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07-12-15, 08:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,740
Posted By Cognitive

It so happens that one of the local KOM's is a...

It so happens that one of the local KOM's is a former coworker. He's 10 years younger than me, has been riding since age 3, and has maybe a quarter of a pound of fat on him.

I started a bit over...
06-24-15, 09:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,487
Posted By Cognitive

consider geography and climate when deciding...

consider geography and climate when deciding where to go. I live in a very bicycle friendly city that is challenged climate wise (Midwest) in terms of winds and also a minor but pervasive north-south...
06-19-15, 08:52 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 17,985
Posted By Cognitive

Depends on where you live and what kind of...

Depends on where you live and what kind of cycling infrastructure you have. I love and hate my Specialized Expedition at the same time - love it because it's comfortable and rides the pavement /...
04-02-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,931
Posted By Cognitive

The doc is a bit on the conservative side - old...

The doc is a bit on the conservative side - old school is more like it. I have another 20lb to lose. He recommends walking to everyone. My wife is 130 lb, a size 4 and he said she needs to lose...
04-01-15, 10:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,931
Posted By Cognitive

FitBit or other activity tracker that is cycling aware?

I just had my physical exam for the year and despite the hibernation diet and activity level of this past winter I did very well. Great EKG, kept off 9 of 10 lb I dropped last year. My physician...
02-25-15, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,141
Posted By Cognitive

Let me shed some light from a cognitive :)...

Let me shed some light from a cognitive :) background. When people talk about 'reaction time', they usually mean simple choice - see deer, stomp on brakes type situation. This is really the time...
11-15-14, 09:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,382
Posted By Cognitive

Strava may not be telling you the whole story....

Strava may not be telling you the whole story. Find the entire ride of some of the people around your ranking and see. It's either a consistent speed over 20-30 miles (which is impressive) or the KOM...
11-14-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,305
Posted By Cognitive

If my Sigma Rox 6.0 is any indication, they're...

If my Sigma Rox 6.0 is any indication, they're finicky to set up for exact measurements. If the world will not end if you did 8.0 miles or 8.2, then any of those would be fine. Otherwise a basic GPS...
10-30-14, 09:40 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,625
Posted By Cognitive

Well, here's a vote of ho-hum regarding the...

Well, here's a vote of ho-hum regarding the Expedition... It's heavy. Like 34 lb heavy. The gears.... 1st is not useful unless you're climbing Mt. Everest. 7th is for going downhill on Mt. Everest....
10-27-14, 11:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,245
Posted By Cognitive

Most of the tedious work is the protocols - the...

Most of the tedious work is the protocols - the two I worked on have simple but very peculiar protocols that talk to the mothership. So if something goes wrong - outright disconnected, bad signals,...
10-25-14, 06:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,245
Posted By Cognitive

I spent two years writing apps for streaming...

I spent two years writing apps for streaming radio. It's not trivial. Your best bet would be a Craigslist used smartphone and a little clever cabinet around it. Anything homemade will need to run the...
10-25-14, 06:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,493
Posted By Cognitive

That set of graphs says it all. The South wind is...

That set of graphs says it all. The South wind is not a problem as I have it on the downhill, but the 3 mile stretch - heading west on the way home - gets clobbered by Southwest winds...

What...
10-21-14, 06:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,493
Posted By Cognitive

It does take a lot of motivation to ride when...

It does take a lot of motivation to ride when your car (a Honda Civic, decent size car) has trouble with the headwind (20+ mph) and needs to be punched a bit...

It's fascinating to notice the...
10-19-14, 11:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,493
Posted By Cognitive

It isn't just a question of speed - There are two...

It isn't just a question of speed - There are two spots in my routine route where the HRM hits high score (around 145). The rest of the 12 mile ride (half on a mild downhill, half on a mild downhill,...
10-19-14, 05:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,493
Posted By Cognitive

A bit of revisiting of this topic... A while ago...

A bit of revisiting of this topic... A while ago I got a bike computer with HRM and things were OK. I generally do the same route every day I ride (standard 12 miles, with optional extensions if time...
10-14-14, 08:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 867
Posted By Cognitive

Not if you do it downhill :lol: Pretty...

Not if you do it downhill :lol:

Pretty impressive. Is there a lot of vehicle traffic? I wonder about the safety aspect with likely blind turns and so on.
10-12-14, 07:36 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,749
Posted By Cognitive

Here in Central Indiana it's not the cold (yet...

Here in Central Indiana it's not the cold (yet :-)) as much as it is the lack of saddle time. Thru September I was doing 12 mile rides 4 days a week and 17-19 miles the other two, averaging well over...
10-10-14, 08:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

The Expedition has 26" x 1.95, so the...

The Expedition has 26" x 1.95, so the ever-knowing Sigma manual (http://www.sigma-rox.com/images/rox/rox6/anleitungen/SIGMA_ROX_60_Manual_US.pdf) suggested 2105. That came out to be way off for some...
10-10-14, 08:38 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,749
Posted By Cognitive

Well, I just want to maintain the pace. My...

Well, I just want to maintain the pace. My current bike is a Specialized Expedition, which has the fit and geometry of a sofa, i.e. not very challenging physically in terms of a position etc for an...
10-09-14, 09:56 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,749
Posted By Cognitive

Neither. A stationary exercise bicycle like a...

Neither. A stationary exercise bicycle like a low-end Schwinn Airdyne AD2 Amazon.com : Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike : Sports & Outdoors...
10-09-14, 08:39 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,749
Posted By Cognitive

Given my newbie status, would it be advisable to...

Given my newbie status, would it be advisable to get something like a Schwinn or similar low budget exercise bicycle? I have a very nice and expensive treadmill but absolutely hate it - the Schwinn ...
10-09-14, 08:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

How does one go about adjusting for tire size to...

How does one go about adjusting for tire size to match Strava? I dialed in the Expedition's tire size and the Rox was nearly 10% off in terms of total mileage. I started reducing tire size slowly and...
Forum: Introductions
10-07-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By Cognitive

Greetings from Carmel, IN!

Greetings from Carmel, IN!
09-30-14, 05:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

He's not cycling aware I think. Old school doc....

He's not cycling aware I think. Old school doc. Same guy claimed that going to the gym one hour a day does not lose one weight (probably right on this one as muscle is heavier than flab but...
09-29-14, 09:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,886
Posted By Cognitive

As much as I appreciate the physical improvements...

As much as I appreciate the physical improvements of cycling, the mental ones are much more important for me. I can't wait to get home from work for a quick 10-15 miles on the Monon trail, then...
09-29-14, 09:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

Here are the installation pics. Head Unit...

Here are the installation pics.

Head Unit using the default zip ties. I added an extra 3/32 inch double foam sticky tape to better fit to the contours of the handlebar. It's pretty sturdy.
...
09-27-14, 10:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

Maybe HILTI's :crash: I used larger,...

Maybe HILTI's :crash:

I used larger, automotive grade zip ties and they seem to have held well. I'll post some pics but the iPhone prefers daylight.

I tested my usual 12 mile daily ride and it...
09-26-14, 11:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

I finally installed everything: The display...

I finally installed everything:

The display unit went to the handlebars and required two zip ties and a bit of foam tape to fit more snugly on the handlebars. Fairly straightforward, tho I am...
09-26-14, 08:17 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,442
Posted By Cognitive

I was way young back then but the above dwarfs...

I was way young back then but the above dwarfs even Beanie Baby / Furby / Tickle Me Elmo type sales craze growth. Did the industry predict it and actually deliver the bikes?? or were LBS's invaded...
09-26-14, 08:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,605
Posted By Cognitive

Re: fairy footies, some of it may be the sock...

Re: fairy footies, some of it may be the sock technology or quality has improved such that the footies don't bunch up like they used to in the past. After trying 1st gen fairy footies and ending up...
09-25-14, 06:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,073
Posted By Cognitive

Belt Drive? I'm not the most bicycle technology...

Belt Drive? I'm not the most bicycle technology aware person out there but still.. it's about one step from all-wheel drive for me. What's the benefits?
09-21-14, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,387
Posted By Cognitive

De-Hybridizing a hybrid

Planning for next year... Since my hybrid (Specialized Expedition) has the aerodynamics of a UPS van with its upright riding position, I am thinking about swapping the handlebar (upright, stock) with...
09-20-14, 08:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,109
Posted By Cognitive

I started cycling on Memorial day and if you...

I started cycling on Memorial day and if you believe Strava I have a lot more than 400 miles on flat MUP's (1% inclines at worst). My longest ride has been around 20 miles, and I do it twice a week....
09-20-14, 08:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

I ended up getting a Sigma Rox 6.0 CAD - German...

I ended up getting a Sigma Rox 6.0 CAD - German Engineering and all that :rolleyes:

It arrives Wednesday so we'll have a Zip Tie Fest!
09-18-14, 10:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

Well, the other issue is aesthetics. It would not...

Well, the other issue is aesthetics. It would not be a huge issue for bike manufacturers to provide a couple of mounting tabs so that cadence and wheel sensors could be mounted securely.

I would...
09-18-14, 06:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,090
Posted By Cognitive

Zip Ties and Sticky Tape and Rubber Bands, Oh My

I am about to buy a cyclocomputer and watched the installation video and was promptly freaked out by the sheer number of pieces that are zip-tied, duct-taped...

How is the reliability of such...
09-16-14, 10:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,679
Posted By Cognitive

Here in Carmel Indiana on the Monon trail we have...

Here in Carmel Indiana on the Monon trail we have bicycle riding officers (riding some cool police livery mountain-bike looking bikes) with short sleeve / short pants police uniform and on occasion...
09-15-14, 06:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,311
Posted By Cognitive

Hills are over-rated :p I would be...

Hills are over-rated :p

I would be interested to find out the ride statistics, that is, what's your average speed for the 6-10 mile rides vs the 34. Also #stops...
09-15-14, 06:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,688
Posted By Cognitive

My older daughter is an architecture college...

My older daughter is an architecture college student - she consumes unreal amounts of caffeine, but eats a good diet, manages on very little sleep, and is as fit as they get...

I have noticed the...
09-10-14, 09:45 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,605
Posted By Cognitive

I have very little hair on my legs (make that,...

I have very little hair on my legs (make that, none, no kidding). Likewise on my arms. If it wasn't for the Frank Zappa hair (at age 55) I'd be KOM :thumb:.
09-09-14, 09:36 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,208
Posted By Cognitive

The double strength :) underwear works ok for...

The double strength :) underwear works ok for padding but not for heat dissipation... Since this riding season is mostly done (the hot part) here in Indiana I figure I can research the issue some...
09-05-14, 10:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,235
Posted By Cognitive

I have been very happy with my Specialized...

I have been very happy with my Specialized Expedition hybrid. It was $429 usd and has a pretty good front suspension and good tires.

I ride on MUP's and road bikes with thinner tires and no...
09-05-14, 09:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,673
Posted By Cognitive

Anyone fretting about having to take a picture of...

Anyone fretting about having to take a picture of a bicycle should apply for admission to architecture schools. Many schools require specific pieces drawn, and the Rhode Island School of Design (and...
09-05-14, 08:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,208
Posted By Cognitive

I am 54 y.o. 5 ft 9 230 lb now 220!! Started...

I am 54 y.o. 5 ft 9 230 lb now 220!! Started cycling on Memorial Day on a Specialized Expedition hybrid. Due to my shape I could not fit on a rod bike all that well and it was either a hybrid or a...
09-03-14, 10:06 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 7,455
Posted By Cognitive

1. Wind 2. Pervasive mild inclines (try 10...

1. Wind
2. Pervasive mild inclines (try 10 miles worth of a mild incline uphill, not fun).
3. SUV sized strollers
4. Mt. Everest sized MUP overpasses over roads that force you to pedal up to...
09-03-14, 10:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,930
Posted By Cognitive

As a new cyclist of mediocre abilities (20 miles...

As a new cyclist of mediocre abilities (20 miles at 10-12 mph on MUP's) the best reason is mind cleansing.

Those of you who have been on a saddle for a while can do this automatically, much like...
09-02-14, 09:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 947
Posted By Cognitive

I have an appointment with Dr. Quack, my personal...

I have an appointment with Dr. Quack, my personal physician, in a couple of weeks and will ask him. Dr. Q never saw a food supplement he did not like so... He's pretty good with such things, but the...
09-01-14, 08:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,279
Posted By Cognitive

The therapeutic value of carbon fiber should also...

The therapeutic value of carbon fiber should also be mentioned. It is believed that any respectable LBS can metabolize free cash into carbon fiber.

(I ought to feel in good spirits. We have had...
09-01-14, 09:46 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,899
Posted By Cognitive

Most of our costs are landscaping and buying...

Most of our costs are landscaping and buying right-of-way from the landowners. Then maintenance. But then, the typical roundabout here looks like this. This is a bit over the top but there's plenty...
09-01-14, 09:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,272
Posted By Cognitive

I'm 220, down 10 lb since early June. Need to be...

I'm 220, down 10 lb since early June. Need to be 180 (high school / college weight :)). I came to 200 lb a few years ago with walking 5 miles a day but drove me nuts. Then back to 230 slowly, like 5...
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