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08-06-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,263
Posted By digibud

no pliers with wipperman connex

the Wipperman Connex quicklink requires no tools at all. The pop on and come off -easily- by hand and I use them on all my bikes. Off and on as many times as you like. Flawless. They are, IMHO, the...
05-12-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 462
Posted By digibud

If the crank arms aren't carbon fiber there is no...

If the crank arms aren't carbon fiber there is no reason to worry about torque values. Tighten 'em snug and that's it. So says my white beard and dozen bikes in the garage.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 864
Posted By digibud

Easy to mount tubeless tire recommendation

I have a set of Bontrager wheels that I have been using their R3 tubeless tires with and they're OK but not great and have really poor life compared to my old Conti 4000II. My friend recommended...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-19, 01:43 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,590
Posted By digibud

Denali Park Teklanika to Eielson

I can't pull off Tek to Eielson and back in a day although younger, tougher people can. I typically do Tek to Polychrome, or if I'm feeling tough, Tek to Highway Pass. Eielson to Tek is also a...
11-21-18, 11:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,976
Posted By digibud

48-50

I'm 67, weigh in at an overweight 225 and have survived two heart attacks. My resting HR is 48-50. Strong heart but everything else is debatable... When I go for a heart checkup and the tech gets me...
06-26-18, 01:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,386
Posted By digibud

Check the Pro Peloton

One look at a World Tour race will put an end to talk about frames being too small. Many pros ride frames that would be considered way too small for a "proper" fit. A very large drop from saddle...
02-02-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,208
Posted By digibud

+20F today. Looking forward to a nice ride.

+20F today. Looking forward to a nice ride.
06-16-17, 01:18 AM
Replies: 1,369
Views: 88,262
Posted By digibud

I did 35mi with my wife and a friend then went...

I did 35mi with my wife and a friend then went solo to finish out 75mi. That's a nice 10mi past my age and I was sorry I didn't have time to pull another 30. I started to feel my legs at 64mi but...
05-09-17, 12:55 AM
Replies: 3,338
Views: 426,812
Posted By digibud

Denali National Park road

Here's a sepia of a pano taken near Sable Pass
04-27-17, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,630
Posted By digibud

yep

I saw my first ebike last week as I got near the top of the first pass. I stopped often, taking pictures and a woman on an ebike caught up to me as we approached some 11% grades. At that point she...
04-27-17, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,630
Posted By digibud

Often

During the week I may go into the park and see nobody. On weekends quite a few bikers go into the park. I've been doing it for years and years ago I'd always be alone but now quite a few folks are...
04-23-17, 07:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,319
Posted By digibud

Bad weather for me is under -10F for temp. Any...

Bad weather for me is under -10F for temp. Any report of mist or actual rain also qualifies in the summer.
04-23-17, 07:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,825
Posted By digibud

Coming down a hill with my wife and son in law, a...

Coming down a hill with my wife and son in law, a grizzly with a cub came out of the bushes onto the road so close that we had to slam on the brakes. My wife dislodged her rear (horiz dropout) wheel....
04-22-17, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By digibud

Just for the record

Just for the record... it's a Dall Sheep, a ewe. Nothing I could do would result in me getting close(r) to that sheep. No danger from this stranger. Dunno about goat behaviour but these sheep are...
04-21-17, 09:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,219
Posted By digibud

New to biking?

If you're new to biking you may be pleased to learn that your mistakes, like most mistakes in life, can be overcome with some knowledge and experience. You're on the right road! :). My first...
04-21-17, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By digibud

Warmer weather is HERE!

It got up to 35F yesterday. Here that qualifies for warmer weather. Here's a pic from yesterdays ride. Started out at 24F and ended around 35F. I don't ride when it gets to 80F...
04-16-17, 11:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 863
Posted By digibud

if you're driving long distance be prepared to...

if you're driving long distance be prepared to clean your chain/drivetrain when you arrive. I use a chain-break link so when I have to transport my bike any distance I remove the chain before I...
04-16-17, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,630
Posted By digibud

Chilly ride in Denali Park

The road opened to allow cars to drive 13mi into the park so I started there and did a ride back to Igloo River. The road was pretty good with one stretch of ice and patches of soft dirt here and...
03-28-17, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,320
Posted By digibud

52 by the end of the year should be easy if you...

52 by the end of the year should be easy if you don't have any significant problem holding you back. Gaining fitness, in general, is about stressing the body. If a 50mi day is your goal simply start...
03-28-17, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By digibud

And hello from North Pole, Alaska. Not seen any...

And hello from North Pole, Alaska. Not seen any monkey on any recent rides...
03-24-17, 10:33 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,446
Posted By digibud

Wow. Riding at 38C. I can't fathom. I live in...

Wow. Riding at 38C. I can't fathom. I live in North Pole, Alaska and my wife will typically refuse to ride if it's over 75F (24C). I'll ride up to 80F or even 85F but I'm not sure I've ever ridden a...
03-18-17, 01:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,441
Posted By digibud

I have Scott shoes with Boa but not that model. ...

I have Scott shoes with Boa but not that model. I loved them until I realized they were a bit too tight for me and were causing problems but the Boa lacing will forever be my preferred lacing. I can...
03-12-17, 02:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,237
Posted By digibud

nope..not familiar

Not familiar with that one but I did end up walking out of a movie sometime ago with a particularly well done bear attack scene. I just couldn't take it. I'd guess that about 5 or 6 times a year I...
03-11-17, 07:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,237
Posted By digibud

I've lost count of how many grizzly encounters...

I've lost count of how many grizzly encounters I've had on my bike. Twice I've had to brake to avoid running right into a grizzly but luckily I've never been attacked. Last summer I ended up about...
02-08-17, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,153
Posted By digibud

Yep. It can happen

If your shoes allow enough air exchange to continue to provide oxygen to the hand warmers (the chem packs like "Grabber" hand warmers) then you'll have no problem but if you put a set into high top...
02-08-17, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,153
Posted By digibud

Agreed

The only catch there is 1) When you have size 13 shoes it's hard to get something big enough for two sets of thick socks and 2) Big boots are already pretty heavy. I have a pair of huge boots that...
Forum: Touring
02-07-17, 02:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,983
Posted By digibud

In the alps

Once, while crossing a not-super high pass in the alps I got caught at night with no shelter in some bitter cold. I was heading home and had no tent. I found a bunch of construction bags of concrete...
02-04-17, 03:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,153
Posted By digibud

Here's another tip. Your toe warmers, when put...

Here's another tip. Your toe warmers, when put in a boot that doesn't breath, will run out of oxygen and stop working. After an hour when your feet start freezing, take a minute to stop and unlace...
01-30-17, 04:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,394
Posted By digibud

Pogies. I'll say it again.

All the glove talk is worthwhile but from my perspective, if you're still using gloves, it's not that cold out. As cyclists our hands are simply not moving that much and we should all have...
01-07-17, 07:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,394
Posted By digibud

Grabber (and others) make one time use chemical...

Grabber (and others) make one time use chemical (dry) hand warmers that we use up here (Alaska) a LOT. Toss one in your gloves...the back of the hand works well.. and your hand will stay warm. I...
01-07-17, 04:40 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 6,973
Posted By digibud

for some folks every ride is a race. my son in...

for some folks every ride is a race. my son in law and I were on a ride, doing a decent speed but he was being kind and not killing me. We approached a girl on a bike and slowly but surely were...
01-06-17, 07:59 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,000
Posted By digibud

If the bumps/cracks are enough to feel a jarring...

If the bumps/cracks are enough to feel a jarring bump and they happen frequently then the most common place they may affect would be the headset bearings. If you gently rotate your headset and can...
01-06-17, 07:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,645
Posted By digibud

Toughest ride?

I enjoyed the "harshest weather" thread so I thought I'd ask "What is the toughest ride you've done?" For me it was climbing Mt. Lemmon. I'm in my mid 60's and weigh a bit over 200lb so cimbing is...
01-06-17, 07:35 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,548
Posted By digibud

Thanks everyone for the chuckle. I'm up at 4:25...

Thanks everyone for the chuckle. I'm up at 4:25 AM and had to stifle an out loud laugh. When we were younger (mid thirties) my wife and I commuted ~ 15mi all winter in preparation for one of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-17, 11:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,004
Posted By digibud

Measuring what's through a trainer is somewhat...

Measuring what's through a trainer is somewhat akin to measuring calories. Both our interpretations of data and not a direct measurement. When you have a power tap or other system installed on your...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 10:50 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,776
Posted By digibud

Tubeless tires are a royal pain in the butt....

Tubeless tires are a royal pain in the butt. However I'm fairly convinced they have saved my bacon more than one time including a puncture going downhill at 50 miles an hour but did not cause a flat....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 10:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,004
Posted By digibud

I would advise simply not worrying about it. When...

I would advise simply not worrying about it. When you are off the pedals however you will have the pedals for reference so when you want to do a FTP type ride outside it is your pedals that you will...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 10:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,004
Posted By digibud

Lbs

I ordered from my local bike store. They have just become available to order
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 01:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,004
Posted By digibud

Cycle ops is made by the power tap folks so I'm...

Cycle ops is made by the power tap folks so I'm hopeful it will be reasonably accurate but for my needs it does indeed only need to consistent. When I use "x" force I don't care if the reported...
12-31-16, 10:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,971
Posted By digibud

I have to reiterate the bike fit issue. Gloves,...

I have to reiterate the bike fit issue. Gloves, padded handlebars and all of that can be helpful but if the bike fit isn't perfect those gloves will never be a solution. A shorter or lnoger stem and...
12-31-16, 10:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 993
Posted By digibud

In addition to the "float" issue, note that most...

In addition to the "float" issue, note that most pedals including most Shimano mtn bike "spd" pedals allow you to adjust how much tension is on the release. People new to pedals may want to back off...
12-20-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 6,143
Posted By digibud

When I ride alone I ride with music using a...

When I ride alone I ride with music using a single mono earbud which I take out if I'm downtown or in any kind of traffic situation...which is rare. I also use a mirror to keep an eye out behind me.
12-19-16, 03:41 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,880
Posted By digibud

Sprinters have their Di2 gear button right at...

Sprinters have their Di2 gear button right at their thumb because as they get ready to change gears they don't have to make any motion. The point being...they change gears ... and put on their pants...
12-19-16, 03:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,596
Posted By digibud

Air compressor. I don't have a leaf blower...

Air compressor. I don't have a leaf blower although I have a powerful vacuum with a detacheable blower...but my air compressor is alway right there and about 2min and the bike is dry. I blow the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-16, 07:28 PM
Replies: 717
Views: 191,303
Posted By digibud

Good luck with those tires. While they fit in...

Good luck with those tires. While they fit in terms of being able to spin, the first time you get a wet piece of rock to cling to the tire it's going to come up and cut right into your fork. If a...
11-30-16, 12:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,443
Posted By digibud

Fatback Corvus

Here's my bike, rockin clownshoe rims with D45 studded tires. I haven't taken pics of the mtn bike wheels but they are 27.5 wheels built on Fatback hubs. Nothing remarkable about them but the 2.4"...
11-11-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 993
Posted By digibud

The brakes are indeed easy to forget to reset...

The brakes are indeed easy to forget to reset after taking a wheel out. I do it all the but I keep my brakes so tight that it's really not a big deal if I do forget - at least on most rides. When I...
11-07-16, 11:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,170
Posted By digibud

no winter clothing should be so tight it is...

no winter clothing should be so tight it is impairing your movement. While winter tights should be somewhat form fitting, you don't want the lower legs to be so tight it is constricting.
11-07-16, 12:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,628
Posted By digibud

It's basic stuff that for feet and hands,...

It's basic stuff that for feet and hands, clothing should be reasonably loose with virtually no constriction. It takes very little constriction before one begins to limit blood flow. Even a pair of...
11-02-16, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 676
Posted By digibud

Hot here too

We got up to 31F yesterday. Ridiculously warm for this time of year.
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