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Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,446
Posted By 55murray

I'm probably at least 2/3 that far on my vintage...

I'm probably at least 2/3 that far on my vintage Miyata, I did not do that on purpose - it has the original narrow bars with quite a bit of flare out in the drops, so the the hoods just line up with...
09-04-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,734
Posted By 55murray

This. I have moved completely away from...

This. I have moved completely away from petroleum solvents of any kind in recent years except for maintenance on internal parts. The water soluble degreasers are so much easier to use.

Someone...
09-02-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By 55murray

Well, I'm primarily on C&V bikes with the classic...

Well, I'm primarily on C&V bikes with the classic quills and I have just switched them out since I like the look so much better. Not a trivial effort, I note carefully on a ride where I would like...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,568
Posted By 55murray

Bummer, I have heard about this but it has never...

Bummer, I have heard about this but it has never happened to me on any bike ever, not even crappy cruisers I've taken down hills at 40mph plus. Road bikes around 50mph.
09-02-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By 55murray

It looks like your bars are about as far forward...

It looks like your bars are about as far forward as they should be, so if you go back a cm in the saddle you might be in the market for a touch shorter stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,865
Posted By 55murray

Absolutely, I have Santic longs for fall/early...

Absolutely, I have Santic longs for fall/early spring rides but those rides are no longer than 35 miles. For intervals or 100km + rides the 100 buck plus Pearl Izumi shorts come out every time. Big...
08-18-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By 55murray

Mostly here to second everything mack_turtle...

Mostly here to second everything mack_turtle said. Anyway, one way to gauge if your saddle is set correctly if pedaling with light/moderate effort (slight incline, slow acceleration, pushing against...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,323
Posted By 55murray

Cracked ribs, broken jaw, broken teeth, facial...

Cracked ribs, broken jaw, broken teeth, facial wounds requiring stitches, occasional road rashes and bruises. Riding for over 40 years, so par for the course. The one time I got smoked by a...
06-30-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,213
Posted By 55murray

I'm currently at about 20mph average for 30 mile...

I'm currently at about 20mph average for 30 mile rides where I am really pushing it, and about 18mph for metric centuries. Those numbers are up a good bit from last year as I have upped my interval...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,367
Posted By 55murray

Anybody else think the seat is a touch too high? ...

Anybody else think the seat is a touch too high? OP is almost fully extended and still needs to point his foot down at the bottom of the stroke. A cm lower and OP could settle a bit more into the...
06-18-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,068
Posted By 55murray

Your long rides should really not be an "easy"...

Your long rides should really not be an "easy" pace, make sure you are at least at a moderate pace for those. "Easy" is literally training yourself to be slow. And as others have stated, just...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,505
Posted By 55murray

Wow sorry man. How could so much go so wrong so...

Wow sorry man. How could so much go so wrong so quickly...
06-15-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,192
Posted By 55murray

Yea it really looks like a 5-8 speed chain. Also...

Yea it really looks like a 5-8 speed chain. Also sounds like the OP could be shifting under load while climbing, not good.
06-11-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By 55murray

Get a very basic 20 inch coaster brake cruiser,...

Get a very basic 20 inch coaster brake cruiser, in fact just get a used one, or like BNSF says a hand me down. If he takes to biking upgrade to a 24 inch geared bike in 2-3 years. Very few 9 year...
06-11-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 674
Posted By 55murray

You are a better person than I. I did indeed...

You are a better person than I. I did indeed attend a protest at night on my bike, and did a lot of speeding off. I feel like a horrible person for admitting this, but it was the most fun I had in...
06-10-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,921
Posted By 55murray

Why did you not get a Lake model that features...

Why did you not get a Lake model that features the wide options? I tried several shoes as well and pretty much won't use anything but Lake at this point. They are heavy though. Don't they have on...
05-27-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,112
Posted By 55murray

Backup plan, excellent! If it passes your test...

Backup plan, excellent! If it passes your test ride, how long is the main event? We need to poll this and vote on how far you make it... I'll give you to the 10 mile mark.
05-27-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,112
Posted By 55murray

I know you need that to work. You want that to...

I know you need that to work. You want that to work. You don't want to feel helpless by your misfortune. But reflect on this dispassionately before you take that long gravel ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,730
Posted By 55murray

I don't carry a multi-tool either. I would also...

I don't carry a multi-tool either. I would also add a bit of cash, as well as a napkin or two.
05-02-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 912
Posted By 55murray

I also think those chain rings are just fine.

I also think those chain rings are just fine.
04-24-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By 55murray

Yes, I'm guessing a 9 on your scale. Did any...

Yes, I'm guessing a 9 on your scale. Did any friction systems even ship with 4mm housing originally?
04-17-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,512
Posted By 55murray

That TREK is an excellent first bike, you choose...

That TREK is an excellent first bike, you choose well.
04-15-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 544
Posted By 55murray

I had no idea Sears sold 531 framed bikes.

I had no idea Sears sold 531 framed bikes.
04-15-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By 55murray

Lose the fenders, new slick tires, taller...

Lose the fenders, new slick tires, taller seatpost with a real saddle, bmx style handlebars. Lose all 4 reflectors. New chain, check sprocket for wear, probably new pedals.

I'm totally serious. It...
04-13-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,034
Posted By 55murray

Yes, I have had the exact same thing happen. ...

Yes, I have had the exact same thing happen. Don't know anything better than your Gramps idea, I've usually just used a stick to try and break it up - not easy. It seems specific to a really slushy...
04-07-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 754
Posted By 55murray

Yes to the above, make it a policy. Every 10 or...

Yes to the above, make it a policy. Every 10 or 15 minutes get off that saddle for a minute (that is a pretty long time). When you sit back down it will feel better since the blood has flowed back....
04-03-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,052
Posted By 55murray

I'm going opposite, tires don't seem to last much...

I'm going opposite, tires don't seem to last much past 10 years but I'm running some 25 year old tubes. Tubes are protected from the elements and sunlight by the tires.
04-03-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Posted By 55murray

Is the chain also new?

Is the chain also new?
04-03-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,566
Posted By 55murray

Nice! I like the bit of rake in the front fork,...

Nice! I like the bit of rake in the front fork, a nod to classic styling.
Replies: 17
Views: 1,091
Posted By 55murray

The floors do look very cool, and the machine...

The floors do look very cool, and the machine does as well! I was just being a smart***.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 9,621
Posted By 55murray

Been a while since we had a good old fashioned...

Been a while since we had a good old fashioned countersteering thread! Can't turn the bike without it, unless you hit something. It is super obvious if you zig zag down a street- when you change...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 9,621
Posted By 55murray

Yes that is correct, it is just that your...

Yes that is correct, it is just that your sidewall or even the mostly unused side sections of the bottom of the tire (unscuffed, accumulations of dirt/oil/residue) will not have as good a grip.
03-05-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,445
Posted By 55murray

My favorite as well, also on multiple bikes.

My favorite as well, also on multiple bikes.
03-03-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 15,361
Posted By 55murray

Yet another "I'm afraid of" thread. The answer...

Yet another "I'm afraid of" thread. The answer to all of these is and always has been the same: Rule 5.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12,275
Views: 226,142
Posted By 55murray

It replaced a 1977 Ford LTD. I'm 54 and I have...

It replaced a 1977 Ford LTD. I'm 54 and I have only owned 3 cars, all used. Unfortunately, the Acclaim is really showing it's age and I'm not sure how much time it has left...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 12,275
Views: 226,142
Posted By 55murray

My 1994 Acclaim yet lives, I got in 1999.

My 1994 Acclaim yet lives, I got in 1999.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 29,305
Posted By 55murray

Nothing to add, this just demanded to be repeated.

Nothing to add, this just demanded to be repeated.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,014
Posted By 55murray

Lake shoes have wide options, that is what I use.

Lake shoes have wide options, that is what I use.
02-20-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,513
Posted By 55murray

I've done -20 F on the commute to work a few...

I've done -20 F on the commute to work a few years back, it is only 3.5 miles. I've probably only done low 90s as a high, I almost never ride in the heat of day.
02-20-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,226
Posted By 55murray

Oh, it simply balances out - the greater the...

Oh, it simply balances out - the greater the windchill, the harder you are pedaling against the wind, and the more heat you generate.
02-04-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,435
Posted By 55murray

I've done just a couple watering cans full of...

I've done just a couple watering cans full of fresh water. Better than nothing.
02-04-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,606
Posted By 55murray

Yep. We had a bit of snow and cold in November,...

Yep. We had a bit of snow and cold in November, nothing really since. My winter bike still looks perfect, usually by now it is a mess. Had a feeling, glad I skipped the studded tires this year.
01-19-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,527
Posted By 55murray

I certainly have cycling weak spots, but if you...

I certainly have cycling weak spots, but if you can't stand on your machine I would think you would work on it until you could...
01-19-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 510
Posted By 55murray

Yes, routine for me. I drive about 1500 miles and...

Yes, routine for me. I drive about 1500 miles and ride about 3500. I only have a 3.5 mile commute I do exclusively by bike, plus summer long road rides. I've had my 94 Plymouth acclaim for 21 years...
01-08-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,002
Posted By 55murray

Riding until you drop. Excellent.

Riding until you drop. Excellent.
01-08-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,068
Posted By 55murray

I had a QR seatpost clamp that I could never shut...

I had a QR seatpost clamp that I could never shut up as well, did not mater how tight I made it. I replaced it with a traditional clamp. No more issues.
12-17-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,439
Posted By 55murray

Another vote here for wearing cycling shorts...

Another vote here for wearing cycling shorts under long pants, I do that for longer rides in the winter all the time. Usually the overpants are dockers or cargos. The main thing you lose doing that...
11-26-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By 55murray

I'll be surprised if you need more than a...

I'll be surprised if you need more than a cassette and chain, well at least for the drivetrain.
11-26-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,225
Posted By 55murray

Um, doesn't she just need a new cassette?

Um, doesn't she just need a new cassette?
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