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Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 5,477
Posted By Zaskar

I raced BMX for years in the late 70s into the...

I raced BMX for years in the late 70s into the 80s. My shins still show the scars from the teeth/pins. Flats were still great for that sport - hard to do a one/no-footer when you're clipped in. ;-)
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Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,419
Posted By Zaskar

This thread is a great example of how much bad...

This thread is a great example of how much bad advice can found in forums. "100% front brakes in emergency stops" "Don't use rear brakes" This is completely wrong. If you aren't able to use your rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,450
Posted By Zaskar

Did you catch my comment in the original post -...

Did you catch my comment in the original post - "...combo is ideal"? Also, I'd expect (hope) a couple of the other guys behind you would also point it out.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,450
Posted By Zaskar

That's why pointing works. Side note: I...

That's why pointing works.

Side note: I pointed and called "Hole!" (it was a crater) on a ride a couple years ago. We were in a village kinda setting, not going fast and happened to be passing a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,450
Posted By Zaskar

The bunnyhop itself isn't disruptive, it's that...

The bunnyhop itself isn't disruptive, it's that it gives the rider behind zero warning - just POOF: You're in a hole. But if I find that I've had zero warning, yeah - I'm going to 'hop it.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,450
Posted By Zaskar

"HOLE!" Don't be that guy

Calling out holes in a group is a good thing. But doing so without pointing is close to useless. A hand signal - even silent (but combo is ideal) - works so much better. The point, the gravel sign,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,000
Posted By Zaskar

"Rolling" is what our club uses... which can...

"Rolling" is what our club uses... which can sound like "Slowing" - hand signals help.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,000
Posted By Zaskar

I only call out the car - "Car left" or "Car...

I only call out the car - "Car left" or "Car Right". I don't call out "Clear". As said, what's clear for me, may not be for the rider I "think" is right behind me.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 300
Posted By Zaskar

2014 is old?! ;-) I have a Stages left side PM...

2014 is old?! ;-) I have a Stages left side PM on my 1998 Klein single speed. The Stages has been great. I actually bought the dual-sided crankset (chainset for you Brits) and move the left side...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,713
Posted By Zaskar

The main reason mtn bikes have the lever on the...

The main reason mtn bikes have the lever on the bar is to allow the rider to keep their hands on the bar. Even grabbing a water bottle can be tricky in certain situations. Back when forks had the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,713
Posted By Zaskar

A wireless dropper... damn.

A wireless dropper... damn.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,713
Posted By Zaskar

I agree the weight wouldn't be an issue. I just...

I agree the weight wouldn't be an issue. I just wonder if the dropper would be useful enough. It would (initially) come with some clutter - the bar-mounted lever and cable. Mtn bikes have the cable...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,713
Posted By Zaskar

I don't think pros will do it - they're not...

I don't think pros will do it - they're not looking for comfort on descents and they get plenty aero.

I'll admit there are times when it'd be nice to drop the saddle - not for aero, or handling...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,416
Posted By Zaskar

I bought a dual-sided Ultegra Stages crank. It's...

I bought a dual-sided Ultegra Stages crank. It's as reliable as my old SRM - at 1/6 the price. Also, it's nice to be able move the left arm to other bikes. Also, never heard anything bad about 4iii
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 844
Posted By Zaskar

Uhhh.... not sure it's they're upper body...

Uhhh.... not sure it's they're upper body strength they're known for ;-)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 844
Posted By Zaskar

I agree - the tires will likely have the biggest...

I agree - the tires will likely have the biggest impact. But...

Don't ignore fit. I don't have any discomfort on my (apparently very uncomfortable looking) setup - high saddle, slammed stem, etc....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,415
Posted By Zaskar

One ridiculous (and hard to believe) secondhand...

One ridiculous (and hard to believe) secondhand example from one mechanic in one shop... sure, let's head to the interwebs and bash the profession at-large. Well done.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 649
Posted By Zaskar

10 Wheels I'm just going to assume that's cup 1...

10 Wheels I'm just going to assume that's cup 1 of 3 ;-)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,415
Posted By Zaskar

One potential downside - you blast Bradley's name...

One potential downside - you blast Bradley's name off your bike ;-)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,415
Posted By Zaskar

I have used the Hybrid cxwrench method for 40+...

I have used the Hybrid cxwrench method for 40+ years. I wash my bikes.. a LOT. I don't use a pressure washer, but I do use a pre-pressure reducing valve garden hose that has enough pressure to reach...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 649
Posted By Zaskar

Assuming you ate a decent meal before your ride,...

Assuming you ate a decent meal before your ride, you really won't need to eat/drink a lot of calories for a 60-mile ride. Figure 20-24 oz. per hour; less if it's not too hot. For 60 miles, I bring...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

I don't disagree Racing Dan . I said, in this...

I don't disagree Racing Dan . I said, in this thread or another recent thread - Not running tubeless on a mtn bike is dumb. Not running tubeless on a gravel bike is ill-advised (and means you're...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

PeteHski ... wow. I didn't really think people...

PeteHski ... wow. I didn't really think people gave a ***** about a little spray on their bikes. But I guess it's a thing. I'm lookin at you now tomato coupe ;-)

Come on guys. We supposed to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

Ahhh... Gotcha. They should see it as a sign of...

Ahhh... Gotcha. They should see it as a sign of success - it worked!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

huh? I was jokingly thanking tubeless - as if...

huh?
I was jokingly thanking tubeless - as if it were a person - for handling the puncture for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

Just back from a 55-mile ride. Apparently, I was...

Just back from a 55-mile ride. Apparently, I was supposed to have a flat today. I noticed the spray when I got home. Thanks tubeless!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

It really is. An ironic twist... In a...

It really is.

An ironic twist... In a mountain bike race a couple years ago, two of us passed another racer (by the second hour of an mtb race, things are usually pretty spread out - almost...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,156
Posted By Zaskar

Racing Dan that really is a good point. I was...

Racing Dan that really is a good point. I was about to post something on the topic. Your comment stopped me in my tracks. (what's happening to me?)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

I've seen this on rides - more casual rides. It...

I've seen this on rides - more casual rides. It works great. On these 24++ rides, that guy wouldn't get back on.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

Most of the route is multi-lane (two each...

Most of the route is multi-lane (two each direction). There are a few sections with just one lane but A. these are short and B. the ride is early Saturday morning. This ride is sooo much less...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

181 BPM and my legs told me to "let" the lead...

181 BPM and my legs told me to "let" the lead group (10-12 Cat1s/2s) go. ;-)

But yeah, the group mind can be a dangerous (or at least stupid) thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-21, 06:37 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

Yeah - it's open. But the intensity is somewhat...

Yeah - it's open. But the intensity is somewhat (somewhat) selective in that new riders would never hang and those without a lot of pack time will be squeezed to the back quickly. Crashes happen but...
06-14-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By Zaskar

I would ride that all the time. Don't hang it on...

I would ride that all the time. Don't hang it on a wall. Very cool find.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

It's definitely a drop ride. There is no waiting....

It's definitely a drop ride. There is no waiting. If you flat, raise a hand and move over - not for help, but to prevent a crash. The group moves on. There is a group that sweeps - the slower group....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

This really is the balance - trying to predict...

This really is the balance - trying to predict what the train behind you is expecting.

At 53, it's probably better that I let someone else make the call... I'm definitely getting more cautious as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

Totally with you MidTNBrad ! I just hope they...

Totally with you MidTNBrad ! I just hope they spot me in the middle waving to them with that vague "Sorry! Thank You!" combo wave.

My club has an annoying - to other cyclists - habit of following...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 679
Posted By Zaskar

I'm going to offer a different and seemingly...

I'm going to offer a different and seemingly snarky perspective... don't get as many flats. Okay, I'm mostly kidding. I do think newer riders are more likely to suffer flats than seasoned riders...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,903
Posted By Zaskar

Settle down Ace, it's not a race. (group ride practices)

The opinions on this one might have a broad range ;-)

Okay, the Tucker Ride in Atlanta is a long-standing open group ride. It's a 40-mile ride listed as "very fast paced training ride, 24 mph++....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

Exactly. This is the typical challenge seating...

Exactly. This is the typical challenge seating mountain bike tires - they flop and slide... I've had to have another guy help - just to help keep the tire in contact with the rim. Super tight tires...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

No doubt! The range of sizes in wheels and tires...

No doubt! The range of sizes in wheels and tires is surprisingly large and surprisingly frustrating. I have another thread going on the topic - but focused on the damn near impossible task of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

I always remove the cores. - Mount the tire...

I always remove the cores.

- Mount the tire
- Slather bead with Schwalbe mounting fluid (soapy sponge works too)
- Use injector or just the small white bottle to put the Stans/fluid in the tire...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,032
Posted By Zaskar

Mountain biking tubed is dumb. Gravel riding...

Mountain biking tubed is dumb.
Gravel riding tubed is not advised.
Road riding tubed is fine.

I spent the first 30 years riding mtn bikes with tubes. It wasn't dumb then. It is now. Tubeless...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By Zaskar

Thanks ericcox - bought a couple of these To...

Thanks ericcox - bought a couple of these

To give you an idea how tight the new Pzero was - I had to use two tire levers to get the first side on. Worse, I used a few zip ties to keep the bead...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By Zaskar

Sy Reene that is interesting. Their experience...

Sy Reene that is interesting. Their experience shows the Schwalbes as relatively easy, but does note that the 28 is easier than the 25. However, they showed a huge difference in two sizes with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By Zaskar

I initially mounted a GP 4000 (tubed) and it was...

I initially mounted a GP 4000 (tubed) and it was so difficult to mount, I bailed - didn't mount the other tire, pulled the mounted 4000 back off (which was an equal nightmare) and bought the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By Zaskar

Oooh... this is good news. I have the older Pro...

Oooh... this is good news. I have the older Pro Ones.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By Zaskar

Need recos on easiest mounting tubeless tire

My Cannondale Hollowgram wheels are a &$%*@ to mount tires on.

Note: Every time I mention this, I get the helpful tips, e.g. start at the top, start at the bottom, pinch the tire all around to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,054
Posted By Zaskar

Cat-5 races are sketchy as hell. It'd been years...

Cat-5 races are sketchy as hell. It'd been years since I'd done any crits. I've been racing mtn bikes for years; decided to do some road racing... decided against it after one race (a 40-mile road...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,092
Posted By Zaskar

A good shop will have a handful of good brands....

A good shop will have a handful of good brands. With your (limited - not judging) experience, I'd focus on finding a shop you like - not a bike you like. You will feel the difference in fit more than...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,875
Posted By Zaskar

25mm or 28mm? I have clearly been running...

25mm or 28mm?

I have clearly been running too much pressure. I'm 175ish and run 90psi and 85psi - R/F - with 25s
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