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Forum: Foo
05-15-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By downtube42

Rule 5 is legit. The rest make for fun...

Rule 5 is legit. The rest make for fun conversation.
Forum: Foo
05-15-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By downtube42

The good news is, per rule #24, that should be in...

The good news is, per rule #24, that should be in kilometers.

https://www.velominati.com/
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By downtube42

With SIR this year, starts are not the typical...

With SIR this year, starts are not the typical mass starts. You leave anytime from start time to an hour later, and write down your own start time. At least that's how they ran the 300k. It was super...
05-10-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,383
Posted By downtube42

I have four older brothers, none of whom do...

I have four older brothers, none of whom do anything closely resembling exercise. We're talking obesity, mobility challenges, diabetes, diabetes complications, high blood pressure, knee replacements...
05-09-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,034
Posted By downtube42

Grateful Tread

Grateful Tread
05-07-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,527
Posted By downtube42

At 6'2" 190# which is American normie near death...

At 6'2" 190# which is American normie near death skinny, per cycling standards I'm too fat to even attempt riding up a measurable incline.

Speaking of which, had anyone seen Peter Frampton? Dude...
05-07-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,527
Posted By downtube42

This thread was already surreal on it's obvious...

This thread was already surreal on it's obvious parallel to my life story with Lycra and hand waving, but this... this is downright frightening. I saw, in the 80's, Johnny Couger aka John Mellencamp...
05-06-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,527
Posted By downtube42

Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969, and...

Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969, and spent the next few decades trying for a second. Never happened.

​​​​​Speaking of Mario, I'd do that two-man Indycar experience with an ancient Mario...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,043
Posted By downtube42

To hang with those guys, you need more wattage...

To hang with those guys, you need more wattage and less cottage. A lighter bike will get you 1% of the way there.
05-05-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 678
Posted By downtube42

If you're like me, the idea of parting it out and...

If you're like me, the idea of parting it out and the frame likely going to scrap really hurts. I'd say either donate where it will be used, or try selling it to someone who's going to ride it.

I...
05-05-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 613
Posted By downtube42

The last 30 miles from my ride Saturday was on a...

The last 30 miles from my ride Saturday was on a MUP, and I found that almost too boring. I mean, virtually no chance of death by car or getting lost.

The gym? Just shoot me.
05-03-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 816
Posted By downtube42

Being warm is key. Dry, not so much.

Being warm is key. Dry, not so much.
05-02-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 765
Posted By downtube42

Comfortable saddle selection is a multi year...

Comfortable saddle selection is a multi year process, and that crap OEM saddle just might happen to fit your anatomy perfectly.

Tires.
05-02-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,892
Posted By downtube42

Putting out good information on the interwebs is...

Putting out good information on the interwebs is like shouting into the wind.

What the truth needs is some embellishment. First identify some mechanism people have heard of but don't have a clue...
04-27-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,892
Posted By downtube42

Profanity helps as well as pickle juice.

Profanity helps as well as pickle juice.
Forum: Foo
04-26-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 579
Posted By downtube42

No. 1 buzz cut. Go big or go home.

No. 1 buzz cut. Go big or go home.
04-26-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,349
Posted By downtube42

I don't get it. One death in 1986, of a 3yo...

I don't get it. One death in 1986, of a 3yo snatched in the suburbs. Lightning kills more people. Hypothermia, heat exhaustion, hitting trees, falling down all kill more people. Pet dogs kill more...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,355
Posted By downtube42

Somebody made a bespoke, expensive and presumably...

Somebody made a bespoke, expensive and presumably high quality hub with lots of points of engagement, that was loud. Somebody else copied it. Loud became associated with exclusive. Hilarity ensured.
04-23-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 697
Posted By downtube42

Spiral wound housing compresses under load and...

Spiral wound housing compresses under load and decompresses when the load is removed. The longer the housing, the more it moves. This made for slop in converting movement from one end of cable to the...
04-22-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By downtube42

OP back to wrap it up. I finally just gave up and...

OP back to wrap it up. I finally just gave up and sent the hub to SP. They fixed it and refunded all shipping charges.

The major downside was having to rebuild the wheel, but it runs smooth as...
Forum: Foo
04-22-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

OP here. I eventually got a 220v line installed,...

OP here. I eventually got a 220v line installed, and bought a Level 2 charger. I think when the dust settled it was $500. That was after a power company rebate on the charger.

By choosing their...
04-22-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 770
Posted By downtube42

Two things helped me address the spousal time...

Two things helped me address the spousal time issue.

First, I encouraged her burgeoning knitting hobby. If you don't know, knitting has become quite the thing. Ungodly expensive yarn, conventions,...
04-19-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,026
Posted By downtube42

Wheel engineers are smart, but spokes are stupid....

Wheel engineers are smart, but spokes are stupid. Really really stupid. They don't know, for example, that they are weak in compression and in fact don't have any support to prevent them from sliding...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,833
Posted By downtube42

A presta pump that mechanically depresses the...

A presta pump that mechanically depresses the valve is an abomination.

But the answer is clearly 42psi for a high pressure tire, 4.2psi for a low pressure tire, and 0.42bar for the civilized world.
04-16-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 901
Posted By downtube42

I have a sliver of scar tissue on my neck, from a...

I have a sliver of scar tissue on my neck, from a day on the bike. I was living in west Texas at the time, and i missed a bit of skin with the sunscreen.

Now I live in the PNW, and take a daily...
04-16-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,682
Posted By downtube42

I'm sure you're not the only one, but I'm not one...

I'm sure you're not the only one, but I'm not one of you.
My newest bike is red. Its fenders are red. My cycling shoes are red. My next newest bike, a MTB, is red. My next next next newest bike is...
04-12-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 6,667
Posted By downtube42

See rule 71...

See rule 71 (https://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#71) and ride your ride.
They should follow rule 38.

Also consult rules 43, 81.

If the rules are followed, there is no need or place for hurt...
04-11-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,921
Posted By downtube42

I was going to suggest Xenia, OH if you'd like...

I was going to suggest Xenia, OH if you'd like multiple day rides from a central location. You can do out-and-back rides the same day, or carry an overnight bag and hotel at turnaround towns.

For...
04-11-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,366
Posted By downtube42

That would be mobile homes and the Renault Le Car...

That would be mobile homes and the Renault Le Car I had bitd.
04-10-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,644
Posted By downtube42

Top tube for me. I use clear 3M tape for a very...

Top tube for me. I use clear 3M tape for a very clean look.
04-08-21, 12:49 AM
Replies: 85
Igh
Views: 3,495
Posted By downtube42

Weight, expense, friction. Limited gear...

Weight, expense, friction.

Limited gear ratios and ranges.

Pro racers don't use them.

Arguably more delicate; out of saddle climbing is discouraged.

Don't work on vertical dropouts...
04-08-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 994
Posted By downtube42

There's a fun saying that goes, a three speed has...

There's a fun saying that goes, a three speed has too low, too high, and not quite right. That aligns with my experience.

I'm generally pretty happy with my 8-speed IGH, but I live in Oregon and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 887
Posted By downtube42

Specialized Footbeds helped me quite a bit. IIRC...

Specialized Footbeds helped me quite a bit. IIRC I stood on a device at the bike shop and it recommended blue.

Come to think of it, it's time to order some replacements. They are only good for a...
04-04-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 778
Posted By downtube42

Think of it like buying a pair of pants. You can...

Think of it like buying a pair of pants. You can buy jeans, sweats, or dress pants. New or used. You can spend $25 or $200. But you wouldn't buy pants that don't fit.

About anything decent that...
04-04-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,366
Posted By downtube42

Buyer beware at wally-world, as well. I was...

Buyer beware at wally-world, as well.

I was working on one of their MTBs at the co-op a few years ago, and came across a nice cost-saving measure. The entire grip-shift assembly was a solid piece...
03-28-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,963
Posted By downtube42

I started using transit in Portland about 3 years...

I started using transit in Portland about 3 years ago. Riding in an urban train, I observe up close and personal that some percentage of the population has mental health issues. Mostly, they are...
03-21-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 898
Posted By downtube42

Chevrons on road bike tire treads are 99.998%...

Chevrons on road bike tire treads are 99.998% marketing, with the remaining 0.002% being incorrect thinking.
Replies: 7
Views: 1,170
Posted By downtube42

Formally Rejected

On a pandemic inspired whim, going stir-crazy with all the 2020 events canceled, I made a short video and submitted it to a film festival. Inspiration came while I was on my indoor trainer. I asked...
Forum: Foo
03-20-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 869
Posted By downtube42

Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana...

Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana is the best place on earth, as Texans are about Texas. We lack anything approaching arrogance about ourselves or our homeland. So Hoosiers look around,...
Forum: Foo
03-18-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 869
Posted By downtube42

I spent the first 3/4 my life in Indianapolis,...

I spent the first 3/4 my life in Indianapolis, and I can unequivocally say July would not be my choice month to visit. It's not Texas hot, but it's humid beyond measure. As far as natural beauty...
03-15-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,705
Posted By downtube42

If you're sliding forward, there is some force...

If you're sliding forward, there is some force causing you to slide forward.
- Saddle angle. If your saddle is tilted forward, it will tend to pitch your forward.
- Saddle already too far forward....
03-15-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,705
Posted By downtube42

Concur on saddle setback. I suggest a different...

Concur on saddle setback. I suggest a different method. First mark or measure where the saddle is now in case things don't go well, so you have a baseline. Then move it back as far as possible. If...
Forum: Foo
03-14-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 721
Posted By downtube42

Borderline if I'd do it, but if I did I'd start...

Borderline if I'd do it, but if I did I'd start in the morning. This is not a project to start an hour or two before the plumbing supply stores close.

I'm no longer young and poor, so paying...
03-14-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By downtube42

Some people stop and drink pickle juice, Others...

Some people stop and drink pickle juice, Others stop and drink electrolytes. Some stop and stretch. Some stop and eat bananas.

They say it's the pickle juice, electrolytes, stretching, or...
03-13-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,108
Posted By downtube42

Forget the age topic. Figure out what you like,...

Forget the age topic. Figure out what you like, what you value, and find a suitable bike. I like to spend a day in the saddle, and I like classic styling, so I built a steel framed bike with...
Forum: Foo
03-13-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By downtube42

I've been in the automotive and industrial...

I've been in the automotive and industrial equipment software business for a long time. Diagnostic software is not bug free. Startup and shutdown are the most troublesome scenarios, particularly...
Forum: Foo
03-09-21, 12:10 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,294
Posted By downtube42

Hondo, when you're ready to break out of your...

Hondo, when you're ready to break out of your beer jail, point your hood north and get yourself to the Eola School Restaurant and Brewery. Words cannot describe. Although it looks like a derelict and...
03-08-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By downtube42

Well I would be but I don't have a seat! ...

Well I would be but I don't have a seat!

Other than that, I got nothing.
03-07-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By downtube42

Following up, they did warrant the saddle. I'm...

Following up, they did warrant the saddle. I'm awaiting the repaired saddle now.
03-07-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 7,860
Posted By downtube42

The history of the ACP, with the passionate...

The history of the ACP, with the passionate contention argument of audax vs Allure Libre, definitely comes to mind with threads like these. They inevitability become arguments about the right way to...
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