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10-05-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,891
Posted By noimagination

Congrats, sounds like you had an "experience",...

Congrats, sounds like you had an "experience", and although you didn't enjoy every single minute, overall you're happy you did it and feel a sense of accomplishment. What more could one ask?

Now,...
10-01-21, 05:07 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,891
Posted By noimagination

Well. If it were a goal that I'd set and...

Well.

If it were a goal that I'd set and worked long and hard for, I'd still go. I'd be prepared to get wet. Although the forecast isn't cool/cold, getting wet can still make you cold so I'd make...
09-30-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,004
Posted By noimagination

I doubt that the bike was flexing. Most likely,...

I doubt that the bike was flexing. Most likely, what you experienced was the brakes "pulsing", which can have various causes (brake pads old/worn; contaminated rims or rotors; brake arms or fork...
09-30-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 619
Posted By noimagination

Agree with 10wheels. When you installed the...

Agree with 10wheels. When you installed the tube, you pinched the tube between the tire bead and the rim. What you described is exactly what happens when you do this. You pump up the tire and,...
09-28-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 3,992
Posted By noimagination

When I first started riding semi-seriously (i.e....

When I first started riding semi-seriously (i.e. "long" distance rides of 2hrs and up, not racing), I looked at the expense of getting riding shorts and I passed. I stuck to jeans or regular shorts...
09-16-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 639
Posted By noimagination

base2 covered your question well. I'm just...

base2 covered your question well. I'm just chiming in to relate my personal experience.
I have two road bikes, one is a touring bike with relaxed geometry and wider (35 mm) lower pressure (I run at...
08-17-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,309
Posted By noimagination

Sounds to me like you did OK. It was an...

Sounds to me like you did OK. It was an emergency situation, and you and your bike survived.

You can maybe improve the odds of a better outcome by practicing emergency braking, as you suggested....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,857
Posted By noimagination

This is what I was thinking as I read this...

This is what I was thinking as I read this thread, as well. I'm sure using a pump takes longer than using CO2 (I've never used CO2), but in terms of the total time consumed fixing a flat, pumping up...
08-10-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,810
Posted By noimagination

I rode 4:30 - 6:30 am for more than a year. This...

I rode 4:30 - 6:30 am for more than a year. This was on roads, not on a trail or MUP.

- Get a light that attaches to your helmet, so you can direct a light to where you're going. Going into...
07-20-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,807
Posted By noimagination

Losing weight is difficult for many of us, due to...

Losing weight is difficult for many of us, due to many factors, and many of the factors that affect weight loss are not considered when planning/evaluating weight loss, or are misunderstood.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,727
Posted By noimagination

Brake before the turn, not in the turn, if at all...

Brake before the turn, not in the turn, if at all possible (hey, we all get it wrong sometimes). You should not be braking in the turn, that is for emergencies only and is an indication that you've...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,297
Posted By noimagination

A couple of years ago, I got caught up in the...

A couple of years ago, I got caught up in the GFNY going North through a part of Haverstraw while I was on a ride (if I'd known the ride was that day, I'd have chosen a different route). I was with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-21, 06:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,297
Posted By noimagination

I haven't done any truly large rides, like GFNY....

I haven't done any truly large rides, like GFNY. I've done the TZ Bridge MS ride a few times, the Tour de Cure, and the Tour de Putnam. So, my strategies might not work for larger "event" rides.
1....
06-28-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,852
Posted By noimagination

I agree that differences in bike weight make very...

I agree that differences in bike weight make very little difference in speed in the real world, that the difference in speed objectively matters not at all to non-racers, and very little to non-pro...
06-07-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,290
Posted By noimagination

I've had problems with adductor cramps,...

I've had problems with adductor cramps, specifically. Mostly while lying or sitting down. I move my thigh towards or away from the centerline of my body and cramp up. I get quad cramps...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,552
Posted By noimagination

I agree. If I'm given a choice of saddle, I'll...

I agree. If I'm given a choice of saddle, I'll choose something I'm familiar with. If not, then I'll ride the saddle that the bike came with. Some saddles work better for me than others, but none...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-21, 05:41 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,403
Posted By noimagination

You answered the question for yourself, but the...

You answered the question for yourself, but the equation may work out differently for others.

I'm like you, the most expensive bibs I ever bought were a disaster for me (they actually rubbed me...
05-07-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 10,560
Posted By noimagination

The quality of the workout is determined by the...

The quality of the workout is determined by the rider, not the bike (as pointed out many, many times by earlier posters). Additionally, you get to be fast by training at high speed. If you...
05-07-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 26,558
Posted By noimagination

Four pages! OP got us good - gold star for...

Four pages!

OP got us good - gold star for him/her.
04-02-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,317
Posted By noimagination

True, but riding a lighter and stiffer bike can...

True, but riding a lighter and stiffer bike can make a big difference in how fast it feels when climbing.

I test rode a Serotta Ottrot about 15 years ago, and I was riding (still ride) a 1995...
02-09-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,050
Posted By noimagination

I think you're chasing a chimera. And, I...

I think you're chasing a chimera. And, I fundamentally disagree with trying to exclude others from using bike paths/bikeways/MUPs as they see fit just to make life more convenient for cyclists.
-...
02-09-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,274
Posted By noimagination

For me, it isn't KOM chasing per se, it is the...

For me, it isn't KOM chasing per se, it is the lack of self-awareness. That's the point of the video in the OP, I think.

By all means, spend a boat-load of money on gear, testing, coaching, etc....
12-21-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,180
Posted By noimagination

Tried a tandem on Block Island with my then...

Tried a tandem on Block Island with my then girlfriend (now wife). We had a blast, right off the bat. Went all over the island, we just loved it. We didn't get to do it again for a long while,...
12-16-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,329
Posted By noimagination

I wholeheartedly agree, the Bike Forums are very...

I wholeheartedly agree, the Bike Forums are very clean (other than the standard ads which enable the forums to operate in the first place), and that is a ringing endorsement of the effectiveness of...
12-16-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,329
Posted By noimagination

Regarding the spam posts, yes. I don't know how...

Regarding the spam posts, yes. I don't know how you tell that there were meaningless posts that were deleted, as I said I don't see them.

Regarding whether coming to the board to get a specific...
12-16-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,329
Posted By noimagination

Personally, if I had a question regarding the...

Personally, if I had a question regarding the safety of a bike I would take it to a bike shop to have it evaluated. I would rather not rely on feedback from faceless posters on the internet with...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,156
Posted By noimagination

Seems to me that, whatever it is, "good bike...

Seems to me that, whatever it is, "good bike handling" skills are in steep decline, just going by the number of posts regarding basic skills (riding out of the saddle, descending, even stuff like...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,479
Posted By noimagination

Ha, had that happen to me last Saturday,...

Ha, had that happen to me last Saturday, strangely enough. The saddle clamp bolt (single bolt clamp) snapped on a fast descent. The bolt was ... 25 years, 5+ months old, so I guess it was due....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,479
Posted By noimagination

I don't know of any other way to learn this other...

I don't know of any other way to learn this other than by feel and practice. I learned to ride a bike as a kid, so of course we did what kids do - try stupid stuff and see what works. So riding out...
10-29-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,893
Posted By noimagination

Sorry, still trying to understand this. So, you...

Sorry, still trying to understand this. So, you have some sort of fenders that take the "water that would normally fly off the tires", that is normally sprayed onto downtube, drive train, brakes,...
10-28-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,893
Posted By noimagination

Trying to wrap my head around this, and failing. ...

Trying to wrap my head around this, and failing. How would fenders make your bike wetter? There is the same amount of rain coming down, regardless of whether or not you have fenders. There is the...
10-27-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,604
Posted By noimagination

Sometimes. Averages out to about ... once per...

Sometimes. Averages out to about ... once per 2hr ride. Sometimes more. Less when my wife and I are on our tandem.

It's better now than 25 years ago. As the number of cyclists has increased in...
10-27-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,893
Posted By noimagination

If it's a light rain, just bounce it a couple of...

If it's a light rain, just bounce it a couple of times before you put it away, wipe it dry with a rag and run a fan pointed at it. Lube the chain after the bike is dry. Maybe check derailleur...
10-08-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,498
Posted By noimagination

I ride outside NYC, and the cyclists I see...

I ride outside NYC, and the cyclists I see (99.9%) are riding for fitness not transportation, so I'm not sure how relevant my post is to the article posted, but:

I've noticed an increase in women...
10-02-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,886
Posted By noimagination

I have to say, I never knew that type of bag...

I have to say, I never knew that type of bag existed.

I have a trunk bag that lives on the rack on our tandem. I have regular rear panniers, and open basket-type panniers intended for groceries.
...
09-30-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 10,587
Posted By noimagination

(I hope I can say this without offense. Please...

(I hope I can say this without offense. Please believe that I'm only trying to be helpful, I don't mean to lecture or to be insulting in any way. And, I do not believe I'm saying anything you don't...
09-23-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,210
Posted By noimagination

Each season has its charms (and, its drawbacks). ...

Each season has its charms (and, its drawbacks).
- summer: bibs and jersey, go (OK, I have to apply sunscreen); ride faster with less effort than other seasons; long hours of daylight
- autumn:...
09-22-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,433
Posted By noimagination

Agreed. This may not be true everywhere,...

Agreed.

This may not be true everywhere, but where I ride few cyclists stop and yield the right of way at stop signs. If a car is stopped at a stop sign and the cyclist is approaching a stop...
09-22-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,433
Posted By noimagination

Wow, lots of paranoia and feelings of persecution...

Wow, lots of paranoia and feelings of persecution expressed in this thread. I think Hanlon's razor applies: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

People...
09-22-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By noimagination

VERY generally, since everyone is different: -...

VERY generally, since everyone is different:
- 11 miles in 50 minutes for commuting is very respectable. I wouldn't worry about speed if you're just starting out, it sounds like you're starting out...
09-02-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 15,174
Posted By noimagination

True. While cycling I once slowed at a stop...

True. While cycling I once slowed at a stop sign, then proceeded to pull out into the path of an oncoming car from my left (who had the right of way) that I unaccountably did not notice. Broad...
09-02-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,310
Posted By noimagination

I do not have any water resistant cycling...

I do not have any water resistant cycling clothing. I don't see the point. If I'm not getting wet from the outside in, then I'll certainly get wet from the inside out. Even while cycling in the...
08-27-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,067
Posted By noimagination

To the extent that people will learn, it will be...

To the extent that people will learn, it will be slowly.

I've been riding in my area (NYC suburban) for >35 years. Drivers are much more aware of cyclists now, and are much more likely to pass...
08-14-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 9,990
Posted By noimagination

I live, and ride, and drive, in an area with...

I live, and ride, and drive, in an area with quite a number of cyclists (NYC suburb). The number of bicycle riders has increased many-fold over the past 30 years.

When driving, I am scanning the...
08-14-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,809
Posted By noimagination

Cycling is great training for skiing. I skied...

Cycling is great training for skiing. I skied with my younger brother (genetically a much better athlete than I) at Whistler a decade and a half ago, and I DESTROYED him in a little over half a day....
08-14-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,809
Posted By noimagination

Just don't have unrealistic expectations about...

Just don't have unrealistic expectations about what "fast" means. A bike with racier geometry may well feel much faster, but in actual practice it may only be a few tenths of a mile per hour faster,...
08-13-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,461
Posted By noimagination

Bike mirrors are generally pretty small, so it is...

Bike mirrors are generally pretty small, so it is difficult to get a full picture without moving your head, even if it is a big one on your handlebar. Like many others in this thread (and mostly due...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,739
Posted By noimagination

Good point. Some of us just have stronger body...

Good point. Some of us just have stronger body odors than others. Also, some of us are more sensitive to odors than others. Who knows - what's bothering the OP might be tolerable to others of us. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,739
Posted By noimagination

I haven't really noticed a difference in brands. ...

I haven't really noticed a difference in brands. Maybe brands with more wicking/quick drying material will build up smell less quickly? Speculating here. Gel padding would be better than foam, I...
08-05-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,438
Posted By noimagination

OK, but how do you jam a battery powered inflator...

OK, but how do you jam a battery powered inflator in the spokes of the Cinzano-jersey wearing jerk daring to pass you?

I think Alvin Toffler got it at least partially wrong. As we get older, we...
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