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07-08-08, 08:56 AM
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Posted By Al.canoe

If you've got the bike with you, you're mountain...

If you've got the bike with you, you're mountain biking. I started doing singletrack in the mountains in my early 60's. I walked a lot of climbs. Now I climb and decend about everything and I spend a...
07-02-08, 03:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,314
Posted By Al.canoe

I do a similar process. I don't fully tighten the...

I do a similar process. I don't fully tighten the cleats then I ride a while. Then adjust and ride some more and repeat until it does well. Since I've been sticking with Specialized shoes for the...
06-30-08, 11:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,034
Posted By Al.canoe

It's certainly healthier and cheaper to lose body...

It's certainly healthier and cheaper to lose body weight. That said, the lighter bike is more fun to ride, especially if the wheels are very light. It accelerates better and just feels more lively...
06-30-08, 11:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,034
Posted By Al.canoe

Though I'm not a weight weenie, I do like to know...

Though I'm not a weight weenie, I do like to know what I'm buying. If you can track down the weight of the frame, you can do google searches to get the weight of the components. That will be far more...
06-30-08, 10:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,314
Posted By Al.canoe

It's a trade-off. The more float, the harder to...

It's a trade-off. The more float, the harder to get out of the pedal. I suspect the cause of knee problems with any modern cleat is due to poor adjustment/alignment on the shoe. If the foot doesn't...
06-30-08, 09:46 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,762
Posted By Al.canoe

That's not correct no matter where you found it....

That's not correct no matter where you found it. Nobody, but nobody can ride with zero. I just put a 51 on top of my 56 and there is zero difference in the horizontal profile, therefore the float...
06-29-08, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 316
Posted By Al.canoe

I agree on obaying the same traffic rules as...

I agree on obaying the same traffic rules as cars. That was a long hard fought battle to make that happen in the US. I remember back in the '50's getting a ticket because I didn't put both feet down...
06-29-08, 06:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,762
Posted By Al.canoe

I've never used the 551's, only the multi...

I've never used the 551's, only the multi release. I don't pull-out either and I do pedal full circles incuding the lifting part. I do a lot of climbing in the steep N Georgia mountains and they...
06-29-08, 06:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,762
Posted By Al.canoe

Sorry, but I don't understand your comment. ...

Sorry, but I don't understand your comment.

Al
06-29-08, 11:10 AM
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Views: 1,762
Posted By Al.canoe

I thought the same way for a few years so I used...

I thought the same way for a few years so I used SPDs with a platform. Then I tried the them with no platform and found no real difference. I do cross-country including rock gardens and don't miss...
06-29-08, 11:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,762
Posted By Al.canoe

Zero???? I've been using the 55/56 for about...

Zero???? I've been using the 55/56 for about 8-years and have lots of float. Don't know the number, but I can twist a fair number of degrees before release.

Al
06-29-08, 06:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,794
Posted By Al.canoe

That's funny. I used to participate in the...

That's funny. I used to participate in the mountain bike forum, but it's populated by these types. I just gave up. Too much uncontrolled testosterone I guess.

Al
06-29-08, 06:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,762
Posted By Al.canoe

There are a lot of good cleat types. I believe...

There are a lot of good cleat types. I believe all bike shoes are compatible with other than just SPD types. However, the SPD's are the only design that offer the multi release cleat.

Being a...
06-28-08, 05:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,794
Posted By Al.canoe

About 25+ years ago, Trek would pull their bikes...

About 25+ years ago, Trek would pull their bikes from one lbs because they didn't sell enough product and provide bikes to the other or second lbs in town. Then years later, the second lbs would lose...
06-28-08, 05:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,794
Posted By Al.canoe

[QUOTE=ProFail;6964343]Perhaps I should erase...

[QUOTE=ProFail;6964343]Perhaps I should erase your ignorance?

QUOTE]

Gee, I read a thread here about this being a friendly forum.

Al
06-28-08, 12:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,794
Posted By Al.canoe

Specialized has always had the "attitude". In my...

Specialized has always had the "attitude". In my experience, customer service sucks as well and has for many years.

About 5 years ago the Roswell (Atlanta area) bike shop dropped Specialized...
06-28-08, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 836
Posted By Al.canoe

Adding to the above, stay away from aluminum...

Adding to the above, stay away from aluminum frames. The wrong material for a road bike. I've always stayed with steel until I went with titanium. Carbon fiber can be better depending on the...
06-27-08, 01:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 838
Posted By Al.canoe

Ryan in Nutrition for Endurance Athletes has a...

Ryan in Nutrition for Endurance Athletes has a section on heat adaptation. It takes a good 10 to 15 days to adapt. Taking it easy and building up gradually is not a bad idea. Adaptation consists of...
06-27-08, 12:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,197
Posted By Al.canoe

I've been riding a Ritchey shallow drop bar for...

I've been riding a Ritchey shallow drop bar for about 6 years and do like it as well.

Al
06-27-08, 12:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 836
Posted By Al.canoe

Maddmaxx got it right, it's most often muscle...

Maddmaxx got it right, it's most often muscle related at least until it degenerates into something more serious. You need good core muscle tone to keep the back aligned & fit. Plus humans are not...
06-23-08, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Al.canoe

An interesting point made in the book Spark is...

An interesting point made in the book Spark is that radiation exposure can be beneficial. There was concern about some 45,000 ship yard workers who had been exposed to low-level radiation working on...
06-22-08, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Al.canoe

I don't know what the medical name is, but it's...

I don't know what the medical name is, but it's basically a picture generated with ultrasound; an acoustic real-time image is what it would be called in my profession. I saw my heart beating on the...
06-21-08, 02:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,056
Posted By Al.canoe

About three years ago I built a new bike on a...

About three years ago I built a new bike on a titanium cyclocross frame set. That makes the frame and carbon fork heavier than that of a normal road bike to begin with. Bare bike is about 24 lbs best...
06-21-08, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Al.canoe

What role does acoustic imaging play in...

What role does acoustic imaging play in determining plaque? I recently had a sonogram of my heart and my carotid arteries. It was more to allay my doctors fears concerning my driving my heart rate...
06-21-08, 09:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By Al.canoe

Not familiar with that study. The most solid data...

Not familiar with that study. The most solid data that I have comes from the China Study by Campbell. Note, this is the book, not the study report. The actual China study is but a small part of the...
06-20-08, 06:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Al.canoe

#1. Physical Activity and Health, edited by...

#1. Physical Activity and Health, edited by Bouchard, Blair & Haskell. Published '07. It's a large book with over 400 pages.

It's a college level text book. List around $80. Got mine used (had a...
06-20-08, 03:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Al.canoe

[QUOTE=speedlever;6909511]From roadbikerider.com ...

[QUOTE=speedlever;6909511]From roadbikerider.com
http://www.roadbikerider.com/currentissue.htm#stent

Thought I'd post the article this time instead of just the link. Relative to this article,...
06-20-08, 03:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By Al.canoe

The B12 supplement because due to factory farming...

The B12 supplement because due to factory farming practices, you can't get it from plants anymore. The protein is more of a choice rather than a necessity. You can get plenty if you consume...
06-20-08, 02:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By Al.canoe

That is now OBE. Your body takes care of...

That is now OBE. Your body takes care of converting amino acids to meet it's needs. That used to be a great rational to promote meat/dairy consumption.

Al
06-20-08, 02:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By Al.canoe

For a vegetarian, whey would work. However, I'm...

For a vegetarian, whey would work. However, I'm vegan; no dairy. There's a very strong correlation between dairy and prostate cancer. That's not proof of a causal relationship, but since I've...
06-19-08, 06:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By Al.canoe

I'm about 95% vegan. Started a couple of years...

I'm about 95% vegan. Started a couple of years ago mostly from the cancer perspective as I can't afford a recurrence. I had a big protein issue. I got very fatigued and after a couple of weeks...
06-19-08, 08:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,684
Posted By Al.canoe

The modern, well designed bike helmet will be...

The modern, well designed bike helmet will be much cooler than a baseball cap I would venture; having worn both but not on a bike. In 95 deg heat with Gulf Coast humidity, I more often than not don't...
06-18-08, 12:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,684
Posted By Al.canoe

I can't conceive of not wearing a helmet. I have...

I can't conceive of not wearing a helmet. I have read that gravity alone can crack a skull from the sitting position on a bike at zero forward speed. Many years ago I was just getting going on my...
06-18-08, 12:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,799
Posted By Al.canoe

I'm in good shape based on a resting heart rate...

I'm in good shape based on a resting heart rate of 48, good acoustic scans of heart and carotid arteries recently, 70-75/110-115 blood pressure readings, rides of 12 to 24 miles of mostly single...
06-18-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,165
Posted By Al.canoe

I had that problem with the Halo. Al

I had that problem with the Halo.

Al
06-15-08, 05:53 AM
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Views: 1,165
Posted By Al.canoe

I wear glasses and got sweat on my glasses and in...

I wear glasses and got sweat on my glasses and in the eyes. I solved it with the Pearl Izumi sweat band. It's ultra thin so it doesn't block any ventillation through the helmet.

The things work...
03-01-08, 04:40 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

Oh no! Not the "Pete" hero worship again. I...

Oh no! Not the "Pete" hero worship again.

I think I'll stick to the more helpful adult forums. They don't play "gotcha".

Al
02-29-08, 04:36 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

Bitter? I have no/zero problems with hydraulics...

Bitter? I have no/zero problems with hydraulics for other people. Remember, my first post was to advise reading the owner reviews before being talked into hydraulics. Information is key, not...
02-29-08, 03:09 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

On the bleeding I would suppose that those who...

On the bleeding I would suppose that those who use DOT 3 and DOT 4 are urged to bleed periodically as they are hygroscopic. I know my Volvo required every two years, and my F150 and CRV are every...
02-29-08, 01:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

Continuous? Where did you get that idea? If your...

Continuous? Where did you get that idea? If your BB5's need that much adjustment, the disc run-out may be way too high. Suggest you check the Park site, and learn how to true a disc. They sell a nice...
02-29-08, 08:25 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

How can that be incorrect? I was just applying...

How can that be incorrect? I was just applying your logic that if one has a mechanical problem, he must be a bad mehanic (or even better; suffering "delusional paranoia" according to gastro).

With...
02-28-08, 09:17 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

So --- you are a bad mechanic on BB5's and a...

So --- you are a bad mechanic on BB5's and a good mechanic on hydraulics?

I don't know how good a mechanic I am on BB7's since my wife's and mine have never needed work in over 6 years. Pop in...
02-28-08, 07:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

I propose your lack of understanding could be...

I propose your lack of understanding could be because you might not be broad minded enough to entertain other approaches than your own.

I've personally talked to two folks who've swithed to BB7's...
02-27-08, 07:17 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

I agree, you can't go by the ratings unless they...

I agree, you can't go by the ratings unless they are 5.0 with a lot of reviewers. A better way is to look for problem areas/trends. There are folks there who switched from Juicy 5/7's to BB7's. I've...
02-27-08, 12:47 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,674
Posted By Al.canoe

Before they convince you to go hydraulic, read...

Before they convince you to go hydraulic, read some of the 800 Avid ball bearing reviews here. Then check out some hydraulics.
http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/disc_brake_system/

I've had the urge a...
02-23-08, 06:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 519
Posted By Al.canoe

Suggest you check out DT Swiss. I had a 6" Fox...

Suggest you check out DT Swiss. I had a 6" Fox for about three years on my Stump Jumper. It was a pain as I was always replacing bushings, having to clean it out and replace seals. I ride a lot plus...
02-04-08, 06:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By Al.canoe

If you want to minimize weight especially in the...

If you want to minimize weight especially in the rim area, consider Stan's wheels http://www.notubes.com/

They are $550 and up depending on the hubs.

I'm presently riding $600 (list) Cane...
01-28-08, 07:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,064
Posted By Al.canoe

After thinking about this for a while, I would...

After thinking about this for a while, I would have paid the $39.00 in a moment if I had not been able to get it free. After all, where else are you going to get a distillation of 7000 studies on...
01-28-08, 07:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,064
Posted By Al.canoe

I've done the calculations and if you don't do...

I've done the calculations and if you don't do soy, it's very difficult to get the 70 to 90 grams protein that's adequate for me. I supplement with rice protein.

Al
01-24-08, 05:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By Al.canoe

It's also about burning calories and raising your...

It's also about burning calories and raising your Basel metabolism through increasing your muscle mass. In Physical Activity and Health, they emphasize the metabolism increase with resistance...
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