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03-23-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,327
Posted By Broctoon

Lots of posts here address the physical...

Lots of posts here address the physical challenges of riding these kinds of distances (in a day or a month). Some have noted that your riding speed will determine whether you need a lot of...
02-25-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,345
Posted By Broctoon

That's right. Tiny changes at the input can be...

That's right. Tiny changes at the input can be amplified through multiple steps to result in huge differences, like the butterfly in China causing a Caribbean hurricane.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,139
Posted By Broctoon

I have a track bike with bullhorn bar. I don’t...

I have a track bike with bullhorn bar. I don’t race on a track, just do laps at the park and sometimes ride it on the road. It works because there is just one brake and no shifters. A drop bar would...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,020
Posted By Broctoon

Second. I have these on two bikes, and...

Second.

I have these on two bikes, and they're my favorite.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,913
Posted By Broctoon

"I switched from Gatorskins to some high...

"I switched from Gatorskins to some high performance tires, but the new ones don't offer better grip, less resistance, or nicer handling," said no one, ever.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,522
Posted By Broctoon

There are lots of seemingly overpriced bikes and...

There are lots of seemingly overpriced bikes and components on the market now, but value can be really subjective or relative.

A few years ago I would not have dreamt of spending more than $5000...
02-15-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,465
Posted By Broctoon

Never mind the atoms and cells of of an...

Never mind the atoms and cells of of an individual organism. Does life itself still happen in the same way it originally did? Here's an article about the puzzle that biologists are working on...
02-10-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By Broctoon

I’ll add that you can make the pedaling force...

I’ll add that you can make the pedaling force easier or harder at a given (simulated) grade by shifting gears, just as in the real world. When shifting to an easier gear, unless you also increase...
02-10-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By Broctoon

Ugly welds notwithstanding, there are a few...

Ugly welds notwithstanding, there are a few details that I think a counterfeiter wouldn’t be likely to include: the stamped letters in the BB shell, and (especially) the pantographed clovers on the...
02-10-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,780
Posted By Broctoon

I’ve heard that eating pickles right after a long...

I’ve heard that eating pickles right after a long ride is believed to prevent muscle cramps, so I do.

Not sure if it actually helps, but I like pickles anyway, so why not? In the excellent movie...
02-08-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,086
Posted By Broctoon

My experience over the past eight years has been...

My experience over the past eight years has been very similar. I have bought, sold, and fixed up quite a few bikes (bought more than sold, so I now have six or seven of them). I could never get back...
02-08-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,086
Posted By Broctoon

I found a deal on a decent, brand new road frame...

I found a deal on a decent, brand new road frame last year: free. It's nothing special, just a Scattante (Performance Bike Shop's house brand), aluminum with carbon fork. A new old stock frame set...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,301
Posted By Broctoon

Anyone seen Mulholland Drive? Some of my dreams...

Anyone seen Mulholland Drive? Some of my dreams make this movie seem pretty logical and consistent.

In my dream last night, I found myself outside in some semi-desert wilderness area, on a fat...
02-08-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,626
Posted By Broctoon

I don't know anything about MicroNew, but I can...

I don't know anything about MicroNew, but I can report pretty good experiences with MicroShift.

I bought a set of 3x7 shifters for an old mountain bike that I fixed up for my son. Their price was...
02-08-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 203
Posted By Broctoon

Axiom = good company!

This might fit better in commuting or touring forums, but I'll put it here as I think it also applies to cycling in general.

We tend to share our bad experiences with companies or specific...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,269
Posted By Broctoon

As others have mentioned, these things pose the...

As others have mentioned, these things pose the greatest risk in summer and early fall when they are mature and dry. In the springtime they are small and green and don't usually puncture. Likewise in...
02-06-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,094
Posted By Broctoon

I have an assortment. Two road bikes with...

I have an assortment.

Two road bikes with Speedplay Zero pedals (now owned by Wahoo). These are my favorite system.
A fixed gear bike with Shimano SPD-SL
A fixed gear with plastic toe cages and...
02-06-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 824
Posted By Broctoon

Usually my riding tapers off dramatically in the...

Usually my riding tapers off dramatically in the winter. I get out for a ride maybe once a week, do a little running, and generally get pretty lazy. Come spring I usually need a month or so to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,565
Posted By Broctoon

I know. There’s also an efficiency advantage with...

I know. There’s also an efficiency advantage with bigger gears, perhaps a Watt or two? My point is that you stay in the big chain ring because you want to meet your personal goal of staying in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,565
Posted By Broctoon

I think it's pointless to talk in general terms...

I think it's pointless to talk in general terms like "using the big ring only" or "using the small ring sometimes." Is your big ring 53 teeth, 52, or maybe only 48? What's the range of your cassette?...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,860
Posted By Broctoon

It's no good for small, loose items, but the...

It's no good for small, loose items, but the Occam Apex strap with BOA ratchet is a pretty cool way to attach stuff anywhere on your frame. You can wrap your spare tube around the other items and...
12-13-21, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By Broctoon

That's probably the best advice. I'm no expert,...

That's probably the best advice. I'm no expert, but I always believed shin splints were caused by the impact of running.

Here's my history with them:

I ran track and cross country in high...
12-10-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,896
Posted By Broctoon

To me a good bike is one that fits, so I can ride...

To me a good bike is one that fits, so I can ride it comfortably.

It has components that work smoothly and reliably, and that last a long time.

It need not be light weight. It doesn't have to...
12-06-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,083
Posted By Broctoon

I've had similar experience. I rode with a group...

I've had similar experience. I rode with a group a lot last summer and found I gain about 2 MPH or 10% when I'm in a paceline. The course we ride is quite flat, with usually little or no wind. It's...
12-06-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,959
Posted By Broctoon

I have the same one. Actually a T2R, which is...

I have the same one. Actually a T2R, which is just the latest version. It's identical to last year's T2 (with no R) except for one detail: they've now added little wheels on the bottom of the frame,...
12-06-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 835
Posted By Broctoon

Yes, Calfee sells the kits that you can use to...

Yes, Calfee sells the kits that you can use to assemble a frame yourself. I don't think they use lugs like the picture above. I believe they just have a cylindrical head tube and bottom bracket shell...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 20,411
Views: 4,709,390
Posted By Broctoon

A TACX direct drive trainer. Because my bikes get...

A TACX direct drive trainer. Because my bikes get sad when they’re not ridden during the cold, dark winter months.
12-03-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 6,569
Posted By Broctoon

The chart I've seen shows about 10.9 Watts, or...

The chart I've seen shows about 10.9 Watts, or 4.4% boost if your trailer is right on your wheel and you're doing 45 kph. It drops off rapidly as drafting distance increases, and certainly would be...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11,767
Views: 204,829
Posted By Broctoon

That's a pretty good lookin' nerd right there. ...

That's a pretty good lookin' nerd right there.

Also, a couple days ago someone on the radio said this is the longest known palindrome sentence in English: "Sir, I demand, I am a maid named Iris."
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,763
Posted By Broctoon

If your drivetrain doesn't require the extra...

If your drivetrain doesn't require the extra chain wrap capacity, there are a few very minor advantages to a short cage derailleur: a few grams lighter weight, and maybe a little more stiffness or...
12-02-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 930
Posted By Broctoon

11 speed Centaur (aluminum crank) from a few...

11 speed Centaur (aluminum crank) from a few years ago was Ultra Torque. This is what I have on my bike.
12-02-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,123
Posted By Broctoon

It will probably be about as comfortable as it...

It will probably be about as comfortable as it looks, which is to say, not at all. Those are made for weight weenies and serious racers* who really aren't concerned with comfort as much as cutting...
12-01-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,039
Posted By Broctoon

I was thinking the same thing. Having driven...

I was thinking the same thing. Having driven through Liege a few years ago, I have the impression that it’s a city best experienced on a geared bike. With a single speed, I’d want something like...
12-01-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,144
Posted By Broctoon

This. I built up a city bike a few years...

This.

I built up a city bike a few years ago. Started with a late-70s era Japanese road bike that I got for $25. I replaced almost every component on it, at a total cost of about four or five...
11-30-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 930
Posted By Broctoon

The width of the spindle is set. Half of it is...

The width of the spindle is set. Half of it is integral to the left arm, and half of it to the right, with a special joint where they connect in the center. The cups are the important thing to match...
11-22-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By Broctoon

I've never tried insulated shorts. The combos...

I've never tried insulated shorts. The combos that I use, from warmest to coldest conditions are as follows:

- Bib shorts
- Bib shorts under jogging pants (not quite tights, but more snug than...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,301
Posted By Broctoon

Saturday night I had a long, complicated dream...

Saturday night I had a long, complicated dream that involved a lot of different settings and activities, including biking.

At one point, I was riding down a road with a steep descent and lots of...
11-22-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,865
Posted By Broctoon

I've done the same thing you're into a time or...

I've done the same thing you're into a time or two.

Several years ago I bought a late 70s or early 80s Japanese road bike. Takara brand, made of high-ten steel. I immediately scrapped most of the...
11-17-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By Broctoon

Thanks, that's what I thought was best, just...

Thanks, that's what I thought was best, just wanted to check.


This is always my preference. I'll see if I can get my hands on one.
11-17-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 480
Posted By Broctoon

If I had a 7-speed drivetrain and wanted to...

If I had a 7-speed drivetrain and wanted to upgrade, I'd skip right over 8 and 9, and go with 10 speeds. In fact, that's what I did, with an old Trek 1100 a few years ago. It is not *that much* more...
11-17-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By Broctoon

Removing/installing 11s chains

My bike has a Campagnolo 11 speed chain. There is no master link, just the pin that gets driven in, broken off, and then peened in place upon install. If I have reason to remove the chain, is it best...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,678
Posted By Broctoon

What are some examples? I'm asking out of a...

What are some examples? I'm asking out of a sincere desire to learn, not trying to troll anyone.

Maybe you can counter with good advice.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 129,395
Posted By Broctoon

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1376x1030/parallax_1997eb08a69498cc4f18113b184f8d70098852de.jpg

Cinelli/Mash Parallax track bike, in the "cyanotype" colorway.
11-16-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,865
Posted By Broctoon

Same. Same... ... and SAME. ...

Same.


Same...


... and SAME.


I am just like ThermScott.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,678
Posted By Broctoon

Pace yourself... with your riding speed and also...

Pace yourself... with your riding speed and also nutrition and hydration.

This means don't guzzle water or load up on 100g of carbs right before the start.

But don't forget to eat and drink...
11-13-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,009
Posted By Broctoon

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1500x2000/0bb6de77_9cda_42c1_b710_c28c79ba272c_8e7ddff84d789a0cff451d84643fceb39b479c0d.jpeg
11-10-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By Broctoon

Do you want to stick with drop bars and just need...

Do you want to stick with drop bars and just need yours dialed in to get more comfortable? I suspect your solution might lie in fitting some proper road bike brake levers. You can grip the hoods for...
11-08-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 902
Posted By Broctoon

Check the bearings in the bottom bracket and...

Check the bearings in the bottom bracket and headset. If they're in good condition, it shouldn't be too hard to keep them cleaned, lubed, and adjusted so they stay that way. If the BB spindle or cups...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,058
Posted By Broctoon

This is good to know. I have the previous...

This is good to know. I have the previous generation of this tire, not the TLE. (TLR? It's tubeless) I like them a lot. Mine have been on the bike for two years and around 3500 km. The rear is just...
11-08-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 17,426
Posted By Broctoon

All I know about the topic is this: I've had some...

All I know about the topic is this: I've had some triple cranks in the past, but now all my bikes have at most two chainrings, and I like it that way. I stay on the large ring 80% of the time, but...
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