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10-18-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By wphamilton

I'll add that the leaves are a special kind of...

I'll add that the leaves are a special kind of slick if they've been there since a rain for a couple of days. They get slime between layers, slicker than ice.
10-18-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,200
Posted By wphamilton

I believe my road bike 28's are Ultra Sport also,...

I believe my road bike 28's are Ultra Sport also, and I'd say this is all on target. Maybe two flats in the last 4000 miles, out of two tires. I have 28's on my single speed commuter also. I might go...
10-18-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 833
Posted By wphamilton

Beats me and I think it's a good question. ...

Beats me and I think it's a good question. Conventional thought is that maximum heart rate declines with age, because HR measurements in the general population show this effect. We also know that...
10-17-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,017
Posted By wphamilton

I've done it also, and it was no big deal. Just...

I've done it also, and it was no big deal. Just check it every once in awhile to make sure the valve hasn't crawled over and is leaning. The tube does not press out through the hole.

I'd prefer...
10-17-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,012
Posted By wphamilton

Dumbest that I'll admit to was back when we first...

Dumbest that I'll admit to was back when we first started. My wife and I shared an old bike that had been stored unused for years (decades?) until she got it as a hand-me-down, and after a few...
10-17-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 875
Posted By wphamilton

I started cycling at 48, and have approximately...

I started cycling at 48, and have approximately 60K-80K miles. Oddly I have a reverse progression from most, starting running at 57 and run more miles now than I bike.
10-17-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,360
Posted By wphamilton

It's split, stopping or not stopping at stop...

It's split, stopping or not stopping at stop signs. The key, for me, is not letting it be a habit. No matter how good we are, no matter how aware and observant, nobody is perfect. When it's a...
10-17-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,798
Posted By wphamilton

Why would we want our tail light to be a blinding...

Why would we want our tail light to be a blinding bright white like the headlight? That's asking to get run over.

The red reflector/filter is always going to drop the intensity some. You can get...
10-17-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,535
Posted By wphamilton

I have all different colors, including black. ...

I have all different colors, including black. Which color is more visible depends on exigent conditions so it doesn't really matter as much as we tend to believe.
10-16-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,447
Posted By wphamilton

The most effective mirror that I've tried, and...

The most effective mirror that I've tried, and use now, is mounted on my sunglasses. Night-time driving glasses actually. lost my shades a while back.

I construct them from craft store mirrors, a...
10-15-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,132
Posted By wphamilton

I switched from fixed to single speed a little...

I switched from fixed to single speed a little over a year ago. While I do enjoy the sensation, to me it's not worth the hassle of having to pedal through turns and not being able to coast over bumps...
10-14-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 977
Posted By wphamilton

I thought that flybys were disabled when Strava...

I thought that flybys were disabled when Strava rolled out their subscription tier. Cool.
10-11-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,237
Posted By wphamilton

That's quite a list, but here's my 2 cents. ...

That's quite a list, but here's my 2 cents.

Helmet- I'm not one to spend much on a helmet. $25-$40 gets you more or less the same protection and I do not believe claims of much better air...
10-06-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,414
Posted By wphamilton

I budget about $150/year for bike consumables....

I budget about $150/year for bike consumables. Tires, chains, cassettes, jerseys etc. Two or three cents per mile.

The bikes themselves, not much more than that (and not just department store...
10-04-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 397
Posted By wphamilton

Nice minimalist fender, you've got to appreciate...

Nice minimalist fender, you've got to appreciate how it's so discrete and still blocks some of the spray.

You may not like this suggestion, but if you'll ride at night during a rain with your...
10-04-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 7,452
Posted By wphamilton

The whole disturbance of serenity thing, which I...

The whole disturbance of serenity thing, which I have some sympathy for. We'd all prefer to hear our own music, which we'd be playing ourselves if we wanted to hear any. It's only a momentary...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,664
Posted By wphamilton

I brought that up in an earlier thread like this...

I brought that up in an earlier thread like this one, and it turns out that something very similar to ABS already exists and isn't even that complicated.

By a clever arrangement of cables, when...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,498
Posted By wphamilton

Conventional wisdom is that bike weight matters...

Conventional wisdom is that bike weight matters more for light cyclists than heavy ones. So I decided to let myself gain weight, so that my heavy bike won't matter as much.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,664
Posted By wphamilton

The thing about future technology is, you don't...

The thing about future technology is, you don't necessarily know what it will look like. What is possible, what function - just because you or I can't think of anything doesn't mean that there's...
09-29-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 7,452
Posted By wphamilton

I have a tinkling bell with a princess on it,...

I have a tinkling bell with a princess on it, that sounds like it belongs on a tricycle. I sneak up behind a roadie and ding it, sometimes they think a 12 yr old girl caught them and is about to pass...
09-28-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,372
Posted By wphamilton

Except that someone sitting at an intersection...

Except that someone sitting at an intersection hasn't yielded until you go, and he doesn't hit you. You may think he intends to yield, and most often he will, but sitting there is not yielding, ...
09-28-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,372
Posted By wphamilton

That part is absolutely correct. Treat it exactly...

That part is absolutely correct. Treat it exactly as if any other car and driver were sitting there, not moving and may or may not know that you're even there.

That goes for me even more when...
09-27-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,372
Posted By wphamilton

I don't interpret it as anything, because I don't...

I don't interpret it as anything, because I don't pay any attention to it. But waving you through is exactly what they intend.
09-27-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,372
Posted By wphamilton

If you think this guy is directing traffic, you...

If you think this guy is directing traffic, you should probably keep believing that the cop is your feudal lord whose every command you must obey.

You do have to cooperate with lawful orders, but...
09-27-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 10,787
Posted By wphamilton

What you see in the mirror is filtered by what...

What you see in the mirror is filtered by what you think should be there. For almost everybody. If that arbitrary number is flattering, that mirror is going to be flattering as well.

"O wad some...
09-27-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,778
Posted By wphamilton

Bingo. And beyond being used to higher cadence,...

Bingo. And beyond being used to higher cadence, what are the training adaptions that are specific to particular cadences? When you've only trained at lower cadences, do you work more efficiently at...
09-26-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,447
Posted By wphamilton

One drawback of mirrors, not a big one but still,...

One drawback of mirrors, not a big one but still, is if it takes you an extra second to focus on the mirror and watch something strange going on you could miss a road hazard in front of you.

While...
09-25-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,118
Posted By wphamilton

I am in position 3 on my commuting bike and 2-1...

I am in position 3 on my commuting bike and 2-1 on my road bike, about 3 or 4 inches drop. 61 years old, I started cycling at 48 and my position gradually lowered over the first few years. So it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,550
Posted By wphamilton

There was traffic from one direction: the...

There was traffic from one direction: the cyclist.

It sounds like a non-event except for the cyclist chewing you out, and while he is foolish for riding carelessly at dusk with no light, don't...
09-24-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,778
Posted By wphamilton

GMC Denali ftw! I didn't get it at Walmart but in...

GMC Denali ftw! I didn't get it at Walmart but in theory I could have. It was the best $130 I ever spent on cycling.
09-24-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,233
Posted By wphamilton

That's a pet peeve of mine also. I never had any...

That's a pet peeve of mine also. I never had any UX/UI training but I've wound up doing a lot of it. I'm building corporate SharePoint right now in fact.

When I designed my own e-commerce site my...
09-24-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 10,787
Posted By wphamilton

Well, in my case it usually would be. I...

Well, in my case it usually would be.

I think it was more about carbohydrates rather than calories. 80 grams is the number that comes to mind, less in subsequent hours.
09-24-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,372
Posted By wphamilton

Let's clear up one thing. Waving is not...

Let's clear up one thing. Waving is not yielding. It is not any kind of traffic signal. It does not yield the right of way. Waving is not directing traffic.

Waving is someone telling you what...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 501
Posted By wphamilton

I don't think I've ever rotated bike tires, front...

I don't think I've ever rotated bike tires, front to back, although I do swap out tires seasonally and the tire in better shape goes in front. Effectively the same thing, but not enough to worry...
09-23-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 10,787
Posted By wphamilton

I vaguely remember seeing a physiological...

I vaguely remember seeing a physiological schedule for that. It came down to something like a granola bar in the first hour for the glycogen. Half a candy bar, something like that.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,296
Posted By wphamilton

Do you vote? No judgement here, just curious.

Do you vote? No judgement here, just curious.
09-22-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,778
Posted By wphamilton

Online order only? That makes more sense then,...

Online order only? That makes more sense then, but it's not really a Walmart bike then is it?

I wanted to buy a $99 fixed gear there once. I think it was called "Thruster", pretty well known. ...
09-22-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 2,969
Posted By wphamilton

Here is the one situation that worries me the...

Here is the one situation that worries me the most.

Imagine that you are approaching an intersection, say 2 lanes each way, and you're in the far left shoulder. Against traffic. No left turn...
09-22-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,778
Posted By wphamilton

That popped up on my Google feed the other day...

That popped up on my Google feed the other day and I wondered if Walmarts account got hacked.

I think it's pretty awesome and I'm curious to see if it gains any traction. Personally I don't go...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,824
Posted By wphamilton

I don't know where you live but you may be...

I don't know where you live but you may be surprised at how easily you can adapt to really cold weather when commuting. I know, "Georgia, what Winter?" But seriously we can have weeks of sub-20...
09-21-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,372
Posted By wphamilton

I think I'd suddenly decide to turn right instead...

I think I'd suddenly decide to turn right instead of rolling out in front of the cop when he has right of way. That same cop would tell you, if someone waved you through then hit you, that no amount...
09-19-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,056
Posted By wphamilton

That's really pretty cool. You can indulge in...

That's really pretty cool. You can indulge in speed or taking a break uphill, while keeping your own power steady if you want to.
09-18-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 6,517
Posted By wphamilton

I have to wonder, have you observed generally...

I have to wonder, have you observed generally stronger driving skills from Canadian drivers, relative to Florida natives?

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09-18-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 5,232
Posted By wphamilton

Best answer in my opinion. While some...

Best answer in my opinion. While some manufacturers may have r&d costs, they also benefit from an economy of scale and I do not agree that cost differences are enough to drive the relatively higher...
09-18-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,056
Posted By wphamilton

I'll emphasize, it's not the bike that determines...

I'll emphasize, it's not the bike that determines how much wattage it takes at 20 mph. Some amount, sure, but it's small compared to the terrain and your position on the bike. So there's no...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,296
Posted By wphamilton

Absolutely I care that it's good for the...

Absolutely I care that it's good for the environment. It's not why I started bike commuting, and not the main reason I kept it up for the first few years. But it's important to me to put my...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,984
Posted By wphamilton

My commutes are generally 18-20 mph, door to...

My commutes are generally 18-20 mph, door to door. Riding home, that is.

Going to work, in recent years it's been much slower, just enjoying the ride, thinking and planning the day, refreshed...
09-16-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,545
Posted By wphamilton

It's likely been mentioned in some way or...

It's likely been mentioned in some way or another, but I think it helps to take a step back and look at it logically from base principals.

If it skips the middle and otherwise shifts to the...
09-16-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 978
Posted By wphamilton

I disagree to the point of "we'd be nuts to spend...

I disagree to the point of "we'd be nuts to spend 700 - 1000 extra for cross compatibility"

It's easy to imagine swapping out wheels for different purposes, but frankly I've never wound up doing...
09-16-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 642
Posted By wphamilton

This at least I can speak with direct experience....

This at least I can speak with direct experience. The Denali (a hybrid IMO) has road geometry and drop bars already so it will never approximate a Trek FX, but I know what you're getting at. ...
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