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09-14-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 729
Posted By Chuckles1

I feel that way every spring on the first half...

I feel that way every spring on the first half dozen rides. Don't overdo it at first; you'll likely forget about it after a while, but you do have to push through some pain.
09-13-21, 08:34 AM
09-07-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Chuckles1

I bought a 48V 20Ah Unit Pack Power triangle...

I bought a 48V 20Ah Unit Pack Power triangle battery for my 500W Bafang geared rear hub conversion. No complaints, and I added a note when I bought it requesting the correct connector for my...
09-04-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By Chuckles1

Ah, the "freedom" to break laws... I get passed...

Ah, the "freedom" to break laws... I get passed by a pickup with one of those huge flags occasionally, and it's always speeding and has a loud exhaust. The perils of cycling.
09-04-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,303
Posted By Chuckles1

Maybe a recumbent bike if you want to stick with...

Maybe a recumbent bike if you want to stick with cycling.
08-27-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,138
Posted By Chuckles1

I use hood mounted mirrors on my drop bar bikes, ...

I use hood mounted mirrors on my drop bar bikes, and a bar end mirror on my flat bar hybrid. The bar end mirror is great in that it doesn't move no matter what bumps I hit. The hood mounted mirrors...
08-22-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,302
Posted By Chuckles1

That's excellent. At 65 I enjoy rides up to 20...

That's excellent. At 65 I enjoy rides up to 20 miles; any more is self defeating. I hope to have half your stamina if I reach 83!
08-20-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,246
Posted By Chuckles1

This is good advice. When I go down long hills, I...

This is good advice. When I go down long hills, I sometimes reach a point where I say to myself, "avoid and don't brake if a car pulls out" of a right side driveway. Below 20mph I might brake hard...
08-16-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,266
Posted By Chuckles1

Scammers

I put a bike on CL for $800. A woman emailed saying she wanted it, but was out of town on business. I was suspicious. Then she wanted me to ship it. Then she sent a check for $2,800, said extra was...
08-07-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 321
Posted By Chuckles1

Interesting; I never thought of that when I...

Interesting; I never thought of that when I changed 12/25 to an 11/34. I just bought a longer cage derailleur (GS) and a new chain. What a difference it made for my old legs in hill country.
08-03-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 6,282
Posted By Chuckles1

I always used the legal signals, left turn left...

I always used the legal signals, left turn left arm straight out, right turn left arm out, bent 90 degrees, forearm straight up. Drivers seem perplexed. I think ill start pointing right with right...
07-16-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 852
Posted By Chuckles1

Yes, a big tank of liquid nitrogen that blows out...

Yes, a big tank of liquid nitrogen that blows out a safety valve would quickly displace virtually all the oxygen in an elevator in seconds. Compressed gas cylinders would do the same if they had a...
07-12-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 910
Posted By Chuckles1

No, but I certainly inspect it when changing a...

No, but I certainly inspect it when changing a tire or tube.
07-01-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,011
Posted By Chuckles1

Unless you're strapped for cash...

Getting the right bars and stem on a gravel bike make all the difference in the world. My gravel bike had 44mm bars and an 80mm stem, and I couldn't get comfortable. For $40 bucks or less I put on...
06-29-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,486
Posted By Chuckles1

You need at least a 12 speed cassette because you...

You need at least a 12 speed cassette because you have to pedal at the exact same cadence at all times, up the hills and down.
06-28-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 672
Posted By Chuckles1

One word for you

Ebike! Or is that two words?
06-24-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,320
Posted By Chuckles1

Ive noticed that respondents in this section of...

Ive noticed that respondents in this section of the forum are often contentious, more so than other sections. Psychologists, get to work on why matters of safety raise hackles...

I mostly quote...
06-18-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,579
Posted By Chuckles1

Wait until the off-season, and regrease or...

Wait until the off-season, and regrease or replace BB bearings. My bike with external bearings is doing the same thing, and that's my cue to clean and regrease. If the bikes a keeper, buy the tools...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,082
Posted By Chuckles1

Me too. I only use a rear GS, as that's where I...

Me too. I only use a rear GS, as that's where I used to get flats. Ive had a 700x28c GS on my road bike for the last two years. I'm 155lbs. and pump it to 65psi. I dont notice any bad ride qualities....
06-15-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,743
Posted By Chuckles1

Ok, but gravel bike is better

My gravel bike is my favorite between road, gravel, and hybrid. I got a flat-bar hybrid this year with long wheel base, 700c tires, 180mm hydro discs, and put a geared rear hub drive kit on it. It...
06-15-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,052
Posted By Chuckles1

Dude, it's the heat and humidity! Those are...

Dude, it's the heat and humidity! Those are insane conditions. You must be in decent health to survive that. We are all different, but once you're 60+, you need to moderate. If you get satisfaction...
06-09-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 672
Posted By Chuckles1

Mid-drive just make sure...

Make sure a mid-drive will fit your bike before buying a kit. I wanted to do a mid-drive, but both candidate bikes had too wide chainstays that would have precluded proper fitting of mid-drive. I put...
06-08-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,196
Posted By Chuckles1

I get the type described when I stand up from too...

I get the type described when I stand up from too long in the recliner after cycling. Also calf cramps in bed at night after cycling. I agree with the quote above. Cramps have defied my every attempt...
06-01-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,706
Posted By Chuckles1

My drop bar disc brake gravel bike has become my...

My drop bar disc brake gravel bike has become my favorite bike over the three years I've had it. Average speed is a bit lower than road bike, but comfort and versatility are worth it. Variety is the...
06-01-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,965
Posted By Chuckles1

Dearly missed...

Still have the first cycling jersey I ever bought from Performance, probably twenty years old, still wearable and superior to anything I've bought since. Ditto on MTB shorts I still wear on most...
05-29-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 700
Posted By Chuckles1

Auditory feedback is an important part of staying...

Auditory feedback is an important part of staying safe and keeping your bike in good order. Congrats on your improved hearing, and your successful mechanic work/crank-BB upgrade.
05-28-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,734
Posted By Chuckles1

Schwalbe Marathon 700x45 rear tire Bar end...

Schwalbe Marathon 700x45 rear tire
Bar end mirror left side
Front and rear lights
REAR rack and pack
500W Bafang rear hub drive motor kit and 48V 20 Ah triangle battery
05-24-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Chuckles1

I recently made a hybrid 3x7 speed into a rear...

I recently made a hybrid 3x7 speed into a rear hub drive ebike, 500W Bafang w/48V battery. I only use the largest, 48t chainring, and gears 3-6 on the 11-34 cassette. Point being, with a motor you...
05-17-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,653
Posted By Chuckles1

Inner tube underlay

I couldn't get comfortable on my gravel bike, and even put it up for sale. Then I wrapped several parts of the drop bars with inner tube strips about 5/8"wide cut from old tube. I wrapped the places...
05-15-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,686
Posted By Chuckles1

Legs are where it's at...

Keep cycling and scrap the weights if they're not doing you any good. Ive seen very few people whose arms are dysfunctional in old age, but hordes of people whose legs are their downfall. At 65, I...
05-03-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By Chuckles1

9 speeds rule...

11-36 cassette with a new GS or SGS derailleur. A Sora GS and 11-36 cassette transformed my 9 speed road bike into a good hill climber, and it shifts beautifully. An Alivio RD would also work well, I...
05-02-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 890
Posted By Chuckles1

I used to do Andy's procedure. Lately I've...

I used to do Andy's procedure. Lately I've started noting which side rubs after initial lever squeeze centering, and putting a feeler gauge between rotor and pad on that side after loosening both...
03-19-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Chuckles1

Disc brake adjustment bliss

Was having some frustration with getting calipers positioned just right for silent rolling.

Stumbled on the following technique, probably old news to many, but maybe helpful for some new to...
03-18-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,143
Posted By Chuckles1

I'd prefer the simplicity of Schrader valves, but...

I'd prefer the simplicity of Schrader valves, but am not going to drill out rims. I use the adapters as pictured above, so I can use a compressor to top of all my tires once a week. I pump...
03-18-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,423
Posted By Chuckles1

Doctor or physical therapist might recommend...

Doctor or physical therapist might recommend electrical muscle stimulator to keep muscles from atrophy. Best to start ASAP if it fits your situation.
03-14-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,952
Posted By Chuckles1

I get them now that I'm in my mid- sixties; ...

I get them now that I'm in my mid- sixties; never got them when I was younger. And I get them after rides, hours later, not during. If I do get a crampy feeling when cycling, I slow down for a...
02-16-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 538
Posted By Chuckles1

If it aint broke...

IMHO, 9 speeds is ideal. Of course it can depend on other factors on a particular bike, but more than 9 speeds is tedious to me. If you can find a 9 speed cassette with tooth numbers you like,...
11-29-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,400
Posted By Chuckles1

1981 Raleigh Super Grand Prix. Sorry, no pics....

1981 Raleigh Super Grand Prix. Sorry, no pics. It's on a magnetic trainer downstairs in an exercise room too small to get far enough back for a picture. Two x Six speed non- indexed shifting. Nothing...
11-26-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,544
Posted By Chuckles1

I can bike all day if I have to. Can't run a...

I can bike all day if I have to. Can't run a half mile to save my life. Different animals.
11-25-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,477
Posted By Chuckles1

I used to be good at a lot of things...

Auto mechanic, carpenter, landscaper, computer programmer, etc. etc.

I still do all those things (except programming), but not as well, or at least not as quickly. It's frustrating, but part of...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,741
Posted By Chuckles1

The hills around here are pretty steep, but not...

The hills around here are pretty steep, but not very long, typically 1/8 to 1/4 mile, with two less steep but each at least 3/4 mile long. I pedal down the long ones and try to stay above 30 mph. The...
10-30-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,677
Posted By Chuckles1

I second layered approach. I use some old...

I second layered approach. I use some old cannondale gloves that are fairly heavy, and some dollar store gloves with tips scissored off fingers over those. Both have full thumbs. Good at 40 degrees...
10-26-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,863
Posted By Chuckles1

5K , congrats! I surpassed my 2K goal this...

5K , congrats!

I surpassed my 2K goal this year, which is enough in my hilly area. :foo:
10-23-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,367
Posted By Chuckles1

Not to beat a dead horse, but...

This an interesting topic I'd never given much thought to before. I happened to come upon a lone rider yesterday going the opposite direction from me on the same gravel road where I encountered the...
10-21-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,114
Posted By Chuckles1

Maybe you can train it to tuck in and act as a...

Maybe you can train it to tuck in and act as a hub cleaner while you ride.
10-21-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,445
Posted By Chuckles1

It happens, so learn to deal with it. In the...

It happens, so learn to deal with it. In the city its' unavoidable, and takes nerves of steel. I avoid city riding for the most part. In the countryside, get a good mirror, check trajectory of...
09-23-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,931
Posted By Chuckles1

Never had a gear too low to use at some point. ...

Never had a gear too low to use at some point. 700c tire bike below 0.8 gear ratio might be too slow to stay upright without spinning mightily... 3mph gets a little shaky.
09-23-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 18,814
Posted By Chuckles1

64 years young here. Just dug a drainage trench...

64 years young here. Just dug a drainage trench 50' long, 18" deep with pickaxe and trenching shovel. Did it with no back strain, and my heart didn't explode. I credit almost 2,000 miles on the bikes...
09-09-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 869
Posted By Chuckles1

I like MTB shorts over tights when it gets to...

I like MTB shorts over tights when it gets to cold for shorts alone.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 19,230
Posted By Chuckles1

Wow, I really opened a can of worms here... Also,...

Wow, I really opened a can of worms here... Also, sorry for the typo in the title. Since none mentioned it, I guess you all know the edit function doesn't seem to allow you to fix the title line; I...
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