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09-12-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,661
Posted By wipekitty

I make my own noodles. At home. The last time I...

I make my own noodles. At home. The last time I tried to get noodles at the LGS, they screwed it up. It's not that hard to make your own noodles, especially with Youtube. If you can't make your own...
08-30-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,796
Posted By wipekitty

Same here, right down to headset races. My...

Same here, right down to headset races.

My day job is not mechanical in any way, and I like tinkering with things. Wrenching is usually kind of relaxing.
08-28-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 732
Posted By wipekitty

The price seems a bit high to me. Dura Ace is...

The price seems a bit high to me. Dura Ace is nice, but it's probably two generations old. Based on sold listings on the 'Bay, it looks like a fair market price is probably ~$1,100.

IMO, that's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,495
Posted By wipekitty

As long as the non-matching replacement parts are...

As long as the non-matching replacement parts are an upgrade, it's all good. The only sin is a downgrade.
08-23-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,494
Posted By wipekitty

It's what happens when you're cheap and...

It's what happens when you're cheap and disorganized: cheap enough to stock up on the cheap tubes, because they'll work fine for the cheap bikes, but disorganized enough to end up with the wrong...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,556
Posted By wipekitty

Looks legit. Prices are good, but not too good -...

Looks legit. Prices are good, but not too good - they seem comparable to other sellers that discount merchandise from previous seasons. The number of positive reviews on Castelli stuff is a good sign...
08-18-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 9,455
Posted By wipekitty

Always! Tinted lenses for daytime, clear lenses...

Always! Tinted lenses for daytime, clear lenses at night, and...ski goggles in the winter.

I've worn contacts since I was a teen. It was much more practical and cost-effective than glasses, since...
08-16-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 34,230
Posted By wipekitty

I've done winter cycling in Michigan, Colorado,...

I've done winter cycling in Michigan, Colorado, and Wisconsin, and 'winter' cycling in California, Alabama, and North Carolina. I had no car during portions of my time in Michigan and Colorado, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,070
Posted By wipekitty

Wheels are probably a good way to go. You can...

Wheels are probably a good way to go. You can generally use wheels designed for 11 speed with 10 speed cassettes by using a 1.85 mm spacer along with a 1 mm spacer. Check the specs to verify, though....
Forum: Commuting
08-08-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 36,022
Posted By wipekitty

Same here, except I study reality. Edumacayshun...

Same here, except I study reality. Edumacayshun pays a bit better than reality.
07-29-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,602
Posted By wipekitty

I'm also a fan of the Pedros levers for stiff,...

I'm also a fan of the Pedros levers for stiff, nasty, wire bead tires. I've broken my share of tire levers, but my first pair of Pedros is still going strong. (And they're pink, so everyone knows...
07-14-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,118
Posted By wipekitty

They stay in place - no moving waistband. They...

They stay in place - no moving waistband. They also have more coverage, so no need to worry if the jersey slips around a bit.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,111
Posted By wipekitty

No hard limit, but my decisions are made looking...

No hard limit, but my decisions are made looking at the dew point in conjunction with the temperature. 95F with a dew point below 32F is delightful and pleasant. The same temperature with a dew point...
07-09-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,222
Posted By wipekitty

Maybe as an option. Otherwise, super creepy. ...

Maybe as an option. Otherwise, super creepy.

I've been out of that world for a reeeeally long time, so have no clue what it's like now. BITD, there were dating sites that would match people based...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,596
Posted By wipekitty

From the commuting world, where there's often...

From the commuting world, where there's often less flexibility on routes and timing, I find a rear view mirror and daytime front/rear lights helpful. I use this equipment for solo road rides in areas...
07-02-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 16,279
Posted By wipekitty

The only ones I know about in real life are crash...

The only ones I know about in real life are crash related.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 20,544
Views: 4,813,844
Posted By wipekitty

Um, what?! ...

Um, what?!


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OK, so shipping was still almost $16. Still. I like the Aeron...
06-21-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,907
Posted By wipekitty

Older Univega: Cool. Older carbon: Not so cool. ...

Older Univega: Cool. Older carbon: Not so cool.

It may be worth posting to see if you get any responses. I think the main problem is that there is not a particularly large market: people...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,716
Posted By wipekitty

Hopefully the OP made a decision by now ;)

Hopefully the OP made a decision by now ;)
06-20-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 14,786
Posted By wipekitty

This. If I drive to a course or ride that...

This.

If I drive to a course or ride that one route I can reach from home with only 1-2 stop signs/red lights, my average speed goes up a good 1.5-2 MPH - or more, compared to rides where I hit a...
06-20-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,585
Posted By wipekitty

I used to ride with some guys that got the basic...

I used to ride with some guys that got the basic Mechanix work gloves and cut the fingers off. Seemed to work out okay! Personally, I use insulated work gloves with a bit of padding on the palm for...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,277
Posted By wipekitty

Back on the road - in North Carolina for the next...

Back on the road - in North Carolina for the next month and a half, before returning to Wisconsin. It seems to be rollers and trees, all day long.

I managed 47 miles, 2700' on Saturday, and an...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,069
Posted By wipekitty

Turn-by-turn audible navigation, like RWGPS! I...

Turn-by-turn audible navigation, like RWGPS! I use a very basic computer without mapping capabilities, and like having the voice giving me directions from my back pocket - it's why I'm currently...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,485
Posted By wipekitty

I'll probably continue to use the free version,...

I'll probably continue to use the free version, primarily for the social aspect. I liked the training log and ability to compare past efforts, but do not find the service to be worth $60/year. I do,...
Forum: Southeast
05-19-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By wipekitty

I've also heard that it's been a bit crowded and...

I've also heard that it's been a bit crowded and am avoiding it for now. Which is much easier to do, since I no longer commute anywhere.
03-26-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 11,519
Posted By wipekitty

Well...I always stop at stop signs, and I get...

Well...I always stop at stop signs, and I get yelled at for that, too. Some people just like to yell.

At least they didn't bark out the window. (What's up with passengers doing that, anyway?)
03-24-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 157,748
Posted By wipekitty

FWIW, I love this thread, and hope y'all are able...

FWIW, I love this thread, and hope y'all are able to keep it going!

I'm probably out for a bit due to my current policy of contact-free bike rides (meaning I'll no longer be setting my bike down...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,611
Posted By wipekitty

Serious props for combining a decent bike commute...

Serious props for combining a decent bike commute and an active job! :thumb: Good luck - you'll be in really good shape after a week or two of that.
03-22-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,184
Posted By wipekitty

For large trips, I found that a messenger bag - a...

For large trips, I found that a messenger bag - a very large one, like actual bike messengers use (Chrome Metropolis, Timbuk2 XL, etc.) was a good option.

Compared to a backpack, there is a bit...
03-14-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,013
Posted By wipekitty

I ride so fast that I can see the future...

I ride so fast that I can see the future...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 13,417
Posted By wipekitty

Personally (as a narrow-footed person) I have had...

Personally (as a narrow-footed person) I have had good luck with Fizik and Sidi. The pair of Sidi that I have are a bit wide in the heel and a bit narrow in the toe bed for me; the pair of Fizik...
03-14-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,877
Posted By wipekitty

I've encountered a few commuters on pedal-assist...

I've encountered a few commuters on pedal-assist e-bikes on the MUP and nearby roads. (I assume they're commuters due to the time of day and type of stuff they're packing.)

If an e-bike can...
03-14-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,918
Posted By wipekitty

I had to make this difficult decision a while...

I had to make this difficult decision a while back, while temporarily relocating across the country for a year.

The three winners were (1) my steel single speed (for any trips that require locking...
03-12-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,425
Posted By wipekitty

Rage riding? Yes, please. It's much healthier...

Rage riding? Yes, please. It's much healthier than the coping mechanisms of my youth, which included drinking and breaking stuff (not necessarily simultaneously). Good for a few PRs, too!

When I...
02-28-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,159
Posted By wipekitty

For the better part of 20 years, I've been eating...

For the better part of 20 years, I've been eating just one big meal a day, in the evening. (No good reason - it just sort of happened.) So, technically, most of my rides are fasted, as I have slept...
02-25-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,368
Posted By wipekitty

Ha Ha, I must have been tired. Well, it's...

Ha

Ha, I must have been tired. Well, it's good enough to have twice.
02-24-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,679
Posted By wipekitty

I did something like this about a year ago! It...

I did something like this about a year ago! It was pretty fun.

One of the biggest concerns that people had - about using a bicycle as transportation, in general - was safety in traffic. I think...
02-24-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,300
Posted By wipekitty

Cold: -10F/-23C (air temp), courtesy of western...

Cold: -10F/-23C (air temp), courtesy of western Wisconsin. Only about 5 miles RT. I needed some groceries and took the trailer out :lol:

Hot: 112F/44C, courtesy of inland Orange County and the...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By wipekitty

Assuming a standard SS/FG road setup (700x23-32,...

Assuming a standard SS/FG road setup (700x23-32, bolt on hubs, rim brakes), Velomine has some nice offerings.

The $200 set with Mavic Open Pro rims, Formula hubs, and 32h lacing comes in just...
02-02-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,955
Posted By wipekitty

No, though there are certainly a few zippy...

No, though there are certainly a few zippy descents where it would have been warranted.

I had dreams of getting my nice ticket, framing a copy, and then never doing that again. We can all dream, I...
02-02-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,253
Posted By wipekitty

This pretty much nails my response:

This pretty much nails my response:
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,035
Posted By wipekitty

Maybe in the big city! :) Seriously, though,...

Maybe in the big city! :)

Seriously, though, I was surprised by the availability of grocery delivery when I returned back to civilization (a larger metro area) in August. No such thing in my...
01-26-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,743
Posted By wipekitty

Up in Wisconsin-land, I washed my good winter...

Up in Wisconsin-land, I washed my good winter bikes in the bathtub (making sure to dry them thoroughly). Outdoor washing was not an option - anyone who keeps a hose hooked up November-April is asking...
01-26-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,012
Posted By wipekitty

I was told by a Southern lady that when you live...

I was told by a Southern lady that when you live in the Deep South, you must speak slowly so that your mouth does not overheat. (Put that in your best Selma, AL accent!)

That doesn't explain the...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,744
Posted By wipekitty

Meh - some people just like honking. I get honked...

Meh - some people just like honking. I get honked at all the time and generally ignore it. Some people feel like cyclists are inconveniencing their journey to the nearest red light. If the traffic...
01-17-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,209
Posted By wipekitty

I think I just barely made it in 2019. I...

I think I just barely made it in 2019.

I generally only drive if I need to go somewhere far. 2019 had two trips to see family (600 miles, 900 miles). There was also a move to a new city (1200...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,640
Posted By wipekitty

Night rides? Sure! In more rural parts, I...

Night rides? Sure!

In more rural parts, I stick to roads/highways with shoulders. I use a Cygolite Expilion 850 front (usually medium-high to high beam for low-traffic areas, to increase sight...
01-15-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,336
Posted By wipekitty

Mosyosalyangoz There are almost weekly "Weekend...

Mosyosalyangoz There are almost weekly "Weekend Ride Report" threads in the Road subforum - that's a great place to get started sharing your rides, if you're a road cyclist. Long-distance has an...
01-15-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 157,748
Posted By wipekitty

I would really like to see a helicopter! It...

I would really like to see a helicopter! It doesn't matter what kind, and it can be parked or in flight.
01-14-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 157,748
Posted By wipekitty

A personal favorite: American Tobacco Trail. No...

A personal favorite: American Tobacco Trail. No smoking.


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