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Forum: Commuting
04-07-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 380
Posted By mdarnton

Count me among those recommending that you buy...

Count me among those recommending that you buy the cheapest POS to fill this position. I don't have any hills on my 6 mile commute so a $200 flip-flop single speed works fine.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 491
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...
04-02-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By mdarnton

The "compression mechanism"? You mean bolt? Not...

The "compression mechanism"? You mean bolt? Not long enough to engage?
The riser should have come with a longer bolt included, though some come with a shorter bolt at the bottom of a long hole that...
03-30-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 634
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, 08:12 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 54,737
Posted By mdarnton

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Martin Foden Special D. It would be an 0-30...
03-23-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
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: 1,415
Posted By mdarnton

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03-21-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
Posted By mdarnton

If it was set right before you did this it still...

If it was set right before you did this it still should be. It it was not, it still is not. You didn't break anything but you didn't fix anything, either.

The center screw is tension and the two...
03-21-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,437
Posted By mdarnton

Relatively minor and happened early on: the first...

Relatively minor and happened early on: the first and only time I tried to run up a curb with a 30-degree approach. I have no idea now how I could think that would work. It gave me a whole different...
Forum: Foo
03-21-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 368
Posted By mdarnton

Three cheers for the sled shovel. Invented and...

Three cheers for the sled shovel. Invented and still available in Michigan's UP as the Snow Scoop, I used one 40 years ago and it's the best. You don't lift the snow, ever: just tilt it back and run...
03-21-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By mdarnton

I bought a Chinese bike pump and it came with a...

I bought a Chinese bike pump and it came with a phone holder to frame-attach it. I have been using the holder for my phone. It's entirely cast of one piece of silicone rubber. Four stretchy corner...
03-21-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 479
Posted By mdarnton

5"9" ex 200# now 170, I can tell you that your...

5"9" ex 200# now 170, I can tell you that your locked in core is going to start pulling that stomach inward and you will like the results. I feel that muscle working all the time now off the bike...
03-21-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,725
Posted By mdarnton

I have an arthritic shoulder that I'm putting off...

I have an arthritic shoulder that I'm putting off having replaced, so essentially the same problem. I bought a Trek FX and the adjustable stem riser that deadgrandpa links to, but at the same time I...
03-19-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 778
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???
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 580
Posted By mdarnton

Man will never fly! Amiright, guys?

Man will never fly! Amiright, guys?
03-17-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
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...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,099
Posted By mdarnton

Count me among those who has been gradually...

Count me among those who has been gradually moving wider. But tire pressure and flexibility have a lot to do with the quality of the ride, too, if you feel restricted by your bike's tire clearance. I...
03-17-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,178
Posted By mdarnton

I would bet that the majority of riders in the...

I would bet that the majority of riders in the world prefer a comfortable, upright position. Those of you who are pimping for One Right Position as defined by racing rules might try telling that to...
03-17-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 354
Posted By mdarnton

I have a theory that a thicker tube loses air...

I have a theory that a thicker tube loses air more slowly, and one that is stretched thinner loses air more quickly. A larger tube in a smaller tire would end up thicker than a smaller tube in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,591
Posted By mdarnton

Re: sick tans. You mean sick as in skin cancer?...

Re: sick tans. You mean sick as in skin cancer? Tan is the enemy, man.
02-25-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,763
Posted By mdarnton

Regarding bars: I recently bought an FX 1 disc...

Regarding bars: I recently bought an FX 1 disc after debating between the Verve and FX models. The FX 1 has steel bars, and switching them out for aluminum was one thing I wanted to do immediately. I...
02-25-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,271
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: 7,271
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, 03:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,552
Posted By mdarnton

My bike with the Campy post was stolen about five...

My bike with the Campy post was stolen about five years ago, and I was incredibly frustrated by posts with clicks where my preferred adjustment was right between clicks until I got my new Trek, which...
02-24-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,634
Posted By mdarnton

The quest was for simple, time, speed, distance;...

The quest was for simple, time, speed, distance; GPS was an option, not an essential. For six bux you get simple.

My red dot model has proven to be accurate and reliable at what it is designed to...
02-24-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,552
Posted By mdarnton

My 1970 Campy post was two bolt.

My 1970 Campy post was two bolt.
02-24-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,634
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.
02-18-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,004
Posted By mdarnton

"Both" isn't in the poll. My field uses both and...

"Both" isn't in the poll. My field uses both and I'm comfy with either.
02-17-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,795
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...
02-16-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By mdarnton

I've been looking for a long skewer for a...

I've been looking for a long skewer for a skewer-mounted rack and couldn't easily find any for a spacing wider than 135 mm except for one Blackburn makes that's maximum 315 mm clamping space, minimum...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,324
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: 1,975
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, 06:10 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,738
Posted By mdarnton

I miswrote....higher pressure in the rear! Sorry....

I miswrote....higher pressure in the rear! Sorry.
Yup, big difference.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,738
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: 2,790
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!
01-28-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,146
Posted By mdarnton

I bought a 90 mm articulated stem to both raise...

I bought a 90 mm articulated stem to both raise the bars and bring them closer to me, then replaced the bars with butterfly bars. My specific problem is a shoulder issue that makes a long stretch...
01-23-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,913
Posted By mdarnton

It's all about wind for me. Raised in northern...

It's all about wind for me. Raised in northern Michigan, I can stay warm. I wear ski goggles below 30 degrees, a kn95 mask, neck gaiter and a watch cap under my helmet, so there's just a small...
01-23-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,146
Posted By mdarnton

I was looking for something similar and bought a...

I was looking for something similar and bought a Trek FX 1 disc. I like the position but not the bars and immediately replaced them. The rest of it is fine, though. I was buying cheap (Chicago urban...
01-19-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,709
Posted By mdarnton

At 72 I regularly get told I look in my 50s, but...

At 72 I regularly get told I look in my 50s, but it wasn't until I started riding again this summer (after more than a decade of not commuting as I had in the past) from Covid spare time and started...
01-19-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,072
Posted By mdarnton

You can't ride an hour (or a half, or fifteen...

You can't ride an hour (or a half, or fifteen minutes) and see how far you've come, calculate your average speed, and know which one is right????
01-19-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By mdarnton

What's the prob, guys? Sounds like the sealant...

What's the prob, guys?
Sounds like the sealant sealed your valve. Clean or replace the valve.
01-18-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 835
Posted By mdarnton

The woodworking equivalent of this is winding...

The woodworking equivalent of this is winding sticks. Very quick and accurate. That's a great idea!
Forum: Recumbent
01-18-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,511
Posted By mdarnton

I didn't notice that! I found another list of...

I didn't notice that! I found another list of safest American cities while looking for the one I used. Chicago was like #2 or #3, and Lincoln was #46 or so. I was pretty surprised. :-)

People have...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By mdarnton

A shoulder problem precludes drop bars for me but...

A shoulder problem precludes drop bars for me but I'm considering butterfly bars for my hybrid to get some more hand positions.
01-17-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,286
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...
01-17-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,313
Posted By mdarnton

72 years old in flat Chicago, only riding again...

72 years old in flat Chicago, only riding again since summer after a long layoff. In good weather with smooth tires I was mostly 48/16-18, but in the cold with knobby studs that has dropped to...
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,511
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/
01-16-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,343
Posted By mdarnton

I bought a new bike recently. I could have spent...

I bought a new bike recently. I could have spent anything I wanted, but when I started looking it became unclear what more money would get me that I needed, so when I pulled the trigger the only...
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,511
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....
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