Notices
 
Search: Posts Made By: Velo Dog
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1000
Search took 2.60 seconds.
09-26-17, 08:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,161
Posted By Velo Dog

I used to wax my chains years ago. I quit doing...

I used to wax my chains years ago. I quit doing it because it's a pain in the butt, doesn't work very well and the paraffin flakes off in about a day. An $8 bottle of commercial chain lube lasts me a...
09-26-17, 07:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,591
Posted By Velo Dog

Why would you haul the bike somewhere to get a...

Why would you haul the bike somewhere to get a flat fixed? That's about a five-minute job. I've put on at least 100 patches by the side of the road--it wouldn't even occur to me to go to a shop. Buy...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-17, 10:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,300
Posted By Velo Dog

This^^^^. I have a lot of experience with this--I...

This^^^^. I have a lot of experience with this--I was fairly fit five years ago, dinking with the bike to save an ounce here and there to make myself faster, when I was hospitalized for almost three...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-17, 10:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,697
Posted By Velo Dog

Looks a little small to me...but (full...

Looks a little small to me...but (full disclosure) I think almost everybody rides bikes that are too small, with the bars too low. I'm an old, stiff guy who's been riding for almost 50 years, and...
04-08-17, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By Velo Dog

You can feel that little extra weight, and that...

You can feel that little extra weight, and that low on the bike? I don't think I could... In any case, I have way more than a pound and a half bulging over the top of my shorts. Better to lose that...
03-19-17, 03:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,015
Posted By Velo Dog

Why would water move things into your path rather...

Why would water move things into your path rather than away from it?
03-19-17, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,015
Posted By Velo Dog

A theory I've read, but can't verify, is that...

A theory I've read, but can't verify, is that water will hold things to the tire for a couple of revolutions so they get hammered in rather than spinning off, then once they start to penetrate, it...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-16, 09:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,067
Posted By Velo Dog

This always provokes discussion, but I've made my...

This always provokes discussion, but I've made my 25-mile RT commute thousands of times in 35 years on at least 10 bikes from a single speed cruiser to a Bike E to my Rivendell Atlantis and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-16, 06:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,688
Posted By Velo Dog

Never used them, but I've read two or three tests...

Never used them, but I've read two or three tests that indicate they don't have any effect at all on deer. We're overrun with deer here, and they pretty much ignore even car horns.
11-23-16, 12:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,546
Posted By Velo Dog

I haven't used a roof rack on my Forester (the...

I haven't used a roof rack on my Forester (the kids are gone; I just carry two on a rear-mount), but this should work. I bought a Yakima roof rack about 20 years ago and have used it (with different...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-16, 11:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 876
Posted By Velo Dog

No one has mentioned tires, but if you're trying...

No one has mentioned tires, but if you're trying to get away with skinny(ish) high pressure tires, I'd consider going larger. I've been riding for 50 years, and my weight's gone as high as 275, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-16, 03:25 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,724
Posted By Velo Dog

This reminds me of those old J. C. Whitney car...

This reminds me of those old J. C. Whitney car catalogs: "I bought the carburetor that saves 20 percent on gas, and the tires that save 10 percent, and the oil additive that saves 12 percent" and a...
06-17-16, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,040
Posted By Velo Dog

A lot of us rode for 20 years before anybody ever...

A lot of us rode for 20 years before anybody ever even heard of suspension bikes.... I only watched the first minute of the video, but if it's all like that, you can ride it on anything.
06-09-16, 11:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 530
Posted By Velo Dog

I've ridden a Thud for years at weights up to...

I've ridden a Thud for years at weights up to 250, and it still works. It doesn't provide a lot of extra comfort, though. Have you considered larger tires at lower pressures? On my everyday, around...
06-09-16, 11:41 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 22,636
Posted By Velo Dog

This, and what else matters? I'd been riding...

This, and what else matters? I'd been riding almost 40 years when I bought a bike from Grant, and initially resisted some of his advice because it wasn't what I'd always done. I finally decided if I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-16, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Posted By Velo Dog

What Cooper said. I followed the usual fit guides...

What Cooper said. I followed the usual fit guides slavishly for decades, and I was never really comfortable--I thought suffering just went with being a cyclist. Around the time I turned 50 (and...
05-13-16, 01:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,436
Posted By Velo Dog

For what it's worth, in more than 40 years of...

For what it's worth, in more than 40 years of adult cycling, usually 2000-3000 miles a year, I've had only two failures of a conventional glue-on patch, and one of those was my fault (the sandpaper...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-16, 09:53 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,296
Posted By Velo Dog

You keep believing this....

You keep believing this....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-16, 09:51 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,296
Posted By Velo Dog

This. I've never understood why anybody would use...

This. I've never understood why anybody would use earbuds or plugs while they ride.
05-12-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,436
Posted By Velo Dog

^^^^What he said. I've had about as many failures...

^^^^What he said. I've had about as many failures as successes, and when the stuff oozes out, patches won't stick to it. Here in the land of Big Thorns, I carry a conventional patch kit and a spare...
05-12-16, 09:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 676
Posted By Velo Dog

This is all that matters, and you should be able...

This is all that matters, and you should be able to judge it for yourself. Personally, as a cyclist for half a century, I think many people today ride frames that are too small for them, and with...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-16, 09:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,589
Posted By Velo Dog

I weigh 240, and I haven't bought a tire smaller...

I weigh 240, and I haven't bought a tire smaller than 35mm in probably 20 years. When people ask me for tire advice, I nearly always tell them to go bigger--I've used tires from 19mm @ 130psi to 41mm...
04-13-16, 08:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,320
Posted By Velo Dog

I'm with Wileyrat--unless the larger bike is...

I'm with Wileyrat--unless the larger bike is unrideable, I'd go with that. I'm 6'4" (193cm), and I rode for decades on 62 and even 60 cm bikes, because that's what shops stocked ("We'll make it fit...
03-26-16, 08:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,345
Posted By Velo Dog

I'm amazed how often this comes up.... Unless...

I'm amazed how often this comes up.... Unless you're in a parade, the appropriate thing to wear while riding is whatever works for you. For most of us (certainly for me), aero drag isn't a...
03-26-16, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,592
Posted By Velo Dog

Full disclosure: I lost interest before I got to...

Full disclosure: I lost interest before I got to the end of the comments, so somebody else may have said this, but if it doesn't bother you when you're riding, is it a problem?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-16, 09:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 651
Posted By Velo Dog

Not to be critical--do what you want with your...

Not to be critical--do what you want with your money--but I CAN'T relate anymore. Like everybody else, I imagine, I went through about 10 years of being equipment-crazed. I spent thousands of dollars...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-16, 09:11 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 14,687
Posted By Velo Dog

Don't buy what you don't need. I ride a $4000...

Don't buy what you don't need. I ride a $4000 bike now, but I don't have 40 times as much fun as I did when my "good" bike cost $100. I have a drawer full of jerseys, but wear T-shirts for most...
03-16-16, 08:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,314
Posted By Velo Dog

Geriatric division: I was pretty good friends...

Geriatric division: I was pretty good friends with a guy in my platoon in Vietnam, but didn't make any attempt to stay in touch after we came home in 1968. In 1973 or '74, I was riding a cruiser on...
03-16-16, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,473
Posted By Velo Dog

I've fought this for 50 years. I'm 6'4", and I...

I've fought this for 50 years. I'm 6'4", and I prefer a 64 or 65cm frame (don't tell me that's too big--dozens of shop employees have tried, and they're wrong). Until I got old enough to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-16, 11:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,316
Posted By Velo Dog

Well, it isn't... But until I found out that it...

Well, it isn't... But until I found out that it wasn't, I lubed everything on my bikes with it and never had a lube-related problem. I haven't used it in years, but I seriously rode for 15 or 20...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-16, 11:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,316
Posted By Velo Dog

Yep. May loosen up as you put on some miles, but...

Yep. May loosen up as you put on some miles, but it's not a problem.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-16, 11:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By Velo Dog

You can't decide on the colors you want on your...

You can't decide on the colors you want on your own bike? OK....
Having said that, though, white on anything you touch or anything that touches you is going to look like crap in a week.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-16, 11:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By Velo Dog

Ride in the rain. I grew up on the SF peninsula,...

Ride in the rain. I grew up on the SF peninsula, and I fretted through the rainy season. When I moved to Seattle, I realized that, A) the roads were full of cyclists year round, and B) if you didn't...
03-13-16, 11:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,697
Posted By Velo Dog

It's an interesting solution.... Still, I prefer...

It's an interesting solution.... Still, I prefer to carry my phone turned off and in a seat bag.
03-13-16, 11:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,549
Posted By Velo Dog

Yeah, this.^^^^ I have this problem occasionally...

Yeah, this.^^^^ I have this problem occasionally because I wear size 16 shoes, but this looks like it's hitting the stay a lot.
On the plus side, I don't see how it could cause structural problems...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-16, 07:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,466
Posted By Velo Dog

I'd guess it's mostly marketing. People feel the...

I'd guess it's mostly marketing. People feel the thin pad and say, "Eew, too hard." they feel the thick pad and say, "Aaahh."
02-15-16, 10:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Velo Dog

What's the problem with going to a bike shop?...

What's the problem with going to a bike shop? you'll get stuff that works and fits, they'll answer your questions and you'll establish yourself as a customer, in case you need work or parts on short...
01-24-16, 12:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,863
Posted By Velo Dog

You don't need any more advice here, but I can't...

You don't need any more advice here, but I can't help myself: I've been a cyclist since college in the '70s, riding up to 4000 miles a year (less than that now, but back in the day...). As of about...
01-24-16, 12:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By Velo Dog

This. All my bikes but one are friction, because...

This. All my bikes but one are friction, because that's what I learned on and it's not worth the trouble and expense of switching. The difficulty of shifting a non-indexed driveline has been WAY...
01-24-16, 12:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,503
Posted By Velo Dog

I was thinking this, too. Growing up in the SF...

I was thinking this, too. Growing up in the SF Bay Area, we thought 45 was cold. Where I live now, we may not see 45 again until April. Bill, you can wear whatever you want that keeps you warm. It's...
01-12-16, 05:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,073
Posted By Velo Dog

I don't have the patience to read every...

I don't have the patience to read every suggestion here (some of them are downright bizarre...), but if nobody's mentioned this, Rivendell says that if a leather saddle is too stretched out for the...
12-03-15, 11:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,699
Posted By Velo Dog

This. What else would you do? it's just clothing...

This. What else would you do? it's just clothing (actually I donated 15 or 20 jerseys and all but three pairs of shorts years ago. I ride in T-shirts and wash them like they were, well, T-shirts.
12-03-15, 11:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By Velo Dog

The advice to buy a complete bike is good, but an...

The advice to buy a complete bike is good, but an alternative might be to look around thrift shops (Salvation Army etc) for something decent and work from there. Three or four years ago when my...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-15, 01:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,326
Posted By Velo Dog

This debate is never going to end, but from...

This debate is never going to end, but from personal experience: I've done the same 25-mile RT commute at least 2000 times, on more bikes than I can even guess and on tires from 19mm to 41mm. For...
10-10-15, 01:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,645
Posted By Velo Dog

I think you're overcomplicating things. Nothing...

I think you're overcomplicating things. Nothing wrong with that--it's your money, and you can spend it however you want--but bikes just aren't that tricky to work on. Maybe because I got my start in...
10-10-15, 01:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,645
Posted By Velo Dog

I haven't paid for anything in a long time, but...

I haven't paid for anything in a long time, but the dumbest thing I ever SAW somebody pay for was flat repair. A friend who owns a popular shop here puts on a nearly full-time employee for a few...
10-10-15, 01:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,408
Posted By Velo Dog

I don't think of 64 as particularly big, either....

I don't think of 64 as particularly big, either. I'm about 6'4", been riding since college in the '70s, and my most comfortable bikes have been 64 or 65cm. I've probably bought my last one (I'm 70,...
08-26-15, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By Velo Dog

Justin caseyoure feeling hardcore...

Today I ran into a guy and his wife, 50ish, who decided in May to ride their bikes across the country. They were fit, but only casual cyclists, 10 miles a few times a week on mid-'80s mountain bikes....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-15, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 638
Posted By Velo Dog

It's fine. Go ride it. Buyer's remorse is a waste...

It's fine. Go ride it. Buyer's remorse is a waste of time.
08-15-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,198
Posted By Velo Dog

The way I taught my kids, one at 4 and one at 7,...

The way I taught my kids, one at 4 and one at 7, was by taking the pedals off a bmx bike, setting the seat so they could put their feet on the ground and putting them on a GENTLE hill on paved...
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1000
 


 
Forum Jump

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.