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Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,757
Posted By rm -rf

Stats vs a training plan I don't do a power...

Stats vs a training plan
I don't do a power based training plan. There, you can set goals for a big event day and see how you are progressing. Are the structured workouts improving fitness?
I use...
06-30-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,065
Posted By rm -rf

Animal Control The county Animal Control...

Animal Control
The county Animal Control officers are really good at follow up. They will visit the owner (if you know where the dog came from), and do rabies tests, etc if a rider was bitten. ...
06-30-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,065
Posted By rm -rf

The main rule is: Nothing works with every dog. ...

The main rule is: Nothing works with every dog.

My cycle club had a dog trainer give a talk. She emphasized the difference between a dog that wants to chase you away and one that wants to attack...
06-27-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,511
Posted By rm -rf

Air volume A tire and wheel inflated cross...

Air volume
A tire and wheel inflated cross section is somewhat like a circle. So the air volume is that cross section area x the tire "length", the circumference. The more air volume, the less...
06-27-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,511
Posted By rm -rf

I hadn't seen this calculator. It accounts for...

I hadn't seen this calculator. It accounts for tire type, rim width, riding surface, etc. Good.

At 170 lbs, with wide 20.5 mm internal width rims, GP5000 tires with tubes. On these rims, my tires...
06-20-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 474
Posted By rm -rf

I've never tried Garmin Connect routes. I always...

I've never tried Garmin Connect routes. I always use ridewithgps routes. My planned routes with out-and-back U-turns in the route always work on Garmins. (I can't think of any out-and-back failures.)...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,081
Posted By rm -rf

It's too bad that triples are essentially...

It's too bad that triples are essentially extinct. That allows close ratios along with very low gears.

I use my 34-32 low gear even on moderate grades. It's nice to have the choice to spin up the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 922
Posted By rm -rf

Slightly off topic: Merging two separate...

Slightly off topic: Merging two separate recordings to make one longer ride:
I googled this for another rider that mistakenly stopped his recording mid-ride (by pressing buttons without reading the...
04-27-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,375
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, be in the left tire track of the middle...

Yes, be in the left tire track of the middle lane. For road sensors and following cars, I'll move up as far as practical, a bit past any white stopping line, for example. And if I can see a sensor...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,042
Posted By rm -rf

I do try to keep the battery at 50% or more. But...

I do try to keep the battery at 50% or more. But sometimes I just don't check often enough. It's easier to remember if it's something to be done every ride. Remembering once every week or two is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,813
Posted By rm -rf

Angry Bees tshirt...

Angry Bees tshirt (https://chrisking.com/products/rolls-good-t-shirt). Chris King.

"Back when hub warranty registration was done by mailing us a postcard, Akiyoshi Takamura coined an infamous...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,042
Posted By rm -rf

I have the older 6800 Di2. When the Di2 status...

I have the older 6800 Di2. When the Di2 status light goes from solid green to blinking green, it's below 50% charge.
I just check every few rides, usually while riding along, by holding the front...
04-24-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,074
Posted By rm -rf

Most of the mid path bollards were removed from...

Most of the mid path bollards were removed from the Little Miami Trail in Ohio. Much safer.

The Laurenceburg Indiana trail has two side by side bollards, splitting the path into narrow thirds.
...
04-22-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,503
Posted By rm -rf

For micro holes, I've had to hold the tube under...

For micro holes, I've had to hold the tube under water for 20 or 30 seconds before the first tiny bubble showed up. There's always a few surface bubbles clinging to the tube. Wipe them off with...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,853
Posted By rm -rf

Running replacement cables Many years ago, I...

Running replacement cables
Many years ago, I posted how to pull a replacement brake cable by sliding thin tubing over the existing cable before removing it. That becomes a guide for the new cable....
04-11-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 929
Posted By rm -rf

"Crushed stone" rail trails are often hard packed...

"Crushed stone" rail trails are often hard packed and smooth. The crushed stone packs down hard, with a very thin layer of looser bits on top. It's nothing like gravel or sand.

Narrow tires...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,603
Posted By rm -rf

Years ago, I went from cracked stock wheels (that...

Years ago, I went from cracked stock wheels (that developed cracked spoke holes after 15000 miles) at a bit over 2000 grams, to a 1550 gram wheelset. Over a pound less. The difference was fairly...
03-29-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,979
Posted By rm -rf

Golden Cheetah (https://www.goldencheetah.org/)...

Golden Cheetah (https://www.goldencheetah.org/) is free, open source software for recorded power meter analysis.

It has a ton of charts and data screens to analyze a ride and to track trends over...
03-29-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,776
Posted By rm -rf

Don't forget "crushed stone". It's not the same...

Don't forget "crushed stone". It's not the same as packed dirt. The fine textured, sharp edged bits interlock, and can be very solid and fast riding. It's sand sized particles, but not at all like...
03-15-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 681
Posted By rm -rf

It's hard to see the tooth wear, since modern...

It's hard to see the tooth wear, since modern cassettes have radically shaped teeth. Better to put on a new chain and see if it skips. The new chain's roller spacing will ride up toward the tips of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,821
Posted By rm -rf

Pinch flats I've had a few pinch flats from...

Pinch flats
I've had a few pinch flats from hitting thumb sized square edged rocks on an otherwise very smooth road. Each time, on a downhill. Pinching the tube is very unlikely at slow to moderate...
03-07-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 8,856
Posted By rm -rf

There's all kinds of group rides in larger urban...

There's all kinds of group rides in larger urban areas, from race pace to very casual. Perhaps not as much in more rural areas.

I notice that the local cycle club rides can be faster than the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 960
Posted By rm -rf

Years ago, I liked using heart rate to pace up...

Years ago, I liked using heart rate to pace up very long climbs. I just did it by experience, seeing what heart rate I could maintain. It was helpful keep from going too hard at the bottom of the...
03-06-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,364
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, the correct balance on the saddle. Get the...

Yes, the correct balance on the saddle. Get the saddle positioned first.

I like this saddle position method video. The goal is to get the saddle where you don't either slide forward on the saddle...
Forum: Foo
02-25-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,184
Posted By rm -rf

There's 4 or 5 Chambers gas stoves in my...

There's 4 or 5 Chambers gas stoves in my neighborhood. From 60 to 80 years old.

Google image search Chambers stove...
Forum: Foo
02-25-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,184
Posted By rm -rf

Ha, I was going to post this same toaster. Mine...

Ha, I was going to post this same toaster. Mine is the one I grew up with. My folks kept using it, and I inherited it. Circa 1951 or so. Around 70 years old now.

It was $23 in 1952. That's...
02-22-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 906
Posted By rm -rf

My stainless cages don't put black marks on the...

My stainless cages don't put black marks on the bottles like aluminum does. And they are springy, so they grip the bottles very well, but it's still easy to put the bottle back without looking. ...
01-24-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,955
Posted By rm -rf

Wider tires have been tested to have lower...

Wider tires have been tested to have lower rolling resistance than skinnier versions of the same tire. It's related to rolling over the rough surface of a road. If the roads were glass smooth, like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,005
Posted By rm -rf

I wondered how that worked, mounted into the...

I wondered how that worked, mounted into the frame. This looks practical, with all the junction wires in the frame and it's easily serviceable with removing one screw.
...
06-21-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,750
Posted By rm -rf

Oh, your setup looks good. 10-33 in 12 speed:...

Oh, your setup looks good.
10-33 in 12 speed: 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 19 21 24 28 33

Mike Sherman's Gear Calculator only goes to 11 speed! So I left out the 13 cog. Just picture it in between the 12...
06-21-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,750
Posted By rm -rf

The steepest parts are probably at switchbacks,...

The steepest parts are probably at switchbacks, just a brief extra steep part on the inside of the turn.
This video of Hardknott (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PDVFsHijgk#t=1s) shows two strong...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 886
Posted By rm -rf

I swapped out the stock insoles on my Sidi shoes....

I swapped out the stock insoles on my Sidi shoes. They were way too thin, and had limited cushioning. I took the shoes along to REI last year and got some nice insoles with better padding. I trimmed...
04-30-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,408
Posted By rm -rf

"real life" power numbers are pretty low for many...

"real life" power numbers are pretty low for many riders. A lot less than the 200+ watts that often are mentioned in online posts.

My usual riding partner usually shows a little higher estimated...
04-14-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 841
Posted By rm -rf

A rider had a broken rear shift cable on a group...

A rider had a broken rear shift cable on a group ride a few years ago. I had previously worked around a broken cable by tying it off on my bottle cage. I tried this again, and it just slipped back to...
04-12-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,353
Posted By rm -rf

I don't think I could take watching a whole Wes...

I don't think I could take watching a whole Wes Anderson movie. Youtube clips, sure.

I really like the Accidental Wes Anderson (https://twitter.com/AccidentalWes) twitter feed! Inventive. (The...
04-10-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,888
Posted By rm -rf

No trails for me, either bike trails or even...

No trails for me, either bike trails or even hiking trails.

This scared me last week: The laser lighted particles emitted even while talking (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBvFkQizTT4#t=1s). On...
04-09-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,309
Posted By rm -rf

Thread revival! Hey look, there I was in 2009! ...

Thread revival! Hey look, there I was in 2009!

I'm still riding, and until this spring, I still liked doing some challenging group rides that made me go harder than I would myself. Fun!

But now...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 9,533
Posted By rm -rf

I was trying to hang on fast group rides around...

I was trying to hang on fast group rides around 20 mph and still climb steeper hills.
So I want low end gearing and close shifts, if possible, from 18-24 mph.

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My Di2 bike came with 50/34...
03-29-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By rm -rf

Look at South Korea. Massive testing, then...

Look at South Korea.
Massive testing, then tracing infected people's contacts with cell phone data, and following up with those people.
Face masks in public.
They got it under control.

We'll...
03-29-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 500
Posted By rm -rf

My local bike shop is open for repairs. And they...

My local bike shop is open for repairs. And they will bring bikes outside and work with you to see and try different ones.

Your question is a bit too open ended. There's so many different types of...
03-18-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,608
Posted By rm -rf

The US is on the same trajectory as Italy, with...

The US is on the same trajectory as Italy, with the same growth rate. We are maybe 10 days behind them.
Hopefully, more seniors and at-risk people will stay isolated and avoid the virus for a long...
03-16-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 748
Posted By rm -rf

Clipped from Mike Sherman's Gear Calculator. The...

Clipped from Mike Sherman's Gear Calculator. The calculator stores all the specs in the URL, so it can fill in the data from the bookmark if you reload it later.
All the charts update on the fly as...
03-12-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,074
Posted By rm -rf

It's serious. And we've wasted days and weeks...

It's serious. And we've wasted days and weeks getting ready.

It seems less serious in the USA for a few reasons. We are doing way less testing, so there's fewer reported cases. We are probably 10...
02-12-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,819
Posted By rm -rf

Profiles I have two bikes with separate...

Profiles
I have two bikes with separate profiles, and a trainer profile--this has the GPS turned off. I made a hiking profile, but the 1030 just won't work when walking, it reports about half the...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,822
Posted By rm -rf

I got my Infinito with Di2 in Sept 2014. It was...

I got my Infinito with Di2 in Sept 2014. It was ridiculously (for me) expensive.
25,000 miles later, it's still fantastic. A lot of that is due to it being a good fit for me. And I love the Di2 on...
01-10-20, 10:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,785
Posted By rm -rf

From a 2018 visit to the New Bremen Ohio Bicycle...

From a 2018 visit to the New Bremen Ohio Bicycle Museum. I stopped in this fall again, and a lot of exhibits have changed; a bunch of bikes I hadn't seen before.
The cafe right down the street is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2,709
Views: 459,717
Posted By rm -rf

Late afternoon on one of the final days of fall,...

Late afternoon on one of the final days of fall, Nov 2019 in northern Kentucky.
...
12-13-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,622
Posted By rm -rf

Ha, not likely! An example from this article on...

Ha, not likely!
An example from this article on converting watts to calories (https://gearandgrit.com/convert-watts-calories-burned-cycling/):
Chris Froome can put out an astonishing 414 watts for...
10-31-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,824
Posted By rm -rf

As others have mentioned, ridewithgps.com is the...

As others have mentioned, ridewithgps.com is the best method for creating routes. A free login is all you need.

On the ridewithgps web page:
Click Route Planner.

Just browse or pan the map...
10-06-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,594
Posted By rm -rf

Ha, update this thread next year. I bet you'll...

Ha, update this thread next year. I bet you'll do more than 2000 miles! (Although Minnesota must have a fairly short riding season.)

I think that riders doing more than 50 miles a week, 2 or...
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