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Posted By contango

When I rode brevets (my longest ever was a 300km)...

When I rode brevets (my longest ever was a 300km) I used to set my GPS to tell me the distance until the next control. Sometimes it was depressing to realise I was flagging and still had 30km to go...
08-15-17, 02:19 PM
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Posted By contango

UK cheaper than the US? That's a surprise, for...

UK cheaper than the US? That's a surprise, for most things I've bought (admittedly mostly techie doodads rather than bike bits) the US has been appreciably cheaper. I know GBP/USD is very low right...
08-12-17, 09:08 PM
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Posted By contango

Carbon? I really don't need carbon. I'd go for...

Carbon? I really don't need carbon. I'd go for carbon if I needed to save some weight, and if I wanted to save weight I'd start by eating less cake :)



I do some work on bikes. I don't have the...
08-12-17, 08:59 PM
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Posted By contango

I know it's not a big thing but sometimes if I'm...

I know it's not a big thing but sometimes if I'm on a huge hill and gravity alone is going to take me into the high 30s I want to give it a little nudge to try and push into the 40s. Not a huge...
08-10-17, 09:09 PM
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Posted By contango

This might sound like a silly question, but will...

This might sound like a silly question, but will disk brakes on a road-ish bike make a big difference over rim brakes?

The wheel I built before I moved has a pretty blue Hope hub in it, but it's...
08-10-17, 09:00 PM
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Posted By contango

Thanks everybody. I'm wanting to keep the budget...

Thanks everybody. I'm wanting to keep the budget down as far as is sensible (although "down" is still defined fairly vaguely it means I'm expecting to be looking at Sora/Tiagra components or...
08-07-17, 09:53 PM
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Posted By contango

Roadish bike for heavier rider

HI all, I'm back after something of an absence. Quite a few things have changed since I was last posting. Sadly my trusty Specialized Tricross is no more, having absorbed one shock too many the frame...
06-30-15, 04:06 PM
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Posted By contango

I used to have two bikes - a 2009 Specialized...

I used to have two bikes - a 2009 Specialized Tricross with canti brakes and a 2009 Specialized Rockhopper with hydraulic disc brakes. The Tricross went to the repair shop in the sky when I broke the...
11-15-14, 03:15 AM
Replies: 132
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Posted By contango

Autonomous vehicles should help cycling safety as...

Autonomous vehicles should help cycling safety as long as cyclists behave in a predictable manner.

I don't honestly know what any given algorithm would do if presented with a large number of...
11-12-14, 07:31 AM
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Posted By contango

True enough, I'm often puzzled by people who...

True enough, I'm often puzzled by people who expect Everybody Else to worry about their safety even if they don't. Personally I figure I can control what I do whereas I can't do anything to control...
11-09-14, 05:55 PM
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Posted By contango

Wrong on the bolded part. There's a big...

Wrong on the bolded part.

There's a big difference between calling people names based on what they can't control (e.g. people of different races or handicaps) and calling people names based on...
11-09-14, 05:53 PM
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Posted By contango

Sure, except here in the UK I can carry one GPS...

Sure, except here in the UK I can carry one GPS instead of a dozen 1:25000 paper maps. For a long ride the GPS is lighter and smaller, and also pinpoints my precise location at any given time.
11-03-14, 03:22 PM
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Posted By contango

I feel no need to candy coat terms used to...

I feel no need to candy coat terms used to describe people doing stupid things on the roads. Riding the wrong way against traffic is a choice people make, a choice that puts themselves and...
11-03-14, 03:14 PM
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Posted By contango

GPS with trail map? Or plan the route ahead...

GPS with trail map?

Or plan the route ahead of time, turn it into a track log, and navigate to follow the track log. As long as you can see the track and your position you'll have an idea of...
10-30-14, 05:14 PM
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Posted By contango

Mount a GPS on your handlebars, and let it figure...

Mount a GPS on your handlebars, and let it figure out where you are?
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Posted By contango

I like this. I'm in the process of looking for a...

I like this. I'm in the process of looking for a new bike because I broke the frame of the old one.

I've got all the parts to build up a bike from a frameset, and at some point in the future I'd...
Forum: Foo
09-20-14, 05:00 AM
Replies: 77
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Posted By contango

The thing I've noticed is that if someone doesn't...

The thing I've noticed is that if someone doesn't speak English as their native language they typically want to learn so they can improve, and they usually take on board any corrections eagerly. I...
09-08-14, 06:13 PM
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Posted By contango

I agree it's probably meant as a compliment even...

I agree it's probably meant as a compliment even if he did mangle it.

One advantage of being fat is that if you do attack hills you get to build up some impressive leg muscles because it takes...
09-03-14, 03:46 PM
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Posted By contango

If they can't install a pedal well enough to last...

If they can't install a pedal well enough to last a few minutes they really shouldn't be in the business at all. If you can just return the bike, take a full refund and walk away then that's almost...
Forum: Foo
08-30-14, 03:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,493
Posted By contango

Another top tip. If you've been handling hot...

Another top tip. If you've been handling hot peppers wash your hands before you wipe your eyes. Don't ask how I know this...
Forum: Foo
08-29-14, 06:46 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By contango

I like hot peppers. I found a place that sold me...

I like hot peppers. I found a place that sold me some sauce made with the Trinidad Scorpion peppers. That was fun. Eating it the night before a 200km brevet wasn't a good idea.
08-16-14, 12:05 PM
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Posted By contango

Other things to consider are how much care other...

Other things to consider are how much care other users of the racks will take of your "nice vintage components". If nobody even attempts to steal the bike but some ape thumps their bike against it...
08-16-14, 11:53 AM
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Posted By contango

If people are dazed and confused there's no way...

If people are dazed and confused there's no way of knowing how they'll interpret something that we might regard as being obvious. The trouble with "on your left" is that if it's misheard or ...
08-16-14, 07:27 AM
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Posted By contango

That's my thought. A simple "ding-ding" from the...

That's my thought. A simple "ding-ding" from the bell lets people know someone else is there. With the best will in the world if you shout ahead you might intend it to come across as "could you stand...
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Posted By contango

Fair point, I guess I read "road bike company" as...

Fair point, I guess I read "road bike company" as catering for anyone who rides a bike on the road rather than specifically the people who train.



Up to a point I'd agree. When I see things...
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Posted By contango

Lots of good points here but also a few questions...

Lots of good points here but also a few questions that would depend on where this company wants to aim its products.

Included/integrated speed/cadence/HRM etc is nice for people who use a bicycle...
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Posted By contango

That would be nice. If you had a lifetime frame...

That would be nice. If you had a lifetime frame warranty with no ifs and no buts, mere possession of the broken frame was all that was needed to qualify for a replacement frame, that would be a huge...
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Posted By contango

Personally I think things like the brightness of...

Personally I think things like the brightness of the Apple logo are little more than gimmicks. Pretty, but nothing to do with functionality at all.



It seems odd to me that buying a new bike...
08-06-14, 04:24 AM
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Posted By contango

Whether he "didn't get around to it" or was never...

Whether he "didn't get around to it" or was never going to do it in the first place makes little difference - the bike is what it is.

If you're going to pay $800 for a bike that cost $821 a year...
08-05-14, 10:48 AM
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Posted By contango

Not sure why he replaced the front and rear mech...

Not sure why he replaced the front and rear mech with Dura-Ace but left the rest the same. I don't quite see the point of upgrading the derailleurs to DA but leaving the shifters at Tiagra level. So...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-14, 06:41 AM
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Posted By contango

Most of the women?

Most of the women?
07-24-14, 05:17 PM
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Posted By contango

I've found little difference in driver behaviour...

I've found little difference in driver behaviour in urban areas, between a blinking light intended to make me visible and a bright light intended to see the road ahead. In my local urban areas you...
Forum: Touring
07-19-14, 10:39 AM
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Views: 2,304
Posted By contango

I remember seeing a bag that attached to the...

I remember seeing a bag that attached to the underside of the top tube and held a 100-oz water bladder. I think it came with a magnetic attachment, to keep the water pipe attached to the top tube...
07-19-14, 02:05 AM
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Posted By contango

You're probably right, although to be honest I'd...

You're probably right, although to be honest I'd rate the desire to consider the cost of fuel to be part of keeping spending under control rather than necessarily having anything to do with the...
07-18-14, 12:58 PM
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Views: 1,525
Posted By contango

I hate waste regardless of what it took to...

I hate waste regardless of what it took to acquire the wasted items.

If I drive to the store to buy something and subsequently throw it away my annoyance is at the loss of value of the item....
07-18-14, 12:11 PM
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Posted By contango

Suggestions for new bike?

It looks like I need a new bike.

On Wednesday I was out for a ride, and heard an ominous sounding crack. It sounded like I'd broken a spoke. I checked the spokes - all good. I checked the chain -...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-14, 04:58 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,341
Posted By contango

One other thought, I routinely cruise at 15-18mph...

One other thought, I routinely cruise at 15-18mph on the flats on my mountain bike when I'm on the road. That's with a 44-32-22 triple and a 9-speed 11-34 cassette.

Some years back I was looking...
07-18-14, 04:48 AM
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Views: 3,093
Posted By contango

I have no idea, I'm not the owner of the company...

I have no idea, I'm not the owner of the company nor an investor in the company. Presumably the people who founded it and the people who invest in it believe there is a big enough market for it to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,341
Posted By contango

If you're "almost reaching 15mph" then a 50t...

If you're "almost reaching 15mph" then a 50t chainring will be more than enough.

I'm about 6'4, weigh about 240-250 and run a 50-39-30 chainring. When the road is clear (which sometimes happens,...
07-17-14, 01:28 PM
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Posted By contango

Sure, and if an organisation like Uber can make a...

Sure, and if an organisation like Uber can make a taxi cheaper and more efficient it means the people who are on the borderline regarding whether it's worth running their own car are more likely to...
07-17-14, 06:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,093
Posted By contango

Not really, because once kitchen utensils are...

Not really, because once kitchen utensils are paid for they don't incur any further costs. The cost of kitchen utensils isn't sufficiently high that the opportunity cost of ownership (i.e. tying up...
07-17-14, 06:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,093
Posted By contango

In the UK there are two tiers of cabs. In...

In the UK there are two tiers of cabs.

In London we have the iconic black cabs (which aren't always black) that have the TAXI light on the front which is illuminated if they are available for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-14, 06:12 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 19,301
Posted By contango

Meh, there are enough cyclists in some areas that...

Meh, there are enough cyclists in some areas that I cycle that if I waved at them all I'd crash.

In more remote areas I'll often nod to a cyclist. Sometimes they nod back. Sometimes they nod and...
07-09-14, 07:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,889
Posted By contango

I'd be surprised if it's spoke tension unless...

I'd be surprised if it's spoke tension unless something is way off. I broke a spoke 3 miles into an 83-mile ride and completed the ride. I had to loosen the brakes a little but aside from that I...
07-08-14, 08:00 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,296
Posted By contango

If they built you the wheel, presumably knowing...

If they built you the wheel, presumably knowing your size and hopefully talking to you about what you're going to be doing on it, I'd say that if it's bent already it's not fit for purpose. I'd take...
07-08-14, 07:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,576
Posted By contango

If only. On one of the UK stages this year I...

If only. On one of the UK stages this year I noticed a guy in a very small green bathing suit (I forget just where it was). I'd really hoped not to see such a thing - some things just can't be...
07-07-14, 05:22 PM
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Views: 848
Posted By contango

Greipel was way back, it's like he never made it...

Greipel was way back, it's like he never made it to the front at all.

I was standing in the shadow of the Westminster Clock Tower watching them go by. It was a great day.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-14, 03:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,233
Posted By contango

The two are very similar in many ways but the...

The two are very similar in many ways but the Montana gives you a bigger screen. The Montana is better in many ways than the older Oregons but from what I can tell from the spec the newer Oregons are...
Forum: Foo
07-04-14, 01:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,333
Posted By contango

Depending on your budget, can you get something...

Depending on your budget, can you get something like an Audi S4 (or maybe RS4)? I don't know if it comes as a hatch but should be available as an estate/station wagon. It's fast, don't know if it's...
07-03-14, 08:02 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,306
Posted By contango

I've cleared out two garages following the death...

I've cleared out two garages following the death of the owner. Goodwill wouldn't have wanted most of the crap I found. Fortunately the dumpster hire company was perfectly willing to take it away, for...
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