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Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,059
Posted By KevinF

18 months? How much are you riding?

18 months? How much are you riding?
Forum: Foo
05-19-18, 02:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,257
Posted By KevinF

I was disheartened to see the first post -- megs...

I was disheartened to see the first post -- megs of memory? GHz CPUs?

I have fond memories of hand-coding assembly code to make things fit into limited memory, counting clock cycles to get things...
07-06-17, 03:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,952
Posted By KevinF

Are you cleaning / lubricating your chain...

Are you cleaning / lubricating your chain periodically?

Regardless of how clean you keep a chain, they will wear out. Worn chains in turn wear down cassettes. If you replace the chain before...
Forum: Northeast
06-27-17, 04:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,464
Posted By KevinF

Were you the only spectator for the race this...

Were you the only spectator for the race this year? I seriously didn't see any people (other than the racers obviously) in your videos.

Cool angles on some of your shots though.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-17, 03:07 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 10,379
Posted By KevinF

Yeah... While the "F" in my handle is my last...

Yeah... While the "F" in my handle is my last initial, my last name is most certainly not "Follen". :D
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-17, 02:38 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 10,379
Posted By KevinF

Guess that shows how much I know about using...

Guess that shows how much I know about using Strava. :) (Or know about the local race scene around here...).
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-17, 02:09 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 10,379
Posted By KevinF

One of the more popular segments around me is Oak...

One of the more popular segments around me is Oak Hill Road (https://www.strava.com/segments/636988) (or at least one of the more popular segments that I regularly ride). It's not steep, but it's...
06-26-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,579
Posted By KevinF

My saddlebag contains: One patch kit...

My saddlebag contains:


One patch kit (that in all my years of riding, I have never ever used). I haven't looked at it in so long the glue is probably dried up.
Two inner tubes
Three...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-17, 12:58 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 10,379
Posted By KevinF

Regarding the "short segments" thing... I have a...

Regarding the "short segments" thing... I have a Strava account only to keep track of what various friends are up to.

My commute to work is 17 miles and from looking on Strava, I apparently go...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-17, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,594
Posted By KevinF

My shoes (some Sidi model) are about 12 years old...

My shoes (some Sidi model) are about 12 years old now. One of the Velcro straps occasionally undoes itself but otherwise they're fine. They're kinda scuffed up. They don't see a lot of rain, but...
06-22-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,256
Posted By KevinF

The phrase "first world problems" is coming to...

The phrase "first world problems" is coming to mind when reading this thread...
06-21-17, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By KevinF

The short answer is that 11-speed cassettes won't...

The short answer is that 11-speed cassettes won't fit on 9 speed hubs.
06-20-17, 02:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,093
Posted By KevinF

I rode over Going to the Sun Highway many years...

I rode over Going to the Sun Highway many years ago.

Back in the day, cyclists could start before the park gates officially opened (i.e,. you could ride in the dark if you were so inclined). The...
06-20-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,454
Posted By KevinF

My second-hand experience with "getting...

My second-hand experience with "getting sponsored" is related to skiing (I'm nowhere nearly a good enough skier for anybody to consider sponsoring me, but I know various people who have pulled it...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-17, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,423
Posted By KevinF

As others have stated, I've had my bikes messed...

As others have stated, I've had my bikes messed up by shop mechanics too often so I learned to simply do all my own maintenance. I don't remember the last time I took a bike into the shop. The...
06-19-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By KevinF

Ok, looks like you called it. :thumb: I had...

Ok, looks like you called it. :thumb:

I had to back out the barrel adjuster farther than I thought I would, but it seems to be working now. Thanks for the feedback. I guess I'm surprised all...
06-19-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By KevinF

The shiftmate docs indicated that the Shimano...

The shiftmate docs indicated that the Shimano shifter + Campy derailleur combo requires that the cable enter the "small" pulley groove. I assumed that referred to the smaller-in-diameter pulley? ...
06-19-17, 03:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By KevinF

It's possible that it's really taken two clicks...

It's possible that it's really taken two clicks to get out of the first gear... I had discounted that as a possibility because it is able to reach the 25 cog, but maybe, as you suggested, there's...
06-19-17, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By KevinF

I'll try tweaking the limit screw, but this...

I'll try tweaking the limit screw, but this bike's previous configuration was "full Campy" (i.e., Campy shifter, Campy derailleur, etc.) and it was working perfectly then. Campy shifters aren't as...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-17, 07:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,181
Posted By KevinF

Well, your injuries put mine to shame... I'm in...

Well, your injuries put mine to shame... I'm in my mid-40s and I sustained a fractured shoulder from a skiing accident in early March 2016. I was in full immobilization until early April and that's...
06-19-17, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By KevinF

One gear is skipped on rear derailleur with a shiftmate

I have something of a hybrid configuration; an 11-25 cassette with a Campy rear derailleur, Shimano 105 shifters and a Jtek shiftmate (http://www.jtekengineering.com/shiftmate/shiftmate-3/). All...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-17, 02:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,057
Posted By KevinF

I spray some degreaser (Simple Green or whatever...

I spray some degreaser (Simple Green or whatever I find at Home Depot when I run out) onto a rag, scrub the chain, scrub the cassette and chainrings to get the worst gunk off. Dry it, put on lube...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-17, 01:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,801
Posted By KevinF

One has gone out of business (or been moved or...

One has gone out of business (or been moved or renamed or something), but it was Paul Fabish Sports out of Connecticut. He ran a coaching / fitting shop, although he was happy to sell you a new bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-17, 01:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,801
Posted By KevinF

I've had two "real" bike fits over the years. ...

I've had two "real" bike fits over the years. Both were from shops that more-or-less specialize in bike fitting. i.e., they'll happily sell you stuff, but fittings is what they do. I'm in the...
06-12-17, 01:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,366
Posted By KevinF

I have rarely laughed so hard. Hope your...

I have rarely laughed so hard. Hope your injuries heal fast!
06-12-17, 12:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,636
Posted By KevinF

Any suggestion regarding moving the saddle to...

Any suggestion regarding moving the saddle to accommodate reach is insane; you position the saddle so that your legs are able to deliver maximum power to the pedals. You move the handlebars (via the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-17, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 819
Posted By KevinF

As I said above, chain maintenance is a religious...

As I said above, chain maintenance is a religious debate. I'm not familiar with KMC chains as I always use SRAM chains. SRAM chains feel sticky when new as well. According to reps from Campagnolo,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 819
Posted By KevinF

Chain maintenance is one of those religious...

Chain maintenance is one of those religious topics; i.e., the "correct" way to clean a chain, the "correct" lubricant to use, the "correct" frequency to clean the chain, etc.

I'm convinced that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-17, 07:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 819
Posted By KevinF

Are you using the Park Tool chain measuring...

Are you using the Park Tool chain measuring gadget or a ruler? I've seen the Park Tool chain measuring gadget indicate that chains are seriously worn when a ruler indicates that it's just fine.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-17, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By KevinF

Low limit only changes how far in the derailleur...

Low limit only changes how far in the derailleur can go; i.e., if the chain falls off to the inside, it's the low limit.

Likewise, since it's falling off to the outside, it's usually the high...
Forum: Touring
06-02-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,831
Posted By KevinF

As mentioned before, massive tailwinds are a good...

As mentioned before, massive tailwinds are a good reason for high gears.

If you're on a road that's following a river downstream -- you can easily be pushing a big gear for a long time.

I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,315
Posted By KevinF

I realize this is blasphemy around these parts,...

I realize this is blasphemy around these parts, but Continental tires. They've either been flat magnets or they roll like crap (*cough* Gatorskins). I will never put another Conti tire on my bike....
Forum: Touring
05-31-17, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,503
Posted By KevinF

How handy are you with basic maintenance? I...

How handy are you with basic maintenance? I wouldn't assume the various gear / brake cables are adjusted properly. Those are the easy things to adjust... Making sure the various "parts" (cassette,...
05-31-17, 04:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,451
Posted By KevinF

The rear derailleur needs to take up the slack in...

The rear derailleur needs to take up the slack in the chain. The chain is sized to work on the big / big combo, which leaves a lot of slack when you're in the smallest chainring. You need a...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-17, 11:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,956
Posted By KevinF

Always wear some form of eye protection when...

Always wear some form of eye protection when you're riding! The wrap-around "sport style" sunglasses are nice if you have some high-speed descents or if the wind makes your eyes tear up, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-17, 09:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,240
Posted By KevinF

Motivation... Let's see. Riding gets me into...

Motivation... Let's see. Riding gets me into work. Riding helps me lose the winter 10 pounds I invariably put on. Riding keeps my legs in shape for ski season. Riding keeps my yearly doctor...
05-16-17, 01:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,307
Posted By KevinF

I never raced, but I remember started riding "for...

I never raced, but I remember started riding "for real" back in the '90s in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. My first bike was a 52x42 with a 12x25 seven speed cassette, downtube shifters.
...
05-14-17, 03:24 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 9,038
Posted By KevinF

I've had three road bikes over the years and I...

I've had three road bikes over the years and I still have (and ride) two of them. I'm not sure what brand headset was on my first road bike, but it did require a tweak or two over the years that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-17, 09:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,764
Posted By KevinF

That is insane. I'm in east-central...

That is insane. I'm in east-central Massachusetts -- lots of rolling hills, but nothing big -- and I hit about 100 feet of climbing in the first half-mile out of my driveway.

I've done the...
05-06-17, 10:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,066
Posted By KevinF

I was riding the bike trail one time and was...

I was riding the bike trail one time and was enjoying the view of the curvy young lady just in front of me... We rolled up to a stop, I unclipped the right foot and fell over to the left. She did...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-17, 08:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,899
Posted By KevinF

I have one set of DuraAce SPD-SL pedals and a set...

I have one set of DuraAce SPD-SL pedals and a set of 105-style SPD-SL pedals. The 105's are definitely a little harder to get in / out of than the DuraAce pedals (same shoes), but it's not...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-17, 08:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,748
Posted By KevinF

Well, first, what sort of roads will you be...

Well, first, what sort of roads will you be commuting on? How much "stuff" will you need to carry?

Road bikes can make good commuters, but it's important to recognize their limitations (i.e.,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-17, 04:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,463
Posted By KevinF

Well, there are arm coolers and there are arm...

Well, there are arm coolers and there are arm warmers. I've seen white versions of each.

Arm warmers are for chilly mornings when you expect it to warm up enough to eventually remove them. ...
05-01-17, 08:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,256
Posted By KevinF

Worst "on the road" mechanical I've had was when...

Worst "on the road" mechanical I've had was when a friend went to adjust her seatpost and snapped the binder bolt upon tightening it. This was on a Sunday morning... we were near the Pinkham Notch...
09-23-15, 04:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,977
Posted By KevinF

Software engineers. Ah yes. We sit in our...

Software engineers. Ah yes. We sit in our cubicles dreaming up ways to piss off our customers. It's truly a great life. We were picked on in school for our nerd-like behavior, but now we get our...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-15, 04:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By KevinF

I used to have an approximately 3 mile (each way)...

I used to have an approximately 3 mile (each way) commute. I think I walked it more often than I rode it... didn't seem worth the bother of getting dressed to ride, getting sweaty (ended with a 1.5...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-15, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,455
Posted By KevinF

I bought a dozen or so Michelin tubes from...

I bought a dozen or so Michelin tubes from https://www.biketiresdirect.com/ a few years ago. I used Michelin-brand because they have smooth stems. I think I still have about 10 of them left. Glad...
06-09-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,968
Posted By KevinF

Agreed... I was focusing on the jersey aspect;...

Agreed... I was focusing on the jersey aspect; i.e., the aerodynamic benefits of skin-tight vs. relaxed fit jerseys. I should have been clearer in my first post. I agree that cycling shorts are...
06-09-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,968
Posted By KevinF

Coming at this from a different sport -- ski...

Coming at this from a different sport -- ski racing. The conventional wisdom is that speed suits (i.e., skin tight) are worth about a second over a standard 30-second citizen race course, so...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-15, 01:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,715
Posted By KevinF

First question: are all the flats occurring in...

First question: are all the flats occurring in the same place on the tire? Is something poking through the tire, or is it a something sharp on the rim?

Whenever you get a flat, figure out what...
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