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Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 353
Posted By scottfsmith

Hot weather biking tips

I'm sure this is a regular topic here but I haven't seen a thread recently so here goes..

I have done lots of suffering in hot weather and as I got older I found I would just bail instead of going...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 936
Posted By scottfsmith

My pump gauge is off by 18psi when the pressures...

My pump gauge is off by 18psi when the pressures are in the 60-70psi actual range. One reason why I tested a lot of lower pressures is I didn't realize how much off my pump was -- accidental...
06-18-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 671
Posted By scottfsmith

Same here, I am a later in the day rider but the...

Same here, I am a later in the day rider but the hot weather is coming like a freight train. I do really late rides in hot weather, like 9PM. It is warmer than early morning though, plus it is in...
06-16-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,801
Posted By scottfsmith

While it is true that in the worst case the...

While it is true that in the worst case the cross-chaining is worse on a 2x, if you have something like Shimano's Synchro Shift (or do similar manual shifting patterns) won't you overall have better...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 936
Posted By scottfsmith

I have 30mm tires but same bike and weight. I ran...

I have 30mm tires but same bike and weight. I ran them as low as 40psi, it sure was cushy but they were slower. I also had a couple rim strikes which if I was running tubes would have likely produced...
06-11-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 696
Posted By scottfsmith

There is some guy(s) in my neighborhood making...

There is some guy(s) in my neighborhood making all sorts of obscure segments.. they do things like require you start a segment say by turning in on some side road to it which will rule out 80% of the...
06-07-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By scottfsmith

Formula for tire width for gravel

Noonievut suggested on a recent thread here (https://www.bikeforums.net/cyclocross-gravelbiking-recreational/1212012-what-s-your-minimum-preferred-tire-width-gravel-riding-3.html#post22088278) that...
06-06-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By scottfsmith

Hey I just happened on a recent Youtube by Neill...

Hey I just happened on a recent Youtube by Neill Stanbury, one of the best bike fitters out there. He explains the different causes and solutions for neck pain.

Youtube by Neill Stanbury,
06-06-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By scottfsmith

Upright is not necessarily the key. For me the...

Upright is not necessarily the key. For me the key was I needed to be able to have my elbows down and not be straight-arming. Overall I ended up lower but it solved my problem. Here is a picture, the...
06-05-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By scottfsmith

It is hand-lettered, the o's and s's are all...

It is hand-lettered, the o's and s's are all different.

People will reproduce decals from pictures, not sure about the cost though. You will get more info from the Classic&Vintage subform here -...
06-05-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 980
Posted By scottfsmith

It sounds like you just need to switch to...

It sounds like you just need to switch to tubeless - ? You can probably get a tire with much less rolling resistance and run it tubeless. More fast, less flats. GK Slick+ run tubeless should solve...
06-04-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,926
Posted By scottfsmith

Thats interesting to hear, I was trying to guess...

Thats interesting to hear, I was trying to guess tire sizes from watching the videos of that race on Youtube (great videos BTW! - search for gravel locos to pull 'em up). Dylan Johnson in his video...
06-04-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By scottfsmith

I was frequently missing Teslas when they first...

I was frequently missing Teslas when they first started popping up and was a bit concerned, but now I am cued in to the tire noise and I always know they are coming now.

I am also on the other end...
06-03-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,396
Posted By scottfsmith

I would ask your buds dropping you how many hours...

I would ask your buds dropping you how many hours a week they are riding and in what zones they are doing their rides. Then, do something similar. I have a friend who drops me on climbs, I asked...
06-01-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,590
Posted By scottfsmith

On the phone app go to Settings .. Contacts .....

On the phone app go to Settings .. Contacts .. and disable the "Access to contacts" there. That will stop them harvesting your contacts.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,532
Posted By scottfsmith

Crushed limestone is the primary stone found in...

Crushed limestone is the primary stone found in most gravel roads. That said, it is true that on rail trails it is often more like gravel dust. On the local rail trail the new gravel they put down...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,220
Posted By scottfsmith

I"m in agreement with many of the above comments:...

I"m in agreement with many of the above comments: you will be great with either a gravel or an endurance bike, and two sets of wheels. If you are not on single-track or big-chunk gravel get the...
05-12-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,452
Posted By scottfsmith

They are 37.2mm wide on the 25 internal rims,...

They are 37.2mm wide on the 25 internal rims, tubeless. This is after several weeks of being mounted so the initial stretching should have happened. They were less than 35mm on the 20mm ID rims,...
05-03-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By scottfsmith

Siping right requires a tool like this...

Siping right requires a tool like this (https://www.amazon.com/Hardline-Products-TD-1-Doctor-Cutting/dp/B007GR42K4), which costs about what a tire costs. So probably not worth the $$.

On the...
05-03-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,199
Posted By scottfsmith

The overflow cars are usually further down the...

The overflow cars are usually further down the road where parking is legal, but maybe not always.

They did add the median there a few years ago to try to slow things down a bit, but obviously that...
05-02-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,330
Posted By scottfsmith

Unfortunately when you are comparing touring and...

Unfortunately when you are comparing touring and gravel tires you can get misled from how data are presented on that site.

The TLC's "20.8" number is at what they call low air pressure which for...
04-29-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,199
Posted By scottfsmith

I ride that trail regularly. They should put...

I ride that trail regularly. They should put some blinking lights there, cars just blaze through and there is a lot of bike traffic.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By scottfsmith

The Progretto X2 has completely spoiled me, all...

The Progretto X2 has completely spoiled me, all my other bottoms are sitting in the storage bin.

I measured the inseam on my Aero Race 4, they vary from 10-11" depending on how hard/tight you pull...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 549
Posted By scottfsmith

I don't have much basis for comparison, but they...

I don't have much basis for comparison, but they are longer than my old Pearl Izumi shorts. My thighs are above average length and I like the fit. Google image search will show a bunch of different...
04-26-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,678
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks Charlie, this was actually what I was...

Thanks Charlie, this was actually what I was after in my original post, duration / frequency / intensity but the conversation went in another direction.

I have been bumping things up lately, I am...
04-25-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,106
Posted By scottfsmith

I had a bike fit yesterday.. it was very...

I had a bike fit yesterday.. it was very interesting. Since this thread is still alive I thought I would ago over some things that came up.

I was doing a little side-to-side on my butt when...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By scottfsmith

Wahoo recommends unplugging it. You don't need...

Wahoo recommends unplugging it. You don't need to go all the way to the wall, you can just unplug it where the adapter attaches at the base. Not sure it really matters though, I have forgotten to...
04-17-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,083
Posted By scottfsmith

Heliocare is a pill you can take to lessen the...

Heliocare is a pill you can take to lessen the effects of the sun. My wife’s dermatologist recommended it. So far my impression is that it does appear to work.. so I am taking them before a long...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-13-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,415
Posted By scottfsmith

We had tons of them in 2004. I don't recall any...

We had tons of them in 2004. I don't recall any significant issues biking, you might bump into a couple.

They come out of the ground and at emergence you see a ton and think it is going to be so...
04-12-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,829
Posted By scottfsmith

While that site has lots of data, you need to...

While that site has lots of data, you need to take it with a big grain of salt. They are all drum tests and it is well-known that drum and road while related are not perfectly correlated. Roads are...
04-11-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By scottfsmith

I was cleaning out my garage today, I found some...

I was cleaning out my garage today, I found some ~25 year old tires and tubes. The road tires were stiff and brittle, toss. Tubes and MTB tires all looked fine, save.
04-08-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,829
Posted By scottfsmith

Thanks for posting this article. These are...

Thanks for posting this article. These are closer to the kind of tests that should be done, not the mostly useless indoor drum rolling resistance tests.

What I would like to see though is an...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,699
Posted By scottfsmith

Back on the original topic, I agree there is no...

Back on the original topic, I agree there is no need to rush into it. If you do decide to try bigger don't go half way and go to 32c / tubeless / super-supple / low-pressure. All four or none.
04-02-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,743
Posted By scottfsmith

I'm a geek, I got a power meter a few months ago...

I'm a geek, I got a power meter a few months ago and I love it. Power meters to me are not about formal training plans or goals, they are about knowing how your body is working. One thing I found...
03-28-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,616
Posted By scottfsmith

That’s funny I am recently back into biking and...

That’s funny I am recently back into biking and also sold my LeMond Zurich not too long ago. I got a Specialized Roubaix, still with drop bars but less extreme and with some springs for shock...
03-27-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By scottfsmith

For multi-surface riding it sounds like you want...

For multi-surface riding it sounds like you want the widest tires possible that will fit on your bike.

I don't think the manufacturer-rated clearance is worth using, each manufacturer has a...
03-26-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,441
Posted By scottfsmith

Aerobars to stretch out back?

I feel pretty good for about 1-1.5 hours into a ride, but after that the stiffness often gets annoying and I need to start stretching out as I ride. I have never used aero bars but was thinking of...
03-16-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,509
Posted By scottfsmith

I mentioned I am doing kettlebell weight training...

I mentioned I am doing kettlebell weight training post-PT, but should have added I needed to do many things to get my 60-year-old back under control.

(still keep doing the PT-prescribed...
03-14-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,740
Posted By scottfsmith

I looked and found one study which showed 19%. I...

I looked and found one study which showed 19%. I also found an article mentioning 30-50%. Here is the study:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22884376/

It is not too surprising to me, cars are...
03-12-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,509
Posted By scottfsmith

Another Great Awakener here.. turning 60 soon. I...

Another Great Awakener here.. turning 60 soon. I have already done the PT (and still do the routine daily) but my core still is not what I want so I have recently added weights. I decided to add...
03-12-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,496
Posted By scottfsmith

Along with the frame material don’t forget about...

Along with the frame material don’t forget about those fat and cushy 38c’s that you have on the Trek 520.

In summary heres what us old stiff guys need for a good long road ride:

A shock...
03-11-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,412
Posted By scottfsmith

I stopped for a pedestrian at a corner and...

I stopped for a pedestrian at a corner and somehow could not un-clip and they got a front row seat as I slowly teetered over and crunched myself.

I loosened up the clips a bunch after that .....
03-11-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,496
Posted By scottfsmith

I think anyone would prefer a new $10K road bike...

I think anyone would prefer a new $10K road bike over an old endurance bike ;)

In the end I think it comes down to how stiff and inflamed your joints are. Like the OP I can't touch my toes and...
03-10-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,496
Posted By scottfsmith

I am pushing 60 and switched to a Roubaix about a...

I am pushing 60 and switched to a Roubaix about a year ago partly based on recommendation from my LBS. I wished I had switched ten years earlier, the difference is small enough on the speed side and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,000
Posted By scottfsmith

Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapidair 30mm Just...

Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapidair 30mm
Just bringing these up since nobody else has. These are the only road tubeless I have run but I am very impressed with their suppleness, speed, and...
03-07-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,716
Posted By scottfsmith

My take is Garmin is great 90's tech, Wahoo is...

My take is Garmin is great 90's tech, Wahoo is great 20's tech. Too much glitchy outdated 90's crap in the Garmin UIs. Wahoo got to start over and designed a much more seamless experience. This is...
02-28-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,413
Posted By scottfsmith

I recently got some Rapha Deep Winter socks...

I recently got some Rapha Deep Winter socks (https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/deep-winter-socks/product/DWS02XX), and have not put on my overshoes since. I have not yet figured out the temp where I...
02-21-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 876
Posted By scottfsmith

Here there is real snow to ride in maybe a couple...

Here there is real snow to ride in maybe a couple days a year at most (zero for the previous two years in fact), not much chance for a fat bike. There is a lot of water that freezes though and I...
02-20-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 876
Posted By scottfsmith

I have recently been Zwifting more than...

I have recently been Zwifting more than outdooring due to snow and ice, and I am going a bit stir crazy. The real outside is so much more fun, especially during the never-ending pandemic which is...
02-18-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,740
Posted By scottfsmith

I saw a quote of a study recently that a front...

I saw a quote of a study recently that a front blinker reduces accidents by 30%. That jibes with my vague impression of how many drivers saw me due to my front blinker (or not).

I’m glad I have...
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