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Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,017
Posted By rm -rf

If you carry a CO2 and a pump backup: Do you...

If you carry a CO2 and a pump backup: Do you carry multiple spare tubes? and/or patches? I'll use an available spare tube before patching, of course. (Group rides are great, I only carry one tube...
06-24-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 355
Posted By rm -rf

I thought about scuffed paint from turning the...

I thought about scuffed paint from turning the bike upside down. But it's usually supported by the hoods and the stem is off the ground.



Yeah! how close are the cables to the bottom of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 897
Posted By rm -rf

You can count the right side pedal revolutions...

You can count the right side pedal revolutions for 15 seconds (multiply by 4) or 20 seconds (x3)

But that's just to give you a general idea of your cadence. This flat road steady cadence is often...
06-22-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,606
Posted By rm -rf

With those numbers, you don't need 12 weeks...

With those numbers, you don't need 12 weeks before the climb. You could do it next week.

Is this the Paris Mountain climb? strava.com/segments/522982 (https://www.strava.com/segments/522982)....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,374
Posted By rm -rf

Often, it's the frame that doesn't fit 28s. ...

Often, it's the frame that doesn't fit 28s. Either at the fork crown and the underside of the brake arms, or near the bottom bracket. Older frames often weren't designed for larger tires.

My...
06-20-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,278
Posted By rm -rf

Oh, Pine Creek sounds good. And it's only 2...

Oh, Pine Creek sounds good. And it's only 2 hours from the Finger Lakes Watkins Glen area.
06-20-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,278
Posted By rm -rf

I did a couple of day rides on the New River...

I did a couple of day rides on the New River trail. Like the GAP trail, it's crushed stone, which is different from gravel. Crushed stone packs down solid --maintained trails can be fast and...
06-19-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 782
Posted By rm -rf

If it's in your budget, photochromic lenses work...

If it's in your budget, photochromic lenses work great for riding from daytime into the evening.

I have Rudy Project photochromic riding glasses. The lens goes from a very slight gray tint to...
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,210
Posted By rm -rf

osmand+ has a very low cost, one time fee....

osmand+ has a very low cost, one time fee. https://osmand.net/ Then you download state maps into your phone. So all you need is a view of the sky to get a gps signal -- no phone service needed. It...
06-19-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,813
Posted By rm -rf

Yes. All the groups I ride with occasionally...

Yes. All the groups I ride with occasionally block cyclists or cars when they stop, but it's not on purpose. As soon as one of the group calls out "let the car through" or "bikes back!" or "walkers...
06-18-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,784
Posted By rm -rf

Camelbak Podium bottles have a liner that doesn't...

Camelbak Podium bottles have a liner that doesn't have that nasty plastic taste. The older generic bottles would have bad tasting water after just a few hours.

I've filled a Podium with water and...
06-18-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,784
Posted By rm -rf

I've gotten mold or something similar in a Podium...

I've gotten mold or something similar in a Podium nozzle that sat around too long.

Set it in a bowl, and drip straight bleach into the nozzle. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so. Do the same thing...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,865
Posted By rm -rf

Even a well maintained, hard packed crushed stone...

Even a well maintained, hard packed crushed stone trail takes more energy than a paved road. And sandy or gravelly trails are much slower still. Wider smooth tread tires can help.

Your test...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,026
Posted By rm -rf

Bar tape! That can help. I've been using...

Bar tape! That can help.
I've been using Specialized S-works Roubaix tape. It's cushy and easy to wrap. I recently tried Supacaz tape -- it's durable and comes in interesting colors, but it's...
06-11-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,859
Posted By rm -rf

I can shift a couple of clicks without spinning...

I can shift a couple of clicks without spinning the crank -- I don't think it's straining the motor, the chain is just at an angle.

The limit screw sounds like the problem. It needs a gap to...
06-11-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,198
Posted By rm -rf

Top: An 18 sprocket with somewhere between 12000...

Top: An 18 sprocket with somewhere between 12000 and 15000 miles on it. I don't know exactly when I installed it.
Bottom: An unused 18.

I accidentally let my chain get close to 1% wear, so the...
06-10-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,606
Posted By rm -rf

You should be able to find some group rides going...

You should be able to find some group rides going your speeds. From slow casual conversational paced, to steady efforts, to strong hill climbing, to race pace. I can sit in the draft on faster...
06-10-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,606
Posted By rm -rf

Low gears! I see your bike list has 2010 or...

Low gears!
I see your bike list has 2010 or older bikes. The 2010 Cannondale Six came with a 12-25 cassette, like many road bikes of the period.

Now, 11-28 is standard, and 11-32 comes on many...
06-09-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 979
Posted By rm -rf

1/2 turn on both sides: that would work fairly...

1/2 turn on both sides: that would work fairly well on a front wheel. (If a wheel had differing spoke tension due to a rim that's not perfectly flat, then it might get slightly out of true. That's...
06-09-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Posted By rm -rf

EZ Out is a screw extractor. For example: at...

EZ Out is a screw extractor.

For example: at harbor freight (https://www.harborfreight.com/screw-extractor-set-12-pc-61981.html)

I've never tried these on hollow hex bolts. It seems like the...
06-06-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,198
Posted By rm -rf

No, it looks like it's barely used. That's how...

No, it looks like it's barely used. That's how cassettes are machined at the factory. Lots of strange tooth profiles.
06-06-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,198
Posted By rm -rf

With modern cassettes, it's very hard to tell if...

With modern cassettes, it's very hard to tell if a cassette is worn out just by looking at it. Perhaps the most obvious sign is the softened, rounded tips from the above post. Those two circled...
06-06-19, 05:49 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,813
Posted By rm -rf

Efficiency for "more speed" vs "longer distance"...

Efficiency for "more speed" vs "longer distance"

More speed, for shorter elapsed time
--Aero on the flats
The biggest free speed increase is getting your bike is fitted so you can comfortably...
Replies: 14
Views: 5,566
Posted By rm -rf

CR2032 coin batteries You can get 10 packs of...

CR2032 coin batteries
You can get 10 packs of these CR2032, name brand like Sony or Maxell, for around $1.50 each from online battery stores. Larger quantities are close to $1.00 each.

There's...
05-22-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,561
Posted By rm -rf

Road bikes are a lot different than they were...

Road bikes are a lot different than they were when I was first buying one around 2005.

Then: 25mm tires would barely fit. Many riders were using 23mm at 110 psi. 50-34 and 12-27 cassettes were...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 653
Posted By rm -rf

I've had a very slow leak (from a tiny piece of...

I've had a very slow leak (from a tiny piece of wire). I had to submerge the inflated tube in the bathtub, then go around it and wipe off the small attached bubbles with my fingers. At the...
05-22-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 909
Posted By rm -rf

Do you have fenders? These tray racks with a...

Do you have fenders? These tray racks with a front wheel arm don't work with a front fender.

My Kuat has 14 inch spacing between trays. Measure your rear rack from the center line of the tire....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,809
Posted By rm -rf

The local club jersey has a lot of white. I like...

The local club jersey has a lot of white. I like the spray sunscreens, like Neutrogena, that aren't greasy and don't sting my eyes. These last the whole ride, too.

Bleach!
But those sunscreens...
05-17-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,045
Posted By rm -rf

https://i.imgur.com/5Vx3mMk.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/5Vx3mMk.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,770
Posted By rm -rf

Depending on the tire, it might be the equivalent...

Depending on the tire, it might be the equivalent of 32mm.

My 25mm GP4000S on a HED 20.5 mm internal width rim measure 29mm. I use 65 psi front, 80 psi rear with tubes.

The 32mm tires have 20%...
05-13-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 976
Posted By rm -rf

Full sized, DSLR camera strap Now I have a...

Full sized, DSLR camera strap

Now I have a full sized camera. A few years ago, I saw a blog post from a photographer that was using a BlackRapid sling strap...
05-13-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 976
Posted By rm -rf

Pocket sized camera safety My old camera was...

Pocket sized camera safety
My old camera was small, maybe 2.5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. It had a thin wrist strap. I wanted to carry it in my back pocket, but not drop it.

I made a loop of...
05-11-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By rm -rf

This tire pressure calculator works quite well...

This tire pressure calculator works quite well for my bike.
Tire Pressure Calculator. (http://www.dorkypantsr.us/bike-tire-pressure-calculator.html)

These pressures are very comfortable, and just...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,989
Posted By rm -rf

GP5000 vs GP4000S II: I've only had these...

GP5000 vs GP4000S II:

I've only had these 5000s for a few weeks. First impressions are that they seem a little more precise on fast turns. It seems to be a bit harder to hold my line when...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,989
Posted By rm -rf

GP4000S II on wide HED Ardennes+ rims: The...

GP4000S II on wide HED Ardennes+ rims:

The first 15000 miles on these wheels: Just a few punctures -- a piece of glass, a sharp metal bit and a fine wire from a car/truck tire.
I'm seeing way...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,480
Posted By rm -rf

"Chain catcher...

"Chain catcher (https://www.google.com/search?q=chain+catcher&newwindow=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch)" is the generic name for these. With the chain on the small ring and largest cog, it needs to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,480
Posted By rm -rf

I think I usually shift the front first, then...

I think I usually shift the front first, then immediately shift 2 or3 gears in the back. Doing both at once seems fine, but I like to avoid the small chance of a dropped chain.

With a climb just...
05-01-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,327
Posted By rm -rf

I like my 11-32. I can stay seated on steeper...

I like my 11-32. I can stay seated on steeper hills now, and stand up on the extremely steep grades.

The 11-32 worked on my short cage Di2 derailleur. And there's many reports of it working. The...
04-26-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,118
Posted By rm -rf

post 14 and 15 are the old hosted earthlink.net...

post 14 and 15 are the old hosted earthlink.net versions. Those are going away.

(I've been using the Gear Calculator for years, it's the best.)

I found the github page:...
04-26-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,394
Posted By rm -rf

Yeah, riding your weekly total in a day sounds...

Yeah, riding your weekly total in a day sounds doable.

Ha, when I do the occasional 100 miles, I look at the odometer after what seems like a big portion of the ride. But it'll show "24 miles" or...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Posted By rm -rf

Your triple already has very low gearing for a...

Your triple already has very low gearing for a road bike.
Two things:
1. with more miles and more climbing, you'll have a better idea how fast or slow to climb the hill you are on -- for steepness...
04-11-19, 05:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By rm -rf

I had the same reaction many years ago on my...

I had the same reaction many years ago on my first bike with these machined tooth profiles.

Check your chainring again. You'll see the same pattern of tooth shapes repeated around the ring. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 557
Posted By rm -rf

Yeah, go. Here's the route. 105 miles,...

Yeah, go.

Here's the route. 105 miles, 11,000 feet of climbing.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7411755

That's a big day. My rule of thumb is that climbing 200 feet is like adding another...
04-03-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,730
Posted By rm -rf

My Galaxy phone has a photo icon shortcut on the...

My Galaxy phone has a photo icon shortcut on the lock screen. And it's set to take a picture when I say "Shoot!"

But on rides, I bring my old Canon Powershot. It's too obsolete to worry about,...
Forum: Touring
03-29-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,109
Posted By rm -rf

On the GAP trail.

On the GAP trail.
03-29-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,834
Posted By rm -rf

For your second example, that's 450 grams less...

For your second example, that's 450 grams less bike vs 250 grams more wheel weight.

That's 200 grams net difference. Just one full water bottle, 22 ounces, is 650 grams. You can tell the...
03-29-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,253
Posted By rm -rf

I like very short, steep climbs. It's an all-out...

I like very short, steep climbs. It's an all-out effort, trying to hold it for a few more seconds to reach the easier grade at the top. A nice challenge. I can do 18% grades, but the few hills...
03-26-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By rm -rf

I worried when my nice carbon frame showed a pair...

I worried when my nice carbon frame showed a pair of cracks similar to the 3 and 9 o'clock cracks in the photo, but shorter. I kept a photo to see if they were getting worse or not.

That was...
Forum: Foo
03-26-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,386
Posted By rm -rf

A few years ago, I installed a paid version of...

A few years ago, I installed a paid version of Windows (probably win 7) after a hard drive failed. It had none of the added software that manufacturers include. Wow, that booted fast!

On a new...
Forum: Foo
03-25-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,386
Posted By rm -rf

He doesn't have a PC. It's reports of slow...

He doesn't have a PC. It's reports of slow computers.

Some posts mentioned Windows updates. Yeah, those can really slow the machine at times -- you'd think they would run at a low priority so we...
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