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09-09-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,718
Posted By 55murray

The best bikes you can get at Walmart are the...

The best bikes you can get at Walmart are the super cheap aluminum Chinese cruisers with the coaster brakes. Less is more.
08-25-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,464
Posted By 55murray

Yea 19 is work, that is about where I am at for...

Yea 19 is work, that is about where I am at for 30 mile rides. I did my century this year at 17.5 and I was thrilled with that.
06-29-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,886
Posted By 55murray

The only thing you missed was five years of...

The only thing you missed was five years of riding. Don't let that happen again!
06-15-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,797
Posted By 55murray

You should get the large frame instead of the...

You should get the large frame instead of the medium.
05-18-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,377
Posted By 55murray

Thanks much for all the info everyone! I'm...

Thanks much for all the info everyone! I'm taking your advise and putting the bike in inactive status until I take it apart and look at everything you pointed me to. I'll let you know what I find!
03-15-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,316
Posted By 55murray

The sound of your tires on chip seal. The spring...

The sound of your tires on chip seal. The spring peepers just getting started on that marsh off the road. The whistle of the wind though your frame you only hear deep in the drops as you ride into...
02-23-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 10,663
Posted By 55murray

1. Assume you are invisible. 2. Have a ditch...

1. Assume you are invisible.
2. Have a ditch plan at all times.
3. Never think you are safe.
09-22-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By 55murray

Hope you got that Trek, because it might be gone...

Hope you got that Trek, because it might be gone by now...
09-20-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,882
Posted By 55murray

I would replace the chain, the rusty cassette...

I would replace the chain, the rusty cassette would not bother me much, just hose it down with wd40 to darken it and keep it from rusting further.
09-04-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,902
Posted By 55murray

This. I have moved completely away from...

This. I have moved completely away from petroleum solvents of any kind in recent years except for maintenance on internal parts. The water soluble degreasers are so much easier to use.

Someone...
08-18-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,112
Posted By 55murray

Mostly here to second everything mack_turtle...

Mostly here to second everything mack_turtle said. Anyway, one way to gauge if your saddle is set correctly if pedaling with light/moderate effort (slight incline, slow acceleration, pushing against...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,836
Posted By 55murray

Cracked ribs, broken jaw, broken teeth, facial...

Cracked ribs, broken jaw, broken teeth, facial wounds requiring stitches, occasional road rashes and bruises. Riding for over 40 years, so par for the course. The one time I got smoked by a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,767
Posted By 55murray

Anybody else think the seat is a touch too high? ...

Anybody else think the seat is a touch too high? OP is almost fully extended and still needs to point his foot down at the bottom of the stroke. A cm lower and OP could settle a bit more into the...
06-11-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,040
Posted By 55murray

You are a better person than I. I did indeed...

You are a better person than I. I did indeed attend a protest at night on my bike, and did a lot of speeding off. I feel like a horrible person for admitting this, but it was the most fun I had in...
06-10-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,408
Posted By 55murray

Why did you not get a Lake model that features...

Why did you not get a Lake model that features the wide options? I tried several shoes as well and pretty much won't use anything but Lake at this point. They are heavy though. Don't they have on...
05-27-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,977
Posted By 55murray

I know you need that to work. You want that to...

I know you need that to work. You want that to work. You don't want to feel helpless by your misfortune. But reflect on this dispassionately before you take that long gravel ride.
04-24-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,905
Posted By 55murray

Yes, I'm guessing a 9 on your scale. Did any...

Yes, I'm guessing a 9 on your scale. Did any friction systems even ship with 4mm housing originally?
04-03-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,691
Posted By 55murray

I'm going opposite, tires don't seem to last much...

I'm going opposite, tires don't seem to last much past 10 years but I'm running some 25 year old tubes. Tubes are protected from the elements and sunlight by the tires.
04-03-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,818
Posted By 55murray

Nice! I like the bit of rake in the front fork,...

Nice! I like the bit of rake in the front fork, a nod to classic styling.
03-03-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 19,204
Posted By 55murray

Yet another "I'm afraid of" thread. The answer...

Yet another "I'm afraid of" thread. The answer to all of these is and always has been the same: Rule 5.
02-20-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,704
Posted By 55murray

Oh, it simply balances out - the greater the...

Oh, it simply balances out - the greater the windchill, the harder you are pedaling against the wind, and the more heat you generate.
01-19-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,208
Posted By 55murray

I certainly have cycling weak spots, but if you...

I certainly have cycling weak spots, but if you can't stand on your machine I would think you would work on it until you could...
01-19-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By 55murray

Yes, routine for me. I drive about 1500 miles and...

Yes, routine for me. I drive about 1500 miles and ride about 3500. I only have a 3.5 mile commute I do exclusively by bike, plus summer long road rides. I've had my 94 Plymouth acclaim for 21 years...
01-08-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,381
Posted By 55murray

Riding until you drop. Excellent.

Riding until you drop. Excellent.
10-17-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,306
Posted By 55murray

But if you sprint from chasing dogs, you increase...

But if you sprint from chasing dogs, you increase your average speed, could even pick up a KOM. Conversely, Strava will punish you for slowing down and confronting dogs. We are out there to ride...
10-11-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,306
Posted By 55murray

Dog chase with a twist

So this starts off typically, rural road on a nice straightaway no hills or intersections. Two large black German Shepherds roll out of the yard at full speed and it is on. I was not too worried...
09-04-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,216
Posted By 55murray

Pretty good, liked the bar tightness check, been...

Pretty good, liked the bar tightness check, been burned on that one before! One thing I sometimes do in addition is roll the wheels and made sure the brakes are not rubbing - I like zero play in the...
08-23-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,368
Posted By 55murray

No more pics until this is done please. I can't...

No more pics until this is done please. I can't handle it.
08-22-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,674
Posted By 55murray

Best free water ever, whatever I have on me when...

Best free water ever, whatever I have on me when I visit the center of Pittsburg, Indiana gets dumped and refilled from this natural, untreated spring:
...
08-21-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,908
Posted By 55murray

You are on the right track. They are actually...

You are on the right track. They are actually camera lens holes, sending video feed back to Conti.
08-20-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Posted By 55murray

SPD creaking is the shoe- the cleat sets in a...

SPD creaking is the shoe- the cleat sets in a recess in the sole and when put into the pedals the outer edges of the pedals can rub against the rubber sole just out from the cleats. Trim a bit of...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,830
Posted By 55murray

Some kind of bagworm.

Some kind of bagworm.
08-05-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,315
Posted By 55murray

Well, I only wave back at folks on real bikes.

Well, I only wave back at folks on real bikes.
08-05-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,499
Posted By 55murray

I hate it too, and encounter it a lot here in...

I hate it too, and encounter it a lot here in Indiana. I compromise on the tires and pressure since I'm not always on it, so I run 28s at 70/75 psi front/back.
07-31-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,361
Posted By 55murray

Oh yes, even do some planks. My lower back is my...

Oh yes, even do some planks. My lower back is my weak spot on long rides (up to a century), and core work is required - and it does not take much really. My favorite is the one where you get on all...
07-24-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,892
Posted By 55murray

I'll also vote with the minority on this, I would...

I'll also vote with the minority on this, I would pick the rear, choosing control over stopping distance. I've gotten out of a lot more pickles with bike maneuvering than with braking power.
07-01-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 3,229
Views: 225,264
Posted By 55murray

Topped 70 miles for the first time this season,...

Topped 70 miles for the first time this season, making me on track for my century attempt in a couple weeks. Full disclosure, I had luck with the wind (at back to start, died out on my way back) and...
06-07-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,787
Posted By 55murray

You warned me. And now I cannot unsee it.

You warned me. And now I cannot unsee it.
05-20-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 46,299
Posted By 55murray

Well, when I was a kid in the 70s most of what I...

Well, when I was a kid in the 70s most of what I owned was plastic, even the airguns at the time were getting into plastic stocks. All very prone to break and fail. But our bikes were all steel and...
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