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10-21-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 264
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, that too. Pensacola was more like Baja...

Yeah, that too. Pensacola was more like Baja Alabama than Florida. Anything called a "panhandle" is bound to be an unwanted stepchild that should be split off into its own state.
10-20-21, 12:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 456
Posted By canklecat

Stiff brush. I get 'em from the dollar store so I...

Stiff brush. I get 'em from the dollar store so I don't feel bad about throwing them away when they get gunky or torn up. A dollar store toilet brush works fine for gunky drivetrains, hubs, spokes,...
10-20-21, 12:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 829
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, dddd's advice. Bar-end shifters can...

Ditto, dddd's advice.

Bar-end shifters can introduce a bit more friction and slop. I use Shimano 8-speed bar-end shifters on my favorite hybrid, an early '90s Univega, with a Shimano Exage 500CX...
10-19-21, 02:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 510
Posted By canklecat

My peak since resuming cycling in 2015 was...

My peak since resuming cycling in 2015 was 2019-early 2020. I was averaging 20 mph over the real workout part of my rides, although I take slow warmups and cooldowns that drag down my overall average...
10-19-21, 12:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 886
Posted By canklecat

I noticed studying the Strava logs for a couple...

I noticed studying the Strava logs for a couple of friends who ride centuries fairly often that they stop more often than I'd realized. The Fly-By feature reveals more details about the time and...
10-18-21, 11:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 215
Posted By canklecat

My favorite pads use Dupont Coolmax. But those...

My favorite pads use Dupont Coolmax. But those also come in many varieties, and availability seems to change from year to year. The best pads I've worn came with the least expensive shorts and bibs...
10-18-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 264
Posted By canklecat

I've lived on a few coasts: NY, especially Long...

I've lived on a few coasts: NY, especially Long Island; Georgia; Texas; Southern California; and Florida.

By far, Florida was the most corrosive environment.

I never needed to do anything...
Forum: Foo
10-18-21, 11:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 765
Posted By canklecat

Awhile, if I'm properly motivated. ...

Awhile, if I'm properly motivated.

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10-18-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 344
Posted By canklecat

I've been off the bike for three weeks, waiting...

I've been off the bike for three weeks, waiting for some pesky sinus and ear congestion to clear up so I'm not so dizzy while riding. I've continued jogging and walking, 3-10 miles per session a few...
Forum: Foo
10-18-21, 10:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 262
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, things change. That's life. Most...

Yeah, things change. That's life.

Most American urban areas are changing rapidly, for various reasons that often coincide:

Gentrification of formerly impoverished, underutilized...
10-18-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 829
Posted By canklecat

That Suntour freewheel looks fine, hardly worn at...

That Suntour freewheel looks fine, hardly worn at all. Save it, you might want to try it again later or on another bike project. Good older freewheels won't be getting easier to find.

As I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,282
Posted By canklecat

Yup, it occurred to me when one latex tube failed...

Yup, it occurred to me when one latex tube failed at the base of the valve that pressure on a half-inflated tube using the press-on chuck of my floor pump might have stressed the latex. Same reason...
10-16-21, 02:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 693
Posted By canklecat

I've used MicroShift R7 7-speed brifters for a...

I've used MicroShift R7 7-speed brifters for a couple of years, no problems. They aren't as elegant as the Dura Ace 8-speed brifters (the only others I've tried), and shifting sounds a bit clacky,...
10-16-21, 01:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 829
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, my only gripe about SunRace is they don't...

Yeah, my only gripe about SunRace is they don't make a cassette equivalent to their 7-speed freewheels. I have a couple of 7-speed SunRace cassettes, but they all have an 11 or 12 tooth small cog. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-21, 01:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By canklecat

I've ridden Conti GP Classics with the...

I've ridden Conti GP Classics with the reddish-brown skinwalls for two or three years on a couple of bikes, no problems. Excellent tires in my experience.

Any time I've had a wobble or irregular...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-21, 12:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,282
Posted By canklecat

Yup, once, with my first latex tube after a year...

Yup, once, with my first latex tube after a year of use.

It's because I ignored the recommendations for installation from Silca/Vittoria.

In a tutorial video on their website (hosted on...
10-16-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 886
Posted By canklecat

Depends on how my neck feels and type of ride. ...

Depends on how my neck feels and type of ride.

An old C1-C2 neck injury flares up occasionally and I'll need to stop more often to stretch and massage the muscle cramps along the neck and...
10-15-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 829
Posted By canklecat

Ditto the SunRace MFR30 (7-speed 13-25) and MFM30...

Ditto the SunRace MFR30 (7-speed 13-25) and MFM30 (7-speed 13-28) chromed freewheels. I've been riding those for a few years, no problems. They shift and run better than my Suntour and Shimano...
Forum: Foo
10-15-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 398
Posted By canklecat

That's because the standards for proof of...

That's because the standards for proof of identity are much more stringent now to get a passport. Now it's necessary to provide "proof of citizenship," among other identification.

Proof of...
10-14-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 879
Posted By canklecat

"I didn't get much sleep last night." "I...

"I didn't get much sleep last night."

"I have indigestion from whatever I ate for breakfast."

"This tire pressure feels wrong for the weather."

"My allergies are acting up again."

Those...
10-14-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,411
Posted By canklecat

Yup. I've met a few homeless folks with mental...

Yup. I've met a few homeless folks with mental illnesses, usually schizophrenia, and some ex-cons, in the parks and even in the middle of nowhere during bike rides. I'll often stop, chat, see if they...
Forum: Foo
10-14-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 398
Posted By canklecat

As of a few years ago in Texas, nope. In late...

As of a few years ago in Texas, nope. In late 2012 my drivers license expired but I was so busy looking after my mom I didn't notice. She had Alzheimer's and I was swamped taking care of her at home,...
10-13-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,229
Posted By canklecat

I have a Genuine Innovations AirChuck and Planet...

I have a Genuine Innovations AirChuck and Planet Bike Red Zeppelin. Never used either. I always use a mini pump unless it's a fast club ride and I don't want to keep anyone waiting. But I haven't...
10-13-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 500
Posted By canklecat

Helga and Gertrude are totally judging you. ...

Helga and Gertrude are totally judging you.

They hand make my GP Classics personally for me. With those aprons and scowls I trust them to make sturdy, technically correct Teutonic tires. If I ever...
10-13-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,752
Posted By canklecat

I haven't heard any complaints about Cygolite...

I haven't heard any complaints about Cygolite Hotshots from local friends. Mine have performed as expected.

My Hotshot 150 is going on two years of regular use, day and night, and has lost only a...
Forum: Foo
10-13-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 381
Posted By canklecat

I wouldn't take on Picard. He looks more like an...

I wouldn't take on Picard. He looks more like an assassin than a fighter. As soon as Kirk squared off for a leap-kick, Picard would blast him into oblivion.

Spock vs Worf -- assuming they stayed...
10-13-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By canklecat

I already take most of those supplements, or use...

I already take most of those supplements, or use the ingredients in cooking.

Some work for me, measurable through lab tests -- vitamin D, calcium and iron, which I've needed after thyroid cancer...
Forum: Foo
10-13-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 381
Posted By canklecat

Could have been worse. ...

Could have been worse.

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Forum: Foo
10-13-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 381
Posted By canklecat

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10-13-21, 02:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 313
Posted By canklecat

Check around for a SunRace 7-speed freewheel....

Check around for a SunRace 7-speed freewheel. Those work fine with my 1989 Suntour GPX Accushift group in index mode.

Specifically, try to find the SunRace MFR30 (13-25) or MFM30 (13-28). Both are...
10-12-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By canklecat

Bell or POC fit my squarish-oval Fronkensteen's...

Bell or POC fit my squarish-oval Fronkensteen's monster noggin. The POC Omne Air SPIN is a good value in their lineup, which is usually very pricey.

My head is also a 58.5cm, tricky because that's...
10-12-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,411
Posted By canklecat

Same. Not often, but occasionally. Including a...

Same. Not often, but occasionally. Including a few weeks ago on a narrow, winding, tree-covered trail with many blind curves. A couple of fellows stopped alongside the trail, but left their...
10-12-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,411
Posted By canklecat

Seems that way sometimes. But I know folks who...

Seems that way sometimes. But I know folks who volunteer for various civic organizations, charities, etc., and most folks people would never know unless they're friends. They don't post about it on...
10-10-21, 11:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,411
Posted By canklecat

The author needs a tissue and massage for that...

The author needs a tissue and massage for that wrenched shoulder from patting himself on the back.
10-10-21, 10:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 560
Posted By canklecat

Ditto, rubber O-rings. If they're snug enough...

Ditto, rubber O-rings. If they're snug enough without pinching/folding the straps, they'll usually help prevent the Y-splitter and buckles from sliding around on the straps.

Or use an awl or ice...
10-10-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 500
Posted By canklecat

Sounds normal. I ride, run, jog and walk a lot,...

Sounds normal. I ride, run, jog and walk a lot, about an equal split between the four activities. They're all different. If I take a long break from one activity it'll usually feel pretty good at...
Forum: Foo
10-10-21, 02:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,600
Posted By canklecat

Yup. Occasionally there's a PC fuss over Brown...

Yup. Occasionally there's a PC fuss over Brown Sugar. But nobody ever mentions Stray Cat Blues or Live With Me, arguably far more decadent than Brown Sugar. Sorts out the casual Stones "fans" who...
10-10-21, 01:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By canklecat

I'd kinda like to see someone actually riding...

I'd kinda like to see someone actually riding that thing.

I suppose the first cyclist offered a ride with aero bars felt the same way: "You first."
10-08-21, 11:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,618
Posted By canklecat

The need for speed attracts jerks everywhere,...

The need for speed attracts jerks everywhere, every mode of conveyance.

Check out videos of the Nurburgring track during Touristenfahrten drives, when the infamously dangerous track is open to...
10-08-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By canklecat

Click the "Edit", then the "Source" box to strip...

Click the "Edit", then the "Source" box to strip out unwanted tags. Sometimes it's easier to paste text copied from a formatted web page to a plain text editor, then copy that and paste to a post...
10-08-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,552
Posted By canklecat

Wasteland bike is not real. Nothing is real.

Wasteland bike is not real. Nothing is real.
10-08-21, 01:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By canklecat

On solo rides I prefer to pedal downhill to keep...

On solo rides I prefer to pedal downhill to keep my legs limber -- they'll stiffen up and feel dead if I coast too much. And occasionally I'll try for a PR, especially if there's a tailwind, because...
10-08-21, 01:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,383
Posted By canklecat

We don't have any mountains, just lots of...

We don't have any mountains, just lots of rollers. I often repeat some of the rolliest loops. In good years without injury (2017, 2019 and 2020), 6,000-7,000 miles, 250,000 feet elevation gain. I'm...
10-07-21, 03:35 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,090
Posted By canklecat

Lanterne Rouge did an analysis of this year's...

Lanterne Rouge did an analysis of this year's Paris-Roubaix mess, with his usual low key snarky commentary. Possibly the best race all year, and pretty much a cycling representative of all of...
10-07-21, 03:27 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,569
Posted By canklecat

Looks like someone wanted a bullhorn bar but only...

Looks like someone wanted a bullhorn bar but only had a porteur bar in the bin.

That stem tho'... and flipped... and pink cable lock... of all the weird beer bikes I've seen, this is one. I bet it...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-21, 01:52 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,447
Posted By canklecat

I usually set mine with a slight inward tilt,...

I usually set mine with a slight inward tilt, mostly for comfort -- gets my wrists straighter, and puts the brake levers where I can reach them more easily from the drops. After this thread appeared...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By canklecat

My punctures always come in bunches. It's because...

My punctures always come in bunches. It's because a construction trailer dumps some debris, staples, brads, etc., or someone's shredded steel belted radial sprays wires, or some pissy redneck didn't...
10-06-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By canklecat

Yup, before the original Nashbar was sold out I...

Yup, before the original Nashbar was sold out I bought an old style keyed spacer and, for bikes with cantilever brakes, a cable hanger that doubled as a keyed spacer.

Centurion may have changed...
Forum: Foo
10-06-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 596
Posted By canklecat

Yeah, even Africanized honeybees won't sting...

Yeah, even Africanized honeybees won't sting unless seriously provoked or defending their queen and hive. They instinctively know it's a suicide mission.

I've seen some websites and photos that...
Forum: Foo
10-06-21, 02:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 596
Posted By canklecat

Probably Africanized bees. They've bred with the...

Probably Africanized bees. They've bred with the old stock of imported European honeybees. Turns out the initial fears about the Brazilian/Africanized bees were exaggerated. The hybrids are hardier,...
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