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Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By dorkypants

Hudz, meh!

Had the same experience. The Hudz hoods are too soft. They wear away much faster than the original Campy hoods. I went back to Campy.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,869
Posted By dorkypants

At least in Silicon Valley there are several...

At least in Silicon Valley there are several causes: local governments and/or quasi-govt. agencies (such as fire departments) want to levy "permit" fees on organized events taking place in their...
Forum: Recumbent
06-16-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,278
Posted By dorkypants

Have you tried contacting CruzBike to see if they...

Have you tried contacting CruzBike to see if they have an "ambassador" in your area? An ambassador is a CruzBike owner who's willing to show their bike to prospective buyers and maybe even let them...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By dorkypants

A friend of mine—who owns a BMW and also used to...

A friend of mine—who owns a BMW and also used to bike—once told me this joke:

Q: What's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?

A: A porcupine has its pr*cks on the outside
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-09-19, 12:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,823
Posted By dorkypants

Graziella is a girl's/woman's name. From...

Graziella is a girl's/woman's name. From babynames.com: The meaning of the name Graziella is Lovely And With Grace
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,454
Posted By dorkypants

I used latex tubes for a while and went back to...

I used latex tubes for a while and went back to butyl tubes. Latex performs better, but while I don't mind giving away an inexpensive butyl tube to a fellow cyclist who needs a spare tube, latex is...
12-02-18, 09:54 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,434
Posted By dorkypants

I did that back when I was a poor student...

I did that back when I was a poor student watching my pennies. The road shocks/vibrations are hell on a flashlight's contact points, so eventually either the switch or the battery contacts (or both)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-30-18, 10:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,202
Posted By dorkypants

There's more to it than seatpost/seat tube...

There's more to it than seatpost/seat tube design. Where and how the frame pivots to fold also makes a difference, as does the material (steel, aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber) and geometry of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 10:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,306
Posted By dorkypants

Isn't the bike mostly unsprung mass, whereas your...

Isn't the bike mostly unsprung mass, whereas your body and whatever else is attached to it that's not the bike are sprung mass? Unsprung mass feels like more inertia than sprung mass.
Forum: Touring
11-10-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 875
Posted By dorkypants

Among the shortest multi-day tours are weekend...

Among the shortest multi-day tours are weekend "getaways" where you stay in the same B&B or hotel and do out-and-back rides. Suppose you have 2 riding days and the planned rides are around 35 miles...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 455
Posted By dorkypants

Color me skeptical too. None of their images...

Color me skeptical too. None of their images shows the light in bright daylight: how visible is it then? I've used an (admittedly tiny) Sigma brake light that clamped onto the brake cable between the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-18, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By dorkypants

Pine cones are hazards whether they hit you while...

Pine cones are hazards whether they hit you while falling or are already lying on the pavement. We've had people in pace lines go down from hitting them either because the riders ahead didn't signal...
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By dorkypants

There is also the really old Hwy 1 remnant going...

There is also the really old Hwy 1 remnant going over San Pedro Mountain, now called "Planet of the Apes (https://rootsrated.com/san-francisco-ca/cycling/planet-of-the-apes-ride)". It used to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-18, 11:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,365
Posted By dorkypants

Aluminum rims can trigger inductive loops, if the...

Aluminum rims can trigger inductive loops, if the loops are tuned to detect the smaller magnetic-field disruption they produce. In my area some loops aren't tuned for bicycles, but reporting the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-15-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,249
Posted By dorkypants

How about using a hydration pack? You can get...

How about using a hydration pack? You can get water reservoirs with capacities up to 3L
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-18, 11:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By dorkypants

steephill.tv republishes elevation profiles...

steephill.tv republishes elevation profiles provided by the official Giro organization. If you go to giroditalia.it/eng/, click on a stage, scroll down to where the overall elevation profile is shown...
03-22-18, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By dorkypants

There are electronic bike horns. Some of them may...

There are electronic bike horns. Some of them may offer an Ahooga choice
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-18, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By dorkypants

I've ridden a number of different granfondi over...

I've ridden a number of different granfondi over the years. All I needed to show was my membership card from my local (recreational) US cycling club. They infer that if you belong to a cycling club,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-18, 01:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,145
Posted By dorkypants

700c is a French tire size designation. 622 is...

700c is a French tire size designation. 622 is the ETRTO international standard for the same tire size. Gory details on: Sheldon Brown's page on tire sizing...
Forum: Touring
01-25-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By dorkypants

In the early 2000s a friend of mine bought a bare...

In the early 2000s a friend of mine bought a bare frame (no fork) in Italy direct from the manufacturer because it was stupid-light. He didn't want to carry it around with him because he was...
Forum: Touring
01-25-18, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By dorkypants

The city is Lucca (LUKE-kah). Luca (LOO-kah) is a...

The city is Lucca (LUKE-kah). Luca (LOO-kah) is a man's/boy's name.
Forum: Recumbent
01-09-18, 12:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,024
Posted By dorkypants

23lb: Carbontrikes...

23lb: Carbontrikes (http://www.carbontrikes.com/eng/index.html) (Sweden)

http://www.carbontrikes.com/images/carbontrikes_pic20.jpg

The rims and hubs in the photo are metal. Replacing them with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-19-17, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,258
Posted By dorkypants

Sheldon Brown's page on tire sizes...

Sheldon Brown's page on tire sizes (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html) says that 20" tires in decimal inch widths are ETRTO 406 mm, whereas 20" in fractional inch widths are (with some...
12-13-17, 09:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 754
Posted By dorkypants

I started with Garmin Maps on a 705. They start...

I started with Garmin Maps on a 705. They start nagging you to update after about a year. OSM maps worked on it, as well as on the 800 that replaced it, and no nags if you don't update. I haven't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-25-17, 07:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,244
Posted By dorkypants

FWIW, here's the evolution of my own use of bikes...

FWIW, here's the evolution of my own use of bikes for travel (hotel/B&B-based, sagged; i.e., not self-contained, no luggage to carry on the bike)…

I began with a custom steel Steve Rex...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-17, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,167
Posted By dorkypants

I just used a "standard" Orucase Airport Ninja...

I just used a "standard" Orucase Airport Ninja case for my nominally 54 cm road bike. I flew Lufthansa. Although they said it was an oversized piece of luggage, they didn't charge me extra for it,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-17, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,191
Posted By dorkypants

Bike Fridays (bikefriday.com...

Bike Fridays (bikefriday.com (http://bikefriday.com)) also come with QRs for their stems, not to release the handlebars but to remove the stem from the frame, but it should also work for the...
06-19-17, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 528
Posted By dorkypants

If you only ride to places you know how to get...

If you only ride to places you know how to get to, navigation isn't useful. If you go to unfamiliar places over distances where a dedicated GPS is likely to outlast a phone making use of its GPS,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-17, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,423
Posted By dorkypants

Decades ago Spenco used to make and sell...

Decades ago Spenco used to make and sell cushioned grips for drop handlebars (there's a set for sale on eBay as of a few seconds ago). You can use an old inner tube or pipe insulation under bar tape...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-17, 04:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,229
Posted By dorkypants

Precision and accuracy are not equivalent values....

Precision and accuracy are not equivalent values. For example, 20.000001 is a much more precise value for "pi" than 3, but 3 is WAY more accurate, if far less precise.

In the case of RWGPS vs....
Forum: Touring
05-14-17, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,788
Posted By dorkypants

Depending on your frame size, if you remove the...

Depending on your frame size, if you remove the fork the bike may pack into a container within the airline limit of 62" (L+W+H) to qualify as a standard-sized piece of checked luggage. In that case,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-06-17, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,192
Posted By dorkypants

You can find high performance tires online. I've...

You can find high performance tires online. I've used Google Shopping and Amazon. Be sure to search for (ETRTO) 451 or 406 tires, whichever your Friday has, as both are nominally 20" BUT NOT...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-17, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 866
Posted By dorkypants

Many new riders tend to tense up their shoulders...

Many new riders tend to tense up their shoulders and also crane their neck backwards to see better.

It helps to not ride "stiff armed" with locked elbows. Also, keep your (relaxed) elbows in...
04-22-17, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,037
Posted By dorkypants

GPSBabel is free, open source software that...

GPSBabel is free, open source software that converts among different data formats including .fit, .gpx, .kml, etc., and runs on Windows, macOS (and Mac OS X) and Linux. You could convert to .gpx or...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-17, 01:16 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 7,587
Posted By dorkypants

In the current climate of "alternative facts" and...

In the current climate of "alternative facts" and distrust of "pointy-headed" experts, this may be futile, but here are two experts pointing out the uselessness of "balancing" bicycle wheels:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-17, 11:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,004
Posted By dorkypants

BINGO! Most of their articles strike me as...

BINGO!

Most of their articles strike me as product promos for their biggest advertisers.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-17, 05:04 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,361
Posted By dorkypants

Does anyone these days NOT know that Luxottica...

Does anyone these days NOT know that Luxottica owns most of the major eyewear brand names, including Oakley, as well as chain stores like Lenscrafters? They're a near-monoply in retail eyewear.
...
Forum: Europe
03-18-17, 11:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By dorkypants

Grenoble is a large city. While it has an...

Grenoble is a large city. While it has an extensive network of multi-use paths, you could waste a bit of time getting in and out of town.

There used to be a site called the Grenoble Cycling Pages...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-17, 06:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,243
Posted By dorkypants

Where do his tours go and does he have a company...

Where do his tours go and does he have a company name?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-17, 06:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,243
Posted By dorkypants

Italian can express things rather more...

Italian can express things rather more dramatically than English. For example, where we say "he's bonking" (US English, not the NSFW UK English meaning), in Italian they say "Ha una crisi di fame!"...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-17, 02:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,728
Posted By dorkypants

Normally the hills in the Peninsula & S Bay are...

Normally the hills in the Peninsula & S Bay are great places to ride. The recent rainstorms have caused lots of mudslides and washouts, so popular routes like King's Mountain Rd, Old La Honda,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-12-17, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
Posted By dorkypants

http://assets.amuniversal.com/dee199d09f74012f2fe6...

http://assets.amuniversal.com/dee199d09f74012f2fe600163e41dd5b
02-09-17, 11:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By dorkypants

On a Garmin, turn off route recalculation (on an...

On a Garmin, turn off route recalculation (on an Edge 8xx: Menu, tools [wrench/spanner icon], System, Routing, Recalculate: Off).

Recalculate can completely alter your course as it determines what...
Forum: Touring
01-20-17, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
Posted By dorkypants

You could try this online calculator...

You could try this online calculator (http://dorkypantsr.us/bike-tire-pressure-calculator.html), based on your choice of either a Michelin bike tire chart or the "15% tire drop" method.
...
01-12-17, 01:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,643
Posted By dorkypants

Ride Report automatically tracks cycling activity...

Ride Report automatically tracks cycling activity and integrates with HealthKit. The app description says it uses the phone's GPS (sparingly) but it seems to undercount mileage compared to either...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 831
Posted By dorkypants

I bought a used early 2000s Colnago and wanted to...

I bought a used early 2000s Colnago and wanted to know its precise year of manufacture and what its primary paint color was called. I emailed info@colnago.com (mailto:info@colnago.com) with its...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-16, 11:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,808
Posted By dorkypants

It depends a lot on the tolerance of the driver...

It depends a lot on the tolerance of the driver and the passengers, as well as how fast/slow you expect to go. I've ridden my Air Friday (28-451 tires, aka 20"x1-1/8) on trails paved with tennis...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-16, 02:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,985
Posted By dorkypants

The frame is just a small percentage of the...

The frame is just a small percentage of the weight of the fully outfitted bike. I have an Air Friday that in its current configuration weighs around 22 lb.

If I swapped the Selle Anatomica leather...
12-27-16, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 830
Posted By dorkypants

Off by a few orders of magnitude: 2.66877 MILLION...

Off by a few orders of magnitude: 2.66877 MILLION miles (2,668,768.9487145 miles)
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