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Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 06-30-15, 04:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,431
Posted By contango
I used to have two bikes - a 2009 Specialized...

I used to have two bikes - a 2009 Specialized Tricross with canti brakes and a 2009 Specialized Rockhopper with hydraulic disc brakes. The Tricross went to the repair shop in the sky when I broke the...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 11-15-14, 03:15 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,909
Posted By contango
Autonomous vehicles should help cycling safety as...

Autonomous vehicles should help cycling safety as long as cyclists behave in a predictable manner.

I don't honestly know what any given algorithm would do if presented with a large number of...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 11-12-14, 07:31 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,909
Posted By contango
True enough, I'm often puzzled by people who...

True enough, I'm often puzzled by people who expect Everybody Else to worry about their safety even if they don't. Personally I figure I can control what I do whereas I can't do anything to control...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 11-09-14, 05:55 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,909
Posted By contango
Wrong on the bolded part. There's a big...

Wrong on the bolded part.

There's a big difference between calling people names based on what they can't control (e.g. people of different races or handicaps) and calling people names based on...
Forum: Mountain Biking 11-09-14, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By contango
Sure, except here in the UK I can carry one GPS...

Sure, except here in the UK I can carry one GPS instead of a dozen 1:25000 paper maps. For a long ride the GPS is lighter and smaller, and also pinpoints my precise location at any given time.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 11-03-14, 03:22 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,909
Posted By contango
I feel no need to candy coat terms used to...

I feel no need to candy coat terms used to describe people doing stupid things on the roads. Riding the wrong way against traffic is a choice people make, a choice that puts themselves and...
Forum: Mountain Biking 11-03-14, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By contango
GPS with trail map? Or plan the route ahead...

GPS with trail map?

Or plan the route ahead of time, turn it into a track log, and navigate to follow the track log. As long as you can see the track and your position you'll have an idea of...
Forum: Mountain Biking 10-30-14, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By contango
Mount a GPS on your handlebars, and let it figure...

Mount a GPS on your handlebars, and let it figure out where you are?
Forum: Manufacturer, Retailer, Survey and Consumer Feedback 09-24-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,468
Posted By contango
I like this. I'm in the process of looking for a...

I like this. I'm in the process of looking for a new bike because I broke the frame of the old one.

I've got all the parts to build up a bike from a frameset, and at some point in the future I'd...
Forum: Foo 09-20-14, 05:00 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,417
Posted By contango
The thing I've noticed is that if someone doesn't...

The thing I've noticed is that if someone doesn't speak English as their native language they typically want to learn so they can improve, and they usually take on board any corrections eagerly. I...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 09-08-14, 06:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,776
Posted By contango
I agree it's probably meant as a compliment even...

I agree it's probably meant as a compliment even if he did mangle it.

One advantage of being fat is that if you do attack hills you get to build up some impressive leg muscles because it takes...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 09-03-14, 03:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,221
Posted By contango
If they can't install a pedal well enough to last...

If they can't install a pedal well enough to last a few minutes they really shouldn't be in the business at all. If you can just return the bike, take a full refund and walk away then that's almost...
Forum: Foo 08-30-14, 03:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,168
Posted By contango
Another top tip. If you've been handling hot...

Another top tip. If you've been handling hot peppers wash your hands before you wipe your eyes. Don't ask how I know this...
Forum: Foo 08-29-14, 06:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,168
Posted By contango
I like hot peppers. I found a place that sold me...

I like hot peppers. I found a place that sold me some sauce made with the Trinidad Scorpion peppers. That was fun. Eating it the night before a 200km brevet wasn't a good idea.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 08-16-14, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By contango
Other things to consider are how much care other...

Other things to consider are how much care other users of the racks will take of your "nice vintage components". If nobody even attempts to steal the bike but some ape thumps their bike against it...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-16-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,526
Posted By contango
If people are dazed and confused there's no way...

If people are dazed and confused there's no way of knowing how they'll interpret something that we might regard as being obvious. The trouble with "on your left" is that if it's misheard or ...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 08-16-14, 07:27 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,526
Posted By contango
That's my thought. A simple "ding-ding" from the...

That's my thought. A simple "ding-ding" from the bell lets people know someone else is there. With the best will in the world if you shout ahead you might intend it to come across as "could you stand...
Forum: Manufacturer, Retailer, Survey and Consumer Feedback 08-08-14, 04:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,468
Posted By contango
Fair point, I guess I read "road bike company" as...

Fair point, I guess I read "road bike company" as catering for anyone who rides a bike on the road rather than specifically the people who train.



Up to a point I'd agree. When I see things...
Forum: Manufacturer, Retailer, Survey and Consumer Feedback 08-07-14, 03:21 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,468
Posted By contango
Lots of good points here but also a few questions...

Lots of good points here but also a few questions that would depend on where this company wants to aim its products.

Included/integrated speed/cadence/HRM etc is nice for people who use a bicycle...
Forum: Manufacturer, Retailer, Survey and Consumer Feedback 08-06-14, 04:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,468
Posted By contango
That would be nice. If you had a lifetime frame...

That would be nice. If you had a lifetime frame warranty with no ifs and no buts, mere possession of the broken frame was all that was needed to qualify for a replacement frame, that would be a huge...
Forum: Manufacturer, Retailer, Survey and Consumer Feedback 08-06-14, 04:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,468
Posted By contango
Personally I think things like the brightness of...

Personally I think things like the brightness of the Apple logo are little more than gimmicks. Pretty, but nothing to do with functionality at all.



It seems odd to me that buying a new bike...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 08-06-14, 04:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 964
Posted By contango
Whether he "didn't get around to it" or was never...

Whether he "didn't get around to it" or was never going to do it in the first place makes little difference - the bike is what it is.

If you're going to pay $800 for a bike that cost $821 a year...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 08-05-14, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 964
Posted By contango
Not sure why he replaced the front and rear mech...

Not sure why he replaced the front and rear mech with Dura-Ace but left the rest the same. I don't quite see the point of upgrading the derailleurs to DA but leaving the shifters at Tiagra level. So...
Forum: Road Cycling 08-04-14, 06:41 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 11,902
Posted By contango
Most of the women?

Most of the women?
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-24-14, 05:17 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,013
Posted By contango
I've found little difference in driver behaviour...

I've found little difference in driver behaviour in urban areas, between a blinking light intended to make me visible and a bright light intended to see the road ahead. In my local urban areas you...
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