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Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,730
Posted By billyymc

Haven't found a speed I feel uncomfortable at...

Haven't found a speed I feel uncomfortable at yet. I think 52 is my max. Most rides since I live on a hill I hit 40-45 just starting out.

Biggest risk IMO is deer. Couple years back my buddy and I...
03-15-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By billyymc

One suggestion is when you're initially seating...

One suggestion is when you're initially seating the tires do it without the sealant in there. Once they seat, let the air out, add sealant, and re-inflate. Less mess.

Can't comment on why they...
02-24-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,063
Posted By billyymc

We had an unusual and early storm this year that...

We had an unusual and early storm this year that dropped 40" and I had to shovel that. Besides that, I generally don't even bother shoveling - if there is new snow I'm on my way out to ski somewhere....
01-18-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By billyymc

Make sure the cable is routed correctly....

Make sure the cable is routed correctly. Sometimes an incorrectly routed cable will shift fine / adequately on the stand but crappy under load.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,929
Posted By billyymc

Riding with people I just met and realizing they...

Riding with people I just met and realizing they make up their own rules of the road (despite being experienced).

That barking slobbering Rottweiler that charged at me on a climb, and decided to...
12-28-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,384
Posted By billyymc

Agree. I didn't have much concern before I asked....

Agree. I didn't have much concern before I asked. I have less now.

That said, the chain probably will need replacing just based on mileage / normal wear in the spring anyway. Would like to just...
12-28-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,942
Posted By billyymc

The improbable can happen. On my second ride on...

The improbable can happen. On my second ride on my gravel bike that I built frame up, two deer came out of the roadside brush/woods and literally ran into my buddy and I as we rode up a dirt road....
12-28-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,384
Posted By billyymc

Thanks. I should be ok then. I bought green...

Thanks. I should be ok then. I bought green mineral spirits once and found them pretty useless for anything.
12-28-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,384
Posted By billyymc

You ever have a chain break on you while riding?...

You ever have a chain break on you while riding? Let me give you a hint - they don't usually break under moderate power. Break a chain at a critical time while standing and putting out a lot of power...
12-28-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,384
Posted By billyymc

Chain sitting in mineral spirits - how long is too long?

So I popped the chain off my gravel bike two weeks ago and dropped it into a container of mineral spirits and a little motor oil mixed (about 10:1).

Then I got busy with work, the holidays, a 40"...
12-28-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,034
Posted By billyymc

As I sit here waiting for a shiny new Ibis Ripmo...

As I sit here waiting for a shiny new Ibis Ripmo to be manufactured and delivered to my house sometime in the next few months, I have to say that every successive mountain bike I've owned - from full...
12-24-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,478
Posted By billyymc

I don't understand the thread title. If I...

I don't understand the thread title.

If I only rode my gravel bike on dirt / gravel roads exclusively then maybe what the OP is referencing as a gravel tire wouldn't serve a purpose.

But my...
12-21-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,513
Posted By billyymc

Got bit early this year by a chocolate lab I...

Got bit early this year by a chocolate lab I thought I could outrun but couldn't. It got my calf, broke the skin through my tights, then satisfied with that it turned back home. I went back to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,090
Posted By billyymc

The ones that came with my Time ATAC pedals. Yes,...

The ones that came with my Time ATAC pedals. Yes, I use MTB pedals on my road and gravel bikes.
12-19-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,633
Posted By billyymc

My approach is when something is broke, fix it....

My approach is when something is broke, fix it. If it's not broke, leave it alone. Unless I want to do an upgrade just for the heck of it. Learning is dictated by need. I can handle pretty much...
12-17-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 829
Posted By billyymc

Sunrace 11-42

Sunrace 11-42
12-17-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 829
Posted By billyymc

Don't really know - whatever came with the wheels...

Don't really know - whatever came with the wheels :lol: Just looked on the DT Swiss site - doesn't seem like much info on the hubs. I have the model with 32mm deep rims that's all I really know.
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12-16-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 829
Posted By billyymc

I have the ER1600 wheels on my Rockitship and I...

I have the ER1600 wheels on my Rockitship and I like them a lot. Pretty similar to the GR1600, a bit narrower.

FWIW I love the bike. Not much else to say, so I'll put up a few pics. I intially...
12-09-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,244
Posted By billyymc

Drope the Hamer

Drope the Hamer
12-08-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By billyymc

If you could ride fast enough to ride across...

If you could ride fast enough to ride across water they would wear even less. And if you could fly on your bike like ET or Mary Poppins you'd never ever have to replace tires.
11-09-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 10,937
Posted By billyymc

So what are some things that you do enjoy? Can...

So what are some things that you do enjoy? Can you think about what it is about those things that makes them enjoyable, and find similar attributes about cycling (even if you have to change...
11-09-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By billyymc

Maybe include a link to where you found this...

Maybe include a link to where you found this thing?
11-08-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 10,573
Posted By billyymc

Interesting - I had no idea this would even work....

Interesting - I had no idea this would even work. May give it a try sometime when it's not critical for me - although I"m headed toward tubeless on most of my bikes anyway.
11-07-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 10,573
Posted By billyymc

Does superglue and pieces of innertube work to...

Does superglue and pieces of innertube work to patch tubes? I've never heard of that. Also never had a single problem with a normal patch kit so just curious if maybe you're not letting the glue dry?...
11-06-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,236
Posted By billyymc

Blue Loctite on your cleat screws and you won't...

Blue Loctite on your cleat screws and you won't lose them :)
11-06-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,236
Posted By billyymc

So just to point out, not all gravel rides are...

So just to point out, not all gravel rides are created equal. Some consist of nicely manicured dirt and gravel roads, and others consist of bone-jarring rocks, exposed shale or granite or whatever...
11-04-20, 05:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By billyymc

I hate the trainer as well, so I got rollers this...

I hate the trainer as well, so I got rollers this year. So far really enjoying them. Can't say the time goes by any quicker but the risk of falling and hurting myself adds a level of excitement. :lol:
11-04-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By billyymc

Yeah it will be one hard ride for sure. My goal...

Yeah it will be one hard ride for sure. My goal will be to be in shape by mid-June to do it so I have lot of daylight :lol:
11-02-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,139
Posted By billyymc

Yep, this tool is all you need to break a chain....

Yep, this tool is all you need to break a chain. And the pin is replaceable if you're dumb enough to bend it (ask me how I know).
11-02-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,766
Posted By billyymc

So to be clear, you were not ripped off because...

So to be clear, you were not ripped off because you went through Alibaba. You were ripped off because you tried to circumvent Alibaba. How much did you save?
11-01-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,565
Posted By billyymc

Well, 70 feet per mile isn't exactly mountainous....

Well, 70 feet per mile isn't exactly mountainous. So without doing any real effort at scientific accuracy, I'll estimate I'd ride a typical 70 ft / mile ride at around 15 mph avg (depending on so...
11-01-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By billyymc

If this information is even remotely correct I...

If this information is even remotely correct I don't think I'd worry about it: https://www.h2oequipment.com/how-to/salt-water-softener-add-drinking-water/
10-31-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By billyymc

I no longer make mileage goals, but I do make...

I no longer make mileage goals, but I do make cycling goals. 1 - MTB more often, achieved. 2 - do a multi-day self supported "tour" - achieved. 3 - I had two specific very challenging solo one day...
10-18-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,054
Posted By billyymc

I have a single speed in amongst my herd of...

I have a single speed in amongst my herd of bikes. It has a flip-flop hub, but I've never tried riding the fixed side. Why? When I leave my house for a ride I have hills to deal with in any direction...
10-08-20, 04:32 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,366
Posted By billyymc

Symox - one other suggestion with regard to...

Symox - one other suggestion with regard to overall bike handling (and specifically to descending) is if you have access to a mountain bike get out and ride some trails. Descend on narrow single...
10-07-20, 04:38 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,505
Posted By billyymc

Glenn, you balance your checkbook still don't...

Glenn, you balance your checkbook still don't you? :lol:

Just kidding - it's good that you have the discipline to keep that documentation (and I assume keep it neatly filed). I for one and...
10-07-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,505
Posted By billyymc

This is a pretty good way to know. Most people...

This is a pretty good way to know. Most people who steal a bike and try and sell it won't know much about it. And contrary to a suggestion above, many people (myself included) don't have a neat file...
10-02-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,944
Posted By billyymc

Been in two LBS in the past week, both were...

Been in two LBS in the past week, both were nearly bare of bikes. One of them sells new and used, and pretty much only had a few BMX bikes left.

Last week I ordered an Ibis mountain bike from...
09-29-20, 05:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,002
Posted By billyymc

For the riding you're doing, that bike will...

For the riding you're doing, that bike will function just fine. Get it built properly, maintain it properly, and it will serve you well for a long time. Contact BD to see if you can get a...
Forum: Foo
09-25-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 9,501
Views: 1,145,192
Posted By billyymc

THey both walked away looking boared.

THey both walked away looking boared.
Forum: Foo
09-23-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,747
Posted By billyymc

I never cleaned up my ski tuning bench last year....

I never cleaned up my ski tuning bench last year. Now I don't have to.
Forum: Foo
09-23-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,267
Posted By billyymc

That's what happens when you think you've bought...

That's what happens when you think you've bought skills and experience, but you've really just bought an overpriced poser-mobile. They'll have to drive to Starbucks after they get out of that jam.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,978
Posted By billyymc

Loose dogs make me faster. Sometimes not fast...

Loose dogs make me faster. Sometimes not fast enough.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 04:06 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 17,163
Posted By billyymc

I rode gatorskins for years. Then I tried...

I rode gatorskins for years. Then I tried something else, and gave away the last couple new gatorskins I had. It's not that they are bad tires, but I've enjoyed GP4000 and Michelin Pro4 Endurance...
09-16-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,720
Posted By billyymc

mrv - agree with you pulsing is differnet from...

mrv - agree with you pulsing is differnet from strobing.

On the rare occasions I ride on a MUP I turn off all my lights..not needed for the MUPs I ride (rarely).

If I could get a lower lumen...
09-16-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By billyymc

Andrew - I think if the nipple were a normal...

Andrew - I think if the nipple were a normal nipple instead of the one's I linked,the spoke would extend all the way to the end / back of the nipple.
09-16-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,720
Posted By billyymc

There's a reason you see more and more...

There's a reason you see more and more motorcycles with pulsing front lights.
09-16-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By billyymc

Spoke Length / Thread Length

So I broke a spoke on my Spank Oozy 27.5 wheels, and have a question to help me determine spoke length.

If I measure my broken spoke, it's 273mm long. If I insert the broken piece into the nipple...
09-15-20, 05:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By billyymc

Last year in upstate New York State, my buddy and...

Last year in upstate New York State, my buddy and I were simultaneously hit broadside by two deer that came bursting out of the roadside brush on a dirt road we were riding. Fortunately we weren't...
09-15-20, 04:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,415
Posted By billyymc

111 miles, 11,065 feet. When I finished my GPS...

111 miles, 11,065 feet. When I finished my GPS said 111.1 and 11,111 feet (ok I had to ride a few hundred yards at the end to make this happen), BUT when it uploaded to ridewithgps their program must...
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