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Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,389
Posted By bblair

UPDATE: I was in my LBS today (that's another sad...

UPDATE: I was in my LBS today (that's another sad story that I will post about later) and he showed me how the rear rim was indeed worn. Almost concave, compared to the front. I do go through rear...
09-13-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 707
Posted By bblair

Yes, of course! Offering #1 is from the annual...

Yes, of course!
Offering #1 is from the annual Circleville, Ohio Pumpkin Show. (They get upset if you call it the Festival). Competition for largest pumpkin and fried everything. About 40 flat...
09-13-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 875
Posted By bblair

This might just be the definitive BF answer to...

This might just be the definitive BF answer to every question: Somewhere between every day and never. Of course, YMMV and other stupid answers.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,786
Posted By bblair

No hard and fast rule, except stay far, far away...

No hard and fast rule, except stay far, far away from the guy with headphones.......
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,587
Posted By bblair

That is true. But, IMO, the official Squirt...

That is true.

But, IMO, the official Squirt protocol is overkill and have never done that. A new, out of the box chain does not take long to clean. An old one does, so my advice is that if you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By bblair

Depends on tire and depends on bike. On my...

Depends on tire and depends on bike. On my Lynskey I have to run Conti's 23mm on the front or there is not enough clearance above the tire. 25mm on the rear.

But as others have said, the new Conti...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,587
Posted By bblair

Squirt lube all the way. I just finished...

Squirt lube all the way.

I just finished cleaning my bike and chain using Dawn dish liquid. Chain and bike are shiny, squeaky clean. What's the big deal? I'll drip more Squirt on tonight and ready...
08-10-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 926
Posted By bblair

SheldonBrown.com and Velobase.com are your...

SheldonBrown.com and Velobase.com are your friends. You will learn more than you ever thought possible about your bike. And plan on your budget doubling. All the little stuff, like cable stops and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 650
Posted By bblair

Got an email this morning saying they will...

Got an email this morning saying they will replace.

Fortunately, I bought it online via the Wahoo Store, because if I got it through my LBS the receipt would be long gone.

Since no HR data for...
05-26-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By bblair

I have worked on lots of these as well and donate...

I have worked on lots of these as well and donate to kids for riding to school, or adults to get to work. The local immigrant communities are starving for bike like this, especially since we do not...
05-08-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 900
Posted By bblair

Ok, now we have the real problem. It's all...

Ok, now we have the real problem.

It's all about trade offs. For example, my titanium Lynskey cost me new kitchen countertops and floor. Worth every freakin' penny.

Then go out and buy...
05-08-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,487
Posted By bblair

How can you change 5 variables and expect to have...

How can you change 5 variables and expect to have anywhere a meaningful result?

Wow, talk about marginal gains! Are you preparing for the Olympics or World Hour Record?
Replies: 29
Views: 2,390
Posted By bblair

All those numbers are irrelevant if you are just...

All those numbers are irrelevant if you are just getting in to the endurance thing. Survival is the name of the game.

The important things are proper bike fit, good seat and shorts and pacing....
05-05-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,565
Posted By bblair

I think you are right. Yesterday I rode 56 miles,...

I think you are right. Yesterday I rode 56 miles, 1900 ft of climbing with no problems at all. I dressed a little warmer than usual and kept to a conversational pace. Couple of Ibu before the ride...
04-28-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,287
Posted By bblair

Distance and intent. A few miles around...

Distance and intent.

A few miles around town, running errands, going to the store or to happy hour....not a "ride."

Bike shorts, cleats and gps, that is a "ride." Meaning it gets entered into...
04-24-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,149
Posted By bblair

I think I have some 20mm on my old Raleigh....

I think I have some 20mm on my old Raleigh. They're starting to rot a little, so I guess I'll change them.

Back in the 70's and 80's thin was in. Tires got fatter as did we.
04-23-22, 03:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,565
Posted By bblair

Here is an update: Since Wednesday, I have been...

Here is an update: Since Wednesday, I have been doing a lot of stretching, ice, Advil and mostly resting. Can't keep on the Advil long term as it upsets my stomach.

Today (Saturday): rode 57...
04-18-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,650
Posted By bblair

But, are you having fun? Six days a week sounds...

But, are you having fun? Six days a week sounds like a job to me. Consider doing 3 days a week, with one long and two just wander around, going for coffee or ice cream.

Do you have a group to...
04-04-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By bblair

Wipe it as dry as you can with a rag. Place...

Wipe it as dry as you can with a rag.

Place a drop of lube on each link and after a few minutes, wipe it all off again.

Should take less time than writing and reading all the replies.
03-24-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,194
Posted By bblair

I ride with a couple of groups of mostly retired...

I ride with a couple of groups of mostly retired folks on weekday mornings. We still belong to the "club" but ride at a much more friendly pace. Ride briskly, stomp up the hills, but no one gets...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,002
Posted By bblair

Schwinn Paramount restoration project. Frame from...

Schwinn Paramount restoration project. Frame from 1968. Got a quote from Mr. Schwinn himself and it was crazy expensive. My LBS sent it out to powder coat and I think it turned out great....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,228
Posted By bblair

The super cheapo method is to buy those stick-on...

The super cheapo method is to buy those stick-on closeup lenses that you stick on your sunglasses. I did that for a few years, and they work ok unless they fall off. Cheap, so buy a few sets.

Or,...
03-11-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,666
Posted By bblair

I have never seen the dreaded bits-o-rubber on...

I have never seen the dreaded bits-o-rubber on the floor around my trainer. Two plans:
1-use an old tire, so if it wears, who cares.
2-use your regular tire on the trainer in the winter. When it...
02-14-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 763
Posted By bblair

Riding for fun and not to "train?" Unique...

Riding for fun and not to "train?"

Unique concept worth exploring.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 950,384
Posted By bblair

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

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New bike day, about 5 years ago. Lynskey R230. Bought the frame through my LBS...
02-09-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,058
Posted By bblair

Another option might be riding multiuse trails....

Another option might be riding multiuse trails. My wife vastly prefers these to roads. No cars, generally slower speeds. Yea, we tend to ride the same ones over and over, but often stop for lunch or...
01-29-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,246
Posted By bblair

I have that exact bike! Black Diamond from...

I have that exact bike! Black Diamond from 1974ish, around $130, then.

I sold it to a friend who never rode it, then bought it back. It's now a single speed, around town bike. Rode many a century...
01-27-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,845
Posted By bblair

Some other revelations from that video. I have a...

Some other revelations from that video. I have a few choices:

Get stronger. I am working on that, but at age 65 and 5000 miles a year, I think this is just what I've got. I could do some high...
01-27-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,845
Posted By bblair

That is a great video. "According to...

That is a great video.

"According to Science," what I have learned is that I need a new Pinarello Dogma with DuraAce Di2 and carbon wheels. The red color will go great on Valentine's Day.
01-21-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,719
Posted By bblair

Purely to counter act beer drinking and football...

Purely to counter act beer drinking and football watching in bad weather. When it gets warmer, I suspend my account until it gets cold again. I couldn't take it as my primary activity. That said, I...
01-15-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 950
Posted By bblair

Pinched the tube using tire levers. But that...

Pinched the tube using tire levers. But that said, I have run across defecting tubes, mostlly house brand from Performance. Others have told me of similar experiences, and always where the valve stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 878
Posted By bblair

Not sure if I have to, but I loosen the roller...

Not sure if I have to, but I loosen the roller out of contact after each ride. That probably means a new spindown each ride, but I do that anyway after a short warm up.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 878
Posted By bblair

Am I the only one that never happens to? I read...

Am I the only one that never happens to? I read this all the time; about trainers grinding up tires, but I never see it. Wheel-on KickR Smart, tires at 95psi and roller adjusted as per instructions....
12-30-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,537
Posted By bblair

Using RidewithGPS: 218,870 feet climbed ...

Using RidewithGPS:

218,870 feet climbed
5020 miles

My goal for the year was 5000, which I hit yesterday by riding 52 miles in the 45 drizzle.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By bblair

I have the American Classic Victory 30 set. If...

I have the American Classic Victory 30 set. If you can believe the published specs, they are lighter than most carbon wheels and moderately aero. In the five years that I have had them, I have never...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,463
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...
06-25-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,519
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: 2,397
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: 1,020
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.
06-10-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,247
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: 1,891
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...
05-19-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,177
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: Great Lakes
05-03-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,460
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...
04-06-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,610
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.
Forum: Southeast
03-29-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,800
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...
03-21-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,327
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: 844
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: 1,313
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: 9,039
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...
02-19-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,441
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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