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Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 495
Posted By mdarnton

I used to ride with standard cages and straps,...

I used to ride with standard cages and straps, then SPD for a few years. However, when I discovered toe cups, all that was over, and I haven't ridden anything else for 10 year or more. The cups give...
03-30-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 867
Posted By mdarnton

I signal. I wish cars had some mechanism they...

I signal. I wish cars had some mechanism they could use to signal, but I guess they don't.
03-23-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 246
Posted By mdarnton

I was also going to say too high, with the pain...

I was also going to say too high, with the pain on the short leg side. But also you might want to try turning the saddle a bit sideways. . . If I had to guess I would suggest the tip towards the side...
03-23-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,417
Posted By mdarnton

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1307/20210322_224716_52a6ae7518c450b7fe8962d1641b2540cf3ae9f5.jpg

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03-19-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 786
Posted By mdarnton

Why do things that don't need a box or a plastic...

Why do things that don't need a box or a plastic wrap come in one at all???
03-17-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By mdarnton

If the Yerka bike sells well, I predict an active...

If the Yerka bike sells well, I predict an active market in replacement seatposts. Saw the post, throw bike in the truck, pick the lock in the privacy of one's own home. Probably it's faster than...
02-25-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,484
Posted By mdarnton

I can't swivel my head fast enough to keep up...

I can't swivel my head fast enough to keep up with Chicago downtown traffic. Sound means nothing when it's everywhere all the time. I wish I had six more eyes. But a mirror works, in the meantime.
02-24-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,484
Posted By mdarnton

I try never to put myself where "it" is going to...

I try never to put myself where "it" is going to happen for cars. I will do anything to be somewhere else when drivers will be forced to think about something more than how to get around me. For...
02-24-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,643
Posted By mdarnton

I bought a couple on Ebay for 6 bucks each and...

I bought a couple on Ebay for 6 bucks each and they're fine. The type with what looks like a red domed jewel between the buttons below the screen.
02-17-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,817
Posted By mdarnton

25 bucks. Looked at pix on Ebay to find a shape...

25 bucks. Looked at pix on Ebay to find a shape that from experience I know works, zeroed in on a discontinued seat being blown out, read reviews of it, bought that seat, am happy. I guess my butt...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,361
Posted By mdarnton

Ha! The scourge of my own field: people who've...

Ha! The scourge of my own field: people who've read all of the literature and done none of the work posing as experts, and the people who worship them.
02-12-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,982
Posted By mdarnton

I have a pair of lightly-insulated hiking boots....

I have a pair of lightly-insulated hiking boots. When it's really cold, it's those and wool socks. Well, actually it's wool socks 365*. Generally I find that if I keep my core warm enough my fingers...
02-12-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 567
Posted By mdarnton

Riding John Malkovich.

Riding John Malkovich.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,749
Posted By mdarnton

I weigh 170 and was running 28s at 75 front, 65...

I weigh 170 and was running 28s at 75 front, 65 rear all last summer, no problem. That's for big-city street. Previously I ran 90, but the new plan rides a LOT smoother!
01-29-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,796
Posted By mdarnton

Get a reasonable size dry bag, put your rags in...

Get a reasonable size dry bag, put your rags in it with some soap and water, and strap it on you bike's rear rack when you ride. Make your bike do its own laundry!
01-17-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,320
Posted By mdarnton

As a rider I feel an obligation not to do...

As a rider I feel an obligation not to do anything sudden and unexpected and have hit potholes to avoid swerving into tight traffic.

It's too easy to get into a mindset where one's first response...
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,561
Posted By mdarnton

it is certainly true that some disgraced...

it is certainly true that some disgraced politicians have been telling many lies about my town recently.
https://www.smartertravel.com/wanna-travel-safe-worlds-20-safest-cities/
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,561
Posted By mdarnton

You want to talk about being functional: I'm all...

You want to talk about being functional: I'm all about not getting killed as job #1. I'll consider a recumbent if someone make one that puts me up where people on side streets can see me coming....
01-12-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 671
Posted By mdarnton

I have two identical Zefal dial gauges, one a...

I have two identical Zefal dial gauges, one a couple of weeks old and one that's 15-20 years old. I got the new one because I was getting a new bike and wanted a new, accurate gauge. Surprise: they...
01-05-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,392
Posted By mdarnton

My most recent better bike was stolen some years...

My most recent better bike was stolen some years ago and I replaced it with a single speed that I didn't ride much. In April I started riding again. It went so well that I decided to get a better new...
01-05-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,065
Posted By mdarnton

After 60 years of skinny steel tubes and skinny...

After 60 years of skinny steel tubes and skinny tires, about three weeks ago I switched to fat aluminum tubes and wider tires against my will because that was what was available and I needed a new...
12-25-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By mdarnton

I haven't bike commuted in recent years but...

I haven't bike commuted in recent years but restarted when the plague hit for one weekly ride to work and back to pick up supplies (a permitted trip and I work safely at home most of the time) and I...
12-24-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,469
Posted By mdarnton

Why do you think it was lead paint? Old paints...

Why do you think it was lead paint? Old paints aren't lead paint just because they are old.

Re: the lead and mercury, asbestos, etc. We did a real good raising kids who are afraid of everything...
12-20-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,573
Posted By mdarnton

I've been riding the 20s and 30s last week in...

I've been riding the 20s and 30s last week in Chicago and made an interesting discovery. Usually I overdress, and take a layer off later when it has become unbearable. One day this week, thinking...
12-12-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,215
Posted By mdarnton

Mine is comparable in utility to a six-pack of...

Mine is comparable in utility to a six-pack of Budweiser's position in the beer world: cost me six bucks, tells me the speed, how far I've gone, and the time. Doesn't do much else, and I don't need...
12-12-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,541
Posted By mdarnton

I've had knee problems in the past and my knees...

I've had knee problems in the past and my knees feel better with fuller extension. I have noticed that at the extreme high end of adjustment, (which is where I like to ride) small distances matter a...
12-11-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,440
Posted By mdarnton

This reminds me of a blog I followed about five...

This reminds me of a blog I followed about five years ago of a young guy (late college age) who crossed the US from East to West on a fixie, self-supported and alone. He vowed to himself when he...
12-10-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,603
Posted By mdarnton

I have quite a few allergies, all over the map,...

I have quite a few allergies, all over the map, and I'd be very disappointed if my low point were to be taken as a standard for everyone else's safety. That's just not a reasonable position to take....
12-07-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,695
Posted By mdarnton

Which is why when I am out riding I wear a mask...

Which is why when I am out riding I wear a mask AND I find streets where I don't have to follow other people on bikes. It really isn't any more of an infringement on my freedom than washing my hands...
12-07-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,968
Posted By mdarnton

This is all just opinions, of course. My opinion...

This is all just opinions, of course. My opinion is that this would have been a relatively easy-to-solve problem if humans could act like responsible adults. This crisis has proven that an...
12-07-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,603
Posted By mdarnton

As much as you can say that, in opposition I will...

As much as you can say that, in opposition I will say that one of the things that took me a while to figure out is how there's a very large group of people out there whose whole identity is based on...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 32,784
Posted By mdarnton

35 years ago I was there. I've had my own shop...

35 years ago I was there. I've had my own shop for quite some time now.
12-04-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,962
Posted By mdarnton

Regarding the behavior of people on bike paths, I...

Regarding the behavior of people on bike paths, I will say that I tend to avoid any place that I might run into other bikers, especially when I will be squeezed into a narrow lane with them. Bad...
11-30-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,826
Posted By mdarnton

Cramping is a sign of dehydration. I was on a two...

Cramping is a sign of dehydration. I was on a two hour ride the other day and about 1:15 in started to get the hint of a leg cramp. After about 10 minutes it was getting worse, so I stopped and drank...
11-28-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 41,236
Posted By mdarnton

I drove my father to his cardiologist appointment...

I drove my father to his cardiologist appointment once, and my mom wanted me to ask a question:
Q/ My mom is worried because my dad goes out with a lawn chair to rake leaves. He rakes until he is...
11-28-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 18,797
Posted By mdarnton

After a couple of hip operation limited his...

After a couple of hip operation limited his movement, in his early 80s, my father finally abandoned his Schwinn LeTour for my mother's pink and white single speed half-ton girly bike for his daily 20...
11-26-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,003
Posted By mdarnton

1/ the feeling of getting somewhere fast with...

1/ the feeling of getting somewhere fast with minimum effort and expense
2/ saving two bucks on the bus each way--$4 a day, $20 a week. . . $80+ a month!! $1000 a year!!!

In Covid times:
Being...
11-26-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,471
Posted By mdarnton

Over the last 50 years I have spent the following...

Over the last 50 years I have spent the following on bikes: $300 (1970), $175 (1990). $125 (2000), $200 (2015). As the years passed, the dollar fell out from under me, so my basic trend has been...
11-26-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 706
Posted By mdarnton

On violin edges, as protection against careless...

On violin edges, as protection against careless bowing and hand sweat, we use clear Con-Tact paper (plastic) brand shelf liner. It is thick and soft and bends or stretches easily to fit odd shapes....
11-24-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,739
Posted By mdarnton

I recently discovered a whole new category of...

I recently discovered a whole new category of biking sunglasses. Safety glasses. They are wraparound with minimal frames that are adjustable in several ways, come in various tints, and are dirt...
11-18-20, 10:20 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,499
Posted By mdarnton

Some people swing a leg over second??? Don't you...

Some people swing a leg over second??? Don't you just end up on the other side?
:-)
11-16-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,312
Posted By mdarnton

I don't mind the wind too much, but always pick...

I don't mind the wind too much, but always pick my route so I start fighting it, and can coast home. I don't have enough posts to post a link, so I'm going to say this: earth nullschool net. I go...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-16-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 868
Posted By mdarnton

I have to ride in only downtown Chicago, so my...

I have to ride in only downtown Chicago, so my ride is a constant situation like you have to deal with once on your trip. I THINK you are wrong about Illinois: in every situation, car rules apply.*...
11-15-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,721
Posted By mdarnton

I'll probably get booed off the forum now, for...

I'll probably get booed off the forum now, for the story of destruction I"m about to tell, but when my wife and I got married in the summer of 1970 my parents bought us bikes-- a 23.5 International...
11-14-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,036
Posted By mdarnton

Mixte bikes were a solution for small people,...

Mixte bikes were a solution for small people, back when the only option in a road bike under 21.5" was to go to 24" wheels and I think that most of what you are going to find will be on the small...
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