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Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 895
Posted By banerjek

The problem is that fear is an emotional rather...

The problem is that fear is an emotional rather than a rational response.

You can tell yourself what's real until the cows come home, but it doesn't solve the problem. The challenge the OP faces...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 895
Posted By banerjek

Don't try to rush it. You need to ease yourself...

Don't try to rush it. You need to ease yourself back on that horse.

I was in a terrible high speed crash in '86. For 5 years, every time I passed about 15mph, I would start reliving the last two...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 492
Posted By banerjek

Make that closer to 40 years, I had a Cateye with...

Make that closer to 40 years, I had a Cateye with cadence in the early 80s

Battery life is nuts in their wired units -- I've gotten almost 10 years. My current computer is an Astrale 8, most...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,362
Posted By banerjek

This can be less straightforward than you might...

This can be less straightforward than you might imagine.

Basic problem is that people who are any good often avoid riding near those without group skills -- effectively putting the cyclists who...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,702
Posted By banerjek

I find this technique to be generally effective...

I find this technique to be generally effective (though I prefer to have considerably more than 70 cm).

However, one thing you really need to watch out for is people waiting too long before...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,102
Posted By banerjek

Very few injuries beyond road crash. A few broken...

Very few injuries beyond road crash. A few broken teeth, a concussion, some stitches, and a broken toe.

My favorite injury was fairly minor -- I sustained burns when my tights melted as I slid...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,362
Posted By banerjek

I'm going to respectfully disagree with some of...

I'm going to respectfully disagree with some of the guys here who think you're especially quick. Based on the timing and content of one of your earlier posts...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,496
Posted By banerjek

Even looking just at a picture of it does...

Even looking just at a picture of it does something to me.

At first, I was concerned how he might feel about his bike for eternity having a dork disc. But maybe it doesn't bug him...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,343
Posted By banerjek

Got suspended from the bus for 10 days when I was...

Got suspended from the bus for 10 days when I was in 8th grade, and my parents weren't the sort of chowderheads who'd reward their kid with a car ride for misbehaving. It was 7 miles each way (I was...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,496
Posted By banerjek

Rest in peace. You were taken much too soon.

Rest in peace. You were taken much too soon.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,284
Posted By banerjek

Beyond unlucky. Broken ribs really suck. ...

Beyond unlucky. Broken ribs really suck.

This is a weird crash -- I wouldn't have guessed it would be possible to go over the bars at 5mph. I'm basically on board with WhyFi's theory.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

I'd be careful about going over max. While...

I'd be careful about going over max.

While you often can do it, this sounds like a great way to increase your exposure to the sort of bad luck that can put your RD in your spokes.

Better to get...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

It means it lacks the small things that would...

It means it lacks the small things that would have made the ride great even if there was practically no elevation gain -- a great view, peeks at neat things, variations in terrain that change the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

In all honesty, that 22% climb is kind of junky...

In all honesty, that 22% climb is kind of junky in that aesthetics and a sense of nuance are lacking. However, the hills have great selection of climbs and descents -- the way I'd describe it is that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

Percentage wise, not so much -- and I think it's...

Percentage wise, not so much -- and I think it's more important to have low end when you need it than high end when you want it.

But I also think having great selection where you do the lion's...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

Unless you have some serious hills, I'd imagine...

Unless you have some serious hills, I'd imagine anything below a 34T is going to make the bottom ring seem ridiculous.

For up to moderate hills, a 46/36 or 46/34 mated with a cassette with a 27 or...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

In Portland, even people who present themselves...

In Portland, even people who present themselves as bike enthusiasts (to the point that they'd ban driving if they could) howl at the prospect of climbing even 50' and think climbing minor hills in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

Most people probably don't have reasonable access...

Most people probably don't have reasonable access to this type of riding. None of this stuff is relevant until there's enough pitch and vertical gain -- the type of setup that's great for extended...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

One mile makes sense -- a real bike for that...

One mile makes sense -- a real bike for that purpose is like using a chainsaw to cut butter.

But riding distances like that are more of a substitute for walking than actual cycling.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

My guess these are rarely the same people. ...

My guess these are rarely the same people.

I'm not speed obsessed and ride recumbents and trikes as well as road bikes. But I'd quit forever if I had to ride a cruiser and wouldn't ride fixed for...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,711
Posted By banerjek

There is far more variation among men and among...

There is far more variation among men and among women than there is between men and women in general.

The variation between women and men is a big deal once you get past a certain point, but the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 11:18 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

I don't. I probably stop pedaling close to that...

I don't. I probably stop pedaling close to that speed and I'm not sure if I've ever turned the pedals at over 45.

The kinds of places that have pitches that allow you to go much over 40 tend to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

This is one of the reasons I've never been clear...

This is one of the reasons I've never been clear on the demise of the triple which gives superior range, selectivity, and overlap around key ratios.

For 20 in, 20 back, and one mile of steep, I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 7,231
Posted By banerjek

This is a great hill setup. The deal with...

This is a great hill setup.

The deal with steep areas is that you tend to be in the bottom of your low gears or the top of your high ones. This means that midrange selectivity isn't so important...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,483
Posted By banerjek

All of this. People who are new will ride in...

All of this.

People who are new will ride in a totally different position and have a very different sense of comfort at first. The rough fit they would have sent you out the door with is a good...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,483
Posted By banerjek

Aside from comfort and power, you'll reduce...

Aside from comfort and power, you'll reduce chance of injury. I see a lot of people on nice bikes that are very obviously not adjusted properly.

When you get a fitting, all that's really happening...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,555
Posted By banerjek

This is precisely why I don't record. If you...

This is precisely why I don't record. If you don't have time to edit/organize footage now, that doesn't get easier after time passes, memories fade over what to target, and you have much more to deal...
Forum: Recumbent
02-24-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,499
Posted By banerjek

This depends on what, where, and how you ride. ...

This depends on what, where, and how you ride.

If you're sufficiently reclined, the only way to keep your feet on the pedals if they're not clipped in is to either hold your legs up or...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,831
Posted By banerjek

Depends on where and how much you ride -- roads...

Depends on where and how much you ride -- roads are cleaner some places than others. I encounter rock chips in areas where it's scattered for traction and glass is a problem in certain areas. From...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,831
Posted By banerjek

Hardcases are way easier to mount and is a faster...

Hardcases are way easier to mount and is a faster tire than the MP. Ride and grip are not good, particularly on slick stuff. MP will provide better protection against glass shards.

When I moved to...
Forum: Recumbent
02-21-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,499
Posted By banerjek

'Bents are definitely different in traffic. ...

'Bents are definitely different in traffic.

On the good side:

You are funny looking which is good for being noticed
Demographics not known for their love of cyclists tend not to lump you...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By banerjek

I find it funny how people are surprised when...

I find it funny how people are surprised when they're treated differently after they make themselves a PITA to help.

Frustrating or wasting the time of people whose help you want strikes me a bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-20, 01:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By banerjek

Sadly, I wouldn't. A total lack of the most basic...

Sadly, I wouldn't. A total lack of the most basic knowledge seems to predominate out here. I know people who will leave a bike overnight at a shop to get a flat fixed

Seems like a major...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-20, 12:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By banerjek

Based on the many details she did give me, I'm...

Based on the many details she did give me, I'm certain no mention was made of it.

The tube was bad. I can recognize stuff in sorry shape. I don't maintain stuff I don't have to -- by coincidence I...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By banerjek

From what I can tell, it was in the shop for a...

From what I can tell, it was in the shop for a tuneup, i.e routine maintenance.

All visible stuff was in excellent condition. The tube was definitely old -- the material had visibly deteriorated...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By banerjek

Kosher for shop to put old tube in new tire?

This morning, I stopped to help an older woman with a flat. The bike had just been in the shop, was in excellent mechanical condition, and everything down to the chain was clean enough to eat off of....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,688
Posted By banerjek

I used to have both a fear of heights and of...

I used to have both a fear of heights and of speed. Seeing someone may help, but don't try to force yourself to do things that trigger that panic feeling. It will make your problem worse and increase...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 11:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,362
Posted By banerjek

This. Like you, I used to work hard,...

This.

Like you, I used to work hard, consistently topping 10K miles per year. I climbed 15k feet every Saturday one year.

And the day after the best ride of my life,
I realized I'd turned...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,651
Posted By banerjek

This. The right answer depends on the individual,...

This. The right answer depends on the individual, how/where they ride, and their goals.

I also think the math-based responses miss the mark even if they are technically accurate. Your body doesn't...
Forum: Recumbent
07-22-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,115
Posted By banerjek

With regards to what to wear, I agree with others...

With regards to what to wear, I agree with others who recommend your regular kit. Proper cycling shorts won't chafe and they also provide good support which will make those legs feel much better when...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,984
Posted By banerjek

I'm not convinced it encourages anything other...

I'm not convinced it encourages anything other than recreational cycling in confined areas.

Where I live, we have some separated infrastructure and a lot of bike lanes. If I ride in the hills on a...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 12,808
Posted By banerjek

So far, I've been a pretty reliable bike...

So far, I've been a pretty reliable bike commuter. Started when I got suspended from the bus when I was 13 -- my parents weren't going to reward me with a car ride (14 miles RT) for misbehaving.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,976
Posted By banerjek

All the time. I don't think you come out...

All the time.

I don't think you come out behind timewise if you defer maintenance -- and you actually know what you're deferring.

However, you significantly increase the risk of having to do...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,832
Posted By banerjek

I'll take both. Knock the rain down to 33, and...

I'll take both. Knock the rain down to 33, and cold down to 13 or so.

I love it all. Except wind much over 15mph, which sucks except when it blows on your back.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Posted By banerjek

I personally use and prefer the perspective of...

I personally use and prefer the perspective of Chesty on bike, kayak, and skis. But when I cycle with it, I'm on a 'bent. Not sure if it would work with a race riding position
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Posted By banerjek

I would expect you'd get too much shake from that...

I would expect you'd get too much shake from that location. Helmet, bars, and fork are all good places depending on the effect you're going for.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,423
Posted By banerjek

Velcro dogs are ok in my book. I'm not as...

Velcro dogs are ok in my book. I'm not as enthusiastic with it for cycling purposes beyond securing seat wedges.
07-09-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 18,362
Posted By banerjek

This is where I am. In Portland, cyclist...

This is where I am.

In Portland, cyclist treatment of peds is abysmal. I see them blasting WAY too fast and close by peds and animals daily. The local bike "advocates" justify this ridiculous...
07-09-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,399
Posted By banerjek

Obviously, the helmets are the problem. ...

Obviously, the helmets are the problem.

Though we could also improve things by keeping cyclists off the roads and relegating them to low speed tracks where they ride only short distances on flat...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,423
Posted By banerjek

My experience with this setup is that it's comfy...

My experience with this setup is that it's comfy and convenient, but I can't cinch them down as tight as I like and the velcro wears out. Still perfectly fine for stuff that's not too intense.
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