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08-28-13, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 386
Posted By Lord Chaos

It's paved at the lower end, where it's quite...

It's paved at the lower end, where it's quite steep. Above Echo Mountain, the gradient moderates because the road was once the Mt Lowe Railway. I've hiked it a number of times, but never ridden it....
04-19-13, 10:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,165
Posted By Lord Chaos

I like riding. Pretty much have, since the day my...

I like riding. Pretty much have, since the day my mother took me out and made me learn how to ride by letting me roll down a small hill.

I want to get better at distance riding because the farther...
04-19-13, 12:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 542
Posted By Lord Chaos

The Antelope Valley Wind Festival

My apartment in Santa Monica is undergoing some renovation. The work was supposed to start Feb 4 so I got things ready. Feb 4 came up and they said we'll start Feb 8, to be finished in three or four...
08-22-12, 12:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By Lord Chaos

Derailer gears are confusing at first. When I got...

Derailer gears are confusing at first. When I got my current mountain bike it came with the modern dual-lever shifter. I thought I'd never figure it out. One day, though, I was having problems with...
08-20-12, 03:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By Lord Chaos

Also, keep in mind your bike is new. Cables will...

Also, keep in mind your bike is new. Cables will stretch a bit, so you'll need to use the barrel adjusters at the shifters to take up the slack. You'll know you have a problem when you can't shift...
08-17-12, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By Lord Chaos

I think that's fairly typical. You may be...

I think that's fairly typical. You may be shifting to the big ring when you're going nearly as fast as you want to go. The key operational concept is to use the gear ratio that's best suited to...
08-15-12, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By Lord Chaos

Yes. Once you've gone beyond the fourth cog in...

Yes. Once you've gone beyond the fourth cog in the back, you're better off shifting to the middle ring in front. The ratio should be about the same, and the chain line will be smoother.
07-28-12, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By Lord Chaos

If the Fleabay deals don't come through, take a...

If the Fleabay deals don't come through, take a look at Harris Cyclery/Sheldon Brown. They have a wide selection of toe clips, straps, and pedals to suit. That's where I've gotten mine....
07-28-12, 08:06 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,637
Posted By Lord Chaos

Thanks for posting the link, Dudelsack. I've been...

Thanks for posting the link, Dudelsack. I've been curious about sports drinks but not motivated to actually look into it. They just seemed to me more like a fashion accessory than a real need.
...
07-28-12, 07:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,347
Posted By Lord Chaos

Wow. I had no idea that small a camera could be...

Wow. I had no idea that small a camera could be so effective. They must have image stabilization built in to remove the shakes from road bumps. Well done!
07-24-12, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By Lord Chaos

Neat video. Makes me want to move to England. :) ...

Neat video. Makes me want to move to England. :)

Audio for moving video takes some special equipment. You need an external stereo microphone with a good wind sock on it, which requires more of a...
07-23-12, 05:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,554
Posted By Lord Chaos

The angles on that bike don't look radical, so...

The angles on that bike don't look radical, so I'd recommend checking the headset bearings. If the headset is tight, you would have to overcome that friction to start a turn, which means it would be...
07-22-12, 02:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,776
Posted By Lord Chaos

It seems to me that there are three...

It seems to me that there are three different-but-related "thought states" being described here. It could be my idiosyncratic interpretation, and I may be overthinking it all.

One state is that of...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-12, 05:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 957
Posted By Lord Chaos

I rode on Armadillos for years. No complaints...

I rode on Armadillos for years. No complaints about flat resistance. Never did get a puncture. But... yeow, the ride quality was very rough. Switched to ordinary Hemispheres to get better ride with...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-12, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 663
Posted By Lord Chaos

Beating the odds... I was riding out to a...

Beating the odds... I was riding out to a friend's house one day, southeast of Denver. The paved roads had shoulders so they were no problems. The dirt roads had no traffic... until I came over a low...
07-20-12, 05:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By Lord Chaos

If you have Schrader valves (standard car type)...

If you have Schrader valves (standard car type) you can inflate them easily. Just do it in quick shots. Don't clamp the chuck onto the valve, because it won't take long to fill the bike tire. I...
07-19-12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 63,966
Posted By Lord Chaos

I don't use bar ends on my mountain bike because...

I don't use bar ends on my mountain bike because I don't want anything on the handlebars that could catch branches that are close to the trail.
07-18-12, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By Lord Chaos

You'll be fine. In the old days, people used...

You'll be fine. In the old days, people used wider rims. Now, in the quest for lightness, they'll put 2.3" tires on a 19mm (inside width) rim. This changes the profile of the tire somewhat: the 2.3"...
07-18-12, 02:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,994
Posted By Lord Chaos

Humidity makes planning difficult. On many of my...

Humidity makes planning difficult. On many of my rides in the Santa Monica Mountains, a 1-litre water bottle will get me to the next water fountain. Last week, though, the day was warm and humid, and...
07-18-12, 10:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,087
Posted By Lord Chaos

When I started riding the bus to work I heard...

When I started riding the bus to work I heard from the bus drivers about people stealing bikes. Not often, but it did happen. I used my commuter bike, which looks pretty bad but runs well. After a...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-12, 07:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,742
Posted By Lord Chaos

Badboy, the picture was taken about two-thirds of...

Badboy, the picture was taken about two-thirds of the way up a fire road in Pacific Palisades, west of Los Angeles. The road climbs 1500 feet in a little over a mile.

I'm thinking about changing...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-12, 06:52 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By Lord Chaos

Good deal! I'm glad the ride worked out well this...

Good deal! I'm glad the ride worked out well this morning.

As for coasting, hmm... look into the wheel bearings. Even with knobbies, a bike should coast some. Fatboys (the slicks) were an...
07-17-12, 09:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,661
Posted By Lord Chaos

I turned 60 in May. The only reason that affected...

I turned 60 in May. The only reason that affected my riding was that, for various reasons, I didn't ride very much for a year. Now I'm working on getting my conditioning back, with an eye toward...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 09:00 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By Lord Chaos

Congratulations! The first run is always a bit...

Congratulations! The first run is always a bit rough. And it's good that you took breaks when you needed them. That will make tomorrow's ride go better.
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 04:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,742
Posted By Lord Chaos

Here's the Bombadil: ...

Here's the Bombadil:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y30/lnphotos/Bicycling/Bombadil.jpg

Photo taken by my friend John McCullough on one of the first rides. The bike now has a set of Jandd...
07-17-12, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 499
Posted By Lord Chaos

I've had the same problem with serially breaking...

I've had the same problem with serially breaking spokes, and the answer was to have the wheel completely rebuilt. Same hub and rim, but new spokes, assembled by a competent wheelbuilder. I've had no...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 01:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,742
Posted By Lord Chaos

My Rivendell Bombadil has become my favorite bike...

My Rivendell Bombadil has become my favorite bike for everything from utility rides to exploration, because the bike does everything I ask of it gracefully and reliably. It is simply a delight to...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,423
Posted By Lord Chaos

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing the link. I've done...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing the link. I've done my share of building things from cardboard, but it never occurred to me to make a bicycle.
Forum: Commuting
07-17-12, 01:19 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By Lord Chaos

I hope all goes well out there, with no problems...

I hope all goes well out there, with no problems and an enjoyable ride.
07-17-12, 12:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,717
Posted By Lord Chaos

Is there a bicycle workshop in your town that...

Is there a bicycle workshop in your town that "recycles" bikes? They won't get yours back, but you might be able build up a decent replacement with donated parts and some sweat equity.
07-16-12, 06:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,993
Posted By Lord Chaos

Just a wild idea here... could the chain be a...

Just a wild idea here... could the chain be a couple of links too long, so that there's not enough tension to keep it wrapped well around that 11-tooth cog?
Forum: Commuting
07-16-12, 06:34 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By Lord Chaos

Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph. I have...

Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph. I have its earlier relative, something like 15 years old, and it still works perfectly. I figure if I need to carry both CO2 and a pump, why not skip the CO2?...
07-16-12, 06:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,745
Posted By Lord Chaos

I have WTB Weirwolf tires on my mountain bike,...

I have WTB Weirwolf tires on my mountain bike, and they're the best I've used in all the years I've ridden. From the days of the Specialized Ground Control, through WTB Velociraptors. The Weirwolf...
07-16-12, 01:46 PM
Replies: 9
Mup
Views: 502
Posted By Lord Chaos

That looks like a dedicated bicycle path. No...

That looks like a dedicated bicycle path. No pedestrians allowed. A MUP (Multi-Use Path) is for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, high-wheelers (and anyone who's high in general, at least...
07-16-12, 01:40 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,138
Posted By Lord Chaos

Oh, yes... TJ's famous fruit bars! I should have...

Oh, yes... TJ's famous fruit bars! I should have mentioned that I eat those too... if I remember to buy some. Also take a look at Force Primeval Bars. These are standard food for sand sculptures...
07-16-12, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
Posted By Lord Chaos

I've been taking Trader Joe's house brand...

I've been taking Trader Joe's house brand glucosamine and chondroitin tablets for a number of years. Do they help? I don't know. I had a knee problem some years back that hasn't recurred, but that's...
07-16-12, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By Lord Chaos

Take a look at Rivendell Bicycle Works. They have...

Take a look at Rivendell Bicycle Works. They have a variety of handlebars, including moustache.

For your convenience (I own a Riv bike, but no other affiliation):...
07-16-12, 01:14 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,138
Posted By Lord Chaos

Interesting note on the sweet potato. I ran into...

Interesting note on the sweet potato. I ran into some backpackers years ago who said the same thing: easy to carry, and good nutrition. I like sweet potatoes/yams, but have yet to try one on a ride....
Forum: Commuting
07-16-12, 01:09 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,281
Posted By Lord Chaos

I'd recommend a good headlight and taillight,...

I'd recommend a good headlight and taillight, even in the daytime. They don't have to be expensive, but they do need to be bright enough to be seen in the day. The classic Planet Bike Superflash is...
07-16-12, 12:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,855
Posted By Lord Chaos

Most of the time I use downhills to enjoy the...

Most of the time I use downhills to enjoy the ride, and coast. They're also a break from constant pedaling.

The biggest problem I have around here is staying warm on long descents; the day may not...
07-16-12, 07:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 561
Posted By Lord Chaos

If the trail is steep, you'll need both brakes....

If the trail is steep, you'll need both brakes. You'll need to be very careful on the front brake, because you can't steer with a locked wheel. On slippery ground a momentary lock-up, such as when...
07-15-12, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 561
Posted By Lord Chaos

Perhaps your brakes locked up? Slippery ground...

Perhaps your brakes locked up? Slippery ground makes controlling your speed a challenge. Were the people who came by after you riding faster? Maybe they knew the trail better, and knew where they...
07-15-12, 08:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,138
Posted By Lord Chaos

Up to about four hours, I just bring water after...

Up to about four hours, I just bring water after eating a decent breakfast. I get home in real need of food, though. Longer rides, I take roasted nuts, oranges or tangerines, dried fruit. I have used...
07-15-12, 08:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,613
Posted By Lord Chaos

I ride in the Santa Monica Mountains by...

I ride in the Santa Monica Mountains by preference, but there are times when I'm in the mood for a road ride. I'll head north on PCH early in the morning on weekends and holidays, and it's a good...
07-15-12, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 534
Posted By Lord Chaos

But... but... if she keeps racing and smiling...

But... but... if she keeps racing and smiling like that, she won't be "Mrs Grouch" for much longer! Think the two of you can come up with a new name? :)
07-13-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 395
Posted By Lord Chaos

Yowza. 4400 feet of climb, starting at 4000 feet....

Yowza. 4400 feet of climb, starting at 4000 feet. Good going!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-12, 08:25 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,816
Posted By Lord Chaos

Some years back I saw some info on a bike that...

Some years back I saw some info on a bike that was made of carbon and Kevlar, I think, and had no seat stays. It had two wavy chainstays, and was made in New Zealand, I think. I haven't seen anything...
07-12-12, 03:44 PM
Replies: 24,319
Views: 2,261,205
Posted By Lord Chaos

A friend and I did a loop up into the Santa...

A friend and I did a loop up into the Santa Monica Mountains. Down by the coast the air was cool and damp. Farther up it started getting warm and humid. I'm not used to such, and it really knocked...
07-12-12, 03:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,807
Posted By Lord Chaos

When I bought my Tour de France in 1971, I wanted...

When I bought my Tour de France in 1971, I wanted the PX10 but it was a bit more money. The TdF was a delightful bike. My understanding was that they were nearly the same bike, but Peugeot had more...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,816
Posted By Lord Chaos

Well, I had the right idea, but the wrong era....

Well, I had the right idea, but the wrong era. Conceptual memory is good but a bit off in the timeline; it was actually the 1990s that brought out some experiments for the Paris-Roubaix race.
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