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06-29-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By scottfsmith

Please do follow up. I wanted some 16" TPU tubes...

Please do follow up. I wanted some 16" TPU tubes but it seems like the only company making them is in China. So I held off.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 07:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 851
Posted By scottfsmith

Every rider has a different sense of personal...

Every rider has a different sense of personal pace. I am like you in that I crank up the hills, I view them as my "intervals". The watts can be double up the hill for me (yes I have a power meter)....
06-25-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,046
Posted By scottfsmith

The weight is similar to roller blades.. each...

The weight is similar to roller blades.. each roller blade on average is about 2kg. Each nordic cross-skate weighs from 2 to 2.5kg depending on the make and model. So, a little heavier but not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-24-22, 10:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By scottfsmith

I did look into some boots, those Seba boots for...

I did look into some boots, those Seba boots for example are 773 grams plus you need a binding to attach which I found was around 250g. That is 1000g whereas my setup is 160g shoes plus 280g binding...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By scottfsmith

No big reason really. Both ways can work well. I...

No big reason really. Both ways can work well. I think my design is lighter since I can wear lightweight shoes, the boots are quite heavy. The biggest NCS brands don't use boots: Ski-ke and SRB....
06-23-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,046
Posted By scottfsmith

My latest cross-training is nordic cross-skates. ...

My latest cross-training is nordic cross-skates. Think roller skates with much bigger wheels and also poles, more like cross-country skiing. You can take them anywhere so instead of going to a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
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...
06-14-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for the tip. Here is the link if anyone...

Thanks for the tip. Here is the link if anyone else is curious: https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=169274

It is good to see it is not just me, lots of people there are...
06-13-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
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...
06-11-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,759
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for the heads-up. I wouldn't be super...

Thanks for the heads-up. I wouldn't be super surprised if I had some Afib going on. I am in fact wearing a Holter monitor right now. The problem is my events are so far apart that I doubt it will...
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 711
Posted By scottfsmith

+1 My latest bike has a higher lowest gear...

+1

My latest bike has a higher lowest gear than my previous (~26 gear inches now, ~20 before). I was concerned I would have to stand on any really steep hill but I can do up to about 15% seated...
06-08-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 198
Posted By scottfsmith

You are close .. I took the rear wheel off and as...

You are close .. I took the rear wheel off and as I was turning the end caps with my fingers I got a little squeak which sounded verrrry familiar. I am pretty sure that is the spot. I took off the...
06-08-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 198
Posted By scottfsmith

Um .. gotta roll that back. I only had 6% max...

Um .. gotta roll that back. I only had 6% max hills going home, the 8-12% are on the way in to work only. It was squeaking again this morning. But, I did notice that it only happens in the biggest...
06-07-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,759
Posted By scottfsmith

If its not killing a lot of people it is unknown...

If its not killing a lot of people it is unknown to cardiologists... the primary focus of the field is on avoiding death since a whole lot of people die from heart issues. These days individuals are...
06-07-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,465
Posted By scottfsmith

White Lightning is not a good lube. See...

White Lightning is not a good lube. See https://zerofrictioncycling.com.au/lubetesting/ for way more than you ever wanted to know about chain lube. White Lightning came in 55th place out of 55 lubes...
06-07-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 198
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.
06-07-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 198
Posted By scottfsmith

Doh! I think that rules out the pulley wheels. My...

Doh! I think that rules out the pulley wheels. My next guess is the chain ring bolts as you suggest, they are on the right side obviously so that aligns with the asymmetry as well. I had changed the...
06-07-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 198
Posted By scottfsmith

Squeaky rear derailleur under force

I think my rear derailleur is squeaking. It only happens under stronger forces, like 8% grade pedaling. I thought it was my bike shoes/cleats but I lubed that to no effect and it seems like the...
06-07-22, 06:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,258
Posted By scottfsmith

The need for a nap is definitely a gauge of what...

The need for a nap is definitely a gauge of what condition you are in. I did 40 miles with half a mile of climbing on Sunday; I didn't require a nap but I enjoyed one. A few years ago I was in less...
06-01-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,144
Posted By scottfsmith

Right.. one narrow wheel set one wide, definitely...

Right.. one narrow wheel set one wide, definitely with disc brakes. Ideally I would run 30mm road and 42-ish mm gravel. What I have currently is 30mm road and 35mm gravel, I am hacking my gravel bike...
06-01-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,144
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...
Forum: Foo
05-28-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 354
Posted By scottfsmith

My impression is that any Apple device (iPhone,...

My impression is that any Apple device (iPhone, iPad, Mac) which has recent enough software with Bluetooth on and is not powered off or sleeping will be able to detect AirTags, and if it has an...
05-26-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 396
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: 1,631
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.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,124
Posted By scottfsmith

Here is what the article in fact states: ...

Here is what the article in fact states:



It doesn't mention Roval specifically in any way, only wheel companies in general. The "my" here is Cyclingtips, it is their own conjecture about how...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,124
Posted By scottfsmith

I agree, they were backed into a corner. I feel...

I agree, they were backed into a corner. I feel fine with owning a Specialized bike given what they did here.

What doesn't make me feel good about owning one of their bikes is the recent nose...
05-11-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By scottfsmith

Leave it plugged in for a day and if no fix then...

Leave it plugged in for a day and if no fix then call Wahoo support. It might be able to get a micro-charge each cycle and enough of them will get it over the low voltage hump.
05-11-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 823
Posted By scottfsmith

If I want a sound sleep I need to wait about an...

If I want a sound sleep I need to wait about an hour after finishing my ride before I go to sleep. I want to do my summer night rides as late as I can, because each hour you wait gets cooler. This...
05-10-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 823
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: 801
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: 256
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: Road Cycling
05-05-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,386
Views: 318,757
Posted By scottfsmith

I have run tubeless 30mm tires on my WR50s. My...

I have run tubeless 30mm tires on my WR50s. My feeling just based on riding is the wider rims are not as aero, they slope too much and the flow detaches earlier. I think you need to go to something...
05-04-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,339
Posted By scottfsmith

If you are going to use a formula as an initial...

If you are going to use a formula as an initial guess you probably want to use the "active people" formula, 211 0.64 x Age. I am only about 8bpm above this formula. But as can be seen from the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-02-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By scottfsmith

Good to hear on the Continental, I might give...

Good to hear on the Continental, I might give them a try at some point.

Right, TPU.. I got that mixed up with latex. I have heard that the Schwalbe One tires are themselves prone to flats since...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-02-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
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...
Forum: Northeast
04-30-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By scottfsmith

I've biked all but the end of the route Trakhak...

I've biked all but the end of the route Trakhak mentions. The Herring Run trail is very nice and it is not too hard to get to it if you find the right side streets. This way will add some time to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-22, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for the replies.. "squared off" is indeed...

Thanks for the replies.. "squared off" is indeed what they were. The LBS said they were OK but I now realize I have a different standard.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By scottfsmith

Thoughts on road tire replacement time

I usually don't replace anything until it is completely worn out, but after 2000 miles my rear tire was getting more and more flats and it also looked really flat on top (like a flat-top haircut)....
04-23-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,651
Posted By scottfsmith

I'm still quaffing my HMB at 3g/day. I decided to...

I'm still quaffing my HMB at 3g/day. I decided to make my own mix of stuff, it includes HMB, creatine and Vitamin K2 as well as my heart vitamins (Centrum Specialist Heart) ground to a powder. I like...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By scottfsmith

This is particularly important as the 303 are...

This is particularly important as the 303 are optimized for 28mm tires and the 404 are for 25mm tires. If you seriously care about aero benefits you need to get the tire the rim was designed for....
04-12-22, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
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.
04-12-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By scottfsmith

.. I guess there are no other users yet. If you...

.. I guess there are no other users yet. If you do end up getting some please pop a look after a week or so and put here what you find in the tire .. footballs yes or no.
04-10-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By scottfsmith

Anyone else using Silca's new tubeless sealant?

I like Silca's chain lube and I needed more tubeless sealant so I bought some of their new sealant a few weeks ago. Here (https://silca.cc/pages/ultimate-sealant) is the pitch if you missed it. The...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-09-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
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, 08:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
Posted By scottfsmith

My impression was the modulus of elasticity...

My impression was the modulus of elasticity (stiffness) and tensile strength (strength) were not scaled by density, they were absolute numbers. Specific stiffness and specific strength are the...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-08-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
Posted By scottfsmith

Maybe for experimenting I could do that. I could...

Maybe for experimenting I could do that. I could get a bunch of fork shapes cut in aluminum and try different setups until I hit the optimal, then do that one in carbon. I think the carbon will save...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-08-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
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...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-07-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
Posted By scottfsmith

OK I have decided to go with the replacing the...

OK I have decided to go with the replacing the side panels approach.. If you watch GCN or are British, that is a "hack" approach and my bolting on of carbon was a "bodge". If the strength is not...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-06-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
Posted By scottfsmith

They are not like a skateboard. They can do very...

They are not like a skateboard. They can do very broad turns (as in, following a curvy road) just by side pressure, but if you want the turn radius less than about 30' you will need to pick up the...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-06-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
Posted By scottfsmith

Wow thanks I might just take you up on that. I...

Wow thanks I might just take you up on that. I have a bit of modeling experience, not much but enough to do such a simple thing.

Note I did think a bit about that approach but was not sure the...
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