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Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,623
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: 2,144
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: 1,330
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: 724
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: 1,952
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: 1,415
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: 1,316
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: 970
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: 1,446
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: 16
Views: 2,205
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: 1,493
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: 593
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: 1,020
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: 7,372
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: 2,471
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...
02-19-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,471
Posted By bblair

I usually do group rides or tours in Zwift and it...

I usually do group rides or tours in Zwift and it does tell me how much distance is remaining. Try one of those.
02-17-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,252
Posted By bblair

Today: Rebooted laptop. Turned off wifi on...

Today:
Rebooted laptop. Turned off wifi on phone, force stop Z Companion, even though it was closed. Started up Zwift. This only took 15 minutes. Once in-game (missed the start of my event), wifi on...
02-17-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,252
Posted By bblair

I digress. Try the tweaks I listed to make...

I digress.

Try the tweaks I listed to make your set up work a few times in a row, and maybe you'll get the same stability I did. Or not. Zwift only knows.[/QUOTE]

Although I am fairly good at...
02-08-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,795
Posted By bblair

I think that the ozone thing is pure BS....

I think that the ozone thing is pure BS. Theoretically....maybe. But real life? No.

The problem that I had with Michelins was that they were just so damn hard to put on. Great car tires, crappy...
02-07-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,766
Posted By bblair

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Simple bike hooks, about $1 or $2 a piece on ebay. 2x4 from Lowes. That was the...
02-06-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,741
Posted By bblair

Of course. Local brew if possible, IPA if...

Of course.

Local brew if possible, IPA if available.

Why do you think cycling computers have a "calories burned" display? Divide by 150 and that's how many beers you can have and break even.
...
02-06-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,389
Posted By bblair

As I see it, the question is thus: "Will the...

As I see it, the question is thus: "Will the enjoyment I get out of a new bike out weigh the aggravation I get from my spouse for spending?"

I think you know the answer, otherwise you would not be...
12-13-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,993
Posted By bblair

My bike just feels faster/more responsive/looks...

My bike just feels faster/more responsive/looks cooler, what ever with new tires. So once a year, every 4-5000 miles I put on a fresh set. Not point in pushing them to the limit, they are not that...
12-12-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,624
Posted By bblair

I like the Zwifthacks events site because it is...

I like the Zwifthacks events site because it is easier for me to filter the type of ride I want. For example, Cycling only, Workout, Today or whatever. Lately I have been doing the group rides and...
12-12-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,188
Posted By bblair

There is a way to spin down on Zwift, at least...

There is a way to spin down on Zwift, at least with my KickR Snap. On that initial screen where is shows your linked devices, there is a little wrench icon under the trainer. Click that and you'll go...
11-17-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 687
Posted By bblair

I have had terrible luck with Performance-branded...

I have had terrible luck with Performance-branded tubes. They seemed to fail where the valve stem attaches to the tube. A few blew at installation.

Name brands, such as Continental, are not that...
11-17-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,814
Posted By bblair

I think I need one. Not because it is the...

I think I need one. Not because it is the greatest thing ever, but because in my quest to have a bike from every material. Hit the cycle, so to speak.
11-15-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By bblair

It can help, with things such as seat height,...

It can help, with things such as seat height, stem length, but it's like when someone tells you to "act natural for the picture," you just can't do it the same.
11-08-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 13,358
Posted By bblair

Don't ride every day. No matter your fitness...

Don't ride every day. No matter your fitness level, recovery is important.

Find some other folks to ride with and the time flies by, but make sure they are around the same fitness level and people...
11-04-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,973
Posted By bblair

My family thinks that I have sort of bicycle...

My family thinks that I have sort of bicycle accumulation disorder, but you guys are at a whole new level. Thanks for making me feel somewhat normal. And time to start looking for another bike.
11-03-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,769
Posted By bblair

I was hoarding beer, but I can't seem to keep it...

I was hoarding beer, but I can't seem to keep it in stock.
10-21-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,689
Posted By bblair

I see police on bikes blow through stop signs and...

I see police on bikes blow through stop signs and traffic lights all the time. Once it even pissed me off enough to write to them...fellow cyclist, set a good example..all that crap. Never even got...
10-21-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,973
Posted By bblair

In the basement. With 2 exceptions: my 1974...

In the basement. With 2 exceptions: my 1974 Falcon which I made into a single speed errand runner. And my Trek Tandem because its too damn heavy to schlep up and down the stairs....
10-19-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,317
Posted By bblair

I guess that would depend on the load and...

I guess that would depend on the load and direction. Maybe I will place a few more screws, I do have a full box of them and no other projects in the works.
10-19-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,317
Posted By bblair

Thanks for help and ideas. My struggle was with...

Thanks for help and ideas. My struggle was with attaching something to a concrete cinderblock wall. Youtube to the rescue! I found these Tapcon screws and they worked great. Of course, now I have...
10-13-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,166
Posted By bblair

You guys are missing the point. If you ride a new...

You guys are missing the point. If you ride a new area, each one is a PR!

Ride new places and each time it's your best!

FWIW, last week I got a message from RWGPS: Congratulations, you set a...
10-06-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,867
Posted By bblair

Even if it weren't great exercise, I'd do it...

Even if it weren't great exercise, I'd do it because it's fun. Someone described it as the closest thing to flying. Plus, you meet great people and see great places.

And, there is an unlimited...
10-06-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,598
Posted By bblair

Here is my Falcon. Bought circa 1974 and sold it...

Here is my Falcon. Bought circa 1974 and sold it to a friend. Decades later, he gave it back to me, wheels trashed. I converted it to a single speed errand runner.
...
10-03-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,974
Posted By bblair

Ride went great today! I carried a few allen...

Ride went great today! I carried a few allen wrenches to make adjustments. The only one that frustrated me was that I couldn't push the seat farther back and tilt it up slightly. The seatpost that I...
10-02-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,974
Posted By bblair

It's done and ready to ride! Much thanks to all...

It's done and ready to ride! Much thanks to all here who have offered advice, encouragement and sold me some hard to find parts. Tomorrow will probably be my maiden voyage, unless it is too cold...
09-30-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,974
Posted By bblair

Just bumping this along. Almost done! Drive...

Just bumping this along. Almost done!

Drive train all done, brakes installed. Cinelli bars on and tapped up. I rehabilitated an old set of Look Keo pedals thanks to a Youtube video. Not vintage,...
09-27-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,056
Posted By bblair

I rode my first couple of centuries on a...

I rode my first couple of centuries on a Continental back in the mid 70's. Jean shorts, T-shirt.....

My attempt at restoration involved stripping it and taking it to Earl Scheib (home of the...
09-18-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,447
Posted By bblair

The only thing that I have standardized are...

The only thing that I have standardized are pedals. I don't want to have different shoes for different bikes.
08-26-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,184
Posted By bblair

Depreciation? I would take that into account...

Depreciation?

I would take that into account buying a house or a car, but not a device meant to protect my health. Helmets have a life span, being exposed to sun, heat, UV, etc.

Let me take a...
08-25-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,433
Posted By bblair

That's all fine, but a better indicator is to...

That's all fine, but a better indicator is to closely follow (and document) your IBU's, ABV's and assorted Scoville Units. Currently I am at 75, 8 and a million.
08-25-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,184
Posted By bblair

Thanks for that video, it confirms what I...

Thanks for that video, it confirms what I thought. $200 for a slot to store my sunglasses seems a bit much.

I guess I could follow my wife's lead and buy the one that goes with my outfit.
08-25-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,184
Posted By bblair

I need a new helmet. Why so expensive?

It's been a few years, so time for a new helmet. It is my understanding, perhaps wrong, that they all meet the same safety standars. Most use the MIPs type of retention/adjustments. Look to be of the...
08-20-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,862
Posted By bblair

Not while riding but in the parking lot when we...

Not while riding but in the parking lot when we gather and I bring one with me for when (and if) we stop at a convenience store. Everyone in my group does the same.
08-15-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,503
Posted By bblair

Yes. Same wheels, same struggles, until my LBS...

Yes. Same wheels, same struggles, until my LBS showed me the trick too. Work the tire into the center channel of the rim which is slightly smaller in diameter than the seating area. No tools needed.
08-15-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,640
Posted By bblair

Yes, go for it! With qualifications: The...

Yes, go for it! With qualifications:

The ultimate, fast as hell bike might be very uncomfortable for you. Not fun. An upright, hybrid style might be slow. So, go to a good LBS and discuss exactly...
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