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07-14-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 907
Posted By davester

I will be bringing a finely crafted Italian...

I will be bringing a finely crafted Italian bicycle built by the one and only Cino Cinelli. The gearing is a little stiff for hillclimbing but Rule #5!
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06-29-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 9,438
Posted By davester

I'm in! Now I get to hang out with the cool kids....

I'm in! Now I get to hang out with the cool kids. Still have to work out transportation and lodgings, but I will be riding. Plan A is to fly in and get a rental car. However, if I can find someone to...
06-25-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,444
Posted By davester

This is the overriding truth! Exercise and eating...

This is the overriding truth! Exercise and eating healthy (and not too much) are the fountain of youth. Many americans seem to equate old age with being disabled and decrepit. That is a false...
06-23-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,918
Posted By davester

This is definitely not true for everybody. My...

This is definitely not true for everybody. My understanding is that a Pro is a racing saddle designed for down-in-the-drops riding whereas a B-17 is a touring saddle designed for more upright...
06-23-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,918
Posted By davester

Unlike the Brooks Pro, which I have found both...

Unlike the Brooks Pro, which I have found both uncomfortable and almost impossible to break in, I find that B-17s break in relatively quickly. In addition, I have found that they are pretty...
06-17-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,948
Posted By davester

When I reached 65 I signed up for, and...

When I reached 65 I signed up for, and subsequently rode, the Markleeville Deathride so I'd have to ride double my age (130 miles) and more than double my age in hundreds of feet (16,000 feet). That...
06-15-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 580
Posted By davester

There is no way to tell which is better based on...

There is no way to tell which is better based on that list because some of those are just brands that each have a multiplicity of models from low end to very high end. Also, even the ones with model...
06-10-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,689
Posted By davester

There's Cino, but that's in Montana and I've...

There's Cino, but that's in Montana and I've heard that it has more gravel than Eroica. I did pose this exact same question about seven years ago and someone on the forum responded "why don't you...
06-04-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 652
Posted By davester

When you're racing, it's important to have your...

When you're racing, it's important to have your legs spinning the cranks at the most efficient rate (called cadence). With wide gaps between gears the optimum rate may be between two gears and...
06-03-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 778
Posted By davester

My view is that the frame is scrap. The strength...

My view is that the frame is scrap. The strength of that top tube has been highly compromised and could potentially fail when you least expect it too.
05-31-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,409
Posted By davester

1. I'm colorblind. 2. That's all I could...

1. I'm colorblind.

2. That's all I could find at the time that would fit.

3. There are much nicer gum hoods on it now.
05-31-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,409
Posted By davester

Ten years ago I was doing what I do now, riding...

Ten years ago I was doing what I do now, riding in the countryside on the weekends and participating in various century rides on my 30-year-old (now 40-year-old) Ron Cooper.

However, there were a...
05-26-21, 09:38 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 11,083
Posted By davester

My own theory on this ridiculous padded diaper...

My own theory on this ridiculous padded diaper trend in current bike shorts is that modern bikes come with uncomfortable foam-over-plastic-base saddles so you need some padding to reduce the pain...
05-21-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 683
Posted By davester

In addition to avoiding hard to mount rims and...

In addition to avoiding hard to mount rims and tires, technique matters. You should make sure that the bead that you are trying to mount is not snugged up against the outside edge of the rim....
05-21-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,672
Posted By davester

The first sentence is good advice. The second one...

The first sentence is good advice. The second one is not. Correct pressure is a function of tire width and rider weight, and has zero to do with max pressure rating.

Go here to figure out the...
05-09-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 621
Posted By davester

Attend Eroica California and pay for a sales...

Attend Eroica California and pay for a sales table at the flea market the day before.
05-03-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 418
Posted By davester

Prying open the holder is not necessary in my...

Prying open the holder is not necessary in my experience. I simply put the holder in a vice (with protective plastic jaw covers or a couple of layers of duct tape for protecting the aluminum holder)...
04-30-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,082
Posted By davester

Sure. My 1974 Cinelli is set up with a...

Sure. My 1974 Cinelli is set up with a 32-24-20-16-13 freewheel with 47-42 chainrings. As you can see from this gear chart, that is a perfect half-step:...
04-29-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,082
Posted By davester

Half step means that the big jumps in gear ratios...

Half step means that the big jumps in gear ratios are between the rear cogs and small jumps are between the chainrings. This is the opposite of modern bikes. For this to happen, the jump between...
04-26-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,559
Posted By davester

Ha! I remember that. Did all those city officials...

Ha! I remember that. Did all those city officials end up in jail or did they all get away to a tropical paradise with their ill gotten gains?
04-22-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,559
Posted By davester

Yep. I toured through Europe with a Bell Biker in...

Yep. I toured through Europe with a Bell Biker in 1976. Switched to a V1 Pro in the early 80s after my Biker was destroyed when I was run down from behind by a pickup truck and catapulted headfirst...
04-15-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,012
Posted By davester

As noted by a couple of folks above, what type of...

As noted by a couple of folks above, what type of flats are you getting? pinch flats? goatshead thorns? spoke punctures due to bad rim tape? road debris? pinched during tire mounting? You need to...
04-12-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,479
Posted By davester

That's a shame, and on an orange International...

That's a shame, and on an orange International that looks to be just about my size. There's a slippery slope here. You never know what other 46 year old part will break next. To minimize risk, you...
04-07-21, 11:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 457
Posted By davester

A C&V cyclist in the New York Times

Hopefully most of you will be able to see past the paywall......
04-05-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,146
Posted By davester

I'm a bit surprised that nobody has brought up...

I'm a bit surprised that nobody has brought up the fact that it is illegal in most states to drive or ride on a public roadway under the influence, whether that be alcohol, marijuana, or any other...
04-02-21, 11:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By davester

What!? I've lived in the Berkeley Hills near...

What!? I've lived in the Berkeley Hills near these bike theft locations for over 20 years and there is no long running history of any such thing.
03-28-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,704
Posted By davester

I think it's highly amusing that there are such...

I think it's highly amusing that there are such emotionally charged attachments to different pedal systems displayed in this thread. In my personal experience there are advantages and disadvantages...
03-28-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 648
Posted By davester

Absolutely fantastic restoration! The end product...

Absolutely fantastic restoration! The end product looks beautiful. You are a dedicated man!
03-24-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,075
Posted By davester

So you're implying that blue bikes with brakes...

So you're implying that blue bikes with brakes that don't work that well are fast and black bikes with french cranksets are comfortable? Am I missing something?
03-21-21, 11:13 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,792
Posted By davester

I think I tweaked my neck from averting my eyes...

I think I tweaked my neck from averting my eyes so much. Gugie who?
03-19-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 11,083
Posted By davester

If your going to ride Kiler Canyon and/or Cedar...

If your going to ride Kiler Canyon and/or Cedar Mountain, the 32/24 will have you walking for sure unless you have legs like tree trunks.
03-18-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 667
Posted By davester

My Miyata has a similar color scheme and I went...

My Miyata has a similar color scheme and I went with yellow tape. I really like it, especially with the yellow cables, which you also have.
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03-17-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,360
Posted By davester

Absolutely! I took a few low speed falls in the...

Absolutely! I took a few low speed falls in the last couple of years that were purely due to not being able to get our of my SPD pedal quickly enough. I also have a friend who is an MTB high school...
03-16-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,580
Posted By davester

We bash it because it is complete nonsense and is...

We bash it because it is complete nonsense and is harmful to older people trying to get in shape because it makes them curtail their effort at a lower level than they need in order to improve. There...
03-16-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,360
Posted By davester

Back in the day when many of us were racing and...

Back in the day when many of us were racing and bought into the old racers' wives' tale that using cleats and pulling up on the backstroke actually increased efficiency, we would tighten down the...
03-15-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 2,542
Views: 870,271
Posted By davester

Pretty sure that is a headlight mount for lights...

Pretty sure that is a headlight mount for lights that are designed to mount with a handlebar clamp.
03-15-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,724
Posted By davester

I am continuously surprised that people still use...

I am continuously surprised that people still use this virtually worthless calculation. There is so much information out there showing that this is a terrible way to estimate MHR and is particularly...
03-15-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 789
Posted By davester

I had pretty severe under the kneecap pain a few...

I had pretty severe under the kneecap pain a few years ago and could barely walk up and down stairs, let alone ride my bike or run. My orthopedist noted that I had some significant arthritis and a...
03-11-21, 11:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,674
Posted By davester

Road bike? Endurance bike? These are pretty...

Road bike? Endurance bike? These are pretty meaningless marketing terms designed to persuade people that they need a bike for each category. "Road bike" is a pretty generic term that these days...
03-11-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 11,083
Posted By davester

I'm completely vaccinated and ready to roll....

I'm completely vaccinated and ready to roll. Assuming that the rate of vaccination outpaces the virus's ability to evolve immunity to it, I'll be rolling down the coast with Gugie and friends.
03-08-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,228
Posted By davester

I have three Brooks B17 Imperials on my bikes....

I have three Brooks B17 Imperials on my bikes. All of them are essentially level. When I set them up initially, I simply moved the saddle back if I was sliding forward and forward if I was sliding...
02-25-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 841
Posted By davester

Depends on the rack. Some older racks have an arm...

Depends on the rack. Some older racks have an arm that passes between the seatstays just above the brake bridge and clamps to the brake bolt. Most racks can be clamped to the stays with...
02-18-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,191
Posted By davester

That is an amazingly common phenomenon. I think...

That is an amazingly common phenomenon. I think someone should do a research study to find out what it is about these jerseys that makes them do that.
02-04-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,107
Posted By davester

Mine hang from the garage rafters above the hood...

Mine hang from the garage rafters above the hood of my wife's convertible. That way we both get to have our toys in the garage.

Oh, and $2,000 for a bike? You've got to be kidding. I'm guessing...
01-26-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 11,232
Posted By davester

Hillibike? or Sillibike?

Hillibike? or Sillibike?
01-16-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,474
Posted By davester

There is no preferred chain ring where I ride....

There is no preferred chain ring where I ride. The terrain around here has many long grades in the 5% to 15% range and a few up to about 25%. For every 10 miles there's 1,000 to 1,500 feet of...
01-16-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 495
Posted By davester

If those were postage stamps, a factory error...

If those were postage stamps, a factory error like that could be worth thousands. I'd suggest ebaying the one with the 24" label starting at $1,000.
01-16-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By davester

Fantastic project. Amazing that it has pretty...

Fantastic project. Amazing that it has pretty much original components throughout too. I wouldn't change anything except clean, polish and lube (and change critical wear parts such as the cables,...
01-07-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,138
Posted By davester

I have the looks and physique of a studly...

I have the looks and physique of a studly 20-year-old. Unfortunately, the ladies I meet must have something wrong with their eyesight since they fail to recognize that fact.
12-30-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,338
Posted By davester

For those who don't want to watch the long Dr....

For those who don't want to watch the long Dr. Offit video, here's a brief FAQ provided by a physician friend of mine who has been delivering babies for COVID patients:

COVID VACCINE FACTS AND...
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