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Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 08-25-16, 10:18 AM
Replies: 52
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Posted By MinnMan
Don't think that there's an equivalent of GPS for...

Don't think that there's an equivalent of GPS for the fish that got away.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 08-24-16, 08:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,202
Posted By MinnMan
+1 Yes, riding fast when you are feeling...

+1

Yes, riding fast when you are feeling healthy and strong is a great feeling. And on other rides, taking it slow can also be a joy.

We can't maintain our strength forever, and I'm sure that...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 08-24-16, 03:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,348
Posted By MinnMan
Looking in to this some time ago, I stopped when...

Looking in to this some time ago, I stopped when I realized that power meters cost ~$1000. I understand the value of measuring power accurately, but I just wasn't interested to the tune of $1k. ...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 08-24-16, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,348
Posted By MinnMan
FWIW, when we first learned about HP back in Jr....

FWIW, when we first learned about HP back in Jr. High School science, I remember being told that 1 HP grossly overestimated the sustained power capabilities of a typical actual horse. So, assuming...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 08-24-16, 02:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,202
Posted By MinnMan
I don't do many organized events, but I did my...

I don't do many organized events, but I did my first 20+ MPH century earlier this month in the Tour de Tonka, which is a flat course (<2000' climbing) and it was very enjoyable and much less...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 08-24-16, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 187
Posted By MinnMan
This weekend, I had the chance to ride the back...

This weekend, I had the chance to ride the back roads from Provincetown to Wellfleet and back again (on a bike rented in Provincetown). They were fantastic, - (scenic, low traffic, great road...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-23-16, 02:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
Weird in what way? Spoke broke at nipple, as...

Weird in what way?

Spoke broke at nipple, as posted earlier. Not sure where you got 4800 miles from, though. 3800.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-23-16, 01:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
LBS Report: So, here's what happened at the...

LBS Report:

So, here's what happened at the LBS. I spoke to the fellow who had worked on the wheel. He said that while the wheel was true to begin with, it was substantially out of dish, and...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 11:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
Thanks - no, I'm OK with that answer.

Thanks - no, I'm OK with that answer.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 11:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
hmmm. The lighting is really poor in my garage...

hmmm. The lighting is really poor in my garage and basement, and photos with a flash are hard to interpret - too much shadow. That might have to wait until daylight.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 10:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
Hey, nobody asked. At the nipple. If the...

Hey, nobody asked. At the nipple.

If the question (which many of you don't seem to like, but OK) is was this a random failure that could have happened any time, or was it likely owing to an...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 236
Posted By MinnMan
I don't have any advice for you regarding the...

I don't have any advice for you regarding the wheels, but if you're serious about the heavy panniers, I'd say, reconsider. Obviously, you are already stressing the bikes load capacity. It sounds...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 09:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
It was hardly out of true at all. Before I...

It was hardly out of true at all. Before I dropped the bike off, I did my standard look-see (spinning the wheel and looking at the rim/brakepad distance) and couldn't see any wobble . And the wheel...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 09:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
Well, yes. And maybe I've just been lucky before...

Well, yes. And maybe I've just been lucky before about spokes. I've ridden >30,000 miles since my return to riding in the last 6 years, and never had a broken spoke. The only reason I recognized...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 08:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
I think if you read my posts you'll see that my...

I think if you read my posts you'll see that my mind was changed by your post and that of others and that I found your earlier contributions to this thread helpful. Perhaps you have already made up...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
Yeah, thanks. I wasn't really looking for...

Yeah, thanks. I wasn't really looking for philosophy of life advice, but I appreciate your good intentions.

My "what do I say" was another way of asking whether it was obvious to those of you...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 07:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
well, ok, but neither the wheel nor spoke should...

well, ok, but neither the wheel nor spoke should be at the end of their life. The wheel was purchased new after the end of the riding season in 2014. I put about 2000 miles on it (2050, to be...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-22-16, 06:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 778
Posted By MinnMan
Wheel trued at the shop, spoke breaks on first ride.

Had my bike in for full annual maintenance, including truing the wheels.

20 miles out on the first ride, there's suddenly that "ping!".

It seems unlikely to be a coincidence.

What exactly...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-29-16, 08:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,563
Posted By MinnMan
This matches my experience. When my conditioning...

This matches my experience. When my conditioning is low, a modest 40 mile ride can put me in danger. When I'm in top condition (for me), there are no worries for a century. (I'm in between at the...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-29-16, 03:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 683
Posted By MinnMan
The cheap technique of letting the cars do the...

The cheap technique of letting the cars do the work has mostly fallen by the wayside here. They press it in and come through a few days later and sweep up the excess gravel. But if you ride the...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-29-16, 12:02 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,563
Posted By MinnMan
Thanks for this. Yes, I have been using...

Thanks for this.

Yes, I have been using "spasms" and "cramps" interchangeably, and I see your point that it is one or the other, not both. I call them spasms because they are sudden and intense,...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-29-16, 01:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,563
Posted By MinnMan
This is very useful information. I remain...

This is very useful information. I remain reluctant to take explanations based on theory (e.g., "aspirin does nothing for electrolyte depletion and very little for the cramping since there is no...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-28-16, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 683
Posted By MinnMan
Yeah, I see that they are good for traction on...

Yeah, I see that they are good for traction on wet roads, but god I hate chip seal.

Even worse was when I was in Australia, where they use coarser gravel in their chip seal - more like almonds...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-28-16, 01:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 683
Posted By MinnMan
me three. Around here there was a gorgeous...

me three.

Around here there was a gorgeous stretch of quite new asphalt around a local lake- a joy to ride - that they just ripped up and put down chip seal. I don't know if there was some...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-28-16, 01:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,563
Posted By MinnMan
Interesting. What's the source of the statement...

Interesting. What's the source of the statement "has been shown to be ineffective"? I'm not talking about expectation, but rather direct empirical information about the effects of aspirin on...
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