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05-16-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 619
Posted By billridesbikes

Remember these are in 'constant' 2012 dollars....

Remember these are in 'constant' 2012 dollars. That is if you bought a bike for $1000 in 2012 and then a new bike for $1200 in 2022 this chart would show you spent 5% less in 2022 on bicycles then in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 792
Posted By billridesbikes

Have you looked at your power during the segment?...

Have you looked at your power during the segment? Are you starting hot and then fading toward the end, especially hill A, if you can do 290W for over 3 minutes why is hill A so low for power? Are you...
05-13-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 157
Posted By billridesbikes

I lower the trainer difficulty to about 20% when...

I lower the trainer difficulty to about 20% when I ride with pace partners for this very reason.
05-13-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 439
Posted By billridesbikes

Correct. And I think Goggle Earth assumes a...

Correct. And I think Goggle Earth assumes a perfect spherical Earth, so there will be some error for that as well. For example if you take 1 degree arcs around the equator on Goggle Earth and compare...
05-13-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 439
Posted By billridesbikes

An accurate way would be to use Goggle maps...

An accurate way would be to use Goggle maps distance measurement tool and trace your route using the breadcrumb method to find the distance of the route. The bike computer will probably measure...
05-13-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 439
Posted By billridesbikes

Subtract 3% from the circumference of the...

Subtract 3% from the circumference of the computer on the bike with the longer distance, and add 4% to the circumference on the computer with the bike of the shorter distance. Now your devices are...
05-12-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 346
Posted By billridesbikes

Because for riders that are the same weight,...

Because for riders that are the same weight, bicycle setup, and no drafting the amount of work (joules) needed to complete a course is the same for both and not dependent on the trainer difficultly...
05-10-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,636
Posted By billridesbikes

No such thing as a groupetto perhaps you mean...

No such thing as a groupetto perhaps you mean gruppetto? It means 'the laughing group' basically the sprinters and others arriving at the finish just before the time cut. For a component group from...
05-09-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,636
Posted By billridesbikes

I always thought grind in Gravel grinder refereed...

I always thought grind in Gravel grinder refereed to hard or unpleasant work or preserving through a difficult task not the pedaling style to be employed.

Gravel Grubbing?
Gravel Travel?
Gravel...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 620
Posted By billridesbikes

Hang them on the top tube to dry. Plus you live...

Hang them on the top tube to dry. Plus you live in the desert, they’ll be bone dry by lunch time in the summer there.
Forum: Triathlon
05-05-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,073
Posted By billridesbikes

What exactly is your daughter's goal, what does...

What exactly is your daughter's goal, what does she want to do? Just have some fun a few times a year or crush the other girls and become the next Laura Bennett?
She is on a team, what does the team...
05-04-22, 08:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 362
Posted By billridesbikes

You can turn off 'start ride reminder' in the...

You can turn off 'start ride reminder' in the menu and I think it'll just start. What do you mean 'not as accurate'? For distance, HR, current speed? These three seem to match up well enough for me.
05-04-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 362
Posted By billridesbikes

Apple watch 7 will auto-detect any cycling and...

Apple watch 7 will auto-detect any cycling and save it to your activities. Having played around with it a bit I think it uses a combination of your current heart rate vs. your historic and resting...
05-04-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,261
Posted By billridesbikes

LMFAO, Not sure what his JST problem was...

LMFAO, Not sure what his JST problem was specifically, but that is NOT how you solder two wires together for a PCB. ‘Might get a short’, yeah you will if you can’t solder properly.
05-03-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 17,132
Posted By billridesbikes

I think I have a CF fork that actually a few...

I think I have a CF fork that actually a few years older than this thread. LOL

Here is my personal opinion: If it worries you to ride a 3 year old CF fork and this worry detracts from your...
05-03-22, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 194
Posted By billridesbikes

Enve ATB challenge

Anyone watching ‘The All Terrain Bike Challenge’ on ENVE’s YouTube channel? I think Josie is my favorite so far, but I like that the contestants are pitted against the clock and course and not each...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 512
Posted By billridesbikes

It’s quite sad to me that the classic entry level...

It’s quite sad to me that the classic entry level racing bike for many years with an Al frame, rim bakes, and entry level group set for ~$1K has gone the way of the dodo bird, later on this old man...
05-01-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,784
Posted By billridesbikes

Question: What is your goal? It is to ride faster...

Question: What is your goal? It is to ride faster generally, or is it to finish 100km or 100miles in good order with out the shame of sitting in the sag wagon?

I think to do long rides you have to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By billridesbikes

I use a GoalZero flip24 (6700mAh) and stash it...

I use a GoalZero flip24 (6700mAh) and stash it either in the seat tube bag or seat bag and run a USB cable to the device. Given the size of the Garmin Varia and head lamp I guess the internal battery...
04-29-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 39,178
Posted By billridesbikes

I get it. As a tech you're at the sharp end of...

I get it. As a tech you're at the sharp end of customer complaints. And Hambini makes and sells bottom brackets so he's hardly a neutral observer.

But frames are not sold based on the BB shell...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,457
Posted By billridesbikes

Yes, Its a skill to ride in a group or paceline....

Yes, Its a skill to ride in a group or paceline. These days I leave the HRM at home and go by power.
If a minute is way too long I usually drop out and wait for a slower paced group to come along....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,457
Posted By billridesbikes

It's so situation dependent you have to go by...

It's so situation dependent you have to go by feel.

I've been in brevets or centuries where spontaneous casual little groups form and we might be going 17-18mph on a flat road with no headwind and...
04-28-22, 08:53 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 39,178
Posted By billridesbikes

As an engineer I will say engineering problems...

As an engineer I will say engineering problems are almost never as simple as lay people make them out to be. Probably especially true in the bicycle industry where you can’t throw nearly unlimited...
04-27-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By billridesbikes

The Garmin UT800 mount is a slot and pin like...

The Garmin UT800 mount is a slot and pin like GoPro. Unscrew the pin, pull it out, then pull the light straight up out the mount.
The radar is the standard Garmin lock. Twist it 90' and pull it...
04-26-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,560
Posted By billridesbikes

Don't talk to women cyclists you don't know and...

Don't talk to women cyclists you don't know and haven't been formally introduced to socially, also don't randomly wave at female cyclists you don't know. Both of these are creepy according to my...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,781
Posted By billridesbikes

I think it's still a good extra eye in the city....

I think it's still a good extra eye in the city. I will note some special circumstances that you have to watch out for.
1) If a car behind you matches your speed for whatever reason (waiting to...
04-23-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 290
Posted By billridesbikes

It may if the frame is twisted and the crank arm...

It may if the frame is twisted and the crank arm is spinning 'out of plane' and not in the direction of travel and feel like a wobble as your knee and foot try to compensate. Can you ride in a...
04-23-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 290
Posted By billridesbikes

Crank arms are usually aluminum so any bending...

Crank arms are usually aluminum so any bending would be bad.
Did you pull the crankarms off and check that you didn't bend or other otherwise damage the BB?

Also you should do a quick check for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,349
Posted By billridesbikes

Still get admiring comments and envy over wanting...

Still get admiring comments and envy over wanting a Ti bike on my 15 yo Lynsky during sportives. Beautiful thing about Ti is the finish looks as good as the day I bought it.

Although I do give her...
04-23-22, 04:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 725
Posted By billridesbikes

Geez Dude, your bike is 8 years old. It’s...

Geez Dude, your bike is 8 years old. It’s dragging up a hill because it’s old, not you my friend!
The solution is quite simple. The issue can only be addressed by a brand new bike.
04-22-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,301
Posted By billridesbikes

This is actually a car culture argument to keep...

This is actually a car culture argument to keep the status quo as is. "All safety problems are caused by drivers (being drunk, on cell phones, dancing to Taylor Swift, etc.) or cyclists 'swerving' or...
04-21-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,817
Posted By billridesbikes

A free solution! Just tape this number:...

A free solution! Just tape this number: (gear-inches x 6)/209 to your handle bars for each of your gears. Next bring a watch to measure your cadence by counting the number of times your left knee...
04-21-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,702
Posted By billridesbikes

The first 'Bicycle Quarterly' article that I...

The first 'Bicycle Quarterly' article that I recall addressed tire width and pressure was from the August 2009 'Minimizing Suspension Losses'. "Wider tires run at lower pressures are very effective...
04-20-22, 03:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,817
Posted By billridesbikes

Apple Watch

The latest Apple watches have a cycling mode. Displays your speed and distance. Also RWGPS will display only your speed on the watch app. No ports on the Apple Watch.
04-19-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 564
Posted By billridesbikes

Wouldn't you just stick one or two on a trailer...

Wouldn't you just stick one or two on a trailer and drive them to the stretch that needs to be cleaned and pick them up afterward?

Seems the objections to protected bike paths are:
1) Too hard to...
04-19-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 564
Posted By billridesbikes

Seems incredible that no one has developed a...

Seems incredible that no one has developed a small narrow version of a street sweeper for MUPs and physically separated bike lanes?

That you can't have a bike lane that's physically separated...
04-19-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 602
Posted By billridesbikes

Sunk Cost Fallacy at its finest. Not a space...

Sunk Cost Fallacy at its finest. Not a space forum, but Artemis is way overpriced for what it does and the Biden administration will not follow through on the Trump administration timeline. It's not...
04-19-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 602
Posted By billridesbikes

Sending men to the moon was a cold war stunt. By...

Sending men to the moon was a cold war stunt. By Apollo 14 people where already complaining that their TV shows where getting interrupted too often and they wanted their normal TV shows back. Pretty...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,095
Posted By billridesbikes

When I started commuting (12m round-trip) I was a...

When I started commuting (12m round-trip) I was a ravenous beast and would bring a pack of oatmeal with me to make at my desk because adding 60 miles a week to my cycling (making it 150~200miles/week...
02-24-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,592
Posted By billridesbikes

GhostRider62 One final thought: maxVO2 is not...

GhostRider62 One final thought: maxVO2 is not athletic destiny. Training is more important. It’s what you do with that oxygen that matters. If you take two athletes with the same maxVO2 but one is...
02-23-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,592
Posted By billridesbikes

You realize that experts are often wrong, even...

You realize that experts are often wrong, even about their own creations? Coggan perhaps underestimated the effects of training or had limited data. This statement seems to be made when there was not...
02-22-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,702
Posted By billridesbikes

That's not my interpenetration of the story. The...

That's not my interpenetration of the story. The issue is that Peloton had one certain standard of quality to ship a bike to a customer, then when the product didn't meet internal standards of...
02-22-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,702
Posted By billridesbikes

The more I learn about Peloton, the less I like...

The more I learn about Peloton, the less I like them as a company. It seems they have something seriously askew with their corporate culture. They had a really good rating on Glassdoor but we’ll see...
02-21-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,673
Posted By billridesbikes

I think, given your history, like some of the...

I think, given your history, like some of the other posters have said you should see a doctor.

And I would use an HRM every workout and look at the results each time to see if anything abnormal...
02-21-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,592
Posted By billridesbikes

MinnMan I'm a never-has-been! And even if...

MinnMan I'm a never-has-been!

And even if 5.5w/kg could get you to the pros, it's not going to win any races. You'll make more money at your day job than fetching water bottles and jackets from...
02-21-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,592
Posted By billridesbikes

PeteHski Oh, I totally agree with you. This...

PeteHski Oh, I totally agree with you.
This (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2361923/) study from mid 1980s shows couch potatoes VO2 declines at 12%/decade but well-trained master athletes declined...
02-21-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,592
Posted By billridesbikes

1) The study was a small group of triathletes...

1) The study was a small group of triathletes over a few years presumably training to near their max potential FTP. But it's consistent with research that shows VO2 max decreases pretty steadily with...
02-21-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,592
Posted By billridesbikes

I don’t know about the average speed, it’s a MTB...

I don’t know about the average speed, it’s a MTB ‘zine so maybe it’s trail riding speed. Reduction of FTP, at least in % terms might be right. Most of what I’ve seen says on average you get about a...
02-20-22, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 391
Posted By billridesbikes

Important corollary to this is: never tell anyone...

Important corollary to this is: never tell anyone what tools you do own. And profess total tool ignorance in any group setting, “A star-nut setter you say? Never heard of that!”
02-20-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 391
Posted By billridesbikes

Depending on the type of torque wrench you have...

Depending on the type of torque wrench you have set the tension back to 0n-m when you’re done.

I think Allen wrenches are to some extent ‘consumable’, even really good ones only tend to last...
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