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09-13-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 2,966
Posted By davester

We had a break in the air quality last Sunday so...

We had a break in the air quality last Sunday so I did a pretty big ride then. However, it's been bad since then so the bikes have stayed inside. Today we seem to getting a possible reprieve but the...
09-12-20, 11:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 414
Posted By davester

Fantastic! I understand your reticence regarding...

Fantastic! I understand your reticence regarding riding it but in your position I would not be able to resist having at least one ride (preferably with tutors).
09-10-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 332
Posted By davester

I've used the cheap Shimano pulleys successfully....

I've used the cheap Shimano pulleys successfully. The problem with buying an old NR derailleur and using the pulleys is that it is common for them to crack along a radius with age and shortly...
09-10-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 877
Posted By davester

Emma Peel rides into eternity

I know this should probably go in "celebrities on bikes" but Diana Rigg passed away today...
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09-08-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,818
Posted By davester

I certainly don't want to compete with Nomadmax!...

I certainly don't want to compete with Nomadmax! I have definitely slowed way down over the last couple of decades. It used to be that every twisty descent was a challenge to see how fast I could get...
09-04-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,257
Posted By davester

"RULE #49...

"RULE #49 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=49) : Keep the rubber side down.It is completely unacceptable to intentionally turn one’s steed upside down for any reason...
08-31-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,882
Posted By davester

God those things are fugly! My eyes! My eyes!

God those things are fugly! My eyes! My eyes!
08-27-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,788
Posted By davester

I think you might get a different answer if you...

I think you might get a different answer if you go to the "close friends of my wife" forum.
08-24-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By davester

Our property backs right onto wooded open space...

Our property backs right onto wooded open space (i.e. wildfire country) and we were under an evacuation warning until this morning. It has felt a bit like armageddon, with heat wave, smoke, gusting...
08-21-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,764
Posted By davester

No matter what kind of workouts you're doing, you...

No matter what kind of workouts you're doing, you need recovery days. Daily hard workouts are not going to improve your overall conditioning without recovery and nutrition. There are many websites...
08-21-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 471
Posted By davester

My thought also. There's no way I'd use those...

My thought also. There's no way I'd use those shoes with toe clips and straps.
08-21-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By davester

...or get a Mac and never deal with any of this...

...or get a Mac and never deal with any of this crap again.
08-20-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 412
Posted By davester

For me, much more important than having a helmet...

For me, much more important than having a helmet that resembles something from the past is having a helmet that doesn't look like a teenagers fantasy alien spaceship design riding atop my head.
08-20-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 412
Posted By davester

Note that is a photo of the Bontrager Starvos...

Note that is a photo of the Bontrager Starvos Wavecell, which looks completely different from (and is a safer helmet than) the Bontrager Starvos.
08-20-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 471
Posted By davester

One thing I remember about my 1980s Sidis was...

One thing I remember about my 1980s Sidis was that the stock nylon cleats they came with were tight on the pedal cages to begin with and tended to close up even more with just a little bit of walking...
08-20-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 412
Posted By davester

This is exactly what I was looking for when I...

This is exactly what I was looking for when I bought my Giro Synthe MIPS. I think it looks much like the classic leather hairnets and the Bell V1 Pro whose styling was inspired by the hairnets....
08-18-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,247
Posted By davester

As many have stated, don't use cleats. There's no...

As many have stated, don't use cleats. There's no reason for them if you're not racing and they are the primary factor in falling when coming to a stop. I'm actually quicker getting into my...
08-14-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,376
Posted By davester

I'm going to be a little less encouraging than...

I'm going to be a little less encouraging than others.

First off, I don't think it is safe, particularly for us older folks, to be venturing out to group events during the pandemic. Sure, there'll...
08-10-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 227
Posted By davester

When they came out, the Ultra-6 was touted as a...

When they came out, the Ultra-6 was touted as a 6-speed that could fit in the space of a standard 5-speed (i.e. 120 mm OLD). The Ultra-7 was similarly touted as the 7-speed that could fit in the...
08-07-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,216
Posted By davester

The urgency generally doesn't appear until you're...

The urgency generally doesn't appear until you're in the process of being catapulted headfirst into the asphalt.
08-07-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By davester

I wouldn't go with white unless I was wrapping a...

I wouldn't go with white unless I was wrapping a wall hanger or had a team mechanic waiting for me at the end of each day prepared to put a new wrapping of tape on ready for the next race day. If you...
08-07-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,216
Posted By davester

I was riding with this nice red, white and black...

I was riding with this nice red, white and black Specialized S-Works helmet. However, an endo on my mountain bike caused it to give its life to save me from a severe head injury. I replaced it the...
08-07-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 669
Posted By davester

Another vote for the Aerotech gloves. I've found...

Another vote for the Aerotech gloves. I've found them to run a bit large. Their size calculator indicated that I would need an "L". However, my hands were literally swimming in those gloves. Next...
08-07-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 911
Posted By davester

The first question that should be asked is "what...

The first question that should be asked is "what kind of riding do you do?" If all your rides are short (i.e. <20 miles) then comfort is far less important than if you're knocking out half or full...
08-06-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,470
Posted By davester

I'll add my voice to the choir of not repainting....

I'll add my voice to the choir of not repainting. To get the reflective tape off, just carefully work at it with fingernails, a plastic scraper, and applying "Goo Gone" from the hardware store to...
08-06-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 780
Posted By davester

The problems with racks like that is that they...

The problems with racks like that is that they block the license plate (which will get you cited in most states) and they make it difficult to get into the tailgate. I had one for a long time but...
08-05-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By davester

Through experience breaking a number of Campy and...

Through experience breaking a number of Campy and Wheels Mfg axles at about the same rate. Also, both axle types are hardened. There's no magic spell that Wheels Mfg has to harden axles any better...
08-05-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By davester

If you actually find yourself a roll of original...

If you actually find yourself a roll of original Tressostar, bear in mind that it's length will be just a few inches short of what you actually need.
08-05-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By davester

They are stronger than cheap hub axles but no...

They are stronger than cheap hub axles but no stronger than Campy and other high end hub axles. They still break, even with only 6- and 7-speed, which use 126 mm OLD. When you go to 8-speed, you are...
07-28-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,297
Posted By davester

60? Youngster! Oh, and Happy Birthday!

60? Youngster!

Oh, and Happy Birthday!
07-28-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,062
Posted By davester

Not true. The exterior cosmetics are irrelevant....

Not true. The exterior cosmetics are irrelevant. The grease may have solidified over the years and the bearings/races could potentially be damaged if you just jumped on and rode it after several...
07-28-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,062
Posted By davester

Personally, I'd take it back to Mike's Bikes and...

Personally, I'd take it back to Mike's Bikes and complain. The reason that spokes would continue to break would likely be that the guy who replaced the spoke didn't properly tension the spokes....
07-27-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,225
Posted By davester

Don't you carry a small saddlebag or handlebar...

Don't you carry a small saddlebag or handlebar bag to keep tools and spares in? If so, just get a bigger one that can accomodate a water bottle and some snacks.
07-27-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 315
Posted By davester

Wing nuts are way less hassle and work perfectly...

Wing nuts are way less hassle and work perfectly well. In fact that's what my Raleigh Record came with stock in 1968.
07-27-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,247
Posted By davester

I think that helmet technology has improved...

I think that helmet technology has improved dramatically in the last 12 years. If you are doing fast rides, fast descents, or riding in heavy traffic, I suggest that you buy one of the models that is...
07-27-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 681
Posted By davester

It's not just temperature. 90F with 0% humidity...

It's not just temperature. 90F with 0% humidity is way different than 90F with 90% humidity. Wind and shading also make a huge difference.
07-27-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,818
Posted By davester

Sounds like a badly engineered roundabout perhaps...

Sounds like a badly engineered roundabout perhaps with insufficient signage. In much of the world (especially the UK) there are very stringent guidelines on the engineering of roundabouts, which...
07-27-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,137
Posted By davester

Putting reflective materials inside a bike trunk...

Putting reflective materials inside a bike trunk will not keep anything cool. It's thermodynamically impossible. Reflective materials only affect heat flow by reflecting infrared energy away. They...
07-23-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 25,001
Posted By davester

...and you can sit on the couch consuming bonbons...

...and you can sit on the couch consuming bonbons to your hearts content!
07-22-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,190
Posted By davester

You don't need a 26" tube. Just jam a 700C tube...

You don't need a 26" tube. Just jam a 700C tube in there It'll work just fine for a temporary fix (unless its one of those ridiculously skinny ones).
07-19-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,018
Posted By davester

Depends on what your goal is. It sounds like you...

Depends on what your goal is. It sounds like you are happy with the status quo so keep on doing it if that is the case However, if you want to increase your speed or endurance you need to stress your...
07-18-20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,137
Posted By davester

This exactly fits my thinking. When touring in...

This exactly fits my thinking. When touring in France many years ago, grabbing a baguette, some brie, perhaps a nice deli meat and some dijon mustard early in the morning to stash in the back pocket...
07-17-20, 12:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,141
Posted By davester

There are drop bolts available to fix that...

There are drop bolts available to fix that problem.
07-10-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,455
Posted By davester

Wow, amazing score. One problem...no picture = it...

Wow, amazing score. One problem...no picture = it didn't happen!

You need to get your post count up to 10 (over 2 days I think) to paste a photo, or you can post the photo url here for somebody...
07-09-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,665
Posted By davester

A man after my own heart. I was just about to say...

A man after my own heart. I was just about to say "a J.P. Weigle in the french constructer spirit", and there it is. However, I think I'd want chrome or stainless lugs, a bit of pinstriping, and a...
07-09-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,137
Posted By davester

20 miles is only going to take an hour or two, so...

20 miles is only going to take an hour or two, so pretty much anything will be fine. Wrap in a jacket for a little insulation if you want to keep it cooler). I'd lean towards a fresh baguette, some...
07-09-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 12,614
Posted By davester

That's actually required by law in California if...

That's actually required by law in California if they are unable to pass without a minimum 3-foot wide space between you and the car. I think it's a great law. Since about 95% of folks follow it,...
07-09-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,603
Posted By davester

This can also be due to the saddle being...

This can also be due to the saddle being positioned too far forward which results in increased weight on your hands and wrists. If you can't ride comfortably while holding a regular riding position...
07-07-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,228
Posted By davester

Living in the hills of the SF Bay Area, I don't...

Living in the hills of the SF Bay Area, I don't think of rides so much by horizontal distance as by how much elevation gain they have. I don't think I've ever done a century with less than 5,000' of...
07-07-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 25,001
Posted By davester

Another old (66) at risk guy here! I'm in for...

Another old (66) at risk guy here! I'm in for Neal's summer 2021 (or perhaps 2022) rolling party.

In addition to the health issues, bear in mind that Europe is not allowing flights from the US...
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