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07-20-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

I see it as part of the appeal of the sport. ...

I see it as part of the appeal of the sport.

Those 5 seconds will be debated in bars and bike shops for the next 20 years.
07-20-10, 10:55 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

No. I was just pointing out to AnthonyG that...

No.

I was just pointing out to AnthonyG that AC gained additional time on the descent, because he had a group that was working with him. AS did not. That's all.
07-20-10, 09:15 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

I wouldn't call AC a "loser". He really is a...

I wouldn't call AC a "loser". He really is a champion, and a great cyclist.

But his attack yesterday will forever be a black mark on his career. A few seconds of respect for the yellow jersey...
07-20-10, 08:53 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

AC was descending with Sanchez and Menchov....

AC was descending with Sanchez and Menchov. Sitting in 3rd and 4th on GC, those two had every reason to attack all the way down the mountain. And Sanchez is one of the best descenders in the...
07-20-10, 08:30 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

Please buy a Clue, because you are simply wrong. ...

Please buy a Clue, because you are simply wrong.

Vino was the one responding to the attack by AS. And Vino saw what happened to Andy's chain, and sat down.

AC blasted by as AS was looking at...
07-19-10, 04:53 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

That video also shows how much of a gap Schleck's...

That video also shows how much of a gap Schleck's attack was putting into Contador. It looked like the decisive move, and like Contador was not going to be able to respond. It was only after...
07-19-10, 04:27 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,046
Posted By SSP

Neither was in yellow at that time, so the...

Neither was in yellow at that time, so the "rules" were different in stage 3 than they were today.

It's about respecting the yellow jersey...and earning the right to wear it in a sporting...
07-19-10, 04:12 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

No...if they had slowed down, riders behind (5,...

No...if they had slowed down, riders behind (5, 6, 7, etc.) would not have passed them. Those riders were already further back...and they would have respected the gesture too.

If the Contador...
07-19-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

Because if Contador had told them to slow down,...

Because if Contador had told them to slow down, they would have. As a two-time winner, he has a reputation, and power within the peloton.

Slowing the group down to wait for a fallen rider is part...
07-19-10, 03:36 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

Contador should be blamed because he "earned" his...

Contador should be blamed because he "earned" his yellow jersey by attacking a mechanical.

It's considered a less than sporting move by many fans...and unworthy of a true champion.

If...
07-19-10, 11:02 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,046
Posted By SSP

If Contador had said anything, the other two...

If Contador had said anything, the other two would have slowed. All three knew what they were doing.
07-19-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

Armstrong waited for Ullrich.

Armstrong waited for Ullrich.
07-19-10, 10:58 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

It's about the yellow jersey. Schleck, in...

It's about the yellow jersey. Schleck, in yellow, was riding strongly and aggressively. He was just then attacking, and putting the hurt on Contador and the others.

To deliberately attack the...
07-19-10, 10:30 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 8,913
Posted By SSP

Schleck was launching an attack that appeared to...

Schleck was launching an attack that appeared to be opening a gap on Contador. Attacking when he drops his chain under those circumstances is definitely not sporting. If it had occurred behind, oh...
12-05-09, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By SSP

Shasta Lake City Council Rejects CalTrans Grant Money for Bicycling

Sheesh...two short-sighted city council members voted against the city of Shasta Lake from applying for $220,000 in CalTrans grants for bicycling infrastructure improvement projects...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-09, 08:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By SSP

I've heard that the semi-vertical dropouts on the...

I've heard that the semi-vertical dropouts on the Cross Check make rear wheel changes more of a hassle than standard, vertical dropouts.
Forum: Commuting
11-09-09, 01:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,211
Posted By SSP

After using SMP 28's for two years (about 5000...

After using SMP 28's for two years (about 5000 miles), I recently switched to 25's.

I had expected the 25's to be a bit harsher, but I've found just the opposite...they actually seem to ride...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-09, 09:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,581
Posted By SSP

Have you reported the problem intersection to the...

Have you reported the problem intersection to the local authorities? It's my understanding that sensors can be adjusted to better detect bikes...perhaps a complaint to local traffic control would...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-09, 12:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,581
Posted By SSP

Yeah...I know. I know how to position properly...

Yeah...I know. I know how to position properly for in-ground sensors, but still they don't always work. And the photo sensors are even more problematic - some only work at certain times of day...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,581
Posted By SSP

Rare earth magnets? Detailed positioning...

Rare earth magnets? Detailed positioning instructions? Laying the bike over???

That's all too much bother for me...if a light won't respond in a reasonable amount of time (i.e,. the amount of...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-09, 06:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,882
Posted By SSP

Realistically? Probably not that much. I'm...

Realistically? Probably not that much. I'm pretty sure that the 400 is just two 140's mounted inside the same case. And both are very bright.


Besides the extra lumens in the 400:

a) it's...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-09, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,121
Posted By SSP

Surly LHT - Kickstand?

I recently completed a Surly LHT upgrade project that included new shifters, a new rack, and a new Surly LHT frame (in the "Truckaccino" color scheme).

But I'm having a problem with my kickstand. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,882
Posted By SSP

I'm starting my third winter with DiNotte...

I'm starting my third winter with DiNotte lighting. I started with just a 600L headlight and PBSF tail light. Later I added a 140L taillight. Then I purchased a 400L headlight on sale (omitting...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-09, 05:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,882
Posted By SSP

But there is for ruggedness, lighting modes,...

But there is for ruggedness, lighting modes, waterproof performance, reliability, and customer support.

DiNotte (http://www.dinottelighting.com/) FTW.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-09, 08:44 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,706
Posted By SSP

So you're like the Style Dick then? For...

So you're like the Style Dick then?

For $7-10 an ANSI Class II vest greatly increases one's visbility at night, and in low-light situations. They're cheap insurance for those who choose to use...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-09, 08:34 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,706
Posted By SSP

I wouldn't necessarily use a high-viz vest on...

I wouldn't necessarily use a high-viz vest on that route, but it couldn't hurt.

I'd be more likely to wear brighter clothing than a vest (which I usually limit to night/dusk/fog/rain). The two...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-09, 07:21 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,706
Posted By SSP

Wow...1000 miles solo. You da Man! :rolleyes: ...

Wow...1000 miles solo. You da Man! :rolleyes:

As for the pissing contest, perhaps it was your denigrating comment about "Scaredy Cat the Commuter Clown suit". Or, perhaps you just present as an...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-09, 05:19 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,706
Posted By SSP

Even some motorcycle riders have started wearing...

Even some motorcycle riders have started wearing reflective stripes on their jackets. From my experience, as a driver, those make it easier to quickly determine that the red light up ahead is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-09, 10:45 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,353
Posted By SSP

You don't know what you don't know. As a...

You don't know what you don't know.


As a daily commuter, my mirror allows me to ride more assertively on narrow roadways. By being able to constantly monitor overtaking traffic, I can control...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-09, 10:20 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,706
Posted By SSP

Absolutely - that color practically glows under...

Absolutely - that color practically glows under those conditions, and is eye-catching from hundred of meters away.
09-28-09, 02:00 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,182
Posted By SSP

re: post-exercise metabolism: ...

re: post-exercise metabolism:

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/a/rmr.htm
"Endurance Exercise: Exercise of the intensity and duration commonly performed by recreational...
09-28-09, 11:17 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,182
Posted By SSP

It doesn't matter the intensity...for weight...

It doesn't matter the intensity...for weight loss, what's important is total calories burned.

For instance, if I went out and ran at a brisk pace, I might be burning 800 calories per hour. But...
09-28-09, 10:32 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,182
Posted By SSP

You're both right... a) It's incredibly easy...

You're both right...

a) It's incredibly easy to overeat, and gain weight, no matter how much you exercise.

b) But, it's also true that most successful long-term weight loss includes an exercise...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-09, 11:19 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 11,984
Posted By SSP

Interesting...I could do that because I park the...

Interesting...I could do that because I park the bike in the garage. But I've been under the impression that it's better for battery life to nearly fully discharge them before recharging. A couple...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-09, 06:45 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 11,984
Posted By SSP

I use DiNotte's Li-ion batteries, and have been...

I use DiNotte's Li-ion batteries, and have been very satisfied. My setup includes:


One charger at home, and one at the office
A 600L headlight and 400L taillight that runs off of one 4-cell...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-09, 12:45 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 11,984
Posted By SSP

Why the PBSF on your panniers, instead of on your...

Why the PBSF on your panniers, instead of on your rack? Aiming of LED lights is critical for their effectiveness. I've seen plenty of examples of decent lights not doing a good job because they...
09-23-09, 10:55 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,182
Posted By SSP

Last Saturday, I raced in a USA...

Last Saturday, I raced in a USA Cycling-sanctioned 54 mile road race. I chose to enter the "open" Cat 4/5 race, competing against competitors as young as 23 (I'm 56).

I finished 25th out of 50...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-09, 07:06 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 11,984
Posted By SSP

Yeah...I think the 400 is just 2 200's mounted...

Yeah...I think the 400 is just 2 200's mounted together.

I really like it mounted on my helmet, because I can aim it where I want to, rather than where the bike is pointing. It's especially...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 11,984
Posted By SSP

Since you already have the 200L, you can save...

Since you already have the 200L, you can save some money by omitting the charger (though it can be handy to have one charger at work and another at home).

Also, if you plan on mounting both the...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-09, 03:54 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 11,984
Posted By SSP

Having moved to modern LED lighting systems two...

Having moved to modern LED lighting systems two years ago, I would never consider going back to HID's.

LED's are more durable, last longer, draw less power, and permit "flashing mode". Plus, the...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-09, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 967
Posted By SSP

I'm a big fan of the Greenfield Stabilizer...

I'm a big fan of the Greenfield Stabilizer rear-mounted kickstand (http://www.amazon.com/Greenfield-Stabilizer-Mount-Alloy-Kickstand/dp/B000AOA434/ref=pd_bxgy_sg_text_b). It's much more stable when...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-09, 12:56 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 11,119
Posted By SSP

I suspect your location may help to reduce the...

I suspect your location may help to reduce the effectiveness of a mirror...it sounds like your rural roads are wider than up north, and also because you have a strong cycling culture there in Santa...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-09, 11:55 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 11,119
Posted By SSP

We're saying it's easier with the mirror, and...

We're saying it's easier with the mirror, and arguably safer, because it's easier to continuously monitor overtaking traffic.

On the other hand, ears and eyes, sans mirror, have been used for 100...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-09, 10:52 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 11,119
Posted By SSP

You make an excellent point...especially about a...

You make an excellent point...especially about a properly adjusted mirror being like having eyes in the back of your head.

Some of my riding involves similar rural mountain roads, with no...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-09, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 706
Posted By SSP

Well, it was posted on youtube on August 10th, so...

Well, it was posted on youtube on August 10th, so it's not like it's that old.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-09, 12:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 706
Posted By SSP

Well, it made me laugh so hard this morning I...

Well, it made me laugh so hard this morning I nearly fell out of my chair. And I'd not seen the link posted previously (I scanned the first couple of pages of this forum to see if it had previously...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-09, 12:13 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 11,119
Posted By SSP

Here's how mine helps, and how I ride differently...

Here's how mine helps, and how I ride differently with the mirror.

If I'm on a narrow road, and see that an overtaking vehicle is not moving over enough to give me room, I move my bike LEFT in...
09-04-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 501
Posted By SSP

Unable to post Youtube Links

BF is garbling youtube links.

For instance:

***********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYrqVbsX85c&feature=related

What's up with that?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-09, 11:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 706
Posted By SSP

Funniest Bike-Related Youtube Video Ever!

Guaranteed - "Performance (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS321US321&num=50&ei=gVWhSvnvEIb6sQO8trmNDw&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=performance+mc+spandx&spell=1)" by MC...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-09, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By SSP

DC Bike Shelters - on NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112449158&ps=cprs

Interesting story from this morning's Morning Edition, about a project to install bike lockers at the main train station in...
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