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Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-14, 01:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,805
Posted By baiskeli

Regarding the heat. A few weeks ago, we rode...

Regarding the heat.

A few weeks ago, we rode the South Side to the top before the Tour of California Stage 3 arrived (we got to the top and hang out and then came back down partway to watch, got a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-14, 01:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,456
Posted By baiskeli

I was riding on a trainer, and my cat decided to...

I was riding on a trainer, and my cat decided to jump from the bookshelf to the table, misjudged, and ended up landing on me (and scratching me in the process). If I'd been riding on the road this...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,100
Posted By baiskeli

I crashed descending a few weeks ago. Road rash. ...

I crashed descending a few weeks ago. Road rash.

If I'd been riding in a group I would have landed on someone else and been safe.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-14, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,653
Posted By baiskeli

Some of my friends did it, I skipped it (I don't...

Some of my friends did it, I skipped it (I don't think I'm ready yet)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-14, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,653
Posted By baiskeli

I forgot. I did South Park the weekend of the...

I forgot. I did South Park the weekend of the Nifty Ten Fifty (didn't do the Nifty Ten Fifty)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-14, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,653
Posted By baiskeli

For the Berkeley cyclists on here El-Toyonal/Lomas Cantadas

I've been doing more and more hills (I've now done Diablo from the North side twice but I think El-Toyonal/Lomas Cantadas in Berkeley, which a much shorter ride, is probably the hardest hill I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-14, 01:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 854
Posted By baiskeli

I've posted my experiences here. Barely a few...

I've posted my experiences here. Barely a few months old one of the rear spokes broke on a high speed descent. Wrapped it around another, and then the front spoke broke on the same ride! Got them...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-14, 12:48 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,979
Posted By baiskeli

http://www.strava.com/activities/102710475 ...

http://www.strava.com/activities/102710475

It was awesome. It was the longest ride I've done in a while, with the most climbing (43 mils with about 4600 ft of climbing). I felt really strong and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-14, 12:32 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 24,153
Posted By baiskeli

I'm actually going to disagree with some posters...

I'm actually going to disagree with some posters and say a better bike (stiffer, lighter) will probably make you faster (though I doubt it would be as much as 2 MPH). It sounds like you've put in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-14, 12:28 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,031
Posted By baiskeli

What he said. I have a very short torso and long...

What he said. I have a very short torso and long legs and have problems fitting on bikes because I need a short top tube. Even my current bike (58 with a 57 top tube) is better but not ideal. I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-14, 12:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,575
Posted By baiskeli

Thoughts on climbing (spinning vs mashing)

Thoughts on climbing (spinning vs mashing)

So I recently moved to the Bay Area and have been trying to get better at hills. I've been slowly improving. I have a compact with a 12-26 cassette and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-13, 01:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,805
Posted By baiskeli

I'll definitely do it from the South Side (I hear...

I'll definitely do it from the South Side (I hear it is more picturesque which is saying a lot considering just how amazing the views on the North side were) and then do it again from the North side...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-13, 01:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,805
Posted By baiskeli

I had been warned about the top, multiple times,...

I had been warned about the top, multiple times, but when it came into view I remember thinking 'Oh hell no!'
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-13, 01:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,805
Posted By baiskeli

Thanks. The Strava score might actually be...

Thanks. The Strava score might actually be correct. I rode with 2 other people and tried to take it easy because I'd never done a climb this long. I was totally fine (and we were chatting along the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-13, 01:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,805
Posted By baiskeli

Should update my profile, we moved in July. ...

Should update my profile, we moved in July.

CA is big, and the bay area amazes me with the number of long hills it has (a few blocks from where we live is a 1200 ft 5% climb (Tunnel- Skyline) that...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-13, 01:12 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
12-24-13, 12:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,805
Posted By baiskeli

I guess I'm a Californian now since I rode Mt Diablo (from the North side)

http://www.strava.com/activities/101631224

Of course I was also slower than frozen molasses and I walked the final 50 meters or so (the 18% section).

I've heard the South side is easier. I know...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-13, 11:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By baiskeli

It's really amazing. I just moved here from...

It's really amazing. I just moved here from Boston a few months ago, we don't really have anything like that on the East Coast (MA, NH). The closest I can compare is Kankamagus Loop in NH. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-13, 12:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 832
Posted By baiskeli

As a Bostonian who moved to the bay area a few...

As a Bostonian who moved to the bay area a few months ago, compact all the way (my lowest gear is 26x34).

This place is ridiculously hilly. Most rides I do I end up climbing almost 1000 ft per 10...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-13, 12:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By baiskeli

My wife got me a GoPro Hero 3 Silver for my birthday :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Inzs_UwELwo

Descending Wildcat Canyon Rd in the Berkeley Hills
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-12, 10:31 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,690
Posted By baiskeli

Damn! Those are some impressive numbers. ...

Damn!

Those are some impressive numbers.

Mine

4,248 miles (outdoors)
133,845ft
255 rides
290 hrs on the bike
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-12, 05:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By baiskeli

I second this. I have 2 bikes with slightly...

I second this.

I have 2 bikes with slightly different wheelbases. I was using my newer bike on rollers and was having a hard time until I adjusted the rollers such that the front wheel hub was on...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-12, 10:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By baiskeli

DId my first outdoor ride (actually my first...

DId my first outdoor ride (actually my first ride) in about a week and a half. A 50 mile outdoor ride where I searched for hills

http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1054255
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-12, 11:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

My gut feeling (keep in mind I outweigh you by...

My gut feeling (keep in mind I outweigh you by about 45lbs) is that if you climb comfortably using a double then a 12-25 is the way to go. I have a 9 speed bike with a double and a 12-27 cassette and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-12, 11:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Thanks for all who replied. Lots of great...

Thanks for all who replied. Lots of great information in this thread :-).

I ended up getting a 12-25 cassette (Ultegra). My thinking is that is is my everyday cassette. If I need a climbing...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-12, 04:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

That is true. It wouldn't solve the problem,...

That is true. It wouldn't solve the problem, which is the gaps between gears.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-12, 12:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Ah no, we weren't on the same page. I didn't...

Ah no, we weren't on the same page. I didn't realize that just getting new chainrings were an option. Now that I do, that might be another option. Thanks for the info.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Thanks for the info. I think this is the route...

Thanks for the info. I think this is the route I'm going to go. I suspect I would have 4-8 rides per season where I would need the 11-28.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-12, 07:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Thanks. I assume that I need to size the chain to...

Thanks. I assume that I need to size the chain to fit the 11-28, and then I can still slap on the 11-23 without needing to resize the chain?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-12, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Ah, thanks. I hadn't realized the SRAM cassettes...

Ah, thanks. I hadn't realized the SRAM cassettes had a slightly different progression. The 11-26 looks mighty tempting.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 10:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Advice is appreciated though. Maybe at some point...

Advice is appreciated though. Maybe at some point in the future I might switch cranksets.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 10:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Thanks I did the Kankamagus loop but I feel I...

Thanks I did the Kankamagus loop but I feel I didn't need the 28 tooth that much (though it was appreciated on a small section of Crawford notch). Coming down the backside of Kancamagus pass, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 05:15 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 05:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

Good points. I honestly can't think of when I've...

Good points. I honestly can't think of when I've used the 50x11 other than on descents when I've then subsequently spun out. Also, when I sprint I don't think I'm on the 11, I'm probably spinning at...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 04:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By baiskeli

34/50, currently have 11-28, time for new cassette 11-23,11-25,12-25 or 11-26

So, I've worn out my cassette on my compact crankset equipped bike and it is time for a change. I have 2 bikes, one 9 speed double (39/53 with an 11-17 cassette) and my main bike 34/50 with an 11-28...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By baiskeli

That is freaking impressive.

That is freaking impressive.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By baiskeli

4000 was my goal. Unless it suddenly warms up and...

4000 was my goal. Unless it suddenly warms up and I win the lottery and can ride all day, there is no way I cam make 5000 miles for the year. Anything past this point is just extra for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 04:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By baiskeli

124,347 feet

124,347 feet
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 04:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By baiskeli

No, I think other than about 6-7 miles (one 1/2...

No, I think other than about 6-7 miles (one 1/2 hour session on rollers), its all outdoors. I have the mild winter (I rode all through winter outdoors) to thank for that.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-12, 04:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By baiskeli

Given the cold and only one month or so,I don't...

Given the cold and only one month or so,I don't think 5000 is reachable. Maybe next year (and hopefully will be living in a warmer place by then, Bay Area)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-12, 11:56 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,704
Posted By baiskeli

You're not the only one. I'm prone to depression,...

You're not the only one. I'm prone to depression, and especially prone to S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Depression). I have a number of strategies, but cycling is the big one (Even in winter, I ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By baiskeli

Just crossed 4000 Miles for the year.

Just thought I'd share.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-12, 03:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,490
Posted By baiskeli

Velonews did an article on seatposts and...

Velonews did an article on seatposts and Vibration reduction, and the seatpost that won was the FSA K-Force Light Seatpost 25mm setback (which I own). The Thompson MasterPiece Straight (which I have...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-12, 03:20 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 8,525
Posted By baiskeli

I have 2 lights, one on flash (the one on my...

I have 2 lights, one on flash (the one on my handlebar) and one on constant (one on my helmet. They are both 600 Lumen, but I run them at 400 lumen unless in total darkness. The one on my handlebar...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-12, 02:50 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 8,525
Posted By baiskeli

Tell him to go pound sand (politely of course). I...

Tell him to go pound sand (politely of course). I had a driver tell me the same (actually, more like yell at me rudely). Ironically, just 30 seconds before, she had almost run me off the road because...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-12, 02:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,993
Posted By baiskeli

The rider was riding into the sun, he didn't...

The rider was riding into the sun, he didn't intend to ride across wet concrete. The cones were put out after the accident. From the blog post, Salvador was fired due to a similar incident (cones not...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-12, 05:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,633
Posted By baiskeli

Test

Test
Forum: Commuting
11-02-12, 12:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,633
Posted By baiskeli

Here is my setup 2 Niterider Minewt 600...

Here is my setup
2 Niterider Minewt 600 Cordless for the front (runnable at 250,400,600 Lumens and flash mode)
cygolite hotshot 2 watt (rear)

I have 2 of them. I can ride in the complete...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-12, 04:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,623
Posted By baiskeli

Absolutely love them. I used to have knee issues...

Absolutely love them. I used to have knee issues (I was using Shimano SPD's I think).

Got the original Speedplays (X1), problem solved. I ended up getting Speed Zero's because the originals had...
10-30-12, 10:54 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,257
Posted By baiskeli

Yes. This I love dogs, and I've kept dogs when I...

Yes. This I love dogs, and I've kept dogs when I was younger (german shepherds and one greyound/german shepherd mix). A few years ago when walking to a Starbucks in cycling gear (I'd just finished a...
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