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Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-11, 09:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,353
Posted By travkat

totally done that! And I have also forgotten my...

totally done that! And I have also forgotten my helmet and shoes on occasion when rushing to meet folks where I have to drive to be on time. Totally sucks, but that's life :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-11, 10:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,936
Posted By travkat

How about the environmental concerns? Don't get...

How about the environmental concerns? Don't get me wrong, I am a huge tech person and always want the latest and greatest new gadget. However, I remain cautious about things like e readers and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-11, 07:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,955
Posted By travkat

In all my years working in a shop we always put...

In all my years working in a shop we always put on flat pedals for test rides, unless the rider brought their own shoes and pedals. Even rat cages are a liability in the good ol USofA. And a side...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-11, 07:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,955
Posted By travkat

this quote = FAIL.

this quote = FAIL.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-11, 06:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,929
Posted By travkat

+1

+1
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-11, 01:02 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 16,365
Posted By travkat

this:...

this: (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Adhesive-Reflective-Tape-Kit/dp/B000NPNXP6)

Now that's taken care of.

So to cap off.
1. remove all reflectors immediately after purchase of bike
2. remove...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-11, 10:32 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 6,420
Posted By travkat

+ a million. My son is about to turn 3 and I went...

+ a million. My son is about to turn 3 and I went from riding about 4-5 days a week putting in 200-350+ miles to about one 20 mile ride whenever I get a chance to sneak out. I started running and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-11, 02:40 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 10,075
Posted By travkat

bummer about the accident. glad you are ok. I...

bummer about the accident. glad you are ok. I think that pretty much most materials when put into a bike won't withstand impacts with cars. Ti frames are especially thin walled and will crack just...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-11, 02:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,917
Posted By travkat

All pedal systems have their ups and downs....

All pedal systems have their ups and downs. Speedplays are great. (I have ridden time, look, shimano) I only ride speedplay now on my road bikes. The float/no float and cornering are great. Weight on...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-11, 08:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,341
Posted By travkat

Agree...Thor could have gone for bigger glory but...

Agree...Thor could have gone for bigger glory but didn't chase down a super hard worker and it paid off in a win and I would wager team morale. The next time JVS is working for Thor I bet he works...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-11, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By travkat

No one? OK I'll say hit....HTFU ;) But...

No one? OK I'll say hit....HTFU ;)

But seriously Jesus, the compacts are great if you are not a flatland monster. A compact and a 12-25 should get you up most things a bit easier than a standard...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-11, 07:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,601
Posted By travkat

No problems on the FD at all since I began...

No problems on the FD at all since I began running RED a few years back. The cage on the RED is Ti and tends to be a bit more flexible because of its light weight etc. The pros will run the steel...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 10:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,901
Posted By travkat

I have had the following: Several "shouts"...

I have had the following:

Several "shouts" in order to try and get me to fall (usually from a moving vehicle)
An Orange that missed my head by about an inch.
A full can of coke that also missed...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 10:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,099
Posted By travkat

Point of order. Nothing looks quite as bad as...

Point of order. Nothing looks quite as bad as someone at the coffee stop with either the headsweats thing on their head, or the pirate bandana with the tails hanging down. At least carry a proper...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 09:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,090
Posted By travkat

Fail!

Fail!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 05:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,099
Posted By travkat

Almost on every ride save for some of the hilly...

Almost on every ride save for some of the hilly and hot ones where I just want some air moving over my dome. The rest of the time I use them to keep sun off and to shade or protect from rain.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-11, 09:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,053
Posted By travkat

So then if weight and aerodynamics don't matter...

So then if weight and aerodynamics don't matter why do I go faster in my 2007 4 cyl Mazda 3 and get better gas mileage at a given speed then I do with my 2000 Ford Explorer Sport?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-11, 01:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,233
Posted By travkat

Damn upgrade-itis!

Damn upgrade-itis!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-11, 10:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,053
Posted By travkat

+1 (Thank you KleinBoogie)

+1 (Thank you KleinBoogie)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-11, 10:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 519
Posted By travkat

I would change wheels and tires if I had an extra...

I would change wheels and tires if I had an extra set to do that with. But as it stands school teachers can't afford extras these days. (props to all who teach or have been teachers out there)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-11, 10:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,053
Posted By travkat

Aero = good for speeds above 20+ mph Light =...

Aero = good for speeds above 20+ mph
Light = good for acceleration and climbing

Answer to your question. Yes, your bike will be one pound lighter. If your power remains the same I would reckon...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 09:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,264
Posted By travkat

Ritte (http://www.ritteracing.com/) Racing for...

Ritte (http://www.ritteracing.com/) Racing for sure.

Just got me one of the Bosbergs in white. So Good!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 09:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,295
Posted By travkat

Yeah I am tossing around the idea of the PRO vs...

Yeah I am tossing around the idea of the PRO vs Team as I am around 180ish. It isn't a drastic weight penalty in terms of total weight for the set. The only thing I am not too sure of are the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 07:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,295
Posted By travkat

I got to take a set of the DA wheels with the...

I got to take a set of the DA wheels with the Hutchinson tires out for about a week when they first hit the market a few years back. They rode exceptionally well and at far lower psi than I would...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-11, 10:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,182
Posted By travkat

I don't know how to respond to this...

I don't know how to respond to this...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 10:30 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,073
Posted By travkat

Of course. There are a ton of great bikes out...

Of course. There are a ton of great bikes out there that only get used for like a season or so. Also, there are those great people who like to upgrade to the latest and greatest more frequently.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-11, 09:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,158
Posted By travkat

This...

This (http://www.nascar.com/news/features/tires/index.html), and This...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 07:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By travkat

Go Read This! Pez...

Go Read This! Pez (http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=7075) Basically shows that for anaerobic stuff they work well.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 07:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By travkat

You are right, I mean what will they think of...

You are right, I mean what will they think of next to help us go faster...Aerodynamic helmets, TT bikes that work like airplane wings, super futuristic carbon lightweight widgets, clothing with...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 07:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By travkat

Like I posted before, my new frame has some...

Like I posted before, my new frame has some clearance issues due to the way my FD mounts so I can't use them. Otherwise I would. And to answer regarding the hype. I purchased mine at cost while...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,793
Posted By travkat

Easy....genetics, talent, training, drugs, rinse...

Easy....genetics, talent, training, drugs, rinse and repeat.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 10:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By travkat

I think the OP should basically disregard anyone...

I think the OP should basically disregard anyone who posted on the use of oval chainrings who has never actually used them.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-11, 12:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,623
Posted By travkat

loved my Rotors. The new bike doesn't allow for...

loved my Rotors. The new bike doesn't allow for them due to some clearance issues, but they were awesome and I definitely notice a difference without them. Also, I never had any shifting issues when...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-11, 10:07 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,632
Posted By travkat

So basically this troll of a thread could be...

So basically this troll of a thread could be summed up as... try on helmets, find one that feels the best on your freaking dome, and make sure its in your budget. SUAR!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-11, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By travkat

I had the first gen version of the ibike. And...

I had the first gen version of the ibike. And despite some glitches it worked reasonably well. I used it for a few years before retiring it. The thing to remember is that even if it isn't giving you...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-11, 09:33 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,401
Posted By travkat

First as all the others have said 1-3 BS 4 Agree....

First as all the others have said 1-3 BS 4 Agree. Now to the above response. Kudos for being a new member and having a. a good question, b. an ability to articulate well, and c. a good sense of humor...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-11, 10:52 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,395
Posted By travkat

This is especially important in the "internet"...

This is especially important in the "internet" age, whereby the customer comes in to test ride a bunch of bikes, and then go and order it from ebay or the like.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-11, 09:53 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,450
Posted By travkat

In my experience working for two shops in the...

In my experience working for two shops in the past. One that was a smallish chain and the other an indie store, the bulk of the profit in our shops came from clothing, accessories, and our shop...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-11, 11:42 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,618
Posted By travkat

Draft a larger (read big tall and fat) rider for...

Draft a larger (read big tall and fat) rider for all you can :)
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-11, 12:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,278
Posted By travkat

you don't need the tape if you don't have exposed...

you don't need the tape if you don't have exposed spoke holes. You are good to go. Save the tape for another set of wheels or give them to to a good friend.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-11, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 395
Posted By travkat

Like the above posters have said, they are all...

Like the above posters have said, they are all passing the same safety tests. Your best bet is to go and try on a few different helmets at different price points 40$, 80$, 100$+ and see which ones...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-11, 11:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,287
Posted By travkat

Just be careful if you have carbon bars and you...

Just be careful if you have carbon bars and you spin the levers like that. It is a good idea to untape and check that the clamps that hold the levers on didn't score the bars underneath. Aluminum,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-11, 08:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,103
Posted By travkat

This (http://www.chaincondom.com/) and This...

This (http://www.chaincondom.com/) and This...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-11, 11:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,513
Posted By travkat

I clean the drive train after each ride with a...

I clean the drive train after each ride with a quick wipe down. Re lube about once each week to two weeks. Full cleaning about once a month or less depending upon how much I am riding and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-11, 11:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By travkat

in the pockets or under the Jersey so they don't...

in the pockets or under the Jersey so they don't fall out. Streamers are PRO!
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-11, 10:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,328
Posted By travkat

I love my CF bikes for sure, but I wouldn't be...

I love my CF bikes for sure, but I wouldn't be too bummed if someone wanted to buy me one of these (http://speedvagen.com/) or one of these...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-11, 08:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,260
Posted By travkat

congrats first and foremost. I am a relatively...

congrats first and foremost. I am a relatively new dad myself (2.5) years. If your wife is giving you the ok, then definitely get the bike and any stuff you may need for it. Now having said that,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-11, 10:35 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-11, 06:26 PM
Replies: 18,641
Views: 3,687,995
Posted By travkat

Thanks, and it is soooo sexy in person. If you...

Thanks, and it is soooo sexy in person. If you click the image of the bicycle on their site it opens up bigger and you can scroll through the images.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-11, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18,641
Views: 3,687,995
Posted By travkat

this in white......

this in white... (http://www.ritteracing.com/store/rittecatalog/product/viewspecs/id/53)
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