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Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 488
Posted By deacon mark

Front wheels rarely ever give someone a problem....

Front wheels rarely ever give someone a problem. What kind of wheels are they the brand and how many spokes. That is not a lot of miles for wheels for sure and a complete rim failure suggest the rims...
09-19-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 506
Posted By deacon mark

Wipe the chain good with OMS or take off a quick...

Wipe the chain good with OMS or take off a quick link and dump it in OMS for a bit while you clean the rest of the bike. Done, no fancy tools and easy. Folks on bike forums at times make way too much...
09-19-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 670
Posted By deacon mark

When I was a kid I could ride a bike no hands. It...

When I was a kid I could ride a bike no hands. It seemed easy and did it even turning corners. Now at 60 and huge mileage of road riding I cannot ride no hands, or at least I am not going to practice...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 545
Posted By deacon mark

This is not rocket science just get the bike out...

This is not rocket science just get the bike out and set it up. How complicated can it be? The seat sits up off ground and pedals, the seat is suppose to be level. The handlebars you can measure but...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By deacon mark

I just bought a pair of these Pearl Izumi's and...

I just bought a pair of these Pearl Izumi's and they are really nice. I wear 11.5 in running shoes and got the 46 fits perfect. These have only one BOA to deal with and snug up very nicely. Well made...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,013
Posted By deacon mark

I will not buy a bike with press fit BB they are...

I will not buy a bike with press fit BB they are a pain at times and need much more regular service. A threaded BB is a thing of beauty and ease of use in some cases lasting many years and miles.
09-05-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 520
Posted By deacon mark

The big big should work. Something is off the...

The big big should work. Something is off the chain is my guess. Cross chaining is not all the bad on modern drivetrain. I have shimano 6800 and ride 50-28 all the time and no need even trim to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By deacon mark

I had it 20 years ago. Worse case eyesight the dr...

I had it 20 years ago. Worse case eyesight the dr had. -12 in right and -13 in left eye. I could not even correct well with glasses.

Today I still do not need glasses to drive and don’t wear them....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By deacon mark

Just get a pair of sunglasses RX an...

Just get a pair of sunglasses RX an https://www.zennioptical.com I buy my regular glasses there and they can simply do sunglasses too.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 922
Posted By deacon mark

This is so true. I rarely have flats and the...

This is so true. I rarely have flats and the riders I know who do not flat much have no reason to go tubeless. Personally Conti GP5000 are pretty good they ride well and so far so good on flats.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,523
Posted By deacon mark

I have never bought a bike as such and done a...

I have never bought a bike as such and done a test ride at all. Probably because I am not buying a Trek, Specialized. or Giant bike that the LBS sells. I have never even bought a bike at a LBS. Maybe...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 479
Posted By deacon mark

New tire no question they are much cheaper than...

New tire no question they are much cheaper than medical expenses. I don't fool with tires that might be a problem too much going on with them to take chance.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By deacon mark

i type to fast. I meant that I would get the...

i type to fast. I meant that I would get the Garmin xc200 that use the Shimano SPD-SL 3 bolt. The garmin is by far the most expensive but I like Garmin they have been good me in the past with things....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By deacon mark

Pedal Power Meter real world user

I have long thought of getting a power meter. I am serious rider but older at 60. I don't race but would be cool to have the data and I am a data junkie. My complaint with power meters and cranks is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,215
Posted By deacon mark

I get at least 5500-6000 miles on a set of GP5000...

I get at least 5500-6000 miles on a set of GP5000 25mm. I ride about 95-100 rear and 80-85 front. I weigh 169 and try to ride on decent roads. I run them about 2000 miles and then as long as the back...
08-21-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,646
Posted By deacon mark

I was going to go to seminary and do 2 years of...

I was going to go to seminary and do 2 years of formation to be a priest as I am a widowed permanent deacon. Well then I got thinking about more and it would sort of take away my freedoms so decided...
08-21-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 293
Posted By deacon mark

I have had HBP since I was 14 years old and...

I have had HBP since I was 14 years old and medication since the. I am 60 and take 100 mg of Losartan. My BP is higher in early morning when I get up I take it. Varies from 145/80 to 130/80 but can...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,641
Posted By deacon mark

My Shimano 6800 mechanical is flawless. I have...

My Shimano 6800 mechanical is flawless. I have 28,000 miles on it in about 3.5years. It shifts deadly accurate and smooth with no noise from chain at all. I see no reason to do to Di2 since this is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 176
Posted By deacon mark

Good Customer Service in LG even in covid

I have a pair of Louis Garneau Course Air Lite cycling shoes. They are very nice and lightweight for sure. They run well over $250 retail I believe. I have had them past 3.5 years and the other day...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,382
Posted By deacon mark

I ride year around except ice and snow days, or...

I ride year around except ice and snow days, or really higher winds. I put on some running pants I wear over a set of cycling shorts with a Gore Wind Stopper Jacket. That is good to 30 degrees and if...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,631
Posted By deacon mark

CO2 is not completely reliable and can be done...

CO2 is not completely reliable and can be done wrong. A pump always has air as long as I have arms to pump it up. I carry a Lezyene small pump on one water bottle holder and CO2. Normally I simply...
08-11-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By deacon mark

Pedal Washers

For some reason lately I have been hitting my left inside ankle against the crank once in a while. I have been know to do this but I would rather not. I think at Pedal Washer will easily take care of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,190
Posted By deacon mark

Being a solo rider this is unnerving to watch and...

Being a solo rider this is unnerving to watch and seems like I would never be able to pull it off. However the speeds are not any different than riding solo as such I just would be skittish about...
Replies: 0
Views: 222
Posted By deacon mark

Lemond Versailles

This is not maybe a classic or really old but I saw one local my size and in good shape. Has 9 spd and new tires and decent, not sure of year maybe 2005-7. The person has it over priced but what is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,410
Posted By deacon mark

Of course stupid me.

Of course stupid me.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,096
Posted By deacon mark

Riding interstate highways out west?

I don't live in the mountains but love to go there been many years. Do cyclist ride on interstate highways much out west. I know some states allow it an frankly the speed of cars coming up behind me...
08-05-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,946
Posted By deacon mark

Well I retired at 57 3 years ago from my civil...

Well I retired at 57 3 years ago from my civil job. I am still a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church so I have that but it requires not specific hours and they vary week to week. I do some sub...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,410
Posted By deacon mark

I weight 169 pounds and 6'! or so was closer to...

I weight 169 pounds and 6'! or so was closer to 6'2" but after 60 years you shrink a bit. I think Bob has a legit question and the answer is really gut in the sense of what do folks. want in general....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,240
Posted By deacon mark

Conti GP5000 is the tire of choice for me nothing...

Conti GP5000 is the tire of choice for me nothing can compare. I used the 4000s and the 5000 are even better. I now use 25mm but used 23mm. I ride on the road and avoid bad roads but I easily get...
08-01-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By deacon mark

No I have a Habanero Ti road bike 58cm. It spins...

No I have a Habanero Ti road bike 58cm. It spins backwards in the big-big easy no jumping. It is Shimano 6800. If fact for me if the big spins good in stand backpedaling it tells me things are lined...
08-01-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By deacon mark

I don't think quite normal my bike spins...

I don't think quite normal my bike spins backwards easily although cross chaining does not make it so great but it still has no issue. Something is a bit off and my guess is check B tension screw and...
08-01-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,046
Posted By deacon mark

I have cycled more seriously the last 13 years...

I have cycled more seriously the last 13 years and a runner primarily before that. I am riding generally about like I did 10 years ago and I am 60. I don't think I am as such getting better but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,607
Posted By deacon mark

I was able to get an 11 speed shimano chain maybe...

I was able to get an 11 speed shimano chain maybe 3 months ago easy as such and in that case I am good. I just recently decided to upgrade my 6800 rear derailleur and was able to get an R8000 from...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By deacon mark

I take Losartan which is an angiotensin II...

I take Losartan which is an angiotensin II receptor, similar to an ACE inhibitor. I also take 12 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide. I take a large dose of Losartan 100mg but I have had HBP since I was 14...
07-21-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 693
Posted By deacon mark

Get H and Son Rims they are great 23mm profile. I...

Get H and Son Rims they are great 23mm profile. I have over 12000 on a set with Ultegra hubs ride 32 spoke. They ride great google Velomine to get.
07-21-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 697
Posted By deacon mark

I don't mind rain as such but mostly if it rains...

I don't mind rain as such but mostly if it rains there is lighting and the deacon fears lighting. It is almost a phobia. I get really nervous just seeing it in the distance riding. Lot of folks get...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,823
Posted By deacon mark

I carry a 3, 4, 5mm allen wrench. I carry two...

I carry a 3, 4, 5mm allen wrench. I carry two spare tubes, no patch kit. I carry 1 co2 cartridge with chuck but I also have a Lezyne Mini pump strapped to one of the bottle cages bolts. I normally...
07-15-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By deacon mark

What an idiot I am. So today I worked with the...

What an idiot I am. So today I worked with the rear derailleur. I did notice a piece leading out the back of where the rear barrel adjuster screws in was on the floor. A small round metal washer/type...
07-14-21, 11:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By deacon mark

R7000 new RD

Does the Shimano R7000 and r8000 rear derailleurs come with the rear housing loop? It appears they do but it is not mentioned in the contents only picture of derailleur.
07-14-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By deacon mark

Now I am wondering if it is not rear derailleur...

Now I am wondering if it is not rear derailleur itself. I have the cable threaded through but it seems like something may have broken off inside the hole as it exist toward the clamp bolt. The hole...
07-14-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By deacon mark

Shimano 6800 rear shifting issues?

I am a competent mechanic and wheel builder but at a loss on this. My Habby (exposed cables) has Shimano 6800 groupset with 26,000 miles on them since 2017. Generally they have worked perfect never...
07-05-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 740
Posted By deacon mark

Is the best cable and housing worth it?

I generally use Jagwire stainless steel die-drawn derailleur cable and the LEX housing on my Shimano 6800. So far my mechanical 6800 has been almost flawless and has 25,000 miles on the groupset. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 848
Posted By deacon mark

I have used them both and the 25 are maybe bit...

I have used them both and the 25 are maybe bit easier for comfort it is not a huge difference. They do measure out proper as 23 and 25 but if the difference means that much to you then you are a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 914
Posted By deacon mark

You must drink way before you are thirsty. It is...

You must drink way before you are thirsty. It is a known fact that if you get thirsty then it is already too late you will begin to decline in performance fast. I have run 12 marathons and can say I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 914
Posted By deacon mark

It can be specific to the individual and there...

It can be specific to the individual and there training. Many who have been long time endurance athletes do not need to eat or drink that much unless things get really long. A 60 mile ride on a cool...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,665
Posted By deacon mark

H and Son Rims they are great and look great.

H and Son Rims they are great and look great.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,888
Posted By deacon mark

I have 2 boxes of Shimano 105 and Ultegra chains...

I have 2 boxes of Shimano 105 and Ultegra chains and they look like this I don't see a difference between this as a fake and the real one. I know the ultegra I have is not a fake and as I said I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,888
Posted By deacon mark

I bought an 11 speed 105 Shimano chain about 3...

I bought an 11 speed 105 Shimano chain about 3 months ago on ebay. I found them but they are pricey and from all I can tell it completely a Shimano Chain not a copy. I put it on my bike about a week...
06-16-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,917
Posted By deacon mark

Early morning riders any?

I get a lot kidding from cyclist that follow me on strava about riding early in the morning. I am retired and like to get up early usually by 4am. I have some coffee and pray the breviary ( cleric)...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 684
Posted By deacon mark

Great Job Hubs! If I may ask how old are you and...

Great Job Hubs! If I may ask how old are you and what bike and gear set up did you use. Reason I ask is I have always wanted to do a solo 100 in 5 hrs. I never actually have my best 5:18 probably 7-8...
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