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09-19-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 893
Posted By ofajen

Fig bars are a great choice. Otto

Fig bars are a great choice.

Otto
09-18-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

34 miles today. Longest ride since a hard fall...

34 miles today. Longest ride since a hard fall about a month ago. Pretty much have my strength back but not quite 100% on cardio. Iíve been doing flatter routes to avoid working the hip muscles...
09-18-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 893
Posted By ofajen

Ride some SS. Ride out of the saddle often....

Ride some SS.

Ride out of the saddle often.

Think of cadence as a spectrum, not a number.

Ride light.

Bend your elbows.
09-16-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,236
Posted By ofajen

Try it. Itíll probably be ok. And itís good for...

Try it. Itíll probably be ok. And itís good for your soul to sometimes ride a bike where you shouldnít.

Otto
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 541
Posted By ofajen

Getting the cleats right is important for saddle...

Getting the cleats right is important for saddle height and saddle fore-aft. If you change the cleats later, you will need to redo those other adjustments.

Put differently, the position of the...
09-13-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,750
Posted By ofajen

Ok, my most egregious Hi-Fi speakers were made...

Ok, my most egregious Hi-Fi speakers were made from a kit I bought from McGee Radio in KC.

A three way with Peerless dome tweeter and dome midrange and a 12Ē Peerless polypropylene woofer. They...
09-13-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,750
Posted By ofajen

Iíve got a mixed system that we use often:...

Iíve got a mixed system that we use often: Philips turntable and H/K receiver from the 70s played through NHT SuperZeroes from late 80s or early 90s, I think. In theory, there should also be a small...
09-12-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,750
Posted By ofajen

FYI, ďClemĒ is VP-538 with sealed bearings....

FYI, ďClemĒ is VP-538 with sealed bearings. ďGrindĒ is VP-535 with normal, unsealed bearings. That accounts for some of the price difference you see.

Otto
09-09-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,644
Posted By ofajen

Swapped the North Road style bars with a long...

Swapped the North Road style bars with a long stem back onto the SS MTB instead of the Scott AT-3 trekking bars with integrated bar ends and a short stem.

The trade off is gaining a more...
09-07-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 477
Posted By ofajen

You can do a lot with 32s. That said, maybe get...

You can do a lot with 32s. That said, maybe get a frame that can handle 38s in case you want to run bigger tires sometimes?

Otto
09-06-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

Clawing my way back to strength and fitness after...

Clawing my way back to strength and fitness after my fall. 25 miles yesterday and 23 hilly miles today. Rehab on SS is tough business; I felt so tired yesterday evening.

Otto
09-02-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 51,610
Posted By ofajen

I was gonna say I ride old steel frame bikes just...

I was gonna say I ride old steel frame bikes just to be naughty.

But the truth is that they just still work great and Iím too cheap to replace good stuff without need. 😊

Otto
09-01-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

17 miles! First normal ride since I took a...

17 miles! First normal ride since I took a tumble two and a half weeks ago. My hip didnít hurt at all for most of the ride and only a few twinges on the climbs at the end of the ride. 👍

Otto
08-31-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 986
Posted By ofajen

Ride single speed or fixed gear and you will soon...

Ride single speed or fixed gear and you will soon force yourself to manage at all cadences.

Otto
08-31-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 986
Posted By ofajen

Itís useful to bear in mind that it takes...

Itís useful to bear in mind that it takes internal work to spin your legs and feet at a particular speed. This is on top of the work that is externally applied through the pedals to move you and your...
08-31-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 986
Posted By ofajen

I would refer you to this article that has a...

I would refer you to this article that has a helpful discussion of the uses of different cadences in different situations.

https://cinchcycling.cc/blogs/news/the-4-principles-of-cycling-cadence...
08-29-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

Thanks! So far I am making good progress. At...

Thanks! So far I am making good progress. At this point it doesnít even appear that I will need to install multiple gears for rehab purposes. 👍

Otto
08-29-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

Increased to 5.5 miles this morning and with a...

Increased to 5.5 miles this morning and with a faster pace plus a few bits of standing. A bit of a twinge the first time, but not enough to be a problem. And I didnít have to put extra gears on,...
08-29-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,226
Posted By ofajen

In general, a hand canít apply quite as much...

In general, a hand canít apply quite as much maximum grip force from the hood position as from drop position. That probably only matters in emergency stops if at all.

Itís a non-issue for me at...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-21, 04:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 749
Posted By ofajen

I donít bother with jerseys, I just use this...

I donít bother with jerseys, I just use this sports belt to hold phone and keys when needed.
...
08-28-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,752
Posted By ofajen

In what sense do you feel you are fighting the...

In what sense do you feel you are fighting the bike? What are you doing that isnít seeming to work the way you want?

Otto
08-28-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

3.25 miles! First ride since my fall two weeks...

3.25 miles! First ride since my fall two weeks ago. Just fairly level ground so I could keep it under 200 watts. My instructions are to ride short distances without pain. Mission accomplished. 😊 I...
08-26-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 6,280
Posted By ofajen

God exists by two falls to a submission. 😊 ...

God exists by two falls to a submission. 😊

Otto
08-26-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,226
Posted By ofajen

Iíve tried a lot of stuff. A few random thoughts....

Iíve tried a lot of stuff. A few random thoughts.

Just about anything can work if you have the core strength to keep weight off your hands and you pedal hard enough to have pull a fair amount of...
08-25-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 725
Posted By ofajen

Here is an example of a calculator. Iím sure...

Here is an example of a calculator. Iím sure itís not perfect but will give you an ideaÖ

https://www.omnicalculator.com/sports/cycling-wattage

Otto
08-19-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By ofajen

I use a small hand-pressurized portable sprayer....

I use a small hand-pressurized portable sprayer. I think it holds about 0.5 gallons or 2 liters. That is plenty and it is very quick to use and a very gentle, adjustable spray.

Otto
08-16-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,084
Posted By ofajen

Iíve had good luck with Wellgo branded pedals...

Iíve had good luck with Wellgo branded pedals over the years. From what I can tell, about 80% of the high end pedal production comes from the Wellgo factory in Taichung, including those sold under...
08-16-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By ofajen

Most would say Iím slightly interesting and very...

Most would say Iím slightly interesting and very nerdy. 😊

Otto
08-16-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

Managed to give myself a week or so off the bike...

Managed to give myself a week or so off the bike by taking a low speed tumble at an intersection on Saturday. But no fractures! 👍

Otto
08-16-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By ofajen

Energetically speaking, if you want to maximize...

Energetically speaking, if you want to maximize speed on a hilly course, you should put maximum effort into climbing (where your watts increase speed more) and recover on the downhill, where your...
08-16-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,084
Posted By ofajen

I got about 10K miles each from a pair of Odyssey...

I got about 10K miles each from a pair of Odyssey Grandstand pedals before I retired them in favor of platform pedals with sealed bearings instead of bushings. Now Iím running MKS RMX pedals on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By ofajen

I put a wide ruler along the top of the saddle...

I put a wide ruler along the top of the saddle touching the highest points front and rear and then use the phone on top of that to get a reproducible reading.

Otto
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By ofajen

Yes. Just make sure you have a two-bolt seatpost...

Yes. Just make sure you have a two-bolt seatpost that is continuously adjustable.

Otto
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,234
Posted By ofajen

Thatís a fair point. Rim brakes and non-aero...

Thatís a fair point. Rim brakes and non-aero rims are more retro, though at least it does have an insufficient number of spokes! Jk.

Being more retro, I like it. Should be SS, though. 😊
...
08-11-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3,125
Views: 214,190
Posted By ofajen

21 miles this morning before it got (really) hot....

21 miles this morning before it got (really) hot.

Otto
08-09-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,206
Posted By ofajen

No doubt! Iíd at least want an old school flip...

No doubt! Iíd at least want an old school flip flop or a double SS (two rings, two cogs) with a climbing combination. Around here, there are lots of hills but nothing with more than 200 feet of...
08-08-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By ofajen

I use the cheap Dimension splined SS cogs. I got...

I use the cheap Dimension splined SS cogs. I got mine over the years from a LBS for $6 each. Plain steel SS cogs for Shimano free hub. Iíve run mostly 42/16 or 42/17 on my 26er. They make them in...
08-08-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,206
Posted By ofajen

Twelve months, only SS

So itís been basically a full year now that Iíve ridden only SS, as both of my bikes, the Schwinn Sprint and the RockHopper, have been set up SS. Fairly recent photos are below.

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08-08-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 47,077
Posted By ofajen

Updated photo of the RockHopper. Iíve run mainly...

Updated photo of the RockHopper. Iíve run mainly drop bars since I got this bike about five years ago. Seemed a bit narrow for the steering geometry, so I tried the North Road style bars for most of...
08-07-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,303
Posted By ofajen

Those are pretty much it for me, butÖ ...

Those are pretty much it for me, butÖ



Since I always ride on dusty or muddy routes, not dealing with a constantly messy RD is yet another benefit of running SS.

Otto
08-06-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,889
Posted By ofajen

I may not be too sexy for my bike, but I get a...

I may not be too sexy for my bike, but I get a kick out of making single speed look easy and fun.

Otto
08-05-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,227
Posted By ofajen

FYI, with a 40-11 on 700x38, youíll have a...

FYI, with a 40-11 on 700x38, youíll have a cadence of about 54 at 16 mph and 60 at 18 mph.

Otto
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 648
Posted By ofajen

Welcome to my world. All my rides involve some...

Welcome to my world. All my rides involve some portion of trail surfaces with large and small crushed stone, stone dust, dirt, sand, rock, and just about everything else. I suppose there is a bit...
07-28-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,224
Posted By ofajen

These very hot days, I have been washing out my...

These very hot days, I have been washing out my helmet and gloves after every ride. Usually I just rinse them in the sink with warm water. If itís been a few rides, Iíll soak them in soapy water,...
07-27-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7,192
Views: 2,874,253
Posted By ofajen

Assuming you are achieving the same bar height,...

Assuming you are achieving the same bar height, not much difference. Should be about 7 mm farther (64mm vs 57 mm) from the steering axis with the 90mm stem. Wonít matter much, in my estimation.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 8,408
Posted By ofajen

When you have to do absolutely maximum power,...

When you have to do absolutely maximum power, even for a short time, to avoid being dropped or join the breakaway, you need maximum advantage and may have to pedal super fast to accelerate. When...
07-25-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,096
Posted By ofajen

If you want to hear from people who have studied...

If you want to hear from people who have studied this for years and done research that is driving the newer thinking, this (five year old!) podcast really has a lot of good info. The featured experts...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,819
Posted By ofajen

Patch kit Spare tube Tire levers 4, 5 and 6...

Patch kit
Spare tube
Tire levers
4, 5 and 6 mm hex wrenches
plus a small frame mounted pump.

Otto
07-20-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 7,664
Posted By ofajen

Not really. It varies by individual and for an...

Not really. It varies by individual and for an individual it varies based on level of effort, conditioning and nutrition.

Otto
07-19-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By ofajen

Be sure to respect any torque specifications on...

Be sure to respect any torque specifications on clamp tightening. Carbon fiber parts tend to be less forgiving of excess torque and tightness.

Otto
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