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11-17-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 514
Posted By bblair

I do remember Phil Woods from back in the day,...

I do remember Phil Woods from back in the day, but haven't seen any for a very long time. Didn't know they were still around.

FWIW, I like the sound of loud rear hubs. Doesn't Chris King brag...
11-17-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

That is my plan. My laptop is very old, but...

That is my plan.

My laptop is very old, but thanks anyway for the "I prefer Macs!" Never heard that before.
11-16-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 514
Posted By bblair

Thanks for the links, I like the look and...

Thanks for the links, I like the look and reputation of the White Industries hubs. The other common one there is Bitex. They seem to be the low cost option on other sites too. Good value or to be...
11-15-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,513
Posted By bblair

I have friends whose retirement plan was old...

I have friends whose retirement plan was old sports cars and baseball cards. Ha, ha....

What I really want is that old Campy tool set in the wood case.

And what I really, really want is one of...
11-15-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 514
Posted By bblair

No...not building my own wheels. Did that 30...

No...not building my own wheels. Did that 30 years ago, but now I leave it to the experts.

I have looked at some of the hubs on that list, but some are out of that line. Industry Nine...
11-15-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 514
Posted By bblair

Disc hubs on rim brake wheel

It is getting increasingly difficult to find quality hubs for a new rim brake wheel. And I know nothing about disc wheels, but other than the ability to mount a rotor, is there any difference?
...
11-15-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By bblair

I don't remember the measurements, but I do know...

I don't remember the measurements, but I do know that current bars are larger than older one. So what? Well, it is a big deal because I have found that no one makes Wahoo mounts for the older bars....
11-14-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

So complicated! I hadn't used my laptop in...

So complicated!

I hadn't used my laptop in months...mainly for Zwift now that I am retired, so it had to download and install a Windows update and reboot several times.
Then Zwift had to update...
11-13-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

34 บ here today with a light rain. So I am going...

34 บ here today with a light rain. So I am going to dust off my train, boot up my laptop and give Z a go. I think there is an update, but not planning an organized event today, just reacquainting...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-11-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,060
Posted By bblair

I ride a fair amount, my bike is very nice and I...

I ride a fair amount, my bike is very nice and I am close to ideal weight. In my mid 60's and I think this is as good as I am going to get. Maybe with a very intense and structured training program,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,321
Posted By bblair

Care to explain?

Care to explain?
11-04-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 992
Posted By bblair

Your tandem only weighs 24lbs? Holly crap! ...

Your tandem only weighs 24lbs? Holly crap!

We have a very old Trek T50 and I would guess twice that. The Mrs. is not a dedicated cyclist, heck she doesn't even read BikeForum! So we mainly ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,649
Posted By bblair

Someone mentioned magnesium and I read about that...

Someone mentioned magnesium and I read about that a while back. What's the deal?

FWIW, my Ti bike is by far the most comfortable. My Carbon the least. But their geometries are vastly different....
11-04-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Not going anywhere exactly. But wondering if next...

Not going anywhere exactly. But wondering if next time I buy a bike (or car) if I need to consider availability of parts. For example, AFAIK Trek and Specialized only sell through their dealers now....
11-03-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

It never really occurred to me to consider parts...

It never really occurred to me to consider parts availability when buying a new bike, but maybe it's time.

I am probably the only guy ever to sell a BMW to buy a Honda. After 10 years, maintenance...
11-02-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Those are questions that I cannot answer. He told...

Those are questions that I cannot answer. He told me the cost and I said "Ok". Probably a flat rate depending on estimated time involved. It was not a complicated problem required extensive...
11-02-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Hyphenated is ok with me. BTW, sometimes in...

Hyphenated is ok with me.

BTW, sometimes in these threads, replies to quotes don't always go to who they are intended. At least, for me.

Don't want to have an argument, too tired from cycling...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,483
Posted By bblair

I think it is very specific to the rim/tire...

I think it is very specific to the rim/tire combo.

Currently have American Classic alloy rims and Conti 5000's are super easy to mount with hands only. In the past I have used various Michelin...
11-02-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Of course I would agree with that. But they are...

Of course I would agree with that. But they are not the same.

Shimano does not have a monopoly, like some drug companies. There is no substitute for insulin, but there is for bike parts. And...
11-01-22, 04:15 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Update: just got back from the shop and talked to...

Update: just got back from the shop and talked to the owner. More than happy to install parts purchased elsewhere; they do it all the time. And echoed the above: Shimano has seemed to be the big...
11-01-22, 10:06 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

[QUOTE=livedarklions;22696584]There's numerous...

[QUOTE=livedarklions;22696584]There's numerous legal reasons that they can't buy from a retailer--it may violate their contract with the supplier,....

Is that a thing? How can that be legal?
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,327
Posted By bblair

Why not, they're already my grocery store!

Why not, they're already my grocery store!
10-30-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

If I buy stuff from the big boys: Performance,...

If I buy stuff from the big boys: Performance, Excel Sports, Jensen, there are others...then don't you think that I can reasonably expect them to be genuine parts? I do, that is why I don't buy "new"...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,451
Posted By bblair

Just don't: Be the guy that politely lets...

Just don't:

Be the guy that politely lets each leader in turn go in front of you as you hang out in the back. This is called being a ClingOn and is punishable by having the group go all out and...
10-30-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Which is why I stopped by the shop for...

Which is why I stopped by the shop for clarification before I ordered. Many of group rides leave from there, so I'm at the shop often anyway.

But I still do not understand why I could get the...
10-29-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Dropped my bike off yesterday with my mail order...

Dropped my bike off yesterday with my mail order shifters. Charge will be $30 for install, which is more than fair. I also bought some new bar tape, since he has to install new cables and housings.
...
10-27-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By bblair

I final work, from Wahoo: " Thanks for...

I final work, from Wahoo:

"
Thanks for your patience and help with this. One of our developers and testers were able narrow this down and unfortunately believe that this may be a bug with the...
10-26-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,946
Posted By bblair

But...but....but....what about oval chainrings?

But...but....but....what about oval chainrings?
10-25-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,145
Posted By bblair

In my 20's, every group ride was a World...

In my 20's, every group ride was a World Championship. I always got caught in the middle and rode alone for most of it.

Now, 40 years later, I found my group, mainly a bunch of retirees or nearly...
10-25-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

My parts are expected to arrive today or...

My parts are expected to arrive today or tomorrow.

I have no idea what the shop's hourly rate is, nor how long install should take. Given that, why don't they just order from...
10-24-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

I listen to music also, with Bose Sport ear buds....

I listen to music also, with Bose Sport ear buds. Big TV's are getting cheap, so I might use Zwift as an excuse to buy one for my basement.

I know that I am not going to make big fitness gains...
10-23-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,145
Posted By bblair

When I started, about 48 years ago, cycling was a...

When I started, about 48 years ago, cycling was a very important part of my life. But so was school, then work and marriage and kids and all the stuff that goes with being a grown up.
...
10-23-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

Ok then, for those you that actually work in...

Ok then, for those you that actually work in shops, why can't they get parts? I had 4 sources in a couple of minutes, only one of which was Amazon. Is it because the huge online retailers order in...
10-23-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

ok, thanks. Another one: last spring I went...

ok, thanks.

Another one: last spring I went into the shop to buy a new cassette and chain. I know I can buy online, but I'd rather give my local shop the business. Of course, none in stock and a 3...
10-22-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 653
Posted By bblair

I think my car would say something like, "when...

I think my car would say something like, "when are you going to clean out all those crumbs and all that dog hair?"
10-22-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

Fall is a beautiful time to ride here. Tomorrow I...

Fall is a beautiful time to ride here. Tomorrow I have about a 4 hour ride planned through the hills. Easy on the flats, crank it on the climbs. Time flies by.

But an hour in the basement, even...
10-22-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

I was under the impression that shops make very...

I was under the impression that shops make very like profit on parts, but ok on the labor. So for me to bring in the piece, but pay full price for the labor should be more profitable for the LBS.
...
10-22-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,517
Posted By bblair

I am now "that guy" at the LBS

I really didn't want to do this. My LBS has free labor for life if you bought the bike there. But they just can't get parts! I have waited about 5 weeks and still nothing.

So today, I stopped in...
10-22-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,373
Posted By bblair

That is opposite of what I would have thought,...

That is opposite of what I would have thought, but they did the research, so I guess it's legit.

So, from this diagram, I should look for a narrower rim?
10-22-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

Yea, I do some of that too. Not super intense,...

Yea, I do some of that too. Not super intense, but pretty regularly.

Sure, outside is better than virtual, but while a 4 hour IRL ride is fun, a one hour Zwift ride is mentally exhausting. It's...
10-21-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By bblair

This winter's Zwift plan

It is so tempting to go all out every time I ride Zwift, but it is exhausting mentally. And with so much being written lately about doing 80% of our riding (or running or whatever) at a slow pace, I...
10-21-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,373
Posted By bblair

A lot of talk here about tire width, but what...

A lot of talk here about tire width, but what about height?

On my bike-Lynskey R230 rim brake, there is plenty of clearance laterally, but minimal between the top of the tire and underside of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,770
Posted By bblair

Not sure if I understand the graph. Am I...

Not sure if I understand the graph.

Am I correct in interpreting that at 30 kph on a 5% downhill I save about 2 watts? That seems to be almost insignificant. Especially at a recreational pace.
...
10-19-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By bblair

Sometimes my replies and quotes get mixed up or...

Sometimes my replies and quotes get mixed up or out of order. So it was just a general frustration with technology and gadgets.
10-17-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By bblair

But the good news is that cassettes now can have...

But the good news is that cassettes now can have much larger cogs.

My previous bike had a triple and I was able to replicate the gear ratio using a compact double.

So keep the old Campy set on...
10-17-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By bblair

Been riding almost 50 years. And I can see...

Been riding almost 50 years. And I can see definite changes:
Shorter now.
Hair is thin and all gray.
I need to pee more often.
I need to take a nap after a long ride and can only handle 1 or 2...
10-17-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,066
Posted By bblair

I have a roof rack on my Honda Crosstour. Great...

I have a roof rack on my Honda Crosstour. Great for my road bike, but lifting the tandem is tough. Even with 2 of us. Even with the swing mount thing.

If anyone has a great idea for a tandem...
10-15-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,407
Posted By bblair

On Bike Virginia a couple of years ago. Of course...

On Bike Virginia a couple of years ago. Of course it was right after lunch so my stomach was full and my legs felt like over cooked linguini. My Wahoo went into pause mode a couple of times because I...
10-14-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By bblair

From what I understand, Specialized only links...

From what I understand, Specialized only links with Wahoo units, not Garmin. Kinda like how I can't get an Apple Watch for my Google phone.

As long as I don't crash, it's all a moot point.
10-14-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 483
Posted By bblair

Wahoo said to do a factory reset. Specialized...

Wahoo said to do a factory reset.
Specialized said to uninstall/reinstall the app.
I did all of that and also rebooted my phone.

None of that worked.

Fortunately, I am back to where I was, so...
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