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05-27-10, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,096
Posted By Longfemur

Setting goals... the disease of modern life,...

Setting goals... the disease of modern life, successfully brainwashed into us at a young age with plenty of encouragement from the media, religions, education systems, etc. Ignore goals. Just ride...
05-27-10, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 731
Posted By Longfemur

I don't think it can hurt to have the fitting...

I don't think it can hurt to have the fitting done if you can afford the money. It used to be easy, because we all followed the same rules of thumb, and all the bikes had basically the same points of...
05-14-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,481
Posted By Longfemur

To go back to the original question, I rode bikes...

To go back to the original question, I rode bikes back then already, and the way I remember it, most higher end bikes had centrepulls for the simple reason that people liked not having to keep...
Forum: Touring
05-04-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,077
Posted By Longfemur

I'll be interested in reading a review after...

I'll be interested in reading a review after you've done that.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-10, 05:50 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 12,699
Posted By Longfemur

If your doctor says it's Ok, then ride and don't...

If your doctor says it's Ok, then ride and don't worry about it. It can only be good for you. When I was your age, I rode a lot, on a road bike (before they were called road bikes). My only medical...
Forum: Commuting
05-04-10, 05:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,495
Posted By Longfemur

You're riding a bike. Who cares what your shoes...

You're riding a bike. Who cares what your shoes look like if they work for you?
05-04-10, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,245
Posted By Longfemur

This is really hard to answer. Have you tried the...

This is really hard to answer. Have you tried the road bike? A hybrid will feel more familiar, more like a regular bike at first, and it will be comfortable for shorter rides. A road bike, even a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-10, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,346
Posted By Longfemur

There's no definitive answer to your question,...

There's no definitive answer to your question, because you can play with both height and reach, and then there's also the design of the bars themselves (reach from stem, how deep or shallow the drops...
02-24-10, 07:19 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,711
Posted By Longfemur

Clipless pedals are to bicycles like digital...

Clipless pedals are to bicycles like digital cameras are to photography. It's hard to go back, even if you don't particularly like the idea.

Are they necessary? No. Can you ride without them?...
12-20-09, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,997
Posted By Longfemur

It ends up the same for the length of your...

It ends up the same for the length of your cockpit, but it's not the same in terms of overall fit of the bike and how the bike handles. It depends on the kind of bike we're talking about. A modern...
12-20-09, 12:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,621
Posted By Longfemur

Fat definitely *is* fat, as far as weight gain...

Fat definitely *is* fat, as far as weight gain goes. Of course, in terms of other aspects of health, some fats may be healthier than others. But they are still the same in terms of any weight gain.
12-20-09, 12:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,621
Posted By Longfemur

Fat is fat, and calories are calories. It doesn't...

Fat is fat, and calories are calories. It doesn't matter at all whether they come from vegetable or meat sources. If you suddenly start eating less sodium salt, you are likely to end up carrying less...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,177
Posted By Longfemur

I ride daily but not as a commute. I made it into...

I ride daily but not as a commute. I made it into December this year, but snow or no snow, once it's around the freezing point, for me, it's just not worth the health risks from the cold weather, the...
12-08-09, 10:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By Longfemur

Don't worry about it. It's totally insignificant....

Don't worry about it. It's totally insignificant. You don't want your frame to rust, but your chain and cogs are easily replaceable items (plus, they aren't the kind of things that will rust...
12-08-09, 10:17 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 9,927
Posted By Longfemur

Make the distances shorter and the weather nicer....

Make the distances shorter and the weather nicer. Have you ever been to Europe? No matter how many nice pictures and videos get posted on the internet, the amount of bicycle use is insignificant...
12-08-09, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By Longfemur

Both rims and tires last a long time. Why don't...

Both rims and tires last a long time. Why don't you just let her ride it. You can still buy 27 inch tires. I have a smooth-rolling touring bike with 27 inch wheels myself. Though I haven't tried it,...
12-05-09, 01:29 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,825
Posted By Longfemur

Leaving aside the bozos who ride the wrong way on...

Leaving aside the bozos who ride the wrong way on one way streets, hop on and off sidewalks, etc., I think that if vehicular type cyclists observed every letter of the law at all times under all...
12-05-09, 01:20 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,002
Posted By Longfemur

Get a Brooks if that's what you want and you can...

Get a Brooks if that's what you want and you can afford it, but it's a bit of a misconception that leather saddles last a lifetime. I suppose it would last decades if you don't ride on it much.
...
Forum: Touring
12-05-09, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,700
Posted By Longfemur

Are you a travel planner or a travel doer? ...

Are you a travel planner or a travel doer?

If the former, it's very important to spend a lot of time thinking about what type of bar tape you need, and once you've decided on the type, you need...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-09, 10:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 784
Posted By Longfemur

Forget about road pedals if you want to use...

Forget about road pedals if you want to use clipless, unless you really need to see yourself as some kind of "serious" cyclist. Some very serious non-racing road cyclists use "mountain bike" SPD...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-09, 04:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 784
Posted By Longfemur

It depends. What exactly is it that you expect to...

It depends. What exactly is it that you expect to gain from clipless pedals? I've had various kinds for more than a decade, but I'm always just as happy to ride the bike equipped with ordinary...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-09, 04:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,256
Posted By Longfemur

Any commuting mileage is do-able, given the right...

Any commuting mileage is do-able, given the right weather and sufficient time. Unfortunately, commuting zeal often meets with the realities of daily life.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-09, 04:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,910
Posted By Longfemur

In terms of modern, higher performance bikes, I...

In terms of modern, higher performance bikes, I most regret selling my 1997 Peugeot Biarritz. Of course, it was a bright canary yellow, so maybe I was justified in selling it at the time.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-09, 04:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,904
Posted By Longfemur

For the same reason they "upgraded" from 5, 6, 7...

For the same reason they "upgraded" from 5, 6, 7 and 8 I suppose. I always thought 6 or 7 in back was all I needed, but I do ride 9 now, only because that's what was currently available at the time....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-09, 04:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 994
Posted By Longfemur

You guys remind me of my father's generation and...

You guys remind me of my father's generation and their yearly new car - and the lifelong progression from owning a Chevy II or Vega to an Oldsmobile or Buick. And I'm 56, so that goes back a long...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,105
Posted By Longfemur

Well, just read a bit of cycling history and look...

Well, just read a bit of cycling history and look at the bikes records were achieved on. Obviously no, you don't necessarily need the latest cycling gear unless you're racing against other people who...
12-04-09, 04:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 704
Posted By Longfemur

Sounds like you've already answered your own...

Sounds like you've already answered your own question. Clipless on one side, ordinary platform on the other will give you what you want. Any other clipless pedals will still leave you with a clipless...
Forum: Touring
12-04-09, 04:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,729
Posted By Longfemur

Deeper, more traditional drops give you more room...

Deeper, more traditional drops give you more room for your hands when in the hooks. Personally, I find this more comfortable in the long run than shallow drops, even though I have relatively small...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,278
Posted By Longfemur

Yes, go full carbon. That will really smooth out...

Yes, go full carbon. That will really smooth out rides on bumpy roads. Don't scrimp though. Spend at least $8000. Then, report back to us on how much suspension carbon fibre provides.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-09, 06:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,224
Posted By Longfemur

You snot rocket guys are real, ignorant pigs. If...

You snot rocket guys are real, ignorant pigs. If you have excessive phlegm because of cold weather or whatever, you're actually allowed to stop your bike once in a while and use a kleenex. They don't...
11-23-09, 06:52 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,608
Posted By Longfemur

I like White Lightning. Been using it for years...

I like White Lightning. Been using it for years exclusively without any problem. It works, while being relatively clean. Some engineering types might argue that wax isn't the best lubricant for...
11-23-09, 06:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,676
Posted By Longfemur

I tried a pair of these for a while. I have to...

I tried a pair of these for a while. I have to say I wasn't too impressed. The construction seems a bit on the flimsy side, almost like toy pedals, with an O-seal on it that almost seems like an...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-09, 05:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By Longfemur

I don't think there is any exact formula or...

I don't think there is any exact formula or anything, but usually, for maximum climbing performance, you will want to have both of the following (my take on it from the point of view of a...
11-23-09, 03:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,583
Posted By Longfemur

A very important organ of mine started not...

A very important organ of mine started not working after I turned only 40. 50 was actually an improvement. Now I'm 56 and riding a lot... for me a short ride is like 25 miles now. I did have to have...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-09, 03:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By Longfemur

The technique with these is this... When...

The technique with these is this...

When you're stopped, the pedal will hang down a certain way, such that when you want to ride on the flat side, you put your foot down and back. When you want to...
11-23-09, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,762
Posted By Longfemur

Honestly, if you're the kind of person who needs...

Honestly, if you're the kind of person who needs to keep bar tape looking clean and new, maybe cycling is not the right hobby for you. You actually want your bike to look like you never ride it?
...
11-20-09, 06:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,425
Posted By Longfemur

I'm not telling anyone what they should or...

I'm not telling anyone what they should or shouldn't do. I'm just suggesting things they might want to think about.

All in all, if walking is important, I think it's better to use non-cycling...
11-20-09, 05:57 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,205
Posted By Longfemur

I've gotten the regular flu shot a number of...

I've gotten the regular flu shot a number of times before, and I got the H1N1 flu shot recently. Never any ill effects. It seems that just mentioning the word vaccine nowadays brings all the...
11-14-09, 12:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,425
Posted By Longfemur

You'll have to decide that for yourself. Get the...

You'll have to decide that for yourself. Get the shoes, ride and walk with them, and see how it goes. My experience with any extensive walking in mountain bike SPD-compatible was never positive......
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-09, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 662
Posted By Longfemur

Didn't you say you're already pretty comfortable?...

Didn't you say you're already pretty comfortable?

Nothing wrong with experimenting with position, but it's very hard to beat pretty comfortable.

Pictures can be deceiving, especially when taken...
11-14-09, 11:34 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,910
Posted By Longfemur

Obsession caused by the internet. In the...

Obsession caused by the internet.

In the world of the kooks and obsessive-compulsives on the internet, you can never have enough of something, and whatever you do have is never quite right. After...
11-14-09, 10:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,425
Posted By Longfemur

There is no shoe that meets the original poster's...

There is no shoe that meets the original poster's requirements. Even the walkable SPD shoes are still cycling shoes. You can't have it both ways unless you have it crappy both ways. If the shoe is...
10-10-09, 06:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 999
Posted By Longfemur

Oh boy, here's the performance argument again. I...

Oh boy, here's the performance argument again. I ride one bike with toe clips and one with SPD's. I see no performance difference whatsoever. I like to ride the toe clipped bike, because I can wear...
10-10-09, 06:23 PM
Replies: 592
Views: 130,621
Posted By Longfemur

Outside of the fantasy world on the internet,...

Outside of the fantasy world on the internet, most people who ride far and often tend to prefer the narrowest tires that for their body weight, won't require extremely high inflation pressures. For...
Replies: 53
Views: 5,351
Posted By Longfemur

LOL, are you sure you guys aren't confusing top...

LOL, are you sure you guys aren't confusing top fuel dragsters with bicycles?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-09, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,634
Posted By Longfemur

Of course, it's your money to spend. Personally...

Of course, it's your money to spend. Personally though, I think anyone benefits from some significant riding experience before spending a lot on a fitting. Nobody is ever going to be hurt by fitting...
06-18-09, 09:24 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,343
Posted By Longfemur

I agree with you that the "convenience" is a...

I agree with you that the "convenience" is a matter of preference. I really can go both ways... I have no problem riding toe clips, and I still keep my Campy quills in reserve, just in case. I just...
06-18-09, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,017
Posted By Longfemur

If it's added grip in the corners you want, going...

If it's added grip in the corners you want, going from 23 to 25 mm tires isn't going to help you much. In fact, I think good 23 mm wide tires are probably better for this.
06-18-09, 07:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,788
Posted By Longfemur

The trend nowadays is to ride on the hoods, and...

The trend nowadays is to ride on the hoods, and to facilitate that, there is a tendency to angle the handlebars up too much, and to install the levers too high --- both of which greatly exacerbate...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-09, 06:41 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 18,336
Posted By Longfemur

It's not a matter of jealousy. It's more one of...

It's not a matter of jealousy. It's more one of conspicuous consumerism that goes beyond all measures of common sense, comparable to driving around on public roads in a million buck Formula 1 racer....
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