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06-24-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 192
Posted By DrIsotope

My brain is stuck on the fact that there exists...

My brain is stuck on the fact that there exists but a single Cat2 climb in Minnesota. I guess I never considered it to be flat.

The climb up the street to the end of a nearby subdivision is 800ft...
Forum: Introductions
06-24-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 40
Posted By DrIsotope

Hello and welcome to Bike Forums!

Hello and welcome to Bike Forums!
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, the Koga Beachracer comes fitted with...

Well, the Koga Beachracer comes fitted with Schwalbe Big Ones, so I don't think tread really matters. The widest slick you can fit seems to be the way to go.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 335
Posted By DrIsotope

No, this thing....

No, this thing....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 335
Posted By DrIsotope

Lezyne Road Drive is 180mm long (about 7") and...

Lezyne Road Drive is 180mm long (about 7") and weighs a scant 82g (3oz.) There's a carbon version that shaves another 10g. And it actually works.
06-23-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By DrIsotope

My Edge 520 when brand new was good for about 12...

My Edge 520 when brand new was good for about 12 hours, backlight set to 50% and a 30 second timer. Three years and a probably 180 charge cycles later, it can just manage 5-6 hours with the...
06-23-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By DrIsotope

There is no color screen Garmin bar-mount that...

There is no color screen Garmin bar-mount that will get 15+ hours, on this planet or any other. The 1030
is so bad Garmin themselves make a double-sided mount with a cordless battery pack....
06-23-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By DrIsotope

I bought my Bolt about 4 months ago, and went...

I bought my Bolt about 4 months ago, and went through the same decision of Elemnt vs. Bolt. They recently dropped the price of the Elemnt to $299, but even at that I would still buy the Bolt again--...
Forum: Commuting
06-23-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 289
Posted By DrIsotope

^^^ This right here. We did ~1000 miles round...

^^^ This right here. We did ~1000 miles round trip to Mammoth and back a few years ago with two bikes on the roof of my car. I lose ~2mpg from the unloaded rack, and the very same ~2mpg from the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,146
Posted By DrIsotope

Even if you never go into any sort of training...

Even if you never go into any sort of training plan, or get obsessed with training metrics, a power meter is guaranteed to do one thing: prove to you that RPE is worthless. As a guy who is...
Forum: Introductions
06-20-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By DrIsotope

Welcome to Bike Forums!

Welcome to Bike Forums!
06-20-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,071
Posted By DrIsotope

My Cervelo came with an absolutely horrific Fizik...

My Cervelo came with an absolutely horrific Fizik saddle, which I knew I hated within the first 30 seconds of the test ride. Insult to injury, it was white. It went for almost $70 on eBay.

The...
06-20-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 495
Posted By DrIsotope

A few more to consider, Pinhead...

A few more to consider, Pinhead (https://pinheadlocks.com/store/en/6-products) and Hexlox (https://hexlox.com/collections/protect-saddles-and-seat-posts). Both use proprietary keys.
Forum: Introductions
06-20-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By DrIsotope

Hello, and welcome to Bike Forums!

Hello, and welcome to Bike Forums!
06-19-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,458
Posted By DrIsotope

Cigarette companies want vaping banned because...

Cigarette companies want vaping banned because it's cutting into their customer base, and therefore their bottom line.

It's not smoke, so it's nowhere near as dangerous as a cigarette, unless the...
06-19-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By DrIsotope

The HY/RD calipers have a rubber bladder under...

The HY/RD calipers have a rubber bladder under the cap, and work horribly if there's any air in them, so you should be able to turn them upside down without issue. I would actually say that the angle...
06-19-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,773
Posted By DrIsotope

As mentioned in post 5, a dropper post. Due to my...

As mentioned in post 5, a dropper post. Due to my leg length and saddle-to-bar drop, double-digit descents were often terrifying. The ability to get my weight lower and farther back made an enormous...
06-18-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 396
Posted By DrIsotope

The Coho is pretty much the most expensive thing...

The Coho is pretty much the most expensive thing out there, though. Seems to be quite a few in the $100-120 range, but I cannot speak to their quality. There are also a whole lot of instructables...
06-18-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 396
Posted By DrIsotope

Have you thought at all about a single wheel...

Have you thought at all about a single wheel trailer?
06-18-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,191
Posted By DrIsotope

First off, there's nothing "endangered" about...

First off, there's nothing "endangered" about human beings. We are the greatest scourge this world has ever known. I continue to not give a damn about the feelings of drivers. The best I can expect...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,387
Posted By DrIsotope

Want > need. And you can absolutely do both....

Want > need.

And you can absolutely do both. My Cervelo weighs 8 pounds less than my Ritchey. The lighter Cervelo is inarguably faster-- but I have over double the miles on the Ritchey this...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 804
Posted By DrIsotope

I wipe mine down and check for debris... after...

I wipe mine down and check for debris... after pretty much every ride. But I'm not a commuter, I'm a guy who rides 200 miles a week for no reason. I also don't ride on armored commuter tires, so...
06-17-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,191
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, then that is likely how you're going to get...

Well, then that is likely how you're going to get killed. To many drivers, you are nothing more than an impediment, something actively preventing them from reaching their destination-- at best. To...
06-17-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By DrIsotope

It's a short list of tubeless tires that require...

It's a short list of tubeless tires that require no sealant for operation. Most tires actually state on the instructions sheet that sealant is required for tubeless operation.

The head mechanic...
06-17-19, 12:38 PM
06-17-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,191
Posted By DrIsotope

The idea that people do wrong (in any pursuit)...

The idea that people do wrong (in any pursuit) because they "don't know any better" is absurd. Aside from the clinically socio/psychopathic, virtually every adult knows right from wrong. They choose...
06-17-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By DrIsotope

This. At least give the tires a chance to...

This. At least give the tires a chance to compete on a level playing field.

Because hysteresis is definitely real-- I changed the wheels on my wife's bike without her knowledge, from 15c to...
06-16-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By DrIsotope

Del Sol are pretty much SoCal local-- most...

Del Sol are pretty much SoCal local-- most people outside of the San Diego area won't have heard of them-- take a look at their dealer list, the furthest one is about 100 miles from their...
06-16-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By DrIsotope

Before using any wax lube, it's best to degrease...

Before using any wax lube, it's best to degrease the chain completely.
06-16-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By DrIsotope

Yep, the Wipperman/Connex link is a false...

Yep, the Wipperman/Connex link is a false economy, because the "one time use" quick-links from SRAM, Shimano, KMC, etc, will all last the life of the chain at minimum. I do hot wax on my chains, so...
06-16-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 759
Posted By DrIsotope

If it's spending the money that's your primary...

If it's spending the money that's your primary concern, USA Made (https://usamadeco.com/collections/sharktooth-pro-110-130-bcd) chainrings are excellent, and $28 shipped.
06-16-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,258
Posted By DrIsotope

I've had numerous people pull up next to me at...

I've had numerous people pull up next to me at stoplights and say something along the lines of, "That is the brightest taillight I've ever seen. What is it?" So if the Hotshot Pro is only effective...
06-15-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,141
Posted By DrIsotope

I don't mention anything about racing in a...

I don't mention anything about racing in a non-racing context, because what happens in a race is meaningless outside of that race. Racers beat their equipment to death through a combination of...
06-15-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,141
Posted By DrIsotope

If you're using a narrow-wide chainring, the...

If you're using a narrow-wide chainring, the chain isn't coming off. If you're using a "normal" chainring and some kind of keeper, the chain isn't coming off.

If you're using a normal chainring...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,670
Posted By DrIsotope

While only 3,053 miles over 82 rides, have not...

While only 3,053 miles over 82 rides, have not had a single issue with my Bolt. Nada.

My old Edge 520 rebooted mid-ride the second day I owned it, and would GPS glitch so often I had to have...
06-15-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By DrIsotope

The Canyon Torque 6.0 is also aluminum.

The Canyon Torque 6.0 is also aluminum.
06-15-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,191
Posted By DrIsotope

I at least try to never assume that someone is...

I at least try to never assume that someone is stupid and always make any assessment of others from a assumption of competency. So when I see someone riding... questionably, I simply assume that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 731
Posted By DrIsotope

I would leave the house with it already connected...

I would leave the house with it already connected to a battery pack. Even one of the lipstick-sized 3,300mah batteries will keep a 520/820 running for 24+ hours with NAV on. And you'll have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 731
Posted By DrIsotope

The battery capacity on the Garmins tends to...

The battery capacity on the Garmins tends to degrade quite rapidly-- after maybe 50 charge cycles, the battery will be at maybe 75-80% of its original capacity. After 100+ cycles, it's often 50% or...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 731
Posted By DrIsotope

You're going to want to have an external battery...

You're going to want to have an external battery hooked up, for sure. An Edge 820 with nav on might get you 6 hours. So here's my recommendation. The night before, attach a micro USB cable, and blob...
06-13-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By DrIsotope

From what I've gathered, most brands who care...

From what I've gathered, most brands who care spec their 700c tire widths off of a 622x17c wheel, so your tire should mount to the mfr. stated if it has a 17mm internal width. Mostly.

I wish...
06-13-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,004
Posted By DrIsotope

Moved from 50+ to Pills & Ills due to non-cycling...

Moved from 50+ to Pills & Ills due to non-cycling content
06-13-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,145
Posted By DrIsotope

The bike traffic on the 4th I went up (last...

The bike traffic on the 4th I went up (last year?) was unbelievable. More bikes than I think I've ever seen in one day. A big chunk of the descending riders are far more terrifying than cars on the...
06-13-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,762
Posted By DrIsotope

The last screw I picked up I rode 25 more miles...

The last screw I picked up I rode 25 more miles on it. Took the screw out when I got home, put in a plug, and rode it for a few hundred more miles. I just replaced a front tire at ~4,500 miles, a...
06-13-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,762
Posted By DrIsotope

Well, I've put ~9,000 miles on 700x25 tubeless @...

Well, I've put ~9,000 miles on 700x25 tubeless @ 90psi, and I'm 210lbs. You pressure is either unnecessarily high, or you weigh like 270lbs.

In all those miles, I've never had a flat. Yes, I've...
06-13-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 434
Posted By DrIsotope

Ordinarily, my first piece of advice would be to...

Ordinarily, my first piece of advice would be to go ride 'em both, but that is likely not an option for the Canyon. So a slight advantage there to the Cannondale.

The 1X drivetrain will not be a...
06-13-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 8,211
Posted By DrIsotope

I don't need to justify how I spend my money. ...

I don't need to justify how I spend my money.

I don't need to occupy myself with pursuits like rescuing dogs.

I am not defined by the things I do not do.
06-13-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 23,603
Posted By DrIsotope

Coke is inferior. Grape soda is where it's at,...

Coke is inferior. Grape soda is where it's at, more sugar. We used generic grape soda as traction compound in R/C racing on both dirt and asphalt for many, many years.

The statements about the...
06-13-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 44,929
Posted By DrIsotope

In a couple of places around the county line,...

In a couple of places around the county line, it's gone full-on shantytown in the riverbed. Of course every overpass has spawned a village... except passing under the 60fwy. I've always wondered...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,607
Posted By DrIsotope

I see no controversy. Garmin has had a shoddy...

I see no controversy. Garmin has had a shoddy track record with regards to their software pretty much ever since they started making bike computers. Everybody knows it. And they could get away...
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