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06-16-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 674
Posted By 124Spider

Gravel tires?

Hi,

We got our first tandem a year ago, and have been loving it.

Specific to my following question, our tandem has 32mm tires on 700mm wheels, and mechanical disc brakes.

We occasionally...
04-16-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,473
Posted By 124Spider

Replacement Disc Brake Pads

Our tandem has Avid BB-7 mechanical disc brakes. I suspect that the rear pads are getting low.

Is any pad that fits that fine, or are there better/worse choices? I've never changed bike disc...
04-10-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,052
Posted By 124Spider

"Longtime cycling guys" may or may not "know...

"Longtime cycling guys" may or may not "know their stuff." "Longtime cycling guys" are at least as likely to have long-ingrained prejudices as to "know their stuff."

In my experience, far too...
04-06-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,842
Posted By 124Spider

Well played, sir! You have perfectly executed...

Well played, sir! You have perfectly executed the internet forum equivalent of "But the emails," ignoring the substance of my post and making a personal attack.

I must have confused you with...
04-06-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,842
Posted By 124Spider

What a spectacular example this absurd thread is...

What a spectacular example this absurd thread is of people's ability to argue about anything, as if it matters.

No, posting on an internet forum isn't a way to "settle an argument." But it can be...
04-04-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By 124Spider

I can only say that I've been using a Power2Max...

I can only say that I've been using a Power2Max Type S for a couple of years, and I love it.
04-02-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,488
Posted By 124Spider

It's not actually a complicated issue, is it? ...

It's not actually a complicated issue, is it? Your choices are:

1. Ride in the rain
2. Use a trainer indoors
3. Run in the rain
4. Run on a treadmill
5. Whatever else floats your boat....
04-01-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 930
Posted By 124Spider

One man's opinion (but at least I admit it!): ...

One man's opinion (but at least I admit it!):

Specialized is a fine brand; I had a Sirrus for years, and it was an excellent bike.

Schwinn is not a quality brand (any longer; now a completely...
03-31-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By 124Spider

Wow, great first post: Whining about something,...

Wow, great first post: Whining about something, but we have no idea what you're whining about.
03-30-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,842
Posted By 124Spider

Can there be anything as silly as posting on an...

Can there be anything as silly as posting on an internet forum to "settle an argument"?
03-28-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,738
Posted By 124Spider

As I noted, he's only endangering himself. Well,...

As I noted, he's only endangering himself. Well, and the person immediately in front of him.

When not paying attention to what's happening in front of the bike, one is increasing the chances...
03-28-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,738
Posted By 124Spider

His activity is absolutely safe. Just ask him. ...

His activity is absolutely safe. Just ask him. So how can I be "wishing him harm" by encouraging him to continue this absolutely safe activity?
03-28-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,738
Posted By 124Spider

You acknowledged that you're looking at the rear...

You acknowledged that you're looking at the rear LCD on your camera while you compose your photo. So your primary attention isn't on the road in front of you.

But carry on. If it's only a 10%...
03-28-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,738
Posted By 124Spider

Just like the person who texts while driving and...

Just like the person who texts while driving and lives to tell about it, it seems to some that doing these things is ok. Right up until she crosses the median and kills a few people.

At least your...
03-27-19, 10:45 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,738
Posted By 124Spider

Yeah; don't take photos while moving (unless, of...

Yeah; don't take photos while moving (unless, of course, you're riding stoker on a tandem). "Distracted cycling" is just stupid--dangerous for you and for anyone around you, pedestrian, cyclist or...
03-23-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,253
Posted By 124Spider

17% is why god gave us cars.

17% is why god gave us cars.
03-11-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,115
Posted By 124Spider

I'll go out any time the temperature is above 45...

I'll go out any time the temperature is above 45 and the roads are clear of snow, ice and water.
03-10-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,134
Posted By 124Spider

How much is your head worth? I have the...

How much is your head worth?

I have the conceit to believe that my head is valuable. So I'll spend what it takes to get the safest helmet I can.
02-21-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,243
Posted By 124Spider

Scheveningen

Scheveningen
02-20-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Posted By 124Spider

My bike has an Ultegra 11-speed rear cassette,...

My bike has an Ultegra 11-speed rear cassette, while my wife's bike has a SRAM 10-speed. Our smart trainer is a Wahoo Kickr with an 11-speed cassette. It really isn't a problem to use it with the...
02-20-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,243
Posted By 124Spider

Being half-Dutch, I have a huge soft spot in my...

Being half-Dutch, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for anything Dutch. It is an attractive society, and their cycling addiction is real.

But, before you lose your head, be aware that the...
02-07-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,750
Posted By 124Spider

Or you could just stay home (the ultimate...

Or you could just stay home (the ultimate preventive measure).

:)
02-07-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,750
Posted By 124Spider

Two spare tubes, along with tire-changing tools ...

Two spare tubes, along with tire-changing tools
Food/snacks
Layers if it's cold
Spare batteries for power meters
Cell phones
Power brick and charging wires if it's to be a very long ride
01-21-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,245
Posted By 124Spider

That's what the folks who made the bike for us...

That's what the folks who made the bike for us specified on it. Since they have an excellent reputation, we didn't question it, and it has been fine (especially after we lowered the low gearing so...
01-11-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,867
Posted By 124Spider

Heck, I was unaware he even had a heart!

Heck, I was unaware he even had a heart!
01-11-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,867
Posted By 124Spider

The best heart rate is one significantly above...

The best heart rate is one significantly above zero.
01-07-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,203
Posted By 124Spider

I hope it works out well!

I hope it works out well!
01-05-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,578
Posted By 124Spider

I think it's more "whichever way your...

I think it's more "whichever way your relationship is headed, a tandem will get you there faster." If you're not good at communicating in a productive way, or if you're not good at resolving issues...
01-04-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,578
Posted By 124Spider

Exactly! Being stoker is, to me, an...

Exactly!

Being stoker is, to me, an unattractive role, and I am immensely grateful that my wife is happy to perform that role. But for it to work, she has to absolutely trust me, which includes...
01-03-19, 11:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,578
Posted By 124Spider

Interesting idea of a "team." Not my idea of a...

Interesting idea of a "team." Not my idea of a "team," and my stoker would have jumped off long ago if that were my idea of a "team." But I suppose it takes all types.
01-02-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,578
Posted By 124Spider

That's actually what he was saying--he was...

That's actually what he was saying--he was agreeing with my statement that riding single bikes with someone of different ability isn't fun for either, while riding a tandem with someone of different...
01-01-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,578
Posted By 124Spider

If you want to ride a bike with another person...

If you want to ride a bike with another person (the same bike), I'd recommend a tandem.

If you want to ride separate bikes, I'd recommend single bikes for each.

With that out of the way, before...
01-01-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,102
Posted By 124Spider

This thread is an interesting commentary on how...

This thread is an interesting commentary on how things have changed in 50 years.

I kept my bike locked up outside my various dorms all fours years of college, in Providence, RI (a rust-belt city),...
12-30-18, 01:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,230
Posted By 124Spider

We often have two bikes to transport and...

We often have two bikes to transport and occasionally have three bikes.

We transport our two single bikes on a Thule T2 Pro X2 hitch-mounted rack. We love how easy it is to use, in all regards....
12-28-18, 09:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,101
Posted By 124Spider

I find Zwift and Strava fun, but only for a...

I find Zwift and Strava fun, but only for a platform, not for caring about what others claim to do.

As for your old fart rider, I don't believe (i) he has a heart rate that high, (ii) can sustain...
12-26-18, 11:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,022
Posted By 124Spider

It's a tough order. I ride a 61cm bike; my wife...

It's a tough order. I ride a 61cm bike; my wife rides a 47cm bike. We looked for a used one all last winter, without success. We finally had one built for us. Pricey, but it fits and we love it!...
12-23-18, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 801
Posted By 124Spider

Most organized rides that include high mileage...

Most organized rides that include high mileage (e.g., Seattle-to-Portland--STP--200+ miles in one or two days) have a "training for this ride" page, advising on how to increase mileage so that you're...
12-21-18, 05:27 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

Just when I was sure your posts couldn't possibly...

Just when I was sure your posts couldn't possibly get any more bizarre, you've outdone yourself, dismissing an entire country with a crude insult. Amazing; disturbing, but amazing.
12-21-18, 12:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,536
Posted By 124Spider

I have only ever used one tandem, ours. It's a...

I have only ever used one tandem, ours. It's a solid, fairly heavy, steel (Rodriguez) bike, made for us (we couldn't find an off-the-shelf tandem that fit us right).

Although I have never been on...
12-20-18, 11:45 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

It isn't a topic that holds a lot of interest for...

It isn't a topic that holds a lot of interest for me, either, and I do come from the US.

But I do like soccer.

:)[/left]
12-20-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

There is no question he perjured himself. He...

There is no question he perjured himself. He testified in various trials in which he persecuted others that he didn't use PEDs. He did.

To say that lying about cheating "has nothing to do with...
12-20-18, 12:17 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

Perjury is a crime. And he committed perjury,...

Perjury is a crime. And he committed perjury, falsely testifying about his drug use under oath. The fact that it was not prosecuted does not make it not a crime.

How can you defend that nasty,...
12-19-18, 05:59 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

Well, Sunshine, your reading comprehension (at...

Well, Sunshine, your reading comprehension (at least) needs some work.

But you're the reason the powers that be gave us "ignore." Bye-bye!
12-19-18, 10:50 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

You might try reading even a bit of this sorry...

You might try reading even a bit of this sorry thread, and my contributions in particular, before you go off on a tangent that had nothing to do with the post of mine you quoted (or any other post of...
12-18-18, 11:51 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

Is cricket a sport? ;)

Is cricket a sport? ;)
12-18-18, 10:18 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

It is always worth bearing in mind the difference...

It is always worth bearing in mind the difference between a pure "sport," and the professional version of that sport.

NASCAR is entertainment disguised as racing; the drivers are highly skilled,...
12-17-18, 10:34 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

It's too bad that "ignore" on this board isn't...

It's too bad that "ignore" on this board isn't like "block" on Facebook. It's very nice to be reminded that I have already determined that engaging with a particular person isn't worth the trouble,...
12-17-18, 05:28 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

Understood. I used to play that game, also. But...

Understood. I used to play that game, also. But then I finally realized that these people are serious, and an impressive combination of clueless about facts, and logically deficient. So I gave it...
12-17-18, 05:02 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

The "hide" option on internet forums was created,...

The "hide" option on internet forums was created, as far as I'm concerned, so that I can flag those who cannot engage in rational, adult discussion. It's a remarkably effective tool; I urge you to...
12-17-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 10,053
Posted By 124Spider

It is astonishing how so many people here seem to...

It is astonishing how so many people here seem to feel Lance Armstrong got a raw deal.

He's a cheater. He's a nasty, vindictive human being. He got caught. He got punished. Saying that he wasn't...
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