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01-17-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 572
Posted By SoSmellyAir

From what I have read here on BF, how much you...

From what I have read here on BF, how much you can exceed the RD capacity by depends not only on the RD but also on frame geometry, i.e., chain stay length. So the only way to tell for sure is to...
01-17-22, 06:34 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Calories seems quite low for that amount of...

Calories seems quite low for that amount of elevation gain, you must be super duper fit.
01-16-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

ooga-booga You are quite brave. I used to...

ooga-booga You are quite brave. I used to occasionally go up South Grade Road and down East Grade Road for some "recreational driving" (often on my way to the Julian Pie Company) and saw plenty of...
01-12-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I am not sure about the above. From what I have...

I am not sure about the above. From what I have read here (and elsewhere), there should be no lateral play (i.e., along the axis of the cassette) from cog to cog or between any cog and the freehub....
01-12-22, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Try another 1.85 mm spacer (which is very cheap)?...

Try another 1.85 mm spacer (which is very cheap)? And if the same result, maybe the slight play is between the freehub and the wheel hub, not between the freehub and the 10 speed cassette?
01-10-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I did not ride yesterday but dragged my son to...

I did not ride yesterday but dragged my son to hike the North Loop of Peters Canyon Regional Park (which more or less goes around the Peters Canyon Reservoir). At the bench at the highest point, we...
01-10-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 572
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Congratulations! According to Wolf...

Congratulations!



According to Wolf Tooth (Chainring Diameter by Tooth Count – Wolf Tooth Components (https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/pages/chainring-diameter-by-tooth-count)), going from...
01-08-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Same 25 mile loop around Irvine as usual. Passed...

Same 25 mile loop around Irvine as usual. Passed a group of 6 cyclists on Modjeska but the front 4 caught me on Irvine Boulevard around Portola High School. There is something to this newfound theory...
01-07-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 896
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Yeah, the Feedback clamp does require some...

Yeah, the Feedback clamp does require some practice. My method is to (1) lift my bike with my right arm, (2) squeeze the clamp together (around the seat post) with my left hand, (3) tighten the clamp...
01-05-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I am not young, but I have body fat. When the...

I am not young, but I have body fat. When the outside temperature is < 60, I just wear one of these under my jersey.

32 Degrees Men's Heat Tee, 2-pack | Costco...
01-04-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 189
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The bike is only a day old, so I may eventually...

The bike is only a day old, so I may eventually do that after the expiration of the 30 day return period just to satisfy my curiosity. Or wait until the bottom bracket acts up; the same unit in my...
01-03-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

But Saddleback Canyon Road is relatively narrow...

But Saddleback Canyon Road is relatively narrow and has no bike lane.



Evacuation orders and road closures lifted on 12/30/2021 at 1 pm.

Resources During a Disaster | Orange County,...
01-02-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

True, I forgot all about this previous week of...

True, I forgot all about this previous week of heavy rain in today's sunshine.



Thank you for the encouragement! This sub-forum has some serious climbers judging from the routes posted.
01-02-22, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Rode Santiago Canyon Road This Afternoon

This sunny afternoon I rode the whole length of Santiago Canyon Road in the eastbound direction. My observations:

1. I must respectfully disagree with 2seven0 (see, e.g., post #1373); the pavement...
01-01-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The top photo in post #17 shows that the "metal...

The top photo in post #17 shows that the "metal sprocket remover" has a portion with a hexagonal cross section (under a circular disc) with what appear to be parallel surfaces which presumably can be...
01-01-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Further suggestions to SethL: (1) Toss the...

Further suggestions to SethL: (1) Toss the "Allan" [sic] key; (2) secure the "metal sprocket remover" onto the lock ring with the rear QR skewer; (3) use a proper wrench to turn the "metal sprocket...
01-01-22, 04:25 AM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

During this colder than previous winter the local...

During this colder than previous winter the local MUPs are fairly empty which makes for some faster rides without traffic lights and stop signs. In the summer they are quite crowded with pedestrians,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,032
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Possibly the hoarding purchase of "spare" chains,...

Possibly the hoarding purchase of "spare" chains, cassettes, chain rings, tubes and tires (on sale) due to the oft-mentioned supply chain issues regardless of my actual mileage.

But I know at...
12-31-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Earlier this afternoon I rode my usual 25 mile...

Earlier this afternoon I rode my usual 25 mile loop through Tustin Ranch and Irvine. Shaded portions of bike lanes and MUPs are still damp, so I may be due for a bike wash and chain waxing soon. Good...
12-29-21, 11:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Exactly. Try to align the respective handles of...

Exactly. Try to align the respective handles of the two tools so that they are only slightly apart (e.g., at 6 and 8 o'clock positions) and then squeeze the two handles together (i.e., toward each...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,177
Posted By SoSmellyAir

OK, I stand corrected. [Thinking about simulating...

OK, I stand corrected. [Thinking about simulating bbbean's hypothesis by doing my hair with vaseline before my next ride.]
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,525
Posted By SoSmellyAir

According to Lennard Zinn (at VeloNews.com), who...

According to Lennard Zinn (at VeloNews.com), who seems to know what he is talking about, 10 speed crank and chain rings work just fine with an 11 speed cassette and RD.

Technical FAQ: 10- and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By SoSmellyAir

You gotta to post this in the Southern California...

You gotta to post this in the Southern California subforum.
12-28-21, 01:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 497
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I echo the above comments by HillRider, cxwrench,...

I echo the above comments by HillRider, cxwrench, and 79pmooney. Moreover, in my experience (solely with 11 speed road cassettes), the downshift (from a physically smaller cog to the adjacent larger...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By SoSmellyAir

True European sizing, which means I had to go one...

True European sizing, which means I had to go one size up.

As pointed out above (in post #1), I am XL in Gore bibs and Louis Garneau shorts, but got XXL in the Mavic bibs.
12-23-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

My most recent ride was a 25 mile loop in my...

My most recent ride was a 25 mile loop in my neighborhood including the Orchard Hills climb and Portola Parkway climb up to Portola Springs on 12/19/2021.



Yesterday was the last sunny day in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Mavic Bibs are So Nice!

The Pro's Closet has some Mavic bibs at closeout prices; I bought these two:

Mavic Cosmic Ultimate SL Bib Shorts Total Eclips | The Pro's Closet (theproscloset.com)...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,340
Posted By SoSmellyAir

You are approaching this all wrong. I...

You are approaching this all wrong.

I suggest that you broach a romantic getaway for you and your wife in sunny SoCal, and Legoland (if you have young kids), and just happen to save a half day for...
12-20-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Inspirational Rides by Everyone!

joesch Pizza Port is yum! My office is in DMH (but on the wrong side of I-5) and I have been there many times pre-pandemic.

jonathanf2 and CAT7RDR I agree that faster on flat ground is just due to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-14-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,170
Posted By SoSmellyAir

God wheels do not float but provide much better...

God wheels do not float but provide much better hydroplaning resistance through the parting of standing water.
12-12-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By SoSmellyAir

From what I have read, a 1.85 mm spacer (behind...

From what I have read, a 1.85 mm spacer (behind the cassette) is needed to use a 10 speed road cassette on a 11 speed road freehub.

Shimano Dura-Ace FH-9000 11-Speed Low Spacer (1.85mm) - Nashbar...
12-11-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Thank you. The problem for me is not Santiago...

Thank you. The problem for me is not Santiago Canyon Road per se; it's whether I would have any legs left after climbing Jamboree from Portola to Santiago Canyon Road.
12-10-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 1,571
Views: 147,989
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Only 34 miles but 4 climbs for this Almost...

Only 34 miles but 4 climbs for this Almost Clydesdale this afternoon!

Eastbound on Portola Parkway, climbed Orchard Hills loop, continued eastbound on Portola Parkway, even managed (for the first...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,170
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Come on, to be completely objective you must...

Come on, to be completely objective you must consider Strava files, tax returns, and Bike Forum posts (especially those with photos) for the most recent three years.
12-07-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,727
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Another reason for carbon fiber handlebar.

Another reason for carbon fiber handlebar.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-21, 12:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,443
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Any bike with the word "turbo" on the top tube is...

Any bike with the word "turbo" on the top tube is racy looking regardless of rear derailleur cage length or pedals.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-30-21, 12:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,100
Posted By SoSmellyAir

CAN $160 is not too bad for a proper bike fit,...

CAN $160 is not too bad for a proper bike fit, which takes a couple of hours, but I agree that it is not absolutely necessary. It really depends on how thoroughly you were measured for, and test...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,100
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Usually agreed, but not so sure in this case...

Usually agreed, but not so sure in this case given OP's reference to lowering seat and raising handlebars on an e-bike, both of which shifts the weight balance rearward.

Numbness may also be due...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,361
Posted By SoSmellyAir

At the very end of each ride I shift onto the...

At the very end of each ride I shift onto the small chain ring (34T) and the fourth largest rear cog (19T) to reduce chain tension and maintain a more or less straight chain line before I hang my...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,022
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Definitely at least a second rinse cycle or even...

Definitely at least a second rinse cycle or even a second full wash cycle without laundry detergent, then hang dry immediately after cycle ends.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,336
Posted By SoSmellyAir

WhyFi Great find! I ordered them both with my...

WhyFi Great find! I ordered them both with my wife's approval.

With jerseys as nice as these, who cares they match your bibs or not.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,155
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Perhaps it is just your photo, but it looks...

Perhaps it is just your photo, but it looks nothing like the GP5000 I have mounted on my front wheel.

What is that tan to almost yellowish fuzzy stuff along the center of the tire!?

And it...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is a wise decision, especially if you and/or...

This is a wise decision, especially if you and/or your wife are parent(s).
11-18-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,055
Posted By SoSmellyAir

You totally do! If I ever go Di2 on my current...

You totally do! If I ever go Di2 on my current bike I would just route the shifter wires into the frame through the existing ports for the shifter cables at the sides of the down tube just behind the...
11-15-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 472
Posted By SoSmellyAir

pepperbelly You may need a bottom bracket cable...

pepperbelly You may need a bottom bracket cable guide that extends through the hole in the frame:

Specialized Bottom Bracket Cable Guide (Black) (w/ Top Cap, Bolt) - Performance Bicycle...
11-15-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,354
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Before going the waxed chain route, I applied...

Before going the waxed chain route, I applied Boeshield T-9 (and other lube, e.g., Rock N Roll) the same way: a few drops per chain roller, let sit for a while, then backpedal the chain through a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-21, 12:33 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,595
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I have these shoes ... ... but I do not wear...

I have these shoes ...

... but I do not wear them when I am on my bike ...

... I wear them when I am trying to roll a polymer sphere at 10 targets 60 feet away.
11-11-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 401
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I have the same rear derailleur (RD-5800-GS) and...

I have the same rear derailleur (RD-5800-GS) and also considered "upgrading" to an Ultegra R8000, but decided not to do so solely due to the path of the RD cable on my bike. On my Cannondale Synapse,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,595
Posted By SoSmellyAir

These? Shimano SH-R171 Road Shoe - White -...

These?

Shimano SH-R171 Road Shoe - White - Cambria Bike (https://cambriabike.com/products/shimano-sh-r171-road-shoe-white)

They are on sale for $100 - $10 coupon code ("HOTDEAL10")

They are...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,536
Posted By SoSmellyAir

My freehub is not loud enough. One time I ended...

My freehub is not loud enough. One time I ended up pedaling along at walking pace right behind a couple who were (1) walking just far enough apart that the two of them effectively preclude safe...
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