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04-01-16, 02:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,787
Posted By chasm54

This was a zombie thread when it was first...

This was a zombie thread when it was first revived ​eight years ago. What do you call a thread that has been exhumed twice?
Forum: Touring
04-01-16, 01:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,077
Posted By chasm54

Yes, well, you could do that. But if you're...

Yes, well, you could do that. But if you're replacing the entire groupset, including the disc brakes, you'll be spending a fair amount. And if the bike fits you with flat bars it probably won't when...
Forum: Touring
03-31-16, 10:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,720
Posted By chasm54

No, you're out of date. Abuse is de rigeur ​in...

No, you're out of date. Abuse is de rigeur ​in touring now, if you're so old-fashioned as to ride a steel bike.
Forum: Touring
03-31-16, 10:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,720
Posted By chasm54

He posted it in the 41. It was moved.

He posted it in the 41. It was moved.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-16, 10:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,213
Posted By chasm54

Hasn't much to do with slamming your stem or...

Hasn't much to do with slamming your stem or looking pro.

I'm 6'3 and broad across the shoulders. I ride 38cm or 40cm bars. That's where I feel most comfortable, anything bigger than 42 and I feel...
Forum: Touring
03-31-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 791
Posted By chasm54

32-47mm width range? Nonsense. Anyway, there...

32-47mm width range? Nonsense.

Anyway, there are plenty of folding touring tyres. Try the schwalbe mondial or supreme, for example. I have a folding Panracer somewhere, too.
Forum: Touring
03-31-16, 09:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,720
Posted By chasm54

I've done light touring on a carbon road bike, as...

I've done light touring on a carbon road bike, as have many here. Personally I'm not fond of seatpost-mounted racks, I used a traditional Carradice saddlebag. The Nelson or camper bags will hold...
Forum: Touring
03-31-16, 07:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,291
Posted By chasm54

The crank length is immaterial to what you're...

The crank length is immaterial to what you're asking.

A rough guide is to measure your inseam accurately then subtract 25cm. So if your inseam is 77cm a 52cm frame would be a good place to start,...
03-31-16, 12:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,874
Posted By chasm54

I'm not doing it, though I've ridden in the...

I'm not doing it, though I've ridden in the Wicklow mountains in the past.

A "vintage" racer in well-maintained condition will be just as up to the task as a modern bike. After all, today's...
03-31-16, 12:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,276
Posted By chasm54

Firstly, you've got it wrong about the cadence....

Firstly, you've got it wrong about the cadence. For a given speed, a high gear-low cadence will keep your HR lower than a low gear-high cadence.
Secondly, don't worry too much about leg strength, it...
Forum: Touring
03-31-16, 12:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,483
Posted By chasm54

For some clearly irrational reason, travelling by...

For some clearly irrational reason, travelling by bike gives me a greater sense of independence and freedom than driving. And the pace of the journey is perfect for me, covering a lot of ground while...
03-30-16, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11,266
Views: 395,654
Posted By chasm54

Yes, well, a pity about Pantani. One of the most...

Yes, well, a pity about Pantani. One of the most exciting riders to watch, it was his misfortune, if you want to be charitable, to be at his peak in the most heavily-doped era of the sport. If you...
03-30-16, 03:09 AM
Replies: 11,266
Views: 395,654
Posted By chasm54

But the question is whether the price could buy...

But the question is whether the price could buy something better. I know little about USAC, but from what I read here it suffers from some of the same problems that beset British Cycling.
...
Forum: Touring
03-30-16, 02:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,507
Posted By chasm54

I don't do planning unless I have a date to meet...

I don't do planning unless I have a date to meet someone somewhere, or a destination at which I know it's going to be problematic to find somewhere to stay. For the rest, I wing it.

For example,...
03-29-16, 02:04 PM
Replies: 11,266
Views: 395,654
Posted By chasm54

I'm pretty much with valygrl on this. To get the...

I'm pretty much with valygrl on this. To get the uncontroversial bit out of the way, I dislike Strava. In fact I only rejoined it to take an interest in YogaKat's progress. Endless giving kudos to...
03-29-16, 01:40 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 22,083
Posted By chasm54

rapwithtom no, it's not a myth. Having lots of...

rapwithtom no, it's not a myth. Having lots of testosterone won't mean you automatically have lots of muscle - you have to be active - but having little pretty much guarantees that you'll find...
03-29-16, 01:41 AM
Replies: 508
Views: 22,083
Posted By chasm54

I'm with Mr Yogakat. Virtually everything...

I'm with Mr Yogakat. Virtually everything labelled "sports nutrition" offers nothing better, and is often worse, than real food.
03-28-16, 05:18 AM
Replies: 10,745
Views: 372,010
Posted By chasm54

Utterly ridiculous Easter Sunday food and drink...

Utterly ridiculous Easter Sunday food and drink intervals yesterday. Gained two pounds.
03-22-16, 03:37 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,448
Posted By chasm54

Why? You think they'll last longer if you know...

Why? You think they'll last longer if you know how many miles they've endured?
03-22-16, 03:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,448
Posted By chasm54

I've used various computers for quite a while. If...

I've used various computers for quite a while. If you're trying to train systematically, and don't have the years of experience it takes to be able to do that well simply on perceived effort, they're...
03-22-16, 10:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,149
Posted By chasm54

I have a pink bike, a green bike, a celeste bike...

I have a pink bike, a green bike, a celeste bike and two black bikes. Don't care about colours much. I ride them, I don't put them on my wall.
03-22-16, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10,745
Views: 372,010
Posted By chasm54

Don't know how it works under USAC rules, but...

Don't know how it works under USAC rules, but over here U16 (youth) riders can't race adult categories unless their club gets them a special dispensation from British Cycling. Lots of them are fast...
03-22-16, 12:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,672
Posted By chasm54

Sorry I failed to respond earlier. I can...

Sorry I failed to respond earlier. I can understand your impatience, building a big aerobic base is slow. But bear in mind that you aren't just training for this season. It takes competitive cyclists...
03-21-16, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,235
Posted By chasm54

Obviously, it depends on the five miles. Hilly or...

Obviously, it depends on the five miles. Hilly or flat, going hard or easily, how heavy you are, all that. FWIW (which isn't much) riding at around 200lbs I usually estimate that I burn around 25...
03-21-16, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,074
Posted By chasm54

Being made in Taiwan is no problem. But having...

Being made in Taiwan is no problem. But having the Raleigh name is no guarantee of quality, either. This is pretty much a bottom of the range bike. Look at its weight. 16 kg is quite a lump for an...
03-21-16, 05:08 PM
Replies: 11,266
Views: 395,654
Posted By chasm54

Yes. On that hill today I was reflecting on how I...

Yes. On that hill today I was reflecting on how I could do with losing at least half the weight of my luggage from my enormous carcass. And wondering how people who are fat (I mean fat fat, not bike...
Replies: 26
Views: 3,512
Posted By chasm54

Fix the numbness issue. It could be that your...

Fix the numbness issue. It could be that your saddle doesn't suit you, but it's more commonly to do with fit - your weight is being borne by your soft tissues instead of your sitbones, and that's...
03-21-16, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,151
Posted By chasm54

Personally I like them, but they don't suit...

Personally I like them, but they don't suit everyone. They're pretty slippery when new, and it isn't uncommon to find people sliding forward so the nose of the saddle, and their perineum, is taking...
03-21-16, 11:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,174
Posted By chasm54

Listen to your legs. If riding five days in...

Listen to your legs.

If riding five days in succession is unusual for you, it's not that surprising that you're fatigued. Getting fitter is a question not of exercise, but of exercise + recovery....
03-21-16, 11:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,711
Posted By chasm54

Light mostly means weak. You might try in...

Light mostly means weak.

You might try in the touring forum.
03-21-16, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11,266
Views: 395,654
Posted By chasm54

Just four weeks until my French trip, so today I...

Just four weeks until my French trip, so today I loaded up the new tourer with the stuff I intend to take with me (total weight just over 11kgs, of which two are accounted for by laptop and...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 03:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,843
Posted By chasm54

If you're really expecting to carry loads of only...

If you're really expecting to carry loads of only 12lbs, then any bike will cope, with a frame bag or a saddlebag. I've done light tours with around 15lbs of gear in a traditional Carradice saddlebag...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 03:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,013
Posted By chasm54

If you're carrying a spare anyway, i'd do as...

If you're carrying a spare anyway, i'd do as Touist in MSN suggests. Ride until the rear needs replacing, then switch front to rear and put the new one on the front. Always a good idea to have your...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 02:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 876
Posted By chasm54

Yes, I agree. But I'm old and fat: that's why I...

Yes, I agree. But I'm old and fat: that's why I find some of these numbers so surprising. Still, each to their own.
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 876
Posted By chasm54

Indeed. I'm pretty amazed by the gearing some...

Indeed. I'm pretty amazed by the gearing some here seem to think is desirable, 19 gear inches is as low as I've ever gone, and at that I feel like a hamster, I've almost never used it. 2nd gear on my...
03-20-16, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,028
Posted By chasm54

It was, certainly, a remarkable recovery....

It was, certainly, a remarkable recovery. Watching on Eurosport it seemed impossible that he should get back on, yet there he was. And it wasn't drafting, he had a teammate come back to help him but...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,245
Posted By chasm54

^^This. Platforms are fine for everything other...

^^This. Platforms are fine for everything other than competition. Obviously if you're racing you need good foot retention, but touring/commuting/jra there is no advantage to clipless.

And I do...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 06:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 876
Posted By chasm54

I'd say don't. Not because of the low gear,...

I'd say don't. Not because of the low gear, because I don't think that matters much. But the 2x11 will have bigger jumps between ratios on the cassette, and you'll be shifting a lot more often at the...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 02:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,689
Posted By chasm54

No, that isn't right. 531 was/is a manganese...

No, that isn't right. 531 was/is a manganese alloy, I think, and it wasn't phased out because it was inferior to 4130 but because the newer alloys have a higher tensile strength, so can go even...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 01:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,689
Posted By chasm54

What does "better" mean to you, in this context....

What does "better" mean to you, in this context. The differences between (say) 725 and "generic" 4130 are pretty small, as I understand it. The main advantage of the more expensive tubing means you...
03-20-16, 01:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,756
Posted By chasm54

My bet is that you're trapping the tube between...

My bet is that you're trapping the tube between the tyre and the rim.
03-20-16, 01:18 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,231
Posted By chasm54

When making my initial response I didn't realize...

When making my initial response I didn't realize you were on aerobars. Climbing's harder in a TT position, apart from short bursts in the drops I'm usually climbing on the hoods or on the tops.
...
03-19-16, 05:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By chasm54

LOL. You post about having a bike that rides...

LOL. You post about having a bike that rides better than any other you have owned, but that you don't ride. Then you explain this by suggesting, inaccurately, that it won't take fenders. Then you get...
03-19-16, 05:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 15,295
Posted By chasm54

http://youtu.be/5ak4AzlUz5Q

http://youtu.be/5ak4AzlUz5Q
03-19-16, 04:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,151
Posted By chasm54

http://www.bikeforums.net/forum-suggestions-user-a...

http://www.bikeforums.net/forum-suggestions-user-assistance/329316-how-post-picture.html
03-19-16, 04:15 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,231
Posted By chasm54

I'm a fan of road triples, so that is certainly...

I'm a fan of road triples, so that is certainly an option if you really need lower gears. However, if you're struggling to climb 5% hills on a 36/32 I think the problem is not the gearing, it's the...
03-19-16, 03:10 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By chasm54

SKS raceblades...

SKS raceblades (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sks-raceblade-long-mudguard-set/) will fit. And you're not touring all the time...
03-19-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,736
Posted By chasm54

Yes, there are: it's just that none of them are...

Yes, there are: it's just that none of them are much good.
Forum: Commuting
03-19-16, 10:36 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,875
Posted By chasm54

I've often wondered why they don't. Given how...

I've often wondered why they don't. Given how simple the shifting mechanism is it would be much less complex than the electronic derailleur systems.
Forum: Commuting
03-19-16, 09:41 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,875
Posted By chasm54

I can understand your preference for sti but...

I can understand your preference for sti but you're mistaken about reliability. SA 3 and 4 speed hubs have been astonishingly reliable for a long time. The Rohloff is probably more durable than the...
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