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12-01-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,375
Posted By timtak

Legs (that move) should be high vis and...

Legs (that move) should be high vis and reflective (the lack of high viz pants is my pet peeve. I have to add padding to yoga pants) Jerseys are high viz.
Cracks, rails and grooves perpendicular to...
12-01-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 22,803
Posted By timtak

I generally stop at lights unless it is very...

I generally stop at lights unless it is very early in the morning and there is no one around.

However, here in Japan, bicycles can now legally ride on the pavement/side-walk slowly, or on the...
12-01-22, 02:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,383
Posted By timtak

Are you sure about the direction of the arrow of...

Are you sure about the direction of the arrow of causality?

I had knee pain from about 2.5 years ago, from my 55th year, and it was progressing. I was taking glucosamine, doing all sorts of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-22, 11:34 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 34,346
Posted By timtak

Since it is getting chilly I made some more shoe...

Since it is getting chilly I made some more shoe covers from plastic soda bottle covers, white with a pattern -- "Bird Watching" -- on them this year at 220 yen (1.5 USD) the pair. The strap is a bit...
09-24-22, 10:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 31,973
Posted By timtak

Another year later and there is a Five Star with...

Another year later and there is a Five Star with Tange 1 on auction in Japan

The seller says that Five Star was a brand of a bike shop in Nagano....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 34,346
Posted By timtak

As suggested by Mojo31, thank you, I used a self...

As suggested by Mojo31, thank you, I used a self adhesive steel pad on my opposite chain stay.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52380854502_933c6fb97d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2nNHz85)
Chainstay...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-22, 01:37 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 34,346
Posted By timtak

Thank you terrymorse . I broke my rear derailleur...

Thank you terrymorse . I broke my rear derailleur too a while back on an old bike (fortunately the replaceable hanger broke not the derailleur itself) when it got caught up in the spokes, and I think...
09-13-22, 01:19 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

In the case of the chains in fake Shimano...

In the case of the chains in fake Shimano packages (without the silver bits) the chains that I bought from aliexpress did not last at all long -- less than 3000km.

I think I can usually get nearly...
09-07-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

Incidentally, the difference in the packaging of...

Incidentally, the difference in the packaging of Shimano chains (which are also afaik made by KMC) is as below,

Fake the three slashes towards the top left hand corner of the cardboard box are...
09-05-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

I am sending the fake chain back to China. >...

I am sending the fake chain back to China.
> One of the easiest ways to spot fakes is the model name font which will be inconsistent.

Ah, yes, I see now that the zero is oval in the fake "0" but...
09-04-22, 04:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

Well spotted. Thank you Smd4, but did you notice...

Well spotted. Thank you Smd4, but did you notice that in the new fake photos (that I uploaded) the there is now a serif on the 1 in X10?

This is also true of the new fake X11 e.g. (I have found...
09-02-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

Thank you. Also the seller has only two and...

Thank you.

Also the seller has only two and a half hours left to submit a return address, so I guess I am going to be allowed to keep the chain, not that I want to use it.

Or maybe I will use...
09-02-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

Thanks Bob Ross Unfortunately the new fakes...

Thanks Bob Ross
Unfortunately the new fakes have corrected the Rectangular opening of the C and the flat bottomed M, but not added protruding diagonal lines as was also lacking in the above fake...
09-02-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,613
Posted By timtak

Papa Ado I think I have been sent a fake KMC...

Papa Ado
I think I have been sent a fake KMC chain from aliexpress by this seller
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004468723353.html
The chain was about the same price as Amazon Japan but I had...
08-30-22, 12:59 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,797
Posted By timtak

The molybdenum disulfide powder arrived. I bought...

The molybdenum disulfide powder arrived. I bought 50g of the cheapest I could find at 1-2um
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004610608795.html

It feels like super graphite between my fingers...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-22, 09:46 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 34,346
Posted By timtak

My Sidi insoles were wearing through so I got...

My Sidi insoles were wearing through so I got some cupped EVA insoles from a 100 yen shop, and they are very good. I painted the toes of my shoes with black acrylic paint too....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 34,346
Posted By timtak

The wits are out in force today. I...

The wits are out in force today.


I haven't heard of helicopter tape but


Thank you that is an even quicker solution. I may use something similar from China...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-22, 10:30 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 34,346
Posted By timtak

As mentioned above...

As mentioned above (https://www.bikeforums.net/22552343-post155.html), I am wearing out the chainstays of my carbon look (and soon Trek Madone) with the heel of my cycling shoe. I tried a carbon...
08-16-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,797
Posted By timtak

Thanks. I ordered PTFE and molybdenum. ...

Thanks. I ordered PTFE and molybdenum.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004602430865.html



The Molten Speed wax is not at all expensive but the shipping doubles the price to where I am.
...
08-15-22, 05:04 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By timtak

Dear Easybug Is your research on vendor...

Dear Easybug
Is your research on vendor relations published? I would like to read it (and teach it).
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-22, 05:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By timtak

My carbon bikes lost (lately) about 500USD a bike...

My carbon bikes lost (lately) about 500USD a bike second hand (this requires waiting for a slightly damaged one, or one which may be damaged and scares other bidders away). I ride a lot and I get...
08-11-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,797
Posted By timtak

Thank you. I was completely unaware of the...

Thank you. I was completely unaware of the difference.

But at the same time, while some candles are made out of other types of wax such as beeswax and soy wax, I am under the impression that the...
08-11-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,797
Posted By timtak

Yes. I use straight candle wax. I did add, part...

Yes. I use straight candle wax. I did add, part the way through my waxing adventure, some ptfe lubricant (ptfe plus light oil) to the wax but I did not notice a difference.

The wax a little feels...
08-10-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,797
Posted By timtak

I put the chain in a plastic jar (now with a lid)...

I put the chain in a plastic jar (now with a lid) with washing up liquid and water, and put it on my whole body vibration machine which seems to shake dust out....
08-10-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By timtak

I tend to like peaceful, high quality Chinese...

I tend to like peaceful, high quality Chinese infiltration. I am less keen on some US infiltration such as Microsoft, and stuff I would only post on the politics forum.

Thank you Bald Paul for...
08-10-22, 12:08 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By timtak

I should save a copy for posting too. I have been...

I should save a copy for posting too. I have been doing vendor evaluations of aliexpress sellers from 2012 to the present (2022) having purchased 578 items, with approximately 5 disputes, and about...
08-09-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Thank you for mentioning scything, beng1 and ...

Thank you for mentioning scything, beng1 and koala logs.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51156945781_f47fd271b8.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kWyHGz)
90 Minutes of Scything...
08-09-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By timtak

Pretty good. It is pretty much the same as the...

Pretty good. It is pretty much the same as the Asian (generally Chinese) sellers on ebay.

There are some charging exorbitant postal charges on Aliexpress too.

The "price plus shipping" order on...
08-08-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,695
Posted By timtak

This handlebar mirror seems okay and closable at...

This handlebar mirror seems okay and closable at about $5 USD including shipping.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002971124711.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003424413371.html

I...
08-07-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

I could not agree more. I happen to have a lot of...

I could not agree more. I happen to have a lot of smooth roads to ride on now in Japan but when I take students to Guam I find that a mountain bike like yours is fast on the Guam roads because there...
08-06-22, 11:21 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

If a man (Eddie) who is used to riding an aero...

If a man (Eddie) who is used to riding an aero road bike, can get to within 3% of his maximum "super bike" speed on a funny bike that he has hardly ever ridden (and perhaps only rode twice), despite...
08-06-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

I think that it is you who is missing the point,...

I think that it is you who is missing the point, of the thread, gene, which is regarding whether the modern aero bike is a bad bargain. Assessments will depend on income but, if you can get to within...
08-06-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Thanks. That was interesting. The difference in...

Thanks. That was interesting. The difference in speed was, if they were both doing 40Kmh for the full 8km time trial and 22s and 45s differences, 3 and 6 percent, depending on the rider. I would be...
08-06-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Yes...I was told I may have overdone the tilt at...

Yes...I was told I may have overdone the tilt at the time (and subsequently) so in an uncharacteristic bow to peer pressure, I moved my saddle to be more level, but did not notice a difference in...
08-06-22, 05:19 AM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

I can't say I am surprised. You did not....

I can't say I am surprised.


You did not. You seem to prefer to use the word, or abbreviation, tt to refer to UCI time trials and recommend that I do also.


Mainly I agree other than
1) If...
08-06-22, 03:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,862
Posted By timtak

Carbonfiberboy Thanks for the glucosamine...

Carbonfiberboy

Thanks for the glucosamine versus glucosamine sulphate distinction. I think you had said it before but I ignored you there too!

Should you be so kind as to tell me where (if...
08-05-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

It still seems to me that I ride like I am in a...

It still seems to me that I ride like I am in a time trial, or my rides are a form of time trial, against the clock, not drafting, often going as fast as I can (often because I want to get somewhere...
08-05-22, 05:53 AM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

That is true. I will lay off the religion, or...

That is true. I will lay off the religion, or start a new thread for it.



Do the UCI have thought police, I wonder.

Time trial is by the UCI's definition a competitive activity that is, I...
08-05-22, 12:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 171
Posted By timtak

[SOLVED] Oval Downtube Giant (or Trek) AL entry Road Bike c. 1990

I think it was a Giant OCR bike or predecessor. The Giant OCR 1/2/3 have an oval downtube. Their release date around 2005 is a bit late (since I was binning mine around that time) so I think it must...
08-04-22, 11:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,862
Posted By timtak

Carbonfiberboy I hope you try the exercise...

Carbonfiberboy

I hope you try the exercise though, should your knees hurt.

Tim
08-04-22, 10:20 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Until two or three years ago, I had a forward...

Until two or three years ago, I had a forward offset seatpost, saddle far forward on the rails and sloping down, bars far forward and down, with a set-up approximating to the bull horns of a TT bike...
08-04-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Thank you. I have tried other methods of going...

Thank you. I have tried other methods of going faster, and/by improving the aerodynamics of my bike such as aero bars (long and short), a more aero helmet, tight lycra, narrower road bars, and rider...
08-03-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

I would not go as far as to say I was talking out...

I would not go as far as to say I was talking out of my ass.

In the context of the thread the UCI time trial bike is highly (I would say) unsuitable to amateurs who are not pushing a competitive...
08-03-22, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

If it has nothing to do with UCI regulations why...

If it has nothing to do with UCI regulations why do you keep bring up what is and is not within UCI regulations?

The pros would go slower if they moved their saddle backwards as you say. They go...
08-03-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

I am sorry I misrepresented you. I thought you...

I am sorry I misrepresented you. I thought you were claiming that Mr. Cobb's recommendations were ridiculous for different reason than you were. I have amended the post to which you refer and added...
08-03-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

You have said this before. It is like you can...

You have said this before. It is like you can only think in current UCI categories.

I am aware that my current set up is drastically different from UCI TT bikes, it is designed for riding on my...
08-03-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

I was heading that way when I saw, not Yowamushi...

I was heading that way when I saw, not Yowamushi Pedal (which I have only read as a comic/manga) a certain video by John Cobb who said a lowered set up was a comfortable "all day" position, for when...
08-03-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Compare the weight weenies forum. I like...

Compare the weight weenies forum.


I like propelling myself to go fast.


Who is "we"?
08-02-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Ssss comfort sss comfortable sss.

I am not sure about the watts, but to paraphrase Kate Moss, nothing rides as comfortably as skinny feels.

Not that I am skinny, but I hope to be by the end of the summer, if I am still alive, God...
08-02-22, 05:36 AM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,644
Posted By timtak

Your confidence is inspiring. What did I...

Your confidence is inspiring.

What did I say?

"I think that amateur cyclists are like time trialists in so far as they are not racing anyone except perhaps the clock, and not drafting anyone...
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