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01-02-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 31,437
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: 3,722
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: 2,379
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: 1,070
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.
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12-09-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,070
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: 3,600
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: 1,366
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: 4,027
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: 946
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: 956
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: 4,027
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: 1,378
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: 1,943
Posted By mercator

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Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,058
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: 10,268
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: 1,423
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: 1,530
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: 738
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: 3,483
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: 65
Views: 3,680
Posted By mercator

Truth. Well, that and the wheels.

Truth.
Well, that and the wheels.
10-09-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,320
Posted By mercator

When I was in my 30s, I could take an extended...

When I was in my 30s, I could take an extended break and be able to train back up to my previous form. At some point (I think in my 50s) that stopped.
Now if I take a break for even a month, my...
10-08-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 855
Posted By mercator

I sometimes ride with a guy who has one. He's...

I sometimes ride with a guy who has one. He's super tall so needed a custom frame, and his XXL bike is lighter than my TCR. Nice bike.
10-01-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 983
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
09-28-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By mercator

Sounds a lot like my Saturday ride - about 60km...

Sounds a lot like my Saturday ride - about 60km with the last 20 powered by a ferocious tailwind. Something about cruising along at about 50 km/hr on a lovely day, enjoying the view of the mountains...
09-25-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,468
Posted By mercator

I'm 62 and ride in the 2-3 position almost all...

I'm 62 and ride in the 2-3 position almost all the time. I have about a 5" drop from my saddle to the top of the bars, although my arms are pretty long.
I started doing yoga intermittently a few...
09-23-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,131
Posted By mercator

Layers are good, but if it's going to be fairly...

Layers are good, but if it's going to be fairly cold for the entire ride, a softshell jersey can't be beat. I've got one from sportful that sees a lot of use from Octorber to May.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,084
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.
09-21-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3,262
Views: 319,568
Posted By mercator

Bell falcon MIPS...

Bell falcon MIPS (https://www.bellhelmets.com/bike/p/falcon-mips-road-bike-helmet/100000000300000084.html)
- decent price
- fits me better than Giro
I've cracked a couple of helmets and I like...
09-17-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,438
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: 1,692
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.
09-16-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,010
Posted By mercator

I got my Miyata 1000 at a police auction for $50....

I got my Miyata 1000 at a police auction for $50. They don't seem to do them here anymore, the city has their own online sales site and the starting prices are usually not that good.
09-14-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,299
Posted By mercator

I did Mount Ventoux twice in one day. Didn't...

I did Mount Ventoux twice in one day. Didn't have a garmin at the time, but it probably works out to a little over 10,000 ft. It was pretty hard but I was younger then.
09-11-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,519
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
08-26-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By mercator

I got a new cx bike several years ago - had the...

I got a new cx bike several years ago - had the saddle and brakes changed out - I think they charged me for the saddle but the brakes were free.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,087
Posted By mercator

I've had good luck ordering them from Merlin...

I've had good luck ordering them from Merlin (https://www.merlincycles.com/michelin-pro-4-service-course-folding-road-tyre-700c-54988.html).
One of my favourite tires.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,348
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
08-18-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 732
Posted By mercator

Huh, I guess the sirocco...

Huh, I guess the sirocco (https://www.campagnolo.com/CA/en/Wheels/scirocco_disc_brake) is the closer version. A little heavier though.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 732
Posted By mercator

If you are considering the Fulcrum 3, you should...

If you are considering the Fulcrum 3, you should also look at the Campy Zonda. Basically the same wheel but for some reason a little cheaper.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Posted By mercator

Did basically the same ride on both Saturday and...

Did basically the same ride on both Saturday and Sunday - an 80km loop on country roads NW of Calgary. All newly paved in the past two years, very nice, although the temperature on Sunday morning...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,415
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: 1,627
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.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By mercator

I had a pair of GP4000s fail similarly to the...

I had a pair of GP4000s fail similarly to the second photo - bead separated from the tire. Put me off Continental for a while but I assume it was a manufacturing defect that affected only a few...
07-05-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 499
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: 499
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
07-04-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,928
Posted By mercator

While I have been hit by a car, the result wasn't...

While I have been hit by a car, the result wasn't that serious, and the guy bought me a new wheel.
When I was 8, I was headed for baseball practice but my bike had a flat tire. So I borrowed my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 9,913
Posted By mercator

It's been a long time since I rode ultrasports,...

It's been a long time since I rode ultrasports, but when I replaced my last one it was with a GP4000. The difference was quite noticeable in terms of ride quality and speed. I'd even go so far as...
06-28-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,698
Posted By mercator

My michelin pro4 tires are made in France.

My michelin pro4 tires are made in France.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 11,621
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: 1,365
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: 10,137
Posted By mercator

I'm trying to understand how the chain broke.

I'm trying to understand how the chain broke.
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