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10-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 358
Posted By wipekitty

I usually just used a cable lock through the...

I usually just used a cable lock through the frame of the trailer and the rear triangle of the bicycle.

It's definitely a 'keep people honest' kinda thing, and I'm not sure it is entirely...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 854
Posted By wipekitty

Mail order can be okay if: You are...

Mail order can be okay if:

You are comfortable adjusting derailleurs and cables, both for initial setup and for cable stretch
You are comfortable adjusting, and sometimes installing, brakes
...
10-12-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By wipekitty

I started riding primarily for transportation...

I started riding primarily for transportation (and most of my transportation is still by bike). Eventually, I discovered that it was fun to go explore other roads when I didn't have to be anywhere,...
10-10-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,785
Posted By wipekitty

Temperature: 65-80 and DRY. The dew point should...

Temperature: 65-80 and DRY. The dew point should be below 32F at all times (cold drinks should never have condensation.)

Obviously, a tailwind helps. For pure speed, I'll take a nice, straight,...
10-07-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 435
Posted By wipekitty

I'm going to miss winter this year...just a...

I'm going to miss winter this year...just a little bit :(

I did bring a pair of lightly studded tires down to North Carolina - it will be priceless to see the looks if there is actually snow or...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 863
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a proud owner of this set as well :) ...

I'm a proud owner of this set as well :)

I've had it for close to three years, and the carbon bits on my bike have yet to snap or come loose, so it's good enough for me.
10-05-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,783
Posted By wipekitty

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than...

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than the bus, more fun than either.

Physical fitness: I like to push my heart rate and make myself feel like puking. Helps with sleep.

Mental health...
10-05-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,130
Posted By wipekitty

Wow, that one is pretty great - it's helpful to...

Wow, that one is pretty great - it's helpful to see all the information at once. The only thing missing is meters of development (which is likely only of interest for OCD riders such as myself.)...
09-05-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,055
Posted By wipekitty

I used to live in Denver and ride the Cherry...

I used to live in Denver and ride the Cherry Creek Trail, usually between 6th Ave. and downtown, but sometimes out to Colorado Blvd. In my experience, it was pretty well-maintained, and I was rarely...
09-05-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 559
Views: 34,519
Posted By wipekitty

OK, *this* wins the Internets. Also, I enjoy...

OK, *this* wins the Internets.

Also, I enjoy riding in the drops...descending, climbing, sprinting, and JRA. It's a good time.
08-30-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,127
Posted By wipekitty

I used to be scared of all loose dogs. Then,...

I used to be scared of all loose dogs.

Then, I got a very large dog and learned about how dogs work. Now, I'm just scared of most loose dogs.
07-27-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,432
Posted By wipekitty

I got back from a ride today and realized that it...

I got back from a ride today and realized that it was the first time since my accident on July 2 that I completed a ride without weird popping noises and pain in my ribs. Woohoo! The wrist...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By wipekitty

Friday: Upper Midwest heat wave and...my friend...

Friday: Upper Midwest heat wave and...my friend and I decided to go out for a late afternoon ride. It was in the 90s with a dewpoint of 80 when we started - normal in Alabama, not Wisconsin! We kept...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,904
Posted By wipekitty

Rural Wisconsin parks are great - there is almost...

Rural Wisconsin parks are great - there is almost always a working water fountain (or bubbler, for natives) in small-town parks, and quite a few even have flush toilets!

The rural Lion's Clubs...
07-20-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,130
Posted By wipekitty

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a...

I agree - the hip/thigh tap might have been a permission to draft signal.

The pointing might have been a standard road hazard signal. If I'm just riding along on some road and see another cyclist...
07-15-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,258
Posted By wipekitty

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't...

How fast do these puppies move? I wouldn't complain if I could get a good 25MPH draft... :lol:

I'd be really surprised to see these things last more than a week or two before disgruntled cyclists...
07-14-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,599
Posted By wipekitty

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear...

One spring day, I was out JRA on my fixed gear with bolt-on hubs, when boom! the rear tire flatted. No prob, I had my tools! Unfortunately, I had not checked to see what was in my pack...and my mini...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,949
Posted By wipekitty

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to...

GAS happens with music gear, too. I've had to block myself from looking at drumkit cymbals (not to mention custom drumsets), and my SO is constantly talking about the next guitar pedals and amps...
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 18,871
Views: 3,801,831
Posted By wipekitty

Aero road bars...

Aero road bars (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-components/factory-overstock/bontrager-race-lite-aero-drop-vr-cf-factory-overstock-road-handlebar/p/31100/?colorCode=black). This...
07-09-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,131
Posted By wipekitty

Embrace the tan lines! Add in some bruises and/or...

Embrace the tan lines! Add in some bruises and/or road rash and you're walking out in style.

I really like to keep the whole cat theme going in every aspect of my life. From wearing gloves, I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,778
Posted By wipekitty

I rode my current road bike with the stock Tektro...

I rode my current road bike with the stock Tektro brakes for ~5,000 miles before upgrading to 105 (5800). The 105 brakes do have better stopping power and modulation.

The Tektro brakes are...
07-05-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,415
Posted By wipekitty

Just learned that only Titanium (premium) members...

Just learned that only Titanium (premium) members can delete their own threads!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 18,871
Views: 3,801,831
Posted By wipekitty

Unfortunately related purchases. :notamused: ...

Unfortunately related purchases. :notamused:

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07-03-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,415
Posted By wipekitty

Delete this thread!

test - attempting to delete.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 812
Posted By wipekitty

Well, I can say with confidence that the Smith...

Well, I can say with confidence that the Smith Overtake helmet did its job! The helmet isn't cracked up, but there are some obvious dings and scrapes from what otherwise would have been my head. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 812
Posted By wipekitty

Bike is fine, thanks for asking the most...

Bike is fine, thanks for asking the most important question!

I was on the steel single speed, and one of the hoods is a bit whacked, but should be a two minute fix.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,742
Posted By wipekitty

Nice work! There's a very easy way to get in...

Nice work!

There's a very easy way to get in the 17s...draft off somebody a bit faster :)
06-30-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,387
Posted By wipekitty

Yep...I did something similar about a month ago....

Yep...I did something similar about a month ago. Fortunately, I only removed the rear shifter/cables. I tried vacuum cleaners, thread, magnets, needles, and all sorts of other crap from around the...
06-29-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,567
Posted By wipekitty

I treat high beams on my bike the same way I...

I treat high beams on my bike the same way I treat high beams on a car. If nobody is around, high beams can help me detect hazards - primarily deer, little critters on the path, and unsavory...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,092
Posted By wipekitty

Depends entirely upon the humidity. In my...

Depends entirely upon the humidity.

In my ideal world, the dewpoint would never surpass 32F. Sunshine, low 90s, low humidity, maybe with a bit of dust kicking around - love it!

Cold drizzle is...
06-26-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,548
Posted By wipekitty

The only two flat routes I can think of nearby...

The only two flat routes I can think of nearby are the Great River Trail/Sparta-Elroy Trail, or riding to Houston, MN and hitting the Root River Trail. The former I avoid because it's crushed...
06-24-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 710
Posted By wipekitty

:):thumb: Now for extra fun, try taking the...

:):thumb:

Now for extra fun, try taking the resort rental Trek on one of those rides. I think the bikeshare bikes might actually be better for speed than the bike you posted; if you can figure out...
06-22-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,045
Posted By wipekitty

It's one of the things I love about this sport....

It's one of the things I love about this sport. When else is it acceptable to go 40+ MPH on a 16 pound piece of plastic wearing nothing but underwear?!
Replies: 56
Views: 8,758
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a gummy/candy fan. Skittles, Airheads, and...

I'm a gummy/candy fan. Skittles, Airheads, and Mamba (same thing as Starburst) have saved my butt on a couple of occasions.

Similar question, though. I'm quickly learning that sugars and...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,683
Posted By wipekitty

Ha, reminds me of my first year in Boulder out of...

Ha, reminds me of my first year in Boulder out of the flatlands. Every little thing - the gas station, bus stop, grocery store - seemed so scenic that I had to stop and take a picture (a bigger deal...
Replies: 15
Views: 2,627
Posted By wipekitty

Wednesday, June 19: I completed my second century...

Wednesday, June 19: I completed my second century of 2019; the first was on June 2. Both involved shorter (60 mile) small group (4 people) rides along with the ride to and from.

Today's ride was a...
06-19-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,982
Posted By wipekitty

My SO and I both used to be militant chain...

My SO and I both used to be militant chain smokers, and we both found ecigs/vaping helpful for giving up cigarettes. It can certainly help with the psychological addiction that a lot of smokers have....
06-18-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By wipekitty

Wow...this is timely. I just learned yesterday...

Wow...this is timely. I just learned yesterday that Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 838
Posted By wipekitty

Sunday: Fun group gravel ride in the middle of...

Sunday: Fun group gravel ride in the middle of nowhere, Southeast Minnesota. I'd forgotten how tough gravel climbing can get! 60.4 miles, 4,042' (including the really flat and paved ~13.5 miles...
06-17-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,581
Posted By wipekitty

I have several pair of Azonic Shoo-In that rotate...

I have several pair of Azonic Shoo-In that rotate around my budget bikes. One pair got wonky after ~6,000 miles of heavy riding, but I repacked the bearings and it was cool again. If you want to go...
06-15-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By wipekitty

Another vote for Continental Ride Tour. I'm not...

Another vote for Continental Ride Tour. I'm not going to say I enjoy riding these tires - but they seem relatively indestructible, and can be found for cheaper than their siblings.

I used to get...
06-14-19, 10:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,988
Posted By wipekitty

I've had no problems, though the bins are...

I've had no problems, though the bins are squished in pretty tight. I've found bungee cords keep them in place well enough even when riding unloaded. I've also done a few hauls without the bins...
06-14-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By wipekitty

I've bought several things from them over the...

I've bought several things from them over the years, including a whole bike - no problems! I don't think the discount ever expires, so you'll have it next time.
06-14-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By wipekitty

Random Bike Parts usually has some good stuff....

Random Bike Parts usually has some good stuff. Discount code save10 will save you 10%. Free standard shipping.

They sell on Ebay as well (and are affiliated with Crosslake Sales), but you might...
06-08-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,867
Posted By wipekitty

Open Streets

My current town - La Crosse, WI - is having an open streets day downtown tomorrow, which means closing off roads to cars for a few hours to promote walking, cycling, and general activity in an area...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,397
Posted By wipekitty

I always have to mention Bryton Rider 10 as a...

I always have to mention Bryton Rider 10 as a budget-friendly option. It's GPS based, compatible with BLE HR and cadence sensors, and can provide a bunch of data. It does not have route planning...
06-07-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,876
Posted By wipekitty

My crabon bicycle was purchased USED. Oh the...

My crabon bicycle was purchased USED. Oh the horrors!
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,334
Posted By wipekitty

A cell phone, equipped with a memo app and the...

A cell phone, equipped with a memo app and the police non-emergency number.

If it's just a jerk, I take note of the vehicle and license plate number in case I encounter them again. If it's someone...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,179
Posted By wipekitty

Sunday: First century of the year. Rode the June...

Sunday: First century of the year. Rode the June Dairy Days Classique out of West Salem, WI (~68 miles) with a nice moderate group, plus a loop to and from the ride for a total of 100.7 miles and...
05-28-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,263
Posted By wipekitty

Another stem cap fan here. ...

Another stem cap fan here.

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