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Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,088
Posted By daoswald

My Cannondale Quick CX has an Alivio-level...

My Cannondale Quick CX has an Alivio-level crankset in front with 48-38-26 chainrings (I think.... but something close to that) and in back 8-speed Alivio 11-34. It gives me gearing down to 0.76:1...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,149
Posted By daoswald

On my road bike (2008 Cannondale Synapse AL 105)...

On my road bike (2008 Cannondale Synapse AL 105) I've used (in chronological order):
25mm Gatorskins
23mm Gatorskins
23mm GP4000
25mm GP4000
28mm GP4000sII
28mm GP5000

On my hybrid:
38mm...
06-12-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 12,932
Posted By daoswald

Both my bikes are aluminum. Cannondale Quick...

Both my bikes are aluminum.

Cannondale Quick CX (Alivio level) as my commuter / goofing-around-with-the-kids / grocery-getter / errand bike.

I put about 1000 miles a year on it. My longest ride...
06-11-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,499
Posted By daoswald

This conversation is about as helpful as the one...

This conversation is about as helpful as the one where drivers band together to rant about cyclists, with our spandex and rolling-stops. I would not indict all trucks anymore than I would want to be...
06-07-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,993
Posted By daoswald

This may seem strange advice since you already...

This may seem strange advice since you already are riding a lot and probably pretty fit..........

But, cycling doesn't really help with your stabilizing muscles in your hip and lower back, and...
06-05-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,856
Posted By daoswald

Getting yelled at ruins a ride, no matter how...

Getting yelled at ruins a ride, no matter how much I want to be thick skinned about it. I'll keep replaying what happened, how I should have reacted, .... no, that wouldn't be right... maybe.... and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,859
Posted By daoswald

The few times I've had positive things yelled at...

The few times I've had positive things yelled at me still stick in my mind as little triumphs along the way. It doesn't happen often. But it feels good.
06-01-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By daoswald

People have well-intentioned suggestions, but...

People have well-intentioned suggestions, but often fail to recognize that roads are not simple one-size-fits-all. This is why laws typically say that the cyclist should remain as far to the right as...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,504
Posted By daoswald

My recommendation: Cannondale Synapse with...

My recommendation:

Cannondale Synapse with Shimano 105 components. Have a professional sizing and fitting done, because at your fitness level, you're going to level up and start doing longer rides...
05-30-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,740
Posted By daoswald

My Hot Shot Pro150 is on its third year. My Hot...

My Hot Shot Pro150 is on its third year. My Hot Shot 100 is on its second year. They've both been reliable so far.

I like them, and if I needed another, I would buy the same brand.
05-30-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,164
Posted By daoswald

Let's look at a different item entirely: Trailer...

Let's look at a different item entirely: Trailer tires.

Have you ever been driving down the Interstate and seen a trailer sitting on the shoulder of the road with one blown out tire? Why are...
05-30-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 360
Posted By daoswald

This is easy. Buy a nine-speed chain. It should...

This is easy. Buy a nine-speed chain. It should not matter whether it is SRAM, Shimano, Suntour, whatever. You will never find the right length. You need to order the next larger size compared to the...
05-27-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By daoswald

It's hard to find an expert in all three. I...

It's hard to find an expert in all three.

I have a Quick CX 3. The Quick 2 (not-CX) is a good bike. The frame is sturdy and versatile, with mount points for fenders and rack. The gearing 50/34 and...
05-24-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 968
Posted By daoswald

This happened to me once. I was so annoyed by it...

This happened to me once. I was so annoyed by it that I disassembled the bottom bracket to inspect. There was nothing wrong with it. So then my imagination told me it was coming from one of a handful...
05-24-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,590
Posted By daoswald

Stores sell them because people buy them, and...

Stores sell them because people buy them, and because manufacturers provide them. A store that doesn't provide cable locks loses sales on profitable accessories to stores that will carry them.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,657
Posted By daoswald

I have a Cygolite Hot Shot Pro 150 that is...

I have a Cygolite Hot Shot Pro 150 that is everything I could want in a tail light. Standalone radar makes sense to me.
05-24-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By daoswald

As someone who has been "doored", I would prefer...

As someone who has been "doored", I would prefer being in the lane where approaching traffic can see me in front of them, rather than in the parking / door zone where oblivious occupants are likely...
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,149
Posted By daoswald

I have two of the Cygolite HotShot Pro tail...

I have two of the Cygolite HotShot Pro tail lights (one on each bike). For my bike that has a rear rack, I purchased a rack mount for it on Amazon for just a few dollars.

The light is so bright...
05-22-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By daoswald

It could also be a great time to switch over to...

It could also be a great time to switch over to trigger shifters. Maybe you like grip shifters, but I never cared for them much when I had them on my old 2001 Cannondale H400 (S-Ram shifters with...
05-22-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,434
Posted By daoswald

Differences that could have an impact: ...

Differences that could have an impact:

Frame & Component Weight: A heavier bike will accelerate more slowly, and will climb more slowly. On flat terrain in motion it won't be much different.
...
05-21-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 596
Posted By daoswald

Cannondale Quick CX - This line comes in sizes up...

Cannondale Quick CX - This line comes in sizes up to 2XL.

I am 6'3", and ride an XL comfortably. In the 2XL size, I imagine at 6'6" it would be a great fit.

The Quick CX line is designed for...
05-21-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 808
Posted By daoswald

I have used 23mm, 25mm, and 28mm tires on my road...

I have used 23mm, 25mm, and 28mm tires on my road bike. On hybrids I've owned, I've used 25mm, 32mm, 38mm, and 40mm.

Popular tire widths have gotten wider in recent years, because people have...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,945
Posted By daoswald

With Gatorskins I used to flat occasionally. It...

With Gatorskins I used to flat occasionally. It was almost always from goatheads. One time I had five punctures from goatheads all on the same ride. I'm sure the tires were durable, but goatheads are...
05-19-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 941
Posted By daoswald

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DJGECA/ref=cm_sw_em_...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DJGECA/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_5tlXEb5VJ5E1Q

This one from Ice Tools.

It is a beam style, and is super easy to calibrate.

I don't know that "fool proof" is a...
05-18-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,112
Posted By daoswald

Anecdotal evidence won't suffice here. A good...

Anecdotal evidence won't suffice here. A good study can be found at this website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2920084/

The study shows that although the risk of death by accident...
05-17-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 823
Posted By daoswald

I would get a hybrid. People love to hate them...

I would get a hybrid. People love to hate them because they're not a hard core road bike, or a dedicated mountain bike or such.

I have an endurance road bike (2007 Cannondale Synapse) and a hybrid...
05-07-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,862
Posted By daoswald

You would need to get that passed into law in all...

You would need to get that passed into law in all fifty states. Until then, the point is moot, because it's against the law, and contrary to what drivers are educated to expect.

As for what is...
05-03-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 489
Posted By daoswald

Don't cut anything. Don't force anything. ...

Don't cut anything. Don't force anything.

Road bike seats are intended to be higher than you may be accustomed to. Look at Bike Dynamics Fitting Guidlines...
05-03-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 603
Posted By daoswald

On the other hand, you do put more weight on your...

On the other hand, you do put more weight on your rear, in a more upright position. So there are trade-offs.

I think before changing handlebars, just ride it every day. Ride two or three miles...
05-03-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,067
Posted By daoswald

Anti-fatigue mats will be helpful. Here's one of...

Anti-fatigue mats will be helpful. Here's one of many on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HHHLWXC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_fD4REbN9QF0K9

It runs about $30. Your employer may even get you one if...
05-03-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 987
Posted By daoswald

I used to use Gatorskins on my Synapse, in 23mm...

I used to use Gatorskins on my Synapse, in 23mm and 25mm sizes. They were fine. I still managed to pick up a goathead puncture once in awhile riding in Los Angeles. Eventually I moved to GP4000 in...
05-03-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By daoswald

Almost for sure, yes. Going down a little in...

Almost for sure, yes.

Going down a little in size is only a problem if your tire is too narrow for the rim. That won't be a problem here; it's more of an issue if you try to put 25mm tires on a...
05-02-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,441
Posted By daoswald

When I was about 12, I moved up to using my dad's...

When I was about 12, I moved up to using my dad's 10-speed. When I was 13, I got my own 10-speed. Wore it out by the time I was 19. .... got away from riding for awhile.
When I was older, I got a...
05-02-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,032
Posted By daoswald

Hopefully more of the same. I've been enjoying...

Hopefully more of the same. I've been enjoying the free time that comes with working from home (eliminating the commute). I fill that extra time with more riding, more time with my kids. And I save...
05-02-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,481
Posted By daoswald

I guess it must depend a bit on the rack. I just...

I guess it must depend a bit on the rack. I just don't see a steel Tubus Fly making much difference. It weighs under a pound, and when mounted on my road bike doesn't make the bike feel different, as...
05-02-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By daoswald

I wouldn't go so far as to say I really dislike...

I wouldn't go so far as to say I really dislike disk brakes. But they are more work than rim, for sure. And noisier. They grip better, though, and I live in hilly terrain. But my Synapse has rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-20, 11:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,840
Posted By daoswald

I've ridden the following in 28mm: GP 4000...

I've ridden the following in 28mm:

GP 4000 S2 - They run big. The 28mm size measures 31mm on my rims. Great tires, though. But probably too wide for your application.

GP 5000 - These measure...
05-01-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By daoswald

I appreciate the suggestions. I'll clean the...

I appreciate the suggestions. I'll clean the rotors, and may try replacing the pads. I imagine pads are not one-size-fits-all. How would I know what to replace them with? With rim brakes at least I...
05-01-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By daoswald

Yes, this is the only approach that works for me....

Yes, this is the only approach that works for me. I have to visually verify that there's light coming through on both sides of the rotors.
05-01-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,481
Posted By daoswald

I have a Tubus Cargo Evo rack on my Cannondale...

I have a Tubus Cargo Evo rack on my Cannondale Quick CX hybrid, and a Tubus Fly Evo on my Cannondale Synapse endurance road bike. I don't believe there's any difference in handling, except a little...
05-01-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By daoswald

Resolving bothersome brakes (disk)

I have a 2014 Cannondale Quick CX 3 with hydraulic disk brakes. The brake rotors have perforations along the surface. The pads make a ths-ths-ths-ths-ths-ths-ths-ths-ths-ths-ths sound as they clasp...
05-01-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,071
Posted By daoswald

I realize this has been solved and that you...

I realize this has been solved and that you determined it is your knee clicking. But this does lead to a point I wanted to make: The clicking often sounds like it's coming from somewhere different...
04-24-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 754
Posted By daoswald

In my seat bag I cary: One spare tube. ...

In my seat bag I cary:

One spare tube.
One small container of stick-on patches.
One stick-in tire boot.
A pair of tire levers.
A small multi-tool (Topeak Mini-9 on my road bike, Topeak...
04-19-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,638
Posted By daoswald

So you want to drop 36 pounds. That's about...

So you want to drop 36 pounds. That's about 128,000 calories.

A good healthy, sustainable weight loss rate is 1-2 pounds per week. Let's split that down the middle: 1.5 pounds per week. So at that...
04-19-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 999
Posted By daoswald

The real problem here is the price range. You get...

The real problem here is the price range. You get a much better bike for $500 if you look in the local classifieds and take your time. If you need something right now, spend $900 for acceptable level...
04-19-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 5,762
Posted By daoswald

A triple makes very little sense if you live...

A triple makes very little sense if you live among flat terrain. If you live in hilly terrain, it can be pretty useful.

I understand that 11 speed rear mechanics can somewhat offset the need, if...
03-17-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,407
Posted By daoswald

Bicycling is seen as a mode of transportation...

Bicycling is seen as a mode of transportation capable of taking a person between communities. Walking is generally within a community. Hiking is a gray area; you might drive to a trailhead and then...
03-14-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,827
Posted By daoswald

If it were three (which is +1 from where I am...

If it were three (which is +1 from where I am now):

An endurance road bike. (I have a Cannondale Synapse which fits this category)
A flat-bar hybrid. (I have a Cannondale Quick for this category)...
03-08-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,177
Posted By daoswald

I don't think I would want to ride a rim that has...

I don't think I would want to ride a rim that has been subjected to caliper brakes for 18,000 to 22,500 miles. He's not wrong. Both wheels are probably due for replacement. Great time to upgrade.
...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,385
Posted By daoswald

I use 32mm Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tires...

I use 32mm Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tires on my commuter/hybrid. I really trust them; I had only one flat last year with these tires, they are durable, and they handle the road's diverse...
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