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09-21-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By Helderberg

Good bye, ride on and be safe.

I wanted to post that I will not be checking in on the Bike Forum anymore. If you respond to any of my previous posts and I do not respond I am not being rude, I am simply not coming back. If I have...
09-16-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,193
Posted By Helderberg

My first time with clipless.

After having ridden a bike from the age of 9, with about 20 years off from back surgery and such, to now at 73 years of age today was my first time with clipless pedals. I worked them at home,...
09-15-22, 04:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 539
Posted By Helderberg

I have transitioned from a steel frame road bike...

I have transitioned from a steel frame road bike with friction shifters in the '80s, a low-end MTB style bike when I retired in 2014, Hybrid caliper, Hybrid Disc, and Gravel/Allrounder now. Had back...
09-04-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 744
Posted By Helderberg

I am glad you came away with some knowledge you...

I am glad you came away with some knowledge you can use to this day. :thumb: The winters could be rough especially when I was doing new work with no heat. As my company became better established I...
09-04-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 744
Posted By Helderberg

We have been in NC 8 years this December. I also...

We have been in NC 8 years this December. I also miss the NY seasons. Here is a photo of my work Van when I was in business. This is my home screen on my laptop. I know it sounds crazy but I really...
08-27-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,295
Posted By Helderberg

For me, it would be your #2 and #4. I would also...

For me, it would be your #2 and #4. I would also add that doing what works for you as opposed to what is the expert opinion of what is right. I have to configure my bike to be comfortable/rideable...
08-27-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 744
Posted By Helderberg

Not any real dirt here to ride. This is just off...

Not any real dirt here to ride. This is just off the Greenway between my area and Wakeforest. I saw this a while back on one of my rides and when I got back there this time I decided to investigate....
08-26-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 744
Posted By Helderberg

Had a great ride today.

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08-22-22, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Posted By Helderberg

All I can tell you is these have helped me. I...

All I can tell you is these have helped me. I have arthritis in my shoulders, elbows, and wrists so I need to set up the bar in a manner that is not at all normal. I would say you might be able to...
08-21-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Posted By Helderberg

Redshift bars.

Swapped out my stock bars for these. Big improvement for my arthritis.

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08-19-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,043
Posted By Helderberg

Sorry, it took so long to get back to you. I...

Sorry, it took so long to get back to you. I could not find the box but I did last night.
Frank.
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08-11-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,043
Posted By Helderberg

I have a 105 Topstone with an Omega FSA. I...

I have a 105 Topstone with an Omega FSA. I replaced it with an FSA AGX 46/30 with a new BB. I didn't go with the Shimano because the front derailer would not match so going with the FSA AGX was and...
08-03-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By Helderberg

I have spent many hours on "Bike Insights"...

I have spent many hours on "Bike Insights" comparing my Topstone to other bikes I was considering as a replacement. The rear triangle on most of the bikes was nearly exactly the same and the reach is...
07-26-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 751
Posted By Helderberg

I ride Cannondale and would recommend the nylon...

I ride Cannondale and would recommend the nylon cages. Right or left is referring to the construction of the cage that allows easier access from the right or left. I guess this would depend on if you...
07-25-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By Helderberg

Interesting read, thanks. As is normaly the case,...

Interesting read, thanks. As is normaly the case, the posters got a bit off topic but I do get what the subject of the post is.
Thank you, Frank.
07-15-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,154
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you. I, unfortunately, do not understand...

Thank you. I, unfortunately, do not understand the importance of these stats but appreciate your attempt to educate me. I will look further, some time on Google, to better understand the effects of...
07-13-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,154
Posted By Helderberg

This seems to be my issue. I have, in the past,...

This seems to be my issue. I have, in the past, been able to take a size larger frame and make it work with stem and seat post. That has changed now that I am 73, pushing 74, I have found that I am...
07-13-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,154
Posted By Helderberg

This seems to be my issue. I have, in the past,...

This seems to be my issue. I have, in the past, been able to take a size larger frame and make it work with stem and seat post. That has changed now that I am 73, pushing 74, I have found that I am...
06-22-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,199
Posted By Helderberg

Shorts that have padding and are stretch. Like a...

Shorts that have padding and are stretch. Like a bib but shorts with some, I copied this from a posting on Amazon, "anti skid strip prevents shorts from bunching and rolling up while long distance...
06-19-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,157
Posted By Helderberg

I had a herniated disc in 1993-4 on my right...

I had a herniated disc in 1993-4 on my right side. Lost 80% of the muscle on the front of my lower right leg and 20% on the thigh. In 2001 I had a disc blowout and lost the use of my left leg's front...
06-15-22, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,208
Posted By Helderberg

JPPE, Thanks for posting this. I needed to hear...

JPPE, Thanks for posting this. I needed to hear this today.
Frank.
06-03-22, 04:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,380
Posted By Helderberg

I am a 73-year-old that made a living as a...

I am a 73-year-old that made a living as a plumber for 42 years. Lots of kneeling on concrete and working on ladders so I wear a firm compression knee sleeve on my left knee. If I let my knees splay...
06-03-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4,704
Views: 726,751
Posted By Helderberg

Ride in 91* weather.

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Hot and humid but a good day.
Frank.
04-19-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,977
Posted By Helderberg

I tried these with the flat bar handlebar but...

I tried these with the flat bar handlebar but they were too close together and I found it tricky to control on bumpy surfaces. I also changed the crankset from 175mm to a 165mm with the same gear...
03-28-22, 08:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,305
Posted By Helderberg

For me, it's my mileage. I like to know if I hit...

For me, it's my mileage. I like to know if I hit my goal for the ride but I don't dwell on other stats. I guess I do like to see my average but I don't push to make a particular mark. I try to ride...
03-08-22, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,315
Posted By Helderberg

Which Brooks saddle do you use? I have been...

Which Brooks saddle do you use? I have been thinking that I would try an Imperial 17 as I like a slotted seat surface.
Frank.
03-07-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,315
Posted By Helderberg

I would strongly suggest that you find a store...

I would strongly suggest that you find a store that has a trial time frame and a free return policy. That way you can have a chance to try the saddle and get an idea if it is right for you. I have...
01-14-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 949
Posted By Helderberg

Chilly but fun

Went out today for a nice ride. I have not been on the bike consistently for about two months so I am trying to get out for a ride often. Headed out on my usual warm-up leg and got hit in the face...
12-17-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By Helderberg

We had an old tandem, I believe it was a 5 speed...

We had an old tandem, I believe it was a 5 speed Schwinn. It had a drum rear brake and weighed a ton. My wife was not that much into it and once we had a second child it went into the basement. It...
11-16-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,554
Posted By Helderberg

I started back on a bike about four years ago...

I started back on a bike about four years ago after being off one for decades. I was told not to ride after back surgery to reverse a paralysis of my left leg and herniated disc on my right. Once I...
11-14-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,556
Posted By Helderberg

Most of the brand names are good bikes. The...

Most of the brand names are good bikes. The mechanical parts are similar to a price point so you can look at Trek, Cannondale, Giant, etc, and find similar models at a similar price but the geometry...
08-31-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,731
Posted By Helderberg

I give you a lot of credit. Nice ride. Frank.

I give you a lot of credit. Nice ride.
Frank.
08-22-21, 09:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,956
Posted By Helderberg

That's fine. Ride on and be safe. Thanks for the...

That's fine. Ride on and be safe. Thanks for the remark about my bike.
Frank.
08-22-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,956
Posted By Helderberg

I am a 72-year-old Vietnam war Vet that is...

I am a 72-year-old Vietnam war Vet that is dealing with PTSD every day. Maybe I am reading other things into this that you can not feel so please just pass it on by. Not thinking this would appeal to...
08-21-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,956
Posted By Helderberg

Still riding.

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I found this on a FB group and thought it...
08-02-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,362
Posted By Helderberg

What's next, Drone bikes so they can remove the...

What's next, Drone bikes so they can remove the biggest aero issue, the rider. The price is astounding.
Frank.
07-28-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,148
Posted By Helderberg

This is an interesting post. I was just telling...

This is an interesting post. I was just telling my younger daughter, 43 years old, that at my age, 72, I am really starting to feel my age. I don't recover like I think I should but I am finding that...
07-05-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,044
Posted By Helderberg

When I was in business I had two very interesting...

When I was in business I had two very interesting encounters with cats but that is for another posting.
I did not mean to insinuate that Pitbulls or Dobermans were evil. I was only stating that the...
06-30-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,044
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you all for your suggestions. Ride safe,...

Thank you all for your suggestions.
Ride safe, Frank.
06-21-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,559
Posted By Helderberg

I know that my "Dream" bike is very mundane...

I know that my "Dream" bike is very mundane compared to what is listed here but my dream bike is the one I have. After being told that I would/should never ride a bike again, back in 2002, my...
06-20-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,151
Posted By Helderberg

Congratulations on finding the bike. It will be...

Congratulations on finding the bike. It will be interesting to follow its transformation into your vision.
Be safe, Frank.
06-13-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1,047
Views: 268,452
Posted By Helderberg

I just swapped the 170.5 crankset for 165. Kept...

I just swapped the 170.5 crankset for 165. Kept the same 46/30 gearing and swapped the BB also.
Best move I have made in the fit of the bike.
Frank.
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06-06-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By Helderberg

This has been my experience also. I have a Hybrid...

This has been my experience also. I have a Hybrid and gone so far as to change the flat bars to a mustache style, wider tires, and crankset. this all helped but the right fit on a drop-bar gravel...
05-28-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 823
Posted By Helderberg

What the heck is that, oh, nevermind.

Yesterday the VA gave me my first hearing aids. I also received my package of a new bottom bracket and crankset from UPS. Today I installed the parts on my topstone. Threw it up on my stand, a couple...
05-20-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,912
Posted By Helderberg

I own a 2020 Topstone 105 and between these two...

I own a 2020 Topstone 105 and between these two bikes, I would lean toward the Triban. I find the 11 speeds I have on my 105 is a real benefit over the 9 speeds my Cannondale Quick with the Sora...
05-05-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 787
Posted By Helderberg

WOW, just wow. That is amazing at any age. ...

WOW, just wow. That is amazing at any age.
Frank.
05-04-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,044
Posted By Helderberg

I have decided to stick with the 46/30 crankset....

I have decided to stick with the 46/30 crankset. I like the 22 close ratios gear choices it gives me for the hills I have here and the limited flat. Now I just have to wait for the GRX chainset to...
04-30-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,345
Posted By Helderberg

Another perspective: From the Ti Chi guy, "If...

Another perspective: From the Ti Chi guy, "If that were me and my woman she would have killed me in my sleep. Must be on their Honeymoon." Just a thought.
Glad you both had a good experience and...
04-27-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 966
Posted By Helderberg

So leverage is my new favorite word. 8mm Allen...

So leverage is my new favorite word. 8mm Allen and a 30" piece of 3/4" iron pipe done. Now to find out what the bottom bracket dimension is and I can order my new crank and BB.
Thank you all for the...
04-26-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,335
Posted By Helderberg

I went from 175 on my Quick to 165 and it has...

I went from 175 on my Quick to 165 and it has helped my knees tremendously. Looking to change my Topstone from 172.5 to 165 also but am having a problem finding a GRX 2x11 in stock with the 165...
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