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01-31-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 872
Posted By catgita

State highways, many of which go through cities...

State highways, many of which go through cities in california and tend to get neglected for people not in cars because the department considers that a local problem. PCH in Long Beach has lanes only...
12-04-18, 11:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 677
Posted By catgita

If you can manage it, hang the brake cable from...

If you can manage it, hang the brake cable from the fork crown rather than from the top. With the stiff cyclocross fork blades, you tend to get more deflection in the steer tube, which causes...
11-17-18, 07:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 909
Posted By catgita

If the bushings are getting loose, I believe the...

If the bushings are getting loose, I believe the Compass rebuild kit would make them better than new.
Compass rebuild kit for centerpull brakes...
11-12-18, 01:06 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,808
Posted By catgita

Let’s sum this up clearly, removing the outdated...

Let’s sum this up clearly, removing the outdated myths.
1. The length of the contact patch is determined almost exclusively by the tire pressure and the diameter of the wheel. The wheel diameter is...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-18, 12:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,374
Posted By catgita

It isn’t even clear if they used the same tire in...

It isn’t even clear if they used the same tire in all 3 sizes.
They don’t understand that the primary energy loss with decent tires is suspension losses, not tire deflection. That is a really dated...
11-11-18, 01:10 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,678
Posted By catgita

Yes. Mostly it seems like there is a cause for...

Yes. Mostly it seems like there is a cause for the feeling which I can eventually identify.
First big thing I figured out, at about age 48, was asthma. Had it all my life and didn’t know it. I...
10-27-18, 12:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,808
Posted By catgita

Leonard Zinn did several studies, as much as he...

Leonard Zinn did several studies, as much as he could afford himself, trying to show a performance benifit to proportional size cranks for tall riders. He could never tease anything out of it. Can...
10-25-18, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,808
Posted By catgita

That would make it an analogy. Which it isn’t....

That would make it an analogy. Which it isn’t. These are literally examples.

The point is, the longer and heavier the legs, the lower the cadence you would expect. If I were walking next to you, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-18, 11:55 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 5,698
Posted By catgita

Flashing should always be over a steady...

Flashing should always be over a steady illumination. On-Off is visually confusing, masking motion and distance. Ankle lights that flash mask the biomotion, defeating their purpose. Wheel lights and...
10-24-18, 11:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,808
Posted By catgita

Let’s hear from someone who has actually used...

Let’s hear from someone who has actually used proportionally sized cranks. There is way too much misinformation out there in the public consciousness. I am just a little guy: 6’6” 220 pounds. I ride...
09-22-18, 10:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,549
Posted By catgita

This isn’t your dad’s magnesium. It can be...

This isn’t your dad’s magnesium. It can be readily formed and welded. Two properties that are game changers.
09-04-18, 01:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By catgita

Agree, don’t change anything else. It puts you in...

Agree, don’t change anything else. It puts you in a bit of a superman position, but better to compromise the position you use occasionally under ideal conditions, rather than the positions you use...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By catgita

People seem to assume that if most people don’t...

People seem to assume that if most people don’t use a certain type of brake any more, there must be something wrong with it. Take center pull brakes for example. Between really prolific knockoffs...
08-19-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 946
Posted By catgita

Fascinating bike and story. His bike isn’t much...

Fascinating bike and story. His bike isn’t much bigger than mine but he runs shorter cranks. I wasn’t aware of the Da Vinci crank: nice design and reasonable cost.
Seems like he needs a different...
08-10-18, 10:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 879
Posted By catgita

Berto’s 15% rule was based on the crappy...

Berto’s 15% rule was based on the crappy clinchers available at the time, which did degrade performance at lower pressures. It was done with actual width, not the lies printed on the tire. Rim width...
08-04-18, 06:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,421
Posted By catgita

I don’t cycle in a proper city often enough to...

I don’t cycle in a proper city often enough to have a perspective, but my understanding is that before bike lanes, delivery vans, police, pickups and drop offs happened in the car lanes. So even...
08-04-18, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By catgita

I am rather skeptical of the 2020 date. There is...

I am rather skeptical of the 2020 date. There is a pretty big gap north of whittier where rail yards and stuff will make it an expensive and slow proposition. SGRT and ART are likely to be the...
08-04-18, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,101
Posted By catgita

Accurate. The data says sit. So they sits. It was...

Accurate. The data says sit. So they sits. It was cool though.
Forum: Framebuilders
08-02-18, 12:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By catgita

A bad decaleur can ruin your bikes handling. My...

A bad decaleur can ruin your bikes handling. My Custom Rando bike was a dream come true, with smooth and intuitive handling 99% of the time. But at higher speeds, it sort of buffeted randomly back...
08-01-18, 11:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,525
Posted By catgita

Hold this in reserve, but some time down the road...

Hold this in reserve, but some time down the road you may want to read up on crank length. Leonard Zinn has written about it extensively, and there are a number of good web sites that discuss having...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-18, 12:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,210
Posted By catgita

Long Beach is supposed to be bike friendly, but I...

Long Beach is supposed to be bike friendly, but I rarely see bike commuters on my routes from NE LB to the Signal Hill area. Occasionally I see someone on a purpose built bike. Sometimes a few times....
07-18-18, 11:59 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,228
Posted By catgita

The glue plugs the hole. The rubber is a strain...

The glue plugs the hole. The rubber is a strain relief so the hole does not pull open when inflated.
In other words, don’t worry too much about the patch. I like Rustines, sold by Velo Orange,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-18, 11:46 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 6,512
Posted By catgita

I was riding up the San Gabriel River trail one...

I was riding up the San Gabriel River trail one day on a recumbent bike. I was going about 21mph pretty steady as I caught and passed a guy on a hybrid, maybe doing 18mph. Apparently he thought I was...
Forum: Foo
07-18-18, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12,373
Views: 710,076
Posted By catgita

Replaced his toilet because the old one didn’t...

Replaced his toilet because the old one didn’t work for sh...
07-18-18, 11:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,877
Posted By catgita

Let me put it in visceral terms. A bad...

Let me put it in visceral terms.

A bad headset will make the bike handle poorly. You may not even know it is the headset, and may think the bike is just a bit off, misaligned, poorly designed or...
07-14-18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,810
Posted By catgita

This bike is a bit if a mongrel; I used whatever...

This bike is a bit if a mongrel; I used whatever part works for me with no other consideration, including cost. The monstercross frame was only $500, but it has 9.6.9 tubing, the thinnest I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-18, 12:19 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 20,025
Posted By catgita

6’6” (2m), 37” inseam. All of my bikes have 200mm...

6’6” (2m), 37” inseam. All of my bikes have 200mm cranks. Since the photo on the Black Mountain was taken, I have raised the saddle 2cm and lengthened the stem 2cm.
I built the wheels for all my...
07-11-18, 11:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,810
Posted By catgita

Their Midnight Special looks interesting. They...

Their Midnight Special looks interesting. They even make it with a 625mm top tube, which would work for me. But they use the same length chainstays on every size, which would bias too much weight on...
07-11-18, 11:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,782
Posted By catgita

I did a singlespeed from spare parts a couple...

I did a singlespeed from spare parts a couple years ago. It was a lot of fun to build, the simplicity was appealing, and it was nice and light (relatively speaking). Going in to the wind was a...
06-17-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,155
Posted By catgita

This isn’t so much about being “framed”. He may...

This isn’t so much about being “framed”. He may have been “exposed” in an organized crime fashion for gain. That is what is disturbing, where betting becomes yet another force which grinds up and...
06-17-18, 08:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By catgita

Seems like these days 36 hole tends to put you in...

Seems like these days 36 hole tends to put you in the touring hub realm. I use a Phill touring hub in the rear, but it is much pricier. It is increadably easy to service, seems very robust, but maybe...
06-17-18, 08:48 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 15,063
Posted By catgita

Yes 28mm is still pretty wide by today’s...

Yes 28mm is still pretty wide by today’s standard. Pro racing is mostly on 25mm, where in 1990 it was 19 or 21mm.
28mm is like a normal non-racing road bike size.

Perception is perception,...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-18, 08:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 814
Posted By catgita

I never had a creak the size of Boston, just a...

I never had a creak the size of Boston, just a small one that was not solvable. I finally concluded it was in the frame itself, where the seat tube was reduced in size at the top by pressing in a...
06-06-18, 09:55 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,467
Posted By catgita

6’6”, I almost exclusively ride custom to get a...

6’6”, I almost exclusively ride custom to get a long enough top tube. Frame size has no meaning, because you just raise the seatpost. But having a stem that is too long or too short does not ride...
Forum: Recumbent
06-06-18, 09:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,348
Posted By catgita

This is a common question, but it is totally...

This is a common question, but it is totally counterintuitive.

Don’t know about dogs, but reports from trike riders is almost universal that they are given a wide berth and they feel safer on a...
06-06-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By catgita

I went the opposite way, to a 200mm crank, which...

I went the opposite way, to a 200mm crank, which in relation to my height is equivalent to an average height male on a 165mm crank. My RPM dropped only for a week or so, then climbed back up to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-18, 12:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,774
Posted By catgita

For me, a new fork only needs about 3cm cut off....

For me, a new fork only needs about 3cm cut off. That is usually 1 spacer or cable hanger below, and two above. So I do it at my first yearly major service. In the past I have had a custom stem made...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-18, 06:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,413
Posted By catgita

I would look at the tubeset. Not the brand or...

I would look at the tubeset. Not the brand or number, but the diameter and wall thickness. When it comes to steel, smaller and thinner are better. They probably have nearly identical geometry.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,171
Posted By catgita

It has been known that it helps, but it works...

It has been known that it helps, but it works especially well on my hazards. I used to get flats about 3 times a month, half from these buggers, half from glass, but I guess there is a pressure...
06-01-18, 10:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,393
Posted By catgita

I have a Black Mountain Monstercross built up as...

I have a Black Mountain Monstercross built up as an allroad bike. I bought it as an experiment (it was cheap) but it is my favorite frameset ever. All my previous framesets were full custom, but the...
06-01-18, 10:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,393
Posted By catgita

I have a Black Mountain Monstercross built up as...

I have a Black Mountain Monstercross built up as an allroad bike. I bought it as an experiment (it was cheap) but it is my favorite frameset ever. All my previous framesets were full custom, but the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,650
Posted By catgita

I can see where someone might need different...

I can see where someone might need different wheels, especially people who race. Tubs for racing, clinchers for training, deep and shallow, trainer, rain. Also for people who may change between...
06-01-18, 09:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,559
Posted By catgita

I am not a big fan of the dual compound pads....

I am not a big fan of the dual compound pads. They wear at different rates under different conditions, and it seems like twice as many reasons to squeal. Well, not twice as many, because the causes...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-18, 10:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,171
Posted By catgita

Glass and the miniature goats heads we get here...

Glass and the miniature goats heads we get here used to be the bane of my existence, but since I switched to 42mm tires about 3 years ago, I have not had one flat. The only unreliable part on the...
05-25-18, 10:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 796
Posted By catgita

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This is much easier than before!
Forum: Foo
05-25-18, 10:51 PM
Replies: 12,373
Views: 710,076
Posted By catgita

Learned mixology at a vampire convention.

Learned mixology at a vampire convention.
05-23-18, 11:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By catgita

Most likely a brake cable problem. If you haven’t...

Most likely a brake cable problem. If you haven’t replaced them or the housings in a year or two, do it now. Make sure all the brake housings bend smoothly and align well at the stops. Make sure the...
05-23-18, 11:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 806
Posted By catgita

i am big, so a long time out of the saddle is 2...

i am big, so a long time out of the saddle is 2 minutes. Here is what has worked for me.

First is feeling comfortably balanced over the bottom bracket. I don’t want to be leaning on the bars nor...
05-14-18, 11:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Posted By catgita

As a heavier rider, you need to use wider tires....

As a heavier rider, you need to use wider tires. 32mm is good, but you could get by with 28mm. I ran 23mm tires for decades, sometimes at your weight, but I got a lot of flats, shredded side walls,...
05-14-18, 11:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,517
Posted By catgita

If you have the same rolling diameter, like 700c...

If you have the same rolling diameter, like 700c x 25, or 650b x 42, or 26” x 2.3, they should feel pretty similar in acceleration and it’s willingness to turn. This assumes the same rim profile and...
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