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Forum: Foo
06-27-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 693
Posted By rm -rf

Total eclipse What I found out from the 2017...

Total eclipse

What I found out from the 2017 eclipse in southern Illinois:
Waiting to see where the forecast showed clear skies, I finally found a motel room two hours drive away, no vacancies...
06-27-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,639
Posted By rm -rf

Garmin elevation chart Managing climbing is the...

Garmin elevation chart
Managing climbing is the key for a decently fast ride for me.
I use the Garmin elevation chart page on all my rides (but this only works with loaded routes). The routes have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 333
Posted By rm -rf

Fast-for-you group rides! A group ride that's...

Fast-for-you group rides!
A group ride that's just a little too fast for you! But first, if you are new to group rides, some group ride practice at a moderate pace for you will give you needed...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 333
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, ride this for at least until fall. Your idea...

Yes, ride this for at least until fall. Your idea of a good fit will likely evolve.
Meanwhile:

Use the drops effectively.
I like the bars high enough that the drops are a very comfortable...
06-24-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By rm -rf

The two head tripod versions are for lighting a...

The two head tripod versions are for lighting a whole room -- for painting, etc. The 4000, 5000 lumen ones would light up a whole backyard for a project. I suppose those have dimmer settings?
LED...
06-23-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 311
Posted By rm -rf

I don't think added weights will help enough to...

I don't think added weights will help enough to notice. Sliding your weight forward sounds helpful.
I was going to suggest a pricey slick tire with grippy rubber, as wide as will fit.
These Rene...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 714
Posted By rm -rf

Comparing the fit of different bikes Stack and...

Comparing the fit of different bikes
Stack and Reach measurements are useful. It worked great when I got my now 8 year old road bike.
Some old posts:

Comparing bikes or looking for an...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,367
Posted By rm -rf

Two full Camelbak 24 ounce water bottles are 1600...

Two full Camelbak 24 ounce water bottles are 1600 grams. It would be interesting to use opaque bottles in a blind test climb, either empty or full. Is it immediately obvious, or extremely subtle?...
06-21-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 236
Posted By rm -rf

Garmin 1030 recordings. Last week, a ride was...

Garmin 1030 recordings.
Last week, a ride was 1:46 ride time, 2:06 total time.
The power curve showed 2:06.

In Golden Cheetah, the line extends to 2:06 also. Looks like stopped times are...
06-21-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,059
Posted By rm -rf

Back on topic: My older Park Tool PFP-3...

Back on topic:
My older Park Tool PFP-3 (https://www.parktool.com/en-us/product/home-mechanic-floor-pump-pfp-3) is easy to pump to 100 psi (I run 72 front, 80 rear on my 28mm tires. Fast and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 925
Posted By rm -rf

I have Campagnolo Athena 11 on my gravel /...

I have Campagnolo Athena 11 on my gravel / all-day ride bike. The hood shape is more comfortable, and the extra effort to shift is okay -- I'm usually cruising along on this bike. I like it. ...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 615
Posted By rm -rf

Many cities have bike share systems. These are...

Many cities have bike share systems. These are perfect for exploring, just put the bike back into a nearby locking rack, and it's no longer your responsibility. Then check another one out when you...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 394
Posted By rm -rf

11 speed Sram cassettes have different tooth...

11 speed Sram cassettes have different tooth counts on the middle cogs, with Sram biased toward faster riders -- closer shifts at the smaller cogs end. Shimano has closer shifts at the slower...
06-16-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,195
Posted By rm -rf

(I posted last year about using a small zoom...

(I posted last year about using a small zoom camera. but it's been retired for quite a while.)
My newer Samsung Galaxy phone works great for shooting while riding. I think most every Galaxy phone...
06-14-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 745
Posted By rm -rf

What new bikes have: Larger tires! This,...

What new bikes have:

Larger tires!
This, by far, is the key to a more comfortable ride on rough roads.
The thin, supple tires, at the appropriate pressures, will smooth out the ride way more...
06-14-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 745
Posted By rm -rf

A "tune up" has no standard definition. I really...

A "tune up" has no standard definition. I really don't like the term.

For checking a bike:
Bearings status, shifting quality, cracks inspect, consumables.
Check for chain wear with a ruler or...
Forum: Foo
06-11-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,266
Posted By rm -rf

The new James Webb space telescope has...

The new James Webb space telescope has "actuators" that move the mirrors precisely to align all the separate segments to make one big, accurate mirror. They can move in 8 nanometer steps, as needed,...
06-09-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 303
Posted By rm -rf

I've shortened an inexpensive carbon seatpost...

I've shortened an inexpensive carbon seatpost maybe 12 years ago. And cut off carbon steerer tubes too. Those short cutoff tube sections are really strong. The 6 nM won't hurt the seatpost with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By rm -rf

I had an older Orbea bike that barely fit 25mm...

I had an older Orbea bike that barely fit 25mm tires. The space under the front fork was minimal. This was fine on dry, clean roads. But I rode on a newly chipsealed road, with damp stone dust that...
06-08-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 303
Posted By rm -rf

I like to use the least torque that holds the...

I like to use the least torque that holds the components without slipping. That's often 20-30% lower than the recommended max.

I have an aluminum post in a carbon frame. That range of 6 nM works...
06-07-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,044
Posted By rm -rf

I really liked my Compass Barlow Pass 38mm Ultra...

I really liked my Compass Barlow Pass 38mm Ultra lights. Thin and flexible, like a road tire, and no tread, good. The ride was amazing on new, rough chipseal roads, and fast on smooth roads. ...
06-07-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 488
Posted By rm -rf

I sometimes get strong leg cramps later in the...

I sometimes get strong leg cramps later in the day after a big ride. It's overworking the muscles, not electrolytes. Occasionally, the cramp is strong enough to be sore for a couple of days. But...
06-05-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By rm -rf

The 1030 touch screen is quite primitive on the...

The 1030 touch screen is quite primitive on the map page. Touch works great for switching screens, for setting or modifying the data fields, and for starting, switching, or stopping navigation. But...
06-05-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,204
Posted By rm -rf

On big event rides I've done, the riders thin out...

On big event rides I've done, the riders thin out after the 30 and 40 mile routes split off -- A lot of riders do the shorter courses. And by then, the fast riders are long gone, and slow, steady...
06-05-22, 06:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By rm -rf

Along with training the short, high power...

Along with training the short, high power efforts, work on technique.

I'm 9 years older, 174 kg, and way lower in FTP and 100km or 100 mile times. GC says my 10 second max is around 650, 3 seconds...
Forum: Foo
06-02-22, 04:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,093
Posted By rm -rf

I have OSMAND+ on my android phone. I download...

I have OSMAND+ on my android phone. I download state road maps, elevation shading, and elevation contour line maps, which are stored permanently in the phone. So all I need is a view of the sky for...
06-02-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,146
Posted By rm -rf

My Ultimate stand...

My Ultimate stand (https://www.rei.com/product/670395/ultimate-support-pro-bike-stand-with-bag) is somewhere around 20-25 years old. It's now Feedback. 4 or 5 years ago, the clutch clamp started...
05-30-22, 10:20 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By rm -rf

I like this small one that fits in a single...

I like this small one that fits in a single number cell. The lines are too thin to effectively see the last 20 or 30 seconds trend in detail, but it's useful for reminding me to keep in a certain...
05-30-22, 09:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 534
Posted By rm -rf

You probably should have installed the hoods on...

You probably should have installed the hoods on the brake levers before the Sugru. It's adhesive, but can be peeled off of smooth surfaces with some effort. Stretching the hoods back on the levers...
Forum: Foo
05-22-22, 09:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By rm -rf

This induction overview from America's Test...

This induction overview from America's Test Kitchen. I looked into single burner tabletop units a few years ago. I liked the idea of setting a temperature, but that appears to vary in accuracy,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,627
Posted By rm -rf

I saw your previous posts, and was going to...

I saw your previous posts, and was going to suggest a gradual change to any new pressures. For instance, go from 80 to 75 instead of 80 to 70. It takes a few rides to have the new pressures feel...
05-14-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 737
Posted By rm -rf

It's hard to see if the teeth are worn, since...

It's hard to see if the teeth are worn, since they have multiple odd shapes. I'm guessing that the small chainring gets more wear, since there's high chain pressures when climbing hills.

But one...
05-14-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 737
Posted By rm -rf

Since you are moving the front derailleur, you...

Since you are moving the front derailleur, you should start from scratch and readjust it.
This Park Tool repair guide is always the first place I go to. They have easy step-by-step instructions....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 10,167
Views: 128,449
Posted By rm -rf

Funky American Woodcock ...

Funky American Woodcock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6nj9AgY7M

from the comments:
I'll bet his nest has orange shag carpet, a lava lamp, and one of those chairs shaped like a hand. And a...
Forum: Foo
05-13-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,136
Posted By rm -rf

Water towers aren't for emergency water supplies....

Water towers aren't for emergency water supplies. The water is pumped up at a moderate, steady rate, and this bulk storage allows large changes in the water usage from minute to minute. Otherwise,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,183
Posted By rm -rf

It's the ratio between the two gears. 32/30=1.07,...

It's the ratio between the two gears. 32/30=1.07, or 7% easier.
Depending on the tooth counts, shifts to the next gear can range from around 5% to 15%+ percent change. It's often around 10% or so....
05-12-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,505
Posted By rm -rf

A bit late, but: Did you unbolt the rear...

A bit late, but:

Did you unbolt the rear derailleur from the frame, or disassemble the pulley arm? Because the chain around the front derailleur is reversed. (And the rear derailleur looks...
05-05-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,928
Posted By rm -rf

I also put punctured tubes in a box and patch...

I also put punctured tubes in a box and patch them all at once, with a new tube of glue. I never keep opened tubes of glue, they just dry up eventually.

Additional tools:

a silver sharpie. I...
Forum: Southeast
05-04-22, 05:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,853
Posted By rm -rf

Shorter Mt Mitchell: Just the best parts! ...

Shorter Mt Mitchell: Just the best parts!
Singecat Ridge overlook to Mt Mitchell and back (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4627749).
a 1500 foot climb right from the car! At the top, cruise through...
05-03-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,249
Posted By rm -rf

Your steerer photos look okay to me. The carbon...

Your steerer photos look okay to me. The carbon doesn't look damaged. But it's hard to see in photos compared to in person.
I think your nice lightweight steerer is way more reflective than my...
05-01-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,391
Posted By rm -rf

Frayed cables! This is a common problem with...

Frayed cables!
This is a common problem with the modern shifters that route shift cables under the bar tape. There's a 90 degree curve inside the shifter body. (And some Sram rear derailleurs have a...
Forum: Touring
04-30-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,379
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, "stack and reach" and other bike geometry...

Yes, "stack and reach" and other bike geometry and wheel choices will make a difference. I used Stack and Reach numbers to compare my new road bike to my previous one, which fit me reasonably well....
Forum: Touring
04-30-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,379
Posted By rm -rf

Here's your comparison link: 8 different bikes...

Here's your comparison link: 8 different bikes compared...
Forum: Touring
04-30-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,407
Posted By rm -rf

Elevation accuracy I use ridewithgps. For...

Elevation accuracy
I use ridewithgps. For mountain routes with long, steady climbs, I find it's elevation gain totals to be quite accurate. For small rolling terrain, it can underestimate the...
04-28-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,249
Posted By rm -rf

I posted some Bianchi steerer photos...

I posted some Bianchi steerer photos (https://www.bikeforums.net/21006763-post22.html) in an older thread. It indicates the difference between normal stem clamp marks and a crushed carbon stem.
...
Forum: Northeast
04-28-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By rm -rf

weatherspark.com has extensive averages charts...

weatherspark.com has extensive averages charts and yearly histories. Lots of extreme weather days in recent years, I wonder how that affects the averages.

Here's Rochester NY...
04-22-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By rm -rf

on ridewithgps: draw a route. save it, giving...

on ridewithgps: draw a route. save it, giving it a title.
View the route and click Export Fit File, to save the route as a .fit file.

There are ways to auto update routes to the 830. But the...
04-20-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,369
Posted By rm -rf

From one of the many threads on this subject, a...

From one of the many threads on this subject, a thread from 2018 (https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1135360-results-32mm-tires-vittoria-marginally-faster-than-28mm-gp4000.html).

I posted...
04-19-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By rm -rf

Now, ridewithgps shows a "heat map" of all riders...

Now, ridewithgps shows a "heat map" of all riders or just my rides. I have the paid version of rwgps, does this show for the free version too?
But since I don't upload most ride recordings to...
Forum: Touring
04-19-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By rm -rf

More bikes are available now with a 30-46...

More bikes are available now with a 30-46 crankset, instead of 34-50. I like it, since the two chainrings still have a good separation in their range, but all the the gearing is lowered.
To do this,...
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