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10-17-21, 06:37 PM
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Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the advice!

Thanks for the advice!
10-10-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

Good to hear that worked for you. Thanks for...

Good to hear that worked for you. Thanks for sharing the info!
08-25-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the helpful replies, everybody! ...

Thanks for the helpful replies, everybody!



I'll be heading back to Japan to resume running my bike tour business as soon as inbound tourism can resume. In the meantime, a low-level job in...
08-25-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By el forestero

According to the store manager I spoke with, even...

According to the store manager I spoke with, even management positions at one of the larger bike store chains in the Bay Area only pay $20 to $25.
08-22-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the replies, all. I just asked a local...

Thanks for the replies, all. I just asked a local employer the usual starting pay range and was told it's $15 to $19, depending on qualifications/experience.
08-19-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By el forestero

The only Mechanics' Union of Trade Associations I...

The only Mechanics' Union of Trade Associations I can find is the long-disbanded one mentioned in this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanics%27_Union_of_Trade_Associations

I'd be...
08-18-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By el forestero

bike mechanic salary range in SF, CA area

Thinking of applying for a salaried full-time position as a bike mechanic in the East Bay or elsewhere in the SF Bay Area. It's hard to get a precise read on the industry standard salary range in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,354
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the helpful replies again, all. Sub...

Thanks for the helpful replies again, all. Sub compact chainrings and the SRAM 11-36 cassette are options I'll definitely look into.

Likewise, Kabuto, I find these hills are doable (and fun!) with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,354
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the helpful replies, all. I guess...

Thanks for the helpful replies, all.

I guess those grades do sound kinda crazy. I live in a pretty mountainous area, with Mt Fuji and Mikuni Pass, the steepest segment of this year's Olympic men's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,354
Posted By el forestero

11-34T vs 11-30T on long, steep climbs

I frequently climb long, steep hills and am trying to decide whether it's worth buying an 11-34T cassette for a bike that has an 11-30T cassette and a 34T small chainring. When riding up continuous...
08-06-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,276
Posted By el forestero

The rest of the events can be viewed here:...

The rest of the events can be viewed here: https://en.sports.nhk.or.jp/olympic/sports/cycling/

As mentioned in a previous post, sounds like you need to use a location spoofing browser like Tor to...
08-04-21, 12:28 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,276
Posted By el forestero

Ah, sorry, didn't realize that it didn't work for...

Ah, sorry, didn't realize that it didn't work for you folks. If you use the Tor browser and have it direct through Japan you may be able to view it.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-21, 02:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,644
Posted By el forestero

Those look great too! Thanks for the link.

Those look great too! Thanks for the link.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-21, 03:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,644
Posted By el forestero

Those look like great bikes. I have my eye on the...

Those look like great bikes. I have my eye on the Specialized Allez.
08-01-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,276
Posted By el forestero

This has no announcer but it does show the whole...

This has no announcer but it does show the whole men's event: https://sports.nhk.or.jp/olympic/hig...-b2b80b651985/...
07-31-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,276
Posted By el forestero

I found a video replay of the men's road race...

I found a video replay of the men's road race posted by a Japan TV channel, in case anybody's interested: https://sports.nhk.or.jp/olympic/highlights/content/5ad76af9-a02e-423f-8b9e-b2b80b651985/
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-21, 03:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,644
Posted By el forestero

Those are great suggestions. I have a Trek Domane...

Those are great suggestions. I have a Trek Domane in Japan and am used to its geometry for both climbs and long rides.
07-29-21, 03:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,572
Posted By el forestero

Cool! I'll check those out as well. Thanks, all!

Cool! I'll check those out as well. Thanks, all!
07-27-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,572
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the advice, all. Looking forward to...

Thanks for the advice, all. Looking forward to checking those out!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,644
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the advice, all. Will do some calling...

Thanks for the advice, all. Will do some calling around to see if any of those bikes are in stock or can be pre-ordered/reserved.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,644
Posted By el forestero

best new $1500-ish aluminum road bike?

For someone who likes 80 to 200 km rides and long climbs, what's the best 58" frame road bike likely to be available now or by late August for around $1500, give or take a few hundred $, whether...
07-26-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,276
Posted By el forestero

Anybody got a link to a free replay of the men's...

Anybody got a link to a free replay of the men's road race? Olympic Committee seems to have done a good job of getting Youtube not to allow anybody to post a recording.
07-26-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,572
Posted By el forestero

Recommended Bay Area climbs, long rides and clubs?

Hi folks,
I'll be in the Bay Area for a few months starting mid-August and want to stay in shape for my Mt Fuji-area rides while I'm away from Japan. Would love to know about some good places to...
07-25-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

Unfortunately my bike tour biz has been dead in...

Unfortunately my bike tour biz has been dead in the water during the pandemic, so this has been a back-burner project. Haven't worked on it since spring. Will post here if/when I get back to it. Good...
04-11-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

Frequently. Every day on busy weeks.

Frequently. Every day on busy weeks.
04-04-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

That may be the best bet. I was also thinking it...

That may be the best bet. I was also thinking it could be possible to use a circular clamp and stuff something solid into the space between the clamp and the back of the seat tube so the clamp can...
04-04-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

Here's a better angle for seeing the two bolts....

Here's a better angle for seeing the two bolts. They screw in on opposite sides of the clamp.

The QR lever is a good idea, and it's too bad it won't align properly with a two-bolt clamp.

...
04-04-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By el forestero

help with asymmetrical seat post clamp to QR conversion?

I frequently have to adjust the seat post of a 2019 Giant Escape RX Disc hybrid bike to accommodate the varying heights of visiting riders who've never used the bike before. The seat post clamp has...
04-04-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,690
Posted By el forestero

That pretty well describes what I've been...

That pretty well describes what I've been planning on making. In a local hardware store I saw some rigid plastic-like acrylic tubes of about those dimensions that I'll use instead of aluminum.
...
03-30-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,690
Posted By el forestero

Those are good ideas, and that was a fun old...

Those are good ideas, and that was a fun old thread that helped get my creative juices flowing. Thanks for the link.

I don't need a setup that's more rigid than a tie through the wheel, but I...
03-30-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,690
Posted By el forestero

DIY mechanic's handlebar stabilizer ideas?

I'm mulling over how to build my own handlebar stabilizer that will enable me to keep a bike's cockpit facing forward while the bike is in a workstand. I've seen a lot of ideas for handlebar...
03-30-21, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the details and advice!

Thanks for the details and advice!
03-28-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By el forestero

I have car interior and roof racks with fork...

I have car interior and roof racks with fork mounts that I use to transport bikes, so QR is much more convenient for me. Just didn't have the budget for a bike that came with QR wheels this time. The...
03-28-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the replies, all. The conversion looks...

Thanks for the replies, all. The conversion looks like a fun project for a rainy day.
03-28-21, 05:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By el forestero

kids' bike wheels conversion to QR feasible?

I recently bought this kids' bike: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/escape-jr-24

The bike's spec sheets says it has "Joytech nutted type, 32H" hubs. There's some kind of black cap or nut with...
03-28-21, 04:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,456
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the replies, all! It turned out the...

Thanks for the replies, all! It turned out the bigger kid was comfortable in an adult helmet, and the smaller liked a 54-56 size kids' helmet best.
03-23-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,456
Posted By el forestero

at what age can kids wear adult bike helmets?

I will be meeting a couple kids I've never met before for a short ride and need to have helmets ready for them. I will not be able to get their head circumferences before meeting them and buying...
09-24-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By el forestero

It's a good idea. I've been considering it as a...

It's a good idea. I've been considering it as a last resort. But it does look like some other kind of modification of the nose piece that stabilizes it while still allowing the jaws of the sunglasses...
09-23-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,328
Posted By el forestero

I decided to go with Shimano pad holders I can...

I decided to go with Shimano pad holders I can buy here in Japan (https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/gp/product/B00GEDAPQ6) and compatible Kool Stop replacement pads I can order affordably from abroad...
09-23-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By el forestero

I look forward to being able to afford a pair. In...

I look forward to being able to afford a pair. In the meantime, hacking my fakes is what's feasible.
09-20-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,328
Posted By el forestero

Thanks! Anything of similar quality made by other...

Thanks! Anything of similar quality made by other brands you know of? (Looks like I'll have to order from abroad to get a decent price on the Kool Stop pads, as they're expensive in Japan).
09-19-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,328
Posted By el forestero

suggestions for good brake pads?

I've been using Shimano M70T4 brake pads on my hybrid bikes. (See https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/gp/product/B001NMTIEI). On the other hand, I use Shimano R55C3 pads for my road bikes. (See...
09-19-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By el forestero

Foakley Jawbreaker nose piece fix

The nose piece on my Foakley Jawbreakers doesn't latch down fully, so from time to time it snaps up while I'm riding, pushing the glasses away from my face. Sometimes this happens over and over in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 03:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,890
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the advice, folks. I'll check into...

Thanks for the advice, folks. I'll check into some chamois cream and better bibs and have another look at my saddle to see how things might be better adjusted.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 02:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 519
Posted By el forestero

good online shops for international orders of road cycling clothes and bike parts?

You folks know of any good online shops for international orders of road cycling clothes and bike parts? In particular any with good deals on shipping to Japan, such as free shipping above a certain...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 01:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,890
Posted By el forestero

Thanks for the advice. Will give it a shot. Any...

Thanks for the advice. Will give it a shot. Any particular one you recommend?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 01:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,890
Posted By el forestero

My cap would be in the $100 to $125 range.

My cap would be in the $100 to $125 range.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 01:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,890
Posted By el forestero

No.

No.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,890
Posted By el forestero

high-end shorts worth it for 100 km + rides?

My usual range limit is about 100 to 120 km in a day, though I'll occasionally do centuries or more. I commonly ride that 100 to 120 km distance twice a week and do a couple more rides per week of up...
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