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09-23-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By scottfsmith

In principle it is possible if you remove the old...

In principle it is possible if you remove the old rim lining and put on tubeless rim tape. But it could be a lot harder to seat the tire on the rim due to the rim clearance being off. I would suggest...
09-22-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,380
Posted By scottfsmith

I went nuts on gravel tires .. I got six...

I went nuts on gravel tires .. I got six different models to try out. I did in the end find some awesome tires, but after that excess I vowed to not go down the rabbit hole on any other bike part.
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09-21-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By scottfsmith

How do you tell if the link re-attached well? ...

How do you tell if the link re-attached well? When I looked into this it seems like you need to be aware of the sound made by a "good" re-attachment and if it doesn't click in well enough you need...
09-21-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By scottfsmith

You can't beat me by 10 minutes when the whole...

You can't beat me by 10 minutes when the whole procedure only took me 5 minutes. I also get very little spray with the Park tool.

Time issues aside, I am not an expert bike mechanic and I'd rather...
09-19-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By scottfsmith

In defense of chain cleaner tools what they are...

In defense of chain cleaner tools what they are saving you is time/hassle/mess. Fill, pop on, zip, dump, done. Nearly all the mess stays in the little box. They don't work as well as removing the...
09-19-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 529
Posted By scottfsmith

Arm/leg warmers and a thin shell are the easiest...

Arm/leg warmers and a thin shell are the easiest things to start with and take off. They can all fit in jersey pockets.

If things get really sweaty it is always possible to remove underwear...
09-18-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,185
Posted By scottfsmith

I also got stranded on water in my windsurfing...

I also got stranded on water in my windsurfing days. It can be much more scary, death becomes a feasible outcome.

On the bike nothing much .. a couple 5+ mile walks, calling for pick-up a couple...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 702
Posted By scottfsmith

I don't think relying on having not bottomed out...

I don't think relying on having not bottomed out yet is a good idea, unless you have been riding that way for years (sounds like you have not). In the last year I bottomed out twice.. two times too...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 577
Posted By scottfsmith

Yes I have the same DT hubs (also on LB wheels). ...

Yes I have the same DT hubs (also on LB wheels). They are annoying, especially because my other wheel set has Ceramic Speed hubs which are whisper quiet.

Look on the bright side though, you don't...
09-11-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 502
Posted By scottfsmith

Zero Friction Cycling, the masters of lube tech...

Zero Friction Cycling, the masters of lube tech these days, disagree with that label - see https://zerofrictioncycling.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Squirt.pdf. They say some of the dirt does get...
09-11-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 502
Posted By scottfsmith

I have the Finish Line citrus degreaser and it...

I have the Finish Line citrus degreaser and it works very well on my Smoove (which is similar to Squirt). I assume you have a good brush along with the degreaser. I sprung for one of those Park...
09-11-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,725
Posted By scottfsmith

I have very small prescription glasses and most...

I have very small prescription glasses and most sunglasses can be worn directly over them .. the super budget geeky look.

Recently since my prescription seems to have stopped shifting I got some...
09-09-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,511
Posted By scottfsmith

I started with some cheap Amazon lights, they...

I started with some cheap Amazon lights, they were just that, cheap and unreliable. Also they were not very bright.

The LBS is a Specialized dealer so I use their Stix Switch lights now, white...
09-07-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By scottfsmith

The newer wax lubes are nothing like 'ol White...

The newer wax lubes are nothing like 'ol White Lightning.

I might try Silca SS next time, it seems to be like Squirt and Smoove but without the problems with getting the lube all the way into the...
09-07-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 981
Posted By scottfsmith

One other one to look at for more useful features...

One other one to look at for more useful features is Komoot. It tells you the kind of surface for example (not always 100% accurate but can be helpful). It lets you adjust your expected speed. You...
09-07-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By scottfsmith

If you read the Zero Friction long description,...

If you read the Zero Friction long description, both Squirt and Smoove (somewhat similar wax lubes) have problems getting the chain fully loaded with lube. It needs several iterations of lube/dry...
09-05-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By scottfsmith

When the head (the thing you attach to the valve)...

When the head (the thing you attach to the valve) gets old it can start loosening at higher pressures and then tires can become difficult to inflate. So a cheap option could be to just buy a new...
09-02-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 707
Posted By scottfsmith

The one thing I never figured out about those...

The one thing I never figured out about those charts is if you want to have deep section aero rims you don't want to have a big discontinuity between the tire and the rim exterior.. you want the rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 293
Posted By scottfsmith

You can always make a hole bigger, e.g. stuff...

You can always make a hole bigger, e.g. stuff successively bigger hexes in it from your multi-tool.

It sucks that they don't make it clear about how the hole has to be bigger than 5mm though.
08-23-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,489
Posted By scottfsmith

You should generally be able to keep up the pace...

You should generally be able to keep up the pace at 53, but lots of things can get out of whack as you age that will throw wrench in that plan.

When I was your age (just about 53) I noticed I was...
08-20-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 529
Posted By scottfsmith

Were those digital? I have three cheap digital...

Were those digital? I have three cheap digital gauges (including the one I mentioned above for my compressor) and I did a test on my car tire (loses less pressure between tests) and they were all...
08-20-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By scottfsmith

I just watch the daily synopsis that NBC puts up...

I just watch the daily synopsis that NBC puts up on YouTube every evening. 30 minutes of the highlights of the day for $0. It is just an editing of the live coverage so if you don't look at the...
08-20-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 529
Posted By scottfsmith

I use one of these:...

I use one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K47SRGP

The head on it would not attach reliably to Presta valves so I spent another couple bucks for a new head. Other than that it works...
08-20-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,996
Posted By scottfsmith

It would be really nice if there was a standard...

It would be really nice if there was a standard naming system for all the different types of non-paved roads/paths at different levels of moisture, so we are not talking cross-purposes so often about...
08-19-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,996
Posted By scottfsmith

+1 on that! I'd never use a slick or file tread...

+1 on that! I'd never use a slick or file tread where I am because there is often at least a little bit of mud somewhere on the route. Mud plus hill plus slick plus curve equals disaster. The last...
08-17-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By scottfsmith

CIL stands for Crank Inertial Load. I found a...

CIL stands for Crank Inertial Load. I found a pretty good tutorial article on it at Cycling Tips (https://cyclingtips.com/2013/09/climbing-and-time-trialling-how-power-outputs-are-affected/). Here...
08-17-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By scottfsmith

One thing that took me awhile to understand is...

One thing that took me awhile to understand is the KICKR is not a faithful simulation of hills. Look up bicycle "CIL" sometime and you will understand why. What CIL is in layman's terms is how easy...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 809
Posted By scottfsmith

I upgraded my bike a few years ago and got one of...

I upgraded my bike a few years ago and got one of these so-called “endurance” bikes after having a “race” bike for 20+ years. I got it because I had back issues and didn’t really consider getting...
08-13-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 895
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats the old recommendation. See...

Thats the old recommendation. See https://www.wtb.com/products/cruz?variant=19835483268 for the new one.. 50psi. There is a little disclaimer on this webpage which I think is there because they...
08-13-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 895
Posted By scottfsmith

Those are rated max 50psi, don't go over that if...

Those are rated max 50psi, don't go over that if you want to get some good miles on them. These larger tires need much less pressure to get to the 15% or so drop standard.
08-12-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 927
Posted By scottfsmith

If something like BF existed in 1650: ...

If something like BF existed in 1650:



You idiot! What a silly question to ask! Just pick it up and eat it!
08-12-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 927
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks Robert.. I'd never heard of "CIL". In...

Thanks Robert.. I'd never heard of "CIL". In terms of the feel on the bike, I think CIL is basically the fact that at high speed you can't quickly increase your speed (the wall you are pushing in to...
08-11-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 914
Posted By scottfsmith

My most important investment for winter riding...

My most important investment for winter riding last winter was clothes. Some heavily insulated full-length bibs, heavy-duty wool socks, a waterproof insulating jacket, and heavy duty long underwear....
08-11-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By scottfsmith

Any stainless steel washer of the right diameter...

Any stainless steel washer of the right diameter should work; not sure if you can get it at the hardware store or not as I just bought pedal washers on Amazon. I was told to put no more than 2mm of...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,320
Posted By scottfsmith

The OP was only referring to signs stating...

The OP was only referring to signs stating "Private Property". On the face of it this just means the land is not government-owned, no more no less. Some states may read more into that, but not my...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,320
Posted By scottfsmith

My view is "private property" is meaningless for...

My view is "private property" is meaningless for entry or not, if they want to keep me out it has to be "no trespassing", "access prohibited" or the like, or have a closed gate. This is in Maryland,...
08-09-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 927
Posted By scottfsmith

Pretty picture: ...

Pretty picture:


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This one attempts to show relative use by how thick...
08-09-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,331
Posted By scottfsmith

Get a strong light and go for it! My current...

Get a strong light and go for it! My current light is 1200 lumens. I also have both front and back blinkers, and wear a reflective jersey (not those ugly yellow safety things, a regular-looking...
08-07-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By scottfsmith

My Tickr can be quite finicky. But at some point...

My Tickr can be quite finicky. But at some point I learned if after I put it on if I rub each of the electrode sections up-down-up-down against my skin it seems to always work.

I tried lots of...
08-02-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,411
Posted By scottfsmith

CF is being recycled, see for example This review...

CF is being recycled, see for example This review (https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/the-state-of-recycled-carbon-fiber). It discusses the state of the art for CF recycling. CF is getting...
08-01-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,411
Posted By scottfsmith

You might want to try a few more repair places....

You might want to try a few more repair places. https://ruckuscomp.com/repair/ for example claims they will repair dropouts.

I didn't believe any of this stuff was repairable but there was a GCN...
08-01-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,902
Posted By scottfsmith

I'd vote you have a better fit on the new frame,...

I'd vote you have a better fit on the new frame, either the old one was really bad, the new one is really good, or both. If you are doing more watts with the same HR there isn't much else it could...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,990
Posted By scottfsmith

Every time I had that issue with any lube I just...

Every time I had that issue with any lube I just needed more of it on. So barring other better ideas here, I would just put more on. One test to see if you have enough lube on is to squeeze some of...
07-31-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By scottfsmith

All the places I looked were saying even smaller....

All the places I looked were saying even smaller. For example I have Light Bicycle 25mm ID and here is their chart:
...
07-29-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,709
Posted By scottfsmith

That is because there was a long hill which I...

That is because there was a long hill which I wanted to make a strong effort up the whole thing. This ride was a new route I had not done before so it was not in the 6-week past. The big hill had a...
07-29-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,502
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for the update! I also made the 175...

Thanks for the update!

I also made the 175 -> 170 switch about six months go based on a bike fitter recommendation. I confess I paid no attention to it after the first 5 minutes on the new...
07-29-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,960
Posted By scottfsmith

I think it is good to set goals. I have improved...

I think it is good to set goals. I have improved a huge amount in the last year by monitoring my progress and setting goals. Seeing other riders my age and what they are doing on Strava gives me...
07-28-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,709
Posted By scottfsmith

I've been doing every other day rides so 3-4 rest...

I've been doing every other day rides so 3-4 rest days each week. I might lift a few weights on off days but nothing too major. I started doing this when I got back into biking in early pandemic...
07-28-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,709
Posted By scottfsmith

Currently I am doing about 2.5 hours a week...

Currently I am doing about 2.5 hours a week total. My impression with that level of time commitment there is no reason not to do strong efforts all the time. That said, I do vary the effort a bit. ...
07-28-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,709
Posted By scottfsmith

Good point! I almost never use the web Strava, I...

Good point! I almost never use the web Strava, I just went there to grab some data for my post when I felt like I had less power on the bike this morning.

Changing the pop-down to the last week I...
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