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Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,234
Posted By viffer

In the good old days you would drop by your local...

In the good old days you would drop by your local LBS and try out a bunch of different bikes and buy the one you liked most. Bikes vary in terms of fit, comfort, performance, feel, weight, build...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 10,193
Posted By viffer

I have a steel bike with downtube shifters, rim...

I have a steel bike with downtube shifters, rim brakes and clincher rims with tubes, still not dead after 35 years.
09-20-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 875
Posted By viffer

Usually leg and arm warmers will keep you warm...

Usually leg and arm warmers will keep you warm enough into the shoulder seasons. I also just purchased a lightweight jacket that will packdown into a small bike bag for those colder rides. If I...
09-20-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 7,592
Posted By viffer

I check tire pressure every other ride. They...

I check tire pressure every other ride. They just donít lose much air after a couple of days to worry about and a quick squeeze between the fingers tells me all I need to know. Also my tires are...
09-13-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,231
Posted By viffer

I encountered one of these idiots on a paved...

I encountered one of these idiots on a paved trail last week. He was rolling along at around 12 or 13 mph and I passed him on the left slowly and carefully at around 14 or 15 mph. We never came close...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,141
Posted By viffer

I just try to score low on the a-s-s scale and...

I just try to score low on the a-s-s scale and usually Iím alright.
08-23-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,189
Posted By viffer

Sell the Giant, if it doesnít fit then itís not...

Sell the Giant, if it doesnít fit then itís not for you. You should get a fair amount for it given the current shortage. Go find a used bike on craigslist or EBay or Facebook that fits you and you...
07-13-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,137
Posted By viffer

Contact your auto insurer who will cover you...

Contact your auto insurer who will cover you under your comp and collision coverage and let them deal with recovering from the other party. Umbrella coverage is another way to go. If all else fails...
07-12-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,150
Posted By viffer

Sure, Canvendish canít hold a candle to the...

Sure, Canvendish canít hold a candle to the Cannibalís accomplishments and thatíll still be true after he breaks the record. Everyone knows that. But like you said itís a different world. It still...
06-29-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 31,323
Posted By viffer

You don't know they're not racers. And even if...

You don't know they're not racers. And even if they aren't who's to say they can't enjoy their chosen sport any way they want?

On the flipside a couple of those serious riders who spent more on...
05-17-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,670
Posted By viffer

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s a lot...

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s a lot of people in the world these days who are it’s all about me and my right to do whatever I want and I don’t care if it endangers or inconveniences...
05-10-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,219
Posted By viffer

Itís called inflation

A year ago I bought two used bikes during the early parts of the pandemic and the stock market crash, got a great deal on both. I stepped up with cash and invested in bikes when no one else was...
03-22-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,207
Posted By viffer

I was run over by a drunk driver exactly a year...

I was run over by a drunk driver exactly a year ago. She was driving completely on the wrong side of a narrow winding road. I never had a chance when she came barrelling around a blind corner within...
11-23-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,200
Posted By viffer

Like a Horse or Motorcycle

Always mount from the left and swing the right leg over. Motorcyclists put their left foot down at a stop to keep the right foot over the rear brake so I find that most natural. You should also...
11-16-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 16,518
Posted By viffer

My parents bought me my first bike when I was 3...

My parents bought me my first bike when I was 3 years old complete with 16 inch solid tires and training wheels. I was hooked for life. Rode it around the neighborhood everyday and being able to take...
11-02-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,824
Posted By viffer

Get yourself some leg warmers, that should keep...

Get yourself some leg warmers, that should keep you covered for all but the coldest days depending on where you live. Sweat pants will snag in your chain rings and get sweaty damp and rub your...
09-28-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 22,471
Posted By viffer

Troll Alert!

As others have noted this does feel like a trollís post. He claims to be cycling 200 miles a week. Letís break that down to five 40 mile rides every week. Even if he was crawling along at 10 mph...
09-28-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 22,471
Posted By viffer

You need to try harder. Do you have a power meter...

You need to try harder. Do you have a power meter or heart rate monitor? Tried some interval training? Yeah sitting on your bike and doing mile after mile at 12 mph will get you nowhere. The old myth...
06-15-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,571
Posted By viffer

I’ll vote Panasonic since I still own one. But a...

I’ll vote Panasonic since I still own one. But a quality vintage Japanese steel frame? You can’t go wrong.

I think the Japanese know something about making high quality steel. ⚔️
05-24-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,438
Posted By viffer

Just an FYI, a bone stock 2008 Trek Madone 5.2...

Just an FYI, a bone stock 2008 Trek Madone 5.2 popped up on craigslist a couple days ago for $1000 and was sold in less than 24 hours which would lead me to believe it was a little undervalued at...
05-24-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 15,674
Posted By viffer

Outside of the bi-annual storewide sales they...

Outside of the bi-annual storewide sales they rarely discount unless something is on clearance and theyíre just trying to get rid of it. Of course you always get the dividend rebate every spring on...
05-22-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 15,674
Posted By viffer

Under normal circumstances you could always take...

Under normal circumstances you could always take the bike back to their shop and have them fix it. In fact I believe they offer a free adjustment after the first couple of hundred miles. My chainline...
05-21-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,505
Posted By viffer

My bear has been making some strange squeaky...

My bear has been making some strange squeaky noises from its bottom end. I opened it up and stuck a greasy lubed finger into its inner workings but it seems to still have a problem elsewhere.

But...
05-20-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,505
Posted By viffer

I still have a fully American built Trek and...

I still have a fully American built Trek and Cannondale and reluctantly sold my American built Litespeed a few years back. But even those bikes all have foreign made components and they all make...
05-20-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,505
Posted By viffer

Right, I mean if you want to give up your iPhone...

Right, I mean if you want to give up your iPhone and your Android phone and find yourself a nice antique rotary dial you might be able to avoid Chinese made. But then I don’t think any phone company...
05-20-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,505
Posted By viffer

Sweet. Thereís still the question of where the...

Sweet. Thereís still the question of where the parts to build the bear are coming from (probably still China). And a $50 bear is still around 5 times more than what most people would care to pay. ...
05-20-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,505
Posted By viffer

There was an experiment done a couple years ago,...

There was an experiment done a couple years ago, a family agreed not to buy anything made in China for a month during the Christmas season. They wanted to buy their daughter a teddy bear but the...
05-20-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 945
Posted By viffer

Second on the chainrings / chainring bolts. Iíve...

Second on the chainrings / chainring bolts. Iíve had a creak driving me mad on my Cervelo for a couple of weeks. Thought it might be the dreaded press fit bottom bracket but no, itís tight. Turns...
05-20-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,302
Posted By viffer

Not surprised, supply chain disruptions from...

Not surprised, supply chain disruptions from China, jump in demand both from the pandemic and seasonality, people with a lot more time on their hands, fewer exercise options and chances to get...
05-19-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 201
Posted By viffer

Sounds like you might have some worn bearings in...

Sounds like you might have some worn bearings in the front hub. Pretty easy service, you’ll have to pop the old ones out and figure out what size they are. Don’t go crazy with super expensive...
05-18-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,438
Posted By viffer

I think of Trek as the Toyota of bicycles,...

I think of Trek as the Toyota of bicycles, thereís a ton of them on the road, they always seem to carry a premium in the used market and love em or hate em theyíre built to an incredibly high...
05-18-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,438
Posted By viffer

If you trade that bike into your dealer you will...

If you trade that bike into your dealer you will get $300 to $350 for it, maybe a little bit more if you promise to buy a new bike from them but that just means they will make it up by charging you...
05-18-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,106
Posted By viffer

You could always ride that nice Duck. Just donít...

You could always ride that nice Duck. Just donít try weighing it with your Park scale.
05-18-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,438
Posted By viffer

I bought a bike recently directly from...

I bought a bike recently directly from bicyclebluebook.com at the end of March when the stuff really hit the fan and everyone was in full panic mode. Got a great deal. I’ve noticed since then the...
05-18-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 18,035
Posted By viffer

Jenn Marlowe or Bailey Quarters?

Jenn Marlowe or Bailey Quarters?
05-18-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 18,035
Posted By viffer

Most carbon frames are monocoque these days and...

Most carbon frames are monocoque these days and wouldn’t be welded even if they were assembled from tubes. I have an older Madone made in Waterloo which I still like, not cutting edge anymore for...
04-27-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,927
Posted By viffer

Thereís something reassuring about knowing I have...

Thereís something reassuring about knowing I have exactly an hour before I need to get back and my favorite 20 mile loop takes exactly that long to ride. I know the route, I know the road...
04-27-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,071
Posted By viffer

Not necessarily C&V but in general Iíve noticed a...

Not necessarily C&V but in general Iíve noticed a fairly healthy demand for used bikes on EBay lately. Stuff that was sitting around and not selling at all in March has been catching a bid and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,714
Posted By viffer

I have a life, can’t be checking this site...

I have a life, can’t be checking this site constantly for replies. Besides I think my original post was designed to spark discussion and thought which I think I did, not necessarily to generate...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,714
Posted By viffer

Parking space as in street parking next to a...

Parking space as in street parking next to a single wide sidewalk. I’m sitting on the single wide sidewalk with my feet over the edge of the curb and my bike and parts on the sidewalk. Car starts...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,714
Posted By viffer

No contradiction. I can not expect any help but...

No contradiction. I can not expect any help but still observe that nobody cares enough to ask. And as I stated all I want is to not be run over or harrassed by passers by. If you’re not going to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,714
Posted By viffer

Loss of Civility

So I was fixing a flat on the sidewalk by the side of the road yesterday when somebody actually tried to back into the space and run me over while I was working on the bike. Now he absolutely had to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-16, 07:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,092
Posted By viffer

Back from the dead and alive and kicking. I...

Back from the dead and alive and kicking.

I just got a sweet deal on a pair of Velomax Orion II's off EBay in awesome shape except the front hub was noisy and rough. The seller neglected to...
08-23-12, 10:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 526
Posted By viffer

San Mateo County SWAT Team at Edgewood and Canada - 8-23-12

Did anyone see the SWAT guys at Edgewood this afternoon? What was going on? Also some official looking black government sedan was eyeballing me down Canada. Are the two Presidential candidates...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-07, 01:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 926
Posted By viffer

Try some fresh cork or gel handlebar tape. I...

Try some fresh cork or gel handlebar tape. I find after rewrapping my bars they're so cushy I rarely need to use gloves at all except when I'm cold.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-07, 01:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,367
Posted By viffer

Making Sense of Michelin Tires

I was trying to sort through the dizzying array of road tires that Michelin produces and decided to compile and summarize Michelin's own ratings off their website for each of their most popular...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-07, 02:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,007
Posted By viffer

Not to mention those pesky mountain bikers. Maybe...

Not to mention those pesky mountain bikers. Maybe we should move this into their forum and see what they have to say?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-07, 02:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By viffer

Most people can make bikes in a 2 or 3 cm range...

Most people can make bikes in a 2 or 3 cm range work for them with some tweaking of the seatpost height, setback, horizontal seat position, stem length, stem angle, stack height and crank length. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-07, 01:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 584
Posted By viffer

Any steady wind on a circular loop or out and...

Any steady wind on a circular loop or out and back is bad. Wind tunnel tests have shown that wind only assists you when blowing from the 160 degree area directly behind you and is a hindrance...
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