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12-03-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By zacster

The Bronx is hilly, and there are the bridges. ...

The Bronx is hilly, and there are the bridges. Both Prospect Park and Central Park have a hill. But that's about it. And as I said I rarely go off the big ring on any of it. There is one hill in...
12-02-21, 10:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By zacster

I'm expecting that so it won't be a surprise. The...

I'm expecting that so it won't be a surprise. The route is pretty flat though, but even flat routes have their hills. In all the time I've had that bike I've never used the granny gear except to try...
12-02-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By zacster

Gevenalle makes just what I'm looking for, at a...

Gevenalle makes just what I'm looking for, at a price of course. The have 10sp Dynasys/3 front and linear pull levers all in one! Thanks. It is definitely a more expensive solution but still a lot...
12-02-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By zacster

I just looked and they offer a 10sp Dynasys...

I just looked and they offer a 10sp Dynasys brifter but only right/rear side, the left is brake only. The other thing is that the brake levers are short pull only. I need long pull.
12-02-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By zacster

What else would work with 10s Dynasys?

I hate to ask this question, but I'm looking at putting drop bars, or some other multi position bar, on my commuter bike to use it for a longish tour. The problem of course is the levers and...
11-28-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 697
Posted By zacster

At least with Presta cores they sell replacement...

At least with Presta cores they sell replacement kits that are universal so the cores must be universal. And the kits are cheaper than a new tube. I wish I'd realized that a while ago because I've...
Forum: Touring
11-28-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By zacster

If that is an American passport it wouldn't...

If that is an American passport it wouldn't surprise me if overseas citizens are prioritized. After all, the last thing you want is to be stuck without a passport to get home.

I put in for...
Forum: Touring
11-28-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By zacster

The upper part of the route goes through a much...

The upper part of the route goes through a much more sparsely populated part of NY State. The E-W portion from Albany to Buffalo goes through Schenectady, Utica, Rome, Syracuse, Rochester, Palmyra...
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By zacster

At 66 I'm considering a tour for the first time...

At 66 I'm considering a tour for the first time in over 40 years. And I never did that tour either. I am looking into the NYS Empire Trail as a first tour, and the considerations there are: Ease,...
11-26-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 697
Posted By zacster

One flat is an accidental puncture, 2 flats is a...

One flat is an accidental puncture, 2 flats is a pattern. While I always check for protruding glass or spokes when I fix a flat, if there is a second on the same tire/tube there is usually a root...
Forum: Touring
11-26-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By zacster

At this point I'm thinking of a light upgrade to...

At this point I'm thinking of a light upgrade to the MTB, basically adding some kind of bar for different hand positions, but not bar ends. I have a bike with bar ends and I realized I never used...
11-22-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By zacster

Would this conversion be reversible? I'm...

Would this conversion be reversible? I'm planning on doing a touring trip this summer and I don't think I want to be in road shoes to do it but I would like the power meter for the trip. I would...
11-20-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 583
Posted By zacster

I guess my son's luck ran out with the rain since...

I guess my son's luck ran out with the rain since I last posted here. Meanwhile he's been here in NYC as much as he's been in Seattle and I see him more now than when he lived here. He'll be based...
11-20-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By zacster

I agree. And if you want to see mountains just...

I agree. And if you want to see mountains just head up into the Alps. He also forgot to include wine. Italian wine is much better than Alaskan wine.
11-20-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,642
Posted By zacster

I just looked through my posts to find when I did...

I just looked through my posts to find when I did the g springs and it was July, 2018 so over 3 years ago now, and in that time they have worked perfectly. I wrote that it took about 2 hours...
Forum: Northeast
11-19-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,814
Posted By zacster

And they were???

And they were???
11-19-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By zacster

While I don't doubt that it worked for you the...

While I don't doubt that it worked for you the ramps are what make the shifts fast and silent.

Maybe the reason Miche gave up on conversion cassettes is that 11sp doesn't need it. The spacing...
11-18-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By zacster

My short cage Chorus can go up to 29, which is...

My short cage Chorus can go up to 29, which is what I run now. I don't think it will take any more. These are becoming hard to find too.

I should add that when I needed .2mm spacers I had to cut...
11-18-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By zacster

If the wheels are 11sp then you can use an...

If the wheels are 11sp then you can use an Ultegra cassette on the wheel by placing .2mm spacers, yes 0.2mm, between all the loose cogs, and a 1mm spacer behind it. That will make it so close to...
11-09-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,268
Posted By zacster

Meanwhile the weather has gotten in the way of...

Meanwhile the weather has gotten in the way of doing the training plan. It is just too nice outside to ride indoors. 67 and sunny with only a slight breeze in NYC in November.
Forum: Touring
11-09-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By zacster

I did my test ride yesterday and I'm not so sure,...

I did my test ride yesterday and I'm not so sure, although at the expected pace maybe it'll just be fine. This was on city streets and dedicated bike lanes but no dirt as there is little here to even...
Forum: Touring
11-09-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By zacster

No, From Buffalo to Albany and then south back to...

No, From Buffalo to Albany and then south back to Brooklyn, although my wife thinks heading to Lake George would be a good idea as we have friends there. That may be a better idea.
Forum: Touring
11-08-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By zacster

That's what I've thought too. I just checked the...

That's what I've thought too. I just checked the tires on the MTB and they are 28c, so I would probably change those. They are Gatorskins though so maybe? As for the gearing, I know I'll never use...
Forum: Northeast
11-08-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 954
Posted By zacster

Even where the right of way is available it can...

Even where the right of way is available it can take decades to actually build anything. Just look at how long it is taking with the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. I rode the first section from...
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By zacster

NY Empire State Trail

After an article in the NY Times Empire State Trail...
Forum: Northeast
11-07-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 954
Posted By zacster

Even just putting up signs is a big win. How...

Even just putting up signs is a big win. How often have you come to the end of a trail with no way of knowing how to connect to the next one or the best road to take? Yea, we all have our phones,...
Forum: Northeast
11-07-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,814
Posted By zacster

Yes, the numbers are higher there than the rest...

Yes, the numbers are higher there than the rest of the city but on a bike I never worried about Covid at all. Moving air is one of the things that prevents the virus from catching and you are almost...
11-02-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,334
Posted By zacster

I used a CycleOps Fluid 2 for my first real year...

I used a CycleOps Fluid 2 for my first real year of indoor training and used estimated power for the first few months. I then bought a pair of power meter pedals so I could stop estimating the power...
11-01-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 566
Posted By zacster

In ERG mode it doesn't matter. In level and...

In ERG mode it doesn't matter. In level and simulation mode it may but on a trainer I don't worry too much about gearing and shifting anyway.
Forum: Northeast
11-01-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,814
Posted By zacster

Funny, I just reread my original post and I see I...

Funny, I just reread my original post and I see I didn't mention Staten Island. That is one place I don't ride, but not because it isn't safe. It just isn't accessible. I did try to go there in...
11-01-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,192
Posted By zacster

Why the hell would you take newish bikes with 11...

Why the hell would you take newish bikes with 11 speed and convert them to 12? What advantage do you see? That is a lot of money to change two perfectly good bikes either of which I would love to...
Forum: Northeast
10-31-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,814
Posted By zacster

The city is safe now, get over it. Stop...

The city is safe now, get over it. Stop overthinking this.
10-28-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,528
Posted By zacster

I would suspect that bike was crashed. The fork...

I would suspect that bike was crashed. The fork looks a little bent. The stem appears to be the wrong size for the bar, you have no regular levers and yet the brakes themselves look like newer ones....
10-24-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By zacster

Yea, a properly installed patch lasts forever. A...

Yea, a properly installed patch lasts forever. A poorly installed patch OTOH will fail and usually quickly.

I used to patch on the road but now just carry 2 spares with me and patch at home in...
10-24-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,729
Posted By zacster

Since most of my rides are out and back I'll stop...

Since most of my rides are out and back I'll stop at the turnaround point. And if it isn't an out and back I'll stop once somewhere along the way, usually beyond the halfway point. But I'm also in...
10-24-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,149
Posted By zacster

My goal is 100 miles/week as it has been the last...

My goal is 100 miles/week as it has been the last 20 years. For a while I was doing more like 120 but that was when I was still working and commuting, which was 10 miles each way and I'd do it 3-4...
Forum: Northeast
10-24-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,814
Posted By zacster

You must be from that fantasy part of NYC where...

You must be from that fantasy part of NYC where the cops actually give a damn.

And to answer in general, I ride EVERYWHERE in NYC. There is no place that is unsafe to ride, except for the traffic....
10-23-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 841
Posted By zacster

Where did they come from? Probably a big...

Where did they come from? Probably a big manufacturer that didn't use them before 10sp came around, and then found their agreement with Shimano is that they couldn't just sell them. How long has it...
10-22-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 536
Posted By zacster

I've always found it much easier to replace a...

I've always found it much easier to replace a wheel OFF the stand. You get a lot more leverage that way. I can swap between my trainer and wheel or vice versa in 15 seconds because they are on the...
10-19-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 18,544
Posted By zacster

That would make at least 2 Davidsons in NYC,...

That would make at least 2 Davidsons in NYC, except my son just took my Davidson back to Seattle where he just moved so I'd have something to ride when I get there.
10-19-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 18,631
Posted By zacster

I just went to see Tedeschi Trucks Band. I felt...

I just went to see Tedeschi Trucks Band. I felt like I was one of the younger crowd there at 66. The band themselves are not that old but they appeal to the Allman Bros and Dead fans. Derek Trucks...
10-19-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 279
Posted By zacster

I started using 25-32 tubes on my 700x28 tire but...

I started using 25-32 tubes on my 700x28 tire but it would also fit easily in a 25. If that's what you have, use it. I bought 5 of them at once because that was the only way to get them a year ago...
10-17-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By zacster

They will all work. Don't sweat it. Things...

They will all work. Don't sweat it. Things change in the middle of a run sometimes. I had a Chorus 10 crankset initially on a bike that I crashed. The replacement frame had an FSA crank and I...
10-16-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,025
Posted By zacster

I only ride the drops when I'm going downhill and...

I only ride the drops when I'm going downhill and leaning into it otherwise I'm always on the hoods. Back in the old days the hoods weren't nearly as comfortable so maybe back then we rode drops,...
10-15-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 732
Posted By zacster

I just took a look at all my usual vendors and...

I just took a look at all my usual vendors and you might be completely out of luck on finding new ones. Nobody has anything in 10sp Shimano. I have a sense that 10sp didn't last all that long, that...
10-15-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 732
Posted By zacster

Your bike is the same time frame (no pun...

Your bike is the same time frame (no pun intended) as mine. I have a 2005 Kuota with Campy 10 on it, Easton wheels. The issue you will run into is that anything new has moved on from those specs. The...
10-13-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,158
Posted By zacster

In Zwift if I'm not feeling it I'll just go and...

In Zwift if I'm not feeling it I'll just go and do a simulation ride, and being a New Yorker my favorite was laps of Central Park. My other favorite torture in Zwift is the radio tower ride. That...
10-12-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By zacster

That's too bad, I'd have given you mine.

That's too bad, I'd have given you mine.
10-12-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,025
Posted By zacster

A couple of years ago I rented a Spec Roubaix in...

A couple of years ago I rented a Spec Roubaix in San Francisco and rode all day and I thought it was a great ride, even compared to my own carbon bike. I started looking at them and then realized...
10-12-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,025
Posted By zacster

I'm 66 and still mostly on my road bike but I'm...

I'm 66 and still mostly on my road bike but I'm beginning to think it won't be forever. It just keeps getting a little harder, and the post ride is a lot more achy. But I'll do it as long as I'm...
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