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06-05-19, 01:04 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By bigfred

I'm in a similar situation, with regard to height...

I'm in a similar situation, with regard to height and weight (6'5"/300), and I'm out shopping for a new FS that will be a birthday gift and bit of a "last mtb" for me.

Fit is the BIG issue. So...
06-05-19, 12:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,844
Posted By bigfred

I'm another fan of the Conti GP 4 Seasons. 32mm...

I'm another fan of the Conti GP 4 Seasons. 32mm won't fit on my current bike, so, I'm running 28's. But, at considerably more pressure, 120'ish. The GP 4 Season combines the best of the 4000's...
05-15-19, 11:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,342
Posted By bigfred

Having formally weighted as little as you and...

Having formally weighted as little as you and having been through many wheel sets, I offer my humble opinion(s).


Your concerned regarding your 16/24 wheels may be justified and replacing them...
09-05-17, 01:48 AM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 679,506
Posted By bigfred

.

Welcome back.

Not really a greeting most would want.

But, we're here for you, all the same.

I can't really be "welcomed back", as I haven't had a chance of getting below 200 since I was...
08-06-17, 05:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,974
Posted By bigfred

I know I haven't been around this forum for a...

I know I haven't been around this forum for a couple years, so don't expect my voice to be worth much.

But, in some 30 years of mtb experience at 250-300 lbs, I've found the 520's, or any of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-16, 01:45 AM
Replies: 2,846
Views: 322,698
Posted By bigfred

At least he knows to hold his line.

At least he knows to hold his line.
06-09-16, 04:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,089
Posted By bigfred

Hello there Ms Speedster.

Hello there Ms Speedster.
06-08-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,089
Posted By bigfred

I've been absent from the forum for a long while....

I've been absent from the forum for a long while.

Before I could provide any thoughts about your situation, I would need a little bit more background.

1. What are the current wheels that you...
04-17-15, 01:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,692
Posted By bigfred

My e-mail inbox has informed me that @TrohajHorse...

My e-mail inbox has informed me that @TrohajHorse and Brawlo are attempting to draw me out of a recent Bikeforums hiatus.

I first adopted 180mm cranks over 25 years ago. I'd been curious about...
Forum: Foo
03-05-15, 08:02 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,360
Posted By bigfred

:) Ha,Ha, Ha, None. I tried to get...

:)
Ha,Ha, Ha, None. I tried to get accustomed to them years ago. I never could. People said, "they break in". Mine didn't. They're the only saddle I've ever developed blisters and sores...
Forum: Foo
03-05-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,360
Posted By bigfred

Yep. I think the largest part of "all day...

Yep. I think the largest part of "all day comfort" comes down to a well fit insole.

With regard to the heavily cushioned outsoles vs. traditional leather or sewn welt and vibram, I liken the...
Forum: Foo
03-05-15, 12:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,360
Posted By bigfred

Everyone seems to be focusing on soft, cushioned...

Everyone seems to be focusing on soft, cushioned soles. However, with the exception of the Dr. Martens that I mentioned, I've had reasonably good luck spending up to 12 hour days standing on...
03-05-15, 03:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,655
Posted By bigfred

Cauliflower Cake! ...

Cauliflower Cake!

http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a611/forbigfred/Cauliflower%20Cake_zpskjy9fery.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/forbigfred/media/Cauliflower%20Cake_zpskjy9fery.jpg.html)
Forum: Foo
03-03-15, 02:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,360
Posted By bigfred

Doc Martens, simple reading glasses ...

Doc Martens,

simple reading glasses

Organic whole rolled oats, the big ones with minimal pieces or flour

Still on fresh squeezed orange juice.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-15, 08:26 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,429
Posted By bigfred

Flat'ish segments aroung here require a tailwind...

Flat'ish segments aroung here require a tailwind AND a cooperative box van or bus :-)
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-15, 06:19 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,429
Posted By bigfred

Less sword fighting, more photos. Can we...

Less sword fighting, more photos. Can we included winter/off season traing rigs?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-15, 01:57 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,429
Posted By bigfred

How the heck does a promising photo thread about...

How the heck does a promising photo thread about retired pros' bicycles turn into a debate about strava, electronics (or, lack thereof) and bike fit?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,429
Posted By bigfred

Already been done. Search for "Digital...

Already been done. Search for "Digital EPO".
02-25-15, 06:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,199
Posted By bigfred

This is an economical bike with a what appears to...

This is an economical bike with a what appears to be a 36h Alex rim.

Simply replacing ALL the spokes with a reputable brand (DT, Sapim, Wheelsmith) 14ga straight and paying particular attention to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-15, 03:42 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,429
Posted By bigfred

Jens, while still a pro, showing us all how to...

Jens, while still a pro, showing us all how to race whatever you can find on the side of the road :-)
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I hope he signed the kid's top tube, "Shut Up Legs!"
02-25-15, 02:54 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,412
Posted By bigfred

Didn't your mother tell you, "You're definately...

Didn't your mother tell you, "You're definately special." ? But, that probably doesn't have anything to do with how many bike bits you've broken :-)

The concern around such breakages is large....
02-25-15, 02:31 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,412
Posted By bigfred

Thanks. I've been off grid and off the bike...

Thanks.

I've been off grid and off the bike for a few months. Mrs. Fred and I moved cities. So, Nov./Dec. was a full on effort to refit our modest sailboat and get it ready for a cruise, as...
02-25-15, 02:12 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,412
Posted By bigfred

In over 30 years of riding, at 250-300lbs, I've...

In over 30 years of riding, at 250-300lbs, I've broken freewheels, cassettes, chains, pedal and bottom bracket spindles and taco'ed my fair share of wheels. But, knock on alloy, I have yet to break...
02-24-15, 07:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,412
Posted By bigfred

He should have wrote, "calliper brakes". I...

He should have wrote, "calliper brakes". I suspect most of us understood and simply let it slide.
02-24-15, 05:19 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,412
Posted By bigfred

At 350lbs your limiting factor is going to be...

At 350lbs your limiting factor is going to be tires and wheels. When I was at 300, I didn't feel comfortable on 28s, even though there are plenty of tandem teams that use the same width. At your...
02-20-15, 03:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,022
Posted By bigfred

Wow. What a condescending, crap response. ...

Wow. What a condescending, crap response.

There are plenty of reasons for wanting to increase one's knowledge and learn the why's and how's of one's sport or hobby instead of simply paying...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-15, 02:27 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,628
Posted By bigfred

$45 isn't very much for a complete build. At...

$45 isn't very much for a complete build. At average shop rates that equates to less than 40 minutes. At least you got an excuse for it not being completed.

A really affordable offer to build...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-15, 07:41 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,628
Posted By bigfred

Did you hand them a new G3? I believe the G3 has...

Did you hand them a new G3? I believe the G3 has a significantly smaller flange diameter than the old SLs with the carbon windows.

Or, did you source an old, used, SL to replace the one that...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-15, 07:36 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,628
Posted By bigfred

OP, How much did the shop quote for this...

OP,

How much did the shop quote for this build?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-15, 05:28 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,628
Posted By bigfred

Let me see if I have this straight: The OP...

Let me see if I have this straight:

The OP handed an LBS he usually doesn't do business with a used rim and spokes and a replacement PT hub purchased elsewhere for a rebuild on Tuesday with the...
02-16-15, 12:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,022
Posted By bigfred

Here's a link to a reasonable web page on bike...

Here's a link to a reasonable web page on bike fit. Have a read while focusing on what they have to say about your hand's contact points.

http://www.bikefit.com/s-13-road-bikes.aspx

Your...
02-15-15, 07:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,022
Posted By bigfred

While I agree with your trig, I'm not certain I...

While I agree with your trig, I'm not certain I can agree with your fit modification reasoning.

If one subscribes to any of the fit doctrines that prescribe starting with a desired shoulder angle...
02-15-15, 02:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By bigfred

Brian, Let us know how the Open Pros are...

Brian,

Let us know how the Open Pros are doing after several thousand miles 5K+. It would be nice to learn if Mavics OP quality has returned to what it once was.
02-15-15, 02:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,763
Posted By bigfred

I suspect Romans58 is onto the source of this...

I suspect Romans58 is onto the source of this reporting error. If you're trainer isn't delivering as much resistance at "5" as TR's algorythm is written for, you'll experience high readings.
...
02-15-15, 02:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,022
Posted By bigfred

You're already sitting very upright. A...

You're already sitting very upright.

A limiting factor to large frames is usually fork steerer length more than head tube length. Once you're using an uncut 300mm steerer HT length is somewhat...
02-08-15, 11:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,466
Posted By bigfred

I know it's been a couple weeks. I haven't been...

I know it's been a couple weeks. I haven't been hanging out in BF lately. But, today, while checking Facebook I saw that The Sufferfest requested "Please Rise" as they bestoyed Knighthood on a name...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-14, 05:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,104
Posted By bigfred

Do you have any specific issues that you would...

Do you have any specific issues that you would like addressed?

How comfortable and confident are you with your current fit?

"Fit"s can range across a large spectrum, from simply adjusting...
12-23-14, 12:21 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 14,356
Posted By bigfred

Jarrett2 , So glad everything seems to be...

Jarrett2 ,

So glad everything seems to be working for you. DT makes good stuff. But, don't think that there aren't plenty of other good components out there. This may simply be a case where...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-14, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,682,706
Posted By bigfred

:innocent:

:innocent:
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-14, 05:22 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,682,706
Posted By bigfred

That's "Not".

That's "Not".
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,682,706
Posted By bigfred

Haven't you kept up? We're not allowed to...

Haven't you kept up?

We're not allowed to judge on such things any more.

Nor, details like colour coordination, bar or stem angles, frame colour, tire mismatching, never mind alignment of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-14, 03:55 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

BoSoxYacht , Do you know how many different...

BoSoxYacht ,

Do you know how many different chain and seatstay layups Enve provided for your builder to pick from? i.e. light, medium, firm flex
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 07:35 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

I'm very familliar with the technique. I only...

I'm very familliar with the technique. I only introduced the possibility of a cosmetic layer because you expressed a desire for a gloss finish, but, concern that if the outer layer crept or shifted...
12-18-14, 04:31 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 14,356
Posted By bigfred

With clincher tires (tubulars are different due...

With clincher tires (tubulars are different due to the nature of them being stiched closed) the tube exerts an equal compressive force on the rim to that being exerted against the tire.

With a rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 12:30 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

Fair enough. I would agree that concern...

Fair enough.

I would agree that concern about the tube joining method is misplaced beyond concern for the individual builders experience and expertice. Overwrapped joints have been around a long...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 11:55 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

So, you can trust them to make reliable rims,...

So, you can trust them to make reliable rims, but, not frame components?



Is that all. That's a pretty small pool to draw from.



You need to get out more. And, ride with a few open...
12-18-14, 12:23 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 14,356
Posted By bigfred

Fair enough. We tend to lump them all together.

Fair enough. We tend to lump them all together.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 12:20 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

:) How would you feel about some Enve rims...

:) How would you feel about some Enve rims instead of those Zipps? :p
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-14, 11:57 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

I'm not starting a new thread to discuss my fit,...

I'm not starting a new thread to discuss my fit, because, it doesn't need discussing. I've been riding 30+ years. My position has been honed over that time and has remained within a small box for...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-14, 11:43 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,139
Posted By bigfred

That's pretty much exactly what I was assuming. ...

That's pretty much exactly what I was assuming. As much fun as it would be to discuss the geometry decissions you are making, in what is a thread about a custom frame, mentioning either...
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