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Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 11:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,577
Posted By banerjek

This. Like you, I used to work hard,...

This.

Like you, I used to work hard, consistently topping 10K miles per year. I climbed 15k feet every Saturday one year.

And the day after the best ride of my life,
I realized I'd turned...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,152
Posted By banerjek

This. The right answer depends on the individual,...

This. The right answer depends on the individual, how/where they ride, and their goals.

I also think the math-based responses miss the mark even if they are technically accurate. Your body doesn't...
Forum: Recumbent
07-22-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,844
Posted By banerjek

With regards to what to wear, I agree with others...

With regards to what to wear, I agree with others who recommend your regular kit. Proper cycling shorts won't chafe and they also provide good support which will make those legs feel much better when...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,679
Posted By banerjek

I'm not convinced it encourages anything other...

I'm not convinced it encourages anything other than recreational cycling in confined areas.

Where I live, we have some separated infrastructure and a lot of bike lanes. If I ride in the hills on a...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,030
Posted By banerjek

So far, I've been a pretty reliable bike...

So far, I've been a pretty reliable bike commuter. Started when I got suspended from the bus when I was 13 -- my parents weren't going to reward me with a car ride (14 miles RT) for misbehaving.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,715
Posted By banerjek

All the time. I don't think you come out...

All the time.

I don't think you come out behind timewise if you defer maintenance -- and you actually know what you're deferring.

However, you significantly increase the risk of having to do...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,092
Posted By banerjek

I'll take both. Knock the rain down to 33, and...

I'll take both. Knock the rain down to 33, and cold down to 13 or so.

I love it all. Except wind much over 15mph, which sucks except when it blows on your back.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By banerjek

I personally use and prefer the perspective of...

I personally use and prefer the perspective of Chesty on bike, kayak, and skis. But when I cycle with it, I'm on a 'bent. Not sure if it would work with a race riding position
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By banerjek

I would expect you'd get too much shake from that...

I would expect you'd get too much shake from that location. Helmet, bars, and fork are all good places depending on the effect you're going for.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,702
Posted By banerjek

Velcro dogs are ok in my book. I'm not as...

Velcro dogs are ok in my book. I'm not as enthusiastic with it for cycling purposes beyond securing seat wedges.
07-09-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 13,210
Posted By banerjek

This is where I am. In Portland, cyclist...

This is where I am.

In Portland, cyclist treatment of peds is abysmal. I see them blasting WAY too fast and close by peds and animals daily. The local bike "advocates" justify this ridiculous...
07-09-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,793
Posted By banerjek

Obviously, the helmets are the problem. ...

Obviously, the helmets are the problem.

Though we could also improve things by keeping cyclists off the roads and relegating them to low speed tracks where they ride only short distances on flat...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,702
Posted By banerjek

My experience with this setup is that it's comfy...

My experience with this setup is that it's comfy and convenient, but I can't cinch them down as tight as I like and the velcro wears out. Still perfectly fine for stuff that's not too intense.
07-09-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,775
Posted By banerjek

I experimented with a number of different mirror...

I experimented with a number of different mirror configurations before settling in on a glasses mirror (specifically, the Take-A-Look).

The biggest advantages of the glasses mirror was greatest...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,702
Posted By banerjek

That is how I tie my shoes. I'd say it's even...

That is how I tie my shoes. I'd say it's even faster than buckles since it's literally less than two seconds.

However, it's ultimately not as secure as a ratchet in my experience and the loops and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,702
Posted By banerjek

Depends on how you like to ride. Regular laces...

Depends on how you like to ride. Regular laces are reliable, cheap, more adjustable, and easy to improvise with when they break. They're also slow, more prone to getting caught on things, and they...
07-08-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,775
Posted By banerjek

This will definitely prevent you from seeing...

This will definitely prevent you from seeing anything.

Mirror placement is important. Glancing into it needs to be a natural process or else you'll find yourself looking for (and then at) it. If...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,901
Posted By banerjek

That, and riding conditions as well as...

That, and riding conditions as well as maintenance.

Debris, wet, and dark all boost the number of flats since hitting more stuff, having stuff hidden by water/darkness, and having it lubed...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,752
Posted By banerjek

It really depends on the totality of the ride. In...

It really depends on the totality of the ride. In general, I like to save up for steep sections, but I also kick things up right before sections where recovery is possible.

If it's a long ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By banerjek

Believe me, I think about it a lot. The...

Believe me, I think about it a lot.


The biggest thing holding me back is that my workhorse was custom built for a 44 mile RT commute I had for years. It's fast, light, and aero. The custom built...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By banerjek

I ride daily, but my commute has about 1000' feet...

I ride daily, but my commute has about 1000' feet of climbing.

Not a problem by itself, but traffic is slow so I have to use my brakes a lot more than I'd like. Riding in dry really doesn't wear...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By banerjek

This is what I normally do. And BTW, thanks...

This is what I normally do.

And BTW, thanks for that specific link. Excellent price for a reasonable set of commuting wheels -- especially since I managed to get another $20 off for a total of...
Forum: Commuting
07-06-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,342
Posted By banerjek

Tires are all a matter of your preferences and...

Tires are all a matter of your preferences and conditions.

For short distance commutes, lightweight tires don't give you much advantage and it sucks when you get a flat. If you want to ride your...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,679
Posted By banerjek

[/QUOTE] I don't like riding physically...

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I don't like riding physically separated lanes for reasons others have articulated, but the problem Carfree identifies is what I see the more serious one.

Instead of helping people see...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,541
Posted By banerjek

In general, I'm on board with the concept. When I...

In general, I'm on board with the concept. When I take beginners out, I ride behind so they can set a comfortable pace. I also ride left and back behind them to push the traffic off and help manage...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By banerjek

Discs are what I really need. But at the time I...

Discs are what I really need. But at the time I got my bikes, road discs weren't quite there.

Though the costs of even cheaper wheels really adds up over time.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,541
Posted By banerjek

What is the deal with people who do this? I...

What is the deal with people who do this?

I encounter this all the time when commuting. It's always the slowest and most clueless riders who pull in front of everyone at lights -- a surprising...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By banerjek

What are the best wheels you'd ride in slop?

Not just the occasional rain ride, but ongoing bona fide rainy, mucky weather. Where do you draw the line?

I get 18 months max out of wheels that I use regularly before I lose too much rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,541
Posted By banerjek

This is a bit of a different issue -- your power...

This is a bit of a different issue -- your power curve is different which inevitably influences the appropriate riding style. I encounter this same effect when I'm on my 'bents.

As Carbonfiberboy...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 33,794
Posted By banerjek

Heh, heh. If you think that's goofy, you...

Heh, heh.

If you think that's goofy, you should ride around Portlandia sometime -- frankly, that show understates things. With regards to the drive thrus, people seriously try to present it as an...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 33,794
Posted By banerjek

Many places have mirrors and/or cameras, though I...

Many places have mirrors and/or cameras, though I doubt people actually look at them. But you make a good point -- gonna remember this the next time I want to take my bike through a tunnel wash as...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,698
Posted By banerjek

I don't particularly mind riding rush hour in...

I don't particularly mind riding rush hour in heavy traffic. I don't think it's unsafe so long as you pay attention -- if anything, it's safer due to lower speeds.

Having said that, you do need to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By banerjek

One of my bikes is friction 10 speed. I also run...

One of my bikes is friction 10 speed. I also run friction 9 speed on two of my 'bents (one of them downgraded from index)

Works great -- there are no precision or gear selection issues. In fact, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 33,794
Posted By banerjek

The security thing is a true drag -- in a metro...

The security thing is a true drag -- in a metro area, anything that can be removed will be, and quickly. But utility travel inevitably requires being set up to stop -- i.e. bike is prestripped and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 33,794
Posted By banerjek

I guess I don't get it. Drive thrus make little...

I guess I don't get it. Drive thrus make little enough sense with cars, and eating/drinking/transporting drive thru food on a bike makes even less sense.

Add in that most of the stuff you can get...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 33,794
Posted By banerjek

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By banerjek

At the rate things are going, you won't be able...

At the rate things are going, you won't be able to post anything else soon enough.

The ***nformed programmers who wrote this p***sh us all -- they must have gotten their degrees from some shady...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By banerjek

Yah. This has got to be one of the dumbest...

Yah. This has got to be one of the dumbest filters I've ever seen:

ac***ulate. capsi***, cir***ference, cir***navigate, cir***stantial, cir***vent, cu***ber, ,***bersome, ***ulative, do***ent,...
Forum: Recumbent
06-19-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,254
Posted By banerjek

I messed around with a V20 sometime back. While...

I messed around with a V20 sometime back. While different from the T50, I suspect that similarities with the movable bottom bracket design make them "reasonably" comparable for purposes of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By banerjek

This solution was simple and cheap so I tried it...

This solution was simple and cheap so I tried it first.

Really liking the results -- improvement was immediate and dramatic.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By banerjek

Didn't realize how much cycling works your core

One of the many reasons I ride is it makes my back feel a million times better. Despite owning two recumbents which I ride regularly, I've always found my race bike most comfortable -- I like the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,150
Posted By banerjek

I've discovered that riding your bike drastically...

I've discovered that riding your bike drastically increases wear and tear on components.

A lot of schmucks go through 2-3 chains and sets of tires alone every single year. Not only does that cost...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,150
Posted By banerjek

Agreed with your assessment that it's the latter....

Agreed with your assessment that it's the latter.

Unless you're afraid to take showers for fear that the water is too hard or too wet, why not ride (unless lightning is an issue)?

Rain will...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,492
Posted By banerjek

Long commutes often don't cost as much time as...

Long commutes often don't cost as much time as people think. I had a 40+ mile RT commute for a decade. Even though the bulk of it was along highway, the drive probably only saved 15 min each way...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 924
Posted By banerjek

Talked to the docs again today while getting some...

Talked to the docs again today while getting some stitches pulled and this is basically what they said. They also said that guys like me get into more trouble than couch potatoes with this sort of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-19, 10:52 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 34,203
Posted By banerjek

I think I agree with you. It takes a lot of...

I think I agree with you.

It takes a lot of force to sheer those spokes off and the wheel was rotating in direction of travel when it happened. If you look at the spoke the reflector is connected...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 34,203
Posted By banerjek

While she could have kicked up a stick or other...

While she could have kicked up a stick or other debris, brakes and crown would have gone straight into the wheels upon fork failure.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,056
Posted By banerjek

This is going to come down to is what your legs...

This is going to come down to is what your legs are like when you hit the steeps. If your legs are thrashed, your output will plummet and a hill that would normally be very climbable suddenly becomes...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 924
Posted By banerjek

Hopefully the dog will train the kitties. She's...

Hopefully the dog will train the kitties. She's normally so crazy I thought about having her boarded -- no way I can handle her full throttle right now. But she's been super gentle and mellow ever...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,366
Posted By banerjek

This. If you treat the wrong cause, it won't be...

This. If you treat the wrong cause, it won't be effective.

In my case, saddle sores turned out to be all about keeping things clean and getting plenty of air. Getting rid of all products, shaving...
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