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10-17-21, 04:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 489
Posted By rm -rf

I've noticed that even a 30 second stop is...

I've noticed that even a 30 second stop is helpful. 30 seconds to maybe 2 minutes. On country rides, stop and check out the view and let the silence sink in. I feel a new burst of energy and mood...
10-14-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 426
Posted By rm -rf

How visible would the rear view display be in...

How visible would the rear view display be in sunlight?
And dashcams are wide angle, so they aren't as useful for seeing traffic approaching from the rear.

Sunglasses mounted mirrors are perfect...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 390
Posted By rm -rf

Planning the routes ridewithgps.com...

Planning the routes
ridewithgps.com (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/new) has borrowed the Strava Heat Map (https://www.strava.com/heatmap#9.93/-84.73631/39.03090/hot/ride) idea. It colors in roads...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 390
Posted By rm -rf

I think that the ACA routes avoid having too many...

I think that the ACA routes avoid having too many turns. And maybe because main roads are more consistently maintained? With a Garmin or other GPS device, lots of turns are fine.
And the grades...
10-12-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By rm -rf

I'm hard to fit too. At least I can try on...

I'm hard to fit too. At least I can try on helmets first. My Lazer fits "okay", but I did my usual mods with foam rubber insulating strips. Some foam on a couple of ribs, and more around the rim of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 680
Posted By rm -rf

The grippy rubber tread on a tire like a GP5000...

The grippy rubber tread on a tire like a GP5000 allows for confident turns. The tire flexes over larger bumps for a smooth, efficient ride, but the tread is interacting with the micro texture of the...
10-12-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By rm -rf

Use a higher wattage to simulate the steepest...

Use a higher wattage to simulate the steepest parts. It's proportional to the grade at the slower climbing speeds. So: if you can maintain 250 watts on a 16% grade: for 25%, try (25%/16%) = 1.56*250w...
10-12-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 589
Posted By rm -rf

I had no feel for how tight 5 Nm is. Or any other...

I had no feel for how tight 5 Nm is. Or any other torque specification. So I got a small bike oriented torque wrench. (which is only for small bolts, big Nm numbers are out of it's range. For bigger...
10-09-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 680
Posted By rm -rf

Are the cables routed inside the frame? That...

Are the cables routed inside the frame? That requires a different technique for cable replacement. Don't just pull out the old cable! There's usually no guide or tube inside the frame. See my old...
10-07-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,362
Posted By rm -rf

With lower gearing so I can stay seated on...

With lower gearing so I can stay seated on steeper hills, and a smaller group that doesn't push the pace faster than I can manage, I've been recording more elevation per mile in the last few years....
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,653
Posted By rm -rf

Nobody else can edit your public ridewithgps...

Nobody else can edit your public ridewithgps route. They can easily "copy to my routes", then edit their separate copy.

With my "basic" paid ridewithgps subscription, I can create a named "Event"....
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,653
Posted By rm -rf

The Beechmont viaduct is rideable if it's not...

The Beechmont viaduct is rideable if it's not near rush hour. The exits are tricky, though, with merging traffic. (Just the bridge and the viaduct near Lunken Airport, the rest of the highway is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,031
Posted By rm -rf

I've seen comments about cutting the cable itself...

I've seen comments about cutting the cable itself (not the housing) with a Dremel cutoff wheel. I tried it on the long cutoff end for my front brake cable. Nope: it flings individual strands off...
09-27-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,210
Posted By rm -rf

I know how you feel. I've been using GP4000, then...

I know how you feel. I've been using GP4000, then GP5000 tires with tubes on my tubeless ready HED Ardennes rims. They've been pretty easy to dismount and mount. Some moderate to hard thumb pressure...
09-23-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By rm -rf

The GP5000 tires have the annoying "shark fins",...

The GP5000 tires have the annoying "shark fins", a supposed "tread" on the sidewalls. Some riders care if the fins are pointing in the right direction. It's a style thing, but doesn't affect riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,899
Posted By rm -rf

All my bikes have had toe overlap. If I'm...

All my bikes have had toe overlap.
If I'm u-turning within a single lane, I need to coast around the bend. (And I'd worry about pedal strike here, too.) Otherwise, it's not a problem. With any...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,550
Posted By rm -rf

14-32 cassette! A few years ago, using the idea...

14-32 cassette!
A few years ago, using the idea from a BF comment, I built a 14-32 cassette for fast-for-me group rides. It was perfect for those rides, but not too practical otherwise. I combined...
09-19-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,045
Posted By rm -rf

I filled an old isopropyl pint bottle with...

I filled an old isopropyl pint bottle with odorless mineral spirits. That lasts me a year or so. I mostly rip paper towels in smaller sizes and wet them with the mineral spirits. I just slightly turn...
09-19-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 898
Posted By rm -rf

I used to buy Pearl Izumi Elite Gel. I liked them...

I used to buy Pearl Izumi Elite Gel. I liked them at the time, but the padding flattens out quite soon. I switched to Giro Strade Dure Supergel...
09-16-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By rm -rf

Here's an example of the elevation chart. My...

Here's an example of the elevation chart.
My local hills are 100-400 feet high, a mile long or so.
So this scale works great. Each horizontal tickmark line is 0.5 miles, each vertical tickmark line...
09-16-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By rm -rf

My 1030 backlight works great. At sunset, it...

My 1030 backlight works great. At sunset, it switches to a dark background with white letters to preserve night vision. The backlight is on all day, to help see it with my dark sunglasses. I think it...
09-16-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,413
Posted By rm -rf

I use tubeless tape on my current wheels. It's...

I use tubeless tape on my current wheels. It's very thin. When installing, it needs stretching/pulling and careful alignment across the rim to stay out of the bead hook area on the rim.

But it...
09-16-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,413
Posted By rm -rf

Years ago, my old Kinlin rims were very...

Years ago, my old Kinlin rims were very difficult. The center well was very shallow, so there wasn't much slack to pull the bead over the rim. Even with no tube installed and just one bead in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 683
Posted By rm -rf

I wondered how the various seat tube angles...

I wondered how the various seat tube angles affect the saddle placement.

Here's a triangle calculator....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 683
Posted By rm -rf

I found it hard to compare bikes, since they...

I found it hard to compare bikes, since they don't always measure the same way.

Stack and reach (https://www.bikeforums.net/18957455-post17.html) worked great when I bought my new road bike in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By rm -rf

Lithium batteries don't need to be drained toward...

Lithium batteries don't need to be drained toward empty. I only check my battery charge occasionally, and charge it soon after it goes from solid green to blinking green. That's at the 50% charge...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By rm -rf

I wrap a turn or two of the charge cable around...

I wrap a turn or two of the charge cable around my handlebar before I plug it into the bike -- that takes all the strain off the cable plug. Perhaps your cable is getting pulled loose enough to stop...
09-15-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,181
Posted By rm -rf

She rides a Trek similar to this one. It weighs...

She rides a Trek similar to this one. It weighs about 35-38 pounds, heavy to lift onto a car bike rack. But it can easily go 50 miles with hills and have 40% charge remaining. And a 28 mph top speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By rm -rf

The charger light goes out when it's done...

The charger light goes out when it's done charging. I don't watch mine, but it seems to take just a couple of hours at the most with an old 1.3A wall charger.

There's been a few comments on BF of...
09-11-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 273,691
Posted By rm -rf

Copper says: When are you going to finish the...

Copper says:
When are you going to finish the candy so I can sit in the box?
09-11-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,181
Posted By rm -rf

The wife of one of the local riders got a Trek...

The wife of one of the local riders got a Trek ebike. Our rides were too long and too much elevation for her, previously. So she rarely rode. WIth the ebike, she could confidently ride our 50 mile...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,523
Posted By rm -rf

I gave up on it. It looks nice, but I had to...

I gave up on it. It looks nice, but I had to pull really hard to get it to lay flat enough. My fingers were sore afterwards.
09-11-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By rm -rf

The tape is available at Lowes and Home Depot. ...

The tape is available at Lowes and Home Depot.

Here's my setup. Yikes, dust really shows up!
The wires from each shifter cross in the middle, then loop back to the junction box. It's mostly...
09-10-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By rm -rf

As used on the Mars rover Curiosity! Knots on...

As used on the Mars rover Curiosity! Knots on Mars (https://www.planetary.org/articles/20120905-knots-on-mars)
It might surprise most people to learn that multitudes of knots tied in cords and thin...
09-10-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By rm -rf

But you have to thread the cables through the...

But you have to thread the cables through the heat shrink tube, then heat it. So the wires and cable housing needs to be detached at one end to slide the heatshrink on.

Instead, I used self fusing...
09-10-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,886
Posted By rm -rf

Stick on bifocals with or without prescription...

Stick on bifocals with or without prescription lenses

I have progressive bifocals for my regular glasses.
But for my Rudy prescription inserts, I got distance only lenses and I use a cut down...
09-10-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 522
Posted By rm -rf

My bottle of loctite is still good after 10...

My bottle of loctite is still good after 10 years, at least. I use it for more than bikes, too. It's helpful to have it in my toolkit.
09-10-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By rm -rf

Yes, way too tight at 1.5mm. I'd want at least...

Yes, way too tight at 1.5mm. I'd want at least 4mm each side, and even more room than that would make everything easier. Perhaps 38mm tires would (barely) fit?

I use hex "L" wrenches to check...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
09-07-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 201
Posted By rm -rf

I've borrowed lots of routes from...

I've borrowed lots of routes from ridewithgps.com. It has a "Find" search to help narrow the searches. Some of the found routes are not well thought out, picking busy roads or skipping an interesting...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
09-07-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 201
Posted By rm -rf

Check out the Strava Heat Map. It's two years of...

Check out the Strava Heat Map. It's two years of uploaded rides, with the roads color coded by popularity. Gray: no activity. Dim red: little activity. White hot: very popular. Zoom in, and the...
09-05-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 273,691
Posted By rm -rf

My neighbors feed a very skittish feral cat (with...

My neighbors feed a very skittish feral cat (with the ear clip). I can't get closer than 15 feet from her, but they can occasionally pet her, briefly, before she darts away again. They set up a box...
09-04-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,227
Posted By rm -rf

Rough roads My hands and shoulders get sore...

Rough roads
My hands and shoulders get sore quite easily. (I'm in my upper 60s.) I ride two kinds of rough roads:

Buzzy chip-seal. This is more of an annoyance. My 28mm GP5000 at low pressures...
08-31-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,983
Posted By rm -rf

That 89 average is very good. My rides tend to...

That 89 average is very good. My rides tend to average 75 to 80 rpm, even when I'm spinning in the 90s a lot during the ride. Easier paced portions usually have a lower cadence, down to the 70s. And...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,175
Posted By rm -rf

My road bike low gear is 34F-32R. I'd like an...

My road bike low gear is 34F-32R. I'd like an even lower gear, but this is good for the hills I climb, that often reach 12-14% briefly. I think 18% is about as steep as I can do now, for maybe 120...
08-31-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,843
Posted By rm -rf

I find that a loud hiss usually gets the squirrel...

I find that a loud hiss usually gets the squirrel to dive off the road right away.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,661
Posted By rm -rf

PDF map: It's interesting that they only hand...

PDF map:
It's interesting that they only hand out a (paper?) map the day of the ride. I assume the roads are marked with spray paint.
I suppose it's to keep "pirate" riders away, somehow? I don't...
08-30-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,674
Posted By rm -rf

This is how my bars are set, with the hoods...

This is how my bars are set, with the hoods sloping up slightly. I set the hood angle by sitting on the bike in a doorway, shaking out my arm to loosen it up, then reaching for the hoods with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,175
Posted By rm -rf

Some bikes now come with 46-30 or 48-32 instead...

Some bikes now come with 46-30 or 48-32 instead of 50-34. It requires a new crankset, since the usual 34 can't go smaller.
That 30 chainring is 88% of the 34. So it's like moving everything down one...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,661
Posted By rm -rf

Elevation charts only work with loaded routes--it...

Elevation charts only work with loaded routes--it has to know where you are going, and the elevation data is embedded in the route file.

The 830/1030 models have both Climbpro that pops up when...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,661
Posted By rm -rf

ridewithgps.com All the local ride leaders use...

ridewithgps.com
All the local ride leaders use ridewithgps to create routes.
Sign up for a free ridewithgps account. I have the pay version, which adds some features useful for planning group...
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