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Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 847
Posted By wphamilton

Maybe it's just semantics, but if I were "in...

Maybe it's just semantics, but if I were "in urgent need for a budget bike" I'd probably buy a budget bike, without too much anxiety over it. Then take my time over the expensive one, having a spare...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,206
Posted By wphamilton

I really like this one.

I really like this one.
Forum: Commuting
10-14-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1,598
Views: 48,692
Posted By wphamilton

Confirmed the calibration of perceived...

Confirmed the calibration of perceived temperature - 50° precisely is the boundary between "I'm fine" and "my hands hurt". It was 49; I neglected to wear cycling gloves and wished I'd had them. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By wphamilton

Personally I'd be more worried about the...

Personally I'd be more worried about the handlebars stabbing me, if I were to bang down hard enough to be concerned about the rims.
Forum: Commuting
10-11-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 1,598
Views: 48,692
Posted By wphamilton

Lost a fender strut bolt yesterday morning - was...

Lost a fender strut bolt yesterday morning - was happy I'd stocked some zip-ties for a quick-fix.

Nice and cool in the mornings now, which adds some entertainment from watching the locals riding...
10-10-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,563
Posted By wphamilton

FWIW, I have experimented with different lubes...

FWIW, I have experimented with different lubes and finally decided ... the differences between any of them aren't worth worrying about. Extending the life of my $10 chain is a low priority.

If...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,320
Posted By wphamilton

Are we supposed to? :eek: I just ride off ...

Are we supposed to? :eek: I just ride off ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,152
Posted By wphamilton

I was mostly responding to the other guy,...

I was mostly responding to the other guy, directing at you so he wouldn't realize he'd been insulted. Sorry for using you like that.
10-02-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By wphamilton

Exactly right, that part about not driving and...

Exactly right, that part about not driving and slacking. And once you're in that great shape, the cycling to work is easy, and that makes it far more enjoyable than driving. I think of this as our...
10-01-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,327
Posted By wphamilton

Just so people don't think I'm agreeing, this is...

Just so people don't think I'm agreeing, this is actually an incorrect description of friction. I don't intend to argue about it or explain though.


But it does bring up something interesting...
09-27-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,933
Posted By wphamilton

A guy came shooting towards me yesterday on the...

A guy came shooting towards me yesterday on the MUP, no handed, and I thought of this thread. But he was so rock-steady and calm that I had zero apprehension about it, wouldn't have even noted it ......
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,152
Posted By wphamilton

I wouldn't argue with your evaluation, but will...

I wouldn't argue with your evaluation, but will point out that 3% more weight makes less than 5 watts more in your example for the climb to go the same speed. Whether that's "a lot", and important...
09-24-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,787
Posted By wphamilton

I'm with you, as long as I can stand up over it I...

I'm with you, as long as I can stand up over it I care zip about any specific clearance.

But to take it more literally, I think people take the most unnecessary time and trouble on their saddle...
09-23-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 521
Posted By wphamilton

FWIW rebuilding an old bike requires more...

FWIW rebuilding an old bike requires more knowledge and skills than even building a new one. More "gotcha's", more research on what's going to be compatible, and not knowing whether there's some...
09-23-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 270,839
Posted By wphamilton

How about "because I judged the risk"? I do wear...

How about "because I judged the risk"? I do wear a helmet when for some reason or another I see greater risk of a fall on that particular day, so I'd be the last person to argue against "I'm willing...
09-19-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 303
Posted By wphamilton

Exactly what I do, around 20° and make it heavier...

Exactly what I do, around 20° and make it heavier long sleeved base layer and heavier jersey below 20, and I'm fine on commutes. You might want warmer if you're out longer. Under 10 or 15, maybe...
09-19-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 34,390
Posted By wphamilton

More likely she veered outside the turn because...

More likely she veered outside the turn because she was going too fast and was afraid to lean over and turn sharply enough. That happens, and it's scary, but it's when you lose your nerve or don't...
09-18-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 866
Posted By wphamilton

A drop of loctite on the valve core threads, then...

A drop of loctite on the valve core threads, then twist down tight.
09-16-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,786
Posted By wphamilton

It's why I only "strongly suspect" that the crash...

It's why I only "strongly suspect" that the crash reduction is due mainly to having lights on during low-light conditions. The data isn't discrete enough to make that a strong conclusion.

But...
09-06-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 34,390
Posted By wphamilton

I confess, I don't get the whole argument. Grip...

I confess, I don't get the whole argument. Grip on the hoods is as good as gripping the bars. Weight distribution is about the same also, so I don't get "more control" nor "power transfer". ...
09-02-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,819
Posted By wphamilton

When my main limiter is oxygen uptake, better...

When my main limiter is oxygen uptake, better efficiency improves my sustainable power.
08-28-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,585
Posted By wphamilton

Crosswalks and walk signals might as well not...

Crosswalks and walk signals might as well not exist in my area, because of the drivers who do not honor them. I'd rather ride in the lane with traffic than walk in the crosswalk, with or without a...
08-05-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,882
Posted By wphamilton

Not to defend nor disparage your bike shop, but...

Not to defend nor disparage your bike shop, but expedite fees for anything - especially something that simple - always make me skeptical of the service, for some of the same reasons that you express.
08-01-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,947
Posted By wphamilton

Every day commuter here, since around 2012. Plus...

Every day commuter here, since around 2012. Plus or minus.

To get from 3 days per week to 4 or 5, I advise just a natural progression. Take the day off of commuting when your legs feel weak,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 17,577
Posted By wphamilton

You can gain even more speed by leaving the map...

You can gain even more speed by leaving the map at home:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1179754-nothing-slows-you-down-more-than-guy-map.html
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 17,577
Posted By wphamilton

People aren't offended - I think they're just...

People aren't offended - I think they're just amused about what he ascribed his speed improvements to.
07-21-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,243
Posted By wphamilton

OK I'll admit it, I have selected gears for no...

OK I'll admit it, I have selected gears for no other reason than to distribute wear. I don't shift as much as most, and sometimes I don't "shift" mentally from my fixed gear to road bike and might...
07-21-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,890
Posted By wphamilton

So the child was walking, literally a pedestrian...

So the child was walking, literally a pedestrian in the crosswalk, when he was struck by the truck.

Talking about helmet laws only obscures the very real problems that allowed this to happen, and...
07-14-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,617
Posted By wphamilton

I don't know which one you mean but this one has...

I don't know which one you mean but this one has worked great for me. It was more of a splurge than "cheap" from my perspective, but cheaper than some I guess.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,046
Posted By wphamilton

Dawes SST with DIY fenders, chain cover and...

Dawes SST with DIY fenders, chain cover and laptop pannier. The gearing it came with, 46x16 gives me 76-77 gear inches which is just about right for the smaller hills around here.
...
07-03-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,912
Posted By wphamilton

OK, that's one to strike from the bucket list. No...

OK, that's one to strike from the bucket list. No fighting with the heavyweight champ. :lol:

I'm ahead of schedule somehow; at least I can sneeze without much pain, move pretty freely and so on....
07-02-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,239
Posted By wphamilton

I agree, and while I've done a couple of charity...

I agree, and while I've done a couple of charity rides I don't like fundraising and have no inclination to do these rides. I can go out and ride the route if I want to. I can donate to the charity...
07-02-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,868
Posted By wphamilton

Always flashing on the rear light - there's no...

Always flashing on the rear light - there's no need to over-complicate it.


Flashing red light says "bicycle".
Flashing LED lasts longer than steady.
I don't care if the driver behind me...
06-30-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,836
Posted By wphamilton

When I've been fishing, the few times, it was...

When I've been fishing, the few times, it was never about catching fish. I liked to sit outside and read a paperback, and people somehow think that means that you're bored and it's an invitation to...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-19, 12:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,046
Posted By wphamilton

I personally don't see much point in spending a...

I personally don't see much point in spending a whole lot for a commuting single speed bike, since we're likely to weigh it down anyway with accessories and the commute load, and we're not gearing it...
06-25-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,370
Posted By wphamilton

Well it's retail and the guy working the floor...

Well it's retail and the guy working the floor isn't always the most knowledgeable. That said, sometimes they're right and it was my knowledge that was incomplete.

Personally I'd much rather that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,360
Posted By wphamilton

My general response to unsolicited advice from...

My general response to unsolicited advice from strangers is "F-off". So I tend to anticipate that response before giving advice, and comply with it ahead of time, saving us both a lot of trouble and...
06-20-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,860
Posted By wphamilton

Do it! Finally a "decent tire" thread that I can...

Do it! Finally a "decent tire" thread that I can speak to (being excessively cheap), because that's a great price and those are nice rolling tires!
06-20-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,367
Posted By wphamilton

I don't think that an abandoned bike is ever "up...

I don't think that an abandoned bike is ever "up for grabs". I think it can be removed by an individual if it's obstructing use of a common area, or on someone's private property. People store...
06-20-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 22,606
Posted By wphamilton

I'm going with they "don't know any better"...

I'm going with they "don't know any better" because I've seen it so frequently that it doesn't really warrant remarking on. And it truth, if the MUP is a nominal park shared with pedestrians, they're...
06-19-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,492
Posted By wphamilton

I've gone for literally years between times I...

I've gone for literally years between times I drove into work. You don't need a resolution or "commitment" to do that, you just do it.

That's not really the hard part of going completely car-free...
06-17-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,539
Posted By wphamilton

I don't think the people in the video are...

I don't think the people in the video are abnormal. Perhaps atypical but not extreme.

My 20 something son thinks that I'm physically like a 20-30 year old, because of physical capabilities. I'm...
06-06-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,793
Posted By wphamilton

The Volvo tests apparently go beyond the...

The Volvo tests apparently go beyond the safety-standard drop-tests, so I don't really see the objections here. I also doubt that what we see in the video is the full extent of Volvo's test...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,591
Posted By wphamilton

My advice is build up gradually, but don't sell...

My advice is build up gradually, but don't sell yourself short either. When I got a new commute about 9 years ago, it was 11 miles each way. I'd been riding 2-3 on a short commute, and wasn't sure I...
05-30-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,943
Posted By wphamilton

Ditto, just swap the tube and it takes a few...

Ditto, just swap the tube and it takes a few minutes. I wouldn't patch unless I had to, or else it was just a nice day with nowhere to get to, and I wanted to relax a while with it.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 13,596
Posted By wphamilton

I have a drawer full of jerseys and athletic...

I have a drawer full of jerseys and athletic wicking shirts, and several long-sleeved hanging in the closet. I might have splurged on one, but the rest were either on clearance or sale or chinese...
Forum: Foo
05-27-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,949
Posted By wphamilton

If they ASK for advice then I'll help them....

If they ASK for advice then I'll help them. Otherwise, pushing it on them means taking some responsibility for the outcome, and knowing that they're going to screw up regardless I don't want a part...
05-24-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,335
Posted By wphamilton

If I'm inferring the questions right: no, the...

If I'm inferring the questions right: no, the difference between "pushing the pedals forward" and "pushing the pedals down" is arbitrary and almost irrelevant to providing power. I mean literally...
05-23-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 270,839
Posted By wphamilton

It happens. Although it's rare, there is a CPSC...

It happens. Although it's rare, there is a CPSC warning due to strangulations:
https://helmets.org/playgrou.htm
Forum: Commuting
05-22-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,566
Posted By wphamilton

Being too hard on yourself IMHO. You were not...

Being too hard on yourself IMHO. You were not reckless, and reacted long before you got near the opening car door. It wasn't a close call.
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