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Forum: Touring
11-25-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,568
Posted By Calsun

My first tour I carried a load of 25 lbs with my...

My first tour I carried a load of 25 lbs with my groundcloth, camp stove, fuel bottle, tools, food, and extra clothing. My second tour I knew exactly what was needed an my total weight of what I took...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 697
Posted By Calsun

Start a few inches away from the stem as you do...

Start a few inches away from the stem as you do not need it where you will never put your hands. I like to wrap thin foam material along the top vertical sections of the handlebar to increase its...
11-25-22, 05:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,199
Posted By Calsun

The BMI of the rider makes a great deal of...

The BMI of the rider makes a great deal of difference. I rode with a friend who was my height but weighed an extra 20 lbs. As a result I was faster going up the grades and he was faster on the...
11-25-22, 05:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 853
Posted By Calsun

It is dumb to make a blanket statement about...

It is dumb to make a blanket statement about "California" as enforcement varies greatly by area as does the attitudes of law enforcement. It is like saying French policemen do whatever as a...
11-25-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 12,332
Posted By Calsun

The point I was making is that with any bike...

The point I was making is that with any bike shorts (and I have been using them on multi day tours since 1970) is that there will be a buildup of skin and sweat and the chamois becomes a perfect...
Forum: Touring
10-07-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,891
Posted By Calsun

I take a combination ground cloth and tarp with a...

I take a combination ground cloth and tarp with a lenght of line and plastic tent stakes. I dislike riding in the rain and so avoid trips in areas where it is likely to rain unless I can find a motel...
10-07-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,877
Posted By Calsun

Overseas we rent a bike. The airlines charge very...

Overseas we rent a bike. The airlines charge very high baggage fees and they are tough on luggage and take no responsibility for any damage. I had a very strong Pelican case destroyed by the American...
10-07-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,287
Posted By Calsun

I have far less sinus congestion when I ride and...

I have far less sinus congestion when I ride and that happens even when the outside pollen count is high. My body's immune system is better regulated in this regards. Having a stronger back and...
10-07-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,124
Posted By Calsun

Where I prefer to ride there are frequently winds...

Where I prefer to ride there are frequently winds coming across the ocean and a 8-10 mph wind take a fair amount of energy to overcome and maintain my speed. With the e-bike I use it with a 25% pedal...
10-03-22, 06:16 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,231
Posted By Calsun

Most wheels are made to be as light as possible...

Most wheels are made to be as light as possible and not as strong as possible. For touring I made my own wheels and used 4 cross lacing to make them as durable as possible. A lot depends on the tire...
10-02-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By Calsun

Watts is not important but rather the power from...

Watts is not important but rather the power from the motor which is measured and stated in Nm or Newton meters. Mountain bikes often can provide higher power as with the Trek Powerfly e-bike rated at...
10-02-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,415
Posted By Calsun

Most our pedal effort goes into overcoming air...

Most our pedal effort goes into overcoming air drag. Even a 10 mh headwind drops my average speed by 3 mph. A tailwind is another matter as a friend and I had a strong tailwind coming off the ocean...
10-02-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,877
Posted By Calsun

I met a couple who go every year to the Yucatan...

I met a couple who go every year to the Yucatan in Mexico and use their folding bicycles that go be air and then are carried on the bus to the town they will use for their base. This would also be...
Forum: Recumbent
10-02-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,462
Posted By Calsun

The 2-pin clipless shoes have been around for...

The 2-pin clipless shoes have been around for more than 25 years and they have an outer area around the cleat for walking. An alternative are shoes like the Five Ten made for mountain bikes and put...
09-13-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,967
Posted By Calsun

Go to a bike shop and sit on some of the bikes...

Go to a bike shop and sit on some of the bikes and take note of the position of the brake levers on the handlebars. You may need new brake levers to get what you need.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 528
Posted By Calsun

Forging will make for stronger parts but also...

Forging will make for stronger parts but also more expensive to buy. CNC is a very inexpensive process and one seldom knows what materials is used. Often there is a statement as to the use of...
09-13-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By Calsun

A good bike shop should set the front brake so...

A good bike shop should set the front brake so less force can be applied by the rider although this is more difficult to do with the new hydraulic disc brakes on bikes.

What have never been...
09-13-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,825
Posted By Calsun

I am amazed how the majority of riders I see on...

I am amazed how the majority of riders I see on the roads are wearing dull and inconspicuous clothing. I almost hit a kid on a bike who was out riding at night with black pants and a black shirt. I...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,146
Posted By Calsun

When touring I can manage 15 mph with ease and so...

When touring I can manage 15 mph with ease and so the distance I can travel depends on the amount of daylight as riding at dusk is a good way to become road kill. Going 140 miles in a day was not a...
09-13-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Posted By Calsun

Our perspectives are warped by the media. Growing...

Our perspectives are warped by the media. Growing up my access to the news was largely from newspapers and I would not be reading about a **** or a trafffic accident in the next town or the next...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,181
Posted By Calsun

A lot depends on how far you want to ride each...

A lot depends on how far you want to ride each day as motels may be more than 100 miles apart and there are areas where there are few any restaurants. My first long trip was from near the Oregon...
09-13-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 780
Posted By Calsun

What is important is the position of your hips...

What is important is the position of your hips relative to the cranks and it is different for everyone. I want to have my weight on the saddle so that when pedaling and in the saddle as much leg...
09-13-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,231
Posted By Calsun

The spokes on opposite sides of the wheel support...

The spokes on opposite sides of the wheel support the weight of you and the bike. Put too much of a load on one side and spokes can be damaged and then the rim of the wheel. Not a big deal to re-true...
09-13-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,017
Posted By Calsun

I only buy Campy and Shimano brake and shifter...

I only buy Campy and Shimano brake and shifter cables. They cost more but they will last for many years. Not worth trying to save a few dollars on a bike with off brand cables.
09-13-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 830
Posted By Calsun

A pain reliever is not a good idea as it will...

A pain reliever is not a good idea as it will result in overuse and added injury. I was proscribed a cortisone injection for a torn rotator cuff and the pain went away completely and so I continued...
09-12-22, 10:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,034
Posted By Calsun

Before I started using the larger diameter...

Before I started using the larger diameter Cinelli bars I would wrap thin foam strips around the bars before putting on the handlebar tape. Easy to adjust the thickness depending on how many times...
Forum: Touring
09-12-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,181
Posted By Calsun

Bike tour companies transport a group of riders...

Bike tour companies transport a group of riders with a van and a trailer that carries the bikes. The support people provide a sag wagon, tools for repairs, food, and arrange lodging. The only...
09-12-22, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 558
Posted By Calsun

Lots of posts by unhappy customers of Canyon who...

Lots of posts by unhappy customers of Canyon who cannot get warrnty work done or ordered bikes delivered. Safer to walk into a local Trek or Specialized or Giant bike dealer. I found with all three...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 05:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,616
Posted By Calsun

If the frame is too large you will be stretched...

If the frame is too large you will be stretched out too far on the frame and this will make for a less pleasant ride. Start by getting a bike that has the right size frame for your body.

Be aware...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 755
Posted By Calsun

For the past 50 years when I get a new bike I add...

For the past 50 years when I get a new bike I add bike wrap to the center section of the handlebar between the two brake levers. This helps a great deal by spreading the weight on my hands over a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,005
Posted By Calsun

I do not use front panniers as I do not want the...

I do not use front panniers as I do not want the wind to affect the steering of the bike. Even with only rear panniers and my body I was at a place on Hwy 1 in California that is aptly called...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 821
Posted By Calsun

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008YA0Z44/ref=p...

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6 pairs of Adida socks in black or white and low or medium tops for $20
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 1,775
Posted By Calsun

For recovery what has worked best for me is a...

For recovery what has worked best for me is a meat free diet during a tour. Pancakes for breakfast, raisins and nuts for lunch, rice or pasta for dinner with some veggies. Lots of interest and...
09-12-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 853
Posted By Calsun

I left the 46T chainring on my bike but changed...

I left the 46T chainring on my bike but changed out the cassette that was 11-42T with one that is 11-34T. I get more options in the higher gears with this cassette. When I raced I had a bike with a...
09-12-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,354
Posted By Calsun

No scientific basis to needing to drink water...

No scientific basis to needing to drink water continually. What is important is keeping the body's core temperature at a safe level to avoid heatstroke. There is a problem with lack of sodium for...
09-12-22, 05:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,354
Posted By Calsun

No scientific basis to needing to drink water...

No scientific basis to needing to drink water continually. What is important is keeping the body's core temperature at a safe level to avoid heatstroke. There is a problem with lack of sodium for...
09-12-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,053
Posted By Calsun

In the morning before the winds come up and it is...

In the morning before the winds come up and it is cooler. Where I ride there can often be 15-18 mph wind by 11am and that is not a lot of fun. Even a crosswind exerts two-thirds the vector force of a...
09-12-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 755
Posted By Calsun

Constant pressure can result in nerve damage. To...

Constant pressure can result in nerve damage. To prevent this I add an extra layer of wrap on the top flat section of the handlebars and move my hands from there to the top of the brake levers when...
09-12-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 830
Posted By Calsun

I use these for tennis elbow and they have two...

I use these for tennis elbow and they have two pieces of silicon pad material that works very well. No reduction in arm blood flow with these.
...
09-12-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 433
Posted By Calsun

A friend with who I have done long bike tours was...

A friend with who I have done long bike tours was constantly getting sores but I have never had a problem. The difference is that I wear jocky shorts and put on a clean pair under my bike shorts at...
09-12-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,647
Posted By Calsun

The notion that because people are on an e-bike...

The notion that because people are on an e-bike they are going to be going at 30 mph is silly and one can spend 10 minutes at a bike path and simply observe to know this is not the case. A Class III...
08-30-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,379
Posted By Calsun

No one makes a full recovery after Covid. The...

No one makes a full recovery after Covid. The damage done to the lungs and brain and other organs is permanent.

The U.S. Veterans Administration released a recent study that found that vets who...
08-30-22, 01:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,178
Posted By Calsun

The problem is not with electrolytes during a...

The problem is not with electrolytes during a singe day's ride. It is rather a problem with dehydration as it results in a thickening of the blood and reduced circulation which resulted in the...
08-30-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,798
Posted By Calsun

Intervals provide the best results and provide an...

Intervals provide the best results and provide an opportunity for the body to recover from short high intensity periods. This is why I love hilly countryside as intervals occur naturally. There is an...
08-30-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,142
Posted By Calsun

Neither you or the frame builder know enough...

Neither you or the frame builder know enough about frame geometry to get it right. The fault lies with you as I would not expect a frame welder to know this. I take a bike that does work for me and...
08-30-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,549
Posted By Calsun

My primary concern with any bike frame is the...

My primary concern with any bike frame is the reach or distance from the saddle to the handlebars. Older bikes had short top tubes and were designed after criterium race bikes and not at all good for...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-22, 08:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,829
Posted By Calsun

Specialized bikes as with Giant are made in...

Specialized bikes as with Giant are made in Taiwan - hence the higher quality of the manufacture of these bikes.
08-23-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By Calsun

Better to take a very long extension cord and a...

Better to take a very long extension cord and a spare battery.
08-23-22, 03:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,358
Posted By Calsun

There is the mistaken belief that one can recover...

There is the mistaken belief that one can recover from a Covid viral infection despite all evidence to the contrary. There is permanent damage to the body. It if more like children getting scarlet...
08-18-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 859
Posted By Calsun

I can use readers with the bifocal section at the...

I can use readers with the bifocal section at the bottom to be able to read the computer display or to use my iphone. I pay $15 for most and they come in varing tints and amount of tint. My darkest...
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