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Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 926
Posted By JohnJ80

I also live and ride in Minnesota - not the best...

I also live and ride in Minnesota - not the best roads and I ride until the ground freezes in early December.

That said, I used to get 6-8 flats per year until I went to tubeless tubulars with...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 849
Posted By JohnJ80

I've done it with a 12-32 that I have made out of...

I've done it with a 12-32 that I have made out of a 12-25 and an 11-32. You wind up with an 11-25 and an 12-32.

J,
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 19,125
Posted By JohnJ80

that isnít ďbitten by tubelessĒ thatís ďbitten by...

that isnít ďbitten by tubelessĒ thatís ďbitten by ignorance.Ē Big difference.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,223
Posted By JohnJ80

Sounds like you got it figured out. 👍 now,...

Sounds like you got it figured out. 👍

now, if you havenít done it already, figure out the right tire inflation and enjoy.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,223
Posted By JohnJ80

Once you figure it out, then it's pretty trouble...

Once you figure it out, then it's pretty trouble free. I used to get about 6-8 flats per year with tubes. The last 3 years, riding 4000 miles per year including tours, I have yet to get a flat. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By JohnJ80

If you go to their website, they have printable...

If you go to their website, they have printable templates for the bags. You cut them out and tape them together and they show you how it fits in the frame.

With the full frame bags, you just put a...
09-04-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 447
Posted By JohnJ80

No, itís turned up all the way. Iím an...

No, itís turned up all the way.

Iím an electrical engineer and understanding the components available, itís disappointing that all of the bike computer companies continue to use these crappy...
09-03-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 447
Posted By JohnJ80

The RTL515 can also be connected to your phone...

The RTL515 can also be connected to your phone via Bluetooth. I ride with Aftershokz bone conduction headset to listen to pod casts but you can also bring up the Varia app on your phone and hear the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 383
Posted By JohnJ80

Ive been riding tubeless now on all bikes since...

Ive been riding tubeless now on all bikes since about 2009. Before tubeless clinchers were out, I was riding Tufo Tubulars which are tubeless. All the same problems etc... with sealant were there...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 383
Posted By JohnJ80

Yes. This eliminated probably 90+% of the issues...

Yes. This eliminated probably 90+% of the issues I had with tubeless and the issues of sealant leakage when inflating and valves clogging.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 383
Posted By JohnJ80

Lennard Zinn to the rescue - store your bike with...

Lennard Zinn to the rescue - store your bike with the valve stem down. That way any sealant drains out. You're not going to get a lot of sealant in the valve by rolling the tire around since the...
Forum: Touring
08-28-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,396
Posted By JohnJ80

OP - you forgot a bunch of Fed Ex forms for all...

OP - you forgot a bunch of Fed Ex forms for all the stuff you're going to ship home.

I did a 6 week trip of the UK and Ireland with about 20 lbs per person with full camping gear and it all fit...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,016
Posted By JohnJ80

does the ď105Ē mean Shimano 105? If so, then...

does the ď105Ē mean Shimano 105? If so, then probably lighter.

my wife is not into bike mechanical operation. Going to electronic shifting was a big win for her (and for me). She hasnít had a bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,016
Posted By JohnJ80

I've converted two bikes. The only way to go,...

I've converted two bikes. The only way to go, IMO, is to go wireless. We converted our bikes over from DA and Ultegra mech to SRAM eTap red 11speed at the time (AXS was not yet out). Our bikes were...
Forum: Touring
08-18-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,342
Posted By JohnJ80

could be but I donít think so. Thereís a sign...

could be but I donít think so. Thereís a sign just as you leave Copper Mountain that lists the specs and that was my recollection.

but that doesnít tell the story - if you were fully acclimated to...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,342
Posted By JohnJ80

We're midwesterners (Minnesota) and we frequently...

We're midwesterners (Minnesota) and we frequently go out west to ride and ski - usually more than 5 times per year.

To deal with most of the mountain passes, you'll definitely want to acclimate...
Forum: Touring
08-05-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,063
Posted By JohnJ80

I travel with steel frame bikes all the time. I...

I travel with steel frame bikes all the time. I use an Orucase Airport Ninja case. RD comes off, chain comes off, pedals come off and often the crank. We remove the brake rotors and package them...
Forum: Touring
08-05-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,295
Posted By JohnJ80

Bivo specifically makes stainless steel water...

Bivo specifically makes stainless steel water bottles for bikes (https://drinkbivo.com)that are the same dimensions as other cycling water bottles.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 990
Posted By JohnJ80

Nope. Straight up replacement of the small...

Nope. Straight up replacement of the small chainring (34T) stopped the skip. Skip started immediately after replacement of the chain to a new DA 11s chain. Nothing else was changed and no further...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 990
Posted By JohnJ80

I have absolutely had a worn chainring cause a...

I have absolutely had a worn chainring cause a chain to skip. Brand new chain, chain skipped, replaced small chainring and it was fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 990
Posted By JohnJ80

Lube and maintenance have a huge impact on...

Lube and maintenance have a huge impact on longevity of the drivetrain. I'm an engineer and pretty anal about maintenance. Last year I switched to Silca's new wax based lube. Normally, I get about...
07-22-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,383
Posted By JohnJ80

Been there, done that (ie. used a phone). ...

Been there, done that (ie. used a phone).

Virtually no phones now have ANT+ connectivity. Using BT to connect to sensors is a giant PITA because it's a one to one connection. ANT+ is a one to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 992
Posted By JohnJ80

I always forget to add that you have to make sure...

I always forget to add that you have to make sure your pump gauge is accurate which they typically arenít. Iíve seen pumps off by as much as 15psi when 5psi matters big time to the ride quality.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 992
Posted By JohnJ80

Josh Poertner from Silca has a Marginal Gains...

Josh Poertner from Silca has a Marginal Gains podcast and in one of the episodes they discuss vertical compliance. Turns out about 90% of vertical compliance comes from the tires and inflation.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 917
Posted By JohnJ80

I understand you have to defend your product but...

I understand you have to defend your product but that pretty much is the same results I get with high quality 3M electrical tape. And, given I live and ride in Minnesota, that includes temperature...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,697
Posted By JohnJ80

There's really two arguments here - financial and...

There's really two arguments here - financial and hassle factor.

If the airline you travel on has high fees, you can quickly figure out how fast couplers pay for themselves. That's the financial...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,386
Posted By JohnJ80

Don't patch it, toss it. A blow out at speed on...

Don't patch it, toss it. A blow out at speed on a descent would make for a very bad day.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 917
Posted By JohnJ80

Basically, pretty electrical tape. But same...

Basically, pretty electrical tape. But same principle.

That said, a toothpick also works pretty well. Stick the end in there and break it off.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By JohnJ80

Pretty much available anywhere. Your size there...

Pretty much available anywhere. Your size there should match sidi sizing now, don't think it's changed.

Velcro is long gone as the primary closure on most shoes now except for some triathlon...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

I agree with the sentiments on curbside checkin,...

I agree with the sentiments on curbside checkin, on airline FF status and irregular shaped cases being all useful in avoiding airline fares.

As mentioned previously, we use the Orucase Airport...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By JohnJ80

As in most things, you get what you pay for. ...

As in most things, you get what you pay for.

A lot of the cheaper racks that either clamp to the frame, have hooks that go over the frame or that you hang the bike from are cheap but they can...
Forum: Touring
06-27-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

No, sorry. I was just interested in that bike...

No, sorry. I was just interested in that bike for my winter bike sans couplers. I hadn't talked with anyone that had actually used the frame. The Ritchey Outback is the frame I was looking at,...
Forum: Touring
06-27-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By JohnJ80

Forgot to add, depending on the case you have,...

Forgot to add, depending on the case you have, put in dummy axles. I cut a piece of PVC plastic pipe to fit around the either the skewer or axle and then clamp it in place with the QR skewer or...
06-27-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,086
Posted By JohnJ80

Yeah, no bike thief is picking a lock. So I even...

Yeah, no bike thief is picking a lock. So I even think you're good with a high quality combo lock that doesn't give clues to the code.

Thieves need to be in and out fast. Most bike stealing is...
Forum: Touring
06-27-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

Thanks for the info on the Ritchey frame. I was...

Thanks for the info on the Ritchey frame. I was looking at the gravel version (don't recall the name) but it was a compelling price with both frame and fork and had gotten some pretty great reviews....
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

Agree on the scale thing. That's the one metric...

Agree on the scale thing. That's the one metric that the airline can measure fast and accurately. If you're over then it's fee time. Fuel cost is an issue but I also think that they are trying to...
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

I was always able to get it done with Delta but...

I was always able to get it done with Delta but when we were codeshared on KLM, I always worried because they always seemed to much less flexible to me. But Delta didn't seem to care and KLM didn't...
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

What airline was that? Delta and especially KLM...

What airline was that? Delta and especially KLM (partner) used to be really anal about that but my Orucase cases went right through. I bet I've got 20-25 segments on Delta with those cases.

J.
06-26-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,086
Posted By JohnJ80

Chicago has professional bike thieves. Take the...

Chicago has professional bike thieves. Take the bike inside.

That being said, we put two kids through college and grad school with bikes on urban college campuses that were rife with thievery. In...
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By JohnJ80

Just unbolt the RD keeping the chain run through...

Just unbolt the RD keeping the chain run through it and use velcro ties and padding and strap it down in the rear triangle and to a chain stay. Super easy.
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

Just be ready to have your bike show up on a...

Just be ready to have your bike show up on a later flight though.
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,735
Posted By JohnJ80

United's writeup on bikes makes no sense. So,...

United's writeup on bikes makes no sense. So, it's going to be up to the baggage agent.

The alternative is to fly Delta where there is no charge for a bike.

Before Delta changed their policy,...
06-22-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,795
Posted By JohnJ80

Minnesota is packed with bike trails and has a...

Minnesota is packed with bike trails and has a huge network of paved trails that go all over the state (https://mntrails.com/bike-trails/). Minnesota's tend to be paved. Wisconsins tend to be...
06-22-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,084
Posted By JohnJ80

Either the Scosche or the Wahoo optical version...

Either the Scosche or the Wahoo optical version that go around your arm are great. Done many rides with them. I've had both and would be happy with either one.

I've had the chest straps which I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,456
Posted By JohnJ80

ďBestĒ meaning they have top end bike handling...

ďBestĒ meaning they have top end bike handling skills. Ever see the time Peter Sagan bunny hopped his bike over a rider that fell on the cobbles in Paris Roubaix? That = best.

So if you think...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By JohnJ80

Depends. Pedals alone won't give you more...

Depends.

Pedals alone won't give you more power, effective pedaling technique with the appropriate pedals and shoes do.

If you are just stomping down on the pedals now and you install clipless...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,889
Posted By JohnJ80

well, thatís fairly nonsensical. If you donít...

well, thatís fairly nonsensical. If you donít remove the grease from the inside of the chain you will *never* get the wax to penetrate and adhere. The grease will repel the wax. Grease on the outside...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,889
Posted By JohnJ80

silca has a great video on chain cleaning....

silca has a great video on chain cleaning. Poertner and crew have (typically) studied the heck out of the whole thing after they came up with a wax based lube. Iíve done this to my last chain and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 9,933
Posted By JohnJ80

Iím right there with you. I have not had a...

Iím right there with you.

I have not had a flat that made stop for the last three years. Thatís 12,000 without a flat. Had I been running tubes, that would have represented at least 18 tubes and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,889
Posted By JohnJ80

Just bought two of these. $52 each - Shimano DA...

Just bought two of these. $52 each - Shimano DA 11 speed chain.
...
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