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Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-07, 08:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 896
Posted By badkarma

+1 If wheels can take the abuse from...

+1

If wheels can take the abuse from actually riding them, they'll still survive if you hang your bike from the ceiling.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-07, 06:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,999
Posted By badkarma

The OP said he had his money in a savings account...

The OP said he had his money in a savings account bearing 5% interest.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-07, 10:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,999
Posted By badkarma

Yes, continually opening new accounts will hurt...

Yes, continually opening new accounts will hurt your credit score because:

1. Applying for new credit will lower your FICO score
2. It can change your debt ratio, which will also lower your...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-07, 07:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,999
Posted By badkarma

Unless there's something I'm not understanding,...

Unless there's something I'm not understanding, if you have $2k invested, you're only earning ~$10/mo in interest (@ 5% APR), yet you'd be losing ~$20/mo in interest charges if you carry a balance on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-07, 08:55 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,102
Posted By badkarma

The actual equation for the force pulling you...

The actual equation for the force pulling you down the hill is: m*g*sin(phi) where phi is the inclination (measured in angle, not %grade).

If a 200# person is riding a 20# bike up a 5degree...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-07, 07:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,062
Posted By badkarma

Why is it that people who don't know a lick about...

Why is it that people who don't know a lick about fluids want to dimple everything?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-07, 07:07 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,062
Posted By badkarma

Everytime someone says dimples are useless in one...

Everytime someone says dimples are useless in one particular application, some enlightened idiot brings up the golf ball argument. Saddles and golfballs are completely different in terms of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 08:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,062
Posted By badkarma

What's the purpose of the dimpling? Is it to...

What's the purpose of the dimpling? Is it to shave weight or an attempt to improve aerodynamics?

If it were comfortable and affordable, I'd ride it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-07, 02:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 677
Posted By badkarma

If you're just starting out, as someone...

If you're just starting out, as someone mentioned, check out crw.org. I've found them to be more based towards the recreational rider. They tend to have rides leaving from various places, so just...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-07, 08:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By badkarma

Those are great photos - it sounds like you had a...

Those are great photos - it sounds like you had a great vacation!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-07, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,343
Posted By badkarma

Seriously. To borrow a quote from the ohh so...

Seriously. To borrow a quote from the ohh so sage Van Wilder,

"You can't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive."
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-07, 01:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,044
Posted By badkarma

Damn, you beat me to it, I was gonna say the Blue...

Damn, you beat me to it, I was gonna say the Blue RC5-AL!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-07, 05:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,006
Posted By badkarma

I picked up a pair of Rydons about a year and a...

I picked up a pair of Rydons about a year and a half ago, and I like them much more than my Oakleys. The lens on the Rydons are a little bigger which is good cause it keeps the wind off my contacts...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-07, 06:27 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 12,076
Posted By badkarma

Just don't learn your fluid mechanics from...

Just don't learn your fluid mechanics from bikeforums
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-07, 05:58 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 12,076
Posted By badkarma

I just love when people try to talk about topics...

I just love when people try to talk about topics in which they don't know ***** about.

Dimples work as they trip the boundary layer from laminar flow to turbulent flow. Turbulent flow moves more...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-07, 06:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 929
Posted By badkarma

I don't know how old your 105 stuff is, but newer...

I don't know how old your 105 stuff is, but newer 105 shifts fine if you know how to adjust the cable tension.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-07, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By badkarma

I second the sponsorship packet. Here...

I second the sponsorship packet. Here (http://www.clubs.psu.edu/up/bike/sponsors.htm) is a list of sponsors that PSU had. I don't know the specifics as to whether or not a lot of those gave money,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-07, 01:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 929
Posted By badkarma

I haven't noticed much of a difference between...

I haven't noticed much of a difference between ultegra and 105. If I had 105, the only reason I would upgrade to ultegra would be to shave weight, because the difference in shifting is negligible.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-07, 06:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 987
Posted By badkarma

Ahh, what it was like to be in college..... :) ...

Ahh, what it was like to be in college..... :)

And to answer your original question, I'd imagine a little detergent will do the trick while washing in the sink.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-07, 06:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 987
Posted By badkarma

You could always put them in the *cough* *cough*...

You could always put them in the *cough* *cough* washing machine.....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-07, 06:33 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,786
Posted By badkarma

I've tried to get my wife into cycling, but so...

I've tried to get my wife into cycling, but so far, three years of trying, and no luck.....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-07, 02:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,117
Posted By badkarma

I've been wearing contacts for about 10 years...

I've been wearing contacts for about 10 years (just got into cycling a few years ago), so I guess my eyes are pretty used to them.

As for riding, I always wear sunglasses when I ride to protect...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-07, 02:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,661
Posted By badkarma

You forgot to mention the sexiness factor of the...

You forgot to mention the sexiness factor of the new orcas. That alone is worth the money :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-07, 02:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By badkarma

The only increase in performance you'll see in...

The only increase in performance you'll see in the FD is due to a tiny weight savings.

I recently had to install a new FD (the original was ultegra). I just bought a 105 FD because I couldn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-07, 02:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 720
Posted By badkarma

Can you quantify how much *more* effort is really...

Can you quantify how much *more* effort is really required? I'd be shocked if the additional power required was more than a tiny fraction of a watt.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-07, 07:43 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,162
Posted By badkarma

Last time I checked, I was low-50s (checked via...

Last time I checked, I was low-50s (checked via HRM)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-07, 07:38 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,174
Posted By badkarma

Just imagine what the outcry from the retro...

Just imagine what the outcry from the retro grouches would've been had Georgie's steerer tube been CF :rolleyes:
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-07, 05:38 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,174
Posted By badkarma

CF is used extensively in aerospace applications...

CF is used extensively in aerospace applications due to its weight savings over traditional alloys such as aluminum or steel (think the Boeing Dreamliner).

People say a lot of things, what your...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-07, 08:29 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,543
Posted By badkarma

I've only owned one pair of cycling shoes, and...

I've only owned one pair of cycling shoes, and they were $100 specialized shoes from 2 years ago. Granted I have no basis of comparison, but FWIW I've been very happy with them.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-07, 08:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,178
Posted By badkarma

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p181/crb189/clu...

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p181/crb189/cluelessness.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-07, 08:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 651
Posted By badkarma

Apparently..... If I ever decide to give up...

Apparently.....

If I ever decide to give up beer (highly unlikely), I'll make sure everyone on here gets periodic updates....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-07, 11:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,962
Posted By badkarma

3 flats in one ride? Either: 1. You're...

3 flats in one ride?

Either:

1. You're using some really crappy tires
2. You don't know how to avoid road debris
3. You don't know how to change a tube
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-07, 09:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 322
Posted By badkarma

Favorite type of zipper? Must be a quiet day at...

Favorite type of zipper? Must be a quiet day at the office....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-07, 09:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 696
Posted By badkarma

When I swap a tube, I leave the tire half on, so...

When I swap a tube, I leave the tire half on, so one side is off the rim, and the other is on the rim. Then I insert the tube, and then mount the other side of the tire back on the rim.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-07, 08:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,050
Posted By badkarma

If you're traveling due N, and you have wind from...

If you're traveling due N, and you have wind from the NE (45 deg.), you don't need to do an experiment - just use simple geometry, you just do a vector projection of the wind velocity vector onto...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-07, 07:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,389
Posted By badkarma

I'm not sure, at Penn State, our Nalini team...

I'm not sure, at Penn State, our Nalini team jerseys cost $55, so they're not terribly cheap, but the quality is very good.

To the OP, I tend to use UA as a base layer underneath my cycling...
08-22-07, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 699
Posted By badkarma

Thanks for the help. You suggest it's about time...

Thanks for the help. You suggest it's about time to replace the chainrings? FWIW, I have noticed some skipping when I'm taking off.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-07, 05:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,050
Posted By badkarma

Yep, the frontal area is the rider+bike. This...

Yep, the frontal area is the rider+bike. This would be tough to calculate, so you'd probably have to estimate it somehow.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,050
Posted By badkarma

More so than getting access to a wind or water...

More so than getting access to a wind or water tunnel?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 07:09 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,810
Posted By badkarma

Posts like Simoni's is what led me to take a 6mo....

Posts like Simoni's is what led me to take a 6mo. hiatus from this place. Same *****, different day.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 07:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,050
Posted By badkarma

Coast down the same hill in different positions,...

Coast down the same hill in different positions, and note the difference in speed for each position. Then you can back out the coefficient of drag for different positions (D=0.5*rho*V^2*cd*A, where...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 06:38 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 22,402
Posted By badkarma

So apparently I got tagged in a facebook photo,...

So apparently I got tagged in a facebook photo, so here's an interesting one....

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p181/crb189/n1806771_33889139_9000.jpg

In case you were wondering, the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,394
Posted By badkarma

Nice job, that's a great bike! Can you...

Nice job, that's a great bike!

Can you post a pic of the bike that's not pushing the limits of the space-time continuum?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 05:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,180
Posted By badkarma

If you're going to upgrade an entry-level bike,...

If you're going to upgrade an entry-level bike, wheels is the best place to start. Get the best wheels you can (more aero, the better for TTs). If you were ever to sell the bike or were to buy a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 05:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By badkarma

+1, I agree that a TT bike isn't the best...

+1, I agree that a TT bike isn't the best decision for someone who's just getting into the sport.

Also, I may be wrong, but I don't think that frame is UCI-legal (no downtube). So if you got...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By badkarma

To echo other people's sentiments, I would assume...

To echo other people's sentiments, I would assume that the aerodynamic drag contribution from brakes is FAR less than the contribution from the rider, the wheels, or even the frame.

If you can...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 868
Posted By badkarma

I'd concern yourself a lot more with finding a...

I'd concern yourself a lot more with finding a nice set of wheels, over the frame. I don't think you'd have a problem with any carbon frames; but at your weight, make sure you get good wheels.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 07:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,632
Posted By badkarma

FYI, in the future, please forward all BD-related...

FYI, in the future, please forward all BD-related content via PM to the bikeforums.net BD rep, brianallan.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 06:13 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,157
Posted By badkarma

To borrow a popular phrase from 3rd grade, dude,...

To borrow a popular phrase from 3rd grade, dude, take a chill pill
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-07, 06:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,462
Posted By badkarma

I had a front tire blow out (took 1-2 seconds for...

I had a front tire blow out (took 1-2 seconds for it to go flat), I just tried my best to continue in a straight line, while applying light pressure to the brakes (more the rear than the front).
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