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11-09-13, 11:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,240
Posted By robertkat

Actually, CA law requires bicycles take the lane...

Actually, CA law requires bicycles take the lane on a road such as this. What's funny is that I ride out there pretty regularly, and have found drivers to be nothing but patient and courteous....
10-28-13, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,442
Posted By robertkat

This. I was inches from being a skid mark the...

This. I was inches from being a skid mark the other day. Except I knew that the road I was on has traffic that is always 10 - 15 mph above the posted limit, so I decided against taking the lane at...
10-27-13, 08:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,442
Posted By robertkat

The SD county Sheriff has gone on record as...

The SD county Sheriff has gone on record as anti-bicycle, and believes that their interpretation of the CA vehicle code, regardless of how wrong it may be, is religious doctrine. They have publicly...
Replies: 9
Views: 4,578
Posted By robertkat

IF you can get one, the Acorn Rando Bag might be...

IF you can get one, the Acorn Rando Bag might be what you're looking for.
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By robertkat

I've actually started doing some brevets with...

I've actually started doing some brevets with PCH. They are great. It's probably been in the last 2 years that things have slowed up around here. I know that in 2011, we almost didn't have a series....
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By robertkat

What are the rules for running a series if you are not the RBA?

Over the past couple years my local group has been somewhat stagnant, doing the same routes for our spring series every year. The RBA has been unresponsive to requests for volunteering and work on...
Replies: 17
Views: 8,687
Posted By robertkat

Hutchinson makes a 32x650b tire that is...

Hutchinson makes a 32x650b tire that is supposedly a high quality, durable, and at a good price point. AFAIK, 32mm is the narrowest 650b tires go. Also, you still won't have a high pressure tire. If...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,783
Posted By robertkat

Awesome. Iceland is on my to-do list of places to...

Awesome. Iceland is on my to-do list of places to visit. I'd love to be able to get a nice touring bike and ride the ring road one summer.
08-07-13, 12:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,716
Posted By robertkat

There is no shoulder or bike lane, so by law the...

There is no shoulder or bike lane, so by law the cyclists are allowed take the lane. Regardless, my experiences using the NCTD system tell me the bus just didn't care. Ever since they outsourced the...
07-07-13, 06:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,505
Posted By robertkat

Hmm. No surprise there. I never go through the...

Hmm. No surprise there. I never go through the base anyhow. I find using I5 to be safer and easier. Just bring an earplug for the noise and you'll be fine.
Replies: 14
Views: 1,713
Posted By robertkat

About a year ago I switched from Sidi to...

About a year ago I switched from Sidi to Northwave shoes. Every problem I've had with my feet disappeared. After my last 600k, my feet were the only part of me that wasn't sore or tired in some way.
06-06-13, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By robertkat

Nice shot. I should have done thee same, I was in...

Nice shot. I should have done thee same, I was in just that exact spot a few weeks ago. Central Coast has some nice riding, especially inland. Carmel Valley Road is great, and Hwy 25/Peach...
05-15-13, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By robertkat

I think a couple people slit off to go home. The...

I think a couple people slit off to go home. The group I was with was Saturday regular riders, it was a last minute decision to do the long ride and we started separate. I think all the regular long...
05-12-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By robertkat

Just about any indie place. There's tons of them...

Just about any indie place. There's tons of them on the coast. Cafe Elysa in Carlsbad is great. Cafe Positano in RSF is a gem. The espresso is wonderful. I tiny place, it can get busy, but friendly....
05-12-13, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 974
Posted By robertkat

Depends on how far you want to ride. I have some...

Depends on how far you want to ride. I have some very nice routes ... :innocent:
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By robertkat

The Atom appears to be incapable of powering my...

The Atom appears to be incapable of powering my front headlight. That, and it's complex and requires a usb connection, which no decent headlight that I know of has. I can see it being something a...
04-25-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 525
Posted By robertkat

No, it was somewhere in Del Mar I think, maybe...

No, it was somewhere in Del Mar I think, maybe just before the 56 bike path. A van parked on a dirt area next to the road, and three guys with TdC shirts, a table, some chairs. They were standing out...
04-21-13, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 525
Posted By robertkat

We came across a bunch of you guys Saturday...

We came across a bunch of you guys Saturday morning. Even got cheered on by a very oddly placed sag stop. They probably would have looked at us different if they new we were riding 8x the distance...
Forum: Foo
04-16-13, 10:15 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,354
Posted By robertkat

I second that duh.

I second that duh.
Replies: 37
Views: 8,963
Posted By robertkat

One of my mates rides a Long Haul Trucker. For...

One of my mates rides a Long Haul Trucker. For his size, it's 26" wheels.
04-12-13, 10:46 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,095
Posted By robertkat

In Escondido, I think they said 5 AM or so. I...

In Escondido, I think they said 5 AM or so. I read something about most of the route will be handle by CHP and will be a rolling closure. That is, sections will be closed off and then re-opened as...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By robertkat

The entire Shimano road triple system is a stupid...

The entire Shimano road triple system is a stupid design. The front derailleur is designed to work with only one combination of chain rings, which isn't a good combination to begin with. If you want...
04-01-13, 04:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,800
Posted By robertkat

Sounds fun, but I'm busy that morning. Plus, I...

Sounds fun, but I'm busy that morning. Plus, I think I've outgrown this sort of thing. If it was a week earlier, I'd probably run into it, as a large portion of the 100 mile route overlaps the 600k...
03-29-13, 11:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By robertkat

Good point. When you crash a carbon wonder bike,...

Good point. When you crash a carbon wonder bike, you don't take it in to get the fork realigned, you take it in to get a new fork. I blame mountain bikes and X-games for the guys with too metal in...
03-27-13, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By robertkat

Have you asked any of your local shops if they...

Have you asked any of your local shops if they can do this? Maybe it's just me, but any shop that cannot do this should not be in business. It's like being told the mechanic can only true them your...
03-23-13, 07:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,535
Posted By robertkat

The sharrows have been there for over a month now...

The sharrows have been there for over a month now after all the road work was finished.
03-11-13, 11:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,468
Posted By robertkat

Going up to Palomar on Wednesday. Probably head...

Going up to Palomar on Wednesday. Probably head out of town mid-morning, rolling past the dog park at quarter after 9 or so.
03-11-13, 11:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 454
Posted By robertkat

De Portola is a wonderful road, but there are a...

De Portola is a wonderful road, but there are a couple jogs to get around some unfinished dirt sections that are not worth it unless you're on a full squish 29er downhill rig. Riding around Lake...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-13, 12:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,161
Posted By robertkat

What wheels are you referring to? I know a few...

What wheels are you referring to? I know a few wheel builders that might have something to say about this. An argument can be made that the rims especially were of exceptional quality and NOS are...
02-25-13, 01:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,954
Posted By robertkat

I know about wear indicators on tires. I'm...

I know about wear indicators on tires. I'm skeptical of their accuracy.
02-23-13, 11:55 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,954
Posted By robertkat

What kind of mileage are you guys getting out of...

What kind of mileage are you guys getting out of these tires on the rear? I've got maybe 1200 miles on one now and it's showing wear down the center, you can feel it starting to get that flat...
02-22-13, 12:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,954
Posted By robertkat

Supposedly with the move to the US, Velocity has...

Supposedly with the move to the US, Velocity has made some updates with an improved rim bed, and (hopefully it's true) addressed the issue of inconsistent ERD dimensions. Which probably explains why...
02-13-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,067
Posted By robertkat

Are you kidding me? The TOC is a magnificent...

Are you kidding me? The TOC is a magnificent race. Why, it's the fourth Grand Tour! :rolleyes: In all seriousness it's not that bad. Now the Tour of Qatar - that's a freakin' joke. Stage 1 should be...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,278
Posted By robertkat

My opinion of the rim is highly favorable, as is...

My opinion of the rim is highly favorable, as is that of everyone I know that uses them. I'm not aware of any issues that have been commented on earlier in the thread. As far as the quality, etc,...
02-11-13, 06:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,468
Posted By robertkat

What ever happened to the Palomar ride? Is it...

What ever happened to the Palomar ride? Is it still too cold for you people?
02-11-13, 02:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,468
Posted By robertkat

If you're looking at March, there's a really nice...

If you're looking at March, there's a really nice local ride starting in Solana Beach on the 16th.
Forum: Foo
02-01-13, 11:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By robertkat

Pretty much anything is better than Publisher....

Pretty much anything is better than Publisher. Open Office is my suggestion. You can always find torrents that can get you Quark (is and always will be the best) or InDesign.
01-29-13, 10:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By robertkat

Going on experience and advice of several...

Going on experience and advice of several mechanics, Shimano Ultegra seem to be the best. I'm not too fond of SRAM, but I get the idea of the power link. Most people don't want to bother with a tool...
01-25-13, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By robertkat

My newest bike has full Rival and I think it's...

My newest bike has full Rival and I think it's great stuff. Instead of upgrading anything, I spent the money on sweet set of wheels that really let the bike come alive.
01-22-13, 11:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By robertkat

Rear derailleur. Keep the rival front. Shifters...

Rear derailleur. Keep the rival front. Shifters maybe, crank too.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-13, 11:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,681
Posted By robertkat

I have the Zipp Service Course traditional and I...

I have the Zipp Service Course traditional and I can't find anything bad about it. I can spend all day in the drops. Just be careful of the sizing - I think they measure inside to inside, so my 40 is...
Forum: Foo
01-02-13, 11:36 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,805
Posted By robertkat

This. I'm run a back up at least once a month or...

This. I'm run a back up at least once a month or whenever I do big changes. Also have the USB stick. I've never needed said backup or stick, but I'm not going to chance it. The bad thing about Apple...
Replies: 72
Views: 6,421
Posted By robertkat

We (San Diego...

We (San Diego (http://www.sandiegorandonneurs.com)) have a pretty good schedule for this year. The usual spring series plus a 1000, some lovely 2 and 300's over the summer. We'll finish the year...
Replies: 78
Views: 7,249
Posted By robertkat

My 2013 goals will be to do our spring 600k...

My 2013 goals will be to do our spring 600k without a sleep stop and ride our 1000k.
12-20-12, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,599
Posted By robertkat

Wow, I haven't seen those bars in forever. I'd...

Wow, I haven't seen those bars in forever. I'd say that's totally pro, but I thought wrapping all the way in to the the clamp is taboo.
12-10-12, 10:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,421
Posted By robertkat

I'll be there. I might have someone with me so...

I'll be there. I might have someone with me so we'd bail at the bottom of East Grade.
12-10-12, 10:45 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,630
Posted By robertkat

Most likely you can get your money back for the...

Most likely you can get your money back for the Garmin with restitution. Talk to the DA handling the case. If they tack it on, payment is a condition of their probation once released, not an option.
11-30-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,421
Posted By robertkat

90% in. What time? I'll be riding to the start.

90% in. What time? I'll be riding to the start.
11-30-12, 11:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,067
Posted By robertkat

Unlikely. Looks like a time trial. I'm hoping for...

Unlikely. Looks like a time trial. I'm hoping for this, so that they might be forced to repave our crummy streets. Doesn't matter, I'll be off somewhere wonderful on a 1000km brevet.
11-21-12, 09:38 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,915
Posted By robertkat

Maybe we can just start listing the...

Maybe we can just start listing the accomplishments of people we know. Like a good friend of mine. He's done over 30 200km permanents this year alone. Another friend of mine not only won the Baja...
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