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Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,731
Posted By Calsun

In your situation I would first try using...

In your situation I would first try using narrower tires. When I have noticed a big difference is with stiffer frames so more of my pedal energy gets to the rear cogs and moving the bike forward....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By Calsun

On my long tours I only use rear panniers but...

On my long tours I only use rear panniers but have experienced problems with cross winds or tractor trailer rigs passing by me on the road. There is a section on Hwy 1 in Big Sur known as Hurricane...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By Calsun

I have the Bell Z20 helment and it vents well and...

I have the Bell Z20 helment and it vents well and fits well and does not block my forward vision at all. With previous helmets I had to trim away the foam in the front to be able to see far enough...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,611
Posted By Calsun

Bike parts do not wear out for the most part and...

Bike parts do not wear out for the most part and so Shimano needs a new gimmick to increase sales (normally). My first electronic addition to a bike was a Cateye computer that provided speed and...
06-30-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 684
Posted By Calsun

I had ear damage as a child and so I have long...

I had ear damage as a child and so I have long been more sensitive to cold air coming into my ears when riding. I keep cotton balls in my truck and in my eyeglass case and put a small bit of cotton...
06-30-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Calsun

I road a lot with a friend who weighed over 250...

I road a lot with a friend who weighed over 250 lbs and was constantly breaking spokes. I suggested he have the wheels rebuilt with better spokes and with 3-cross lacing. After he did that his spoke...
06-30-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,775
Posted By Calsun

What has worked for me in the past has been to...

What has worked for me in the past has been to take an hour and find the name of the CEO and the address for the company headquarters and written a letter and put it in the mail. I cut past all the...
06-30-22, 01:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,078
Posted By Calsun

Too little to measure or to matter. The work you...

Too little to measure or to matter. The work you do is to overcome air drag from your body. Tires have gotten wider even for the pro riders with the realization that skinny tires does not translated...
06-30-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 799
Posted By Calsun

With heavier e-bikes one needs to add special...

With heavier e-bikes one needs to add special equipment if you want to do it yourself. I added more tools for our bikes that I did not need with my non electric road bikes. I addedd the Park Tools...
06-26-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 386
Posted By Calsun

https://hiplok.com/product/hiplok-d1000-anti-angle...

https://hiplok.com/product/hiplok-d1000-anti-angle-grinder-bike-lock-waitlist/
06-26-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,798
Posted By Calsun

Are you being serious? It has been known for over...

Are you being serious? It has been known for over a century that people develop scurvy when they lack fruit in their diet. Sailors were given limes to prevent scurvy on long voyages. The body can...
06-26-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 587
Posted By Calsun

I have my smartphone in a plastic case that will...

I have my smartphone in a plastic case that will absorb some of the shock if I drop the phone onto pavement. Battery life is OK if I have disabled apps from running in the background and have WiFi...
06-26-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By Calsun

I use the Topeak saddle bags that clip onto a...

I use the Topeak saddle bags that clip onto a bracket and are easy to remove. On the ends I added Varia mounts that through bolt to the end of the bag and allow me to adjust the angle of the Varia...
06-26-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By Calsun

The only true security is having the bike out of...

The only true security is having the bike out of sight of thieves. The best currently available is the Hiplok D1000 that sells for $300 and is as close to grinder proof as you can find. Nothing to...
06-26-22, 01:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By Calsun

Not to muddy the water but I recently bought a...

Not to muddy the water but I recently bought a Wahoo cadence sensor that can be attached to ones shoe. I have 3 new bikes and with the Wahoo I can move it from my road shoes to my flats and nothing...
06-26-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 814
Posted By Calsun

Not at all unusual for blind people to ride...

Not at all unusual for blind people to ride bicycles safely. But then they have the advantage of not being distracted by their smartphones.
06-26-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,966
Posted By Calsun

There is also the option of using a lower gear on...

There is also the option of using a lower gear on the hills. The effort expended is a function of intensity and duration and lower intensity and longer duration will be less stressful on your body...
06-26-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,798
Posted By Calsun

As we age our ability to absorb key nutrients...

As we age our ability to absorb key nutrients from food decreases. We also have far fewer micro nutrients in our industrially produced and process foods where fiber is removed to increase shelf life....
06-25-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 799
Posted By Calsun

Park Tools makes bike stands that can support the...

Park Tools makes bike stands that can support the weight of a heavy e-bike and the legs fold up to make it easy to store them when not in use. I paid $180 for their PCS-9.2 home mechanic bike repair...
06-25-22, 05:46 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,425
Posted By Calsun

Motorists are always legally obligated to stop...

Motorists are always legally obligated to stop for pedestrians regardless of where they happen to be in the roadway. Crosswalks only give pedestrians a false sense of security which is why thousands...
06-11-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 814
Posted By Calsun

When I reached my 40's I need to wear eyeglasses...

When I reached my 40's I need to wear eyeglasses for many tasks and still do. For bike rides I wear safety glasses that are bifocals and provide me with a 2.0 diopter magnification and they cost less...
06-11-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,670
Posted By Calsun

Good idea to check that your current medical...

Good idea to check that your current medical insurance can be used in a foreign country.

The Allianze Executive Plan is a good one for people who plan multiple trips during a calendar year. One...
06-02-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,201
Posted By Calsun

The majority of the bike parts are being...

The majority of the bike parts are being manufacturerd in China or Taiwan and both countries currencies have risen against the U.S. dollar (no surprise). The value of the U.S. dollar has dropped more...
05-07-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 14,047
Posted By Calsun

Bike riders in most European cites find much...

Bike riders in most European cites find much safer streets and it is by design. In the USA the auto is king and on public streets taxpayer subsidized vehicle parking is everywhere. Bicyclists are...
05-01-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,415
Posted By Calsun

Neither one. Helmets sold in the USA and Europe...

Neither one. Helmets sold in the USA and Europe must pass mandatory testing to be certifed. They do not need to be a MIPS type and I replaced our helmets with MIPS ones to get the extra bit of...
05-01-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By Calsun

What provided the best results initially was a...

What provided the best results initially was a visit to a physical therapist who was trained in the Pressure Release Technique. Scar tissue forms around the artificial hip and the PT needs to help...
05-01-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,839
Posted By Calsun

I am very much aware of how much time is spent...

I am very much aware of how much time is spent having to recharge devices. In the past I had a bike computer that required a new 2032 battery once a year. Now I have a smartphone and a Wahoo and a...
05-01-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 58,070
Posted By Calsun

All one has to do is ride up a hill with standard...

All one has to do is ride up a hill with standard pedals and realize how much less force one can put on the pedals while staying in the seat. It has been verified that riding a bike requires a fith...
05-01-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By Calsun

Check out the Specchio mirror that has a magnetic...

Check out the Specchio mirror that has a magnetic attachment to eyeglasses. My wife and I use them and they work reasonably well. They do require sunglasses that have a relatively straight front in...
05-01-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,242
Posted By Calsun

People are under a lot more stress with the...

People are under a lot more stress with the pandemic problems for those in the working classes. I avoid areas with high traffic volumes as far too many drivers are distracted by their cell phones or...
05-01-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 41,751
Posted By Calsun

These were made using Reynolds 531 steel and this...

These were made using Reynolds 531 steel and this is a great material. Only problem with older bikes is that they were engineered for 5-speed cassettes and there may be a problem with going with a...
05-01-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,042
Posted By Calsun

Usually only the bikes at places like Wal-Mart...

Usually only the bikes at places like Wal-Mart have white tape. Bike tape is available in many colors and no reason to use white tape. If you are going to have the tape replaced or do it yourself,...
05-01-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 5,308
Posted By Calsun

When I photographed weddings I wore a black shirt...

When I photographed weddings I wore a black shirt and black pants. At the end of 8-12 hours of runing around my clothes still looked OK. Lighter colors would show dirt and sweat and that was not a...
05-01-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 767
Posted By Calsun

I have found "safety glasses" that wrap around...

I have found "safety glasses" that wrap around and keep the wind and dust out of my eyes. The fit needs to be such that the lens is close enough to my face to prevent wind hitting my cheeks and...
05-01-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,499
Posted By Calsun

When it is colder I wear long bike pants and take...

When it is colder I wear long bike pants and take it slow the first 10-15 minutes to allow my muscles to warm up. Riding a bike I always have a 15 degree wind chill and that is not great when it is...
05-01-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,512
Posted By Calsun

Having an Uber account and carrying a cell phone...

Having an Uber account and carrying a cell phone and a credit card works the best. For a tandem you would need to specify a large van and hope the seats fold down. On a bike the only failures are...
05-01-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 58,070
Posted By Calsun

Bike shoes allow for using clip or clipless...

Bike shoes allow for using clip or clipless pedals and putting more power into moving the bike forward. Shoes like the Five Ten ones provide a very grippy sole much like that found on technical rock...
05-01-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,854
Posted By Calsun

23mm as that is the widest that I can use on a 20...

23mm as that is the widest that I can use on a 20 years old bike with Rolf aero rims. I would prefer 28mm but it is not worth the expense of replacing the wheels on the bike. My road e-bike has 28mm...
05-01-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,422
Posted By Calsun

Shifter cables should never break but there are...

Shifter cables should never break but there are the cheap type and the "expensive" type ($5 more per cable) with the latter being thicker and having more metal strands. Standard Campagnolo cables...
05-01-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,839
Posted By Calsun

The difference is found on the hills where being...

The difference is found on the hills where being able to apply more force to the pedals and do so for more degrees of pedal movement is quite apparent. Riding on flat ground while running errands the...
05-01-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,450
Posted By Calsun

What works the best is intervals and bicycling in...

What works the best is intervals and bicycling in a hilly area is ideal for this. I power up to the top and then my body gets a break on the downhill section and repeating this over a distance works...
05-01-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 650
Posted By Calsun

The step through are going to be heavier as the...

The step through are going to be heavier as the true "ladies" bikes are not being sold in the states. One option to consider is adding a dropper seat post to the bike. This would make it easy to drop...
05-01-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,354
Posted By Calsun

If the seat is higher than the handlebars my...

If the seat is higher than the handlebars my posture is going to put more pressure on my genitals and even with a cut-out style saddle I end up with a downward tilt of 3-4 degrees for maximum...
05-01-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,836
Posted By Calsun

People are suckers for technical solutions that...

People are suckers for technical solutions that are overkill. Ear plugs for swimmers or for protecting the ears from loud noise are not needed to have warmer inner ears when bicycling. Cotton from a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-22, 09:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,721
Posted By Calsun

You should take 5 minutes to read the entire...

You should take 5 minutes to read the entire thread. You might learn something.
04-12-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 491
Posted By Calsun

I have replaced the spoke and then compared the...

I have replaced the spoke and then compared the tension when squeezing it and a adjacent spoke with another pair of adjancent spokes on the rim. It got me close enough in tension to protect the rim....
04-11-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,266
Posted By Calsun

For me it was a choice of a mainstream e-bike...

For me it was a choice of a mainstream e-bike where the odds of being able to buy a replacement battery in a few years is less likely to be a problem. There is a very slow move toward a common form...
04-10-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By Calsun

I replaced the pedals on my full suspension bike...

I replaced the pedals on my full suspension bike with Stamp 7 Large pedals to provide a larger pedal area. As with all such pedals one can remove many of the pins with no issues in grip.
04-10-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By Calsun

You can also have someone relace the wheels and...

You can also have someone relace the wheels and provide 3-across spokes. There is more flex available and when I was doing tours in places where the nearest bike shop was 300 miles away I even built...
04-10-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,457
Posted By Calsun

I put Shimano PD-M540 SPD pedals that are...

I put Shimano PD-M540 SPD pedals that are supposedly "mountain bike pedals" on one of my road bikes. No issues with float and there smaller size I find makes it easier to get my shoe diretly over the...
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