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Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,062
Posted By Bulette

Implying that everyone else is improperly...

Implying that everyone else is improperly adjusting theirs? Guess I'll just stop discussing these matters with you...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

Well folks, we are halfway through June! I had...

Well folks, we are halfway through June! I had the opportunity to undertake a rather exciting weekend trip that included back to back centuries -- a group was scheduled to camp out near Galena...
Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,062
Posted By Bulette

That's a silly bet since I could prove that...

That's a silly bet since I could prove that statement wrong today. But even more to the point, your "extreme" setup of 34-20 has a step of 14 teeth, exactly the same as my current setup of 36-22 =...
Forum: Touring
06-09-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,062
Posted By Bulette

I use friction shifting for my triples;...

I use friction shifting for my triples; thumb-shifters can be had for under $20, though the finish on the $30-50 models are much higher quality.

The chain keeper is mostly (in my experience)...
Forum: Touring
06-08-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,062
Posted By Bulette

My current setup is 42/36/22. My cassette is...

My current setup is 42/36/22. My cassette is 12-36. I enjoy it. Most days I'm just on the 36 chainring, but the 42 is great for tailwinds and the 22 essential for tough climbs.

The setup works...
Forum: Touring
06-05-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By Bulette

I'm using this rack:...

I'm using this rack: https://www.axiomgear.com/products/racks/streamliner-racks/streamliner-29er-dlx/

It clears 29" x 2.3, could probably clear up to 2.5" tires. The rack stays needed to be flexed...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

For the last week I have been on a short tour,...

For the last week I have been on a short tour, including sections of the Great Divide. While I'm well adjusted to long days, I'm still toting a heavy load. Nonetheless, my route has taken me through...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By Bulette

The sections I finished were fun... the one thing...

The sections I finished were fun... the one thing I knew I missed was the fork. (I didn't want to spend on a new fork, and was comfortable with the suspension, despite any weight). The seals blew...
05-18-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,093
Posted By Bulette

This research is a bit sensational (not...

This research is a bit sensational (not necessarily wrong). I normally appreciate the League's research and reports; then again, perhaps the sensationalism was added by the secondary reporting and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,734
Posted By Bulette

If you're on a budget, saving $200 with Sora...

If you're on a budget, saving $200 with Sora could add a nice seat pack and tool roll. Or save the difference -- any bike you ride regularly will need maintenance eventually.



I agree, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,038
Posted By Bulette

On pavement, wheelies seem to become much easier...

On pavement, wheelies seem to become much easier around 12-14%. At grades of 15% and above, fore-aft movement is critical -- too far forward, the rear wheel can lose traction. These considerations...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By Bulette

Getting a little off-topic, but ah well.. the...

Getting a little off-topic, but ah well.. the ELT's in general aviation are legally mandated as well. While these devices are not cheap either, the cost is mostly baked into the cost of the plane...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By Bulette

First-hand experience with that -- had service in...

First-hand experience with that -- had service in Yellowstone at Canyon Village, let everyone know I was planning a few days at Tower Junction to get a little further from the crowds, and expected to...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,611
Posted By Bulette

A used Novara Randonee is hard to beat, unless...

A used Novara Randonee is hard to beat, unless you find another used touring bike of similar quality for the money.

Another option is BikesDirect; they usually get mixed reviews. Part of the...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By Bulette

I'll pick up Bear Spray in southern Colorado,...

I'll pick up Bear Spray in southern Colorado, either Salida or Silverthorne; it's not available where I am now, and I didn't want to mess with it on the bus. I'm hoping the Sawyer Mini covers the...
05-13-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 249
Posted By Bulette

2015 On-One Inbred 29er Review

A review 4 years in the making. (The catalog said it was blue.)

The Inbred was sold for around 15 years, though there were some slight improvements made over time. The originals were framed for...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By Bulette

Spare spoke will be fixed to the chainstay; I...

Spare spoke will be fixed to the chainstay; I broke a chain this season and last, and yes, bear country.



Definitely need a fresh comb. Paracord is in there -- plenty spare for clothesline,...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,761
Posted By Bulette

Have I missed anything?

I'm usually a haphazard packer -- I'll wait until the last few hours before a plane or train to get everything together, even for multi-week trips. For an upcoming bike tour, I'm hoping to improve...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

Another century short on pictures, but plenty...

Another century short on pictures, but plenty memorable. Planning for the Saturday century began no earlier than Friday at lunch; I and two other cyclists hashed out a route to ride somewhere new:...
04-05-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 885
Posted By Bulette

Aside from current events, the advent of tubeless...

Aside from current events, the advent of tubeless systems may also effect tube prices. (I realize tubeless has been around awhile, but now tubeless wheels are common OEM.) If tubeless continues its...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

Technically, this story begins in March. Thanks...

Technically, this story begins in March. Thanks to riding with a buddy, a quick return trip to Dripping Springs blossomed into a full-blown century ride (a bonus March century for me). Throughout the...
03-26-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,618
Posted By Bulette

It may not be possible to measure real horizontal...

It may not be possible to measure real horizontal distance, but it can be determined through trigonometry. In any case, the common referents for slope/grade have no purely linear relationship.
...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

Deadlines and disruptions have limited my riding,...

Deadlines and disruptions have limited my riding, so I was excited to set out on a March century -- I even chose the touring bike to add some extra saddle time. The forecast was ~60-70F, but with...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,832
Posted By Bulette

Until the alternatives add the manual 'Draw...

Until the alternatives add the manual 'Draw Lines' feature, only RideWithGPS is of any use here. Strava, Google, and a few others I've tried refuse to cross the rural low-water crossings (which are...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

Sunday's weather was supposed to start out a bit...

Sunday's weather was supposed to start out a bit cool, but the afternoon would top 70F. It was a great chance to get out for a century. Unfortunately, my Garmin had mysteriously discharged during...
Replies: 45
Views: 5,187
Posted By Bulette

Almost missed January this year; I have been...

Almost missed January this year; I have been spending more time on a mountain bike, specifically to ward off "mile hunting". But I really enjoy the long rides -- so on Saturday I set out for...
Forum: Touring
12-28-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,377
Posted By Bulette

I've been satisfied with my Salsa Vaya touring...

I've been satisfied with my Salsa Vaya touring bike for over 5 years now: it has disc brakes and quick release skewers (and the steel axle is still a stiff 10mm diameter).

In 2019, I went out of...
12-28-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 24,887
Posted By Bulette

10,000 km is a nice round goal, certainly more...

10,000 km is a nice round goal, certainly more achievable than 10k miles. I already use 100km as my weekender 'long-ride' goal, so it makes good sense to me!



2020 will be a banister year for...
12-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,835
Posted By Bulette

On the touring bike, I've settled on 47c (which...

On the touring bike, I've settled on 47c (which is about the maximum I can comfortably fit in the frame). Those tires can handle most "roads", float on loose gravel and dirt, and are generally quite...
12-19-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 22,591
Posted By Bulette

I received a Vision Team 30 Wheelset with my...

I received a Vision Team 30 Wheelset with my PlanetX bike (disc brake cross wheels, 135 QR). About 10,000 miles in and I've got some grating in the rear hub (I've previously removed the freehub and...
12-19-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 24,887
Posted By Bulette

A bit more to consider: the distribution of...

A bit more to consider: the distribution of annual miles ridden is heavily skewed. Using the histogram from Kaplan (1975) the best approximation of the median annual miles ridden falls between 1,000...
12-16-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 24,887
Posted By Bulette

Old thread, sure, but the question remains...

Old thread, sure, but the question remains relevant. I found this interesting graphic from a study conducted over forty years ago:
...
12-11-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,835
Posted By Bulette

Is there even a single real climb in Iowa?...

Is there even a single real climb in Iowa? (/kidding)

For the sake of argument, most secondary roads in Iowa are definitely well-compacted gravel-aggregate. Of course, Iowa has dirt roads too, but...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

It's hard to complain about December in Texas --...

It's hard to complain about December in Texas -- average temperatures usually settle between 50F and 70F; nonetheless, once you get used to the 90 degree days, 50 is downright chilly. Add in some...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

November's century has been in the works for...

November's century has been in the works for awhile. Das Hugel is a ~110 mile tour of west Austin "Hill Country"; the route emphasizes the steepest hills in the area, with typical gradients between...
10-11-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 19,445
Posted By Bulette

Haven't flown in awhile, eh? I was seeing 90/hr...

Haven't flown in awhile, eh? I was seeing 90/hr in the midwest and closer to 140/hr in the sunbelt, just the plane.

I like motorcycling, flying, cycling, and hiking. Hiking is the cheapest (but...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

October I've been feeling better on the bike...

October

I've been feeling better on the bike lately (maybe because the temps are finally under 90) -- in late September, I organized a 200k that took a small group of us on some familiar loops. A...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,695
Posted By Bulette

For a Campy 10-34, I find:...

For a Campy 10-34, I find: 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-22-25-29-34
I don't see a Campy 10-36, though I didn't look all that hard.

https://www.campagnolo.com/US/en/Components/chorus_12_speed_sprockets
10-01-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,647
Posted By Bulette

I started with various handlebar-mounted mirrors,...

I started with various handlebar-mounted mirrors, some very large. Though they were easy to check, too often, the mirror wasn't pointing where I needed it.

Then I tried a Take-A-Look, it seems to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,397
Posted By Bulette

Statistics

Strava, among other data-loggers, has made statistics a bit more accessible. I exported an up-to-date version of my Strava's activities.csv file. I have around 731 total rides logged, but only 347...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

September has brought some cool weather to...

September has brought some cool weather to central Texas -- morning lows in the '70's with highs hovering around 85F this week. I left comfortably after sunrise, around 8:00 am, destined for the...
09-10-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,085
Posted By Bulette

Building a bike from the frame up may be more...

Building a bike from the frame up may be more expensive initially, but you'll also acquire many tools that are essential to maintenance (and familiarity with those tools). Chains and cables are...
08-21-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,869
Posted By Bulette

Revelate makes one. I'm sure there are others. ...

Revelate makes one. I'm sure there are others.
https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm/store.catalog/Cockpit/MagTankBoltOn

Edit: I'm only aware of bolt-on top-tube "gas tank" bags. Frame bags...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

Home again in Texas, where the daytime...

Home again in Texas, where the daytime temperatures are predictably breaking 100F, and where Covid-19 is just as 'hot'. Wanting to be as safe as possible, I planned to complete August's century in...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

It's good to be up north in July: while home in...

It's good to be up north in July: while home in Texas is seeing temperatures over 100, while staying with family in Iowa, the forecast was a comfortable high of just 83, with a cool wind from the...
06-24-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,224
Posted By Bulette

I liked the slight arc to the front fork, the...

I liked the slight arc to the front fork, the low-slung seat-stays, and the straight top tube -- whether those do anything for rigidity or compliance, I have no idea.



It took some searching to...
06-19-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,224
Posted By Bulette

Mid-Term Update

Update:

The PlanetX XLA-SL now has 6,435 miles on the frame (and most of the components are still intact), and the ride is as good as ever. The first thing to wear out was the cross-oriented rear...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

June is an opportunity to escape Texas, and head...

June is an opportunity to escape Texas, and head back home to visit with family. The drive felt longer than usual -- with most places still closed (and avoiding those that were open and busy), 'rest...
05-25-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,930
Posted By Bulette

It's possible to recognize the bigger problems in...

It's possible to recognize the bigger problems in the world, and to recognize the relatively insignificant "problems" in our own lives -- the thread is even titled the "Crybaby" thread! On that...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,046
Posted By Bulette

The forecast has been showing chances of rain...

The forecast has been showing chances of rain every day until June -- not that I mind a little rain, but it can still be off putting.

Woke up this morning, no clouds in the early dawn light....
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