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Forum: Commuting
02-09-06, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,230
Posted By mellonhead

In the winter, tires have a harder time than in...

In the winter, tires have a harder time than in the summer:

- Roads are frequently wet, which 'lubricates' glass and nails going through the tire.
- The city does not street-sweep in winter,...
02-06-06, 01:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,243
Posted By mellonhead

I commute on a road bike with 700 X 23 tires and...

I commute on a road bike with 700 X 23 tires and I have a few snow days. I find it kind of terrifying actually. Once the snow gets packed by the cars my wheels no longer sink through the stuff, but...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-06, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Posted By mellonhead

I've never heard of these. Can you post a pic?

I've never heard of these. Can you post a pic?
Forum: Commuting
02-06-06, 10:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 708
Posted By mellonhead

Happened to me last winter. My commuter stays...

Happened to me last winter. My commuter stays locked outside. I inflated one 700 X 23 tire to 110-120 psi before leaving for work. The outside temp. was about 5 deg. F. At work I put the bike in my...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-06, 02:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,356
Posted By mellonhead

I just bought (used) my new commuter for 550.00...

I just bought (used) my new commuter for 550.00 $CAD (KHS Flight 500 wi Shimano105). My old commuter was a 500$ SS track-bike that was stolen from a very public location outside my office. Those...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-06, 10:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,319
Posted By mellonhead

I commute in Toronto, and yes it is that bad. ...

I commute in Toronto, and yes it is that bad. Traffic has reached epidemic proportions in recent years and drivers have become enraged at cyclists whom they regard as a part of the problem. It has...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-06, 08:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By mellonhead

Adidas makes a retro '70s tennis shoe called...

Adidas makes a retro '70s tennis shoe called 'Stan Smith' that has a narrow sole, smooth solid leather uppers (no lavish stripes, or stitching to catch on the clips) with no nylon mesh to leak water,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-05, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By mellonhead

I used a fairly wide 700X32 WTB Slickasaurus on...

I used a fairly wide 700X32 WTB Slickasaurus on my commuting road bike (before it was stolen - argh) and they were essentially punctureproof. They are considered heavy as a road-bike tire.
08-03-05, 02:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,064
Posted By mellonhead

So who will be the new Discovery leader?

Do you think that Discovery will try to buy a new leader, or appoint one from inside?

Is Hincapie strong enough to be a Tour contender on his own?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-05, 10:48 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,601
Posted By mellonhead

.... and downtube shifters. OK, I like vintage,...

.... and downtube shifters. OK, I like vintage, but I draw the line at downtube shifters.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-05, 08:20 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,601
Posted By mellonhead

Here's a pic (sorry about the quality) of my...

Here's a pic (sorry about the quality) of my Marinoni custom-built.

- Lugged Columbus Zona tubes.
- Ultegra components.
- Chrome fork and stays.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-05, 07:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,788
Posted By mellonhead

Here's my experience with exactly the same...

Here's my experience with exactly the same thing....

I was hit by a car a year and a half ago, and diagnosed with a torn meniscus. The local Sports Injury clinic recommended surgery. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-05, 06:53 AM
Replies: 26,496
Views: 16,249,698
Posted By mellonhead

Question for FROryder: How much does the...

Question for FROryder:

How much does the Serotta weigh? It's a beauty, especially the chromed bits.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-05, 12:54 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,926
Posted By mellonhead

A framebuilder can easily repair the damage. The...

A framebuilder can easily repair the damage. The problem is finding one in your area. I was hit by a car in Toronto, Canada. I took the frame to Bicycling Specialties (run, incidently, by Mike...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-05, 07:48 AM
Replies: 26,496
Views: 16,249,698
Posted By mellonhead

Here's my Marinoni custom-built... Sort...

Here's my Marinoni custom-built...

Sort of a retro early-eighties design with double-butted lugged Columbus frame and chromed fork & stays. Not the lightest thing, but it rides really well...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-05, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By mellonhead

Can a cycle computer do this?

I have yet to find one that can do this.....

You punch in a distance (say, 50km), and a time (say, 1hr, 45min), then start riding.
The computer will give you a constant time-difference to an...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-05, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 675
Posted By mellonhead

In Toronto, Canada, bike theft is so common that...

In Toronto, Canada, bike theft is so common that most home insurance policies either do not cover bicycles, or only cover a portion. Coverage of the replacement value has to be bought seperately. You...
06-30-05, 06:51 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 8,107
Posted By mellonhead

How do they determine the start order? My guess...

How do they determine the start order? My guess is that Armstrong gets to go last (as defending champion) and he will aim to finish ahead of Ullrich, but not necessarily win it.

Michael Rogers...
06-29-05, 01:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By mellonhead

OK, lets go back to 2003..... Its stage 8,...

OK, lets go back to 2003.....

Its stage 8, on mythical Alpe D'Huez. Iban Mayo has taken off for what will be an epic win. Then Vino attacks and Armstrong cannot follow. Maya wins by an...
06-28-05, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By mellonhead

Dont forget that in North America everyone is...

Dont forget that in North America everyone is conditioned to think that "The Tour" is the only race that really matters. Until recently, the Vuelta, was regarded in Spain as at least as worthy as the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-05, 12:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 825
Posted By mellonhead

Bus drivers have smouldering road-rage building...

Bus drivers have smouldering road-rage building up for years. Most must be on the verge of insanity.
06-28-05, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By mellonhead

Armstrong was the strongest rider in 2003, but...

Armstrong was the strongest rider in 2003, but Beloki attacked as soon as they hit the mountains. As soon as Armstrong chased him down, Vino would attack. The attacks forced Armstrong to chase far...
06-28-05, 06:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By mellonhead

The hearts of Spanish fans are won in the Vuelta....

The hearts of Spanish fans are won in the Vuelta. Heras makes the Vuelta a priority and is rewarded as such. In Spain even the great Indurain is criticised for not riding in the Vuelta regularily...
06-27-05, 01:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Posted By mellonhead

Most likely he was included on the team to help...

Most likely he was included on the team to help out in the team time-trial. He has not shown that he can climb like he used to... too bad, 'cause I too thought that he could have won in 2003 if not...
06-27-05, 01:35 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,745
Posted By mellonhead

I just hope the race is more exiting than last...

I just hope the race is more exiting than last year, when the outcome was pretty well decided after the cobbles on State 3. What I would love to see is Vin, or Basso, actually gain a huge amount on...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-05, 08:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,215
Posted By mellonhead

De-greasing your chain is not a joy. ...

De-greasing your chain is not a joy.
Replacing cables is not a joy.

Wrapping your bars is a religious experience.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-05, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,234
Posted By mellonhead

Well, if you like gadgets (and who doesn't!) here...

Well, if you like gadgets (and who doesn't!) here one I just saw in a mag....

It's a wrist-watch HeartRate Monitor/GPS (Global Positioning...). So what, you say? You punch in the distance you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-05, 08:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 593
Posted By mellonhead

I asked a Pharmacist what to take for cramps on...

I asked a Pharmacist what to take for cramps on long rides and she recommended a vitamin supplement, especially one with the various 'B' vitamines.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-05, 11:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 974
Posted By mellonhead

CycleSport (British rag) has lots of nice...

CycleSport (British rag) has lots of nice biographies (albiet about racers, mostly), and does bike reviews and some tekky stuff. Great Tour coverage... but by the time it hits the stands here the...
06-22-05, 11:49 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,745
Posted By mellonhead

You have that right... What will be better...

You have that right...

What will be better this year.....
- Vino is back after missing 2004. He can blow the race open.
- It's Ullrich's last chance to beat Armstrong. He's extra motivated.
...
06-22-05, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By mellonhead

In terms of cycling history, the debate is...

In terms of cycling history, the debate is whether Lance Armstrong deserves the title of 'Greatest Ever', because his overall 'palmares' is on the light side compared with Eddy Merckx, or Bernard...
06-22-05, 07:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By mellonhead

It's a great acheivement. Something all serious...

It's a great acheivement. Something all serious cyclists feel they have to do.

I'm doing my second soon. I cycle on weekend with my neighbours. Our century 'training' is to ride 50km (30...
06-21-05, 01:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,745
Posted By mellonhead

A recent interview with Vino had him saying he...

A recent interview with Vino had him saying he would ride for Ullrich IF the German is the stronger rider, which hints that we could see Ullrich acting as super-domestique, towing Vino to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-05, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 393
Posted By mellonhead

On many new bikes, 1-2 months old, the spokes of...

On many new bikes, 1-2 months old, the spokes of cheap wheels will loosen up dramatically. The flexing of the loose spokes cause them to break. Anyone who notices this with a new bike should take it...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-05, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 517
Posted By mellonhead

The difference is mainly weight. Ultegra being...

The difference is mainly weight. Ultegra being lighter.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-05, 08:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,452
Posted By mellonhead

If you think Ullrich grinds, then you should...

If you think Ullrich grinds, then you should watch Santiago Botero. Last time he did a Tour de France time-trial he used a 55 tooth sprocket and had a cadence of about 50-60. The commentator said...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-05, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 690
Posted By mellonhead

Wipe your undercarriage with rubbing alchohol...

Wipe your undercarriage with rubbing alchohol after each ride. It prevents bacteria growth and toughens the skin over time. Note: Keep the stuff away from the helmuted guy... he does not need...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-05, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 509
Posted By mellonhead

It's a common problem... pulling the stem from...

It's a common problem... pulling the stem from the tube with an overly tight pump. Here's a tip: Use the stem nut on the INSIDE of the rim (screw it all the way to the base of the stem). Now you...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-05, 08:43 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,436
Posted By mellonhead

If you have never ridden a 'paceline' before,...

If you have never ridden a 'paceline' before, here are a couple tips:

- You need to be close. Ideally, no more than 12 inches behind the wheel ahead.
- Never draft someone without telling them....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-05, 08:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,436
Posted By mellonhead

Wind tunnel tests have shown that the benefit of...

Wind tunnel tests have shown that the benefit of drafting occurs at all speeds... you just do not notice the effect at lower speeds.

If you ride in single file, you will experience about a 20%...
06-14-05, 02:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,591
Posted By mellonhead

On the last charity run I did (75km), there were...

On the last charity run I did (75km), there were a lot of guys 45-55 years old with really big guts who simply blew past me. My neighbours and I averaged over 32kph for the 75 km run, so they must...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-05, 07:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 890
Posted By mellonhead

My Neighbour had a custom frame made especially...

My Neighbour had a custom frame made especially for a vacation he was taking in Italy (lucky guy). However, after riding for a couple of months on his new bike he developed knee pain. He went to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-05, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By mellonhead

It's a cheap bike from the mid seventies I'd say....

It's a cheap bike from the mid seventies I'd say. The classic department store 10-speed of my youth. The 'Hi Ten' steel is one grade up from plumbers pipe, and serious bikes of the period would place...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-05, 02:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 263
Posted By mellonhead

As one who struggled to find saddle comfort for...

As one who struggled to find saddle comfort for years I feel your pain. It sounds like you are riding off-center on your saddle (sliding to one side). This is probably due to the fact that you find...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-05, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 826
Posted By mellonhead

No, really... lets have your opinion. ...

No, really... lets have your opinion.

Anyway, regarding frame materials, there's a British magazine that is of the opinion that the single greatest factor that determines how a frame absorbs road...
06-13-05, 11:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By mellonhead

Warden, north of Bloomington sideroad is the...

Warden, north of Bloomington sideroad is the mecca of Toronto cycling. Lots of clubs/pros use it so it, so the local car drivers are very respectful of cyclists. On weekend mornings Warden does not...
06-13-05, 09:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 464
Posted By mellonhead

For training rides (whether or not you actually...

For training rides (whether or not you actually race), it would be irresponsible to ride on an MUT at 30+kph what with all the children/strollers about. But my wife is scares to death of riding on...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-05, 08:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,128
Posted By mellonhead

Spinning classes are good for, ... well,...

Spinning classes are good for, ... well, spinning. They do not help you increase the force on the pedals to get up hills. The best aid for climbing is to increase your leverage. Hold the top of the...
06-10-05, 12:42 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,904
Posted By mellonhead

In Ontario, Canada, cyclists have no rights to...

In Ontario, Canada, cyclists have no rights to the road. Sure the broad interpretation of the law says that bicycles have to be treated as any other user of the road, but the use of the roads here...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-05, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 706
Posted By mellonhead

I have a cheap CoolMax jersey and it tends to get...

I have a cheap CoolMax jersey and it tends to get wet and sticky. My neighbour bought me a Kelme team jersy when he was in Spain. It's one of those team issue ones that cost a mint. It has a rough...
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