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Forum: Commuting
09-17-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 256
Posted By wipekitty

It's pretty far down the list. I really do not...

It's pretty far down the list. I really do not enjoy driving, sitting in traffic, or parking. I also do not enjoy spending money on cars, car maintenance, gas, and parking. I do enjoy riding my bike,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,050
Posted By wipekitty

These things are great for solo, unsupported...

These things are great for solo, unsupported rides in no-man's land. You know...places without shops, taxis/Uber, or cell service.

It does seem a bit overkill for riding in more of an urban area...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 780
Posted By wipekitty

Dewpoint and temperature, for sure. If the...

Dewpoint and temperature, for sure. If the dewpoint gets around 70, my speed drops. Somewhere around 30-40 is nice, even if the actual temperature is warmer. I think there's also a certain...
09-13-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By wipekitty

Interesting - have you found it to be effective?...

Interesting - have you found it to be effective? My sinuses are a mess about half the year, and with everything else going on, I've been trying to avoid exercise in the conditions that tend to...
09-12-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 3,978
Posted By wipekitty

I make my own noodles. At home. The last time I...

I make my own noodles. At home. The last time I tried to get noodles at the LGS, they screwed it up. It's not that hard to make your own noodles, especially with Youtube. If you can't make your own...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 993
Posted By wipekitty

Sugars, mostly. I like the Tailwind Nutrition...

Sugars, mostly. I like the Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel - it covers electrolytes as well, and it's easy enough to pack a baggie of it and dump some in a bottle.

I'm also a fan of gummy bears,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,001
Posted By wipekitty

My compromise is a combination of a larger road...

My compromise is a combination of a larger road seat pack (say 1.5 - 2.5 liters) along with a handlebar bag (I use this one from Jaand (https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FBB)). The...
09-12-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,112
Posted By wipekitty

I've heard about this as well...in fact, a...

I've heard about this as well...in fact, a "friend" told me that they once had to take their bike to the LBS to get it unstuck, at which point the mechanic sold them a giant tub of grease :eek:
09-12-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By wipekitty

Definitely look into getting a bike of your own....

Definitely look into getting a bike of your own. Most bike maintenance tasks - fixing a flat, adjusting parts, and so on, are fairly straightforward to learn and can be done without a ton of tools.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By wipekitty

Yeah - I live around those parts at the moment....

Yeah - I live around those parts at the moment. Good riding: small hills, usually 400'-600' with fast descents, paved roads, and pretty much nobody around.

Wisconsin has paved roads due to the...
09-06-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 724
Posted By wipekitty

This issue was part of my motivation for getting...

This issue was part of my motivation for getting a Smith helmet with Koroyd. (That, and I think it looks pretty darned cool.) It won't keep out the lil' suckers, gnats and such, but nothing major is...
09-05-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 927
Posted By wipekitty

6200' over 100 miles. This particular ride was...

6200' over 100 miles. This particular ride was ~60% gravel, but most of the elevation gain was gnarly gravel climbs and rollers.

On a single speed fixed gear (running fixed not freewheel at the...
09-02-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,937
Posted By wipekitty

I play drums and mess around on the...

I play drums and mess around on the synth/keyboard from time to time. Used to play oboe and occasionally clarinet as well. Never could learn stringed instruments.

As both a hobby and part of my...
08-30-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 713
Posted By wipekitty

Same here, right down to headset races. My...

Same here, right down to headset races.

My day job is not mechanical in any way, and I like tinkering with things. Wrenching is usually kind of relaxing.
08-30-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 597
Posted By wipekitty

I have and use this one:...

I have and use this one: https://www.performancebike.com/spin-doctor-pro-truing-stand-sd-ts/p914520
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 804
Posted By wipekitty

The Interwebs have told me that zipper sides are...

The Interwebs have told me that zipper sides are only standardized in the US, but are left to designer choice elsewhere. So, a men's jersey (or any other clothing item) from a European brand might...
08-29-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,052
Posted By wipekitty

I recall a tire set sold like that - narrower...

I recall a tire set sold like that - narrower tire for front, wider tire for rear. Go for it!
08-28-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 899
Posted By wipekitty

Why, of course! I keep track of mileage on...

Why, of course!

I keep track of mileage on my components, including tires. Last time I wanted to try new tires, I removed the old ones and folded them up with a little note about how many miles...
08-28-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By wipekitty

The price seems a bit high to me. Dura Ace is...

The price seems a bit high to me. Dura Ace is nice, but it's probably two generations old. Based on sold listings on the 'Bay, it looks like a fair market price is probably ~$1,100.

IMO, that's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,781
Posted By wipekitty

As long as the non-matching replacement parts are...

As long as the non-matching replacement parts are an upgrade, it's all good. The only sin is a downgrade.
08-28-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,052
Posted By wipekitty

A few of my riding friends have those - and...

A few of my riding friends have those - and they're definitely not on Team USA!

No stickers on my nice bikes. I did, however, put a sticker on my removable fender as a theft deterrent after...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By wipekitty

I'm a fan of Conti GP 5000, and was previously on...

I'm a fan of Conti GP 5000, and was previously on the GP 4000S2 bandwagon. They have good grip and enough puncture resistance for the potholed roads and occasional fresh chipseal that I ride on. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,270
Posted By wipekitty

I've noticed this more frequently when dealing...

I've noticed this more frequently when dealing with British companies. Fortunately, I spent long enough in school to use 'Dr' - no pigeonholing my gender, ha!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-20, 09:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 989
Posted By wipekitty

I prefer a more traditional cork type feel, and...

I prefer a more traditional cork type feel, and have gotten good mileage from Bontrager Gel Cork tape. It has the right amount of plush-ness for my taste. Sometimes, overstocks of it can be found for...
08-24-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 608
Posted By wipekitty

Same here, though I do miss drafting! I'm...

Same here, though I do miss drafting!

I'm perfectly fine riding alone, but I'm worried that when things go back to normal, I'll have no group skills left and will cause a huge crash.
08-23-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 735
Posted By wipekitty

It's been a long time since I (intentionally)...

It's been a long time since I (intentionally) ran. It generally ends with twisted ankles and some really puffy varicose veins. Sad, because I actually enjoyed running when I was younger!

Instead,...
08-23-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 525
Posted By wipekitty

It's what happens when you're cheap and...

It's what happens when you're cheap and disorganized: cheap enough to stock up on the cheap tubes, because they'll work fine for the cheap bikes, but disorganized enough to end up with the wrong...
08-23-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 567
Posted By wipekitty

Nice find! I once acquired a very nice vintage...

Nice find! I once acquired a very nice vintage frame that way. Sometimes, the trash has good stuff.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 477
Posted By wipekitty

I'm guessing I get somewhere in the neighborhood...

I'm guessing I get somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 miles from my Shimano SPD-SL yellow cleats. That's with a bit more walking around and in-town riding than they're really ideal for - I use...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By wipekitty

Eek. Fire ants are evil. Maybe time to start...

Eek. Fire ants are evil. Maybe time to start riding with a big bag of Amdro?

I wonder if spiders could have gotten into the shorts somehow. Some of those little suckers can get into clothing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,404
Posted By wipekitty

I'd go with function over aesthetics, at least...

I'd go with function over aesthetics, at least for my main equipment.

Though it's not my *dream* bike, my current road bike is pink. I hate pink. I bought it because it had everything else I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,041
Posted By wipekitty

Looks legit. Prices are good, but not too good -...

Looks legit. Prices are good, but not too good - they seem comparable to other sellers that discount merchandise from previous seasons. The number of positive reviews on Castelli stuff is a good sign...
08-20-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,612
Posted By wipekitty

Out on the road in the summer? Nah. I've been...

Out on the road in the summer? Nah. I've been avoiding crowded MUPs since mid-March. I pack one along with my bike tubes, just in case something happens where I have to be around people. If/when I go...
08-18-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,329
Posted By wipekitty

Always! Tinted lenses for daytime, clear lenses...

Always! Tinted lenses for daytime, clear lenses at night, and...ski goggles in the winter.

I've worn contacts since I was a teen. It was much more practical and cost-effective than glasses, since...
08-17-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 703
Posted By wipekitty

It might be hard to find used, but the Wike Heavy...

It might be hard to find used, but the Wike Heavy Duty Flatbed Trailer (https://wicycle.com/products/bike-trailers/heavy-duty-flatbed) is lovely for tasks like that. The wheels can be removed so that...
08-16-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,977
Posted By wipekitty

I've done winter cycling in Michigan, Colorado,...

I've done winter cycling in Michigan, Colorado, and Wisconsin, and 'winter' cycling in California, Alabama, and North Carolina. I had no car during portions of my time in Michigan and Colorado, and...
08-16-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By wipekitty

I use both! I like the gravel bike for ice...

I use both!

I like the gravel bike for ice and light snow (running 35mm studded tires), and the MTB for thicker snow and the bumpy stuff. The gravel bike gets tricky on streets that are not...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 508
Posted By wipekitty

Wheels are probably a good way to go. You can...

Wheels are probably a good way to go. You can generally use wheels designed for 11 speed with 10 speed cassettes by using a 1.85 mm spacer along with a 1 mm spacer. Check the specs to verify, though....
08-15-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 879
Posted By wipekitty

Jenson is good. I've ordered some odd parts in...

Jenson is good. I've ordered some odd parts in the past from Modern Bike. Random Bike Parts is exactly what it sounds like (random stuff, often at a good discount).

I've had lots of positive...
08-15-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By wipekitty

Absolutely! I've seen way too many people get...

Absolutely! I've seen way too many people get turned off from cycling, hiking, running, etc. by doing too much, too soon.
08-14-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By wipekitty

oh no.

oh no.
08-14-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By wipekitty

To be perfectly honest, I don't think the pad...

To be perfectly honest, I don't think the pad matters that much for shorter rides. If your wife starts taking longer rides, then it will become much more important.

Two features that I like on...
08-14-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,539
Posted By wipekitty

Another one for Nokian Extreme 294 winter tires....

Another one for Nokian Extreme 294 winter tires. I'm pretty sure I broke a set of Park Tools levers when those puppies were fresh.
08-09-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,233
Posted By wipekitty

I would stick with the saddle - for now - and try...

I would stick with the saddle - for now - and try making adjustments. A number of women that I ride with actually prefer the nose of the saddle somewhat angled downward; you can also move it forward...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,353
Posted By wipekitty

Same here, except I study reality. Edumacayshun...

Same here, except I study reality. Edumacayshun pays a bit better than reality.
07-29-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 939
Posted By wipekitty

I'm also a fan of the Pedros levers for stiff,...

I'm also a fan of the Pedros levers for stiff, nasty, wire bead tires. I've broken my share of tire levers, but my first pair of Pedros is still going strong. (And they're pink, so everyone knows...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,854
Posted By wipekitty

For daytime riding, I use a Cygolite Dice (front)...

For daytime riding, I use a Cygolite Dice (front) and Hotshot (rear), both blinking.

At night, Cygolite Expilion 850 (usually on a medium setting) and Hotshot on solid, along with a cheapo red...
07-20-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 747
Posted By wipekitty

Respro and Vogmask both make sport-type masks...

Respro and Vogmask both make sport-type masks with exhaust valves. They've been used for some time by bike commuters and other cyclists in areas with high pollution (especially PM 2.5/PM 10) levels,...
07-19-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,967
Posted By wipekitty

The university where I work (regional state...

The university where I work (regional state school) is planning to bring students back to campus and do a combination of online and 'hybrid' classes. A 'hybrid' class, in most cases, means that most...
07-19-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,116
Posted By wipekitty

Totally depends on the time of year, location,...

Totally depends on the time of year, location, and distance you need to travel.

Laptop is easy - I just keep mine in a messenger bag. If you're worried about fashion, there are some fairly...
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