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10-11-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By jackb

My wife, my son, and cycled from Pasau Germany...

My wife, my son, and cycled from Pasau Germany through Austria to Bratislava this past spring. The company which provided the bikes had Marathon Plus tires on all their bikes rented for touring. We...
10-08-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By jackb

There are no "meaningful" posts here, just...

There are no "meaningful" posts here, just folks talking about what they like to talk about. It's kind of fun, don't you think? Of course, life has no meaning either. You're born, you cycle, you...
10-08-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,973
Posted By jackb

For recreational cyclists, pedals are completely...

For recreational cyclists, pedals are completely a matter of preference. You can't know what you prefer until you try them. I've gone from toe clips to clipless to BMX flat pedals. At each stage I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By jackb

I'm a standard medium in most of the clothes...

I'm a standard medium in most of the clothes that I buy, but when I buy bicycle clothes I always but large because cycle clothing sizing assumes that I have the body of a pro cyclist. I don't. I...
10-06-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,410
Posted By jackb

Domane SL 5 disc.

Domane SL 5 disc.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,235
Posted By jackb

Park is well-known, but you can pick up cheaper...

Park is well-known, but you can pick up cheaper tools online. For example, I just bought a set of three allen keys with the plastic T handle that all the bike mechanics use. I got them for $2.89...
09-13-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,874
Posted By jackb

The OP was not talking about pro level cycling or...

The OP was not talking about pro level cycling or even amateur racing. I believe he is simply sharing his views regarding the kind of cycling most of us do, that is, recreational cycling. His...
09-13-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,874
Posted By jackb

Yes, you are right. As a person who does not...

Yes, you are right. As a person who does not golf, I simply chose the wrong number. But you are right. I was trying to compare recreational cycling with recreational participation in other sports...
09-12-19, 10:09 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,874
Posted By jackb

Are you kidding me? These things are skills? ...

Are you kidding me? These things are skills? Perhaps in the pro peloton, but for the rest of us? How many years does it take to master looking over your shoulder without wobbling. Do you practice...
09-12-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,874
Posted By jackb

What exactly are these skills that are so...

What exactly are these skills that are so difficult to master in cycling that would enable me to ride with a group and that can't easily be acquired? The first time I rode with a group, a serious...
09-12-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,874
Posted By jackb

I'm not sure what it means to be a good cyclist. ...

I'm not sure what it means to be a good cyclist. I assume that in most contexts the word really refers to fitness because somehow riding fast is associated with being good. I'm 71 and have been...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,676
Posted By jackb

Do a web search for Global Cycling Network and...

Do a web search for Global Cycling Network and watch their video on 105 vs Dura Ace. I think you will be surprised.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,191
Posted By jackb

If you are planning on breaking away, this is the...

If you are planning on breaking away, this is the music for you.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 697
Posted By jackb

Bigger cog or smaller chain rings?

I have a 2018 Domane SL5 disc which I like very much. It runs 50x34 chain rings in the from and an 11x32 cog set. I would very much like a a lower gear for getting up the really big hills that I...
08-03-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,674
Posted By jackb

The concerns over cycling strike me as symptoms...

The concerns over cycling strike me as symptoms of a mild anxiety disorder. I suffer from this disorder, though it hasn't affected my cycling, but it has many other activities that I do. I take...
07-26-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,555
Posted By jackb

Why would Simple Green destroy the chain? I've...

Why would Simple Green destroy the chain? I've used it and hosed the chain to get it off, then used White Lightning Clean after the chain dried.
07-23-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 10,162
Posted By jackb

The OP appears to be pissed off at something or...

The OP appears to be pissed off at something or other, thus the bitter tone of much of what he says. As another poster responded, who cares why you ride, and , by the way, who cares about your...
07-23-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,472
Posted By jackb

I'm not sure it's your pedaling. Feeling mild...

I'm not sure it's your pedaling. Feeling mild discomfort after a long day doing anything strikes me as normal. I feel mild discomfort a good deal of the time, not just in cycling but in almost...
07-03-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,837
Posted By jackb

Of course the people who put the least value on...

Of course the people who put the least value on reading the so-called "classics" are those who are not familiar with them or, if they had ever read them, didn't understand them. In this case the...
07-03-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,837
Posted By jackb

Of course the people who put the least value on...

Of course the people who put the least value on reading the so-called "classics" are those who are not familiar with them or, if they had ever read them, didn't understand them. In this case the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,877
Posted By jackb

Glad to hear you are free from the tyranny of...

Glad to hear you are free from the tyranny of numbers. I have a cycle computer and use it for the correct time and total distance for a ride. That's it. Even the distance is not important, but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,532
Posted By jackb

There are always technical difference between...

There are always technical difference between bikes on paper, but in everyday cycling those differences are often difficult to perceive. My wife has the SL6 disc and I have the SL5 disc. I have...
06-08-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,179
Posted By jackb

Whatís the big deal with an ebike?? If you want...

Whatís the big deal with an ebike?? If you want one, get one. If you donít want one, donít get one.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,403
Posted By jackb

I didn't say that. If it is a sealed system,...

I didn't say that. If it is a sealed system, nothing can get in or out unless a leak develops. It there is no leak and air is in the line, it stays until bled out. If there is no air in the line,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,403
Posted By jackb

I don't see how air can "work its way" into the...

I don't see how air can "work its way" into the brakeline if it is a sealed system. In order for air to get in, there would have to be a leak, in which case fluid would leak out. My wife hangs her...
05-31-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 33,179
Posted By jackb

My wife, my son, and I just came back from...

My wife, my son, and I just came back from cycling across Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia. We had miserable weather and strong headwinds almost everyday. Part-way through the trio we called our...
05-23-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,765
Posted By jackb

Two eggs over easy and an English muffin keep me...

Two eggs over easy and an English muffin keep me till noon. Oatmeal leaves me hungry in two hours. Twenty point drop in bad cholesterol with the eggs .
Forum: Fatbikes
05-07-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,109
Posted By jackb

I don't plan on riding on snow primarily because...

I don't plan on riding on snow primarily because I don't like riding in the cold. Once the temps drop below 50 degrees, I leave the bikes in the garage and take walks. I'm thinking that I would...
Forum: Fatbikes
05-02-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,109
Posted By jackb

Thanks for your views. I've pretty much decided...

Thanks for your views. I've pretty much decided against a fat bike because it looks like overkill. Now I'm thinking about a 27.5+ with 2.8 tires or just a plain old mtb with 2.2 tires. I'll think...
04-29-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,309
Posted By jackb

I use a bell, but many pedestrians do not hear me...

I use a bell, but many pedestrians do not hear me because they have ear buds in. When they do hear me, they generally move to the right. When they don't, I pass as widely as possibly. I always say...
Forum: Fatbikes
04-26-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,109
Posted By jackb

should I buy a fat bike or a rigid mt. bike?

I'm primarily a road cyclist, but I'm getting tired of sharing the road with cars and truck and would like to some off-road cycling. I would be riding primarily on establish trails with nothing ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,055
Posted By jackb

How many watts difference are necessary before a...

How many watts difference are necessary before a cyclist can actually feel the difference in rolling resistance? I can't even feel the difference between the rolling resistance between the 42mm...
04-25-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,566
Posted By jackb

I never thought that cycling was an endurance...

I never thought that cycling was an endurance sport, or a sport at all. For me it is a recreational activity. When I go out for a 20 mile ride, I'm not enduring anything nor am I in a competition. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,563
Posted By jackb

I wear tights over a pair of bike shorts and...

I wear tights over a pair of bike shorts and layer up top. As the day warms I remove the tights and put them in my jersey pocket along with an upper layer. I'd like to use a lightweight rack, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 28,724
Posted By jackb

I've had a Trek Domane SLDisc 5 for almost a year...

I've had a Trek Domane SLDisc 5 for almost a year now. My wife has the next model up. Already I"ve have had to fiddle with brake adjustments more than I've had to do with any previous bikes with...
04-20-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,405
Posted By jackb

A few years ago a blood test revealed that I had...

A few years ago a blood test revealed that I had a vitamin D deficiency. I started taking vitamin D supplements. As a result, I no longer have that deficiency. So what is the problem with...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 13,042
Posted By jackb

One of the most unhealthy things you can do is...

One of the most unhealthy things you can do is read all these articles that tell you what is bad for you. Then you worry and, perhaps, alter your diet, not necessarily for the good. As far as I can...
04-07-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By jackb

Screeching rear brake

My wife has a Trek SLR 6, which she bought last summer. It probably has less than 1000 miles on it. When she went for a ride yesterday the rear brake screeched loudly at the point where the bike came...
04-03-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 24,201
Posted By jackb

Everything depends on the individual LBS. I have...

Everything depends on the individual LBS. I have access to a few, and one I simply avoid because I don't like their work. Some of the mechanics know what they are doing and some do not. It's hit...
03-29-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,542
Posted By jackb

Unless you have a bicycle with junk parts, you...

Unless you have a bicycle with junk parts, you should not have to replace these parts so soon. I've been cycling regularly for for over 40 years and I have never had to replace chainrings or a...
03-24-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,361
Posted By jackb

I watch don't eat too much, and I exercise...

I watch don't eat too much, and I exercise regularly, but only walking, cycling, and skiing. I drink plenty of wine, whiskey and beer. Never count calories or avoid any particular foods.
03-24-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,084
Posted By jackb

A quick recovery, for sure. My recovery took a...

A quick recovery, for sure. My recovery took a good two months before I was able to hike. As is was late fall-early winter, I stayed off the bike. But I was skiing both downhill and cross-country...
03-24-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,709
Posted By jackb

My wife, adult son, and I are cycing from Passau,...

My wife, adult son, and I are cycing from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, in May. I like active trips, so any trip usually involves cycling or hiking.
03-16-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 902
Posted By jackb

Sportneer. Never heard of it, but only eighty ...

Sportneer. Never heard of it, but only eighty bucks from Amazon. Works great.
03-14-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,768
Posted By jackb

I never quite understood the close connection in...

I never quite understood the close connection in cycling between just plain cycling for fun and what you call "hardcore." That connection doesn't really exist in many other outdoor activities. for...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 9,878
Posted By jackb

I've been cycling for almost 50 years and I never...

I've been cycling for almost 50 years and I never heard of wearing out the rims because of braking with rim brakes. That said, I think the best reason for disc brakes is the additional clearance for...
01-30-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,957
Posted By jackb

This is just the sort of article that makes...

This is just the sort of article that makes reading it a waste of time. It begins with all you need to know without the bother of reading. Can bone health be at risk for cyclists and kayakers? A...
01-21-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,213
Posted By jackb

Sorry to hear you live on flatland. I hope there...

Sorry to hear you live on flatland. I hope there are compensations. I don't like cycling on the flats because it's uninteresting. I like variations in elevation for the reasons you do. Plus, the...
01-19-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,857
Posted By jackb

Weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics...

Weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics matter primarily on paper, which is not to say that they don't matter while riding, but unless your bike is extremely light or heavy, with very great or...
01-17-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,414
Posted By jackb

I try to get a good workout every other day. In...

I try to get a good workout every other day. In winter, if I don't walk or ski, then I ride the trainer, usually, every other day unless there is enough snow to ski around the golf course near my...
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