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10-25-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 689
Posted By black_box

I've had the Element Bolt for just over 4 years...

I've had the Element Bolt for just over 4 years now and have noticed similar differences in what is displayed on the Bolt when I finish the ride vs. what is shown when uploaded to Strava. I don't...
10-25-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By black_box

Quoting this point you mentioned... You already...

Quoting this point you mentioned... You already have a bike you're ok to ride, so I would suggest waiting for a better upgrade. Hydraulic disk brakes and better gearing would be nice. That price...
10-14-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By black_box

It looks like a mistake or bad luck would be...

It looks like a mistake or bad luck would be costly here. There's no need to set records all at once, take time to work your speed up gradually. See the different types of terrain? I would test how...
06-15-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,401
Posted By black_box

The spinner plus the knurled breaker and...

The spinner plus the knurled breaker and extension bars look nice.

I had a bag of L hex wrenches that came in a large Craftsman package as a gift a long time ago. Finding the right one was awful. ...
Forum: Foo
06-14-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By black_box

I used to inline skate in college and a bit...

I used to inline skate in college and a bit after, using the "aggressive" skates with small wheels for maneuverability. Rocks and bumps will ruin your day if you're not paying attention. Taller...
06-09-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,067
Posted By black_box

Sorry, I missed where you said that and the Alba...

Sorry, I missed where you said that and the Alba configuration is new to me. It does seem like it's the non-drive side crank arm based on the effect observed when adding spacers. Have you contacted...
06-07-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,067
Posted By black_box

Tightened down the crank, but where? There are...

Tightened down the crank, but where? There are probably two bolts on the crank arm that clamp the arm around the bottom bracket spindle. Those need to be tightened down gradually and by alternating...
Forum: Foo
06-02-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 18,243
Views: 1,008,905
Posted By black_box

Still can't believe P&R and his boyfriend are...

Still can't believe P&R and his boyfriend are back from the dead on the same day!
06-01-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 629
Posted By black_box

Thank you, cobba, that's the bit I've been...

Thank you, cobba, that's the bit I've been missing. I'll grab a new 180mm adapter and see where the bolts are at with some spacers.
06-01-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 629
Posted By black_box

I guess it was the branding changeover I was...

I guess it was the branding changeover I was thinking of. Pics attached, spacers are just the reused conical washers from the Avids. Hopefully you can see the wear pattern on the rotors (rears have...
06-01-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 629
Posted By black_box

Newer Shimano disk brakes replacing older Avid brakes

I've got a 2010 Gary Fisher x-caliber (just before Trek bought them) that came with Avid Juicy 3 brakes and 185mm rotors up front, I think 160mm in the rear. I replaced the rear brake with Deore...
Forum: Foo
05-25-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,670
Posted By black_box

A separate room for your vintage equipment is...

A separate room for your vintage equipment is probably the answer. But as mentioned, playing music, and probably music your wife likes, every once in a while, may help keep them in the main room.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,997
Posted By black_box

Check the cable/wire routing where it enters the...

Check the cable/wire routing where it enters the bike. There may be a plastic grommet that helps seal the hole in the frame from the elements. Said grommet may have been pushed/pulled into the frame....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,598
Posted By black_box

A bit off-topic, but I like the fabric scoop...

A bit off-topic, but I like the fabric scoop radius, but think it would be better for me with a shorter length/nose. Any ideas?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,098
Posted By black_box

Agreed on the full length zipper. There are...

Agreed on the full length zipper.

There are many different weaves of polyester. I have cheap short sleeve jerseys I bought for their decorative design that are noticeably warmer than my castelli...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-18, 06:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,484
Posted By black_box

For those with smaller ear canals, the blue...

For those with smaller ear canals, the blue xtreme protection plugs are more comfortable. I've used both (in an office), not sure i would want that level of reduction on the street.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-18, 08:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,649
Posted By black_box

I have a single 350/500 lumen light by lezyne on...

I have a single 350/500 lumen light by lezyne on the bars. 350 is ok to "be-seen" or at dusk, 500+ for darkness. I would add a helmet light (or at least some type of backup light). For trails, a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-18, 02:47 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,768
Posted By black_box

Don't ride ahead and come back, they don't like...

Don't ride ahead and come back, they don't like that (YMMV, or i guess YWifeMV). Don't pass them on a hill, stay behind (stand and slow pedal?). Try to ride a slower bike (I'll take the 29er instead...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-18, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,116
Posted By black_box

+1 on wing bars. Also consider your position and...

+1 on wing bars. Also consider your position and comfort in the drops and how often you use the drops. Moving from standard bars to short and shallow made a huge difference for me.
08-06-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 867
Posted By black_box

I'm getting logged out after I close my browser,...

I'm getting logged out after I close my browser, even when choosing "remember me." I take it our login here is now a third party cookie? I have an exception for cookies that allows bikeforums.net,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-18, 08:04 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,623
Posted By black_box

So, sort of like pouring salt on a wound? :)

So, sort of like pouring salt on a wound? :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-18, 09:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,260
Posted By black_box

5'6" and 29.5" inseam. 165mm cranks have been...

5'6" and 29.5" inseam. 165mm cranks have been great.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-18, 10:17 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,813
Posted By black_box

One thing to consider there: if car or pedestrian...

One thing to consider there: if car or pedestrian or bike traffic is unpredictable when you're starting off, I think you have more maneuverability in the smaller ring.
05-04-18, 07:26 AM
Replies: 566
Views: 87,829
Posted By black_box

On mobile, clicking on a thread used to take me...

On mobile, clicking on a thread used to take me to the first unread post, but now it seems to go to the first page of the thread. I see there is a link on the first page to jump to the first unread...
04-17-18, 11:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By black_box

This might be the way to go, thanks.

This might be the way to go, thanks.
04-17-18, 11:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By black_box

I'll have to take things apart, clean it up, and...

I'll have to take things apart, clean it up, and put the chain on to see what works. I'd rather fix this one up to be rideable than put more money into another bike right now.
04-17-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By black_box

Sell "as is" or update and ride

My mountain bike (2010 gary fisher X-caliber) ended up being a (mostly) winter bike and various parts should likely be replaced due to salt. As it sits:

3x9 shimano crank, SRAM X9 front...
03-22-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,733
Posted By black_box

I played one round of Fortnite battle royale the...

I played one round of Fortnite battle royale the other day, looks like the paid version (single/multi vs environment) will be similar to borderlands? I haven't been keeping up on my gaming in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-17, 12:44 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,517
Posted By black_box

Compared to a typical MMORPG for computer nerds...

Compared to a typical MMORPG for computer nerds (e.g., World of Warcraft), Zwift is overpriced. It's less complex and has much less content, although its much lower on the economy of scale spectrum....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-17, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,433
Posted By black_box

My carbon and aluminum frames do the same. I'll...

My carbon and aluminum frames do the same. I'll add that you should be sure that the clamping mechanism of the skewer is clean and not excessively worn. The skewers on my novatec hubs weren't...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-17, 09:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,863
Posted By black_box

Wind speed and direction has a huge effect on...

Wind speed and direction has a huge effect on some of the segments near me. This spring seems to be very windy, too. Perhaps you had a helping hand on that effort?
Forum: Great Lakes
03-22-17, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,021
Posted By black_box

sporthill XC pants. They may make something...

sporthill XC pants. They may make something better now, but they are a good place to start. You might be able to find them at LL Bean or REI. Light weight, not quite a form-fitting tight, but not...
Forum: Foo
03-12-17, 08:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,130
Posted By black_box

Eating pasta by the tons.... how long does it...

Eating pasta by the tons.... how long does it take to make an equivalent pound of pasta? I have a KA mixer, but don't have the pasta attachment.
Forum: Foo
03-12-17, 08:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,601
Posted By black_box

A good set of cookware will be an investment, not...

A good set of cookware will be an investment, not a made-for-tv item. All-clad and higher end Calphalon would be a good place to start.

The buying guide above is pretty good. I have a tri-ply...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-17, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,415
Posted By black_box

Play around with the stem calculator, it may not...

Play around with the stem calculator, it may not be as simple as getting a shorter stem with the same angle.
Stem Comparison Tool | yojimg.net (http://yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/stem.php)
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-17, 08:29 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,807
Posted By black_box

My cross bike had road tires on it most of the...

My cross bike had road tires on it most of the time, with either 48/38 or more recently (and preferred), 46/36 (and 11/28 cassette). I just got a road bike with 52/36 (11/28) last summer and I've...
Forum: Foo
02-18-17, 02:55 PM
Replies: 9,587
Views: 1,388,057
Posted By black_box

That's terrifying. The trump handshake: ...

That's terrifying.

The trump handshake:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTbPme9mJDs
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-17, 05:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,888
Posted By black_box

A wind blocking jacket that converts to a vest...

A wind blocking jacket that converts to a vest will give you many options. Also, be sure you're not reducing circulation in your feet by wearing socks that are too thick.
Forum: Foo
02-03-17, 11:33 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,285
Posted By black_box

Hario is nice. I would suggest a ceramic cone if...

Hario is nice. I would suggest a ceramic cone if they make one for 6 cups. Paper filters are fine. You can put the filter in and run hot water through it to pre-heat the cone. That way the cone...
Forum: Foo
02-02-17, 11:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,285
Posted By black_box

Moving cabinets? you might have a problem :) ...

Moving cabinets? you might have a problem :)

Slightly related, does anyone have problems with coffee thermoses getting funky smells? Mine only seem to last a year before the rubber seals retain...
Forum: Foo
02-02-17, 10:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,938
Posted By black_box

5 months away? way too long. There will be...

5 months away? way too long. There will be something else on the newer horizon in June.

If you haven't downloaded Skyrim:SE yet, you might consider getting the standard version and then...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-25-17, 10:39 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,954
Posted By black_box

most of the aero-ness of the bar is in the...

most of the aero-ness of the bar is in the flattened portion of the tops. If you put your hands there frequently, aero bars don't make much sense. I think most people don't even tape that portion...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-17, 10:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,176
Posted By black_box

Look at the "B" measurements, which appear to be...

Look at the "B" measurements, which appear to be the effective top-tube: 518mm, 537, and 548mm. These measurements take the difference in seat tube angle into account (75.5, 74, 73.5). Steer tube...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-17, 11:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,673
Posted By black_box

It looks like the utility patent in Taiwan was...

It looks like the utility patent in Taiwan was just issued in December 2016, so it's not surprising that Pinarello didn't do much in July. It's interesting that the Korean counterpart was rejected...
Forum: Foo
01-09-17, 07:56 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 16,386
Posted By black_box

I resent that, I'm quiet on the outside and empty...

I resent that, I'm quiet on the outside and empty on the inside. :lol:

I got rear-ended in my '98 M3 sedan in July of '15. Hasty decisions were needed and I thought I'd try this beast:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-17, 08:31 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,525
Posted By black_box

Goals: Figure out a work/cycling balance, ride my...

Goals: Figure out a work/cycling balance, ride my first century, improve my fitness/speed so I can flip the stem back :lol:, take more vacations with a bike (get a folding/break-away bike or travel...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-16, 09:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,032
Posted By black_box

Thanks for the summary posts, very helpful. I...

Thanks for the summary posts, very helpful. I could use some windproof tights without insulation for 45-55 rides, I'll have to check arc'teryx.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 08:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,032
Posted By black_box

Castelli used to have a wind block version of...

Castelli used to have a wind block version of their flanders base, which is no longer listed on their site. Likely replaced by this, at $90 list price:
Castelli Prosecco Wind Base Layer -...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-16, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,913
Posted By black_box

Try a CX crankset or rings, 36/46. 36 will get...

Try a CX crankset or rings, 36/46. 36 will get up to 20ish before spinning out and 46 helps stay in the outer edge of the cassette while being easy to start from a stop. My cross/road-ish bike is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-16, 11:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,913
Posted By black_box

One of the arguments I've seen is that by using a...

One of the arguments I've seen is that by using a bigger gear, each adjacent chain link doesn't need to bend as far to get around the gear, and thus there is less friction in the chain.
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