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06-13-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,809
Posted By Phil_gretz

How is your flexibility and spine health,...

How is your flexibility and spine health, particularly lumbar and beneath? How do you maintain your core?
06-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,809
Posted By Phil_gretz

It actually looks a bit cramped to me. Invert...

It actually looks a bit cramped to me. Invert the stem and get the bars farther forward and lower. Back should be flat and hinged at the pelvis. Roll pelvis forward. Bend elbows. Head neutral....
06-13-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By Phil_gretz

A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom. [tinkle]

A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom. [tinkle]
06-13-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,145
Posted By Phil_gretz

Hills?

My only contribution is that San Diego and its environs are pretty hilly, so your bike must accommodate that.

I lived for a decade in Orange County in the 1980s, and rode westward into the...
06-13-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 907
Posted By Phil_gretz

Guys...

...he's talking about a technique used in mountain biking where you unweight and lift your front wheel to maintain speed as you go over obstacles or uneven patches of ground. It's a bit more than...
06-12-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,809
Posted By Phil_gretz

Put the rear wheel in a trainer and begin...

Put the rear wheel in a trainer and begin pedaling on the bike. Have someone spot for you to observe the necessary distance shorter. Sit up straight, no handed, and close your eyes. Now begin to...
06-12-19, 09:20 AM
06-12-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,616
Posted By Phil_gretz

I wouldn't expect it to the degree that eBay is...

I wouldn't expect it to the degree that eBay is involved, plus there is overseas shipping. But you can reach out to the same sellers via eBay for the most part. You just pay an additional 9% or...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 9,107
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's June and you're in Chicago. What times are...

It's June and you're in Chicago. What times are your commutes? You must work a very long day.

I ride at 5:45 am and 4:30 pm, and don't need lights in June.

It makes me happy to learn about...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 9,107
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm more in the 50-60 degree camp. Cool enough...

I'm more in the 50-60 degree camp. Cool enough that sweating is minimal, and warm enough that special layers aren't necessary. 50-60 makes me happy.

This morning, it was a bit over 60. But...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,830
Posted By Phil_gretz

Update two years later. When I ride the commuter...

Update two years later. When I ride the commuter with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, zero flats. I've been riding different bikes to make my commute more varied and interesting. For certain, I've...
06-12-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,616
Posted By Phil_gretz

Fixed it for you.

Fixed it for you.
06-11-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,517
Posted By Phil_gretz

In 1973, when I changed to a "10-speed" bike for...

In 1973, when I changed to a "10-speed" bike for the first time. Good bikes were in the $120 range. Nicer bikes were in the $150 range. Really nice bikes were in the $450 range and above (talking...
06-11-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By Phil_gretz

As shifting symptoms suggest ^. It's...

As shifting symptoms suggest ^.

It's different for Shimano STIs, as an internal frayed cable end can lead to a jammed shifter, so you want to replace inner cables regularly (annually, I think is...
Forum: Foo
06-11-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,030
Posted By Phil_gretz

Spine Surgeon?

Yes. I had the surgical team that handles spinal injuries for the Washington Redskins. The top two surgeons worked one night in 2008 on my back, performing a laminectomy followed by an L4-L5 fusion....
Forum: Foo
06-10-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12,358
Views: 709,212
Posted By Phil_gretz

In the minor leagues, he was known for his...

In the minor leagues, he was known for his ability to paint the corners, now in the slammer for having painted himself into one.
06-10-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 807
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm sorry to read of your wife's difficulties. ...

I'm sorry to read of your wife's difficulties. I'm not sure that this forum is the place to go for advice. Do you have a medical advocate associated with your insurance carrier? Maybe your GP can...
06-10-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,279
Posted By Phil_gretz

Don't deny me my ability to save 15 grams...

Don't deny me my ability to save 15 grams...
06-10-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,747
Posted By Phil_gretz

And be prepared to drope the hamer.

And be prepared to drope the hamer.
06-10-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,747
Posted By Phil_gretz

I don't know about that. But I saw a video of a...

I don't know about that. But I saw a video of a police chase of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat on a freeway (I-10 outside of Houston?), where the perp was driving >135 mph and outran the police...
06-10-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,279
Posted By Phil_gretz

Sure...

Ultegra R8000 pedals for under $120, and even less if you're willing to order direct from China.
Forum: Foo
06-07-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12,358
Views: 709,212
Posted By Phil_gretz

From the day he was born, he was trouble...

From the day he was born, he was trouble...
Forum: Foo
06-07-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,575
Posted By Phil_gretz

Xanadu2

Xanadu2
Forum: Foo
06-07-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why is it that I've never seen any of the shows...

Why is it that I've never seen any of the shows mentioned so far? Except Charlie Brown specials, of course. Otherwise, I'm zero for about 15, above...
06-07-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,575
Posted By Phil_gretz

Pretty Inexpensive

is what I would call the modern state of bicycling in America, at least.

For the nostalgic, you can browse your local Facebook Marketplace listings and buy a pretty decent steel bike for a few...
06-05-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,990
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ cyccommute , I enjoy your thoughtful posts. I...

^ cyccommute , I enjoy your thoughtful posts. I know that you're passionate about riding all sorts of bikes. You're also a stalwart contributor to BF discussions. But I think that your response...
06-05-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 23,093
Posted By Phil_gretz

Ben, Thank you so much for taking the time to...

Ben,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this out. It's a stark lesson for those of us who may be exposed to chemicals in our ordinary jobs or hobbies. You've reminded us to take care...
06-05-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,646
Posted By Phil_gretz

Sorry about that. I was using internet shorthand...

Sorry about that. I was using internet shorthand speak, and it came off as smart alecky.

From what I've read from researchers, reviewers and testers, carbon rims tend to be on the stiffer side...
06-05-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,646
Posted By Phil_gretz

Nope. Carbon permits an aero profile that can be...

Nope. Carbon permits an aero profile that can be achieved without a substantial weight penalty, actually incredibly light weight. Or else aluminum aero rims would already be a thing.
06-05-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 785
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why not sign up for local yoga classes? Then add...

Why not sign up for local yoga classes? Then add some physical training sessions to work on specific flexibility, wherever you need attention: ITB, glutes, hamstrings, hip flexors...

The yoga...
06-05-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,030
Posted By Phil_gretz

Built for my daughter to destroy at college

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/911x768/diana_schwinn_compressed_0cde917a36ce656e2fb94595629d619653c6c1e3.jpg
she did.
06-05-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,990
Posted By Phil_gretz

1) unnecessary weight 2) clumsier shifting 3)...

1) unnecessary weight
2) clumsier shifting
3) slightly more exaggerated chainline issues at the extremes
4) doesn't add much in the way of gear combinations, except perhaps at the lowest end

Do...
06-05-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,646
Posted By Phil_gretz

Wait. You've invented an aluminum alloy that is...

Wait. You've invented an aluminum alloy that is as light and strong as resin impregnated carbon? Yay! Does it also cost less? If so, you have permanently won the internet!!! Champion! ...
06-04-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,511
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've sold two of my bikes over the last two...

I've sold two of my bikes over the last two weeks. Each at full asking price. Maybe my advertisements are effective? And my prices are reasonable for the market conditions, even for excellent...
06-04-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By Phil_gretz

Just to add that these ^ adjustments rarely are...

Just to add that these ^ adjustments rarely are done in one day. Small adjustments will make substantial changes in your comfort and performance on the bike. If you have access to a bike trainer...
06-04-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By Phil_gretz

Get the fit right first...

Not good. My suggestion would be to get the fit correct on the bike first. Saddle height, saddle fore/aft positioning relative to the bottom bracket, and saddle pitch all contribute to getting...
06-03-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,998
Posted By Phil_gretz

Positively NOT true. Marriage comes ahead of...

Positively NOT true. Marriage comes ahead of children in priority. A unified set of parents who can demonstrate male-female relationships, forgiveness, caring and courage goes the farthest to...
Forum: Triathlon
06-03-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,217
Posted By Phil_gretz

I lived with a friend and his family for the...

I lived with a friend and his family for the summer at Lake Mohawk in 1979. Actually, I think that the town was Sparta. We lived off East Shore Trail, right on the lake. Sailed snipe class with...
06-03-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,030
Posted By Phil_gretz

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1000x750/1997_semi_pro_ebb571051950362a892f203321658c1136243f9a.jpg

'77 Semi Pro. One of the best bikes I've ever ridden.
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By Phil_gretz

I guess that it matters whether your policy...

I guess that it matters whether your policy covers the value up to the replacement cost or not. You can get the replacement cost by averaging the last [number of] eBay sales including shipping. ...
06-03-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,791
Posted By Phil_gretz

You described it right here. You ride for...

You described it right here. You ride for pleasure, so the bars that you choose must suite your style and make you comfortable.

If you haven't developed a firm conviction that drop bars are best...
06-03-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,400
Posted By Phil_gretz

beginning a movement...

Save snap motomag !!!!
06-03-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 785
Posted By Phil_gretz

What is your goal?

Do you really want to get better? Assuming that you've done everything to cut down on waste in your transitions (and ignoring the swim and run), have you evaluated whether (or how much) you can...
06-02-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,998
Posted By Phil_gretz

Two things...

1) My wife comes first, so I adapt to suit her, and
2) She and I ride together often

Married 35+ years here...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,747
Posted By Phil_gretz

Yes. That would be true. What are these used...

Yes. That would be true. What are these used for, poker chips?
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By Phil_gretz

As said above. If these bikes were given to me,...

As said above. If these bikes were given to me, I would take them to the local coop and take the donation, which would be $50 each. There are so many fine mid-level Japanese bikes available now,...
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By Phil_gretz

I sold my 1978 (also Vitus 172) for $380 last...

I sold my 1978 (also Vitus 172) for $380 last weekend. It was an 8 or 9/10 for paint and had been fully refurbished. All bearing, cables, brake pads, all aluminum polished, new chain and tires. It...
05-30-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,412
Posted By Phil_gretz

False argument based on the italicized words. ...

False argument based on the italicized words. One doesn't need to attract labor with high paying jobs. One need only attract qualified workers for the minimum wage that they will accept in exchange...
05-30-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By Phil_gretz

And you removed the spindle and checked it for a...

And you removed the spindle and checked it for a bend?
05-30-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,561
Posted By Phil_gretz

fify

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