got my first full carbon 17 pound...

I'm 75 and just got my first full carbon 17 pound bike. It is in addition to my old (2014) aluminum frame road bike. I'm looking at a sub 17 pound ride to replace that, but honestly love the upgraded...
03-21-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,065
Posted By afm199

I have a set of Pearl Izumi that resemble...

I have a set of Pearl Izumi that resemble running/walking shoes with a stiff sole, and set of older Bike Nashbar leather MTB shoes with a stiff sole.

I have SPD pedals on both my road bike and my...
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