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11-29-18, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By hobkirk

CF Specialized Roubaix - drop-out flex? Need new frame?

Do I need a new frame?

History - I've I had about 1/8" play at brake caliper in my rear wheel for a long time -

2013 - I think this pre-dates the problem, but it's probably relevant. I...
06-11-18, 04:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,134
Posted By hobkirk

Yup. I carry a cable in my handlebar bag. What a...

Yup. I carry a cable in my handlebar bag. What a joy to have it when the cable snapped just inside the head 25 miles from home. I also carry two Allen wrenches (much nicer to use than the typical...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-18, 08:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,864
Posted By hobkirk

Tire Pressure: How to test for "too low"?

What's the limiting factor on low tire pressure? Obviously is the tire rolls off the rim when cornering, but beyond that:


"Feel" - responsiveness?
Getting flats?

Tech Details


2008...
03-11-18, 08:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 672
Posted By hobkirk

Helmet Quick Release Buckle?

The clasp or buckle on my helmet broke. One of the 2 prongs broke. I've often found the buckle a PITA to release, especially if I'm wearing gloves. So I will get a 5/8" replacement, probably just...
01-30-18, 05:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,911
Posted By hobkirk

POLL: Do you stretch before/after rides?

I don't stretch unless it's been a hard ride, but I'm interested to hear YOUR experience, especially older riders (ages 50 to about early 60's seems pretty different than 70).
This is my first poll,...
01-28-18, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By hobkirk

Forest - That's pretty good. Thanks for the smile.

Forest - That's pretty good. Thanks for the smile.
01-26-18, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By hobkirk

Why didn't you think of that?

By happenstance* I ended up on the Sharper Image website. What a trip down memory lane... Hey, they have a section on BIKES...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-17, 06:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,483
Posted By hobkirk

Thanks for sharing, both the data and your...

Thanks for sharing, both the data and your thoughts.
I'm impressed by an average of 63' ascent per mile. I consider anything over 50' to be hilly.
More data? How old are you?

This is my 7th...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-17, 11:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 950
Posted By hobkirk

I concur - excellent link. Thank you "Rewarming"...

I concur - excellent link. Thank you "Rewarming" is an excellent word I just added to my vocabulary.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-17, 12:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 950
Posted By hobkirk

My BP seems to range all over the place. ...

My BP seems to range all over the place.


Doctors always tell me it's fine, altho I don't remember the numbers. In the last 5 years, after a lifetime of rarely needing a doctor, I've had...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-17, 12:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 950
Posted By hobkirk

As stated, this has happened often over the last...

As stated, this has happened often over the last 40 years (except the tingling fingers, I think that only started in recent years*). But to answer you questions:


On this day, it was about 45...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-17, 12:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 950
Posted By hobkirk

Cold! 1-2 hours after ride, fingers tingle

Sometimes 1-2 hours after a cold ride I feel "chilled to the bone" even though I only got moderately cold while riding and don't sweat much (hat soaked).


I will come in to my 70 house, sit at...
11-26-17, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By hobkirk

First reply, from a non mech! (altho I did run a...

First reply, from a non mech! (altho I did run a car repair shop (mine) for 14 years)
I'd feel fine if there were 3 full threads. I don't think there's much stress pulling against the nut.
11-26-17, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,109
Posted By hobkirk

Mid-foot?

Somewhere I read that the favored cleat position for riders in the 3K Race Across America generally is mid-sole.


That is "as far back as it can go" (as several said) in most cycling shoes.
...
08-21-17, 09:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,800
Posted By hobkirk

FWIW, a German rider joined our Wednesday Wheeler...

FWIW, a German rider joined our Wednesday Wheeler group for one ride (30-mile road). He was wearing a helmet with a chin guard, shoulder pads (from motocross?), elbow pads, knee pads, and padded...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-17, 09:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,154
Posted By hobkirk

Sy - Are you being funny? Or rude? Getting...

Sy - Are you being funny? Or rude? Getting knocked out is scary.


To the OP: I had a seemingly almost identical experience:

Last year I went over the bars, crushed my helmet, and have no...
08-15-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,501
Posted By hobkirk

I'm fat but fit - 230# @ 6'1" (I've shrunk 3/4")....

I'm fat but fit - 230# @ 6'1" (I've shrunk 3/4"). I rarely ride 2 days in a row and I ride about 100 miles a week. 2 years ago I did intervals and I'd regularly get my AHM to 150 for minute 2-8* or...
08-15-17, 02:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,120
Posted By hobkirk

You don't list your location, so this suggestion...

You don't list your location, so this suggestion might be irrelevant. When I started 7 years ago, I rode my 35-year-old steel bike (new tires & chain). I've never been a joiner, but this time I did,...
08-15-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,739
Posted By hobkirk

I rode by the North Bridge park entrance...

I rode by the North Bridge park entrance yesterday. No girls! Now I'm disappointed...

In my first year riding (age 64), I failed to unclip 3 times. Once was coming downhill in Sudbury into a T...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-17, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 894
Posted By hobkirk

Replacement soles: I bought my Sidi's used...

Replacement soles: I bought my Sidi's used through eBay about 3 years ago. I was immediately impressed by how effective the ratchet straps were and the extra stiffness. But they get old. The soles...
06-27-17, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By hobkirk

I've test ridden 5 bikes from 3 different shops....

I've test ridden 5 bikes from 3 different shops. They all had bikes in stock in my size and one shop spent about 20-30 minutes fitting me. I ended up buying a used bike, but I still use the "fitting"...
06-27-17, 03:26 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,222
Posted By hobkirk

Wipe your brow...

I use head bands - Nike terry-cloth (?) is my favorite, but I also like my two Halo bands.

BUT I still like to wipe my brow often, so I keep two bandannas in my handlebar bag. Susan, a lovely...
06-23-17, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By hobkirk

Hub overhaul? Ksyrium Elite, Great service! Hub clicks?

I had a problem (posted here) with excess play in my rear wheel.

I went to Wheelworks in Belmont and handed the rear wheel to the tech. "No problem here. Do you have the bike?"
With the wheel...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-17, 04:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,641
Posted By hobkirk

I got fitted 7 years ago when I started. It was...

I got fitted 7 years ago when I started. It was very precise, took around an hour. It was a system used by Specialized, IIRC.

I think it helped, but not much more than the fitting the same shop...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-17, 04:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,349
Posted By hobkirk

I wasn't there, so I can't know what happened,...

I wasn't there, so I can't know what happened, how his voice sounded, how your voice sounded, etc. But you say some VERY nice things about him. Maybe you're being overly sensitive? I've never been a...
06-17-17, 12:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By hobkirk

My bike is a 2007 CF Roubaix w/ Fizik tape and...

My bike is a 2007 CF Roubaix w/ Fizik tape and clear gel shaped pads (I don't remember where it came from). I just replaced my shifters so I am re-taping. My experience:

Initially I reused my...
06-17-17, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,256
Posted By hobkirk

Congratulations. You're doing great if you're...

Congratulations. You're doing great if you're satisfied.
FWIW, I started riding at 64 and decided to JUMP IN DEEP! (That's always been my standard style (idiocy?))

Week 1 (starting 6/1/2010) =...
06-15-17, 07:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 880
Posted By hobkirk

Rear tire sliding on sharp, fast turn - 1/8" play or tire?

How much wheel axle play is OK? How much tire wear is OK?
(I know both Q's are lame, but I really am curious.)

My bike rear tire seems to slide sometimes on hard right turns taken at speed (T...
06-03-17, 08:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,780
Posted By hobkirk

Nail Polish OK for Paint Touch-up?

I have a 2007 GT road bike, CF, painted, with a couple spots where the paint has scraped off.

Is it OK to use fingernail polish? I expect the drug store will have silver and white as well as a...
06-03-17, 08:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,506
Posted By hobkirk

Thank you very much, Carbon Fiber Boy. I've...

Thank you very much, Carbon Fiber Boy. I've already ordered it.
05-31-17, 08:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,506
Posted By hobkirk

"Snap-on transmitter" - what's that? I use a...

"Snap-on transmitter" - what's that? I use a strap like someone showed in a response below.

Great. But which Polar strap? I went to the site and get confused. "Coded" vs "Non-coded," some say...
05-30-17, 11:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,000
Posted By hobkirk

More Information on Original Post - Michael is RIDING!

I just noticed this thread had resurfaced. In case anyone is curious...

Michael was about to leave on a week-long mountain hike when he had the problems I described in the original post.
He was...
05-29-17, 08:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,506
Posted By hobkirk

Thanks all

Thanks for your responses.

Saliva used to work well to get it started, but it's more hit or miss now
Position shouldn't matter much - the chest is just a big cavity. That said, I did verify...
05-29-17, 05:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,686
Posted By hobkirk

EXCELLENT! I worked it more and more. I wanted to...

EXCELLENT! I worked it more and more. I wanted to follow your advice of removing the cable, but I had to get some clicking before I could get the shifter to align with the cable access hole.
...
05-29-17, 03:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,506
Posted By hobkirk

Heart Rate Monitor strap failing - new strap or armband?

Maybe this is an old geezer problem. Maybe it's just that nothing lasts forever, and I'm just too cheap to replace things. Probably both.

I'm 71, been riding for 7 years, always with the original...
05-29-17, 03:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,686
Posted By hobkirk

105 shifters stopped working

I bought a Lemond 7-speed bike with all 105. It looked good - it seemed like it hadn't gotten much use. I rode it a couple hundred yards and it seemed to work and shift fine. $250. I planned to use...
05-14-17, 09:02 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,426
Posted By hobkirk

Glad you are OK. 11 months ago I had a...

Glad you are OK.

11 months ago I had a similar experience on my most common ride, a ride I know very well.
I went over my handlebars, landed on my head, and broke my pelvis (small crack, back on...
04-18-17, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,735
Posted By hobkirk

Outstanding reply. Thank you. Naturally I need...

Outstanding reply. Thank you. Naturally I need more, more, more!

I have a RivNut kit, but I figured there would be something special for CF bikes.
I should use an aluminum ribbed low-profile,...
04-18-17, 09:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,735
Posted By hobkirk

Bottle Cage Threaded Receptacle Pulled Out of CF Frame

One of the metal nut receptacles in my CF frame pulled out. This happened about a year ago, and a replacement was fitted by an excellent tech at my LBS. I do not know exactly how he did it, and I...
03-11-17, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,894
Posted By hobkirk

Okay, divulge! What tastes great and is nearly...

Okay, divulge! What tastes great and is nearly impossible to overeat? I need a challenge.

(I am asking this on behalf of a friend!)

PS - I think you must spend too much time on your posts....
03-02-17, 11:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By hobkirk

Thank you! You certainly are 100% on point. Yes,...

Thank you! You certainly are 100% on point. Yes, I don't need the 11T gear, especially on a winter or back-up bike. And I did a quick search on the alternative RD (only $34!) and stem. Excellent
03-02-17, 06:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By hobkirk

Bought LeMond steel bike w/ 105 8-speed - I need help changing gearing

I need to adapt this new bike for my needs. I would like to stick with the existing equipment as much as possible, but 12-23 with 53/39 will never work for me.


Step 1 is Gearing - dropouts 135...
01-24-17, 05:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,343
Posted By hobkirk

Nailed it!

Nailed it!
12-31-16, 09:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,736
Posted By hobkirk

Outstanding! I seem to have the identical...

Outstanding!
I seem to have the identical symptom in the identical location in virtually the identical time frame. 3 days ago, I asked my wife (retired hot-shot nurse) - she had no clue. I didn't...
12-28-16, 08:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,148
Posted By hobkirk

Wow! Your post scares me. I've only been...

Wow! Your post scares me.
I've only been riding 6 years but I ride 2-5K miles per year and I lead several group rides (largest was 70, smallest 15).
Losing focus? I think you said you had even...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-16, 10:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,475
Posted By hobkirk

Cleaning road salt after a ride - How?

Once the DPW has started salting the roads, I try to spray the brakes, cassette, RD, FD, chain rings, and brakes with water from the right and then the left. I lean the bike against something and let...
12-16-16, 10:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By hobkirk

Brake Caliper Maintenance

My rear brake caliper (Ultegra 6700, I think) was not fully releasing. (I ride the bike in NE weather, including after slat has been used.)

I was able to solve the problem on the ride by backing...
12-07-16, 10:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,121
Posted By hobkirk

4 years ago I was leading my annual "Bonsai...

4 years ago I was leading my annual "Bonsai Ride," - after the ride, we eat the lunch we ordered inside the courtyard of Bonsai West (the owner is a good friend). This was my 3rd time. There were 70...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-16, 11:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,487
Posted By hobkirk

Is broken pelvis a "common" roadie injury?

In June I went over the bars on my 31-mile most common route. Broken pelvis (small fracture). At my yearly cancer doctor visit, my doc's immediate question was: "Did you do it cycling?" She said...
11-13-16, 10:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,414
Posted By hobkirk

FWIW, I went over my bars 5 months ago. Broken...

FWIW, I went over my bars 5 months ago. Broken Pelvis and concussion (no memory of 30 seconds before accident, no idea what could have caused it).

It was a small fracture (no "displacement" I...
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