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Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-23, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By merlinextraligh

More useful if the hyperlink worked

More useful if the hyperlink worked
01-29-23, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,212
Posted By merlinextraligh

I thought it was about the bike 24 pounds for us

I thought it was about the bike 24 pounds for us
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-23, 06:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,657
Posted By merlinextraligh

we ride 5 times a week, 200 miles give or take....

we ride 5 times a week, 200 miles give or take. Havenít charged the Di2 since before thanksgiving. Garmin tells me weíre still at 70%.

in my experience, you can go a couple of months before...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-23, 06:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,236
Posted By merlinextraligh

Interesting way to look at it, that I hadnít...

Interesting way to look at it, that I hadnít really considered. So, even as participation drops, thereís still a huge archive of information that will continue to be relevant for some time.
01-13-23, 07:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 535
Posted By merlinextraligh

Bueller? Bueller? Just sad that this was the...

Bueller? Bueller?

Just sad that this was the last post in the 33, and no one has posted in this, or any other thread for more than a day.
01-13-23, 07:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,820
Posted By merlinextraligh

^ IMHO those pressures are way higher than...

^ IMHO those pressures are way higher than necessary. With 28mm tires I’d bet you’d have no issues at 100 psi.

you can obsess about this way too much, particularly if you slavishly follow on line...
01-12-23, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 535
Posted By merlinextraligh

I get all that. But it is no friggin way to run a...

I get all that. But it is no friggin way to run a railroad. For many people, going to Nationals is a big deal commitment, from a financial , time, and training point of view. Give me a year’s lead...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-23, 06:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,236
Posted By merlinextraligh

l donít doubt thatís true. However, the arguments...

l donít doubt thatís true. However, the arguments , sarcasm, banter can add to the entertainment value and keep people engaged, as long as it isnít over the top and mean spirited.

I think the...
01-11-23, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 535
Posted By merlinextraligh

So WTF? I go on USA Cycling and there appears to...

So WTF? I go on USA Cycling and there appears to be no link for Road Masters Nationals. Aren’t these things set long in advance?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-23, 06:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,236
Posted By merlinextraligh

wish that were true. Unfortunately, I think BF is...

wish that were true. Unfortunately, I think BF is just on a slower downward spiral.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 09:43 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

hence one of the problems with this country....

hence one of the problems with this country. Applying that logic, no one is responsible for their own behavior, or learning to actually operate the machinery they use.

you couldnít sell a Porsche...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 09:38 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,043
Posted By merlinextraligh

at least in the US, that Ďs BS. Absolutely...

at least in the US, that Ďs BS. Absolutely nothing in USA Cycling rules to that effect. And if itís some local promoter theyíre an idiot.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 08:27 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

tell you what give me a 63 Corvair. You pick the...

tell you what give me a 63 Corvair. You pick the track, and you can have any car of the era with the same engine displacement and weíll race for titles.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 08:15 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

shifting your argument. Lose the point youíre...

shifting your argument. Lose the point youíre trying to make; try another.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 07:57 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

No straw man. Itís dead on point. Your prior post...

No straw man. Itís dead on point. Your prior post was that while it might be safe to market as a Porsche sports car, it wasnít safe for the masses. Yet millions of French and Germans driving similar...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 07:47 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

so millions of Germans and French people can...

so millions of Germans and French people can drive such a car, but put it in the hands of Americans and a liability system where no one has to take any responsibility for their own behavior, and itís...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 07:27 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

so the car wasnít unsafe; it was the drivers. And...

so the car wasnít unsafe; it was the drivers. And by the way the link I posted shows a review of the data showed it wasnít unsafe.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 06:53 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

By the way, the Porscheís of which GM modeled the...

By the way, the Porscheís of which GM modeled the Corvair off had rear swing axle suspensions. A Porsche 356 Speedster in great condition has a rear swing axle and will set you back a quarter million...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 06:34 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

https://www.corvair.org/index.php/home/history-and...

https://www.corvair.org/index.php/home/history-and-preservation/unsafe-at-any-speed

or people, could learn to drive. Oversteer is a good thing if you know what you’re doing.

”Oversteer” isn’t’t...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 06:11 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

nothing wrong with the Corvair, if you know how...

nothing wrong with the Corvair, if you know how to drive. Porsche has been able to use that same rear engine, flat six air cooled engine to win multiple Lemans, Sebring, and Daytona victories.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 04:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 468
Posted By merlinextraligh

the views from the Parkway there are great. But I...

the views from the Parkway there are great. But I hate that tunnel. Something about the grade and the camber makes me feel disoriented. But agreed, itís a lovely ride and you can ge lunch at the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 04:35 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 9,354
Posted By merlinextraligh

fortunately, there were some exceptions: ...

fortunately, there were some exceptions:


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Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-23, 08:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 382
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’ve used hydraulic disc brakes, mechanical disc...

I’ve used hydraulic disc brakes, mechanical disc brakes, and hybrid disc brakes.

In my experience, hydraulic disc brakes are clearly superior to mechanical, and hybrids are better than purely...
01-04-23, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7,038
Views: 527,196
Posted By merlinextraligh

and, get off my lawn.

and, get off my lawn.
01-03-23, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By merlinextraligh

We’ve trained on the tandem for a number of...

We’ve trained on the tandem for a number of events with some success ( two time s Florida State time trial champions, podium finish at Masters Nationals.)

even when my goals were more individual,...
01-03-23, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By merlinextraligh

We do. IMHO, the key is power meter pedals for...

We do. IMHO, the key is power meter pedals for both of you. That allows you to both hit your zones for the intervals.

I think the Davinci system is the exact opposite of what you’re looking for....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-23, 07:22 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,414
Posted By merlinextraligh

bottle launcher

bottle launcher
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-23, 05:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 824
Posted By merlinextraligh

With the possible exception of a very steep...

With the possible exception of a very steep uphill only TT, aero is going to trump weight almost every time. Aero is just a bigger percentage of the equation than the tiny weight difference. Back in...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-23, 05:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,104
Posted By merlinextraligh

My first question is what are you riding now?...

My first question is what are you riding now? Second how does the fit of that feel for you? If it’s working for you I’d look to replicate that, or not deviate very far. If it isn’t, then what don’t...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,234
Posted By merlinextraligh

my year end Strava report also has me in the top...

my year end Strava report also has me in the top 4%. I figure there a lot of casual Strava users that post activities rarely if at all, that skews that number.

However, if you ride 5000 miles a...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,234
Posted By merlinextraligh

i think there is a huge self selection bias in...

i think there is a huge self selection bias in responding to this poll. I would wager that even 200,000 puts one in a top percentile, even amongst relatively active cyclists.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,234
Posted By merlinextraligh

Definitely. A few months in western North...

Definitely. A few months in western North Carolina, and Haute Route Alps helped the numbers.

the Acosta bridge is the local bridge repeat ride, and we even have Mt Acosta, which is a 3 hour race...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,910
Posted By merlinextraligh

I agree it’s more about torque than cadence. Just...

I agree it’s more about torque than cadence. Just putting around my cadence may be in the 70’s. Decent steady effort in the 80’s Going hard likely in the 90’s.

Also depends on the riding you’re...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,234
Posted By merlinextraligh

Strava says 276,319 ft, which is probably a...

Strava says 276,319 ft, which is probably a little light given the occasional ride i didn’t record.

Not bad living in Florida
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,162
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m thinking Zwift racing could be my wheelhouse....

I’m thinking Zwift racing could be my wheelhouse. I’m a big guy, particularly in cycling terms. My power output is pretty high, on an absolute basis, but very pedestrian if you look at on a w/kg...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,552
Posted By merlinextraligh

Not a big supporter of cancel culture, but even...

Not a big supporter of cancel culture, but even before the woke mob arrived, it was still generally frowned upon to punch out your colleagues
11-27-22, 08:56 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,242
Posted By merlinextraligh

you miss my point. Itís easy to look at something...

you miss my point. Itís easy to look at something in hindsight and say we should mandate this or that which again in hindsight might , or might not, have prevented the particular occurrence. My point...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,402
Posted By merlinextraligh

46 posts and everyone has missed the obvious...

46 posts and everyone has missed the obvious answer: dial it up to 400 watts.
11-14-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,242
Posted By merlinextraligh

you do realize that literally everything you have...

you do realize that literally everything you have came on a truck, and increasing the cost of truck transportation increases the cost of those things.

So impose rules on trucks, and it increases...
11-08-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,242
Posted By merlinextraligh

we simply donít have enough information to reach...

we simply donít have enough information to reach a conclusion.

Assume the truck was well in front of the cyclist; Truck signals its turn, and slows. Cyclist rides into the truckís blind spot....
10-27-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 629,711
Posted By merlinextraligh

so sorry to hear that. They were an inspiration.

so sorry to hear that. They were an inspiration.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-22, 07:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,256
Posted By merlinextraligh

I’m still not buying. The objectively measurable...

I’m still not buying. The objectively measurable difference is very small. The subjective experience of the observer is easily influenced by which lube you think is faster.
10-26-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 762
Posted By merlinextraligh

We made it to the intro of the actual show. Our...

We made it to the intro of the actual show. Our 15 minutes ( or seconds actually) of fame.

https://youtu.be/2i3mYyuLbaY
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,256
Posted By merlinextraligh

cough, cough, bs, cough,bs, cough cough. The...

cough, cough, bs, cough,bs, cough cough.

The difference in resistance from the best to the worst lube is very small, likely 1-2 watts. The highest claim I’ve seen is 6 watts. I find it rather...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,256
Posted By merlinextraligh

hence, posting on bf is a fraction of what it...

hence, posting on bf is a fraction of what it used to be.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,219
Posted By merlinextraligh

So, 14 years on, it’s still pretty. However, I...

So, 14 years on, it’s still pretty. However, I think the fact that nice Ti frames are still being made and sold, and apparently no cf/ti lugged frames are being made today, validates my point that...
10-16-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By merlinextraligh

I think you’re likely right that it wasn’t...

I think you’re likely right that it wasn’t properly torqued to start. Calfee assembled the bike, but I’m betting the crank came from FSA with the spider already attached.

The other possible...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-13-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 338
Posted By merlinextraligh

l have Lake 403ís and they are heat moldable. I...

l have Lake 403ís and they are heat moldable. I have wide feet, and I needed to loosen up the heel cup a bit, which you can do with the heat molding.

theyíre pricey but very nice.
10-13-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,225
Posted By merlinextraligh

Iím sure there is more to the biomechanics....

Iím sure there is more to the biomechanics. However for an efficient tandem team, I think any loss due to such issues is likely small in comparison to the simple w/kg.

For us, our climbing on...
10-13-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,225
Posted By merlinextraligh

No reason you can’t “dance” with the bike. We...

No reason you can’t “dance” with the bike. We climb out of the saddle on the tandem just as I would on my single bike. It took a little time for my wife to warm up to the feeling, and a little more...
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