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04-17-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,966
Posted By mcours2006

Whatever you do, just don't go to the playground...

Whatever you do, just don't go to the playground to use the monkey bars for pull ups. You could get fined for that. Not kidding.

Personally, between running and solo riding, both trails and road,...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,749
Posted By mcours2006

What's the harm in having one? It will increase...

What's the harm in having one? It will increase your chances of being seen. I run rear and front lights day and night. It's a no-brainer.
04-09-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 747
Posted By mcours2006

The BB-UN55 did fit fine. My frame was Italian...

The BB-UN55 did fit fine. My frame was Italian threaded, which was what I ordered. Eventually, though, I ended up swapping it out with Hollowtech 2 crankset with Italian-threaded BB. Hope that helps.
03-28-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 870
Posted By mcours2006

I'm 5'9" and back in high school and could do a...

I'm 5'9" and back in high school and could do a two-foot take off to grab the 10' basketball rim with one hand, like grab, not just touch. Never really trained for vertical jumps. After years of...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,501
Posted By mcours2006

Doesn't have to be precise. The pinch test is...

Doesn't have to be precise. The pinch test is fine for most cases. I rarely use a gauge. Rarely have pinch flats. I tell my friend who's new to bike commuting that it should feel like a firm apple,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,090
Posted By mcours2006

Anyhoo, :rolleyes: I went on a trail ride with a...

Anyhoo, :rolleyes: I went on a trail ride with a couple of my buddies, but now in hindsight probably shouldn't have. We didn't stop at any cafes. We bought individually packaged snacks. We didn't...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-20, 05:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,710
Posted By mcours2006

Sorry to hear that. Perhaps someone picked it up...

Sorry to hear that. Perhaps someone picked it up and will return it to you. There's that hope.:rolleyes:

As a rule I always carry my wallet and phone either on me or in my backpack. Like you found...
03-13-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,094
Posted By mcours2006

I wouldn't deliberately go out to ride in the...

I wouldn't deliberately go out to ride in the rain. I was caught in the rain last summer in a 120-km ride with friends. Air temp was in the mid-25's Celcius, but when you're wet it feels really cold...
03-13-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 449
Views: 25,562
Posted By mcours2006

My mates were discussing it last night. I am...

My mates were discussing it last night. I am planning to ride solo this weekend, and am making no effort to plan a group ride. The

I'm still commuting to and from work, though. That hasn't...
03-04-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By mcours2006

In terms of comfort, it's a toss up. The one that...

In terms of comfort, it's a toss up. The one that fits you best is the one that's going to be most comfortable, but since you can't test ride, I'd probably go with the Giant. It's much better value...
03-04-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 567
Posted By mcours2006

I bought a pair of gently used ones a few years...

I bought a pair of gently used ones a few years back along with a set of Time pedals. They were comfortably...heavy.:)

Still got them. Size 44, if you're interested. Pedals too.:)
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By mcours2006

Nice find.:thumb:

Nice find.:thumb:
Forum: Commuting
03-04-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,286
Posted By mcours2006

I've got helmet and under-the-saddle cam going on...

I've got helmet and under-the-saddle cam going on my commute. Usually don't bother saving them unless there's something worth saving. Sometimes I'll pull a few video captures from it, but that's...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,036
Posted By mcours2006

I've got 38's on my steel commute. It feels...

I've got 38's on my steel commute. It feels sluggish compared to my three-season commute, which has 25's, but that may be that the bike itself is much heavier, and I'm often riding it in lousy...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,693
Posted By mcours2006

When making a left turn at a left turn lane I...

When making a left turn at a left turn lane I always wait my turn, positioning myself in the middle of the left turn lane. I'm in no danger from the car in front of me as you were in the OP. I am in...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,060
Posted By mcours2006

Them's fightin' words!

Them's fightin' words!
02-26-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,821
Posted By mcours2006

My own experience tells me that drivers of...

My own experience tells me that drivers of pick-up trucks, especially white ones, school buses, transit buses, Mazda 3's and 6's, Hyundai Sonatas, VW Golf TDI's, and pre-2000 Toyota Corollas are the...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,627
Posted By mcours2006

Never taken a spin class, but I could imagine it...

Never taken a spin class, but I could imagine it might be fun, not unlike other group fitness classes. Riding in the elements, while can be invigorating, can get tiresome, especially during this time...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,693
Posted By mcours2006

Pulling up beside a tractor trailer is not a good...

Pulling up beside a tractor trailer is not a good idea, in any situation. Glad you escaped unscathed.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,023
Posted By mcours2006

Sidewalk and speed don't mix. I ride both on the...

Sidewalk and speed don't mix. I ride both on the road and sidewalks, but the sidewalks are in a more industrial/commercial area where very, very few pedestrians use. I use the sidewalk for a few...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By mcours2006

UPDATE: So I did the WD40 flush into the...

UPDATE:
So I did the WD40 flush into the shifter housing yesterday. Today the temperature was at a mild -13*C.:rolleyes: The shifters shifted great. No hint of any stickiness, well, the right side...
Forum: Commuting
02-16-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 621
Posted By mcours2006

That's not true. That's a lot to most, if not...

That's not true. That's a lot to most, if not all, folks. Well done!:thumb:

FWIW, I rode last Friday when the temperature was -21*C with a wind chill of -31, and folks are impressed, but the wind...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By mcours2006

Thanks for the thoughtful and useful comments,...

Thanks for the thoughtful and useful comments, :)as opposed to the ones that are useless and thoughtless.:rolleyes:

I may try flushing it out with some WD40 and see if it works any better. We...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By mcours2006

Old shifters malfunctioning in extreme cold

I can't be the only one who's had a set of older shifters (4500 Tiagra triple) not shift in extreme cold. Temperature was -21C this morning. Neither side ended being able to shift into a smaller cog....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By mcours2006

The Aksiums are pretty bombproof, if a bit on the...

The Aksiums are pretty bombproof, if a bit on the heavy side. I've got over 20,000 km on the current pair, and still going well. Mind you, I'm a relative lightweight.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,078
Posted By mcours2006

Then you have never had the retaining pin that...

Then you have never had the retaining pin that holds the spring-loaded clip come loose during a ride. Unlike the 105's and higher, the pin on the 550's is a pressed-in pin, not a threaded bolt. I've...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

I'm surprised they let you do that...unless it's...

I'm surprised they let you do that...unless it's under cover of darkness.;)
Forum: Commuting
01-31-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

I agree. There's been patches of ice on the MUP...

I agree. There's been patches of ice on the MUP all this week, but because I'm traveling in a straight line over it, there is no issue. In my OP, I was slowing down and at the same time turning left....
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 02:15 PM
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

Yep. The bike separated from me after falling....

Yep. The bike separated from me after falling. I've had a few falls this winter at low speeds. Three in one day, but it was a nasty storm day when I was on a trail next to a recently plowed road. The...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

+1 for a dedicated stud bike. I used to wait till...

+1 for a dedicated stud bike. I used to wait till the morning to decide if I needed to swap wheels on the same bike. That was a hassle when I guessed wrong the night before. And of course, the...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

Studs do work on ice. Especially the black kind....

Studs do work on ice. Especially the black kind. You have to lower the pressure on them to make them more effective. I do run the psi a bit higher on mine as I want them to roll better on bare...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

If I had studs on yesterday I wouldn't have even...

If I had studs on yesterday I wouldn't have even given that icy patch a second look or s second thought. It would have been a non-event. I've ridden over stuff like that countless times on studded...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,702
Posted By mcours2006

If you think you don't need it, you're probably wrong!

My disdain for riding on studs got me in trouble yesterday morning. The roads were a bit damp, but had been well salted, and after riding the first few hundred meters I thought it was fine. It was...
01-17-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,150
Posted By mcours2006

That makes sense to me. It's pretty straight...

That makes sense to me. It's pretty straight forward. Windchill is the effect of wind on cooling down the body. With the wind at 0 mph, your net wind is your speed, and that's how your windchill is...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 791
Posted By mcours2006

I ran two cameras. Both of them were the Ion Pro...

I ran two cameras. Both of them were the Ion Pro Lite, which is a bullet-style unit, one on the top of the helmet and the other underneath the saddle rails. Battery life was decent during non-winter...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 791
Posted By mcours2006

I had a really close pass once by a city transit...

I had a really close pass once by a city transit bus. I was on a bike lane and the driver drove onto the bike lane to pass me while his own lane was unoccupied and more than wide enough to...
Forum: Commuting
01-09-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,708
Posted By mcours2006

There's no 'proper' way to tote your stuff....

There's no 'proper' way to tote your stuff. Whatever works for you is the 'proper' way.

Convenient when you get off the bike you can just go, as opposed to taking your stuff out of the pannier,...
01-02-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,802
Posted By mcours2006

I've just over 10,000 km, or about 6200 miles. My...

I've just over 10,000 km, or about 6200 miles. My commutes of 40 km a day are typically slow like 12-14 mph. About 60% of my mileage is commuting. The other 40% are either group rides or solo efforts...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 869
Posted By mcours2006

10,510 km total. 0 km indoors.

10,510 km total. 0 km indoors.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,372
Posted By mcours2006

That mcours2006 guy maybe not up to snuff with...

That mcours2006 guy maybe not up to snuff with the beasts found on this forum. ;) Needs to HTFU and do more training.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,372
Posted By mcours2006

A guy on a MTB casually doing 20+ mph, with...

A guy on a MTB casually doing 20+ mph, with knobby tires, no doubt. Hmm. Must be a pro.;)
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,634
Posted By mcours2006

The friends with whom I ride who have the Varia...

The friends with whom I ride who have the Varia don't do much with the data, or at least I don't see them react to it. I am quite comfortable riding further out from the shoulder/curb when I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,634
Posted By mcours2006

All those things you listed are great, and maybe...

All those things you listed are great, and maybe more useful when riding solo. I do the same thing, except I see the traffic behind with my mirror. Do I feel that the my mirror gives me a sense of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,634
Posted By mcours2006

I don't own a Varia, but quite a few of my...

I don't own a Varia, but quite a few of my friends do. They also swear by it. I'm the only one who runs cameras on rides, both front and rear. I think if I cared about looking like a dork I'd ditch...
12-29-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 14,289
Posted By mcours2006

Depends on when and where

I just finished a 30 mile ride with a buddy. Early Sunday morning on rural roads, most with a decent shoulder. It was sublime. We were passed by maybe a dozen, may two dozen, drivers, all of whom...
12-28-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,793
Posted By mcours2006

Say yes to all invitations to ride whenever time...

Say yes to all invitations to ride whenever time permits. 'I don't feel like it' can't an excuse to say no.
12-24-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 589
Posted By mcours2006

My riding buddies are all on Zwift and doing a...

My riding buddies are all on Zwift and doing a ton of training, so if I don't to get dropped come spring, I've got to continue riding throughout winter. So, yeah, I resolve to do that.:D
12-24-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 589
Posted By mcours2006

I'd love to get an aero bike, but my sensible and...

I'd love to get an aero bike, but my sensible and frugal self is telling me not to. So instead I'm going to give myself the gift of better fitness by riding more hills.:D Come to think of it, that's...
12-23-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,968
Posted By mcours2006

Lots of my riding buddies are off this and next...

Lots of my riding buddies are off this and next week. We're going to milk this weather as much as we can. We've ridden three straight days now.
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