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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.
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.
04-11-21, 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...
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.
02-05-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,633
Posted By mercator

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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, 07:49 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.
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.
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.
10-01-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
Posted By mercator

Maybe he can ride for the proud boys. Trek...

Maybe he can ride for the proud boys. Trek probably prefers their riders to keep their politics to themselves.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,214
Posted By mercator

I'm quite happy riding 23s pumped up to 105, but...

I'm quite happy riding 23s pumped up to 105, but maybe I don't have the same issues everyone else has.
There is a lot of nice fresh tarmac to ride where I live.
09-17-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,522
Posted By mercator

For me, at 62 getting old and fat, I have three...

For me, at 62 getting old and fat, I have three modes of standing.
1 - Attacking a short hill or sprinting, I can stand and hammer for maybe 30-40 seconds, after which I may as well sit down cause I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,964
Posted By mercator

Nice looking jerseys. Man, I wish I lived...

Nice looking jerseys.
Man, I wish I lived somewhere where winter riding could be done in shorts and bare hands.
09-11-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,119
Posted By mercator

I think building your own is absolutely a good...

I think building your own is absolutely a good idea - but do your research first. I've built up several bikes over the years with variable degrees of success, but if the result is not to my liking I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,952
Posted By mercator

While all (or most) of the training advice given...

While all (or most) of the training advice given here is probably useful, one thing that should not be overlooked is the mental part of climbing. People who ride on the flats are used to being able...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,662
Posted By mercator

I see all the talk about aero and training, but...

I see all the talk about aero and training, but it seems to me that gearing must be near the top of the list in terms of what needs to be changed. From the OPs description, it sounds like a lot of...
08-01-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,229
Posted By mercator

Stay. If they are waiting for you to finish the...

Stay. If they are waiting for you to finish the ride, you are part of the group. You'll know its time to quit when you get to the end and they have already gone home.
07-05-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By mercator

I can easily hit 1000 on gradients up to 12%, but...

I can easily hit 1000 on gradients up to 12%, but on longer climbs if I keep it under 700 then I can sustain it for up to an hour.
Pretty sure I am not an exceptional climber. If I had a power...
07-05-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By mercator

I have a page set up on my garmin that shows VAM,...

I have a page set up on my garmin that shows VAM, HR, cadence and % gradient. I find it helps me when climbing because I get a sense for when I'm in the zone of what I can sustain for longer climbs....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,041
Posted By mercator

Exploring back roads in the south of Spain, I...

Exploring back roads in the south of Spain, I found a paved (concrete) road that went up so hard I could barely turn the cranks. The garmin reported the grade to be 29%
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,935
Posted By mercator

This is the kind of uplifting discourse I come...

This is the kind of uplifting discourse I come here for. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,583
Posted By mercator

I'm trying to understand how the chain broke.

I'm trying to understand how the chain broke.
06-15-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,757
Posted By mercator

Chains

Chains
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
Posted By mercator

I had a torn achilles tendon a couple of years...

I had a torn achilles tendon a couple of years ago and it totally ruined my season. The initial cause was getting kicked playing soccer, but a few days later on a ride I felt an irritation and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,035
Posted By mercator

I have the same crank and derailleur as yours and...

I have the same crank and derailleur as yours and successfully run an Ultegra 12-30 cassette.
Ratios are comparable...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,827
Posted By mercator

For best effect, take a swig of water while...

For best effect, take a swig of water while passing, make a cheerful comment on the weather, maybe ride no hands for a bit.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,225
Posted By mercator

I'm going to go out on a limb here and conclude...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and conclude that you don't do much skiing or swimming...:rolleyes:
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,812
Posted By mercator

This is not true.

This is not true.
03-16-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,763
Posted By mercator

We still have winter in Canada. I don't expect...

We still have winter in Canada. I don't expect to put the snow shovel away for at least another month.
03-15-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 9,502
Posted By mercator

This sort of uninformed opinion seems to be...

This sort of uninformed opinion seems to be common among 'muricans. I wonder why that is?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,072
Posted By mercator

Seems like a nice enough bike, but it has a...

Seems like a nice enough bike, but it has a couple of negatives in my book:
- 650b wheels (although you can easily fit 700c for extra $$, not worth it unless you are buying a really small size or...
03-05-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,854
Posted By mercator

I once lent my pump to a fellow with a similar...

I once lent my pump to a fellow with a similar hangup as the OP. To whit, when he released the chuck and heard the air escaping at 110 psi he was convinced the pressure in the tire had dropped and...
02-19-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,628
Posted By mercator

Search amazon for Wheels Manufacturing bearing...

Search amazon for Wheels Manufacturing bearing balls - I've been able to buy them at a very low price as an add-on item.
Or you can order them directly....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,187
Posted By mercator

Whoa, talk about zombie threads. When this one...

Whoa, talk about zombie threads.
When this one was started, you could still buy new SGI workstations.
02-04-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,938
Posted By mercator

I used to have only one bike. I'm much happier...

I used to have only one bike. I'm much happier now.
06-19-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,586
Posted By mercator

Are you sure it was tobacco? ...

Are you sure it was tobacco? (https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19871657/effects-of-marijuana-before-workout/)
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