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01-28-23, 08:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 140
Posted By scottfsmith

Winter shoes is "a bridge too far" for me, I have...

Winter shoes is "a bridge too far" for me, I have way too much specialized bike gear and I feel that will push me over the edge. I am now using double shoe covers, stretchy neoprene ones over heavy...
01-22-23, 08:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 649
Posted By scottfsmith

Iím recently down to N=1. Itís amazingly nice how...

Iím recently down to N=1. Itís amazingly nice how much room I have in the garage now 😁. My endurance bike does it all good enough for me.
01-22-23, 07:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By scottfsmith

I misread your original post and thought you had...

I misread your original post and thought you had only a gravel and endurance bike.. with three bikes I would sell two, just keep the endurance bike. Iím an N-1 convert, I sold my race and mountain...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-23, 03:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 454
Posted By scottfsmith

Another rider here that is enjoying the Conti...

Another rider here that is enjoying the Conti GP5000 S TR 30c tubeless. I got them right when they came out and had only one flat which sealed well enough. The durability seems fine 2000 miles or so...
01-08-23, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By scottfsmith

I am hoping these things will hold indefinitely...

I am hoping these things will hold indefinitely without stitches. I did a total of six different repairs with glue only, and they look and feel bomber. I just washed a couple in the washer/dryer...
01-07-23, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats impressive, both the quality and the price....

Thats impressive, both the quality and the price. I've been repairing my own clothes for 40 years but if I get a tough one I might try the local dry cleaner who also does repairs.

I'm going...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-23, 04:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,118
Posted By scottfsmith

I win!!! 2,065 gallons: ...

I win!!!

2,065 gallons:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/187937206_10215964140256626_7431795761814484478_n_c5750ac188bc856513091c36c6d94daa2def3ef8.jpg
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01-04-23, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By scottfsmith

Fixing bike clothes with B-7000 glue

I'm not sure where to post this but it is "fabric mechanics" so will try here. I ripped some nearly-new shoe covers that I paid a lot of $$ for so I decided to fix them. Here is the repair I did:

...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,963
Posted By scottfsmith

Here is some wax that dripped on the floor after...

Here is some wax that dripped on the floor after my latest lube which I scraped off and put in water for a couple hours:

...
12-09-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,282
Posted By scottfsmith

I'm all good recently but I did have to do some...

I'm all good recently but I did have to do some work to get there on all three points.

Handlebars: My hands were going numb but got a bike fit which put the stem closer and higher and now this is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,963
Posted By scottfsmith

Check out my new experiment of a poor-mans...

Check out my new experiment of a poor-mans version of taking off the chain and agitating it in hot wax. Yes that is Silca SS in the chain cleaner. Spin for a few seconds, let sit for a few minutes...
12-01-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,263
Posted By scottfsmith

Which models? I have the Holbrook Metals (I put...

Which models? I have the Holbrook Metals (I put link above) and the entire lens is prescription. I think most of their other glasses are like this as well.
11-20-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 545
Posted By scottfsmith

To follow up on this I got the Assos RSR Thermo...

To follow up on this I got the Assos RSR Thermo Rain Shell gloves. I am somewhere between medium and large in gloves and the medium was a bit small, it was tight with the thick liner. So I got some...
10-29-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,389
Posted By scottfsmith

We only get a couple weeks of ice so I am biking...

We only get a couple weeks of ice so I am biking most of the winter.. rides are in the afternoon, as opposed to early morning rides in the summer heat. I bought an indoor trainer but only use if...
10-12-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,656
Posted By scottfsmith

I think it is the opposite issue at play here:...

I think it is the opposite issue at play here: some people seem to be stuck on 23mm as the greatest tire since that is what the high quality racing bikes had when they were younger. For a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 772
Posted By scottfsmith

Bike Fit Tuesdays this week is on this topic: ...

Bike Fit Tuesdays this week is on this topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zSd1tjmtRI

There are lots of different potential reasons as this video enumerates.
08-31-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,797
Posted By scottfsmith

You should be able to get one of those thick...

You should be able to get one of those thick plastic drop cloths and just do it inside. Put and old towel on top if you need a margin of safely against it dripping off (e.g. floor is wood). Since the...
08-31-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,797
Posted By scottfsmith

I do it in my garage which is above freezing. ...

I do it in my garage which is above freezing. The sprayer doesn't put out a whole lot of water, something like a pint is all that is needed so it doesn't make too much of a mess. That option may...
08-30-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,797
Posted By scottfsmith

I have a spare one-gallon hand sprayer for my...

I have a spare one-gallon hand sprayer for my yard which I keep full of water. After any salty ride I spray it down, then I blow dry with my air compressor.

The idea of having all the extra hassle...
08-27-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 13,423
Posted By scottfsmith

Some studies have been done to see if this...

Some studies have been done to see if this activation is a problem. Here is a study on mice tumors for example:...
08-19-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,982
Posted By scottfsmith

My cassette goes to 34 and I love it, also I have...

My cassette goes to 34 and I love it, also I have 50-34 in front. I only need to stand when the grade is 20+% which is almost never. Similarly the 50 in front is occasionally too small, but so what...
08-16-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By scottfsmith

Good question! I went back and re-read the report...

Good question! I went back and re-read the report I got and it looks like I mis-read it, argh!!! It had data for field "Saddle (Fore-Aft/Angle)" and just had "-8.4", but in reading the report it...
08-14-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,656
Posted By scottfsmith

If you are racing sure. But the speed difference...

If you are racing sure. But the speed difference is so small that it really does not matter to anyone not racing. Pro races are also generally on good pavement, something us regular riders may not...
07-25-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,040
Posted By scottfsmith

You might try a Halo headband, it has a silicone...

You might try a Halo headband, it has a silicone strip above the face which channels drips around to the back - it sits right against the skin. Only sweat starting below the band makes it on to your...
07-18-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,975
Posted By scottfsmith

If you read your original question the...

If you read your original question the temperature is a major issue, and there is a constant energy spent just to stay cool. Also going faster will in fact make it easier to stay cool, a couple mph...
07-03-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,013
Posted By scottfsmith

OOS is more inefficient so yes you are losing...

OOS is more inefficient so yes you are losing energy relative to other riders if you stand too much. Lots of studies have been done on that, they all come to the same conclusion. It could just be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,752
Posted By scottfsmith

Sweet, thanks! It looks like the apps may in...

Sweet, thanks! It looks like the apps may in fact be reporting the median.. It gives me a 50% of 89 which is my average in Strava. Here is my ride this morning .. no super steep hills so my cadence...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By scottfsmith

Its not a bike, its a "quike" (four wheels)....

Its not a bike, its a "quike" (four wheels). Actually it is something called a Nordic cross-skate, it is like roller skis but with larger wheels. You attach one to each foot. The commercial ones come...
06-13-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By scottfsmith

Following up here on my own thread, I had my...

Following up here on my own thread, I had my first significant puncture today. It was 1/16-1/8" long and the Silca stuff didn't seal it super well.. it sprayed a lot for maybe ten seconds, then some...
06-07-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By scottfsmith

OK the verdict is in .. chain ring bolts! It was...

OK the verdict is in .. chain ring bolts! It was completely silent up all the hills. Thanks Clyde it would have taken me a long time to get to that point at the rate I was going.
06-01-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,558
Posted By scottfsmith

I bet if Strava ran a data analysis on all the...

I bet if Strava ran a data analysis on all the miles in their database done on so-called gravel bikes they would see that 95% of those miles were on pavement. Personally for me it is a lot of work to...
05-26-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 440
Posted By scottfsmith

Maybe on those nice California roads it is, but...

Maybe on those nice California roads it is, but in Baltimore I get a lot of punctures in my tires and some don't seal well. I put on new tires recently and there were four plugs in my rear tire when...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,019
Posted By scottfsmith

I am close to you (weight, bike model, tire...

I am close to you (weight, bike model, tire model) and am at a similar spot on pressures as where you are at now. I run them a bit less in wet conditions.
05-10-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,386
Posted By scottfsmith

I do a lot of summer training at night. I am a...

I do a lot of summer training at night. I am a night person and have tons of energy then so it works great. The only downside I find is I don't push it quite as hard in flats/downhills due to...
05-10-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 988
Posted By scottfsmith

I'm a huge fan of multiple wheel sets. I have one...

I'm a huge fan of multiple wheel sets. I have one bike (Specialized Roubaix, endurance) and use it for road (30mm Conti GP5000 S TR, Roval CLX50), gravel (35mm Conti Terra Speed, Light Bicycle WR50),...
05-09-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By scottfsmith

I am no expert but my carbon rim had less damage...

I am no expert but my carbon rim had less damage than that and my LBS said I should replace it. The bad part is where it has delaminated at the rim. Your LBS seems particularly ignorant in suggesting...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-02-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By scottfsmith

Lightest 16" wheel setup?

I don't have a folding bike but I am making something with 16" wheels which I want the lightest possible everything on. I have some 16" tubeless-compatible carbon wheels weighing 300g and I want to...
04-12-22, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By scottfsmith

Hint: hair or beard trimmers work great for...

Hint: hair or beard trimmers work great for removing them. As an added bonus there is some visceral enjoyment with giving your tires a haircut.
Forum: Framebuilders
04-09-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,455
Posted By scottfsmith

Indeed. I decided to order some full side panels...

Indeed. I decided to order some full side panels in aluminum and use those to prototype. Its $12 a panel including materials, cutting, shipping, and tax .. it seems worth the cost to get a realistic...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-08-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,455
Posted By scottfsmith

Well I decided to do carbon fiber after all, but...

Well I decided to do carbon fiber after all, but replacing the whole side panels. The site sendcutsend.com will cut out my design and ship it for $80 total.. cheaper than a sheet of aluminum! I...
04-05-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,424
Posted By scottfsmith

I'm doing well with the new Silca stuff on my...

I'm doing well with the new Silca stuff on my TRs. Not that I tried anything else.

The only problem I had was the rim tape blew out at 2AM this morning.. got woken up with this whoosh sound. ...
03-27-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,424
Posted By scottfsmith

That is similar to what my Vittoria Terreno Dry...

That is similar to what my Vittoria Terreno Dry looked like. Definitely a factory return. I had no problems getting my money back.

After seeing all these threads I decided to mount one of my S...
03-24-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,653
Posted By scottfsmith

Statins are nearly junk. Here is a new study,...

Statins are nearly junk. Here is a new study, throw this one at your doc:

https://maryannedemasi.com/publications/f/new-analysis-shows-statins-have-minimal-benefits

The summary is there is only...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,595
Posted By scottfsmith

They were blinking lights. They used a magnetic...

They were blinking lights. They used a magnetic induction method which lit the light with each wheel rotation:



They also go on to state that blinking lights were illegal and they needed to get...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-22, 07:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,595
Posted By scottfsmith

Front lights are not for preventing head-on...

Front lights are not for preventing head-on collisions. They are for preventing cars pulling out (or backing out) on to your street, and for cars taking right turns where there may be a bike stopped...
03-13-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,383
Posted By scottfsmith

There's a fight that will never be won, the...

There's a fight that will never be won, the younger generation is buying online whatever the LBS does. The LBS had better get in to service accessories and fitting big time, that's going to be the...
03-07-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 898
Posted By scottfsmith

It sounds like another potential counterfeit on...

It sounds like another potential counterfeit on Amazon. Any name brand bike part on Amazon I am suspicious of.
02-19-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,624
Posted By scottfsmith

We get around two weeks of salty roads per year....

We get around two weeks of salty roads per year. I just hose down my bike after a salty ride (using a yard pump sprayer, hose is frozen), then blast dry with air compressor. I could do this for a...
02-17-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,130
Posted By scottfsmith

It was intended to be amusing .. its a running...

It was intended to be amusing .. its a running joke in our household. I exaggerated a bit for impact .. 2 months in the winter but in the sweaty summer its once a week into the laundry, whether they...
02-17-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,130
Posted By scottfsmith

40+ years without sores here. This is...

40+ years without sores here.

This is getting off topic but it is more important to cultivate a good skin microbiome than it is to wash wash wash. See...
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