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Forum: Recumbent
09-24-04, 09:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

Thanks, Darren - I used paper mache (no plaster...

Thanks, Darren - I used paper mache (no plaster available) and it's drying in the yard now. That dirt pile sure is comfortable. :)

Mike
Forum: Recumbent
09-24-04, 12:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

I've been wondering about the properties of...

I've been wondering about the properties of different shaped tubing; thanks for the tip meb.

Now I'm off to build the seat, which I'd like to have done first so that I can sit on it and take...
Forum: Recumbent
09-23-04, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

I'd imagine that square tubing is stiffer...

I'd imagine that square tubing is stiffer (provided it has the same wall thickness) - I'm just wondering if clamping square tubes would give uneven pressure or something... should this be a concern?...
Forum: Recumbent
09-22-04, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

That's perfect! He's done a magnificent job with...

That's perfect! He's done a magnificent job with that bike... especially with those rear chainstays. I like how the monotube is actually shaped to surround the rear tire, with the brake mounted...
Forum: Recumbent
09-21-04, 05:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

Thanks for the info... I think I've decided...

Thanks for the info... I think I've decided against a SWB lowracer because of these chain issues. So now it's highracer, Marauder, or a front wheel drive design.

Have you ever tried a Zox? I see...
Forum: Recumbent
09-20-04, 10:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

I do have that book (highly recommended) and was...

I do have that book (highly recommended) and was planning to build the Marauder for a while, but it concerns me that no recumbent company uses a similar design. I like that it is low and with no...
Forum: Recumbent
09-20-04, 08:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,846
Posted By meltable

Homebuild Lowracer or Highracer?

After months of drooling over dozens of recumbents, I think it's time to start building! I've built a couple fun bikes (a tall bike and chopper) to get enough bike building experience that it...
Forum: Recumbent
06-13-04, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,841
Posted By meltable

While an experienced framebuilder would no doubt...

While an experienced framebuilder would no doubt be better, I wouldn't worry about this too much. If your guy is an experienced welder, just make sure you've got it all measured and laid out...
Forum: Recumbent
06-11-04, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,841
Posted By meltable

Hey there, rykoala - another fan of the Marauder!...

Hey there, rykoala - another fan of the Marauder! I got the book (Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza (http://atomiczombie.com/books.htm) off of Amazon a month or two ago; have been drooling...
Forum: Recumbent
05-25-04, 07:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,313
Posted By meltable

Wow, that thing has some serious capacity! I'm...

Wow, that thing has some serious capacity! I'm not really familar with this type of machine, but would expect it would work alright... looks like a reasonably simply and reliable design. Can you...
Forum: Touring
05-12-04, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By meltable

Can't say that I have any experience with this,...

Can't say that I have any experience with this, but I'd imagine that a front basket would work fine. Probably more important than where the dog goes is making sure he/she is trained for it. It's...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-04, 11:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,215
Posted By meltable

Looks like I'm going against the general opinion...

Looks like I'm going against the general opinion here, but I love music while riding. When it's safe to do so, I've usually got the radio going in my right ear. I can still hear cars coming up from...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-04, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By meltable

Criterium courses are usually gone over quite...

Criterium courses are usually gone over quite well, with the gravel swept off the corners and potholes and other obstacles spraypainted, so you shouldn't have much to worry about - it's mostly a...
03-28-04, 05:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,158
Posted By meltable

If you're looking for an alternative to Gatorade...

If you're looking for an alternative to Gatorade or Powerade, have a look at your local GNC for something called "Endurance". It comes in a huge jug, and I believe costs roughly the same as...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-04, 12:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,579
Posted By meltable

I've been riding an R800 with parade wheels for...

I've been riding an R800 with parade wheels for close to a year and at least 4000miles. The Gipiemme's are still perfectly smooth and true - and the roads around here are anything but smooth.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-04, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By meltable

You'll get used to it. :)

You'll get used to it. :)
Forum: Recumbent
03-14-04, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,097
Posted By meltable

Good luck! Mike

Good luck!
Mike
03-06-04, 06:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 805
Posted By meltable

Welcome! Starting off biking is an amazing...

Welcome! Starting off biking is an amazing thing; you'll find huge improvements will come very quickly and easily. A few years from now it's going to take a much greater effort to see an increase...
03-06-04, 05:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By meltable

No worries about damaging the pedals - but you...

No worries about damaging the pedals - but you might find it a little harder to keep your feet in place on a clipless pedal. :)

Mike
03-02-04, 04:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,245
Posted By meltable

It's going to be strange seeing them race in...

It's going to be strange seeing them race in standard helmets, although they've already begun making modifications for aerodynamics (like a vent cover) and it won't be long before the manufacturers...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-04, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 755
Posted By meltable

Pull out a can of spray paint... match it to the...

Pull out a can of spray paint... match it to the bike or go for a bright white. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-04, 08:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 719
Posted By meltable

Go around to your local bike shops, getting an...

Go around to your local bike shops, getting an idea of the people you'll be dealing with. If a particular shop stands out as being very friendly and easy to talk to, buy from them.

Don't worry...
02-21-04, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,276
Posted By meltable

There was a lot of discussion this past year...

There was a lot of discussion this past year about Lance's position vs. Ullrich's, with the handlebar position being most noticeable. Some people saying that Ullrich is more aero, some saying Lance...
Forum: Recumbent
02-21-04, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,818
Posted By meltable

Nice! Great idea to run the chain through those...

Nice! Great idea to run the chain through those tubes; is that some type of rubbing hosing or pipe? I've never seen this done before.

Full suspension, panniers, fenders... I want one. :)
...
02-21-04, 06:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 778
Posted By meltable

It's probably fine, but I'd agree with the...

It's probably fine, but I'd agree with the others: might as well replace it. :)
02-16-04, 06:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,767
Posted By meltable

Unfortunately, OLN Canada only covers the Tour......

Unfortunately, OLN Canada only covers the Tour... all of those other races you lucky Americans get don't make it up here. :( Satellite or cable, it's the same channel. It's tempting to purchase an...
01-22-04, 07:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,214
Posted By meltable

Lol, thanks for pointing out that "conversions...

Lol, thanks for pointing out that "conversions are gay", thrashin... I wasn't aware of this fact. ;)
01-09-04, 11:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,158
Posted By meltable

There is a slight difference in effort between...

There is a slight difference in effort between the two sizes, but unless you have a resistance unit attached - it's very small.

I'm using a smaller size by Tacx and find it perfect. On a low...
01-03-04, 01:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 814
Posted By meltable

Looks like a really great product, but with a...

Looks like a really great product, but with a $700 price tag I think I'll stick to one leg drills. :)

A thought that just occurred to me. What if a standard left crank was mounted to match the...
01-02-04, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 729
Posted By meltable

Runners are much more likely to develop knee...

Runners are much more likely to develop knee problems or muscle injuries because of the harsh movements. This damage can be reduced with proper shoes, good form, and a lot of easy jogs to build...
12-29-03, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By meltable

Have a look at your chainring and rear gear, if...

Have a look at your chainring and rear gear, if the teeth are worn or broken off in a certain area it can cause the chain to slip off. Assuming you are on fairly new gears, it just comes down to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-03, 11:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,353
Posted By meltable

I'm still shaving, but not nearly as often. ...

I'm still shaving, but not nearly as often. During the summer I'll usually do it every second day, but now it's more like once a week. In the summer I keep them shaved for the look, which isn't a...
12-21-03, 01:16 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 62,592
Posted By meltable

Posted by velocipedio here...

Posted by velocipedio here (http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=13937&highlight=fake+oakley):



Mike
12-21-03, 01:13 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 62,592
Posted By meltable

Lenses should be interchangeable between...

Lenses should be interchangeable between authentic Oakleys and replicas, although there may be slight differences. I've never tried it!

Mike
12-21-03, 11:54 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 62,592
Posted By meltable

Wow, this has become a really heated debate! ...

Wow, this has become a really heated debate!

I run an eCommerce site, SunClone.com (http://www.sunclone.com), selling replica Oakley sunglasses - maybe I can clear some of this up. :)

Quality...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-03, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,694
Posted By meltable

It takes some time to get used to them, but...

It takes some time to get used to them, but before long it becomes very natural and automatic to move around into a comfortable gear and get the chain lined up properly. I've hit the brakes many...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-03, 11:44 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 11,949
Posted By meltable

Here we have a school program run at the...

Here we have a school program run at the velodrome. We have 40-50 track bikes of all sizes, which are provided to the kids. Coaches will set up the bikes for them, and then provide instruction on...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-03, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By meltable

Shimano makes a nice wide shoe - I'm loving my...

Shimano makes a nice wide shoe - I'm loving my R214 carbons!

Mike
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-03, 05:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,483
Posted By meltable

I found a compatibility chart on the Speedplay...

I found a compatibility chart on the Speedplay site (http://speedplay.com/pubs/cleat.pdf) that should be helpful for anyone else deciding if these pedals will work with your shoes.

For my Shimano...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-03, 02:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,483
Posted By meltable

Quick question on the X-series from Speedplay:...

Quick question on the X-series from Speedplay: Would they be compatible with a Shimano R214 carbon shoe? Based on all the reviews I wouldn't even consider another pedal, but I'm concerned I won't be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-03, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By meltable

1. As mentioned, wear "regular" shoes - like...

1. As mentioned, wear "regular" shoes - like runners, tennis shoes, etc. so that you don't get stuck in and fall over.

2. Find an area of smooth pavement, probably a slight uphill is best.

3....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-03, 10:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,186
Posted By meltable

Usually around 28kph/18mph on a 1-2 hour ride...

Usually around 28kph/18mph on a 1-2 hour ride with a 20 minute warmup and 15 minute cooldown.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-03, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,189
Posted By meltable

Front derailleurs are very simple and I doubt if...

Front derailleurs are very simple and I doubt if there would be a noticeable difference from Tiagra to Dura-ace, except maybe weight and the idea that you've got "the best". However, the R800 should...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-03, 08:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,557
Posted By meltable

A comfortable saddle is not one with cut-outs or...

A comfortable saddle is not one with cut-outs or a high price tag, it's the one that fits your butt correctly. Some of the most painful seats are wide and squishy (think gel covers). It's not like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-03, 08:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,032
Posted By meltable

Personally I'd go with a double, but with low...

Personally I'd go with a double, but with low gearing on the back. This will give you ratios low enough for those steep climbs, and you'll probably never need a really high ratio unless you sprint...
06-09-03, 03:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,160
Posted By meltable

Stretch in the morning, stretch at night. Sounds...

Stretch in the morning, stretch at night. Sounds simple - but that's really all you can do to improve your flexibility in any area. It's also a good idea to stretch before and after you ride.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-03, 01:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,572
Posted By meltable

Everyone has an ideal cadence and power output...

Everyone has an ideal cadence and power output that is most efficient for *them*, not necessarily everyone else.

If you are pushing hard and having trouble keeping a good cadence, then shift down....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-03, 08:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,047
Posted By meltable

Denbrewers, no offense intended - but where are...

Denbrewers, no offense intended - but where are you getting these numbers from? 1 minute, 30 seconds faster on a 25 mile course, just from low profile pedals? I understand that aerodynamics play a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-03, 07:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By meltable

Exactly what TimB said, shoulder width + 1 or 2...

Exactly what TimB said, shoulder width + 1 or 2 cm. This will get your arms almost straight to the bars, with just a slight angle out.

Changing over to wider bars will decrease your aerodynamics...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-03, 05:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 903
Posted By meltable

Like MichaelW said, a tri position is rotated...

Like MichaelW said, a tri position is rotated forward so that the angle between back and legs is similar to sitting upright. Think of sitting in a chair and then having someone lift the back -...
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