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Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,290
Posted By backinthesaddle

How are the Vittoria open tubulars for wear and...

How are the Vittoria open tubulars for wear and puncture resistance?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-18, 02:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,290
Posted By backinthesaddle

Well, I must confess that I haven't been riding...

Well, I must confess that I haven't been riding much the last 2-3 years, mostly due to health issues, so the "dry rot" is on my Michelins is probably age related.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-18, 10:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,290
Posted By backinthesaddle

Thanks for all the comments. My original...

Thanks for all the comments.

My original question was about Continentals. I ended up ordering a pair of GP-4000S II from Competitive Cyclist as they have a good price right now. When I spoke to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,290
Posted By backinthesaddle

Replacement for Michelin Pro 4 Endurance?

Hi, I've been riding Michelin's for a long time, most recently the Pro 4 Endurance model. But they've recently succumbed to premature sidewall rot, the bead is showing. No flats yet, but for safety I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-12, 03:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,980
Posted By backinthesaddle

I have a Phantom jacket. It was tight when I...

I have a Phantom jacket. It was tight when I first bought it, I hung it in the closet for 6 months and by then I'd done enough riding and shed enough flab that it fit fine. I have about a 42" chest...
11-23-12, 08:28 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,890
Posted By backinthesaddle

That's interesting. I have the Campy comp triple,...

That's interesting. I have the Campy comp triple, and I thought the smallest front ring it could handle is 30. I have 53-42-30 up front.

What rear setup do you have? I ended up buying a Campy...
11-21-12, 01:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,890
Posted By backinthesaddle

Thanks, Bill. Do you have the link?

Thanks, Bill. Do you have the link?
11-21-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,890
Posted By backinthesaddle

In my youth I used a double (10 speed) with a 23...

In my youth I used a double (10 speed) with a 23 tooth large sprocket in the rear. Over years of riding, I eventually switched the rear freewheel until I was up to I think 28.

When I resumed...
11-21-12, 11:25 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,723
Posted By backinthesaddle

Wow, that brings back memories! :D Used to bring...

Wow, that brings back memories! :D Used to bring the shoes to the old Italian cobbler to have the cleats nailed in!

Anyway, now I ride with carbon soled road shoes on Speedplay pedals. I think...
11-08-12, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By backinthesaddle

Thanks guys! Good to be back. :beer:

Thanks guys! Good to be back. :beer:
11-07-12, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By backinthesaddle

Backinthesaddle Back in the Saddle

Hi, it's been a few years since I posted in this forum.

First I had a lengthy illness, 3+ years, then hip arthritis. I was riding up until about a year ago, then pain stopped me.

Four months...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-12, 03:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

I'm reviving this thread for an update. I...

I'm reviving this thread for an update.

I installed my new Speedplay Light Action pedals yesterday and I'm pleased with them. Definitely easier to clip in and out than my Zeroes, so my goal of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-12, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

Wow! Sounds like those pedals and cleats have...

Wow! Sounds like those pedals and cleats have been a lot trouble for you. Which model do you have?

With my Zeroes, I've learned trial and error an optimal amount to tighten the cleats, never used...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-12, 11:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

Interesting idea! But I've always found there's a...

Interesting idea! But I've always found there's a balancing act between overtight cleats, which are hard to clip in and out of, and too loose cleats which are sloppy. So I think I have my zero cleats...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

Hope I'm not entirely wasting my money here, but...

Hope I'm not entirely wasting my money here, but I'm relying on the claim that LA have easier release no matter how you position zero's.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

I went to the source and called Speedplay. ...

I went to the source and called Speedplay.

Besides the obvious differences of color and material, he told me that there was an internal difference in the bearings, and that the stainless is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-12, 11:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

Aha, then I'd be inclined to "Buy American". I...

Aha, then I'd be inclined to "Buy American". I like to support American manufacturing when possible. Hard to swallow a > 50% price premium though.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-12, 08:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

Thanks! That's the comparison I'm looking for. I...

Thanks! That's the comparison I'm looking for. I think I'll go with the chrome moly Light Action, save some money. Anyway this is likely to be temporary, as I expect I'll go back to the Zeroes as my...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-12, 08:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

I'm not concerned about the amount of float. I'm...

I'm not concerned about the amount of float. I'm just trying to get less effort to clip in and (especially) out, and I understand that Light Action requires less effort. Just want to limit the torque...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-12, 06:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By backinthesaddle

Speedplay question

Hi, I've been riding with Zero's stainless for about 5 years, like them fine.

But due to recent hip surgery I want to switch -- at least temporarily -- to Speedplay Light Action. I want to clip in...
05-03-12, 10:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,719
Posted By backinthesaddle

Comcast may have bought Universal Sports, but my...

Comcast may have bought Universal Sports, but my Comcast cable no longer offers the channel. It is available on DISH, which I don't have.I bought the online package for Universal Sports, which offers...
08-20-10, 07:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,589
Posted By backinthesaddle

I'm planning to get the Pletscher installed next...

I'm planning to get the Pletscher installed next month on my Uptown 8. Right now the bike tips over if I've loaded a lot of groceries in the rear.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-10, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,499
Posted By backinthesaddle

In case anyone else is interested in this issue,...

In case anyone else is interested in this issue, I contacted Selle Italia, and here's the message I got back:

"The only care is to use leather shoe creams and ply these 2-3 times a year. This...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-10, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,499
Posted By backinthesaddle

Good suggestion, I'll look at leather car seat...

Good suggestion, I'll look at leather car seat supplies
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-10, 08:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,499
Posted By backinthesaddle

Sticky saddle

Wasn't sure which forum to post this in, hope I guessed right.

I have an old Sella Italia Turbomatic saddle, still my favorite saddle. It's covered with what I think is some sort of genuine...
07-12-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,621
Posted By backinthesaddle

Another vote for Hammer Heed. Lemon Lime. ...

Another vote for Hammer Heed. Lemon Lime.

Used to drink water only, didn't want none of that newfangled sports drink stuff, then I got converted to sports drinks, then found Heed. Goes down much...
06-28-10, 08:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,600
Posted By backinthesaddle

If you want to go really old school, here's a...

If you want to go really old school, here's a link to some wool shorts. They have an option of no pad, or a real chamois pad.
...
06-28-10, 08:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,345
Posted By backinthesaddle

I'm not familiar with either bike. But looking...

I'm not familiar with either bike. But looking at the pictures and descriptions, looks to me like the 7300 is a better choice if eventually you want to get into either road bike or mountain bike...
06-28-10, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,228
Posted By backinthesaddle

My main ride came with Shimano 105. After about...

My main ride came with Shimano 105. After about 10 days of riding I had it switched out to Campy (I have an old school LBS that does things like that) because I wasn't happy with brake levers that...
06-26-10, 03:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 800
Posted By backinthesaddle

Actually she's fading. She may have won the time...

Actually she's fading. She may have won the time trial, but she only came in third in the road race (failed to win the double this year). :D
06-25-10, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By backinthesaddle

More important: what color socks??? :D ...

More important: what color socks??? :D

Anyway, sounds like you're having a blast, keep it up! Amazing what a difference bike choice and fit can make, there's a reason for all those seemingly...
06-25-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By backinthesaddle

This may not be what you're after, but I have a...

This may not be what you're after, but I have a BMW X3 with a really cool interior bike rack. Holds 2 bikes upright side-by-side, but at least for my road bike I need to remove the front wheel and...
06-23-10, 03:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,003
Posted By backinthesaddle

Because I've been doing a lot of flat riding --...

Because I've been doing a lot of flat riding -- base training -- lately and I'm very happy with the ratios I have for the flats.
So I want to have another wheel for rides where I climb, instead of...
06-23-10, 03:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,260
Posted By backinthesaddle

Well if you're looking at spending around $2K,...

Well if you're looking at spending around $2K, which I think is the price point for the bikes you mentioned, you can do what I did when I got back into riding after a long time away.

I bought a...
06-23-10, 08:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,003
Posted By backinthesaddle

Don't know exactly why this thread has been...

Don't know exactly why this thread has been resurrected after 2 years, but it's timely for me.

After a lengthy illness I'm back riding again, but much weaker than before.

Right now I'm just...
06-20-10, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 804
Posted By backinthesaddle

Here's a comparison chart from the Garmin...

Here's a comparison chart from the Garmin website.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/compare.do?cID=160&compareProduct=36728&compareProduct=10885&compareProduct=331

I think the answer is that the 305...
06-19-10, 01:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 804
Posted By backinthesaddle

I understand that the 500 was developed in...

I understand that the 500 was developed in response to requests from the Garmin Professional Cycling Team. They wanted a unit that was smaller, and had no need for maps (that's why they have course...
05-18-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,780
Posted By backinthesaddle

I e-mailed Versus right away after the debacle. ...

I e-mailed Versus right away after the debacle. Couldn't log onto the ATOC website so I missed the end. Yes, it was a Heidi moment, Yes, sportscasters learned years ago (Heidi game) that they need...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-10, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By backinthesaddle

The cushion seatpost was fine with me, perfectly...

The cushion seatpost was fine with me, perfectly comfortable, but it couldn't accommodate the trailer hitch for the trailer I was looking at. Even though I haven't bought the trailer yet, I decided...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-10, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By backinthesaddle

Bought my new Breezer Uptown 8 yesterday

Well, I never know in this situation whether to post a new thread, or revive a stale one. So this here is a new thread, and here's a link to the old thread.
...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-10, 02:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

oh yeah, that's reassuring! :rolleyes:

oh yeah, that's reassuring! :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
04-21-10, 01:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

Hmm, really hadn't thought about the ease of...

Hmm, really hadn't thought about the ease of wheel removal as a factor, guess that's a possible negative in the Breezer column.

On the other hand, I'm still happier with the full chainguard, given...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 03:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

I test rode the Specialized with the belt at the...

I test rode the Specialized with the belt at the same shop that carried the Breezer. Preferred the Breezer. Hard to explain why, just a lot easier to pedal and a lot more maneuverable.
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

Sorry, didn't mean to offend, I was just...

Sorry, didn't mean to offend, I was just surprised that after stressing the importance of a chainguard you had a bike without the full chainguard. Now I've reread your post and see you made the same...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 02:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

But from the pictures, even the Hyland doesn't...

But from the pictures, even the Hyland doesn't have a full chainguard. Maybe I'm overthinking this, but it seems like there's chain exposure to my good pants unless I have a full chainguard.

I...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

Curious, which one? Yep, that's one of...

Curious, which one?



Yep, that's one of the attractions of the Breezer. Don't understand why so many bikes in this class have either no chaincase, or one that covers only the upper travel of...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 01:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

I don't understand bicycle geometry very well,...

I don't understand bicycle geometry very well, but looking at the geometry charts for the Breezer and its competitors, looks like the Breezer has a shorter wheelbase than most. And I think shorter...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

OK, I think I misunderstood you, I thought you...

OK, I think I misunderstood you, I thought you meant foot slipping off the pedals, which I'm concerned about. Now I think you're talking about gear slippage on steep climbs which is not a concern...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-10, 06:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

Don't expect to do any serious climbing, maybe...

Don't expect to do any serious climbing, maybe some very gentle grades, since where I live is completely flat, except for some very gradual climbs as you go away from the Bay shore. I'll save the...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-10, 11:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,091
Posted By backinthesaddle

Thanks, everyone for your comments and ideas. ...

Thanks, everyone for your comments and ideas.

Here's a few replies:



Yep, you nailed it. Besides all the warm fuzzies to save the planet by bike riding, I've got a seriously arthritic hip...
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