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09-22-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 191
Posted By noimagination

VERY generally, since everyone is different: -...

VERY generally, since everyone is different:
- 11 miles in 50 minutes for commuting is very respectable. I wouldn't worry about speed if you're just starting out, it sounds like you're starting out...
09-17-20, 06:12 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,087
Posted By noimagination

Wow. Just ... wow.

Wow. Just ... wow.
09-02-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,262
Posted By noimagination

True. While cycling I once slowed at a stop...

True. While cycling I once slowed at a stop sign, then proceeded to pull out into the path of an oncoming car from my left (who had the right of way) that I unaccountably did not notice. Broad...
09-02-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 768
Posted By noimagination

I do not have any water resistant cycling...

I do not have any water resistant cycling clothing. I don't see the point. If I'm not getting wet from the outside in, then I'll certainly get wet from the inside out. Even while cycling in the...
08-27-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,569
Posted By noimagination

To the extent that people will learn, it will be...

To the extent that people will learn, it will be slowly.

I've been riding in my area (NYC suburban) for >35 years. Drivers are much more aware of cyclists now, and are much more likely to pass...
08-14-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,543
Posted By noimagination

Michelin ProRace 3 on Campy Proton rim. Normal...

Michelin ProRace 3 on Campy Proton rim. Normal tire levers. Ugh. Broke a couple (resin) levers. Never tried other solutions (tire jack? what's that? have to look into it).

Was most trouble...
08-14-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,462
Posted By noimagination

Normally with tandem kayaking, the lighter person...

Normally with tandem kayaking, the lighter person (usually the "she") is in front (it's hard to steer a kayak that is down by the bow). It would be more likely to be "He's not paddling!!"

Sorry...
08-14-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,480
Posted By noimagination

When I was putting in 2 hr rides before work (5 -...

When I was putting in 2 hr rides before work (5 - 7 am), I would eat during the ride, not before.

My stomach wasn't ready for food when I got up (4:30ish), so I would eat about an hour into the...
08-14-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 6,469
Posted By noimagination

I live, and ride, and drive, in an area with...

I live, and ride, and drive, in an area with quite a number of cyclists (NYC suburb). The number of bicycle riders has increased many-fold over the past 30 years.

When driving, I am scanning the...
08-14-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,146
Posted By noimagination

Cycling is great training for skiing. I skied...

Cycling is great training for skiing. I skied with my younger brother (genetically a much better athlete than I) at Whistler a decade and a half ago, and I DESTROYED him in a little over half a day....
08-14-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,146
Posted By noimagination

Just don't have unrealistic expectations about...

Just don't have unrealistic expectations about what "fast" means. A bike with racier geometry may well feel much faster, but in actual practice it may only be a few tenths of a mile per hour faster,...
08-14-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 999
Posted By noimagination

Thanks, beautiful bike IMHO. I miss bikes...

Thanks, beautiful bike IMHO.

I miss bikes with different paint schemes.
08-13-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,462
Posted By noimagination

We get more smiles and comments like "that looks...

We get more smiles and comments like "that looks fun" and "I'd love to try that", which I personally wouldn't characterize as "yelling at" us.

Yes, we get the one about "she's not pedaling" ad...
08-13-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,678
Posted By noimagination

Bike mirrors are generally pretty small, so it is...

Bike mirrors are generally pretty small, so it is difficult to get a full picture without moving your head, even if it is a big one on your handlebar. Like many others in this thread (and mostly due...
08-13-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 999
Posted By noimagination

Request better picture of your bike, please. It...

Request better picture of your bike, please. It looks purty.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,859
Posted By noimagination

I had a brief "altitude camp" experience when I...

I had a brief "altitude camp" experience when I was in my 20's. I went to my brother's college graduation in Santa Fe, as I remember I was there for 3 days, went running a couple of times.

Came...
08-12-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,773
Posted By noimagination

I think you have a good point about racers ≠ most...

I think you have a good point about racers ≠ most people buying custom steel bikes. I wasn't really thinking about experience working with racers as meaning that those builders were good at making...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,062
Posted By noimagination

Good point. Some of us just have stronger body...

Good point. Some of us just have stronger body odors than others. Also, some of us are more sensitive to odors than others. Who knows - what's bothering the OP might be tolerable to others of us. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 500
Posted By noimagination

There was a lady (this forum? Bicycling forum?...

There was a lady (this forum? Bicycling forum? other?) a few years ago who would argue that bike computers using wheel sensors were always inaccurate because the track of the front wheel is not the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,062
Posted By noimagination

I haven't really noticed a difference in brands. ...

I haven't really noticed a difference in brands. Maybe brands with more wicking/quick drying material will build up smell less quickly? Speculating here. Gel padding would be better than foam, I...
08-07-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By noimagination

See, that's the thing with this site. You go...

See, that's the thing with this site. You go into a thread that you think will be stupid (I mean, the answer to the original question seems self-evident), but then you learn a couple of things.
08-05-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,645
Posted By noimagination

OK, but how do you jam a battery powered inflator...

OK, but how do you jam a battery powered inflator in the spokes of the Cinzano-jersey wearing jerk daring to pass you?

I think Alvin Toffler got it at least partially wrong. As we get older, we...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,115
Posted By noimagination

I'm also not an expert, and I know zip about...

I'm also not an expert, and I know zip about motorcycles.

Agreed that dragging a rear brake is not a good idea when trying to avoid overcooking a turn. It may be the last resort, when you know...
07-31-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By noimagination

You, sir, have my utmost respect. As bad as...

You, sir, have my utmost respect. As bad as things are in the U.S. right now, from everything I've read about the Philippines, I wouldn't set foot in the country on a bet, much less cycle there.
07-30-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,696
Posted By noimagination

In my opinion, how to make cycling more...

In my opinion, how to make cycling more comfortable (in rough order of importance):

1) Optimize bike fit - (saddle height, fore/aft, tilt; reach to bars; bar height or saddle to bar drop; width of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 16,951
Posted By noimagination

Some of us "of a certain age" remember the J....

Some of us "of a certain age" remember the J. Peterman catalog. Same kind of thing. It it a cycling jersey? Is it a lifestyle choice? Is it a personal statement? Is it a philosophical statement?...
07-27-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,294
Posted By noimagination

I don't know. Many cycling jerseys, bibs and...

I don't know.

Many cycling jerseys, bibs and jackets come with reflective accents.
Many cycling shoes come with reflective accents.
Many cycling helmets come with reflective accents.
Many shoe...
07-27-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By noimagination

Simple terms are inadequate. How you deal with...

Simple terms are inadequate. How you deal with traffic, including the situations you describe, depends on: your experience; your tolerance for risk; how local drivers act around cyclists (on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,879
Posted By noimagination

Did the shop show you how to change a tube? ...

Did the shop show you how to change a tube? Patch a tube? There are a couple of tricks that make those processes easier. If you know someone who rides a lot, get them to show you. Or go to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 954
Posted By noimagination

I've had bad experiences with bibs having gel...

I've had bad experiences with bibs having gel pads. Too squishy, gel moving around led to saddle sores. Maybe they've improved in the past 15 years?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By noimagination

The bibs/fit of bibs are not the only factors in...

The bibs/fit of bibs are not the only factors in the decision whether or not to use chamois cream. Once I'm in shape I generally don't need it, but during the recent spell of hot weather all of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,879
Posted By noimagination

Getting indignant about a flat is about as useful...

Getting indignant about a flat is about as useful as getting annoyed about the weather. Flats happen. You either learn how to fix them (it ain't rocket science, I've been fixing my own flats since I...
07-22-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,773
Posted By noimagination

But how many of the current generation of steel...

But how many of the current generation of steel frame builders have had the opportunity to work closely with professional/olympic-class racers and have had their designs tested in races, as the "old...
07-22-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,773
Posted By noimagination

Has the "golden age" of custom steel bikes passed?

No Richard Sachs, no Tom Kellog, no Dario Pegoretti, no Ben Serotta, no Brent Steelman ...
Not sure about Sacha White, Kelly Bradford...
07-20-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,601
Posted By noimagination

Seems pretty simple. If you carry a pump that...

Seems pretty simple.
If you carry a pump that you know doesn't get your tire to a pressure that allows you to continue the ride, then you fix the flat and limp home.
If you carry a pump that does...
07-16-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 995
Posted By noimagination

The word is "chafing" (abrading). "Chaffing"...

The word is "chafing" (abrading).
"Chaffing" (joking/teasing) is a completely different word.

The words are of completely different origin, one from Latin the other from middle English. They...
07-15-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Posted By noimagination

You and Litespud have identified the most likely...

You and Litespud have identified the most likely problem - cable tension.

Other things to consider:
- If the cable housing hasn't been replaced in a while, there could be gunk in there...
07-14-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,376
Posted By noimagination

I have noticed a difference in driver behavior in...

I have noticed a difference in driver behavior in NYC since the speed limit was lowered and many cameras were installed. Many (not all, of course) drivers are much calmer and drive more slowly. You...
07-14-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,595
Posted By noimagination

I bark at them. To me, they seem to pay more...

I bark at them. To me, they seem to pay more attention to barking than yelling words. That still doesn't prevent the occasional squirrel from darting out and me hitting it before I can react. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,214
Posted By noimagination

(shrug) Not that this happens to me very often...

(shrug) Not that this happens to me very often (maybe 3-4 times in 25+ years), but I don't see why it's an issue. If we touch wheels, it's the guy in back going down, not me. Sure, its possible that...
07-13-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,420
Posted By noimagination

I'm familiar with the feeling - I love your term...

I'm familiar with the feeling - I love your term "bike flu", it's very apropos.

I think Dr. Isotope has the most likely explanation - a combo of things, including going beyond current fitness and...
07-10-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,520
Posted By noimagination

I have Look deltas and Keos. I don't notice any...

I have Look deltas and Keos. I don't notice any difference between the two. I've had the Keos, what, 10+ years, I'm still on my 2nd (maybe 3rd?) pair of cleats. But then, I wear kool covers and...
07-09-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,850
Posted By noimagination

Since you already tried a tandem and your wife is...

Since you already tried a tandem and your wife is excited about riding it, I'm pretty confident that you'll get some enjoyment out of it. Just keep in mind the one great secret to successful...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,333
Posted By noimagination

Road rash a few times. Nothing serious, scraped...

Road rash a few times. Nothing serious, scraped knees and elbows.
A couple of stitches in my elbow, washed out on fresh chip-seal I didn't see in a corner during a pre-dawn ride.
Only serious...
07-08-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,850
Posted By noimagination

Fixed gear means that the pedals go 'round when...

Fixed gear means that the pedals go 'round when the wheels go 'round. No coasting. If you stop pedaling, the wheel stops (or your feet fly off the pedals and the pedals bang your legs as they whirl...
07-08-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,850
Posted By noimagination

Fixed gear? Are you sure it's not single-speed? ...

Fixed gear? Are you sure it's not single-speed? I wouldn't try fixed with an inexperienced stoker, myself.

Anyway, hope you guys have lots of fun. My wife also is not really into cycling, she...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,095
Posted By noimagination

Yes. You never know what might happen, I might...

Yes. You never know what might happen, I might need to stop to help someone, or stop at a store, etc. Weighs practically nothing, takes up very little space in my pocket.

Kind of redundant for...
07-07-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,017
Posted By noimagination

I'm not sure what you mean, since I don't see how...

I'm not sure what you mean, since I don't see how the idiom applies here (there's that lack of imagination rearing its ugly head).

Can I take from your comment that you mean that my post...
07-07-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,017
Posted By noimagination

I think there are enough people trying to divide...

I think there are enough people trying to divide us these days without threads such as this.

I understand that xenophobia and setting in-group vs out-group boundaries are part of human nature, but...
06-30-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,079
Posted By noimagination

After a ride, slowed to a stop, unclipped. While...

After a ride, slowed to a stop, unclipped. While still straddling the top tube (clicking through cycle computer screens), a catbird alit (alighted? hmmm) upon my handlebars. Gave me the eye, flew...
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