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09-06-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,483
Posted By KevinF

The Mt. Greylock Century in Western Massachusetts...

The Mt. Greylock Century in Western Massachusetts is 100 miles, 10,000 feet of climbing. I've done that twice.

The King's Tour of the Quabbin century in central Mass is 7500 feet of climbing in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,271
Posted By KevinF

Living in Massachusetts I've done various Autumn...

Living in Massachusetts I've done various Autumn rides where the temp was in the 20's. If you're dressed to be warm on the descents you'll be roasting on the ensuing climb and if you're comfortable...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,812
Posted By KevinF

I live in Massachusetts where mask wearing is...

I live in Massachusetts where mask wearing is "mandated" for going into any store. If I'm going for a ride where stopping for a bottle refill is probable (anything over 30 miles or so) -- then yeah,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,571
Posted By KevinF

I have a Calfee Tetra that I got back in 2004, so...

I have a Calfee Tetra that I got back in 2004, so it's going on 16 years now?

I've changed the gearing and wheels on it twice now I think? It started life with 10-speed Campy and it's 11-speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,117
Posted By KevinF

There's a website: ...

There's a website: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/ that purports to show the rolling resistance and other parameters of various tires. You can easily compare any two or three sets of...
07-01-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By KevinF

So it worked great until you replaced the chain? ...

So it worked great until you replaced the chain? If you were getting aggressive with your derailleur cleaning you could have bent the derailleur hanger (i.e, the thing that the derailleur itself is...
07-01-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By KevinF

So it sounds like the chain moves over the...

So it sounds like the chain moves over the cassette without really engaging it? That sounds like the chain and the cassette are worn differently; i.e,. chains "stretch", and once they exceed a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,897
Posted By KevinF

I used to use chamois cream only on "longer"...

I used to use chamois cream only on "longer" rides, but over time I've started using it more and more. I've been using it on basically every ride now. I use Chamois Butt'r, simply because it's...
06-22-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By KevinF

Yeah, that sharp thing sticking out of the...

Yeah, that sharp thing sticking out of the crankarm is physically part of the right side crankarm. Or at least it used to be...

How did you manage that???
06-19-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By KevinF

I just rotate the new link to the top half,...

I just rotate the new link to the top half, squeeze the brake levers (so the bike doesn't move) and stand on one pedal. The link should click into place immediately.
06-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 909
Posted By KevinF

So I wound up pulling the left-side crank arm out...

So I wound up pulling the left-side crank arm out and verified that the stopper plate would drop "standalone".

Put it back together on the bike and the plate just dropped right in. As August West...
06-17-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 909
Posted By KevinF

Hollowtech stopper plate not dropping

I installed an Ultegra 11-speed Hollowtech crank arm today. The left side crank arm has a stopper plate -- i.e., there's a little plastic piece that you're supposed to push into place.

The...
Forum: Northeast
06-03-20, 05:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By KevinF

Go to Fit Werx -- https://fitwerx.com/. Do not...

Go to Fit Werx -- https://fitwerx.com/. Do not pass go. Do not bother going to see anybody else.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,341
Posted By KevinF

18 months? How much are you riding?

18 months? How much are you riding?
Forum: Foo
05-19-18, 02:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,197
Posted By KevinF

I was disheartened to see the first post -- megs...

I was disheartened to see the first post -- megs of memory? GHz CPUs?

I have fond memories of hand-coding assembly code to make things fit into limited memory, counting clock cycles to get things...
07-06-17, 03:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,826
Posted By KevinF

Are you cleaning / lubricating your chain...

Are you cleaning / lubricating your chain periodically?

Regardless of how clean you keep a chain, they will wear out. Worn chains in turn wear down cassettes. If you replace the chain before...
Forum: Northeast
06-27-17, 04:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,535
Posted By KevinF

Were you the only spectator for the race this...

Were you the only spectator for the race this year? I seriously didn't see any people (other than the racers obviously) in your videos.

Cool angles on some of your shots though.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-17, 03:07 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 12,813
Posted By KevinF

Yeah... While the "F" in my handle is my last...

Yeah... While the "F" in my handle is my last initial, my last name is most certainly not "Follen". :D
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-17, 02:38 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 12,813
Posted By KevinF

Guess that shows how much I know about using...

Guess that shows how much I know about using Strava. :) (Or know about the local race scene around here...).
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-17, 02:09 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 12,813
Posted By KevinF

One of the more popular segments around me is Oak...

One of the more popular segments around me is Oak Hill Road (https://www.strava.com/segments/636988) (or at least one of the more popular segments that I regularly ride). It's not steep, but it's...
06-26-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,256
Posted By KevinF

My saddlebag contains: One patch kit...

My saddlebag contains:


One patch kit (that in all my years of riding, I have never ever used). I haven't looked at it in so long the glue is probably dried up.
Two inner tubes
Three...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-17, 12:58 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 12,813
Posted By KevinF

Regarding the "short segments" thing... I have a...

Regarding the "short segments" thing... I have a Strava account only to keep track of what various friends are up to.

My commute to work is 17 miles and from looking on Strava, I apparently go...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-17, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,926
Posted By KevinF

My shoes (some Sidi model) are about 12 years old...

My shoes (some Sidi model) are about 12 years old now. One of the Velcro straps occasionally undoes itself but otherwise they're fine. They're kinda scuffed up. They don't see a lot of rain, but...
06-22-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,393
Posted By KevinF

The phrase "first world problems" is coming to...

The phrase "first world problems" is coming to mind when reading this thread...
06-21-17, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 743
Posted By KevinF

The short answer is that 11-speed cassettes won't...

The short answer is that 11-speed cassettes won't fit on 9 speed hubs.
06-20-17, 02:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,806
Posted By KevinF

I rode over Going to the Sun Highway many years...

I rode over Going to the Sun Highway many years ago.

Back in the day, cyclists could start before the park gates officially opened (i.e,. you could ride in the dark if you were so inclined). The...
06-20-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,895
Posted By KevinF

My second-hand experience with "getting...

My second-hand experience with "getting sponsored" is related to skiing (I'm nowhere nearly a good enough skier for anybody to consider sponsoring me, but I know various people who have pulled it...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-17, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,735
Posted By KevinF

As others have stated, I've had my bikes messed...

As others have stated, I've had my bikes messed up by shop mechanics too often so I learned to simply do all my own maintenance. I don't remember the last time I took a bike into the shop. The...
06-19-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By KevinF

Ok, looks like you called it. :thumb: I had...

Ok, looks like you called it. :thumb:

I had to back out the barrel adjuster farther than I thought I would, but it seems to be working now. Thanks for the feedback. I guess I'm surprised all...
06-19-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By KevinF

The shiftmate docs indicated that the Shimano...

The shiftmate docs indicated that the Shimano shifter + Campy derailleur combo requires that the cable enter the "small" pulley groove. I assumed that referred to the smaller-in-diameter pulley? ...
06-19-17, 03:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By KevinF

It's possible that it's really taken two clicks...

It's possible that it's really taken two clicks to get out of the first gear... I had discounted that as a possibility because it is able to reach the 25 cog, but maybe, as you suggested, there's...
06-19-17, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By KevinF

I'll try tweaking the limit screw, but this...

I'll try tweaking the limit screw, but this bike's previous configuration was "full Campy" (i.e., Campy shifter, Campy derailleur, etc.) and it was working perfectly then. Campy shifters aren't as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-17, 07:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,154
Posted By KevinF

Well, your injuries put mine to shame... I'm in...

Well, your injuries put mine to shame... I'm in my mid-40s and I sustained a fractured shoulder from a skiing accident in early March 2016. I was in full immobilization until early April and that's...
06-19-17, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By KevinF

One gear is skipped on rear derailleur with a shiftmate

I have something of a hybrid configuration; an 11-25 cassette with a Campy rear derailleur, Shimano 105 shifters and a Jtek shiftmate (http://www.jtekengineering.com/shiftmate/shiftmate-3/). All...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-17, 02:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,331
Posted By KevinF

I spray some degreaser (Simple Green or whatever...

I spray some degreaser (Simple Green or whatever I find at Home Depot when I run out) onto a rag, scrub the chain, scrub the cassette and chainrings to get the worst gunk off. Dry it, put on lube...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-17, 01:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,409
Posted By KevinF

One has gone out of business (or been moved or...

One has gone out of business (or been moved or renamed or something), but it was Paul Fabish Sports out of Connecticut. He ran a coaching / fitting shop, although he was happy to sell you a new bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-17, 01:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,409
Posted By KevinF

I've had two "real" bike fits over the years. ...

I've had two "real" bike fits over the years. Both were from shops that more-or-less specialize in bike fitting. i.e., they'll happily sell you stuff, but fittings is what they do. I'm in the...
06-12-17, 01:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,920
Posted By KevinF

I have rarely laughed so hard. Hope your...

I have rarely laughed so hard. Hope your injuries heal fast!
06-12-17, 12:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,588
Posted By KevinF

Any suggestion regarding moving the saddle to...

Any suggestion regarding moving the saddle to accommodate reach is insane; you position the saddle so that your legs are able to deliver maximum power to the pedals. You move the handlebars (via the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-17, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By KevinF

As I said above, chain maintenance is a religious...

As I said above, chain maintenance is a religious debate. I'm not familiar with KMC chains as I always use SRAM chains. SRAM chains feel sticky when new as well. According to reps from Campagnolo,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By KevinF

Chain maintenance is one of those religious...

Chain maintenance is one of those religious topics; i.e., the "correct" way to clean a chain, the "correct" lubricant to use, the "correct" frequency to clean the chain, etc.

I'm convinced that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-17, 07:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By KevinF

Are you using the Park Tool chain measuring...

Are you using the Park Tool chain measuring gadget or a ruler? I've seen the Park Tool chain measuring gadget indicate that chains are seriously worn when a ruler indicates that it's just fine.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-17, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,756
Posted By KevinF

Low limit only changes how far in the derailleur...

Low limit only changes how far in the derailleur can go; i.e., if the chain falls off to the inside, it's the low limit.

Likewise, since it's falling off to the outside, it's usually the high...
Forum: Touring
06-02-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,259
Posted By KevinF

As mentioned before, massive tailwinds are a good...

As mentioned before, massive tailwinds are a good reason for high gears.

If you're on a road that's following a river downstream -- you can easily be pushing a big gear for a long time.

I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,891
Posted By KevinF

I realize this is blasphemy around these parts,...

I realize this is blasphemy around these parts, but Continental tires. They've either been flat magnets or they roll like crap (*cough* Gatorskins). I will never put another Conti tire on my bike....
Forum: Touring
05-31-17, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,258
Posted By KevinF

How handy are you with basic maintenance? I...

How handy are you with basic maintenance? I wouldn't assume the various gear / brake cables are adjusted properly. Those are the easy things to adjust... Making sure the various "parts" (cassette,...
05-31-17, 04:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,210
Posted By KevinF

The rear derailleur needs to take up the slack in...

The rear derailleur needs to take up the slack in the chain. The chain is sized to work on the big / big combo, which leaves a lot of slack when you're in the smallest chainring. You need a...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-17, 11:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,791
Posted By KevinF

Always wear some form of eye protection when...

Always wear some form of eye protection when you're riding! The wrap-around "sport style" sunglasses are nice if you have some high-speed descents or if the wind makes your eyes tear up, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-17, 09:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By KevinF

Motivation... Let's see. Riding gets me into...

Motivation... Let's see. Riding gets me into work. Riding helps me lose the winter 10 pounds I invariably put on. Riding keeps my legs in shape for ski season. Riding keeps my yearly doctor...
05-16-17, 01:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,335
Posted By KevinF

I never raced, but I remember started riding "for...

I never raced, but I remember started riding "for real" back in the '90s in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. My first bike was a 52x42 with a 12x25 seven speed cassette, downtube shifters.
...
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