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Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-09, 03:45 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,066
Posted By mascher

I have a way higher failure rate with a pump. ...

I have a way higher failure rate with a pump. I've never torn a valve agains't the rim hole when my arm is really tired and I'm losing steadiness holding the pump head to the valve or busted my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-09, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,447
Posted By mascher

I was not a fan of SPDs at all, and until...

I was not a fan of SPDs at all, and until recently rode ATACs exclusively on all bikes. I found SPDs finicky and both came out unexpectedly and couldn't get out when I wanted to. There was some...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-09, 11:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By mascher

For the record and for searchers, I have a pair...

For the record and for searchers, I have a pair of the Keo Elle Sprints, and on the box they say release tension of 9-15nm, same as the "men's" Sprints.

I haven't ridden any other road pedals so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-09, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By mascher

That's an interesting point, I hadn't considered...

That's an interesting point, I hadn't considered that fore/aft changes when height changes, duh.

It's feeling good right now, but I might get in there and start some micro-adjustment again.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-09, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By mascher

In case anyone was following this drama and is as...

In case anyone was following this drama and is as terrible at wrenching and adjusting as I am:

Over 6 weeks I've messed with setback and height, riding for two longish rides (40-50 miles) before I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-09, 08:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,175
Posted By mascher

We shop at the same place heh, the one I ditched...

We shop at the same place heh, the one I ditched was a Filzer dB4LW-C.

My range is probably under $40 retail at a shop. Maybe realistically $30 when I feel like I'm spending $40 on a calculator...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-09, 08:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By mascher

3 rides in, one on a sunny, dry and not hot day,...

3 rides in, one on a sunny, dry and not hot day, one on a sunny warm day, one on a sunny and sweating bullets humid day, and I think I'm with you bd. They feel kind of hot because they cover your...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-09, 08:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,175
Posted By mascher

What's the bare minimum one spend on a wireless...

What's the bare minimum one spend on a wireless computer and actually get something pretty good? I had a $20 one that I got halfway into setting up the wired cadence before I decided it was total...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-09, 07:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By mascher

I run a dillo on the back of my city bike and got...

I run a dillo on the back of my city bike and got way fewer flats than with what I ran previously (race/training tires and Gatorskins). I think I had anomalous experiences, but I had two...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-09, 10:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By mascher

For the record, I just got a pair of the Fox...

For the record, I just got a pair of the Fox Airlines, exactly hideous with big rubber chunky things that Fox users apparenly love.

I just wanted to report that the 2009s are happily Clarino fake...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-09, 01:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,740
Posted By mascher

Without pics your discussion of the pic of the...

Without pics your discussion of the pic of the bulge in the back of the shorts is academic.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-09, 10:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By mascher

Wow, I thought I was tough because I did the...

Wow, I thought I was tough because I did the Manayunk Wall on morning rides last year... until I realized it was less than half a mile, and mostly 12% except for a tiny 18% section. Well done.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-09, 03:01 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,573
Posted By mascher

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid: ignore the stoopid name,...

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid: ignore the stoopid name, this is my latest tasty nugget, pretty amazingly complex for something that comes comparitively cheap here, very nice creamy body like a cream ale,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-09, 02:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By mascher

That's actually what I did with the first bike I...

That's actually what I did with the first bike I built up that was all random scrounged parts hastily thrown together. I arrived at the fit on this bike by transposing that to another bike less...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-09, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By mascher

That's interesting, I'll give that a try - I like...

That's interesting, I'll give that a try - I like that the answer is pretty much "lower it, then raise it."
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-09, 10:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By mascher

gradual saddle height adjustment

For the moment I'm stuck with a bike that only sort of fits me, and I'm at the fringes of stock bike fit (tall with avg inseam for my height but long torso and long arms).

To try to make things...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-09, 10:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,180
Posted By mascher

Heh, I'm a Canajun and I knew a guy from...

Heh, I'm a Canajun and I knew a guy from Vegreville, which to me is about as far north as you can go in North American and still have trees and Saabs. Just said since you mentioned Red Deer. I'm a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-09, 05:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,180
Posted By mascher

I did my longest ride of the year so far, ~60...

I did my longest ride of the year so far, ~60 miles from South Philly to West Chester and back. I'm learning that resting, pacing and eating thing to prevent hitting the wall and turning into a slow...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-09, 06:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,487
Posted By mascher

heh, I really must explain - that pic was taken...

heh, I really must explain - that pic was taken for my stupid blog on a horrible slushy winter day where I started early and left late and had caught a flat just before I got to work and couldn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-09, 02:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,487
Posted By mascher

but but but... I can essplain! ...

but but but... I can essplain!

MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-09, 02:19 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,487
Posted By mascher

Anything grungier, urbaner and flatter than...

Anything grungier, urbaner and flatter than inside a metro station?

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/ieatrats666/DSCF0123.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-09, 07:17 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,101
Posted By mascher

Oh sigh, this trouble of being a cyclist and the...

Oh sigh, this trouble of being a cyclist and the common obstacles one must face typically being motor vehicles and armed assailants. If not for that I'd suggest that the most obvious response would...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 696
Posted By mascher

I continue to get saddle sores no matter what...

I continue to get saddle sores no matter what shorts, chamois cream, how I treat the area with alcohol/salicylic acid cleanser/polysporin and I think I've narrowed it down to simply my bike fit is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-09, 12:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,268
Posted By mascher

Woah. Belt and suspenders here too - saddle...

Woah.

Belt and suspenders here too - saddle bag that holds a tube, 3CO2s, patch kit, plus a dual CO2/high pressure pump. When I go on rides where either I'm going more than 40 miles or I know I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By mascher

That's an excellent answer. My saddle height is...

That's an excellent answer. My saddle height is all juked to go with my frame size and I was trying to learn to get my heel down when I was trying to be more intensive with trainer training this...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-09, 02:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By mascher

Thanks folks, gonna check out the Foxs, Crafts...

Thanks folks, gonna check out the Foxs, Crafts and 661s.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-09, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By mascher

Tommeke must never have fallen down or took tae...

Tommeke must never have fallen down or took tae kwon do or something to learn not to put his hands out to break a fall. I am unwilling to HTFU in this regard. Also, my favorite pair of gloves has a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-09, 10:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By mascher

Wow, they're not hotter than fingerless gloves? ...

Wow, they're not hotter than fingerless gloves? I already know how their full-fingered gloves fit (I wear the cheapest Fox full-fingered ones for not-super-cold weather, or with liners for coldish...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-09, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By mascher

Unpadded Gloves with non-leather palms: Recommendations

I've never liked padded gloves, and now that most of my miles are on the road, I like them less. After a couple of tries a few years ago, I tried PI's $40 gel glove and it was uncomfortable, made my...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-08, 10:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By mascher

Question first: for the Soma, when you say...

Question first: for the Soma, when you say "unlimited" stack height, does that mean you can have any length steerer and stem, and it's just built for that? I didn't know they came that big off the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-08, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By mascher

Large folks and custom frame questions

I've been reading a bunch of threads about customs and just larger riders and frames in general, and I'm seriously considering a custom frame, but I have a few questions for large folks who couldn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By mascher

Thanks for the confirmation folks. Yeah, I...

Thanks for the confirmation folks.

Yeah, I am careful attaching the wheel for that reason and another. I have this one in particular because it had a higher wattage rating (heavier flywheel I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By mascher

Trainers and tire pressure

I tried to search but didn't come up with anything useful.

Short version: will running low tire pressure on the trainer do any appreciable damage to the wheel for any reason? I'm not concerned...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,943
Posted By mascher

Never having wiped a baby, I didn't realize that...

Never having wiped a baby, I didn't realize that some have alcohol and/or antiseptic/antibacterial stuff in them and others are just wet. The ones I most recently bought were just wet. Hence...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-08, 07:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,943
Posted By mascher

wrt the advice to immediately after the ride...

wrt the advice to immediately after the ride remove one's shorts and swap the area with a wipe and alcohol - I discovered today that the difference between 70% and 91% alcohol is ah woo heh woah...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 688
Posted By mascher

Hee hee, that's what I got out of the replies,...

Hee hee, that's what I got out of the replies, though I somehow read that last sentence as "Your flesh on the road has much less control or friction than your tires way beyond beef." :eek:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 10:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 688
Posted By mascher

For sure, I was totally in the hoods and my rear...

For sure, I was totally in the hoods and my rear was as rearward as possible. I'm currently making a concerted effort to have good control in the drops at speed, but this was not one of the times.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 09:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 688
Posted By mascher

It kind of felt like I broke loose before I hit...

It kind of felt like I broke loose before I hit the paint, but I really don't know, but yeah, of course the paint is the probable culprit. I'm very familiar with that, and I'm much better at riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 688
Posted By mascher

Inclines - recovering from bad moves

I really lucked out the other day, and it made me seriously consider that I really have no idea what to do in such a situation.

On my small morning loop, I often come back on a short road in quasi...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-08, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By mascher

The midrange shorts and bibs from Voler have a...

The midrange shorts and bibs from Voler have a pretty unpadded chamois and I've found it alright. The Pactimo ones I just got also have a pretty thin one, but I haven't ridden them yet. The ultra...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-08, 03:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 982
Posted By mascher

I thought they were pretty crappy and not a value...

I thought they were pretty crappy and not a value for $24. I found them to retain moisture everywhere and the chamois to be uncomfortable - they're hidden deep in the closet now, but I remember...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-08, 05:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By mascher

Splitting distance between rides

I'm probably in the best biking shape I've been in since I first got a bike, and I'm to the point where I'm pushing larger distances and starting to hit available time as a boundary. Say, I used to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-08, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 765
Posted By mascher

I don't know why I think this, but those bars...

I don't know why I think this, but those bars might be even narrower than you think. TTT bars are measured outside to outside, so a 42 is actually a "real" 40 measured center to center. I only know...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-08, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 883
Posted By mascher

When you get smitten you know you done been...

When you get smitten you know you done been smote. Wrath of g_d has no time for grammar fun.

Get well soon.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-08, 02:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,682
Posted By mascher

The poster has had an Opus and a Norco, so I feel...

The poster has had an Opus and a Norco, so I feel their Canadian pain - at the mercy of Canadian distributors, even for the big marques, you sometimes can't get common production bikes even if you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-08, 01:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,672
Posted By mascher

I'm kind of glad someone who spends all day in...

I'm kind of glad someone who spends all day in soggy shorts in water (ugh, graphically) replied to this thread and faced the wrath of botto. I've tried Chamois Butter, Bag Balm and Udderly Smooth,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-08, 10:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,782
Posted By mascher

:twitchy: So not following that link now,...

:twitchy:

So not following that link now, out of the curiosity of having run over a squirrel myself and not crashed or killed the animal.

Yikes.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-08, 12:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,290
Posted By mascher

Assuming the Hammer ones are the same as the...

Assuming the Hammer ones are the same as the standard Voler logo bibs (same price, same chamois), I found them kind of cheap in the materials but put together well. After my first ride in them in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-08, 08:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,132
Posted By mascher

More DiNotte shillage: I'm still quite happy...

More DiNotte shillage: I'm still quite happy with my lights, if less happy with riding at night, which happily I don't have to do out of necessity. Super easy to take off one bike and put on...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-08, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 443
Posted By mascher

Yeah, I'm taking for granted that I totally do...

Yeah, I'm taking for granted that I totally do that, every time, making eye contact, every time. That's a good point.
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