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10-16-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By merlinextraligh

Itís definitely homemade. they made a...

Itís definitely homemade.

they made a Schwann twin and it looks nothing like this.

no reason youíd design a bike with the orphan head tube in the back.

Someone did some
cosmetically nice...
10-06-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,851
Posted By merlinextraligh

Very cool. Thanks for sharing

Very cool. Thanks for sharing
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,407
Posted By merlinextraligh

Sear Sucker works for us. And the bike is worth...

Sear Sucker works for us. And the bike is worth more than the car...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By merlinextraligh

Havenít checked it on the computer, but it went...

Havenít checked it on the computer, but it went from 40% charge to dead as a door nail, and it works fine when I switched out the battery. So pretty sure itís a battery failure.

it does appear to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By merlinextraligh

Di2 battery failure

The Di2 on our gravel tandem just stopped working dead as a door nail. It wouldnít shift, wouldnít link to Garmin; wouldnít display any lights on the junction box; wouldnít charge, or even register...
08-17-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,177
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’re still using the original Pads that came...

We’re still using the original Pads that came from Hope.

the rotors are Shmino XT 203’s
08-16-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,085
Posted By merlinextraligh

Most torque specs on a bike are maximum specs,...

Most torque specs on a bike are maximum specs, i.e. not tighter or you risk breaking something. Virtually nothing on a bike require you to to hit a precise range.

Somfor the fast majority of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,145
Posted By merlinextraligh

Does anyone on this forum know Larry? Know anyone...

Does anyone on this forum know Larry? Know anyone who knows Larry within 6 degrees of separation. In close to 20:years on BF, Iíve seen my share of trolls. I have to give Larry some cred however on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,617
Posted By merlinextraligh

The same physics that cause a tubed tire to...

The same physics that cause a tubed tire to compress enough to pinch a tube against the rim, compress a tubeless tire against the rim sufficient to cause rim damage and/ or the bead to separate...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 04:24 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,617
Posted By merlinextraligh

but rim damage, and burping still are

but rim damage, and burping still are
08-03-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,813
Posted By merlinextraligh

So the interesting thing would be if the posters...

So the interesting thing would be if the posters 9 years ago would come back, and update their take with 9 more years experience.
07-29-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,177
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’ve now had the chance to ride the bike in the...

We’ve now had the chance to ride the bike in the Appalachians in NC for the better part of a year. The descents are not hugely long, rarely more than 1500 foot drop, but often steep(15-20% grade)...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,353
Posted By merlinextraligh

itís a useful tool training to climb where you...

itís a useful tool training to climb where you donít have hills. As noted, climbing intrinsically requires you to put out a high level of power. Itís harder to keep that level up on flats. A power...
07-22-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,763
Posted By merlinextraligh

Philly, IMHO, you don’t need to stress this. I...

Philly,
IMHO, you don’t need to stress this. I appreciate the analysis here, and I think I even kind of follow it. My takeaway based on reading the thread, and now close to a decade of using gates...
07-07-21, 05:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,893
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iím not sure that math quite works. With 32mm...

Iím not sure that math quite works. With 32mm tires, 105 RPM in the 30/11 yields 23 mph according to gear calculator.com
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 980
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve definitely had tubes fail right at the valve...

Iíve definitely had tubes fail right at the valve stem. To the extent this may reduce that problem, it looks like a great idea.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 11,531
Posted By merlinextraligh

Larry, I think the only viable solution at this...

Larry, I think the only viable solution at this point is to dial it to 400 watts, and drope them all
06-28-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,693
Posted By merlinextraligh

we have 28 spoke DT Swiss 240 hubs that are 6...

we have 28 spoke DT Swiss 240 hubs that are 6 years old, over 20000 miles and yet to break a spoke. We have two sets of wheels, with 28 spoke White industry hubs, one of which is used for off road,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,765
Posted By merlinextraligh

3 answers, damp the vibration, change the...

3 answers, damp the vibration, change the frequency, and pedaling faster can do that, 3 and most
important, loosen up. Not only will staying loose help stop the vibration, youíre not going to crash...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,246
Posted By merlinextraligh

The effects of acclimating are not really all...

The effects of acclimating are not really all that big,

At 12000 feet above sea level the difference in power between acclimated and not is about 3%
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,246
Posted By merlinextraligh

Not at all. Just realize you wonít be able to...

Not at all. Just realize you wonít be able to acclimatize. However, the difference in FTP between acclimatized and not acclimatized is not that big.

Based on my personal experience, doing events...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,186
Posted By merlinextraligh

1) my bet looking at the pic is it will be ok; ...

1) my bet looking at the pic is it will be ok;
2) even if a single stay fails, it’s not likely to cause a catastrophic accident;
3) it’s not right and not what you paid for, so I spite of 1 and 2,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,246
Posted By merlinextraligh

Actually, the science on altitude acclimatization...

Actually, the science on altitude acclimatization indicates you want to either get to altitude a couple of weeks ahead, or if you canít do that ďhelicopterĒ in at the
last moment. Coming in a few...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,394
Posted By merlinextraligh

This is an unanswerable question. Rims have a...

This is an unanswerable question. Rims have a specíd dimension and a tolerance plus or minus that dimension. Tires have a dimension, with a tolerance plus or minus.

Rim manufacturers will tend to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 712
Posted By merlinextraligh

Seems to me it’s likely fork flex. Bigger rider,...

Seems to me it’s likely fork flex. Bigger rider, hard braking, flex in the fork will result in some flex that will be sort of a stuttering that’s consistent with what the OP describes.

Take away,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,784
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve used Look, Speedplay and SPDís. IMHO, for...

Iíve used Look, Speedplay and SPDís. IMHO, for racing crits, Speedplays are the clear winner. Theyíre faster easier to clip into.. With a 4 bolt shoe, the stack height and cornering angle are great....
05-13-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,186
Posted By merlinextraligh

I totally get buying coverage for health care,...

I totally get buying coverage for health care, medical, etc. Making sure you have what you need health care wise, and avoiding astronomical costs of a medical evacuation back to the US, falls in the...
05-13-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,186
Posted By merlinextraligh

Actually itís a really bad investment. Like any...

Actually itís a really bad investment. Like any insurance youíre transferring risk from yourself to the insurance company. Not being a eelemosynary institution,the insurance company gets paid to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 19,469
Posted By merlinextraligh

Botto?

Botto?
05-13-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,186
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, let me get this straight; they cancel your...

So, let me get this straight; they cancel your trip; move it to a date that wonít work for you, and your only remedy is to try to resell it to someone else.

Their terms of service may allow them...
05-13-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,065
Posted By merlinextraligh

Having sold 2 used Co-Motions recently, I think...

Having sold 2 used Co-Motions recently, I think that price is way high. They may get it, if they find the random buyer willing to pay it, particularly given the thin market for tandems, and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,328
Posted By merlinextraligh

Thanks, I was searching for the link

Thanks, I was searching for the link
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 19,469
Posted By merlinextraligh

Resurrecting my own zombie thread, I think the...

Resurrecting my own zombie thread, I think the decline of BF alluded to in 2016 was clearly real. On the positive side BF is still alive and kicking 5 years later.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,328
Posted By merlinextraligh

Cue the botto thread, so you want to go racing

Cue the botto thread, so you want to go racing
04-29-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,531
Posted By merlinextraligh

Find Botto’s post on here regarding starting...

Find Botto’s post on here regarding starting racing. rinse, repeat.
04-19-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,413
Posted By merlinextraligh

Porsche 911. Should be able to get on the...

Porsche 911.

Should be able to get on the gas early through apex, but watch the drop throttle oversteer.
04-06-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,162
Posted By merlinextraligh

Tires, chains, cassettes, like condoms, should...

Tires, chains, cassettes, like condoms, should not be bought used
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,797
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíve ridden both the Tour of Flanders, and the...

Iíve ridden both the Tour of Flanders, and the Paris Roubaix courses. The cobbles on Flanders are really not that big of pinch flat concern. Theyíre slippery and a bit bumpy but really not that...
04-01-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,186
Posted By merlinextraligh

Dan, if you want to try a supported tour...

Dan,

if you want to try a supported tour that still has some flexibility, you might look at Backroads. Typically Backroad trips offer multiple route options and lengths each day, with different...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,860
Posted By merlinextraligh

I am far from a Bikes Direct Basher. I own two BD...

I am far from a Bikes Direct Basher. I own two BD bikes, as well as a few more spendy bikes. However at 300 bucks, I think you’re going to be really challenged to find a decent road bike. If that’s a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,605
Posted By merlinextraligh

We haven’t had any issues with our Seasucker ...

We haven’t had any issues with our Seasucker


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Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iíd bet 2mm change in offset would be detectable...

Iíd bet 2mm change in offset would be detectable by many. Some people are more sensitive ( or picky) to changes. Other confounders such as the stiffness of the different forks, and possibly...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By merlinextraligh

+1. And 5mm will definitely affect handling. ...

+1. And 5mm will definitely affect handling.

If you’re happy with the bikes handling now, I’d stay with the same offset. You will add a tiny amount of trail by going from 23mm to 28 mm tires. So...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

Atlas Shrugged, even Ayn Rand would get...

Atlas Shrugged,

even Ayn Rand would get vaccinated.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

And if you want to wait till 2024, just...

And if you want to wait till 2024, just extrapolating
youíre looking at an additional 1.8 million people dead in the US from COVID alone. Throw in another few hundred thousand as the result of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

And if you want to wait till 2024, just...

And if you want to wait till 2024, just extrapolating
youíre looking at an additional 1.8 million people dead in the US from COVID alone. Throw in another few hundred thousand as the result of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

well thereís an easy one. You stated the MRNA...

well thereís an easy one. You stated the MRNA vaccines
have not been subject to trials. Both The Phizer and Moderna vaccines went through 3 stages of clinical trials, review by independent
medical...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

As for the clotting issue with the Astra Zeneca...

As for the clotting issue with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the EU has found no evidence of a link, the number of people who have died from clotting is in the one in a million range, and the shear...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

Then, please stay out of public spaces. No...

Then, please stay out of public spaces. No vaccine is 100% effective, and we donít know the efficacy against newly emergent variants. Add in the fact some people canít get vaccinated. So public...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,331
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’ll grant you no one knows for a certainty the...

I’ll grant you no one knows for a certainty the long term risks of Covid vaccines. As Economists are want joke in the long term we’re all dead. So if we want absolute certaint, we could study mRNA...
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