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Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,003
Posted By rm -rf

Stats vs a training plan I don't do a power...

Stats vs a training plan
I don't do a power based training plan. There, you can set goals for a big event day and see how you are progressing. Are the structured workouts improving fitness?
I use...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,003
Posted By rm -rf

I considered upgrading my left side Stages...

I considered upgrading my left side Stages Ultegra to two sided. But it appears that the right side Ultegra crankset design makes it difficult to get good accuracy. I decided it wasn't worth the...
06-30-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,285
Posted By rm -rf

Animal Control The county Animal Control...

Animal Control
The county Animal Control officers are really good at follow up. They will visit the owner (if you know where the dog came from), and do rabies tests, etc if a rider was bitten. ...
06-30-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,285
Posted By rm -rf

The main rule is: Nothing works with every dog. ...

The main rule is: Nothing works with every dog.

My cycle club had a dog trainer give a talk. She emphasized the difference between a dog that wants to chase you away and one that wants to attack...
06-27-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By rm -rf

Air volume A tire and wheel inflated cross...

Air volume
A tire and wheel inflated cross section is somewhat like a circle. So the air volume is that cross section area x the tire "length", the circumference. The more air volume, the less...
06-27-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By rm -rf

I hadn't seen this calculator. It accounts for...

I hadn't seen this calculator. It accounts for tire type, rim width, riding surface, etc. Good.

At 170 lbs, with wide 20.5 mm internal width rims, GP5000 tires with tubes. On these rims, my tires...
06-20-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By rm -rf

I've never tried Garmin Connect routes. I always...

I've never tried Garmin Connect routes. I always use ridewithgps routes. My planned routes with out-and-back U-turns in the route always work on Garmins. (I can't think of any out-and-back failures.)...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,143
Posted By rm -rf

I thought that the 11 cog was mainly "marketing"....

I thought that the 11 cog was mainly "marketing". But it does have a couple of uses:
1. I can keep pedaling on steeper downhills, mainly to keep my legs moving.
2. The smallest two cogs aren't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,143
Posted By rm -rf

It's too bad that triples are essentially...

It's too bad that triples are essentially extinct. That allows close ratios along with very low gears.

I use my 34-32 low gear even on moderate grades. It's nice to have the choice to spin up the...
05-26-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 706
Posted By rm -rf

EDIT-- I was a bit late with this reply. I'll...

EDIT-- I was a bit late with this reply. I'll leave it anyway.

Like the other replies mentioned, chains have to have an even number of links. The master link is just the outer plate link. There...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,554
Posted By rm -rf

I often use 3-second and 30-second views...

I often use 3-second and 30-second views together, which is very helpful for pacing. "30 second is dropping, add more power....oh, that's too much, ease back a bit." I also have a separate Garmin...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,554
Posted By rm -rf

I'll recommend Stages single sided over 4iiii...

I'll recommend Stages single sided over 4iiii single sided. See below for the poor 4iiii support when it broke.

The stages doesn't have annoying 1-second extreme power numbers. Every few rides, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,797
Posted By rm -rf

The Sidi Mega MTB shoes weren't quite right for...

The Sidi Mega MTB shoes weren't quite right for me. I also had no luck finding cushy insoles to replace the thin Sidi insoles. I couldn't find insoles wide enough that still were reasonably the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,533
Posted By rm -rf

Is the battery's cable connected completely? ...

Is the battery's cable connected completely?
When I replaced my seat tube battery (after 5 years!), I didn't click the cable in all the way. There's an initial click feel/sound, but it's not in all...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 973
Posted By rm -rf

Slightly off topic: Merging two separate...

Slightly off topic: Merging two separate recordings to make one longer ride:
I googled this for another rider that mistakenly stopped his recording mid-ride (by pressing buttons without reading the...
04-28-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,522
Posted By rm -rf

It's an alignment tool for welding custom bike...

It's an alignment tool for welding custom bike frames.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,082
Posted By rm -rf

The Campagnolo electronic derailleur can be...

The Campagnolo electronic derailleur can be "unlatched" when dead, and moved to a different gear. By pulling on the derailleur body, I think? A nice design. I've never seen one around here.
04-28-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 951
Posted By rm -rf

Will you have toe overlap? I have a custom...

Will you have toe overlap?

I have a custom Ti frame that was made for all-day road riding and for gravel roads. The designer wanted to have minimal toe overlap, but I told him it wouldn't be a...
04-27-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,417
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, be in the left tire track of the middle...

Yes, be in the left tire track of the middle lane. For road sensors and following cars, I'll move up as far as practical, a bit past any white stopping line, for example. And if I can see a sensor...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,250
Posted By rm -rf

Pinch flats It's a combination of speed and the...

Pinch flats
It's a combination of speed and the shape of the rock or pothole. I've gotten a few pinch flats on downhills, hitting a large chunk of sharp edged gravel that had been kicked out onto an...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,082
Posted By rm -rf

I do try to keep the battery at 50% or more. But...

I do try to keep the battery at 50% or more. But sometimes I just don't check often enough. It's easier to remember if it's something to be done every ride. Remembering once every week or two is...
04-25-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,098
Posted By rm -rf

Oh, it's one of those foldable metal bollards in...

Oh, it's one of those foldable metal bollards in the video. Terrible.
I've been on paths where they were folded down to allow a maintenance vehicle through. It's still a 2-3 inch tall metal hinge...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,852
Posted By rm -rf

Angry Bees tshirt...

Angry Bees tshirt (https://chrisking.com/products/rolls-good-t-shirt). Chris King.

"Back when hub warranty registration was done by mailing us a postcard, Akiyoshi Takamura coined an infamous...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,082
Posted By rm -rf

I have the older 6800 Di2. When the Di2 status...

I have the older 6800 Di2. When the Di2 status light goes from solid green to blinking green, it's below 50% charge.
I just check every few rides, usually while riding along, by holding the front...
04-24-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,098
Posted By rm -rf

Most of the mid path bollards were removed from...

Most of the mid path bollards were removed from the Little Miami Trail in Ohio. Much safer.

The Laurenceburg Indiana trail has two side by side bollards, splitting the path into narrow thirds.
...
04-22-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,522
Posted By rm -rf

For micro holes, I've had to hold the tube under...

For micro holes, I've had to hold the tube under water for 20 or 30 seconds before the first tiny bubble showed up. There's always a few surface bubbles clinging to the tube. Wipe them off with...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,865
Posted By rm -rf

Running replacement cables Many years ago, I...

Running replacement cables
Many years ago, I posted how to pull a replacement brake cable by sliding thin tubing over the existing cable before removing it. That becomes a guide for the new cable....
04-11-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,952
Posted By rm -rf

Garmin says the training effect is based on the...

Garmin says the training effect is based on the rider's history. The same ride could score differently for a new rider over one that's been training a lot. The range is 0 to 5.
Garmin's ride...
04-11-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 933
Posted By rm -rf

"Crushed stone" rail trails are often hard packed...

"Crushed stone" rail trails are often hard packed and smooth. The crushed stone packs down hard, with a very thin layer of looser bits on top. It's nothing like gravel or sand.

Narrow tires...
04-07-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,614
Posted By rm -rf

I have a 1/4 inch beam Park Tool torque wrench. ...

I have a 1/4 inch beam Park Tool torque wrench. I needed a bigger range than it's maximum, so I got a cheap Harbor Freight click type wrench.
I compared the two within the range of the park tool...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 730
Posted By rm -rf

Quote: Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post...

Quote:
Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post (https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1227635-better-gear-ratio-climbs.html#post22003305)
Then divide the two to compare: 1.0625/1.444 = 0.736 so...
04-06-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,757
Posted By rm -rf

Yeah, cable locks are for very short term...

Yeah, cable locks are for very short term lockups. For a bathroom break, or a snack at a convenience store.
Even fat cable locks can be snipped with good electrician's diagonal cutters. Bend the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 730
Posted By rm -rf

A low gear of 34F - 32R would be 26% easier....

A low gear of 34F - 32R would be 26% easier. That's a lot, maybe three more shifts easier.
I put on a 11-32 for some vacation mountain riding, and kept it on for the smaller local hills. I can stay...
04-04-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,681
Posted By rm -rf

It took a couple of weeks to get used to my Fizik...

It took a couple of weeks to get used to my Fizik curved saddle. Terrible at first, then "okay", then "perfect" after a month. It's slightly nose up, so that the rear portion where I sit is fairly...
04-04-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 903
Posted By rm -rf

Is the shim itself slipping, or does it stay in...

Is the shim itself slipping, or does it stay in place and the post slides down?
On my titanium bike, I had to use some 320 grit sandpaper on the inside of the frame, it was machined way too smooth...
04-04-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By rm -rf

My Wahoo Tickr has a bluetooth phone app. RIght...

My Wahoo Tickr has a bluetooth phone app. RIght now, it shows the standard CR2032 battery is at 4 out of 5 bars.
It seems to work well, I like it.
04-02-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,833
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, like the other comments, for pacing and for...

Yes, like the other comments, for pacing and for post ride review. The review isn't for a training program, I just think it's interesting. (Years ago, I got a Garmin just for map routing, but found I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,695
Posted By rm -rf

Years ago, I went from cracked stock wheels (that...

Years ago, I went from cracked stock wheels (that developed cracked spoke holes after 15000 miles) at a bit over 2000 grams, to a 1550 gram wheelset. Over a pound less. The difference was fairly...
03-29-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,058
Posted By rm -rf

Golden Cheetah (https://www.goldencheetah.org/)...

Golden Cheetah (https://www.goldencheetah.org/) is free, open source software for recorded power meter analysis.

It has a ton of charts and data screens to analyze a ride and to track trends over...
03-29-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,790
Posted By rm -rf

Don't forget "crushed stone". It's not the same...

Don't forget "crushed stone". It's not the same as packed dirt. The fine textured, sharp edged bits interlock, and can be very solid and fast riding. It's sand sized particles, but not at all like...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,398
Posted By rm -rf

Pedros levers are strong and effective....

Pedros levers are strong and effective. Recommended. Way better than the Park Tool levers I tried years ago.
Glass: mount tires with the label at the valve stem. Then when the hole is located on the...
03-29-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 694
Posted By rm -rf

The smaller 830 will be fine for navigating, many...

The smaller 830 will be fine for navigating, many of the local riders that I ride with have 830s. With a loaded route, it pops up turn notifications with direction arrows right on the map, and beeps....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,771
Posted By rm -rf

As some previous posts mentioned, a rear wheel...

As some previous posts mentioned, a rear wheel speed sensor is useful.
1. for an indoor rear wheel trainer.
2. your recorded speed goes to zero as soon as you stop, with none of the usual GPS...
03-15-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 690
Posted By rm -rf

It's hard to see the tooth wear, since modern...

It's hard to see the tooth wear, since modern cassettes have radically shaped teeth. Better to put on a new chain and see if it skips. The new chain's roller spacing will ride up toward the tips of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,155
Posted By rm -rf

Di2 You are getting Di2? It's a very fast, very...

Di2
You are getting Di2? It's a very fast, very reliable shift on any rear cassette. And the front is quite fast and drama free. I shift all the time, often for just a few pedal strokes, then shift...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,841
Posted By rm -rf

Pinch flats I've had a few pinch flats from...

Pinch flats
I've had a few pinch flats from hitting thumb sized square edged rocks on an otherwise very smooth road. Each time, on a downhill. Pinching the tube is very unlikely at slow to moderate...
03-07-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 8,917
Posted By rm -rf

There's all kinds of group rides in larger urban...

There's all kinds of group rides in larger urban areas, from race pace to very casual. Perhaps not as much in more rural areas.

I notice that the local cycle club rides can be faster than the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By rm -rf

Years ago, I liked using heart rate to pace up...

Years ago, I liked using heart rate to pace up very long climbs. I just did it by experience, seeing what heart rate I could maintain. It was helpful keep from going too hard at the bottom of the...
03-07-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,363
Posted By rm -rf

I got into road biking at about age 50, too. My...

I got into road biking at about age 50, too. My PC stores all my Garmin history, back to my first Garmin ride recording in 2010. Grand totals: 44,000 miles, 1,900,000 feet of climbing. Age 50 is...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-06-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,701
Posted By rm -rf

https://ohiotoerietrail.org/interactive-map/ ...

https://ohiotoerietrail.org/interactive-map/

The Southern map is from Xenia to Cincinnati's riverfront. The trail from around mile 7 to mile 55 on the map is the Little Miami Trail. It's very...
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