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09-08-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10,356
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Posted By canklecat

For now, you're not really missing anything if...

For now, you're not really missing anything if you don't have a Wahoo Tickr or something comparable. Training by heart rate may give us that additional 5% edge when we're already in nearly top...
08-21-22, 11:20 PM
Replies: 10,356
Views: 1,323,370
Posted By canklecat

Last week I took my first outdoor ride on the...

Last week I took my first outdoor ride on the Ironman since late 2021. Just an hour and 17 miles, about all my aching neck can tolerate for now.

Lingering vertigo from a bout with COVID last...
07-20-22, 12:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 826
Posted By canklecat

It's all rollers here, with short, steep...

It's all rollers here, with short, steep hillettes. And often very gusty.

I'd prefer classic 1980s-style low profile hard anodized rims, but those tend to need truing often and crack at the spoke...
07-18-22, 10:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 460
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, the aluminum can shim (also via the book...

Ditto, the aluminum can shim (also via the book John E mentioned, which I read as a teenager). I used that on a Salsa two-bolt stem I used to replace the original stem on my Ironman. It was slipping...
05-04-22, 10:42 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,065
Posted By canklecat

I wouldn't expect to see widespread adoption of...

I wouldn't expect to see widespread adoption of laws protecting cyclists from malevolent drivers, including rolling coal. We're in a bizarro world in which a guy can randomly shoot an unidentified...
04-26-22, 11:38 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,065
Posted By canklecat

That's an incredibly stupid and reckless thing to...

That's an incredibly stupid and reckless thing to do in Texas right about now. If you're familiar with a significant change in Texas law in September 2021, you'll understand why it behooves drivers...
04-26-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,801
Posted By canklecat

Coincidentally, I experienced a posterior...

Coincidentally, I experienced a posterior vitreous detachment in 2020, a year after this thread began. I noticed the symptoms during a nighttime bike ride, when there were distant thunderstorms, far...
04-12-22, 01:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,743
Posted By canklecat

Starting to overhaul my 1993 Trek 5900 OCLV in...

Starting to overhaul my 1993 Trek 5900 OCLV in the early 2020 pandemic lull... and getting no farther than installing a new headset that I'll probably replace again soon anyway. The original Chris...
04-11-22, 01:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By canklecat

That's an improvement over my mid-1970s Kirtland...

That's an improvement over my mid-1970s Kirtland Tour Pack bag, although the original mount was simpler. Mine had nylon fabric channels for the mount arms, and used Velcro to secure the back against...
04-11-22, 01:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By canklecat

I'd wax that classic Tamarac bag to keep it in...

I'd wax that classic Tamarac bag to keep it in good shape and somewhat water and stain repellent.

For awhile I used a rolling soft sided cooler as luggage on my heavy comfort hybrid/errand bike...
04-06-22, 12:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By canklecat

Reactions soon after immunizations may indicate a...

Reactions soon after immunizations may indicate a negative reaction to the vaccines. I reacted within 15 minutes to gamma globulin in 1981, which was fairly uncommon.

Other than the usual flu-like...
04-03-22, 01:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By canklecat

That weight gain may also be related to the...

That weight gain may also be related to the Prednisone. It interferes with our natural cortisol level, which is linked to weight, among other things. I gained about 15 lbs after getting Prednisone in...
04-03-22, 01:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By canklecat

It's more likely you're experiencing long haul...

It's more likely you're experiencing long haul COVID symptoms. It's hit me harder and longer than I'd expected, and has affected other folks I know aged 50 or older who caught COVID and were sick-ish...
04-02-22, 02:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By canklecat

Yup. For years I've noticed some boxers -- a...

Yup. For years I've noticed some boxers -- a sport I've followed for decades -- suddenly develop some type of inflammation that required an injection of Prednisone just before a major fight. When...
03-29-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By canklecat

Yup, long haul COVID sucks. I caught the Super...

Yup, long haul COVID sucks. I caught the Super Cooties in September despite the Moderna jabs. No lower respiratory problems, not severe enough for the ER or ICU (unlike some younger friends who...
03-26-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,162
Posted By canklecat

Potatoes. I already knew the typical potatoes...

Potatoes. I already knew the typical potatoes used to make french fries in fast food joints was high on the glycemic index. But a GCN video about a year ago (IIRC, Hank and Conor doing a long ride,...
03-25-22, 01:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,165
Posted By canklecat

Get some Bluetooth sensors for the rear hub and...

Get some Bluetooth sensors for the rear hub and crankset and she can use the free Wahoo Fitness app to record cadence along with other data. I've done that for a few years, and sync to Strava later....
03-25-22, 01:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,430
Posted By canklecat

Regarding climbing and exertion, with age I've...

Regarding climbing and exertion, with age I've had to modify my approach. When I was younger I'd spin easier gears at 90-120 rpm on climbs. But I find the aerobic exertion much more stressful now. So...
03-25-22, 01:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 960
Posted By canklecat

Any signs of corrosion in the threads of the...

Any signs of corrosion in the threads of the adjuster hole? Just grasping at straws here.

That's gonna be a pretty build once it's back together.
03-22-22, 11:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,430
Posted By canklecat

Check with a doctor. But pulmonary edema usually...

Check with a doctor. But pulmonary edema usually won't clear up that quickly.

Sounds more like asthma. Or it might be complications from the ever-mutating SARS virus. While SARS has diminished in...
03-22-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 774
Posted By canklecat

Booger hooks Tread ticklers Rubber rubbers ...

Booger hooks
Tread ticklers
Rubber rubbers
Tire wires
03-22-22, 10:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 832
Posted By canklecat

In ye olden days, some racers used bar-end...

In ye olden days, some racers used bar-end shifters for cobbled classics, cyclocross and stages with mixed terrain. Helps keep both hands on the bar even while shifting. But it mostly limits us to...
03-17-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 971
Posted By canklecat

IIRC, Shimano's entry level cable/housing kits...

IIRC, Shimano's entry level cable/housing kits (supplied with RevoShift twisty-grip shifters and SunRace SLM10 friction shifters) use galvanized cables with sealed and greased cable housings. They're...
03-14-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,774
Posted By canklecat

Smacking a knee into the bar-ends probably...

Smacking a knee into the bar-ends probably indicates an inappropriate bike fit. Usually because the handlebar ends are too narrow, too long, or both. It may also indicate a crankset/pedal Q-factor...
03-14-22, 12:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,922
Posted By canklecat

One reason step-through, mixte and comfort hybrid...

One reason step-through, mixte and comfort hybrid bikes tend to weigh at least 30 lbs is because the true low entry step-through design puts a lot of stress on the frame. So the frame needs to be...
03-12-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,774
Posted By canklecat

Judging from photos and information about the...

Judging from photos and information about the races in which Merckx and others switched from downtube to bar-end shifters, it appears they favored bar-end shifters for races or stages with more...
03-12-22, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 462
Posted By canklecat

I do my own bike fitting. At my age (64) with...

I do my own bike fitting. At my age (64) with chronic pain and challenges to strength and flexibility from multiple injury collisions, I realized it's up to me to find what works best for my body at...
03-12-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,922
Posted By canklecat

Light weight wouldn't be my priority for a bike...

Light weight wouldn't be my priority for a bike used to haul groceries. A hybrid type bike with longer wheelbase will be better balanced for hauling groceries, etc., regardless of weight. One reason...
03-11-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,922
Posted By canklecat

Check out Biria...

Check out Biria (https://biria.com/series/easy-boarding). They're among the few making true easy boarding, low entry step-through frames. Listed weight varies from around 33 lbs on up, with the...
03-11-22, 01:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By canklecat

Nice batch of tools and value. I have the old...

Nice batch of tools and value. I have the old Hozan "Rock Ring" wrench, a classic example of Japanglish translation.
03-08-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 734
Posted By canklecat

Yup, Velox and any cloth tape is a no-go with...

Yup, Velox and any cloth tape is a no-go with latex tubes. Nowadays there are better choices -- tubeless rim tape, or any strong tape like Gorilla tape.

As I mentioned above, keep the valve stem...
03-08-22, 03:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,367
Posted By canklecat

That's not unusual. A longtime friend finally...

That's not unusual. A longtime friend finally retired at around age 75 after decades of teaching and various seasonal side jobs and volunteer work. It was really hard on her and after a couple of...
03-06-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 734
Posted By canklecat

Latex can be durable and go for miles without...

Latex can be durable and go for miles without puncture flats, but they demand meticulously careful installation.

If the tube failed at the base of the valve stem, it's because it was inadequately...
03-04-22, 01:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By canklecat

Origin8 has old school carbon fiber forks with...

Origin8 has old school carbon fiber forks with metal steerer tubes. Not as light as all-carbon fiber, and probably not much lighter than an all-cromo steel fork/steerer. But my old early 1990s Trek...
03-01-22, 01:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,223
Posted By canklecat

iSSi Thump pedals...

iSSi Thump pedals (https://rideissi.com/pedals/thump) on my hybrid for a couple of years. Very good and reasonably priced composite pedals. Slightly concave platform so they fit the natural curve of...
02-28-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 10,356
Views: 1,323,370
Posted By canklecat

Been off the bike awhile. Like... since October...

Been off the bike awhile. Like... since October 2021. Caught the Super Cooties despite being fully vaxxed. Well, caught some kinda respiratory cooties. COVID tests were negative but the symptoms were...
02-24-22, 01:49 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,519
Posted By canklecat

I might ask my doctor about meloxicam....

I might ask my doctor about meloxicam. Unfortunately most NSAIDs trigger my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, so I can't take them for more than a few days at a time. I had to take ibuprofen and...
02-22-22, 12:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,659
Posted By canklecat

Been there, done that, whined about it on bike...

Been there, done that, whined about it on bike forums so much I'm sick of myself. Hit by a car in 2018, broken coracoid process, Grade 4 separation, permanently humped acromion. Almost four years...
02-22-22, 12:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,959
Posted By canklecat

Check some articles on oral rehydration solutions...

Check some articles on oral rehydration solutions (ORS), a generally accepted recipe for emergency rehydration drinks in situations where IVs are unavailable or impractical.

For a few years I've...
02-21-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 507
Posted By canklecat

The widest tires I've put on my 1980s and '90s...

The widest tires I've put on my 1980s and '90s bikes are 700x25 Continental Ultra Sport II and GP Classics. No problems with the frames (chainstays or forks).

However the GP Classics have a raised...
02-17-22, 11:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By canklecat

Ballistol? (Balneol is a personal hygiene...

Ballistol? (Balneol is a personal hygiene lubricant for ones personal area for ones personal, umm... business.) I'm not sure I've ever used Ballistol. I did use CLP years ago, especially the grease,...
02-07-22, 10:56 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,058
Posted By canklecat

Yikes. Yeah, I've had several self-induced crash...

Yikes. Yeah, I've had several self-induced crash injuries, and other sports injuries. But none of those affected my attitude toward cycling or most sports, other than boxing. I quit amateur boxing in...
02-07-22, 10:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,502
Posted By canklecat

Wouldn't matter to me, I still can't digest...

Wouldn't matter to me, I still can't digest legumes. Vegan protein is a waste of money and digestive energy for me. Once in awhile I'll indulge in refried beans or charro beans with Mexican food, or...
02-07-22, 01:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,407
Posted By canklecat

For years, since a 2001 wreck, I've had chronic...

For years, since a 2001 wreck, I've had chronic pain from damaged C1-C2. Recently a full spinal scan showed stenosis throughout the entire neck. So it's not likely to improve, and I'm hesitant to...
02-07-22, 01:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,502
Posted By canklecat

For a year or so I've used Body Fortress whey...

For a year or so I've used Body Fortress whey protein powder. It's the most complete mix I've found and among the cheapest. Whey is just a byproduct and never should cost much. I've tried a few...
02-07-22, 01:12 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,805
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, I didn't do the ride my age thing in...

Yeah, I didn't do the ride my age thing in November when I turned 64. Been battling an upper respiratory inflammation for months, and between the fatigue and vertigo I haven't ridden a bike since...
02-07-22, 01:03 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,519
Posted By canklecat

I've been using calcium HMB from Bulk Supplements...

I've been using calcium HMB from Bulk Supplements for a month. Can't say for certain I notice any difference.

I've gained 10 lbs since November, but that's partly due to all the pecan and pumpkin...
01-24-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 12,074
Posted By canklecat

Continental Ultra Sport II on pretty much any...

Continental Ultra Sport II on pretty much any rim. I started toting a Kool Stop bead jack in my jersey pocket or seat bag every ride, and heavy duty plastic tire levers to remove them.

Eventually...
01-24-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,442
Posted By canklecat

I've learned a few hard lessons from my two...

I've learned a few hard lessons from my two unsatisfactory experiences with doctors and lawyers after being struck by negligent drivers twice in less than 20 years.

First thing I'd do differently...
12-28-21, 02:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By canklecat

Yup, Delta. I still have one for my old iPhone...

Yup, Delta. I still have one for my old iPhone 4s. Good mount for the money. No way will a phone pop out of that thing, and it's well protected in crashes (ask me how I know).
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