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08-10-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 821
Posted By bblair

SheldonBrown.com and Velobase.com are your...

SheldonBrown.com and Velobase.com are your friends. You will learn more than you ever thought possible about your bike. And plan on your budget doubling. All the little stuff, like cable stops and...
08-10-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 271
Posted By bblair

I wouldn't. My usual protocol is to replace...

I wouldn't.

My usual protocol is to replace my chain yearly, about 4k miles. My cassette has about 20k miles and I plan to replace it soon. I keep everything very clean and lubed and I am...
08-10-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 760
Posted By bblair

I had L4-L5 surgery in Nov 2019. Began riding the...

I had L4-L5 surgery in Nov 2019. Began riding the trainer after a couple of weeks and had to raise my bars to get more upright. Progress was slow, but steady. You'll get there. By six months, pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 536
Posted By bblair

To me, the fit looks good. I would try, as others...

To me, the fit looks good. I would try, as others have noted, hands on the tops or hoods instead of the aero bars. Who cars if it is faster if it hurts.

I am also guessing that you are doing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 423
Posted By bblair

Just to put a finish on it: the new TickR arrived...

Just to put a finish on it: the new TickR arrived in 2 days. Paired and works great. I did have to reset my HR screen on the Wahoo Elemnt, but all is good.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 423
Posted By bblair

I thought of that too, but couldn't figure out...

I thought of that too, but couldn't figure out how to update the firmware. No alerts or indicators on the phone app. Should have the new one for this weekend.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 423
Posted By bblair

Which I guess is a reason to actually register...

Which I guess is a reason to actually register purchases. I don't always do that due to concern of unsolicited emails and ads, but probable a good idea for just this reason. I have an email account...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 423
Posted By bblair

Got an email this morning saying they will...

Got an email this morning saying they will replace.

Fortunately, I bought it online via the Wahoo Store, because if I got it through my LBS the receipt would be long gone.

Since no HR data for...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 423
Posted By bblair

About 7 months old. The battery has been replaced...

About 7 months old. The battery has been replaced once, although they claim a one year life.

I am in contact with Wahoo via email, but you know how that goes. I send, they reply and ask for more...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 423
Posted By bblair

Wahoo TickR HR monitor stuck at 120bpm

I have correspondence started with Wahoofitness, but am wondering if anyone else has seen this. After a short time, my HR display fluctuates over a very short range, no matter what the effort. At...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 04:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,312
Posted By bblair

Ok, I get it. Kinda like how the $50 wine tastes...

Ok, I get it. Kinda like how the $50 wine tastes better than the $15 wine, as long as you look at the price first.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 10:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 880
Posted By bblair

Out of curiosity, how does one measure frame size...

Out of curiosity, how does one measure frame size with a sloping top tube?

My bike comes in XS, S, M, L etc. So for those ordering online, do you just go by their sizing chart?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,312
Posted By bblair

I have been riding a very long time, and one...

I have been riding a very long time, and one thing I don't understand: What does is mean when it is said a tire/tube feels "supple?"
06-15-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 806
Posted By bblair

Super hot today, so out to ride this on the bike...

Super hot today, so out to ride this on the bike trail, about a mile from my house:
...
06-14-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 806
Posted By bblair

My 1977 Raleigh Pro I am very attached to. Campy...

My 1977 Raleigh Pro I am very attached to. Campy Record and all that stuff. But wow, what a difference shifting on a modern bike. I guess I just powered through (I was a lot younger) instead of the...
06-14-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 806
Posted By bblair

Do you ride all the bikes in your collection?

For those of you with multiple bikes, maybe some classic/vintage steeds: do you ride them regularly? Special occasions?

I've got 4 ridable bikes, of various ages (plus a tandem), but I tend to...
06-02-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,866
Posted By bblair

Best advice from a friend: "Retirement means...

Best advice from a friend: "Retirement means never having to ride in the rain."
05-26-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By bblair

I have worked on lots of these as well and donate...

I have worked on lots of these as well and donate to kids for riding to school, or adults to get to work. The local immigrant communities are starving for bike like this, especially since we do not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,873
Posted By bblair

On the flats, weight is almost irrelevant. In the...

On the flats, weight is almost irrelevant. In the hills, it is everything.

I see this even in my own little group of retirees. The guy I am always chasing up the hills weighs maybe 130 lbs. But on...
05-15-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

I am (unofficially) calling an end to my...

I am (unofficially) calling an end to my problem.

Rode Monday about 45 miles at a brisk, but not too intense pace. No problems.
Saturday, 77 miles, 4000 ft of climbing with some real tough...
05-08-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 860
Posted By bblair

Ok, now we have the real problem. It's all...

Ok, now we have the real problem.

It's all about trade offs. For example, my titanium Lynskey cost me new kitchen countertops and floor. Worth every freakin' penny.

Then go out and buy...
05-08-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,434
Posted By bblair

How can you change 5 variables and expect to have...

How can you change 5 variables and expect to have anywhere a meaningful result?

Wow, talk about marginal gains! Are you preparing for the Olympics or World Hour Record?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By bblair

Absolutely this. There are lots of great...

Absolutely this.

There are lots of great bike brands, but if you are new to road cycling what you need is advice. Size. Geometry, Fit.

And if you can, don't visit the shop on the first...
Replies: 29
Views: 2,049
Posted By bblair

All those numbers are irrelevant if you are just...

All those numbers are irrelevant if you are just getting in to the endurance thing. Survival is the name of the game.

The important things are proper bike fit, good seat and shorts and pacing....
05-08-22, 08:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Medium weight tights. My past rule of thumb was...

Medium weight tights. My past rule of thumb was to cover my knees below 60F, but as I get older that gets a little higher.

No riding this weekend (rain Saturday, Mother's Day events on Sunday),...
05-05-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

I think you are right. Yesterday I rode 56 miles,...

I think you are right. Yesterday I rode 56 miles, 1900 ft of climbing with no problems at all. I dressed a little warmer than usual and kept to a conversational pace. Couple of Ibu before the ride...
05-04-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

[QUOTE=Carbonfiberboy;22493584]Ah, so no...

[QUOTE=Carbonfiberboy;22493584]Ah, so no resolution yet. Let's try a primitive diagnostic test, see if it's a swollen tendon sheath (tendonitis) or a damaged tendon attachment. Here's my recipe: Take...
05-04-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

[QUOTE=work4bike;22494576]Did you try the Asian...

[QUOTE=work4bike;22494576]Did you try the Asian squat or Ass-to-Grass (ATG squat)?

I know the video is a little goofy, but it is an important test (but not the only one) for checking out the...
05-03-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Yesterday's ride, after 4 or 5 days off. About...

Yesterday's ride, after 4 or 5 days off. About 52 at start, headwind on way back. Damn knee again! I am going to continue with the stretching and exercises and try lowering my seat a few mm, even...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By bblair

Maybe I missed it, but how old is your phone? ...

Maybe I missed it, but how old is your phone?

My Google Pixel would run out just like yours, but replacing a 4 year old phone with a new one makes all the difference. Now with a Pixel 5 I can do...
04-28-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,274
Posted By bblair

Distance and intent. A few miles around...

Distance and intent.

A few miles around town, running errands, going to the store or to happy hour....not a "ride."

Bike shorts, cleats and gps, that is a "ride." Meaning it gets entered into...
04-28-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Rode Tuesday after taking Monday off. Cold and...

Rode Tuesday after taking Monday off. Cold and windy. Of course I wore tights, but knee got sore again, although not nearly like before.

Conclusion: cold weather sucks and we need to get out of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,845
Posted By bblair

I have had both. Garmin has more features, but...

I have had both. Garmin has more features, but the learning curve is steep. Think about when you got your first smart phone. Like that. Wahoo is much easier, but not as many features. Both work well...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-22, 06:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 803
Posted By bblair

[QUOTE=Bikerdrummer;22482665]I went on my longest...

[QUOTE=Bikerdrummer;22482665]I went on my longest to date road biking trip, 80 miles,

How much have you been riding so for this season? It could be as simple as overuse and undertrained for the...
04-26-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,235
Posted By bblair

In the time it took to read this thread, I could...

In the time it took to read this thread, I could have installed a new chain.
04-26-22, 06:15 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,663
Posted By bblair

AAA says they do, but the one time we called they...

AAA says they do, but the one time we called they had no idea how to handle it. They wanted to send someone from 3 hours away. So we rode back to the start and drove back to pick up our stranded...
04-26-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,062
Posted By bblair

Anecdotally, I have had several riders tell me...

Anecdotally, I have had several riders tell me that the new Conti 5000 tires listed as 23mm are the same as the old 4000 25's. The clearance on my front is really tight, so I guess I have to just go...
04-24-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,062
Posted By bblair

I think I have some 20mm on my old Raleigh....

I think I have some 20mm on my old Raleigh. They're starting to rot a little, so I guess I'll change them.

Back in the 70's and 80's thin was in. Tires got fatter as did we.
04-23-22, 03:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Here is an update: Since Wednesday, I have been...

Here is an update: Since Wednesday, I have been doing a lot of stretching, ice, Advil and mostly resting. Can't keep on the Advil long term as it upsets my stomach.

Today (Saturday): rode 57...
04-22-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

The Mrs. and I are going to ride our tandem...

The Mrs. and I are going to ride our tandem Sunday too. Only second time out for her, as she is a Goldilocks Rider. Not too cold, not too hot, not too early........you know the deal. We can leave...
04-21-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 847
Posted By bblair

Signed up for TOSRV (weekend, century each day)...

Signed up for TOSRV (weekend, century each day) 2020. Canceled due to Covid. Also 2021. Next year, rescheduled for 4 months later, but registration deferred.

Signed up for Bike Virginia 2020....
04-21-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Great! So Saturday's ride will be a little sore,...

Great! So Saturday's ride will be a little sore, but Sunday perfect!

It does feel much better today, and I picked up a knee brace at the drug store. And stretched this morning too. Thanks.
04-21-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Been doing those stretches for a couple of years,...

Been doing those stretches for a couple of years, because of my sciatica. But I could do better, no doubt.

Keeping with the ice/advil/rest for a while and see if it resolve. Hoping it was just...
04-21-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

No, actually took it fairly easy, since I had...

No, actually took it fairly easy, since I had been off the bike for a few weeks. 50 miles, 2300 ft of climbing. Nothing quad-busting.

It didn't appear on a climb or a sprint or when starting off...
04-21-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,542
Posted By bblair

Bummed about knee pain

Been riding almost 50 years. And although I sort of remember having sore knees way back when, none for decades. Seriously...decades. No change in seat height, cleats or anything for 5 years.

Then...
04-18-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,606
Posted By bblair

But, are you having fun? Six days a week sounds...

But, are you having fun? Six days a week sounds like a job to me. Consider doing 3 days a week, with one long and two just wander around, going for coffee or ice cream.

Do you have a group to...
04-05-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 521
Posted By bblair

Couldn't find those. What about a Shimano...

Couldn't find those.

What about a Shimano Claris or Sora? On my tandem I have an Altos and it works great.

I suppose I could always take it to the LBS and let them deal with it, if I ever...
04-05-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 521
Posted By bblair

Thanks 70sSanO, that is great information. I will...

Thanks 70sSanO, that is great information. I will check those out and post a picture when I get it fixed.
04-05-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 521
Posted By bblair

[QUOTE=dsaul;22462564]The biggest problem I see...

[QUOTE=dsaul;22462564]The biggest problem I see with that setup, is that modern derailleurs are designed for the mounting point to be behind the axle.

Not my bike, but it looks like this, not like...
04-05-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 521
Posted By bblair

Seemed to work ok. Although I am a...

Seemed to work ok.

Although I am a middle-ring type of guy. And have ridden this bike mostly on flat trails. Did the across Ohio to Erie Trail last summer, loaded with gear.
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