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10-15-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,360
Posted By noimagination

Human nature. It's a thing. Not falling prey to...

Human nature. It's a thing. Not falling prey to it requires constant self-awareness, and compensation on a conscious level. Even then, no one is perfect at it.

Hermits have a point.
10-15-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 462
Posted By noimagination

Also take your tires, tubes and rim strips off to...

Also take your tires, tubes and rim strips off to see if spoke nipples show corrosion.
10-07-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By noimagination

Yeah, 130 rpm is about my (seated) max, maybe I...

Yeah, 130 rpm is about my (seated) max, maybe I could hit 90 rpm standing, never tried to max out standing cadence. I've been cycling many years, but have never competed. I don't have a lot of...
10-07-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By noimagination

Pedal during descents - often, I like to go fast,...

Pedal during descents - often, I like to go fast, I'm nearly always the passer rather than the passee on a descent (on the flats and uphill it's a VERY different story...). As others have said...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By noimagination

The pics make me appreciate the nice shady riding...

The pics make me appreciate the nice shady riding here in the East. 100 mi. at 90°F in full sun? Oof. You guys are probably used to it, but I'd wilt.
10-05-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,895
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: 2,895
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: 621
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, 11:26 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,000
Posted By noimagination

As others have said, clipless won't help with...

As others have said, clipless won't help with "pulling up" on the pedals (it feels like that, but it doesn't/very rarely actually happen). Clipless doesn't help with standing either, that is a matter...
09-28-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 3,994
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...
09-21-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By noimagination

If there's room, I mount them facing forward. No...

If there's room, I mount them facing forward. No particular reason, though if you use one of those fabric covers then they normally cover the handlebars and fork and are obviously intended to be...
09-17-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,895
Posted By noimagination

I intended to basically say what Maelochs said. ...

I intended to basically say what Maelochs said. If you want to be able to say you did a century, then you can almost certainly do it. If you want to enjoy the experience, that may be a different...
09-16-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 640
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...
09-01-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,765
Posted By noimagination

His/her location info says Mission Viejo, Ca. I...

His/her location info says Mission Viejo, Ca. I don't know the area, but Google says there are some hills/mountains just to the East of his/her location.
09-01-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,765
Posted By noimagination

I agree with this, with a couple of caveats: ...

I agree with this, with a couple of caveats:
1) This assumes your bike is properly fitted to you. If your motion is not ergonomically correct, it is possible that you could get a repetitive motion...
08-25-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,743
Posted By noimagination

No recommendation. I just go to the LBS, buy...

No recommendation. I just go to the LBS, buy what they have on the floor. They last for decades. I've had 2 in the past ... 45 years? The first one I bought (I suppose it was in 1986 when I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,955
Posted By noimagination

Balancing on two wheels (or two feet, for that...

Balancing on two wheels (or two feet, for that matter) is a dynamic situation. There are hundreds of little muscle movements, balance shifts, bike moving under you, variations in road surface, etc....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,956
Posted By noimagination

For me, if it's cold enough for tights (usually...

For me, if it's cold enough for tights (usually lower 40's F or colder, depending on wind) then it's cold enough that I'd appreciate another layer on my lower half, so I prefer tights (over bib...
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: 3,859
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: 1,812
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...
08-10-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,208
Posted By noimagination

Unfortunately, my eyes don't like No-Ad. I use...

Unfortunately, my eyes don't like No-Ad. I use it for the beach, but when I'm active I use Banana Boat Kids. YMMV

I haven't tried the sun arm covers, that looks good for arms, but for face I...
08-10-21, 04:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,265
Posted By noimagination

I dislike using superlatives, therefore: all...

I dislike using superlatives, therefore: all other things being equal, a quieter drivetrain is probably better than a noisier one, since the sound is generated by converting mechanical energy to...
08-05-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By noimagination

This is an obvious geared to single/fixed...

This is an obvious geared to single/fixed conversion, so there's no way to identify the frame manufacturer from the components.
"Suntour" is the manufacturer of the dropout, not the frame, like the...
07-30-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,945
Posted By noimagination

I've never trained with a power meter, but I did...

I've never trained with a power meter, but I did do morning rides (4:30 am - 6:30 am 3-4 days/wk) for over a year, before my wife put her foot down. (I don't race, so I didn't have a good excuse for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,024
Posted By noimagination

Your question is backwards. First you...

Your question is backwards.

First you determine what situations you are willing to deal with on the road, THEN you decide what you need to take with you to deal with them - and what know-how you...
07-20-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,809
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
07-19-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 7,752
Posted By noimagination

I admit I prefer the esthetics of rim brakes, but...

I admit I prefer the esthetics of rim brakes, but that's just vanity, or nostalgia.

I have one bike with dual/single pivot calipers.
One bike with cantilever brakes.
One with mechanical disk...
07-19-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,397
Posted By noimagination

Now, this is something I'll never understand. ...

Now, this is something I'll never understand. I'm hardly the most coordinated person in the world, nor the best bike handler. I'm just a regular guy who likes to ride my bike. I've been riding...
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: 2,298
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: 2,298
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....
07-01-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 834
Posted By noimagination

I have Campy Chorus 10sp Ergos, ca. 2004. In...

I have Campy Chorus 10sp Ergos, ca. 2004. In comparison to Shimano Ultrega (2013-ish), which I have on another bike, I prefer Campy.

The shifting is crisper, you can shift more gears with one...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,521
Posted By noimagination

It sounds like a good idea, though I have to say...

It sounds like a good idea, though I have to say I've dropped chains several times and it's never been a big deal. If soft-pedaling while shifting up to get it back on the ring doesn't work (this...
06-28-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,859
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By noimagination

Personally, I would not go the inexpensive route...

Personally, I would not go the inexpensive route when considering a rack for transporting my bikes. Think of the rack as an investment to protect your bike (and any future bikes you may purchase),...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 531
Posted By noimagination

My wife and I had one of those "perfect" rides...

My wife and I had one of those "perfect" rides last week after work on our tandem. It was only an hour, but traffic was very light, the weather was warm but not hot, sunny but late afternoon so the...
06-23-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,294
Posted By noimagination

I've experienced the "punish pass", as I'm sure...

I've experienced the "punish pass", as I'm sure we all have. I've never (35+ years of cycling) had anyone try to deliberately run me off the road, or "bait" me into a situation where they could hit...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,768
Posted By noimagination

Pay attention to your feet. They're a lot closer...

Pay attention to your feet. They're a lot closer to the hot pavement than the rest of you, so be ready to loosen your shoes if they start to feel tight, and be ready to stop and put your feet up if...
06-18-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,574
Posted By noimagination

Actually, you DO want your glasses to fly off to...

Actually, you DO want your glasses to fly off to parts unknown if you crash. Take this from someone who wore glasses on a strap, crashed, and narrowly missed losing an eye (65+ stitches - 3 layers...
06-15-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,434
Posted By noimagination

How far is up? How long is a piece of string? ...

How far is up?
How long is a piece of string?
How much do "we" weigh?
How tall are "we"?
What bike do "we" ride?
What is "our" average speed?
When are "we" supposed to wave?
(I'd like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By noimagination

Those look like the Sidi Genius line, they have...

Those look like the Sidi Genius line, they have two velcro straps and a ratchet strap. I wear the Megas, which are a bit harder to find, but if you do a Google search you should find some options.
06-10-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 776
Posted By noimagination

I'd need about 6 times that amount of storage...

I'd need about 6 times that amount of storage space. But then, I've been doing this for ... about 30 years. One tends to accumulate a lot of stuff in that period of time. (Hey, I did throw out...
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...
06-04-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,405
Posted By noimagination

I must be stupid today. I don't see how...

I must be stupid today.

I don't see how "riding two abreast, actually caused the officers' (sic) to slow down", nor why "They probably would have sped by the cyclist" "had the officers' (sic)...
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...
05-25-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,182
Posted By noimagination

Of course it's a concern of the school - every...

Of course it's a concern of the school - every sport is 90%+ practice, then competition. The school could be liable for injuries occurring during practices. Mountain biking is one thing, but can...
05-25-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,777
Posted By noimagination

This pretty much describes my childhood bike...

This pretty much describes my childhood bike experience, from 6 (when the training wheels came off) to about 12 or so. Once the snow got too deep we were forced to walk, but otherwise our bikes were...
05-11-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,124
Posted By noimagination

Stedman's Bike Shop (Wakefield, RI) I...

Stedman's Bike Shop (Wakefield, RI)

I suppose it's because it was local to me when I was growing up, but that name has always just said "bikes" to me. They sold Schwinn back in the day, now it's...
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