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05-10-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By Myosmith

Leading spokes in or out

I have two factory wheelsets, one is built with the leading spokes on the outside of the flange and one with the leading spokes on the inside. I wanted to know if and how much of a difference it...
05-10-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 106
Posted By Myosmith

Trapped indoors

deleated
05-04-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By Myosmith

Third party app and Strava

Now that Strava no longer independently supports heart rate monitoring, I've downloaded the Wahoo fitness app and set it to automatically upload to Strava. So when I'm going for a ride, do I start my...
12-03-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 9,708
Posted By Myosmith

IMHO, No . . . there is no reason to spend $100+...

IMHO, No . . . there is no reason to spend $100+ on sunglasses for riding. I get wrap around polycarbonate safety glasses from the big box home stores and they work great for about $12-15. I have a...
12-03-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,226
Posted By Myosmith

+1 on the MRI. Traditional x-rays are pretty good...

+1 on the MRI. Traditional x-rays are pretty good at finding bone fractures and dislocations, but soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, muscle) injuries are much better identified on an MRI.

I had a...
10-04-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 484
Posted By Myosmith

A great loss

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of one of the kindest men I have ever known.
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10-04-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,003
Posted By Myosmith

All animal bites should be treated promptly, but...

All animal bites should be treated promptly, but bites like the one you describe are usually not immediately life threatening. Here's my 2-cents worth of free advice:


Once you are safely away...
09-30-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 10,783
Posted By Myosmith

I'm a big fan of 25-28mm tires on road bikes. I...

I'm a big fan of 25-28mm tires on road bikes. I find 23mm tires squirrely on imperfect surfaces. The slight weight/aero penalty for going up a size is more than made up for by the reduced road buzz...
09-26-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,131
Posted By Myosmith

It's easy to turn an active rest day into just...

It's easy to turn an active rest day into just another training day, but you should avoid doing so at all costs. A two hour ride in your endurance zone is not active rest. If you are tired, get some...
09-13-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,777
Posted By Myosmith

If you are short of breath with moderate exertion...

If you are short of breath with moderate exertion and aren't improving with changes in your diet and regular exercise, I agree with some of the others that a trip to your physician may be in order....
09-13-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,857
Posted By Myosmith

1) Bike fit = make sure bike is the right size...

1) Bike fit = make sure bike is the right size and adjusted correctly for you. A good LBS should offer a basic fitting as part of their sales package.
2) Quality bike shorts = good quality that fit...
09-12-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 28,225
Posted By Myosmith

Life is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you...

Life is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you react to what happens. People who harass others are usually miserable individuals trying to spread their misery. The only way to best them is to not...
09-12-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,396
Posted By Myosmith

Our LBS has an informal cycling club with group...

Our LBS has an informal cycling club with group rides every week. Some of us used to hang out in the shop at other times, when there was a coffee and sandwich shop inside, but the place has been...
09-10-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,659
Posted By Myosmith

What is this "bike boredom" of which you speak?...

What is this "bike boredom" of which you speak? :foo:
09-09-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,523
Posted By Myosmith

I can stand as long as I keep my elbows bent in a...

I can stand as long as I keep my elbows bent in a semi-aero position. My indoor sessions don't tend to be long, maybe an hour to an hour at most. When I'm stuck indoors I tend to work on...
09-07-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,523
Posted By Myosmith

You might be OK for seated or aero position, but,...

You might be OK for seated or aero position, but, as mentioned by Athens80, remember not to stand up. Could get kinda claustrophobic in those tight quarters but it could be done. I'm about your...
09-06-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,671
Posted By Myosmith

Unfortunately, I doubt you'll find saddles rated...

Unfortunately, I doubt you'll find saddles rated much higher than that, not because the saddles can't handle more, but to avoid liability exposure should a saddle fail.
09-02-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,671
Posted By Myosmith

Never used either of those saddles, but I've got...

Never used either of those saddles, but I've got Specialized Avatar and Toupe saddles and can say they have held up well over 1,000 of miles at rider weights of 220-260#, including taking beatings on...
08-29-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By Myosmith

Before putting anything into the bike, your first...

Before putting anything into the bike, your first questions should be "does it fit me?" and "can it be adjusted to fit better?".

There is a sub-forum on bike fitting that could be of help. Always...
08-29-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 16,797
Posted By Myosmith

If nobody bought them new, there would never be...

If nobody bought them new, there would never be used bikes for sale. No different than buying used clothing at a thrift store, somebody had to have purchased it retail at some point. I have one bike...
08-27-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,135
Posted By Myosmith

It sounds like you have chosen your course of...

It sounds like you have chosen your course of action, but IMHO, if someone is homeless and looking for basic transportation, you could have accomplished this for much less. I've picked up complete,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,596
Posted By Myosmith

By that logic, you could ride a 40-lb gas pipe...

By that logic, you could ride a 40-lb gas pipe bike from the 50s with a rusty bottom bracket and huge knobby tires and become an absolute cycling monster. IMHO you can ride a heavier bike . . . or ....
08-14-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,438
Posted By Myosmith

Another thing to consider is, if you buy $25...

Another thing to consider is, if you buy $25 shorts that don't last a whole season rather than $50 shorts that last 3+ seasons, which is the better bargain?
08-14-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,298
Posted By Myosmith

Not rude, perhaps a bit strange, but if you are...

Not rude, perhaps a bit strange, but if you are following at a distance that doesn't interfere with the group, and you aren't interacting with the group, it is probably unnecessary. It's a public...
08-10-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,636
Posted By Myosmith

People get way too stressed over the inflammatory...

People get way too stressed over the inflammatory headlines circulated on the interweb. Yes, if you soak a lab rat in fruit juice for 21 hours a day for six months, its risk of cancer rises by 1.2%...
08-10-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,745
Posted By Myosmith

Keep your eye on the bargain bins at your LBS....

Keep your eye on the bargain bins at your LBS. Both of the ones I frequent have bins for saddles that have been replaced when a customer wanted something different. Most are entry level saddles...
08-09-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,438
Posted By Myosmith

I've had great experience with Aerotech. Some...

I've had great experience with Aerotech. Some decent shorts in the < $40 range.
08-06-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,308
Posted By Myosmith

Yep, Hwy 75 in western MN has stretches of it on...

Yep, Hwy 75 in western MN has stretches of it on the shoulders. If I wanted to design a road shoulder surface to devour tires and flesh, I could have done no better.
08-02-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 32,504
Posted By Myosmith

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the...

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.
Replies: 61
Views: 21,687
Posted By Myosmith

Bike frames do not come with X and Y chromosomes....

Bike frames do not come with X and Y chromosomes. If the frame is safe and works for you, enjoy the ride.

I had the same issue with Women's Specific Design (WSD) frames. Both men and women come...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,773
Posted By Myosmith

Kudos on quitting smoking. See your doctor....

Kudos on quitting smoking.

See your doctor. Supplemental oxygen is a Godsend to many people, but it is not a panacea for every problem that causes shortness of breath on exertion. Getting enough...
07-25-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,578
Posted By Myosmith

Breathing serves multiple functions: to supply...

Breathing serves multiple functions: to supply oxygen, to get rid of carbon dioxide (one of the end products of the breakdown of metabolic acids) and to help control heat. The problem with rapid,...
07-25-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,581
Posted By Myosmith

I found some polyester tech fabric do-rags...

I found some polyester tech fabric do-rags alongside the workwear area of the men's section at WalMart. They are safety yellow or orange but everything except the tail is under my helmet anyway. One...
07-23-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,229
Posted By Myosmith

Do you feel good about your ride? Did it make you...

Do you feel good about your ride? Did it make you want to go again? Then it was a good ride.

Quit comparing yourself to other riders. The only comparison you should make is to your former self.
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07-13-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,369
Posted By Myosmith

Is it the original seat post? I've worked for...

Is it the original seat post? I've worked for bike co-ops and have rehabed quite a few bikes over the years. Every once in a while you will find that someone has replaced a seat post with one that...
07-13-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 23,897
Posted By Myosmith

Bikes Direct sells bikes at numerous price...

Bikes Direct sells bikes at numerous price points. My road bike is a Motobecane Gran Premio that came from them a few years back and I'll put it up against any bike of the same style sold at a...
07-13-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,582
Posted By Myosmith

Looks like a man who works in the sun a good part...

Looks like a man who works in the sun a good part of the time. I looked like this when I did outdoor labor in my younger days. Sometimes had tan zones for shirtless, sleeveless and t-shirt all at the...
07-13-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,675
Posted By Myosmith

While not an "original" Motobecane, I do have a...

While not an "original" Motobecane, I do have a five-year-old Gran Premio that is my primary road bike. I did replace the wheels with a handbuilt set (the originals are still in service on another...
07-10-19, 03:35 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,530
Posted By Myosmith

My stepson was OTA when he learned to ride. I...

My stepson was OTA when he learned to ride. I removed the pedals and have the good fortune to have a fairly long gentle slope in my yard that ends with a shorter uphill slope. He spent about an hour...
07-05-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,426
Posted By Myosmith

I had a vintage aluminum Trek 1500 with very...

I had a vintage aluminum Trek 1500 with very narrow rims and very little tire clearance. It came with 700 x 23s and I weighed in the same neighborhood that you currently do. To prevent pinch flats on...
07-01-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,849
Posted By Myosmith

The OP is giving the average bike thief too much...

The OP is giving the average bike thief too much credit. The vast majority of bike crimes are thefts of opportunity. Rarely is the thief sophisticated enough to be selective among major brands. They...
07-01-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,693
Posted By Myosmith

Agreed. If you hit hard enough to ask the...

Agreed. If you hit hard enough to ask the question "Should I replace my helmet?" the answer is probably "Yes".
06-26-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,523
Posted By Myosmith

Red River Valley, Western MN, Northeast of Fargo,...

Red River Valley, Western MN, Northeast of Fargo, 384 feet / 75 miles = 5.12 ft/mi
06-20-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,408
Posted By Myosmith

Keep your bottles from getting funky and they...

Keep your bottles from getting funky and they will be easier to clean. Don't take your nearly empty bottle of carb water (sports drink, lemonade, tea with honey, or whatever) and leave it on the...
06-20-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,297
Posted By Myosmith

Absolutely, fitness and conditioning play a huge...

Absolutely, fitness and conditioning play a huge part in comfort on the bike. It is very obvious when I haven't been riding for a while. I get tired more easily and start resting on the bar. It...
06-14-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,679
Posted By Myosmith

Lemonade, limeade or orangeade (or combination)...

Lemonade, limeade or orangeade (or combination) mixed on the weak side and just barely sweet enough. Add a pinch of Morton's Lite Salt (half sodium chloride, half potassium chloride) and you're all...
06-14-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,297
Posted By Myosmith

We Have A Winner ! ! ! I've watched...

We Have A Winner ! ! !

I've watched countless riders try this bar and that bar, these grips and those grips and whatever glove is top rated this week, all to no avail in relieving hand...
06-04-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,572
Posted By Myosmith

Switching from 175mm to 170mm cranks changes the...

Switching from 175mm to 170mm cranks changes the stroke radius by less than 1/5 of an inch. Going to 165mm cranks would only reduce it a little over 1/3 of an inch. Depending on your femur length...
06-04-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,245
Posted By Myosmith

Remember that saddle position is set relative to...

Remember that saddle position is set relative to your crank position. It is not used to compensate for a short top tube. You can use a longer stem and some spacers to move the handlebar up and...
06-04-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,388
Posted By Myosmith

Well, sorta. All helmets must meet or exceed a...

Well, sorta. All helmets must meet or exceed a minimum safety standard but that doesn't mean they all offer the same level of protection. You can have one helmet that barely passed and one that could...
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