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01-07-22, 02:27 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By mercator

I think I might live in the worst spot in North...

I think I might live in the worst spot in North America for ice. It gets pretty cold, but every couple of weeks we get a chinook wind that brings the daytime temperatures up as much as 20 degrees. ...
12-21-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,495
Posted By mercator

July, Canmore to Lake Louise and back (roughly a...

July, Canmore to Lake Louise and back (roughly a century). Parks Canada had closed part of the Bow Valley Parkway to cars so we had the road to ourselves.
We had planned to turn left at the...
12-11-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,884
Posted By mercator

A good bike is one I feel confident riding down...

A good bike is one I feel confident riding down the mountain without touching the brakes.
If I was able to pedal it to the top, that's good too.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,921
Posted By mercator

I bought a pair of white shoes for the same...

I bought a pair of white shoes for the same reasons, and had the same misgivings.
Don't worry, no one except you will notice if they get dirty.
11-05-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,800
Posted By mercator

Yes to all of this. At one point I had it down...

Yes to all of this.
At one point I had it down to 5 degree(Celsius) zones.
Although I find as I get older it takes longer for me to acclimatise to the changing conditions.
10-28-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 6,647
Posted By mercator

I think the OP should maybe just stay on the...

I think the OP should maybe just stay on the sidewalk - safer for everyone that way. :)
Forum: Foo
10-18-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,355
Posted By mercator

Definitely trainable. When I was a teenager I...

Definitely trainable. When I was a teenager I worked my way up to being able to hold for over 4 minutes. That took some time, but apparently the training wears off - today I can do 1:36. :50:
10-15-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,416
Posted By mercator

Van Nicholas is a pretty well established Dutch...

Van Nicholas is a pretty well established Dutch manufacturer, I've seen a couple up close and they are very nice. Given the pricing and range of models, they compare closely with Lynskey.
As for...
09-14-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,252
Posted By mercator

I had the same problem this spring. Climbing a...

I had the same problem this spring. Climbing a hill I have ridden up for decades, I realized I was climbing like a fat old man.
So, I rode a lot this summer, lost 10 pounds and attacked the hill...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,269
Posted By mercator

Back in the before times, my lbs used to have a...

Back in the before times, my lbs used to have a factory demo day when a few of the big brands would show up with a trailer full of test bikes. Doing a quick test ride on several similar bikes in one...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,413
Posted By mercator

I think tires are the main issue when considering...

I think tires are the main issue when considering gravel, but if you start talking about roots and rock gardens, then issues like bottom bracket drop and wheel base become important too.
Honestly...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,409
Posted By mercator

End caps are more of a safety item than a luxury.

End caps are more of a safety item than a luxury.
04-13-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 8,869
Posted By mercator

My memory isn't what it used to be, but I think...

My memory isn't what it used to be, but I think my car:bike ratio is about 12:21
One difference is that I've only ever owned 3 vehicles at one time, but I hang on to the bikes for a lot longer. ...
04-11-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 2,699
Views: 973,420
Posted By mercator

1985 Miyata 1000 ...

1985 Miyata 1000
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04-11-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5,059
Views: 560,850
Posted By mercator

Finally got everything together for a test ride. ...

Finally got everything together for a test ride.
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Miyata 1000

So glad...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,627
Posted By mercator

I think the idea of water displacement works in...

I think the idea of water displacement works in tight spaces where the WD-40 will penetrate and replace any moisture. Spraying it on a puddle of water won't do much, obviously.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,805
Posted By mercator

I think Shimano has been doing it for quite a...

I think Shimano has been doing it for quite a while. I've got some old 7800 and R560 models that are 21 spoke 2:1 lacing on the rear.
03-25-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,309
Posted By mercator

Please show an example of a road sign indicating...

Please show an example of a road sign indicating slope in degrees.
03-22-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,676
Posted By mercator

Last year I built up an old miyata with new 9...

Last year I built up an old miyata with new 9 speed microshift brifters and older 8 speed shimano 105 derailleurs.
It worked very well.
03-16-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 860
Posted By mercator

The pro is the higher end model, but a 712 is a...

The pro is the higher end model, but a 712 is a very nice frame as well. For me, fit and condition would be the deciding factors.
03-15-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5,059
Views: 560,850
Posted By mercator

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Ready to build. Was planning to use v-brakes (and even bought new...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 403,206
Posted By mercator

I dunno, how about: BASE jumping? Russian...

I dunno, how about:
BASE jumping?
Russian roulette?
Urophagia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urophagia)?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,536
Posted By mercator

I've got one new tire left on the shelf, but five...

I've got one new tire left on the shelf, but five wheelsets with good rubber on them.
I think I can hold out till the fall sales to stock up again, but someone will probably post a great deal on...
03-05-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,605
Posted By mercator

It's threads like this that keep me compulsively...

It's threads like this that keep me compulsively checking CL and Kijiji.
I'm a bit conflicted with that guilty feeling I have when I finally score a deal I would gladly pay multiples of the asking...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,225
Posted By mercator

I ride the backup bike. Or take the wheels off...

I ride the backup bike.
Or take the wheels off the backup bike if that is the issue.
Or ride the touring bike.
Or the winter bike.
Failing that, I hear walking is nice.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,406
Posted By mercator

I've seen people selling used tires, so maybe...

I've seen people selling used tires, so maybe someone will buy them, but I agree with the above - ride them and replace when worn.
As for the Ultra Sports, they do have a fairly low rr for a cheap...
02-18-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,043
Posted By mercator

I tried to join the ocd club a few years ago. ...

I tried to join the ocd club a few years ago. Chain cleaning, cassette disassembly, q-tips, touch up paint, you name it.
The time and effort seemed to interfere with riding time, so I gave it up. ...
02-11-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 14,178
Posted By mercator

As a fellow Calgarian, I've just converted to the...

As a fellow Calgarian, I've just converted to the chain waxing cult. When I ride my bike on the rollers, my wife complains about the occasional oil drop on the carpet - cleaning and waxing the chain...
02-05-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,633
Posted By mercator

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02-02-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,912
Posted By mercator

At 62 I'm still riding rollers and watching tv. ...

At 62 I'm still riding rollers and watching tv. I trialed zwift a couple of years ago but it wasn't really my thing.
As I get older, I am getting decidedly wimpier, as I used to just ride outside...
01-02-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 37,916
Posted By mercator

I was 50+ when I got this one. I think it still...

I was 50+ when I got this one. I think it still counts as modern.
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Costa del...
12-24-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,799
Posted By mercator

Graduated in '76. I wasn't a jock, but made the...

Graduated in '76. I wasn't a jock, but made the track team as a distance runner. Took the bus to school.
Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles were on the radio, but my friends and I bought Led Zeppelin...
12-17-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,320
Posted By mercator

I was able to sell a couple of bikes for a rather...

I was able to sell a couple of bikes for a rather tidy sum early in the year and bought a 1985 Miyata 1000 for a fair price with the earnings.
I now have a couple of projects to work on over the...
12-09-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,743
Posted By mercator

I'm just remembering all the places in France...

I'm just remembering all the places in France that had la cave in the name, some of them were pretty nice.
https://goo.gl/maps/A3dnGGPqwtwPsEgq5
12-09-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,743
Posted By mercator

I think the cave thing comes from the french...

I think the cave thing comes from the french tradition of storing fine wines and cheeses in them.
12-09-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,729
Posted By mercator

My brother got a CCM mustang marauder for his...

My brother got a CCM mustang marauder for his birthday - I think it was in 1968.
On his first ride, he went down a big hill and had a gnarly wipeout that put him off riding that thing ever again....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,741
Posted By mercator

It's been so mild here I can't really believe it...

It's been so mild here I can't really believe it is actually December.
In celebration I've been getting a ride in on the road bike every day this month so far.
We are expecting snow tonight...
12-07-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,989
Posted By mercator

So now I'm confused. Are the Lemonds too light...

So now I'm confused.
Are the Lemonds too light and therefore not real ebikes?
Are they too expensive?
Are they too slow for real cyclists?
Do real cyclists even ride ebikes?

I reckon Greg is...
12-06-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,677
Posted By mercator

I've had to do that a couple of times. I thought...

I've had to do that a couple of times. I thought I read about it on Sheldon's site.
12-06-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,643
Posted By mercator

At 62, I'm certain that heat has the biggest...

At 62, I'm certain that heat has the biggest impact on my performance.
On the other hand, when its really cold I have a hard time working up the enthusiasm to get out the door.
12-04-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,989
Posted By mercator

A guy I ride regularly with has gone deep into...

A guy I ride regularly with has gone deep into the e-bike thing. I think he just turned 60 this year.
First he bought one for his girlfriend so they could ride together. A top of the line...
11-23-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,844
Posted By mercator

I have a bunch of bikes, and have owned many...

I have a bunch of bikes, and have owned many others. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite, since they all have different purposes, but I have no problem figuring out the ones I don't like - they...
11-21-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,044
Posted By mercator

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Hwy 40
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,357
Posted By mercator

I used to do a ride like that, but never had your...

I used to do a ride like that, but never had your ambition. I was pretty happy to finish with the second group.
I imagine the answer will involve intervals. Good luck.
Forum: Commuting
11-05-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,304
Posted By mercator

No doubt e-bikes are the growth segment for the...

No doubt e-bikes are the growth segment for the future. Also, I don't think existing cyclists are the target customer, as we are presumably happy with the bikes we are riding.
After getting dropped...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,727
Posted By mercator

Often a new hub will be loud but get quieter...

Often a new hub will be loud but get quieter after a bit of riding, probably the grease migrating into the pawls.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,254
Posted By mercator

I don't normally do it, although when descending...

I don't normally do it, although when descending Mt. Ventoux it seemed to be the custom so I made an exception.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By mercator

I'll second the recommendation for the Zondas -...

I'll second the recommendation for the Zondas - excellent wheel at a good price. I'm running them with 25mm GP4K and they are very nice.
On an older bike, all those wide rims are a pretty tight...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,889
Posted By mercator

I hit 80 km/hr on Highland Valley Rd (near...

I hit 80 km/hr on Highland Valley Rd (near Ashcroft BC) and definitely could have gone faster but fear and good judgement won out.
10-14-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,034
Posted By mercator

Truth. Well, that and the wheels.

Truth.
Well, that and the wheels.
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