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Forum: Road Cycling 07-22-16, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 613
Posted By Phil_gretz
But...

...I'll still be able to buy bikes that have been drop-shipped from Taiwan, right? :eek: I mean, it's not really China. :foo: Not that China. We have a mutual defense pact with Taiwan, it was a...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-20-16, 09:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,986
Posted By Phil_gretz
Yea. I've already gone ahead and spent my...

Yea. I've already gone ahead and spent my winnings...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-20-16, 07:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 847
Posted By Phil_gretz
Your Bike Is Fine

ejewels - your bike and gearing are fine. You really need to heed the advice given: ride more, and with higher cadence - and I'll add one more. Make sure that the bike is set up correctly for fit....
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-20-16, 06:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 452
Posted By Phil_gretz
Lessons from Late Middle Age Cycling...

- injuries take longer to heal
- stretching has become more important to simply function day-to-day
- aches and pains are commonplace, daily companions
- recovery takes a few hours longer
- once...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-20-16, 05:04 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,420
Posted By Phil_gretz
No. There's a lot wrong with this thinking. The...

No. There's a lot wrong with this thinking. The frame size is compensated by the stem and seat post height. The real problem with the bike shown is that is forces a very upright position - poor...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-19-16, 05:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 801
Posted By Phil_gretz
Why not something between full and folding, like...

Why not something between full and folding, like a Mercier Nano from bikes direct? Seems like the perfect solution to me, except for the part where you're in Japan, of course.
Forum: Commuting 07-19-16, 05:17 AM
Replies: 1,875
Views: 43,697
Posted By Phil_gretz
The ride home was special yesterday. Dark...

The ride home was special yesterday. Dark looming clouds to the north and sweltering afternoon humidity. "How bad can it get?"


Whoomp. Thunder and flashes. Light hail, pouring rain and wind...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-16, 12:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,986
Posted By Phil_gretz
$340 at retail

$340 at retail
Forum: Road Cycling 07-15-16, 03:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,808
Posted By Phil_gretz
New One

531056Mine, in 56 cm orange. Much has been written above. I changed the brake pads, tape, saddle, and pedals. Here is a photo. I'm enjoying the ride - purely a recreational road bike. A super...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 07-15-16, 03:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 833
Posted By Phil_gretz
Photos

Just to follow up on my post about the 2016 Gran Premio Elite. Here are the as-delivered and modified photos. It's a pretty terrific recreational level bike. Highly recommend for $900. PG531054
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-15-16, 06:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,100
Posted By Phil_gretz
That pretty much says it all. What do the pros...

That pretty much says it all. What do the pros think? What you think matters little on this. Unweighting the recovering foot constitutes efficient pedaling. The required motion is a semi-circular...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-15-16, 06:42 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 4,392
Posted By Phil_gretz
I'm not sure that you're being fair here. ...

I'm not sure that you're being fair here. There's little hate toward triples. If anything, there is significantly more disdain for recumbents... ;^]
Forum: Fitting Your Bike 07-14-16, 06:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,865
Posted By Phil_gretz
So what? Did a robot give her the assembled bike?

So what? Did a robot give her the assembled bike?
Forum: Fitting Your Bike 07-14-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,865
Posted By Phil_gretz
Find a Different Bike Shop

Really. I could fit you on that bike in two sessions requiring total about one hour. First to determine where the final settings need to be, and second to fit you to the bike with the newly...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-14-16, 12:14 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 4,392
Posted By Phil_gretz
You're making quite a few assumptions, my friend....

You're making quite a few assumptions, my friend. Nowhere did I suggest a 1x and neither did I specify the needed chainrings. I would posit that it's the large ring that is unnecessary. So, a 2x...
Forum: Commuting 07-14-16, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1,875
Views: 43,697
Posted By Phil_gretz
Strange Encounter...

So, I'm waiting in my bike lane for a traffic signal. Car immediately to my right and I are alone (it's 6:00 am). He's a late middle aged, military looking retired fellow in a Miata convertible. ...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-14-16, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 335
Posted By Phil_gretz
Real Deal...

for you, Jay. Congratulations on taking the steps to correct what you no longer want in your life. If you were my son, I'd be supportive the both the changes and the honesty that brought them...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-14-16, 08:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 516
Posted By Phil_gretz
^ yes, but they embed in your shins when the...

^ yes, but they embed in your shins when the inevitable crash/slip/jostle happens and the crank swings back into your bare leg. Many bear the scars...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-14-16, 08:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 931
Posted By Phil_gretz
When Did You Stop Beating Your Wife?

...um...


I ride wherever I want to ride. I decide whether the risks are acceptable or not for the benefit of using roads for which I have already paid. Admittedly, I choose roads that are...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-14-16, 05:22 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,048
Posted By Phil_gretz
Responding to the original post, the OP needs to...

Responding to the original post, the OP needs to chuck the road bike and begin riding a touring bike along with his wife and her LHT. After all, isn't the stated goal for them to tour together next...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-14-16, 05:12 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 4,392
Posted By Phil_gretz
I'm not aware of any talk about chain ring...

I'm not aware of any talk about chain ring configurations, but it seems that the triple has costs. Clumsy chainline, more difficult to set up correctly, and resulting overlap of gearing when coupled...
Forum: Commuting 07-13-16, 05:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 634
Posted By Phil_gretz
My wife and I got to keep the LL Bean backpacks...

My wife and I got to keep the LL Bean backpacks that we had purchased for our kids when in High School. The kids left, but we still have the backpacks. They're padded, have a laptop sleeve, and are...
Forum: Commuting 07-13-16, 05:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,362
Posted By Phil_gretz
^ secretly wishes that he had received...

^ secretly wishes that he had received compliments on formerly clean chains. ;)
Forum: Commuting 07-13-16, 05:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,362
Posted By Phil_gretz
This is a "not-in-service" hub/cassette used only...

This is a "not-in-service" hub/cassette used only for drive train maintenance? That's a really clever idea.


However, if you de-spoke and your wheel each time you clean the chain...well, maybe...
Forum: Commuting 07-11-16, 05:17 AM
Replies: 1,875
Views: 43,697
Posted By Phil_gretz
Happy Slurpee Day!

It was a bit cooler and quite pleasant this morning. Had a car approach me as he drove the wrong way on a one-way street. "Hey!" I shouted while pointing down to the bold painted arrows ... ...
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