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Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-23, 01:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,235
Posted By Eric F

Zwift is primarily driven by your w/kg number. ...

Zwift is primarily driven by your w/kg number. As I understand it from reading discussions on other sites, the "trainer difficulty" setting is more like a change of gearing.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-23, 12:38 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,235
Posted By RChung

Guys like you are in what we call the...

Guys like you are in what we call the reality-based community, who believe that solutions emerge from judicious study of discernible reality. That's not the way the world really works anymore. We...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-23, 11:02 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,235
Posted By Retoocs

I've been using Zwift since it was a free beta....

I've been using Zwift since it was a free beta. The erg mode is the best. Put on a movie and just pedal away. You don't have to think about what watt you need to put out or for how long.
09-14-23, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 317
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

"Training" is complicated. How best to do it?...

"Training" is complicated. How best to do it? There are many different paths to success. One way to start is to join a once-a-week group ride where the riders are a bit faster than you are. Watch how...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-23, 01:19 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,235
Posted By Eric F

Iím also an ex-racer 20-ish years past his racing...

Iím also an ex-racer 20-ish years past his racing days. I also spent 15 years completely off the bike. At the end of 2019, I made the decision to get riding again. It started with short sessions on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-23, 09:31 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,235
Posted By RChung

I have an on-bike power meter, a dumb trainer and...

I have an on-bike power meter, a dumb trainer and a set of rollers. Pre-COVID, I rarely used the trainer or rollers -- they were leftover from when I used to live in a less hospitable climate. I'd...
09-14-23, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 181
Posted By pdlamb

On my TransAm, Kansas was an eye-opener because I...

On my TransAm, Kansas was an eye-opener because I had to pedal All. The. Time. I'd gotten used to being able to take a break and coast downhill.

After lots of climbing, you'll have the fitness,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-23, 03:21 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,235
Posted By PeteHski

Smart trainers, Zwift, Rouvy etc were a...

Smart trainers, Zwift, Rouvy etc were a game-changer for me. Like you I hated indoor bike trainers previously.

Iím all in now with a Kickr Bike and I flip between various Apps for variety. But...
09-13-23, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 194
Posted By Kontact

You pedal with your right hand while you adjust...

You pedal with your right hand while you adjust the rear derailleur with the left. That's what the OP is trying to do.
09-11-23, 07:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 541
Posted By daihard

Thank you for all the great advice, everyone! Let...

Thank you for all the great advice, everyone! Let me address this particular reply o clarify my situation and share with you what I believe I should do now.



Yes, I take the lane exactly...
09-11-23, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By pdlamb

Since you're using RWGPS and Strava, check out...

Since you're using RWGPS and Strava, check out the heat maps on those two sites.

Local cyclists have a better idea of good roads to ride than some AI running in air conditioned barns on server...
09-10-23, 08:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 541
Posted By wheelreason

Yeah, that can be a tricky left as described, it...

Yeah, that can be a tricky left as described, it depends on the grade, how straight the road is and visibility range. What I do in similar situations is check behind for traffic, then signal a left...
09-10-23, 08:47 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 4,525
Posted By mschwett

if you pedal with a certain amount of force and...

if you pedal with a certain amount of force and at a certain speed, it requires a specific amount of power. thatís how much work youíre doing. it doesnít matter if the bike also has a motor, is made...
09-10-23, 04:59 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 4,525
Posted By staehpj1

It depends on the bike and how it is used. If the...

It depends on the bike and how it is used. If the e part is used as an assist and the bike is pedaled it might be used to allow more difficult conditions, longer rides, steeper climbs, or heavier...
09-09-23, 06:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 406
Posted By Trakhak

Search for "Hottest Year on Record." Depending on...

Search for "Hottest Year on Record." Depending on how it's calculated, 2023 is first or second (behind 2016). That's on Spherical Earth, though.
09-07-23, 01:40 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,894
Posted By Eric F

I'm just a dumb contractor, not an engineer, and...

I'm just a dumb contractor, not an engineer, and not intimately familiar with truss design. Is the seat tube irrelevant to these calculations? Was it left out of the sketch intentionally?
09-07-23, 01:18 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,894
Posted By Harold74

Thanks for sharing that (quote from Sheldon's...

Thanks for sharing that (quote from Sheldon's site). This is basically what I've been getting at. Seat stays are one of the few members on a bike frame that don't have to deal with significant...
09-06-23, 07:35 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,894
Posted By Kai Winters

Leave it as it is as a constant reminder to be...

Leave it as it is as a constant reminder to be aware of those around you at all times and the unpredictability and chaos that can ensue...
09-06-23, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 352
Posted By jon c.

I've enjoyed high heat for most of my adult life....

I've enjoyed high heat for most of my adult life. I'm one of only a few folks seen walking my golf course when it's over 90. Suffered heat exhaustion a few times over the years when doing heavy...
09-06-23, 02:50 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,894
Posted By mpetry912

I would say that is cosmetic only. Touch up...

I would say that is cosmetic only.

Touch up the paint and stay out of groups who ride like they have something to prove.

/markp
09-05-23, 11:30 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,626
Posted By RCMoeur

Not all groups are the same. I have indeed...

Not all groups are the same.

I have indeed unfortunately seen packs of riders blow through stop signs and even signals with impunity, yelling "clear!" as they zoom through. :\

The weekly group...
09-05-23, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 352
Posted By pdlamb

Every so often you'll get advice which is totally...

Every so often you'll get advice which is totally correct, and totally useless. Like, don't get overheated.

Lon Haldeman made a good point: "Hot" is 10 degrees above what you're used to.

So,...
09-03-23, 02:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By wheelreason

Why are we lubing a steerer tube?...

Why are we lubing a steerer tube?...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-23, 09:52 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 4,986
Posted By spclark

I'm taking this thread as inspiration for my own...

I'm taking this thread as inspiration for my own practice. Being rather new to cycling (after taking twelve+ years off) as well as entirely new to riding in an area offering some awesome hills to...
09-01-23, 05:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By Plainsman

Man, I feel sheepish posting this. I assumed that...

Man, I feel sheepish posting this. I assumed that since a mechanic swapped out the spacers all was good. I just compared the top cap from the new headset to the old one (still in a bag with old...
09-01-23, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 762
Posted By beyerj

Great advise. I went do to my local shop and he...

Great advise. I went do to my local shop and he was more than happy to trade them for some Continental 32's. Sooo much better than the 40s. Thanks again.
09-01-23, 12:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By Kontact

As previously stated, the steerer is likely too...

As previously stated, the steerer is likely too long compared to the stem and spacer stack, so it bottoms out on the plug instead of putting pressure on the spacers and bearings
09-01-23, 10:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 762
Posted By icemilkcoffee

Let me get this straight- the bike can take 40mm...

Let me get this straight- the bike can take 40mm wide tires, but for some inexplicable reasons you want to switch to 23mm? Why?
As for the goathead problem - I strongly suggest you switch to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-23, 09:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 486
Posted By Mtracer

A simple way to look at this is the cross section...

A simple way to look at this is the cross section of the tire and rim form a loop. The wider the rim, the more of the loop is made by the rim and the loop gets large. Since this loop is more or less...
08-29-23, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By daihard

Thank you so much! I feel stupid. I pulled them...

Thank you so much! I feel stupid. I pulled them again, and after a bit of struggle they both came off. :bang:
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-23, 03:51 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 4,986
Posted By GhostRider62

The important part of my recommendation was to...

The important part of my recommendation was to have a mile marker for when the steep part starts. Those three climbs are trivial. There are two short, steep stretches. Most of my climbs are also...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-23, 09:55 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 4,986
Posted By john m flores

Were you wobbling at 4.2 mph because you were...

Were you wobbling at 4.2 mph because you were pulling on the handlebars? That slow speed requires good technique - as smooth a pedal stroke that you can muster and a light touch on the handlebars.
...
08-24-23, 08:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,379
Posted By Kai Winters

You are doing 'intervals'...you just seem to be...

You are doing 'intervals'...you just seem to be misunderstanding the term and effort.
Nobody, nobody at all can do a full gas sprint for one solid minute. The best TdF sprinters usually start their...
08-23-23, 08:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,015
Posted By jadmt

stretch your next ride out to 40 miles and see...

stretch your next ride out to 40 miles and see how you feel.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-23, 05:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,256
Posted By eduskator

I consider myself an aggressive rider for sure; I...

I consider myself an aggressive rider for sure; I ride out of the saddle and sprint often, and I can hear my tires gripping. I think I may have found the culprit! :backpedal:
08-19-23, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 480
Posted By cyclezen

From your comments in the initial post and...

From your comments in the initial post and above, my impression is that you're confusing terms/concepts, their intent and the interpretation of the numbers.
'Reach' and 'Stack' concepts are both...
08-16-23, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3,468
Views: 404,799
Posted By pushrod

As per usual, my cat is sleeping in the closet...

As per usual, my cat is sleeping in the closet and will not be coming out for anyone
08-14-23, 11:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,883
Posted By Broctoon

That's a clever analogy, but I don't really...

That's a clever analogy, but I don't really understand it, because I've never been into golf.
08-13-23, 03:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,607
Posted By njkayaker

These are a good idea too but they need...

These are a good idea too but they need headlights to work. So, they aren't sufficient. (Note that it's generally a legal requirement to have a rear light at night.)

They can be dim. Also, many...
08-13-23, 03:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Posted By philbob57

Looking at 80 in a little less than a year. 31...

Looking at 80 in a little less than a year. 31 miles is the longest ride I've done this year, and I had to take a few days off after it due to a saddle sore. The saddle sore is gone, I'm using a new...
08-13-23, 03:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 486
Posted By KerryIrons

Unless someone has "rapid onset numbness" then...

Unless someone has "rapid onset numbness" then this is by far the best advice. Be aware of when your hands start to feel numb (some people just don't seem to pay attention until their hands are...
08-13-23, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 486
Posted By Mtracer

For me, numbness is about weight on my hands, not...

For me, numbness is about weight on my hands, not padding of gloves or bars. Though I think that helps damp road buzz. Something that really affects numbness for me is saddle tilt. I like a little...
08-11-23, 06:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,883
Posted By rsbob

I couldn’t believe it’s the other day when I...

I couldn’t believe it’s the other day when I faced the exact scenario above except I was A and a mother on a bike pulling a trailer with a young child was B. I assumed she would slow, keep to her...
08-11-23, 01:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,883
Posted By philbob57

I slow up on a trail. Rider B won't change until...

I slow up on a trail. Rider B won't change until after a collision with something, if then, and I don't want to be the one that causes B to learn a lesson. Note, however, that the roads around here...
08-09-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By Barry2

I believe a random iPhone passing by an Airtag...

I believe a random iPhone passing by an Airtag will report it's position without having to have any additional application open.
The same isn't true of a Tile. Having the Tile tracked requires that...
08-05-23, 02:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 529
Posted By Iride01

I've never crimped one on. Just slide them over...

I've never crimped one on. Just slide them over the end of the housing. If you have your cable properly run from the lever to what ever it's pulling on whether derailleur or brake, then the ferrule...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-23, 07:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,136
Posted By Bassmanbob

When riding with others, I'm not going to cause...

When riding with others, I'm not going to cause everyone to stop and wait for me to do this.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-23, 11:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,136
Posted By genejockey

I find that older (80s ad 90s) bikes seem to have...

I find that older (80s ad 90s) bikes seem to have their downtube bottle cage mounts a bit lower on the tube, so I have to reach way down to grab and return bottles. I wondered why they put them so...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-23, 10:46 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,136
Posted By shelbyfv

Another way is to hold the snack with the same...

Another way is to hold the snack with the same hand you leave on the handlebar and open it with the other. Give the package a bite to get it started. It could be worse. I once rode with a guy who...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-23, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3,195
Views: 596,167
Posted By dennis336

Badlands National Park - excuse my singing :) ...

Badlands National Park - excuse my singing :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD_6ZPlFK2M
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