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09-23-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 339
Posted By Calsun

Check out Radpower and REI for less expensive...

Check out Radpower and REI for less expensive e-bikes. With steep hills the motor may be providing 10% to 100% of the power needed depending on its motor output (expressed in Newton meters or Nm)....
09-23-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By Calsun

Stress crack where the top tube joined with the...

Stress crack where the top tube joined with the seat tube and this is from a short cut taken in production to reduce labor costs. Lucky in a way as often cracks like this arise with the head tube or...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,998
Posted By Calsun

Hubs do not break but spokes do and when a spoke...

Hubs do not break but spokes do and when a spoke is lost there is a good chance of a damaged rim. 3 cross lacing has been used for many many years and is still common on mountain bikes for good...
09-22-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 276
Posted By Calsun

clincher tire direction of rotation

Lately I am finding a tire rotation arrow on even my road tires. Some are difficult to read as with the black on black with the Specialized tires and some are nearly impossible to read as with the...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,389
Posted By Calsun

Synthetic will wick better and breathe better and...

Synthetic will wick better and breathe better and keep you much much cooler. In the 1960's the only bike clothing came from Italy and it was all 100% wool and it was a happy day when synthetic...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Calsun

I pains me to see a bike with front panniers and...

I pains me to see a bike with front panniers and with bottles of bottled water being hauled around the countryside. One does not really need to take the kitchen sink on a tour or evening dress...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,998
Posted By Calsun

Want stronger wheels then go to 3 cross lacing of...

Want stronger wheels then go to 3 cross lacing of the spokes. You can do this easily and only need slightly longer spokes for any given wheel. I have done this and not broken a single spoke in the...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By Calsun

My trips have all started in Arcata and I have...

My trips have all started in Arcata and I have stayed the first night at Richardson Grove SP and then gone through Legget Valley early in the day before it gets too hot. Second night in Mendocino /...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 807
Posted By Calsun

When I started doing long distance trips in the...

When I started doing long distance trips in the 1960's the only bikes available had racing geometry with short chain stays and steep top tube angles and they were terrible for touring use. I had a...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,251
Posted By Calsun

Sleeping bag goes into a stuff sack which is then...

Sleeping bag goes into a stuff sack which is then strapped on top of a ground cloth that is on top of the rear rack. No need to put it inside anything in addition to the stuff sack. I have never used...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,585
Posted By Calsun

I have used only a ground cloth over the years....

I have used only a ground cloth over the years. If there was morning dew or rain or sap if under trees, then I could put part of it over the sleeping bag. The only advantage of a tent is being able...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,662
Posted By Calsun

I take it you do not actually ride anywhere with...

I take it you do not actually ride anywhere with your bike. The first thing one learns with a road bike is to not depend on the front brake or it will send the rider over the handlebars. It is why...
09-22-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By Calsun

Most bike helmets restrict my forward vision and...

Most bike helmets restrict my forward vision and in the past I have used a blade to trim the foam in the front and this has helped a great deal. My last two helmets, a Bell and a Lazar were good from...
09-22-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,434
Posted By Calsun

A heart rate monitor is a good investment. There...

A heart rate monitor is a good investment. There is a formula using your age to calculate a working range for your heart rate as you exercise. Keeps it high enough for fitness gain and not too high...
09-22-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,118
Posted By Calsun

I go slow the first 10 minutes to give my body...

I go slow the first 10 minutes to give my body time to adjust and "get my wind" and it makes a great deal of difference. If I start out fast it works against my body. If your body needs 20 minutes or...
09-22-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 563
Posted By Calsun

Tire pressure is an important factor and over...

Tire pressure is an important factor and over inflatting the tires reduces impact resistance and has no real gain in terms of rolling resistance. A key advantage of "wider" tires is that they hold...
09-22-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 604
Posted By Calsun

Even 10 years ago electric scooters were common...

Even 10 years ago electric scooters were common in China. I was surprised inititally by how quiet the scooters were until I realized that they were battery powered. With battery power they could be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,662
Posted By Calsun

Pro racers often exceed 50 mph on downhill runs...

Pro racers often exceed 50 mph on downhill runs and do worry about heating the rim with standard brakes which have been little changed over the past 100 years. With disc rotors that is no longer a...
09-21-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By Calsun

Nino takes the Scott 780mm bars and cuts them...

Nino takes the Scott 780mm bars and cuts them down to 680mm. Lee McCormick has this to say:

Pushing and pulling the bars as you ride a pump track or trail feature. While wide bars help you push...
09-21-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,576
Posted By Calsun

Nino Schurter commented in an interview that he...

Nino Schurter commented in an interview that he primarily uses 29" tires except for technical downhill courses where he uses the 27.5" tires. Not mention as to the differences in frame geometry which...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By Calsun

One of the hairest experiences I have had on a...

One of the hairest experiences I have had on a bike was on my first long distance ride of 800 miles from university to my parent's home and I mounted a handle bar bag on the bike. At any speed going...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By Calsun

There are very expensive panniers but also very...

There are very expensive panniers but also very inexpensive ones available. My first set was a pair of U.S. Army surplus shoulder bags that I adapted to clip onto a rear bike rack. At the time there...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,784
Posted By Calsun

"Most" means who exactly and it obviously makes a...

"Most" means who exactly and it obviously makes a huge difference in the type of car for starters. A large SUV costs more to buy and finance and has higher DMV fees and higher annual insurance rates...
09-20-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,853
Posted By Calsun

Taking 2-3 hour rides on varying terrain a couple...

Taking 2-3 hour rides on varying terrain a couple times a week is a good way to get your body (butt, legs, shoulders, back) in shape. The more hills the better as they make it easier to do intervals...
09-20-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 866
Posted By Calsun

Nimbleness is primarily a function of head tube...

Nimbleness is primarily a function of head tube angle and fork rake or offset and not frame size. This is apparent when one looks at the Specialize large size road bike frames depending on their...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,097
Posted By Calsun

Dog behavior is largely determined by its...

Dog behavior is largely determined by its breeding and compounded by the owner. A hunting dog is going to be more likely to chase down a cyclist than a sheepdog and then there are the breeds like the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 504
Posted By Calsun

I have a lightweight jacket that has wind...

I have a lightweight jacket that has wind proofing in the front but vented in the back and the sleeves unzip to turn it into a vest. It helps to deal with the wind chill on a bicycle when it is cool...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,097
Posted By Calsun

An air horn is very effective and tends to stop...

An air horn is very effective and tends to stop most animals in their tracks. Amazon sells a Safety-Sport Dog Horn for $15 that includes a belt clip and would be easy to mount on the handlebar for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 579
Posted By Calsun

When bike frames were made from steel the desire...

When bike frames were made from steel the desire to have the lightest and therefore the smallest frame possible may have made sense. But with CF frames there is little to be gained by having a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,686
Posted By Calsun

I bought a pair of the bike underwear with...

I bought a pair of the bike underwear with padding and I like the idea of having multiple pairs for use under padless bike pants. I gives me the ability of hand washing and disinfecting one pair and...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,784
Posted By Calsun

People under estimate the cost of maintaining a...

People under estimate the cost of maintaining a car for commuting to work. The total cost of ownership including the cost of parking in cities which can be $600 a month or more. There seems to be...
09-18-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,853
Posted By Calsun

What works well for many riders is a group ride...

What works well for many riders is a group ride there one can alter the route for "loop" and go from 100 miles to 65 miles or to 35 miles and still end up at the parking lot with everyone else.
09-18-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 868
Posted By Calsun

Tuffy liners will greatly reduce your punctures...

Tuffy liners will greatly reduce your punctures with no need to change tires or tubes. I grew up riding in the Los Angeles area and learned to stay as close to the white fog line as possible (and...
09-18-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 570
Posted By Calsun

In the old days most road bikes had the frame...

In the old days most road bikes had the frame geometry of criterium race bikes and so had steeper head tube angles and less fork rake. Great for short criterium race courses but terrible on the open...
09-18-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 866
Posted By Calsun

It depends on how you plan to use the bicycle....

It depends on how you plan to use the bicycle. For racing the smaller and lighter and stiffer frame has been considered the way to go. But for triathalons and touring a large frame that allows the...
09-18-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,853
Posted By Calsun

If you can average 15 miles per hour for 6 hours...

If you can average 15 miles per hour for 6 hours then a century is not a big deal. But if you try to keep up with more fit riders then your body may "crash" before the end is reached. Keeping up your...
09-18-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Posted By Calsun

Modern Bike

I have had to do most of my purchases online for bike related items and by chance found Modern Bike based in Iowa. There prices were half those of sellers on Amazon and my order shipped out the next...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,419
Posted By Calsun

I have gone tens of thousands of miles on my...

I have gone tens of thousands of miles on my "road" bike. I had it custom built in 1975 and had it done to my specifications. It was made from 531 Reynolds steel. The only modification for touring...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,419
Posted By Calsun

So called "touring" bikes are gross overkill...

So called "touring" bikes are gross overkill unless heading to Patagonia from North America. Road bikes can easily handle the load and it is only the wheels where on should be careful. I went so far...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,005
Posted By Calsun

Any bike worth stealing is going to get stolen if...

Any bike worth stealing is going to get stolen if left unattended. Friends have had success with a stripped down bike (no front derailleur, no lights, no rack, etc.) that they paint black or dayglo...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,784
Posted By Calsun

I would give consideration to a second set of...

I would give consideration to a second set of wheels and tires that provide more shock absorption, puncture resistance, and traction on wet surfaces. Also add fenders to keep clean on the commute.
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09-15-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,576
Posted By Calsun

I would expect that the bike's suspension and...

I would expect that the bike's suspension and frame geometry are going to have by far the greatest impact on trails, especially on the downgrades. A difference in tire radius of 0.75 inches is...
09-15-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 12,062
Posted By Calsun

My first "mountain" bike was a Gary Fisher bike I...

My first "mountain" bike was a Gary Fisher bike I bought in 1985. It worked well enough for the fire roads in Marin county and surrounding areas but was more of a heavy duty cyclocross bike other...
09-15-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 587
Posted By Calsun

I have wood floors throughout much of my house...

I have wood floors throughout much of my house and with the SPD-SL pedals I need to put on the little rubber booty before walking indoors. The extra support provided by the SL version has never been...
09-15-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Calsun

The faster a battery is charged the fewer charge...

The faster a battery is charged the fewer charge cycles it is likely to accept. Best bet is to get a second battery if you really need more range or perhaps consider using your legs to pedal so the...
09-15-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,666
Posted By Calsun

Go with a Class III bike that will not cut out at...

Go with a Class III bike that will not cut out at speeds greater than 18 mph in actual use. At the upper end are the bikes from Specialized and at the lower end is the Yamaha Civante. What you buy in...
09-15-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 339
Posted By Calsun

An e-bike can provide motor assist on the hills,...

An e-bike can provide motor assist on the hills, and also when dealing with wind on a ride. Too much emphasis is placed on the power of the motor which is only an issue if you cannot pedal and need...
09-15-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,772
Posted By Calsun

I would check out the new e-bikes being sold by...

I would check out the new e-bikes being sold by REI which include a $1,999 e-bike with an integrated rear rack (much stronger than the bolt on ones). Add fenders and it would be a good commuter bike....
09-13-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,083
Posted By Calsun

Drop bars are a huge advantage for going up long...

Drop bars are a huge advantage for going up long grades with our without touring kit. Straight bars cost you at least a quarter of your pedal power and the longer the grade the more apparent this...
09-11-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,576
Posted By Calsun

With many XC models I was looking to buy the 27.5...

With many XC models I was looking to buy the 27.5 tires were provided only on the smaller frame sizes and probably to provide a somewhat lower standover height for riders. The Scott 965 I bought was...
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