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07-10-16, 07:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,530
Posted By Atakuweh

Endura fan here - I own four pairs including my...

Endura fan here - I own four pairs including my Dexter windstopper full finger gloves. My half finger models include their Mighty Mitt, Pro Aerogel II, and my newest pair their Hyperon Mitt which has...
06-22-16, 08:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,994
Posted By Atakuweh

Finish Line Dry. End of discussion.

Finish Line Dry. End of discussion.
06-22-16, 07:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,199
Posted By Atakuweh

Those of you advocating early morning rides to...

Those of you advocating early morning rides to beat the humidity seem to be missing the fact that, generally speaking, humidity rises at night, reaching its maximum right around dawn each day. So...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-16, 08:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,027
Posted By Atakuweh

I used to wear weightlifting gloves back in the...

I used to wear weightlifting gloves back in the 1970s when riding, before proper cycling gloves seemed to exist. Now I consider cycling gloves an essential part of my riding kit. Not only do they...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-16, 08:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,513
Posted By Atakuweh

Haven't had a bell on my bike since I was about 8...

Haven't had a bell on my bike since I was about 8 years old. That was about 52 years ago. Saying "beep beep" loudly seems to work (and more effectively than "on your left").
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-15, 08:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,411
Posted By Atakuweh

Back in the 1960s I had some big-box-store type...

Back in the 1960s I had some big-box-store type of monstrosity; a single speed with a coaster brake, 26" wheels with 2-1/2" wide tires, all steel frame with way too many elements, chromed fenders,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-15, 03:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,203
Posted By Atakuweh

2XU Thermal Compression Tights (no bib, no pad)...

2XU Thermal Compression Tights (no bib, no pad) worn over my regular padded bib shorts. Works well for me.
11-20-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By Atakuweh

My bike's Cateye Strada Digital Wireless computer...

My bike's Cateye Strada Digital Wireless computer works exactly the same whether I'm riding on the road or on the trainer. Speed/cadence sensor is on the rear chainstay. It will measure the virtual...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-15, 07:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,262
Posted By Atakuweh

The latest good short sleeved jersey I got was a...

The latest good short sleeved jersey I got was a Gore Xenon 2.0. I got a medium and I'm 5'11" and 145lbs, and it fits really well, so maybe a small size for you. Tight fit, close to the skin, wicks...
11-16-15, 10:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,691
Posted By Atakuweh

Tire pressures embossed on the tire sidewall...

Tire pressures embossed on the tire sidewall often have little or no relation to the proper tire inflation pressure. Check on the actual tire manufacturer's website to determine the actual inflation...
11-16-15, 10:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,873
Posted By Atakuweh

OK, I was a little contradictory, perhaps, but...

OK, I was a little contradictory, perhaps, but what I mean is that if you're after an "improvement" to your overall physical health by riding a bicycle, then you've got to work at it. And by...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-15, 10:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,833
Posted By Atakuweh

If a fellow male cyclist wants to pull along side...

If a fellow male cyclist wants to pull along side of me and engage in conversation, I'm more than willing to engage him in such. And if he happens to be slim, young, cute, wearing a nice kit, and...
11-16-15, 09:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,873
Posted By Atakuweh

Any physical activity is better than no physical...

Any physical activity is better than no physical activity, for sure. But it depends on what you're riding a bike for. If it's just for the pleasure of tooling around and enjoying the outdoors, fresh...
10-28-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,937
Posted By Atakuweh

I've had exactly one flat in the last 4000+ miles...

I've had exactly one flat in the last 4000+ miles running Continental Gatorskins in an urban environment. I keep those 700C x 23 tires inflated to 110 psi, and check the inflation before every ride....
10-27-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,937
Posted By Atakuweh

Good lord, people. How much is your time worth? A...

Good lord, people. How much is your time worth? A brand spanking new tube costs about $5. Carry one with you, and if you have a flat replace it with the new one, and discard the old one, or recycle...
08-26-15, 07:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 938
Posted By Atakuweh

Before a ride: Drink 12 oz glass orange...

Before a ride:

Drink 12 oz glass orange juice
Drink 12 oz cup strong coffee
Eat bowl of Grape Nuts with soy milk
Drink another 12 oz cup strong coffee
Empty bowels and bladder
Pump tires up...
08-24-15, 07:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,772
Posted By Atakuweh

The solution is to give up your motor vehicle and...

The solution is to give up your motor vehicle and license, get a state issued ID card, and just ride your bike instead. Yeah, I realize that won't work for everyone, but I haven't missed driving a...
08-24-15, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By Atakuweh

My own experience is that I put a pair of the...

My own experience is that I put a pair of the A530s on the hybrid that I bought a couple of years ago when I got back into cycling. Pretty soon after that I got my first pair of SPD shoes and started...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-15, 08:53 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,164
Posted By Atakuweh

Pedros Chainj biodegradable chain lube is what...

Pedros Chainj biodegradable chain lube is what I've used for several years, and hardly any of it at all. I think the 4 oz bottle is a lifetime supply, frankly. I think a lot of people tend to really...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-15, 08:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 845
Posted By Atakuweh

Maybe I'm missing some nuance in this discussion,...

Maybe I'm missing some nuance in this discussion, but I've never heard the term "training" tire. I've heard the term "trainer" tire many times, which refers to a tire which is suitable for use on a...
07-23-15, 02:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,304
Posted By Atakuweh

Rudy Project Rydons for me as well, graphite with...

Rudy Project Rydons for me as well, graphite with red multilaser lenses. Spectacularly comfortable, and the lenses are optically flawless. I've had mine for about 6 years now, and have only had to...
07-21-15, 07:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,481
Posted By Atakuweh

Since getting back into cycling a couple of years...

Since getting back into cycling a couple of years ago after a long absence, one of the best things I decided to do was go with clipless pedals and proper cycling shoes. Back in the old days I used...
06-22-15, 08:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,882
Posted By Atakuweh

I agree with Wingsprint - a lot of value for...

I agree with Wingsprint - a lot of value for money spent. I own two Jamis bikes and love them both. If the dealer is only 5 minutes from your home then it's an even better deal. My LBS is a Jamis...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,462
Posted By Atakuweh

Continental Gatorskins 700x23C front: 110 psi ...

Continental Gatorskins 700x23C
front: 110 psi
rear: 110 psi
my weight: 145 lbs.

I check them before every ride, always.
06-13-15, 05:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 972
Posted By Atakuweh

After careful deliberation I ordered the Conti...

After careful deliberation I ordered the Conti Cyclo X King tires in 700x32 foldable, so with those and the new pedals we'll see if it makes me want to ride it again. Actually, I'm kind of looking...
06-12-15, 09:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 972
Posted By Atakuweh

Thanks I'd really like to keep it and make it...

Thanks I'd really like to keep it and make it useful to me again. No garage is involved, as I don't own a car and both bikes live in my apartment just inside the front door. Most of my riding has...
06-12-15, 09:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 972
Posted By Atakuweh

Uhm, no - I'm not "fishing" for an offer to buy...

Uhm, no - I'm not "fishing" for an offer to buy this bike; in fact, I'm pretty well convinced I don't want to sell it at all. I'm just looking for some advice as to what to do with it to make it more...
06-12-15, 08:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,348
Posted By Atakuweh

I had a Planet Bike Superflash tail light that...

I had a Planet Bike Superflash tail light that had a white plastic case. My bike is all anodized dark grey and black, and I couldn't stand the way it looked on there. I had been planning to get a can...
06-12-15, 08:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,474
Posted By Atakuweh

"Practical" is whatever you're comfortable with...

"Practical" is whatever you're comfortable with maintaining for however long you're planning to cycle during a particular ride. Everyone is different in terms of what their optimum cadence ultimately...
06-12-15, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 972
Posted By Atakuweh

So what do I do now?

I'm in a quandary about my 2013 Jamis Allegro Elite that I bought two years ago. It's a flat bar fitness road bike that I spent $1100 on initially, and then proceeded to spend multiple hundreds of...
05-28-15, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By Atakuweh

The biggest advantages of cycling shoes are (1)...

The biggest advantages of cycling shoes are (1) cleats to keep you attached to the pedals thus allowing you to maximize your pedaling stroke and utilize more muscle groups, thus resulting in more...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-15, 08:26 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,573
Posted By Atakuweh

At the risk of being called out again as spouting...

At the risk of being called out again as spouting "oversimplified, inaccurate and extreme opinions" ... I will admit that subsequent investigation has revealed to me that 100rpm average cadences for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-15, 08:28 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,573
Posted By Atakuweh

Works for me - yours and other's results may...

Works for me - yours and other's results may vary. The only time I drop below 95 rpm is when I'm climbing, in which case I may drop down to the mid-80s. Otherwise I find 95-105 to be my best range,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-15, 08:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By Atakuweh

With a double chainwheel and a 10-speed cassette,...

With a double chainwheel and a 10-speed cassette, you don't run big front to biggest rear nor small front to smallest rear. If you want to be extra gentle on your chain then don't run big front to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-15, 07:37 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,573
Posted By Atakuweh

I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned how...

I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned how much greater a strain that slow-cadence cycling imparts on the knee joints. It's much easier on your knees to pedal at a higher cadence, regardless of...
12-08-14, 09:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By Atakuweh

Leg cramps for me usually occur, if at all, at...

Leg cramps for me usually occur, if at all, at night in bed after a hard ride earlier that day. I'm not a fan of artificial electrolyte additives to my water bottles, though I've been curious about...
12-08-14, 09:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,238
Posted By Atakuweh

If you bought a new bike through a local shop...

If you bought a new bike through a local shop then they should be offering you a proper fitting to that bike at no additional charge. That's part of their job as a bike shop, and you shouldn't have...
11-10-14, 09:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,288
Posted By Atakuweh

I'm sorry but I just don't buy this. According to...

I'm sorry but I just don't buy this. According to the National Weather Service, at -20F unexposed flesh will begin to develop frostbite in 30 minutes, and that's with no wind. If you're cycling at 15...
10-29-14, 06:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,931
Posted By Atakuweh

I have to agree with a couple of other folks who...

I have to agree with a couple of other folks who have responded "I wear contacts" and strongly urge you to consider that option. I've been wearing them for 35+ years and never had a serious eye...
10-17-14, 09:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,520
Posted By Atakuweh

Bike helmets are designed with the expectation...

Bike helmets are designed with the expectation that they are going to become sweaty, salt encrusted, and be exposed to water, as in rain for example. If your helmet straps are getting too gross for...
10-17-14, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,143
Posted By Atakuweh

Or, if you don't want to strain your brain, try...

Or, if you don't want to strain your brain, try one of these speed, distance, time calculators (http://www.machinehead-software.co.uk/bike/speed_distance_time_calc.html).
10-14-14, 08:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,645
Posted By Atakuweh

I kind of like the suggestion of a bike-mounted...

I kind of like the suggestion of a bike-mounted camera, but I've never liked the chunky styling of the GoPro units. Tonight I ran across the Replay XD Prime X (http://replayxd.com/product/prime-x/),...
10-13-14, 12:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,645
Posted By Atakuweh

Report has now been filed with the BCPD. Couldn't...

Report has now been filed with the BCPD. Couldn't do it online after all, so an officer came to my apartment and interviewed me there. He's going to forward the info to the Northern District which is...
10-12-14, 09:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,645
Posted By Atakuweh

Yeah, it looks like I can file a police report on...

Yeah, it looks like I can file a police report on the BCPD web site, for whatever good that'll do. They're more concerned with shootings here.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-14, 08:43 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,716
Posted By Atakuweh

I've got a CycleOps Fluid 2 that I like very much...

I've got a CycleOps Fluid 2 that I like very much for when it's absolutely unrideable outside. I don't buy the "wears out your rear tire" theory, though I have Gatorskins on both my bikes. The roller...
10-12-14, 08:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,620
Posted By Atakuweh

Before I realized that I never left my bike...

Before I realized that I never left my bike anywhere and stopped carrying around a U-lock, I used TwoFish LockBlocks: "A set of three blocks secures almost any U-lock to almost any stem and handle...
10-12-14, 06:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,645
Posted By Atakuweh

Attacked by teens on the bike trail

I was out riding today on the 1.5 mile lake loop in the city park where I often do laps. It's a nice, wide asphalt track with a bike lane painted on it, and I like riding there because it's generally...
09-29-14, 10:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,630
Posted By Atakuweh

When I decided to get back into cycling last year...

When I decided to get back into cycling last year at age 57, after a couple of decades wihtout a bike, I tried out some hybrids as well as some road bikes. The road bikes felt too twitchy to me, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-14, 08:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,414
Posted By Atakuweh

I'm a little disappointed by some of the advice...

I'm a little disappointed by some of the advice I'm reading here. Clipless pedals, whether SPD, SPD-SL, Look or whatever similar alternative, are vastly superior to not using a clipless system or...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,024
Posted By Atakuweh

I think everyone is different on this, but...

I think everyone is different on this, but overall I don't believe most people engage their abs nearly enough, whether cycling, standing, walking, or sitting. As someone who has had some back trouble...
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