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01-17-21, 11:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 646
Posted By canklecat

I was in marital arts for years and boxed amateur...

I was in marital arts for years and boxed amateur until my early 20s. That was 40 years ago. Few of those skills and reflexes survived to my 60s. Now when I fall or am hit, things break.

There's...
01-17-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 642
Posted By canklecat

Auto pause/resume with most apps and *some* bike...

Auto pause/resume with most apps and *some* bike computers will also influence readings for speed, distance and time. Some auto-pause/resume settings are adjustable, some aren't.

I've run a...
01-12-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By canklecat

When using that bike calculator, be sure to...

When using that bike calculator, be sure to adjust for time appropriately. The calculator oddly uses hundredths of a minute, rather than 60 seconds per minute. So if our time on a particular segment...
01-12-21, 12:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 825
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, Bill's suggestion. I did that a couple of...

Ditto, Bill's suggestion. I did that a couple of years ago for a donor wheelset from a friend to replace one damaged when a car hit me. The front wheel was fine but the rear was off a bit. It rode...
Forum: Foo
01-11-21, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 536
Posted By canklecat

This is why I don't miss being a mod on other...

This is why I don't miss being a mod on other sites. Too much time playing whack-a-mole. Occasionally it was amusing, like the time when an LA commercial photographer hired an intern to spam our site...
01-11-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By canklecat

Best wishes. I'd strongly suggest getting an...

Best wishes. I'd strongly suggest getting an attorney to represent you. Do not speak with the driver's insurance company or attorney until you've consulted your own attorney. In a state of shock and...
01-10-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,834
Posted By canklecat

A heat gun is affordable, works quickly with...

A heat gun is affordable, works quickly with little or no damage to the matrix under the paint, including most woods when used carefully.

Years ago when I lived in a rural home on 3 acres I went...
01-10-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 526
Posted By canklecat

Check out the 1980s time trial bikes...

Check out the 1980s time trial bikes (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1183324-picture-your-favorite-vintage-time-trial-bicycles-why.html) (and a few track bikes) with smaller diameter...
01-08-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By canklecat

Besides the other advice, consider shorter crank...

Besides the other advice, consider shorter crank arms if you're using 175 or even 172.5. My bike cranks range from 170 to 175 but with age I'm feeling some knee strain from the longer cranks.

And...
01-08-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By canklecat

That appears to be a Novatec hub, common with...

That appears to be a Novatec hub, common with Bontrager wheelsets from that period. I have a couple.
01-08-21, 03:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 533
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, I suspect there have been many mutations...

Yeah, I suspect there have been many mutations all along and some people have developed limited resistance after exposure -- but only to that particular strain.

That seems like a plausible...
01-07-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 533
Posted By canklecat

Sure. You're among the precious few thinking for...

Sure. You're among the precious few thinking for themselves, right?

Do you have any idea how vain and out of touch that sounds?

But this is exactly how cults evolve. By appealing to people's...
01-04-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 617
Posted By canklecat

Yup, I've spent many nights and days in a...

Yup, I've spent many nights and days in a recliner, for years after my back and neck were broken (my car was t-boned in 2001). No other way to get comfortable. I still sleep on the sofa occasionally...
01-04-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By canklecat

In more ways than one. The older I get, and...

In more ways than one.

The older I get, and the more I see, more more I've had to reconsider my youthful idealistic notions of individualism and free will.

It appears that most humans are...
01-04-21, 02:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By canklecat

I've come to the conclusion that the first SARS...

I've come to the conclusion that the first SARS pandemic (2002-2004) followed the pattern of most zombie and apocalyptic movies and infected virtually everyone on the planet. But rather than...
01-02-21, 02:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,122
Posted By canklecat

Yup, my favorite hybrid, an early '90s steel...

Yup, my favorite hybrid, an early '90s steel frame Univega, has been through the original "flat" (actually slightly arced) handlebar, then riser bars with a bit of back sweep, to fully swept...
01-02-21, 02:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 957
Posted By canklecat

63 y/o here. Some health issues and injuries that...

63 y/o here. Some health issues and injuries that occasionally interfere but nothing special.

No particular schedule, just whenever I feel like it and have time. However I usually feel like crap...
01-01-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,248
Posted By canklecat

I missed the weekly casual group rides and...

I missed the weekly casual group rides and occasional spirited faster club rides. But not enough to take unnecessary risks.

I had already quit fast club rides in autumn 2019 when I developed a...
12-31-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By canklecat

Those Super Cooties are so cute. Until those...

Those Super Cooties are so cute.

Until those spikes git ya. Then it's Super Cooties Apocalypse time.
12-31-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 678
Posted By canklecat

Anyone in health care should be required to get...

Anyone in health care should be required to get the vaccine. Ditto most people in jobs that demand contact with the public, which pretty much covers the entire service industry.

Any of us who were...
12-31-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,372
Posted By canklecat

Yup, that toe-verlap and heel overlap can be a...

Yup, that toe-verlap and heel overlap can be a problem with big feet and some bikes. I get some of that with a couple of bikes.

Usually I'll position the QR lever alongside the frame, making it...
12-31-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,372
Posted By canklecat

Not enough photo detail of the rear wheel setup....

Not enough photo detail of the rear wheel setup. With an older frame with minimal or no redundant safeties ("lawyer lips"), the weaker external cam QRs might not hold securely enough.

A few...
12-30-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,050
Posted By canklecat

Yup, I radically changed my riding and workouts...

Yup, I radically changed my riding and workouts this year, specifically to avoid burdening the health care system and to minimize my own risk of exposure to COVID. I worked in health care for years....
12-30-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 617
Posted By canklecat

Yikes! Been there. Best wishes for a speedy...

Yikes! Been there. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

But there's nothing wrong with taking a little prescription pain med. If you can't sleep, your recovery may be impaired, along with reduced...
12-30-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By canklecat

Yup, at least once every week. And those...

Yup, at least once every week.

And those generalizations about drivers based on their vehicles? Yeah, those are pretty close to being true.

"Ram 2500 Drivers Have the Most DUIs, More Than Twice...
12-30-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 18,404
Posted By canklecat

Ever since Velouria on the Lovely Bicycle! blog...

Ever since Velouria on the Lovely Bicycle! blog accidentally typo'd "unicorn" instead of "unicrown", I've adopted that alt-spell version out of habit. Now my phone autocorrect "fixes" it whenever I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-20, 02:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 733
Posted By canklecat

FSA has good values in alloy drop bars, meeting...

FSA has good values in alloy drop bars, meeting most of your specs other than the outward angle/flare in the drops. If I'm reading the spec chart properly, they jump from around 4 degrees for road...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-20, 04:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 750
Posted By canklecat

Not all insoles are thick. I keep mentioning the...

Not all insoles are thick. I keep mentioning the ProFoot Miracles because besides being comfortable they're very thin and lightweight, yet resilient. And cheap, at less than $10. That particular...
12-28-20, 11:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,157
Posted By canklecat

I doubt that "roadie" is some new classification...

I doubt that "roadie" is some new classification of human in which an activity magically dictates genetic physical parameters.
12-28-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,377
Posted By canklecat

Yikes. Glad it wasn't any worse. I know what you...

Yikes. Glad it wasn't any worse. I know what you mean about broken ribs. I've never gone to a doctor for busted up ribs, and didn't realize how many I'd cracked over the decades until I got a full...
12-27-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 703
Posted By canklecat

Check the Windy app, windy.com. I've used it for...

Check the Windy app, windy.com. I've used it for a few years and it's the most reliable weather app I've found, including graphic representations of wind patterns for an entire region. Really helps...
12-26-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 459
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, sometimes a single wire from a cable end...

Yeah, sometimes a single wire from a cable end can unwind and cause trouble. Usually just carefully twisting it back into place will help thread it through the cable housing.

Be sure the cable...
12-26-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 809
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, the pandemic really disrupted the whole...

Yeah, the pandemic really disrupted the whole "just in time" supply chain, especially from China where COVID-19 hit hardest, earliest. It took a few months for some Chinese companies to even begin to...
Forum: Foo
12-26-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By canklecat

Wannabe tough guys who take cheap shots at...

Wannabe tough guys who take cheap shots at opponents or teammates in practice, or officials, never amount to much. I've seen it in boxing. Zab Judah -- talented early in his career but a crap...
12-26-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9,668
Views: 967,392
Posted By canklecat

My Christmas Day observance included a...

My Christmas Day observance included a mini-Ironman triathlon.

5 mile run. Well, jogging 3 out of 5 miles. Slowly. The rest was walking. Even slower.
8 mile ride to get a last look at the...
12-26-20, 02:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By canklecat

This is what happens when paranoiac propagandists...

This is what happens when paranoiac propagandists convince gullible rubes that they're actually living in a "prison planet." The rubes behave like prisoners.
12-25-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,466
Posted By canklecat

I have similar issues from being hit by cars...

I have similar issues from being hit by cars twice -- 20 years ago, breaking my neck and back; and a couple of years ago, breaking and dislocating my shoulder and aggravating the old neck injury.
...
12-25-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 855
Posted By canklecat

Besides physical therapy, try a percussion...

Besides physical therapy, try a percussion massager. Works better for me than foam rollers. Foam rollers are really awkward to use where needed -- usually the back and hips.

Check out some...
12-23-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By canklecat

Heh. I did something like that on a ride. Skidded...

Heh. I did something like that on a ride. Skidded sideways on some loose gravel and sand on freshly chipsealed pavement, warping the single wall rear rim. Spokes were probably too loose as well.
...
Forum: Foo
12-23-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By canklecat

TBH, I'm relieved to have an excuse for skipping...

TBH, I'm relieved to have an excuse for skipping Christmas this year. It was enjoyable for most of my childhood and young adulthood, no regrets there.

But over time it's accumulated some baggage...
Forum: Foo
12-23-20, 01:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 976
Posted By canklecat

Very slow, but that's not the fault of the post...

Very slow, but that's not the fault of the post office. I know some of them and they're doing the best they can.

I often ride my bike, walk or jog after dark when there's less traffic, and I'm...
12-23-20, 12:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By canklecat

If you're hearing a squeaking or whistling sound...

If you're hearing a squeaking or whistling sound when riding into headwinds, it could just be air passing through cables, cable housings, etc. Moving the cables very slightly may clear up that issue....
12-21-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,398
Posted By canklecat

Judging from the estimates of Americans who are...

Judging from the estimates of Americans who are expected to refuse to participate in the vaccines -- as high as 50% according to a Houston doctor who said more than half of the nurses on his staff...
12-21-20, 03:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,524
Posted By canklecat

I drink most of my carbs. I'll add some creatine...

I drink most of my carbs. I'll add some creatine powder with the usual stuff -- carbs, amino acids, eye of newt and other voodoo potions. Maybe some fruit flavored stuff with caffeine. It works out...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-20, 03:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,022
Posted By canklecat

Strava's power guesstimate works like other...

Strava's power guesstimate works like other online power calculators, minus any way to factor in headwind resistance or tailwind assist, or drafting effect in a group. There are two or three online...
12-21-20, 02:57 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,644
Posted By canklecat

I think about the last thing to go through a...

I think about the last thing to go through a mayfly's mind: a car windshield.

And I remind myself to not be a mayfly.

Seriously, though, mostly music. I don't listen to music during rides, it...
12-20-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9,668
Views: 967,392
Posted By canklecat

Awwheckno. I've seen this movie. It doesn't end...

Awwheckno. I've seen this movie. It doesn't end well for the humans.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/350x149/giphy_3fed1fb881d10fc649c513a9e5e551d6dfbd0d3b.gif
Scary...
12-19-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 9,668
Views: 967,392
Posted By canklecat

I call it the cool kids disc. When conditions are...

I call it the cool kids disc. When conditions are just right and I'm flying down the road I can hear it playing the Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute.
Forum: Foo
12-18-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,556
Posted By canklecat

Yup, ropetwitch , you're not alone in that...

Yup, ropetwitch , you're not alone in that indefinable space of being alone together with others in stress and anxiety. And it's okay to say so among people you trust.
12-18-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,347
Posted By canklecat

I started with Tom Cuthbertson's "Anybody's Bike...

I started with Tom Cuthbertson's "Anybody's Bike Book" in the 1970s. It was enough to teach me the basics for maintaining my 1970s Motobecane.

Nowadays I pore over forums and video tutorials...
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