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06-07-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 6,046
Posted By billridesbikes

Here is an idea. Run your own experiment. Create...

Here is an idea. Run your own experiment. Create a Strava segment on a longish downhill that will take at least a couple minutes to roll down without pedaling. Next start at low pressure and run down...
06-06-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,496
Posted By billridesbikes

I don’t think I could even get a Volvo keychain...

I don’t think I could even get a Volvo keychain from the dealer for $25.
Forum: Touring
06-04-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,510
Posted By billridesbikes

My "light weight" touring bike. Dynamo, lights,...

My "light weight" touring bike.
Dynamo, lights, fenders, pedals, and racks it comes to 29.5lbs.
36p wheel in back and 32p wheel in front, making the wheels a bit 'robust' maybe.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,072
Posted By billridesbikes

Good god man! I want faster tires, no smoother...

Good god man! I want faster tires, no smoother tires, but wait, I want to feel all the bumps in the road, but not too much of the bumps! Are you a member of Parliament by any chance? Haha
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,072
Posted By billridesbikes

Ah, so you donít want speed you want comfort? Do...

Ah, so you donít want speed you want comfort? Do you already run the widest tires your bike can take at the minimum pressure you can get away without pinch flats? This will make you Ďroll smootherí...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,072
Posted By billridesbikes

Here is a different way to think of it. Do...

Here is a different way to think of it.

Do you want speed? Buy the fastest tires you can.
The difference between the fastest tires and slowest tires is about 12W. This means for every 100km...
05-28-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,292
Posted By billridesbikes

Nah, they be tradíní that bike for a shiny new...

Nah, they be tradíní that bike for a shiny new e-bike where they can sit upright and beat cheeks Ďround the hood with minimal effort. Nobody be going bent unless itís an e-bent.
05-26-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,377
Posted By billridesbikes

I believe in order to make the Di2 integration...

I believe in order to make the Di2 integration work with the computer you have to license an encryption key from Shimano to unlock the data and make it readable because they use a special data format...
05-26-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 563
Posted By billridesbikes

You might be in great shape, but those muscles...

You might be in great shape, but those muscles weren’t conditioned for that activity. Sounds like the morning after the first day of cross-country season.
05-26-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,415
Posted By billridesbikes

Yeah, itís not for the country or roads that are...

Yeah, itís not for the country or roads that are designed for higher speeds. Itís part of Vision Zero for cities.
Anyway, my main point is itís time to try something different, because what weíre...
05-25-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,415
Posted By billridesbikes

Hey JoeyBike is that you in the profile pic...

Hey JoeyBike is that you in the profile pic hanging on to the taxi cab? If the lane is narrower that will be much easier!
But seriously, although it's counter-intuitive a lane that's 10-11ft...
05-25-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 481
Posted By billridesbikes

Do you have furnace, water heater, water...

Do you have furnace, water heater, water softener, or laundry in the garage? If you’re storing the bike next to something that is generating a lot of ozone, either by design or because it’s...
05-24-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,415
Posted By billridesbikes

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Except, at the behest of the automotive companies, weíve been placing the blame on drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for a century, but it doesnít work because the human animal is very susceptible...
05-23-22, 08:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,415
Posted By billridesbikes

That universe where the street design discourages...

That universe where the street design discourages speeding and forces the driver to pay attention. Narrower traffic lanes, traffic camera enforcement, repeal zoning laws that mandate setbacks from...
05-22-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,199
Posted By billridesbikes

The Garmin Stamina seems to be a new feature....

The Garmin Stamina seems to be a new feature. Since it's real time, I'm unclear if you need a HRM or PM or both to 'feed' the datastream. The idea is to give you an idea of what your pace should be...
05-21-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,109
Posted By billridesbikes

Its seems if you ignore the app and put it in...

Its seems if you ignore the app and put it in continuous recording paired with the 1030+ would be good enough for me. Four hours of light, radar, and camera in something about 150g actually seems...
05-18-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Posted By billridesbikes

I got bike shorts or bibs. Then I got butt cream...

I got bike shorts or bibs. Then I got butt cream for really long rides. You also need road bike miles on that butt to really feel comfortable so start off with 30-40min rides and work up from there....
05-04-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 978
Posted By billridesbikes

Apple watch 7 will auto-detect any cycling and...

Apple watch 7 will auto-detect any cycling and save it to your activities. Having played around with it a bit I think it uses a combination of your current heart rate vs. your historic and resting...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 659
Posted By billridesbikes

It’s quite sad to me that the classic entry level...

It’s quite sad to me that the classic entry level racing bike for many years with an Al frame, rim bakes, and entry level group set for ~$1K has gone the way of the dodo bird, later on this old man...
05-01-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,709
Posted By billridesbikes

Question: What is your goal? It is to ride faster...

Question: What is your goal? It is to ride faster generally, or is it to finish 100km or 100miles in good order with out the shame of sitting in the sag wagon?

I think to do long rides you have to...
04-29-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 43,194
Posted By billridesbikes

I get it. As a tech you're at the sharp end of...

I get it. As a tech you're at the sharp end of customer complaints. And Hambini makes and sells bottom brackets so he's hardly a neutral observer.

But frames are not sold based on the BB shell...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,765
Posted By billridesbikes

Yes, Its a skill to ride in a group or paceline....

Yes, Its a skill to ride in a group or paceline. These days I leave the HRM at home and go by power.
If a minute is way too long I usually drop out and wait for a slower paced group to come along....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,765
Posted By billridesbikes

It's so situation dependent you have to go by...

It's so situation dependent you have to go by feel.

I've been in brevets or centuries where spontaneous casual little groups form and we might be going 17-18mph on a flat road with no headwind and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,958
Posted By billridesbikes

I think it's still a good extra eye in the city....

I think it's still a good extra eye in the city. I will note some special circumstances that you have to watch out for.
1) If a car behind you matches your speed for whatever reason (waiting to...
04-23-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By billridesbikes

It may if the frame is twisted and the crank arm...

It may if the frame is twisted and the crank arm is spinning 'out of plane' and not in the direction of travel and feel like a wobble as your knee and foot try to compensate. Can you ride in a...
04-23-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By billridesbikes

Crank arms are usually aluminum so any bending...

Crank arms are usually aluminum so any bending would be bad.
Did you pull the crankarms off and check that you didn't bend or other otherwise damage the BB?

Also you should do a quick check for a...
04-23-22, 04:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 918
Posted By billridesbikes

Geez Dude, your bike is 8 years old. It’s...

Geez Dude, your bike is 8 years old. It’s dragging up a hill because it’s old, not you my friend!
The solution is quite simple. The issue can only be addressed by a brand new bike.
04-22-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,909
Posted By billridesbikes

This is actually a car culture argument to keep...

This is actually a car culture argument to keep the status quo as is. "All safety problems are caused by drivers (being drunk, on cell phones, dancing to Taylor Swift, etc.) or cyclists 'swerving' or...
04-21-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,534
Posted By billridesbikes

A free solution! Just tape this number:...

A free solution! Just tape this number: (gear-inches x 6)/209 to your handle bars for each of your gears. Next bring a watch to measure your cadence by counting the number of times your left knee...
02-21-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,104
Posted By billridesbikes

I think, given your history, like some of the...

I think, given your history, like some of the other posters have said you should see a doctor.

And I would use an HRM every workout and look at the results each time to see if anything abnormal...
02-18-22, 09:21 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,207
Posted By billridesbikes

When you could spend 3K on a Tacx smart bike with...

When you could spend 3K on a Tacx smart bike with Ďreal road feelí instead so you donít get sweat all over your $12K Pinerolo F12?
02-11-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,439
Posted By billridesbikes

Opps, I think youíre right. The Infrastructure...

Opps, I think youíre right. The Infrastructure bill appears to only define what ebikes are. The now dead BBB had the ebike tax credit and bicycle commuter tax credit.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-22, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,311
Posted By billridesbikes

I say keep them. I kept one pair of hand built...

I say keep them. I kept one pair of hand built tubular wheels originally built with Shimano Dura-Ace 600 hubs (the rear has since been upgraded to DT Swiss to run a 10sp or 11sp cassette, but the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,705
Posted By billridesbikes

That sounds like some kind of thistle maybe....

That sounds like some kind of thistle maybe. These are like a tougher rose thorn with a seed head that makes them stand up at a perfect angle to puncture your tire! They aren’t sticky, but if you...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By billridesbikes

I have a pair (25mm) on my 'Spring training'...

I have a pair (25mm) on my 'Spring training' wheels. But I prefer my Conti 4Seasons (28mm) that have very similar flat protection but slightly better rolling resistance and feel a bit better on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,705
Posted By billridesbikes

Usually they are more of a problem in the fall....

Usually they are more of a problem in the fall. Don’t ride over the plants!
On my commuter bike I use a ‘self-sealing’ inner tube which works fine since they make little holes in your tube.
Also...
01-28-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,057
Posted By billridesbikes

Tour de France winner's BMI

Yes, you can see that Armstrong and Indurain clearly look like outliers of all TdF winners as overall BMI trends is down over the years. I can't take credit for this plot, there is an R database in...
01-23-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 22,416
Posted By billridesbikes

Here is the data in a graph for the ~100...

Here is the data in a graph for the ~100 responses with self reported height (inches) and reported frame size (converted to cm where needed). For multiple reported sizes I used either the middle one...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,198
Posted By billridesbikes

Stick your cycle computer in your car and drive...

Stick your cycle computer in your car and drive down.

There is a Strava segment near me that is 1.5miles long along a road with a posted speed limit of 45mph. The ‘winning’ Strava time? 55 seconds.
01-20-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,791
Posted By billridesbikes

The thing about Zwift is it has something for...

The thing about Zwift is it has something for everyone from beginners to pros, itís the Swiss knife of cycling apps. There are better apps for specific things that are better then what Zwift offers...
01-18-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,057
Posted By billridesbikes

I myself have been working on my elongated...

I myself have been working on my elongated spheroid shape during the pandemic though liberal use of beer. I expect to cut through the wind like a scythe though wheat this year.
TT riders also have...
01-17-22, 10:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,057
Posted By billridesbikes

I've noticed this stickyness factor and you have...

I've noticed this stickyness factor and you have to plan for it. For example if you're in a group of riders and about to overtake a smaller group you have to boost your power a bit as your group...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,512
Posted By billridesbikes

Portable Shower? Actually I use a camping one...

Portable Shower?
Actually I use a camping one for 'bikepacking' but maybe something you can hook to a sink and at least wash your hair and include some body wipes for a quick cleanup in a restroom?
01-15-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,046
Posted By billridesbikes

Iím using an old bottle of DR Harris aftershave...

Iím using an old bottle of DR Harris aftershave talcum powder that I got for shaving but didnít like it. Any wheel with newly installed tube smells vaguely of aftershave now.
01-03-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,789
Posted By billridesbikes

Anything under about 30miles I take only water....

Anything under about 30miles I take only water. If it’s really hot maybe add an electrolyte to one of the bottles.

Also, Dry January may be for you.
12-08-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,728
Posted By billridesbikes

Gangs of pre-teens riding through your...

Gangs of pre-teens riding through your neighborhood at 25+mph.
Making tic-tocs of boomers like us yelling at them, probably.
12-04-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,285
Posted By billridesbikes

Campy's setup for Ergo has been the same forever...

Campy's setup for Ergo has been the same forever and for all setups (8s, 9s,10s,11s,12s). The bottom tip of the brake lever should be on the same plane as the drop bars. The angle between the top of...
11-23-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,585
Posted By billridesbikes

Must have slipped by the editor. One would think...

Must have slipped by the editor. One would think there would be at least five pages devoted to the origins of ĎOn your leftí followed by a few more pages devoted to how Ďon the left sideí became...
Replies: 12
Views: 2,977
Posted By billridesbikes

From the 4th Stage of the 1993 Idaho Women's...

From the 4th Stage of the 1993 Idaho Women's Challenge. Sorry lost the last couple of lines, but you get the idea.

...
11-19-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,199
Posted By billridesbikes

It's not only bad drivers per se. It's the entire...

It's not only bad drivers per se. It's the entire crappy road design in most American cities and towns.
This type of 'accident', actually it's not an accident it's vehicle violence, would be much...
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