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10-27-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 181
Posted By kingston

MSRP is pretty high for what it is, but you...

MSRP is pretty high for what it is, but you should be able to find a deal somewhere.


The bearings are different; angular contact vs. ABEC-3. Neither one will work with the 30mm spindle on that...
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By kingston

I agree but at least do something interesting to...

I agree but at least do something interesting to make it worth the effort and expense. A105 crosscheck strikes me as a very ordinary bike. Nothing wrong with that, but if I want an ordinary bike,...
Replies: 19
Views: 584
Posted By kingston

Tubeless riders are still in the small minority...

Tubeless riders are still in the small minority on the brevets I ride. I don't get enough flats and have too many wheelsets to make it worth the extra effort and expense.

I thought this was funny...
10-15-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,883
Posted By kingston

fixed gear is badass. Single speed is for beach...

fixed gear is badass. Single speed is for beach cruisers and townies.
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By kingston

Me too. I like running new or at least pretty new...

Me too. I like running new or at least pretty new tires on a 400k and up, and I always start a GR with a new set of tires. So I'm constantly changing tires before they are worn out and trying to "use...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,610
Posted By kingston

I rode a full SR and a 1200k on an airone this...

I rode a full SR and a 1200k on an airone this season.
10-06-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,583
Posted By kingston

I probably spend $2-3k per year and ride 5-6k...

I probably spend $2-3k per year and ride 5-6k miles, so around 40-50/mile I'm into randonneuring, so a lot of my expenses go to travel, hotel and food.

This got me thinking, I could flip the...
Replies: 16
Views: 728
Posted By kingston

As alternatives to the used bike/vintage...

As alternatives to the used bike/vintage resto-mod route, which is a great way to go if you know what you're doing and have the patience, Diamondback has some good budget options; Century 2 ($850) or...
10-03-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,476
Posted By kingston

I always advise new riders to get aluminum 105...

I always advise new riders to get aluminum 105 and think of it as a starter bike and future backup bike. Then when your fitness improves and your preferences evolve, you can get something nicer that...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,044
Posted By kingston

Touring bikes make great commuters IMO, but...

Touring bikes make great commuters IMO, but half-a-mile? I have a mile commute and ride an old Schwinn cruiser with a rear rack that I consider to be perfect for up to a few miles. It's been my...
09-19-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,048
Posted By kingston

I have a Rivendell Sam Hillborne. I like it a...

I have a Rivendell Sam Hillborne. I like it a lot. I also have a bunch of other bikes that I like just as much. Sometimes I wear cycling kit and go on long rides. Sometimes I just wear shorts and...
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,222
Posted By kingston

I have both the Topeak masterblaster...

I have both the Topeak masterblaster (https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/mini-pumps/235-road-masterblaster-) and the zefal hpx (http://www.zefal.com/en/traditional-pumps/32-hpx.html) and a...
09-15-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 495
Posted By kingston

I ordered some things pretty recently from...

I ordered some things pretty recently from rosebikes.com and bike-components.de
Replies: 24
Views: 1,291
Posted By kingston

For the dynamo, Son is nicer, SP is cheaper. I...

For the dynamo, Son is nicer, SP is cheaper. I have both, and as XXLHardrock mentioned above, they both work the same. I expect the son to last longer, but you never know. I don't agree with the...
09-12-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By kingston

Not a banana-shape. A contoured shape, and the...

Not a banana-shape. A contoured shape, and the tension bolt doesn't do anything about that. It's hard to capture in a photo, but see how the top has those deep indentations and isn't flat anymore?...
09-12-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By kingston

Great review. The Aravis/Aspin is my favorite...

Great review. The Aravis/Aspin is my favorite saddle when new, I like to move around on the saddle, so the flat/hard top works really well for me too. Unfortunately, after 5-6k miles the cover shapes...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,322
Posted By kingston

There are a zillion different bags. Bikepacking...

There are a zillion different bags. Bikepacking seat bags have become popular in the last couple of years with people who use race or gravel bikes on brevets. I used a Revelate Designs Pika (6-12...
09-08-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,525
Posted By kingston

I just did the calcs. An average sized person on...

I just did the calcs. An average sized person on an average bike would have to push about 365 watts to spin at 90 rpm up a 25% grade with a 34/40.

Edit: I mixed up MPH/KPH on the calculations....
08-31-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,255
Posted By kingston

You're lucky. My wife deceived me in our...

You're lucky. My wife deceived me in our courtship. When I met her, she had a nice paramount, and we rode a lot together. Four kids and 25 years later, it's just the townie to a nice place for lunch...
08-26-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,255
Posted By kingston

The only way she'll ever keep up with you is on...

The only way she'll ever keep up with you is on the back of a tandem. Otherwise, just let her get whatever bike she wants, ride at what ever speed she wants, wherever she wants to go, for however...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,704
Posted By kingston

I'm well known in the randonneuring world as one...

I'm well known in the randonneuring world as one of the best-dressed randonneurs. Admittedly the bar is pretty low.
08-21-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Posted By kingston

seems like this thread should be in the bike fit...

seems like this thread should be in the bike fit or long-distance sub-forum.
08-21-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Posted By kingston

Under the downtube is probably the most common...

Under the downtube is probably the most common place for a third bottle. It's my last bottle because it's the only one I can't access while I'm moving. When I use it I have to stop and pour it into...
08-19-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Posted By kingston

I've never gotten a professional fit and just use...

I've never gotten a professional fit and just use guess-and-check. Make a change, ride a hundred miles to see what hurts, repeat until everything hurts about the same. Then when you think you're...
08-18-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Posted By kingston

Depends on the event obviously, but I'd guess I...

Depends on the event obviously, but I'd guess I was in the aerobars around half the time on the IP. More on flat sections and less when it was hilly. When I do long solo rides in Illinois where there...
08-18-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Posted By kingston

I started using aerobars at the end of last...

I started using aerobars at the end of last season, and it took a bit of experimentation to find something that worked.
Just finished the Iron Porcupine 1200k on Sunday and really liked having them....
08-18-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,206
Posted By kingston

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08-11-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,311
Posted By kingston

I always advise people to get an aluminium frame...

I always advise people to get an aluminium frame w/105 for their first bike. It's good enough that it won't hold you back for the first couple of seasons. If you're still into cycling an a couple of...
07-29-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 618
Posted By kingston

With normal in-the-saddle pedaling the...

With normal in-the-saddle pedaling the double-bottles are high enough that they never interfere with my knees. I do need to be a little careful when I get out-of-the-saddle, but it's not as bad as it...
07-16-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,411
Posted By kingston

That's because you are an inconsiderate person.

That's because you are an inconsiderate person.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,597
Posted By kingston

Maybe in the 70's

Maybe in the 70's
07-15-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,411
Posted By kingston

Logical arguments are not persuasive to people...

Logical arguments are not persuasive to people who are literally incapable of assessing risk and make decisions based on irrational fear.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,597
Posted By kingston

I honestly don't understand the extreme aversion...

I honestly don't understand the extreme aversion to people riding behind you. In my experience it's really not that big of a deal and a situation that can be easily remedied with a two minute effort...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,235
Posted By kingston

I have an M1. I'd get it every single time over...

I have an M1. I'd get it every single time over an M18 if both were available, but the M18 will probably be fine if that's all you can get. Front racks with a handlebar bag and decaleur are a bit of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,597
Posted By kingston

Just hit him with a snot rocket.

Just hit him with a snot rocket.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,597
Posted By kingston

Wheel sucking is so ubiquitous on Sheridan Road...

Wheel sucking is so ubiquitous on Sheridan Road everyone who rides there is used to it and expects it. There are so many riders that it's pretty much unavoidable. Just let people know you're there...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,597
Posted By kingston

Couple of minutes. If I had to guess I would say...

Couple of minutes. If I had to guess I would say three but it could have been five. it's irrelevant anyway. It's not like I was right on his wheel. I believe People should always look over their...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 11,597
Posted By kingston

Sure it was an accident, but it was your fault...

Sure it was an accident, but it was your fault for spitting on someone else, not their fault for being in the way of your spit. Next time take the milisecond to look over your shoulder.
07-13-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,411
Posted By kingston

A flashing headlight immediately identifies you...

A flashing headlight immediately identifies you as an inconsiderate person and an unskillful cyclist. Competent cyclists have been able to avoid crashing into things for decades without the...
07-01-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,969
Posted By kingston

Normal guideline is 250-300 calories an hour for...

Normal guideline is 250-300 calories an hour for rides over 2-3 hours. Everyone's different so you'll have to figure out what works for you.
06-25-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By kingston

I have the HF ultrasonic cleaner. No better than...

I have the HF ultrasonic cleaner. No better than a ten dollar crockpot as far as I can tell.
06-18-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,466
Posted By kingston

Irrelevant. Don't ride in the door zone and you...

Irrelevant. Don't ride in the door zone and you won't get doored.
Replies: 15
Views: 1,967
Posted By kingston

I pack specifically what I need for every ride...

I pack specifically what I need for every ride depending on the bike I'm riding, distance, weather, etc. It's easier to pack that way if everything is already clean and organized, so when I get home,...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,610
Posted By kingston

I've come to believe that your butt is more...

I've come to believe that your butt is more important than the saddle. At the beginning of the season all my saddles are uncomfortable and they're all fine by around the middle of May. I rode brevets...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 7,845
Posted By kingston

I have a seven. It's a nice bike. I like it a...

I have a seven. It's a nice bike. I like it a lot. I clean it when it gets dirty and perform routine maintenance when it needs it. Mine has S&S couplers so I take it apart and put it in a suitcase...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,869
Posted By kingston

I have been carrying a lot of water with me on...

I have been carrying a lot of water with me on the bike. Rode a full 300k on 6 liters a couple weeks ago. The 2.5l camelback isn't as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. 2x1 liter bottles in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 14,006
Posted By kingston

According to their website. RWGPS has not taken...

According to their website. RWGPS has not taken any outside funding and is cash-flow positive. My guess is that RWGPS has a much, much higher percentage of paying customers than Strava.
05-20-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,408
Posted By kingston

I've had both and would always prefer a 2"...

I've had both and would always prefer a 2" receiver unless there is something about the car that would prevent me from getting one.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,551
Posted By kingston

I rode an unsupported 300k on Saturday with 5.5l...

I rode an unsupported 300k on Saturday with 5.5l of water on the bike (2x1l bottles on the frame, a 1l platypus in the saddle bag and a 2.5l camelback). I had some water leftover, so I think I can...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 14,006
Posted By kingston

I think it's cool that Strava doesn't have ads...

I think it's cool that Strava doesn't have ads like every other social media platform. Almost makes me want to subscribe, but it's not worth sixty bucks a year to give my friends kudos when they...
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