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Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-18, 02:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

Makes sense, especially when those times are...

Makes sense, especially when those times are usually when folks come from work or go to work. At least that's true in my area.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-18, 12:05 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

Good luck on your journey. I plan to do something...

Good luck on your journey. I plan to do something like that in the future, depending on if I'll continue living in a city or move to the suburbs. Perhaps you might want to consider taking photos or...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-18, 07:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

base2- The after setup looks pretty lit. I might...

base2- The after setup looks pretty lit. I might consider slapping on flashy M tape on my ALR 5. My frame is charcoal gray, so the tape should blend in. Your safety setup looks great. All the power...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-18, 06:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

Wow. Your friend must have been doing this for a...

Wow. Your friend must have been doing this for a while. Normally, I'd think his body would get sore and need time to repair before his next night session. But consecutive nights? 50 miles? Insane....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-18, 01:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

I'm riding for enjoyment and training. Since I...

I'm riding for enjoyment and training. Since I get to cycle only twice a week, my sessions are at least two hours, 30~40 miles. I'm trying to always improve my own records on Strava and trying to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-18, 02:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

Oh yeah. My headlights are almost as powerful as...

Oh yeah. My headlights are almost as powerful as a car's (legally). It's probably at 400 lumens if not greater. The taillight is also bright and flashy. I just hope I don't blind the cars behind me....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,264
Posted By RAF M

Or you could wear a small backpack and put some...

Or you could wear a small backpack and put some weight in it — could be a tablet or some cycling essentials, food, drinks. I'm about 148 pounds and keep up with the heavy guys on their descents,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-18, 12:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By RAF M

Any Night People Here Who Cycles late or at Midnight?

I typically sleep at 5AM, then wake up at 12 the following afternoon. Sometimes I would cycle as late as 2AM. I just love the vacant streets in New York City when there's less cars. I still have to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By RAF M

I've ordered a 100% polyester running top and a...

I've ordered a 100% polyester running top and a polyamide 68%-polyester 32% sports tank top. These two shirts are advertised as fast-drying and breathable, and I went for a tight snug fit for sizing....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-18, 08:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,369
Posted By RAF M

Mine is kind of low — 70s most of the time. But I...

Mine is kind of low — 70s most of the time. But I ride with my chain on the big ring on flats. I'm not sure if that matters much. Is everyone here voting their cadences on the big ring or the small...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-18, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By RAF M

Thanks, Tim! You've saved me from the...

Thanks, Tim!

You've saved me from the mistake of buying one of the short sleeve sports shirts I was looking at. It had 13% elastane. Now, my search is narrowed down thanks to you.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-18, 01:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By RAF M

Cycling Base Layer Alternatives

I have an unused H&M gift card on my desk and I want to use it to wear something under my cycling jersey. I don't own a base layer, so I thought maybe a polyester running tank top or sleeveless shirt...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-18, 04:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,110
Posted By RAF M

I test rode the Trek Emonda ALR 4 on the day that...

I test rode the Trek Emonda ALR 4 on the day that I bought the Trek Emonda ALR 5. My store didn't have the ALR 5 available at the time. But compared to my experience on the ALR 4, the ALR 5's quality...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-18, 12:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By RAF M

You're right. It is my mistake to call it any...

You're right. It is my mistake to call it any different to thumb shifters. I haven't biked for a year and I forgot how shifting worked on my first day in after a long hiatus. Now everything is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-18, 11:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By RAF M

Thanks A1penguin. This was indeed helpful and...

Thanks A1penguin. This was indeed helpful and insightful. Great mention of the technique to down-shift of the front and up-shift of the rear, to help retain cadence and speed.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-18, 10:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By RAF M

I needed this information, which nicely explains...

I needed this information, which nicely explains the opposite/reverse shifting experience. Thanks!

Btw, if anyone else wants to elaborate or expand, please do. I will come back to read, as I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-18, 10:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By RAF M

Normal for Shimano 105 Shifters to Function in Reverse?

I purchased my first road bike this week and took it for a spin. I come from a hybrid cycling background that typically uses thumb shifters. On my Trek Emonda ALR 5 roadie, I found it odd how I was...
07-31-17, 07:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By RAF M

I wonder if most road bikers ride in top gear on...

I wonder if most road bikers ride in top gear on flats. Something I've always been curious about.
07-31-17, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By RAF M

I must've saw the 25 mph on my speedometer when I...

I must've saw the 25 mph on my speedometer when I was pedaling slightly downhill then. I also manually calculate my cadence. My speedometer was also shifting between 24-25 rapidly so I wouldn't call...
07-31-17, 06:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By RAF M

All righty. Thanks for the info and the...

All righty. Thanks for the info and the need-to-tune-before-I-set-out advice, mate. I see my local bike shop almost every 1-2 weeks. I'll be sure to ask. It's good to know my lowest and highest gear...
07-31-17, 06:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By RAF M

Too lazy to go all the way to my garage at the...

Too lazy to go all the way to my garage at the moment and count the teeth, but I copied the specs of my crankset and backcog from Giant's site of my Giant Escape 2 2015 model:

Cassette SRAM PG830...
07-31-17, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By RAF M

I set my gears to the highest. So, on my right I...

I set my gears to the highest. So, on my right I can shift up to 8, and to 3 on the left. I was riding a hybrid bike solo at 25 mph, but not for the whole 20 miles. I took some short breaks here and...
07-31-17, 05:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By RAF M

Any Flat-Grounded High-Gear Riders?

I ride a fitness/city hybrid bike that has a 3x8 gear system with 28mm road training race tires (conti 4seasons). I normally ride middle gear - low gear in most of my sessions be it for commute or...
07-08-17, 06:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,538
Posted By RAF M

Tying a Shoelace to Flat/Platform Foot Pedal?

Is it really that dangerous to leave just one of my legs tied to a foot pedal tightly while the other one is free for making stops? :crash: I'm thinking of doing this with an extra shoelace for my...
Forum: Foo
07-08-17, 03:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 479
Posted By RAF M

Yes, indeed. But not everyone is a Jeff Jarvis,...

Yes, indeed. But not everyone is a Jeff Jarvis, my friend. If we had to put money out of the equation, the most expensive and most lightweight and stable bike can make even the fattest of Joes win at...
Forum: Foo
07-08-17, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 479
Posted By RAF M

Is it the rider or the bike?

THINK FAST. If you had to choose one, which is it? First thought that comes to your mind — doesn't matter.

Is it the rider or the bike? :foo:

**Submit your vote in the poll. This Is Anonymous**
07-06-17, 05:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By RAF M

This was my first flat. I suppose it's much...

This was my first flat. I suppose it's much easier to control a puncture burst when it's the rear tire. I know 110 psi is pretty high, even for a 120max psi tire. I was desperate that night to set a...
07-05-17, 06:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By RAF M

I did my research on both of those sweet wheels,...

I did my research on both of those sweet wheels, and you're right about the rolling resistance. The 4season has a significantly higher puncture resistance on the treads and slightly higher punc....
07-05-17, 04:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By RAF M

I'd rather not attempt fixing in the dark of...

I'd rather not attempt fixing in the dark of night, especially in a 2-lane city bridge where cyclists pass through non-stop every 2 seconds or so. Good thing New York City's subway system is...
07-05-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By RAF M

LOL. That is exactly how the situation sounded....

LOL. That is exactly how the situation sounded. Great capture of the audio, mate.:lol:
07-05-17, 04:08 AM
Replies: 7,435
Views: 2,200,775
Posted By RAF M

Satisfied with this guy since '15. Made up a...

Satisfied with this guy since '15. Made up a majority of my commute in the city.

http://oi68.tinypic.com/2dhh7he.jpg
Forum: Introductions
07-05-17, 03:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By RAF M

Welcome Jody. Biking is a great way to lose a...

Welcome Jody. Biking is a great way to lose a healthy amount of weight. You might want to consider making a weekly plan and how often you should cycle, with of course some rest days in between.
Forum: Introductions
07-05-17, 03:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By RAF M

I'm young compared to a lot of fellas on this...

I'm young compared to a lot of fellas on this forum, but hearing older guys getting back into cycling inspires me to keep cycling for life. Keep it up, sir! :)
Forum: Introductions
07-05-17, 03:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By RAF M

Welcome to the club. Try riding as much as you...

Welcome to the club. Try riding as much as you can and your rides will become easier as well as a more enjoyable experience.
Forum: Introductions
07-05-17, 03:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By RAF M

Welcome to the forums and Happy Fourth to you as...

Welcome to the forums and Happy Fourth to you as well! :) This site is filled with road bike pointers. You came to the right place.
07-05-17, 03:49 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,427
Posted By RAF M

Update from Strava on my recent commute: 14.3...

Update from Strava on my recent commute: 14.3 average mph and 18.7 miles. I'm disappointed by the way. I was confident I had at least 15 mph average. This feels like getting an F/D- grade back from...
07-05-17, 03:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By RAF M

Let's Talk Tire

Yesterday night on the Fourth of July, I decided to go for a biking session to set a new record on Strava. Upon my descent on this steep bridge, somewhere in the middle a 2-cm long metal nail...
06-24-17, 11:27 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,427
Posted By RAF M

According to my bicycle computer, I hit nearly 14...

According to my bicycle computer, I hit nearly 14 mph avg after a 31-mile ride (commute).

I'm riding the Giant Escape 2 Hybrid with road tires (28mm Contis Grand Priix 4 Season) at 100'ish PSI....
06-19-17, 12:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,555
Posted By RAF M

Continental grand prix 4 season if you have the...

Continental grand prix 4 season if you have the money. Conti Gatorskin is a similar one at a lower price but slightly greater puncture resistance. I'd recommend these tires if you plan on going...
06-16-17, 05:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,152
Posted By RAF M

The LBS I'm referring to charges $69.95 plus tax...

The LBS I'm referring to charges $69.95 plus tax for a standard tune-up. But I had gone in there just for switching my brake pads. Anyway, I think I'm satisfied.
06-16-17, 04:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,152
Posted By RAF M

Did I get ripped off by my Local Bike Shop?

Just recently I went into my LBS to change both my front and rear brake pads as they worn out. I walked out with a new and thick set of brake pads installed at the price of $32 — including labor cost...
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