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07-02-07, 12:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By castaway

Yes, I've checked the cleats. Cleaning basically...

Yes, I've checked the cleats. Cleaning basically means wiping away the old grease and re-applying some new grease. My suspicions are leaning toward an improper fit. As I mentioned, the pedals...
07-01-07, 03:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By castaway

Problems with my Keo pedals

I have some new Keo carbon pedals. I like them, but they make an annoying clicking sound. It goes away when I lube and retightening, but after about fifty miles of riding the click returns.
I hate...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-07, 04:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 899
Posted By castaway

Seedy J...I've sent you a private message...did...

Seedy J...I've sent you a private message...did you get it?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-07, 02:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 880
Posted By castaway

I'll throw in my two cents...could it be the...

I'll throw in my two cents...could it be the saddle? I had a similar problem. After cleaning the BB and then the pedals, the noise didn't go away. It turned out that the bracket holding the saddle...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-07, 05:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 899
Posted By castaway

As a fellow rider in the Osaka area, I am very...

As a fellow rider in the Osaka area, I am very familiar with your problem. I try as hard as possible to avoid tunnels. Over the years, I've learned that the older roads that the tunnels have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 01:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,111
Posted By castaway

Be careful not to drop too much weight, though. ...

Be careful not to drop too much weight, though. Normally, I'm around 153 lbs. My ideal climbing weight (i.e. I seem to perform at my best) is between 145 and 149. When I drop below 145, however, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-07, 09:39 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 23,860
Posted By castaway

I guess I'm in the middle here. I generally try...

I guess I'm in the middle here. I generally try to train with a heavier bike (two full bottles, a packed saddle bag, other incidentals that add weight). I do this under the assumption that the bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-07, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By castaway

I watched last night. I've seen lots of races,...

I watched last night. I've seen lots of races, but I can't remember seeing pro riders reduced to such low speeds. The leaders looked like they were crawling at times. Di Luca, however, was very...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-07, 05:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By castaway

rjtokyo: thanks for the link. The August...

rjtokyo: thanks for the link. The August cycling event looks great, unfortunately, that's the month when my family and are back in the States. I'll bookmark your website, though, and keep watching...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-07, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 501
Posted By castaway

I agree with Botto. My Trico "Iron Case" has...

I agree with Botto. My Trico "Iron Case" has been very dependable and worth every penny. However, if you are only going to use it for one trip, you might want to see if someone you know (like your...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-07, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By castaway

Obra3: Since so many people ride bikes here for...

Obra3: Since so many people ride bikes here for doing short errands and commuting to work or school, Japanese drivers are generally very patient with cyclists. Years ago somebody gave me the finger,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-07, 05:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By castaway

My ride up a Japanese mountain

As someone who enjoys viewing the pictures that people post of their rides, I’ve always wanted to share some of my own. Today I finally got around to taking a few digital images with my cell phone....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-07, 04:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 820
Posted By castaway

I've seen three of the first four stages. They...

I've seen three of the first four stages. They air from 10pm to 1 am over here in the land of the rising sun...so I'm losing sleep. I was struck by the speed of stage 4's final ascent. The race...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-07, 04:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,032
Posted By castaway

Thanks to everyone for the tips. I'll see the...

Thanks to everyone for the tips. I'll see the LBS tomorrow and see how things go.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-07, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,032
Posted By castaway

My LBS can't figure it out

How does one remove Campy brake pads from their holders? My LBS fumbled with one for fifteen minutes before I grew worried about damage and asked him to stop.
This is embarrassing for me, because I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-07, 04:07 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,960
Posted By castaway

I first came to BF to get advice on buying a bike...

I first came to BF to get advice on buying a bike (after nearly 20 years). I don't know any other people who ride where I live, so I've always found this site to be a good place for much needed...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-07, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By castaway

Cycling routes/cycles

I used to set out on the bike with only a vague idea of where I was heading or how far I was going. Over the years, though, my routes have become predetermined. And I find myself riding the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-07, 11:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By castaway

I've read through the posts on the link that...

I've read through the posts on the link that Machka cited. (I usually search the forums before starting a new thread. I don't know how I missed that one.) Anyway, one thing I'm still wondering...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-07, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By castaway

Blown over by the wind?

It’s been a very windy spring over here. A couple of times at higher elevations I thought that I was going to get blown over by the wind. I was wondering if this has ever actuall happened to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-07, 04:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By castaway

I'm hypersensitive to the sounds my bike makes. ...

I'm hypersensitive to the sounds my bike makes. But I'm terrible at diagnosing the problem. Lots of times I've been convinced that my chain is making the noise and it has turned out to be something...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-07, 05:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By castaway

To all those who responded to my question, thanks...

To all those who responded to my question, thanks very much for your thoughtful and helpful advice. I will keep you posted on results!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-07, 04:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By castaway

Helping my son get into cycling

My 14-year-old son says he would like to start cycling. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. But I was wondering if anyone who has helped a youngster get started might have some advice or edifying tales...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-07, 04:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 243
Posted By castaway

New Pedals? Shoes? Both?

I recently came into a little extra cash and would like to spend it on the bike. I'm thinking carbon soled shoes or a carbon Keo pedal. The other option is to get both the shoes and a less...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-07, 03:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 546
Posted By castaway

I hesitate to make this suggestion because it...

I hesitate to make this suggestion because it seems too way out...
Video tape the event from a helicopter. This would probably run into big bucks, but the rare opportunity to see oneself riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-07, 03:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,704
Posted By castaway

Is it considered stolen if the thief doesn't keep...

Is it considered stolen if the thief doesn't keep it?
I've had my commuter bike "borrowed" without my permission many times. The culprits usually ride it to the nearest train station and leave it...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-07, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 702
Posted By castaway

Anquetil's climbing gimmick

On the recommendation of BF members in an earlier thread, I have been reading Tim Krabbé’s The Rider. (Enjoying every minute, BTW.)
On page 5, Krabbé describes Jacques Anquetil’s habit of putting...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-07, 06:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,058
Posted By castaway

Utsukushigahara, Odaigahara, Norikura...all those...

Utsukushigahara, Odaigahara, Norikura...all those well-known ones.;)
I'd love to do something in the US when I'm there in August.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-07, 04:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 714
Posted By castaway

It was interesting to watch your video,...

It was interesting to watch your video, especially since the landscape is so unlike the place where I live. I also like tbdean's suggestion about more people sharing clips this way...Unfortunately,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-07, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By castaway

The link to the gloves was very kind. I'll check...

The link to the gloves was very kind. I'll check my LBS. Thanks.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-07, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By castaway

Thanks for the tips. While I agree with...

Thanks for the tips. While I agree with terrymorse that it's a bad idea to linger unnecessarily at the summit, I still think I benefit from replacing wet layers with dry ones. Sweating on the way...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-07, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By castaway

Coming down in the cold

The thing I like least about cycling is cold-weather descents. Although winters where I live are generally mild, the mountains can be pretty chilly (well below freezing). The climbs aren’t bad,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-06, 07:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By castaway

Cycling computer question

Merry Christmas...
I've been using Ciclosports' HAC4 for about two years. When it works it works great, but it has given me trouble periodically (and for long periods, too). So I'm thinking of...
07-20-06, 07:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,710
Posted By castaway

Great quote from Landis

There's an old English proverb that goes "It is no shame to fall but to lie long."
I was reminded of it by this Landis quote which appeared in an on-line AP story:
"I was very, very...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-06, 12:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,392
Posted By castaway

Zimbo writes, "There are no official rues...

Zimbo writes, "There are no official rues here..." and I agree, but at the same time, I think it might be worth asking other forum members what they think the minimum criteria ought to be in order to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-06, 04:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,033
Posted By castaway

Re: the hillclimb races in Japan...I just went...

Re: the hillclimb races in Japan...I just went through my old copies of Cycle Sports (Japan) and found out that the hillclimb with the steepest average grade is The Mount Fuji International race:...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-06, 04:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 834
Posted By castaway

I live in Japan and used to use kilometers. But...

I live in Japan and used to use kilometers. But then I bought a computer in the US, which indicated speed and distance in miles. Though I'm out of synch with the prevailing system of measurement,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-06, 03:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,667
Posted By castaway

Thanks for all the advice and observations. I...

Thanks for all the advice and observations. I must add, however, that I don't think the rider was being sarcastic or joking in any way. He meant what he said, and--as I pointed out--I WAS going...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-06, 06:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,667
Posted By castaway

Would this bother you?

This happened a while ago, but I keep thinking how vexed I felt at the time…So I thought I’d canvas opinions on the forum:
I passed a rider on a flat section of road. Neither one of us was going...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-06, 03:48 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,992
Posted By castaway

What are the distinct features of riding where you live?

Since forum members are located all around the world, I thought it might be interesting to share what we consider to be the distinctive features (positive or negative) of riding in the places where...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-06, 02:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By castaway

Does this mean I need a new hub?

My Mavic Kysirium Elite rear hub is making a strange noise (like a lazy buzzer), accompanied by very tangible vibrations. The noise and vibrations occur when coasting at fairly high speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-05, 07:27 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,263
Posted By castaway

If it weren't for golf, I wouldn't have a...

If it weren't for golf, I wouldn't have a Colnago.
You see, I used golf as a comparison when trying to justify the cost of a new bike. When my brother (an extremely avid golfer) summarized the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-05, 04:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,995
Posted By castaway

Oops...my pictures didn't appear. What do I need...

Oops...my pictures didn't appear. What do I need to do?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-05, 03:54 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,995
Posted By castaway

I have no pretentions about competing with such...

I have no pretentions about competing with such beautiful pictures, but I was inspired to take these today with my cell phone camera. I had to hurry to take the first because of what you see in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-05, 04:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,152
Posted By castaway

Good rides around Newport RI

Hello all. I'm in the States for summer vacation and was wondering if anyone can advise me on some nice rides in the Newport RI area. Thanks.
If you're ever in the Kansai area of Japan, I can...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-05, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 633
Posted By castaway

Blowout from over-heated rims?

Forty-five minutes before the start of today's race, I blew out my (virtually brand) new front tire. I had no spares, so my race was over before the start. At least now I want to learn from my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-05, 03:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,527
Posted By castaway

Watching Savoldelli descend in the Giro helped me...

Watching Savoldelli descend in the Giro helped me understand that aspect of cycling a little better. Now the trick is to put it into practice.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-05, 08:31 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,052
Posted By castaway

Whether I am a good climber or not is hard to...

Whether I am a good climber or not is hard to say, but I do know that after working hard on a lot of hills I'm a much better climber than I was two years ago. At 45 years of age, it's thrilling to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-05, 02:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By castaway

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but I've...

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but I've had tons of trouble uploading data to the computer. When I first got my HAC 4 a couple of years ago, I tried to get it to work on three different...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-05, 02:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By castaway

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but I've...

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but I've had tons of trouble uploading data to the computer. When I first got my HAC 4 a couple of years ago, I tried to get it to work on three different...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-05, 05:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,810
Posted By castaway

PenguinDeD, thanks for the pictures. They made...

PenguinDeD, thanks for the pictures. They made me feel a little homesick, though. The roads over here are steep, but rarely as pretty.
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