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11-29-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,026
Posted By Chuckles1

1981 Raleigh Super Grand Prix. Sorry, no pics....

1981 Raleigh Super Grand Prix. Sorry, no pics. It's on a magnetic trainer downstairs in an exercise room too small to get far enough back for a picture. Two x Six speed non- indexed shifting. Nothing...
11-26-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,191
Posted By Chuckles1

I can bike all day if I have to. Can't run a...

I can bike all day if I have to. Can't run a half mile to save my life. Different animals.
11-26-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,188
Posted By Chuckles1

Be wary of too short a stem. It can make...

Be wary of too short a stem. It can make handling "twitchey," that is to say small movement of handlebars turns front wheel a lot, and you can't relax. I bought a gravel bike online that came with...
11-25-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,199
Posted By Chuckles1

I used to be good at a lot of things...

Auto mechanic, carpenter, landscaper, computer programmer, etc. etc.

I still do all those things (except programming), but not as well, or at least not as quickly. It's frustrating, but part of...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,069
Posted By Chuckles1

The hills around here are pretty steep, but not...

The hills around here are pretty steep, but not very long, typically 1/8 to 1/4 mile, with two less steep but each at least 3/4 mile long. I pedal down the long ones and try to stay above 30 mph. The...
11-03-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By Chuckles1

That's what I'd do too. Better to not cut any...

That's what I'd do too. Better to not cut any strands of new cable; it can cause shifting problems.
11-03-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,216
Posted By Chuckles1

FWIW, my brother has Parkinson's and gave up...

FWIW, my brother has Parkinson's and gave up cycling because he didn't feel safe on the bike. He got an indoor trainer and it is good, but I know he misses riding terribly.
10-30-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 969
Posted By Chuckles1

I second layered approach. I use some old...

I second layered approach. I use some old cannondale gloves that are fairly heavy, and some dollar store gloves with tips scissored off fingers over those. Both have full thumbs. Good at 40 degrees...
10-28-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By Chuckles1

Thanks folks. It's a 700c gravel bike and it...

Thanks folks. It's a 700c gravel bike and it looks like the cable housing runs continuously from the inline adjuster up front right to the RD. I'll pull on it a bit to make sure its continuous, but...
10-28-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,938
Posted By Chuckles1

I keep several chains and switch them out maybe...

I keep several chains and switch them out maybe every 500 miles or so. I use two bikes and ride about 2K miles a year, so three chains per bike is plenty. I clean and wax chains with melted...
10-28-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 370
Posted By Chuckles1

Took me years to master my Tektro Oryx brakes. I...

Took me years to master my Tektro Oryx brakes. I keep straddle cable as short as possible without brakes dragging in order to get maximum braking. Doing so defeats the quick release straddle cable, ...
10-27-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By Chuckles1

Internal cable replacement

Have Tiagra road brifters on a bike, new last year, about 1500 miles on it. Have been getting misshifts on RD wherein it downshifts and then upshifts as soon as I release lever. I'm told that's...
10-26-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,285
Posted By Chuckles1

5K , congrats! I surpassed my 2K goal this...

5K , congrats!

I surpassed my 2K goal this year, which is enough in my hilly area. :foo:
10-26-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,531
Posted By Chuckles1

I ride mostly gravel in the fall when sun angle...

I ride mostly gravel in the fall when sun angle is lower, drivers are admiring foliage, roads are colder and wetter, and visibility is generally not great. Somehow I just get a feeling that it's...
10-23-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,546
Posted By Chuckles1

Not to beat a dead horse, but...

This an interesting topic I'd never given much thought to before. I happened to come upon a lone rider yesterday going the opposite direction from me on the same gravel road where I encountered the...
10-21-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,338
Posted By Chuckles1

Maybe you can train it to tuck in and act as a...

Maybe you can train it to tuck in and act as a hub cleaner while you ride.
10-21-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,531
Posted By Chuckles1

It happens, so learn to deal with it. In the...

It happens, so learn to deal with it. In the city its' unavoidable, and takes nerves of steel. I avoid city riding for the most part. In the countryside, get a good mirror, check trajectory of...
10-19-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,428
Posted By Chuckles1

You read my mind... Sometimes I'll head into a...

You read my mind... Sometimes I'll head into a wind thinking it'll be with me on the way home, but it often changes by then. Here folks say, if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes.
10-19-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,546
Posted By Chuckles1

Good to know. Will keep it in mind next time I...

Good to know. Will keep it in mind next time I ride out west, which I've done in the past and hope to do again. Here in rural Maine, passing a horse is a rarity. I just happen to live near a...
10-18-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By Chuckles1

2020 Tiagra road levers misshifts

Sometimes when I shift the 10 speed RD to a lower gear, it shifts and then immediately drops back to the original gear when I release the lever. It's only occasionally, but obviously frustrating...
10-18-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,104
Posted By Chuckles1

Ditto.

Ditto.
10-18-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,205
Posted By Chuckles1

I do the same, usually bailing several times per...

I do the same, usually bailing several times per year. Here in rural Maine, it's logging trucks and big dump trucks pulling equipment on trailers that give me the willies. I sometimes bail without...
10-18-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,546
Posted By Chuckles1

Trail etiquette?

It was a public road skirting a lake, with sparse camps, and both times I encountered them, the group was essentially stopped, making no attempt to make way. What does trail etiquette say about...
10-17-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,546
Posted By Chuckles1

Reminds me of passing a group of teenage...

Reminds me of passing a group of teenage equestrians near a summer camp a couple years back. Five horses with riders taking up the entire gravel road, making no attempt to make way for a lone...
10-17-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,442
Posted By Chuckles1

Big German Shepherd charged out of nowhere from...

Big German Shepherd charged out of nowhere from opposite side of road. Just as he was about to crash into my front wheel, it slipped off pavement onto soft shoulder and I went down hard. Scariest...
10-17-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By Chuckles1

BS. Zero problems using Cateyes for years, before...

BS. Zero problems using Cateyes for years, before switching to BikeWest for bigger, easier to read numbers and more functions. Solar powered too, to augment battery.
10-17-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,258
Posted By Chuckles1

I'm going to try wrapping aluminum foil over one,...

I'm going to try wrapping aluminum foil over one, or between two layers of socks this fall. Read about it in another thread and sounds like a good idea. So far I've used a pair of cool max socks...
10-16-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 865
Posted By Chuckles1

9 speed Tiagra

9 speed Tiagra, mid 2000s is the best shifting system I've ever used. Good choice. Newer Tiagra FDs, like 2020, shift better than older; but 2007 Tiagra RD shifting is superb, and the levers and...
10-16-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,205
Posted By Chuckles1

No idea for hybrid, but for roadies, Blackburn...

No idea for hybrid, but for roadies, Blackburn or similar hood mounted mirror. Excellent view of road from drops, hoods, or top bar if in correct position. Con is it can rattle out of position...
10-16-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,455
Posted By Chuckles1

Small, light weight, rechargeable rear discharge...

Small, light weight, rechargeable rear discharge air horn with wireless actuator button on handlebars, powerful enough to make a dog poop himself and skulk away with his tail between his legs,...
10-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,122
Posted By Chuckles1

Rough guess is $0.10 per mile. Bike cost? ...

Rough guess is $0.10 per mile.

Bike cost?
1981 Raleigh: $550
2007 Motobecane Fantom Cross: $675
2020 Motobecane Omni Strada Pro Disc: $999

I went many years spending very little beyond...
09-24-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 539
Posted By Chuckles1

Huh? Isn't caliper the thingy that holds and...

Huh? Isn't caliper the thingy that holds and activates the pistons that push the pads against the rotor? They are the low point on an upright bicycle. Normal orientation is upright bicycle, no? I...
09-23-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,654
Posted By Chuckles1

Never had a gear too low to use at some point. ...

Never had a gear too low to use at some point. 700c tire bike below 0.8 gear ratio might be too slow to stay upright without spinning mightily... 3mph gets a little shaky.
09-23-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,749
Posted By Chuckles1

I've had more dreams of having my bike stolen...

I've had more dreams of having my bike stolen than I can count. Have had enough things stolen over the years to know that when it's gone, it's gone! I don't leave my bike anywhere I can't see it,...
09-23-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 14,616
Posted By Chuckles1

64 years young here. Just dug a drainage trench...

64 years young here. Just dug a drainage trench 50' long, 18" deep with pickaxe and trenching shovel. Did it with no back strain, and my heart didn't explode. I credit almost 2,000 miles on the bikes...
09-23-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,313
Posted By Chuckles1

I take shorter rides, as cooler weather takes...

I take shorter rides, as cooler weather takes more out of me fatigue-wise. Also, I tend more to gravel roads with less traffic, as the lower sun angle, more shadows on the road, more wind make...
09-09-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By Chuckles1

Perhaps overkill, but seems to keep the whole...

Perhaps overkill, but seems to keep the whole rear end clean. Maybe skip that next year and compare results.
09-09-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By Chuckles1

I like MTB shorts over tights when it gets to...

I like MTB shorts over tights when it gets to cold for shorts alone.
09-08-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 526
Posted By Chuckles1

Ride the old Raleigh?

Ride the old Raleigh?
09-07-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By Chuckles1

I agree, a bike is more rideable with a 14t or...

I agree, a bike is more rideable with a 14t or less chainring jump! Pricey, but doable.
09-07-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By Chuckles1

First year using paraffin dipped cassettes and...

First year using paraffin dipped cassettes and chains, with slurry of paraffin in kerosene brushed on weekly to keep dipping to twice per year. I'll never go back to other lubes. Paraffin = happy...
09-07-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,427
Posted By Chuckles1

I also will tend to a larger frame in future. I...

I also will tend to a larger frame in future. I use toe clips and always will, but with a frame on the small side on fit charts, I have toe overlap problems. I'm 6'0", have a 58cm gravel bike and a...
09-04-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,624
Posted By Chuckles1

FWIW, my heavier gravel bike has lower gears than...

FWIW, my heavier gravel bike has lower gears than my lighter road bike. If I do the same ride, I average maybe 1-2 mph slower on the heavy bike with wider tires, but feel less fatigue and less...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 15,201
Posted By Chuckles1

Wow, I really opened a can of worms here... Also,...

Wow, I really opened a can of worms here... Also, sorry for the typo in the title. Since none mentioned it, I guess you all know the edit function doesn't seem to allow you to fix the title line; I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,857
Posted By Chuckles1

That is a scary story. I've never experienced it,...

That is a scary story. I've never experienced it, but would be very leery of taking that bike up over 40mph unless I could determine the cause. Good luck.
09-02-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By Chuckles1

Shift to smallest cog. Give shifter a couple...

Shift to smallest cog. Give shifter a couple more clicks to make sure shifter has released as much cable as its going to. Screw barrel adjuster in all the way and back out a half turn or so. ...
09-02-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 762
Posted By Chuckles1

Got an insulated Polar bottle, 20 oz. this year....

Got an insulated Polar bottle, 20 oz. this year. I don't bother with ice, but refill and put in frig after each ride. Not ice cold, but coolish; beats tepid or warm when you're sweating your butt...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 15,201
Posted By Chuckles1

Why so much hate for Gatorskins?

I've seen so many derogatory comments on these. What are the qualities that they exhibit that are so horrible? Not saying they're good or not, just curious.

I put a 700x28c Gatorskin on rear of my...
09-01-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 835
Posted By Chuckles1

Find out the procedure to challenge the charge...

Find out the procedure to challenge the charge with your credit card. Mine has a form on back of the monthly bill for doing so. I've always paid in full, but challenged scams and the credit card...
08-31-20, 09:35 AM
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