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01-14-16, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5,908
Views: 488,816
Posted By flats

I have a small dent in the top tube of my steel...

I have a small dent in the top tube of my steel winter bike. It has been there for years with no issues, over some pretty rough roads. My vote is for not replacing.
03-10-15, 09:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,388
Posted By flats

Lack of 1km fliers in world tour racing

Maybe this should be in the professional forum, but I think it is an interesting discussion for amateur racing too.

Why don't we see more 1km or even 1 mile fliers on flattish stages of world tour...
12-17-14, 06:34 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,719
Posted By flats

You can also get good results in a few large cat5...

You can also get good results in a few large cat5 races and then email your region's upgrade person and request an early upgrade. Worked for me going 5 to 4 and going 4 to 3.
11-26-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 16,762
Posted By flats

Huge bump, with an update and a new question. ...

Huge bump, with an update and a new question.

I started this spring (2014) as a 5 with a handful of races under my belt, upgraded to 4 and quickly moved through that category with two wins and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-14, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,997
Posted By flats

Riding Rollers on an Incline

Does propping up the front end of a set of rollers have the same effect as increasing the elevation on a treadmill, i.e hill-climbing simulation?
03-17-14, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,375
Posted By flats

Sram Force 10spd rear derailleur. Specs say it...

Sram Force 10spd rear derailleur. Specs say it will take a 28 tooth cog.

What I'm confused about is if I use big-big +1 on the 28 tooth cog, won't the chain be too loose for the 11-23t cluster?
03-17-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,375
Posted By flats

Changing Cassette Size Without Chaning Chain

I'm about to put a new chain on my road bike. I have 50/34 chainrings and an 11-23 cassette. I like the 11-23 for racing but I'm planning to do some very steep climbing (sustained grades over 20%)...
06-04-13, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By flats

Sram Force Drivetrain Help

I'm building up a bike with 2013 Sram Force 10 speed, with a compact crankset and 11-23 cassette.
It's my first time doing a build. If I'm in the big ring, the chain tension seems right, and I can...
05-18-13, 04:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,913
Posted By flats

If people who are new to pack riding really are a...

If people who are new to pack riding really are a hazard to everyone on the road, why is it better to endanger the folks on competitive group rides than folks in a race?
05-18-13, 02:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,913
Posted By flats

For what it's worth, I had no group riding...

For what it's worth, I had no group riding experience before my first race, a crit. I had read so many "first race" threads on here that I was sure I was going to cause a major crash just as I was...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-13, 04:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By flats

Help me find a seatpost

Must be:

27.2x350
all black (or tiny white decals)
25mm setback
under 250g
under $100
alloy
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-13, 06:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,264
Posted By flats

More seatpost setback or longer stem?

If I need up to two centimeters more length to my bike, is it better to keep the stem and get a seatpost with more setback or to keep the seatpost and get a longer stem? I don't want to change the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-13, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,831
Posted By flats

Rim width for 25mm tires (and other wheel questions)

I'm trying to decide on a set of wheels and I'm looking at various 30mm deep rims. This will be a do-it-all wheelset: training, road racing, centuries, and double centuries. I want to stay in the...
02-14-13, 03:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By flats

Thanks for the replies. I just tightened down the...

Thanks for the replies. I just tightened down the crank arm bolts-- they were a touch loose, and now everything is in good order
02-14-13, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By flats

New crankset: now chain "wobbles"

I just installed a 108mm bottom bracket and a 50/34 compact crankset. Now the chain wobbles-- not sure how else to describe it-- so that each revolution the chain is alternately where it should be...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-13, 08:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,309
Posted By flats

bump, I'm interested too.

bump, I'm interested too.
02-04-13, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,353
Posted By flats

Bottom Bracket for Nashbar CR2 compact crankset

I know I need an ISIS drive BB, but can it be any old ISIS with the right spindle length, or do I need a Nashbar BB to be compatible with the Nashbar crank?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-25-13, 07:23 AM
Replies: 20,405
Views: 4,705,717
Posted By flats

What bars are those?

What bars are those?
01-24-13, 06:12 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 16,762
Posted By flats

Differences in training between cat 5 ,4 and 3

For those of you who are Cat 3s and above, I'm curious what your training looked like as a cat 5 (and for how many seasons you raced there), what your training looked like as a cat 4 (and for how...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-13, 12:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Posted By flats

Advice needed: Fork, stem, seatpost, and bars for $500

I'm building up a Dean road frame, and I'm looking for a front fork, stem, seatpost, and bars.

I want to spend about $500 for all four pieces together. Quality parts that are lightweight is my...
Forum: Northeast
01-04-13, 07:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,885
Posted By flats

A late reply, but here it is: No racks on...

A late reply, but here it is:

No racks on the Downeaster I took. I didn't have to take off my panniers-- I just put the bike in a car and strapped it in with the straps for wheelchairs. Worked...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-12, 07:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,281
Posted By flats

"Play" in frame sizing

Let's say I currently ride a 56 cm frame. If I find a killer deal on a 54, couldn't I buy it and then make up the frame size difference with changes in stem length and seat post height and/or...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-12, 08:35 AM
Replies: 27,149
Views: 17,658,365
Posted By flats

I don't post much but this photo brought me out...

I don't post much but this photo brought me out of my lurking depths. The most beautiful bike I've ever seen. Anywhere. Well done.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-09, 11:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,560
Posted By flats

How has this thread made it as far as it has...

How has this thread made it as far as it has without a discussion of training?

A lot of people think a 20 or 30 mile ride is hard training. So to the OP: raw eggs and winning mentalities aside,...
07-19-09, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By flats

Thanks for the replies. 36-17 would be ideal for...

Thanks for the replies. 36-17 would be ideal for me, but that would involve switching both the ring and the cog.

If I were to buy a 36T ring and 17T cog, do I just swap them out? Or do I need a...
07-19-09, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By flats

A basic questions about single speeds

I'm looking at getting a KHS solo one, and I know I want to immediately change the gearing.

What is the best way to get approximately 60 gear inches? Keep the 32T ring, keep the 20T cog, or...
Forum: Touring
07-17-09, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,480
Posted By flats

At what mileage-per-day is an extended bike ride no longer a tour?

To preface: my question is one of curiosity, not one whose answer will affect my attitude.

Do you think averaging 150 miles per day on a self supported, stealth camping based, cross country...
Forum: Touring
06-26-09, 03:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 753
Posted By flats

How did you spend $2200 on an LHT complete? Mine...

How did you spend $2200 on an LHT complete? Mine was under $1100, so with saddle, pedals, rack and lights yours should be around $1500. Right?
05-27-09, 05:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 831
Posted By flats

Check out wicyle (http://wicycle.com) too. The...

Check out wicyle (http://wicycle.com) too. The landscaping trailer is $600 but is very spacious and sturdy.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-09, 04:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,142
Posted By flats

This raises a new question: how many years in a...

This raises a new question: how many years in a row have you exceeded the European average?

I don't have data to support it, but I think I have exceeded 116miles/year every year of my life since...
Forum: Touring
05-11-09, 03:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 723
Posted By flats

This sounds like a very cool idea. I'd...

This sounds like a very cool idea.

I'd rather have a 5-day Iditarod style race, though: you have a start and a finish, and it is up to each racer to decide when to eat, rest, and sleep. With a...
Forum: Touring
04-28-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,429
Posted By flats

To the OP: Before my first tour I rode about...

To the OP:

Before my first tour I rode about 20 unloaded miles three times a week my longest ride ever was 40 unloaded miles, and my longest day ever was 55 miles.

I got off the plane for my...
Forum: Touring
04-07-09, 10:35 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,057
Posted By flats

Looks like I'm the youngest so far in this...

Looks like I'm the youngest so far in this thread: I did a 30-day unsupported tour a couple weeks after my 18th birthday.

Edit: I missed ultimatekiwi's post. He has me beat.
Forum: Touring
04-03-09, 10:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,136
Posted By flats

My touring experience has shown fuel to be the...

My touring experience has shown fuel to be the factor that limits miles/day. To indicate fitness, my longest pre-tour ride was 40 unloaded miles (and my pre tour mpw was probably 100-120), but then...
Forum: Touring
04-02-09, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By flats

Cheapest Cross Country Tour

What is the least you spent on the road on a cross country tour (food, lodging, site-seeing, bike repairs etc)? This does not include pre-tour purchases (clothes, bike, sleeping bag etc).

Also...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-09, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15,530
Views: 11,897,315
Posted By flats

You have a beautiful bike. I am interested in how...

You have a beautiful bike. I am interested in how you took the LHT stickers off. I have an LHT and would love to do the same. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.
02-27-09, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By flats

When you start to get cold after you ride, eat,...

When you start to get cold after you ride, eat, shower, and all that, put on some layers and then crank out a few pushups. This will generate some heat so your extra layers have something to work...
Forum: Touring
02-16-09, 10:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By flats

+1, these are my sentiments exactly. OP you...

+1, these are my sentiments exactly.

OP you sound like you are doing way too much planning. The beauty of a tour, especially one in which you plan on stealth camping, is freedom.
Forum: Commuting
12-11-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,709
Posted By flats

Beer

Beer
12-09-08, 04:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 976
Posted By flats

Bikes without sloping top tubes

I'm looking for a hardtail without a sloping top tube. Suggestions?
Forum: Commuting
11-21-08, 10:48 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,939
Posted By flats

Like some of you have alluded too, speed on a...

Like some of you have alluded too, speed on a bike comes in large part from the engine, not the bike itself.
10-25-08, 08:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,494
Posted By flats

What temperatures do you use these in? Do you use...

What temperatures do you use these in? Do you use them when its cold but not wet? Also don't the pedals tear through the bottoms pretty quickly, or are the soles more sturdy than I think?

Thanks
10-24-08, 01:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,739
Posted By flats

Upright Joe: I haven't tried these, but they...

Upright Joe: I haven't tried these, but they might be what you want:

http://www.amazon.com/Manzella-Cascade-Convertible-Waterproof-Fleece/dp/B000O5WN3S/ref=pd_sbs_a_2
Forum: Commuting
10-18-08, 12:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,743
Posted By flats

Im surprised no one has mentioned power grips...

Im surprised no one has mentioned power grips yet. I bought a pay last winter and have been using them exclusively since then. IMO they are the ideal commuting pedal. Check 'em out.
10-17-08, 03:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,310
Posted By flats

water and maple syrup in about a 10:1 ratio. This...

water and maple syrup in about a 10:1 ratio. This mix gives me a little sugar, but goes down like water. Also its real. All natural, if you will.
Forum: Commuting
10-13-08, 07:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,505
Posted By flats

My situation was similar to the OP's. I had been...

My situation was similar to the OP's. I had been riding a flat-bar hybrid for years, and wanted an LHT but didn't know how I would like the riding position.

I absolutely love my LHT, and ended up...
10-11-08, 02:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,066
Posted By flats

I've found that being overdressed, not...

I've found that being overdressed, not underdressed is what causes chills after a ride. In the temperature range the OP gave, I'm in shorts and a t-shirt towards the high end, and I would add thin...
10-11-08, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By flats

Converting Downtube shifters to Barend shifters

I'd like to change my downtube shifters to barends. Is this relatively easy (and not too expensive)? Would it necessarily involve re-wrapping the bar tape? Thanks
Forum: Touring
05-13-08, 07:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 277
Posted By flats

5-6 day tour of Maije: what to see

I have a little under a week off and I want to explore Maine. Is there anything I should make a point of seeing? Thanks
02-27-08, 09:42 AM
Replies: 328
Views: 27,165
Posted By flats

thanks, nitram, for the recomendation. I just...

thanks, nitram, for the recomendation. I just finished it, and it was excellent. Relevant to many aspects of my life (motorfree, subsistence farming, minimal material needs/wants).
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