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Forum: Commuting
04-21-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By alathIN

Thanks for the takes, guys! Appreciate the...

Thanks for the takes, guys!
Appreciate the experience represented here.
Forum: Commuting
04-21-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By alathIN

So if you put them on 3 bikes I am going to go...

So if you put them on 3 bikes I am going to go way out on a limb and guess that you like them ;-)

When I ride to the farm it's only the last half mile that's on gravel, so I don't really need...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By alathIN

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 35c vs 40c

Needing to replace the tires on my commuter. It's a cross/rando type bike with disc brakes so no worries about clearance.

I've been running 32c Vittoria Voyageur which are nice for speed and quiet...
07-29-18, 06:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,266
Posted By alathIN

Yes, and... Although he may not be the...

Yes, and...

Although he may not be the absolute fastest guy in any given situation, he's versatile enough that he's almost always in the top three.
Someone was quoting his number of TdF stage...
07-24-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,266
Posted By alathIN

It's true that the same case against a smaller...

It's true that the same case against a smaller team would have resulted in a sanction (and has in the past) - but most likely unjustly.
The doctor upon whose work the urine thresholds were set has...
07-24-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,266
Posted By alathIN

I have no idea if Froome is dirty, but I'm not at...

I have no idea if Froome is dirty, but I'm not at all impressed with the salbutamol brouhaha. It's a first line asthma medication that I prescribe regularly. I saw Froome's presser the day in the...
07-24-18, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By alathIN

Not a bad idea.

Not a bad idea.
07-24-18, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By alathIN

hood cover creep

My "do everything" bike has the Shimano 785 hydraulic brakes/brifters. If you're familiar, these have a somewhat unusual hood shape.

Whenever I peel back the hoods to bleed the brakes or make...
08-07-17, 04:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By alathIN

Bingo. I needed to recable for sticky...

Bingo.

I needed to recable for sticky shifting, and couldn't find the time to do it myself so I took it to the lbs. They had to retape the bars,and they way they did it is a bit less bulky around...
08-01-17, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By alathIN

Annoying Hoods Thing

My gravel/rando/road-ish bike has the 105/5800 hydraulic group set. I keep getting this thing where the hood covers want to slide forward, popping up and off of the front part of the...
08-01-17, 07:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By alathIN

Shift cable/housing replacement

I've recabled bikes before, but this one is a bit different and wanted to run this by the gang for tips/suggestions.

The bike is a Volagi Viaje - a kind of rando/gravel/touring road bike that is...
07-15-17, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 630
Posted By alathIN

Two bikes - same problem

Both my bikes are doing the same annoying thing.

First the problem: rear shifting, when I shift to a smaller/harder gear, the first click doesn't shift. Click again, and it shifts two gears. So,...
07-11-17, 05:23 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 27,106
Posted By alathIN

No flame, but just curious: when you're riding on...

No flame, but just curious: when you're riding on the right side of the lane, is that so cars can try to squeeze past you in the half lane space you've left open in the face of oncoming traffic?

I...
07-11-17, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By alathIN

Take Marcus' answer above

Take Marcus' answer above
07-11-17, 04:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By alathIN

Tires need to be tubeless compatible. You will...

Tires need to be tubeless compatible. You will also need tubeless valve stems and sealant.

I can't keep straight the differences between what people call 'tubeless compatible,' 'tubeless ready,'...
06-18-17, 07:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,285
Posted By alathIN

I don't blame you, and I didn't mean to be...

I don't blame you, and I didn't mean to be contradicting you. I should have clarified, I was commenting that your experience is an outlier.

Did you say up thread that you were using a rotor...
06-17-17, 10:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,285
Posted By alathIN

I wouldn't expect power numbers to match in the...

I wouldn't expect power numbers to match in the different scenarios OP is describing.

Ex, trainer vs. real life: I use my Quarq on my trainer with trainerroad.com, AND for real life rides. So it's...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-17, 04:00 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,879
Posted By alathIN

Bike shoes and clipless pedals do make a...

Bike shoes and clipless pedals do make a difference for me. On my commuter bike I have power grips pedal straps which - random guess here - 85% of the benefit while still allowing you to wear regular...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-17, 07:38 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,055
Posted By alathIN

I don't think there is much if any quality...

I don't think there is much if any quality difference between any of the major bike store brands. Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, Trek, etc... they're all good and all very similar.

I have an...
05-26-17, 07:26 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,523
Posted By alathIN

I have mixed feelings about this. I am not...

I have mixed feelings about this.
I am not married to any particular political ideology, but generally somewhat libertarian - don't pass a law restricting people's freedom unless there is an...
05-20-17, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,243
Posted By alathIN

Former F1 world champion James Hunt famously took...

Former F1 world champion James Hunt famously took up cycling after he retired.

Indycar driver Tony Kanaan is a very accomplished triathlete - which as a less accomplished triathlete I can...
05-20-17, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,102
Posted By alathIN

Costco has packages of pre-cooked organic beets...

Costco has packages of pre-cooked organic beets with no additives - most packaged beets have a lot of added sugar, which admittedly helps them go down much easier
I like the plain Costco ones...
05-16-17, 07:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,514
Posted By alathIN

Sorry, I did a medical library search on this at...

Sorry, I did a medical library search on this at work. There's no evidence of a link between beets and gallstones.

However, a quick google search shows that beets are widely recognized as a...
05-16-17, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Posted By alathIN

I'm going to get kicked off the forum for saying...

I'm going to get kicked off the forum for saying this, but I've seen some bikes that looked pretty serviceable in that price range at Costco recently.
Agree, re hybrid or cruiser type bike. ...
05-16-17, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 777
Posted By alathIN

Join TrainerRoad.com It costs all of $9/month....

Join TrainerRoad.com
It costs all of $9/month. You'll need a speed sensor, which you might already have, or only costs about $30 if not (when you do get a power meter, you should use that for ...
05-16-17, 10:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,846
Posted By alathIN

Giro: why Quintana can't TT?

Man, if Quintana could TT he would be so much more of a stage race contender (dominator?)

Why is it that he is such an average TT rider and such a great climber? You'd think with his great...
05-11-17, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,989
Posted By alathIN

Yes, there is probably an adapter I could use to...

Yes, there is probably an adapter I could use to put my touring/commuter bike's crankset on my tri bike. It's Shimano 105, and yes, it goes together just like you said with the spindle permanently...
05-11-17, 11:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,989
Posted By alathIN

That's exactly what I've got on my...

That's exactly what I've got on my touring/commuting/general purpose road bike and I love it.

My tri bike has 130bcd, because it's a Quarq power meter I managed to snap up cheap. It would be a bit...
05-11-17, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,989
Posted By alathIN

53-38 chainring compatibility - Granny help!

Can I run a 38t inner chain ring with my 53t outer chain ring?

I live in flattish Midwest so I usually ride a 53/39 chain ring set and 11/12-25/28 cassette.
But I have an event coming up with two...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-17, 01:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,240
Posted By alathIN

I wasn't the one who was misquoted as saying...

I wasn't the one who was misquoted as saying speed is totally pointless and there is no reason to ever pay attention to it.

If you look at the article I linked, they look at power, speed, and RPE,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-17, 01:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,436
Posted By alathIN

If the brake levers are adjustable, you can...

If the brake levers are adjustable, you can adjust them to sit closer back where your fingers can reach.
Some brake levers do this with spacers (Shimano Claris is like this)
Others have an...
05-03-17, 01:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,399
Posted By alathIN

If you ride to work in the rain, or on dirt...

If you ride to work in the rain, or on dirt roads, let alone both, you will need to freshen up and change when you get to work.

I have had zero problems with wheel changes and disc brakes....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-17, 12:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,240
Posted By alathIN

This would be an extreme outlier opinion among...

This would be an extreme outlier opinion among cycling coaches.

RPE is a useful thing to pay attention to, but it's not objective and it is subject to many, many other variables.

My experience...
05-03-17, 12:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
Posted By alathIN

I got a high level bike fit on one of those "robo...

I got a high level bike fit on one of those "robo bikes" where they can change every fit dimension on the fly.
Going from 172.5mm cranks to 165mm increased my RPM at the same perceived exertion and...
04-18-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By alathIN

Drivetrain Wear: replace vs. re-use vs. sell

I've got a bunch of drivetrain parts for my main bike, trying to decide what to keep on the bike, what parts to take off my shelf and put on the bike, and what parts to sell.

The bike is a...
Forum: Touring
04-06-17, 01:05 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,436
Posted By alathIN

Good question. I haven't gone anywhere...

Good question. I haven't gone anywhere mountainous, so maybe this is just blissful ignorance.
I've got a compact chainset 50-34 and an 11-34 cassette. Long cage RD, so I could go 36 I believe. The...
04-05-17, 10:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,290
Posted By alathIN

Update - Ressurection

To address the debate: she has probably average hand strength for a woman, and much smaller than average hands with very short fingers and light bone structure.

The Rival STIs helped a lot, being...
Forum: Touring
04-05-17, 09:32 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,436
Posted By alathIN

I am not a member of either the pro- or anti-...

I am not a member of either the pro- or anti- disc brake religions, which can get a bit fundamentalist and fanatical at times. But my tourer/commuter is one of the bikes that I really appreciate...
02-23-17, 06:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,557
Posted By alathIN

Bike Wash with Disc Brakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvzVRxlIUL0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAY0S3pGhg

Caught this GCN video showing a bike wash with hose, soap, and scrub brush.
It's appealing to get a bike...
02-16-17, 02:53 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,290
Posted By alathIN

I think they're marketing to the "looks cool"...

I think they're marketing to the "looks cool" factor.

Agree with your sentiments, and even moreso for some of the disc brakes I've seen on Walmart bikes. One I saw had the front caliper siezed...
02-16-17, 02:44 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,290
Posted By alathIN

This is me. Not going to spend $800 on a...

This is me.

Not going to spend $800 on a bike a kid is going to leave out in the rain and outgrow by next year.
02-16-17, 02:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,389
Posted By alathIN

I'm not a super experienced MTBer, and I got the...

I'm not a super experienced MTBer, and I got the same advice - entry level full suspension bikes are not that great.

I'm more of a road/tri/commuter/touring guy, and I though I always liked the...
02-16-17, 02:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,285
Posted By alathIN

I have a power meter. So far I have found it to...

I have a power meter. So far I have found it to be primarily useful in training. I am hoping it will be useful in helping me pace myself in races (avoid going too hard too early and burning out, or...
02-02-17, 11:36 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 47,313
Posted By alathIN

Similar deal; my wife has a 1990s Schwinn hybrid...

Similar deal; my wife has a 1990s Schwinn hybrid that she loves. Steel frame, Shimano SIS 3x8, rack mounts, very solid practical bike.

I just saw a craigslist ad for the exact same bike with...
02-02-17, 10:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,905
Posted By alathIN

Wow, I think that is the only time I have seen...

Wow, I think that is the only time I have seen another one of these old Raleigh youth road bikes.

Interesting to see how close my "ad hoc" paint job came to this (apparently) factory paint.
...
02-02-17, 09:23 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 47,313
Posted By alathIN

Not sure "uncool" is the right word, but a...

Not sure "uncool" is the right word, but a couple-few brands I have an irrational (or maybe not) aversion to:

1) Trek - don't like the way they put all their credibility in the basket of a guy who...
01-29-17, 07:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,905
Posted By alathIN

I didn't do it. They were always like that.

I didn't do it. They were always like that.
01-29-17, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 951
Posted By alathIN

SRAM rival short cage, vs. rival wifli/mid cage....

SRAM rival short cage, vs. rival wifli/mid cage. SRAM says the wifli will work with my 1050 32t.

I can grind up a hill at slow mashing cadence if necessary, but probably will have a happier run if...
01-28-17, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 951
Posted By alathIN

Any downside to Medium Cage RD?

I have a 10sp Tri bike, and have an occasional hilly event.
I'm kind of stuck with my chain ring set, so the best way I have to deal with hill is change the cassette.
My short cage RD doesn't like...
01-21-17, 07:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,905
Posted By alathIN

The RD is Huret (which I learned here). It...

The RD is Huret (which I learned here).

It shifts up to bigger cogs beautifully. Has a tendency to jump more than one when shifting down to smaller cogs.

I got that bar tape pattern from RD the...
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