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03-17-24, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 650
Posted By Calsun

I helped out in a bike shop in the 1970's and a...

I helped out in a bike shop in the 1970's and a torque wrench was never used. The bike mechanics knew to use the correct size wrench when tightening anything. The length of the wrench handle limits...
03-16-24, 11:42 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,892
Posted By Calsun

It is entirely different for bicyclists in...

It is entirely different for bicyclists in Germany. I have spent time in some of their larger cities and they have streets that do not allow any motor vehicles during daylight hours. There are...
03-14-24, 05:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,555
Posted By Calsun

I would not overthink it. Going at 15 mph one...

I would not overthink it. Going at 15 mph one covers 100 miles in less than 7 hours which is not that difficult. Riding one hundred miles the following day is a different matter. My first 100 plus...
03-08-24, 04:18 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,289
Posted By Calsun

It is better in my opinion to buy bike underwear...

It is better in my opinion to buy bike underwear that has an artificial chamois liner that can be worn under any shorts one wishes. That is commonly done for those riding mountain bikes who want...
03-07-24, 04:33 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,546
Posted By Calsun

When I left home and went to a university myself...

When I left home and went to a university myself and my fellow students needed to learn how to cook and how to bake. All we ate was homemade soups and homemade bread. We saved a lot of money and...
03-06-24, 12:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,319
Posted By Calsun

One can replace the brake pads, bike chain,...

One can replace the brake pads, bike chain, tires, and saddle of a used bike for very little money. I would rather pay $600 for a bike that sold new for $1500 a few years ago and has far better...
03-04-24, 01:09 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,546
Posted By Calsun

Interesting article on how metabolism can change...

Interesting article on how metabolism can change and affect weight gain or loss. It also points out that older adults need 50% more protein in their diet to maintain muscle mass than young people...
03-02-24, 04:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,216
Posted By Calsun

The bikes that do not require pedal assistance...

The bikes that do not require pedal assistance are the Class II ones and these are prohibited from bike paths. These also will be a much heavier bike. The ones I first bought weighed in at 70 lbs...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-24, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By Calsun

If you can walk without sweating then you can...

If you can walk without sweating then you can bike without sweating. The bike requires 20% of the energy of walking any distance. You also have a 10 mph breeze if you are pedaling at that speed and...
03-01-24, 04:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,088
Posted By Calsun

A lot depends on what is around you. I see photos...

A lot depends on what is around you. I see photos and have watched videos of cyclist on nice trails through pastures and woods in the UK and this is far from what is around my house within an hour...
02-29-24, 02:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,840
Posted By Calsun

Public officials spend the most by far on...

Public officials spend the most by far on repaving roads or widening them. Little is spent to maintain bridges or for public transport as there is far less money to be made from efficient modes of...
02-27-24, 06:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,210
Posted By Calsun

With age there is a decline in strength but...

With age there is a decline in strength but usually an increase in endurance. Cardio and weight training are both important.

Interesting story about this fellow's exercise program that he started...
02-27-24, 02:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,060
Posted By Calsun

I have received every available Covid vaccine and...

I have received every available Covid vaccine and booster and in the fall my wife and I also got the flu and RSV shots. Not fun but better than contracting these viruses. We avoid large indoor...
02-27-24, 12:17 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 22,018
Posted By Calsun

What looks stupid to me are cyclists with dark...

What looks stupid to me are cyclists with dark tops and black helmets on the open road who are blissfully unaware of how their attire increases their chance of being hit by a motorist on their cell...
02-27-24, 12:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,313
Posted By Calsun

Thanks to the poor role models with our...

Thanks to the poor role models with our politicians it is now considered OK to attack anyone for any reason by any means. Many immature (and often mentally unstable) men and women are now carrying...
02-24-24, 04:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,753
Posted By Calsun

I would check with at least two other specialists...

I would check with at least two other specialists before committing to such an invasive procedure. I would also look for a forum and find out what the experiences have been and recovery period they...
02-22-24, 01:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,289
Posted By Calsun

Why do people insist on responding when they have...

Why do people insist on responding when they have nothing useful to add?

New Olympic weigh sets are not all that expensive unless one buys "bumper" type. A new Olympic barbell can be bought for...
02-21-24, 07:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,403
Posted By Calsun

Woman hit by three cars in Palo Alto

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/female-cyclist-struck-and-killed-by-multiple-vehicles-in-palo-alto-on-monday/ar-BB1iBsiK

The woman was operating per the rules for cyclists and she died. While...
02-21-24, 07:29 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,263
Posted By Calsun

Meat is terrible for the planet and your health...

Meat is terrible for the planet and your health unless you want to increase your chances of having heart disease and cancer (colon and prostrate in particular for men). Professional athletes that ate...
02-15-24, 01:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,357
Posted By Calsun

What helped me a great deal was prostrate surgery...

What helped me a great deal was prostrate surgery that allows my kidneys and bladder to function properly. Doctors look at BHP as an isolated condition and fail to realize that it can strangle the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-24, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21,336
Views: 5,191,042
Posted By Calsun

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I realized that with winter rain I needed a way to work on my core...
02-13-24, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 750
Posted By Calsun

When dismounting my wife has learned to lean the...

When dismounting my wife has learned to lean the bike way over toward the foot on the ground. Her other leg only needs to clear 24 inches to get past the bike. Not terribly difficult and not...
02-13-24, 01:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,575
Posted By Calsun

In my area I see cyclists with lights that wear...

In my area I see cyclists with lights that wear very dark clothing and so greatly reduce their visibility. Wearing a reflective vest and a white helmet (based on accident studies of motorcycle...
11-24-23, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 770
Posted By Calsun

When I was exploring surgery options 2 years ago...

When I was exploring surgery options 2 years ago I found that in the west that there was no one doing HOLEP and what the surgeons told me was that it took at least 100 operations before the surgeon...
11-22-23, 10:47 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,520
Posted By Calsun

I make use of bicycling jackets that have a...

I make use of bicycling jackets that have a special layer in the front only to block the wind and that have removable sleeves. When it heats up I can partially open the jacket in the front to allow...
11-14-23, 02:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,671
Posted By Calsun

Sunscreen is better than nothing but with...

Sunscreen is better than nothing but with clothing there is far better protection for the skin. I use both neck gaiters and sleeves to protect my skin and this are made from thin material that...
11-09-23, 05:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,543
Posted By Calsun

My first choice for something like this is one...

My first choice for something like this is one sold by REI so I can return it easily. I bought the Ergon SMC Sport Gel mens saddle and paid $90 for it. Very comfortable and provides good support...
11-09-23, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,703
Posted By Calsun

Unless there was visible damage to the hub where...

Unless there was visible damage to the hub where the spokes are inserted, the bike shop person was in error. They may lack the expertise to rebuild a damaged rim and so easier to sell an entire wheel...
11-07-23, 01:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,543
Posted By Calsun

The new synthetic saddles are more comfortable...

The new synthetic saddles are more comfortable than my old Brooks saddles and not worries about rain. If your sweat is getting the saddle wet then you are a good candidate for saddle sore infections.
Forum: Touring
11-03-23, 10:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,407
Posted By Calsun

The REI touring bike, ADV 1.1 is designed for...

The REI touring bike, ADV 1.1 is designed for city and flat trail riding on and off the pavement. The frame geometry will result in a more upright sitting position that works well for these...
11-02-23, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By Calsun

I have bought the Kuat Dirtbag and the Treefrog...

I have bought the Kuat Dirtbag and the Treefrog mounts. Treefrog makes mounts for 12x110mm thru-axles but no Kuat. The Dirtbag are easier to mount to a board than the ones from TreeFrog. The TreeFrog...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-23, 03:20 PM
Replies: 21,336
Views: 5,191,042
Posted By Calsun

After buying the Dirt Bag and the Treefrog fork...

After buying the Dirt Bag and the Treefrog fork mounts for use in my truck I decided to buy the $100 RockyMount DropTop fork mounts. The DropTop allow me to first reattach the thru-axle in the fork...
10-28-23, 03:32 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,270
Posted By Calsun

If a repair or servicing is simple and only...

If a repair or servicing is simple and only requires a special tool, like a brake caliper offset wrench, I will buy it. It may take me twice as long as a professional but I do not bill myself by the...
10-23-23, 02:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,180
Posted By Calsun

A used replacement bike can be bought for less...

A used replacement bike can be bought for less than $300. How much do you want to spend to try to fix your bike?
10-23-23, 02:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,352
Posted By Calsun

The Class III bikes with the battery integrated...

The Class III bikes with the battery integrated into the frame or with a range extender battery in a water bottle cage are not going to attract the attention of local police. It is the Class II where...
10-22-23, 12:45 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 7,704
Posted By Calsun

100 calories from a bagel is not the same as 100...

100 calories from a bagel is not the same as 100 calories from vegetables, nor is 100 calories from carbs as compared to 100 grams from fat. There is also the damage done to the microbiome with ultra...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-23, 12:04 PM
Replies: 21,336
Views: 5,191,042
Posted By Calsun

I needed 12x110mm fork mounts for my Specialized...

I needed 12x110mm fork mounts for my Specialized e-bikes with the Boost wheels. No one in the USA makes a mount but did find ones for sale in Hungary. Placed my order and received the new mounts in...
10-20-23, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By Calsun

Different perspective in Europe

There is the notion that making cites better for people is important and if that means putting the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians ahead of those of motorists and their vehicles, well that is for...
10-16-23, 12:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,097
Posted By Calsun

Carbon fiber frames can be damaged by clamping...

Carbon fiber frames can be damaged by clamping onto the tubing to support the bike. A great solution is the Hirobel support bar sold by Silca. I use it with my Park Tools bike stand for my two 27 lb...
10-15-23, 05:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,352
Posted By Calsun

My Specialized Creo road bike weighs under 27 lbs...

My Specialized Creo road bike weighs under 27 lbs with the motor and battery installed. It is a Class III bike that provides pedal assist when pedaling up to 28 mph. The 35 nM from the motor is more...
10-12-23, 03:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 926
Posted By Calsun

I would invest in a home blood pressure measuring...

I would invest in a home blood pressure measuring device and start checking your blood pressure in the morning and before and after your rides.

Staying hydrated is important but electrolytes are...
09-18-23, 12:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,363
Posted By Calsun

This bike would be fine but you may want to...

This bike would be fine but you may want to replace the rear tire with one better suited to use on pavement to minimize the rolling friction involved. Many options with regard to 29x1.95 tires from...
09-17-23, 04:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,694
Posted By Calsun

I have been observing bicyclists of all ages...

I have been observing bicyclists of all ages riding against traffic my entire life. Sadly the schools tell children to walk against traffic which is a good idea and so the child thinks that this...
09-13-23, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,081
Posted By Calsun

I learned decades ago that motorist will often...

I learned decades ago that motorist will often open a door without checking for an approaching bicyclist. I ride far enough away from parked cars so that if a door is opened I am OK going past. It is...
09-10-23, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By Calsun

I have always been able to pull of a deflated...

I have always been able to pull of a deflated tubular tire. I did not own tire levers until I bought a bike with clincher tires and rims.
09-10-23, 11:36 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 7,450
Posted By Calsun

I have not noticed any articles claiming that...

I have not noticed any articles claiming that people using e-bikes got a better workout. Lots of comments that people will ride further on an e-bike with less worry about bonking and people that...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,162
Posted By Calsun

What can vary widely is the width of the pedal...

What can vary widely is the width of the pedal and this is important for most riders. Crank Brothers that was mentioned has some of the widest pedals available. These pedals are designed for use with...
Forum: Touring
09-09-23, 03:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,863
Posted By Calsun

In the 1980's with short lived laptop batteries...

In the 1980's with short lived laptop batteries and later with cell phones, I would charge while eating in a cafe and carried along a long 18ga extension cord. There are outlets placed for the...
09-06-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,331
Posted By Calsun

It is important to operate your bike/vehicle in a...

It is important to operate your bike/vehicle in a lawful manner if you want other motorists to respect your right to be on the road. Dumb to do otherwise.
Forum: Touring
09-05-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,456
Posted By Calsun

Big difference between riding on paved, dirt, and...

Big difference between riding on paved, dirt, and gravel roads and riding on single track trails with a bike. On the latter I want to be able to adjust the position of my feet on downhill sections...
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