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11-29-17, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 882
Posted By pallen

How about polishing powder coated frames. I have...

How about polishing powder coated frames. I have a powder coated Surly that's not as pretty as it used to be. Will any automotive polishing compound work, or does anyone make something for powder...
11-29-17, 09:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,386
Posted By pallen

I don't find it odd at all that different bikes...

I don't find it odd at all that different bikes would all have the same weight limit. That's the minimum design criteria every bike is designed to meet. Some will probably do better in actual...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 21,595
Posted By pallen

BTW - this thread proves some things never change...

BTW - this thread proves some things never change here on BF :roflmao2:
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 21,595
Posted By pallen

I have been known to get off work change clothes...

I have been known to get off work change clothes and go for a ride, still wearing my black dress socks. I do it pretty often actually. Not as a matter of style, but because they work. I cant tell the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-16, 08:41 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 21,595
Posted By pallen

Wait, do I know you? Because I do have a...

Wait, do I know you? Because I do have a handlebar mustache
I was actually giving them away at one point, but coudnt get any takers.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-15, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 822
Posted By pallen

I just use a wet rag, a little shot of degreaser...

I just use a wet rag, a little shot of degreaser in spots if needed. Salt is corrosive to any metal and probably not good for CF either. Thankfully, salt is easily dissolved in water.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-15, 03:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,581
Posted By pallen

Curious too. Been tempted by the Microsoft Band -...

Curious too. Been tempted by the Microsoft Band - HRM and GPS builtin. But the GPS software seems totally running-oriented, not sure how it works for cycling.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-15, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,324
Posted By pallen

I have a much better time in the city/dense urban...

I have a much better time in the city/dense urban areas. Its the suburbanites and rural rednecks you have to watch out for.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-15, 12:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,629
Posted By pallen

Why? In my experience going closer to the same...

Why? In my experience going closer to the same speed as traffic is often helpful.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-15, 08:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,878
Posted By pallen

... nevermind

... nevermind
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 10:54 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 23,943
Posted By pallen

Sales may tell you how popular an opinion is, but...

Sales may tell you how popular an opinion is, but is a very poor indicator or which product is "best". Its more about marketing, product accessibility, pricing, etc.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 10:49 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 10,988
Posted By pallen

ha, yeah, I put it on an old XP-era Dell laptop I...

ha, yeah, I put it on an old XP-era Dell laptop I had laying around - its actually usable now.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 10:48 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 10,988
Posted By pallen

How does electronic shifting do any of that? Its...

How does electronic shifting do any of that? Its no different from mechanical.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 10:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,624
Posted By pallen

You might try 25s if they fit and increase...

You might try 25s if they fit and increase pressure. Pinch flats should be mostly avoidable - new tires probably wont help.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 09:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,495
Posted By pallen

I took it more as your opinion on the technology,...

I took it more as your opinion on the technology, not if you are going to actually buy it. I'm pro both, but will definitely not own either until its something I could actually afford.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 08:58 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 10,988
Posted By pallen

ha, I've found myself doing the same. Spec out a...

ha, I've found myself doing the same. Spec out a bike that will last forever - two years later buying a new bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-15, 08:26 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 10,988
Posted By pallen

...and buy a new bike every 2 years.

...and buy a new bike every 2 years.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-14, 05:20 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,723
Posted By pallen

I don't think there's anything unscrupulous going...

I don't think there's anything unscrupulous going on, but you better believe they will market and try to increase sales and profits with new tech - they would be dumb not to. That's what drives...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-14, 04:13 PM
Replies: 284
Views: 10,988
Posted By pallen

Where are you getting these prices? The cheapest...

Where are you getting these prices? The cheapest I've seen is almost double this.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 10,988
Posted By pallen

Electric shifting isn't really new - its like...

Electric shifting isn't really new - its like 5yrs old now. Its just really expensive for a marginal gain. I would love to try it, but not for what it sells for right now.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-14, 09:21 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,723
Posted By pallen

Yeah, that's a good point. Its like VHS to DVD. ...

Yeah, that's a good point. Its like VHS to DVD.
I'm a pretty big fan of disc brakes though. Great for MTB, touring, etc. Might be over kill for lightweight road racing bikes, but if I'm going to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-14, 07:09 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 6,723
Posted By pallen

Do disks increase or decrease profit margins on...

Do disks increase or decrease profit margins on bike sales? THAT is the question.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-14, 06:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,545
Posted By pallen

I leave mine in the garage in Texas through the...

I leave mine in the garage in Texas through the summer - never had an explosion.
As for the environmental impact, they are made from steel, the most recycled and one of the most abundant materials...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-14, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 786
Posted By pallen

fyi, most Lumia Windows Phones don't require...

fyi, most Lumia Windows Phones don't require special gloves. I think Samsung has an Android model also that works with gloves IIRC.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 12:51 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,322
Posted By pallen

I almost always have my wallet in my jersey...

I almost always have my wallet in my jersey pocket - minimum ID and a credit card. I also wear a road ID on rando rides and others where I may be solo for some time because it makes my wife feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 12:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,082
Posted By pallen

That actually makes a lot more logical sense. I...

That actually makes a lot more logical sense. I found it hard to believe what I had read before. Think of a sports car vs a slow economy car. Higher performance tends to be a less efficient use of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,643
Posted By pallen

As I was reading your post, I was thinking "this...

As I was reading your post, I was thinking "this guy needs a dynohub". Then I got to the last line :)
If you do more than 2-3 hrs of riding at night on a regular basis, a dynohub is definitely the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,146
Posted By pallen

Conventional wisdom says cramping is about...

Conventional wisdom says cramping is about electrolytes. Some more recent stuff I've read says its basically just fatigue and rarely electrolyte related. Bringing Gatorade or other electrolyte...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,643
Posted By pallen

The simple answer is that your new light is a LOT...

The simple answer is that your new light is a LOT brighter and probably makes you more visible from a longer distance than the ones that go for weeks. Up close, it might not seem much brighter, but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 08:39 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,082
Posted By pallen

I read something similar too - actually at a slow...

I read something similar too - actually at a slow to moderate rate, you burn the most calories per mile if I remember right. IMO, its better to think of calories per minute than per mile though.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 08:34 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,082
Posted By pallen

Cycling is very aerobic. If it gets your heart...

Cycling is very aerobic. If it gets your heart rate up and keeps it up for a sustained amount of time, its aerobic. Cycling can be very good at that. As for accuracy of calorie calculations, its hard...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-14, 08:25 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 11,332
Posted By pallen

Instant cat upgrade

Instant cat upgrade
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 08:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,115
Posted By pallen

In addition to having to lift the pedals up each...

In addition to having to lift the pedals up each stroke, I think it would feel really weird that there is nothing keeping the pedals 180 degrees apart.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 08:18 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,194
Posted By pallen

If you're getting "taint" pain from pressure...

If you're getting "taint" pain from pressure that's cutting off the circulation possibly accompanied by numbness, cream is not the answer. If its chaffing from friction, the cream will help. I don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-14, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2,556
Views: 600,862
Posted By pallen

Those are great looking jerseys!

Those are great looking jerseys!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-14, 02:47 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,194
Posted By pallen

I guess I'm not too picky. I have a Brooks Swift...

I guess I'm not too picky. I have a Brooks Swift on my Surly Pacer. I also have a Fizik Antares Versus, and an ebay carbon saddle that all work fine for me.

I've had a different, narrower ebay...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 571
Posted By pallen

I got rid of the1" lightweight carbon fork on my...

I got rid of the1" lightweight carbon fork on my Torelli - it was too noodly in the steer tube. When climbing or sprinting I could wiggle it back and forth enough to eventually loosen the headset. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 07:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,115
Posted By pallen

What's a flat peddler?

What's a flat peddler?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 07:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,115
Posted By pallen

The idea is to train yourself to completely...

The idea is to train yourself to completely unload the upstroke, I think. I'm not sure how valuable that is, but that's the idea.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 06:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,115
Posted By pallen

I always thought these would be fun to try for...

I always thought these would be fun to try for about a month. Not fun enough to pay what they cost.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 06:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,284
Posted By pallen

No, I got the carbon fiber tags, they actually...

No, I got the carbon fiber tags, they actually take 50g off the weight of your bike, but only in a wind tunnel.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 05:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,284
Posted By pallen

That's just it, I don't necessarily want to...

That's just it, I don't necessarily want to permanently mark the bike. I like this method because it can contain as much info as I want and its very easily updatable. As for requiring a smartphone,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 05:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,444
Posted By pallen

No one here can or should tell you what to do. Do...

No one here can or should tell you what to do. Do what you are comfortable with. All the bikes make the wheels go round and round. Get something and ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 04:42 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,932
Posted By pallen

Of course that's not on the contract, that's the...

Of course that's not on the contract, that's the worst case scenario. What kind of builder thinks they are building for the worst case scenario? Most people buying custom have tried out similar bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,297
Posted By pallen

Ideally two lights, one solid, one blinky.

Ideally two lights, one solid, one blinky.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,284
Posted By pallen

Its a $2 tag and 10 seconds to write a URL. Its...

Its a $2 tag and 10 seconds to write a URL. Its not really that elaborate.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-14, 09:56 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,932
Posted By pallen

IMO frame building, while it certainly requires...

IMO frame building, while it certainly requires skill and experience, is not rocket science. Its a bicycle. In my experience it pretty hard to make a woefully unridable bike. Most skilled builders...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-14, 12:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,524
Posted By pallen

He should sit on the couch and watch football...

He should sit on the couch and watch football like regular guys!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,284
Posted By pallen

That also works. I'm not crazy about engraving...

That also works. I'm not crazy about engraving since bikes can change hands, contact info changes, etc. With the tag, the info can be easily updated and you can include as much info as you want.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-14, 10:43 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,932
Posted By pallen

This is mostly true, but lets also not pretend...

This is mostly true, but lets also not pretend that all those things that make the super high tech frame "better" amount to much more than an emotional decision as well. They guy replacing his 2005...
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