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05-26-22, 06:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,790
Posted By merlinextraligh

Can’t really comment on very technical single...

Can’t really comment on very technical single track. I can say in our experience they’ve worked well for fast steep road descents, and some relatively easy single track.

I think the answer for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,085
Posted By merlinextraligh

uhm, no. Running pressures substantially over the...

uhm, no. Running pressures substantially over the recommended level is a recipe to crack carbon clincher rims, and blow tubeless tires off rims.

particularly if you’re using hookless rims, I’d be...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 782
Posted By merlinextraligh

the reason the bike looks gimmicky is because the...

the reason the bike looks gimmicky is because the UCI outlawed it. There was lots of experimentation with frame design in that era until the UCI mandated that bikes had to be traditional diamond...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 780
Posted By merlinextraligh

Tandem. It will take your relationship ,wherever...

Tandem. It will take your relationship ,wherever it was going , faster
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-22, 05:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,091
Posted By merlinextraligh

1) google Davis Phinney. The “cash register” won...

1) google Davis Phinney. The “cash register” won more bike races than any American cyclist, at least since Major Taylor, most of them crits. Dude knew how to handle a bike.

2) find people who...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-21-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 592
Posted By merlinextraligh

The 105% solution. Mathematically, you loose more...

The 105% solution. Mathematically, you loose more time on the slow uphill sections than you gain on the fast downhill. So you want to putt out more of your effort on the uphill.

Determine the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 592
Posted By merlinextraligh

Bi

Average gradient of 3.5%, if you’re riding at a competitive pace, you’ll still be climbing at a speed where aero will make more difference than weight.

Unless the descents are so technical that...
04-15-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By merlinextraligh

based upon the 382 gram weight of captain’s...

based upon the 382 gram weight of captain’s crank, I’d bet 832 is within 50 grams or so without chainrings or bbs, given that the stoker’s s crank would only add one spider to the weight of the...
04-15-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By merlinextraligh

Our Lightning captain’s crank, including spindle...

Our Lightning captain’s crank, including spindle and spider comes in at 382 grams....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-22, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By merlinextraligh

So today’s ride was just 2 hours of endurance at...

So today’s ride was just 2 hours of endurance at a moderate effort. With a normalized power of 240 for 2 hours at an average HR 22 beats below my lactate threshold, Garmin now tells me that my new...
04-13-22, 05:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,244
Posted By merlinextraligh

I would be sceptical of using a rear disc adapter...

I would be sceptical of using a rear disc adapter on a carbon frame that was not designed for discs.

the rear disc brake puts different forces in different places on the rear triangle. When we...
04-13-22, 05:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,244
Posted By merlinextraligh

Our Co-Motion Java tandem came with mechanical...

Our Co-Motion Java tandem came with mechanical Spyres. The braking was not adequate for us on the steep descents in the Appalachian mountains.

We upgraded to the Trp/hybrids and while they aren’t...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By merlinextraligh

My take from all this is that the FTP calculator...

My take from all this is that the FTP calculator with limited data, particularly with a workout that is targeted to work specific areas, as opposed to just going out and riding at your limit, is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By merlinextraligh

best 5 minutes was 310. Best 10 290. Best 20...

best 5 minutes was 310. Best 10 290. Best 20 minutes was 250.

Ironically, the best 20 was not during a 20 minute interval, but 15 minutes of 20 seconds on 20 seconds off, and the subsequent 5...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By merlinextraligh

Half of today's workout was 20 seconds on 20...

Half of today's workout was 20 seconds on 20 seconds off maximal efforts. The other half was 3x20 strength training, done in a high gear, at a low cadence, around 50 rpm. My 20 minute power on...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By merlinextraligh

The power meter has been recently calibrated, and...

The power meter has been recently calibrated, and is consistent with another power meter I have, perceived effort, and other recent efforts. The results in the file don't look unusual and the ...
04-12-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By merlinextraligh

Source? My past experience with FSA ius that...

Source? My past experience with FSA ius that they are notorious for lying about their weights.

Co-Motion on their website puts the weight much higher than that. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,434
Posted By merlinextraligh

That's not a function of the tubeless tire; its a...

That's not a function of the tubeless tire; its a choice of the operator



Hasn't been my experience if you do it correctly. Completely dislodge the bead on the opposite side, push it to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By merlinextraligh

Garmin is easily impressed

I did a moderately hard workout today, and the Garmin decided to raise my FTP 110 watts to 350.
I know this is wrong. It would be 10 watts short of my all time best, set when I was racing a full...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think you can do either one you want from your...

I think you can do either one you want from your description. However there are several data points we don't have. such as,
1) how old are you?
2) how is your general health
3) how much do you...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,434
Posted By merlinextraligh

You can always put a tube in a tubeless tire. ...

You can always put a tube in a tubeless tire. It takes about 5 seconds longer to unscrew the valve stem than putting a new tube in a regular clincher. Admittedly the sealant makes it a bit messy,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

The ad damnum in the complaint, as quoted in the...

The ad damnum in the complaint, as quoted in the reports, makes no mention of any loss of wages, permanent impairment (other than scarring), loss of ability to earn income, or medical bills. or...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

there’s a pretty significant personal cost to...

there’s a pretty significant personal cost to pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. It’s going to become a significant portion of your life for a couple of years. Not least of the costs is the nature...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

definitionally a pull or a strain of a muscle is...

definitionally a pull or a strain of a muscle is a tear. They heal with R.I.C.E. ( rest ice compression elevation). Torn hamstrings heal themselves. and yes, road rash( particularly if you don’t use...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

So you need to know that your tire is compatible...

So you need to know that your tire is compatible with your rim, and you run appropriate tire pressure.

Admittedly, there’s some confusion to sort out, as different manufacturers take different...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,434
Posted By merlinextraligh

What you describe as sluggish, may not actually...

What you describe as sluggish, may not actually be slower.

For years people road tires that by today’s standards were way overinflated. A rock hard tire feels fast and responsive as it bounces...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:46 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,434
Posted By merlinextraligh

If you find tubulars to be too stiff, you’re...

If you find tubulars to be too stiff, you’re definitely running to high of pressure. One advantage of tubulars is that you can run lower pressures without pinch flatting.

. Having ridden tubulars...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

Also, being a defense lawyer, I may not be very...

Also, being a defense lawyer, I may not be very sympathetic to plaintiffs, but who files a law suit over what essentially appears to be some road rash?

Any tire can blow out and lead to a fall,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By merlinextraligh

As for the lawsuit, Rene Herse’s big problem is...

As for the lawsuit, Rene Herse’s big problem is spoliation of evidence in not preserving the tire. At a minimum the plaintiff gets a jury instruction that the tire would have been helpful in proving...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By merlinextraligh

I actually prefer the look of the bike before....

I actually prefer the look of the bike before. However, the SRAM Force group works great; it rides like a new bike, and disassembly, reassembly for travel should be much easier.

,
04-05-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By merlinextraligh

In fairness to Lightning, I think it’s likely...

In fairness to Lightning, I think it’s likely that heavier crank would not have cracked the way this one did. However, imho, I think that’s part of the trade off when you go this far out on making...
04-05-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By merlinextraligh

That might end up being the answer. However,...

That might end up being the answer. However, since I posted, Tim at Lightning has offered to fabricate a new left arm to replace the broken one.

it will take awhile, but I think I’m going to wait...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,770
Posted By merlinextraligh

Chrome plated Paramounts back in the day were...

Chrome plated Paramounts back in the day were beautiful bikes.

A stainless steel Waterford make a great homage
04-04-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By merlinextraligh

Anyone have a Lightning crank they want to sell?

So the left crank arm on the captain’s crank cracked on our Dragonfly.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By merlinextraligh

After

With Sram Force axs group
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Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By merlinextraligh

Before: ...

Before:
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Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,099
Posted By merlinextraligh

Pedantry is a slavish attentions to formal rules...

Pedantry is a slavish attentions to formal rules or minute detail.

My comment went directly to the heart of your argument. A small pro cyclist does not necessarily place significantly more stress...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,099
Posted By merlinextraligh

uhm, Cavendish is a little guy, who is also...

uhm, Cavendish is a little guy, who is also extremely aero. So he produces a lot of speed out of watts, that would not be exceptional for an amateur racer that weighs 100 kilos.

I’d wager my fat...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By merlinextraligh

I actually bought a set of the original decals,...

I actually bought a set of the original decals, and I ended up deciding not to put them on. As a travel bike, the decals would just be something I had to worry about scratching. One of the beauty’s...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-22, 03:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,854
Posted By merlinextraligh

Comparing your own average speed from different...

Comparing your own average speed from different days on the same route over time can have some value as a measure of progress. However, as pointed out, all the variables limits its value, and you...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By merlinextraligh

My build process got slowed a bit by a stuck...

My build process got slowed a bit by a stuck seatpost. Got that taken care of, and ready to put it together.

with the couplers, the frame and headset weigh just a tick under 4 pounds. ( the...
03-29-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,329
Posted By merlinextraligh

Under 300 pounds team weight, and 32mm tires, I...

Under 300 pounds team weight, and 32mm tires, I think you can go pretty low, I’d try 80psi to start.

We’re around 350 pounds, and used to run 110 on 25mm tires. Having switched to tubeless we’re...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By merlinextraligh

Restoring the Merlin ( or why Titanium is still cool)

I decided to restore my 24 year old Merlin Extralight. In its current configuration it has a mishmash of Shimano 10 speed mechanical components.

A few years back, I added S&S couplers to make...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,659
Posted By merlinextraligh

Obviously, the best place to exit a pace line...

Obviously, the best place to exit a pace line without disrupting the group is the front or the back, But sometimes when things are just too hard, you’re in a situation you can’t keep holding the...
03-19-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,476
Posted By merlinextraligh

not to pile on, but piling on, water in brake...

not to pile on, but piling on, water in brake fluid makes brakes fail. Driving a car on the track, water in brake fluid can lead to total brake failure and planting into the wall.

same thing can...
03-09-22, 07:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,664
Posted By merlinextraligh

And I think that’s justified

And I think that’s justified
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 853
Posted By merlinextraligh

Bikesdirect.com

Bikesdirect.com
03-08-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,664
Posted By merlinextraligh

Ever heard of a paraphrase? My point is the way...

Ever heard of a paraphrase? My point is the way the article is written, the negative implication is that had it been two cyclists dead from a hit and run, that’s par for the course and not of that...
03-08-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,208
Posted By merlinextraligh

Watch many movies?

Watch many movies?
03-07-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,208
Posted By merlinextraligh

Good grief. there’s no crying in cycling. If you...

Good grief. there’s no crying in cycling. If you can’t ride home with a boo boo this sport may be too hard for you.

Besides you can wash off the blood off with a squirt from a water bottle.
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