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06-06-16, 10:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,412
Posted By Kertrek

Ideas for discouraging homeless people for using bike locker as public storage?

The shopping center has bike lockers right in front of the gym I go to. They're the bring your own lock type, but homeless people started using them as permanent public storage and are sleeping in...
05-20-16, 09:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By Kertrek

Good books for a beginner in weight training?

I'm not seeing results as quickly as I'd like. Are there any good books for someone starting out in weight training? I've seen some decent videos on YouTube, but I've been getting tired of combing...
Forum: Touring
04-09-16, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,524
Posted By Kertrek

Anyone tour with clipless cycling sandals?

Are they any good? I saw a pair but don't want to spend the money if it's just gonna be a novelty and something I won't want to use much, or something I wouldn't want to wear for anything longer than...
Forum: Touring
03-26-16, 10:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,358
Posted By Kertrek

Best kickstand for my new Randonee?

I got a double kickstand, that's nice and stable but the chain rubs against it in third gear. What's the best kickstand, that will provide stability when loaded but won't touch the chain while I'm...
03-23-16, 12:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,938
Posted By Kertrek

What to do about MTB cleats that scrape on the ground when you walk?

I thought MTB cleats would be good for walking, like going to the shop, or out to eat. But on cement they scratch and grind, and I don't want to break anyone's tiles or scratch their floor. Are they...
Forum: Touring
03-21-16, 02:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,245
Posted By Kertrek

I went with the A-530s. They're very easy to clip...

I went with the A-530s. They're very easy to clip into, and I hardly had trouble stepping on the correct side, so they're designed and weighted well (I didn't have to do any ballet moves trying to...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 03:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,245
Posted By Kertrek

Pedals that will work well for both touring and around-town commuting?

I've seen the Shimano A530 pedals, which look cool, and it would add some versatility (I could jump on it in whatever shoes I got on for quick errands, and I could comfortably lend the bike to a...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-16, 10:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,378
Posted By Kertrek

I haven't had much trouble motivating myself. I...

I haven't had much trouble motivating myself. I hadn't been riding as often, but I make up for it by doing longer more intense rides on mountain highways. And I just got a gym membership and cycle to...
02-25-16, 06:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 998
Posted By Kertrek

Beginner's guide to working out at a gym?

I've worked out at gyms, under guidance, but I never got much expertise on it. I'm just trying to gain some weight and put more focus on my upper body than I've done since getting into cycling. Where...
Forum: Touring
01-25-16, 03:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,035
Posted By Kertrek

What does that mean exactly? If it's a bit slow...

What does that mean exactly? If it's a bit slow picking up speed, it's fine by me. I just don't want it to feel heavy and sluggish on the open highway, where it counts.
Forum: Touring
01-24-16, 05:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,035
Posted By Kertrek

I'm a little nervous about spending $1,500, and I...

I'm a little nervous about spending $1,500, and I have an old rustbox classic car that's gonna cost $3,000 to fix. I've looked at both cable and disc brakes, and cable brakes are more standard which...
Forum: Touring
01-23-16, 06:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,035
Posted By Kertrek

Touring bike that will be good for both loaded touring and city commuting?

I've done a few overnight tours on my hybrid but I plan on doing some long distance touring, so want a bike made for touring. But I also want it to be good as an unloaded city commuter. I've been...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-16, 03:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,378
Posted By Kertrek

How to motivate myself to ride when I'll no longer be commuting to work?

The highlight of my work day is my bike commute. But I've accepted a new job where I'll be working from home. I've earned a reputation for being to fittest person at my current workplace, which is...
01-14-16, 05:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 861
Posted By Kertrek

The pain is on the inside of the knee, beside the...

The pain is on the inside of the knee, beside the patella, slightly above where the knee bends. On my right knee, if I'm facing a clock the pain in in the 9o'clock position in relation to my knee. It...
01-14-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 861
Posted By Kertrek

Best course of action when dealing with patellar tendonitis?

I've been taking it really easy lately, haven't done any long rides and only ride to and from work, which is local. I'm avoiding racing against traffic lights or trying to go very fast. Would I be...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-16, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By Kertrek

I wasn't doing any intense riding, so I wasn't...

I wasn't doing any intense riding, so I wasn't sweating. Maybe I'll try a Novara jacket I saw on clearance. It looked pretty nice and has vents and seems pretty durable.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-16, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By Kertrek

Brand new. It's polyester, but looks like...

Brand new. It's polyester, but looks like plastic. Worked for awhile. It's rolls into a pouch, about 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Maybe too thin for spending hours outside.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-16, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By Kertrek

Are thicker cycling rain jackets better at keeping you dry than the thin ones?

I have a cool clear cycling jacket, that's really thin and bundles into a small pouch, and after commuting to work and spending hours working outside, I got pretty wet. Stayed warm though. Maybe rain...
12-30-15, 03:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By Kertrek

Thermal shoe covers. How cold til you need them?

I rode in the upper 30 degree range, and it was cold at first, but my feet ended up sweating by the end of the commute. I live in a low elevation area that never snows, but in the mornings, there's...
Forum: Commuting
12-23-15, 02:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,645
Posted By Kertrek

Incidentally, does anyone know where I can find...

Incidentally, does anyone know where I can find the Novara compatible hood? I have the Novara rain jacket but can't find the hood anywhere online.
Forum: Commuting
12-21-15, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,645
Posted By Kertrek

What I did was bought a 5 dollar poncho with a...

What I did was bought a 5 dollar poncho with a drawstring hood and cut the poncho at the shoulders, so I can wear it underneath the jacket and just zip the jacket up high. Since I can tighten the...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-15, 09:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,645
Posted By Kertrek

Can anyone recommend a decent under helmet rain hood?

I have a cycling rain jacket, that doesn't have a hood. I'm planning on wearing a hood on and off my bike, like when I'm working outside. Preferably one that doesn't look like a granny rain hood....
12-19-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 948
Posted By Kertrek

Rain pants vs cycling-specific rain pants?

I got some rain pants that aren't specific for cycling, but they're still popular for bike commuters. I couldn't find cycling rain pants in the right size. I work outside as well, so I can use the...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-15, 07:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,933
Posted By Kertrek

I went for the thermal tights. No one batted an...

I went for the thermal tights. No one batted an eye except for the better looking female coworkers, which I can live with. They're solid black and have the chamois padding, so they're not too...
11-30-15, 09:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 905
Posted By Kertrek

Any decent workout videos for improving overall physique?

I have a pretty skinny body type, but since getting into cycling, I've neglected my upper body. My chest and shoulders aren't as impressive as when I got out of the military. Are there any decent...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-15, 07:01 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,933
Posted By Kertrek

What pants though? Cycling tights are worn...

What pants though? Cycling tights are worn without underwear and I don't want to have to stock my locker with a supply of underwear...it might be ugly by the end of the week.
Forum: Commuting
11-29-15, 06:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,933
Posted By Kertrek

Best cycling pants for commuting to work?

I'm looking at cycling tights, but I don't know if they'd be the best for commuting to work. Skin-tight doesn't make me shy: but it might be inconvenient switching in and out of cycling tights before...
11-26-15, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,228
Posted By Kertrek

Differences between men and women's jerseys and jackets?

I ended up getting a woman's cycling jacket, because it was slimmer and quieter in the wind than a men's cycling jacket I'd tried. I'm not gonna be wearing multiple layers under the jacket, so I...
Replies: 36
Views: 6,287
Posted By Kertrek

That's exactly the touring bike I'm looking at. I...

That's exactly the touring bike I'm looking at. I recently talked to someone with a Long Haul Trucker who toured across the country with a guy who was riding the Fuji Touring Bike, and said the Fuji...
Replies: 36
Views: 6,287
Posted By Kertrek

The Allez was more fun than the endurance bikes...

The Allez was more fun than the endurance bikes at the same price point that I'd test driven. When I get it fitted I'll let them know my goals and typical rides, and the fitting should help increase...
Replies: 36
Views: 6,287
Posted By Kertrek

I'm riding the entry level Specialized Allez....

I'm riding the entry level Specialized Allez. Before attempting a double century, I'd need to get it fitted if I use it: I just got it sized. Some touring bikes are lighter than others, yet still...
Replies: 36
Views: 6,287
Posted By Kertrek

Would a touring bike be better for a double century than a racing bike?

I'm not really too interested in an endurance bike right now, because my job pays peanuts and I'd rather not blow thousands of dollars on bikes. I've done a century ride on a racing bike and it was...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-15, 02:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,935
Posted By Kertrek

How tight should wind jackets be? I bought a...

How tight should wind jackets be? I bought a small lightweight Performance Bicycle brand jacket, and the sleeves flap around noisily when I ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-15, 12:49 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,935
Posted By Kertrek

Wind jackets. Should I go with light water-resistent, or heavier waterproof jacket?

They have feathery light jackets, but there are heavier ones that looks a little raincoat-ish and are waterproof. What is your preferred cold weather jacket? The light or heavier jackets? If it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-15, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By Kertrek

Cycling palsy after an 80 mile ride a few days ago. Should I not ride for awhile?

If I put pressure on the heel of my palm, my ring finger starts to tingle uncomfortably. I've never experienced it before. I was on the hoods mostly. I have a hybrid which is a lot more upright than...
11-09-15, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By Kertrek

What's your favorite non-technical downhill road for going fast?

What I'm looking for is:
a good long stretch of highway with no cross-streets,
minimal turns,
decent width and minimal traffic.

There are some decent downhill stretches in San Fernando Valley,...
11-09-15, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Posted By Kertrek

I rode Las Vigenes and it was a great time. I...

I rode Las Vigenes and it was a great time. I didn't feel worried 'til I got on PCH (I really didn't like cars passing that close to me). I tried Piuma to Tuna Canyon, and it was a little too steep...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-15, 09:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 751
Posted By Kertrek

Silly question. How do you start stripping off...

Silly question. How do you start stripping off warming layers, without bags and crates that commuter bikes normally have? I'm gonna start a ride in the low 50s, but it should be getting up to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-15, 08:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 751
Posted By Kertrek

How does it get 'til you normally start wearing warming layers?

How cold does it get 'til you normally start wearing warming layers?
11-07-15, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 635
Posted By Kertrek

Formal bike fit using a trainer. Any good?

I can't afford a motion capture computer bike fit. I got my first road bike. I think I might get a motion capture bike fit on my next road bike purchase, 'cause I'll have a good job by then. I've...
11-01-15, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Posted By Kertrek

Las Virgenes to the beach. How is it?

I want to head from the valley to the beach, and Las Virgenes seems a lot less twisty, and wider than Topanga Canyon Boulevard. How is that route?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-15, 01:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,869
Posted By Kertrek

How is Tuna Canyon Rd? I'm gonna attempt a ride...

How is Tuna Canyon Rd? I'm gonna attempt a ride tomorrow, since I didn't want to risk a mountain climb when it was so windy yesterday. Maybe take Las Virgines to the beach and take the La Tuna Canyon...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-15, 10:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,869
Posted By Kertrek

Cycling during a wind advistory. Bad idea?

I was set on doing a challenging ride that takes me through Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the beach and along the coast. Winding two lane highway without a shoulder, and plenty climbing. The forecast...
10-29-15, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,359
Posted By Kertrek

Would a frame size difference of 2cm make any difference

I'm 5'6" and have a 52cm Specialized Allez. Another shop did some measurements and said I should have a 54cm frame. Since the Allez top tube is arched, is 52cm the best choice. And does 2cm even make...
10-27-15, 01:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,858
Posted By Kertrek

Yeah, that crossed my mind, and I'll do that in...

Yeah, that crossed my mind, and I'll do that in group rides, but when I'm heading home after getting off work, I'd just rather be left alone.
10-27-15, 12:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,858
Posted By Kertrek

Anyone find it awkward when other random cyclists think you're racing them?

I passed another cyclist on the street, riding at a steady pace, and he would drop behind and gun it to pass me, and did that for a couple miles at least. I just got off work and the last thing I...
10-23-15, 03:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,011
Posted By Kertrek

I know this is an old thread, but how safe is...

I know this is an old thread, but how safe is Topanga Canyon Boulevard for cyclists? Because it's only two lanes and a good majority doesn't have a shoulder or passing lanes. There is sheer mountain...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-15, 02:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,493
Posted By Kertrek

Any tips for getting up to a 35mph sprint on flats?

I got up to 37mph going downhill but I still held back because there was traffic, and yesterday I got up to 31mph on a flat city street. Since I've reached my 30+ mph, 35mph seems not too far away....
10-07-15, 04:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,399
Posted By Kertrek

My hybrid is a Trek 7000. The trails I'm...

My hybrid is a Trek 7000. The trails I'm considering look like this...
10-07-15, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,399
Posted By Kertrek

Best tires for a mountain-bike-ish hybrid?

I have a road bike, and it's a lot faster than the hybrid I'd been riding. So I figured I'd get some tires to give the hybrid some trail capabilities. What are the best tires? And with optimal tires,...
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