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Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-12, 06:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,563
Posted By The Smokester

If possible, try relaxing your upper body and...

If possible, try relaxing your upper body and arms. Have an easy grip on the bars. Put your center (of gravity) directly over the axle of the cranks. Act like you are going to stand up yet without...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-12, 06:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,247
Posted By The Smokester

There is not much specific information from the...

There is not much specific information from the OP to go on. However, assuming a conventional build, it could be that:
Spokes were tensioned too loosely.
Spokes were over-tensioned by a lot....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-12, 06:42 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 9,021
Posted By The Smokester

I am in no way offended.:cry: However, assuming...

I am in no way offended.:cry: However, assuming some typical values characterizing the various power sinks of bicycling (bearing and tire friction, aerodynamic loss and gravity), and plotting the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-12, 06:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By The Smokester

Have you tried scrubbing your rims with a Scrubby...

Have you tried scrubbing your rims with a Scrubby and Simple Green?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-12, 08:29 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 9,021
Posted By The Smokester

Aerodynamic drag force is proportional to v^2 so...

Aerodynamic drag force is proportional to v^2 so that is parabolic. Aerodynamic power loss (wattage) is proportional to v^3. There is nowhere that either of these trends can be labeled linear. But at...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-12, 01:30 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 9,021
Posted By The Smokester

That was my experience. I'm now on my second...

That was my experience. I'm now on my second carbon fiber bike. The first one just burst into flames. :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-12, 01:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 969
Posted By The Smokester

Much of the noise probably comes from the straps...

Much of the noise probably comes from the straps near your ears. Is there are way for you to adjust them to be a bit more out of the way?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-12, 07:38 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 4,995
Posted By The Smokester

Let's take a poll: Those who want to go up...

Let's take a poll:

Those who want to go up and down faster say "aye".
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-11, 07:00 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 11,138
Posted By The Smokester

Next question: Anyone ever seen an actual...

Next question:

Anyone ever seen an actual recumbent paceline? :roflmao:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-11, 05:33 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,682
Posted By The Smokester

Stans Alpha 340 rims, Chris King R45 hubs, 20/24...

Stans Alpha 340 rims, Chris King R45 hubs, 20/24 DT Swiss Aerolite spokes, Alloy nipples. Should come in 1200+ grams. About $950.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-11, 07:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 770
Posted By The Smokester

Is the hanger properly aligned? Middle sprocket...

Is the hanger properly aligned? Middle sprocket (#5 on a 10 spd) and the two idler pulleys on the derailleur should all line up.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-19-11, 05:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,516
Posted By The Smokester

All top groups from Campy, SRAM and Shimano are...

All top groups from Campy, SRAM and Shimano are superb. I have Dura Ace except for an FSA Force Light crank. I think the high point for DA is the brakes. As for Campy, they have a feature where you...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-11, 05:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,707
Posted By The Smokester

I just built a pair of these up. Chris King R45...

I just built a pair of these up. Chris King R45 hubs, Stan's A340's, 20/24 with DT Swiss aerolite spokes with allow spokes, front radial, rear 3x. Came in at just over 1200 g. Another friend go a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-11, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By The Smokester

I know the Rolf wheel will have its advocates,...

I know the Rolf wheel will have its advocates, but I will not be one of them. I feel that the paired spoke design, while aesthetically attractive,, unnecessarily concentrates stress in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-11, 02:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,933
Posted By The Smokester

I'm sure everyone will be relieved to know that...

I'm sure everyone will be relieved to know that prathman's aluminum bicycle did not asplode at 111 kmiles as previously scheduled. Nevertheless, all concerned continue to keep a close eye out and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-11, 04:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,933
Posted By The Smokester

Maybe not fatique life, but I heard these old...

Maybe not fatique life, but I heard these old Cannondales asplode right at 111 kmiles. :twitchy:
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-11, 11:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,511
Posted By The Smokester

The lister says "...New: A brand-new, unused,...

The lister says "...New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item..." Seems like what was received was scratched and certainly not in "brand-new" condition.

New is "NEW". Something from the...
Forum: Touring
09-19-11, 07:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,202
Posted By The Smokester

I had to zoom out a long way before I got a good...

I had to zoom out a long way before I got a good look at where this happened. Pretty remote.

BTW, Did your Candy's machine themselve off their spindle? The inexpensive Candy's are known for doing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-11, 12:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,952
Posted By The Smokester

My Cervelo R3 would come stock with Fulcrum...

My Cervelo R3 would come stock with Fulcrum Racing 7's. Never even took delivery of them. Got hand built weight weenie wheels before even riding the thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-11, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 518
Posted By The Smokester

It would help if you gave us the gearing of your...

It would help if you gave us the gearing of your previous bike.
Forum: Touring
09-12-11, 08:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,675
Posted By The Smokester

Congratulations. It is a great bike and you will...

Congratulations. It is a great bike and you will love it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-11, 07:29 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,014
Posted By The Smokester

Why is this so hard to understand?

Why is this so hard to understand?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-11, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By The Smokester

IRD makes a variety of unusual 10 sp cassettes. ...

IRD makes a variety of unusual 10 sp cassettes.

Here is a link: http://www.interlocracing.com/cassettes_steel.html

I like the 12-30.

The are not as smooth shifting as real Shimano, though.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-11, 08:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,718
Posted By The Smokester

You might think that 25's would get about 9% more...

You might think that 25's would get about 9% more punctures.from debris wouldn't you? That's about the increase in contact area.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-11, 07:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,575
Posted By The Smokester

I am sitting at a stop sign waiting to turn left...

I am sitting at a stop sign waiting to turn left when an SUV comes right at me from the right. I manage to unclip and jump aside and stand fuming at the curb.

I am livid. A direct and deliberate...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-11, 02:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By The Smokester

For biking place-to-place in the Bay Area I use...

For biking place-to-place in the Bay Area I use Krebs " South San Francisco Bay & Monterey Bay Areas Bicycle Touring Map". Get it at your friendly lbs or through the internet...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-11, 04:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,086
Posted By The Smokester

Susceptability to "mountain sickness" must be...

Susceptability to "mountain sickness" must be very specific to the individual. I remember evacuating a fellow out of Tuolomne Meadows which I think is only 7000' (isn't it). He hadn't gone higher. He...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-11, 05:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By The Smokester

Okay. I am going to interpret this as you being...

Okay. I am going to interpret this as you being in the big chain wheel up front, but you are starting to go up hill, slowing down and downshifting on the rear. You find yourself out of range on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By The Smokester

Try buying 2nd hand. Some people buy a (say)...

Try buying 2nd hand. Some people buy a (say) Ultegra level bike and then ditch the wheels for an upgrade. Ultegra wheels sets go on eBay for less than $200.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By The Smokester

Good job.

Good job.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-11, 12:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,664
Posted By The Smokester

I think most bikes--C, Ti, steel, Al--will last...

I think most bikes--C, Ti, steel, Al--will last indefinitely until they are damaged. Probably steel or Ti will last the longest just because they are easier to repair back to truly original condition...
Forum: Touring
07-08-11, 10:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,953
Posted By The Smokester

I don't accept the premise that higher gears are...

I don't accept the premise that higher gears are a free ticket to climbing faster. I haves noticed, surprisingly, that I climb at about the same rate within a gear or two. What's not surprising is...
Forum: Touring
06-27-11, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By The Smokester

Sure. You can take BART to Fremont. Then ride...

Sure. You can take BART to Fremont. Then ride south to San Jose and pick up the Coyote Creek Trail to Morgan Hill. Ride rural roads to Hollister. From Hollister go west a bit to pick up the San Juan...
Forum: Recumbent
06-25-11, 06:01 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,071
Posted By The Smokester

Yes. And idling the time away thinking up...

Yes. And idling the time away thinking up untestable gibberish to post on the internet is certainly an alternative explanation as to why eating too much and under exercising keeps you fat.
Forum: Recumbent
06-23-11, 11:18 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,071
Posted By The Smokester

Lots of good points made here. One variable to...

Lots of good points made here. One variable to consider is the power efficiency (power to weight) of the rider.

Generally speaking, bents have better aerodynamic efficiency which gives them an...
Forum: Touring
06-20-11, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 801
Posted By The Smokester

There is a inland route from Paso Robles to...

There is a inland route from Paso Robles to Hollister which is spectacular. (Hint: Spectacular usually doesn't come easily in bicycling.)

Go north from SLO along the usual PCH bicycle route. Just...
Forum: Touring
01-01-11, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,567
Posted By The Smokester

Interesting. You prompted me to read so reviews....

Interesting. You prompted me to read so reviews. At the least perhaps I should try a set on my randonneuring bike.
Forum: Touring
12-31-10, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,567
Posted By The Smokester

Thank you for the comments. I am wondering if the...

Thank you for the comments. I am wondering if the Duremes are the ones to try next? It seems that they may have better rolling resistance than the Conti TC's. Any experience with their puncture...
Forum: Touring
12-30-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,567
Posted By The Smokester

Continental Travel Contacts compared to Schwalbe Marathons

I use Continental Travel Contacts in 26 x 1.75" on my LHT and have had good experiences with them. They have a smooth patch for pavement but the sides are knobby for when you hit the gravel. I would...
Forum: Touring
12-30-10, 12:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,177
Posted By The Smokester

I have one of these, too. With the Aluminum...

I have one of these, too. With the Aluminum insert. I have never had a bear go after it but racoons can really give it a workout. I usually tie it to a picnic table or tree for the night. Racoons and...
Forum: Touring
12-25-10, 04:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,561
Posted By The Smokester

About a ground sheet under the tent: If your tent...

About a ground sheet under the tent: If your tent already has a waterproof tub floor then I advise against using a ground sheet. The ground sheet may just trap water. If you must use a ground sheet...
Forum: Touring
12-21-10, 01:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,213
Posted By The Smokester

I see that the pieces parts on the latest Salsa...

I see that the pieces parts on the latest Salsa Casseroll has been downgraded. With my dealer, I could buy a Salsa Casseroll and he would change out the parts with Shimano 105 or whatever for a...
Forum: Touring
11-23-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,964
Posted By The Smokester

I believe it has been discontinued!!!!! ...

I believe it has been discontinued!!!!!

Edit: I can't seem to verify this claim which I read in a recent post. Hopefully it's a false alarm.
Replies: 16
Views: 1,131
Posted By The Smokester

Have you considered the Selle An-Atomica which...

Have you considered the Selle An-Atomica which comes in a "watershed" version?

http://www.selleanatomica.com/
Forum: Touring
11-03-10, 10:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,616
Posted By The Smokester

Lis, Nice meeting you last night. Will you please...

Lis, Nice meeting you last night. Will you please check out the snake situation while you are there? :lol:
Forum: Touring
11-03-10, 10:11 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,423
Posted By The Smokester

This should go into Wikipedia as as the prime...

This should go into Wikipedia as as the prime example of an oxymoron.
Forum: Touring
11-02-10, 09:22 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,120
Posted By The Smokester

Just want to put in a word in favor of...

Just want to put in a word in favor of high-quality rims. I think that a good wheel build must have even tension (+/- 5%) to spec on all the spokes. This cannot be attained unless the rim has a...
Forum: Touring
10-30-10, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,295
Posted By The Smokester

..It's Halloween...And his name is skilsaw...:eek:

..It's Halloween...And his name is skilsaw...:eek:
Forum: Touring
10-30-10, 01:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,163
Posted By The Smokester

Yes. On varied terrain, the lighter, more...

Yes. On varied terrain, the lighter, more aerodynamic, lower rolling friction bike will (likely) be slightly faster, accelerate more quickly and be more maneuverable...1-2 mph on average by my...
Forum: Touring
10-30-10, 12:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,648
Posted By The Smokester

That is very cool!

That is very cool!
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