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11-23-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,833
Posted By Broctoon

I don't mean to criticize anyone for his choices...

I don't mean to criticize anyone for his choices in bike gear. Folks can use whatever works well for them, or whatever looks cool and appeals to them. My preferences lean toward the practical and...
11-23-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,456
Posted By Broctoon

Wealth is certainly relative. I see what...

Wealth is certainly relative.

I see what others around me have: big, new-ish homes with sprawling, beautifully landscaped yards. New cars. Bikes with carbon fiber frames and wheels, and electronic...
11-23-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,833
Posted By Broctoon

I like exploring various options for bike cargo,...

I like exploring various options for bike cargo, but I don't think I'd use something like this Jack thing-a-ma-jig.

Here's why:

For less money and easier installation, you can get a bag that...
11-23-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 301
Posted By Broctoon

Whether it's worth the hassle is a question only...

Whether it's worth the hassle is a question only you can answer.

Do you enjoy tinkering and learning new things? Then the answer is "probably."

If you're more interested in getting the bike...
11-13-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 428
Posted By Broctoon

The following is a true story. A few months...

The following is a true story.

A few months ago I was hiking in the mountains after dark with my dog. I had a good headlight, but we were in a densely wooded area, so I could see the trail ahead...
11-10-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,514
Posted By Broctoon

After I die, I hope someone will help my wife...

After I die, I hope someone will help my wife sell my bikes and guns for what they're worth, not what she thinks I paid.
11-10-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,076
Posted By Broctoon

I have no idea either. But in this range, I'd buy...

I have no idea either. But in this range, I'd buy the highest level I could reasonably afford. Law of diminishing returns doesn't come into play until you get much higher up the price scale. My...
11-10-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,076
Posted By Broctoon

That's just not true. OP has looked at Trek...

That's just not true.

OP has looked at Trek FX2 and FX3. I think these are great options. They have a super reputation; just skim through some threads in the hybrid bikes subforum and you'll see...
11-10-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,514
Posted By Broctoon

I don't see any crank (or any handlebar, saddle,...

I don't see any crank (or any handlebar, saddle, or wheel set) ever selling for tens of thousands of dollars as a collectible. I could be wrong. The way inflation is going, $10,000 might soon be not...
11-09-22, 10:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,928
Posted By Broctoon

All City and Surly both have some nice,...

All City and Surly both have some nice, moderately priced models. Soma makes some nice frames that shops sometimes build up into complete bikes at reasonable price.

If you're really looking for...
11-09-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Broctoon

Maybe it's a fake Cinelli. :lol: Sorry, it...

Maybe it's a fake Cinelli. :lol:

Sorry, it had to be said.
11-08-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 964
Posted By Broctoon

Inner tubes in these smaller sizes (trailer...

Inner tubes in these smaller sizes (trailer wheels) seem to only come with Schrader valves. I have never encountered a Schrader valve with a non-removable core. You just need the tool, and bottles of...
11-08-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 964
Posted By Broctoon

Those liners might work well for you. I've...

Those liners might work well for you. I've considered but never tried them.

In our kids' bikes and trailer tires I've been using Slime. It is pretty effective for preventing flats from goat head...
11-04-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

Indeed. If we keep it up, admins might kick the...

Indeed. If we keep it up, admins might kick the thread over to Foo.

Here's one more. She's younger here; pic was taken a couple years ago. This is in my backyard, right behind the garage where my...
11-04-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

Haven't heard from Paul yet, so I hope he's okay....

Haven't heard from Paul yet, so I hope he's okay. Because, you know, cats!


Here's a proof of life photo for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of yours truly. Also some more goldendoodle...
11-04-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

How do we know it's really Paul Barnard posting...

How do we know it's really Paul Barnard posting on BF, and not the cat? Obviously it can use a laptop. In fact, with no humans showing in the pictures above, how do we know they're still alive and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,305
Posted By Broctoon

I don't think Surly was mentioned yet. They offer...

I don't think Surly was mentioned yet. They offer a model or two that could work if your friend would consider a (gravel) road bike, and if your definition of "light" is pretty loose. They are more...
11-02-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,377
Posted By Broctoon

My wife has been sick and almost completely...

My wife has been sick and almost completely unable to ride lately. Prior to this, we went out together fairly often. One of our favorites is a Saturday morning ride to a local diner for brunch. We'd...
11-02-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,377
Posted By Broctoon

Around this time last year I bought a good indoor...

Around this time last year I bought a good indoor trainer, and I used it a lot that winter. I'm about to set it up and start using it again. I ride outside a little in the winter, just not often and...
11-02-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

My father-in-law has a cat that looks like this,...

My father-in-law has a cat that looks like this, only bigger. He is probably about 15 lbs. and mostly muscle. They have a large yard and vegetable garden, where Cat spends his time. He comes into the...
11-01-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

Here are a few really old guys who still race...

Here are a few really old guys who still race their bikes.

One is somewhere between 80 and 84, and the other is 85 to 89. I don't know their exact ages, but they both took first place in their...
11-01-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

rsbob, I like the shot of your goldendoodle a bit...

rsbob, I like the shot of your goldendoodle a bit farther up the thread. We have one that looks a lot like it...

This is Honey, my loyal companion both for laying around the house and outdoor...
11-01-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,244
Posted By Broctoon

I've seen this. Utah's West Desert is a very...

I've seen this. Utah's West Desert is a very desolate place, with millions of acres of undeveloped land. There is some private land, but a lot more public land. The whole corner of the state is...
10-30-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,351
Posted By Broctoon

Referring to the incident in my original post?...

Referring to the incident in my original post? No, it was not necessary. There were spectators nearby, and medical professionals as well. There would be no point in other racers stopping, unless one...
10-28-22, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 809
Posted By Broctoon

I'm only 52 but already feel my body starting to...

I'm only 52 but already feel my body starting to deteriorate in some areas. I've learned to be careful about starting out too hard from a dead stop on my fixed gear (or anytime a bike is in a higher...
10-27-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,962
Posted By Broctoon

Someone once told me this: Everything...

Someone once told me this:

Everything invented before we were born is accepted and taken for granted; we think it always existed. Anything invented from the time we're born to about 35 years old...
10-26-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,962
Posted By Broctoon

The threadís recent tangent into superheroes and...

The threadís recent tangent into superheroes and bullets reminds me of a funny cartoon.

...
10-26-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,962
Posted By Broctoon

Right? And how come Donald Duck wraps a towel...

Right? And how come Donald Duck wraps a towel around his waist when he gets out of the bath, yet he goes out in public wearing a sailor suit and no pants?
10-26-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,936
Posted By Broctoon

I've also heard "Good judgement comes from life...

I've also heard "Good judgement comes from life experience, and life experience comes from poor judgement."
10-26-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,962
Posted By Broctoon

Carbon fiber construction of course makes it easy...

Carbon fiber construction of course makes it easy to shape a frame for better aero qualities. Otherwise, there is little difference between carbon and steel with regard to a bike's speed--maybe...
10-26-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,926
Posted By Broctoon

Perhaps, by going in through other openings that...

Perhaps, by going in through other openings that some frames have (like holes for internal cable routing, the drain hole present in many bottom bracket shells, and of course the top of the seat...
10-26-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,936
Posted By Broctoon

Years ago I heard someone make the following...

Years ago I heard someone make the following observation.

There are three things that fluctuate throughout our lives: Time, Money, and Health. At each stage of life, one of them will usually be...
10-25-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,936
Posted By Broctoon

For me, I think it's mostly just adulting. (Note:...

For me, I think it's mostly just adulting. (Note: This is not the same thing as adultery! I've never gone there.) So let's see...


- I have a full time job (40-ish hours per week)

- A second...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-22, 01:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,459
Posted By Broctoon

Oh, come on! Child molesters? I wouldnít even...

Oh, come on! Child molesters? I wouldnít even want to ride with them. Thatís just creepy. :lol:

Maybe there are one-horned, one-eyed, flying, purple people-eaters. But I have not encountered themÖ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,459
Posted By Broctoon

Correct. It also doesnít mean theyíre not. So...

Correct. It also doesnít mean theyíre not. So maybe there are some really nice guys who just donít want me in their way. Thatís not the hypothetical example I chose to mention. Iíve not encountered a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,459
Posted By Broctoon

Itís technically cyclosportive but sometimes gets...

Itís technically cyclosportive but sometimes gets abbreviated. I think itís a French term that means ďjust for fun.Ē Oui, oui, mon frťre!
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,459
Posted By Broctoon

I've been in situations like this many times. The...

I've been in situations like this many times. The events I ride are either non-competitive for the most part or they have separate categories for race and sportive entries.

Occasionally I've found...
10-21-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,939
Posted By Broctoon

So you've been making deliveries with your...

So you've been making deliveries with your backpack and getting bad reviews and no tip when the pizza is all smooshed at one end of the box, the drinks are spilled, and everything is soggy? How many...
10-20-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By Broctoon

Maybe I misunderstand what's being asked. ...

Maybe I misunderstand what's being asked.

There is no difference between fixed gear, single speed, and multiple gears with regard to pedaling in a given gear ratio. The various drivetrains might...
10-20-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 751
Posted By Broctoon

I suspect that all mass produced bike tires are...

I suspect that all mass produced bike tires are designed to withstand speeds in excess of what you'll ever encounter in regular use, i.e., 60 mph or so. Special cases, like the speed records set...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,323
Posted By Broctoon

As an alternative to any bag, I would suggest the...

As an alternative to any bag, I would suggest the Apex Occam strap. The number of items in your kit would be pushing the limits of this attachment method, but it could work. You would probably want...
10-18-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,304
Posted By Broctoon

[/color] No. On a few bikes I have tubeless...

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No. On a few bikes I have tubeless tires, and I carry a CO2 bottle and inflator valve, plus sometimes a small bottle of sealant. On my bikes with tubes, I carry at least a patch kit and a...
10-17-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,351
Posted By Broctoon

Perhaps. I think that's a likely cause, but I...

Perhaps. I think that's a likely cause, but I really don't know.
10-17-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,351
Posted By Broctoon

:rolleyes: Some are much worse than others....

:rolleyes: Some are much worse than others. ďGood crash storyĒ refers to a good story about a crash, not a story about a good crash.

...
10-17-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,351
Posted By Broctoon

I saw a nasty crash recently

In a road race a few weeks ago I saw a rider go down in a pretty frightening manner.

It was right after the start, like maybe a quarter mile into the race. There were at least a couple dozen of us...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 710
Posted By Broctoon

If itís not far away, Iíd go and look at that...

If itís not far away, Iíd go and look at that LeMond. Maybe the reach is just a bit too long and could be corrected with a shorter stem. If itís severely long for you, donít take it. But it canít...
10-14-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7,023
Views: 518,242
Posted By Broctoon

Thatís pretty tough, for anyone whoís not a...

Thatís pretty tough, for anyone whoís not a dedicated, experienced rower. I do about 2:30 splits (25 minute 5k). Iíve only had my row machine for about a year, and Iím trying to get better at it.
10-14-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 409
Posted By Broctoon

Indeed! By the end I felt like I was just getting...

Indeed! By the end I felt like I was just getting into my flow.

The road race the next day was 29 miles, or about 5x the distance. I finished it in 1:31, for an average speed just a little slower...
10-13-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 409
Posted By Broctoon

That's good advice. I'll take the coming months...

That's good advice. I'll take the coming months to consider my options for Division II vs. Division III entry next year. Haven't really decided yet, but you make a compelling argument.
10-12-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 409
Posted By Broctoon

I entered my first crit race

This was last week, at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

All athletes at these games are at least 50 years old, so it's like a bunch of masters-only events. But they break it...
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